EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/29/2010

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  ABA   


Standings
ABA Standings
Exhibition Team
 1. Play2Win 10-3 
 2. Chico Rage 1-5 
 3. College Park 0-0 
 4. Crusaders 0-1 
 5. Arlington B. 0-1 
 6. Oklahoma 0-2 
 7. Modesto E. 0-5 
NoCal Div.
 1. S.Francisco R. 9-3 
 2. Clayton 7-3 
 3. Sacramento H. 6-7 
 4. California SK 5-5 
 5. Central Valley 5-6 
North Central Div.
 1. Chicago Steam 11-1 
 2. Columbus Crush 7-3 
 3. Pittsburgh P. 6-0 
 4. Detroit Hoops 5-2 
 5. Lake Michigan 5-5 
 6. Kansas City S. 4-0 
 7. Cleveland R. 1-1 
 8. G.Rapids F. 0-2 
 9. Youngstown S. 0-2 
 10. Akron R. 0-5 
Northeast Div.
 1. NY Thunder 8-2 
 2. Jersey Expr. 8-3 
 3. Maryland M. 5-7 
 4. NY Red Riders 5-8 
 5. Tri-City Suns 1-7 
Pacific Northwest Div.
 1. Seattle ZG 3-0 
 2. Seattle M. 3-4 
 3. Everett 2-2 
 4. Spokane Sunz 1-1 
 5. Washington R. 1-4 
 6. Vancouver E. 0-0 
SoCal Div.
 1. Las Vegas A. 5-1 
 2. LA Slam 4-5 
 3. San Diego S. 4-5 
 4. Compton C. 2-1 
 5. Riverside R. 2-3 
 6. Honolulu 1-1 
 7. California BB 1-2 
South Central Div.
 1. Kentucky S. 8-6 
 2. Kentucky B. 7-6 
 3. W.Virginia B. 3-6 
 4. Smoky MJ 0-0 
 5. St.Louis S. 0-3 
Southeast Div.
 1. Music City Stars 7-3 
 2. Mississippi B. 4-3 
 3. Carolina K. 2-0 
 4. Charlotte 1-0 
 5. Florida Th. 1-0 
 6. Atlanta V. 0-0 
 7. Bahama PS 0-0 
 8. Ga PROWL 0-1 
 9. Columbus Life 0-3 
Southwest Div.
 1. SE Texas M. 15-3 
 2. N.Texas F. 7-4 
 3. Dallas G. 4-0 
 4. W.Texas W. 2-3 
 5. Texas Fuel 1-5 
 6. Texas Ch. 0-1 
 7. Houston T. 0-4 


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  ARGENTINA   


Obras land Uka Agbai - by Eurobasket News
Obras Sanitarias have agreed on terms of contract with Uka Agbai. The 28-year-old forward will replace Brandon Kurtz on the roster. Uka Agbai started the previous season in Europe. The Nigerian forward played for FoKoPo in Finland. He averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 boards and 2.0 assists per game. Later Uka Agbai moved to Venezuela to join Marinos de Anzoategui. In LPB Agbai tallied 9.8 points, 5.0 boards and 1.4 assists per appearance. Uka Agbai finished the season in Puerto Rico. The forward delivered 8.7 points, 4.0 boards and 1.4 assists for Vaqueros de Bayamon.


Estudiantes to test Tim Jones - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes invited Tim Jones (193-G/F-73, college: Georgia St.) for try-outs. The team is currently looking for the player to replace injured Andre Smith (188-G-80, college: NC-Asheville). Tim Jones started the previous season in Barreteros de Zacatecazs in Mexico. The 36-year-old guard tallied 11.2 points, 2.2 boards and 1.7 assists per game in the LNBP. Later Tim Jones moved to Cocodrilos in Venezuela. The guard finished the season in Everton de Vina del Mar in Chile. Tim Jones averaged 16.5 points, 3.8 boards and 2.3 assists per game in the DIMAYOR League.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Penney, Breakers22.8 
 2. Williams, Crocodiles18.9 
 3. McKee, Hawks17.9 
 4. Ballinger, 36ers17.7 
 5. Gilchrist, 36ers16.9 
 6. Hodge, Tigers16.7 
 7. Worthington, Tig.16.6 
 8. Bruton, Breakers16.6 
 9. Ubaka, Blaze16.3 
 10. Redhage, Per.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rick RICKERT
  Breakers
  (211-F-83)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Rickert, Breakers7.2 
 2. Petrie, Blaze7.0 
 3. Roberts, Crocodiles7.0 
 4. Davidson, Hawks7.0 
 5. Rychart, Taipans6.8 
 6. Holmes, 36ers6.7 
 7. Worthington, Tig.6.7 
 8. Schenscher, Perth6.5 
 9. Maxey, Blaze6.3 
 10. Burston, 36e.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Hodge, Tigers6.4 
 2. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 3. Gilchrist, 36ers4.2 
 4. Ubaka, Blaze4.2 
 5. Gibson, Blaze3.7 
 6. Williams, Crocodiles3.6 
 7. Crosswell, Tigers3.4 
 8. Bruton, Breakers3.4 
 9. Boucher, Breakers3.2 
 10. Martin, Per.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Crocodiles
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Williams, Crocodiles1.5 
 2. Saville, Hawks1.5 
 3. Martin, Perth1.5 
 4. Jones, Taipans1.4 
 5. Hodge, Tigers1.3 
 6. Bruton, Breakers1.3 
 7. McKee, Hawks1.2 
 8. Boucher, Breakers1.2 
 9. Lisch, Perth1.1 
 10. Robbins, Per.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Hodge, Tigers1.1 
 2. Williams, Crocodiles0.9 
 3. Penney, Breakers0.8 
 4. Redhage, Perth0.7 
 5. Maxey, Blaze0.7 
 6. Rickert, Breakers0.7 
 7. Rychart, Taipans0.6 
 8. Melzer, Taipans0.6 
 9. Bradshaw, Blaze0.6 
 10. Worthington, T.0.5 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Perth 15-9 
 2. Blaze 13-10 
 3. Hawks 13-11 
 4. Crocodiles 13-11 
 5. Breakers 12-13 
 6. Tigers 11-13 
 7. 36ers 10-15 
 8. Taipans 10-15 


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Round 7 review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Lovcen - Rabotnicki 104-50
Lovcen destroyed Rabotnicki jumping to first place in Group A. That is the fifth victory of the Montenegrin squad in 7 appearances. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91) shined for the hosts with 24 points and 7 rebounds, all of that in just 19 minutes. Nikola Ivanovic (199-F-89) had 22 and Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) added 13 pts in this victory. In Rabotnicki (1-5), Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 18 pts.

Metalac - Rilski Sport 77-70
The box-score will be available soon.

Group B
Steaua Turabo - Spartak P. 105-102
Steaua Turabo finally grabbed the first win in BIBL this season. The Romanian squad outgunned Spartak Pleven 105-102 keeping their chances alive to avoid the last place in Group B. Anthony Myles (206-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) drained 32 pts and pulled down 7 rebounds in this victory. Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) had 29 and Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) helped with 19 pts. Rob Preston (207-F/C-82, college: Akron) collected 33 points and 9 rebounds in Spartak (2-5).

Mornar Bar - Feni Indistrija 69-88
Feni Indistrija grabbed valuable road victory against Mornar Bar staying in the race for position No.1 in Group B. There is three way tie now with Levski, Beograd and Feni Industri, all with 5-2 score. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for the winners last night. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) had 14 pts and 6 boards, while Bosko Jovovic (205-F/C-83) added one point less than him. Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) shined in loss with 27 points. His Mornar dropped to 3-4.

Levski - Beograd 92-84
Levski grabbed valuable home win against Beograd joining it on top of Group B with 5-2 score. Feni Industrija has the same numbers. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) and Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) netted 21 pts each for the hosts. Georgiev had 8, while Harper pulled down 5 rebounds. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) followed them with 15 points and 7 boards. Visitors got 22 points from Nikola Korac (185-G-86).


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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 6-3 
 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. Neptunas 5-3 
 3. TTU KK 5-4 
 4. Suduva 4-4 
 5. Keizarmezs 0-8 


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. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.18.6 
 8. Covington, Tallin.18.5 
 9. Davis, Valmiera18.4 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakal.18.3 
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: 8.1
 1. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.8.1 
 2. Broadus, Suduva6.7 
 3. Renfroe, VEF Riga6.3 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs6.3 
 5. Grant, Norrkoping5.6 
 6. Maceina, Rudupis5.3 
 7. Gervin, Norrkoping5.3 
 8. Kelys, Perlas5.0 
 9. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.0 
 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. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.2.5 
 6. Rannula, Valga Welg2.4 
 7. Gervin, Norrkoping2.3 
 8. Vileita, Rudupis2.3 
 9. Andrijauskas, Rudup.2.3 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Juv.2.3 
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. Toome, TTU K.1.8 
 5. Kieza, Suduva1.6 
 6. Saks, TTU K.1.5 
 7. Leonavicius, Sakalai1.4 
 8. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 9. Talts, TU/Rock1.4 
 10. Ezerskis, Techas.1.4 


Baltic-League Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Challenge
Suduva - Rudupis 85-68
Suduva recorded a cruising home win against Rudupis. Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84, college: BYU) scored 18 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 6 assists for Suduva. Aurimas Birgelis and Erikas Kaupaitis added 14 points each for the winners. Povilas Sakinis responded with 14 points for Rudupis.

Techasas - Juventus 77-60
Techasas posted the fourth win in the season as they shot down Juventus. Vaidotas Volkus (203-F-85, college: Redlands CC) notched 20 points and 15 rebounds in the win. Ernestas Ezerskis added 19 points, 6 boards, 4 assists and 4 steals for Techasas. Zydrunas Urbonas replied with 20 points for Juventus in the loss.

Perlas - Zemgale 77-69
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored 17 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead Perlas past Zemgale. Tautvydas Slezas added 15 points in the winning effort. Ilmars Bergmanis responded with 17 points for Zemgale.

TTU KK - Neptunas 79-68
TTU KK celebrated the fifth win as they prevailed against Neptunas. Kristo Orula (186-G-85) scored 19 points for TTU KK. Kristjan Makke had 15 points for the Estonian team. Robertas Bitinas responded with 20 points, 6 steals and 5 boards for the Klaipeda outfit in the loss.

Alytus Alita - Aisciai 111-103
Alytus shot down Aisciai in a high-flying battle. Andrius Aleksandrovas (197-G-86) fired 33 points to lead the hosts. Vytautas Tatarunas added 24 points, 13 boards, 4 assists and 3 blocks in the victory. Giedrius Kurtinaitis responded with 25 points for Aisciai.

Sakalai - Norrkoping 88-85
Sakalai narrowly defeated Norrkoping at home court court for the fourth win. Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) provided 28 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds for the Vilnius team. Ovidijus Varanauskas had 25 points in the win. Joakim Kjellbom answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds for the Dolphins.

Elite
VEF Riga - Liepaja 67-64
Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont) and Andrejs Selakovs accounted for four points late in the game to propel VEF Riga past Liepajas Lauvas. Renfroe finished with 12 points, 11 boards and 4 assists to pace the hosts. Ingus Bankevics added 10 points in the victory. Laimis Kisielius replied with 20 points and 8 caroms for Liepaja.

Kalev/Cramo - TU/Rock 75-73
Kalev/Cramo narrowly defeated their archrivals TU/Rock. Charron Fisher (193-G/F-85, college: Niagara) knocked down 11 points in the final three and a half minutes of the encounter to lead Kalev/Cramo to the come-from-behind win at the end. The hero finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Kalev/Cramo. Josh-Emmanuel Akognon added 20 points for the winners. Scott Morrison responded with 21 points and 11 boards for TU/Rock.

VEF Riga - Ventspils 91-94
Ventspils snatched a narrow win against VEF Riga in the Latvian capital. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Ronalds Zakis scored 18 points each to lead the visitors. Mareks Jurevicus added 16 points in the sixth win for Ventspils. Alex Renfroe responded with 26 points for VEF.

Siauliai - Valmiera 93-68
Siauliai had no problems against Valmiera at home court. Deivydas Gailius (200-F-88) dropped 23 points to lead the hosts to the seventh win. Arvydas Siksnius came up with 16 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Siauliai. Kaspars Cipruss and Blaz Cresnar responded with 15 points each in the loss.



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  BULGARIA   


Levski jumps to 5-2 in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Only Levski registered victory in Round 7 of the Balkan League. All games were played last night and Bulgarian teams ended it with 1-2 score.
Levski grabbed valuable home win 92-84 against Beograd joining it on top of Group B with 5-2 score. Feni Industrija has the same numbers. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) and Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) netted 21 pts each for the hosts. Georgiev had 8, while Harper pulled down 5 rebounds. Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) followed them with 15 points and 7 boards. Visitors got 22 points from Nikola Korac.
Spartak Pleven failed against Steaua Turabo as a guest 105-102. That is the first win for the Romanian squad this season. Anthony Myles drained 32 pts and pulled down 7 rebounds for the hosts. Monty Mack had 29 and Ronald Timus helped with 19 pts. Rob Preston (207-F/C-82, college: Akron) collected 33 points and 9 rebounds in Spartak. Iliya Stankov (198-F-76) stopped on 23 and his team dropped to 2-5.
Rilski Sportist also faced with a road loss, but against Metalac Valjevo. It was a 77-70 win for the Serbian team. Vladimir Panic led Metalac with 14 points. David Burgess (210-C-86, college: Azusa Pacific) scored 16 points for Rilski, and Lamont Jones (183-G-72, agency: Passing Lane, college: Bridgeport) added 13. The reigning BIBL champion dropped to 3-3.
Round 8 is scheduled for February 10.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


NBL Round: 26 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Basketbol Brno - BC Kolin 72-85
Terry Smith (185-G-86, college: Mercyhurst) produced 27 points and 11 rebounds for BC Kolin that had a road 85:72 win over Basketbol Brno. Machac David posted 16 and Zuzak Stanislav added 11. Vrubl Stepan and Sedmak Peter responded with 17 points for the home side.

CEZ Nymburk - BK Decin 96-66
CEZ Nymburk catch up with Novy Jicin with 23 victories to share the top after the win over BK Decin 96:66 at the end of the Regular Season Round 26. Philip Ricci (202-F-80, college: Oregon St.) paced all the winners with 17 points, while Lee Arthur and Lenzly Michael added 15 apiece. Mulligan Peter responded with 18 points in the losing case.

BK Prostejov - NH Ostrava 113-73
BK Prostejov improved to 21-5 in the third place as thy beat NH Ostrava 113:73. Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Landry Kyle posted 16. Payne Lavell finished the night with 15 points for the visitors.

BK Pardubice - Podebrady 82-78
BK Pardubice overcame Podebrady 82:78 as Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84, college: Illinois) stepped up with 21 points and Marek Martin followed with 14. Thomas Kevin ended up with 18 points in the losing case and Castleberry Stephen collected 16 points and 14 boards.

Novy Jicin - BK B&W Opava 91-80
Novy Jicin improved to 23-3 record after the home win over BK B&W Opava 91:80. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) and Steffel David paced all the winners with 17 points each, while Sanders Levell had 16 points and 10 assists. Blazek Jakub posted 18 points in the losing effort.

Vysehrad - USK Praha 54-79
Vysehrad lost to USK Praha 54:79 as the latter got 20 points and 14 rebounds from Tremaine Ford (207-F-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge). McKay Myles collected 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Hruban Vojtech posted 14. Skorepa Michal delivered 17 points in defeat.



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Novy Jicin 23-3 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 23-3 
 3. BK Prostejov 21-5 
 4. BK Pardubice 17-9 
 5. BK Decin 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 


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 Decin16.9 
 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 Decin3.7 
 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. Wright, BK Pardu.2.3 
 3. Mitchell, NH Os.2.3 
 4. Muirhead, Novy Jicin2.1 
 5. Pandula, Novy Jicin2.1 
 6. Kotas, USK Praha2.1 
 7. Meno, Basketbo.2.0 
 8. McKay, USK P.2.0 
 9. Sirina, BK B&W O.2.0 
 10. Lenzly, CEZ.2.0 
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. Steffel, Novy Jicin1.3 
 5. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.3 
 6. Castleberry, Podeb.1.2 
 7. Payne, NH Ostrava1.2 
 8. Ford, USK Praha1.1 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 10. Ricci, CEZ Nymbu.1.0 


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  DENMARK   


Svendborg Records 19th Win of Season - by Evan Thompson
The Svendborg Rabbits notched their league-leading 19th win on Thursday night. Behind the consistent play of both Johnell Smith (186-G-80, college: New Orleans) and Niccolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC), the Rabbits defeated SISU Copenhagen 76-67.
After a first quarter of Svendborg and Sisu feeling one another out, Svendborg raised their intensity and stretched a 17-14 advantage after the first quarter to a 39-25 lead by halftime. Following an even start to the second quarter, Svendborg's allstar guard Johnell Smith began to assert himself and scored a quick five points. Smith's baskets led to more scores for Svendborg, which as a team, closed the quarter on a 14-0 run. In addition to their offense, Svendborg was able to hold Sisu without a point in the final 3:53 of the half.
At halftime with a camera in the locker room, Sisu's coach Flemming Danielsen expressed his displeasure with the team's lack of discipline. As a result, he saw a different, more efficient team at the start of the third quarter. Sisu began the period with a 10-2 run to cut into the lead. However, despite the solid second-half start for Sisu, Svendborg was able to regain their first-half form and led 56-43 going into the fourth.
With just under five minutes remaining, Sisu cut the lead to under ten with an impressive pass from Tomas Rinkevicius (178-G-78) to Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-C-80) for the dunk. Thanks to Sisu's aggressiveness in the final period, they were in the bonus with 3:15 remaining in the game and trailing by only five points. Despite briefly taking the lead, Svendborg regained it and extended their lead after Sisu was whistled for an unsportsmanlike foul against Smith. Shortly after hitting the two foul shots, Dameon Mason (196-G/F-85, college: LSU) hit a key and decisive jumper with fifty-seconds remaining to seal the game for Svendborg.
Leading performers:
Svendborg Rabbits - J. Smith (19pts, 6rebs, 4stls), N. Iversen (17pts, 11rebs)
SISU Copenhagen - M. Kalvelis (19pts, 5rebs), M. Kearse (16pts, 8rebs)


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Wednesday Night in the D-League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Maine Red Claws (133) vs. Idaho Stampede (115)
The Maine Red Claws picked up their third consecutive victory, all on the road, as they breezed past the Idaho Stampede 133-115 last night in Boise. Tony Bobbitt (6'4''-G-79, college: Cincinnati), recently inserted into the starting lineup when Billy Thomas was released due to injury, scored a game high 31 points on 10-18 shooting to lead the Red Claws (16-9). The former Los Angeles Lakers reserve connected on six three-pointers as well as going a perfect five of five from the free-throw line. He also tallied a game and career-high seven steals in 41 minutes as the Red Claws played without Boston Celtics assignee J.R. Giddens who was out with an injured knee. Maine exploded from the gates, scoring 43 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Charlotte Bobcats assignee Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88) had a tremendous game scoring 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds while blocking four shots in 30 minutes. For Idaho, which drops to 12-10 on the season, they were led by the trio of Mildon Ambres (6'5''-F/G-84, college: S.Nazarene), Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, college: Boise St.) and Donell Taylor (6'6''-G-82, college: UAB)who combined to score 73 of the Stampedes 115 total points. Interestingly, Idaho had three players foul-out (Lance Allred, Cory Underwood and Bryson McKenzie) as well as seeing Head Coach Bob MacKinnon ejected in the fourth quarter.
RED CLAWS: Tony Bobbitt (31pt+5rb+7st), Alexis Ajinca (25pt+16rb), Trey Gilder (22pt+10rb), Will Blalock (15pt+12as),
STAMPEDE: Mildon Ambres (27pt+5rb), Coby Karl (23pt+5rb+6as), Donell Taylor (23pt+6rb+5to), Bryson McKenzie (9pt+11rb)

Springfield Armor (94) vs. Erie Bayhawks (95)
The Springfield Armor let another one slip away, this time loosing a seven point lead with 3:30 remaining, as the host Erie Bayhawks pulled out a 95-94 victory over the visiting Armor. Erie (11-15) was led by Mike Gansey (6'4''-G-82, college: W.Virginia) who poured in a game high 25 points in his return from injury. The former West Virginia star came up clutch as he connected on a pair of free-throws in the waning seconds to win the game for the hosts. New York native Clifford Clinkscales (6'1''-G-84, college: De Paul) tallied a 12 points and a game high 14 assists for Erie before succumbing to a leg injury. Springfield (5-17) was led once again by former Utah Jazz guard Moris Almond who scored a team high 24 points, while Abdulai Jalloh (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU) continued his strong play with 17 points and 10 assists in just under 35 minutes.
ARMOR: Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) (24pt+8rb+6to), Abdulai Jalloh (17pt+7rb+10as+5st), T.J. Cummings (18pt+5rb), Marcus Campbell (12pt+6rb)
BAYHAWKS: Mike Gansey (25pt+5rb), Clifford Clinkscales (12pt+14as), Jackie Manuel (19pt), Alade Aminu (16pt+8rb)



Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 21-5 
 2. Dakota W. 12-12 
 3. Sioux Falls S. 12-12 
 4. Erie Bay H. 11-15 
 5. Ft.Wayne MA 9-16 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 18-6 
 2. Maine R.Claws 16-9 
 3. Austin T. 14-9 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 12-11 
 5. Albuquerque 12-12 
West Division
 1. Utah F. 14-12 
 2. Idaho S. 12-10 
 3. Reno Bighorns 9-12 
 4. Los Angeles D. 6-12 
 5. Bakersfield J. 5-18 
 6. Springfield A. 5-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Malik HAIRSTON
  San Antonio S.
  (198-G-87)
  Avg: 30.4
 1. Hairston, Austin T.30.4 
 2. Almond, Springfi.27.2 
 3. Harris, Rio Grande26.6 
 4. Williams, Sioux F.25.6 
 5. Farmer, Reno B.24.3 
 6. Gaines, Idaho S.23.9 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.22.4 
 8. Powell, Albuquerque22.3 
 9. Jerrells, Austin T.21.6 
 10. Tolliver, Idaho.21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Jones, Austin T.15.1 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.2 
 3. Tolliver, Idaho S.11.4 
 4. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.11.1 
 5. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.8 
 6. Bryant, Erie Bay H.10.2 
 7. Barron, Iowa E.9.6 
 8. Simpson, Los A.9.3 
 9. Looby, Albuquerque9.1 
 10. Harris, Rio Gran.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.9 
 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. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.7 
 8. Clinkscales, Erie B.6.6 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.6.4 
 10. Anderson, Rio.6.0 
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. Stinson, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Gaines, Idaho S.2.3 
 5. Charlo, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.1 
 7. Baker, Dakota W.2.0 
 8. Jerrells, Austin T.2.0 
 9. Robinson, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Jackson, Erie.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.3.9 
 2. Looby, Albuquerque3.4 
 3. Ajinca, Maine RC3.1 
 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 66ers1.8 
 9. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.1.8 
 10. Simpson, Los.1.7 


Latest Transactions - by Surujh Roopnarine
Fort Wayne: Signed former Dakota Wizards guard Jason Straight (6'2''-G-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wyoming) and waived Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Valparaiso) due to injury. Straight, a 6-2 guard out of Wyoming, began the season in Dakota before being waived at the end of December. In 13 games he averaged 11.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 47.8% from the field. In his fifth year out of college, Straight has played professionally in Israel, Ukraine, France, Poland and most recently in Cyprus. Ron Howard was in his third season with Fort Wayne but hadnt played since January 13. In 20 games he led the Mad Ants in scoring with a 22.4ppg average to go along with 4.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 46.5% from the field. Expect Howard to re-join Fort Wayne once he is fully healed.

Sioux Falls: Traded Keith Brumbaugh (6'10''-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Chipola) to Bakersfield for Jared Newson (6'5''-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin). Newson a 6-5 guard/forward out of Tennessee-Martin is in his first D-League season after spending the last three seasons split between Germany, Australia and Poland. In 20 games for the Jam he averaged 10.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in 25.4 minutes per game.

Bakersfield: Traded Jared Newson to Sioux Falls for Keith Brumbaugh. Brumbaugh has started 18 of the 23 games he has appeared in for Sioux Falls, averaging 15.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 31 minutes per contest. This is Brumbaughs second professional season as he spent last season with Sioux Falls as well.



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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.



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Top 16: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Panathinaikos - Partizan 59-64
Partizan demonstrated excellent performance in Athens last night. 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 rebounds, while Petar Bozic (197-G-78) 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. Opening quarter was almost tied. Teams exchanged baskets and Panathinaikos was the one who grabbed plus four in the finish, thanks to nice plays by Antonis Fotsis. Lester McCalebb responded on the other side fixing the score to 22-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second period, PAO slightly improved. However, Partizan was strong enough not to let the Greek giant to make a bigger lead. PAO grabbed 29-23 at the halfway of the second period and later jumped to plus 9, but Aleksandar Rasic closed first half with a bomb for 42-36. Almost the same picture on the court was seen after the breather. PAO once again touched plus 9, but Partizan was there to respond and to cut the margin to 52-46 before the last 10 minutes. Than, visitors totally took control on PAO. First they came to 57-54 and few minutes later it already was 57-59 for Partizan. Aleksandar Rasic scored for plus 4 and Vassilis Spanoulis responded with a basket for PAO. Jan Vesely was send to the line in the finish and he made both. Nicholas tried for 3, but question about the winner was already resolved.

Regal Barca - Marousi BC 79-69
Regal Barca extended its Euroleague winning streak to 11. The Spanish champion had Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) in a game mood tonight with 17 points and 8 assists. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) followed with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati), Terence Morris (207-F-79, college: Maryland) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) added 10 pts each. Gordon Lukas (191-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Virginia Tech) shined in loss with 24 pts.

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. Efes Pilsen had wonderful beginning. The Turkish powerhouse opened this game with 2-4 and later grabbed 4-9 lead. That was not al from them as few minutes later Efes Pilsen was already 8-15 up. However, Felipe Reyes responded for the hosts and Louis Bullock drained a triple for 13-15. Charles Smith and Peker made it for the guests and they had plus 6 after ten minutes of play. After seven meter bomb by Marvis Thornton, Efes Pilsen jumped to 13-22 at the beginning of the second quarter. Real Madrid replied quickly coming to 21-24. It was a basket after basket game after that and Efes Pilsen kept plus 3 until the HT break, 30-33. Than after the breather, the Whites started playing better. They cut the margin to 1 and in the finish of third period finally made a turn. It was 52-49 after 4 consecutive points by Rimantas Kaukenas. Real later had 56-53 with one quarter left. Efes Pilsen did not give up and grabbed back its lead very soon, 60-61. With four minutes to go it was 67-67 and Real Madrid created excellent 7-0 run grabbing valuable home win at the beginning of Top16 phase. Felipe Reyes, Sergio Llull and Marko Jaric shined in the finish.

Montepaschi - Maccabi T-A 76-72
Montepaschi grabbed 76-72 home win against Maccabi Electra getting 17 points and 5 assists from David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple). Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) had 16 and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) nailed 14 points tonight. In the loosing squad, Alan Anderson (198-G/F-82, college: Michigan St.) collected 26 points and 6 rebounds. He made 5 of 8 attempts from behind the arc.

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 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. Unicaja grabbed 0-4 opening lead, by CSKA quickly responded with 7-0 run. Very soon, the Russian powerhouse jumped to 13-8 and later 19-10 lead. Printezis and Freeland replied for Unicaja, and Pops Mensah-Bonsu fixed the score to 20-15 after one quarter. At the halfway of the second period Unicaja managed to tie the score. Welsch was the one who drained a triple for 30-30. CSKA's Trajan Langdon made it for 3 and Welsch scored another one for Unicaja. Ramunas Siskauskas joined the shootout for 36-33. Later, in the finish of the first half Andrey Vorontsevich made it for CSKA setting the score to 42-38. In third quarter, CSKA touched the first double-digit lead in this game. It was 58-47, after 6-0 run. Unicaja came to minus 6, but the hosts grabbed back plus 11 and it happened after seven meter bomb by Ramunas Siskauskas. Rafa Freire closed third period with a triple for Unicaja, 65-57. Visitors were back in the game at the halfway of the last quarter coming to 67-64. With one minute to go CSKA was 4 points up, and they had enough power to keep its lead and to grab the first victory in Top 16. Trajan Langdon and Viktor Khryapa closed this meeting with a triple and a free throw respectively.

Assec.Prokom - Zalgiris 89-65
Asseco Prokom destroyed Zalgiris handing it huge 89-65 loss. Impressive start of the Top 16 phase for the Polish powerhouse, who got 20 points and 8 assists from David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis). Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) scored 16 and Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) helped with 13 pts and 7 rebounds. In Zalgiris, Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) collected 15 points and 8 boards.

Group H
Caja Laboral - Olympiakos 85-89
Olympiakos had four players in a game mood tonight and that was enough for valuable road win against the Spanish runner-up, Caja Laboral. Josh Childress (203-G/F-83, college: Stanford) top-scored in victory with 21 points and he pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, college: Missouri) also added 18 pts and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Milos Teodosic scored 14 pts and dished out 6 assists. Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports) and Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) delivered 23 and 20 pts each in Caja Laboral.

Khimky - Cibona 83-70
Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) and Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) stepped up for the Russian squad with 17 points each. Javtokas made 8 of 11 attempts from the field and he needed just one more rebound for double-double. Paulius Jankunas (203-F-84, agency: Interperformances) followed closely with 15 pts. Croatian champion got 17 points and 6 rebounds from Marko Tomas (201-G-85).


Eurobasket Top 25 last games - by Eurobasket
Jan.26:
#17 Le Mans (FRA) vs ALBA (GER) 63-68
#20 Jerusalem (ISR) vs #22 Valencia BC (ESP) 79-75
#21 Panellinios (GRE) vs Brose Baskets (GER) 70-62
#23 Crvena Zvez. (SRB) vs CEZ Nymburk (CZE) 65-60
#24 DKV Joventut (ESP) vs Aris (GRE) 74-72
#18 Unics (RUS) vs Galatasaray (TUR) 85-79

Jan. 27:

#3 Panathinaikos (GRE) vs #19 Partizan (SRB) 59-64
#6 CSKA (RUS) vs Unicaja (ESP) 86-78
#9 Efes Pilsen (TUR) vs #10 MMC Real Madrid (ESP) 70-77

Jan. 28:

#1 Montepaschi (ITA) vs #5 Maccabi T-A (ISR) 76-72
#2 Olympiakos (GRE) vs #7 Caja Laboral (ESP) 89-85
#4 Regal Barca (ESP) vs #11 Marousi BC (GRE) 79-69
#8 Zalgiris (LTU) vs #12 Assec.Prokom (POL) 65-89
#14 Khimky (RUS) vs Cibona (CRO) 83-70


Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group E
 1. Partizan 1-0 
 2. Regal Barca 1-0 
 3. Panathinaikos 0-1 
 4. Marousi BC 0-1 
Group F
 1. Montepaschi 1-0 
 2. MMC Real M. 1-0 
 3. Maccabi T-A 0-1 
 4. Efes Pilsen 0-1 
Group G
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Assec.Prokom 1-0 
 3. Unicaja 0-1 
 4. Zalgiris 0-1 
Group H
 1. Olympiakos 1-0 
 2. Khimky 1-0 
 3. Caja Laboral 0-1 
 4. Cibona 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Linas KLEIZA
  Olympiakos
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Kleiza, Olympiakos17.6 
 2. Walsh, U.Olimpija17.3 
 3. Maric, Partizan16.8 
 4. Woods, Assec.Pr.16.5 
 5. Logan, Assec.Pr.16.3 
 6. Childress, Olympiakos15.8 
 7. Langdon, CSKA15.3 
 8. Lavrinovic, Montepas.15.1 
 9. Siskauskas, CSKA14.8 
 10. Teletovic, Caja.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Watson, Zalgiris10.7 
 2. Maric, Partizan9.1 
 3. Kleiza, Olympiakos7.6 
 4. Khryapa, CSKA7.5 
 5. Roberts, Partizan6.9 
 6. Woods, Assec.Pr.6.4 
 7. Javtokas, Khimky6.2 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.6.2 
 9. Asik, Fener.Ulker6.0 
 10. Fotsis, Panathinaik.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.7.4 
 2. Cook, Unicaja5.7 
 3. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.4 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca5.2 
 5. McIntyre, Montepas.5.1 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA4.5 
 7. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 8. Sciarra, Orleans4.2 
 9. Spanoulis, Panath.4.1 
 10. McCalebb, Partiz.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. Jaaber, Lottomat.2.2 
 4. Gordon, Cibona2.1 
 5. Dobbins, Orleans1.9 
 6. Smith, Efes Pilsen1.9 
 7. Khryapa, CSKA1.8 
 8. Minard, Lottomat.1.7 
 9. McIntyre, Montepas.1.7 
 10. Lukas, Marousi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Partizan
  (229-C-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Vranes, Partizan2.1 
 2. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.4 
 3. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.4 
 4. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.4 
 5. Fischer, Maccabi .1.4 
 6. Vazquez, Regal B.1.3 
 7. Morris, Regal B.1.3 
 8. Begic, Zalgiris1.3 
 9. Javtokas, Khimky1.3 
 10. Lasme, Maccabi T.1.2 


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  FINLAND   


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: Akeem Scott back in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American G Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) will return back to Finland this week. YMCA Lappeenranta has called this time and Scott will replace Matthew Gibson (196-G-84), who got injured (hand, wrist) and will miss the rest of this season. Scott has been earlier on three Team rosters in Finland: 2006-07 Korihait (Uusikaupunki), 2007-08 PuHu (Vantaa) and Honka (Espoo), 2008-09 Honka (Espoo). He was winning Finnish Championship with Honka in the spring 2008. Scott visited this season shortly in Latvia (BK Ventspils), played five games, but didn't get a longer contract.
In division 1. JKS (Jarvenpaa) is now Team Uusimaa. And Team's newcomer is American F-G Pete Trammell (196-G/F), who arrived Finland on Tuesday and joined by the same Team Uusimaa roster and practises. Trammell comes from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he played four years for Coach Ric Wesley at Grand Valley State University (NCAA2). Trammell averaged 13,6 ppg - 4,9 rpg as a Senior.



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 TopLeague.

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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Feni Industri cruises past Mornar Bar - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonian teams registered one win and one defeat in Round 7 of the Balkan League. All games were played last night.
Feni Indistrija grabbed valuable 69-88 road victory against Mornar Bar staying in the race for position No.1 in Group B. There is three a way tie now on top of this pool with Levski, Beograd and Feni Industri, all having 5-2 score. Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for the winners last night. Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) had 14 pts and 6 boards, while Bosko Jovovic (205-F/C-83) added one point less than him. Vasilije Seferovic shined in loss with 27 points. His Mornar dropped to 3-4.
Rabotnicki faced with fiasco against Lovcen on the road losing the game 104-50. That is the fifth victory of the Montenegrin squad in 7 appearances. Bojan Dubljevic shined for the hosts with 24 points and 7 rebounds, all of that in just 19 minutes. Nikola Ivanovic had 22 and Milos Lopicic added 13 pts in this victory. In Rabotnicki, Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) delivered 18 pts. Janev Blagoj (203-F-84, college: New Hampshire) stopped on 10 and his team dropped to poor 1-5.
Round 8 of BIBL is scheduled for February 10. Feni Industri will meet Steaua, and Rabotnicki will take on Gaz Metan.



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Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Tyler KEPKAY
  ETB Wohnbau
  (183-G-87)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Kepkay, ETB W.24.3 
 2. Holloway, Hannover21.6 
 3. Hodges, Heidelberg20.9 
 4. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.1 
 5. Jeka, Cuxhaven18.4 
 6. Dorris, Cuxhaven18.4 
 7. Burleson, Heidelberg18.1 
 8. Komarek, Heide.18.1 
 9. Baxley, Braves17.5 
 10. Wachalski, Osn.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alonzo HIRD
  Langen
  (206-F-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Hird, Langen11.7 
 2. Smallwood, Braves9.5 
 3. Baker, Osnabrueck9.1 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.5 
 5. Maras, B.Muenchen8.5 
 6. Rastatter, Chemn.8.4 
 7. Ferguson, Noerdlin.8.2 
 8. Richardson, Karls.8.1 
 9. Hill, Jena7.9 
 10. Jackson-W., Je.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Whit HOLCOMB-FAYE
  Braves
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Holcomb-Faye, Bra.7.5 
 2. Bynum, Crailsheim5.6 
 3. Jeka, Cuxhaven5.3 
 4. Kepkay, ETB W.5.0 
 5. Burleson, Heidelberg4.9 
 6. Holloway, Hannover4.8 
 7. Harrelson, Osnab.4.3 
 8. Hodges, Heidelberg4.2 
 9. Brooks, Kirchheim4.2 
 10. Pfeifer, Osnabrue.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel HOLLOWAY
  Hannover
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Holloway, Hannover2.6 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim2.5 
 3. Scott, Kirchheim2.2 
 4. Dorris, Cuxhaven2.2 
 5. Burleson, Heidelberg2.2 
 6. Jeka, Cuxhaven1.9 
 7. Hunter, Freiburg1.8 
 8. Hodges, Heidelberg1.8 
 9. Slack, Hannover1.7 
 10. Grimaldi, Karlsru.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Hannover
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Slack, Hannover2.2 
 2. De Michael, Kirchheim1.5 
 3. Maras, B.Muenchen1.4 
 4. Schoo, Hannover1.3 
 5. Hill, Jena1.3 
 6. Fuller, Cuxhaven1.2 
 7. Tarver, Braves1.1 
 8. Seward, Bayreuth1.1 
 9. Roberts, Chemnitz1.0 
 10. Buse, Osnabrue.1.0 


The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Might Be A Cinderella Team In The Making In The BEKO BBL, But The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Want To Make a Detour In Their Path To The Slipper January 31th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Every so often in sports you have Cinderella stories where teams gain unexpected success after a period of obscurity like the 2001 New England Patriots losing Drew Bledsoe after the second game and unknown Quarterback Tom Brady leading the team to the Superbowl win, the 2003 Florida Marlins coming from hibernation and silencing The New York Yankees in the World Series or the 1983 North Carolina State Wolf pack upsetting the highly favored phi slama jama Houston Cougars with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler in the NCAA final 54-52,but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners want to set a road block for a potential Cinderella team with The Walter Tigers Tuebingen in their quest for finding the slipper. 'It is important to close the light at 12:00, otherwise they could find the slipper and make the playoffs', joked Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) The current Tuebingen season may not be as drastic a story like from the classic film Caddyshack where actor Bill Murray pretends to be an announcer for his own golf fantasy where he is a former grounds keeper winning the masters golf tournament, but more a tale of a team that could be a Cinderella story like the 2009 -2010 New York Jets (9-7) that beat Cincinnati and San Diego and had a 17-14 lead at halftime against the favourite Indianapolis Colts, but ran out of gas in the second half losing 30-17. 'I didnt think that the Jets could beat the Chargers, but they had a lot of momentum going into the playoffs. I think that Tuebingen could look at the Jets situation for inspiration and have momentum and confidence down the stretch', stressed Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Even in Kuwait, one knows exactly how Tuebingen is doing. 'I think that Tuebingen could become a tough team come the end of February and be a type of Jets sensation team', warned Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) who is playing for Kazma in Kuwait. But then again not every one sees eye to eye with both the Jets and Tuebingen. 'The Jets had a good team and a tremendous coaching staff. They had a good hand with rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and Thomas Jones has always been a fighter. However I think that the Tuebingen Cinderella season will end before the playoffs', warned Ratiopharm Ulm German Jerome Bridgewater (193-F-89). BG Goettingen American Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: New York U.) might be the biggest New York Jets fan in the BEKO BBL and has a lot of pride about the success of his football team. 'Its all about exceeding expectations. No one expected us to be a good rushing team, but we led the NFL in rushing with 172 yards per game, our passing game wasnt supposed to be good, but Sanchez did a great job and basicly when the team leads in passing and total defense, there is no wonder that you will be successful, stated Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: New York U.).

Since coming into the BBL in 2004-2005, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen have been treading water in the BBL middle standings and at times scrapping the deregulation area. The best finish of the club was 2006-2007 as they finished in 10th place. The Tigers have been more a harmless creature that seems to have their mouth sealed with little power escaping instead of showing their absolute unconquerable qualities of a tiger on the court. The team has been known for developing a healthy fan base and letting guys like Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) (his first year) develop into top BBL players, but then again also have gone the usual BBL route of signing an abundance of Americans and closing an eye for further developing German players and the organization also has been prone to getting involved with minor scandals like in 2006 with Tamien Trent (183-G-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and Mike Moten (203-C-71, college: Rhode Island) who were banned by the German basketball federation following a drug test. Making the jump to the BBL is not easy and if one were to ask experts in the Tuebingen surrounding, one would always here three things. A lack of management know how, a slim budget and not getting the right mix of players. Ex coach Tolga Ongoren came in the middle of the 2007-2008 season and started getting the team in a right direction

Ex coach Tolga Ongoren came in the middle of the 2007-2008 season and started getting the team on the right path saving the team from stepping to the PRO A. Last season the team struggled again landing at 13th place. It was never able to go on a big run being able to only go on a three game winning streak. The six game losing streak in the middle of the season hurt their chances considerably for reaching the playoffs and finishing the season losing five of their last six games didnt necessarily speak for the nerves or stability in the team either. Despite not winning much, they had some highlights including beating the 2009 BBL champions EWE Baskets Oldenburg on Eurosport, sweeping the Artland Dragons season series as well as the TBB Trier season series including a exciting 102-100 win in Trier as well as a 98-95 nail bitter in Ulm. Their 5-12 road record was miserable and their knack for losing five close games by a combined total of only 13 points didnt speak positive of displaying nerves of steal in crunch time. The team had talent, but may not have had the right ingredients in the game plan in the offense to be successful on a consistent basis which is needed in the BBL. 'It seemed like Ongoren liked to hype the big man play which didnt really allow any of the guard play to be featured in scoring. The team had Katic and Haynes in the top ten scoring of the league. The team also didnt have a deep bench', stressed Ratiopharm Ulm German Jerome Bridgewater

As is so often the case in sports, in the new season everything is supposed to change and become better. For The Walter Tigers Tuebingen, it has been no secret that money has not been growing on trees. They saved money by making assistant coach Igor Perovic the new coach. The team kept some players, but also did a pretty good job getting fortification for this season. Even though the old clich of a new year better luck will most likely never be erased, ex Wurzburg player Markus Hallgrimson truly believes that a new birth is possible this season in Tuebingen. 'I played with Igor Perovic in Wurzburg and know manager Robert Wintermantel since 17 years who is my brothers best friend. Igor is a very inexperienced, but competent coach while Robert is a proper person and has basketball knowledge. I am sure things will change under this duo', stressed ex TV Langen player and NCAA three poiner record holder of 16 in a game Markus Hallgrimson. 'Coach Igor is a very good coach with a high basketball IQ. He really knows how to communicate with us and make us feel comfortable while still demanding our very best effort and nothing less', said new American Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop).

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen didt start off like a possible Cinderella team as they had a 2-7 record despite beating 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin at home. Then came a solid stretch where the club won three of four games and the team was proving more and more that they had a lot of potential. However then came a small dry spell as they lost against top clubs Oldenburg and Bonn, but since then they are riding on a five game winning streak having beaten Bamberg and Artland at home and MBC on the road. 'Tuebingen is jelling at the right time, because for me they have one of the talented teams on paper. They have very skilled players at each position and from the bench. They are long and athletic and create match up problems on offense and defense', stressed ex Nordlingen forward Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). Tuebingen has a 7-3 record at home and Phoenix Hagen got an early dose of the Tiger grit early in the season in a 84-72 loss. 'I knew that they were a solid team, but right now everything is clicking for them. They are a very tough team now, because they are playing with a lot of confidence. The key is that they are thinking that they are a better team when they step on the court and they are proving it. The key for them currently is point guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) who is leading the team and creating for all', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). A big reason for the rise of The Walter Tigers Tuebingen has been that players have not been fighting individually for the ball, but rather have been sharing it like a team. 'Tuebingen is so strong, because they have found together as a team. All the players have found their roles. At the start, Rathkovica wanted to do all, Travis was inconsistent, but now Nadjfeji has found his role, Rathkovica is hitting the three pointer and Williams the mid range jumper and both have improved a lot, Travis is using his strength, Watts fits into the team well and the team lives from Jenkins scoring. Hudson didnt find his role and had to go. Coach Igor Perovic is doing a good job', stressed Jerome Bridgewater.

Even though a human being would never want to experience a real face to face encounter with a tiger in Asia, but bumping into the Tuebingen tiger mascot in the Paul Horn arena is about as harmless as Will Ferrell trying to scare you out in the woods as unabomber Ted Kaczynski. The tiger remains featured in prominent mythology and folklore and are depicted in modern films and literature. It may not be king of the jungle like the lion, but still is a very feared animal and tries in spirit to hurt the opponents of The Walter Tigers Tuebingen in each game. Of course The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will need to find a way to avoid the paws of the Tuebingen Tiger. 'Frankfurt has to take the tiger from the comfortable climate of Africa and bring it to Germany for some of this nice cold German weather. Tigers like to roam in warm weather and I think Frankfurt should keep the tiger out of the arena and let it freeze', joked Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'Even though that Tuebingen has been playing very well, I think that the tiger will have to prepared for a very cold shower after playing Frankfurt', stated Jerome Bridgewater.

25 year old 201cm forward Romeo Travis (201-F-84, agency: Reed Athlete Management, college: Akron) is playing his first season in Tuebingen and will always be remembered for playing together with the planets greatest basketball player Lebron James at St Marys and winning three high school championships in Ohio. He already raised eye brows last season in the BEKO BBL in Ulm where he averaged 12,2ppg, 5,4rpg and 1,3apg. Even though, he had some very low scoring games this season, he compensated for it by scoring 20 or more points five times and currently has stronger stats then last season averaging 13,8ppg, 6,4rpg and 1,9apg. Romeo could probably have higher stats, but he is not always the number one option in each game. 'It is all about focus. Travis can still pick it up. He needs to bring energy to get him going. I think the team can even get better and he will be a key in this run', warned Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). People also continue to ask how much of an influence Lebron James was on Travis in high school. 'I think that James had a major effect on Travis. I think just being able to work out with him daily helped him improve. This should give Travis a lot of confidence against anyone', added Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). 'I dont know how much James effected the game of Travis, but they always competed against each other in high school and that is probably what made him better. You can only get better when you have such a great player on the team', stated Jerome Bridgewater.

One thing riding for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners is that they have won the last six games in a row against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. The most memorable win was the 104-102 double overtime win in Frankfurt in 2007. Two seasons ago, Frankfurt won in Tuebingen 78-70 as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) led all scorers with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners routed Tuebingen 72-59 as Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) poured in 25 points and six rebounds and left a lasting memory with a flying dunk through the zone like a bird. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) had his best scoring game in the bEKO BBL against Tuebingen in 2001 with 29 points. Despite the good record by Frankfurt, they will have their hands full this time in the Paul Horn arena. 'Tuebingen is on a five game winning streak and on fire. They seem to be unbeatable at home and dont forget beat Alba Berlin this season', said Jerome Bridgewater.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen are led by 23 year old 191 cm guard Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop). He is from Kinston, North Carolina and played at Winthrop from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he averaged 13,1ppg, 4,9rpg and 2,5apg. He finished as the 10th leading scorer at Winthrop with 1,253 points. Last season, he played in the CBA with The Albany Patrons and in Bosnia at BC Buducnost Podgorica. This season, he is averaging 14,5ppg, 3,8rpg and 2.3apg. and he has very good shooting percentages of 46% from the field and 40% from the parking lot. He has scored in double figures in 15 games. Aleksandar Nadjfeji (203-F-76) is a 33 year old 203cm forward that still averaged 9.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.5apg, FGP-3 (67.3%), 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 51.6% in 20 minutes playing time in Berlin last season and he continues to shoot very well from the field despite his 33 years of age. The gregarious Serb is a winner having won two BBL titles with Cologne and Berlin as well as two German cups and gives the team a lot of experience as well as helping the younger German players. He is also a very strong passing forward and is averaging 12,4ppg, 3,7rpg and 2,0apg. He has scored in double figures 13 times.

24 year old 193 cm guard from Serbia Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) is playing his first season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2007-2009 and averaged 9,4ppg, 2,1rpg and 2,3 apg. Those were very good stats for a guy who was primarily a role player for a team with such a deep roster. This season, he is averaging 10,7ppg, 2,8rpg and 5,2apg. His biggest strength is that he is a lethal scoring option and has been the strong play maker that the team was searching for. He has scored in double figures 11 times. 'I have seldom seen such a clever player like Bane. He usually sees things before they even happen and he is a good defender. I am sure that he will become one of the top point guards in the BBL this season',added Jay Thomas (193-F-79, college: Cent.Washington). 23 year old 203 cm Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports), is a modern day forward doing the job inside and outside. He played at Creighton from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he averaged 11,3ppg, 6,4rpg and 1,0apg. Last season, he quietly had a very solid BBL rookie season in Ludwigsburg averaging in 20 minutes averaging 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7% in 32 games. It wouldnt be a surprise if most followers of German basketball didnt even know that he led the BBL in field goal percentage at 68%. last season. He is a team player that still has a lot of potential and could become a scoring option in Tuebingen. 'Dane has a lot of potential and has all the qualities that a big player of today needs. He can shoot, is athletic, has good ball handling and defends well. I am sure that he will surprise a lot of people except for us', joked Jay Thomas (193-F-79, college: Cent.Washington). This season, he is averaging 10,2ppg, 5,2rpg and 1,3apg

One of the biggest surprises has been 24 year old 203cm power forward Kenneth Wiliams (203-F-85, college: Mississippi) from Miami Florida. He played at Mississippi and was a rookie last season with Tuebingen averaging only 3,5ppg and 3,1rpg in 13 mpg. He seemed to be a long term project for the club, but he has made huge strides this season as he currently is averaging 9,4ppg and 4,5rpg and has scored in double figures in eight games. He is mainly there to clean up the zone and get rebounds, but this season, he has shown that he can be a real scoring option scoring 23 points against Phoenix Hagen. 'I saw an upside coming with Wiliams last season. He will get even better with time, but he is already leaving a mark now', warned 2009 BEKO BBL scoring leader Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). After the departure of American Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Howard), the club got added stability at the guard position with 26 year old 191cm combo guard Steven Wright (191-G-83, college: N.Kentucky) from Dayton, Ohio. He played at Bowling Green (NCAA) from 2003-2006 and finished his collegiate career at Northern Kentucky from 2006-2007. He is a BEKO BBL veteran as he was a rookie with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig in 2007-2008 averaging 7,4ppg, 2,6rpg and 2,3apg. Last season, he helped The Paderborn Baskets reach their first ever BEKO BBL playoffs averaging 7,8ppg, 2,8rpg and 1,9apg. He was a starter his first two seasons and now is a backup which isnt easy to swallow. 'Yes, I am not playing that much less than the last two seasons. Last season in Paderborn, I was playing about 15 to 17 minutes in the first half of the season and in the second half I was playing 30 + minutes. After being a starter for two years, it is tough to come from the bench. But I am just focussing on what is best for the team. It has not been easy for me to adjust as I came in November. I am still just trying to flow into the team. I want to play better and hope my average goes up', stressed Steven Wright (191-G-83, college: N.Kentucky). Wright is averaging 6,0ppg, 2,3rpg and 1,5apg this season. 30 year old 193cm forward Jay Thomas (193-F-79, college: Cent.Washington) is playing his fourth season with The Walter Tigers Tuebingen and is primarily a role player to help with his experience and help the young players. This season, he is averaging 1,3ppg in limited duty.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners go to Tuebingen with a solid 6-4 road record and are meeting a very hot Tuebingen team who seemed to have established a special kind of Tigers den in the Paul Horn arena. Even though Tuebingen has many weapons, there is one main force that Tuebingen has that Frankfurt will have to do more than just control, but shut down as much as possible as he has gotten hotter in the last few months. 'Frankfurt has to control Rathkovica. He makes Tuebingen go. If they make his play uncomfortable then they can win. The key matchup will be the point guard position. Whoever wins this battle, will walk away with a victory', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). Ratiopharm Ulm already learned a bitter lession when you dont limit Rathkovica. 'Rathkovica is the Tuebingen creator. He produces a lot of pick and role and loves to split and hit the open three pointer. His three pointer and guards going down on the ball screen is what killed Ulm this season', stressed Jerome Bridgewater. Frankfurt did their home work in the big win at home as the Serb point guard only had six points and four assists. 'Rathkovica has been making big steps in the last two years in Tuebingen. He has much energy and is very physical. He plays good pick and role with Nadjfeji and they both learned this at a young age in Serbia Of course it is important to play team defense on him, but we dont focus on one player, because they have so many guys that can hurt the opponent', warned Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances )

Not only the poor 33% shooting of The Walter Tigers Tuebingen in the first loss hurt them, but also their lack of controlling the boards (26-41) damaged their chances of winning. However Tuebingen has a potent inside game and will be more alert this time in the zone. 'Tuebingen has a strong post presence. Watts, Nadjfeji and Wiliams have stepped up their game. Travis knows how to post up and he is very crafty. He will post up against anyone especially smaller guys. Roderick Trice (191-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Carolina) couldnt guard him and was slapped with 25 points', added Jerome Bridgewater. If Frankfurt can stop their inside presence, then they will have a big advantage, because a weak spot is the Tuebingen defense inside. 'The Tuebingen rotations are very bad and they are slow in the recovery especially Nadjfeji and Wiliams. If Frankfurt can play their pick and role, then they should win', commented Jerome Bridgewater. The 98-66 loss seems like ages ago and Skyliner coach Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) sees the Tuebingen defense not as a weak spot anymore. 'In the past, you could always score against Tuebingen, because they had slow big guys, but now Nadjfeji and Watts, they can stop teams. They play good team defense and have been keeping teams to low scoring', warned Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances ) Ex Nordlingen forward Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) in thousands of miles away in Kuwait, but his knowledge of the current BEKO BBL is as if he was still playing in Germany. 'Frankfurt has to play physical, limit open shots for Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop), rebound well, defend Romeo Travis (201-F-84, agency: Reed Athlete Management, college: Akron) and whoever is guarding Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) better be on his toes and then Frankfurt should win', added Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). Both teams can be doing everything right on the court, but there is still one factor that has little to do with shooting or getting rebounds that will play a big role for either team to win. 'This will be a game of will. When the buzzer sounds, then we will know who wanted to win the game more', warned Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.). The Walter Tigers Tuebingen host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on January 31st at 17:00.



A Delayed Reaction From Ronald Ross (Artland Dragons) After 77-56 Win Against EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) is a 26 year old 18 cm guard playing his first season for The Artland Dragons. He is originally from Hobbs New Mexico and played at Texas Tech from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he averaged 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 43% and reached the NCAA Sweet 16. He started his professional career with Univer Castelletto Ticino (Italy-Lega2) and then moved on to the CBA in 2006-2007 for Butte Daredevils playing 48 games averaging 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 49%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.2% and in 2007 for the Albany Patroons (USBL, starting five) playing 21 games: Score-3 (17.4ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.0apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 41.4%, FT: 84.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for ENBW Ludwigsburg playing 34 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2 (1.7spg), 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 77.9% reaching the cup final in 2008. Last season, he started in Israel before moving on to the Artland Dragons playing 12 games and averaging 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 70.0%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 77-56 win against EnBW Ludwigsburg.

Ron congrats on the 77-56 win at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg. You guys gave the fans a scare with only 10 points in the first quarter. Why was the dragons fire doused so easily in the first quarter?


I don't know. We just had a slow start and weren't able to know down shots like we needed to.

The Artland Dragons seemed to have found their rhythm after as they averaged 23 points in the last three quarters. Were you happy with the way the offense performed in the last three quarters?

Absolutely, everybody was involved and scoring. From a pg's perspective you got to love it when everybody is part of the game and enjoying it.

The Artland Dragons had a 35-31 lead at halftime, but led by 14 points after 30 minutes. What was key in the third quarter which gave the team the comfortable lead?



I thought we played good defense and our offense was running on all cylinders. I thought as a team that we really wanted it.

The Artland Dragons were outrebounded 39-27, but the club compensated in other areas.What was the biggest strength that the Artland displayed in the game?


Your right, we most definitely got outrebounded, but everything we did, we did it together and we were able to benefit from it more as a result of the game.

Ludwigsburg has a very talented team and has scoring ability, but have only scored 80 or more points in six games. What is the biggest problem that the team has?

I can't really call it on whats their problem. They're good team and I'm sure if they knew what their problem was they would fix it a.s.a.p

It was only two years ago since you played with Ludwigsburg, but do you feel for their struggles currently?


I don't think our team is in the greatest situation for me to pass judgement, but I will say before they were supposedly struggling I wished them best as well so nothing has changed.

Many will say that Alba Berlin has the deepest roster, but I honestly think that there is no team in the BEKO BBL like The Artland Dragons where nine different guys could be top scorer on any given night not to take anything away from the three talented Germans on the team. Is this strength something that may pay dividends later in the season?

I definitely thinks its something that will benefit us as the season continues to progress. We're definitely understanding each other more and more as the season goes on. We can't take any more steps back to move forward, we gotta just move forward.

The team had a comfortable 15 day break until the next game against MBC. How important is this longer rest. What do The Artland Dragons have planned in this time?


The break was nice, but only from a physical stand point. I think it was good for some of our players to rest, but like you said we play MBC and there will be no time to rest against them. They're a very dangerous team.

Would The new England Patriots have won if Wes Welker had played?


Without a doubt. If Wes played the game would have definitely been different. As long as I watched him play he has been one of the biggest X-Factors a team could have.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


Just finished catching up on the series 'The Tudors'.

Thanks Ron for the chat! Good luck vs MBC.


Thanks.



Josh Carter Pre Game Thoughts To BEKO BBL Game Of The Week: EWE Baskets Oldenburg-Alba Berlin January 29th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Josh Carter (201-G/F-88, college: Texas A&M) is a 20 year old 201 cm shooting guard/small forward playing his first season in Germany for the BBL champions EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He is from Dallas, Texas and played four years at Texas A & M. In the fall of 205, he was a 16 year old freshman on the team. N his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 39.9%, FT: 84.7%. He had two duels against 2009 NBA top pick Blake Griffin losing both games against Oklahoma, but having a deadlock with Griffin at 32 points a piece. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007 and also played with the USA National team in 2007.. Josh spoke to eurobasket before the game against Alba Berlin.

How did you spend the Allstar break? Did you do anything exciting?


Nothing exciting I just watched the game at my house.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg are only in 6th place but have a solid 13-6 record. What is the main goal of the team in the second half of the season?


Just to keep getting better and to keep winning games. We know we are a good team and we just want to continue improving.


Will the EWE Baskets Oldenburg get even stronger now because the Euroleague season is over?

We are not happy that Euroleague is over, but maybe it will help us a little. It will be nice to be well rested and have more time to prepare for our opponents.

Je Kel Foster has carried the team in the first half. Do you expect to increase your role in the second half of the season or will it stay the same?

Je Kel has done a great job he has really been playing well as of late especially. I think my role will stay pretty much the same. I feel like I have played pretty well for the most part I have struggled a little these past few games but hopefully I will turn that around and start playing better and be more consistent.

You lost the first game against Alba Berlin 69-67. What was your memory of this game?


I remember Rickey and Je Kel carrying us that game. That was my 1st road game in the BBL and I remember not playing so great. Hopefully this time around will be a better performance and we will get a win at home

It was very early in the season, and both teams have changed since that game. What kind of game can the fans expect from this game?


Hopefully a fun exciting game. Both teams have great players. It should be a good game.


If The EWE Baskets Oldenburg can contain the Alba Berlin pick and role, will that be half of the rent for getting the win?


I think so. As long as you play solid defense as a team you are always going to have a chance to win the game.

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg have a craving for shooting three pointers. Is the Oldenburg inside game going to be more of a factor in the second half of the season?

We have some great bigs that are capable of doing good things down low. We really just try to make the easy play if its a open 3 we shoot it if its taking it to the rim and getting it inside we will do that. So whatever is the best option is where we will go.

What will be key in beating Alba Berlin?

Just playing hard, taking good shots and playing good defense.

Were you surprised that the Colts and Saints got to the Superbowl?

I wasnt surprised they were the 2 best teams in the league all season

What was the last DVD that you saw?


Saw VI

Thanks Josh. Good luck against Alba Berlin.

Thanks.



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Partizan shocks Panathinaikos in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Partizan 59-64

Partizan demonstrated excellent performance in Athens last night. 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 rebounds, while Petar Bozic (197-G-78) 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.
Opening quarter was almost tied. Teams exchanged baskets and Panathinaikos was the one who grabbed plus four in the finish, thanks to nice plays by Antonis Fotsis. Lester McCalebb responded on the other side fixing the score to 22-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second period, PAO slightly improved. However, Partizan was strong enough not to let the Greek giant to make a bigger lead. PAO grabbed 29-23 at the halfway of the second period and later jumped to plus 9, but Aleksandar Rasic closed first half with a bomb for 42-36. Almost the same picture on the court was seen after the breather. PAO once again touched plus 9, but Partizan was there to respond and to cut the margin to 52-46 before the last 10 minutes. Than, visitors totally took control on PAO. First they came to 57-54 and few minutes later it already was 57-59 for Partizan. Aleksandar Rasic scored for plus 4 and Vassilis Spanoulis responded with a basket for PAO. Jan Vesely was send to the line in the finish and he made both. Nicholas tried for 3, but question about the winner was already resolved.

PAO: Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Dimitris Diamantidis 11
Partizan: Jan Vesely 13+6 boards, Lawrence Roberts 12+10 boards Petar Bozic 12, Aleksandar Rasic 10



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Eiffel Towers wins game against Krasnie Krylia - by Claudia vanGorp
Tonight Eiffel Towers Den Bosch played their first game in the second round in the EuroChallenge.

Eiffel Towers Den Bosch and Krasnie Krilya Samara both had their runs during the night but in the last three minutes of the game the Dutch team came to a 9 point lead and the game lasted long enough to hit the showers winning by 5. 85-80.

Leading players for the Eiffel Towers Den Bosch are Jerome Beasley (209-F-80, college: N.Dakota) (21 points) Peter Van Paassen (211-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) (20 points), Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.) (17 points) and Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) also added 10 assists for the hometeam.

Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) had 23 points and Ernest Bremer (196-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) had 11 assists for Krasnie Krilya Samara


PromotieDivisie Scores: Round 13 & 14 - by Terry Cooper
Round 13 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - BV Rooi 73 - 65
Punch - Amsterdam2 38 - 87
De Groene Uilen - Red Giants 85 - 97
Binnenland - High Five 76 - 48
ZZ Leiden2 - Goba 67 - 66
MSV Log in - Landstede2 80 - 65

Round 14 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Red Giants 79 - 72
Binnenland - Goba 71 - 63
Landstede2 - BV Rooi 69 - 92
De Groene Uilen - High Five 80 - 43
ZZ Leiden2 - VBC Akrides 84 - 72
MSV Log in - Punch 93 - 54



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Forward Tyler Amaya and center Kyle Dalvit heading to New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
The Belingham Slam have announced that two of its players from the 2009 season have signed contracts to play overseas this spring. Forward Tyler Amaya (199-F-82, college: W.Washington) and center Kyle Dalvit (211-C-81, college: Whitman) will head to New Zealand to compete with the Otago Nuggets.

The Nuggets have teams in each of New Zealand's two basketball divisions. Amaya will suit up for their top-division team in the National Basketball League, while Dalvit will play for Otago's second-division squad in the Conference Basketball League.

Amaya was the Slam's leading scorer and rebounder last season, with averages of 23.6 points and 11.1 boards per game. Amaya originally joined the Slam in 2008 and helped guide the team to the International Basketball League championship that season. He was named co-MVP of the title game after posting 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Elkhart Express.

Dalvit has been a reserve post player for the Slam since the team's 2006-07 season in the American Basketball Association. He averaged 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for Bellingham in 2009, and posted a career-high 18 rebounds on April 11, 2009 at Portland.

Unfortunately, since the New Zealand basketball season runs concurrently with the International Basketball League's spring schedule, both Amaya and Dalvit will most likely be unable to suit up for the Slam in 2010.

The Slam will tip off their 2010 IBL campaign on April 9 at Whatcom Pavilion. The team's full 2010 schedule is expected to be released in early February.


Courtesy of www.bellinghamherald.com


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Albert Mouring ; Second Import of Azad University ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Tehran Azad University club was playing with only one import player in this season till now and that great import player was the best of them and Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79) as PG.
They couldn't sign any other import player for financial problems and now, in just one month to end of season, Coach Mehran Hatami added Albert Mouring (191-G-79, college: Connecticut) as second import to help Kevin and other players to stand on 5th place. They almost lost top4 play offs by losing some important games (Mahram, ZobAhan, Petorchimi and Saba will be in top4 play offs) and now are one the main chances for 5th place. Their most important opponent for 5th place is Gorgan team.

Albert Mouring was in Iran last season for Langeroud club which stood on last position of standing and after that there is no official news that he played any where after that or not and after about One year, he is joining a club and thats Azad University.
Albert Mouring was in Connecticut college and is a Terrific scorer with great percentages from all ranges and his last Achievements is being in Final of Bahrain League in 2007.



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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. James, UCD Marian3.6 
 8. Donnelly, DCU S.3.6 
 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. Loughnane, Moycu.2.3 
 8. Summersgill, Belfas.2.3 
 9. Madsen, Killester2.2 
 10. Clarke, Killest.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. Perre, Belfast Star1.2 
 7. Robbins, UL Eagles1.2 
 8. Turner, Killester1.1 
 9. Baynes, UCD Marian0.9 
 10. McCormick, UCD.0.8 


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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. Eliyaho, Hap.Haifa1.0 
 10. Clemente, Macc.A.1.0 


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  ITALY   


Umana Reyer strengthen roster - by Eurobasket News
Umana Reyer is looking for the ways to improve their performance in the season. The team has made another market move as they landed two import players. Venezia signed deals with Tyrone Grant (202-F-77, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: St.John's) and Alvin Young (191-F-75, college: Niagara).
Alvin Young started the season in Edimes Pavia. He averaged 17.6 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game in LegaDue. Last year the 34-year-old forward played for Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. Alvin Young notched 19.3 points, 3.5 boards, 2.7 steals and 2.2 assists per game for Trenkwalder. The forward graduated from the Niagara University back in 1999. Young had stints in Greece, Italy, Israel and France in his long basketball career.
Tyrone Grant was released from Benetton Treviso yesterday. The 32-year-old forward quickly found the new team and inked a deal with Umana Reyer. Tyrone Grant played two games for Benetton tallying 2.0 points and 1.0 board per appearance. Last season Tyrone Grant played for Hyeres-Toulon, where he averaged 7.7 points, 4.0 boards and 1.3 blocks per game. He ended the season in Israel scoring 9.9 points and pulling down 7.1 boards for Ashkelon.



Vanoli Cremona part ways with Gary Forbes - by Eurobasket News
Vanoli Cremona released Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia). The 24-year-old guard arrived to Italy prior to the start of the season. He averaged 13.3 points, 4.3 boards and 1.6 steals per game in Seria A. The Panamanian-US player started the previous season in Napoli before the team folded without playing a single game. Later Gary Forbes moved to the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He averaged 16.3 points, 4.8 boards and 2.0 assists per game. Later Forbes moved to the Tulsa 66ers. He tallied 18.0 points, 5.7 boards and 4.0 assists per appearance in the reminder of the D-League season.


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WABA & FIBA Asia announce their 2010 calender - by Omar Shafaamri
(Amman - Jo-basket)

The West Asian Basketball Association (WABA) announced the calendar of its basketball events for the new year 2010 in an official statement yesterday.

The first event for WABA will be the 13th Clubs Championship which was moved from Esfahan to Tehran, Iran in the period between the 8th and the 16th of March, Ten teams will participate in this event (Two from Jordan, Two from Syria, Two from Lebanon, Two from Iran, One from Yemen and One from Iraq), 4 teams from 4 different countries will qualify to the 21st Asian Clubs Championship in Doha, Qatar from the 22nd to the 30th of May.

Bieirut, The capital city of Lebanon will host the 11th WABA Under-18 Championship on the 12th of April until the 18th of the same month, The qualification to the FIBA Asia U-18 Chamoionship (22 September - 1 October) to 3 teams beside Yemen who will host the Asian event.

Iraq will be back on the map when they will organize the 10th WABA Men Championship in Duhok City from the 5th to the 11th of June, Four teams from this event will be promoted to play in the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in Beirut, Lebanon (7-15 August).

The Calendar also noted that Erbil city in Iraq will hold the 3rd WABA Clubs Championship for Women from the 17th to 23rd of July.

In other FIBA Asia events, The 20th Under-18 Championship for Women will be held in Thailand (23-30 June) which gives qualification to two teams to Under-19 World Championship 2011.

The basketball tournament in the Asian Games (12-27 November) will be in Guangzhou, China.



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Mar Del Plata is Final Four host city - by Eurobasket News
Mar Del Plata was chosen to host Liga Americas Final Four. It is the third edition of the most prestigious club tournament on the continent. Penarol Mar Del Plata, Espartanos de Margarita, Haclones Xalapa and Quimsa Santiago del Estero will fight for the trophy. The teams will play in round-robin format to decide on the new champion. The action is slated to tip off on February 4. Halcones will face Quimsa, while Espartanos will take on Penarol in the opening round.


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
 1. Penarol 0-0 
 2. Espartanos 0-0 
 3. Quimsa 0-0 
 4. Halc.Xalapa 0-0 


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Demetrius Brown is expected in BBC Nitia - by Eurobasket News
BBC Nitia decided to change their import player. They released Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ark.-Monticello) and expected to pen a deal with Demetrius Brown (201-F-83, college: San Jose St.).
Demetrius Brown started the season in Lebanon but moved to Sweden in December. The 26-year-old forward joined Solna and averaged 8.5 points, 2.3 boards per game for the Vikings. Last season Demetrius Brown played in Finland. He produced 18.2 points, 6.5 boards and 1.5 steals per appearance for LrNMKY.



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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Rojos 33-6 
 2. Halc.Xalapa 32-8 
 3. Soles 30-9 
 4. Pioneros 30-9 
 5. Toros 29-10 
 6. Halc.Cordoba 28-12 
 7. Lobos Grises 26-13 
 8. Bucaneros 22-17 
 9. Panteras 19-19 
 10. Lechugueros 19-20 
 11. Angeles 17-22 
 12. Potros 17-22 
 13. Fuerza Regia 16-21 
 14. Abejas 16-24 
 15. Barreteros 15-24 
 16. Huracanes 13-26 
 17. Libertadores 11-28 
 18. Indios 8-29 
 19. Cosmos 8-31 
 20. Pilares 3-35 


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, Abejas24.3 
 4. Habel, Cosmos22.1 
 5. Thomas, Potros21.9 
 6. Hickerson, Pioneros21.8 
 7. Jackson, Pilares21.7 
 8. Hornsby, Huracanes21.4 
 9. Mills, Indios21.4 
 10. Capers, Barreter.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. Rivera, Halc.Rojos4.3 
 8. Roque, Toros4.3 
 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. Hollyfield, Barre.2.2 
 5. Gooner, Halc.Rojos2.2 
 6. Malpica, Cosmos2.2 
 7. Funn, Bucaneros2.2 
 8. Monroe, Potros2.1 
 9. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.2.1 
 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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Fifth victory for Lovcen in Balkan League - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin teams were 50% successful last night in Balkan League. That was Round 7 of the regional championship.
Lovcen destroyed Rabotnicki 104-50 jumping to first place in Group A. That is the fifth victory of the Montenegrin squad in 7 appearances. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91) shined for the hosts with 24 points and 7 rebounds, all of that in just 19 minutes. Nikola Ivanovic (199-F-89) had 22 and Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) added 13 pts in this victory. In Rabotnicki (1-5), Aleksandar Dimitrovski delivered 18 pts.
Second Montenegrin team, Mornar Bar, faced with 69-88 home loss against Feni Industrija. There is three a way tie now on top of Group B with Levski, Beograd and Feni Industri, all having 5-2 score. Dusan Knezevic nailed 18 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for the winners last night. Darko Sokolov had 14 pts and 6 boards, while Bosko Jovovic added one point less than him. Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) shined in loss with 27 points. Djordje Gagic (211-C-90, agency: Interperformances) stopped on 10 and his Mornar dropped to 3-4.
Next round is scheduled for February 10. Lovcen will meet Metalac, and Mornar will take on Beograd.


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  NBA   


Lakers looking to trade for Kirk Hinrich? - by Eurobasket News
The Lakers need to upgrade their point guard position, this season ideally and for next season certainly. The Chicago Bulls need to clear out a little more salary space if they want to make a run at Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh this summer.

So the rumor that the Lakers have talked about trading Adam Morrison (6'8''-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Sasha Vujacic (6'7''-G-84) to the Bulls for Kirk Hinrich (6'3''-G-81, college: Kansas) makes some sense. There has been a discussion, but in the NBA (especially a couple weeks out from the trade deadline) a discussion is miles from an actual deal.

Thats not to say there isnt little bit of logic to this rumor. For Chicago, they have a logjam at the guard position and they are likely to move either Hinrich or John Salmons to free up that cap room they need for the summer.

And the Lakers need to upgrade at point guard. Father time has caught up with Derek Fisher at 35 he can still hit some big shots, but he hits fewer shots overall (just 37 percent this season) and he is getting burned on defense a lot. The Lakers have locked up the rest of their core for a few years (Kobe will sign an extension this summer), they just need a point guard. Jordan Farmar has said he doesnt love the Lakers triangle offense, this may be his last season as a Laker.

And, ever since Kobe went on his now-ignored trade me rampage a couple years back the Lakers have had interest in Hinrich. He does fit the triangle he can hit the three point shot, makes smart decisions and defends well. At least he used to do all those things before this season, now at age 30 his game seems to have taken a little step back (he is down to 36% from three and is getting fewer free throws). However, that could be more about the at times chaotic situation of the Bulls backcourt than it is about Hinrich.

The real hurdle for the Lakers is money. Hinrich is due the remainder of us $9.5 million this year, $9 million next season and $8 million in two years (the rare declining salary). That is a lot of money for a guard who would be offensive option number five especially when you are paying Kobe more than $24 million, Gasol $17 million and Bynum $13 million next season, not to mention healthy contracts for Odom and Artest. The Lakers already have the highest payroll in basketball, owner Jerry Buss is paying a lot of luxury tax and has said he would like to cut payroll.

The Lakers would likely have to give up more than the rumored offer to make this work like Farmar, Morrison and Vujacic. Then Buss would have to agree to reach deeper into his pocket. Thats a lot of ifs, a lot of players to give up and money to take on. It could work on the court, but may not off it.

And that is why so many rumored trades never work out, likely including this one.


Courtesy of www.nbclosangeles.com

Spurs consider bidding for Stoudemire - by Eurobasket News
Another intriguing suitor could emerge in the bidding for Phoenix Suns star Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82): the San Antonio Spurs.

Multiple league sources say the Spurs front office has researched and debated pursuing Stoudemire to play alongside Tim Duncan.

There are questions for the Spurs to answer: Would they be willing to part with the personnel including possibly Manu Ginobili to make a deal happen?

Do the Spurs want to re-sign Stoudemire to a contract extension and swell their payroll?

Do they believe Stoudemire could be the difference for their fifth championship?

All questions with no clear answers for the Spurs yet.

Nevertheless, the possibility of an athletic, offensive force like Stoudemire has become too irresistible to easily dismiss. The Spurs (25-18) have lost five of their past six games, and have fallen into sixth place in the Western Conference.

They know theyve got to do something, says a source familiar with the front offices thinking. They feel like theyve got to at least look at this and they are.

The Miami Heat are exploring the possibility of a deal, but Pat Riley also knows he can keep Dwyane Wade (notes) and sign Stoudemire as a free agent this summer. Miamis president doesnt have to make a trade now. Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Detroit and Minnesota are among other teams with an interest with Stoudemire.

For Phoenix and San Antonio, there could be a different urgency. The Suns are motivated to move Stoudemire out of a growing belief theyll never come to terms with him on a contract extension. Stoudemire can opt out of the $17.7 million owed him next season. Suns owner Robert Sarver has been in constant cost-cutting mode, and although he does want to keep Stoudemire, its become increasingly unlikely that will happen.

The Spurs need a young, athletic frontcourt complement for an aging Duncan. Despite taking on significant payroll this summer in moves for Richard Jefferson (notes) and Antonio McDyess (notes), its become clearer to the Spurs that their frontline is still ill-equipped to overthrow the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Spurs have always maintained an interest in Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh (notes), a Texas native, but Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo has yet to show a strong inclination to trade his star before his impending free agency this summer.

As painful as it would be for the franchise and fans, the Spurs could try to part with Ginobili and his $10.8 million expiring contract to make a package work. What about burgeoning young guard George Hill (notes), a Gregg Popovich favorite? The Spurs also own the rights to one of the best young centers in Europe, Tiago Splitter (notes), whom a source says could leave the Spanish League to get to the NBA next season.

Many league executives wonder, too: Would the Suns be adverse to trading such a major talent to a longstanding Western Conference rival? Perhaps, but understand the market for Stoudemire is somewhat limited because so many teams dont want to part with well-regarded assets and draft picks for what could amount to be a rent-a-player for this season.

Almost all teams would want assurance they could re-sign Stoudemire. Given the All-Stars stated desire to play for a championship contender, staying with the Spurs wouldnt seem to be the most difficult sell.

Courtesy of Yahoo (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=aw-stoudemirespurs012610&prov=yhoo&type=lgns)


Rose, Evans lead Rookie Challenge roster - by Richard
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis), the reigning T-Mobile Rookie of the Year, and Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis), the leading scorer among first-year players, lead a list of 18 players selected for the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam to be held on Friday, Feb. 12 in Dallas during NBA All-Star 2010.

The participants in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam were selected by the NBA's assistant coaches, with each team submitting one ballot.

Joining Rose on the Sophomore team are Miami Heat forward Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.), Los Angeles Clippers guard Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana), Minnesota Timberwolves forward/center Kevin Love (6'10''-C-88, college: UCLA), New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford), New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group), Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA), and a pair of teammates from the Memphis Grizzlies -- center Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) and guard O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC).

Forward Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances), Evans' teammate in Sacramento, joins him on the Rookie team, which also includes Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (6'9''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC), Detroit Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-F-87), Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson), Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89), Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89, college: Syracuse), Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.), and San Antonio forward/center DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89, college: Pittsburgh).

The head coaches for the Rookie and Sophomore teams will be the lead assistants from the 2010 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs, which will be determined by the best record in each conference through games played Jan. 31.

Previous T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Results
Year Result
1994 Phenoms 74, Sensations 68
1995 White 83, Green 79 (OT)
1996 East 94, West 92
1997 East 96, West 91
1998 East 85, West 80
2000 Rookies 92, Sophomores 81 (OT)
2001 Sophomores 121, Rookies 113
2002 Rookies 103, Sophomores 97
2003 Sophomores 132, Rookies 112
2004 Sophomores 142, Rookies 118
2005 Sophomores 133, Rookies 106
2006 Sophomores 106, Rookies 96
2007 Sophomores 155, Rookies 114
2008 Sophomores 136, Rookies 109
2009 Sophomores 122, Rookies 116

The T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam will be televised live nationally on TNT at 9 p.m. ET and also will be broadcast live on ESPN Radio, while NBA.com will make live audio available to fans in multiple languages.

At halftime of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, the Clippers' Gordon and the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan will compete in the first NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In, a single-round slam dunk competition. Fans will be able to vote via SMS text message and at NBA.com to determine who will advance to the Sprite Slam Dunk the following night.

The T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam began its current format pitting the Rookies against the Sophomores in 2000 and the Sophomores hold an 8-2 advantage over the first-year players. The game will be played in two 20-minute halves. Individual foul totals will be kept, but a player cannot foul out. A team will be in the penalty situation after 10 team fouls or after the second foul in the final two minutes of each half. In the event of a tie game, there will be a two-minute overtime to determine the winner. The clock will stop after each successful field goal in the last minute of each half.

As title partner of the Rookie Challenge and overall NBA Rookie Program, T-Mobile has teamed up with the NBA and NBA Cares to create the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Dallas students to experience NBA All-Star 2010. By successfully completing academic, reading, school attendance, and community service requirements, nearly 4,000 students ages 11-15, from schools within the Dallas and Arlington Independent School Districts will watch the game from the best seats in the house at American Airlines Center.

T-Mobile will provide basketball fans with the opportunity to have their vote count toward selecting the MVP of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam by voting on NBA.com or via SMS on mobile phones during the second half of the game.
Below are the rosters for the 2010 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam:

Rookie Team roster
Player (Team) Position Height/Weight School/Country
Omri Casspi (Kings) F 6-9/225 Israel
DeJuan Blair (Spurs) F-C 6-7/265 Pittsburgh
Stephen Curry (Warriors) G 6-3/185 Davidson
Tyreke Evans (Kings) G 6-6/220 Memphis
Jonny Flynn (Timberwolves) G 6-0/186 Syracuse
Taj Gibson (Bulls) F 6-9/225 USC
James Harden (Thunder) G 6-5/220 Arizona State
Brandon Jennings (Bucks) G 6-1/169 Lottomatica Virtus Roma (Italy)
Jonas Jerebko (Pistons) F 6-10/231 Sweden
Head Coach - TBD
Assistant Coach TBD

Sophomore Team roster
Player (Team) Position Height/Weight School/Country
Michael Beasley (Heat) F 6-9/245 Kansas State
Marc Gasol (Grizzlies) C 7-1/265 Spain
Danilo Gallinari (Knicks) G-F 6-10/225 Italy
Eric Gordon (Clippers) G 6-3/222 Indiana
Brook Lopez (Nets) C 7-0/260 Stanford
Kevin Love (Timberwolves) F-C 6-10/260 UCLA
O.J. Mayo (Grizzlies) G 6-4/210 USC
Derrick Rose (Bulls) G 6-3/190 Memphis
Russell Westbrook (Thunder) G 6-3/187 UCLA
Head Coach TBD
Assistant Coach TBD
Source: NBA.com



Brown, Robinson, Wallace to compete in 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk - by Richard
2009 Sprite Slam Dunk champion Nate Robinson (5'9''-G-84, college: Washington) of the New York Knicks will attempt to become the first three-time winner of the competition when he defends his title on NBA All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 13, at American Airlines Center (8 p.m. ET on TNT) in Dallas. Robinson will compete against the Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) and the Los Angeles Lakers' Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.).

The 2010 Sprite Slam Dunk participants were unveiled today at a special event at New York's Pennsylvania Station, where artist Dan Dunn brought each player's image to life in a speed painting display on giant canvases.

2010 SPRITE SLAM DUNK COMPETITORS
Participant Team Pos. Ht. Wt.
Shannon Brown (L.A. Lakers) G 6-4 205
Gerald Wallace (Charlotte) F 6-7 220
Nate Robinson (New York)* G 5-9 180
Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89, college: USC) (Toronto)**
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) (L.A. Clippers)**

* - indicates 2009 winner
** - will compete in the NBA All-Star Dunk-In to determine fourth dunker

The Toronto Raptors' Demar DeRozan and the Los Angeles Clippers' Eric Gordon will compete in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In, a single-round slam dunk competition that will be held at halftime of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam on Friday, Feb. 12. Fans will be able to vote via SMS text message and at NBA.com to determine who will advance to the Sprite Slam Dunk the following night.

In Phoenix last year, Robinson, who also won the event in 2006 in Houston, edged defending champion Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, and in the process converted a dunk that became an instant classic. Robinson, who won the 2006 event by dunking over 1986 champ Spud Webb, used Howard as a prop this time around, slamming the ball through the hoop after leaping over the 6-11 center. Robinson's final dunk was a reverse alley-oop off the bounce that he brought down to his knees before stuffing it through.

'From capes and kryptonite to blowing out candles and leaping over legends, Sprite Slam Dunk has produced some of the most creative moments in NBA All-Star history,' said Ellen Lucey, director, sports marketing, Coca-Cola North America. 'It's only fitting that we reveal this year's dunkers with a spark of creativity as Nate, Gerald and Shannon prepare to wow fans by pushing their performance to new heights in Dallas.'

The only back-to-back Slam Dunk champions were Chicago's Michael Jordan (1987, 1988) and the Golden State Warriors' Jason Richardson (2002, 2003). The only other two-time winners were Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins (1985, 1990) and Miami's Harold Minor (1993, 1995).

The two dunkers with the highest first round scores will advance to the final round. The dunker with the lowest total score from the first round will compete first in the final round. Dunks then will alternate until each player has completed two. Time limit rules still apply. In the final round, fan voting polls will open via SMS TXT message and at NBA.com. The combined results from SMS TXT voting and NBA.com will determine the champion.

The Sprite Slam Dunk and T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam are part of NBA All-Star 2010, which also includes the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk-In, Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout; Taco Bell Skills Challenge; Haier Shooting Stars; NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas; and the 59th NBA All-Star Game.

Sprite, the world's leading lemon-lime soft drink, has been the official soft drink of the NBA since 1994 and the title partner of the All-Star Slam Dunk competition since 2003.
Source: NBA.com


NBA suspends Wizards' Gilbert Arenas, Javaris Crittenton for rest of season in response to gun incident - by Eurobasket News
Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) and Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) were suspended without pay for the remainder of the season on Wednesday by NBA commissioner David Stern, who said guns in the workplace 'will not be tolerated.'

Stern delivered the punishment after meeting with Arenas, turning his indefinite suspension into a suspension without pay.

Both players have admitted taking guns into the Wizards' locker room, a violation of the collective bargaining agreement, following a dispute on a team flight. Stern said the players expressed remorse, but added, 'nevertheless, there is no justification for their conduct.'

'The issue here is not about the legal ownership and possession of guns, either in one's home or elsewhere,' Stern said in a statement. 'It is about possession of guns in the NBA workplace, which will not be tolerated.'

Arenas, who is forfeiting about $147,200 per game, had already been suspended indefinitely this month. Crittenton, who met with Stern on Tuesday, will lose about $13,435 per game.

Arenas pleaded guilty on Jan. 15 to a felony gun charge after an alleged confrontation with Crittenton in the Verizon Center. Arenas, who is scheduled to be sentenced March 26, is in the second season of a six-year, $111 million contract.

He has asked the players' association not to contest the penalty, while Crittenton's plans are unclear. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Associated Press that, 'David Stern has done what he thinks is right for the league. We're going to look at it and talk about it with Javaris and the players' association.'

The Wizards have 38 games left in a woeful season that was thrown into turmoil when news of the confrontation involving the guns broke on Christmas Eve. The team has distanced itself from Arenas since Stern indefinitely suspended him, removing his posters from the Verizon Center. Crittenton has been injured and wasn't playing, anyway.

The team said it supported Stern's ruling.

'Their poor judgment has also violated the trust of our fans and stands in contrast to everything (former owner) Abe Pollin stood for throughout his life,' the Wizards said in a statement.

'It is widely known that Mr. Pollin took the extraordinary step of changing the team name from 'Bullets' to 'Wizards' in 1997 precisely to express his abhorrence of gun violence in our community. We hope that this negative situation can produce something positive by serving as a reminder that gun violence is a serious issue.'

Piper Hall, a spokeswoman for Arenas' lawyer, wrote in an e-mail to The Associated Press that neither Arenas nor his lawyer, Ken Wainstein, would comment 'at this time.'


Courtesy of www.nj.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.26.0 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.2 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 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.11.5 
 7. Bosh, Toronto R.11.4 
 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: 11.1
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.1 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.0 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.9.6 
 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. Duhon, New York.6.4 
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. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 7. Jackson, Charlott.1.8 
 8. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 9. Brewer, Utah Jazz1.8 
 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. Dalembert, Philad.2.2 
 4. Smith, Atlanta H.2.2 
 5. Perkins, Boston C.2.1 
 6. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.2.1 
 8. Lopez, New J.2.0 
 9. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 10. Duncan, San.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 29-14 
 2. Toronto R. 25-22 
 3. New York K. 18-27 
 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. Orlando M. 30-16 
 2. Atlanta H. 29-15 
 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 


Wednesday's games (11) review - by Eurobasket News
N.Orleans H. - Golde State W. 123-110
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) scored 38 points to lead five New Orleans starters in double figures and the Hornets beat the Golden State Warriors 123-110 on Wednesday night for their fourth win in five games. Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: LSU) was second scorer in victory with 18 and David West added 17 points, plus 12 rebounds. In GS Warriors, C.J. Watson delivered 23 pts.

Chicago B. - Oklah.City T. 96-86
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) scored 26 points, Joakim Noah (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Florida) added 13 points and 11 rebounds and the Bulls held the Oklahoma City without a field goal for the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter on their way to a 96-86 victory on Wednesday night. Kevin Durant had 28 pts and 11 rebounds in loss, and Jeff Green added 24 pts and 9 rebs.

Denver N. - Houston R. 97-92
J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) scored 22 points, Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points and 15 rebounds and the Nuggets extended their winning streak to eight games with a 97-92 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night. Chauncey Billups had 21 and Hilario Nene delivered 18 pts in this victory. The Rockets go 20 points and 11 rebounds from Luis Scola.

Atlanta H. - San Antonio S. 90-105
Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) grabbed a career-high 27 rebounds and scored 21 points. Antonio McDyess (6'9''-F-74, college: Alabama) had 17 pts and a bad thing for the Spurs is that Tony Parker sprained his left ankle and it's uncertain how long he'll be out. Joe Johnson was on fire in loss with 31 points.

Utah Jazz - Portland TB 106-95
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) scored 24 points and the Jazz scored 21 of the first 23 points and went to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 106-95 on Wednesday night. Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) had 16 and Pau Millsap scored 15 points in this victory, plus he grabbed 12 rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge collected 25 pts and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Memphis G. - Detroit P. 99-93
Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) came up with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 24 points and 13 boards for Memphis, which won its third straight. All five Grizzlies starters scored at least 14 points. In Detroit Pistons, Rodney Stuckey had 17 pts and 11 assists.

LA Clippers - New Jersey N. 87-103
The NJ Nets won for only the fourth time in 44 games this season and ended a 29-game losing streak against Western Conference opponents. Kris Humphries (6'9''-F-85, college: Minnesota) scored a career-high 25 points and the Nets avoided the worst 44-game start in NBA history with a 103-87 victory over the Clippers on Wednesday night, snapping an 11-game losing streak. Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) had 19 pts and 9 rebounds, while Keyon Dooling added 18 pts and 8 assists. Chris Kaman responded with 24 pts and 11 rebs for the Clippers.

Philadelph.76 - Milwaukee B. 88-91
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) scored 18 points, hitting a 12-footer with 22 seconds left, and the Bucks held on for a 91-88 win on Wednesday night after the Sixers missed three shots to tie in the final 11 seconds. Charlie Bell (6'3''-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) also scored 18 pts in victory and Ersan Ilyasova added 3 less. Elton Brand shined in defeat with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds.

LA Lakers - Indiana P. 118-96
Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 118-96 on Wednesday night. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) collected 29 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Pau Gasol added 21 pts and 13 rebs in this victory. In the loosing squad, Roy Hibbert had 21 pts.

Miami Heat - Toronto R. 103-111
Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) had 24 points and a season-high 18 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) scored 27 points and the Raptors beat the Miami Heat 111-103 on Wednesday night. Dwyane Wade shined in defeat with 35 points and 10 assists.

Minnesota T. - Cleveland C. 95-109
J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.) scored a career-high 23, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) added 11 assists before resting the last 12 minutes and the Cavs finally won comfortably following two weeks of tense-and-tight games, beating the Minnesota Timberwolves 109-95 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory. Jamario Moon helped with 14 pts in this victory. Kevin Love replied with double-double for the Wolves (20 points and 10 rebounds).



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  NCAA1   


Huskies Fall to Friars, 81-66 - by Allen Waters
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Beating the top-ranked team in the country last week didn't give Connecticut much momentum to build on.

One game after upsetting Texas to reclaim a spot in the rankings, the Huskies fell to Providence 81-66 on Wednesday night when Jamine Peterson Another New York City Product had 23 points and 14 rebounds.

Peterson scored eight of the Friars' 14 straight points as they completed their comeback from a 10-point, first-half deficit.

'We just took our foot off the gas. We thought that we had the game won already,' said UConn forward Gavin Edwards, who scored 17 points. 'Everybody was just resting on their laurels from the Texas game, and as a result, nobody really came out to play, and we got beat.'

The second-half collapse was all-too familiar to Providence (12-8, 4-4 Big East), which led South Florida by 12 with 2:05 left on Saturday night before losing in overtime. But this time the Friars were on the other end, and the crowd at the Dunkin' Donuts Center celebrated by storming the court even as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

'I was pretty confident that we'd bounce back. I couldn't have dreamed that we'd bounce back like this,' Providence coach Keno Davis said. 'If we don't blow that lead, I think you can make a case that we don't win tonight. I think that will help us as we get into the Big East.'

Kemba Walker also scored 17 points for the Huskies, adding eight rebounds and seven assists. UConn (13-7, 3-4) lost for the first time under substitute coach George Blaney, who took over Jan. 19 when Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun took a medical leave.

'He would have given them a jolt, I'll tell you that,' Blaney said. 'I would have liked to have had him there tonight, that's for sure.'

Sharaud Curry scored 18, and Bilal Dixon had 11 points and 12 rebounds in Providence's biggest win since last year's defeat of then-No. 1 Pittsburgh.

Five of the Friars' next seven opponents are in the Top 10.

'We can beat anybody in the country,' Davis said. 'We have enough talent, but we have to play extremely hard. But we've got to learn in a hurry, because we're such a young team we've got to speed up the process.'

UConn was ranked as high as 10th in The Associated Press Top 25 before three straight losses dropped it out of the polls. It was just one week, though, before the Huskies beat St. John's and then-No. 1 Texas to jump back into the rankings at No. 19.

Blaney told his players: 'You did something historical on Saturday, and if you don't (play) with the right attitude, if you don't come playing 40 minutes, a team is going to be jacked up against you, the fans are going to be jacked up, and it's going to be a tough game. We knew that.'

UConn led by 10 in the first half, but Providence came back to take a 36-35 lead at the break. The Huskies led 58-55 with 9:36 left before PC scored the next 14 points, 20 of the next 23 and 26 of 31 until Walker made a meaningless 3-pointer in the final minute.

This time, the Friars were able to finish it off.

'That game's done. People are going to forget about South Florida. Now they're going to be talking about UConn,' Davis said. 'And when UConn's done, they'll be talking about Cincinnati

Jamine Peterson (6'6''-F-88)


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Forward Tyler Amaya and center Kyle Dalvit heading to New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
The Belingham Slam have announced that two of its players from the 2009 season have signed contracts to play overseas this spring. Forward Tyler Amaya (199-F-82, college: W.Washington) and center Kyle Dalvit (211-C-81, college: Whitman) will head to New Zealand to compete with the Otago Nuggets.

The Nuggets have teams in each of New Zealand's two basketball divisions. Amaya will suit up for their top-division team in the National Basketball League, while Dalvit will play for Otago's second-division squad in the Conference Basketball League.

Amaya was the Slam's leading scorer and rebounder last season, with averages of 23.6 points and 11.1 boards per game. Amaya originally joined the Slam in 2008 and helped guide the team to the International Basketball League championship that season. He was named co-MVP of the title game after posting 20 points and 13 rebounds against the Elkhart Express.

Dalvit has been a reserve post player for the Slam since the team's 2006-07 season in the American Basketball Association. He averaged 4.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game for Bellingham in 2009, and posted a career-high 18 rebounds on April 11, 2009 at Portland.

Unfortunately, since the New Zealand basketball season runs concurrently with the International Basketball League's spring schedule, both Amaya and Dalvit will most likely be unable to suit up for the Slam in 2010.

The Slam will tip off their 2010 IBL campaign on April 9 at Whatcom Pavilion. The team's full 2010 schedule is expected to be released in early February.


Courtesy of www.bellinghamherald.com


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  NORWAY   


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matthew LAWRENCE
  Tromso
  (201-G-86)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Lawrence, Tromso24.4 
 2. Eskeland, Ulriken24.3 
 3. Williams, Tromso22.0 
 4. Karlsen, Asker20.2 
 5. Skaara, Baerum19.0 
 6. Oatis, Baerum18.8 
 7. Djerman, Gimle18.7 
 8. Mahnin, Asker18.5 
 9. Kombat, Froya17.9 
 10. Bullock, Gim.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mario WOODSON
  Harstad
  (203-F-76)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Woodson, Harstad11.1 
 2. Gray, Baerum10.8 
 3. Oatis, Baerum10.6 
 4. Nwachukwu, Ammerud9.6 
 5. Bullock, Gimle8.8 
 6. Djerman, Gimle8.3 
 7. Karlsen, Asker8.1 
 8. Williams, Tromso8.1 
 9. Christensen, Tro.7.7 
 10. Kombat, Fro.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Christer ELGMORK
  Baerum
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Elgmork, Baerum6.3 
 2. Mahnin, Asker4.9 
 3. Mihaylov, Tromso4.4 
 4. Diomande, Harstad4.4 
 5. Woodson, Harstad4.1 
 6. Hinsch, Ammerud4.0 
 7. Jawara, Froya4.0 
 8. Ble, Harstad3.9 
 9. Issalhi, Tromso3.8 
 10. Ouakkaha, Ulrik.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Bullock, Gimle2.6 
 2. Myhrer, Harstad2.3 
 3. Jawara, Froya2.3 
 4. Mihaylov, Tromso1.8 
 5. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.8 
 6. Ble, Harstad1.8 
 7. Ellingsen, Gimle1.8 
 8. Eskeland, Ulriken1.8 
 9. Issalhi, Tromso1.8 
 10. Gray, Baer.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Oatis, Baerum2.5 
 2. Williams, Tromso1.5 
 3. Kombat, Froya1.3 
 4. Woodson, Harstad1.1 
 5. Christensen, Tro.0.8 
 6. Frierson, Harstad0.8 
 7. Karlsen, Asker0.8 
 8. Bullock, Gimle0.7 
 9. Ouakkaha, Ulriken0.6 
 10. Bolinz, Ask.0.6 


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  PBL   


GreenHawks bolster Backcourt, sign Lamar Castile - by Eurobasket News
The Maryland GreenHawks have come to terms with combo guard Lamar Castile (6'2''-G-82, college: Beaver County CC).

Castile played two years at Beaver County Community College where he averaged over 29 ppg, 9 rpg and 5 apg in two seasons. He then entered the NBA draft.

Castile has since played in the CBA and overseas in Rome and Mexico and also had a brief stint last season in the PBL with the Buffalo Stampede where he averaged 20 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.2 spg.

GreenHawks General Manager Adam Dantus is excited about adding Castile. 'The addition of Lamar really solidifies our backcourt,' said Dantus. 'Lamar is a strong and explosive guard who will create many mismatches.'

The GreenHawks will take on the Rochester RazorSharks Thursday night in Rochester before coming home to face the Vermont Frost Heaves at home on Saturday at 7PM.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  PHILIPPINES   


Rain or Shine nabs last quarterfinal ticket - by Eurobasket News
Rain or Shine clinched the last quarterfinal seat with another 99-84 upset win over Coca-Cola Wednesday night in their knockout wildcard stage battle in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City.

Solomon Solomon Mercado (183-G-84, college: Biola (CA)) ignited the Elasto Painters' break-away in the fourth period as the Tigers lost steam after winning their last 4 games to bow out in the tournament.

Solomon Mercado scored a game-high 28 points, 14 came in the final 12 minutes of the game to help Rain or Shine gain the right to meet Purefoods Tender Juicy in the best-of-5 quarterfinal series starting Friday.

'This is a big win for us. We've been showing a lot of heart in our past games,' said Solomon Mercado, who also added 8 assists and 2 steals in a foul-plagued 27 minutes of play.

The Elasto Painters, who barely made it to the wildcard stage, shocked No. 6 seed Sta. Lucia Realty, 90-86, in their first wildcard match.

'Everyone is so focused to win the game kasi marami ang nagsasabi di kami aabot sa quarters,' said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia, who also drew solid games from Gabe Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason), Jeff Chan and Eddie Laure.

'Nagpapasalamat ako sa bosses ng Rain or Shine for giving me the confidence despite a slow start,' he added.

Gabe Norwood, Chan and Laure each had 16 points for the Elasto Painters while rookie Marcy Arellano also contributed significantly particularly when Solomon Mercado was forced to sit out majority of the first half due to foul trouble.

Gary Gary David (187-G/F-78) led Coke with 20 points while Asi Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) added 18 points and 19 rebounds but he was a non-factor in the last 12 minutes of the game. Macapagal chipped in 17 markers for coach Bo Perasol. - www.abs-cbnnews.com


Scores:

Rain or Shine 99 - Solomon Mercado 28, Gabe Norwood 16, Chan 16, Laure 16, Hrabak 6, Telan 6, Arana 5, Arellano 4, Reyes 2, Ibanes 0.

Coca-Cola 84 - Gary David 20, Asi Taulava 18, Macapagal 17, Ross 8, Espino 6, Rodriguez 5, Gonzales 4, Singson 3, Calimag 2, Rizada 1, Cruz 0.


Quarterscores: 19-20, 41-35, 67-61, 99-84


Courtesy of www.pba-online.net


Wildcard games review - by Eurobasket News
Wildcard
Game 1: Santa Lucia - Rain or Shine 86-90
Eddie Laure knocked in a finger-roll lay-up with 11 seconds left, and Rain or Shine delivered a big-time game down the stretch in a match not intended for the weak, shockingly holding off Sta. Lucia Realty, 90-86, and moving a step closer of advancing to the quarter-finals of the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup last night at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. Solomon Mercado (183-G-84, college: Biola (CA)) came away with 18 points and 7 rebounds in victory. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) added 15 points, Jeffrei Chan (191-F-83) contributed 14 and Ryan Arana 13 for the Painters, who as of press time were hoping to face Burger King on Wednesday. Kelly Williams had a remarkable performance trying to carry the Realtors deeper into the tournament, scattering 27 points and 18 rebounds in a game that likewise sealed his fate of winning the Best Player of the Conference award. *Courtesy of www.journal.com.ph

Game 2: Burger King - Coca-Cola 112-118
Coca-Cola, sustaining the momentum of a three-game closing romp in the elimination round, whipped Burger King, 118-112, to advance to the final knockout stage of the KFC PBA Philippine Cup wildcard round at the Ynares Sports Center here Sunday night. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii), averaging 17 points in the tournament, made only eight this time but he provided the Tigers a huge defensive and inside presence which proved to tough to overcome for the Whoppers. Mark Macapagal (188-G-79), David, Espino and Gonzales supplied the points as the Tigers battered the Whoppers in the middle quarters before slowing down in the final canto. David had a solid performance in his first game versus his former team, drilling in 21 points. Mark Macapagal had 22, Espino 16 and Gonzales 14. Courtesy of www.pba-online.net

Game 3: Coca-Cola - Rain or Shine 84-99
Rain or Shine clinched the last quarterfinal seat with another 99-84 upset win over Coca-Cola Wednesday night in their knockout wildcard stage battle in the KFC-PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Center in Antipolo City. Solomon Mercado scored a game-high 28 points, 14 came in the final 12 minutes of the game to help Rain or Shine gain the right to meet Purefoods Tender Juicy in the best-of-5 quarterfinal series starting Friday. Gary David (187-G/F-78) led Coke with 20 points while Asi Taulava added 18 points and 19 rebounds but he was a non-factor in the last 12 minutes of the game. Mark Macapagal chipped in 17 markers for coach Bo Perasol. Courtesy of www.abs-cbnnews.com



Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Alaska 13-5 
 2. Ginebra 13-6 
 3. San Miguel 13-6 
 4. Purefoods 12-6 
 5. Talk N Text 12-7 
 6. Santa Lucia 11-9 
 7. Burger King 7-13 
 8. Coca-Cola 7-14 
 9. Rain or Shine 6-15 
 10. Smart Gilas 3-4 
 11. Barako Bull 3-15 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mark CARDONA
  Talk N Text
  (180-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Cardona, Talk N.20.2 
 2. Santos, San Miguel18.8 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia17.9 
 4. Tubid, Ginebra17.7 
 5. Miller, Alaska16.7 
 6. Yap, Purefoods15.8 
 7. Mercado, Rain o.15.2 
 8. Alapag, Talk N Text15.2 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska14.7 
 10. David, Burger Ki.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kelly WILLIAMS
  Santa Lucia
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Williams, Santa Lucia14.6 
 2. Taulava, Coca-Cola12.5 
 3. Santos, San Miguel10.2 
 4. Carey, Talk N Text9.2 
 5. Reavis, Purefoods8.9 
 6. Pena, San Miguel8.6 
 7. Pingris, Purefoods7.8 
 8. Devance, Alaska7.4 
 9. Alonzo, Barako Bull7.4 
 10. Reyes, Rain.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Burger King
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola5.9 
 2. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.8 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Text5.1 
 4. Villanueva, San M.4.9 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.6 
 6. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 7. Taulava, Coca-Cola4.5 
 8. Castro, Talk N Text4.4 
 9. Miller, Alaska4.3 
 10. Tenorio, Alas.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Santa Lucia
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Reyes, Santa Lucia2.1 
 2. Artadi, Purefoods1.7 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 4. Norwood, Rain o.1.5 
 5. Santos, San Miguel1.4 
 6. Abarrientos, Gineb.1.4 
 7. Lanete, Burger King1.4 
 8. Buenafe, Burger K.1.4 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska1.3 
 10. Dimaunahan, Barako.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ali PEEK
  Talk N Text
  (194-F-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Peek, Talk N Text1.6 
 2. Santos, San Miguel1.5 
 3. Quinahan, Burger K.1.3 
 4. Maierhofer, Puref.1.1 
 5. Thoss, Alaska1.0 
 6. Pennisi, San Miguel0.9 
 7. Belga, Burger King0.8 
 8. Aquino, Santa Lucia0.8 
 9. Hrabak, Rain o.0.8 
 10. Devance, Alas.0.8 


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Assec.Prokom 17-0 
 2. Anwil 15-2 
 3. Polpharma 12-5 
 4. PGE Turow 10-7 
 5. Energa Czarni 9-8 
 6. Sokol Znicz 9-8 
 7. AZS Koszalin 9-8 
 8. Trefl Sopot 9-8 
 9. Polonia 8-9 
 10. Stal SW 7-10 
 11. PBG Basket 5-12 
 12. SKK Kotwica 4-13 
 13. Polonia 2011 3-14 
 14. ISS Sportino 2-15 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Wright, PGE Turow20.7 
 2. Scott, ISS Sportino20.0 
 3. Mays, Znicz19.4 
 4. Chappell, Znicz19.1 
 5. Weeden, Polpharma18.4 
 6. Williamson, Znicz17.9 
 7. Logan, Assec.Pr.17.8 
 8. Berisha, Polonia 201117.1 
 9. Miller, Polonia Azbud16.2 
 10. Harris, SKK.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.2 
 2. Daniels, Energa C.10.0 
 3. Chappell, Znicz8.8 
 4. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.3 
 5. Ibrahim, ISS S.7.9 
 6. Bigus, ISS Sportino7.9 
 7. NaNa, Polonia Azbud7.8 
 8. Okafor, Polpharma7.2 
 9. Williamson, Znicz6.9 
 10. Stefanski, Trefl.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Szubarga, Anwil7.4 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW5.6 
 3. Logan, Assec.Pr.5.0 
 4. Smith, SKK Kotwica4.9 
 5. Ewing, Assec.Pr.4.8 
 6. Brazelton, Energa C.4.8 
 7. Hughes, Polonia .4.3 
 8. Swanson, AZS K.4.2 
 9. Joyce, Anwil4.2 
 10. Snieg, Polonia 20.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton DAY
  ISS Sportino
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Day, ISS Sportino2.8 
 2. Godbold, Stal SW2.6 
 3. Majewski, Polph.2.5 
 4. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.4 
 5. Chappell, Znicz2.4 
 6. Szubarga, Anwil2.1 
 7. Mays, Znicz2.0 
 8. Navickas, AZS K.1.9 
 9. Angley, Polpharma1.9 
 10. Hawkins, Trefl.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Leszek KARWOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (209-F-75)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Karwowski, Polonia .2.1 
 2. Wallace, PGE Turow1.6 
 3. Wyka, Znicz1.2 
 4. Misiewicz, Znicz1.2 
 5. Harris, SKK K.1.1 
 6. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.1.0 
 7. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.0 
 8. Sullivan, Anwil1.0 
 9. Kolowca, Polonia 20110.9 
 10. Stelmach, SKK.0.8 


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  ROMANIA   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Craiova
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 23.2
 1. Bassett, Craiova23.2 
 2. Mack, Steaua T.22.0 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.20.8 
 4. Peciukas, Mures19.1 
 5. Santana, Municipal B.19.0 
 6. Timus, Steaua T.19.0 
 7. Bubanja, Brasov18.5 
 8. Pesic, Timisoara18.4 
 9. Smith, CSU Sibiu18.1 
 10. Howell, Gaz Met.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Virgil CARUTASU
  Ploiesti
  (204-C-76)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Carutasu, Ploiesti9.5 
 2. Paltinisanu, Timis.9.1 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.8 
 4. Masiulis, Mures7.8 
 5. Smith, CSU Sibiu7.7 
 6. Mijajlovic, Munici.7.6 
 7. Bubanja, Brasov7.6 
 8. Popescu, Steaua T.7.6 
 9. Nicoara, Gaz Metan7.3 
 10. Burlacu, Ploies.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jarrett HOWELL
  Gaz Metan
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Howell, Gaz Metan5.8 
 2. Cooley, Mures5.6 
 3. Dzambic, Timisoara5.3 
 4. Helcioiu, Municipa.4.9 
 5. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.8 
 6. Mladenovic, Brasov4.5 
 7. Howard, Gladiato.4.4 
 8. Fometescu, Dinamo B.4.4 
 9. Dawson, Gladiato.4.1 
 10. Bassett, Craio.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cooley, Mures3.3 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan2.8 
 3. Johnson, CSU Sibiu2.7 
 4. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 5. Hargrove, Ploiesti2.3 
 6. Timus, Steaua T.2.3 
 7. Tyner, Rovinari2.2 
 8. Maric, Oradea2.1 
 9. Mack, Steaua T.2.1 
 10. Smith, CSU Sib.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Arturas MASIULIS
  Mures
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Masiulis, Mures2.1 
 2. Lazar, Oradea1.8 
 3. Dragusin, Pitesti1.6 
 4. Dragovic, Craiova1.5 
 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. Carutasu, Ploies.0.8 


Div.A Round: 18 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Rovinari - CSU Sibiu 84-80
Rovinari overcame CSU Sibiu 84:80 at the Regular Season Round 18. Porter Troupe (196-G/F-83, college: Portland) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Darby Louis nailed 21. Herndon Justin finished the night with 23 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

Brasov - U.Mobitel.CN 76-83
Brasov was beaten by one of the favorites U.Mobitel.CN 76:83. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) stepped up with 29 points and 11 rebounds while Cuic Branko followed him with 14 points. Bubanja Zeljko ended up with 24 points in the losing effort.

Mures - Oradea 88-71
Mures cruised past Oradea 88:71 as JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech) paced all the winners with 20 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. Masiulis Arturas collected 19 points and 12 boards, while Pora Vlad scored 18. Mandic Andelko responded with 18 points in defeat.

Dinamo B. - Ploiesti 68-86
Dinamo lost to Ploiesti 68:86 as Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, Hargrove Darius and Ilic Nikola nailed 14 each and Carutasu Virgil had 13 points and 13 boards. Fometescu Claudiu delivered 15 points for the hosts.

Craiova - Pitesti 83-73
Craiova rolled over Pitesti 83:73 at the Regular Season Round 18. Radovan Dragovic (206-C-83) and Bassett O'Darien poured in 16 points each, while Harvey Trevor netted 15. Dumitru Liviu replied with 22 points in the losing case.

Gladiator CN - Gaz Metan 62-92
Gaz Metan jumped to 16-2 record beating Gladiator CN 92:62. Six players scored in double digits for the winners as Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) led them all with 16 points and Phelps Derrick posted 15. Freeman Brent delivered 19 points for the home side.

Municipal B. - Otopeni 71-77
Municipal lost to Otopeni 71:77 as the latter got 20 points and 10 rebounds from Slobodan Popovic (198-G-80). Jones Michael nailed 17 and Mandache Andrei followed him with 15. Marojevic Radomir finished the night with 18 points in the losing case.



Steaua Turabo takes the first win in BIBL - by Eurobasket News
Steaua Turabo - Spartak Pleven 105-102

Steaua Turabo finally grabbed the first victory in Balkan League this season. The Romanian squad faced with six consecutive defeats in the first six rounds and now finally showed some of its qualities. It was a high-scoring game and the team from Bucharest celebrated 105-102 victory. With this one, they will have a chance to avoid the last place in Group B. Anthony Myles (206-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) was on fire scoring 32 points. He also pulled down 7 rebounds beside that. Monty Mack (191-G-77, agency: Interperformances, college: Massachusetts) had 29 and Ronald Timus (198-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.) helped with 19 pts. Rob Preston (207-F/C-82, college: Akron) collected 33 points and 9 rebounds in Spartak. Iliya Stankov (198-F-76) stopped on 23 and his team dropped to 2-5.
Steaua had a great last quarter and thanks to it celebrated in this game. Spartak was the one who had 49-51 HT lead and they even extended it later. After the breather, the Bulgarian squad was better and they jumped to plus 6 with one quarter left, but Steaua players did not give up. They had Anthony Myles and Monty Mack, who together with their teammates drained 30 points in the last period. At the same time, visitors were stopped to 21.
Round 8 of Balkan League is scheduled for February 10. Steaua will meet Feni Industri on the road.

Steaua Turabo: Anthony Myles 32+7 boards, Monty Mack 29, Ronald Timus 19
Spartak: Rob Preston 33+9 boards, Iliya Stankov 23


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CSKA outsmarts Unicaja in Moscow 86-78 - by Eurobasket News
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.
Unicaja grabbed 0-4 opening lead, by CSKA quickly responded with 7-0 run. Very soon, the Russian powerhouse jumped to 13-8 and later 19-10 lead. Printezis and Freeland replied for Unicaja, and Pops Mensah-Bonsu fixed the score to 20-15 after one quarter. At the halfway of the second period Unicaja managed to tie the score. Welsch was the one who drained a triple for 30-30. CSKAs Trajan Langdon made it for 3 and Welsch scored another one for Unicaja. Ramunas Siskauskas joined the shootout for 36-33. Later, in the finish of the first half Andrey Vorontsevich made it for CSKA setting the score to 42-38. In third quarter, CSKA touched the first double-digit lead in this game. It was 58-47, after 6-0 run. Unicaja came to minus 6, but the hosts grabbed back plus 11 and it happened after seven meter bomb by Ramunas Siskauskas. Rafa Freire closed third period with a triple for Unicaja, 65-57. Visitors were back in the game at the halfway of the last quarter coming to 67-64. With one minute to go CSKA was 4 points up, and they had enough power to keep its lead and to grab the first victory in Top 16. Trajan Langdon and Viktor Khryapa closed this meeting with a triple and a free throw respectively.

CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 23, Trajan Langdon 19, Viktor Khryapa 12+13 boards+ 6 as
Unicaja: Juan Dixon 17, Robert Archibald 16


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Metalac too much for Rilski Sportist - by Eurobasket News
Round 7 of the Balkan League was played last night. Serbian teams were half successful, with Metalac Valjevo celebrating and Beograd facing with loss.
Metalac was better than Rilski Sportist at home 77-70. That is fourth win for the Serbian squad in Group A (4-2). On the other side, the reigning BIBL champion dropped to 3-3. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) led the way for Metalac with 14 points. Nenad Kasabasic (190-G-84) and Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) delivered 13 points each. Visitors got 16 points from David Burgess.
Levski downed Beograd in Sophia 92-84. It means that both teams now have 5-2 score in Group B. Feni Industrija has the same numbers. Stefan Georgiev and Aaron Harper netted 21 pts each for the hosts. Georgiev had 8, while Harper pulled down 5 rebounds. Donald Cole followed them with 15 points and 7 boards. Visitors got 22 points from Nikola Korac (185-G-86). Milos Suzic (205-C-88) scored 15 points and Dragan Kruscic (198-F-86) added 2 less.
Round 8 of BIBL is scheduled for February 10. Metalac will host Lovcen, while Beograd will take on Mornar Bar as a guest.


Partizan shocks Panathinaikos in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Partizan 59-64

Partizan demonstrated excellent performance in Athens last night. 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 rebounds, while Petar Bozic (197-G-78) 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.
Opening quarter was almost tied. Teams exchanged baskets and Panathinaikos was the one who grabbed plus four in the finish, thanks to nice plays by Antonis Fotsis. Lester McCalebb responded on the other side fixing the score to 22-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second period, PAO slightly improved. However, Partizan was strong enough not to let the Greek giant to make a bigger lead. PAO grabbed 29-23 at the halfway of the second period and later jumped to plus 9, but Aleksandar Rasic closed first half with a bomb for 42-36. Almost the same picture on the court was seen after the breather. PAO once again touched plus 9, but Partizan was there to respond and to cut the margin to 52-46 before the last 10 minutes. Than, visitors totally took control on PAO. First they came to 57-54 and few minutes later it already was 57-59 for Partizan. Aleksandar Rasic scored for plus 4 and Vassilis Spanoulis responded with a basket for PAO. Jan Vesely was send to the line in the finish and he made both. Nicholas tried for 3, but question about the winner was already resolved.

PAO: Vassilis Spanoulis 14, Dimitris Diamantidis 11
Partizan: Jan Vesely 13+6 boards, Lawrence Roberts 12+10 boards Petar Bozic 12, Aleksandar Rasic 10



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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 


Extraliga Round: 30 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
B.Bystrica - Levice 78-45
Vladimir Hovanak (193-G/F-82) scored 18 points as Banska Bystrica defeated Levice at home. Eduard Zhanec had 15 points and 9 rebounds in the 13th win for the home tam. Ladislav Lutovsky responded with 13 points for Levice.

Nova Ves - Inter Bratislava 94-56
Nova Ves thumped Inter Bratislava behind 22 points and 9 rebounds from Michal Batka (204-C-87, agency: Pro Agents-Basketball Careers). Stanislav Baldovsky had 16 points for the winning side. Dominik Stefanac responded with 14 points for Inter.

Vahostav-Zilina - Nitra 83-75
Zilina handed Nitra the seventh loss in the season beating those at home court. Viliam Kosa (190-G-86) accounted for 22 points and 5 assists in the victory. Jozef Blucak added 16 points for the hosts. Lubos Pohanka answered with 24 points for Nitra in defeat.

Pezinok - Komarno 86-71
Nenad Milosevic (190-G-83) and Yemi Nicholson scored 23 points each to lead Pezinok past Komarno. David Jackson contributed 18 points and 8 rebounds in the 25th win for the league leaders. Jaraun Burrows responded with 19 points and 8 caroms for Komarno.

Handlova - Prievidza 98-97
Handlova nipped Prievidza at home court to improve at 17-11 record. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) tallied sizzling 39 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists to lead the charge. Ivan Barisic had 30 points in the victory. Jeremy Fears responded with 29 points for Prievidza.



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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 31-11 
 2. KCC Egis 29-12 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 29-13 
 4. Dongbu Promy 28-14 
 5. LG Sakers 24-17 
 6. Samsung Th. 17-23 
 7. ET Land B.Sl. 15-28 
 8. KT&G Kites 12-29 
 9. SK Knights 12-29 
 10. Daegu Orions 10-32 


7 Players Enter KBL Ethnic Draft - by Rick Ross
Seven players have applied to enter the second
Korean Basketball League (KBL) ethnic Korean draft,
the league announced Wednesday.

The seven players will take part in a tryout and draft on Feb.
2 and 3. Teams will be looking for the next
Moon Tae-young of the LG Sakers or
Jun Tae-poong of the KCC Egis, who were taken
in the first draft a year ago and have made an
impact on the league this season.

Among the most highly-touted of the seven
is 2.04-meter Joseph Fontenot, who was an
all-state player in Maryland when he was in
high school and went on to play at Connors State College,
but has yet to play professionally.

I want to be evaluated based on my abilities,
not my experience, the 21-year-old said

The Ulsan Mobis, Dongbu Promy, ET Land Elephants,
SK Knights and Daegu Orions didnt select
a player in last years ethnic Korean draft
and will be eligible to make a pick this year.

All have expressed interest in Fontenot, however,
many believe Jarod Stevenson, the older brother
of Moon Tae-young, is the best player available.

Stevenson wasnt at the orientation session in
Seoul Wednesday because hes playing in Serbias
top basketball league this year. Stevenson is
bigger than his brother and hes said to be more
advanced as well Moon is currently leading
the KBL in points per game.

Stevenson has played in Russia, Spain and
Greece but the knock on him is his age
hell be 36 when he plays his first game in the KBL.

Among the others who have entered the draft,
Anthony Galloway is back again after not
being selected last season.
Park Wayne Cleveland, Andrew Estebo,
Ronald Tinsley and Mark Warrington round out the list.

Galloway is the only other player with professional
experience, playing in a couple of minor
pro leagues in the United States in 2008 and 2009.
By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter



For three KBL teams, superstition is the name of the game - by Jerry Lee
Theres only one cure, and thats to end the losing streak as soon as possible. - Samsung official

The jinx is a big deal in sports. Superstitions are as much a part of the game as warm-ups and jazzy halftime shows, and athletes often run through strict routines to ward off bad luck on the courts and fields.

Several Korean Basketball League teams seem to be under a curse this season. The Mobis Phoebus, KCC Egis and Samsung Thunders are the teams that have suffered the most.

Despite its impressive overall record, Mobis has tended to underperform on its home court. The team is in first place with 30 wins and 11 losses, but its record at home is a less-than-spectacular 14 wins and eight losses. Up until December of last year, Mobis had won eight and lost seven games at home.

At the time, it did not feel like we were playing on home court, said Mobis head coach Yoo Jae-hak. If we hadnt won 13 consecutive games on the road, we could have fallen below the middle of the pack in the league standings.

Yoo seemed relieved at having posted six wins and one loss in the past seven games.

We didnt have a tight schedule at home. We just happened not to be in the greatest physical condition, and we went up against tough teams, recalled Yoo.

Yang Dong-geun, the squads starting shooting guard, couldnt explain his teams mediocre record at home but said, Some of my teammates have said their shots seems to fall better on the road.

The KCC Egis has the blues of different sort: It cant seem to find a way to win on Saturdays. At 28 wins and 12 losses, KCC is currently ranked third in the league standings. You wouldnt know it from its Saturday record: four wins and eight losses, far below average.

KCC was riding a five-game winning streak until it lost to the lowly KT&G Kites on Jan. 23. Of course, that was a Saturday. To make matters worse, KCCs top big man, Ha Seung-jin, went down with an injury in the game. On an interesting note, KCC has won all its Friday and Sunday games this season, three on Fridays and six on Sundays.

I cant seem to find a reason. Its not like our players are less prepared for the Saturday games, lamented KCCs PR manager, Cho Jin-ho, with a sigh.

The players know of the jinx and speak often of the need to break out of the funk. It can become a big burden in the playoffs or the finals.

The Samsung Thunders suffer from a third kind of jinx. Since trading away Terrence Leather, its top scoring man from last season, Samsung has been hard-pressed for wins. From its first game without Leather on Jan. 9 against the ET Land Elephants to Sundays matchup against the Dongbu Promy, Samsung has lost six consecutive games.

Although the Thunders had earned the moniker Samsung Leathers due to the stars prominent role on the squad, the losing skid is baffling. Samsung boasts a respectable roster filled with veterans such as Lee Sang-min, Kang Hyuk, Lee Jung-seok and Lee Kyu-sup.

Since weve been struggling, were hearing all sorts of stories. Theres only one cure, and thats to end the losing streak as soon as possible, said Samsung official Jung Sung-sool.

While some teams cant seem to shake off their jinx, others have inexplicable luck when it comes to certain situations. The ET Land Elephants, ranked seventh in the league with a record of 14 wins and 27 losses, lost 13 straight games early on in the season. But its nearly unbeatable when it comes to Saturday games.

The Elephants have a record of seven wins and two losses on Saturdays this season. In January, the Elephants have played in four games and won three of them. The latest win, a 78-72 effort over the KT Sonic Boom, came on Jan. 23.

And the win that ended the dreadful losing streak that began started the season? It also came on a Saturday. The Elephants defeated Samsung 74-71 at home on Nov. 21.

Its good to win on Saturdays, but winning on days when newspapers are not published hurts a bit. It would be great if we performed on weekdays like we do on Saturdays, said ET Land official Kim Sung-hyeon.
By Kim Jong-ryok, Jason Kim



KBL Round: 44 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
ET Land B.Sl. - Daegu Orions 67-66
ET Land beat Daegu Orions 67:66 in a thriller of the teams from the bottom. Seo Jang-Hoon (207-C-74) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and McCaskill Amal netted 11. Johnson Anthony replied with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.

KCC Egis - Sonic Boom KT 83-75
KCC Egis overcame Sonic Boom KT 83:75 at the Regular Season Round 44. Johnson Ivan (203-C-84, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) collected 31 points and 12 boards for the winners and Choo Seung-Kyun posted 21. Johnson Jasper finished the nigh with 27 points in the losing case.

KT&G Kites - Mobis Phoebus 68-85
Mobis Phoebus had a road 68:85 win over KT&G Kites to take 31-11 record on top. Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) led the league-leaders with 21 points and Ham Ji-Hoon as well as Park Jong-Cheon notched 13 each. Taylor Joseph finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort.

Dongbu Promy - ET Land B.Sl. 70-58
Dongbu Promy moved to 28-14 record beating ET Land 70:58. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) paced all the winners with 17 points, Chandler Marquin posted 14 and Park Ji-Hyon added 13. Seo Jang-Hoon responded with 18 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.

SK Knights - Daegu Orions 89-71
SK Knights left Daegu Orions on the last position as they rolled over them 89:71. Kim Julian (200-F-82) led the way with 22 points and 11 rebonds, while Moon Kyung-Eun notched 18. Kim Seung-Hyun replied with 17 points in defeat and Kim Kang-Sun scored 15.

KT&G Kites - Samsung Th. 63-77
KT&G Kites lost to Samsung 63:77 on January 26th as Brand Micah (210-C-80, agency: Liman Sports, college: Massachusetts) and Sandrin Eric stepped up with 13 points each to lead all the winners. Daniels Chris finished the night with 23 points and 11 rebounds in defeat and Hwang Jin-Won posted 12.



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Girona cut Andrew Drevo - by Eurobasket News
Girona made the first decisions following a bitter 7-game losing skid. They parted ways with Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska). The 28-year-old centre joined the Spanish team at the start of the season. Andrew Drevo averaged 10.0 points, 5.2 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game in the LEB Gold. Last season Andrew Drevo played in Germany. He tallied 11.4 points, 6.5 boards and 1.3 assists per game for Braunschweig. The centre also played in Sweden and France after graduating from the University of Nebraska back in 2004.


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.19.1 
 2. Morley, Burgos17.9 
 3. Roe, Tenerife17.6 
 4. Donaldson, La La.17.3 
 5. Riera, Mallorca17.1 
 6. Quinteros, CAI Z.16.5 
 7. Hughes, Leon16.3 
 8. Guillen, La Laguna15.7 
 9. Urtasun, Leon15.2 
 10. Smith, Cornel.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Donaldson, La La.11.1 
 2. Starosta, Melilla10.2 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.2 
 4. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.6 
 5. Ayon, Tenerife8.2 
 6. Arteaga, Palencia8.1 
 7. Padgett, La Palma7.7 
 8. Adrien, Breogan7.4 
 9. Phillip, CAI Z.7.4 
 10. Roe, Teneri.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.5.0 
 2. Mendiburu, CB Tarra.4.3 
 3. Mena, La Palma3.9 
 4. Jimenez, Melilla3.9 
 5. Perez, Cornella3.7 
 6. Garrido, La Laguna3.2 
 7. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.3.2 
 8. Lescano, CAI Z.3.2 
 9. Vallmajo, Breogan3.1 
 10. Sabat, Giro.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.3.1 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.6 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.3 
 4. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.1 
 5. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 6. Boccia, Tenerife2.1 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.9 
 8. Morley, Burgos1.7 
 9. Victor, Vive M.1.7 
 10. Xavier, Breog.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nedzad SINANOVIC
  Clin.Rincon
  (221-C-83)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.7 
 2. Donaldson, La La.1.7 
 3. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.7 
 4. Naymick, Caceres1.7 
 5. Ayon, Tenerife1.5 
 6. Samb, Cornella1.4 
 7. Joseph, Cornella1.4 
 8. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.3 
 9. Roe, Tenerife1.1 
 10. Green, Mallor.1.0 


MMC Real Madrid hands 77-70 loss to Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
MMC Real Madrid - 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.
Efes Pilsen had wonderful beginning. The Turkish powerhouse opened this game with 2-4 and later grabbed 4-9 lead. That was not al from them as few minutes later Efes Pilsen was already 8-15 up. However, Felipe Reyes responded for the hosts and Louis Bullock drained a triple for 13-15. Charles Smith and Peker made it for the guests and they had plus 6 after ten minutes of play. After seven meter bomb by Marvis Thornton, Efes Pilsen jumped to 13-22 at the beginning of the second quarter. Real Madrid replied quickly coming to 21-24. It was a basket after basket game after that and Efes Pilsen kept plus 3 until the HT break, 30-33. Than after the breather, the Whites started playing better. They cut the margin to 1 and in the finish of third period finally made a turn. It was 52-49 after 4 consecutive points by Rimantas Kaukenas. Real later had 56-53 with one quarter left. Efes Pilsen did not give up and grabbed back its lead very soon, 60-61. With four minutes to go it was 67-67 and Real Madrid created excellent 7-0 run grabbing valuable home win at the beginning of Top16 phase. Felipe Reyes, Sergio Llull and Marko Jaric shined in the finish.

MMC Real Madrid: Louis Bullock 12, Darjus Lavrinovic 11, Rimantas Kaukenas 11
Efes Pilsen: Charles Smith 18+7 boards, Marvis Thornton 14+6 as


CSKA outsmarts Unicaja in Moscow 86-78 - by Eurobasket News
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.
Unicaja grabbed 0-4 opening lead, by CSKA quickly responded with 7-0 run. Very soon, the Russian powerhouse jumped to 13-8 and later 19-10 lead. Printezis and Freeland replied for Unicaja, and Pops Mensah-Bonsu fixed the score to 20-15 after one quarter. At the halfway of the second period Unicaja managed to tie the score. Welsch was the one who drained a triple for 30-30. CSKAs Trajan Langdon made it for 3 and Welsch scored another one for Unicaja. Ramunas Siskauskas joined the shootout for 36-33. Later, in the finish of the first half Andrey Vorontsevich made it for CSKA setting the score to 42-38. In third quarter, CSKA touched the first double-digit lead in this game. It was 58-47, after 6-0 run. Unicaja came to minus 6, but the hosts grabbed back plus 11 and it happened after seven meter bomb by Ramunas Siskauskas. Rafa Freire closed third period with a triple for Unicaja, 65-57. Visitors were back in the game at the halfway of the last quarter coming to 67-64. With one minute to go CSKA was 4 points up, and they had enough power to keep its lead and to grab the first victory in Top 16. Trajan Langdon and Viktor Khryapa closed this meeting with a triple and a free throw respectively.

CSKA: Ramunas Siskauskas 23, Trajan Langdon 19, Viktor Khryapa 12+13 boards+ 6 as
Unicaja: Juan Dixon 17, Robert Archibald 16


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BBC Nyon sign Terence Dials, Zurich Wildcats adds Mladen Lukic - by Luca Maffioli
Terence Dials (206-F/C-83, college: Ohio St.) joins to Sdent BBC Nyon. Dials replace injured Mike Southall. He starts his season in november with New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig but later that month moved to Paderborn Baskets. Dials averaged 7.7 points, 4.8 boards and 0.6 assists per game in the 1.Bundesliga.
Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats sign Mladen Lukic (205-C-92). He started the season in KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Lukic come back to Swiss because he started to play basketball in 2001-2002 with KSV Basket Wattwil.


Sloan and Hollins lead Starwings to Swiss Cup Final - by Alexander Davis
The Birstal Starwings haven't been to the Swiss Cup final in 41 years, but the that streak is over after a 81-68 win over Monthey last night in Basel. The game was a sell out as many fans packed the Birsfelden Sporthalle. After an early 1st quarter run by the Starwings, Monthey made a run of its own and tied the game 23-23 at the end of the 1st. The 2nd quarter however is where the game was won, as Birstal increased its deffensive itensity. Led by super defender Marcus Sloan, the home team outscored Monthey 17-7 to take a 40-30 lead going into the half. Vernard Hollins came out in the 3rd aggressively and gave Birstal a 16 point lead, but the outside shooting on Nicolas Prochet, and a timely basket from the young Ryan Richards, and the visitors cut the lead back to ten, as the score was 57-47. That was the closest they would get as The Starwings kept up their intensity for the victory. Hollins led all scorers with 23 points, and Sloan had a near triple double with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Ryan Richards led Monthey with 18 points, followed by Nicolas Porchet with 11. The Swiss Cup final is April 10th in Fribourg, and it will be Birstal vs. Vacallo! Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, college: TCU)

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MMC Real Madrid hands 77-70 loss to Efes Pilsen - by Eurobasket News
MMC Real Madrid - 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.
Efes Pilsen had wonderful beginning. The Turkish powerhouse opened this game with 2-4 and later grabbed 4-9 lead. That was not al from them as few minutes later Efes Pilsen was already 8-15 up. However, Felipe Reyes responded for the hosts and Louis Bullock drained a triple for 13-15. Charles Smith and Peker made it for the guests and they had plus 6 after ten minutes of play. After seven meter bomb by Marvis Thornton, Efes Pilsen jumped to 13-22 at the beginning of the second quarter. Real Madrid replied quickly coming to 21-24. It was a basket after basket game after that and Efes Pilsen kept plus 3 until the HT break, 30-33. Than after the breather, the Whites started playing better. They cut the margin to 1 and in the finish of third period finally made a turn. It was 52-49 after 4 consecutive points by Rimantas Kaukenas. Real later had 56-53 with one quarter left. Efes Pilsen did not give up and grabbed back its lead very soon, 60-61. With four minutes to go it was 67-67 and Real Madrid created excellent 7-0 run grabbing valuable home win at the beginning of Top16 phase. Felipe Reyes, Sergio Llull and Marko Jaric shined in the finish.

MMC Real Madrid: Louis Bullock 12, Darjus Lavrinovic 11, Rimantas Kaukenas 11
Efes Pilsen: Charles Smith 18+7 boards, Marvis Thornton 14+6 as


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Duncan helps Spurs end slide - by David Edole
Gregg Popovich left the AT&T Center on Wednesday night with his eyebrows intact. Unlike Mike Woodson, his Atlanta counterpart, he didn't need to shave anything to motivate his team.

After the Spurs lost three in a row at home, Popovich didn't do anything special to catch his players' attention.

Besides flipping over tables and cursing us out? center Antonio McDyess said, in jest (maybe). No.

Whatever Popovich did or did not do, the Spurs responded with one of their finest games of the season, crushing the surging Atlanta Hawks 105-90 to put an emphatic end to a discouraging skid.

As has often been the case over the past 12-plus seasons, when the Spurs hit their darkest hour, they leaned heavily on Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest).

Duncan had 21 points and a career-high 27 rebounds, as the Spurs burst to a 28-point lead in the first half and never trailed, holding on to avert their first four-game home losing streak since 2002.

It was Duncan's 20th career 20-20 game, but the first since Dec. 13, 2005, when he had 27 points and 22 rebounds against the Clippers. Duncan's rebounding total Wednesday was the most in an NBA game this season.

His night was a workmanlike picture in domination. Duncan was only 5 of 20 from the field, getting most of his points courtesy of an 11-for-11 effort from the foul line.

You have to give him all the credit, Richard Jefferson said. Without him missing as many shots as he did, he wouldn't have been able to get as many offensive rebounds.

Said Duncan, who had 10 offensive boards: Mostly, I just rebounded my own shot. Which helps.

The Spurs (26-18) shot only 43.5 percent, but held the Hawks (29-15) to 39.8. The Spurs had six players in double figures, including all five starters.

One of them was McDyess, who was reinserted into the starting unit for the first time since Dec. 19, and enjoyed his best scoring night in a Spurs uniform with 17 points.

We executed pretty well for more of the game than we have lately, Popovich said, and that showed.

Not everything was hunky-dory for the Spurs. Tony Parker, their star point guard, was helped off the court late in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle and did not return.

As had been the case during the Spurs' losing streak, they shot out to a double-digit lead early. This time, however, they didn't stop at 13 or 14 points.

A Duncan dunk with 1:42 to go in the first half put the Spurs up 64-36, a lead so large even they couldn't squander it.

The Spurs were hungry for a win, Atlanta's Jamal Crawford said. You felt that vibe from the start.

The Hawks, who got 31 points from Joe Johnson and 25 from Crawford, made a predictable surge after half.

Midway through the third quarter, Crawford made the kind of play that seems to happen against teams in the middle of losing streaks. He rose for a 3-pointer. Duncan knocked him over. The ball banked in.

Crawford initially missed the foul shot for the four-point play, but got a mulligan on Parker's lane violation and swished the second attempt.

The difference Wednesday? That only cut an 18-point Spurs' lead to 14. It was a welcome change from the past three games.

We were going the wrong direction, Duncan said. There was legitimate concern as to what we needed to do.

So maybe Popovich expressed his legitimate concern by throwing furniture. Or maybe he just asked his team politely to maybe win a game.

Pop stays on us, Duncan said. He's the same old, same old Pop.

Even so, Duncan has a suggestion for Popovich the next time the Spurs start losing. It involves no shaving at all.

I'm trying to talk him into getting the beard back, Duncan said. Maybe that will help.
By Jeff McDonald - Express-News


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  UKRAINE   


Ivan Koljevic lands in Khimik - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Koljevic (186-G-84, agency: BeoExcell) strengthened the roster of Khimik Yuzhny. The 25-year-old guard started the season in Turkey. He played for Bornova averaging 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. Ivan Koljevic is not new to Ukraine. Last season the Montenegrin player spent in Cherkasy. There he tallied 16.1 points, 3.5 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Earlier Ivan Koljevic had stints in Buducnost, Bilbao, Olympiakos, Lietuvos Rytas and Ural Great.


Azovmash adds Maxim Ivshyn - by Platon Khegai
Former player of BC Donetsk Maxim Ivshyn (207-C-86) is about to join Azovmash Mariupol. Earlier he used to play in Mariupol as he started his career in Azovmash reserve team. Also maxim appeared in the rosters of such clubs as BC Poltava (2008/09) and Budivelnyk (2007). Ukrainian center will make a debut in the cup game versus BC Odessa on the 2nd of February.
This transaction doesn't brake the award of FIBA Arbitral Tribunal because the latter concerns only international transfers.
BC Azovmash


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Wolves Find New Home - by Andy Webb
The University of Worcester has announced that it has purchased the former fruit and vegetable market in Hylton Road in Worcester. The University will now seek planning permission to develop a new indoor sports and multi-purpose arena and active leisurecentre on the site which will have enough space for 2000 spectators.
This will prove invaluable for the Universitys students and the Worcester community alike. The facility will accommodate a range of indoor sports including netball, volleyball, badminton, basketball and wheelchair basketball.

The University enjoy partnerships with many sports and one of the many beneficiaries of the new arena will be the Worcester Wolves Basketball Club which has developed a unique partnership with the University. A vibrant community programme encourages thousands of youngsters within the community to take part in the sport at all levels. With the introduction of increased court space, the programme has great potential to expand. The Wolves senior team which plays in the BBL currently host crowds of around 500. .The increased capacity will be significant in the clubs development.
Chairman Roger Clarke said, This is really exciting news for everyone involved in the Club including players, fans and coaches. We have a clear vision of how we will develop basketball at all levels in the region. . . This development will clearly allow us to do that, it will be fantastic to host first class basketball match nights at the Universitys new arena

Mick Donovan, Head of the Universitys Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, added: The Universitys acclaimed Learning through Sport programme and many other community initiatives continue to expand and we are working in many sports to develop opportunities for participants of all ages. With the introduction of the new arena, we will be able to meet the needs of the regions sporting community whilst also providing a venue which will attract a great range of spectator events to the City. We have worked very hard to develop an innovative basketball programme which has received recognition from around the world. We can now move the programme to another level.



Macaulay Looks for Improvement - by Andy Webb
Marshall MK Lions Coach, Vince Macaulay , said he is looking for an improved performance tomorrow compared to the last time his side meet Everton Tigers: I think we match up well with Everton, we are on of a few teams that can match their size he said: Coach Garbelotto has done well in putting this team together and with the addition of Trey Moore, they will be looking to mount a challenge he added: At our last visit to Everton, we lost focus in the third quarter, but we are maturing well as a team now and I'm excited ahead of Friday.
Garbelotto matched Macaulays sentiments, as he said: In the first game we matched up pretty well with MK, but that was before our injuries and now our subsequent change of players. It is tough to say how we will match up with them, they are one of the top teams in the league, and we must be ready to produce a performance like the last game we played against them.
Elsewhere in the league, Airwaves Plymouth Raiders face a trying double-header today and tomorrow, as they visit Newcastle Eagles tonight, followed by Sheffield Sharks tomorrow. Coach Stronach, who still has his sights on making the playoffs this term, said the following on the proposition of back-to-back fixtures against the leagues top two sides: Both Sheffield and Newcastle are tough teams to match up against as they can hurt you from inside and out. It looks like Matt Hilleary will be out, but over recent weeks, I really feel that we have improved our defence and all I will say about our weaknesses is that we are working on them.

Meanwhile, the player-coaches of both the Sharks and the Eagles, warned that if their players switch off against Plymouth, they could be in for a defeat. Atiba Lyons, of the Sharks, said: This weekend is going to be a very tough one for us. Since the addition of Andrew Lasker to the Raiders line up, they have become a very tough team. They seem to have more of a scoring punch and play better team basketball.

Eagles boss Fab Flournoy, also identified Lasker as the key man for the Raiders, even though the American was not back in the South West when the Raiders beat his side earlier this season: This is the third game in the series between us and Plymouth; we had a tough game before Christmas against them and lost early doors. Now we have lost the series against Worthing, we need to focus on this game, and them (the Raiders) having Lasker back gives them a big lift. We need to make sure we adjust for that change.



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  USBA   


USBA basketball season ready to tip off , April 7, 2010 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (January 28, 2010)----The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is poised for its inaugural season. Opening day is scheduled for April 7, 2010. The league will field 18 teams housed in 3 divisions. Permanente home gymnasiums of each individual team is complete. 'Barring any unforeseen challenges, we will tip off on Wednesday night, April 7, 2010, we have agreements in place to use gymnasium for all of our teams already, the colleges and universities that we planned to occupy this year, understood the challenges we faced in 2009 and they graciously permitted the league to renew their commitment to play at their facilities,' said USBA president and C.E.O Duane Allen Jenkins. 'We have arenas set in each city, we will disclose the locations in the very near future.'

The 2010 regular season will begin on April 7, 2010 and end on July 3, 2010. There is a mid season All Star Classic Game slated for May 22nd and May 23rd, 2010. The Championship game is scheduled for July 11, 2010. Both the All Star game and the Championship game will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The top four teams in each division will secure playoff positions. The Willie Joe Hunter Memorial Championship Trophy will be awarded to the top team.

The league will continue its partnership with churches, civic groups and charitable organizations in each individual team city. The USBA announced its continuation of their support to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America and the USMC Toys for Tots. The league is also extending a very special invitation to children in foster care each city and children housed in juvenile detention centers. The league has authorized each team to conduct educational contest between clubs to select children to be official ball girls and boys.' We'll invite all groups who help children to contact the league and well issue complimentary tickets to these groups to our home games. The selected children to be the ball kids will receive $25.00 apiece per game for their services', said Jenkins.

The league has three divisions, the Atlantic, the Appalachian and the Southern. The divisions make up the Southeastern Conference. 'With the economy stabilizing, its full steam ahead', said USBA vice president of basketball operations, Kenneth Green. This is a prime opportunity for us to activate the league. 'We'll have an opportunity to get to know our fans and supporters in each city. We want our fans to be able to have ample access to the coaches and players', said Green. A National Player Tryout Combine is scheduled for March 6, 2010. Individual tryouts for each team will be held on March 13th and 20th, 2010 in each team city.

The leagues season ticket packages will be available beginning January 1, 2010. The season ticket promotion is called the 2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza, the promotion will be made available to each city. This season ticket promotion is a special event for the fans and is sponsored by the advertisers and sponsors of the USBA. The league made 1200 single season tickets available in each city 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. Each season ticket comes with admission to all fifteen home games and fifteen free single game tickets; this also includes admittance to all home playoff games. As a bonus, fans receive priority seating, complimentary concessions, a free game day program and a 24-inch x 36-inch full color poster with the basketball team or the dance team. (The total number of admittance per season ticket is 30, which breaks down to $3.50 per admittance). 'We designed the USBA basketball games to be family friendly, our promotions, our entertainment and our prices will fit right into anyones budget', said Jenkins

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 also 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, RaceTrac or local fuel company 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 womens, 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)

The Grand prize drawing for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home season opener, the drawings for the other prizes will be held at a special pre-game show. 'As far as we know, this is the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports'. said 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 detailed information, call or email the USBA league office at (678) 966-9993 or usba@usbaball.com . For further information on the USBA go to www.usbaball.com/seasonticketextravaganza .

2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza Rules and Disclaimer:
Purchase of a season ticket to any 2010 USBA team necessary to be included in the raffle drawing. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is the sponsor of this promotion. This promotion is open to all residents of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and the District of Columbia who purchase a season ticket during this promotion. This promotion ends April 6, 2010 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time. USBA employees, family member of USBA employees, team members, Season Ticket Extravaganza sponsors, their employees and their families are ineligible to participate in this promotion. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this promotion. One entry in raffle per season ticket purchased. No other restrictions apply. No substitution of prizes. Prizes are not refundable or transferable. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes and /or gratuity associated with prizes won in this promotion. Odds of winning any prize in this promotion will be determined in direct relation of the number of season tickets sold during this promotion. (Example: 1200 season tickets sold per USBA team season, Grand Prize winning odds are 1200 to 1, 2nd prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 3rd Prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 4th Prize winning odds are 50 to 1, each, 5th prize winning odds are 48 to 1, 6th Prize winning odds are 48 to 1. The USBA has set aside 1200 season tickets per USBA team city to be sold, a total 21,600 league wide. Odds of winning a prize in this promotion are derived on a per city basis only. If the same individual purchases two season tickets for the 2010 basketball season and before April 5, 2010 the odds will increase to give the ticket holder double the chance of winning a prize. This promotion is a USBA Youth Outreach sponsored event. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) not for Profit Company. Single ticket purchases are not included in this promotion. 2nd and 3rd Prizewinners must make travel reservation through the USBA. Travel blackout periods may effect certain travel dates. All NBA games must be east of the Mississippi River and in the Continental United States. Grand prizewinners will have a choice of color. There is no time limit for any of the travel prizes, gift card or any other prize in this promotion. Promotion is void where prohibited by law.



USBA basketball player combine to be held at Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, Ga. - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (January 28, 2010)---The United States Basketball Association (USBA) will host its first invitation-only national basketball player combine as part of the process for filling its 2010 inaugural basketball team rosters. The combine is scheduled to be held at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia, said USBA Vice President of Basketball Operation Kenneth Green. The combine will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010. 'We invite all qualified professional players to participate, we have already heard from agents who represent players from other countries as well as here in the United States,' said Green. The combine will be open to all qualified basketball players. The registration period is February 8, 2010 thru March 1, 2010. 'Players are required to pre-register on the league website, beginning February 8 and no one will be accepted after the deadline.' Registration forms can be mailed to the league office. All applications should be postmarked before March 1, 2010. Forms will be available from the leagues website beginning February 8, 2010.

'We are working tirelessly in our pursuit to find the best players available for all USBA teams; this will enable us to provide our fans the very best minor league professional basketball players from day one,' said USBA President and C.E.O., Duane Allen Jenkins . 'This national search for players and our combine is a truly special and unique opportunity for all of our coaches to evaluate basketball players to fit their style of play in one place and at one time,' continued Jenkins.

Invited players will participate in scrimmage games and will be evaluated by the league coaching staff and invited scouts. USBA coaching staff will then select the players to try out for their local team. USBA individual team tryouts are scheduled for March 13, 2010 and March 20, 2010. According to the league, players will be charged a fee of $75.00 to participate in the combine. The league will waive the all fees for team individual tryouts for the players who participate in the combine. Basketball players will need to have a minimum of two years experience on the collegiate level to be invited to both the combine and the individual team tryouts.

Players participating in the combine will receive a tee shirt, lunch from Subway and a video taped disc of the days events. Deer Park will provide bottled water to the players and coaches. Trainers and paramedics will be on hand to assist participants.

The basketball games during combine will be officiated by league referees. 'We have a prime opportunity to expose these players to the crews that will officiate the USBA games,' said USBA Supervisor of Officials, Simmie Lavender. 'The minimum experience of my officials is the NCAA division two level; we have quite a few people that referee in the NCAA division one and currently registered with the D-League.' The USBA uses NBA rules and regulations.

The USBA has eighteen teams in three divisions. The teams are spread out over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. The eague website can be found at www.usbaball.com. Combine signup will begin February 8, 2010 and end March 1, 2010. Complete instruction on player registration, confirmed site location and hotel reservation information will be made available on the league website on February 8, 2010. The USBA utilizes medium to small college and university gymnasiums for the home location of their teams. All USBA coaches will be on hand to evaluate players. Coaches will have the option to sign players to an agreement or invited them to an additional tryout with their local team.

Basketball player compensation package includes; $350.00 per week, $25.00 sponsor paid appearances, 25% commission on sponsorship sales, a daily meal at Golden Coral Buffet Restaurant, workman compensation and housing, when needed. Each team plays a thirty game schedule, fifteen home games and fifteen games away.

About the United States Basketball Association----The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is a mid spring thru early summer mens professional basketball league. The league headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia. The league as eighteen teams split into three divisions, spread out over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. Basketball players, coaches, dance team members and game day staff could be catapulted to enjoy further opportunities in the National Basketball Association Developmental League (NBADL), as well as exposure to other reputable professional basketball leagues from around the world. League website is www.usbaball.com .


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LPB 2010 - News, Updates, Rumours and Transactions - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- After a few more days of preseason, teams things keep moving around towards the beginning of Venezuela's Liga Profesional de Baloncesto (LPB), 2010 edition. Here's a little bit of what's going on in the country:

MARINOS DE ANZOATEGUI
-Marinos de Anzoategui completed an intrasquad game that raised food and other supplies for the people that was harmed in the Haiti earthquakes. Blue Team defeated the White Team, 103-91 in extra time, after a 91-91 tie in regular time. Gregory Vargas netted 21 points, Denham Brown added 20, Raul Orta 18 and Kenny Taylor 15 for the winning side. Axiers Sucre and Oscar Torres led the other team with 20 points each, Jermaine Walker scored 15 and Luis Julio finished up with 12.

-An exhibition tournament that was supposed to be played in El Hatillo and that involved Marinos, Guaros de Lara, Bucaneros de La Guaira and Panteras de Miranda, had to be suspended due to the political situation that has inmersed the country in protests.
-Marinos de Anzoategui declined an invitation to play in San Carlos, Cojedes, against Cocodrilos de Caracas. Trotamundos de Carabobo will substitute the current league champion.
-The general management denied that Hector Romero is in the market or that he could be sold to another team. Cocodrilos, Bucaneros and Trotamundos reportedly showed interest in signing him.

COCODRILOS DE CARACAS
-Split a two game series with Guaros de Lara at Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas. Guaros won the first match 91-78. Cordell Henry netted 20 points, Heissler Guillent added 17, Kervis Ramirez contributed with 16 and Roberto Nieves with 13. The best player for Cocodrilos was Derson Santos with 24 points, Henry Paez with 17 and Kenji Urdaneta with 15. Cocodrilos won the second match, 91-80, thanks to Edgar Moreno with 20 points and Keving Palacios with 16. For Guaros, Cordell Henry scored 19 points and Heissler Guillent added 14.
-Kevin Freeman has arrived to Caracas and joined trainings.
-Held their official press conference, in which they have informed that players Luis Bethelmy, Jesus Centeno and Dominican Jack Michael Martinez will join the team as soon as they finish their contracts in Mexico.

GUAROS DE LARA
-Split a two game series with Cocodrilos de Caracas at Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas. Guaros won the first match 91-78. Cordell Henry netted 20 points, Heissler Guillent added 17, Kervis Ramirez contributed with 16 and Roberto Nieves with 13. The best player for Cocodrilos was Derson Santos with 24 points, Henry Paez with 17 and Kenji Urdaneta with 15. Cocodrilos won the second match, 91-80, thanks to Edgar Moreno with 20 points and Keving Palacios with 16. For Guaros, Cordell Henry scored 19 points and Heissler Guillent added 14.

-Toros de Aragua defeated Guaros de Lara at El Limon Colisseum in Maracay in another friendly match, 85-82. Aragua's top scorers were David Cedeno with 22 points, Peter Kvietek with 16, Jhon Romero with 15 and rookie Jose Silvera with 11. For Guaros, Roberto Nieves netted 24 points and Kervis Ramirez 17. Another game will take place between these two teams on February 2nd at Domo Bolivariano.
-Guaros de Lara will host two consecutive exhibition games against Espartanos de Margarita (LNB) on January 30th and January 31st at Domo Bolivariano of Barquisimeto to get more food and supplies for the people in Haiti.
-Francisco Centeno has been granted permission to join Espartanos de Margarita for the upcoming Final Four of the 2009-2010 FIBA Americas League
-Though no official announcement has been made, Johan Pinero could be loaned to another team for the remainder of 2010, since he hasn't reported to practice yet
-Juan Carlos Rodriguez was loaned to Panteras de Miranda
-Torraye Braggs should arrive in February, but he still hasn't finished his compromises with Malvin in Uruguay, which could delay his incorporation to Guaros


TROTAMUNDOS DE CARABOBO
-Its official website has revealed statements by the team's president, German Blanco, in which he says that they'll wait for Uruguayan Martin Osimani to finish his contract in Mexico to sign him and bring him back to the league. Gustavo Barrera and Cedric Moddie are also on target and in the 'wish list'.

GUAIQUERIES DE MARGARITA
-Jose Mercedes will get help from assistant coach Chad Baker and physical trainer Eddy Lapaigex, according to El Sol de Margarita's Moises David Estaba.
-A total of 12 players are working out at La Asuncion. Alejandro Barrios, Edgar Arteaga and Francisco Sanabria were the latest to join trainings, Douglas Chiquito is sidelined after being hit hard on the right cheek during practice, Vicente Velasquez was absent due to the death of his father and Carlos Cedeno was also unavailable on special permission to leave.

GAITEROS DEL ZULIA
-The LPB Main Board acknowledged Paul Romero as the president of Gaiteros instead of his brother, Alirio 'Camaron' Romero. They both have an ongoing legal dispute about the ownership
-It is unclear if Nelson Solorzano will remain as the head coach of the team or if Jorge Arrieta will take command

TOROS DE ARAGUA
-No news to report at this time. The team remains training at El Limon Colisseum in Maracay.

BUCANEROS DE LA GUAIRA
-No news to report at this time. The team remains training at Jose Maria Vargas Arena of La Guaira

PANTERAS DE MIRANDA
-No news to report at this time. The team remains training at different locations in the city of Caracas



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  WABA   


WABA & FIBA Asia announce their 2010 calender - by Mohammed Malas
(Amman, Jo-Basket.com) The West Asian Basketball Association (WABA) announced the calendar of its basketball events for the new year 2010 in an official statement yesterday.

The first event for WABA will be the 13th Clubs Championship which was moved from Esfahan to Tehran, Iran in the period between the 8th and the 16th of March, Ten teams will participate in this event (Two from Jordan, Two from Syria, Two from Lebanon, Two from Iran, One from Yemen and One from Iraq), 4 teams from 4 different countries will qualify to the 21st Asian Clubs Championship in Doha, Qatar from the 22nd to the 30th of May.

Beirut, The capital city of Lebanon will host the 11th WABA Under-18 Championship on the 12th of April until the 18th of the same month, The qualification to the FIBA Asia U-18 Chamoionship (22 September - 1 October) to be given to 3 teams beside Yemen who will host the Asian event.

Iraq will be back on the map when they will organize the 10th WABA Men Championship in Duhok City from the 5th to the 11th of June, Four teams from this event will be promoted to play in the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in Beirut, Lebanon (7-15 August).

The Calendar also noted that Erbil city in Iraq will hold the 3rd WABA Clubs Championship for Women from the 17th to 23rd of July.

In other FIBA Asia events, The 20th Under-18 Championship for Women will be held in Thailand (23-30 June) which gives qualification to two teams to Under-19 World Championship 2011.

The basketball tournament in the Asian Games (12-27 November) will be in Guangzhou, China.


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  YEMEN   


WABA & FIBA ASIA RELEASE 2010 CALENDAR - by Ozell Wells
(Jo-Basket.com) The West Asian Basketball Association (WABA) announced the calendar of its basketball events for the new year 2010 in an official statement yesterday.

The first event for WABA will be the 13th Clubs Championship which was moved from Esfahan to Tehran, Iran in the period between the 8th and the 16th of March, Ten teams will participate in this event (Two from Jordan, Two from Syria, Two from Lebanon, Two from Iran, One from Yemen and One from Iraq), 4 teams from 4 different countries will qualify to the 21st Asian Clubs Championship in Doha, Qatar from the 22nd to the 30th of May.

Bieirut, The capital city of Lebanon will host the 11th WABA Under-18 Championship on the 12th of April until the 18th of the same month, The qualification to the FIBA Asia U-18 Chamoionship (22 September - 1 October) to 3 teams beside Yemen who will host the Asian event.

Iraq will be back on the map when they will organize the 10th WABA Men Championship in Duhok City from the 5th to the 11th of June, Four teams from this event will be promoted to play in the 3rd FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in Beirut, Lebanon (7-15 August).

The Calendar also noted that Erbil city in Iraq will hold the 3rd WABA Clubs Championship for Women from the 17th to 23rd of July.

In other FIBA Asia events, The 20th Under-18 Championship for Women will be held in Thailand (23-30 June) which gives qualification to two teams to Under-19 World Championship 2011.

The basketball tournament in the Asian Games (12-27 November) will be in Guangzhou, China.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Season ending injury for Angela Marino? - by Eurobasket News
Angela Marino (166-G-86) knew she had seriously damaged her elbow the moment she crashed into the unforgiving Bendigo Stadium floor on Friday, writes Boti Nagy for The Adelaide Advertiser.

As if the WNBL clash with the Spirit wasn't already the biggest fixture of the regular season, it took on a further emotional dimension as Marino writhed on the floor, teammates and medicos converging around her.

Initially it just felt weird, Marino said of the seconds after the impact.

Sam (Woosnam) came over and was saying: 'It will be OK' and then I looked at it and saw my elbow was out of its socket. That was fairly shocking and then the pain and my racing mind took over.

I was thinking: 'I'll never play again' and thinking of all the bad things, such as when Brad Hill did his arm.

The Spirit's medical team was all over it in a matter of seconds, Marino briskly whisked to Bendigo Hospital.

Their physios, all the people were so amazing, she said. If it had to happen and didn't happen in Adelaide, I'm lucky it happened there and very grateful for how they looked after me.

From fearing the worst - and hearing in hospital her Lightning had valiantly gone down 86-89 after Bendigo import Chelsea Aubry sank a three-pointer on the buzzer - Marino's thoughts swung to how much training the injury might cost her.

After having morphine I was thinking: 'Yep, I'm ready to play' and asking how much time off training I'd need, she said. They told me it was a serious traumatic injury and I certainly would not be playing on Sunday.

Adelaide came out with Mia Newley taking over point duties and got past Dandenong 74-66 on Sunday at Brett Maher Court. But with Marino suffering her dislocated elbow, she could be out for as many as six weeks.

That assuredly rules out playing against Townsville in Saturday's WNBL-NBL double-header at the BMC and a game on which the Lightning's flimsy finals hopes now squarely rest. Lose and they're done, win and they still need other results to also fall their way. It's a perilous road.

Marino had an MRI to check for any minor fractures or bone chipping and will not know until tomorrow how long the healing time will be.

After the elbow dislocated, it popped back into the joint, she said.

I'm pretty sure there's no bone fractures so it's about getting the swelling down and keeping it in the sling.

It's six-to-eight weeks if it's really, really bad but if it's not, I'll do everything in my power to get back.


Adelaide desperately needs her.
Courtesy of The Adelaide Advertiser


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


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. Misurova, Trutnov2.4 
 9. Maltsi, USK Praha2.4 
 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. Brantlova, Karlovy .2.3 
 10. Vlkova, Valosu.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. Hartigova, Trutnov0.9 
 7. Vetrovcova, Karlov.0.9 
 8. Horakova, Hradec K.0.9 
 9. Kohoutova, Hradec K.0.8 
 10. Wallace, BA Spar.0.7 


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  EUROCUP - Women  


1/8 Finals: First games - by Eurobasket News
Saarlouis - Hemofarm 86-65
Saarlouis did a great job in Game 1 against the Serbian powerhouse, Hemofarm Stada. The German squad celebrated 86-65 victory making a huge step forward to EuroCup Quarterfinals. The crucial quarter in this game was the last one, which Saarlouis ended with impressive 32-5. 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.

Botas - Mondeville 76-67
76-67 win for Botas, whose best player tonight was Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) with monster double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Gamze Takmaz (182-F-91) also had very important role adding 18 points and 5 rebounds. Visitors got 13 pts from Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: De Paul) and Aija Putnina (191-F-88) (each).

Dynamo K. - SEAT Lami 85-56
What a performance by Dynamo Kursk tonight. The Russian squad celebrated 85-56 win, making a huge step forward to 1/4 Finals. Svetlana Maksimenko (183-F-82, agency: LBM Management) and Varvara Psareva (194-C-85) led the hosts netting 23 and 20 points respectively. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the guests.

Dynamo-NPU - Athinaikos 56-57
Athinaikos survived in Kyiv tonight grabbing tiny 56-57 victory. Of course, the Greek squad now has way better chance to reach the 1/4 Finals as Game 2 will be played at their home court. Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-G-81) shined in victory with 12 and Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) followed her with 2 points less. Dynamo-NPU got 15 points and 6 assists from Davineia Payne (175-G-83, college: La Salle).

Nadezhda O. - Mann Filter 80-70
10-point win for Nadezhda and both teams will meet in Spain next week. Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) shined for the hosts with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya (197-C-77) also was great tonight adding 22 points and 8 boards. In Mann Filter, Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) had 23 pts and 6 boards.

AEL - Lattes Montpe. 72-52
AEL blasted Lattes Montpellier 72-52 getting double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds from Daliborka Vilipic (196-C-75). Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) had 14 and Sherill Baker (174-G-82, agency: Ronsport, college: Georgia) added 13 pts, plus 7 rebounds. Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds in loss.

EBE Ibiza-PDV - Dynamo M. 63-70
Great job by Dynamo Moscow, who earned 7-point lead before Game 2. Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) once again was the leading player in her team collecting 23 points and 8 rebounds. Ekaterina Sytnyak (185-F-82, agency: LBM Management) followed closely with 18 pts and 5 rebs. Krissy Bade (182-F-80) top-scored in defeat with 21 points.

Targoviste - Gran Canaria 80-55
Targoviste smashed Granca tonight celebrating huge 80-55 victory. Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) and Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) were the key players in Romanian squad draining 30 and 26 points respectively. Frohlich had 7 and Shay Doron grabbed one rebounds less. In Granca, Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) collected 15 points and 11 rebs.


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. Champion, CAB M.21.0 
 5. Kuzina, Dynamo M.20.8 
 6. Villarroel, Sierre20.6 
 7. Milovanovic, ICIM A.19.3 
 8. Reid, Hatis Yerevan19.3 
 9. Doron, Targoviste19.1 
 10. Diacona, Sf.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer FLEISCHER
  Dexia
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Fleischer, Dexia12.1 
 2. Mazic, Medvescak11.8 
 3. Santos, AD Vagos11.5 
 4. Anosike, Targoviste11.0 
 5. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.10.6 
 6. Snow, Dynamo K.9.9 
 7. Kuzina, Dynamo M.9.8 
 8. Carter, CCC P.9.7 
 9. Little, AEL9.7 
 10. Sanford, EBE.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Krystyna SZYMANSKA-LARA
  Dexia
  (173-G-69)
  Avg: 7
 1. Szymanska-L., Dex.7.0 
 2. Zoll, Botas7.0 
 3. Berseneva, Nadezhda.5.1 
 4. Reid, Hatis Yerevan4.8 
 5. Chapdelaine, MBK R.4.7 
 6. Keyru, Dynamo M.4.7 
 7. White, Hapoel T-A4.3 
 8. Zellous, Besiktas4.2 
 9. Zygelyte, Lemminkain.4.2 
 10. Parau, Targovis.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Nykesha SALES
  Besiktas
  (183-F/G-76)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Sales, Besiktas3.8 
 2. Radocaj, Hemofarm3.8 
 3. Keyru, Dynamo M.3.7 
 4. Doron, Targoviste3.6 
 5. Anosike, Targoviste3.5 
 6. Zoll, Botas3.3 
 7. Skrela, Lattes M.3.2 
 8. Reid, Hatis Yerevan3.2 
 9. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.3.2 
 10. Villarroel, Sier.3.1 
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. Gidden, Sf. G.1.7 
 8. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.7 
 9. Toma, Targoviste1.4 
 10. Dacic, Besikt.1.3 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Saarlouis destroys Hemofarm in the last quarter - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup, 1/8 Finals: Saarlouis - Hemofarm 86-65

Saarlouis did a great job in Game 1 against the Serbian powerhouse - Hemofarm Stada. The German squad celebrated 86-65 victory making a huge step forward to EuroCup Quarterfinals. The crucial period in this game was the last one, which Saarlouis ended with impressive 32-5. 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. Veteran Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) added 11 points.
First quarter was full of turns. The hosts were 9-7 and 14-12 up at the beginning, but later Hemofarm grabbed 14-15 and 19-24 lead. Still, Candyce Bingham and Romy Bar closed the first period with 6-0 run lifting their team to 25-24. Second quarter was pretty leveled. Hemofarm touched plus 5 once, but again Romy Bar shined in the finish brining her team 42-40 HT lead. After the breather, visitors started to play much better and they managed to end these ten minutes with nice 12-20. It seemed they are on the right track to victory at that time, but Saarlouis players did not have the same thoughts. They opened last quarter with 14-1 run and soon after that made another (even better) one, 14-0. It was 82-64 for the hosts, who later finished this game with impressive 86-65, what is a huge lead before the re-match in Serbia.

Saarlouis: Petra Manakova 26+7 boards, Romy Bar 19+7 boards, Candyce Bingham 14
Hemofarm Stada: Zorica Mitov 13, Biljana Stankovic 11


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Hajdana RADUNOVIC
  SEAT Lami
  (192-F/C-78)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Radunovic, SEAT L.17.8 
 2. Crasnoscioc, ZTE17.1 
 3. Vajda, MiZo Pecs16.5 
 4. Szlimak, BSE16.4 
 5. Czank, Vasas-Csata15.5 
 6. Ohlde, MiZo Pecs15.2 
 7. Balint, Atomeromu14.8 
 8. Holt, MKB Eurol.14.7 
 9. Bozoki, Atomeromu14.7 
 10. Budimir, Bajai N.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anna VAJDA
  MiZo Pecs
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Vajda, MiZo Pecs8.3 
 2. Budimir, Bajai NKK8.1 
 3. Zherzherunov., Sze.7.3 
 4. Licina, Cegledi EKK7.0 
 5. Sipaviciute, Szeged6.7 
 6. Krnjic, MiZo Pecs6.6 
 7. Fejes, Vasas-Csata6.5 
 8. Keller, SEAT L.6.5 
 9. Holt, MKB Eurol.6.4 
 10. Farkasinszki, Szoln.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Csilla DARIDA
  Szolnok
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Darida, Szolnok5.5 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs4.8 
 3. Pungor, Atomeromu4.1 
 4. Englert, SEAT L.3.8 
 5. Eordogh, MKB E.3.5 
 6. Djelmis, SEAT L.3.4 
 7. Furesz, Szeged3.3 
 8. Kocsis, BSE3.2 
 9. Iva, Szeged3.1 
 10. Lakloth, Vasas-.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Monika BUKOVSZKI
  ZTE
  (171-G-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Bukovszki, ZTE3.7 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.3 
 3. Iva, Szeged3.2 
 4. Vajda, MiZo Pecs3.1 
 5. Pungor, Atomeromu3.1 
 6. Hadarics, MKB E.3.0 
 7. Kocsis, BSE2.9 
 8. Horvath, Szeged2.8 
 9. Czank, Vasas-Csata2.8 
 10. Varga, MKB Eur.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Olena ZHERZHERUNOVA
  Szeged
  (191-F-78)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Zherzherunov., Sze.1.5 
 2. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.1 
 3. Vajda, MiZo Pecs0.9 
 4. Fejes, Vasas-Csata0.9 
 5. Bagi, Vasas-Csata0.8 
 6. Szlimak, BSE0.8 
 7. Varda, BSE0.7 
 8. Budimir, Bajai NKK0.7 
 9. Milovanovic, MKB E.0.6 
 10. Ohlde, MiZo Pe.0.6 


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MiZo Pecs 16-1 
 2. Szeged 14-1 
 3. MKB Eurol. 14-2 
 4. SEAT Lami 14-2 
 5. ZTE 8-7 
 6. BSE 6-7 
 7. Szolnok 6-9 
 8. Atomeromu 6-10 
 9. Vasas-Csata 5-8 
 10. Bajai NKK 2-14 
 11. BEAC 1-15 
 12. Cegledi EKK 0-16 


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  ICELAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. KR 14-1 
 2. Grindavik 11-4 
 3. Hamar 9-6 
 4. Keflavik 9-6 
 5. Haukar 6-8 
 6. Njardvik 5-10 
 7. Snaefell 3-11 
 8. Valur 2-13 


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  JAPAN - Women  


Standings - JBL Women
WJBL Standings
 1. Antelopes 21-3 
 2. Sunflowers 19-5 
 3. Red Wave 17-7 
 4. V-Magic 12-12 
 5. Rabbits 10-14 
 6. Iris 9-15 
 7. Wings 6-18 
 8. Koalas 2-22 


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  POLAND - Women  


CCC, Wisla and Lotos advance into Polish Cup semis - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice made it to the Polish Cup semifinal. They crushed Energa Torun 80:46 in the quarterfinal clash. CCC Polkowice dominated right from the start. They built a 20:13 lead at the first intermission and continued to clear off. The scoreboard read 42:22 advantage at halftime. CCC Polkowice did not loosen the grip in the second half and rallied to the win at the end. Anna Pietrzak (167-G-87) scored 17 points to pace the winners. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) added 14 points for CCC. Natalia Waligorska (171-G-84) responded with 11 points in defeat.
Wisla eased past LKS Siemens 83:54 behind 20 points from Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group). Wisla stunned their opponents 34:6 in the opening frame. LKS Siemens stopped the bleeding in the second stanza and won it by 6 points. But Wisla retained control after the long break and sealed the winning outcome. Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) produced 14 points for the Krakow team. Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) and Iziane Castro (183-G/F-82) finished with 11 points apiece in the victory. Ugochukwu Oha (193-C-82, college: George Washington) answered with 18 points and 14 rebounds for LKS Siemens.
Lotos Gdynia tamed PTS Lider 67:52 for the ticket to the semis. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) scored 13 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 6 assists to pace the charge. Lotos earned a 12-point lead after the starting frame and never looked back en route to a confident win. Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) top-scored with 14 points for the winning side. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) replied with game-high 15 points for PTS Lider.
Odra Brzeg and Gorzow will fight for the final spot available on February 8.



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  SERBIA - Women  


Saarlouis destroys Hemofarm in the last quarter - by Eurobasket News
EuroCup, 1/8 Finals: Saarlouis - Hemofarm 86-65

Saarlouis did a great job in Game 1 against the Serbian powerhouse - Hemofarm Stada. The German squad celebrated 86-65 victory making a huge step forward to EuroCup Quarterfinals. The crucial period in this game was the last one, which Saarlouis ended with impressive 32-5. 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. Veteran Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) added 11 points.
First quarter was full of turns. The hosts were 9-7 and 14-12 up at the beginning, but later Hemofarm grabbed 14-15 and 19-24 lead. Still, Candyce Bingham and Romy Bar closed the first period with 6-0 run lifting their team to 25-24. Second quarter was pretty leveled. Hemofarm touched plus 5 once, but again Romy Bar shined in the finish brining her team 42-40 HT lead. After the breather, visitors started to play much better and they managed to end these ten minutes with nice 12-20. It seemed they are on the right track to victory at that time, but Saarlouis players did not have the same thoughts. They opened last quarter with 14-1 run and soon after that made another (even better) one, 14-0. It was 82-64 for the hosts, who later finished this game with impressive 86-65, what is a huge lead before the re-match in Serbia.

Saarlouis: Petra Manakova 26+7 boards, Romy Bar 19+7 boards, Candyce Bingham 14
Hemofarm Stada: Zorica Mitov 13, Biljana Stankovic 11


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Former Cathay Life player Chiang joins Chunghwa Telecom - by Chris Wang
Chiang Feng Chun (184-F-81), one of the best players in Taiwan and widely seen as one of the best forwards in Asia, came out of retirement and joined Chunghwa Telecom, it was reported.

Chiang surprisingly announced her retirement last February at a young age of 28. One year later, she caught everyone by surprise again by joining Chunghwa Telecom and is ready to play in the upcoming WSBL season to go up against her former team Cathay Life, which has won 17 straight Taiwan women's league titles.

This is a controversial move, however, as Taiwan's women's teams have an unwritten -- and bizarre -- rule of not accepting players from other teams. Cathay Life is expected to protest against Chiang's return.

Traditionally, Taiwanese women's teams start paying players from when they're in junior high schools all the way to universities, which means almost all those players will attend the same junior high, high schools and colleges.

Since the teams invested millions of dollars on these players, they are 'owned' by the teams. Their contracts are supposedly life-long contracts, at least that's what the teams think.

Ironically, every team still tried to recruit players or retired players like Chiang from other teams and controversies rose every other years.

Since 2005, teams had reached an unwritten consensus that players have to wait two years before signing with another team. Cathay Life claimed Chiang had violated the consensus.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Careys scores 24 more - by David Edole
Lady Bobcats 93, Lady Warriors 82

JCJC placed five players in double figures, led by Tanecka Carey (G) s 24-point effort, to roll past East Central.

The Lady Bobcats improve to 13-4 overall and 4-2 in division play. East Central falls to 10-7 overall and 2-4 in the league.

With her team trailing 40-39, Dominique Evans converted a 3-point play to start the second half and put the Lady Bobcats up for good at 42-40. An Ashley Lee bucket with 16:13 left capped the run and gave JCJC a 51-40 lead.

ECCCs Shantel Neely converted a 3-point play with 12:07 remaining and pulled the Lady Warriors within 55-50. Danielle Coles two free throws with 6:52 left in the game trimmed JCJCs lead to 68-66.

However, a 12-4 run by Jones, capped by an Evans free throw, put the Lady Bobcats ahead 80-70 with 3:22 left to play.

The Lady Warriors would not go away and got within 86-82 with 25 seconds remaining when Hannah Lee hit a 3-pointer. But Evans scored on a breakaway, Carey got a steal and a layup and Erica Moore got a steal and converted a 3-point play to seal the victory.

East Central scored the games first six points before JCJC came back. The Lady Bobcats took their first lead of the night at 10-8 with 14:48 showing when Carey, who led the team with five assists, canned a 3-pointer from the left wing.

The game would then be tied at 13-13 and 15-15 when Jones used a 7-0 run to go up 22-15 on a Brigit Taylor bucket at the 8:00 mark. JCJC took its longest lead of the half when Evans scored to make it 28-20.

But ECCC used an 11-3 run, capped by a 3-point play by Neely, to tie it at 31-31 with 2:24 to go. The lead would then change hands six times before the end of the half.

A 3-pointer by Moore gave the Lady Bobcats a 39-38 lead with 12 seconds showing, but Demetria Slocums inside basket with just two seconds remaining gave the Lady Warriors a 40-39 lead going into halftime.

After Careys effort, Lee had another productive evening, posting 23 points and 13 rebounds. Taylor had 13 points and 13 boards, while Evans had 12 points and Moore added 11.

JCJC outrebounded East Central, 47-32.

Cole had 23 points for the Lady Warriors, while Neely added 15 and Slocum had 13.

WOMEN
Jones County 93, East Central 82
EAST CENTRAL (10-7 overall, 2-4 South Division) Danielle Cole 23, Shantel Neely 15, Demetria Slocum 13, Yolanda Jones 9, Hannah Lee 9, Bianca Thomas 5, Quentinette Odom 4, Sierra Croff 2, Jakiala McWilliams 2, Shanequa Bufkin 0, Alise Bryant 0.
JONES COUNTY (13-4, 4-2) Tanecka Carey 24 (5 assists), Ashley Lee 23 (13 rebounds), Brigit Taylor 13 (13 rebounds), Dominique Evans 12, Erica Moore 11, Kiana Harris 6, Crystal Tucker 4, Kerri Simmons 0, Coco McLaurin 0.
East Central 40-42 82
Jones County 39-54 93
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director