EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 2/2/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Goran BAJIC
  Vojvodina
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Labovic, FMP18.9 
 2. Vukosavljevi., Hemof.17.5 
 3. Jacobson, Helios16.6 
 4. Shields, Krka16.6 
 5. Ikonic, Bosna S.15.7 
 6. Shannon, KK Split15.6 
 7. Tomic, KK Zagreb15.1 
 8. Stemberger, KK Sp.14.8 
 9. Gecevski, Zadar14.5 
 10. Simon, KK Zagr.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hrvoje PERIC
  Zadar
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Tomic, KK Zagreb8.6 
 2. Gecevski, Zadar7.9 
 3. Samardziski, FMP7.4 
 4. Borovnjak, Vojvo.7.3 
 5. Ivanov, Zadar6.9 
 6. Lasme, Partizan6.6 
 7. Velickovic, Partizan6.5 
 8. Pavic, Krka6.3 
 9. Roberts, Crvena Z.6.2 
 10. Hajric, Bosna.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir MICOV
  Buducnost
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Stipcevic, Zadar4.5 
 2. Ilievski, U.Olimpija4.5 
 3. Shannon, KK Split4.2 
 4. Dordevic, Bosna S.4.1 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.6 
 6. Covic, FMP3.5 
 7. Calloway, Cibona3.3 
 8. Dixon, Zadar3.3 
 9. Pavkovic, Hemofarm3.2 
 10. Marinovic, Crvena.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Alvin SNOW
  Helios
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Dasic, Buducnost2.4 
 2. Shannon, KK Split2.3 
 3. Micov, Buducnost1.9 
 4. Calloway, Cibona1.9 
 5. Markovic, Hemofarm1.8 
 6. Mocnik, Helios1.7 
 7. Otasevic, Buducnost1.7 
 8. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija1.6 
 9. Sutalo, Vojvodina1.5 
 10. Roberts, Crvena.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Zeljko ZAGORAC
  Helios
  (204-F-81)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Begic, U.Olimpija2.5 
 2. Lasme, Partizan1.9 
 3. Vranes, Partizan1.8 
 4. Samardziski, FMP1.4 
 5. Misanovic, Buduc.1.2 
 6. Zoric, KK Zagreb1.1 
 7. Gecevski, Zadar1.1 
 8. Roberts, Crvena Z.1.1 
 9. Bajic, Vojvodina1.1 
 10. Zimic, Bosna.1.1 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Darnell HINSON
  Wildcats
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Penney, Breakers25.9 
 2. Ere, Tigers22.9 
 3. Whitehead, Blaze22.4 
 4. Franklin, Hawks19.6 
 5. Williams, Crocodiles19.5 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats18.7 
 7. Tragardh, Hawks18.6 
 8. Bowen, Blaze18.4 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers18.3 
 10. Worthington, Dra.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 David BARLOW
  Tigers
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Whitehead, Blaze14.0 
 2. Schenscher, 36ers10.5 
 3. Anstey, Tigers10.1 
 4. Crosswhite, Taipa.9.6 
 5. Ellis, Crocodiles9.3 
 6. Saville, Hawks9.1 
 7. Ballinger, 36ers8.5 
 8. Gruber, Spirit8.0 
 9. Rickert, Breakers8.0 
 10. Knight, Spir.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (194-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Crosswell, Tigers5.3 
 2. Bruce, 36ers4.8 
 3. Henare, Breakers4.6 
 4. Heal, Blaze4.5 
 5. Mee, Taipans4.4 
 6. Saville, Hawks4.4 
 7. Franklin, Hawks4.3 
 8. Hinson, Wildcats4.2 
 9. Maher, 36ers4.0 
 10. Williams, Crocodil.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Hawks
  (194-G-82)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Saville, Hawks2.5 
 2. Williams, Taipans2.0 
 3. Bruton, Breakers2.0 
 4. Bowen, Blaze2.0 
 5. Mee, Taipans1.8 
 6. Ellis, Crocodiles1.8 
 7. Anstey, Tigers1.8 
 8. Crosswell, Tigers1.8 
 9. Barlow, Tigers1.8 
 10. Crawford, Wildca.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dusty RYCHART
  Hawks
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Anstey, Tigers2.1 
 2. Davidson, Hawks2.0 
 3. Mee, Taipans1.6 
 4. Saville, Hawks1.3 
 5. Bowen, Blaze1.2 
 6. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.2 
 7. Smith, Taipans1.0 
 8. Horvath, Dragons1.0 
 9. Hinder, Crocodiles1.0 
 10. Victor, Wildca.1.0 


NBL Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Blaze - Spirit 139-119
The last ranked GCB trashed the Sydney Spirit thanks to James Harvey (196-G/F-79) and his 42 points. Shane Heal also shined delivering 31 pts. On the other side, Matthew Knight netted 25 pts in loss. GCB 6-22, Spirit 11-16.

Tigers - Dragons 92-86
The Melbourne Tigers celebrated in derby game against the Melbourne Dragons 92-86 jumping on 18-8 record, what is still not enough for the first place. The top spot belongs to Dragons, despite this loss (19-7). Chris Anstey stepped up for the hosts collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds. David Barlow followed him with 20 pts and 6 boards. The Dragons got 25 points from Mark Worthington.

Spirit - Wildcats 78-88
In the second game of Round 20 the Sydney Spirit faced with the home loss against the Perth Wildcats 78-88. Darnell Hinson and Peter Crawford led the scorers in the winning squad with 16 points each. Alex Loughton had 15 and Ben Knight 14 pts. Jason Smith answered with 15 pts in defeat. The Wildcats improved on 15-12, while the Spirit dropped on 11-15.

Breakers - Dragons 94-101
Today above mentioned Melbourne South Dragons were better than New Zealand Breakers on the road 101-94 in game No.3. Matt Burston shined with 17 points and 8 boards, while Adam Gibson nailed one point less than him. Joe Ingles stopped on 13 points. Phill Jones, who came off the bench, was totally the best in defeat with 28 points and 7 rebounds. The Breakers fell on 16-10.

Hawks - Tigers 104-113
Ebi Ere and David Barlow nailed 23 points each for the Tigers, so after the second game in this round they have 19-8 record. Kavossy Franklin nailed 28 pts for the Hawks (9-18).

36ers - Wildcats 107-92
Adam Ballinger led the hosts to victory against the Perth Wildcats collecting 27 points and 6 rebounds (5 of 8 from behind the arc). Isiah Victor had double-double for the loosing side, 20 pts and 11 boards. 36ers 14-13, Wildcats 15-13.

Crocodiles - Taipans 123-92
The Crocs smashed the Cairns Taipans mostly owing to John Rilie, who collected 26 points and 7 rebounds. Martin Cattalini had 18 pts and 8 boards in defeat. Crocs 16-12, Taipans 10-16.


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Melbourne SD 19-7 
 2. Melbourne T. 19-8 
 3. N.Zealand B. 16-10 
 4. Townsville C. 16-12 
 5. Perth W. 15-13 
 6. Adelaide 36ers 14-13 
 7. Sydney S. 11-16 
 8. Cairns T. 10-16 
 9. Wollongong 9-18 
 10. Gold Coast B. 6-22 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 14-3 
 2. Arkadia 12-5 
 3. Kapfenberg 11-5 
 4. Furstenfeld 10-6 
 5. Gmunden 10-6 
 6. Wels 10-7 
 7. Klosterneub. 7-9 
 8. St.Polten 7-9 
 9. Worthersee 6-10 
 10. Gussing 6-10 
 11. Vienna 3-14 
 12. UBSC Graz 2-14 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Mladen SOSKIC
  UBSC Graz
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia25.0 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden23.6 
 3. Burnette, Worth.20.2 
 4. Moric, Oberwart19.8 
 5. Fears, Kapfenberg19.3 
 6. Nagler, Klostern.19.3 
 7. Youngblood, Oberw.18.9 
 8. Thomas, Gussing18.7 
 9. George, Vienna18.7 
 10. Speiser, St.Polt.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Gmunden
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.5 
 2. Chappell, Gussing9.6 
 3. Bakovic, St.Polten9.5 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.4 
 5. Grier, UBSC G.7.9 
 6. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.5 
 7. Ledoux, Gussing7.5 
 8. Moric, Oberwart7.4 
 9. Strait, Wels7.1 
 10. Colwell, Gmund.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ricky MOORE
  Wels
  (189-G-76)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Burnette, Worth.5.7 
 2. Schreiner, St.Po.5.3 
 3. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.2 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.2 
 5. Danek, Arkadia5.1 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.6 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.3 
 8. Fisher, Gmunden4.3 
 9. Thomas, Gussing4.2 
 10. Youngblood, Obe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 David GEISLER
  Arkadia
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.9 
 2. Hartley, Worth.2.0 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 4. Ledoux, Gussing2.0 
 5. Fears, Kapfenberg1.9 
 6. Burnette, Worth.1.9 
 7. Creddle, Klostern.1.8 
 8. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 10. Boone, Furstenfe.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.0 
 2. Colwell, Gmunden0.9 
 3. Schranz, Arkadia0.8 
 4. Speiser, St.Polten0.8 
 5. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.8 
 6. Huffman, Gmunden0.8 
 7. Bakovic, St.Polten0.8 
 8. George, Vienna0.8 
 9. Hamidovic, Klostern.0.7 
 10. Nelson, We.0.7 


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  BAHRAIN   


NUWAIDRAT in the CUP FINAL - by Walter Neto
NUWAIDRAT stunned Muharraq 73-64 last night to barge into the final of the Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup. The victors built leads as big as 19 points in the first two quarters to silence the mainly Muharraq fans packed into the Um Al Hassan sports complex. They then staved off a second-half comeback to book their first-ever championship berth in the annual competition.

American import Jamal Holden scored a game-high 25 points to lead Nuwaidrat. The towering centre sank several crucial baskets late in the contest to help his team secure the tie. They now face the winner of tonight's other semi-final affair between Cup holders Manama and pretenders Al Ahli. The game is scheduled to tip off at 5.30pm, and will be played at the same venue. Holden sank successive baskets midway through the final period to end a short-lived Muharraq rally and put Nuwaidrat ahead 63-52. Muharraq's star guard Mohammed Hassan later cut the deficit once more to single digits, scoring from beyond the arc to make it 58-65 with just under four minutes to play.

But after Nuwaidrat veteran Sadeq Mahdi missed three straight free-throws, Muharraq wasted a valuable opportunity to further close the gap, turning the ball over in transition. Their troubles weren't helped when Hassan fouled out two possessions later, after an infringement on Holden. The big man converted his two free-throws to move ahead 69-60. Muharraq court general Mohammed Abdulmajeed tried to light one final spark, swishing a quick triple to make it 63-69 with under a minute remaining. But Mahdi and backcourt mate Ebrahim Khabaaz sank four pressure-packed free-throws late on, icing the contest and completing the famous upset.

Nuwaidrat had earlier built a comfortable 17-7 lead at the end of the first period, and later stretched it with a 20-point second. Back-to-back triples from sharp-shooter Murad Ebrahim gave them their biggest lead, 37-18, with under two minutes to play before the interval. Ebrahim contributed 15 points in the victory and finished with four three-pointers. Mahdi added 13, while Holden had nine rebounds to go along with his scoring output.

Holden's compatriot Rah-Shaun Roberts tried his best to carry Muharraq, coached by Wayne Mendezona who is also from the US. Roberts top scored with 21 points, while Abdulmajeed had 14 and Ahmed Al Doy 12. Hassan was held to just seven points in the game. Muharraq seemed rattled for much of the game yesterday, with a few of their players being whistled for either technical or intentional fouls. The Cup final is scheduled for Saturday, also at Um Al Hassam.

Tonight's Manama and Al Ahli clash promises to be a tense encounter between two of the kingdom's biggest basketball clubs. Last year's Cup winners will be spearheaded by their national team quartet of Mahmood Ghuloom, Mohammed Hussain, Omran Abdulredha, and Ahmed Abdulaziz, and import Jarred David.

Ahli, on the other hand, will be looking to make it two upsets in as many days. They will be spearheaded by Bahraini internationals Hussain Shaker, Mohammed Qurban, Ahmed Malallah, and Maytham Jameel, and professional player Johnny Anthony. SOURCE GDN


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  BELGIUM   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  Oostende
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Lojeski, Aalstar19.2 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp18.6 
 3. Banks, Verviers.18.1 
 4. Miller, Leuven17.5 
 5. Freeman, Gent17.3 
 6. Hill, Liege17.1 
 7. Cage, Liege15.5 
 8. Huffman, Aalstar15.0 
 9. Black, Antwerp14.5 
 10. Torbert, M.Haina.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael BAUER
  Oostende
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Cantrell, Aalstar10.1 
 2. Brown, Gent9.1 
 3. Randle, Gent7.9 
 4. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.3 
 5. Thomas, Liege7.0 
 6. Pelle, Aalstar6.9 
 7. Melson, Gent6.5 
 8. Beghin, Antwerp6.4 
 9. Haryasz, Oostende6.4 
 10. Sensley, M.Haina.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Elton NESBITT
  M.Hainaut
  (176-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Draper, Oostende5.8 
 2. Huffman, Aalstar5.2 
 3. Atkins, Oostende4.1 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut4.1 
 5. Loubry, Gent3.2 
 6. Wilson, Liege3.1 
 7. Johnson, Charleroi2.9 
 8. Miller, Leuven2.9 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 10. Zecevic, Vervie.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 James J.J. MILLER
  Leuven
  (180-G-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Hill, Liege2.3 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.3 
 3. Atkins, Oostende2.1 
 4. Freeman, Gent2.0 
 5. Conlan, M.Hainaut2.0 
 6. Huffman, Aalstar1.9 
 7. Dove, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 8. Owens, Liege1.9 
 9. Broyles, Charleroi1.9 
 10. Lojeski, Aalst.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Yves DUPONT
  Antwerp
  (211-C-75)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Haryasz, Oostende1.5 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.4 
 3. Pelle, Aalstar1.1 
 4. Fields, Liege0.9 
 5. Sensley, M.Hainaut0.9 
 6. Ibrahim, Leuven0.9 
 7. Wilkinson, Charleroi0.9 
 8. Dove, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 9. Draper, Oostende0.8 
 10. Erwin, Vervie.0.8 


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


McNeese drops squeaker to division leading Stephen F. Austin - by David Edole
NACOGDOCHES, TX The inability to hit free throws cost McNeese State a basketball victory over division leader Stephen F. Austin here Saturday.


The Cowboys covered the Lumberjacks in every other department but they could only make eight of 20 free tries and dropped a 43-41 decision.


We had the opportunity, said Cowboy head coach Dave Simmons. We did everything well except for our free throws. It was like a championship game out there tonight. They had the early lead but we came back and it was right there for us.


The Cowboys held SFA to almost 30 points below their average as they dropped their fourth straight game and 12th on the season against seven wins. SFA goes to 14-5 overall and to 6-1 in league play. McNeese is now 1-5 in the SLC.


Freshman Pat Richard came off the bench to lead the Cowboys in scoring with 12 points while Kleon Penn (211-C-86) had 11 points and 10 rebounds, coming up with another double double.

Diego Kapelan, the Cowboys leading scorer on the season, was guarded close all game long and finished with six points, the number that he scored in the first half.


SFA had only one double figure scorer and that was Matt Kingsley who had 12 along with 11 rebounds.


The Lumberjacks jumped off to a 10-2 lead but the Cowboys roared back on a 12-0 run to take a 14-10 lead halfway through the first half. The teams stayed within a field goal of each other the rest of the way and SFA took a 24-23 lead into the intermission.


In the second half SFA took a five point lead and McNeese had as much as a four point lead before the final minutes. The Cowboys had some looks in the closing seconds but couldnt produce. Patrick recorded the last three McNeese points.


In the team categories SFA held a 40-39 edge in rebounding, McNeese blocked five shots, had eight assists and eight steals.


The Cowboys made but 15 of 47 field goals (3 of 12 from three point range) while SFA hit on 16 of 53 (4 of 19 three pointers). SFA made seven of 15 free tries.


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  CHILE   


Chileans abroad: Briones played his first game in Mexico - by Daniel Valencia
On saturday night, Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) played his first game with Halcones de Cordoba in the mexican league. His team defeated Bucaneros de Campeche 119-95 ending the regular season in the third place of the south group. The chilean center played 14 minutes, scoring 5 points with 2/4 from the field, 1/1 from the free throw line, he also grabbed 4 rebounds, gave 2 assists with 1 steal and 1 block shot.

Halcones de Cordoba qualified to the playoffs with a 31-17 record.


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  CHINA   


Xinjiang, Guangdong, Jiangsu Resume Winning as CBA Returns from Holiday - by Arthur Volbert
Mendez Juan (202-F-81, college: Niagara) is still playing for Xinjiang, contrary to previous reports, and demonstrated his presence today with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks as Xinjiang blasted Beijing 119-95. Myron Allen also scored 32 points, adding 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Xu Guochong scored 26. Mengke Bateer had 16 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 blocks. Xinjiang brought its league-leading record to 26-4. Dontae Jones led Beijing with 32 points and 9 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 20 points. David Harrison had 16 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Yunsong scored 13.

Guangdong kept pace with Xinjiang, defeating Zhejiang Guangsha 120-112 and bringing its record to 25-5. New import Smush Parker showed his value with 28 points and 8 assists. Young Liu Xiaoyu only played 18 minutes, but this is a learning experience watching Smush and practicing with him daily. Zhu Fangyu scored 28 points and Wang Shipeng scored 21. Du Feng had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jason Dixon had 13 points and 9 rebounds. Guangdong's veterans are asserting themselves as we go to the second part of the CBA season. Guangdong's record is 25-5. 7-1 Wang Zheng had 6 points and 6 rebounds in 14 minutes and I believe he will eventually be the best of Guangdong's current group of young stars. Rodney White scored 43 points for Guangsha. Jelani McCoy had 28 points and 16 rebounds. Jin Lipeng scored 19 and Zhang Nan had 10.

Jiangsu raised its record to 24-6 as it defeated fading Bayi 106-86. Donnell Harvey had 40 points and 13 rebounds. Jameel Watkins had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Cheng and Meng Da each scored 13. Jiangsu is still without Yi Li and Tang Zhengdong is out for the season. Bayi is without Wang Zhizhi and Li Nan, but does not have imports to lead the team. Wang Lei had 20 points and 4 rebounds. Zhang Bo replaced Wang Zhongguang at point guard and had 15 points but no assists. Delehei and Li Ke each scored 13. Young 7-footer Xu Zhonghao had 6 points and 7 rebounds but fouled out in 24 minutes.

The Bonzi Wells era has abruptly ended at Shanxi Zhongyu. Bonzi put up big numbers with Zhongyu but the team was no better with him than without him and, given his high salary, that was unacceptable. Zhongyu lost to Jilin today 110-89 and did not use its new import, Tim Pickett. Leon Rogers led Jilin with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Soumaila Soumake had 23 points and 7 rebounds. Wang Bo had 18 points and 6 rebounds. Lu Yan scored 12. Young point guard Yu Shulong, a former junior standout, had 8 points, 3 assists and 3 steals in 36 minutes. Sun Chunlei led Zhongyu with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Ba Zichao scored 14. Young Duan Jiangpeng continues to impress with 11 points and 3 rebounds. Olumide Oyedeji had 10 points and 19 rebounds.

Chris Williams had 23 points, 15 rebounds and 9 assists as Qingdao defeated Dongguan 105-91. Point guard Li Guang, a star of the future, had 21 points, 11 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 turnovers. I predict that Li will one day play on the national team, and possibly go further. Frans Steyn had 20 points and 17 rebounds. Lu Keming scored 16 and Liu Mingtao added 15. Sun Shengyue had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Dongguan was without Jamal Sampson. Michael Harris only played 12 minutes and had 8 points and 7 rebounds. Song Kangming, a 208 cm widebody, started at center and had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Kai had 10 points and 3 rebounds. Zhang and Song are still learning how to play together effectively. Qiu Biao had 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Yu Ning scored 16 and Meng Duo had 13 points and 4 rebounds.

Liaoning defeated Shandong 104-81. Awvee Storey had 26 points and 4 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu is beginning to learn how to play power forward alongside 7-footer Chris Alexander. He played all 48 minutes and had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Alexander had 8 points and 11 rebounds in 23 minutes. Zhang Qingpeng scored 19 and Yang Ming had 17. Bian Qiang added 10 points. Mack Tuck had 21 points and 8 rebounds for Shandong. Garnett Thompson had 16 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Gang scored 11. Young big man Wu Ke had 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks in 14 minutes.

Lee Benson had 27 points, 21 rebounds and 9 assists as Shaanxi edged Zhejiang 103-99. Chen Zhaosheng had 26 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Brandon Robinson had 19 points and 8 rebounds but fouled out in 42 minutes. Dai Yong had 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Once again Shaanxi was reluctant to use substitutes but had to do so when Robinson fouled out. Zhejiang has a new 209 cm import center as Samuel Hoskin has departed. The new center played 34 minutes before fouling out and had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 4 steals. Zhang Dayu only played 14 minutes but will learn by watching and practicing with the import. Kirk Snyder led Zhejiang with 41 points and 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. Luo Zhi had 27 points and 4 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals but hit only 1 of 8 three-pointers.

Defense remained on the New Year's holiday as Fujian defeated Shanghai 133-122 behind 53 points from Mario Austin. Chris Porter had 24 points and 14 rebounds. Lu Xiaoming had 16 points, 12 assists and 9 steals. Yang Chao and Zhao Tailong each scored 14. Gong Songlin added 10. Liu Wei had 31 points and 7 rebounds for Shanghai. DaJuan Tate added 29 points and 9 rebounds. Wu Yang scored 14, Peng Fei scored 13 and Li Gen and Luo Xudong each scored 12. Cai Liang, listed as born in 1992, had 11 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Corsley Edwards had 37 points and 13 rebounds as Yunnan defeated Tianjin 117-110. Gabe Muoneke did not play. Li Tao had 25 points and 7 rebounds. Li Lin scored 21 and Zhao Anan had 20. Wang Xinkai scored 11. Both Wang and Yang Yuming of Jilin played today so they are not, as previously reported, going back to Taiwan. Darryl Watkins led Tianjin with 28 points and 21 rebounds. Theron Smith had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Liu Hao scored 25. Xu Guijun scored 14 points and Wang Hao scored 12.


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  CROATIA   


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


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Muris ANDELIJA
  Kvarner NR
  (208-C/F-81)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Bizaca, Trogir22.5 
 2. Mance, Kvarner NR22.0 
 3. Zoric, Zabok21.4 
 4. Mimica, Sibenka21.4 
 5. Bradley, Cedevita19.0 
 6. Petkovic, Sibenka18.4 
 7. Vranjes, Dubrovnik18.1 
 8. Rimac, Svjetlost17.1 
 9. Sakic, Dubrava16.4 
 10. Delic, Svjetlo.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Sibenka
  (181-G-88)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Zoric, Zabok9.6 
 2. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj8.5 
 3. Spahija, Kvarner NR8.3 
 4. Bilan, Sibenka8.3 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir7.0 
 6. Brkic, Trogir6.7 
 7. Colak, Cedevita6.1 
 8. Delic, Svjetlost6.1 
 9. Sobin, Trogir5.9 
 10. Vranjes, Dubrovn.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Josip BLAJIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Norac, Svjetlost6.3 
 2. Petkovic, Sibenka5.5 
 3. Sumic, Alkar Sinj5.3 
 4. Tomeljak, Cedevita3.8 
 5. Bradley, Cedevita3.7 
 6. Ticina, Svjetlost3.4 
 7. Glavinic, Kvarn.3.3 
 8. Bubalo, Trogir3.0 
 9. Bilic, Trogir2.7 
 10. Cosic, Dubra.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Aleksandar SCEPANOVIC
  Dubrovnik
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Norac, Svjetlost5.0 
 2. Glavinic, Kvarn.2.2 
 3. Maric, Dubrava2.0 
 4. Ivanov, Zabok1.8 
 5. Petkovic, Sibenka1.5 
 6. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj1.5 
 7. Sakic, Dubrava1.4 
 8. Lucic, Trogir1.4 
 9. Mimica, Sibenka1.4 
 10. Sobin, Trog.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Maro LUCIC
  Dubrovnik
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Zoric, Zabok3.0 
 2. Krolo, Dubrava2.0 
 3. Sobin, Trogir1.2 
 4. Ceranja, Borik1.0 
 5. Bilan, Sibenka1.0 
 6. Bizaca, Trogir0.8 
 7. Delic, Svjetlost0.7 
 8. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj0.5 
 9. Pajevic, Svjetlost0.5 
 10. Spahija, Kvarner0.4 


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Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. Keravnos 10-2 
 2. AEL 10-3 
 3. Apollon 8-4 
 4. Achilleas K. 6-7 
 5. APOEL 5-7 
 6. AEK 5-7 
 7. Etha 4-6 
 8. ENAD 4-8 
 9. Omonia 2-9 


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Pellot-Rosa: 35 points, 9 rebounds, 8 steals, 6 assists and the win! - by Thomas Soltau

On Thursday night SISU defeated Aabyhoj 89-63.

SISU's Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) had one of the best individual performances of this CDL season. The strong off-guard posted an absolutely amazing stat-line. Pellot-Rosa scored 35 points on 16-25 shooting, along with 9 boards and not to mention 6 assists, 8 steals and zero turnovers.

The guard is a very good finisher in the paint, as well as a dangerous perimeter player, and has so far made the most of his opportunity with SISU. Pellot-Rosa has been outstanding since his arrival, and with this game he has moved into first place amongst the best scorers in the CDL.

If SISU can improve their negative record, 'find' a few more wins and make it to the play-offs, then Pellot-Rosa may have a chance to fight for MVP.


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D-League Round: 58 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Austin - Tulsa 102-88
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) once again shined for the Austin Toros delivering 25 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 31 minutes. Ezra Williams helped the winners with 24 pts, including 4 triples. Ryan Humphrey, Jeremy Kelly and Derrick Dial scored 16 points each in loss. Toros 18-7, 66ers 6-19.

Ft.Wayne - Dakota 100-98
Tiny road win for the Mad Ants, which now improved on 10-14. Carl Elliott had 22 pts and 9 boards, while Rona Howard and Chris Hunter added 17 pts each. Hunter also had 10 rebounds beside that. Maurice Baker answered with 23 pts for the loosing side. Will Frisby had 20 pts, plus 8 rebs.

Colorado - Rio Grande 131-124
Colorado outgunned Rio Grande thanks to Josh Davis, Dominique Coleman, Eddie Gill and Billy Thomas, which combined 85 points. Craig Winder had 29 pts in loss. Colorado 16-7, Rio Grande 10-17.

Sioux Falls - Iowa 105-91
David Bailey came up with 25, Kasib Powell had 18 and Bobby Jones helped the winners with 16 pts, plus 9 rebounds. The hosts got 19 points and 9 boards from Othyus Jeffers. Skyforce 14-12, Energy 16-7.

Los Angeles - Idaho 86-78
Victory number 7 for the LA D-Fenders this season. Joe Craword top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Dwayne Jones replied with double-double, 16 pts and 15 boards. D-Fenders 7-19, Stampede 19-9.

Erie - Bakersfield 91-84
The BayHawks jumped on 13-16 record after this victory, while the Jam fell on 15-10. Erik Daniels stepped up for the guests with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Maureece Rice also shined collecting 17 pts, 13 rebs and also 6 as. Trey Johnson had 24 pts in Bakersfield.

Utah - Reno 93-104
Patrick Ewing and Damone Brown combined 52 points and 23 rebounds pacing their Reno BigHorns to 104-93 home victory vs Utah Flash. Dontell Jefferson scored 21 pts in defeat. BigHorns 10-16, Flash 14-10.


Latest Transactions - by Surujh Roopnarine

NBA -> D-League Player Assignments / Recalls
The San Antonio Spurs have re-called rookie guard/forward Malik Hairston (6'6''-G-87, college: Oregon) from the Austin Toros. The former Oregon standout t started all 23 games he has played with Austin this season, averaging 21.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 52.2% from the field. Hairstons first NBA action came last night as he registered one block in one minute of action during the Spurs 106-93 victory over New Orleans.

Player Movement

Austin: Signed British National Team star forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). They also acquired Jason Parker and waived Carldell Squeaky Johnson due to injury. MVP of the first ever D-League All-Star game in 2007, Mensah-Bonsu returns to the D-League after a stint in Spain with DKV Joventut Badalona where he was injured in late October and left in November. In his first two games, Pops has made an immediate impact with the Toros, averaging 24.0 points and 10.0 rebounds. In Parker, the Toros acquire a veteran guard with international experience having played in Italy, Russia and Greece. Johnson was a steady contributor during his one plus seasons in

Austin. The former UAB point guard appeared in 23 games this season and averaged 8.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists.

Iowa: Signed former Charlotte Bobcats guard Kevin Burleson (6'3''-G-79, college: Minnesota) and then traded him to Idaho for Demetris Nichols (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse). Burleson has previously played in the D-League with Fort Worth during the 2006-07 season and last season averaged 7.5 points in 30 games for Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi of Turkey. Nichols has already appeared in two games for Iowa, averaging 13.5 points while shooting 57.9% (11-19) from the field.

Albuquerque: Announced that versatile big man Cory Underwood (6'10''-F/C-80, agency: David Lee services, college: SUNO) has left the team to play in China and that the team has signed Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85). Underwood, who until now had played solely in US monor leagues, appeared in 19 games this season, his second in Albuquerque, averaging 11.6 points and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 50.0% from the field. Agudio, a fellow New Yorker, is a Hofstra product who began this season with Banvit Basketbol Kulubu. This will be the rookie guards first stint in the D-League.

Iowa: Re-Acquired Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Michigan) after his 10-day contract with the Phoenix Suns ran out. Prior to his call-up, Sims was having an MVP caliber type of season. In 17 games the Michigan product averaged 22.4 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.
Erie: Signed Tony Bethel (6'2''-G-82, college: N.Carolina St.). The 6'2' guard out of North Carolina State began this season in Sweden but left early on.



Stats Leaders
D-League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.W. Conroy, ABQ 25.8
2.J. White, ANA 25.5
3.P. Mensah-Bonsu, AUS 24.0
4.C. Sims, IOW 22.2
5.J. Crawford, LAD 21.3
5.B. Ahearn, DAK-AUS 21.3
Rebounds Per Game
1.C. Sims, IOW 11.1
2.R. Hendrix, DAK-BAK 11.0
3.E. Daniels, ERI 10.2
4.C. Hunter, FWN 9.8
5.D. Monds, ABQ 9.6
Assists Per Game
1.W. Russell, FWN 11.8
2.E. Gill, COL 8.5
3.W. Conroy, ABQ 7.8
4.C. Stinson, IOW 7.1
5.C. Clinkscales, ERI 5.9
Steals Per Game
1.C. Elliott, FWN-SIF, 2.77
2.D. Coleman, COL 2.65
3.W. Russell, FWN 2.52
4.D. Noel, ABQ 2.5
5.R. Major, DAK 2.31


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  EGYPT   


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


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  EUROCUP   


Macijauskas not to Rytas - by Philip Mulryne

The recent rumours about Lithuanian star Arvydas Macijauskas (192-G-80) is about to join Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius is denied. Jonas Vainauskas, the general director of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, 've said that there is no such thing, and people cannot take such rumours seriously without any roots'. However,Arvydas Macijauskas will possibly join the Lithuanian National Team's training camp for Eurobasket 2009. Lithuania ,who became the European Championship in 2003, sits in Group D with Poland, Turkey and Bulgaria for Eurobasket2009.


http://www.krepsinis.net/news.php?news_id=96199



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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: BC JKL - Ura Basket 95-89 after 2 OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 14: Two OTs were needed, when #11 Team BC Jyvaskyla and #10 Team Ura Basket (Kaarina) met tonight. BC JKL won finally after 50 minutes 95-89 (80)(73). Joe Jackson (192-G-86, college: Denver) (28) and Mike King (201-F-74, college: Ill.-Chicago) (17/10) were the key players behind BC JKL victory. Armondo Surratt (185-G-83, college: USF) led Ura Basket with 36 pts. At Aanekoski local Huima and visitor JKS (Jarvenpaa) had a real shooting contest. Huima won mostly because of huge height advantage 138-104 and rbs 44-28. Jason Hartford (206-F/C-85) had his season high 37 pts. Allen Morill (200-F-83, college: Arizona St.) added 33 pts for Huima. YMCA Helsinki defeated BC Nokia 99-89 and LoKoKo (Loimaa) beat Honka (Tapiola) 95-81.

BC JKL - Ura Basket 2 OT 95-89 (80)(73)(47-40) (Joe Jackson 28, Mike King 17/10, Jani Parkkinen 16/13 - Armondo Surratt 36, Tero Koski 22, Miska Ahokas 14).

Huima - JKS 138-104 (64-58) (Jason Hartford 37/10, Allen Morill 33, Juha-Matti Hirvanen 17 - Jesse Mantyla 19, Toni Honka 19, Matias Ojala 14).

YMCA Helsinki - BC Nokia 99-89 (41-42) (LaTrice Little 21, Dmitri Kraznotzhon 19, Ilkka Heiskanen 17 - Jason Holmes 32, Breyohn Watson 21).

LoKoKo - Honka (Tapiola) 95-81 (46-45) (Anthony Davis 26/10a, Jonathan Heard 26, Eryk Thomas 24 - Olli Nikitin 27, Antti Raami 20/11, Ilkka Sirola 18).



Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 13-1 
 2. Salon Vilpas 9-3 
 3. Huima 7-7 
 4. Lapua 7-7 
 5. JKS 7-7 
 6. LoKoKo 6-6 
 7. BC Nokia 6-8 
 8. Honka 5-6 
 9. HNMKY 5-9 
 10. Jyvaskyla 4-9 
 11. Ura Basket 4-10 


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


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Chris DAVIS
  Charleville
  (196-G/F-80)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Craven, Clermont20.2 
 2. Olivero, Le Portel19.2 
 3. Fein, St.Quentin18.8 
 4. Carter, St-Etienne17.9 
 5. Ingram, Bourg17.7 
 6. Bing, Clermont17.4 
 7. Barnette, St.Vallier17.4 
 8. Mohammed, Limoges17.0 
 9. Gay, Brest16.6 
 10. Wright, Poitie.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel KENNEDY
  Antibes
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Humbert, St.Qu.9.5 
 2. Bing, Clermont9.1 
 3. Melicie, St.Vallier8.8 
 4. Emerson, Limoges8.1 
 5. Sullivan, Maurienne8.1 
 6. Mathis, Evreux8.0 
 7. Almonte, Nanterre7.9 
 8. McCord, Antibes7.9 
 9. Lalugba, Bourg7.7 
 10. Vounang, Charlevil.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Prosper KARANGWA
  Paris-Levall.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Williams, St-Etienne5.7 
 2. Gomez, Poitiers5.5 
 3. Taylor, Boulazac5.5 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne5.1 
 5. Ingram, Bourg5.1 
 6. Ball, Paris-Levall.4.9 
 7. Craven, Clermont4.5 
 8. Mollinari, Antibes4.2 
 9. McCord, Antibes4.2 
 10. Dobie, Nanter.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Willie JENKINS
  Le Portel
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Craven, Clermont2.8 
 2. Barnette, St.Vallier2.7 
 3. Sullivan, Maurienne2.4 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne2.3 
 5. Traore, Boulazac2.2 
 6. Block, Quimper2.1 
 7. Boire, Le Portel2.1 
 8. Ball, Paris-Levall.2.0 
 9. Ingram, Bourg1.9 
 10. Bing, Clermo.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rashard SULLIVAN
  Maurienne
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Lukovski, Limoges2.0 
 2. Tucker, St.Quentin1.4 
 3. Kennedy, Antibes1.3 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne1.3 
 5. Hollins, Nantes1.3 
 6. Mathis, Evreux1.1 
 7. Mohammed, Limoges1.1 
 8. Fein, St.Quentin1.1 
 9. Darnauzan, St.Vallier1.1 
 10. Craven, Clermo.1.1 


ProB Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Quimper - Nantes 58-84
Nantes didn't have to work very hard in order to beat the last ranked Quimper on the road 84-58. Mehdi Labeyrie stepped up for the winners with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Vernard Hollins helped with 17 pts and 6 assists. On the other side, Moses Sonko netted 19 pts for the hosts. Nantes 8-10, Quimper 2-16.

Limoges - Antibes 80-70
11th win for Limoges in Pro B mostly owing to Alhaji Mohammed who was pretty close to triple-double, 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Adam Harrington also nailed 18 pts in victory. Julien Doreau replied with 17 points. Limoges 11-7, Antibes 9-9.

St.Vallier - Charleville 81-89
Chris Davis scored 18, Frederic Minet 17 and Marshalle Phillips added 16 points for Charlevile. The hosts got 23 pts from Sean Barnette, while Cedric Moodie added 20 points and 9 rebounds. Charleville 11-7, Saint-Vallier 7-11.

Nanterre - Paris-Levall. 80-83
Powerful Paris-Levallois was too strong for Nanterre staying on top of Pro B with 15-3 record. Nigel Wyatte once again led the scorers in Paris-Levallois with 17 pts. Rodney Elliott had 14 pts and 11 rebs. Jermaine Dearman of Nanterre nailed 28 points and pulled down 8 rebounds.

Evreux - Poitiers 87-91
Rasheed Wright came up with 26 points and 6 rebounds, while Kenny Younger followed him with 21 points and 10 rebs. James Mathis had 27 pts and 7 boards in loss. Poitiers 13-5, Evreux 8-10.

St-Etienne - Bourg 58-66
The second ranked Bourg improved its record on 14-4 after nice road win in Saint-Etienne. Lalugba Boakai was a key player for the winners with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Terry Williams netted 17 pts for the hosts. Bourg 14-4, Saint-Etienne 10-8.

Maurienne - St.Quentin 71-83
Saint-Quentin surprised Maurienne on the road registering the fifth win in Pro B this season. Shaun Fein (191-G-78, college: Georgia Tech) was totally unstoppable yesterday draining 30 points. Yannick Gaillou answered with 15 for Maurienne (7-11).

Le Portel - Boulazac 65-72
Sixth win for Boulazac, who got 20 points from Ronnie Taylor. Lavar Simmons added one less than him. Jose Olivero netted 17 in loss. Boulazac 6-12, Le Portel 8-10.

Clermont - Brest 75-65
Erroyl Bing netted 22, Errick Craven had 19 and Jermaine Bucknor helped the guests with 11 points. Cecil Brown and Mike Bernard combined 41 in defeat. Clermont 12-6, Brest 7-11.


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ProA Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Langen - Kirchheim 85-86
Kirchheim improved to 11-7 after a road 86:85 victory over Langen. Tomasevic Radivoj led his team with 20 points, Heyden Phillipp and Crawford Clifford each scored 15, while Baumann Adam had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Benzing Robin posted 18 points in the losing effort.

ETB Wohnbau - Bayreuth 62-74
Bayreuth shares the second position with 15-3 record after a road win over ETB Wohnbau 74:62. Harris Jaivon paced all the winners with 25 points and Oppland Dan netted 15. Thomas Tayron finished the night with 18 points in defeat.

Lich - Hagen 59-99
Hagen is also second with 15-3 record after an easy win over Lich 99:59. Freeman Zach was responsible for 17 points and Grothe Matthias followed him with 16. Reed Mark brought 18 points for the hosts and Tarver Theodis added 16.

Jena - Bremen 65-58
Jena outscored Bremen 65:58 in Regular Season Round 18. Uhegwu Henry top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Fairley Thomas notched 12. Weddle Jeremy produced 21 points in defeat, while Njei Acha added 12.

Heidelberg - Cuxhaven 90-104
Heidelberg lost to Cuxhaven 90:104 in the first day of February. Watkins Brandon paced all the winners with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Seward Edward nailed 21 and Brown Chris posted 19. Komarek Oliver finished the night with 29 points in the losing effort.

Karlsruhe - B.Muenchen 76-57
Karlsruhe edged Muenchen 76:57 behind 14 points and 8 rebounds from Howard Justin. Four other players scored 11 points in a win and Simin Igor posted 10. Howard Jamar and Jennings Rashad ended up with 12 points each for the guests.

MBC - Chemnitz 88-78
MBC overcame Chemnitz 88:78 to improve to 16-2 record on top. Leutloff Sascha and Moore Malik led the league leaders with 17 points each. Gerwig Nate produced 20 for the guests and Pfeifer Dustin nailed 15.

Schalke - teckproBraves 90-97
Schalke lost to teckproBraves 90:97 at home. Bannister's 26 points and 5 assists were not enough for the home side as Paeley Pele top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Wiley DuJuan ended up with 20.



Bundesliga Game Day 19: Weekend Results January 30th - Febuary 1st! - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Game Day 19 took place in Germany and Ewe Baskets Oldenburg moved to the top of the standings.

Friday January 30th
TBB Trier 83 EnBW Ludwigsburg 70
George Evans led five Trier players in double figures as Trier earned an 83-70 home win over EnBW Ludwigsburg Friday night at Trier Arena. Evans topscored with 19pt followed by Derek Raivio and Norman Richardson with 13pt apiece and 11p 6 reb each from Maksym Shtein and Brian Brown. Trier jumped to a 23-17 lead after 1Q and took a 43-37 advantage into half. With a strong 3Q, Trier took control and led 68-54 heading into the 4th. Domonic Jones led Ludwigsburg with 16pt 4ast and Dane Watts added 10pt 6reb in the loss. Trier shot 50% while limiting Ludwigsburg to 40% as both teams took 52 shots. Both teams took 18 threes with Trier making 6 and Ludwigsburg 5. Head coach Yves Defraigne and his Trier team are now 9-10 while Ludwigsburg falls to the same record 9-10.

Saturday January 31st
Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 91 Telekom Baskets Bonn 73
Jason Gardner starred for Ewe Baskets Oldenburg in their big game against Telekom Baskets Bonn as the All Star PG scored 25pt leading his team to a 91-73 home win Saturday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Taking over as 'Tabellenfuhrer', Oldenburg also received 17pt from Je'kel Foster, 14pt 4reb 5ast from Rickey Paulding, 13pt 8reb from Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and 10pt from Jasmin Perkovic as all five Thunderbird starters reached double digits. Oldenburg led 29-19 after 1Q and maintained a 46-36 lead at half. Bonn trimmed the deficit to 64-57 after three, but Oldenburg earned the home win with a strong finish. EJ Rowland led Bonn with 16pt, Brandon Bowman added 14pt and Winsome Frazier 13pt in the loss. Bonn shot 54% from the floor making 5 of 13 threes (38%). Oldenburg shot 50% from the floor including 9 of 21 threes (42%) but held their biggest advantage in the game sinking 26 of 34 FT (76%) to Bonn's 2 of 7. Head Coach Predrag Krunic and his Thunderbirds improve to a Bundesliga best 14-4 while Bonn slips to 13-6.

Deutsche Bank Skyliners 72 Koln 99ers 57
Deutsche Bank Skyliners earned a 72-57 home win over Koln 99ers before a sold out Ballsporthalle in Frankfurt Saturday night. Derrick Allen led the Skyliners with 16pt and Konrad Wysocki added 12pt to the win. After a tight 16-15 1Q, Skyliners broke the game open with a 2Q run to take a 41-25 lead into the half. Koln trimmed the gap in the 3rd and the game went into the 4th with Frankfurt up 50-39. Edin Bavcic led Koln with 21pt 8reb while Robert Turner added 12pt and Stevan Milosevic grabbed 11 boards in the loss. Frankfurt shot 46% to Koln's 41% and the Skyliners outrebounded the 99ers 36-29 in the win. Head coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners up their record to 13-6 while Koln drops to 6-13.

NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 100 ratiopharm Ulm 74
NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig reached the century mark for the first time this season in their convicing 100-74 home win over ratiopharm Ulm Saturday night at Volkswagonhalle in Braunschweig. The Phantoms hit 57% of their shots including 12 of 27 from three (44%) in their best offensive output of the season. Andrew Drevo led the Braunschweig attack with 21pt 10reb hitting 5 of 8 threes while Dustin Salisbery drilled 9 of 10 shots including 3 of 4 threes to add 21pt 5ast of his own. Kyle Visser contributed 17pt 6reb, Jason Cain 13pt, Jonathan Levy 11pt 4reb 5ast and Will Franklin 10pt 11ast. In their solid team performance, the Phantoms dished out 27ast. The Phantoms opened with a 30-20 lead after 1Q before Ulm battled back cutting the lead to 48-42 at half. A 14-0 Braunschweig run to start the 3Q sealed the game. Lee Humphrey led the Ulm attack drilling 4 of 6 threes for 15pt while Dan Fitzgerald added 14pt on 4 of 7 three point shooting. Dru Joyce added 10pt 4ast and Jeff Gibbs 10pt 6reb in the loss. Head Coach Emir Mutapcic and his Phantoms improve to 9-10 while ratiopharm Ulm slips to 12-7.

Walter Tigers Tubingen 84 Artland Dragons 71
Rasko Katic produced a 17pt 10reb double double and Walter Tigers Tubingen took an 84-71 comeback home win over Artland Dragons Saturday night at Paul Horn Arena in Tubingen. Artland led the majority of the evening taking an early 14-13 advantage after 1Q, holding a 36-35 lead at half and taking a 57-53 lead into the 4th. Tubingen's excellent 4Q rally helped them earn the big home win. Brantislav Ratkovica added 15pt for Tubingen along with 13pt from Jermaine Anderson in the win. Adam Hess paced the Dragon offense with 23pt 11reb while Darren Fenn added 13pt 4reb. For the game, Tubingen shot 50% from the floor while holding Artland to 34% shooting. The Tigers sank only 1 of 13 threes (7%) while the Dragons made 7 of 26 (26%). Finally, Tubingen drilled 29 of 48 FT (60%) to the Dragons 26 of 33 FT (78%). Head coach Tolga Ongoran and his Tigers are now 7-12 while Artland falls to 8-11.

Nordlingen 79 Paderborn Baskets 71
Monta McGee and Osvaldo Jeanty scored 16pt apiece and Omari Westley added 12pt 15reb in leading Nordlingen to a hardfought 79-71 home win over Paderborn Saturday night. The hosts, Nordlingen took a 24-13 lead after 1Q and was up 45-28 at half. Paderborn responded with a 24-12 3Q to cut the deficit to 57-52 heading into the 4th. Nordlingen used the home court advantage to earn the important home win. Danny Gibson chipped in 15pt for Nordlingen and Brian Butch added 12 in the win. Stefano Garris sank 4 of 5 threes to lead Paderborn with 22pt while Steven Wright added 14pt and Chris Ensminger grabbed 16reb. Both teams shot 42% from the floor and made 9 threes. Nordlingen held an advantage from the foul line making 20 of 30 FT (67%) compared to Paderborn's 10 for 20 (50%). Head Coach Andreas Wagner and his Nordlingen team upped their record to 8-11 while Paderborn is now 8-10.

Sunday Febuary 1st
ALBA Berlin 98 LTi Giessen 46ers 77
ALBA Berlin put 6 players in double figures in an excellent balanced attack as they earned a nice team win beating LTi Giessen 98-77 Sunday evening at O2 World in Berlin. Ansu Sesay topscored with 18pt making 2 of 3 threes, Julius Jenkins added 16pt, Stefan Hamann 13pt, Aleksander Nadjfeji 13pt and 10pt apiece from Adam Chubb and Immanuel McElroy in the win. ALBA built a 23-17 lead after 1Q and held a 50-32 advantage at half before breaking the game open in the 3rd. Leading 75-49 heading into the 4th, ALBA cruised to the home win. Giessen was led by Heiko Schaffartzik's 18pt with help from Maurice Jeffers and Michael Umeh who added 15pt apiece. Berlin shot 63% from the floor making 8 of 18 threes (44%) and 8 of 13 FT (61%) while Giessen sank 48% from the floor including 10 of 19 threes (52%) and 13 of 17 FT (76%). Head Coach Luka Pavicevic and his ALBA team improved to 13-4 while Giessen fell to 5-14.

Eisbaren Bremerhaven 84 Dusseldorf Giants 79
Eric Osmundson hit 4 of 8 threes to score 22pt in leading Eisbaren Bremerhaven to an 84-79 road win over Dusseldorf Giants Sunday afternoon at Burg-Wachter-Costello. Jared Reiner added 14pt 11reb and Mike Gansey chipped in 14pt of his own to the Eisbaren attack. Bremerhaven edged ahead 22-19 after 1Q and held a 45-44 lead at half. Bremerhaven's strong 3Q helped them take a 67-60 lead into the 4th. Dusseldorf, who have made several excellent 4Q comebacks this seasons, fell short this time as Bremerhaven earned the win. Dusseldorf was led by Brendan Winters and Brant Bailey with 17pt apiece. Bremerhaven shot 46% from the floor making 8 of 22 threes (36%) and 20 for 27 FT (74%) while Dusseldorf hit 39% of their shots including 11 of 30 threes (36%) and 14 for 19 FT (73%). Eisbaren also outrebounded the Giants 42-37. Head Coach Algirdas Milonas and the Eisbaren won their second consecutive game upping their record to 3-16 while Dusseldorf dropped to 8-11.

brose Baskets Bamberg 88 BG74 Gottingen 78
brose Baskets Bamberg sank 54% of their 3pt shots (13 for 24) in beating BG74 Gottingen 88-78 Sunday evening at a sold out JAKO Arena in Bamberg. Predrag Suput led the Bamberg attack scoring 23pt 10reb while Dan Dickau added 17pt 4reb 6ast, Eric Taylor 15pt 7reb, Filberto Rivera 12pt 8reb and Demond Greene 10pt in the home win. Bamberg broke open a close game at half (46-43 for Bamberg), with a strong 3Q run. As Bamberg stretched the lead to almost 20, Gottingen fought back. Bamberg took a 70-63 lead into the 4th. But down the stretch, Bamberg earned the home win. Kyle Bailey paced Gottingen with 20pt with help from 14pt from Chris Oliver. Bamberg shot 48% for the game and made 25 of 30 FT (83%) outrebounding the Violets 42-28. Gottingen shot 41% for the game, made 6 of 19 (31%) and 18 for 29 FT (62%). Head Coach Chris Fleming and his Bamberg team improved to 10-9 while Gottingen slipped to 13-4 as their 6 game win streak was snapped.


Transfer News - by Daniel Poerschke

Kenny Whitehead (208-C-80, agency: Court Side, college: JMU) is the new US big man for the Grevenbroich Elephants in the 1. Regionalliga West. In his debut against Iserlohn yesterday, Whitehead had 18 points and 7 Rebounds in a 81:89 loss. Paul Peterson (175-G-86, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) was the top-scorer of the game with 25 Points for Iserlohn.

GV Waltrop of the same league lost Marco Barth (195-F-77), one of their top-scorers, to 2. Regionalliga side SG Solingen during the week. They picked up shooting guard Tim Siebels (186-G-84) instead, who saw his first game action in a 20point loss at BBV Hagen on Saturday afternoon.


German-American Jason Rueter (192-G-77) is the newest member of the NVV Lions Moenchengladbach in the 1. Regionalliga West. The veteran shooter started the season with Iserlohn, but left the team because of injury reasons and is not back healthy.


In the Pro B SOBA Rhoendorf signed Bo Dahl (197-G-83), who played for Tromso Storm in Norway before. He had 2 points in his first game, an easy 86:63 victory over USC Freiburg.



The Deutsche Bank Keep The Fireplace Atmosphere Alive as They Roll Over The Cologne 99ers 72-57 And Remain Unbeaten Since 103 Days in The Ballsporthalle Against BBL Teams. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jens Braehmer(finance executive Cologne 99ers) walked away with 16,000 Euro from Germanys version of who wants to be a millionar a day earlier, but his luck couldnt be transformed over to The Cologne 99ers, who couldnt match the intensity of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, who controlled the game for the most part except for a short span in the third quarter where Cologne cut the lead to six, but couldnt step up the defense as Frankfurt crusied home with the 72-57 win. 'Braehmer might have won 16,000 euro which is nice, but we still have The Deutsche Bank Skyliners behind us and that is all what counts', joked Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The Cologne 99ers had been playing well the last weeks including a tough win against Bamberg, but quickly found out that Frankfurt would not let themselves be pushed around. 'The game was a lot closer than what the score indicated, but Frankfurt played great Basketball and were very strong at the end', explained American ex Harlem Globetrotter Robert Turner (206-C-82, college: Pepperdine). Frankfurt continue to show their strong play at home, and the only thing missing from the comfortable court atmosphere was coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) telling his players a relaxing bed time story in front of the fireplace in the Ballsporthalle. 'This was a total team effort. We played strong defense. We got a lot of points in the paint and were helped by big three pointers from Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Ilian Evtimov', stressed American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi).

The game also marked the first meeting of the season between good friends and 2006 BBL champs with Cologne Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) and Michael Hakim Jordan. Ivory had missed the first game in Bamberg, because of a stomach injury, but leads the duel 1-0 with a win this season and making 8 points, while Jordan was near the freezing point as he went 1/9 from the field. 'Me and Mike were putting up bricks tonight. I just try to make my teammates better, set guys up and try to make a difference in the game', commented Titus Ivory. ' I didnt shoot well tonight. The release felt good, but I just wasnt getting the bounces', explained a disappointed Michael Jordan (183-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Pennsylvania). Even though Jordan had a difficult shooting night, his good friend Ivory still sees a bright future for his ex team the Cologne 99ers. 'MJ is a leader. They are already better with him. He has only been there a week, but as soon as MJ gets playing and understands the team, then I think that they will get some key wins', stressed Titus Ivory.

Both Jordan and Ivory can flash the million dollar smile at any time, and it wasnt missing on the court, as they had smiles for each other and very healthy but amusing trash talk. 'I had a lot of fun with Titus. One time, I had the ball and he was screaming at me saying im going to take the ball, but instead, I went right around him and he was so slow to respond and it looked like a refrigerator was on his back,' laughed Michael Jordan. As Ivory heard this Jordan commentary, he found a logical comeback showing the closeness that he has to Jordan. 'The reason he went around me is simple. We were both talking, but I was too excited and I thought I was playing against my little brother, so I thought I could easily take the ball from him and I kind of forgot I was playing against a professional', explained Titus Ivory.

The game also marked the return of the two BBL Allstar Dunk finalists Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross) and Robert Turner. The duel was at 1-1 as Turner had won the first game point matchup in Cologne with 24 points, while Simmons Made 14 points. Simmons struck back in Mannheim winning the dunk contest by one point. However Just like in a game of Basketball where it goes back and fourth, Turner struck back to take the 2-1 head to head lead against Simmons as he scored 12 points and Simmons only nine points. 'It was great to see Robert again. Our big men had to contain him well, because we didnt want his athletic ability to let him get offensive rebounds. He is very talented and I wish him a lot of luck in Cologne', said American guard Keith Simmons. 'It was great seeing the dunk champ. He is an exciting player and showed it with that two handed dunk near the end', said Robert Hollywood globetrotter Turner. Not only did Keith Simmons have a thundering dunk, but Turner who was no stranger to the Ballsporthalle having played there with the Globetrotters, also dazzled the crowd with an alley-oop. 'When I saw the ball in the air by Jordan, I actually thought it was a floater, but Turner snuck in from the wing and slammed it home. There is really nothing that you can do in a situation like that', added Keith Simmons.

The Ballsporthalle was nearly sold out as 5,000 enthusiastic fans supported The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Michael Jordan didnt always have positive memories of The Ballsporthalle losing game five of the 2005 BBL Quarterfinal series Artland Dragons-Frankfurt and was more upset with his cold shooting than the arena. 'The Ballsorthalle is a great arena and has a great crowd. But after such a bad shooting performance, I might think differently. I guess you can throw the arena in the ocean', joked Michael Jordan. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners love their home court and quickly stormed out on a 5-0 lead and would never trail in the game as Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) scored inside prancing around ex Dragon Julian Terrell (206-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) as if he was fearfully looking over his shoulder to see if Tobi the Dragon(Dragons mascot) was lurking and captain Pascal Roller drilled home a three pointer. Cologne had immense problems going inside so they shot from outside as Robert Turner and American Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, agency: CAA Sports, college: Memphis) scored. Frankfurt kept the upper hand as Greg Jenkins scored an off balance shot and German National player Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) drained a three pointer after retrieving a Ivory kick out pass to the wing.


Frankfurt led 13-5 and they had been doing a great job defending Michael Jordan as he couldnt get the open jumper or really create the way he is used too. 'Pascal Roller and Adam Emmenecker did a great job on Jordan playing efficient defense and not letting him run', stressed Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Cologne found a short glimpse of daylight going on a 7-0 run as 2006 NBA Draft Pick of the Toronto Raptors Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) scored a three pointer and Stefan Milosevic scored inside as Greg Jenkins was a step to late. Pascal Roller and Jeremy Hunt ended the first quarter with three pointers. Frankfurt had the slight edge 16-15. Cologne was shooting a mind boggling 67% from the field while Frankfurt was under room temperature at 33%. Both teams were near 40% from the Ballsporthalle parking lot. Frankfurt had the rebounding edge 9-6 and both teams were locked at three turnovers a piece.

The first few minutes of the second quarter secured the win for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they skyrocketed out on a 11-0 run to lead 27-15. They stuck to the same formula that worked in Ludwigsburg and Braunschweig with a stingy defense and a very varied and flowing offense that Cologne couldnt control. Frankfurt took the option of going inside as Wysocki made a tip in and Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) made a lay up as Ilian Evtimov faked a shot and drilled the ball inside to Gordon. The comparisons to Larry Bird continue with the Evtimov fake shot pass, an option that Larry Bird liked using to teammates like Robert Parish or Kevin Mchale. American Keith Simmons used his body to fight for two points inside. Frankfurts offense was running on full throttle as the offense of Cologne had no fluency and little security. 'We played no defense, which helped them get the big lead and we just couldnt recover',added American guard Michael Jordan.

American Jeremy Hunt finally scored in the zone to cut the Frankfurt lead to 27-17. However Frankfurt was confident and continued hitting their shots as Evtimov nailed a catch and pop while falling back and Simmons and Ivory added three pointers. Frankfurt led 35-19. Frankfurt was dominating the game now and Cologne couldnt come back quickly so instead added some buzz with a pretty alley-oop pass from Jordan to Turner. 'Turner is a great athlete. I can always put the ball in the air for him', commented Michael Jordan. Konrad Wysocki and Derrick Allen closed out the second quarter with consecutive hoops in the zone. Frankfurt led comfortably 41-25 after 20 minutes. Cologne was having problems getting into the zone and Michael Jordan still had zero points. Frankfurt was shooting over 50% from three point land and from the field while Cologne was bitter cold at 25% from outside, but a bit warmer at 43% from the field. Frankfurt was stilling leading the rebound battle 18-14. Frankfurt is a very good team. 'They did a good job on defense closing our pass ways and annoying our systems. Frankfurt clearly dominated the first half', stressed Edin Bavcic.

After the strong first half, it seemed like there were few Skyliner faithful, who could imagine the tide to turn in favor of the Cologne 99ers, but then again the third quarter has not always been smooth sailing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Cologne got a full tank for the third quarter as they jumped out on a 14-4 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 45-39. Bavcic scored inside and outside, while Hunt made a spin move shot in the lane something he may have learned form globetrotter Robert Turner. Turner followed with a three pointer demonstrating his unorthadox left handed shooting style. Stefan Milosevic followed with garbage work underneath and with a fadeaway jumper. All of a sudden, Frankfurt led only 45-39 and Cologne seemed to have regained momentum. Frankfurt was very hectic on offense, and Lorenzo Gordon and Greg Jenkins were getting few touches inside. The Cologne defense had also stepped it up as Frankfurt seemed uninterested in putting up with the pesky defense.

However, Frankfurt had had enough of the Cologne scoring and closed out the third quarter with a 5-0 run as Derrick Allen scored in the zone, which was only a warm up to what would follow in the fourth quarter.' We were able to get back to six points, but we played unconcentrated the rest of the way. I congratulate Frankfurt for the win', said Edin Bavcic. 'We had too many defensive lapses after cutting the lead to six points and Frankfurt capitalized on it', stressed Michael Jordan. 'Our bench did a great job by stepping it up and getting the big lead back', added Ilian Evtimov. Cologne was still shooting hot from the field at 56%, while Frankfurt was at 46%. The three point shooting was led by Frankfurt with 39%, while Cologne was still looking to get hot were shooting 26%. Cologne was still a step behind Frankfurt at securing the rebounds with 25-22. Cologne had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had nine.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had been the team in total control for 30 minutes and closed the Ballsporthalle door on Cologne in the last ten minutes as the opponent was unable to stage a comeback. A big plus that Frankfurt has had this season, is that they can have many separate guys getting hot during certain phases of the game. The fourth quarter belonged to Derrick Allen, who at times looked like the Derrick Allen of 2007-2008, who was always wanting the ball and getting the ball and producing. Allen was scoring a lot with his outside shot, which at times seems like a long distance love affair then an intense one this season. After Wysocki scored in the zone to give Frankfurt the 57-41 lead, it was finally time for Michael Jordan to get his first points some 34 minutes after the game had started. It wasnt a good day for the mad professor Jordan. 'I was in the lab creating for my teammates. I had open shots, but couldnt make them', expressed Michael Jordan. Frankfurt continued setting the tone on offense as Allen scored twice with his outside shot and Ivory sunk a three pointer. Frankfurt led 64-47 and never seemed any jeopardy of letting Cologne make another last second run.

Edin Bavcic kept the Cologne hopes up as he scored inside and made another three pointer showing that another new interesting and talented player had arrived in the BBL. With Frankfurt leading 66-54, the fans had one more huge chance to workout their jaw muscle as Keith Simmons left a motionless Bavcic in the dust coming from the wing and making a powerful two handed stuff. Cologne now just waited for time to run down, but not before Lorenzo sunny boy Gordon stepped back on the court and put some finishing cosmetic touches on his stats making two buckets. As time ran out, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners left the court with another deserved win. 'We played very well and together today. We did a good job rebounding the ball and played very strong defense for long stretches of the game,' added American Adam Emmenecker. 'Derrick Allen stepped it up in the fourth quarter, which led them to the victory', said Michael Jordan. 'This was a good physical game. We didnt underestimate Cologne, because they had won three games. We rebounded well and did a good job against a team that was in shape', stressed skyliner skipper Murta Didin.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by American Derrick Allen with 16 points. German Konrad Wysocki added 12 points. The Cologne 99ers were led by Edin Bavcic with 21 points. American Robert Turner chipped in with 12 points.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners climbed up two spots to position four, while The Cologne 99ers remain at position 16 with one win more than the Giessen 46ers. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were the better shooting team making 47% of their shots from the field, while Cologne shot 41%. Both teams shot slightly over 30% from the parking lot. A big reason for the win besides the consistent defense was the dominance under the boards as Frankfurt secured 36 rebounds while Cologne plucked only 29 rebounds. The points in the paint also spoke a clear language for Frankfurt as they had a 32-16 dominance and their effort under the hoop in second chance points was phenomenal with a 13-4 edge. Edin Bavcic had a big game in a losing cause, but was overwhelmed by the strong Frankfurt team. 'Frankfurt is a strong team and are deep at all positions. They have big strong physical centers that know how to play the game', added Edin Bavcic.

The Cologne game was huge simply because it was a game they had to win. February will not be a cake walk, because after Frankfurt travel to Bremerhaven next weekend, which wont be easy either since they are on a two game winning streak, they then have to tackle Ulm at home, Gottingen on the road and Alba Berlin in the Top 4. Coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) had a big smile on his face in the VIP room after the win and some words of wisdom for his team. 'Every game is a new challenge. The Eurochallenge is over, so the new players have a new challenge to increase their physical strength. This is not an easy time for the players, but I feel we all will taste and live the advantage of being strong later in the season', warned Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). But before Frankfurt or Cologne will step on the court again, it is time for the whole world to witness who will win the Superbowl, the worlds most watch sporting event. Michael Jordan is from Philadelphia, but has his thumbs up for his neighbour, the city of Pittsburg. 'I predict that The Pittsburg Steelers will win the Superbowl 21-17 against The Arizona Cardinals', warned Michael Jordan. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners head back to work on Sunday February 8th in Bremerhaven.



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


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Ansu SESAY
  ALBA
  (206-C/F-76)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Westley, Noerdlingen17.3 
 2. Hess, Art.Dragons15.7 
 3. Bowman, Telekom B.15.5 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen15.4 
 5. Jeanty, Noerdlingen15.3 
 6. Gardner, EWE B.15.1 
 7. Fenn, Art.Dragons14.6 
 8. Rowland, Telek.14.5 
 9. Esterkamp, Pad.Bask.14.0 
 10. Paulding, EWE.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian TERRELL
  Koeln 99ers
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.10.6 
 2. Slaughter, Bremerha.10.0 
 3. Gibbs, ratiopharm9.9 
 4. McGhee, Noerdlin.7.8 
 5. Katic, Walter Tigers7.4 
 6. Gordon, Dt.7.3 
 7. Fenn, Art.Dragons7.3 
 8. Westley, Noerdlingen7.1 
 9. Drevo, NY Phantoms6.3 
 10. Visser, NY Pha.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Danny GIBSON
  Noerdlingen
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jenkins, ALBA4.6 
 2. Joyce, ratiopharm4.5 
 3. Watson, Bremerha.4.4 
 4. Gardner, EWE B.4.4 
 5. Franklin, NY Phant.4.2 
 6. Rowland, Telek.4.1 
 7. Gordon, Koeln 99ers4.1 
 8. Anderson, Walter T.4.0 
 9. Rivera, Brose B.4.0 
 10. Bailey, Goetting.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew DREVO
  NY Phantoms
  (202-F/C-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Trice, Goettingen3.1 
 2. Gordon, Koeln 99ers2.7 
 3. Slaughter, Bremerha.2.6 
 4. Lee, Goettingen1.8 
 5. McGhee, Noerdlin.1.8 
 6. Yarbrough, Telek.1.7 
 7. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 8. Franklin, NY Phant.1.7 
 9. Peete, Duesseldorf1.4 
 10. Paulding, EWE.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean FINN
  ratiopharm
  (212-C-82)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Johnson, Telek.2.9 
 2. Slaughter, Bremerha.1.3 
 3. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.1 
 4. Dennis, Noerdlingen1.0 
 5. Sesay, ALBA1.0 
 6. Ohlbrecht, Brose B.0.9 
 7. Grunheid, Koeln 0.8 
 8. Gibbs, ratiopharm0.8 
 9. Flomo, Telekom B.0.8 
 10. Drevo, NY Phanto.0.8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Dustin PFEIFER
  Chemnitz
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Lischka, Lich24.5 
 2. Watkins, Cuxhaven22.9 
 3. Baumann, Kirchheim19.3 
 4. Hall, Schalke18.4 
 5. Oppland, Bayreuth17.9 
 6. Freeman, Hagen17.7 
 7. Parker, B.Muenchen17.7 
 8. Benzing, Langen17.3 
 9. Hodges, Heidelberg17.0 
 10. Khartchenkov, Che.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sebastian ADEBERG
  Heidelberg
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Baumann, Kirchheim10.7 
 2. Hamilton, Bayreuth10.2 
 3. Jeffers, Langen10.0 
 4. Howard, Karlsruhe9.8 
 5. Gilbert, MBC9.6 
 6. Seward, Cuxhaven9.3 
 7. Sabourin, Bremen9.1 
 8. Freese, Lich9.0 
 9. Gerwig, Chemnitz8.9 
 10. Lischka, Li.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rolf SCHOLZ
  Lich
  (187-G-80)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg7.3 
 2. Pfeifer, Chemnitz5.0 
 3. Watkins, Cuxhaven4.6 
 4. Crawford, Kirch.4.6 
 5. Holcomb-Faye, Bayre.4.6 
 6. Griffin, Hagen4.6 
 7. Ruffin, teckproB.4.4 
 8. Williamson, Jena4.1 
 9. Parker, B.Muenchen4.1 
 10. Burks, M.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon LINCOLN
  ETB Wohnbau
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg3.6 
 2. Scott, Kirchheim2.5 
 3. Williamson, Jena2.4 
 4. Pfeifer, Chemnitz2.3 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth2.1 
 6. Paeley, teckproB.2.1 
 7. Mueller, Bremen2.0 
 8. Crawford, Kirch.1.9 
 9. Thomas, ETB W.1.8 
 10. Parker, B.Muench.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Theodis TARVER
  Lich
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Williams, B.Muenchen2.7 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven1.4 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.3 
 4. Shaw, ETB Wohnbau1.2 
 5. Benzing, Langen1.2 
 6. Sabourin, Bremen1.1 
 7. Fleetwood, Hagen1.0 
 8. Zyskunov, teckproB.0.9 
 9. De Michael, Jena0.9 
 10. Hornig, Kirchhe.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Keydren CLARK
  Aris
  (173-G-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Smith, VAP K.18.5 
 2. Francis, AEL 196416.5 
 3. Grundy, Panellinios16.0 
 4. Vasiliadis, PAOK15.9 
 5. Childress, Olympiakos15.6 
 6. King, Olimpia L.15.1 
 7. Daniels, Kavala/P.14.9 
 8. Gregory, PAOK14.9 
 9. Mejia, AEL 196414.6 
 10. Nikolaidis, Trikal.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kostas KAIMAKOGLOU
  C.C. Marousi
  (206-C/F-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Francis, AEL 19649.2 
 2. Wesson, PAOK8.4 
 3. Bryant, AEK7.4 
 4. Nelson, Aris7.1 
 5. Massie, Trikalla6.9 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.3 
 7. Tomasevic, PAOK6.2 
 8. Baxter, Panionios6.2 
 9. Sekulic, Aris5.9 
 10. Golemac, Panellini.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marios BATIS
  Olimpia L.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.0 
 2. Grundy, Panellinios4.3 
 3. Keys, C.C. Marousi4.0 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.3.9 
 5. Avery, Trikalla3.9 
 6. Mulaomerovic, PAOK3.8 
 7. Apostolidis, AEL 3.1 
 8. Thomson, AEK3.1 
 9. Jasikevicius, Panath.2.9 
 10. Vasiljevic, VAP.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Jurica GOLEMAC
  Panellinios
  (209-F-77)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Miles, Panionios2.5 
 2. Grundy, Panellinios2.0 
 3. Thomas, Kavala/P.1.7 
 4. Papamakarios, Panell.1.6 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.5 
 6. Thomson, AEK1.5 
 7. Childress, Olympiakos1.5 
 8. Smith, VAP K.1.4 
 9. Iliadis, Aris1.3 
 10. Bracey, ESTIA.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Costas TSARTSARIS
  Panathinaikos
  (210-F-79)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Massie, Trikalla1.3 
 2. Bryant, AEK1.2 
 3. Francis, AEL 19641.2 
 4. Bryant, AEK0.9 
 5. Glyniadakis, C.C. M.0.9 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.8 
 7. Dikoudis, Panionios0.8 
 8. Childress, Olympiakos0.8 
 9. Toutziarakis, C.C. M.0.8 
 10. Fotsis, Panathinaik.0.7 


Standings - A1
A2 Standings
 1. DASH Perist. 14-2 
 2. Dafni 12-4 
 3. Ilysiakos 12-4 
 4. Iraklis 11-5 
 5. Rethymno 10-6 
 6. Apollon 9-7 
 7. Near East 9-7 
 8. KAOD 8-8 
 9. HSBC Pagrati 7-9 
 10. Ermis L. 7-9 
 11. Panerythrai. 7-9 
 12. ICBS 7-9 
 13. Keravnos Aigio 5-11 
 14. Xanthi 4-12 
 15. Olimpias 3-13 
 16. MENT 3-13 


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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Teddy GIPSON
  Amsterdam
  (193-G/F-80)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.23.8 
 2. Pope, West-Brabant20.7 
 3. Walker, Rotterdam20.4 
 4. Bostain, Landstede17.9 
 5. Smith, Upstairs.17.5 
 6. Ross, Upstairs.17.4 
 7. Wilson, M.Magix17.2 
 8. Blue, West-Brabant17.1 
 9. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden16.9 
 10. Beasley, Eiff.T.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Steve ROSS
  Upstairs Weert
  (201-G/F-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jackson, Upstairs.12.6 
 2. Johnson, West-Bra.10.5 
 3. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden9.4 
 4. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.6 
 5. Brempong, Hanze.8.5 
 6. Briggs, Rotterdam8.4 
 7. Dialls, Den Helder8.0 
 8. Spencer, Aris F.7.5 
 9. Krstanovic, Hanze.7.5 
 10. Strickland, Den.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Will WHITTINGTON
  Hanzev.Cpt
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.6.0 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt5.2 
 3. Richardson, Rotte.5.0 
 4. Oliver, Eiff.Towers4.7 
 5. Blackwood, Aris F.4.6 
 6. Nash, ZZ Leiden4.5 
 7. Pope, West-Brabant4.2 
 8. Jansen, Hanzev.Cpt3.9 
 9. Downey, Eiff.Tow.3.9 
 10. Bostain, Landste.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Patrick POPE
  West-Brabant
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Richardson, Rotte.3.5 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt3.1 
 3. Sears, M.Magix2.8 
 4. Bauscher, Aris F.2.7 
 5. Smith, Upstairs.2.6 
 6. Greene, Amsterdam2.3 
 7. Tolbert, M.Magix2.3 
 8. Walker, Rotterdam2.2 
 9. Punch, Landstede2.1 
 10. Briggs, Rotterd.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  Aris Friesland
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Steenberge, Aris F.1.7 
 2. Khazzouh, Hanze.1.6 
 3. Brempong, Hanze.1.5 
 4. Gladness, M.Magix1.3 
 5. Briggs, Rotterdam1.2 
 6. Iti, Rotterdam1.2 
 7. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.1 
 8. Blue, West-Brabant1.0 
 9. Nelson, M.Magix1.0 
 10. Patten, Upstai.0.9 


FEB Results: Round 26 - by Sanders Jackson


Saturday night in FEB action, the defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide continued to remain invincible in domestic play, Landstede Basketball put an end to its losing streak with an overtime win over BlueStream Seals, while ZZ Leiden helped themselves remain in the FEB playoff picture with a convincing win over Rotterdam Challengers.

In the Horstacker, Eclipse Jet/MyGuide found themselves trailing heading into the 4th quarter, but the team of Arik Shivek put the clamps defensively on Matrixx Magixx in the last quarter, with the defending FEB champs prevailing 65-63. Eclipse Jet/MG had good balanced scoring, shot 58.1% FG and held their opponents to 41.4% FG and 7 of 30 from the three-point line.
CC Harrison (194-G-76, agency: Court Side, college: N.Carolina St.) and Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) led five Eclipse Jet/MG players in double figures with 12 pts. each. It was Eclipse Jet/MG's 4th straight win and improves its record to league-best 21-3.


In the ZBC-hal, Landstede held a comfortable lead heading into the 4th quarter, but BlueStream Seals came charging back in the 4th quarter, forcing overtime. But Landstede would not break, snapping a tw-game losing streak with a 96-95 overtime win. The Landstede trio of Robby Bostain (191-G/F-84, agency: Sports Plus International, college: Furman), Frank Young (196-F-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) and Gerad Punch (193-G/F-84, college: Furman) were on their A-game, with Bostain scoring a game-high 33 pts., including 4 three-pointers, 6 assists and 5 steals. Young added 26 pts., with a perfect 10 for 10 from the field! Punch added a double-double of 20 pts. and 12 rebounds. James Duffey (202-F/G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara) led the guests with 24 pts. Landstede forced also 24 turnovers and had five players with 3 or more steals. The win improves Landstede's record to 10-14 and remians in 7th place.


In Leiden, ZZ Leiden helped Rotterdam Challengers start off on the wrong foot, building a 25-11 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, winning easily 83-57. Seamus Boxley (201-C-82, college: Portland St.) led all scorers with 22 pts. ZZ are now a half-game out of the last playoff spot in the FEB standings.



Standings - Eredivisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. MyGuide 2 16-1 
 2. MSV 15-2 
 3. Initial H5 12-4 
 4. Gorinchem 11-6 
 5. Landstede 2 9-8 
 6. Akrides 8-9 
 7. BV Rooi 8-9 
 8. Leiden 2 7-8 
 9. EBBC 7-9 
 10. Punch 6-10 
 11. Groene 6-10 
 12. Red Giants 5-12 
 13. Cangeroes 3-13 
 14. Pigeons 3-15 


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  HUNGARY   


Enternet-NTE: first foreigner on the board - by Tamas Deri
The newcomer team of our first division was the only one team in the league playing only with domestic players until now. However, the management tries to keep the team in the first division and for this reason they invited american guard, Antione Johnson (185-G-81, college: Albany) on a 10-days tryout. The 185 cm tall guard is coming from NYC. He had a great carreer on the University of Albany, averaged 13.6 points per game in his senior season. He spent some years in the USA and played in different leagues as the CBA, ABA, IBL. He played last season for Osman Gazi in the turkish second division and averaged: 11.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP:42.9%, 3PT:33.3%. In July 2008 he played two games with the New York Knicks in the Lages Summer League. .


Round 16, saturday's games - by Tamas Deri
PECSI VSK-PANNON POWER - PLANET LEASING DOMBOVAR KC 82-75
(19-21, 16-16, 16-14, 31-24)
Pecs, Att.: 2000, Referees: Forrai, Benczur, Torok R.
PECS: Thomas Kelley (188-G-76, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Michigan St.) 30/12, Krisztian Wittmann (184-G-85, agency: FCM) 9/3, Denes 3/3, Grebenar 8, Bencze Z. 10, Czigler 2, Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) 20/12, Kapov, Toth N., Coach: Stojan Ivkovic
DOMBOVAR: LeGrange 13/3, Clark 7, Balazs Szoke (200-F-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 10/6, Bodi 9/6, Anthony Dill (200-F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) 23/3, McCullough 2, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 11/6, Coach: Balind Jozsef


KAPOSVARI KK - FALCO-SZOVA KC SZOMBATHELY 89-93
(27-23, 16-17, 20-26, 26-27)
Kaposvar, Att.: 800, Referees: Kapitany, Marton L., Szabo G.
KAPOSVAR: Kestutis Marciulionis (188-G-76, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services, college: Delaware) 25/12, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 21/12, Welton 8/3, Hoffmann 9/3, Laszlo Orosz (207-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 18, Kiss K., 5/3, David 3, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
SZOMBATHELY: Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 26/6, Hudson 10/6, Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket) 22/6, Ivan Perincic (208-F-77, agency: Agency No 10) 19/9, Horvath 10, Vrsaljko 3, Lakatos 2, Vida 1, Coach: Szrecsko Szekulovics


SOPRONI SORDOGOK - LAMI-VED KORMEND 98-75
(36-14, 23-21, 20-22, 19-18)
Sopron, Att.: 1600, Referees: Cziffra, Adam, Gyorffy
SOPRON: Alvin Cruz (186-G-82, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Niagara) 19/12, P.J. Couisnard (193-G/F-84, college: Wichita St.) 13, David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) 35/18, Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/3, Emmanuel Dies (204-F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Kansas St.) 15, Halmai 1, Horanyi, Csorvasi 2, Boldizsar, Vesztergom, Coach: Meszlenyi Robert
KORMEND: Garland 4, Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 9, Ferencz 9/9, George Banks (202-C/F-72, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: UTEP) 25, Bialek 10/3, Fodor M. 4, Dewitz 8/3, Hegeduus 1, Trummer 5, Coach: Peter Stahl


MARSO-VAGEP NYIREGYHAZA KK - ALBACOMP 72-83
(21-25, 17-22, 12-23, 22-13)
Nyiregyhaza, Att.: 1300, Referees: Hartyani, Kiraly, Pozsonyi
NYIREGYHAZA: Branko Savic (181-G-79) 12, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) 19/6, Vujacic 8/3, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/6, Z. Helbich 6, Farkas A. 8/3, Siska, Lekli 2, Nagy K., Coach: Kmezic Zoran
ALBACOMP: Simon B. 12/3, Doyne 12/6, Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) 14/3, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) 24/6, Morrison 11, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 10, Gobi, Coach: Peresztegi Nagy Akos


ATOMEROMU SE - SZOLNOKI OLAJ KK 85-69
(15-18, 19-12, 26-16, 25-23)
Paks, Att.: 1400, Referees: Palla, Toth K., Farkas G.
ASE: Meszaros Z., Williams 10, Charles Gosa (202-F-77, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: N.Mexico St.) 24/12, Ashante Johnson (203-F-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: Kansas) 12/6, Gulyas 9, English 3, Csaplar-Nagy 4, Zsolt Kiss (195-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 23/21, Panta, Medve, Coach: Dzunic Branislav
SZOLNOK: Ross 14, Varadi 10, Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) 19/6, Harazin 6, Jurkunas 8/6, Cseh, Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) 12, Szabo P., Coach: Por Peter


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


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  INDONESIA   


IBL round 1 serie 1 (Jakarta) result - by Anto Hanayudha

Jan. 22
Satria Muda vs. Angsapura (96-44)
Garuda vs. Citra Satria (94-48)
Aspac vs. CLS Knights (66-61)
Jan. 23
Pelita Jaya vs. Citra Satria (68-50)
Stadium Bhinneka vs. Angsapura (61-52)
CLS Knights vs. MHIM (50-44)
Jan. 24
Satria Muda vs. Garuda (88-82)
MHIM vs. Stadium Bhinneka (79-78)
Bima Sakti vs. Aspac (75-66)
Jan. 25
Aspac vs. Pelita Jaya (79-57)
Garuda vs. CLS Knights (90-58)
Bima Sakti vs. Angsapura (65-45)
Jan. 26
Pelita Jaya vs. MHIM (57-54)
Satria Muda vs. Citra Satria (80-37)
Jan. 27
Garuda vs. Angsapura (62-41)
Aspac vs. Citra Satria (74-45)



Standings - IBL
IBL Standings
1. Satria Muda 3-0
2. Aspac 3-1
3. Garuda 3-1
4. Stadium 2-0
5. Bima Sakti 2-0
6. Pelita Jaya 2-1
7. CLS Knights 1-2
8. MHIM 0-3
9. Citra Satria 0-4
10. Angsapura 0-4


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  IRAN   


Ali Doraghi Can Be The Best Iranian Center in Iran Superleague... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Ali Doraghi (210-C-84), Basketball Player of Iran National Team which played in Beijing Olympic 2008 for Iran, has a great performance in this season of Iran Basketball Superleague for Shiraz a.s Pipe with other players of the team. Ali Doraghi has too many abilities and great body which can help him to reach the best that a player can have. He played 13 matches for Shiraz a.s Pipe in this season and got approximately 15 rebounds and 15 points and 3 block shots per game and this is a very good performance for a young player like him. In last match, Shiraz a.s Pipe won Kordestan in Shiraz and Ali Doraghi with Zoran Majkic (207-C-78) and Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79) were best players of Shiraz a.s Pipe and got almost 70 points of all 92 points of Shiraz a.s Pipe and Ali Doraghi had 3 assists and 3 block shots in that game. The last result was 92-89 for Shiraz a.s Pipe.

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  ITALY   


SerieA Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Snaidero - Premiata 85-79
Ricky Minard scored 28 points but it did not save Premiata Montegranaro from falling to Snaidero on the road. Rashad Anderson netted 21 points, while Oscar Torres contributed 18 as Udine posted just their 5th win in the season.

Lottomatica - Fortitudo 87-71
Sani Becirovic stepped up off the bench to score 18 points leading Lottomatica Roma to the coasting win against Fortitudo. Ibrahim Jaaber added 15 points, while promising Branding Jennings notched 14 in the win. Stefano Mancinelli responded with 14 points for GMAC Bologna as they fell at 6-11 record already.

Banca Tercas - Angelico BI 89-87
Brandon Brown and David Moss nailed three free throws in the dying seconds to lead Banca Tercas past Angelico Biella. Valerio Amoroso netted 20 points to pace the hosts. Jaycee Carroll had 19 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. James Gist, Joe Smith and Valerio Spinelli added had 14 points apiece for Angeloco Biella.

Scavolini - Carife FE 91-86
Scavolini held off Carife Ferrara as Michael Hicks led the charge with 25 points. Carlton Myers contributed 16 points in the victory. Harold Jamison delivered 23 points and 8 rebounds for Carife Ferrara in the losing effort.

Benetton - Montepaschi 67-84
Not in Treviso, not in this round. Montepaschi claimed the 17th straight win in the championship beating Benetton on the road. Another impressive team performance allowed the league leaders to cruise past the dangerous Treviso team. Terrell McIntyre nailed 13 points and dished out 9 assists to lead Siena. Benjamin Eze added 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Sandro Nicevic nailed 18 points to lead Benetton.

Solsonica - Air AV 79-74
Solsonica nipped Air Avellino before the home fans as Pervis Pasco exploded with 22 points and 17 rebounds to lead the way. Jerry Green added 21 points for Rieti as they climbed at 6-11 record. Air Avellino answered with 14 points from veteran Travis Best. Andrea Crosariol produced 13 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

La Fortezza - Armani MI 70-60
La Fortezza snapped two-game losing streak edging Armani Jeans in Bologna. Sharrod Ford and Earl Boykins netted 16 points apiece for La Fortezza. Keith Langford and Alex Righetti had 10 points each for the winners. Mindaugas Katelynas accounted for 14 poin in the loss.



Lega2 Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Fileni JE - Enel Brindisi 78-80
Enel Brindisi narrowly defeated Fileni Jesi away from home. Marco Killingsworth scored 24 points in the second straight win for the visitors. Marcus Hatten contributed 21 points for Brindisi in the win. Michele Maggioli delivered 23 points for Fileni Jesi as they suffered the 8th loss.

Vanoli SO - Trenkwalder 81-75
Vanoli Soresina jumped into the second spot in the standings after they edged Trenkwalder at home court. Troy Bell had 16 points for Soresina. Dante Calabria, Marco Cusin and Rudy Mbemba added 11 points each for the winners. Alvin Young responded with 17 points for Reggio Emilia.

Cimberio VA - Carmatic PT 90-59
Cimberio Varese took care of Carmatic Pistoia at home as Niccolo Martinoni fired 27 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the winners. Lorenzo Gergati added 17 points for the league leaders. Fiorello Toppo and Marcos Casini nailed 10 points each for Carmatic Pistoia in defeat.

Aget IM - Basket LI 86-79
Aget Imola celebrated just the seventh win in the season as they held off Basket Livorno at home. Mykal Riley exploded with 30 points and 7 steals for the home team. Gennaro Sorrentino added 18 points for Aget Imola. Marcelus Kemp responded with 28 points for Basket Livorno as they slipped at 8-10 record.

Prima VE - Banco Sard. 69-81
Trent Whiting secured 20 points and 8 rebounds as Banco Di Sardegna rallied past Prima Veroli. Philip Martin contributed 17 points for the winners. The hosts were not rescued even by 27-point haul from Jerome Allen and lost the 8th game in the championship.

Edimes PV - Crabs RN 95-97
Rimini Crabs sneaked past Edimes Pavia on the road. Chris McCray and Phil Goss had 22 points apiece for the visiting team. German Scarone contributed 21 points in the victory. Thomas Mobley and Martin Colussi netted 20 points each for Edimes Pavia in the loss.

Fastweb CM - Seven 2007 86-56
Fastweb Casale cruised past Seven 2007 Roseto. Simmone Pierich stepped up with 20 points for the winning side. Zabian Dowdell contributed 16 points for Casale in the victory. Martin Ringstrom replied with 13 points and 10 caroms for Roseto as they were beaten for 10th time.



Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 17-0 
 2. Lottomatica 12-5 
 3. Banca Tercas 11-6 
 4. La Fortezza 10-7 
 5. Air AV 9-8 
 6. Benetton 9-8 
 7. NGC Cantu 8-8 
 8. Armani MI 8-9 
 9. Premiata 8-9 
 10. Angelico BI 7-10 
 11. Scavolini 7-10 
 12. Eldo Caserta 6-10 
 13. Fortitudo 6-11 
 14. Carife FE 6-11 
 15. Solsonica 6-11 
 16. Snaidero 5-12 


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Barry ELDER
  NGC Cantu
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Anderson, Snaidero19.0 
 2. Hicks, Scavolini18.4 
 3. Smith, Angelico BI17.9 
 4. Diaz, Eldo Caserta16.9 
 5. Carroll, Banca T.16.9 
 6. Minard, Premiata16.8 
 7. Neal, Benetton16.8 
 8. Kaukenas, Montepas.15.8 
 9. Warren, Air AV15.7 
 10. Poeta, Banca Terc.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea MICHELORI
  Eldo Caserta
  (202-F/C-78)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Hunter, Premiata10.4 
 2. Pasco, Solsonica9.7 
 3. Ford, La Fortezza9.0 
 4. Romero, Snaidero7.8 
 5. Slay, Eldo Caserta7.6 
 6. Wallace, Benetton7.4 
 7. Hall, Armani MI7.1 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.6.7 
 9. Pinkney, NGC Cantu6.7 
 10. Toure, NGC Can.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Drake DIENER
  Air AV
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. McIntyre, Montepas.5.6 
 2. Jackson, Snaidero5.4 
 3. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.4 
 4. Spinelli, Angelico.4.4 
 5. Smith, Angelico BI4.4 
 6. Dixon, Benetton3.8 
 7. Stanic, Scavolini3.7 
 8. Best, Air AV3.7 
 9. Forte, Snaidero3.6 
 10. Becirovic, Lottom.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Fortitudo
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Boykins, La Forte.3.5 
 2. Curry, Scavolini3.5 
 3. Slay, Eldo Caserta3.3 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas3.3 
 5. Hicks, Scavolini3.2 
 6. Dixon, Benetton3.1 
 7. Toure, NGC Cantu3.1 
 8. Gordon, Fortitudo3.1 
 9. Stanic, Scavolini3.1 
 10. Becirovic, Lottom.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Valerio AMOROSO
  Banca Tercas
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Akindele, Scavolini1.8 
 3. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 4. Ebi, Carife FE1.6 
 5. Crosariol, Air AV1.5 
 6. Pasco, Solsonica1.2 
 7. Achara, Fortitudo0.9 
 8. Nicevic, Benetton0.9 
 9. Gist, Angelico BI0.9 
 10. Langford, La For.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2

Points Per Game
 Chris MCCRAY
  Crabs RN
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bunn, Aget IM24.6 
 2. Hatten, Enel Brindisi21.7 
 3. Kemp, Basket LI21.1 
 4. Dowdell, Fastw.20.8 
 5. Davis, Harem SC20.3 
 6. Bell, Vanoli SO19.7 
 7. Marigney, Edimes P.19.5 
 8. Killingswort., Enel B.19.2 
 9. Whiting, Banco S.19.1 
 10. Goss, Crabs18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald DAVIS
  Harem SC
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Hines, Prima VE9.1 
 2. Killingswort., Enel B.9.0 
 3. Bunn, Aget IM8.7 
 4. Maggioli, Fileni J.8.7 
 5. Lloreda, Seven 20078.7 
 6. Ringstrom, Seven 8.4 
 7. Tyler, Carmatic PT8.2 
 8. Smith, Fastweb CM7.9 
 9. Salvi, Harem SC7.9 
 10. Boykin, Fileni7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rodolfo ROMBALDONI
  Umana Reyer
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rowe, Banco Sard.5.1 
 2. Childress, Cimberio.5.1 
 3. de Assis, Seven 4.6 
 4. Cinciarini, Edimes P.4.3 
 5. Mbemba, Vanoli SO4.1 
 6. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.8 
 7. Allen, Prima VE3.5 
 8. Nissim, Prima VE3.5 
 9. Busca, Harem SC3.3 
 10. Rosselli, Carmat.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Guido ROSSELLI
  Carmatic PT
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Tyler, Carmatic PT4.2 
 2. Lloreda, Seven 20074.2 
 3. Childress, Cimberio.4.1 
 4. Bunn, Aget IM4.1 
 5. Killingswort., Enel B.3.9 
 6. Goss, Crabs RN3.8 
 7. Rowe, Banco Sard.3.6 
 8. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.6 
 9. Cuffee, Fileni JE3.6 
 10. Boykin, Fileni3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tommaso FANTONI
  Fastweb CM
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Maggioli, Fileni J.2.1 
 2. Terry, Vanoli SO2.1 
 3. Hines, Prima VE1.9 
 4. Ostler, Basket LI1.4 
 5. George, Umana R.1.3 
 6. Dickens, Cimberio.1.1 
 7. Bougaieff, Umana R.0.9 
 8. Bryan, Seven 20070.9 
 9. Ezugwu, Banco S.0.9 
 10. Green, Umana Rey.0.8 


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  JAPAN   


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Yusuke OKADA
  Toyota
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.7 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin18.9 
 3. Henderson-S., Ais.18.6 
 4. Violette, Toshiba16.9 
 5. Takahashi, Toyota16.8 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.16.6 
 7. O'Bannon, Toyota15.9 
 8. Newton, Hokkaido14.9 
 9. Rice, Hitachi S.14.5 
 10. Selvy, Aish.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Violette, Toshiba9.6 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.8.9 
 3. Takeuchi, Aishin8.7 
 4. Henderson-S., Ais.8.3 
 5. Takahashi, Toyota7.7 
 6. Parada, Mitsubishi7.2 
 7. Orr, Tochigi Brex6.7 
 8. Honeycutt, Panas.6.6 
 9. Custis, Panasonic6.6 
 10. Ito, Tochigi Br.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Takeki SHONAKA
  Toyota
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Tabuse, Tochigi .5.6 
 2. Kashiwakura, Mitsu.4.3 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido4.3 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.1 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 6. Henderson-S., Ais.3.4 
 7. Igarashi, Hitachi S.3.0 
 8. Ishizaki, Toshiba3.0 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota2.9 
 10. Campbell, Toyo.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Hidenori KASHIWAKURA
  Mitsubishi
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Tabuse, Tochigi .2.3 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.1 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.4 
 4. O'Bannon, Toyota1.3 
 5. Honeycutt, Panas.1.3 
 6. Kawamura, Tochigi .1.3 
 7. Hirose, Panasonic1.3 
 8. Violette, Toshiba1.3 
 9. Tanaka, Tochigi .1.3 
 10. Sato, Hitachi.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter CORNELL
  Toshiba
  (211-C-76)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.9 
 2. Orr, Tochigi Brex1.6 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.4 
 4. Parada, Mitsubishi1.2 
 5. Aono, Panasonic1.0 
 6. Newton, Hokkaido0.9 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. O'Bannon, Toyota0.7 
 9. Violette, Toshiba0.6 
 10. Takahashi, Toyo.0.6 


JBL Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Aishin - Mitsubishi 84-69
In the beginning of the Regular Season Round 15 Aishin beat Mitsubishi 84:69 on January 25. Takeuchi Kosuke top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 caroms. Parada Adam ended up with 21 points and 7 boards in the losing effort.

Panasonic - Hokkaido 79-86
Panasonic sensationally lost to Hokkaido 79:86 on January 25 as Asayama Shogo top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Yamada Daiji nailed 17. Hamada Takumi chipped in 24 points for the home side.

Hitachi S. - Aishin 78-71
Hitachi upset Aishin 78:71 on January 30, 2009 in Regular Season Round 15. Igarashi Kei notched 15 points and Kan Yuichi brought his team 13. Selvy Daryan top-scored in the game for the guests with 24 points and 7 rebounds.

Hitachi S. - Aishin 69-84
Aishin improved to 18-9 record after a road win over Hitachi 69:84. Selvy Daryan led the winners with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Takeuchi Kosuke scored 20. Rice Lamar netted 19 in defeat, while Takeuchi Joji had 18 points, 12 rebounds and 7 asissts.

Mitsubishi - Toyota 85-90
Mitsubishi lost to Toyota 85:90 on January 31, 2009. Takahashi Michael top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 7 rebounds, while Campbell Louis brought his team 18 points. Parada Adam finished the night with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the home side.

Toshiba - Panasonic 75-81
Panasonic grabbed the win in the first appearance against Toshiba 81:75. Honeycutt Jerald led the Trains with 18 points and Aono Fumihiko together with Onishi, Takanori added 14 each. Kikuchi Shohei ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.

Hokkaido - Tochigi Brex 68-92
Hokkaido was beaten by Tochigi Brex 68:92 as six players scored in double figures for the winners. Kawamura Takuya led all of them with 25 points and Takeda Ken chipped in 15. Newton Tyler finished the night with 15 points for the hosts.

Mitsubishi - Toyota 89-76
Mitsubishi overcame Toyota 89:76 in Regular Season Round 15. Utsumi Shingo led the Dolphins with 20 points as they improved to 8-19 record. Takahashi Michael produced 17 points for the guests.

Toshiba - Panasonic 93-70
Toshiba sent Panasonic to 19-8 record as they enjoyed 93:70 home win. Kikuchi Shohei top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Ishizaki Takumi and Violette Cory posted 15 each. Honeycutt Jerald collected 21 points and 8 boards for the league leaders.

Hokkaido - Tochigi Brex 83-76
Hokkaido overcame Tochigi Brex 83:76 on the first day of February. Asayama Shogo paced all the winners with 22 points and Orimo Takehiko netted 16. Kawamura Takuya shined for the guests with 28 points.



BJ League Round: 28 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lakestars - Five Arrows 70-78
Lakestars lost to Five Arrows 70:78. Garrison Matt was responsible for 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead all the leaders and Sparks Rasheed posted 17. Rourke Ryan finished the night with 20 points in the losing effort.

Phoenix - Apache 115-78
Phoenix thrashed Apache 115:78 as Gardener Michael made a triple-double with 24 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds. Hotta Takeshi posted 18 and Morrison Marcus nailed 17. Davis Nick chipped in 16 points for the guests.

Rizing - Heat Devils 87-76
Rizing edged Heat Devils 87:76 as Parker Michael was unstoppable with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Price Jefferey ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Brisport Leon scored 14.

Broncos - Albirex 79-92
Broncos lost to Albirex 79:92 in the first appearance between the teams in January 30, 2009. Burks Antonio led the winners with 20 points, while Takeno Akitomo ended up with 16.

Broncos - Albirex 74-68
Broncos outscored Albirex 74:68 in Regular Season Round 28. Horne Steve top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 6 rebounds, while Shimizu Taishiro netted 18. Warren Reginald followed them with 17 points and 15 boards, whilst Takeno Akitomo scored 17 in defeat.

Evessa - Golden Kings 89-91
The league leaders Golden Kings had a road 89:91 victory over Evessa. Kinjo Shigeyuki led the winners with 23 points, while Newton Jeff collected 17 points and 11 rebounds. Washington Lynn shined for Evessa with 30 points and 8 boards.

89ers - Grouses 81-67
Sendai 89ers overcame Grouses 81:67 as Holm Chris paced all the winners with 19 points and 17 rebounds. St.Preux Bobby ended up with 18 points in a win. Ward Jerod produced 16 points, while Woodyard Terrence had 13 points and 13 rebounds.



Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Panasonic 19-8 
 2. Aishin 18-9 
 3. Hitachi S. 16-11 
 4. Toyota 14-13 
 5. Tochigi Brex 12-15 
 6. Toshiba 11-16 
 7. Hokkaido 10-17 
 8. Mitsubishi 8-19 


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  JORDAN   


Stats Leaders - Men
Premier League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Idais, Orthodox 24.0
2. Obeidi, Orthodox 19.6
3. Shareef, ASU 17.3
4. I.Abbas, ASU 17.3
5. Awadi, Zain 14.6


JPL Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Mohammed Malas
* Jordanian Premier League: Round 3 (Regular Season)

# 5-8 Group:

* Friday 30/1:

Al Aqaba 58 - College Sports Club 57 (Qs: 30-21, 43-39, 56-48 & 58-57)

Hussein Erbid 60 - Arena Amman 59 (Qs: 13-12, 31-34, 45-43 & 60-59)

# Elite Group:

* Saturday 31/1:

Orthodox 79 - Al Riyadi Amman 76 (Qs: 20-13, 41-34, 66-57 & 79-76)
- Best scorers:
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) '29 pts' from Orthodox
Louay Obeidi (198-F/G-90) '22 pts' from Orthodox
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) '20 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman
Hussam Lutfi (198-F/C-73) '14 pts' from Al Riyadi Amman

Zain 66 - ASU Sports Club 61 (Qs: 26-13, 41-26, 50-42 & 66-61)
- Best scorers:
Islam Abbas (201-C-80) '19 pts' from ASU Sports Club
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) '18 pts' from Zain
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) '13 pts' from Zain
Nidal Shareef (190-G-82) '13 pts' from ASU Sports Club
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro) '12 pts' from Zain


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  KOSOVO   


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


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  LEBANON   


Lebanese Abroad - by Mohammed Malas

Thanks to Interbasket forum member Daniab

Centers:
Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) ---- Holland
Ali Kanaan (206-F) -------- Umass Lowell (NCAA)
Adriano Machado (207-C-83) ------Last playing in Chile
Rabih Iskandar (208-C-91) -------Paris Levallois (ProB France)
Charles Tabet (203-C) -------- South Alabama (NCAA)
Hayk Gyokchyan (203-F-90)------- planing to attend Franklin&Marshall(NCAA)
Philip Tabet (203-C) ---------South Alabama (NCAA)
Bassel Bawji (203-F-89) ---------- Tulsa GH (NCAA)

Forwards:
Ahmad Ibrahim (196-G/F-92) ----- HS (Patterson N.C)
Tarek Ammoury (195-G/F-90) -----Marymount (NCAA)
Freije Matt (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) (208-F-81)-----------
Jean-Paul Afif (206-F-80, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Loyola Marymount) --------- playing and coaching in the ABA (US)
Joe Ferris (201-F-82, college: Canisius) ------------playing in the ABA (US)
Maurice Bou Kanaan (200-F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Akron)
Alex Mansour (201-F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency)
Elias Mutran (199-F-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) ------Playing in the Greek D3 league
Bilal El-haghassan (193-F-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) ----Playing in Canada

Guards:
Mustapha El Akkari (190-G-89) --- Moberly Co (NJCAA)
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) ---- playing in LEB (Spain)
Samer Ismailat (184-G-82) ------- playing in Pro A (Germany)
Mohamed Hachem (178-G-87, agency: Pro Management Agency) ---- playing in Canada
Geoff Rizk (183-G) ----------- last playing with St Pittsburg
Naji Mejalli (182-G-83, agency: Pro Management Agency) ---------- last playing in Canada
Jad 'Jay' Khalil (186-G-84, college: Cerritos JC) ------- ABA (US)



Standings - Div.1
Div.1 Standings
1. Army 6-0
2. Hoops 5-1
3. Club Central 3-3
4. Animation 3-2
5. Homenetmen 3-2
6. Tadamon 3-1
7. Antonins 3-1
8. Carmelites 1-4
9. St.Georges 1-4
10. Ghazir 1-2
11. ENB 0-5
12. Anoubine 0-4


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  LITHUANIA   


Standings - LKL
NKL Standings
 1. Juventus 26-3 
 2. Mazeikiai 24-6 
 3. Rudupis Pr. 23-5 
 4. Meresta Pak. 20-8 
 5. Pieno Zv. 19-10 
 6. Akademija 18-11 
 7. Nafta Univ. 18-11 
 8. Naglis-Ad. 17-11 
 9. Malsta Jon. 15-12 
 10. LKKA-Atletas 14-14 
 11. Puntukas An. 13-15 
 12. Perlas 13-16 
 13. Delikatesas 13-16 
 14. ABRO-Univ. 11-17 
 15. Silute 10-18 
 16. KKM-Aisciai 5-22 
 17. Bremena T. 4-24 
 18. Zalgiris-Sab. 4-24 
 19. Alytus/Alr. 2-26 


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  NBA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ben GORDON
  Bulls
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 20
 1. Wade, Heat28.5 
 2. James, Cavaliers27.7 
 3. Bryant, Lakers26.6 
 4. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.8 
 5. Granger, Pacers25.5 
 6. Durant, Thunder24.8 
 7. Bosh, Raptors23.1 
 8. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.0 
 9. Roy, Trail Blazers22.6 
 10. Paul, Horne.21.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mehmet OKUR
  Jazz
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Howard, Magic13.9 
 2. Camby, Clippers13.2 
 3. Biedrins, Warriors11.9 
 4. Lee, Knicks11.7 
 5. Murphy, Pacers11.4 
 6. Okafor, Bobcats10.6 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.10.6 
 8. Duncan, Spurs10.3 
 9. Bogut, Bucks10.3 
 10. Bosh, Rapto.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jameer NELSON
  Magic
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Paul, Hornets10.9 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.2 
 3. Nash, Suns9.6 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.7 
 5. Kidd, Mavericks8.3 
 6. Rondo, Celtics8.1 
 7. Duhon, Knicks8.0 
 8. Davis, Clippers7.8 
 9. Wade, Heat7.0 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Raymond FELTON
  Bobcats
  (194-G-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Wade, Heat2.2 
 3. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 4. Rondo, Celtics2.1 
 5. James, Cavaliers2.0 
 6. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 7. Wallace, Bobcats1.9 
 8. Davis, Clippers1.8 
 9. Butler, Wizards1.7 
 10. Harris, Ne.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joel ANTHONY
  Heat
  (206-C-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Howard, Magic3.2 
 2. Camby, Clippers2.6 
 3. Turiaf, Warriors2.1 
 4. Andersen, Nuggets2.0 
 5. Lopez, Nets1.9 
 6. Dalembert, 76ers1.8 
 7. Duncan, Spurs1.8 
 8. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 9. Bynum, Lakers1.8 
 10. Perkins, Celti.1.8 


NBA Round: 94 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Knicks - Pacers 122-113
The New York Knicks celebrated against the Indiana Pacers on the road mostly owing to Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80), who nailed 31 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. David Lee also shined collecting 23 points and 17 rebs. TJ Ford was unstoppable on the other side draining 36 pts. Knicks 21-25, Pacers 19-29.

Nets - 76ers 85-83
The Nets grabbed tiny 85-83 victory in Philadelphia improving on 21-27 record. Brook Lopez stepped up for the winners with 24 points and 17 rebounds. The hosts got 19 from Andre Miller and 18 pts from Andre Iguodala. Nets 21-27, 76ers 23-23.

Mavericks - Heat 111-96
Dirk Nowitzki delivered 30 points for the Mavs last night missing just two times in total. Jason Terry was behind him with 20 pts. Dwayne Wade nailed 30 points for Miami. Mavs 27-19, Heat 25-21.

Lakers - Grizzlies 115-98
37th win this season for the LA Lakers. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined 49 points in victory. Rudy Gay and OJ Mayo had 44 together in loss. Their Grizzlies fell on 11-35.

Clippers - Wizards 94-106
Antawn Jamison paced the Wizards to victory last night collecting 25 points and 12 boards. Nick Young scored 22, while Javale McGee added 18 pts and 9 rebs. Eric Gordon delivered 25 in defeat. Both teams are on 10-37 record now.

Warriors - Rockets 93-110
The Houston Rockets had couple of players in a game mood yesterday. Ron Artest came up with 27 points, 7 rebs and 7 as. Yao Ming followed with 25 pts and 11 rebs, while Aaron Brookes netted 22 pts and dished out 9 assists. Corey Maggette scored 17 for Golden State. Rockets 29-19, Warriors 15-33.

Hawks - Bucks 107-110
Charlie Villanueva again stepped up for his Milwaukee Bucks leading it to 24th victory. This time Villanueva had 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Ramon Sessions and Richard Jefferson netted 20 apiece. Michael Bibby and Joe Johnson combined 46 points in loss. Bucks 24-27, Hawks 27-20.

Hornets - Spurs 93-106
Chris Paul's 38 points were not enough for the Hornets last night. San Antonio had Tony Parker with 25 pts, Manu Ginobilli with 22 and Michael Finley, who added 20 pts. The Spurs jumped on 32-14, while the Hornets dropped on 28-16.

Bulls - Suns 122-111
Excellent road win by the Bulls for 21-27 record. Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose nailed 26 points apiece in victory. Phoenix got 32 points and 5 boards from Leandrihno Barbosa. The Suns fell on 25-20.

Jazz - Trail Blazers 108-122
29-17 for the Trail Blazers and 26-22 for the Jazz after this game. Brandon Roy was a key player for the winning squad with 30 points and 5 assists. Deron Williams of trah Jazz led all the scorers with 35 pts.


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  NCAA1   


John Boy Wonder Isaacs, The Legend 1915-2009 - by Rick Ross
I'm Coach Rick Ross From Harlem USA
Born & Raised in 132nd St between Lenox ave & 7th Ave
Now known as Martin Luthur King & Malcolm X Blvd
I Knew Mr Isaacs & Those of you Knew Him as The Legend,
That's What we Called Him,

Its with deep sorrow that I report the passing of former star
basketball player and community leader John Boy Wonder Isaacs.

John passed away at the
Albert Einstein Hospital in the Bronx, New York.
He had suffered a major stroke last week,
from which he never arose. He was 93 years old.

John had a long, strong, full life.
He saw a lot of things, and got to experience, on some level,
what it was like to have a black President of the United States
a breakthrough that his pioneering efforts helped make possible.
Johns was a historic life, and as a person he was a national treasure.

But, as his daughter said to me a few days ago,
it was time for us to let go so that he could let go too.

The circle of life continues.
Im sure that a part of John will continue to live in all of us who remember him well.
Johns uncontainable energy
which seemed eternal even before today is now free to soar wherever it may.

Peter Vecsey Wrote Isaacs Gone But Not Forgotten

PHONE conversations with Carl Green these days are
dominated by discussions about dead people.
A few weeks ago we discussed Hank DeZonies passing.
Last week it was Alan Seidens. Yesterday it was John Isaacs.

As usual, the former Globetrotter spoke in simple terms when
I made the above observation: Hey, none of us gettin outta here alive.

Four years ago, I spent an afternoon at Greens
East 80s apartment interviewing DeZonie and Isaacs,
two of the three remaining players from the New York Renaissance.
Its weirdly unsettling to think they died within weeks of each other,
leaving former major leaguer George Crowe as the teams sole survivor.

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound, Bronx-born DeZonie, who played for Dayton in the NBL,
the forerunner of the NBA,
(averaging 12.3 points in 18 games Game reviews )
in 1948-49 and Tri-Cities in 50-51 (3.4 in five),
died Jan. 2. He would have been 87 Feb. 22.

Hank was very good looking, stood tall and knew how to dress,
Green said. He showed Ed Warner where to buy clothes,
and Ed showed me and Jack DeFares. Im tellin ya,
when Hank walked into a room, everyone turned to look.
Hed ease in without any noise or a whole lot of talkin
to people. The man was a dignified, no-nonsense dude.

Isaacs was born Sept. 15, 1915. After retiring from serious competition,
he coached Tiny Archibald, Chris Mullin and a thousand others. Later,
he became a counselor at the Madison Square Boys and Girls Club in The Bronx.

Five days a week for over 50 years Isaacs put in eight hours at Hoe Avenue.
Several days ago, he suffered a stroke at his desk. He died early yesterday morning.

John gave his time to plenty of kids over the years.
A whole lot of people looked up to him, Green said.

Regrettably, very few of us ever saw Isaacs play,
whereas loosely kept statistics mostly got passed down by word of mouth.
But a few facts speak fluently.
His all-black Rens rolled to ridiculous records of 122-19, 121-19, and 127-15,
culminating with a 1939 title in the initial Worlds Professional Basketball Tournament.

Isaacs took great pride in politely correcting those under
the assumption the Knicks New York Knicks captured
New York Citys first pro championship in 1969-70.

Excuse me, but it was the Rens, he said.


By Peter Vecsey


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  NCAA2   


GNAC Scores - by Sanjey Noriega
Cent.Washington 91, Seattle Pacific 83
Seattle ,WA
CWU(12-4, 6-2 GNAC)
Brandon Foote (6'3''-F)-27pts, 12rebs, 7assists
Jake Beitinger (6'8''-F)-17pts, 5rebs

SPU(12-6, 5-2 GNAC)
Brandon Larrieu (6'0''-G)-21pts, 5rebs
Chris Banchero (6'1''-G)-19pts

W.Washington 81, NW Nazarene 73
Bellingham, WA
WWU(13-3, 5-1 GNAC)
Ira Graham (6'2''-G)-28pts, 6assists
Morris Anderson (6'3''-G)-15pts, 7rebs

NNU(10-8, 2-6 GNA)
Kendall Gielow (6'7''-F-88)-22pts, 5rebs
Brian Barkdoll (6'10''-C-89)-16pts

St, Martin''s 89, W.Oregon 77
Lacey, WA

St.Martin's(15-6, 3-4 GNAC)
Bill Richardson (6'8''-C)-21pts, 13rebs
Blake Poole (6'5''-F)-19pts, 22rebs
Jake Linton (5'11''-G)-19pts

WOU(7-11, 1-6 GNAC)
Mike McLaughlin (6'7''-F/C)-20pts, 5rebs
Travis Kuhns (6'8''-F)-16pts, 8rebs

Alaska-Anch. 90, Alaska-Fairb. 85
Anchorage, AK

UAA(10-10, 4-3 GNAC)
Kenny Barker (6'3''-G-86)-38pts, 9rebs, 5assists
Jeremiah Trueman (6'9''-F-87, college: San Diego Chr.)-15pts, 6rebs

UAF(5-11, 2-5 GNAC)
Jon Moe (6'2''-G)-25pts
Emmanuel Jenkins (6'0''-G)-22pts, 8assists
Colin Matteson (6'8''-F)-19pts, 9rebs

Top Statistical Performances
Kenny Barker-38pts, 9rebs, 5 assists
Blake Poole-19pts, 22rebs
Bill Richardson-21pts, 13rebs
Ira Graham-28pts, 6assists
Brandon Foote-27pts, 12rebs, 7assists


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  PALESTINE   


PSL Schedule with a lot of exciting games to come - by Tamara Awartani
Mark the 8th of Feb to go watch the opening ceremony in Bethlehem for the Mens SuperLeague 'The Late George Rishmawi Tournament' sponsored by Jawwal
An exciting opening game between Orthodoxi Ramallah and AlRa'i Saleh, a competative game where both teams have American Imports on their team as well.
More details on games and imports very soon, Mens SuperLeague Schedule for this month is the following, please note that the courts might change if the two teams agree, so itll be announced a day before:

# Teams Day Date Time Court

1 Orthodoxi Ramallah vs. AlRai AlSaleh Sunday 8/2 6 Catholic Action
2 Ibdaa vs Qalandia Thursday 12/2 6 Ramallah
3 Ahli Jerusalem vs Thaqafi Beit Sahour 12/2 7:30 Ramallah
4 Orthodoxi Beit Jala vs Huwara Wednesday 11/2 5 Ramallah
5 De La Salle vs Fara 11/2 6:30 Ramallah
6 AlBireh vs Balata 12/2 5 Nablus
7 Sarriyet Ramallah vsThaqafi Toulkarem 12/2 6:30 Nablus
8 Eibal vs Islami Bethlehem Saturday 14/2 5 Ramallah
9 Hiteen vs Catholic Action 14/2 6:30 Ramallah
10 Qalandia vs Fara Sunday 15/2 5 Ramallah
11 Ibdaa vs Balata 15/2 6:30 Ramallah
12 AlBireh vs Thaqafi Beit Sahour 19/2 5 Ramallah
13 Ahli Jerusalem vs Islami Bethlehem 19/2 6 Ramallah
14 De La Salle vs Catholic Action 7:30
15 Hiteen vs Thaqafi Toulkarem Friday 20/2 5 Nablus
16 Eibal vs Huwara 6:30
17 Sarriyet Ramallah vs AlRai AlSaleh Saturday 21/2 5 Catholic Action
18 Orthodoxi Beit Jala vs Orthodoxi Ramallah 21/2 7:30 Catholic Action
19 Qalandia vs Catholic Action Sunday 22/2 6 Ramallah
20 AlBireh vs Islami Bethlehem 22/2 7:30 Ramallah
21 Balata vs Thaqafi Beit Sahour 5 Ramallah
22 Hiteen vs AlRai AlSaleh 6:30
23 Ahli Jerusalem vs Huwara Thursday 2/26 4:30 Ramallah
24 Ibdaa vs Fara 6
25 De La Salle vsThaqafi Toulkarem 7:30
26 Eiba vsl Orthodoxi Ramallah Friday 27/2 6 Nablus
27 Sarriyet Ramallah vs Orthodoxi Beit Jala 7 Ramallah
28 Ibdaa vs Thaqafi Beit Sahour Saturday 2/28 5:30 Catholic Action
29 Ahli Jerusalem vs Orthodoxi Ramallah 7
30 Qalandia vs Islami Toulkarem 5 Ramallah
31 Balata vs Islami Bethlehem 6:30
32 Fara vs Catholic Action Sunday 1/3 4 Ramallah
33 Hiteen vs Orthodoxi Beit Jala 5:30
34 De La Salle vs AlRai AlSaleh 7
35 AlBireh vs Huwara Thursday 5/3 5 Nablus
36 Eibal vs Sarriyet Ramallah 6:30


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  PBL   


Ferguson's Fourth Quarter drowns Rainmen - by Carl Berman
Desmond Ferguson (6'7''-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 15 of his 22 points down the stretch as the Manchester Millrats defeated the Halifax Rainmen 104-92. With the win Manchester (6-3) moves into a tie with Vermont for first place in the Atlantic division. Halifax falls to 6-5 on the season. Manchester opened the game on fire and opened a 39-23 lead early in the second quarter. Halifax responded time and again behind slick scoring guard Tony Bennett (27 points). Manchester led at the half 47-37. Halifax tied the game late at 82-82 on two foul shots by forward Rob Sanders. But seven straight points by Ferguson put the game out of reach. In addition to Ferguson, Manchester saw Tommy Mitchell score 15, Al Stewart 13, Scott Hazelton 11, and Alex Owumi 10. Bennett's 27 for Halifax led all scorers. The Millrats host 2 games next weekend, beginning with the Buffalo Stampede on Friday night at 7:30pm, followed by Quebec at 2:30pm on Sunday.

For more information please contact Millrats GM Ian McCarthy at millrats@gmail.com or visit www.manchestermillrats.com or www.pblproball.com.


Vermont wins 3rd straight, tops Montreal - by Carl Berman
The Vermont Frost Heaves defeated the Montreal Sasquatch 103-78 for their 3rd consecutive win. the Frost Heaves record improve to 6-3 and they head on the road for 2 games next weekend against Buffalo and Halifax. The Frost Heaves were lead today in scoring by Brandon Cole (6'8''-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Xavier) with 17 points and 3 rebounds followed by Joe Nixon and Anthony Kyle who had 15 points each. Montreal was lead by Lousi-Patric Levros with 19 points. The Frost Heaves now head to Buffalo for a game next Saturday in Buffalo and then head off to Halifax for a Sunday afternoon matinee against the Rainmen. In the third annual BUMP Birthday bash, BUMP is still undefeated in Mascot games as he was joined by all of his mascot brethren to help celebrate his birthday. It was a fun day for not only the Frost Heaves, but all of the mascots who helped join in the fun.

Rochester defeats Sea Dawgs - by Carl Berman
Sammy Monroe led five Rochester Razorsharks in double figures with 19, and Rochester shot 52 percent from the field as they cruise to a 114-95 victory over Wilmington. Wilmington, who arrived into Rochester early Sunday morning from Buffalo, started strong ripping off a 13-2 run to start. Cedric McGinnis (6'8''-F-77, college: Georgia Southern) hit a three to open the scoring and then hit another one later in the run. McGinnis would hit for 14 points in the quarter which included three three pointers. Wilmington held a four point lead after one. Rochester, who won 48 straight home games before Vermont broke the streak, came back in the second. Keith Friel, one of the PBLs leading three point shooters, hit for all 11 of his first half points in the second quarter. Friel hit three of four from beyond the arc. In the quarter Rochester outscored Wilmington 24-17 in the quarter and went to the locker room up three. In the third, Rochester started off quick with a 6-0 run on a Jerice Crouch three ball and after getting fouled by Kadri Richard on a straight away three, Keith Friel hit all three free throws and the Razorsharks had an eight point lead. The teams would go back and forth for the remainder of the quarter, and Rochester lead by six after three. In the fourth, the Razorsharks put it away early in the quarter going on a 12-0 run. Derik Hollyfield hit five straight points at the end of the run with a three ball and a 14 foot jumper from the left baseline to make it a 14 point game. Wilmington tried to get back into the contest, but the Rochester defense was too tight holding Cedric McGinnis to only
11 points from the first quarter on.

Notes: Wilmington was lead by Cedric McGinnis with 27 points. The Sea Dawgs hit 22-23 from the free throw line.


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  POLAND   


1Liga Round: 22 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Siarka T. - MOSiR Kr. 73-67
Siarka handed MOSiR Krosno the 4th defeat in the season beating the league leaders at home. Michal Marciniak topscored with 17 points for Siarka. Michal Baran and Piotr Mis had 10 points each in the win. Marcin Salamonik replied with 20 points and 10 boards for MOSiR Krosno as they remained on top of the ladder despite the loss.

Sokol L. - Prokom II 77-72
Sokol Lancut held off Prokom II behind 21 points and 10 boards from Ireneusz Chromicz. Tomasz Pisarczyk contributed 18 points for the winners. Tomasz Swietonski delivered 22 points as Prokom II fell at 7-15 record.

LKS Lodz - Resovia 80-60
Lodz eased past Resovia as Jakub Dluski netted 13 points to lead balanced effort. Piotr Trepka came up with 11 points and 6 assists for Lodz as they posted the 14th win. Grzegorz Malecki replied with game-high 18 points for Resovia.

Sudety JG - AZS AWF K-ce 86-74
Sudety overcame Katowice to climb at 9-13 record in the standings. Rafal Niesobski was outstanding with 28 points and 6 assists. Jakub Czech had 22 points and 15 rebounds in the winning effort. Piotr Halas knocked down 14 points for Katowice in the loss.

Zastal ZG - MMKS DG 90-50
Zastal stayed among the leaders with a stunning win against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza. Lukasz Wisniewski banked 21 points for the winning side. Pawel Wiekiera tallied 17 points, 4 boards and 4 assists in the 13th win for Zastal. Tomasz Milewski and Pawel Bogdanowicz answered with 9 points each in defeat.

Polonia 2011 - Stal SW 82-77
Polonia 2011 gained the sixteenth win as they held off Stal Stalowa Wola. Tomasz Snieg nauled 18 points, while Piotr Pamula delivered 16 points for the winners. Rafal Partyka responded with 25 points as Stal suffered the 11th loss.

Zubry - AZS Kalisz 102-75
Zubry toppled AZS Kalisz to improve at 12-10 record. Andrzej Misiewicz and Piotr Brzozowski netted 20 points for Zubry. Rafal Kulikowski netted 15 points and blocked 4 shots in the win. Przemyslaw Malona answered with 19 points for Kalisz in the loss.

Big Star - Znicz Basket 91-79
Big Star stayed in the second spot with a cruising win over Znicz at home court. Lukasz Pacocha orchestrated the win with 29 points and 5 assists for Big Star. Damian Kulig added 22 points in the winning case. Jakub Dloniak responded with 28 points for Znicz in defeat.



Standings - DBE
DBE Standings
 1. Prokom 15-4 
 2. Polpharma 14-5 
 3. Anwil 13-7 
 4. Kotwica 13-7 
 5. Polonia 12-9 
 6. AZS Koszalin 12-9 
 7. Turow 11-9 
 8. En.Czarni 10-10 
 9. Bank BPS 9-12 
 10. Atlas Stal 8-12 
 11. Sportino I. 8-12 
 12. Znicz J. 6-14 
 13. PBG Basket 6-16 
 14. Gornik W. 5-16 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrzej PLUTA
  Anwil
  (182-G-74)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Logan, AseccoPr.18.6 
 2. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 3. Mojica, AZS K.17.2 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni16.5 
 5. Hicks, Polpharma16.1 
 6. Wojcik, PBG Basket16.1 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszalin15.9 
 8. Harrington, Polonia15.5 
 9. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz15.4 
 10. Weeden, Bank B.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariusz BACIK
  Polonia
  (207-G/F-72)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.9 
 2. Barro, VictoriaGornik10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.1 
 4. Burke, AseccoPr.7.9 
 5. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.8 
 6. Naymick, SKK K.7.5 
 7. Dylewicz, AseccoPr.7.4 
 8. McLean, PBG B.7.3 
 9. Howell, En.Czarni7.1 
 10. Tica, Bank B.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pawel KIKOWSKI
  SKK Kotwica
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.6.0 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil5.6 
 3. Eldridge, Polpharma5.1 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.5 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.4.3 
 7. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.3 
 8. Greene, Victoria.4.1 
 9. Garner, Bank BPS4.0 
 10. Lee, ISS Sporti.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz ZYTKO
  ISS Sportino
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.8 
 2. Lee, ISS Sportino3.5 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 4. Harrington, Polonia3.0 
 5. Koszarek, Anwil2.7 
 6. Eldridge, Polpharma2.6 
 7. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz2.5 
 8. Nesovic, AseccoPr.2.4 
 9. Frasunkiewic., Polon.2.3 
 10. Greene, Victor.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Filip DYLEWICZ
  AseccoProkom
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 2. Naymick, SKK K.1.9 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, VictoriaGornik1.5 
 5. Turek, PGE Turow1.4 
 6. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 7. Coleman, Polpharma1.1 
 8. Barrett, SKK K.0.9 
 9. Gomez, ISS S.0.9 
 10. Frasunkiewic., Pol.0.9 


DBE Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
PBG Basket - Polonia 96-87
PBG Basket secured just the sixth success in the championship as they overwhelmed Polonia before the home fans. Gerald Brown was pivotal with 24 points. Iwo Kitzinger provided 17 points for the winning side. Michael Ansley bruised the hosts with 21 points as Polonia suffered the 9th defeat.

Bank BPS - VictoriaGornik 113-70
Bank BPS victimized Gornik behind 27 points and 12 boards from Brandon Wallace. Piotr Dabrowski added 16 points in the ninth win for BPS. Marcin Stefanski answered with 17 points for Gornik.

AseccoProkom - SKK Kotwica 102-101
Prokom and Kotwica came up with a dramatic performance today as they clashed in Sopot. The teams needed two extra periods to decide on the winner. Prokom succeeded at the very end clinching a narrow victory. David Logan topscored with 36 points for the defending champions. Filip Dylewicz added 12 points and 9 rebounds for Prokom. Kevin Hamilton and Drew Naymick ensured 19 points each for Kotwica in the loss.

En.Czarni - Sokol Znicz 107-95
Energa Czarni toppled Znicz to register the 10th win in the season. Mateo Kedzo had outstanding 30 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Mantas Cesnauskis added 16 points and 9 rebounds for Slupsk. Chad Timberlake responded with 29 points and 4 steals as Znicz slipped at 6-14 record.



Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Adrian MROCZEK-TRUSKOWSKI
  Sokol L.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Dloniak, Znicz Basket22.0 
 2. Pacocha, Big Star19.5 
 3. Misiewicz, Zubry17.2 
 4. Berisha, Polonia 201116.6 
 5. Pluta, MOSiR K.16.2 
 6. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.16.2 
 7. Salamonik, MOSiR K.15.8 
 8. Donigiewicz, AZS A.15.5 
 9. Kulig, Big Star15.0 
 10. Wisniewski, Zastal.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel RYNKIEWICZ
  Resovia
  (195-F-76)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Hrycaniuk, Prokom I.12.1 
 2. Wojdyla, Sudety JG9.5 
 3. Mis, Siarka T.8.4 
 4. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.7.9 
 5. Bartosz, Polonia .7.7 
 6. Dluski, LKS Lodz7.6 
 7. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.7.6 
 8. Misiewicz, Zubry7.4 
 9. Kulig, Big Star7.3 
 10. Mielczarek, Big St.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof MORAWIEC
  LKS Lodz
  (192-G-74)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kalinowski, MOSiR K.5.9 
 2. Pacocha, Big Star4.8 
 3. Baran, Siarka T.4.6 
 4. Swietonski, Prokom I.4.5 
 5. Basinski, MMKS D.4.4 
 6. Krupa, Siarka T.4.1 
 7. Snieg, Polonia 20114.0 
 8. Trepka, LKS Lodz3.4 
 9. Wilczek, Zastal ZG3.3 
 10. Pustelnik, Big St.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mariusz PIOTRKOWSKI
  AZS AWF K-ce
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Malecki, Resovia3.9 
 2. Krupa, Siarka T.3.7 
 3. Trepka, LKS Lodz3.4 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star3.4 
 5. Snieg, Polonia 20113.2 
 6. Baran, Siarka T.3.1 
 7. Berisha, Polonia 20113.1 
 8. Babiarz, Resovia3.0 
 9. Wisniewski, Zastal Z.3.0 
 10. Donigiewicz, AZS.2.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Mateusz KOSTRZEWSKI
  AseccoProkom
  (201-G/F-89)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.6 
 2. Milewski, MMKS D.1.8 
 3. Lisewski, Stal SW1.7 
 4. Czech, Sudety JG1.5 
 5. Mis, Siarka T.1.4 
 6. Lapeta, Prokom II1.4 
 7. Kulikowski, Zubry1.4 
 8. Karwowski, Polonia .1.4 
 9. Kulig, Big Star1.2 
 10. Olejnik, AZS Kali.1.2 


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  PUERTO RICO   


Rumblings in the Lions Den - by Luis Ramirez
As a new BSN preseason starts, it seems that things are starting to take a frantic pace, teams which have been silent in recent months are now according to local media, are in full swing trying to make improvements to their respective teams.

One of these teams is the Ponce Lions who its fan base has been very vocal in expressing their un-satisfaction for the apparent non activity of team owners in pursing talented players for the team. In just recent days word coming out of the Lions camp is that they are actively pursuing seven footer Ricky Sanchez which would arrive on a trade with the Humacao Grays. The Lions would give up highly talented prospect point guard Jorge Lebron to the Grays. Another local media report has indicated that team general manager-Jorge Vazquez recently traveled to Argentina to talk to Uruguayan power forward Esteban Batista to try to hammer out a deal for Batista to join the Lions.

No doubt that in the coming weeks there will be a lot more of activity by all participating BSN teams; we will try to keep you posted on these.


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Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Ploiesti 14-2 
 2. CSU Atlassib 13-3 
 3. Timisoara 13-4 
 4. CSU Brasov 12-5 
 5. U.Mobitel. CN 11-5 
 6. Otopeni 10-6 
 7. Rovinari 10-7 
 8. Pitesti 9-8 
 9. Mures 8-9 
 10. Gaz Metan 7-9 
 11. Dinamo B. 6-10 
 12. Craiova 6-11 
 13. Targoviste 5-12 
 14. Oradea 1-16 
 15. Rapid B. 0-17 


Div.A Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
CSU Atlassib - Oradea 86-64
CSU Atlassib improved to 13-3 on the second position after the win over Oradea 86:64. Matthews Bryant was unstoppable with 29 points and 13 rebounds for the home side. Scott Cortney netted 15 and Harrison Michael scored 10. Mandic Andelko netted 19 points in the losing effort.

Mures - Rovinari 80-71
Wingate Major led Mures over Rovinari in a 80:71 win with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Cooley JuJuan and Pociukonis Marius supported him with 16 points apiece. Popescu Bogdan had 25 points in defeat and Hafford Paul added 20.

Craiova - Timisoara 73-80
Timisoara is third with 13-4 record after 80:73 over Craiova. Six players scored in double figures for the winners, while Pesic Milos led all of them with 17 points. Tomic Branislav ended up with 19 points in defeat.

Otopeni - Pitesti 72-67
Otopeni edged Pitesti 72:67 on the first day of February in Regular Season Round 18. Popovic Slobodan top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Obradovic Bojan added 15. Elliott Reggie and Dumitru Liviu produced 13 points each in defeat.

Targoviste - Dinamo B. 65-78
Targoviste lost to Dinamo 65:78 as the latter was led by Reaves Chris who poured in 24 points and made 4 rebounds. Paul Mihail-Octavian followed him with 13 points as Dinamo is 6-10 in the standings. Tasic Marjan and Lazic Bojan posted 16 points each for the hosts.



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Arthur DAVIS
  Targoviste
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Matthews, CSU A.21.1 
 2. Tomic, Craiova20.2 
 3. Gibson, U.Mobite.19.5 
 4. Lawrence, Pitesti18.3 
 5. Broadus, CSU Brasov18.2 
 6. Darby, Rovinari17.2 
 7. Dzambic, Timisoara16.8 
 8. Cepulis, Ploiesti16.3 
 9. Popescu, Rovinari16.2 
 10. Paul, Dinamo.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Atlassib
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Dragusin, CSU B.11.2 
 2. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.5 
 3. Wingate, Mures9.5 
 4. Green, Rovinari8.8 
 5. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.8.5 
 6. Holmes, Craiova8.1 
 7. Lazar, Oradea7.8 
 8. Osby, U.Mobitel.CN7.7 
 9. Jucan, Gaz Metan7.6 
 10. Matthews, CSU.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Bryant MATTHEWS
  CSU Atlassib
  (201-G/F-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cooley, Mures7.0 
 2. Blidaru, Otopeni4.8 
 3. Radmanovac, Gaz M.4.5 
 4. Dzambic, Timisoara4.3 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.2 
 6. Osmokrovic, Ploiesti4.1 
 7. Marjanovic, Gaz M.4.0 
 8. Gibson, U.Mobite.4.0 
 9. Lawrence, Pitesti3.7 
 10. Fometescu, Dinamo.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Marius BULANCEA
  Rapid B.
  (-G-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Johnson, CSU A.3.3 
 2. Gibson, U.Mobite.3.0 
 3. Fometescu, Dinamo B.2.9 
 4. Matthews, CSU A.2.8 
 5. Cooley, Mures2.7 
 6. Velickovic, Timisoara2.5 
 7. Mitchell, Craiova2.3 
 8. Reaves, Dinamo B.2.1 
 9. Holmes, Craiova2.0 
 10. McKenna, Mur.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alin SIPOS
  Rapid B.
  (--89)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Tibarna, Otopeni2.3 
 2. Dragusin, CSU B.2.3 
 3. Pantelic, Pitesti1.8 
 4. Lazar, Oradea1.7 
 5. Wingate, Mures1.4 
 6. Pavlovski, Dinamo B.1.4 
 7. Bubanja, Gaz Metan1.2 
 8. Gibson, Craiova1.2 
 9. Osby, U.Mobitel.CN1.2 
 10. McKenna, Mur.1.1 


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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Swiss.Lions 17-2 
 2. Borac 14-5 
 3. Napredak 12-7 
 4. Metalac 11-8 
 5. Ergonom 10-9 
 6. Radnicki 034 10-9 
 7. Radnicki I. 9-10 
 8. Mega HL 9-10 
 9. Vizura 8-11 
 10. Novi Sad 8-11 
 11. Masinac 7-12 
 12. Tamis 7-12 
 13. Sloga 6-13 
 14. Zdravlje 5-14 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvez.
 2. Partizan
 3. Vojvodina
 4. FMP
 5. Hemofarm


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Radnicki I.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Bolic, Radnicki I.22.1 
 2. Bogavac, Ergonom21.9 
 3. Stojacic, Mega HL19.8 
 4. Mirkovic, Masinac19.5 
 5. Kljajevic, Radnicki.18.9 
 6. Mladenovic, Ergon.18.1 
 7. Markovic, Napredak17.9 
 8. Stefanovic, Sloga17.9 
 9. Martinic, Novi Sad17.3 
 10. Sinovec, Vizu.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Radnicki I.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Mirkovic, Masinac9.0 
 2. Draskovic, Radnicki.7.5 
 3. Bogavac, Ergonom6.8 
 4. Dokic, Tamis6.8 
 5. Dramicanin, Borac6.4 
 6. Mihajlovic, Tamis6.3 
 7. Kljajevic, Radnicki.6.2 
 8. Zigeranovic, Borac6.1 
 9. Nikolic, Mega HL6.0 
 10. Buric, Vizu.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Vladimir VELICKOVIC
  Ergonom
  (174-G-89)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Jovicic, Tamis6.7 
 2. Duvnjak, Radnicki.4.5 
 3. Stefanovic, Sloga4.3 
 4. Teodosic, Metalac4.2 
 5. Stefanovic, Borac4.1 
 6. Vukotic, Sloga4.1 
 7. Maric, Ergonom3.6 
 8. Tomasevic, Masinac3.4 
 9. Martinic, Novi Sad3.4 
 10. Pejovic, Napred.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Marko KESIC
  Borac
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Martinic, Novi Sad2.7 
 2. Bolic, Radnicki I.2.2 
 3. Bogavac, Ergonom1.9 
 4. Mirkovic, Masinac1.9 
 5. Jovanovic, Zdravlje1.9 
 6. Dramicanin, Borac1.7 
 7. Majstorovic, Ergon.1.7 
 8. Sinovec, Vizura1.6 
 9. Milasinovic, Masinac1.6 
 10. Fekete, Radnicki.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan MAJSTOROVIC
  Ergonom
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Draskovic, Radnicki.1.4 
 2. Vucicevic, Vizura1.3 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 5. Tanaskovic, Metal.1.1 
 6. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.1 
 7. Buric, Vizura1.0 
 8. Nikolic, Mega HL0.9 
 9. Gavranovic, Ergon.0.9 
 10. Janjusevic, Novi.0.8 


A League Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Swiss.Lions - Novi Sad 85-78
The leading team of A league celebrated 7-point home win against Novi Sad for 17-2 score. Sasa Ocokoljic (183-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) was on fire draining 30 points and at the same time dishing out 7 assists. Goran Martinic of Novi Sad also also was hot dropping 30 pts. His team fell on 8-11.

Napredak - Masinac 79-73
Dragan Markovic nailed 20 and Aleksandar Gajic one point less for Napredak, who improved its record on 12-7. Uros Mirkovic was totally the best in defeat collecting 31 points and 8 boards. His Masinac dropped on 7-12.

Ergonom - Metalac 113-103
Stefan Majstorovic stepped up for the winners with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in the last game of Round 19. Dusan Domovic and Arso Lekovic netted 17 each. Nikola Micevic poured in 32 for the loosing side. Ergonom 10-9, Metalac 11-8.

Vizura - Radnicki 034 71-75
Radnicki 034 cruised past Vizura on the road thanks to Rajko Kljajevic and Danilo Draskovic. Kljajevic stepped up with 31 points and 7 boards, while Draskovic had 24 pts and 6 rebs. Vizura got 21 pts from Stefan Sinovec. Radnicki 034 10-9, Vizura 8-11.

Sloga - Tamis 72-77
Extremely important win for the survival by Tamis Petrohemija, who now has 7-12 score. At the same time Sloga slipped on 6-13. Djordjic Djordjo scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in victory. Dejan Dokic had 18 and Goran Vucicevic 17 pts. Slobodan Bozovic nailed 22 in loss.

Radnicki I. - Zdravlje 81-75
Radnicki Invest Inzenjering was better than the last ranked Zdravlje thanks to Zlatko Bolic and his 25 points. The guests got 19 points from Ivan Jovanovic. Radnicki 10-9. Zdravlje 5-14.

Borac - Mega HL 88-72
Borac was too strong for Mega Hypo Leasing remaining on the second place in A league with 14-5 record. On the other side, Mega HL fell on 9-10. Rastko Dramicanin scored 18, Bojan Radetic had 16 and Radenko Plicevic added 15 pts for the winners. Stefan Stojacic was on fire for the guests draining 21 points. Dusan Katnic followed him with 16.


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  SLOVENIA   


Zlatorog hands Slovan worst loss since 2001 (Round 17) - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog isn't just on a nine-game home winning streak - they've put together a string of blowouts. Zlatorog have won by an avereage of nearly 30 points over the run, holding opponents to juss under 58 points on average.

Zlatorog-Geoplin Slovan 100-63: Zlatorog shot 65 percent (32-of-50) from the field. Uros Lucic scored 20 points including three 3-pointers and had 3 blocks to lead six scorers in double figures. Vincent Hunter 16 of his 18 points posted in second half, Nejc Strnad finished with 15 points, Dario Krejic 13, Milos Miljkovic 12 and Luka Dimec 11. It was Slovan's worst loss since losing 46-96 at Olimpija in 2001. Dejan Grkovic was the only scorer in double digits with 12 points.
Hopsi-Elektra Esotech 82-61: Hopsi opened the game on a 21-3 run and outrebounded local rival 50-37.
Shawn King (208-C, college: ORU) had 25 points, amazing 28 rebounds, picking up 13 offensive boards, 4 blocks and 10 drawn foul, enough for a 55 index rating. Nemanja Jelesijevic added 17 points and Daniel Vujasovic 16. Elektra shot just 22-of-74 from the field including 3-of-22 behind the arc. Dejan Cup scored 15 points and Nikola Ivanovic finished with 14 points on shooting just 2-of-12.
Luka Koper-CPG Nova Gorica 79-83: At the end of the third quarter, Koper enjoyed their largest lead of the night at 71-57. They were still in pretty good shape when Ales Kunc made a lay-up to put them ahead 75-70 with 3:27 remaining. But Nova Gorica went on a 13-4 run to finish the game. Kunc scored 28 points and Drazen Bubnic 15 while Marko Likar and Dalibor Petrovic led the guests with 17 points apiece and Marko Marcetic added 15.
TCG Mercator-Epic Misel 72-51: Mercator trailed by five in the middle of the first quarter but outscored Epic 24-5 in next 10 minutes. Simon Fingar scored 18 points and Mirko Mulalic 16 for Mercator who had jus 2-8 in last 10 games. Tilen Zalar was the only scorer in double figures for Epic Misel with 17 points.



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


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Dream Wins 3 Straight in KBL All-Star Game - by Rick Ross
The Dream defeated the Magic 138-127 in the
Korean Basketball League (KBL) All-Star Game Sunday.

In a star-studded match at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul,
Daegu Orions power forward Lee Dong-joon scored 27 points,
including nine points in the final quarter,
and grabbed six rebounds on his way to the Most Valuable Player (MVP).

The 29-year-old also added four assists and two steals.
Adding another victory, the Dream is on a three-game winning streak.
Since the teams were divided by regional locations
East and West in 2004, the Dream, comprised of Eastern sides
the Dongbu Promy, Ulsan Mobis, LG Sakers,

KTF MagicWings and the Orions, has held a 3-2 edge over the Magic,
for which the Samsung Thunders, SK Knights,
ET Land BlackSlamer, KT&G Kites and KCC Egis play.
Promy forward Kim Joo-sung, a reigning All-Star Game MVP,
was selected as a starter,
but a sore ankle limited him to playing just 24 seconds after the tip-off.

Despite a loss of its key player, the Dream took early command of the game.
Lee's dunk put his side ahead of 21-14 and
Promy import Wendell White, Kim's replacement in the game,
hit a three-pointer to make it 33-22.
Midway through the second quarter with the Dream up 50-34,
the Magic started its charge with a stingy defense.

They held the Dream scoreless, while putting up
15 points on four each from Kites guards
Joo Hee-jung and Yang Hee-jong to pull within one point.
In addition, 2.21-meter Egis center Ha Seung-jin,
a former Portland Trail Blazer in the
National Basketball Association (NBA),
made a shot from beyond the arc to make it 53-52.

After finishing the hard-fought first half 63-62,
Ha delivered a dunk to give the Magic an 67-65 advantage,
but the opponents did not sit back and tied it at
81 and re-gained an 87-81 lead thanks to
Sakers foreign player Brandon Crump six consecutive points.

In the final period, the Dream's offense never loosened up,
as Sakers forward Cho Sang-hyun drained three 3-point shots to put his squad,
headed by Promy head coach Chung Chang-jin, ahead for good.
Mobis guard Kim Hyo-bum stole the spotlight as the
No. 2 pick in the 2005 draft won both slam dunk contest and three-point shootout.
White also became the No. 1 slam-dunk on the imports'
side after beating out Terrence Shannon of the Knights.

The KBL will resume its schedule on Feb. 10.

By Kang Seung-woo
Staff Reporter


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Mirza TELETOVIC
  Tau
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Rakocevic, Tau21.4 
 2. Oleson, A.G. Fuenla20.1 
 3. Quinteros, CAI Z.19.1 
 4. Reyes, Real Madrid17.8 
 5. Dean, CB Murcia17.3 
 6. English, Kalise G.16.9 
 7. Splitter, Tau16.5 
 8. Jeter, Vive M.16.3 
 9. Haislip, Unicaja15.6 
 10. Navarro, Regal.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josh ASSELIN
  Ricoh Man.
  (211-C/F-78)
  Avg: 5
 1. Borchardt, Granada10.5 
 2. Reyes, Real Madrid9.3 
 3. Caner-Medley, Cajas.8.3 
 4. Ilyasova, Regal B.8.1 
 5. Panko, Bruesa6.9 
 6. Vazquez, Regal B.6.8 
 7. Banic, Iurbentia B.6.3 
 8. Splitter, Tau5.9 
 9. Eley, Vive Menorca5.8 
 10. Augustine, Kalise.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pooh JETER
  Vive Menorca
  (179-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rubio, DKV Joven.6.2 
 2. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.5.9 
 3. Cook, Unicaja4.9 
 4. Thomas, CB Murcia4.8 
 5. Valters, A.G. F.4.7 
 6. Salgado, Iurbenti.4.4 
 7. Prigioni, Tau4.3 
 8. Mallet, DKV Joven.3.9 
 9. Lakovic, Regal B.3.9 
 10. Williams, Pamesa.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ricardo URIZ
  Bruesa
  (189-G-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Prigioni, Tau2.4 
 2. Popovic, Bruesa1.9 
 3. Splitter, Tau1.9 
 4. Jasen, MMT E.1.8 
 5. Thomas, CB Murcia1.7 
 6. Guerra, CAI Z.1.7 
 7. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.1.6 
 8. Bulfoni, Ricoh Man.1.6 
 9. Cook, Unicaja1.6 
 10. Victoriano, CAI.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert MIRALLES
  Pamesa V.
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Borchardt, Granada1.8 
 2. Asselin, Ricoh Man.1.6 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.5 
 4. Barnes, CB Murcia1.4 
 5. Gutierrez, Granada1.2 
 6. Haislip, Unicaja1.2 
 7. Ndong, Unicaja1.1 
 8. Augustine, Kalise G.1.1 
 9. Splitter, Tau1.1 
 10. Moss, CB Murc.1.1 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Tau 19-1 
 2. Barcelona 16-4 
 3. Joventut 15-5 
 4. Real 14-5 
 5. Unicaja 14-6 
 6. G.Canaria 12-7 
 7. Pamesa 11-9 
 8. Fuenlabrada 10-10 
 9. Bilbao 9-11 
 10. Ricoh Man. 9-11 
 11. Granada 8-12 
 12. Bruesa 6-12 
 13. Estudiant. 6-14 
 14. Zaragoza 5-14 
 15. Menorca 5-15 
 16. Murcia 5-15 
 17. Cajasol 3-16 


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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Lidingo 14-2 
 2. Haga Haninge 14-5 
 3. Blackeberg 12-4 
 4. Talje 11-4 
 5. Akropol 9-8 
 6. KFUM Uppsala 9-8 
 7. Hallsta 8-8 
 8. Alvik Basket 7-9 
 9. Lulea Steel 7-12 
 10. Lulea BG 6-11 
 11. Polisen 5-13 
 12. Umea 4-12 
 13. Orongo 4-14 
South
 1. Nassjo 11-3 
 2. Orebro 11-4 
 3. Fryshuset 10-4 
 4. Srbija 10-6 
 5. Kalmar 8-5 
 6. Sanda 8-6 
 7. NUBF 8-7 
 8. S:t Helena 7-8 
 9. Kvarnby 6-9 
 10. Norrkoping BK 4-11 
 11. Eos 3-13 
 12. Saltsjobaden 3-13 
 13. Soder 0-0 


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Jazz & Shak Attack wins game1 - by Albert-Lee Young

Sando Petro Jazz blew out UTT 94-61 in their opening game of the best of three series of the Stag Super 10 Basketball League Big Four Play-offs on Friday night at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain. From the opening tip Jazz ran off to an early start with forward Louie Davis hitting two consecutive threes for a 16-7 advantage with 4.37 left in the first quarter. By the end Jazz led 25-11.


In the second quarter Jazz set the tone for the rest of the game, out hustling UTT and forcing them to commit numerous turnovers and shooting low percentage shots. At half time Jazz maintained the led, 49-26. Jazz continued their dominance throughout the third quarter as UTT struggled to get their offense going. With a constant offensive attack and pressure defense Jazz finished the session 66-41.


By the final quarter Jazz had already blow the game open to go one up in the semi final series. For UTT it was their worst performance of the tournament as they had too many turnovers; shot below 30 percent from the field; and lack court awareness both on offense & defense.

As a team Jazz outrebounded and shot out UTT for the victory. Michael Pantin led Jazz with 19 points; Kevin Garcia had a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Louie Davis finished with 14 points and Miguel Williams also recorded a double, 12 points & 12 rebounds.

For UTT, Keivan Bacquain had a double, 16 points & 10 rebounds. Shawn Lawrence tallied 13 points & 7 rebounds.
Both teams will be back in action on Monday at 8:30 pm for game 2 at the same venue.


In the second game of the Big Four Semi Finals, Detour Shak Attack got revenge as they rallied to an 83-69 win over National Flour Mills. Seeking their first ever Super 10 title Shak Attack rebounded from their only loss of the regular season to NFM with a commanding display.

Led by their experienced front line of Reynold Hospedales, Andrew Ifill, Kurt Christain and Steve McSween Attack jumped ahead 22-17 in the opening quarter. In the second quarter NFM rallied back to finish strong as centre Jason Delise stole the ball with 30 sec left for a dunk to reduce the deficit, 41-39, at half time.

With 3:08 remaining in the third quarter NFM had their best offensive run of the contest to take the led 49-48 but Shak Attack fought back with guard Kurt Christian constantly penetrating through NFM defense to open up scoring opportunities for his team. By the end Shak Attack surged ahead 61-55. In the final session it all fell apart for NFM as Jazz outscored them 23-14 to secure the victory, 83-69.

For Shak Attack, Hospedales pulled down 4 rebounds together with his 19pts, including 3 three-pointers; Ifill had 17pts & 8 rebounds; Kurt Christain added 16points, 3 assists & 5rebs; Steve McSween scored 12pts; and Virgil Fraser contributed11 points & 6 rebounds. Jason Delise led NFM with 22 points, 11 rebounds; Andy Best registered 16pts; and Kerry Westfield chipped in with 13pts.

Game 2 of the contest will be on Sunday from 6:00pm at the Jean Pierre Complex.



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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Bornova 13-2 
 2. Trabzonspor 12-3 
 3. Genc Telekom 9-5 
 4. Edirne Genclik 9-6 
 5. Vestel 9-6 
 6. Pamukkale 8-6 
 7. Akcakoca P. 7-8 
 8. FMV Isik 7-8 
 9. TED Istanbul 5-10 
 10. Orman 4-11 
 11. Eyup 3-12 
 12. Bursa B-bol 3-12 
Group B
 1. Tofas 15-0 
 2. ITU 12-3 
 3. Gelisim 12-3 
 4. Canakkale 9-6 
 5. Beykoz 8-7 
 6. Pertevniyal 7-8 
 7. Duzce Genclik 7-8 
 8. Genc Banvit. 6-9 
 9. Usak 5-10 
 10. Yesilyurt 5-10 
 11. Ankara Basket 4-11 
 12. Mulkiye 0-15 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Joseph JONES
  Oyak Renault
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Reese, Aliaga22.6 
 2. Crispin, Banvit21.4 
 3. Williams, Banvit20.0 
 4. McCalebb, Mersin19.3 
 5. Gordon, Oyak R.19.1 
 6. Mims, Karsiyaka18.5 
 7. Lofton, Mersin18.0 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.17.8 
 9. Davis, Aliaga17.6 
 10. Mack, Selcuk U.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaya PEKER
  Efes Pilsen
  (207-C/F-80)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Karsiyaka11.8 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.6 
 3. Traylor, Kepez Bld9.1 
 4. Besok, Galatasaray8.9 
 5. Ffriend, Mersin8.6 
 6. Saunders, Selcuk U.8.4 
 7. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen8.2 
 8. Benton, Karsiyaka8.2 
 9. Williams, Banvit8.0 
 10. Douthit, Antal.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milos VUJANIC
  Efes Pilsen
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka6.7 
 2. Acik, T.Telekom5.7 
 3. Senturk, Darussaf.5.4 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas5.1 
 5. King, Antalya5.1 
 6. Crispin, Banvit5.0 
 7. Preldzic, Fener.Ulker4.9 
 8. Green, Antalya4.8 
 9. Gordon, Oyak R.4.7 
 10. Reese, Alia.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Evren BUKER
  Oyak Renault
  (194-F-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Basden, Mersin3.1 
 2. McCalebb, Mersin2.9 
 3. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka2.0 
 4. Senturk, Darussaf.1.9 
 5. Martin, Kepez Bld1.9 
 6. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.8 
 7. Hammonds, Darussaf.1.8 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas1.8 
 9. Thornton, Efes P.1.8 
 10. Green, Antal.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph JONES
  Oyak Renault
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Hansen, TED Koleji2.9 
 2. Benton, Karsiyaka2.6 
 3. Solak, Aliaga2.5 
 4. Traylor, Kepez Bld1.9 
 5. Stiemsma, Oyak R.1.9 
 6. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.8 
 7. Ffriend, Mersin1.4 
 8. Davis, Aliaga1.3 
 9. Douthit, Antalya1.1 
 10. Thomas, Erdem.1.1 


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


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  UBL   


UBL DRAFT FEBRUARY 21,2009 - by Ozzie Denson

The United Baskerball League (UBL) is having their UBL team draft on 2/21/09 in Addison, Texas. The draft is open to the first 100 players that register. Players can register at www.ublhoops.com or call 940-453-5539. The draft fee is $125.00 which includes the hotel room and transportation to and from Hotel to Gym. Walkup fees is $75.00 and does not include hotel room. All UBL Team Owners and Coaches will be present at the draft which starts at 9:00am.

The UBL come get some!!!!!!



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  UKRAINE   


UBL Round: 32 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
DniproAzot - Hoverla 76-75
DniproAzot narrowly defeated Hoverla to gain the 7th win in the season. Stanislav Sokur managed 19 points to lead DniproAzot. Edmunds Gabrans had 13 points and 11 assists for the winners. Damien Kinloch had 24 points, 12 boards and 5 assists for Hoverla as they slipped at 10-19 record.

Kryvbasbasket - Polit.Lviv 100-108
Politekhnika-Halychyna snapped their losing streak claiming a tough road win over the league leading Kryvbasbasket. Gerrod Henderson finally found the right rhythm leading his new team with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Gediminas Navickas contributed 19 points for the winners. Dubravko Zemlic and Milos Pavlovic answered with 19 points for the hosts in defeat.

Budivelnyk - Cherkasy 107-90
Budivelnyk eased past Cherkasy in Kyiv. John DeGroat was unstoppable with 34 points for the hosts. Derrick Zimmerman secured 20 points, 6 steals, 5 boards and 5 assists as Budivelnyk climbed at 18-10 record. Vladislav Dragoljevic responded with 25 points and 13 rebounds for Cherkasy as they suffered the 10th loss in the tournament.

BC Odessa - Ferro-ZNTU 79-71
BC Odessa outgunned Ferro-ZNTU at home court for the 19th win in the tournament. Otis Hill knocked down 16 points to pace Odessa. Darius Pakamanis contributed 15 points for the hosts. Jason Fontenet replied with 22 points for Ferro-ZNTU.

Gryfony - Dnipro 63-77
Dnipro celebrated the fourth victory in a row as they thumped Gryfony away from home. Maxym Korniyenko nailed 16 points to pace Dnipro. Patrick Beverley added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Nikola Bulajic replied with 15 points and 7 caroms as Gryfony fell at 4-25 record.



Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Kyiv 16-2 
 2. Azovmash 15-3 
 3. BC Donetsk 11-6 
 4. Khimik 11-7 
 5. Mykolaiv 6-12 
 6. Sumykhimpr. 5-12 
 7. Pulsar 4-14 
 8. Poltava 3-15 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Artur DROZDOV
  BC Kyiv
  (198-G-80)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Tucker, BC Donetsk22.0 
 2. Owens, BC Donetsk17.9 
 3. Greene, Sumykhim.17.1 
 4. Gladyr, Mykolaiv15.7 
 5. Jarutis, Poltava15.6 
 6. Ulyanko, Pulsar14.8 
 7. Bajramovic, BC Ky.14.4 
 8. Thompson, Azovmash14.1 
 9. Guinn, Poltava13.8 
 10. El-Amin, Azovma.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wykeen KELLY
  Khimik
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Aleksic, BC Donetsk9.0 
 2. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.8.5 
 3. Greene, Sumykhim.7.4 
 4. Thompson, Azovmash7.2 
 5. Guinn, Poltava7.0 
 6. Tucker, BC Donetsk6.9 
 7. Owens, BC Donetsk5.9 
 8. Kieza, Poltava5.5 
 9. Van Den Spie., Azovm.5.4 
 10. Bajramovic, BC.5.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dmitri DYATLOVSKY
  Pulsar
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Rodriguez, BC Do.6.9 
 2. El-Amin, Azovmash5.9 
 3. Clemons, Poltava4.1 
 4. Kelly, Khimik3.7 
 5. Jarutis, Poltava3.0 
 6. Jarutis, Azovmash3.0 
 7. Shemosyuk, Pulsar2.8 
 8. Butskyy, Sumykhim.2.8 
 9. Rayevskyy, Mykol.2.7 
 10. Penn, BC Ky.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Haywood OWENS
  BC Donetsk
  (204-F-79)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Rodriguez, BC Do.3.0 
 2. Greene, Sumykhim.2.7 
 3. Clemons, Poltava2.0 
 4. Drozdov, BC Kyiv1.6 
 5. Scales, BC Kyiv1.6 
 6. El-Amin, Azovmash1.6 
 7. Thompson, Azovmash1.6 
 8. Zabirchenko, BC Do.1.6 
 9. Famutimi, Khimik1.6 
 10. Guinn, Polta.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Haywood OWENS
  BC Donetsk
  (204-F-79)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Blair, Mykolaiv1.6 
 2. Rizvic, Azovmash1.6 
 3. Gumenyuk, Pulsar1.3 
 4. Lishchuk, Azovmash1.1 
 5. Kuso, Sumykhimpr.1.1 
 6. Djapa, Pulsar1.0 
 7. Van Den Spie., Azovm.0.9 
 8. Ulyanko, Pulsar0.9 
 9. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv0.8 
 10. Agafonov, Khim.0.8 


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Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Everton T. 14-3 
 2. Newcastle E. 14-3 
 3. Scottish R. 13-5 
 4. Plymouth R. 13-6 
 5. Guildford H. 11-6 
 6. Leicester R. 10-8 
 7. Worthing T. 8-12 
 8. MK Lions 7-9 
 9. Sheffield S. 7-13 
 10. Worcester W. 7-15 
 11. Cheshire J. 5-13 
 12. London C. 1-17 


Lions Shock Tigers In Battle of the Big Cats - by Andy Webb
The BBL Championship went back on the main agenda on Friday night with victories for the Marshall MK Lions and the Sheffield Sharks to bolster their play-off ambitions.

The MK Lions picked up a huge 91-83 victory over BBL Cup winners Everton Tigers at the Bletchley Leisure Centre to move themselves up into seventh position in the table. Terrell Brown (176-G-84, college: Charleston So.) 's eight three- pointers in his 34 point haul for the home side was the deciding factor in the game as the Lions were able to seal the victory from the foul-line in the dying stages.

The Sheffield Sharks enjoyed a little more comfort in their 95-81 victory over the Worthing Thunder and take the series of games between the two sides at the EIS, Sheffield. After the visitors took a slender three-point lead at 48-51 midway through the third period, the Sharks broke the game open with an 8-0 and a 7-0 run to close out the period 66-57 to the good.

BBL Championship
Marshall MK Lions 91 (25,52,67) (Brown 34, New/Spinks 15)
Everton Tigers 83 (13,40,62) (Smith 34, Gross 22, Midgley 10)


Marshall MK Lions pulled off a big 91-83 victory over BBL Cup winners Everton Tigers at the Bletchley Leisure Centre on Friday night.

The result moves the Lions up into seventh position in the table above Worthing Thunder and Sheffield Sharks.

The Lions started the stronger, and opened up an early 13-4 advantage. They continued to dominate their visitors in the early exchanges and a 10-4 burst to close out the opening quarter saw the Lions up by twelve points at 25-13.

In the second period the Lions bagged ten of the first eleven points of the quarter to extend their lead to 35- 14. The visitors began to claw their way back into the game, and a three-pointer from Josh Gross saw the Tigers trailing by twelve points at 52-40 going into the locker rooms at the half.

In the second half the Tigers enjoyed an 8-2 run to trim the deficit back to four points at 52-48, but six points from Dru Spinks instigated a 12-4 burst for the Lions to extend the lead out to 64-52. The Lions bagged a further three points to lead 67-52 going into the final stanza.

In the final period the home side led 76-68 with seven minutes remaining before a 9-0 burst from the Tigers gave the visitors their first lead of the game at 76-77. They could not maintain the advantage for long as seven points from Terrell Brown took the Lions out to a 83-77 lead.

Despite valiant attempts from the visitors to cut the deficit once again, the Lions were able to hold on and seal the victory from the foul-line.

Brown led the scoring for the Lions with 34 points, including eight three-pointers, while Andre Smith led the Tigers scoring with 34 points as well.

BBL Championship
Sheffield Sharks 95 (26,44,66) (Sanders 21, Brown 18, Whyte 16)
Worthing Thunder 81 (20,44,57) (Patton 27, Wardrope 16, Woods 15)


Sheffield Sharks secured the series victory over the Worthing Thunder thanks to a 95-81 victory over the Thunder at the EIS, Sheffield on Friday evening.

The home side started the stronger and took an early 20-10 advantage off the back of a 10-0 run midway through the opening quarter. Worthing bagged ten of the last sixteen points in the period to end trailing by six points at 26-20 going into the second quarter.

In the second period the Sharks continued to assert their authority on the game by opening up a thirteen point advantage at 40-27 midway through the quarter. The Thunder responded with a 14-3 burst of their own, including twelve points from Ryan Patton in the run to trim the deficit to two points at 43-41. A Marshall Brown free-throw was cancelled out by a huge three-point on the buzzer from Worthing's Dan Wardrope tied the game at 44-44 at the half.

The second half saw the visitors take a slender lead at 48-51, before five points from player/coach Atiba Lyons instigated an 8-0 run for the Sharks to re-take the lead at 56-51. The visitors got back to within two points at 59-57 before the Sharks closed out the third period with a 7-0 tear to take the score out to 66-57 going into the final stanza.

In the final period, the home side bagged seven of the opening nine points in the quarter to take the score out to 73-59 to break the game open. The Sharks enjoyed their biggest lead of the game at 89-67 with 3:08 remaining as they finished off the game from the foul-line to run out comfortable winners.

Chris Sanders led the Sharks scoring with 21 points, but Lyons was the stats leader with a triple-double 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists performance for the home side. Patton led all scorers in the game with 27 points for the Thunder.


Eagles Back On Top - by Andy Webb
Newcastle Eagles are the new leaders of the BBL as they eased past bottom placed PAWS London Capital 93-109 on the road.

With their closest challengers - Everton Tigers and Scottish Rocks - both losing their last match the Eagles were careful not to slip up on the long trip south. A half time score of 44-53 and a 6-1 beginning to the third quarter gave Eagles enough breathing room to cruise through the rest of the match.

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders kept themselves in contention for the BBL title with a hard fought 98-91 win over Worcester Wolves at the Pavilions. The victory moves Gary Stronach 's team into third place.

Wolves led 51-59 in the third quarter before Raiders put together a 12-2 run to get back into the match. The lead changed hands several times with Raiders eventually taking a 74-72 lead into the final stanza.

Raiders put the result beyond doubt with a 12-2 opening to the fourth quarter. Wolves got back to 90- 87 but threes from Beckles and Martin in the last 90 seconds sealed the points for Plymouth.

Worthing Thunder slipped out of the play-off places after going down 91-107 at home against sixth placed Guildford Heat.

Heat put together a superb third quarter to break open a tied match with a 35-12 score over the ten minutes, which gave them a lead that wouldn't be relinquished during the final period.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders kept up the pressure on the top four with a deserved 93-83 win over league leaders Scottish Rocks in the East Midlands.

Bradd Wierzbicki scored a game high 28 points for the Riders and he was ably supported by 20 from Phil Missere and a superb night from Tommy Swanson who scored 17 points, pulled down 17 boards and swatted away 6 of Riders' 12 blocks on the night.

BBL Championship

Worthing Thunder 91 (25,49,61) (Patton 25, Ivanovskis 18, Bargeman)
Guildford Heat 107 (23,49,84) (Howell 28, Harrison 23, Martin 16)

Worthing Thunder slipped out of the play-off places after going down 91-107 at home against sixth placed Guildford Heat.

Heat put together a superb third quarter to break open a tied match with a 35-12 score over the ten minutes, which gave them a lead that wouldn't be relinquished during the final period.

The first half was a tight affair as Worthing overcame an early 10-16 deficit to end the opening quarter 25-23 in front. And Thunder held a six point lead of their own (35-29) midway through the second quarter before a 6- 18 burst by Heat put the visitors back in charge.

However, threes by Colby Bargeman and Ryan Patton levelled the score at 49-49 at half time.

It was all Heat during the third quarter. An 8-31 run over the first seven minutes of the stanza handed Guildford a 23-point lead (57-80), which was maintained to 61-84 heading into the final ten minutes of play.

Guildford's lead peaked at 30 (72-102) on a Keonta Howell three before Heat began to run their bench during the latter stages of the match.

Howell led all scorers with 28, while Patton's 25 was a team high total for Thunder.

PAWS London Capital 93 (22,44,66) (Knight 23, Gariba 21, Sturgeon 20)
Newcastle Eagles 109 (27,53,82) (Moore 25, Jackson 20, Toney 20)


Newcastle Eagles are the new leaders of the BBL as they eased past bottom placed PAWS London Capital 93-109 on the road.

With their closest challengers - Everton Tigers and Scottish Rocks - both losing their last match the Eagles were careful not to slip up on the long trip south.

And after a strong start to the match the Eagles never looked in danger. Good play by Trey Moore, who finished the night with a game-high 25 points, gave Newcastle a 22-27 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The advantage was extended to 44-53 at half time and a 6-1 beginning to the third quarter gave Eagles enough breathing room to cruise through the rest of the match.

Marcus Knight was once again the leading marksman for Capital with 23-points, who remain rooted to the foot of the table with one win.

Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 98 (26,44,74) (Martin 23, Lasker 22, Beckles 22)
Worcester Wolves 91 (27,50,72) (Paez 31, Brown 15, Harker 15)


Airwaves Plymouth Raiders kept themselves in contention for the BBL title with a hard fought 98-91 win over Worcester Wolves at the Pavilions. The victory moves Gary Stronach 's team into third place.

Worcester began the match well scoring the first seven points, but their lead was short lived as Raiders swiftly moved ahead by five (20-15). However, by the end of the first quarter Wolves had battled back to lead 26-27 courtesy of two Anthony Paez free throws.

Skouson Harker's team built on this at the beginning of the second period with a 13-4 run to go ahead 30- 40. Raiders fought back to trail by six (44-50) at half time.

Wolves moved out to 51-59 before Raiders put together a 12-2 run to get back into the match. The lead changed hands several times late in the third quarter with Raiders eventually taking a 74-72 lead into the final stanza.

Raiders put the result beyond doubt with a 12-2 opening to the fourth quarter. Wolves got back to 90- 87 but threes from Beckles and Martin in the last 90 seconds sealed the points for Plymouth.

Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 93 (25,45,63) (Wierzbicki 28, Missere 20, Swanson 17)
Scottish Rocks 83 (11,40,54) (Yanders 21, Murray 17, Johnson 12)


Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders kept up the pressure on the top four with a deserved 93-83 win over league leaders Scottish Rocks in the East Midlands.

Bradd Wierzbicki scored a game high 28 points for the Riders and he was ably supported by 20 from Phil Missere and a superb night from Tommy Swanson who scored 17 points, pulled down 17 boards and swatted away 6 of Riders' 12 blocks on the night.

Riders were quick to get into their stride scoring the first 12 points of the match before Rocks finally opened their account after more than five minutes of action. By the end of the opening ten minutes Leicester led 25-11.

Rocks began to close the gap in the second quarter trimming the deficit to 36-29 before ending the half trailing by just five at 45-40.

The match see-sawed during an exciting third period. Rocks scored the first four points to get back within one but Riders pushed out to 51-44. Rocks pulled to 53-52 but again Leicester responded. This time a 10- 2 end to the stanza saw them take a 63-54 lead into the final quarter.

An early burst by Rocks was soon stemmed by Riders as the lead grew to 11 at 74-63. The closest the visitors would get from there was 90-83 with 36 seconds on the clock on a Rob Yanders layup but it was too late for a comeback.


Riders & Heat Complete Winning Weekends - by Andy Webb
The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders made it a winning weekend as they overcame the PAWS London Capital by 88-103 for their second victory in as many nights.

The Riders join the Everton Tigers on eleven BBL Championship wins and have now won all five of their league games in 2009.

Phil Missere (203-F, college: St.John's) led their scoring with 23 points and 13 rebounds, whilst veteran Tony Windless rolled back the years to shoot 10/14 from the field on his way to matching those 23.

After a strong start that saw them leading 46-58 at the midway point, the Riders relied upon a last-gasp 14-0 surge to win it. Bradd Wierzbicki got 6 of those points. The Capital had a 9-0 run in the third quarter to narrow the deficit and remained close up until 86-89 in the closing minutes.

Elsewhere, the Riders' victims from the previous night, the Scottish Rocks, fell to their second defeat of the weekend as they lost 83-79 to the Guildford Heat.

The Rocks had entered the weekend atop the BBL Championship table, but have slipped to second. The Heat, meanwhile, have won their last six games in all competitions.

EJ Harrison continued his fine form by scoring 20 points, he has averaged 20.5 points per game during the recent run.

The Heat trailed for most of the game after Scotland's international captain Gareth Murray hit a trio of three-pointers in the first quarter. However, runs of 9-0 and 9-2 in the third quarter, inspired by Harrison and his backcourt partner Keonta Howell, had the Heat within touching distance and they went on to win it in the fourth with Mike Martin and Dan Sandell leading the way.

There was a nervous final minute as Wilbur Johnson made a three-point play and Blake Shelton connected from long range for the Rocks to make it 81-79 with three seconds left. But Sandell kept his cool from the free-throw line to sink the decisive foul shots.

Meanwhile, the BiG Storage Cheshire Jets recorded their biggest ever win over the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders in beating them 92-60. It was the first time that the Jets had beaten the Raiders in a home league game in three years.

The Jets led from tip to buzzer as Chez Marks and Shawn Myers scored 21 points each.

Head Coach Paul Smith said, 'It's only one win, but it continues our improvement since the turn of the year. I'm particularly pleased with our defensive effort.'

BBL Championship

BiG Storage Cheshire Jets 92 (25,45,69) (Marks 21, Myers 21, Davis 19)
Airwaves Plymouth Raiders 60 (19,32,49) (Moore 19, Beckles 12, Robinson 10)


The BiG Storage Cheshire Jets moved up to tenth place in the BBL Championship as they recorded their biggest ever victory over the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders: 92-60.

The Raiders had not previously lost at the Northgate Arena in three years, but have had their title chances dented by this defeat.

It's four wins in five games for the Jets, who were led by 21 points each from Chez Marks and Shawn Myers, with Calvin Davis scoring 19.

The hosts led from tip to buzzer and built the victory on stifling defence. The Raiders shot just 22/68 from the field and 2/17 from beyond the arc.

Davis set the tone with 8 points in the first quarter and his two tip-ins from offensive rebounds helped the Jets to a 25-19 edge. They took control in the second period after an early 16-2 burst, in which Myers scored 7 points, made the score 41-25. They led 45-32 going in at the break, but would still have been wary of the Raiders who, astonishingly, have returned from half-time deficits to win games on ten occasions already this season.

However, it wasn't to be on this night as Marks hit back-to-back three-pointers to extend the Jets' lead to twenty at 69-49 going into the fourth quarter.

Once in the fourth, the Jets upped the defensive pressure and held their visitors to just eleven points. Myers added 10 points to his personal tally, including consecutive three-pointers from opposite corners of the court.

After the game, Head Coach Paul Smith said, 'It's only one win, but it continues our improvement since the turn of the year. I'm particularly pleased with our defensive effort.'

Guildford Heat 83 (18, 36, 58) (Harrison 20, Martin 19, Howell 13)
Scottish Rocks 79 (27, 49, 60) (Murray 24, Shelton 17, Johnson 15)


The Guildford Heat won their tenth game in the BBL Championship, and their second of the weekend, as they beat the Scottish Rocks by 83-79 at The Spectrum. The Heat have won their last six games in all competitions.

The backcourt pairing of EJ Harrison and Keonta Howell have been influential in the run, averaging 43.2 points per game between them, and it was the former that led their scoring in this game with 20 points.

The Rocks were atop the BBL Championship table coming into this weekend, but back-to-back defeats mean they have slipped to second. Player/coach Sterling Davis sat out both games.

Despite that, it was the Rocks that were quicker out of the blocks. The Heat scored nothing inside for the first five minutes as Wilbur Johnson and former player Chi Lewis-Parry guarded the paint. Rob Yanders was pulling the strings for the Rocks as he had 6 assists in the first quarter, whilst Gareth Murray scored 13 early points including a trio of three-pointers. An 8-0 run at the end of the quarter, capped by back-to-back triples from Murray and Marc Pratt, gave the visitors an early 18-27 edge.

The lead swelled in the second stanza as an 11-0 run, sparked by a Yanders triple and bolstered by 5 points from Johnson, made the score 23-39. Howell steadied the ship for the Heat with consecutive three-pointers, but they still trailed 36-49 at the break.

The lead equalled its peak in the third period at 38-54 as Murray connected from long range once more, but from then the Heat came back into the game. They notched a 9-0 burst, including 5 points for Harrison, to trim the deficit to single figures whilst holding their visitors scoreless for over four minutes. Howell then scored 5 points as he started and finished a 9-2 close to the quarter that made it a one-possession game at 58-60 going into the fourth.

Mike Martin tied the game with the opening score of the fourth quarter, but the Heat did not take the lead until Martin scored again three minutes later to make it 66-64. Sandell followed that with a three-pointer, but when Murray matched him it was a one-point game at 70-69 with three minutes left. Back-to-back baskets from Sandell restored the cushion, although a nervy final minute ensued. The Heat led 80-73 with eleven seconds to go, but Johnson made an old-fashioned three-point play before a Blake Shelton triple with three seconds left made it 81-79. However, after being fouled by Johnson, Sandell kept his nerve from the charity stripe to see the game out for the hosts.

PAWS London Capital 88 (29,46,74) (Knight 25, Gariba 22, Sturgeon 16)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 103 (35,58,76) (Missere 23, Windless 23, Wierzbicki 21)


It was a winning weekend for the Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders as the momentum from Saturday's victory over the Scottish Rocks flourished into an 88-103 defeat of the PAWS London Capital on Sunday.

The win sees the Riders join the Everton Tigers on 11 BBL Championship wins, and has the East Midlands outfit thinking about playing a home game in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. The Riders have also won five out of five league games in 2009.

The Capital remain rooted to the foot of the table as they fail to emerge from a seventeen-game losing run that stretches back to October.

Phil Missere had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Riders, whilst Tony Windless shot 10/14 from the field on his way to matching those 23 points. The Capital were led by 25 from Marcus Knight, who has previously had a short spell in Leicester.

The visitors started very strongly but needed a late surge to see off the resilient Londoners. A high-scoring first quarter ended 29-35 as Bradd Wierzbicki picked up where he had left off the previous night by putting 11 early points on the board, whilst the Capital were led by 10 from Andrew Sturgeon and 6 from former Rider Darren Mills.

The Riders had established a 46-58 cushion by half-time, only for Ibrahim Gariba to inspire the Capital into a third quarter revival. A 9-0 tear, 6 of which were scored by Gariba, brought them back to 63-66 and they trailed just 74-76 going into the fourth.

The game remained tight until the final minutes when, from 86-89, the Riders went on a 14-0 push that sealed it. Wierzbicki had 6 of those points and Missere scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Jackson and Snell advance with their teams - by Eurobasket News
Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and her two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the EuroLeague Women in Czech Republic. The Russian titans overcame USK Praha 78:92 to reach 2-0. Diana Taurasi exploded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Sylvia Fowles nailed 17 and Miller Kelly added 16. Lauren Jackson collected 13 points and 5 rebounds. Katerina Elhotova paced the hosts with 17 points.
Sylvia Fowles made a jump-shot to open the scoring account for the guests. USK Prague looked great in the opening quarter and Katerina Elhotova's three-pointer gave her team a 21:18 lead. Spartak answered however with a 14-0 run that was capped by a pair of Diana Taurasi free throws. Lauren Jackson closed the first half at 58:40 with a jump-shot. In the second half the game became even but the two-time defending champions kept the advantage for good. Diana Taurasi made a three for 76:57 at the end of the third stanza. USK Prague managed to win the last period 21-16 and made the Final 78:92 score.
Before that Spartak Moscow Region made an impressive start to their eighth-final best-of-three series. Spartak held off USK Praha at home court to make the first step towards the quarterfinal stage. Evanthia Maltsi opened the scoring with a layup early in the game. But Spartak quickly denied the deficit. Sylvia Fowles nailed 8 points in the starting frame and the hosts cleared off to a 7-point distance after ten minutes. Diana Taurasi knocked down 6 points in a row midway through the second quarter as Spartak opened up a 13-point distance. The Russian team enjoyed a 9-point halftime lead and continued to mount the pressure in the second half. Lauren Jackson and Sylvia Fowles teamed up for 20 points in the third period as Spartak piled up a 20-point advantage before the fourth quarter. USK Praha got no closer than 15 points in the fourth frame and suffered a major setback in the Euroleague aspirations. Sylvia Fowles tallied 27 points and 11 boards for Spartak. Lauren Jackson added 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Diana Taurasi nailed 23 points for the winners. USK Praha answered with 27 points from Evanthia Maltsi. Lindsay Whalen had 20 points and 8 boards in defeat.
In EuroCup Belinda Snell (181-F-81) with Dynamo Moscow grabbed 75:74 victory in very exciting game against the Greek Esperides. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota shined dropping 23 points. Belinda Snell had 19 points, 8 boards and 5 assists, while Jannell Burse helped with 14 points and 7 boards. Marina Mazic scored 18 and Stella Kaltsidou had 16 points in defeat.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Dunav 13-0 
 2. Lukoil 11-1 
 3. Montana 2003 8-4 
 4. Minor 6-6 
 5. Beroe 2007 6-7 
 6. Rilski Sportist 5-7 
 7. Slavia 5-8 
 8. Tony 7 1-11 
 9. NSA 1-12 


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  CANADA - Women  


Sutton-Brown hopes for the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) collected 12 points and 4 rebounds, while Katie Smith exploded with 28 points in her debut for Fenerbahce and the Turkish team celebrated an overtime success against Lotos. Nevriye Yilmaz produced 19 points and 10 boards as Fenerbahce built a buffer before the return leg in Poland. Tamika Cathings led Lotos with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Ivana Matovic delivered 22 points in the loss.
Lotos PKO BP extended the series over Fenerbahce after 63:60 home win. Tamika Catchings led the winners with 16 points as the teams are tied at 1-1. Natalia Marchanka produced 13 points and Magdalena Leciejewska netted 12. Katie Smith finished the night with 19 points for the guests and Nevriye Yilmaz collected 17 points and 14 boards.Tammy Sutton-Brown ended up with 6 points and 9 rebounds. The series probably became the most interesting as the wins were achieved only in the last minutes in both games.
Nevriye Yilmaz opened the second game with a jump shot, however Pawlak's three gave the hosts 16:12 after the first 10 minutes. Lotos PKO BP was in front in the whole second period but had only 35:34 at the halftime when Katie Smith reduced the gap. It was her again to give Fenerbahce 37:35 lead in the beginning of the third. Nevlin kept the visitors in front for 55:54 at the end of the third. Nevlin scored another points in the fourth as Fenerbahce had 60:57 advantage, but those points were the last for the Turkish side. With 6-0 run in the last 5 minutes in the game Polish squad tied the series over Fenerbahce.
Game 3 is scheduled on Wednesday.


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Leslie Anderson
NF1 Standings
 1. Limoges 16-2 
 2. Armentieres 14-4 
 3. La Roche-sur-Lion 14-4 
 4. Charleville 13-5 
 5. SI Graffenstaden 13-5 
 6. Strasbourg ABC 11-7 
 7. Toulouse 11-7 
 8. Nice 8-10 
 9. Rennes 7-11 
 10. Voiron 7-11 
 11. Dunkerque 7-11 
 12. Laveyron 5-13 
 13. CFBB 5-13 
 14. Ifs 5-13 
 15. Colomiers 4-14 
 16. Pleyber Christ 4-14 
 17. Lot-et-Garonne 0-0 
 18. Mourenx 0-0 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Wasserburg 13-2 
 2. Saarlouis 11-4 
 3. Halle 11-4 
 4. Marburg 9-6 
 5. Oberhausen 8-7 
 6. Donau-Ries 7-8 
 7. Herner 7-8 
 8. Leipzig 6-9 
 9. Goettingen 5-10 
 10. Freiburg 5-10 
 11. Chemnitz 4-11 
 12. Wolfenbuttel 4-11 


Doro Richter returns to the stage of basketball - by Cornelius Damm
German National Team Point Guard Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) will strengthen evo New Basket Oberhausen for the remainder of the season. The 25 year old who wore the German National Team jersey in more than 100 games sat out the first half of the season to focus on finishing her sport studies in university and also give her body some rest as she had faced knee troubles throughout her career. Now Oberhausen could convince her to bring her game back to the DBBL. Richter played several seasons for BG Dorsten on top of 1.DBBL and in Eurocup until 2007. The following 2007/08 season she took her game to Italy (Vomero Basket Napoli) and Hungary after Christmas break. At MiZo Pecs 2010 she played for the Hungarian championship and cup challenge but lost both finals to Sopron. Under her guidance Oberhausen beat Trinos Goettingen twice in these days. In her debut Oberhausen beat Goettingen 84-58 at home in German cup challenge quarter finals on 01/24/09. One week later (01/31/09) the same encounter ended 63-67 in Goettingen.


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  GREECE - Women  


Maltsi and her USK Praha remain on top of ZBL - by Eurobasket News
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) and her USK Praha remain on top of the Czech Republic league standings. Recently USK Praha handed Gambrinus the second loss in the season edging them 100:83 in Prague. The teams played the second round of action of the second stage of the ZBL. The win allowed USK Praha to climb at 19-1 record, while Gambrinus slipped to 18-2. The Brno team led throughout the major part of the first period before Cash Swin gave the hosts their first lead of the game with under two minutes remaining in the stanza. However Hamchetou Maiga and Linda Frohlich capped the period with 3 straight points and Gambrinus led 21:19 at the intermission. USK Praha finally found their rhythm in the second term. They went on a 14:2 run to grab a 38:28 advantage. Lindsay Whalen and Evanthia Maltsi secured a 56:36 lead for the home team at the interval. Petra Kulichova, Eva Viteckova and Tamika Whitmore opened the third frame with 7 straight points to give hope for Gambrinus. But Lindsay Whalen and Michaela Ferancikova ensured a 77:65 lead for USK Praha at the final break. The hosts tipped off the final term with a 9:4 rally to clear off for good in this one. Lindsay Whalen topscored with 26 points and 10 boards for USK Praha. Michaela Ferancikova added 20 points and 13 boards for the winners, while Evanthia Maltsi netted 13. Tamika Whitmore had 19 points for Gambrinus in the loss.
On Friday two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the EuroLeague Women in Czech Republic. The Russian titans overcame USK Praha 78:92 to reach 2-0. Diana Taurasi exploded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Sylvia Fowles nailed 17 and Miller Kelly added 16. Katerina Elhotova Katerina paced the hosts with 17 points and Evanthia Maltsi posted 15. Spartak Moscow Region eased past USK Praha in Game 1 as Lauren Jackson netted 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Spartak. The Russian squad decided not to come back home for the decisive game and solved the problems away from home.
Sylvia Fowles made a jump-shot to open the scoring account for the guests. USK Prague looked great in the opening quarter and Katerina Elhotova's three-pointer gave her team a 21:18 lead. Spartak answered however with a 14-0 run that was capped by a pair of Diana Taurasi free throws. Lauren Jackson closed the first half at 58:40 with a jump-shot. In the second half the game became even but the two-time defending champions kept the advantage for good. Diana Taurasi made a three for 76:57 at the end of the third stanza. USK Prague managed to win the last period 21-16 and made the Final 78:92 score.


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. HLB Account. 17-0 
 2. ProBuild Lions 13-2 
 3. Woonb./DAS 10-5 
 4. Perik Jumpers 9-6 
 5. BV Lely 7-9 
 6. AutoCAD Am. 6-10 
 7. Celeritas-D. 5-10 
 8. CSR Binnenl. 5-10 
 9. Grasshoppers 3-12 
 10. Wereldtick. 2-13 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


The rise of the Hungarian basketball - by Eurobasket News
Latvia will host EuroBasket Women 2009 from 7-20 June in the cities of Riga, Liepaja and Valmiera. The Final Round will consist of four groups with four teams in each. Greece, Latvia, Poland and Hungary settled down in Group B. In September Eurobasket wrote that Hungary made it in Croatia after over time improving to 5-3 in Group C. The great thing for Hungary is that it edged Ukraine finishing as a third best-placed team in four groups. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84), who netted 20 points and caught 6 boards, was the clutch player in Hungary.
MiZo Pecs 2010 proved it once again in EuroLeague as Hungarian team overcame Umana Reyer 65:57. The Hungarian side swept the series and advanced to the Best 8. With the win in all the quarters the hosts triumphed with the total success.
MKB Euroleasing seemed to build a comfortable buffer before the second leg of their Euroleague Top 16 playoff stage. They beat Wisla by 23 points at home court and traveled to Poland much more confident but lost the second game 39:52 and will host the decisive game on February 4th.
Meanwhile Hungarian Timea Beres (192-C-76) and Zsofia Fegyverneky netted 2 points each for Gambrinus to keep their team alive in EuroLeague. Gambrinus tied the series over Bourges after the home 61:59 victory in Czech Republic. Hamchetou Maiga top-scored for the winners with 17 points as the score is 1-1 now. Eva Viteckova produced 14 and Petra Kulichova added 12. Celine Dumerc ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.Hamchetou Maiga closed a 4-0 run for her team as the hosts dominated the first period. Bourges Basket did not mind trailing in it as they tied the game at the end for 19:19. With 15-13 in the second Gambrinus took a 34:32 advantage. Melain's three was a good lesson for the team from Czech Republic as they lot the period 15-20. Celine Dumerc led Bourges to 52:49 lead at the end of the third. For the first four minutes in the last period the teams remained scoreless and only Horakova made it 51:52 with 6.10 to go. With 15 seconds to play, Hamchetou Maiga split a pair of free throws and Bourges rebounded the miss. Alessandra Santos scored one from the free throw line for 60:59 and Whitmore made the first at the charity stripe. The French outfit had a chance even to win, but Melain missed a three with a buzzer.
Before that Endene Miyem tallied 19 points and 10 boards to lead Bourges Basket past Gambrinus in the first game of the Euroleague eighth-final series. The game turned into a thick defensive battle in the opening term. Katarina Manic and Endene Miyem put Bourges up 17:13 late in the period just before Eva Viteckova capped it with a three-pointer for Gambrinus to trail by just one point at the intermission. Back-to-back trebles from Celine Dumerc and Ana Lelas highlighted the start of the second frame. Horakova answered with a big trey of her own before Emmeline Ndongue took over. She nailed 8 points to give the hosts a 37:26 lead at halftime. Petra Kulichova and Hamchetou Maiga teamed up for 10 points for the visitors as they trimmed the gap to 2 points midway through the third quarter. The teams kept it close but buckets from Katarina Manic and Endene Miyem extended the margin to 7 points heading into the fourth quarter. Four straight points from Tamika Whitmore seemed to spark the intrigue in the fourth quarter but Bourges stayed dominant. Emmeline Ndongue, Endene Miyem and Celine Dumerc reestablish a comfortable distance and the hosts cruised from now on. Timea Beres and Zsofia Fegyverneky had 4 points each in defeat. Emmeline Ndongue scored 17 points for the winners. Celine Dumerc had 12 points for Bourges.


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvians abroad - by Eurobasket News
Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) netted 12 points for her USK Praha but the latter stooped their participation in EuroLeague Women. Two-time defending champions Spartak Moscow Region advanced to the Quarter-Finals of the EuroLeague Women in Czech Republic. The Russian titans overcame USK Praha 78:92 to reach 2-0. Diana Taurasi exploded with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Sylvia Fowles nailed 17 and Miller Kelly added 16. Katerina Elhotova paced the hosts with 17 points. Sylvia Fowles made a jump-shot to open the scoring account for the guests. USK Prague looked great in the opening quarter and Katerina Elhotova's three-pointer gave her team a 21:18 lead. Spartak answered however with a 14-0 run that was capped by a pair of Diana Taurasi free throws. Lauren Jackson closed the first half at 58:40 with a jump-shot. In the second half the game became even but the two-time defending champions kept the advantage for good. Diana Taurasi made a three for 76:57 at the end of the third stanza. USK Prague managed to win the last period 21-16 and made the Final 78:92 score.
In Game 1 Spartak Moscow Region made an impressive start to their eighth-final best-of-three series. Spartak held off USK Praha at home court to make the first step towards the quarterfinal stage. Evanthia Maltsi opened the scoring with a layup early in the game. But Spartak quickly denied the deficit. Sylvia Fowles nailed 8 points in the starting frame and the hosts cleared off to a 7-point distance after ten minutes. Diana Taurasi knocked down 6 points in a row midway through the second quarter as Spartak opened up a 13-point distance. The Russian team enjoyed a 9-point halftime lead and continued to mount the pressure in the second half. Lauren Jackson and Sylvia Fowles teamed up for 20 points in the third period as Spartak piled up a 20-point advantage before the fourth quarter. USK Praha got no closer than 15 points in the fourth frame and suffered a major setback in the Euroleague aspirations.
Sylvia Fowles tallied 27 points and 11 boards for Spartak. Lauren Jackson added 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Diana Taurasi nailed 23 points for the winners. USK Praha answered with 27 points from Evanthia Maltsi. Lindsay Whalen had 20 points and 8 boards in defeat. Ieva Kublina ended up with 4 points in the losing effort.
Ieva Kublina and her USK Praha remain on top of the Czech Republic league standings. Recently USK Praha handed Gambrinus the second loss in the season edging them 100:83 in Prague. The teams played the second round of action of the second stage of the ZBL. The win allowed USK Praha to climb at 19-1 record, while Gambrinus slipped to 18-2.
Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81, college: Siena) and her Gambrinus tied the series over Bourges after the home 61:59 victory in Czech Republic. In Game 1 Bourges route Gambrinus to earn a comfortable lead before the return game in Czech Republic. A trademark stifling defense from the French outfit proved insurmountable for the visitors. Gambrinus however has his home weapon and used it in the end of the fourth period.
In EuroCup Dynamo Moscow grabbed 75:74 victory in very exciting game against the Greek Esperides. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) shined dropping 23 points. Belinda Snell had 19 points, 8 boards and 5 assists, while Jannell Burse helped with 14 points and 7 boards. Marina Mazic scored 18 and Stella Kaltsidou had 16 points in defeat.


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  MALI - Women  


Maiga keeps Gambrinus alive in EuroLeague - by Eurobasket News
Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) keeps Gambrinus alive in EuroLeague as she top-scored for her team on Friday. Gambrinus tied the series over Bourges after the home 61:59 victory in Czech Republic. Hamchetou Maiga top-scored for the winners with 17 points as the score is 1-1 now. Eva Viteckova produced 14 and Petra Kulichova added 12. Celine Dumerc ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.Hamchetou Maiga closed a 4-0 run for her team as the hosts dominated the first period. Bourges Basket did not mind trailing in it as they tied the game at the end for 19:19. With 15-13 in the second Gambrinus took a 34:32 advantage.
Melain's three was a good lesson for the team from Czech Republic as they lot the period 15-20. Celine Dumerc led Bourges to 52:49 lead at the end of the third. For the first four minutes in the last period the teams remained scoreless and only Horakova made it 51:52 with 6.10 to go. With 15 seconds to play, Hamchetou Maiga split a pair of free throws and Bourges rebounded the miss. Alessandra Santos scored one from the free throw line for 60:59 and Whitmore made the first at the charity stripe. The French outfit had a chance even to win, but Melain missed a three with a buzzer.
Before that Endene Miyem tallied 19 points and 10 boards to lead Bourges Basket past Gambrinus in the first game of the Euroleague eighth-final series. The game turned into a thick defensive battle in the opening term. Katarina Manic and Endene Miyem put Bourges up 17:13 late in the period just before Eva Viteckova capped it with a three-pointer for Gambrinus to trail by just one point at the intermission. Back-to-back trebles from Celine Dumerc and Ana Lelas highlighted the start of the second frame. Horakova answered with a big trey of her own before Emmeline Ndongue took over. She nailed 8 points to give the hosts a 37:26 lead at halftime. Petra Kulichova and Hamchetou Maiga teamed up for 10 points for the visitors as they trimmed the gap to 2 points midway through the third quarter. The teams kept it close but buckets from Katarina Manic and Endene Miyem extended the margin to 7 points heading into the fourth quarter. Four straight points from Tamika Whitmore seemed to spark the intrigue in the fourth quarter but Bourges stayed dominant. Emmeline Ndongue, Endene Miyem and Celine Dumerc reestablish a comfortable distance and the hosts cruised from now on. Emmeline Ndongue scored 17 points for the winners. Celine Dumerc had 12 points for Bourges. Hamchetou Maiga pitched in 13 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Gambrinus. Tamika Whitmore and Petra Kulichova had 12 points apiece for the Czech team.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Andrade finish the Euroleague campaign - by Eurobasket News
Portuguese Mery Andrade (181-F-75, college: ODU) and her Italian Umana Reyer was eliminated from Euroleague, being even one of the favorites after the Group Stage. A real upset came from Hungary as local MiZo Pecs 2010 overcame Umana Reyer 65:57. The Hungarian side swept the series and advanced to the Best 8. With the win in all the quarters the hosts triumphed with the total success. Anna Vajda led the winners with 17 points. Nicole Ohlde finished the night with 15 and Kelly Mazzante notched 9. Vanessa Hayden-Johnson chipped in 13 for the guests, whilst Essence Carson netted 12. Mery Andrade collected 5 points and 2 rebounds.
MiZo Pecs proved once again that the team was stronger than Umana Reyer even in Game 2. Trailing 0-6 from the start Raksanyi's lay-up brought 7:6 and then Somogyi closed the opening quarter at 19:18. Anna Vajda shocked the visitors later for 30:20, while Cirone reduced to 37:32 at the halftime.Hungarian side held 6-10 points in the third frame and thought of the Best 8 matchup. A defensive 12-1 in the period brought them 49:43 after 30 minutes of the game. Sottana kept the Italians alive for 51:45 with 7 minutes to go, but the guests could not come closer. The Hungarian side swept the series and advanced to the the Quarter-Finals of the EuroLeague Women play-offs.
Hungarian MiZo Pecs stunned Venezia on the road in the opening game of their Euroleague eighth-final series. Venezia were obvious favorites before this one and they got to an aggressive start. Simona Ballardini nailed first 8 points for Umana Reyer as they grabbed an 8:3 lead. Soon Daliborka Jokic made it 14:7 for the hosts before Pecsi found the right tempo. Nora Rujak had 4 straight points, while Andrea Somogyi capped the opening period with one more bucket for the visitors to edge in front 17:16. Brooke Quennan, Nicole Ohlde and Dalma Ivanyi tipped off the second frame with 9 consecutive points to make it 26:16 for MiZo Pecs. Nicole Ohlde accounted for overall 8 points in the second term and MiZo Pecs enjoyed 33:27 lead at the interval.
The third frame turned into a tight battle as MiZo Pecs kept their opponents at bay early but Venezia finally managed to get closer. Daliborka Jokic nailed a jumper to secure a 42:41 lead for the hosts with under two minutes remaining in the period. Brooke Quennan however converted a three-point play to establish a 2-point advantage for the visitors heading into the last frame. The lead changed hands for several times in the fourth quarter. Venezia were close to winning this one as Cirone put them ahead by 3 points with 14 seconds left. Dalma Ivanyi responded with accurate attempts from the stripe to trim the deficit. Essence Carson then missed both of her free throw attempts only to commit foul against Brooke Quennan. MiZo Pecs forward was deadly from the line to seal the deal for the Hungarian side.Dalma Ivanyi tallied 17 points and 12 boards, while Nicole Ohlde delivered 17 points and 7 boards for the winners. Simona Ballardini responded with 14 points for Venezia in the loss.
Meanwhile PenicSan Giovanni crushed one of the top-ranked teams, Lavezzini, thanks to Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) and her 24 points. Manuela Zanon had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Iciss Tillis added 13 points and 15 boards. Laura Summerton netted 17 points and grabbed 7 boards in loss. San Govanni improved on 9-6, while the team from Parma fell on 10-4.


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  SERBIA - Women  


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


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
 1. Maxima Br. 14-1 
 2. MBK Ruz. 12-3 
 3. Nitra 12-3 
 4. Poprad 8-7 
 5. SSK Abovia 7-8 
 6. Slovan 5-10 
 7. Presov 5-11 
 8. Cassovia K. 4-11 
 9. Roznava 1-14 


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  SPAIN - Women  


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


Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Silvia MORALES
  EBE Ibiza-PDV
  (170-G/F-79)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Murphy, San Jose21.1 
 2. Valdemoro, Ros C.18.1 
 3. Lovelace-T., Hondar.16.6 
 4. Price, Mariana16.3 
 5. Kresovic, Gran C.15.8 
 6. Dubljevic, Rivas E.15.7 
 7. Joens, Rivas Ecopolis14.9 
 8. Thomas, Mann F.14.7 
 9. Page, Mariana14.2 
 10. Vega, Maria.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Katia DA SILVA
  Extrugasa
  (187-C-77)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Lyttle, EBE I.10.4 
 2. Page, Mariana9.7 
 3. Turner, Mann F.9.3 
 4. Murphy, San Jose8.3 
 5. Snow, Halcon A.8.3 
 6. Ujhelyi, Rivas E.8.2 
 7. De Souza, Ros C.7.8 
 8. Wyckoff, Estudian.7.6 
 9. Perovanovic, Gran C.7.6 
 10. Nicholls, Real.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Anke DE MONDT
  Halcon A.Per.
  (180-F/G-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dominguez, Halcon A.4.3 
 2. Morales, EBE I.4.1 
 3. Bermejo, Rivas E.4.0 
 4. Cruz, Olesa3.9 
 5. Aguilar, Ros C.3.6 
 6. Santos Luz, Hondar.3.4 
 7. Castillo, Mariana3.4 
 8. Price, Mariana3.2 
 9. Palau, Ros Casares3.1 
 10. Montanana, Ros.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Anna MONTANANA
  Ros Casares
  (186-F-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Murphy, San Jose3.3 
 2. Palau, Ros Casares2.8 
 3. Price, Mariana2.6 
 4. Valdemoro, Ros C.2.3 
 5. Vesela, Ros Casares2.3 
 6. Cruz, Olesa2.2 
 7. Kresovic, Gran C.2.1 
 8. Santos Luz, Cadi l.2.1 
 9. Revuelto, San Jose2.0 
 10. Wyckoff, Estudi.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eshaya MURPHY
  San Jose
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Ble, Gran Canaria2.0 
 2. Podkovalniko., Olesa1.6 
 3. De Souza, Ros C.1.5 
 4. Riley, Rivas Ecopolis1.3 
 5. Lyttle, EBE I.1.1 
 6. Snow, Halcon A.1.1 
 7. Pirsic, EBE I.1.0 
 8. Turner, Mann F.0.7 
 9. Holmes, EBE I.0.7 
 10. Page, Maria.0.7 


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  TURKEY - Women  


Standings - TBBL
TBBL Standings
 1. Fenerbahce 11-1 
 2. Mersin 9-3 
 3. Samsun 9-3 
 4. Besiktas 8-5 
 5. Galatasaray 7-5 
 6. Tarsus Bld 7-6 
 7. Ceyhan 6-7 
 8. TED Kayseri 5-7 
 9. Cankaya 3-10 
 10. Botas 3-10 
 11. Burhaniye bld. 1-12 


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Dnipro remains undefeated in UBL - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro improved to 14-0 record and remains the only undefeated team in Ukrainian Basketball League. In the latest game the league leaders had a road victory over KPU Zaporozhye 90:55. Alina Yagupova top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Anna Domratska added 15. Yuliya Yakhina (187-C-80) ended up with 13 and Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) netted 11. Barannik finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort.
Dynamo is second with 13-2 record after a victory over TNU-Orlna from Simferopol 80:51. Joei Clyburn (186-G/F-84, college: Xavier) top-scored for the winners with 26 points, while Joanna Banks (172-G-88) and Crystal Erwin (188-F-85, college: Notre Dame) netted 12 each. Konovalova produced 19 points for the home side.
Meanwhile Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and her CSKA Moscow thrashes Halcon Avenida to tie the series in EuroLeague Eighth-Finals clash. The capital of Russia saw 95:64 easy win in Game 2 as the series will go on. Ann Wauters led the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Edwige Lawson-Wade netted 15, while Janel McCarville nocthed 13. Olexandra Gorbunova produced 3 points and made 1 rebound. Michelle Snow produced 14 in defeat and Le'Coe Willingham scored 13. The deciding game three of the Eighth-Finals clash will be played on Wednesday.On Tuesday Avenida made the first step towards the eighth-finals as they held off ambitious CSKA in Salamanca. It was an upset as CSKA remains the favorite of the clash. In Moscow Ilona Korstin followed with a jumper before Elena Danilochkina scored five straight points, including a three-ball, for a 19:11 lead. Janel McCarville closed the opening quarter at 27:16. Halcon Avenida remained alive in the second period and lost only 18-20 in it. Sapova's three was the last in the half for 47:34. With 27-16 in the third frame the game was over the the guests. Ann Wauters opened it with a jump-shot for 49:34 and Edwige Lawson-Wade posted for 74:50. In the last period the teams were killing time, but CSKA wanted to prove once again that they are the favorites of the matchup and could be also the strongest team in Europe.


Standings - UBL - by Eurobasket News
UBL Standings
 1. Dnipro 14-0 
 2. Dynamo-NPU 13-2 
 3. KPU Zaporoz. 10-4 
 4. Yuzh.Palmira 9-5 
 5. Donbas 7-7 
 6. Galitskaya A. 7-8 
 7. TNU Simf. 6-8 
 8. Marel-Cherkasy 3-12 
 9. Polit.Galitsiya 2-13 
 10. Luganski Last. 1-13 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


EBL Womens Preview - by Tobin Wrice
Womens Division One leaders UWIC Archers will look to put last weeks National Cup final loss at the hands of City of Sheffield Hatters behind them when they return to the Amaechi Centre to face Manchester Mystics on Saturday.

While Archers have a perfect 10-0 record, Mystics are joint seventh with four wins from 11 games. When the teams met in November, Archers recorded a thrilling 58-57 overtime victory.

Stef Collins led the home sides scoring with 21 points despite missing part of the game with a thumb sprain, while Meagan Hoffman played all 45 minutes for the Archers and finished with 19 points. For Manchester, Caitlin Flood led all scorers with 24 points, while Charlotte Stoddart added 11.

Mystics led 19-14 at the first break, but the teams were tied at 27 going into the locker room at half-time. Sergio Lara-Bercials Manchester team edged ahead again 44-40 at the end of the third quarter, only for UWIC to tie the game at 51 to force the extra period. Sarah Wagstaff and Nicki Avery both fouled out for the home team, while Hoffman and Ruth Murphy finished on four fouls, but despite Mystics having two shots at winning the game, Archers held on for the win.

Second placed Hatters will look for a repeat of their 92-43 victory at London Heathrow Acers when the sides meet at All Saints School. With Stephanie Gandy leading the way on 29 points, Vanessa Ellis team opened a 21-10 lead at the first break before outscoring the home side 30-15 in the second to go into the locker room 51-25 ahead. A 20-7 third period ended the game as a contest before Sheffield wrapped things up with a 21-11 final stanza. Sarah Naylor (19) and Rose Mason (17) also scored well for Hatters, while Acers were led by 17 Flo Piano points.

Hatters have an 8-1 record heading into the game, while Acers are sixth in the table with five wins from 13 games.

Fourth placed Nottingham Wildcats will be aiming for a weekend double as they stage a pair of home games. Leanne Chandlers side host London Mets on Saturday before Leeds Carnegie are the visitors on Sunday.

Both of their opponents were promoted last season with Mets laying joint seventh with a 4-7 record and Carnegie tenth with three wins from 11 games.

When Mets hosted Wildcats in November, the home side took advantage of a weakened Nottingham side to win pick up their first win in the top flight, 77-53.

A steal followed by an and-one play from American Jill Glessner was not enough to lift a struggling Wildcat offense, and a 29-12 first quarter put the hosts in charge. The second quarter saw very much of the same thing. Wildcats were not converting on offense and London Mets seemed to find different ways to build on an already large lead going into the locker room 45-24 ahead. When Wildcats finally got going it was too late as they split 66 second half points. Down by 24 points at half time and then losing by 24 in the end.

Sundays game between the Wildcats and Leeds will be the first time the clubs have met at Division One level, although when Wildcats II met Carnegie last season they split the two Division Two North games with each side winning at home.

Third place Team Northumbria will hoping for a weekend in the sun as they travel to south to face Solent Suns on Saturday and Sevenoaks Suns the following day.

Deirdre Hayes team eight wins from 11 games, with Solent fifth with a 5-4 record and Sevenoaks bottom of the table with a solitary win from 11 starts.

When Northumbria hosted Solent in November, they won a shoot out 101-94, with the teams hitting 18 three pointers in the game.

Northumbria led 7670 going into the final period, and after hitting two baskets to get her team to within 85-80, Suns' star Joann Overstreet fouled out. American Sabra Wrice hit the two free throws as she moved towards 38 for the game.

A three pointer from Solents Jodi Jeram took the visitors to within four before Wrice drove for two and Vickers hit a long range three pointer. With three minutes remaining Northumbria remained in control of the game. A jumper from Hall took Northumbria over a century and added the final two points to Halls massive 44 point haul.

Lori Drake finished with 29 points for Solent, while Overstreet added 23.

Sevenoaks travelled to Northumbria in late October, and a strong third period from the home side saw them win 82-61. Hall (21) and Wrice (16) led the home side, while Arek Deng led all scorers with 22 for the Suns.



EBL Stats - by Tobin Wrice
Women's Division 1

Scoring Leaders
(min 5 GP) PPG Rebounding Leaders
(min 5 GP) RPG Assist Leaders
(min 5 GP) APG
Sabra Wrice
(Team Northumbria) 30.38 Katharina Wohlberg
(Solent Suns) 10.38 Joann Overstreet
(Solent Suns) 4.63
Loui Hall
(Team Northumbria) 28.71 Kristine Lewis
(Sevenoaks Suns) 10.00 Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 3.57
Caitlin Flood
(Manchester Mystics) 24.56 Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 9.86 Sabra Wrice
(Team Northumbria) 3.50
Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 23.86 Stephanie Gandy
(City of Sheffield Hatters) 9.57 Renee Johnson-Allen
(Barking Abbey) 3.50
Mia Spasowska
(London Mets) 22.80 Arek Deng
(Sevenoaks Suns) 9.13 Stefanie Collins
(UWIC Archers) 3.20

2 Point % Leaders
(min 55 2PA) 2P% 3 Point % Leaders
(min 30 3PA) 3P% FT % Leaders
(min 35 FTA) FT%
Stefanie Collins
(UWIC Archers) 65.28 Sara Ghaninejadiahari
(London Mets) 46.67 Kate Butters
(Nottingham Wildcats) 92.00
Renee Johnson-Allen
(Barking Abbey) 62.50 Floreana Piano
(London Heathrow Acers) 43.59 Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 85.37
Loui Hall
(Team Northumbria) 59.43 Caroline Turner
(Solent Suns) 43.33 Meagan Hoffman
(UWIC Archers) 83.33
Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 58.88 Mia Spasowska
(London Mets) 41.94 Sabra Wrice
(Team Northumbria) 80.30
Caroline Turner
(Solent Suns) 56.25 Caitlin Flood
(Manchester Mystics) 40.00 Joann Overstreet
(Solent Suns) 76.74


EBL Womens Preview - by Tobin Wrice
By Dave Ryan
Women's Division One leaders UWIC Archers will look to put last week's National Cup final loss at the hands of City of Sheffield Hatters behind them when they return to the Amaechi Centre to face Manchester Mystics on Saturday.
While Archers have a perfect 10-0 record, Mystics are joint seventh with four wins from 11 games. When the teams met in November, Archers recorded a thrilling 58-57 overtime victory.
Stef Collins led the home side's scoring with 21 points despite missing part of the game with a thumb sprain, while Meagan Hoffman played all 45 minutes for the Archers and finished with 19 points. For Manchester, Caitlin Flood led all scorers with 24 points, while Charlotte Stoddart added 11.
Mystics led 19-14 at the first break, but the teams were tied at 27 going into the locker room at half-time. Sergio Lara-Bercial's Manchester team edged ahead again 44-40 at the end of the third quarter, only for UWIC to tie the game at 51 to force the extra period. Sarah Wagstaff and Nicki Avery both fouled out for the home team, while Hoffman and Ruth Murphy finished on four fouls, but despite Mystics having two shots at winning the game, Archers held on for the win.
Second placed Hatters will look for a repeat of their 92-43 victory at London Heathrow Acers when the sides meet at All Saints School. With Stephanie Gandy leading the way on 29 points, Vanessa Ellis' team opened a 21-10 lead at the first break before outscoring the home side 30-15 in the second to go into the locker room 51-25 ahead. A 20-7 third period ended the game as a contest before Sheffield wrapped things up with a 21-11 final stanza. Sarah Naylor (19) and Rose Mason (17) also scored well for Hatters, while Acers were led by 17 Flo Piano points.
Hatters have an 8-1 record heading into the game, while Acers are sixth in the table with five wins from 13 games.
Fourth placed Nottingham Wildcats will be aiming for a weekend double as they stage a pair of home games. Leanne Chandler's side host London Mets on Saturday before Leeds Carnegie are the visitors on Sunday.
Both of their opponents were promoted last season with Mets laying joint seventh with a 4-7 record and Carnegie tenth with three wins from 11 games.
When Mets hosted Wildcats in November, the home side took advantage of a weakened Nottingham side to win pick up their first win in the top flight, 77-53.
A steal followed by an 'and-one' play from American Jill Glessner was not enough to lift a struggling Wildcat offense, and a 29-12 first quarter put the hosts in charge. The second quarter saw very much of the same thing. Wildcats were not converting on offense and London Mets seemed to find different ways to build on an already large lead - going into the locker room 45-24 ahead. When Wildcats finally got going it was too late as they split 66 second half points. Down by 24 points at half time and then losing by 24 in the end.
Sunday's game between the Wildcats and Leeds will be the first time the clubs have met at Division One level, although when Wildcats II met Carnegie last season they split the two Division Two North games with each side winning at home.
Third place Team Northumbria will hoping for a weekend in the sun as they travel to south to face Solent Suns on Saturday and Sevenoaks Suns the following day.
Deirdre Hayes' team eight wins from 11 games, with Solent fifth with a 5-4 record and Sevenoaks bottom of the table with a solitary win from 11 starts.
When Northumbria hosted Solent in November, they won a shoot out 101-94, with the teams hitting 18 three pointers in the game.
Northumbria led 76-70 going into the final period, and after hitting two baskets to get her team to within 85-80, Suns' star Joann Overstreet fouled out. American Sabra Wrice hit the two free throws as she moved towards 38 for the game.
A three pointer from Solent's Jodi Jeram took the visitors to within four before Wrice drove for two and Vickers hit a long range three pointer. With three minutes remaining Northumbria remained in control of the game. A jumper from Hall took Northumbria over a century and added the final two points to Hall's massive 44 point haul.
Lori Drake finished with 29 points for Solent, while Overstreet added 23.
Sevenoaks travelled to Northumbria in late October, and a strong third period from the home side saw them win 82-61. Hall (21) and Wrice (16) led the home side, while Arek Deng led all scorers with 22 for the Suns


EBL Stats - by Tobin Wrice
Women's Division 1

Scoring Leaders
(min 5 GP) PPG Rebounding Leaders
(min 5 GP) RPG Assist Leaders
(min 5 GP) APG
Sabra Wrice
(Team Northumbria) 30.38 Katharina Wohlberg
(Solent Suns) 10.38 Joann Overstreet
(Solent Suns) 4.63
Loui Hall
(Team Northumbria) 28.71 Kristine Lewis
(Sevenoaks Suns) 10.00 Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 3.57
Caitlin Flood
(Manchester Mystics) 24.56 Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 9.86 Sabra Wrice
(Team Northumbria) 3.50
Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 23.86 Stephanie Gandy
(City of Sheffield Hatters) 9.57 Renee Johnson-Allen
(Barking Abbey) 3.50
Mia Spasowska
(London Mets) 22.80 Arek Deng
(Sevenoaks Suns) 9.13 Stefanie Collins
(UWIC Archers) 3.20

2 Point % Leaders
(min 55 2PA) 2P% 3 Point % Leaders
(min 30 3PA) 3P% FT % Leaders
(min 35 FTA) FT%
Stefanie Collins
(UWIC Archers) 65.28 Sara Ghaninejadiahari
(London Mets) 46.67 Kate Butters
(Nottingham Wildcats) 92.00
Renee Johnson-Allen
(Barking Abbey) 62.50 Floreana Piano
(London Heathrow Acers) 43.59 Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 85.37
Loui Hall
(Team Northumbria) 59.43 Caroline Turner
(Solent Suns) 43.33 Meagan Hoffman
(UWIC Archers) 83.33
Jill Glessner
(Nottingham Wildcats) 58.88 Mia Spasowska
(London Mets) 41.94 Sabra Wrice
(Team Northumbria) 80.30
Caroline Turner
(Solent Suns) 56.25 Caitlin Flood
(Manchester Mystics) 40.00 Joann Overstreet
(Solent Suns) 76.74