EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/16/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Partizan 20-2 
 2. Crvena Zvez. 17-5 
 3. Hemofarm 16-6 
 4. Cibona 15-6 
 5. Zadar 15-7 
 6. Buducnost 12-10 
 7. Bosna S. 10-12 
 8. FMP 9-13 
 9. Olimpija 9-13 
 10. KK Split 8-13 
 11. Krka 7-15 
 12. KK Zagreb 6-16 
 13. Helios 5-17 
 14. Vojvodina 4-18 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Juby JOHNSON
  Zadar
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Labovic, FMP18.2 
 2. Jacobson, Helios16.5 
 3. Ikonic, Bosna S.15.9 
 4. Shields, Krka15.9 
 5. Shannon, KK Split15.5 
 6. Tomic, KK Zagreb15.0 
 7. Gecevski, Zadar14.9 
 8. Stemberger, KK Sp.14.6 
 9. Simon, KK Zagreb14.6 
 10. Ivanovic, Bosna.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jared HOMAN
  Cibona
  (206-C-83)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Tomic, KK Zagreb8.8 
 2. Gecevski, Zadar7.8 
 3. Borovnjak, Vojvo.7.1 
 4. Samardziski, FMP7.0 
 5. Ivanov, Zadar6.9 
 6. Velickovic, Partizan6.8 
 7. Lasme, Partizan6.8 
 8. Pavic, Krka6.1 
 9. Labovic, FMP6.1 
 10. Hajric, Bosna.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Alvin SNOW
  Helios
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Stipcevic, Zadar4.6 
 2. Ilievski, U.Olimpija4.5 
 3. Shannon, KK Split4.4 
 4. Dordevic, Bosna S.4.0 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.6 
 6. Covic, FMP3.5 
 7. Calloway, Cibona3.5 
 8. Dixon, Zadar3.3 
 9. Pavkovic, Hemofarm3.2 
 10. Marinovic, Crvena.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Andre OWENS
  Crvena Zvez.
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Shannon, KK Split2.4 
 2. Dasic, Buducnost2.3 
 3. Calloway, Cibona2.0 
 4. Micov, Buducnost2.0 
 5. Markovic, Hemofarm1.8 
 6. Otasevic, Buducnost1.7 
 7. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija1.7 
 8. Mocnik, Helios1.6 
 9. Stemberger, KK Sp.1.6 
 10. Sutalo, Vojvodi.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Smiljan PAVIC
  Krka
  (210-F/C-80)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Begic, U.Olimpija2.5 
 2. Lasme, Partizan1.9 
 3. Vranes, Partizan1.8 
 4. Samardziski, FMP1.2 
 5. Misanovic, Buduc.1.2 
 6. Bajic, Vojvodina1.1 
 7. Roberts, Crvena Z.1.1 
 8. Tomic, KK Zagreb1.1 
 9. Gecevski, Zadar1.0 
 10. Zimic, Bosna.1.0 


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 22 - The end of regular season - by Eurobasket News
Wildcats - Tigers 100-86
Perth Wildcats celebrated against Tigers in the last round of the regular season reaching the fourth place with 17-13 record. On the other side, the team from Melbourne is on position number 2 with 20-12. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) led the winners with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The Tigers got 23 points from Ebi Ere and 22 from David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.). On February 18th Perth will meet Crocodiles in the quarterfinals. Tigers booked a place for the semis directly.

Spirit - Breakers 97-107
New Zealand Breakers cruised past Sydney Spirit on the road finishing the regular season on third place. CJ Bruton (188-G-75, college: Indian Hills CC) was a key player for the guests collecting 30 points and 5 rebounds. The hosts got 20 points and 5 boards from Jason Smith. Unfortunately they didn't succeed to reach the play-off. In the quarterfinals the team from New Zealand will take on No.6 Adelaide 36ers.

Blaze - Hawks 114-104
The last ranked GCB was better than the Hawks thanks to James Harvey (196-G/F-79) and his 26 points, Justin Bowen also shined collecting 19 pts and 10 boards. On the other side, Anthony Petrie had 20 pts. Both teams already ended 08/09 season.

Taipans - Dragons 80-82
Melbourne South Dragons outsmarted Taipans on the road finishing the regular season on top of NBL with 22-8 record. It mean that Dragons automatically booked a place for the semifinals. Donta Smith (201-G-83, college: SE Illinois JC) scored 19, Joe Ingles had 18, while Tremmell Darden helped with 14 points and 13 rebounds. The hosts got 21 points and 8 boards from Martin Cattalini staying out of play-off.

Tigers - Crocodiles 103-87
David Barlow led the Tigers collecting 20 points and 6 rebounds. Like Kendall scored 17, Nathan Crosswell had 16 and Ebi Ere helped with 15 points. Corey Williams and Brad Williamson combined 43 points for the Crocs.

Breakers - Taipans 103-69
The Breakers devastated their rivals in this one having couple of players in a game mood. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) nailed 19 and the second scorer was Rick Rickert with 16 pts, but also including 9 boards. Gary Boodnikoff had 13 points in loss.

Hawks - 36ers 102-95
Matt Campbell stepped up for the hosts in this game draining 23 points and pulling down 5 rebounds, Dusty Rychart had 18 points and 11 boards, while Anthony Petrie and Kavossy Franklin netted 15 points apiece. On the other side, the 36ers got impressive 37 points and 15 rebounds from Luke Schenscher.


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 CJ BRUTON
  Breakers
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Penney, Breakers23.9 
 2. Ere, Tigers21.5 
 3. Whitehead, Blaze20.4 
 4. Harvey, Blaze20.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats19.3 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles18.9 
 7. Franklin, Hawks18.4 
 8. Knight, Spirit18.1 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers18.1 
 10. Schenscher, 36e.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jacob HOLMES
  36ers
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Whitehead, Blaze15.0 
 2. Anstey, Tigers10.2 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers10.1 
 4. Ellis, Crocodiles9.2 
 5. Rychart, Hawks8.3 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats8.2 
 7. Ballinger, 36ers7.9 
 8. Saville, Hawks7.8 
 9. Knight, Spirit7.7 
 10. Bowen, Bla.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel JOYCE
  Blaze
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Heal, Blaze5.1 
 2. Dann, Spirit5.0 
 3. Crosswell, Tigers4.6 
 4. Hinson, Wildcats4.6 
 5. Franklin, Hawks4.5 
 6. Bruce, 36ers4.4 
 7. Williams, Crocodiles4.1 
 8. Maher, 36ers4.1 
 9. Saville, Hawks4.0 
 10. Bruton, Breake.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Donta SMITH
  Dragons
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Saville, Hawks2.5 
 2. Williams, Taipans2.1 
 3. Ellis, Crocodiles1.9 
 4. Anstey, Tigers1.7 
 5. Bruton, Breakers1.6 
 6. Bowen, Blaze1.6 
 7. Crawford, Wildcats1.6 
 8. Martin, Spirit1.6 
 9. Boucher, Breakers1.6 
 10. Crosswell, Tige.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel JOHNSON
  Tigers
  (212-C-88)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Anstey, Tigers2.2 
 2. Mee, Taipans1.4 
 3. Saville, Hawks1.3 
 4. Frank, Blaze1.2 
 5. Bowen, Blaze1.1 
 6. Victor, Wildcats1.0 
 7. Darden, Dragons1.0 
 8. Burston, Dragons1.0 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.1.0 
 10. Horvath, Drago.0.9 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Melbourne SD 22-8 
 2. Melbourne T. 20-10 
 3. N.Zealand B. 18-12 
 4. Perth W. 17-13 
 5. Townsville C. 17-13 
 6. Adelaide 36ers 15-15 
 7. Wollongong 11-19 
 8. Cairns T. 11-19 
 9. Sydney S. 11-19 
 10. Gold Coast B. 8-22 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kenny GRANT
  Norrkoping
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Bankevics, Valmiera20.2 
 2. Kolesnikov, VEF R.19.5 
 3. Clark, Valmiera19.2 
 4. Vares, Valga Welg18.8 
 5. Varnelis, Alytus A.18.6 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas17.9 
 7. Alexander, Ba.17.7 
 8. Beard, TU/Rock17.6 
 9. Strupovics, Keiza.17.5 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mindaugas KALVELIS
  Juventus
  (205-C-80)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Beard, TU/Rock9.6 
 2. Anderson, Valga W.9.5 
 3. Alexander, Ba.8.5 
 4. Vasylius, Neptunas8.4 
 5. Varnelis, Alytus A.8.1 
 6. Butkevicius, Kaunas T.7.9 
 7. Dimsa, Aisciai7.4 
 8. Cipriano, Norrkoping7.4 
 9. McNaull, Norrkoping7.4 
 10. Valukonis, Sudu.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Uldis RUDZITIS
  ASK/Buki
  (192-G-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock5.9 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping4.9 
 3. Gabrans, ASK/.4.6 
 4. Hill, Techasas4.4 
 5. Sirsnins, Valmiera4.3 
 6. Runkauskas, Suduva4.3 
 7. Eidson, Lietuvos4.2 
 8. Viskontas, Nevezis4.2 
 9. Jeromanovs, VEF R.4.1 
 10. Kazevicius, Alytus.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Linehan, Kalev/Cr.3.3 
 2. Bolds, Techasas2.6 
 3. Slesers, Keiza.2.3 
 4. Jeromanovs, VEF R.2.2 
 5. Strelnieks, Keiza.2.1 
 6. Mazutis, ASK Riga2.1 
 7. Gabrans, ASK/.2.1 
 8. Pilk, TTU K.2.0 
 9. Skele, Ba.2.0 
 10. Kolesnikov, VEF.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arvydas VAITIEKUS
  Neptunas
  (210-C-83)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 2. Silinskis, Nevezis1.7 
 3. Woods, Zalgiris1.5 
 4. Anderson, Valga W.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Kalev/Cramo1.4 
 6. Berzins, Ba.1.3 
 7. Toome, TTU K.1.3 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock1.3 
 9. Viiask, TTU K.1.3 
 10. Elliott, Valmie.1.2 


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Group 1
 1. Lietuvos 14-2 
 2. Zalgiris 10-5 
 3. Kalev/Cramo 10-6 
 4. ASK Riga 9-6 
 5. TU/Rock 8-8 
 6. Siauliai 7-8 
 7. Ventspils 6-9 
 8. Barons/LMT 6-10 
 9. Valmiera 5-9 
 10. Nevezis 2-14 
Group C
 1. Neptunas 2-1 
 2. VEF Riga 2-1 
 3. Sakalai 2-1 
 4. Kaunas Tr. 1-2 
 5. Aisciai 1-2 
 6. Norrkoping 1-2 
Group D
 1. Tallinna Kalev 3-0 
 2. TTU KK 2-1 
 3. Liepaja 2-1 
 4. Keizarmezs 1-1 
 5. Zemgale 0-2 
 6. Alytus Alita 0-3 


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. M.Hainaut 14-4 
 2. Charleroi 13-4 
 3. Aalstar 13-4 
 4. Antwerp 10-8 
 5. Liege 8-10 
 6. Leuven 7-11 
 7. Oostende 6-12 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 5-13 
 9. Gent 4-14 


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Wes WILKINSON
  Charleroi
  (207-F-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lojeski, Aalstar19.2 
 2. Banks, Verviers.17.8 
 3. Hill, Liege17.3 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp17.2 
 5. Freeman, Gent17.1 
 6. Miller, Leuven16.7 
 7. Green, M.Hainaut15.8 
 8. Huffman, Aalstar15.1 
 9. Cage, Liege14.8 
 10. Black, Antwe.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eric POOLE
  Liege
  (204-F/C-76)
  Avg: 5
 1. Cantrell, Aalstar10.0 
 2. Brown, Gent8.7 
 3. Randle, Gent7.9 
 4. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.6 
 5. Pelle, Aalstar7.2 
 6. Melson, Gent6.9 
 7. Thomas, Liege6.9 
 8. Beghin, Antwerp6.3 
 9. Sensley, M.Hainaut6.2 
 10. Dove, Verviers-P.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Kelvin TORBERT
  M.Hainaut
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Draper, Oostende5.6 
 2. Huffman, Aalstar5.3 
 3. Atkins, Oostende4.1 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut3.5 
 5. Loubry, Gent3.2 
 6. Black, Antwerp3.2 
 7. Miller, Leuven3.0 
 8. Wilson, Liege2.9 
 9. Moors, Gent2.8 
 10. Green, Oosten.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Geoffrey HOCKINS
  Verviers-Pep.
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Hill, Liege2.4 
 2. Atkins, Oostende2.1 
 3. Freeman, Gent2.1 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.1 
 5. Conlan, M.Hainaut2.0 
 6. Dove, Verviers-Pep.2.0 
 7. Lojeski, Aalstar1.9 
 8. Huffman, Aalstar1.9 
 9. Broyles, Charleroi1.8 
 10. Brown, Ge.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Piet DE BEL
  Aalstar
  (208-C-80)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Haryasz, Oostende1.4 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.3 
 3. Wilkinson, Charleroi1.1 
 4. Pelle, Aalstar1.1 
 5. Fields, Liege0.9 
 6. Sensley, M.Hainaut0.9 
 7. Ibrahim, Leuven0.9 
 8. Dove, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 9. Green, Oostende0.8 
 10. Erwin, Vervie.0.8 


D1 Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Liege - Charleroi 61-75
Charleroi registered another comfortable win in Belgian top division. This time Drazen Anzulovic's team outplayed Liege Basket on the road 75-61 improving to 13-4 record. The same numbers also has Aalstar (2nd/3rd place). Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) led the scorers in victory with 15, Dwayne Broyles had 14 and Jerry Johnson added 13 points. The hosts got 20 points from Larry Owens.

Oostende - Verviers-Pep. 98-80
Very important victory for Base Oostende, who handed the 13th loss to Pepnister this season, at the same time jumping on 6-12 record. Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) stepped up for the hosts with 23 points. Eric Hicks had 18 and Dontaye Dreper nailed 17 pts, including 7 boards and 7 assists. Experienced Aleksandar Zecevic top-scored in loss with 18 pts.

Leuven - M.Hainaut 50-84
Dexia Mons-Hainaut basted Leuven on the road remaining the top ranked team in D1 with 14-4. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) and Kelvin Torbert combined 42 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Wim Vuchelen had 19 points for the hosts.

Gent - Antwerp 61-67
10-8 for Antwerp and 4-14 for the last ranked Gent after this game. Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego) paced the Giants to victory draining 20 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. Kevin Melson contributed with double-double in defeat.


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 17-1 
 2. Zrinjski MC 15-3 
 3. Sloboda Dita 15-4 
 4. Siroki Eronet 12-6 
 5. BoracNektar 12-7 
 6. SL IAT Leotar 11-7 
 7. Mladost MG 8-11 
 8. Posusje 7-11 
 9. Slavija 6-12 
 10. Grude 6-13 
 11. Hercegovac 5-12 
 12. Vitez 5-13 
 13. Novi Grad 0-19 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Bosna S.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Rocks 78 - 87 Jets - by David Edole
The BiG Storage Cheshire Jets scored their fourth consecutive win and moved to the verge of the BBL Championship playoff places as they beat the Scottish Rocks 78-87 in Glasgow.

They were led once more by the irrepressible Chez Marks, who had 25 points, whilst Shawn Myers had a big first half and ended up with 16. Rob Yanders led the stuttering Rocks with 18 points as they slipped to their fifth defeat in six games.

The Rocks were quick out of the blocks and soon led 15-6 after an 8-0 burst that included three-pointers for Blake Shelton and Yanders. The Jets responded with an 8-0 run of their own, Marks and Myers scoring 4 each, and took the lead at 20-21 on a Myers basket as they held their hosts scoreless for the last 2:12 of the quarter.

Sterling Davis tied the game immediately in the second stanza with a three-pointer and neither team could establish more than a three point lead for the next eight minutes. However, the Jets took charge once more through Myers as he made four consecutive free-throws and Marks and Frank Phifer added baskets in a 10-0 surge that gave them a 36-43 lead. Myers connected from the line twice more, but Yanders hit a triple on the buzzer to keep the Rocks in touch at 40-45 going into the break.

The Jets pulled further away in the third period as a Calvin Davis three-pointer ignited a 7-0 run that was completed by Alto Virgil and made the score 42-52. Chi Lewis-Parry scored back-to-back baskets for the Rocks and they made it a one-point game soon afterwards with a 7-0 burst of their own, Wilbur Johnson scored for 58-59. However, the Rocks would not score for the last 1:55 as Marks hit 5 points in a 9-0 finish that restored the Jets double digit advantage at 58-68.

Former Rock Phil Perre scored three early points as the Jets extended their lead, before former Jet Marc Pratt responded with a three-pointer for the hosts. The teams traded baskets and the Jets kept their opponents at arms length as Perre scored 9 points in the quarter. The closest that the Rocks could get was 78-85 after a late 8-1 run that included 6 points for Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.), but with just 12 seconds remaining it came too late.


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  BULGARIA   


Third win for Levski over Yambol this season - by Valentin Anguelov
In a very interesting and a nice game to watch Levski defeated Yambol 112-84 in the first game for both teams from the second phase of the National Basketball League. For the winners successful debut in Bulgaria made Charles Jones, Arnas Kazlauskas and Boyko Mladenov who were signed in the transfer window.

The game started in an even way but the guests had a little advantage. As usual in those minutes Stanislav Govedarov was the best for them in those minutes as he had a very good game overall. In the first quarter there was a little confusion in Levski's play maybe because of the fact that Jones was playing his first game in place of Marcus Hall. After this first quarter Yambol was ahead 31-28.

After Marcus Hall came in in the second quarter Levski managed to tie the score but unfortunately for them Stefan Georgiev made a lot of fouls in this minutes and so under the basket the team had to rely on the veterans Morton and Kazlauskas. After a dramatic second quarter the teams were just about to go tied at the break before Martin Durchev scored a three-pointer to make the score 53-56 in favour of Yambol after the first 20 minutes.

After the break the game continued to be so even and intense. Govedarov and Sanders were playing very well for the visitors while the surprise for Levski came from Pavel Ivanov. He entered the game in the second half and after his and Hall's good performance the hosts managed to take a 77-71 lead after the third quarter.

In the last quarter the powers of Yambol's players were gone and Levski managed to increased the advantage by 22 points to win by 28 in total. By this win The Blues again went to second place just a win more ahead of Spartak Pleven.

The top scorer for Levski was Marcus Hall with 27 points adding also 8 assists. Perfect game had Pavel Ivanov who for only 12 minutes scored 17 points contributing hugely for the win. Arnas Kazlauskas also had 17 in his debut in the Bulgarian championship while Stanislav Slaveykov and Dwyane Morton both scored 14.

For Yambol once again with a double-double finished Byron Sanders - 23 points and 16 rebounds. Govedarov scored 19 points while Pavel Marinov had 18 and 4 rebounds.

Levski will play in the derby game of NBL next week in Pleven against Spartak in a battle for second place while Yambol will host Euroins Cherno More.

Before those games The Blues from Sofia will travel to Bucharest to meet Dinamo in a game from their group in Eurohold Balkan league.


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil A. 13-1 
 2. Levski 10-4 
 3. Spartak P. 9-5 
 4. ChernoMore 8-6 
 5. Rilski S-list 8-7 
 6. Yambol 6-8 
 7. Sliven 0-15 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Pavel MARINOV
  Yambol
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Hall, Levski22.3 
 2. Sakota, CSKA19.0 
 3. Dimitrov, Spart.18.7 
 4. McIntosh, Chern.18.0 
 5. Pickett, Lukoil A.17.9 
 6. Preston, Spartak P.17.2 
 7. Peterson, Rilski S.17.0 
 8. O'Gallagher, Yam.16.6 
 9. Papic, Rilski S-list16.4 
 10. Adeleke, Lukoil.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Corey MCINTOSH
  ChernoMore
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Adeleke, Lukoil A.12.7 
 2. Sanders, Yambol12.3 
 3. Evtimov, Levski9.3 
 4. Santos, ChernoMore8.9 
 5. Doychinov, CSKA8.8 
 6. Peterson, Rilski S.8.3 
 7. Preston, Spartak P.7.9 
 8. Georgiev, Levski7.7 
 9. Tenev, Sliven7.1 
 10. Topchov, Spartak.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Julian RADIONOV
  ChernoMore
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kruger, Lukoil A.7.5 
 2. Mirkovic, Rilski S.5.4 
 3. Akins, Lukoil A.5.3 
 4. Burks, Lukoil A.5.0 
 5. McIntosh, Chern.4.6 
 6. Hall, Levski4.5 
 7. Velikov, Levski3.9 
 8. Benchev, Sliven3.4 
 9. Stoykov, Lukoil A.3.4 
 10. Govedarov, Yamb.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dimitar ANGELOV
  Lukoil A.
  (202-G/F-79)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Velikov, Levski2.2 
 2. Pickett, Lukoil A.2.0 
 3. Belberov, Rilski S.1.9 
 4. McIntosh, Chern.1.9 
 5. Dimitrov, Spart.1.8 
 6. Sanders, Yambol1.7 
 7. Tsvetkov, CSKA1.7 
 8. Lilov, Rilski S-list1.6 
 9. Stoykov, Lukoil A.1.6 
 10. Nikolov, Lukoil.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel MARINOV
  Yambol
  (196-G-88)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Earl, ChernoMore1.7 
 2. Sanders, Yambol1.7 
 3. Peterson, Rilski S.1.4 
 4. Doychinov, CSKA1.3 
 5. Mijovic, Lukoil A.1.0 
 6. Adeleke, Lukoil A.0.9 
 7. Ilchev, Sliven0.9 
 8. Tsvetkov, CSKA0.7 
 9. Skumatov, Yambol0.6 
 10. Morton, Levs.0.6 


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  CHINA   


Guangdong, Xinjiang Underestimate Opponents But Still Win - by Arthur Volbert

Guangdong took CBA newcomer Tianjin much too lightly today and barely emerged with a 118-117 victory. Guangdong's record is now 31-5. Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) scored 33 points to lead Guangdong, hitting 9 of 10 three-pointers. Wang Shipeng scored 20 and Du Feng scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Jason Dixon had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Darryl Watkins led Tianjin with 28 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals and 4 blocks. Theron Smith had 24 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Point guard Li Gangfeng had 17 points and 3 assists. Xu Guijun had 19 points and 4 assists. Wang Hao scored 14 and Liu Hao scored 12. Guangdong led 34-29 after one quarter but Tianjin led 58-55 at the half. Guangdong led 88-87 after three quarters.

Xinjiang kept pace with Dongguan with a 99-91 win over Jilin. It also had a much tougher day than expected, trailing 30-20 after one quarter and 55-44 at the half. But it outscored Jilin 35-14 in the third quarter to put Jilin away. Juan Mendez had 35 points and 10 rebounds to lead Xinjiang. Xue Yuyang had one of those great games he can sometimes produce, scoring 22 points on 11 of 16 shooting. Myron Allen had 10 points and 9 assists, but also had 9 turnovers. Xu Guochong scored 17 and Mengke Bateer had 15 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists. Leon Rogers had 40 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists for Jilin. Yang Yuming had 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Soumaila Samake had 12 points and 6 rebounds. Wang Bo had 4 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals.

Donnell Harvey had 42 points and 13 rebounds as Jiangsu smashed Shanghai 133-107. Jiangsu raised its record t0 28-8. Jameel Watkins had 24 points and 9 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Han Shuo had 11 points and 5 assists. DaJuan Tate scored 33 for Shanghai. Shanghai, which has no inside presence, was outrebounded 47-30. Peng Fei scored 21 and Liu Wei had 19 points, 9 assists and a team-leading 6 rebounds. Wang Ligang scored 10.

Awvee Storey had 34 points and 10 rebounds as Liaoning edged Shaanxi 108-97 with a 31-20 fourth quarter surge. Bian Qiang, a longtime star who has been in decline this year, resumed his former status with 32 points. Chris Alexander had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 10 points and 3 rebounds in 40 minutes at power forward. Han Dejun had 12 points and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes as backup center. This huge 7-footer is a late-developing big man. He is listed as being born in 1989 but has previously been listed as born in 1987. Either way he bears watching. Lee Benson had 40 points, 18 rebounds and 7 assists for Shaanxi. Brandon Robinson had 34 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Zhang Wei scored 9 before fouling out in 32 minutes. No other Shaanxi player scored more than 5.

Mario Austin had 34 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists as Fujian defeated Shandong 98-82. Zhao Tailong, listed as born in 1990, scored 20. Chris Porter had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Lu Xiaoming had 12 points, 9 assists and 6 steals. Guo Lei had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Shandong, which was missing both its imports. Sun Jie and Duan Chenlong each scored 13. Wu Ke had 12 points and 4 rebounds. Zhao Yonggang scored 10. Cao Zhenhua had 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Zhejiang Guangsha edged Zhejiang 92-88. Rodney White had 35 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Jelani McCoy had 27 points, 17 rebounds and 4 blocks. Jin Lipeng scored 16. Kirk Snyder had 43 points and 13 rebounds for Zhejiang. Deng Li had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Luo Zhi scored 17. Zhang Dayu had 6 points and 9 rebounds while Ding Jinhui had 6 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.

Bayi defeated Qingdao 93-79. Mo Ke scored 28 and Li Ke scored 19. Wang Lei, Chen Ke and Delehei each scored 12, Delehei adding 8 rebounds. Frans Steyn had 15 points and 5 rebounds for Qingdao. Lu Keming also scored 15. Li Guang had 12 points, 10 assists, but also 6 turnovers. Yu Gaofeng had 12 points and 5 rebounds.

Tim Pickett had 38 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 8 steals to lead Shanxi Zhongyu over last-place Yunnan 119-102. Olumide Oyedeji had 31 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists. Ji Le scored 13 and Duan Jiangpeng scored 11. Corsley Edwards had 44 points and 13 rebounds for Yunnan. Liu Xiqui, who is emerging as one of Yunnan's few bright spots, had 23 points and 9 rebounds. Li Tao scored 13.

Beijing and Dongguan play tomorrow.



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  CROATIA   


Standings - Ozujsko A1 League
A1 Standings
 1. Cedevita 12-3 
 2. Sibenka 10-5 
 3. Dubrovnik 9-6 
 4. Svjetlost 7-7 
 5. Borik 7-7 
 6. Trogir 7-8 
 7. Kvarner NR 7-8 
 8. Dubrava 6-9 
 9. Alkar Sinj 5-10 
 10. Zabok 4-11 
Will join on later stage:
 1. KK Split
 2. KK Zagreb
 3. Cibona
 4. Zadar


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Ivan NOVACIC
  Cedevita
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Bizaca, Trogir21.9 
 2. Mance, Kvarner NR21.1 
 3. Mimica, Sibenka20.8 
 4. Bradley, Cedevita19.0 
 5. Petkovic, Sibenka18.1 
 6. Vranjes, Dubrovnik18.1 
 7. Rimac, Svjetlost17.3 
 8. Sakic, Dubrava16.6 
 9. Delic, Svjetlost16.0 
 10. Bilan, Siben.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Muris ANDELIJA
  Kvarner NR
  (208-C/F-81)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Zoric, Zabok9.6 
 2. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj8.5 
 3. Spahija, Kvarner NR8.4 
 4. Bilan, Sibenka7.6 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir7.0 
 6. Colak, Cedevita6.5 
 7. Delic, Svjetlost6.3 
 8. Vranjes, Dubrovnik6.2 
 9. Brkic, Trogir6.2 
 10. Sakic, Dubra.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Roko CIKLIC
  Borik
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Norac, Svjetlost6.6 
 2. Petkovic, Sibenka5.8 
 3. Sumic, Alkar Sinj4.8 
 4. Tomeljak, Cedevita3.8 
 5. Bradley, Cedevita3.7 
 6. Ticina, Svjetlost3.4 
 7. Cosic, Dubrava3.3 
 8. Glavinic, Kvarn.3.2 
 9. Bubalo, Trogir2.9 
 10. Bilic, Trog.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Filip KRUSLIN
  Dubrava
  (198-G-89)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Norac, Svjetlost3.8 
 2. Prejean, Dubrovnik2.2 
 3. Glavinic, Kvarn.2.2 
 4. Maric, Dubrava2.0 
 5. Ivanov, Zabok1.8 
 6. Petkovic, Sibenka1.5 
 7. Kovacevic, Cedevita1.5 
 8. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj1.4 
 9. Lucic, Trogir1.4 
 10. Sobin, Trog.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Alen BLESIC
  Kvarner NR
  (--89)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Zoric, Zabok3.0 
 2. Krolo, Dubrava2.0 
 3. Bizaca, Trogir1.1 
 4. Bilan, Sibenka1.1 
 5. Sobin, Trogir1.0 
 6. Vidacak, Dubrava0.6 
 7. Delic, Svjetlost0.6 
 8. Pajevic, Svjetlost0.5 
 9. Parezanovic, Cedev.0.5 
 10. Kuljanin, Cedevi.0.4 


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  CYPRUS   


Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. AEL 11-3 
 2. Keravnos 11-3 
 3. Apollon 9-4 
 4. APOEL 6-7 
 5. Achilleas K. 6-7 
 6. AEK 6-8 
 7. Etha 5-8 
 8. ENAD 4-9 
 9. Omonia 3-11 


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  DENMARK   


Canal Digital League Round 16 - by Thomas Soltau


Naestved VS SISU (): Will be added later!

Svendborg VS Horsholm (102-80): After sending home Belina, Svendborg was eager to prove that they belong in the top of Danish Basketball. Wakeup call or not, Svendborg toke no prisoners on this night as the handed Horsholm a 22-point blowout.
A 31-11 second quarter sealed the deal, as Horsholm was not able to gain any ground after this point.
Johnell Smith (186-G-80, college: New Orleans) and Ivan Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) dominated the game. Smith scored 27 points on 10-13 from the field, while Hoger added a strong double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.
For Horsholm Miljan Petrovic (179-G-82) scored 18 points.

Amager VS Aabyhoj (92-84): Amager started and finished the game strong at home. Amager held the led the entire game, and after a good Aabyhoj run in the third quarter to cut the led to 2 points, Amager ran away in the fourth quarter, and toke home the win.
Very strong performances from Amagers four headed monster was the key for the game.
Justin James (199-F/C-82, college: La Palma) produced 20 points and 11 boards, Joseph Smith (198-F-82, college: Hamilton) added versatility with 9 points, 10 boards, 5 assists and 4 blocks, Kristian Jakobsen (190-G/F-79) was hot and scored 29 points, while Danish Star Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) delivered 21 points and 6 boards.
For Aabyhoj Chris Gilliam (201-F/C-86, college: Pitt-Johnstown) added 21 points in defeat.


Roskilde VS Horsens (67-89): The bottom two teams in the league faced off in a very important game for both teams, as both are trying to improve their ranking before the start of the play-downs.
The game itself was not much of a thriller. Horsens toke the quick 10 point lead in the first quarter, and when Roskilde ran out of gas in the fourth quarter Horsens added another 10 points to the lead.
Roskilde seems to be 1-2 guys short of having a team that can compete in the CDL at the moment.
Shooting 21-63 from the floor also did not help Roskilde, as Horsens' Alan Madsen (189-G/F-78) once again excelled and lead the way to victory with 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 fouls drawn.
Danish NT forward Hans Schur (203-F/C-83, college: Lynn) added 16 points and 6 rebounds for Horsens, while Keith Borgan (180-G-83, college: Metro St.) top scored for Roskilde with 23 points.


Randers VS Bakken (65-86): On paper this looked like a real exciting game, but strange things happen in sports.
The home team Randers seemed lost, and Bakken just steeped all over them in the first half.
Incredibly poor play from Randers resulted in an outrageous 5-22 second quarter, which but Bakken up 25 points at half time.
After another bad Randers quarter, Bakken expanded their lead to 30 points (39-69). The game was over by then, and Bakken glided to an easy win.
Luckily for Randers the game does not change that much for them, and it is surely better to have 'this game' now, because a collapse like this once the Play-offs start can be dangerous.
Bakken was led by Elliah Clarke (198-F-85, college: De Paul) with 22 points, Andreas Jorgensen (190-G/F-84) scored 20 points and Ivan Miskovic (203-F/C-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) added a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.


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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
1. Zamalek 18-2
2. Ahly 15-5
3. Gezira 14-6
4. Itthad 14-6
5. Geish Army 13-7
6. Somouha 11-9
7. Sporting 11-9
8. Shorta-Police 8-12
9. Gasco 7-13
10. Shams 4-16
11. Shark ins. 4-16
12. Al Olympi 1-19


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  EUROCUP   


Bobby Dixon joins Le Mans - by Philip Mulryne

American point guard Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy), joined French side Le Mans Sarthe Basket. Dixon was playing for Benetton Treviso in the Eurocup and had 7.6 pts and 3 asists per game. In the Italian top basketball league Lega Basket he've reached 12.4 points 2.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 17 games .Benetton Treviso, led by Ex- Efes Pilsen coach Oktay Mahmuti is currently at the top of the Eurocup Last 16 group J with 3-0. Dixon used to play in France , in 2006-2007 season at Gravelines and St. Etienne.



Prekevicius out to Kavala? - by Philip Mulryne
According to lrytas.lt, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius guard Marius Prekevicius (195-F-84, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Florida) will be loaned out to Greek side Kavala/Panorama until end of the season .According to the article, negotiations are going on. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius coach, Rimas Kurtinaitis who replaced Antanas Sireika in mid-season , have already revealed that he doesn't think him in the squad. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius is currently 2-1 in Eurocup Last 16 , ,14-2 in the Baltic League , 11-1 in the domestic league . If the transaction is completed, Marius Prekevicius will be the third Lithuanian player alongside Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) and Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, college: Texas A&M). Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius still have 9 days left in add a new player to the squad.

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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: Vilpas defeated LoKoKo 76-72 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 15: Three games tonight. The closest one of them took place in Salo, where local Vilpas defeated LoKoKo (Loimaa) by four 76-72 (36-35).
Amani Daanish (201-F-83, college: Indiana St.) led Vilpas with pts and rbs: 19/14. Aubrey Conerly (183-G-83, college: Jacksonville) added 18 pts and gave six assists. Eryk Thomas (198-F-85, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: E.Tenn.St.) scored 18 and Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, agency: David Lee services) 16 pts for LoKoKo. Karhu (Kauhajoki) had a safe 20-point-lead during the half time vs Honka (Tapiola), but Honka came a bit closer during the fourth quarter. Kauhajoki won 14th time this season, though. Roni Leimu (189-G-82) (29, treys 7/10) and Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) (22) were the only winners in double figures. Antti Raami (197-F-81) (Honka) played his season best: 31 pts and 11 rbs. BC Jyvaskyla then crushed JKS (Jarvenpaa) 100-68. American players Joe Jackson (192-G-86, college: Denver) (26 pts) and Johann Collins (211-C-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Presbyterian) (20 pts - 11 rbs) led BCJKL and 17-year-old Teemu Hartikainen (179-G-91) JKS with 19 pts.

Vilpas - LoKoKo 76-72 (36-35) (Amani Daanish 19/14, Aubrey Conerly 18/6a, Quinnell Green 16 - Eryk Thomas 18, Jonathan Heard 16, Turkka Rikkonen 14).

Kauhajoki - Honka, Tapiola 84-73 (51-31) (Roni Leimu 29, Eric Washington 22 - Antti Raami 31/11, Villematti Kopio 16).

BC Jyvaskyla - JKS 100-68 (50-25) (Joe Jackson 26, Johan Collins 20/11, Tuukka Ahila 16 - Teemu Hartikainen 19, Matias Ojala 11).



Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 14-1 
 2. Salon Vilpas 12-3 
 3. Lapua 8-7 
 4. Huima 7-7 
 5. LoKoKo 7-7 
 6. JKS 7-10 
 7. Honka 6-8 
 8. HNMKY 6-9 
 9. Jyvaskyla 6-9 
 10. BC Nokia 6-10 
 11. Ura Basket 4-12 


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  FRANCE   


ProA Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Besancon 73-72
Roanne escaped with a tiny home victory against Besancon jumping on 11-7 record in Pro A, what is currently enough for the position number 4. Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) was a key player for the wining squad delivering 23 points. Curtis Sumpter and Uchenna Nsomwu netted 12 points apiece. On the other side Julius Hodge answered with 15 pts and 6 assists. His Besancon now fell on 6-12.

Nancy - Pau 94-60
No.3 Nancy blasted Pau-Orthez 94-60 for pretty decent 12-6 record. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) shined for the hosts collecting 23 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. John Cox followed with 19 pts. Pau got 12 points from Dylan Page, as well as from Thomas Heurtel.

Vichy - Le Mans 68-66
Vichy outsmarted Le Mans 68-66 mostly owing to David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue), who nailed 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. David Melody followed him with 17 pts, while Zach Moss stopped on 14. Dewarick Spence netted 19 points in loss. Vichy 8-10. Le Mans 10-8.

Strasbourg - Dijon 79-103
Dijon demonstrated wonderful performance in Strasbourg celebrating comfortable 24-point win. The guests had couple of players in a game mood, but the best one was Reggie Williams (194-F-86, college: VMI) who drained 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Brion Rush shined for the hosts with 29 points and 5 boards. Dijon 7-11, Strasbourg 10-8.

Rouen - Orleans 68-70
Orleans grabbed 70-68 road win against Rouen staying on top of Pro A together with ASVEL, who also celebrated in this round (15-3). This time Orleans got the most from experienced Laurent Sciarra (196-G-73) - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Derrick Low netted 18 points for the hosts (6-12).

Gravelines - Hyeres-Toulon 78-87
Hyeres-Toulon cruised past Gravelines on the road mostly owing to Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, agency: ACMT, college: Humboldt St.) and Hrvoje Perincic, which combined impressive 56 points. The hosts got 19 points from Russell Carter, 12 from Tony Stanley, while Yannick Bokolo and Rashaun Freeman scored 10 pts apiece. Hyeres-Toulon 7-11, Gravelines 10-8.

Le Havre - ASVEL 61-79
Devastating road victory for the top-ranked ASVEL, who now has 15-3 record (same as Orleans). Amara Sy (202-F-81) led the winners with 16 points and 6 assists. Chevon Troutman and JR Reynolds nailed 13 points apiece. TJ Thompson replied with 15 pts in defeat.

Chalon - Cholet 83-79
10-8 for Chalon and 8-10 for Cholet after this game. Brian Boddicker (204-F-81, college: Texas) came up with 21, while Zack Wright drained one point less than him, including 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Visitors got 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists from Nando De Colo.


ProB Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Le Portel - Paris-Levall. 58-69
Powerful Paris-Levallois outplayed Le Portel as a guest staying on top of Pro B with nice 17-3 record. Jimmal Ball (178-G-78, college: Akron) led the winners with 14, Rodney Elliott and Nigel Wyatte had 13 apiece, while Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa this time stopped on 11 points. The hosts got 14 points from Jose Olivero.

Evreux - Bourg 60-73
The second ranked Bourg was better than Evreux on the road thanks to Lalugba Boakai's 22 points for 30 minutes. Gary Chathuant (193-F/G-83) helped with 15, while Justin Ingram nailed one point less. The hosts got 18 points from Lamar Karim. Bourg 16-4, Evreux 8-12.

St.Vallier - Antibes 88-79
The hosts outplayed Antibes improving on 8-12 record in Pro B. Benjamin Thomas (181-G-82) shined with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Sean Barnette also was on high level registering double-double, 17 points and 10 boards. John McCord replied with 18 pts and 8 rebs in loss.

Quimper - Charleville 92-80
The last ranked Quimper outplayed Charleville at home registering third win in Pro B this season. Andrius Ragauskas (189-G-79, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) and Moses Sonko led the hosts combining 46 points. Visitors got 24 pts from Chris Davis.

Nanterre - St.Quentin 67-76
No.17 Saint-Quentin surprised No.8 Nanterre on the road 76-67 on improving 6-14. The winners had 5 players with 10 or more points, but the best one was Christophe Humbert (202-F-79, college: Florida Southern) with 16 pts, plus 10 boards. Antawn Dobie, who came off the bench, netted 15 pts for the hosts.

Poitiers - Nantes 74-68
As it was expected, Poitiers was too strong for Nantes keeping the third place in Pro B with 14-6 record. Kenny Younger was totally the best player for the wining squad collecting 20 points and 16 rebounds. Rasheed Wright also shined netting 20 pts and grabbing 5 rebs. Oliver Bardet of Nantes led all the scorers with 22 points.

Limoges - Brest 71-61
Limoges celebrated against Brest at home joining Clermont with 13-7 record (4th/5th place). On the other side, Brest fell on 7-13. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) once again was a key player for Limoges draining 21 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. Armand Charles answered with 15 pts for the guests.

Maurienne - Clermont 73-66
With this victory Maurienne joined Antibes at the middle of the Pro B standings with 9-11. Chris Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.) top-scored for the hosts with 23 points. He also had 6 rebounds beside that. Errick Craven was better than the others in loss collecting 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

St-Etienne - Boulazac 75-82
Saint-Etienne faced with the home loss against Boulazac, who moved up on 8-12. Ronnie Taylor (188-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) and Williams Knight had 15 pts apiece, Thierry Zig scored 14 and Sambou Traore netted 13 pts. Terry Williams nailed 18 points for the hosts.


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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Paris-Levall. 17-3 
 2. Bourg 16-4 
 3. Poitiers 14-6 
 4. Clermont 13-7 
 5. Limoges 13-7 
 6. Charleville 12-8 
 7. Saint-Etienne 11-9 
 8. Nanterre 10-10 
 9. Maurienne 9-11 
 10. Antibes 9-11 
 11. Nantes 8-12 
 12. St.Vallier 8-12 
 13. Evreux 8-12 
 14. Boulazac 8-12 
 15. Le Portel 8-12 
 16. Brest 7-13 
 17. St.Quentin 6-14 
 18. Quimper 3-17 


Standings - N1
N1 Standings
 1. Lille 19-3 
 2. Bordeaux 17-4 
 3. Challans 17-5 
 4. Fos Ouest 16-6 
 5. Angers 15-7 
 6. Blois 14-8 
 7. Reims 13-9 
 8. Chalons 11-11 
 9. Boulogne 11-11 
 10. St Chamond 10-12 
 11. Get Vosges 10-12 
 12. Lievin 9-13 
 13. Bayonne 8-14 
 14. Longwy 8-14 
 15. Prisse Macon 6-15 
 16. Roche-la-Moliere 6-16 
 17. Juvisy 4-18 
 18. CFBB 3-19 


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Cheikhou THIOUNE
  Rouen
  (194-G/F-83)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.23.2 
 2. Rush, Strasbourg22.3 
 3. Gray, Roanne19.5 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre19.2 
 5. Banks, Orleans17.3 
 6. Chatfield, Dijon16.3 
 7. Sy, AS.16.2 
 8. Boddicker, Chalon16.1 
 9. Skinn, Gravelines16.1 
 10. Harper, Roan.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan MCCLARK
  Rouen
  (200-F-77)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Merriex, Le Havre10.0 
 2. Masingue, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 3. Issa, Vichy8.3 
 4. Vaty, Pau8.1 
 5. Falker, Cholet7.8 
 6. Sanders, Dijon7.4 
 7. Thioune, Rouen7.2 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.1 
 9. Greer, Nancy7.1 
 10. Troutman,.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Laurent FOIREST
  ASVEL
  (197-F-73)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Reid, Vichy7.9 
 2. Wright, Chalon6.7 
 3. Thompson, Le Havre6.4 
 4. Heurtel, Pau5.5 
 5. Sciarra, Orleans5.3 
 6. Jeanneau, AS.5.2 
 7. Draper, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 8. Greer, Nancy4.8 
 9. Pellin, Roanne4.8 
 10. Chatfield, Dij.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zach MOSS
  Vichy
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wright, Chalon3.0 
 2. Dobbins, Orleans2.6 
 3. Rush, Strasbourg2.2 
 4. Krupalija, Dijon2.2 
 5. Causeur, Le Havre2.2 
 6. Banks, Orleans1.9 
 7. Greene, Orleans1.9 
 8. Perincic, Hyeres-T.1.8 
 9. Grier, Cholet1.7 
 10. Diot, Le Ma.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Rashaun FREEMAN
  Gravelines
  (205-C/F-84)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Rush, Strasbourg1.3 
 2. Houston, Rouen1.3 
 3. Gray, Roanne1.1 
 4. MBaye, Dijon1.1 
 5. Krupalija, Dijon1.1 
 6. Wright, Chalon1.1 
 7. Bojic, Le Havre1.0 
 8. Greer, Nancy1.0 
 9. Moss, Vichy0.9 
 10. Gunn, Besanc.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Brice VOUNANG
  Charleville
  (202-F/C-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Craven, Clermont19.7 
 2. Fein, St.Quentin18.9 
 3. Olivero, Le Portel18.3 
 4. Ingram, Bourg17.8 
 5. Mohammed, Limoges17.4 
 6. Carter, St-Etienne17.3 
 7. Barnette, St.Vallier17.2 
 8. Bing, Clermont16.8 
 9. Gay, Brest16.6 
 10. Wright, Poitie.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rodney ELLIOTT
  Paris-Levall.
  (202-F-76)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Humbert, St.Qu.9.7 
 2. Melicie, St.Vallier9.0 
 3. Bing, Clermont8.6 
 4. Almonte, Nanterre8.1 
 5. Mathis, Evreux7.9 
 6. Emerson, Limoges7.9 
 7. Sullivan, Maurienne7.9 
 8. McCord, Antibes7.9 
 9. Howell, Boulazac7.5 
 10. Joseph, Maurien.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ivan ALMONTE
  Nanterre
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Williams, St-Etienne5.8 
 2. Taylor, Boulazac5.4 
 3. Gomez, Poitiers5.4 
 4. Ingram, Bourg5.1 
 5. Ball, Paris-Levall.5.0 
 6. Dunn, Maurienne4.8 
 7. Craven, Clermont4.7 
 8. Morlende, St.Qu.4.3 
 9. Dobie, Nanterre4.0 
 10. Thomas, St.Valli.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erroyl BING
  Clermont
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Craven, Clermont3.1 
 2. Sullivan, Maurienne2.8 
 3. Barnette, St.Vallier2.6 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne2.4 
 5. Traore, Boulazac2.2 
 6. Ball, Paris-Levall.2.1 
 7. Block, Quimper2.1 
 8. Ingram, Bourg1.9 
 9. Boire, Le Portel1.9 
 10. Gomez, Poitie.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Brice VOUNANG
  Charleville
  (202-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Lukovski, Limoges2.0 
 2. Tucker, St.Quentin1.4 
 3. Kennedy, Antibes1.2 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne1.2 
 5. Hollins, Nantes1.2 
 6. Barnette, St.Vallier1.1 
 7. Fein, St.Quentin1.1 
 8. Mathis, Evreux1.1 
 9. Mohammed, Limoges1.1 
 10. Bing, Clermo.1.1 


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  GERMANY   


Schalke: Banks out, Cole in - by Moritz Korff
FC Schalke 04 is fighting to survive in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A and has now made another roster move to strengthen the squad for the final games of this current season: Janon Cole (198-F-83, college: Northeastern) joins back the Royal Blues, while Tezarray Banks (203-F-82, college: Boise St.) has left the club. Cole helped to keep S04 in the Pro A last season and worked out with Regionalliga South-West outfit Weissenhorn in the fall of 2008, but was waived by the Bears in pre-season. During 2007-08 Cole had averaged 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 20 appearances on the Schalke team.

Ratiopharm Ulm Snap the 117 Day unbeaten Streak Of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners In The Ballsporthalle against BBL Teams With A Hard Fought 74-69 win. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ratiopharm Ulm cruised into the Ballsporthalle ignoring the 117 day Frankfurt unbeaten streak against BBL teams and controlled the last 26 minutes of the game and ruined the 24th birthday of Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) with a satisfying 74 to 69 victory. The ghost of Albert Einstein might have secretly slipped into the arena, because Ulm played very intelligent and clever at so many important phases of the game.' If Albert Einstein could of watched the game today, I think he would have been very happy with Mike Taylor and his boys, because Ulm played very smart defense, which helped them win', stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). For Ulm coach Mike Taylor , the win had less to do with the ghost of Albert Einstein, but more with the strength of his team. 'This game had more to do with the team than Albert Einstein. We had a big challenge against Frankfurt and my guys responded. We knew how important the game was, and we were motivated and simply won. I am really proud of the team', added Ulm coach Mike Taylor .

For Ulm it was a huge victory, because they did not only climb to position four, but won the season series with Frankfurt. 'This was a big win for us, but we won the head to head competition against Frankfurt which could be a factor in the playoffs', said Ulm forward Romeo Travis (201-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron). With the loss, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners fall back to position six and might have a few uneasy nights digesting the difficult loss. 'This was a very tough loss for us. We didnt get enough stops on defense, Ulm knocked down many shots, got to the free line, while we missed too many free throws. Ulm played great team Basketball', expressed American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). It was the ninth win out of the last 12 games for Ulm and they showed that they can win the close games and will scare and possibly send another BBL team home early in the 2009 playoffs. 'This was not an attractive game, because of the many mistakes due to the aggressive defense, but Frankfurt wasnt as fluid on offense, which helped us down the road, because we knew the longer the game stayed close, the better chances we would have to win', said Ulm German Per Gunther (185-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services)

One can not forget that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were a bit handicapped without three players, but that doesnt give Frankfurt an excuse, because they still had ten strong players ready to go.' We were all really disappointed that Konrad could not play. I hope that he can be on the court soon again and help Frankfurt win', stated Ulm coach Mike Taylor . Frankfurt was without Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.)(knee problem), Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona)(muscle tear) and Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton)(Bronchitis), which gave Frankfurt disadvantages under the boards and left Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) with massive headaches after the loss and further thoughts to Albert Einstein. 'Ulm had some Einstein in them, because they were playing smart and had advantages inside. We couldnt play as intense as the last game. One leg of the team was short, because of injuries. The three injured guys played a total of 100 minutes in Bremerhaven, but those minutes didnt exist against Ulm. They were our missing size that could of helped us win the game. Even Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) did his best and he had only practiced once in 12 days', said a frustrated Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). 'We do not feel good with this loss. Even though that we were without three players, we should of played a lot better', commented American Derrick Allen.

The game started out a bit wild as if some of that storm which had created havoc in the Wurzburg area not to far from Frankfurt had some how weaselled its way into the Ballsporthalle, which was almost filled to capacity with 4,940 people including 700 Americans from the Army base in Wiesbaden. Coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) is always good for surprises as he gave American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) some self confidence by inserting him in the starting five. Mckinney did an all around fine job, but he is still a bit undecided about unleasing his jump shot. 'I was a bit surprised that I started, but I thought I did an ok job on Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) when I was guarding him. I am just not in the flow with my shot and still looking for my rhythm. I just do what coach says and that is get the ball inside', commented Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney. Both teams were a bit unsettled in the early going and Frankfurt got two turnovers early. The game promised to be a hard fought war as the first quarter which would have nine lead changes. American Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) quickly showed that he wanted the ball and he produced getting easy buckets including an alleyoop from a perfectly timed pass from his cousin American Jimmy McKinney. American Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) nailed a few three pointers giving Frankfurt a 12-11 lead. American Jeff Gibbs also started doing his thing, showing that he may be short, but his heart is bigger than the big apple in New York.

Ulm never ever showed any trepidation as they gave impulses on defense as Ulms versions of last years Koko Archibong (202-F-81, college: Pennsylvania) in Frankfurt, American Keith Triplett (191-G-80, college: Toledo) stole a bad pass from Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) and went coast to coast with the steal and scored. Ulm led 15-12, but Lorenzo Gordon kept using the miss match against Gibbs and scoring cutting the lead to 17-16. Captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Derrick Allen came from the bench and gave some needed energy as Allen scored from near the three point line on the wing after a nice kick out pass from Roller. Roller then sunk a three pointer and Frankfurt led 21-19. American Keith Triplett ended the first quarter with two free throws. After ten minutes, the game was dead locked at 21 a piece. 'The first quarter was really important for us, because we kept the game close and did not allow Frankfurt to go on a run', commented LeBron James (203-F-84) friend Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). Frankfurt had an astronomical 75% shooting percentage from three point land and 64% from the field, while Ulm were shooting 56% from the field and 40% from three point range. The rebounds and turnovers were not really a factor yet as both teams were quite even. Frankfurt had the slight edge of 10-6 in the points in the paint.

The opening minutes of the second quarter stayed quite close as both teams continued to play aggressive Basketball and still were feeling each other out and looking for the other to make mistakes. American Titus Ivory had the gun and unleased a bullet pass to Gordon, who just had to lay the ball in. However the game kept going back and fourth like a pendulum on a clock. American Jeff Gibbs kept showing why he is the best 188 big guy in the BBL as he fought his way past Gordon and made a reverse dunk for the 25-24 Ulm lead. 'Every player has advantage and disadvantes. Gibbs uses his advantages just like if you squeeze a lemon to the last drop. He is just difficult to guard and knows how to use his body to 100% efficency. That is what makes him so strong', warned Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ).

Frankfurt responded as Titus Ivory found a quick opening and nailed a three pointer from behind the three point line. Lorenzo Gordon followed with a lay up off the fast break. Frankfurt had their biggest lead of the game 29-25. As if Albert Einstein had had his fingers in the formula for Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) and disrupted it, Ulm surged back as American sniper Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) made two three pointers and Dru Joyce made a lay up off the fast break. With in a short time, Ulm had cruised out on a 8-0 run and retook the lead 33-29. This was the turning point in the game as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would never lead again. Ulm finished the second quarter with a Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) lay in after getting good position and Daniel Fitzgerald made a mid distance jumper after getting an offensive rebound. Ratiopharm Ulm led 37-31 at half time. 'Daniel Fitzgerald stepped it up down the stretch and really carried the load for us', explained Ulm American guard Dru Joyce. The shooting of both teams took a huge nose dive in the second quarter as both teams were hovering around the 40% mark from the field, while Frankfurt was shooting 36% from the parking lot and Ulm had the 21-16 edge under the boards while the turnovers were even at 5-5 and the points in the paint at 16-16.

The third quarter has never been the bright spot of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and it proved to be a thorn in their side again as Ulm took control of the game, but Frankfurt continued to fight not letting Ulm get more than a ten point lead. Ulm started strong as Dru Joyce sunk a three pointer. American Sean Finn made his mini left hook to good use and Ulm continued to lead 43-33. The Frankfurt defense had problems finding a way to get consecutive stops and then making hoops on offense. 'Our defense was not as good as usual. We had many lapses in the game and did not rotate well', expressed Skyliner American Derrick Allen. Lorenzo Gordon kept using his size advantage on offense and scoring, but Frankfurt simply could not stop American Jeff Gibbs who kept drawing fouls and making the free throws. 'Jeff did a good job boxing out Gordon. He is simply a block and his long arms help', stated 2006& 2007 NCAA champ of Florida Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida).

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners stayed on the tail of Ulm, because each time they tried to go on a run, it was either Adam Emmenecker(three pointer), Derrick Allen(ballerina move in zone) or Lorenzo Gordon(lay in), who kept Frankfurt alive and trying to let Ulm guess what offensive formula would arrive next. The Frankfurt defense was simply not strong enough as Ulm kept finding ways to score. German Sebastian Betz (200-F-85) drained a three pointer and Ulm led again 52-43. However Frankfurt crawled out of this hole as if groundhog day had arrived a bit early as they closed out the third quarter with a 9-3 run. Titus Ivory and Keith Simmons hit big shots leading the come back trail. After 30 minutes, Frankfurt was back in the game trailing only 55-52. 'Jeff Gibbs hit many free throws. We didnt have any empty possessions and made big shots', commented Ulm point guard Dru Joyce. 'Ulm played smart. They got the ball inside a lot and got to the foul line', said Skyliner guard Jimmy McKinney.


The last quarter remained very exciting as the Ballsporthalle crowd got every pennies-worth as both teams continued to play as if it was game five of the BBL playoffs. As Ulm led 59-52, it was time for American Adam Emmenecker to take some of that fourth quarter energy from the cup game in Braunschweig and transform it to the fourth quarter against Ulm. He sunk a rainbow three pointer and followed with a coast to coast run and making a very difficult shot as he had to fall to his right. Jeff Gibbs followed punishing a Frankfurt breakdown on defense with two quick points. Emmenecker followed with a successful floater. He seemed a bit undecided about taking the shot or not, but chose the right decision making a tough shot. 'Adam hit his shots. He is a different kind of point guard, but an intelligent one with a very high Basketball IQ', stated Ulm point guard Per Gunther. Frankfurt trailed only 61-59, but Ulm kept a cool head and continued making timely shots. American Lee Humphrey had been cold all night long and could of easily been Casper the friendly ghosts brother, because he was very invisible, but just like in the 66-63 win at Ulm, he saved his best for last. He nailed a three pointer giving Ulm the 66-59 lead. 'Humphrey missed many shots, but he competed the whole game and made the important shots at the end', added Ulm skipper Mike Taylor .

However Frankfurt was still fighting and doing what they could to get close to Ulm. Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) even pulled out a joker by playing small ball with four guards.' We thought that we could easily matchup to Ulm with small ball, but we simply could not capitalize', said Derrick Allen. After Derrick Allen made a tip in and Dru Joyce countered with a floater in the lane, it was time for the birthday boy Dominik Bahiense de Mello to make a hoop and cut the Ulm lead to 68-63. Frankfurt still had no cure how to freeze Gibbs as he kept nailing his free throws. He was spending so much time there that the only thing missing was a lounge chair. With the minutes dwindling down, Lorenzo Gordon added two more points with a lay in to cut the Ulm lead to 70-66. However Lee Humphrey broke the neck of Frankfurt hitting a timely three pointer and the only thing missing was having a Flordia gator on a leash which might of given him more open looks. 'I didnt start shooting well, but my teammates had a lot of confidence in me and Jeff Gibbs and Sean Finn gave me great passes', explained Ulm forward Lee Humphrey.

Skyliner center Anthony King didnt have the best memories of Humphrey either. 'I played against him twice in college. We won in Florida, but they beat us in OT at Miami. Humphrey just shoots shoots and shoots. The biggest difference was that in college he was part of one of the best starting fives ever', stated Anthony King. Frankfurt then missed a big chance, as three players couldnt secure an offensive rebound. 'We should of have had that rebound, but it just wasnt our day. These things happen in Basketball', added Skyliner Derrick Allen. The game ended with free throws. 'We had great stops on defense in the second half. I would rate our defense a 8/10.We rebounded well, and made timely shots', stressed American Lee Humphrey.

Ratiopharm Ulm was led by American Jeff Gibbs with 17 points and six rebounds. American Daniel Fitzgerald poured in 14 points. American Dru Joyce had a solid game at point guard chipping in with 10 points, four assists and three rebounds. 'I think that I played pretty good, but I would have liked to have finished more plays', added Dru Joyce. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by American Lorenzo Gordon with 23 points and 12 rebounds. American Keith Simmons added 14 points. American Adam Emmenecker made 10 points. 'Adam played a good game. He plays hard and really stepped up', said Dru Joyce.

This was a bitter loss for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners especially if one compares the stats. Frankfurt did a very good job winning the rebounding fight 37-33 despite not having three strong rebounding players. The turnovers were quite even at 12-11 in favour of Ratiopharm Ulm, but after close inspection, the game was decided by timely shots down the stretch. Ulm shot a tick better than Frankfurt at 50% to 48% from the field, but the three point battle was clearly won by Ulm 38% to 30%, even if those are not percentages to go home and brag to mom with.


'We had a chance at the end, but those Humphrey shots which felt like half court three pointers showed that it was their day. Any time a team makes so many difficult shots then those are signs that it is the day of the opponent', stressed Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). This was a game that took a lot of energy out of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and they now have 10 days to recuperate and get ready for the next oppoenent BG Gottingen on February 26th in Gottingen, who have been the big surprise of the BBL in 2008-2009. But before any of the American players think about what is on the practice schedule plan for Monday, they will sit back, relax and watch the worlds best players duke it out in the annual NBA Allstar game. In Ulm, Romeo Travis and Dru Joyce will be keeping a close eye on their friend LeBron James, who won three high school titles with them at St Marys in Ohio. They almost had identical predictions for Lebron James in the NBA Allstar game. 'I predict that Lebron will score 24 points, grab 8 rebounds and make 6 assists', stated Romeo Travis ' I think Lebron will get 24 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. He is playing great Basketball at the moment. He is competing at a high level. He is really enjoying Cleveland and they have this look in their eyes they could do big things, possibly reaching the NBA finals this season', warned Dru Joyce.



1.Bundesliga Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Dt.Bank SKY - ratiopharm 69-74
Deutsche Bank SKY lost to ratiopharm 69:74 in Regular Season Round 21 played on February 15th. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) led the winners with 17 points and Fitzgerald Daniel posted 14. Gordon Lorenzo ended up with 23 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Duesseldorf - Goettingen 49-54
Duesseldorf was beaten by Goettingen 49:54 in a defensive game produced by both teams. Jacobson Ben led the favorites with 13 points and Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) nailed 11. Winters Brendan finished the night with 14 points for the home side.

Brose Baskets - Pad.Baskets 77-82
Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: LimeLight, college: N.Kentucky) scored 16 points to pace well-balanced Paderborn Baskets past Bamberg. Steven Esterkamp, Chris Ensminger and Nathan Peavy had 12 points each as Paderborn claimed the 10th win in the season. Predrag Suput responded with 26 points for Brose Basket as they slipped at 10-11 record.

EWE Baskets - Bremerhaven 102-75
EWE Basket took down Bremerhaven in front of a supportive home crowd. Seven Oldenburg players scored in double figures with Jasmin Pekovic leading the way. He knocked down 17 points, while Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) provided 16 as Oldenburg stayed on top of the ladder. Giordan Watson responded with 19 points for Bremerhaven.

NY Phantoms - EnBW L'burg 75-60
NY Phantoms were the better side in their clash against Ludwigsburg rallying to the tenth success in the Bundesliga. Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) was responsible for 16 points, whle Kyle Visser contributed 14 points and 6 boards for the winners. A Rick Stafford team answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds from Thomas Nagys.

TBB Trier - Noerdlingen 84-82
TBB Trier turned out just better than Noerdlingen at home court. Chrstopher Copeland nailed 17 points, while George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) added 12 points and 6 rebounds to lead Trier to 10-11 record. Omari Westley replied with game-high 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for the Giants. Monta McGhee provided 19 points and 16 boards in the losing effort.

Art.Dragons - Telekom B. 64-72
Bonn remained one win away from the league leading Oldenburg with a hard-fought road win over the Artland Dragons. Ken Johnson (210-C-78, college: Ohio St.) nailed 25 points and the visitors raced to the 15th victory in the championship. Earl Rowland dropped 13 points in the winning case. Lamont McIntosh answered with 12 points for the Dragons as they fell at a woeful 8-13 record.

LTi 46ers - Walter Tigers 82-70
Giessen fired down Walter Tigers behind 20 points from Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports). Maurice Jeffers pitched in 17 points and 7 rebound for the 46ers. The Tigers were led by 20 points and 10 boards from Rasko Katic.


ProB Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Wolfenbuettel - Herten 99-87
Wolfenbuettel overcame Hertener as Henje Knopke (193-G/F-85) had 24 points and 7 rebounds. Frank Theis added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners as they improved at 15-5 record. Dario Fiorentino and Kendall Chones answered with 20 points for Hertener in defeat.

Rhoendorf - Ehingen 77-65
Rhoendorf jumped back on top of the standings as they held off Ehingen at home court. Gabriel Moore (185-G-85) knocked down 23 points and made 6 steals to lead the charge. Johannes Lange added 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Dragons. Christian Standhardinger responded with 20 points and 16 rebounds for Ehingen as they slipped at 10-10 record.

Landshut - Osnabrueck 103-100
Landshut survived the extra period to post the sixth win in the season beating Osnabrueck at home court. Horace Wormely (168-G-84, college: Vanguard) stepped up for the hosts with 27 points. Marco Woamey added 17 points in a rare victory for Landshut in the season. Daniel Boticki poured in 29 points for the visitors as they suffered the ninth defeat.

Telemotive - Speyer 91-68
Telemotive eased past Speyer as Calvin Wooten (186-G-84, college: Oakland) produced 29 points for the Munich outfit. Lance Stemler registered 19 points and 9 boards for the winning side. Elias Harris managed 26 points and 7 rebounds for Speyer in defeat.

Mainz - proveo Merl. 102-104
John Griffin fired 32 points and Proveo Merlins scraped past Mainz in overtime. Ed Williams (200-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NC-Wilmington) added 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning team. Wolfgang Gieler replied with 29 points and 12 boards for Mainz in the loss.

SU Braunsch. - Hannover 81-78
SU Braunschweig overcame Hannover 81:78 with 25 points from Kevin Wysocki (198-F-87). Van Rij Peter and Holt Casey brought 20 points apeice in the losing effort.

Franken Hexer - Freiburg 102-59
Franken Hexer smashed Freiburg 102:59 behind 29 points and 15 boards from Dominik Schneider (203-F-85). Rush Steven nailed 19 and Schmidt Stefan posted 13. Jeka Lee and Swader ended up with 14 points each in defeat.

Stahnsdorf - B'guessbach 95-88
Stahnsdorf outscored Breitenguessbach 95:88. Andrew Lavender (170-G-84, college: Xavier) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Jost Michael netted 19. Land Erik finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort.


Whiting makes switch from Quakenbrueck to Duesseldorf - by Moritz Korff
The Giants Duesseldorf (1. Bundesliga) have signed Zack Whiting (193-G-84, college: Chaminade). The 24-year-old already played for Coach Achim Kuczmann in Leverkusen during 2007-08. In Quakenbrueck he saw only limited minutes. The Dragon officials admitted that Whiting didn't fit into the playing system of Coach Thorsten Leibenath. The Giants were happy to get Whiting as Fred Peete (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: N.Mexico St.) asked to leave with immediate effect due to personal reasons. The Duesseldorf accepted Peete's wish and decided to let him go.

Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oldenburg 16-4 
 2. Goettingen 15-4 
 3. Bonn 15-6 
 4. Frankfurt 14-7 
 5. Ulm 14-7 
 6. ALBA 13-5 
 7. Paderborn 10-10 
 8. Bamberg 10-11 
 9. Braunschweig 10-11 
 10. Ludwigsb. 10-11 
 11. Trier 10-11 
 12. Tuebingen 8-13 
 13. Noerdlingen 8-13 
 14. Duesseldorf 8-13 
 15. Art.Dragons 8-13 
 16. Giessen 7-14 
 17. Koeln 99ers 6-14 
 18. Bremerhaven 3-18 


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Stats Leaders - A1
A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Smith, Kolossos 18.6
2.Francis, AEL1964 17.4
3.Vasiliadis, PAOK 16.5
4. Grundy, Panellin 15.5
5. Mejia, AEL 15.2
Rebounds Per Game
1.Francin, AEL1964 9.4
2.Wesson, PAOK 8.5
3.Bryant, AEK 7
4.Nelson, Aris 7
5.Tomasevic, PAOK 6.7
Assists Per Game
1.Papalouka, Olymp. 4.9
2.Grundy, Panellin 4.2
3.Diamantidis, PAO 4.1
4. Keys, Marousi 4
5. Avery, Trikala 3.7
Steals Per Game
1.Miles, Panionios 2.6
2. Grundy, Panellin. 1.9
3.Iliadis, Aris 1.5
4. Papamakarios, Panellin 1.5
5.Papalouka, Olymp. 1.4
Blocks Per Game
1.Hardin, Egaleo 2
2.Francis, AEL1964 1.4
3.Massie, Trikala 1.3
4.Bryant, AEK 1
5. Dikoudis, Panion 1
2FGP
1.Childress,Olympiakos 74.4%
2.Batist, PAO 72%
3.Kavaliauskas, Kavala 71%
4.Pekovic,PAO 71%
5.Golemac, Panellin. 70%
3FGP
1.Diarra, PAOK 60%2.Diamantidis,PAO 60%
3.Pelekanos, Olymp 55%
4.Nemeth, AEK 52%
5.Harris, Kolossos 52%
Free Throws
1.Batis, Olympia 90%
2.Kiritsis, PAOK 90%
3.Vasilievic, Kollos 81%
4.Wesson,PAOK 80%
5.Hatzis,AEK 78%
Childress,Olympiakos 100%
4.Zoroski,Panionios 100%
5.Perperoglou,PAO 100%
6.Jasikeviciuc,PAO 100%
Ranking
1.Pekovic, PAO 0.915
2.Ostojic, Panell. 0.798
3.Massie, Trikala 0.786
4.Perperoglu, PAO 0.759
5.Bourousis, Oly. 0.740


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. DASH Perist. 15-3 
 2. Ilysiakos 14-4 
 3. Dafni 13-5 
 4. Iraklis 13-5 
 5. Apollon 11-7 
 6. Rethymno 10-8 
 7. Near East 10-8 
 8. KAOD 8-10 
 9. Panerythrai. 8-10 
 10. ICBS 8-10 
 11. HSBC Pagrati 8-10 
 12. Ermis L. 7-11 
 13. Keravnos Aigio 6-12 
 14. Xanthi 5-13 
 15. Olimpias 5-13 
 16. MENT 3-15 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 17-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 16-2 
 3. Panellinios 13-5 
 4. Aris 13-5 
 5. Panionios 12-6 
 6. C.C. Marousi 10-8 
 7. AEK 9-9 
 8. VAP Kolossos 9-9 
 9. PAOK 8-10 
 10. Olimpia L. 6-12 
 11. ESTIA Egaleo 5-13 
 12. Kavala/P. 5-13 
 13. Trikalla 2-16 
 14. AEL 1964 2-16 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 24-3 
 2. Hanzev.Cpt 17-10 
 3. Eiff.Towers 17-10 
 4. M.Magix 16-11 
 5. West-Brabant 16-11 
 6. Rotterdam 13-13 
 7. Landstede 12-16 
 8. ZZ Leiden 10-17 
 9. Upstairs Weert 9-16 
 10. Aris Friesland 8-18 
 11. Den Helder 5-22 


FEB Results: Round 30 - by Sanders Jackson


This weekend in FEB action, the defending Dutch champions Eiffel Towers remain hot, with both Hanzevast Capitals and Matrixx Magixx winning on the road.

In the ZBC-Hal, Eclipse Jet/MyGuide made their own version of a Valentine's Day massacre, jumping out to a big lead at the end of the 1st quarter, taking no prisoners in a 97-63 blowout over Landstede Basketball. Eclipse Jet/MG led 30-14 at the end of the 1st quarter and kept the bleeding going. The team of head coach Arik Shivek shot a sizzling 73.5% from the field and made half of their three-pointers, while holding Landstede to shooting numbers of 38.9% FG and 7 for 29 from the three-point line. Eclipse Jet/ MG also had 11 players play between 14 and 24 minutes, with all twelve players contributing in the scoring department.
CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) led all scorers with 18 pts. Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) led Landstede with 15 pts. It was Eclipse Jet/MG's seventh straight win, and improves its league-best record to 24-3.


In Den Helder, Hanzevast Capitals found themselves in a battle versus struggling BlueStream Seals, first with a bad start in the 1st quarter, but a gallant 4th quarter effort by PG Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) bailed them out, with Hanzevast winning for the second time this week, by the score of 101-89. BlueStream Seals spotted Hanzevast to a lead of 16-2, and after a timeout Hanzevast closing the lead to 29-20 at the end of the 1st. It would remain close from there on out, with BlueStream Seals leading 82-81 at the halfway mark of the 4th quarter. But from that point on, the balance of power shifted to the guests, as Thomas emerged from the telephone booth with his Superman cape on and came to the rescue for Hanzevast. Thomas would put on a show, scoring 10 of his 17 4th quarter points in the last five minute span to help Hanzevast take the lead at 91-82 and thwarted BlueStream's upset hopes. Thomas led all scorers with 27 pts., leading five Hanzevast players in double figures. Hanzevast's bench also did its job, contributing 41 pts., and also shot 60% FG and 9 of 19 from the three-point line. With the win, Hanzevast wins its second straight this week, and tied for 2nd place in the FEB with Eiffel Towers at 17-10.


In Leiden, Matrixx Magixx bounces back from a recent loss to West-Brabant Giants with tough defense and strong rebounding the key, holding off ZZ Leiden 66-57. While Matrixx did a poor job of taking care of the ball (26 total turnovers), it held ZZ to 42.9% FG and 6 of 22 from the three-point line, plus ZZ shot a poor 15 of 27 from the free throw line. Frank Tolbert (193-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Auburn) led all scorers with 24 pts. ZZ, which managed to cut to lead to only one point in crunch time, could not find a closer when needed. David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico) led ZZ with a double-double of 14 pts. and 11 rebounds. Matrixx improves to 16-11, with ZZ falling to 10-17.



Torey Thomas has season high 27 points - by Interperformances
511 point guard Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) had a season high of 27 points for Hanzevast Capitals Groninger in the away win over Den Helder 89-101 in the Duch League. He shot 8-10 from the 2 and 3-6 from the 3 with 2 assists and 3 steals. Last year The unselfish guard played for Akropol, Sweden, where he led the league in scoring , assists and steals. Torey is ready to make another step to a higher level in Europe.

Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Teddy GIPSON
  Amsterdam
  (193-G/F-80)
  Avg: 13
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.23.3 
 2. Pope, West-Brabant20.0 
 3. Bostain, Landstede19.0 
 4. Walker, Rotterdam19.0 
 5. Wilson, M.Magix17.3 
 6. Blue, West-Brabant17.3 
 7. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.16.8 
 8. Smith, Upstairs.16.7 
 9. Ross, Upstairs.16.6 
 10. Chiotti, ZZ Leid.16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter VAN PAASSEN
  Amsterdam
  (210-C/F-78)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Jackson, Upstairs.12.0 
 2. Johnson, West-Bra.10.5 
 3. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden9.2 
 4. Briggs, Rotterdam9.1 
 5. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.6 
 6. Brempong, Hanze.8.2 
 7. Dialls, Den Helder8.0 
 8. Spencer, Aris F.7.9 
 9. Krstanovic, Hanze.7.5 
 10. Strickland, Den.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Will WHITTINGTON
  Hanzev.Cpt
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.5.7 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt5.1 
 3. Richardson, Rotte.4.8 
 4. Nash, ZZ Leiden4.7 
 5. Oliver, Eiff.Towers4.6 
 6. Bostain, Landstede4.5 
 7. Blackwood, Aris F.4.4 
 8. Pope, West-Brabant4.2 
 9. Witt, Den Helder4.0 
 10. Downey, Eiff.T.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rein VAN DER KAMP
  Aris Friesland
  (202-F-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Richardson, Rotte.3.3 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt3.1 
 3. Sears, M.Magix2.8 
 4. Greene, Amsterdam2.6 
 5. Bauscher, Aris F.2.5 
 6. Nelson, M.Magix2.4 
 7. Smith, Upstairs.2.4 
 8. Punch, Landstede2.4 
 9. Bostain, Landstede2.3 
 10. Walker, Rotterd.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Darnell DIALLS
  Den Helder
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Steenberge, Aris F.1.7 
 2. Brempong, Hanze.1.5 
 3. Gladness, M.Magix1.3 
 4. Iti, Rotterdam1.2 
 5. Blue, West-Brabant1.1 
 6. Khazzouh, Hanze.1.1 
 7. Briggs, Rotterdam1.1 
 8. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.0 
 9. Nelson, M.Magix0.9 
 10. Patten, Upstai.0.9 


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ASE and Albacomp won - by Tamas Deri
Kormend, lead by the Fodor-brothers started the game very well and was up by 10 points after only 8 minutes. In the second quarter the guests with hard defense could stop the guards of the home team and were leading by 4 points in the half time.
In the third quarter the home game had a great run again (66-69), but made 3 mistakes in a row, which decided the game.
Zsolt Kiss made 4 of 5 threes in very important moments, scored 12 points and 17 minutes. Michael English scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and had also 4 assists in 28 minutes. Hungarian big man, Robert Gulyas scored 22 points and collected 7 rebounds. American guard, Chris Rodgers played his first game for Kormend and was close to a tripple-double with 21 points, 15 fouls against, 9 rebounds, but he also had 3 steals.

In yesterdays other game Albacomp had an easy victory against DEKE and is still on the top.

POLAROID LAMI-VED-KORMEND - ATOMEROME SE 71-84
(27-20, 13-24, 19-25, 12-15)
Kormend, Att.: 2000, Referees: Bodnar, Kapitany, Torok
KORMEND: Chris Rodgers (193-G-84, college: Arizona) 21/3, Fodor 10/3, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 11/6, Bialek 7, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 15/3, Ferencz 4, Toth G. 2, Hegedus 1, Coach: Peter Stahl
PAKS: Meszaros 5, Nick Williams (192-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati) 13/6, Gosa 9/3, Johnson 8, Csaplar-Nagy E. 4, Michael English (194-F/G-82, college: UMKC) 11, Zsolt Kiss (195-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 12/12, Robert Gulyas (213-C-74) 22/3, Medve, Coach: Dzunic Branislav


ALBACOMP - DEBRECENI EGYETEM KE 108-80
(27-14, 30-22, 23-24, 28-20)
Szekesfehervar, 2000, Referees: Kiraly L., Farkas G., Balog Gy.
ALBACOMP: Simon B. 8, Jara Doyne (193-G/F-84, college: Mississippi) 16/6, Radovic 5/3, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 19, Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) 17, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 22/6, Sos 1, Gobi 8/3, Akos Keller (206-F/C-89) 9/3, Antal 2, Madar, Somogyfoki 1, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos
DEBRECEN: Steve Dagostino (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Rose (NY)) 29/12, Kutasi 8/6, Valentino Maxwell (193-G-85, college: Concordia (TX)) 21/9, Kennerly 13, Ware 4, Toth G. 5/3, Szabo T., Kovacs I., Erdei, Balogh A., Coach: Fodor Peter


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Albacomp 14-2 
 2. PVSK Panth. 12-4 
 3. Falco 11-4 
 4. Atomeromu 11-6 
 5. Dombovar 10-6 
 6. ZTE KK 9-6 
 7. Soproni 9-7 
 8. Univer KSE 8-8 
 9. Kormend 8-9 
 10. Kaposvari 7-9 
 11. Szolnok 6-9 
 12. Marso-Vagep 5-10 
 13. Debreceni 1-15 
 14. EnterNet-NTE 0-16 


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Anything is possible; Stjarnan beat KR in Cup finals - by Einar Johannsson
Stjarnan won the Subway Cup today when they beat KR 78-76 in a dramatic game in Laugardalsholl.
KR had won 16 out of 17 league games, and the only loosing game came last monday against Grindavik. Stjarnan have been on a good run recently and are now 6th in the league (8-9). Not many people would have put their money on Stjarnan before the game but it was obvious that Stjarnan believed today as they showed from the start that they were going to give KR a hard time.
KR started well offensively and scored in first six possessions but Stjarnan were never far away and got the lead at the end of 1st quarter. They never gave that lead back and with solid defense and some big 3 point shots they managed to keep KR away and win the first trophy ever for Stjarnan in their first cup final game in history.
A great day for Stjarnan team and Teitur Orlygsson who took over as coach around christmas and has got a different & better look on the team.
Justin Shouse (180-G-81, college: Mercyhurst) & Jovan Zdravevski (197-F-80) had great game for Stjarnan. Shouse had 22 points & Zdravevski had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Also good performance from Kjartan Kjartansson, Gudjon Larusson and captain Fannar Helgason.
Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) had 29 points for KR and Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) had 15. KR team never got in rythm and struggled offensively. Many key players far away from their standard at this time and defensively they struggled against Shouse & Zdravevski.
It will be interesting to see how the KR team will respond to this huge disapointment, and next game for them is at home against Cup winners Stjarnan on thursday night.


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  ITALY   


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 19-0 
 2. Lottomatica 13-6 
 3. Banca Tercas 12-7 
 4. La Fortezza 12-7 
 5. NGC Cantu 11-8 
 6. Benetton 10-9 
 7. Armani MI 9-10 
 8. Air AV 9-10 
 9. Premiata 9-10 
 10. Angelico BI 8-11 
 11. Scavolini 8-11 
 12. Eldo Caserta 7-12 
 13. Fortitudo 7-12 
 14. Solsonica 7-12 
 15. Carife FE 6-13 
 16. Snaidero 5-14 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Andre HUTSON
  Lottomatica
  (202-F-79)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Hicks, Scavolini18.8 
 2. Anderson, Snaidero18.7 
 3. Minard, Premiata17.4 
 4. Smith, Angelico BI16.9 
 5. Hawkins, Armani MI16.7 
 6. Carroll, Banca T.16.5 
 7. Diaz, Eldo Caserta16.1 
 8. Neal, Benetton15.8 
 9. Boykins, La Forte.15.8 
 10. Warren, Air15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea MICHELORI
  Eldo Caserta
  (202-F/C-78)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Hunter, Premiata10.4 
 2. Pasco, Solsonica9.3 
 3. Ford, La Fortezza9.2 
 4. Romero, Snaidero7.8 
 5. Wallace, Benetton7.6 
 6. Slay, Eldo Caserta7.2 
 7. Hall, Armani MI7.2 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.6.8 
 9. Pinkney, NGC Cantu6.8 
 10. Toure, NGC Can.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ibrahim JAABER
  Lottomatica
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jackson, Snaidero5.4 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.5.4 
 3. Spinelli, Angelico.4.5 
 4. Smith, Angelico BI4.3 
 5. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.3 
 6. Dixon, Benetton3.8 
 7. Forte, Snaidero3.7 
 8. Stanic, Scavolini3.5 
 9. Boykins, La Forte.3.5 
 10. Best, Air3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Pervis PASCO
  Solsonica
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Curry, Scavolini3.5 
 2. Boykins, La Forte.3.4 
 3. Poeta, Banca Tercas3.3 
 4. Hicks, Scavolini3.2 
 5. Dixon, Benetton3.1 
 6. Slay, Eldo Caserta3.1 
 7. Becirovic, Lottomat.3.0 
 8. Collins, Carife FE2.9 
 9. Stanic, Scavolini2.9 
 10. Toure, NGC Can.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darryl STRAWBERRY
  Fortitudo
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 3. Akindele, Scavolini1.6 
 4. Ebi, Carife FE1.5 
 5. Crosariol, Air AV1.4 
 6. Pasco, Solsonica1.3 
 7. Achara, Fortitudo0.9 
 8. Nnamaka, Carife FE0.8 
 9. Langford, La Forte.0.8 
 10. Toure, NGC Can.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Damien RYAN
  Fileni JE
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bunn, Aget IM23.5 
 2. Hatten, Enel Brindisi22.0 
 3. Dowdell, Fastw.21.8 
 4. Kemp, Basket LI20.8 
 5. Davis, Harem SC20.3 
 6. Bell, Vanoli SO19.8 
 7. Boyette, Basket LI19.4 
 8. Goss, Crabs RN19.1 
 9. Whiting, Banco S.19.1 
 10. Marigney, Edimes.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Manuel VANUZZO
  Banco Sard.
  (203-F-75)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Hines, Prima VE9.2 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni J.9.2 
 3. Lloreda, Seven 20079.1 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.8.8 
 5. Bunn, Aget IM8.4 
 6. Tyler, Carmatic PT8.2 
 7. George, Umana R.7.9 
 8. Ringstrom, Seven 7.9 
 9. Smith, Fastweb CM7.4 
 10. Boykin, Fileni7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Alvin YOUNG
  Trenkwalder
  (191-F-75)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Rowe, Banco Sard.5.1 
 2. Childress, Cimberio.4.9 
 3. de Assis, Seven 4.6 
 4. Allen, Prima VE4.3 
 5. Cinciarini, Edimes P.4.0 
 6. Mbemba, Vanoli SO3.8 
 7. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.8 
 8. Nissim, Prima VE3.6 
 9. Busca, Harem SC3.6 
 10. Passera, Cimber.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald DAVIS
  Harem SC
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Carmatic PT4.1 
 2. Bunn, Aget IM4.0 
 3. Lloreda, Seven 20073.9 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.3.9 
 5. Goss, Crabs RN3.8 
 6. Cuffee, Fileni JE3.8 
 7. Childress, Cimberio.3.7 
 8. Rombaldoni, Umana R.3.5 
 9. Rowe, Banco Sard.3.5 
 10. Boykin, Fileni3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Manuel VANUZZO
  Banco Sard.
  (203-F-75)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Terry, Vanoli SO2.1 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni J.2.0 
 3. Hines, Prima VE1.8 
 4. Ostler, Basket LI1.6 
 5. Bryan, Carmatic PT1.4 
 6. Bougaieff, Umana R.1.1 
 7. Bryan, Seven 20070.9 
 8. Dickens, Cimberio.0.9 
 9. Ezugwu, Banco S.0.9 
 10. Tyler, Carmatic0.9 


SerieA Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Carife FE - Montepaschi 75-103
Montepaschi made it 19 wins in as many games as they crushed Carife on the road. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) nailed 25 points to lead the league leaders. Terell McIntyre contributed 23 points, while Romain Sato had 21 for the winners. Andre Collins provided 26 points for Carife Ferrara. Allan Ray knocked down 18 points in defeat.

Banca Tercas - Lottomatica 86-77
Banca Tercas outgunned Lottomatica to earn the 12th win in the championship. David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) nailed 20 points and collected 7 boards for Teramo. Valerio Amoroso added 14 points in the win. Ibrahim Jaaber fired 21 points for Lottomatica as they fell at 13-6 record.

Angelico BI - Air AV 81-78
Angelico Biella overcame a slow start and eked out a narrow victory over Air Avellino. James Gist (203-F-86) tallied 13 points, 9 boards and 6 steals for Angelico Biella. Jonas Jerebko and Reece Gaines provided 12 points apiece for the winners. Antonio Porta answered with 16 points for Air Avellino as they suffered the 10th loss.

Premiata - Armani MI 82-81
Premiata Montegranaro needed an overtime to defeat Armani Jeans at home court. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) notched 24 points to lift Premiata to the 9th victory in the tournament. Costas Vasiliadis added 15 points for the winning team. David Hawkins poured in 35 points and collected 10 rebounds for Armani Jeans.

Solsonica - Fortitudo 75-66
Solsonica toppled Fortitudo as Patricio Prato (193-G-79, college: St.Bonaventure) had 17 points and 5 rebounds for the home team. Jiri Hubalek nailed 16 points, while Folarin Campbell added 13 for the winners. Stefano Mancinelli provided 24 points in the 12th loss for Bologna in the season.

La Fortezza - Scavolini 95-88
Sharrod Ford (206-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) banked 27 points and 12 boards as La Fortezza raced past Scavolini for the 12th victory. Earl Boykins added 15 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Michael Hicks responded with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for Snaidero in defeat.

Eldo Caserta - Benetton 77-73
Ronald Slay (203-F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Tennessee) accounted for 20 points and 11 boards to lead Eldo Caserta past Benetton. Shan Foster netted 13 points as the winners climbed at 7-12 record. Judson Wallace tallied 22 points and 7 boards for Benetton. Matteo Soragna had 19 points in the loss.

NGC Cantu - Snaidero 113-105
NGC Cantu went for extra five minutes but finally sneaked past Snaidero Udine for the 11th victory. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) secured 26 points and 10 boards to pace NGC Cantu. Sundiata Gaines and Kevinn Pinkney scored 24 and 23 points respectively for the victors. Benjamin Ortner responded with 27 points and 9 boards for Snaidero as they fell at 5-14 record.


Lega2 Round: 21 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Prima VE - Fastweb CM 75-79
Fastweb Casale eked out a hard-fought victory over Prima Veroli as Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) drained 20 points and grabbed 9 boards. Zabian Dowdell produced 18 points for the winning side. Dawan Robinson managed 20 points and 5 rebounds for Prima Veroli as they suffered the 9th defeat.

Aget IM - Edimes PV 62-67
Edimes Pavia celebrated a tough road win over Aget Imola. Martin Colussi knocked down 17 points to pace the visitors. Paul Marigney added 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals for Pavia. Jacopo Valentini and Matteo Canavesi responded with 14 points each for Aget Imola.

Cimberio VA - Umana Reyer 87-86
Cimberio Varese overcame a 4-point deficit at the end of the opening period and raced to a tough victory over Umana Reyer. Niccolo Martinoni notched 19 points to lead Varese to the 14th win in the season. Giacomo Galanda added 16 points and 10 boards for the league leaders. Kristaps Janicenoks nailed 26 points for Venezia.

Banco Sard. - Fileni JE 84-75
Banco di Sardenga improved at 11-10 record as they held off Fileni Jesi. Trent Whiting (185-G-76, college: BYU) managed 24 points for the winners. Hason Rowe contributed 21 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for Banco di Sardegna. Antonio Maestranzi came up with 23 points for Fileni Jesi in defeat.

Basket LI - Seven 2007 92-77
Basket Livorno rushed past Seven 2007 as Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) and Jermaine Boyette scored 25 points each for Basket Livorno. Francesco Foiera had 13 points in the winning case. Fulvio de Assis notched 22 points for Seven 2007 Roseto in the loss.

Vanoli SO - Enel Brindisi 87-75
Troy Bell (186-G-80, college: Boston Coll.) and Quadre Lollis nailed 22 points apiece to lead Vanoli Soresina past Enel Brindisi. Rudy Mbemba added 10 points as the winning grabbed the 13th win in the tournament. Marcus Hatten replied with 26 points for Enel Brindisi. Marco Killingsworth had 16 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.

Carmatic PT - Harem SC 74-61
Carmatic Pistoia collected the eighth win as they nipped Harem Scafati at home court. Guido Rosselli knocked down 19 points to pace the hosts. Elton Tyler contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds for Pistoia. Walter Santarossa and Ronald Davis netted 15 points each for Harem Scafati.


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Cimberio VA 14-7 
 2. Fastweb CM 13-8 
 3. Vanoli SO 13-8 
 4. Prima VE 12-9 
 5. Fileni JE 11-10 
 6. Banco Sard. 11-10 
 7. Trenkwalder 10-10 
 8. Crabs RN 10-10 
 9. Edimes PV 10-11 
 10. Basket LI 10-11 
 11. Enel Brindisi 10-11 
 12. Harem SC 10-11 
 13. Seven 2007 9-12 
 14. Umana Reyer 9-12 
 15. Carmatic PT 8-13 
 16. Aget IM 7-14 


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Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Panasonic 20-10 
 2. Aishin 20-10 
 3. Hitachi S. 18-12 
 4. Toyota 15-15 
 5. Tochigi Brex 15-15 
 6. Toshiba 13-17 
 7. Hokkaido 11-19 
 8. Mitsubishi 8-22 


BJ League Round: 32 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Five Arrows - Golden Kings 85-70
Five Arrows upset the league leaders Golden Kings 85:70 in the game of two titans from the Western Conference. Six players reached the double digits for the winners as Okada Yu led all of them with 18 points. Shigeyuki Kinjo (182-G-84) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.

Albirex - Phoenix 63-81
Albirex lost to Phoenix 63:81 as Michael Gardener (182-G-81, college: SE Louisiana) top-scored for the winners with 36 points. Chitwood Calvin posted 16 for Albirex while Ikeda Yuichi and Little Emmanuel added 13 each.

Apache - Grouses 96-72
Apache outscored Grouses 96:72 behind 20 points and 5 assists from Cohey Aoki (167-G-80). Ward Jerod led the way for his team with 24 points, whilst Woodyard Terrence collected 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Evessa - Rizing 101-89
Evessa overcame Rizing 101:89 in Regular Season Round 32. Eric Walton (204-F/C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: San Jose St.) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Nakamura Naoto netted 22 and Washington Lynn collected 21 points and 11 boards. Parker Michael ended up with 25 points and 19 rebounds in defeat.

Heat Devils - Lakestars 73-69
Heat Devils stun Lakestars 73:69 as Leon Brisport (201-F-77, agency: Court Side, college: Stony Brook) collected 18 points and the same number of boards for the winners. Rourke Ryan posted 23 in defeat, while Nash Bobby scored 16.

89ers - Broncos 69-88
Sendai 89ers lost to Broncos 69:88 as the latter jumped to 13-18 record. Reginald Warren (204-F-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Florida) had a great night with 35 points, 20 rebounds and 8 assists. St.Preux Bobby netted 17 in defeat, while Holm Chris had 15 points and 21 rebounds.


JBL Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Mitsubishi - Tochigi Brex 74-97
Mitsubishi lost to Tochigi Brex 74:97 on February 14th. Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) paced all the winners with 29 points and Tanaka Ken nailed 16. Sato Takuya ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.

Hitachi S. - Panasonic 82-74
Hitachi beat Panasonic 82:74 in their first appearance and took 18-12 record on the third place. Joji Takeuchi (205-C-85) was unstoppable with 28 points and 18 rebounds. Ace Custis (202-F-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Virginia Tech) answered with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Onishi Takanori scored 13.

Mitsubishi - Tochigi Brex 62-86
Mitsubishi lost to Tochigi Brex 62:86 in the second game of Regular Season Round 17. Takuya Kawamura led the winners with 25 points, while Tabuse Yuta netted 17. Sato Takuya poured in 15 points in the losing effort.

Hitachi S. - Panasonic 94-63
Hitachi smashed the league leaders Panasonic 94:63 in another game of February 15 sending them to 20-10 record. Six players reached double digits for the winners as Yuichi Kan (187-G/F-77) led them with 15 points. Ace Custis responded with 19 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Toyota - Hokkaido 84-99
Toyota was beaten by Hokkaido 84:99 on February 13th of Regular Season Round 17. Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Newton Tyler netted 18. O'Bannon Charles chipped in 33 points for the hosts.

Toshiba - Aishin 74-70
Toshiba beat Aishin 74:70 in the opener of the round. Violette Cory top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 18 rebounds, while Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) and Selvy Daryan brought 16 points each in defeat.

Toyota - Hokkaido 111-98
Toyota revenged for the first loss from Hokkaido and won 111:98 on February 14. Michael Takahashi (198-F-74, college: Cal.St. Northridge) exploded with 33 points and 8 rebounds, whilst O'Bannon Charles scored 24. Abe Tomokazu and Lewis Jai posted 16 points each in defeat.

Toshiba - Aishin 70-84
Toshiba and Aishin exchanged the victories as the latter had 70:84 in game 2. Shinsuke Kashiwagi (183-G-81) top-scored for the winners with 20 points as Aishin reached the top with 20-10 record. Kikuchi Shohei and Ishizaki Takumi chipped in 14 points each for the hosts.


Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Phoenix 20-11 
 2. Apache 19-12 
 3. 89ers 15-16 
 4. Albirex 14-17 
 5. Broncos 13-18 
 6. Grouses 9-22 
Western
 1. Golden Kings 24-7 
 2. Five Arrows 22-9 
 3. Evessa 20-11 
 4. Rizing 12-19 
 5. Lakestars 12-19 
 6. Heat Devils 6-25 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Yuta TABUSE
  Tochigi Brex
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .20.5 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin18.8 
 3. Henderson-S., Ais.18.1 
 4. Takahashi, Toyota17.4 
 5. Violette, Toshiba16.9 
 6. O'Bannon, Toyota16.8 
 7. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.16.8 
 8. Newton, Hokkaido14.9 
 9. Selvy, Aishin14.7 
 10. Rice, Hitachi.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Violette, Toshiba10.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.9.5 
 3. Takeuchi, Aishin8.9 
 4. Henderson-S., Ais.8.2 
 5. Takahashi, Toyota7.8 
 6. Parada, Mitsubishi7.7 
 7. Custis, Panasonic6.7 
 8. Honeycutt, Panas.6.5 
 9. Lewis, Hokkaido6.4 
 10. Orr, Tochigi Br.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Daiji YAMADA
  Hokkaido
  (200-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Tabuse, Tochigi .5.6 
 2. Kashiwakura, Mitsu.4.3 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido4.3 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.1 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.8 
 6. Henderson-S., Ais.3.5 
 7. Igarashi, Hitachi S.3.1 
 8. Ishizaki, Toshiba2.9 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota2.8 
 10. Campbell, Toyo.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shohei KIKUCHI
  Toshiba
  (190-F/G-85)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Tabuse, Tochigi .2.4 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.0 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi .1.5 
 4. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.5 
 5. Honeycutt, Panas.1.3 
 6. Sato, Hitachi S.1.2 
 7. Violette, Toshiba1.2 
 8. Tanaka, Tochigi .1.2 
 9. Hirose, Panasonic1.2 
 10. O'Bannon, Toyo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoshifumi KUWAHARA
  Toshiba
  (200-C-80)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.7 
 2. Orr, Tochigi Brex1.6 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.3 
 4. Aono, Panasonic1.1 
 5. Parada, Mitsubishi1.1 
 6. Newton, Hokkaido0.8 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. Takahashi, Toyota0.7 
 9. O'Bannon, Toyota0.7 
 10. Violette, Toshi.0.6 


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Stats Leaders - Men
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Z.Abbas, ASU 27.0
2. Idais, Orthodox 23.7
3. Obeidi, Orthodox 15.7
4. I.Abbas, ASU 14.9
5. Lutfi, Riyadi 14.7


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 10-2 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 10-3 
 3. Bashkimi 8-5 
 4. Trepca Mitrov. 6-7 
 5. Drita 3-10 
 6. Bambi Mitr. 1-11 
 7. Coll.Eurosport 0-0 
 8. SHB 12 0-0 
 9. Kastrioti 0-0 
 10. Kosova V. 0-0 


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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 10-3 
 2. Danilovgrad 10-4 
 3. Mornar Bar 9-4 
 4. Primorje-M. 9-5 
 5. ABS Primorje 8-6 
 6. Lovcen 8-6 
 7. Jedinstvo 7-7 
 8. Mogren 7-7 
 9. Rudar 1-13 
 10. Niksic 0-14 


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 11-1 
 2. Un.Mediteran 11-2 
 3. Niksic II 11-2 
 4. Gorstak 7-5 
 5. Ljubovic 7-5 
 6. Mornar II 6-7 
 7. S.Centar 4-8 
 8. Kotor 2-10 
 9. Centar BP 2-11 
 10. Zeta 1-11 


MNT1A 14 ROUND : Danilovgrad and Mogren win in derby games - by Dragan Scepanovic
ABS PRIMORJE Herceg Novi KK DANILOVGRAD 61-73 ( 14:18, 18:16, 9:25 , 20:14 )
HERCEG NOVI - SC u Igalo. Spec 150. Reff: Vojinovic, Rutesic ,Kaludjerovic (Niksic)
ABS PRIMORJE: Bulatovic, Radovanovic,Boricic 14 (4-2), Djecevic, Pajovic, Ilic 13,Nedic, Bacovic, Vujovic 10 (2-2), Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 21(9-7), Mandic 3, Vidojevic
DANILOVGRAD: Jovovic, Andrija Pejovic (205-C-83) 15 (8-3),Bogojevic 17, Radulovic 21 (9-5), M. Stanisic,Simonovic 2, B. Stanisic, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 2, Miladin Mijajlovic,Marko Milatovic (191-G-88) 16, Djurovic, Vujisic

MOGREN Budva PRIMORJE Herceg Novi 78-75 (16:13, 21:27, 18:19, 23:16 )
BUDVA Medirean Sport Center. Spect 500 Reff: Dragojevic, Koljensic, Savovic (Podgorica )
MOGREN: Stojakovic 26 (2-4), Vukajlovic 2,Igor Kunjic (202-F-87) 12, Stevovic 11 (5-6), Jovanovic, Nikic, Boskovic, Milovic 8, Zeljko Maricic), Zivkovic 6, Micovic13 (0-2), Markovic.
PRIMORJE: Arapovic, Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) 7, Tepavcevic 5 (3-5), Miljanic 3, Stojanovic, Oldrich, Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) 24 (3-5), Zambeljic, Najdenov 11 (2-2), Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 8 (2-2), Kovacevic, Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) 19 (2-4)

RUDAR Pljevlja JEDINSTVO B.Polje 63-131 ( 13:36, 20:28, 20:34, 10:33 )
PLJEVLJA Sport Center 'Ada'. Spect 50. Reff: Raicevic (Bijelo Polje),Muhadinovic (Cetinje),Kostic (Ulcinj)
RUDAR: Abaspahic 25 (6- 5), Bajrovic, Dzakovic 5 (2-1), Jankovic, Markovic, Gacevic 3, Spajic, Cartal6 (3-2), Cacic, Dzogaz 11 (6-5), Dragas, Gomilanovic 13 (6-4).
JEDINSTVO: Gemaljevic 20 (2-2), Musovic 11 (1- 0), Vucetic 4 (2-2), Miljic 1 (2-1),P. Popovic 14 (1-0) Omerovic 11, Babaca 15 (1-1), Radulovic 4,Tokalic 6, Vladimir Grdinic (190-G-78) 6, Ignjatovic 25 (2-1), Jeckson 13 (1-1)

NIKSIC LOVCEN Cetinje 0-20
Sport center Niksic


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Kobe and Shaq lead West to a victory in NBA All-Star Game 2009 - by Eurobasket
Sunday is always the special day at the NBA All Star weekend and Shaquille O'Neal enlighted the crowd at the US Airways Arena with his pre-game pop locking performance.
Jordan Sparks who is originally from Arizona and the past American Idol winner performed the national anthem in a supreme soulful manner.
The West beat the East by 146-119 as Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and Shaquille Oneal added another NBA All Star MVP to their legacies as they were named Co-MVP's.
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) was deserving as well with a 14 point and 14 assist performance.
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) led the East with 20 points while Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) added 18 points a piece.
The game started with the East storming out the gates with the fine play of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The two US Olympians look very comfortable playing together.
However the West scored 11 straight points to take a one point lead with 2:56 left in the first quarter.
Kobe Bryant was instrumental in the momentum swing and the West took a 34-27 first quarter lead.
As both teams featured their reserves in the second quarter Paul Pierce made some key plays to bring the East back in the game.
The contest was back and forth as Chris Paul and Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) played very well for their respective squads.
CP made some key steals and also provided eight sweet dimes as the West led 72-67 at halftime.
The West team blitzed the East in the third quarter with ten points from Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) and Kobe Bryant.
There was a lot of hype prior to the game about Shaq and Kobe reuniting again as NBA All Star teamates.
The West led at the end of the third quarter 110-91.
The game seemed a little boring going into the final seven minutes as the West maintained a double digit cushion and both teams traded baskets with little defense being played.
As the time elapsed Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) played one on one and the game was very much decided in the West's favor.
There some spectaclar dunks by LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard which amused the crowd at the US Airways Arena.
Some of the celeberties at courtside included Jay Z, Beyonce, Muhammad Ali, Spike Lee and even presidential candidate John McCain.
The entertainment was superb as usual because the NBA is all about providing the highest form of entertainment.
Next Year the NBA will take the All Star Weekend to Dallas and they only do the big in Texas especially with Mark Cuban behind the scenes.

NBA All-Star Game: West - East 146-119
West: K.Bryant 27+4reb+4ast, A.Stoudemire 19+6reb, C.Paul 14+7reb+14ast, T.Duncan 6, M.Yao 2; S.O'Neal 17+5reb+3ast, P.Gasol 14+8reb, B.Roy 14+5reb, T.Parker 14, D.Nowitzki 8, D.West 6, C.Billups 5
East: L.James 20+5reb, D.Wade 18+5ast, D.Howard 13+9reb, K.Garnett 12, A.Iverson 2; P.Pierce 18, M.Williams 12+5ast, R.Allen 8, R.Lewis 8+6reb, D.Harris 6, D.Granger 2, J.Johnson 0


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Cats upset UCLA for 7th straight win - by Kevin Cochran
Arizona withstood a late run from the No. 11-ranked UCLA to make its own statement in winning Saturday in McKale Center, 84-72, to break a three-year drought against the Bruins.

Nic Wise (5'10''-G) scored 26 and Jordan Hill (6'10''-F) 22 to lead the Cats, to overshadow 26 from UCLA's Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87) and 18 by Josh Shipp (6'5''-G/F-86). Hill added his 15th double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds. UA also had double figures by Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88) with 17 and Zane Johnson (6'5''-G) with 11.

The Cats scored only 11 points in the final nine minutes of play but had built an insurmountable lead, 73-48, with defense, rebounding and shooting.

The victory, the Cats' seventh consecutive, improved UA to 18-8 overall and 8-5 in Pac-10 Play. UCLA, which entered the weekend in first place but dropped both on its Arizona swing, fell to 19-6 and 8-4, sliding into no better than second place depending on ASU's (8-4) game Sunday against USC.

It was Arizona's first victory over UCLA since February 2005. Moreover, it built UA's so-called body of work into an NCAA-attractive stretch drive as a hot team and actually kept the Cats in the running for top honors in the Pac-10. UA has games remaining against Washington and ASU, two teams ahead of it in the standings.

The UCLA spurt made what could have been a blowout into a jittery affair for a crowd of 14,611.

Arizona squandered a 25-point lead and entered the final minute of play with a nine-point margin, with the Bruins charging. But late free throws from Chase Budinger, Jordan Hill and Nic Wise helped give UA 26 points from the line and some at the right moments.

The No. 11 Bruins built a 24-8 run from the nine-minute mark to erase the huge lead.

UA held UCLA to 49 percent shooting and only nine points from the line, plus outrebounded the Bruins, 34-37. The Cats shot an even 50 percent from the field, but made seven of 16 three-pointers and dropped 23 of 30 from the line.

UCLA came out of the locker room after the half and appeared more focused, making up some ground with Josh Shipp scoring nine of the Bruins' 11 points in four minutes to help trim the lead to 14 points, 56-42, at the first media timeout at 16:07. UA had three turnovers in the span.

But Jordan Hill flushed an offensive rebound on a break, and UA took advantage of a UCLA turnover with Chase Budinger banking in a shot, and UA led by 18 again, 60-42, inside the 14-minute mark.

Nic Wise dropped in a jumper and the Cats led by 20 at 12:23. After a James Keefe (6'8''-F-87) jumper for UCLA, Wise pulled an acrobatic move inside for an old-fashioned three-point play and the Cats had their biggest lead, 65-44 with just under 12 minutes to play.

For a moment. Wise made a breakaway layup after a UCLA turnover to put the Cats up by 23.

A pair of double fouls were called -- on Hill and Drew Gordon (6'8''-F), and on UA's Alex Jacobson (6'11''-C) and Gordon -- stalling play for a bit. The Bruins got buckets from Gordon and Alfred Aboya (6'9''-F/C-85), but UA had some free throws from Wise and Jamelle Horne (6'6''-F) to keep going in the scoring column. and a Hill put-back put Arizona up by 25 with just under 10 minutes left.

The Bruins made it interesting, and then some. UCLA scored 13 unanswered points with a Darren Collison jumper, three free throws by Nikola Dragovic, a Collinson three, a jumper by Aboya and a Collison three to cut Arizona's lead to 12 points at the 6:33 mark. UA had three turnovers plus fouled a three-point shooter in the span.

A pair of free throws by Wise stopped the glut, but Collison stuck a three-pointer to keep UCLA within distance at 75-64 and UCLA called time out at 4:58.

Arizona got a pair of free throws from Budinger and a layup from Wise to keep active in the next minute and led 79-65 with 3:49 to go. But a Collison three-pointer 20 seconds later made it close to a single-digit lead.


Courtesy: Arizonaathletics.com


Griffin, Meeks, and Thabeet shine on Saturday - by Kevin Cochran
Saturday saw three of the top individual efforts of the college basketball season. Oklahoma's Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) has been the front runner for Big12 and national player of the year honors, and turned in a command performance in a home win over Texas Tech. Kentucky's Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87) has rebounded from an injury to become one of the top scorers in the college game, and turned in another outstanding shooting effort. And Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87) continues to show why NBA scouts feel he can be a game changer at the next level.

Kentucky needed two wins this week after losing three in a row. And Meeks came up big in both games. He hit a fadeaway three to down Florida on Tuesday, then went bonkers against Arkansas, setting a Bud Walton Arena record with 45 points in a 79-63 victory. The junior hit 17 of 24 shots and 7 of 12 three pointers. The two wins make the Willdcats a near lock to be in the NCAA tournament. Meeks now has three games with 40+ points this year, highlighted by a school record 54 point game against Tennessee.

Griffin has been the primary reason for Oklahoma's rise to #2 in the country. His 21 double-doubles coming into Saturday tied a school record, and his 22nd was the best game of his career. Have you guys ever seen the movie, 'The Terminator?' That's what that kid is like,' Texas Tech coach Pat Knight said. 'That kid has no facial expressions. He just plays and it's like every kid out there on him is like Sarah Connor, and he's just going to take his time and kill him. That kid is good.' Good was a 40 point, 23 rebound effort where Griffin made 16 of 22 shots and dominated the entire game. He sat out the final 4:35 as the Sooners were easily ahead in a 95-74 rout.

Thabeet has been a defensive force since arriving at Connecticut, but his offensive game is coming around. The native of Tanzania scored 25 points, grabbed 20 rebounds, and blocked 9 shots in a 62-54 win over Seton Hall. 'Thabeet, to me, might be the best player in the country,' Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez said. 'I don't know who has a better player than him, who is a more dominant guy than him in the country. He, to me, is the No. 1 player in America. In my opinion from what I have seen, you know I am not trying to push him out the door, have him go pro, but if I was an NBA franchise I would take him No. 1 in the draft.'


Broncos snap Aggies 19 game streak - by Kevin Cochran
Mark Sanchez (6'7''-F) scored 20 points, Anthony Thomas (6'0''-G) had 18 and Boise St. snapped the longest winning streak in the nation at 19 with a 66-56 victory against No. 21 Utah St. on Saturday night.

The Aggies (24-2, 12-1 Western Athletic Conference) also missed out on a chance to clinch the conference title outright and set a school record for most consecutive victories.

Boise St. (17-7, 7-4) trailed most of the first half, but led the entire second half behind a tenacious defense that forced 19 turnovers, nearly twice Utah St.'s season average.

The Aggies, who came into the game averaging 72.4 points per game, were led by Gary Wilkinson (6'9''-F-82) and Jared Quayle (6'1''-G-85), each with 12 points. After shooting 42.3 percent in the first half, Utah St.'s shooters cooled in the second, hitting just 8-for-26 and 3-for-9 from behind the 3-point arc.

Boise St. shot 48.1 percent in the second half.

Paul Noonan (6'7''-F) and Ike Okoye (6'9''-F) each chipped in nine points apiece for the Broncos, winners of three of their last four games. Boise St. came up with nine steals and three blocked shots.

The Broncos, the defending WAC champions, avenged a Jan. 17 loss to the Aggies with a furious start to the second half. Thomas hit back-to-back 3-pointers, his second at 17:43 to put the Broncos up 35-26. Minutes later, Sanchez drove to the basket and sank a one-hander to put Boise St. up by 12, the biggest margin of the game.

The Aggies pulled within 60-54 when Brady Jardine (6'7''-G/F) scored on a layup, but the Broncos held on in the final minutes thanks to free throw shooting - they went 4-for-4 from the line - and a defense that stymied the Aggies' best scorers.

Courtesy: broncosports.com


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Div1 Stats Leader
1Div Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 OT Trobe, Tr.h. 24.1
2 K. Osland,OSI 20.2
3 S. Enge,Sandvika 19.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 R.Beqiri, Kr.sand 12.0
2 R.Paulsen, Stav. 9.9
3 P.Sivertsen, Stav. 9.6
Assists Per Game
1 A.Torsvoll, Stv. 6.1
2 T.Randolph,Langh. 5.9
2 T.Tomic,Kr.sand 5.5


Tromso wins first part of season - by Kaare Vangen
Tromso Storm got the wins they needed this weekend and will go into the playoff as number one. They beat Ammerud on Saturday and Asker on Sunday. Dag Christensen (201-F/C-80) and Taj Finger (203-F-86) were excellent in the offensive work against Ammerud and made sure that Ammerud never got closer than 11 points. Storm got a 12-0 lead early and never had to worry about the win. In the match against Asker things were much closer and Storm got the edge in the last stage of the match. Ron Timus was unstoppable, Taj Finger and Hani Issalhi (187-G-84) gave important contributions and Runar Ytrehus (189-G-86) impressed with 100 % on his shooting. Out congratulations to Storm! This was the club's second title in the top division.

Harstad Vikings had no trouble defeating Gimle in Bergen. The match was close up to roughly half-way through the second period. Ulriken Eagles also got an easy win over Fjellhamar Stallions. The fight for the second spot is still wide open. Ulriken Eagles will play Gimle twice and can control their own destiny. Harstad Vikings will play Tromso Storm in their last match. So Eagles do have an advantage.


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 17-3 
 2. Ulriken 15-4 
 3. Harstad 15-5 
 4. Asker 10-9 
 5. Ammerud 9-11 
 6. Gimle 8-11 
 7. 3B 4-15 
 8. Fjellhamar 0-20 


BLNO Stats Leaders
BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Timus, Tromso 29.1
2 Paunovic, Fjellh. 23.4
3 Sharma, Fjellh. 22.8
4 Karlsen, Asker 21.5
5 Bullock Ulriken 21.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Karlsen, Asker 10.7
2 Finger, Tromso 10.6
3 Christensen, Trom 10.4
4 Bullock, Ulriken 9.8
5 Thomas, Ulriken 9.6
Assists Per Game
1 Rogers, Harstad 8.8
2 Defares, Ammerud 5.7
3 Mihaylov, Trosmo 5.0
4 Issalhi, Tromso 4.9
5 Sharma, Fjellh. 4.8


Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
 1. Froya 16-1 
 2. Sandvika 13-4 
 3. Centrum 11-5 
 4. Langhus 9-8 
 5. OSI 7-8 
 6. NTNUI 7-9 
 7. Kristiansand 6-7 
 8. Varden 6-9 
 9. Trondheim 4-10 
 10. Persbraaten 4-12 
 11. Stavanger 3-13 


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Metropolitan League Standings
Metropolitan L. Standings
 1. Libertad 6-0 
 2. Sol de Amer. 5-1 
 3. Felix Perez 5-1 
 4. D.San Jose 3-3 
 5. Ciudad Nueva 3-3 
 6. Sportivo SL 3-3 
 7. Univ.Catolica 2-4 
 8. Univ.Autonoma 2-4 
 9. Olimpia 1-5 
 10. Dep.Sajonia 0-6 


Wins for FPC Sol and Ciudad Nueva - by Gianni Pascucci
Felix Perez Cardozo, Sol de America and Ciudad Nueva took the wins in the remaining games of the 6th Round of Metropolitan League. The largest win was the one of Felix Perez, 105-70 over Olimpia, with Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) and Sergio Lopez (189-G/F-85) leading the way at 20 points each, while Cesar Marecos (191-F) scored 20 he too for Olimpia. Sol de America prevailed over Universidad Catolica 86-72, led by Anderson Villamayor (190-F-80), who scored 16 points, and Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84), who added 15. Guillermo Osorio (-F) was the best at the losing side with 15 pts. Ciudad Nueva beat Deportivo Sajonia 79-74 thanks to Oscar Laconich (184-G/F), who scored 28 points, and Luis Peralta (-G), who added 25. Rodrigo Torres (-F/C) and Jose Gimenez (-F) led Sajonia with 23 and 18 points, respectively

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Rainmen add Millien - by Gianni Pascucci
Just before this weekend, the Halifax Rainmen signed the Premier Basketball League's leading scorer and No. 2 rebounder Miguel A.J. Millien (6'9''-F-83, college: Idaho St.), who had been released a day earlier by the Augusta Groove. Millien was averaging 30.9 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks through nine games. He should be an interesting way to replace Rob Sanders, who left the Rainmen for Venezuelan league. But, why Augusta and Millien parted ways ? it seems that he and the team 'were just going in different direction,' according with Groove owner Gary Perry . 'A.J.'s a great player, but we wanted to do a little something different. Basically we're going to slow the tempo down a little bit'. .....

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Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Trajan LANGDON
  CSKA
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.21.1 
 2. Kambala, Krasnoya.16.8 
 3. Perry, CSK V.16.8 
 4. Nachbar, Dynamo M.15.9 
 5. Wisniewski, Spart.15.9 
 6. Hansen, Dynamo M.15.1 
 7. Bailey, Spartak-P.14.8 
 8. Loncar, Unics14.1 
 9. Lampe, Khimky14.1 
 10. Pargo, Dynamo.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir VEREMEENKO
  Unics
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.1 
 2. Kambala, Krasnoya.6.9 
 3. Szewczyk, Lok.R.6.3 
 4. Kirksay, Unics6.2 
 5. Meshcharakou, Sparta.6.1 
 6. Loncar, Unics5.9 
 7. Plisnic, Ural Great5.9 
 8. Trushkin, Spart.5.7 
 9. Lampe, Khimky5.7 
 10. Nachbar, Dynamo.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Unics
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pargo, Dynamo M.5.4 
 2. Collins, Lok.Rostov5.3 
 3. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.4.9 
 4. Bremer, Triumph4.7 
 5. Wisniewski, Spart.4.5 
 6. Ponkrashov, Khimky4.4 
 7. Holden, CSKA3.8 
 8. Biggs, Ural Great3.4 
 9. Bailey, Spartak-P.3.2 
 10. Perry, CSK.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice BAILEY
  Spartak-P.
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Toya, Spartak-P.2.6 
 2. Millage, Krasnoyarsk2.5 
 3. House, Lok.Rostov2.5 
 4. Surovtsev, Ural G.2.1 
 5. Biggs, Ural Great2.1 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA1.9 
 7. Komarovski, Univ.Sur.1.9 
 8. Kirksay, Unics1.9 
 9. Lyday, Unics1.8 
 10. McCarty, Khim.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksander BASHMINOV
  Ural Great
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Likholitov, Ural G.1.2 
 2. Mozgov, Khimky1.1 
 3. Javtokas, Dynamo M.1.1 
 4. Krstic, Triumph1.0 
 5. Morris, CSKA1.0 
 6. Clancy, CSK V.1.0 
 7. Loncar, Unics0.9 
 8. Khryapa, CSKA0.9 
 9. Monya, Dynamo M.0.9 
 10. Lavrinovic, Dynamo.0.9 


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 16-0 
 2. Khimky 12-4 
 3. Dynamo M. 11-4 
 4. Unics 9-5 
 5. Spartak SP 9-8 
 6. Triumph 8-7 
 7. Krasnoyarsk 7-10 
 8. Lok.Rostov 6-8 
 9. Ural Great 5-11 
 10. CSK VVS 4-11 
 11. Spartak-P. 3-11 
 12. Univ.Surgut 2-13 


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Serbian B league, Round 16 (Regular season) - by Zoran Popovic

KK Crnokosa Kosjeric-OKK Beograd 72-81 (20-24, 21-18, 19-23, 12-16)

KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: Rakic 3, Ercevic, Djurovic 7, Puzic 22, Mukanovic 6, Vukosavljevic 2, Belic 7, Mirkovic 23, Nikic, Cvijic, Vasiljevic, Pavlovic.
OKK Beograd: Mitrovic 18, Kruscic 9, Dragovic 11, Vukadinov 17, Korac 11, Andjic 13, Suzic 2, Simic, Zivanovic, Vasic, Dimitrijevic.

OKK Beograd continued to win and this time they won against KK Crnokosa Kosjeric. In the first quarter guests from Belgrade made advantage of + 4 points, but the second quarter and half time domestic players finished with only 1 point advantage for the guests from Belgrade (41-42). In the third quarter both teams were equal, but OKK Beograd players played more organiyed and had more patient in the finished of the quarter. In the last quarter OKK Beograd players routinely saved previous advantage and won this very important match for them. The best role for the guests showed Mirkovic who scored 23 points and Puzic who add 22 points. In OKK Beograd the most efficiend player was Mitrovic with 18 points and Vukadinov with 17 points.

Kikinda Radnicki Obrenovac 72-79 (20-23, 15-19, 20-15, 17-22)

Kikinda: Mladenovic 17, Tesla, Petrovic 3, Cerina, Krajinovic, Vokic 13, Cevetkovic 12, Banjanin 6, Trkulja, Simic 5, Veljkovic 14, Mihajlovic 2.
Radnicki Obrenovac: Ljubas 10, Gavrilovic, Colic, 12, Huskic, A.Nastic 6, Jeftic 10, M.Nastic, Jadranini 5, Boricic 25, Nesic, Jovanovic 11, Velimirovic.

Kikinda players missed the chance to win very important match for them which would help them to stay in Serbian B league. Guests from Obrenovac showed good game and more routine in the finished of the match. Teams were equal in the most of the first half, but at the end of the second quarter Radnicki scored some important points and finished first period with +7 for them. In the second half domestic players tried to made break, but led by Colic and Boricic Radnicki saved previous advantage and won the match. In Kikinda the most efficient player was Mladenovic with 17 points and for the guests Boricic scored 25 points.


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Swiss.Lions 18-2 
 2. Borac 15-6 
 3. Napredak 13-8 
 4. Metalac 12-8 
 5. Radnicki 034 12-9 
 6. Radnicki I. 10-11 
 7. Ergonom 10-11 
 8. Mega HL 10-11 
 9. Vizura 9-12 
 10. Novi Sad 9-12 
 11. Sloga 8-13 
 12. Tamis 7-14 
 13. Masinac 7-14 
 14. Zdravlje 6-15 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvez.
 2. Partizan
 3. Vojvodina
 4. FMP
 5. Hemofarm


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Proleter Naft. 14-2 
 2. Beograd 12-5 
 3. Superfund 11-5 
 4. Mladost C. 11-5 
 5. FMP II 10-6 
 6. Radnicki O. 10-7 
 7. Crnokosa 9-8 
 8. Vojvodina Z. 8-8 
 9. Beovuk 72 6-10 
 10. Vrbas 6-10 
 11. Sloboda U. 6-10 
 12. Kikinda 5-12 
 13. Crvena Zv. 2 4-12 
 14. Maraton 2-14 


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Slobodan BOZOVIC
  Sloga
  (207-F/C-79)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Bolic, Radnicki I.22.3 
 2. Bogavac, Ergonom21.3 
 3. Stojacic, Mega HL20.5 
 4. Mirkovic, Masinac19.9 
 5. Markovic, Napredak18.3 
 6. Stefanovic, Sloga18.3 
 7. Kljajevic, Radnicki.18.3 
 8. Martinic, Novi Sad18.1 
 9. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.5 
 10. Sinovec, Vizu.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petar BEADER
  Radnicki 034
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Mirkovic, Masinac8.7 
 2. Draskovic, Radnicki.7.5 
 3. Dokic, Tamis6.9 
 4. Bogavac, Ergonom6.8 
 5. Mihajlovic, Tamis6.4 
 6. Kljajevic, Radnicki.6.2 
 7. Buric, Vizura6.1 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac6.1 
 9. Zigeranovic, Borac6.1 
 10. Pobric, Novi S.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Stefan MAJSTOROVIC
  Ergonom
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jovicic, Tamis6.6 
 2. Duvnjak, Radnicki.4.6 
 3. Stefanovic, Sloga4.4 
 4. Stefanovic, Borac4.0 
 5. Teodosic, Metalac4.0 
 6. Vukotic, Sloga3.8 
 7. Maric, Ergonom3.7 
 8. Tomasevic, Masinac3.5 
 9. Martinic, Novi Sad3.4 
 10. Pejovic, Napred.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen KUZETA
  Radnicki I.
  (194-G-87)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Martinic, Novi Sad2.8 
 2. Bolic, Radnicki I.2.1 
 3. Jovanovic, Zdravlje1.9 
 4. Bogavac, Ergonom1.8 
 5. Mirkovic, Masinac1.8 
 6. Sinovec, Vizura1.7 
 7. Dramicanin, Borac1.7 
 8. Majstorovic, Ergon.1.6 
 9. Fekete, Radnicki I.1.6 
 10. Zigeranovic, Bor.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Milos MARJANOVIC
  Swiss.Lions
  (207-C-81)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Draskovic, Radnicki.1.4 
 2. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 3. Buric, Vizura1.1 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac1.1 
 5. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.0 
 6. Tanaskovic, Metal.0.9 
 7. Nikolic, Mega HL0.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Borac0.8 
 9. Janjusevic, Zdrav.0.8 
 10. Gavranovic, Erg.0.8 


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1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Parklji 17-2 
 2. Rudar 16-3 
 3. Rogaska 16-3 
 4. MFC.2 Marib. 15-4 
 5. Triglav K. 12-7 
 6. Kraski Zidar 10-9 
 7. Sencur 10-9 
 8. Gradisce 8-11 
 9. Hrastnik 8-11 
 10. Jance 7-12 
 11. Litija 5-14 
 12. Rogla 4-15 
 13. Konjice 3-16 
 14. Radenska 2-17 


Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
 1. Krka 15-3 
 2. Helios 14-4 
 3. Zlatorog 14-5 
 4. Slovan 13-6 
 5. Polzela 10-8 
 6. Zagorje 8-10 
 7. Luka Koper 8-11 
 8. TCG Mercator 8-11 
 9. Elektra 7-12 
 10. Postojna 6-13 
 11. Alpos S. 5-14 
 12. Nova Gorica 4-15 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Jure BALAZIC
  Krka
  (204-F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Goodrich, Zagorje24.1 
 2. King, Polzela22.2 
 3. Strnad, Zlatorog17.2 
 4. Ivanovic, Elektra17.2 
 5. Delic, Slovan16.8 
 6. Paris, Zagorje16.2 
 7. Berdiel, Zlatorog15.1 
 8. Cup, Elektra14.9 
 9. Jovanovic, Epic Misel14.8 
 10. Julevic, TCG.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marko RAKOCEVIC
  Krka
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. King, Polzela14.7 
 2. Johnson, Zagorje11.4 
 3. Paris, Zagorje10.0 
 4. Brown, Alpos S.7.8 
 5. Cup, Elektra6.7 
 6. Pasalic, Nova Gorica6.7 
 7. Pavic, Krka6.6 
 8. Lucic, Zlatorog6.2 
 9. Miljkovic, Zlatorog6.0 
 10. Laskevic, Heli.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Primoz SKOK
  TCG Mercator
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vujasinovic, Polzela6.3 
 2. Berdiel, Zlatorog4.6 
 3. Cmer, Luka Koper4.4 
 4. Goodrich, Zagorje4.1 
 5. Ivanovic, Elektra3.8 
 6. Krivec, Krka3.5 
 7. Jovanovic, Epic Misel3.3 
 8. Perko, Nova Gorica3.2 
 9. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.2 
 10. Mocnik, Heli.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Salih NUHANOVIC
  Zlatorog
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Berdiel, Zlatorog2.4 
 2. Goodrich, Zagorje2.2 
 3. Dragic, Slovan2.2 
 4. Snow, Helios2.0 
 5. Dunovic, Alpos S.2.0 
 6. Strnad, Zlatorog1.8 
 7. Avdibegovic, Alpos S.1.8 
 8. Percel, Zagorje1.7 
 9. Lapornik, Alpos S.1.7 
 10. Horvat, Elekt.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Aldin KADIC
  Alpos S.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. King, Polzela2.9 
 2. Todorovic, Helios1.4 
 3. Nuhanovic, Zlatorog1.4 
 4. Lucic, Zlatorog1.3 
 5. Johnson, Zagorje1.1 
 6. Brown, Alpos S.1.1 
 7. Hunter, Zlatorog1.0 
 8. Bajramlic, Zagorje1.0 
 9. Soda, Nova Gorica1.0 
 10. Sjekloca, Elekt.0.9 


Belina and Svendborg to part ways - by Zeljko Zule
Gregor Belina (196-G/F-75, agency: Global Sports Plaza) parted ways with Danish team Svendborg Rabbits. He averaged 24,5 minutes, 9,2 points (2P 22-46, 3P 26-68, FT 7-8), 2,4 rebounds, 1,7 assists, 1,1 steals and 0,3 blocks in 14 games of Canal Digital Ligaen.
Jack Ingram (207-C/F-83, college: Illinois) of Krka will sit out at least six weeks because of a knee injury.
Matjaz Cizej (200-F-72) of Celjski KK (D-2) will miss the rest of the season because of a broken finger on his hand.


Liga UPC Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nova Gorica - Epic Misel 78-81
Epic trailed by 57-60 in the third period but rattled off 10 straight points. Bojan Jovanovic (186-G-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 27 points including five 3-pointers and Vjeran Soldo added 14 points. Gorica outrebounded their opponent 40-23, picked up 17 offensive boards, and had four scorers in double figures. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

TCG Mercator - Slovan 77-74
Mercator's starters scored 73 od 77 points and shot 9-of-10 from 3-points range! Mensud Julevic (200-F/C-85) had 20 points and 9 rebounds, Primoz Skok scored 17 points, Igor Jokic 14, Simon Finzgar 13 and Gregor Jankovic 9. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Alpos S. - Elektra 93-86
Sentjur ended their five game losing streak and the reserves outscored Elektra's bench, 47-11. Nejc Glavas (192-G-86) scored 25 points on shooting 5-of-6 from 3-point range and handed out 5 assists, JasonMcCoy collected his first double-double og the season by scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, both off the bench. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Zagorje - Polzela 73-80
Hopsi limited league leading scorer Gil Goodrich (178-G-82, college: Bowie St.) to 1-of-12 from 3-point range. He finished with 16 points, David Paris posted 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and Milos Savkovic and Sanel Bajramlic added 13 points apiece. Hopsi last period opened with a 14-5 run and clinched their place in the League Play-Off. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Luka Koper - Helios 78-88
Helios never trailed in second half. Alvin Snow (187-G-81, college: E.Washington) posted 22 points including five 3-pointers, grabbed 7 rebounds and handed out 6 assists, Aljaz Janza had 14 points and Ziga Zagorc 11. Koper had four scorers in double figures. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog - Krka 90-80
Vincent Hunter 11 of his 17 points scored in first quarter and Uros Lucic in this period had 4 blocks. Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso) fnished with 26 points on shooting 12-of-15 and handed out 6 assists. Krka commited 20 turnovers and trailed by 14 points in first quarter. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule


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KBL Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ET Land B.Sl. - KT&G Kites 100-86
ET Land upset KT&G Kites 100:86 for 19-21 record. Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) led the winners with with 25 points and Powell Carlos notched 22. Chandler Marquin (202-F-82, college: San Jose St.) ended up with 25 points in the losing effort.

Dongbu Promy - KCC Egis 81-88
Dongbu Promy fell at 27-13 but still top the league after the home loss from KCC Egis 81:88. Kim Tae-Hwan (177-G-85) paced all the winners with 27 points and Brand Micah scored 22. Daniels Chris poured in 24 points and 12 caroms for the home side.

Orions - Samsung Th. 85-92
Orions lost to Samsung 85:92 as Leather Terrence (204-C-81, college: S.Florida) was unstoppable with 37 points and 14 rebounds. Park You-Jin (193-F-84) nailed 16 and Lee Kyu-Sup brought his team 13. Sneed Dillon produced 22 points for Daegu.

KT&G Kites - LG Sakers 86-72
Chandler Marquin nailed 22 points for KT&G Kites that beat LG Sakers 86:72. Yang Hee-Jong posted 15 and Warner Calvin had 13. Johnson Ivan finished the night with 25 points for the guests.

Mobis Phoebus - ET Land B.Sl. 89-99
Mobis Phoebus was beaten by ET Land 89:99 on February 14, 2009. Dunston Bryant (203-F-86) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Kim Hyo-Bum netted 19. Powell Carlos scored 24 in defeat and Little Donald collected 23 points and 12 boards.

SK Knights - Mobis Phoebus 77-82
Mobis Phoebus improved to 25-15 record on the second position after 82:77 win over SK Knights. Dunston Bryant top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 20 rebounds, while Chun Dae-Hyun nailed 17. Shannon Terrence (203-F-79, agency: N.E.T., college: Elgin CC) posted 23 points and made 10 boards in defeat.

Orions - Dongbu Promy 84-98
On February 13 Dongbu Promy outscored Orions 98:84 as White Wendell (198-G-84, college: UNLV) exploded with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Lee Kwang-Jae followed him with 17 and Daniels Chris scored 15. Kim Seung-Hyun ended up with 21 points for the hosts.

Samsung Th. - KCC Egis 87-81
Samsung beat KCC Egis 87:81 to take 23-17 record on the third place. Leather Terrence had a great night with 34 points and 10 rebounds, while Lee Kyu-Sup posted 17. Brand Micah and Mitchell Carl ended up with 20 points for the guests.

KTF M.Wings - SK Knights 97-81
KTF M.Wings overcame SK Knights 97:81 to improve to 10-30. Shannon Terrence notched 46 points in the losing effort but that was not enough for his team.


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 27-13 
 2. Mobis Phoebus 25-15 
 3. Samsung Th. 23-17 
 4. KCC Egis 22-18 
 5. LG Sakers 21-19 
 6. KT&G Kites 20-20 
 7. ET Land B.Sl. 19-21 
 8. SK Knights 18-22 
 9. Orions 15-25 
 10. KTF M.Wings 10-30 


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Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Tau 20-2 
 2. Barcelona 18-4 
 3. Real 16-5 
 4. Joventut 16-6 
 5. Unicaja 15-7 
 6. G.Canaria 14-7 
 7. Pamesa 12-9 
 8. Ricoh Man. 10-11 
 9. Fuenlabrada 10-11 
 10. Bilbao 9-13 
 11. Granada 9-13 
 12. Bruesa 7-14 
 13. Estudiant. 7-15 
 14. Murcia 6-16 
 15. Zaragoza 5-16 
 16. Menorca 5-17 
 17. Cajasol 4-17 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Lamont HAMILTON
  Tenerife
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Barbour, Tenerife18.9 
 2. Guillen, Los Barrios18.3 
 3. Garcia, Burgos17.6 
 4. Kiefer, Vic17.6 
 5. Detrick, La Laguna17.4 
 6. Simien, Caceres16.8 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.15.7 
 8. Terrell, La Palma15.4 
 9. Blair, Mallorca15.4 
 10. Prestes, Cl.Rinc.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Duane VIRGIL
  Illescas
  (205-F/C-74)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Prestes, Cl.Rincon9.7 
 2. Donaldson, La La.9.4 
 3. Battle, Valladolid8.7 
 4. Simien, Caceres8.2 
 5. Hamilton, Tenerife8.1 
 6. Guillen, Los Barrios7.5 
 7. Blair, Mallorca7.3 
 8. Baez, Leon7.2 
 9. Cusworth, Leche R.7.2 
 10. Nana, Rosal.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Federico VAN LACKE
  Valladolid
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ciorciari, Melilla6.5 
 2. Corrales, Burgos4.8 
 3. Mendiburu, Plus Pujol4.2 
 4. Sala, La Palma4.2 
 5. Bernabe, Leon3.8 
 6. Brown, Caceres3.7 
 7. Cortaberria, Cl.Ri.3.7 
 8. Jimenez, Illescas3.6 
 9. Lopez, Leche Rio3.5 
 10. Colom, Plus Puj.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime HERAS
  La Laguna
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Blanch, Mallorca2.2 
 2. Van Lacke, Valladolid2.1 
 3. Bernabe, Leon1.9 
 4. Lopez, Leche Rio1.8 
 5. Ciorciari, Melilla1.8 
 6. Hill, Alicante1.7 
 7. Boccia, Tenerife1.6 
 8. Baez, Leon1.6 
 9. Victor, Melilla1.5 
 10. Cusworth, Leche.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan Ignacio ROMERO
  Melilla
  (211-C-73)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Battle, Valladolid2.1 
 2. Hamilton, Tenerife1.8 
 3. Southall, Melilla1.6 
 4. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 5. Lewis, Plus Pujol1.4 
 6. Simien, Caceres1.3 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.1.2 
 8. Nana, Rosalia1.2 
 9. Padged, La Laguna1.1 
 10. Sinanovic, Burg.1.1 


LEB Gold Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Alicante - Plus Pujol 67-57
The leading team of LEB Gold outplayed Plus Pujol at home 67-57 jumping on nice 16-4 record. Jose Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Taylor Coppenrath led the scorers in Alicante with 13 points apiece. Interesting is that both players came off the bench. Rafael Hettsheimeier had 16 points in loss.

Rosalia - Leche Rio 58-53
Rosallia crushed Leche Rio thanks to Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, college: Wisconsin), Miguel Montanana and Sandi Cabuler, which combined 39 points. Daniel Lopez had 11 for the loosing side. Rosallia 4-16, Leche Rio 14-6.

La Palma - Vic 88-56
La Palma devastated Vic 88-56, despite a way more interesting game was expected as both teams had 8-11 record before it. Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84, agency: Octagon) stepped up for the hosts with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Mattew Kiefer again led the guests in scoring - 17 points.

Gandia Basq. - Caceres 70-75
Caceres improved on 10-10 after road win against the last ranked Gandia. Jesus Poves (195-G/F-75) was a key player for the guests collecting 18 points and 6 rebounds. Adrian Moss followed with 12 pts and 12 rebs. Zach Morley replied with 25 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Burgos - Illescas 82-70
As it was expected, Burgos was too strong for Illescas moving up on 12-8 record (6th place). Luis Felipe Gruber (205-F-85) nailed 17, Diego Lo Grippo had 16 and Diego Garcia helped the winners with 13 points. Duane Virgil scored 16 in defeat.

Leon - Cl.Rincon 60-84
Important win for Clinicas Rincon as both teams had 10-9 record before this game. Michal Chylinski (199-G-86) shined for the winners with 16 points. Paulo Prestes helped with 14 points and 13 rebounds. On the other side, Leon got double-double from Eulis Baez, 18 points and 11 boards.

Valladolid - Mallorca 109-79
Christopher Hernandez (188-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) was on fire yesterday draining 23 points, including 5 of 9 from behind the arc. Dan Grunfeld was behind him with 16 and Victor Baldo netted 14 pts. Jason Blair shined for the loosing side collecting 22 points and 7 boards.

Tenerife - Los Barrios 76-86
Los Barrios surprised Tenerife, who now dropped on the same score as Leche Rio and Valladolid, 14-6 (2nd, 3rd and 4th place). Ross Schraeder (196-G-83, college: Cal-Irvine) top-scored for the guests with 17 points. Tenerife got 18 pts and 13 boards from Lamont Hamilton.

Melilla - La Laguna 80-83
Jason Detrick (198-G-80, agency: BrezoPro, college: Oklahoma), Jakim Donaldson and David Padged combined 49 points for La Laguna pacing it to 9th victory in LEB Gold. Rafael Huertas scored 14 points for the host squad, who now slipped on 13-7.


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Rakim HOLLIS
  Guadalajara
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Bouldin, Matchmind22.3 
 2. Echols, Cantabria19.4 
 3. Mortellaro, ADT T.17.6 
 4. Williams, Matchmind17.2 
 5. Llorente, Archena17.0 
 6. Turner, Promobys16.4 
 7. Nelson, Huelva16.2 
 8. Martinez, Navalcar.15.5 
 9. Harry, Archena15.4 
 10. Ausina, Moli.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony WILLIAMS
  V.Siglo XXI
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Turner, Promobys9.3 
 2. Mortellaro, ADT T.9.2 
 3. Mathis, Alcazar9.1 
 4. Andrews, Guadalaj.9.0 
 5. Thompson, Molina8.9 
 6. Williams, Matchmind8.7 
 7. Echols, Cantabria8.2 
 8. Bouldin, Matchmind7.8 
 9. Mugica, Archena7.6 
 10. McLemore, Huel.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Roberto RUEDA
  Promobys
  (--86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Camps, Cantabria6.6 
 2. Monclova, Alcazar5.8 
 3. Rufian, Huelva5.3 
 4. Llorente, Archena4.5 
 5. del Tio, Merida4.5 
 6. Darbo, Huelva4.5 
 7. Nunez, Guadalajara3.9 
 8. Sanchez, Cantabria3.7 
 9. Castello, Matchmind3.6 
 10. Baquer, Alai.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 David GARCIA
  Real M. II
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turner, Promobys2.5 
 2. Llorente, Archena2.4 
 3. Monclova, Alcazar2.2 
 4. Martinez, Navalcar.2.0 
 5. Rueda, Promobys1.9 
 6. Sanchez, Cantabria1.9 
 7. Comas, Girona1.9 
 8. Gelsi, Girona1.8 
 9. Zalvide, Molina1.8 
 10. Camps, Cantabr.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cameron ECHOLS
  Cantabria
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. McLemore, Huelva2.2 
 2. Bain, ADT Tarrag.1.6 
 3. Williams, V..1.3 
 4. Williams, Matchmind1.3 
 5. Bouldin, Matchmind1.2 
 6. Hilliman, Promobys1.2 
 7. Farley, Archena1.2 
 8. Thomasson, Alaior1.1 
 9. Nunes, Merida1.1 
 10. Rodrigo, Navalc.1.1 


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Alicante 16-4 
 2. Leche Rio 14-6 
 3. Valladolid 14-6 
 4. Tenerife 14-6 
 5. Melilla 13-7 
 6. Burgos 12-8 
 7. Axarquia 11-9 
 8. Los Barrios 10-10 
 9. Caceres 10-10 
 10. Leon 10-10 
 11. Plus Pujol 10-10 
 12. La Laguna 9-11 
 13. La Palma 9-11 
 14. Mallorca 8-12 
 15. Vic 8-12 
 16. Illescas 5-15 
 17. Rosalia 4-16 
 18. Aguas Gandia 3-17 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Palencia 15-5 
 2. Vigo 14-6 
 3. Torrons Vic. 14-6 
 4. Plasencia 13-7 
 5. Navarra 13-7 
 6. Caja Rioja 12-8 
 7. Ourense 11-9 
 8. CB Tarrag. 11-9 
 9. Cornella 10-10 
 10. Jerez 9-11 
 11. Huesca 8-12 
 12. Gijon 7-13 
 13. CajasurCord. 7-13 
 14. Coruna 6-14 
 15. Prat 6-14 
 16. Qalat Caja Sol 4-16 


Stats Leaders - ACB

Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Tau
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Rakocevic, Tau20.7 
 2. Oleson, A.G. Fuenla20.1 
 3. Quinteros, CAI Z.19.1 
 4. Reyes, Real Madrid17.3 
 5. Dean, CB Murcia17.1 
 6. English, Kalise G.17.0 
 7. Jeter, Vive M.16.4 
 8. Haislip, Unicaja16.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau16.1 
 10. Bullock, Real Madr.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Juan TRIGUERO
  Cajasol
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Borchardt, Granada10.2 
 2. Reyes, Real Madrid9.8 
 3. Caner-Medley, Cajas.8.5 
 4. Ilyasova, Regal B.7.7 
 5. Panko, Bruesa6.9 
 6. Vazquez, Regal B.6.7 
 7. Banic, Iurbentia B.6.1 
 8. Splitter, Tau5.7 
 9. Eley, Vive Menorca5.6 
 10. Roe, Brue.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus NORRIS
  Kalise G.C.
  (185-G-74)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Rubio, DKV Joventut6.3 
 2. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.5.9 
 3. Cook, Unicaja4.8 
 4. Valters, A.G. F.4.7 
 5. Salgado, Iurbenti.4.5 
 6. Thomas, CB Murcia4.5 
 7. Prigioni, Tau4.5 
 8. Williams, Pamesa V.3.9 
 9. Lakovic, Regal B.3.9 
 10. Mallet, DKV.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Rodrigo SAN MIGUEL
  Ricoh Man.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Prigioni, Tau2.3 
 2. Popovic, Bruesa1.8 
 3. Splitter, Tau1.8 
 4. Cook, Unicaja1.7 
 5. Thomas, CB Murcia1.7 
 6. Lescano, CAI Z.1.6 
 7. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.1.6 
 8. Jasen, MMT E.1.6 
 9. Bulfoni, Ricoh Man.1.5 
 10. Jeter, Vive.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Juan TRIGUERO
  Cajasol
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Borchardt, Granada1.7 
 2. Barnes, CB Murcia1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Asselin, Ricoh Man.1.5 
 5. Gutierrez, Granada1.2 
 6. Ibaka, Ricoh Man.1.2 
 7. Moss, CB Murcia1.1 
 8. Haislip, Unicaja1.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau1.1 
 10. Savane, Kalise G.1.0 


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19th Week in LNB - by Peter Isler
-Villars vs Zurich Wilcats 47-76 (30-42)-
Zurich was without starting Point Guard Miroslav Petkovic who was serving a one game suspension after being ejected from his teams last encounter vs Vevey. Coach Lareida''s squad presented themselves in dominating fashion as they cruised to an easy 30pt. on Villars home court, whose playoff dreams have definitely come to an end.
-Fribourg vs Vernier 67-56 (39-17)-
Academie had no trouble and took care of business at home against Vernier by dominating them in the 1st half just allowing 17pts!!
-Chene vs Neuchatel 72-81 (38-42)-
Neuchatel had more trouble on the road as one might have expected vs last place Chene. With it being a 4 point ballgame at halftime and a tied one at the end of the 3rd quarter, Neuchatel took the game over in the final quarter lead by some long range three's which proved to be deadly for the home team.
-Vevey vs Martigny 96-89 (44-44)-
Vevey took care of business at home against Martigny and has made it two straight. With an impressive victory vs Zurich Wilcats the previous week, Vevey seems to making a final run for home court in the Post Season.
-Bernex vs Luzern 56-70 (25-39)-
Luzern did not leave any room for an upset in Geneva as they beat Bernex for the second time this season by more than ten points. With this win Luzern has not only won 8 games straight, but with one more they can secure the 1st seed in the playoffs for good.
-Korac Zurich vs Pully Basket 99-109 OT (89-89) (56-43)-
Pully pulls out a difficult road win in Zurich after OT! Korac looses with the heart breaker a good chance for a W and therefore the possibility to make the playoffs! They are involved with a tight race featuring Vernier and Villars for the 8th spot.


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Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 16-0 
 2. Jeish 14-2 
 3. Wehda 12-4 
 4. Ittihad 9-7 
 5. Yarmouk 9-7 
 6. Talee'a 8-8 
 7. Wathba 8-8 
 8. Karameh 7-9 
 9. Hurriya 6-10 
 10. Nawayeer 4-12 
 11. Kasyoun 3-13 
 12. Hutteen 0-16 


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Stats Leaders
SBL Stats Leaders


TB routs KKL with eight - by Chris Wang
Yang Chin-Min (188-G-84) and Lin Chih Chieh (192-F-82) combined for 47 points as Taiwan Beer beat KKL 83-60 with only eight players and took its record back to .500 (3-3). The defending champion was limited to eight players because six TB players was suspended for one or two games after the scuffle with Taiwan Mobile last week.

Yang Chin-Min, who has replaced Lin Chih Chieh as TB's top gun, scored 29 points while Lin had 18 points, seven boards but committed eight turnovers. Yang averaged 22 points per game this season. Lin is averaging 16.6 points per game.

Tien Lei had 21 points and seven rebounds in Dacin's 80-66 win over Taiwan Mobile, which also lost Mario Boggan to suspension. Chang Chih-fung had 16 points for Dacin, who's leading the league 6-1. TM's Liu Sheng-yao and Wu Yong-jen scored 14 each.

Pure Youth snapped its four-game losing streak with the 102-88 win over Bank of Taiwan behind Lin Tsun-ching's season-high 24 points.

Standings:
Dacin 6-1
Yulon 5-1
TB 3-3
PY 3-4
TM 3-4
KKL 2-4BOT 1-6


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1

Points Per Game
 Nathan FUNK
  Erdemir
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Reese, Aliaga22.9 
 2. Crispin, Banvit20.2 
 3. Lofton, Mersin19.5 
 4. Williams, Banvit19.4 
 5. McCalebb, Mersin18.9 
 6. Gordon, Oyak R.18.8 
 7. Mims, Karsiyaka18.5 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.17.9 
 9. Graves, Galatasaray17.8 
 10. Davis, Alia.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex DUNN
  Selcuk Uni.
  (212-F/C-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Karsiyaka12.1 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir11.5 
 3. Traylor, Kepez Bld9.4 
 4. Besok, Galatasaray9.0 
 5. Saunders, Selcuk U.8.4 
 6. Benton, Karsiyaka8.3 
 7. Ffriend, Mersin8.3 
 8. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen7.8 
 9. Williams, Banvit7.8 
 10. Ibekwe, Selcuk.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cuneyt ERDEN
  Galatasaray
  (185-G-77)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka6.9 
 2. Acik, T.Telekom5.7 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.3 
 4. Senturk, Darussaf.5.3 
 5. Crispin, Banvit5.3 
 6. King, Antalya5.1 
 7. Reese, Aliaga4.9 
 8. Gordon, Oyak R.4.7 
 9. Preldzic, Fener.Ulker4.7 
 10. McCalebb, Mers.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aubrey REESE
  Aliaga
  (183-G-78)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Basden, Mersin3.1 
 2. McCalebb, Mersin2.8 
 3. Strickland, TED K.2.4 
 4. Atkins, Galatasaray2.3 
 5. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka2.0 
 6. Martin, Kepez Bld1.9 
 7. Chatman, Besiktas1.9 
 8. Hammonds, Darussaf.1.8 
 9. Senturk, Darussaf.1.8 
 10. Ibekwe, Selcuk.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ralph MIMS
  Antalya
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Hansen, TED Koleji2.9 
 2. Benton, Karsiyaka2.4 
 3. Solak, Aliaga2.3 
 4. Traylor, Kepez Bld2.1 
 5. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.9 
 6. Stiemsma, Oyak R.1.9 
 7. Davis, Aliaga1.4 
 8. Ffriend, Mersin1.3 
 9. Douthit, Antalya1.1 
 10. Thomas, Erdem.1.1 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 18-1 
 2. Galatasaray 16-3 
 3. T.Telekom 14-5 
 4. Fener.Ulker 14-5 
 5. Besiktas 10-9 
 6. Mersin 10-9 
 7. Antalya 10-9 
 8. Banvit 9-10 
 9. Karsiyaka 9-10 
 10. Darussafaka 9-10 
 11. Aliaga 8-11 
 12. Oyak Renault 7-12 
 13. Erdemir 6-13 
 14. Selcuk Uni. 6-13 
 15. Kepez Bld 5-14 
 16. TED Koleji 1-18 


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  UBL   


UBL DRAFT SAT FEB 21, ADDISON, TEXAS - by Ozzie Denson

The UBL Draft is this Sat. Feb 21, 2009 in Addison Texas. The UBL will have all UBL Teams Owners and Coaches there to select players for this upcoming Season. All players must register for the Draft. You can visit www.ublhoops.com or call 940-453-5539. the Draft Fee is $125.00 with a hotel room or $75.00 for walk ups with no hotel room. The UBL season starts April 1, 2009. Look to see you there.

THE UBL COME GET SOME!!!

WWW.UBLHOOPS.COM



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Heat In Control - by Andy Webb
It is advantage Guildford Heat as the Surrey club built up a vital 21 point lead over Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in the first leg of their BBL Trophy semi-final as the visitors took the match 76-97 at the Pavilions.

Raiders were close at 45-49 before Heat unleashed a three point bombardment to move ahead by as many as 21 (55-76) before settling for a 57-76 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Heat locked down on defence in the final period as they allowed Raiders to get no closer than 15 (76-91) before finishing the match on a 6-0 burst to give themselves a healthy advantage for the second leg.

Everton Tigers moved smoothly back to the top of the BBL after seeing off Worthing Thunder 100-111 on the road. After trailing 9-0 to start the match the Tigers turned in a controlled performance to ease away from a spirited Thunder team. Andre Smith (203-F-85, college: N.Dakota St.) was again in top form with 30 points for the victors.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders made it four wins in a row with a 79-99 road win at PAWS London Capital.

The victory moves Rob Paternostro's team into fourth place on their own in the BBL level on points with Scottish Rocks in third place. However, it is another disappointing weekend for London who made it a losing double after going down at Newcastle on Friday.

Worcester Wolves won the mid-table battle with Marshall MK Lions 90-86 in an exciting battle at Worcester University.

BBL Championship

Worthing Thunder 100 (20,44,75) (Ivanovskis 31, Patton 25, Woods 23)
Everton Tigers 111 (26,54,82) (Smith 30, Babalola 21, Gross 16)


Everton Tigers moved smoothly back to the top of the BBL after seeing off Worthing Thunder 100-111 on the road.

After being delayed on the journey down to the south coast Everton were slow getting into their stride. A 9-0 start by Thunder had the home team well on top until Josh Gross's three put the visitors on the board.

A 9-0 run by Tigers tied the score at 12-12 and a further seven points had Everton well in control. By the end of the first quarter Tigers led 20-26.

Thunder began the second quarter well with an 8-2 run trimming the deficit to 31-33. It was a temporary reprieve though as Tigers, helped by Andre Smith's 24 first half points, spent the rest of the period building a 10 point half time lead (44-54).

After a brief rally by Thunder at the beginning of the third quarter, which brought them back to 53-58 on Janis Ivanovskis' basket the Tigers swiftly put together a 17-7 run to move out to 60-75.

Thunder wouldn't lie down though and Colby Bargeman was instrumental in closing the gap to seven (75-82) heading into the final stanza.

Everton were quick to stretch out to a double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter on Olu Babalola's two (81- 92). Thunder worked hard to get back within four (94- 98) but Everton through Smith and Marcus Bailey stepped up a gear to close out the match.

PAWS London Capital 79 (22,39,55) (Knight 24, Gariba 17, Popoola 14)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 99 (25,46,69) (Wierzbicki 29, Westbrook 22, Missere/Swanson 18)


Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders made it four wins in a row with a 79-99 road win at PAWS London Capital.

The victory moves Rob Paternostro's team into fourth place on their own in the BBL level on points with Scottish Rocks in third place. However, it is another disappointing weekend for London who made it a losing double after going down at Newcastle on Friday.

A tight first quarter was shaded by Riders 22-25 before the visitors stretched out to a 39-46 half time lead. There was more from Leicester after the interval as the lead ballooned to 14 (55-69) was ten minutes remaining.

Capital fought back in the final stanza to get back to 67- 71 before Riders again exerted their authority to put together runs of 7-0 and 8-0 to see off the home side.

Bradd Wierzbicki led all scorers with 29 points while Marcus Knight's 24 paced the Capital offence.

Worcester Wolves 90 (27,52,64) (Paez 32, Brown 22, Uzkuratis 15)
Marshall MK Lions 86 (18,35,66) (Eddie 22, New 18, Brown 12)


Worcester Wolves won the mid-table battle with Marshall MK Lions 90-86 in an exciting battle at Worcester University.

Looking to make it back-to-back wins this weekend the Lions were never in the first quarter after scoring the first points of the match. Wolves went on a 19-6 run helped by a Vidmantis Uzkuraitis three.

Another Uzkuraitis long range effort completed the scoring to give the home side a 27-18 lead after ten minutes.

Wolves continued to surge ahead in the second quarter taking a 52-35 lead into the half time break. Lions responded well in the third quarter as they turned the 17 point deficit into a two point (64-66) advantage after three quarters.

The visitors couldn't maintain their lead in the final stanza though as Anthony Paez's 32 points helped Wolves clinch a tight victory.

BBL Trophy

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 76 (21,37,57) (Lasker 25, Moore 14, Beckles 9)
Guildford Heat 97 (20,46,76) (Howell 30, Harrison 21, Metcalfe/McKnight 12)


It is advantage Guildford Heat as the Surrey club built up a vital 21 point lead over Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in the first leg of their BBL Trophy semi-final as the visitors took the match 76-97 at the Pavilions.

Heat began the match in confident fashion scoring the first six points before Gaylon Moore put the home side on the board.

A 19-6 run by Raiders gave them a seven point lead, which had been trimmed to just one (21-20) thanks to threes by Keonta Howell and EJ Harrison at the end of the first quarter.

Heat continued to take the match to Raiders in the second quarter. A 10-2 run gave the visitors a 23-30 lead and by half time Guildford were well on top holding a nine point advantage at 37-46 thanks to Alan Metcalfe's eight second quarter points.

A three point barrage greeted Raiders after the interval. Long range attempts connected from Daniel Sandell, Dean Williams, EJ Harrison and three from Keonta Howell as Heat broke open the match in spectacular fashion.

Raiders had closed to 45-49 before Heat unleashed their bombardment to move ahead by as many as 21 (55-76) before settling for a 57-76 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Heat locked down on defence in the final period as they allowed Raiders to get no closer than 15 (76-91) before finishing the match on a 6-0 burst to give themselves a healthy advantage for the second leg.


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Everton T. 16-3 
 2. Newcastle E. 16-4 
 3. Scottish R. 14-6 
 4. Plymouth R. 13-8 
 5. Guildford H. 12-7 
 6. Leicester R. 12-8 
 7. Worthing T. 9-13 
 8. Worcester W. 9-15 
 9. MK Lions 7-11 
 10. Cheshire J. 7-13 
 11. Sheffield S. 7-14 
 12. London C. 1-21 


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Bigua is 1-0 and Atenas advanced to the LUB semifinal - by Hector Lopez
Bigua, the last South American champions, needed two overtimes to beat Tabare, numer 8 during the regular season, 108-101, taking a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three quarter final series for the Uruguayan League. With Bigua ahead 79-78 and 2.8 seconds to play, Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) scored just one free throw out of three, leading the game to the first overtime. Matthews was the best scorer with 42 points and 15 rebounds. For Bigua Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) scored 41 points, Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) netted 16 and grabbed 16 rebounds, while Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) scored 15 points and took 16 rebounds. The winner of this serie will play against Atenas, which beat Olimpia 103-87 to win the serie 2-0. The best scorers for Atenas were Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) 27, Darius Rice (208-F-82, college: Miami, FL) 17 and Hatila Passos (212-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 14, who also grabbed 13 rebounds. For Olimpia Nashid Beard (208-F-83, college: Lamar) netted 18 points.

Interview with Hatila Passos: “my goal is get the title for Atenas…..” - by Sergio Dans

Before joining the Uruguayan League, Hatila Passos (212-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) had led the Swiss LNA in FG % and rebounds before his team would withdraw for the league. In Uruguay is also doing perfect. Playing for Atenas has a good average of 15.7 ppg, 12.0 rpg with a value average of 24, really a good first professional season for the Brazilian center.


LB: Being a rookie player, what is it like to compete in international basketball after college? What is the difference?

HP: Well its a little different then college, because its a whole different thing...I play with players with more experience, I been playing with players from National team, like from Uruguay...like from Virgin Islands, even from Brazil. So its been great because I been learn more and more.

LB: On your web site: http://www.hatilapassos.com your former coach Reggie Theus, now in the NBA, feels you have the potential to play one day in the NBA. What areas of your game you must improve?

HP: I definetly need improve more in my shoots and get working on my skills inside.

LB: In 2007/2008, you played for New Mexico State (NCAA 1) and received honours Top 10 player Conference WAC. What experience did you gain most playing for them?

HP: Just learn a lot with my teammates and coach and stuffs. They show me what I have to do so we can get at that point.

LB: Who is your favourite player? and why?

HP:I don t have one player...but I do try to learn a little bit from couple player, like Tim Duncan, Carlos Boozer, Ben Wallace and Nene Hilario, etc.

LB: What do you think of the level of the Uruguayan's League? And about the foreign players in the League?

HP: Very good player, height level player. Like D. Rice, K. Young, J. Richards, A Reyes, R Wolkowyski and etc. I think is height level league and that is what I Am looking for.

LB: What are your goals for the rest of this season with Atenas?

HP: My goal is break the record of rebounds in Uruguay and get the Title for the Club Atenas.

Since Hatila Passos arrived Uruguay playing for Atenas, the team coached by Marcelo Signorelli has won most of the games, and is ready to play semi finals on February 20 after win 2.-0 the initial play off agains Olmipia.



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  USBA   


USBA To Hold Free Agent Tryouts in All Team Cities - by USBA Media
Atlanta, Ga., U.S.A.(Feb 15, 2009)----The United States Basketball Association (USBA) announced plans for team tryouts for it's 2009 basketball season.' We're not looking for the next high flying Michael Jordan nor do we require the keen eye of a Larry Bird, however we are looking for young men who know how to play and most importantly who are coachable. We'll look to recruit players who have the right attitude and great personal pride' said USBA Vice President of Basketball Operation Ken Green. Green is from Atlanta and played his college hoops at Pan American University. He was selected in the first round by the Denver Nuggets in the 1981 NBA draft. 'Our teams will be largely comprised of players who are attempting to rise to the D-league or they are trying to secure a position on an International team. With a spring schedule, our tryouts could be overrun with quality players, who want to start or continue their careers' said Mr. Green.

The United States Basketball Association is a men's minor division professional basketball league. The league began operations in July 2007 with twelve teams split into two divisions. The Atlantic houses the Jacksonville Admirals, the Savannah Seahawks, the Richmond Colonials, the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Augusta Raging River and the Columbia Centurion, the second division is called the Appalachian, it consist of the Nashville Thunder, the Birmingham Crusaders, the Montgomery Generals, the Chattanooga Royal, the Atlanta Platinum and the West Virginia Capitals. Each team will play a thirty game schedule, fifteen games on the road and fifteen at home. The regular season begins in early April and ends in late June. The Championship playoffs are held in Atlanta, Georgia.

The tryouts will be held in each team city. Try out dates are March 7, 14 and 21, 2009. Each player will get three opportunities to exhibit their skills. According to the league a players will be permitted to attend each tryout. The fee for the try out is $75.00 for all three dates. ''You know basketball, one day you score 40 points, grab 19 rebounds and send 5 shots into the stands, the next day you own a cement factory and you're delivering bricks' chuckled Coach Green. 'For one fee our prospects can attend all three camps or go to three different cities and try out for different teams for one fee. The close proximity of our team locations will make this new approach possible' Green explained. 'I will say this, the players better be in shape, we're expecting a good turnout in all our cities'. Free agent camp locations and time schedule will be posted on February 20, 2009. For more information on the league visit www.usbaball.com. or call the league at (678) 615-3067.

About the United States Basketball Association (USBA)--- The USBA is a mid spring through early summer professional basketball league. League offices are in Atlanta, Georgia. Players can be catapulted to enjoy further opportunities in the National Basketball Association Developmental League as well as exposure to other professional basketball leagues from around the world. The league age requirement is 20 years or older.




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Sibenik 12-2 
 2. Jedinstvo 10-4 
 3. Gospic 7-6 
 4. Medvescak 6-7 
 5. Ragusa 6-7 
 6. Merkur Celje 6-7 
 7. Vojvodina 5-7 
 8. Buducnost 4-8 
 9. M.Kraj. BL 2-10 


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Canberra C. 18-3 
 2. Townsville F. 16-4 
 3. Bulleen B. 16-5 
 4. Adelaide 14-7 
 5. Bendigo S. 13-8 
 6. Sydney UF 9-12 
 7. Logan Thunder 7-14 
 8. Dandenong R. 6-15 
 9. Perth L. 4-17 
 10. AIS 2-20 


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Poule A
 1. Dexia 2-0 
 2. Waregem 2-0 
 3. Sint Kateline 0-4 
Poule B
 1. Monceau 2-0 
 2. Ieper 1-0 
 3. BBC Boom 1-0 
 4. Point Chaud 0-1 
 5. Houthalen 0-1 
 6. N.Namur 0-2 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Dunav 14-1 
 2. Lukoil 13-2 
 3. Montana 2003 11-4 
 4. Minor 8-7 
 5. Beroe 2007 8-8 
 6. Rilski Sportist 6-9 
 7. Slavia 6-9 
 8. NSA 1-14 
 9. Tony 7 1-14 


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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pauline KRAWCZYK
  Montpellier
  (180-F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Randall, Clermont18.5 
 2. Mosch, Montpellier17.2 
 3. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes15.9 
 4. Grima, Aix-en-P.15.4 
 5. Das Neves, Clerm.15.4 
 6. Williams, Mondeville15.0 
 7. Mosby, Arras14.8 
 8. Wright, Tarbes14.3 
 9. Salagnac, Mondeville14.3 
 10. Robert, ESB.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Laina BADIANE
  Challes
  (180-F-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Randall, Clermont11.1 
 2. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes11.0 
 3. Robert, ESB V.10.6 
 4. Neaves, COB Calais9.6 
 5. Grima, Aix-en-P.9.1 
 6. Moore, Nantes9.1 
 7. Berezhynska, Reims7.9 
 8. Mosby, Arras7.5 
 9. Ndiaye, Tarbes7.2 
 10. Sy-Diop, Rei.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Martina LUPTAKOVA
  Challes
  (184-F-77)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wright, Tarbes5.0 
 2. Lepron, ESB V.4.8 
 3. Dumerc, Bourges4.4 
 4. Sharp, Aix-en-Prov.4.4 
 5. Mitchell, Arras4.3 
 6. Melain, Bourges4.1 
 7. Das Neves, Clerm.4.0 
 8. Englert, Reims4.0 
 9. Wambe, Union H.3.9 
 10. Lardy, Clermo.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Claudia DAS NEVES
  Clermont
  (175-G-75)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Luptakova, Challes3.1 
 2. Dumerc, Bourges2.9 
 3. Robert, ESB V.2.6 
 4. Mosch, Montpellier2.2 
 5. Stansbury, Union H.2.1 
 6. Williams, Mondeville2.1 
 7. Anderson, ESB V.2.0 
 8. Badiane, Challes2.0 
 9. Nikipolskaia, Clerm.2.0 
 10. Whittington, Mont.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurence VAN MALDEREN
  Aix-en-Prov.
  (193-C-81)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Van Gorp, Nantes1.0 
 2. Sipaviciute, Arras1.0 
 3. Evtoukhovitc., ESB V.0.9 
 4. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes0.8 
 5. Ndongue, Bourges0.7 
 6. Ndiaye, Tarbes0.6 
 7. Melain, Bourges0.6 
 8. Moeggenberg, Tar.0.6 
 9. Drljaca, ESB V.0.6 
 10. Coulibaly, Land.0.6 


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  GREECE - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 19-0 
 2. Esperides 17-2 
 3. Panathinaikos 12-6 
 4. Ano Liosa 12-7 
 5. P.Faliro 12-7 
 6. Apollon K. 11-8 
 7. Apollon P. 10-9 
 8. Panionios 9-10 
 9. Olympiada L. 7-12 
 10. Aris H. 6-11 
 11. Siemens 5-14 
 12. Paghiakos 4-14 
 13. M.Aleksandros 4-14 
 14. Kastoria 0-18 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. HLB Account. 18-0 
 2. ProBuild Lions 14-3 
 3. Perik Jumpers 11-6 
 4. Woonb./DAS 11-7 
 5. BV Lely 9-8 
 6. AutoCAD Am. 7-11 
 7. CSR Binnenl. 7-12 
 8. Celeritas-D. 5-12 
 9. Wereldtick. 3-14 
 10. Grasshoppers 3-14 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Standings (W)
D1 Standings
 1. Electra Ramat 13-3 
 2. Ramat Hen 13-3 
 3. Bnot Hash. 12-4 
 4. Elizur Ram. 11-5 
 5. M.Ashdod 10-6 
 6. Elitzur Holon 8-8 
 7. Natanya 7-9 
 8. B.Yehuda 4-12 
 9. Hap.T-A 2-14 
 10. M.Tel Kabir 0-16 


Liron Cohen moved to Besiktas Cola - by Gil Goshen



Since it was very surprising transfer in Europe We have decided to edit an interview with Liron Cohen the Isreali National and the Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Point Guard of the Year, several questions about her leaving Maxima Broker to Besiktas Cola in Turkey.



Q. Liron, why did you decide to leave Maxima Broker before the end of the season?

A. I had a good time with Maxima , We won the Slovakian Cup, We had a magnificent achievement in the Euroleague for the first time for Maxima We advanced to the Eighth Final play-offs with 6 wins in the qualifying round and when my agent told me that there is an outstanding offer from Besiktas, I have told him that We need President Mr Daniel Jendrichovsky approval first. From here the process was very quick.
I would like to take this moment to thank Mr. Jendrichovsky for the great time that I had in his club and for the opportunity that he gave me to play in the Euroleague and may be one day I will be back

Q. Why Besiktas? Why Turkey?

A. Besiktas is an very well known club in Europe with an impressive tradition and I think that after one season in Spain along with the Euroleague experience with Maxima I am ready for the Turkish league challenge. I am very well aware to the sensitive political situation now between Turkey and Israel but I am an professional basketball and I am focusing upon my team success. I have had offers from Italy, Spain and France but I love Besiktas offer more.

Q. Your friend from the Israeli National team S.Doron left Besiktas, did you talk to her?

A. No I did not have time to call her since I was very busy with the transfer arrangements but I will. I know that she left Besiktas and I am sure that she had her reasons but I have mine ,she did what was the best for her according to her understanding while I am doing as I think the best for me.

Q. Now after your first game for Besiktas ( won vs. Botas 96:83 ) can you tell us how do you feel?

A. Our team is very good and can go until the end, of course the deferent between the Turkish league and the Slovakian is huge but I am happy with my decision to play for Besiktas which is one of the best organization in Europe and with our management and our fans We will do it !!!


Liron Cohen (174-G-82)


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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A1 (W)
A1 Standings
 1. Faenza 13-4 
 2. Taranto 13-4 
 3. Venezia 12-4 
 4. Schio 12-5 
 5. Parma 12-5 
 6. Comense 9-8 
 7. San Giovanni 9-8 
 8. Vomero NA 8-9 
 9. Priolo 8-9 
 10. Pozzuoli 7-10 
 11. Umbertide 6-12 
 12. Livorno 5-12 
 13. Viterbo 3-14 
 14. Ribera 2-15 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Francesca MODICA
  Faenza
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni19.3 
 2. Summerton, Lavezzin.16.1 
 3. Montagnino, Ribera15.4 
 4. Dixon, Pozzuoli15.3 
 5. Smith, Comense15.1 
 6. Mahoney, Taranto14.5 
 7. Moises Pinto, Fae.14.4 
 8. Andjelic, Pozzuoli14.3 
 9. Hodges, Umbertide14.2 
 10. Pascalau, Prio.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicole ANTIBE
  Familia Schio
  (187-C/F-74)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni10.5 
 2. Gaither, Livorno9.3 
 3. Vilipic, Lavezzin.8.8 
 4. Bjelica, Faenza8.4 
 5. Godin, Taranto7.8 
 6. Hayden-J., Umana R.7.6 
 7. Brown, Umbertide7.4 
 8. Smith, Comense7.3 
 9. Chones, Ribera7.1 
 10. Dos Santos, Vomero.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anna ZIMERLE
  Taranto
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Eric, Vomero NA4.6 
 2. Penicheiro, San G.4.2 
 3. Moises Pinto, Fae.3.2 
 4. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.1 
 5. Moro, Familia Schio2.5 
 6. Zampella, Faenza2.0 
 7. Greco, Taranto2.0 
 8. Screen, Lavezzin.1.9 
 9. Sauret Gille., Taran.1.9 
 10. Dixon, Pozzuo.1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC
  Taranto
  (193-C-80)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Zara, Lavezzini PA3.9 
 2. Gianolla, Priolo3.6 
 3. Screen, Lavezzin.3.5 
 4. Pastore, Livorno3.5 
 5. Robinson, Vomero N.3.5 
 6. Dixon, Pozzuoli3.4 
 7. Chones, Ribera3.4 
 8. Zampella, Faenza3.4 
 9. Tillis, San Giovanni3.3 
 10. Macchi, Familia Sch.3.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Maja ERKIC
  Faenza
  (182-G/F-85)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Hayden-J., Umana R.1.4 
 2. Brown, Umbertide1.2 
 3. McWilliams, Famili.1.0 
 4. Smith, Comense1.0 
 5. Batkovic, Taranto0.8 
 6. Alexander, Faenza0.8 
 7. Giauro, Umana R.0.7 
 8. Bjelica, Faenza0.6 
 9. Vilipic, Lavezzin.0.6 
 10. Dos Santos, Vomero.0.6 


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Standings - Women League
1A Standings
 1. BC H.Novi 8-0 
 2. BC Kastel 4-4 
 3. Roling Niksic 3-4 
 4. Rudar 0-7 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Jedinstvo


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Targoviste 16-0 
 2. Alexandria 15-1 
 3. Sf.Gheorghe 12-4 
 4. Arad 12-4 
 5. Satu Mare 10-6 
 6. Cluj Napoca 9-7 
 7. Govora 9-7 
 8. Rapid 8-8 
 9. Oradea 7-9 
 10. Craiova 7-9 
 11. S.Studentesc 3-13 
 12. Olimpia 2-14 
 13. Iasi 2-14 
 14. Alba Iulia 0-16 


Stats Leaders - Women
Divizia A Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. F. Diaconu, GOV 24.3
2. J. Hughes, Orad. 23.3
3. C. Graham, STM 20.6
4. B. Savic, Alexan. 18.9
5. C. Givens, Targov 17.7
Rebounds Per Game
1. Cr. Cutas, Craiova 8.7
2. J. Kajdacsi, SFG 8.7
3. N. Turoczi, Targov. 8.4
4. A. Meszaros, Arad 7.3
5. B. Vescan, Alex. 7.1
Assists Per Game
1. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 7.1
2. M. Boriga, Targov. 4.5
3. C. Givens, Targov. 3.7
4. C. Graham, STM 3.2
5. I. Vass, Sf. Ghe. 3.0
Steals Per Game
1. C. Givens, Targov. 3.2
2. F. Diaconu, GOV 3.0
3. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 3.0
4. J. Hughes, Oradea 2.8
5. I. Vass, Sf. Ghe. 2.8
Blocks Per Game
1. L. Toma, Targov. 1.5
2. O. Baluta, Sp. St. 1.1
3. Cr. Cutas, Craiova 0.9
4. E. Ambrus, SFG 0.9
5. J. Kajdacsi, SFG 0.6
2FGP
1. D. Zoric, Alexan. 63.2
2. C. Givens, Targ. 61.2
3. A. Meszaros, Ar. 60.5
4. J. Kajdacsi, SFG 60.2
5. L. Toma, Targov. 60.1
3FGP
1. E. Tarta, Arad 53.4
2. D. Bucica, Arad 51.9
3. M. Krstajic, GOV 48.9
4. J. Hughes, Orad. 42.2
5. M. Bukovszki 40.0
Free Throws
1. F. Diaconu, GOV 5.8
2. C. Graham, STM 5.8
3. A. Meszaros, Arad 3.7
4. Al. Cutas, Craiova 3.7
5. M. Jones, Oradea 3.6
Ranking
1. C. Givens, Targ. 22.0
2. F. Diaconu, GOV 20.1
3. C. Graham, STM 20.1
4. L. Toma, Targov. 18.2
5. S. Zoll, Sf. Ghe. 17.7


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  SERBIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A League Standings
 1. Hemofarm 14-1 
 2. Vojvodina 13-2 
 3. Crvena Zv. 11-3 
 4. Partizan 10-4 
 5. Spartak 9-6 
 6. Proleter 9-6 
 7. Kovin 7-7 
 8. Radivoj Korac 6-9 
 9. Kraljevo 3-11 
 10. Loznica 3-12 
 11. Celarevo 3-12 
 12. Usce 0-15 


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  SPAIN - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Ros Casares 18-1 
 2. Halcon A.Per. 16-3 
 3. Rivas Ecopolis 14-5 
 4. Mariana 12-7 
 5. Olesa 10-9 
 6. San Jose 10-9 
 7. Real C.Vigo 10-9 
 8. EBE Ibiza-PDV 9-9 
 9. Hondar.-Irun 9-10 
 10. Cadi la Seu 6-13 
 11. Mann Filter 5-13 
 12. Extrugasa 4-14 
 13. Gran Canaria 4-14 
 14. Estudiantes 4-15 


LFB Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Olesa - Hondar.-Irun 54-55
Hondarribia grabbed tiny 55-54 road win against Olesa jumping on 9-10 record in LFB. Amra Dapo (184-G/F-76) led the scorers in victory with 14 points, Jovana Rad had 12 and Helen Santos Luz added 10 pts. The hosts had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Anna Cruz - 22 points. Cruz also grabbed 9 rebounds beside that.

Rivas Ecopolis - Extrugasa 55-65
Extrugasa surprised dangerous Rivas Ecopolis on the road mostly owing to Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82), who collected 19 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Elisha Turek helped the guests with 16 pts and 9 boards. Rivas got 12 pts from Roneeka Hodges. Extrugasa 4-14, Rivas 14-5.

Mann Filter - Mariana 74-91
Third win by the visiting teams in this round. Mariana had Armintie Price (175-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Mississippi) in a game mood with impressive 28 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Gisela Vega followed with 25 pts and 8 boards. LaToya Thomas almost replied with double-double, 26 points and 9 boards. Mariana 12-7 (4th place), Mann Filter 5-13.

EBE Ibiza-PDV - Cadi la Seu 69-54
9-9 for Ibiza and 6-13 for Cadi la Seu after this game. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) once again stepped up for her team netting 20 points and pulling down amazing 21 rebounds (9 off). Silvia Morals was a way behind with 12 points, 6 rebs and 8 as. Marta Zurro scored 13 in the loosing case.

Estudiantes - San Jose 58-67
Another victory for the guests and this time San Jose was better than Estu. The scoring machine Eshaya Murphy (180-G-85, college: USC) was on fire collecting 22 points. She also grabbed 6 rebs. The hosts got 21 points and 5 boards from Brooke Wyckoff. San Jose 10-9, Estu 4-15 (last place).

Real C.Vigo - Halcon A.Per. 51-57
No.2 Perfumerias was too strong for Celta Vigo improving on 16-3 record. Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) came up with 16, while Le'Coe Willingham helped with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Alba Torrens answered with 13 pts and 5 rebs.

Gran Canaria - Ros Casares 64-85
The top ranked Ros Casares registered 18th win in LFB and at the same time it was the 6th victory by the visiting teams in this round. Erika De Souza (197-C-82) led the powerful team from Valencia collecting 16 points and 17 rebounds. Ines Kresovic shined for Granca netting 18 pts.


Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Silvia SANTOS LUZ
  Cadi la Seu
  (172-G-75)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Murphy, San Jose20.2 
 2. Valdemoro, Ros C.17.3 
 3. Lyttle, EBE I.17.2 
 4. Price, Mariana17.1 
 5. Kresovic, Gran C.15.9 
 6. Lovelace-T., Hondar.15.8 
 7. Dubljevic, Rivas E.15.4 
 8. Thomas, Mann F.15.2 
 9. Perovanovic, Gran C.15.1 
 10. Page, Maria.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katia DA SILVA
  Extrugasa
  (187-C-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Lyttle, EBE I.11.6 
 2. Ble, Gran Canaria11.1 
 3. Page, Mariana10.0 
 4. Turner, Mann F.8.9 
 5. De Souza, Ros C.8.4 
 6. Ujhelyi, Rivas E.8.3 
 7. Snow, Halcon A.8.1 
 8. Perovanovic, Gran C.7.9 
 9. Murphy, San Jose7.7 
 10. Wyckoff, Estudi.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Gabriela OCETE
  Mariana
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Morales, EBE I.4.4 
 2. Dominguez, Halcon A.4.1 
 3. Bermejo, Rivas E.3.6 
 4. Cruz, Olesa3.6 
 5. Aguilar, Ros C.3.6 
 6. Santos Luz, Hondar.3.5 
 7. Castillo, Mariana3.3 
 8. Montanana, Ros C.3.2 
 9. Price, Mariana3.1 
 10. Palau, Ros Casar.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Ines KRESOVIC
  Gran Canaria
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Murphy, San Jose3.2 
 2. Price, Mariana2.8 
 3. Lyttle, EBE I.2.6 
 4. Palau, Ros Casares2.6 
 5. Valdemoro, Ros C.2.4 
 6. Vesela, Ros Casares2.3 
 7. Cruz, Olesa2.3 
 8. Bermejo, Rivas E.2.1 
 9. Revuelto, San Jose2.0 
 10. Santos Luz, Cadi.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Armintie PRICE
  Mariana
  (175-G-85)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Podkovalniko., Olesa1.5 
 2. De Souza, Ros C.1.4 
 3. Lyttle, EBE I.1.3 
 4. Ble, Gran Canaria1.3 
 5. Snow, Halcon A.1.0 
 6. Pirsic, EBE I.0.9 
 7. Riley, Rivas Ecopolis0.8 
 8. Holmes, EBE I.0.7 
 9. Turner, Mann F.0.7 
 10. Lovelace-T., Hond.0.6 


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Lulea BBK 16-2 
 2. Telge Energi 16-2 
 3. 08 15-3 
 4. Solna Vikings 15-3 
 5. Visby 10-9 
 6. Norrkoping 8-9 
 7. Marbo Basket 7-11 
 8. Sundsvall 7-12 
 9. Jamtland 6-11 
 10. Brahe 4-13 
 11. Eskinstuna 3-16 
 12. Umea 1-17 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Baltimore Sun Athlete of the week: Akeema Richards - by David Edole
The junior point guard led the Doves to two big wins last week to assure her team a spot in the Baltimore City title game. In a 74-46 victory over Digital Harbor on Feb. 5, Richards finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds, six steals and four assists. In the Doves' 54-44 win over then-No. 4 City on Friday, she shot 64 percent from the field and finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four steals in a game for first place in Baltimore City's Division II. Averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds, Richards thrives on being the team's catalyst and leader. Also a standout shortstop on Western's softball team, Richards is ranked ninth in her class with a 4.0 grade point average.
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Richards' big 2nd half lifts Doves - by David Edole
Guard scores 11 straight points as team rallies for key victory

Western came out flat in last night's game at City. The Doves missed their first six shots, scored only four points in the opening 12 minutes and trailed by nine at halftime.

But senior guard Akeema Richards then took command. She scored 11 consecutive points to spark the offense in the second half and finished with 21 to help No.2 Western come back for a 51-48 victory over No.4 City.

The win put Western (13-6, 7-0 league) in excellent position to get back to the city title game, which the Doves have won the past three years. They have a one-game lead in their division with three games left. City dropped to 17-3, 6-1.

Richards sparked a 27-10 Western run that turned a 12-point deficit into a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter.

'We came out ready to play in the second half,' Richards said. 'I wanted this, and I knew my teammates want this.'

LaShay Taft (17points) sparked City's offense as the Knights took a 28-19 halftime lead.

But the Doves were able to apply their full-court pressure and disrupt the Knights.

Richards scored 11 straight points from late in the third quarter until early in the fourth - her last six coming at the start of the final period to give the Doves a 46-41 lead with 6:15 left.

Western, though, didn't make another basket, and it connected on only five of its 10 free throws. Raiya McKnight's foul shot broke a tie at 48 with 3:12 remaining. Richards made one free throw two other times, the final point coming with 23.8 seconds left.

City had a chance to tie but missed four shots on its final possession.

'Their pressure was excellent, and we missed [too many] layups and free throws,' Knights coach George Petrides said.

By Jeff Seidel | Special to The Baltimore Sun