EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 1/7/2010

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  ABA   


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


Express' Jordan Fowler scores 49 in road win ! - by Gianni Pascucci
It turned out that the only thing that could stop Jersey Express guard Jordan Fowler (6'5''-F, college: William Pater.) this past Saturday in a 131-116 win over the New York Red Riders was the final whistle to end the game. The East Orange native came out on fire and stayed hot the entire way, scoring a franchise record 49 points while adding 12 rebounds and 6 assists. I felt good on Saturday night, and my teammates found me, Fowler said of his hot hand. The coaches told me to be more aggressive, so I looked for my shot more. Mirroring the team-first philosophy that is stressed by the Express coaching staff, Fowler commented on the importance of the outcome in that Northeast Division match-up. I'm just happy that we won the game, he continued. We needed to get back to winning after losing two straight. Express President Marsha Blount was quick to acknowledge the importance of Fowler to the team. With the loss of two starters, we definitely looked for more scoring out of Jordan, she said. We're down 40 pts and 18 rebounds per game with Samar Battle (6'6''-G/F-82, college: New Jersey City St.) and Dwayne Howell (6'9''-F-83) receiving contracts from the Globetrotters and Generals, respectively. The whole team stepped it up on Saturday, and we filled some holes with quality players that will make up those numbers nicely. The Express return home to East Orange Campus High School this Saturday when they host the Red Riders at 7:00 p.m.

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  ARGENTINA   


Liga B rosters - by Facundo Iatzky
Liga B is the third division of professional basketball in Argentina. Many known players are playing in it. here are the players team by team:

Anzorena:
Lucas Rubia (182-G-86), Joaquin Baeza, Lionel Sola, Federico Aguilera, Facundo Rubio, Matias Novello, Eduardo Martin, Rodrigo Griffa, Alejandro Olivares, Nelson Galarza

Banda Norte:
Rafael Costa (180-G-73), Juan Pablo Martinez, Luciano Ricle, Lisandro Caniza, Santiago Arese, Hernan Tetamantti, Nicolas Arese, Gaston Campana, Pablo Mander

Central Cordoba:
Facundo Romani, David Maldonado, Lautaro Miranda, Miguel Canteros (192-G-77), Pablo Osores, Carlos Fernandez, Bruno Romano, Raul Rodriguez, Federico Mateo, Sergio Ale

Facundo La Rioja:
Gabriel Fuentes, Fabricio Gauna, Martin omar Vaquero, Rodrigo Campos, Hector Gomez, Claudio Cufre, Carlos Sepulveda (200-F-81), Rodrigo Yanez, David Martinez, Calvester Ferguson

San Martin Mendoza:
Esteban Pierdominici, Diego Cabanez, Lucas Martinez, Miguel Ricci (183-G-82), Diego Fernandez, Damian Grabiec, Leandro Quiroga, Leonardo Else, Pablo Zogbe, Gonzalo Marin

Tiro Federal Morteros:
Jorge Chahab, Juan Giaveno, Pablo Passalacqua, Federico Brun, Victor Chana (192-F-86), Damian Peruchena, Marcos Moreno, Matias Perez, Eduardo Nunez

Union Electrica:
Juan Rella, Juan Cognini, Hugo De la Iglesia, Jose Fornaciari, Gaston Sieiro, Jose Siciliano, Mariano Gervasio, Juan Manuel Lara, Pablo Moya (206-C-83), Joge Ferreyra

Alvear Villa Angela:
Cristian Diesel, Martin Cequeira, Gonzalo Laphitzborde (188-G-75), Facundo Cenzano, Gonzalo Maggio, Mauro Rotschy, Nicolas Bessone, Alex Aleksandrowicz, Sebastian Bernasconi, Joaquin Giordana

Asociacion Espanola:
Maximiliano Rios, Claudio Sollberg (183-G-74), Lucas Ortiz, Sergio Zacarias, Matias Villalba, Juan Davico, Gustavo Bianco, Stanley Easterling, Marcelo Corazza, Cristian Reigenborn

Atletico Echague:
Santiago Vesco, Lucas Calleja, David Oviedo, Andre Horst, Roman Rodriguez, Patricio Alloco (199-F-86), Nicolas Lovecchio, Emilio Dominguez, Pablo Pastori

Estudiantes Concordia:
Fernando Rivera, Ariel Blanc, Jonathan Ledesma, Federico Senitzky, Nicolas Lauria (202-F-88), Fernando Etchenausse, Javier Scheines, Facundo Mendoza, Federico Cabrera, Jeremias Acosta

Sportivo San Salvador:
Bruno Charreun, Jose Luis Melchiori, Jose Perroni, Alberto Barros, Walter Cordero (192-F-80), Nicolas Mendyk, Sebastian Taffarel, Guido Cuadrelli, Lisandro Cuberli, Cristian Silva

Tomas de Rocamora:
Ramiro Carulla, Juan Manuel Varas, Federico Grattarola, Martin Franzolini, Federico Salvarredy, Dante Predazzi (195-F-85), Matias Estalles, Lujan Caire, Gaston Bernasconi

Union Progesista:
Gabriel Butori, Andres Boni, Mauro Coronel, Fernando Small, Julio Ruiz, Gonzalo Jacquet, Luis Pikaluk, Juan Cansina (202-F/C-75), Federico Sarmiento

Almagro Esperanza:
Roy Melchiorre, Sebastian Punet, German Oreggioni, Juan Zanotti, Sebastian Rodriguez, Leandro Ayala, Matias Barberis, Sebastian Morales (201-F/C-88), Sebastian Andreoli, Pablo Fernandez, Maximiliano Tabierez, Alexis Abrate

Brown San Vicente:
Ezequiel Gaido (196-F-83), Ulises Broda, Genaro Priotti, Ignacio Fernandez, Juan Pablo Rotta, Alberto Diaz, Gabriel Manzotti, Jonatan Morero, Santiago Baravalle, Diego Crocce

Colon Santa Fe:
Lucas Sibulovsky, Nicolas Solari, Alejo Barrales, Walter Spector, Esteban Landi, Fernando Manattini (190-F-89), Maximiliano Damelio, Baltazar Claude, Bruno Pacchioni, Edgardo Tome

Gimnasia Villa del Parque:
Sebastian Festa (179-G-72), Tomas Gianelli, Federico Bouchard, Juan Pablo Zilla, Daniel Chaher, Erbel Depietro, Fernando Zekas, Eric Cigna, Matias Pelletieri, Julian Aprea, Emanuel Sayal

Rosario Central:
Adriano Di Biaggio, Nicolas Dominguez, Adrian Di Lenarda, Aiego Abaca, Jonatan Slider (200-F-87), Juan Pablo Lupo, Juan Camino, Renzo Di Perna, Manuel Morello, Gustavo Souto

Sport Club:
Emiliano Roh, Andres Gambone, Mariano Aguilar, Luciano Aiello, Leopoldo Ibanez, Juan Palbo Manzone, Mirko Zaric, Mauricio Hedman (208-F-70), David Cabezas, Cristian Corsi

Sporstsmen Unidos:
Diego Foradori (175-G-81), Nicolas Vignoli, Sebastian Ghirardi, Ignacio Tripelli, Fabian Gallardo, Mariano Allegranza, Federico Poratti, Martin Allegranza, Agustin Zanni

Alianza Viedma:
Andres Berman, Sebastian Farias, Carlos De la Fuente, Lucas Bianco (198-F-80), Juan Perreyra, Gustavo Nunez, Hector Martirena, Rodrigo Pascal, Nicolas Ojeda

Hispano Americano:
Pablo Gonzalez, Gustavo Perez, Gaston Morales, Federico Radavero (196-F-77), Marcos Maidana, Fabian Gabriel, Juan Meza, Alfredo Ganami, Claudio Aguilar

Huracan Trelew:
Hernan Etchepare, Leon Nicanof (185-G-91), Radbel Hechavarria, Gustavo Maranguello, Jorge Sanchez, Nicolas Ballicora, Mauro Sierra, Eugenio Wiemann, Alejandro Pappalardi

Los Indios Moreno:
Andres Lopresti (175-G-76), Diego Eiguren, Demian Portela, Felipe Ferreyra, Leonardo Rodriguez, Ezequiel Lopez, Diego Fortunato, Brian Stanford, Santiago Ferrario, Nicolas Suarez

Jorge newbery:
Emanuel Lopez Camelo, Leonardo Sandon, Alejandro Foro, Juan Ruiz, Mario Pereyra, Fernando Alvarez, Mauro Bianco (202-F/C-78), Gustavo Espana, Guillermo Saavedra

Velez Sarsfield:
Alejandro Fidalgo, Gaston Gianelli, Andres Molteno, Maximiliano Fernandez, Luciano Canzutti, Fernando Abbott, Mariano Manzini, Sebastian Sevegnani, Kevin Hernandez (200-C-91), Horacio Beigier, Pablo Noy, Fernando Podesta


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Kirk PENNEY
  Breakers
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Penney, Breakers20.9 
 2. Williams, Crocodiles18.9 
 3. McKee, Hawks17.9 
 4. Gilchrist, 36ers17.9 
 5. Ballinger, 36ers17.8 
 6. Bruton, Breakers16.5 
 7. Redhage, Perth16.3 
 8. Ubaka, Blaze16.2 
 9. Hodge, Tigers16.1 
 10. Worthington, T.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rolan ROBERTS
  Crocodiles
  (201-F/C-78)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Roberts, Crocodiles7.5 
 2. Holmes, 36ers7.2 
 3. Davidson, Hawks7.1 
 4. Rickert, Breakers7.1 
 5. Rychart, Taipans7.0 
 6. Worthington, Tig.6.9 
 7. Schenscher, Perth6.7 
 8. Petrie, Blaze6.5 
 9. Redhage, Perth6.3 
 10. Maxey, Bla.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, Breakers3.6 
 7. Boucher, Breakers3.5 
 8. Crosswell, Tigers3.4 
 9. Williams, Crocodiles3.3 
 10. Penney, Breake.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Saville, Hawks1.7 
 2. Martin, Perth1.4 
 3. Bruton, Breakers1.3 
 4. Williams, Crocodiles1.3 
 5. Jones, Taipans1.3 
 6. Robbins, Perth1.2 
 7. Boucher, Breakers1.2 
 8. Hodge, Tigers1.2 
 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, Breakers1.0 
 3. Williams, Crocodiles0.8 
 4. Rickert, Breakers0.8 
 5. Melzer, Taipans0.7 
 6. Maxey, Blaze0.7 
 7. Worthington, Tig.0.7 
 8. Redhage, Perth0.7 
 9. Lisch, Perth0.6 
 10. Rychart, Taipa.0.6 


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


Tywain McKee out for season - by Eurobasket News
American sensation Tywain McKee (188-G-86, agency: Liman Sports, college: Coppin St.) has been dealt a huge setback in his young basketball career after being diagnosed with a back injury that will see him miss the remainder of the 2009/10 National Basketball League season.

McKee suffered a back injury several weeks ago and after two scans and a visit to the specialist he has been diagnosed with stress fractures in the lower back. The extent of the injury means McKee has multiple pars-fractures on his L5 vertebrae.

These injuries are most commonly found in sportspeople who make rapid movements such as cricket fast bowlers and surfers.

Under instruction of the medical staff Tywain will need to rest and not play basketball for a period of 8-12 weeks, then will need to re-x-ray his lower back after that time. Dependent on the future results, McKee will begin rehab which may take up to three months.

The setback will see McKee miss between 3-6 months of basketball action but will ensure that the young dynamic point guard is able to recover fully and continue his blossoming professional basketball career.

This is definitely a big loss for the club, no doubt about it. But this is professional sports and its the game we play. Injuries happen and as a team you just have to work through the adversity and continue to move forward. Coach Gordie McLeod.

Tywain is a great talent but as a club we want to make sure he receives the best medical attention and is able to recover fully from this injury.

Ty brought that creativity and scoring to the team which now has to be shouldered by the rest of the group. We just have to work together and step up our production on both ends of the floor, McLeod added.

Tywain will remain in Wollongong and with the team while he rests his back over the next 2-3 months.

For more information on the Wollongong ahm Hawks please visit www.hawks.com.au.


Courtesy of www.hawks.com.au


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Igokea 11-1 
 2. Sloboda Dita 8-4 
 3. Hercegovac 8-4 
 4. Capljina 7-5 
 5. Zrinjski MC 7-5 
 6. Borac Nektar 6-6 
 7. Sutjeska 5-7 
 8. Celik 5-7 
 9. Mladost MG 4-8 
 10. Grude 4-8 
 11. SL IAT Leotar 4-8 
 12. Slavija 3-9 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Siroki Eronet
 2. Bosna S.


The sixteenth-final of the Fiba cup - by Aleksandra Music
Banja Luka, Jan 6.2010
Emina Demirovic (186-C-85) and Antonela Anic (177-F-85) left PGM Ragusa Dubrovnik because the financial problems in the team from Croatia.Both of them will continue to play for Zeljeznicar NLB.The first game of the sixteenth-final of Fiba cup will be Zeljeznicar NLB against Hemofarm Stada Vrsac (the best team in Serbia in last 9 years).
D1 Round 11. (Regular Season) in Bosnia will start on Saturday,9-th of January.



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  BOTSWANA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Troopers 14-2 
 2. Spartans 13-3 
 3. Police 11-5 
 4. BDFV 10-6 
 5. Flames 8-8 
 6. Cadets 7-9 
 7. Falcons 6-10 
 8. NIIT 3-13 
 9. Eagles 0-16 


Troopers retained the national basketball title - by Thomas Fink
Troopers retained the national basketball title over the weekend after garnering an unassailable 30 to top the league standings ahead of Spartans and Police V.
Spartans finished second 28 points, two better than Police V. It was not easy sailing for Troopers as Police V held the top spot for the better part of the season, only to falter during the last games. The policemen finished the first round unbeaten but stumbled towards the end of the campaign as Troopers gained momentum to clinch the title.
Troopers have been in fine form since winning the mid-season basketball tournament losing only once in the second round. The champions have been the dominant force in local basketball. They went into the final two games against Thebe Eagles and BDF V needing at least three points to clinch the title. They got what they wanted in a narrow 69-64 win over Eagles. By the time they lost 76-95 to BDF V, their first defeat in the second round, they had already wrapped up the title. Spartans finished their games the previous weekend and they hoped to clinch the title if Troopers lose to Eagles and BDF V.
The top four teams will now play in the championship this coming weekend. Troopers will play fourth-placed BDF V while second-placed Spartans will lock horns with Police V in a 'best of three' games format.
Story courtesy of Mmegi newspaper


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  BULGARIA   


Gjorgji Cekovski arrives to Levski - by Eurobasket News
According to reports from Bulgarian media, what has been talked about recently finally was confirmed when Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) arrived to Bulgaria. The FYR Macedonian International will play rest of the season with BC Levski and is expected to be a great reinforcement. Levski is currently boasting a 9-1 record in NBL, but could not pass on the opportunity to add Cekovski to their roster. Cekovski started this season with Rabotnicki, but was allowed to switch clubs when the Bulgarian outfit showed interest in him. He is already familiar with Bulgarian league, having previously played for Likoil Akademik so he is expected to adjust without problems.
Gjorgji Cekovski started his career in 1998 with Godel Rabotniski Skopje. In 5 seasons with the club, he became integral player for the team, winning three National Titles in the process. At the beginning of the 2003-2004 season, Cekovski was tested by Geoplin Slovan and has appeared in 12 games averaging 4.5 points. He finished the season as member of BpB Prishtin with whom he has also won National Cup. Following season he moved to Lukoil Akademik where he also played with success. He has won two National Cups in 2006 and 2007 as well as three consecutive National Titles from 2005-2007. Cekovski also spent a year in Ukraine where he played for Cherkassy Monkeys. In 19 league games, he posted averages of 9.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. Last season he returned to FYR Macedonia and signed with Feni Industri. In 5 BIBL games he averaged 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds. He finished last season with Ukrainian outfit Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye. Cekovski started this season as member of Rabotnicki where he averaged 19.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 15 League games.


Pini Gershon: I tried to do my best - by Valentin Anguelov
'First and most important I want to excuse to the people who wanted me to stay, to continue with the national team and be part of bulgarian basketball, that I'll not continue.'
With those words now the former coach of Bulgaria NT Pini Gershon (agency: Arik Krayn Services ) started his explanation for the real situation regarding the future of Bulgaria Men team. Here is how the biggest specialist who ever worked in Bulgaria commented for Gong what happened between him and our basketball federation in the last weeks:
'I tried to create a unit that wasn't liked enough and I respect that. From the other side this looks like to me that they don't believe that I can evaluate what's good for the Bulgarian basketball. I believe and I hope that they can make better decision and gather better unit than the one I proposed. Unfortunately this is the reason not to continue with my work. I tried to create a good coaching team, and this means - to gather coaches, and myself to be on top of it. But may be there are better specialists whom the federations wants to work for the National team and this is something that I respect. I hope that they will do even better than what I tried to do.'

After little bit more than two years as head coach of Bulgaria and participation at the European championship in Poland in 2009, the 58-year old Israelian said: I want to thank everybody that helped me in the last two years. I want to thank everybody that helped me succeed. I love the people who were around me and now I know that I have friends and real family in Bulgaria. I wish the Bulgarian basketball to improve and succeed during the year.'
Gershon however did promise that he will continue to follow Bulgaria and help if he has the possibility. 'If I can, I believe I'll be coming to support the National team and if somebody looks for my help in one or other way I'll try to help. I try to do the best for the time I have. Unfortunately it didn't work out. I thought that I could help more but sometimes a person has to make a decision. They made their decision and I made mine. I hope, which is more important, that Bulgarian basketball will have success. I think that the staff I proposed was good enough and could have kept me engaged with the national team' finished his statement Gershon.


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  CANADA   


Zabok lands Vladimir Kuljanin - by Eurobasket News
BC Zabok has signed 24 year old center Vladimir Kuljanin (208-C-85, college: NC-Wilmington). Reportedly, Kuljanin was recently released by the Adriatic League participant Cedevita and he has been searching for a new club. He did not have to wait long, as Zabok extended the initiation to the player. It is expected that the 207cm tall center will get a lot more chances to showcase his skills with Zabok. It is expected that the move will be beneficial to both, the player and the club but this remains to be seen.
Vladimir Kuljanin spent 4 years n the United States where he played for University of North Carolina-Wilmington. His best season there was in 2006 when he appeared in 29 games and posted averages of 13.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. His final season with the University was also good as he made 33 appearances, posting averages of 12.8 points and 9.9 rebounds. After finishing his collegiate career, Kuljanin returned to Croatia last season and has signed his first professional contract with Cedevita. In his first season he appeared in 24 games, and has posted averages of 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. This season he did not manage to enable himself more playing time with Cedevita, making only 7 appearances during which he averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Kuljanin also holds Canadian Citizenship, and has went through all Canada NT Youth Teams. In 2005, he represented U21 Canada at the U21 World Championship in Argentina. Following year he made his debut for Canada Senior National Team. In 2007 he played at the Pan-American Games in Brazil, where in 5 games he averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.


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  CHINA   


Player Replacement - by Robert Wang
Collins DeAngelo (206-F-82) signed with Ji Lin team today and replaced the former center Samaki Samali who played for Ji Lin last season. Here is D Collins's resume:Outlook:
A front court player with a powerful body and the shooting range of a guard; can spend time in the 4 and 5 positions, is a very good rebounder; only his questionable attitude kept him out from NBA, but expect him to play there soon;
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Career:
2001-2002: Inglewood HS
2002: NBA Draft candidate
2002: Drafted by Sioux Falls Skyforce (CBA,5thd round (38))
2002: Toronto Raptors veterans preseason camp
2002-2003: in Dec.'02 signed at Darussafaka Istanbul (Turkey-D1), but his contract was cancelled immediately: ULEB Cup: 1 game: 4.0ppg, 3.0rpg
2003: Toronto Raptors veterans preseason camp
2003-2004: In Jan.'04 signed at Central Entrerriano Gualeguaychu (Argentina-Liga A): 4 games: 20.5ppg, 12.8rpg, 1.5apg, 2.0spg, 2.5bpg, but next month joined Juarez Gallos (Mexico-ABA)
2004 July: Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) Summer League
2004: Red Bull Barako (Philippines-PBA)
2004: drafted by Florida Flame (NBDL,2rd (11))
2004-2005: Florida Flame (NBDL): released in Jan.'05: 12 games: 2.3ppg, 4.3rpg, FGP: 32.4%, then played at Yunnan Honghe Running Bulls (China-CBA): 16 games: Score-2 (28.9ppg), Reb-2 (16.6rpg), 2.2apg, 2.7spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 47.94%, 3Pts: 21%
2005: Grises de Humacao (Puerto Rico-BSN): 2 games: 8.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.5bpg
2005 July: Court Side Pro Camp in Frankfurt, GER (American Stars team)
2005-2006: LidoRose Roseto Basket (Italy-SerieA): 4 games: 3.8ppg, 6.3rpg, left in Oct.'05, in Feb.'06 signed at Beijing Aoshen Olympians (China-ABA)
2006: In June signed at Dodge City Legend (USBL): 13 games: 6.0ppg, 6.0rpg, FGP: 42.3%, FT: 30.8%
2006 July: Summer Pro League in Long Beach (Dallas Mavericks)
2006-2007: In Jan.'07 signed at Orthodox (Jordan-Excellent League, starting five): 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, 1.2spg
2007: In March signed at Cocodrilos de Caracas (Venezuela-LPB) as a temporary replacement for injured Kevin Freeman, left in May: 5 games: 8.4ppg, 9.2rpg, 1.4spg, 1.0bpg
2007 July: Summer Pro-Am League in Long Beach (Riverside Dream Team)
2007-2008: Al Ittihad Jeddah (Saudi Arabia-D1): left in March '08
2008, spring: JBL League in Los Angeles (Posh Klipz team)
2008: Carlsbad Beach Dawgs (WCBL): 12.5ppg
2008-2009: In Oct.'08 signed at Seoul SK Knights (Korea-KBL), left in March'09: 33 games: 11.6ppg, Reb-3 (10.3rpg), 1.5apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 41.5%
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Awards/Achievements:
ABA Semifinals -04
USBL Regular Season Finalist -06
USBL Finalist -06
Jordanian Cup Semifinals -07
Jordanian League Regular Season Runner-Up -07
Jordanian League Finalist -07
Asia-Basket.com Jordanian League All-Imports Team -07


CBA Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Jilin - Shanghai 105-110
Lucas John (180-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) exploded with 32 points to lead Shanghai to a 110:105 victory over Jilin. Garrett Siler added 19 points and 9 rebounds while Zaid Abbas produced 16 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Ligang scored 14. Liu Wei, the National Team point guard, had 10 points and 7 assists. DeAngelo Collins replied with 23 points and 16 rebounds.

Bayi - Liaoning 97-82
Bayi edged Liaoning 97:82 for 5-3 record. Six players scored in double digits as Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) paced them all with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng led Liaoning with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists.

Xinjiang - Fujian 94-83
Xinjiang took 6-1 record as they beat Fujian 94:83. Gaines Charles (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: S.Mississippi) posted 34 points and 6 rebounds and Mengke Bateer collected 21 points and 13 rebounds. Chris Porter answered with 18 points and 7 rebounds for Fujian.

Shanxi Zh. - Shaanxi 125-96
Shanxi Zhongyu smashed Shaanxi 125:96 as Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) stepped up with 32 points. Maurice Taylor collected 21 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Hou Bing scored 20. Corsley Edwards had 25 points and 5 rebounds for Shaanxi.

Guandong - Zhejiang G.L. 113-92
Guandong cruised past Zhejiang G.L. 113:92 in the top game of the Regular Season Round 8. Zhou Peng led the league leaders with 16 points and Smush Parker had 16 points, 5 assists and 6 steals. Rodney White produced 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for Zhejiang and Jin Lipeng scored 23.

Shandong - Beijing 106-92
Shandong overcame Beijing 106:92 as Swift Stromile (206-F-79, college: LSU) recorded 40 points and 17 rebounds, while Andre Emmett collected 21 points and 10 rebounds. Cedric Bozeman had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Beijing.

Qingdao DS - TianJin R. 108-101
Qingdao rolled over Tianjin 108:101 as Khoury Sabah (196-G-82, agency: Pro Management Agency) paced all the winners with 26 points and Frans Steyn had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Rony Fahed responded with 32 points in defeat.

DongGuan - Zhejiang C. 97-92
Brown Andre (205-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) 's 31 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals for Zhejiang were not enough as DongGuan rolled over Zhejiang 97:92. The winners improved to 2-5 record in the league.



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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Andre EMMETT
  Shandong
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 38.6
 1. Emmett, Shandong38.6 
 2. Gaines, Xinjiang31.9 
 3. Edwards, Shaanxi30.4 
 4. Rodgers, Jilin29.9 
 5. Lamizana, TianJ.29.5 
 6. Brown, Zhejiang C.28.5 
 7. White, Zhejiang.27.6 
 8. Lucas, Shanghai26.8 
 9. Wang, Bayi26.4 
 10. Pickett, Shaan.25.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kai ZHANG
  DongGuan
  (211-C-82)
  Avg: 15
 1. Zhang, DongGuan15.0 
 2. Ramos, Zhejiang.13.5 
 3. Oyedeji, Liaoning12.1 
 4. Williams, Zhejiang C.11.9 
 5. Swift, Shandong11.4 
 6. Mengke, Xinjiang11.3 
 7. Abbaas, Shanghai11.3 
 8. Mays, Beijing11.1 
 9. Williams, Qingd.10.9 
 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. Liu, Shanghai5.1 
 4. Parker, Guandong5.0 
 5. Mengke, Xinjiang4.9 
 6. Brown, Zhejiang C.4.8 
 7. Rodgers, Jilin4.7 
 8. Lucas, Shanghai4.5 
 9. Pickett, Shaanxi4.3 
 10. Allen, Xinjia.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  Qingdao DS
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Williams, Qingd.5.4 
 2. Parker, Guandong4.1 
 3. Mo, Bayi3.7 
 4. Emmett, Shandong3.1 
 5. Pickett, Shaanxi3.0 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu2.9 
 7. Swift, Shandong2.6 
 8. Wang, Bayi2.6 
 9. Bozeman, Beijing2.6 
 10. Brown, Zhejiang.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.4.1 
 2. Swift, Shandong2.7 
 3. Watkins, Jiangsu2.6 
 4. Siler, Shanghai2.4 
 5. Steyn, Qingdao DS2.3 
 6. McCoy, Fujian2.0 
 7. Wang, Bayi1.9 
 8. Zhang, DongGuan1.7 
 9. Smith, Shanxi Zh.1.6 
 10. Samake, Jil.1.5 


Xinjiang, Shanghai, Bayi Continue to Win - by Arthur Volbert
Round 8 was completed today as Xinjiang, Shanghai and Bayi continued victorious ways.

Gaines Charles (201-F-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: S.Mississippi) had 34 points and 6 rebounds as Xinjiang defeated Fujian 94-83. Mengke Bateer had 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Myron Allen had 20 points and 8 rebounds. Xue Yuyang had 9 points on 3 of 8 shooting in 26 minutes as his coach turned back into a pumpkin. Chris Porter had 18 points and 7 rebounds for Fujian. Yang Chao had 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Yang Qin had 14 points and 5 assists. Zhao Tailong had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Yang Genglin had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Jelani McCoy was held to 9 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes. Liu Yudong did not play.

Bayi defeated Liaoning 97-82. Wang Zhizhi had 20 points and 9 rebounds. Delehei had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Chengyu, a 193 cm rookie listed as born in 1989 who is appearing increasingly often, had 16 points, 3 rebounds and 5 steals in 33 minutes. Li Ke had 14 points and 8 rebounds. Zhang Bo had 13 points and 6 steals. Wang Zhongguang had 10 points, 5 assists and 3 steals. 212 cm Xu Zhonghao had 7 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in 33 minutes. Bayi appears to be playing better since Mo Ke left the lineup. Zhang Qingpeng led Liaoning with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Brandon Robinson had 19 points and 17 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu had an awful shooting game, hitting only 3 of 17 shots. He did grab 8 rebounds and have 4 assists and 3 steals. Yang Ming had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Olumide Oyedeji had 9 points and 8 rebounds.

John Lucas had 32 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists to lead Shanghai to a 110-105 victory over Jilin. Shanghai outscored Jilin 38-23 in the fourth quarter. Garrett Siler had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Zaid Abbas had 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Wang Ligang scored 14. Liu Wei, the National Team point guard, had 10 points and 7 assists. DeAngelo Collins, the new import who replaced Soumaila Samake, had 23 points and 16 rebounds. Leon Rogers had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Young point guard Yu Shulong had 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists before fouling out in 44 minutes. Liu Wei, the 205 cm power forward, scored 15 and Zhang Biao had 10.

Shanxi Zhongyu defeated Shaanxi 125-96. Duan Jiangpeng, a young shooting guard who did nothing the last three games, perhaps being injured, burst out with 32 points on 13 of 17 shooting. Maurice Taylor had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Hou Bing scored 20. Pan Jiang, playing the entire game, had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 13 assists. Donta Smith had 14 points and 5 rebounds. Wei Mingliang had 14 points and 6 rebounds. Corsley Edwards had 25 points and 5 rebounds for Shaanxi. Tim Pickett, returning to the lineup, had 27 points and 4 rebounds. 214 cm Zheng Zhun, who is highly talented even if not born in 1992, had 12 points and 9 rebounds along with 5 fouls in 32 minutes. Zheng is not hitting his three-pointers but at 214 cm he doesn't have to.

Dongguan's new import, a 182 cm point guard, had 26 points and 8 assists as Dongguan defeated Zhejiang 97-92. Dongguan's big man duo of Zhang Kai and Song Kangming was awesome. Zhang had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Song had 18 and 14. Qiu Biao scored 15. Dajuan Tate had 9 points and 2 rebounds but fouled out in 26 minutes. Andre Brown had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 5 steals for Zhejiang. Marcus Williams had 24 points and 12 rebounds. Cao Fei scored 13. Ding Jinhui was held to 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

Qingdao defeated Tianjin 108-101. Sabah Khoury had 26 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Frans Steyn had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Chris Williams had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Zhao Anan scored 19. Brandon Crump had 29 points and 10 rebounds for Tianjin. Rony Fahed scored 32. Herve Lamizana had 18 points and 9 rebounds. Zhang Nan scored 10.

Stomile Swift had 40 points and 17 rebounds to lead Shandong to a 106-92 win over Beijing. Andre Emmett had 21 points and 10 rebounds. Liu Julong had 14 points and 13 rebounds. Young Sui Ran, in his second game back from injury, had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Cedric Bozeman had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Beijing. James Mays had 18 points and 6 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 14. Xie Libin and Zhang Yunsong each scored 9.



CBA Round 8 - by Robert Wang
CBA round 8 just finished all the games tonight and the results are here: Guang dong 113:92 Zhe Jiang guang Sha (finished last night), Ba Yi 97:82 Liao Ning, Ji Lin 105:110 Shang Hai, Shan Xi 125:96 Shaan Xi, Dong guan 97:92 Zhe Jiang, Qing Dao 108:101 Tian Jin, Xin Jiang 94:83 Fu Jian SBS, Shan Dong 106:92 Bei Jing. D Collins played his first game tonight and received 23 points and 16 rebounds.



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  CROATIA   


Zadar surrender against Aris in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Zadar came up just short of making it to the next round in EuroCup. They lost to Aris 67:73 in Greece, while Hapoel edged Siauliai and booked the second available spot on top of Group C. The first quarter turned into a roller-coaster action as the lead changed hands 16 times. But Aris gradually took over and built a 41:33 lead at the interval. The margin kept on growing and reached a 14-point mark at three-quarter time. Zadar got within three late in the game but Aris stayed calm and sealed the deal at the end. Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) finished with 16 points and 7 boards for the hosts. Jeremy Richardson notched 11 points in the victory. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) answered with 13 points and 6 boards for Zadar. Rok Stipcevic (188-G-86) added 11 points in the losing effort.
Zadar will wrap up their EuroCup campaign against Siauliai next week.



Maccabi make Tomic Bid - by Tomislav Maric
Israeli Champions - Maccabi Tel-Aviv has made an official bid for the services of Croatian Starlet - Ante Tomic,according to reprots in Croatia today.
According to reports - the bid has being discussed by the KK Zagreb managment through the day (Wednesday) and its roumored that KK Zagreb officials are keen to struck the deal.also Tomic himslef has declered that he is ready to move for a big club and Maccabi fits the bill.
Tomic is one of the brightest players in Europe and in the last 4 years KK Zagreb rejected couple of offers for his services.He was selected in the 2008 draft by the Utah Jazz (44) but never played there.


Zabok lands Vladimir Kuljanin - by Eurobasket News
BC Zabok has signed 24 year old center Vladimir Kuljanin (208-C-85, college: NC-Wilmington). Reportedly, Kuljanin was recently released by the Adriatic League participant Cedevita and he has been searching for a new club. He did not have to wait long, as Zabok extended the initiation to the player. It is expected that the 207cm tall center will get a lot more chances to showcase his skills with Zabok. It is expected that the move will be beneficial to both, the player and the club but this remains to be seen.
Vladimir Kuljanin spent 4 years n the United States where he played for University of North Carolina-Wilmington. His best season there was in 2006 when he appeared in 29 games and posted averages of 13.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. His final season with the University was also good as he made 33 appearances, posting averages of 12.8 points and 9.9 rebounds. After finishing his collegiate career, Kuljanin returned to Croatia last season and has signed his first professional contract with Cedevita. In his first season he appeared in 24 games, and has posted averages of 4.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. This season he did not manage to enable himself more playing time with Cedevita, making only 7 appearances during which he averaged 5.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. Kuljanin also holds Canadian Citizenship, and has went through all Canada NT Youth Teams. In 2005, he represented U21 Canada at the U21 World Championship in Argentina. Following year he made his debut for Canada Senior National Team. In 2007 he played at the Pan-American Games in Brazil, where in 5 games he averaged 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.


Split signs Ivan Mimica - by Eurobasket News
BC Split is continuing to improve its roster during the winter break. According to reports from various Croatian media, they have agreed a deal with Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) who is expected to reinforce guard position. Experienced 29-year old Mimica has already played for Split 10 years ago. He was a member of the Splits champion team which in 2003 managed to beat Cibona to claim only title in recent history. But this is not the end of the transfer activity for the club. Reportedly they are on the lookout for a forward, and currently there is a possibility they may bring back another familiar face. According to reports, they are currently negotiating with Ante Grgurevic (199-F-75, agency: Interperformances) but it remains to be seen whether 34 year old player will return for another stint with the club.
Ivan Mimica is a product of Omis Mosor junior team and he has signed his first professional deal with Plastik Solin in 1997. Two seasons later he moved to Split where he helped the team win the title in 2003. During that season, Mimica averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He was even more impressive in FIBA Champions Cup where in 7 games he posted averages of 19.1 points and 2.7 rebounds. Mimica has also played for numerous European clubs including Xanthi, MENT, AEP Olimpiada Patron and Siroki. In 2007 he returned to Croatia and has signed with Svijetlost where he averaged 18.0 points in 12 games. Last season, Mimica played for Sibenik, appearing in 29 league games and averaging 21.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
Ante Grgurevic started his career with BC Split .In his rich career, Ante Grurevic played for the likes of Air Scandone Avellino, Conad Rimin, Krka, Eurorida Scafati and Olimpia GE Larisa among many. Last season he returned to Split and appeared in 5 games for the club. In those five appearances he posted averages of 7.6 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.


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Bulls Eye!! for the Cyprus teams in the European leagues!! - by Chris Mammides
Three out of three for the teams of the Republic of Cyprus!!!

All three teams succeeded glorious victories in the European courts and they have increase their 'shares' in the Basketball Stock Market'
Starting from the top performing team this period in both Cyprus and Europe, the team of Coach Christos Stylianides seems to be more solid than ever, after the great (half title) road win succeeded last week in the Strovolos court, the Madisons Apoel players beat this time in their home court the Ukrainian team of Khimik with 84-78 and they have been qualified in the next round of the EuroChallenge league. The amazing veteran Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) was the top performer, MVP and top scorer of the Nicosia team as his 28 points were more than enough for his team to win the fourth (out of five games) game and to seal the qualification and their participation int he top 16 teams (next round). From a very close distance was the ex Khimik player Wykeen Kelly (186-G-79, college: Salem Intern.) as his 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals gave him the second place in the specific game and probably his best game since his arrival in the island with Apoel's jersey. Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) was the third scorer with his 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.


In Limassol, AEL passed by (like a thunder) the Belgian Dexia Mons-Hainaut with the smashing score of 86-68 and move closer to the top 16 teams as the players of the Limassol team outcome the difference of the first round loss (82-71) and now with a record of 3-2 they are in the top seat together with the French Elan Chalon who beat the Croats of Zadar and left them in the third spot of the group. Top Performer, MVP and top scorer in this crucial game for the Cypriot team was the ex Greek International power forward / center, Giannis Giannoulis (207-C-76) who scored 26 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists beating in all the aspects his Belgian opponents in both the positions 4 and 5 that Giannoulis is playing. Quincy Taylor and Ilian Evtimov played also very well and with 14 and 11 points respectively helped their team to outcome the Belgians and with a positive result int he last game against Chalon in France (a very difficult game) will be qualifing in the top 16 teams.

In the last game with Cyprus interest the team of Memos Ioannou found the physical and psychological strength and after their home defeat against Apoel succeeded their virgin victory in the group against a very tough opponnent such as KK Zagreb CO, 82-81. The veteran Bryant Smith (196-G/F-77, college: Auburn) in another great game with Keravnos jersey prove to be tougher than the Croats thought and with his 29 points outcome the Croat team, the American player together with the Great Britain international guard Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.) were the top performers and the MVP's of the game. Bryant Smith helped also int he rebounding aerea as he grabbed 7 rebounds. On the other hand, Hart stole the ball twice and hit a go-ahead jump shot with just 19 seconds remaining. Keravnos needs now a small miracle to proceed in the next phase of the EuroChallenge league as it needs a victory against BC Kiyv with more than 8 points (their in between game was 80-72) and at the same time the unbeaten French team of Roanne to beat with more than 10 points the team of KK Zagreb CO



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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 14-2 
 2. Sioux Falls S. 9-7 
 3. Dakota W. 7-8 
 4. Ft.Wayne MA 5-9 
 5. Erie Bay H. 5-11 
Southwest Division
 1. Rio Grande 11-4 
 2. Maine R.Claws 11-4 
 3. Tulsa 66ers 10-6 
 4. Austin T. 8-7 
 5. Albuquerque 5-9 
West Division
 1. Idaho S. 10-5 
 2. Utah F. 8-7 
 3. Los Angeles D. 5-6 
 4. Reno Bighorns 5-9 
 5. Bakersfield J. 3-12 
 6. Springfield A. 2-13 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Morris ALMOND
  Springfield A.
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 29.7
 1. Almond, Springfi.29.7 
 2. Williams, Sioux F.26.1 
 3. Harris, Rio Grande25.3 
 4. Farmer, Reno B.24.1 
 5. Gaines, Idaho S.23.9 
 6. Powell, Albuquerque22.9 
 7. Howard, Ft.Wayne.22.2 
 8. Gee, Austin T.21.8 
 9. Tolliver, Idaho S.21.3 
 10. Jerrells, Austin.20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwayne JONES
  Austin T.
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Jones, Austin T.15.0 
 2. Dorsey, Rio Grande13.7 
 3. Reiner, Ft.Wayne.12.3 
 4. Tolliver, Idaho S.10.9 
 5. Bryant, Erie Bay H.10.7 
 6. Kurz, Ft.Wayne MA10.3 
 7. Barron, Iowa E.10.0 
 8. Cummings, Spring.9.8 
 9. Simpson, Los A.9.8 
 10. Stiemsma, Sioux.8.9 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.9 
 2. Clinkscales, Erie B.8.0 
 3. Jackson, Erie B.7.1 
 4. Gaines, Idaho S.6.9 
 5. Lafayette, Ft.Wayne.6.8 
 6. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers6.8 
 7. Curry, Springfield A.6.6 
 8. Anderson, Rio G.6.6 
 9. McLeod, Albuquer.6.4 
 10. Bailey, Sioux.6.1 
Steals Per Game
 Orien GREENE
  Utah F.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Greene, Utah F.2.7 
 2. Charlo, Reno B.2.4 
 3. Shakur, Tulsa 66ers2.4 
 4. Gaines, Idaho S.2.3 
 5. Baker, Dakota W.2.2 
 6. Stinson, Iowa E.2.2 
 7. Benson, Reno B.2.1 
 8. Powell, Albuquerque2.1 
 9. Griffin, Iowa E.2.0 
 10. Trepagnier, Iowa.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory STIEMSMA
  Sioux Falls S.
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Stiemsma, Sioux F.4.5 
 2. Ajinca, Maine RC3.0 
 3. Simmons, Idaho S.2.9 
 4. Looby, Rio Grande2.6 
 5. Jones, Austin T.2.5 
 6. Hansen, Albuquerque2.5 
 7. Trybanski, Reno B.2.2 
 8. Simpson, Los A.2.1 
 9. McKenzie, Idaho S.2.0 
 10. Blair, Bakersfield.2.0 


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Santiago Superior Set To Start Next Month - by Oscar Peralta
Santiago Supirior league is right around the corner. The league is set to start february 25, 2010. All seven clubs Sameji, Cupes de los Pepines, CDP Domingo Paulino Santiago, CPN Pueblo Nuevo, Gregorio Urbano Gilbert, and Plaza Fernando Valerio are set to participate. Transactions will start picking up soon as teams try to stack up there teams for a run at the championship. CPN Pueblo Nuevo will be looking to repeat while Sameji will fight to get back to there chapionship days and other teams will be right there also trying t optain thrown. Santiago fans cant wait for the showdown to begin.

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Wizards introduce new Practice Facility: - by Gianni Pascucci
The EBA New York Wizards are pleased to announce the opening of their brand new practice facility called the Lion's Den (after the AAU sponsor and building owner David Hauser). The facility pictured is located at 91 New York Ave in Westbury and provides an NBA regulation sized court with two side baskets for training and individual instruction. 'The availability of training facilities like the Lion's Den on a 24/7 basis provides our locally based New York Wizards players training unparalleled at this level' Stated Head Coach Greg Cerillo Sr . 'Local sponsors have clearly accepted the Eastern Basketball Alliance's attempt to bring professional basketball and basketball training to this area. When you combine this basketball training facility with our partnership with the New York Sports Clubs in Deer Park and Hicksville, Wizards players are now provided with the access to world class training and training equipment. In addition as the only professional team in this geographic area (Long Island), Wizards players, in and off season, are provided financial opportunities in the form of trainers and instructors. We hope to utilize these advantages to maintain our local pool of talent and to compete against the top clubs in our league.' The Lion's Den will provide pro try outs, pro training, mens and womens leagues, AAU programs, youth training, and so on... For more information about the Wizards and it's professional programs please contact 631-730-6347. For more information about the Lion's Den and leagues including summer pro leagues please contact Leon Pursoo (6'1''-G-82, college: LIU-Southampton) at 516-528-3446


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  EGYPT   


Super League Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Al Ittihad 19-2 
 2. Gezira 16-5 
 3. Zamalek 15-6 
 4. Geish Army 14-7 
 5. Somouha 12-8 
 6. Ahly 12-9 
 7. Sporting 12-9 
 8. Gasco 8-13 
 9. Shorta-Police 7-14 
 10. Al-Intaj 6-14 
 11. Masr Ins. 4-17 
 12. Tanta 0-21 


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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. Hopkins, AP.19.0 
 7. Chalmers, Enisey19.0 
 8. Flores, Krasnie .19.0 
 9. Williams, Banvit18.8 
 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. Black, Antwerp4.8 
 10. Mitchell, Khim.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. Renfroe, VEF Riga2.4 
 8. Lukashov, BC Kyiv2.4 
 9. Davis, AEL2.2 
 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. Darden, Strasbou.1.2 


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  EUROCUP   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Erik DANIELS
  Azovmash
  (204-G/F-82)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Daniels, Azovmash23.3 
 2. Spencer, Le Mans22.8 
 3. Mejia, Cholet22.4 
 4. Chatman, Besiktas21.8 
 5. Rizvic, Azovmash21.2 
 6. Popovic, Unics21.2 
 7. Rancik, Galatasaray21.0 
 8. Neal, Benetton TV21.0 
 9. Washington, Galatasa.20.2 
 10. Taylor, Telekom.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason CONLEY
  Wels
  (196-G-81)
  Avg: 12
 1. Conley, Wels12.0 
 2. Daniels, Azovmash10.0 
 3. Ensminger, Telek.9.3 
 4. Slaughter, Nancy9.0 
 5. Augustine, Gran C.8.6 
 6. Monya, Dynamo M.8.3 
 7. Dudley, T.Telekom8.3 
 8. Robinson, Cholet8.0 
 9. Boisa, Zadar8.0 
 10. Wallace, Benett.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kristaps VALTERS
  DKV Joventut
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Valters, DKV J.6.8 
 2. Greer, Nancy5.8 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.7 
 4. Markovic, Hemofarm5.6 
 5. Popovic, Unics5.2 
 6. House, Azovmash5.2 
 7. Fields, Spartak SP5.0 
 8. Poeta, Banca Tercas5.0 
 9. Acik, T.Telekom4.8 
 10. Wright, Le Ma.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dominique COLEMAN
  Angelico BI
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Coleman, M.Hainaut4.5 
 2. Coleman, M.Hainaut4.5 
 3. Slaughter, Nancy3.0 
 4. House, Azovmash3.0 
 5. Neal, Benetton TV2.6 
 6. Thompson, Hap.Jeru.2.6 
 7. Washington, Galatasa.2.4 
 8. Sergeev, Triumph2.4 
 9. Markovic, Hemofarm2.4 
 10. Fisher, Gran.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hasan RIZVIC
  Azovmash
  (212-C-84)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Rizvic, Azovmash3.6 
 2. Dragicevic, Buduc.2.5 
 3. Owens, BC Donetsk2.0 
 4. Slaughter, Nancy2.0 
 5. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 6. Plaisted, Zadar1.6 
 7. Achara, Angelico BI1.6 
 8. Pettway, Ventspils1.6 
 9. Monya, Dynamo M.1.5 
 10. Cisse,.1.5 


Maciej Lampe close to Unics - by Eurobasket News
The sources tell Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) has agreed on terms of contract with Unics Kazan. The Polish centre is expected in Russia tomorrow. The 24-year-old player started the season in Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He tallied 6.6 points and 4.0 boards per game in the Israeli League. In Euroleague Lampe averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per appearance. Maciej Lampe played for the Polish National Team at the 2009 Eurobasket. The centre tallied 11.3 points, 6.0 boards and 1.2 blocks at the tournament. Maciej Lampe is far from being new to Russia. He played for Khimky and Dynamo Saint Petersburg.


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  U.Olimpija
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Walsh, U.Olimpija18.8 
 2. Kleiza, Olympiakos18.0 
 3. Woods, Assec.Pr.17.7 
 4. Maric, Partizan16.8 
 5. Winston, Lottomat.16.3 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montepas.16.2 
 7. Mickeal, Regal Barca15.7 
 8. Pekovic, Panathin.15.0 
 9. Logan, Assec.Pr.15.0 
 10. Rakocevic, Efes.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Travis WATSON
  Zalgiris
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Watson, Zalgiris11.0 
 2. Maric, Partizan9.1 
 3. Kleiza, Olympiakos8.0 
 4. Roberts, Partizan6.8 
 5. Woods, Assec.Pr.6.7 
 6. Freeland, Unicaja6.6 
 7. Splitter, Caja L.6.1 
 8. Asik, Fener.Ulker6.0 
 9. Fotsis, Panathinaikos5.9 
 10. Morris, Regal.5.6 
Assists Per Game
 Thodoros PAPALOUKAS
  Olympiakos
  (200-G-77)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Papaloukas, Olymp.7.6 
 2. McIntyre, Montepas.5.7 
 3. Cook, Unicaja5.4 
 4. Popovic, Lietuvos.5.4 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.9 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA4.6 
 7. Sciarra, Orleans4.4 
 8. Prigioni, MMC R.4.2 
 9. McCalebb, Partizan4.1 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgir.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas LUKAUSKIS
  ASVEL
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lukauskis, AS.2.6 
 2. Popovic, Lietuvos.2.4 
 3. Dobbins, Orleans2.0 
 4. Perperoglou, Panath.1.9 
 5. Gordon, Cibona1.9 
 6. McIntyre, Montepas.1.8 
 7. Jaaber, Lottomat.1.8 
 8. Finley, Armani MI1.8 
 9. Lukas, Marousi BC1.8 
 10. Prigioni, MMC.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  Maccabi T-A
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Fischer, Maccabi .1.8 
 2. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.7 
 3. Lasme, Maccabi T-A1.6 
 4. Vranes, Partizan1.6 
 5. Morris, Regal B.1.5 
 6. Sow, Assec.Prokom1.4 
 7. Asik, Fener.Ulker1.4 
 8. Javtokas, Khimky1.3 
 9. Begic, Zalgiris1.1 
 10. Vazquez, Regal.1.1 


Round 9: Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Montepaschi - Fener.Ulker 101-58
Montepaschi destroyed Fenerbahce Ulker 101-58 celebrating 8th win in Preliminary Group A (8-1). Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) shined for the hosts with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) helped with 17 pts and 5 assists. Hawkins was the last one with double-digits, but it is important to mention that each of Montepaschi's players managed to score at least 2 points tonight. In the Turkish squad, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) replied with 18 pts. They dropped to 3-6 and will host Zalgiris next week in a game that may determine their fate. Montepaschi will meet Regal Barca in the battle for the first place in this pool. Montepaschi opened this game with quick 7-2 run. Visitors came to 15-14 in the finish of first period, but the hosts ended it with 4-0 for plus 5 after 10 minutes of play. In the second frame Montepaschi totally destroyed its rival. They made magnificent 18-0 run for 37-16 lead. They did not stop and for rest of the way in the first half Montepaschi already was 50-25 up. It was clear that this game is already over for Fener, who was not able to resist. Montepaschi made 28-14 in third and 23-19 in the last quarter celebrating impressive 101-58 win. Next round is scheduled for January 13.

Group B
Partizan - Lietuvos Rytas 97-67
Partizan had no mercy for Lietuvos Rytas tonight celebrating huge 97-67 victory. The Serbian powerhouse faced with 78-56 loss in the first meeting against the Lithuanian squad and thanks to this impressive win they jumped into the Top 16 phase for the fourth consecutive year. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in this crucial win draining 26 points for 21 minutes. He made 6 of 8 attempts from behind the arc tonight and was Game MVP with index rate 27. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Slavko Vranes (229-C-83) added 13 pts and 9 rebs. In the loosing squad, Bojan Popovic (191-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 17 points. Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) stopped on 11 pts each. Lietuvos Rytas must hope it will win one more game than Efes Pilsen or they will not reach the Top 16. Lietuvos Rytas opened the game with quick 2-5, but Partizan quickly responded with 11-3 run. The hosts did not stop and for rest of the way in this period they created 26-18 lead. Despite December MVP, Aleks Maric, suffered knee injury in the second quarter and was not able to help after that, the Serbian powerhouse managed to stay focused. Visitors came to 34-28, but Partizan managed to reach 50-39 HT lead. The teams were pretty leveled in third frame, which ended 72-61 for the hosts. It was clear that Partizan is on the right way to victory, but it seemed impossible that they will be able to reach plus 23 in the last quarter. However, Aleksandar Rasic and his teammates did not have the same thoughts. Rasic was on fire making his fifth triple of six attempts and together with Slavko Vranes and Jan Vesely lifted Partizan to 79-63 with 5 minutes to go. That was not all as Rasic buried another triple at 86-63 to give Partizan the needed edge with under 2 minutes left. Lietuvos Rytas players were shocked and they scored only 6 points in the last period. Dusan Kecman beat the buzzer with a triple for the final 97-67 win and ticket for Top 16 phase once again. Partizan drained 25 pts in the last 10 minutes. Next week, Partizan will meet Olympiakos in Greece. Lietuvos Rytas will host Unicaja.

Group C
Caja Laboral - Marousi BC 73-65
Caja Laboral celebrated valuable home win against Marousi staying in the race to win Group C (7-2). Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading player in victory netting 15 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) also had 15 and Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) helped with one point less, plus he had 6 boards. In Marousi, Dimitrios Mavroidis (208-C-85) (6 rebs) and William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 12 pts each. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) had 11 points and also 6 rebs. Their team will reach the Top 16 if it beats Maccabi next week and Roma loses at least once. Marousi had a great start in Vitoria tonight grabbing 0-5 lead. Soon after that Dimitrios Mavroidis and his teammates jumped to 2-9 and later to 2-14. That was a signal for Caja Laboral players to wake up, what they immediately did and managed to close the gap to 16-19 in the first period. In the second one, Marousi was the team who was ahead until the last minute. Carl English drained a triple for Caja Laboral bringing them the first lead in this game, 31-30. William Keys responded with a basket and Marousi was 31-32 up at the half time. The hosts took control on Marousi after the breather. First, they tied the score to 34-34 and in the next 5 minutes made impressive 13-0 run. At the beginning of the last period Mirza Teletovic and his teammates jumped to 62-44 and the game was over for Marouis. Rest of this meeting was just the formality for Caja Laboral, who will meet CSKA in Moscow next week.

Group D
MMC Real M. - EWE Baskets 73-60
Seventh Euroleague win for Real Madrid, who stays on top of Group D thanks to great victories against Panathinaikos. Tonight, Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) top-scored for the Whites with 16 points. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) had 15, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) delivered 10 points each. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) posted 12 pts in defeat, Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) and Marko Scekic (6 rebs) netted 11 pts apiece. Real grabbed an opening lead, but Oldebnurg quickly answered tying the score to 12-12. Soon after that, Rickey Paulding and his teammates completed impressive 1-15 run for plus 7 in the finish of the first period. Jaric and Rimantas Kaukenas shined closing the gap to 17-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second period Real Madrid improved and after 28-28 tie, they managed to take 34-30 HT lead. At the half way of third frame, Oldenburg came to 45-44. Rimantas Kaukenas and Louis Bullock stepped up for Real, who jumped to plus 9 quickly. Kaukenas drained another jumper and the hosts grabbed their first double-digit lead of the night, 58-47, at the end of the third quarter. They had no troubles in the last ten minutes finishing this game in style 73-60. Next week, Real Madrid will meet AJ Milano in Italy. Oldenburg (1-8) will host PAO.

Panathinaikos - Assec.Prokom 74-66
Panathinaikos registered 74-66 home win against Asseco Prokom staying the second ranked team in Group D with the same 7-2 record as No.1 Real Madrid. Each of PAO's players managed to score at least 2 points in this game. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and Andrew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) led the way with 13 points apiece. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 pts and 5 rebounds. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) responded with 19 points for the guests and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) stopped on 16 pts (6 rebs). Asseco Prokom dropped to 3-5 and may be out of the Top 16 race tomorrow if AJ Milano beats BC Khimki Moscow Region on the road. The reigning Euroleague champion opened this game with 9-2 run. Soon after that they reached first double-digit lead (16-6), but Asseco Prokom managed to cut the margin to 23-18 after ten minutes of play. Mike Batiste dominated in the paint, and together with Jasikevicius and Tepic pushed Panathinaikos to plus 10 once again. It was 28-18. Visitors answered with 6-16 run, closed with triple by Daniel Ewing. In the finish Burrell shined and the Polish powerhouse grabbed 36-38 HT lead. Third period was pretty leveled. Neither of two teams was able to make a serious run, but still PAO was strong enough to take 51-50 lead before the last ten minutes. PAO made a crucial 6-1 run at the halfway of the last quarter taking 62-56. With 2:30 to go they still had plus 6 and Asseco Prokom was not able come any closer. Next week, PAO will meet Oldenburg in Germany. Asseco Prokom will host Khimky.



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Nick Bradford got fired - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Top League (Korisliiga) Team Kataja, Joensuu (8-15) do not need American F Nicky Bradford (200-G/F-78, college: Kansas) and his services anymore. Kataja has fired Bradford because of his disrespectful behavior towards the team and team other players. Bradford joined Team Kataja at the end of October, played 16 games and averaged 12,6 ppg - 5,0 rpg in 27,0 mpg. Kataja was 8-8 with Bradford. Kataja will replace Bradford by another American big man asap.
Finnish veteran players instead want to continue their basketball career. F Pasi Riihela (199-F-75), 35, has signed with Kouvot, Kouvola (16-6), where he played first time 12-14 years ago 1996-98. Also F Martti Kuisma (205-C/F-70, college: Florida), 39, wants to be still in the business. Kuisma has joined Tarmo, Porvoo (11-1) roster in division 1.


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 21-2 
 2. Kouvot 16-7 
 3. ToPo 15-8 
 4. LrNMKY 14-9 
 5. Honka 13-10 
 6. KTP 12-11 
 7. Korihait 11-12 
 8. Namika Lahti 10-12 
 9. Kataja 8-16 
 10. Karhu 6-17 
 11. Salon Vilpas 6-17 
 12. FoKoPo 6-17 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 23.9
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti23.9 
 2. Washington, KTP22.7 
 3. Trotter, ToPo21.6 
 4. Belser, Honka21.6 
 5. Turner, LrNM.20.8 
 6. Lowe, Pyrinto19.7 
 7. Moye, Kouvot18.7 
 8. Rouse, Namika L.18.5 
 9. Reid, Korihait18.3 
 10. Elliott, Hon.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Durell VINSON
  FoKoPo
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vinson, FoKoPo12.0 
 2. McDade, KTP11.8 
 3. Kaunisto, Kouvot11.1 
 4. Rouse, Namika L.10.2 
 5. Hamm, Salon Vilpas9.9 
 6. Smith, Karhu9.4 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto9.4 
 8. Kotti, Honka9.3 
 9. Chones, Kataja8.8 
 10. Clarkson, Kata.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Gibson, LrNM.4.1 
 2. Hickman, Namika Lahti3.9 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto3.7 
 4. Trotter, ToPo3.6 
 5. Burgess, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 6. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.2 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.0 
 8. Elliott, Honka3.0 
 9. Horton, Karhu2.8 
 10. Ivey, Kata.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNMKY
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gibson, LrNM.3.5 
 2. Trotter, ToPo3.0 
 3. Hickman, Namika Lahti2.8 
 4. Turner, LrNM.2.1 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 6. Bradford, Kataja1.9 
 7. Hall, LrNM.1.9 
 8. Cummings, Honka1.8 
 9. Horton, Karhu1.8 
 10. Washington, K.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ricky HICKMAN
  Namika Lahti
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 0.9
 1. Hickman, Namika Lahti0.9 
 2. Clarkson, Kataja0.8 
 3. Pearson, ToPo0.8 
 4. Moye, Kouvot0.7 
 5. Shiloh, Kouvot0.7 
 6. Lehtoranta, Kataja0.7 
 7. Chones, Kataja0.7 
 8. Neltner, Kouvot0.7 
 9. Riley, Namika Lahti0.6 
 10. Belser, Hon.0.6 


Korisliiga Round: 23 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Karhu - Honka 90-86
Reggie Golson (201-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: SE Missouri St.) notched 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead Karhu to the home success against Honka. Jeremiah Wood added 20 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in the win. Carl Elliott delivered 25 points, 6 assists and 5 boards in the loss.

ToPo - LrNMKY 98-77
ToPo earned the 15th win as they stunned LrNMKY at home court. Obie Trotter (186-G-84, college: Alabama A&M) exploded with 36 points, 8 steals and 7 rebounds for the home team. Corey Smith added 25 points in the victory. Sami Pekkola answered with 19 points and 9 rebounds for LrNMKY.

Korihait - FoKoPo 98-73
Korihait overwhelmed FoKoPo as Heikki Saaristo (190-G/F-83) stepped up off the bench with 18 points. Darryl Hudson notched 17 points in the win. Durell Vinson delivered 16 points and 10 rebounds for FoKoPo.

Kataja - Salon Vilpas 79-74
Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) scored 18 points to lead Kataja past Salon Vilpas. Jeb Ivey added 13 points in the eighth win for the hosts. The Vikings responded with 19 points from Charlie Burgess.

Kouvot - Pyrinto 64-68
Pyrinto held off their key rivals Kouvot on the road. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) and Chris Hester scored 20 points each to lead the league leaders. Ajene Moye responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds for Kouvot. Kyle Shiloh netted 16 points in defeat.

Namika Lahti - Kataja 111-93
Ricky Hickman scored 32 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead Namika Lahti past Kataja. Corey Rouse added 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Petri Virtanen and Jeb Ivey answered with 22 points each for Kataja.

Salon Vilpas - KTP 62-87
Isaac Spencer (198-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Murray St.) unloaded 32 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as KTP cruised past Salon Vilpas on the road. Eric Washington added 26 points and 12 boards in the 12th win for the visitors. Lauri Tiainen answered with 27 points and 6 boards for the Vikings.



KORISLIIGA: Physical fight in Kouvola - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, round 23: Interesting season goes on. In the top contest tonight Kouvot (Kouvola) and Pyrinto (Tampere) had a physical fight with tough defense. Pyrinto came stronger at the end and won third time this season Kouvot (64-68). Pyrinto's Head Coach Pieti Poikola was not quite happy though. 'Players should be more intensive. But this was a BIG WIN'. Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington) and Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Purdue) scored 20 pts both for Pyrinto. Damon Williams was left first time this season under 10 pts (7). Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) led Kouvot with 26 pts. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) got 61 pts from duo Obie Trotter (186-G-84, college: Alabama A&M) - Corey Smith (195-G/F-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Vanderbilt) and ToPo crushed YMCA Lappeenranta 98-77. Korihait (Uusikaupunki) crushed FoKoPo (Forssa) 98-73. Korihait had six players in double digits. YMCA Lahti scored 111 pts and that was 18 pts too much for Kataja (Joensuu). Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) netted 32 pts (treys 6/9). Karhu (Kauhajoki) has now won five out of the last six games. This time Honka (Espoo) had to return back home without much to tell to their fans. New Head Coach Timo Hakamaa and Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) are the key persons for the change at Kauhajoki. Wood helped tonight with 20 pts, 17 rbs, eight assists and four steals! In Salo dark clouds are in the sky. KTP (Kotka) defeated Vilpas Vikings by 25 pts 62-87. KTP veteran players Isaac Spencer (198-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Murray St.) and Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) combined 58 pts and 22 rbs. Lauri Tiainen (193-F/G-90) (Vilpas) scored his career high 27 pts. Darryl Dora (206-C-85, college: Texas Tech) (0/3 in 13 minutes) played his last game on Vilpas roster. Dora will continue his career in Germany. Vilpas has found the replacement already. American F Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Houston) will be in Finland this coming Friday.
Kouvot - Pyrinto 64-68 (35-32) (AJ Moye 26, Kyle Shiloh 16, Ross Neltner 7/14 - Chris Hester 20, Kenny Lowe 20).
Torpan Pojat - YMCA LPR 98-77 (54-33) (Obie Trotter 36, Corey Smith 25, Timo Heinonen 16 - Sami Pekkola 19, Adam Hall 18, Matt Gibson 15).
Korihait - FoKoPo 98-73 (56-36) (Heikki Saaristo 18, Darryl Hudson 17, Josh Gonner 16 - Durell Vinson 16/10, Jarno Nissinen 13, Alex Barnett 12).

YMCA Lahti - Kataja 111-93 (62-47) (Ricky Hickman 32, Corey Rouse 27/10, Roope Suonio 19 - Petri Virtanen 22, Jeb Ivey 22, Kristian Clarkson 19/11).

Kauhajoki - Honka 90-86 (41-35) (Reggie Golson 23, Jeremiah Wood 20/17/8a, Maurice Horton 16 - Carl Elliott 25, Tuukka Kotti 23, Corey Belser 20).
Vilpas - KTP 62-87 (23-46) (Lauri Tiainen 27, Roope Ahonen 13, Charlie Burgess 11 - Isaac Spencer 32/10, Eric Washington 26/12).



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Philippe Ruivet isn't the coach of BBD - by Laurent Maugein
After six defeats for seven games and one defeat against Aix-Maurienne (70-80), the boulazacois leaders decided to cut the coach Philippe Ruivet.
Nowadays Boulazac Basket Dordogne is fourteenth in the classification.
Philippe Ruivet was arrived in 2008 at Boulazac Basket Dordogne in provenance to Aix-Maurienne with for objective to go to play off.
During one and a half year, he will has counted 18 victorys for 30 defeats.
Sylvain Maurice is a coach up to Saturday


Le Mans with miraculous comeback in Russia - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans made an improbable comeback in the fourth quarter of the EuroCup game against Triumph. The hosts stayed in control in the first three quarters but did not capitalize. Le Mans went on a furious 21:8 run in the fourth term to earn the decisive lead and eventually won the game. Le Mans thus caught up with Triumph at 2-3 record in Group B. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) was intrumental in the win with 26 points. Maleye NDoye (203-F-80, college: Furman) added 14 points for the French outfit. Brion Rush netted 18 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out 6 assists for Triumph.
The victory slipped away from Cholet Basket in Treviso. Cholet entered the game against Benetton with their backs against the wall. They had to win to stay in the EuroCup race. It seemed the possibility as the visitors were up by six points late in regulation. However Rivers and Gary Neal fired from downtown to send the game into extra period. Cholet once again surged ahead and led by 5 before wasting it all. The hosts got closer and then Gary Neal unloaded another long bomb to propel Benetton to 81:80 victory. Sandro Nicevic scored 28 points to lead the Treviso team. Gary Neal added 22 points for the winners. Samuel Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) replied with 26 points for Cholet. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Nancy cruised past Turow 102:82 at home court. The Polish team led by 6 points at the interval but Nancy stepped on the gas in the second half and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) scored 22 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 5 assists to lead the way for Nancy. Jeff Greer (196-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) had 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Michael Wright responded with 22 points for Turow.



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Gjorgji Cekovski arrives to Levski - by Eurobasket News
According to reports from Bulgarian media, what has been talked about recently finally was confirmed when Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) arrived to Bulgaria. The FYR Macedonian International will play rest of the season with BC Levski and is expected to be a great reinforcement. Levski is currently boasting a 9-1 record in NBL, but could not pass on the opportunity to add Cekovski to their roster. Cekovski started this season with Rabotnicki, but was allowed to switch clubs when the Bulgarian outfit showed interest in him. He is already familiar with Bulgarian league, having previously played for Likoil Akademik so he is expected to adjust without problems.
Gjorgji Cekovski started his career in 1998 with Godel Rabotniski Skopje. In 5 seasons with the club, he became integral player for the team, winning three National Titles in the process. At the beginning of the 2003-2004 season, Cekovski was tested by Geoplin Slovan and has appeared in 12 games averaging 4.5 points. He finished the season as member of BpB Prishtin with whom he has also won National Cup. Following season he moved to Lukoil Akademik where he also played with success. He has won two National Cups in 2006 and 2007 as well as three consecutive National Titles from 2005-2007. Cekovski also spent a year in Ukraine where he played for Cherkassy Monkeys. In 19 league games, he posted averages of 9.9 points and 6.0 rebounds. Last season he returned to FYR Macedonia and signed with Feni Industri. In 5 BIBL games he averaged 13.0 points and 5.4 rebounds. He finished last season with Ukrainian outfit Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye. Cekovski started this season as member of Rabotnicki where he averaged 19.5 points and 9.1 rebounds in 15 League games.


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Real Madrid beats Oldenburg, keeps the first place in Group D - by Eurobasket News
MMC Real Madrid - EWE Baskets Oldenburg 73-60

Seventh Euroleague win for Real Madrid, who stays on top of Group D thanks to great victories against Panathinaikos. Tonight, Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) top-scored for the Whites with 16 points. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) had 15, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) delivered 10 points each. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) posted 12 pts in defeat, Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) and Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) (6 rebs) netted 11 pts apiece.
Real grabbed an opening lead, but Oldebnurg quickly answered tying the score to 12-12. Soon after that, Rickey Paulding and his teammates completed impressive 1-15 run for plus 7 in the finish of the first period. Jaric and Rimantas Kaukenas shined closing the gap to 17-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second period Real Madrid improved and after 28-28 tie, they managed to take 34-30 HT lead. At the half way of third frame, Oldenburg came to 45-44. Rimantas Kaukenas and Louis Bullock stepped up for Real, who jumped to plus 9 quickly. Kaukenas drained another jumper and the hosts grabbed their first double-digit lead of the night, 58-47, at the end of the third quarter. They had no troubles in the last ten minutes finishing this game in style 73-60.
Next week, Real Madrid will meet AJ Milano in Italy. Oldenburg (1-8) will host PAO.

MMC Real Madrid: Darjus Lavrinovic 16, Louis Bullock 15, Rimantas Kaukenas 10, Novica Velickovic 10
Oldenburg: Rickey Paulding 12, Marko Scekic 11+6 boards, Je'Kel Foster 11


Deandre Haynes (Paderborn Baskets) Beats The Duesseldorf Giants With A Last Second Three Pointer 65-64 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) 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 following the 65-64 win against The Duesseldorf Giants winning the game with a last second shot.

Congrats on beating The Duesseldorf Giants 65-64. What was the atmosphere at the end of the game with your game winning three pointer?


It felt good to get another win on our home court. The entire game our fans were into the game, and all of our players stayed focused, so when they went up on us at the end, and we have one more shot to take I took it, and the crowd just erupted into a big celebration.

Explain the game winning shot? What did coach Stoltz want to do on that play and how did the play develop and how did you score the game winning shot?

There was no designed play, I just got the ball with like 8 seconds to go, dribbled the ball to the 3 point line, took the shot and it fell for us.

Have you ever hit some game winning shots in your career? I know that you have hit some half court shots.


I hit a couple game winning shots in my career, it's a great feeling, and a big confidence booster.


Every game is like a superbowl for The Paderborn Baskets from now until the end. What did coach Stolz tell the team following the win? Is the team confidence at a new high in 2010?


He said 'great win for us, but we still have to keep our focus on digging ourselves out of a deep hole'. We have no choice but to have confidence now, because if we don't we would remain at the bottom of the league.

The Paderborn Baskets started hot scoring 26 points. Do you think that Duesseldorf was a bit surprised by the potent Paderborn attack?


I don't think they were surprised, we just came out with a lot of energy, our fans were behind us, and we had great chemistry in the beginning of the game. That's how we should come out every game, and maybe we'll have a better chance of winning more.

Paderborn scored only 25 points in the second half. What were the problems in the second half with the team? It became a very close game?


Well we lost our momentum a little bit in the second half allowing them to get back in the game, but we never stop fighting to get the win.

Paderborn had the better nerves in crunch time. Why do you think was Paderborn a bit stronger at the end then Duesseldorf?


I think we pulled out the game, because we had great chemistry, and everyone played with a lot of energy. Dusselsdorf played a tough game and they also fought to the end, but we also did the same and that last shot gave us the victory.

Key was The Paderborn defense as only Brendan Winters scored in double figures. What adjustment did the team do on defense from the first time you played Duesseldorf?


Well this game we trailed Brendan Winters on every screen, and Sefton Barrett did a great job of being in his pockets every time he touched the ball.

What was your impression of the two Duesseldorf guards Zack Whiting and Gordon Geib?

Zack Whiting played well both times we played them, he attacks the rim a lot, and he forced a lot of fouls on us in both games. Gordon Geib plays with a lot of energy and kept his team together.They are two good point guards

Paderborn next has games in Bremerhaven and Braunschweig. Does the team sense the importance of these two games that losing could break the necks and hurt the season?


Every game we lose from here on out is extra weight dropped on us, and our goal is to keep playing well together, and don't finish at the bottom of the BBL.

Paderborn now has an 11 day rest. What does the team need to focus on next?


We have a big break, but no time to really rest. We have to come in every day to practice focusing on our next game so we can hopefully continue to win.


Maybe you will win the next game on a buzzer beater, but I am 100% sure you would rather have a win first not depending on any kind of buzzer beater?


I would take any win from here on out, but if it comes down to the last shot I hope we are the ones taking it again.

Thanks Deandre for the quick post game chat. Good luck in the next away games!

Thanks.



Maurice Jeffers (Giessen 46ers) Gets Contract Extension - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Giessen 46ers gave the fans a much welcomed belated new years present by signing Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis) until the end of the season. The 30 year old 194cm shooting guard/small forward came toThe Giessen 46ers for his second tour of duty in October 2009, but only got a three month contract. In his three months, he became the second most importnat scoing option to American David Teague as he averaged 14,9ppg, 4,4rpg and 1,5apg. He was able to score in double figures in 13 of 14 games and was much needed in these three months to help give stability to the offense. Giessen 46er coach Vladi Bogojevic is thrilled that the club was able to keep Jeffers until the end of the season. 'I am happy that Maurice signed until the end of the season. he is a very reliable player. He gives the team alot of stability with his experience and versatility. He knows how the game works and has the right feel to make the right decisions', stressed Giessen 46er coach Vladi Bogojevic.

The native from Morrilton,Arkansas went to St Louis and was drafted by The Sacremento KIngs at #55 in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft. In the last five years, he has seemed to have liked the warm weather of Spain as he played for
teams like Leon Caja Espana, C.B. L'Hospitalet, Plus Pujol Lleida and Leche Rio Breogan Lugo. Last season, he played for The Giessen 46ers playing 22 games and averaging 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 71.4%.
Source: www.giessen-46ers.de


A Conversation With Current BEKO BBL Leading Scorer David Teague (Giessen 46ers) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) is a 26 year old 196cm guard who is an athletic wing player who possesses an excellent perimeter shot, is a solid penetrator who can get to the basket off the dribble and is a tenacious defender who can shut down dribble penetration. He grew up in Indianapolis and went to Pike high school and at Bridgeton Academy. He played atIn his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 14.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3Pts: 41.2%, FT: 75.4% Purdue from 2002-2007. In his first professional season, he played in Greece for AEL 1964 playing 23 games averaging 9.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 78.0%. Last season, he played in France for JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket playing 4 EuroChallenge games: averaging 8.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8spg and playing 29 games in the French League averaging 13.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 30.9%, FT: 73.4%. This season, he is playing for the Giessen 46ers and is currently leading the BEKO BBL in scoring with 20,4ppg, 4,7rpg and 1,5spg. And he spoke to eurobasket shortly before Christmas about the current Giessen season and other BEKO BBL teams.

The Giessen 46ers lost in Bamberg quite easily. What were the reasons for the loss?


We were unable to match their intensity. We didnt move the ball well and didnt defend well either. The crowd was really loud there and I hadnt experienced an atmosphere like that in the BEKO BBL this season. The loss might have been a good thing giving us a wakeup call telling us that we are not as good as we thought we were.

Did you defend Casey Jacobson?


No, Mo Jeffers defended Jacobson and did a good job. Jacobson hit some early three pointers, but after that Mo contained him well. I guarded Brian Roberts.

What is your impression of MEG Goettingen?

They defend very aggressive and it feels like seven guys are on the floor at all times. When we played them, they did a great job with traps and press defense. They are very physical team and will be tough to beat.

What is your impression of Bremerhaven?

They are a very experienced team. They have so many guys that can score. Campbell does a great job running the point, Buford can score at anytime, Lyde is tough on the boards and Gibbs does it all. I believe that they will be near the top at the end of the season.

What is your impression of The EWE Baskets Oldenburg? They seem to be missing some spice on the court.


Oldenburg has been used to winning in the last years and at times you can slip and they were without Jason Gardner for a long time. He and the team is still finding their rhythm. They are so strong from top to bottom and are very athletic. They will be near the top at the end of the season.

What is your impression of The Duesseldorf Giants?

They are very tough at home and gave me a tough time to score. Teams have a hard time to win there when you get down early. Once when they start scoring and get the crowd behind them, the harder it is to keep up with them.


What is your impression of The Artland Dragons?

They are a very good team and very experienced. They have a very experienced point guard with Ronald Ross and have many different ways to score. They are very strong form top to bottom and I also see them near the top at the end of the season.

What is your impression of Ratiopharm Ulm?


They are struggling to find their identity. I think that they will get even better when Rowland finds his game in their offense. Christian Burns is a tough player and they will win some more games as well.

What is your impression of The Telekom Baskets Bonn?


I saw them on TV recently and they are a very good team. Our next game is against them. It would be great to steal a game there. They have a very experienced team and a good point guard with Jared Jordan running the show. Taylor is tough on the wing and since the arrival of Dupree, the team has gotten more athletic. Bonn can score in bunches quickly.

What is your impression of Alba Berlin?

Alba Berlin is a great team. They did not get off to a good start, but will make their move and Julius Jenkins is one of the best players in the league. He is starting to find his rhythm as well.

What is your impression of The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig?


They are a good team and we were a little lucky to grind out a win on the road. They are a very talented team and if they can stay consistent will finish near the top.

Where will the journey of The Giessen 46ers end at the end of the season?

We have to play team basketball and improve our defense. Even though we started slow and were near the bottom, we know that we are good and our goal are the playoffs. I have never reached the playoffs in my career and want to reach them with Giessen. We are very good on paper and we know that if we execute first on defense, that good things will follow. We have many guys that can score. I feel at times that there is a lot of burden on my shoulders, because at times I try to do to much instead of getting any guys involved. My focus is to get the guys going in games and winning.

Martin Kohlmaier departed The Giessen 46ers. Why didnt it work out with him?


I think that he was unable to live up to the expectations. The expectations were high and it wasnt an easy situation for him especially when you are the biggest player in the league. The team supported him and the coach also had confidence in his ability. It was more a mental problem than a talent problem.

Austin Rowland is back in Ulm. How much trust does the team have in point guard Lorenzo Williams?

We have a lot of confidence in Lorenzo Williams. He is not 100% yet with his ankle injury. Lorenzo is a step slower, but he is looking better each day and will be 100% soon. Rowland helped pick up the pieces while he was here as Williams was still coming back.

You are currently the leading scorer in the BEKO BBL. How do you feel?



It feels good. It is a tribute to how hard I have been working. I made a lot of sacrifices to come to Europe without my family and concentrate on basketball.

What is more important winning or being the top scorer?


Winning is most important to me. In 5-10 years, people will remember who won the title, but not who was the top scorer. Basketball is a team sport and you play to win. If you rather score then you are in the wrong sport. If you want to achieve individual status then one should play golf and be like Tiger Woods.

What is your impression of the Tiger Woods scandal?


It has been like the snow ball effect. When one women comes out then it is difficult to keep the others quiet. When it starts to rain than it soon starts to pour. I have no idea what happened with him, but maybe he was dealing with the wrong women. It is safer to be married and be faithful.

NBA players seem to be able to find free women in every city. The great Wilt Chamberlin had thousands of women.

Well supposedly, he was single for most of his career. If he chose to live life like that then be it. He wasnt tied down and didnt have a woman to come home to. I think that there is a lot of pressure for guys that have money. You really need a lot of mental toughness and it depends on the individual person.

The Hessen Derby between The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and The Giessen 46ers will happen on January 8th. You probably want revenge after the loss in Frankfurt?


We suffered a tough loss in Frankfurt at the start of the season. We still have a bad taste in our mouths. We are really excited to play against Frankfurt. We will try to make amends after the loss in Frankfurt. It should be an exciting game.

You come from Indiana and must be used to snow. Do you like snow?


I hate snow. It can get really cold in the mid west, but not as cold as Chicago. It hasnt been snowing as much in Indiana recently.

But if your daughter asks you to play in the snow, then you wont decline?

I would play in the snow with her and make a snow angel or snow man.

You must know where French Lick, Indiana is?

Yes that is Larry Bird country. There is still a lot of love for Larry Bird in Indiana. He is the General manager of The Indiana Pacers and supposedly basketball was born in French Lick. I have never been in French Lick. He really could shoot the ball, and probably can still shoot it today. I would not bet against Bird in a game of horse.

What will you be doing for Christmas?


I will be spending Christmas with my family. My fianc and daughter got a flight and came last week.. We spent my daughters third birthday together and unfortunately, I couldnt give her a win in Bamberg. We will also spend New Years together so this year, we are able to get all three events wrapped into one visit and that makes me very happy.

You scored your 1000th point with Purdue on the same day as your daughter was born. How stressful was that?


That was a tiring time. I was driving back and fourth between West Lafayette and Marion. My daughter was born at 2am. I then went to play in the game which we won and I scored by 1000 point and I was exhausted and then I drove back to the hospital to be with them. I will never forget this day where these tow things happened.

What will you tell your daughter when she asks who Santa Claus is?


I will say that I am Santa Claus.lol All kids believe in the Santa Claus myth, but as they get older, they tend to find out what the difference is. When the time comes then I will tell her that her family is Santa Claus.

There has been a lot of debate if The BEKO BBL should have a winter break.

I am kind of in between. My family is here with me for the holidays and I do not really have the need to go home. However I can understand the frustration for a lot of the guys especially the Americans where Christmas is a big tradition in the States. But at the end of the day, its all a business and you have to take it as it is. It is too bad that we only get a few days, but possibly next season, the BEKO BBL can change the rules somewhat.

Thanks David for the chat and good luck the rest of the season!
Thanks.Miles



BIS Baskets Speyer land Ali Thomas - by Moritz Korff
The BIS Baskets Speyer (2. Bundesliga Pro B) announced the addition of Ali Thomas (188-G-79, college: USF), who will replace Igor Simin (197-G-84, agency: Avi Zilberman) on the roster, who made the move to Osnabrueck just recently. Thomas is a 30-year-old veteran and played for several different clubs in Germany throughout his pro career. He started off in 2002, when he joined TuS Jena. In the following years the San Francisco, CA native mostly got it done for the Krefeld Panthers. Thomas spent the 2007-2008 season playing for the Bergheim Bandits, before making the switch to HSB Landsberg. He led both Regionalliga teams in scoring and received Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga South-East Second Team honors. During the 2008-2009 campaign he competed for BS Odessa in the Ukraine and averaged 5.8 points over 20 games.

Giants Noerdlingen split with coach Biller - by Moritz Korff
According to local paper reports, Giants Noerdlingen head coach Alexander Biller has been sacked, as the Giants fell short in nine of the last ten games played and presently sit in 15th place in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A table. Noerdlingen spent the 2008-2009 season competing in the 1. Bundesliga, but moved back to Pro A for this current campaign though avoiding to finish the year on a relegation spot. In the summer of 2009 Biller was named the Noerdlingen head coach. He led the Giants to a 4-10 record this season.

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Greater Accra League Final Table - by Gianni Pascucci
Even with some delay, we are now able to supply the Final Standings of the 'Greater Accra Men's Basketball League 2009', ended some months ago with the win of Braves of CEPS, that ended the season unbeaten. The table is as follows:
club record points
1. CEPS 11-0 22
2. CC Hoops 10-1 21
3. Police 9-2 20
4. Tema Youth 8-3 19
5. Reformers 7-4 17
6. Yotive 5-6 15
7. Holy Family 4-7 15
8. Panthers 6-5 14
9. Wizards 3-8 14
10. Fire Service 1-10 11
11. Dynamics 1-10 11
12. St.Joseph's 0-11 10


Standings
GBA Standings
GAABL
 1. CEPS Braves 11-0 
 2. Hoops 10-1 
 3. Tema Youth 8-3 
 4. Reformers 7-4 
 5. Panthers 6-5 
 6. Yotive 5-6 
 7. Holy Family 4-7 
 8. Wizards 3-8 
 9. D.C.D. 1-10 
 10. Fire Service 1-10 
 11. C.Y.O 0-11 
WBA
 1. Takoradi 4-0 
 2. Eff-Ess 3-1 
 3. Bikat 2-3 
 4. Frank Motors 1-2 
 5. Grippers 0-4 


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Five Head coaches dismissed before the end of 2009 - by Chris Mammides
In A1 league
Coach Kostas Pilafidis is officially dissmissed from Kavala Panorama after the surprising hme deft from the team of Stergios Koufos , Iysiakos. Kostas Pilafidis remain with the Kavala team for a bit more than oe hear, he is considered to be the architect of the specific team but due to the negative results this seazon the management decided to replace him with Vangelis Alexandris who will officially coach hi first game as a Kavala Panorama Coach the 3rd of January 2010! The American player Alexander is also history for the team of Kavala.
Vangelis Agelou is the second coach who will not end the 2009 with the team of Trikala as he decided to leave the team, the two parties split ways after the Halkida born Head coach decided that some issues can not help him to continue his career in the team that he 'saved' to reamin in the A1, during last seazon
In A2 league
Costas Sorotos is officialy the head coach of Amyntas as the team dismiss the head coach Vangelis Vlahos
OFI Irakleio dismissed Giorgos Vovoras and replaced him with the ex head coach of Amyntas, Vangelis Vlahos

Vasilis Fragias is the new head coach of Pagrati who replaced the head coach
Alexis Daglas


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Panelefsiniakos 9-2 
 2. Lavrio 9-2 
 3. AEK/Pegasus 9-2 
 4. Periko/Arhel. 9-2 
 5. MENT 8-3 
 6. Panerythraik. 8-3 
 7. Apollon Kal. 6-5 
 8. Aias Evosmou 6-5 
 9. Apollon 5-6 
 10. Doukas 5-6 
 11. Mantoulidis 3-8 
 12. Komotini 3-8 
 13. Anagennisi 2-9 
 14. Keravnos Aigio 2-9 
 15. Agia Paras. 2-9 
 16. M.Alexandros 1-8 


Panathinaikos hands 74-66 loss to Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Asseco Prokom 74-66

Panathinaikos registered 74-66 home win against Asseco Prokom staying the second ranked team in Group D with the same 7-2 record as No.1 Real Madrid. Each of PAO's players managed to score at least 2 points in this game. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and Andrew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) led the way with 13 points apiece. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 pts and 5 rebounds. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) responded with 19 points for the guests and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) stopped on 16 pts (6 rebs). Asseco Prokom dropped to 3-5 and may be out of the Top 16 race tomorrow if AJ Milano beats BC Khimki Moscow Region on the road.
The reigning Euroleague champion opened this game with 9-2 run. Soon after that they reached first double-digit lead (16-6), but Asseco Prokom managed to cut the margin to 23-18 after ten minutes of play. Mike Batiste dominated in the paint, and together with Jasikevicius and Tepic pushed Panathinaikos to plus 10 once again. It was 28-18. Visitors answered with 6-16 run, closed with triple by Daniel Ewing. In the finish Burrell shined and the Polish powerhouse grabbed 36-38 HT lead. Third period was pretty leveled. Neither of two teams was able to make a serious run, but still PAO was strong enough to take 51-50 lead before the last ten minutes. PAO made a crucial 6-1 run at the halfway of the last quarter taking 62-56. With 2:30 to go they still had plus 6 and Asseco Prokom was not able come any closer.
Next week, PAO will meet Oldenburg in Germany. Asseco Prokom will host Khimky.

PAO: Mike Batiste 13, Andrew Nicholas 13, Nikola Pekovic 10+5 boards
Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 19, Qyntel Woods 16+6 boards



Aris clinch EuroCup Last 16 birth - by Eurobasket News
Aris secured EuroCup Last 16 appearance. They held off visiting Zadar 73:67 to improve at 4-1 record on top of Group C. The victory also allowed Hapoel Jerusalem to book the spot in the next round. The first quarter turned into a roller-coaster action as the lead changed hands 16 times. But Aris gradually took over and built a 41:33 lead at the interval. The margin kept on growing and reached a 14-point mark at three-quarter time. Zadar got within three late in the game but Aris stayed calm and sealed the deal at the end. Aaron Miles (186-G-83, college: Kansas) finished with 16 points and 7 boards for the hosts. Jeremy Richardson (199-G/F-83, college: Delta St.) notched 11 points in the victory. Hrvoje Peric answered with 13 points and 6 rebounds for Zadar.
Gran Canaria registered the third win as they held off Panellinios 73:51 in front of the home fans. The home team led by four points at halftime but reeled off to a comfortable win at the end. James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Spanish team. Will McDonald added 15 points and 6 boards for the winners. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) replied with 18 points for Panellionios. Three teams are now tied at 3-2 in Group G.



Latest Transfer News - by Chris Mammides
A1
Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) agreed financial term with Kavala/Panorama until the end of the season. The American veteran player will replace his compatriot Richard Shields.
Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) agreed terms with Gymnastikos Olympia Larissas. Abramov belongs to the Spanish Valencia but he wanted to leave as the Coach of the Spanish team couldnt offer him some real time in the court.
Ilysiakos Athens agreed financial terms with the Greek guard Christos Harissis.
According to some behind the scene news the players Milan Sagias (208-C-77) and Nondas Papantoniou (190-G-90) will be dismissed from the team of AEK Athens before the end of this week.
A2

Xanthi BF Fashion agreed financial terms with the Greek Serbian experienced guard, Srdjan Karageorgiou (194-G-76), the same player was targeted from a number of other A2 teams.
Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) agreed financial terms with the team of AEP Olimpiada Patron for the next two years.
Ikaroi Serron agreed financial terms with Fivos Gimnopoulos (188-G-79)
B' Division

Evangelos Morfis (193-G-85) renewed his contract with Perikos/Arhelaos for another one year.
Kostas Dimou is the new Head Coach of Aias Evosmou to replace Giannis Hatzoulis



Caja Laboral too much for Marousi thanks to great third quarter - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Marousi BC 73-65

Caja Laboral celebrated valuable home win against Marousi staying in the race to win Group C (7-2). Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading player in victory netting 15 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) also had 15 and Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) helped with one point less, plus he had 6 boards. In Marousi, Dimitrios Mavroidis (208-C-85) (6 rebs) and William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 12 pts each. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) had 11 points and also 6 rebs. Their team will reach the Top 16 if it beats Maccabi next week and Roma loses at least once.
Marousi had a great start in Vitoria tonight grabbing 0-5 lead. Soon after that Dimitrios Mavroidis and his teammates jumped to 2-9 and later to 2-14. That was a signal for Caja Laboral players to wake up, what they immediately did and managed to close the gap to 16-19 in the first period. In the second one, Marousi was the team who was ahead until the last minute. Carl English drained a triple for Caja Laboral bringing them the first lead in this game, 31-30. William Keys responded with a basket and Marousi was 31-32 up at the half time. The hosts took control on Marousi after the breather. First, they tied the score to 34-34 and in the next 5 minutes made impressive 13-0 run. At the beginning of the last period Mirza Teletovic and his teammates jumped to 62-44 and the game was over for Marouis. Rest of this meeting was just the formality for Caja Laboral, who will meet CSKA in Moscow next week.

Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 15+7 boards, Fernando San Emeterio 15, Tiago Splitter 14
Marousi: Dimitrios Mavroidis 12+6 boards, William Keys 12, Jared Homan 11



Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Gagaloudis, Oly P 21.2
2. Totsios, Ikaroi 18
3. Tsoutsos, Dafni 17.1
4. Liakopoulos, Per. 17
5. Sizopoulos, Arkad. 17
Rebounds Per Game
1. Amato, Perama 12.8
2. Latovic, Rethymn 11.4
3. Koutroulias, Near 7.6
4. Jovanovic, Arkad. 7.6
5. Despos, Iraklis 6.4
Assists Per Game
1. Gagaloudis, Oly. 6.2
2. Liakopoulos, Per. 5.8
3. Vassilopoulos, Da 5.8
4. Kiriakopoul. KAOD 4.8
5. Zoupas, Amyntas 4.2
Steals Per Game
1 KOUKOURAVAS, XANTHI 1.8
2 GKAGKALOUDIS, OLYMPIADA P.1.8
3 PETROVIC, IRA 1.8
4. KARAPOST. IRA 1.8
5 DIMITRIADIS, ERMIS L1.5
Blocks Per Game
1 VAGENAS, OFI 1.2
2ANAGNOSTOPOULOS, XANTHI 1.2
3 DESPOS, IRA 0.8
4 AMATO, ERMIS 0.8
5 SOUFLIAS, OFI 0.5
2FGP
1.FOTIOU, EGALEO73%2.KOSANOVIC, OLYMPIADA P. 73%3.MAGOUNIS, AGOR 73%
3FGP
1.PAPAKONSTANTINOU, ERMIS L 75%
2 LIANOS, DAFNI 75%
3.GKAGKALOUDIS, OLYMPIADA P.75%
Free Throws
1.KIRIAKOPOULOS , KAOD 100%
2. KOSANOVIC, OLYMPIADA P. 100%
3.SIZOPOULOS, ARKADIKOS 93%
Ranking
1 MADRIH, OLYMPIADA P. 1.222
2 TSOTSOS, ERMIS L. 0.918
3 GKAGKALOUDIS, OLYMPIADA P. 0.887


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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Upstairs Weert
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 20.2
 1. Palmer, Upstairs.20.2 
 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. Mason, EclipseJet14.8 
 9. LeMelle, ZZ Leiden14.8 
 10. Hendley, Landste.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elijah PALMER
  Upstairs Weert
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Palmer, Upstairs.9.2 
 2. Ellis, GasTerra F.9.2 
 3. Beasley, Eiff.Tow.8.8 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam8.8 
 5. McGhee, ZZ Leiden8.4 
 6. Griffin, Giants8.3 
 7. Monroe, DeFriesl.8.3 
 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. Defares, Giants4.7 
 4. Bauscher, GasTerra.4.7 
 5. Blackwood, DeFriesl.4.5 
 6. Bostain, GasTerra.4.3 
 7. Moore, DeFriesland4.3 
 8. Porter, Upstairs.4.3 
 9. Slagter, Giants4.1 
 10. Gibson, ZZ Leid.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. Mason, EclipseJet2.2 
 9. Kimbrough, Giants2.2 
 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. Kuijper, ZZ Leiden0.9 
 8. Porter, Upstairs.0.9 
 9. Aarts, Eiff.Towers0.8 
 10. Faris, Gian.0.8 


EiffelTowers wins in France, Amsterdam loses - by Claudia vanGorp
Last night both Eiffel Towers Den Bosch and EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam played in Europe.

National champ EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam played against Krasnye Krylia in Russia but had no chance to win even though Robert Krabbendam (213-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Virginia Tech) added 11 points for the Dutch team and became leading player.
It was a 20 point victory for the Russian team 71-51 and that will guarantee EclipseJet-MyGuide Amsterdam can almost start focussing on only the Dutch league as they are last in their poule.

Eiffel Towers Den Bosch did a much better job and after 20 minutes of playing it seemed like Eiffel Towers Den Bosch was about to crush Strassbourg.
For the first time this season Don Beck had the absolute privilege to use all players as Rogier Jansen returned from his injury and played a solid game adding 5 points and 2 steals in only 10 minutes.
But it was Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) (adding 14 points, 7 reb) and Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) (10 pnt, 10 reb) that helped the Dutch team making a big step towards the second round. 70-74 was enough to reach for the second round. This tuesday Eiffel Towers Den Bosch can reach the second round for the third year in a row.


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A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Dongbu Promy
  (211-C-79)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Jones, Dombovar24.6 
 2. Watson, ZTE K.22.4 
 3. Brooks, Soproni22.1 
 4. Huckaby, Salgotar.21.3 
 5. Horvath, Falco21.3 
 6. Farmer, Debreceni21.0 
 7. Doyne, Marso-Vagep20.8 
 8. Rice, Szolnok19.9 
 9. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.18.6 
 10. Richardson, Sopro.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ousmanne BARRO
  Szolnok
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Barro, Szolnok11.3 
 2. Jones, Dombovar11.1 
 3. Horvath, Falco10.4 
 4. Davis, Salgotarjani9.5 
 5. Diakite, Kormend9.0 
 6. Scott, Kormend8.3 
 7. Knight, Soproni8.2 
 8. Dale, Kecskemeti7.4 
 9. David Vay, PVSK P.7.3 
 10. Vavra, Salgotarja.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Kalman, Falco7.8 
 2. Simon, Albacomp6.3 
 3. Kelley, Szolnok6.2 
 4. Hinnant, ZTE K.5.8 
 5. English, Atomeromu5.5 
 6. Thomas, Kormend5.1 
 7. LaGrange, Dombovar4.6 
 8. Fodor, Szolnok4.6 
 9. Dejon, Kaposvari4.5 
 10. Brooks, Sopro.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVIACIUS
  Salgotarjani
  (195-F-83)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Sirutaviaciu., Salgot.4.2 
 2. Kelley, Szolnok3.0 
 3. English, Atomeromu3.0 
 4. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.7 
 5. Dejon, Kaposvari2.7 
 6. Watson, ZTE K.2.7 
 7. Doyne, Marso-Vagep2.6 
 8. LaGrange, Dombovar2.5 
 9. Lee, Albacomp2.5 
 10. Frazier, Szoln.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 DuJuan WILEY
  Marso-Vagep
  (206-C-75)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wiley, Marso-Vagep2.4 
 2. Clark, Atomeromu1.4 
 3. Hendlein, Kaposvari1.4 
 4. Nuhanovic, Debre.1.3 
 5. Sitku, Marso-Vagep1.2 
 6. Barro, Szolnok1.1 
 7. David Vay, PVSK P.1.1 
 8. Horvath, Falco1.0 
 9. Doyne, Marso-Vagep1.0 
 10. Banks, Albaco.1.0 


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Players movement - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
There have been some changes on import players in some of the teams.
Keflavik sent home Rashon Clark and sign instead Draleon Burns (193-G-85, college: De Paul), shooting guard/small forward out of DePaul.
Tindastoll did not keep Amani Daanish (201-F-83, college: Indiana St.) who had contract with team until Christmas. Coach was looking for more of a pure center. Team have sign Kenny Boyd (203-C-82) out of Morehouse College
Haukar have sign point guard Landon Quick (185-G-85, college: High Point). Quick player for Skallagrimur after Christmas last season.
IR have new coach after Jon Arnar Ingvarsson needed to step down because of family reason. Coach in charge now is Gunnar sverrison who is youth program head coach at the Club.


Helgi Magnusson & Jakob Sigurdarson with big games. - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Both Icelandic players in top league Sweden had a very good games in their teams win last night.
Solna Vikings had lost 4 games in a row and in all these games Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, college: Catawba) started on the bench. Last night he was in starting lineup again and there he should be as is seen in his numbers in the game.
Double, double 23 pts & 10 rebs in a very good shooting 10/13. Solna won 08 Stockholm 98-82
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) and Sunsvall Dragons had a difficult game away against the top team Norrkping Dolphins.Dragons playing without Mats Levin, gone to Italy and Johan Jeansen butthat did not matter as Dragons won 91-79
Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) with another big performance. 28 points 4 rebs, 5 assist, 2 steals.
Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) had 4 pts & 1 steal in CB Granada loss to Unicaja 87-112 in ACB Spain.


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Norman Nolan in Petrochimi for Try-out - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Norman Nolan (202-F/C-76, college: Virginia) , The American Power Forward is in iran for a try-out in Petrochimi Club.
He is Naturally a Power Forward but Petrochimi is trying to use him as a Center so he can a Short Center for them.
he was playing in middle east for Al-Qadsia of Kuwait and Sagesse and Moutahed of Lebanon. He left kuwait to be in Argentina LigaA League but it seems that he was not good enough there that he left and is in Iran for try-out. His playing is so similar to Marcus Melvin which is now in Petrochimi.

Norman Nolan Outlook:
A very powerful inside player, very physical. He performed a great NCAA career. Great rebounder and scorer in the paint.



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Hapoel Lev Hasharon sign Bayo Arigbon - by Eurobasket
Hapoel Lev Hasharon (National League) added to their roster 24-year old Nigerian forward Bayo Arigbon (196-F-86, college: San Diego Chr.). Arigbon played most recently at Deportivo Espanol de Talca (Chile). While playing Clausura League for Dep.Espanol his stats were: 24 games: 18.0ppg, 11.8rpg, 1.2apg and 1.7spg.
Arigbon spend 2008-09 in Iceland playing at Hottur (D1), he played 8 games and averaged 33.5ppg (best in the league), 15.1rpg (2nd best in the league), 1.4apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 71.0%; and he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Icelandic D1 Honorable Mention, Eurobasket.com Icelandic D1 All-Imports Team and Eurobasket.com Icelandic D1 All-Defensive Team
in his first game with Lev Hasharon he played 32 minutes and scored 8 points and 7 rebounds.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Jeron Roberts in Nahariya - by Ryan
Jeron Roberts (194-G/F-76, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Wyoming), who has Israeli Citizenship, was released in Nicosia, and now joins struggling Ironi Nahariya. Ironi Nahariya strengthened its squad with Jeron (G-33, 1.94, agency: Gross Zeev ISA). Roberts began his career with Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin in the 99/00 Premier League. He was injured after just three games and was released. He played four seasons in the National League for Lev Hasharon, Ramle, and Ashdod. In the 05/06 season he returned to the Premier League with Hapoel Tel Aviv, after marrying his Israeli wife Liora and obtaining Israeli citizenship. In 06/07 Roberts played for DTL EKA AEL Limassol. That summer Roberts debued on the Israeli National Team in the European championships. For the 07/08 season, Roberts traveled to Holland to play for Israeli National team coach Arik Shibak at EclipseJet-My Guide Amsterdam. He returned to Israel during the 08 / 09 season playing for Ironi Ashkelon (6.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, 23.5% from three) in 21 minutes a game. For the current season he began with Madisons Apoel Nicosia Cyprus, after a disappointing stint with the club he was released and picked up by Ironi Nahariya who is currently in 10th place in the Premeir league with a 2-7 record.


National League Round: 13 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Ramla - Hod Hasharon 83-96
Elitzur Ramla lost to Hod Hasharon 83:96 as Stanley Brandy (200-F-67, college: De Paul) stepped up with 26 points and 13 boards, while Simhon Amit netted 22. Peterson Damon ended up with 25 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.

Hap.Haifa - Kiryat Ata 100-89
Robert Brown (195-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Buffalo) scored 25 points and Eliyaho Elad nailed 24 as Hapoel Haifa edged Kiryat Ata 100:89. Saudai Eran finished the night with 22 points and Digmel Ofer added 18 in defeat.

Macc.Ashdod - Macc.Habikaa 96-84
Maccabi Ashdod became the league leaders as they rolled over Maccabi Habikaa 96:84 in the top game of the Regular Season Round 13. Clemente Ramon was unstoppable with 26 points and 18 rebounds, while Farchi Orit posted 13. Auter Adrian posted 25 points and grabbed 12 boards in defeat.

Lev Hasharon - Natzrath Elite 81-93
Lev Hasharon was beaten by Natzrath Elite 81:93 as the latter got 23 points from Brad Byerson (201-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union). Ben Hemo Oren nailed 21 and Wallis Dan notched 17. Shiran Yotam responded with 19 points in the losing case.

Elitzur Yavne - Beer Yaakov 77-61
Elitzur Yavne improved to 7-6 record beating Beer Yaakov 77:61. Alex Tzubrevitch (212-C-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) was unstoppable with 21 points and 21 boards, while Markson Bryant and Haziza David had 16 points each. Levi Lior replied with 16 points for Beer Yaakov.

Hapoel Beeri - Megido/Yok. 90-74
Hapoel Beeri celebrated a rare win for 5-8 record beating Megido/Yok. 90:74. Haran Shifman (183-G-84, agency: Ronsport) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, whilst Paris David and Rubinstein Lior posted 17 each. Nenikashvili Ilan responded with 17 points for Hapoel Megido.

Kohav Yair - Hap.Tivon 95-85
Kohav Yair beat Hapoel Tivon 95:85 on January 5th. Raymond Hicks (201-F/C, college: Miami, FL) was unstoppable with 36 points for the winners, while Amitay Gil scored 15. Asbury Brian naswered with 33 points in the losing effort.



Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Macc.Ashdod 10-3 
 2. Macc.Habikaa 9-4 
 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. Clemente, Macc.Ash.21.3 
 7. Simhon, Hod H.21.1 
 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.12.2 
 4. Paris, Hapoel Beeri11.1 
 5. Brown, Hap.Haifa10.7 
 6. Peterson, Elitzur .10.5 
 7. Auter, Macc.Hab.10.4 
 8. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.9.6 
 9. Hicks, Kohav Yair9.4 
 10. Drayton, Beer.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.5.7 
 6. Huli, Lev Hasharon5.2 
 7. Golan, 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. Farchi, Macc.Ash.2.5 
 3. Asbury, Hap.Tivon2.4 
 4. Berkovich, Hap.H.2.3 
 5. Markson, Elitzur .2.2 
 6. Harrison, Hap.Haifa2.0 
 7. Saudai, Hap.Tivon2.0 
 8. Saudai, Kiryat Ata2.0 
 9. Cohen, Hapoel Beeri1.9 
 10. Karpels, Elitzu.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. Auter, Macc.Hab.1.7 
 5. Tzubrevitch, Elitzu.1.7 
 6. Aiden, Hapoel Beeri1.4 
 7. Martin, Elitzur Yavne1.3 
 8. Paris, Hapoel Beeri1.3 
 9. Peterson, Elitzur .1.3 
 10. Markson, Elitzu.1.2 


Hapoel Jerusalem reach EuroCup Last 16 edging Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem have reached EuroCup Last 16 stage. They nipped Siauliai on the road to clinch the spot in the next round. Hapoel improved at 3-2 record, while Siauliai slipped at 1-4 record in Group C. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) and Pooh Jeter (179-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Portland) came up with pivotal performances for the visitors. Hunter tallied 24 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Hapoel. Pooh Jeter top-scored with 26 points.
Siauliai got to a brisk start but Hapoel quickly adjusted and led 18:17 after ten minutes. The visitors went on a 22:10 run in the second frame to take a 40:27 advantage. Siauliai got within 9 at halftime 35:44. Shason allowed the Israeli team to clear off to a 60:41 distance in the third stanza. Hapoel entered the final frame ahead by 18 points. Kuzminskas and Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) helped the hosts to trim the distance to 10 points midway through the fourth stanza but Simmons and Pooh Jeter cooled off the home team as Hapoel raced to the win.
Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Derrick Low replied with 22 points for Siauliai. Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) netted 16 points in the losing effort.



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Gary Neal rescues Benetton in EuroCup clash - by Eurobasket News
Gary Neal (193-G-84, college: Towson) knocked down two crucial triples in regulation and overtime to lead Benetton past Cholet in a heart-stopping thriller in Treviso. Cholet entered the game against Benetton with their backs against the wall. They had to win to stay in the EuroCup race. It seemed the possibility as the visitors were up by six points late in regulation. However Rivers and Gary Neal fired from downtown to send the game into extra period. Cholet once again surged ahead and led by 5 before wasting it all. The hosts got closer and then Gary Neal unloaded another long bomb to propel Benetton to 81:80 victory. Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) scored 28 points to lead the Treviso team. Gary Neal added 22 points for the winners. Samuel Mejia replied with 26 points for Cholet. Antywayne Robinson finished with 21 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.
Banca Tercas came up just short against ALBA 65:66 at home court. The teams stayed close throughout the encounter. Teramo entered the fourth frame ahead by 5 points. The lead changed hands for several times in the final stanza but Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) gave the hosts a 65:64 lead with one minute to go. Sekulic responded on the other end and then blocked Bobby Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington) to seal the win for ALBA. Julius Jenkins scored 17 points to pace ALBA to the fourth win. Jurica Golemac and Sekulic added 11 points each in the victory. Bobby Jones responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds for Teramo. Valerio Amoroso finished with 14 points in defeat.
Biella surrendered against Nymburk 60:84 in Czech Republic. Biella thus fell at 3-2 record in Group H and allowed Nymburk to catch up in the ladder. Arthur Lee tallied 20 points to lead the charge. Ron Lewis and Ladislav Sokolovsky finished with 16 points each for the winners. Joe Smith (193-G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Al.-Huntsville) answered with 20 points for Biella.



Montepaschi blasts Fenerbahce Ulker 101-58 - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Fenerbahce Ulker 101-58

Montepaschi destroyed Fenerbahce Ulker 101-58 for the 8th win in Preliminary Group A (8-1). Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) shined for the hosts with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) helped with 17 pts and 5 assists. Hawkins was the last one with double-digits, but it is important to mention that each of Montepaschi players managed to score at least 2 points tonight. In the Turkish squad, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) replied with 18 pts. They dropped to 3-6 and will host Zalgiris next week in a game that may determine their fate. Montepaschi will meet Regal Barca in the battle for the first place in this pool.
Montepaschi opened this game with quick 7-2 run. Visitors came to 15-14 in the finish of first period, but the hosts ended it with 4-0 for plus 5 after 10 minutes of play. In the second frame Montepaschi totally destroyed its rival. They made magnificent 18-0 run for 37-16 lead. They did not stop and for rest of the way in the first half Montepaschi already was 50-25 up. It was clear that this game is already over for Fener, who was not able to resist. Montepaschi made 28-14 in third and 23-19 in the last quarter celebrating impressive 101-58 win. Next round is scheduled for January 13.

Montepaschi: Ksistof Lavrinovic 20+6 boards, David Hawkins 17
Fenerbahce Ulker: Lynn Greer 18, Oguz Savas (208-C-87) 13+5 boards



Harold Jamison and Carife Ferrara split ways - by Eurobasket News
Harold Jamison (204-C-76, college: Clemson) and Carife Ferrara have agreed on terms of termination of the contract. Jamison joined the team back in 2007. The 33-year-old centre helped Ferrara to get promotion to Seria A. He tallied 13.8 points, 7.0 boards and 2.7 steals per game that season. This year Harold Jamison appeared in twelve games in Seria A. He averaged 10.3 points, 4.8 boards and 1.6 steals.


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Notre Dame prepares for conference play with win over Algoma - by Leonard Whyte
South Euclid, OH (01-06-2010): Center Karim McFarlane led a 12-2 run to start the second half as Notre Dame College defeated Algoma University of Ontario, Canada, 90-57 last night. McFarlane was one of five players in double-figures for the winners and just missed posting a double-double, finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds. Notre Dame (10-5) led 29-23 at the break before a second half explosion that saw them outscoring Algoma 61-34 on 60 percent shooting from the field. The 61 points marked the most points scored by Notre Dame since 2007. They will now be off for six days before hosting Shawnee State University next Thursday, January 14, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. EST, the beginning of 11 straight American Mideast Conference (AMC) games.

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BJ League Round: 14 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron. 77-66
Okinawa GK beat Saitama Broncos 77:66 at the start of the Regular Season Round 14. George Leach (210-C-81, college: Indiana) paced all the winners with 26 points and McHenry Anthony had 15 points and 11 boards. Shimizu Taishiro finished the night with 20 points in the losing case.

Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 69-87
Toyama Grouses lost to Niigata Albirex 69:87 in the second appearance. Antonio Burks (198-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) stepped up with 21 points and Ikeda Yuichi added 18. Lemons Kirby responded with 20 points in defeat and Thomas Brandon scored 18.

Okinawa GK - Saitama Bron. 75-77
Okinawa GK was beaten by Saitama Broncos 75:77 on January 3rd. Terrence Woodyard (207-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina) led the way with 21 points, while Jointer Mario delivered 18. Newton Jeff answered with 24 points and 18 rebounds for Okinawa.

Fukuoka Rizing - Sendai 89ers 76-74
Fukuoka Rizing rolled over Sendai 89ers 76:74 on January 4th. Parker Michael and Kohei Mitomo (179-G-80) top-scored for the winners with 24 points each, while Fox Isaiah posted 12. Pomare Leonardo ended up with 24 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Fukuoka Rizing - Sendai 89ers 74-82
Regular Season Round 14 last game saw Fukuoka Rizing losing to Sendai 89ers 74:82. Kenichi Takahashi (181-G-80) paced all the winners with 23 points and Pomare Leonardo had 19 points and 19 rebounds. Parker Michael produced 23 poins in the losing case.

Toyama Grouses - Niigata Albirex 86-79
Toyama Grouses cruised past Niigata Albirex 86:79 on January 2nd. Takeshi Mito (184-G-85) stepped up with 19 points, while Lemons Kirby collected 17 points and 15 rebounds. Butorac Paul nailed 22 points in the losing effort.



Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 17-3 
 2. Sendai 89ers 13-9 
 3. Niigata Albirex 10-10 
 4. Toyama Grouses 9-11 
 5. Saitama Bron. 9-11 
 6. Tokyo Apache 5-13 
Western
 1. Okinawa GK 17-5 
 2. Fukuoka Rizing 16-10 
 3. Shiga Lakestars 12-12 
 4. Osaka Evessa 10-12 
 5. Oita H.Devils 8-14 
 6. Takamatsu FA 8-16 
 7. Kyoto Hannaryz 6-14 


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Zaid Abbaas in China (CBA Round 8: Regular Season) - by Mohammed Malas
Jordan's representative in the Chinese CBA Abbaas Zaid (203-F-83) has impressed earlier today when he helped his team Shanghai Dongfang Sharks to win their six consecutive game in the leage after passing by Jilin Northeast Tigers 110-105 putting them amongst the top 4 teams on the league's table.

Zaid scored 16 points and collected 9 rebounds adding to 1 assist and 3 steals, Lucas John (180-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) added 32 points for the winners.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ivars TIMERMANIS
  Barons
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Timermanis, Barons19.9 
 2. Nelyubov, VEF Riga18.5 
 3. Gulbis, Zemgale18.1 
 4. Kojenets, Liepaja17.4 
 5. Mazeika, VEF Riga17.3 
 6. Davis, Valmiera17.2 
 7. Valeika, Valmiera16.6 
 8. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.3 
 9. Efejuku, Barons16.2 
 10. Kisielius, Liepa.14.9 
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, Zemgale5.5 
 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, Liepaja3.8 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils3.2 
 6. Bankevics, VEF Riga3.0 
 7. Steinbergs, Keiza.2.8 
 8. Valeika, Valmiera2.6 
 9. Nelyubov, VEF Riga2.5 
 10. Metra, 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. Strelnieks, Ventspi.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. Nelyubov, VEF Riga0.8 
 5. Blaus, Ventspils0.8 
 6. Kosuskins, Liepaja0.7 
 7. Zorin, Barons0.6 
 8. Pettway, Ventspils0.6 
 9. Valeika, Valmiera0.6 
 10. Labuckas, VEF Ri.0.5 


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


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Hapoel Jerusalem reach EuroCup Last 16 edging Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Jerusalem have reached EuroCup Last 16 stage. They nipped Siauliai on the road to clinch the spot in the next round. Hapoel improved at 3-2 record, while Siauliai slipped at 1-4 record in Group C. Brandon Hunter (201-F-80, college: Ohio) and Pooh Jeter (179-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Portland) came up with pivotal performances for the visitors. Hunter tallied 24 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for Hapoel. Pooh Jeter top-scored with 26 points.
Siauliai got to a brisk start but Hapoel quickly adjusted and led 18:17 after ten minutes. The visitors went on a 22:10 run in the second frame to take a 40:27 advantage. Siauliai got within 9 at halftime 35:44. Shason allowed the Israeli team to clear off to a 60:41 distance in the third stanza. Hapoel entered the final frame ahead by 18 points. Kuzminskas and Derrick Low (188-G-86, college: Washington St.) helped the hosts to trim the distance to 10 points midway through the fourth stanza but Simmons and Pooh Jeter cooled off the home team as Hapoel raced to the win.
Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) notched 14 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Derrick Low replied with 22 points for Siauliai. Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) netted 16 points in the losing effort.



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 


Aleksandar Rasic paces Partizan to crucial win against Lietuvos Rytas and ticket for Euroleague Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Lietuvos Rytas 97-67

Partizan had no mercy for Lietuvos Rytas tonight celebrating huge 97-67 victory. The Serbian powerhouse faced with 78-56 loss in the first meeting against the Lithuanian squad and thanks to this impressive win they jumped into the Top 16 phase for the fourth consecutive year. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in this crucial win draining 26 points for 21 minutes. He made 6 of 8 attempts from behind the arc tonight and was Game MVP with index rate 27. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Slavko Vranes (229-C-83) added 13 pts and 9 rebs. In the loosing squad, Bojan Popovic (191-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 17 points. Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) stopped on 11 pts each. Lietuvos Rytas must hope it will win one more game than Efes Pilsen or they will not reach the Top 16.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the game with quick 2-5, but Partizan quickly responded with 11-3 run. The hosts did not stop and for rest of the way in this period they created 26-18 lead. Despite December MVP, Aleks Maric, suffered knee injury in the second quarter and was not able to help after that, the Serbian powerhouse managed to stay focused. Visitors came to 34-28, but Partizan managed to reach 50-39 HT lead. The teams were pretty leveled in third frame, which ended 72-61 for the hosts. It was clear that Partizan is on the right way to victory, but it seemed impossible that they will be able to reach plus 23 in the last quarter. However, Aleksandar Rasic and his teammates did not have the same thoughts. Rasic was on fire making his fifth triple of six attempts and together with Slavko Vranes and Jan Vesely lifted Partizan to 79-63 with 5 minutes to go. That was not all as Rasic buried another triple at 86-63 to give Partizan the needed edge with under 2 minutes left. Lietuvos Rytas players were shocked and they scored only 6 points in the last period. Dusan Kecman beat the buzzer with a triple for the final 97-67 win and ticket for Top 16 phase once again. Partizan drained 25 pts in the last 10 minutes.
Next week, Partizan will meet Olympiakos in Greece. Lietuvos Rytas will host Unicaja.

Partizan: Aleksandar Rasic 26, Lawrence Roberts 16+7 boards, Slavko Vranes 13+9 boards
Lietuvos Rytas: Bojan Popovic 17, Arturas Jomantas 11, Martynas Gecevicius 11


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Tuesday's games (9) review - by Eurobasket News
Houston R. - LA Lakers 79-88
Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) scored 11 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter when the Los Angeles Lakers rallied to beat the Houston Rockets 88-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth consecutive victory. Bynum also grabbed 8 rebounds. Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) was second scorer in victory with 22 points, while Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) helped with 17 pts, 19 rebs and 9 assists. Carl Landry (6'7''-F-83, college: Purdue) delivered 19 pts in loss.

Memphis G. - Portland TB 109-105
Trailing 104-96 with 3:45 remaining, Memphis outscored Portland 13-1 down the stretch to pull out the win. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC), who scored 27 points to share the team high with Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.), hit a free throw with 21 seconds left to give the Grizzlies the lead for good at 105-104. Randolph also scored 27 pts and he grabbed 14 rebounds beside that. Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) collected 27 points and 9 assists in defeat.

Phoenix Suns - Sacramento K. 113-109
Steve Nash (6'3''-G-74, college: Santa Clara) had 30 points and 12 assists, Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) scored 24 and the Suns used their experience to hold off the Sacramento Kings 113-109 on Tuesday night. Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) helped with 20 points and 9 rebounds. In Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans (6'6''-G-89, college: Memphis) shined with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists.

Washington W. - Philadelph.76 104-97
Antawn Jamison (6'9''-F-76, college: N.Carolina) tied his season-high with 32 points and had 14 rebounds, Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) scored 21 points and the Wizards rallied from 18 points down in a 104-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) helped with double-double of 19 points and 14 assists. The 76ers got monster double-double (20 pts and 20 rebs) from Samuel Dalembert (6'11''-C-81, college: Seton Hall).

Milwaukee B. - New Jersey N. 98-76
Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half and the Bucks' bench led by Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82), Luke Ridnour and Hakim Warrick (6'9''-F-82, college: Syracuse) added 53 points in a 98-76 decision over the woeful New Jersey Nets on Tuesday night. The team from New Jersey got the most from Yi Jianlian (7'0''-C/F-87), who nailed 22 points.

Detroit P. - Dallas M. 93-98
Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) drained 26 points, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 and the Mavericks overcame a slow start to hand Detroit its 10th consecutive loss, beating the Pistons 98-93 Tuesday night. Shawn Marion (6'7''-F-78, college: UNLV) was third scorer in this victory with 18 points and he had 7 rebounds beside that. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) responded with 20 points in loss.

Golde State W. - Denver N. 122-123
One of four Nuggets to finish with at least 20 points, J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) hit two free throws with 0.4 seconds remaining to lift the Nuggets to a 123-122 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) was the leading scorer in this win with 27 points and he pulled down 13 rebounds beside that. The Warriors got 35 points and 7 rebounds from Corey Maggette (6'6''-G-79, college: Duke)

Chicago B. - Charlotte B. 108-113
Gerald Wallace (6'7''-F-82, college: Alabama) led the offensive parade with 32 points, Stephen Jackson (6'8''-F-78, college: Butler Co.CC) and Flip Murray added 25 each and the Bobcats did just enough down the stretch to hold off the Bulls for a 113-108 victory. On the other side, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) collected 24 points and 9 assists.

Orlando M. - Indiana P. 90-97
The 7-foot-2 Hibbert had a career-high 26 points to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 97-90 victory over the Orlando Magic and All-Star Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) on Tuesday night. Luther Head (6'3''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) scored 18 and Dahntay Jones (6'5''-F/G-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) helped with 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) and Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side) delivered 16 pts each.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Carmelo ANTHONY
  Denver N.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 30
 1. Anthony, Denver N.30.0 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers29.9 
 3. James, Clevelan.28.7 
 4. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat26.9 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.7 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.24.9 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.23.6 
 9. Roy, Portland TB22.9 
 10. Arenas, Washin.22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Howard, Orlando M.13.3 
 2. Love, Minnesota T.12.5 
 3. Noah, Chicago B.12.2 
 4. Wallace, Charlotte B.11.8 
 5. Camby, LA Clippers11.5 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers11.5 
 7. Randolph, Memph.11.4 
 8. Bosh, Toronto R.11.4 
 9. Lee, New York K.11.0 
 10. Boozer, Utah Ja.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns11.3 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.6 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.8 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.6 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.8.8 
 6. Davis, LA Clippers7.8 
 7. James, Clevelan.7.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.3 
 9. Arenas, Washingt.7.2 
 10. Duhon, New York.6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.2.5 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.2 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers2.0 
 5. Brewer, Utah Jazz1.9 
 6. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 7. Iguodala, Philadel.1.9 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Felton, Charlott.1.8 
 10. Nene, Denver.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.5 
 2. Oden, Portland TB2.3 
 3. Haywood, Washingt.2.3 
 4. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 5. Camby, LA Clippers2.2 
 6. Dalembert, Philad.2.1 
 7. Perkins, Boston C.2.0 
 8. Lopez, New J.1.9 
 9. Bogut, Milwauke.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orle.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 25-8 
 2. Toronto R. 18-18 
 3. New York K. 14-20 
 4. Philadelph.76 10-24 
 5. New Jersey N. 3-32 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 28-9 
 2. Milwaukee B. 14-18 
 3. Chicago B. 14-19 
 4. Indiana P. 11-23 
 5. Detroit P. 11-23 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 24-11 
 2. Atlanta H. 22-12 
 3. Miami Heat 17-16 
 4. Charlotte B. 15-18 
 5. Washington W. 11-22 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 22-13 
 2. Portland TB 22-15 
 3. Utah Jazz 19-16 
 4. Oklah.City T. 19-16 
 5. Minnesota T. 7-29 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 28-6 
 2. Phoenix Suns 23-13 
 3. LA Clippers 15-18 
 4. Sacramento K. 14-20 
 5. Golde State W. 10-24 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 24-11 
 2. San Antonio S. 21-12 
 3. Houston R. 20-16 
 4. N.Orleans H. 17-16 
 5. Memphis G. 17-17 


Utah Jazz sign D-League guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Jazz signed guard Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) to a 10-day contract Tuesday.

Gaines comes from the NBA Development League's Idaho Stampede.

Utah has been one below the NBA minimum with 12 players since a trade last month. Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor says as long as Gaines passes a physical Wednesday, he will be added to the lineup.

Gaines played four years at Georgia and spent last season playing in Italy after going undrafted in 2008. He has averaged 24 points and almost five rebounds with Idaho this season.

The Jazz may need him right away. Starter Deron Williams is listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Memphis with a sprained and bruised right wrist.


Courtesy of The Canadian Press


Nets waive Rafer Alston, trade for Chris Quinn from Heat - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat traded point guard Chris Quinn (6'2''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) to the New Jersey Nets on Tuesday, a move that could be a precursor to Rafer Alston's (6'2''-G-76, college: Fresno St.) return to South Florida.

Alston agreed to a buyout agreement with the Nets earlier Tuesday, and two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that the guard is hoping to sign with the Heat later this week. If Alston clears waivers Thursday at 6 p.m., he could sign with any team.

Quinn was sent in exchange for a second-round pick in 2012. Miami could get New Jersey's second-round draft pick this year, provided it's not between picks 31-50.

Quinn played in 168 games in parts of four seasons with the Heat, and didn't play in any of Miami's first 32 games this season. Quinn was making just more than $1 million and becomes a free agent at season's end.

'Chris wants to play,' agent Mark Bartelstein said. 'He's worked hard and would welcome an opportunity to play anywhere.'

And that wasn't happening in Miami.

The Heat did not have to trade Quinn to make a roster move. They had only 14 players under contract, one under the league minimum.

But trading him, especially for a pick, helps minimize the impact any moves could make to Miami's losing battle to stay under the salary cap. Quinn was due about $640,000 for the remainder of this season.

Alston spent the 2003-04 season in Miami, averaging 10.2 points in 82 games during Dwyane Wade's rookie season with the Heat. Alston signed a five-year, $31 million contract that offseason with Toronto, tearfully saying farewell to the Heat, where he has kept some ties ever since.

Quinn was considered to be the favorite to be Miami's starter at point guard entering the 2008-09 season, but logged only 962 minutes and missed 16 games entirely. This year, he didn't get a minute, with the point guard time going to Mario Chalmers, Carlos Arroyo and even on occasion to Dorell Wright.

Alston's departure from New Jersey set off a series of dominoes, not all of which have fallen.

First, Alston still would have to clear waivers before he could sign with anyone. Then he and the Heat would have to agree on a contract, which might not be the smoothest process because of Miami's reluctance to go much further into the salary tax. And before anything with Alston and Miami can happen, a decision needs to be made on Arroyo's Heat future.

Arroyo is playing on a non-guaranteed contract. To keep it from becoming guaranteed, the Heat would have to waive him by 6 p.m. today. Arroyo took the starting job on Dec. 15, the day Chalmers was late to a shootaround practice.


Courtesy of www.lubbockonline.com


Raptors release Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) was released by the Raptors yesterday, a decision that was based more on the finances of basketball than his ability to put the ball in the basket or defend an opponent.

There is a chance the affable forward, who had two stints in Toronto and was universally liked by hoops fans in Hogtown, will resurface as a Raptor, but chances are greater that Mensah-Bonsu will be playing overseas.

Today loomed as a key deadline in the NBA as players on non-guaranteed deals had to be extended for the balance of the season.

In Mensah-Bonsus case, its believed the Raptors would have been on the hook for roughly $400,000 US had they not initiated todays release.

If he clears waivers, which is how the Raptors got their hands on the energetic power forward earlier this season when the Houston Rockets jettisoned the native of London, England, Toronto could conceivably sign Mensah-Bonsu to a 10-day deal.

In all likelihood, the journeyman NBAer is likely headed overseas.

In fact, theres talk Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow has Mensah-Bonsu on its radar.

Pops is a great guy and a great teammate who worked hard all the time, Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. It was a tough call.

Like a lot of teams, the Raptors have to be very conscious on how every dollar gets allocated.

With Reggie Evans making strides in his recovery from a foot injury, having Mensah-Bonsu around would have been redundant.

By releasing him, the Raptors assure themselves of some cap flexibility, which in turn allows the team to better address their roster.

Mensah-Bonsu was claimed off waivers Nov. 13 after he was released by the Rockets and immediately appeared in a blowout loss to the Nuggets in Denver. He averaged 2.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 6.7 minutes in 16 games with Toronto.

Mensah-Bonsu appeared in four games with Houston this season averaging 1.3 points and 3.3 minutes.

He appeared in 19 games with the Raptors during the 2008-09 campaign after signing as a free agent on March 6, 2009. He averaged 5.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 13.8 minutes.

The four-year NBA veteran has averaged 3.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 8.8 minutes in 54 games with four teams.


Courtesy of www.torontosun.com


76ers keep Allen Iverson - by Eurobasket News
Philadelphia 76ers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski announced today that Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) contract with the team will be guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Per team policy, no further terms of the deal are disclosed.

All NBA contracts become fully guaranteed if the player is on the team roster on January 10th. Iverson originally signed as a free agent with the Sixers on December 3, 2009.

Since his arrival, Allen has done everything asked of him and has been an excellent teammate, Stefanski said.

Iverson (6-0, 165) has started nine games for the Sixers this season, averaging 15.7 points, 4.7 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.00 steals in 33.2 minutes per game. He is also currently shooting a career-high 46.5% from the floor.

On New Years Eve, the third returns of the 2010 NBA All-Star Balloting were announced. The leading vote-getters among guards in the Eastern Conference were Dwyane Wade (1,539,968) and Iverson (806,749). While Iverson appears among Western Conference guards on the paper ballot because he began the season with Memphis, his votes now count towards the Eastern Conference guards. Iverson is already a 10-time All-Star and two-time All-Star Game MVP.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Hawks waive Othello Hunter - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks today requested waivers on forward Othello Hunter (6'8''-F-86, agency: David Lee services, college: Ohio St.), according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund.

Hunter appeared in seven games this season, and averaged 1.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 4.7 mpg (.333 FG%, .750 FT%). He played in 16 games with Atlanta last season as a rookie, and had four playoff appearances. Overall, in 23 career regular season games with the Hawks, Hunter compiled 1.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg in 5.4 mpg (.469 FG%, .333 FT%).

I know next to nothing about Hunter other than, by all accounts, hes a good rebounder.
Anyway, its a little surprising to see the Hawks waive Hunter. They were already at the league minimum of 13 bodies on their roster so now theyll have to sign someone else to replace Hunter. No financial savings.

However, the Hawks roster was top heavy with big men. Seven of their thirteen players were bigs Josh Smith, Al Horford, Zaza Pachulia, Joe Smith, Jason Collins, Randolph Morris and Othello Hunter while the other six players took up the three perimeter spots Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby, Jamal Crawford, Mo Evans, Jeff Teague so presumably the Hawks will look to add a perimeter player instead of replacing Hunter with another big man.

Atlanta has more than enough coverage with their big men and in the backcourt so they should focus on acquiring a new ring player. Preferably a small forward with some size if possible.


Courtesy of http://nbaroundtable.wordpress.com


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  PHILIPPINES   


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


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mark CARDONA
  Talk N Text
  (180-G/F-81)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Cardona, Talk N.20.6 
 2. Santos, San Miguel18.2 
 3. Tubid, Ginebra18.2 
 4. Williams, Santa Lucia17.8 
 5. Miller, Alaska16.2 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska15.5 
 7. Yap, Purefoods15.1 
 8. Alapag, Talk N Text14.8 
 9. David, Burger King14.6 
 10. Raymundo, Pur.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kelly WILLIAMS
  Santa Lucia
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Williams, Santa Lucia14.4 
 2. Taulava, Coca-Cola10.3 
 3. Santos, San Miguel10.2 
 4. Reavis, Purefoods9.3 
 5. Pena, San Miguel8.9 
 6. Carey, Talk N Text8.9 
 7. Reyes, Rain o.7.8 
 8. Alonzo, Barako Bull7.7 
 9. Espinas, Santa L.7.5 
 10. Pingris, Purefoo.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alex CABAGNOT
  Coca-Cola
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola5.9 
 2. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.8 
 3. Alapag, Talk N Text5.3 
 4. Villanueva, San M.5.1 
 5. Yeo, Santa Lucia4.6 
 6. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 7. Castro, Talk N Text4.5 
 8. Miller, Alaska4.5 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska4.2 
 10. Mercado, Rain.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ryan REYES
  Santa Lucia
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Reyes, Santa Lucia2.1 
 2. Williams, Santa Lucia1.9 
 3. Artadi, Purefoods1.9 
 4. Norwood, Rain o.1.7 
 5. Buenafe, Burger K.1.6 
 6. Santos, San Miguel1.5 
 7. Abarrientos, Gineb.1.4 
 8. Lanete, Burger King1.4 
 9. Dimaunahan, Barako B.1.4 
 10. Mercado, Rain.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ali PEEK
  Talk N Text
  (194-F-75)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Peek, Talk N Text1.6 
 2. Santos, San Miguel1.6 
 3. Quinahan, Burger K.1.5 
 4. Thoss, Alaska1.2 
 5. Maierhofer, Puref.1.1 
 6. Aquino, Santa Lucia1.1 
 7. Pennisi, San Miguel0.9 
 8. Devance, Alaska0.9 
 9. Williams, Santa Lucia0.9 
 10. Hrabak, Rain.0.8 


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  POLAND   


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael WRIGHT
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Wright, PGE Turow20.3 
 2. Scott, ISS Sportino20.0 
 3. Mays, Znicz19.1 
 4. Weeden, Polpharma18.7 
 5. Berisha, Polonia 201118.5 
 6. Chappell, Znicz18.4 
 7. Logan, Assec.Pr.18.1 
 8. Williamson, Znicz17.5 
 9. Maye, PBG Basket17.0 
 10. Woods, Assec.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.5 
 2. Daniels, Energa C.11.3 
 3. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.8.7 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.6 
 5. Chappell, Znicz8.5 
 6. Ibrahim, ISS S.7.9 
 7. Bigus, ISS Sportino7.9 
 8. Okafor, Polpharma7.1 
 9. Williamson, Znicz7.0 
 10. Stefanski, Trefl.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Krzysztof SZUBARGA
  Anwil
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Szubarga, Anwil7.3 
 2. Loyd, Stal SW5.9 
 3. Logan, Assec.Pr.5.1 
 4. Joyce, Anwil4.9 
 5. Smith, SKK Kotwica4.8 
 6. Ewing, Assec.Pr.4.8 
 7. Brazelton, Energa C.4.4 
 8. Hughes, Polonia .4.1 
 9. Snieg, Polonia 20113.9 
 10. Hawkins, Trefl.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 David GODBOLD
  Stal SW
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Godbold, Stal SW2.5 
 2. Logan, Assec.Pr.2.5 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil2.4 
 4. Chappell, Znicz2.4 
 5. Majewski, Polph.2.3 
 6. Mays, Znicz2.1 
 7. Navickas, AZS K.1.9 
 8. Angley, Polpharma1.9 
 9. Loyd, Stal SW1.7 
 10. Hawkins, Trefl.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Leszek KARWOWSKI
  Polonia 2011
  (209-F-75)
  Avg: 2
 1. Karwowski, Polonia .2.0 
 2. Wyka, Znicz1.2 
 3. Harris, SKK K.1.2 
 4. Misiewicz, Znicz1.2 
 5. Lapeta, Assec.Pr.1.1 
 6. Sullivan, Anwil1.1 
 7. Kuzminskas, Trefl S.1.1 
 8. Kolowca, Polonia 20110.9 
 9. Kulig, Polpharma0.8 
 10. Bigus, ISS Sporti.0.8 


Panathinaikos hands 74-66 loss to Asseco Prokom - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Asseco Prokom 74-66

Panathinaikos registered 74-66 home win against Asseco Prokom staying the second ranked team in Group D with the same 7-2 record as No.1 Real Madrid. Each of PAO's players managed to score at least 2 points in this game. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) and Andrew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) led the way with 13 points apiece. Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 pts and 5 rebounds. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) responded with 19 points for the guests and Qyntel Woods (204-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) stopped on 16 pts (6 rebs). Asseco Prokom dropped to 3-5 and may be out of the Top 16 race tomorrow if AJ Milano beats BC Khimki Moscow Region on the road.
The reigning Euroleague champion opened this game with 9-2 run. Soon after that they reached first double-digit lead (16-6), but Asseco Prokom managed to cut the margin to 23-18 after ten minutes of play. Mike Batiste dominated in the paint, and together with Jasikevicius and Tepic pushed Panathinaikos to plus 10 once again. It was 28-18. Visitors answered with 6-16 run, closed with triple by Daniel Ewing. In the finish Burrell shined and the Polish powerhouse grabbed 36-38 HT lead. Third period was pretty leveled. Neither of two teams was able to make a serious run, but still PAO was strong enough to take 51-50 lead before the last ten minutes. PAO made a crucial 6-1 run at the halfway of the last quarter taking 62-56. With 2:30 to go they still had plus 6 and Asseco Prokom was not able come any closer.
Next week, PAO will meet Oldenburg in Germany. Asseco Prokom will host Khimky.

PAO: Mike Batiste 13, Andrew Nicholas 13, Nikola Pekovic 10+5 boards
Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 19, Qyntel Woods 16+6 boards



SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg sign Adam Harrington - by Eurobasket
SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Adam Harrington (196-G/F-80, college: Auburn, agency: Edge Sports). Harrington played most recently at Springfield Arsenal (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 7 games for Springfield A. his stats were: 8.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.9apg. and back in 2008 in the D-League he was: D-League All-Star Game Three-Point Shootout Winner and All-D-League Honorable Mention
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  RUSSIA   


Maciej Lampe close to Unics - by Eurobasket News
The sources tell Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) has agreed on terms of contract with Unics Kazan. The Polish centre is expected in Russia tomorrow. The 24-year-old player started the season in Maccabi Tel-Aviv. He tallied 6.6 points and 4.0 boards per game in the Israeli League. In Euroleague Lampe averaged 8.0 points and 3.8 rebounds per appearance. Maciej Lampe played for the Polish National Team at the 2009 Eurobasket. The centre tallied 11.3 points, 6.0 boards and 1.2 blocks at the tournament. Maciej Lampe is far from being new to Russia. He played for Khimky and Dynamo Saint Petersburg.


Three defeats in EuroCup for Russia - by Eurobasket News
Three Russian EuroCup representatives lost on Tuesday. Turk Telekom posted a crucial win in the EuroCup E. They held off Spartak Saint Petersburg 86:73 to improve at 2-3 record, while Spartak slipped at 2-3. Turk Telekom must win against Charleroi in the final round of the regular season to hope to reach the Last 16. Turk Telekom ran away to a 10-point lead at halftime. They kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the second part of the encounter and celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Ersin Dagli finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for Turk Telekom. Tutku Acik added 18 points and 6 assists in the win. Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) responded with game-high 25 points for Spartak. James White (198-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) had 15 points in defeat.
Triumph suffered the third straight defeat in EuroCup as they bowed against Le Mans 72:87 in Lyubertsy. The hosts stayed in control in the first three quarters but did not capitalize. Le Mans went on a furious 21:8 run in the fourth term to earn the decisive lead and eventually won the game. Le Mans thus caught up with Triumph at 2-3 record in Group B. Dewarick Spencer was intrumental in the win with 26 points. Maleye Ndoye added 14 points for the French outfit. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) netted 18 points, grabbed 11 boards and dished out 6 assists for Triumph.
Dynamo continued to upset their fans. The Moscow team suffered the fifth straight defeat as they lost to Crvena Zvezda 86:88 in the capital. Oliver Stevic accounted for a late layup to win the game for the Serbian team. Crvena Zvezda thus made it to the Last 16. Mike Taylor notched 22 points to pace the visitors. Tadija Dragicevic and Nemanja Bjelica had 12 points apiece in the victory. Sergey Bykov (190-G-83) answered with 17 points for Dynamo. Alexey Shved had 15 points in the loss.
And only Unics maintained their pefect run. The Kazan outfit shocked Besiktas 98:70 in Istanbul. Besiktas struggled in defence in this one allowing Unics unload 52 points in the first half worth a 22-point advantage. Unics never slowed down in the second half sealing the sixth straight win at the end. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) produced 18 points to lead the visitors. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) added 16 points for the winners. Cehver Ozer replied with 16 points for Besiktas who lacked Mire Chatman.



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  SERBIA   


Aleksandar Rasic paces Partizan to crucial win against Lietuvos Rytas and ticket for Euroleague Top 16 - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Lietuvos Rytas 97-67

Partizan had no mercy for Lietuvos Rytas tonight celebrating huge 97-67 victory. The Serbian powerhouse faced with 78-56 loss in the first meeting against the Lithuanian squad and thanks to this impressive win they jumped into the Top 16 phase for the fourth consecutive year. Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) was a key player in this crucial win draining 26 points for 21 minutes. He made 6 of 8 attempts from behind the arc tonight and was Game MVP with index rate 27. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) had 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Slavko Vranes (229-C-83) added 13 pts and 9 rebs. In the loosing squad, Bojan Popovic (191-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 17 points. Arturas Jomantas (200-G/F-85) and Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) stopped on 11 pts each. Lietuvos Rytas must hope it will win one more game than Efes Pilsen or they will not reach the Top 16.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the game with quick 2-5, but Partizan quickly responded with 11-3 run. The hosts did not stop and for rest of the way in this period they created 26-18 lead. Despite December MVP, Aleks Maric, suffered knee injury in the second quarter and was not able to help after that, the Serbian powerhouse managed to stay focused. Visitors came to 34-28, but Partizan managed to reach 50-39 HT lead. The teams were pretty leveled in third frame, which ended 72-61 for the hosts. It was clear that Partizan is on the right way to victory, but it seemed impossible that they will be able to reach plus 23 in the last quarter. However, Aleksandar Rasic and his teammates did not have the same thoughts. Rasic was on fire making his fifth triple of six attempts and together with Slavko Vranes and Jan Vesely lifted Partizan to 79-63 with 5 minutes to go. That was not all as Rasic buried another triple at 86-63 to give Partizan the needed edge with under 2 minutes left. Lietuvos Rytas players were shocked and they scored only 6 points in the last period. Dusan Kecman beat the buzzer with a triple for the final 97-67 win and ticket for Top 16 phase once again. Partizan drained 25 pts in the last 10 minutes.
Next week, Partizan will meet Olympiakos in Greece. Lietuvos Rytas will host Unicaja.

Partizan: Aleksandar Rasic 26, Lawrence Roberts 16+7 boards, Slavko Vranes 13+9 boards
Lietuvos Rytas: Bojan Popovic 17, Arturas Jomantas 11, Martynas Gecevicius 11


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  SLOVAKIA   


Standings - D1
Extraliga Standings
 1. Pezinok 19-3 
 2. Nitra 16-5 
 3. Handlova 13-9 
 4. Nova Ves 11-9 
 5. Prievidza 11-11 
 6. Inter Bratisl. 10-11 
 7. B.Bystrica 10-11 
 8. Svit 8-13 
 9. Levice 7-14 
 10. Komarno 7-14 
 11. Vahostav-Zilina 5-17 


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  SLOVENIA   


Standings - 1A
Liga UPC Standings
 1. Krka 10-2 
 2. Helios 10-4 
 3. Geoplin Slovan 9-3 
 4. Rudar 8-4 
 5. Alpos Sentjur 7-6 
 6. TCG Mercator 6-6 
 7. Zlatorog 6-6 
 8. Elektra Esotech 6-6 
 9. Parklji 6-6 
 10. Luka Koper 3-9 
 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: 20.3
 1. Crenshaw, Sentjur20.3 
 2. Cebular, Sentjur19.9 
 3. Snow, Helios19.8 
 4. Dragic, Geoplin .18.1 
 5. Mucic, Rudar17.0 
 6. Cup, Elektra .16.3 
 7. Strnad, Zlatorog16.1 
 8. Feeley, Elektra .16.0 
 9. Nikolic, Krka16.0 
 10. Drzic, Luka Kop.15.1 
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 Koper6.5 
 5. Simovic, Sentjur6.3 
 6. Cup, Elektra .6.3 
 7. Virijevic, Sencur C.6.2 
 8. Muric, Parklji6.0 
 9. Ugrekhelidze, Luka K.5.8 
 10. Bubnic, Zlator.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Tadej KOSTOMAJ
  Elektra Esotech
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Kostomaj, Elektr.5.2 
 2. Crenshaw, Sentjur4.6 
 3. Anzulovic, Rudar4.3 
 4. Nachbar, Luka Koper4.1 
 5. Cmer, Zlatorog4.0 
 6. Mocnik, Helios4.0 
 7. Jersin, Parklji3.6 
 8. Udrih, Polzela3.3 
 9. Cebular, Sentjur3.0 
 10. Petrovic, Heli.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gregor HAFNAR
  Polzela
  (195-G-77)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hafnar, Polzela2.7 
 2. Dragic, Geoplin .2.0 
 3. Udrih, Polzela1.8 
 4. Lapornik, Sentjur1.8 
 5. Strnad, Zlatorog1.8 
 6. Markic, Luka Koper1.6 
 7. Jovanovic, Sencur C.1.6 
 8. Skok, Polzela1.6 
 9. Petrovic, Helios1.5 
 10. Mocnik, Heli.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Krka
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Nikolic, Krka1.6 
 2. King, Polzela1.0 
 3. Sviridov, Polzela1.0 
 4. Cup, Elektra .0.9 
 5. Ibok, Polzela0.8 
 6. Sjekloca, Elektr.0.7 
 7. Pavic, Geoplin Slovan0.7 
 8. Klepo, Geoplin Slovan0.7 
 9. Finzgar, TCG M.0.7 
 10. Cigoja, Geopli.0.6 


Liga Telemach: Rudar completes Round 12 with road win against Koper - by Eurobasket News
Luka Koper - Rudar 68-91
Rudar celebrated 8th victory of the season mostly owing to Sasa Mucic (202-F-83), who drained 30 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. Vlado Pasalic (207-C/F-81, agency: Interperformances) also had very important role addling 16 points in this win. David Ugrekhelidze (207-C-83) replied with 14 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. His Koper dropped to 3-9.

Zlatorog - Helios 63-67
Helios grabbed valuable 63-67 road win against Zlatorog jumping to 9-4 score in Slovenian top division. Aliaksei Laskevic (203-F-78, agency: VTBM) stepped up for the guests with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while Vjekoslav Petrovic (193-G/F-81) also had 13 pts, but with 3 boards less than Laskevic. In Zlatorog (6-6), Miljan Goljovic (204-F-71, agency: High Post Agency) registered double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Parklji - Sencur CP 87-69
Parklji scored 10 consecutive points to take a lead 17-7 and never looked back from there. Dino Muric (199-F-90) scored 21 points, Jure Erzen (203-C-75) had 15 points and 6 assists and Stefan Kosec posted 14 points. For Sencur, Uros Ninic netted 16 points and Dejan Virijevic 13. (by Zeljko Zule)

TCG Mercator - Geoplin Slovan 60-87
Slovan never trailed, taking control early with a 13-2 run. Matej Krusic (211-C-87) led six double-digit scorers with 17 points, Milan Klepo (211-C-80, agency: VTBM) added 15, Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) 14, Ernest Novak 13 and Jaka Blazic and Dejan Cigoja 10 each. Mercator shot just 2-of-15 behind the 3-point line. Igor Jokic finished with 15 points and Simon Finzgar and Tomo Cajic added 10 apiece. (by Zeljko Zule)

Elektra Esotech - Krka 74-94
Krka opened the game with a 14-3 run and Jure Balazic (204-F-80) contributed 11 points during the span. He finished with 19 points, Uros Lucic (207-C-83) added 18 and Davor Marcelic (200-F/G-69, college: S.Utah) 14. Krka shot 13-of-25 behind the 3-point line. Elektra cut the deficit to 40-42 early in the third quarter but the visiting team made a 21-5 run to take a lead 63-45. For Elektra, Sinisa Bilic (201-F-89) and Dejan Cup (202-F/C-83) netted 13 points each, Luka Sjekloca (212-C-84, agency: Agency No 10) 12, Andrej Podvrsnik 11 and Tadej Kostojma 10. (by Zeljko Zule)

Sentjur - Polzela 73-71
The home team proved tough opponents in a close game where the largest lead for either team was 7 points. The game also had 15 lead changes. Sandi Cebular (196-G-86) had 23 points and 9 rebounds, Blaz Rucigaj (199-F-79) scored 18 points and came up with a steal, 3-pointers and two clucth free throws in the closing seconds for Sentjur. Marcus Crenshaw (178-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) blocked Gregor Hafnar's potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Primoz Kobale (194-G-76) led Hopsi with 23 points and Gregor Hafnar added 21. Hopsi was outrebounded 22-41. (by Zeljko Zule)


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KBL Round: 36 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Sonic Boom KT - KCC Egis 91-81
Sonic Boom KT improved to 25-9 record as they rolled over KCC Egis 91:81. Johnson Jasper (201-C-83, college: Delta St.) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 boards, while Kim Do-Soo notched 17. Johnson Ivan responded with 27 points in the losing case.

Mobis Phoebus - ET Land B.Sl. 74-68
Mobis Phoebus jumped to26-8 record on top defeating ET Land 74:68. Ham Ji-Hoon (198-C/F-84) nailed 21 points and Kim Hyo-Bum followed him with 14. McCaskill Amal answered with 24 points and 16 rebounds in the losing case.

SK Knights - LG Sakers 67-86
SK Knights lost to LG Sakers 67:86 at the end of the Regular Season Round 36. Alexander Chris and Stevenson Greg (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent, college: Richmond) paced all the winners with 15 points each, while Ki Seung-Ho scored 10. Krabbenhoft Joe finished the night with 21 points in the losing effort.

KT&G Kites - Dongbu Promy 75-90
KT&G Kites lost to Dongbu Promy 75:90 as five players scored in double digits for the winners. Yoon Ho-Young (198-F-84) led all of them with 19 points, whilst three other players followed him with 13 each. Daniels Chris ended up with 18 points and 10 caroms in defeat.



Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Mobis Phoebus 26-8 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 25-9 
 3. KCC Egis 23-11 
 4. Dongbu Promy 21-12 
 5. LG Sakers 18-15 
 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 8-25 


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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. Hernandez, Burgos3.1 
 9. Quinteros, CAI Z.3.1 
 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. Quinteros, CAI Z.2.1 
 5. Fuentes, Clin.Rincon2.1 
 6. Xavier, Breogan1.9 
 7. Rodriguez, CB Tarra.1.8 
 8. Victor, Vive M.1.8 
 9. Rocchia, Leon1.7 
 10. Ayon, Teneri.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. Roe, Tenerife1.3 
 8. Ayon, Tenerife1.3 
 9. Joseph, Cornella1.1 
 10. Green, Mallor.1.0 


Real Madrid beats Oldenburg, keeps the first place in Group D - by Eurobasket News
MMC Real Madrid - EWE Baskets Oldenburg 73-60

Seventh Euroleague win for Real Madrid, who stays on top of Group D thanks to great victories against Panathinaikos. Tonight, Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) top-scored for the Whites with 16 points. Louis Bullock (186-G-76, college: Michigan) had 15, while Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) delivered 10 points each. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) posted 12 pts in defeat, Je'Kel Foster (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio St.) and Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) (6 rebs) netted 11 pts apiece.
Real grabbed an opening lead, but Oldebnurg quickly answered tying the score to 12-12. Soon after that, Rickey Paulding and his teammates completed impressive 1-15 run for plus 7 in the finish of the first period. Jaric and Rimantas Kaukenas shined closing the gap to 17-20 after 10 minutes of play. Than in the second period Real Madrid improved and after 28-28 tie, they managed to take 34-30 HT lead. At the half way of third frame, Oldenburg came to 45-44. Rimantas Kaukenas and Louis Bullock stepped up for Real, who jumped to plus 9 quickly. Kaukenas drained another jumper and the hosts grabbed their first double-digit lead of the night, 58-47, at the end of the third quarter. They had no troubles in the last ten minutes finishing this game in style 73-60.
Next week, Real Madrid will meet AJ Milano in Italy. Oldenburg (1-8) will host PAO.

MMC Real Madrid: Darjus Lavrinovic 16, Louis Bullock 15, Rimantas Kaukenas 10, Novica Velickovic 10
Oldenburg: Rickey Paulding 12, Marko Scekic 11+6 boards, Je'Kel Foster 11


Spanish teams refuse to lose in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Spanish dominance in EuroCup on Tuesday. Valencia, Bilbao, Gran Canaria and Joventut all claimed the victories in Round 5 of the regular season.
Valencia clinched the fifth straight win as they deal with Hemofarm 75:71 at home. Valencia enjoyed a 43:39 lead at halftime. Hemofarm stayed close and grabbed a 68:67 lead with just couple of minutes left in regulation. But Martinez came up with crucial points to lead Valencia to a tough home victory. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) scored 23 points to lead the hosts. Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) added 14 points in the victory. Stefan Markovic, Milan Macvan and Boban Marjanovic responded with 14 points each for Hemofarm.
Joventut snatched a narrow 66:64 win against Telekom Bonn in Badalona. Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) kept mum throughout the game but fired a buzzer-beating triple to propel the hosts to the fourth EuroCup victory in Group D. Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) stepped up with 13 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for Joventut. Luka Bogdanovic netted 12 points and 6 boards in the victory. Bryce Taylor responded with 19 points as Bonn stopped just step away from the initial win at the tournament.
Bilbao fired past Charleroi 90:70 in the Basque Country. Marko Banic (204-F-84) scored 14 points to keep Bilbao undefeated at the tournament. Axel Hervelle (205-F-83) debuted with 13 points and 4 boards for the hosts. Charleroi led by four points after ten minutes but conceded 30 points in the second term to trail by 11 at halftime. Bilbao breezed to the win after the main break. Wes Wilkinson had 23 points and 6 rebounds for Charleroi.
Gran Canaria registered the third win as they held off Panellinios 73:51 in front of the home fans. The home team led by four points at halftime but reeled off to a comfortable win at the end. James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Spanish team. Will McDonald (207-C-79, college: S.Florida) added 15 points and 6 boards for the winners. Devin Smith replied with 18 points for Panellionios. Three teams are now tied at 3-2 in Group G.



Caja Laboral too much for Marousi thanks to great third quarter - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Marousi BC 73-65

Caja Laboral celebrated valuable home win against Marousi staying in the race to win Group C (7-2). Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading player in victory netting 15 points and pulling down 7 rebounds. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) also had 15 and Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) helped with one point less, plus he had 6 boards. In Marousi, Dimitrios Mavroidis (208-C-85) (6 rebs) and William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 12 pts each. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) had 11 points and also 6 rebs. Their team will reach the Top 16 if it beats Maccabi next week and Roma loses at least once.
Marousi had a great start in Vitoria tonight grabbing 0-5 lead. Soon after that Dimitrios Mavroidis and his teammates jumped to 2-9 and later to 2-14. That was a signal for Caja Laboral players to wake up, what they immediately did and managed to close the gap to 16-19 in the first period. In the second one, Marousi was the team who was ahead until the last minute. Carl English drained a triple for Caja Laboral bringing them the first lead in this game, 31-30. William Keys responded with a basket and Marousi was 31-32 up at the half time. The hosts took control on Marousi after the breather. First, they tied the score to 34-34 and in the next 5 minutes made impressive 13-0 run. At the beginning of the last period Mirza Teletovic and his teammates jumped to 62-44 and the game was over for Marouis. Rest of this meeting was just the formality for Caja Laboral, who will meet CSKA in Moscow next week.

Caja Laboral: Mirza Teletovic 15+7 boards, Fernando San Emeterio 15, Tiago Splitter 14
Marousi: Dimitrios Mavroidis 12+6 boards, William Keys 12, Jared Homan 11



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  SWITZERLAND   


Standings - LNA
LNA Standings
 1. Fribourg 13-2 
 2. SAV Vacallo 13-3 
 3. Lugano Tigers 11-3 
 4. BBC Nyon 9-6 
 5. Starwings 8-7 
 6. Monthey 7-7 
 7. Boncourt 5-9 
 8. SAM Massagno 5-10 
 9. Geneva Devils 5-10 
 10. Lausanne 4-11 
 11. MGS 1-13 


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  SYRIA   


Jimmy Williams moves from Al Jalaa - by Sammy Nanneh
Jimmy Williams recently made a change of direction, having spent nearly 2 weeks at Syria's Al Jalaa, Jimmy felt he preferred a change of direction and has transferred to his former club ibdaa of Palestine to prepare for the Arabic Championship, one of the biggest tournaments in the Middle East. Last season Ibda won the league and he recieved the MVP averaging a cool 34 points a game. Keep a look out for Ibda's progress in the upcoming championship. Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.)

SBL Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Mohammed Malas
* Monday 4/1:

Army 111 : Thawra 66
-Best scorers:
Christopher Garnett (211-C-80, college: Indiana SE) 'Army' 27 pts
Mohammad Sindeed (203-C-85) 'Army' 22 pts
Nour Al Saman (188-G-78) 'Army' 13 pts
William Haddad 'Thawra' 11 pts

Karama 64 : Taleea 43
- Best scorers:
Mohammad Abu Kaoud 'Karama' 30 pts
Amjad Taifoor 'Taleea' 16 pts

Al Ittihad Aleppo 77 : Kasyoon 55
- Best scorers:
Damond Williams (197-F-80, college: Mc Neese St.) 'Ittihad' 19 pts
Mahmood Osfira (202-F-91) 'Ittihad' 19 pts
Bassel Rayya (187-G-79) 'Kasyoon' 14 pts
Ryan Edwards (196-F-83, college: Missouri Baptist) 'Kasyoon' 13 pts

* Tuesday 5/1:

Al Jalaa Aleppo 99 : Tishreen 54
- Best scorers:
Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St.) 'Jalaa' 19 pts
Michel Maadanli (196-G-81, agency: Huss Sport Agency) 'Jalaa' 15 pts
Ahmad Ishak (198-F-86) 'Jalaa' 15 pts

Al Wehda Damascus 79 : Wathba 54
- Best scorers:
Kristophor Gibbs-Smith (197-G/F-83, college: Plattsburgh St.) 'Wehda' 26 pts
Rabee Hashem 'Wehda' 24 pts


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


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  TAIWAN   


2010 SBL season schedule - by Chris Wang
Week 1 (@Miaoli)
Jan. 9
1630 Yulon - PY
1830 Opening ceremony
1900 Dacin - TB
Jan. 10
1500 BOT - TM
1700 KKL - Yulon
1900 PY - Dacin

Week 2 (@Miaoli)
Jan. 15
1800 TB - KKL
2000 BOT - Yulon
Jan. 16
1500 Dacin - TM
1700 PY - BOT
1900 Yulon - TB
Jan. 17
1500 BOT - Dacin
1700 TB - PY
1900 TM - KKL

Week 3 (@Miaoli)
Jan . 22
1800 Yulon - TM
2000 KKL - BOT
Jan. 23
1500 TM - TB
1700 Dacin - Yulon
1900 PY - KKL
Jan. 24
1500 TB - BOT
1700 TM - PY
1900 KKL - Dacin

Week 4 (@Hsinchu)
Jan. 29
1800 Dacin - PY
2000 BOT - Yulon
Jan. 30
1500 TM - KKL
1700 PY - BOT
1900 TB - Dacin
Jan. 31
1500 KKL - Yulon
1700 PY - TB
1900 Dacin - TM

Week 5 (@Hsinchu)
Feb. 5
1800 TM - Yulon
2000 BOT - KKL
Feb. 6
1500 Yulon - PY
1700 KKL - Dacin
1900 TB - TM
Feb. 7
1500 Dacin - BOT
1700 KKL - TB
1900 TM - PY

(Lunar New Year break)

Week 6 (@Hsinchu)
Feb. 26
1800 TB - BOT
2000 Yulon - Dacin
Feb. 27
1500 PY - KKL
1700 BOT - TM
1900 Yulon - TB
Feb. 28
1500 Dacin - PY
1700 BOT - Yulon
1900 KKL - TM

Week 7 (@Ilan)
March 5
1800 BOT - KKL
2000 TB - PY
March 6
1500 Dacin - BOT
1700 Yulon - TM
1900 KKL - PY
March 7
1500 TM - Dacin
1700 PY - Yulon
1900 TB - KKL

Week 8 (@Hsinchu)
March 12
1800 BOT - TB
2000 Yulon - Dacin
March 13
1500 TM - PY
1700 KKL - Yulon
1900 Dacin - BOT
March 14
1500 TM - PY
1700 KKL - Yulon
1900 Dacin - BOT

Week 9 (@Taipei)
March 19
1800 BOT - PY
2000 TB - Dacin
March 20
1500 TM - BOT
1700 KKL - PY
1900 Yulon - TB
March 21
1500 PY - Dacin
1700 TB - BOT
1900 TM - Yulon

Week 10 (@Taipei)
March 26
1800 TM - KKL
2000 BOT - Yulon
March 27
1500 Dacin - TM
1700 TB - PY
1900 Yulon - KKL
March 28
1500 TM - PY
1700 TB - Yulon
1900 BOT - Dacin

Week 11 (@Taipei)
April 2
1800 TB - KKL
2000 TM - BOT
April 3
1500 Yulon - Dacin
1700 BOT - PY
1900 TB - TM
April 4
1500 Dacin - KKL
1700 BOT - TB
1900 PY - Yulon

Week 12 (@Hsinjhuang)
April 9
1800 BOT - KKL
2000 TB - Dacin
April 10
1500 Yulon - TM
1700 Dacin - PY
1900 KKL - TB
April 11
1500 Yulon - Dacin
1700 TB - TM
1900 PY - BOT

Week 13 (@Hsinjhuang)
April 16
1800 KKL - TM
2000 BOT - Yulon
April 17
1500 TM - PY
1700 Dacin - KKL
1900 Yulon - TB
April 18
1500 KKL - BOT
1700 TM - Dacin
1900 PY - TB

Week 14 (@Hsinjhuang)
April 24
1700 Yulon - KKL
1900 TM - BOT
April 25
1700 TB - Dacin
1900 KKL - PY

First-round Playoffs (@Hsinjhuang)
April 30
1800 #1 - #4 Game 1
2000 #2 - #3 Game 1
May 1
1700 #1 - #4 Game 2
1900 #2 - #3 Game 2
May 2
1700 #1 - #4 Game 3
1900 #2 - #3 Game 3
May 4
1700 #1 - #4 Game 4 (if neccessary)
1900 #2 - #3 Game 4 (if neccessary)
May 5
1700 #1 - #4 Game 5 (if neccessary)
1900 #2 - #3 Game 5 (if neccessary)

Finals (@Hsinjhuang)
May 7 1900 Game 1
May 8 1900 Game 2
May 9 1900 Game 3
May 14 1900 Game 4
May 15 1900 Game 5 (if neccessary)
May 16 1900 Game 6 (if neccessary)
May 18 1900 Game 7 (if neccessary)

Notes:
PY: Pure Youth
TB: Taiwan Beer
TM: Taiwan Mobile
BOT: Bank of Taiwan
KKL: Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor


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  TURKEY   


Turk Telekom edge Spartak Saint Petersburg in Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom posted a crucial win in the EuroCup E. They held off Spartak Saint Petersburg 86:73 to improve at 2-3 record, while Spartak slipped at 2-3. Turk Telekom must win against Charleroi in the final round of the regular season to hope to reach the Last 16. Turk Telekom ran away to a 10-point lead at halftime. They kept the visitors at safe distance throughout the second part of the encounter and celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way for Turk Telekom. Tutku Acik (194-G-80) added 18 points and 6 assists in the win. Milovan Rakovic responded with game-high 25 points for Spartak.
Besiktas and Galatasaray were less successful in Round 5. Galatasaray surrendered against Azovmash 85:96 in Ukraine. Azovmash dominated in this one. They led by 6 points at the interval and later stretched the margin at 11 points. But Galatasaray managed to gain a needed margin as they pushed late in the game and lost by 11 points. Erik Daniels exploded with 29 points and 13 boards to lead the Ukrainian team. Hasan Rizvic added 20 points and 4 blocks in the victory. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Galatasaray. Michael J Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) and Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) finished with 16 points apiece in defeat.
Besiktas suffered a stunning defeat in the hands of Unics Kazan. The Russian powerhouse claimed a 98:70 win in Istanbul throwing Besiktas at 1-4 record in Group D. Besiktas struggled in defence in this one allowing Unics unload 52 points in the first half worth a 22-point advantage. Unics never slowed down in the second half sealing the sixth straight win at the end. Marko Popovic produced 18 points to lead the visitors. Terrell Lyday added 16 points for the winners. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) replied with 16 points for Besiktas who lacked Mire Chatman.



Montepaschi blasts Fenerbahce Ulker 101-58 - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Fenerbahce Ulker 101-58

Montepaschi destroyed Fenerbahce Ulker 101-58 for the 8th win in Preliminary Group A (8-1). Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) shined for the hosts with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: Buck Andre, college: Temple) helped with 17 pts and 5 assists. Hawkins was the last one with double-digits, but it is important to mention that each of Montepaschi players managed to score at least 2 points tonight. In the Turkish squad, Lynn Greer (186-G-79, college: Temple) replied with 18 pts. They dropped to 3-6 and will host Zalgiris next week in a game that may determine their fate. Montepaschi will meet Regal Barca in the battle for the first place in this pool.
Montepaschi opened this game with quick 7-2 run. Visitors came to 15-14 in the finish of first period, but the hosts ended it with 4-0 for plus 5 after 10 minutes of play. In the second frame Montepaschi totally destroyed its rival. They made magnificent 18-0 run for 37-16 lead. They did not stop and for rest of the way in the first half Montepaschi already was 50-25 up. It was clear that this game is already over for Fener, who was not able to resist. Montepaschi made 28-14 in third and 23-19 in the last quarter celebrating impressive 101-58 win. Next round is scheduled for January 13.

Montepaschi: Ksistof Lavrinovic 20+6 boards, David Hawkins 17
Fenerbahce Ulker: Lynn Greer 18, Oguz Savas (208-C-87) 13+5 boards



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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Budivelnyk
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. El-Amin, Budivelnyk23.5 
 2. Karim, DniproAzot21.1 
 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, DniproAzot7.8 
 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, DniproAzot6.0 
 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. Sparks, Hoverla2.2 
 4. Canak, Gryfony2.2 
 5. Serapinas, Azovm.2.2 
 6. Crowe, Dnipro2.1 
 7. El-Amin, Budivelnyk2.0 
 8. Jeromanovs, Mykol.2.0 
 9. Drozdov, BC Donetsk2.0 
 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. McClintock, Mykolaiv1.7 
 4. Morton, DniproAzot1.7 
 5. Agafonov, Khimik1.5 
 6. Owens, BC Donetsk1.3 
 7. Matyukevych, Mykol.1.2 
 8. Balashov, BC Odessa1.2 
 9. Khizhnyak, Budivelnyk1.2 
 10. Chemyakin,.1.1 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Raptors release Mensah-Bonsu - by Eurobasket News
Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) was released by the Raptors yesterday, a decision that was based more on the finances of basketball than his ability to put the ball in the basket or defend an opponent.

There is a chance the affable forward, who had two stints in Toronto and was universally liked by hoops fans in Hogtown, will resurface as a Raptor, but chances are greater that Mensah-Bonsu will be playing overseas.

Today loomed as a key deadline in the NBA as players on non-guaranteed deals had to be extended for the balance of the season.

In Mensah-Bonsus case, its believed the Raptors would have been on the hook for roughly $400,000 US had they not initiated todays release.

If he clears waivers, which is how the Raptors got their hands on the energetic power forward earlier this season when the Houston Rockets jettisoned the native of London, England, Toronto could conceivably sign Mensah-Bonsu to a 10-day deal.

In all likelihood, the journeyman NBAer is likely headed overseas.

In fact, theres talk Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow has Mensah-Bonsu on its radar.

Pops is a great guy and a great teammate who worked hard all the time, Raptors head coach Jay Triano said. It was a tough call.

Like a lot of teams, the Raptors have to be very conscious on how every dollar gets allocated.

With Reggie Evans making strides in his recovery from a foot injury, having Mensah-Bonsu around would have been redundant.

By releasing him, the Raptors assure themselves of some cap flexibility, which in turn allows the team to better address their roster.

Mensah-Bonsu was claimed off waivers Nov. 13 after he was released by the Rockets and immediately appeared in a blowout loss to the Nuggets in Denver. He averaged 2.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 6.7 minutes in 16 games with Toronto.

Mensah-Bonsu appeared in four games with Houston this season averaging 1.3 points and 3.3 minutes.

He appeared in 19 games with the Raptors during the 2008-09 campaign after signing as a free agent on March 6, 2009. He averaged 5.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and 13.8 minutes.

The four-year NBA veteran has averaged 3.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 8.8 minutes in 54 games with four teams.


Courtesy of www.torontosun.com


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  URUGUAY   


The LUB began its second stage - by Hector Lopez
Defensor Sporting crushed Hebraica Macabi 95-70 at the opening games for the Uruguayan LUB second stage, to maintain the leadership, one point over Malvin. The results and main scorers were:
Defensor 95 - Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) 25 points 8 rebounds, Dillon Sneed (203-C-84, agency: Lanshire Group, college: E.Tenn.St.) 24 points 9 rebounds, Robby Collum (185-G-81, college: W.Michigan) 14 points 4 assists
Hebraica 70 - Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) 14 points 4 rebounds, Michael Gale (193-G-82, college: Centenary) 12 points 4 rebounds 3 assists, Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's) 8 points 9 rebounds
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Malvin 62 - Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) 26 points 4 rebounds 5 assists, Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, college: Seton Hall) 4 points 3 rebounds
Union Atletica 61 - Arthur Long (206-F/C-73, college: Cincinnati) 21 points 18 rebounds 2 blocks 3 assists, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 4 points 4 rebounds
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Sayago 90 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 40 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 18 points 14 rebounds,Terrence Shelman 4 points 6 rebounds 4 blocks
Bigua 82 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 23 points 6 rebounds, 4 assists, Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.) 14 points 7 rebounds, Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) 8 points 5 rebounds
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Trouville 80 - Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport) 25 points 9 rebounds, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 18 points 9 rebounds, 3 assists
Olimpia 73 - Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 19 points 11 rebounds, Quincy Wadley (193-G-78, agency: Liman Sports, college: Temple) 8 points 1 rebound 5 assists, Jeff McMillan (203-F-80, college: USC) 6 points 3 rebounds
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Atenas 94 - Daniel Rivero (182-G-77) 39 points, 6 assists, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 13 points 15 rebounds 5 blocks, Will Caudle (206-C-82, agency: Liman Sports, college: Xavier) 13 points 9 rebounds
Cordon 78 - Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Gardner-Webb) 29 points 6 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-F-80, college: Loyola, IL) 10 points 6 rebounds,
- - -
Standings: Defensor Sporting 28, Malvin 27, Atenas 26.5, UnioN Atletica 25.5, Trouville 25, Bigua 24, Cordon 24, Sayago 24, Olimpia 23.5,
Hebraica Macabi 23.5


New import players for the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Three new import players were signed for the LUB second stage. Hebraica Macabi signed Grady Reynolds (198-F-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.John's), who already played for the same team during the 2007/08 season. He will be replacing Nathan Green. Malvin, preparing to play the Liga de las Americas, inked Brian Laing (195-G/F-85, college: Seton Hall), who is replacing Jermaine Watson. Finally, Bigua has signed Jason Miller (208-F/C-80, college: Oklahoma St.), while Dwight Burke left the team. Each one of the 10 teams already playing the LUB has the possibili ty change import player before January 18th.



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Women News

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  BOTSWANA - Women  


Botswana Updates - by Thomas Fink
In the women's league, Police and BDF V will face each other in what usually turns out to be an exciting duel. The rivalry between the two sides has grown over the years as they dominate women's basketball in the country. Though the league has been completed without a sponsor, Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) spokesperson, Thulie Jankey said there were a lot of positives from the competition. He hailed players for showing commitment despite the absence of financial incentives. He expressed disappointment with some clubs, which failed to fulfill fixtures. He said they managed to deal with the defaulters and they do not expect a repeat as the BBA has come up with stringent regulations. Jankey said they will try by all means to start the next season on time so that they do not have a fixture congestion towards the end. He said they are still hopeful that they will secure a sponsor for next season.
Story courtesy of Mmegi newspaper


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  CANADA - Women  


PILPAITIS NAMed aMERICan EAST PLAYER OF WEEK - by John Gary
VErmont senior Courtney Pilpaitis has been named the American east womens Basketball Player of the Week,ending JAN3. Pilpaitis led Vermont to a 3-0 week and was one rebound shy of posting three straight double doubles. The Catamounts won the Blue Sky Classic hosted by Dartmouth with victories over Dayton 74-65 and Rhode Island. Pilpaitis scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds and collected five steals in the win over the flyers. She added a double-double with 11points and 10 rebounds and recored four assits and four steals in a win over URI.courtesy basketballcanada.ca

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Standings - ZBL (W)
ZBL Standings
 1. Frisco Sika 17-0 
 2. USK Praha 15-2 
 3. Trutnov 11-6 
 4. Hradec Kralove 8-8 
 5. Karlovy Vary 8-9 
 6. Slovanka MB 7-9 
 7. Strakonice 7-10 
 8. VS Praha 6-11 
 9. Valosun Brno 5-12 
 10. BA Sparta 0-17 


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.19.8 
 2. Grima, Frisco Sika19.0 
 3. Vlkova, Valosun .18.3 
 4. Viteckova, Frisco S.17.5 
 5. Zrustova, Valosun .16.5 
 6. Misurova, Trutnov16.4 
 7. Sipova, Slovanka.16.2 
 8. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.15.2 
 9. Hejdova, Frisco S.14.8 
 10. Vetrovcova, Karl.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petra REISINGEROVA
  Strakonice
  (196-C-73)
  Avg: 12
 1. Reisingerova, Strako.12.0 
 2. Horakova, Hradec K.9.4 
 3. Kulichova, Frisco S.9.4 
 4. Hartigova, Trutnov9.2 
 5. Vetrovcova, Karlov.8.1 
 6. Stepanova, VS Praha7.6 
 7. Sipova, Slovanka.7.6 
 8. Zrustova, Valosun .7.4 
 9. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.6.8 
 10. Novakova, Hradec.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA-STANKOVA
  Slovanka MB
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.4.6 
 2. Horakova, Frisco S.4.4 
 3. Bednarova, USK P.3.2 
 4. Johnova, Strakonice2.7 
 5. Whalen, USK Praha2.7 
 6. Skerovic, Frisco Sika2.6 
 7. Borecka, Karlovy .2.4 
 8. Maltsi, USK Praha2.4 
 9. Giacintova, Valosu.2.3 
 10. Bartonova, USK.2.2 
Steals Per Game
 Hana HORAKOVA
  Frisco Sika
  (182-F/G-79)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Horakova, Frisco S.3.9 
 2. Nezdarilova-S., Slovan.3.6 
 3. Wallace, BA Sparta3.0 
 4. Snajdrova-Z., Trutn.3.0 
 5. DeHaven, Karlovy .2.7 
 6. Le Drean, USK P.2.6 
 7. Borecka, Karlovy .2.4 
 8. Vetrovcova, Karlov.2.4 
 9. Brantlova, Karlovy .2.3 
 10. Sipova, Slovan.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Petra KULICHOVA
  Frisco Sika
  (198-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Kulichova, Frisco S.1.9 
 2. Tamane, USK Praha1.5 
 3. Novakova, Hradec K.1.3 
 4. Reisingerova, Strako.1.2 
 5. Kraayveld, USK P.1.2 
 6. Hartigova, Trutnov1.0 
 7. Horakova, Hradec K.0.9 
 8. Vetrovcova, Karlov.0.7 
 9. Wallace, BA Sparta0.6 
 10. Bonner, Frisco Si.0.6 


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Estonian ladies successful at Baltic Sea Cup - by Eurobasket News
Estonian U18 and U16 teams had quite a success during the Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn. They occupied the second places in their groups.
Estonian U16 team faced Latvia on the final day of the competition. Latvia entered the game strongly. They exploded with 23 points in the opening frame and earned a 7-point lead. Estonia managed just seven points in the second quarter and trailed by as many as 20 points at the interval. Latvia just kept on mounting the pressure and outgunned the hosts 25:4 in the third stanza. Estonia came back to life in the fourth frame as they exploded with 25 points but could not save the game and surrendered at the end. Renate Reine scored 23 points to lead Latvia. Ruta Veidere had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Ele-Riin Tammik (173-G-94) responded with 15 points for Estonia.
Estonian U18 team prevailed against Latvian counterparts 60:54 in the third round. Latvia secured a narrow 14:13 lead ten minutes into the game but Estonia bounced back to take a 27:24 lead at halftime. Latvia poured in 25 points in the third stanza to regain control but the home team closed defence in the fourth quarter and eked out a tough victory at the end. Solveig Keskula (180-F-92) produced 19 points to lead Estonia. Mailis Pokk (185-C-92), Rosemary Rits (180-F-92) and Nele Laurimaa (179-F-93) had 10 points each in the win. Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) answered with 27 points and 11 boards for Latvia. Agate Geka had 8 points in the loss.



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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jhasmin PLAYER
  Olivais
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Player, Olivais23.8 
 2. Villarroel, Sierre22.7 
 3. Pimenova, Cheva.22.0 
 4. Kuzina, Dynamo M.21.4 
 5. Johnson, EBE I.21.2 
 6. Champion, CAB M.21.0 
 7. Warburton, Gran C.19.7 
 8. Milovanovic, ICIM A.19.4 
 9. Reid, Hatis Yerevan19.3 
 10. Diacona, Sf.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer FLEISCHER
  Dexia
  (195-C-84)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Fleischer, Dexia12.5 
 2. Maksimovic, Zeljezni.12.3 
 3. Mazic, Medvescak11.8 
 4. Gidden, Sf. G.11.7 
 5. Santos, AD Vagos11.5 
 6. Snow, Dynamo K.11.0 
 7. Anosike, Targoviste11.0 
 8. Kuzina, Dynamo M.10.0 
 9. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.9.8 
 10. Little, A.9.7 
Assists Per Game
 Sharnee ZOLL
  Botas
  (170-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Zoll, Botas7.3 
 2. Szymanska-L., Dex.7.0 
 3. Keyru, Dynamo M.5.3 
 4. Reid, Hatis Yerevan4.8 
 5. Chapdelaine, MBK R.4.7 
 6. Sytnyak, Dynamo M.4.7 
 7. White, Hapoel T-A4.3 
 8. Zellous, Besiktas4.2 
 9. Zygelyte, Lemminkain.4.2 
 10. Pimenova, Che.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nykesha SALES
  Besiktas
  (183-F/G-76)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sales, Besiktas5.5 
 2. Sales, Besiktas5.5 
 3. Gladden, Energa T.4.0 
 4. Keyru, Dynamo M.3.8 
 5. Dubrovina, Dnipro3.5 
 6. Anosike, Targoviste3.5 
 7. Williams, Dnipro3.3 
 8. Reid, Hatis Yerevan3.2 
 9. Linkeviciene, Dynamo K.3.2 
 10. Zoll, Bot.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.3 
 2. Kovacevic, Hemof.2.3 
 3. Sowinski, CAB M.2.2 
 4. Lukacovicova, MBK R.2.2 
 5. Ivankovic, Sibenik2.0 
 6. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.0 
 7. Gidden, Sf. G.1.7 
 8. Alyoshkina, Samsun1.7 
 9. Snow, Dynamo K.1.6 
 10. Dacic, Besikt.1.5 


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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Spartak V MR
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Taurasi, Spartak .22.3 
 2. McCoughtry, Dobri A.20.7 
 3. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli19.6 
 4. Young, Galatasaray19.3 
 5. Burse, TS Wi.18.4 
 6. Langhorne, Rivas E.17.9 
 7. Montgomery, TEO V.17.6 
 8. Milton-Jones, Ros C.17.5 
 9. Jelavic, Gospic17.1 
 10. Matovic, Lotos.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janell BURSE
  TS Wisla Can-Pak
  (197-C-79)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Burse, TS Wi.12.5 
 2. Lyttle, Perfumer.10.8 
 3. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli10.4 
 4. Bjelica, TEO V.8.9 
 5. Langhorne, Rivas E.8.6 
 6. Hollingswort., TEO V.8.4 
 7. Godin, Taranto8.3 
 8. Brunson, Taranto8.3 
 9. Ohlde, MiZo Pecs7.9 
 10. Kobryn, TS.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Anda JELAVIC
  Gospic
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Jelavic, Gospic6.5 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs5.5 
 3. Bermejo, Rivas E.5.4 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.5.0 
 5. Pondexter, UMMC4.8 
 6. Cohen, TS Wi.4.6 
 7. Richards, Gorzow4.6 
 8. Fernandez, TS Wi.4.4 
 9. Ratkaine, MKB E.4.3 
 10. Honti, MKB Eur.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Angel MCCOUGHTRY
  Dobri Anjeli
  (185-F-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. McCoughtry, Dobri A.3.3 
 2. Willis, TTT Riga3.2 
 3. Horakova, Frisco S.2.6 
 4. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs2.4 
 5. Bibrzycka, UMMC2.4 
 6. Fernandez, TS Wi.2.4 
 7. Dubljevic, Rivas E.2.4 
 8. Jelavic, Gospic2.4 
 9. Macchi, Familia Schio2.3 
 10. Lyttle, Perfum.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Candice DUPREE
  Dobri Anjeli
  (188-F/C-84)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli1.6 
 2. Burse, TS Wi.1.5 
 3. Sipaviciute, Szeged1.3 
 4. Stepanova, UMMC1.3 
 5. Lisina, Dobri Anjeli1.3 
 6. Ndongue, Bourges1.3 
 7. De Souza, Ros C.1.1 
 8. Comfort, Villeneuve1.1 
 9. McCarville, Spart.1.1 
 10. Christon, Lotos.1.1 


Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. UMMC 7-1 
 2. Ros Casares 6-2 
 3. Taranto 5-3 
 4. Galatasaray 4-4 
 5. TEO Vilnius 1-7 
 6. TTT Riga 1-7 
Group B
 1. TS Wisla Can-Pak 8-0 
 2. Familia Schio 6-2 
 3. Perfumerias 6-2 
 4. MiZo Pecs 2-6 
 5. Villeneuve 1-7 
 6. Gospic 1-7 
Group C
 1. Rivas Ecopolis 7-1 
 2. USK Praha 4-4 
 3. Dobri Anjeli 4-4 
 4. MKB Eurol. 3-5 
 5. Gorzow 3-5 
 6. Bourges 3-5 
Group D
 1. Spartak V MR 8-0 
 2. Frisco Sika 5-3 
 3. Fenerbahce 5-3 
 4. Szeged 2-6 
 5. Tarbes 2-6 
 6. Lotos Gdynia 2-6 


Spartak Moscow Region beat Szeged in the postponed game - by Eurobasket News
Szeged - Spartak Moscow Region 58:77

Spartak rolled past Szeged away from home 77:58. The defending champions traveled to Hungary for the game originally scheduled for early November that had to be postponed following the tragic death of Shabtai Von Kalmanovic. Sue Bird debuted for Spartak this season and had seven points, four assists and three steals.
Spartak Moscow Region opened the game offensively to post 25 points in the opening quarter. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) closed the period at 25;15 making the last shot from the free throw line. Ciglar reduced immediately in the beginning of the second period for 22:25, but the guests created a 10-0 run to take 35:22 after Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU)'s shot. The Russian team won the second period 14-13 to take 39:28 at the halftime. In the third frame the board showed mostly 10-point difference. The hosts tried to recover, however Spartak did not allow them to catch them up. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) nailed from the perimeter at the end of 30 minutes for 61:51. Spartak played even better in defense in the last quarter and limited the hosts to 7 points. After 16 points from the guests the board showed 77:58 for the favorites. Diana Taurasi made a lay-up for the successful victory at the end.
Diana Taurasi scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead Spartak. Sylvia Fowles added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the defending champions. Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) responded with 16 points for Szeged. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) had 15 points each in defeat.

Szeged:Emoke Furesz 16, Vaida Sipaviciute 15, Olena Zherzherunova 15
Spartak Moscow Region: Diana Taurasi 22 points and 11 boards, Sylvia Fowles 11 points and 7 rebounds, Ilona Korstine 9, Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) 9


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  FINLAND - Women  


Forssan Alku sign Ashley Pellom - by Eurobasket
Forssan Alku strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Ashley Pellom (170-G-86). Pellom played just returened to Alku for the second year where in her first year she played 24 games and her stats were: 17.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.1apg ( best in the league) and 3.0spg.
during college she manged to be Southern Conf. All-Tournament 2nd Team twice in 2007 and 2008 and to be awarded Southern Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up and Southern Conf. Tournament Finalist also twice in 2007 and 2008
By Eurobasket Data Center


Finland clinch Baltic Sea Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Finnish U18 team celebrated the victory at the annual Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn. The Finnish ladies claimed two wins in three games played and occupied the top position. They faced Sweden on the final day of the competition. Sweden entered the game with two defeats in the opening games but this time they looked confident. Sweden unloaded 27 points in the starting frame to gain a 7-point lead. Finland could not stop their opponents as the margin grew at 10-point mark at the interval. Sweden continued to dominate and cruised to an 83:61 win at the end. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) had 21 points, 8 boards and 7 assists for Sweden. Ellen Nystrom and Allis Nystrom added 11 points each in the victory. Janniina Koivunen (184-C-93) responded with 16 points for Finland as they claimed the top spot despite the loss.
Finnish U16 selection finished in the third position at the tournament. They faced Swedish counterparts in the final round. It was a close battle from start to finish. Sweden jumped to a 6-point lead at the first break. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter enjoying a 7-point lead at halftime. But Finland did not allow the opponents to cruise to the victory. They stepped on the gas and cut the distance to minimum. Paulina Hersler came up strong for Sweden and helped the team to escape with a narrow win at the end. She tallied 28 points and 11 boards for the winners. Erica Iderstal delivered 7 points for Sweden. Emmi Leino (177-F-94) had 28 points for Finland.



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  GERMANY - Women  


Donau-Ries: Dluzyk in, Reese out - by Moritz Korff
Kasia Dluzyk (175-G-82) has been appointed the new point guard of WWK Donau-Ries, the club announced. The former Polish junior international will run the WWK offense instead of Maxann Reese (176-G-78, college: Michigan St.) who has been waived. Donau-Ries coach Patrick Baer was impressed by Reese's athleticism and her spectacular style of play, but wanted to add a guard with a playmaking mentality.
Dluzyk knows what it takes to win games in the DBBL, as she previously played for Bensberg, the Belkaw BasCats and the Halle Lions. During the 2007-2008 season she averaged 15.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game for Halle and was named to the Eurobasket.com DBBL All-Bosmans Team. In 2008 she headed south to join Real Canoe of Spain. In her first season for the club the 27-year-old scored 6.4 points per contest, helping the team to complete the season on the runner-up spot in the LF2 league. In this current campaign Dluzyk appeared in six encounters for Real Canoe and tallied 2.2 points per night.


Herne bring in Carlene Hightower - by Moritz Korff
Herner TC has been struggling to gather wins in the DBBL before christmas and hence decided to make a change in its playing personnel. Rebekah Parker (180-G/F-85) is not going to return to Herne and will be replaced by Carlene Hightower (180-F-86, college: La Salle). The 23-year-old forward caused a lot of trouble for Herne last season, when she scored 29 points in game three of the DBBL quarter-finals to help Wasserburg advancing to the semis. HTC-coach Marek Piotrowski has high hopes that Hightower, who is coming off a stint in Luxembourg, will put up such outstanding performances for his team in the upcoming three months as well.

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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Hajdana RADUNOVIC
  SEAT Lami
  (192-F/C-78)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Radunovic, SEAT L.18.8 
 2. Vajda, MiZo Pecs17.2 
 3. Crasnoscioc, ZTE16.9 
 4. Balint, Atomeromu16.2 
 5. Szlimak, BSE16.1 
 6. Czank, Vasas-Csata15.8 
 7. Ohlde, MiZo Pecs15.5 
 8. Bozoki, Atomeromu15.3 
 9. Milovanovic, MKB E.15.1 
 10. Budimir, Bajai N.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anna VAJDA
  MiZo Pecs
  (191-F/C-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Vajda, MiZo Pecs8.5 
 2. Budimir, Bajai NKK8.1 
 3. Zherzherunov., Sze.7.3 
 4. Licina, Cegledi EKK7.1 
 5. Keller, SEAT L.6.7 
 6. Szelesy, ZTE6.6 
 7. Holt, MKB Eurol.6.6 
 8. Sipaviciute, Szeged6.5 
 9. Krnjic, MiZo Pecs6.5 
 10. Fejes, Vasas-Csa.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Csilla DARIDA
  Szolnok
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Darida, Szolnok5.5 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs4.9 
 3. Pungor, Atomeromu4.2 
 4. Englert, SEAT L.3.9 
 5. Djelmis, SEAT L.3.8 
 6. Furesz, Szeged3.4 
 7. Kocsis, BSE3.4 
 8. Eordogh, MKB E.3.3 
 9. Lakloth, Vasas-Cs.3.2 
 10. Fegyverneky, MiZo.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Monika BUKOVSZKI
  ZTE
  (171-G-79)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Bukovszki, ZTE4.4 
 2. Ivanyi, MiZo Pecs3.2 
 3. Horvath, Szeged3.1 
 4. Vajda, MiZo Pecs3.1 
 5. Iva, Szeged3.0 
 6. Kocsis, BSE3.0 
 7. Pungor, Atomeromu2.9 
 8. Szelesy, ZTE2.9 
 9. Czank, Vasas-Csata2.8 
 10. Laczi, Szeg.2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Alisa IEVTUSHENKO
  Atomeromu
  (191-C-89)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Ievtushenko, Atome.1.3 
 2. Zherzherunov., Sze.1.3 
 3. Fejes, Vasas-Csata1.0 
 4. Bagi, Vasas-Csata0.9 
 5. Vajda, MiZo Pecs0.9 
 6. Budimir, Bajai NKK0.8 
 7. Szelesy, ZTE0.7 
 8. Szlimak, BSE0.7 
 9. Ambrus, ZTE0.6 
 10. Radunovic, SEAT.0.6 


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. MiZo Pecs 14-1 
 2. SEAT Lami 12-2 
 3. Szeged 11-1 
 4. MKB Eurol. 11-2 
 5. ZTE 7-5 
 6. BSE 6-5 
 7. Vasas-Csata 4-7 
 8. Atomeromu 4-9 
 9. Szolnok 4-9 
 10. Bajai NKK 2-11 
 11. BEAC 1-12 
 12. Cegledi EKK 0-13 


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia U16 clinch Baltic Sea Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Latvian U16 team triumphed at the annual Baltic Sea Cup tournament in Tallinn. They overcame Estonian team 87:52 on the final of the tourney to claim the trophy. Latvia entered the game strongly. They exploded with 23 points in the opening frame and earned a 7-point lead. Estonia managed just seven points in the second quarter and trailed by as many as 20 points at the interval. Latvia just kept on mounting the pressure and outgunned the hosts 25:4 in the third stanza. Estonia came back to life in the fourth frame as they exploded with 25 points but could not save the game and surrendered at the end. Renate Reine scored 23 points to lead Latvia. Ruta Veidere (188-C-94) had 17 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Ele-Riin Tammik responded with 15 points for Estonia.
Latvian U18 selection finished third in Tallinn. They surrendered against Estonia 54:60 yesterday. Latvia secured a narrow 14:13 lead ten minutes into the game but Estonia bounced back to take a 27:24 lead at halftime. Latvia poured in 25 points in the third stanza to regain control but the home team closed defence in the fourth quarter and eked out a tough victory at the end. Solveig Keskula produced 19 points to lead Estonia. Mailis Pokk, Rosemary Rits and Nele Laurimaa had 10 points each in the win. Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) answered with 27 points and 11 boards for Latvia. Agate Geka (168-G-93) had 8 points in the loss.



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. TEO Vilnius 11-1 
 2. Cesis 10-1 
 3. Aistes-Atletas 9-4 
 4. Lemminkain. 7-4 
 5. Laisve 6-7 
 6. MRU 3-9 
 7. Ruta Siauliai 3-10 
 8. LAMMKK 0-13 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Spartak Moscow Region beat Szeged in the postponed game - by Eurobasket News
Szeged - Spartak Moscow Region 58:77

Spartak rolled past Szeged away from home 77:58. The defending champions traveled to Hungary for the game originally scheduled for early November that had to be postponed following the tragic death of Shabtai Von Kalmanovic. Sue Bird debuted for Spartak this season and had seven points, four assists and three steals.
Spartak Moscow Region opened the game offensively to post 25 points in the opening quarter. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) closed the period at 25;15 making the last shot from the free throw line. Ciglar reduced immediately in the beginning of the second period for 22:25, but the guests created a 10-0 run to take 35:22 after Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU)'s shot. The Russian team won the second period 14-13 to take 39:28 at the halftime. In the third frame the board showed mostly 10-point difference. The hosts tried to recover, however Spartak did not allow them to catch them up. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) nailed from the perimeter at the end of 30 minutes for 61:51. Spartak played even better in defense in the last quarter and limited the hosts to 7 points. After 16 points from the guests the board showed 77:58 for the favorites. Diana Taurasi made a lay-up for the successful victory at the end.
Diana Taurasi scored 22 points and grabbed 11 boards to lead Spartak. Sylvia Fowles added 11 points and 7 rebounds for the defending champions. Emoke Furesz (180-G-77) responded with 16 points for Szeged. Vaida Sipaviciute (193-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Syracuse) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) had 15 points each in defeat.

Szeged:Emoke Furesz 16, Vaida Sipaviciute 15, Olena Zherzherunova 15
Spartak Moscow Region: Diana Taurasi 22 points and 11 boards, Sylvia Fowles 11 points and 7 rebounds, Ilona Korstine 9, Kelly Miller (178-G-78, college: Georgia) 9


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden finish Baltic Sea Cup in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Swedish U18 and U16 teams wrapped up their Baltic Sea Cup tournament campaigns. Both teams did not succeed occupying the last spots in each category. However the final day of the competition brought some success for the teams as they claimed victories.
Swedish U18 selection faced Finland on the final day of the competition. Sweden entered the game with two defeats in the opening games but this time they looked confident. Sweden unloaded 27 points in the starting frame to gain a 7-point lead. Finland could not stop their opponents as the margin grew at 10-point mark at the interval. Sweden continued to dominate and cruised to an 83:61 win at the end. Farhiya Abdi (187-F-92) had 21 points, 8 boards and 7 assists for Sweden. Ellen Nystrom and Allis Nystrom added 11 points each in the victory. Janniina Koivunen responded with 16 points for Finland as they claimed the top spot despite the loss.
Swedish U16 selection finished in the fourth position at the tournament. They faced Finnish counterparts in the final round. It was a close battle from start to finish. Sweden jumped to a 6-point lead at the first break. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter enjoying a 7-point lead at halftime. But Finland did not allow the opponents to cruise to the victory. They stepped on the gas and cut the distance to minimum. Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) came up strong for Sweden and helped the team to escape with a narrow win at the end. She tallied 28 points and 11 boards for the winners. Erica Iderstal delivered 7 points for Sweden. Emmi Leino had 28 points for Finland.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Stacy G records first doube double - by David Edole
The University of the District of Columbia Firebirds Women's Basketball Team defeated the University of Puerto Rico -Rio Piedras, 55-51, in the first round of the Puerto Rico Classic in San Juan, Puerto Rico, sophomore forward Stacy Griffith (183-F-89) recorded the first double double of her career, scoring 13 points and collecting 10 rebounds. With this win, UDC improved to 5-10 for the season.

Sonia Roman scored a game-high 21 points and grabbed 2 rebounds for Puerto Rico, and Shakira Rodriquez followed with 14 points and 3 rebounds . Yessina Tosado added 11 points and 3 rebounds.

UDC went in to the break with a 32-28 lead on 42 percent (15 for 35) field goal shooting, and 33 percent (2 for 6) shooting from the charity stripe. They were 0 for 7 from three-point range.

Puerto Rico shot 38 percent (9 for 24) from field goal range, 33 percent ( 5 for 15) from beyond the arc and 56 percent ( 5 for 9) from the free-throw line.

The Firebirds shot 39 percent ( 24-61) in two-point field goals for the game, 10 percent ( 1 for 10) from beyond the arc, and 46 percent (6 for 13) from the charity stripe. Puerto Rico shot 43 percent (18 for 43) from field goal range, 31 percent (8 for 26) from three-point range and converted 58 percent (7 of 12) from the charity stripe.

UDC continues play in the Classic on Thursday, January 7, at 1 p.m., in the second round against AU-Puerto Rico.



Carey continues with her strong play - by David Edole
BOONEVILLE -- Tanecka Careys 3-point basket with 11:30 left gave Jones County Junior College the lead for good at 52-50 and the Lady Bobcats went on to defeat the Northeast Mississippi Community College Lady Tigers 79-70 here Tuesday afternoon in the Bonner Arnold Coliseum.
It was the eighth straight victory for the Lady Bobcats, who improve to 10-1 on the season.

Lady Bobcats 79, Lady Tigers 70

Jones led for most of the first half, but Northeast would rally.

Careys basket with 2:40 showing gave the Lady Bobcats a 33-27 lead. However, Northeast closed the half on a 9-2 run and took a 36-35 lead at halftime.

The Lady Tigers were up 46-40 with just less than 15 minutes to play before the Lady Bobcats roared back. Careys basket gave Jones the lead for good and they stretched the lead to 59-52 on a pair of Erica Moore free throws midway through the second half.

JCJC would take its longest lead at 77-66 with 1:55 remaining when Carey made two free throws.

Carey, a freshman, had 14 points and five assists to spark Jones. Taylorsville sophomore Ashley Lee had another double-double, posting 13 points and 14 rebounds, including nine offensive rebounds. Collins freshman Coco McLaurin had 13 points and five rebounds, while South Jones sophomore Dominique Evans had 10 points and six rebounds.

The Lady Bobcats had a substantial edge on the glass, outrebounding Northeast, 54-34.

AlLisha Hudson led the Lady Tigers, 3-7, with 20 points. Miranda Phillips added 10 points.