EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/5/2009

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  ABA   


Nine ABA teams to play in China this season - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that nine ABA teams will visit China this season to compete with the Beijing Aoshen Olympians as part of a major tournament in Chengdu, China. 'We are very pleased and honored to have been selected to compete in this very prestigious event,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'The Kentucky Bisons recently returned from their pre-season trip to China and found the crowds to be very large and enthusiastic - and of course, the games were very competitive. These games will count in the ABA standings. The Beijing Aoshen Olympians have been a part of the ABA for several years competing both from Los Angeles, CA and Singapore. They are very strong and have always been a playoff contender.' ABA teams that will be competing include:
Chicago Steam
Kansas City Stars
West Virginia Blazers
Washington Raptors
Seaside Sea Kings
Seattle Mountaineers
Lake Michigan Admirals
Jersey Express
San Francisco Rumble
For more information, visit www.abalive.com



ABA Pacific North West opening games - by Eurobasket
ABA Pacific North West have 4 exciting games lined up for this coming weekend (Sat. & Sun.);
The Washington-Fresno Raptors will host the Everett Longshoremen at Pierce College for a 2 game series. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. both evenings.
Fred Triplett will be the featured National Anthem singer and VellVett has a surprise for both teams.
The Seattle Zhen Gan will be hosting the Spokane Sunz at the Meadowbrook Community Center for a 2 game series. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. both evenings.
the featured National Anthem singer will be CJ .
Frog and Toad will be featured on Sunday.
Courtesy of ABA


Last ABA transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
The West Texas Whirlwinds released RoShon Jacobs (6'4''-G-85, college: La-Monroe) and Berry Whitley (5'9''-G-81, college: SUNO) to make room for the come back of Nedrie Simmons (5'9''-G, college: Texas-PB), who had been in the team yet last season and the addition of Robert Harris (6'4''-G/F), from New York City. The Florida Thundercats announced that Troy Jackson (6'9''-F-76, college: Louisville) has been named Assistant Coach of the expansion team that begins play this weekend. Jackson brings with him a very exciting career since he graduated as one of the best high school basketball players in the country in 1994 where he was one of only 27 players in NY history to score 1000 points and have 1000 rebounds. Following his high school career, he played for Hall of Fame Head Coach Denny Crum at the University of Louisville from 1994-1998 and was voted one of the 20 most popular athletes in Louisville history prior to star overseas. Nicknamed 'Escalade', he was also voted 1 of the 50 greatest playground legends of all time by Slam Magazine and was one of the stars of the ESPN Show, 'Streetball.'

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


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Cibona 9-1 
 2. U.Olimpija 7-3 
 3. KK Zagreb 7-3 
 4. Zadar 6-3 
 5. Partizan 5-4 
 6. Hemofarm 5-4 
 7. Siroki Eronet 5-5 
 8. Crvena Zvez. 5-5 
 9. Radnicki K. 4-6 
 10. Cedevita 4-6 
 11. Buducnost 4-6 
 12. Helios 3-7 
 13. FMP 3-7 
 14. Bosna S. 2-9 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrija ZIZIC
  Cedevita
  (207-C-80)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Zizic, Cedevita18.7 
 2. Tomic, KK Zagreb17.0 
 3. Tomas, Cibona16.4 
 4. Mason, Siroki E.15.6 
 5. Videnov, Crvena Z.15.2 
 6. Delic, Helios14.8 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.14.6 
 8. Sehovic, Bosna S.14.4 
 9. Becirovic, U.Olimpija14.3 
 10. Rudez, Cedevi.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante TOMIC
  KK Zagreb
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Tomic, KK Zagreb8.4 
 2. Maric, Partizan8.3 
 3. Mason, Siroki E.8.0 
 4. Ruzic, Zadar7.6 
 5. Marjanovic, Hemof.7.3 
 6. Zizic, Cedevita6.7 
 7. Bagaric, Cibona6.4 
 8. Roberts, Partizan6.1 
 9. Raduljica, FMP5.9 
 10. Savovic, Buducno.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jure MOCNIK
  Helios
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Mocnik, Helios7.0 
 2. Kojadinovic, Bosna S.5.0 
 3. Anderson, Cedevita4.8 
 4. Mason, Siroki E.4.8 
 5. Stipcevic, Zadar4.8 
 6. Gordon, Cibona4.2 
 7. Becirovic, U.Olimpija4.1 
 8. Markovic, Hemofarm4.1 
 9. Pavkovic, Hemofarm3.8 
 10. Mulaomerovic, KK.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lester MCCALEBB
  Partizan
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McCalebb, Partizan3.1 
 2. Sehovic, Bosna S.2.2 
 3. Jagodnik, Hemofarm2.0 
 4. Walsh, U.Olimpija2.0 
 5. Stemberger, Siroki E.2.0 
 6. Krstic, KK Zagreb2.0 
 7. Stipcevic, Zadar1.8 
 8. Gordon, Cibona1.8 
 9. Mocnik, Helios1.5 
 10. Maric, Partiz.1.4 
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, Partizan1.1 
 4. Golubovic, U.Olimpija1.1 
 5. Marjanovic, Hemof.1.1 
 6. Dragicevic, Crvena Z.0.8 
 7. Kikanovic, Crvena Z.0.8 
 8. Macvan, Hemofarm0.8 
 9. Zalokar, Helios0.7 
 10. Ruzic, Zad.0.7 


Helios and Krusic part ways - by Zeljko Zule
Helios and former U-20 NT member Matej Krusic (211-C-87) agreed to terminate the contract, active until the end of 2009-10 season. Krusic joined Helios after leaving Sentjur in 2007. He was averaging 9.6 minutes, 2.9 points (2P 48%, FT 69%), 2.2 rebounds, 0.1 steals and 0.1 blocks in 19 games of Adriatic League and 10.4 minutes, 3.1 points (2P 42%), 3.1 rebounds, 0.1 steals and 0.1 blocks in 9 games of Telemach League.


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  ALBANIA   


SK Tirana on top with 8-0 record - by Eurobasket News
SK Tirana remains undefeated in the league and now on top with 8-0 record. In the latest game the favorites thrashed Skenderbeu 116:94 as the latter fell at 4-4. Valbona improved to 4-4 record beating Studenti 89:69. Studenti could overtake Valbona, but dropped at 3-5. In another game Teuta Durres beat Vllaznia 73:60. That was the second victory of the winning team that improved to 2-6 record. Vllaznia is on the fourth position with 3-5 record.

Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. SK Tirana 8-0 
 2. Skenderbeu 4-4 
 3. Valbona 4-4 
 4. Vllaznia Skh. 3-5 
 5. Studenti 3-5 
 6. Teuta Durres 2-6 
 7. Shkodra 0-0 
 8. Dinamo Tirana 0-0 
 9. Partizani Tirana 0-0 
 10. Flamurtari 0-0 
 11. Elbasani 0-0 
 12. Apolonia 0-0 
 13. Pogradeci 0-0 


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  ALGERIA   


Standings
D1 Standings
Group A
 1. ASPTT 8-1 
 2. Staoueli 6-2 
 3. WA Boufarik 6-2 
 4. NAH Dey 3-5 
 5. Ain Benyane 3-5 
 6. COBB 2-7 
 7. Aml Skikda 1-7 
Group B
 1. GS Petroliers 10-0 
 2. CRB Dar El-B. 7-2 
 3. CSMC 6-4 
 4. OM Batna 4-6 
 5. Blida 4-6 
 6. IRB Hadjout 4-6 
 7. CR Bir Khadem 4-7 
 8. CRB Temouch. 0-8 


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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - TNA
Points Per Game
 Derrick MILLER
  Bragado
  (202-C/F-78)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Miller, Bragado22.4 
 2. Elsener, El Nacional21.3 
 3. Tomatis, Alma Juniors18.6 
 4. Melo, Independ.N.17.6 
 5. Ceruti, San M.17.3 
 6. Wilkerson, Ciclista16.0 
 7. Ford, Belgrano SN15.8 
 8. Pardal, Bragado15.7 
 9. Fabio, Obera TC15.3 
 10. Williams, Independ.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Louis TRUSCOTT
  San Mart.C.
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Truscott, San M.10.4 
 2. Ford, Belgrano SN9.3 
 3. Williams, Independ.T.9.2 
 4. Benjamin, San M.8.3 
 5. Wilkerson, Ciclista8.0 
 6. Fabio, Obera TC7.7 
 7. Frey, A.Italiana7.5 
 8. Espinoza, Argentino7.1 
 9. Dentis, El Nacional6.6 
 10. Segura, Club.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Julian OLMEDO
  Bragado
  (187-G-77)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Olmedo, Bragado5.1 
 2. La Bella, Obera TC3.1 
 3. Palacios, Firmat S.3.1 
 4. Forastieri, Club 92.8 
 5. Jaworski, Belgrano.2.8 
 6. Gandoy, Belgrano SN2.8 
 7. Lauro, Independ.N.2.6 
 8. Perez, El Nacional2.5 
 9. Bernhardt, San M.2.4 
 10. Eiguren, Firmat2.3 
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. Forastieri, Club 92.5 
 4. Fernandez, Alma J.2.1 
 5. Giletta, Alma Juniors2.1 
 6. Forastieri, Club 92.0 
 7. Luchino, San M.1.9 
 8. Pollio, Bragado1.9 
 9. Gornatti, A.Italiana1.8 
 10. Schoppler, A.Italia.1.8 
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. Ford, Belgrano SN1.3 
 4. Espinoza, Argentino1.1 
 5. Truscott, San M.0.9 
 6. Nwankwo, El Nacional0.9 
 7. Robinson, Argentino0.9 
 8. Giorgi, Obera TC0.8 
 9. Cavagna, Alma J.0.8 
 10. Spicer, Obera0.7 


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 15-0 
 2. Lanus 14-5 
 3. Sionista 14-5 
 4. La Union 13-0 
 5. Estudiantes 13-5 
 6. Atenas 13-5 
 7. Gimnasia CR 13-5 
 8. Boca Jrs 13-5 
 9. C.Entrerriano 13-6 
 10. Libertad 13-6 
 11. Union S. 12-1 
 12. Regatas C. 12-1 
 13. Penarol 12-2 
 14. Quilmes MP 12-6 
 15. Quimsa 12-7 
 16. Cicl.Olimpico 9-0 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
 1. Ciud.Bragado 6-1 
 2. San Mart.MJ 6-2 
 3. San Mart.C. 5-2 
 4. El Nacional 5-3 
 5. Argentino 5-4 
 6. Club 9 4-3 
 7. Belgrano SN 4-4 
 8. Firmat SF 4-4 
 9. Ciclista 3-4 
 10. A.Italiana 3-5 
 11. Obera TC 3-6 
 12. Independ.N. 3-6 
 13. Alma Juniors 3-6 
 14. Independ.T. 2-6 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Jackson, La Union21.1 
 2. Funes, C.Entrer.20.7 
 3. Cequeira, Sionista18.5 
 4. Assie, Quilmes MP17.7 
 5. Moodie, Boca Jrs16.3 
 6. Mikulas, Boca Jrs16.0 
 7. Gonzalez, Quimsa15.8 
 8. Smith, Estudiantes15.8 
 9. Gutierrez, Penarol15.6 
 10. Robinson, Sionis.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.14.2 
 2. Williams, Union S.8.7 
 3. Wolkowyski, Libertad.8.6 
 4. Leiva, Penarol7.9 
 5. McFarlan, Union S.7.9 
 6. Rollins, Gimnasia.7.8 
 7. Mikulas, Boca Jrs7.4 
 8. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 9. Osborne, La Union7.2 
 10. Taylor, Lan.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Luis CEQUEIRA
  Sionista
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Cequeira, Sionista5.3 
 2. Victoriano, Lanus4.3 
 3. Labaque, Obras4.2 
 4. Martinez, Sionista3.9 
 5. Cadillac, C.Entrer.3.5 
 6. Franco, Estudiantes3.2 
 7. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.2 
 8. Figueroa, Atenas3.0 
 9. Salles, La Union2.7 
 10. Dobie, Lan.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Andres PELUSSI
  Libertad S.
  (198-F-77)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.8 
 2. Funes, C.Entrer.1.8 
 3. Labaque, Obras1.6 
 4. Figueroa, Atenas1.6 
 5. Lane, C.Entrerriano1.5 
 6. Gil, Union S.1.5 
 7. Leiva, Penarol1.5 
 8. Smith, Estudiantes1.5 
 9. Lopez, Quilmes MP1.5 
 10. Moldu, Libertad.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.1.9 
 2. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 3. Johnson, Lanus1.1 
 4. Williams, Union S.1.1 
 5. Leiva, Penarol1.1 
 6. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.1 
 7. Zanotti, Regatas C.1.0 
 8. Assie, Quilmes MP0.9 
 9. McFarlan, Union S.0.9 
 10. Alloatti, Obr.0.9 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Penney, Breakers22.2 
 2. McKee, Hawks19.5 
 3. Ballinger, 36ers18.6 
 4. Gilchrist, 36ers18.3 
 5. Williams, Crocodiles17.7 
 6. Worthington, Tig.17.3 
 7. Redhage, Perth17.2 
 8. Ubaka, Blaze16.7 
 9. Bruton, Breakers16.7 
 10. Maxey, Bla.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  36ers
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Holmes, 36ers8.3 
 2. Rychart, Taipans7.5 
 3. Worthington, Tig.7.5 
 4. Roberts, Crocodiles7.4 
 5. Schenscher, Perth7.1 
 6. Rickert, Breakers7.0 
 7. Davidson, Hawks6.8 
 8. Redhage, Perth6.8 
 9. Maxey, Blaze6.7 
 10. Greer, Tige.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tywain MCKEE
  Hawks
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 2. Gilchrist, 36ers4.3 
 3. Ubaka, Blaze4.3 
 4. Bruton, Breakers4.1 
 5. Gibson, Blaze3.8 
 6. Boucher, Breakers3.4 
 7. Groves, 36ers3.3 
 8. Saville, Hawks3.3 
 9. Crosswell, Tigers3.1 
 10. Penney, Breake.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Phill JONES
  Taipans
  (196-G-74)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Jones, Taipans1.5 
 2. McKee, Hawks1.5 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 4. Robbins, Perth1.4 
 5. Martin, Perth1.3 
 6. Boucher, Breakers1.3 
 7. Worthington, Tig.1.2 
 8. Bruton, Breakers1.2 
 9. Lisch, Perth1.1 
 10. Abercrombie, Bre.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Penney, Breakers1.0 
 2. Worthington, Tig.0.9 
 3. Maxey, Blaze0.8 
 4. Williams, Crocodiles0.7 
 5. Rickert, Breakers0.7 
 6. Melzer, Taipans0.7 
 7. Lisch, Perth0.7 
 8. Redhage, Perth0.6 
 9. McKee, Hawks0.6 
 10. Rychart, Taipa.0.6 


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


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Klosterneub. 9-1 
 2. Furstenfeld 9-1 
 3. Wels 8-2 
 4. Kapfenberg 8-3 
 5. Gmunden 7-3 
 6. St.Polten 6-4 
 7. Arkadia 5-5 
 8. Oberwart 4-6 
 9. Gussing 2-8 
 10. Vienna 2-8 
 11. Worthersee 1-10 
 12. UBSC Graz 0-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Furstenfeld
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Penigar, Furstenf.20.3 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden19.8 
 3. Dilys, Arkadia18.7 
 4. Kugerl, Kapfenberg18.6 
 5. Zeleznik, UBSC G.18.6 
 6. Francois, Gussing18.5 
 7. Roderick, Arkadia18.2 
 8. Colwell, Furstenfeld18.0 
 9. Speiser, St.Polten17.9 
 10. Anderson, Vien.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Oberwart
  (202-F/C-77)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Johnson, Oberwart8.9 
 2. McCandies, Worth.8.8 
 3. Forrestal, UBSC G.8.6 
 4. Moric, Klostern.7.1 
 5. Oppland, Gmunden7.0 
 6. Penigar, Furstenf.7.0 
 7. Kugerl, Kapfenberg7.0 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten6.8 
 9. Heard, Gussing6.6 
 10. Mahalbasic, Wor.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alexander LANEGGER
  UBSC Graz
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Lanegger, UBSC G.4.7 
 2. Danek, Arkadia4.7 
 3. Woschank, Kapfe.4.6 
 4. Zeleznik, UBSC G.4.4 
 5. Richards, Gussing4.2 
 6. Schreiner, St.Po.4.0 
 7. Lamesic, Wels3.9 
 8. Creddle, Klostern.3.7 
 9. O''Neal, Vienna3.6 
 10. Nelson, Kapfenbe.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Arkadia
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Roderick, Arkadia2.1 
 2. Boylan, Gmunden2.0 
 3. Vrecko, Kapfenberg2.0 
 4. O''Neal, Vienna2.0 
 5. Anderson, Vienna1.9 
 6. Payton, Vienna1.9 
 7. Bobb, Klosterneub.1.8 
 8. Richards, Gussing1.8 
 9. Penigar, Furstenf.1.7 
 10. Conley, We.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shelton COLWELL
  Furstenfeld
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.3 
 2. Skurdauskas, Arkad.0.5 
 3. Anderson, Vienna0.5 
 4. Linhart, Furstenf.0.5 
 5. Suljanovic, Kloste.0.4 
 6. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.4 
 7. Speiser, St.Polten0.4 
 8. Conley, Wels0.3 
 9. Heard, Gussing0.3 
 10. Paez, Oberwa.0.3 


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  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Muharraq 6-0 
 2. Al Hala 6-1 
 3. Al Manama 5-1 
 4. Al Ahli 5-2 
 5. Sitra 3-4 
 6. Nuwaidrat 2-4 
 7. Issa Town 2-4 
 8. Al Ittihad 2-4 
 9. Al Najma 1-5 
 10. Bahrain Club 0-7 


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  BELGIUM   


League News - by Peter Buyse
Passe Partout Leuven Bears released their American guard Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest).
Downey played 9 games for Leuven this season and averaged 8.6 ppg.
The team did not mention if he will be replaced.

The Belgian League has decided that as of next season a minimun of 5 Belgian players needs to be on the scoresheet.
Another rule introduced as of the 2010-2011 season is that at least one member of the coaching staff needs to be Belgian.


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  BRAZIL   


Saldanha recruit Joel Munoz - by Eurobasket News
Saldanha started the NBB season with one win in six games played. So they needed reinforcement and opted to sign the deal with Panamanian guard Joel Munoz (179-G-80). The 29-year-old player started the previous season in Potros in the Mexican LNPB. He averaged 4.3 points, 2.3 boards, 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Later Joel Munoz moved to Magnates de Costa del Este in CBS and finally joined Canguros to help those reach the semifinal stage of the tournament. Joel Munoz participated at the FIBA Americas Championship in San Juan this year. The guard tallied 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per appearance. It is not his first contract in Brazil. Joel Munoz played for FTC EAD back in 2008.


Thyago Aleo strengthens Londrina - by Eurobasket News
Thyago Aleo (188-G-89) joined Londrina this week. The 20-year-old lately played in Santo Andre in the Paulista League. Thyago Aleo was the member of the U18 Brazilian selection back in 2006. He spent 2008/09 season in Spain playing for Merida in LEB Bronze. Thyago Aleo averaged 4.3 points, 1.4 assists and 1.1 boards per game in Spain.


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


Standings - NLB
Carioca Standings
 1. Flamengo 8-0 
 2. Municipal 5-3 
 3. Comary 4-4 
 4. Cabo Frio 3-5 
 5. Tres Rios 0-8 


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  BULGARIA   


Rilski Sport Samokov sign Lamont Jones - by Eurobasket
Rilski Sport Samokov added to their roster 37-year old American guard Lamont Jones (183-G-72, college: Bridgeport, agency: Passing Lane). Jones played most recently at Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (Israel). While playing 3.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, next month was tried-out by Maccabi Givat Shmuel (Israel-Premier League, starting five), and at the end of Jan.09 signed at Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier League) for Ironi Ramat G. his stats were: 8 games: 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.4apg.
Jones is well know in Bulgaria since it is not his first year, he sept 3 consecutive succesful years just before moving to Israel, from 2004-05 till 2006-07 where he played at PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia (ProA). he was 2nd best scorer in the league in 2006 when he scored 19.8ppg in 10 games for ULEB and the best assists with 6.3apg.
During these 3 season he was awarded: Bulgarian Cup Finalist in 2005, Bulgarian Cup Winner (twice in 2006 and 07), Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Guard of the Year in 2006, Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Import Player of the Year (3 times 2005, 2006 and 2007), Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team (twice 2006 and 07), Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team (twice 2006 and 07), Bulgarian League All-Star Game (twice 2006 and 07), Bulgarian League Regular Season Champion (3 times 2005, 2006 and 2007) and Bulgarian League Champion (twice 2006 and 07)
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  CHINA   


China thrash Mongolia in Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News
China - Mongolia 111:77

China registered the first win at the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong. They held off Mongolia in preliminary Group A opener. Five players scored in double digits as China rolled to the rout of Mongolia. Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) provided 22 points and 9 boards to pace one of the tournaments favourites.
Mongolia shocked China in the first quarter. The underdogs went on a 27:19 rally to silence China for some time. Chinese players needed the first break to come back to life. The coach seemed to convey the message as the team picked up the slack in the second stanza. China fired impressive 43 points in the quarter to surge in front 62:37 at halftime. Mongolia however still looked well-organized team as they matched their opponents in the third quarter. China won it by just one point 27:26 to maintain the lead. China finally unloaded 22 points in the fourth term and ran away to the win at the end. Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) notched 17 points for the winners. Liu Xiaoyu (191-G-89) had 13 points for China. Sedbazar Shinen (189-F-81) responded with 16 points and 8 boards for Mongolia. Uuganbayar Oyuntsetseg (196-F-88) had 11 points in the losing effort.

China: Dong Hanlin 22, Li Xiaoxu 17, Liu Xiaoyu 13
Mongolia: Sedbazar Shinen 16, Uuganbayar Oyuntsetseg 11



China Sends Young Team to East Asian Games - by Arthur Volbert
China has sent a young but talented team to the East Asian games. It took a quarter to get going before defeating Mongolia 111-77. Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) led the way with 22 points and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) had 17 points and 7 rebounds in 20 minutes.

Liu Xiaoyu (191-G-89) had 13 points and 6 assists, along with 5 turnovers, in 22 minutes. Zhou Peng (207-F-89) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in 25 minutes. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) had 11 points and 3 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Two very interesting young big men are on the team and each played 2 minutes of garbage time today. 220 cm Sun Zhe (220-C-90), of Dongguan, had 2 fouls in his 2 minutes and Xu Zhonghao (212-C-90), from Bayi, had 1 turnover. Both were scoreless.

But Sun and Xu were chosen for the team over Zhang Dayu, who played in the World Hoop Summit, and Wang Zheng, who was center on the Under-18 team last year. Both big men were allegedly born in 1990.

East Asian Games Roster:

10 Zhang Nan (197-F-81)
6 Zhang Qingpeng (190-G-81)
14 Su Wei (212-C-89)
9 Zhou Peng
11 Li Xiaoxu
15 Sun Zhe
12 Dong Hanlin
4 Liu Xiaoyu
8 Yi Li
7 Chen Lei (195-G/F-83)
5 Luo Zhi (190-G-86)
13 Xu Zhonghao
Link to box score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=4062



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  CROATIA   


Montepaschi destroys Cibona in the second half - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Cibona 90-64

Montepaschi registered nice 90-64 home win against Cibona remaining the second ranked team in Group A with 5-1 score. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) led the scorers in victory with 15 points each. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 13 pts and 5 boards, while Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) added 12 pts. Luksa Andric (210-C-85) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Cibona (1-5). Marko Tomas (201-G-85) stopped on 10.
Montepashi opened this game better taking quick 13-6 and later 16-8 lead. However, Cibona intensified defense for the rest of the first period creating 0-11 run. Terrell McIntyre finally responded for Montepaschi fixing the score to 18-19 after ten minutes of play. Second period was pretty leveled with neither team making a serious run. It was 24-24 and later Cibona grabbed 28-31 lead. Once again, Montepashi scored the last basket in the period curing the margin to 34-36. And that was all from Cibona in this game. After the breather, Montepaschi demonstrated its power first making 39-38 turn and soon after that the hosts grabbed 54-43 lead. They jumped to plus 14, but Luksa Andric led Cibona to 0-9 run. So after three quarters, the score was 63-53 for Montepaschi. Last ten minutes totally belonged to Montepashi, who reached plus 21 after triple by Nikolaos Zisis. In the finish Zisis connected another triple for plus 25 and his teams already began with celebrating of the fifth Euroleague win.

Montepaschi: Terrell McIntyre 15, Romain Sato 15, Ksistof Lavrinovic 13+5 boards, Nikolaos Zisis 12
Cibona: Luksa Andric 14+7 boards, Marko Tomas 10


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
 1. Darda 7-1 
 2. Dubrava 5-3 
 3. Svjetlost 4-3 
 4. Trogir 4-3 
 5. Borik 4-3 
 6. Zabok 3-4 
 7. KK Split 3-4 
 8. Sibenik 2-5 
 9. Dubrovnik 2-5 
 10. Kastela 2-5 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Cedevita
 2. KK Zagreb
 3. Cibona
 4. Zadar


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Bizaca, Trogir25.7 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava21.3 
 3. Cosic, Svjetlost17.6 
 4. Batina, KK Split16.4 
 5. Mrva, Borik16.2 
 6. Bilan, Sibenik15.7 
 7. Meznaric, Darda15.1 
 8. Filipovic, Sibenik14.6 
 9. Spahija, Svjetlost14.4 
 10. Macura, KK Spl.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miro BILAN
  Sibenik
  (212-F-89)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Bilan, Sibenik10.7 
 2. Bizaca, Trogir8.7 
 3. Spahija, Svjetlost8.6 
 4. Vukicevic, Svjetlost8.1 
 5. Ridl, Darda7.4 
 6. Rahimic, Sibenik7.0 
 7. Macura, KK Split6.9 
 8. Krapic, Zabok6.7 
 9. Sakic, Dubrava6.5 
 10. Radic, Kaste.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Sibenik
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Petkovic, Sibenik6.0 
 2. Sumic, KK Split5.7 
 3. Tomeljak, Zabok4.7 
 4. Cosic, Svjetlost4.4 
 5. Blajic, Trogir4.1 
 6. Camagajevac, Darda3.5 
 7. Norac, Svjetlost3.4 
 8. Vragovic, Dubrava3.3 
 9. Radic, Dubrovnik3.1 
 10. Ridl, Dar.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Vinko BOSNJAK
  Dubrava
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Bosnjak, Dubrava3.4 
 2. Sumic, KK Split3.1 
 3. Petkovic, Sibenik2.9 
 4. Blajic, Trogir2.6 
 5. Cosic, Svjetlost2.1 
 6. Vukicevic, Svjetlost2.0 
 7. Scepanovic, Dubro.1.9 
 8. Kaliterna, Kastela1.9 
 9. Norac, Svjetlost1.9 
 10. Petani, Bor.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jere MACURA
  KK Split
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Macura, KK Split2.1 
 2. Bizaca, Trogir1.7 
 3. Kamaldin, Darda1.0 
 4. Radic, Kastela0.9 
 5. Bilan, Sibenik0.9 
 6. Blesic, Kastela0.9 
 7. Spahija, Svjetlost0.8 
 8. Drezga, Trogir0.7 
 9. Sobin, KK Split0.6 
 10. Krolo, Dar.0.6 


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  DENMARK   


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Johnson, Bakken24.5 
 2. Kearse, SISU23.3 
 3. Smith, Svendborg23.3 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj21.2 
 5. Johansen, Naestved20.8 
 6. Cavanuagh, Aalborg19.8 
 7. Nielsen, Randers19.1 
 8. Proctor, Bakken18.8 
 9. Dennis, Naestved18.7 
 10. Miskovic, Rande.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris CHRISTOFFERSEN
  Bakken
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Christoffers., Bak.12.4 
 2. Morris, Aabyhoj11.0 
 3. Miskovic, Randers10.9 
 4. Johansen, Naestved9.2 
 5. Vance, Aalborg8.9 
 6. Iversen, Svendborg8.2 
 7. Cavanuagh, Aalborg8.1 
 8. Kearse, SISU7.4 
 9. Kalvelis, SISU7.2 
 10. Johnson, Horsens6.9 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Randers
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Smedley, Randers6.6 
 2. Bradley, Amager BK5.4 
 3. Nielsen, Horsholm5.2 
 4. Jakobsen, Bakken4.9 
 5. Rinkevicius, SISU4.9 
 6. Darboe, Horsholm4.6 
 7. Dennis, Naestved4.2 
 8. Smith, Svendborg4.1 
 9. Christensen, Amager B.4.0 
 10. Iversen, Svendbo.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Svendborg
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Svendborg2.8 
 2. Proctor, Bakken2.6 
 3. Kearse, SISU2.2 
 4. Fall, Horsens IC1.8 
 5. Nielsen, Horsholm1.8 
 6. Houguet, Aalborg1.7 
 7. Madsen, Aabyhoj1.7 
 8. Dennis, Naestved1.6 
 9. Iversen, Svendborg1.6 
 10. Morris, Aabyh.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj3.1 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.2.8 
 3. Johnson, Bakken1.8 
 4. Cavanuagh, Aalborg1.5 
 5. Guyton, Aabyhoj1.3 
 6. Willis, Randers1.1 
 7. Baskauskas, Amager B.1.0 
 8. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.9 
 9. Kalvelis, SISU0.9 
 10. Miskovic, Rande.0.9 


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  D-LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Sundiata GAINES
  Idaho S.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. Gaines, Idaho S.27.0 
 2. Harris, Rio Grande26.0 
 3. Tolliver, Idaho S.25.3 
 4. Williams, Sioux F.24.0 
 5. Beck, Dakota W.23.3 
 6. McLeod, Albuquer.22.3 
 7. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers21.2 
 8. Farmer, Reno B.20.7 
 9. Powell, Albuquerque20.0 
 10. Gee, Austin.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joey DORSEY
  Houston R.
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 16
 1. Dorsey, Rio Grande16.0 
 2. Ajinca, Maine RC13.0 
 3. Jones, Austin T.12.2 
 4. Tolliver, Idaho S.12.0 
 5. Withers, Dakota W.11.7 
 6. Mullens, Tulsa 66ers10.8 
 7. Webb, Bakersfi.9.7 
 8. Bryant, Erie Bay H.9.3 
 9. Benson, Reno B.9.3 
 10. Kurz, Ft.Wayne8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sundiata GAINES
  Idaho S.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Gaines, Idaho S.9.3 
 2. Smith, Idaho S.7.3 
 3. Farmer, Reno B.7.3 
 4. McLeod, Albuquer.7.0 
 5. Robinson, Reno B.6.7 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.6.3 
 7. Anderson, Rio G.6.3 
 8. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.2 
 9. Jefferson, Utah F.5.8 
 10. Jerrells, Austin.5.8 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Greene, Utah F.3.8 
 2. Baker, Dakota W.3.3 
 3. Benson, Reno B.3.0 
 4. Charlo, Reno B.3.0 
 5. Ambres, Idaho S.2.7 
 6. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.6 
 7. McLeod, Albuquer.2.3 
 8. Farmer, Reno B.2.3 
 9. Jerrells, Austin T.2.2 
 10. Bergersen, Idaho.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Reno Bighorns
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Trybanski, Reno B.5.5 
 2. Ajinca, Maine RC5.0 
 3. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.7 
 4. Benson, Reno B.3.3 
 5. Looby, Rio Grande3.0 
 6. Hansen, Albuquerque3.0 
 7. McKenzie, Idaho S.2.3 
 8. Jones, Austin T.2.2 
 9. Webb, Bakersfi.2.0 
 10. Nevill, Utah.2.0 


Thursday: Iowa Energy and Utah Flash celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Ft.Wayne MA - Iowa E. 95-102
Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) stepped up for the Energy last night draining 20 points and pulling down 14 rebounds. Jeff Trepagnier (6'4''-G-79, college: USC) also scored 20 and Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) helped with excellent 18 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists. Robert Kurz (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) responded with 26 points and 7 boards for the Mad Ants.

Utah F. - Bakersfield J. 112-92
Andre Ingram (6'3''-G-85, college: American) top-scored in victory last night with 23 points. Jordan Brady (6'6''-F-83) also had very important netting 17 pts and grabbing 7 boards, while Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) added 16 pts and 12 as. In the loosing squad, Reece Gaines (6'6''-G-81, college: Louisville) netted 18.



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  EBA   


New York Wizards announce Mary Lepore as Associate Head Coach and new season roster - by Gianni Pascucci
The New York Wizards of the Eastern Basketball Alliance announced the appointment of Mary Lepore (former St. Marys High School and Adelphi College star) as their Associate Head Coach. Truly the decision was a no brainer stated Wizards General Manager Steven Geick Mary was the most qualified person for the job, regardless of gender. Marys basketball background, overall basketball knowledge, coaching experience with local AAU programs, and passion for the game made her the logical choice. The signing of Mary is somewhat historic in professional sports circles. According to published reports Mary may be only the third female in professional sports history to coach or help coach a mens professional sports franchise. On 11/6/09 Nancy Liberman was recently signed as the Head Coach of the Frisco D-League franchise. In addition to Lepore and Liberman, Stephanie Ready was an Assistant Coach for the D-Leagues Greenville Grove in 2002. In addition to her bench coaching responsibilities, next to Head Coach Greg Cerillo Sr ., Mary will assume the responsibility of player recruitment, formation of a Wizards practice squad, off season scheduling and entertainment games, clinics, camps, and private instruction. Unlike most other minor league sports franchises, basketball in particular, the Wizards are a unique opportunity because of their 52 week a year basketball goals. This gives our players opportunities others cant get by playing someplace for 3 or 4 months. Stated Mary Lepore I look forward to this opportunity and to building the Wizards program into something all Long Island and New York can be proud of. Here down you can find the Wizards 2009-20 team roster too:
player -------- (yob)- shirt #-- college -----hgt-- pos
Leon Pursoo (1982) 10 Southampton 6-0 Guard
Greg Cerillo Jr. (1984) 3 Suffolk CC 5-11 Guard
Mike Mosby (1984) 50 Adelphi 6-6 Forward
Lucius Savadel (1972) 55 Suffolk CC 6-7 Center
Anthony Cox (1983) 22 Farmingdale 6-9 Center
Brandon Butler (1982) 2 CW Post 6-0 Guard
Wayne Nelson (1981) 23 Adelphi 6-4 Forward
Mike McDuffie (1986) 24 Adelphi 6-4 Forward
James Procino (1985) 32 West. Connecticut 6-3 Forward
Brandon Wilson (1984) 25 Maryland E.S. 6-3 Forward
Mickell Vickers (1986) 15 NTIT 6-4 Forward
Nick Carter (1986) 33 C.W. Post 6-1 Guard
Shanod Burton (1982) 54 Farmingdale 6-3 Forward
Jerome Richardson (1982) 20 Louisiana Tech 6-3 Forward
Karim Smith (1978) LIU 6-9 Forward
Shaun Bertin (1981) Queens 6-7 Center


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  ESTONIA   


Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Rakvere 9-2 
 2. TTU KK 7-3 
 3. TU/Rock 6-1 
 4. Valga Welg 6-3 
 5. Kalev/Cramo 4-3 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 3-7 
 7. Parnu 2-7 
 8. Kuremaa 0-11 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.21.0 
 2. Toome, TTU K.19.6 
 3. McGee, Kuremaa19.6 
 4. Kurg, Kuremaa19.4 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev18.1 
 6. Kriisa, Rakvere17.4 
 7. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.17.0 
 8. Kikerpill, Valga Welg16.3 
 9. Aab, Valga Welg15.1 
 10. Morrison, TU/Ro.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.6 
 2. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.10.5 
 3. Morrison, TU/Rock10.5 
 4. McGee, Kuremaa10.3 
 5. Toome, TTU K.10.3 
 6. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.9.0 
 7. Erm, Parnu8.8 
 8. Kriisa, Rakvere8.7 
 9. Tagamets, Valga W.8.0 
 10. Winston, Kurem.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo5.0 
 2. Kriisa, Rakvere4.6 
 3. Rannula, Valga Welg4.0 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock4.0 
 5. Saage, Rakvere3.5 
 6. Sokk, TU/Rock3.2 
 7. Winston, Kuremaa2.9 
 8. Kikerpill, Valga Welg2.7 
 9. Tamm, TTU K.2.3 
 10. Raap, Par.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock3.3 
 2. Covington, Tallin.2.7 
 3. Veideman, Rakvere2.5 
 4. McGee, Kuremaa2.4 
 5. Kurg, Kuremaa2.3 
 6. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 7. Rannula, Valga Welg2.1 
 8. Saage, Rakvere2.1 
 9. Tagamets, Valga W.2.1 
 10. Allingu, TU/Ro.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.4.5 
 2. Toome, TTU K.2.3 
 3. Talts, TU/Rock1.7 
 4. Morrison, TU/Rock1.2 
 5. Hallik, Rakvere1.2 
 6. Ringmets, Parnu1.0 
 7. Ilver, Tallinna Kalev1.0 
 8. Raadik, Parnu0.9 
 9. McGee, Kuremaa0.9 
 10. Saks, TTU.0.9 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  U.Olimpija
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 23
 1. Walsh, U.Olimpija23.0 
 2. Kleiza, Olympiakos18.3 
 3. Jenkins, ALBA17.3 
 4. Pekovic, Panathin.17.0 
 5. Logan, Assec.Pr.16.8 
 6. Woods, Assec.Pr.16.8 
 7. Dean, Unicaja16.4 
 8. Sato, Montepaschi16.3 
 9. Winston, Lottomat.16.3 
 10. Mickeal, Regal Bar.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Watson, Zalgiris9.5 
 2. Maric, Partizan8.8 
 3. Roberts, Partizan7.4 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja7.2 
 5. Khryapa, CSKA7.2 
 6. Kleiza, Olympiakos7.2 
 7. Woods, Assec.Pr.6.8 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.6.8 
 9. Wallace, Benetton.6.3 
 10. Sow, Assec.Prok.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.7.2 
 2. Cook, Unicaja6.0 
 3. McIntyre, Montepas.5.8 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.7 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca5.2 
 6. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.7 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA4.5 
 8. Sciarra, Orleans4.4 
 9. Prigioni, MMC R.4.3 
 10. McCalebb, Partiz.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  ASVEL
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Lukauskis, AS.2.8 
 2. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.3 
 3. Gordon, Cibona2.3 
 4. Perperoglou, Panath.2.2 
 5. McIntyre, Montepas.2.0 
 6. Eidson, Maccabi .2.0 
 7. Dobbins, Orleans1.9 
 8. Finley, Armani MI1.8 
 9. Maric, Partizan1.8 
 10. Lukas, Marousi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Maccabi T-A
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fischer, Maccabi .1.8 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.7 
 3. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.7 
 4. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.7 
 5. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.5 
 6. Lasme, Maccabi T-A1.5 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.4 
 8. Morris, Regal B.1.3 
 9. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 10. Vazquez, Regal.1.2 


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  FINLAND   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Lapua
  (201-F-)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Swanston, Lapua24.4 
 2. Haynes, Lapua22.1 
 3. Leggett, Huima20.2 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo19.8 
 5. Jallow, JKS19.7 
 6. Stamper, JKS19.3 
 7. Favors, JKS18.2 
 8. Hale, Tarmo18.0 
 9. Sampay, Huima17.6 
 10. Raami, Hon.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bryant NASH
  Lapua
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Nash, Lapua15.3 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET12.9 
 3. Leggett, Huima11.7 
 4. Pichon, LoKoKo11.7 
 5. Douglas, Ura Basket10.5 
 6. Jallow, JKS10.4 
 7. Stamper, JKS10.4 
 8. King, Jyvaskyla10.3 
 9. Thomas, LoKoKo10.2 
 10. McCulloch, BC.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Herman FAVORS
  JKS
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Favors, JKS4.8 
 2. Nikitin, Honka4.1 
 3. Conerly, Tarmo3.6 
 4. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.0 
 5. Riihela, BC Nokia3.0 
 6. Bakradze, Lapua2.9 
 7. Huff, LoKoKo2.7 
 8. Hale, Tarmo2.5 
 9. Hanninen, Wartti2.4 
 10. Haynes, Lap.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ville PEKKOLA
  Namika Lahti
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pekkola, Namika II3.0 
 2. Rokala, Ura Basket2.9 
 3. Nash, Lapua2.9 
 4. Conerly, Tarmo2.6 
 5. Stamper, JKS2.5 
 6. Favors, JKS2.4 
 7. Hanninen, Wartti2.3 
 8. King, Jyvaskyla2.2 
 9. Huff, LoKoKo2.0 
 10. Kankaanpaa, BC.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Timo HASSINEN
  Wartti
  (203-C-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hassinen, Wartti0.9 
 2. Hale, Tarmo0.8 
 3. Graham, Tarmo0.8 
 4. Juvonen, JKS0.8 
 5. Streng, Namika II0.8 
 6. Johansson, Namika I.0.7 
 7. Leggett, Huima0.7 
 8. Paivinen, Wartti0.7 
 9. McMillion, Lapua0.7 
 10. Ranta, Hui.0.6 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Daegu Orions
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Johnson, LrNM.23.7 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti23.5 
 3. Trotter, ToPo23.4 
 4. Washington, KTP22.8 
 5. Turner, LrNM.21.8 
 6. Belser, Honka20.4 
 7. Lowe, Pyrinto19.9 
 8. Hamm, Salon Vilpas19.6 
 9. Moye, Kouvot19.5 
 10. Elliott, Hon.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  KTP
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. McDade, KTP11.7 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo11.4 
 3. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.6 
 4. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.4 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto9.7 
 6. Rouse, Namika L.9.5 
 7. Smith, Karhu9.4 
 8. Kotti, Honka9.1 
 9. Chones, Kataja8.8 
 10. Washington, K.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Gibson, LrNM.4.4 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.8 
 3. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.7 
 4. Trotter, ToPo3.6 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto3.6 
 6. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.3 
 7. Ivey, Kataja3.2 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Favors, KTP3.2 
 10. Horton, Kar.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.6 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.1 
 3. Trotter, ToPo2.9 
 4. Davis, Kataja2.3 
 5. Turner, LrNM.2.1 
 6. Bradford, Kataja2.0 
 7. Stewart, FoKoPo1.8 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 9. Washington, KTP1.8 
 10. Cummings, Hon.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti1.1 
 2. Mulligan, Namika L.1.0 
 3. Pearson, ToPo0.9 
 4. Shiloh, Kouvot0.8 
 5. Washington, KTP0.8 
 6. Gibson, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Neltner, Kouvot0.7 
 8. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 9. Niskanen, Karhu0.7 
 10. Jones, Kar.0.7 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto still rolling - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 17: Last season/spring winning bronze, in the summer losing NT Center Antti Nikkila (playing now in Spain), and now rolling into regular season victory!? Pyrinto (Tampere) never won it all or Finnish Championship, but now there is hardly any Team in Finland, which can beat Pyrinto. Tonight Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) had a 13-point-lead (52-65) as the fourth quarter got started. Pyrinto by winning that quarter 34-14 won the top contest 86-79 and improved the record into digits 16-1. ToPo is still # 2 with 12-5 record. Pyrinto's three American players (Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) - Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) - Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington)) outscored ToPo's American players 63-42. Damon Williams led the hosts with 24 pts (FTs 10/10). Kenny Lowe added 22 pts and Chris Hester had a double-double 17pts/11rbs. ToPo was stronger with the rebounds 35-47, but Pyrinto was winning from the FT line. FTs for the home team 30/34 vs 12/16.
Pyrinto - Torpan Pojat 86-79 (38-42) (Damon Williams 24, Kenny Lowe 22, Chris Hester 17/11 - Tyray Pearson 23/16, Samuel Haanpaa 12, Timo Heinonen 11).
1.Division:
Tarmo - YMCA Lahti II 86-67 (45-31) (Harvey Hale 14, Aubrey Conerly 14, Esa Maki-Tulokas 13 - Juha Korhonen 24, Olli Kaunismaki 11).



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  FRANCE   


Charleville lands Nemanja Calasan - by Eurobasket News
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres signed contract with power forward Nemanja Calasan (206-F-85, agency: BeoExcell, college: Purdue). The 25-year old player graduated this year at Purdue University averaging 6.3 ppg and 3 rpg in senior season. He helped Purdue to win Big Ten Tournament.
Nemanja Calasan grew up with Montenegrin team Ibon Niskic. After that, he played for Mogren Budva and in 2005 joined Midland CC (USA). After two years he transferred to Purdue. This season Calasan started with Panionios Athens, but did not appear in any official game. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres currently has 4-6 in Pro B.


ASVEL beats Zalgiris for the second Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Zalgiris 77-67

ASVEL grabbed a valuable home win making a big step forward to Top 16. Both teams had 1-4 before this game and ASVEL is the fourth ranked team now, while Zalgiris and Cibona are on 1-5. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) stepped up in victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Eric Campbell (199-F-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Spring Hill) and Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) netted 15 pts each. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) delivered 25 points for the Lithuanians. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) contributed with 12 pts and 6 boards.
Beginning of the game belonged to Zalgiris, who created quick 7-11 and later 11-18 lead. Soon after that, Rawle Marshall stepped up for ASVEL and with two triples in the finish fixed the score to 23-24. In the second quarter, Laurent Foirest joined Marshal and ASVEL was 27-24 up. Zalgiris had an answer for that tying the score to 29-29, but ASVEL made quick 5-1 run, again led by Foirest. Until the end of the first half the French champion managed to grab 49-44 lead. After the breather, the hosts reached plus 8. Lukauskis later brought ASVEL first double-digit lead in this game. In the finish of third period Laurent Foirest drained another triple and lifted ASVEL to 69-56. Zalgiris had no chance in the last period. The hosts reached 75-56 and after that slowed down. Zalgiris players woke up having on their mind the score in Game 1 against ASVEL when it was 71-52 and they wanted to cut the deficit in this one. They managed to do it and at the end it was 77-67 win for ASVEL.

ASVEL: Rawle Marshall 20+5 boards, Eric Campbell 15, Laurent Foirest 15
Zalgiris: Dainius Salenga 25, Travis Watson 12+6 boards


Strasbourg IG sign Anthony Roberson - by Eurobasket
Strasbourg IG agreed terms with 26-year old American guard Anthony Roberson (188-G-83, college: Florida). Roberson played most recently at Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) in the U.S. While playing New York Knicks (NBA) in the begingin of 2008-09 his stats were: 23 games: 4.7ppg, in Feb.09 traded to Chicago Bulls (NBA): 6 games: 3.3ppg and 1.3rpg. while he only played the pre-season games with the Bulls early this season before going to the the Clippers and Leaving in Oct.'09 and pursuing his other offers in Europe.
Anthony has been playing basketball since he was 5 and cannot imagine himself without it in his life.
By Eurobasket Data Center


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.24.2 
 2. Vassallo, Paris-.19.6 
 3. Spencer, Le Mans18.1 
 4. Banks, Orleans17.7 
 5. Tillman, Chalon17.6 
 6. Marshall, Dijon17.1 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines16.4 
 8. Schilb, Chalon16.2 
 9. Pierce, Hyeres-T.16.0 
 10. Greer, Nan.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon13.0 
 2. Falker, Cholet10.1 
 3. Issa, Vichy9.9 
 4. Nsonwu, Roanne9.7 
 5. Greer, Nancy8.8 
 6. Terrell, Hyeres-T.8.1 
 7. Akingbala, Nancy7.8 
 8. Fazekas, Dijon7.8 
 9. Krupalija, Dijon7.1 
 10. Edwards, Gra.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Reid, Vichy7.5 
 2. Greer, Nancy6.2 
 3. Pierce, Hyeres-T.6.1 
 4. Neitzel, Chalon5.9 
 5. Gomez, Poitiers5.0 
 6. Sciarra, Orleans5.0 
 7. Wright, Le Mans5.0 
 8. Heurtel, Strasbourg4.9 
 9. Horton, Hyeres-T.4.7 
 10. Tchicamboud, Nan.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Everett, Hyeres-T.3.3 
 2. Linehan, Cholet3.0 
 3. Issa, Vichy2.1 
 4. Miller, Le Havre2.1 
 5. Greer, Nancy2.0 
 6. Melody, Vichy2.0 
 7. Heurtel, Strasbourg1.9 
 8. Pierce, Hyeres-T.1.9 
 9. Moss, Vichy1.8 
 10. Wright, Le Ma.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon3.0 
 2. Issa, Vichy3.0 
 3. Badiane, Poitiers1.9 
 4. Akingbala, Nancy1.8 
 5. Prowell, Paris-.1.6 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 7. Slaughter, Nancy1.4 
 8. Akpomedah, Grave.1.4 
 9. Darden, Strasbourg1.3 
 10. Fazekas, Dij.1.3 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Lille
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Siggers, Lille20.6 
 2. Davis, Charleville19.1 
 3. Riley, Nanterre17.6 
 4. Mohammed, Limoges17.0 
 5. McKenzie, St Va.16.8 
 6. Mendy, Pau-Lacq.16.7 
 7. Gay, Fos Ouest16.7 
 8. Young, Quimper16.2 
 9. Bucknor, Clermont15.3 
 10. Huertas, Fos Oue.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devonne GILES
  Nantes
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Giles, Nantes10.2 
 2. McClark, Bourg9.3 
 3. Badiane, Maurienne8.2 
 4. McKenzie, St Va.7.8 
 5. Melicie, Brest7.6 
 6. Janisius, Charleville7.5 
 7. Harrison, Charleville7.3 
 8. Mathis, Evreux7.3 
 9. Bing, Clermont7.3 
 10. Doaks, Bordea.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Da Silva, Evreux7.5 
 2. McIntosh, St Va.6.9 
 3. Mullins, Bourg6.5 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.6.1 
 5. Taylor, Le Portel6.1 
 6. Ingram, Clermont6.0 
 7. Swift, Brest5.6 
 8. Dunn, Maurienne5.6 
 9. Cisse, Fos Ouest5.0 
 10. Kerckhof, Antib.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Nanterre
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Riley, Nanterre3.8 
 2. Mullins, Bourg2.8 
 3. Driss, Bordeaux2.7 
 4. Siggers, Lille2.6 
 5. Periac, Bordeaux2.3 
 6. Da Silva, Evreux2.2 
 7. Harris, Antibes2.2 
 8. Badiane, Maurienne2.1 
 9. McKenzie, St Va.2.1 
 10. Smith, Quimp.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Bordeaux
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Williams, Bordeaux2.2 
 2. Ford, Limoges2.2 
 3. Badiane, Maurienne1.8 
 4. Owona, Bordeaux1.7 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 6. Gouez, Lille1.5 
 7. Bauer, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 8. Sy, Clermont0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, Le Portel0.8 
 10. Essengue, Bre.0.8 


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  GERMANY   


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Bayreuth 10-1 
 2. Karlsruhe 8-2 
 3. Cuxhaven 8-2 
 4. Braves 6-4 
 5. Chemnitz 6-4 
 6. Kirchheim 6-5 
 7. B.Muenchen 5-5 
 8. Hannover 5-5 
 9. Crailsheim 5-5 
 10. Heidelberg 5-5 
 11. Osnabrueck 4-6 
 12. Freiburg 4-6 
 13. Noerdlingen 4-6 
 14. Jena 3-7 
 15. Langen 1-9 
 16. ETB Wohnbau 1-9 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Jibril HODGES
  Heidelberg
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Hodges, Heidelberg24.9 
 2. Kepkay, ETB W.24.2 
 3. Holloway, Hannover21.2 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.9 
 5. Jeka, Cuxhaven19.1 
 6. Holcomb-Faye, Bra.19.0 
 7. Komarek, Heide.19.0 
 8. Burleson, Heidelberg17.7 
 9. Howell, ETB W.17.6 
 10. Reibel, Crailshe.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alonzo HIRD
  Langen
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Hird, Langen11.0 
 2. Baker, Osnabrueck10.2 
 3. Smallwood, Braves9.8 
 4. Van, ETB Wohnbau9.5 
 5. Maras, B.Muenchen9.2 
 6. Robinson, Freiburg8.6 
 7. Rastatter, Chemn.8.4 
 8. Jackson-W., Jena8.3 
 9. Bynum, Crailsheim8.3 
 10. De Michael, Kirchhe.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Whit HOLCOMB-FAYE
  Braves
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Holcomb-Faye, Bra.7.2 
 2. Jeka, Cuxhaven5.3 
 3. Bynum, Crailsheim5.3 
 4. Pfeifer, Osnabrueck4.9 
 5. Sharda, Freiburg4.8 
 6. Freymond, Kirch.4.6 
 7. Holloway, Hannover4.5 
 8. Burleson, Heidelberg4.5 
 9. McCoy, ETB W.4.3 
 10. Harrelson, Osn.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gordon SCOTT
  Kirchheim
  (195-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Kirchheim2.6 
 2. Holloway, Hannover2.5 
 3. Burleson, Heidelberg2.1 
 4. Dorris, Cuxhaven2.0 
 5. Pfeifer, Osnabrueck1.9 
 6. Roessler, Karlsruhe1.8 
 7. Johnson, Chemnitz1.7 
 8. Jeka, Cuxhaven1.7 
 9. Freymond, Kirch.1.7 
 10. Schmitz, Je.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Hannover
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Slack, Hannover1.9 
 2. Schoo, Hannover1.7 
 3. Maras, B.Muenchen1.2 
 4. Roberts, Chemnitz1.1 
 5. De Michael, Kirchheim1.1 
 6. Smallwood, Braves1.1 
 7. Shabazz, Jena1.0 
 8. Hird, Langen1.0 
 9. Tarver, Braves0.9 
 10. Fuller, Cuxhav.0.9 


Zazai makes Langen move - by Moritz Korff
He started the season with the Artland Dragons in the 1. Bundesliga, but now takes a step back to earn more playing time than he was able to get on the Quakenbrueck team. Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86) has joined TV Langen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) and will make his debut in a Giraffe jersey on Saturday. In Quakenbrueck Zazai was mostly used as a practice player and saw only seven minutes of action in the first league. He will try to help Langen to improve, get a couple of wins and leave the last place in the Pro A table as soon as possible. The Giraffes registered only one victory in ten games played so far this season.

Essen: Van out, Chones in - by Moritz Korff
Marcus Van (201-F/C-85, college: Cent.Michigan) and 2. Bundesliga Pro A outfit ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen have parted ways, effective immediately. To fill this spot in the paint, the club officials made an agreement with Kendall Chones (201-F-84, college: Colgate). The former Herten player comes off a short stint in Finland, where he was a member of first division-club Joensuun Kataja, but left in November. In 2008-09 Chones averaged 18.8 points and 9.2 boards per contest for Hertener Loewen in the Pro B.

Brandon Brooks (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) Pregame Thoughts To Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game December 6th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) is a 22 year old 188cm guard from Montgomery, Alabama. He is a rookie and playing his first season in the BEKO BBL for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He played at Alabama State, the last two years. In 2008-2009, he played 32 games: 13.7ppg, 4.2rpg, 6.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3Pts: 36.9%, FT: 77.1%. He was the SWAC Regular Season Champion in 2008 and 2009. Currently, he is averaging 4,7ppg, 1,4rpg and 2,2apg. He took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on December 6th.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are currently at 7-5 and have won 3 of the last 4 games. You got crushed by Bamberg, but won the last two games against the new teams MBC and Phoenix Hagen that came into the league. How strong is the team currently and what can it still work on?


Well our team has had its ups and down, but now we know that we are only strong when we play the defense that we are capable of and when we execute on the offensive end.

The team is 5-2 on the road. How do you explain the early season strength of playing on the road?


Honestly, that puzzles me it seems like we play better on the road. The differences that I have seen is we come out harder and more locked in to what we need to do.

You guys were down at halftime in Hagen, but rallied in the second half. How difficult was it pulling out the 94-90 win?



We know that we are a strong team and it was in everyones mind like, okay we're going to come back and win any minute now. Which is a bad thing, those guys came out playing hard, Jan Lipke came out and gave a HUGE boost on the offensive end, and Rodney Buford hit the clutch free throws.

The Bremerhaven Eisbaeren possibly have the deepest roster in the BEKO BBL. How good of a job has coach Doug Spradley done with keeping the team focused and keeping the egos of the players in check?



This team is a down to earth team and we all understand the common goal and we have no egos. Sure everyone wants to play 30 minutes a game, but at the end of the game everyone is cheering. Coach keeps everyone on point and if someone needs to hear something good or bad he'll let them know.

You have a very potent offense averaging 83 points and shooting 50% from the field and 42% from three point land, but have allowed 79 points per game. Why isnt the defense on the same page with the offense yet? What still needs to be improved?


We all just have to come in with a defensive mindset in games and practice. 1-12 everyone can put points up so offense isnt a problem and we just have to stay focused. We need to improve on everything defensively and nothing is perfect.

You started against Hagen for injured Lou Campbell playing 38 minutes scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 turnovers. How comfortable were you playing so much in the BBL and what could you have done better?


I could have had a better start and made the easier shots I had and played much better defense. Basketball is basketball after you get a feel for the ball and get the first wind out of the way everything is good.

The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Frankfurt. What do you know about the team? Rookie Quantez Robertson from Auburn hit a buzzer beater last weekend to win the game. Maybe you have played against him?



I am very familiar with them. Derick Allen and I worked out in the summer everyday so I know mr.footwork himself lol. Yes I know Quantez we played against each other in college Auburn was only 30 minutes away from my school last year I gave them 22 and 6, but they got the Win so I am looking forward to the game. lol


Both clubs have a 7-5 record. Frankfurt plays aggressive defense and have a tendency to play close games like they did in 5 of last 6 games and have a strong fighting mentality while Bremerhaven have a strong offense and the deepest roster in the league. What can we await from this game?



Well we played each other in preseason in Turkey and we came away with the win in overtime. Its not the same team now, so we have to step our game up and play to our abilities. You can expect a good game with a lot of defense


What will be the key to victory?



Defense defense defese and put the ball in the hoop.

How do you beat Lou Campbell in a one on one in practice?

Its a chess game with that man. He takes advantage of every mistake you make on defense. You have to play smart. We havent really played yet. He dont want to take advantage with me being young and all lol. Just playin Lou!


What was the last DVD that you saw?



I watched the Hagen game and the last movie was Mike Epps Underrated Standup
thanks again miles



Jermaine Robinson back in Bernau - by Moritz Korff
SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North) have decided to return Jermaine Robinson (188-G-81, college: Cleveland St.) who already played for the team during the 2007-2008 season. Robinson should help the team in the backcourt and will certainly add depth to the roster. The 28-year-old Cleveland State graduate was shooting hoops for Provincial Osorna of Chile most recently. He will be the second United States native on the Bernau team. If his papers will arrive in time, Robinson's debut is set for Saturday, when Bernau takes on Oldenburg on the road.

Asseco Prokom grabs thriller win in Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets Oldenburg - Asseco Prokom 80-82

Asseco Prokom grabbed valuable win in Oldenburg mostly owing to Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC), who drained 25 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) also had very important role collecting 19 points and 8 assists. For the hosts, Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80, agency: Court Side) scored 12 and four players followed him with 11 pts each (Majstorovic, Paulding, Boumtje and Bailey). Both teams entered to this game with 1-4 (Group D).
It was a very exciting game and the winner is decided in the last seconds. Oldenburg opened this match slightly better taking 9-4 lead, but Prokom responded with 0-10 soon after that. The hosts shined again and now they created 7-0 and look pretty good. Still, Qyntel Woods and his teammates made another turn in this period setting the score to 20-21 after 10 minutes of play. Thanks to 10-1 run at the half way of the second quarter, Oldenburg had decent 41-36 lead at the half time. They had couple of players in a game mood and were looking good. However, after the breather Qyntel Woods and Jagla stepped up for Prokom helping it to make 0-10 for 45-46 lead. Later, Oldenburg took 49-48 and Prokom grabbed back 49-53. More turns happened in this game and the hosts were again 54-53 ahead, but after 3 quarters Prokom was the one who held 61-64. With one minute to go Prokom was up 78-79. Woods had a huge block on Majstorovic and than Burrell made it for 78-81. Foster scored twice from the line and Burrell missed, but Qyntel Woods saved Prokom with an offensive rebound scoring one of two from the line after that. Oldenburg had the last possession, but Majstorovic was unsuccessful from behind the arc.

Oldenburg: Jasmin Perkovic 12
Asseco Prokom: Qyntel Woods 25+5 boardsm David Logan 19+8 assists



Jena: Shabazz has to go - Adrian Hill on a try out - by Moritz Korff
Science City Jena (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have parted company with Karim Shabazz (218-C-78, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Providence) and added Adrian Hill (203-F-84, college: Rutgers) on a try-out basis. According to local newspaper Ostthueringer Zeitung Jena coach Tino Stumpf was hoping to may keep Shabazz on his roster, but the club had to set a stop to this plan due to financial concerns. However, Shabazz' countryman Hill arrived to Jena and has been handed a trial. A 2007 Rutgers graduate Hill started his pro career in Spain back in 2007. Earlier this season he played one single game for Regionalliga North outfit Itzehoe Eagles and scored five points.

Derrick Allen (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Pregame Thoughts To Eisbaeren Bremerhaven Game December 6th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) is a 203cm forward that grew up in Gadsen Alabama. He is a rugged inside player who attacks the glass, will provide help on the boards, is a solid defender in the post, a competitor and hard worker that can score facing the basket and has shooting range to the foul line. He started his career at Southern Union State from 1998-2000. He then transferred to Mississippi and played there from 2000-2003. He then started his professional basketball career in Iceland playing for Keflavikur ripping up the FIBA Europe Cup playing 8 games and averaging 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg and playing 22 games in the Iceland league averaging 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg. He won the Icelandic league and cup title in his rookie season. In 2004, he ventured to Germany and has played there ever since with two years in Karlsruhe, one year in Leverkusen and he is now starting his third season for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. In 2006-2007, he led Leverksuen into the playoffs and led the BBL in scoring playing 38 games and averaging 16.5ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 50.6%, 3FGP: 32.3%, FT: 72.2%. In 2007-2008, he was second best scorer in the BBL for Frankfurt playing 43 games and averaging 18.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 75.6%; and playing 10 ULEB Cup games finishing as the third best scorer averaging 19.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 54%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.9%. He has reached three BBL playoffs in five seasons and played in the 2008 BBL Allstar game. He spoke to eurobasket prior to the game against Bremerhaven on December 6th.

What was more exciting winning in Duesseldorf or winning Game 5 against Leverkusen. Funny how both games were kind of against the same team?


The leverkusen game 5 was way more exciting than the last Dusseldorf game.

How many buzzer beaters have you been a part off in your career? What games can you remember?


I have been a part of at least 5 buzzer beaters in my pro career, and I have hit the game winning shot in 3 of those games. The last game that I can remember was, when we beat Antalya last year in turkey during Euro-challenge season.

Why does Frankfurt still have problems not being able to win games easier? I think you guys want the exciting games for nice memories later!lol



I guess its because off our lack of focus at the end of games, so we have to work on that, and finish games.

The next game is against The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. I think they have possibly the deepest roster in the BEKO BBL. What is your impression of them?


They got a lot of talent, with a combination of quick guards @ good low post players. If they play together, then they can be a dangerous team.

You probably remember Lou Campbell from your days with Karlsruhe. Why dont you see more point guards like him in the BEKO BBL that have high points, rebounds, assist stats?



I think Lou is playing like that because he fits perfect into what Bremenhaven wants. And on other teams, some point guards are shooting or giving out assists and Lou has a nice all around game.

You guys will have your hands full with the big men Kevin Lyde, Jeff Gibbs and Bryan Lucas. Is this possibly the strongest inside trio in the BEKO BBL?


They have a strong trio, but Alba Berlin or them could be the best of the league. Just got be ready too defend. Kevin Lyde, can score in the paint, and Jeff will score in the paint @ go after the offensive boards hard. Bryan Lucas is a good inside and out player, so we going to have our hands full on Sunday.

If you have to play Jeff Gibbs, how do you focus against him on defense in the paint?


I have played against Jeff plenty of times and I am going to play him the same way like every other time. Just deny him in the post, keep him on the offense boards, and attack him on offense.

You and Seth Doliboa played nicely together. Is this a combination that we will see more in the future and what makes it so special to play with him?


It all depends on who we will be playing, but with Seth, its like playing with Evti on the floor, because Seth spreads the floor, because he shoots the 3ball so well. But I think you will see it during the season some more, but how much, I dont know, because that is up too the coach.

Will you need to pray whenever Rodney Buford has the ball behind the three point line?



Lol, nope why should we? He is a very good shooter, but I dont think we will have too be that afraid of his shot.


What will be the key for the win?

This is a big game for us. Playing in the paint is big for us during this game. They love too penetrate in the paint put the ball in the low post and last they all crash the offensive boards.

So are you surpised that The New England Patriots beat undefeated New Orleans Saints? (I am gambling since the game starts in 1 hour)



Ummmmmmm miles unless you went too the moon on Monday, and just got back today, the patriots got smacked buddy... lol..
Good luck against Bremerhaven



Wolfenbuettel: New coach, new hope - by Moritz Korff
Herzoege Wolfenbuettel Head Coach Nestor Katsagiorgis will no longer serve in that position, effective immediately. Under his guidance the team, who finished the 2008-2009 season on the runner-up spot in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, won only two games and lost eight in this current campaign.
The Wolfenbuettel club officials chose 28-year-old Benjamin Travnizek as Katsagiorgis successor. Travnizek will spend his first night on the Herzoege bench Saturday, when his new team plays against Vechta.
Travnizek will also remain coach of the Junior Phantoms Braunschweig (NBBL), a job he has been doing in the past three years.


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B' Division: Round 6 - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
During the sixth week of the Second divsion's league Lavrio proove to bereally very tough and with the victory in Maroussi over Doukas court is basecally amo the nominees for the A2. Another characteristic of this week's games was the comeback of Apollona PAtras and the strong team of Pierikos Arhelaos. This seazon's league is even tougher and strongerthan the one of the 2008-2009 seazon, with at least 5 teams of the same force and the same characteristics. The continuation wll be even greater. The results is more details were as follows:

Apollon Kalamarias - AIAS Evosmou 62-59
Quarters: 11-20, 35-28, 48-39, and 62-59.
Apollon Kalamarias: Kloutzos 14, Valavanidis 22, Nanis 12.
AIAS: Paritsis 21, Filiousis 13.

Mantoulidis - Panerythraikos 70-75
Quarters: 21-25, 39-44, 53-60, 70-75.
Mantoulidis: Katsivelis 12, Trantas 13, Pallis 15
Panerythraikos: Kontoudis 12, Hopson 17, Kalaniotis 10

Agia Paraskevi - Megas Alexandros 92-89 in OT (76-76 in regular time)
Quarters: 27-21, 49-42, 67-59, 76-76, OT 92-89.
Agia Paraskevi: Sarikas 12, Hatzikostis 17, Zervos 22, Ktistou 15
Megas Alexandros: Dimas 12, Chrysochou 17, Armoutis and Mistilaidis 14 each

Keravnos Aigiou Apollon Patras 74-80
Quarters: 17-23, 35-44, 56-64, 74-80.
Keravnos: Kyriakidis 15, Petropoulos 15, Ekine 19, Georgaros 12
Apollon Patras: Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) 19, Veskoukis 15, Vlahopoulos 17 and Jelic 13

AEK Argous - Komotini 71-60
Quarters: 15-12, 26-29, 53-44, and 71-60.
AEK: Papantoniou 16, Gavanopoulos 18
Komotini: Tsakonitis 13, Veli 14

Anagennisi/Floga -MENT 66-73
Quarters: 17-15, 44-34, 52-57, 66-73.
Anagennisi: Moisiadis 27, Galanidis 12
MENT: Hatzipetrou 16, Sfeikos 13, Athanasiadis 12

Pierikos Arhelaos - Panelefsiniakos 76-58
Quarters: 27-16, 43-30, 54-45, and 76-58.
Pierikos: Gogidis 12, Rodostoglou 23, Cuk 14
Panelefsiniakos: Tyrlas 22.

Doukas - Lavrio 87-92
Quarters: 20-22, 38-39, 59-61, 87-92.
Doukas: Pasalidis 23, Melas 18, Ahis 15, Majitobe 11
Lavrio: Giannakopoulos 25, Stamatis 14, Psileas 18,



Panathinaikos too much for AJ Milano in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Armani Jeans Milano 80-68

Panathinaikos jumped to 5-1 in Group D after 80-68 home win against AJ Milano. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the Greens nailing 16 points in just 15 minutes on the floor. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) scored 12 and Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) added 11 pts in this victory. In AJ Milano (1-5), Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) delivered 17 pts. Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) contributed with 10 points and 5 boards.
The reigning Euroleague champ managed to recover from defeat against Olympiakos last week-end and to beat Milano yesterday. Everything was clear already in the first period. PAO opened it with quick 7-0 run and later created impressive 27-12 lead. Stratos Perperoglou, Nikola Pekovic, Fotsis, Tsartsaris and Tepic shined in this period. Tsartsaris opened the second quarter with a layup, but after that moment Milano players improved. Led by Bulleri and Jonas Maciulis, AJ Milano completed 0-8 run for 31-21. PAO jumped to 37-23 and later ended the first half with 44-32 lead. Everything was resolved in third period. Nikola Pekovic dominated in the paint and Spanoulis, Diamantidis and Jasikevicius joined him so with one quarter left PAO held comfortable plus 15, 63-48. At the halfway of the last period AJ Milano created 0-9 run cutting the margin below ten, but Nikola Pekovic was there for PAO and Spanoulis made it twice from the line lifting his team to safe distance again. In the end it was totally deserved 80-69 home win for the Greek powerhouse.

PAO: Nikola Pekovic 16, Mike Batiste 12, Stratos Perperoglou 11
AJ Milano: Jonas Maciulis 17, Mike Hall 10+5 boards



Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Gian GKAGKALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (--)
  Avg: 34
 1. Gkagkaloudis, Olimpi.34.0 
 2. Tsoutsos, Dafni19.3 
 3. Michalos, Near E.17.6 
 4. Liakopoulos, Per.17.6 
 5. Totsios, Ikaroi S.17.5 
 6. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.17.0 
 7. Kaklamanos, Pagra.16.7 
 8. Koutroulias, Near E.16.5 
 9. Sizopoulos, Arkadikos16.0 
 10. Giovanivic, Arkadik.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Perama
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Amato, Perama12.8 
 2. Latovic, AGOR10.5 
 3. Kakiouzis, Pagrati8.5 
 4. Koutroulias, Near E.8.2 
 5. Giovanivic, Arkadikos7.3 
 6. Vagenas, OFI6.5 
 7. Despos, Iraklis6.3 
 8. Vardianos, Pagrati6.2 
 9. Anagnostopou., Xan.6.0 
 10. Petrodimopou., Ikaros.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Yannis GAGALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (191-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.6.0 
 2. Liakopoulos, Per.5.8 
 3. Vassilopoulo., Dafni5.7 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas5.2 
 5. Gkagkaloudis, Olimpi.5.0 
 6. Kiriakopoulo., KAOD4.8 
 7. Michalos, Near E.4.6 
 8. Papadakis, Arkad.4.2 
 9. Moshovitis, Pagrati3.8 
 10. Teodosic, Egal.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gian GKAGKALOUDIS
  Olimpiada P.
  (--)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Gkagkaloudis, Olimpi.2.5 
 2. Karapostolou, Iraklis1.8 
 3. Castle, Iraklis1.7 
 4. Siristatidis, OFI1.7 
 5. Dimitriadis, Ermis L.1.7 
 6. Grundberg, Near E.1.6 
 7. Petrovic-S., Iraklis1.5 
 8. Koukouravas, Xanthi1.5 
 9. Gagaloudis, Olimpi.1.5 
 10. Sizopoulos, Arkadik.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 G ANAGNOSTOPOULOS
  Xanthi
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Anagnostopou., Xan.1.2 
 2. Vagenas, OFI1.2 
 3. Amato, Perama0.8 
 4. Giovanivic, Arkadikos0.8 
 5. Despos, Iraklis0.8 
 6. Souflias, OFI0.6 
 7. Zakinthinos, Egaleo0.5 
 8. Tsopis, Egaleo0.5 
 9. Latovic, AGOR0.5 
 10. Lewis, Ikaros.0.5 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Iraklis 6-0 
 2. AGOR 5-1 
 3. Arkadikos 4-2 
 4. Pagrati 4-2 
 5. Near East 4-2 
 6. Ikaros Esperos 3-3 
 7. Olimpiada P. 3-3 
 8. Dafni 3-3 
 9. Xanthi 3-3 
 10. Perama 2-3 
 11. KAOD 2-3 
 12. Amyntas 2-4 
 13. OFI 2-4 
 14. Ikaroi Serron 2-4 
 15. Ermis Lagk. 2-4 
 16. Egaleo 0-6 


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Guam winless in Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News
Hong Kong welcomed 2009 East Asian Games. The basketball team of Guam got into preliminary Group B. They lost two starting games.
Guam tried to challenge hosing Hong Kong in the opener. The hosts enjoyed the initiative early and grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Guam however switched the gear in the second quarter and kept up the tempo. They fired 24 points to stay within five points at halftime. Poon Chiho (182-G-81) triggered the decisive rally from the home team. Hong Kong exploded with 30 points in the third term and ran away to a 22-point buffer before the fourth term. The margin proved insurmountable for Guam and they had to surrender at the end. Poon Chiho knocked down 20 points for Hong Kong. Shing Yee Fong delivered 14 points and 9 boards in the win. Seve Susuico responded with 14 points and 9 boards for Guam. Vincent Estella (186-G) finished with 12 points in the loss.
Japan took on Guam earlier tonight. Guam were not able to match Japan. The team of the Land of the Rising Sun notched 26 points in the first quarter and enjoyed a 15-point cushion at the first break. Japan did not loosen the grasp in the second period. Moreover they stretched the distance to comfortable 26 points at halftime. Japan coasted to the win in the second half. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) nailed 17 points for Japan. Taiji Sakai produced 16 points for the winning side. Andrew Borja answered with 16 points for Guam. William Stinnett (186-G-86) had 13 points in defeat.



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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. GasTerra F. 10-2 
 2. Eiff.Towers 10-3 
 3. Giants 10-3 
 4. ZZ Leiden 9-4 
 5. DeFriesland 7-6 
 6. M.Magix 6-7 
 7. EclipseJet 5-8 
 8. Upstairs Weert 4-9 
 9. Landstede 3-11 
 10. Rotterdam 1-12 


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Mixed emotions for Hong Kong early in East Asian Games - by Eurobasket News
Hong Kong welcomed 2009 East Asian Games. The basketball team have already played two games at the start of the championship. Hong Kong split the games in preliminary Group B.
They were opposed by Guam in the first encounter. The hosts enjoyed the initiative early and grabbed a 19:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Guam however switched the gear in the second quarter and kept up the tempo. They fired 24 points to stay within five points at halftime. Poon Chiho (182-G-81) triggered the decisive rally from the home team. Hong Kong exploded with 30 points in the third term and ran away to a 22-point buffer before the fourth term. The margin proved insurmountable for Guam and they had to surrender at the end. Poon Chiho knocked down 20 points for Hong Kong. Fong Shing Yee (191-F-83) delivered 14 points and 9 boards in the win. Seve Susuico responded with 14 points and 9 boards for Guam. Vincent Estella (186-G) finished with 12 points in the loss.
Hong Kong however could not keep up the winning attitude. They suffered a 67:108 loss against South Korea in the second round of action. Korea did not give a single chance for the hosts. They marched to a 31:15 lead at the end of the opening frame. More to come as South Korea managed to balloon the gap to as many as 22 points at the interval. Korea continued to fire heavily as they secured an 80:51 lead after three quarters of action. Park Chan Hee (191-G-87) led South Korea to a comprehensive victory at the end. He finished with 25 points, 8 boards and 6 assists in the win. Park Hyung-Chul (193-G-87) delivered 17 points for Korea. Lo Yi Ting (178-G-87) responded with 21 points for Hong Kong. Fong Shing Yee had 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.



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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Dongbu Promy
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jones, Dombovar24.6 
 2. Watson, ZTE K.23.6 
 3. Brooks, Soproni23.2 
 4. Horvath, Falco23.1 
 5. Fears, Debreceni23.0 
 6. Huckaby, Salgotar.21.3 
 7. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 8. Rice, Szolnok20.1 
 9. Scott, Kormend18.4 
 10. Richardson, Sopro.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Dongbu Promy
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Jones, Dombovar11.1 
 2. Barro, Szolnok11.0 
 3. Horvath, Falco10.7 
 4. Davis, Salgotarjani10.0 
 5. Diakite, Kormend9.0 
 6. Scott, Kormend9.0 
 7. Knight, Soproni8.1 
 8. David Vay, PVSK P.7.9 
 9. Dale, Kecskemeti7.6 
 10. Nuhanovic, Deb.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Thomas KELLEY
  Szolnok
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kelley, Szolnok8.0 
 2. Kalman, Falco7.3 
 3. English, Atomeromu6.0 
 4. Hinnant, ZTE K.5.6 
 5. Simon, Albacomp5.2 
 6. LaGrange, Dombovar4.8 
 7. Dejon, Kaposvari4.8 
 8. Fodor, Szolnok4.6 
 9. Thomas, Kormend4.4 
 10. Booker, Korme.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Fears, Debreceni3.3 
 2. English, Atomeromu3.0 
 3. Watson, ZTE K.3.0 
 4. Dejon, Kaposvari3.0 
 5. Kelley, Szolnok3.0 
 6. Toya, Albacomp3.0 
 7. Lee, Albacomp2.9 
 8. LaGrange, Dombovar2.7 
 9. Wiley, Marso-Vagep2.5 
 10. Wittmann, Kec.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep2.5 
 2. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.4 
 3. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.3 
 4. David Vay, PVSK P.1.3 
 5. Barro, Szolnok1.2 
 6. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.2 
 7. Clark, Atomeromu1.2 
 8. Horvath, Falco1.1 
 9. Grebenar, Szolnok1.0 
 10. Henderson, Marso-.1.0 


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


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  ICELAND   


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. UMFN 8-2 
 2. KR 8-2 
 3. Stjarnan 7-2 
 4. Snaefell 7-3 
 5. Keflavik 7-3 
 6. Grindavik 5-4 
 7. IR 4-5 
 8. Hamar 4-5 
 9. Tindastoll 3-6 
 10. Breidablik 2-8 
 11. Fjolnir 2-8 
 12. FSU 0-9 


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Justin SHOUSE
  Stjarnan
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Shouse, Stjarnan27.6 
 2. Valdimarsson, Ham.25.6 
 3. Dabney, Hamar23.6 
 4. Smith, Fjolnir23.2 
 5. Caird, FSU21.4 
 6. Caird, FSU21.4 
 7. Zdravevski, Stjar.21.4 
 8. Sovic, IR20.9 
 9. Birgisson, Tindastoll20.8 
 10. Baeringsson, Snaefe.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Snaefell
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 15
 1. Baeringsson, Snaefell15.0 
 2. Helgason, Stjarnan11.9 
 3. Smith, Fjolnir11.8 
 4. Clark, Keflavik10.8 
 5. Caird, FSU10.2 
 6. Caird, FSU10.2 
 7. Stefansson, UMFN9.9 
 8. Daanish, Tindastoll9.7 
 9. Daanish, Tindastoll9.7 
 10. Davis, Breidabl.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sean BURTON
  Snaefell
  (175-G-)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Burton, Snaefell6.6 
 2. Steinarsson, Fjolnir6.2 
 3. Jonsson, Grindavik6.1 
 4. Shouse, Stjarnan6.0 
 5. Inge, KR5.9 
 6. Dabney, Hamar5.2 
 7. Palsson, Hamar5.1 
 8. Schmidt, Breidablik4.3 
 9. Giovacchini, Tinda.4.2 
 10. Giovacchini, Tin.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  KR
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Inge, KR3.6 
 2. Lewis, FSU3.3 
 3. Lewis, FSU3.3 
 4. Birmingham, Grindavik3.2 
 5. Shouse, Stjarnan2.8 
 6. Dabney, Hamar2.8 
 7. Zdravevski, Stjar.2.4 
 8. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.2.3 
 9. Clark, Keflavik2.3 
 10. Palsson, Ham.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Fjolnir
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Smith, Fjolnir3.4 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.4 
 3. Daanish, Tindastoll1.7 
 4. Stefansson, UMFN1.7 
 5. Daanish, Grindavik1.7 
 6. Daanish, Tindastoll1.7 
 7. Magnusson, KR1.6 
 8. Clark, Keflavik1.6 
 9. Baeringsson, Snaefell1.6 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Kef.1.4 


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  INDIA   


Basketball in India- a Research project - by Anil Kumar
Senior Robin Brahmbhatt, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Individualized Study degree with a sport management concentration, has been studying the prospects of basketball in India, a country dominated by cricket.

Brahmbhatt partnered with associate professor and sport management coordinator Robert Baker, who is also involved with a basketball project in India.

This is traditionally more of a hard science program, says Baker of the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program. But [acceptance of his project] is a real recognition of the value of qualitative research and Robins insights. Hes looking at the development of a sport in India and development through sport.

Brahmbhatt explored the ways basketball could be successful in the country of more than one billion people. He also found that any development of the sport in India would be pioneering work.

I did a database search for basketball in India, and I found nothing, Brahmbhatt said. Nothing scholarly has been written on basketball in India.

He adds, Sports are on the tail end of development in India. It is still viewed as a frivolous activity [there].

So, in his research Brahmbhatt looked at basketballs popularity in China and crickets popularity in India to determine what factors were critical to those sports success. He also explored sports as a development tool and combated the notion of sports as a frivolous activity.

Brahmbhatt developed recommendations on how to popularize and improve the success, participation, competition and awareness of basketball in India.

The work is a first, according to Baker.

Robins research is a building block in a much bigger puzzle, Baker says. In some places, sports is a leading component of development. In India, its trailing. Robin is trying to pinpoint a different approach for India.

Brahmbhatt began to apply his research almost immediately.

He traveled to Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India a city of more than four million people on Aug. 12 to design, develop and implement a citywide Ultimate Frisbee league. This project is courtesy of a 12-month fellowship Brahmbhatt earned from Indicorps, a nonprofit organization dedicated to grassroots service in India. His goal is to ensure the league can survive after his stay in the country is over.

Hes putting this research to work, Baker says. He chose to get involved in cultural and community development through sport. Its an extension of his research interests and a broader interest in public service.



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  ISRAEL   


Interview with Hapoel Afula's player Justin Dentmon - by Netanel Dahan
Justin Dentmon (180-G-85, college: Washington)
Q1: You are a rookie and Hapoel Afula it's your first team overseas how was for you the transfer to a foreigner country?

A1: My first transfer as a rookie from the start its ok. I thought like another foreigner from the US that is was going to be boms and stuff like that but its not like that at all.

Q2: You are now leading Hapoel Afula at scoring with 20.2ppg, you ranked last week at the 2nd place in points of the entire league and now you are at the 4th place, tand now coaches using on a double team on you in a goal to stop you, is that was your goal this year to show everyone your high level skills?.

A2: Coaches using a double team on me is good to me because it shows how hard I work on the off season as well as in season. Just gave me something else to work on in practice. My goal was to come in and show i can play with these guys and to win. I never want anytime to double because it takes some stuff away from what our team wants to do.

Q3: Do you think that you are ready for the NBA?

A3: I thought I was ready for the NBA right after my last season in College. This summer really made me think that I was ready when I lead a team to a championship in Jamaal Crawfords summer league. Lot of pros played in that event like Brandon Roy, Nate Roberson, Jamaal Crawford, Tre Simmons, and others. Yes I think Im ready.

Q4: What is your opinion about Israel and the Israeli league?

A4: Israel is Different from the US it has its good and bad parts; Im just trying to get use to it here. The league is harder because they dont call fours for everyone they. If youre a vet u might get way more calls than a rookie would and I dont think thats right, not far if u ask me.

Q5: What do you think about Hapoel Afula as a team?

A5: Hapoel Afula's team has some good players and I think we can be good if everyone knew their rolls, and if players complain too much. Play basketball youre getting paid to do this. This isnt high school and at times thats what it feels like. I like the guys just little things can be change if players are willing to do so. We will be fine.

Q6: Whats the position you prefer to play most, playmaker or scoring shooting guard?

A6: .I would prefer to play the play maker. Play maker is someone who makes plays no matter what it is. Scoring, playing D, passing, rebounding, and other stuff longs as your making plays. Im a ball player that hates to lose that would do anything to win, Im a point guard. Pick and choose when to score and when to pass, something like Chris Paul, or Allen Iverson.

Q7: What do you think Hapoel Hapoel Afula can achieve this year?

A7: I think that Hapoel Hapoel Afula can achieve only what our hard work lets us achieve. Teams should sleep on us.

Q8: What are the difference between College basketball playing and European basketball playing?

A8: The difference to me between college and European league is on with the refs, In college they call a more even game then Europe, other than that its the same I think, college just dont get paid like Europe do.

What is your hope from the next summer?
A: I hope that the NBA gave me a chance to show I belong. That I can play the point guard



Maccabi outplays Olimpija thanks to great last quarter - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Maccabi T-A 65-82

Maccabi Electra had to work hard in Ljubljana and thanks to great last quarter registered comfortable 65-82 victory. It means that the Israeli powerhouse stays on top of Group C alone with 5-1, while Olimpija dropped to 1-5. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) led the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds, David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) scored 14 (6 rebs) and Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) helped with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) shined for the hosts collecting 14 points and 13 rebounds. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) also scored 14.
Opening quarter was totally leveled last night. Olimpija held plus 5 in the finish, but Maccabi answered with quick 0-5 run for 20-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second quarter Maccabi took control on Olimpija. David Bluthenthal shined and together with his teammates extended run from the first period to impressive 0-15. Olimpija came a bit closer after that, but still Maccabi managed to keep 36-44 until the half time. After the breather, Vladimir Golubovic and his teammates started to play much better and at the halfway of third period managed to make a turn, 50-49. Chuck Eidson pulled his team and together with Limonad and Wisniweski helped Maccabi to take back plus 3 and there was one quarter to go. In the last ten minutes Maccabi totally dominated. First they grabbed 61-65 and later 63-72 lead. Visitors finished this game with 0-12 run for comfortable 65-82 victory.

Union Olimpija: Vladimir Golubovic 14+13 boards, Saso Ozbolt 14
Maccabi Electra: Alan Anderson 15+6 boards, David Bluthenthal 14+6 boards, Chuck Eidson 13+9 boards+6 as


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  ITALY   


Prima Veroli invite Mario Gigena - by Eurobasket News
Prima Veroli added Mario Gigena (198-F-77) to the roster. The 32-year-old forward started the season in Seria A. He appeared in three games for Martos Napoli averaging 4.0 points, 2.7 boards and 1.0 assists per game. Last season Mario Gigena played for Solsonica Rieti in Seria A. He tallied 6.3 points, 2.2 boards and 1.4 steals per game. Earlier Mario Gigena played for Armani Jeans, Breil Milano, Jesi, Varese and Livorno.


Panathinaikos too much for AJ Milano in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Armani Jeans Milano 80-68

Panathinaikos jumped to 5-1 in Group D after 80-68 home win against AJ Milano. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the Greens nailing 16 points in just 15 minutes on the floor. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) scored 12 and Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84) added 11 pts in this victory. In AJ Milano (1-5), Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) delivered 17 pts. Mike Hall (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) contributed with 10 points and 5 boards.
The reigning Euroleague champ managed to recover from defeat against Olympiakos last week-end and to beat Milano yesterday. Everything was clear already in the first period. PAO opened it with quick 7-0 run and later created impressive 27-12 lead. Stratos Perperoglou, Nikola Pekovic, Fotsis, Tsartsaris and Tepic shined in this period. Tsartsaris opened the second quarter with a layup, but after that moment Milano players improved. Led by Bulleri and Jonas Maciulis, AJ Milano completed 0-8 run for 31-21. PAO jumped to 37-23 and later ended the first half with 44-32 lead. Everything was resolved in third period. Nikola Pekovic dominated in the paint and Spanoulis, Diamantidis and Jasikevicius joined him so with one quarter left PAO held comfortable plus 15, 63-48. At the halfway of the last period AJ Milano created 0-9 run cutting the margin below ten, but Nikola Pekovic was there for PAO and Spanoulis made it twice from the line lifting his team to safe distance again. In the end it was totally deserved 80-69 home win for the Greek powerhouse.

PAO: Nikola Pekovic 16, Mike Batiste 12, Stratos Perperoglou 11
AJ Milano: Jonas Maciulis 17, Mike Hall 10+5 boards



Montepaschi destroys Cibona in the second half - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Cibona 90-64

Montepaschi registered nice 90-64 home win against Cibona remaining the second ranked team in Group A with 5-1 score. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) and Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) led the scorers in victory with 15 points each. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) had 13 pts and 5 boards, while Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83) added 12 pts. Luksa Andric (210-C-85) replied with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Cibona (1-5). Marko Tomas (201-G-85) stopped on 10.
Montepashi opened this game better taking quick 13-6 and later 16-8 lead. However, Cibona intensified defense for the rest of the first period creating 0-11 run. Terrell McIntyre finally responded for Montepaschi fixing the score to 18-19 after ten minutes of play. Second period was pretty leveled with neither team making a serious run. It was 24-24 and later Cibona grabbed 28-31 lead. Once again, Montepashi scored the last basket in the period curing the margin to 34-36. And that was all from Cibona in this game. After the breather, Montepaschi demonstrated its power first making 39-38 turn and soon after that the hosts grabbed 54-43 lead. They jumped to plus 14, but Luksa Andric led Cibona to 0-9 run. So after three quarters, the score was 63-53 for Montepaschi. Last ten minutes totally belonged to Montepashi, who reached plus 21 after triple by Nikolaos Zisis. In the finish Zisis connected another triple for plus 25 and his teams already began with celebrating of the fifth Euroleague win.

Montepaschi: Terrell McIntyre 15, Romain Sato 15, Ksistof Lavrinovic 13+5 boards, Nikolaos Zisis 12
Cibona: Luksa Andric 14+7 boards, Marko Tomas 10


Last Italian transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
Benetton Basket Treviso announced the releasing of import player Cartier Martin (201-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.), who reached an agreement to breech the running contract with the team. There are rumors that Treviso could replace Martin with Desmond Mason (197-F-77, college: Oklahoma St.), but team's GM Enzo Lefebre stated to media that the decision will be pondered for at least another week. Martos Napoli will introduce today to media veteran PG Travis Best (180-G-72, college: Georgia Tech). With his addition, the team officials hope to be finally able to take the first win in the season. In Lega 2, AB Latina announced the signing of Fabio Marcante (196-G-80, agency: Players Group), last at Basket Trapani, A dilettanti.

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  IVORY COAST   


NBBF president in Abidjan for meeting, 2011 CAN bid - by Olusegun Ikuesan
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijjani Umar will leave the country to attend an important meeting at the FIBA Africa Secretariat in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire.

The NBBF president is going to the administrative headquarter of the continental ruling body on the invitation of the Africa ruling body, FIBA Africa for the meeting which will also have president of the Ivories Basketball Federation and their Madagascar counterpart in attendance.

The three countries federation presidents will turn to make presentation on their readiness to host the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship for Men (Nations Cup).

The meeting runs through Sunday with FIBA Africa president, Prof Allain Ekra, Secretary General, Dr. Alphonse Bile and other Executive member of the continental body in attendance
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  JAPAN   


Japan perfect at the start of 2009 East Asian Games - by Eurobasket News
Japan posted two victories at the start of the East Asian Games that just started in Hong Kong. Japan got into preliminary pool B and faced South Korea in the opener. Japan immediately seized the initiative. They scored eagerly and built a 25:15 lead after the first quarter. But Korea adjusted in the second frame and started to trim the distance. Led by Sunhyung Kim South Korea got within just 3 points at the big break. Korea maintained the pressure in the third stanza. They were able to cut the deficit to a single point heading into the fourth term. It seemed like everything would be decided in the final seconds but Japan avoided drama. They limited their opponents to 9 points in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 74:66 win at the end. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) knocked down 20 points to pace the charge. Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) produced 19 points and 10 boards in the win. Sun-Hyung Kim answered with 18 points for Korea. Yang Hee-Jong (194-F-84) tossed in 10 points and grabbed 10 boards in defeat.
Japan took on Guam earlier tonight. Guam were not able to match Japan. The team of the Land of the Rising Sun notched 26 points in the first quarter and enjoyed a 15-point cushion at the first break. Japan did not loosen the grasp in the second period. Moreover they stretched the distance to comfortable 26 points at halftime. Japan coasted to the win in the second half. Shohei Kikuchi nailed 17 points for Japan. Taiji Sakai (190-F-84) produced 16 points for the winning side. Andrew Borja answered with 16 points for Guam. William Stinnett (186-G-86) had 13 points in defeat.



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  KENYA   


Africa Level-1 coaching course holds in Kaduna - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF have concluded plans to further enrich the knowledge of its coaches by bringing a top level FIBA Africa Coachs instructor, Samuel Wanjohi to tutor the country coaches.

The FIBA Africa level-1 coaching course is schedule for the city of Kaduna from December 12 to 21 is to further broaden the knowledge of the nations coaches in the modern technique of the game.

NBBF president, Tijjani Umar says the course is part of plans by the Nigeria Basketball ruling body to contribute to the updating of Nigeria coaches.

Umar further hinted that the NBBF board took into consideration the economic implication if Nigeria coaches are to attend course abroad reason for bringing in an instructor to come to Nigeria and impart his knowledge on the nations coaches.


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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Barons/LMT 6-1 
 2. Liepaja 6-3 
 3. Valmiera 5-3 
 4. VEF Riga 4-0 
 5. Ventspils 2-2 
 6. Zemgale 2-7 
 7. Keizarmezs 0-9 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivars TIMERMANIS
  Barons
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Timermanis, Barons20.0 
 2. Kojenets, Liepaja18.6 
 3. Gulbis, Zemgale18.6 
 4. Nelyubov, VEF Riga18.5 
 5. Mazeika, VEF Riga17.3 
 6. Valeika, Valmiera17.3 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.4 
 8. Kisielius, Liepaja15.0 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils15.0 
 10. Zakis, Ventspi.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron PETTWAY
  Ventspils
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Pettway, Ventspils11.3 
 2. Valeika, Valmiera11.0 
 3. Kojenets, Liepaja8.3 
 4. Zorin, Barons7.0 
 5. Nelyubov, VEF Riga7.0 
 6. Timermanis, Barons6.4 
 7. Cresnar, Valmiera5.9 
 8. Bambis, Zemgale5.6 
 9. Gulbis, Zemgale5.0 
 10. Kravalis, Keizarme.4.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rinalds SIRSNINS
  Barons
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sirsnins, Barons5.0 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga5.0 
 3. Vilums, Liepaja4.1 
 4. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.5 
 5. Bankevics, VEF Riga3.0 
 6. Steinbergs, Keiza.2.8 
 7. Bambis, Zemgale2.7 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale2.7 
 9. Vitols, Barons2.6 
 10. Valeika, Valmie.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  Ventspils
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Bertans, Ventspils3.0 
 2. Sirsnins, Barons2.9 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.5 
 4. Labuckas, VEF Riga2.0 
 5. Vitols, Barons1.8 
 6. Nelyubov, VEF Riga1.8 
 7. Davis, Valmiera1.6 
 8. Vilums, Liepaja1.6 
 9. Ragsdale, Barons1.6 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.7 
 2. Malahovskis, Valmiera1.0 
 3. Cresnar, Valmiera0.9 
 4. Davis, Valmiera0.8 
 5. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.8 
 6. Bambis, Zemgale0.7 
 7. Zorin, Barons0.7 
 8. Pettway, Ventspils0.7 
 9. Helmanis, Barons0.6 
 10. Steinbergs, Kei.0.5 


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  LEBANON   


Mott appears for Antranik after Kurtz's family situation - by Mohammed Malas
Following the death of Brandon Kurtz (208-C-78, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Tulsa)'s baby few days ago, Antranik Beirut was forced to admit on the facts and turn around to another option who was veteran power forward Terquin Mott (203-F-74, college: Coppin St.).

Mott's big experience made him a guy with good vision on and off the court, He's an excellent scorer, athletic, aggressive rebounder and shot blocker. The US guy can play inside or shoot the 21- footer. Has a great mid-range jumper.

Philippines, Spain, Venezuela, China, France & Cyprus were the main staions in Mott's career overseas adding to some leagues inside the US.

Eurobasket wishes the best for Brandon Kurtz and RIP for his son..


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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zv. 9-2 
 2. Delikatesas 8-3 
 3. Nafta Univ. 8-3 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 8-3 
 5. Erelita 8-3 
 6. Mazeikiai 7-4 
 7. Meresta Pak. 7-4 
 8. Triobet Malsta 6-5 
 9. Akademija 6-5 
 10. Silute 6-5 
 11. ABRO-Univ. 3-8 
 12. VKM-Perlas 3-8 
 13. Zalgiris-Sab. 3-8 
 14. LKKA-Atletas 2-9 
 15. Radviliskis 2-9 
 16. Bremena K. 2-9 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Sirutavicius, Techa.20.8 
 2. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.19.8 
 3. Kazevicius, Alytus A.18.1 
 4. Ruikis, Suduva18.0 
 5. Griskenas, Techasas17.6 
 6. Leonavicius, Sakalai16.5 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.15.9 
 8. Lipkevicius, Aisciai15.6 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.6 
 10. Kurauskas, Neptun.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Suduva
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Kieza, Suduva8.8 
 2. Tatarunas, Alytus A.8.3 
 3. Morkeliunas, Juven.8.2 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas8.1 
 5. Valukonis, Aisciai7.9 
 6. Watson, Zalgiris7.4 
 7. Vilkius, Neptunas7.3 
 8. Dimsa, Nevezis6.8 
 9. Griskenas, Techasas6.6 
 10. Cepukaitis, Aisci.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.6.8 
 2. Broadus, Suduva6.7 
 3. Low, Siauliai6.2 
 4. Jomantas, Lietuv.5.1 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas4.9 
 6. Maceina, Rudupis4.5 
 7. Ivanauskas, Alytus A.4.3 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.0 
 9. Kelys, Perlas4.0 
 10. Gaska, Perl.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.8 
 2. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.4 
 3. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.3 
 4. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.2 
 5. Kelys, Perlas2.1 
 6. Vileita, Rudupis2.1 
 7. Uzas, Nevezis2.0 
 8. Parachomikas, Rudup.2.0 
 9. Ezerskis, Techasas2.0 
 10. Borovnjak, Liet.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Suduva
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 2. Valanciunas, Perlas1.9 
 3. Begic, Zalgiris1.7 
 4. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.4 
 5. Valukonis, Aisciai1.3 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis1.3 
 7. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.1 
 8. Jurgo, Sakalai1.1 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakal.1.0 


ASVEL beats Zalgiris for the second Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Zalgiris 77-67

ASVEL grabbed a valuable home win making a big step forward to Top 16. Both teams had 1-4 before this game and ASVEL is the fourth ranked team now, while Zalgiris and Cibona are on 1-5. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) stepped up in victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Eric Campbell (199-F-76, agency: SportsTalent, college: Spring Hill) and Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) netted 15 pts each. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) delivered 25 points for the Lithuanians. Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) contributed with 12 pts and 6 boards.
Beginning of the game belonged to Zalgiris, who created quick 7-11 and later 11-18 lead. Soon after that, Rawle Marshall stepped up for ASVEL and with two triples in the finish fixed the score to 23-24. In the second quarter, Laurent Foirest joined Marshal and ASVEL was 27-24 up. Zalgiris had an answer for that tying the score to 29-29, but ASVEL made quick 5-1 run, again led by Foirest. Until the end of the first half the French champion managed to grab 49-44 lead. After the breather, the hosts reached plus 8. Lukauskis later brought ASVEL first double-digit lead in this game. In the finish of third period Laurent Foirest drained another triple and lifted ASVEL to 69-56. Zalgiris had no chance in the last period. The hosts reached 75-56 and after that slowed down. Zalgiris players woke up having on their mind the score in Game 1 against ASVEL when it was 71-52 and they wanted to cut the deficit in this one. They managed to do it and at the end it was 77-67 win for ASVEL.

ASVEL: Rawle Marshall 20+5 boards, Eric Campbell 15, Laurent Foirest 15
Zalgiris: Dainius Salenga 25, Travis Watson 12+6 boards


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 8-0 
 2. Siauliai 8-1 
 3. Lietuvos Rytas 7-1 
 4. Techasas 6-4 
 5. Suduva 5-4 
 6. Juventus 5-4 
 7. Neptunas 5-5 
 8. Alytus Alita 4-6 
 9. Rudupis 4-6 
 10. Sakalai 2-7 
 11. Perlas 2-7 
 12. Nevezis 1-5 
 13. Aisciai 1-8 


Efes Pilsen celebrates comfortable win against Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Lietuvos Rytas 77-62

Efes Pilsen outplayed Lietuvos Rytas 77-65 and both teams have 3-3 now in Group B. Partizan Belagde has the same numbers in this pool. Big guy Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) stepped up for Efes Pilsen with 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) helped with one point less than him. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) and Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) delivered 8 points each. Bojan Popovic (191-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) (6 as) and Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) netted 12 pts each in defeat.
Opening ten minutes were pretty leveled. Teams exchanged in lead, but at the end it was Efes Pilsen who held 15-13. Efes Pilsen players started to play much better in the second frame. Daniel Santiago and his teammates grabbed 28-17, but Lietuvos Rytas had an answer for that coming to 28-24. Sinica and Bojan Popovic stepped up for the guests in the finish of first half and they brought 32-34 HT lead to their team. After the breather, Efes Pilsen quickly tied the score to 42-42 and was looking good. Daniel Santiago dominated in the paint helping Efes Pilsen to make 8-0 run, but Lietuvos Rytas managed to close the gap to 53-52 soon after that. In the finish of third period Marvis Thornton and Daniel Santiago pushed Efes up to 57-53. Than in the last quarter, Efes Pilsen jumped to 61-53 and was on the right track to victory. After basket by Shumpert in the finish, the hosts grabbed 70-58 and never looked back after that.

Efes Pilsen: Daniel Santiago 17+6 boards, Igor Rakocevic 16, Marvis Thornton 8, Kaya Peker 8
Lietuvos Rytas: Bojan Popovic 12+6 as, Arturas Jomantas 12


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Standings - Nationale 2
N2 Standings
1. Basket Esch 7-1
2. Heffingen 6-2
3. BC Mess 5-3
4. Mondorf 4-4
5. Pall Aren 3-5
6. Black Star 3-5
7. Grengewald 2-6
8. Telstar Hesperange 2-6


Etzella wins at T71 to remain on top of DBBL!!! 9 straight victories!! Musel Pikes blows BBC Nitia away with huge 2nd quarter! - by Alex Meyers
November 28, 2009

T 71 69 - Etzella 76

Balanced scoring was the key for Etzella`s 9th win in a row with several players geting into the act. Tim Giver sparked the visitors attack with a game high 22 points. Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85, college: Charleston) and Nelson DelGado eached notched 16 points and Jairo DelGado added 12. Scott also took 14 rebounds and blocked 4 shots. Frank Muller led T71 again with 18. Martin Rajniak scored 17, Tom Schumacher 13 and Denell Stephens (192-G-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Slippery Rock) had 12 points, 2 blocked shots and 2 assists before fouling out in the final minute of play. Afer a good start, T71 played poorly in the 2nd and 4th quarters. With the loss, T71 stumbles to 6-4 for 5th place in the DBBL. Etzella is feeling comfortable at 9-1 with Musel Pikes on the menu for this coming Sunday, December 13th. T71 will play at Racing in Lux embourg City on Saturday, December 12th.



T 71: 28 field goals, 3 three pointers, 10 for 13 free throws, 27 rebounds, 18 fouls and 13 turnovers
Rajniak 17, Ruffato 6, T. Schumacher 13, Stephens 12, Muller 18, also Abreu 0, Bemtgen 0, Hoffmann 3 and Laures 0
Etzella: 27 field goals, 9 three pointers, 13 for 20 free throws, 28 rebounds, 17 fouls and 10 turnovers
Scott 16, N. DelGado 18, J. DelGado 12, Giver 22, Albaladejo 8, also Ittenbach 0, Hoffmann 2 and Benseghir 0

Score by quarters: 1st Q 19-19, 2nd Q 20-10, 3rd Q 15-17, 4th Q 15-30, Final 69-76
370 Spectators


Musel Pikes 93 - BBC Nitia 62

Remich, Luxembourg
Fletcher Walters (201-F-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Amherst) and Company destroyed Nitia last Sunday afternoon in Remich to improve ther W/L record to 6-4, good enough to tie for 5th place with T71. Coach Frank Baum had others step it up as well. Laurent Schwartz scored 18, Guy Schmit 17 and Jannik Tuffel 10. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) led Nitia as usual with 17 points and 17 rebounds. Steve Kuhlmann contributed with 14 points while Stephane Da Silva Ribeiro tallied 11. Musel Pikes led the whole way jumping out to a 15-3 start. They poured it on heavily in the second period stomping Nitia 28-9 to take a lead of 31 by the half. Nitia won the 3rd quarter and played respectfully in the final ending up with a loss of 29 points. Nitia faces Contern at home on Saturday, December 5th. Musel Pikes plays at Etzella on Snday, December 6th.

Musel Pikes: 33 field goals, 6 three pointers, 21 for 33 free thros, 38 rebounds, 14 fouls and 8 turnovers
G. Schmit 17, Walters 28, Tuffel 10, Schwartz 18, Schmitz 2, also R. Dentzer 8, C. Dentzer 0, Haas 4, Kox 2 and C. Schmit 4
Nitia: 25 field goals, 3 three pointers, 9 for 15 free throws, 48 rebounds, 23 fouls and 17 turnovers
McDaniel 17, J. Bintz 4, DiBartholomeo 2, P. Bintz 3, Ribeiro Da Silva 11, also Binna 0, Biver 0, Pinto 3, Kuhlmann 14, Muller 8 and Lakaf 0
Unsportsmalike foul: 36' Di Bartholomeo (N); Technical Fouls: 27' Coach Rainer Kloss (N), 34' J. Bintz (N); Fouled out: 40' Ribeiro Da Soilva (N)

Score by quarters: 1st Q 26-14, 2nd Q 28-9, 3rd Q 17-21, 4th Q 22-18, Final 93-62
155 Spectators



Sparta sneaks past Residence by 8 points!! Contern wins at home vs Soleuvre. Brandon Gary with 5 blocked shots and 8 steals! - by Alex Meyers
November 28, 2009

Residence 73 - Sparta 81

Walferdange, Luxembourg

Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Montevallo) led all scorers with 31 points while grabbing 13 rebounds last Saturday in Walferdange. He had only a little help from teammate Pit Koster who contributed 20 points. Four of the others of the home squad added 5 points. Sparta had nice balance in the scoring department with Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Iona) (10 rebounds) leading the way with 28 points followed by Patrick Arbaut with and several others hit 8 or 9 points. Larrie Smith (197-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) had a season low 9 points. Sparta let Residence play with them for 4 quarters but eventualy took an 11 point lead with just a few minutes to go. With the 8 point road victory, Sparta improved to 7-3 in the DBBL for 4th place. Residence dropped to 3-7 and are in 7th place. Residence will travel to Soleuvre and Sparta is at home against Amicale this weekend. Both games are on Sunday, December 6.

Residence: 26 field goals, 6 three pointers, 15 for 21 free throws, 25 rebounds, 18 fouls and 11 turnovers
Kennedy 31, Koster 20, Abdiu 5, Wagener 5, Leschek 5, also Bichel 0, F. Mangen 5, S. Mangen 2
Sparta: 28 field goals, 9 three pointers, 16 for 18 free throws, 31 rebounds, 19 fouls and 16 turnovers
Grant 28, Smith 9, Engel, Hublart 9, Arbaut 17, also Wagner 0, Wolzfeld 1, Weiler 5, Nittler 0 and Buzasi 4

Score by quarters: 1st Q 25-27, 2nd Q 20-16, 3rd Q 11-18, 4th Q 17-20, Final 73-81
150 Spectators

Contern 77 - Soleuvre 61

Contern, Luxembourg
Brandon Gary (202-F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Hutchinson CC) played defensive specialist scoring only 13 points but grabbed 18 rebounds, blocked 5 shots and took 8 steals to help Contern to improve to 7-3 on the season. Ken Diederich led in scoring with 22 points followed by Eric Jeitz and Gilles Becker with 17 each. Domonique Crawford (193-G-84, college: Youngstown St.) scored 20 points, grabbed 11 rbounds but had an unusual amount of turnovers with 11 according to the FLBB stats. Christian Schreiner was the only other from Soleuvre to reach double figures in scoring with 10 points in only 12 minutes of play. Contern took the lead and never relenquished it going up by as many as 22 a few times in the second half. Contern shot horribly from beyond the arc at 1 for 16 for only 6% but to make up for that, they took 19 offensive rebounds. Soleuvre wasn't much better at 2 for 16 from 3pt.. range but tore it up from the charity stripe at 13 for 14 for 93%. Contern keeps its focus on the top as they remain in 2nd place with Amicale. Soleuvre falls to 2-8 and hang on to 8th place in the DBBL. Contern travels to Bettembourg to face BBC Nitia on Saturday, December 5th and Soleuvre plays host to Residence on Sunday, December 6th.

Contern: 31 field goals, 1 three pointer, 14 for 17 free throws, 39 rebounds, 16 fouls and 11 turnovers
Becker 17, Jeitz 17, Diederich 22, Brandon 13, Braun 5, also Schoeder 2, Schmitz 1, Majerus 0 and Bissener 0
Soleuvre: 23 field goals, 2 three pointers, 13 for 14 free throws, 36 rebounds, 18 fouls nd 21 turnovers
Hemmen 2, Berthle 6, Mertz 2, Controguerra 4, Crawford 20, also Loesch 6, Eckes 0, Kombo 2, Muepu 9 and Schreiner 10

Score by quarters: 1st Q 24-11, 2nd Q 15-12, 3rd Q 21-15, 4th Q 17-23, Final 77-61
310 Spectators



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Champions BUPA Luxol bounce back - by Eurobasket News
BUPA Luxol 66
Depiro Mtarfa 57
(20-12, 16-16, 12-8, 18-21)


Luxol bounced back from their defeat to Siggiewi with a hard-earned win over Depiro.

The champions had a difficult start but soon shifted into gear to gain the upperhand underneath the boards. Luxol hit 10 points without reply to end the first half 20-12 ahead.

They kept their noses in front but after widening their margin to 34-22, Luxol allowed their opponents to fight back. At half-time the score was 36-28 for Luxol.

After the change of ends, John Tabone's team might have pulled further away when Depiro's Jeffrey Gatt (71) was hit with two technical fouls after impeding Dirk Schembri (193-F-85). After nailing the second free-throw, Dirk's brother Steve stepped up to take the other four free-throws. However, Dirk appeared to pass some remarks and was handed a technical foul for walking out of the free-throw line.

Trailing by 12 points, 48-36, Depiro upped their efforts as the last 10 minutes got under way. After reducing the gap to three points, 51-48, Depiro's hopes fizzled out as Luxol chalked up three consecutive three-pointers to secure victory.

Luxol: A. Cremona, M. Mercieca, R. Azzopardi 5, A. Spiteri, A. Borg 2, A. Portelli 15, N. Vasovic, T. Paris, D. Schembri 23, E. Caruana Montaldo, J.P. Bonnici 11, S. Schembri 10.

Depiro: R. Vella 11, J.P. Schembri, D. Bugeja 7, M. Arsovski 9, A. Aquilina 5, J. Gatt, J. Dalli, E. Lupo 20, I. Tanti 5, D. Agius, M. Mallia.

Referees: G. Barbara, S. Micallef, A. Carbonaro.

Loyola St James 60
Siggiewi Kent Boringer 90
(15-29, 14-29, 15-24, 16-8)


Loyola were no match for the in-form Siggiewi who elected to rest pivot Marco Matijevic after the latter had made his return from injury in the Louis Borg Cup preliminary round.

This game was marked by several three-pointers from both teams with Peter Shoults racking up eight to help Siggiewi gain an iron grip on the game. Veteran Kristin Baldacchino (184-G-81)'s efforts were not enough to keep Loyola in touch.

Their 2-3 zone defence led to the team's downfall as Siggiewi ably exploited the gaps to lead 58-29 at half-time.

With Loyola's reaction only arriving in the last quarter after Siggiewi had brought on a number of substitutes, the leaders had no difficulty to collect their third straight victory.

Loyola: S. Pace 3, B. Zammit 7, D. Camilleri 5, S. Borg, N. Sultana 2, S. Vella, A. Axiaq 1, G. Mihalovic 10, K. Kristin Baldacchino 29, J. Ransley 3, M. Cilia.

Siggiewi: P. Shoults 33, J.P. Antoncich 4, L. Camilleri 15, J. Doughty, E. Xuereb 5, A. Tabone 4, K. Borg 11, E. Kristin Baldacchino, L. Ross 14, J. Jetsen 4.

Referees: J.P. Sammut, E. Mangani, A. Micallef.

Standings: Siggiewi 7 (3-1); Athleta 5 (2-1); Luxol 5 (2-1); Depiro 4 (1-2); Loyola 3 (0-3).

Top scorers: P. Shoults (Siggiewi) 73; D. Schembri (Luxol) 69; A. Bonnici (Athleta ) 52.

National League: Saturday, 16.15 Athleta vs Luxol. Sunday, 16.15 Loyola vs Depiro.


Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com/


Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Siggiewi 3-1 
 2. Athleta 2-1 
 3. Luxol 2-1 
 4. Depiro 1-2 
 5. Loyola 0-3 


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Rojos 20-5 
 2. Halc.Xalapa 20-5 
 3. Soles 18-6 
 4. Toros 18-7 
 5. Halc.Cordoba 18-7 
 6. Pioneros 17-7 
 7. Lobos Grises 17-8 
 8. Angeles 14-11 
 9. Bucaneros 13-11 
 10. Lechugueros 13-12 
 11. Panteras 13-12 
 12. Barreteros 12-13 
 13. Abejas 10-15 
 14. Fuerza Regia 10-15 
 15. Indios 8-15 
 16. Huracanes 8-17 
 17. Libertadores 7-18 
 18. Potros 6-19 
 19. Cosmos 4-21 
 20. Pilares 1-23 


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros23.8 
 2. Moore, Abejas23.4 
 3. Bowie, Indios23.0 
 4. Monroe, Potros22.4 
 5. Jackson, Pilares22.2 
 6. Hickerson, Pioneros21.9 
 7. Arceneaux, Lechugue.21.4 
 8. Ruiz, Panteras21.2 
 9. Capers, Barreteros20.8 
 10. Habel, Cosm.20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 David BERGHOEFER
  Potros
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Berghoefer, Potros11.4 
 2. Long, Indios11.1 
 3. Jackson, Angeles9.9 
 4. Garcia, Pioneros9.9 
 5. Aubry, Halc.Rojos9.9 
 6. Reaves, Barreteros9.8 
 7. Allen, Pioneros9.8 
 8. Leith, Huracanes8.9 
 9. Eneas, Bucaneros8.6 
 10. Green, Panter.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Funn, Bucaneros5.8 
 2. Malpica, Cosmos5.6 
 3. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba5.6 
 4. Brown, Fuerza R.4.6 
 5. Hollyfield, Barre.4.4 
 6. Roque, Toros4.2 
 7. Stoll, Halc.Cordoba4.2 
 8. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.0 
 9. Rasio, Cosmos3.9 
 10. Hickerson, Pioner.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus MOORE
  Abejas
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Moore, Abejas3.7 
 2. Gooner, Halc.Rojos3.4 
 3. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.4 
 4. Hollyfield, Barre.2.7 
 5. Malpica, Cosmos2.4 
 6. Lewis, Soles2.4 
 7. Funn, Bucaneros2.3 
 8. Green, Panteras2.3 
 9. Fluornay, Abejas2.0 
 10. Hornsby, Huracan.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Angeles
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Johnson, Angeles1.2 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros1.2 
 3. Brown, Potros1.1 
 4. Moore, Abejas1.1 
 5. Arceneaux, Lechugue.1.0 
 6. Zuniga, Panteras0.9 
 7. Capers, Barreteros0.9 
 8. Jackson, Angeles0.8 
 9. Jackson, Pilares0.8 
 10. Cox, Angel.0.8 


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China thrash Mongolia in Hong Kong - by Eurobasket News
China - Mongolia 111:77

China registered the first win at the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong. They held off Mongolia in preliminary Group A opener. Five players scored in double digits as China rolled to the rout of Mongolia. Dong Hanlin (206-F-91) provided 22 points and 9 boards to pace one of the tournaments favourites.
Mongolia shocked China in the first quarter. The underdogs went on a 27:19 rally to silence China for some time. Chinese players needed the first break to come back to life. The coach seemed to convey the message as the team picked up the slack in the second stanza. China fired impressive 43 points in the quarter to surge in front 62:37 at halftime. Mongolia however still looked well-organized team as they matched their opponents in the third quarter. China won it by just one point 27:26 to maintain the lead. China finally unloaded 22 points in the fourth term and ran away to the win at the end. Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) notched 17 points for the winners. Liu Xiaoyu (191-G-89) had 13 points for China. Sedbazar Shinen (189-F-81) responded with 16 points and 8 boards for Mongolia. Uuganbayar Oyuntsetseg (196-F-88) had 11 points in the losing effort.

China: Dong Hanlin 22, Li Xiaoxu 17, Liu Xiaoyu 13
Mongolia: Sedbazar Shinen 16, Uuganbayar Oyuntsetseg 11



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MNT CUP 2 Round - 1/8 Final - by Dragan Scepanovic
In second round of MNT CUP - 1/8 Final game , 8/9 Dec 2009 will play :


1. In B.Polje : BC CENTAR Bpolje vs BC MORNAR Bar
2. In Podgorica : BC BUDUCNOST 2 Podgorica vs BC BUDUCNOST Podgorica
3. In Podgorica : BC STUD. CENTAR Podgorica vs BC ABS PRIMORJE H.Novi
4. In Niksic : BC SUTJESKA Niklsic vs BC ULCINJ
5. In Podgorica : BC LJUBOVIC Podgorica vs BC JEDINSTVO B.Polje
6. In H.Novic : BC PRIMORJE H. Novi vs BC LOVCEN Cetinje
7. In Budva : BC MOGREN Budva vs BC DANILOVGRAD
8. In Tivat : BC TEODO Tivat vs BC GORSTAK Kolasin



Charleville lands Nemanja Calasan - by Eurobasket News
Etoile Charleville-Mezieres signed contract with power forward Nemanja Calasan (206-F-85, agency: BeoExcell, college: Purdue). The 25-year old player graduated this year at Purdue University averaging 6.3 ppg and 3 rpg in senior season. He helped Purdue to win Big Ten Tournament.
Nemanja Calasan grew up with Montenegrin team Ibon Niskic. After that, he played for Mogren Budva and in 2005 joined Midland CC (USA). After two years he transferred to Purdue. This season Calasan started with Panionios Athens, but did not appear in any official game. Etoile Charleville-Mezieres currently has 4-6 in Pro B.


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Thursday: Wins for Boston, Denver and Houston - by Eurobasket News
Boston C. - San Antonio S. 90-83
Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) scored 20 points and the Celtics improved to an NBA-best 8-1 away from home, beating the San Antonio Spurs 90-83. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) was second scorer in victory with 15 and Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina) added two points less. On the other side, DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) shined with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) this time stopped on 17 pts and 7 assists.

Miami Heat - Denver N. 96-114
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) stepped up for the Nuggets last night draining 22 points. Arron Afflalo (6'5''-G-85, college: UCLA) scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, while J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) helped with 16 pts and 6 assists. In Miami Heat, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) was way better than the others collecting 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Houston R. - Golde State W. 111-109
Aaron Brooks (6'0''-G-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Oregon) hit two free throws with 2.1 seconds left and the Houston Rockets rallied for their eighth straight win against the Warriors, spoiling Golden State coach Don Nelson's return from pneumonia with a 111-109 victory Thursday night. Brooks finished the game with 25 points and 7 assists. Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) had 22 pts and 9 rebs. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) responded with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the Warriors.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Anthony, Denver N.30.2 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers28.8 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.1 
 4. James, Clevelan.27.9 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.7 
 6. Nowitzki, Dallas M.26.5 
 7. Granger, Indiana P.25.2 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.4 
 9. Ellis, Golde S.23.9 
 10. Jennings, Milwau.21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Howard, Orlando M.12.3 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.12.1 
 3. Wallace, Charlotte B.12.1 
 4. Bosh, Toronto R.12.1 
 5. Duncan, San A.11.1 
 6. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.0 
 7. Haywood, Washingt.10.8 
 8. Camby, LA Clippers10.6 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.10.2 
 10. Bynum, LA Lake.10.2 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.5 
 2. Williams, Utah Jazz9.9 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.7 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.0 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.0 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.3 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..7.1 
 8. Davis, LA Clippers7.0 
 9. Calderon, Toron.6.5 
 10. Arenas, Washin.6.4 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.6 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.4 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers2.3 
 4. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 5. Lee, New Jersey N.2.2 
 6. Ariza, Houston R.2.2 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.2.1 
 8. Brewer, Minnesot.2.0 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat1.9 
 10. Davis, LA Clippe.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh SMITH
  Atlanta H.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Smith, Atlanta H.2.8 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.4 
 3. Lopez, New J.2.3 
 4. Dampier, Dallas M.2.2 
 5. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers2.1 
 7. Perkins, Boston C.2.0 
 8. Duncan, San A.2.0 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 
 10. Howard, Orlando.1.8 


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


Matt Harpring's career is likely finished - by Eurobasket News
Matt Harpring (6'7''-F-76, college: Georgia Tech) hasn't officially retired, but - save for what he says would be 'a miracle' - his NBA playing days are done.

Blame an injury-ravaged body.

After consulting with his wife and family, the Jazz's veteran small forward finally decided enough is enough, and a formal announcement that he'll miss the entire season - expected since the summer - came Thursday.

'I love basketball. There's no question about that,' Harpring said in a telephone interview from his Atlanta home. 'I devoted a lot of blood and heart and tears and sweat to the game, but I guess it has to end for everyone at some time.'

Harpring confirmed he'll heed the advice of doctors who've said that - because of lingering ankle and knee problems stemming from a slew of injuries, numerous surgeries and considerable residual medical issues - it's no longer feasible for him to physically perform at an NBA level.

'It's definitely hitting me,' he said when asked about the finality of it all, 'but, you know, it's weird, because there are days I get up and my competitive nature comes out and says I can do this again. That's what makes it hard.

'But ... I know the medical side, and what I'm in for, and I have to trust what they've told me. It's not what I want. But that's life.'

Harpring said he's been told that by exposing himself to additional pounding, 'I'm just doing damage to my body.

'It can affect the way I walk and run at a young age, and that's a scary thought knowing I'm just 33,' he said.

The Georgia Tech product said he fully anticipates some day needing total knee replacement surgery because of bone-on-bone contact in the cartilage-sapped joint, adding 'hopefully there will be total ankle (replacement surgery) by the time I'm 50.'

Harpring had been crossing his fingers, hoping he'd be able to continue.

But the forward known for gritty play didn't heal through rest as much as he'd hoped since first pondering retirement in the summer.

That's forcing the oldest player on Utah's roster to comply with doctor's orders, which according to a news release from the team included an admonition that further attempts at continued NBA play would be counterproductive in both the short and long term.

'Despite the wear and tear of four collegiate seasons, 11 NBA seasons and undergoing numerous surgeries, I remained hopeful I would be able to rejoin my Jazz teammates on the court this season,' Harpring said in a statement. 'However, after consultations with the doctors and based on their recommendations, I have reluctantly come to the realization that my body can simply no longer withstand the rigors of NBA games and practices.'


Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


Raja Bell out 3 months at least - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors announced Raja Bell (6'5''-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) is out at least three months after successful surgery to repair ligament damage in his left wrist.

The next six weeks, Bells wrist will be immobilized. If everything is clear at that point, he will begin rehabilitation. The Warriors are thinking that based on Bells history and work ethic, he could be back in in March. That is optimism at its best, but that is what they are saying now (remember, before it was four weeks or four to five months).

What does this mean?

It means they are holding out hope he returns. Or, they are keeping the market open.

Did some digging and it sounds like the Warriors arent just looking at Bell as an expiring contract. They want him on the team, and its going to take a good deal for Bell to be involved. They want a defender and a locker room guy in addition to someone who can play. They like Bell a lot. And even if he doesnt play this year, Warriors insiders say they are looking at Bell for next season, too.


Courtesy of www.ibabuzz.com


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  NIGERIA   


NBBF Board meeting, AGM holds December 18 AND 19 in Abuja - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) will hold a crucial meeting on December 18 to x-ray its activities in the last six months at the Sports Complex of the Abuja National Stadium.

The board meeting will also serve as a forerunner to the first of kind Annual General Meeting, AGM schedule to hold on December 19 also at the Sports Complex of the Abuja National Stadium.

The AGM comprises NBBF board members, state association chairmen and their secretaries, club owners, coaches, referee, the media and other stake-holders of the game will cart a new course for the sport in the years ahead.

The AGM will among other issues determine the commencement dates of the Nigeria leagues among other competitions in the country.

NBBF president, Tijjani Umar will preside over the AGM which is coming 13-years after the last one held in Lagos.


NBBF president in Abidjan for meeting, 2011 CAN bid - by Olusegun Ikuesan
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Tijjani Umar will leave the country to attend an important meeting at the FIBA Africa Secretariat in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire.

The NBBF president is going to the administrative headquarter of the continental ruling body on the invitation of the Africa ruling body, FIBA Africa for the meeting which will also have president of the Ivories Basketball Federation and their Madagascar counterpart in attendance.

The three countries federation presidents will turn to make presentation on their readiness to host the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship for Men (Nations Cup).

The meeting runs through Sunday with FIBA Africa president, Prof Allain Ekra, Secretary General, Dr. Alphonse Bile and other Executive member of the continental body in attendance
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Africa Level-1 coaching course holds in Kaduna - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF have concluded plans to further enrich the knowledge of its coaches by bringing a top level FIBA Africa Coachs instructor, Samuel Wanjohi to tutor the country coaches.

The FIBA Africa level-1 coaching course is schedule for the city of Kaduna from December 12 to 21 is to further broaden the knowledge of the nations coaches in the modern technique of the game.

NBBF president, Tijjani Umar says the course is part of plans by the Nigeria Basketball ruling body to contribute to the updating of Nigeria coaches.

Umar further hinted that the NBBF board took into consideration the economic implication if Nigeria coaches are to attend course abroad reason for bringing in an instructor to come to Nigeria and impart his knowledge on the nations coaches.


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  PANAMA   


Saldanha recruit Joel Munoz - by Eurobasket News
Saldanha started the NBB season with one win in six games played. So they needed reinforcement and opted to sign the deal with Panamanian guard Joel Munoz (179-G-80). The 29-year-old player started the previous season in Potros in the Mexican LNPB. He averaged 4.3 points, 2.3 boards, 4.2 assists and 2.3 steals per game. Later Joel Munoz moved to Magnates de Costa del Este in CBS and finally joined Canguros to help those reach the semifinal stage of the tournament. Joel Munoz participated at the FIBA Americas Championship in San Juan this year. The guard tallied 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists per appearance. It is not his first contract in Brazil. Joel Munoz played for FTC EAD back in 2008.


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  PBL   


Millrats Introduce Dwight Brewington and Tyrece Gibbs - by Eurobasket
Brewington is the first ever deaf player to play in the PBL
The Manchester Millrats are pleased to introduce their first two player signings for the 2009-2010 PBL season: 6'5 swingman Dwight Brewington (6'5''-G-84, college: Liberty) and 6'3 shooting guard Tyrece Gibbs (6'3''-G-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management).

Dwight Brewington averaged 22.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last year for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel.

Brewington played two seasons at Providence College before transfering to Liberty College for his junior year. At Providence, he was the Friars' second leading scorer (13.3 ppg) as just a sophomore (behind current NBA star Ryan Gomes). After one season at Liberty, he submitted an early entry application into the 2007 NBA Draft.
After being passed over in the NBA draft, Brewington was a third round selection in the NBA Developmental League draft by the Tulsa 66ers. He was later acquired by the Albuquerque Thunderbirds, where he posted averages of 9.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game.

Brewington, who was born deaf, had to overcome people's perception of his handicap and prove that he can compete at a high level.

'I just want to make the NBA. That's it,' said Brewington. 'To be the first deaf player and show all the deaf kids and other handicapped kids and let them know that if you want to do something, don't let anyone stop you from getting there.'

Tyrece Gibbs is the first ever New Hampshire Wildcat to suit up for New Hampshire's only professional basketball team. Gibbs graduated this spring from UNH and left his name in the record books. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game while knocking down 40% of his three point attempts.
Gibbs is only the second player in school history to record at least 1,000 points, 400 rebounds, 200 assists, 80 steals and 45 points, joining 1995 graduate Eric Montanari.

Although a rookie, Gibbs will be looked on to contribute with his defensive prowess and scoring.

The players were introduced to the kids and faculty of the Lighthouse Charter School before conducting a clinic.

'We are very pleased to have Dwight Brewington and Tyrece Gibbs with the Millrats this season,' explained Millrats GM Ian McCarthy. 'Brewington is a very explosive scorer who has several years of professional experience, while Tyrece is a great defender and plays hard every minute - which is the kind of team we want to be.'

The Millrats plan to announce more signings prior to opening training camp on December 12th.

The Manchester Millrats are a third year minor league franchise based in Manchester, NH. The Millrats are a member of the Premier Basketball League (www.pblproball.com) - the #1 independent minor league in the U.S. Last season Manchester was the Atlantic Division champion (16-4) and reached the PBL playoff semifinals.

Manchester is slated to face the Halifax Rainmen on December 19th at 7:00pm in a preseason game in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax has presold all 10,000 tickets for the event, which features a rematch of the two-year rival franchises. Former Millrat and Portland Trailblazer, Desmond Ferguson, is now a member of the Rainmen.

Source: PBL- Manchester Millrats


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  PHILIPPINES   


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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mark CARDONA
  Talk N Text
  (180-G/F-81)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Cardona, Talk N.19.7 
 2. Tubid, Ginebra18.7 
 3. Santos, San Miguel18.5 
 4. Miller, Alaska16.7 
 5. Williams, Santa Lucia16.7 
 6. Alapag, Talk N Text15.3 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska14.9 
 8. Hontiveros, San M.14.8 
 9. Buenafe, Burger K.14.8 
 10. Raymundo, Pur.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kelly WILLIAMS
  Santa Lucia
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Williams, Santa Lucia13.6 
 2. Santos, San Miguel10.5 
 3. Espinas, Santa L.9.1 
 4. Pena, San Miguel9.1 
 5. Reavis, Purefoods9.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Coca-.7.8 
 7. Carey, Talk N Text7.7 
 8. Yee, Burger King7.7 
 9. Reyes, Rain o.7.6 
 10. Crisano, Barako Bu.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Mark BARROCA
  Smart Gilas
  (198-F/C-88)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Barroca, Smart G.7.7 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.8 
 3. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.8 
 4. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola5.3 
 5. Villanueva, San M.5.2 
 6. Abarrientos, Gineb.5.0 
 7. Miller, Alaska4.9 
 8. Yeo, Santa Lucia4.7 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska4.0 
 10. Norwood, Rain.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Johnny ABARRIENTOS
  Ginebra
  (173-G-70)
  Avg: 2
 1. Abarrientos, Gineb.2.0 
 2. Santos, San Miguel1.9 
 3. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.9 
 4. Williams, Santa Lucia1.9 
 5. Artadi, Purefoods1.8 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.5 
 7. Dimaunahan, Barako B.1.5 
 8. Buenafe, Burger K.1.4 
 9. Mercado, Rain o.1.4 
 10. Barroca, Smart.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  Smart Gilas
  (206-C-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Aguilar, Smart Gilas3.0 
 2. Peek, Talk N Text2.0 
 3. Santos, San Miguel1.9 
 4. Quinahan, Burger K.1.5 
 5. Maierhofer, Puref.1.4 
 6. Thoss, Alaska1.4 
 7. Aquino, Santa Lucia1.0 
 8. Pennisi, San Miguel0.9 
 9. Mamaril, Ginebra0.8 
 10. Raymundo, Pur.0.8 


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Marcin STERENGA
  Gornik Walb.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Sterenga, Gornik W.21.7 
 2. Weatherspoon, Znicz B.21.0 
 3. Pluta, MOSiR K.18.5 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star18.4 
 5. Wojdyla, Sudety JG18.4 
 6. Celej, Start Lublin18.2 
 7. Dloniak, Spojnia S.18.1 
 8. Flieger, Zastal ZG17.4 
 9. Piechowicz, MMKS D.17.0 
 10. Storozynski, Trefl.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcin STERENGA
  Gornik Walb.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Sterenga, Gornik W.12.7 
 2. Wojdyla, Sudety JG11.8 
 3. Storozynski, Trefl S.10.3 
 4. Lisewski, MMKS D.10.2 
 5. Kulikowski, Zubry10.1 
 6. Kwiatkowski, Start L.9.3 
 7. Grudzinski, Spojn.9.2 
 8. Mis, Siarka T.9.1 
 9. Nowakowski, Tempco.9.0 
 10. Nowak, Sudety8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin STOKLOSA
  Spojnia S.
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Stoklosa, Spojn.6.9 
 2. Sikora, Start Lublin6.6 
 3. Ecka, Znicz Basket5.9 
 4. Baran, Siarka T.5.8 
 5. Trepka, LKS Lodz4.9 
 6. Mordzak, Trefl SSA4.5 
 7. Kalinowski, Zastal Z.4.2 
 8. Rapucha, Zubry4.1 
 9. Glapinski, Sokol L.4.0 
 10. Pacocha, Big St.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin FLIEGER
  Zastal ZG
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Flieger, Zastal ZG3.9 
 2. Sikora, Trefl SSA3.2 
 3. Aleksandrowi., Znicz B.2.8 
 4. Marciniak, Siarka T.2.8 
 5. Ecka, Znicz Basket2.8 
 6. Krupa, Siarka T.2.6 
 7. Szczepaniak, LKS L.2.5 
 8. Szpyrka, Siarka T.2.5 
 9. Chodkiewicz, Zastal Z.2.4 
 10. Kukielka, Zastal2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rafal KULIKOWSKI
  Zubry
  (204-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kulikowski, Zubry2.9 
 2. Milewski, AZS A.2.0 
 3. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.0 
 4. Salamonik, Big Star1.7 
 5. Mis, Siarka T.1.6 
 6. Rajewicz, Zastal Z.1.0 
 7. Pisarczyk, LKS Lodz1.0 
 8. Bach, Trefl SSA0.9 
 9. Marculewicz, Siarka T.0.9 
 10. Wojdyr, Trefl S.0.9 


Asseco Prokom grabs thriller win in Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets Oldenburg - Asseco Prokom 80-82

Asseco Prokom grabbed valuable win in Oldenburg mostly owing to Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC), who drained 25 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) also had very important role collecting 19 points and 8 assists. For the hosts, Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80, agency: Court Side) scored 12 and four players followed him with 11 pts each (Majstorovic, Paulding, Boumtje and Bailey). Both teams entered to this game with 1-4 (Group D).
It was a very exciting game and the winner is decided in the last seconds. Oldenburg opened this match slightly better taking 9-4 lead, but Prokom responded with 0-10 soon after that. The hosts shined again and now they created 7-0 and look pretty good. Still, Qyntel Woods and his teammates made another turn in this period setting the score to 20-21 after 10 minutes of play. Thanks to 10-1 run at the half way of the second quarter, Oldenburg had decent 41-36 lead at the half time. They had couple of players in a game mood and were looking good. However, after the breather Qyntel Woods and Jagla stepped up for Prokom helping it to make 0-10 for 45-46 lead. Later, Oldenburg took 49-48 and Prokom grabbed back 49-53. More turns happened in this game and the hosts were again 54-53 ahead, but after 3 quarters Prokom was the one who held 61-64. With one minute to go Prokom was up 78-79. Woods had a huge block on Majstorovic and than Burrell made it for 78-81. Foster scored twice from the line and Burrell missed, but Qyntel Woods saved Prokom with an offensive rebound scoring one of two from the line after that. Oldenburg had the last possession, but Majstorovic was unsuccessful from behind the arc.

Oldenburg: Jasmin Perkovic 12
Asseco Prokom: Qyntel Woods 25+5 boardsm David Logan 19+8 assists



Andrej Urlep named Turow head coach - by Eurobasket News
Andrej Urlep (agency: Edge Sports ) will succeed Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) at the position of Turow head coach. The Slovenian 52-year-old specialist was last seen in Slask Wroclaw back in 2007. He also was at the helm of the Polish National Team that played at the 2007 EuroBasket. Urlep led Poland to the tenth-spot finish in Spain. Andrej Urlep (agency: Edge Sports ) worked with Anwil and womens team Jezica. Urlep is expected to steer the team during the game against Anwil in the next round.


PBG Basket land Chris Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Chris Johnson (211-C-85, college: LSU) became the new player in PBG Basket. The 24-year-old centre started the season in Aliaga in Turkey. He appeared in two games for Aliaga averaging 9.0 points and 6.0 boards. Chris Johnson graduated from the Louisiana State University in 2009. There the centre averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 boards, 2.7 blocks and 1.2 assists per game in the senior season. Chris Johnson participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and the Orlando Pro Camp during the summer.


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  ROMANIA   


Match between BC Mures Targu Mures and CSU Brasov postponed due to A\H1N1 infections! - by Sebastian Umbrich
The match between BC Mures Targu Mures and CSU Cuadripol Brasov, which was supposed to take place on the 5th December, has been postponed by the Federation, because two of Brasov's players have been found positive with A\H1N1 virus. The entire team from Brasov has been quarantined, as a report of the Romanian Basketball Federation (FRB) says. The match will be disputed on the 15th of December, the same report says. It is important to say that the two present NOT severe forms of the disease.
Moreover, the FRB wants to test every player in the championship if he has caught the virus, so that measures may be taken. Until now, these are the single players in the Divizia A who have been found positive with A\H1N1.


Preview of the round 13 of the regular season from Romania - by Sebastian Umbrich
The 13th round of the regular season figures out some interesting matches, matches which at first look easy for some teams to win, but which will certainly not be.
The first match of the round, between BCMUS Arges Pitesti and CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca-Napoca will be a meeting between a team who looks for the play-offs, and one who looks to avoid the play-outs. BCMUS Pitesti (7-5 record, rank 5) lost last round to leaders and en-titre champions CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, and are trying to jump at 8-5. CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca, (4-8 record, rank 14) are trying to get rid of the 14th place of 16 teams.
The second match of the round will be disputed between CSA Steaua and leaders Ploiesti. Both teams come after losses in the European Cups (Steaua lost in the Balkan League to Levski Sophia, Ploiesti was defeated by Liege). Steaua (4-8 record, rank 13) are trying to do the impossible, by beating Ploiesti (11-1 record, rank 1).
Third match of the round will be CSU Sibiu - CSM Oradea. The home team (9-2 record, rank 4) are trying to go to 8-0 streak during the last 8 games, but Oradea (5-7 record, rank 9) will offer for sure strong resistance.
Fourth match will be between CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu and CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. The home team (5-7 record, rank 10), who lost to Otopeni last round, are trying to benefit from the breakdown of the guests, who lost the 'Transylvanian Derby' last round, at home against Sibiu. But, U Cluj has proved that can beat and be beaten anytime, anyplace. U Cluj has a 10-2 record and is on the 3rd place before round 13.
Match no. 5 of the round will face Elba Timisoara and CS Otopeni. This will be the derby of the round: both teams are on 7-5 record, and are on places 6 and 7 in the championship. But Timisoara is pretty 'unbeatable' on home ground, and Otopeni is a strong team.
Match no. 6 will face SCM Craiova (2-10 record, rank 15) and Gaz Metan Medias (10-1 record, rank 2). This looks an easy match for Medias, who rolled over Metalac Wednesday in the Balkan League.
Round 13 also presents the Bucharest derby: Dinamo (4-8, rank 12) vs. Municipal Bucuresti (4-8, rank 11). It will be an interesting match, facing former national team players Claudiu Fometescu (188-G-73) (Dinamo) and Paul Helcioiu (180-G-78, agency: Interperformances) (Bucuresti).
The epilogue of round 13 will be the match between BC Mures and CSU Brasov. Mures, who is on 4-0 streak (5-7 record) has an easy match against last-year no.6 CSU Brasov (1-11, last place).



Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 11-1 
 2. Gaz Metan 10-1 
 3. U.Mobitel.CN 10-2 
 4. CSU Sibiu 9-2 
 5. Timisoara 7-5 
 6. Pitesti 7-5 
 7. Otopeni 6-5 
 8. Rovinari 5-7 
 9. Mures 5-7 
 10. Dinamo B. 5-8 
 11. Oradea 4-7 
 12. Steaua Turabo 4-7 
 13. Gladiator CN 4-7 
 14. Bucuresti 4-9 
 15. Craiova 2-10 
 16. Brasov 1-11 


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  SCOTLAND   


PANTHERS CLAW PAST PEREGRINES; FURY TAME GRIZZLIES - by Sandy Sutherland
East Lothian Peregrines were bundled out of the Scottish Cup in
one of the biggest upsets for years when they went down 75-74 to
Portlethen Panthers in their second round tie in the Aberdeen
subhurb.
The absence of Swedish centre Rob Jansson, their one and only big
man this season, and his vertically challenged friend Dennis
Westerberg, their excellent three-point shooter, was crucial and
they also missed young guard-forward Mike Murray, who signed from
Edinburgh Kings at the start of the season.
Captain Grant Gibson scored 25 points for the Musselburgh men but
had too much to do on his own.
'We just didn't play well,' said team manager Brian Ramsay.
But that probably did less than justice to the Grampian league
team who continued the tradition of North-East non-national league
sides in eliminating national league opponents.
Panthers had two excellent 20-point contributions from Heinrich
Jasper and Nick Ruta.
Grampian Police, who themselves had knocked out Peregrines in a
previous upset some years ago, had their progress arrested this
time away to St Mirren, who won comfortably 109-53.
But yet another Grampian non-league side newcomers Granite City
Grizzles put up a valiant fight at Falkirk before succumbing 79-54
to the Fury.
Grizzlies, who gave up home advantage to play at the Mariner
Centre, had two ex-Falkirk players in their ranks in Nick Compton
and Mark Duncan, but it was two Scottish Universities caps who
caught the eye.
Aberdeen University's Irish forward Mark Reynolds, back after a
stint in the German league, proved a real threat till he fouled
out, while Daniel Sutherland also impressed home coach John
Bunyan.
Fury had a strong line-up with Scotland centre Roni Gordon back
from knee surgery to add bulk and height.
But it was Bunyan's 17-year-old younger son Jonny, the point
guard, who dominated with an impressive 'double double',
top-scoring with 22 points and adding 11 rebounds, while elder
brother Keith scored 13 including four three-pointers.
Another 17-year-old Ali Fraser added 16 points as Fury pulled away
from a 59-48 third quarter lead.
The closest tie of the round came in Glasgow where the Glasgow
Rocks' second team squeezed past Dunfermline Reign 62-61.



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  SERBIA   


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Dragan MARKOVIC
  Napredak
  (203-F-74)
  Avg: 19.6
 1. Markovic, Napredak19.6 
 2. Kruscic, Beograd17.6 
 3. Rakic, Novi Sad17.5 
 4. Jelovac, Mega V.17.3 
 5. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.17.0 
 6. Andjusic, Mega V.16.9 
 7. Micevic, Borac15.5 
 8. Lukovic, Radnic.15.3 
 9. Martinic, Vojvodina15.3 
 10. Tresac, Bor.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Radnicki Basket
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Lukovic, Radnic.8.9 
 2. Jelovac, Mega V.7.7 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.1 
 4. Dramicanin, Borac7.1 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac7.0 
 6. Mikic, KG 066.5 
 7. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.3 
 8. Trailovic, Ergonom6.2 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.5.9 
 10. Pobric, Novi S.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naft.
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.4 
 2. Stefanovic, Metal.5.0 
 3. Pistoljevic, Radnic.4.7 
 4. Martinic, Vojvodina4.1 
 5. Rakic, Novi Sad4.0 
 6. Dimitrijevic, Sloga4.0 
 7. Prolovic, Borac3.8 
 8. Radulovic, Masinac3.4 
 9. Korac, Beograd3.4 
 10. Djordjevic, Slo.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.6 
 2. Martinic, Vojvodina2.2 
 3. Dundjerski, Beograd2.1 
 4. Dimitrijevic, Sloga1.9 
 5. Kovacevic, Novi Sad1.9 
 6. Tomasevic, Vojvo.1.8 
 7. Dasic, Sloga1.8 
 8. Djordjevic, Sloga1.8 
 9. Miljkovic, Masinac1.7 
 10. Pistoljevic, Radn.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros LUKOVIC
  Radnicki Basket
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Lukovic, Radnic.2.1 
 2. Bircevic, Metalac1.4 
 3. Petric, KG 061.3 
 4. Maravic, Mega V.1.3 
 5. Buric, Tamis1.2 
 6. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 7. Bjegovic, Masinac1.2 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac0.8 
 9. Topcov, Proleter.0.8 
 10. Arsic, Masin.0.7 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Fears, Prievidza21.3 
 2. Archibeque, Levice18.7 
 3. Glavinic, Handlova18.1 
 4. Crouch, Inter B.18.1 
 5. Bosak, Prievidza17.6 
 6. Hill, Nitra17.2 
 7. Laco, Svit16.5 
 8. Polakovic, Inter B.16.5 
 9. Mroz, Nova Ves16.4 
 10. Trimboli, Levi.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kirk ARCHIBEQUE
  Levice
  (205-C-84)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Archibeque, Levice10.1 
 2. Mroz, Nova Ves8.9 
 3. Nicholson, Pezinok8.8 
 4. Szalay, Prievidza8.2 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit7.5 
 6. Dorazil, B.Bystrica6.9 
 7. Skara, B.Bystrica6.9 
 8. Batka, Nova Ves6.7 
 9. Micuda, Pezinok6.6 
 10. Laco, Sv.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Levice
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Crawford, Levice8.6 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova7.8 
 3. Scott, Nitra4.8 
 4. Trimboli, Levice4.4 
 5. Fears, Prievidza4.3 
 6. Immink, B.Bystrica4.0 
 7. Demecko, Nova Ves3.6 
 8. Milosevic, Pezinok3.4 
 9. Crouch, Inter B.3.3 
 10. Bosak, Prievid.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Edward SCOTT
  Nitra
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Nitra2.6 
 2. Crawford, Levice2.4 
 3. Fears, Prievidza2.4 
 4. Zavodny, Vahost.2.4 
 5. Jackson, Pezinok2.3 
 6. Crouch, Inter B.2.1 
 7. Mielczarek, Nova V.2.1 
 8. Demecko, Nova Ves2.1 
 9. Trimboli, Levice2.0 
 10. Immink, B.Bystri.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Levice
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Crawford, Levice0.8 
 2. Bosak, Prievidza0.8 
 3. Blagojevic, Komar.0.8 
 4. Archibeque, Levice0.7 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit0.7 
 6. Glavinic, Handlova0.6 
 7. Tilandy, Vahost.0.6 
 8. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 9. Bajic, Svit0.6 
 10. Madaj, Komar.0.5 


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  SLOVENIA   


Maccabi outplays Olimpija thanks to great last quarter - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Maccabi T-A 65-82

Maccabi Electra had to work hard in Ljubljana and thanks to great last quarter registered comfortable 65-82 victory. It means that the Israeli powerhouse stays on top of Group C alone with 5-1, while Olimpija dropped to 1-5. Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) led the winners with 15 points and 6 rebounds, David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC) scored 14 (6 rebs) and Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) helped with 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) shined for the hosts collecting 14 points and 13 rebounds. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) also scored 14.
Opening quarter was totally leveled last night. Olimpija held plus 5 in the finish, but Maccabi answered with quick 0-5 run for 20-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second quarter Maccabi took control on Olimpija. David Bluthenthal shined and together with his teammates extended run from the first period to impressive 0-15. Olimpija came a bit closer after that, but still Maccabi managed to keep 36-44 until the half time. After the breather, Vladimir Golubovic and his teammates started to play much better and at the halfway of third period managed to make a turn, 50-49. Chuck Eidson pulled his team and together with Limonad and Wisniweski helped Maccabi to take back plus 3 and there was one quarter to go. In the last ten minutes Maccabi totally dominated. First they grabbed 61-65 and later 63-72 lead. Visitors finished this game with 0-12 run for comfortable 65-82 victory.

Union Olimpija: Vladimir Golubovic 14+13 boards, Saso Ozbolt 14
Maccabi Electra: Alan Anderson 15+6 boards, David Bluthenthal 14+6 boards, Chuck Eidson 13+9 boards+6 as


Helios and Krusic part ways - by Zeljko Zule
Helios and former U-20 NT member Matej Krusic (211-C-87) agreed to terminate the contract, active until the end of 2009-10 season. Krusic joined Helios after leaving Sentjur in 2007. He was averaging 9.6 minutes, 2.9 points (2P 48%, FT 69%), 2.2 rebounds, 0.1 steals and 0.1 blocks in 19 games of Adriatic League and 10.4 minutes, 3.1 points (2P 42%), 3.1 rebounds, 0.1 steals and 0.1 blocks in 9 games of Telemach League.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
KCC Egis - ET Land B.Sl. 82-81
KCC Egis rolled over ET Land 82:81 on December 3rd. Brand Micah (210-C-80, agency: Liman Sports, college: Massachusetts) paced all the winners with 19 points, while Ha Seung-Jin collected 18 points and 11 boards. McCaskill Amal replied with 17 points in the losing case.

Mobis Phoebus - KT&G Kites 89-81
Mobis Phoebus rolled over KT&G Kites 89:81 in the Regular Season Round 23. Kim Hyo-Bum (195-G-83) stepped up with 21 points, Dunston Bryant posted 18 and Haynes Aaron scored 14. Daniels Chris exploded with 41 points and 14 boards in defeat.

Daegu Orions - SK Knights 82-92
Daegu Orions lost to SK Knights 82:92 as the latter got 24 points and 10 rebounds from Walker Samaki (206-F/C-76, college: Louisville). Byun Hyun-Soo nailed 17 and Kim Julian delivered 15. Heo Il-Young finished the night with 28 points in the loisng effort.

Sonic Boom KT - Samsung Th. 95-79
Sonic Boom KT outscored Samsung 95:79 for 14-6 record. Shin Ki-Sung (180-G-75) and Johnson Jasper top-scored for the winners with 18 points each, while Cho Dong-Hyun notched 16. Leather Terrence responded with 22 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.



Korea start 2009 East Asian Games campaign - by Eurobasket News
South Korean selection played starting games at the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong. They celebrated one win and appeared at 1-1 record in preliminary Group B. Korea clashed in Japan in the first game at the tournament. Japan immediately seized the initiative. They scored eagerly and built a 25:15 lead after the first quarter. But Korea adjusted in the second frame and started to trim the distance. Led by Kim Sunhyung (186-G-88) South Korea got within just 3 points at the big break. Korea maintained the pressure in the third stanza. They were able to cut the deficit to a single point heading into the fourth term. It seemed like everything would be decided in the final seconds but Japan avoided drama. They limited their opponents to 9 points in the fourth quarter and escaped with a 74:66 win at the end. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) knocked down 20 points to pace the charge. Joji Takeuchi produced 19 points and 10 boards in the win. Kim Sunhyung answered with 18 points for Korea. Yang Hee-Jong (194-F-84) tossed in 10 points and grabbed 10 boards in defeat.
South Korea rebounded against Hong Kong in the second round. Korea did not give a single chance for the hosts. They marched to a 31:15 lead at the end of the opening frame. More to come as South Korea managed to balloon the gap to as many as 22 points at the interval. Korea continued to fire heavily as they secured an 80:51 lead after three quarters of action. Park Chan Hee (191-G-87) led South Korea to a comprehensive victory at the end. He finished with 25 points, 8 boards and 6 assists in the win. Park Hyung-Chul (193-G-87) delivered 17 points for Korea. Lo Yi Ting (178-G-87) responded with 21 points for Hong Kong. Fong Shing Yee (191-F-83) had 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.



Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 14-6 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 14-6 
 3. KCC Egis 14-7 
 4. Dongbu Promy 12-8 
 5. LG Sakers 12-9 
 6. Samsung Th. 10-9 
 7. SK Knights 8-13 
 8. KT&G Kites 6-13 
 9. Daegu Orions 6-13 
 10. ET Land B.Sl. 4-16 


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  SPAIN   


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


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


Regal Barca blasts Fenerbahce Ulker 89-55 - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Fenerbahce Ulker 89-55

Regal Barca demonstrated its power against Fenerbahce Ulker. The Spanish champion registered impressive 89-55 victory becoming the only unbeaten team in Euroleague after 6 rounds. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) led Barca in scoring with 14 points each. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) had 12, while Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Juan Navarro (192-G-80) posted 11 pts apiece. Fenerbahce (3-3) had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) with 13 pts.
Regal Barca dominated in this game from the tip off. Pete Mickeal was on fire helping Barca to grab quick 8-2 lead. Fenerbahce Ulker had many troubles with their offensive plays and they scored just 6 points for the entire first period. The hosts were much better and Jaka Lakovic closed first quarter with a layup for 15-6. Question about the winner is already resolved in the second period. Juan Carlos Navarro and Fran Vazquez joined Lakovic and Mickeal lifting Barca to 17-8 and later 22-11 lead. Fener responded later cutting the margin to 11, but Barca used last few minutes in the first half to create impressive 10-0 run. Thus, after 20 minutes of play Regal Barca already was 42-21 up. That was the end for Fener, who was not able seriously to treat after that. Barca dominated in third 25-15 and later ended last period with 22-19 for the final 89-55 victory.

Regal Barca: Jaka Lakovic 14, Fran Vazquez 14, Pete Mickeal 12, Erazem Lorbek 11, Juan Navarro 11
Fenerbahce Ulker: Lynn Greer 13


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.20.5 
 2. Roe, Tenerife18.4 
 3. Quinteros, CAI Z.17.6 
 4. Hughes, Leon17.4 
 5. Urtasun, Leon17.1 
 6. Morley, Burgos16.9 
 7. Blanch, Mallorca16.4 
 8. DeVries, Girona15.6 
 9. Xavier, Breogan14.8 
 10. Riera, Mallor.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Donaldson, La La.11.2 
 2. Starosta, Melilla10.1 
 3. Ayon, Tenerife8.7 
 4. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.8.7 
 5. Padgett, La Palma8.4 
 6. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.3 
 7. Arteaga, Palencia8.2 
 8. Northen, Mallorca7.9 
 9. Turner, Vive M.7.6 
 10. Adrien, Breog.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jorge JIMENEZ
  Melilla
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Jimenez, Melilla4.7 
 2. Ciorciari, Vive M.4.5 
 3. Perez, Cornella3.8 
 4. Garrido, La Laguna3.6 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca3.5 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.3.3 
 7. Mena, La Palma3.3 
 8. Corrales, Burgos3.2 
 9. Lescano, CAI Z.3.2 
 10. Guzman, Vive.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.2.7 
 2. Blanch, Mallorca2.5 
 3. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.4 
 4. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.4 
 5. Rabaseda, Cornella2.3 
 6. Bernabe, Leon2.1 
 7. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.1.8 
 8. Coleman, Breogan1.8 
 9. Mena, La Palma1.8 
 10. Castro, Burg.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Donaldson, La La.1.9 
 2. Naymick, Caceres1.7 
 3. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 4. Samb, Cornella1.4 
 5. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.4 
 6. Joseph, Cornella1.3 
 7. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.3 
 8. Turner, Vive M.1.1 
 9. Northen, Mallorca1.1 
 10. Adrien, Breog.1.1 


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Andorra
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Pigram, Andorra18.8 
 2. Barcelo, Plasencia17.1 
 3. Howard, Guadalaj.17.0 
 4. Higgs, L''Hospitalet16.4 
 5. Salson, Huesca16.3 
 6. Ferrer, Cajasur .16.2 
 7. Freimanis, Qalat C.16.1 
 8. Williams, Matchmind15.1 
 9. Griffin, Cajasur .15.0 
 10. Ott, Caja Rio.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin HOWARD
  Guadalajara
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Howard, Guadalaj.10.9 
 2. Ayon, Illescas10.2 
 3. Thompson, ADT T.9.8 
 4. Miller, Huelva9.7 
 5. Santana, Caja Rioja8.5 
 6. Drame, Andorra7.9 
 7. Silvestre, Plasencia7.7 
 8. Freimanis, Qalat C.7.7 
 9. Andrews, Huesca7.7 
 10. Williams, Matchmi.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ricardo BUSCIGLIO
  Caja Rioja
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Busciglio, Caja Rioja4.7 
 2. Rufian, Huelva4.7 
 3. Gonzalez, Navarra4.6 
 4. Lopez, Coruna4.5 
 5. Rodriguez, Rosalia4.4 
 6. Marcos, Alcazar3.8 
 7. Guigou, Illescas3.8 
 8. Canals, Alaior3.8 
 9. Santamaria, ADT T.3.8 
 10. Comas, Prat.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio GOMEZ
  Huelva
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gomez, Huelva2.6 
 2. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.5 
 3. Ott, Caja Rioja2.3 
 4. Barcelo, Plasencia2.3 
 5. Johnson, Huesca2.2 
 6. Lyons, Alcazar2.2 
 7. Miller, Coruna2.2 
 8. Martinez, Huelva2.2 
 9. Alonso, Matchmind2.1 
 10. Ayon, Illesc.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  ADT Tarragona
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Thompson, ADT T.1.5 
 2. Biyombo, Illescas1.3 
 3. Adams, Navarra1.3 
 4. Sekulic, Plasencia1.1 
 5. Andrews, Huesca1.1 
 6. De Santana, Caja R.1.0 
 7. Miller, Huelva1.0 
 8. Matali, Andorra0.9 
 9. Ayon, Illescas0.8 
 10. Williams, Matchmi.0.8 


Alan Voskuil heads to LEB Silver - by Eurobasket News
Alan Voskuil (191-G-86, college: Texas Tech) joined Matchmind Carrefour El Boulevard de Avila in LEB Silver. The sides have reached an agreement for Voskuil to play in the team for the reminder of the season. The US-Danish 23-year-old signed for Fuenlabrada at the start of the season. Alan Voskuil graduated from the Texas Tech University this year. He tallied 13.8 points, 4.1 boards and 2.1 assists per game in his senior season. Voskuil will try to help Matchmind Carrefour El Boulevard de Avila to climb out of 2-7 record at the bottom of LEB Silver Group B standings.


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  SWEDEN   


Basketligan: Round 18 review - by Eurobasket News
08 - Boras 83-75
08 Stockholm closed Round 18 with 83-75 home win against Boras jumping for 3-13 score, what is still not enough for any better than the bottom of Basketligan standings. Darly Massamba (195-F-81, college: Armstrong Atlantic) led the hosts with 21, while Joakim Blom (211-C-76, agency: Court Side) added 19 pts and 10 rebs. In Boras, Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) collected 27 points and 11 rebounds.

Gothia Basket - Solna 66-77
The Vikings stay on top with 15-2 score. Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-C-81, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) led them with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while Lesli Myrthil (200-F-77, college: Wagner) and Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) added 19 pts each. Rhys Carter responded with 22 pts and 7 boards in defeat.

Norrkoping - Jamtland 96-69
14-2 for the Dolphins and 3-13 for Jamtland after this game. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) shined for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Dokun Akingbade (207-F-84, college: George Washington) delivered 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in defeat.

Sodertalje - Uppsala 74-56
William Walker (201-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Bethel (IN)) stepped up for the Kings with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Three players followed him in this victory with 11 pts each. In Uppsala, Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) was way better than the others collecting 22 points and 7 rebs.


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Brandon MCKNIGHT
  Plannja
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. McKnight, Plannja20.5 
 2. Klaric, Eco Orebro20.3 
 3. Palm, Boras16.8 
 4. Blom, 0816.2 
 5. Ringstrom, Gothia B.16.2 
 6. Mitchell, Solna16.2 
 7. Sigurdarson, Sunds.16.1 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.1 
 9. Carter, Gothia B.14.7 
 10. Walker, Sodertal.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Palm, Boras11.1 
 2. Ringstrom, Gothia B.10.5 
 3. Konare, Jamtland9.6 
 4. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.4 
 5. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.4 
 6. Akesson, Plannja8.3 
 7. Djordjic, Soder.8.2 
 8. Jonker, Sundsvall7.3 
 9. Jonzen, Uppsala7.1 
 10. Djuric, Uppsa.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mats LEVIN
  Sundsvall
  (188-G-77)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Levin, Sundsvall6.4 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.8 
 3. Mitchell, Solna5.7 
 4. Mbemba, Solna5.2 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping4.7 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje4.6 
 7. McKnight, Plannja4.4 
 8. Larsson, Plannja4.1 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping4.0 
 10. Sigurdarson, Sun.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.9 
 2. Mbemba, Solna2.8 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping2.7 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje2.7 
 5. McKnight, Plannja2.4 
 6. Mitchell, Solna2.2 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland2.2 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping2.0 
 9. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 10. Person, Uppsa.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.6 
 3. Palm, Boras1.4 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.3 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.3 
 6. McNaull, Norrkoping1.0 
 7. Drains, Norrkoping1.0 
 8. Akesson, Plannja0.9 
 9. Spagrud, Sundsvall0.8 
 10. Okot,0.7 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Kenny THOMAS
  Lausanne
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 24
 1. Thomas, Lausanne24.0 
 2. Hollins, Starwings20.7 
 3. Brown, Starwings19.5 
 4. Sowell, Geneva Devils19.2 
 5. Hamilton, SAM M.19.0 
 6. Esterkamp, Fribo.18.5 
 7. Bradley, MGS18.3 
 8. Fitzgerald, SAM M.17.3 
 9. Stockalper, Lugano T.16.9 
 10. Peterson, Boncou.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher GRIMM
  SAM Massagno
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Grimm, SAM M.10.0 
 2. Volcy, Monthey9.9 
 3. Thompson, Lausanne9.5 
 4. Southall, BBC Nyon9.2 
 5. Sloan, Starwings8.5 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt8.3 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.7.9 
 8. Basit, Geneva Devils7.8 
 9. VanderMeer, Lugano T.7.7 
 10. Dacevic, SAV.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Vernard HOLLINS
  Starwings
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Hollins, Starwings5.8 
 2. Pleux-D., Lausanne5.5 
 3. Bradley, MGS5.4 
 4. Lukovic, SAV V.5.3 
 5. Monroe, Boncourt5.0 
 6. Johnson, BBC Nyon4.9 
 7. Walton, Lugano T.4.9 
 8. Gray, SAM Massagno4.0 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.0 
 10. Brown, Starwin.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  SAM Massagno
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hamilton, SAM M.5.0 
 2. Pleux-D., Lausanne2.9 
 3. Gugino, Boncourt2.5 
 4. Gray, SAM Massagno2.3 
 5. Jaquier, Starwings2.3 
 6. Smiljanic, SAV V.2.3 
 7. Edecki-A., Geneva D.2.2 
 8. Dacevic, SAV V.2.2 
 9. Almanson, BBC Nyon2.1 
 10. Volcy, Month.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Lausanne
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Thompson, Lausanne4.6 
 2. Southall, BBC Nyon3.9 
 3. VanderMeer, Lugano T.2.9 
 4. Niang, MGS1.8 
 5. Sloan, Starwings1.5 
 6. Volcy, Monthey1.2 
 7. Grimes, Lausanne1.0 
 8. Molteni, Monthey1.0 
 9. Basit, Geneva Devils1.0 
 10. Delic, Starwin.1.0 


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  TAIWAN   


2009 EAG: Taiwan men routs Macau - by Chris Wang
Six players scored in double-digit as Taiwan cruised past Macau 118-59 Thursday night in its opening game in the 2009 East Asian Games in Hong Kong.

Taiwan was led by Chang Chih-feng and Yang Ching-min who each scored 17 points. Center Wu Tai-hao had 15 points and four blocks in limited playing time. Lin Chih-chieh and Chen Shun-hsiang, who made his national team debut, had 12 points respectively.

Taiwan shot 17-of-35 from the three-point land but only connected 9 of its 16 free-throw opportunities.


ESPN nips 2009-10 SBL TV deal - by Chris Wang
ESPN will be the main broadcaster for the 2009-10 SBL season after agreeing a deal that worth NT$28 million (US$870,000) which also includes broadcast distribution and marketing rights.

The announcement was made amid the fear of the league not being able to open on time as little progress has been made toward the new season. The public also showed concerns for fan support after a number of popular local players, including Chen Hsin-an and Lin Chih-chieh, left Taiwanese basketball and signed with Chinese teams.

The done deal means SBL teams have secured the largest share of revenue of their annual operation since these team traditionally don't do anything to promote and market themselves.

The National Sports Council, Taiwan's highest sports governing body, also said that it will provide the league with a NT$7 million subsidy as a support for the league that is weathering a difficult time like all sports.

Which means the league has secured NT$35 million in revenue with each team receiving a guaranteed NT$5 million for the new season, which will tip off on January 9 in Miaoli.

In terms of import hiring, team representatives were saying that there will be foreign players playing next season but nothing has been decided yet.

'It's expected that everything will be the same as last year. Same height limit (200cm or 6-7), same salary cap with a maximum of US$10,000 per month, and one import for each team, ' Dacin Tigers representative Wang Tsai-hsiang said.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


New generation club championships in TT! - by Albert-Lee Young
The waiting is over! After several weeks of speculation, the teams have been identified and a new generation of the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad & Tobago Club Championships has been unveiled.

The stage is now set for the much anticipated tournament which jumps off on Saturday with three matches at the Jean Pierre Complex in Port of Spain and one in Tobago. In the feature game, fans will see local standout, Steven Lighter Lewis of Defence Force, match up against former champions National Flour Mills led by power forward Jason Delise. Defence Force is the defending champion.

In the women division Courts Horizon led by 6-6 Patrice Edwards is expected to face fierce rivalry from a Defence Force team which includes national female players, Ronda John and Alicia Liverpool amongst others.

At the official launch held on Thursday at the Sport Company of Trinidad & Tobago Brian Manning, president of the NBFTT, indicated that the Championship is part of the new drive to make basketball the premier sport in T&T. He noted that the National Club Championships will provide a professionally structured and managed league which will feature players, officials and administrators of a world class standard.


Also present at the launch were Gary Hunt, Minister of Sport & Youth Affairs; Kenneth Charles, Chairman of the Sports Company; and Floyd Solomon Corporate Brand Specialist, Marketing & Communication of the co-sponsors TSTT.

In his address, Manning stated that a record 14 teams will do battle for a top prize of $100,000 in the men division and seven women teams will vie for the first prize of $30,000. Altogether an unparalleled $250,000 will be at stake in prize money.

Additionally for the first time, Tobago will have two teams participating in both the men and women divisions and their fans can now attend game at home. Manning also pointed out that highlight packages of the matches will be aired on the popular Synergy TV, while game videos will be distributed to all television stations in the twin island.


Hopefully with this new drive, the popularity of the sport will increase in the country and a rich tradition re-established.


$100,000 at stake as Club championship bounces off - by Don Farrell
Defence Force will begin its title defence and go after a first prize of $100,000 when the 2009 National Basketball Federation of T&T (NBFTT) National Club Championship bounces off tomorrow at the Jean Pierre Complex. The 2008 winners which placed second in the North Zone this year, will come up against third placed National Flour Mills in the second match of a triple header. The tournament was launched yesterday at the Conference Room of the Sport Company of T&T on Henry Street, Port of Spain. Brian Manning, president of the NBFTT said the championship is part of its drive to make basketball the premier sport in T&T. The National Club Championships will provide a professionally structured and managed league which will feature players, officials and administrators of a world class standard.
Also for the first time, Tobago will be represented by two teams in the mens and womens divisions and several games will be played there, said Manning. He said as part of the federations plans to create more awareness, highlight packages of the matches will be aired on Synergy TV, while game videos will be distributed to all television stations in the twin island. Manning said the Board of Directors remained committed to making the tournament which was launched in 1996, the premier tournament in the country. He said the NBFTT believes that sport can be used to address some of the social problems plaguing T&T and will ensure that they do not abdicate their responsibility to develop a better country for the sport.

The tournament will see 14 teams from seven zones taking part in the mens division, while there will be seven teams in the womens division for a top prize of $30,000. The format for the mens division will be a round robin contest in both the first and second rounds. Eight teams will move into the second round from which the the top four will play in a best of three series to determine the finalists. The winner will be determine in a best of seven final. Also present at the launch was Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs Gary Hunt and Chairman of the Sports Company of T&T Kenneth Charles. Manning who is also a player, will be suiting up for South Zone Runners-up Petro Jazz.



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  TURKEY   


Regal Barca blasts Fenerbahce Ulker 89-55 - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Fenerbahce Ulker 89-55

Regal Barca demonstrated its power against Fenerbahce Ulker. The Spanish champion registered impressive 89-55 victory becoming the only unbeaten team in Euroleague after 6 rounds. Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) led Barca in scoring with 14 points each. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) had 12, while Erazem Lorbek (210-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Juan Navarro (192-G-80) posted 11 pts apiece. Fenerbahce (3-3) had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) with 13 pts.
Regal Barca dominated in this game from the tip off. Pete Mickeal was on fire helping Barca to grab quick 8-2 lead. Fenerbahce Ulker had many troubles with their offensive plays and they scored just 6 points for the entire first period. The hosts were much better and Jaka Lakovic closed first quarter with a layup for 15-6. Question about the winner is already resolved in the second period. Juan Carlos Navarro and Fran Vazquez joined Lakovic and Mickeal lifting Barca to 17-8 and later 22-11 lead. Fener responded later cutting the margin to 11, but Barca used last few minutes in the first half to create impressive 10-0 run. Thus, after 20 minutes of play Regal Barca already was 42-21 up. That was the end for Fener, who was not able seriously to treat after that. Barca dominated in third 25-15 and later ended last period with 22-19 for the final 89-55 victory.

Regal Barca: Jaka Lakovic 14, Fran Vazquez 14, Pete Mickeal 12, Erazem Lorbek 11, Juan Navarro 11
Fenerbahce Ulker: Lynn Greer 13


Efes Pilsen celebrates comfortable win against Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Lietuvos Rytas 77-62

Efes Pilsen outplayed Lietuvos Rytas 77-65 and both teams have 3-3 now in Group B. Partizan Belagde has the same numbers in this pool. Big guy Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) stepped up for Efes Pilsen with 17 points and 6 rebounds, while Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) helped with one point less than him. Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) and Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) delivered 8 points each. Bojan Popovic (191-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) (6 as) and Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) netted 12 pts each in defeat.
Opening ten minutes were pretty leveled. Teams exchanged in lead, but at the end it was Efes Pilsen who held 15-13. Efes Pilsen players started to play much better in the second frame. Daniel Santiago and his teammates grabbed 28-17, but Lietuvos Rytas had an answer for that coming to 28-24. Sinica and Bojan Popovic stepped up for the guests in the finish of first half and they brought 32-34 HT lead to their team. After the breather, Efes Pilsen quickly tied the score to 42-42 and was looking good. Daniel Santiago dominated in the paint helping Efes Pilsen to make 8-0 run, but Lietuvos Rytas managed to close the gap to 53-52 soon after that. In the finish of third period Marvis Thornton and Daniel Santiago pushed Efes up to 57-53. Than in the last quarter, Efes Pilsen jumped to 61-53 and was on the right track to victory. After basket by Shumpert in the finish, the hosts grabbed 70-58 and never looked back after that.

Efes Pilsen: Daniel Santiago 17+6 boards, Igor Rakocevic 16, Marvis Thornton 8, Kaya Peker 8
Lietuvos Rytas: Bojan Popovic 12+6 as, Arturas Jomantas 12


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Warriors' notes: Bell has surgery on hand; speedy return ruled out - by David Edole
Bell has surgery on hand; speedy return ruled out

Going into surgery, Warriors guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) was either expected to be out a few weeks or be out for the season. Now that the surgery is complete, the projection is somewhere in between.

Bell had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left hand on Thursday in Charlotte. The damage was severe enough to rule out a speedy return. But somehow, hope exists that Bell can return this season as he could be back in three months, the team announced. Bell's left wrist will be immobilized for six weeks followed by rehabilitation.

The team gave no explanation for the newfound hope that Bell would be back by March. He said before surgery that he could be out four to five months.

The Warriors could be hopeful for Bell's return, or they could be helping keep their options open. If Bell has a chance to return, teams might be more inclined to trade for him as he's an ideal player for a team looking for veteran help down the stretch.

A team source said the Warriors are interested in keeping Bell even if it turns out he is out for the season. In this, the final year of his contract, Bell is earning $5.25 million.

Bell's contract combined with those of guard Speedy Claxton ($5.2 million), forward Devean George ($1.6 million) and center Mikki Moore ($1.3 million) gives the Warriors a nice chunk of salary cap relief.

But the Warriors aren't opposed to re-signing Bell, the source said. They have been searching for a veteran player who can produce consistently. Plus, Bell has the defensive acumen and leadership qualities the Warriors need. Bell may be held off the trade market unless the Warriors get an offer they can't refuse.
By Marcus Thompson II


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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk24.3 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot23.6 
 3. Blassingame, BC Od.22.0 
 4. Fraser, Hoverla18.3 
 5. Mitchell, Khimik18.1 
 6. Daniels, Azovmash17.9 
 7. Thomas, Fe.17.8 
 8. Crowe, Dnipro17.5 
 9. Tiggs, Fe.17.4 
 10. Coleman, BC Odes.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles THOMAS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Thomas, Fe.11.4 
 2. Fraser, Hoverla10.0 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash8.6 
 4. Kornienko, Dnipro7.4 
 5. Hunter, Fe.7.3 
 6. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv7.2 
 7. Wilson, Gryfony7.1 
 8. Morton, DniproAzot7.1 
 9. Agafonov, Khimik7.0 
 10. Finn, Politek.Lv.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  BC Odessa
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Blassingame, BC Od.6.3 
 2. Mitchell, Khimik6.0 
 3. Crowe, Dnipro5.8 
 4. Jeromanovs, Mykol.5.0 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot4.6 
 6. El-Amin, Budivelnyk4.5 
 7. Hill, BC Odessa4.3 
 8. Perry, BC Donetsk4.2 
 9. Lukashov, BC Kyiv4.1 
 10. Henderson, Bud.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars JEROMANOVS
  Mykolaiv
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.4 
 2. Crowe, Dnipro2.4 
 3. Drozdov, BC Donetsk2.3 
 4. Tiggs, Fe.2.3 
 5. Allen, Kryvbasb.2.3 
 6. Serapinas, Azovm.2.2 
 7. Canak, Gryfony2.2 
 8. Sparks, Hoverla2.0 
 9. House, Azovmash2.0 
 10. Perry, BC Donet.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv3.2 
 2. Rizvic, Azovmash2.9 
 3. Agafonov, Khimik1.6 
 4. Morton, DniproAzot1.5 
 5. Balashov, BC Odessa1.5 
 6. Owens, BC Donetsk1.4 
 7. Orlenko, Hoverla1.4 
 8. Kovalenko, Hoverla1.3 
 9. Ulyanko, Pulsar1.3 
 10. Chemyakin,.1.3 


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


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


PANTHERS CLAW PAST PEREGRINES; FURY TAME GRIZZLIES - by Sandy Sutherland
East Lothian Peregrines were bundled out of the Scottish Cup in
one of the biggest upsets for years when they went down 75-74 to
Portlethen Panthers in their second round tie in the Aberdeen
subhurb.
The absence of Swedish centre Rob Jansson, their one and only big
man this season, and his vertically challenged friend Dennis
Westerberg, their excellent three-point shooter, was crucial and
they also missed young guard-forward Mike Murray, who signed from
Edinburgh Kings at the start of the season.
Captain Grant Gibson scored 25 points for the Musselburgh men but
had too much to do on his own.
'We just didn't play well,' said team manager Brian Ramsay.
But that probably did less than justice to the Grampian league
team who continued the tradition of North-East non-national league
sides in eliminating national league opponents.
Panthers had two excellent 20-point contributions from Heinrich
Jasper and Nick Ruta.
Grampian Police, who themselves had knocked out Peregrines in a
previous upset some years ago, had their progress arrested this
time away to St Mirren, who won comfortably 109-53.
But yet another Grampian non-league side newcomers Granite City
Grizzles put up a valiant fight at Falkirk before succumbing 79-54
to the Fury.
Grizzlies, who gave up home advantage to play at the Mariner
Centre, had two ex-Falkirk players in their ranks in Nick Compton
and Mark Duncan, but it was two Scottish Universities caps who
caught the eye.
Aberdeen University's Irish forward Mark Reynolds, back after a
stint in the German league, proved a real threat till he fouled
out, while Daniel Sutherland also impressed home coach John
Bunyan.
Fury had a strong line-up with Scotland centre Roni Gordon back
from knee surgery to add bulk and height.
But it was Bunyan's 17-year-old younger son Jonny, the point
guard, who dominated with an impressive 'double double',
top-scoring with 22 points and adding 11 rebounds, while elder
brother Keith scored 13 including four three-pointers.
Another 17-year-old Ali Fraser added 16 points as Fury pulled away
from a 59-48 third quarter lead.
The closest tie of the round came in Glasgow where the Glasgow
Rocks' second team squeezed past Dunfermline Reign 62-61.



STEVEN RUSH LEAVES TIGERS - by Andy Webb
Everton Tigers have announced that Steven Rush (180-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) is set to return to the USA after the club decided not to extend his contract.

Rush, 25, arrived on Merseyside in late September from German Pro-B side Franken Hexer where he had played since January 2008.

After experiencing a difficult start to the new BBL campaign the Tigers management has decided to part company with the American point guard and is actively seeking a suitable replacement.

Tigers head coach Tony Garbelotto said: 'Steven was an excellent player and we are sad to see him go. Although our results have been disappointing there have been some very positive results in the past few weeks.

Taking this into account I think we had to take a longer term view to our season and we are now talking to a couple of players who will bring something to the squad going forward.
We wish him every success with his next club.



Cup Final Place at Stake - by Andy Webb
This Sunday evening sees the second leg of the Semi Final of the BBL Cup competition take place at the Northgate Arena, as the Cheshire Jets look to save their chances of appearing the BBL Cup Final in January by beating the Marshall MK Lions, who won their home leg of the game 88-84 last Friday evening. The winner, based on the score across the two games, will face either the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders, or the Sheffield Sharks, depending on the outcome of the exciting double-header taking place next weekend, which sees both legs of their Semi Final played back-to-back.

Although it was not all joy for the Lions last weekend, who went down 93-82 to the Guildford Heat away last Saturday; the Jets experienced double agony, as after losing the Semi Final to the Lions, they were defeated 89-108 by a Ryan Patton-led Sheffield Sharks side. The American point guard shot 10/14 from behind the arc, and knocked down all of his free throws and field goals, to finish with 44 points in the contest.

Despite the results last weekend, Jets Head Coach Paul Smith said that he was proud of his players effort. He explained: Both games were tough and the wrong results last weekend, but I was proud of our players. They played with spirit against two good teams, with two key players out he added: We are improving all the time, and Sunday will be a very tough game. A place in the final is at stake. The two teams are closely matched, and these are great games for everyone to be involved in. The coaches, players and fans should all be up for this.

Having played against the Lions last weekend, Smith said that stopping Yorick Williams is the key for his side come Sunday evening: Their main threat, without a doubt, is Yorick Williams he always plays well at the Northgate. he added.

Fans must also remember that a key BBL Championship clash between the Glasgow Rocks and the visiting Essex Pirates takes place on Sunday. The sides have never met before in BBL history, as the Pirates are new to the league this year, and Rocks player-coach Sterling Davis says he is thoroughly looking forward to what will be a tough test for his side: I think it will be as tough as any other game throughout the course of the season he said: Every game is a tough one, but they have a lot to prove, being that they are new to the league.



New opposition for Trailblazers - by George Manousidis
Derby Trailblazers and London Mets will meet for the first time in their history this weekend, as the Londoners come to Moorways on Saturday night.

The Trailblazers have made an excellent start to their season. They are currently fourth in the table with a 4-2 record, have won their group in the pool stage of the National Trophy and are through to the semi-final of the National Cup.

Meanwhile, the Mets have three wins from six starts in the league and are currently top of their Trophy pool with one game left to play, but are out of the National Cup.

Trailblazers coach Clarence Wiggins admits to not knowing too much about the Londoners:

'I'm not really sure what to expect from them. They're obviously new to our league and I think, like Leicester, they'll be very tough, very physical and probably very aggressive too,' he said.

Derby go into the game fresh from last weekend's league and cup double over Sheffield Arrows. Dave Attewell dominated at both ends on Saturday, but was restricted by foul trouble on Sunday. With Mark Woodhouse (205-F/C-82, college: N.Carolina A&T) also ruled out through injury, Wiggins was pleased to see how his side coped in the absence of their two tallest players:

'As a team, you have to make those adjustments. You have to put different players in and they should be keen to get out there and show that they deserve quality minutes. Paul Bowen did a good job off the bench and Sam [O'Shea] also did a great job on the rebounding side of things and with Dave in foul trouble, that was just what needed,' he said.

By contrast, Mets will be coming into the match off the back of a two point defeat away to Bristol Academy Flyers. Jeffery Danchie again led the Londoners with 17 points, but Wiggins says he'll simply be concentrating on making sure Derby play to their own potential:

'We have to make sure we execute our plays to the best of our ability. If we can do that, we should be able to cope with whatever they throw at us and hopefully we can win the basketball game,' he concluded.