EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/22/2009

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  ABA   


Friday nights game - by Richard
The Spokane Sunz home opener went great with a win over The Washington Raptors 133-113.Chris Bond (6'6''-F-81, college: Cent.Washington) had a game high 44 points.Tony Skinner (6'5''-G-82, college: Gonzaga) had another great game for Spokane with 28 points and 10 rebounds Bryan Rabas (6'5''-G) displayed great 3 point shooting by finishing with 22 points on including 6of 7 from down town .Tyrell Timpson led The Raptors again in scoring with 33 points and also collected a game high 12 assists.
Curtis Hill (6'6''-F-81, college: Morehouse) scored 30 points 11 rebounds and 6 assists and Wendell Williams scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.Spokane record is
1-1 and the Raptors dropped to 1-2 on the season.

source: Cutris Hill


Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition Team
 1. Chico Rage 1-2 
 2. Crusaders 0-0 
 3. College Park 0-0 
 4. Play2Win 0-0 
 5. Oklahoma 0-2 
 6. Modesto E. 0-3 
NoCal Div.
 1. S.Francisco R. 7-0 
 2. Clayton 5-1 
 3. Sacramento H. 3-4 
 4. Central Valley 2-4 
 5. California SK 1-4 
North Central Div.
 1. Chicago Steam 6-1 
 2. Kansas City S. 4-0 
 3. Pittsburgh P. 2-0 
 4. Lake Michigan 2-2 
 5. Detroit Hoops 1-0 
 6. Columbus Crush 1-2 
 7. Cleveland R. 0-0 
 8. G.Rapids F. 0-1 
 9. Youngstown S. 0-1 
 10. Akron Rise 0-2 
Northeast Div.
 1. NY Thunder 5-1 
 2. Jersey Expr. 4-1 
 3. NY Red Riders 2-4 
 4. Tri-City Suns 0-3 
 5. Maryland M. 0-3 
Pacific Northwest Div.
 1. Spokane Sunz 2-1 
 2. Seattle ZG 1-0 
 3. Everett 1-1 
 4. Washington R. 1-2 
 5. Vancouver E. 0-0 
 6. Seattle M. 0-3 
SoCal Div.
 1. LA Slam 3-1 
 2. Compton C. 2-1 
 3. Las Vegas A. 1-0 
 4. California BB 1-1 
 5. Honolulu 1-1 
 6. Riverside R. 1-3 
 7. San Diego S. 1-3 
South Central Div.
 1. Kentucky S. 5-3 
 2. Kentucky B. 3-5 
 3. Smoky MJ 0-0 
 4. W.Virginia B. 0-2 
 5. St.Louis S. 0-3 
Southeast Div.
 1. Music City Stars 5-1 
 2. Carolina K. 1-0 
 3. Charlotte 1-0 
 4. Florida Th. 1-0 
 5. Mississippi B. 1-1 
 6. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 7. Bahama PS 0-0 
 8. Ga PROWL 0-1 
 9. Columbus Life 0-2 
Southwest Div.
 1. SE Texas M. 6-1 
 2. N.Texas F. 4-2 
 3. Dallas G. 2-0 
 4. W.Texas W. 2-3 
 5. Texas Ch. 0-1 
 6. Houston T. 0-2 
 7. Texas Fuel 0-3 


The Admirals fall to the Detroit Hoops - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals met the Detroit Hoops on Saturday night at Lake Michigan Catholic High. Being in complete control going into the second quarter, they found themselves as much as 30 points ahead at one time. After ending so well the first half, the Admirals suffered a Detroit second half turn around with #21 Carr and #7 White leading the way. The second half ended 81-54 for the Hoops. In the final seconds Jontee Willhite (6'1''-G-86, college: E.Illinois) had a chance to tie the game up but missed the three pointer tha could have tied the game. The final score was Detroit Hoops 137, Lake Michigan Admirals 133. Allen White (6'3''-G-84, college: Huntingdon) was the game top performer, with 35 points for Detroit. Joe Carr (5'6''-G-83, college: Wayne St., MI) added 35 he too at the winning side, with 25 pts and 10 rebs Shane Ross (6'7''-F, college: Toledo) was the last to surrender in lake Michigan.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrija ZIZIC
  Cedevita
  (207-C-80)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Zizic, Cedevita17.5 
 2. Tomic, KK Zagreb17.2 
 3. Tomas, Cibona16.6 
 4. Videnov, Crvena Z.15.5 
 5. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.15.3 
 6. Sehovic, Bosna S.14.5 
 7. Mason, Siroki E.14.5 
 8. Ruzic, Zadar13.6 
 9. Delic, Helios13.5 
 10. Dragicevic, Crvena.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  KK Zagreb
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Tomic, KK Zagreb8.6 
 2. Maric, Partizan8.6 
 3. Mason, Siroki E.7.8 
 4. Ruzic, Zadar7.0 
 5. Roberts, Partizan6.5 
 6. Raduljica, FMP6.5 
 7. Marjanovic, Hemof.6.4 
 8. Zizic, Cedevita6.3 
 9. Golubovic, U.Olimpija5.8 
 10. Sehovic, Bosna.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jure MOCNIK
  Helios
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Mocnik, Helios6.3 
 2. Markovic, Hemofarm4.9 
 3. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.4.9 
 4. Mason, Siroki E.4.8 
 5. Stipcevic, Zadar4.7 
 6. Anderson, Cedevita4.7 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.2 
 8. Gordon, Cibona4.2 
 9. Becirovic, U.Olimpija4.0 
 10. Jeretin, Buducno.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lester MCCALEBB
  Partizan
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McCalebb, Partizan3.1 
 2. Sehovic, Bosna S.2.3 
 3. Walsh, U.Olimpija1.8 
 4. Jagodnik, Hemofarm1.8 
 5. Mocnik, Helios1.8 
 6. Krstic, KK Zagreb1.8 
 7. Stemberger, Siroki E.1.7 
 8. Gordon, Cibona1.7 
 9. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.1.7 
 10. Urazmanov, Radnic.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Vladimir DRAGICEVIC
  Buducnost
  (206-C/F-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.5 
 2. Zoric, KK Zagreb1.2 
 3. Vranes, Partizan1.2 
 4. Golubovic, U.Olimpija1.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Hemof.1.0 
 6. Maras, Buducnost1.0 
 7. Macvan, Hemofarm1.0 
 8. Ruzic, Zadar0.7 
 9. Kikanovic, Crvena Z.0.6 
 10. Plaisted, Zad.0.6 


Cibona players going on stryke? - by Milan Jovanovic
After the financial situation in Cibona not progressing for a long time now, the players finally decided to go on stryke.
It was unsure if they will start it today, or after the Wednesday game in Siroki, so this morning president Jelusic organized a meeting, and although the results of it is not yet known and players are only to be informed this evening before the training, they already decided to travel to Siroki and reschedule the protest for after the last round before hollidays.
It's really a pitty that such things are hurting them in a season their achievements are more then expected, and all respect towards the players professionalism, for they are still playing 100%, the weekend Cedevita game being the perfect example.



Round 13: Cibona stays on top with 11-2 - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Cibona 72-87
Cibona cruised past Cedevita 72-87 staying on top of the regional championship with 11-2 score. Marko Tomas (201-G-85) led the winners with 25 points. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) had 21 and Marin Rozic (201-F-83) added 18 pts, plus 7 rebounds. Barisa Krasic (203-F-78) replied with 18 points for Cedevita, who dropped to 5-8.

Siroki Eronet - Partizan 48-63
Partizan took it easily against Siroki Eronet on the road jumping to 8-4 (same as Zadar and Hemfoarm). Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the Serbian powerhouse with 19 points. Aleks Maric (211-C-84) came up with double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds. In Siroki (5-8), Hrovje Puljko netted 10 pts.

Buducnost - FMP 78-70
Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) once again shined and after victory against Bosna, he led Buducnost to another one, this time with 25 points (5 triples). Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) collected 16 pts and 5 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88, agency: Buck Andre) collected 17 pts and 15 boards. Buducnost 7-6, FMP 4-8.

Crvena Zvez. - Bosna S. 85-79
Crvena Zvezda was too strong for Bosna getting 19 points from Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), who made 4 of 5 attempts from behind the arc. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) collected 16 pts, while Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) (7 rebs) and Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs) helped with 14 pts each. Goran Bajic (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 14 points in defeat. Crvena Zvezda 6-7, Bosna 2-11.

KK Zagreb - Zadar 95-97
Zadar grabbed valuable 95-97 road win against Zagreb improving to 8-4. Damir Rancic (199-G-83) led former Croatian champion with 17 points. Rok Stipcevic (188-G-86) and Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) netted 16 pts each. In Zagreb (8-5), Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) shined with 27 points and 8 assists.

U.Olimpija - Hemofarm 72-79
Hemofarm crushed reigning Slovenian champion on the road for 8-4 score in the regional championship. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 18 points and Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) had one point less in this victory. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) collected 18 pts and 8 rebounds in defeat. His Olimpija dropped to 9-4.

Radnicki K. - Helios 69-66
Radnicki outsmarted Helios 69-66 for the fifth win in Adriatic league. Vladimir Vuksanovic (206-F/C-78) shined for the hosts with 25 points. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) had 11 pts and 6 boards. In Helios (3-10), Domen Lorbek collected 19 pts.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


Semifinals: Jeronimo power Primeiro past APR 98-84 - by Eurobasket News
Vladmir Jeronimo proved to be a reliable player for defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men, Primeiro dAgosto scoring 30 points to ensure victory for his side over host, APR Lions basketball club of Rwanda. The defending champion who showed class against the host won the encounter by 98-84 points to secure a grand finale ticket slated for Tuesday at the sports hall of Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda. Primeiro won the first three quarters by 26-18, 21-19 and 25-19 just as both sides end the last quarter in a tie with 26 points apiece. Joining Jeronimo is reigning Africa most valuable player, Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso) who recorded a double double effort of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Rodrigo Mascarenhas (197-F-80) added 12 points and 8 rebounds. APR dependable point guard Cedric Isom (188-G-84, college: E.Texas Baptist) led his teammates with 26 points just as fellow point guard Mathew Miller added 23 points. Primeiro will take on the winner of the second semi-final between Petro Atletico basketball club of Angola and ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo in the final on Tuesday while APR will battle the loser of the second semis for the third place prize.
Courtesy of: fiba-afrique.org


Classification Round: Coop-Bank bow to ASPAC 62-89, Kano Pillars beat Interclub 85-65 - by Eurobasket News
Cooperative Bank basketball club of Kenya was on Sunday confine to fight for position 7-8 by ASPAC basketball club of Benin Republic who defeated the Kenyan by 89-62 points. ASPAC of Benin who were consider and outsider defeated the Kenyan in all four quarters by 26-18, 25-11, 17-15 and 21-18 with ASPAC combo-guard Mohammed Bukar (191-G-90) leading the floor with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steal while the duo of Leonne Chadare and Romaric Quenum added 21 and 18 points each.
In the other classification also decided Sunday, Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria defeated Interclub basketball club of Congo Brazzaville by 85-65 points to set-up 5-6 position battle against ASPAC basketball club of Benin Republic on Tuesday. Pillars guard, Abubakar Usman (192-G-86) led his team with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Williams Ndoumbe recorded 12 points, Kelvin Ninmul scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Ibrahim Yusuf (196-G-89) added 10 points to complete the beating of the Brazzaville-based side. ASPAC guard and motivator, Nigeria-born Bukar who now leads other players in the final round of the 24th edition of FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men taking place at the sports hall of Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda with 154 points scored so far must be at his best to stop the Kano Pillars side from clinching the fifth place, a position it held since 2008 in Tunisia.
Courtesy of: fiba-afrique.org


Semifinals: Petro in narrow win over Mazembe 90-88 - by Eurobasket News
Mother luck saw Petro Atletico basketball club of Angola through a titanic semi-final battle against ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday night of the 24th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men holding in Kigali, Rwanda. The Congolese side had stretched the Angolan to the limit taken a comfortable first quarter lead of 25-16 points, Petro a former Africa champion fought back in the second quarter winning the quarter by 28-25 points for a 50-44 points deficit. Efforts by the Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) led Petro Atletico side continue the battle against the Mazembe side in the third quarter reducing the gap by one point via a 24-23 points win going into the last quarter trailing the more determined Congolese side by five points of 73-68 points. The fourth quarter resumed with both sides going for each jugular with Petro tying the game at 88 points apiece with just ten seconds left in the game with Petro being possession of the ball as Curtis Terry (196-G/F-85, college: UNLV) taking a bold move for a lay-up at the buzzer that finally separates them and ASB Mazembe side and grand finale ticket against fellow Angolan and cup holder, Primeiro dAgosto basketball club. Terry poured in 24 points just as Mario Porters added 20 points with captain, Mingas napping a double double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Fernando Albano (193-F-75) contributed 10 points for their side hard earned victory. Mazembe will battle host, APR Lions basketball club of Rwanda for the third place title before the final battle on Tuesday.
Courtesy of: fiba-afrique.org


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  ALGERIA   


NAHD and the TRBB in the 2nd phase of the National Championship - by Carlos Pereira
The NA Hussein-Dey and TRB Blida have finally achieved their qualification for the 2nd phase of national championship basketball, at the very last day of this first phase thanks to their success, oh so important, their opponents today also involved in the game, namely WB-Ain Benian and CRM Birkhadem.
The NAHD and the TRBB join in the 2nd stage, the other six teams already qualified: ASPTT Alger, WA Boufarik, NB Staouli (Group A), GS Tankers, the CRB Dar El-Beida and MSC Constantine (Group B).

RESULTS
Group A
WA Boufarik AB Skikda 92-57
ASPTT Alger NB Staouli 76-68
NA HD WB An-Benian 95-61 (overtime)
Exempt : COBB Oran

Pts G
1. ASPTT Alger 22 12 Q
2. WA Boufarik 22 12 Q
3. NB Staouli 20 12 Q
4. NA Hussein-Dey 20 12 Q
5. WB An-Benian 18 12
6 COBB Oran 14 12
7. AB Skikda 14 12

Group B
O. Batna CSM Constantine 70-75
GS Ptroliers CRB Tmouchent 115-57
USMM Hadjout - CRB Dar-El-Beida 69-74
CRM Birkhadem - TRB Blida 71-77

Pts G
1. GS Ptroliers 28 14 Q
2. CRB Dar-El-Beida 24 14 Q
3. CSM Constantine 23 14 Q
4. TRB Blida 21 14 Q
5. CRM Birkhadem 21 14
6. O.Batna 19 14
7. USMM Hadjout 19 14
8. CRB Tmouchent 13 14


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  ANGOLA   


24th AFCCM (2nd Semi-final): Petro in narrow win over Mazembe 90-88 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Mother luck saw Petro Atletico basketball club of Angola through a titanic semi-final battle against ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday night of the 24th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men holding in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Congolese side had stretched the Angolan to the limit taken a comfortable first quarter lead of 25-16 points, Petro a former Africa champion fought back in the second quarter winning the quarter by 28-25 points for a 50-44 points deficit.

Efforts by the Eduardo Mingas led Petro Atletico side continue the battle against the Mazembe side in the third quarter reducing the gap by one point via a 24-23 points win going into the last quarter trailing the more determined Congolese side by five points of 73-68 points.

The fourth quarter resumed with both sides going for each jugular with Petro tying the game at 88 points apiece with just ten seconds left in the game with Petro being possession of the ball as Curtis Terry taking a bold move for a lay-up at the buzzer that finally separates them and ASB Mazembe side and grand finale ticket against fellow Angolan and cup holder, Primeiro dAgosto basketball club.

Terry poured in 24 points just as Mario Porters added 20 points with captain, Mingas napping a double double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Fernando Albano contributed 10 points for their side hard earned victory.

Mazembe will battle host, APR Lions basketball club of Rwanda for the third place title before the final battle on Tuesday.

Curtis Terry (196-G/F-85, college: UNLV)


24th AFCCM (1st Semi-final): Jeronimo power Primeiro past APR 98-84 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Vladmir Jeronimo proved to be a reliable player for defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men, Primeiro dAgosto scoring 30 points to ensure victory for his side over host, APR Lions basketball club of Rwanda.

The defending champion who showed class against the host won the encounter by 98-84 points to secure a grand finale ticket slated for Tuesday at the sports hall of Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda.

Primeiro won the first three quarters by 26-18, 21-19 and 25-19 just as both sides end the last quarter in a tie with 26 points apiece.

Joining Jeronimo is reigning Africa most valuable player, Joaquim Gomes who recorded a double double effort of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Rodrigo Mascarenhas added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

APR dependable point guard Cedric Isom led his teammates with 26 points just as fellow point guard Mathew Miller added 23 points.

Primeiro will take on the winner of the second semi-final between Petro Atletico basketball club of Angola and ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo in the final on Tuesday while APR will battle the loser of the second semis for the third place prize.



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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Jackson, La Union20.7 
 2. Funes, C.Entrer.19.8 
 3. Cequeira, Sionista18.0 
 4. Assie, Quilmes MP17.3 
 5. Gonzalez, Quimsa16.9 
 6. Gutierrez, Penarol16.8 
 7. Moodie, Boca Jrs16.4 
 8. Schattmann, Union S.15.6 
 9. Edwards, Quilm.15.5 
 10. Robinson, Sionis.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.13.1 
 2. Abney, Estudiantes8.6 
 3. Wolkowyski, Libertad.8.5 
 4. Williams, Union S.8.4 
 5. McFarlan, Union S.8.2 
 6. Leiva, Penarol7.9 
 7. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.6 
 8. Gonzalez, Quimsa7.3 
 9. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 10. Pelussi, Libertad.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luis CEQUEIRA
  Sionista
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Cequeira, Sionista4.9 
 2. Williams, Olimpico.4.3 
 3. Victoriano, Lanus4.3 
 4. Labaque, Obras3.8 
 5. Martinez, Sionista3.7 
 6. Cadillac, C.Entrer.3.3 
 7. Franco, Estudiantes3.2 
 8. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.1 
 9. Salles, La Union3.0 
 10. Figueroa, Aten.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Williams, Olimpico.2.7 
 2. Funes, C.Entrer.2.1 
 3. Moldu, Libertad S.1.8 
 4. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.8 
 5. Victoriano, Lanus1.8 
 6. Lopez, Quilmes MP1.7 
 7. McFarlan, Union S.1.6 
 8. Cutley, C.Entrer.1.6 
 9. Lane, C.Entrerriano1.6 
 10. Smith, Estudiant.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.1.8 
 2. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.1 
 4. Johnson, Lanus1.1 
 5. Williams, Union S.1.1 
 6. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 7. Leiva, Penarol0.9 
 8. Zanotti, Regatas C.0.9 
 9. Alloatti, Obras0.9 
 10. McFarlan, Union.0.9 


Josh Peppers joins Central Enterriano - by Eurobasket News
Josh Peppers (201-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Florida) became the new player in Central Enterriano. The 24-year-old forward started the previous season in Hamamatsu Phoenix in the Japanese BJ League. He averaged 18.5 points, 6.5 boards, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game. Later Josh Peppers moved to Sendai 89ers. There the forward tallied 13.3 points, 3.7 boards and 1.7 assists per appearance.


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Derrick MILLER
  Bragado
  (202-C/F-78)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Miller, Bragado22.3 
 2. Elsener, El Nacional20.6 
 3. Melo, Independ.N.17.4 
 4. Tomatis, Alma Juniors17.1 
 5. Wilkerson, Ciclista16.3 
 6. Ceruti, San M.16.1 
 7. Pardal, Bragado15.7 
 8. Truscott, San M.15.7 
 9. Barlasina, San M.15.5 
 10. Williams, Independ.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  San Mart.C.
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Truscott, San M.10.6 
 2. Williams, Independ.T.9.0 
 3. Ford, Belgrano SN8.9 
 4. Hooks, Firmat SF8.3 
 5. Benjamin, San M.7.8 
 6. Wilkerson, Ciclista7.7 
 7. Frey, A.Italiana7.5 
 8. Fabio, Obera TC7.2 
 9. Espinoza, Argentino7.1 
 10. Dentis, El Nacion.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Bragado
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Olmedo, Bragado4.9 
 2. La Bella, Obera TC3.2 
 3. Palacios, Firmat S.3.0 
 4. Gandoy, Belgrano SN2.8 
 5. Perez, El Nacional2.6 
 6. Lauro, Independ.N.2.6 
 7. Jaworski, Belgrano.2.6 
 8. Safar, Argentino2.2 
 9. Eiguren, Firmat SF2.2 
 10. Schoppler, A.Italia.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Leonardo LA BELLA
  Obera TC
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. La Bella, Obera TC2.9 
 2. Elsener, El Nacional2.6 
 3. Fernandez, Alma J.2.2 
 4. Castelli, Independ.T.2.0 
 5. Schoppler, A.Italiana1.9 
 6. Giletta, Alma Juniors1.9 
 7. Forte, Alma J.1.8 
 8. Forastieri, Club 91.7 
 9. Barlasina, San M.1.7 
 10. Luchino, San.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jeremy CLAYTON
  Firmat SF
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Clayton, Firmat SF1.7 
 2. Williams, Independ.T.1.6 
 3. Espinoza, Argentino1.1 
 4. Ford, Belgrano SN1.0 
 5. Nwankwo, El Nacional0.9 
 6. Giorgi, Obera TC0.9 
 7. Robinson, Argentino0.9 
 8. Segura, Club 90.8 
 9. Williams, Club 90.8 
 10. Cavagna, Alma.0.7 


TNA: Round 12 review - by Eurobasket News
Group North
San Mart.MJ - Obera TC 51-44
San Martin MJ outplayed Obera TC 51-44 ending 2009 with nice 9-2 score. Lucas Barlasina (194-F-82) led the winners with 14 points. Leonardo La Bella (180-G-86) responded with 11 points in loss. His Obera dropped to 3-7.

San Mart.C. - Club 9 82-61
San Martin C had Leandro Portillo (185-G-85) on fire with 22 points. Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) and Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) followed him with 12 pts each. Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83, college: W.Chester) had double-double in loss, 17 pts and 11 rebs. San Martin C 7-3, Club 9 5-5.

Belgrano - Asociacion Italaiana 91-84
The box-score will be available soon.


Group South
El Nacional - Bragado 79-73
El Nacional got 22 points from Alexis Elsener (196-G-88), Bruno Gelsi (188-G-76, agency: Players Group) had 20 and Ije Nwankwo (201-F-85, college: Cleveland St.) helped with 19 pts. On the other side, Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY) was better than the others with 26 pts. El Nacional 7-4, Bragado 7-3.

Firmat SF - Ciclista 62-72
Alejandro Konsztadt (189-G-89) stepped up for Ciclista with 17 points. Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) followed with 14 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Fred Hooks (198-F-82, college: Humboldt St.) collected 19 points and 10 rebounds. Ciclista 5-5, Firmat 4-6.



Super 8: Penarol Champion - by Facundo Iatzky
4 days of fantastic basketball. A great tournament. That is what happened in Mar del Plata the past weekend. Finally Penarol became champion after winning the final game against Atenas in a good game. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) showed why he is the most important player of the league and led the way getting the MVP award. Penarol was stronger in the second half, but they just could define the game in the last minutes. 'Tato' Rodriguez was the best acompanist. Lo Grippo played well in atenas but he missed three free throws in the last seconds.

Penarol (74): Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78) 12, Marcos Mata 8, Mike Jones 8, Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) 27, Martin Leiva 7 (st); Sebastian Vega 1, Alejandro Diez 0, Facundo Campazzo 7 Alejandro Reinick 4. coach: Sergio Hernandez.

Atenas (67): Juan P. Figueroa 0, Andre Laws 18, Juan M. Locatelli 15, Diego Lo Grippo 17, Djibril Kante 4 (st); Cristian Romero (x) 8, Juan P. Cantero 3 Diego Osella 2. coach: Alejandro Lotterio.


Kevin Francis from Italiana to Argentino de junin - by Diego Calla
Atletico Argentino Junin released american player Sylbrin Robinson (201-F-80, college: Northeastern) and his replacement, has been contracted by Canadian Kevin Francis (203-F-84, college: Vincennes Univ.). He played in Asoc. Italiana Charata and had 21 ppg, in two games, against San Martin de San Nicolas Marcos Juarez and Belgrano.
Francis is already in Junin. He arrived at Jorge Newbery Airport last friday and was moved to Junn. This weekend he attended the gym and then to court where he throws the basket.


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NBL, Round 13: First place belongs to Gold Coast Blaze - by Eurobasket News
Blaze - Hawks 88-84
The Blaze closed Round 13 with nice 88-84 win against the Hawks. Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) was totally the best player in this game with 28 points and 5 assists. NBL MVP for the last two weeks, Tywain McKee (188-G-86, agency: Liman Sports, college: Coppin St.), answered with 24 points in defeat. Thanks to this victory the Gold Coast Blaze jumped on top with 10-7.

Taipans - Hawks 71-70
The Taipans escaped with tiny 71-70 victory against the Hawks getting 16 points and 8 rebounds from Gary Boodnikoff (200-F-79, college: Augusta St.). Phill Jones (196-G-74) also scored 16 and grabbed two rebounds less than Boodnikoff. The Hawks got 13 points from Tim Coenraad (201-G/F-85, college: Nova SE).

Perth - 36ers 70-82
The 36ers grabbed this one mostly owing to Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances), who collected 18 points and 8 rebounds. Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.) scored 15 pts and pulled down 10 rebs. In Perth, Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) had 21 points and 7 boards. 36ers 9-6, Wildcats 9-7.

Tigers - Breakers 68-77
The Breakers celebrated ninth victory of the season. Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota) led them in this game with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) helped with 13 points and 8 boards. In the loosing squad, Julius Hodge (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.) replied with19 points and 7 rebs.

36ers - Blaze 91-81
The 36ers celebrated in Round 13 opener mostly owing to Adam Ballinger, who nailed 28 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. John Gilchrist (187-G-84, college: Maryland) had 18 and Matthew Burston (210-F/C-82, agency: Interperformances) collected 16 points, plus 10 rebounds. James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) had 20 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Breakers - Crocodiles 80-87
The Crocs had Peter Crawford (193-G-79) and Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) in a game mood with 19 points each. Rolan Roberts (201-F/C-78, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois) helped with 16 points and 9 rebounds. On the other side, Kirk Penney collected 24 points and 6 rebs. The winners jumped to 10-8.



Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Penney, Breakers21.8 
 2. McKee, Hawks18.8 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles18.5 
 4. Ballinger, 36ers18.2 
 5. Gilchrist, 36ers18.2 
 6. Hodge, Tigers17.8 
 7. Ubaka, Blaze16.4 
 8. Bruton, Breakers16.3 
 9. Redhage, Perth16.2 
 10. Worthington, T.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  36ers
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Holmes, 36ers7.5 
 2. Roberts, Crocodiles7.4 
 3. Davidson, Hawks7.3 
 4. Rickert, Breakers7.3 
 5. Rychart, Taipans7.2 
 6. Schenscher, Perth7.1 
 7. Worthington, Tig.7.0 
 8. Redhage, Perth6.7 
 9. Petrie, Blaze6.4 
 10. Gilchrist, 36e.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Hodge, Tigers6.3 
 2. McKee, Hawks4.6 
 3. Ubaka, Blaze4.4 
 4. Gilchrist, 36ers4.3 
 5. Bruton, Breakers3.9 
 6. Gibson, Blaze3.6 
 7. Crosswell, Tigers3.6 
 8. Boucher, Breakers3.5 
 9. Penney, Breakers3.3 
 10. Groves, 36e.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 2. Jones, Taipans1.4 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles1.4 
 4. McKee, Hawks1.3 
 5. Hodge, Tigers1.3 
 6. Martin, Perth1.3 
 7. Robbins, Perth1.2 
 8. Bruton, Breakers1.2 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.2 
 10. Lisch, Per.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hodge, Tigers1.7 
 2. Penney, Breakers1.0 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles0.8 
 4. Rickert, Breakers0.8 
 5. Worthington, Tig.0.8 
 6. Lisch, Perth0.7 
 7. Melzer, Taipans0.7 
 8. Maxey, Blaze0.7 
 9. Rychart, Taipans0.6 
 10. Crosswhite, Tai.0.5 


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Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Zalgiris 10-1 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 6-0 
 3. Siauliai 6-3 
 4. Ventspils 5-3 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 5-5 
 6. Valmiera 3-4 
 7. TU/Rock 3-6 
 8. VEF Riga 2-6 
 9. Nevezis 2-7 
 10. Liepaja 1-8 
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
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Broadus, Suduva20.8 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.20.5 
 3. Kelys, Perlas20.5 
 4. Kleiza, Alytus Alita19.6 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev19.5 
 6. Gailius, Siauliai19.3 
 7. Covington, Tallin.18.6 
 8. Kieza, Suduva18.6 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale18.1 
 10. Fisher, Kalev/.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Suduva
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kieza, Suduva9.4 
 2. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.2 
 3. Watson, Zalgiris9.1 
 4. Reed, Tallinna Kalev9.0 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.9.0 
 6. Cresnar, Valmiera8.6 
 7. Kojenets, Liepaja8.5 
 8. Renfroe, VEF Riga8.4 
 9. McNaull, Norrkoping8.2 
 10. Valanciunas, Perl.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.8.0 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.9 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.7 
 4. Broadus, Suduva5.5 
 5. Gervin, Norrkoping5.3 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas5.2 
 7. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo5.1 
 8. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 9. Maceina, Rudupis4.8 
 10. Kelys, Perl.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Broadus, Suduva3.8 
 2. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.8 
 3. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.7 
 4. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.5 
 5. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 6. Andrijauskas, Rudup.2.3 
 7. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.3 
 8. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.2 
 9. Stalbergs, VEF Riga2.2 
 10. Vileita, Rudup.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.3.7 
 2. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.0 
 3. Valanciunas, Perlas1.8 
 4. Pettway, Ventspils1.7 
 5. Saks, TTU K.1.6 
 6. Kieza, Suduva1.6 
 7. Begic, Zalgiris1.4 
 8. Baynes, Lietuvos.1.4 
 9. Cresnar, Valmiera1.4 
 10. Talts, TU/Ro.1.4 


Kalev/Cramo loses a heart-breaker at home - by Janar Filippov
Kalev/Cramo was only two minutes away from the biggest surprise of the MasterCard BBL season.
They led 81:72 against Zalgiris with 2.10 left to play but 'The Greens' closed the game with a 10:0 run and achieved their 10th win of the season.

Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) led the Greens with 21 points including a decisive three-pointer with 55 seconds left. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) added 18 points fir the winners. Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) led the home team with 27 points.

Both teams started the game well. Altough Zalgiris was mostly the leader in the first minutes, Kalev never fell too far behind and was able to tie the game in the final seconds of the first period.

The second period was even more close. Point by point game contiuned all ten minutes. Fisher was simply on fire, as he made already his 16th point with two minutes left in the first half. Eventually, both teams headed to halftime break with a tie - 45:45.

Zalgiris started the second half full of enthusiasm, making a quick 7-to-nothing run. Tanel Sokk (184-G-85)'s three-pointer cut the visitors lead to four. Still, seemed like Zalgiris was pulling away, as Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances)'s two-points put lithuanians ahead by eight. But, Marko Riis (188-G-85) and Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) thought otherwise, as they connected two three-pointers during the next offensive possessions, and Kalev was trailing againg by four, 54:58. With three-minutes left, Fisher shot his 20th point, and the tie was now standing only a bucket away. The quarter ended with a duel between Fisher and Watson, as they both made few shots for their teams, finally Kalev was trailing only by one, 63:64.

Rait Keerles put finally Kalev ahead by one. Still, the lead went one way to the next, until Siim-Sander Vene, Estonia's own, hit four straight, and gave Zalgiris a three-point lead. Then, unfortunate to visitors, Kalev hit a second gear, and made a 11-0 run.

With two minutes left, Akognon and Salenga exchanged three-pointers, and the score was 81:75, home team still ahead. With a minute left, Watsons free-throw cut Kalev lead to four, and another three-pointer from Brown made the score close again - 81:80. Kalev had to take a time-out. With 11 seconds left, Klimavicius dunk put Zalgiris ahead. Kalev had lost a heart-breaker. Final score 81:82.

Marcus Brown had 21 points, Travis Watson added 18 and 7 rebounds. Mantas Kalnietis contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists.

Charron Fisher was game's best with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon added 19 (5 threes).



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  BELARUS   


Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 14-0 
 2. OZAA Osipov. 13-3 
 3. Grodno-93 10-4 
 4. Sozh Gomel 9-5 
 5. Lokomotiv 7-7 
 6. BNTU 5-13 
 7. Vitalyur 3-15 
 8. Temp-OSHVSM 1-15 


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24th AFCCM (Classification 5-8): Coop-Bank bow to ASPAC 62-89 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cooperative Bank basketball club of Kenya was on Sunday confine to fight for position 7-8 by ASPAC basketball club of Benin Republic who defeated the Kenyan by 89-62 points.

ASPAC of Benin who were consider an outsider defeated the Kenyan in all four quarters by 26-18, 25-11, 17-15 and 21-18 with ASPAC combo-guard Mohammed Bukar leading the floor with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steal while the duo of Leonne Chadare and Romaric Quenum added 21 and 18 points each.


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  CHINA   


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Shandong
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 53
 1. Emmett, Shandong53.0 
 2. Johnson, Jiangsu43.0 
 3. Gaines, Xinjiang38.0 
 4. Pickett, Shaanxi38.0 
 5. Williams, Zhejiang C.35.0 
 6. Tate, DongGuan34.0 
 7. Rodgers, Jilin34.0 
 8. Zhang, Liaoning33.0 
 9. Lucas, Shanghai30.0 
 10. Bozeman, Beiji.30.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Zhejiang G.L.
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Ramos, Zhejiang.17.0 
 2. Li, Liaoning15.0 
 3. Oyedeji, Liaoning15.0 
 4. Siler, Shanghai14.0 
 5. Mengke, Xinjiang14.0 
 6. Gaines, Xinjiang13.0 
 7. Williams, Zhejiang C.12.0 
 8. Pickett, Shaanxi11.0 
 9. Bozeman, Beijing11.0 
 10. McCoy, Fuji.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bateer MENGKE
  Xinjiang
  (210-C-75)
  Avg: 8
 1. Mengke, Xinjiang8.0 
 2. Lu, Fujian7.0 
 3. Yu, Jilin6.0 
 4. Brown, Zhejiang C.6.0 
 5. Pickett, Shaanxi5.0 
 6. Wang, DongGuan5.0 
 7. Parker, Guandong4.0 
 8. Han, Jiangsu4.0 
 9. Zhao, Zhejiang C.4.0 
 10. Xie, Beiji.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYS
  Beijing
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Mays, Beijing7.0 
 2. Mo, Bayi5.0 
 3. Porter, Fujian4.0 
 4. White, Zhejiang.4.0 
 5. Parker, Guandong4.0 
 6. Emmett, Shandong4.0 
 7. Zhou, Guandong4.0 
 8. Yu, Zhejiang G.L.3.0 
 9. Duan, Shanxi Zh.3.0 
 10. Liu, Shangh.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Garret SILER
  Shanghai
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Siler, Shanghai7.0 
 2. Lamizana, TianJ.4.0 
 3. Watkins, Jiangsu3.0 
 4. Swift, Shandong3.0 
 5. Taylor, Shanxi Zh.3.0 
 6. Gaines, Xinjiang3.0 
 7. Wang, Guandong3.0 
 8. Li, Liaoning3.0 
 9. Johnson, Jiangsu2.0 
 10. Yang, Fuji.2.0 


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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE   


24th AFCCM (Classification 5-8): Kano Pillars beat Interclub 85-65 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
In the other classification also decided Sunday, Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria defeated Interclub basketball club of Congo Brazzaville by 85-65 points to set-up 5-6 position battle against ASPAC basketball club of Benin Republic on Tuesday.

Pillars guard, Abubakar Usman led his team with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Williams Ndoumbe recorded 12 points, Kelvin Ninmul scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Ibrahim Yusuf added 10 points to complete the beating of the Brazzaville-based side.

ASPAC guard and motivator, Nigeria-born Bukar who now leads other players in the final round of the 24th edition of FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men taking place at the sports hall of Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda with 154 points scored so far must be at his best to stop the Kano Pillars side from clinching the fifth place, a position it held since 2008 in Tunisia.


24th AFCCM (Classification 5-8): Kano Pillars beat Interclub 85-65 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
In the other classification also decided Sunday, Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria defeated Interclub basketball club of Congo Brazzaville by 85-65 points to set-up 5-6 position battle against ASPAC basketball club of Benin Republic on Tuesday.

Pillars guard, Abubakar Usman led his team with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Williams Ndoumbe recorded 12 points, Kelvin Ninmul scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Ibrahim Yusuf added 10 points to complete the beating of the Brazzaville-based side.

ASPAC guard and motivator, Nigeria-born Bukar who now leads other players in the final round of the 24th edition of FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men taking place at the sports hall of Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda with 154 points scored so far must be at his best to stop the Kano Pillars side from clinching the fifth place, a position it held since 2008 in Tunisia.



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  COSTA RICA   


First market moves - by Gianni Pascucci
In an unexpected move, Escazu coach Nicolas Marin decided to leave his position to became the CostaRican Junior National Teams Director. The move has been explained with family reasons. Jorge Arguello will replace him on the Escazu bench. Title holders of Ferreterias Brenes Barva strenghtened the roster by signing Jaffry Spencer (190-F-80) from Coyotes de Santa Ana and Alonso Sanchez (174-G-85), from Goicoechea. At the same time, Barva announced the releasing of four players: Frank Brown (188-C-76), Ivan Castillo (182-G/F-76), Jefferson Dixon (196-C-84) and Harold Mitchell (200-C-83)


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  CROATIA   


Cibona players going on stryke? - by Milan Jovanovic
After the financial situation in Cibona not progressing for a long time now, the players finally decided to go on stryke.
It was unsure if they will start it today, or after the Wednesday game in Siroki, so this morning president Jelusic organized a meeting, and although the results of it is not yet known and players are only to be informed this evening before the training, they already decided to travel to Siroki and reschedule the protest for after the last round before hollidays.
It's really a pitty that such things are hurting them in a season their achievements are more then expected, and all respect towards the players professionalism, for they are still playing 100%, the weekend Cedevita game being the perfect example.



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  CUBA   


Standings - LSB
LSB Standings
 1. Ciego de Avila 0-0 
 2. Holguin 0-0 
 3. Pinar 0-0 
 4. Guantanamo 0-0 
 5. Santiago 0-0 
 6. Capitalinos 0-0 
 7. Camaguey 0-0 
 8. Matanzas 0-0 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Plzen 13-3 
 2. J.Hradec 12-4 
 3. Proton Zlin 11-4 
 4. Chomutov 11-5 
 5. Sparta Praha 11-6 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 11-6 
 7. Liberec 10-6 
 8. Opava B 10-7 
 9. Usti n/Labem 9-8 
 10. Benesov 5-11 
 11. Sokol H.Kralove 5-12 
 12. Trutnov 3-13 
 13. VSB Ostrava 2-15 
 14. Litomerice 2-15 


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  D.R. CONGO   


24th AFCCM (2nd Semi-final): Petro in narrow win over Mazembe 90-88 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Mother luck saw Petro Atletico basketball club of Angola through a titanic semi-final battle against ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo Sunday night of the 24th FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men holding in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Congolese side had stretched the Angolan to the limit taken a comfortable first quarter lead of 25-16 points, Petro a former Africa champion fought back in the second quarter winning the quarter by 28-25 points for a 50-44 points deficit.

Efforts by the Eduardo Mingas led Petro Atletico side continue the battle against the Mazembe side in the third quarter reducing the gap by one point via a 24-23 points win going into the last quarter trailing the more determined Congolese side by five points of 73-68 points.

The fourth quarter resumed with both sides going for each jugular with Petro tying the game at 88 points apiece with just ten seconds left in the game with Petro being possession of the ball as Curtis Terry taking a bold move for a lay-up at the buzzer that finally separates them and ASB Mazembe side and grand finale ticket against fellow Angolan and cup holder, Primeiro dAgosto basketball club.

Terry poured in 24 points just as Mario Porters added 20 points with captain, Mingas napping a double double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while Fernando Albano contributed 10 points for their side hard earned victory.

Mazembe will battle host, APR Lions basketball club of Rwanda for the third place title before the final battle on Tuesday.

Curtis Terry (196-G/F-85, college: UNLV)


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  DENMARK   


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Johnson, Bakken25.0 
 2. Kearse, SISU22.9 
 3. Smith, Svendborg22.5 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.5 
 5. Johansen, Naestved20.3 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg20.0 
 7. Nielsen, Randers19.2 
 8. Dennis, Naestved19.2 
 9. Proctor, Bakken18.3 
 10. Vance, Aalbo.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Christoffers., Bak.11.6 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj10.8 
 3. Miskovic, Randers9.3 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.2 
 5. Iversen, Svendborg8.9 
 6. Vance, Aalborg8.8 
 7. Johnson, Bakken7.9 
 8. Cavanuagh, Aalborg7.7 
 9. Kalvelis, SISU7.2 
 10. Kearse, SI.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 BK4.8 
 5. Darboe, Horsholm4.8 
 6. Rinkevicius, SISU4.5 
 7. Dennis, Naestved4.4 
 8. Smith, Svendborg4.1 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg3.9 
 10. Christensen, Amager.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.9 
 2. Proctor, Bakken2.5 
 3. Kearse, SISU2.3 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj1.8 
 5. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg1.7 
 7. Nielsen, Horsholm1.7 
 8. Houguet, Aalborg1.7 
 9. Dennis, Naestved1.7 
 10. Sigurdsson, 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, Aalborg1.3 
 5. Miskovic, Randers1.3 
 6. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.3 
 7. Willis, Randers1.2 
 8. Kalvelis, SISU0.9 
 9. Baskauskas, Amager B.0.9 
 10. Hoger, Svendbo.0.8 


Naestved beats Randers in Round 18 - by Eurobasket News
Naestved - Randers 93-86
Naestved was too strong for Randers jumping to 10-6 score in Basketligaen. Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78, college: JMU) stepped up in victory with 22 points. Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Chris Nielsen (192-G/F-85, agency: Los Angeles Sports Group) responded with 25 points and 8 assists in Randers, who fell to 3-13.



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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 8-1 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 5-3 
 3. Dakota W. 3-5 
 4. Ft.Wayne MA 3-5 
 5. Erie Bay H. 2-7 
Southwest Division
 1. Maine R.Claws 7-2 
 2. Rio Grande 7-3 
 3. Austin T. 7-4 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 6-5 
 5. Albuquerque 2-7 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 6-3 
 2. Idaho S. 5-4 
 3. Reno Bighorns 4-4 
 4. Los Angeles D. 3-3 
 5. Springfield A. 1-7 
 6. Bakersfield J. 1-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Reggie WILLIAMS
  Sioux Falls S.
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Williams, Sioux F.26.4 
 2. Harris, Rio Grande25.3 
 3. Gaines, Idaho S.25.1 
 4. Farmer, Reno B.23.9 
 5. Howard, Ft.Wayne.21.8 
 6. Powell, Albuquerque21.6 
 7. Gee, Austin T.20.9 
 8. Jefferson, Utah F.20.7 
 9. Tolliver, Idaho S.20.7 
 10. Walker, Maine20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Jones, Austin T.14.3 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande12.7 
 3. Bryant, Erie Bay H.11.5 
 4. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.9 
 5. Tolliver, Idaho S.9.9 
 6. Mullens, Tulsa 66ers9.6 
 7. Barron, Iowa E.9.2 
 8. Benson, Reno B.9.1 
 9. Wheeler, Utah F.8.6 
 10. Ambres, Idaho.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.4 
 2. Gaines, Idaho S.8.1 
 3. Anderson, Rio G.7.1 
 4. Jackson, Erie B.7.0 
 5. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 6. Bailey, Sioux F.6.4 
 7. McLeod, Albuquer.6.1 
 8. Jefferson, Utah F.5.9 
 9. Smith, Idaho S.5.8 
 10. Farmer, Reno.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Greene, Utah F.3.2 
 2. Charlo, Reno B.3.0 
 3. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers3.0 
 4. Baker, Dakota W.2.6 
 5. Benson, Reno B.2.3 
 6. Jerrells, Austin T.2.1 
 7. Tyndale, Iowa E.2.0 
 8. McLeod, Albuquer.2.0 
 9. Stinson, Iowa E.2.0 
 10. Robinson, Reno.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.8 
 2. Trybanski, Reno B.2.8 
 3. Ajinca, Maine RC2.8 
 4. Simmons, Idaho S.2.4 
 5. Hansen, Albuquerque2.3 
 6. McKenzie, Idaho S.2.3 
 7. Jones, Austin T.2.2 
 8. Dorsey, Rio Grande2.2 
 9. Benson, Reno B.2.1 
 10. Blair, Bakersfield.2.0 


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  ESTONIA   


Kalev/Cramo loses a heart-breaker at home - by Janar Filippov
Kalev/Cramo was only two minutes away from the biggest surprise of the MasterCard BBL season.
They led 81:72 against Zalgiris with 2.10 left to play but 'The Greens' closed the game with a 10:0 run and achieved their 10th win of the season.

Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) led the Greens with 21 points including a decisive three-pointer with 55 seconds left. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) added 18 points fir the winners. Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) led the home team with 27 points.

Both teams started the game well. Altough Zalgiris was mostly the leader in the first minutes, Kalev never fell too far behind and was able to tie the game in the final seconds of the first period.

The second period was even more close. Point by point game contiuned all ten minutes. Fisher was simply on fire, as he made already his 16th point with two minutes left in the first half. Eventually, both teams headed to halftime break with a tie - 45:45.

Zalgiris started the second half full of enthusiasm, making a quick 7-to-nothing run. Tanel Sokk (184-G-85)'s three-pointer cut the visitors lead to four. Still, seemed like Zalgiris was pulling away, as Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances)'s two-points put lithuanians ahead by eight. But, Marko Riis (188-G-85) and Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) thought otherwise, as they connected two three-pointers during the next offensive possessions, and Kalev was trailing againg by four, 54:58. With three-minutes left, Fisher shot his 20th point, and the tie was now standing only a bucket away. The quarter ended with a duel between Fisher and Watson, as they both made few shots for their teams, finally Kalev was trailing only by one, 63:64.

Rait Keerles put finally Kalev ahead by one. Still, the lead went one way to the next, until Siim-Sander Vene, Estonia's own, hit four straight, and gave Zalgiris a three-point lead. Then, unfortunate to visitors, Kalev hit a second gear, and made a 11-0 run.

With two minutes left, Akognon and Salenga exchanged three-pointers, and the score was 81:75, home team still ahead. With a minute left, Watsons free-throw cut Kalev lead to four, and another three-pointer from Brown made the score close again - 81:80. Kalev had to take a time-out. With 11 seconds left, Klimavicius dunk put Zalgiris ahead. Kalev had lost a heart-breaker. Final score 81:82.

Marcus Brown had 21 points, Travis Watson added 18 and 7 rebounds. Mantas Kalnietis contributed with 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists.

Charron Fisher was game's best with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon added 19 (5 threes).



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Montepaschi joins top 3 in European Ranking - by Eurobasket
The biggest jump last week was Italian leader Montepaschi Siena. They joined CSKA Moscow (#1, 17-3) and Regal FC Barcelona (#2, 20-1) in Top 3.
Montepaschi won another two games last week. First they won their Euroleague game against French ASVEL 83-74. Then they crushed Montenegrano 97-66 in Italian Serie A. They passed Greek Olympiakos, Spanish Real Madrid and Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv, which all lost one of their games last week.
The 'milliners' club' Olympiakos Pireus (#7,13-3) had a tough week with two games, both ending in overtime. First they managed to secure a victory against Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas (#11, 20-5) 89-83, OT in Euroleague. But then they did not have that much luck in Greek league when they were surprisingly edged by Panionios (#69, 4-4) 96-94, OT. In consequence they dropped in the overall European ranking from 3rd to 7th place. They lost also advantage over their biggest local rival Panathinaikos Athens (#6,13-3) in Greek league and both teams share leadership position with the same record. But Panathinaikos did not use the chance to jump in the European classification. Despite easy victory in Greece, they were defeated by success-hungry MMC Real Madrid in Euroleague 76-67. But Real after previous very bad week with two lost games, not did not perform much better. They indeed beat Panathinaikos, but lost Spanish ACB game against very impressive recently Caja Laboral Vitoria (#10,16-5) 62-80. Caja Laboral beat also Union Olimpija Ljubljana (#58,10-11) in Euroleague 62-53. Together with Regal Barca and Real, Caja Laboral shares top 3 teams positions in Spain, which is considered the best league in Europe.
Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (#4,14-3) had a tough week, when despite good performance they lost another game, this time to currently best team in Europe Russian CSKA Moscow (#1,17-3) 72-77. They did not perform that well in Israeli league, but that was enough to secure 3-point victory, this time to Bnei Hasharon 79-76. Maccabi is still the only undefeated team in the country.
Highest ranked CSKA recorded another two victories. After Euroleague victory against Maccabi, they got easy game against Azovmash in VTB League, giving Ukrainian team almost 30-points loss 98-69.
Second best team in Europe Regal FC Barcelona (#2,20-1) did not need to show their best to add two victories to their record last week. First they had an easy Euroleague game against B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (#9,23-9) outperforming Lithuanians by 34 points 89-55. Then they beat CB Murcia 84-72 in Spanish league. Regal FC Barcelona can give a solid challenge to Russian powerhouse CSKA for the top spot in the ranking.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Alex Barnett next to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Top League Team FoKoPo, Forssa has released team's best scorer and outside shooter (18,2 ppg) and second best rebounder (6,8 rpg) Ashley Champion (197-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Chattanooga). Champion will be replaced by American Forward Alex Barnett (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Dartmouth), who started this season in France playing five games in ProA (Cholet) and five games in ProB (Nantes). Barnett averaged 3,0 ppg in Cholet and 10,6 ppg in Nantes. After 20 rounds FoKoPo is in certain kind of troubles with 5-15 record (# 10-11). Team needs more wins during the regular season. There are 24 rounds left.

Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Lapua
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Swanston, Lapua23.1 
 2. Coleman, LoKoKo23.0 
 3. Haynes, Lapua22.1 
 4. Leggett, Huima20.6 
 5. Conerly, Tarmo20.4 
 6. Stamper, JKS19.3 
 7. Riihela, BC Nokia18.8 
 8. Jallow, JKS18.3 
 9. Ramey, LoKoKo18.0 
 10. Favors, J.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant NASH
  Lapua
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Nash, Lapua14.3 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET14.1 
 3. Coleman, LoKoKo13.0 
 4. Leggett, Huima11.8 
 5. Sampay, Huima11.1 
 6. Pichon, LoKoKo10.8 
 7. Douglas, Ura Basket10.7 
 8. Stamper, JKS10.4 
 9. King, Jyvaskyla10.3 
 10. Jallow, J.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zach RAMEY
  LoKoKo
  (191-F/G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ramey, LoKoKo5.8 
 2. Favors, JKS4.7 
 3. Nikitin, Honka4.3 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo3.3 
 5. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.8 
 6. Riihela, BC Nokia2.7 
 7. Huff, LoKoKo2.7 
 8. Coleman, LoKoKo2.6 
 9. Bakradze, Lapua2.4 
 10. Juvonen, J.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Bryant NASH
  Lapua
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Nash, Lapua3.5 
 2. Pekkola, Namika II3.4 
 3. Rokala, Ura Basket2.6 
 4. Stamper, JKS2.5 
 5. Favors, JKS2.4 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo2.3 
 7. King, Jyvaskyla2.2 
 8. Korhonen, Kerava ET2.1 
 9. Thomas, LoKoKo2.0 
 10. Hanninen, Wart.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Justice GRAHAM
  Tarmo
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Graham, Tarmo0.8 
 2. Johansson, Namika I.0.8 
 3. Hassinen, Wartti0.8 
 4. Paivinen, Wartti0.7 
 5. Hale, Tarmo0.7 
 6. Leggett, Huima0.7 
 7. Streng, Namika II0.6 
 8. Pekkola, Namika II0.6 
 9. Cato, Honka0.5 
 10. Malinen, Jyvasky.0.5 


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  FRANCE   


Neitzel leaves Chalon - by Maxime Lory
After Marcellus Sommerville, it's now the point guard Drew Neitzel (183-G-85, college: Michigan St.) who leaves ES Chalon-Sur-Saone. Arrived from Artland Dragons (Germany) where he played last year, he averaged 12.6 ppg and 5.3 apg, but the reason of his depature is his shortcoming in defense and during the money time. To complete their roster, Chalon will recruit 2 players : a new point guard and scorer (shooting guard or small forward). Chalon is only 2-10 after a new defeat vs Cholet, last Saturday.

NM1 Day 16: Challans and Le Puy on top for Xmas - by Chris Spiesser
Challans 79-78 Angers BC
The vendeans will spend their holidays on top of the league, tie with Le Puy. Despite James White's accuracy (23pts 5/5 3pts), Angers missed the final shot and counts now 2 losses more then its opponent.

Denain 75-68 Saint-Chamond
Against a team on a good trend, the locals had to be careful if they wanted to keep contact with the top of the league. A better start allowed the nordist to fullfill their goal (+12 at halftime). St-Chamond did better during the second part but suffered from its bad accuracy (41% vs 52%).

Cognac 72-90 Reims
Coach Gaudre and his boys will enjoy a peacefull Christmas as they haven't lost since October, 17th. Cognac couldn't answer, the visitors having slightly built their margin over the four quarters with Anthony Christophe as chief operator (22pts, 9ass).

Saint-Quentin 74-67 Centre Fdral
The locals made the difference over the 2nd and 3rd quarters, the CFBB's 25 turnovers being the clue to this result. St-Quentin remains in ambush in the standings after this important win and before a terrific month of January where Lesieu and his partners will visit Boulogne and Reims before hosting Le Puy.

Angers ESSL 76-86 Le Puy
The ponots secured their leading spot in Angers despite a difficult third QT (21-13) that ruined their good first half. Johan Rathieuville, Angers' usual go-to-guy, experienced some shooting difficulties (1/14) which at fianal hindered his team's good intentions.

Blois 92-77 Saint-Etienne
The local five men rotation litterally stepped over the CASE with 105 ranking points, a margin of 21.20pts per player. Condouant had 22pts (80%) and 17rbs; Orr, 20pts and 13rbs and Recoura 29pts with an impressive 7/11 from the 6.25 line. Pierre Brochard served his army with 14 assists while Mathieu Tensorer didn't shine so much in offense but hindered the visiting offensive assets.

Chlons 87-62 GET Vosges
After 5 balanced minutes (11-11), Chalons overpassed its opponent to secure an easy win, the fourth in a row. Epinal, which couldn't confirm last week's win against Denain, missed intensity as they allowed Chalons to shoot at 59% while stepping only four times on the FT line.

Bayonne Urcuit 92-100 Livin
An important win for the nordists which remain nesteled in the middle of the league with a positive balance. For Bayonne, this third consecutive home loss leaves an impression of missed chances. Each time, the basqs and their bright individualities seems in position to launch a winning streak, the opposit happenes, so the team remains stuck behind Lievin with a negative sheet.

Longwy - Boulogne
After the flu comes the snow, once more Longwy is concerned. The lorrains played only 13 games yet.

The mid week game:
Angers BC 65-49 St Etienne

Other performers of the day:
Sanjay Adell (Lievin): 32pts
Matthieu Boutry (Challans): 20pts, 9rbs
C-H Gretouce (Challans): 10pts, 8rbs, 4ass
Vaidotas Pridotkas (Chalons): 23pts, 5rbs
Gabe Kennedy (Chalons): 22pts (9/12), 7rbs
Julien Lesieu (Saint Quentin): 25pts (10/15), 3ass
Mathis Keita (CFBB): 8pts, 9rbs, 7ass
Cyril Guillarme (Le Puy): 11pts, 11rbs, 4blk



Chalon sign Taj Gray - by Maxime Lory
Elan Chalon, which is only 15th with 2W-9L sign the american center Taj Gray (202-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma). It will be his fourth french's team, after Cholet in 2006-07 (16.1ppg | 6.1rpg), Paris in 2007-08 (10.4ppg | 5rpg) and Roanne last year (19.5ppg | 7.3rpg) where he was injured from february to the end of the season. He played with 'Clippers' during the NBA Summer Leagues. He was also in contact with Rouen, another team which is in a difficult situation.

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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Superleague: Round 16 review - by Eurobasket News
Rabotnicki - Pelister 78-66
Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) poured in 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as he led Rabotnicki to 78-66 win over Pelister. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) added 15, while Enes Hadzibulic (196-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 13 and 12 points respectively for the winning side. Pelister got 19 point effort from Aleksandar Held (81), but that was not enough to avoid loss.

Torus - Vardar 2000 81-65
Torus had a fairly easy job as they handed yet another defeat to Vardar 2000. Thanks to runs in first and third quarter, hosts were able to record 81-65 victory. Aleksandar Opacic (208-F-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Furman) led the way with 23 points while Nikola Karakolev (197-G-87) followed closely with 21. Dimitar Karadzovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) also had a good game with 19 points. For Vardar, Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) with 15 and Filip Konzulov with 13 points stood above the rest of their teammates.

V.Osiguruvanje - Plejmejker K. 87-78
Vardar also recorded home win, after beating Plejmejker Kubus 87-78. Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winning side. He received support from Toni Simic (210-C-76) who added 17 points and 11 rebounds, as well as Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) who finished the game with 16 points. For Plejmejker, Brandon Cole poured in 23 points.

Ovce Pole - MZT Skopje 77-74
Ovce Pole hosted favorized MZT Skopje and managed to win the close game 77-74. With 19 points and 12 rebounds Nebojsa Ristic (194-G/F-77) was man of the match for hosts. Boban Bilbija and Slobodan Mihajlovski added 14 points apiece. On the other side, Igor Tadic (197-G-82) had 20 points and 8 rebounds for MZT Skopje.



Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Nebojsa RISTIC
  Ovce Pole
  (194-G/F-77)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Ristic, Ovce Pole19.4 
 2. Karadzovski, Torus19.3 
 3. Cekovski, Rabotnicki19.3 
 4. Stojanovski, V.Osig.18.4 
 5. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje17.7 
 6. Dimcevski, Vardar 16.0 
 7. Life, Feni Indistrija15.5 
 8. Tmusic, AMMAK S.15.0 
 9. Hadzibulic, Rabot.14.8 
 10. Held, Pelist.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ninoslav TMUSIC
  AMMAK SP
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 10
 1. Tmusic, AMMAK S.10.0 
 2. Cekovski, Rabotnicki9.4 
 3. Ristic, Ovce Pole8.2 
 4. Gjorevski, MZT S.8.1 
 5. Held, Pelister7.7 
 6. Krstevski, Vardar 7.3 
 7. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje7.2 
 8. Opacik, Torus7.1 
 9. Televski, Pelister7.1 
 10. Nuri, AMMAK.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister6.7 
 2. Samardziev, Feni I.6.1 
 3. Petrovic, Pelister5.4 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.4.3 
 5. Kocov, Vardar 20004.1 
 6. Karadzovski, Torus4.1 
 7. Sokolov, Rabotnicki3.7 
 8. Grncarov, V.Osig.3.7 
 9. Tasevski, Torus3.7 
 10. Bogojev, Feni.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Milan MILJKOVIC
  Pelister
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Miljkovic, Pelister2.6 
 2. Bogojev, Feni I.2.2 
 3. Tasevski, Torus2.0 
 4. Dimitrovski, Rabot.1.8 
 5. Samardziev, Feni I.1.7 
 6. Mladenovic, Ovce Pole1.7 
 7. Kostovski, V.Osig.1.6 
 8. Karakolev, Torus1.6 
 9. Stojanovski, V.Osig.1.5 
 10. Knezevic, Feni.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Toni SIMIC
  V.Osiguruvanje
  (210-C-76)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Simic, V.Osiguruvanje3.2 
 2. Pavlovski, Torus1.7 
 3. Krstevski, Vardar 1.5 
 4. Nisavik, MZT S.1.4 
 5. Televski, Pelister1.4 
 6. Kralevski, Plejme.1.3 
 7. Ilic, Vardar 20000.9 
 8. Trajkovski, Feni I.0.8 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.0.8 
 10. Filipovic, Rabotnic.0.5 


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  GERMANY   


BSW Sixers name new head coach Chuck Evans - by Moritz Korff
Chuck Evans has been appointed as head coach of the BSW Sixers (Regionalliga North) as successor to Keith Gray who had parted company with the club recently. Evans' contract with the Sixers runs through 2011. He already made his debut on the BSW bench Saturday, when he guided his new team to an 82-78 win over SG MTV/BG Wolfenbuettel.
Evans enjoyed an outstanding career as a player in Europe, shooting hoops for Leverkusen, Hagen, Berlin and Karlsruhe in the 1. Bundesliga. He also took his game to Russia, Poland, Spain and the UK. After hanging up his sneakers earlier this year, he took over the helm of the Worcester Wolves (British Basketball League) as a head coach, but left the club recently.


Deandre Haynes (Paderborn Baskets) Pregame Thoughts To Brose Baskets Bamberg Game December 22nd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) is a 25 year old 187 cm guard from Detroit Michigan that is playing his first season in the BEKO BBL with The Paderborn Baskets. He played at Kent from 2002-2005 and at Kent state from 2005-2006. In his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 13.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 78.6%. He won the MAC Tournament in 2006 and was player of the year in the MAC conference in 2006. He came to Europe as a rookie and played in Belgium for BBC Royal Atomia Brussels playing 23 games and averaging 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg. The next season, he stayed in Belgium and played for Okapi Aalstar playing 35 games averaging 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.0%. Last season, he played in Hungary for Kecskemeti Univer KSE playing 26 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Brose Baskets Bamberg on December 22nd.

Deandre, another tough loss for The Paderborn Baskets against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. How much longer can the team accept such tough losses like this?

The loss against Frankfurt was tough for us, because we felt like we had a chance to win, but we fell short due to a rough first and third quarter slow start. Well I know we need to step up our performance as a team so we won't be at the bottom of the league when the end of the season comes.

The third quarter killed Paderborn. Do you think if the team had played well for four quarters that you might have pulled out the victory in Frankfurt?

Yeah we had a slow start in the beginning of the game, and also the third quarter. If we would of had a consistent performance through out the game there is no doubt in my mind that we would came back to Paderborn with another win under our belt.

How was the bus ride home? Did you have to think very much about the loss or were you able to block out the loss? What do you usually do after losses to keep a healthy mind set?

The bus ride was cool, we always talk about what we should of did to win the game, but after the long ride home we try to clear our heads and come back to work the next day focusing on our next task.

What is the bigger problem for the Paderborn Baskets now? The performance on the court or the mental aspect of it?


Our biggest problem is lack of defense, and confidence through out the game and if we put the those two things into our game we would be more successful as a team.

You had a strong game with 17 points and 8 rebounds. How happy were you with your game and is it more difficult to get assists when you have a heavy load on your shoulder with scoring and getting rebounds?


The last couple games I've been just having fun on the floor while trying to help my team succeed, but my individual performance isn't as important as winning as a team. The rebounds just came from me being in the right place at the right time.

Do you think if Paderborn would of established the game inside more that you could of won, despite the Frankfurt zone defense in the third quarter?

I feel if we would have played consistent and had a better start in the beginning and after the half we would got the victory. Once we started throwing the ball down low in the post we gave them a little problem then they adjusted and went to a zone.

What was your impression of big strong point guard Aubrey Reese? Now that you saw him, how will you stop him in Paderborn in the return game?


Well that was my second time playing against him this year, and he was aggressive, and kept his composure throughout the whole game running the team very well. I guess we'll have to do a better job of keeping him in front of us containing him the whole game next time around.

You have a tough game on December 22nd in Bamberg. They have won 6 of their last seven games. How difficult is it for the team to keep a healthy mind and not let their record and strong roster already give them an advantage?

From what I heard and seen on film they also look like a great team who plays well together, and play good defense. We are going in again as the underdogs, and have to keep the same mind set as the last couple games. Stay positive, out work them and play with confidence.

Bamberg has a very deep roster with guys like Casey Jacobson, Elton Brown, Predrag Suput and Anton Gavel. How do The Paderborn Baskets want to survive and leave with a victory?


We are going into every game like it could be our last. We have to continue to play hard stay focused on winning no matter who we are playing or how deep there team is that day.

You will have to play against John Goldsberry and Anton Gavel. Can you step up your defense a notch?


We have no choice but to step up our defense if we want to win.

What will be the key to winning?

The key to winning is playing as a team from start to finish, and try to stop their rhythm.

What wish do you have to find in your stocking at Christmas?


A round trip home to see my family.

One down and one to go. The Saints finally lost, but the Colts are still undefeated. Will they stay undefeated and possibily have a better record than the incredible 2007-2008 New England Patriots?


I think they would finish the season undefeated.

What was the last DVD that you saw?



Kat Williams: It's Pimpin Pimpin.

Thanks Deandre for chat and good luck in Bamberg.

Thanks



Chris Oliver (MEG Goettingen) Pregame Thoughts To New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Game December 22nd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) is a 24 year old 198cm forward playing his second season with MEG Goetingen. He is a athletic forward that has great hands, the versatility to play inside and outside, with three-point range on his jump shot, and has tremendous poise and maturity. He played at Radford from 2003-2007 and in his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 18.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 48.7%, 3Pts: 25.8%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2007-2008 and played for the Kaiserslautern Braves of the PRO A playing 30 games: Score-2 (20.5ppg), Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 56%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 79.6%. Last season in Goettingen, he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 75.5% in 34 games. He spoke to Eurobasket about the loss in Bremerhaven and the next game against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig.

Chris a tough loss in Bremerhaven 84-78. Bremerhaven had the big 44-27 lead at halftime. Why did Goettingen have such difficulty in the first half?


Well Bremerhaven came out harder than we did. We had a very slow start and didnt come out with our normal intensity. Bremerhaven also made shots. They all shot the ball very well especially Buford from deep. And they killed us on the offensive glass in the first half.

Bremerhaven is not really known as a loud gym or did the Bremerhaven fans annoy the Goettingen game? You are used to a loud Lokhalle.

The fans didnt have any affect on the game in my opinion. While I am on the court I never even pay attention to the crowd so that definately wasnt anything that bothered us.

Goettingen kept fighting back and you and Taylor Rochestie made some big shots in the fourth quarter to get back to 79-76, but Bremerhaven ended the game with five free throws. Why didnt the Goettingen offense execute in the last minute?


Its not that we didnt execute, we ran the plays we wanted to we just missed the shots. We gave ourselves a chance in the end but couldnt finish it out. And you have to give Bremerhaven credit for excuting down the stretch themselves. They hit some big 3s also.

You had a 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals. How did it feel wearing the mask? How much longer will you have to wear it?

The mask is ok. It doesnt really bother me on the court. Still need to adjust to a little bit, but it really didnt effect my game at all. I am not sure how long I will have to wear it. Most likely a couple months. But as soon as I can take it off I am lol. I wont keep wearing it like Richard Hamilton lolol.

The team only had 6 assists. How much was the Goettingen playmaking annoyed by the Bremerhaven defense. What made the Bremerhaven defense so strong in this game?


Their defense was very solid. We broke down and did a little more 1 on 1 plays than we normally do. But at the same time we attacked and got some good looks at times. But with our team we feed off of a team game so we have to make sure we have more assists from now on.

How tough is it playing against three strong guys on this day with Rodney Buford, Louis Campbell and Jeff Gibbs that scored 51 of the 84 points. They seemed to get a long with the aggressive Goettingen defense?



They all played very well. Buford was automatic from deep. Anytime he had space or would catch us rotating he knocked down the 3. Gibbs hit the offensive glass very hard and was a presence down low for Bremerhaven. And Campbell was solid at the pg position. Got them into their offense and made plays when he needed to.

You next play against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig on December 22nd. How difficult is it preparing for a midweek game?


Its not very difficult for us anymore. We are very used to this schedule because of the European challenge games. We have been playing every Saturday and Tuesday for the past month. So this really just keeps us on schedule lol.

Braunschweig is coming off a loss to Alba Berlin and have lost five of their last six games, but play at home. How difficult will this game be? They will be very motivated to win? What will be the key to winning?

It will be a tough game playing Braunschweig at their gym. They have a very talented team. Its never easy to win games in this league on the road. We have to start the game strong and keep up the intensity level the whole game. That will be the biggest key to winning this game. And we have to make sure that we cover their shooters becuase they have very good shooters.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

My favorite Christmas tradition is staying up until midnight with my family on Christmas Eve and we all pick one gift to open up together. Just being with the family means a lot and is special to me.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


The last DVD that I saw was 4 Christmases. It was hilarious



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Eredivisie, Round 15: Giants end 2009 on top - by Eurobasket News
Rotterdam - GasTerra F. 49-77
Gas Terra Flames had no troubles to beat the last ranked Rotterdam registering 12th victory of the season. Matt Bauscher (188-G-85, agency: 540 Sports) top-scored with 14 points, while Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) helped with 10 points and 15 rebounds. In Rotterdam (1-15), Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) delivered 12 pts and grabbed 12 boards.

DeFriesland - EclipseJet 93-77
Darryl Monroe (201-F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: George Mason) was the leading player in victory with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. Craig Moore (191-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Northwestern) followed him with 22 pts and 7 assists. Amsterdam got 26 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists from Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona). DeFriesland 9-8, Amsterdam 6-10.

Upstairs Weert - Eiff.Towers 61-70
12-4 for Eiffel Towers and 5-12 for Weert after this game. Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) and Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 17 points each. Beasley had 8 rebounds beside that. In the loosing squad, Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.) netted 14 pts.

Landstede - ZZ Leiden 64-67
ZZ Leiden had Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) on fire in this game with 18 points (9 rebs). Seamus Boxley (201-C-82, college: Portland St.) was behind him with 14 pts and 6 rebs. Alexandrede Sa (184-G-83) replied with 18 points in defeat. ZZ Leiden 12-5, Landstede 3-14.

M.Magix - Giants 67-75
No.1 Giants jumped to 13-4 after victory in Nijmegen. Jesse Kimbrough (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville) shined for the guests with 15 points. Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: SE Missouri St.) had 14 pts and 11 rebounds, while Jordan Collins (208-C-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) also had 14 pts in this win. Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) collected 28 points and 6 assists for Matrixx (9-8).


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Upstairs Weert
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Palmer, Upstairs.20.7 
 2. Gibson, ZZ Leiden19.6 
 3. Thomas, M.Magix18.2 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.9 
 5. Monroe, DeFriesl.16.5 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.15.0 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.9 
 8. Mason, EclipseJet14.8 
 9. LeMelle, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 10. Hendley, Landste.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Upstairs Weert
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Palmer, Upstairs.9.6 
 2. Ellis, GasTerra F.9.1 
 3. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.8 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam8.7 
 5. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.4 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.3 
 7. Monroe, DeFriesl.8.3 
 8. Haryasz, GasTerra.8.2 
 9. Gordon, Landstede7.2 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leid.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Thomas, M.Magix7.7 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers6.2 
 3. Defares, Giants4.6 
 4. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.6 
 5. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.5 
 6. Porter, Upstairs.4.4 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra.4.4 
 8. Moore, DeFriesland4.3 
 9. Slagter, Giants4.1 
 10. Gibson, ZZ Leid.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Thomas, M.Magix3.3 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra.3.1 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.8 
 4. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.7 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra.2.6 
 6. de Randamie, Eclip.2.6 
 7. Oliver, Eiff.Towers2.3 
 8. Mason, EclipseJet2.2 
 9. Palmer, Upstairs.2.2 
 10. Vorenhout, Upst.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  M.Magix
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, M.Magix2.4 
 2. Boxley, ZZ Leiden1.9 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.4 
 4. Slor, ZZ Leiden1.3 
 5. Townes, GasTerra.1.1 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.0 
 7. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.9 
 8. Porter, Upstairs.0.9 
 9. Faris, Giants0.8 
 10. Aarts, Eiff.Towe.0.8 


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Division A: Last round in 2009 - by Eurobasket News
ZTE KK - Atomeromu 73-68
ZTE KK ended 2009 in style with 73-68 victory against Atomeromu. That means that ZTE stays on top of D1 standings with perfect 12-0 record, while Atomeromu dropped to 9-3. Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) stepped up in victory with 20 points. Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) had 16 pts and 8 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) collected 18 pts.

Kormend - Kecskemeti 77-67
Kormend grabbed this one mostly owing to Jermaine Thomas (186-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: La Salle), who collected 21 points and 7 assists. Csaba Ferencz (194-G-85, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) had 15 and Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: High Post Agency, college: Buffalo) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds in this win. Krisztian Wittmann (185-G-85, agency: FCM) shined in defeat with 18 pts. Kormend 8-4, Kechkemeti 6-5.

PVSK Pannon - Falco 89-80
PVSK Pannon had Srdan Helbich (205-F/C-76) in a game mood with 19 points. Zeljko Bojovic (200-F-81) also had important role netting 14 pts. On the other side, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) collected 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. PVSK 5-7, Falco 6-6.

Salgotarjani - Albacomp 83-102
Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) also registered triple-double in this victory: 30 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) had 20 points and 12 rebounds, while David Toya (200-G/F-76) helped with 18 pts. Gytis Sirutaviacius (195-F-83) replied with 22 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Albacomp 7-5, Salgotarjani 1-11.

Kaposvari - Szolnok 90-98
Szolnok stays on third/fourth place before the break, together with Kormend (8-4). Peter Grebenar (211-C-81) shined in victory with double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds. Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) added 24 pts and 8 rebounds. Roland Hendlein (205-F-86) collected 21 pts and 10 boards in the loosing side.

Marso-Vagep - Soproni 87-78
The box-score will be available soon.



Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. ZTE KK 12-0 
 2. Atomeromu 9-3 
 3. Szolnok 8-4 
 4. Kormend 8-4 
 5. Soproni 7-5 
 6. Albacomp 7-5 
 7. Kecskemeti 6-5 
 8. Falco 6-6 
 9. Dombovar 5-6 
 10. Kaposvari 5-7 
 11. PVSK Pannon 5-7 
 12. Marso-Vagep 3-8 
 13. Salgotarjani 1-11 
 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. Brooks, Soproni22.7 
 3. Watson, ZTE K.22.4 
 4. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 5. Huckaby, Salgotar.21.3 
 6. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 7. Rice, Szolnok19.9 
 8. Richardson, Soproni18.7 
 9. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.18.6 
 10. Thomas, Korme.18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmanne BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Barro, Szolnok11.3 
 2. Jones, Dombovar11.1 
 3. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 4. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 5. Diakite, Kormend9.0 
 6. Knight, Soproni8.7 
 7. Scott, Kormend8.3 
 8. Dale, Kecskemeti7.5 
 9. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 10. Wilson, ZTE.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kalman, Falco7.8 
 2. Simon, Albacomp6.3 
 3. Kelley, Szolnok6.2 
 4. Hinnant, ZTE K.5.8 
 5. English, Atomeromu5.5 
 6. Thomas, Kormend5.1 
 7. Fodor, Szolnok4.6 
 8. LaGrange, Dombovar4.6 
 9. Dejon, Kaposvari4.5 
 10. Brooks, Sopro.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.4.2 
 2. English, Atomeromu3.0 
 3. Kelley, Szolnok3.0 
 4. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.7 
 5. Dejon, Kaposvari2.7 
 6. Watson, ZTE K.2.7 
 7. LaGrange, Dombovar2.5 
 8. Lee, Albacomp2.5 
 9. Frazier, Szolnok2.4 
 10. Toya, Albaco.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep2.2 
 2. Clark, Atomeromu1.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.4 
 4. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.3 
 5. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 6. Barro, Szolnok1.1 
 7. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.1 
 8. Doyne, Marso-Vagep1.0 
 9. Henderson, Marso-Va.1.0 
 10. Banks, Albaco.1.0 


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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan27.4 
 2. Valdimarsson, Ham.24.6 
 3. Dabney, Hamar24.3 
 4. Smith, Fjolnir22.9 
 5. Zdravevski, Stjar.21.9 
 6. Caird, FSU21.4 
 7. Baeringsson, Snaefell21.2 
 8. Birgisson, Tindastoll20.5 
 9. Davis, Breidablik20.3 
 10. Sovic,20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Snaefell
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Baeringsson, Snaefell14.8 
 2. Smith, Fjolnir11.9 
 3. Helgason, Stjarnan11.1 
 4. Clark, Keflavik10.8 
 5. Caldwell, Breidablik10.7 
 6. Caird, FSU10.2 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.10.0 
 8. Stefansson, UMFN9.7 
 9. Daanish, Tindastoll9.4 
 10. Davis, Breidabl.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sean BURTON
  Snaefell
  (175-G-)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Burton, Snaefell7.5 
 2. Steinarsson, Fjolnir6.6 
 3. Inge, KR6.0 
 4. Jonsson, Grindavik6.0 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan5.6 
 6. Giovacchini, Tinda.5.0 
 7. Dabney, Hamar4.9 
 8. Gunnarsson, UMFN4.5 
 9. Palsson, Hamar4.5 
 10. Vilhjalmsson, Kef.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  KR
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Inge, KR3.5 
 2. Lewis, FSU3.3 
 3. Birmingham, Grindavik3.0 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan2.6 
 5. Dabney, Hamar2.6 
 6. Palsson, Hamar2.4 
 7. Baeringsson, Snaefell2.4 
 8. Gunnarsson, UMFN2.3 
 9. Clark, Keflavik2.3 
 10. Vilhjalmsson, Kef.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Fjolnir
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Smith, Fjolnir3.3 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.2 
 3. Stefansson, UMFN1.7 
 4. Baeringsson, Snaefell1.7 
 5. Daanish, Grindavik1.7 
 6. Clark, Keflavik1.6 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Kefla.1.6 
 8. Magnusson, KR1.5 
 9. Daanish, Tindastoll1.4 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Kef.1.4 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Juwann JAMES
  Neptune
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 35.4
 1. James, Neptune35.4 
 2. Aaron, Hoops26.6 
 3. Robbins, UL Eagles25.8 
 4. Fritsch, Moycullen23.8 
 5. Turner, Killester23.5 
 6. Perre, Belfast Star23.0 
 7. Johnson, UCC D.22.6 
 8. Cummins, Ulster Elks19.9 
 9. McCrone, UCD M.18.8 
 10. Taylor, Hoo.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton AARON
  Hoops
  (206-C-79)
  Avg: 18.4
 1. Aaron, Hoops18.4 
 2. Johnson, UCC D.15.1 
 3. Robbins, UL Eagles14.3 
 4. James, Neptune13.1 
 5. Neal, Ulster Elks11.9 
 6. Perre, Belfast Star11.8 
 7. Turner, Killester11.4 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.10.9 
 9. Fritsch, Moycullen9.0 
 10. Foley, Ulster El.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles8.3 
 2. Coughlin, UCC D.4.6 
 3. Cummins, Ulster Elks4.3 
 4. McCrone, UCD M.4.0 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.4.0 
 6. Drumm, Ulster Elks3.9 
 7. Noonan, Neptune3.9 
 8. Turner, Killester3.8 
 9. Walsh, Neptune3.6 
 10. Dowd, Moycull.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick KELLY
  Killester
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kelly, Killester3.3 
 2. Nihill, Moycullen3.0 
 3. Turner, Killester3.0 
 4. James, Neptune2.9 
 5. Perre, Belfast Star2.6 
 6. Madsen, Killester2.5 
 7. Summersgill, Belfas.2.5 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.2.4 
 9. Murphy, UCC Demons2.4 
 10. Kurcenkovas, Moy.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate FRITSCH
  Moycullen
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Fritsch, Moycullen2.6 
 2. James, Neptune2.1 
 3. Neal, Ulster Elks2.0 
 4. Trimmer, DCU S.1.9 
 5. Johnson, UCC D.1.7 
 6. Baynes, UCD Marian1.4 
 7. Perre, Belfast Star1.2 
 8. Robbins, UL Eagles1.0 
 9. Turner, Killester1.0 
 10. Aaron, Hoo.1.0 


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 7-2 
 2. DCU Saints 5-4 
 3. Belfast Star 5-5 
 4. UCD Marian 3-7 
 5. Ulster Elks 1-8 
South Conference
 1. Eagles 9-1 
 2. UCC Demons 7-2 
 3. Neptune 5-3 
 4. Moycullen 3-7 
 5. Hoops 1-7 


Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin sign Ian McCormick - by Eurobasket
Hibernian UCD Marian Dublin strengthened their roster with addition of American power forward Ian McCormick (202-F/C, college: Swarthmore). McCormick played most recently at Karma Basket Podebrady (Czech Rep.). While playing 20 games for Pages Jaunes Pully Basket in 2008-09 his stats were: 20.4ppg, 12.0rpg (2nd best in the league), 3.6apg, 2.3bpg (3rd best in the league) and 1.3spg. and was awarded: Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Center of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Defensive Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB 1st Team, Eurobasket.com Swiss LNB All-Imports Team, and Eurobasket.com Swiss LNB All-Defensive Team
in his first game with Hibernian, McCormick played 19 minutes and scored 8 points and 5 rebounds
By Eurobasket Data Center


Nivea for Men's SuperLeague Round Up - by Jolie Niland
Hoops shock Northern Conference leaders Killester, UL Eagles hold fast to the top seat of the Southern Conference table with two wins in two days and both UCD Marian and Belfast Star get back to winning ways.

Hoops created a big shock on Saturday night by beating Northern Conference leaders Killester in Clontarf.

Ahmad Smiths side trailed by as much as 16 points by half time but USA big man, Carlton Aaron, netted 36 points to carry his side to victory.

Hoops Head Coach Ahmad Smith couldnt be happier with the victory and contributed the win to a team effort.

We have lost a few games and had a few injuries so to come out and beat a team like Killester is a big win for us stated Smith.

Even with Killester leading for most of the game, Hoops fought back from a 16 point deficit to bring it within three points with one minute to go in the fourth quarter.

On a jump shot from Hoops player Philip Taylor, Hoops took the lead and never looked back.

Phil Taylor and Carlton Aaron were amazing added Smith, Taylor hit some key shots down the line and sealed the victory with free throws at the end

Believe it or not, Aaron started off slow but then he showed his aggressive side in the second half and really stepped up.

Of course its a surprise upset but we couldnt be happier added Smith,

To be down by 16 points and chip away to a victory is such a good feeling and its really boosted our confidence heading into Christmas

Meanwhile, a focused UL Eagles team secured their place at the top of the Southern Conference by clinching two wins in two days against Moycullen and UCC Demons, respectively.

Heading into the Moycullen game, Head Coach Tony Hehir expressed worry for his players as exam schedules have kept him from training a full team.

We knew it was going to get tough as we are in the middle of exams stated Hehir, we havent had a full squad all week but we stayed strong and played excellent defense in the second half

Hehir also commented on progress of league newcomers Moycullen and their two stand out players, Cian Nihill and Nate Fristch.

They [Moycullen] have really improved as a team and they played well, added Hehir, Fritsch and Nihill were both strong and hit some crucial 3 pointers down the stretch

We pushed the ball up the floor and Stuart Robbins has some strong inside moves so we were able to control Moycullen more

Tony Hehirs side continued their assault on Sunday against UCC Demons when they brought it to two consecutive wins with a 27 point contribution from Irish International Scott Kinevane.

Meanwhile on Sunday, UCD Marian showed a complete team performance by edging out DCU Saints in a nine point victory. With three players scoring in double digits for UCD, Head Coach Frank Ryan was pleased with his sides overall effort.

It came down to the quality of defense in the second half stated Ryan, the scoring was pretty spread but it really came down to our defense and how we controlled DCU Saints

UCD welcomed USA player Ian McCormick who connected on 24 points in the victory.

Ian played very well and had some great three pointers added Ryan, but everyone really stepped up. Especially Conor James who played both sides of the floor well.

We have lost the last four games by less than four points so to get a win before Christmas makes it all that sweeter.

There is a very daunting schedule ahead for us in January so its great to get a bit of confidence

Belfast Star were the victors for the Northern derby with Ulster Elks finishing the year with only one win.

Star Assistant Coach Adrian Fulton expressed concerns going into this game as he believed Elks had the players to get a win at their expense.

There is no doubt they are a good team and with their talent they are going to win games stated Fulton, but we had 12 guys who each added to the scoreboard

Stars USA player Kevin Ratch and Scott Summersgill combined for and impressive 61 points to lead Star to victory, but Fulton commented on the contribution that everyone made.

We used the entire roster tonight and while it might sound a bit clich, everyone contributed to make this a team effort to get a victory.



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Ironi Nahariya sign LaMarr Greer - by Eurobasket
Ironi Nahariya strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old American guard LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St., agency: Buck Andre). Greer played most recently at ASU Sports Club (Jordan). While playing EuroChallenge for Keravnos Strovolou in 2009 his stats were: 6 games: 17.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg; Cypriot League: 16.0ppg (2nd best in the league), 3.2rpg and 1.8apg. and he was awarded: Cyprus Cup Semifinals, Cyprus League Regular Season Runner-Up, Cyprus League Finalist, Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 2nd Team
in his first game with Nahariya. Greer played 36 minutes and scored 12 points and 1 rebound.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Premier L. Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ironi Ashkelon - Hap.Jerusalem 74-77
Jerusalem is 7-2 after stunning Ironi Ashkelon 77:74. Five players scored in double figures as Uri Kokia (203-F-81, agency: Avi Zilberman) led them with 16 points. Simmons Chester produced 15 while Thompson Dijon and Pinkney Kevinn notched 13 each. Sneed Omar responded with 26 points in the losing case.

Ironi Nahariya - Galil Gilboa 67-77
Galil Gilboa improved to 7-2 record as they rolled over Ironi Nahariya 77:67. Isaiah Swann (188-G-85, college: Florida St.) stepped up with 15 points, while Randle Brian collected 13 poinst and 14 rebounds. Taggart Shawn finished the night with 15 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Lamarr Greer gave his team 12 points.

Bnei Hasharon - Maccabi T-A 76-79
Maccabi T-A remained undefeated to take 9-0 record on top cruising past Bnei Hasharon 79:76. Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) top-scored for the league-leaders with 18 points, Eidson Chuck posted 11 and Pnini Guy nailed 10. James Shawn chipped in 20 points for Hasharon.

Ironi Ramat G. - Macc.Rishon LZ 70-79
Maccabi Rishon LZ improved to 3-6 record as they overcame Ironi Ramat 79:70. Larry O'Bannon (191-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, Johnson Dalron netted 14, while McGhee Aaron added 13 points and 10 boards. McCullough Taj answered with 17 points for Ramat Gan.

Hapoel Afula - Macc.Haifa 57-81
Hapoel Afula lost to Maccabi Haifa 57:81 as the latter got 21 points and 10 rebounds from Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC). Hagag Dror nailed 10, while Rich Jason scored 9. Dentmon Justin delivered 22 points in the losing effort.



Standings - BSL
Premier L. Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 9-0 
 2. Jerusalem 7-2 
 3. Macc.Haifa 7-2 
 4. Galil Gilboa 7-2 
 5. Netanya 6-3 
 6. Hap.Afula 4-5 
 7. Ashkelon 4-5 
 8. Bnei Hasharon 4-5 
 9. Rishon LZ 3-6 
 10. Ironi Nahariya 2-7 
 11. Hapoel Holon 1-8 
 12. Ramat Gan 0-9 


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A Dilettanti Weekend Results - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the Round 15 important defeat for Forli' that loses the first place in standing. 66-68 the final results against Trieste. Decisive the first quarter: 21-9 for the visitors. MVP is Andrea Benevelli (200-F-85) with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. For Forli' 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists of Andres Forray (188-G-86). Fortitudo take advantage by the defeat of Forli' and, with the victory against Riva (89-64), is alone at the first place with 13 wins and 1 only defeat. Good return of Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) after the injury. The center closes with 15 points and a perfect 6/6 by 2. 16 points in 24 minuti for Salvatore Genovese (198-G/F-87, agency: Players Group). For Riva unnecessary the performance of Simone Cortesi (196-F-86), with 12 points and 10 fouls suffered, and of Luca Bertolini (190-G-85), that closes with 21 points and 5/5 by 3! Ozzano, thanks the victory against Trento for 83-61, reachs the second place in standing with the VemSistemi. Stevan Stojkov (182-G-89) with 19 points and 8 assists leads PentaGruppo at the victory. Good offensive performances for Marco Diviach (200-F-88) and Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) that close both with 17 points. For the losers Fabrizio Facenda (200-F/C-75) signs 12 points and captures 13 rebounds (7 offensive). Important victory for Brescia against Osimo for 82-75 thanks a perfect last quarter (26-11). Top scorer for the winners is Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) with 23 points and 6 steals. Good match for Nicholas Crow (199-F-89) with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Spectacular performance for Andrea Vitale (199-G/F-82): the forward of Osimo closes with 32 points, 10/14 at shoot, 9 rebounds and 38 of ranking! Postponed Castelletto - Jesolo for snow! In the other matches:

AgricolaGloria Montecatini - Paffoni Omegna 63-59 (D.Parente 32 pts, E.Persico 13 reb, D.Parente 6 stl)
Co.Mark Treviglio - Tezenis Verona 67-64 (A.Moruzzi 14 pts, F.Bellina 7 reb, D.Demartini 4 stl)

Group B

After 13 matches Sigma Barcellona is alone at the first place with 22 points and 4 points on the seconds. Yesterday Barcellona overcomes Palestrina for 80-72 thanks at Ryan Bucci (192-G/F-81, college: C.W. Post), that closes with 32 points, 10/15 at shoot and 38 of ranking. 25 points with 11/11 at free throw of Emiliano Benini (204-F-77, agency: Players Group) for Etika & Solsonica. FMC wins at Perugia for 73-60. For Ferentino 12 points and 6 rebounds of Matteo Metz (195-G-88). Mattia Caroldi (185-G-82) closes with 14 points for Perugia. Trapani wins on the court of Ostuni for 77-70 thanks a good performance of 3 players: Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) (22 points and 5 steals), Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) (23 points but 7 turnovers) and Mattia Soloperto (209-C-80), with a double-dobule of 16 points and 11 rebounds (but with 5/16 at shoot). Not enough the performance of Domenico Morena (210-F/C-70) at Ostuni: for the ex player of Naples 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Adriatica Ruvo wins against S.Antimo after an overtime for 75-72 thanks Giancarlo Palombita (188-G-79) that closes with 21 points, 7 rebounds, 7 steals, 7 assists and 9 fouls suffered! Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) catchs 10 rebounds and signs 18 points with 3 blocks. For the losers 19 points of Mike Gizzi (196-G/F-75, college: La Salle) and 16 points with 11 rebounds for Simone Gatti (201-F-82). The other results:

CentroAuto Molfetta - Consum Siena 79-86 (M.Portannese 31 pts, D.Fessia 11 reb, M.Portannese 7 stl)
Mazzeo San Severo - Moncada Agrigento 65-60 (M.Cardillo 25 pts, A.Iannilli 12 reb, R.Fossati 4 ass)

Bawer Matera - Publisys Potenza 66-65 (S.Provenzano 18 pts, F.Longobardi 19 reb, F.Gergati 4 ass)


Standings - B1
A dilettanti Standings
Group A
 1. Fortitudo BO 13-1 
 2. Forli 12-2 
 3. Ozzano 12-2 
 4. Brescia 10-4 
 5. Treviglio 8-6 
 6. Trento 7-6 
 7. Omegna 7-7 
 8. Tezenis Verona 6-7 
 9. Montecatini 6-8 
 10. Trieste 5-9 
 11. Osimo 5-9 
 12. Castelletto 4-9 
 13. Fidenza 4-10 
 14. Riva del Garda 3-9 
 15. Jesolo S.Dona 0-13 
Group B
 1. Barcellona 11-2 
 2. Ferentino 9-4 
 3. Ostuni 9-4 
 4. Palestrina 8-5 
 5. Trapani 8-5 
 6. Comsum.it SI 7-6 
 7. Perugia 7-6 
 8. San Severo 7-6 
 9. S.Antimo 6-7 
 10. Agrigento 5-8 
 11. Matera 5-8 
 12. Ruvo 5-8 
 13. Molfetta 2-11 
 14. Potenza 2-11 


Montepaschi joins top 3 in European Ranking - by Eurobasket
The biggest jump last week was Italian leader Montepaschi Siena. They joined CSKA Moscow (#1, 17-3) and Regal FC Barcelona (#2, 20-1) in Top 3.
Montepaschi won another two games last week. First they won their Euroleague game against French ASVEL 83-74. Then they crushed Montenegrano 97-66 in Italian Serie A. They passed Greek Olympiakos, Spanish Real Madrid and Israeli Maccabi Tel Aviv, which all lost one of their games last week.
The 'milliners' club' Olympiakos Pireus (#7,13-3) had a tough week with two games, both ending in overtime. First they managed to secure a victory against Lithuanian Lietuvos Rytas (#11, 20-5) 89-83, OT in Euroleague. But then they did not have that much luck in Greek league when they were surprisingly edged by Panionios (#69, 4-4) 96-94, OT. In consequence they dropped in the overall European ranking from 3rd to 7th place. They lost also advantage over their biggest local rival Panathinaikos Athens (#6,13-3) in Greek league and both teams share leadership position with the same record. But Panathinaikos did not use the chance to jump in the European classification. Despite easy victory in Greece, they were defeated by success-hungry MMC Real Madrid in Euroleague 76-67. But Real after previous very bad week with two lost games, not did not perform much better. They indeed beat Panathinaikos, but lost Spanish ACB game against very impressive recently Caja Laboral Vitoria (#10,16-5) 62-80. Caja Laboral beat also Union Olimpija Ljubljana (#58,10-11) in Euroleague 62-53. Together with Regal Barca and Real, Caja Laboral shares top 3 teams positions in Spain, which is considered the best league in Europe.
Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (#4,14-3) had a tough week, when despite good performance they lost another game, this time to currently best team in Europe Russian CSKA Moscow (#1,17-3) 72-77. They did not perform that well in Israeli league, but that was enough to secure 3-point victory, this time to Bnei Hasharon 79-76. Maccabi is still the only undefeated team in the country.
Highest ranked CSKA recorded another two victories. After Euroleague victory against Maccabi, they got easy game against Azovmash in VTB League, giving Ukrainian team almost 30-points loss 98-69.
Second best team in Europe Regal FC Barcelona (#2,20-1) did not need to show their best to add two victories to their record last week. First they had an easy Euroleague game against B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (#9,23-9) outperforming Lithuanians by 34 points 89-55. Then they beat CB Murcia 84-72 in Spanish league. Regal FC Barcelona can give a solid challenge to Russian powerhouse CSKA for the top spot in the ranking.


Serie A, Top Players of Week 11 - by Stefano Pini
MVP of the week
Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) Montepaschi Siena, 23 points (8/12 FG), 8 rebounds, 4 steals
Second week in a row as MVP for the Baltic big man. In this season he's looking more for solutions in the paint. He's shooting 41/64 (64%) by 2 points and 8/14 (57%) by 3 points.

Best Import Player
Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) Benetton Treviso, 22 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists
At Bologna, Neal made the buzzer beater to win the game. Virtus' defense pushed him to the corner, but he reached to put a fade away from 6 meters that avoided the overtime, and gave to Benetton an important victory. Gary's not 'only' the top scorer of the league, but a real winner...

Best italian players
Marco Mordente (191-G-79), Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83), Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) Armani Jeans Milano, 36 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists
Armani Jeans' winning streak is arrived to 7 in Serie A.
The italian players of the team are playing a lot and very well in this period. Last Thursday was Massimo Bulleri that pushed Milano in the last quarter in Euroleague against Prokom. Yesterday, other three italian players of Milano reached the double digit. Is not so common in this league...

Honorable Mentions
Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) Lottomatica Roma,19 points 7 rebounds 7 assists
Davor Kus (192-G-78) Benetton Treviso, 21 points, 4 assists
Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) Lottomatica Roma, 17 points 4 rebounds 7 steals
Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) Air Avellino, 17 points 8 rebounds 5 steals
Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) Scavolini Pesaro, 16 points 9 rebounds


Legadue, market news: Joseph Bunn joins A.B.Latina - by Antonello Varallo
Joseph Bunn (198-F/C-75, college: Phillips (OK)) will replace K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) in A.B. Latina roster. The former Legadue Top Scorer has agreed terms with A.B. Latina, who has choosen a very experienced player to replace Rivers, who joined Benetton Treviso after 12 games. Bunn ended last season with Aget Imola, scoring 23.1 ppg in 28 games adding 8.3 rpg. During his long career, he was top scorer in Spain (LEB 1999-2000), Argentina during 2000-2001, Venezuela (LPB 2005) and Italy (Legadue 2008-2009)

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Rutgers off to its best start in four seasons - by Leonard Whyte
Piscataway, NJ (12-21-2009): Rutgers University is off to its best start in four seasons following a 71-62 victory over New Jersey Institute of technology on Saturday night at home. National player, guard Mike Coburn, scored eight points and dished out four assists as the Scarlet Knights improved to 8-2 before their clash with St. Peter's University tomorrow night. Rutgers extended their winning streak to five games and should they get past St. Peter's will have a date with nationally-ranked University of North Carolina Tar Heels next Monday, December 28th.

Jordan unstoppable as Tulsa rolls over Chicago State - by Leonard Whyte
Tulsa, OK (12-21-2009): Senior center Jerome Jordan scored the first seven points of the second half then helped ignite a late 19-0 run to guide University of Tulsa to a 40-point lead as the Hurricanes went on to blow-out Chicago State University 86-49 on Saturday evening. The 7' 0' Jordan dominated inside on his way to a game-high 22 points and 12 rebounds as Tulsa (9-1) won its fourth game in a row. Jordan connected on 6-of-9 from the field and 10-of-16 from the charity stripe, while snatching five offensive rebounds and blocking three shots. Tulsa plays University of Nebraska on Tuesday in the third round of the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena and will play either Brigham Young University or University of Nevada on Wednesday.

Valparaiso dishes its way past Concordia - by Leonard Whyte
Valparaiso, IN (12-21-2009): Valparaiso University dished out 27 assists on 33 baskets in an 83-57 home victory over Concordia University last night. Guard Michael Rogers came off the bench to join the party as he shot 4-of-8 from the field and 2-of-8 from the line to finish with 11 points. Rogers also grabbed five rebounds and handed out three assists in 21 minutes. The distribution of the ball enabled Valparaiso to shoot 60 percent in the first half as they entered halftime with 51-22 advantage. From there the lead never fell below 22 points as the Crusaders (5-6) cruised to an easy victory. They return to the court tomorrow night as they travel to Fort Wayne, Indiana to take on Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

Western Kentucky no match for Louisville - by Leonard Whyte
Louisville, KY (12-21-2009): Forward Samardo Samuels was one of six players in double figures as University of Louisville routed Western Kentucky 102-75 on Saturday evening in a game broadcasted live nationally on ESPN2. Samuels added 14 points and nine rebounds in 22 productive minutes as the Cardinals avenged last season's loss to their rivals who played without their second-leading scorer and leading rebounder. Late in the second half Samuels brought the packed house to its feet when he rammed home a left-handed dunk off a wayward alley hoop pass to put an exclamation point on Louisville's seventh victory of the season. They next face University of Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday.

Cedarville escapes upset bid by Taylor - by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (12-21-2009): Senior forward Christopher Walker, still recovering from knee surgery, stole an errand pass with 1:50 to go and converted the lay-up to put NAIA Division II #8 Cedarville University in front for good as the Yellow Jackets narrowly defeated Taylor University 75-69 in a non-conference game on Saturday night. Another Jamaican, Ricardo Alliman, continued his outstanding senior season as he delivered a team-high 18 points and nine rebounds to pace Cedarville to an 8-3 record. The hot-shooting forward sank eight of his nine attempts from the field and 2-of-5 from the free throw line. Walker had his best game since his return finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds. Cedarville is off until next Tuesday, January 29th, when they jet to West Palm Beach, Florida, to participate in the Northwood University Tournament.

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Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 15-3 
 2. Sendai 89ers 12-8 
 3. Niigata Albirex 8-8 
 4. Toyama Grouses 8-8 
 5. Saitama Bron. 8-10 
 6. Tokyo Apache 5-13 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 15-3 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 14-8 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 11-11 
 4. Osaka Evessa 9-11 
 5. Oita H.Devils 7-13 
 6. Takamatsu FA 7-15 
 7. Kyoto Hannaryz 5-13 


BJ League Round: 12 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Takamatsu FA - Niigata Albirex 83-100
Niigata Albirex tied its record at 8-8 as they won over Takamatsu FA 100:83. Paul Butorac (208-F-83, college: E.Washington) paced all the winners with 25 points and 15 boards, Antonio Burks (198-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) had 21 points and 17 rebounds, while Levett Tyrone collected 20 points, 12 boards and 7 assists. Okada Yu produced 25 points in the losing effort.

Saitama Bron. - Toyama Grouses 90-100
Toyama Grouses nailed three digits to beat Saitama 100:90. Makoto Kato (193-G/F-82) top-scored for the winners with 31 points, while Mito Takeshi scored 15. Jointer Mario and Shimizu Taishiro notched 13 points each for Broncos team.

Saitama Bron. - Toyama Grouses 83-77
Saitama Broncos is 8-10 in the league after the win over Toyama Grouses 83:77. Kwbana Beckles (203-C/F-81, college: Lee) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Shimizu Taishiro added 14. Lemons Kirby had 15 in defeat, while three other players scored 12 each.

Oita H.Devils - Fukuoka Rizing 75-76 OT
Fukuoka Rizing needed overtime to prevail against Oita H.Devils on December 20th. Michael Parker (200-G/F-81, college: Evergreen St.) erupted with 32 points and 14 rebounds, whilst Ford Richard had 12 points and 12 boards. Bell Michael and Lottich Matt combined 44 points in the losing effort.

Oita H.Devils - Fukuoka Rizing 76-91
Oita H.Devils lost to Fukuoka Rizing 76:91 on December 19th. Bryant Marlyn produced 31 points to lead all the winners, while Michael Parker added 17. Woods Ricky finished the night with 24 points and 14 boards for Oita.

Takamatsu FA - Niigata Albirex 74-84
Takamatsu FA was beaten by Niigata Albirex 74:84 on December 19th. Antonio Burks stepped up with 22 points and 16 rebounds for the winners, whilst Levett Tyrone and Takeno Akitomo had 16 each. Gardener Michael answered with 32 points for the Five Arrows.

Shiga Lakestars - Kyoto Hannaryz 76-57
Shiga Lakestars improved to 11-11 record as they rolled over Kyoto Hannaryz 76:57. Bobby Nash (198-G/F-84) posted 17 points for the winners, while Schlatter Christopher and Joho Masashi added 16 apiece. Bostic Josh replied with 27 points and 16 boards.

Osaka Evessa - Sendai 89ers 82-75
Osaka Evessa celebrated the 9th victory as they beat Sendai 89ers 82:75. Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU) paced all the winners with 21 points and Washington Lynn netted 18. Holm Chris ended up with 21 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Tokyo Apache - Okinawa GK 65-70
Tokyo Apache lost to Okinawa GK 65:70 as Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83, college: Georgia Tech) deliverd 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nakanishi Shoji finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort.

Shiga Lakestars - Kyoto Hannaryz 82-80
Shiga Lakestars cruised past Kyoto Hannaryz 82:80 as Gary Hamilton (208-F/C-84, college: Miami, FL) and Joho Masashi delivered 17 points each for the winners. Bostic Josh tried hard in defeat as he had 30 points and 15 rebounds for Kyoto Hannaryz.

Osaka Evessa - Sendai 89ers 69-78
Osaka Evessa lost to Sendai 89ers 69:78 as the latter got 18 points and 21 rebounds from Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego). Takahashi Kenichi also scored 18 points and Guions Demetrius added 14. Washington Lynn produced 18 points and 8 caroms for Evessa.

Tokyo Apache - Okinawa GK 70-75
Tokyo Apache was beaten by Okinawa GK 70:75 in the start of the Regular Season Round 12. Jeff Newton (205-C-81, college: Indiana) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Leach George posted 15. Ashby Julius ended up with 20 points and 9 rebpounds for Tokyo team.



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Tarek Zu'bi : I Won't Be Back ! - by Omar Shafaamri

(Exclusive) In an Interview with Local Station ; Eng. Tarek Zu'bi the Ex-Federation President declared that he won't be Back to any Position in the Federation .

Chaotic Situation !
Zu'bi talked about the Current Chaotic Situation in Jordanian Basketball since 5 months without any Action till now , and if anybody in his Crew committed a Sin then he should be Questioned Not Freezing the Whole Game cause of some Administrative Problems which can be solved easily by assigning temporary Committee till the Official Elections .

2.5 Million not 14 !!
2.5 Million Euro in 3 years were spent on the National Team Not 14 Millions as Our Lebanese Neighbors said before , while they Spent the Same Amount in 3 months this Year in addition to 500 K Euro to get the Wild Card . 2.5 Millions were divided on : 950 k 2007 , 750 k 2008 & 650 k 2009 and the reason behind the Expenditure decrease that we were invited to 6 Paid Tourneys by Hosts this Year .

FIBA Asia 2011 Should be in Jordan !

FIBA Asia Federation promised to Compensate Jordan the 2009 FIBA Hosting which went To China by Giving Jordan the Right to Host FIBA Asia 2011 , the Official Qualifying Tourney for London Olympic Games 2012 . in FIBA Asia 2009 Jordan NT Won the #rd Place after Iran & China and Qualified with them to FIBA World Championship 2010 in Turkey .

Reaching the World Class is Just the Start
Zu'bi Said that Reaching the FIBA World Championship and being from the best 24 NTs in the World should be the Start of For better Basketball in the Country not the Final Step as Some people Tried their best to Accomplish !!! Zoubi Criticized the Opinion that Jordan is Going to Turkey 2010 for the Participation Honor only but We did our best in the last 3 years to reach this Goal and Enshallah the next Federation will Continue in this Path .

Palma With Zain & NT Was a Right Decision
He continued that Mario Palma the NT Head Coach being with Both Zain Club & the National Team in the Same time was the best Decision , and this was one of the Main Reasons of our Success Reaching Turkey 2010 , and the Olympic Committee Should Continue on this Path and Respond to Zain Club's Letter about the upcoming Future of Palma with NT & Zain .


1 Generation we need To Reach World Level
Mr Zu'bi assured that if we continue with the same hard work we can reach the World Class level after a Generation , and contradicted the Opinion of Changing the Current NT Squad with Young Players in the Preparation for London Olympics Qualifiers 2012 although we have such a great Young Basketball Base for the Future .

New Perspective for Basketball from Now on
We Should strengthen our Weak League and enhance the Basketball ambient to get back the Fans to the Courts , our Media should Look and care about our Sports and especially Basketball the first Game in Jordan's History Qualifies to the World Championship !

Professionalism Era Has it's Two Faces !

Zu'bi Replied on a Question about the Professionalism Era since 2003 that this Step has it's Negatives and positives , one of it's Positives the Improvement we realized in our Results whether in Clubs or NTs were we reached the WC10 & U16 NT reached Asia U16 Quarter Finals & Zain Club Success in Asia and Middle East .


09/10 JPL's future will be discussed at the beginin of the year - by Omar Shafaamri
By the beginning of 2010 , the Basketball Temporary Committee Will take responsibility of Basketball in the Country . This Committee Will Concentrate on preparing the National Team for the Upcoming FIBA World Championship ( Turkey 2010 ) .

Mario Leonel Palma Will lead the NT preparations , which is expected to be long lasting preparations starting from January 2010 with a possible Decision of Cancelling the Premier League for 2009/2010 Season for the sake of our National Team !!!!...But seems it wont happen as clubs want the season to begin as soon as possible....


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24th AFCCM (Classification 5-8): Coop-Bank bow to ASPAC 62-89 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cooperative Bank basketball club of Kenya was on Sunday confine to fight for position 7-8 by ASPAC basketball club of Benin Republic who defeated the Kenyan by 89-62 points.

ASPAC of Benin who were consider an outsider defeated the Kenyan in all four quarters by 26-18, 25-11, 17-15 and 21-18 with ASPAC combo-guard Mohammed Bukar leading the floor with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steal while the duo of Leonne Chadare and Romaric Quenum added 21 and 18 points each.


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Stats Leaders - Men
BankMed Championship 2009/2010 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1- Ersid Ludjca (Anibal Zahle) 27.5
2-Sean Colson (Antranik Beirut) 25.5
3- Nate Johnson (Riyadi Beirut) 23.3
4- Enrique Clemons (Hoops Beirut) 22.7
5- Curtis Slaughter (Anibal Zahle) 22.5
Rebounds Per Game
1- Christian Charles (Champville) 11
1- CJ Giles (Riyadi Beirut) 11
3- Jean Abdel Nour (Riyadi Beirut) 10
4- Marshal Philips (Sagesse Beirut) 9
5- Hani Zakaria (Kahraba Zook) 8.7
Assists Per Game
Enrique Clemons (Hoops Beirut) 9.3
2- Ali Mahmoud (Riyadi Beirut) 8.3
3- Sean Colson (Antranik Beirut) 7.5
4- Curtis Slaughter (Anibal Zahle) 6.5
5- Mohammad Ibrahim (Muttahed Tripoli) 5.3


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 3-0 
 2. Moutahed 2-0 
 3. Champville 1-0 
 4. Antranik 1-1 
 5. Anibal 1-1 
 6. Kahraba 1-2 
 7. Sagesse 0-1 
 8. Blue Stars 0-1 
 9. Tebnine 0-1 
 10. Hoops 0-2 


LIB Lebanon goes to Turkey with one eye on London 2012 - by Maarouf Mawloud
BEIRUT (2010 FIBA World Championship) Nowhere in Asia is there a bigger appetite for basketball than Lebanon.

For that reason, there was unbridled enthusiasm and a huge sense of relief in the country after the news broke on December 12 that the national team had received a wild card to play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann made the recommendations that Lebanon, Lithuania, Russia and Germany receive the wild cards and the FIBA Central Board unanimously approved them.

A winning tradition, participation in the last two FIBA World Championships and a passionate fan base were all contributing factors in the wild-card decision.

I think the last 25 or 30 years in which we achieved results, both clubs and national teams, it's made basketball popular for the Lebanese people, Lebanese Basketball Federation president Pierre Kakhia said to FIBA.Com.

If there is ever basketball in the news, it gets the maximum readers.

We have even more supporters outside of Lebanon, all over the world, in the Gulf, in the United States, in Argentina and Brazil. We have a lot of fans and all Lebanese are proud we have a good national team.

The wild-card announcement came four months after Lebanons painful 72-68 defeat to hosts China in the Semi-Finals of the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship.

Dragan Racas team still had a chance to qualify by winning the bronze-medal game but fell to Jordan, 80-66.

Kakhia said of the fans: Everyone loves us, feels sorry for us, and no one blames anyone (about not qualifying directly).

The federation president says he expects 2,000 to 4,000 fans to follow the national team next year in Turkey.

So what are Lebanons chances of winning some games next year?

The draw was held on December 15 three days after the wild-card announcement and Lebanon ended up in Group D against France, Spain, Lithuania, New Zealand and Canada.

We played against France at the last World Championship and won, Kakhia remembered fondly.

It's one of the good results of the national team. We hope we can achieve some good results, particularly with Canada and New Zealand as we feel they are close to our level and we hope to play a good match against the champions Spain as well.

Kakhia has revealed that he expects to have a new man in charge of the national team in early January.

There will be a new coach from the United States, he said.

We are in the middle of the negotiations.

While grateful for the opportunity to play in Turkey, Kakhia says he and Lebanon are thinking about another big tournament as well.

Our target is not the World Cup (Championship), he said. Its important, but our target is to qualify for the Olympics in London. So we will have a coaching program to take us to the World Championship and to have a team at the Olympics in London, 2012.

Jeff Taylor
FIBA


Jim Harrick to coach the Lebanese NT ? ! ? ! ? ! ? ! - by Maarouf Mawloud

Jim Harrick 72 years old will coach our national team with big amount of money ( around 750.000 $ for 3 years) (born July 25, 1938 in Charleston, West Virginia) is a former college basketball head coach who coached at Pepperdine University, UCLA, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Georgia.
Harrick graduated in 1960 from Morris Harvey College, now known as the University of Charleston. He is of Lebanese ancestry.

On November 20, 2009, Sally Lee Harrick, his wife of 49 years died at the age of 70, from complications of scleroderma.

College coaching career
Harrick's coaching career began at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California where he served as an assistant coach from 19641969 and as head coach from 19701973. He was then hired as an assistant coach at Utah State from 19741977. Harrick then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA from 19781979. His first collegiate head coaching job was at Pepperdine University in 1979, where he led the school to four NCAA Tournament appearances and was a conference coach of the year four times.
UCLA
In 1988, he returned to UCLA to assume head coaching duties after the firing of Walt Hazzard. During the recruiting period before his first season, he recruited Don MacLean which was the most significant recruit to commit to UCLA in several years and helped start a revival of the basketball program. During the 19941995 season, he led UCLA to the school's eleventh national championship in school history and its first since the 197475 season. Shortly before the start of the 199697 season, he was accused of falsifying receipts at a student-athlete recruiting dinner, although the NCAA exonerated Harrick of this offense. UCLA fired him for lying to university investigators. Harrick did not tell the athletic department accurately about who attended a recruiting dinner with a $1000 expense report from Monty's Steakhouse, where two extra current team members joined the table. He is the second-winningest coach in UCLA history, behind only John Wooden.
Rhode Island
After a one-year hiatus, Harrick returned to coaching by accepting the head coach position at Rhode Island. He coached the Rams for two seasons (from 199799), where in both years they qualified for the NCAA Tournament. During the 1998 tournament, the Rams upset Kansas in the second round and reached the Midwest Regional finals but were defeated by Stanford 7977. In his second season, he managed to recruit Lamar Odom and led the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 Conference title.
Georgia
After the season, he left URI to become the head coach at the University of Georgia. He served there for four seasons (199900 through 200203), leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice following a losing record. He resigned from his position and retired from coaching after several scandals during his reign at Georgia came to public light.
Later career
After Georgia, Harrick worked as a scout for the NBA's Denver Nuggets and helped develop basketball in China.[1]
On June 13, 2006, Harrick accepted the recently created head coaching position for the Bakersfield Jam, a NBA Development League expansion team.[2] Harrick resigned for personal reasons in December 2007, after the Jam struggled to a 214 record.[3]
He is now serving as a college basketball analyst for Prime Ticket, the Southern California affiliate of Fox Sports Net.
Controversies
While Harrick has been successful as a coach, his checkered history led to his departure from the college coaching profession. He was investigated at UCLA and fired for filing false expense reports. Harrick says he owns a letter from the NCAA exonerating him from any wrong-doing regarding this incident.[1] At Rhode Island he had been accused of sexual misconduct with a secretary in the athletic offices and of giving players access to privileges not permitted by NCAA regulations.
At Georgia, Harrick's son, Jim Harrick , Jr., got into trouble for paying the $300 phone bill of one of his players, Tony Cole. He also gave an 'A' to Cole, Rashad Wright and Chris Daniels for a basketball strategy class even though they never attended the class. [2] Additionally, it emerged that six players didn't pay for over $1,500 of long-distance telephone calls in December 2001, but Georgia didn't report the violations until July 2003. In the midst of the controversy, Georgia pulled out of the 2003 SEC Tournament and withdrew from postseason consideration. After the story broke, Georgia suspended Harrick, Jr. on February 28, 2003 and fired him five days later. Harrick, Sr. was suspended on March 10 and resigned on March 27.
In 2004, the NCAA placed Georgia on four years' probation for the violations. It also forced the Bulldogs to vacate half of its wins from 200102 and all of its wins from 20020330 games in all. Harrick, Jr. was slapped with a seven-year 'show-cause' order for his role in the academic fraud, as well as telling two of the players involved to lie to the NCAA. The 'show-cause' effectively blackballed him from the college ranks until 2011 at the earliest.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Harrick





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Worcester Wolves signed two new players - by Lukas Zajancauskas
The city club have utilised their overseas contacts to recruit an exciting young Lithuanian and 6ft 9ins American Devin Smith.

Kastytis Normantas (191-G-85) is a 24-year-old, 6ft 3ins athletic combo guard and impressed at the basketball school in his home city of Kaunas, Lithuania.

Kastytis is a combo guard, who can play both the point and shooting positions equally as well. I am happy with his addition and am looking forward to him bringing quality to Wolves.

Normantas has been playing for Bremena in the Lithuanian NKL, averaging 19 points from 33 minutes per game, 3.7 steals, 2.2 assists and three rebounds.


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Diekirch League Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
BBC Nitia - Amicale 79-82
BBC Nitia lost to Amicale 79:82 as the latter got 26 points from Travis DePree (199-F/C-83, college: Albion). Schartz Christian posted 21 and Birenbaum Raul added 12. McDaniel Billy finished the night with 35 points and 15 rebounds.

Sparta - Musel Pikes 84-59
Sparta won over Musel Pikes 84:59 as Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona) and Hublart Julien top-scored for the winners with 17 points each. Wagner Tom nailed 12 and Arbaut Patrick posted 11. Schmit Guy responded with 22 points in the losing effort.

Etzella - Residence 94-77
Etzella rolled over Residence 94:77 for 12-1 record on top. Nelson Delgado (188-G/F-80) paced all the winners with 28 points, while Delgado Jairo posted 22 and Scott Dustin as well as Albaladejo Raphael had 21 each. Kennedy Marcus resisted with 48 points and 15 rebounds in defeat.

Racing - Contern 59-90
Contern improved to 10-3 record as they beat Racing 90:59. Ken Diederich (185-G-77), Jeitz Eric and Gary Brandon combined 71 points for the winners. Largent Corey answered with 26 points in the losing case.



Cup Semis drawn - by Chris Longoria
In the semifinals of the CUP, Etzella will meet T71 on Saturday February 6th. The other semi-final will be decided between last years DBBL Champion and Sparta, on Sunday February 7th. Those teams will try to qualify for the Final which will be played in the Coque in front of 5000 people every year. Last years winner was T71, Etzella has won the Event many times, so the game should be an interesting one. Sparta, the only team with 2 Americans, has disappointed so far in the league, but remains with great potential and last years champs from Contern, are very experienced and the best shooting team in the League, with the Leagues Best defensive player, Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Hutchinson CC).

Scoring Leaders - DBBL
DBBL STATS Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Walters, Pikes 27.2
Largent, Racing 27.1
Crawford, Zol. 25.8
Scott, Etzella 23.0
Smith, Sparta 22.7
Delgado, Etz. 22.09
Kennedy, Res. 22.0
Diederich, Con. 21.8
McDaniel, Nitia 21.2
Muller, T71 21.0
Rebounds Per Game
McDaniel Nit. 14,2
Gary, Cont. 13,0
Kennedy, Walf. 12,1
Grant, Spa. 11,2
Walters, Pik. 11,1
Smith, Spa. 10,7
Largent, Rac. 9,70
Blocks Per Game
Gary, Contern 5,67
Scott, Etzella 3,23
DePree, Amic. 1,34
McDaniel Nitia 1,23
Grant, Sparta 1,13
Smith, Spa. 0,80


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Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros24.4 
 2. Monroe, Potros24.3 
 3. Moore, Abejas23.2 
 4. Jackson, Pilares21.7 
 5. Habel, Cosmos21.4 
 6. Capers, Barreteros21.1 
 7. Hickerson, Pioneros21.1 
 8. Martin, Pilares21.0 
 9. Thomas, Potros20.7 
 10. Hornsby, Huracan.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mattis MCHUGH
  Abejas
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. McHugh, Abejas11.4 
 2. Allen, Pioneros11.1 
 3. Long, Indios11.1 
 4. Berghoefer, Potros10.2 
 5. Aubry, Halc.Rojos10.0 
 6. Jackson, Angeles10.0 
 7. Reaves, Barreteros9.8 
 8. Mills, Indios9.0 
 9. Garcia, Pioneros9.0 
 10. Moss, Lechuguer.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Funn, Bucaneros6.0 
 2. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba5.4 
 3. Stokes, Barreteros5.1 
 4. Malpica, Cosmos4.7 
 5. Brown, Fuerza R.4.7 
 6. Beltran, Libertad.4.4 
 7. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.3 
 8. Hollyfield, Barre.4.2 
 9. Roque, Toros4.2 
 10. Villegas, Lechuguer.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (--)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.4 
 2. Beltran, Libertad.3.2 
 3. Moore, Abejas2.9 
 4. Lewis, Soles2.5 
 5. Hollyfield, Barre.2.4 
 6. Funn, Bucaneros2.3 
 7. Gooner, Halc.Rojos2.3 
 8. Malpica, Cosmos2.2 
 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, Bucaneros1.1 
 3. Arceneaux, Lechugue.1.1 
 4. Moore, Abejas0.9 
 5. Thomas, Cosmos0.9 
 6. Jackson, Pilares0.9 
 7. Cox, Angeles0.8 
 8. Pulido, Huracanes0.8 
 9. Hill, Halc.Rojos0.8 
 10. Soto, Abej.0.8 


Libertadores de Queretaro sign Jermaine Johnson - by Eurobasket
Libertadores de Queretaro (LNBP) added to their roster 24-year old American forward Jermaine Johnson (201-F-85, college: Charleston). Johnson played most recently at Reno Bighorns (D-League) in the U.S. but waived before the season started. Johnson was Reno Bighorns' 90 draftee on the 6 round of 2009 as he is also Southern Conf. South Division Regular Season Co-Runner-Up, All-Southern Conf. 3rd Team in 2009
in his first game with Libertados, he played 32 minutes and scored 24 points and 10 rebounds
By Eurobasket Data Center


LNBP: Round 30 review - by Eurobasket News
Pioneros - Potros 94-90
LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82, college: Cumberlands) shined for the winners with 36 points in 37 minutes. Gregory Grays (185-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 20 pts. On the other side, Sammy Monroe was almost unstoppable with 39 pts and 6 rebs. Pioneros 20-9, Potros 10-20.

Libertadores - Indios 100-89
8-22 for Libertadores and 8-20 for Indios after this game. Luis Beltran led the winners with 26 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists, while Jermaine Johnson helped with double-double of 24 pts and 10 boards. Timothy lee responded with 24 pts and 5 rebs in defeat.

Huracanes - Lobos Grises 81-92
Lobos Grises came away with 81-92 win getting 22 points from Jovan Harris. Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80, college: Bowie St.) was second scorer in victory with 17 pts. Robert Hornsby (196-F/C, college: Troy) delivered 26 pts for the hosts.

Fuerza Regia - Soles 82-87
Dejuan Wheat (183-G-73, college: Louisville) stepped up for the winners with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The hosts got magnificent 40 points from Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83). Sole 21-8, Fuerza Regia 11-18.

Barreteros - Lechugueros 80-81
Lechugueros grabbed thriller win against Barreteros mostly owing to Samuel Villegas (198-G/F-83, college: Toledo), who drained 26 points. Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74, college: UALR) scored 19. On the other side, Kenya Capers (194-F-73, college: Houston) collected 21 pts and 6 boards. Lechugueros 17-13, Barreteros 13-17.

Panteras - Abejas 58-72
Abejas had Marcus Moore (198-G-80, college: Washington St.) and Mattis McHugh (198-F-84, college: S.Florida) in a game mood this week-end. Moore drained 26 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, while McHugh added 24 pts and impressive 21 rebounds. Joel Webb responded with 16 points in defeat. Abejas 13-17, Panteras 16-14.

Halc.Cordoba - Angeles 97-87
22-9 for Halcones Cordoba and 15-15 for Angeles after this game. Mike Smith (201-G/F-76, college: La-Monroe) top-scored with 30 and Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) added 21 pts, plus 12 rebounds in this victory. Cory Bradford had 28 pts in defeat.

Toros - Cosmos 108-97
Toros had Ike Ofoegbu (205-F-85, college: SMU) on fire with 27 points and he grabbed 8 rebounds beside that. Jerome Habel (208-F-85, college: San Diego St.) shined in the loosing squad with 32 points and 7 rebounds. Toros 20-9, Cosmos 4-25.

Bucaneros - Pilares 106-94
Bucaneros had couple of players in a game mood with John Millsap (198-F-82, college: UTSA) leading the way with 28 pts and 9 rebounds. Mekeli Wesley (206-F-79, college: BYU) had 26 pts, 9 boards and 5 assists. In Pilares, Shane Thorson (198-F-83, college: Tampa) top-scored with 25 points. Buscaneros 15-14, Pilares 1-27.


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Maxaquene clinch National League title - by Eurobasket News
Maxaquene - Ferroviario Beira 81:75

Maxaquene clinched the D1 title. The Inaki Martin team defeated Ferroviario Beira in the third game of the championship series to earn the title. Eric Banda fired 19 points to pace Maxaquene in the decisive encounter.
Maxaquene did not wait for too long to surge ahead. They built a 22:14 lead at the first intermission. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Inaki Martin team piled up an 11-point cushion at the interval. Ferroviario Beira did not bow and continued to fight bravely in the third quarter. Armando Baptista (199-F-85) and Andre Velasco helped the team to cut the distance at just 6 points heading into the fourth frame. But Maxaquene did not allow their opponents to develop on this success. They closed their defence in the fourth frame and rallied to a hard-fought win at the end.
Fernando Mandlate (191-G-85) scored 18 points in the win. Mucavel added 17 points for the newly crowned champions. Armando Baptista replied with 17 points for Ferroviario Beira. Andre Velasco contributed 14 points in defeat.

Maxaquene: Eric Banda 19, Fernando Mandlate 18, Samora Mucavel (186-G-86) 17
Ferroviario Beira: Armando Baptista 17, Andre Velasco 14



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Sunday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte B. - New York K. 94-98
Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) scored a season-high 26 points, Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) added 21 and a huge block in the closing seconds, and the Knicks held on for a 98-94 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) also had important role with 15 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Raymond Felton (6'5''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) collected 27 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.

Minnesota T. - Boston C. 104-122
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 29 points, tying a franchise record by hitting all six of his 3-point attempts, and the Celtics beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-104 on Sunday night. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) helped with 20 points in this victory. The Wolves got double-double from Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85), 20 points and 11 rebounds.

LA Lakers - Detroit P. 93-81
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 28 points and helped the Lakers build a big lead in a 93-81 victory over Detroit on Sunday night. Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Ron
Artest added 14 pts and 9 assists. Rodney Stuckey (6'4''-G-86, college: E.Washington) answered with 16 points in defeat.

Portland TB - Miami Heat 102-95
Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) scored 11 of his 28 points in the final 4 1/2 minutes, LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) added 23 and the Trail Blazers used two huge second-half runs to get past the Heat 102-95 on Sunday night. Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) had 17 and Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) helped with 2 points less. Dwyane Wade shined in defeat with 28 points and 10 assists.

Cleveland C. - Dallas M. 95-102
Tim Thomas (6'10''-F-77, college: Villanova) replaced Nowitzki in the starting lineup and did a nice impression with 22 points, and six others scored at least eight points. But it was on defense where Dallas really did a number on the Cavs. Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) had 19 points. In Cleveland, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) collected 25 points and 6 assists.

N.Orleans H. - Toronto R. 92-98
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) had 13 points and 11 boards and the Toronto Raptors beat New Orleans 98-92 on Sunday. Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) collected 14 pts and 7 assists. In the loosing squad, David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) came up with double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Denver N. - Memphis G. 96-102
Zach Randolph had 32 points and a career-high 24 rebounds to help the Grizzlies hold on for a 102-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) added 19 pts. On the other side, Denver got 41 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists from Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse).



Rockets guard Chase Budinger out 2-3 weeks - by Eurobasket News
Rockets guard Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) will be out two to three weeks with a sprained right ankle. Budinger turned the ankle on a drive in the second quarter of Saturday's 95-90 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He underwent an MRI on Sunday.

Budinger is averaging 8.2 points and three rebounds, having made 40.9 percent of his shots.

The Rockets are not expected to add a player to their roster with Budinger out. Had forward Carl Landry been out for more than just Saturdays game, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said the team likely would have signed Mike Harris, who is averaging 26.2 points per game for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the NBA Development League.

The Rockets also have Joey Dorsey with the Vipers but would have added Harris to get more of a scorer. Dorsey is averaging 13 points and 13.4 rebounds for the Vipers.


Courtsy of www.chron.com


Celtics recall Hudson from Red Claws - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84, college: Tennessee-Martin) has been recalled from the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League. Hudson appeared in three games for the Red Claws averaging 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Hudson, a 63 guard, has appeared in 13 games for the Celtics this season and registered season-highs of six points and three assists against Philadelphia on November 3.

Meanwhile, Golden State Warriors center Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska) underwent successful surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle, the team announced. The surgery was performed by Dr. David Porter in Indianapolis, IN. Moore is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of three (3) months. This season Moore was not contributing a lot to the Warriors, averaging 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 17.7 minutes per game. With a 7-18 record, the Warriors are currently 14th out of 15 Western conference teams, ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Matt Bonner Broken Hand - by Alex Yam

Spurs' Bonner breaks bone in right hand

By Tim Price, for NBA.com
Posted Dec 19 2009 10:03PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs reserve Matt Bonner broke a bone in his right hand during the first quarter Saturday against Indiana and will not return.

It is the fourth metacarpal -- the bone leading up to the ring finger in Bonner's shooting hand -- and the injury will be examined again on Monday. At that point the Spurs will decide how long Bonner will miss.

Bonner, who has five starts this season, is eighth in the league in 3-point shooting with a .449 percentage (40-for-89). On Saturday against Indiana, Bonner played almost five minutes off the bench and scored seven points on 3-for-4 shooting. He made one of his two 3-point attempts.

Indiana also lost Jeff Foster for the game when he again experienced soreness in his lower back in the first quarter. Foster, who missed Wednesday's game against Charlotte because of the back, played three minutes before coming out.



Agent Asks Knicks To Trade Nate - by Eurobasket
Agent Aaron Goodwin has asked the Knicks to look into trading guard Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington).
Robinson has been glued to the bench in recent weeks. He hasn't played in New York's last eight games.
A team spokesman says the request was made Saturday and that Knicks team president Donnie Walsh will have discussions with Goodwin.
New York coach Mike D'Antoni insists that the benching isn't personal. He claims that he's only playing the guys he feels give the team their best chance to win.
'We're trying to win,' D'Antoni said. 'I can't explain exactly every second the ins and outs, and we were on a roll and that roll doesn't quit just because you lose a game. You see over time if this works or not.'
Courtesy of ESPN


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Anthony, Denver N.30.5 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers28.8 
 3. James, Clevelan.28.7 
 4. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.2 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.6 
 6. Nowitzki, Dallas M.26.1 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.24.7 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.4 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.23.8 
 10. Roy, Portland22.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.12.9 
 2. Gasol, LA Lakers12.6 
 3. Wallace, Charlotte B.12.1 
 4. Noah, Chicago B.11.9 
 5. Camby, LA Clippers11.4 
 6. Bosh, Toronto R.11.2 
 7. Boozer, Utah Jazz10.8 
 8. Haywood, Washingt.10.7 
 9. Randolph, Memph.10.7 
 10. Duncan, San.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.4 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.1 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.3 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.7 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.2 
 6. James, Clevelan.7.8 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers7.5 
 8. Arenas, Washingt.7.0 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..6.6 
 10. Duhon, New York.6.4 
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 Lakers2.2 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 5. Ariza, Houston R.2.0 
 6. Curry, Golde S.2.0 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.2.0 
 8. Lee, New Jersey N.1.9 
 9. Felton, Charlott.1.9 
 10. Salmons, Chi.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 2. Smith, Atlanta H.2.4 
 3. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 4. Haywood, Washingt.2.2 
 5. Camby, LA Clippers2.2 
 6. Dampier, Dallas M.2.1 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.2.0 
 9. Perkins, Boston C.2.0 
 10. Dalembert, Phil.2.0 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 21-5 
 2. Toronto R. 13-17 
 3. New York K. 10-17 
 4. Philadelph.76 7-20 
 5. New Jersey N. 2-26 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 21-8 
 2. Milwaukee B. 12-14 
 3. Detroit P. 11-16 
 4. Chicago B. 10-16 
 5. Indiana P. 9-17 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 21-7 
 2. Atlanta H. 19-7 
 3. Miami Heat 13-12 
 4. Charlotte B. 10-16 
 5. Washington W. 8-17 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 19-9 
 2. Portland TB 17-12 
 3. Utah Jazz 16-12 
 4. Oklah.City T. 13-13 
 5. Minnesota T. 5-23 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 22-4 
 2. Phoenix Suns 18-10 
 3. Sacramento K. 13-14 
 4. LA Clippers 12-15 
 5. Golde State W. 7-19 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 20-8 
 2. Houston R. 16-11 
 3. San Antonio S. 15-10 
 4. N.Orleans H. 12-14 
 5. Memphis G. 12-15 


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  NIGERIA   


24th AFCCM (Classification 5-8): Kano Pillars beat Interclub 85-65 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
In the other classification also decided Sunday, Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria defeated Interclub basketball club of Congo Brazzaville by 85-65 points to set-up 5-6 position battle against ASPAC basketball club of Benin Republic on Tuesday.

Pillars guard, Abubakar Usman led his team with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Williams Ndoumbe recorded 12 points, Kelvin Ninmul scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Ibrahim Yusuf added 10 points to complete the beating of the Brazzaville-based side.

ASPAC guard and motivator, Nigeria-born Bukar who now leads other players in the final round of the 24th edition of FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men taking place at the sports hall of Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda with 154 points scored so far must be at his best to stop the Kano Pillars side from clinching the fifth place, a position it held since 2008 in Tunisia.



24th AFCCM (Classification 5-8): Kano Pillars beat Interclub 85-65 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
In the other classification also decided Sunday, Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria defeated Interclub basketball club of Congo Brazzaville by 85-65 points to set-up 5-6 position battle against ASPAC basketball club of Benin Republic on Tuesday.

Pillars guard, Abubakar Usman led his team with 14 points and 7 rebounds, Williams Ndoumbe recorded 12 points, Kelvin Ninmul scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds while Ibrahim Yusuf added 10 points to complete the beating of the Brazzaville-based side.

ASPAC guard and motivator, Nigeria-born Bukar who now leads other players in the final round of the 24th edition of FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men taking place at the sports hall of Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda with 154 points scored so far must be at his best to stop the Kano Pillars side from clinching the fifth place, a position it held since 2008 in Tunisia.


NBBF Boss Tasks Clubs - by Enoma Ugheghe
President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Tijani Umar has urged Nigerian clubs to always give their best whenever they take part in continental championships.
Speaking at the weekend, he said Kano Pillars who featured at the just concluded FIBA Africa Club Champions Cup did their best but they could have done better.
He said as Nigerian League champions, much was expected from them.

I have to commend Kano Pillars for their participation in the championship because it always tough and for them to have been there, we need to commend them.
On our own part, we will always support our teams and we also expect them to always give their best.
Over eight African countries took part in the championship held in Kigali, Rwanda.



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  PALESTINE   


Cup Tournament Week 1 News - Berzeit, Sariyet Ramallah, Huwara, Terrasanta crossed the 1st one - by Tamara Awartani

The cup tournament successfully launched last week, however, two teams withdrawn & one team was disqualified. The results were as follows along with the schedule for this week:

Results:
- De La Salle vs. Berzeit - Berzeit Qualified

Both teams played the youth, Berzeit gave De La Salle a hard time - Aaron Wyatt (193-G/F, college: Georgia SW) scored 33 points for his team with 4 three points and 5 assists. While De La Salle focused on Elie Nassrawi, Jihad Yaghmour, Khaled Sabah, Wisam Bitar and Basel Abu Diab.
- Sariyet Ramallah vs. Ahli 75 67
Sariyet Ramallah had a tough win over Ahli AlQuds, Ibrahim Al Habash (194-F-75), Saleem Al Husari (184-G-85) and Bashar Kassis played well for Sariyet Ramallah while Mahdi Eid (194-F-81) was the star of the game along with Rami Bakri & Samer Dweik for AlAhli.
- AlFara vs. AlRaI Saleh AlFara Withdrawn
- Orthodoxi Thaqafi Beit Sahour vs. Eibal postponted to Wednesday
- Terrasanta Beit Hanina vs. Qalandia 87 85 Overtime
Both teams played without an import player that affected their level of playing, Matia Nassar & Tony Abu Ali scored for Terrasant while Qalandia were mostly youth players were able to keep up and played strong through Muayed Mateh, Firas Afaneh and Adham Jinzawi.
- Abna AlQuds vs. Orthodoxi Bethlehem 77 81
Both teams highly depended on their import players, Mike Grinder (191-G/F-80, college: Simpson (CA)) for Orthodoxi Bethlehem who scored over 30points along with Awad AlHreimi and Emad Abu Hamameh while Andrew Dante and Johnn Istefan scored for their team.
- Tubas vs. Hiteen Tubas Withdrawn
- AlBireh vs. Huwara 60 - 77

It was a close game with each team taking the lead in one of the quarters, Mohammed AlHilu played strong & all around for Huwara team while Ammar AlRasoul, Nasser Awartani and Yasser Mustafa played well for AlBireh.


Next Games are:
Tuesday 22/12/2009
- Sarriyet Ramallah vs. AlSileh AlHarithie 5pm Majed Assad AlBireh
An easy game for Sarriyet Ramallah and good experience for AlSileh
- Ibdaa Dheisheh vs. Berzeit 7pm - Majed Assad AlBireh
A nice game to watch with two imports on court - Aaron Wyatt (193-G/F, college: Georgia SW) and Jamal Ward (198-F-79, college: Chattanooga)

Wednesday 23/12/2009
Eibal vs. Orthodoxi Thaqafi Beit Sahour 5pm Majed Assad - AlBireh



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  PBL   


Hasbani Satisfied With Players Performance - by Richard
The Quebec Kebs powered forward in the second half of their first pre-season game against the Halifax Rainmen

Halifax, December 20, 2009 On Saturday, December 20 at the Halifax Metro Centre the only two Canadian teams from the Premier Baskeball League (PBL) faced off. The Quebec City Kebs played a tight first preseason game against the Halifax Rainmen but in the end the Rainmen captured the game winning 108-90.

'I am very pleased with all of our players, in particular rookie Dwayne Buckley (6'3''-G/F) (6'3, guard) explained Alejandro Hasbani Head Coach of the Quebec City Kebs. 'The Halifax Rainmen attacked the Kebs early in the first quarter with 3-point shots taking a first-half advantage of 16 points. We had a slow start, but there was a period in the second half when we started to come back. We just followed our game plan.'

Despite the game outcome Coach Alejandro Hasbani only has good words for the team. 'We still have some work to do and our roster is still incomplete, but we held our ground against the Rainmens full roster. We can be proud of what we have accomplished here.'

The players that stood out from Quebec City Kebs were: Cordell Jeanty (6'5', forward) a former Halifax Rainman, with 31 points and Jonas Pierre (610', centre), with 24 points and 5 blocks.
Source: PBL


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA: Summary of the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Coca-Cola - Alaska 105-92
Coca-Cola was too strong for Alaska getting 19 points from Mark Macapagal (188-G-79). Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) also had very important role adding 18 points, 12 boards and 6 assists. Willie Miller (180-G-77) responded with 17 pts and 5 rebounds in defeat. Coca-Cola 3-12, Alaska 11-2.

San Miguel - Ginebra 91-86 OT
Overtime win for San Miguel (12-4), who got 17 points and 6 rebounds from Jonas Villanueva (184-G-83). Arwind Santos (193-F-81) and Mike Cortez added 14 pts each. Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) had 21 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Alaska - Talk N Text 119-113 OT
Overtime win for Alaska, who got 22 points from Willie Miller. Reynel Hugnatan (194-F-78) had 19 and Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) scored 18 pts (8 rebounds). Mark Cardona shined for the Texters with 31 points.

Santa Lucia - Ginebra 93-88
It was a Round 16 opener and Santa Lucia celebrated 93-88 win. Joshua Urbiztondo (183-G, college: Fresno Pacific) shined in this victory with 22 points. In loss, Ronald Tubid netted 21 pts and pulled down 8 rebounds.

Barako Bull - Burger King 99-102
Burger King's best player in this valuable victory was Richard Yee, who drained 21 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Gary David (187-G/F-78) and Beau Belga (198-C-86) netted 14 pts each. Yousif Aljamal (193-F/C-83) collected 19 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Burger King 6-9, Barako Bull 2-11.

Rain or Shine - San Miguel 90-104
Danny Seigle (198-F/G-76, college: Wagner) stepped up in victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Lordy Tugade (192-F-77) was behind him with 18 pts. In the loosing squad, Ryan Arana (186-G-83) was better than the others with 17 points and 5 rebounds.

Talk N Text - Purefoods 101-98
Talk N Text celebrated in a high-scoring game against Purefoods for 10-5 score in PBA. Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) came up with 17 and Harvey Carey (191-F-79, college: Sonoma St.) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in this victory. James Yap (191-F/G-82) shined in loss with 28 pts.


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mark CARDONA
  Talk N Text
  (180-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Cardona, Talk N.20.6 
 2. Tubid, Ginebra18.2 
 3. Santos, San Miguel18.2 
 4. Williams, Santa Lucia16.9 
 5. Miller, Alaska16.2 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska15.5 
 7. Yap, Purefoods15.0 
 8. Alapag, Talk N Text14.7 
 9. David, Burger King14.6 
 10. Macapagal, Coc.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kelly WILLIAMS
  Santa Lucia
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Williams, Santa Lucia14.3 
 2. Santos, San Miguel10.2 
 3. Reavis, Purefoods9.4 
 4. Carey, Talk N Text9.3 
 5. Taulava, Coca-Cola9.2 
 6. Pena, San Miguel8.9 
 7. Espinas, Santa L.8.5 
 8. Reyes, Rain o.7.9 
 9. Alonzo, Barako Bull7.9 
 10. Quinahan, Burger.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Coca-Cola
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola5.8 
 2. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.8 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Text5.6 
 4. Villanueva, San M.5.1 
 5. Miller, Alaska4.5 
 6. Yeo, Santa Lucia4.4 
 7. Castro, Talk N Text4.4 
 8. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.3 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska4.2 
 10. Abarrientos, Gin.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Santa Lucia
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.9 
 2. Artadi, Purefoods1.8 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia1.8 
 4. Norwood, Rain o.1.6 
 5. Buenafe, Burger K.1.6 
 6. Dimaunahan, Barako B.1.5 
 7. Santos, San Miguel1.5 
 8. Abarrientos, Gineb.1.5 
 9. Ross, Coca-Cola1.3 
 10. Mercado, Rain.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ali PEEK
  Talk N Text
  (194-F-75)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Peek, Talk N Text1.7 
 2. Santos, San Miguel1.6 
 3. Quinahan, Burger K.1.5 
 4. Thoss, Alaska1.2 
 5. Aquino, Santa Lucia1.1 
 6. Maierhofer, Puref.1.1 
 7. Pennisi, San Miguel0.9 
 8. Devance, Alaska0.9 
 9. Williams, Santa Lucia0.8 
 10. Raymundo, Pur.0.7 


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  POLAND   


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. MMKS DG 12-2 
 2. Zastal ZG 12-3 
 3. Siarka T. 10-3 
 4. Spojnia S. 10-4 
 5. Big Star 9-5 
 6. LKS Lodz 9-6 
 7. Sokol L. 8-5 
 8. Znicz Basket 7-8 
 9. Zubry 6-8 
 10. MOSiR Krosno 6-9 
 11. Trefl SSA 5-8 
 12. Start Lublin 5-8 
 13. Sudety JG 4-9 
 14. Tempcold AZS 4-10 
 15. AZS AWF K-ce 2-11 
 16. Gornik Wal. 2-12 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. SKK S-ce 12-1 
 2. Astoria 12-1 
 3. Norgips 10-3 
 4. Nowy Dwor Gd. 9-5 
 5. Zuraw Gn. 9-5 
 6. Harmattan 8-5 
 7. MMKS Pierniki 8-5 
 8. Tur B.Podl. 8-6 
 9. Legia W-wa 5-7 
 10. GKS Korsarz 4-9 
 11. AZS Olsztyn 4-9 
 12. Assec.Prokom 3 4-10 
 13. Zyrardow 3-9 
 14. OSSM W-wa 1-12 
 15. OSSM Sopot 0-11 
Group B
 1. Szczecin 9-1 
 2. Poznan 9-1 
 3. Open Basket 9-2 
 4. Ksiezak L. 8-2 
 5. Kutno 8-3 
 6. Pogon P. 8-6 
 7. Nysa Klodzko 6-3 
 8. Opolska 5-4 
 9. WKK Wroclaw 5-6 
 10. Skierniewice 3-7 
 11. Stal Ostrow 3-8 
 12. Slask Wroclaw 2-8 
 13. OSSM Wroc. 1-11 
 14. Kalisz 0-0 
 15. KKS Siechn. 0-11 
Group C
 1. Rosasport 12-0 
 2. Tarnow II 10-2 
 3. AZS Pol. Cz-wa 8-4 
 4. MCKiS Jaw. 6-4 
 5. AZS Radom 6-5 
 6. Cracovia 6-6 
 7. Pogon RS 5-4 
 8. Alba 5-6 
 9. Mickiewicz 5-7 
 10. Bytom 4-7 
 11. Staco Niepol. 4-7 
 12. MKS Limanowa 3-9 
 13. Wisla Krakow 1-11 
 14. OSSM S.Wola 1-12 
 15. Unia 0-0 


Cracovia Squeaks by Mickiewicz Katowice - by Gretchen Garniss
It was down to the wire on Sunday afternoon as Cracovia squeaked by visiting Mickiewicz Katowice 67-69 in a group C match. It looked like it was going to be a rout by Cracovia as they jumped out to a 14-22 lead in the first quarter as Tomasz Kumiszca pumped in 11 out of Cracovias 14 points. The game was waged under the boards for Cracovia with Kumiszca muscling his way inside while Mickiewicz Katowice scored most of their points uncontested in the paint. Cracovias lead shrank in the second quarter when the game opened up with frequent outlet passing and easy lay ups. By the end of the second quarter it was a close 33-34 match with Cracovia holding onto a one-point lead.
Numerous lead changes characterized the third quarter and both teams got into foul trouble early. Lukasz Kosmonski paced Mickiewicz Katowice with seven points and a strong defensive game. Mickiewicz turned up their defensive game in the fourth quarter forcing Cracovia to play in the perimeter and frequently forcing Cracovia to make last minute shots with the clock running down. Cracovia had a 9 point lead midway through the quarter but it shrank to three points (64-67) with 16 seconds left in the game. Lucasz Labuda made two key free throws late in the period to give Cracovia a 4 point lead, by Mickiewicz cut the lead to two points with six seconds left. Cracovia successfully pressured Mickiewicz and they were unable to get off one last shot for a 67-69 final score.
With the win, Cracovia moves ahead of Mickiewicz in the group C standings. Both teams are off until January 6.


Cracovia Squeaks by Mickiewicz Katowice - by Gretchen Garniss
It was down to the wire on Sunday afternoon as Cracovia squeaked by visiting Mickiewicz Katowice 67-69 in a group C match. It looked like it was going to be a rout by Cracovia as they jumped out to a 14-22 lead in the first quarter as Tomasz Kumiszca pumped in 11 out of Cracovias 14 points. The game was waged under the boards for Cracovia with Kumiszca muscling his way inside while Mickiewicz Katowice scored most of their points uncontested in the paint. Cracovias lead shrank in the second quarter when the game opened up with frequent outlet passing and easy lay ups. By the end of the second quarter it was a close 33-34 match with Cracovia holding onto a one-point lead.
Numerous lead changes characterized the third quarter and both teams got into foul trouble early. Lukasz Kosmonski paced Mickiewicz Katowice with seven points and a strong defensive game. Mickiewicz turned up their defensive game in the fourth quarter forcing Cracovia to play in the perimeter and frequently forcing Cracovia to make last minute shots with the clock running down. Cracovia had a 9 point lead midway through the quarter but it shrank to three points (64-67) with 16 seconds left in the game. Lucasz Labuda made two key free throws late in the period to give Cracovia a 4 point lead, by Mickiewicz cut the lead to two points with six seconds left. Cracovia successfully pressured Mickiewicz and they were unable to get off one last shot for a 67-69 final score.
With the win, Cracovia moves ahead of Mickiewicz in the group C standings. Both teams are off until January 6.



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  PORTUGAL   


Proliga Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Galitos FC - Barcelos 71-73
Barcelos narrowly defeated Galitos away from home. John Winchester (193-G-83, college: Robert Morris) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds to pace Barcelos to the eighth win in the season. Carlos Fechas had 16 points and 6 steals in the victory. Jose Ferreira responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Galitos.

Seixal - Sangalhos 71-68
Seixal narrowly nipped Sangalhos for the fifth win. Daniel Machado (190-G/F-90) scored 17 points to pace Seixal. Denis Neves added 15 points, 12 boards and 4 steals in the victory. Nuno Bizarro responded with 21 points for Sangalhos.

Terceira Basket - Penafiel 75-81
Penfiel continued to pile up victories. They prevailed against Terceira on the road behind 16 points and 12 boards from James Grabowski (201-F-86, college: SW Baptist). Sidney Holmes added 15 points and 7 rebounds for Penafiel. Renato Lindmets replied with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Terceira.

A.Musical - Angra 73-86
Dane Johnson (208-F-86, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Hofstra) scored 26 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead Angra past Academia Musical. Tony Murphy contributed 22 points in the winning effort. Luis Figueiredo finished with 20 points for Academia Musical in defeat.

Povoa - Electrico FC 77-82
Electrico posted the sixth win in the season as they edged Povoa on the road. Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) fired 31 points and made 7 steals to lead Electrico. Jorge Afonso and Anastacio Sami added 11 points each for the winners. Nuno Oliveira responded with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Povoa. Ethan Shaw had 18 points, 12 boards and 4 blocks in defeat.



Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 7-0 
 2. Ovarense 7-0 
 3. Porto Ferpinta 5-2 
 4. Sampaense 4-3 
 5. VSC Guimar. 3-4 
 6. CAB 3-4 
 7. Academica 3-4 
 8. AD Vagos 2-5 
 9. Barreirense 2-5 
 10. Fisica 2-5 
 11. Illiabum 2-5 
 12. Ginasio 2-5 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Ricondo CRUTCHFIELD
  Sampaense
  (200-F/G-78)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Crutchfield, Sampa.22.1 
 2. Powers, Fisica22.0 
 3. Dagans, Ginasio22.0 
 4. Voorhees, AD Vagos20.0 
 5. Schneider, CAB19.4 
 6. Clark, Barreirense19.0 
 7. Lee, Ovarense18.3 
 8. Smith, AD Vagos18.0 
 9. Soderberg, CAB18.0 
 10. Miranda, Ovaren.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rod NEALY
  VSC Guimar.
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Nealy, VSC Guimar.11.0 
 2. Smith, AD Vagos11.0 
 3. St.Robert, Illiabum10.3 
 4. Powers, Fisica10.1 
 5. Webster, CAB10.0 
 6. Johnson, Fisica9.1 
 7. Lee, Ovarense9.1 
 8. Johnson, Academica9.0 
 9. Wilson, Sampaense9.0 
 10. Terrell, Porto.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel FELIX
  Illiabum
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Felix, Illiabum3.9 
 2. Costa, Ginasio2.9 
 3. Marcal, Porto F.2.7 
 4. Mims, VSC Guimar.2.7 
 5. Hunt, Porto F.2.6 
 6. Balseiro, Sampa.2.6 
 7. Reed, Benfica2.4 
 8. Silva, VSC Guimar.2.3 
 9. Schneider, CAB2.2 
 10. Tavares, VSC.2.1 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel FELIX
  Illiabum
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Felix, Illiabum6.9 
 2. Manarte, Ovarense6.6 
 3. Monteiro, AD Vagos5.5 
 4. Simoes, Academica5.0 
 5. Reveles, AD Vagos5.0 
 6. Salvador, Fisica4.4 
 7. Fernandes, CAB4.3 
 8. Miranda, Ovarense4.3 
 9. Mims, VSC Guimar.4.3 
 10. Sing, Sampaen.4.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher LEE
  Ovarense
  (206-C-)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Lee, Ovarense1.7 
 2. Smith, AD Vagos1.7 
 3. Terrell, Porto F.1.6 
 4. DeWitz, Benfica1.4 
 5. Wilson, Sampaense1.3 
 6. Johnson, Fisica1.3 
 7. Frisby, Benfica1.3 
 8. Jackson, Academica1.3 
 9. Nealy, VSC Guimar.1.3 
 10. Clark, Barreiren.1.3 


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  RWANDA   


24th AFCCM (1st Semi-final): Jeronimo power Primeiro past APR 98-84 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Vladmir Jeronimo proved to be a reliable player for defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men, Primeiro dAgosto scoring 30 points to ensure victory for his side over host, APR Lions basketball club of Rwanda.

The defending champion who showed class against the host won the encounter by 98-84 points to secure a grand finale ticket slated for Tuesday at the sports hall of Amahoro stadium, Kigali, Rwanda.

Primeiro won the first three quarters by 26-18, 21-19 and 25-19 just as both sides end the last quarter in a tie with 26 points apiece.

Joining Jeronimo is reigning Africa most valuable player, Joaquim Gomes who recorded a double double effort of 18 points and 11 rebounds while Rodrigo Mascarenhas added 12 points and 8 rebounds.

APR dependable point guard Cedric Isom led his teammates with 26 points just as fellow point guard Mathew Miller added 23 points.

Primeiro will take on the winner of the second semi-final between Petro Atletico basketball club of Angola and ASB Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo in the final on Tuesday while APR will battle the loser of the second semis for the third place prize.



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  SERBIA   


Radnicki basket has new head coach - by Zoran Popovic
After 11 rounds of Serbian A league and 10 lost games, Radnicki basket relived coach Dragan Vascanin. In the same time, Management of Radnicki basket decided to hire Bosko Djokic . Djokic is experienced coach and during the career was head coach of Zdravlje Leskovac, Radnicki Beograd, Avtodoroznik Saratov, Masinac Kraljevo, Borac Cacak, FMP, KK Avala Ada, Pivovarna Lasko, KK Swisslion Takovo Lions and KK Niksic. In season 2005-2005 Bosko Djokic won Serbia and Montenegro National cup with FMP Zeleznik.


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Dragan MARKOVIC
  Napredak
  (203-F-74)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Markovic, Napredak18.8 
 2. Rakic, Novi Sad17.3 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.2 
 4. Kruscic, Beograd16.7 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.1 
 6. Andjusic, Mega V.15.9 
 7. Micevic, Borac15.5 
 8. Jelovac, Mega V.15.2 
 9. Martinic, Vojvodina15.1 
 10. Lepojevic, Beogr.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nenad CANAK
  Tamis
  (204-F-76)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Canak, Tamis9.3 
 2. Lukovic, Radnic.8.0 
 3. Jelovac, Mega V.7.7 
 4. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.6 
 5. Mikic, KG 067.1 
 6. Ljubojevic, Novi S.7.0 
 7. Dramicanin, Borac6.6 
 8. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.6 
 9. Pobric, Novi Sad6.4 
 10. Mitrovic, Beogr.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naft.
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.4 
 2. Pistoljevic, Radnic.4.7 
 3. Stefanovic, Metal.4.5 
 4. Martinic, Vojvodina4.3 
 5. Rakic, Novi Sad4.2 
 6. Dimitrijevic, Sloga4.0 
 7. Korac, Beograd3.8 
 8. Prolovic, Borac3.8 
 9. Radulovic, Masinac3.3 
 10. Djordjevic, Slo.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.2 
 2. Martinic, Vojvodina2.1 
 3. Dundjerski, Beograd2.0 
 4. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.8 
 5. Dimitrijevic, Sloga1.8 
 6. Pistoljevic, Radnic.1.7 
 7. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.7 
 8. Miljkovic, Masinac1.7 
 9. Djordjevic, Sloga1.7 
 10. Mitrovic, Beogr.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan BIRCEVIC
  Metalac
  (209-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Bircevic, Metalac1.7 
 2. Lukovic, Radnic.1.7 
 3. Maravic, Mega V.1.4 
 4. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.3 
 5. Petric, KG 061.3 
 6. Buric, Tamis1.2 
 7. Bjegovic, Masinac1.0 
 8. Arsic, Masinac0.8 
 9. Dramicanin, Borac0.7 
 10. Marojevic, Metal.0.7 


A League: Round 12 review - by Eurobasket News
Masinac - Beograd 67-83
Beograd grabbed an easy win against Masinac on the road remaining No.1 in Serbian top division with 11-1. Nikola Korac (185-G-86) (8 assists) and Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81) led Beograd with 14 points each. Nemanja Arsic (214-C-85) collected 12 points for Masinac (6-6).

Metalac - KG 06 94-76
Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) stepped up for Metalac with 24 points and 5 rebounds. Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81) had 22 pts and 11 boards, while Milan Trtic (200-F-86) added 21 pts in this victory. In the loosing squad, Nikola Vasojevic (192-F-86) collected 15 pts. Metalac 9-3, KG 06 1-11.

Napredak - Sloga 97-80
7th victory of the season for Napredak, who got 21 points and 5 rebounds from Djordje Micic (195-G-83). Borislav Djurovic (205-F/C-80) stopped on one point less. In Sloga (4-8), Vedran Borovcanin (201-F-85) and Mladen Gambiroza (208-C-75) netted 15 pts each.

Radnicki Basket - Novi Sad 65-89
Maksim Kovacevic (199-G/F-87) paced Novi Sad to victory with 17 points. Sinisa Kovacevic (200-F-78) helped with 2 less. In defeat, Stefan Zivanovic (196-G-89) collected 17 points. Novi Sad 5-7, Radnicki 1-10.

Ergonom - Borac 81-92
Borac celebrated as a guest against Ergonom moving up to 8-4. At the same time, hosts dropped to 3-9. Milos Maksimovic (201-F-85) shined in victory with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds in loss.

Vojvodina - Tamis 74-66
Vojvodina jumped to 8-4 and Tamis dropped to 6-6 after this game. Ivan Miceta (205-C/F-81) led the hosts with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Goran Martinic (186-G-87, agency: BeoExcell) scored 17 pts and handed out 6 assists. In Tamis, Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) and Bojan Stajic (198-G-84) posted 13 pts each.

Mega Vizura - Proleter Naft. 90-89
Mega Vizura grabbed thriller win against Proleter Naftagas handing them fourth loss of the season. Danilo Andjusic (190-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the winners with 22 points and Nemanja Arnautovic (194-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) added 19 pts, plus 5 rebounds. Sava Rajkovic (201-G/F-73, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Mega Vizura 7-5, Proleter 8-4.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


SK Knights Head Coach Kim Resigns - by Rick Ross
SK Knights head coach Kim Jin resigned this week after guiding the team to an
8-19 record so far this year. The ninth-place Knights have a wealth of talent,
with stars like Kim Min-soo, Bang Sung-yoon and Joo Hee-jung,
but it has not translated into success on the court.

Ulsan Mobis Continue Rise in KBL
The Korean Basketball League's (KBL) top team, the Ulsan Mobis,
continued their rise this week, extending their road winning streak to 12 games, a new KBL record.
The Mobis reached the 20-win mark with a pair of road victories and one at home
to maintain its narrow one-game lead over second-place KT SonicBoom, who have won five straight.

Meanwhile, the Daegu Orions avoided their sixth straight loss with a 72-66 win over the
KT&G Kites, Sunday. The Orions, who have struggled since losing forward
Lee Dong-joon to a wrist injury, were dealt another blow when key guard
Kim Seung-hyun suffered a knee injury in a collision with a KCC Egis player.
But another victory over the weekend allowed the team to move into a tie for seventh.

Team of the Week
The Mobis have become a well-oiled winning machine.
Their place atop the league is a triumph owed not to any individual performances,
but to balanced team play with contributions from many different players.
Ulsan has continued to get stronger as the players become more confident.
They have four players averaging more than 10 points per game, and six others aren't far off.

This scoring balance makes the Mobis a very difficult team to defend against,
with no real top players to key in on.
SonicBoom and Egis Go to Final Minute
The KBL featured a pair of highly-anticipated games this week, as the Mobis took on the
Samsung Thunders and the Egis met the SonicBoom on Thursday.
Both were expected to be close, but only one lived up to that billing.

For the Mobis, the game served as an opportunity to showcase just how good they are,
as their help defense thoroughly frustrated the Thunders, especially import center Terrence Leather.
The Mobis left Seoul with an 84-70 victory with center Ham Ji-hoon leading
the way with 29 points, five boards and six assists.
At Jeonju, the SonicBoom edged the Egis 88-85 in a close game.
In the first half, the SonicBoom took the early lead but the home side
went ahead with strong play on the offensive boards.

But the SonicBoom forward Song Young-jins scored five straight points,
including a 3-pointer allowed the Busan-based team to take an 85-83 lead with
1:15 remaining in the fourth. The Egis tied the game on a dunk by Ha Seung-jin seconds later.
SonicBoom player Kim Young-hwan was then fouled and made one
of two free throws to give his side an 86-85 lead.
Lee Dong-jun's missed 3-pointer was the Egis' last chance as the
SonicBoom added two more free throws to solidify the victory.

Player of the Week

Ham Ji-hoon of the Ulsan Mobis has continued to improve with each passing week,
averaging 24 points in three games while providing tough defense in the last seven days.
The 2-meter center has added power in the paint to a Mobis organization that's strength comes from team defense.
He is the team's top scorer, averaging 15.8 points per game, 11th in the league.
By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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  SPAIN   


LEB Gold, Round 14: Melilla stays No.1 - by Eurobasket News
Leon - Melilla 73-94
Melilla grabbed nice 73-94 road win against Leon staying on top of LEB Gold with 12-2 score. Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) was the leading player in this victory with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Alejandro Urtasun (193-G-84) and Rick Hughes (204-C/F-73, agency: Interperformances, college: Thomas More) netted 20 pts each for Leon, who dropped to 8-6.

Mallorca - La Laguna 92-108
La Laguna celebrated 8th win mostly owing to Jakim Donaldson (203-C/F-83, college: Edinboro), who drained 31 points and pulled down 14 rebounds. Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) also shined adding 23 pts and 9 assists. Juan Riera (188-G-79) answered with 21 pts in loss.

Burgos - Vive Menorca 75-77
Valuable road win for Vive Menorca, who joined CAI Zaragoza and Girona on the second place with 10-4. Marc Fernandez (199-G-87) was a key player in victory with 20 points. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) had 18 pts and 7 boards for Burgos (7-7).

Tenerife - Girona 96-84
Tenerife outplayed Girona jumping to 5-9, while visitors slipped to 10-4 score. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) was totally the best player in victory with 27 points and 14 rebounds. Troy DeVries (193-G-82, college: N.Mexico) shined on the other side with 21 pts.

Vigo - Clin.Rincon 79-63
Vigo got 17 points from Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) and Marcos Suka-Umu (192-G-85) followed him with 15 pts. Alejandro Navajas (201-F-86) responded with 13 points for the guests. Vigo 3-11, Clinicas Rincon 5-9.

Ourense - Caceres 80-62
Jose Salvador Arco (194-G-84) stepped up for Ourense with 17 and Francis Koffi (202-F-81, college: Fresno St.) added one point less in this victory. Francisco Sanchez (202-F-79) collected 19 points in defeat. Ourense 8-6, Caceres 6-8.

Palencia - Breogan 82-93
Breogan moved up to 8-6 getting 33 points from Jeffrey Xavier. Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) followed with 15 points and 8 rebounds. In loss, Carles Bravo (192-F/G-79) delivered 18 pts. His Palencia fell to 3-11.

Cornella - CB Tarragona 73-61
6-8 for Cornella and 3-11 for Tarragona after this game. Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Liberty) shined for the winners with 24 points. Michel Diouf (208-C-89) and Adam Hess (201-G/F-81, college: William & Mary) scored 13 pts each for the guests.


LEB Silver: Round 12 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Huesca - Alaior 77-71
Mamadi Diane (196-G/F-86, college: Virginia) was a key player for Huesca draining 25 points. Asier Zengotitabengoa (201-F-88) had 12 pts and was the last one with double-digits in scoring in this victory. Sasa Zagorac (206-F/C-84, agency: World Sport Agency) answered with 17 points for Alaoir.

Coruna - ADT Tarragona 81-66
Coruna had Lino Lopez (189-G-76, agency: Court Side) on fire with 19 points. David Garcia (190-G-80) scored 16 and Joseba Aramburu (204-F/C-81) added 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Andrew Hayles (196-G-87, college: Alabama St.) collected 23 points and 5 rebounds.

Rosalia - Prat Juventud 52-64
Valuable road win for Prat. Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88) came up with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Samir Adam (193-F-83, college: S.Dakota Tech) scored 10 pts. On the other side, Anthony Vereen (201-F-86, college: Texas Arlington) delivered 14.

Caja Rioja - Santurtzi 98-62
Caja Rioja destroyed Santruzi 92-62 getting 16 points from Sidnei De Santana (215-C-83). Edward Santana (203-F-80) registered double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Mikel Uriz (180-G-89) netted 21 pts in defeat.

L'Hospitalet - Navarra 74-68
Nate Higgs (200-F-70, college: Elizabeth City) stepped up for Torrons with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Djero Riedewald (203-F-89, college: Tennessee-Martin) was second scorer in this victory with 13 pts. In Navarra, Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85, college: Florida Atlantic) collected 15 points.

Group B
Guadalajara - Illescas 85-80
Guadalajara jumped to 5-7 after 85-80 home win against Illescas. Roberto Nunez (192-G-78) was the most important player in victory with 17 points. Lucas Kraus (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) delivered 24 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in Illescas, who dropped to 7-5.

Alcazar - Matchmind 86-81
Alcazar had Eloy Almazan (198-F-84) and Jerod Ward in a game mood with 15 points each. Visitors got 23 points and 8 rebounds from Paul Williams (208-F/C-83, college: St.Bonaventure). Alcazar 7-5, Matchimind 3-9.

Promobys - Real M. II 84-76
8-4 for Promobys and 5-7 for Real Madrid after this game. Pablo Sanchez (197-F-81) led the winning squad with 19 points. Nicolas Richotti (175-G-86) netted 24 points for the guests.

Plasencia - Cajasur Cord. 82-69
Plasencia had Jonathan Barcelo (192-G-79) on fire in this game with 24 points. He also grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Marko Sekulic (206-C-86) helped with 13 points and the same number of rebounds. Jose Antonio Ferrer (202-F-74) posted 19 points in defeat. Plasencia 7-5, Cordoba 4-8.

Huelva - Qalat CajaSol 85-56
Huelva had couple of players in a game mood with Shalawn Miller leading the way with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Antonio Gomez (193-G-79) and Christian Bart-Williams (202-C-76) had 11 pts and 7 rebounds each. Visitors did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Huelva stays on to of Group B with 10-2, while Qalat dropped to 4-8.


Bitter Sweet For Brazilian MVP - by Paul Nilsen
Brazilian born forward Rafael Hettsheimeir (206-C-86) exploded onto the ACB scene after he was named as the MVP of Round 13. The Spanish passport player who previously played at CAI Zaragoza in LEB Gold early this season collected a mammoth valuation of 35 for his new team Xacobeo Blu Sens. However it wasn't all sweet but also a little bitter since his team crashed 80-64 at Granca. In a superb battle with the effervescent Wil McDonald, the Brazilian claimed a stunning double-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds as well as 2 assists and a block.

Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Andorra
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Pigram, Andorra19.0 
 2. Higgs, L''Hospitalet17.3 
 3. Vereen, Rosalia16.2 
 4. Ferrer, Cajasur .15.9 
 5. Howard, Guadalaj.15.8 
 6. Barcelo, Plasencia15.7 
 7. Freimanis, Qalat C.15.3 
 8. Salson, Huesca15.0 
 9. Zagorac, Alaior14.8 
 10. Silvestre, Plasenc.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  Tenerife
  (209-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Ayon, Illescas10.2 
 2. Howard, Guadalaj.9.9 
 3. Miller, Huelva9.9 
 4. Thompson, ADT T.9.7 
 5. Santana, Caja Rioja8.8 
 6. Drame, Andorra7.8 
 7. Silvestre, Plasencia7.4 
 8. Hampl, Santurtzi7.3 
 9. Freimanis, Qalat C.7.3 
 10. Virgil, Alcaz.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Ricardo BUSCIGLIO
  Caja Rioja
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Busciglio, Caja Rioja4.8 
 2. Rufian, Huelva4.5 
 3. Rodriguez, Rosalia4.3 
 4. Gonzalez, Navarra4.1 
 5. Lopez, Coruna4.0 
 6. Canals, Alaior3.8 
 7. Castello, ADT T.3.7 
 8. Cardenas, Qalat C.3.6 
 9. Marcos, Alcazar3.6 
 10. Uriz, Santurt.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Alfredo OTT
  Caja Rioja
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ott, Caja Rioja2.6 
 2. Gomez, Huelva2.5 
 3. Johnson, Huesca2.4 
 4. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.4 
 5. Barcelo, Plasencia2.3 
 6. Lyons, Alcazar2.1 
 7. Alonso, Matchmind2.1 
 8. Higgs, L''Hospitalet2.1 
 9. Miller, Coruna2.1 
 10. Martinez, Huel.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  ADT Tarragona
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Thompson, ADT T.1.5 
 2. Adams, Navarra1.2 
 3. Sekulic, Plasencia1.1 
 4. Biyombo, Illescas1.1 
 5. De Santana, Caja R.1.0 
 6. Matali, Andorra0.9 
 7. Miller, Huelva0.9 
 8. Williams, Matchmind0.9 
 9. Andrews, Huesca0.9 
 10. Ayon, Illesc.0.8 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Louis ROE
  Tenerife
  (200-F-72)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Roe, Tenerife19.6 
 2. Phillip, CAI Z.19.6 
 3. Morley, Burgos17.9 
 4. Hughes, Leon17.4 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.16.8 
 6. Riera, Mallorca16.5 
 7. Donaldson, La La.16.4 
 8. Urtasun, Leon15.8 
 9. DeVries, Girona15.6 
 10. Xavier, Breog.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Donaldson, La La.11.5 
 2. Starosta, Melilla10.1 
 3. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.5 
 4. Padgett, La Palma8.5 
 5. Arteaga, Palencia8.4 
 6. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.8.0 
 7. Northen, Mallorca7.9 
 8. Ayon, Tenerife7.6 
 9. Adrien, Breogan7.4 
 10. Coleman, Breog.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.4.6 
 2. Jimenez, Melilla4.5 
 3. Perez, Cornella3.6 
 4. Mena, La Palma3.6 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.3.4 
 6. Garrido, La Laguna3.2 
 7. Lescano, CAI Z.3.2 
 8. Camps, Palencia3.1 
 9. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.3.1 
 10. Bivia, Mallor.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.3.1 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.3 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.1 
 6. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.2.0 
 7. Bernabe, Leon1.9 
 8. Xavier, Breogan1.8 
 9. Victor, Vive M.1.7 
 10. Perez, Cornel.1.7 
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.1.6 
 4. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 5. Roe, Tenerife1.4 
 6. Samb, Cornella1.4 
 7. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.3 
 8. Joseph, Cornella1.3 
 9. Northen, Mallorca1.1 
 10. Green, Mallor.1.1 


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  SWEDEN   


Basketligan: Round 22 review - by Eurobasket News
Jamtland - Sodertalje 59-61
Sodertalje was better than Jamtland improving to 7-13 score in Basketligan. William Walker (201-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Bethel (IN)) was the leading player in victory with 19 points. Issa Konare (202-F-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: High Point) also scored 19, but in loss.

Plannja - Eco Orebro 86-78
Plannja got 20 points from Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Purdue). Christoffer Ryan (196-G-90) had 17 and John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77, college: Wyoming) helped with 15 pts in this victory. Jesper Andersson (202-F-86) collected 26 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Sundsvall - Solna 84-74
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) was the leading player for Dragons with 24 points. Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77, college: Wagner) answered with 29 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Dragons 15-5, Vikings 16-5.

Gothia Basket - 08 65-57
Gothia Basket got double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds from Liam Rush (202-F/G-82). Joe Leguia (193-G-87) collected 27 points and 7 rebounds for the low ranked Stockholm. Gothia 8-12, Stockholm 5-15.

Uppsala - Norrkoping 82-88
18-2 for No.1 Norrkoping and 7-14 for Uppsala after this game. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) shined for the winners with 24 points and 7 assists. Fredrik Jonzen (207-C/F-78, college: Oklahoma St.) collected 19 pts and 7 rebounds for the hosts.



Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Brandon MCKNIGHT
  Plannja
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. McKnight, Plannja20.6 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro20.5 
 3. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.3 
 4. Palm, Boras17.2 
 5. Ringstrom, Gothia B.16.2 
 6. Mitchell, Solna15.9 
 7. Blom, 0815.4 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.4 
 9. Carter, Gothia B.15.1 
 10. Gervin, Norrkopi.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Palm, Boras10.9 
 2. Ringstrom, Gothia B.10.5 
 3. Konare, Jamtland9.6 
 4. Akingbade, Jamtl.9.1 
 5. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.6 
 6. Djordjic, Soder.8.0 
 7. Akesson, Plannja7.8 
 8. Jonzen, Uppsala7.5 
 9. Mottram, Gothia B.7.1 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.2 
 2. Levin, Sundsvall5.9 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.9 
 4. Mitchell, Solna5.2 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.7 
 6. McKnight, Plannja4.0 
 7. Gervin, Norrkoping4.0 
 8. Sigurdarson, Sunds.3.9 
 9. Larsson, Plannja3.9 
 10. Ryan, Bor.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Carter, Gothia B.3.0 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping2.5 
 3. Chuk, Sodertalje2.5 
 4. Mbemba, Solna2.3 
 5. McKnight, Plannja2.3 
 6. Mitchell, Solna2.2 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland1.9 
 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: 1.9
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.7 
 3. Palm, Boras1.5 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.4 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 6. Akesson, Plannja1.1 
 7. Drains, Norrkoping0.9 
 8. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.9 
 9. Walker, Sodertalje0.8 
 10. McNaull, Norrkopi.0.8 


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  TANZANIA   


Makene, Jegame duel to spice up RBA opener - by Carlos Pereira
By Brown Msyani

The hot chase for supremacy between Charles Makene of JKT and Adam Jegame of Chang'ombe Boys will be the main attraction of the Regional Basketball League opener at the National Indoor Stadium today.

It is the first match of this year's spectacular RBA League and it will revive the old rivalry between the two sides.

Both Makene and Jegame have been playing vital roles for their team's victories in the past matches of the Kili RBA League.

Chang'ombe Boys who were promoted early this year will use the match to regain their basketball stronghold, which they lost during a two-year suspension.

Basketball pundits are finding it difficult to predict the winner since both teams have quality players renowned for their tactical play.
'It is very unpredictable, let us wait and watch who will win this year,' said Amani Temba, Chang'ombe Boys playmaker.

Other players expected to shine in the opener for JKT include dunk master Juma Kissocky, Frank Simkoko, Frank Kusiga and Neville Sitta.

The Dar es Salaam basketball body's Executive Director Mbaga Mwamboma said 14 teams would compete in this year's league for men and women based in Dar es Salaam.

The women teams include JKT Stars, Jeshi Stars, CMTU, Cargo Ladies, Don Bosco Lady lioness and Police.

The men's discipline has drawn JKT, Pazi, Savio, Oilers, ABC, Cargo, Tanzania Prisons, Chui and JKT Mgulani.

For the first time after 15 years, this year's league is not sponsored following the withdrawal of Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL) who backed the league since 1990.

Mwamboma said there won't be any cash prizes as it used to be when the tournament had TBL backing.
'We hope to improve the prizes when we get an effective sponsorship,' said Mwamboma.


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  TPBL   


Standings
TPBL Standings
 1. San Angelo C. 0-0 
 2. W.Texas S. 0-0 
 3. Abilene H. 0-0 
 4. Houston P.T.S. 0-0 
 5. Midland H. 0-0 
 6. Katy S. 0-0 
 7. Brownwood B. 0-0 
 8. Dallas TX H. 0-0 
 9. Spring P. 0-0 
 10. Metro M. 0-0 


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  TUNISIA   


The national team in training - by Carlos Pereira
After the marathon play-off, Team Tunisia reasserts itself with an internship in Tunis which began yesterday and ends December 26. This course comes just days after the draw for the World in Turkey, which has placed Tunisia in a group very difficult.
Adel Tlatli has selected 14 players for this preparation.
Playes
Hamdi Braa, Makram Ben Romdhane, Zied Toumi, Salah Mejri (ESS),
Mohamed Hdidane, Bchir Hdidane, Anis Hdidane,Nizar Knioua, Aymen Trabelsi (SN),
Mehdi Ben Ghenia, Maroune Lahmar (CA),
Walid Manna (ESR),
Maroune Laghnej (JSK)
Amine Maghrebi (USM).


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Douby, Darussafaka22.6 
 2. Shipp, Bornova19.6 
 3. Hosley, Aliaga19.3 
 4. Baron, Mersin18.9 
 5. Baxter, Besiktas18.3 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.18.3 
 7. Williams, Erdemir18.1 
 8. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.9 
 9. Chatman, Besiktas17.8 
 10. Newley, Besikt.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joshua HEYTVELT
  Oyak Renault
  (211-F-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Heytvelt, Oyak R.9.3 
 2. Williams, Erdemir9.3 
 3. Davidson, Darussaf.9.2 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga9.1 
 5. Elegar, Bornova7.9 
 6. Smith, Karsiyaka7.8 
 7. Besok, T.Telekom7.2 
 8. Shipp, Bornova7.1 
 9. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.0 
 10. Greene, Antal.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir9.2 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.7 
 3. Acik, T.Telekom5.5 
 4. Erdogan, Oyak R.5.2 
 5. Holston, Karsiyaka4.9 
 6. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
 7. James, Mersin4.3 
 8. Gordon, Kepez Bld4.0 
 9. Rakocevic, Efes P.3.9 
 10. Adams, Oyak.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Hosley, Aliaga3.1 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas2.9 
 3. Shipp, Bornova2.8 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka2.6 
 5. Famutimi, Oyak R.2.4 
 6. Erden, Kepez Bld2.3 
 7. Jackson, Antalya2.1 
 8. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.1 
 9. Batuk, Karsiyaka1.9 
 10. James, Mers.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Charles DAVIS
  Banvit
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Davis, Banvit1.8 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.7 
 3. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.6 
 4. Elegar, Bornova1.6 
 5. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.4 
 6. Buckman, Kepez Bld1.2 
 7. Davidson, Darussaf.1.1 
 8. Femerling, Antalya1.1 
 9. Denison, Tofas1.1 
 10. Greene, Antal.1.1 


TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mustafa ABI
  ITU
  (197-G-79)
  Avg: 24
 1. Abi, ITU24.0 
 2. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal22.7 
 3. Curtis, Beykoz21.9 
 4. Garrison, Pamuk.21.6 
 5. Nelson, Akhisar Bld21.2 
 6. Gursu, Genc Banvit20.4 
 7. Karamahmut, Usak19.6 
 8. Eiukwu, Usak18.3 
 9. Kaya, Gelisim18.0 
 10. Dukes, I.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Thomas BROWN
  Yesilyurt
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Brown, Yesilyurt14.5 
 2. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal13.1 
 3. Curtis, Beykoz11.8 
 4. Eiukwu, Usak11.6 
 5. Garrison, Pamuk.10.7 
 6. Egemonye, Optimum .10.4 
 7. Gokay, Akcakoca P.10.3 
 8. Nelson, Akhisar Bld10.1 
 9. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.9.9 
 10. Meeking, Selcuk Un.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Sezgin ERIS
  Istanbul B.B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Eris, Istanbul B.B.6.2 
 2. Kan, Yesilyurt6.0 
 3. Senol, Final Genclik5.6 
 4. Tutuncu, Beykoz5.4 
 5. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.2 
 6. Adiguzel, Orman G.5.0 
 7. Kavaklioglu, Hacett.4.9 
 8. Gacemer, Gelisim4.8 
 9. Ay, TED Istanbul4.7 
 10. Tunceri, Hacett.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  Darussafaka
  (--89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Haciyeva, Pertevniyal3.3 
 2. Gursu, Genc Banvit2.8 
 3. Ozseven, TED I.2.6 
 4. Erdogan, Duzce G.2.4 
 5. Mutaf, FMV I.2.3 
 6. Goktas, Genc T.2.0 
 7. Canititiz, Genc B.2.0 
 8. Demirer, Duzce G.2.0 
 9. Kavaklioglu, Hacett.2.0 
 10. Celebioglu, Genc.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EIUKWU
  Usak
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Eiukwu, Usak3.9 
 2. Garrison, Pamuk.2.5 
 3. Fobbs, Trabzonspor2.0 
 4. Turkyilmaz, Genc B.2.0 
 5. Taylor, Vestel1.9 
 6. Hairston, Duzce G.1.8 
 7. Binici, Genc Banvit1.7 
 8. Courtney, Final G.1.6 
 9. Egemonye, Optimum .1.5 
 10. Balto, Genc.1.3 


TBL: Round 10 review - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - T.Telekom 76-73
Banvit outsmarted Turk Telekom in very important game staying alone on the fourth place in TBL with 7-3 score. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) led the hosts with 18 points and 5 rebounds, while Goran Cakic (207-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 pts and 7 boards. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) (6 rebs) and Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 18 pts each in Turk Telekom (6-4).

Galatasaray - Antalya 78-72
Third win of the season for Galatasaray, who got 19 points and 7 rebounds from Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82). Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) followed him with 17 pts and also 7 boards. In Antalya (4-6), Brian Greene (196-G/F-83, college: Florida A&M) collected 19 points and 7 rebs.

Erdemir - Besiktas 82-88
Besiktas jumped to 8-2 getting 28 points from Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA). He also had 7 rebounds and 7 assists beside that. Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: 1x1 Sports) followed with 16 pts and 9 boards. Leon Williams shined in defeat with 32 points and 9 boards. His Erdemir dropped to 5-5.

Karsiyaka - Darussafaka 76-66
Karsiyaka was too much for the last ranked Darussafaka moving up to 6-4. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) was on fire with 26 points and Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) added 19 pts, plus 8 rebounds. Quincy Douby (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) collected 24 pts and 5 assists in loss.

Efes Pilsen - Tofas 86-56
Efes Pilsen (9-1) destroyed Tofas staying No.1 in TBL. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) and Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) scored 13 pts each in this victory. Three players followed them with 11 pts apiece. On the other side, Tofas (4-6) did not have any player with double-digits in scoring.

Fener.Ulker - Mersin 87-72
Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and handed out 5 assists for the winners. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, James Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) collected 19 points. Fenerbahce 8-2, Mersin 3-7.

Oyak Renault - Bornova 85-82
Joshua Heytvelt (211-F-86, college: Gonzaga) was a key player in victory with 27 points and 12 rebounds. Jovan Adams (183-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: UNLV) helped with 15 pts in this victory. Albert Brown (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) and Joshua Shipp combined 44 points and 16 rebounds for Bornova. Oyak Renault 4-6, Bornova 5-5.

Kepez Bld - Aliaga 77-80
5-5 for Aliaga and 3-7 for Kepez after this game. Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.) once again led Aliaga collecting 27 points and 9 rebounds. Ceyhun Altay (196-G/F-86, agency: Court Side) had 20 pts and 8 rebs. In defeat, Ersin Gorkem (195-F-77) contributed with 21 points and 10 rebounds.


TB2L: Round 10 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Beykoz - Vestel 86-76
Beykoz jumped to 6-4 after 86-76 victory against Vestel. Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Mississippi) was the most important player in this victory with 29 points and 11 rebounds. Cihan Mumcuogullari (207-C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Concordia (MI)) responded with 20 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Final Genclik - Orman Genc 55-72
Both teams have 4-6 after this meeting. Muhammed Tachi (200-G/F-81) shined for Ormanspor with 19 points and 9 rebounds. The hosts got 11 points and 7 rebounds from Gokhan Senol (183-G-84).

Istanbul B.B. - Gelisim 75-90
Gelisim got 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assist from Bugra Gacemer (187-G-83) in this victory. Dennis Mims (205-F-80, college: Indiana, PA) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds in defeat. Gelisim 6-4, Istanbul BB 4-6.

Trabzonspor - Yeni Nesil 100-57
Trabzonspor stays on top of Group A, together with Hacettepe (9-1). Eddy Fobbs (211-C-80, college: Sam Houston St.) shined in victory with 21 points and 5 rebounds, while Melih Kabakci (200-F/G-82) added 17 pts. In the loosing squad, Kadir Dag (205-C-81) had 19 pts and 7 boards.

Selcuk Univ. - Pertevniyal 70-53
Selcuk had Antonio Meeking (203-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) in a game mood with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Burak Yuksel (204-F-92) responded with 15 pts and 14 boards for the guests. The hosts jumped to third place with 7-3, while Pertevniyal dropped to 4-6.

Hacettepe Un. - Duzce Genclik 84-58
Excellent win for Hacettepe, who stays on top together with Trabzon (9-1). Caner Erdeniz (188-G-87, agency: 1x1 Sports) top-scored in this victory with 20 points. Erman Demirer (88) had 13 points in defeat. His team stays winless after 10 rounds.

Group B
Genc Telekom - Pamukkale 89-80
Genc Telekom celebrated seventh victory of the season mostly owing to Can Ugur Ogut (92), who drained 26 points. Murat Goktas (201-G-87) was second scorer for the hosts with 12 pts. Travis Garrison (203-F-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Maryland) answered with 24 pts and 13 rebs for Pamukalle, who dropped to 2-8.

Genc Banvit - TED Istanbul 62-75
TED Istanbul jumped to 3-7 in Group B mostly owing to Alican Guney (198-G/F-89) and Ersan Ozseven (205-F-83), who drained 18 and 16 points respectively. Ozseven grabbed 8 rebounds beside that. In the loosing squad, Sertay Gursu (87) shined with 25 points. His Genc Banvit dropped to 2-8.

Olin Genclik - ITU 64-63
Olin Genclik celebrated in thriller against ITU for nice 8-2 score in Group B (shares first place with Usak). Barkin Cinar (193-G-83) was a key player for the hosts with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Johnny Dukes (203-F-84, college: San Bernardino CC) collected 16 points and 5 rebounds for ITU (7-3).

Akcakoca P. - Optimum TED 72-75
Optimum TED was too much for the last ranked Akcakoca, despite 28 points by Albert Carrow Fisher for the hosts. Mehmet Ozdogan (197-F-87) led the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Optimum TED had 4 more players with double-digits in scoring.

FMV Isikspor - Akhisar Bld 58-55
7-3 for FMV Isikspor and 3-7 for Akhisar Bld after this game. Ozcan Surucu (200-G/F-83) stepped up for the winners with 15, while Can Mutaf (193-G-91) added 13 points. Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.) was good in loss with 18 points and 9 boards.

Yesilyurt - Usak 82-84
Usak grabbed valuable road win against Yesilyurt staying on top of Group B, together with Edrine Genclik. Ismail Esmeray (C-86) led the winners with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Atalay Uysal (200-C-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) and Can Uzun (195-F-86) combined 42 points and 12 boards in defeat.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Caribs defeat McNair HS/ Lady Caribs drop a tough one - by David Edole
ATLANTA --St. Croix Central High boys basketball team has done something it has not done in almost 17 years. Defeat a stateside team. The Caribs used rebounding and defense to defeat McNair High, 57-34 in the 4th annual Dekalb County Holiday Tournament.
The big guys came to play today, said Assistant Coach Donald Bough. They played fantastic on the board s and outrebounded the bigger team.
6-foot-5 forward Amadius Der-Weer (94) and 6-foot-3 forward Javier Martinez (93) had another good game. The 15-year-old Der-weer tallied 15 points and freshman Martinez finished with ten. Taaron Jones (G-91), who was held to five points in the first contest, bounced back with 16 points.
If we had played this way in the first game, the outcome may have been different, said Bough. Everyone played well and contributed. We were just aggressive.
The Caribs jumped out to 21-5 lead and never looked back.
Central defeated Camden out of New Jersey in 1992 in Ronald Charles Gymnasium. Theodore Weeks and the great Tyrone Allick led the Caribs effort then.
Central (1-1) is now scheduled to play for fifth place on Tuesday at 1:45 pm. McNair records dips to 1-11 on the season.

Central girls drop second straight
Central High Lady Caribs fell to North Clayton, 23-38, Tuesday afternoon in Dekalb County Holiday Tournament.
It was just a terrible shooting night, said Head Coach Donald Bough. My big three didnt give me much and my main scorer didnt score.
Shamyra Vanterpool's drive summarized Central night when she stole a ball and missed a wide open lay-up. Najie Hendrickson led Centrals effort with eight points and Risheema Burke chipped in with six. Vanterpool finished scoreless.
Central record drops to 0-2 and North Clayton improves to 2-5. Central will face winless North Cobb Christian (0-10) at 9:30 am for seventh eight place.



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BC Donetsk signed ex-Cajasol Josh Asselin - by Max Brodsky
BC Donetsk signed Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, college: Michigan) who recently parted a ways with Spanish Cajasol of Sevilla. Asselin is second signing by new head coach of Tigers Drazen Anzulovic after he signed Georgian National Team playmaker Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) to help Tigers at the point.

Asselin is from Dominican Republic but also holds the passport of the USA. He graduated from University of Michigan in 2001 and played in French Pro-B, NBA D-eague, Spanish LEB before he helped Ricoh Manresa to lift up to ACB from LEB in 2007. He played for Manresa for 2 years and averaged over 14ppg in the best European league. He joined the forces of Cajasol Sevilla in the begining of this season and played 6 games with the team averaging 2.7ppg, 2.8rpg, 0.8apg and 0.3bpg.


Superleague Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hoverla - Gryfony 76-72
Hoverla beat Gryfony 76:72 on December 21st for 4-7 record. Patrick Sparks (184-G-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Kentucky) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 6 assists, while Fraser Michael had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Atanackovic Stefan finished the night with 24 points for the visiting side.

DniproAzot - Hoverla 85-91
Hoverla needed an extra period to tame DniproAzot away from home. Patrick Sparks scored 29 points, issued 7 assists and grabbed 5 boards to lead the visitors. Michael Fraser combined for 19 points and 20 rebounds in the win. Juris Umbrasko responded with 33 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for DniproAzot.

Politek.Lviv - Pulsar 86-54
Politekhnika Lviv won over Pulsar 86:54 on December 21st. Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) stepped up with 16 points and Lemyk Yaroslav nailed 15. Korochkin Andrei and McIntosh Lamont followed them with 14 points each. Dubnyuk Anatoli responded with 18 points in the losing effort.

BC Kyiv - BC Odessa 67-75
BC Kyiv sensationally lost to BC Odessa 67:75 on Sunday. Jerel Blassingame (177-G-81, agency: Buck Andre, college: UNLV) led the guests with 25 points and DeGroat John notched 15. Kravtsov Viacheslav collected 22 points and 10 boards for the capital team, whilst Pustozvonov Maksym and Lukashov Denys had 16 apiece.

Ferro-ZNTU - Khimik 106-61
Ferro punished Khimik at home court. Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Arkansas) scored 27 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead Ferro-ZNTU to the tenth win. Aleksandr Shaposhnikov added 20 points in the victory. Sergei Popov answered with 14 points for Khimik as they slipped at 6-5 record.

Kryvbasbasket - Dnipro 89-73
Kryvbasbasket posted the seventh win as they toppled Dnipro. Jovan Koprivica (198-G/F-82) accounted for 17 points and 6 boards to lead the charge. Victor Kondratovets added 13 points in the winning effort. Daniel Kozlov responded with 20 points for Dnipro. Andrei Lebedev had 14 points in the losing case.

Mykolaiv - Budivelnyk 86-96
Budivelnyk secured their top spot in the ladder as they held off Mykolaiv on the road. Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) fired 34 points and issued 10 assists for Budivelnyk. Michailis Anisimovas added 22 points in the winning effort. Daniel McClintock responded with 30 points, 6 boards and 3 blocks for Mykolaiv.



Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 10-1 
 2. Ferro-ZNTU 10-2 
 3. BC Donetsk 9-1 
 4. Kryvbasbasket 7-3 
 5. BC Odessa 7-3 
 6. BC Kyiv 7-5 
 7. Khimik 6-5 
 8. Dnipro 5-4 
 9. Azovmash 5-5 
 10. Politek.Lviv 5-6 
 11. Hoverla 4-7 
 12. Mykolaiv 2-8 
 13. DniproAzot 1-9 
 14. Pulsar 1-10 
 15. Gryfony 0-10 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk23.5 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot22.0 
 3. Blassingame, BC Od.20.3 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv19.1 
 5. Thomas, Fe.18.9 
 6. Daniels, Azovmash18.1 
 7. Fraser, Hoverla17.6 
 8. Williams, Politek..17.5 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.3 
 10. Umbrasko, Dni.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles THOMAS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Fe.11.8 
 2. Fraser, Hoverla11.5 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash9.1 
 4. Finn, Politek.Lviv7.7 
 5. Hunter, Fe.7.4 
 6. Morton, DniproAzot7.3 
 7. Wilson, Gryfony7.2 
 8. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv7.2 
 9. Kornienko, Dnipro7.1 
 10. McClintock, Mykola.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  BC Odessa
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Blassingame, BC Od.7.1 
 2. Crowe, Dnipro6.2 
 3. Mitchell, Khimik6.0 
 4. Karim, DniproAzot5.7 
 5. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.0 
 6. Lukashov, BC Kyiv4.5 
 7. Antonijevic, Kryvba.4.3 
 8. Jeromanovs, Mykol.4.1 
 9. Sparks, Hoverla4.1 
 10. Perry, BC Donet.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Fred HOUSE
  Azovmash
  (195-F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. House, Azovmash2.5 
 2. Crowe, Dnipro2.3 
 3. Tiggs, Fe.2.3 
 4. Canak, Gryfony2.2 
 5. Serapinas, Azovm.2.2 
 6. Sparks, Hoverla2.2 
 7. Drozdov, BC Donetsk2.0 
 8. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 9. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.0 
 10. Perry, BC Donet.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hasan RIZVIC
  Azovmash
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rizvic, Azovmash2.8 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.7 
 3. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.7 
 4. Morton, DniproAzot1.6 
 5. Agafonov, Khimik1.5 
 6. Owens, BC Donetsk1.3 
 7. Khizhnyak, Budivelnyk1.2 
 8. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.2 
 9. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 10. Sokur, DniproAz.1.1 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Tigers Sign Trey-Mendous 2009 Molten BBL Player of the Year - by Andy Webb
Everton Tigers will start the New Year with a boost with the signing of Newcastle Eagles former star player Trey Moore (192-G-75, college: Mississippi St.).

Moore, twice BBL Player of the Year, arrives on Merseyside having spent the 2008/09 season helping Newcastle top the BBL League and Playoffs.

The 6ft4in guard had already experienced silverware with Big Storage Cheshire Jets who won the BBL Championship in 2004/05.

Moore, a Mississippi State graduate, first came to Britain in 2003 when he joined Birmingham from his native Houston.

Since then the 33-year-old has spent a season in China and in Strasbourg before returning to Jets in 2007/08. In 2008 he joined the Eagles where he helped propel them to the top of the league.

Earlier this year he became only the third ever player in the 22-year history of the BBL to win the Player of the Year Award twice - edging out Tigers Andre Smith in the 2008/09 season.

Tigers head coach Tony Garbelotto revealed he had been looking to sign Moore for some time. He said: Trey has made a huge impact on the BBL in recent years and he is a player that we have all been watching.

His score sheet proves his strengths averaging in excess of 20 points per game throughout his two seasons with Cheshire Jets and helping both the Jets and the Eagles to collect silverware.

He has played at the highest level in this league so will be sure to bring his experience and versatility to the team.

2010 promises to be an exciting culmination to the season.

Trey Moore (192-G-75, college: Mississippi St.) said: I have a lot of respect for Coach Garbelotto, and he brings the sort of intensity to a court which I love. I had some great games against the Tigers last season, and Ive been following their results this year. I am looking forward to helping them keep up their return to form, and trying to bag some more silverware in the New Year.


Worcester Sign Lithuanian Guard - by Andy Webb
WORCESTER Wolves head coach Paul James has utilised the special relationship that the Wolves have with contacts in Lithuania to secure the signing of an exciting young player to add to the Wolves roster.
Kastytis Normantas (191-G-85) (6 3) is a 24 year-old athletic combo guard who comes to us highly recommended. He was born and brought up in Kaunas, where he attended their basketball school.

This season Normantas has been playing for Bremena in the Lithuanian NKL. His averages (from 10 games) have been 19 points, 3.7 steals, 2.2 assists, and 3 rebounds from 33 minutes per game. He has achieved 61% success with 2-point shots, 35% from long range and 70% from the stripe.

'Kastytis is a combo guard who can play both the point and shooting guard positions equally as well. PJ commented, I am happy with his addition and I am really looking forward to him bringing quality to Worcester Wolves.'



Plymouth Begin To Raid - by Andy Webb
The Airwaves Plymouth Raiders seem to have connected this weekend, as they recorded back to back wins against the Glasgow Rocks (77-74 at home) and the Guildford Heat (71-78 away). The defeat of Guildford was only the second time the Heat have been beaten at the Spectrum this year, and the Raiders first Away victory of the 2009/10 BBL Championship campaign. The Sheffield Sharks got back on track after their 73-61 loss at the hands of the Everton Tigers on Friday night, as they beat the Glasgow Rocks 67-77 in a game between the league's two form sides yesterday evening.

Once again, Mike Cook was in blistering form, as the American poured in an influential 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Tafari Toney added 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sharks attack. A 14-4 surge to close the first half, followed by a tough defensive third quarter, which saw the Sharks hold the hosts to just seven points, was the backbone of their win.

For the Raiders in their defeat of Guildford yesterday, it was a strong second half performance that saw them through. They had snapped an eight game losing streak with their narrow victory over the Rocks last Wednesday, and finished the first half against the Heat with a 13-4 burst, but still trailed 46-38. The first eight points of the third period belonged to the Raiders, and thanks to an 8-2 run at the end of it, they led 60-64 going into the final ten minutes. Holding the Heat to just two points in the last five minutes, whilst scoring ten points of their own, was the result of a stellar defensive effort to seal the win.

The Raiders were led yesterday by double-doubles from Florentino Valencia (196-F-85, college: Toledo) (23 points and 16 rebounds) and Anthony Rowe (14 points and 12 rebounds). Drew Lasker also continued his dominant return to UK Basketball with a 22 point haul.

The Marshall MK Lions said farewell to Bletchley Leisure Centre with a 98-97 win over the Heat on Friday night, as EJ Harrison posted 25 points, Yorick Williams added 16 and Frank Holmes had 15 to pace the Lions offence. Leading the Heat was Mike Martin (28), whilst Julius Joseph had 22 points and Kenny Langhorne bagged 21 points. The Eagles convincingly beat the Essex Pirates 46-97 on Friday evening, and new Worthing Thunder signing Evaldas Zabas, led his team to a 90-87 win over the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders on Saturday evening.



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  URUGUAY   


Lamonte scored a 50 points record - by Hector Lopez
Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) scored 50 points, a record for the Uruguayan Lague 2009, but his team, Aguada, was defeated 109-90 by olimpi during a game for the 28th round, All the results and main players, incluiding all imports, were:
Olimpia 109 - Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: Liman Sports, college: Temple) 28 points 5 rebounds 7 assists, Jeff McMillan (203-F-80, college: USC) 10 points, 13 rebounds, Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 19 pointsb4 rebounds 5 blocks
Aguada 90 - Lamonte 50 points, 7 rebounds 5 assists, Jessan Gray (208-F-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: Iowa St.) 19 points 9 rebounds 4 blocks.
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Trouville 67 - Martin Aguilera (195-F-87) 15 points 6 rebounds, Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 9 points 6 rebounds, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 5 points 4 rebounds
Tabare - Johnny Rodriguez (197-F/C-83) 15 points Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, agency: Liman Sports, college: Pittsburgh) 10 points 5 assists, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) 9 points 4 rebounds 2 blocks
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Sayago 81 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 31 points, 5 rebounds, Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) 15 points 14 rebounds 5 blocks, 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 9 points 9 rebounds
Bohemios 77 - Tommie Liddell (193-G-85, college: St.Louis) 21 points 8 rebounds, Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado) 20 points 16 rebounds
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MAlvin 88 - Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier) 23 points 9 rebounds, 5 assists, Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, college: Boston Coll.) 2 points
Atenas 74 - Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 20 points 13 rebounds
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Union Atletica 77 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 29 points 8 rebounds, Arthur Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) 10 points 10 rebounds 2 blocks
Defensor Sporting 68 - Dillon Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) 20 points 8 rebounds, Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) 18 points 4 assists
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Bigua 96 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 36 points, Dwight Burke (203-F-86, college: Marquette) 12 points 13 rebounds, Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) 0 points 11 rebounds 6 blocks
Cordon 70 - Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 22 points 18 rebounds, Marcelo Perez (194-F-73) 25 points 5 rebounds
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Anastasia 109 - Marcus Elliott (191-G-84, college: Louisiana Tech) 36 points 7 rebounds, Kojo Mensah (185-G-85, college: Duquesne) 27 points 5 rebounds 7 assists, Jeffrey Simpson (204-C-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: N.Texas) 20 points 19 rebounds 6 blocks
Hebraica 103 - Michael Gale (193-G-82, college: Centenary) 34 points 5 rebounds Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) 12 points 6 rebounds
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Cader 104
Ferro Carril 95
(No stats available)


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Defensor 22-6 
 2. Atenas 18-10 
 3. Malvin 18-10 
 4. Un.Atletica 17-11 
 5. Bigua 15-13 
 6. Cordon 15-13 
 7. Trouville 14-14 
 8. Aguada 14-14 
 9. Sayago 14-14 
 10. Anastasia 13-15 
 11. Hebraica 13-15 
 12. Olimpia 13-15 
 13. Cader 11-17 
 14. Ferro Carril 10-18 
 15. Bohemios 9-19 
 16. Tabare 8-20 


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  USBA   


Food and Toy drive at Overton High School held bt USBA, Second Harvest of Mid Tn and the U.S.M.C. Toys for Tots. - by USBA Media

Nashville, Tn., December 17, 2009 -- The United States Basketball Association (USBA) the Nashville Thunder basketball team, Second Harvest of Middle Tennessee Food Bank, a Feeding America affiliate and the United States Marine Corps, Toys for Tots Foundation collected food and toys for the needy, Thursday night, at Overton High School. The Overton Bobcats played host to the Oakland Patriots. 'We are pleased at response of the fans from both schools', said Overton Athletic Business Manager, Terry Strickland. Fans were asked to bring an unwrapped toy to assist the Marines in the annual Toys for Tots toy drive or five cans of food to help restock the cupboards at the Second Harvest Food Bank. USBA president Duane Allen Jenkins said, 'For the fans generosity we will gave each fan who brought a toy, five can goods or a cash donation, five free tickets to attend a Nashville Thunder professional basketball game'. The Marines and Second Harest were on hand to accept the donations. 'We were pleased to attend the basketball game and we greatly appreiciate the kindness of Overton High School and the folks at Oakland High School to help us in our annual Toys for Tots toy drive 'said U.S.M.C. Staff Sargent David Carrier.

The Nashville Thunder is the areas newest minor league professional basketball team. The team conducted a random drawing and gave away ten season tickets and ten Ryans Steakhouse Buffet Restaurant single meal passes to fans at half time of the game


Inspiration behind this movement, which is a part of the USBA community action programs, came to the realization of the need to help restock the cupboards and refill the food banks food supply and to help reach the toy collection goals of the annual Marines toy collection campaign. 'We need everyone to get involved with the donation of food and other household products and we appreciate the great people at Overton High School', said Heidi Tieslau, Food Drive Manager, Second Harvest of Mid Tn Food Bank.

'When we were approached by the USBA and the Thunder, we were glad to help out and let the Marines and Second Harvest useone of our games to assist people in need', said Scott Brunette, Director of Athlectics, Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County 'We believe in our community and we stand ready to help in any way we can'.

'We believe the basic food demands to the needy is rapidly growing and is becoming more critical, what is more important than helping to ending hunger or the smile on a childs face with a new toy on Christmas morning?' asks Jenkins, 'We are proud to help support the very important work performed by Second Harvest and the United States Marine Corps, especially during these difficult economic times when more and more people need assistance putting food on the table or making their Christmas come true. We hope our involvement will inspire others in the community to recognize this essential need and help us and support the work of these fine organizations

About Second Harvest of Middle Tennesse Food Bank: is a charitable domestic hunger-relief organization based in Nashville Tennessee. Through the network of more than 200 member food banks nationwide, this Feeding America affiliate and its sister organazations annually provides assistance to people in need, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day Second Harvest secures and distributes food and grocery products to support feeding programs local charitable agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters and after-school programs. To learn more or to donate, please visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org

About United States Basketball Association: The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is a Single A minor division basketball league. The league has eighteen teams spread out over 10 southern states and the District of Columbia. The team in Nashville is called the Thunder. The USBA basketball season begins on April 7, 2010 and concludes on July 3, 2010. Each team plays a thirty game schedule. The league was founded in July 2007. The league headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia. The league showcase basketball players for the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) as well as the mulitude of Continental and International teams and leagues. www.usbaball.com

About the U.S.M.C Toys for Tots: The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. www.toysfortots.org


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


LIB Lebanon goes to Turkey with one eye on London 2012 - by Maarouf Mawloud
BEIRUT (2010 FIBA World Championship) Nowhere in Asia is there a bigger appetite for basketball than Lebanon.

For that reason, there was unbridled enthusiasm and a huge sense of relief in the country after the news broke on December 12 that the national team had received a wild card to play at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann made the recommendations that Lebanon, Lithuania, Russia and Germany receive the wild cards and the FIBA Central Board unanimously approved them.

A winning tradition, participation in the last two FIBA World Championships and a passionate fan base were all contributing factors in the wild-card decision.

I think the last 25 or 30 years in which we achieved results, both clubs and national teams, it's made basketball popular for the Lebanese people, Lebanese Basketball Federation president Pierre Kakhia said to FIBA.Com.

If there is ever basketball in the news, it gets the maximum readers.

We have even more supporters outside of Lebanon, all over the world, in the Gulf, in the United States, in Argentina and Brazil. We have a lot of fans and all Lebanese are proud we have a good national team.

The wild-card announcement came four months after Lebanons painful 72-68 defeat to hosts China in the Semi-Finals of the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship.

Dragan Racas team still had a chance to qualify by winning the bronze-medal game but fell to Jordan, 80-66.

Kakhia said of the fans: Everyone loves us, feels sorry for us, and no one blames anyone (about not qualifying directly).

The federation president says he expects 2,000 to 4,000 fans to follow the national team next year in Turkey.

So what are Lebanons chances of winning some games next year?

The draw was held on December 15 three days after the wild-card announcement and Lebanon ended up in Group D against France, Spain, Lithuania, New Zealand and Canada.

We played against France at the last World Championship and won, Kakhia remembered fondly.

It's one of the good results of the national team. We hope we can achieve some good results, particularly with Canada and New Zealand as we feel they are close to our level and we hope to play a good match against the champions Spain as well.

Kakhia has revealed that he expects to have a new man in charge of the national team in early January.

There will be a new coach from the United States, he said.

We are in the middle of the negotiations.

While grateful for the opportunity to play in Turkey, Kakhia says he and Lebanon are thinking about another big tournament as well.

Our target is not the World Cup (Championship), he said. Its important, but our target is to qualify for the Olympics in London. So we will have a coaching program to take us to the World Championship and to have a team at the Olympics in London, 2012.

Jeff Taylor
FIBA


Jim Harrick to coach the Lebanese NT ? ? ? ? - by Maarouf Mawloud

Jim Harrick 72 years old will coach our national team with big amount of money ( around 750.000 $ for 3 years) (born July 25, 1938 in Charleston, West Virginia) is a former college basketball head coach who coached at Pepperdine University, UCLA, the University of Rhode Island and the University of Georgia.
Harrick graduated in 1960 from Morris Harvey College, now known as the University of Charleston. He is of Lebanese ancestry.

On November 20, 2009, Sally Lee Harrick, his wife of 49 years died at the age of 70, from complications of scleroderma.

College coaching career
Harrick's coaching career began at Morningside High School in Inglewood, California where he served as an assistant coach from 19641969 and as head coach from 19701973. He was then hired as an assistant coach at Utah State from 19741977. Harrick then spent two seasons as an assistant coach at UCLA from 19781979. His first collegiate head coaching job was at Pepperdine University in 1979, where he led the school to four NCAA Tournament appearances and was a conference coach of the year four times.
UCLA
In 1988, he returned to UCLA to assume head coaching duties after the firing of Walt Hazzard. During the recruiting period before his first season, he recruited Don MacLean which was the most significant recruit to commit to UCLA in several years and helped start a revival of the basketball program. During the 19941995 season, he led UCLA to the school's eleventh national championship in school history and its first since the 197475 season. Shortly before the start of the 199697 season, he was accused of falsifying receipts at a student-athlete recruiting dinner, although the NCAA exonerated Harrick of this offense. UCLA fired him for lying to university investigators. Harrick did not tell the athletic department accurately about who attended a recruiting dinner with a $1000 expense report from Monty's Steakhouse, where two extra current team members joined the table. He is the second-winningest coach in UCLA history, behind only John Wooden.
Rhode Island
After a one-year hiatus, Harrick returned to coaching by accepting the head coach position at Rhode Island. He coached the Rams for two seasons (from 199799), where in both years they qualified for the NCAA Tournament. During the 1998 tournament, the Rams upset Kansas in the second round and reached the Midwest Regional finals but were defeated by Stanford 7977. In his second season, he managed to recruit Lamar Odom and led the Rams to their first Atlantic 10 Conference title.
Georgia
After the season, he left URI to become the head coach at the University of Georgia. He served there for four seasons (199900 through 200203), leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice following a losing record. He resigned from his position and retired from coaching after several scandals during his reign at Georgia came to public light.
Later career
After Georgia, Harrick worked as a scout for the NBA's Denver Nuggets and helped develop basketball in China.[1]
On June 13, 2006, Harrick accepted the recently created head coaching position for the Bakersfield Jam, a NBA Development League expansion team.[2] Harrick resigned for personal reasons in December 2007, after the Jam struggled to a 214 record.[3]
He is now serving as a college basketball analyst for Prime Ticket, the Southern California affiliate of Fox Sports Net.
Controversies
While Harrick has been successful as a coach, his checkered history led to his departure from the college coaching profession. He was investigated at UCLA and fired for filing false expense reports. Harrick says he owns a letter from the NCAA exonerating him from any wrong-doing regarding this incident.[1] At Rhode Island he had been accused of sexual misconduct with a secretary in the athletic offices and of giving players access to privileges not permitted by NCAA regulations.
At Georgia, Harrick's son, Jim Harrick , Jr., got into trouble for paying the $300 phone bill of one of his players, Tony Cole. He also gave an 'A' to Cole, Rashad Wright and Chris Daniels for a basketball strategy class even though they never attended the class. [2] Additionally, it emerged that six players didn't pay for over $1,500 of long-distance telephone calls in December 2001, but Georgia didn't report the violations until July 2003. In the midst of the controversy, Georgia pulled out of the 2003 SEC Tournament and withdrew from postseason consideration. After the story broke, Georgia suspended Harrick, Jr. on February 28, 2003 and fired him five days later. Harrick, Sr. was suspended on March 10 and resigned on March 27.
In 2004, the NCAA placed Georgia on four years' probation for the violations. It also forced the Bulldogs to vacate half of its wins from 200102 and all of its wins from 20020330 games in all. Harrick, Jr. was slapped with a seven-year 'show-cause' order for his role in the academic fraud, as well as telling two of the players involved to lie to the NCAA. The 'show-cause' effectively blackballed him from the college ranks until 2011 at the earliest.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Harrick







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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WNBL: Boomers finish 2009 on top with 14-1 - by Eurobasket News
Logan T. - Sydney UF 73-75
Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) demonstrated impressive performance for the Uni Flames leading them to 73-75 road win against the Thunder. Batkovic-Brown spent 37 minutes on the court collecting 35 points and 8 rebounds. Deanna Smith (179-G-80) was second scorer in victory with 8 points (9 boards). Visitors got 22 pts and 6 rebs from Kristen Veal (176-G-81). Uni Flames 11-4, Thunder 5-9.

Canberra C. - Dandenong R. 83-60
Victory No.10 for the Caps this season. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) shined with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 16 pts and 8 rebs. In defeat, Cash Nash (185-F-82, college: Oregon St.) collected 17 points and 5 boards.

AIS - Dandenong R. 51-102
The Rangers destroyed last ranked AIS (0-15) jumping to 5-9 in Australian top division. Caitlin Ryan (178-G-81) top-scored in victory with 23 points. Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) had 2- points and 6 boards. In AIS, Gretel Tippett delivered 9 pts.

Adelaide - Perth L. 96-74
9-16 for Adelaide and 1-14 for Perth after this game. Angela Marino (166-G-86) shined for the winners with 25 points and 10 assists. Renae Camino (177-G-86) followed her with 18 points and 8 rebounds. Kate Malpass (176-G-88) collected 22 pts and 6 boards in defeat.

Townsville F. - Sydney UF 89-80
Rachael Flanagan (170-G-82) paced her Townsville Fire to victory with 18 points and 5 assists. Kirby Dalgleish (179-G/F-87) was behind Flanagan with 16 points. In the loosing squad, Suzy Batkovic-Brown collected 26 points and 6 rebounds.

Bulleen B. - Bendigo S. 74-67
The Boomers stays on top with almost perfect 14-1. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) this time led Bulleen to victory with 21 points 8 rebounds. Hanna Zavacz (181-G/F-85) added 13 pts and 10 boards. Kristi Harrower shined in loss with 24 points.


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Sydney UF
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.24.6 
 2. Harrower, Bendi.23.4 
 3. Cambage, Bulle.20.1 
 4. Marino, Adelaide17.3 
 5. Lewis, Townsville F.17.1 
 6. Bibby, Canberra C.16.7 
 7. Kerr, Townsville F.16.1 
 8. Francis, Adelaide15.7 
 9. Tolo, Canberra C.15.2 
 10. Penaluna, Bulleen.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tanya SMITH
  Townsville F.
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Smith, Townsville F.9.6 
 2. Kerr, Townsville F.9.5 
 3. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.9.5 
 4. Tolo, Canberra C.8.6 
 5. Cambage, Bulle.8.5 
 6. Francis, Adelaide8.2 
 7. Abbott, Logan T.7.4 
 8. Penaluna, Bulleen B.6.9 
 9. Woosnam, Adelaide6.9 
 10. Porter, Sydney6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jenna O''HEA
  Bulleen B.
  (187-F-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. O''Hea, Bulleen B.5.2 
 2. Milner, Bulleen B.5.1 
 3. Marino, Adelaide4.8 
 4. Veal, Logan T.4.6 
 5. Butler, Sydney UF4.5 
 6. Harrower, Bendi.4.4 
 7. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.1 
 8. Smith, Sydney UF3.6 
 9. Hurst, Canberra C.3.4 
 10. Mahony, Danden.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Veal, Logan T.2.4 
 2. Taylor, AIS1.9 
 3. Flanagan, Townsvil.1.8 
 4. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.1.7 
 5. Malpass, Perth L.1.7 
 6. Finnigan, Bendigo S.1.5 
 7. Hurst, Canberra C.1.4 
 8. Purcell, Logan T.1.4 
 9. Milner, Bulleen B.1.4 
 10. Foley, Adelai.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Amy LEWIS
  Townsville F.
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Lewis, Townsville F.1.4 
 2. Smith, Townsville F.1.2 
 3. Roberts, AIS1.1 
 4. Tolo, Canberra C.1.1 
 5. Smith, Sydney UF1.1 
 6. Batkovic-B., Sydney U.0.9 
 7. Harrower, Bendi.0.9 
 8. Starks, Perth L.0.9 
 9. Kerr, Townsville F.0.9 
 10. Graham, Logan.0.8 


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  BELARUS - Women  


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 13-1 
 2. Berezina 10-4 
 3. Olimpia 10-4 
 4. Sozh Gomel 9-5 
 5. BrGU 6-8 
 6. Victoria 5-9 
 7. Temp-Mogilev. 3-11 
 8. RGUOR 0-14 


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Vasta Verde/Uniasselvi ends season holding off Botafogo in CNBF action - by Mel Devonne
It was a warm December night in the South Zone of Rio de Janerio and the warm shooting of Vasto Verde
was enough to hold off Botafogo and end the regular season for both teams in the 2009 CNBF.
Vasta Verde shot 65% from the field in 2s and 45% in 3s and held off Botafogo 80--63.
Vasta Verde was led by Patricia with 26 who was left open at the top of the key continually.
And Vasta Verde got 22 from the very impressive guard Mariana Camargo (180-G-85, college: ORU).
Botafogo was led by the big girl Kelly Costa with 17 points.
Botafogo and Vasta Verde end the their seasons with both teams not making the playoffs,
but both teams gave a great effort in this CNBF tilt. Bring on the playoffs!


First year player Mari of Vasto Verde making her mark in the CNBF - by Mel Devonne
One of the more impressive players in the CNBF is guard Mariana Camargo (180-G-85, college: ORU).
She's a big guard, tough and is one of the few players I have seen who can
create her own shot in any situation on the floor.
She is a recent grad of Oral Roberts University and played well in the Summit
Conference where she averaged 13ppg in 2007-2008 season and was named all
conference during her college career.
She now plays for her father Joao Camargo and Vasto Verde and her old man
is tough on her, but she loves it.
'The basketball is getting better,' claims Mari when asked about the level of play
in the CNBF.
Mariana deserves a look in some of the bigger leagues around the world.
Shes a young player, but tough and takes the ball strong to the basket.
She's one to keep an eye out for , Mariana Comargo.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


Sugeiry Monsac averages 14.0 points per game for Maccabi Tel Kabir - by Eurobasket News
Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) averages 14.0 for Maccabi Tel Kabir in Israel as she is spending a wondefrul season abroad. On December 21st Ramat Hen improved to 6-5 in the league as they won over M.Tel Kabir 88:81. Jackson Tiffany had a great night with 24 points and 19 boards, while Gay Carrem notched 22. Jackson Dionnah ended up with 32 points in the losing case, while Sugeiry Monsac had 17 points and 4 rebounds.
In Round 10 Tel Kabir rolled over Elizur Holon 76:69 as Dionnah Jackson led the way with 23 points. Monsac Sugeiry and Fox-Griffin Mercedes followed her with 20 points each in a win. Baker Sarah finished the night with 21 points in the losing case.
Before that Tel Kabir lost to Elizur Ramla 67:91 as the latter got 28 points, 12 boards and 6 assists from Deanna Jackson. Paris Ashley collected 16 points and 12 boards, while Quinn Noelle had 14 points, 11 boards and 8 assists. Izhar Hila ended up with 15 points for Tel Aviv. Sugeiry Monsac ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
One of the best games so far Sugeiry Monsac for Maccabi Tel Kabir Tel Aviv scored 19 points, made 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Ashdod improved to 5-2 record as they rolled over Tel Kabir 78:72 on the last day of December. Courtney Paris collected massive 25 points and 22 rebounds, while Walker Ashley posted 14.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MiZo Pecs 12-1 
 2. Szeged 11-1 
 3. SEAT Lami 11-2 
 4. MKB Eurol. 10-2 
 5. ZTE 7-5 
 6. BSE 6-5 
 7. Vasas-Csata 4-6 
 8. Atomeromu 4-7 
 9. Szolnok 4-9 
 10. Bajai NKK 2-11 
 11. BEAC 1-12 
 12. Cegledi EKK 0-12 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Hajdana RADUNOVIC
  SEAT Lami
  (192-F/C-78)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Radunovic, SEAT L.18.6 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs17.3 
 3. Crasnoscioc, ZTE16.9 
 4. Bozoki, Atomeromu16.3 
 5. Szlimak, BSE16.1 
 6. Balint, Atomeromu15.7 
 7. Ohlde, MiZo Pecs15.5 
 8. Czank, Vasas-Csata15.2 
 9. Milovanovic, MKB E.15.1 
 10. Budimir, Bajai N.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anna VAJDA
  MiZo Pecs
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Vajda, MiZo Pecs8.5 
 2. Budimir, Bajai NKK8.1 
 3. Licina, Cegledi EKK7.4 
 4. Zherzherunov., Sze.7.3 
 5. Fejes, Vasas-Csata6.9 
 6. Keller, SEAT L.6.9 
 7. Szelesy, ZTE6.6 
 8. Sipaviciute, Szeged6.5 
 9. Crasnoscioc, ZTE6.4 
 10. Holt, MKB Eur.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Csilla DARIDA
  Szolnok
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Darida, Szolnok5.5 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs4.6 
 3. Pungor, Atomeromu4.2 
 4. Englert, SEAT L.3.9 
 5. Djelmis, SEAT L.3.9 
 6. Kocsis, BSE3.4 
 7. Furesz, SEAT L.3.4 
 8. Furesz, Szeged3.4 
 9. Lakloth, Vasas-Cs.3.1 
 10. Eordogh, MKB.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Monika BUKOVSZKI
  ZTE
  (171-G-79)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Bukovszki, ZTE4.4 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.3 
 3. Horvath, Szeged3.1 
 4. Czank, Vasas-Csata3.1 
 5. Pungor, Atomeromu3.1 
 6. Iva, Szeged3.0 
 7. Kocsis, BSE3.0 
 8. Szelesy, ZTE2.9 
 9. Hadarics, MKB E.2.9 
 10. Laczi, Szeg.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Alisa IEVTUSHENKO
  Atomeromu
  (191-C-89)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.5 
 2. Zherzherunov., Sze.1.3 
 3. Fejes, Vasas-Csata1.1 
 4. Vajda, MiZo Pecs1.0 
 5. Bagi, Vasas-Csata0.9 
 6. Budimir, Bajai NKK0.8 
 7. Szlimak, BSE0.7 
 8. Szelesy, ZTE0.7 
 9. Ambrus, ZTE0.6 
 10. Cazac, Atomero.0.6 


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  IRELAND - Women  


Stats Leaders Superleague
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Vanderwal, UL 24.2
2 Niland, Tolka 20.0
3 Breen, Hotel Cork 16.5
4 Maguire, DCU 15.0
5 Farrell, Meteors 15.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Breen, Hotel Cork 11.0
2 Farrell, Meteors 11.0
3 Niland, Tolka 10.5
4 Scanlon, UL 10.0
5 Carrick, Killester 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 Vanderwal, UL 4.6
2 Buckley, Hotel Cork 4.3
3 Cahalane, UL 3.6
4 Peat, DCU 3.6
5 Aspell, UL 3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Cahalane, UL 4.3
2 Vanderwal, UL 4.0
3 Galvin, UL 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Farrell, Meteors 3.0
2 Dyer, Tolka 2.3
3 Naughton, Meteors 1.5
2FGP
1 Farrell, Meteors 75.0
2 Flynn, Meteors 66.6
3 Breen, Hotel Cork 60.0
3FGP
1 Lyons, UL 100
2 Breen, Hotel Cork 100
3 Lynch, UL 100
Free Throws
1 Brophy, Killester 100
2 Scanlon, UL 100
3 Reilly, DCU 100


Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. Montenotte 7-0 
 2. Mercy 4-1 
 3. UL Aughinish 4-2 
 4. Killester 4-3 
 5. Meteors 3-4 
 6. Wildcats 0-3 
 7. Sligo 0-4 
 8. Tolka Rovers 0-5 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


D1 Round: 11 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Elizur Holon - Hapoel T-A 82-59
Elizur Holon celebrated the third victory in the league beating Hapoel T-A 82:59. Rashanda McCants (185-G/F, college: N.Carolina) and Tomas Kristy combined 50 points and 28 rebounds for the winners. Henry Randee finished the night with 22 points for Tel-Aviv.

Elizur Ramla - Jerusalem 67-49
Elizur Ramla improved to 7-3 record after the win over Jerusalem 67:49. Deanna Jackson (188-F-79, college: UAB) posted 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead all the winners, while Quinn Noelle had 16 points and 8 assists. Paris Ashley followed them with 8 points and 20 boards. Williams Mistie ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Electra Ramat - M.Ashdod 70-60
Electra Ramat is on top with 10-0 record cruising past Ashdod 70:60 in the top game of the Regular Season Round 11. Sheri Lynette Sam (183-F/G-74, agency: Ronsport, college: Vanderbilt) top-scored for the league-leaders with 21 points and Vaughn Kia added 14. Laicy Natasha and Walker Ashley responded with 17 points each in defeat.

Elizur Netanya - Raanana Her. 97-90
Elizur Netanya improved to 8-3 record as they beat Raanana 97:90. Okeisha Howard (165-G-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: ODU) exploded with 29 points and Coker Monique added 28. James Tamara ended up with 32 points in the losing effort and Sunny Olayinka had 26.

Ramat Hen - M.Tel Kabir 88-81
Ramat Hen is 6-5 in the league as they won over M.Tel Kabir 88:81. Tiffany Jackson (191-F-85, college: Texas) had a great night with 24 points and 19 boards, while Gay Carrem notched 22. Jackson Dionnah ended up with 32 points in the losing case.



Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Electra Ramat 10-0 
 2. M.Ashdod 8-3 
 3. Elizur Netanya 8-3 
 4. Elizur Ramla 7-3 
 5. Ramat Hen 6-5 
 6. Raanana Her. 5-6 
 7. Jerusalem 3-8 
 8. Elizur Holon 3-8 
 9. M.Tel Kabir 2-9 
 10. Hapoel T-A 1-8 


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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Tamecka DIXON
  GMA Napoli
  (176-G-75)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Dixon, GMA Napoli21.2 
 2. Robert, Faenza17.2 
 3. Machanguana, Bracco G.17.0 
 4. Basko, Umana Reyer16.6 
 5. Macchi, Familia Schio16.5 
 6. Brunson, Taranto16.4 
 7. Smith, Comense16.1 
 8. Palie, Vomero NA15.2 
 9. Walker, GMA Napoli15.1 
 10. Pascalau, Prio.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcedes WALKER
  GMA Napoli
  (191-C-86)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Walker, GMA Napoli9.9 
 2. Smith, Comense9.0 
 3. Robert, Faenza8.7 
 4. Brunson, Taranto8.6 
 5. Willis, Livorno7.5 
 6. Screen, Basket P.7.5 
 7. Harper, Umana R.7.3 
 8. Machanguana, Bracco G.7.1 
 9. Godin, Taranto6.8 
 10. Dixon, GMA Napo.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Simona BALLARDINI
  Umana Reyer
  (181-F-81)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Ballardini, Umana R.3.2 
 2. Dixon, GMA Napoli2.8 
 3. Macchi, Familia Schio2.7 
 4. Eric, Vomero NA2.7 
 5. Pinto, Faenza2.2 
 6. Carpreaux, Livorno2.0 
 7. Palie, Vomero NA2.0 
 8. Moro, Familia Schio2.0 
 9. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.2.0 
 10. Wambe, Taran.1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Tamecka DIXON
  GMA Napoli
  (176-G-75)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Dixon, GMA Napoli5.6 
 2. Palie, Vomero NA5.0 
 3. Carpreaux, Livorno4.8 
 4. Fazio, Comense4.7 
 5. Pinto, Faenza4.6 
 6. Walker, GMA Napoli4.2 
 7. Martinez Pra., Bracco G.4.2 
 8. Robert, Faenza4.2 
 9. Basko, Umana Reyer4.0 
 10. Newton, Umberti.