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  ABA   


Weekend wins for San Diego, Lake Michigan and Thunder - by Gianni Pascucci
The San Diego Surf welcomed the New Year with a 145-134 triumph against the Los Angeles Slam on Sunday night. The audience was excited throughout the physical play as the 10-point leads by the Surf each quarter continued. New Surf addition, Keoni Watson (5'10''-G-84, college: Idaho) was the player of the game reaching 28 pts (3/3 in 3ptrs) and 11 assists. Jamal Kendrick (6'8''-F-75, college: Baylor) added 26 points and 9 rebs, John Clark (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Cal.St. Northridge) contributed 22 pts 7 reb. At the LA side, a double technical foul disqualified The Game Jayceon Taylor (6'4''-G-79) from Q4, after a total of 19 points and 6 rebounds. The best Slam player was JuShay Rockett (6'5''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) with 30 points and 14 rebs. Bone Collector Larry Williams (6'0''-G-81) recorded 36 points.
In another weekend game, the Lake Michigan Admirals prevailed over the Indiana Steamrollers winning 137-124. The Admirals started out strong, leading 70-52 at halftime, but Indiana fought back to cut the lead to single digits at times in the second half to make for an exciting finish. Dominick Melton (6'6''-F, college: Wisc.-Parkside) and Jeremy File (6'1''-G-84, college: W.Michigan) led the Admirals with 23 points each, with 7 Admirals scoring in double figures. Anthony Slater (5'9''-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic) filled up the stat sheet with 17 assists and 9 steals, while Larry Logan (6'6''-F-85, college: Centenary) recorded a double double with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Indiana Steamrollers' Danny Horace (6'5''-F-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Miami, OH) led all scorers with 34 points.
The NYC Thunder played the Maryland Marvels on Sunday, pulling off ther win in a low scoring nail biter. The Thunder came out with and 87-85 victory. The Thunder General and floor captain Christopher Grant (6'4''-G-82, agency: GOTathletes, college: Morgan St.) was hurt with a high ankle sprain and was only 70 precent for the game, but the sharp shooting assasin Sean Dantzler (6'4''-G/F-83, college: St.Francis,NY) hit for 5 three and a game high 24 points.


Music City, SETX remain at the top of ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association has just released its Power Rankings for the week ending January 3rd, The Music City Stars and SETX Mavericks held the #1 and #2 positions. 'This is a great week for ABA basketball,' stated Steve Tucker , Co-Chairman of the Power Ranking Committee. 'We're heading north to play three tough teams this week, the Bluegrass Stallions, the Kentucky Bisons and the Music City Stars. It should be very interesting.' 'This week, we've added a minimum number of games played to the equation,' stated Damone Hale , the other Co-Chairman. 'Teams needed at least six games played to be included and Steve and I believe that this represents the true strength of the ABA at this time.'
1. Music City Stars
2. SETX Mavericks
3. New York Thunder
4. Clayton Showtime
5. San Francisco Rumble
6. Chicago Steam
7. Columbus Crush
8. Jersey Express
9. Kentucky Bisons
10. Los Angeles Slam
11. Bluegrass Stallions
12. North Texas Fresh
13. Riverside Rainmakers
14. Compton Cobras
15. Pittsburgh Phantoms
16. West Texas Whirlwind
17. New York Red Riders
18. Lake Michigan Admirals
19. Maryland Marvels
20. San Diego Surf
21. West Virginia Blazers
22. Tri City Suns
23. California Sea Kings
24. Seattle Mountaineers


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings
O Standings
 1. Patriots 9-2 
 2. Satria Muda 7-5 
 3. Singapore S. 6-4 
 4. Barracudas 5-6 
 5. KL Dragons 4-7 
 6. Thailand Tigers 3-10 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Corey 'Homicide' Williams snaps up weekly award - by Eurobasket News
Townsville Crocodiles point guard Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) has been named the National Basketball Leagues Player of the Week for Round 14 after guiding his team to a crucial victory over the Perth Wildcats.

Taking on a higher-ranked Perth Wildcats team, Homicide scored 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field and went 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. He also had a game high seven assists as well as three rebounds, helping the Crocs to score a vital 83-74 home victory. The win saw the Crocs move up into third place on the NBL ladder.

Williams is the only player in the league to have won three NBL weekly honours this season, after previously winning back-to-back awards in Rounds Three and Four.

Gold Coasts Anthony Petrie was another leading contender for the award in Round 14 after playing a vital role in his teams 90-83 home win over the New Zealand Breakers.

Petrie scored 18 points and added seven rebounds, two assist and one block as the Blaze won their ninth straight game at home.

Wollongongs Cameron Tragardh also had an excellent round, averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals in his teams three matches.

Other contenders for the award in Round 14 included Kirk Penney (New Zealand), Ian Crosswhite (Cairns), Adam Gibson (Gold Coast), Shawn Redhage (Perth), Rolan Roberts (Townsville), Matt Burston (Adelaide), John Gilchrist (Adelaide), Adam Ballinger (Adelaide), Glen Saville (Wollongong), James Harvey (Gold Coast), Mark Worthington (Melbourne) and Damian martin (Perth).



NBL PLAYER OF THE WEEK 2009/10

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


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


Wollongong ahm Hawks sign Luke Martin - by Eurobasket News
The Wollongong ahm Hawks have signed journeyman point guard Luke Martin (181-G-81, college: UTEP) as a temporary replacement for injured American import Tywain McKee.

The 182cm playmaker will join the Hawks in preparation for tonights clash against the New Zealand Breakers.

Im really looking forward to joining the team for tonights game. Theres no way I can replace what Tywain has brought to this team this season but Ill do what I can to help the team, Martin said.

Im here to bring that energy off the bench and just do what Gordie needs me to do on the court. Ive played under Gordie last season in New Zealand so I know whats expected from him.

The soon-to-be 29-year-old spent several weeks with the club during preseason and was a team mate last year of David Gruber with the Sydney Spirit. A two time champion with the Sydney Kings as a back-up point guard, Luke is a team first player and will look to gel as quickly as possible with the rest of the team.

Ive been keeping an eye on the Hawks throughout the season, and they play such a great version of team basketball. So Im very happy to be joining these guys and help as much as I can while Ty is out, Martin added.

Martin will be part of the Hawks indefinitely until final results of Tywain McKees back injury are known. This is likely to be within the next 36 hours.

McKee sustained a back injury several weeks ago and received a second scan on the injury late Tuesday afternoon. The results should give a final prognosis on the extent of the injury.

The Wollongong ahm Hawks take on the New Zealand Breakers on Wednesday night at the WIN Entertainment Centre. The fourth-placed Hawks face a crucial match against the fifth-placed Breakers.

Tip off is at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Tickets can be purchased online at ticketek.com.au or phone 132 849 or at the WIN Entertainment Box Office from Monday.

Tickets start for a low $50 for a family of four and from just $15 for Adults and $12 for children.


Courtesy of The Wollongong ahm Hawks


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Penney, Breakers21.6 
 2. Williams, Crocodiles18.9 
 3. McKee, Hawks17.9 
 4. Gilchrist, 36ers17.9 
 5. Ballinger, 36ers17.8 
 6. Redhage, Perth16.3 
 7. Ubaka, Blaze16.2 
 8. Hodge, Tigers16.1 
 9. Bruton, Breakers16.1 
 10. Worthington, T.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rolan ROBERTS
  Crocodiles
  (201-F/C-78)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Roberts, Crocodiles7.5 
 2. Rickert, Breakers7.3 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.2 
 4. Rychart, Taipans7.0 
 5. Davidson, Hawks7.0 
 6. Worthington, Tig.6.9 
 7. Schenscher, Perth6.7 
 8. Petrie, Blaze6.5 
 9. Maxey, Blaze6.3 
 10. Redhage, Per.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Hodge, Tigers5.8 
 2. McKee, Hawks4.5 
 3. Gilchrist, 36ers4.3 
 4. Ubaka, Blaze4.3 
 5. Gibson, Blaze3.8 
 6. Bruton, Breakers3.7 
 7. Boucher, Breakers3.4 
 8. Crosswell, Tigers3.4 
 9. Williams, Crocodiles3.3 
 10. Martin, Per.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 2. Martin, Perth1.4 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles1.3 
 4. Jones, Taipans1.3 
 5. Robbins, Perth1.2 
 6. Bruton, Breakers1.2 
 7. Hodge, Tigers1.2 
 8. Boucher, Breakers1.2 
 9. Lisch, Perth1.2 
 10. McKee, Haw.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Julius HODGE
  Tigers
  (201-G-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Hodge, Tigers1.3 
 2. Penney, Breakers1.1 
 3. Rickert, Breakers0.8 
 4. Williams, Crocodiles0.8 
 5. Redhage, Perth0.7 
 6. Worthington, Tig.0.7 
 7. Maxey, Blaze0.7 
 8. Melzer, Taipans0.7 
 9. Rychart, Taipans0.6 
 10. Lisch, Per.0.6 


Perth Wildcats sign Galen Young - by Eurobasket
Perth Wildcats agreed terms with 35-year old Canadian swingman Galen Young (201-F/G-75, college: Charlotte). Young played most recently at Charlotte Crossovers (ABA) in the U.S. While playing Fiesta Conf. for Alaska Aces in Philipines in February 2009 his stats were: 3 games: 10.3ppg, 13.0rpg, 3.3apg and released next month.
Young is a CBA All-Star in 2004, 2007 and All-CBA Player of the Year and All-CBA 1st Team in 2007
in his first game with the wildcats, Galen played 19 minutes and scored 2 points and 2 rebounds

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Furstenfeld 14-1 
 2. Wels 13-2 
 3. Klosterneub. 12-3 
 4. Gmunden 11-4 
 5. Kapfenberg 10-5 
 6. Oberwart 8-7 
 7. St.Polten 7-8 
 8. Arkadia 6-9 
 9. Gussing 4-11 
 10. Vienna 4-11 
 11. Worthersee 1-14 
 12. UBSC Graz 0-15 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Deteri MAYES
  Gmunden
  (189-G-74)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Mayes, Gmunden20.4 
 2. Roderick, Arkadia19.7 
 3. Penigar, Furstenf.19.6 
 4. Dilys, Arkadia19.4 
 5. Francois, Gussing19.1 
 6. Kugerl, Kapfenberg19.1 
 7. Nagler, Klostern.18.8 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten17.7 
 9. Levy, Oberwart17.3 
 10. Paez, Oberwa.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Desmond PENIGAR
  Furstenfeld
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Penigar, Furstenf.9.1 
 2. Forrestal, UBSC G.8.9 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.7 
 4. Conley, Wels7.8 
 5. McCandies, Worth.7.8 
 6. Mahalbasic, Worth.7.8 
 7. Moric, Klostern.6.7 
 8. Oppland, Gmunden6.7 
 9. Heard, Gussing6.5 
 10. Kugerl, Kapfenbe.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Armin WOSCHANK
  Kapfenberg
  (184-G-82)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Woschank, Kapfe.4.7 
 2. Lanegger, UBSC G.4.6 
 3. Danek, Arkadia4.6 
 4. Richards, Gussing4.3 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden3.9 
 6. Nelson, Kapfenberg3.7 
 7. Schreiner, St.Po.3.7 
 8. O''Neal, Vienna3.6 
 9. Creddle, Klostern.3.5 
 10. Lamesic, We.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Arkadia
  (198-G-88)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Roderick, Arkadia2.4 
 2. Payton, Vienna2.0 
 3. Boylan, Gmunden1.9 
 4. O''Neal, Vienna1.9 
 5. Penigar, Furstenf.1.8 
 6. Anderson, Vienna1.7 
 7. Linhart, Furstenf.1.6 
 8. Conley, Wels1.6 
 9. Richards, Gussing1.6 
 10. Jandl, St.Polt.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Shelton COLWELL
  Furstenfeld
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Colwell, Furstenfeld1.4 
 2. Heard, Gussing0.9 
 3. Anderson, Vienna0.9 
 4. Bralovic, Arkadia0.7 
 5. Mahalbasic, Worth.0.6 
 6. Youngblood, Furstenf.0.6 
 7. Conley, Wels0.6 
 8. Moric, Klostern.0.5 
 9. Roderick, Arkadia0.5 
 10. Francois, Gussi.0.5 


Wels triumphed in Belgium as they stole victory from Antwerp - by Eurobasket News
Antwerp - Wels 64:68

Wels triumphed in Belgium as they stole 68:64 victory from Antwerp in EuroChallenge. The score was tied at the end of the third quarter, while the Austrian side took 19-15 in the last stanza for the total success. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) paced all the winners with 16 points for 3-2 record. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) collected 12 points and 15 boards, while Bruce Fields (197-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Gardner-Webb) scored 10. Hopkins Bryan poured in 19 points for the hosts.
Artland Dragons took 4-1 on top of Group G of EuroChallenge. The Getman side outscored TU/Rock 86:71 away from home. The guests won the first period 18-16 and added 22-14 in the second. Tartu also lost the third frame but managed to win the last 28-22. Folarin Campbell stepped up with 22 points for the guests and Fenn Darren nailed 15. Talts Janar ended up with 20 points in the losing case as Tartu dropped to 1-4 record. Abernethy Todd scored 16 points and Tein Tanel notched 11.


A Bundesliga, Round 15: Panthers jump to 14-1 - by Eurobasket News
Klosterneub. - Oberwart 76-72
Klosterneuburg closed Round 15 with 76-72 home victory against the Gunners. Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) led the hosts with 19 and Ramiz Suljanovic (206-F/C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added one point less than him. Visitors got 27 points and 5 rebounds from Anthony Paez (198-F-84, college: Stephen F. Austin). Klosterneubrg 12-3, Oberwart 8-7.

Gmunden - Arkadia 105-94
11-4 for Gmunden and 6-9 for Arkadia after this game. Ian Boylan (197-G/F-83, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Cal.St. Northridge) was a key player in Gmunden as he collected 26 points and 10 rebounds. Vilius Gabsys (199-F-79, agency: Court Side) helped with 22 pts and 13 rebs. In loss, Terrence Roderick (198-G-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) shined with 25 points and 7 rebs.

Kapfenberg - Gussing 85-61
Tenth victory for the Bulls, who got 23 points from Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86). Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) also had very important role adding 18 pts, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. In defeat, Mathias Klepeisz (191-G-89) netted 19 pts. His Gussing dropped to 4-11 score.

St.Polten - Wels 73-84
Bruce Fields (197-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Gardner-Webb) top-scored in victory with 20 points. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) also shined almost registering triple-double (19 pts, 12 rebs and 7 as). For the guests, Richard Poiger (206-F-87) had 18 pts and 6 rebs. Wels 13-2, St Polten 7-8.

Furstenfeld - Worthersee 101-87
The Panthers stay on top of A Bundesliga standings with almost perfect 14-1 score. Desmond Penigar (201-F-81, college: Utah St.) shined in this victory with 28 points and 8 rebounds. In Worthersee (1-14), Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) collected 21 points and 12 rebounds.

UBSC Graz - Vienna 75-86
Vienna cruised past the winless Graz getting 21 points and 7 rebounds from Michael Anderson (201-F-86, college: Va Commonwealth). Trevor Gaines (201-F-80, college: Vermont) and Lorenzo O'Neal (188-G-88) drained 14 pts each. On the other side, Christoph Knor (194-F-85) delivered 17 points. Vienna 4-11, Graz 0-15.


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  BELARUS   


More than 4000 spectators saw the fourth win of the local Scavolini - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini PS - Minsk-2006 93:85

More than 4000 spectators saw the fourth win of the local Scavolini PS that beat Minsk-2006 in EuroChallenge. The Italian side celebrated 93:85 victory to take 4-1 record. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Cinciarini Daniele posted 19. Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) nailed 18, while Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) ended up with 11 points. Harrison ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
In another game of the group Krasnie Krilya Samara crushed EclipseJet as the Russian team overrebounded dutch opponents 46 to 23 and made 46% shots from behind the arc. Ralph Biggs paced all the winners with 14 points, Ivanov Andrei nailed 12 and Voronov Eugeny had 11. Krabbendam Robert ended up with 11 points in the losing case.



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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Jerel MCNEAL
  M.Hainaut
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. McNeal, M.Hainaut18.8 
 2. Greene, Aalstar17.7 
 3. Black, Antwerp16.7 
 4. Tabu, Charleroi15.8 
 5. Beghin, Antwerp14.9 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende14.8 
 7. Banks, Liege14.7 
 8. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.14.5 
 9. Thomas, Liege14.5 
 10. Johnson, Charler.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Will THOMAS
  Liege
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Thomas, Liege9.4 
 2. Ebong, M.Hainaut8.4 
 3. Randle, Gent7.9 
 4. Young, Leuven7.2 
 5. Merriex, Aalstar6.7 
 6. Barber, Aalstar6.4 
 7. Brown, Antwerp6.4 
 8. Hilliard, Verviers.6.3 
 9. Riddick, Charleroi6.3 
 10. DeZeeuw, Vervie.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Stanley BURRELL
  Verviers-Pep.
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Burrell, Verviers.5.2 
 2. Loubry, Gent5.1 
 3. Bosco, Gent4.4 
 4. McNeal, M.Hainaut4.2 
 5. Green, Liege4.2 
 6. Gill, Oostende4.0 
 7. Johnson, Charleroi3.8 
 8. Tabu, Charleroi3.5 
 9. Hamilton, Charleroi3.4 
 10. Wilson, Aalst.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HOPKINS
  Antwerp
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hopkins, Antwerp3.0 
 2. Gill, Oostende2.6 
 3. Broyles, Charleroi2.4 
 4. Drobnjak, Oostende2.3 
 5. Thomas, Liege2.3 
 6. Black, Antwerp2.1 
 7. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.2.0 
 8. Randle, Gent1.9 
 9. Anderson, Leuven1.9 
 10. Ebong, M.Haina.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (208-C-73)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 2. Wilkinson, Charleroi0.9 
 3. Pelle, Oostende0.9 
 4. Costner, M.Hainaut0.9 
 5. Enobakhare, Ooste.0.9 
 6. Wilson, Verviers-Pep.0.8 
 7. Drobnjak, Oostende0.8 
 8. Young, Leuven0.8 
 9. Tofi, Verviers-Pep.0.7 
 10. Barber, Aalst.0.7 


Only Liege brings the win in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Michael Green (185-G-85, college: Towson) nailed 26 points as Liege cruised past Ploiesti 86:79. The winners improved to 4-1 record on top of Group E of EuroChallenge. Banks Adrian posted 19 points, while Thomas Will collected 14 points and 14 boards. Hargrove Darius finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort.
AEL improved to 3-2 record in Group D as they rolled over M.Hainaut 86:68. The hosts won all the quarters to celebrate the victory. Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) stepped up with 26 points for the hosts and Quincy Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) netted 14. McNeal Jerel finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort.
VEF Riga held off Aalstar away from home to remain the latter winless. The Latvian side grabbed 87:81 road win for 2-3 record in Group F. Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont) exploded with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Nelyubov Ivan added 17. Merriex Bingo finished the night with 20 points for the hosts.
Wels triumphed in Belgium as they stole 68:64 victory from Antwerp in EuroChallenge. The score was tied at the end of the third quarter, while the Austrian side took 19-15 in the last stanza for the total success. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) paced all the winners with 16 points for 3-2 record. Jason Conley (196-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) collected 12 points and 15 boards, while Fields Bruce scored 10. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) poured in 19 points for the hosts.


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  CHINA   


Guangdong Defeats Zhejiang Lions for First Place in the CBA - by Arthur Volbert
Guangdong easily defeated the Zhejiang Lions in a battle for first place in the CBA. Guangdong remains undefeated at 7-0 while Zhejiang slips to 7-1.

Zhou Peng (207-F-89) led Guangdong with 16 points and 3 rebounds and Zhou appears to be coming into his own as a star this year. Smush Parker had 16 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. 207 cm Dong Hanlin, another emerging star, had 15 points and 8 rebounds before fouling out in 33 minutes. Zhu Fangyu had 14 points and 8 rebounds. David Harrison had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Wang Shipeng scored 11. 216 cm Wang Zheng had 8 points and 6 rebounds in 12 minutes, playing behind Harrison. Chen Jianghua had 6 points in 21 minutes. Rodney White had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Zhejiang. Jin Lipeng scored 23. Zhang Wei had 16 points and 4 rebounds. Wang Bo scored 10 but had 7 turnovers. Peter John Ramos had 9 points and 11 rebounds but fouled out in 28 minutes.

Guangdong led 22-19 after one quarter, 51-41 at the half and 83-62 after three quarters.



Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong 7-0 
 2. Zhejiang G.L. 7-1 
 3. Xinjiang 5-1 
 4. Zhejiang C. 5-2 
 5. Shanghai 5-2 
 6. Liaoning 4-2 
 7. Bayi 4-3 
 8. Fujian 4-3 
 9. Beijing 3-4 
 10. Jiangsu 3-4 
 11. Shandong 2-4 
 12. Jilin 2-4 
 13. Shanxi Zh. 2-5 
 14. DongGuan 1-5 
 15. Qingdao DS 1-5 
 16. TianJin R. 1-6 
 17. Shaanxi 1-6 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Shandong
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 41.5
 1. Emmett, Shandong41.5 
 2. Rodgers, Jilin31.5 
 3. Gaines, Xinjiang31.5 
 4. Lamizana, TianJ.31.1 
 5. Edwards, Shaanxi31.1 
 6. Brown, Zhejiang C.28.1 
 7. White, Zhejiang.27.6 
 8. Wang, Bayi27.3 
 9. Williams, Qingd.26.3 
 10. Lucas, Shangh.26.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kai ZHANG
  DongGuan
  (211-C-82)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Zhang, DongGuan14.8 
 2. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.5 
 3. Oyedeji, Liaoning12.8 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.11.9 
 5. Abbaas, Shanghai11.6 
 6. Mengke, Xinjiang11.0 
 7. Mays, Beijing11.0 
 8. Lamizana, TianJ.10.9 
 9. Williams, Qingd.10.8 
 10. Samake, Jil.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 XiaoMing LU
  Fujian
  (176-G-79)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Lu, Fujian7.6 
 2. Williams, Qingd.5.3 
 3. Brown, Zhejiang C.5.1 
 4. Mengke, Xinjiang5.0 
 5. Parker, Guandong5.0 
 6. Liu, Shanghai4.8 
 7. Allen, Xinjiang4.7 
 8. Pickett, Shaanxi4.4 
 9. Lucas, Shanghai4.4 
 10. Bozeman, Beiji.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  Qingdao DS
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Williams, Qingd.5.5 
 2. Parker, Guandong4.1 
 3. Mo, Bayi3.7 
 4. Emmett, Shandong3.5 
 5. Pickett, Shaanxi3.0 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu2.9 
 7. Bozeman, Beijing2.9 
 8. Smith, Shanxi Zh.2.7 
 9. Swift, Shandong2.7 
 10. Wang, Ba.2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.4.4 
 2. Swift, Shandong2.8 
 3. Watkins, Jiangsu2.6 
 4. Siler, Shanghai2.6 
 5. McCoy, Fujian2.1 
 6. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.0 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.9 
 8. Zhang, DongGuan1.7 
 9. Smith, Shanxi Zh.1.7 
 10. Samake, Jil.1.5 


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  CROATIA   


Milwaukee Bucks release Roko Leni Ukic - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guard Roko-Leni Ukic (6'5''-G-84), General Manager John Hammond announced yesterday. Ukic requested to have his contract voided by Milwaukee, removing any further obligation by the Bucks for the remainder of his contract.

Roko asked to be released from his contract in order to pursue other playing opportunities, said Hammond. We appreciate his hard work and professionalism while with the Bucks and wish him well in his career.

According to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks are expected to save about $2 million in releasing Ukic, including $1.45 million in a player option which Ukic held for the 2010-11 season.

In 13 games for the Bucks this season, Ukic averaged 3.1 points in 7.5 minutes per game. He was acquired along with Carlos Delfino from Toronto on August 18 for Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems.


The Bucks roster now stands at 14 players.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


KK Zagreb and Cedevita lost the latest games - by Eurobasket News
KK Zagreb and Cedevita lost the latest games in EuroChallenge. Both teams remained alive until the end of their games and could win them.
ES Chalon-Sur-Saone cruised past Cedevita for 3-2 record on top of Group D. The French side stun the opponents 80:77 when Schilb made the last free throw to take the win. Before that the squads were tied at 23-23 after the first frame and Chalon enjoyed 7-point deficit at the halftime. Taj Gray (202-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma) paced the hosts with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Everett Terrell and Maxime Zianveni (198-F-79) netted 12 each. Bazdaric Marino answered with 22 points for the Croatian side that fell at 2-3. Anderson Jermaine and Thomas Mobley (195-F-81, college: Charleston) followed him with 13 points each in defeat.
Keravnos celebrated their initial victory in Group H to upset KK Zagreb. The team from Cyprus produced a minimum 82:81 victory for 1-4 record. Keravnos started with 23-15 and finished with 23-19 in the last period. Bryant Smith paced all the winners with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.) notched 16 and Cooper Lonnie scored 9. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) responded for the Croatian side with 17 points and Basljan Filip netted 14. Zagreb fell at 2-3 and dropped to the third place.
Their last games in the groups both teams will play on January 12th.


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Standings - Division A
Division A Standings
 1. APOEL 9-0 
 2. AEL 6-2 
 3. Keravnos 6-3 
 4. Apollon 5-4 
 5. Etha 5-4 
 6. Achilleas K. 4-5 
 7. AEK 3-6 
 8. Omonia 1-8 
 9. ENAD 1-8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Bayhawks make pre-showcase roster move - by Eurobasket News
The Erie BayHawks continued their roster moves in preparation for their appearances at the annual NBA Development League Showcase by signing guard Booker Woodfox (6'1''-G-86).

In 2009, Woodfox helped Creighton to its first regular-season Missouri Valley Conference crown since 2002 and was named the 2009 Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year. The sharpshooting guard was one of the best shooters in the country and led the league in three-point accuracy (50.9) and three-pointers made (83). His 15.9 scoring average led Creighton and ranked second in MVC.

To make room on the roster the team released guard Martin Zeno.

The team traveled Boise, Idaho to take part in the NBA Development League Showcase with games against the Reno Bighorns, Wednesday January 6 at 12:00 PM and the Los Angles D-fenders, Thursday, January 7, at 3:45 PM. Both games will be broadcast live NBA TV as well as on radio via WFNN 1330 AM and streamed free on the NBA Futurecast link from ErieBayHawks.com.


Courtesy of www.erieblogs.com


Anderson named NBA Development League Player of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Development League announced today that Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) is the Player of the Week for games played between December 28 and January 3.

While leading the Vipers to a 2-0 record, Anderson averaged 26.5 points, 7.0 assists, 3.0 steals, 2.0 rebounds and one block per game while shooting 62% (19-for-31) from the field.

In a 114-112 win over the Austin Toros at Dodge Arena on December 30, Anderson hit the game-winning shot with 1.8 seconds left before successfully defending a last-second three-point attempt by altering the trajectory of Curtis Jerrells' shot to secure the two-point win. Anderson led the team in scoring (27 points), steals (four) and tied for the team-lead in assists (five) in that game.

Anderson led all players in scoring (26 points) and assists (nine) in a 108-101 overtime win in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Anderson is the second Viper to ever earn the honor. Desmon Farmer earned the honor on March 31, 2008.


Courtesy of NDBL


Monday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles D. - Maine RC 111-113
Eight players scored in double figures for Maine, led by 22 points from the elder statesman of the D-League, Billy Thomas (6'5''-G-75, college: Kansas), who just celebrated his 34th birthday on Dec. 23. Back in 2002, Thomas was a member of the first D-League champion, the Greenville Groove. West, Noel Felix and Darnell Lazare each scored 14 points for Maine. Diamon Simpson (6'7''-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Michael Fey each scored 22 points to lead the D-Fenders. They also had 14 and 11 rebounds, respectively. Crawford, who was drafted by the Lakers in 2008 and spent time with the Knicks in 2009, added 16 points for Los Angeles.

Dakota W. - Reno Bighorns 118-110
Despite a game-high 34-point effort from guard Russell Robinson (6'1''-G-86), the Reno Bighorns were defeated 118-110 by the Dakota Wizards Monday night in double overtime at the 2010 NBA D-League Showcase in Qwest Arena. Russell Robinson led four Bighorns in double figures, as Desmon Farmer chipped-in 17, Rod Benson finished with 15 and Charlo added 14 for Reno. Farmer and Benson each fouled out before the final horn sounded. Maurice Baker (6'1''-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Oklahoma St.) led the Wizards with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Curtis Withers also recorded a double-double, finishing with 21 points and 12 boards. *Courtesy of www.rgj.com

Idaho S. - Springfield A. 111-88
Springfield edged its way back into the basketball game on Monday night and suddenly had aspirations of notching its first two-game winning streak of the season. Anthony Toliver shined for the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds. But just as quickly as that notion sank in, the game had gotten away. The Armor collapsed over the final seven and half minutes of the third quarter to assure they wouldn't win back-to-back games for the initial time in the campaign as they succumbed 111-88 to the Idaho Stampede at the D-League Showcase at Quest Arena. Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) scored a game-high 31 points, but it wasn't close to being enough for the Armor (2-14), which committed 23 turnovers and was outrebounded 50-41. Anthony Tolliver (6'9''-C-85, college: Creighton) stepped up in victory with 24 points. Courtesy of www.masslive.com

Rio Grande - Albuquerque 84-101
The 2010 NBA Development League Showcase began with an upset, as the Albuquerque Thunderbirds (5-9) knocked off the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 101-84 in the first game of this week's 16-game schedule at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho. Carlos Powell (6'7''-F-83, college: S.Carolina) and Yarolslav Korolev (6'9''-G/F-87) each scored 20 points to lead Albuquerque, which shot 49 percent from the field, including 8-for-19 from three-point range. Antoine Agudio added 17 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Thunderbirds. *Courtesy of www.brownsvilleherald.com


Utah Jazz Sign Sundiata Gaines from Idaho Stampede - by Surujh Roopnarine
The Utah Jazz, looking for depth behind Deron Williams, have signed former Georgia Bulldogs star Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) from the NBA D-Leagues Idaho Stampede. Gaines, currently fourth in the D-league with a 23.9ppg scoring average, has appeared in all 14 games for the Stampede this season and is also tallying 6.9 assists (3rd), 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals (3rd) per contest. Gaines was named the D-Leagues Co-Performer of the Week for games played during the first 10 days of the season after averaging a league-leading 27.0 points while shooting .603 percent (38-63) from the field and handing out 8.3 assists. Gaines spent his rookie season in Italy with NGC Cantu where in 30 games he averaged 13.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 assists.
The 6-1 guard from New York averaged 14.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.8 steals during his senior season at Georgia.



Day Two of D-league Showcase - by Surujh Roopnarine
Maine Red Claws (102) vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce (121)
Sioux Falls dominated for four quarters as they defeated the Maine Red Claws in the first game of day two of the D-league Showcase from Boise, ID. Veteran guard David Bailey (5'8''-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Loyola, IL) paced seven double-digit scorers for Sioux Falls with 20 points on 6-13 shooting. Charlotte Bobcats assignee Alexis Ajinca and former Detroit Pistons draft pick Will Blalock (6'0''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) led Maine with 21 points a piece. Sioux Falls improves to 9-7 while Maine falls to 11-4.
RED CLAWS: Will Blalock (6'0''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) (21pt+6as), Alexis Ajinca (21pt+5rb), Mario West (18pt), Trey Gilder (13pt+8rb)
SKYFORCE: David Bailey (20pt), Raymond Sykes (19pt+8rb), Chris McCray (19pt), Keith Brumbaugh (17pt+6rb+6as+5st)

Tulsa 66ers (99) vs. Utah Flash (96)
Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: Arizona) led all scorers with a game high 24 points as Tulsa held on for a tightly contested 99-96 victory over the Utah Flash. Dontell Jefferson (6'5''-G-83, college: Arkansas) scored a team-high 21 points for Utah who fell to 8-7 on the season. Tulsa, which shot 54.5% from the field on the game, improved to 10-6.
66ERS: Mustafa Shakur (24pt+9as+6to), D.J. White (17pt+11rb), Larry Owens (14pt+5rb), Cecil Brown (14pt)
FLASH: Dontell Jefferson (21pt+5to), Carlos Wheeler (18pt+5rb), Bennet Davis (14pt+8rb), Orien Greene (14pt)

Austin Toros (93) vs. Iowa Energy (116)
Iowa continues their dominance as they trumped the Austin Toros 116-93 on day two of the D-League Showcase. Cartier Martin (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.) led six Energy players who scored in double-figures with a team high 18 points. Rookie guard Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-G-87, college: Baylor) scored a game high 26 points in defeat for Austin.
TOROS: Curtis Jerrells (26pt+6rb), Lewis Clinch (19pt), Alonzo Gee (19pt+6to), Dwayne Jones (8pt+15rb)
ENERGY: Cartier Martin (18pt), Marvin Phillips (11pt+10rb), Pat Carroll (17pt), Earl Barron (15pt+6rb)

Springfield Armor (103) vs. Dakota Wizards (110)
Dakota held off a spirited Springfield squad 110-103 in the final game of day two of the D-League Showcase in Boise. Romel Beck (6'8''-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) exploded for a game (and day) high 39 points for the Wizards on 15-19 shooting. Becks only misses were from behind the arc and one free throw. The Mexican national team star out dueled former Utah Jazz first round draft pick Morris almond, who scored a team high 34 points for the Armor. Springfield drops to 2-13 on the season while Dakota evened their season record at 8-8.
ARMOR: Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85, college: Rice) (34pt), Marcus Campbell (10pt+11rb), Maurice Maxwell (18pt), JamesOn Curry (14pt+9as)
WIZARDS: Romel Beck (39pt), Cheyne Gadson (20pt), Curtis Withers (13pt+7rb), Maurice Baker (11pt+7rb+8as)



Trail Blazers recall Mills from NBADL - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Portland Trail Blazers have recalled rookie guard Patrick Mills (6'0''-G-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) from the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede.

Mills was assigned to the Stampede on Dec. 29, and had 38 points and 12 assists in his debut on New Year's Day. He scored 22 points against the Reno Bighorns on Sunday, and his put-back with 1.2 seconds left gave the Stampede a 109-108 win.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced the move late Sunday on their Web site.

Mills, who broke his right foot during practice for the NBA Summer League, was the No. 55 overall pick in the 2009 draft after a standout career at St. Mary's. He's expected to join the Portland Trail Blazers in time for Monday's game at the Los Angeles Clippers.


Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Luis Flores enjoys the season in Russia - by Eurobasket News
Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) averages 19.0 points per game for his Krasnie Krilya Samara in EuroChallenge. Krasnie Krilya Samara crushed EclipseJet 71:51 as the Russian team overrebounded dutch opponents 46 to 23 and made 46% shots from behind the arc. Biggs Ralph paced all the winners with 14 points, Ivanov Andrei nailed 12 and Voronov Eugeny had 11. Luis Flores collected 9 points and 3 rebounds for the winners. Krabbendam Robert ended up with 11 points in the losing case.
Before that Minsk-2006 tried hard for the second straight game but could not shock another favorite, Krasnie Krilya. The latter grabbed 76:72 from the capital of Belarus to remain with the perfect record. Flores Luis top-scored for the winners with 28 points and Trushkin Andrei nailed 12. Vasylius Valdas ended up with 11 points and Agapov Pavel posted 11. Koul Alexandr and Harrison delivered 18 points each in the losing effort.
Luis Flores also averages 16.1 points per game for his Krasnie Krilya Samara in Russian League. IN the last game of year 2009 Bykov Sergey led Dynamo Moscow with 15 points over Krasnie Krilya in a 77:61 victory at the end of the Regular Season Round 6. Domani Dmitry, Shved Alexey and Zhukanenko Alexey each scored 14. Karaulov Sergey responded with 25 points in the losing case. Luis Flores finished the night with 8 points for the Russian team.


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  ESTONIA   


Estonian U16 team win Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Estonian U16 selection celebrated the victory at the Baltic Sea Cup annual tournament in Tallinn. The hosts posted two wins in three games and climbed on top of the standings.
Estonia lost to Finland 64:77 in the second round of action. The visitors built a 4-point lead ten minutes into the game and maintained it well throughout the rest of the journey. Johnny Laakkonen (198-F-94) tallied 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Timka Jaakkola had 16 points for Finland. Henno Meidla scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Estonia. Rainer Pastimae notched 11 points in the loss.
Estonia faced Latvian counterparts on the final day of the tourney and produced a key 81:57 win. Estonia dominated from start to finish. The hosts accumulated an 8-point lead at halftime. Latvia never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Aleksis Anjarv and Sander Saare tossed in 13 points each for Estonia. Kent-Kaarel Vene and Tiit Talumaa knocked down 11 points apiece in the victory. Rihards Krastins replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia.
Estonian U18 team won just once. They outgunned Finland 69:63 in the second round. Finland were up by two points at the first break but could not keep up the tempo and allowed the hosts to snatch the victory at the end. Rannar Raap (187-G-92) scored 21 points to lead the home team. Kilian Cato produced 20 points for Finland.
Estonia however could not keep the winning attitude as they got upset by Latvia 63:91 in the third game. Latvia eased to a 14-point lead at the interval and rallied to the win in the second half. Edmunds Dukulis was pivotal with 23 points and 13 boards for Latvia. Karlis Apsitis notched 13 points in the winning effort. Rannar Raap and Janari Joesaar had 11 points each in the loss.



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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Charron FISHER
  Kalev/Cramo
  (193-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.21.8 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa19.9 
 3. Kurg, Kuremaa19.4 
 4. Reed, Tallinna Kalev18.3 
 5. Kriisa, Rakvere18.1 
 6. Akognon, Kalev/Cr.17.9 
 7. Toome, TTU K.17.3 
 8. Winston, Kuremaa15.2 
 9. Saage, Rakvere15.1 
 10. Abernethy, TU/Ro.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis REED
  Tallinna Kalev
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Reed, Tallinna Kalev10.6 
 2. McGee, Kuremaa10.3 
 3. Toome, TTU K.9.5 
 4. Fisher, Kalev/Cr.9.1 
 5. Kriisa, Rakvere8.6 
 6. Tagamets, Valga W.8.5 
 7. Erm, Parnu8.4 
 8. Morrison, TU/Rock8.1 
 9. Winston, Kuremaa8.1 
 10. Silinskis, Valga We.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo5.0 
 2. Kriisa, Rakvere4.9 
 3. Rannula, Valga Welg4.3 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock3.5 
 5. Winston, Kuremaa3.3 
 6. Saage, Rakvere3.2 
 7. Sokk, TU/Rock3.1 
 8. Raap, Parnu2.7 
 9. Toome, TTU K.2.4 
 10. Abernethy, TU/Ro.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Nicholas COVINGTON
  Tallinna Kalev
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Covington, Tallin.2.5 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.4 
 3. Kurg, Kuremaa2.3 
 4. Saage, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Raap, Parnu2.2 
 6. Veideman, Rakvere2.2 
 7. Kriisa, Rakvere2.0 
 8. McGee, Kuremaa2.0 
 9. Tagamets, Valga W.1.9 
 10. Rannula, Valga We.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Valga Welg
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Silinskis, Valga Welg2.8 
 2. Johnson, Kalev/Cr.2.8 
 3. Toome, TTU K.2.0 
 4. Talts, TU/Rock1.8 
 5. Hallik, Rakvere1.2 
 6. McGee, Kuremaa1.0 
 7. Morrison, TU/Rock0.9 
 8. Saks, TTU K.0.9 
 9. Viiask, TU/Rock0.8 
 10. Ringmets, Par.0.8 


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Goettingen 4-1 
 2. Gravelines 3-2 
 3. Buducnost 3-2 
 4. Lokomotiv K. 0-5 
Group B
 1. APOEL 4-1 
 2. Eiff.Towers 3-2 
 3. Strasbourg 2-3 
 4. Khimik 1-4 
Group C
 1. Krasnie Krilya 5-0 
 2. Scavolini PS 4-1 
 3. Minsk-2006 1-4 
 4. EclipseJet 0-5 
Group D
 1. Chalon 3-2 
 2. AEL 3-2 
 3. M.Hainaut 2-3 
 4. Cedevita 2-3 
Group E
 1. Liege 4-1 
 2. Enisey 3-2 
 3. BC Donetsk 2-3 
 4. Ploiesti 1-4 
Group F
 1. Banvit 4-1 
 2. FMP 4-1 
 3. VEF Riga 2-3 
 4. Aalstar 0-5 
Group G
 1. Art.Dragons 4-1 
 2. Wels 3-2 
 3. Antwerp 2-3 
 4. TU/Rock 1-4 
Group H
 1. Roanne 5-0 
 2. KK Zagreb 2-3 
 3. BC Kyiv 2-3 
 4. Keravnos 1-4 


EuroChallenge Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Gravelines - Goettingen 64-72
Goettingen grabbed 4-1 record on top of Group A. The German squad outscored Gravelines 72:64 in France. Although the guests won the first period the game was tied at the halftime. Only with 21-9 in the third period allowed Goettingen to lead the game. Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) paced all the winners with 18 points and Rochestie Taylor netted 13. Boone Jason produced 11, while Anderson Dwayne notched 9. Johnson Trey ended up with 17 points for Gravelines that dropped at 3-2. Edwards posted 13 and Akpomedah Cyril chipped in 10.

Lokomotiv K. - Buducnost 56-69
Lokomotiv Kuban remained winless in EuroChallenge as they lost again. Buducnost grabbed 56:69 win away from home to improve to 3-2 record. Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) paced all the winners with 15 points and Simonovic Marko followed him with 12. Surovtsev Aleksei replied with 15 points for the hosts as he was the only player to reach double digits for gis team.

Group B
Strasbourg - Eiff.Towers 70-74
Eiffel Towers grabbed very important victory in France as they beat Strasbourg. The Dutch side improved to 3-2 record after 74:70 victory. The guests took massive 28-15 after the first 10 minutes and added 15-13 in the second quarter. The French outfit won two periods in the second half, but could not celebrate the win. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) led the way with 14 points and Van Paassen Peter posted 12. Oliver Dean collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Richardson Anthony followed them with 9. Roberson Anthony answered with 21 points in the losing effort as his team dropped to 2-3. Simon David netted 14 and Darden Tremmell chipped in 11.

Khimik - APOEL 78-84
Khimik dropped to 1-4 record after the home loss from APOEL. The Ukrainian team was too weak in the first half and could not catch up with the opponents losing 78:84. Hopkins top-scored for the winners with 28 points, while Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, agency: Court Side, college: Salem Intern.) netted 14. Blanchard LaVell responded with 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Ukraininan squad. Mitchell Darrel notched 20 and Khodov, Dmytro posted 11.

Group C
Scavolini PS - Minsk-2006 93-85
More than 4000 spectators saw the fourth win of the local Scavolini PS that beat Minsk-2006. The Italian side celebrated 93:85 victory to take 4-1 record. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Cinciarini Daniele posted 19. Green Marques nailed 18, while Williams Eric ended up with 11 points. Harrison ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.

Krasnie Krilya - EclipseJet 71-51
Krasnie Krilya Samara crushed EclipseJet as the Russian team overrebounded dutch opponents 46 to 23 and made 46% shots from behind the arc. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) paced all the winners with 14 points, Ivanov Andrei nailed 12 and Voronov Eugeny had 11. Krabbendam Robert ended up with 11 points in the losing case.

Group D
AEL - M.Hainaut 86-68
AEL improved to 3-2 record in Group D as they rolled over M.Hainaut 86:68. The hosts won all the quarters to celebrate the victory. Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) stepped up with 26 points for the hosts and Taylor Quincy netted 14. McNeal Jerel finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort.

Chalon - Cedevita 80-77
ES Chalon-Sur-Saone cruised past Cedevita fr 3-2 record on top of Group D. The French side stun the opponents 80:77 when Schilb made the last free throw to take the win. Before that the squads were tied at 23-23 after the first frame and Chalon enjoyed 7-point deficit at the halftime. Taj Gray (202-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma) paced the hosts with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Everett Terrell and Zianveni Maxime netted 12 each. Bazdaric Marino answered with 22 points for the Croatian side that fell at 2-3. Anderson Jermaine and Mobley Thomas followed him with 13 points each in defeat.

Group E
Liege - Ploiesti 86-79
Michael Green (185-G-85, college: Towson) nailed 26 points as Liege crusied past Ploiesti 86:79. The winners improved to 4-1 record on top of Group E. Banks Adrian posted 19 points, while Thomas Will collected 14 points and 14 boards. Hargrove Darius finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort.

Enisey - BC Donetsk 92-81
Enisey won the first game of the Regular Season Round 5 as they rolled over BC Donetsk 92:81. The game in Krasnoyarsk finished the first on Tuesday as the Russian team improved to 3-2 record. Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, college: Coppin St.) stepped up with 26 points, while Chalmers Lionel, Kambala Kaspars and Dyachok Vladimir posted 15 each. Tucker Anthony responded with 32 points in the losing effort. BC Donetsk dropped to 2-3 record in the group.

Group F
Aalstar - VEF Riga 81-87
VEF Riga held off Aalstar away from home to remain the latter winless. The Latvian side grabbed 87:81 road win for 2-3 record in Group F. Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont) exploded with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, while Nelyubov Ivan added 17. Merriex Bingo finished the night with 20 points for the hosts.

Banvit - FMP 89-78
Turkish Banvit handed FMP their first loss as both teams already clinched the tickets to the next round. The hosts celebrated 89:78 for 4-1 records of both sides. FMP managed only to tie the second period at 20:20, while Banvit won the rest of them. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) led the way with 19 points and Turna Yigitcan nailed 16. Raduljica Miroslav delivered 17 points and 10 boards, while Jeremic Mladen added 14.

Group G
Antwerp - Wels 64-68
Wels triumphed in Belgium as they stole 68:64 victory from Antwerp in EuroChallenge. The score was tied at the end of the third quarter, while the Austrian side took 19-15 in the last stanza for the total success. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) paced all the winners with 16 points for 3-2 record. Conley Jason collected 12 points and 15 boards, while Fields Bruce scored 10. Hopkins Bryan poured in 19 points for the hosts.

TU/Rock - Art.Dragons 76-81
Artland Dragons took 4-1 on top of Group G of EuroChallenge. The Getman side outscored TU/Rock 86:71 away from home. The guests won the first period 18-16 and added 22-14 in the second. Tartu also lost the third frame but managed to win the last 28-22. Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason) stepped up with 22 points for the guests and Fenn Darren nailed 15. Talts Janar ended up with 20 points in the losing case as Tartu dropped to 1-4 record. Abernethy Todd scored 16 points and Tein Tanel notched 11.

Group H
Keravnos - KK Zagreb 82-81
Keravnos celebrated their initial victory in Group H to upset KK Zagreb. The team from Cyprus produced a minimum 82:81 victory for 1-4 record. Keravnos started with 23-15 and finished with 23-19 in the last period. Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, agency: SportsTalent, college: Auburn) paced all the winners with 29 points and 7 rebounds. Hart Jarrett notched 16 and Cooper Lonnie scored 9. Tomic Ante responded for the Croatian side with 17 points and Basljan Filip netted 14. Zagreb fell at 2-3 and dropped to the third place.

BC Kyiv - Roanne 62-67
Roanne came to the capital of Ukraine to prove their superiority. The French side grabbed 67:62 over BC Kyiv to win Group H. The favorites were too good for the hosts and won the first three periods. Kyiv produced 21-18 in the last quarter but could only reduce the gap. Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) paced all the winners with 15 points and Lewis Nick nailed 14. Lukashov Denys answered with 17 points for the team from Kyiv as they dropped to 2-3. Kravtsov Viacheslav scored 11 and Pustozvonov Maksym added 10.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony TUCKER
  BC Donetsk
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Tucker, BC Donetsk23.4 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga20.8 
 3. Mitchell, Khimik20.6 
 4. Dozet, AP.20.4 
 5. Green, Liege19.6 
 6. Chalmers, Enisey19.0 
 7. Flores, Krasnie .19.0 
 8. Williams, Banvit18.8 
 9. Greene, Aalstar18.8 
 10. Banks, Lie.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  Wels
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Conley, Wels11.4 
 2. Burlacu, Ploiesti10.4 
 3. Thomas, Liege10.0 
 4. Ebong, M.Hainaut9.6 
 5. Blanchard, Khimik9.4 
 6. Raduljica, FMP9.0 
 7. Simon, Strasbourg8.8 
 8. Davis, Banvit8.3 
 9. Tomic, KK Zagreb8.2 
 10. Beasley, Eiff.T.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Alex RENFROE
  VEF Riga
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Renfroe, VEF Riga10.8 
 2. Diabate, Roanne6.5 
 3. Bremer, Krasnie .6.3 
 4. Covic, FMP6.0 
 5. Oliver, Eiff.Towers6.0 
 6. Lukashov, BC Kyiv5.8 
 7. Green, Liege5.0 
 8. Cooper, Keravnos5.0 
 9. Mitchell, Khimik4.8 
 10. Black, Antwe.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Vladimir KRSTIC
  KK Zagreb
  (185-G-72)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Krstic, KK Zagreb3.3 
 2. Ermis, Banvit3.0 
 3. Oliver, Eiff.Towers3.0 
 4. Fields, Wels2.8 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines2.6 
 6. Mitchell, Khimik2.4 
 7. Lukashov, BC Kyiv2.4 
 8. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.4 
 9. Rochestie, Goett.2.2 
 10. Kolchenko, Khim.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Taj GRAY
  Chalon
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Gray, Chalon5.0 
 2. Morrison, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Giannoulis, AEL2.0 
 4. Owens, BC Donetsk1.8 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 6. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv1.8 
 7. Green, Lokomoti.1.5 
 8. Talts, TU/Rock1.4 
 9. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.2 
 10. Agafonov, Khim.1.2 


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  EUROCUP   


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. ALBA 4-1 
 2. Galatasaray 2-3 
 3. Banca Tercas 2-3 
 4. Azovmash 2-3 
Group B
 1. Valencia BC 5-0 
 2. Le Mans 2-3 
 3. Triumph 2-3 
 4. Hemofarm 1-4 
Group C
 1. Aris 4-1 
 2. Hap.Jerusalem 3-2 
 3. Zadar 2-3 
 4. Siauliai 1-4 
Group D
 1. Unics 5-0 
 2. DKV Joventut 4-1 
 3. Besiktas 1-4 
 4. Telekom B. 0-5 
Group E
 1. Bizkaia Bilbao 5-0 
 2. Spartak SP 3-2 
 3. T.Telekom 2-3 
 4. Charleroi 0-5 
Group F
 1. Benetton TV 4-1 
 2. Crvena Zvez. 4-1 
 3. Cholet 2-3 
 4. Dynamo M. 0-5 
Group G
 1. Nancy 3-2 
 2. Panellinios 3-2 
 3. Gran Canaria 3-2 
 4. PGE Turow 1-4 
Group H
 1. Brose Baskets 4-1 
 2. Angelico BI 3-2 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 3-2 
 4. Ventspils 0-5 


Eurocup Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Banca Tercas - ALBA 65-66
ALBA cinched the top spot finish in the group after they snatched a narrow win against Banca Tercas. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) scored 17 points to lead the charge. Jurica Golemac and Blagota Sekulic produced 11 points each for the winners. Bobby Jones responded with game-high 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 steals for Teramo.

Azovmash - Galatasaray 96-85
Azovmash stayed alive in the Last 16 race as they held off Galatasaray in Ukraine. Erik Daniels (204-G/F-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Kentucky) unloaded 29 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the hosts. Hasan Rizvic added 20 points and 4 blocks in the victory. Radoslav Rancik responded with 17 points and 8 boards for the Turkish team.

Group B
Triumph - Le Mans 72-87
Le Mans used a stunning rally in the fourth term to shock Triumph in Russia. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) notched 26 points to lead Le Mans. Maleye NDoye contributed 14 points in the winning effort. Brion Rush responded with 18 points, 11 boards and 6 assists for Triumph in the loss.

Valencia BC - Hemofarm 75-71
Valencia remained undefeated as they overcame Hemofarm in Spain. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) nailed 23 points to lead the home team. Victor Claver produced 14 points in the winning effort. Stefan Markovic, Boban Marjanovic and Milan Macvan replied with 14 points apiece for Hemofarm.

Group C
Siauliai - Hap.Jerusalem 81-96
Hapoel Jerusalem breezed past Siauliai in Lithuania. Pooh Jeter (179-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Portland) fired 26 points, grabbed 7 boards and issued 4 assists for Hapoel. Brandon Hunter contributed 24 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the Israeli team as they improved at 3-2 record. Derrick Low responded with 22 points as Siauliai slipped at 1-4.

Aris - Zadar 73-67
Aris recorded the fourth win as they held off Zadar at home court. Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Aris. Jeremy Richardson added 11 points for the winners. Hrvoje Peric responded with 13 points and 6 boards for Zadar.

Group D
DKV Joventut - Telekom B. 66-64
Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) accounted for only field goal in this one. But this appeared to be the buzzer-beating winning trey that piloted Joventut past Telekom Bonn in Badalona. Clay Tucker scored 13 points to pace the hosts to the fourth win. Bryce Taylor notched 19 points for winless Bonn.

Besiktas - Unics 70-98
Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) scored 18 points to lead Unics to the fifth straight win. They stunned Besiktas in Istanbul to clinch the top position in the pool. Terrell Lyday added 16 points for the winners. Cehver Ozer replied with 16 points for Besiktas.

Group E
T.Telekom - Spartak SP 86-73
Turk Telekom clinched a crucial win over Spartak Saint Petersburg in their quest for the Last 16 spot. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Ankara outfit. Lamayne Wilson added 19 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Milovan Rakovic responded with 25 points and 8 rebounds for Spartak.

Bizkaia Bilbao - Charleroi 90-70
Bilbao maintained their pefect record as they thrashed Charleroi at home court. Marko Banic (204-F-84) scored 14 points to lead the hosts. Axel Hervelle and Robert Conley added 13 points each in the win. Wes Wilkinson responded with 23 points and 6 caroms for winless Spirou.

Group F
Benetton TV - Cholet 81-80
Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) rescued Benetton twice propelling them to the Last 16. He drained a triple that sent the game into overtime and later sealed the winning outcome for the hosts with another late three-pointer. Sandro Nicevic finished with 28 points to lead the Italian side. Gary Neal added 22 points for the winners. Samuel Mejia responded with 26 points for Cholet as they failed to avoid elimination.

Dynamo M. - Crvena Zvez. 86-88
Oliver Stevic scored a winning layup as Crvena Zvezda prevailed against Dynamo in Moscow. Crvena Zvezda improved at 4-1 record and got closer to classification into Last 16 stage. Mike Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) scored 22 points to lead the charge. Nemanja Bjelica and Tadija Dragicevic scored 12 points each in the win. Sergey Bykov responded with 17 points for Dynamo. Alexey Shved had 15 points in defeat.

Group G
Nancy - PGE Turow 102-82
Nancy raised the tension in the group to the maximum as they toppled Turow in France. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) notched 22 points, 8 boards and 5 assists to lead the charge. Jeff Greer added 20 points, 7 caroms and 4 assists for the winners. Michael Wright answered with 22 points for Turow.

Gran Canaria - Panellinios 73-51
James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Gran Canaria past Panellinios. Will McDonald added 15 points as the Spanish team improved at 3-2 record. Panellinios slipped at 3-2 record despite 18 points from Devin Smith.

Group H
CEZ Nymburk - Angelico BI 84-60
Nymburk cruised past Angelico Biella in Czech Republic. Arthur Lee (185-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: Stanford) scored 20 points to lead the hosts to the third win in the EuroCup season. Ron Lewis and Ladislav Sokolovsky added 16 points apiece for the winners. Joe Smith replied with 20 points for Biella.

Brose Baskets - Ventspils 100-51
Brose Baskets recorded the fourth win as they thumped Ventspils at home court. Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) knocked down 16 points to lead the hosts. Tibor Pleiss added 15 points for the winners. Dairis Bertans responded with 21 points for Ventspils.



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  FINLAND   


Finnish U16 and U18 teams wrap up Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Finnish U18 team lost all three games at the Baltic Sea Cup tournament in Tallinn. They surrendered against Estonia 63:69 in the second round of the competition. Finland were up by two points at the first break but could not keep up the tempo and allowed the hosts to snatch the victory at the end. Rannar Raap scored 21 points to lead the home team. Kilian Cato (201-F-92) produced 20 points for Finland. Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) added 18 points in the losing effort.
Finland wrapped up their campaign against Sweden. The Swedish juniors got to a slow start. They trailed by 12 points at the first break but changed the complexion of the encounter in the second term. Sweden took over and dominated the scene. Sweden limited their opponents to 8 points in the fourth frame and rallied to 81:61 victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors knocked down 19 points to lead Sweden. Marcus Eriksson nailed 14 points in the winning case. Osku Heinonen delivered 18 points for Finland. Markus Molenius (202-F/C-92) notched 12 points in the loss.
Finnish U16 selection won once in Tallinn. They prevailed against hosting Estonia 77:64 in the second round. The visitors built a 4-point lead ten minutes into the game and maintained it well throughout the rest of the journey. Johnny Laakkonen (198-F-94) tallied 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead the winners. Timka Jaakkola had 16 points for Finland. Henno Meidla scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Estonia.
Sweden defeated Finland 70:54 on the final day of the competition. Simon Ezra nailed 15 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead the Swedish U16 team. Sweden accumulated a 15-point lead at halftime and kept their Finnish counterparts at bay throughout the rest of the game. Sebastian Schuzler had 12 points in the win. Teemu Sulonen finished with 17 points for Finland. Timka Jaakkola had 11 points in the loss.



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  FRANCE   


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


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Limoges 12-2 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Ort. 12-2 
 3. Evreux 10-4 
 4. Maurienne 9-5 
 5. Le Portel 9-5 
 6. Lille 9-5 
 7. Bourg 8-6 
 8. Nanterre 7-6 
 9. St.Vallier 7-7 
 10. Clermont 6-8 
 11. Charleville 6-8 
 12. Brest 6-8 
 13. Fos Ouest 5-9 
 14. Bordeaux 5-9 
 15. Boulazac 5-9 
 16. Antibes 4-10 
 17. Nantes 3-10 
 18. Quimper 2-12 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.21.6 
 2. Vassallo, Paris-.19.3 
 3. Spencer, Le Mans18.5 
 4. Banks, Orleans17.8 
 5. Woodside, Gravelines16.5 
 6. Greer, Nancy16.2 
 7. Tillman, Chalon15.9 
 8. Schilb, Chalon15.8 
 9. Miller, Le Havre15.8 
 10. Wright, Poitie.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon12.8 
 2. Falker, Cholet11.1 
 3. Issa, Vichy10.5 
 4. Greer, Nancy9.0 
 5. Nsonwu, Roanne8.4 
 6. Fazekas, Dijon7.8 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.7.6 
 8. Terrell, Hyeres-T.7.4 
 9. Akingbala, Nancy7.0 
 10. Krupalija, Dij.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Reid, Vichy7.7 
 2. Greer, Nancy6.3 
 3. Pierce, Hyeres-T.5.8 
 4. Neitzel, Chalon5.3 
 5. Horton, Hyeres-T.5.3 
 6. Sciarra, Orleans5.0 
 7. Heurtel, Strasbourg4.9 
 8. Poupet, Rouen4.6 
 9. Gomez, Poitiers4.6 
 10. Wright, Le Ma.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Cholet
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Linehan, Cholet2.7 
 2. Everett, Hyeres-T.2.2 
 3. Greer, Nancy2.2 
 4. Issa, Vichy2.0 
 5. Flowers, Vichy1.9 
 6. Miller, Le Havre1.9 
 7. Diot, Le Mans1.8 
 8. Melody, Vichy1.8 
 9. Pierce, Hyeres-T.1.7 
 10. Dixon,.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Vichy
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Issa, Vichy2.7 
 2. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon2.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 4. Badiane, Poitiers1.8 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy1.7 
 6. Slaughter, Nancy1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Darden, Strasbourg1.3 
 9. Fazekas, Dijon1.3 
 10. Prowell, Pari.1.2 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Jason SIGGERS
  Lille
  (187-G-85)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Siggers, Lille21.4 
 2. Davis, Charleville18.5 
 3. Mohammed, Limoges17.3 
 4. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.17.1 
 5. Riley, Nanterre16.5 
 6. Huertas, Fos Ouest16.4 
 7. McKenzie, St Va.16.1 
 8. Melicie, Brest15.9 
 9. Gay, Fos Ouest15.8 
 10. Young, Quimp.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devonne GILES
  Nantes
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Giles, Nantes9.4 
 2. Fahnbulleh, Quimper9.2 
 3. McClark, Bourg8.8 
 4. Melicie, Brest8.4 
 5. Bing, Clermont8.3 
 6. McKenzie, St Va.8.1 
 7. Badiane, Maurienne8.1 
 8. Vebobe, Antibes8.1 
 9. Janisius, Charleville7.5 
 10. Mathis, Evre.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Da Silva, Evreux7.6 
 2. Taylor, Le Portel7.1 
 3. Ingram, Clermont6.4 
 4. Mullins, Bourg6.4 
 5. McIntosh, St Va.6.2 
 6. Craven, Boulazac5.8 
 7. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.8 
 8. Kerckhof, Antibes5.7 
 9. Cisse, Fos Ouest5.5 
 10. Swift, Bre.5.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mykal RILEY
  Nanterre
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Riley, Nanterre3.2 
 2. Driss, Bordeaux2.8 
 3. Mullins, Bourg2.7 
 4. Siggers, Lille2.7 
 5. Ingram, Clermont2.3 
 6. Periac, Bordeaux2.2 
 7. Da Silva, Evreux2.1 
 8. Harris, Antibes2.0 
 9. Paelay, Charleville1.9 
 10. McKenzie, St.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 John FORD
  Limoges
  (207-C-78)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Ford, Limoges2.1 
 2. Williams, Bordeaux2.0 
 3. Owona, Bordeaux1.7 
 4. Gay, Fos Ouest1.6 
 5. Badiane, Maurienne1.5 
 6. Gouez, Lille1.4 
 7. Bauer, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 8. Joseph, Pau-Lacq.1.1 
 9. McClark, Bourg0.9 
 10. N''Diaye, Le Port.0.9 


Roanne and Chalon post the victories - by Eurobasket News
The French sides finished Round 5 of EuroChallenge tonight.
Roanne came to the capital of Ukraine to prove their superiority. The French side grabbed 67:62 over BC Kyiv to win Group H. The favorites were too good for the hosts and won the first three periods. Kyiv produced 21-18 in the last quarter but could only reduce the gap. Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) paced all the winners with 15 points and Lewis Nick nailed 14. Lukashov Denys answered with 17 points for the team from Kyiv as they dropped to 2-3. Kravtsov Viacheslav scored 11 and Pustozvonov Maksym added 10.
ES Chalon-Sur-Saone cruised past Cedevita fr 3-2 record on top of Group D. The French side stun the opponents 80:77 when Schilb made the last free throw to take the win. Before that the squads were tied at 23-23 after the first frame and Chalon enjoyed 7-point deficit at the halftime. Taj Gray (202-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma) paced the hosts with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while Everett Terrell and Zianveni Maxime netted 12 each. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) answered with 22 points for the Croatian side that fell at 2-3. Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) and Mobley Thomas followed him with 13 points each in defeat.
Goettingen grabbed 4-1 record on top of Group A. The German squad outscored Gravelines 72:64 in France. Although the guests won the first period the game was tied at the halftime. Only with 21-9 in the third period allowed Goettingen to lead the game. Chris Oliver paced all the winners with 18 points and Rochestie Taylor netted 13. Boone Jason produced 11, while Anderson Dwayne notched 9. Johnson Trey ended up with 17 points for Gravelines that dropped at 3-2. Edwards posted 13 and Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) chipped in 10.
Eiffel Towers grabbed very important victory in France as they beat Strasbourg. The Dutch side improved to 3-2 record after 74:70 victory. The guests took massive 28-15 after the first 10 minutes and added 15-13 in the second quarter. The French outfit won two periods in the second half, but could not celebrate the win. Kees Akerboom led the way with 14 points and Van Paassen Peter posted 12. Oliver Dean collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Richardson Anthony followed them with 9. Roberson Anthony answered with 21 points in the losing effort as his team dropped to 2-3. David Simon (207-C-82, college: IPFW) netted 14 and Darden Tremmell chipped in 11.


Pro B, Round 14: Wins for Limoges and Pau-Orthez - by Eurobasket News
Le Portel - Bourg 78-80
Bourg grabbed 78-80 road win against Le Portel moving up to 8-6 score in Pro B. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85, college: Minnesota) was a key player in this victory netting 26 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. In Le Portel (9-5), Ronnie Taylor (188-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) was close to triple-double (17 pts, 7 rebs and 12 assists).

Nanterre - Antibes 54-74
Antibes grabbed fourth victory of the season getting 21 points and 9 rebounds from Alfred Aboya (206-F/C-85, college: UCLA). Darnell Harris (183-G-86, agency: Liman Sports, college: La Salle) also had very important role adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. In defeat (7-6), Nate Carter (199-F/C-83, college: Oklahoma) collected 13 points and 8 boards.

Charleville - Pau-Lacq-Ort. 81-86
Pau-Orthez stays on top of Pro B standings together with Limoges (12-2). Teddy Gipson (193-G/F-80, agency: 540 Sports, college: Arkansas) once again was the leading player in this team collecting 23 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Pele Paelay (193-G-84, college: Co.Carolina) delivered 21 points in loss. His Charleville dropped to 6-8.

Boulazac - Maurienne 70-80
9-5 for Maurienne and 5-9 for Boulazac after this meeting. Chris Dunn (191-G-83, college: W.Virginia St.) shined for the winners with 22 and Moussa Badiane (205-C-81, college: E.Carolina) added 16 points, plus 10 rebounds. Errick Craven (188-G-83, college: USC) replied with 17 points for the hosts.

Limoges - Quimper 82-72
12th victory of the season for Limoges, who had couple of players in a game mood today. Brent Darby (185-G-81, college: Ohio St.) led the scorers with 13 points. Karim Souchu (198-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Furman) and Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Louisville) added 12 pts each. In Quimper (2-12), Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) collected 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Fos Ouest - St Vallier 82-87
Saint-Vallier stays on the seventh place alone with 7-7 score. Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Iowa St.) led his team once again draining 25 points and handing out 6 assists. In Fos Ouest (5-9), David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) was on fire with 28 pts.

Brest - Bordeaux 64-60
6-8 for Brest and 5-9 for Bordeaux after this game. Cedric Melicie (200-F-79, agency: ACMT) stepped up for the hosts with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Armand Charles (193-F-83) helped with 14 pts and 8 rebs. Tarvis Williams (205-F/C-78, college: Hampton) shined in defeat collecting 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Clermont - Nantes 95-91
Sixth victory of the season for Clermont, who got 21 points and 7 rebounds from Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82, college: E.Carolina). Justin Ingram (187-G-85, college: Toledo) was second scorer in this victory with 18 points. On the other side, Olivier Bardet (202-F-80) posted 20 pts.

Lille - Evreux 68-80
Valuable road win for Evreux, who now has 9-5 score in Pro B. The winners had couple of players in a game mood with Benoit Toffin (205-F-77) leading the way with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Jason Siggers (187-G-85, college: Albany) delivered 16 points in defeat and his Lille dropped to 9-5.


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Wayne Bernard (MBC) Postgame Thoughts To 84-73 Win Against The Giessen 46ers. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) is a 28 year old 180 cm guard from San Diego that is playing his second season with MBC. He played at Davidson in North Carolina from 1999-2003. His best season was his senior year where he played 27 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg. In 2003, he became a professional coming to Europe to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.) playing 10 games and averaging 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg, but got waived and finished the season in Greece for Ilysiakos Athens playing 8 games and averaging 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005, he played for Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden playing 30 games and averaging 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB) playing 34 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, and during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB), French League playing 18 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; , but left in January 2007 and then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 11 games and averaging 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he stayed with Kouvot Kouvola playing 47 games and averaging 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany to MBC playing 30 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. He earned 2009 PRO A player of the year honours. Wayne took a moment to speak to Eurobasket after the 84-73 win in Giessen.

Congrats on the 84-73 win against The Giessen 46ers. How important was getting that first road win under your belt in 2010?

This was a huge win and it felt very good especially after the last loss at home against Tuebingen. Maybe this momentum will carry on into the next games. Even though The Giessen 46ers are near the bottom, they are a good team that has beaten good teams.

You guys came out of the blocks quickly in a hostle environment in Giessen and led 41-29. How did you guys manage to start off sow ell?


It is not easy to play in Giessen because they have great fans. We concentrated on playing good defense and trying to stop their guards.

In the second half, MBC kept the momentum up even though that Giessen was pressing to come back. What was the secret to the success in the second half?



In the second half, we kept attacking the basket and trying to get inside. If we didnt get inside then we didnt hesitate to take open shots. Even when we had a good lead, we didnt try to slow down the game, but played like the game was close.

You couldnt really limit Mo Jeffers who scored 18 points, but held BEKO BBL top scorer David Teague to 10 points. Was this one of the keys to winning?


Yes Teague and Jeffers are great scorers and one on one players and trying to contain them was key in winning.

David Teague has only scored 28 points in the last three games. Are teams starting to figure him out or is he just been having off nights?

I am not sure, maybe a bit of both. I think that teams are just focusing more on him. I am also sure that he has noticed that teams are giving him more attention with the scoring he has done this season.

MBC is 5-3 on the road. Why is MBC so strong on the road this season?

That is a good question, but I think that we are more focused on the road. We know that everyone opposes us on the road so we tend to be more focused. It is more of a concentration thing.

I think what really stands out with the success of MBC this season is that you have nine players that can all score in double figures. When guys like Ivan Elliot or Nikita Khartchenkov are having off nights, then you have guys like Guido Grunheid or Radenko Pilcevic that carry the load with other guys.



Yes thats true. On our team, any guy can step up and have great games. This is a big advantage in our team and it has carried us this season.


The team has won three of the last four games and is on a good way. But what does the team still need to do to get better in 2010?



We really have to focus more on rebounding. We gave up way to many offensive rebounds. Grunheid and Kashirov have been doing a good job though and are two key weapons on our team.

Did you make any New Years resolution?

I didnt make one and just took the new year as a new year, but if I had to make one I would just want to continue being a good person.

What are your NFL Wild Card predictions Bengals-Jets, Patriots-Ravens, Packers-Cardinals and Eagles-Cowboys?

I like The Jets, Patriots, Packers and Eagles.

What DVD are you watching on the bus ride back to MBC?


National Treasure 2 with Nicholas Cage.

Thanks Wayne for the post game chat! Good luck against Ratiopharm Ulm.
Thanks.



Deandre Haynes (Paderborn Baskets) Pregame Thoughts To Duesseldorf Giants Game January 6th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Deandre Haynes is a 25 year old 187 cm guard from Detroit Michigan that is playing his first season in the BEKO BBL with The Paderborn Baskets. He played at Kent from 2002-2005 and at Kent state from 2005-2006. In his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 13.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 78.6%. He won the MAC Tournament in 2006 and was player of the year in the MAC conference in 2006. He came to Europe as a rookie and played in Belgium for BBC Royal Atomia Brussels playing 23 games and averaging 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.1apg, 1.0spg. The next season, he stayed in Belgium and played for Okapi Aalstar playing 35 games averaging 9.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.6apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 34.0%, FT: 74.0%. Last season, he played in Hungary for Kecskemeti Univer KSE playing 26 games averaging 13.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.4apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 70.9%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against The Duesseldorf Giants.

What kind of experience was it playing in the O-2 arena in Berlin? Have you ever played in such a big arena before in your career?



Playing in the 0-2 arena was cool, it felt like I was back in college all over again. The big lights, and thousands of spectators there to enjoy a game. When I went to the NCAA tournament I played in NBA arenas mostly Quicken Loans where the Cavs play. I also played in a couple big gyms like that in Belgium.

You played against Julius Jenkins. What was it playing against him? What impressed you most about his style?



Julius Jenkins is a great player who let the game come to him, play controlled, and he knocked down some big shots when his team needed him to. Alba over all team is good though, they know how to play the game, and always played together.

You guys are riding a three game losing streak. How tough is it staying positive in this time? Maybe the new year came just in time for the team to start a new winning streak and forget 2009.


We have no choice but to stay positive, we are at the bottom and need to work our way up fast or it's not going to look to good for us. I don't want to be known as the team to bring Paderborn down. Hopefully the New Year bring us some good luck.

Paderborn played three games on the road. How glad are you about playing at home? This will be a big game since two road games follow?


Playing at home should be good, first game of the New Year on our home court, and hoping for good crowd so we can feed off their energy. Every game from here on out is a big game for us, so hopefully we make a run.

The next game is against The Duesseldorf Giants. They are coming off a big overtime win last weekend against Braunschweig. How tough will it be to stop their mometum that they have gained in that win?


Well the first time we played Dusseldorf, Brendan Winters probably scored like 15pts in three minutes on us, so we are going to have to make sure we are ready to play some defense once we step between the lines. We are going to have to slow them down in transition and do a better job of pressuring the ball.

They like to run and have shooting clinics from outside like Larry Bird had in the day. Is this a style of play that will fit the style of Paderborn?


Every player from their team would shoot the ball if you give them any space, so our goal is to stop them from having a shooting clinic on us. We also play a similar game like them, but let's just hope that we are the ones putting on a clinic this time.



Did you make any New Years resolutions?



No New Year's resolution for me, I seem to never follow my promises.

Happy New Year Miles.



Osnabrueck Ballers confirm Simin move - by Moritz Korff
His former team BIS Baskets Speyer had come up with the announcement already in 2009, and now the GiroLive Ballers Osnabrueck (2. Bundesliga Pro A) officially confirmed the signing of Igor Simin (197-G-84, agency: Avi Zilberman). With bringing in the Israeli shooter, the Osnabrueck team hopes to add some more depth and versatility to its roster. Simin averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists through eight games for Speyer in the Pro B this season.
Meanwhile, the Ballers have parted company with big man Steffen Behrens (209-C-87, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment), who has had four Pro A appearances this season and scored a total of six points. Also, the short term-contract of Ibrahim Badmus (180-G-85, college: St.Francis,PA) with the Osnabrueck team expired at the end of 2009. He collected 4.8 points a game (five appearances) for the Ballers.


The German sides move to 4-1 records in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
The German sides move to 4-1 records in EuroChallenge after Round 5 of the tournament. Tonight both of them celebrated their road wins.
Artland Dragons took 4-1 on top of Group G of EuroChallenge. The German side outscored TU/Rock 86:71 away from home. The guests won the first period 18-16 and added 22-14 in the second. Tartu also lost the third frame but managed to win the last 28-22. Folarin Campbell (193-G/F-86, college: George Mason) stepped up with 22 points for the guests and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) nailed 15. Janar Talts (205-C-83) ended up with 20 points in the losing case as Tartu dropped to 1-4 record. Abernethy Todd scored 16 points and Tein Tanel notched 11.
Goettingen grabbed 4-1 record on top of Group A. The German squad outscored Gravelines 72:64 in France. Although the guests won the first period the game was tied at the halftime. Only with 21-9 in the third period allowed Goettingen to lead the game. Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) paced all the winners with 18 points and Rochestie Taylor netted 13. Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: New York U.) produced 11, while Anderson Dwayne notched 9. Johnson Trey ended up with 17 points for Gravelines that dropped at 3-2. Edwards posted 13 and Akpomedah Cyril chipped in 10.
With only one round remaining the German sides remain on top of the groups. The last games of the groups are scheduled on January 12th.



Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. ALBA 13-3 
 2. Telekom B. 12-6 
 3. EWE Baskets 11-5 
 4. Dt.Bank SKY 11-6 
 5. Goettingen 10-5 
 6. MBC 10-7 
 7. Bremerhaven 10-7 
 8. Brose Baskets 9-8 
 9. Art.Dragons 9-9 
 10. NY Phantoms 8-9 
 11. EnBW L'burg 8-9 
 12. Walter Tigers 8-10 
 13. TBB Trier 7-9 
 14. Duesseldorf 6-10 
 15. Phoenix Hagen 6-10 
 16. ratiopharm 6-12 
 17. LTi 46ers 5-13 
 18. Pad.Baskets 3-14 


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
 1. SOBA Dragons 13-1 
 2. Herten 12-2 
 3. Franken Hexer 10-4 
 4. Wuerzburg B. 10-4 
 5. Ehingen 9-5 
 6. Stahnsdorf 8-6 
 7. TSV Troester 8-6 
 8. Weissenhorn 7-7 
 9. SU Medien 6-7 
 10. Bayer Giants 6-8 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 5-9 
 12. Rist-Wedel 4-9 
 13. Dt.Bank SKY II 4-9 
 14. Vechta 4-10 
 15. Speyer 3-11 
 16. L.Baeren 1-12 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David TEAGUE
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Buford, Bremerha.17.5 
 3. Oliver, Goettingen17.1 
 4. Burns, ratiopharm15.9 
 5. Copeland, TBB Trier15.6 
 6. Jenkins, Walter T.15.2 
 7. Kale, Phoenix Hagen14.9 
 8. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.9 
 9. Rochestie, Goett.14.9 
 10. Griffin, Phoeni.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris ENSMINGER
  Telekom B.
  (209-C-73)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Ensminger, Telek.8.6 
 2. Gibbs, Bremerhaven8.6 
 3. Johnson, LTi 46ers8.1 
 4. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.9 
 5. Archibong, Duesseld.6.9 
 6. Doliboa, Dt.6.8 
 7. Burns, ratiopharm6.5 
 8. Travis, Walter Tigers6.3 
 9. Turek, Phoenix .6.3 
 10. Oliver, Goetting.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Louis CAMPBELL
  Bremerhaven
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.6.6 
 2. Hamilton, NY Phant.6.2 
 3. Jordan, Telekom B.5.3 
 4. Reese, Dt.4.9 
 5. Ratkovica, Walter T.4.9 
 6. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.4.2 
 7. Foster, EWE B.4.0 
 8. Wright, ALBA3.9 
 9. Gamqrelidze, MBC3.8 
 10. Moore, Pad.Baske.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.2 
 2. Jenkins, Walter T.2.0 
 3. Foster, EWE B.1.7 
 4. Ross, Art.Dragons1.6 
 5. Bernard, MBC1.6 
 6. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.6 
 7. Teague, LTi 46ers1.5 
 8. Jenkins, ALBA1.5 
 9. Martin, Bremerha.1.4 
 10. Burns, ratiopha.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tibor PLEISS
  Brose Baskets
  (214-F/C-89)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 2. Turek, Phoenix .1.4 
 3. Boumtje, EWE B.1.4 
 4. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.4 
 5. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.3 
 6. Bryant, ratiopharm1.2 
 7. Flomo, Telekom B.1.0 
 8. Visser, EnBW L.1.0 
 9. Boone, Goettingen0.9 
 10. Barrett, Pad.Ba.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Jamie ARNOLD
  Peristeri GS
  (203-F-75)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Arnold, Perister.18.8 
 2. Green, AEK18.1 
 3. Abrams, Trikalla17.3 
 4. Erceg, Panionios17.2 
 5. Harris, VAP K.17.1 
 6. Green, Olimpia L.16.8 
 7. Childress, Olympiakos16.6 
 8. Kleiza, Olympiakos16.2 
 9. Monroe, PAOK16.0 
 10. Gregory, PA.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christophe MASSIE
  Olimpia L.
  (206-F-77)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Massie, Olimpia L.9.9 
 2. Bryant, Panionios9.8 
 3. Francis, AEK8.0 
 4. Arnold, Perister.7.2 
 5. Carter, Ilysiakos7.0 
 6. Homan, Marousi BC6.9 
 7. Mavroidis, Marou.6.5 
 8. Kakiouzis, Aris6.4 
 9. Erceg, Panionios6.4 
 10. Kleiza, Olympiak.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  Olympiakos
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Teodosic, Olympiakos5.3 
 2. Papaloukas, Olymp.4.1 
 3. Karidas, Ilysiakos4.0 
 4. Green, AEK3.8 
 5. Spanoulis, Panath.3.7 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.3.7 
 7. Vasiljevic, VAP K.3.5 
 8. Lukas, Marousi BC3.4 
 9. Collins, Kavala/P.3.3 
 10. Hammonds, Perist.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Prodromos NIKOLAIDIS
  AEK
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Nikolaidis, AEK2.3 
 2. Collins, Kavala/P.2.2 
 3. Hammonds, Perister.2.0 
 4. Green, Olimpia L.2.0 
 5. Cummings, Ilysiakos1.9 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.1.8 
 7. Petway, Ilysiakos1.7 
 8. Bryant, Panionios1.7 
 9. Katsares, Trikalla1.7 
 10. Kalaitzis, Panell.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brent PETWAY
  Ilysiakos
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Petway, Ilysiakos2.2 
 2. Vougioukas, Panellin.1.6 
 3. Harissis, VAP K.1.5 
 4. Mavroidis, Marou.1.4 
 5. Francis, AEK1.1 
 6. Homan, Marousi BC1.1 
 7. Green, Olimpia L.1.0 
 8. Wade, Kavala/P.1.0 
 9. Kendall, Marou.1.0 
 10. Arnold, Perist.0.9 


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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Giants 14-4 
 2. GasTerra F. 13-2 
 3. Eiff.Towers 12-4 
 4. ZZ Leiden 12-5 
 5. M.Magix 9-8 
 6. DeFriesland 9-8 
 7. EclipseJet 6-10 
 8. Upstairs Weert 5-13 
 9. Landstede 3-14 
 10. Rotterdam 1-16 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Upstairs Weert
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Palmer, Upstairs.20.7 
 2. Gibson, ZZ Leiden19.6 
 3. Thomas, M.Magix18.2 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.9 
 5. Monroe, DeFriesl.16.5 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.15.0 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.9 
 8. LeMelle, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 9. Mason, EclipseJet14.8 
 10. Hendley, Landste.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Upstairs Weert
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Palmer, Upstairs.9.6 
 2. Ellis, GasTerra F.9.2 
 3. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.8 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam8.8 
 5. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.4 
 6. Monroe, DeFriesl.8.3 
 7. Griffin, Giants8.3 
 8. Haryasz, GasTerra.7.7 
 9. Gordon, Landstede7.2 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leid.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Thomas, M.Magix7.7 
 2. Oliver, Eiff.Towers6.2 
 3. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.7 
 4. Defares, Giants4.6 
 5. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.5 
 6. Porter, Upstairs.4.4 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra.4.3 
 8. Moore, DeFriesland4.3 
 9. Gibson, ZZ Leiden4.1 
 10. Slagter, Gian.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Torey THOMAS
  M.Magix
  (180-G-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Thomas, M.Magix3.3 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra.3.0 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra.2.8 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.7 
 5. Rodgers, EclipseJet2.7 
 6. de Randamie, Eclip.2.6 
 7. Oliver, Eiff.Towers2.3 
 8. Palmer, Upstairs.2.2 
 9. Mason, EclipseJet2.2 
 10. Vorenhout, Upst.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  M.Magix
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Hughes, M.Magix2.4 
 2. Boxley, ZZ Leiden1.9 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.5 
 4. Slor, ZZ Leiden1.3 
 5. Haryasz, GasTerra.1.2 
 6. Townes, GasTerra.1.1 
 7. Porter, Upstairs.0.9 
 8. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.9 
 9. Faris, Giants0.8 
 10. Aarts, Eiff.Towe.0.8 


Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 2 10-2 
 2. MSV 9-3 
 3. Binnenland 8-1 
 4. Red Giants 7-4 
 5. Goba 7-6 
 6. Groene 6-5 
 7. Punch 5-7 
 8. Leiden 2 5-7 
 9. BV Rooi 5-8 
 10. Landstede 2 4-6 
 11. High Five 4-8 
 12. Hoofddorp 3-7 
 13. Akrides 3-10 


Eiffel Towers grabbed very important victory in France - by Eurobasket News
Eiffel Towers grabbed very important victory in France as they beat Strasbourg. The Dutch side improved to 3-2 record after 74:70 victory. The guests took massive 28-15 after the first 10 minutes and added 15-13 in the second quarter. The French outfit won two periods in the second half, but could not celebrate the win. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) led the way with 14 points and Van Paassen Peter posted 12. Oliver Dean collected 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Richardson Anthony followed them with 9. Roberson Anthony answered with 21 points in the losing effort as his team dropped to 2-3. Simon David netted 14 and Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) chipped in 11.
Krasnie Krilya Samara crushed EclipseJet as the Russian team overrebounded dutch opponents 46 to 23 and made 46% shots from behind the arc. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) paced all the winners with 14 points, Ivanov Andrei nailed 12 and Voronov Eugeny had 11. Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) ended up with 11 points in the losing case.In another game of the group More than 4000 spectators saw the fourth win of the local Scavolini PS that beat Minsk-2006. The Italian side celebrated 93:85 victory to take 4-1 record. Branko Cvetkovic top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Cinciarini Daniele posted 19. Green Marques nailed 18, while Williams Eric ended up with 11 points. Harrison ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.


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  HUNGARY   


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


The first game of the new year - by Tamas Deri
In the first game of the new year the team of NYKK could not win without american guard Jara Doyne against Kecskemet last night. This game of round 5 was canceled in October because of the wish of and as Doyne signed with the team only in December, he was not allowed to play. American big man, DuJuan Wiley had an amazing game with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Erno Erno Sitku was the best domestic player on the court with 22 points. Kenneth Henderson collected 16 points and 5 rebounds in the loosing side. Mike Dale contributed with 19 points and 6 rebounds, Krisztian Wittmann helped his team with 19 points, Ronnie Ross scored 15.

Marso-Vagep Nyregyhaza KK - Kecskemeti KSE 82-87
(17-12, 24-33, 20-19, 21-23)
Bujtosi csarnok, 800 nzo, v.: Cziffra, Bognr, Gl J.
NYKK: Donte Gennie (185-G-83, college: Georgia Southern) 14/3, Siska 4, Kenneth Henderson 16, Erno Sitku 22/6, DuJuan Wiley 23/3, Szarvas 3/3, Nagy K., Coach: Ferenczi Tamas
Kecskemet: Krisztian Wittmann (185-G-85, agency: FCM) 19/9, Ronnie Ross 15/6, Anthony Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) 19/6, I. Johnson 10/6, Bencze Z. 9/3, Toth N. 3/3, Marciulonis 7, Denes 5/3, Stojan Ivkovic



Market news - by Tamas Deri
The management of Pecsi VSK - Pannonpower published, that the new players signed with the team. The club broke the contracts of argentinian forward, Fabricio Vay and hungarian guard, Gabor Boros during the Christmas break and replaced them with serbian power forward, Nenad Canak (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) and hungarian guard, Andras Helmeczi (192-G-90).
Nenad Canak is a 34 years old, very experienced power forward, who started his carreer with Partizan Beograd. He spent 10 years in his country with Partizan, Novi Sad and Subotica before he signed with Makedonikos in Greece - season 2004-05 -. In July 2005 he signed with Alba Berlin and spent two seasons in Germany. In his first season with Alba he averaged 9.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 43 games. In April 2007 he got injured and was out for 6 weeks, so in the summer he signed with Igoke Beograd but left the team before the season and agreed with Lukoil Sophia in Bulgaria. In the season 2007-08 he could help his team with 11.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 45.9%, FT: 77.4% in 45 games of the Bulgarian League and 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 50%, 3PT: 44%, FT: 76.9% in 10 games of ULEB Cup. He started the last season with the same team, but left in December 2008 and moved to Ukraine, where he played 18 games for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny averaging 10.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 77.8%. He started this season with Gryfony Symferopil in Ukraine but in December moved to Serbia and played 5 games for Tamis Petrohemija Pancevo. He had his best game on the 6th of December 2009, when he had a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes against Mega Vizura.

Andras Helmeczi is a 20 years old hungarian guard, who was close to get on a NCAA 1st division team, but decided to move back home and agreed with PVSK for the rest of the season.


Istvan Panta (203-C/F-78) decided to leave Dombovar! The hungarian big man contacted the management of his club on the 2nd of January and asked for breach of his contract because of personal reasons!



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  ISRAEL   


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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Robert BROWN
  Hap.Haifa
  (195-F-80)
  Avg: 29.4
 1. Brown, Hap.Haifa29.4 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon27.3 
 3. Markson, Elitzur .25.1 
 4. Hicks, Kohav Yair22.4 
 5. Byerson, Natzrath.22.1 
 6. Simhon, Hod H.21.1 
 7. Clemente, Macc.Ash.20.9 
 8. Brandy, Hod H.20.6 
 9. Drayton, Beer Y.19.6 
 10. Shiran, Lev.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brad BYERSON
  Natzrath Elite
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Byerson, Natzrath.12.9 
 2. Brandy, Hod H.12.8 
 3. Clemente, Macc.Ash.11.7 
 4. Paris, Hapoel Beeri11.1 
 5. Brown, Hap.Haifa10.7 
 6. Peterson, Elitzur .10.5 
 7. Auter, Macc.Hab.10.3 
 8. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.9.6 
 9. Hicks, Kohav Yair9.4 
 10. Markson, Elitzu.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan BERKOVICH
  Hap.Haifa
  (187-G-75)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Berkovich, Hap.H.6.7 
 2. Shifman, Hapoel Beeri6.2 
 3. Arieli, Hap.Tivon6.1 
 4. Nenikashvili, Megido.6.1 
 5. Farchi, Macc.Ash.5.8 
 6. Golan, Lev Hasharon5.2 
 7. Huli, Lev Hasharon5.2 
 8. Brandwein, Elitzu.5.1 
 9. Hirsh, Beer Yaakov4.7 
 10. Levi, Beer Yaak.4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marios MATALON
  Megido/Yok.
  (187-G-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Matalon, Megido/Y.2.5 
 2. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.4 
 3. Farchi, Macc.Ash.2.4 
 4. Berkovich, Hap.H.2.3 
 5. Markson, Elitzur .2.2 
 6. Harrison, Hap.Haifa2.0 
 7. Saudai, Kiryat Ata2.0 
 8. Saudai, Hap.Tivon2.0 
 9. Karpels, Elitzur .1.9 
 10. Cohen, Hapoel Bee.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  Nelson
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Harrison, Hap.Haifa5.3 
 2. Pol, Lev Hasharon2.3 
 3. Byerson, Natzrath.1.8 
 4. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.7 
 5. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.7 
 6. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.4 
 7. Paris, Hapoel Beeri1.3 
 8. Peterson, Elitzur .1.3 
 9. Martin, Elitzur Yavne1.3 
 10. Markson, Elitzu.1.2 


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  ITALY   


More than 4000 spectators saw the fourth win of the local Scavolini - by Eurobasket News
Scavolini PS - Minsk-2006 93:85

More than 4000 spectators saw the fourth win of the local Scavolini PS that beat Minsk-2006 in EuroChallenge. The Italian side celebrated 93:85 victory to take 4-1 record. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Cinciarini Daniele posted 19. Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure) nailed 18, while Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) ended up with 11 points. Harrison ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
In another game of the group Krasnie Krilya Samara crushed EclipseJet as the Russian team overrebounded dutch opponents 46 to 23 and made 46% shots from behind the arc. Ralph Biggs paced all the winners with 14 points, Ivanov Andrei nailed 12 and Voronov Eugeny had 11. Krabbendam Robert ended up with 11 points in the losing case.



Legadue, market news: A.B. Latina signs Theron Smith - by Antonello Varallo
After the 'Bunn's case', A.B. Latina announced that Smith Theron (203-F-80, college: Ball St.) is the player who will replace K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson)
Smith played in 2007/2008 with Cantu. averaging 7.9 ppg in 33 games, while last season he was a star of Chinese League, playing 43 games with TianJin Rongcheng with an average of 23.9 ppg.
During his career, he shortly played in NBA: he is a former player of Memphis Grizzlies: 54 games with 2.7 ppg between 2003/2004 and 2004/2005. Moreover, he played one season with Entente Orleans 45 (France-ProA): 25 games: 6.6ppgin 2007-2008.



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  JAMAICA   


Cedarville drops consolation game in Norwood Invitational - by Leonard Whyte
West Palm Beach, FL (01-05-2010): NAIA Division II No. 8 Cedarville University came to an unusually cold South Florida and played accordingly, dropping the consolation game 89-82 to a hot-shooting Windsor (Ontario) University in the Norwood Invitational Tournament. The Yellow Jackets fell 76-66 in its opening game to Bethel University and could not withstand the blistering 62 percent shooting from Windsor in the second half. Cedarville (8-5), again got 22 productive minutes from senior forward Ricardo Alliman who contributed 17 points. Despite the loss, Alliman expects his team to bounce back when they travel to Columbus, Ohio, to face Ohio Dominican University on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. EST. Watch or listen to the game live here: http://yellowjackets.cedarville.edu/sports/2008/10/24/GEN_1024081448.aspx?path=mbball



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  KUWAIT   


Jones gets the best of Qadsia - by Corey Washington
Al Jahara put the brakes on Qadsia Sunday night in the desert beating them 94:76... American guard Anthony Jones (196-G-77, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Ohio), who last played in Kuwait with Qadsia led all scorers with a 42 point game in his first meeting with his old team since both parties decided to part ways in 2008. Jones originally signed with Shiraz a.s Pipe in Iran this season, after a Championship bid in Bahrain with AL Hala last year. Jones has the Wing span of a 68 player. He is a great competitor. Very strong and mentally tough, and can guard the 1,2 or 3 positions. Once he is in his rhythm, opposing teams could face serious problems. Jahara will face Kuwait club Wednesday for a bigger challenge for Jahara Without Jamal Holden, who left for Bahrain and Cedric Taylor whom the Club parted ways with after last season, Jahara will suffer tremendously against Ira Clark being that they have no power in the low post.

Other Games

Yarmouk 81: 53 Al Salmiyah
Yarmouk is a club that continues to improve, and will definitely be watched this year.. Edem Ekpenyong (195-F-83) is among one of the most solid imports in Kuwait. Being a little undersized for the post, he plays the position better than most, and is a scoring threat thats given some clubs problem thus far this year. Al Salmiyah can use the help of some imports as well. There are many young guards available now due to the financial situation worldwide. In February the federation will open for new signings, and I think they will benefit from bringing in a few imports.

Kazma 76: 73 Al Sahel
Kazma is putting in work this year, thought the team needs to settle down and bring all their tools together, they are headed in the right direction with Omari Westley (201-F-82, college: Cleveland St.) and big man John Oden (206-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Indiana). Westley is a big physical forward, who uses his knowledge of the game very well on the court. Oden is simply a beast!! With two statement making dunks in their win, kazma is sure to be in the runnings for the final 4 this year. Sahel has all the tools to be a championship team, but lack the will to work together during game time. Selfish ball play is what lost the game for them Sunday Adding Wayne Houston (206-F-73, college: S.Indiana), and Guard Chris Thompson (196-F-85, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Langston) was the way to go for Sahel, but Point guard has to get them involved and settle the team down. Sahel is a young club, and will make mistakes. Sahels local Point Guard is one of the best at handling and dishing the pill, so we expect him to bring the heat against arabi.

An Nasr 111: 72 Al Shabab
An Nasr looks to be forming a respectable squad this year adding Charles Bailey (203-F-82, college: Detroit Mercy) and Brandon Mason (194-G/F-81, college: N.Mexico St.). Both players are hard working athletes, who will help turn Nasr around. Bailey has nice size, and runs the floor well. I would like to see him handle the ball a little more in the post. Mason is another great tool for An Nasr. Though he is not as quick as most of the guards, he is fundamentally sound, and knows how to find the basket.. He is a versatile athletic combo guard who uses his strength and great leaping ability to score and rebound. Shabab could use a guard to go control the flow of things.. Faraj Abdulla (203-C/F-75) is a Frward who has played in this region for some time now, and fits in well with the team. Al Sahabab could benefit from bringing in a Point Guard import with experience.



Al Sahel Signs Chris Thompson - by Corey Washington
Al Sahel Club has agreed to terms with American Guard Chris Thompson (196-F-85, agency: Low Country Sports Management, college: Langston) (196-F-83, college: Langston). A former UTSA player who later transferred to Langston is a big combo guard with great versatility and a tremendous feel for the game. Chris is extremely smooth with the ball and creates well off the dribble. His handles are that of a point guard with supreme confidence when the ball is in his hands. He also has ability to change directions and get defenders off balance to create looks ... Good upper body strength allows him to absorb contact and make plays at the rim.

After a few practice sessions, Coach Salem felt it was a good move to add the 65 Guard from Austin, Texas. With Chris at the point and Wayne Houstons ability to play inside and out, Sahels chances at a Championship may not be too far away.

Chris Thompson


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  LATVIA   


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Barons 10-2 
 2. Liepaja 7-4 
 3. Valmiera 7-5 
 4. VEF Riga 4-0 
 5. Ventspils 3-3 
 6. Zemgale 3-8 
 7. Keizarmezs 0-12 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivars TIMERMANIS
  Barons
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Timermanis, Barons19.9 
 2. Gulbis, Zemgale18.8 
 3. Nelyubov, VEF Riga18.5 
 4. Kojenets, Liepaja17.4 
 5. Mazeika, VEF Riga17.3 
 6. Davis, Valmiera17.2 
 7. Valeika, Valmiera16.6 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.5 
 9. Efejuku, Barons16.2 
 10. Kisielius, Liepa.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Valmiera
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Valeika, Valmiera11.0 
 2. Pettway, Ventspils8.6 
 3. Kojenets, Liepaja7.8 
 4. Nelyubov, VEF Riga7.0 
 5. Zorin, Barons6.0 
 6. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.8 
 7. Timermanis, Barons5.8 
 8. Gulbis, Zemgale5.6 
 9. Cresnar, Valmiera5.5 
 10. Graudins, Valmie.5.2 
Assists Per Game
 Sandis SILAVS
  Keizarmezs
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Silavs, Keizarmezs5.3 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga5.0 
 3. Sirsnins, Barons4.3 
 4. Vilums, Liepaja4.0 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.2 
 6. Bankevics, VEF Riga3.0 
 7. Steinbergs, Keiza.2.8 
 8. Valeika, Valmiera2.6 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF Riga2.5 
 10. Bambis, Zemga.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  Ventspils
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bertans, Ventspils2.7 
 2. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.5 
 3. Sirsnins, Barons2.4 
 4. Silavs, Keizarmezs2.3 
 5. Davis, Valmiera2.2 
 6. Labuckas, VEF Riga2.0 
 7. Vilums, Liepaja1.9 
 8. Vitols, Barons1.8 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF Riga1.8 
 10. Osins, Keizarme.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale1.6 
 2. Davis, Valmiera1.0 
 3. Cresnar, Valmiera0.9 
 4. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 5. Kosuskins, Liepaja0.8 
 6. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.8 
 7. Pettway, Ventspils0.6 
 8. Valeika, Valmiera0.6 
 9. Zorin, Barons0.6 
 10. Aleksejevs, VEF.0.5 


Latvia at Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Latvian U16 and U18 teams just finished their campaigns at the Baltic Sea Cup tournament in Estonia.
Latvian U18 team stopped just one step away from the top spot. They recorded two wins in three games played. Latvian juniors faced Sweden in the second round of the tourney. The Scandinavian team rolled to a 90:83 win. Latvia enjoyed a 36:33 lead at halftime. But Sweden turned the tables in the second half. They fired 29 points in the third stanza and surged ahead for good. Jonathan Person unloaded 31 points to lead the charge. Viktor Gaddefors produced 14 points in the winning effort. Davis Bertans (200-F-92) responded with 23 points and 6 boards for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92) had 23 points in defeat.
Latvia wrapped up their campaign against Estonia. They knocked down the hosts 91:63 to book the second overall place. Latvia eased to a 14-point lead at the interval and rallied to the win in the second half. Edmunds Dukulis was pivotal with 23 points and 13 boards for Latvia. Karlis Apsitis notched 13 points in the winning effort. Rannar Raap and Janari Joesaar had 11 points each in the loss.
Latvia U16 lost to Sweden 62:74 on Day 2 of the torney. Sweden built a 45:26 lead at the interval and rolled to the win after the main break. Papy Ndiaye produced 19 points to lead Sweden. Gustav Sandberg added 13 points in the victory. Uvis Strogonovs responded with 16 points for Latvia.
The Baltic team surrendered against their Estonian counterparts 57:81 on the final day. Estonia dominated from start to finish. The hosts accumulated an 8-point lead at halftime. Latvia never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Aleksis Anjarv and Sander Saare tossed in 13 points each for Estonia. Kent-Kaarel Vene and Tiit Talumaa knocked down 11 points apiece in the victory. Rihards Krastins replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Latvia.



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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 5-0 
 2. Moutahed 4-1 
 3. Champville 4-2 
 4. Hoops 4-3 
 5. Sagesse 2-3 
 6. Anibal 2-3 
 7. Kahraba 1-3 
 8. Antranik 1-6 
 9. Blue Stars 0-1 
 10. Tebnine 0-1 


ROUND 7 : WINS FOR CHAMPVILLE,HOOPS & ANIBAL - by Maarouf Mawloud
The 7th round of BANK MED League provided big action for the fans , the battle between Champville and Sagesse as expected tuned to be very excited and the outcome of the game was determined in the last seconds by the big experience of Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) who finished the game with 29 points for his debut in the League. Champville won on the score of 82-75.

In the other games of the round Hoops continued its great performance , this time was against Kahraba the first half of the game was an equal one and both teams were applying many defensive faces . Zachery Ingles had a huge game and led is team to stay close in the game , he finished the game with 28 points ( 8 out 14 3pointers) . Kahraba players held Hoops star Enique Clemmons to 5 points only, but the Lebanese Players of Hoops set the tempo and started to score from everywhere and all the pints came from fast breaks . Hussein Khatib had huge game with 22 points Hoops won on the score of 72-62.

In the last game of round Antranik welcomed Anibal , Antranik who has a very bad start since the season 2004 -2005 had to win the game in order to regain back the hope for the 2nd round . The first half saw a good performance by Antranik players who controlled the game through Sean Colson who carried his team and scored 25 points and dished 14 assists. In the 2nd half Anibal players answered with a big performance and made a big comeback and tied the game to take the lead and never look back , Anibals comeback was made through the continuous penetrations and easy lay ups and Antranik players were helpless denying from scoring . Anibal finished the game on the score of 79-88.

Champville Sagesse : 82-75

Best scorers :

Champville : Fadi El Khatib (29)

Sagesse : Marshall Phillpps (20)

Hoops Kahraba : 72-62

Best scorers :

Hoops : Hussein Khatib (22)

Kahraba : Zachery Ingles ( 28)

Antranik Anibal : 79- 88

Best scorers :
Antranik : Sean Colson ( 25)
Anibal : Curtis Slaughter (21)



ROUND 6: RIYADI UNBEATEN - by Maarouf Mawloud
Round 6 saw the confirmation of Al Riyadis supremacy and Hoops great performances , in the long waited game Riyadi the champion cruised into a big win against Champville on the score of 99-71 , Champville who misses Fadi El Khatib had a very good first half but the 3rd quarter turned to be very crucial one Riyadi outscored Champville 37-14, this quarter gave Riyadi a big lead which led to a first against Champville in their first confrontation of the season .

On the other side Hoops is continuing its great performance , this time the win was Anibal in Zahle on the score of 92-82.

In another game Sagesse and Antranik had a big game till the last minutes when Sagesse prevailed on the score of 82-71.

Anibal Hoops : 82-92

Best Scorers :

Anibal: Bashir Saad (23)

Hoops: Enique Clemons (180-G-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) (29)

Sagesse Antranik : 82-71

Best Scorers :

Sagesse: Marshall Phillipps ( 26)

Antranik: Sean Colson (17)

Riyadi Champville : 99-71

Best Scorers :
Riyadi : Jean Abed El Nour (23)
Champville : Greg Denialson (16)


ROUND 4 : EXCITEMENT - by Maarouf Mawloud
The 4th round of BANK MED League saw big action , while Riyadi continued its winning streak this time against Antranik on the score of 118-80, the other 2 games saw lot of action and excitement , Champville Hoops game was full of intensity till its last seconds when Champville players experience prevailed on the score of 67-64.

In the other game Sagesse who had started the season with an unexpected loss against Kahraba created the big surprise and won against Moutahed after trailing by 25 points in the game but knew how to come back to win in the end on the score of 78-64.

Riyadi- Antranik: 118-80

Best Scorers :

Riyadi: Jean Abed El Nour (198-G/F-83) (32)

Antranik: Sean Colson (34)

Champville Hoops: 67-64

Best Scorers :

Champville: Ghaleb Reda ( 22)

Hoops: Enique Clemmons (18)

Sagesse Moutahed: 78-64

Best Scorers :
Sagesse: Marshall Phillipps (34)
Moutahed: Micheal Christensen (24)


ROUND 5 :HOOPS ON WINNING TRACK - by Maarouf Mawloud
After 5 rounds Bank MED is getting more and more full of excitement, the teams are gaining round after round more chemistry and the outcome of the game can not be determined before the end of each game.

Round 5 saw another big performance from Hoops Club after beating Sagesse Club.

Antranik Champville : 76-84

Best Scorers :

Antranik : Sean Colson (182-G-75, agency: GOTathletes, college: Charlotte) (24pts)

Champville: Ghaleb Reda (25pts)

Q1:20-18 Q2:13-23 Q3:23-22 Q4:20-21

Hoops Sagesse : 91-77

Best Scorers :

Hoops: Ricky Celmmons (35pts)

Sagesse: Roy Samaha (18pts)

Q1:29-20 Q2:18-23 Q3:20-16 Q4:24-18

Moutahed Anibal : 80-61

Best Scorers :

Moutahed: Micheal Christensen (25pts)
Anibal: Bashir Saad (17pts)
Q1:24-14 Q2:17-15 Q3:17-16 Q4:22-16


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Sirutavicius, Techa.20.8 
 2. Kazevicius, Alytus A.20.1 
 3. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.19.6 
 4. Ruikis, Suduva18.0 
 5. Griskenas, Techasas17.6 
 6. Sirvydis, Sakalai16.5 
 7. Leonavicius, Sakalai15.6 
 8. Kelys, Perlas15.5 
 9. Kieza, Suduva15.3 
 10. Bitinas, Neptun.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Kieza, Suduva8.6 
 2. Tatarunas, Alytus A.8.2 
 3. Dimsa, Nevezis8.0 
 4. Valanciunas, Perlas7.8 
 5. Morkeliunas, Juven.7.3 
 6. Vilkius, Neptunas7.3 
 7. Valukonis, Aisciai7.2 
 8. Watson, Zalgiris6.9 
 9. Griskenas, Techasas6.6 
 10. Adomaitis, Alytus.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Derrick LOW
  Siauliai
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Low, Siauliai6.4 
 2. Gaidamaviciu., Juven.6.3 
 3. Broadus, Suduva6.3 
 4. Ezerskis, Techasas4.9 
 5. Popovic, Lietuvos.4.6 
 6. Maceina, Rudupis4.5 
 7. Jomantas, Lietuv.4.4 
 8. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.3 
 9. Ivanauskas, Alytus A.4.3 
 10. Kelys, Perl.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrius ALEKSANDROVAS
  Alytus Alita
  (197-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Aleksandrova., Alytus A.3.3 
 2. Salenga, Zalgiris2.6 
 3. Pakamanis, Juven.2.6 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.3 
 5. Lipkevicius, Aisciai2.3 
 6. Vileita, Rudupis2.2 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas2.2 
 8. Kelys, Perlas2.2 
 9. Jomantas, Lietuv.2.1 
 10. Low, Siauli.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Keravnos
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kieza, Suduva2.7 
 2. Valanciunas, Perlas1.7 
 3. Cepukaitis, Aisciai1.6 
 4. Begic, Zalgiris1.4 
 5. Tatarunas, Alytus A.1.3 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis1.2 
 7. Grinius, Nevezis1.2 
 8. Zyle, Aisciai1.2 
 9. Valukonis, Aisciai1.2 
 10. Leonavicius, Sakal.1.1 


Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Zalgiris 11-0 
 2. Lietuvos Rytas 10-1 
 3. Siauliai 8-2 
 4. Neptunas 7-5 
 5. Juventus 7-5 
 6. Suduva 6-6 
 7. Techasas 6-7 
 8. Alytus Alita 5-7 
 9. Rudupis 5-7 
 10. Perlas 4-8 
 11. Sakalai 3-9 
 12. Aisciai 2-9 
 13. Nevezis 1-9 


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Buducnost stole the victory in Russia - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv K. - Buducnost 56:69

Lokomotiv Kuban remained winless in EuroChallenge as they lost again. Buducnost grabbed 56:69 win away from home to improve to 3-2 record. Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) paced all the winners with 15 points and Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) followed him with 12. Aleksei Surovtsev (202-G-84) replied with 15 points for the hosts as he was the only player to reach double digits for his team.
In another game of the group Goettingen grabbed 4-1 record on top of Group A. The German squad outscored Gravelines 72:64 in France. Although the guests won the first period the game was tied at the halftime. Only with 21-9 in the third period allowed Goettingen to lead the game. Chris Oliver paced all the winners with 18 points and Rochestie Taylor netted 13. Boone Jason produced 11, while Anderson Dwayne notched 9. Johnson Trey ended up with 17 points for Gravelines that dropped at 3-2. Edwards posted 13 and Akpomedah Cyril chipped in 10.



Market news : Seferovic in Mornar, Pavlicevic close to inks for ABS, Petar Jovanovic is free player - by Dragan Scepanovic
Basketball club Mornar from Bar, and DELFI SMG Basketball announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Primroje from Herceg Novi Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) singed contract until end of season whit Basketball Club Mornar Bar member of MNT1A and Balkan League .ABS Primorje from Herceg Novi and ex basketball player of Basketball Club Niksic and MNT U20 NT Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) is very close to singed contract until end of season whit Basketball Club ABS Primorje from Herceg Novi.
Basketball Club Ulcinj and DELFI SMG Basketball announced that Petar Jovanovic (192-G/F-80) and Grujo brake out contracts whit Basketball Club Ulcinj member of MNT1A League.
Basketball Club Primorje from Herceg Novi and DELFI SMG Basketball announced that Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83), Nikola Hocevar and Vasilije Seferovic brake out contracts whit Basketball Club Primorje member of MNT1A League



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Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. IRT 10-1 
 2. MAS 9-2 
 3. ASS 9-2 
 4. FUS 7-4 
 5. PCS 6-5 
 6. ASE 5-6 
 7. Chabab Rif 4-7 
 8. RCA 4-7 
 9. IRAN 1-10 
 10. TSC 0-11 


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Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 24-8 
 2. Toronto R. 17-18 
 3. New York K. 14-20 
 4. Philadelph.76 10-24 
 5. New Jersey N. 3-31 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 27-9 
 2. Milwaukee B. 14-18 
 3. Chicago B. 14-19 
 4. Detroit P. 11-22 
 5. Indiana P. 11-23 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 24-10 
 2. Atlanta H. 21-12 
 3. Miami Heat 17-15 
 4. Charlotte B. 15-18 
 5. Washington W. 11-21 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 22-13 
 2. Portland TB 22-15 
 3. Oklah.City T. 19-15 
 4. Utah Jazz 18-16 
 5. Minnesota T. 7-28 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 28-6 
 2. Phoenix Suns 22-13 
 3. LA Clippers 15-18 
 4. Sacramento K. 14-20 
 5. Golde State W. 9-24 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 24-11 
 2. San Antonio S. 20-12 
 3. Houston R. 20-15 
 4. Memphis G. 17-16 
 5. N.Orleans H. 16-16 


Golden State Warriors waive veteran center Mikki Moore - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors on Monday waived injured center Mikki Moore (6'11''-C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Nebraska), thereby creating the roster room to keep rookie big man Chris Hunter (6'11''-F/C-84, college: Michigan).

The Warriors were granted a special exemption by the league to sign an extra player in November because of a spate of injuries that wiped out nearly half of their 15-man roster. They promptly chose Hunter out of the D-League.

But players who fill a temporary 16th roster spot cannot be playing on a guaranteed contract. With Hunter's minimum contract due to become guaranteed for the rest of the season Jan. 10, Golden State was forced to make a decision this week.

The Warriors' options were waiving Moore to keep Hunter as their 15th man or waiving Hunter and trying to re-sign him to a 10-day contract after he cleared waivers. The risk there, though, is that Hunter might have been claimed by another team before the Warriors had the chance to re-sign him.

Moore's $1.3 salary for the season was fully guaranteed, but a heel injury that required Dec. 18 surgery is expected to sideline the 34-year-old into March. Moore still hopes to sign with another team before the end of the season.


Courtesy of ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com)


Brown and Hollins named top coaches for December - by Demar Thomas
The Cleveland Cavaliers' Mike Brown and the Memphis Grizzlies' Lionel Hollins today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Brown guided the Cavaliers to an NBA-best 14-3 (.824) record in December. Cleveland won seven of 10 games on the road, and went a perfect 7-0 at Quicken Loans Arena. Cleveland topped the Eastern Conference in field goal percentage (.487) and three-point field goal percentage (.390) while holding opponents to a league-low 93.0 points per game.

Hollins led the Grizzlies to a 9-4 (.692) mark for the month, tops in the Southwest Division. Of the 13 teams Memphis faced during December, eight had winning records. The Grizzlies posted wins over three division leaders in December, including Dallas (Dec. 4), Cleveland (Dec. 8) and Denver (Dec. 20). The Grizzlies' .692 winning percentage marked the sixth best month in franchise history.

Other nominees for the Coach of the Month were Boston's Doc Rivers, Houston's Rick Adelman, New York's Mike D'Antoni, Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks, Orlando's Stan Van Gundy, Portland's Nate McMillan and Toronto's Jay Triano.
Source: NBA.com


Milwaukee Bucks release Roko Leni Ukic - by Eurobasket News
The Milwaukee Bucks have requested waivers on guard Roko-Leni Ukic (6'5''-G-84), General Manager John Hammond announced yesterday. Ukic requested to have his contract voided by Milwaukee, removing any further obligation by the Bucks for the remainder of his contract.

Roko asked to be released from his contract in order to pursue other playing opportunities, said Hammond. We appreciate his hard work and professionalism while with the Bucks and wish him well in his career.

According to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Bucks are expected to save about $2 million in releasing Ukic, including $1.45 million in a player option which Ukic held for the 2010-11 season.

In 13 games for the Bucks this season, Ukic averaged 3.1 points in 7.5 minutes per game. He was acquired along with Carlos Delfino from Toronto on August 18 for Amir Johnson and Sonny Weems.


The Bucks roster now stands at 14 players.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Trail Blazers recall Mills from NBADL - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Portland Trail Blazers have recalled rookie guard Patrick Mills (6'0''-G-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) from the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede.

Mills was assigned to the Stampede on Dec. 29, and had 38 points and 12 assists in his debut on New Year's Day. He scored 22 points against the Reno Bighorns on Sunday, and his put-back with 1.2 seconds left gave the Stampede a 109-108 win.

The Portland Trail Blazers announced the move late Sunday on their Web site.

Mills, who broke his right foot during practice for the NBA Summer League, was the No. 55 overall pick in the 2009 draft after a standout career at St. Mary's. He's expected to join the Portland Trail Blazers in time for Monday's game at the Los Angeles Clippers.


Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Jennings, Evans capture NBA rookie honours again - by Demar Thomas
Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) and the Sacramento Kings' Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis) today were named the Eastern and Western Conference T-Mobile Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Jennings ranks second among rookies in scoring (16.7 ppg) and first in assists (6.5 apg). He ranks second in three-point percentage (32.4) and fourth in free throw percentage (.848). He recorded his first career double-double in a win over Portland on Dec. 12 (18 points, 11 assists), playing a career-high 44 minutes. In addition, Jennings led or tied for the team lead in points five times and assists 12 times in December.

Evans leads all rookies in scoring (22.1 ppg), minutes played (37.9), free throws made (130) and attempted (167), and is second in assists (5.1) and steals (1.62). He helped orchestrate one of the biggest comebacks in NBA history, as the Kings overcame a 35-point deficit at Chicago on Dec. 21, by scoring nine of his 11 fourth quarter points in the final 2:13. Evans scored 20 or more points in eight games in December and has 17 20-point performances this season, tops among rookies.

Source: NBA.com


Monday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta H. - Miami Heat 75-92
Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) had 28 points and 8 rebounds, Michael Beasley (6'9''-F-89, college: Kansas St.) scored 20 of his 22 points in the first half and the Heat snapped a three-game skid by easily beating the sputtering Hawks 92-75 on Monday night. Udonis Haslem (6'8''-C-80, college: Florida) added 12 pts and 8 rebs in this win. On the other side, Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) shined with 23 points.

Oklah.City T. - Chicago B. 98-85
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) (25 pts) didn't reach 30 points for the first time in eight games and he didn't lead his team in scoring for only the sixth time all season. Thanks largely to Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) 's 29 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, the Thunder won anyway, beating the Chicago Bulls 98-85. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) collected 19 pts and 7 assists for the hosts.

N.Orleans H. - Utah Jazz 91-87
With a four-point lead in danger of being cut in half, Paul stole the ball, ate a little time and then drove for a layup with 27 seconds left to help seal New Orleans' 91-87 victory over Utah on Monday night. Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA) drained 30 points in victory and was followed by David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier), who scored 20 and grabbed 9 rebounds. Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) collected 18 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Portland TB - LA Clippers 95-105
Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored 20 points, Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) added 19 and Los Angeles pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-95 on Monday night in the teams' second matchup in five days. Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, college: UCLA) followed them with 15 points and 9 assists. Martell Webster (6'8''-G-86) replied with 25 points and 6 rebounds in defeat.


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Boilers roll to 14-0 - by Kevin Cochran
Robbie Hummel and Etwaun Moore both scored 18 points, and No. 4 Purdue beat Minnesota 79-60 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten.

Jajuan Johnson had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, and Chris Kramer added 15 points to help the Boilermakers (14-0, 2-0 Big Ten) tie the school record for best start. The 1993-94 team that featured Glenn Robinson also won its first 14 games.

Paul Carter scored 15 points and Damian Johnson added 12 for Minnesota (11-4, 2-1), which had won seven straight. Center Ralph Sampson sat out with an ankle injury.

Purdue led by seven points at halftime, then shot 65 percent after the break to pull away. The Boilermakers shot 52 percent overall to make up for committing 17 turnovers.

The Boilermakers held the Gophers to 31 percent shooting. Purdue's starters outscored Minnesota's 69-34.

Purdue ran out to an 8-0 lead before the Gophers settled down. Minnesota responded with a 13-5 run to tie the score, then went ahead 23-20 on a three-point play by Carter.

Purdue reserve Ryne Smith made two 3-pointers to help the Boilermakers take a 29-24 lead and force a Minnesota timeout. It was a part of a 7-minute stretch during which the Boilermakers held the Gophers without a field goal.

Rodney Williams made a 3-pointer late in the first half to end the drought, but Kramer came back with a 3-pointer as time expired in the first half to give the Boilermakers a 35-28 lead.

Blake Hoffarber, Minnesota's No. 2 scorer, went scoreless in the first half and played just 5 minutes because he picked up two early fouls. He finished with three points on 1-of-4 shooting.

Purdue opened the second half with a 10-3 run, that included six points by Johnson, to take a 45-31 lead.

Minnesota's trapping defense fueled a 6-0 run that cut Purdue's lead to 48-40, but a thunderous right-handed jam by Johnson, plus the free throw on the foul, gave Purdue an 11-point lead and slowed the Gophers' momentum. The Boilermakers led by at least eight points the rest of the way.
Courtesy: purduesports.com


Horns outlast Hogs - by Kevin Cochran
Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88) had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 2 Texas remained unbeaten with a 96-85 victory over Arkansas on Tuesday night.

The Longhorns (14-0) made nine of 11 shots during a 20-9 run in breaking from a 48-48 halftime tie. Arkansas (7-8) cut the margin to two in the final minutes but couldn't pull even.

Rotnei Clarke scored 24 points for the Razorbacks.

Arkansas beat Texas 67-61 here last January, but the Razorbacks are only 9-23 since. The Longhorns were much more impressive offensively this time around, shooting 59 percent from the field.

Arkansas trailed 86-84 after Michael Washington scored on an offensive rebound, but Damion James made an open shot from near the free throw line, and Jordan Hamilton's dunk with just under a minute remaining made it a six-point game.

James finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.

Pittman started the second half with a dunk over Washington, then flexed both arms. The Longhorns slowly added to their lead until J'Covan Brown's 3-pointer put them ahead 68-57.

Arkansas was able to make a game of it, though.

Courtney Fortson, who returned to the starting lineup after a season-long suspension, had 19 points and seven assists for the Razorbacks, while Marshawn Powell added 18 points and Washington had 14.

Just like last year against the Longhorns, Arkansas coach John Pelphrey showed up in a red jacket, and the Razorbacks jumped out to a 35-29 lead. Fortson got right to work, attempting 12 shots in the first half, but it was Clarke who gave the Razorbacks a shot at an upset, scoring 16 points before halftime.

After winning its first 12 games by double figures, Texas has struggled a bit lately. The Longhorns beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 76-70 over the weekend before being pushed by Arkansas.

Texas opens Big 12 play Saturday against Colorado.

Washington, who considered going to the NBA after last season, was in foul trouble and played only 6 minutes in the first half. He got untracked toward the end but was still outplayed inside by Pittman.

The 6-foot-10, 290-pound Pittman helped the Longhorns to a 21-11 advantage in second-chance points.

Gary Johnson scored 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting for Texas.

Arkansas will have a lengthy layoff before starting Southeastern Conference play Jan. 14 at Mississippi State. The Razorbacks won only two SEC games last season.

Courtesy:Texassports.com


Dawgs wreck Tech in battle of Georgia - by Kevin Cochran
Trey Thompkins scored 20 points, Ricky McPhee hit two key baskets near the end and Georgia pulled off its first big win for new coach Mark Fox , knocking off No. 20
Georgia Tech 73-66 on Tuesday night.

Georgia, a team that had lost at home to Wofford and was coming off a 28-point blowout at Missouri last weekend, defeated a team with one of the most touted freshman classes in the country. It was a loss sure to turn up the heat on Yellow Jackets coach Paul Hewitt , who looked up at the scoreboard in disbelief as the Bulldogs (8-5) pulled away.

Georgia Tech (11-3) was trying to match its victory total from last season. Instead, the Yellow Jackets failed to break a long drought at Stegeman Coliseum, where they haven't won since Nov. 26, 1976.

With Georgia clinging to a 53-52 lead, Thompkins got loose inside, made the basket and was fouled by Gani Lawal. A free throw completed the three-point play. After Lawal missed at the other end, Georgia took off running, Thompkins drew a foul and made both free throws for a 58-52 lead with 1:51 remaining.

With Georgia Tech pressing all over the court, McPhee got loose on the wing and swished an open 3-pointer for a 61-54 lead with 1:23 remaining. He followed with another basket off a drive, banking it in high off the backboard for his only two-point hoop of the game. Twelve of his 16 points came on 3-pointers; he added two free throws in the final minute to help seal the win.

Lawal scored 21 points but the Yellow Jackets went 3 of 12 from beyond the arc and did a terrible job of running their offense, managing only eight assists while turning it over 20 times.

McPhee, a former walk-on, scored twice as many points as Georgia Tech freshman Derrick Favors, one of the country's top high school recruits who was held to eight points.

Georgia showed right away it could hang with the favored Yellow Jackets, ripping off a 10-1 spurt that included a dunk by Thompkins and two straight baskets by Travis Leslie. Trailing 16-8, Georgia Tech was forced to call an early timeout just to slow the Bulldogs.

Taking advantage of their superior talent, the Yellow Jackets pulled ahead 26-25 on Zachery Peacock's follow of a miss by Iman Shumpert. But Georgia scored the final six points of the half for a 31-26 lead, the Yellow Jackets' offensive ineptitude showing on the last possession.

With plenty of time to set up a play, Georgia Tech couldn't even manage to get off shot.

At the start of the second half, the Yellow Jackets again looked to have the upper hand when a turnover and fast break led to Favors' dunk and a 36-33 lead. But Georgia didn't wilt, answering right back with Dustin Ware's 3-pointer.

Courtesy: georgiadogs.com



Jimmer Fredette named NetScouts Basketball Player of the Week - by Carl Berman
NetScouts Basketball has selected BYU guard Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-G) as its National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 3.

Fredette, a 6-2 guard from Glens Falls, N.Y., was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week. He led the Cougars to a 99-69 win at Arizona on Dec. 28 in the Fiesta Bowl Classic. He set a BYU, McKale Center and Fiesta Bowl Classic record, while tying the all-time Mountain West single-game mark, with 49 points. He shot 16-for 23 from the field, including 9-of-13 from three-point range and 8-of-9 from the free-throw line.

Fredette scored 24 points in the first half and 25 in the second and his nine three-point baskets broke Mike Roses BYU school record of eight in a game. He added nine assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes.

NetScouts Basketball is a progressive media company and the largest collegiate scouting service in the United States. Information about NetScouts Basketball can be obtained on their website at www.netscoutsbasketball.com or by writing info@netscoutsbasketball.com.



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Coach Feliu hired at San Lorenzo - by Gianni Pascucci
Argentinean coach Juan Pablo Feliu will be introduced today to media as the new coach of Sportivo San Lorenzo for the upcoming Metropolitan League. According with Team Director Cesar Arce, this is only the first step of the club towards a winning season. It is not a secret that San Lorenzo has lots of ambitions for the 2010, the year in which the club will play its first National League ..

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Arecibo Captains lead the Premier League - by Luis Ramirez
Puerto Rico is being represented in the Premier League by the Arecibo Captains, who have had back to back wins to lead the premier basketball League with 2 wins and 0 losses. The Captains defeated the Maryland Greenhawks 99-91 playing in their home court . The top scorer for Puerto Rico was Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) with 34 points and 25 rebounds, Larry Ayuso scored 26 points to help Arecibo remain undefeated at this point. For the Greenhawks, Scooter Sherill scored 20 points while Harvey Thomas scored 16 points. Arecibo will play again on Friday, January 8th against the Manchester Millrats.
The Premier Basketball League has a total of 9 teams including the Captains.



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Green nailed 26 points as Liege cruised past Ploiesti - by Eurobasket News
Liege - Ploiesti 86:79

Michael Green (185-G-85, college: Towson) nailed 26 points as Liege cruised past Ploiesti 86:79. The winners improved to 4-1 record on top of Group E. Banks Adrian posted 19 points, while Will Thomas (201-F-86, agency: Interperformances) collected 14 points and 14 boards. Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort.
In another game of the group[ Enisey won the first game of the Regular Season Round 5 as they rolled over BC Donetsk 92:81. The game in Krasnoyarsk finished the first on Tuesday as the Russian team improved to 3-2 record. Fred Warrick stepped up with 26 points, while Chalmers Lionel, Kambala Kaspars and Dyachok Vladimir posted 15 each. Tucker Anthony responded with 32 points in the losing effort. BC Donetsk dropped to 2-3 record in the group.


Craiova strengthen roster - by Eurobasket News
Craiova landed Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, college: NC-Asheville). The team badly needs improvement as they are currently at 2-13 record at the bottom of the Division A standings. Bryan McCullough started the previous season in Kormend in Hungary. The 26-year-old guard averaged 6.4 points, 2.4 boards and 1.4 assists per game. Later McCullough moved to Dombovar. There he tallied 11.3 points, 2.7 boards and 1.7 assists per appearance. Bryan McCullough is not new to Romania. He spent 2006/07 and 07/08 seasons with Mures. He finished both seasons second best in scoring in the league.


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Eurochallenge 5th round: Enisey and Krasnie Krilya wins - by Stanislav Tyutyunnik
Enisey Krasnoyarsk - BC Donetsk 92-81. BC Donetsk had an only one chance to advance in TOP-16 of Eurochallenge - by winning at cold Krasnoyarsk. After an equal game in the first quarter Enisey Krasnoyarsk made a short run 6:0 at the end of the second, leading by 10 at the half. Despite foul troubles with Vladimir Dyachok (204-F-80), Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) and Andrei Komarovski (196-G-85), russian team didn't allow the guests to cut the deficit more than to a 4 points. Donetsk new additions: Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) and Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) failed to help teammates and a new coach Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) to celebrate the victory. Ascrabic wasn't even on the roster. Anthony Tucker (198-F-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Texas) became a top scorer with season-high 32 points. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) added 16 and Marque Perry (186-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) 14, but that wasn't enough for the guests. For Enisey Krasnoyarsk Fred Warrick (195-G/F-76, college: Coppin St.) ended with 26 points, Vladimir Dyachok, Kaspars Kambala and Lionel Chalmers (183-G-80, college: Xavier) - all averaged 15.

Krasnie Krilya Samara - EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam 71-51. Sergei Mokin made a successful debut as a head coach of Krasnie Krilya Samara by crushing EclipseJet. His team overrebounded dutch opponents 46 to 23 and made 46% shots from behind the arc. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) finished with 14 points, Andrei Ivanov (197-G/F-84) added 12 and Eugeny Voronov (192-G-86) 11 for the hosts. Newcomer Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Providence) played only 3.5 minutes at the end of the game and failed to score a point. As for EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam, only Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) and Van Der Horst were able to score more than 10 points.


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  SERBIA   


Crvena Zvezda prevailed against Dynamo in Moscow - by Eurobasket News
Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) scored a winning layup as Crvena Zvezda prevailed against Dynamo in Moscow in EuroCup. Crvena Zvezda improved at 4-1 record and got closer to classification into Last 16 stage. Mike Taylor scored 22 points to lead the charge. Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) and Tadija Dragicevic scored 12 points each in the win. Sergey Bykov responded with 17 points for Dynamo. Alexey Shved had 15 points in defeat.
Valencia remained undefeated as they overcame Hemofarm 75:71 in Spain. Marko Marinovic nailed 23 points to lead the home team. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) produced 14 points in the winning effort. Stefan Markovic, Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Macvan replied with 14 points apiece for Hemofarm.
Turkish Banvit handed FMP their first loss as both teams already clinched the tickets to the next round of EuroChallenge. The hosts celebrated 89:78 for 4-1 records of both sides. FMP managed only to tie the second period at 20:20, while Banvit won the rest of them. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) led the way with 19 points and Turna Yigitcan nailed 16. Raduljica Miroslav delivered 17 points and 10 boards, while Jeremic Mladen added 14.


Nenad Canak in Hungary - by Zoran Popovic
After short role in Gryfony Symferopil and Tamis this season, Nenad Canak (204-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) moves to Hungary in PVSK Pecs. On five games for Gryfony Canak average scored 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists 2.2 steals and on five games for Tamis average scored 6.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals per game. Canak is very experienced player and during the career played for Partizan, Spartak Subotica, Vojvdoina Srbijagas, Makedonikos Kozani, KK Avala Ada, Alba Berlin, Akademik Sophia and Khimik-OPZ Yuzny.

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  SLOVENIA   


Jelesijevic moves to France - by Zeljko Zule
Frenc team Olympique Antibes addressed injury problems in its frontcourt by signing big man Nemanja Jelesijevic (208-C/F-79, agency: Interperformances) to a one-month deal. Jelesijevic has extensive experience in the Slovenian League, playing in the past for Krka, Koper, Zlatorog and Hopsi. This season he has already suited up for Energa Czarni Slupsk in Poland and he has also played in the past in Serbia, Germany, Israel and Hungary. Jelesijevic will help offset the loss of iunjured Steeve Ho You Fat (201-F-88), who will be out one month due a knee injury.

Kunc leaves Prievidza, target by Elektra - by Zeljko Zule
The financial problems at Prievidza, reported by official Slovak club's website, appear to have begun rippling with the news that former Slovenian NT member Ales Kunc (208-C-73, agency: VTBM, college: Missouri St.) has left because of the situation. He appeared in 21 games of Slovak Extraliga this season, averaging 8.0 points (2P 49%, 3P 48%, FT 82%), 4.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.4 blocks in 19.8 minutes per apperance. According some rumors, Kunc is already target by his former team Elektra Esotech.

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


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Marcus CRENSHAW
  Sentjur
  (178-G-86)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Crenshaw, Sentjur21.6 
 2. Cebular, Sentjur19.9 
 3. Dragic, Geoplin .18.1 
 4. Snow, Helios17.8 
 5. Cup, Elektra .16.3 
 6. Strnad, Zlatorog16.1 
 7. Feeley, Elektra .16.0 
 8. Nikolic, Krka16.0 
 9. Mucic, Rudar15.8 
 10. Drzic, Luka Kop.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Krka
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Nikolic, Krka9.0 
 2. Feeley, Elektra .8.5 
 3. King, Polzela7.4 
 4. Markic, Luka Koper6.6 
 5. Ovcina, Polzela6.5 
 6. Cup, Elektra .6.3 
 7. Simovic, Sentjur6.3 
 8. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.2 
 9. Muric, Parklji6.0 
 10. Ugrekhelidze, Luka.5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.2 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur4.8 
 3. Nachbar, Luka Koper4.3 
 4. Anzulovic, Rudar4.3 
 5. Mocnik, Helios4.2 
 6. Cmer, Zlatorog4.0 
 7. Jersin, Parklji3.6 
 8. Udrih, Polzela3.3 
 9. Cebular, Sentjur3.0 
 10. Petrovic, Heli.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HAFNAR
  Polzela
  (195-G-77)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hafnar, Polzela2.7 
 2. Dragic, Geoplin .2.0 
 3. Lapornik, Sentjur1.8 
 4. Udrih, Polzela1.8 
 5. Strnad, Zlatorog1.8 
 6. Bajramlic, Helios1.6 
 7. Skok, Polzela1.6 
 8. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.6 
 9. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 10. Finzgar, TCG.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Krka
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nikolic, Krka1.6 
 2. King, Polzela1.0 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.0 
 4. Cup, Elektra .0.9 
 5. Ibok, Polzela0.8 
 6. Finzgar, TCG M.0.7 
 7. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 8. Pavic, Geoplin Slovan0.7 
 9. Klepo, Geoplin Slovan0.7 
 10. Cigoja, Geopli.0.6 


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Choi Jin-soo to Leave Maryland, Hopes to Play in KBL - by Rick Ross
Unable to balance the rigors of a university education and a basketball career,
Choi Jin-soo, Korea's first NCAA basketball player has decided to leave the
University of Maryland and return to Korea.
It is really hard to do both play basketball and study,
Choi told Korean basketball magazine Jump Ball.

Studying causes me a lot of stress. I only want to play basketball,
I don't want to have to think about studying, added Choi.
The 20-year-old has struggled academically and failed a class,
which could result in a two-month suspension beginning Jan. 22.
The sophomore is now hoping to play professionally in Korea and has already contacted the
Korean Basketball League (KBL) about the 2010 draft. However,
the deadline for players to enter the 2010 draft was Dec. 3.
The league committee plans to meet to determine
whether to make an exception for the 2.03-meter small forward.

If the KBL does not allow him to enter the draft, he could transfer to a university in
Korea, which would come with complications because he
did not complete his second year in the United States.
The addition of Choi, one of the brightest young stars of Korean basketball,
to any KBL team would be a significant move that would have a big impact.

But Choi has been the victim of some unfortunate circumstances,
which have made it difficult for him to succeed.
He missed time at school to train with the national team, but it was not time well spent.
He was called up twice but did not get a chance to play in any
international matches before he was dropped from the team.
National team officials have been criticized for poorly handling the talented young player,
who was first named to the team as a 19-year-old.
By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter



Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 26-8 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 24-9 
 3. KCC Egis 23-10 
 4. Dongbu Promy 21-12 
 5. LG Sakers 17-15 
 6. Samsung Th. 16-16 
 7. KT&G Kites 10-22 
 8. ET Land B.Sl. 10-24 
 9. Daegu Orions 8-23 
 10. SK Knights 8-24 


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  SPAIN   


LEB Gold: Round 17 review - by Eurobasket News
CAI Zaragoza - Melilla 74-62
CAI Zaragoza crushed No.1 Melilla mostly owing to Darren Phillip (201-F-78, college: Fairfield), who drained 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) scored 14 and Chinemelu Elonu (208-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) added 13 pts in this win. On the other side, visitors got monster double-double (12 pts and 21 rebs) from Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79). CAI Zaragoza 13-4, Melilla 14-3.

CB Tarragona - Girona 73-68
CB Tarragona celebrated nice home win against Girona getting 19 points and 8 rebounds from Tarick Johnson (192-G/F-81, college: Campbell). Daniel Rodriguez (180-G-84) also nailed 19 pts in this victory. In loss, Darryl Middleton (203-F/C-66, college: Baylor) netted 10 pts and was the only one with double-digits in scoring. Tarragona 5-12, Girona 10-7.

Breogan - Tenerife 83-78
Eric Coleman (200-C-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: N.Iowa) was a key player in Breogan as he drained 21 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. The hosts had four more players with double-digits in scoring. Visitors got 24 pts and 9 rebounds from Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts). Breogan 10-6, Tenerife 6-11.

Mallorca - Burgos 78-88
Both teams entered to this game with 8-8 score. Visitors grabbed victory mostly owing to Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin), who nailed 25 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. The hosts got 17 points and 6 boards from Carles Bivia (185-G-85).

Leon - Vigo 78-63
Leon had Alejandro Urtasun (193-G-84) in a game mood this week-end with 17 points and 5 assists. Franco Rocchia (192-G-85) was second scorer in victory with 14 points. In defeat, Marcos Suka-Umu (192-G-85) delivered 13 points. Leon 9-8, Vigo 3-14.

Caceres - La Palma 81-71
8-9 for Caceres and 7-9 for La Palma after this game. Lucio Angulo (199-F-73) top-scored for the hosts with 16 points. Sebastian Arrocha (180-G-76) stopped on the same number, but in the loosing squad.

Clin.Rincon - Cornella 80-73
Clinicas Rincon had Alejandro Navajas (201-F-86) on fire with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) added 18 pts and 16 boards. In the loosing squad, Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Liberty) delivered 22 pts. Both teams have 6-11 score now.

Vive Menorca - Palencia 88-78
Vive Menorca stays on the second place together with CAI Zaragoza (13-4). Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) led the hosts to victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

La Laguna - Ourense 92-84
11-6 for No.4 La Laguna and 9-8 for Ourense after this game. Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Jaime Heras (193-G-82) scored 18 pts. In the loosing squad, Sean Ogirri (188-G-86, college: Wyoming) netted 21 points.


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Courtney PIGRAM
  Andorra
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 17.2
 1. Pigram, Andorra17.2 
 2. Higgs, L''Hospitalet17.1 
 3. Vereen, Rosalia17.1 
 4. Howard, Guadalaj.16.3 
 5. Thompson, ADT T.15.6 
 6. Ferrer, Cajasur .15.5 
 7. Barcelo, Plasencia15.4 
 8. Uriz, Santurtzi15.4 
 9. Johnson, Huesca15.1 
 10. Salson, Hues.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  Tenerife
  (209-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Ayon, Illescas10.2 
 2. Thompson, ADT T.9.9 
 3. Howard, Guadalaj.9.8 
 4. Miller, Huelva9.6 
 5. Santana, Caja Rioja8.3 
 6. Virgil, Alcazar7.4 
 7. Hampl, Santurtzi7.3 
 8. Ausina, Matchmind7.2 
 9. Williams, Matchmind7.2 
 10. Johnson, Hues.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ricardo BUSCIGLIO
  Caja Rioja
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Busciglio, Caja Rioja4.9 
 2. Castello, ADT T.4.4 
 3. Rufian, Huelva4.2 
 4. Gonzalez, Navarra4.1 
 5. Rodriguez, Rosalia4.1 
 6. Lopez, Coruna3.8 
 7. Canals, Alaior3.6 
 8. Marcos, Alcazar3.5 
 9. Cardenas, Qalat C.3.5 
 10. Uriz, Santurt.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Antonio GOMEZ
  Huelva
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gomez, Huelva2.6 
 2. Ott, Caja Rioja2.4 
 3. Suka-Umu, Cajasur .2.4 
 4. Johnson, Huesca2.4 
 5. Barcelo, Plasencia2.3 
 6. Miller, Coruna2.1 
 7. Lyons, Alcazar2.0 
 8. Pigram, Andorra2.0 
 9. Martinez, Huelva2.0 
 10. Alonso, Matchmi.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Bismack BYOMBO
  Illescas
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Byombo, Illescas1.3 
 2. Thompson, ADT T.1.3 
 3. Matali, Andorra1.2 
 4. Adams, Navarra1.2 
 5. De Santana, Caja R.1.1 
 6. Sekulic, Plasencia1.0 
 7. Andrews, Huesca0.9 
 8. Williams, Matchmind0.9 
 9. Miller, Huelva0.9 
 10. Parmer, Navar.0.8 


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Gerald FITCH
  Fuenlabrada
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Fitch, Fuenlabrada19.9 
 2. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.1 
 3. Tucker, DKV J.17.9 
 4. Navarro, Regal B.16.9 
 5. Batista, Fuenlabr.16.2 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.15.8 
 7. Vujanic, CB Murcia15.7 
 8. Splitter, Caja L.15.7 
 9. Mumbru, Bizkaia .15.5 
 10. Panko, Lagun.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Fuenlabrada
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.1 
 2. Moss, CB Murcia8.0 
 3. Panko, Lagun A.7.6 
 4. Splitter, Caja L.7.5 
 5. Caner-Medley, Estudi.7.3 
 6. Ivanov, Manresa6.9 
 7. Hendrix, Granada6.9 
 8. Hettsheimeir, Xacobe.6.8 
 9. Kirksay, Cajasol6.8 
 10. Prestes, CB Murc.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.6 
 2. Cook, Unicaja5.5 
 3. Valters, DKV J.5.3 
 4. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.1 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.9 
 6. Calloway, Cajasol4.3 
 7. Norris, Gran C.4.2 
 8. Tucker, DKV J.4.1 
 9. Oliver, Estudiantes3.8 
 10. Sanchez, Lagun.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ricky RUBIO
  Regal Barca
  (192-G-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rubio, Regal Barca2.4 
 2. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 3. Ruffin, Manresa1.9 
 4. Fisher, Gran C.1.9 
 5. Prigioni, MMC R.1.8 
 6. Triguero, Cajasol1.7 
 7. Ingles, Granada1.6 
 8. Welsch, Unicaja1.6 
 9. Stanic, Xacobeo BS1.6 
 10. Calloway, Cajas.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.7 
 2. Ruffin, Manresa1.6 
 3. Lishchuk, Valencia.1.5 
 4. Aguilar, Granada1.5 
 5. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.4 
 6. Hendrix, Granada1.2 
 7. Barnes, Valladolid1.1 
 8. Savane, Gran C.1.1 
 9. Freeland, Unicaja1.1 
 10. Vazquez, Regal.1.1 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  CAI Zaragoza
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Phillip, CAI Z.19.2 
 2. Morley, Burgos18.4 
 3. Roe, Tenerife17.7 
 4. Hughes, Leon17.7 
 5. Donaldson, La La.16.9 
 6. Riera, Mallorca16.6 
 7. Quinteros, CAI Z.16.6 
 8. Guillen, La Laguna16.0 
 9. Xavier, Breogan15.4 
 10. Blanch, Mallor.15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Donaldson, La La.11.6 
 2. Starosta, Melilla10.6 
 3. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.9.0 
 4. Arteaga, Palencia8.1 
 5. Lima, Clin.Rincon8.1 
 6. Padgett, La Palma8.0 
 7. Adrien, Breogan7.6 
 8. Coleman, Breogan7.3 
 9. Turner, Vive M.7.3 
 10. Northen, Mallor.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Diego CIORCIARI
  Vive Menorca
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ciorciari, Vive M.4.8 
 2. Jimenez, Melilla4.1 
 3. Mena, La Palma3.7 
 4. Vallmajo, Breogan3.2 
 5. Lescano, CAI Z.3.2 
 6. Garrido, La Laguna3.2 
 7. Perez, Cornella3.2 
 8. Quinteros, CAI Z.3.1 
 9. Hernandez, Burgos3.1 
 10. Camps, Palenc.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matias LESCANO
  CAI Zaragoza
  (196-G/F-79)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Lescano, CAI Z.3.1 
 2. Rabaseda, Cornella2.7 
 3. Blanch, Mallorca2.5 
 4. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 5. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.1 
 6. Xavier, Breogan1.9 
 7. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.1.8 
 8. Victor, Vive M.1.8 
 9. Rocchia, Leon1.7 
 10. Perez, Cornel.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Jakim DONALDSON
  La Laguna
  (203-C/F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Donaldson, La La.1.8 
 2. Sinanovic, Clin.Rin.1.7 
 3. Naymick, Caceres1.6 
 4. Elonu, CAI Zaragoza1.5 
 5. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.5 
 6. Samb, Cornella1.4 
 7. Ayon, Tenerife1.3 
 8. Roe, Tenerife1.3 
 9. Joseph, Cornella1.1 
 10. Northen, Mallor.1.0 


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Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Norrkoping 20-3 
 2. Plannja 18-5 
 3. Sundsvall 18-5 
 4. Solna 17-6 
 5. Eco Orebro 11-12 
 6. Gothia Basket 8-14 
 7. Boras 8-15 
 8. Uppsala 8-15 
 9. Sodertalje 7-15 
 10. Jamtland 5-17 
 11. 08 5-18 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Drazen KLARIC
  Eco Orebro
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Klaric, Eco Orebro19.8 
 2. McKnight, Plannja19.7 
 3. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.0 
 4. Palm, Boras17.2 
 5. Ringstrom, Gothia B.16.2 
 6. Gervin, Norrkoping15.5 
 7. Spagrud, Sundsvall15.3 
 8. Blom, 0815.0 
 9. Nystrom, Boras15.0 
 10. Mitchell, Sol.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Palm, Boras10.9 
 2. Ringstrom, Gothia B.10.5 
 3. Konare, Jamtland9.8 
 4. Akingbade, Jamtl.9.2 
 5. Spagrud, Sundsvall8.5 
 6. Djordjic, Soder.7.8 
 7. Akesson, Plannja7.7 
 8. Mottram, Gothia B.7.4 
 9. Jonzen, Uppsala7.3 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkopi.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew PLEICK
  Eco Orebro
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Pleick, Eco Orebro6.2 
 2. Grant, Norrkoping5.9 
 3. Levin, Sundsvall5.8 
 4. Mitchell, Solna5.3 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje5.1 
 6. Mbemba, Solna4.3 
 7. McKnight, Plannja4.0 
 8. Larsson, Plannja4.0 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping4.0 
 10. Sigurdarson, Sun.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Gothia Basket
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Carter, Gothia B.2.8 
 2. Chuk, Sodertalje2.5 
 3. Grant, Norrkoping2.3 
 4. McKnight, Plannja2.2 
 5. Mbemba, Solna2.2 
 6. Mitchell, Solna2.1 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland2.0 
 8. Person, Uppsala1.9 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping1.9 
 10. Sigurdarson, Sun.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Joakim KJELLBOM
  Norrkoping
  (213-C/F-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.9 
 2. Rosendahl, Plannja1.7 
 3. Palm, Boras1.5 
 4. Konare, Jamtland1.5 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.0 
 6. Drains, Norrkoping1.0 
 7. Spagrud, Sundsvall1.0 
 8. McNaull, Norrkoping0.9 
 9. Akesson, Plannja0.9 
 10. Walker, Sodertal.0.8 


Sweden U18 claim Baltic Cup Sea trophy - by Eurobasket News
Swedish U18 team triumphed at the annual Baltic Sea Cup tournament in Tallinn. They swept the series clinching the top spot. Swedish juniors faced Latvia in the second round of the tourney. The Scandinavian team rolled to a 90:83 win. Latvia enjoyed a 36:33 lead at halftime. But Sweden turned the tables in the second half. They fired 29 points in the third stanza and surged ahead for good. Jonathan Person (190-G-93) unloaded 31 points to lead the charge. Viktor Gaddefors (199-F-92) produced 14 points in the winning effort. Davis Bertans (200-F-92) responded with 23 points and 6 boards for Latvia. Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92) had 23 points in defeat.
Sweden wrapped up their campaign against Finland. The Swedish juniors got to a slow start. They trailed by 12 points at the first break but changed the complexion of the encounter in the second term. Sweden took over and dominated the scene. Sweden limited their opponents to 8 points in the fourth frame and rallied to 81:61 victory at the end. Viktor Gaddefors knocked down 19 points to lead Sweden. Marcus Eriksson (191-G-93) nailed 14 points in the winning case. Markus Molenius (202-F/C-92) notched 12 points in the loss.
Swedish U16 selection recorded two victories at the tourney and occupied the second position. They outgunned Latvia 74:62 in the second round. Sweden built a 45:26 lead at the interval and rolled to the win after the main break. Papy Ndiaye produced 19 points to lead Sweden. Gustav Sandberg added 13 points in the victory. Uvis Strogonovs responded with 16 points for Latvia.
Sweden defeated Finland 70:54 on the final day of the competition. Simon Ezra nailed 15 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead the Swedish U16 team. Sweden accumulated a 15-point lead at halftime and kept their Finnish counterparts at bay throughout the rest of the game. Sebastian Schuzler had 12 points in the win. Teemu Sulonen finished with 17 points for Finland.



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MGS land Ryan Randle - by Eurobasket News
MGS Grand-Saconnex have agreed on terms of contract with Ryan Randle (206-F-81, college: Maryland). The 28-year-old forward started the previous season in Barreteros in the Mexican LNBP. He tallied 13.0 points and 4.5 boards but left after two games. Ryan Randle later signed for St. Etienne in France. The forward notched 8.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in ProB. Ryan Randle graduated from the University of Maryland. He later had stints in Poland, Italy and Cyprus.
Meanwhile MGS released Willy Tahane (200-F/C-81) and Cedric Bonga (185-G-85). Willy Tahane played eleven games for MGS this season. He averaged 4.4 points and 3.3 boards per game. Cedric Bonga tallied 6.2 points, 2.5 boards and 1.2 assists per appearance in the LNA this season.



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KKL to test Shawn Hawkins - by Chris Wang
United Daily reported that Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor (KKL) will test 6-6 forward Shawn Hawkins (198-G/F-82, college: Long Beach St.), grandson of former NBA great Connie Hawkins.

Shawn Hawkins
198cm / 102kg
Born: July 31, 1982

Career:
Pittsburgh, PA (Columbus State)
2004-2005: Long Beach St. (NCAA): 30 games: 11.2ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3Pts: 27%
2005-2006: Long Beach St. (NCAA): 30 games: 13.1ppg, 6.0rpg, FG: 47.9%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 70.1%
2006 July: Southern California Summer Pro League in Long Beach (The Panthers)
2006-2007: Pittsburgh Xplosion (CBA, starting five): 41 games: 13.6ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 84.6%
2007: Albany Patroons (USBL): 19 games: 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.5%, 3FGP: 32.5%, FT-1 (96.4%)
2007-2008: Albany Patroons (CBA): 2 games: 11.5ppg, 9.0rpg, 4.5apg, 1.0spg, then moved to Daegu Orions (Korea-KBL, starting five): 30 games:18.5ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.7apg
2008-2009: Fort Wayne Mad Ants (D-League): 20 games: 7.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT-3 (47.1%), FT: 75.0%,
Iowa Energy (D-League): 5 games: 6.0ppg, 2.8rpg


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Don Bosco, ABC dominate in RBA league - by Carlos Pereira
By Brown Msyani

Don Bosco Lioness and ABC played brilliantly to claim massive wins in the Regional Basketball League (RBA) matches held over the weekend at the National Indoor Stadium, Dar es Salaam.
Experienced DB Lioness defeated league debutants Vijana Queens 88-28while ABC had to sweat to beat newly promoted Changombe United 62-54 in the second match held at the same venue.
Lioness determination to win the encounter began to yield fruits right from the start, claiming 13-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The winners extended their lead to 34-5 at the half time.
The winners added 30 points in the third quarter while restricting Vijana to 15- point gain at the stage.
Lioness finished their victory campaign with 24 points at the final quarter compared to 8 points penned by their opponents.
Jasmin Babla who fired 23 points was the match's top scorer followed by her team mate Orlyn Titus who carded 20 points .
Vijana's Yasmin Nagib who played impressively in all quarters scored 9 points while her team mate Johari Kaseko posted 6 points.

ABC outshined Chang'ombe United with hard-earned 62-54 win in a thrilling encounter held at the same venue on Sunday.
Chang'ombe United who finished the first quarter leading 19-15, lost steam in the second quarter to allow ABC claim 29-27 lead at the end of the first half.
Gilbert Batungi who fired home 21 points for the winner, was the top scorer of the match followed by Zwalo Makani of Chang'ombe United who penned 19 points.

Holders JKT also won impressively on Sunday by beating Mgulani JKT 78-59.
JKT were leading 46-23 until the breather. Juma Kissocky Himid Choka and Frank Simkoko were the stars of the match.


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Fenerbahce ulker signs Rako Leni Ukic for 18 months - by Serkan Corum
Finally Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul did what they should have done after sending Solomon. Many people were saying that Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul definately needed a guard if they want to move forward in the euroleague. Finally coach Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) must have (forced to) agreed and FBU made the move.Marc Cornstein (Ukic's agent) said that he's very gratefull to Bucks for releasing his client. This was also considered to be a good news for Josip Vrankovic (new head coach of Croatia)who has concerns about his players not playing enough and wont be ready for this summers upcoming world cup in Turkey. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul is a good place for him.Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) will probably work well with him and hell arrive prepared for the Worlds Championship in Turkey Vrankovic said.
It will be really interesting to see how things will go between Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) and Ukic which we all know that he doesnt like very much nba out players.
Ukic came to Istanbul early this week for physical tests before the announcement made. He will not play this wednesday's road game at Montepaschi Siena whic is quite vital for FBU.


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Darussafaka
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Douby, Darussafaka22.8 
 2. Shipp, Bornova19.6 
 3. Baron, Mersin18.8 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga18.8 
 5. Baxter, Besiktas18.4 
 6. Chatman, Besiktas17.8 
 7. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.7 
 8. Toolson, Karsiyaka17.7 
 9. Williams, Erdemir17.0 
 10. Heytvelt, Oyak.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jermareo DAVIDSON
  Darussafaka
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Davidson, Darussaf.9.7 
 2. Williams, Erdemir9.5 
 3. Heytvelt, Oyak R.8.6 
 4. Hosley, Aliaga8.4 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.8 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka7.8 
 7. Greene, Antalya7.5 
 8. Bowman, Tofas7.4 
 9. Smith, Karsiyaka7.2 
 10. Elegar, Borno.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Erdemir
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Koseoglu, Erdemir9.2 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas6.3 
 3. Ermis, Banvit4.8 
 4. Holston, Karsiyaka4.7 
 5. Holston, Karsiyaka4.7 
 6. Acik, T.Telekom4.6 
 7. Acik, T.Telekom4.6 
 8. Erdogan, Oyak R.4.5 
 9. Douby, Darussafaka4.5 
 10. Atsur, Besikt.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Quinton HOSLEY
  Aliaga
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hosley, Aliaga3.0 
 2. Chatman, Besiktas2.8 
 3. Shipp, Bornova2.7 
 4. Douby, Darussafaka2.6 
 5. Smith, Efes Pilsen2.5 
 6. Erden, Kepez Bld2.3 
 7. Famutimi, Oyak R.2.0 
 8. Holston, Karsiyaka2.0 
 9. Holston, Karsiyaka2.0 
 10. Batuk, Karsiya.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.6 
 2. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.6 
 3. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.6 
 4. Davis, Banvit1.5 
 5. Elegar, Bornova1.4 
 6. Heytvelt, Oyak R.1.3 
 7. Buckman, Kepez Bld1.2 
 8. Greene, Antalya1.1 
 9. Denison, Tofas1.0 
 10. Solak, Galatasar.1.0 


BEKO ALL STAR 2010 TEAMS - by Baha Kurtulus
The players that will be participating in Beko All Star 2010 match have now been chosen.
The match will be held on 10 th of January, 2010 in Kayseri Kadir Has Congress and Sport Hall.

Turkish Stars Team:

Baris Ermis (194-G-85) Banvit
Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79) Turk Telekom
Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) Pinar Karsiyaka
Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) Besiktas Cola Turka
Ersin Gorkem (195-F-77) Kepez Belediye
Engin Atsur (194-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) Besiktas Cola Turka
Evren Buker (194-F-85) Galatasaray Cafe Crown
Hakan Koseoglu (188-G-81, agency: Court Side) Erdemir
Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) Efes Pilsen
Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) Efes Pilsen
Semih Erden (211-C-87) Fenerbahce ulker
Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) Efes Pilsen

Head Coach : Orhun Ene (188-G-67) (Banvit)
As. Coach : Ahmet Arif Caki (75) (Erdemir)

Import Stars Team:

Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgetown) Tofas
Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) Fenerbahce ulker
Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) Efes Pilsen
Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) Bornova Belediye
Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) Banvit
Lonny Baxter (203-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) Jr Besiktas Cola Turka
Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) Besiktas Cola Turka
Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) Galatasaray Cafe Crown
Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) Pinar Karsiyaka
Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) Galatasaray Cafe Crown
Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) Fenerbahce ulker
Quincy Douby (191-G-84, college: Rutgers) Darussafaka Cooper Tires



Head Coach : Burak Biyiktay (189-F-64) (Besiktas Cola Turka)
As. Coach : Yagizer Ulug (Besiktas Cola Turka)

3 POINT SHOUTOUT CHALLENGE

Engin Atsur Besiktas Cola Turka
James Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) Jr Mersin BsB.
Ryan Toolson Pinar Karsiyaka
Serkan Inan (198-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) Antalya Bs.Bld.
Simas Jasaitis Galatasaray Cafe Crown

SLUM DUNK CHALLENGE

Brandon Bowman (204-F-84, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgetown) Tofas
Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) Darussafaka Cooper Tires
Albert Brown (201-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Okaloosa-Walton CC) Bornova Belediyesi
Sinan Guler Efes Pilsen
Tarence Kinsey Jr Fenerbahce ulker



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Thomas returns to Argentina - by David Edole
St. Croix native Carl Thoms has returned to Argentina. The 6-foot-8 small forward has signed with Ciclista Olimpico on January, 3rd. There, Thomas will join Americans Frank Williams and Derrick Alston in the Liga Nacional de Bsquetbol. While, Williams and Alston should join the squad next week, Thomas will be available for game tommorrow Regatas Corrientes. Thomas last played in Argentina with Quilmes. He averaged 14.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in 10 games.
Last season, Thomas played with Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins of the Japans Basketball League and finished with 8.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 28 games.



Duncan returns to MVP level - by David Edole
By Mike Monroe - Express-News

Before the Spurs won their fourth straight road game on Saturday in Washington , coach Gregg Popovich spent a few moments marveling at the resurgence of his hottest player.

At age 33, Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest) leads Popovich's team in scoring (20.0 points per game), rebounding (10.2) and blocked shots (1.8).

Admitting he'd had occasional off-season doubt about Duncan 's ability to return to the sort of nightly dominance that twice made him the Most Valuable Player, Popovich sounded relieved.

I hoped I would (see him back at that level), he said, and I have.

He's just been fantastic. He was really wise this summer and took care of himself and was careful with his workouts and didn't overdo it. He's reaping the benefits and has been our most consistent player and continues to be the foundation of what we do.

Duncan chuckled at Popovich's doubts that he could get back to MVP level.

I didn't know I left this level, he said. Did I?

Truth be told, after a season that included a diagnosis of tendonosis in his right quadriceps tendon a condition defined as chronic soreness and a second straight season with a scoring average under 20 points per game, Duncan spent a few off-season days pondering what the future might hold.

I had a really tough year with injuries and trying to play through all that, he said of a season that ultimately required the use a right knee brace that he found uncomfortable and limiting.

I definitely took a step back.

Duncan spent a few summer weeks testing one knee brace after another, finally settling on one that works so well, he can play without realizing it is on his leg.

I went through about four or five, he said. I just like the feel and the weight of this one I've been using, and I've stayed with it long enough, I don't even feel it anymore.

A summer diet and relaxation had a rejuvenating effect.

I lost some weight, started later in the summer and found the brace that worked, he said. I also went and saw some doctors who helped out. I just came back feeling good.

The result?

Now I'm just playing, he said. I don't know what's going on, really. I'm not trying to do any one thing. I'm not trying to push to be this, that or the other. I'm just playing, and whatever happens, happens.

Duncan played 36 minutes and 11 seconds Saturday, then opened Sunday's game in Toronto on the bench.

Pop asked me about it (pregame), Duncan said, and it sounded like a decent idea, just to make sure I had my legs down the stretch there, as many games as we'd played.

It worked. I felt good in the fourth quarter. I just couldn't get anything to go in the hole.

Popovich always has been mindful of the workload of key players, and the fact Sunday's game was the Spurs' sixth in nine nights played into the decision.

The Spurs coach knew he would get no pushback from his star big man.

He's amazing, Popovich said. In 13 years, there has not been one moan, groan or gripe about playing time. Never. Not once. He's very coachable.

In fact, Duncan appreciates Popovich's fretting about his health.

I've got a lot of years and a lot of miles, Duncan said, but I've felt pretty healthy this year, and I continue to feel healthy.

It's just about managing the season and trying to get through it the right way. We'll take opportunities to do some stuff like this to cut back my minutes and do some other things to try and stay as healthy as possible.

Still, Duncan did some fretting of his own when Sunday's game got away from the Spurs as he watched from the bench.

We're all competitors here, and we all want to win every game, and we all want to play every minute of every game, he said. That's just how it goes.



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Standings
UBA Standings
D-League
 1. Columbus D. 0-0 
 2. Warner RK 0-0 
 3. Metro K. 0-0 
 4. Orlando Stars 0-0 
 5. GW Forest P. 0-0 
 6. Jacksonville J. 0-0 
Exhibition-Touring
 1. Proline 0-0 
 2. Shizuoka T. 0-0 
 3. NF. Hawks 0-0 
National Division
 1. Irving A. 0-0 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 0-0 
 3. Houston G. 0-0 
 4. Austin F. 0-0 
 5. Southern G. 0-0 
 6. Converse F. 0-0 
 7. S. Antonio 0-0 
 8. Lakeland S. 0-0 
 9. Daytona Beach 0-0 
 10. Brevard L. 0-0 


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Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 10-1 
 2. Ferro-ZNTU 10-2 
 3. BC Donetsk 9-1 
 4. Kryvbasbasket 7-3 
 5. BC Odessa 7-3 
 6. BC Kyiv 7-5 
 7. Dnipro 6-4 
 8. Khimik 6-5 
 9. Politek.Lviv 5-6 
 10. Azovmash 5-6 
 11. Hoverla 4-7 
 12. Mykolaiv 2-8 
 13. DniproAzot 2-9 
 14. Pulsar 1-10 
 15. Gryfony 0-11 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk23.5 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot20.4 
 3. Blassingame, BC Od.20.3 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv19.1 
 5. Thomas, Fe.18.9 
 6. Daniels, Azovmash18.7 
 7. Fraser, Hoverla17.6 
 8. Williams, Politek..17.5 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa17.3 
 10. Crowe, Dnip.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles THOMAS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Thomas, Fe.11.8 
 2. Fraser, Hoverla11.5 
 3. Rizvic, Azovmash8.5 
 4. Morton, DniproAzot8.3 
 5. Finn, Politek.Lviv7.7 
 6. Hunter, Fe.7.4 
 7. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv7.2 
 8. Wilson, Gryfony7.2 
 9. McClintock, Mykolaiv7.0 
 10. Kornienko, Dnip.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  BC Odessa
  (177-G-81)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Blassingame, BC Od.7.1 
 2. Crowe, Dnipro6.4 
 3. Karim, DniproAzot6.2 
 4. Mitchell, Khimik6.0 
 5. El-Amin, Budivelnyk5.0 
 6. Lukashov, BC Kyiv4.5 
 7. Antonijevic, Kryvba.4.3 
 8. Sparks, Hoverla4.1 
 9. Jeromanovs, Mykol.4.1 
 10. Perry, BC Donet.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin TIGGS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (196-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Tiggs, Fe.2.3 
 2. House, Azovmash2.2 
 3. Canak, Gryfony2.2 
 4. Serapinas, Azovm.2.2 
 5. Sparks, Hoverla2.2 
 6. Crowe, Dnipro2.1 
 7. Drozdov, BC Donetsk2.0 
 8. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 9. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.0 
 10. Perry, BC Donet.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  BC Kyiv
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kravtsov, BC Kyiv2.7 
 2. Rizvic, Azovmash2.7 
 3. Morton, DniproAzot1.8 
 4. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.7 
 5. Agafonov, Khimik1.5 
 6. Owens, BC Donetsk1.3 
 7. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 8. Khizhnyak, Budivelnyk1.2 
 9. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.2 
 10. Chemyakin,.1.1 


SL Cup: group stage summary - by Platon Khegai
Last games of group stage of Superleague Cup have been over.

Ferro-ZNTU - Politekhnika Galychyna 82:91 (19:24, 22:31, 22:18, 19:18)
F: Rybalko 16 points, 8 assists; Shaposhnikov 13; Tomas 13 points, 8 rebounds; Tiggs 13; Hunter 12; Kondrusevich 11
G: Williams 17; McIntosh 17; Tasovski 16, 12 rebounds; Bojovic 15; Finn 11

Hoverla - Pulsar 62:63 (11:21, 10:11, 21:9, 20:22)
H: Sparks 17 points, 5 assists; Fraser 14 points, 11 rebounds; Kudriavtsev 13
P: Kovalevskiy 23; Shelukha 13 points, 7 rebounds; Ulianko 8; Shemosiuk 8

Budivelnyk - Odessa 96:56 (30:9, 31:9, 22:19, 13:19)
Both teams submitted their reserve squads.
B: Chigrinov 17; Konate 14; Stefanishin 11; Gorbenko 11
O: Lubinets 21; Pastushenko 12 points, 10 rebounds; Anikiyenko 10 points, 6 rebounds

Dnipro-Azot - Gryfony 85:69 (19:26, 21:18, 24:12, 21:13)
D: Morton 19 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks; Karim 15 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals; Krivtsov 11 points, 8 rebounds; Dykyi 8 points, 7 rebounds; Sokur 8
G: Atanackovic 27; Kuznesov 21 points, 8 rebounds; Sizov 11 points, 6 rebounds

Mykolaiv - Kryvbasbasket 70:68 (26:16, 19:19, 10:17, 15:16)
M: McClintock 27; Vaikulis 10 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists; Jonusas 9 points, 7 rebounds; Matiukevich 8
K: Zuza 18 points, 5 rebounds; Glebov 12; Zaitaev 9 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks; Nesbitt 9

As a result, next teams have been qualified to the next stage (descending order):

Group A
Galychyna
Pulsar
Ferro-ZNTU
Hoverla

Group B
Budivelnyk
Kryvbasbasket
Odessa
Mykolaiv


Eliminated teams: Gryfony (gr. A), Dnipro (gr. B). Dnipro-Azot (gr.B).

Second stage scheme:
Galychyna - Mykolaiv
Pulsar - Odessa
Budivelnyk - Hoverla
Kryvbasbasket - Ferro-ZNTU


Azovmash wins in EuroCup, three losses again in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash stayed alive in the Last 16 race as they held off Galatasaray in Ukraine. Erik Daniels (204-G/F-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Kentucky) unloaded 29 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the hosts. Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) added 20 points and 4 blocks in the victory. Radoslav Rancik responded with 17 points and 8 boards for the Turkish team.
Roanne came to the capital of Ukraine to prove their superiority. The French side grabbed 67:62 over BC Kyiv to win Group H. The favorites were too good for the hosts and won the first three periods. Kyiv produced 21-18 in the last quarter but could only reduce the gap. Mims Ralph paced all the winners with 15 points and Lewis Nick nailed 14. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) answered with 17 points for the team from Kyiv as they dropped to 2-3. Viacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87) scored 11 and Pustozvonov Maksym added 10.
Enisey won the first game of the Regular Season Round 5 as they rolled over BC Donetsk 92:81. The game in Krasnoyarsk finished the first on Tuesday as the Russian team improved to 3-2 record. Warrick Fred stepped up with 26 points, while Chalmers Lionel, Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) and Dyachok Vladimir posted 15 each. Anthony Tucker (198-F-85, agency: Buck Andre, college: Texas) responded with 32 points in the losing effort. BC Donetsk dropped to 2-3 record in the group.
Khimik dropped to 1-4 record after the home loss from APOEL. The Ukrainian team was too weak in the first half and could not catch up with the opponents losing 78:84. Hopkins top-scored for the winners with 28 points, while Kelly Wykeen netted 14. LaVell Blanchard (201-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Michigan) responded with 24 points and 14 rebounds for the Ukraininan squad. Mitchell Darrel notched 20 and Khodov, Dmytro posted 11.



Some newcomers in Kryvyi Rih - by Alexander Muzyka
- Kryvbasbasket decided to fill its roster after Cameron Crisp (192-G-81), Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84) and Yuri Kuzminets (201-F-84) have gone. The team added the guard Elton Nesbitt (176-G-80) from Dexia and the center Marko Lekic (211-C-85) from Buducnost. It's interesting but Lekic has never been playing outside ex-Serbian territory. Georgia Southern former Nesbitt arrived to Europe this season when was inked by Dexia where scored 12,2 ppg and 1,8 apg in Eurochallenge.

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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Team of the Week #14 - by Andy Webb
After just two games back in the BBL, Daniel Gilbert (198-G-83, college: Buffalo) has made the Team of the Week, after his 24 point haul against PAWS London Capital. Gilbert, now playing for the Worcester Wolves under Paul James, the same coach he played under in his spell at the Guildford Heat, also shot a healthy 6/10 from the field. He nailed all of his free throws, as well as shooting 50% from behind the arc, being one rebound off a double-double with 9 boards. Add 5 assists and 7 steals to his stat sheet, and it is easy to see why the American was selected this week.

At the point guard position, its BBL veteran and Glasgow Rocks Rob Yanders, who had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. His points also included 6 three pointers, as he went 6/10 from downtown, as well as 4/5 from the charity stripe, and 4/6 field goal shooting in the Rocks win over Guildford Heat.

Reggie Bratton takes the small forward spot this week, as the American posted numbers of 28 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in Worthing Thunders win over the Cheshire Jets. He shot efficiently from the field, 6/11, hit half of his three point attempts, and 10/11 free throws in 35:10 playing time.

The second forward is Guildford Heat player/coach Chad McKnight. In a much needed 104-88 victory over Essex Pirates on New Years Day, the 68 big man had 31 points to his name, hit 3/5 from three point range, and an outstanding 8/8 from the free throw line.

Tafari Tap Toney, completes this weeks line up, as the Sheffield Sharks centre worked hard for a 19 point, 16 rebound double-double, as well as a blocked shot and 6/6 free throw shooting, in 37:56 on the floor in the Sharks 90-88 overtime win over Worcester Wolves.



Standings - BBL
BBL Standings
 1. Sheffield S. 17-4 
 2. MK Lions 14-6 
 3. Newcastle E. 13-4 
 4. Cheshire J. 11-7 
 5. Leicester R. 9-8 
 6. Scottish R. 8-7 
 7. Everton T. 8-8 
 8. Guildford H. 8-10 
 9. Worthing T. 8-10 
 10. Plymouth R. 6-12 
 11. Worcester W. 5-10 
 12. London C. 3-13 
 13. Essex Pirates 3-14 
 14. Andorra NT 0-0 




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Four players leaves Ragusa, Grbas moves to Kranjska Gora - by Zeljko Zule
The financial problems at Croatian team PGM Ragusa, reported by the local newspaper Dubrovacki vjesnik, appear to have begun rippling with the news that Emina Demirovic (186-C-85), Martina Bozikov (188-F-84), Antonela Anic (177-F-85) and Iva Grbas (87) have left because of the situation.
Grbas immediately joined Hit Kranjska Gora.

Mladi Krajisnik also has financial problems and players not been payed at least five months, reported sports director Brane Covickovic. Bosnian team could resigned from IWBL League this week.


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Seasons on the line - by Eurobasket News
No more ifs, no more buts and no more chances.

The importance of this Sundays grudge match for Logan and Dandenong cannot be stressed enough as the first WNBL round of 2010 wraps up with a blockbuster encounter between two desperate teams at Logan Metro.

The winner keeps its faint playoff hopes alive, while the loser can begin preparations for the 2010/2011 season.

At the start this season, both clubs harboured dreams of playing in this years finals series.

But after rollercoaster starts to their campaigns, heading into this round the Thunder and Rangers sat four wins outside of the top-five and desperately needing a win.

The last time these two teams met was way back in round three at Dandenong Basketball Stadium.

That night the Thunder produced a glimmering display to humble the Rangers 75-61 and record its first of only three away wins this season.

While it hasnt been a season the Thunder can boast about, coach Jason Chainey said his team had gained a lot of confidence from their last start.

In what was close to, if not the Thunders best four quarter performance of the year and possibly the most thrilling game this season the Thunder pushed league heavyweights Sydney Uni all the way, before being edged out by two points.

I think weve taken a bucket load (of confidence) out of it, Chainey said while speaking of the Sydney Uni match.

Its the closest weve come to a top-five team in a long time.

Well come back with a renewed confidence.

Judging by the enormity of this Sundays clash, you can expect both the Thunder, who sit on a four-game losing streak, and the Rangers to put everything out there on the court.

Chainey said the Thunder would go back to basics this weekend and revealed trying to gauge his teams playoffs chances during the back of 2009, had become a distraction.

I think in terms of playoffs, we were thinking too much about how many games weve got to win and whether or not we would make the finals, Chainey said.

Weve started to really focus on what process we need to carry to get us to a position to win games.

Were working hard on these processes and I think the games and the wins will start to take care of itself.

By Griffith Thomas, a sports reporter for The Reporter Newspaper


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Zeljeznicar 9-0 
 2. Celik 8-1 
 3. Jedinstvo 7-2 
 4. Sloboda 7-3 
 5. Borac ML-IEFK 5-3 
 6. Banovici 5-4 
 7. Tomislav 3-6 
 8. Brotnjo 94 3-6 
 9. Igman 1-6 
 10. Trebinje 1-8 
 11. Brcko 0-10 


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  FINLAND - Women  


Two new centers - by Esko Saarinen
Huima (Aanekoski) and PeKa (Kotka) have new centers, when the season will continue next saturday. Aanekoski has now Lavesa Glover (191) instead of Andrey Muse and PeKa Stephanie Jones instead of Yolanda Jones. Muse has to finished her playing because of knee problems and Jones has also knee prblems earler this season. PeKa used to other players, but was looking after a player who is suitable for their style to play. Glover finished her university career last spring in Green Bay university with the statistics 11,3 points ad 4,1 rebounds. Jones played at the end of last season also in Finland (Nokia) with statistics 21,6 points and 10,7 rebonds in seven matches. PeKa is now on third place and Huima in fourth place, when the spring season starts.

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  FRANCE - Women  


Tarbes Gespe Bigorre sign Emma Randall - by Eurobasket
Tarbes Gespe Bigorre strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Australian center Emma Randall (188-C-85). Randall played most recently at Municipal MCM Targoviste (Romania). While playing 4games for Targoviste at Eurocup her stats were: 5.5ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.5apg and 1.3spg
last season she played in France before moving to Romania, at Stade Clermontois Auvergne Basket 63 (France-LFB, starting five) she played 17 games and averaged 17.8ppg best in hte league), 10.2ppg (3rd best in the league), 1.3apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 89.9% and managed to collect: Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 2nd Team -09 and Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team -09
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Maccabi Ramat Hen sign Dominique Canty - by Eurobasket
Maccabi Ramat Hen agreed terms with 33-year old American swingman Dominique Canty (175-G/F-77, college: Alabama, agency: Merit Sports). Canty played most recently at Chicago Sky (WNBA) in the U.S. While playing 34 games for Chicago S. her stats were: 6.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 3.2apg.
2008-2009 was a very succesful season for Dominique, she was awarded: Polish Cup Winner -09 and Eurobasket.com All-Euroleague Honorable Mention -09 while she was playing at Wisla Can-Pak Krakow (Poland-PLKK)
in her first game with Ramat, Canty played 31 minutes and scored 15points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Elizur Ramla sign Plenette Pierson - by Eurobasket
Elizur Ramla strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American power forward Plenette Pierson (188-F/C-81, college: Texas Tech). Pierson played most recently at Detroit Shock (WNBA) in the U.S. just for 1 game becasue she got unjured un June and was off to the rest of the season. but she finished 2008-09 in Poland playing 9 games at CCC Polkowice and scoring 13.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.6apg and was awarded: Polish PLKK Regular Season Runner-Up -09
in her first game at Ramla she played 35 minutes and scored 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marina KUZINA
  Dynamo M.
  (195-C-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Kuzina, Dynamo M.24.5 
 2. Snytsina, Nadezhda.20.3 
 3. Taurasi, Spartak .17.8 
 4. Mosch, Nadezhda O.17.5 
 5. Ovcharenko, Nadezhda.16.7 
 6. Firsova, Spartak SP16.6 
 7. Snow, Dynamo K.14.7 
 8. Korstine, Spartak .13.0 
 9. Petrovic, Spartak .12.8 
 10. Gruda, UM.12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.11.8 
 2. Kiseleva, Dynamo N.10.4 
 3. Zakalyuzhnay., Nadezh.8.7 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC7.4 
 5. Fowles, Spartak .7.1 
 6. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.7.0 
 7. Psareva, Dynamo K.6.8 
 8. Kuzina, Dynamo M.6.4 
 9. Gruda, UMMC6.4 
 10. Yakovleva, Che.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Cappie PONDEXTER
  UMMC
  (175-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Pondexter, UMMC5.0 
 2. Poto, Dynamo NSU4.3 
 3. Berseneva, Nadezhda.3.6 
 4. Firsova, Spartak SP3.5 
 5. Abrosimova, UMMC3.4 
 6. Miller, Spartak .3.4 
 7. Popova, Dynamo M.3.3 
 8. Nolan, UMMC3.2 
 9. Lapteva, Dynamo K.3.0 
 10. Bimbaite, Dynamo.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ksenia BOLSUNOVSKAYA
  Dynamo NSU
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Bolsunovskay., Dynamo N.3.5 
 2. Snytsina, Nadezhda.3.3 
 3. Beglova, Spart.2.6 
 4. Popova, Dynamo M.2.6 
 5. Nolan, UMMC2.5 
 6. Firsova, Spartak SP2.4 
 7. Belyakova, Spart.2.4 
 8. Abrosimova, UMMC2.3 
 9. Lapteva, Dynamo K.2.3 
 10. Dumerc, UM.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.4 
 2. Kiseleva, Dynamo N.2.1 
 3. Osipova, Spartak .1.5 
 4. Loginova, Spart.1.4 
 5. Fowles, Spartak .1.4 
 6. Kuzina, Dynamo M.1.1 
 7. Stepanova, UMMC1.0 
 8. Yakovleva, Cheva.1.0 
 9. Robbins, Dynamo K.0.9 
 10. Gvozdeva, Dynamo.0.9 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Vojvodina beats Radnicki in only game of Round 12 - by Eurobasket News
A1 League: Vojvodina - Radnicki 71-64

Only one game of Round 18 was played so far, while others are scheduled for January 9th. Vojvodina closed the calendar year with a 71-64 win over Radnicki. In a closely contested matchup, hosts used a good run in the third quarter to secure 7-point win. Game started evenly and after initial 10 minutes of play, it was Radnicki who held minimal 16-17 lead. In the second, tempo of the game slowed even more, but neither team was able to make a break. After exchanging baskets and turnovers in the second quarter, teams entered halftime break with Radnicki still holding 29-30 lead. Than in the third quarter, which proved to be decisive, Vojvodina players were finally able to mount a run. They have managed to build 51-43 lead by the end of the third quarter and it looked like they were in control. In the final period, hosts were able to prevent Radnicki players from any attempt at comeback. To every point scored by visiting team Vojvodina players had an answer. So all Radnicki could do was to cut the deficit by 1 point for the final score of 71-64.
Aleksandra Cabarkapa (186-F-86) led the way for Vojvodina with 17 points, while Jefimija Karakasevic (191-C-89) added 16. Stojanka Ostojic (178-G-78) and Anja Stupar (178-F/C-89) were also good for hosts with 13 points apiece. On the other side, Alexandra Katich (172-G-87, college: Brown) had 17 points for Radnicki. She received support from Ljubica Carkic and Hristina Marjanovic (190-C-92) chipped in 13 points apiece.

Vojvodina: Aleksandra Cabarkapa 17, Jefimija Karakasevic 16, Stojanka Ostojic 13, Anja Stupar 13
Radnicki: Alexandra Katich 17, Ljubica Carkic 13, Hristina Marjanovic 13


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 19-3 
 2. Bichumi 16-6 
 3. Redwings 10-12 
 4. KB Savers 8-13 
 5. Cool Cats 8-14 
 6. Woori Hansae 5-18 


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB, Round 14: No changes on top as 3 teams jump to 13-1 score - by Eurobasket News
Rivas Ecopolis - Gran Canaria 83-47
Rivas Ecopolis blasted Gnarca 83-47 for 13th victory of the season. Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) shined for the hosts with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Catherine Joens (180-G-82) followed her with 13 pts and 5 rebs. Morgan Warburton (180-G-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) replied with 15 points for Granca, who dropped to 5-9.

Mann Filter - Estudiantes 63-42
Mann Filter grabbed this one mostly owing to Allison Feaster-Strong (181-F-76, college: Harvard) and Agne Ciudariene (190-C-79), who scored 13 points each. They were the only two players with more than 10 pts in this victory. On the other side, Estudiantes had just one and it was Stacey Lynn Lovelace-Tolbert (193-F-74, college: Purdue) with 12 points. Mann Filter 10-4, Estudiantes 2-12.

Girona - Perfumerias 56-75
13-1 for Perfumerias and 5-9 for Girona after this game. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) once again was a key player in victory as she collected 24 points and 16 rebounds. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) was close to triple-double (18 pts, 9 rebs, 9 as). In defeat, Kaayla Chones (191-C-81, college: N.Carolina St.) scored 14 points.

Mariana - Real Canoe 79-70
Gisela Vega (188-C-82) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85) also was good netting 20 points. In the loosing squad, Marta Blanes (184-F-77) and Irene Herradas (186-F-78) delivered 15 pts each. Mariana 7-7, Real Canoe 4-10.

Hondar.-Irun - Ros Casares 49-83
Ros Casares destroyed Hondarribia-Irun on the road staying on top of LFB standings together with Rivas Ecopolis and Perfumerias (13-1). Delisha Milton-Jones shined for the winners with 23 points. Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) helped with 12 pts and 7 steals. For the hosts (5-9), Amra Dapo (184-G/F-76) netted 13 pts.

Cadi la Seu - Olesa 75-63
4-10 for Cadi la Seu and 6-8 for Olesa after this game. Arhonda Covington (85) shined for the winners with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Tereza Brantlova (172-G-82) had 14 pts. In defeat, Helena Boada (174-G-87) posted 15 pts.

Real C.Vigo - EBE Ibiza-PDV 75-50
Easy one for Celta Vigo, who got 29 points and 10 rebounds from Egle Stakneviciene (190-F-85). Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84, college: S.Carolina) was the last player with double-digits in scoring (12 pts) in this victory. On the other side, Shanon Johnson (169-G-85) collected 14 pts and 10 rebounds. Celta Vigo 9-5, Ibiza 2-12.


Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Sonia BORGES
  Cadi la Seu
  (189-C-84)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Borges, Cadi la Seu18.8 
 2. Warburton, Gran C.18.3 
 3. Murphy, Mariana17.9 
 4. Milton-Jones, Ros C.16.6 
 5. Vega, Mariana16.4 
 6. Lyttle, Perfumer.16.1 
 7. Covington, Cadi l.15.5 
 8. De Forge, Hondar.-.15.5 
 9. Staknevicien., Real C.15.3 
 10. De Souza, Ros.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sancho LYTTLE
  Perfumerias
  (193-C-83)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Lyttle, Perfumer.12.1 
 2. De Souza, Ros C.9.7 
 3. Sanford, EBE I.9.4 
 4. Chones, Girona8.9 
 5. Sliskovic, Real C.8.6 
 6. Langhorne, Rivas E.8.5 
 7. Vega, Mariana8.1 
 8. Bavendam, Hondar.-.7.9 
 9. Ujhelyi, Rivas E.7.6 
 10. Perovanovic, Ole.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Clara BERMEJO
  Rivas Ecopolis
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bermejo, Rivas E.4.0 
 2. Palau, Ros Casares3.8 
 3. Aguilar, Ros C.3.8 
 4. Infantes, EBE I.3.6 
 5. Jordana, Real C.3.6 
 6. Ouvina, Mann Filter3.5 
 7. Garcia, Real Canoe3.2 
 8. Johnson, EBE I.3.1 
 9. Antoja, Girona3.1 
 10. Montanana, Ros.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marta BLANES
  Real Canoe
  (184-F-77)
  Avg: 3
 1. Blanes, Real Canoe3.0 
 2. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.9 
 3. De Forge, Hondar.-.2.7 
 4. Murphy, Mariana2.4 
 5. Ouvina, Mann Filter2.3 
 6. Hammon, Ros C.2.3 
 7. Palau, Ros Casares2.1 
 8. Garcia, Real Canoe2.1 
 9. Garcia, Real Canoe2.1 
 10. Johnson, EBE.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Katja BAVENDAM
  Hondar.-Irun
  (203-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Bavendam, Hondar.-.1.3 
 2. Sliskovic, Real C.1.2 
 3. Page, Mariana1.2 
 4. Lyttle, Perfumer.1.1 
 5. De Souza, Ros C.1.1 
 6. Chones, Girona0.9 
 7. Gardin, Cadi la Seu0.9 
 8. Podkovalniko., Perfum.0.7 
 9. Donaire, Cadi la Seu0.6 
 10. Vesela, Ros Casar.0.6 


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


BBC Troistorrents: retire their team - by Melanie Nussbaumer
The team Giroud Vins BBC Troistorrents will not come back after the break. The comity of the team decided to retire the team of the championship because of financial issues. Some of the swiss players have already find a new team, Katia Clement (182-C-85) will play for Sdent Sierre Basket, Anne-Sophie Gavin and Pauline Winkler will play for second division team Blonay. The two import players, Carrie Biemer (183-F-87, college: Pennsylvania) and Jeanette Woodberry (172-G-85, college: Davenport) are looking for a new team. The women swiss championship will continue only with 6 teams.

Sierre: some moves on the team - by Melanie Nussbaumer
The team Sdent Sierre Basket decided to part way with the coach Romain Gaspoz . His replacement is Erik Lehmann . He coached men's basketball team PRO A and PRO B in France and the past two season, he was n Pays d'Aix Basket 93, women first division team in France (LFB). The team also decided to waive their lituanian point guard Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management). To note also the come back after injury of Alexia Rol (170-G-82), who was playing for Universit BC Neuchatel last season and Katia Clement (182-C-85) who was playing for BBC Troistorrent this first half of the season.

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  TURKEY - Women  


Tarsus Belediyesi sign Maurita Reid - by Eurobasket
Tarsus Belediyesi signed 25-year old American guard Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami, FL). Reid played most recently at Hatis Yerevan (Armenia). While playing 6 games for Hatis Yerevan in the Eurocup her stats were: 19.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 4.8apg and 3.2spg
Reid is an All-ACC Honorable Mention and ACC All-Defensive Team -08
By Eurobasket Data Center


Besiktas CT Istanbul Still owes Shavonte Zellous - by Eurobasket
' Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) will not be returning to Besiktas CT Istanbul due to the fact that they have not paid her in 60 days and breached the contract' as quoted from William Lovett Zellous' curent agent, Mr. Lovett also claims that he hold of proof document from Sanem Helvacikoylu of Besiktas CT Istanbul accepting to grant the Player's Letter of Clearance on condition that the Player waives her receivables.
Zellous just finished playing 8 games for Beskitas in TBBL from November till December 2009 averaging: 15.5ppg, 6.5rpg, 3.5apg and 1.4spg, and 6 games in the Eurocup for the same team averaging 17.0ppg, 5.0rpg, and 4.2apg
Shavonte is an All-WNBA Rookie Team and WNBA Semifinals in 2009


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Carey leads JCJC in scoring - by David Edole
The Jones County Junior College basketball Bobcats return to action this week after a month-long break. Head coach Sandra Sumralls Lady Bobcats are 9-1 on the season and are riding a seven-game winning streak. The Lady Bobcats sit atop their respective South Division standings with 2-0 marks.
The Lady Bobcats, who defeated Delgado Community College (La.), 60-55 on Dec. 10 in their last game, are led in scoring by freshman guard Tanecka Carey (G), who is averaging 15.1 points per game. Carey also leads with team with 3.9 assists per game. She shoots 31.7 percent from 3-point range and also picks up 2.4 steals per game.