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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Sagadin new coach of Zadar! - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenian Zmago Sagadin was hired as a new coach of Croatian champion Zadar until June 2010!

He is Zadar's third coach of the season, replacing Denis Pleslic , who was filling in Aleksandar Petrovic , who was forced out two months ago. Sagadin (56) is an experienced coach, who started the current season as boss of Polish team Anwil Wloclawek, but he left the team in October, 2008. He won 8 Slovenian National Championships and 10 Slovenian National Cup Competitions with Union Olimpija, 2004 Serbia & Montenegro National Cup with Crvena zvezda, the 1994 Saporta Cup with Union Olimpija and two Central European Leagues (SBA) with Union Olimpija.



Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Partizan 19-2 
 2. Crvena Zvez. 16-5 
 3. Cibona 15-6 
 4. Hemofarm 15-6 
 5. Zadar 14-7 
 6. Buducnost 12-9 
 7. Bosna S. 9-12 
 8. FMP 9-12 
 9. Olimpija 9-12 
 10. KK Split 8-13 
 11. Krka 7-14 
 12. KK Zagreb 5-16 
 13. Helios 5-16 
 14. Vojvodina 4-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Goran BAJIC
  Vojvodina
  (207-C-83)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Labovic, FMP18.6 
 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. Borovnjak, Vojvo.7.3 
 4. Samardziski, FMP7.2 
 5. Ivanov, Zadar6.9 
 6. Lasme, Partizan6.8 
 7. Velickovic, Partizan6.6 
 8. Pavic, Krka6.3 
 9. Labovic, FMP6.2 
 10. Roberts, Crvena.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar RASIC
  Partizan
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ilievski, U.Olimpija4.5 
 2. Stipcevic, Zadar4.5 
 3. Shannon, KK Split4.2 
 4. Dordevic, Bosna S.4.1 
 5. Mocnik, Helios3.6 
 6. Covic, FMP3.4 
 7. Dixon, Zadar3.3 
 8. Calloway, Cibona3.3 
 9. Pavkovic, Hemofarm3.2 
 10. Marinovic, Crvena.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Goran IKONIC
  Bosna S.
  (196-G-80)
  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
 Boban MARJANOVIC
  Hemofarm
  (222-C-88)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Begic, U.Olimpija2.5 
 2. Vranes, Partizan1.8 
 3. Lasme, Partizan1.8 
 4. Samardziski, FMP1.3 
 5. Misanovic, Buduc.1.2 
 6. Zoric, KK Zagreb1.1 
 7. Tomic, KK Zagreb1.1 
 8. Gecevski, Zadar1.1 
 9. Zimic, Bosna S.1.1 
 10. Roberts, Crvena.1.1 


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  ALGERIA   


7th round results - by Carlos Pereira
No surprise at GSP x WAB, the leader team of GSP win the game by 86-65, Was the 20th win of GSP.
ASPTT lose again, now with 96-91 and lose also the second place in the stnding.

RESULTS

A
CRB Dar El-Beda TRB Blida 83-69 (after 2 overtime)
GS Ptrolier WA Boufarik 86-65
NA Hussein-Dey AB Skikda 65-60 (game stoped)
WB An-Benian ASPTT Alger 96-91

Standing Pts G

1. GS Ptrolier 14 7
2. CRB Dar El-Beda 12 7
-. WA Boufarik 11 7
-. ASPTT Alger 11 7
-. WB An-Benian 11 7
6. TRB Blida 09 7
7. NA Hussein-Dey 09 7
8. AB Skikda 07 7

B
CRM Birkhadem USMM Hadjout 53-65
AU Annaba NB Staouli 54- 59
NRM Harrach JSB Msila forfait de la JSBM)
CRB Tmouchent O. Batna 91-84

Standing Pts G

1. O Batna 12 7
-. CRB Tmouchent 12 7
3. NB Staouli 11 6
-. USMM Hadjout 11 7
5. CRM Birkhadem 09 6
-. NRM Harrach 09 6
7. JSB Msila 07 7
8. AU Annaba 06 6


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  ARAB CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


ABF Events 2009 - by Mohammed Malas
The Arab Basketball Federation decided to give Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut of Lebanon the right to host the 22nd edition of the Arba Clubs Championship in the period between the 25th of April until the 6th of May 2009.

Meanwhile, Morocco will be the country which will hold the Arab Championship for National Teams from 15th to 28th of July 2009.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Ian CROSSWHITE
  Taipans
  (212-F-82)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Penney, Breakers25.9 
 2. Ere, Tigers22.9 
 3. Whitehead, Blaze21.7 
 4. Harvey, Blaze19.2 
 5. Knight, Spirit19.1 
 6. Franklin, Hawks18.7 
 7. Redhage, Wildcats18.6 
 8. Williams, Crocodiles18.3 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers18.1 
 10. Tragardh, Haw.17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mika VUKONA
  Dragons
  (197-F-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Whitehead, Blaze13.8 
 2. Anstey, Tigers10.1 
 3. Schenscher, 36ers9.9 
 4. Ellis, Crocodiles9.5 
 5. Saville, Hawks8.6 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats8.4 
 7. Crosswhite, Taipa.8.0 
 8. Knight, Spirit7.9 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers7.9 
 10. Rickert, Breake.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Damian MARTIN
  Spirit
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Crosswell, Tigers5.3 
 2. Heal, Blaze5.0 
 3. Dann, Spirit4.6 
 4. Bruce, 36ers4.5 
 5. Williams, Crocodiles4.5 
 6. Henare, Breakers4.4 
 7. Franklin, Hawks4.2 
 8. Saville, Hawks4.1 
 9. Crawford, Wildcats4.0 
 10. Maher, 36e.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Hawks
  (194-G-82)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Saville, Hawks2.7 
 2. Bowen, Blaze2.0 
 3. Williams, Taipans2.0 
 4. Ellis, Crocodiles2.0 
 5. Crosswell, Tigers1.8 
 6. Anstey, Tigers1.8 
 7. Barlow, Tigers1.8 
 8. Bruton, Breakers1.8 
 9. Crawford, Wildcats1.6 
 10. Mee, Taipa.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Peter CRAWFORD
  Wildcats
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Anstey, Tigers2.1 
 2. Davidson, Hawks2.0 
 3. Mee, Taipans1.7 
 4. Saville, Hawks1.3 
 5. Bowen, Blaze1.2 
 6. Burston, Dragons1.1 
 7. Horvath, Dragons1.1 
 8. Victor, Wildcats1.0 
 9. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.0 
 10. Smith, Taipa.1.0 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Melbourne SD 21-8 
 2. Melbourne T. 19-9 
 3. Townsville C. 17-12 
 4. N.Zealand B. 16-12 
 5. Perth W. 16-13 
 6. Adelaide 36ers 15-14 
 7. Cairns T. 11-17 
 8. Sydney S. 11-18 
 9. Wollongong 10-18 
 10. Gold Coast B. 7-22 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Oberwart 14-3 
 2. Arkadia 13-5 
 3. Furstenfeld 12-6 
 4. Kapfenberg 11-6 
 5. Gmunden 10-7 
 6. Wels 10-7 
 7. Klosterneub. 8-9 
 8. St.Polten 8-10 
 9. Gussing 7-10 
 10. Worthersee 6-12 
 11. UBSC Graz 3-15 
 12. Vienna 3-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony FISHER
  Gmunden
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia24.7 
 2. Mayes, Gmunden22.8 
 3. Burnette, Worth.20.8 
 4. Moric, Oberwart20.1 
 5. Fears, Kapfenberg19.7 
 6. George, Vienna19.1 
 7. Youngblood, Oberw.18.9 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten18.9 
 9. Nagler, Klostern.18.9 
 10. Thomas, Gussi.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mathias DOCKNER
  Vienna
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Rhodes, Vienna11.4 
 2. Bakovic, St.Polten9.7 
 3. Chappell, Gussing9.5 
 4. Grier, UBSC G.8.2 
 5. Johnson, Oberwart8.1 
 6. Moric, Oberwart7.6 
 7. Lucas, Furstenfeld7.5 
 8. Strait, Wels7.3 
 9. Ledoux, Gussing7.3 
 10. Colwell, Gmund.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Casey ARCHIBALD
  Wels
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Burnette, Worth.5.7 
 2. Lanegger, UBSC G.5.6 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.5.5 
 4. Boone, Furstenfeld5.3 
 5. Danek, Arkadia4.8 
 6. Mascoll, UBSC G.4.7 
 7. Grum, Furstenfeld4.4 
 8. Thomas, Gussing4.2 
 9. Fisher, Gmunden4.2 
 10. Youngblood, Obe.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Brandon THOMAS
  Wels
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Mitchell, Arkadia2.8 
 2. Burnette, Worth.2.1 
 3. Ray, Furstenfeld2.0 
 4. Fears, Kapfenberg1.9 
 5. Ledoux, Gussing1.9 
 6. Artner, Oberwart1.8 
 7. George, Vienna1.8 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.8 
 9. Boone, Furstenfeld1.7 
 10. Creddle, Kloste.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Thomas SCHREINER
  St.Polten
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Grier, UBSC G.2.1 
 2. Mascoll, UBSC G.0.9 
 3. Colwell, Gmunden0.9 
 4. Bakovic, St.Polten0.8 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden0.8 
 6. Huffman, Gmunden0.8 
 7. Schranz, Arkadia0.8 
 8. Nelson, Wels0.7 
 9. Hamidovic, Klostern.0.7 
 10. Speiser, St.Polt.0.7 


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  BAHRAIN   


Manama win Cup Final - by Yousef Ahmed
MANAMA ran riot against overmatched Nuwaidrat last night to win the Zain Bahrain Basketball Cup 80-53 at the Um Al Hassam sports complex.
The victors flexed their muscles in a lopsided second half, turning up the defence and taking advantage of their youth and speed to blow a close game wide open and build leads as big as 29 points.
Manama capitalised on a 25-4 run to end the third period and begin the fourth. Guard Hassan Ebrahim came off the bench to spark the rally, sinking three successive three-point bombs that effectively took the life out of a frustrated Nuwaidrat squad.
Manama's national team stars Mahmood Ghuloom and Mohammed Hussain led all scorers with 18 and 16 points, respectively, in the game.
'This is a very exciting win for us,' Manama head coach Salman Ramadhan told the GDN during post-game celebrations.
'It was a game of two halves. We adjusted out defence in the second - we stopped them from what they wanted to do. We capitalised on our defensive pressure and had some good fast break chances, and the three three-pointers from Hassan really inspired us.'This championship is for our fans; it is the simplest gift we can give them.'
American professional Jarred Merrill (206-F-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Oklahoma Christian) played a key role for Manama, controlling the paint and holding Nuwaidrat counterpart Jamal Holden to just 12 points.
Merrill himself finished with only 11 markers, but he also took down 18 rebounds. The rest of the Manama team picked up the scoring duties, with only two of their 12-man roster failing to get onto the score sheet.The back-to-back champions began the game with guns blazing, racing out to a 15-7 lead with all five of their starters contributing at least a basket apiece in the opening minutes. But Nuwaidrat eventually shook off the jitters and closed the first quarter with a 7-0 run, highlighted by a Sadeq Mahdi triple that made it 15-14.
I
Hussain Taqi then injected life into Manama's transition game in the second period, threading two precision passes for a pair of easy baskets by Hussain and Ghuloom, and also connecting on a triple from the top of the key. Nuwaidrat, however, managed to keep things close behind Ebrahim Khabaaz and Murad Ebrahim, as Manama held a 38-32 edge going into the break.

The second half then played out completely different from the first, and Manama had virtually sealed the win by the end of the third having stretched their lead to 16 (63-47) and holding momentum on their side. The cushion continued to balloon in the final canto, with Ghuloom and Hussain both displaying their outside marksmanship and keeping Manama emphatically in control. Both teams' benches then played out the final five minutes of the contest. 'We played a very strong game today,' said Ghuloom. 'It's a great victory for us; I'm speechless.'

Ebrahim pitched in with 14 points for the winners, while Taqi added 10 while also dishing out seven assists. Manama held Nuwaidrat to a woeful 26 per cent shooting from the field (17 of 65), and themselves made 43 per cent of their field goals including an impressive nine triples.
'Manama is not just about one person; we came out today with a total team effort,' said Merrill. 'We want this game to carry over to the league. We want everybody to see that this is what they're going to get every time they play us.'
Khabaaz had 12 points, 10 in the first half, to share team-high honours with Holden. None of the other Nuwaidrat players scored in double figures.

Source GDN


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  BELGIUM   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Michael BAUER
  Oostende
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Lojeski, Aalstar19.2 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp18.6 
 3. Banks, Verviers.18.1 
 4. Hill, Liege17.1 
 5. Miller, Leuven17.1 
 6. Freeman, Gent16.8 
 7. Green, M.Hainaut15.5 
 8. Cage, Liege15.5 
 9. Huffman, Aalstar15.0 
 10. Black, Antwe.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Larry OWENS
  Liege
  (201-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Cantrell, Aalstar10.1 
 2. Brown, Gent9.1 
 3. Randle, Gent8.2 
 4. Ebong, M.Hainaut7.4 
 5. Thomas, Liege7.0 
 6. Pelle, Aalstar6.9 
 7. Melson, Gent6.7 
 8. Beghin, Antwerp6.4 
 9. Sensley, M.Hainaut6.2 
 10. Haryasz, Oosten.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mo CHARLO
  Aalstar
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Draper, Oostende5.4 
 2. Huffman, Aalstar5.2 
 3. Atkins, Oostende4.1 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut3.7 
 5. Loubry, Gent3.4 
 6. Wilson, Liege3.1 
 7. Moors, Gent3.0 
 8. Miller, Leuven3.0 
 9. Black, Antwerp2.9 
 10. Johnson, Charler.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 James J.J. MILLER
  Leuven
  (180-G-79)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Freeman, Gent2.3 
 2. Hopkins, Antwerp2.3 
 3. Hill, Liege2.3 
 4. Conlan, M.Hainaut2.1 
 5. Atkins, Oostende2.1 
 6. Lojeski, Aalstar1.9 
 7. Dove, Verviers-Pep.1.9 
 8. Broyles, Charleroi1.9 
 9. Owens, Liege1.9 
 10. Huffman, Aalst.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GAY
  Antwerp
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Haryasz, Oostende1.5 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.4 
 3. Pelle, Aalstar1.1 
 4. Ibrahim, Leuven0.9 
 5. Sensley, M.Hainaut0.9 
 6. Fields, Liege0.9 
 7. Dove, Verviers-Pep.0.9 
 8. Wilkinson, Charleroi0.9 
 9. Erwin, Verviers.0.8 
 10. Green, Oosten.0.8 


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnians in Europe Great performances of Jazvin and Avdibegovic despite losses - by Nedzad Kladusak

France
L Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois), 24min 10pts (FG-3 2/5),2rebs

Russia
V- Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure), 35min, 6pts,7ass,7rebs
L- Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) 30min, 21pts (FG2 10/13),7rebs

TUR
L Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) 35min, 15pts,5rebs
L Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 21min,7pts,3ass,2rebs
Damir Mrsic (188-G-70) 19min 3pts,1ass,4rebs

GRE
V Sasa Vasiljevic (183-G-79, agency: Beo Basket), 25min,15pts (FT 10/11)

CYP
L Barisa Krasic (203-F-78) 4, pts
Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) 2pts
V Haris Mujezinovic (205-F-74, agency: Beo Basket, college: Indiana) 13pts,3rebs
Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76, college: Barton County CC) 9pts

SLO
L Armin Avdibegovic (189-G-84) 35 min, 21pts,4rebs,4ass
Asmir Sadibasic (204-F/C-82) 30min,14pts,7rebs

FIBA Europe

AEL routed Ural Great Perm and is close to ensure its qualification for the next round.Haris Mujezinovic recorded 16points and 7 rebs in 38 minutes while former NT center Aleksandar Radojevic had 9 points and 4 rebs in 15 minutes. Plisnic who opted for the serb NT had 14 points in 16 minutes netting 4 triples out of 5 attempts.

Kiev demolished Galatasaray and remains perfect. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and 6 rebs in just 21 minutes while serbian basketball-hero Gurovic had 2 points in 24 minutes. It becomes more and more a mission impossible for Galatasaray to qualify for the next round despite the aquisition of ultranationalist Gurovic and the shameful ultimatum after the invitation to participate in Mirza-Delibasic Memorial.

Euroleague

Fenerbahce faced Montepaschi in Siena. Montepaschi dominated the first three quarters and established a 18points margin. In the last quarter Fener managed to cut the margin. Damir Mrsic had 3points in 14 minutes while Emir Preldzic had 6points and 3 rebs in 15 minutes.
Henri Domercant played 20 minutes and recorded 2points and 2 assists.

Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) had a very tough abroad game against Olympiakos. After an excellent start of TAU that has been characterised by an unstoppable Mirza Teletovic (27 min,14pts,4/7 threes during the first half) TAU registered a very unlucky defeat. In the second half TAU had problems with the organisation of its offensive actions and most of them ended by ill-advised shots or penetrations against the strong big men of Olympiakos. Both teams have now an 1-1 record.

Cibona had no chance against Moscow and has been sent home with a 25 defeat. Vedran Princ played 2 minutes without creating any figures.
Ernest Bremer <<>><<>>


One-on-One with Edin Bavcic - by Nedzad Kladusak
Hi Edin,

Most of our readers probably know you but could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Edin Bavcic and I am player of Cologne 99ers. I started my basketball career in 1999 when I joined the small team KK Ilidza of coach Adel Prasovic taking step by step first promoting to the legend of bosnian basketball , KK Bosna and later even the NT. After five years, (two years captain) I left KK Bosna and joined Kepez Antalya for a short period before I signed with Kln 99ers.

How satisfied are you with your performances so far? What re your impressions of your team and this league? What is different compared to the leagues you played so far (NLB, Liga13,TBL?

So I just came here and I don t know much about the german league yet butI am convinced that the quality of the league is high since every team can win against any other team in the league.
My team is pretty young, unexperienced but very ambitious but I am sure that with a coach like Drasko Prodanovic is we can achieve a lot. We have reinforced out roster so I think we have a much brighter future than one might think by our current position in the standings. I played 4 games we lost two of them unluckily. So far I am satisfied with my performance but I know that I can play much better than in the last games.

Let s go to the beginning of your career. You came from KK Ilidza to KK Bosna. What have been your tasks in KK Ilidza what has been expected from you in KK Bosna? What has been their vision for you?

I had a big boost in my career when I joined KK Bosna at the age of 19. Concerning KK Ilidza I can say that it is the team where I took my first steps and had my first contact with a basketball. Under the guidance of Adel Prasovic I internalized the fundamentals and played a lot of games which have been the prerequisites to get some experience and finally join in 2003/2004 KK Bosna. There I had finally the big chance to play for a famous team and show what I can.
Coach Mensur Bajramovic gave me plenty of playtime in the senior concurrence which has been a new experience for me but I think I did it well since my playtime increased steadily.

Shortly after you arrived to KK Bosna you have been described to be a top prospect even in the scopes of NBA. How did you cope with the pressure coming of the fans, coaches and media?

Well I never felt a pressure and I took step by step in order to become better every day. I think patiency and steady work is the only way to reach a goal.

Despite you had excellent games in the NLB the fans have critisized you heavily for not being aggresive under the paint and for not being psychologically strong. Can you describe how you experienced this critics?

Well I had ups and downs but I think it s normal. The fans pay the tickets and come to watch us and I think it s their right to express their feelings and sometimes it is positive and sometimes negative. I don t blame anyone because I spent five awesome years with the best fans in the region and they have been in almost every match our sixth man and without them we wouldn t have aciehved what we have and I want to take this opportunity to thank them for the support the provided me and my teammates.

In full process of maturing as a player you became team captain. Have you claimed the captains track and how did you get along with the feeling that most Bosna fans considered Goran ikonic as the leader of KK Bosna. Have you been charged too early with this kind of responsibility?

I am grateful that I had the chance to be the captain of such a team like it is Bosna. I think I tried to represent the club honourful. I never rejected the captains role and when I have been offered to lead my team I accepted very delighted and without any doubt.

ULEB-Cup Defeat in a legendary match against Alba Berlin followed by a sensational comeback in Sarajevo. How did you experience these matches and what impact did they have on your development?

Uleb Cup has been a completely new experience not only for me but for almost the entire team and I think we presented us in a very honourful way in the second-strongest european competition. We had a very tough group composed of teams that belong to the top of european basketball like Joventud, Turk Telekom, Alba Berlin and Siaulai,Guilford and us. We had ten tough european caps, winning four of it thus reaching the third place and promote to the next stage of competition. There we faced a very strong Gran Canaria which eliminated us unfortunately.

Many journalists and scouts ask me what kind of player you are. I start but then I hesitate being aware that it is very difficult. Can you describe your ideal position and your tasks on the court? What are your strengths and what are your weak points?

I don t like to praise myself or to critisize myself. I think my strenghts and weak points are known by experts so they will know how to describe me best.

NBA - dream of any player. You have been drafted by Toronto and traded to the 76ers. How did you feel and what have been your experiences playing the summercamps/summerleagues?

For me it s been very surprising since I had no contacts with any NBA teams before the draft. I just had a summer camp in Treviso in 2006 where I had a workout with the best european players under 22 years. I have been voted in the All Star team and thats when they noticed me.
Shortly after the camp I ve been drafted which has been a big surprise and a big honour for me.

Leaving Bosna you headed to Turkey. Which memories have you realted to this period and what are the reasons of the failure of your team and your personal failure?

I gathered my first abroad experience in the team of a famous coach Sabit Hadzic who helped me a lot to get along in Antalya. We worked well and we practised hard but unfortunately we had no luck since we lost 4!! Games in OT. We have been short two points to qualify for the Final 8 of the turkish Cup. After a series of lost matches they dismissed the coach and under the new coach my playtime significantly decreased and therefore we agreed that it might be better to part ways in a friendly and very honourful way. I can be satisfied with my performances particularly in the cup games where I played pretty well. I ve got really got memories of Turkey and the people hosted me very friendly and we split up in a very nice way.

You are member of the NT. However you didn t play during the first part of the EC qualifications. What does the NT mean to you and what kind of feeling is it to play for the NT?

I think for any player it s a big honour and a pleasure to represent his national colours and his country. So it is for me!I think our national team is very young and strong and its a big pleasure for us when we come together every summer.

The NT failed to qualify directly for the EC. What are the reasons in your eyes?

We have got a very promising national team and every position is covered with excellent and young players! We have Kenan Bajramovic who since years on a high level. Then we have Mirza Teletovic who is one of the franchise players of TAU Ceramica, Nihad Djedovic member of Barcelona, Nemanja Gordic,Elmedin Kikanovic, and all the other guys who have major roles in their teams. So I think that we have a bright future! Well why we didn t qualify? I think there are other reasons. We have always been very close to qualify but we lacked a little bit luck and experience.

The bosnian Basketball association announces to bring back some bosnian players that played for junior NT teams of Slovenia and Serbia. What do you think about this initiative?

It would be a big deal to bring back our players that play for other countries. Then we would definitely become an important basketball nation!

Sometimes one might think that the team spirit is not the the strongest part of the bosnian team. Are you in touch with your NT teammates?

The atmosphere within the team is excellent and it s never been better before! I am in touch with my colleagues particularly with Kenan Bajramovic, from time to time with Nihad, Jazvin, Kikanovic and the other guys so that there are definitely no conflicts.All of them are excellent guys and we became a clique.

What are the biggest achievements in your career? What are your objectives for the next years? What do you want to achieve in your career ?

Ok I will tell you. I spent five beautiful years in Bosnia as we won four titles and I am really happy about it. I ve been member of the NT in 2005 as a previous member of the meditrranean NT in 2005. 2006 I have been invited to the Reebok camp where I met the best european players under 22 years. I ve been picked in the All Star team and later drafted by the Raptors and traded to to the 76ers! I played the summer leagues 2006,2007,2008 in Las Vegas. I ve been All Star of the Adriatic League. I think I can be happy so far. I will try to become better every day and well we will see where I will be in a couple of years. I hope the best!!! J))

Have you any idols in the field of basketball or not-related to sports?

I started playing basketball a little bit later I had no idols but there are some players I like very very much like Nowitzki who is in my eyes currently the best basketball player of the world.

Who is the best teammate you ever played with? Who has been the most challenging match-up so far?

I had the great honour to play with teammates who had great careers and who won many titles. In Bosna I played with Nenad Markovic,Kenan Bajramovic,Gordan Firic and I learned a lot of them! Indeed you can learn a lot of other players but one has to listen to them! I can t tell you who has been the best of them because everyone of them had his qualities and it s been a real pleasure to play with them and I hope we will meet one day to play again in a team!!

Which coach taught you most?

I learned from all my coaches something and it helped me in my career! First I want to mention is Adel Prasovic who intorduced me into the wolrd of basketball and who taught many things that are indispensable in this sport like working ethics which kept when we joined other teams! Then I joined M.Bajramovic and Alen Abaz who to play on senior level. Nenad Markovic,Jure Zdovc and Sabit Hadzic followed them. Now my coach is Drasko Prodanovic and generally I can say: You can learn of any coach and it s a great honour to work with them.

Despite your former coach (Adel Prasovic) told me that you are a workaholic basketball isn t the only thing in life. What else is important to you?

I think I am a workaholic and I like to work hard! Of course basketball is not the the only and not the most important thing in life! The most important thing in my life is my health and the health of my family and the people around me! In Bosnia we say: When you are healthy you have got million wishes but when you are ill you just want to become healthy.When you are healthy everything else will be fine.

What would you recommend to younger players?

My advise for young players is to work hard and to listen and respect their coaches! There is a short one-liner that should be the slogan for every young player Work, Order and Discipline. These are the most important virtues of any sportsman.

Edin thank you for the interview and I wish you all the best!


Begic with an impressive performance against KK Bosna - by Nedzad Kladusak
Mirza Begic (218-C-85) who is currently in the focus of NT coach Mensur Bajramovic was man of the match as Olimpija ended the winning streak of KK Bosna.
He dominated the paints on both sides of the court limiting the experienced Elvir Ovcina who outplayed the frontcourts of Red Star,Buducnost and FMP to only 2 points.
Emir Zimic who is also one of the promising bosnian centers had only 2 rebounds. Even the strong and very agile power forward Ivan Ivanovic had big problems against
Mirza Begic who recorded 13 points, 6 rebs and 3 blks in only 25 minutes. There is no doubt this young center from Tuzla he is the leading bosnian center currently and it is no surprise that he is on Maccabi Tel Avivs shortlist.


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Universo/BRB pull in important win over Bigua - by Eurobasket News
Universo/BRB - Bigua 86:75

Brazilian Universo/BRB got closer to the Liga Americas title as they defeated Bigua yesterday. It was the second straight win for Universo/BRB in the semifinal tournament and they set up a crucial battle with Halcones Xalapa. The teams are scheduled to clash later tonight in the winner-take-it-all contest in Xalapa.
Universo/BRB dominated right out of the blocks. They kept Bigua at distance throughout the starting frame and piled up a 22:17 lead at the first intermission. Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) fueled an 8:0 rally from the Uruguayan side as they leveled things up at 25 midway through the second quarter. But Universo/BRB soon regained the advantage and arrived at halftime leading by 6 points 38:32.
The Brazilian team got off to a 9-point distance early in the third period before Bigua came back to life and trimmed the distance. Universo/BRB entered the final quarter up by just 2 points 58:56. The teams were separated by the same 2 point with under two minutes remaining. However Universo/BRB closed the game with a 9:0 rally to claim an important victory.
Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) scored 19 points and pulled down 7 boards to lead the way for the Brazilian side. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 15 points for the winners. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) fired 23 points for Bigua. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) added 13 points in the loss.

Universo/BRB: Estevam Ferreira 19, Alexandre Garcia 15, Valtinho Silva (187-G-77, agency: Interperformances) 12+10 assists
Bigua: Leandro Garcia Morales 23, Martin Osimani 13


Halcones Xalapa beat Minas in Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Minas 104:84

Halcones Xalapa grabbed the second straight win at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. Yesterday they held off Minas to get closer to the title. Halcones will now face Universo/BRB in the battle for the trophy later tonight.
The hosts opened the game playing aggressive defense and it paid off. Xalapa capitalized on numerous mistakes from Minas to clear off to an 8-point distance. However the Brazilian team found the rhythm soon and completed the opening stanza on a 20:4 rally that put them in front 30:22. Three-pointers from Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) and Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma) highlighted the start of the second frame as the home team surged back in front. Sam Bowie was the go-to guy in the period as he refused to miss en route to 19 points and Halcones ensured a 53:41 advantage at halftime. Sam Bowie stayed on fire after the major break. He netted five straight points to enlarge the gap to 15 points. Xalapa finished the third period ahead by massive 16 points. Minas had little chances of rescuing the game as Halcones cruised in the fourth period.
Sam Bowie nailed 26 points to pace Halcones. Victor Avila added 16 points and 6 boards, while Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) and Dontae Truitt (198-G/F-81, college: Georgia SW) scored 13 points apiece in the win. Evandro Soro (190-G-80) responded with 18 points for Minas. Joseph Shipp (197-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: California) had 17 points in the losing case.

Halcones Xalapa: Sam Bowie 26, Victor Avila 16, Gustavo Ayon 13, Dontae Truitt 13
Minas: Evandro Soro 18, Joseph Shipp 17


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Penn collected 8 blocked shots - by David Edole
John Pichon and Diego Kapelan combined for 51 points in leading McNeese State to a Southland Conference basketball victory over Texas State here Sunday night.
In a rare Sunday game, Pichon connected on a career high 27 points while Kapelan added 24 points as the Cowboys won their second straight game and lifted their record to 9-12 overall and to 3-5 in league play.
It was the second highest scoring game for McNeese (they scored 88 in an earlier victory over Louisiana College) this season as they made good 49.2 percent of their field goals (32 of 65), 50 percent of their three point shots (eight of 16) and 65 percent of their free throws (13 of 20).
Pichon made 11 of 16 shots from the floor and five of seven free throws while Kapelan was seven of 14 and five of six from the line. He made five of nine three point shots.
Texas State held a 41-39 halftime lead but the Cowboys outscored the Bobcats 46-38 in the second half, shooting 55 percent. The Bobcats, now 10-12 overall and 3-6 in the SLC, led in rebounds 48-38.
Their leading scorers were Brandon Bush and Brent Benson with 22 points each. They also had John Rybak with 13 and Cameron Johnson with 10.
Adding to McNeeses double digit scoring were Patrick Richard with 11 coming off the bench and Kleon Penn (211-C-86) with 10. Penn also had a season high eight blocked shots.
The win was the seventh in a row by McNeese over the Bobcats.
It was a great game and I knew it would be fast paced, Cowboy coach Dave Simmons said. We had four guys in double digits and it was just our night. This is a big win and it sets us up nice to go on the road against UTA on Wednesday.
Simmons also added that a key to the win was that reserves Elbryan Neal and Billy Cotton were able to come in to play key minutes and give some of the starters a rest.


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Xinjiang Edges Jiangsu 107-106 - by Arthur Volbert
Xinjiang edged third-place Jiangsu 107-106 to maintain its one-game lead in the CBA standings. Xinjiang's record is now 29-4 while Jiangsu's drops to 26-7. Mendez Juan (202-F-81, college: Niagara) led Xinjiang with 38 points and 18 rebounds. Mengke Bateer had 21 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists. Myron Allen had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 11 assists and 7 steals. Xu Guochong scored 17. Zhang Shu had 8 points and 3 rebounds. Donnell Harvey led Jiangsu with 37 points and 19 rebounds. Zhang Cheng scored 22, Han Shuo had 15 and Liu Yahui had 13. Jameel Watkins had 10 points and 6 rebounds. Hu Xuefeng shot only 3 of 14 for 9 points, but had 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals.

Guangdong kept pace with Xinjiang, gaining a 28-5 record, with a 104-92 win over bottom-dwelling Yunnan. The entire team had a chance to play. Young Dong Hanlin led the scoring with 20 points, and added 16 rebounds, showing his enormous potential as a high-flying forward. Zhu Fangyu scored 14 points, while Wang Shipeng and Liu Xiaoyu each scored 11. Jason Dixon had 10. 12 Guangdong players scored and a good time was had by all. Corsley Edwards led Yunnan with 43 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocks. Liu Xiqui scored 16, Zhao Anan scored 13, and Li Tao scored 10.

Shandong defeated Zhejiang 114-93. Sun Jie had 29 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Mack Tuck had 28 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Wu Ke, listed as born in 1990 and a former star at the United States Basketball Academy in Oregon, had 17 points and 7 rebounds and outplayed Zhejiang's Zhang Dayu. Garnett Thompson had 13 points and 22 rebounds. Wang Gang scored 11. Kirk Snyder led Zhejiang with 33 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Samuel Hoskin, who has indeed returned to Zhejiang, had 17 points and 9 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 13 points but only hit 3 of 15 shots. But he did grab 12 rebounds. Zhang Dayu had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Liu Weiwei scored 10.

Fujian trounced Dongguan 114-89. Neither Michael Harris nor Cory Underwood played for Dongguan, an ominous sign for its future this season. Chris Porter led Fujian with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Mario Austin had 21 points and 6 rebounds. Lu Xiaoming had 13 points, 5 rebounds, 16 assists and 8 steals. Young Zhao Tailong scored 17. Gong Songlin scored 13 and Yang Genglin scored 12. Talented young shooting guard Meng Duo led Dongguan with 24 points. Yu Ning scored 13 and Zhang Zhe and Chen Kai each had 12. Zhang Kai had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Bayi defeated Liaoning 86-78. Wang Lei had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Wang Zhongguang and Delehei each scored 14, Wang adding 6 steals. Chen Ke scored 12 and Li Ke had 10 points and 9 rebounds. Liu Xiangtao had 14 points for Liaoning. Li Xiaoxu, Awvee Storey and Bain Qiang each scored 13. Chris Alexander had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Young 7-footer Han Dejun had 4 points and 9 rebounds in 8 minutes.

Shaanxi defeated Shanghai 122-110 as Lee Benson had 34 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists. Brandon Robinson had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Zhang Wei had 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Chen Zhaosheng scored 12 and He Ben and Yang Wenbo each had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Li Gen scored 26 points for Shanghai but gathered no rebounds. Liu Wei had 18 points and 5 assists. Peng Fei scored 14 and DaJuan Tate had 13. Luo Xudong had 12 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Wu Yang had 10 points and 8 rebounds while Cai Liang had 10 points and 5 rebounds.

Rodney White had 50 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals as Zhejiang Guangsha blasted Jilin 119-94. Zhang Nan added 30 points, 5 rebounds and 6 steals. Jelani McCoy had 14 points and 4 rebounds before fouling out in 39 minutes. Jin Lipeng also scored 14. Leon Rogers had 26 points and 8 rebounds for Jilin. Soumaila Samake had 16 points and 11 rebounds. Wang Bo had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists but also 8 turnovers. Liu Wei scored 14.

Chen Lei scored 35 points as Beijing defeated Tianjin 113-108. Dontae Jones had 28 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 6 steals. Ji Zhe had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Xie Libin scored 13 while Zhang Yunsong had 10 points and 6 assists. Theron Smith had 31 points and 6 rebounds for Tianjin. Darryl Watkins had 24 points, 19 rebounds, and 6 assists. Liu Hao had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Wang Bin scored 11.

Tim Pickett, putting up Bonzi Wells-like numbers, had 38 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals as Shanxi Zhongyu beat Qingdao 104-96. Olumide Oyedeji had 15 points, 19 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Sun Chunlei scored 15 and Zhang Xuewen scored 14. Yu Xuelin had 10. Chris Williams had 27 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals for Qingdao. Yu Gaofeng scored 18. Xie Zhongjie scored 13. Frans Steyn had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Li Guang had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.


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


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Ivan NOVACIC
  Cedevita
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Bizaca, Trogir22.2 
 2. Mimica, Sibenka21.6 
 3. Mance, Kvarner NR21.6 
 4. Zoric, Zabok21.4 
 5. Bradley, Cedevita19.0 
 6. Vranjes, Dubrovnik17.9 
 7. Petkovic, Sibenka17.9 
 8. Rimac, Svjetlost17.2 
 9. Sakic, Dubrava16.3 
 10. Delic, Svjetlo.15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka PETKOVIC
  Sibenka
  (181-G-88)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Zoric, Zabok9.6 
 2. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj8.9 
 3. Spahija, Kvarner NR8.2 
 4. Bilan, Sibenka8.1 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir7.0 
 6. Delic, Svjetlost6.4 
 7. Brkic, Trogir6.4 
 8. Colak, Cedevita6.1 
 9. Pehar, Zabok6.0 
 10. Sobin, Trog.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Maro LUCIC
  Dubrovnik
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Sumic, Alkar Sinj5.8 
 2. Norac, Svjetlost5.8 
 3. Petkovic, Sibenka5.8 
 4. Tomeljak, Cedevita3.8 
 5. Bradley, Cedevita3.7 
 6. Ticina, Svjetlost3.4 
 7. Glavinic, Kvarn.3.0 
 8. Bubalo, Trogir2.8 
 9. Cosic, Dubrava2.8 
 10. Bilic, Trog.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nenad DELIC
  Svjetlost
  (210-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Norac, Svjetlost4.0 
 2. Glavinic, Kvarn.2.0 
 3. Maric, Dubrava2.0 
 4. Ivanov, Zabok1.7 
 5. Kovacevic, Cedevita1.5 
 6. Petkovic, Sibenka1.4 
 7. Ramljak, Alkar Sinj1.4 
 8. Bizaca, Trogir1.4 
 9. Sobin, Trogir1.4 
 10. Lucic, Trog.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Frano COLAK
  Cedevita
  (205-C-77)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Zoric, Zabok3.0 
 2. Krolo, Dubrava2.0 
 3. Sobin, Trogir1.1 
 4. Bilan, Sibenka1.0 
 5. Bizaca, Trogir0.9 
 6. Delic, Svjetlost0.6 
 7. Vukicevic, Sibenka0.5 
 8. Pajevic, Svjetlost0.5 
 9. Vidacak, Dubrava0.5 
 10. Sarlija, Bor.0.4 


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Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. AEL 11-3 
 2. Keravnos 11-3 
 3. Apollon 9-4 
 4. APOEL 6-7 
 5. Achilleas K. 6-7 
 6. AEK 6-8 
 7. Etha 4-8 
 8. ENAD 4-9 
 9. Omonia 3-10 


AEL IS BACK! - by Nasios Orinos
The game was a 'one team's show' with AEL proving its dominance once more.

During the first half, and by playing simple basketball, AEL managed to outscore Omonoia with 42-27, with Moujezinovic and Blanchart killing their opponents under the basket. Randojevic did not have to do much, besides adding 9 points, and pulling a few rebounds, to deliver a presence.

AEL's dominance continued in the second half. Dragan Raca had the opportunity to use all his players and to try different drills.

It should be noted that AEL still continues its European games. The team has been pretty much giving two games per week, and wining most them, since October. This has clearly affected the players, especially the front line ones. It was a good move from Dragan's side to give them some rest.

Quarters: 17-14, 42-27, 66-45, 91-64

AEL: Liatsos 10 (2), Mitchel 10 (1), Dozet 14 (2), Taylor 7 (1), Soubotic 2, Palalas 9, Blanchart 14, Kampanellis 3 (1), Moujezinovic 13 (3), Loizides, Randogevic 9 (1)
Omonoia: Smith 12, Pavlou 5 (1), Zaric 15 (2), Jenkins 23 (1), Georgiades, Rietti 2, Zagorov, Saiks 7 (1)


Apoel - Keravnos 77-63 - by Chris Mammides
Apoel beat the Strovolos team quite easy with 14 points differene and gave a new dimension in the Cyprus league!
Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech) scored 15 points, Garcia added another 14, and a host of others made significant contributions to help APOEL on a 77-63 victory over Keravnos.
APOEL was great at offense and a lion at defense and simply delivered its best game so far, being able to succeed a great victory on Keravnos. It did not at any way remind a team that looks 6th on the board and seems to be back.

APOEL had returned to the first games scene and fought back ending Keravnoss winning streak. APOELs players had something to prove to themselves and they did it on Friday night. They beat back the demons, the ghosts and the first games result (beaten by one in overtime) and they proved to themselves and the fans that they can.

Regarding the game, it was close at the first quarter with Keravnos advancing to a 9-point lead (18-9). APOEL has committed a come-back and got its first lead 24-23 managing to close the half by 36-35. APOEL slowly - slowly managed to advance to a 20-point lead (66-46) and win the game by 77-63.


Periods: 19-21, 36-35, 60-44, 77-63

APOEL: Van Dorbe 4, Brokenboro 7, Kantic 5(1), Makanta 12(2), Martin Zeno 15(1), Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77) 9 (2), Couper 11(2), Garcia 14

Keravnos: Giannas, Hart 11(1), Pilavas 3, Jason Straight (188-G-83, college: Wyoming) 13, Kracic 4, Trisokkas 14, Damianovic 2, Greer 12(3), Skelin 4


Aris Koronides - The Shooter! - by Chris Mammides
Yes, it reminds us of that great movie The Shooter when Mark Whalberg was shooting other things. Aris on the other hand is shooting and is killing basketball opponents.
We all remember Aris when he was playing in Keravnos. He was a young boy when he first appeared in Strovolos. It was coach Papazoglou who brought him in the team and invested a lot on him. Aris has always been a great gun and we all remember him what a great 3-point shooter he was when he played in Keravnos and later on in APOEL.
This season, Aris is playing in Apollon Patron, Greece A2 division where he distinguishes. Last night though, Aris wrote history in the Greek A2 league as he is only the third player in the history of the Hellenic Basketball that is scoring 50 points, in the game against Ermis Lagkada, Aris was magnificent, he had 17/21 free throws, 3/5 2-point shots and 9/16, 3-pointers. He also had 3 assists and 2 steals, helping his team to succeed a great road win in Lagkada as the final score was Ermis Lagkada - Apollon Patras 98-100.
By looking at his overall stats, in a total of 17 games, Aris is the second top scorer in the league with 356 points, just 6 points behind Koutroulias of Near East. More over, he is the top 3-pointer of the league with a total of 59 (3-pointers) and second in assists with 94, just 11 behind Karidas of Ilisiakos. Regarding free-throws is fourth with 83. Aris is definitely the best Cypriot player oversees.
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the talented shooter.


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D-League Round: 63 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Idaho - Tulsa 106-110
Gary Forbes (6'7''-G/F-85, college: Virginia) demonstrated impressive performance against the Idaho Stampede last night pouring in 36 points. Ryan Humphrey also had very important role in victory collecting 20 points and 15 rebounds. Dwayne Jones shined in loss with 31 points and 16 boards. 66ers 6-21, Stampede 20-10.

Ft.Wayne - Dakota 92-115
The Wizards grabbed this one thanks to Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Missouri St.) and Richard Hendrix. Ahearn nailed 32 points and dished out 10 assists, while Hendrix added 30 pts and 18 rebounds. Ron Howard replied with 31 points in loss. Wizards 18-12, Mad Ants 11-16.

Los Angeles - Albuquerque 97-107
Will Conroy (6'2''-G-82, college: Washington) was a key player for the winning squad last night delivering 35 points, including 7 assists. Keith McLeod was the second scorer with 19 pts. On the other side, the LA D-Fenders got 23 points from Brandon Heath. Thunderbirds 14-12, D-Fenders 7-21.

Bakersfield - Anaheim 95-97
The Arsenal jumped on 10-8, while the Jam fell on 16-12 record. James White (6'6''-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 5 assists. Terrance Thomas had 25 pts and 6 boards in defeat.


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Dakota W. 18-13 
 2. Iowa E. 16-7 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 14-14 
 4. Erie BH 14-16 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 11-16 
Southwest Division
 1. Colorado 14ers 18-7 
 2. Austin T. 18-8 
 3. Albuquerque T. 14-12 
 4. Rio Grande VV 10-18 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 7-20 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 19-11 
 2. Utah F. 16-10 
 3. Bakersfield J. 16-12 
 4. Reno B. 11-17 
 5. Anaheim A. 10-18 
 6. LA D-Fenders 7-21 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Renaldo MAJOR
  Dakota
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Conroy, Albuquerque26.4 
 2. White, Anaheim25.4 
 3. Ahearn, Dakota23.2 
 4. Sims, Iowa22.2 
 5. Daniels, Erie21.4 
 6. Crawford, Los A.21.4 
 7. Hairston, Austin21.1 
 8. Williams, Austin21.0 
 9. Johnson, Bakersfi.20.1 
 10. Martin, Io.20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Glen MCGOWAN
  Sioux Falls
  (206-F-81)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Hendrix, Dakota11.9 
 2. Sims, Iowa11.1 
 3. Davidson, Idaho10.8 
 4. Gaines, Austin10.3 
 5. Daniels, Erie10.2 
 6. Hunter, Ft.Wayne10.1 
 7. Monds, Albuquerque9.7 
 8. Brown, Austin9.5 
 9. Allred, Idaho9.2 
 10. Jeffers, Io.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Colorado
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Russell, Ft.Wayne11.5 
 2. Gill, Colorado8.6 
 3. Cleaves, Bakersfield8.0 
 4. Conroy, Albuquerque8.0 
 5. Parker, Rio Grande7.5 
 6. Stinson, Iowa7.1 
 7. Jordan, Rio Grande6.2 
 8. Ahearn, Dakota6.0 
 9. Clinkscales, Erie5.9 
 10. Jefferson, Ut.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Erik DANIELS
  Erie
  (204-G/F-82)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Coleman, Colorado2.8 
 2. Elliott, Sioux Falls2.6 
 3. Noel, Albuquerque2.5 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne2.5 
 5. Jordan, Rio Grande2.4 
 6. Parker, Rio Grande2.3 
 7. Major, Dakota2.3 
 8. Conroy, Albuquerque2.1 
 9. Mitchell, Los Angeles2.1 
 10. Johnson, Aust.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriel HUGHES
  Los Angeles
  (213-F/C-80)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Samb, Colorado4.1 
 2. Williams, Colorado3.9 
 3. Hill, Tulsa2.3 
 4. Giles, Los Angeles2.2 
 5. Hendrix, Dakota2.2 
 6. Sims, Iowa2.2 
 7. Felix, Anaheim2.0 
 8. Alexander, Sioux F.2.0 
 9. Looby, Rio Grande2.0 
 10. Petway, Ida.1.9 


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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Zamalek 17-2 
 2. Ahly 14-5 
 3. Al Ittihad 14-5 
 4. Gezira 13-6 
 5. Geish Army 12-7 
 6. Somouha 11-8 
 7. Sporting 11-8 
 8. Shorta-Police 8-11 
 9. Gasco 6-13 
 10. Shams 4-15 
 11. Shark ins. 3-16 
 12. Al Olympi 1-18 


Zecevic announce 16 players for Training Camp - by Mohamed Hafez
The new Serbian head coach of the Egyptian national team Zeljko Zecevic - 48 years - announced 16 players to join the training camp which will start on 11 till 20 February , Zecevic informed Eurobasket.com reporter that he had to choose 12 players by 18 February to fly to Rwanda 21 Feb. where the qualification round of Zone 5 of the African championship will be held from 23Feb. till 2 March
The players Joining the training camp:
1 Ramy Gunady Point Guard 185cm '81 Gezira
2 Wael Badr Point Guard 192cm '78 Zamalek
3 Mohannad El-Sabbagh Point Guard 180cm '87 Al Ettihad
4 Mohamed Hosny Point Guard 182cm '86 Al Ahly
5 Sheriff Gunady Guard 183cm '79 Gezira
6 Tamer Mostafa Guard 187cm '82 Army Team
7 Haitham Said Guard 190cm '75 Zamalek
8 Mostafa Meshaal Small Forward 197cm '86 Gezira
9 Haitham El Saharty Small Forward 195cm '85 Zamalek
10 Hussainy Samir Forward 193cm '76 Zamalek
11 Ibrahim Ramy Power Forward 201cm '87 Al Ettihad
12 Haitham Kamel Power Forward 203cm '88 Al Ettihad
13 Mostafa Shaawat Center 205cm '87 Al Ahly
14 Mohamed Khorshed Center 205cm '85 Sporting
15 Tarek El-Ghannam Center 208cm '79 Al Ahly
16 Mohammed Adly Center 212cm '87 Al Ahly

Medium age of the players is 25,0 year
Medium hight of the players is 194,9 cm

Mr. Zecevic had a very good resume he was Head coach of team playing in Italian league series B, C and assistant head coach to Udine club in Series A and Head of scouting office also


Round 19: Itthad beats Gezira & Zamalek crushes Ahly - by Sherif Soliman
Roud 19; Itthad over comed Gezira in a very hard game,Mohanad El Sabagh made the second free shot in the last 3 seconds to give his team a very important win over Gezira. while, Zamalek kept undefeated in the second rouund and crushed Ahly after they were back by 15 po. finishing the game by 8 po. However,Somouha had a great win over Geish in cairo to keep fighting with Sporting to reach the finals,

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Sagadin new coach of Zadar! - by Philip Mulryne


Slovenian Zmago Sagadin was hired as a new coach of Croatian champion KK Zadarr until June 2010! He is KK Zadar's third coach of the season, replacing Denis Pleslic , who was filling in Aleksandar Petrovic , who was forced out two months ago. Sagadin (56) is an experienced coach, who started the current season as boss of Polish team Anwil Wloclawek, but he left the team in last October.
This decision was taken by KK Zadar ,after the defeat to rivals KK Zagreb in Adriatic League. KK Zadar managed to advanced Eurocup Top 16 but was beaten to Turk Telekom in Ankara and Benetton in Croatia.Some of the fans also does not want Dejan Ivanov because of his manners during the teams' defat.


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Standings - Korisliiga
1st Division Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 13-1 
 2. Salon Vilpas 10-3 
 3. Lapua 8-7 
 4. Huima 8-7 
 5. LoKoKo 7-6 
 6. JKS 7-9 
 7. HNMKY 7-9 
 8. Jyvaskyla 6-9 
 9. BC Nokia 6-10 
 10. Honka 5-8 
 11. Ura Basket 4-12 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Amani DAANISH
  Salon Vilpas
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. McNeil, JKS27.3 
 2. Surratt, Ura Basket27.2 
 3. Holmes, BC Nokia25.0 
 4. Heard, LoKoKo24.8 
 5. Cooper, BC Nokia23.1 
 6. Francis, JKS23.0 
 7. Davis, LoKoKo22.3 
 8. Conerly, Salon Vilpas22.1 
 9. Dlouhy, BC Nokia21.6 
 10. Piplovic, Lap.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Toni RAISKI
  Lapua
  (194-F-81)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Francis, JKS11.4 
 2. McNeil, JKS11.2 
 3. Daanish, Salon Vilpas11.1 
 4. Piplovic, Lapua10.9 
 5. Morris, Huima10.6 
 6. Richardson, PuHu10.6 
 7. Kraznotzhon, HN.10.3 
 8. Green, Salon Vilpas10.2 
 9. Collins, Jyvaskyla9.7 
 10. Polk, Kauhajo.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Toni SVARD
  Kauhajoki
  (173-G-87)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Davis, LoKoKo5.4 
 2. Surratt, Ura Basket4.8 
 3. Conerly, Salon Vilpas4.5 
 4. Carhart, Lapua4.1 
 5. Graham, Huima4.0 
 6. Holmes, BC Nokia3.4 
 7. Horton, Kauhajoki3.2 
 8. Silvonen, HN.3.1 
 9. Nikitin, Honka3.0 
 10. Naukkarinen, Jyv.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Heikki LAATIKAINEN
  Huima
  (177-G-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Surratt, Ura Basket3.2 
 2. Horton, Kauhajoki3.1 
 3. Holmes, BC Nokia3.0 
 4. Davis, LoKoKo3.0 
 5. McNeil, JKS2.8 
 6. Conerly, Salon Vilpas2.8 
 7. Carhart, Lapua2.7 
 8. Little, HN.2.6 
 9. Washington, Kauha.2.3 
 10. Williams, Hon.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Teemu SIITONEN
  HNMKY
  (200-F-81)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. King, Jyvaskyla2.7 
 2. Watson, BC Nokia1.7 
 3. Washington, Kauha.1.3 
 4. Still, Lapua1.2 
 5. Thomas, LoKoKo1.2 
 6. Daanish, Salon Vilpas1.1 
 7. Morris, Huima1.0 
 8. Francis, JKS0.9 
 9. Cooper, BC Nokia0.9 
 10. Collins, Jyvasky.0.9 


1st Division Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
JKS - HNMKY 85-90
JKS was beaten by HNMKY 85:90 as all the guests were victorious in Regular Season Round 18. Sauli Silvonen (186-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Del Villar Jose Domingues had 13 points and 10 boards. Jarvinen Tuomas ended up with 19 points in defeat.

BC Nokia - Jyvaskyla 97-99
Jyvaskyla got a rare away from home win beating BC Nokia 99:97. Jackson Joe led the winners with 30 points and Naukkarinen Timo produced 28. Matt Cooper (201-F-85, college: Le Moyne) finished the night with 26 points for the hosts.

Honka - Salon Vilpas 70-85
Salon Vilpas improved to 10-3 on the second position after the road win over Honka 70:85. Amani Daanish (201-F-83, college: Indiana St.) poured in 26 points and Ahonen Roope ended up with 19. Salin Sasu nailed 20 points in the losing effort.

Ura Basket - Lapua 67-102
Lapua destroyed Ura Basket 102:67 as Marko Piplovic (207-F-76, agency: Interperformances) exploded with 46 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Raiski Toni netted 18, while Carhart Kyle made a triple-double with 12 points, 14 boards and 12 assists. Ahokas Miska nailed 26 points in the losing effort.


1.DIVISION: Four victories on the road - by Rauno Hurmalainen

1.Division, Round 15: Four games tonight - four victories on the road. When Korikobrat (Lapua) crushed Ura Basket (Kaarina) 67-102 Marko Piplovic (207-F-76, agency: Interperformances) scored 46 pts and grabbed 12 rbs. Also Kyle Carhart (191-G/F-83, college: Grand Valley St.) can be satisfied as he had a triple-double: 12 pts - 14 rbs - 12 assists! Vilpas (Salo) came strong during the second half and defeated Honka (Tapiola) 70-85. Amani Daanish (201-F-83, college: Indiana St.) led Vilpas with 26 pts. Quennell Green (198-G/F-84, college: SE Louisiana) had a double-double 17 pts and 11 rbs. Then two very close contests. BC Nokia lost at home vs BC Jyvaskyla 97-99. Joe Jackson (192-G-86, college: Denver) netted 30 pts for the winners. Timo Naukkarinen (190-G/F-79) added with 28 pts. And OT was needed in Jarvenpaa, where JKS lost after extra 5 minutes vs YMCA Helsinki 85-90 (78). Tomi Jarvinen led JKS with 19 pts. Sharpshooter Sauli Silvonen (186-G-83) netted 25 pts for YMCA Helsinki.

Ura Basket - Lapua 67-102 (27-62) (Miska Ahokas 26, Armondo Surratt 14 - Marko Piplovic 46/12, Toni Raiski 18, Kyle Carhart 12/14/12).

Honka, Tapiola - Vilpas 70-85 (38-28) (Sasu Salin 20, Olli Nikitin 13, Ilkka Sirola 12 - Amani Daanish 26, Roope Ahonen 19, Quinnell Green 17/11).

BC Nokia - BC Jyvaskyla 97-99 (55-47) (Matt Cooper 26, Jason Holmes 21, Breyohn Watson 18 - Joe Jackson 30, Timo Naukkarinen 28, Mike King 15/13).

JKS - YMCA Helsinki OT 85-90 (78)(47-44) (Tomi Jarvinen 19, Ville Viita 18, Toni Honka 15/14 - Sauli Silvonen 25, Jose Domingues Del Villar 13, LaTrice Little 11).



KORISLIIGA: Team Componenta upset Kouvot - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 28: The # 1 Team Kouvot (Kouvola) visiting Karkkila and Team Componenta (# 9), Jukka Kataja (197-F-82) got himself on injured list (ankle) in the beginning of the game, and Team Componenta's newcomer Dainmon Gonner (198-F-80, college: SE Missouri St.) leading his new team to clear victory 95-70 (55-34)! Home team's three American players combining 69 pts and rest of the team 26 pts. Team Componenta also winning the rebounds 39-26 and shooting a lot better. Gonner led TC with 26 pts. In Lahti local YMCA lost second time this season at home. The winning team was FoKoPo (Forssa) and the game MVPs Jarno Nissinen (195-F-77) (17) and Ray Cunningham (199-F-79, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Murray St.) (16/16). In Joensuu anemic Tarmo (Porvoo) had no chances and Kataja (# 1 Team right now) crushed the visitors 106-59. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79, agency: ANYPEX) led Kataja with 19 pts.

Team Componenta - Kouvot 95-70 (55-34) (Dainmon Gonner 26, Frank Richards 22, Damion Dantzler 21/14 - Matt Williams 12, Roope Suonio 12, Brian Swift 11).

YMCA Lahti - FoKoPo 71-75 (42-33) (Ray Nixon 19, Vesa Makalainen 16/12, Kurtis Rice 15 - Jarno Nissinen 17, Ray Cunningham 16/16, Nick Wallery 14).

Kataja - Tarmo 106-59 (43-32) (Sami Lehtoranta 19, Jeremiah Wood 17/15, Juho Nenonen 17 - DeWayne Richardson 17/12, Ville-Pertti Lind 14, Justice Graham 9).



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ProB Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levall. - St.Vallier 89-75
The top ranked Paris-Levallois outplayed Saint-Vallier by 14 points for nice 16-3 record. Rodney Elliott (202-F-76, college: Maryland) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Prosper Karangwa was behind him with 13 pts, 6 rebs and 8 assists. Cedric Melicie was on fire in the loosing squad delivering 30 pts. He also had 19 rebounds beside that.

Brest - Maurienne 87-94
Chris Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.), who nailed 25, and Rashard Sullivan, who added 20 points, helped Maurienne to outgun Brest on the road 94-87. Armand Charles netted 19 points for the hosts. Maurienne now had 8-11, while Brest fell on 7-12.

St.Quentin - Limoges 74-82
Scott Emerson nailed 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the winners, while Alhaji Mohammed had 3 points less than him, including 5 boards and 5 assists. Shaun Fein came up with 25 points in loss.

Nantes - St-Etienne 75-80
Nice road victory for Saint-Etienne, who jumped on 11-8 record. Eric Joldersma (197-F/G-77, college: Bethel (MN)) led the scorers with 22 points. Terry Williams also was on high level adding 19 pts and 6 assists. Nantes' best player was Vernard Hollins with 25 points.

Clermont - Evreux 83-71
Ismaila Sy (192-G-79, agency: Interperformances) demonstrated impressive performance for Clermont collecting 20 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Lamar Karim had 24 pts in defeat, while Nicholas Pope contributed with 22.

Boulazac - Quimper 88-78
Boulazac outplayed the last ranked Quimper at home 88-78 thanks to William Knight (196-F/G-79, college: UCLA) and Ronnie Taylor. Knight came up with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Taylor added 22 points and 6 assists. Rick Cornett scored 18 points in loss.

Bourg - Poitiers 72-71
Bourg escaped with a tiny home victory vs Poitiers remaining on the second place in Pro B with 15-4 record. Terrance Johnson (196-G-82, college: Cal.Baptist) nailed 27, while Justin Ingram helped the hosts with 22 points and 6 assists. Kenny Younger answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

Charleville - Le Portel 69-68
All Charleville's players managed to score at least 3 points in this game. Chris Davis was the best one with 13 pts. Laurent Cazalon had the same number, but on the other side. With this victory the hosts jumped on 12-7.

Antibes - Nanterre 70-83
Nanterre cruised past Antibes on the road mostly owing to Edwin Jackson (190-G-89) and his 22 points. Arnaud Kerckhof had 14 pts, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The hosts got 17 points from Yann Mollinari.


ProA Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL - Gravelines 89-69
Nice 20-point win for ASVEL, who joined Orleans on top of Pro A with 14-3 record. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Pittsburgh) was a key player in victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds. JR Reynolds scored 14, while Amara Sy had one point less. Tony Stanley answered with 32 points for the loosing side.

Le Mans - Strasbourg 76-81
Strasbourg crushed Le Mans on the road thanks to Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) and David Simon, which combined 45 points and 13 rebounds. John Allen followed them with 17 pts. On the other side, Dewarick Spencer collected 25 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. Both teams are on 10-7 record now.

Vichy - Orleans 80-77
Vichy outsmarted the top ranked Orleans handing it third defeat of the season. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) was on fire in victory pouring in 30 points. Zach Moss followed with 16. Brian Greene netted 18 points for the guests. Vichy 7-10, Orleans 14-3 (same as ASVEL).

Pau - Le Havre 93-102
Another home loss for Pau-Orthez, this time vs Le Havre 93-102. TJ Thompson (177-G-82, college: George Washington) stepped up for the winners with 33 points and 8 assists. Marcus Slaughter helped with double-double, 22 points and 11 boards. The hosts got 26 points and 9 boards from Dylan Page. Le Havre 6-11, Pau 3-14.

Besancon - Nancy 57-85
Nancy devastated Besancon as a guest moving up on 11-6 record (third place). Victor Samnick (203-F-79, college: Georgetown) came up with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Steed Tchicamboud had 12 and Ricardo Greer netted 11 points for the winners. Justin Hawkins contributed with 17 points in loss. Besancon 6-11.

Hyeres-Toulon - Roanne 79-81
Chris Monroe and Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) led the scorers in Roanne with 19 points each. Harper also grabbed 10 rebounds beside that. New acquisition Uchenna Nsomwu added 14 pts and 6 boards. Shawnta Rogers and Austin Nichols combined 46 points in defeat. Roanne 10-7, Toulon 10-7.

Cholet - Rouen 86-68
Comfortable 18-point win for Cholet, who now has 8-9 score (ninth place). Thomas Larrouquis (197-G/F-85), who came off the bench, was its best player with 20 points. Vincent Grier had 17 and Nando De Colo helped with 14 pts. Michel Nascimento scored 14 for Rouen (6-11).

Dijon - Chalon 73-81
9-8 for Chalon and 6-11 for Dijon after this game. Jerome Schmitt (205-C-81, agency: Octagon) shined in victory with double-double, 19 points and 10 boards. Brian Boddicker also had 19, while Zack Wright nailed 12 pts. The hosts got 18 points from Abdoulaye Mbaye.


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


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Brian CHASE
  Dynamo M.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Nichols, Hyeres-T.23.2 
 2. Rush, Strasbourg21.9 
 3. Gray, Roanne19.5 
 4. Thompson, Le Havre19.2 
 5. Banks, Orleans17.6 
 6. Chatfield, Dijon16.6 
 7. Sy, AS.16.2 
 8. Boddicker, Chalon15.8 
 9. Monroe, Roanne15.6 
 10. Harper, Roan.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  Chalon
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Merriex, Le Havre10.0 
 2. Masingue, Hyeres-T.9.0 
 3. Issa, Vichy8.6 
 4. Vaty, Pau7.9 
 5. Falker, Cholet7.4 
 6. Gray, Roanne7.3 
 7. Greer, Nancy7.2 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans7.2 
 9. Troutman, AS.7.0 
 10. Thioune, Rou.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Stephane RISACHER
  Chalon
  (202-F-72)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Reid, Vichy8.1 
 2. Wright, Chalon6.7 
 3. Thompson, Le Havre6.4 
 4. Heurtel, Pau5.6 
 5. Sciarra, Orleans5.3 
 6. Jeanneau, AS.5.2 
 7. Draper, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 8. Pellin, Roanne4.8 
 9. Greer, Nancy4.7 
 10. Houston, Rou.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Stephane RISACHER
  Chalon
  (202-F-72)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Wright, Chalon2.9 
 2. Dobbins, Orleans2.5 
 3. Rush, Strasbourg2.4 
 4. Krupalija, Dijon2.3 
 5. Causeur, Le Havre2.2 
 6. Greene, Orleans1.9 
 7. Perincic, Hyeres-T.1.8 
 8. Grier, Cholet1.8 
 9. Banks, Orleans1.8 
 10. Dorsey, Rou.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 TJ THOMPSON
  Le Havre
  (177-G-82)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Rush, Strasbourg1.4 
 2. Houston, Rouen1.3 
 3. Greer, Nancy1.1 
 4. MBaye, Dijon1.1 
 5. Krupalija, Dijon1.1 
 6. Wright, Chalon1.1 
 7. Gray, Roanne1.1 
 8. Moss, Vichy1.0 
 9. Bojic, Le Havre1.0 
 10. Covile, Orlea.0.9 


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 James MATHIS
  Evreux
  (199-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Craven, Clermont19.9 
 2. Fein, St.Quentin19.2 
 3. Olivero, Le Portel18.5 
 4. Ingram, Bourg17.9 
 5. Carter, St-Etienne17.3 
 6. Mohammed, Limoges17.2 
 7. Barnette, St.Vallier17.2 
 8. Bing, Clermont17.2 
 9. Gay, Brest16.6 
 10. Hollins, Nant.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel KENNEDY
  Antibes
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Humbert, St.Qu.9.7 
 2. Melicie, St.Vallier8.8 
 3. Bing, Clermont8.7 
 4. Almonte, Nanterre8.1 
 5. Sullivan, Maurienne8.0 
 6. Emerson, Limoges8.0 
 7. Mathis, Evreux7.9 
 8. McCord, Antibes7.9 
 9. Lalugba, Bourg7.6 
 10. Howell, Boulaz.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Prosper KARANGWA
  Paris-Levall.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Williams, St-Etienne5.7 
 2. Taylor, Boulazac5.5 
 3. Gomez, Poitiers5.4 
 4. Ingram, Bourg5.2 
 5. Ball, Paris-Levall.5.1 
 6. Dunn, Maurienne4.9 
 7. Craven, Clermont4.6 
 8. Dobie, Nanterre4.3 
 9. Mollinari, Antibes4.1 
 10. Morlende, St.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jose OLIVERO
  Le Portel
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Craven, Clermont2.9 
 2. Sullivan, Maurienne2.7 
 3. Barnette, St.Vallier2.6 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne2.4 
 5. Traore, Boulazac2.3 
 6. Ball, Paris-Levall.2.1 
 7. Block, Quimper2.1 
 8. Ingram, Bourg1.9 
 9. Boire, Le Portel1.9 
 10. Gomez, Poitie.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenny YOUNGER
  Poitiers
  (203-F-77)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Lukovski, Limoges2.0 
 2. Tucker, St.Quentin1.4 
 3. Hollins, Nantes1.2 
 4. Dunn, Maurienne1.2 
 5. Kennedy, Antibes1.2 
 6. Darnauzan, St.Vallier1.1 
 7. Mathis, Evreux1.1 
 8. Mohammed, Limoges1.1 
 9. Fein, St.Quentin1.1 
 10. Craven, Clermo.1.0 


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Jimmy Wlliams Player Profile Looking For A team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Young starving Basketball players and actors have similiar paths, because both are looking for jobs and trying to make a name for themselves. 22 year old Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Alders.-Broad.) is a 196cm combo guard that grew up in Chicago. He left North Lawndale highschool as its all time leading scorer. He gained experience at playing at various colleges including Alderson-Broaddus (NCAA2) where he averaged 15.0ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.0apg in the 2007-2008 season. He started the 2008-2009 season with Tijuana Galgos (Mexico-LNBP) but left in December 2008. He is a smart player who has great knowledge of the game. He has an all around game, is a great rebounder for a guard, and has good court vision. He is able to guard a one two or three. He also posseses the ability to create his own shot. He is a good one on one player, good at using screens, and can post smaller guards. He certainly could give German Regionaliga teams help at the guard position and would be ready at any moment.' I have a good upside and am willing to play for low money. My goal is to build my resume', said Williams. If there are any German teams interested in the services of Jimmy Williams, then you can contact him at williamjimmy2003@hotmail.com

Standings - 1. Bundesliga
ProA Standings
 1. MBC 17-2 
 2. Bayreuth 15-4 
 3. Hagen 15-4 
 4. Jena 12-7 
 5. Kirchheim 12-7 
 6. Karlsruhe 11-8 
 7. B.Muenchen 9-10 
 8. Cuxhaven 9-10 
 9. Chemnitz 9-10 
 10. Bremen 8-10 
 11. teckproBraves 8-11 
 12. Langen 8-11 
 13. ETB Wohnbau 6-13 
 14. Heidelberg 4-14 
 15. Lich 4-15 
 16. Schalke 4-15 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Michael UMEH
  LTi 46ers
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Westley, Noerdlingen17.6 
 2. Bowman, Telekom B.15.8 
 3. Hess, Art.Dragons15.6 
 4. Bailey, Goettingen15.5 
 5. Jeanty, Noerdlingen15.1 
 6. Rowland, Telek.14.9 
 7. Fenn, Art.Dragons14.9 
 8. Gardner, EWE B.14.7 
 9. Katic, Walter Tigers14.3 
 10. Paulding, EWE.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben BOUMTJE BOUMTJE
  EWE Baskets
  (212-C-78)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ensminger, Pad.Bask.10.9 
 2. Gibbs, ratiopharm10.3 
 3. Slaughter, Bremerha.10.0 
 4. McGhee, Noerdlin.7.8 
 5. Katic, Walter Tigers7.7 
 6. Gordon, Dt.7.3 
 7. Fenn, Art.Dragons7.2 
 8. Westley, Noerdlingen7.0 
 9. Drevo, NY Phantoms6.3 
 10. Rouse, LTi 46e.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pascal ROLLER
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (180-G-76)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Joyce, ratiopharm4.4 
 2. Gardner, EWE B.4.2 
 3. Watson, Bremerha.4.1 
 4. Rowland, Telek.4.1 
 5. Franklin, NY Phant.4.1 
 6. Gordon, Koeln 99ers4.1 
 7. Jenkins, ALBA4.1 
 8. Anderson, Walter T.3.9 
 9. Rivera, Brose B.3.7 
 10. Schaffartzik, LT.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason GARDNER
  EWE Baskets
  (178-G-80)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Trice, Goettingen2.9 
 2. Gordon, Koeln 99ers2.7 
 3. Slaughter, Bremerha.2.6 
 4. McGhee, Noerdlin.1.8 
 5. Lee, Goettingen1.8 
 6. Franklin, NY Phant.1.7 
 7. Yarbrough, Telek.1.7 
 8. Foster, EWE B.1.6 
 9. Paulding, EWE B.1.5 
 10. Lottich, Duesse.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksym SHTEIN
  TBB Trier
  (206-C-80)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Johnson, Telek.3.0 
 2. Reiner, Bremerha.1.3 
 3. Slaughter, Bremerha.1.3 
 4. Gadri-N., Bremerha.1.1 
 5. Dennis, Noerdlingen1.0 
 6. Gibbs, ratiopharm0.9 
 7. Sesay, ALBA0.9 
 8. Ohlbrecht, Brose B.0.9 
 9. Grunheid, Koeln 0.8 
 10. Visser, NY Pha.0.8 


Bundesliga Game Day 20: Weekend Results Febuary 6th-8th! - by Michael Taylor
Game Day 20 played out this weekend in the German Bundesliga.

Friday Febuary 6, 2009
BG74 Gottingen 73 NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig 69
Charles Lee topscored with 19pt 6reb helping BG74 Gottingen to an exciting come-from-behind 73-69 home win over NewYorker Phantoms Braunschweig Friday night at Lokhalle in Gottingen. Along with Lee, Gottingen received 13pt apiece from Kyle Bailey and John Little and 12pt 5reb 5stl 3ast from Ben Jacobsen in the win. Playing without all star forward Andrew Drevo, the Phantoms also lost PG Will Franklin early in the game. Michael Flowers led the Phantoms with a season best 19pt night while Jonathan Levy added 14pt 6reb in the loss. Braunschweig built a 14-11 lead after 1Q and held a 33-32 lead at half. Working through a strong 3rd, the Phantoms built a 50-44 lead after three and extended it to as many as 11 early in the 4th. But an intense Gottingen comeback led to their terrific 4Q comeback win. Gottingen shot 34% from the floor making 7 of 20 threes (35%) and 22 of 27 FT (81%) while Braunschweig hit 50% from the floor including 8 of 24 threes (33%). The Phantoms made only 7 of 11 FT (63%). Head coach John Patrick and his Gottingen team improve to 14-4 while Braunschweig is now 9-11.

Saturday Febuary 7, 2009
LTi Giessen 46ers 73 Artland Dragons 61
Michael Umeh scored 19pt as the LTi Giessen 46ers spoiled the return of their former coach Thorsten Liebenath in Saturday's 73-61 46ers home win in Giessen. Ricky Hickman contributed 12pt and Maurice Jeffers and Robert Maras totaled 10pt apiece in the win. Giessen built a 21-15 1Q lead which they increased to 35-28 at half. The 46ers maintained their advantage in the 3Q taking a 55-47 lead into the 4th where they earned the home win. Artland's only double digit scorers were Darren Fenn (21pt 5reb) and Adam Hess (12pt 7reb). Giessen shot 46% including 6 for 18 from three (33%) and 19 for 27 FT (70%). The 46ers also outrebounded Artland 37-29 and the Dragons hit 40% of their shots making 5 of 21 threes (23%) and 12 of 21 FT (57%). Head coach Vlade Bogojevic and his 46ers are now 6-14 while Artland drops to 8-12.

ratiopharm Ulm 76 Dusseldorf Giants 67
Jeff Gibbs posted another impressive double double scoring 16pt with 17reb in leading ratiopharm Ulm to a hardfought 76-67 home win over Dusseldorf Giants Saturday night at Sportszentrum Kuhberg in Ulm. PG Dru Joyce added 13pt for Ulm. Playing without flu-stricken sharpshooter Lee Humphrey, Ulm received good games from Keith Triplett and Sebastian Betz in the win. Ulm started strong opening a 22-15 lead after 1Q before stretching their advantage to 41-31 at half. The defensive oriented game developed with Ulm extending their advantage to 59-45 after three. Down the stretch, Ulm maintained their lead and held off the Dusseldorf comeback to earn their 8th home win. Dusseldorf was led by Matt Lottich's 14pt, Brendan Winters had 13pt and Pete Campbell 11. In the win, Ulm shot 44% from the floor making 9 of 26 threes (34%) and 19 of 32 FT (59%). Ulm outrebounded the Giants 38-25. Dusseldorf shot 43% including 7 for 18 threes (38%) and 10 of 16 FT (62%). ratiopharm Ulm upped their record to 13-7 while Dusseldorf dropped their 4th consecutive game falling to 8-12.

Walter Tigers Tubingen 96 Nordlingen 85
Rasko Katic led 5 Tubingen players in double figures with a 22pt 13reb double double pushing Walter Tigers Tubingen to a 96-85 home win Saturday night at Paul Horn Arena in Tubingen. Michael Haynes added 14pt, Branislav Ratkovica 14, AJ Moye 13pt 7reb and Jermaine Anderson 11pt in the win. Tubingen put together a 23-19 1Q but Nordlingen fought back to even the game at 46 at halftime. Tubingen's strong 3Q helped the Tigers earn a 69-62 lead going into the 4th where they outscored Nordlingen for the home win. Nordlingen was led by Omari Westley's 24pt 6reb and Monta McGee's 20pt 6reb effort. Tubingen shot 52% from the floor including 10-25 from three (40%) and 16 for 26 FT (61%). The Tigers outrebounded Nordlingen 41-29 on the boards. Nordlingen shot 45% but made 12 of 24 threes (50%) and 19 for 25 FT (76%). Head coach Tolga Ongoran and his Tigers improved to 8-12 while Nordlingen slipped to the same record 8-12.

Paderborn Baskets 96 TBB Trier 63
Paderborn put 7 players in double figures, shot 54% from the floor, made 11 of 19 threes (57%) and dished out 21 assists in their excellent team performance resulting in a 96-63 home win over Trier Saturday night at Sportszentrum Maspernplatz. Lavelle Felton topscored with 18pt 5ast, Nathan Peavy added 17pt, Steve Esterkamp 15pt, Marius Nolte 13pt 7reb, Steven Wright 12pt 4reb 5ast, Bryant McAllister 10pt and Chris Ensminger 10pt 15reb for Paderborn. Derek Raivio drilled 5 of 7 threes to lead Trier with 21pt in the loss and Chris Copeland chipped in 14pt 5reb. Paderborn exploded to a 32-21 1Q taking a 48-35 lead at half. They never looked back in earning the big home win. Paderborn outrebounded Trier 46-33 and Trier shot 36% from the floor making 9 of 23 threes (39%) and 8 of 16 FT (50%). Head coach Doug Spradley and his Paderborn team raised their record to 9-10 while Trier fell to 9-11.

Sunday Febuary 8, 2009

Telekom Baskets Bonn 80 ALBA Berlin 66

In a rematch of last seasons exciting Bundesliga finals, Telekom Baskets Bonn topped ALBA Berlin 80-66 on their home floor of the Telekom Dome Sunday afternoon. A traditional rivalry between two top Bundesliga teams, Bonn knocked off Berlin behind an excellent second half effort. Brandon Bowman scored 22pt with 10reb and EJ Rowland also went for 22pt in the win. Bonn opened a 22-15 lead after 1Q but ALBA responded in the 2nd and the action went into halftime 36-34 for Bonn. Edging ahead in the 3rd, Bonn built a 56-49 lead heading into the 4th where they earned the nice home win. Winsome Frazier chipped in 14pt for Bonn who welcomed back popular post man John Bowler to the active lineup. ALBA Berlin's offense was led by 11pt apiece from Rashad Wright and Adam Chubb along with 10pt from Aleksander Nadjfeji and Immanuel McElroy. In the win, Bonn shot 51% making 7 of 17 threes (41%) and 9 of 11 FT (81%). Bonn outrebounded Berlin 34-30. ALBA hit 40% from the field making only 3 of 15 threes (20%) and 23 of 35 FT (65%). Head coach Michael Koch and his Bonn team improved to 14-6 while ALBA slipped to 13-5.


Deutsche Bank Skyliners 79 Eisbaren Bremerhaven 67

Deutsche Bank Skyliners earnd a 79-67 road win over Eisbaren Bremerhaven Sunday evening at Stadthalle in Bremerhaven. Derrick Allen topscored for the Skyliners with 19pt 4reb while Ilian Evtimov drilled 4 of 9 threes to finish with 14pt and Konrad Wysocki sank 3 of 4 threes to add 11. Greg Jenkins also contributed 9pt 10reb to the Frankfurt win. Skyliners opened with an explosive 25-17 1Q building a 38-27 halftime lead. Frankfurt maintained their lead through the 3rd and took a 60-48 lead into the 4th. Frankfurt cruised to their 14th win in the 4th. Craig Callahan led Bremerhaven with 20pt 8reb and Jan Lipke added 16pt. The Skyliners shot 54% from the floor making 9 of 18 threes (50%) along with 20 of 28 FT (71%). Frankfurt also outrebounded the Eisbaren 32-28. Bremerhaven hit 41% of their shots and 6 of 29 threes (23%) while converting 9 of 12 FT (75%). Head coach Murat Didin and his Skyliners upped their record to 14-6 while Bremerhaven had their two game win streak snapped as they dropped to 3-17.


Ewe Baskets Oldenburg 80 Koln 99ers 77

Ewe Baskets Oldenburg are the Bundesliga 'Tabellenfuhrer' atop the league standings following their exciting 80-77 road win over Koln 99ers Sunday night at Rheinenergie Dome in Koln. Je'kel Foster paced the Thunderbird production with 20pt 4reb while Rickey Paulding added 18pt 6reb 5ast in the win. Oldenburg built a 58-38 lead early in the second half before the 99ers stormed back. Stevan Milosevic led the 99er attack with 23pt on 10 of 13 shooting. Jeremy Hunt added 16pt on 4 of 6 threes and Michael Jordan dished out 13ast. Oldenburg shot 51% from the floor making 9 of 23 threes (39%) and 19 of 24 FT (79%) while Koln made 56% of their shots and 6 of 14 threes (42%) along with 9 of 14 threes (64%). Head coach Predrag Krunic and his Oldenburg team remain atop the Bundesliga at 15-4 while Koln fell to 6-14.



EnBW Ludwigsburg 59 brose Baskets Bamberg 55

Big man Kelvin Gibbs sparked a 2Q run with his accurate 3pt shooting as he scored 18pt 8reb leading EnBW Ludwigsburg to a hardfought 59-55 home win over brose Baskets Bamberg Sunday night at Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Domonic Jones added 12pt 5reb and a clutch driving basket while Brian Jones chipped in 10pt 4reb to the win. The defensive oriented game opened with an even 10-10 1Q before Ludwigsburg made a 2Q run to take a 35-23 halftime lead. Bamberg bounced back in the second half trimming the gap to 50-42 after three. The tight game went to the wire with Bamberg's comeback falling just short as they missed a couple attempts to tie. Bamberg's attack was led by Dan Dickau who finished with 21pt and Predrag Suput with 11. Ludwigsburg hit 35% from the floor and 4 of 25 threes (16%) while Bamberg shot 37% making 7 of 25 from three (28%). Ludwigsburg held an advantage in the close game at the foul line sinking 17 of 27 FT (63%) compared with 12 of 22 FT (54%) for Bamberg. Head coach Rick Stafford and his Ludwigsburg team improved to 10-10 while Bamberg slipped to 10-10 on the season.



Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Frank Kelsi BENNETT
  Cuxhaven
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 15
 1. Lischka, Lich24.5 
 2. Watkins, Cuxhaven23.7 
 3. Baumann, Kirchheim18.9 
 4. Hall, Schalke18.6 
 5. Oppland, Bayreuth17.9 
 6. Komarek, Heide.17.4 
 7. Khartchenkov, Chemn.17.3 
 8. Freeman, Hagen17.3 
 9. Benzing, Langen17.3 
 10. Hodges, Heidelbe.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rouven ROESSLER
  Karlsruhe
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Baumann, Kirchheim10.7 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven10.2 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth10.2 
 4. Jeffers, Langen10.0 
 5. Howard, Karlsruhe9.8 
 6. Gilbert, MBC9.8 
 7. Gerwig, Chemnitz9.1 
 8. Sabourin, Bremen9.0 
 9. Freese, Lich9.0 
 10. Lischka, Li.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Gordon SCOTT
  Kirchheim
  (195-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg7.4 
 2. Pfeifer, Chemnitz4.9 
 3. Holcomb-Faye, Bayre.4.6 
 4. Crawford, Kirch.4.6 
 5. Watkins, Cuxhaven4.5 
 6. Ruffin, teckproB.4.5 
 7. Griffin, Hagen4.5 
 8. Parker, B.Muenchen4.4 
 9. Williamson, Jena4.2 
 10. Brooks, B.Muench.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy WEDDLE
  Bremen
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. McNeil, Heidelberg3.6 
 2. Williamson, Jena2.4 
 3. Scott, Kirchheim2.3 
 4. Pfeifer, Chemnitz2.2 
 5. Hamilton, Bayreuth2.1 
 6. Paeley, teckproB.2.1 
 7. Mueller, Bremen2.0 
 8. Crawford, Kirch.1.9 
 9. Brooks, B.Muenchen1.8 
 10. Parker, B.Muench.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  teckproBraves
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Williams, B.Muenchen2.7 
 2. Seward, Cuxhaven1.5 
 3. Hamilton, Bayreuth1.3 
 4. Benzing, Langen1.2 
 5. Shaw, ETB Wohnbau1.1 
 6. Sabourin, Bremen1.1 
 7. Fleetwood, Hagen1.0 
 8. Zyskunov, teckproB.1.0 
 9. Hornig, Kirchheim0.9 
 10. De Michael, Je.0.9 


ProA Round: 19 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
teckproBraves - Lich 96-68
Daniel Ruffin (178-G-84, college: Bradley) scored 21 points for teckproBraves as they beat Lich 96:68. Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) and Zyskunov Alexander followed him with 15 points apiece and Wiley DuJuan netted 14. Reed Mark produced 15 points in the losing effort.

B.Muenchen - Schalke 82-79
Muenchen sent Schalke to 4-15 record beating them 82:79 at home. Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.) led the winners with 18 points and Parker Kelvin scored 16. Hall Melvin finished the night with 22 points in the losing effort.

Hagen - MBC 92-95
The game between Hagen and MBC became the key one in Regular Season Round 19. Both team stay on top of the league and MBC proved once again that they truthfully remain on throne after 92:95 road win. Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) led the winners with 25 points and Gilbert Johnnie collected 18 points and 14 boards. Griffin Chase edned up with 25 points for the hosts.

Chemnitz - Karlsruhe 63-79
Chemnitz lost to Karlsruhe 63:79 as Howard Justin top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Roessler Rouven posted 17 and Dima Rastatter (200-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) brought his team 10. Khartchenkov Nikita ended up with 24 points for the home side.

Kirchheim - Heidelberg 98-85
Kirchheim improved to 12-7 record after the home win over Heidelberg 98:85. Clifford Crawford (192-G-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) led the winners with 22 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Scott Gordon notched 18. Hodges Jibril poured in 24 points for the guests.

Bremen - Langen 62-68
Bremen lost to Langen 62:68 in one of two games played on Sunday. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) led the winners with 18 points, while Chappell Brandon brought his team 12. Weddle Jeremy ended up with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Bayreuth - Jena 71-78
On February 8th Jena grabbed 78:71 over Bayreuth as Alexander Seggelke (198-F-79, agency: LimeLight) exploded with 28 points to lead all the winners. Harris Jaivon responded with 21 points in the losing effort.

Cuxhaven - ETB Wohnbau 83-69
Cuxhaven overcame ETB Wohnbau 83:69 for 9-10 record in the middle of the standings. Brandon Watkins (182-G-81, college: Penn St.) top-scored for the winners with 31 points, while Dildy Emanuel and Brown Chris netted 15 each. Thomas Tayron posted 24 points in the losing effort.


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Turn Off The Bremerhaven Stadthalle Lighthouse With A Convincing 79 To 67 Victory Over The Eisbaren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners entered the Bremerhaven battleground without two of its most important leaders captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and American veteran Titus Ivory (193-G-79, college: Penn St.) missing due to illness and overcame a fierce opponent as if France and Britain had rewritten history and overcame its countless adversaries in the 18th century without a Napoleon Bonaparte or Duke Of Wellington by controlling and grinding down the Eisbaren Bremerhaven 79 to 67. 'Pascal Roller and Titus Ivory are very important players, but even famous Miles from Eurobasket learned at the court that they would not play. We kept this a secret and did not talk about it. We did not make a big deal out of it. We believed in the other players and they did the job', stressed Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). Frankfurt keep finding new ways to win, but the team once again showed that they were able to win with their deep roster. 'Every one knows that we have a deep team and everyone stepped up. Max, Adam, Keith and Greg really stepped up. The other guys showed that they can step up when two key guys are missing', added American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi).

Two weeks ago, the game looked like an easy win for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners, but the Bremerhaven momentum rose with their two game winning streak, and their chances of winning skyrocketed even more shortly before the game started as there was still no Pascal Roller or Titus Ivory sighting, but the Eisbaren Bremehaven did not take advantage of their luck. 'We thought that we had had a big break as we learned that they werent playing. We thought that it was maybe a trick, but we simply did not take advantage of the opportunity. They played great team Basketball, executed well on offense, rebounded well and hit their open shots', commented American Craig Callahan (203-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: NC-Wilmington). Even though point guard Pascal Roller was missing, American Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake) was ready to take the challenge. 'Adam has been prepared the whole season. He did a great job and is one of the best point guards that I have ever played with', stressed Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.). Emmenecker was happy he started and had a leadership role, but credited his teammates for the success. 'It wasnt easy without Pascal and Titus today, but we have 13 guys that can play and that allowed us to get the win', said Adam Emmenecker.

The Bremerhaven team have similarities to the Artland Dragons and the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in that they seem have a point guard controversy as well as a 12 man/13th man issue. In Artland Dragon country, it was American Zack Whiting (193-G-84, college: Chaminade) who found a permanent home in Thorsten Leibenaths doghouse and it seems that American Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan) has entered the Algirdas Milonas doghouse playing only nine minutes in the win against Dusseldorf as American Eric Osmundson (196-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Pennsylvania) took over the playmaking reigns and sitting out the Frankfurt game as the 13th man. 'We have too many guys. It was a coaching decision, but I have no idea why I am not playing. I am not happy with this situation, but I will continue to work hard in practice', warned American guard Giordan Watson. American Eric Osmundson sees that there is a point guard competition, but has kind words for the young BBL rookie. 'This is a tough situation with so many guys here. Giordan is young and will be a great point guard. He had some big games in the past, has a good attitude and has a big future ahead of him', warned Eric Osmundson.

With so many issues happening around the game, there still was a game to be played as 3,350 spectators filled the Bremerhaven Statdhalle anticipating an exciting Sunday afternoon of Basketball. Bremerhaven got off on the better start taking a six to two lead as they quickly showed their outside shooting strength as Eric Osmundson and Mike Gansey (192-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: W.Virginia) hit three pointers. Frankfurt fired back quickly like a fully loaded battleship as Ilian Evtimov showed that his three pointer was still in his arsenal draining two three pointers and knoting the score at eight a piece. The Eisbaren would keep the upper hand for a few more minutes going on a 7-2 run as American Mike Gansey scored and Craig Callahan showed his versatility scoring an off balance shot and sinking a three pointer. Bremerhaven had a 17-12 lead, but then the tide suddenly turned as Frankfurt would go on a 13-0 run and lead 25 to 17 after ten minutes of play.

It seems at times that Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) has the nose of a hunting dog, because he brought in German National player Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton)i at the right time to make a huge impact in the game, the same way Oliver Bierhoff did at the Euro 1996 giving Germany the win with a golden goal. Wysocki contribution was not as dramatic, but his three consecutive three pointers paralyzed Bremerhaven. 'We were very sluggish in the first quarter. They made their shots and sometimes when a team gets a good lead, it is difficult to come back', stressed Eisbaren center American Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa). Frankfurt was shooting an astronomical 62% from the field and 63% from three point land, while Bremerhaven was at 40% and 25% from the parking lot. The rebounds and turnovers were pretty even. The Eisbaren also had a slight edge in the points in the paint at 8-6. 'We moved the ball well in the first quarter and guys were stepping up, which allowed us to get off to a good start', added Skyliner guard Adam Emmenecker.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners kept up the pressure on offense and defense in the second quarter storming out on a 11-4 run and extending their lead to 36-21. American Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) shined making a spin move around Reiner and scoring a mid distance jumper. Bremerhaven was having their problems finding a consistent rhythm on offesne and trying to find a way to beat the always changing defensive set ups. Frankfurt had more options on offense and were simply more clever as Allen made two easy layups including filling in for Randy Moss catching a full court touchdown pass thrown from Greg Jenkins, who showed Tom Brady qualities. 'There was a lot of half court scoring happening, but we picked it up with the transition and the two Allen lay ups helped us', said Ilian Evtimov. Frankfurt lost a little concentration down the stretch allowing the Eisbaren to sneak out on a 6-2 run and escape into half time trailing only 38-27.

American Craig Callahan continued to pick up the slack as he was fed a nice back door from Reiner and then scored on a mini hook shot. German Jan Lipke (193-G-83, agency: Court Side) rushed into the game like a furious Lion, who had not goten his evening dinner and scored a layup. Lipke would continue to make damage in the second half, but it didnt matter, because the Eisbaren had a slim supporting cast on this day. The Frankfurt shooting had dipped a bit, but were still over 50%, while Bremerhaven was weak from the field at 35%, and a catastrophic 13% from the three point area. Frankfurt had the slight rebounding edge 17-15 and the Eisbaren continued to lead the points in the paint 18-16.' We kept playing as a team in the second quarter, made our shots and were playing tough defense', commented American guard Adam Emmenecker. 'They had such a big lead, because we were hitting little and they were shooting very high', stated Craig Callahan.

Skyliner assistant coach Engin Gencoglu was happy with the halftime result. 'We had to continue to play calm, limit offensive rebounds and get Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) more involved', added Engin Gencoglu . The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to keep their momentum, while the only light at the end of the tunnel was from German Jan Lipke, who kept his team in the game. Frankfurt ran out on a 10-3 run to lead 48-30. Evtimov nailed a three pointer, Keith Simmons a three pointer, a lay up off a fast break and Derrick Allen a lay in off an offensive rebound. Frankfurt kept the perfect inside/out game working as Evtimov drilled another three pointer and Lorenzo Gordon scored inside. The Eisbaren were wild at times finishing their plays. Frankfurt led 54-40 as Adam Emmenecker erased his 0% three point average by hitting one from downtown from the wing. However, Frankfurt was not able to completely turn off the lights yet as Bremerhaven continued to stay within 10-12 points as Arturas Valeika (206-F-85, college: Midland CC) scored the final bucket of the third quarter as Frankfurt led only 60-48. The Frankfurt shooting climbed back over 50% after 30 minutes of play. Frankfurt was dominating the boards 27-19, but still trailing in the points in the paint 22-26.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to dominate the game in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, but the Eisbaren would slowly get stronger as they took advantage of various opportunities under the basket which resulted in hoops. Jared Reiner made a hoop after the third chance, which was followed by a Frank Elegar (206-C-86, agency: CAA Sports, college: Drexel) lay in and a Mike Gansey lay in after getting another offensive rebound. After Derrick Allen made a free throw, the Eisbaren staged one last come back going on a 6-0 run to cut the Frankfurt lead to 67-60 and all of a sudden the crowd was on their feet and it looked like no fans were going home early to catch the German soap Linden Strasse. After Callaham made a turn around jumper, Elegar scored inside off a nice pass from Callahan and that was followed by possibly the most spectacular basket of the game by Jan Lipke.

Lipke has been fighting for playing time all season long and really came out of his shell scoring 16 points and saved the absolute best for last as he danced and spun around the Skyliner defense as if he had secretly got lessons from the famous Russian Ballet dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov. As if that was enough dramatic, Frankfurt answered with their own fade away ballet dancer Ilian Evtimov , who looked more and more like Kevin Mchale with his fade away jumper. 'I actually googled Kevin Mchale the other day and found some videos of him', joked Ilian Evtimov. Evtimov then made his second great play in a row finding Gordon in the zone for two points. The Eisbaren danger had been stooped by Evtimov, who showed his stellar crunch time qualities. 'I give a lot of credit to Evtimov. He made big buckets. He has great skills. He made two great plays at the end, and that shows that good players make big plays at the end', added American Craig Callahan. Frankfurt had regained control of the game and the game ended with many extra free throws. 'We were able to stop their run at the end. We made big shots and our defense stepped up at the end holding them to under 70 points', expressed Derrick Allen.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Derrick Allen with 19 points, four rebounds and three assists.' I just do what I want to do in every game and just help the team, run the floor and hit my shots', said Derrick Allen. Ilian Evtimov chipped in with 14 points. German Konrad Wysockii added 11 points in 18 minutes. 'Konrad really stepped it up making three three pointers', said Adam Emmenecker. American Greg Jenkins also had a big game just missing the double double with nine points and 11 rebounds. 'Greg played very well against Reiner. He is a good post player, but Greg used his athletic ability to push Reiner out and get important rebounds', stressed Derrick Allen. The Eisbaren Bremerhaven were led by American Craig Callahan with 20 points and eight rebounds. German guard Jan Lipke had a huge game scoring 16 points in 17 minutes.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners find so many ways to win games and this time did it without possibly their two biggest leaders Pascal Roller and Titus Ivory. 'We showed a lot of character by winning. We played with a big heart. We relaxed a bit at the end, but the team always believed in themselves and these kind of wins make the team better', warned Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The Frankfurt offense was flowing again and there was nothing to criticise. 'We shot the three pointer well. We got a lot of easy baskets including simple Greg and Lorenzo put backs. We played aggressive getting to the foul line and simply played Skyliner Basketball', added Derrick Allen. Frankfurt shot over 50% from the field and controlled the rebounds 32-28. Their defesne continues to get high marks from the opponent 'They played very strong defense and did a good job switching from zone to man. It was difficult to play against their zone. Their experience really helps them', added Eisbaren forward Craig Callahan. The only sour foot note was that Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL) was a DNP for the second consecutive game and German Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) continues to get no minutes. 'We are not playing cards around the table. It always depends how well the game is going. We cant gamble. We are sharing time to win the games', stressed Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have another week to prepare for the next difficult adversary Ratio Pharm Ulm, who have an 8-3 record since mid November. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host Ulm on Sunday February 15th at 17:00


1.Bundesliga Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Telekom B. - ALBA 80-66
Telekom handed ALBA another 80:66 loss as they dropped to the fifth position. Rowland Earl and Bowman Brandon top-scored for the winners with 22 points apiece, while Frazier Winsome nailed 14. Chubb Adam and Wright Rashad posted 11 points each in defeat.

Goettingen - NY Phantoms 73-69
Goettingen improved to 14-4 record on top defeating NY Phantoms 73:69. Lee Charles top-scored for the favorites with 19 points and 6 rebounds, while Bailey Kyle and Little John netted 13 each. Flowers Michael poured in 19 points in the losing effort.

Pad.Baskets - TBB Trier 96-63
Paderborn Baskets overcame TBB Trier 96:63 for 9-10 record. Seven players enjoyed the double figures for the winners as Felton Lavelle paced all of them with 18 points and Peavy Nathan netted 17. Raivio Derek ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

Walter Tigers - Noerdlingen 96-85
Walter Tigers tasted the 8th win of the season and tied Noerdlingen beating them 96:85 at home. Katic Rasko top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Haynes Michael nailed 17. Westley Omari led his team with 24 points and McGhee Monta chipped in 20.

LTi 46ers - Art.Dragons 73-61
LTi 46ers edged Art.Dragons 73:61 to get a rare win in Regular Season Round 20. Umeh Michael paced all the winners with 19 points, whilst Hickman Ricky produced 12. Fenn Darren finished the night with 21 points for the visiting side.

Bremerhaven - Dt.Bank SKY 67-79
Bremerhaven lost to Dt.Bank SKY 67:79 as the latter improved to 14-6 record. Allen Derrick top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Evtimov Ilian posted 14. Callahan Craig ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

Koeln 99ers - EWE Baskets 77-80
EWE Baskets topped Koeln 99ers 80:77 on a road to take the throne with 15-4 record. Foster Je'Kel top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Paulding Rickey followed him with 18. Milosevic Stevan finished the night with 23 points and 8 rebounds for the home side.

EnBW L'burg - Brose Baskets 59-55
EnBW Ludwigsburg edged Brose Baskets 59:55 as Gibbs Kelvin led the winners with 18 points and Jones Domonic posted 12. Dickau Dan ended up with 21 points for the guests and Suput Predrag scored 11.

ratiopharm - Duesseldorf 76-67
Gibbs Jeff exploded with 16 points and 17 rebounds for his ratiopharm that beat Duesseldorf 76:67 in Regular Season Round 20. Joyce Dru brought his team 13, while three other players netted 9. Lottich Matt produced 14 points in defeat, while Winters Brendan scored 13.



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Second Division: Week 16 - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
Goumenisa - Komotini 106-95
Quarters: 23-18, 51-45, 77-70, 106-95
Goumenisa: Fivos Gimnopoulos 30, Dimitriou 20, Karipidis 17, Pantsios 15
Komotini: Lehoudis 17, Giaourtoglou 14, Foutsitzis 13

Pierikos Arhelaos - Arkadikos 77-63
Quarters: 20-10, 38-28, 56-42, 77-63.
Pierikos Arhelaos: Kothras 16, Cuk 11
Arkadkos: Giannis Manos (186-G-71) 23

AIAS Sporting 66-54
Quarters: 19-11, 36-27, 47-32, 66-54.
AIAS Evosmou: Filiousis 21, Triantafillidis 13
Sporting: Efthimiou 14 and Kritsalos 12

OFI Amyntas 87-80
Quarters: 27-23, 47-44, 59-58, 87-80.
OFI: Tsakiridis 15, Vassilis Vagenas (202-F-80) 25, Houliaras 15
Amyntas: Zoupas 13, Vogiatzis 23

Ikaroi Serron P.Faliro 89-45
Quarters: 27-4, 48-20, 69-33, 89-45.
Iakroi Serron: Lioutsas 18, Voivatopoulos
P. Faliro: Derohonesian 11, Monemvasitis 13

Ikaros Kallitheas Apollon Kalamarias 84-52
Quarters: 25-17, 47-35, 64-43, 84-52.
Ikaros Kallitheas: Karastamatis: 14, Papadakis 11
Apollon Kalamarias: Papadopoulos 10

Doukas Anagennisi Floga 99-100
Quarters: 13-18, 31-43, 51-68, 85-85, 99-100.
Doukas: Ahis 25, Gavanapoulos 23
Anagennisi Floga: Sotiris Bourdanos (187-G-86) 32, Moisiadis 20, Pittaks 19 and Tsakaleris 18

Halkida - Lavrio 67-75
Quarters: 13-16, 30-32, 53-50, 67-75.
Halkida: Jeremic 11, Pluteski 10
Lavrio: Dionysios Giannakopoulos (195-G/F-82) 34


PAOK - Olympiakos 66-74 - by Chris Mammides
LIVE from PAOK Sports Arena: PAOK Olympiakos 66-74
In the fourth and final quarter, Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) was amazing; the Croat scored the first four points in the game while he added another one basket just after Gregorys first basket for PAOK. Jonssen is the worst player in the court but Kalafatakis trusts him and even though he made three false balls in the first three minutes he is still in the court. Kafkis added three points (goal + Foul) and gave some hopes to his team with the score being 56-62. Nikola Vujcic and Printezis are scoring the next eight points, Diarra tried to answer back but Olympiakos power became obvious in the last minutes as Nikola Vujcic was unstoppable while the three pointers from Tsiaras, Harissis, Diarra and Gregory were not in. At the end there was only one team in the court and that was Olympiakos. The final score was 66-74 with Diarra and Tomasevic were the top scorers for PAOK with 16 points each while from Olympiakos, top scorer and MVP of the game was Nikola Vujcic with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Second scorer was Lynn Greer with 16 points.
Nikola Vujcic, the MVP of the game stated in the Press Conference that Olympiakos needed three quarters to win the game; he also stated that this win is dedicated to the Red Fans as it is a very special day today for Olympiakos fans as 28 years ago there was a big tragedy in a football game with Olympiakos fnas loosing their lives. The Croat was amazing twice this season in Thessaloniki as he was the top player for Olympiakos in Alexandreion against Aris, a month ago. Panagiotis Yannakis said that Jannero Pargo (187-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arkansas) will be much better in the next games to come.


Decisive victory for Aris - Bracey Wright announced - by Simon Varvakis
Aris Thessaloniki got a decisive victory away against Maroussi although they played missing 4 players and their top scorer, Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.). This is the first victory for Aris Thessaloniki after 3 consecutive losses and so spirits are high for the team from Thessaloniki.

The players of Aris fought bravely all throughout the game and kept a slow tempo in the game which seemed to put costa Marousi out of focus and they kept this tempo in order to keep their remaining players fresh and not to tire out. Aris also played with an unorthodox line-up given the circumstances where Barlos and Nelson played as small forward instead of power forward which confused Soulis Markopoulos and gave their team valuable points and rebounds. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) was unprecedented presence in the paint for Aris, shileding the basket with his huge frame and not allowing the forwards and centers of Maroussi to do their game.

Jarod Henderson tried to win the game for his team with lots of contested shots and Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) tried as usual but this time the presence of Andrew Betts made things a lot harder for him. Konstantinos Charalampidis (189-G-76) wasn't as effective as he was in the previous games and lots of missed free throws from both teams at the final minutes game wrote the final score as 66-70 for Aris. Aris also won the battle of the boards, securing 39 rebounds against 26 for Maroussi.

After the game Aris announced the return of Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana) as it was foretold in a previous publication. He signed a contract until the end of this season and he comes to add another quality scoring and passing solution to the backcourt of Aris.



Quarters: 14-25, 33-39, 49-50, 66-70

MAROUSSI : Jarod Stevenson (200-F-75, college: Richmond) 14 (4), william Keys 12 (2), Konstantinos Charalampidis 10 (3), Stefanidis, Mavroides 4, Loukas Mavrokefalides 13, Calathes, Glyniadakis 4, Kaimakoglou 9 (2).

ARIS : Keydren Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) 17 (3), Dimitrios Tsaldaris (196-F-80) 14 (3), Andrew Betts 10, Sekulic, Argyropoulos 10 (2), Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) 17, Papanikolaou, Agadakos 1, Barlos 1.


LIVE from PAOK Sports Arena: First Half: PAOK Olympiakos 30-34 - by Chris Mammides
LIVE from PAOK Sports Arena:
The court is unfortunately half empty as the PAOK fans seems that they do not believe any more in their team, even though there are 3,500 seazon ticket bought, PAOK fans today are not in the court. Olympiakos with Vujsic in the leading role gets the first quarter quite easy as the Croat center had already 6 points and 2 assists. The second quarter though Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket) 4 points and good defense driven PAOK to make an amazing 9-0 and brought PAOK to a leading position before that Olympiakos with Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) took the maximum lead of 9 points, 9-18. 6.43 before the end of the first half, Dejan Tomasevic fouled Erceg and the young Serbian scored both free throws to give once more the lead to Olympiakos with one, 20-19. PAOK is playing with Demertzis in the point guard position. Papaloukas is scoring an easy lay-up and is giving three points lead to Olympiakos, 5.26 before the end and the score is 19-24 after the two free throws of Papaloukas who scored the last four points for Panagiotis Giannakis team.
PAOK lost another one while Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) scores another one. Marmarinos is scoring one basket after three minutes; the score is now 21-28 after the new basket from Nikola Vujcic who is now the leading scorer with 10 points, 3.49 before the end. Halperin scores his second three pointer while Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) is answering with a lay up first and a three pointer after a while, the score is now 26-31, 2.36; before the end of the half time. Kenny Gregory is adding his 7th point after a heroic offensive rebound and a lay- up. Marmarinos is doing very good dirty job in both edges and his team is now down by three, 28-31 with 1.27 before the end of half time. Nikola Vujcic, is gaining another foul (his fourth one) and scores the one out of two from the charity line. The score is now 28-32 with less than 40 seconds to go. Dejan Tomasevic scores his 8th point in the paint and brings the score to the basket with 14.1 seconds to go. The end of the first half is giving some hopes to the home team as the almighty team of Olympiakos is leading with just 4 points. Lynn Greer was teh scorer of the last basket.
Top scorer for PAOK is Tomasevic and Gregory with 8 and 7 points respectively while from Olympiakos, Vujcic and Greer have 11 and 9 points.


LIVE from PAOK Sports Arena: 3rd quarter: PAOK - Olympiakos 51-52 - by Chris Mammides
LIVE from PAOK Sports Arena:
Lyn Greer scored the first basket (3pointer) of the second half while Tomasevic answered with a lay-up and Bourousis answered with a same basket.
The score is now 34-39 after the basket from Kafkis with 8.00 minutes to go. Tomasevic added a steal in his tonights performance while Kafkis scored just the one out of two free throws. Gregory added a poem-basket and Kafkis stole another ball, while Giorgos Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) gave the lead to PAOK after his three pointers, 40-39, 6.14 before the end of the quarter. Kafkis third foul forced Kalafatakis to replace the player with Harissis. Greer scored both the free throws while Erceg scored quite easy against Tomasevic bringing his team to +3, 40-43 with 5.11 to go. Diarra scores both the free throws and Olympiakos is answering with Bourousis in the paint. Diarra is adding another two points on the one on one offense against Halperin and the score is now 44-45 with 3.45 before the end of the quarter. Giorgos Tsiaras misses the chance to take PAOK in the leading position as he loses one out of two free throws and the score is now balanced, 45-45. Vujcic is losing an easy basket in the paint but Bouroussis is once more present gets the rebound and scores both the free throws. Halperin is doing what he does always very well, scoring from the parameter and is giving a +5 to the Reds before Tomasevic scoring a heroic basket in the paint. Greer is scoring both free throws but PAOK is answering with Diarras amazing dunk and a basket in the paint. The score is now 51-52 with less than 50 seconds to go. Giorgos Tsiaras gives a fresh air in Kalafatakis team as he is the major figure in the defense. Kalafatakis is replacing Diarra in these last seconds with Demertzis while Giorgos Tsiaras is losing both free throws; he has 1 out of 4 in the last three minutes. End of third quarter, with the score being 51-52


Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Lans HARRIS
  VAP Kolossos
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Smith, VAP K.18.6 
 2. Francis, AEL 196417.4 
 3. Nikolaidis, Trikalla15.9 
 4. Vasiliadis, PAOK15.9 
 5. Childress, Olympiakos15.6 
 6. Grundy, Panellinios15.3 
 7. King, Olimpia L.15.1 
 8. Mejia, AEL 196414.9 
 9. Avery, Trikalla14.6 
 10. Gregory, PA.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brad NEWLEY
  Panellinios
  (199-G-85)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Francis, AEL 19649.3 
 2. Wesson, PAOK8.4 
 3. Bryant, AEK7.4 
 4. Massie, Trikalla6.9 
 5. Nelson, Aris6.9 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.3 
 7. Baxter, Panionios6.1 
 8. Tomasevic, PAOK6.0 
 9. Sekulic, Aris5.9 
 10. Golemac, Panellini.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Panionios
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.5.0 
 2. Keys, C.C. Marousi4.2 
 3. Diamantidis, Panath.4.1 
 4. Grundy, Panellinios4.1 
 5. Mulaomerovic, PAOK3.8 
 6. Avery, Trikalla3.8 
 7. Thomson, AEK3.0 
 8. Jasikevicius, Panath.2.9 
 9. Papanikolaou, AEK2.9 
 10. Vasiljevic, VAP.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lans HARRIS
  VAP Kolossos
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 1
 1. Miles, Panionios2.5 
 2. Grundy, Panellinios1.9 
 3. Thomas, Kavala/P.1.7 
 4. Papamakarios, Panell.1.6 
 5. Papaloukas, Olymp.1.5 
 6. Childress, Olympiakos1.5 
 7. Thomson, AEK1.4 
 8. Batis, Olimpia L.1.3 
 9. Bracey, ESTIA E.1.3 
 10. Iliadis, Ar.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Panagiotis VASILOPOULOS
  Olympiakos
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Hardin, ESTIA E.2.0 
 2. Francis, AEL 19641.4 
 3. Massie, Trikalla1.3 
 4. Bryant, AEK1.2 
 5. Dikoudis, Panionios0.9 
 6. Bryant, AEK0.9 
 7. Childress, Olympiakos0.8 
 8. Toutziarakis, C.C. M.0.8 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.8 
 10. Glyniadakis, C.C.0.8 


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


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Olympiakos 16-1 
 2. Panathinaikos 15-2 
 3. Panellinios 13-4 
 4. Aris 12-5 
 5. Panionios 11-6 
 6. C.C. Marousi 9-8 
 7. VAP Kolossos 9-8 
 8. PAOK 8-9 
 9. AEK 8-9 
 10. Olimpia L. 6-11 
 11. Kavala/P. 5-12 
 12. ESTIA Egaleo 4-13 
 13. Trikalla 2-15 
 14. AEL 1964 2-15 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 22-3 
 2. Eiff.Towers 17-9 
 3. Hanzev.Cpt 15-10 
 4. M.Magix 15-11 
 5. West-Brabant 15-11 
 6. Rotterdam 12-13 
 7. Landstede 12-14 
 8. Upstairs Weert 9-15 
 9. ZZ Leiden 9-16 
 10. Aris Friesland 8-17 
 11. Den Helder 5-20 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie

Points Per Game
 Teddy GIPSON
  Amsterdam
  (193-G/F-80)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.23.6 
 2. Pope, West-Brabant20.4 
 3. Walker, Rotterdam19.4 
 4. Bostain, Landstede18.3 
 5. Wilson, M.Magix17.3 
 6. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.16.8 
 7. Smith, Upstairs.16.7 
 8. Blue, West-Brabant16.7 
 9. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden16.5 
 10. Punch, Landste.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter VAN PAASSEN
  Amsterdam
  (210-C/F-78)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Jackson, Upstairs.12.3 
 2. Johnson, West-Bra.10.8 
 3. Chiotti, ZZ Leiden8.9 
 4. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.6 
 5. Briggs, Rotterdam8.4 
 6. Brempong, Hanze.8.3 
 7. Spencer, Aris F.8.0 
 8. Dialls, Den Helder7.8 
 9. Krstanovic, Hanze.7.5 
 10. Strickland, Den.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Seamus BOXLEY
  ZZ Leiden
  (201-C-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bauscher, Aris F.5.7 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt5.0 
 3. Richardson, Rotte.4.8 
 4. Oliver, Eiff.Towers4.7 
 5. Nash, ZZ Leiden4.7 
 6. Blackwood, Aris F.4.4 
 7. Pope, West-Brabant4.3 
 8. Bostain, Landstede4.1 
 9. Jansen, Hanzev.Cpt3.9 
 10. Witt, Den Held.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 JS NASH
  ZZ Leiden
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Richardson, Rotte.3.3 
 2. Thomas, Hanzev.Cpt3.0 
 3. Sears, M.Magix2.8 
 4. Bauscher, Aris F.2.5 
 5. Greene, Amsterdam2.5 
 6. Smith, Upstairs.2.4 
 7. Punch, Landstede2.3 
 8. Nelson, M.Magix2.3 
 9. Bostain, Landstede2.2 
 10. Tolbert, M.Mag.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Jordan COLLINS
  West-Brabant
  (208-C-82)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Steenberge, Aris F.1.7 
 2. Brempong, Hanze.1.5 
 3. Khazzouh, Hanze.1.3 
 4. Gladness, M.Magix1.3 
 5. Iti, Rotterdam1.2 
 6. Briggs, Rotterdam1.1 
 7. Richardson, Eiff.Tow.1.1 
 8. Nelson, M.Magix1.0 
 9. Blue, West-Brabant1.0 
 10. Patten, Upstai.0.9 


FEB Results: Round 27 - by Sanders Jackson

This weekend in FEB action, some winning streaks remained intact for a few teams, the defending Dutch champions Eclipse Jet/MyGuide, Eiffel Towers and Landstede Basketball with impressive blowout wins, and West-Brabant Giants as well, while Upstairs Weert keep hanging on onto the last playoff spot.

Eclipse Jet/MyGuide gave ZZ Leiden no chance to be an upset victim, jumping out to a 12-2 lead and snowballing from there, with the defending Dutch champions winning convincingly 91-64. Eclipse Jet/MG led at the half 44-31, and shot an impressive 70% FG.


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Hungarian Cup, 1/8 Finals - by Tamas Deri
Obudai Kaszasok Polaroid - Lami-Ved Kormend 75-89
(17-23, 24-16, 22-24, 12-26),
Budapest, Att.: 300, Referees: Makovsky, Fekete
Obudai Kaszasok: Losonczy 9/6, NAGY 15/12, Toth 4, Mike 3/3, Janos Tiba (203-C-79) 14, SZOKRENY 10, Hutlassa 3/3, Korona 6/3, Csorba 9/3, Gaspar 2, Coach: Dr. Ranky Matyas
Kormend: Gergely Fodor (193-G-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) 14, Ferencz 3/3, Rudolf Trummer (196-F-78, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 17/9, Nick DeWitz (203-F-82, college: Oregon St.) 23, Hegedus 6, Kocsis 7, Gergely Toth 16, Kiskos 1, Fodor M. 2, Coach: Peter Stahl


Bajai Bacska FKE - Planet Leasing Dombovar KC 56-79
(1919, 2024, 618, 1118)
Baja, Att.: 700, Referees: Szabo G., Sojtori
Dombovar KC: LeGrange 2, Clark 15/3, Attila Deak (193-F-77) 34/27, Bodi 9, Dill 4, Vas P. 9, Szoke 4, Balogh L., Klir 2, Coach: Balind Jozsef
Baja, best scorers: Hosszu G. 14, Kancsar 13, Radnoti 8


Kaposvari KK - EnterNet-NTE Hegyvidek 96-77
(2916, 2822, 1418, 2521)
Kaposvar, Att.: 300, Referees: Torok, Pali, Nemeth Cs.
Kaposvari KK: Marciulionis 3, David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 26/12, Welton 10, Hoffmann 13/3, Orosz 10, Kiss K. 2, David 14, Takacs G. 11/6, Kovacs D. 10/6, Coach: Krivacevic Dragoljub
EnterNet-NTE Hegyvidek: Rujak 13/3, Antione Johnson (185-G-81, college: Albany) 26/9, Beak 1, Kovats R. 2, Keresztes 16, Krasznai 2, Lazar 2, Simon 15/9, Hajmasy, Coach: Hartai Tamas


Szolnoki Olaj KK - Marso-Vagep NYKK 75-56
(20-20, 23-12, 18-13, 14-11)
Szolnok, Att.: 1500, Referees: Adam, Marton, Gelencser (Varhalmi)
Szolnoki Olaj KK: Ronnie Ross (187-G-79, college: Utah St.) 20/6, Ken Tutt (185-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) 15, Varadi 5/3, Jurkunas 6/6, Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) 19, Szabo 8/3, Harazin, Gaal, Sonyak, Cseh, Toth, Kovacs 2, Coach: Por Peter
Marso-Vagep NYKK: Savic 6, Roy Booker (191-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) 17/3, Vujacic 9/3, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/6, Helbich 2, Farkas 6, Siska, Lekli, Nagy, Wehner, Coach: Zoran Kmezic
STATISTICS:
Two pointers:
50% - 51%
Three pointers: 6/15 - 4/19
Free Throws: 11/18 - 8/13
Rebounds: 33 (Barro 11) - 28 (Farkas 7)
Assists: 15 (Varadi 7) - 17 (Savic 6)
Turnovers: 18 (Barro 3) - 10 (Savic 3)
Blocks: 7 (Barro 4) - 5 (Erno Sitku 3)
Fouls: 17 - 20


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  IRELAND   


IRISH SUPER LEAGUE MONTHLY AWARDS! - by Ozell Wells
The Nivea For Mens Superleague Player of the Month Awards for January have been revealed.

Belfast Stars recent acquisition Jermaine Washington has made an instant impact, helping his side to a 100% record in January. Its a superb turnaround for the Ulster side, who started the season poorly but now look set to secure an all important Play-Off place.
Washingtons consistent displays included 29 points away to UCD/Marian, 19 points away to Abrakebabra Tigers, 31 points away to Neptune and 39 points at the expense of DCU Saints.
His points average of 21 points per game plus an average of 13 rebounds per game has landed him the Northern Conference Player of the Month for January.

Meanwhile, Irish international Colin OReilly has been named the Southern Conference Player of the Month for the second time this season.
OReilly has maintained his form in the league after being awarded the Mens Superleague National Cup MVP this season.
Some of his highlights in the league in January included a 40 point scoring spree in the 108-81 win away to HOOPS in mid January.
His decision to return to Ireland from Iceland has proved to be a right one with UCC Demons enjoying a superb season in both cup and league competition.

IN AN INTERVIEW UCC HEAD COACH DOUGLAS LEICHNER HAD THIS TO SAY:
'Colin OReilly had a great January for the UCC Demons. Being a two-time Southern Conference Player of the Month award recipient is a true accomplishment.
Colin OReilly is a joy to coach and has been excellent to work with. He has done whatever has been asked to help the Demons succeed. An example of his unselfishness was during the Cup Final when Jerrah Young was in foul trouble. Colin asked to guard talented Michael Bonaparte. Colins defensive assignment gave Jerrah Young a breather and was a key to our victory. Colin OReilly is a talented scorer who has the rare ability to defend and rebound. The future is very bright for Colin OReilly!'



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Tel Aviv controls Hapoel Jerusalem on road to a 97-81 victory - by Yoni Janis
In What Has become the biggest rivalry in Israeli Basketball, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv beat Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem 97-81 in Tel Aviv.
Hapoel who led the league for most of the season came in to the match feeling very confident about the game, after winning the first game this season.
Hapoel started the game well Taking a 25-20 lead at the end of the 1st quarter. But then Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) and Marcus Brown (193-G-74, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Murray St.) took control of the game, and led Tel Aviv to a 33-12 2nd quarter.
Arroyo played perhaps his best game since arriving this summer in Tel aviv, scoring 24 points and 10 assists.
Hapoel were unable to cut the lead to single digits during the second half, and even lost 1st place loosing 97-81.
Scored for Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv Tel Aviv: Arroyo 24, D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) 20, Brown 16.
Scored for Hapoel Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem: Moran Rot (184-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) 20, Travis Watson (203-F/C-81, college: Virginia) 13.


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  ITALY   


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 18-0 
 2. Lottomatica 13-5 
 3. Banca Tercas 11-7 
 4. La Fortezza 11-7 
 5. Benetton 10-8 
 6. NGC Cantu 9-8 
 7. Air AV 9-8 
 8. Armani MI 9-9 
 9. Scavolini 8-10 
 10. Premiata 8-10 
 11. Fortitudo 7-11 
 12. Angelico BI 7-11 
 13. Solsonica 6-12 
 14. Eldo Caserta 6-12 
 15. Carife FE 6-12 
 16. Snaidero 5-13 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Andre HUTSON
  Lottomatica
  (202-F-79)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Anderson, Snaidero19.2 
 2. Hicks, Scavolini18.6 
 3. Smith, Angelico BI17.4 
 4. Carroll, Banca T.17.1 
 5. Minard, Premiata17.0 
 6. Diaz, Eldo Caserta16.5 
 7. Neal, Benetton16.3 
 8. Kaukenas, Montepas.16.2 
 9. Boykins, La Forte.15.8 
 10. Hawkins, Armani15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea MICHELORI
  Eldo Caserta
  (202-F/C-78)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Hunter, Premiata10.4 
 2. Pasco, Solsonica9.3 
 3. Ford, La Fortezza9.1 
 4. Romero, Snaidero7.8 
 5. Wallace, Benetton7.6 
 6. Hall, Armani MI7.1 
 7. Slay, Eldo Caserta7.0 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.6.9 
 9. Jamison, Carife FE6.7 
 10. Akindele, Scavoli.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Drake DIENER
  Air AV
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. McIntyre, Montepas.5.5 
 2. Jackson, Snaidero5.4 
 3. Spinelli, Angelico.4.4 
 4. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.4 
 5. Smith, Angelico BI4.3 
 6. Dixon, Benetton3.8 
 7. Forte, Snaidero3.7 
 8. Best, Air AV3.7 
 9. Stanic, Scavolini3.6 
 10. Becirovic, Lottom.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Pervis PASCO
  Solsonica
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Boykins, La Forte.3.4 
 2. Curry, Scavolini3.4 
 3. Poeta, Banca Tercas3.3 
 4. Gordon, Fortitudo3.1 
 5. Slay, Eldo Caserta3.1 
 6. Stanic, Scavolini3.1 
 7. Hicks, Scavolini3.1 
 8. Dixon, Benetton3.1 
 9. Toure, NGC Cantu3.0 
 10. Collins, Carife3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas RESS
  Montepaschi
  (211-C/F-80)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Ford, La Fortezza1.8 
 2. Akindele, Scavolini1.7 
 3. Ebi, Carife FE1.6 
 4. Eze, Montepaschi1.6 
 5. Crosariol, Air AV1.5 
 6. Pasco, Solsonica1.2 
 7. Nicevic, Benetton0.9 
 8. Gist, Angelico BI0.9 
 9. Achara, Fortitudo0.9 
 10. Langford, La For.0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 German SCARONE
  Crabs RN
  (190-G-75)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Bunn, Aget IM23.5 
 2. Dowdell, Fastw.22.0 
 3. Hatten, Enel Brindisi21.8 
 4. Davis, Harem SC20.6 
 5. Kemp, Basket LI20.6 
 6. Bell, Vanoli SO19.4 
 7. Marigney, Edimes P.19.3 
 8. Goss, Crabs RN19.1 
 9. Boyette, Basket LI19.1 
 10. Whiting, Banco.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  Enel Brindisi
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Hines, Prima VE9.4 
 2. Lloreda, Seven 20079.2 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni J.8.8 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.8.7 
 5. Bunn, Aget IM8.4 
 6. Tyler, Carmatic PT8.3 
 7. Ringstrom, Seven 8.2 
 8. George, Umana R.8.0 
 9. Smith, Fastweb CM7.7 
 10. Salvi, Harem7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jermaine BOYETTE
  Basket LI
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rowe, Banco Sard.5.1 
 2. Childress, Cimberio.5.0 
 3. de Assis, Seven 4.7 
 4. Allen, Prima VE4.3 
 5. Cinciarini, Edimes P.4.2 
 6. Mbemba, Vanoli SO4.0 
 7. Maestranzi, Fileni J.3.8 
 8. Busca, Harem SC3.7 
 9. Nissim, Prima VE3.5 
 10. Swann, Aget3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald DAVIS
  Harem SC
  (190-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Tyler, Carmatic PT4.2 
 2. Bunn, Aget IM4.0 
 3. Lloreda, Seven 20073.9 
 4. Killingswort., Enel B.3.9 
 5. Goss, Crabs RN3.8 
 6. Childress, Cimberio.3.8 
 7. Rowe, Banco Sard.3.7 
 8. Cuffee, Fileni JE3.6 
 9. Boykin, Fileni JE3.5 
 10. Allen, Prima3.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Simone COTANI
  Cimberio VA
  (201-G/F-81)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Terry, Vanoli SO2.1 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni J.2.1 
 3. Hines, Prima VE1.9 
 4. Bryan, Carmatic PT1.5 
 5. Ostler, Basket LI1.4 
 6. Bougaieff, Umana R.1.0 
 7. George, Umana R.1.0 
 8. Ezugwu, Banco S.1.0 
 9. Dickens, Cimberio.1.0 
 10. Bryan, Seven 20.0.9 


Lega2 Round: 20 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Edimes PV - Seven 2007 80-73
Edimes Pavia held off Seven 2007 to post the 9th win. Thomas Mobley came up with 19 points and 8 boards for the winners. Paul Marigney and Bernd Volcic tallied 12 points each for Pavia. Danilo Pinnock responded with game-high 24 points for Roseto.

Fastweb CM - Trenkwalder 86-74
Fastweb Casale used a massive 33-point, 7-assist and 5-board tally from Zaian Dowdell to pip Trenkwalder. Jamar Smith added 14 points and 7 boards for the winners. Alvin Young responded with 22 points and 6 assists for Regio Emilia in the loss.

Enel Brindisi - Carmatic PT 73-72
Enel Brindisi eked out a tough victory over Carmatic Pistoia. Marco Killingsworth and Marcus Hatten added 18 points each for Enel Brindisi. Michele Cardinali had 11 points in the tenth win for the hosts. Elton Tyler replied with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Pistoia.

Prima VE - Basket LI 89-84
Prima Veroli gained the 12th win as they defeated Basket Livorno. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) exploded with 32 points and 12 boards for Veroli. Marco Rossi added 16 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for the winning team. Jermaine Boyette had 20 points for Livorno in the loss.

Umana Reyer - Aget IM 79-70
Umana Reyer toppled Aget Imola as Rodolfo Rombaldoni (190-G-77, agency: Players Group) pitched in 28 points, 7 boards, 6 assists and 5 steals. Otis George contributed 16 points as Venezia climbed at 9-11 record. Mykal Riley had 28 points, 7 boards and 3 steals for Aget Imola.

Cimberio VA - Harem SC 102-92
Cimberio Varese rebounded after a previous loss as they defeated Harem Scafati at home. Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75) nailed 30 points and grabbed 12 boards for the league leaders. Dimitri Lauwers added 22 points for the winners. Ronald Davis managed 18 points for Harem. Michael Lenzly had 16 points in defeat.

Banco Sard. - Crabs RN 71-62
Banco di Sardegna outscored Rimini Crabs as Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola, MD) had 22 points, 7 boards and 4 assists. Trent Whiting had 17 points for the winning team. Phil Goss responded with 15 points for Rimini Crabs in the losing case.


SerieA Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Fortitudo - Premiata 74-73
Kieron Achara knocked down a late basket to lift GMAC Bologna to a narrow home win over Premiata. Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83, agency: Megasport) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Darryl Strawberry secured 14 points in the 7th victory for the hosts. Kiwane Garris responded with 22 points for Montegranaro. Brandon Hunter had 21 points and 10 boards in the loss.

Montepaschi - Banca Tercas 99-80
Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) secured 21 points, 14 boards, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks as Montepaschi Siena claimed the 18th staight win in the season. Siena edged Banca Tercas to keep their record perfect. Rimantas Kaukenas led the winners with 22 points. David Moss replied with 22 points for Banca Tercas as they suffered the 7th loss.

Lottomatica - Angelico BI 78-72
Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) scored 17 points, grabbed 5 boards and dished out 5 assists as Lottomatica outscored Angelico Biella at home court. Brandon Jennings added 13 points and 6 steals for the winning side off the bench. Greg Bunner accounted for 17 points and 9 boards for Angelico Biella as they slipped at 7-11 record.

Scavolini - Solsonica 86-65
Scavolini cruised to a comfortable home win over Solsonica. Michael Hicks (193-G-76, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) notched 22 points to pace the hosts. Maximiliano Stanic and Carlton Myers dropped 13 points each in the win. Vangelis Sklavos had 17 points for Rieti.

Snaidero - La Fortezza 86-93
La Fortezza overcame Snaidero in Udine to open the round's schedule. Earl Boykins (168-G-76, college: E.Michigan) showed his class with 32 points to lead the visitors. Sharrod Ford added 17 points and 10 rebounds for La Fortezza. Rashad Anderson responded with 22 points for Udine, while Joseph Forte topscored with 23 points in defeat.

Benetton - Carife FE 71-68
Matteo Soragna nailed two frebies in the dying seconds and Benetton took away a narrow win against Carife. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the charge. Matteo Soragna had 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Harold Jamison came up with 22 points and 14 boards for Carife Ferrara in defeat.

Armani MI - Eldo Caserta 81-51
Armani Jeans outlasted Eldo Caserta as David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple) led the charge with 24 points. Mingaugas Katelynas provided 13 points and 7 boards for Armani Jeans as they registered the 9th victory. Guillermo Diaz banked 16 points for Eldo Caserta.


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  JAPAN   


JBL Round: 16 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Toyota - Toshiba 81-90
Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) poured in 21 points and Violette Cory collected 18 points and 17 rebounds as Toshiba had a road 81:90 victory over Toyota. Takahashi Michael finished the night with 30 points and 13 caroms in the losing effort.

Tochigi Brex - Hitachi S. 72-61
Tochigi Brex improved to 13-15 beating Hitachi 72:61. Takuya Kawamura (191-G-86) was unstoppable with 30 points and 5 rebounds, while Anzai Ryuzo nailed 12 points. Rice Lamar top-scored for the guests with 20 points and Takeuchi Joji had 16 points and 12 boards.

Aishin - Hokkaido 84-78
Aishin improved to 19-9 on the second position after the win over Hokkaido 84:78. Daryan Selvy (197-F/G-79, college: Oklahoma) led the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Takeuchi Kosuke posted 21. Orimo Takehiko edned up with 19 points and 8 assists in defeat.

Panasonic - Mitsubishi 84-81
Panasonic holds the throne with 20-8 after the win over Mitsubishi 84:81. Jerald Honeycutt (205-F/C-74, college: Tulane) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Kinoshita Hiroyuki produced 16. Sato Takuya edned up with 18 points in the losing effort.


BJ League Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Golden Kings - Rizing 81-80
Golden Kings improved to 23-6 on top stunning Rizing 81:80 on the last seconds of the game. Shigeyuki Kinjo (182-G-84) paced all the winners with 22 points and Newton Jeff together with Ayer Chris had 16 each. Parker Michael was awesome for the guests with 29 points and 20 rebounds.

Grouses - Broncos 76-70
Grouses outscored Broncos 76:70 in Regular Season Round 30. Jerod Ward (206-F/G-76, college: Michigan) exploded with 33 points and 14 rebounds to lead the winners, while Woodyard Terrence posted 21. Warren Reginald responded in defeat with 33 points and 14 rebounds.

Lakestars - Evessa 84-78
Lakestars beat Evessa 84:78 as Ryan Rourke (199-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Cornell) produced 23 points for the home side. Nash Bobby followed him with 19 and Schafer Ray nailed 14. Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana) had a great night for the guests finishing with 34 points and 11 boards.

Phoenix - 89ers 79-88
Phoenix sensationally lost to 89ers 79:88 and dropped to 18-11 record. Bobby St.Preux (196-G/F-80, college: N.Kentucky) led Sendai with 22 points, while Holm Chris had massive 20 points and 22 rebounds. Gardener Michael top-scored in the game with 35 points for Phoenix.

Heat Devils - Five Arrows 79-83
Heat Devils lost to Five Arrows 79:83 as Matt Garrison (203-F/C-73, college: Biola (CA)) was unstoppable with 27 points and 16 rebounds for the latter. Sparks Rasheed brought his team 22 points and 10 boards, while Okada Yu added 11. Price Jefferey poured in 26 points in the losing effort.

Apache - Albirex 80-94
Apache lost to Albirex 80:94 in the start of Regular Season Round 30 played on February 5th. Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Burks Antonio netted 18 and Akingbade Dokun brought the winners 16. Ashby Julius had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 Yuta TABUSE
  Tochigi Brex
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Kawamura, Tochigi .19.7 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin19.0 
 3. Henderson-S., Ais.18.4 
 4. Takahashi, Toyota17.3 
 5. Violette, Toshiba16.9 
 6. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.16.6 
 7. O'Bannon, Toyota15.9 
 8. Newton, Hokkaido14.8 
 9. Rice, Hitachi S.14.5 
 10. Selvy, Aish.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Takuya KAWAMURA
  Tochigi Brex
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Violette, Toshiba9.9 
 2. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.8.9 
 3. Takeuchi, Aishin8.8 
 4. Henderson-S., Ais.8.2 
 5. Takahashi, Toyota7.9 
 6. Parada, Mitsubishi7.4 
 7. Orr, Tochigi Brex6.7 
 8. Honeycutt, Panas.6.5 
 9. Custis, Panasonic6.4 
 10. Ito, Tochigi Br.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Takeki SHONAKA
  Toyota
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Tabuse, Tochigi .5.6 
 2. Kashiwakura, Mitsu.4.4 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido4.3 
 4. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.1 
 5. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 6. Henderson-S., Ais.3.4 
 7. Ishizaki, Toshiba3.0 
 8. Igarashi, Hitachi S.3.0 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota2.8 
 10. Campbell, Toyo.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Shohei KIKUCHI
  Toshiba
  (190-F/G-85)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Tabuse, Tochigi .2.3 
 2. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.0 
 3. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.5 
 4. Violette, Toshiba1.3 
 5. Honeycutt, Panas.1.3 
 6. Tanaka, Tochigi .1.3 
 7. Hirose, Panasonic1.3 
 8. Kawamura, Tochigi .1.3 
 9. Sato, Hitachi S.1.2 
 10. O'Bannon, Toyo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Yoshifumi KUWAHARA
  Toshiba
  (200-C-80)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.8 
 2. Orr, Tochigi Brex1.6 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.4 
 4. Parada, Mitsubishi1.2 
 5. Aono, Panasonic1.1 
 6. Newton, Hokkaido0.8 
 7. Sakurai, Hokkaido0.7 
 8. O'Bannon, Toyota0.7 
 9. Violette, Toshiba0.6 
 10. Takahashi, Toyo.0.6 


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Panasonic 20-8 
 2. Aishin 19-9 
 3. Hitachi S. 16-12 
 4. Toyota 14-14 
 5. Tochigi Brex 13-15 
 6. Toshiba 12-16 
 7. Hokkaido 10-18 
 8. Mitsubishi 8-20 


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  KUWAIT   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Kuwait 14-0 
 2. Al Qadsia 13-1 
 3. Al Jahraa 10-3 
 4. Al Arabi 10-4 
 5. Al Sahel 8-6 
 6. An Nasr 7-7 
 7. Kazma 6-8 
 8. Al Yarmook 3-10 
 9. Sulaibikhat 2-11 
 10. Al Tadhamon 2-11 


Kuwait Club Still on a Roll - by Corey Washington
Al Kuwait Club beat Sahel Club 94 : 89 On Friday night. Kuwait is still undefeated on the season after coming from behind to stun Sahel. The game started off in favor of Sahel Club, everything seemed perfect until Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson) decided to take it upon himself and wedge the gap that the fired up young team of Sahel was trying to widen. Andre Pitts sank a couple long range 3 pointers, and used his veteran knowledge of the game to get Sahel players in foul trouble and eventually evened the game before half time. After the Half, Sahel continued to be bothered by multiple injuries to key starters which led to them leaning on the younger players to defend their house against the uncrowned Champs of Kuwait.
The game got really interesting when Rickey Huckaby (188-G-83, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) decided enough was enough, and tried to carry Sahel past Kuwait Club late in the 4th quarter. Huckaby connected on a pair of long range 3s, then tried using his quickness to fly past Kuwait defenders in search of a quick basket or a trip the line. Although he scored an impressive 15 of his 29 points in the last 5 min of the game, it wasnt enough to recover the lead. Kuwait club is sitting comfortably at the Top, but till this point they have not celebrated being undefeated, because once the 4 teams are selected to the Golden 4, All records are even. Coming out of the Golden 4 without a L is not so easy job, and no team is going to give up that easy with the rest of the league watching.
Andre Pitts (185-G-73, college: Huston-Tillotson)


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LBL Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Valmiera - VEF Riga 82-74
Valmiera got 28 points and 8 rebounds from Ivan Elliott (203-F/C-86, agency: LimeLight, college: UCSB) and held off VEF Riga at home court. Ronald Clark added 14 points, 6 boards and 5 assists in the victory. Jurijs Aleksejevs answered with 19 points for VEF Riga.

Zemgale - ASK Riga 72-95
ASK Riga thrashed Zemgale away from home to improve at 7-2 record in the standings. Aigars Vitols (192-G-76, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 23 points and made 5 steals for ASK Riga as they were without their captain Sandis Valters who left for Italy just days before. Dairis Bertans had 20 points in the win. Ilmars Bergmanis and Matiss Rozitis responded with 12 points apiece for the hosts.

Barons/LMT - Keizarmezs 81-59
Ugis Vilums (191-G-79, agency: Regeneracom Sports) knocked down 19 points to lead Barons/LMT past Keizarmezs in the closing game of the round. Martins Kravcenko and Todd Abernethy secured 14 point apiece for the winning team. Krists Piternieks answered with 11 points for Keizarmezs.


LBL standings
LBL Standings
 1. Valmiera 13-6 
 2. Liepaja 10-7 
 3. VEF Riga 9-9 
 4. Ventspils 8-2 
 5. Barons/LMT 8-3 
 6. ASK Riga 7-2 
 7. Zemgale 6-11 
 8. ASK/Buki 4-12 
 9. Keizarmezs 2-15 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Raitis GRAFS
  ASK Riga
  (208-C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Kolesnikov, VEF R.18.7 
 2. Jansons, ASK/.17.2 
 3. Alexander, Ba.16.5 
 4. Clark, Valmiera16.4 
 5. Brunins, ASK/.16.3 
 6. Skele, Ba.15.6 
 7. Bankevics, Valmiera14.8 
 8. Gustas, Ba.14.8 
 9. Zakis, Ventspils14.8 
 10. Aleksejevs, VEF.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Edijs SLESERS
  Keizarmezs
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Clark, Valmiera8.5 
 2. Tsiakos, Ventspils8.0 
 3. Elliott, Valmiera8.0 
 4. Berzins, Ba.7.3 
 5. Selakovs, VEF Riga6.8 
 6. Jansons, ASK/.6.6 
 7. Alexander, Ba.6.4 
 8. Blaus, Keizarmezs6.1 
 9. Raiskums, Zemgale5.9 
 10. Aleksejevs, VEF.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Demetrius ALEXANDER
  BC Donetsk
  (204-F/C-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gabrans, ASK/.5.9 
 2. Sirsnins, Valmiera5.1 
 3. Slesers, Keiza.4.8 
 4. Cooper, VEF Riga4.2 
 5. Aleksic, ASK Riga4.0 
 6. Skele, Ba.3.9 
 7. Jeromanovs, VEF R.3.8 
 8. Brazelton, Ventspils3.8 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.6 
 10. Brewer, ASK Ri.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Giedrius GUSTAS
  Kavala/P.
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Skele, Ba.2.3 
 2. Kolesnikov, VEF R.2.1 
 3. Aleksic, ASK Riga2.0 
 4. Mazutis, ASK Riga1.9 
 5. Gabrans, ASK/.1.9 
 6. Vilums, Liepaja1.8 
 7. Vitols, ASK Riga1.8 
 8. Kanbergs, Ventspils1.7 
 9. Strupovics, Keiza.1.6 
 10. Gailitis, VEF Ri.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Martins JAUNZEMS
  Keizarmezs
  (202-F-86)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.6 
 2. Berzins, Ba.1.5 
 3. Elliott, Valmiera1.3 
 4. Cukinas, Ba.1.0 
 5. Veselovs, Ventspils0.9 
 6. Blaus, Keizarmezs0.8 
 7. Aleksejevs, VEF R.0.8 
 8. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.8 
 9. Zorin, Liepaja0.7 
 10. Berzins, Ventspi.0.6 


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


Anibal signs Byars-Dawson - by Mohammed Malas
Michael Byars-Dawson (183-G-78, college: Northwestern St.) replaced Andre Muse (196-G-86, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Quincy) in Anibal Zahle's roster for the reminder of the season, The american combo guard arrived last week to Beirut and played one game so far...

Byars-Dawson played in the area before in Qatar and Bahrain, He also had good experience in France, Turkey, Iran, Mexico and Venezuela.


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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Baby ARAUJO
  Flamengo
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Machado, Flamengo24.0 
 2. Leith, Liceo23.7 
 3. Bowie, Halc. Xalpa23.5 
 4. Garcia Moral., Bigua23.4 
 5. Farley, Libertad23.3 
 6. McFadgon, Dep.C.22.3 
 7. Figueroa, Arecibo21.7 
 8. Pedroza, Soles20.7 
 9. Fleming, Pioneros20.3 
 10. Mikulas, Quim.20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monty WILSON
  Gatos
  (197-F-73)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Agba, U.Concepc.10.0 
 2. Braggs, Pioneros10.0 
 3. Aubry, Arecibo9.7 
 4. Paniagua, Merengue.9.7 
 5. Johnson, Penarol9.3 
 6. Hardwick, U.Con.9.0 
 7. Lopez, Regatas C.9.0 
 8. Wolkowyski, Bigua8.8 
 9. Leith, Liceo8.7 
 10. Gonzalez, Penar.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando MALARA
  Penarol
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sucatzky, Pitago.10.8 
 2. Mills, Halc. Xalpa6.4 
 3. Hickerson, Halc. X.5.7 
 4. Chavarria, Liceo5.0 
 5. Hernandez, U.Con.5.0 
 6. Cruz, Arecibo4.7 
 7. Treise, Quimsa4.7 
 8. Campos, Pitagora.4.2 
 9. Sandoval, Merengue.4.0 
 10. Silva,.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Roberto LOPEZ
  Regatas C.
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Garcia Moral., Bigua2.6 
 2. Ayon, Halc. Xalpa2.6 
 3. Montecchia, Regat.2.3 
 4. Sandoval, Merengue.2.3 
 5. Hickerson, Halc. X.2.3 
 6. Braggs, Pioneros2.3 
 7. Johnson, Penarol2.0 
 8. Antonio, Flamengo2.0 
 9. Martinez, Merengue.2.0 
 10. Sucatzky, Pita.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric PATTON
  Regatas C.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Calfani, Bigua2.0 
 2. Tavares, Merengue.1.7 
 3. Santos, Un.1.3 
 4. Hubner, Pitagora.1.0 
 5. Hardwick, U.Con.1.0 
 6. Johnson, Penarol1.0 
 7. Martinez, Merengue.1.0 
 8. Da Cruz, Pitago.0.8 
 9. Young, Bigua0.8 
 10. Wolkowyski, Big.0.8 


Liga-Americas Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Bigua - Universo/BRB 75-86
Universo/BRB made another step towards the Liga Americas title as they defeated Bigua in the second round of the semifinal round. Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) secured 19 points and 7 boards for the winners. Alex Garcia added 15 points and 5 boards as Universo/BRB would take on Halcones Xalapa in the decider on Sunday. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) paced Bigua with 23 points.

Pitagoras/Minas - Halc. Xalpa 84-104
Halcones Xalapa eased past Minas to set up the Liga Americas decider against Universo/BRB for tonight. Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) orchestrated the win as he nailed 26 points for the hosts. Victor Avila secured 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Xalapa. Evandro Soro responded with 18 points for Minas.


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Amicale wins a close one to remain on top of DBBL!!! - by Alex Meyers
January 31, 2009

Amicale 64 - Musel Pikes 51

Steinsel, Luxembourg
Amicale improved their w/l record to 13-4 by stopping Musel Pikes with a solid defensive effort last saturday night in Steinsel. In the final period, Amicale allowed only
6 points for the visitors. Travis DePree (201-F/C, college: Albion) scored only 8 points but played well tearing down 13 defensive boards, dishing for 5 assists, took 4 steals and blocked 3 shots making his presence felt. Olivier Haan (182-G-81) had a great match notching 22 points. Christian Schartz (184-G-86) added 18. Chris Braier (195-F-84, college: Lawrence) (4 asssits)had a quiet double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Musel Pikes. Laurent Schwartz was held to only 1 point. Guy Schmit scored 19 and Samy Picard (195-F-88) 17 for the visitors. Amicale bench out-scored Musel Pikes' 29 to 4, which was the biggest key for Amicale's victory. In the last game day of DBBL qualification, Coach John Griffin will take his Amicale team to will play at Heffingen on Saturday, February 14 and Musel Pikes and their coach Frank Baum will host Etzella on Sunday, Febraury 15th.

Amicale: 23 field goals, 12 three pointers, 6 for 10 free throws, 26 rebounds, 16 fouls and 12 turnovers
Rausch 3, Jones 7, Schartz 18, De Pree 8, Scholtes 1, also Ney, Kartheiser 5, Haan 22, and Birenbaum
Musel Pikes: 22 field goals, 3 three pointers, 6 for 12 free throws, 29 rebounds, 10 fouls and 11 turnovers
G. Schmit 19, Braier 10, Schwartz 1, Kox, Picard 17, also Schmitz 4, C. Schmit and Dentzer

Technical Foul 32' G. Schmit(MP)
Score by quarters: 1st Q 13-17, Halftime 38-29, 3rd Q 53-45, Final 64-51
390 Spectators


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Former LNBP Coach Signs in Venezuela - by Chris Terrell
Miranda, VEN - Former LNBP All-Star Coach Ricky Benitez who most recently was with the Tijuana Galgos has taken over the position as Head Coach of Panteras de Miranda of the LPB (Venezuela 1). Benitez was the Head Coach of the WBA All-Stars, Champions of the 2006 Tournament of the Americas held in Guaymas, Sonora, MX. Benitez was also the All-Star Coach for Victoria in the LNBP prior to winning the International tournament in Guaymas. Now the coach turns his sights to Venezuela where he is bringing in James Life (194-G-83, agency: SMWW Sports Agency, college: Massachusetts), Brian Latham (184-G-83, college: Houston), and Eric Dawson (206-C-84, college: Midwestern St.) to compete for the LPB title. Media requests and other information is available by contacting beseenhoop@yahoo.com

Halcones Xalapa beat Minas in Liga Americas - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - Minas 104:84

Halcones Xalapa grabbed the second straight win at the Liga Americas semifinal stage. Yesterday they held off Minas to get closer to the title. Halcones will now face Universo/BRB in the battle for the trophy later tonight.
The hosts opened the game playing aggressive defense and it paid off. Xalapa capitalized on numerous mistakes from Minas to clear off to an 8-point distance. However the Brazilian team found the rhythm soon and completed the opening stanza on a 20:4 rally that put them in front 30:22. Three-pointers from Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75, college: SE Louisiana) and Victor Avila (209-C-77, college: Oklahoma) highlighted the start of the second frame as the home team surged back in front. Sam Bowie was the go-to guy in the period as he refused to miss en route to 19 points and Halcones ensured a 53:41 advantage at halftime. Sam Bowie stayed on fire after the major break. He netted five straight points to enlarge the gap to 15 points. Xalapa finished the third period ahead by massive 16 points. Minas had little chances of rescuing the game as Halcones cruised in the fourth period.
Sam Bowie nailed 26 points to pace Halcones. Victor Avila added 16 points and 6 boards, while Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) and Dontae Truitt (198-G/F-81, college: Georgia SW) scored 13 points apiece in the win. Evandro Soro (190-G-80) responded with 18 points for Minas. Joseph Shipp (197-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: California) had 17 points in the losing case.

Halcones Xalapa: Sam Bowie 26, Victor Avila 16, Gustavo Ayon 13, Dontae Truitt 13
Minas: Evandro Soro 18, Joseph Shipp 17


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News from Morocco - by Nour Amri
First Round of the Kings Cup last week, with no real surprise as most of D1 teams managed to qualified to quarter-finals.
Results: TSC-MAS : 62/72; MET-ASS : 52/73; UTS-FUS : 63/94; FAR-WAC : 52/77; WAF-ASE : 73/87; Port Plaza-IRT : 54/60; RCA-KAC : 79/68; IRAN Nador-CMC : 97/73

Moroccan Federation is negotiating with French coach Francis Jordan for coaching the national team, but still did not agree on terms.

MAS agreed terms with Algerian coach Bilal Fayed, ex IRTs head coach. This is the 3rd coach for MAS this season. Bilal Fayed will have to put more discipline in his squad to save the season.

ASS reinforced their roster with Reda Ghalimi, who started the season in China with Shangai Sharks. Reda came back to his original club after a long career in USA (St Marys CA), Europe (Dijon, Cholet, PAOK Athenes) and Asia (Purefoods in Philippines and Shangai in China).


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  NBA   


NBA Round: 101 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Clippers - Hawks 121-97
The LA Clippers celebrated in Atlanta last night mostly owing to Al Thornton (6'8''-F-83, college: Florida St.) and Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.). Thornton came up with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while Randolph added 25 pts and 9 boards. The Hawks got 27 pts from Marvin Williams and also 16 pts, plus 15 boards from Josh Smith. Clippers 12-39, Hawks 29-21.

Heat - 76ers 84-94
The hosts had couple of players in a game mood yesterday, but maybe the best ones were Andre Miller (6'3''-G-76, college: Utah) and Marreese Speights, which nailed 15 points apiece. Thaddeus Young had one less. On the other side, Dwayne Wade registered 21 points and 7 assists. 76ers 25-24, Heat 26-23.

Nuggets - Nets 70-114
The NY Nets devastated Denver Nuggets last night jumping on 24-27 record. Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) was totally the best player in victory collecting 28 points and 5 assists. Carmelo Anthony replied with 15 pts in loss. His team fell on 34-17.

Raptors - Grizzlies 70-78
Hakim Warrick (6'9''-F-82, college: Syracuse) and OJ Mayo led the hosts with 16 points and 8 rebounds each. Mike Conley also had very important role collecting 15 pts, 5 rebs and 8 assists. Jose Manuel Calderon had 18 points for the second Canadian team. Grizzlies 14-36, Raptors 19-34.

Bulls - Mavericks 114-115
The Mavs grabbed thriller win against the Bulls moving up on pretty decent 30-20 record. As usual, Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) was on fire and this time he drained fantastic 44 points. Nowitzki also had 9 rebounds beside that. Ben Gordon answered with 28 pts for the Bulls (22-29).

Timberwolves - Rockets 90-107
Comfortable 17-point win by the Rockets for 31-20 score. Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) nailed 30, Rafer Alston 22 and Tracy McGrady helped the winners with 15 points. Al Jefferson demonstrated magnificent performance in loss registering 36 points and 22 boards. Wolves 17-32.

Pistons - Bucks 126-121
Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) was a key player for the Pistons last night pouring in 38 points. Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson scored 27 pts apiece. Milwaukee had Ramon Sessions with 44 and Charlie Villanueva with 33 points. Pistons 27-21, Bucks 24-29.


Lakers trade Vladimir Radmanovic to Bobcats for Adam Morrison, Shannon Brown - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has acquired forward Vladimir Radmanovic (6'10''-F-80) from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for forward Adam Morrison (6'8''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and guard Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.).

'Vladimir is a versatile forward who has the ability to play multiple positions in this league', Higgins said. 'We saw this as an opportunity to add another experienced player whose skill set is interchangeable with a variety of different lineups.'

The 6-10, 235-pound Radmanovic has appeared in 516 career NBA games spread between Seattle, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Lakers. He has career averages of 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds, while shooting .420 from the field and .386 from the three-point line. In 46 games (28 starts) with the Lakers this season he averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.8 minutes. He currently ranks ninth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.411), connecting on 60-136 attempts.

Originally drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Radmanovic had three consecutive seasons with the Sonics where he averaged double-figure scoring. His best statistical season in the NBA came during the 2003-04 season when he appeared in 77 games (38 starts) with averages of 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.1 minutes. During that season, he scored 20-plus points 13 times and recorded six double-doubles. He has also appeared in 44 career playoff games with averages of 7.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 21.9 minutes.

Morrison was selected by Charlotte with the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft after declaring early following his junior season at Gonzaga. He has career averages of 9.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.5 minutes in 122 games (28 starts). Morrison missed the entire 2007-08 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in an Oct. 20 preseason game against the Lakers. As a rookie in 2006-07, he appeared in 78 games with 23 starts and averaged 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 29.8 minutes. He was also named to the All-Rookie Second Team that year after finishing second among all NBA Rookies in scoring and minutes played. This season, he appeared in 44 games (five starts) with averages of 4.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 15.2 minutes.

Brown is in his third NBA season and averaged 4.8 points and 1.0 assist in 30 games played for Charlotte this season. In 74 career games, Brown has averaged 4.4 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 10.5 minutes split between Cleveland, Chicago and Charlotte. Brown was originally drafted by the Cavaliers with the 25th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ming YAO
  Rockets
  (226-C-80)
  Avg: 20
 1. James, Cavaliers28.5 
 2. Wade, Heat28.4 
 3. Bryant, Lakers27.5 
 4. Nowitzki, Mavericks25.8 
 5. Granger, Pacers25.5 
 6. Durant, Thunder25.3 
 7. Jefferson, Timberwo.23.1 
 8. Bosh, Raptors22.7 
 9. Roy, Trail Blazers22.5 
 10. Harris, Ne.21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mehmet OKUR
  Jazz
  (210-C/F-79)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Howard, Magic14.0 
 2. Camby, Clippers12.8 
 3. Biedrins, Warriors11.8 
 4. Lee, Knicks11.8 
 5. Murphy, Pacers11.4 
 6. Jefferson, Timberwo.10.9 
 7. Okafor, Bobcats10.7 
 8. Duncan, Spurs10.4 
 9. Bogut, Bucks10.3 
 10. Bosh, Rapto.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michael BIBBY
  Hawks
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Paul, Hornets10.9 
 2. Williams, Jazz10.1 
 3. Nash, Suns9.5 
 4. Calderon, Raptors8.5 
 5. Kidd, Mavericks8.3 
 6. Rondo, Celtics8.2 
 7. Duhon, Knicks7.9 
 8. Davis, Clippers7.8 
 9. Wade, Heat7.2 
 10. James, Cavalie.7.0 
Steals Per Game
 Luke RIDNOUR
  Bucks
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Paul, Hornets2.8 
 2. Kidd, Mavericks2.2 
 3. Wade, Heat2.1 
 4. Rondo, Celtics2.1 
 5. James, Cavaliers1.9 
 6. Chalmers, Heat1.9 
 7. Wallace, Bobcats1.9 
 8. Iguodala, 76ers1.8 
 9. Davis, Clippers1.7 
 10. Artest, Rocke.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Spencer HAWES
  Kings
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Howard, Magic3.0 
 2. Camby, Clippers2.4 
 3. Turiaf, Warriors2.2 
 4. Andersen, Nuggets2.1 
 5. O'Neal, Raptors1.9 
 6. Lopez, Nets1.9 
 7. Thomas, Bulls1.8 
 8. Perkins, Celtics1.8 
 9. Bynum, Lakers1.8 
 10. Duncan, Spu.1.8 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Celtics 42-10 
 2. 76ers 25-24 
 3. Nets 24-27 
 4. Knicks 21-28 
 5. Raptors 19-34 
Central Div.
 1. Cavaliers 39-9 
 2. Pistons 27-21 
 3. Bucks 24-29 
 4. Bulls 22-29 
 5. Pacers 20-31 
Southeast Div.
 1. Magic 37-12 
 2. Hawks 29-21 
 3. Heat 26-23 
 4. Bobcats 19-30 
 5. Wizards 10-40 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Nuggets 34-17 
 2. Trail Blazers 30-19 
 3. Jazz 29-22 
 4. Timberwolves 17-32 
 5. Thunder 12-38 
Pacific Div.
 1. Lakers 40-9 
 2. Suns 27-21 
 3. Warriors 16-35 
 4. Clippers 12-39 
 5. Kings 11-40 
Southwest Div.
 1. Spurs 33-15 
 2. Rockets 31-20 
 3. Mavericks 30-20 
 4. Hornets 29-18 
 5. Grizzlies 14-36 


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Hoosiers suspend leading scorer - by Kevin Cochran
Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean has suspended indefinitely junior guard Devan Dumes (6'2''-G) for his actions during Saturday's game at Michigan St..

'After coming home and having the opportunity to review the game film, I believe that discipline is necessary and deserved in this matter,' said Crean. 'A line was crossed that was unacceptable. However, Devan is one of ours and like with all of our players we want them to learn and understand what it takes to be successful.'

Dumes will not play when IU visits Minnesota on Tuesday night.

'I truly regret my actions and I will learn from this situation,' said Dumes. 'I apologize to everyone involved for doing something that is uncharacteristic of how I play the game. I am looking forward to putting this behind me and being a better leader to my teammates.'

Dumes will continue to practice and travel with the team.

Courtesy: iuhoosiers.cstv.com


Wooden Award candidates announced - by Kevin Cochran

The Wooden Award committee has released their midseason top 30 candidates. The list is as follows:

A.J. Abrams (5'11''-G-86), Texas
Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86), Connecticut
DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) Pittsburgh
Jon Brockman (6'7''-F-87), Washington
Nick Calathes (6'6''-G-89), Florida
Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87), Kansas
Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87), UCLA
Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88), Davidson
Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89), Syracuse
Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85), USC
Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89), Oklahoma
Tyler Hansbrough (6'9''-F-85), North Carolina
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88), Notre Dame
James Harden (6'5''-G-89), Arizona St.
Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89), Michigan
Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87), Duke
Jordan Hill (6'10''-F), Arizona
Matt Howard (6'8''-F), Butler
Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87), North Carolina
Kalin Lucas (6'0''-G-89), Michigan St.

Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86), Marquette
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87), Marquette
Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87), Kentucky
Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90), Georgetown
Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88), Duke
Tyler Smith (6'7''-F-86), Tennessee
Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88), Wake Forest
Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87), Connecticut
Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87), Louisville
Sam Young (6'6''-F-85), Pittsburgh


At this point in the season, Griffin, Curry, Harangofy, and Hansborough have to be considered the front runners for the award. Monroe is the only freshman on this list.



Devils weather Canes in OT - by Kevin Cochran
Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87) scored the go-ahead basket with 3:16 left in overtime, and No. 4 Duke rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit to beat Miami 78-75 on Saturday.

Henderson had 18 of his 19 points after halftime for the Blue Devils (20-3, 7-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who struggled the entire way before controlling the extra period to bounce back from a blowout loss at Clemson.

Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87) led Duke with 22 points, while Kyle Singler (6'8''-F-88) shook off a terrible shooting day to come up with a key overtime basket that helped the Blue Devils stay in front late.

Duke trailed by 13 at halftime and 38-22 early in the second half before rallying.

Jack McClinton (6'1''-G-85) scored 34 points to lead Miami, FL (15-8, 4-6), including a 3-pointer to force overtime with 14.8 seconds left. Duke had a chance for the win in regulation, but Scheyer missed a 3 in the final seconds.

Once in overtime, Henderson scored over Dwayne Collins (6'8''-F) inside for a 70-68 lead, then Singler who finished 5-for-23 from the field drove in for a score two possessions later to push the margin to four. Then, Henderson added a tough stepback jumper over Collins to make it 74-68 with 51.9 seconds to play.

The Hurricanes, meanwhile, missed their first five shots before McClinton buried a 3 with 31.1 seconds left that cut the lead to three. Miami, FL got no closer, with Greg Paulus (6'1''-G-86) burying two free throws with 10.2 seconds left to seal the win.

Paulus, making his first start at the point in nearly two months, finished with 18 points, while Singler had 17. Duke also got a boost from reserve David McClure (6'6''-F), who had 13 rebounds including six on the offensive glass after halftime.

The Blue Devils were coming off a 74-47 loss at No. 10 Clemson on Wednesday night, their worst defeat since a 30-point loss to UNLV in the 1990 NCAA championship game. And considering their next game is at Cameron Indoor Stadium against No. 3 North Carolina on Wednesday night, Duke needed this win to find its rhythm again.

Duke won despite shooting 33 percent from the floor 19 percent in the first half and going 12-for-39 from 3-point range against the Hurricanes' determined zone defense.

The Hurricanes were coming off a notable performance of their own, though theirs was worth remembering. Miami, FL turned a three-point halftime lead against seventh-ranked Wake Forest into a 79-52 win to end a three-game losing streak.

They nearly followed up with another impressive victory, but ended up with their third overtime loss in the past five games.

Courtesy:goduke.com


Dukes shock #9 Musketeers - by Kevin Cochran
On a night full of surprises, perhaps the biggest wasn't that Duquesne shot 81 percent in the first half against No. 9 Xavier.

Or that the Musketeers, winners of their previous 11, led only once. Or that Duquesne hadn't beaten a team ranked as high as Xavier in 35 years.

No, it was that Duquesne, which hasn't been to the NCAA tournament since 1977 and has had only one winning season since 1994, expected to win. And then went out and won exactly like it planned.

Aaron Jackson (6'4''-G-86) made five free throws in the final minute while scoring 21 points, and Duquesne held on despite going the final 7:44 without a basket to stun Xavier 72-68 on Saturday night and hand the Musketeers their first Atlantic 10 loss.

Bill Clark (6'5''-G/F-88) scored 18 points and hit a series of big shots as Duquesne (15-7, 6-3 in Atlantic 10) opened a 15-point lead at 45-30 by shooting 17-of-21 in the first half.

B.J. Raymond (6'6''-G/F-87) scored 18 points but Xavier (20-3, 8-1) led only once, at 2-0, in losing for the first time in seven road games. It was the second time in three seasons the Musketeers were stunned at Duquesne, but they were not ranked when they lost 93-91 in 2006-07.

Freshman Melquan Bolding (6'4''-G/F-88) added 12 points in one of Duquesne's biggest victories since it was a national power in the late 1960s. Duquesne hadn't beaten a team ranked in the top nine since defeating then-No. 9 Providence 88-87 in overtime on Jan. 31, 1974.

'Words can't describe how I feel,' Clark said. 'It's just crazy.'

The upset was Duquesne's first against a top 10 team since a 91-84 win over then-No. 10 Florida St. on Dec. 15, 1992, and ended the Dukes' 24-game losing streak against ranked teams since they beat then-No. 16 Xavier on Jan. 25, 1997.

Xavier has been dominating the Atlantic 10, winning its first eight by an average of 18 points, and had won its last 15 games in February, when conference races often are decided.

Still, Jackson said the Dukes watched Xavier's losses to Duke and Butler on video tape and decided what they had to do.

'We knew we had to come out aggressive,' Jackson said. 'We saw the losses they had and those teams jumped on them and didn't let them come back. We knew we had to do that, and we went out and took care of business.'

So much so, Xavier coach Sean Miller said it wasn't a case of his team losing but Duquesne winning.

'They played great,' he said. 'It's one thing to give up a high percentage, but it's a whole different thing to give up 81 percent. That's insurmountable for an opponent.'

No matter, the upset was one of the biggest in major college basketball this season, if only because of how far Duquesne has come in so little time.

The Dukes are only two-plus years removed from the on-campus shooting of five players, including Jackson, and three years removed from a 3-24 record that was the worst in school history.

Also, the Dukes are one of the youngest teams in Division I, with eight freshmen scholarship players, and also one of the shortest with no starter taller than 6-7.

All of that didn't matter as the Dukes made sure Xavier never mounted a run that might have turned the game, even though Clark's basket with 7:44 remaining to make it 61-48 was their last of the game. Duquesne's final 11 points came at the foul line.

'We were climbing uphill, and just didn't have enough,' Miller said.

David Theis, only 5-of-14 at the line previously this season, made two key free throws with 46.2 seconds left to make it 66-59 after Jason Love missed a chance to get Xavier closer by making only one of three free throws.

After that, Jackson made five of six at the line during the final 31 seconds to hold off the Musketeers. Terrell Holloway scored 16 points a game after being held without a basket.

Duquesne, which lost to top 10-ranked Duke and Pitt earlier in the season, went on an 11-0 run started by Damian Saunders' 3-pointer and ended by Bolding's 3 to take a 20-7 lead with 13:26 left in the first half.

Xavier looked a little flat-footed at the start against Duquesne's pressure defense, perhaps because the Musketeers were playing their second game in three nights after beating Temple 83-74 on Thursday night.

'That wasn't to our advantage, but you play games a day apart in the NCAA tournament,' Miller said. 'You have to be able to deal with it.'

Duquesne cooled off as Xavier went to a zone defense in the second half, shooting only 29.2 percent (7-of-24), but still finished at 53.3 percent (24-of-45) for the game.

'We did a great job of attacking their zone,' said Dukes coach Ron Everhart,previously 0-6 against ranked teams. 'Aaron Jackson controlled the game at point guard - he made big shots and he also got a lot of guys a lot of good shots.'


Courtesy: NCAA.com


Late rally pushes Illini past Purdue - by Kevin Cochran
Bruce Weber thinks the Top 25 hasn't been kind to Illinois.

The Illini coach said that since the team edged into the rankings in mid-January, the first time in more than two seasons, it's forgotten to play the tough, smart defense that got it there.

'It was kind of human nature where we started thinking we were better than we are and we reinvented ourselves,' Weber said. 'We just had to get back to what we did and who we were by guarding and playing our butts off.'

The memory lapse ended Sunday when the 23rd-ranked Illini knocked off No. 12 Purdue, 66-48.

The Illini (19-5, 7-4 Big Ten) held the Boilermakers, who are playing without star forward Robbie Hummel, to season lows in scoring, shooting percentage (32.2 percent) and 3-point shooting (2-of-15).

'The key for us was our defense and our effort,' Weber said. 'We were able to get stops and get out in transition and get the crowd into it, and eventually broke their spirit.'

Sophomore forward Mike Davis,who had 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, did much of the damage to Purdue (17-6, 6-4).

Davis has been as inconsistent as the rest of the team the past few weeks. Weber said that Davis had been fighting tonsillitis, as well as a related case of Bell's palsy, a temporary facial paralysis.

While that illness didn't directly affect Davis' play, Weber said, 'Mentally it bugged him. I think it took a toll.'

Davis benefited Sunday from the absence of Hummel, who has been out with a hairline fracture in his back. Hummel was cleared to play in the Boilermakers' loss to the Buckeyes on Tuesday, but still hasn't made it off the bench.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Hummel, who hasn't practiced in weeks, still isn't ready.

'It just doesn't make sense to me (to play him),' Painter said. 'His future's more important than the Illinois game.'

Painter said the Boilermakers had their chances, but found only two things that worked offensively - Jajuan Johnson's shooting and Lewis Jackson's drives through the paint.

Johnson scored 17 points to lead Purdue, while Jackson added 12.

'We were impatient,' Painter said. 'I liked our matchup with Johnson, but we have to do a better job of getting the ball inside to him.'

The Illini pulled away late with a 23-6 run, a stretch of just over 10 minutes in which Purdue hit just one field goal.

But the Boilermakers, in spite of their offensive struggles, were never more than a couple of baskets and a defensive stop away from the Illini most of the afternoon.

Every brief Purdue run, though, was followed by a cold stretch and points from the Illini that revved their crowd up to earsplitting volumes.

Illinois opened the second half with a 9-4 run to go ahead 41-32, but Purdue rumbled right back with five straight points, including a crowd-calming dunk by Johnson, to pull to within 41-37.

Purdue went cold again midway through the second half, hitting just one field goal over a five-minute span. Illinois used that stretch to open a 12-point gap at 53-41 with just under eight minutes to play.

With their cold shooting, the Boilermakers were forced to look inside for openings that just weren't there. Beyond Johnson, Purdue's biggest inside threat, 6-foot-9 Nemanja Calasan was just 1-of-7 on the afternoon.

Davis, on the other hand, thrived in the paint and outside.

The 6-9 Illinois sophomore had nine rebounds by halftime, and scored a half dozen of his points on soft jump shots.

'Mike Davis was the difference,' Painter said. 'He's got a good nose for the basketball. He's long and athletic.'

Davis acknowledged that he'd been slowed by his illness, but said he's feeling better now than he has in a couple of weeks.

'I'm getting my wind back,' he said. 'I'm getting better and been hitting the weight room a little more and getting stronger and healthier.'

Demetri McCamey added 13 points for Illinois, which never trailed.

Illinois' late run, the one that finished the Boilermakers, was keyed by six points from Davis and seven from Chester Frazier (6'2''-G-86).

Frazier, an often-injured guard known for his defense and tough play, finished the game with 10 points.

Two of them, from under the basket and punctuated with a fist pump and a roar from the crowd, effectively finished the Boilermakers. The Illini went ahead 55-41 with 7:13 to play, and Purdue never again threatened.

Frazier's points were nice, but his defense mattered most. Weber credited him for holding Etwaun Moore, who entered the game leading the Boilermakers with 14 points a game, to six.

'We just tried to make them make tough shots,' Frazier said. 'Stay in front of their players and keep them out of the paint.'

Courtesy: FightingIllini.cstv.com


Tigers get win #20 - by Kevin Cochran

DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86) scored a career-high 31 points and Missouri beat Iowa St. 82-68 Saturday to clinch its first 20-win season in six years.

Kim English (6'6''-G) added 16 for the Tigers (20-4, 7-2 Big 12), who shot 57 percent from the field and 9-of-16 from 3-point range in picking up their seventh win in eight games.

The Cyclones never led, but they got as close as 46-40 early in the second half. Missouri answered with a 15-4 run to go ahead 61-44 with just over 11 minutes left.

Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87) had 16 points to lead five players in double figures for Iowa St. (12-11, 1-7). The Cyclones have lost six in a row and three straight at home to Big 12 opponents for the first time since 2006.

Courtesy: MUTigers.com



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  PALESTINE   


Opening of the PSL with a win for Orthodoxi Ramallah - by Tamara Awartani
The Late George Rishmawi tournament sponsored by Jawwal launched today with a beautiful opening ceremony attended by the Minister of Sports, Ms. Tahani Abu Daqua, Deputy Minister Mr. Mousa Abu Zaid, Mr. Marwan Khader Mayor of Bethlehem representative, Mr. Ammar Aker Jawwal General Manager, Mr. Hani Halabi Palestinian Olympic Committee representative and sons of Rishmawi Family.

Orthodoxi Ramallah vs. AlRaI AlSaleh 83 vs. 80

A nice opening game to watch, Orthodoxi started off strong, team play and tough defense. It started off with scoring a three pointer by Ahmad Deeb, who scored several 3points through out the game but had foul trouble at the end. Tough defense specially by Ahmad Ameen and Mohammed Khalili, who also had beautiful drives to the basket scoring for Orthodox Ramallah, while Ramzi AlMasou played under basket.
AlRaI Saleh played good since they didnt play for sometime but they surely surprised Orthodoxi Ramallah. They played good defense, good shooting and good drives. Fares Swaiti played strong under basket, rebounding and scoring while Derrick Courtney (198-G/F-84) was on fire scoring over 30points, drives 3pointers and 3 beautiful dunks. More to come in the coming games.
Fourth quarter was exciting specially in the last seconds where it was about to tie, both teams played hard till the last second.

Scores : 1st 16/11, 2nd 24/25, 3rd 24/15, 4th 19/29


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. De La Salle
 2. Orthodox
 3. Arab O.
 4. Catholic A.
 5. Hiteen
 6. Al Fara
 7. Thaqafi
 8. Huwara
 9. AlBireh
 10. Sarriyet
 11. Ebal
 12. Oscar Camp
 13. Balata
 14. Jensafot
 15. Terrasanta
 16. Al Ahli
 17. Bethlehem
 18. Orthodoxi B.S.
 19. Ibdaa
 20. Qalandia
 21. Thaqafi B.S.
 22. Ra'I AlSaleh


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  PHILIPPINES   


Alaska grabes 3-2 lead in big final - by Eurobasket News
Willie Miller (180-G-77) threw up a 'prayer' that was answered with 8.7 seconds remaining, leaving the usually effusive Tim Cone, the Alaska Aces coach, tongue-tied.

Trailing by one with the clock winding down, Miller, on whose hands the Aces had put their fate in many occasions, swished in a three-point shot from about 30 feet to lift Alaska past Talk 'N Text, 95-93, Friday night for a 3-2 lead in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The Aces can capture their 13th championship with a victory in Game 6 Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum.

Talk 'N Text called time after Miller's huge shot and drew a play for long-distance shooter Renren Ritualo at deep left corner.

Ritualo had a wide-open line but his triple veered slightly to the right. Harvey Carey collared the short bounce but his putback was also off, bringing to a close one of the most intensely-fought games in the best-of-seven series.

'We're lucky Willie made the shot,' said Cone, who picked up his 601st career win, tying him with his coaching idol, Baby Dalupan in all-time most wins in league history. 'We would have been crushed had he missed, and he would have heard it from everybody.'

In the rare occasion that he struggled for a response, Cone said the play indeed was to get the ball to Miller, and for the two-time MVP to create the way he did earlier when he fed Sonny Thoss under the basket.

'Was it designed for him to take a three-point shot? Frankly, no. In fact I was surprised he took it,' Cone said. 'But he felt the rhythm and so he took the shot and made it. That's the sign of a great player.'

Asked to comment further on Miller's decision to take a triple when all they needed was a 2-point basket, Cone stammered and said,' You're putting me on a spot,' stepping away from the table just as Miller walked in to take his turn in the post-game interview.

The man of the hour joked with sportswriters, but turned somber when the subject came up.

'Ang instruction talaga mag-create ako. Pero nag-sag si (Jared) Dillinger kaya tinira ko na,' he said.

Did he know the shot was going in, Miller, who raised both arms when the 3-pointer dropped in, said, laughing: 'Hindi. Ang sama ng porma e.'

A dejected Chot Reyes, the Texters coach, took responsibility for the loss.

'It was my fault,' Reyes said, referring to their defense of the throw-in spot during the Miller play. 'It was stupid coach's mistake.'

The Aces, who had lost Games 3 & 4 after taking a 2-0 series lead, blew a 90-83 lead with 3:28 left and found themselves trailing, 93-92, after Ranidel de Ocampo's 10-footer with 17.8 seconds left.

Miller, who had consecutive turnovers when the Texters made their comeback, took the inbounds pass from Tony dela Cruz, took a couple of dribbles, and launched a Hail Mary shot over Dillinger that triggered a frenzy of celebration on the Alaska bench.

The Aces woke up from a languid start to unload an 18-2 salvo in a dominant first quarter on the way to a 51-43 lead at the half.

Six-foot-7 Sonny Thoss had six of his 12 first half points in that critical run, while Joe Devance and Tony dela Cruz each had four as Alaska pulled out an aggressive defense that forced four Texters turnovers in opening a 20-13 lead.

Sophomore Yousif Aljamal came off the bench to score nine of his personal conference-high 12 points in the first 12 minutes, keeping Talk 'N Text from getting blown away.

His back-to-back baskets put the Texters within 22-17. But Devance had four points and Willie Miller a 3-point shot in a 9-0 volley to set up the Aces' for the first of several 14-point spreads, 31-17.

Off in his first two triples, Jimmy Alapag drained one to close the gap at 39-32 halfway in the second period.

The Aces, however, had an answer to Aljamal, bringing in Larry Fonacier who scored 10 points in the second quarter, burying two from beyond the arc to keep Talk 'N Text at bay.

The Texters, who opened with an 11-2 run as Alaska missed its first three shots and turned the ball over twice, was 5 of 15 in 3-point attempts in the first 24 minutes, shooting just 14 of 36 (39 percent).

Alaska, which got a league conference-high and career high 12 assists from L.A. Tenorio, pounded the Texters under the boards, 33-16, and picked up 13 points from seven TNT turnovers (TT).


The scores:

ALASKA 95 - Thoss 20, Fonacier 15, Miller 15, De Vance 11, Tenorio 10, Hugnatan 10, Dela Cruz 9, Ferriols 5.

TALK 'N TEXT 93 - Cardona 23, Alapag 19, Dillinger 12, Aljamal 12, De Ocampo R. 10, Castro 7, Carey 4, De Ocampo Y. 4, Peek 2, Ritualo 0.

Quarters: 33-24, 51-43, 72-61, 95-93.

Courtesy of PBA (www.pba.ph)


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  POLAND   


1Liga Round: 24 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Polonia 2011 - Prokom II 80-65
Polonia 2011 grabbed the 18th win in the championship and drew level with the league leading Mosir and Big Star. They defeated Porkom II at home court as Tomasz Snieg netted 16 points and dished out 7 assists. Jarek Mokros added 13 points for the winners. Jakub Zalucki replied with 14 points for Prokom II.

Big Star - Zubry 75-68
Big Star maintained their position among the top teams as they bruised Zubry for the 18th success. Lukasz Pacocha (182-G-82, agency: Promotex) came up with 31 points for Big Star. Damian Kulig added 19 points and 10 boards in the win. Andrzej Misiewicz answered with 19 points for Zubry as they slipped at 12-12 record.

Siarka T. - AZS Kalisz 90-62
Siarka eased past Kalisz at home court. Michal Baran (185-G-80) notched 22 points, 8 assists, 6 boards and 6 steals to lead the winning charge. Michal Rabka netted 19 point for the hosts. Lukasz Olejnik knocked down 13 points for Kalisz in defeat.

Sokol L. - Znicz Basket 81-58
Sokol Lancut managed the eleventh victory in the tournament as they overcame Znicz Basket. Tomasz Pisarczyk (205-F-85) dropped 24 points to lead Sokol. Lukasz Kwiatkowiski netted 18 points and 6 boards for the winning team. Tomasz Briegmann delivered 19 points in the 15th loss for Znicz Basket.

Sudety JG - Resovia 90-60
Sudety had little problems against bottom-table Resovia. Rafal Niesobski banked 16 points, while Artur Grygiel topscored with 18 for Sudety to improve at 10-14 record. Sebastian Balcerzak led all scorers with 24 points in the loss.


Stats Leaders - 1Liga

Points Per Game
 Adrian MROCZEK-TRUSKOWSKI
  Sokol L.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Dloniak, Znicz Basket21.3 
 2. Pacocha, Big Star19.8 
 3. Misiewicz, Zubry17.0 
 4. Salamonik, MOSiR K.16.4 
 5. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.16.2 
 6. Pluta, MOSiR K.16.2 
 7. Berisha, Polonia 201115.9 
 8. Donigiewicz, AZS A.15.8 
 9. Kulig, Big Star15.6 
 10. Wisniewski, Zastal.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ireneusz CHROMICZ
  Sokol L.
  (200-G/F-77)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hrycaniuk, Prokom I.11.1 
 2. Wojdyla, Sudety JG9.1 
 3. Mis, Siarka T.8.4 
 4. Bartosz, Polonia .8.0 
 5. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.7.8 
 6. Wiekiera, Zastal Z.7.6 
 7. Dluski, LKS Lodz7.6 
 8. Kulig, Big Star7.4 
 9. Chodkiewicz, Zastal Z.7.3 
 10. Mielczarek, Big St.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Adrian MROCZEK-TRUSKOWSKI
  Sokol L.
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kalinowski, MOSiR K.5.8 
 2. Ecka, Znicz Basket5.3 
 3. Baran, Siarka T.4.8 
 4. Pacocha, Big Star4.7 
 5. Basinski, MMKS D.4.3 
 6. Snieg, Polonia 20114.1 
 7. Swietonski, Prokom I.4.1 
 8. Krupa, Siarka T.4.0 
 9. Kalinowski, Zastal Z.3.5 
 10. Trepka, LKS Lo.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Krzysztof KALINOWSKI
  MOSiR Kr.
  (187-G-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Malecki, Resovia3.8 
 2. Krupa, Siarka T.3.5 
 3. Trepka, LKS Lodz3.3 
 4. Berisha, Polonia 20113.3 
 5. Baran, Siarka T.3.3 
 6. Pacocha, Big Star3.3 
 7. Snieg, Polonia 20113.1 
 8. Babiarz, Resovia3.0 
 9. Krajewski, AZS K.3.0 
 10. Wisniewski, Zastal.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcin KOLOWCA
  Polonia 2011
  (209-C-87)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Pisarczyk, Sokol L.2.4 
 2. Milewski, MMKS D.1.7 
 3. Lisewski, Stal SW1.6 
 4. Czech, Sudety JG1.6 
 5. Kulikowski, Zubry1.4 
 6. Lapeta, Prokom II1.4 
 7. Mis, Siarka T.1.3 
 8. Karwowski, Polonia .1.3 
 9. Briegmann, Znicz B.1.2 
 10. Olejnik, AZS Kali.1.2 


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


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Atlas Stal
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Logan, AseccoPr.18.6 
 2. Adams, Polonia17.4 
 3. Mojica, AZS K.17.0 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni16.5 
 5. Wojcik, PBG Basket16.1 
 6. Hicks, Polpharma16.1 
 7. Reese, AZS Koszalin15.9 
 8. Harrington, Polonia15.4 
 9. Weeden, Bank BPS15.1 
 10. Daniels, Atlas St.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mariusz BACIK
  Polonia
  (207-G/F-72)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Landry, ISS S.10.4 
 2. Barro, Victoria.10.1 
 3. Johnson, Polonia8.3 
 4. Burke, AseccoPr.7.9 
 5. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz7.6 
 6. Naymick, SKK K.7.5 
 7. Dylewicz, AseccoPr.7.4 
 8. McLean, PBG B.7.3 
 9. Howell, En.Czarni7.1 
 10. Okafor, Atlas St.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marcin ECKA
  Znicz Basket
  (184-G-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.5.8 
 2. Koszarek, Anwil5.6 
 3. Eldridge, Polpharma4.9 
 4. Straight, En.Czarni4.9 
 5. Harrington, Polonia4.6 
 6. Milicic, AZS K.4.3 
 7. Szubarga, Atlas S.4.0 
 8. Garner, Bank BPS4.0 
 9. Greene, Victoria.3.9 
 10. Lee, ISS Sporti.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Maciej RACZYNSKI
  Victoria Gorn.
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, SKK K.3.8 
 2. Lee, ISS Sportino3.3 
 3. Straight, En.Czarni3.2 
 4. Harrington, Polonia3.1 
 5. Eldridge, Polpharma2.7 
 6. Greene, Victoria.2.7 
 7. Koszarek, Anwil2.7 
 8. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz2.4 
 9. Nesovic, AseccoPr.2.4 
 10. Miljkovic, PGE.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko BRKIC
  Anwil
  (205-F/C-82)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Townes, PGE Turow2.0 
 2. Naymick, SKK K.1.9 
 3. Dixon, Bank BPS1.6 
 4. Barro, Victoria.1.5 
 5. Turek, PGE Turow1.4 
 6. Reynolds, Sokol Znicz1.3 
 7. Coleman, Polpharma1.1 
 8. Kowalczuk, Polph.0.9 
 9. Barrett, SKK K.0.8 
 10. Gomez, ISS.0.8 


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Standings - LPB
LPB Standings
 1. Benfica 20-0 
 2. CAB 17-2 
 3. Ovarense 16-4 
 4. Academica 13-7 
 5. AD Vagos 12-6 
 6. Barreirense 12-8 
 7. VSC Guimar. 11-9 
 8. Porto Ferpinta 10-8 
 9. Ginasio 9-10 
 10. Fisica 7-12 


Stats Leaders - UZO Liga

Points Per Game
 Jeffrey FERGUSON
  Fisica
  (210-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Smith, CAB23.3 
 2. Coleman, AD Vagos20.1 
 3. Marcal, Porto F.19.4 
 4. Graham, VSC G.18.7 
 5. Waller, Ovarense18.6 
 6. Bowman, Barreire.18.5 
 7. Doliboa, Benfica18.2 
 8. Hill, AD Vagos18.2 
 9. Burns, Porto F.18.1 
 10. Minter, VSC.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marc MAZUR
  Ovarense
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Johnson, Academica10.3 
 2. Ferguson, Fisica9.7 
 3. Martin, Porto F.9.7 
 4. Doliboa, Benfica8.8 
 5. Coleman, AD Vagos8.2 
 6. Roberts, Ovarense8.0 
 7. Brown, Barreirense7.8 
 8. Burns, Porto F.7.7 
 9. Billmeier, AD Va.7.7 
 10. Minter, VSC.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos DIAS
  Fisica
  (197-F-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Blanks, VSC G.7.5 
 2. Pires, Barreirense5.7 
 3. Costa, Ginasio5.3 
 4. Figueiredo, Porto F.5.1 
 5. Carreira, Benfica4.3 
 6. Smith, CAB4.3 
 7. Reed, Benfica4.0 
 8. McKenzie, Barreire.3.7 
 9. Hill, AD Vagos3.5 
 10. Fernandes, Ovaren.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Jeffrey FERGUSON
  Fisica
  (210-F/C-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Blanks, VSC G.3.3 
 2. Smith, CAB2.3 
 3. Brown, Ginasio2.3 
 4. Madison, CAB2.2 
 5. Bowman, Barreire.2.2 
 6. Coleman, AD Vagos2.1 
 7. Costa, Ginasio1.8 
 8. Salvador, Fisica1.6 
 9. Balseiro, AD Vagos1.6 
 10. Hill, AD Vag.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mario GONCALVES
  CAB
  (208-F-80)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Brown, Barreirense2.2 
 2. Truscott, Benfica2.0 
 3. Stempin, Ovarense2.0 
 4. Martin, Porto F.1.6 
 5. Graham, VSC G.1.6 
 6. Burns, Porto F.1.5 
 7. Coleman, AD Vagos1.5 
 8. Minter, VSC G.1.4 
 9. Roberts, Ovarense1.4 
 10. Calvin, Ginas.1.3 


LPB Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - VSC Guimar. 77-66
The league leaders Benfica remained undefeated after the home game over VSC Guimaraes 77:66. Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.), Santos Joao and Reed Ben top-scored with 15 points each to lead the favorites. Minter Donte answered with 33 points in the losing effort.

Academica - Fisica 81-75
Academica outscored Fisica 81:75 as Williams Anthony led the winners with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Costa Bruno posted 17 and Johnson Manuel nailed 16 in defeat. Salvador Miguel finished the night with 24 points in the losing effort.

Ovarense - Barreirense 84-86
Ovarense lost to Barreirense 84:86 in Regular Season Round 14 at home. Tyrekus Bowman (196-F-86, college: Augusta St.) led the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Brown Bruce netted 23. Waller John ended up with 30 points in the losing effort.

Ginasio - CAB 81-86
Ginasio was defeated by CAB 81:86 as the latter was led by Francisco Fernandes (190-G/F-80) who scored 17 points. Madison Bobby nailed 16 and Goncalves Mario posted 11. Torson John poured in 27 points in defeat and Costa Jose had 22.


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Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Trajan LANGDON
  CSKA
  (192-G-76)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.21.1 
 2. Kambala, Krasnoya.18.0 
 3. Perry, CSK V.16.8 
 4. Nachbar, Dynamo M.15.9 
 5. Hansen, Dynamo M.15.1 
 6. Wisniewski, Spart.15.0 
 7. Loncar, Unics14.1 
 8. Bailey, Spartak-P.14.1 
 9. Lampe, Khimky14.1 
 10. Meshcharakou, Spar.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis HANSEN
  Dynamo M.
  (198-G/F-78)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Khryapa, CSKA8.5 
 2. Szewczyk, Lok.R.6.3 
 3. Trushkin, Spart.6.2 
 4. Kirksay, Unics6.2 
 5. Meshcharakou, Sparta.6.1 
 6. Plisnic, Ural Great5.9 
 7. Loncar, Unics5.9 
 8. Lampe, Khimky5.7 
 9. Fletcher, Krasnoya.5.6 
 10. Nachbar, Dynamo.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hollis PRICE
  Armani MI
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Pargo, Dynamo M.5.4 
 2. Collins, Lok.Rostov5.3 
 3. Chalmers, Univ.Sur.4.9 
 4. Wisniewski, Spart.4.7 
 5. Ponkrashov, Khimky4.4 
 6. Bremer, Triumph4.4 
 7. Biggs, Ural Great3.4 
 8. Holden, CSKA3.4 
 9. Zisis, CSKA3.4 
 10. Bailey, Spartak.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Marque PERRY
  CSK VVS
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Toya, Spartak-P.2.6 
 2. House, Lok.Rostov2.5 
 3. Millage, Krasnoyarsk2.4 
 4. Surovtsev, Ural G.2.1 
 5. Biggs, Ural Great2.1 
 6. Kirksay, Unics1.9 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA1.9 
 8. Bremer, Triumph1.8 
 9. Komarovski, Univ.Sur.1.8 
 10. Ginevicius, Spa.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksander BASHMINOV
  Ural Great
  (213-C-78)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Likholitov, Ural G.1.2 
 2. Javtokas, Dynamo M.1.1 
 3. Mozgov, Khimky1.1 
 4. Krstic, Triumph1.0 
 5. Clancy, CSK V.1.0 
 6. Morris, CSKA1.0 
 7. Loncar, Unics0.9 
 8. Monya, Dynamo M.0.9 
 9. Lavrinovic, Dynamo M.0.9 
 10. Pervukhin, Univ.S.0.9 


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 15-0 
 2. Khimky 12-3 
 3. Dynamo M. 11-4 
 4. Unics 9-5 
 5. Spartak SP 8-7 
 6. Triumph 7-7 
 7. Krasnoyarsk 7-9 
 8. Lok.Rostov 6-8 
 9. Ural Great 5-10 
 10. CSK VVS 3-11 
 11. Spartak-P. 2-11 
 12. Univ.Surgut 2-12 


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HANSSON IS - AND HANSSON GOES! - by Sandy Sutherland
Compared to the classic encounters of their early rivalry the latest

local derby between Edinburgh Kings and East Lothian Buccaneers at

Portobello High School was something of a shocker and probably deserved

an X certificate
But Kings still took a step nearer retaining their Scottish League

title, winning 71-46 in a bad-tempered affair which resulted in

Buccaneers' Swedish centre Rob Jansson, an ex-Kings player, being

disqualified for two unsporting fouls.
Kings started with a powerful quintet of Paul Cummins, Laurie Costello,

Paddy Campbell, Campbell Flockhart (an Ex-East Lothian player) and

Simon Flockhart and led 29-7 after the first quarter and it looked as

if they would cruise to victory.
But then they lost their rhythm as the subs came on, lost the second

quarter 14-9 to lead only 38-21 at half-time.
Buccs actually closed the gap to 11 at the start of the second half

before the champions restored their starters and their control to take

the third 20-10.
Irish cap Cummins, who had three three-pointers in the first quarter,

led the home scoring with 22, Simon Flockhart and Costello adding 15

each and Campbell eight, while another ex-Kings player Eoghan Dover had

14 for East Lothian, whose usual threat Grant Gibson was kept to nine

and Jansson to just one basket.
It was a fine weekend for the City club with Kool Kats trouncing St

Mirren 75-55 in a superb performance in front of a big crowd at the

Lagoon Centre a result which puts them three wins clear of the

champions and clear favourites for the Scottish Women's title.
Kats were 28-11 up after the first quarter and 45-27 at half-time and

were led by 18 points frm Sam Duff and 16 each from Emma Findlay and

Rowan Bell.
Kings junior men beat Perth Phoenix 91-56 in the RAF League at Perth

Academy where Lee Reilly and Ali McKay had 25 and 24 and the cadet men

and cadette women both won while the Kings' Lothian League side

travelled to Banchory to shoot down Banchory Stags 77-61 in the

Scottish Chairman's Cup, after trailing by 12 points in the third

quarter.
They now face Perth Phoenix away in the semi-finals.




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Summer Hill Gold gets big win over Fort Mac, while Blue Squad handles North Georgia again... - by David Archer

January 25, 2009 Blue Devils get by Fort Mac, 90-80...

Cartersville, GA - The Blue Devils moved to 16-6 on the season, after an impressive win over a tough Fort McPherson Knights squad. Darryl Williams turned in what was arguably his most complete performance of the season, exploding for 25 points, while also collecting five steals and five rebounds.

Fort Mac jumped out early, leading 4-0 in the opening minute, but the Devils bounced back after treys by Courtney George and two by Williams. The lead changed hands repeatedly through out the first 10 minutes. Calvin Artis and Ricky Gulley kept the Knights offense clicking with mid-range baskets out of their motion offense. Williams nailed two more threes and Darrell Waters entered to provide some inside scoring to help Summer Hill build an eight point cushion. Joshua White, Brandon Harris and George all got in foul trouble, but the Devils deep bench responded. Fort Mac cut it back down to two, but Roman Gilliam closed the half scoring six straight for the Devils and they led 47-39 at the mid-point.

The second half saw Fort Mac become very physical, in attempt to trow off the Devils quickness and perimeter shooting. Summer Hill's offense stalled as a result, as adjustments were trying to be made. Fort Mac fought back behind the inside scoring of Jamal Pippins and Gulley's patented and reliable mid-range shots. White finally got going with several power drives which helped SH re-build the ten point spread. But, White and George both picked up their fourth fouls and had to return to the bench. Waters entered and promptly nailed a three on the right wing, pushing the SH lead to 13, at 64-51. Summer Hill had a comfortable lead heading into the final two minutes. Fort Mac forced a couple of SH misses and a turnover, which Artis took advantage of with two long threes, to suddenly trim the lead down to 82-78 with :39 seconds left. The Kights then went into foul mode, putting the Blue Devils on the line. Williams, George and Marcus Henderson combined to go 8-for-8 from the charity stripe, to seal the win.

Artis led Fort Mac with 25 points, while Gulley had 18, Pippens 14 and Rock Whaley eight. The high-scoring Ricky James was held to a season-low four points.

To go along with William's scoring antics, Waters finished with 15 points, nine boards, two blocks and took five offensive charges, while George had 12 points, four assists. White scored all of his 10 in the second half and also had six rebounds. Henderson had eight points, and eight boards. Harris and Gilliam both had six, while James Royal and Jeff Hawkins rounded out the scoring with four each.

The Blue Devils will now go on the road next Saturday to face Truett-McConnell College in a 7:00pm tipoff in Cleveland, Georgia.

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Men in Blue outlast North Georgia, 127-97...

Cartersville, GA - The Summer Hill Men in Blue moved to 9-5 after out-running the North Georgia Wolverines 127-97 on Sunday evening at JH Morgan Gym.

In their third matchup of the season series, the Wolverines came with a mission to make it a game. In the first two meetings, the Devils had no problem with North Georgia. This night would be different, as the Wolves came ready to play. The lead exchanged hands several time in the opening minutes with the Thomas brothers keeping pace for the Wolverines. On loan from the SH Gold squad, Richard Davis helped the Blue squad build a double-digit lead mid-way through the half. His long range shooting, along with the scoring of Demetrius Metcalf and Nagee Smith established a good lead. North Georgia fought back though, trimming it down to two at one point. Brandon Thomas downed 21 first half points, but the balanced SH scoring still had North Georgia down 59-52 at the half. Davis had 16 for SH at the break.

In the second half, the Men in Blue gradually began to pull away but turning up the defense and turning it into offense with quick scores. Chris Brown and Daryne Lucas got into the scoring act, combining for 20 second half points. Gary Warner got cranked up as well, to lead a well-balanced scoring attack in which everyone contributed. The Devils cruised to victory on a 68-point second half scoring explosion.
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Men in Blue chalk up record first half, enroute to win, while Gold squad holds on to beat AWU

January 19, 2009 Record breaking first half, helps Men in Blue breeze...

Cartersville, GA - After a lackluster start last night against Ware, the Summer Hill Blue Squad came out with someting to prove, scoring 82 points in the first half and cruising to a 125-78 win over North Georgia.

Demetrius Metcalf had a season-high 29 points and Nagee Smith had 20 in the win, to go along with six other SH players in double-figures. For a full box score go to the Summer Hill Blue squad's schedule/results listing on the left menu on this website.

The win moves the Men in Blue to 8-5 on the season.

BOX SCORE....................................... 1 -- 2 -- F
North Georgia Wolverines........................ 33 - 45 - 78
Summer Hill Blue Devils (Blue) -- 2008-9........ 82 - 43 - 125

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Summer Hill Gold gets by a stubborn AWU team, 82-77...

Cartersville, GA - Summer Hill took a 47-31 lead into the break but had to fight to hang on down the stretch, as Mike Howren and Company came racing back to make it a close game in the end.

The Blue Devils traded baskets with AWU most of the first half, before going on a big defensive run to close the half and go in with the 16-point lead. In the second half, Summer Hill worked its lead out to as much as 21 after a three made it 72-51. But, AWU's Howren got hot and drained several threes, to mount a furious comeback attempt in the waning minutes. Darrell Waters got a big put-back and a jumper in the lane for Summer Hill. AWU answered with a couple of lay-ins by Daniel Barrett. Then, Joshua White and Nagee Smith combined to go 4-fo-4 at the line to keep AWU at a distance at 80-77. After a Darryl Williams miss on the front-end of a 1-and-1, AWU called time out with 19 ticks left and a chance to tie. Darrell Wilkins' trey attempt on the right side was just shy with 2 seconds left and Smith grabbed the rebound. He was fouled and the freethrows he nailed sealed the win for Summer Hill.

The Blue Devils moved to 14-6 on the season. Waters led the way with 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Courtney George had 13 and White had 12.

Notes: The Devils will go on the road next Saturday to take on the Middle Georgia Tech Titans.
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Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. Swiss.Lions 18-2 
 2. Borac 14-6 
 3. Napredak 12-8 
 4. Metalac 12-8 
 5. Radnicki 034 11-9 
 6. Ergonom 10-10 
 7. Mega HL 10-10 
 8. Radnicki I. 9-11 
 9. Vizura 9-11 
 10. Novi Sad 9-11 
 11. Masinac 7-13 
 12. Tamis 7-13 
 13. Sloga 7-13 
 14. Zdravlje 5-15 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvez.
 2. Partizan
 3. Vojvodina
 4. FMP
 5. Hemofarm


Stats Leaders - 1A

Points Per Game
 Slobodan BOZOVIC
  Sloga
  (207-F/C-79)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Bolic, Radnicki I.22.1 
 2. Bogavac, Ergonom21.3 
 3. Stojacic, Mega HL19.8 
 4. Mirkovic, Masinac19.8 
 5. Kljajevic, Radnicki.18.3 
 6. Martinic, Novi Sad18.2 
 7. Markovic, Napredak18.1 
 8. Stefanovic, Sloga17.9 
 9. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.3 
 10. Sinovec, Vizu.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stefan FEKETE
  Radnicki I.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Mirkovic, Masinac9.0 
 2. Draskovic, Radnicki.7.5 
 3. Dokic, Tamis6.9 
 4. Bogavac, Ergonom6.8 
 5. Mihajlovic, Tamis6.4 
 6. Zigeranovic, Borac6.3 
 7. Dramicanin, Borac6.2 
 8. Kljajevic, Radnicki.6.2 
 9. Buric, Vizura6.1 
 10. Nikolic, Mega6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Danilo DRASKOVIC
  Radnicki 034
  (207-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Jovicic, Tamis6.6 
 2. Duvnjak, Radnicki.4.6 
 3. Stefanovic, Sloga4.3 
 4. Stefanovic, Borac4.2 
 5. Vukotic, Sloga4.1 
 6. Teodosic, Metalac4.0 
 7. Maric, Ergonom3.7 
 8. Martinic, Novi Sad3.5 
 9. Tomasevic, Masinac3.5 
 10. Pejovic, Napred.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nenad TOMASEVIC
  Novi Sad
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Martinic, Novi Sad2.7 
 2. Bolic, Radnicki I.2.2 
 3. Jovanovic, Zdravlje1.9 
 4. Mirkovic, Masinac1.9 
 5. Bogavac, Ergonom1.8 
 6. Dramicanin, Borac1.7 
 7. Sinovec, Vizura1.7 
 8. Milasinovic, Masinac1.6 
 9. Fekete, Radnicki I.1.6 
 10. Majstorovic, Erg.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Stefan MAJSTOROVIC
  Ergonom
  (198-F/G-85)
  Avg: 0.5
 1. Draskovic, Radnicki.1.4 
 2. Zigeranovic, Borac1.2 
 3. Bircevic, Metalac1.2 
 4. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.1 
 5. Buric, Vizura1.1 
 6. Tanaskovic, Metal.0.9 
 7. Nikolic, Mega HL0.9 
 8. Gavranovic, Ergon.0.8 
 9. Janjusevic, Zdrav.0.8 
 10. Dramicanin, Bor.0.7 


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

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd-KK Vojvodina 62-61 (19-20, 17-19,16-12, 10-10)

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd: Dragojevic 17, Riboskic 7, Socanac, Knezevic 8, Jovanovic, Djakovic 17, Bogdanovic, Apic 4, Aleksic, Matic, Stankovic 1, Bulatovic 8.
KK Vojvodina: Djuric, Spajic, S.Knezevic, Nem.Knezevc, Drakulic 10, Neb.Knezevic, Glisic 11, Kostic 3, Bjelica 12, Andjusic 6, Roncevic 9, Kitanovic 6.

KK Beovuk 72 Beograd won their 6th match this season. This time they won against young team of KK KK Vojvodina in very hard match for both teams. First two quarters KK KK Vojvodina players won and finishes first half with +3 advantage for them. In the third quarter Beovuk players made break and took minimum advantage at the end of the third period. Both teams were equal in the fourth quarter, but in the finish of the match Beovuk had +1 and guests from KK Vojvodina had chance to win, but they missed three points shoot. Dragojevic and Djakovic led KK Beovuk 72 Beograd with 17 scored points per each. For KK Vojvodina Bjelica scored 12 points and Glisic 11 points.

KK Sloboda Uzice-Kikinda 80-67 (21-26, 24-14, 20-17, 15-10)

KK Sloboda Uzice: Tasic 2, Malesevic 13, Bodic 8, Obrenovic, Zaric 6, Petronijevic 12, Perisic 17, Vasiljeic, Djokic 4, Bukvic, Cvetkovic 13, Bakralcic 5.
Kkinda: Mladenovic 8, Petrovic 2, Cerina 2, Krajnovic, Bokic 16, Cvetkovic, Banjanin 18, Trkulja, Simic 14, Tesla, Mihajlovic 9

Only in the first quarter guests from Kikinda were equal rival. They won first period of the match and made advantage of +5 points, but in the second quarter domestic players made break and finished first half 45-40. In the second half KK Sloboda Uzice continued in the same rhythm and very routinely saved advantage from the end of the first half. Perisic led KK Sloboda Uzice to 6th won this season with 17 scored points and for the guests the best role showed Banjanin with 18 points.


Lakers trade Vladimir Radmanovic to Bobcats for Adam Morrison, Shannon Brown - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has acquired forward Vladimir Radmanovic (6'10''-F-80) from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for forward Adam Morrison (6'8''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and guard Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.).

'Vladimir is a versatile forward who has the ability to play multiple positions in this league', Higgins said. 'We saw this as an opportunity to add another experienced player whose skill set is interchangeable with a variety of different lineups.'

The 6-10, 235-pound Radmanovic has appeared in 516 career NBA games spread between Seattle, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Lakers. He has career averages of 9.2 points and 4.1 rebounds, while shooting .420 from the field and .386 from the three-point line. In 46 games (28 starts) with the Lakers this season he averaged 5.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.8 minutes. He currently ranks ninth in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.411), connecting on 60-136 attempts.

Originally drafted by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 12th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft, Radmanovic had three consecutive seasons with the Sonics where he averaged double-figure scoring. His best statistical season in the NBA came during the 2003-04 season when he appeared in 77 games (38 starts) with averages of 12.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.1 minutes. During that season, he scored 20-plus points 13 times and recorded six double-doubles. He has also appeared in 44 career playoff games with averages of 7.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 21.9 minutes.

Morrison was selected by Charlotte with the third overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft after declaring early following his junior season at Gonzaga. He has career averages of 9.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.5 minutes in 122 games (28 starts). Morrison missed the entire 2007-08 season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee in an Oct. 20 preseason game against the Lakers. As a rookie in 2006-07, he appeared in 78 games with 23 starts and averaged 11.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 29.8 minutes. He was also named to the All-Rookie Second Team that year after finishing second among all NBA Rookies in scoring and minutes played. This season, he appeared in 44 games (five starts) with averages of 4.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 15.2 minutes.

Brown is in his third NBA season and averaged 4.8 points and 1.0 assist in 30 games played for Charlotte this season. In 74 career games, Brown has averaged 4.4 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists in 10.5 minutes split between Cleveland, Chicago and Charlotte. Brown was originally drafted by the Cavaliers with the 25th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Sinovec continues in Ukraine - by Nenad Ilijev
Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) played his last game for Vizura this season. Young guard led his team to 100-91 road win over Tamis Petrohemija notching 26 points and 5 assists. Serbian U20 National Team member will continue his career in Khimik-OPZ Yuzny from Ukraine where he will stay till end of season as loaned player. Sinovec averaged 16.9ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.8apg in 20 games of Serbian top division and he will fly out to Ukraine next week. Nenad Canak (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) is already a member of 'Greens' while the team is coached by Oliver Popovic, former Vizura head coach.

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Sagadin new coach of Zadar - by Zeljko Zule

Zmago Sagadin was hired as a new coach of Croatian champion Zadar until June 2010!

He is Zadar's third coach of the season, replacing Denis Pleslic , who was filling in Aleksandar Petrovic , who was forced out two months ago. Sagadin (56) is an experienced coach, who started the current season as boss of Polish team Anwil Wloclawek, but he left the team in October, 2008. He won 8 Slovenian National Championships and 10 Slovenian National Cup Competitions with Union Olimpija, 2004 Serbia & Montenegro National Cup with Crvena zvezda, the 1994 Saporta Cup with Union Olimpija and two Central European Leagues (SBA) with Union Olimpija.



Liga UPC Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Nova Gorica - TCG Mercator 69-70
Not only was Mercator down 15 to started the fourth period, it was down by 25-47 in the third quarter! Igor Jokic (204-F-80, agency: VTBM/SRBM) had 23 points and 9 rebounds. Simon Finzgar, who scored Mercator's last 8 points, made a game-winning layup with 0:12 left. He finished with 16 points and Mensud Julevic added 16 points. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Helios - Zlatorog 61-60
Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-F-78, agency: VTBM/SRBM) scored 12 points including crucial pair of free throws in the closing seconds as Helios defeated Zlatorog. Alwin Snow posted 13 points while Nicholas Jacobson missed all six shots from the field and both free throws. Zlatorog outrebounded Helios 37-26 but commited 20 turnovers. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Epic Misel - Polzela 67-82
Epic Misel last lead was at a 53-51 before Hopsi went on a 20-2 run. Shawn King (208-C, college: ORU) tallied 25 points and 16 points for his sixth straight and 13th season double-double. Dejan Hohler scored 18 points, making all four shots from 3-point line. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Elektra - Zagorje 86-88
Elektra, which trailed by 15 points in the third quarter, went ahead 86-85 with 1:51 left. Gilbert Goodrich's jumper put Zagorje ahead 87-86, Dejan Cup missed a layup and Tadej Horvat missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer with 2 seconds left. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Slovan - Luka Koper 110-88
Sasa Doncic (201-G-74, agency: VTBM/SRBM) scored 24 points on shooting 7-of-7 from the field in his return to Geoplin Slovan and Dejan Delic posted 26 points for an 110-88 home win over Luka Koper in Round 18 of UPC League. Slovan turned a 61-62 third-quarter deficit into a 77-64 lead, handed out 27 assists and outrebounded their opponent 34-24. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule

Krka - Alpos S. 91-75
Krka trailed 48-49 before Jure Balazic (204-F-80) and Ricky Shields combined to run off eight straight points. Krka had all starters in double figures. Jure Balazic scored 18 points, Stanko Sebic 16 and Davor Marcelic, Marko Rakocevic and Bojan Krivec finished with 11 points. Sentjur commited 17 turnovers and shot just 11-of-19 from the free throw line. * More comments for this game already posted in the previous news by the local correspondent Zeljko Zule


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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Alvin SNOW
  Helios
  (187-G-81)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Goodrich, Zagorje24.7 
 2. King, Polzela22.3 
 3. Strnad, Zlatorog17.8 
 4. Ivanovic, Elektra16.7 
 5. Delic, Slovan16.3 
 6. Cup, Elektra14.4 
 7. Berdiel, Zlatorog14.3 
 8. Jovanovic, Epic Misel14.1 
 9. Lekic, Slovan14.0 
 10. Julevic, TCG.13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mensud JULEVIC
  TCG Mercator
  (200-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. King, Polzela14.9 
 2. Johnson, Zagorje11.7 
 3. Paris, Zagorje10.1 
 4. Brown, Alpos S.7.9 
 5. Cup, Elektra6.8 
 6. Pavic, Krka6.7 
 7. Pasalic, Nova Gorica6.5 
 8. Lucic, Zlatorog6.5 
 9. Laskevic, Helios6.2 
 10. Nuhanovic, Zlator.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Zoran DRAGIC
  Slovan
  (195-G-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vujasinovic, Polzela5.9 
 2. Berdiel, Zlatorog4.5 
 3. Goodrich, Zagorje4.1 
 4. Cmer, Luka Koper4.1 
 5. Ivanovic, Elektra3.7 
 6. Perko, Nova Gorica3.4 
 7. Krivec, Krka3.4 
 8. Mocnik, Helios3.4 
 9. Jovanovic, Epic Misel3.4 
 10. Lapornik, Alpos.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ales PRIMC
  Zagorje
  (201-F-79)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Berdiel, Zlatorog2.4 
 2. Goodrich, Zagorje2.3 
 3. Dragic, Slovan2.3 
 4. Snow, Helios2.0 
 5. Dunovic, Alpos S.2.0 
 6. Horvat, Elektra1.8 
 7. Strnad, Zlatorog1.8 
 8. Lapornik, Alpos S.1.8 
 9. Avdibegovic, Alpos S.1.7 
 10. Johnson, Zagor.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nemanja KARALIC
  Elektra
  (--)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. King, Polzela3.1 
 2. Todorovic, Helios1.4 
 3. Nuhanovic, Zlatorog1.4 
 4. Hunter, Zlatorog1.3 
 5. Johnson, Zagorje1.1 
 6. Lucic, Zlatorog1.1 
 7. Brown, Alpos S.1.1 
 8. Klepo, Slovan1.0 
 9. Bajramlic, Zagorje1.0 
 10. Soda, Nova Gori.1.0 


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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.8.2 
 4. Ilyasova, Regal B.8.1 
 5. Panko, Bruesa7.0 
 6. Vazquez, Regal B.6.8 
 7. Banic, Iurbentia B.6.3 
 8. Splitter, Tau5.9 
 9. Eley, Vive Menorca5.8 
 10. Roe, Brue.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pooh JETER
  Vive Menorca
  (179-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rubio, DKV Joventut6.3 
 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. Lakovic, Regal B.3.9 
 9. Mallet, DKV J.3.8 
 10. Williams, Pamesa.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Javier SALGADO
  Iurbentia B.
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Prigioni, Tau2.4 
 2. Splitter, Tau1.9 
 3. Popovic, Bruesa1.8 
 4. Cook, Unicaja1.8 
 5. Jasen, MMT E.1.8 
 6. Thomas, CB Murcia1.7 
 7. Guerra, CAI Z.1.7 
 8. Bulfoni, Ricoh Man.1.6 
 9. Rodriguez, Ricoh M.1.6 
 10. Victoriano, CAI.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Victor CLAVER
  Pamesa V.
  (204-F/C-88)
  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. Moss, CB Murcia1.1 
 7. Augustine, Kalise G.1.1 
 8. Splitter, Tau1.1 
 9. Haislip, Unicaja1.1 
 10. Ibaka, Ricoh M.1.0 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Duane VIRGIL
  Illescas
  (205-F/C-74)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Barbour, Tenerife18.9 
 2. Guillen, Los Barrios18.6 
 3. Garcia, Burgos18.1 
 4. Kiefer, Vic17.6 
 5. Detrick, La Laguna17.4 
 6. Simien, Caceres16.8 
 7. Prestes, Cl.Rincon15.3 
 8. Terrell, La Palma15.3 
 9. Blair, Mallorca15.1 
 10. Victor, Melil.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keith WALESKOWSKI
  Melilla
  (204-C/F-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Prestes, Cl.Rincon9.5 
 2. Donaldson, La La.9.4 
 3. Battle, Valladolid8.9 
 4. Simien, Caceres8.2 
 5. Hamilton, Tenerife7.8 
 6. Guillen, Los Barrios7.5 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.7.3 
 8. Blair, Mallorca7.3 
 9. Nana, Rosalia6.9 
 10. Baez, Le.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Raul MENA
  Burgos
  (177-G-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ciorciari, Melilla6.5 
 2. Corrales, Burgos4.8 
 3. Mendiburu, Plus Pujol4.2 
 4. Sala, La Palma4.1 
 5. Bernabe, Leon3.9 
 6. Cortaberria, Cl.Ri.3.8 
 7. Brown, Caceres3.7 
 8. Lopez, Leche Rio3.6 
 9. Colom, Plus Pujol3.4 
 10. Jimenez, Illesc.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jaime HERAS
  La Laguna
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 2. Van Lacke, Valladolid2.1 
 3. Bernabe, Leon2.0 
 4. Lopez, Leche Rio1.8 
 5. Cusworth, Leche R.1.8 
 6. Ciorciari, Melilla1.8 
 7. Hill, Alicante1.7 
 8. Baez, Leon1.6 
 9. Victor, Melilla1.5 
 10. Garcia, Burg.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Rafael HETTSHEIMEIER
  Plus Pujol
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. Battle, Valladolid2.1 
 2. Hamilton, Tenerife1.8 
 3. Southall, Melilla1.5 
 4. Donaldson, La La.1.5 
 5. Lewis, Plus Pujol1.4 
 6. Simien, Caceres1.3 
 7. Cusworth, Leche R.1.3 
 8. Nana, Rosalia1.2 
 9. Sinanovic, Burgos1.2 
 10. Harris, La Lagu.1.0 


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


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Johnny MATHIS
  Alcazar
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Bouldin, Matchmind22.7 
 2. Echols, Cantabria19.2 
 3. Mortellaro, ADT T.17.4 
 4. Williams, Matchmind17.2 
 5. Llorente, Archena16.6 
 6. Nelson, Huelva16.1 
 7. Stribling, ADT T.15.6 
 8. Turner, Promobys15.6 
 9. Nunes, Merida15.4 
 10. Harry, Arche.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony WILLIAMS
  V.Siglo XXI
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Mathis, Alcazar9.6 
 2. Andrews, Guadalaj.9.1 
 3. Thompson, Molina9.0 
 4. Turner, Promobys8.9 
 5. Williams, Matchmind8.7 
 6. Mortellaro, ADT T.8.5 
 7. Echols, Cantabria8.3 
 8. Bouldin, Matchmind7.9 
 9. Ausina, Molina7.7 
 10. Mugica, Arche.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Derek STRIBLING
  ADT Tarrag.
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Monclova, Alcazar6.2 
 2. Camps, Cantabria5.8 
 3. Rufian, Huelva5.3 
 4. del Tio, Merida5.0 
 5. Darbo, Huelva4.6 
 6. Llorente, Archena4.5 
 7. Nunez, Guadalajara4.1 
 8. Sanchez, Cantabria3.8 
 9. Baquer, Alaior3.8 
 10. Comas, Giro.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Francisco BAQUER
  Alaior
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Turner, Promobys2.6 
 2. Llorente, Archena2.4 
 3. Monclova, Alcazar2.3 
 4. Sanchez, Cantabria2.1 
 5. Comas, Girona2.0 
 6. Gelsi, Girona1.9 
 7. Rueda, Promobys1.9 
 8. Martinez, Navalcar.1.9 
 9. Camps, Cantabria1.9 
 10. Bataller, Giro.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cameron ECHOLS
  Cantabria
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 0.6
 1. McLemore, Huelva2.3 
 2. Bain, ADT Tarrag.1.3 
 3. Hilliman, Promobys1.3 
 4. Williams, V..1.3 
 5. Farley, Archena1.2 
 6. Williams, Matchmind1.2 
 7. Thomasson, Alaior1.2 
 8. Bouldin, Matchmind1.2 
 9. Nunes, Merida1.1 
 10. Mathis, Alcaz.1.0 


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  SYRIA   


Jimmy Williams will not join Al Hurriya's squad ! - by Emile Aaji
After a big problem in the syrian soccer league Al Hurriya's management decided to leave the club and resign . Which left no one to close the deal with the American guard Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Alders.-Broad.) who was expected to land on syria soon . Jimmy said im very dissapointed im goin to continue to work hard and get to where i need to be i just signed with Tim Green and Team Quest angency. and i know Tim Green will do the best to help me land some where else somtimes things happend and this is a part of the game but im am a free angent now and if any teams are interested in a quality big guard im ready. also i want to thank Emile Aaji for his help hes the one that made this deal for me in syria he also a great up coming agent .

Syrian News - by Emile Aaji
One of the key players in Al Jalaa Aleppo club Michel Maadanli (196-G-81, agency: Huss Sport Agency) missed the game against Al Yarmouk because of the injury that he said it wont sideline him for a long time .
Al Ittihad Aleppo point guard Ali Diarbakrly (180-G-82) will miss his teams next match after he had 2 technical fouls in the game against Al Karameh .
William Clay (188-G-78, college: Texas) played with his team Al Ittihad Aleppo against Al Karameh after he recieved his real release from the qatari Al Ahli Sports Club and scored 15 points .
Al Wehda Damascus player Asyad Kalo will be out for 1 month after he broke his last week .
Two of Al Yarmouk's big men missed the big game against Al Jalaa Aleppo due to injuries , Both Lu'ay Ibrahim and Mohammad Hajjar (203-C-77) did not play in the game
The American Star of Al Yarmouk club Tyrone Anderson (193-G-84, college: Concord) Scored 39 points against al Al Jalaa Aleppo .
Al Hurriya club management members decided to leave their seats which will cause the club some troubles starting with losing their new import Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Alders.-Broad.) deal .


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Jalaa 15-0 
 2. Jeish 14-1 
 3. Wehda 11-4 
 4. Ittihad 8-7 
 5. Yarmouk 8-7 
 6. Talee'a 8-7 
 7. Wathba 7-8 
 8. Karameh 6-9 
 9. Hurriya 6-9 
 10. Nawayeer 4-11 
 11. Kasyoun 3-12 
 12. Hutteen 0-15 


Three clubs in safety area , Six clubs still fighting for Finals 6 spots - by Emile Aaji
After the 15th round of the regular season Al Jalaa Aleppo and Al Jeish Army Damascus put theirselfs in a very healthy position and most likely sealed the first 2 positions which allows them to qualify directly to the final 4 by beating Al Yarmouk and Al Wehda Damascus , Al Jalaa Aleppo got their 15th straight win without any defeats while Al Jeish Army Damascus club have 14 wins and 1 loss
Al Wehda Damascus club stayed in the 3rd position even after their loss with Al Jeish Army Damascus club and they are far from the nearest opponent with 11 wins and 4 defeats .
Al Karameh club got fresh hope after beating Al Ittihad Aleppo and stayed with Al Hurriya in the 8th and 9th position with 6 wins and 9 defeats , Al Hurriya beated Nawayeer in the same round
Al Wathba are looking forward to get into the top 6 clubs which is one win away , Currently they have 7 wins and 8 defeats and they are 7th on the table
Al Ittihad Aleppo , Al Yarmouk and Al Talee'a are allready in the top 6 with 8 wins and 7 defeats occupying positions 4-5-6 .
Hutteen are on the way to relegate to the 2nd devision with 15 defeats without any wins while Kasyoun will be batteling Nawayeer to stay in the 1st devision
The next round will be very important for many clubs to strenthen their positions on the table
Al Jalaa Aleppo the leading club will play against Al Hurriya , Al Jeish Army Damascus will face Al Karameh in one of the top games of the week , Al Yarmouk and Al Talee'a will give the winner a huge push forward
Kasyoun will try to surprise Al Wehda Damascus , While Al Ittihad Aleppo will have an easy game against Hutteen , Al Wathba will try to avoid any sitbacks when they play against Nawayeer .


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  TAIWAN   


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Dacin 5-1 
 2. Yulon Luxgen 3-1 
 3. Taiw.Mobile 3-3 
 4. Taiwan Beer 2-3 
 5. KKL 2-3 
 6. Pure Youth 2-3 
 7. Bank of Taiw. 1-3 


Six TB players ejected after scuffle - by Chris Wang
These players sure picked a good night for a fight, since there was no television broadcast. Six Taiwan Beer players were ejected in a confrontation of the Taiwan Beer-Taiwan Mobile game Sunday night in Hsinchu, UDN.com reported. TM beat TB 90-82.

TB head coach Yen Chia-hua was ejected for cursing the referees with less than nine minutes left. With 5:19 to go Taiwan Mobile import Mario Boggan decked TB forward Wang Chien-wei with his elbow and started the whole mess. Almost the entire TB subs left the bench area to join the scuffle and were ejected later by the refs.

That left TB with six players -- Lin Chih-chieh, Wang Chien-wei, Ha Hsiao-yuan, Yang Ching-min, Chen Shih-nian and Hsu Hao-cheng -- to finish the game. Even TB manager Lin Chieh-he was ejected.

Fights on hardwood happen. I'm not naive. However it is sad to see things like this happen every once in a while. When temper flies in the heat of the moment, I guess not too many players can keep their head in the game. But anyone who's been to the game knows that a bench-clearing brawl can be real frightening sometimes and you don't know what would happen.

It is even sadder to see people like Yen Chia-hua, who now can be dubbed as Taiwan-version Bob Knight, and Lin Chieh-he, who once tried to go after a referee after a loss. Yen is a head coach and Lin is TB's manager. You go figure.

In the first game, Lin Yi-hui had 24 points and Tien Lei had 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting as Dacin handed Pure Youth its third consecutive defeat with a 99-89 win.

Byron Allen had 12 points for Dacin, whose 4-game winning streak was snapped by Yulon Saturday. January SBL MVP Chang Chih-fung also chipped in 17 points.

Chien Chia-hung paced PY with 19 points and five boards and Chen Shih-chieh had 13 points and 7 assists. Zuo Tsun-kai came back from injury and scored 10 points.

Yulon-BOT game is ongoing.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Shak Attack wins Game1 - by Albert-Lee Young

Detour Shak Attack defeated Sando Petro Jazz 71-69 on Friday night in Game 1 of their Best-in-Five Series Finals of the Stag Super 10 Basketball League at the Pleasantville Indoor Sports Arena.

The game started with the jump ball by the league special advisor & co-founder, Richard Fakoory. Shak Attack with point guard Kenneth Roberts back in the line up following injury and spurred on by their rhythm section took the early initiative to lead 19-12 by the end of the first quarter.

In the second quarter Jazz, who were playing back to back games following their decisive semi final win against UTT, rallied back. Urged on by their vociferous home support, Kevin Garcia and Miguel Williams with 17 points apiece led Jazz comeback as they reduced the deficit to end the first half level at 37-37.

The second half was befitting of a championship contest as both teams traded baskets at each end of the floor. The third quarter ended with a slender 55-54 advantage in favour of Shak Attack. In the final session the contest was still up for taking but with 2:45 Jazz were ahead 69-67.

Dramatically it all unfolded for Jazz as they committed four critical turnovers and missed three lay ups allowing Shak Attack to take control as Mc Sween scored a lay up to put them ahead 70-69. Then with 0.4 seconds remaining Kurt Christian scored the second of two free throws to seal the victory 71-69.

Kurt Koto Christian led Shak Attack with 20 pts, 7 rebs; Kenneth Roberts, who missed the entire regular season, added 16 pts, 2 assists; and Steve McSween had 12 pts, 2 rebs.

For Jazz Kevin Garcia tallied 16 pts, 7 rebs, 2 assists; Miguel Williams 16 pts, 7 rebs & Michael Pantin 10 pts, 4 rebs.


UTT finish 3rd! - by Albert-Lee Young


Miguel Sansavoir tallied a game high 22 points as UTT beat National Flour Mills 93-83 to finish third in the Stag Super 10 Basketball League on Saturday night at the Pleasantville Indoor Sports Arena.

Despite losing out on the championship series both teams played with high intensity. UTT having defeated NFM in the regular season led from the start of the game 26-18, 45-44 and 65-58.

In the third quarter with 1:55 left NFM got as close as 60-58 as forward Andy Best sank two consecutive threes but centre Bacquain scored the first of two free throws and Shawn Lawrence dunk the second to give UTT the advantage going into the final period.

Despite being pressured in the fourth quarter by their opponents UTT held on as Sansavoir scored a dunk with 10 seconds left before being fouled out; then next possession Kensley Sandy hit two free shots to increase the lead to 90-83 with 5 seconds to play. And to close out their Cinderella story captain Kern George hit a three-point shot on the buzzer from almost half court as they celebrated their first ever basketball competition.

For UTT Sansavoir also had 10 rebounds with his 22pts; Kievan Bacquain added 17pts, 17rebs & 5steals; Kensley Sandy had 17pts, 3 assists; Kenny Alfred tallied 11pts, 6rebs, 3 assists, 2 steals; and Kern George scored 11pts with 4 steals.


Kerry Westfield top scored for NFM with 21pts; Andy Best 16pts; Jason Delise 13pts, 8rebs; Allister Martin 13pts; & Shorn Edwards 10pts.

After the game Commissioner Keith Clement thanked UTT for their participation and contribution to the Super 10 Basketball League.



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  TURKEY   


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Bornova 14-2 
 2. Trabzonspor 13-3 
 3. Genc Telekom 11-5 
 4. Vestel 10-6 
 5. Edirne Genclik 10-6 
 6. Pamukkale 8-8 
 7. Akcakoca P. 7-9 
 8. FMV Isik 7-9 
 9. Orman 5-11 
 10. TED Istanbul 5-11 
 11. Eyup 3-13 
 12. Bursa B-bol 3-13 
Group B
 1. Tofas 16-0 
 2. Gelisim 13-3 
 3. ITU 13-3 
 4. Canakkale 9-7 
 5. Beykoz 8-7 
 6. Pertevniyal 8-8 
 7. Duzce Genclik 7-9 
 8. Genc Banvit. 7-9 
 9. Usak 5-11 
 10. Yesilyurt 5-11 
 11. Ankara Basket 4-12 
 12. Mulkiye 0-15 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Gerald BROWN
  Karsiyaka
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Reese, Aliaga22.9 
 2. Crispin, Banvit21.0 
 3. Williams, Banvit19.6 
 4. McCalebb, Mersin19.1 
 5. Gordon, Oyak R.18.8 
 6. Mims, Karsiyaka18.5 
 7. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.17.9 
 8. Davis, Aliaga17.7 
 9. Lofton, Mersin17.5 
 10. Graves, Galatasar.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex DUNN
  Selcuk Uni.
  (212-F/C-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Williams, Karsiyaka12.1 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir11.5 
 3. Traylor, Kepez Bld9.4 
 4. Besok, Galatasaray8.9 
 5. Ffriend, Mersin8.5 
 6. Saunders, Selcuk U.8.4 
 7. Benton, Karsiyaka8.3 
 8. Williams, Banvit8.0 
 9. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen7.9 
 10. Milojevic, Galata.7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Milos VUJANIC
  Efes Pilsen
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka6.9 
 2. Acik, T.Telekom5.7 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.3 
 4. Senturk, Darussaf.5.3 
 5. Crispin, Banvit5.2 
 6. King, Antalya5.1 
 7. Reese, Aliaga4.9 
 8. Preldzic, Fener.Ulker4.8 
 9. Gordon, Oyak R.4.7 
 10. McCalebb, Mers.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick BLAKNEY
  T.Telekom
  (181-G-76)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Basden, Mersin3.0 
 2. McCalebb, Mersin2.9 
 3. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka2.0 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas1.9 
 5. Martin, Kepez Bld1.9 
 6. Hammonds, Darussaf.1.8 
 7. Thornton, Efes P.1.8 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.8 
 9. Senturk, Darussaf.1.8 
 10. Green, Antal.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cevher OZER
  Besiktas
  (206-F/C-83)
  Avg: 0.7
 1. Hansen, TED Koleji2.9 
 2. Benton, Karsiyaka2.4 
 3. Solak, Aliaga2.3 
 4. Traylor, Kepez Bld2.1 
 5. Stiemsma, Oyak R.1.9 
 6. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.8 
 7. Davis, Aliaga1.4 
 8. Ffriend, Mersin1.4 
 9. Douthit, Antalya1.1 
 10. Thomas, Erdem.1.1 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Efes Pilsen 17-1 
 2. Galatasaray 15-3 
 3. T.Telekom 13-5 
 4. Fener.Ulker 13-6 
 5. Besiktas 10-8 
 6. Mersin 10-9 
 7. Antalya 9-9 
 8. Banvit 9-9 
 9. Karsiyaka 9-9 
 10. Darussafaka 8-10 
 11. Aliaga 8-10 
 12. Oyak Renault 7-11 
 13. Selcuk Uni. 6-13 
 14. Kepez Bld 5-13 
 15. Erdemir 5-13 
 16. TED Koleji 1-17 


Market news - by Sinan Can
BANVITSPOR extended the contracts of Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Penn St.) and Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) due to some unofficial sources around the club. Both players signed for 2009-2010 season with Turkish club for a 'good' rise at their salaries. That can easily be understood that Banvit will keep with Coach Selcuk Ernak next year. Division 2 club Vestelspor signed with American forward O'Neal Mims (208-F-83, college: Angelo St.) . Mims impressed Vestel with his athletic abilities in a short term try-out last week and succeeded to stay until the rest of the season.

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  UBL   


UBL DRAFT - by Ozzie Denson

The UNITED BASKETBALL LEAGUE is having their UBL Draft, FEB. 21, 09 Iin Addison , Texas. All players need to register at www.ublhoops.com. The draft cost is $125.00 and that includes a hotel room plus transportation from hotel to gym. All walk up draft fees will be $75.00. Hotel room is not included. Players can pay on line or mail their payment to the UBL. We will have a great turnout so come ready to play. Visit www.ublhoops.com or call 940-453-5539
The UBL Come Get Some!!!



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  UKRAINE   


UBL Round: 34 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy - BC Odessa 89-75
Cherkasy eased past undermanned Odessa at home. Ivan Koljevic (186-G-84) netted 21 points to pace the hosts to the 20th win in the season. Chris Hill added 15 points for the winners. Odessa played without Wayne Wallace and Jerome Coleman. Darius Pakamanis stepped up for the visitors scoring 16 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk - Gryfony 104-71
Budivelnyk victimized Gryfony in Kyiv to pile up the 20th victory. Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, college: Nevada) registered 24 points for the winning side. Pavelis Chukinas had 13 points and 6 boards for Budivelnyk. Stevan Pekovic and Nikola Bulajic answered with 14 points each in the loss.

Dnipro - Kryvbasbasket 79-88
Dnipro could not get things together against the league leading Kryvbasbasket losing at home court. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, college: Texas Arlington) knocked down 22 points to pace Kryvbasbasket. Dubravko Zemljic added 16 points as the winners improved at 23-8 record. Devin Green was solid for Dnipro with 32 points and 6 boards in the loss.

Ferro-ZNTU - DniproAzot 87-77
Ferro-ZNTU added Aleh Kojenets to their squad and he paid off with 10 points and 4 rebounds as the teams knocked down DniproAzot. Laimis Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) topscored with 22 points for the Zaporozhye outfit. Marius Janisius replied with 15 points and 8 boards in defeat.


Standings - Superleague
UBL Standings
 1. Kryvbasbasket 23-8 
 2. Cherkasy 20-10 
 3. Budivelnyk 20-10 
 4. Polit.Lviv 19-11 
 5. BC Odessa 19-12 
 6. Dnipro 18-13 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 13-18 
 8. Hoverla 10-20 
 9. Azoty 7-24 
 10. Gryfony 4-27 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Everton T. 15-3 
 2. Newcastle E. 15-3 
 3. Scottish R. 13-6 
 4. Plymouth R. 13-7 
 5. Guildford H. 12-6 
 6. Leicester R. 12-8 
 7. Worthing T. 8-13 
 8. Worcester W. 8-15 
 9. MK Lions 7-10 
 10. Sheffield S. 7-14 
 11. Cheshire J. 6-13 
 12. London C. 1-19 


Top Two Both Win - by Andy Webb
The Newcastle Eagles and Everton Tigers picked up important victories on Friday night to boost their BBL Championship title aspirations.

The Eagles remained on top of the Championship table thanks to an 88-72 victory over the Marshall MK Lions at the Metro Radio Arena, while the Tigers remained hot on their heels after an 80-69 defeat of the Sheffield Sharks at the Greenbank Sports Academy.

Newcastle led from tip-to-buzzer in their game, and an 11-3 burst midway through the final quarter gave them their biggest lead of the game at 81-60. Trey Moore (192-G-75, college: Mississippi St.) was in good form for the home side leading all scorers in the contest with 21 points for the Eagles.

Everton had to come from behind against the Sharks after trailing 33-39 at the half. The home side enjoyed runs of 15-4 and 10-4 in the third period to break the game open and take the lead at 58-48 towards the end of the third period. Josh Gross (201-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) continued his impressive season to lead all scorers in the game with an impressive 26 point haul for the Tigers.

BBL Championship
Everton Tigers 80 (14,33,58) (Gross 26, Bailey 15, Midgley 10)
Sheffield Sharks 69 (17,39,50) (Brown 22, Sanders 17, Whyte/Rivers 10)


Everton Tigers moved themselves up into second place in the BBL Championship table thanks to an 80-69 victory over the Sheffield Sharks at the Greenbank Sports Academy on Friday evening. The Sharks started the stronger and enjoyed an early 10-2 burst to take a 6-12 lead. The visitors maintained a slender three-point advantage at 14-17 at the end of the opening period. In the second quarter, the Tigers began to claw their way back into the game with an 11-4 tear of their own to get to within a single point at 29-30, but the Sharks bagged nine of the final thirteen points of the half to go into the locker room leading 33-39 at the half. In the second half, the home side came out of the blocks early and secured a 15-4 run to take the lead at 48-43 midway through the third period. The Tigers continued in the same vein and a 10-4 burst towards the end of the quarter took the score out to 58-48. The visitors bagged the last basket of the period to trail 58- 50 going into the final stanza. In the final stanza, the Tigers continued to dominate the proceedings and a 12-2 run midway through the period saw them open up their biggest lead of the game at 70-52. Despite a valiant attempt from the Sharks to get themselves back into the game, the home side held on to secure the comfortable victory. Josh Gross led all scorers in the game with an impressive 26 points for the Tigers, while Marshall Brown led the scoring for the Sharks with 22.

BBL Championship
Newcastle Eagles 88 (28,40,61) (Moore 21, Bridge 16, Toney 15)
Marshall MK Lions 72 (13,35,49) (New/Obazuaye 17, Eddie 16)


Newcastle Eagles maintained their two point advantage at the summit of the BBL Championship table thanks to a comfortable 88-72 victory over the Marshall MK Lions at the Metro Radio Arena on Friday night. The Eagles led from tip to buzzer and opened with a 9-0 run followed up by a 12- 2 burst to lead 21-7 midway through the opening quarter. The Eagles extended their lead to fifteen points at 28-13 at the end of the first quarter. In the second period, the Eagles maintained their advantage and lead 38-28 midway through the quarter. Seven points from Thomas Eddie helped the Lions back into the game and a 9-2 burst to close out the first half saw the visitors trailing by five points at 40-35 at the half. In the second half, the Eagles started in much the same vein as the first and a 10-0 start to the third period took the score out to 50-35. Both sides traded baskets for the remainder of the period, but it was the Eagles who held the advantage at 61-49 going into the final stanza. In the final quarter an 11-4 burst from the home side broke the game open to give the home side their biggest lead of the game at 81- 60. The Sharks attempted to get themselves back into the game, but the Eagles were able to hold on for the comfortable victory. Trey Moore led all scorers in the game with 21 points for the Eagles, while a combination of Michael New and Jason Obazuaye led the scoring for the Lions with 17 points a-piece.


Riders Make It Six In A Row - by Andy Webb
The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders made it six wins from six BBL Championship games in 2009 as they beat the Worthing Thunder 93-98 on the road.

Phil Missere (203-F, college: St.John's) led the Riders with 24 points, including 12 in the crucial fourth quarter. Bradd Wierzbicki added 19, and Tommy Swanson scored 17.

The Riders trailed at the midway point, but stern defence in the second half was the inspiration for the win.

The pendulum swung as they held their hosts scoreless for the last 4:32 of the third quarter, whilst scoring 16 points of their own. Swanson had 6 of those to give them a 74-78 lead going into the fourth.

Missere added to his 12 points in the final period with a series of big defensive plays as he grabbed 4 defensive rebounds, blocked 2 shots, and made a late steal that led to a Swanson score.

Elsewhere, the Worcester Wolves scored over one hundred points for the twelfth time this season, and moved to the verge of the BBL Championship places, as they beat the PAWS London Capital by 104-115.

The league's leading scorer, Anthony Paez, led the way with 31 points, whilst seven-footer Justin Brown had 23.

The Wolves looked like they were having it all their own way at 67-84 going into the final ten minutes. However, the fourth quarter saw an amazing 68 points as the Capital started with a 31-13 push that gave them a 98-97 lead and gave them a sight of their first win since October.

However, a four-point play from Paez gave the Wolves the lead back and they scored the last 12 points of the game to escape from London with the win.

BBL Championship

PAWS London Capital 104 (23,40,67) (Paez 31, Brown 23, Funn 16)
Worcester Wolves 115 (26,56,84) (Knight 26, Sturgeon 26, Gariba 23)


The Worcester Wolves moved to the verge of the BBL Championship playoff places as they beat the PAWS London Capital by 104-115, scoring over one hundred points for the twelfth time this season. They had to survive a late flurry from the hosts in a fourth quarter that saw 68 points scored.

The Wolves were led once more by Anthony Paez's 31 points, while Justin Brown added 23 and Will Funn scored 16. The hosts were led by 26 points each from Marcus Knight and Andrew Sturgeon.

A tight first quarter saw the Wolves edging it 23-26, before they broke the game open in the second stanza. Midway through the period they posted 10 consecutive points, with Paez scoring 8 of his 14 second quarter points in that run as they outscored the Capital by 30-17 for a half-time lead of 40-56.

The Wolves looked as though they were in command at 67-84, before the second fourth quarter comeback in the last two games for the hosts. The Capital outscored their visitors by 31-13 to take the lead at 98- 97 and had their first win since October in their sights. Paez was fouled as he scored a three-pointer, making the free-throw to give the Wolves the lead back at 100- 101, and there were three lead changes up until 104- 103. From that point, the Wolves scored the last 12 points, including 4 for Paez and 4 for Funn, to take their fourth win of 2009.

Worthing Thunder 93 (27,54,74) (Ivanovskis 29, Woods 20, Bargeman 16)
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders 98 (26,50,78) (Missere 24, Wierzbicki 19, Swanson 17)


The Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders made it six wins out of six in the BBL Championship in 2009 as they beat the Worthing Thunder 93-98 on the road.

A strong defensive performance allowed them to recover from a half-time deficit, and they were led by 24 points from Phil Missere, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Bradd Wierzbicki added 19 points, and Tommy Swanson contributed 17. Janis Ivanovskis led all scorers with 29 points for the Thunder.

The Riders maintained a slim lead through the first five minutes before a Colby Bargeman three-pointer gave the hosts an 11-10 lead. There were ten lead changes over the remainder of the quarter but it was the Thunder that gained the edge as Patton scored with 17 seconds remaining to give them a 27-26 edge after the first ten minutes.

Neither team could establish themselves in the second stanza as the Riders re-gained the lead on an Isaac Westbrooks basket in the opening minute. Swanson was fouled on a dunk and added the free- throw to give the Riders their biggest lead of the first half at 31-34. The Thunder then posted the first run of the game as they went 10-1, helped by three-pointers from Bargeman and Woods, to lead 41-36 with six minutes remaining in the first half. Back-to-back baskets from Lamble and Windless halted the run, only for Worthing to go 8-2, capped by a Dan Wardrope triple, to take the largest lead of the first half at 49-42. The Riders looked inside for Missere and Lamble, who scored all of their points in the last four minutes, and had narrowed the gap to 54-50 by the break.

An early run in the third period helped the hosts to the first double-digit lead of the game as a 9-2 burst made the score 67-56. The Riders came straight back behind 6 consecutive points from Flinder Boyd, but still trailed at 74-64. From that point the pendulum swung in the other direction as the Riders stopped the Thunder scoring for the final 4:32 of the quarter. Led by six points from Swanson, they scored 14 points themselves to take a dramatic lead at 74-78 going into the decisive quarter.

It was a one-possession game early in the fourth as a Wardrope triple made the score 82-84; but Boyd responded in kind and soon after the Riders scored 6 straight points to lead 84-93 as they held their hosts scoreless for another three minutes. There was little scoring in the last five minutes of the game, but the visitors did enough to hold on as Missere scored 12 points in the quarter, made a late steal that led to a Swanson score and was strong all-round on defence.


HANSSON IS - AND HANSSON GOES! - by Sandy Sutherland
Compared to the classic encounters of their early rivalry the latest

local derby between Edinburgh Kings and East Lothian Buccaneers at

Portobello High School was something of a shocker and probably deserved

an X certificate
But Kings still took a step nearer retaining their Scottish League

title, winning 71-46 in a bad-tempered affair which resulted in

Buccaneers' Swedish centre Rob Jansson, an ex-Kings player, being

disqualified for two unsporting fouls.
Kings started with a powerful quintet of Paul Cummins, Laurie Costello,

Paddy Campbell, Campbell Flockhart (an Ex-East Lothian player) and

Simon Flockhart and led 29-7 after the first quarter and it looked as

if they would cruise to victory.
But then they lost their rhythm as the subs came on, lost the second

quarter 14-9 to lead only 38-21 at half-time.
Buccs actually closed the gap to 11 at the start of the second half

before the champions restored their starters and their control to take

the third 20-10.
Irish cap Cummins, who had three three-pointers in the first quarter,

led the home scoring with 22, Simon Flockhart and Costello adding 15

each and Campbell eight, while another ex-Kings player Eoghan Dover had

14 for East Lothian, whose usual threat Grant Gibson was kept to nine

and Jansson to just one basket.
It was a fine weekend for the City club with Kool Kats trouncing St

Mirren 75-55 in a superb performance in front of a big crowd at the

Lagoon Centre a result which puts them three wins clear of the

champions and clear favourites for the Scottish Women's title.
Kats were 28-11 up after the first quarter and 45-27 at half-time and

were led by 18 points frm Sam Duff and 16 each from Emma Findlay and

Rowan Bell.
Kings junior men beat Perth Phoenix 91-56 in the RAF League at Perth

Academy where Lee Reilly and Ali McKay had 25 and 24 and the cadet men

and cadette women both won while the Kings' Lothian League side

travelled to Banchory to shoot down Banchory Stags 77-61 in the

Scottish Chairman's Cup, after trailing by 12 points in the third

quarter.
They now face Perth Phoenix away in the semi-finals.




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Universo/BRB pull in important win over Bigua - by Eurobasket News
Universo/BRB - Bigua 86:75

Brazilian Universo/BRB got closer to the Liga Americas title as they defeated Bigua yesterday. It was the second straight win for Universo/BRB in the semifinal tournament and they set up a crucial battle with Halcones Xalapa. The teams are scheduled to clash later tonight in the winner-take-it-all contest in Xalapa.
Universo/BRB dominated right out of the blocks. They kept Bigua at distance throughout the starting frame and piled up a 22:17 lead at the first intermission. Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) fueled an 8:0 rally from the Uruguayan side as they leveled things up at 25 midway through the second quarter. But Universo/BRB soon regained the advantage and arrived at halftime leading by 6 points 38:32.
The Brazilian team got off to a 9-point distance early in the third period before Bigua came back to life and trimmed the distance. Universo/BRB entered the final quarter up by just 2 points 58:56. The teams were separated by the same 2 point with under two minutes remaining. However Universo/BRB closed the game with a 9:0 rally to claim an important victory.
Estevam Ferreira (211-C-78) scored 19 points and pulled down 7 boards to lead the way for the Brazilian side. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 15 points for the winners. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) fired 23 points for Bigua. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) added 13 points in the loss.

Universo/BRB: Estevam Ferreira 19, Alexandre Garcia 15, Valtinho Silva (187-G-77, agency: Interperformances) 12+10 assists
Bigua: Leandro Garcia Morales 23, Martin Osimani 13


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  VENEZUELA   


Marinos sweeps Gigantes in friendly matches - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Marinos de Anzoategui went to Hermanas Gonzalez Arena of Puerto Ordaz, the home of Gigantes de Guayana, and defeated them twice, 84-77 and 66-60, in their first friendly matches towards the LPB 2009 season.

In the first game, Marinos never let go of the lead, finishing every quarter ahead 19-13, 40-30 and 62-48. Uka Agbai (203-F-81.) scored 18 points with 7 rebounds, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) added 18 points and 7 rebounds and David Cedeno (190-G-83) ended up with 14 points. For Gigantes, Quentin Smith (205-C-77) netted 17 points and Jamal Johnson (201-C-81) added 16.

A day later, a lot more defense and less shots. After an 18-18 tie in the first quarter, Marinos took the lead 37-33 and did the same in the third, 55-50. Diego Guevara (184-G-77) scored 16 points, Jhon Romero followed him with 12 points and David Cedeno with 10. For Guayana, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) scored 22 points, Jamal Johnson added 14 and Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) 12.


Cocodrilos defeats Panteras, loans players to La Guaira BBC - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Cocodrilos de Caracas played its first friendly match of the LPB 2009 preseason against Panteras de Miranda, beating them 72-63 at Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas, while they also arranged a one-year loan with La Guaira BBC, former Deportivo Tachira, which involves center Rosmel Blanco (205-C-76) and shooting guard Jhoyfer Diaz (196-F-87), who will now play for La Guaira for the remainder of 2009.

The team coached by Nestor Salazar won the first quarter 21-15, and went on to finish every quarter ahead, 35-30, 61-48 and 72-63. Henry Paez (184-G-70) scored 14 points and Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) added 10. For Panteras, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) netted 19 points and Michael Flores (192-G-85) ended up with 14, while the more experienced Roque Osorio (206-C-76) and Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) did not play. The new head coach of Panteras is Puerto Rican Ricky Benitez . Cocodrilos will host Guaros de Lara on Sunday in another friendly match.




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Women News

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  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Dunav 14-0 
 2. Lukoil 12-2 
 3. Montana 2003 10-4 
 4. Minor 7-7 
 5. Beroe 2007 7-8 
 6. Rilski Sportist 6-8 
 7. Slavia 6-9 
 8. NSA 1-13 
 9. Tony 7 1-13 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
A1
 1. USK Praha 20-1 
 2. Gambrinus 19-2 
 3. Trutnov 11-10 
 4. Valosun B. 11-10 
A2
 1. Strakonice 12-10 
 2. Hradec Kralove 11-12 
 3. Karlovy Vary 9-14 
 4. Sparta Praha 8-15 
 5. Slovanka 7-15 
 6. BK Tabor 2-21 


USK Praha nip Trutnov - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha rebounded after all Euroleague woes and posted the 20th win in the ZBL season. They defeated Trutnov 83:67 on the road to stay on top of the ladder.
The start of the game was more successful for the hosts as Kamila Stepanova (191-C-88) and Hindrakova gave Trutnov a 10:5 lead. USK Praha however soon drew things level and when Ferancikova and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) capped the starting frame with 4 straight points the visitors were up 21:19. USK Praha kept their opponents scoreless for almost 4 final minutes of the second quarter and cleared off to a 41:32 distance at halftime. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) and Peckova finally opened a double-digit lead for USK Praha midway through the third frame but Trutnov would not go away. Three-pointers from Misurova and Hindrakova cut the distance to 4 points. USK Praha replied with back-to-back trebles from Ieva Kublina to pile up a 64:54 advantage with one quarter to go. Snajdrova, Hartigova and Darina Misurova (163-G-81) dragged the home team within 4 early in the final term just before Evanthia Maltsi drained 8 straight points to put USK Praha away for good. Evanthia Maltsi led all scorers with 30 points and 6 boards for USK Praha. Ieva Kublina and Ferancikova had 14 points each in the win. Darina Misurova finished with 19 points for Trutnov. Kamila Stepanova knocked down 16 as the hosts slipped at 11-10 record.
Gamrbinus in the meantime handled their cross-town rivals Valosun. Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81, college: Siena) banked 23 points and the defending champions secured a 112:77 success. Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) added 17 points and 12 boards in the victory. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) replied with 17 points for Valosun. Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) had 16 points in defeat.


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  FRANCE - Women  


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michele VAN GORP
  Nantes
  (198-C-77)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Randall, Clermont19.1 
 2. Mosch, Montpellier17.5 
 3. Grima, Aix-en-P.16.3 
 4. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes15.4 
 5. Mosby, Arras15.3 
 6. Williams, Mondeville15.3 
 7. Das Neves, Clerm.15.2 
 8. Wright, Tarbes14.9 
 9. Luptakova, Challes14.6 
 10. Robert, ESB.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olayinka SANNI
  COB Calais
  (188-C-86)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Randall, Clermont11.3 
 2. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes11.3 
 3. Robert, ESB V.10.9 
 4. Neaves, COB Calais9.9 
 5. Grima, Aix-en-P.9.1 
 6. Berezhynska, Reims8.1 
 7. Mosby, Arras7.8 
 8. Ndiaye, Tarbes7.5 
 9. El Gargati, Monde.7.3 
 10. Diouf, Land.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aurelie BONNAN
  Montpellier
  (187-F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wright, Tarbes5.2 
 2. Mitchell, Arras5.0 
 3. Lepron, ESB V.4.7 
 4. Melain, Bourges4.4 
 5. Dumerc, Bourges4.3 
 6. Sharp, Aix-en-Prov.4.3 
 7. Lardy, Clermont4.0 
 8. Englert, Reims3.9 
 9. Das Neves, Clerm.3.9 
 10. Wambe, Union.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Aurelie CIBERT
  COB Calais
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Luptakova, Challes3.3 
 2. Robert, ESB V.2.9 
 3. Dumerc, Bourges2.8 
 4. Mosch, Montpellier2.5 
 5. Stansbury, Union H.2.2 
 6. Lardy, Clermont1.9 
 7. Williams, Mondeville1.9 
 8. Anderson, ESB V.1.8 
 9. Palie, Union Hainaut1.8 
 10. Whittington, Mont.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Martina LUPTAKOVA
  Challes
  (184-F-77)
  Avg: 0.4
 1. Van Gorp, Nantes1.1 
 2. Evtoukhovitc., ESB V.1.0 
 3. Sipaviciute, Arras1.0 
 4. Yacoubou-D., Tarbes0.8 
 5. Ndiaye, Tarbes0.7 
 6. Ndongue, Bourges0.6 
 7. Amant, Arras0.6 
 8. Drljaca, ESB V.0.6 
 9. Moeggenberg, Tar.0.6 
 10. El Gargati, Mon.0.6 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Recap of DBBL Round 16 - by Moritz Korff
BC Wildcats Wolfenbuettel - BC Pharmaserv Marburg 72:65
The Wildcats sealed their second win in a row by overcoming Marburg at home. Amanda Lassiter (186-F-79, college: Missouri) excelled with 29 points (including 5/10 from beyond the arc) and 5 boards, Jezabel Ohanian (170-F-77) and Anita Teilane (196-C-85) scored in double-digits for Wolfenbuettel as well, both had 13 points. Marburg's Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, Anna-Christine Goerg (190-F-87) added 12 points, while Amanda Livingston (185-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: UCLA) pulled down a game high 14 rebounds.

ChemCats Chemnitz - Herner TC 65:68
The hosting ChemCats dropped to the last place in the DBBL table after falling on their home floor to Herne. Visiting HTC was lead by Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, college: UNLV) who chipped in 21 points, Nadzeya Drozd (168-G-83, agency: LBM Management) followed with 15. Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) collected an impressive double-double (19 pts, 16 rbs) for the home side, Corrie Fertitta (185-F-86) netted 12 points and pulled down 10 boards.

SV Halle Lions - BBV Leipzig Eagles 79:70
Halle took on Leipzig in a East-Germany derby and captured the win. their 12th of the season, while the Eagles dropped to 6-10 record. The home team showed some nice team play and got 25 points plus 12 rebounds from Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts). Polina Hadjiyankova (175-G-86, college: Iona) and Jitka Peterkova (181-F-84) each scored 14 points. Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) and Annika Danckert (182-F-81) led Leipzig's point-production with 19 points apiece.

TSV 1880 Wasserburg - Trinos Goettingen 67:76
The reigning German champion suffered a surprising home loss against the Violets from Goettingen. The hosts were ahead 36:27 at the half, but Goettingen responded after the break and secured their 6th victory of the year. Veteran Jennifer Kerns (172-G-76, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Washington St.) showed a great performance for the winning team, she had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, her teammate Sarka Kucerova (180-F-82) added 21 points. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F-78) and Carlene Hightower (180-F-86, college: La Salle) scored 17 points apice in the losing effort, Suzana Milovanovic (185-F-79, agency: LBM Management) finished the contest with 11 points and 9 boards, while Katharina Kuehn (193-C-80) collected 10 points and a game high 14 rebounds.

TV Saarlouis Royals - WWK Donau-Ries 96:66
The Royals shot 60% from the floor (Donau-Ries only 32%) and captured an easy 30 point-home win. Lina Schiffer (180-F-88) nailed 19 points for Saarlouis, Stina Barnert (176-G-89) added 15, Fantasia Goodwin (179-G/F-85, agency: LBM Management) had 14 and Celeste Trahan (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) 13 plus 11 boards. Sarah Wilson (190-F-86) ended up with 26 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

evo New Basket Oberhausen - Eisvoegel USC Freiburg 83:66
Heather Ernest (186-F/C-81, college: Maine) produced 17 points and 6 rebounds as Oberhausen overcame Freiburg and improved to a 9-7 record. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) supported her with 15 points, 7 steals, 5 rebounds and 4 assists, while Lea Mersch (170-G-87) added 10 points, 7 assists and 5 boards. Freiburg got 23 points from Mirna Paunovic (185-F/C-76) and 16 from Sarah Hayes (173-G-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Brown). Hope Foster (187-F/C-86, college: Bucknell) finished the game with 8 points and 12 rebounds.


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. HLB Account. 17-0 
 2. ProBuild Lions 14-2 
 3. Perik Jumpers 10-6 
 4. Woonb./DAS 10-6 
 5. BV Lely 8-8 
 6. AutoCAD Am. 7-10 
 7. CSR Binnenl. 6-11 
 8. Celeritas-D. 5-11 
 9. Grasshoppers 3-13 
 10. Wereldtick. 2-14 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


MKB Sopron beats BSE on a tough game - by Balazs Radics
BSE - MKB-EUROLEASING SOPRON 72-74 (17-18, 17-18, 19-22, 19-16)
Budapest, 300 att. R: Flodhazi, Gyorffy
Score flow. 3. minutes: 0-8. 4. m.: 7-10. 7. m.: 16-14. 12. m.: 20-18. 13. m.: 20-24. 17. m.: 25-29. 20. m.: 34-32. 22. m.: 37-38. 26. m.: 43-52. 30. m.: 49-58. 32. m.: 59-58. 37. m.: 59-69. 40. m.: 72-72.
Fouled out: Krivacsevics (38. min.)
BSE: Hardy 10/6, Simon Zs., SZLIMAK12/6, Makszimovics 11/9, MILKOVA 19, Sub: KOCSIS 7/3, Zsovar 8, Koncz, KISS G. 5/3
SOPRON: Macleod 5/3, Katalin Honti (178-G-87) 19/6, HOLT 13, Milovanovics 8, HORTI 11/3 S: KRIVACSEVICS 15, Horvath Zsu. 3/3, Hadarics


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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Daliborka JOKIC
  Umana Reyer
  (185-F-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni19.1 
 2. Summerton, Lavezzin.16.1 
 3. Dixon, Pozzuoli15.9 
 4. Smith, Comense15.5 
 5. Montagnino, Ribera14.9 
 6. Moises Pinto, Fae.14.7 
 7. Hodges, Umbertide14.6 
 8. Mahoney, Taranto14.5 
 9. Andjelic, Pozzuoli14.0 
 10. Pascalau, Prio.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicole ANTIBE
  Familia Schio
  (187-C/F-74)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Tillis, San Giovanni10.4 
 2. Gaither, Livorno9.5 
 3. Bjelica, Faenza8.5 
 4. Godin, Taranto8.4 
 5. Vilipic, Lavezzin.8.3 
 6. Brown, Umbertide7.4 
 7. Chones, Ribera7.3 
 8. Smith, Comense7.1 
 9. Pascalau, Priolo6.9 
 10. Hayden-J., Umana.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Valentina DONVITO
  Comense
  (170-G-78)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Penicheiro, San G.4.1 
 2. Eric, Vomero NA3.2 
 3. Moises Pinto, Fae.3.1 
 4. Zara, Lavezzini PA2.9 
 5. Moro, Familia Schio2.6 
 6. Greco, Taranto2.3 
 7. Dixon, Pozzuoli2.1 
 8. Screen, Lavezzin.1.9 
 9. Sauret Gille., Taran.1.9 
 10. Colico, Ribe.1.8 
Steals Per Game
 Courtney WILLIS
  Umbertide
  (188-F/C-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Zara, Lavezzini PA4.1 
 2. Pastore, Livorno3.5 
 3. Zampella, Faenza3.5 
 4. Gianolla, Priolo3.5 
 5. Dixon, Pozzuoli3.5 
 6. Robinson, Vomero N.3.5 
 7. Tillis, San Giovanni3.4 
 8. Hodges, Umbertide3.3 
 9. Screen, Lavezzin.3.3 
 10. Chones, Ribe.3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Marie RUZICKOVA
  Livorno
  (189-C-86)
  Avg: 0.3
 1. Braxton, Familia .2.0 
 2. Hayden-J., Umana R.1.3 
 3. Brown, Umbertide1.2 
 4. Smith, Comense1.1 
 5. Batkovic, Taranto0.8 
 6. Alexander, Faenza0.8 
 7. Giauro, Umana R.0.7 
 8. Bjelica, Faenza0.6 
 9. Gaither, Livorno0.6 
 10. Vilipic, Lavezz.0.5 


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


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  LEBANON - Women  


Standings - Women League
Div.1 Standings
 1. Antranik 7-0 
 2. Homentmen A. 7-1 
 3. Al Riyadi 5-2 
 4. Antoura 4-4 
 5. Homentmen B. 2-6