EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/28/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Damir Miljkovic back to KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb announced signing of its former player Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) for rest of the season. The 29-year old Miljkovic was free agent since he finished the last season with PGE Turow Zgorzelec. He appeared 38 times with Turow in DBE averaging 11.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. In EuroCup, Miljkovic had 14.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists for 6 games. He returns after serious injury, which prevented him playing for couple of months.
Before PGE Turow Zgorzelec, Damir Miljkovic played two seasons in Russia and one in Greece. The first one (2005/06) he spent with Dynamo St.Petersburg averaging 12.2 points for 16 games In EuroCup. In Russian league, he had 8.6 points in 42 games. Spartak went bankrupt at the beginning of the next season and Miljkovic moved to Panionios Athens. With Panionios he had 7.5 points for 11 EuroCup games. In Greek A1, he had 4.4 points in 16 appearances. For season 2007/08 Miljkovic returned to Russia as a member of Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.
Now, Damir Miljkovic is back at Zagreb, where played from 1996 to 2005. He left it as a fourth leading scorer in Adriatic league with 17.4 ppg.


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A all star game 2010 - by Facundo Iatzky
. Stadium: Polideportivo Islas Malvinas (Mar del Plata, BA)
. Referees: Alejandro Chiti, Daniel Rodrigo y Roberto Smith.
Domestic team (84): Lucas Victoriano 0, Juan Espil (193-G-68) 6, Marcos Mata 6, Andres Pelussi 4, Roman Gonzalez 10 (St); Sebastian Rodriguez 8, Diego Lo Grippo 10, Julio Mazzaro 9, Juan Locatelli (198-F-75) 25, Ruben Wolkowyski 4, Diego Osella 2; Coach: Carlos Romano.
Foreigner team (81): Andre Laws 7, David Jackson 16, Maurice Spillers 9, Jamaal Levy 4 Derrick Alston 8 (St) Robert Mc Kiver 8, Cedric Moodie 13, Clarence Robinson 7, Jason Osborne 5, Djibril Kante 4; Coach: Sergio Hernandez.

*Bruno Labaque and Leonardo Gutierrez were part of the domestic team but they could not play due to injury

MVP of the game: Juan Locatelli

Dunk Contest:
Champion: Alan Omar (195-G-90)
runner up: Dragan Capitanich

Three point contest:
champion: Juan Espil (193-G-68)
Runner up: Fernando Funes

Skill challenge:
champion: Nicolas De los Santos (190-G-88)
runner up: Sebastian Festa

Stars Shoot challenge:
Champions: Hector Campana, Julio Mazzaro, Veronica Soberon



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  AUSTRALIA   


Kirk Penney's career night snares weekly award - by Eurobasket News
A career-high 49-point explosion from New Zealand Breakers go-to-guy Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) has helped him win the National Basketball Leagues Player of the Week award for Round 17.

It was do-or-die for the Breakers in Round 17, with any loss likely meaning the end of finals contention for the team considered title favourites in the pre-season. Much of the burden lay on their scoring machine, Penney, and in Round 17 the born-and-bred Kiwi came up with something special.

His freakish display of basketball against the Adelaide 36ers on Thursday night at the North Shore Events Centre ensured the 2009 NBL MVP took the leagues weekly honours.

Penney shot 16-of-23 from the field, which included 9-of-15 from the three-point line. He also made 8-of-11 attempts from the free throw stripe, and added five rebounds, five assists and two steals to his stellar night. Penneys 49 points was just one point shy of Carlos Powells club record of 50 points. Powell however produced his 50 points in a 48-minute game, rather than the 40-minute version being played this season in the NBL.

Even though Adelaide made a spirited comeback to give themselves a fourth quarter lead, it was Penney who stood up and kept the New Zealand scoreboard ticking over just when it looked like their fourth quarter wobbles were coming back, scoring 16 final quarter points.

Penney and the Breakers then had to travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Blaze in a match that may well have set them up for the playoffs. The Blaze were ready for Penney in this contest, limiting him to just two first quarter points. However with the game still in the balance late in the fourth Penneys scoring mindset helped the Breakers blow the game wide open. A two-point Penney field goal then a three-pointer gave the Breakers a comfortable 15-point lead with five minutes to go. Penney finished with 14 points and six rebounds, helping the Breakers take out a monster road win and keep them in the hunt for the playoffs.

Despite Penneys performance against Gold Coast being sub-par by his own lofty standards, he still averaged a round-high 31.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a pair of critical wins, and his amazing 49-point spree simply could not be ignored.

Penneys 49 against Adelaide was the second-highest ever in a 40-minute NBL game behind Reg Biddings 63 on 12/4/1981 and was easily the highest score by any player in the league this season, blowing away the previous best mark of 37 set by Townsvilles Corey Homicide Williams.

Williams can consider himself unlucky to have been beaten out for the award this week by such an exceptional performance. Homicide averaged 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists himself in three games for the Crocs to be a serious contender for the Round 17 honours.

Other players in contention for the weekly award in Round 17 included Julius Hodge (Melbourne), Mark Worthington (Melbourne), Cameron Tragardh (Wollongong), C.J. Bruton (New Zealand), Kevin Braswell (New Zealand), John Gilchrist (Adelaide), James Harvey (Gold Coast), Rich Melzer (Cairns), Adam Gibson (Gold Coast), Julien Skip Mills (Cairns), Dusty Rychart (Cairns), Luke Schenscher (Perth), Stephen Weigh (Perth) and Jesse Wagstaff (Perth).



NBL PLAYER OF THE WEEK 2009/10

Round 1 CJ Bruton (New Zealand)
Round 2 Rich Melzer (Cairns)
Round 3 Corey Williams (Townsville)
Round 4 Corey Williams (Townsville)
Round 5- Mark Worthington (Melbourne)
Round 6 John Gilchrist (Adelaide)
Round 7 Adam Ballinger (Adelaide)
Round 8 Julius Hodge (Melbourne)
Round 9 Dusty Rychart (Cairns)
Round 10 Oscar Forman (New Zealand)
Round 11 Tywain McKee (Wollongong)
Round 12 Tywain McKee (Wollongong)
Round 13 Adam Ballinger (Adelaide)
Round 14 - Corey Williams (Townsville)
Round 15 Julius Hodge (Melbourne)
Round 16 - Mark Worthington (Melbourne)
Round 17 Kirk Penney (New Zealand)


Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Lovcen 5-2 
 2. Gaz Metan 4-2 
 3. Metalac 4-3 
 4. Rilski Sport 3-3 
 5. Cherno More 2-4 
 6. Rabotnicki 1-5 
Group B
 1. Levski 5-2 
 2. Beograd 5-2 
 3. Feni Indistrija 5-2 
 4. Mornar Bar 3-4 
 5. Spartak P. 2-5 
 6. Steaua Turabo 1-6 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Charron Fisher wins the game for BC Kalev/Cramo... - by Janar Filippov
Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) scored 11 points during the final three and half minutes and BC Kalev/Cramo came back from a seven-point deficit to defeat TU/Rock 75:73 in a MasterCard BBL 'Estonian derby'.

Game started well for Rock, who basically lead for the entire first period. In the middle of the first home team was leading by four, but was able to win the quarter 19:12.

The hosts was holding on for the lead in the first minutes of the second quarter. With two minutes played, the score was 23:16. But, few minutes later, Kalev made 7-to-nothing run, and for the first time this evening took the lead. Great play form Akognon and Morrison kept the game close and the first half ended with home teams narrow lead 42:41. Akognon, who had connected already three three-pointers was Kalev's leading scorer with 11. Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) had scored a stunning 16 points for Tartu.

The first few minutes, again, Rock was holding on for the lead. But a push from Kalev gave them the lead. After Akognon's fifth three, Kalev was leading already 54:46. Still, two minutes before the end of the quarter, Rock made a 12-0 run, and fought themselves back ahead - and was leading before the final period - 60:57.

Equal game continued for five minutes. Rock was leading by 5. Kalev had alread four players with four personal fouls, including team captain Keerles and Akognon. Rock was cleaning up the boards went ahead 71:64 after 9 points in a row from Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88, agency: Liman Sports).

Then, the man himself, Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) took the game on his strong shoulders. He scored nine straight points and put the visitors ahead 73:71. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) tied the game. Then, Rock made a foul to Akognon, but it was Fisher who made both of the free-throws (Akognon got injured). Rock had a chance to tie, but Sten Sokk missed the final shot.

Fisher was finally the leading scorer of the game with 22 points (and 9 rebounds, 5 steals). Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) made six three-pointers and collected 20 points. Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) added 13, Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) 9.

Scott Morrison finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) added 16. Eichfuss, whose baskets held Rock ahead in the final quarter, had 9 points. Rock made only 2/16 from the long range and made 19 turnovers, thus wasting the rebounding dominance 48:30.

Kalev is now tied in the fourth place with Ventspils. Rock holds the 6th to 8th places with Valmiera and Vef, having won 4/12 games.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.25.8 
 2. Broadus, Suduva21.7 
 3. Reed, Tallinna Kalev20.8 
 4. Kleiza, Alytus Alita19.8 
 5. Gailius, Siauliai19.7 
 6. Tatarunas, Alytus A.18.8 
 7. Kieza, Suduva18.6 
 8. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.18.6 
 9. Covington, Tallin.18.5 
 10. Davis, Valmie.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Kieza, Suduva9.4 
 2. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.1 
 3. Watson, Zalgiris9.1 
 4. Tatarunas, Alytus A.9.0 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev8.8 
 6. Cresnar, Valmiera8.6 
 7. Kojenets, Liepaja8.5 
 8. Morrison, TU/Rock8.4 
 9. Valanciunas, Perlas8.3 
 10. McNaull, Norrkopi.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tomas GAIDAMAVICIUS
  Juventus
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.8.3 
 2. Broadus, Suduva6.7 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.3 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.3 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping5.6 
 6. Gervin, Norrkoping5.3 
 7. Maceina, Rudupis5.3 
 8. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 9. Kelys, Perlas5.0 
 10. Ezerskis, Techas.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Suduva
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Broadus, Suduva3.0 
 2. Bitinas, Neptunas2.6 
 3. Covington, Tallin.2.5 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.5 
 5. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.2.4 
 6. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 7. Vileita, Rudupis2.3 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping2.3 
 9. Andrijauskas, Rudup.2.3 
 10. Arbet, Kalev/Cra.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.3.1 
 2. Valanciunas, Perlas2.3 
 3. Tatarunas, Alytus A.2.1 
 4. Kieza, Suduva1.6 
 5. Saks, TTU K.1.5 
 6. Ezerskis, Techasas1.4 
 7. Davis, Valmiera1.4 
 8. Toome, TTU K.1.4 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.4 
 10. Rozitis, Zemga.1.4 


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Lietuvos Rytas 11-0 
 2. Zalgiris 11-1 
 3. Siauliai 7-4 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 6-5 
 5. Ventspils 6-5 
 6. TU/Rock 4-8 
 7. Valmiera 4-8 
 8. VEF Riga 4-8 
 9. Nevezis 2-8 
 10. Liepaja 2-10 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Norrkoping 6-2 
 2. Juventus 5-3 
 3. Sakalai 4-4 
 4. Techasas 4-4 
 5. Valga Welg 1-7 
Group B
 1. Perlas 6-2 
 2. Tallinna Kalev 5-3 
 3. Zemgale 4-4 
 4. Alytus Alita 3-5 
 5. Aisciai 2-6 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 6-2 
 2. TTU KK 5-3 
 3. Neptunas 5-3 
 4. Suduva 4-4 
 5. Keizarmezs 0-8 


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  BELGIUM   


Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
VOO Verviers-Pepinster has added American forward Matt Kingsley (206-F-86, college: Stephen F. Austin) to make up for the temporay loss of Chris Devine and Maxime De Zeeuw due to injuries.
Kingsley played college ball at Stephen F. Austin till the end of the 2008-2009 season. As senior he averaged 15.8 ppg and 7.7 rpg. He won all kinds of honors after his senior year in college, such as Southland Conf Tournament MVP and conference Player of the Year.
He started the 2009-2010 season with a tryout at Siauliai (Lithuania) before heading to Poland to play for Polonia Warsaw. In November he moved to the Slovak Republic but left there due to financial problems. He is expected to stay in Pepinster till the beginning of March.


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  BRAZIL   


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


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  CHINA   


CBA Round: 17 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
TianJin R. - Xinjiang 111-118 OT
Xinjiang improved to 15-1 record with a 118:111 overtime win over Tianjin. Gaines Charles (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: S.Mississippi) again led the winners with 30 points, Xu Guozhong scored 25, while Myron Allen added 24. Herve Lamizana responded with 32 points and 20 rebounds for Tianjin.

Liaoning - Beijing 114-95
Liaoning overcame Beijing 114:95 at the Regular Season Round 17. Liu XiangTao (202-F/C-80) stepped up with 26 points and Li Xiaoxu as well as Han Dejun posted 14 each. Han Dejun ended up with 35 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Zhejiang C. - Jilin 84-94
Jilin cruised past Zhejiang 94:84 as Collins DeAngelo (206-F-82) collected massive 30 points and 26 rebounds, while Tasheed Carr added 26 points. Marcus Williams collected 18 points and 24 rebounds for Zhejiang.

Guandong - Shanghai 103-97
Guangdong improved to 15-1 record beating Shanghai 103:97. Harrison David (213-C-82, college: Colorado) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Smush Parker added 18 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. John Lucas responded with 32 points and 5 rebounds for Shanghai.

Shanxi Zh. - Qingdao DS 113-102
Duan JiangPeng and Maurice Taylor brought Shanxi Zhongyu a 113:102 victory over Qingdao. Taylor collected 26 points, while Duan Jiangpeng remained consistent with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Chris Williams ended up with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals for Qingdao.

Jiangsu - Zhejiang G.L. 110-106
Jiangsu handed the Zhejiang Lions the third loss in overtime 110:106 as Hu XueFeng (185-G-80) paced all the winners with 25 points, 10 assists and 7 steals. Rodney White answered with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for Zhejiang and Jin Lipeng added 21.

Shandong - Fujian 114-110
Emmett Andre (196-G/F-82, college: Texas Tech) erupted with 46 points as Shandong rolled over Fujian 114:110. Gong Songlin replied with 31 for Fujian and Jelani McCoy had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.

Bayi - DongGuan 92-87
Bayi rolled over Dongguan 92:87 as Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) led the way with 26 points and 8 rebounds. Tre Kelley scored 19 for Dongguan and Song Kangming produced 16 points and 18 rebounds.



Jiangsu Upsets Lions, Guangdong Beats Shanghai, Xinjiang Wins in Overtime - by Arthur Volbert
Stephon Marbury did not show up on the court today, though he apparently has arrived in China. However, Lee Benson and Maurice Taylor did appear and propelled Shanxi Zhongyu to a 113-102 victory over Qingdao.

Benson had 15 points and 9 rebounds in 22 minutes. Taylor had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks. Young Duan Jiangpeng remained consistent with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Pan Jiang had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Zhang Xuewen scored 10. Chris Williams ahd 34 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals for Qingdao. Reggie Okosa had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Sabah Khoury had 17 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Liu Mingtao scored 12.

Jiangsu upset the Zhejiang Lions in overtime 110-106. Zhejiang is now 13-3 while Jiangsu is 11-5. Hu XueFeng (185-G-80) had 25 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists and 7 steals. Donnell Harvey had 17 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Tang Zhengdong had 18 points and 8 rebounds. Han Shuo had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Yi Li had 15 points and 4 assists. Jameel Watkins had 9 points and 15 rebounds. Meng Da had 9 points and 9 rebounds. Rodney White had 26 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals for Zhejiang. Jin Lipeng scored 21. Wang Bo had 17 points and 6 rebounds. Peter John Ramos had 12 points and 14 rebounds. Zhang Wei had 11 points and 7 rebounds. Lin Chih-Chieh had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Wang Fei scored 9 points in 9 minutes.

Guangdong defeated Shanghai 103-97. Guangdong shares the league lead with Xinjiang at 15-1 while Shanghai is now 12-4. David Harrison had 21 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks. But he also had 10 turnovers and fouled out in 31 minutes. Smush Parker had 18 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists and 3 steals. Zhou Peng scored 16. Wang Zheng had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Shipeng scored 10. Zhu Fangyu had 8 points and 4 rebounds. Dong Hanlin had 8 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Chen Jianghua had 6 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. John Lucas III had 32 points and 5 rebounds for Shanghai. Liu Wei had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 6 steals. Wang Ligang scored 18. Garret Siler had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Zaid Abbaas was scoreless but grabbed 11 rebounds. Wang Yong had 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Xinjiang kept pace with Guangdong with a 118-111 overtime win over Tianjin. Charles Gaines had 30 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Myron Allen had 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Xu Guozhong had 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Mengke Bateer had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Xue Yuyang scored 9 but fouled out in 30 minutes. Herve Lamizana had 32 points, 20 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 blocks for Tianjin. Rony Fahed scored 29. Xu Guijun had 20 points and 6 rebounds. Brandon Crump had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhang Nan had 10 points and 4 rebounds.

Liaoning jumped to a 62-31 halftime lead en route to a 115-95 victory over Beijing. Reserves played much of the game. Liu Xiangtao led Liaoning with 26 points. Bian Qiang scored 19. Han Dejun had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Yang Ming had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Gu Liye had 10 points and 14 rebounds. James Mays had 35 points and 11 rebounds for Beijing. Cedric Bozeman had 24 points and 7 rebounds. Chen Lei had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Men Wei scored 10.

DeAngelo Collins had 30 points, 26 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals as Jilin defeated Zhejiang 94-84. Tasheed Carr had 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Lu Wei scored 13. Liu Wei had 11 points and 5 rebounds. Yu Shulong had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Marcus Williams had 18 points and 24 rebounds for Zhejiang. Zhang Dayu had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Luo Zhi had 14 points and 4 assists. Wang Nan scored 11. Cao Fei had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Wang Zhizhi had 26 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks as Bayi defeated Dongguan 92-87. Zhang Bo scored 17. Delehei had 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Hu Ke had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Li Ke had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Xu Zhonghao had 9 points and 5 rebounds. Zhang Chengyu had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Tre Kelley scored 19 for Dongguan. Song Kangming had 16 points and 18 rebounds. Cedric Simmons had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Qiu Biao scored 14. Sun Zhe had 10 points and 5 rebounds. He Zhongmian had 8 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Kai did not play.

Andre Emmett scored 46 points as Shandong beat Fujian 114-110. Stomile Swift had 15 points, 15 rebounds and 6 blocks. Sui Ran had 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals. Li Lin had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Cao Zhenhua scored 10. Gong Songlin scored 31 for Fujian. Jelani McCoy had 26 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Chris Porter had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Yang Genglin scored 13. Lv Xiaoming had 9 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 4 steals.


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong 15-1 
 2. Xinjiang 15-1 
 3. Zhejiang G.L. 13-3 
 4. Shanghai 12-4 
 5. Jiangsu 11-6 
 6. Liaoning 10-6 
 7. Fujian 9-7 
 8. Shandong 8-8 
 9. Bayi 8-8 
 10. Zhejiang C. 7-9 
 11. Jilin 5-10 
 12. Beijing 5-11 
 13. Qingdao DS 4-12 
 14. TianJin R. 4-12 
 15. Shanxi Zh. 4-12 
 16. Shaanxi 3-13 
 17. DongGuan 3-13 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Shandong
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 34.5
 1. Emmett, Shandong34.5 
 2. Gaines, Xinjiang29.9 
 3. White, Zhejiang.29.4 
 4. Edwards, Shaanxi29.3 
 5. Lamizana, TianJ.27.8 
 6. Rodgers, Jilin26.7 
 7. Mays, Beijing26.0 
 8. Mays, Beijing26.0 
 9. Lucas, Shanghai26.0 
 10. Pickett, Shaan.25.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 DeAngelo COLLINS
  Jilin
  (206-F-82)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Collins, Jilin15.7 
 2. Mays, Beijing13.2 
 3. Mays, Beijing13.2 
 4. Ramos, Zhejiang.12.4 
 5. Williams, Zhejiang C.12.3 
 6. Zhang, DongGuan11.9 
 7. Swift, Shandong11.7 
 8. Oyedeji, Liaoning11.6 
 9. Oyedeji, Liaoning11.6 
 10. Gaines, Xinjia.11.5 
Assists Per Game
 XiaoMing LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Lu, Fujian7.2 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu5.6 
 3. Parker, Guandong5.2 
 4. Liu, Shanghai5.1 
 5. Lucas, Shanghai4.9 
 6. White, Zhejiang.4.6 
 7. Allen, Xinjiang4.4 
 8. Williams, Qingd.4.1 
 9. Zhang, Liaoning4.1 
 10. Zhang, Liaoni.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  Qingdao DS
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Williams, Qingd.4.7 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu3.9 
 3. Parker, Guandong3.6 
 4. Emmett, Shandong2.8 
 5. Lu, Fujian2.7 
 6. Zhong, Jilin2.7 
 7. Wang, Bayi2.6 
 8. Liu, Shanghai2.5 
 9. Smith, Shanxi Zh.2.4 
 10. Gaines, Xinjia.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.3.4 
 2. Collins, Jilin2.9 
 3. Swift, Shandong2.8 
 4. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.2 
 5. Watkins, Jiangsu2.2 
 6. McCoy, Fujian1.9 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.8 
 8. Xu, Bayi1.8 
 9. Siler, Shanghai1.7 
 10. Smith, Shanxi.1.6 


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  CROATIA   


Damir Miljkovic back to KK Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb announced signing of its former player Damir Miljkovic (194-G-80) for rest of the season. The 29-year old Miljkovic was free agent since he finished the last season with PGE Turow Zgorzelec. He appeared 38 times with Turow in DBE averaging 11.9 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists. In EuroCup, Miljkovic had 14.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists for 6 games. He returns after serious injury, which prevented him playing for couple of months.
Before PGE Turow Zgorzelec, Damir Miljkovic played two seasons in Russia and one in Greece. The first one (2005/06) he spent with Dynamo St.Petersburg averaging 12.2 points for 16 games In EuroCup. In Russian league, he had 8.6 points in 42 games. Spartak went bankrupt at the beginning of the next season and Miljkovic moved to Panionios Athens. With Panionios he had 7.5 points for 11 EuroCup games. In Greek A1, he had 4.4 points in 16 appearances. For season 2007/08 Miljkovic returned to Russia as a member of Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.
Now, Damir Miljkovic is back at Zagreb, where played from 1996 to 2005. He left it as a fourth leading scorer in Adriatic league with 17.4 ppg.


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  CYPRUS   


Brad Traina applies for a job at AEL Limassol - by Eurobasket News
Brad Traina (196-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Cent.Florida) arrived to Cyprus for a try-out with Proteas EKA AEL Limassol. The reigning Cypriot champion decided to reinforce its roster on guard / small forward position.
Most recently, Brad Traina was a member of Iraklis Thessaloniki. That was on season 2007/08 and Traina averaged 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals for 5 games in Greek A2. In November 2007 he left the team.
Before Iraklis, Brad Traina changed many teams in Europe. He played for CSKA Sophia, Capo D'Orlando, Tuborg Izmir, Euro Roseto, Gran Canaria, Ionikos Athens, Scavolini Pesaro, Telekom Basket Bonn and Benetton Treviso. As a member of Bonn, Brad Traina was named 'Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Forward of the Year -03'. In 2000, he won the Italian Cup with Benetton. He has both, USA and Italian passport.


Double defeat for Cypriot team in FIBA EuroChallenge Last 16 openers - by Nemanja Bjedov
The ruling Cypriot champions Madisons APOEL suffered a 76-70 defeat to Scavolini Pesaro of Italy in the FIBA EuroChallenge Last 16 Group K at the Lefkotheo Indoor Arena in Nicosia, while Proteas EKA AEL got absolutely hammered in Germany losing 92-59 to BG Gttingen on Tuesday night.

The teams matched each other basket for basket throughout the first three periods at the Lefkotheo and it was the Italian powerhouse that capitalized on some crucial turnovers by the hosts in the final ten minutes to record their first victory of the Last 16 stage.

Scavolini are a great team. I am very disappointed with our team. Maybe it is my fault that we made so many mistakes. We cannot play without discipline. We will try and do our best for the remaining games, said Madisons APOELs Head Coach Christos Stylianides after the game.

Brandon Heath came off the bench to lead Madisons APOEL with 17 points, while Lewis Sims and Wykeen Kelly added 15 and 12 points respectively. Aleksandar Radojevic had seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.

Eric Williams scored 15 points in 14 minutes of playing time for Scavolini Pesaro, while four other players also entered double digits for the visitors. Dusan Sakota netted 14; Michael Hicks Taylor had 13, while Branko Cvetkovic and Marques Green chipped in with 12 and 11 points respectively.

Scavolini Pesaros Head Coach Luca Dalmonte was pleased with the final result: I am very satisfied. It was a good game against a very good team. We had good offensive balance and we tried to force them to make mistakes. It is only the first game in the new group and I want to say that it was not easy to win here.

At the Lokhalle Gttingen Arena the home team dominated Proteas EKA AEL from the tip-off as after Brian Bracey made a lay-up to open the proceedings they created a 15-2 run to establish themselves in the game and never looked back. The hosts led by 15 at the half time and then outscored their opponents 29-13 in the third to put the game beyond any doubt.

It was a very bad night for us. I do not want to make excuses, but we came here with a short roster. Friday night we had a crucial game in the Cyprus league. We only came to Gttingen with seven players. That made our job very difficult. I do not want to take away something from Gttingen either. They are a great team and I stress the word team here. They do not have a star player, but they are a really good team. This is the best they have played in Europe so far. We will try to beat them in Cyprus, commented Proteas EKA AELs Assistant Coach Marios Thrasivoulides.

Ben Jacobson scored 21 points for BG Gttingen, while Robert Kulawick added 17. Jason Boone and Dwayne Anderson both have double-doubles for the hosts; Boone made 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Anderson had the same rebounding tally but scored a point less.
Vassil Evtimov led Proteas EKA AEL with 12 points, while Bracey and Courtney Fells had 11 points apiece. Quincy Taylor finished the game with 10 points.



Scavolini Downs APOEL, Gets Road Win - by Nima Siar

In a close fought game, Scavolini Spar Pesaro managed to play better ball down the stretch to get an important road win to start the EuroChallenge Sweet 16. Madisons Apoel Nicosia was leading 57-56 going into the 4th quarter and both teams were tied with 6 minutes remaining until Scavolini pulled away. Michael Hicks (13 pts. 6 reb. 2 ast.) scored the final 6 of 8 points for the Italian side to help them claim the win 76-70. Although APOEL shot a miserable 37% from the field, they managed to keep the game close by shooting 18/22 at the charity stripe and combining for 40 boards and 5 blocks. Lewis Sims kept APOEL in the game scoring 13 of his 15 points in the first 3 quarters but was non-existent in the 4th. Sims ended the game with 15 pts. 7-9 ft. 2 ast. All five starters for Scavolini scored in double figures and were led by Marques Green who contributed 11 pts. 7 ast. 5 stl. While having control for most the game, the Nicosia side could not finish strong and lost a very important home game. Poor shooting and turnovers proved to be the difference.

APOEL next takes on Elan Chalon on February 2nd in France which is the start of a 3-game road trip in the tournament.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Myles MCKAY
  USK Praha
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. McKay, USK P.24.7 
 2. Smith, BC Kolin17.3 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin17.2 
 4. Meno, Basketbo.16.6 
 5. Sarovic, Novy Jicin16.3 
 6. Stuchly, NH Ostrava16.0 
 7. Hampton, BK Pardu.15.1 
 8. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.8 
 9. Stec, BK B&W O.14.8 
 10. Chan, BK Prostej.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tremaine FORD
  USK Praha
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Ford, USK Praha11.0 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.9.3 
 3. Castleberry, Podeb.9.2 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.7.6 
 5. Chan, BK Prostejov7.4 
 6. Houska, BK Decin6.8 
 7. Payne, NH Ostrava6.7 
 8. Arnold, BK Pardu.6.5 
 9. McKay, USK P.6.4 
 10. Machac, BC Kol.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Levell SANDERS
  Novy Jicin
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Sanders, Novy Jicin4.9 
 2. Mitchell, NH Os.4.5 
 3. Lawrence, BK Prost.4.4 
 4. Jones, BC Kolin4.2 
 5. McKay, USK P.4.1 
 6. Carnecky, BK B&W O.4.1 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha4.0 
 8. Hatcher, BK Decin3.8 
 9. Wright, BK Pardu.3.3 
 10. Vrubl, Basket.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.2.5 
 2. Mitchell, NH Os.2.3 
 3. Wright, BK Pardu.2.3 
 4. Muirhead, Novy Jicin2.1 
 5. Pandula, Novy Jicin2.1 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 7. McKay, USK P.2.0 
 8. Meno, Basketbo.2.0 
 9. Sirina, BK B&W O.2.0 
 10. Sanders, Novy Jic.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Ales CHAN
  BK Prostejov
  (214-C-80)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Chan, BK Prostejov1.7 
 2. Meno, Basketbo.1.4 
 3. Walker, Novy Jicin1.4 
 4. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.3 
 5. Steffel, Novy Jicin1.3 
 6. Castleberry, Podeb.1.2 
 7. Payne, NH Ostrava1.2 
 8. Ford, USK Praha1.1 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 10. Houska, BK Dec.0.9 


Crvena Zvezda prevail against Nymburk - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Crvena Zvezda 60:65

Crvena Zvezda held off Nymburk at the start of the EuroCup Last 16. Mike Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) fired 19 points to lead the Serbian team to the victory. Crvena Zvezda will next host Gran Canaria, while Nymrbuk will face do-or-die battle against Turk Telekom in Turkey.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. The lead changed hands for several times before Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) sealed the outcome at 19. Nymburk surged ahead at the start of the second period. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) gave the hosts a 27:21 advantage. Later in the frame Nymburk organized another mini rally to open a double digit lead 40:30. Radivojevic however capped the half with a three-pointer as Crvena Zvezda trailed by five 36:41. The visitors went on a run early in the third quarter to jump in charge. The Serbian team maintained the advantage and headed into the final period ahead by 3 points 52:49. The fourth stanza saw an intense battle with neither side able to clear off. Nymburk were down by two points 60:62 with less than two minutes to go. Mike Taylor and Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) went deadly from the charity stripe in the final seconds for Crvena Zvezda to run away with victory. Marko Keselj notched 11 points for Crvena Zvezda. Vladimir Stimac had 10 points for the winners. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Nymburk. Ron Lewis accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 14, Ron Lewis 11+10 boards
Crvena Zvezda: Mike Taylor 19, Marko Keselj 11, Vladimir Stimac 10



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Novy Jicin 23-3 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 22-3 
 3. BK Prostejov 21-5 
 4. BK Decin 17-8 
 5. BK Pardubice 17-9 
 6. BC Kolin 11-15 
 7. USK Praha 10-16 
 8. BK B&W Opava 9-16 
 9. Basketbol Brno 8-17 
 10. NH Ostrava 8-18 
 11. Podebrady 7-19 
 12. Vysehrad 1-25 


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Plzen 16-3 
 2. Sparta Praha 15-6 
 3. J.Hradec 14-6 
 4. Sokol Prazsky 14-7 
 5. Chomutov 13-6 
 6. Proton Zlin 11-6 
 7. Liberec 11-9 
 8. Usti n/Labem 11-10 
 9. Opava B 10-9 
 10. Sokol H.Kralove 8-13 
 11. Benesov 6-14 
 12. VSB Ostrava 5-16 
 13. Trutnov 4-16 
 14. Litomerice 2-19 


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  DENMARK   


DBBF will look into the rules regarding transfers in CDL and 1.div - by Thomas Soltau


The Danish Basketball Federation has announced an initiative to change the rules regarding transfers in the Danish CDL and 1.div.

http://www.danmarksbasketballforbund.basket.dk/nyheder/nyheder_turnering/nyhedsfolder_turnering/2010/100127.aspx

The recent matter with the Club SISU CPH and a possible bankruptcy has made the federation review the current rules regarding transfers. The rules were violating EU rules about equal opportunity to earn a living and thereby discriminating certain players, based on their nationality and/or previous club.



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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 20-5 
 2. Dakota W. 12-11 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 12-11 
 4. Erie Bay H. 11-15 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 8-16 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 17-6 
 2. Maine R.Claws 16-9 
 3. Austin T. 13-9 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 12-10 
 5. Albuquerque 11-12 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 14-12 
 2. Idaho S. 12-10 
 3. Reno Bighorns 9-12 
 4. Los Angeles D. 6-11 
 5. Springfield A. 5-17 
 6. Bakersfield J. 5-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Morris ALMOND
  Springfield A.
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 28
 1. Almond, Springfi.28.0 
 2. Harris, Rio Grande27.1 
 3. Williams, Sioux F.26.0 
 4. Farmer, Reno B.24.3 
 5. Gaines, Idaho S.23.9 
 6. Howard, Ft.Wayne.22.4 
 7. Powell, Albuquerque22.2 
 8. Tolliver, Idaho S.21.4 
 9. Jerrells, Austin T.21.4 
 10. Gee, Austin.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Jones, Austin T.15.0 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.4 
 4. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.11.1 
 5. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.7 
 6. Bryant, Erie Bay H.10.2 
 7. Barron, Iowa E.9.8 
 8. Simpson, Los A.9.6 
 9. Looby, Albuquerque8.9 
 10. Harris, Rio Gran.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.10.0 
 2. Conroy, Rio Grande8.4 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.6 
 4. Curry, Springfield A.7.5 
 5. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 6. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.6.9 
 7. Clinkscales, Erie B.6.6 
 8. McLeod, Albuquer.6.4 
 9. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.4 
 10. Anderson, Rio.6.1 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.8 
 2. Trepagnier, Iowa E.2.4 
 3. Gaines, Idaho S.2.3 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.2.2 
 5. Charlo, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 7. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 8. Baker, Dakota W.2.0 
 9. Simpson, Los A.1.9 
 10. Jerrells, Austin.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.1 
 2. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 3. Looby, Albuquerque2.9 
 4. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 5. Looby, Rio Grande2.6 
 6. Trybanski, Reno B.2.3 
 7. Jones, Austin T.2.1 
 8. Hardin, Tulsa 66ers2.0 
 9. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.1.8 
 10. Simpson, Los.1.7 


Sioux Falls Signs former NBA forward Alexander Johnson - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Sioux Falls Skyforce have signed one-time NBA power forward Johnson Alexander (6'10''-F-83, college: Florida St.). Johnson has appeared in 102 career NBA games over two seasons with Miami and Memphis. He holds career averages of 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. While with Memphis during the 2006-07 season he was assigned to the Arkansas RimRockers where in five contests he averaged 13.2 points and 8.6 rebounds while shooting 54.3% from the field. Johnson was in training camp this pre-season with the Utah Jazz and then was tested in China, but released after one game (seven points, three rebounds in 13 minutes).
The Skyforce released Terrance Gamble (6'11''-C-83, college: Tarleton St.) to make room for Alexander. Gamble appeared sparingly in three games since being acquired earlier this month.



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  ESTONIA   


Charron Fisher wins the game for BC Kalev/Cramo... - by Janar Filippov
Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) scored 11 points during the final three and half minutes and BC Kalev/Cramo came back from a seven-point deficit to defeat TU/Rock 75:73 in a MasterCard BBL 'Estonian derby'.

Game started well for Rock, who basically lead for the entire first period. In the middle of the first home team was leading by four, but was able to win the quarter 19:12.

The hosts was holding on for the lead in the first minutes of the second quarter. With two minutes played, the score was 23:16. But, few minutes later, Kalev made 7-to-nothing run, and for the first time this evening took the lead. Great play form Akognon and Morrison kept the game close and the first half ended with home teams narrow lead 42:41. Akognon, who had connected already three three-pointers was Kalev's leading scorer with 11. Scott Morrison (212-C-86, college: Portland St.) had scored a stunning 16 points for Tartu.

The first few minutes, again, Rock was holding on for the lead. But a push from Kalev gave them the lead. After Akognon's fifth three, Kalev was leading already 54:46. Still, two minutes before the end of the quarter, Rock made a 12-0 run, and fought themselves back ahead - and was leading before the final period - 60:57.

Equal game continued for five minutes. Rock was leading by 5. Kalev had alread four players with four personal fouls, including team captain Keerles and Akognon. Rock was cleaning up the boards went ahead 71:64 after 9 points in a row from Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88, agency: Liman Sports).

Then, the man himself, Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) took the game on his strong shoulders. He scored nine straight points and put the visitors ahead 73:71. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) tied the game. Then, Rock made a foul to Akognon, but it was Fisher who made both of the free-throws (Akognon got injured). Rock had a chance to tie, but Sten Sokk missed the final shot.

Fisher was finally the leading scorer of the game with 22 points (and 9 rebounds, 5 steals). Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) made six three-pointers and collected 20 points. Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) added 13, Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) 9.

Scott Morrison finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78, college: St.Francis,NY) added 16. Eichfuss, whose baskets held Rock ahead in the final quarter, had 9 points. Rock made only 2/16 from the long range and made 19 turnovers, thus wasting the rebounding dominance 48:30.

Kalev is now tied in the fourth place with Ventspils. Rock holds the 6th to 8th places with Valmiera and Vef, having won 4/12 games.



Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Rakvere 15-4 
 2. TTU KK 13-5 
 3. TU/Rock 12-4 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 10-5 
 5. Valga Welg 9-7 
 6. Tallinna Kalev 5-13 
 7. Parnu 3-13 
 8. Kuremaa 1-17 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 24.2
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.24.2 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.2 
 3. Kriisa, Rakvere18.4 
 4. Kurg, Kuremaa17.9 
 5. Reed, Tallinna Kalev17.8 
 6. Toome, TTU K.16.9 
 7. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.16.3 
 8. Covington, Tallin.16.1 
 9. Raap, Parnu15.3 
 10. Kikerpill, Valga We.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brett MCGEE
  Kuremaa
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. McGee, Kuremaa10.5 
 2. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.0 
 3. Toome, TTU K.9.2 
 4. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.1 
 5. Keerles, Kalev/Cr.8.4 
 6. Erm, Parnu8.0 
 7. Kriisa, Rakvere7.9 
 8. Winston, Kuremaa7.7 
 9. Tagamets, Valga W.7.5 
 10. Morrison, TU/Ro.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  Rakvere
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Kriisa, Rakvere5.1 
 2. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo4.7 
 3. Rannula, Valga Welg3.8 
 4. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock3.4 
 6. Saage, Rakvere3.4 
 7. Winston, Kuremaa3.3 
 8. Raap, Parnu2.5 
 9. Tein, TU/Rock2.4 
 10. Kikerpill, Valga We.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Saage, Rakvere2.6 
 2. Raap, Parnu2.5 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 4. Covington, Tallin.2.3 
 5. Veideman, Rakvere2.2 
 6. Kurg, Kuremaa1.9 
 7. Karner, Parnu1.9 
 8. McGee, Kuremaa1.8 
 9. Kriisa, Rakvere1.8 
 10. Tamm, TTU.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kennyetta JOHNSON
  Kalev/Cramo
  (210-C-78)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.2.6 
 2. Toome, TTU K.1.7 
 3. Talts, TU/Rock1.5 
 4. McGee, Kuremaa1.2 
 5. Hallik, Rakvere1.1 
 6. Kitsing, TU/Rock1.0 
 7. Morrison, TU/Rock0.9 
 8. Saks, TTU K.0.8 
 9. Viiask, TU/Rock0.7 
 10. Ringmets, Par.0.6 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Top 16, Round 1: Wednesday's games - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Panathinaikos - Partizan 59-64
Partizan demonstrated excellent performance in Athens tonight. Even without their best player, Aleks Maric (injury), the Serbian powerhouse crushed reigning Euroleague and Greek champion celebrating valuable victory. Partizan finished this game with 2-13 run for the final 59-64. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) stepped up for the guests with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) had double-double of 12 points and 10 boards, while Petar Bozic also scored 12 pts. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) was the last one with double-digits (10 pts). In PAO, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 14 points and Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) followed him with 3 less.

Group F
MMC Real M. - Efes Pilsen 77-70
Real Madrid grabbed 77-70 victory against Efes Pilsen thanks to nice 7-0 in the finish. It was 67-67 with four minutes left when Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) and his teammates started with creating the crucial run. The Whites had three players with double-digits in scoring tonight. Louis Bullock led the way with 12, while Lithuanian duo Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) netted 11 pts each. Efes Pilsen got 18 points and 7 rebounds from Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico). Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) stopped on 14 pts and 6 assists.

Group G
CSKA - Unicaja 86-78
CSKA celebrated 86-78 home win against Unicaja opening the Top 16 phase in style. Ramunas Siskauskas (197-G-78) was a key player for the Russian powerhouse draining 23 points. He made 4 of 5 attempts from behind the arc. Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) added 19 points and Viktor Khryapa (204-F/G-82) helped with 12 pts, 13 rebounds and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Juan Dixon (191-G-78, college: Maryland) and Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) had 17 and 16 pts respectively.



Aleks Maric still on therapy, Borovnjak on the list of injured players - by Zoran Popovic
After last medical tests Partizan head coach Dusko Vujosevic said on press conference that Aleks Maric (211-C-84) is still not recovered and maybe he will be out of team during the all first round in Top 16 and final tournament of Serbian National cup. Aleks Maric get knee injury on match against Lietuvos Rytas.
In the same time, former player of Lietuvos Rytas, Dejan Borovnjak, who moves to Panionios, also is injured. Borovnjak broke metatarsal bone and he will be out of team at least one month. Borovnjak is last enforcement of Greek team.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Linas KLEIZA
  Olympiakos
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Kleiza, Olympiakos17.6 
 2. Woods, Assec.Pr.17.5 
 3. Walsh, U.Olimpija17.3 
 4. Maric, Partizan16.8 
 5. Logan, Assec.Pr.15.9 
 6. Langdon, CSKA15.3 
 7. Lavrinovic, Montepas.15.3 
 8. Childress, Olympiakos15.1 
 9. Mickeal, Regal Barca14.8 
 10. Siskauskas, CS.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Watson, Zalgiris10.7 
 2. Maric, Partizan9.1 
 3. Kleiza, Olympiakos7.7 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA7.5 
 5. Roberts, Partizan6.9 
 6. Woods, Assec.Pr.6.7 
 7. Splitter, Caja L.6.2 
 8. Asik, Fener.Ulker6.0 
 9. Javtokas, Khimky5.9 
 10. Fotsis, Panathinaik.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.7.6 
 2. Cook, Unicaja5.7 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca5.6 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.4 
 5. McIntyre, Montepas.5.4 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA4.5 
 7. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.3 
 8. Sciarra, Orleans4.2 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.4.1 
 10. Prigioni, MMC.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bojan POPOVIC
  Efes Pilsen
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.4 
 2. Lukauskis, AS.2.3 
 3. Gordon, Cibona2.2 
 4. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.2 
 5. Smith, Efes Pilsen1.9 
 6. Dobbins, Orleans1.9 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 8. Eidson, Maccabi .1.8 
 9. Minard, Lottomat.1.7 
 10. Lukas, Marousi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Partizan
  (229-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vranes, Partizan2.1 
 2. Morris, Regal B.1.4 
 3. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.4 
 4. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.4 
 5. Fischer, Maccabi .1.4 
 6. Vazquez, Regal B.1.4 
 7. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.4 
 8. Lasme, Maccabi T-A1.3 
 9. Javtokas, Khimky1.3 
 10. Begic, Zalgir.1.1 


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Regal Barca 10-0 
 2. Montepaschi 8-2 
 3. Zalgiris 3-7 
 4. Cibona 3-7 
 5. ASVEL 3-7 
 6. Fener.Ulker 3-7 
Group B
 1. Olympiakos 8-2 
 2. Unicaja 7-4 
 3. Partizan 6-5 
 4. Lietuvos Rytas 4-6 
 5. Efes Pilsen 4-7 
 6. Orleans 2-8 
Group C
 1. CSKA 9-2 
 2. Caja Laboral 7-3 
 3. Maccabi T-A 6-4 
 4. C.C. Marousi 4-6 
 5. Lottomatica 4-6 
 6. U.Olimpija 1-9 
Group D
 1. Real Madrid 9-2 
 2. Panathinaikos 8-3 
 3. Khimky 6-4 
 4. Assec.Prokom 4-6 
 5. Armani MI 3-7 
 6. EWE Baskets 1-9 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


German Basketball Federation Recognizes FECC - by George Manousidis
The German Basketball Federation (DBB) has become the first in Europe to officially recognize the FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate in its licensing system.

Coaches in Germany are required to obtain either an A or B license from the DBB in order to coach at the national level. A refresher clinic is required every two years for the A license and every three years for the B license.

Starting in 2010 the FECC will be recognized by the DBB for the renewal of these licenses.

'Several National Federations have already integrated the FECC into their coaching education. It shows us that we are heading in the right direction, and I am very happy that the DBB is the first National Federation to officially recognize the FECC in their coaching licensing system,' commented FIBA Europe Coaching Co-ordinator Michael Schwarz.

The FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate is a three year programme developed by FIBA Europe aimed at further educating coaches in the development of young talent. It allows participants to follow the progress of youth players across three age categories as they attend an Under-16, Under-18 and Under-20 tournament in progression.

The first class graduated in the summer of 2009 at the U20 European Championship Men in Greece. The top four graduates were given the opportunity to coach at the Champion U18 All Star Game in Katowice, Poland, which took place on the same court where Spain would eventually win their first EuroBasket title in September.

The second FECC class began in Kaunas, Lithuania in August at the U16 European Championship Men. Those same students will be back in Lithuania (Vilnius this time) in the summer of 2010 to continue their studies at the U18 championships.


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  FINLAND   


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 24-5 
 2. Kouvot 21-7 
 3. ToPo 17-11 
 4. Honka 16-12 
 5. KTP 16-12 
 6. LrNMKY 16-12 
 7. Korihait 14-14 
 8. Namika Lahti 12-16 
 9. Kataja 11-17 
 10. Karhu 8-20 
 11. FoKoPo 8-20 
 12. Salon Vilpas 6-23 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 24.1
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti24.1 
 2. Washington, KTP22.5 
 3. Trotter, ToPo22.4 
 4. Turner, LrNM.20.1 
 5. Lowe, Pyrinto19.5 
 6. Wood, Karhu19.1 
 7. Reid, Korihait18.9 
 8. Golson, Karhu18.7 
 9. Rouse, Namika L.18.7 
 10. Moye, Kouv.18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 15.2
 1. Wood, Karhu15.2 
 2. Vinson, FoKoPo12.4 
 3. McDade, KTP12.1 
 4. Stamper, LrNM.11.2 
 5. Kaunisto, Kouvot11.1 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto10.2 
 7. Hamm, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 8. Rouse, Namika L.9.8 
 9. Kotti, Honka9.8 
 10. Smith, Kar.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Wood, Karhu4.9 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti4.1 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto3.8 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.3.7 
 5. Trotter, ToPo3.6 
 6. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.4 
 7. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.1 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.0 
 9. Jarvinen, LrNM.2.8 
 10. Horton, Kar.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.2 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.0 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.8 
 4. Golson, Karhu2.4 
 5. Wood, Karhu2.2 
 6. Turner, LrNM.2.0 
 7. Shiloh, Kouvot2.0 
 8. Stamper, LrNM.1.9 
 9. Bradford, Kataja1.9 
 10. Clarkson, Kata.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 J''son STAMPER
  LrNMKY
  (200-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Stamper, LrNM.1.1 
 2. Hudson, Korihait0.9 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.9 
 4. Shiloh, Kouvot0.8 
 5. Pearson, ToPo0.8 
 6. Moye, Kouvot0.7 
 7. Clarkson, Kataja0.7 
 8. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 9. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.7 
 10. Riley, Namika Lah.0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Only one OT this time - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 28-29: Vilpas Vikings (Salo) and Pyrinto (Tampere) meeting eachother the third time this season tonight. Vilpas winning on Oct 21 after 2 OTs 94-91 in Salo.
Pyrinto winning on Dec 9 after 2 OTs 112-100 in Tampere. This time only one OT needed, when Pyrinto winning on the road 67-73 (63)! Vilpas was leading 35 minutes, but
got tired and missed 14 FTs in the game (13/27 - 48,0%). Newcomer Boakai Lalugba (199-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Bucknell) played 40:35 minutes, scored nine pts and grabbed eight rbs, but missed eight FTs (2/10). Game MVP was Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) (Pyrinto), who netted 29 pts. Damon Williams added 15 pts and went by the same over 4000 points in Finland. Williams has scored 4006 pts during five seasons on top level (average 22,5 ppg). He is a three-time winning scorer in Top League.

In Kouvola local Kouvot defeated Kataja (Joensuu) 77-75 after 18 lead changes and nine ties. American G Kyle Shiloh (191-G-85, college: Nevada) scored the winning bucket five seconds before full time. Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) led Kouvot with 21 pts. Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) (Kataja) hit six treys (6/13) this time leading the visitors with 24 pts. Kouvot crushed Kataja 45-23 in rebounds.
Vilpas - Pyrinto 67-73 (63) (38-30) (Charlie Burgess 18/10, Samu Kaaresvirta 14, Lawrence Hamm 12/10 - Chris Hester 29, Damon Williams 15/12/6a, Jari Pulkkinen 10).

Kouvot - Kataja 77-75 (40-41) (AJ Moye 21, Ross Neltner 16/12, Ville Kaunisto 14/12 - Petri Virtanen 24, Kristian Clarkson 20/12, Jeb Ivey 14).



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  FRANCE   


Pau-Lacq-Orthez adds Marko Maravic for rest of the season - by Eurobasket News
Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez announced signing of Marko Maravic (201-F-79) until the end of the current season. The 30-year old forward arrived in France on Saturday and will join the team immediately.
Marko Maravic played second half of the last season for Union Olimpija. He helped the team win the championship title in Slovenia with 10.1 points and 4.9 rebounds averaged in 16 games. In Adriatic league, Maravic had 3.4 ppg and 2. rpg in 5 appearances. That is third championship title for Maravic in Slovenia. Since that time he was a free agent. At the end of the season he was named Eurobasket.com Slovenian League All-Domestic Players Team -09. Since that time the player was a free agent.
Before Union Olimpija, Marko Maravic was a member of BC Kyiv, Vice Menorca, Ricoh Manresa, AJ Milano, Krka Novo Mesto and Geoplin Slovan.
Meanwhile, JDA Dijon will not be able to count on Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) for the next six weeks due to right hand injury. Krupalija averaged 9.1 points and 6.7 rebounds for 15 games this season. He joined JDA Dijon during the summer 2007. In his first season Krupalija had 12 ppg and 8.2 rpg in Pro A. In 2008/09, he registered 11.9 ppg and 6.8 rpg.


Le Mans surrender against ALBA - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - ALBA 63:68

ALBA opened their EuroCup Last 16 campaign with victory. The Berlin outfit overcame Le Mans 68:63 in France. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) was impressive as he knocked down 27 points for the winners. ALBA surged ahead right from the start. They enjoyed a 14:7 lead midway through the frame and sealed the term outcome at 17:14. ALBA did not allow the home team to put their noses in front in the second stanza. The German team earned a 33:26 lead at halftime. Le Mans got within 4 at the start of the second half but ALBA reacted with four points of their own to stay in charge. The visitors maintained the lead well enough throughout the third frame as they built a 51:39 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) and Salyers helped Le Mans to reignite the intrigue late in regulation. The hosts cut the distance to just 5 points but Julius Jenkins went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the win for ALBA. Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for ALBA. Joao Paulo Batista had 18 points for Le Mans in defeat. Zach Wright (188-G-85, college: Cent.Missouri) finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 18, Zach Wright 11
ALBA: Julius Jenkins 27, Blagota Sekulic 20



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  GERMANY   


John Davis scores 33 pts in debut for SC Rist - by Moritz Korff
Only two days after arriving to his new home in Germany, John Davis (198-F-84, college: Tarleton St.) made his debut for SC Rist Wedel (2. Bundesliga Pro B) in a make-up game on Wednesday night. The 25-year-old Ohio, Columbus native had a terrific start to his stint in German basketball. Though receiving only limited minutes on the court in his first game wearing the green and yellow uniform due to having practiced with the team only a couple of times, Davis dropped 33 points to help his new club nip a 91-82 home win over Licher BasketBaeren. The 2007 Tarleton State graduate showed his versatility as he connected on four three-pointers and got his job done in the paint as well, corraling a nice amount of rebounds and scoring on several put-backs. He was joined in double digit scoring by Canadian Stuart Turnbull (188-G-84, college: Carleton) who finished the contest with 21 points and Peter Huber-Saffer (208-C-80, agency: Court Side) and Sidiki Straub (201-C-86, college: Mercer) who contributed 18 and 10 points to the victory respectively. On the other end Lich got 25 points from Mychal Green (193-G-83, college: Ohio).

ALBA come back from France with win - by Eurobasket News
ALBA opened their EuroCup Last 16 campaign with victory. The Berlin outfit overcame Le Mans 68:63 in France. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) was impressive as he knocked down 27 points for the winners. ALBA surged ahead right from the start. They enjoyed a 14:7 lead midway through the frame and sealed the term outcome at 17:14. ALBA did not allow the home team to put their noses in front in the second stanza. The German team earned a 33:26 lead at halftime. Le Mans got within 4 at the start of the second half but ALBA reacted with four points of their own to stay in charge. The visitors maintained the lead well enough throughout the third frame as they built a 51:39 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) and Salyers helped Le Mans to reignite the intrigue late in regulation. The hosts cut the distance to just 5 points but Julius Jenkins went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to seal the win for ALBA. Blagota Sekulic (209-F/C-82, agency: FCM) scored 20 points and 8 rebounds for ALBA. Joao Paulo Batista had 18 points for Le Mans in defeat. Zach Wright finished with 11 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Brose Baskets could not tame Panellinios on the road. The Greek team claimed a 70:62 win in Athens. Devin Smith accounted for 14 points and 6 boards to pace the home team. Josh Davis added 13 points and 11 boards in the victory. Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) responded with 18 points for Brose Baskets. Panellinios built a 39:25 lead at the interval and never looked back en route to the victory.



Basketball Chatter With Dirk Bauermann (German National Coach) At The 2010 BEKO BBL Allstar Game - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dirk Bauermann is currently the coach of the German National team. He started his coaching career at Leverkusen in 1992 and had six very successful seasons there. He then gained further coaching experience with Ostende, Apollon Patron, Brandt Hagen and Dafni Athens before moving to Bamberg in 2002. He coached there until 2008 winning two BBL titles in 2005 and 2007. In 2008, he had to decide between Bamberg and The German National team and he chose the latter. He also has been coach of The German National team since 2003. His biggest success was winning a silver medal at The European Championships in Belgrad in 2005. Eurobasket spoke with Dirk Bauermann during the BEKO BBL Allstar game.

After many years of having the Allstar game in big arenas, the league moved it to a smaller one in Bonn. Was this the right choice.


It was a good decision to move it to a smaller venue. It has been sold out for two weeks and I think that it is simply better for the players to play in front of a sold out crowd.

The first half of the 2009-2010 BEKO BBL season is over. What is your summary after the first half?

I think that is has been very positive. There are many Germans on the court and that has to continue in the future so maybe one day only four foreigners are allowed per team. At the moment, the league is moving in a good direction. There are many exciting games and the BBL can be very happy at the moment.

Who are your early favorites for the 2010 BEKO BBL title?


Alba Berlin, Oldenburg, Bonn, Frankfurt and Bamberg.


Who has been your surprise team so far this season?


BG Goettingen has been the biggest surprise so far. Even though that they lost many good players, they started where they left off and have had a good season. They found the right players again to compete at the highest level. Coach John Patrick has done a great job using his system and philosophy and letting it carry over to his team. It has been inspiring the way the team has taken his philosophy and given back with positive results.

What is your impression of your old team Brose Baskets Bamberg?


The team got a strong point guard with Anton Gavel. Coach Chris Fleming wasnt afraid to insert Tibor Pleiss and Karsten Tadda into the starting five. Bamberg has a very good fighting mentality and have played together recently. It is a good team with a good coach.

Lucca Staiger surprised many people by suddenly leaving Iowa State and coming back to Germany. Why did he do this?



It was a very difficult step to leave the team in the middle of the season. I had a very long talk with him and it was a hard decision for him. I know how hard this decision was, because he has no ego, but is a team player. The last year was difficult, because he had a smaller role on offense just being a shooter. The fact that he was only being used like this hurt him so much which was a reason for him leaving. He had less playing time and he was being punished just for being a shooter. The only plays set up for him were for him to get open shots and nothing else.

How happy are you with the development of Robin Benzing?



Benzing is developing nicely and coach Mike Taylor has given him the self confidence and he gives it back with good results. Ulm is a very good situation for him.


What is your impression of Per Guenther? Do you expect more from him?



The new point guard changed his role. He was a starter and now he is coming from bench and he just has to get used to it. This is all a process for him and I am not worried that he wont get through this situation.

What is your impression of Elias Harris? He is currently playing at Gonzaga and has had some good games?



Harris is doing a good job. He has been playing more stable recently scoring in double figures in points and rebounds. He has been a big surprise, but as a freshman he has showed just how talented he is and that he can even get better.

Deutsche Bank Skyliner Dominic Bahiense De Mello has been in your player notes for years. He doesnt get playing time which must hurt his chances of making the German National team?


I observe him as closely as I can. I cant tell Murat Didin to play him more. Dominic has to fight for playing time and we will see this season what happens.

Do you have any early predictions for Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman playing in the 2010 World Championships?


It is too early to make any predictions. We will have to wait until June to see how healthy they are and then I can get an early feeling if they will play or not.



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  GREECE   


Aris lose, while Panellinios win in EuroCup Last 16 round - by Eurobasket News
Joventut tipped off EuroCup Last 16 stage with a hard-fought home success against Aris 74:72. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points to lead balanced offensive effort from Joventut. The Badalona team jumped to an 11:4 lead early in the encounter. Joventut continued to mount the pressure as they built a 23:9 lead late in the first period. The Spaniards ensured a 26:11 advantage at the first break. Valters sank a pair of trifectas early in the second period as Joventut piled up a comfortable 37:18 lead. But Aris refused to bow. Kiki Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) and Kakiozis came up with late buckets as Aris got within 12 at halftime. Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83, college: Delta St.) and Kiki Clark triggered a massive comeback rally from Aris in the third stanza. David Blatt team narrowed the deficit at only 2 points 54:56. Joventut finally stopped the bleeding with 6 points in a row to bring the fans back to life. Bogdanovic and Clay Tucker stretched the margin at 11 points midway through the fourth quarter but it was not the end just yet. Kiki Clark dragged Aris within 7 and later Kakiouzis and Kiki Clark once again tried to erase the deficit. But Aris ran out of time stopping a step away from success. Clay Tucker delivered 11 points for Joventut. Bueno added 10 points for the winners. Jeremy Richardson responded with 17 points for Aris. Kiki Clark had 16 points in defeat.
Panellinios outscored Brose Baskets at the start of the EuroCup Last 16. The Greek team claimed a 70:62 win in Athens. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) accounted for 14 points and 6 boards to pace the home team. Josh Davis (203-C/F-80, college: Wyoming) added 13 points and 11 boards in the victory. Brian Roberts responded with 18 points for Brose Baskets. Panellinios built a 39:25 lead at the interval. The hosts kept Brose Baskets at safe distance in the third frame and headed into the fourth stanza ahead by 13 points. The visitors came up with no answers in the final quarter and had to surrender at the end. Panellinios will next face Bizkaia Bilbao in the Basque Country.



Igor Milosevic moves from Marousi to Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius announced signing of point guard Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket). The team was in search for Position 1 player after departure of Bojan Popovic to Efes Pilsen.
Igor Milosevic is coming to Vilnius from Marousi Athens. He appeared 9 times in Euroleague this season averaging 3 points and 1.9 assists. In Greek top division, he had 4.6 points and 1.8 assists for 11 games. Marousi is currently on third place in domestic championship and they made a big surprise advancing to Euroleague Top 16 in their 'rookie' season. Igor Milosevic is a member of Greek 'B' National Team. In the past he played for U18 and U20 Greece on three European Championships.


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  IBL   


Elkhart Express will hoop it up again, thanks to boost from McDonald's - by Eurobasket News
A financial boost from an Elkhart County McDonald's franchisee will enable the Elkhart Express to take the floor again this spring.

Daimon Beathea, the team's president and coach, said the minor league basketball club will play its International Basketball League opener on April 24.

Where the game will be played, however, hasn't been worked out yet. The team called North Side Gym home in its first three years of existence.

'It's a very delicate situation,' Beathea said. 'A contract still has to be done. Ideally, we would love to be back at North Side Gym, no doubt about it. That is our home base, but things just have to be worked out.'

The Express folded a year ago under financial pressure, and Beathea said he had considered filing for bankruptcy protection.

The new financial boost comes from a five-year sponsorship deal with McDonald's Restaurants of Elkhart County. Owned by Harry Smith, the group operates 11 McDonald's in the region.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's edition of The Elkhart Truth and eTruth.com.


Courtesy of www.etruth.com


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  IRELAND   


SuperLeague Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Ulster Elks - Killester 92-109
Killester outgunned Ulster Elks as Jermaine Turner (195-F-74, agency: BrezoPro, college: Dowling) stepped up with 40 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Patrick Kelly contributed 14 points in the ninth win for Killester. Kevin Foley responded with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Ulster Elks.

UL Eagles - UCC Demons 91-83
UL Eagles tamed UCC Demons at home court. Stuart Robbins (210-C-76, college: Wabash Valley CC) scored 20 points and grabbed 12 boards to lead the charge. Scott Kinevane had 19 points, 8 assists and 4 boards to his tally. Joshua Johnson accounted for 23 points and 16 rebounds in defeat.

Hoops - DCU Saints 89-91
DCU Saints escaped with a narrow road win against Hoops. Emmett Donnelly (186-G-78) scored 16 points to lead well-balanced effort from the visitors. Eion Darling had 15 points for DCU Saints. Carlton Aaron unloaded 40 points and pulled down 21 rebounds for Hoops.

Moycullen - Belfast Star 80-93
Kevin Ratzsch (201-F, college: Northern St.) scored 35 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to help Belfast Star prevail against Moycullen. Stephen Dawson netted 23 points in the sevneth win for Belfast. Cian Nihill finsihed with 20 points in defeat.

Neptune - UCC Demons 76-74
Neptune nipped UCC Demons at home court behind 38 points and 11 rebounds from Juwann James (198-F, college: JMU). Mark Mitchell contributed 10 points for the home side. Joshua Johnson responded with 20 points and 7 caroms in defeat.



Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Juwann JAMES
  Neptune
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 36
 1. James, Neptune36.0 
 2. Aaron, Hoops27.8 
 3. Turner, Killester25.7 
 4. Robbins, UL Eagles24.2 
 5. Perre, Belfast Star23.0 
 6. Fritsch, Moycullen22.9 
 7. Johnson, UCC D.22.4 
 8. Cummins, Ulster Elks19.6 
 9. Taylor, Hoops19.0 
 10. Foley, Ulster El.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton AARON
  Hoops
  (206-C-79)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Aaron, Hoops18.2 
 2. Johnson, UCC D.14.5 
 3. Robbins, UL Eagles13.7 
 4. James, Neptune12.9 
 5. Perre, Belfast Star11.8 
 6. Turner, Killester11.5 
 7. Neal, Ulster Elks11.5 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.11.0 
 9. Foley, Ulster Elks9.2 
 10. Fritsch, Moycull.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles8.3 
 2. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.9 
 3. Cummins, Ulster Elks4.2 
 4. Turner, Killester4.2 
 5. Coughlin, UCC D.4.1 
 6. McCrone, UCD M.4.0 
 7. Donnelly, DCU S.3.6 
 8. James, UCD Marian3.6 
 9. Noonan, Neptune3.6 
 10. Meany, UCD Mari.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine TURNER
  Killester
  (195-F-74)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Turner, Killester3.4 
 2. James, Neptune3.0 
 3. Nihill, Moycullen2.9 
 4. Kelly, Killester2.8 
 5. Perre, Belfast Star2.6 
 6. Murphy, UCC Demons2.4 
 7. Summersgill, Belfas.2.3 
 8. Loughnane, Moycu.2.3 
 9. Madsen, Killester2.2 
 10. McKillop, Belfas.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nate FRITSCH
  Moycullen
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Fritsch, Moycullen2.4 
 2. Trimmer, DCU S.2.2 
 3. James, Neptune2.1 
 4. Neal, Ulster Elks1.9 
 5. Johnson, UCC D.1.5 
 6. Robbins, UL Eagles1.2 
 7. Perre, Belfast Star1.2 
 8. Turner, Killester1.1 
 9. Baynes, UCD Marian0.9 
 10. Aaron, Hoo.0.8 


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  ISRAEL   


National League Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Hap.Tivon - Macc.Ashdod 106-93
Hapoel Tivon upset the league leaders Maccabi Ashdod 106:93 as they dropped to 11-4 record. Brian Asbury (201-F, college: Miami, FL) shined with 32 points and 10 rebounds, while Solomovic Eyal nailed 23. Clemente Ramon replied with 30 points in the losing effort.

Kohav Yair - Megido/Yok. 60-79
Kohav Yair lost to Megido/Yok. 60:79 at the Regular Season Round 15. Raz Menashe (201-F-82) paced all the winners with 21 points and Cohen Guy netted 16. Zelkovicth Aviram ended up with 16 points in the losing case.

Hapoel Beeri - Hap.Haifa 91-85
Paris David collected 22 points and 13 rebounds to pace Hapoel Beeri over Hapoel Haifa in a 91:85 win. Daniel Aiden (G) followed him with 18 and Shifman Haran scored 17. Brown Robert resisted with 30 points in defeat.

Kiryat Ata - Lev Hasharon 78-87
Kiryat Ata was beaten by Lev Hasharon 78:87 as the latter got 20 points from each Doron Kremer (200-F-73, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) and Lifhshitz Asaf. Golan Nir scored 18 and Huli Tomer netted 15. Jackson Cedric finished the night with 18 points in the losing case.

Macc.Habikaa - Elitzur Yavne 82-68
Maccabi Habikaa improved to 10-5 record beating Elitzur Yavne 82:68. Adrian Auter (200-C-84) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Greenboym Itay chipped in 17. Gendlin Valery responded with the same number of points in the losing case.

Natzrath Elite - Elitzur Ramla 86-61
Natzrath Elite jumped to 6-9 record beating Elitzur Ramla 86:61. Ben Hemo Oren top-scored for the winners with 25 points, while Brad Byerson (201-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) collected 22 points and 10 rebounds. Almoznino Oshri and Peterson Damon finished the night with 13 points apiece in defeat.

Beer Yaakov - Hod Hasharon 89-87
Beer Yaakov rolled over Hod Hasharon 89:87 as E.J. Drayton (204-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Charlotte) stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Simon Regev nailed 17. Wolfer Ztafrir and Brandy Stanley delivered 17 points apiece in the losing effort.



Hapoel Jerusalem silence Valencia in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - Hapoel Jerusalem 75:79

Sizzling fourth quarter performance helped Hapoel Jerusalem stole a road win against Valencia at the start of the EuroCup Last 16 stage. Trailing by nine points before the fourth stanza Hapoel managed to erase the deficit and eked out a resounding victory against one of the tournaments favourites. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) scored 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the Israeli team. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) scored 23 points but it was not enough for Valencia to overcome pesky Israeli side. The hosts grabbed a 25:14 lead after the starting quarter but could not capitalize. Hapoel cut the deficit at 5 points 35:40 at the interval. Valencia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third stanza. The hosts entered the final quarter ahead by 9 points 63:54. Hapoel opened the final stanza with twelve unanswered points to pull in front. Sharon Shason (206-F-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Chester Simmons boosted the lead to 9 points for the Jerusalem outfit as they stole the moment. Valencia got back within 3 points late in regulation but Hapoel stayed calm and sealed the deal. Pooh Jeter (179-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Portland) netted 15 points in the victory. Sharon Shason tossed in 13 points for the visitors. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 15 points for Valencia in defeat. Hapoel will take on Galatasaray in the next round.

Valencia: Nando De Colo 23, Rafael Martinez 15
Hapoel Jerusalem: Chester Simmons 17, Pooh Jeter 15, Sharon Shason 13



Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Macc.Ashdod 11-4 
 2. Megido/Yok. 10-5 
 3. Macc.Habikaa 10-5 
 4. Hap.Tivon 9-6 
 5. Hap.Haifa 8-7 
 6. Elitzur Yavne 8-7 
 7. Hapoel Beeri 7-8 
 8. Beer Yaakov 6-9 
 9. Kohav Yair 6-9 
 10. Natzrath Elite 6-9 
 11. Kiryat Ata 6-9 
 12. Elitzur Ramla 6-9 
 13. Lev Hasharon 6-9 
 14. Hod Hasharon 6-9 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa30.5 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.9 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .24.0 
 4. Byerson, Natzrath.22.2 
 5. Clemente, Macc.Ash.21.7 
 6. Drayton, Beer Y.20.9 
 7. Hicks, Kohav Yair20.8 
 8. Simhon, Hod H.19.9 
 9. Brandy, Hod H.19.9 
 10. Shiran, Lev.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Brandy, Hod H.12.6 
 2. Byerson, Natzrath.12.6 
 3. Paris, Hapoel Beeri11.7 
 4. Clemente, Macc.Ash.11.6 
 5. Peterson, Elitzur .10.9 
 6. Auter, Macc.Hab.10.5 
 7. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.9.7 
 8. Brown, Hap.Haifa9.6 
 9. Hicks, Kohav Yair9.5 
 10. Lee, Kiryat A.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.6.6 
 2. Nenikashvili, Megido.6.4 
 3. Arieli, Hap.Tivon6.3 
 4. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri5.8 
 5. Farchi, Macc.Ash.5.7 
 6. Rubinstein, Hapoel B.5.6 
 7. Golan, Lev Hasharon5.2 
 8. Huli, Lev Hasharon5.2 
 9. Levi, Beer Yaakov5.1 
 10. Brandwein, Elit.5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.2.5 
 2. Farchi, Macc.Ash.2.4 
 3. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.2 
 4. Matalon, Megido/Y.2.1 
 5. Markson, Elitzur .2.1 
 6. Saudai, Hap.Tivon2.0 
 7. Cohen, Hapoel Beeri1.9 
 8. Almoznino, Megido/Y.1.8 
 9. Karpels, Elitzur .1.8 
 10. Saudai, Kiryat A.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian AUTER
  Macc.Habikaa
  (200-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.9 
 2. Byerson, Natzrath.1.8 
 3. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.7 
 4. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.5 
 5. Martin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 6. Paris, Hapoel Beeri1.4 
 7. Peterson, Elitzur .1.3 
 8. Markson, Elitzur .1.2 
 9. Clemente, Macc.Ash.1.0 
 10. Eliyaho, Hap.Hai.1.0 


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  ITALY   


Robert Hite signs with Pepsi JuveCaserta - by Eurobasket News
Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL) is a new player of Pepsi JuveCaserta. The 26-year old guard signed a short term deal with the club. Just few days ago he was released by Montegranaro, where he averaged 9.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 10 appearances. Pepsi JuveCaserta currently has 10 wins and 5 defeats in Serie A.
Robert Hite arrived to Italy this summer from Belgium. Actually, he started the last season with the Phoenix Suns, but moved overseas without any official NBA game. In November last year he moved to LEB Gold team Melilla Baloncesto. Very soon, Hite agreed terms with Tau Ceramica apearing just 4 times in total for them (ACB and Euroleague). In December, he joined Base Oostende. For 20 games in Belgian top division Robert Hite averaged 16.3 points and 4.8 rebounds. He ended this contest as a fifth best scorer and fifth 'stealer' with 1.9 spg. In EuroChallenge he added 20 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 2 games. Season 2007/08, Robert Hite spent with Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul averaging 9.7 points and 4.1 rebounds for 26 TBL games. In ULEB Cup, he appeared 15 times adding 16 ppg and 4.5 rpg.


Valentino Maxwell leaves Venezia, on try-outs with A.B. Latina - by Eurobasket News
Umana Reyer decided to release Valentino Maxwell (193-G-85, agency: SportsTalent, college: Concordia (TX)). The 24-year-old guard joined the team prior to the start of the season. Valentino Maxwell averaged 2.3 points, 2.0 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game for the team in LegaDue. Last season the guard played in Hungary. Maxwell tallied 12.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game for Debreceni. Valentino Maxwell is expected to join A.B. Latina for try-outs in the upcoming days.


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  IVORY COAST   


2011 Afrobasket for Men Bid: Nigeria Federation president confidence of chances - by Olusegun Ikuesan
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation President (NBBF), Tijjani Umar, has expressed confidence on the chances of the country winning the 2011 FIBA African Championship for Men.

Umar affirmed that it is only a matter of time before the country would be announced as the substantial host of the competition by the continental ruling body, FIBA Africa.

The NBBF boss says the federation has the endorsement of the Nigeria Minister for Sports, Engr. Sani Ndanusa to pursue the bid to its logical conclusion as the federation set machinery in motion to receive FIBA Africa team who are expected in the country to inspect facilities of the country bid city, Abuja.

We have the full support of the Federal Ministry of Sports and the Government of Nigeria to bid for the 2011 Afrobasket for Men. We have prepared well and we have all the facility needed for this level of championship, so we are very optimistic to emerge as the host country for the 2011 event, Umar said confidently.

The NBBF boss who led a four man delegation comprises of the 1st Vice President Mukthar Khaleh who is also a member of the Central Board of FIBA Africa as President of FIBA Africa Zone-III, Tagwai Yusuf and Mustapha Suleiman to formally present the bid document to the Central Board of FIBA Africa last weekend in Cairo, Egypt.

He added that the continental basketball body has set up an inspection committee that would visit the bidding countries soon to inspect facilities on ground.

The inspection team will be led by the Secretary General of the African body Dr. Alphonse Bile and other members of FIBA Africa will be in the country to inspect facilities at the Abuja National Stadium in April this year.

Nigeria is bidding for the 2011 Africa biggest basketball showpiece The Nations Cup which will serve as 2012 London Olympic Games qualifiers alongside, Cote dIvoire and Madagascar.

It will be recalled that Nigeria stepped down for Libya as host of the 16th edition of the competition won by Angola last year.

Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge)


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  JAMAICA   


Allimans heroics lift Cedarville over No. 2 Walsh - by Leonard Whyte
Cedarville, OH (01-27-2010): Captain Ricardo Alliman's three-point play with 58.8 seconds left gave Cedarville University a stunning 73-72 upset victory over NAIA No.2 Walsh University in an American Mideast Conference (AMC) game last night in front of a loud and raucous home crowd. After the heroics of the 6' 7' senior forward, Cedarville dodged two potentially fatal bullets as Walsh misfired on a game-winning three-pointer but secured the offensive rebound and was fouled. They, however, missed both free throws and Cedarville celebrated its fifth AMC victory to move to 5-2 and 13-7 overall. Alliman finished with another game-high double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. Cedarville led 34-33 at the break but fell behind by 10 points in the second half before embarking on a 23-6 run to take a 66-59 advantage with 5:30 to go.

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  JORDAN   


Orthodox Club U17 Tournament - Orthodox snatch the title - by Mohammed Malas
(Amman, Jo-Basket.com) Orthodox was crowned earlier today with the title of the Orthodox Club U-17 tournament sponsored by Nissan following their win over Al Riyadi 80-77 in Emile Haddad Gym in Amman.

Majdi Ghazawi (29 points) and Abdullah Jaraarah (16 points) put Al Riyadi on the lead at the begining of the game but things turned up side down for the hosts after the hard work from the trio Malek Kanaan (21 points), Abdullah Abdeen (11 points) and Udai Anabtawi (11 points) to help their team to pull out the title.

In a related issue, Orthodox club management announced earlier today through tournaments' manager Mr. Ramzi Al-Karmi that the club's senior teams friendly tournament starts on the 10th of February and will resume until the 15th of same month under the participation of 3 local teams beside Orthodx (Al Riyadi, ASU Sports Club and Zain) and 2 teams from outside (Army of Syria and Sarriyet Ramallah from Palestine), The U-13 tournament will start next Friday.

Under 17 Games:
Day Date Time Game # Game
Friday 22/01/2010 5:00 P.M (1) Wehdat vs. Riyadi (61-72)
Friday 22/01/2010 7:00 P.M (2) Orthodox vs. ASU (93-70)
Saturday 23/01/2010 5:00 P.M (3) Riyadi vs. ASU (75-74)
Saturday 23/01/2010 7:00 P.M (4) Wehdat vs. Orthodox (88-97)
Sunday 24/01/2010 7:00 P.M (5) ASU vs. Wehdat (60-66)
Sunday 24/01/2010 8:30 P.M (6) Riyadi vs. Orthodox (64-71)
Tuesday 26/01/2010 5:00 P.M (7) Semi- Final: 1st vs. 4th (Orthodox vs. ASU '79-46')
Tuesday 26/01/2010 7:00 P.M (8) Semi- Final: 2nd vs. 3rd (Al Riyadi vs. Al Wihdat '67-62')
Wed 27/01/2010 7:00 P.M (9) Final:Winner 7 vs. Winner 8 (Orthodox vs. Al Riyadi '80-77')

Sponsors: Nissan
Media Sponsors: Ayyam FM, Spin FM, Luxury Publications
Venue: Emile Haddad Gym at Orthodox Club


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  LEBANON   


Parmer inks for Sagesse - by Mohammed Malas
The American point guard Marlon Parmer (191-G-80, college: Ky Wesleyan) signed officially with Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut Club two days ago to continue with the team this season.

Parmer is a left-handed with a high-dribble...extremely quick to the basket with an explosive spin move even in traffic...a lot of his buckets come after blowing by defenders and getting into the paint for lay-ins or short jumpers...needs to show a little more discipline with a stop-and-pop once he gets in the lane, and the overall improvement of his outside shot.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia were the two stations where Parmer played in the region before, Adding to his experience in Venezuela, Israel, Poland and Estonia.


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Stats Leaders - NKL
NKL Stats Leaders Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Kulevicius, Del 22.1
2. Sragauskis, LKKA 20.6
3. Pociuipa, Brem 20.4
4. Vingelis, LKKA 19.7
5. Stanionis, Erelita 19.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Vaitelis, Silute 8.6
2. Volkus, ABRO 8.4
3. Maciulis, Radv 8.3
4. Drungilas, Zalg 8.1
5. Gydra, Akadem 7.5
Assists Per Game
1. Raziulis, Del 5.9
2. Balciunas, Meresta 5.8
3. Ramonas, Perlas 5.6
4. Harrison, Pieno 5.4
5. Zymantas, Nafta 5.1
Steals Per Game
1. Zymantas, Nafta 3.7
2. Normantas, Bremena 3.4
3. Ballard, Pieno 3.0
4. Redikas, Akad 2.6
5. Razutis, Naglis 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1. Budreckis, Mazeikiai 1.7
2. Pupinis, Erelita 1.4
3. Milinskas, Malsta 1.3
4. Volkus, ABRO 1.30
5. Mankevicius, Erelita 1.1
2FGP
1. Macernis, Mazeikiai 67.4
2. Kulevicius, Del 63.9
3. Strazdauskas, Naglis 63.6
4. Griskenas, Meresta 62.4
5. Slivka, Meresta 61.0
3FGP
1. Vingelis, LKKA 54.6
2. Stasys, Nafta 48.8
3. Jatulevicius, Pieno 46.6
4. Lengvinas, Nafta 46.5
5. Zukauskas, Silute 46.4
Free Throws
1. Valuckis, Pieno 90.5
2. Kvedaravicius, ABRO 89.0
3. Sragauskis, LKKA 88
4. Sebeziovas, TRIOBET 84.0
5. Stasys, Nafta 83.6
Ranking
1. Kulevicius, Del. 22.0
2. Sugintas, Perlas 18.7
3. Strazdauskas, Naglis 18.3
4. Pociuipa, Brem 18.1
5. Harrison, Pieno 18.1


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  MEXICO   


Stats Leaders - LNBP
Points Per Game
 John MILLSAP
  Bucaneros
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Millsap, Bucaneros25.7 
 2. Monroe, Potros24.8 
 3. Moore, Abejas24.6 
 4. Habel, Cosmos22.1 
 5. Thomas, Potros21.9 
 6. Hickerson, Pioneros21.8 
 7. Jackson, Pilares21.7 
 8. Mills, Indios21.4 
 9. Hornsby, Huracanes21.4 
 10. Martin, Pilar.21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mattis MCHUGH
  Quimper
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. McHugh, Abejas11.8 
 2. Long, Indios11.1 
 3. Jackson, Angeles10.6 
 4. Allen, Pioneros10.4 
 5. Berghoefer, Potros10.0 
 6. Aubry, Halc.Rojos10.0 
 7. Mills, Indios9.3 
 8. Moss, Lechugueros9.3 
 9. Garcia, Pioneros9.2 
 10. Tavarez, Bucaner.9.1 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Bucaneros
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Funn, Bucaneros6.4 
 2. Osimani, Halc.Cordoba5.7 
 3. Malpica, Cosmos5.3 
 4. Brown, Fuerza R.5.2 
 5. Stokes, Barreteros5.0 
 6. lee, Indios4.5 
 7. Roque, Toros4.3 
 8. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.3 
 9. Hollyfield, Barre.4.1 
 10. Villegas, Lechuguer.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Luis Manuel GONZALEZ
  Libertadores
  (182-G-)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Gonzalez, Libertad.3.1 
 2. Moore, Abejas2.6 
 3. Lewis, Soles2.4 
 4. Malpica, Cosmos2.2 
 5. Funn, Bucaneros2.2 
 6. Gooner, Halc.Rojos2.2 
 7. Hollyfield, Barre.2.2 
 8. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.1 
 9. Monroe, Potros2.1 
 10. Hornsby, Huracan.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jamal JOHNSON
  Angeles
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Johnson, Angeles1.2 
 2. Millsap, Bucaneros1.1 
 3. Jackson, Pilares0.9 
 4. Arceneaux, Lechugue.0.9 
 5. McHugh, Abejas0.8 
 6. McCullough, Libert.0.8 
 7. Cox, Angeles0.8 
 8. lee, Indios0.8 
 9. Carmona, Fuerza R.0.8 
 10. Hill, Halc.Roj.0.8 


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  MONTENEGRO   


Basketball club Primorje promoted new Sport Director - by Dragan Scepanovic
Management of Basketball Club Primorje from Herceg Novi member of Montenegrin 1A League promoted Mr. Rasa Mijuskovic as new Sport Director of club. Management of Basketball Club Primorje announced that club singed contract from January 14, 2010 to the end of season with Mr. Mijuskovic. Before Basketball Club Primorje Mr. Rasa Mijuskovic was Director of Montenegrin Basketball Clubs Mogren, Budva and Niksic.

Bojan Bakic inks for Trikala - by Dragan Scepanovic
Management of Basketball Club Trikala member of Greek 1A League announced that club singed contract until end of season with Montenegrin basketball player Bojan Bakic (197-G-83). Before Basketball Club Trikala Bakic play for Basketball Club`s Buducnost from Podgorica, Hemofarm from Vrsac, Marusi Costa Coffe and Energa Czarni.In EuroChallenge Cup , season 2008-2009 play 5 games : 11.4, 1 aspg,3.4 rbpg amd 2.2 spg

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  NBA   


Tuesday's games (5) review - by Eurobasket News
LA Lakers - Washington W. 115-103
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 26 points apiece for the Lakers, who had lost six of their previous eight road games and pulled to a 2-2 record midway through their current eight-game swing. Lamar Odom added 15 points and 8 boards, while Andrew Bynum stopped on 12 pts this time. Antawn Jamison shined in loss with 27 points and 9 rebounds.

Minnesota T. - New York K. 105-132
David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) had 28 points and 10 rebounds, and the Knicks rebounded from a lopsided beating by administering one, routing the Minnesota Timberwolves 132-105. Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) scored 26 and Wilson Chandler had 20 pts. In the loosing squad, Corey Brewer and Ramon Sessions netted 22 and 20 pts respectively.

Milwaukee B. - Dallas M. 107-108
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored 28 points, Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) added 21 and the Mavericks held on late to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 108-107 Tuesday night. In defeat, Andrew Bogut nailed 32 pts and pulled down 9 rebounds. Dallas beat the New York Knicks 128-78 Sunday for the largest win in franchise history.

Charlotte B. - Phoenix Suns 114-109 OT
Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) helped the Charlotte Bobcats reach a small franchise milestone. He scored 30 points and Charlotte scored nine of the first 12 points in overtime to beat the Suns 114-109 Tuesday night for the Bobcats' first victory in Phoenix in their six seasons in the NBA. Boris Diaw (6'8''-F/C-82) had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Gerald Wallace added 21 pts and 9 rebs. Steve Nash collected 23 pts and 9 assists for the Suns.

Golde State W. - Sacramento K. 96-99
Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis) supplied the scoring early and veteran Beno Udrih (6'5''-G-82) delivered late in the game for the Kings. Udrih scored 24 points and Evans had 23 to help Sacramento snap a seven-game losing streak with a 99-96 victory Tuesday night over the Warriors. Stephen Curry collected 27 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists in loss.


Clippers acquire New Orleans' Bobby Brown - by Eurobasket News
The Clippers have acquired New Orleans reserve point guard Bobby Brown (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) for a conditional second-round draft pick, assistant general manager Neil Olshey confirmed this morning.

Brown, the former Westchester High and Cal State Fullerton standout, will provide depth at guard after Sebastian Telfair was lost for at least a month because of a groin injury and Eric Gordon suffered a sprained big toe on his left foot.

Brown is expected to join the Clippers tonight and could make his debut with the team Wednesday against the New Jersey Nets at the IZOD Center. The Clippers released JamesOn Curry, whom they had recently signed to a 10-day contract out of the Development League, to create a roster spot for Brown.

Olshey described the 6-foot-2 Brown as a small, quick player who gives the Clippers an element they currently lack on their roster.

'We needed to do something and this gives us the ability to get an NBA player as opposed to playing the carousel of going down to the D-League and trying to find somebody,' Olshey said.

The move will allow New Orleans to get under the NBA's luxury-tax threshold by shedding Brown's $736,420 salary from their books. But the Hornets will more than cover Brown's salary in payments to the Clippers, whose cap space will not be affected. The Clippers acquired Rasual Butler from the Hornets last season in a similar salary dump.

Brown was averaging 6.6 points and 2.1 assists in 22 games for the Hornets. But his playing time had been cut dramatically this month, when he appeared in only three games.

The Clippers will surrender a second-round draft pick in 2014 only if they finish in the top five in the NBA. If they like the way Brown performs they can extend him a qualifying offer next summer that would make him a restricted free agent.


Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Celtics' Allen getting two-year extension? - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics' Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) becomes a free agent this summer but it appears that he would like to stay in Beantown, according to the Boston Globe.

The big question is how much longer the Celtics want to try and stick with the Big Three: Allen, Paul Pierce (notes), and Kevin Garnett (notes). Pierce has a $21 million player option for next season that he'll likely choose. And Garnett is inked till 2012. The paper suggests that Allen would take a two-year, $20 million contract right now if the team wanted to try and keep the old gang together for two more years.

The 34-year-old Allen is making $19 million this season but he knows as well as you do that he won't be making that next season no matter where he signs. This summer he'll be in the second group of free agents to be wined and dined across the country, waiting his turn behind LeBron James (notes), Chris Bosh (notes), and Dwyane Wade (notes).

'I am a loyalty person. If the opportunity presented itself to get a deal at the current moment as we speak, I would be all over it,'' Allen told the Globe. And it's not as if he's some creaky old man. Allen is averaging 15.9 points per game.


Courtesy of Yahoo


Greg Oden apologizes for naked photos - by Eurobasket News
Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.), the hard-luck center of the Portland Trail Blazers apologized this evening for nude photographs that lit up the Internet earlier today.

Oden said the pictures were taken about 1 1/2 years ago with his cell phone and sent to a former girlfriend. A friend alerted the 21-year-old former No. 1 pick that they were being passed around the Web, prompting the admission.

'I would like to apologize to everybody: Portland, the fans, the organization,' Oden told reporters at the Blazers practice facility. 'It was very embarrassing.'

Embarrassing?

Yes.

Stupid?

Very. But what 20-year-old hasn't done something stupid? Drank too much, said something they didn't mean, ran naked through the quad.

The difference between most of us and Oden as that we're not under the same media scrutiny, the same ever-present digital eye in the sky. It's hard to believe that in this day and age, someone of Oden's stature would open the door for this type of event to happen.

He was an All-Everything recruit, the toast of the college basketball town and the subject of far too many 'old man' jokes. He had to have known that he'd be a target.

By snapping pictures of his manhood, he painted a giant bullseye on his uncovered chest. And by willingly sending them out, he essentially pulled the trigger.

In a radio interview, Oden talked about his emotions when the news was brought to his attention.

'I've had better days ... I got woken up at 6 am by a phone call to check it out ... I saw them and my heart just dropped,' Oden said. 'It was a rough morning for me.'

This particular bad day comes after two lost seasons to injuries, far from the start to an NBA career the big man hoped for.

There will be the argument that this isn't news. In the most traditional and ideal sense, no it's not. But this is where we are. We're not going back.

Hopefully, athletes will learn from this. Hell, we all can.

Most of us are already sanitizing our Facebook profile, eliminating the most embarassing of photos. As our privacy shrinks, our vigilance has no choice but to grow.

It'd be nice for this to get filed under the victimless 'youthful indescretion' file and for people to move on.

They probably won't.

Not for a while.

Again, that's sort of where we are.

We're probably not going back.


Oden probably wishes he could just that.

Courtesy of www.suntimes.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Anthony, Denver N.29.7 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.6 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.3 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers28.3 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat27.3 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.26.1 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.2 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.23.9 
 9. Granger, Indiana P.23.2 
 10. Roy, Portland23.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.2 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.12.1 
 3. Love, Minnesota T.11.9 
 4. Camby, LA Clippers11.8 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.6 
 6. Lee, New York K.11.4 
 7. Bosh, Toronto R.11.3 
 8. Wallace, Charlotte B.11.0 
 9. Gasol, LA Lakers10.9 
 10. Duncan, San.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.2 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.9.7 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.6 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.2 
 6. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 7. James, Clevelan.7.9 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.3 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Jennings, Milwau.6.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.5 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.2 
 4. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Jackson, Charlott.1.8 
 8. Brewer, Utah Jazz1.8 
 9. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 10. Davis, LA Clippe.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.6 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 3. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 4. Dalembert, Philad.2.2 
 5. Bogut, Milwauke.2.1 
 6. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 7. Perkins, Boston C.2.1 
 8. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 9. Lopez, New J.2.0 
 10. Duncan, San.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 29-13 
 2. Toronto R. 24-22 
 3. New York K. 18-26 
 4. Philadelph.76 15-30 
 5. New Jersey N. 4-40 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 36-11 
 2. Chicago B. 22-22 
 3. Milwaukee B. 19-25 
 4. Indiana P. 16-30 
 5. Detroit P. 15-29 
Southeast Div.
 1. Atlanta H. 29-15 
 2. Orlando M. 29-16 
 3. Miami Heat 23-22 
 4. Charlotte B. 22-22 
 5. Washington W. 14-30 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 31-14 
 2. Utah Jazz 27-18 
 3. Portland TB 27-20 
 4. Oklah.City T. 24-21 
 5. Minnesota T. 9-38 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 35-12 
 2. Phoenix Suns 26-21 
 3. LA Clippers 20-25 
 4. Sacramento K. 16-28 
 5. Golde State W. 13-31 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 30-15 
 2. San Antonio S. 27-18 
 3. Memphis G. 25-19 
 4. N.Orleans H. 25-20 
 5. Houston R. 24-21 


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San Jose State's is Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week - by George Manousidis
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected San Jose State guard Adrian Oliver (6'4''-G-88) as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 24. The USBWA's weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 23 this season.
As the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Oliver was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.
Oliver, a 6-4 junior from Modesto, Calif., had a career-high 39 points in an 87-76 win over Louisiana Tech last Thursday that ended the Bulldogs' 10-game winning streak. He followed that up with 22 points in a 93-84 win against New Mexico State on Saturday. In both games, he played 38 minutes and had five assists.
For the week, Oliver shot 54.3 percent from the field (19-for-35) and was 19-for-20 from the free-throw line. He also averaged three rebounds and two steals in the two San Jose State wins. Oliver now has four straight 20-plus point efforts and the Spartans boast their best conference record (4-3) since 1999.
This is the first season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week is added to the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.
Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation's oldest award and the only one named after a former player.
Oscar Robertson TrophyAt the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership of the USBWA. The winner of the 2010 Oscar Robertson Trophy will be announced and presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the USBWA's annual awards breakfast on Fri., April 2 in Indianapolis, site of the 2010 NCAA Men's Final Four.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-421-0339.
Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 29th season, bigger and better in 2009-10. Blue Ribbon long-known as 'The Bible of College Basketball' gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit blueribbonyearbookonline.com.

2009-10 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
Week of Dec. 13: Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90), Butler
Week of Dec. 20: Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87), Duke
Week of Dec. 27: Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F), West Virginia
Week of Jan. 3: Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G), BYU
Week of Jan. 10: Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88), Notre Dame
Week of Jan. 17: Damion James (6'7''-G/F-87), Texas
Week of Jan. 24: Adrian Oliver, San Jose State


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Kirk Penney's career night snares weekly award - by Eurobasket News
A career-high 49-point explosion from New Zealand Breakers go-to-guy Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) has helped him win the National Basketball Leagues Player of the Week award for Round 17.

It was do-or-die for the Breakers in Round 17, with any loss likely meaning the end of finals contention for the team considered title favourites in the pre-season. Much of the burden lay on their scoring machine, Penney, and in Round 17 the born-and-bred Kiwi came up with something special.

His freakish display of basketball against the Adelaide 36ers on Thursday night at the North Shore Events Centre ensured the 2009 NBL MVP took the leagues weekly honours.

Penney shot 16-of-23 from the field, which included 9-of-15 from the three-point line. He also made 8-of-11 attempts from the free throw stripe, and added five rebounds, five assists and two steals to his stellar night. Penneys 49 points was just one point shy of Carlos Powells club record of 50 points. Powell however produced his 50 points in a 48-minute game, rather than the 40-minute version being played this season in the NBL.

Even though Adelaide made a spirited comeback to give themselves a fourth quarter lead, it was Penney who stood up and kept the New Zealand scoreboard ticking over just when it looked like their fourth quarter wobbles were coming back, scoring 16 final quarter points.

Penney and the Breakers then had to travel to the Gold Coast to take on the Blaze in a match that may well have set them up for the playoffs. The Blaze were ready for Penney in this contest, limiting him to just two first quarter points. However with the game still in the balance late in the fourth Penneys scoring mindset helped the Breakers blow the game wide open. A two-point Penney field goal then a three-pointer gave the Breakers a comfortable 15-point lead with five minutes to go. Penney finished with 14 points and six rebounds, helping the Breakers take out a monster road win and keep them in the hunt for the playoffs.

Despite Penneys performance against Gold Coast being sub-par by his own lofty standards, he still averaged a round-high 31.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists in a pair of critical wins, and his amazing 49-point spree simply could not be ignored.

Penneys 49 against Adelaide was the second-highest ever in a 40-minute NBL game behind Reg Biddings 63 on 12/4/1981 and was easily the highest score by any player in the league this season, blowing away the previous best mark of 37 set by Townsvilles Corey Homicide Williams.

Williams can consider himself unlucky to have been beaten out for the award this week by such an exceptional performance. Homicide averaged 20.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists himself in three games for the Crocs to be a serious contender for the Round 17 honours.

Other players in contention for the weekly award in Round 17 included Julius Hodge (Melbourne), Mark Worthington (Melbourne), Cameron Tragardh (Wollongong), C.J. Bruton (New Zealand), Kevin Braswell (New Zealand), John Gilchrist (Adelaide), James Harvey (Gold Coast), Rich Melzer (Cairns), Adam Gibson (Gold Coast), Julien Skip Mills (Cairns), Dusty Rychart (Cairns), Luke Schenscher (Perth), Stephen Weigh (Perth) and Jesse Wagstaff (Perth).



NBL PLAYER OF THE WEEK 2009/10

Round 1 CJ Bruton (New Zealand)
Round 2 Rich Melzer (Cairns)
Round 3 Corey Williams (Townsville)
Round 4 Corey Williams (Townsville)
Round 5- Mark Worthington (Melbourne)
Round 6 John Gilchrist (Adelaide)
Round 7 Adam Ballinger (Adelaide)
Round 8 Julius Hodge (Melbourne)
Round 9 Dusty Rychart (Cairns)
Round 10 Oscar Forman (New Zealand)
Round 11 Tywain McKee (Wollongong)
Round 12 Tywain McKee (Wollongong)
Round 13 Adam Ballinger (Adelaide)
Round 14 - Corey Williams (Townsville)
Round 15 Julius Hodge (Melbourne)
Round 16 - Mark Worthington (Melbourne)
Round 17 Kirk Penney (New Zealand)


Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  NIGERIA   


Warriors academy classic move to february - by Enoma Ugheghe
the eight edition of the warriors basketball academy classics and elite championship (ilupeju classic)which was billed to hold between 15-20 february has been moved forward and will now hold between 8-13 february 2010
the change in the date was sequel to the basketball clinic designed by the NBBF for coaches,match commissioners and match officilas of this year nigeria basketball federation premier league season which is slated for february 18-21 in ilorin,kwara state,simon obosa eubuamwan,the deputy director of the academy revealed that the classics had to be postponed for the basketball clinic since they are part of the league stakeholders


2011 Afrobasket for Men Bid: Nigeria Federation president confidence of chances - by Olusegun Ikuesan
President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation President (NBBF), Tijjani Umar, has expressed confidence on the chances of the country winning the 2011 FIBA African Championship for Men.

Umar affirmed that it is only a matter of time before the country would be announced as the substantial host of the competition by the continental ruling body, FIBA Africa.

The NBBF boss says the federation has the endorsement of the Nigeria Minister for Sports, Engr. Sani Ndanusa to pursue the bid to its logical conclusion as the federation set machinery in motion to receive FIBA Africa team who are expected in the country to inspect facilities of the country bid city, Abuja.

We have the full support of the Federal Ministry of Sports and the Government of Nigeria to bid for the 2011 Afrobasket for Men. We have prepared well and we have all the facility needed for this level of championship, so we are very optimistic to emerge as the host country for the 2011 event, Umar said confidently.

The NBBF boss who led a four man delegation comprises of the 1st Vice President Mukthar Khaleh who is also a member of the Central Board of FIBA Africa as President of FIBA Africa Zone-III, Tagwai Yusuf and Mustapha Suleiman to formally present the bid document to the Central Board of FIBA Africa last weekend in Cairo, Egypt.

He added that the continental basketball body has set up an inspection committee that would visit the bidding countries soon to inspect facilities on ground.

The inspection team will be led by the Secretary General of the African body Dr. Alphonse Bile and other members of FIBA Africa will be in the country to inspect facilities at the Abuja National Stadium in April this year.

Nigeria is bidding for the 2011 Africa biggest basketball showpiece The Nations Cup which will serve as 2012 London Olympic Games qualifiers alongside, Cote dIvoire and Madagascar.

It will be recalled that Nigeria stepped down for Libya as host of the 16th edition of the competition won by Angola last year.

Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge)


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  NORWAY   


Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Asker 17-1 
 2. Gimle 13-5 
 3. Tromso 11-6 
 4. Harstad 10-7 
 5. Baerum 9-9 
 6. Ammerud 8-11 
 7. Froya 3-16 
 8. Ulriken 1-17 


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  PALESTINE   


Jordan International Coaching Clinic Concludes with 27 Palestinian coaches taking part - by Tamara Awartani
Under platinum sponsorship from the Modern Scientific and Electronic Company (MOSECO Nokias International Agent in Palestine), one of the leading companies of MOSECO Group in Information and Communications Technology and golden sponsorship from IntermedPal and Aramex, Palestine: Sports for Life successfully wrapped up its first project, having arranged for 27 Palestinian basketball coaches to participate in the Jordan International Basketball Coaching Clinic with Ganon Baker.
The coaching clinic proved to be unique in many ways, as it is the first of its kind in the region to be officially acknowledged by the West Asia Basketball Association and Jordan Basketball Federation. The clinic was attended by 165 coaches, representing 15 different nationalities, and 10 different countries including Palestine, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Nigeria, and Serbia.
Palestine: Sports for Life (www.PS4L.org) took the initiative to call on qualified coaches, and provided the sufficient funds to cover almost all costs associated with the clinic, through the platinum sponsors MOSECO, and the golden sponsors IntermedPal and Aramex.
Al-Riyadi Club in Jordan, under the leadership of Fadi AlSabbah Secretary General, was able to successfully organize the coaching clinic over 3 consecutive days, each of which was dedicated to a specific field role (Point Guard, Shooting Guard/Small Forward, and Power Forward). Ganon Baker carried out theoretical and practical examples, in addition to video demonstrations of NBA players in action.
The clinic has also provided the Palestinian coaches with an opportunity to meet fellow coaches, exchange experience, and organized friendly matches amongst them.
PS4L will be organizing a dinner invitation for the members of the Palestinian team who participated in the clinic, in addition to representatives of the sponsors, to celebrate this important achievement.
The following are the names of the Palestinian Coaches who participated in the coaching clinic through PS4L:
Eli Nasrawi ,Ameed Mbaslat,Tamara Awartani, Issa Salibi
Joseph Banourah, Fadi Taher,Johnny Badra, Faris Sweiti
Husam Dumedi ,Fuad Rabee, Daoud Maleeha, Kameel Zahran
Raed Barakat, Maher Matar,Ranim Nabulsi, Mohammad Alhilo
Shadi Takrori, Mahmoud Assaf, Saleh Bandak ,Hanna Sahwani
Tareq Hammam, Moneer Barakat,Mutaz Abu Dayyeh, Nader Marta
Nader Elayyan, Ahmad Sharafa, Wisam Bitar



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  PBL   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Keith FRIEL
  Rochester R.
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 24
 1. Friel, Rochester R.24.0 
 2. Payne, Buffalo S.23.0 
 3. Ayuso, Capitanes22.8 
 4. Sherrill, Maryland.21.8 
 5. Anderson, Manchest.21.3 
 6. Stanley, Buffalo S.21.3 
 7. Reyes, Capitanes21.0 
 8. Brown, Buffalo S.21.0 
 9. Bennett, Halifax R.20.5 
 10. Jeanty, Quebec.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angelo REYES
  Capitanes
  (205-F/C-81)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Reyes, Capitanes18.8 
 2. Crookshank, Halif.13.8 
 3. Aubry, Capitanes13.5 
 4. Demasi, Vermont FH11.5 
 5. Johnson, Rocheste.9.5 
 6. Ocitti, Manchest.9.3 
 7. Bailey, Vermont FH8.5 
 8. George, Quebec K.7.7 
 9. Jeanty, Quebec K.7.7 
 10. Ross, Buffalo.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony ANDERSON
  Manchester M.
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Anderson, Manchest.5.8 
 2. Crouch, Rocheste.5.8 
 3. Price, Buffalo S.5.6 
 4. Ervin, Halifax R.5.3 
 5. Gilchrese, Manche.5.0 
 6. Rodriguez, Capit.4.8 
 7. Robinson, Buffa.4.8 
 8. Jackson, Vermo.4.5 
 9. Bowden, Lawton F.4.4 
 10. Daniels, Lawton.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Harvey THOMAS
  Maryland GH
  (204-F-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Thomas, Maryland.2.2 
 2. Jeanty, Quebec K.2.0 
 3. Stewart, Manchest.2.0 
 4. Robinson, Buffa.1.8 
 5. Flegler, Quebec K.1.8 
 6. Ocitti, Manchest.1.8 
 7. Crouch, Rocheste.1.8 
 8. Bennett, Halifax R.1.7 
 9. Bowden, Lawton F.1.6 
 10. Holmes, Quebec.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jawan BAILEY
  Vermont FH
  (203-F-)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bailey, Vermont FH2.5 
 2. George, Quebec K.2.0 
 3. Bailey, Rocheste.1.8 
 4. Thomas, Maryland.1.8 
 5. Ocitti, Manchest.1.5 
 6. Aubry, Capitanes1.5 
 7. Marshall, Lawton F.1.4 
 8. Underwood, Halif.1.0 
 9. Brewington, Manche.1.0 
 10. Pierre, Quebec.1.0 


Millrats Sign Former Armor Wing - by Richard
The Manchester Millrats announce the signing of former Springfield Armor wing, Julian Allen (6'4''-G-87, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Georgia Southern).
Allen is a 6'5 player with tremendous athleticism and speed who can play multiple positions. He began this season with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Developmental league before being released. He scored 12 points while keying Springfield to a preseason win over the Maine Red Claws.
A native of Waterbury CT, Allen played his college ball at Georgia Southern where he posted averages of 11.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game in 2008-2009.
'We scouted Julian at several NBDL tryout camps and he was one of the top performers at each camp,' stated Millrats GM Ian McCarthy, 'he will help us defensively, rebounding the ball, and in transition.'
Manchester announced the signing of former Millrat P.J. Young (6'6''-F-8, college: S.New Hampshire) earlier today.
The Millrats hit the road on Saturday January 30th to face the Buffalo Stampede. And then on Tuesday February 2nd, Manchester travels north to Barre, Vermont to play the Vermont Frost Heaves.
source: PBL


Frost Heaves sign Trimboli, Rice to bolster their backcourt - by Eurobasket News
The Vermont Frost Heaves announce today the signings of former University of Vermont star Mike Trimboli (6'1''-G, college: Vermont) and former Frost Heave Dwuan Rice (5'11''-G, college: CSU Bakersfield) to their roster.

Trimboli's signing with the Frost Heaves marks the return to Vermont of one of the most successful and popular University of Vermont Catamounts ever. Trimboli finished his career at UVM as the all-time assists leader (624) and fourth all-time in scoring (2,008) as the Cats' point guard for four seasons, and was renowned for his toughness and willingness to go all-out in every game. Said Frost Heaves' Head Coach Joe Salerno, 'Mike's proven poise, maturity and high basketball I.Q. at the point guard position will provide an important lift and great addition to the team. We are excited to see him on the court, as I'm sure are all Vermont fans who followed his career at UVM.' Trimboli is the first Cat to join the Frost Heaves the year after his graduation from UVM.

He is preceded by former Catamount and two-time all-conference center Erik Nelson (UVM '98), who joined the Heaves' championship run of 2007-2008, providing strong team leadership after playing professionally in the Netherlands for nearly a decade.

Rice, who played his college ball at Cal-Bakersfield, joined the Frost Heaves during the 2007-2008 season and was an integral part of the Heaves' championship run that season.

Playing the point guard position, Rice won Championship Tournament MVP for his outstanding play during the team's run to their second title.

Rice brings tremendous quickness on both ends of the floor. Said Salerno this morning; 'We're excited to welcome Dwuan back to the franchise. He proved himself not only a floor leader and intense competitor during his season here - but also a Vermont fan favorite. He will fit well in our transition style of play.'

The Frost Heaves also announce Aaron Cook's re-activation from the team's injured-reserve list. Cook, a member of the Frost Heaves during their championship inaugural season, was injured during the Heaves' training camp in December. He will see his first action on the court Thursday night in Oklahoma. 'Aaron's court leadership and scoring ability were sorely missed during our first three games this season,' said Salerno today, 'but he is now 100% ready and his return will improve our team on many levels.'

Vermont is back in action this week, hitting the road with games Thursday night in Lawton-Fort Sill against the Cavalry and Saturday night in Maryland to face the GreenHawks. The Frost Heaves' home opener is Tuesday, February 2 in Barre versus the rival Manchester Millrats.
Tip-off is at 7:05 pm.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Standings
PBL Standings
 1. Capitanes 6-0 
 2. Halifax R. 5-1 
 3. Rochester R. 4-0 
 4. Lawton Ft.SC 3-2 
 5. Manchester 2-4 
 6. Maryland G. 2-4 
 7. Buffalo S. 1-5 
 8. Quebec Kebs 1-5 
 9. Vermont FH 0-3 


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Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Astoria 15-2 
 2. SKK Siedlce 14-2 
 3. Norgips 14-3 
 4. Nowy Dwor Gd. 13-5 
 5. Zuraw Gn. 12-6 
 6. Harmattan 11-6 
 7. MMKS SIDEn 10-7 
 8. Tur B.Podl. 10-8 
 9. Basket Kw. 9-8 
 10. Assec.Prokom 3 7-11 
 11. Korsarz 6-11 
 12. Unibet Legia 5-11 
 13. AZS Olsztyn 4-13 
 14. Zyrardowianka 3-13 
 15. OSSM W-wa 2-15 
 16. OSSM Sopot 0-15 
Group B
 1. AZS Szczecin 13-1 
 2. Open Basket 13-2 
 3. AZS PP Poznan 12-2 
 4. Pogon Prudnik 12-8 
 5. AZS Kutno 10-5 
 6. Ksiezak 9-5 
 7. AZS PO Opole 7-5 
 8. Nysa Klodzko 7-6 
 9. MKS Skiern. 5-9 
 10. Stal Ostrow 5-9 
 11. Obiekty Wrocl. 5-10 
 12. Slask Wroclaw 4-10 
 13. OSSM Wroclaw 2-14 
 14. KKS Siechnice 0-15 
Group C
 1. Rosasport 14-0 
 2. Unia Tarnow 14-2 
 3. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 11-5 
 4. MCKiS Jaw. 10-4 
 5. Cracovia 9-6 
 6. UMKS Kielce 8-7 
 7. Alba 7-7 
 8. AZS PR Radom 7-8 
 9. Pogon Ruda Sl. 6-5 
 10. MKS Limanowa 6-10 
 11. Komtek 5-9 
 12. Mickiewicz 5-11 
 13. Staco Niepol. 4-11 
 14. Wisla Krakow 1-14 
 15. OSSM S.Wola 1-15 


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  ROMANIA   


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Bassett, Craiova23.7 
 2. Mack, Steaua T.22.0 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.3 
 4. Peciukas, Mures19.4 
 5. Santana, Municipal B.19.2 
 6. Timus, Steaua T.19.0 
 7. Pesic, Timisoara18.4 
 8. Smith, CSU Sibiu18.4 
 9. Howell, Gaz Metan18.4 
 10. Dawson, Gladia.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Virgil CARUTASU
  Ploiesti
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.3 
 2. Paltinisanu, Timis.9.1 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.6 
 4. Smith, CSU Sibiu8.0 
 5. Bubanja, Brasov7.9 
 6. Mijajlovic, Munici.7.6 
 7. Popescu, Steaua T.7.6 
 8. Masiulis, Mures7.5 
 9. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.4 
 10. Waterstradt, Pit.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.6 
 2. Dzambic, Timisoara5.3 
 3. Cooley, Mures5.1 
 4. Helcioiu, Municipa.5.1 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.9 
 6. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 7. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.4 
 8. Mladenovic, Brasov4.4 
 9. Dawson, Gladiato.4.3 
 10. Medvedj, U.Mobi.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cooley, Mures3.3 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan2.9 
 3. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.8 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 5. Timus, Steaua T.2.3 
 6. Hargrove, Ploiesti2.3 
 7. Tyner, Rovinari2.3 
 8. Bassett, Craiova2.2 
 9. Maric, Oradea2.1 
 10. Mack, Steaua.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.0 
 2. Lazar, Oradea1.9 
 3. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 4. Dragovic, Craiova1.4 
 5. Bubanja, Brasov1.1 
 6. Vajda, Mures1.0 
 7. Rhymer, Gaz Metan1.0 
 8. Pantelic, Steaua T.1.0 
 9. Lawrence, U.Mobite.0.9 
 10. Harris, Craio.0.8 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. N.Novgorod 23-1 
 2. Saransk 20-5 
 3. Revda 15-8 
 4. Severstal 15-9 
 5. Lok.Novos. 14-10 
 6. Spartak-P. 12-10 
 7. Ural Ekater. 11-12 
 8. Chelabinsk 9-15 
 9. Rjazan 9-15 
 10. Naltchik 8-16 
 11. Magnitogorsk 7-17 
 12. Tambov 6-18 
 13. Irkutsk 6-18 


Unics bring victory from Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Unics 79:85

Unics continued their confident EuroCup run as they opened Last 16 stage with victory. The Kazan team handled Galatasaray in Istanbul in Group J. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC), Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83), Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored 17 points each to lead impressively balanced effort from Unics.
Maciej Lampe fired 9 points in a row for Unics in the opening stanza as the visitors grabbed 19:8 lead. Unics secured a 21:13 lead at the first break. Galatasaray shifted the gear in the second stanza to get closer. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) and Rancik teamed up for back-to-back trebles midway through the quarter to give Galatasaray a 39:36 advantage. The hosts continued to roll as they secured a 45:41 lead at halftime. Unics entered the second half recharged and ready to fight. They accounted for 11 unanswered points to retain the lead. Galatasaray stayed close but Unics managed to take a 66:64 lead into the fourth quarter. Stombergas and Terrell Lyday provided the visitors with a 76:69 cushion midway through the fourth quarter. Simas Jasaitis and Akin buried triples to keep Galatasaray in the game 77:79. But Marko Popovic went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to give Unics the win.
Veremeenko delivered 8 points for the victors. Simas Jasaitis led all scorers with 21 points for Galatasaray. Michael J Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Galatasaray: Simas Jasaitis 21, Michael J Wilkinson 20
Unics: Maciej Lampe 17, Kresimir Loncar 17, Marko Popovic 17, Terrell Lyday 17



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  SERBIA   


Crvena Zvezda prevail against Nymburk - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Crvena Zvezda 60:65

Crvena Zvezda held off Nymburk at the start of the EuroCup Last 16. Mike Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) fired 19 points to lead the Serbian team to the victory. Crvena Zvezda will next host Gran Canaria, while Nymrbuk will face do-or-die battle against Turk Telekom in Turkey.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. The lead changed hands for several times before Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) sealed the outcome at 19. Nymburk surged ahead at the start of the second period. Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) gave the hosts a 27:21 advantage. Later in the frame Nymburk organized another mini rally to open a double digit lead 40:30. Radivojevic however capped the half with a three-pointer as Crvena Zvezda trailed by five 36:41. The visitors went on a run early in the third quarter to jump in charge. The Serbian team maintained the advantage and headed into the final period ahead by 3 points 52:49. The fourth stanza saw an intense battle with neither side able to clear off. Nymburk were down by two points 60:62 with less than two minutes to go. Mike Taylor and Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) went deadly from the charity stripe in the final seconds for Crvena Zvezda to run away with victory. Marko Keselj notched 11 points for Crvena Zvezda. Vladimir Stimac had 10 points for the winners. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) responded with 14 points and 9 rebounds for Nymburk. Ron Lewis accounted for 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Nymburk: Petr Benda 14, Ron Lewis 11+10 boards
Crvena Zvezda: Mike Taylor 19, Marko Keselj 11, Vladimir Stimac 10



Aleks Maric still on therapy, Borovnjak on the list of injured players - by Zoran Popovic
After last medical tests Partizan head coach Dusko Vujosevic said on press conference that Aleks Maric (211-C-84) is still not recovered and maybe he will be out of team during the all first round in Top 16 and final tournament of Serbian National cup. Aleks Maric get knee injury on match against Lietuvos Rytas.
In the same time, former player of Lietuvos Rytas, Dejan Borovnjak, who moves to Panionios, also is injured. Borovnjak broke metatarsal bone and he will be out of team at least one month. Borovnjak is last enforcement of Greek team.



Igor Milosevic moves from Marousi to Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius announced signing of point guard Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket). The team was in search for Position 1 player after departure of Bojan Popovic to Efes Pilsen.
Igor Milosevic is coming to Vilnius from Marousi Athens. He appeared 9 times in Euroleague this season averaging 3 points and 1.9 assists. In Greek top division, he had 4.6 points and 1.8 assists for 11 games. Marousi is currently on third place in domestic championship and they made a big surprise advancing to Euroleague Top 16 in their 'rookie' season. Igor Milosevic is a member of Greek 'B' National Team. In the past he played for U18 and U20 Greece on three European Championships.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 25-3 
 2. Nitra 20-7 
 3. Handlova 17-11 
 4. Nova Ves 15-12 
 5. Prievidza 14-13 
 6. B.Bystrica 13-15 
 7. Inter Bratisl. 12-15 
 8. Komarno 9-18 
 9. Svit 9-18 
 10. Vahostav-Zilina 8-19 
 11. Levice 8-19 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Jeremy FEARS
  Prievidza
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Fears, Prievidza22.9 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova21.1 
 3. Bosak, Prievidza17.7 
 4. Stojanovic, Vahost.17.5 
 5. Nicholson, Pezinok16.8 
 6. Mroz, Nova Ves16.8 
 7. Laco, Svit16.1 
 8. Polakovic, Inter B.16.1 
 9. Hill, Nitra15.9 
 10. Jackson, Pezin.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pawel MROZ
  Nova Ves
  (215-C-84)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Mroz, Nova Ves8.9 
 2. Nicholson, Pezinok8.3 
 3. Szalay, Prievidza7.8 
 4. Skara, B.Bystrica7.8 
 5. Cvitanovic, Svit6.8 
 6. Micuda, Pezinok6.7 
 7. Batka, Nova Ves6.5 
 8. Tomek, Nitra6.5 
 9. Dorazil, B.Bystrica6.3 
 10. Madaj, Komar.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Levice
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Crawford, Levice8.6 
 2. Glavinic, Handlova8.0 
 3. Scott, Nitra5.2 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves4.6 
 5. Fears, Prievidza3.9 
 6. Immink, B.Bystrica3.5 
 7. Milosevic, Pezinok3.4 
 8. Demecko, Nova Ves3.3 
 9. Bosak, Prievidza3.1 
 10. Zavodny, Vaho.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Edward SCOTT
  Nitra
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Scott, Nitra2.6 
 2. Zavodny, Vahost.2.5 
 3. Fears, Prievidza2.4 
 4. Crawford, Levice2.4 
 5. Glavinic, Handlova2.2 
 6. Mielczarek, Nova V.2.0 
 7. Ravasz, Inter B.2.0 
 8. Jackson, Pezinok2.0 
 9. Demecko, Nova Ves1.9 
 10. Jefferson, Nova V.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Clifford CRAWFORD
  Levice
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Crawford, Levice0.8 
 2. Blagojevic, Komar.0.8 
 3. Cvitanovic, Svit0.8 
 4. Madaj, Komarno0.6 
 5. Klar, Levice0.6 
 6. Gudelj, Komarno0.6 
 7. Bosak, Prievidza0.6 
 8. Hill, Nitra0.5 
 9. Kucsa, Inter B.0.5 
 10. Tilandy, Vaho.0.5 


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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Liga Standings
 1. Krka 12-3 
 2. Helios 12-4 
 3. Rudar 11-4 
 4. Geoplin Slovan 10-5 
 5. Zlatorog 9-6 
 6. Alpos Sentjur 8-7 
 7. TCG Mercator 7-8 
 8. Polzela 6-9 
 9. Elektra Esotech 6-9 
 10. Parklji 6-9 
 11. Luka Koper 4-12 
 12. Sencur CP 0-15 
Will join on later stage:
 1. U.Olimpija


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Sandi CEBULAR
  Sentjur
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Cebular, Sentjur22.7 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur18.8 
 3. Snow, Helios18.7 
 4. Dragic, Geoplin .17.7 
 5. Cup, Elektra .16.7 
 6. Mucic, Rudar16.5 
 7. King, Polzela16.3 
 8. Nikolic, Krka16.0 
 9. Feeley, Elektra .16.0 
 10. Drzic, Luka Kop.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Krka
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Nikolic, Krka9.0 
 2. King, Polzela8.6 
 3. Feeley, Elektra .8.5 
 4. Cup, Elektra .6.7 
 5. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.3 
 6. Muric, Parklji6.3 
 7. Bubnic, Zlatorog6.2 
 8. Thondique, Polzela6.2 
 9. Markic, Luka Koper6.1 
 10. Simovic, Sentj.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus CRENSHAW
  Sentjur
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Crenshaw, Sentjur5.5 
 2. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.5 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar4.9 
 4. Mocnik, Helios4.0 
 5. Nachbar, Luka Koper3.9 
 6. Cmer, Zlatorog3.8 
 7. Jersin, Parklji3.7 
 8. Cebular, Sentjur3.3 
 9. Udrih, Polzela3.1 
 10. Petrovic, Heli.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HAFNAR
  Carmatic PT
  (195-G-77)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hafnar, Polzela2.1 
 2. Dragic, Geoplin .2.0 
 3. Udrih, Polzela1.7 
 4. Strnad, Zlatorog1.7 
 5. Markic, Luka Koper1.7 
 6. Lapornik, Sentjur1.7 
 7. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.6 
 8. Lorbek, Helios1.6 
 9. Skok, Polzela1.5 
 10. Mocnik, Heli.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Krka
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nikolic, Krka1.6 
 2. King, Polzela1.4 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela0.8 
 4. Ibok, Polzela0.8 
 5. Cup, Elektra .0.8 
 6. Simovic, Sentjur0.8 
 7. Pavic, Geoplin Slovan0.7 
 8. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 9. Klepo, Geoplin Slovan0.6 
 10. Virijevic, Sencur.0.6 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 30-11 
 2. KCC Egis 29-12 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 29-13 
 4. Dongbu Promy 27-14 
 5. LG Sakers 24-17 
 6. Samsung Th. 17-23 
 7. ET Land B.Sl. 15-27 
 8. KT&G Kites 12-28 
 9. SK Knights 11-29 
 10. Daegu Orions 10-31 


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  SPAIN   


Joventut and Gran Canaria celebrate home wins in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Joventut tipped off EuroCup Last 16 stage with a hard-fought home success against Aris 74:72. Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13 points to lead balanced offensive effort from Joventut. The Badalona team jumped to an 11:4 lead early in the encounter. Joventut continued to mount the pressure as they built a 23:9 lead late in the first period. The Spaniards ensured a 26:11 advantage at the first break. Valters sank a pair of trifectas early in the second period as Joventut piled up a comfortable 37:18 lead. But Aris refused to bow. Clark and Kakiozis came up with late buckets as Aris got within 12 at halftime. Richardson and Clark triggered a massive comeback rally from Aris in the third stanza. David Blatt team narrowed the deficit at only 2 points 54:56. Joventut finally stopped the bleeding with 6 points in a row to bring the fans back to life. Bogdanovic and Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stretched the margin at 11 points midway through the fourth quarter but it was not the end just yet. Clark dragged Aris within 7 and later Kakiouzis and Clark once again tried to erase the deficit. But Aris ran out of time stopping a step away from success. Clay Tucker delivered 11 points for Joventut. Antonio Bueno (209-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points for the winners. Richardson responded with 17 points for Aris. Clark had 16 points in defeat.
Gran Canaria tamed Turk Telekom 73:65 in Group L. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) scored 15 points to lead the Spanish team to the win. Turk Telekom got to a slightly better start. Demond Mallet unloaded 10 points in the opening frame as Turk Telekom earned a 19:18 lead ten minutes into the game. Gran Canaria tipped off the second period with a 15:5 run to surge ahead. The hosts dominated in the term and secured a 36:31 advantage at the interval. Jim Moran (200-F/G-79, college: William & Mary) and Norris gave Gran Canaria opened a double-digit advantage for the home team early in the third stanza. Turk Telekom managed to get within 7 points with one quarter to go. Acik and Yarangume drew things level at 56 in the final quarter. But Gran Canaria escaped with win at the end. Savane and Carroll gave the hosts a 67:61 lead and the Spanish team never surrendered it. James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) scored 13 points for Gran Canaria. Demond Mallet responded with game-high 19 points for Turk Telekom. Ersin Dagli finished with 18 points in the loss.
In the meantime Valencia came up short against Hapoel Jerusalem 75:79 at home court. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) scored 23 points but it was not enough for Valencia to overcome pesky Israeli side. The hosts grabbed a 25:14 lead after the starting quarter but could not capitalize. Hapoel cut the deficit at 5 points 35:40 at the interval. Valencia kept their opponents at bay throughout the third stanza. The hosts entered the final quarter ahead by 9 points 63:54. Hapoel opened the final stanza with twelve unanswered points to pull in front. Shason and Chester Simmons boosted the lead to 9 points for the Jerusalem outfit as they stole the moment. Valencia got back within 3 points late in regulation but Hapoel stayed calm and sealed the deal. Chester Simmons knocked down 17 points to lead Hapoel. Jeter added 15 points in the victory. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) had 15 points for Valencia in defeat.



Franco Rocchia gets 2-year contract extension with Leon - by Eurobasket News
Grupo Begar Leon announced signing of Franco Rocchia (192-G-85) on a two-year contract extension. It means that the Italian / Argentinean guard will stay at the club until the end of 2011/2012 season.
Franco Rocchia appeared 20 times this season for Leon averaging 9.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He joined the team during the summer 2008 from C.B. L'Hospitalet. In his first season with Leon, Rocchia had 6.7 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 36 appearance. Interesting is that he already was a member of Leon from 2003 to 2006.
Meanwhile, Caja Laboral shows interest in Polish big guy Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82).


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  SWEDEN   


Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 24-3 
 2. Plannja 21-6 
 3. Sundsvall 21-6 
 4. Solna 18-10 
 5. Uppsala 12-16 
 6. Sodertalje 11-16 
 7. Eco Orebro 11-16 
 8. Gothia Basket 10-17 
 9. Boras 10-18 
 10. Jamtland 6-21 
 11. 08 6-21 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Drazen KLARIC
  Eco Orebro
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 20
 1. Klaric, Eco Orebro20.0 
 2. McKnight, Plannja19.9 
 3. Rush, Gothia Basket19.3 
 4. Palm, Boras18.4 
 5. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.9 
 6. Spagrud, Sundsvall16.0 
 7. Gervin, Norrkoping15.9 
 8. Nystrom, Boras15.5 
 9. Konare, Jamtland15.4 
 10. Carter, Gothia.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Palm, Boras10.8 
 2. Konare, Jamtland10.1 
 3. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.9 
 4. Akingbade, Jamtl.8.8 
 5. Djordjic, Soder.7.8 
 6. Rush, Gothia Basket7.8 
 7. Akesson, Plannja7.6 
 8. Mottram, Gothia B.7.4 
 9. Jonzen, Uppsala7.1 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.2 
 2. Levin, Sundsvall5.8 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping5.8 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje5.2 
 5. Mitchell, Solna4.9 
 6. Mbemba, Solna4.7 
 7. Carter, Gothia B.4.6 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.3 
 9. Larsson, Plannja4.2 
 10. McKnight, Plann.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.8 
 2. Chuk, Sodertalje2.3 
 3. Mbemba, Solna2.1 
 4. McKnight, Plannja2.1 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Solna2.0 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland1.8 
 8. Person, Uppsala1.8 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping1.8 
 10. Pleick, Eco Oreb.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.7 
 3. Konare, Jamtland1.6 
 4. Palm, Boras1.6 
 5. Rush, Gothia Basket1.4 
 6. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.1 
 7. Drains, Norrkoping1.0 
 8. Spagrud, Sundsvall1.0 
 9. Akesson, Plannja0.9 
 10. McNaull, Norrkopi.0.8 


Basketligan: Round 30 review - by Eurobasket News
Gothia Basket - Uppsala 79-80
Uppsala grabbed 79-80 road win against Gothia jumping to 12-16 in Swedish top division. Gordon Watt (198-F-86, college: Houston Baptist) was the leading player in Uppsala with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Howard Frier (193-F-76, agency: Promotex, college: Colorado) secured a great help adding 15 pts. In Gothia (10-17), Liam Rush (202-F/G-82) collected 21 points and 8 rebounds.

Norrkoping - Boras 123-93
Easy one for the top-ranked Dolphins (24-3), who got 21 points and 8 assists from George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston). Fred Drains (195-F-71, college: Kean) scored 17 and five more players followed him with double-digits. Jim Nystrom (194-G/F-82, college: Georgia Tech) collected 24 pts and 7 rebounds for Boras (10-18).

Sundsvall - Jamtland 76-67
21st win for the Dragons, whose best player last night was Andrew Spagrud (203-F-85) with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Justin Bailey (188-G-77, college: Hartford) helped with 14 pts. Issa Konare (202-F-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: High Point) had 23 pts and 10 rebs in defeat.

Plannja - Solna 102-86
21-6 for Plannja and 18-10 for Slona after this game. Brandon McKnight (188-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Purdue) led Plannja in this derby with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Johan Akesson (210-C-84, agency: Warren Sports International) also shined adding 20 pts and 14 rebounds. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) responded with 21 pts and 6 rebs for the Vikings.

Sodertalje - 08 75-89
08 Stockholm joined Jamtland with 6-21 score and both squads are together now at the bottom of Basketligan standings. Johan Westerlund (191-G/F-84) was a key player in victory with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Nils Hedstrom (190-G-83) netted one point less than him. In Sodertalje (11-16), Marvin Asante (183-G-89) delivered 14 pts.


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Tony BROWN
  Starwings
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Brown, Starwings20.9 
 2. Thomas, Lausanne19.7 
 3. Sowell, Geneva Devils19.2 
 4. Hamilton, SAM M.19.0 
 5. Volcy, Monthey18.7 
 6. Bradley, MGS17.8 
 7. Hollins, Starwings17.5 
 8. Schneiderman., SAV V.17.2 
 9. Abukar, Lugano T.16.8 
 10. Mladjan, Lugano.16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SLOAN
  Starwings
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sloan, Starwings11.5 
 2. Grimm, SAM M.9.9 
 3. Thompson, Lausanne9.7 
 4. Volcy, Monthey9.4 
 5. Southall, BBC Nyon8.9 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt8.4 
 7. VanderMeer, Lugano T.8.1 
 8. Vogt, Fribourg7.6 
 9. Sanders, Lugano T.7.3 
 10. Dacevic, SAV.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vernard HOLLINS
  Starwings
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Hollins, Starwings5.9 
 2. Bradley, MGS5.2 
 3. Monroe, Boncourt5.2 
 4. Lukovic, SAV V.5.1 
 5. Wooten, Boncourt5.0 
 6. Walton, Lugano T.4.9 
 7. Pleux-D., Lausanne4.9 
 8. Gray, SAM Massagno4.6 
 9. Petkovic, Fribourg4.6 
 10. Johnson, BBC Ny.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vernon HAMILTON
  Mykolaiv
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hamilton, SAM M.5.0 
 2. Gugino, Boncourt2.7 
 3. Gray, SAM Massagno2.7 
 4. Tshomba, Boncourt2.4 
 5. Jaquier, Starwings2.3 
 6. Volcy, Monthey2.3 
 7. Dacevic, SAV V.2.3 
 8. Pleux-D., Lausanne2.3 
 9. Mladjan, Lugano T.2.2 
 10. Efevberha, Lugano.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Lausanne
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Thompson, Lausanne4.4 
 2. Southall, BBC Nyon3.3 
 3. VanderMeer, Lugano T.3.0 
 4. Sloan, Starwings1.8 
 5. Niang, MGS1.4 
 6. Volcy, Monthey1.2 
 7. Sanders, Lugano T.1.2 
 8. Vogt, Fribourg1.1 
 9. Grimm, SAM M.1.0 
 10. Gilmore, M.1.0 


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Toure, Bernex 29.0
2 Srzic, Zurich K 28.8
3 Dosic, KOR Z 21.9
4 Martins, Martigny 19.4
5 Alexander, Chene 18.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Toure, Bernex 14.6
2 Polite, Zurich W 10.5
3 Dosic, KOR Z 10.2
4 Martins, Martigny 9.5
5 Bozovic, Ac.Frib 9.1
Assists Per Game
1 Johnson, Villars 6.3
2 Jaunin, Bernex 6.3
3 Lomholt, Chene 5.7
4 Lazarevic, Bernex 5.6
5 Marchand, Union 5.4
Steals Per Game
1 Jaunin, Bernex 4.6
2 Stevens, DDV 43.7
3 Lombardini, DDV 3.6
4 Savoy, Ac.Frib 3.4
5 Tindom, Martigny 3.1
Blocks Per Game
1 Toure, Bernex 2.6
2 Atcho, Ac.Frib 2.0
3 Martins, Martigny 1.8
4 Dubas, Vevey 1.6
5 Dubath, Union 1.5
2FGP
1 Murati, Lugano 72.6
2 Toure, Bernex 69.8
3 Williams, Bernex 67.5
4 Blachut, Chene 66.2
5 Polite, Zurich W 63.8
3FGP
1 Martins, Martigny 58.8
2 Pluess, Swiss C. 55.6
3 Janjic, Swiss C. 51.0
4 Schiesser, Pully 50.0
5 Gligovic, Zurich K 48.9
Free Throws
1 Grandjean, Vernier 87.5
2 Michellod, Martigny 84.8
3 Steinmann, Bernex 84.3
4 Alexander, Chene 81.8
5 Beetschen, Villars 87
Ranking
1. Toure, Bernex 39.1
2. Dosic, KOR Z 25.4
3. Martins, Martigny 24.3
4. Polite, Zurich W 23.6
5. Srzic, Zurich K 22.2


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  SYRIA   


Williams: Fans is Ittihad's key of success - by Mohammed Malas
One of the most successful import players in Syria in the last few years, Damond Williams (197-F-80, college: Mc Neese St.) of Al Ittihad Aleppo had the chance to speak with Eurobasket about his experience in basketball in the country.

1- What're the facts which fans in Syria does'nt know about you?
Well, throughout my basketball career from high school through the professional level I always was the MVP or either my team or my League (Conference). Also I was always known as someone you want to get out of the way on a fast break, because I was going to dunk on you for sure! Not just in Syria..lol.

2- After this big experience in Syrian basketball, How did you find it?
I was quite surprised when I first arrived in Syria in 2007. The players play from their heart, and they knew about small things that we emphasis on in the States such as playing aggressive and having a sense of pride for their name and reputation. I just want the floors to be clean and the locker rooms to be more spacious and comfortable.

3- How you differ between playing with Ittihad now and before with Jalaa and Army?
Well, Ittihad was my first club here in Syria, yet due to financial reasons I went to play with Jeish. Which was a great experience playing in Damascus, which I still call my home Yet, Syria is Syria. The basketball is the same, the only difference here with Ittihad are the fans. Since we are now 1st. in the league, they are giving us good support, but we need them regardless if we win or lose. They can help us out a lot. I wont speak about Jalaa, they have enough problem already..lol

4- Whats your opinion in the team's head coach and your teammates?
We work hard and our coach wants us to work harder, so we try our best. I think once we practice together more we will build trust with each other and be a great team in the finals.

5- Are you happy with what the team is doing so far in the league?
So far we are in 1st place and we did not have three of our main local players and our coach sidelined for four games. So I am extremely happy so far for being 6-0 with our circumstances.

6- Where do you see yourself in the coming future?
In the future (Inshalah) I want to play at least one season in the NBA, or for sure in the Euroleague in the near future. I have already won MVP here and won a Championship, so I am ready for the next challenge outside of Syria.

7- What're the limits of your dreams in this game?
My dream is to be happy everyday when I retire, knowing that I have done what I wanted to do and dreamed of doing, which was playing professional basketball all around the world.

8- What do you do outside of basketball?
Outside of basketball I have an Art Organization where I am the founder, where we try to find creative artists to teach them how to maximize their potential. The website is www.visionizm.com. I also do some art my self, where also some of my work is on the website as well.

9- Who's your idol in basketball?
My Idol in basketball is (God) Allah. I am working on a book now 'The God of Basketball' which depicts all matters of the game to the most supreme power of all, (God) Allah.

10- Finally, Any words to your fans on the globe?
Keep supporting me and be sure to support the Tarla Art Organization www.visionizm.com, and look for my new book coming soon.


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Hasan Ozmeric new head coach of Selcuk Universitesi - by Baha Kurtulus
The experienced coach Hasan Ozmeric did his first training with Selcuk University Basketball team. Ozmeric has been head coach and assistant coach at TED Ankara Kolejliler for 18 years. After being a head coach, he was very sucessful with his team and played playoffs. He is still an assistant coach of B national team. He has now signed with Selcuk University and participated at morning training of the team.

Ozmeric met with his players and told that they will reach their championship goal all together.
Clup president and the board of management was with Ozmeric at his first training. He added that our common goal is to raise to the Beko league . We will eliminate the obstacles with working alot. We will work 24 hours if it needs. I like the arranged basketball.


Unics bring victory from Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Unics 79:85

Unics continued their confident EuroCup run as they opened Last 16 stage with victory. The Kazan team handled Galatasaray in Istanbul in Group J. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC), Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83), Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) scored 17 points each to lead impressively balanced effort from Unics.
Maciej Lampe fired 9 points in a row for Unics in the opening stanza as the visitors grabbed 19:8 lead. Unics secured a 21:13 lead at the first break. Galatasaray shifted the gear in the second stanza to get closer. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) and Rancik teamed up for back-to-back trebles midway through the quarter to give Galatasaray a 39:36 advantage. The hosts continued to roll as they secured a 45:41 lead at halftime. Unics entered the second half recharged and ready to fight. They accounted for 11 unanswered points to retain the lead. Galatasaray stayed close but Unics managed to take a 66:64 lead into the fourth quarter. Stombergas and Terrell Lyday provided the visitors with a 76:69 cushion midway through the fourth quarter. Simas Jasaitis and Akin buried triples to keep Galatasaray in the game 77:79. But Marko Popovic went perfect from the stripe in the dying seconds to give Unics the win.
Veremeenko delivered 8 points for the victors. Simas Jasaitis led all scorers with 21 points for Galatasaray. Michael J Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) produced 20 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

Galatasaray: Simas Jasaitis 21, Michael J Wilkinson 20
Unics: Maciej Lampe 17, Kresimir Loncar 17, Marko Popovic 17, Terrell Lyday 17



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


High school rankings - by David Edole
ST. CROIX There is a new number one boys team in the territory. By defeating Central High school in the finals of the 2010 Martin Luther King Basketball tournament Educational Complex is the new kings of high school hoops. Complex got 26 points from super scorer James Sneed en route to the victory.
Despite beating Educational Complex handily in the early rounds of the MLK, Central drops to number two. Centrals big men Javier Martinez and Amadius Der-Weer are going to be tough to handle as the season progresses. The only thing that can stop Complex or Central High is GRADES. Report cards come out in February. From all accounts the kids have been doing the student-athlete thing.
Kean and Charlotte Amalie have showed flashes but need to put a whole game together. Antilles may be the best of the rest.

1. Educational Complex
WHY: Won the MLK Tourney. The team is chuck full of athletes and Sneed is a stud. St, Croix teams seems to be too strong for the St. Thomas teams. Complex has the deepest team in the territory. The bench brigade can play too. Complex versus Central is the big ticket game this season.

2. Central High
WHY: Saw their undefeated season come to an end in the finals of the MLK. The team forgot about their big men way too much. Should be the favorite to win their own tourney in February.

3. Eudora Kean
WHY: Defeated long time rival Charlotte Amalie, 53-35, in the Hawks Nest in a route. Aubrey Dawson appears to be getting better offensively. In all my years of doing rankings this is their highest spot ever.

4. Country Day
WHY: Being Idle may have helped CDS. They have not played in a while and with the dominance of the St. Croix teams their stocks have risen. They started the season unranked and moved up two spots. Brandon Oreilly and Michael McDonald are on the clock. Brothers dont make me eat my words.

5. Charlotte Amalie
WHY: Without Charles Pemberton the Chickenhawks look like a JV team. This team will have to do some soul searching to find the pride that had the Hawks at the number two spot to start the season.

6. Antilles
WHY: Lost to Kean on the opening day of the MLK and were no match for Complex. This team is one player away from competing on St. Thomas. A bird told me that Ajyei Gregory had surgery and is out for the season. Everything now falls on Dornell Weaver and Andrew Casazzas shoulders. They better look over their shoulder because All Saints and Sts. Peter and Paul would like to get into the rankings.

OUT: All Saints

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Central High Invitational February 12-14, 2009 on the Island of St. Croix.



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Standings - EBL Conf.
EBL Standings
 1. Derby T. 9-2 
 2. Leeds C. 9-2 
 3. Manchester M. 8-2 
 4. Leicester W. 7-4 
 5. Taunton T. 5-5 
 6. Bristol A. 5-5 
 7. Reading R. 4-5 
 8. Leopards 4-6 
 9. London Mets 4-6 
 10. Coventry C. 4-8 
 11. Sheffield A. 2-8 
 12. Tees Valley 0-8 


Standings - EBL2
EBL2 Standings
 1. Brixton T. 9-2 
 2. Westminster W. 8-2 
 3. Durham W. 8-2 
 4. Mansfield G. 7-3 
 5. Edmonton S. 6-3 
 6. Glyndwr N. 5-5 
 7. Birmingh.A's 4-6 
 8. Northumbria 4-7 
 9. Medway Park C. 2-8 
 10. Plymouth MC 2-9 
 11. Birmingh.U. 0-8 


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  USBA   


USBA Will Hold Open House in Each Team March 13 and March 20, 2010 - by USBA Media

Atanta, Ga (January 27, 2010)---The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is pleased to announce their season opening Open Houses. The Open Houses will take place at the home gymnasiums of each individual team.

Churches, civic groups and fans of each team are invited to come and get autographs, take pictures with the team and get to know the players who will be representing each individual city. A special invitation has been extended to the Boys and Girls Clubs as well as Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations. 'We are also extending a very special invitation to foster children in each city.'

The Open Houses will take place on Saturday March 13 and Saturday March 20, 2010 from 2-7 pm with refreshments such as hot dogs, soft drinks, chips and other snacks being provided free of charge by Coca-Cola or Pepsi-Cola.

USBA president Duane Jenkins says, 'This is an opportunity for us to get to know our fans and supporters in each city. We want our fans to be able to have autographs signed and quite simply, fans will be able to talk to the players on a more personal level.' We will conduct a job fair on these dates to fulfill positions with the team.'

Each local team will conduct interviews for game day staff as well as holding tryouts for basketball players and dance team applicants. For a list of available positions, refer to www.usbaball.com/employment

The league will make season ticket packages available. The open house will mark the continued availability of the 2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza. This season ticket promotion is a special event for the fans and is sponsored by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., and the advertisers and sponsors of the USBA. The league has set aside 1200 single season tickets for this promotion. 'This collaborated effort includes the USBA, the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers,' said Jenkins.

The league has set the price of $105.00 per season ticket and comes with admission to all fifteen home games and as an extra added bonus each season ticket comes with an additional fifteen free single game tickets; this includes admittance to all home playoff games. As a bonus, fans receive priority seating, complimentary concessions, a free game day program and a 24x36 full color poster with the basketball team and dance team. (The total number of admittance per season ticket is 30, which breaks down to $3.50 per admittance)

According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle sponsored by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc. 'We're very excited about this promotion. Not only do fans get a chance to see high quality basketball at affordable prices, but there is the chance to win a new car, a trip to see an NBA game and to go on a Disney World vacation.'
The prize list is as follows:

* Grand Prize: 2010 Lincoln Mercury Grand Marquis LS
(one automobile and a $40.00 Quik Trip, BP or RaceTrac weekly gas card for one year, will be given away in each USBA team city, 18 total league wide),

* 2nd Prize: Disney World Family Vacation
(Family of four, rt airfare on Delta Airlines, transfers to and from the airport, daily Disney World Park passes, meals and lodging at a Disney World theme park hotel included, two given away in each USBA team city, 36 total league wide),

* 3rd prize: The NBA Extravaganza
( Trip for two to an NBA game, round trip airfare on Delta Airlines, overnight stay at Marriott Hotel, one day car rental from Enterprise, dinner for two at Outback Steak House and breakfast for two at International House of Pancakes, two given away in each USBA team city, 36 total league wide.)

* 4th Prize: The Trek Bicycle Explosion
(Six mens, six womans, six boys and six girls ten speed bicycles, 24 given away at each USBA team city, 432 total league wide)

* 5th Prize: The Outback Steak House Family Feast
(A $60.00 gift card, 25 given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)

* 6th Prize: Russell Athletic Team Polo Shirts
(25 shirts will be given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)

All drawings for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home season opener. 'As far as we know, this is the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports.' says Jenkins. Fans can visit our website at www.usbaball.com for rules and disclaimers about the raffle and the United States Basketball Association. We plan to begin our first season with a bang. All of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience proclaimed, Mr. Jenkins. For more information, call the USBA league office at (678) 966-9993 or go to www.usbaball.com .





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


O'Hea named Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Bulleen Boomer Jenna O'Hea (187-F-87) has been named the Player of the Week in Round 15 of the WNBL after two stirring performances on the road.

OHea posted a career high 36 points to secure victory as Bulleen inflicted Townsville Fires first home loss in two seasons, 100-86 in overtime on Saturday.

The former Nunawading junior converted a phenomenal 7-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc and added four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

OHea inspired the Boomers in the second quarter as she scored 12 points in the term to steal the lead for Bulleen. She stepped up again in the all-important extra period to post four points, two assists and one rebound in five minutes.

The Jayco Opal also played a big part in Bulleens 93-67 victory over the Logan Thunder on Friday night.

OHea had another terrific all-round game to score 10 points and tally five rebounds, four assists and one steal in 23 minutes on court.

The Bulleen guard is the third player from the league-leading team to earn Player of the Week honours this season.

Round 14 Player of the Week Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) was in contention for the award again this week with 25 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks to lead the Canberra Capitals past the Sydney Uni Flames in overtime, 81-78.



Other noteworthy performances from Round 15 included:

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF SPORT: Tess Madgen tallied a team high 16 points to go with 4 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals in a home loss to Sydney Uni.

ADELAIDE LINK LIGHTNING: Jess Foley led the Lightning with a game high 26 points on 3-of-4 shooting from the 3-point line, and added 9 rebounds and 3 assists in a road loss to Bendigo. She posted 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals in a home win over Dandenong.

BENDIGO BANK SPIRIT: Kelly Wilson had a team high 22 points, including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc, and 9 rebounds in a home win over Adelaide. Kristi Harrower had a game high 8 assists with 20 points and 5 rebounds.

GLOBAL METALS BULLEEN BOOMERS: Liz Cambage tallied two double-doubles in two road wins. She bagged a game high 19 points and 11 rebounds against Logan before posting 14 points and 11 rebounds against Townsville.

CANBERRA TRANSACT CAPITALS: Abby Bishop was one point shy of a double-double with 9 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks in a home victory over the Flames.

DANDENONG JAYCO RANGERS: Alison Downie bagged 14 points and 4 rebounds in a road loss to Perth, she added 15 points and 6 rebounds in a second road loss in Adelaide.

BDS LOGAN THUNDER: Sarah Graham had a team high 18 points and 5 rebounds and also added 4 assists in a home loss to Bulleen.

GO FOR 2 AND 5 PERTH LYNX: Melissa Marsh posted 11 points, an equal team high six rebounds, and 4 assists and 2 steals in a home victory over Dandenong.

ACUVUE SYDNEY UNI FLAMES: Deanna Smith scored 13 points to go with 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals in a road victory over the AIS. She added a game high 30 points to go with 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in an away loss to Canberra.

TOWNSVILLE MCCAFE FIRE: Rohanee Cox had 33 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists in a home loss to Bulleen.


WNBL Player of the Week 2009/10

Round 1: Elyse Penaluna (Bulleen Boomers)
Round 2: Kristi Harrower (Bendigo Spirit)
Round 3: Angela Marino (Adelaide Lightning)
Round 4: Marianna Tolo (Canberra Capitals)
Round 5: Cayla Francis (Adelaide Lightning)
Round 6: Marianna Tolo (Canberra Capitals)
Round 7: Eva Afeaki (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 8: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 9: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 10: Liz Cambage (Bulleen Boomers)
Round 11: Deanna Smith (Sydney Uni Flames)
Round 12: Angela Marino (Adelaide Lightning)
Round 13: Liz Cambage (Bulleen Boomers)
Round 14: Lauren Jackson (Canberra Capitals)
Round 15: Jenna O'Hea (Bulleen Boomers)


Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1 Stats Leaders
Division I Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Dennett, St-Katel 21.2
2 Leemans, St-Katel 20.0
3 Wojdowski, Sprimont 18.0
4 Deyaert, Waregem 16.8
5 Meeseman, Ieper 16.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Fleischer, Dexia 13.1
2 Moore, SpMonc 11.6
3 Hendrickx, St-Kat 10.1
4 Meeseman, Ieper 9.5
5 Dennett, St-Katel 9.3
Assists Per Game
1 Carpreaux, Dexia 4.0
2 Salvi, Sprimont 3.1
3 Vercauteren, Hout 2.7
4 Vanloo, Waregem 2.6
5 Arts, Boom 2.4
Steals Per Game
1 Raman, Waregem 3.1
2 Van Respaille, Waregem 2.6
3 Deyaert, Waregem 2.4
4 Agabalova, Dexia 2.3
5 Ballau, Spirou 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Dennett, St-Kat 1.6
2 Dochez, NMunalux 1.6
3 Raman, Waregem 1.6
4 Malfait, JGentson 1.2
5 Fleischer, Dexia 0.8


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Waregem 14-2 
 2. Sint Kateline 13-3 
 3. BBC Boom 10-6 
 4. R.Spirou M. 10-6 
 5. Point Chaud 9-7 
 6. Ieper 6-10 
 7. Jeugd Gentson 6-10 
 8. Dexia 6-10 
 9. Houthalen 4-12 
 10. N.Namur 2-14 


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dunav Econt won the Cup of Bulgaria for first time - by Valentin Anguelov
Dunav Econt won the Cup of Bulgaria for first time in its history. That became a fact after a big win in the final, 108-65, against the previous Cup holder Montana 2003. After two second places in the last two editions of the tournament the girls from Ruse finally could celebrate.
The game started 17-0 for Dunav but then Montana 2003 responded with 13 straight points. However the vice champions again restored a double digit lead and from then on did nothing else but increase it. Dunav led 34-18 after the first quarter and 63-37 at the halftime break.
After the third quarter the difference went up to 40 points, 89-49 as the players of Dunav were already with smiles on their faces and celebrating. In the last quarter all both teams had to do was to set the final score and most of the reserves played finishing the game with 43 points advantage for Dunav.
Danielle Burgin (196-F/C-87, college: Charlotte) was the top scorer for the winners with 21 points adding also 12 rebounds. Natallia Anufryienka added 18 points and 12 assists while Daniela Peteva scored 16. Natalia Topalova from the winners was voted MVP of the Final Four by the coaches.
For Montana 2003 who were without the injured team leader on the court, Ivelina Vrancheva, 18 points and 7 boards had Agnesa Doychinova while 17 points and 7 assists added Zoya Stanoeva.



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  CROATIA - Women  


A1 League: Round 11 review - by Eurobasket News
Round 11 of Croatian A-1 League was great for visiting teams who all recorded wins in their respected matchups.
Agram had an easy job against Tresnjevka on their way to 45-82 away win. It was a game in which visiting team totally dominated, especially in the third quarter when they limited hosts to only 6 points. Vukicevic and Saric-Alatovic led the rout with 20 points apiece. On the other side, hosts got 12 points from Mlinaric.
Croatia 2006 was better than their host Split 59-64. After three quarters of fairly evened play, visitors won the final quarter 10-19 which was enough to secure win. Nikolina Ilijanic (165-G-83) had 19 points for the winning side, while Tihana Valentic (180-G-84) and Djukic added 15 and 13 points respectively. For hosts, Domljanovic had 15 while Zovko added 14 points.
Plamen Pozega survived trip to Zadar, winning the close match 52-54. Tosic and Bilic were great for winning side, finishing the game with 15 and 14 points respectively. For Zadar, Marin had game high 18 points.
Finally Studenac Omis displayed their dominance in the mathcup against Biska Pula, winning the contest 47-92. Sesnic led the rout with 18 points while Kalajdzic added 14 points. On the other side, Djukic and Ramljak stood above the rest with 17 and 16 points respectively.



A1 Standings
1. Studenec O. 11-0
2. Croatia 2006 7-4
3. Zadar 6-5
4. Split 6-5
5. Pozega 5-6
6. Biska Pula 5-6
7. Agram 4-7
8. Tresnjevka 0-11



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


ZBL Round: 3 (Second Stage) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
USK Praha - Frisco Sika 82-68
USK Praha handed Frisco Sika their first lossin season 2009/2010 as thy rolled over them at home 82:68. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) paced all the winners with 20 points and Maltsi Evanthia delivered 19. Horakova Hana finished the night with 23 points for the league-leaders.

Trutnov - Slovanka MB 71-58
Trutnov is with 12-9 record cruising past Slovanka MB 71:58. Darina Misurova (163-G-81) stepped up with 26 points and Hartigova Michaela followed her with 20. Nezdarilova-Stankova Hana ended up with 19 points in defeat and Sipova Lenka had 12 points and 13 boards.

Group B
Hradec Kralove - BA Sparta 79-75
Hradec Kralove beat BA Sparta 79:75 a the Second Stage Round 3 in Group B. Katerina Novakova (188-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Urbanova Iveta nailed 15. Obrusnikova Aneta responded with 25 and Wallace Terra posted 22 in defeat.

Strakonice - Karlovy Vary 58-60
Strakonice lost to Karlovy Vary 58:60 as the latter got 21 points from Lenka Vetrovcova (187-C-84). Johnova Darina fnised the night with 17 points in the losing effort.

VS Praha - Valosun Brno 56-74
VS Praha was beaten by Valosun Brno 56:74 as Veronika Vlkova (175-G/F-84) poured in 24 points for the winners. Svobodova Miloslava collected 16 points and 12 boards, while Zrustova Michaela netted 14. Mason LaCondra ended up with 15 points in defeat.



Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
Group A
 1. Frisco Sika 20-1 
 2. USK Praha 19-2 
 3. Trutnov 12-9 
 4. Slovanka MB 9-12 
Group B
 1. Karlovy Vary 13-9 
 2. Hradec Kralove 10-12 
 3. Strakonice 9-13 
 4. Valosun Brno 9-13 
 5. VS Praha 6-16 
 6. BA Sparta 1-21 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.19.8 
 2. Vlkova, Valosun .18.2 
 3. Viteckova, Frisco S.16.9 
 4. Zrustova, Valosun .16.7 
 5. Misurova, Trutnov15.8 
 6. Sipova, Slovanka.15.4 
 7. Vetrovcova, Karlov.15.3 
 8. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.2 
 9. Grima, Frisco Sika15.1 
 10. Novakova, Hradec.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 11
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.11.0 
 2. Horakova, Hradec K.9.4 
 3. Kulichova, Frisco S.8.9 
 4. Hartigova, Trutnov8.9 
 5. Vetrovcova, Karlov.8.0 
 6. Sipova, Slovanka.7.8 
 7. Stepanova, VS Praha7.5 
 8. Zrustova, Valosun .7.3 
 9. Tamane, USK Praha6.9 
 10. Novakova, Hradec.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.4.5 
 2. Horakova, Frisco S.4.3 
 3. Bednarova, USK P.3.6 
 4. Whalen, USK Praha3.2 
 5. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.7 
 6. Borecka, Karlovy .2.6 
 7. Johnova, Strakonice2.5 
 8. Maltsi, USK Praha2.4 
 9. Misurova, Trutnov2.4 
 10. Giacintova, Valo.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.7 
 2. Horakova, Frisco S.3.7 
 3. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.2.9 
 4. Wallace, BA Sparta2.7 
 5. DeHaven, Karlovy .2.7 
 6. Borecka, Karlovy .2.6 
 7. Vetrovcova, Karlov.2.5 
 8. Sipova, Slovanka.2.4 
 9. Elhotova, USK Praha2.3 
 10. Le Drean, USK.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  Frisco Sika
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kulichova, Frisco S.1.9 
 2. Tamane, USK Praha1.8 
 3. Reisingerova, Strako.1.1 
 4. Novakova, Hradec K.1.1 
 5. Kraayveld, USK P.1.0 
 6. Horakova, Hradec K.0.9 
 7. Hartigova, Trutnov0.9 
 8. Vetrovcova, Karlov.0.9 
 9. Kohoutova, Hradec K.0.8 
 10. Wallace, BA Spar.0.7 


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  DENMARK - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Lutha Falcon 23.83
2. Haughian SISU 18.22
3. Nielsen Falcon 17.64
4. Palm Jensen 17.4
5. Bratvold Vaer 16.08
Rebounds Per Game
1. Kielpinski Lem 11.0
2. Molzen Lemvig 10.86
3. Muller Abyhoj 10.5
4. Smith, HBC 10.07
5. Lutha Falcon 10.0
Assists Per Game
1. Larsen SISU 3.46
2. Burlin Lemvig 3.29
3. Thorius 79ers 3.08
4. Ida Abyhoj 3.00
5. Rosenfeldt Lemv 3.0
Steals Per Game
1 Hesseldal, Aabyhoj 4.1
2 Larsen, SISU 3.38
3 Muller, Aabyhoj 2.43
Blocks Per Game
1. Haughian SISU 2.33
2. Muller Abyhoj 1.57
3. Kielpinski Lem 1.36
2FGP
1 Smith, HBC 54.5
2 Burlin, Lemvig 54.5
3 Molzen, Lemvig 50.7
3FGP
1 Sorensen, HBC 57.8
2 Linholm, SISU 57.1
3 Udovalieva, Virum 50.0
Free Throws
1 Hesseldal, Aabyhoj 100
2 Sorensen, HBC 89.7
3 Kielpinski, Lemvig 88.0


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nykesha SALES
  Besiktas
  (183-F/G-76)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Sales, Besiktas25.5 
 2. Player, Olivais23.8 
 3. Pimenova, Cheva.22.0 
 4. Ovcharenko, Nadezhda.21.0 
 5. Champion, CAB M.21.0 
 6. Villarroel, Sierre20.6 
 7. Kuzina, Dynamo M.20.4 
 8. Johnson, EBE I.19.9 
 9. Milovanovic, ICIM A.19.3 
 10. Reid, Hatis Yerev.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena MAKSIMOVIC
  Zeljeznicar
  (192-C-82)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Maksimovic, Zeljezni.12.3 
 2. Fleischer, Dexia12.1 
 3. Mazic, Medvescak11.8 
 4. Santos, AD Vagos11.5 
 5. Anosike, Targoviste11.0 
 6. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.10.6 
 7. Snow, Dynamo K.10.3 
 8. Kuzina, Dynamo M.10.0 
 9. Carter, CCC P.9.7 
 10. Little, A.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Zoll, Botas7.3 
 2. Szymanska-L., Dex.7.0 
 3. Berseneva, Nadezhda.5.3 
 4. Keyru, Dynamo M.5.0 
 5. Reid, Hatis Yerevan4.8 
 6. Chapdelaine, MBK R.4.7 
 7. White, Hapoel T-A4.3 
 8. Zygelyte, Lemminkain.4.2 
 9. Zellous, Besiktas4.2 
 10. Sytnyak, Dynamo.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Katerina KEYRU
  Dynamo M.
  (182-F-88)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Keyru, Dynamo M.3.9 
 2. Radocaj, Hemofarm3.8 
 3. Sales, Besiktas3.8 
 4. Doron, Targoviste3.6 
 5. Anosike, Targoviste3.5 
 6. Zoll, Botas3.5 
 7. Skrela, Lattes M.3.4 
 8. Reid, Hatis Yerevan3.2 
 9. Villarroel, Sierre3.1 
 10. Dubrovina, Dnip.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.2 
 2. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.3 
 3. Sowinski, CAB M.2.2 
 4. Kovacevic, Hemof.2.0 
 5. Lukacovicova, MBK R.1.9 
 6. Ivankovic, Sibenik1.8 
 7. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.7 
 8. Gidden, Sf. G.1.7 
 9. Dacic, Besiktas1.3 
 10. Ivancevic, Hapoel.1.3 


Athinaikos lands WNBA star Ruth Riley - by Eurobasket News
Athinaikos announced signing of center Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) for rest of the season. The team currently dominates in Greek championship and will play in EuroCup 1/8 Finals.
Ruth Riley spent 2009 WNBA season with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She appeared 34 times last summer averaging 5.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Season 2008/09, Ruth Riley spent with Spanish team Rivas Ecopolis. She replaced injured Catherine Joens collecting 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for 16 games in LFB. Her team reached LFB Semifinals.
In 2008, Ruth Riley won the title in Latvian championship with TTT Riga. She helped her team with 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds for 13 games. In Baltic League, Riley had 10.8 pts and 8 rebs in 5 appearances. In Europe, she also has experience from Lotos Gdynia and Breogan Lugo. In 2005 and 2006, she played for the Detroit Shock in WNBA. After that, seasons 2007, 2008 and 2009 she spent with the Silver Stars. She played twice on WNBA All-Star Game. In 2003 (Finals MVP) and 2006 her teams were WNBA Champions. She also played for the USA NT at the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens.
Riley Greek league commitment will not interfere with her rejoining the Silver Stars for the next WNBA edition.


1/8 Finals, Round 1: Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
Saarlouis - Hemofarm 86-65
Saarlouis did a great job in Game 1 against the Serbian powerhouse. The German squad celebrated 86-65 victory making a huge step forward to EuroCup Quarterfinals. Petra Manakova (192-F/C-82, college: Oakland) was the leading player in Saarlouis with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Romy Bar (188-F-87) had 19 pts and 7 rebs, while Candyce Bingham (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Louisville) added 14 pts. In Hemofarm, Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) delivered 13 pts.



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  GREECE - Women  


Athinaikos lands WNBA star Ruth Riley - by Eurobasket News
Athinaikos announced signing of center Ruth Riley (196-C-79, college: Notre Dame) for rest of the season. The team currently dominates in Greek championship and will play in EuroCup 1/8 Finals.
Ruth Riley spent 2009 WNBA season with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She appeared 34 times last summer averaging 5.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. Season 2008/09, Ruth Riley spent with Spanish team Rivas Ecopolis. She replaced injured Catherine Joens collecting 6.7 points and 4.9 rebounds for 16 games in LFB. Her team reached LFB Semifinals.
In 2008, Ruth Riley won the title in Latvian championship with TTT Riga. She helped her team with 10.8 points and 7.6 rebounds for 13 games. In Baltic League, Riley had 10.8 pts and 8 rebs in 5 appearances. In Europe, she also has experience from Lotos Gdynia and Breogan Lugo. In 2005 and 2006, she played for the Detroit Shock in WNBA. After that, seasons 2007, 2008 and 2009 she spent with the Silver Stars. She played twice on WNBA All-Star Game. In 2003 (Finals MVP) and 2006 her teams were WNBA Champions. She also played for the USA NT at the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens.
Riley Greek league commitment will not interfere with her rejoining the Silver Stars for the next WNBA edition.


A1: No surprises in Round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Round 14 of the Greek top division was played last week-end.
After a close match, No.1 Athinaikos managed to steal one from Panathanikos, beating them 53-58. Ilolita Lymoura (180-G-85, agency: LBM Management) led the way for winners with 17 points while Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) added 10 points. For Panathanikos, Giuliana Mendiola shined with 19 points.
Apollon Ptolemaidas recorded 78-74 win over Ano Liosia. Hosts got 20 points from Jela Vidacic (190-C-85), while Kemie Nkele (185-F/C-86, college: Cal-Riverside) and Nafsika Stavridou chipped in 13 points apiece. On the other side, Laoura Kurz poured in game high 26 points while Samela Hamton followed with 21.
Esperides cruised past its hosts FEA Neas, winning the contest 70-78. Visiting team was led by Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) and Sheryl Swoopes (183-F/G-71, college: Texas Tech) who poured in 25 and 20 points respectively. For hosts, Katerina Deli had 20, while Kathrin Gearlds added 16 points.
P. Faliro grabbed an away win against Olympiada 50-87. Dimitra Havale scored 17 pts leading the rout for the winning side. For hosts, Ekaterina Abramzon (185-F/C-87, agency: ZAG Advocates) was good with 19 points.
Aris also won away from home, beating Apollon Kal. 60-70. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) stepped up for her team with 21 points, while Niki Hatzakou (177-G-84) and Prouk Queenan added 15 and 14 points respectively. On the other side, hosts were led by Dimitra Telidou who finished the game with 20 points.



A1 Standings
1. Athinaikos 13-0
2. Esperides 10-3
3. Panathinaikos 8-5
4. Panionios 7-5
5. DAS Ano Liosa 7-6
6. FEA Neas 7-6
7. P.Faliro 7-6
8. Apollon Ptol. 7-6
9. Aris Thessal. 7-6
10. Apollon Kal. 5-8
11. Olympiakos V. 4-9
12. Olympiada L. 2-11
13. Hania 0-13



Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 13-0 
 2. Esperides 10-3 
 3. Panathinaikos 8-5 
 4. Panionios 7-5 
 5. DAS Ano Liosa 7-6 
 6. FEA Neas 7-6 
 7. P.Faliro 7-6 
 8. Apollon Ptol. 7-6 
 9. Aris Thessal. 7-6 
 10. Apollon Kal. 5-8 
 11. Olympiakos V. 4-9 
 12. Olympiada L. 2-11 
 13. Hania 0-13 


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  IRELAND - Women  


Stats Leaders Superleague
Superleague Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Vanderwal, UL 21.8
2 Niland, Tolka 19.7
3 Dwyer, Hotel Cork 15.6
4 Farrell, Meteors 15.0
5 Maguire, DCU 13.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Niland, Tolka 12.2
2 Farrell, Meteors 11.0
3 Carrick, Killester 8.8
4 Breen, Hotel Cork 8.6
5 O'Driscoll, Hotel Cork 8.3
Assists Per Game
1 Peat, DCU 3.5
2 Buckley, Hotel Cork 3.5
3 Dwyer, Hotel Cork 3.3
4 Vanderwal, UL 3.0
5 Coady, Tolka 3.0
Steals Per Game
1 Scally, UL 4.0
2 Vanderwal, UL 3.6
3 Galvin, UL 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Farrell, Meteors 3.0
2 Dyer, Tolka 2.3
3 Naughton, Meteors 1.5
2FGP
1 Farrell, Meteors 75.0
2 Flynn, Meteors 66.6
3 Woods, DCU 66.6
3FGP
1 Lyons, UL 100
2 Grennell, Killester 66.6
3 Grace, Hotel Cork 66.6
Free Throws
1 Brophy, Killester 100
2 Scanlon, UL 100
3 Reilly, DCU 100


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. Cesis 13-1 
 2. TTT Riga 12-1 
 3. RTU-Merks 9-7 
 4. DU/Swedbank 7-8 
 5. Liepajas met. 5-11 
 6. LU 3-12 
 7. TTT Jun. 3-12 


Stats Leaders - Women
LSBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Niedola Liepajas 33.9
2 Gotfrīda RTU 17.4
3 Mann Cesis 17.0
4 Morris Cesis 16.9
5 Egle DU/Swed 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Niedola Liepajas 13.3
2 Lima TTT 10.6
3 Gotfrīda RTU 10.0
4 Lagzdiņa Juni 8.6
5 Pavlovska RTU 8.3
Assists Per Game
1 Mann Cesis 5.0
2 Tare Cesis 4.2
3 Karkliņa TTT 4.1
4 Valentiene Cesis 4.0
5 Krastina Cesis 3.2
Steals Per Game
1 Willis TTT 4.2
2 Karkliņa TTT 3.4
3 Krumberga TTT 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Niedola Liepajas 2.4
2 Surkusa TTT 2.1
3 Mann Cesis 2.0
Ranking
1 Niedola Liepajas 40.7
2 Mann Cesis 25.0
3 Lima TTT 22.7
4 Tare Cesis 19.2
5 Gotfrīda RTU 18.9


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
LMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Okockyte LKKA 17.5
2.Valentiene Cesis 17.4
3.Bjelica TEO 16.75
4.Aglinskaite Lais 16.62
5.Tare Cesis 16.13
Rebounds Per Game
1.Bjelica TEO 11.38
2. Balciunaite 10.50
3. Taraseviciute 9.08
4. Stevenson Cesis 7.89
5 Kaminskyte Ru 7.82
Assists Per Game
1. Tare Cesis 4.13
2. Valentiene Cesis 3.87
3. Montgomery TEO 3.78
4. Rinkeviciute 3.71
5. Zintikaite TEO 3.67
Steals Per Game
1. Balciunaite 4.94
2. Valentiene Cesis 4.2
3. Sauliute TEO 3.33
Blocks Per Game
1. Paugaite TEO 2.38
2. Alminaite TEO 2.23
3. Svaryte Ruta 1.50
2FGP
1 Langhorne, TEO 68.9
2 Hollingsworth, TEO 66.6
3 Petronyte, TEO 60.9
3FGP
1 Valentiene, Cesis 59.0
2 Martinkute, MRU 54.5
3 Kvederaviciute, Laisve 50.0
Free Throws
1 Zemaityte, LAMMKK 92.3
2 Tarasaviciute, Laisve 90.0
3 Solopova, Lemm 89.4


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. Cesis 14-1 
 2. TEO Vilnius 13-2 
 3. Aistes-Atletas 12-4 
 4. Laisve 9-7 
 5. Lemminkain. 8-8 
 6. MRU 5-12 
 7. Ruta Siauliai 3-14 
 8. LAMMKK 0-16 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Luxembourg Women Basketball Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Jones, Racing 37.1
2 Davis, Esch 28.5
3 Jill, Grengewald 27.1
4 Donovan, Etzella 26.2
5 Fisher, Musel P 25.8
6 Stowe, Contern 25.6
7 Guffey, Residence 24.8
8 Watson, Esch 23.5
9 Hightower, Esch 22.0
10 Barber, Black Star 21.9


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  NORWAY - Women  


Standings - Women
Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Gimle 7-3 
 2. Asker/BV 6-3 
 3. Ullern 6-4 
 4. Ulriken 6-4 
 5. Nordstrand 0-11 


Stats Leaders
Kvinneligaen Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Glessner, Gimle 20.3
2 NK Sand, Asker 17.1
3 Eskeland, Gimle 13.3
4 Andersen, Asker 12.5
5 Austgulen Ulriken 12.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 NK Sand, Asker 11.1
2 M Austgulen, Ulrik 9.9
3 Glessner, Gimle 7.8
3 Engebretsen, Ullern 7.6
5 Huuse, Nordstrand 7.3
Assists Per Game
1 Beilegaard, Nordstr. 5.4
2 NK Sand, Asker 4.0
3 Stenvik Asker 3.8
4 Kristiansen, Ullern 3.6
5 Sodal, Nordstrand 3.4


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. Merkur Celje 14-0 
 2. AJM Maribor 11-2 
 3. Hit Kr.Gora 10-1 
 4. Ilrija 8-5 
 5. Triglav 7-6 
 6. Jezica 6-8 
 7. Konjice 5-8 
 8. Odeja KED 3-9 
 9. Domzale 1-13 
 10. Rogaska 1-14 


Stats Leaders - Women
SKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Kure AJM 19.75
2.Gortnar Triglav 16.70
3. Baloh Koz 16.21
4. Ilijev AJM 15.38
5. Baric Celje 14.60
Rebounds Per Game
1. Gabrovsek 11.15
2. Furman AJM 10.50
3. Hughes Celje 9.56
4. Tratsiak Gora 9.40
5. Skof Ilirija 8.08
Assists Per Game
1. Baric Celje 5.67
2. Panic Gora 4.82
3. Oblak Gora 4.00
4. Kure AJM 3.63
5. Oberc Ilirija 3.42
Steals Per Game
1. Oblak Gora 3.67
2. Kure AJM 3.38
3. Hughes Celje 3.11
Blocks Per Game
1. Tratsiak Gora 1.40
2. Hughes Celje 1.11
3. Gabrovsek Odeja 1.0
2FGP
1 Osterman Gora 69.05
2. K. Baltic 6 67.80
3. T. Trebec 7 65.12


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Standings - Damligan
Damligan Standings
 1. Telge 15-1 
 2. Solna Vikings 14-2 
 3. 08 11-4 
 4. Sundsvall 10-6 
 5. Lulea BBK 9-6 
 6. Marbo Basket 9-7 
 7. Norrkoping 8-8 
 8. Sallen 6-10 
 9. Eos 4-11 
 10. Visby 4-12 
 11. Umea 3-14 
 12. Brahe 2-14 


Damligan: Round 16 review - by Eurobasket News
Six games of Round 16 were played over the past few days.
Visby was better than Umea 78-74. Hosts were led by Jeannie Saunders (173-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) who scored 22 points. DeNisha Gray (162-G-84, college: Indiana Tech) with 11 and Zaruhi Aleksanyan with 10 points were also good for the wining side. For visitors, Amy Mohr and Pamela Rosanio were the only players in double digits with 29 and 24 points respectively.
Mark Basket rolled over Eos 45-78 thanks to Ashley Key (180-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) who poured in 23 points. She was followed by Shawn Goff (191-C-87, college: Mississippi) who added 15 as well as Therese Andersson Broman who finished the game with 11 points. For hosts, Alexandra Ferm had 16 points in loss.
Sallen had an easy job at home, beating Brahe Basket 68-50. Amalia Krantz (182-F-89) had 15 points for the winning side, while Malin Lundgren (182-F-90) and Kajsa Lundahl chipped in 13 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Sydney Fasulo and Jillian Ingram stood out with 18 and 15 points.
No.1 Telge also recorded home win after beating 08 Stockholm 67-55. Hosts were led by Binta Drammeh (180-F-92) who scored 21, while Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) chipped in 12 points. Visitors got one player in double digits and that was Kadidja Andersson with 19 points.
Norrkoping rolled over Umea 83-65 thanks to Malin Aasa (178-G/F-87) and Helen Thorold (181-F-85) who scored 24 and 15 points respectively. On the other side, Pamela Rosanio was excellent with 23 points.
In the last game of the round, Solna Vikings grabbed 64-63 thriller win against Sundsvall.



Damligan Standings
1. Telge 15-1
2. Solna Vikings 14-2
3. 08 11-4
4. Sundsvall 10-6
5. Lulea BBK 9-6
6. Marbo Basket 9-7
7. Norrkoping 8-8
8. Sallen 6-10
9. Eos 4-11
10. Visby 4-12
11. Umea 3-14
12. Brahe 2-14



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Trahan, Fribourg 26.6
2 Banks, Fribourg 23.4
3 Price, Pully 22.6
4 Hicks, Riva 21.0
5 Soda, Helios 20.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Trahan, Fribourg 18.1
2 Diop, Pully 13.4
3 Price, Pully 10.5
4 Clement, BBC 9.1
5 McKenzie, Sierre 8.2
Assists Per Game
1 Daniels, Nyon 5.9
2 Diouf, Pully 5.0
3 Villarroel, Sierre 3.7
4 Banks, Fribourg 3.0
5 Hicks, Riva 3.0
Steals Per Game
1 Daniels, Nyon 3.9
2 Banks, Fribourg 3.7
3 Woodberry, Fribourg 3.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Razmaite, Sierre 2.5
2 Diop, Pully 2.2
3 Skouby, Riva 2.0
2FGP
1 Charlier, Nyon 70.7
2 Moen, Sierre 66.7
3 Trahan, Fribourg 64.7
3FGP
1 Michaux, Nyon 61.9
2 Skouby, Riva 42.1
3 Perroset, Pully 41.2
Free Throws
1 Hicks, Riva 87.5
2 Skouby, Riva 87.2
3 Woodberry, Fribourg 83.9
Ranking
1. Trahan, Fribourg 36.5
2. Diop, Pully 26.2
3. Price, Pully 24.6


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Matthew leads Hightower HS to a win - by David Edole
Houston, TX --The Hightower High School girls basketball team ended a difficult week with what its coach said was a much needed victory.
One game removed from having a 22-game win streak snapped, the Lady Canes rebounded to defeat Austin, 56-42, Friday afternoon at Wheeler Field House.
The win combined with Dulles loss to Marshall on Friday means No. 3-ranked Hightower is back in first place alone in District 23-5A. Losing to Dulles on Tuesday, though, made coach Deborah Mize wondering how her team would respond.
I was concerned because Austin is a good team, and they had just come off a loss, too, Mize said. We were both hungry for a win.
Hightower (24-2, 7-1) built leads of seven and eight points in the first half, but Austin (21-7, 5-3) came back to tie or get within two each time. The Lady Canes led, 25-23, at halftime.
Thanks to three lay-ups by senior Jasmine Brewer Hightower stretched its lead to eight points. Austin got back to within three points, but the Lady Canes scored the next eight points and never trailed by fewer than eight after that.
Hightower put the game away in the fourth by forcing Austin to come out of its 2-3 zone then feeding the ball inside to sophomore twin post players Taylor and Tyler Gilbert. They scored eight of the Lady Canes 14 points in the fourth.
Brewer led Hightower with 19 points, and point guard Brittney Matthew added 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Taylor Gilbert had eight points and seven rebounds. Tyler Gilbert had six points, six rebounds and six blocks.
Lauren Hughes led Austin with 14 points and eight rebounds. Blaskowsky scored 13 points, and Pearl Ubaru had 18 rebounds and six points.
(Coach David Kubicsek) has done a great job with those kids, Mize said. He has them playing at a higher level than they have in years past. Every win in our district is big. This is a huge sigh of relief.

BOX SCORE

HIGHTOWER 56, AUSTIN 42
AUSTIN: Autumn McKinley 2 1-1 5, Lauren Hughes 5 2-2 14, Jewel Udenwagu 2 0-0 4, Nicole Blaskowsky 5 1-5 13, Pearl Ubaru 2 2-5 6. Totals: 16 6-13 42.
HIGHTOWER: Brittney Matthew 4 2-7 10, Danyale Baker 1 0-1 3, Jasmine Brewer 8 1-2 19, Azalea Hall 2 3-4 7, Tannelle Williams 1 0-0 2, Tyler Gilbert 3 0-1 6, Taylor Gilbert 4 0-0 8. Totals: 24 6-15 56.
Hightower 12-13-17-14 56
Austin 10-13-8-11 42
3-pointers: Austin 4 (Hughes 2, Blaskowsky 2), Hightower 1 (Baker). Rebounds: Austin 42 (Ubaru 18, Hughes 8), Hightower (Taylor Gilbert 7, Matthew 7). Assists: Austin 8 (Brooklyn McCall 3), Hightower 10 (Matthew 6). Steals: Austin 1 (McKinley), Hightower 9 (Hall 3). Blocks: Austin 1 (Blaskowsky), Hightower 10 (Tyler Gilbert 6, Taylor Gilbert 3). Fouls: Austin 13, Hightower 12. Records: Hightower 24-2, 7-1; Austin 21-7, 5-3.



High school rankings - by David Edole
ST. CROIX --I must be Nostradamus or I have basketball sense. I picked the Lady Hawks to dominate the territory and we are a third of the way. Charlotte Amalie was never really threatened in the 2010 Martin Luther King Tournament. The inside play of Amara Williams and Aesha Peters (91) is too much for any team in the territory. The Lady Hawks fend of rival Central High two times in the tourney (37-30 & 37-28). Central girls outside shot disappeared on them in the tourney maybe a little home cooking is what they need. Complex looked like the third best team but their guards are less than desired. Country Day has one player and rounds out the rankings.
No changes in the rankings I am Nostradamus.

1. Charlotte Amalie
WHY: Won the MLK tourney and looked sluggish doing it. CAHS committed way too many turnovers and still won. They had 35 in the deciding game as compared to nine by Central High. Maybe the addition of a stick twirler is what this team needs to put Central High away. Yeah, another scorer with a jump shot. The rich got richer.

2. Central High
WHY: The Big three became the big one when Central needed them the most. Lanese Bough was the only player that came to play in the Championship game. Shamyra Vanterpool had her spots and Risheema Burk is still missing.

3. Educational Complex
WHY: Veronique Llanos has no help. The team went undefeated in the Country Day Invitational and had the student body believing. Then they played the real teams (Central [45-22] & CAHS [49-29]) and found out they have a long way to go. They even struggled to beat Eudora Kean, 35-28.


4. Country Day
WHY: Being Idle has saved CDS from going up or down. This team needs to find guards for the Central High Tourney. Hanifah Hendricks will score, rebound and block shots but she has no help. Kean and Antilles look much improved from the last time I saw them.

NEXT TOURNAMENT: Central High Invitational February 12-14, 2009 on the Island of St. Croix



Hamilton scores career high - by David Edole
Radford rallied from an early 11-point deficit to take a brief two-point lead in the second half. After one more tie, a free throw by Ali Schwagmeyer with 5:10 left gave CSU the lead (52-51) for good.

Following two freebees to get within one (54-53), Kelsey Wasmer drained a three-pointer on the next possession to put Buccaneers up 57-53 at 4:02.

Radford rallied to within one possession three times in the final four minutes, but CSU hit critical free throws to seal the victory.

Redshirt senior Kymesha Alston (Hampton, Va./Manhattan) led the Highlanders with 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks. Junior Denay Wood (Baileys Crossroads, Va./Annandale) and freshman Victoria Hamilton (183-G) (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands/Antilles School) contributed 11 points apiece.

Katie Tull and Wasmer paced the Buccaneers with 19 and 18 points, combining for six of CSUs seven three-point field goals.

Charleston Southern raced out to a 20-9 lead in the first 5:03 behind a blistering start from the field (7-for-10). It was highlighted by a 3-for-3 performance from long range by Katie Tull, who scored 11 of her 12 first half points during the run.

Kickstarted by Kahealani Vicks (Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne) back-to-back layups, Radford used a 13-4 run to get back into the game and cut CSUs lead to 24-22 with 5:20 on the clock. Vick finished the half with six points.

The Buccaneers answered the Highlanders run with six straight points and pushed their lead to 30-22. A pair of free throws and Woods baseline jumper at 2:07 made it a 30-26 ball game and that would end up being the halftime score.

After the hot start, Charleston Southern cooled off and hit just 4-of-16 field goals and finished the half shooting 42.3 percent. Both teams struggled to hold onto the ball, combining for 21 turnovers (11-CSU; 10-RU). The Bucs took advantage, scoring 15 points off of Highlander miscues, while Radford netted just six points.

Charleston Southern would extend its lead to seven points three times in the first 7:29 of the second half before a Wood layup culminated a 12-3 spurt, giving the Highlanders their first lead (49-47) at 8:41 since scoring the opening bucket of the game.

Radford out rebonded CSU, 42-30 and won the turnover battle (23-20). Vick grabbed a game-high eight boards to go along with eight points, both tying a career-high.



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Stats Leaders
UPBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Pysmennyk Frank 20.8
2 Melentyeva Don 19.4
3 Rymarenko Koz 19.2
4 Payne Dynamo 18.3
5 Gryshyna Lugansk 19.2
6 Isachenko Donbas 17.6
7 Krasnikova Koz 16.8
8 Staschuk Politekh16.5
9 Matveieva Politekh15.5
10 Zhirakova Lug 15.1
Rebounds Per Game
1 Staschuk Politekh 10.1
2 Melentyeva Don 9.1
3 Gryshyna Lugansk 8.8
4 Konovalova Orlan 8.5
5 Pysmennyk Frank 8.4
Assists Per Game
1 Pysmennyk Frank 5.7
2 Agaova Dnipro 4.1
3 Lapshinova Pal 4.0
4 Panchenko Koz 3.8
5 Kozachenko Koz 3.8


Andrei Shaptala arrives at Simferopol - by Eurobasket News
Orlan will have a new Head Coach, the well-known Andrei Shaptala that arrived to Simferopol today. The coach will try to better the team's positions as the team in on the last spot with 2-11 record. As a Head Coach the Ukrainian person started in 2001-2002 with Rosava-RTI Belaja Tserkov (Higher League) and stayed there for three seasons. In 2004-2005 he moved to Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (Superleague) an in 2005-2006 coached Lvovskaya Politekhnika Lvov (Superleague). In 2008-2009 moved to Sumykhimprom Sumy (Superleague), and this seson started with Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk (Higher League) women team, however left in Decembr 2009. Andrei Shaptala will debut against Dynamo-KPU on the first day of February.

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EBL Stats Leaders
EBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Stafford (Abbey) 28.83
2 Loui Hall(Leeds) 23.40
3 Naylor (Sheffield) 20.25
4 Clayden(Leeds) 19.0
5 Wrice (Wildcats) 18.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Clark(Northum) 16.67
2 Hoffman(UWIC) 9.83
3 Thompson (Abbey) 9.17
4 Deng (Suns) 8.88
5 Lewis(Suns) 8.38
Assists Per Game
1 Tate (Leeds) 6.8
2 Collins (UWIC) 4.75
3 Hutchinson (Hatt) 4.38
4 Stafford (Abbey) 3.67
5 Clark(Northum) 3.17


Standings - Women
EBL Standings
 1. Sheffield H. 12-1 
 2. UWIC Archers 10-2 
 3. Leeds C. 9-2 
 4. Nottingham W. 9-2 
 5. Northumbria 7-4 
 6. Sevenoaks S. 6-6 
 7. London HA 4-4 
 8. Barking Abbey 4-5 
 9. Brixton T. 2-9 
 10. London M. 1-9 
 11. Birmingham 0-10 
 12. Wellingborough 0-10 


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Mohegan Sun Arena to host 2010 WNBA All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
The WNBA is expected to announce at a press conference Wednesday that the league and U.S.A. Basketball are joining together to put on the 2010 WNBA All-Star Game at Mohegan Sun Arena, according to published reports.

Geno Auriemma, the coach of the U.S.A. womens national team, will be on hand this morning in addition to Orender, Connecticut Sun CEO Mitchell Etess and Sun general manager Chris Sienko.

Neither league nor Sun officials could confirm the announcement Tuesday, but Connecticut released a statement saying a a major announcement would be made at Mohegans Sun Wolf Den. The Bulletin doesnt use anonymous sources.

The game could likely be slated for a date in July. The games traditionally been played on a Saturday, and the only open Saturday in the WNBAs 2010 schedule is July 10.

Mohegan Sun Arena hosted the WNBA All-Star Game in 2009 and 2005. Last years event was largely considered a success, drawing 9,518 fans to the highest scoring All-Star Game in league history, a 130-119 West victory.

Courtesy of www.norwichbulletin.com