EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/18/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Penarol 7-1 
 2. Obras 7-1 
 3. La Union 7-2 
 4. Regatas C. 7-2 
 5. Estudiantes 6-3 
 6. Atenas 5-3 
 7. Libertad S. 5-3 
 8. Lanus 4-4 
 9. Olimpico LB 4-5 
 10. Quimsa 3-6 
 11. Argentino 3-6 
 12. Sionista 3-6 
 13. Monte Hermoso 2-6 
 14. Gimnasia CR 2-6 
 15. Boca Jrs 1-5 
 16. Club 9 1-8 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Obera TC 4-0 
 2. A.Espanola 3-1 
 3. A.Italiana 3-1 
 4. Alvear 2-2 
 5. Union Progr. 2-2 
 6. San Mart.C. 2-2 
 7. Adelante 0-4 
 8. Tucuman BB 0-4 
Zona Sur
 1. Firmat SF 3-1 
 2. Bragado 3-1 
 3. Ciclista 3-1 
 4. Union S. 3-1 
 5. Quilmes MP 2-2 
 6. Banda Norte 2-2 
 7. Gimnasia VP 0-4 
 8. San Mart.MJ 0-4 


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  ASIAN GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. S.Korea2-0
2. China2-0
3. Jordan1-1
4. Mongolia1-1
5. North Kore.0-2
6. Uzbekistan.0-2
Group F
1. Japan2-0
2. Philippine.1-1
3. Qatar1-1
4. Taiwan1-1
5. Iran1-1
6. India0-2


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  AUSTRALIA   


Melbourne Tigers add last seasons MVP Williams - by Danny Russell
The Melbourne Tigers have signed Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.). Williams was the 2009/10 NBL MVP after he played several seasons for the Townsville Crocs entertaining crowds with his amazing speed and street style moves. The Tigers are hoping he can help them win their first game of the season as they face the red hot Perth Wildcats who dismissed top of the table New Zealand by 40 points last round. Rookie american TJ Campbell (175-G-88, college: Portland) has been released to make way for the signing.

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  AUSTRIA   


Louis Graham claims Austrian A Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Louis Graham (205-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) had an amazing evening in the last round for UBSC Raiffeisen Graz and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and eleven rebounds, while his team beat Wels (#6, 5-4) 90-76. UBSC Graz maintains the 5th position in Austrian A Bundesliga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. UBSC Graz will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. In the team's last game Graham had a remarkable 80.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be UBSC Graz's top player in his first season with the team. Graham has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.3ppg), rebounds (8th best: 7.8rpg) and averages solid 2.7bpg and 56.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 32-year old Croatian guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) of BC Vienna. Stazic impressed basketball fans with 32 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as BC Vienna lost that game 75-81 to the higher-ranked Kapfenberg (#2, 7-2). BC Vienna is still second from the bottom in the standings. 7 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory BC Vienna managed to get this year. Stazic is a newcomer at BC Vienna and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.6ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 6.0rpg and 4.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Armin Woschank (184-G-82) of second-ranked Kapfenberg Bulls. Woschank showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Kapfenberg, leading his team to a 81-75 win against the lower-ranked BC Vienna (#10, 2-7). Kapfenberg needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Woschank has a great season in Austria. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.2apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. David Jandl (180-G-84) of St.Polten - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Joe Dean Shawn (199-F-87) of Oberwart - 25 points and 6 rebounds
6. Shawn Ray (194-F-80) of Furstenfeld - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Richard Poiger (201-F-87) of St.Polten - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of Furstenfeld - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Markus Carr (185-G-79) of BC Vienna - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74) of Gmunden - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Zrinjski keeps Dzidic as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski announced that Boris Dzidic (205-F/C-80, agency: Court Side) will be promoted to the clubs Head Coach. The former player started the season as Assistant Coach of Ivan Vujicic but after Zrinjski waived their HC, Dzidzic was named the interim coach. The team registered two wins with him on the bench and Zrinjski management decided to promote Dzidzic to Head Coach position and he will lead the team for rest of the season.

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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Verviers-Pep.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Waters, Verviers.18.3 
 2. Copeland, Aalstar18.0 
 3. Gomis, Charleroi17.7 
 4. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.3 
 5. Miller, Leuven16.3 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp16.2 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende15.9 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.15.5 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven15.0 
 10. Lowhorn, Leuven14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Randle, Gent10.2 
 2. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 3. Jackson, Verviers.7.3 
 4. Tofi, Leuven7.3 
 5. Hilliard, Aalstar7.0 
 6. Young, Aalstar6.9 
 7. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.8 
 8. Riddick, Charleroi6.7 
 9. Thomas, Oostende6.7 
 10. Stipanovic, Liege6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut5.0 
 2. Waters, Verviers.4.2 
 3. Mitchell, Oostende4.1 
 4. Miller, Leuven3.7 
 5. Wright, Charleroi3.5 
 6. Dagunduro, Leuven3.2 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp3.1 
 8. Johnson, Aalstar3.1 
 9. Burrell, Aalstar3.1 
 10. Green, Oostende2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut2.8 
 2. Wilson, Antwerp2.6 
 3. Jenkins, Liege2.5 
 4. Hill, Charleroi2.3 
 5. Hopkins, Antwerp2.3 
 6. McCauley, M.Hai.2.3 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende2.3 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven2.3 
 9. Muya, Liege2.2 
 10. Miller, Leuven2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 3
 1. Riddick, Charleroi3.0 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.1 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.7 
 4. Randle, Gent1.3 
 5. Tofi, Leuven1.0 
 6. Santiago, Charleroi1.0 
 7. Freeman, Verviers.0.8 
 8. Ebong, Oostende0.7 
 9. Young, Aalstar0.7 
 10. Faison, Oostende0.6 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Standings
D1 Srpska Liga
 1. Bratunac 0-0 
 2. Derventa 0-0 
 3. Drina 0-0 
 4. Feniks 0-0 
 5. Glasinac 0-0 
 6. Plus Gradanski 0-0 
 7. Prijedor 0-0 
 8. Radnik B. 0-0 
 9. Rudar 0-0 
 10. Servitium 0-0 
 11. Sutjeska 0-0 
 12. Wolf Security 0-0 
Herceg-Bosna
 1. Busovaca 0-0 
 2. Grude 0-0 
 3. Kiseljak 0-0 
 4. Livno 0-0 
 5. Lokomotiva 0-0 
 6. Posusje 0-0 
 7. Rama 0-0 
 8. Siroki II 0-0 
 9. Tomislav 0-0 
 10. Vitez 0-0 
 11. Zrinjski II 0-0 


Zrinjski keeps Dzidic as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
Zrinjski announced that Boris Dzidic (205-F/C-80, agency: Court Side) will be promoted to the clubs Head Coach. The former player started the season as Assistant Coach of Ivan Vujicic but after Zrinjski waived their HC, Dzidzic was named the interim coach. The team registered two wins with him on the bench and Zrinjski management decided to promote Dzidzic to Head Coach position and he will lead the team for rest of the season.

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  BRAZIL   


Paulistano beat Assis in the NBB - by Paulo Freire
It was not this time that Assis Basket found the victory in the third edition of the NBB. Playing away against the Paulistano team, in the second round of competition the assisense team fought until the end, but closed the game with one defeat in 83 to 77.

Game's top scorer with 29 points, smallforward Cicero Gonzaga from Assis believes that the details on the balls of three points made the difference in the outcome of the match.

'We played a good game, the Paulistano Team has a young team like ours, we took the game until the last quarter but at the end the balls of their three points made the difference. We still have a lot to grown throughout the competition, as we will have the addition of point guard Tony Stockman and center Calderon in the roster. 'commented
Cicero Gonzaga (202-F-86, agency: Garra Sports Marketing, college: NE Oklahoma A&M CC) who also had a double-double, grabbing 12 rebounds on the game.


For the Paulistano team the highlight was the powerforward Felipe Ribeiro who drop 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assis on the game.

Following the NBB, the Assis Basket team will face the Pinheiros and Paulistano will play Bauru both games in November 21.









Uberlandia sign another Brazilian that was abroad - by Paulo Freire
UNITRI/UNIVERSO UBERLANDIA basketball team brought back another brazilian that was away out of country, for the race of the season 2010/2011 in the NBB. This time is the PowerForward Lucas Cipolini, who was in U.S. college basketball, playing for BYU Hawaii since 2006.

Born in the city of Casa Branca (SP), Lucas was in the Brazilian national team that was champion of South American Championship in 2010, and before going to the states had been playing some seasons at Pinheiros, Goias/Ajax and also Uberlandia.

'I always kept in touch with the people in Uberlandia. As soon as they heard that I was graduating in the U.S. they approached me. I decided to come back to Brazil now was the best for my career and my family, 'said the big man.


Lucas Alves (206-F/C) sees this as a chance to have an even bigger showcase for the Brazilian national team and hopes to gain more space in Uberlandia team, that is now coach by a former NT player, Head Coach Ratto and former BYU HAWAII assistant coach Rodrigo da Silva.

The team also has sign another important player, the american Robert Day (197-F-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: W.Oregon) who will be using the jersey number 31 of Uberlandia.

Lucas Alves (206-F/C) will have the job to pu back fans on the gym, since the team was close on the last seasons.


Flamengo brings young that was in Spain - by Paulo Freire
Flamengo basketball team has sign a young prospect player that was in Spain to complete their roster. The player already fit in with the group of players, with big hair and wide smile reminiscent of Anderson Varejao, Fred Duarte has already got a nick name in his first day in. The older players are calling him now as little Varejao or Varejinho in portuguese.

He does not complain. On the contrary, he acctually like it. It was the physical resemblance to the Cleveland Cavaliers player that made it easier for him to be accept on the roster. The 19 years old player, who is 1.95 m tall, had just returned from two seasons in the Third Division of Spanish basketball, at BALONCESTO TORREJON basketball team in Madri.

'- I arrived and I only knew the name of the players, I never had a chance to chat and talk with them before. On the first day of practice, they played with my hair and said I was Varejinho. I'm super comfortable doing the drills that coach ask. And looking forward, because I will defend now one of the best, if not the best team in the country '- said the swingman, who has played on the Brazilian National team under-16 years old and also, U-18 and U-19.


Frederico Brito before going to Spain, has played in Brazil for a small club in Rio de Janeiro, call Central.

The team has also waived the american Kyle Lamonte, who did not like the system that head coach Paulo Chupeta was playing. The player got back to Argentina to his former club Penarol.

The rumors says that the managers are in talk with a couple of players, David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue), Rodney Buford (196-G-77, agency: 540 Sports, college: Creighton) and Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86, college: Niagara). The team also in giving a try-out on Gustavo Ferreira (201-G-82) who played for Flamengo on 2006-2007 season.


Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Unitri/Universo 2-0 
 2. Itabom/Bauru 2-0 
 3. Araldite/Univille 2-1 
 4. Paulistano 2-1 
 5. Pinheiros/Sky 2-1 
 6. Vivo/Franca 1-0 
 7. Araraquara 1-1 
 8. BRB/Brasilia 1-1 
 9. Pitagoras/Minas 1-1 
 10. Vitoria 1-2 
 11. Flamengo 0-0 
 12. S.Jose/Vinac 0-1 
 13. Assis Basket 0-2 
 14. Vila Velha CETAF 0-2 
 15. Winner/Limeira 0-2 


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Ray Victor scores career high - by David Edole
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ray Victor scored a career high 20 points as the Warner University mens basketball team took down former The Sun Conference opponent Edward Waters College 90-77 on Monday night. The Royals had at least five players score double digits for the second consecutive game while they improve to 3-0 and the Tigers drop to 0-5.

The Royals trailed at the half 38-32 but a strong second half performance propelled the Royals to victory. The Royals shot 64% from the field in the second half and were an amazing 20 for 20 from the free throw line in the half.

Sophomore Ray Victor was perfect from the floor shooting 10 for 10 to lead the Royals with 20 points, including 3 for 3 from behind the arc. It was the second consecutive game Victor came off the bench to score double digit points. He also grabbed four rebounds and blocked three shots.

For the game the Royals shot 54.9% from the field to maintain the nations best shooting percentage in the NAIA-II at 59.8%. Brennan Taylor scored 16 points and was 8 of 10 from the charity stripe. Bryce Kachinski chipped in 15 points and led all scorers with four assists. Allan Keen and Ian Wilhelm rounded out the Royals double digit scorers with 13 and 11 points respectively. The Sun Conference Player of the Week, Adam Branch scored eight points and pulled down a game high 10 rebounds in the winning effort.

Next up the Royals will travel to Boca Raton, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 17, to take on NCAA-I Florida Atlantic University in an exhibition matchup. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.



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  CANADA   


CIS Standings
CIS Standings
Atlantic
 1. Cape Breton 4-0 
 2. Dalhousie 2-0 
 3. New Brunsw. 2-0 
 4. St.Francis X. 1-0 
 5. Acadia 1-1 
 6. UPEI 0-1 
 7. Memorial 0-4 
 8. St.Mary's 0-4 
CanWest
 1. UBC 6-2 
 2. Trinity West. 6-2 
 3. Alberta 5-1 
 4. Manitoba 5-2 
 5. Saskatchewan 5-3 
 6. Regina 4-2 
 7. Victoria 4-4 
 8. Brandon 2-4 
 9. Calgary 2-4 
 10. UCFV 2-4 
 11. Winnipeg 1-4 
 12. Lethbridge 1-7 
 13. Thompson R. 1-7 
OUA East
 1. Carleton 4-0 
 2. Toronto Univ. 3-1 
 3. Laurentian 1-3 
 4. Ottawa 1-3 
 5. Queen's 1-3 
 6. Ryerson 1-3 
 7. York 1-3 
 8. RMC 0-4 
OUA West
 1. Windsor 4-0 
 2. Brock 3-1 
 3. Lakehead 3-1 
 4. Laurier 3-1 
 5. Guelph 2-2 
 6. Waterloo 2-2 
 7. Western 2-2 
 8. McMaster 1-3 
Quebec League
 1. Laval 1-0 
 2. McGill 1-0 
 3. Concordia 1-1 
 4. UQAM 1-1 
 5. Bishop's 0-2 


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  CHINA   


Asia Games Standings - by Arthur Volbert
China shares the lead in Group E at the Asian Games with South Korea, each with 2-0 records. Japan is alone atop Group F after upsetting Iran today 57-56.

Asia Games Standings
Preliminary Round

Group E
China------ 2 0
South Korea 2 0
Jordan----- 1 1
Mongolia--- 1 1
Uzbekistan- 0 2
North Korea 0 2

Group F
Japan--------- 2 0
Iran---------- 1 1
Qatar--------- 1 1
Chinese Taipei 1 1
Philippines--- 1 1
India -------- 0 2



China Upends North Korea 98-62 in Asian Games - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated North Korea 98-62 to reach a 2-0 record in the Asian Games preliminary round. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) had 14 points and Ding Jinhui and Zhang Qingpeng each scored 12. Zhou Peng had 11 and Zhang Zhaoxu and Zhu Fangyu each scored 10. Li Xiaoxu had 8 points and 9 rebounds.

Pak Un Chol scored 19 for North Korea.

Tang Zhengdong did not play but all others on the roster had at least 10 minutes of playing time. Zhang Bo played 27 minutes at point guard to 11 for Liu Wei and recorded 5 assists to none for Liu. Zhang had no turnovers.

In other games Japan upset Iran 57-56.

Other games:
Philippines 90 Qatar 68
Mongolia 67 Uzbekistan 65
South Korea 95 Jordan 49
Chinese Taipei 93 India 66

Link to box score:
http://www.gz2010.cn/info/ENG_ENG/BK/BKR173A_BKM40040010100004ENG.html



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  CROATIA   


Galil Gilboa showcase dominance against Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Galil Gilboa 83:92

Six players scored in double figures and Galil Gilboa took care of Cedevita in EuroCup opener for both teams. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) knocked down 18 points to ensure the debut win for Galil Gilboa in Group D. Cedevita led 6:2 early in the encounter but Galil Gilboa responded strongly. The Israeli team went on a 9:0 run to surge in front. Galil Gilboa grabbed a 22:17 advantage after ten minutes. Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85) went deadly from beyond the arc in the second quarter. He drained three triples as Galil Gilboa opened up a double-digit advantage 41:29. They stayed in control building a 49:39 lead at the interval. Mekel ignited a 7:0 run from the visitors as they took a 59:44 advantage early in the third quarter. Cedevita were not done just yet as Edwards piloted an 11:2 rally that narrowed the deficit. Galil Gilboa headed into the final frame up by 6 points 67:61. Rodney Green restored a 10-point advantage for Galil Gilboa midway through the stanza and Cedevita found no way to bounce back from this.
Dagan Yavzuri dropped 16 points for the Israeli team. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) and Tyler Wilkerson (203-F, college: Marshall) had 15 points each in the win. Hrvoje Kovacevic finished with 16 points for Cedevita. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) nailed 15 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) 16, Vedran Vukusic 15
Galil Gilboa: Jack McClinton 18, Dagan Yavzuri 16, Warren Carter 15, Tyler Wilkerson 15



Aleksandar Ugrinoski signs a short term deal with Rimini - by Emiliano
Aleksandar Ugrinoski (192-G-88, agency: Interperformances) signed a one month deal with Immobiliare Spiga Rimini to replace temorarily Roderick. The Croatian player signed in September a monthly deal with Italian champs, Montepaschi Siena.
Last season, Ugrinoski has started the season with Rilski Sport Samokov, in Bulgaria with whom he averaged 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT-2 (90.0%) in Bulgarian league and 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg in Balkan league. Then, in January, moved to Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje and at the end of the year recorded averages of 6.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 81.8% in 16 games, reaching the final of the league.


Zagreb and Cedevita win in Adriatic league - by Eurobasket News
Two of four Croatian teams celebrated in the latest round of Adriatic league. Zagreb and Cedevita were victorious, while Cibona and Zadar failed.
Zagreb grabbed 76-73 victory against Hemfoarm for 4-3 record in the regional championship. At the same time, Hemofarm dropped to 5-2. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) nailed 23 points for the hosts. Milan Macvan had 18 pts and 5 rebs in defeat.
Cedevita handed 70-59 loss to Buducnost for 4-3 record in the league. Corsley Edwards (206-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts. In the loosing squad, Mako Simonovic collected 17 points and 9 rebs.
After six consecutive defeats, Crvena Zvezda finally grabbed the first victory of the season. They crushed Croatian outfit Cibona 83-72. Jahmar Young (5 rebs) and Ricardo Marsh stepped up for the Serbian outfit with 23 points each. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Cibona, who dropped to 3-4.
Igokea was better than Croatian team Zadar 78-75 celebrating third victory of the season. Cedomir Vitkovac stepped up for the hosts with 21 points and 8 rebounds. He reached valuation 28 and was the MVP of this meeting. In Zadar (2-5), Marko Car (188-G/F-85) collected 20 points and 5 rebs.


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  CYPRUS   


Apoel beats Etha for the Eurochallenge - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
For the 7th group of the eurochallenge rounds 2010-2011, Apoel rolled past Etha 86-59.

In the 1st half the score was close (half 45-43) with the game being played from the bench with the two coaches , Christopoullos and Constantinides constantly changing their strategies.

At the second half Apoel managed to get a quick lead to the score and keep it until the end.

Apoel travels to Croatia to battle against Zadar, whereas Etha will battle against the Turkish Karsiyaka in Nicosia.

We remind that the following teams consist the 7th round of the eurochallenge:

Apoel - Cyprus
Etha - Cyprus
Karsiyaka - Turkey
Zadar-Croatia



Standings - Division B
Division B Standings
 1. APOP Paphou 4-0 
 2. Anagennises 3-0 
 3. Onisilos 3-0 
 4. Doxa 2-1 
 5. Zinon 2-1 
 6. Achilleas Agrou 1-2 
 7. Athl.Aradippou 1-2 
 8. Olympos 1-3 
 9. Enosis 1-4 
 10. Akademia 0-0 
 11. Athl.Ey Zin 0-0 
 12. Athanasiou 0-1 
 13. Argonaftes 0-3 
 14. Asteras 0-4 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 17
 1. Smith, BC Kolin17.0 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.16.3 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin16.2 
 4. Novak, Plzen15.3 
 5. Hanke, USK Praha14.9 
 6. Blazek, B&W Opava14.6 
 7. Muirhead, Novy Jicin14.4 
 8. Houska, BK Decin14.4 
 9. Veikalas, BK Prost.14.4 
 10. Hampton, BK Pardu.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Meno, Basketbo.11.3 
 2. Houska, BK Decin9.2 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.8.9 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.8 
 5. Burke, NH Ostrava8.1 
 6. Kramny, Svitavy8.1 
 7. Blazek, B&W Opava7.6 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov7.2 
 9. Klimes, USK Praha6.8 
 10. Frana, Plzen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.2 
 2. Carnecky, B&W O.4.3 
 3. Channels, Novy Jicin4.3 
 4. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.9 
 6. Toth, BK Pardubice3.8 
 7. Kotas, USK Praha3.6 
 8. Jones, BC Kolin3.4 
 9. Macela, Svitavy3.3 
 10. Ubilla, Novy Jicin3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.3.1 
 2. Hampton, BK Pardu.2.2 
 3. Holloway, Basket.2.2 
 4. Kotas, USK Praha2.2 
 5. Smith, BC Kolin2.1 
 6. Gibson-B., NH Os.2.0 
 7. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.9 
 8. Sirina, B&W Opava1.8 
 9. Hatcher, BK Decin1.8 
 10. Novak, Plzen1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.8 
 2. Houska, BK Decin1.3 
 3. Kramny, Svitavy1.2 
 4. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.1 
 5. Hanke, USK Praha1.0 
 6. Meno, Basketbo.1.0 
 7. Egwuatu, Svitavy1.0 
 8. Pelikan, Novy Jicin0.8 
 9. Landry, BK Prost.0.8 
 10. Miklosik, B&W O.0.8 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Pardubice 8-1 
 2. BK Prostejov 8-1 
 3. Novy Jicin 7-2 
 4. BK Decin 7-2 
 5. NH Ostrava 5-4 
 6. B&W Opava 4-5 
 7. BC Kolin 4-5 
 8. USK Praha 3-6 
 9. Basketbol Brno 3-7 
 10. Svitavy 1-8 
 11. Plzen 0-9 
Will join on later stage:
 1. CEZ Nymburk


NBL Round 10: Basketbol Brno rolls over Svitavy by 32 points - by Eurobasket News
NBL round 10 biggest difference game was a victory of Basketbol Brno over 10th ranked Svitavy 88-56. Worth to mention a great performance of Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) who helped to win the game recording double-double 12 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Radim Kramny (212-85) replied with double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds for Svitavy. Both coaches used bench players giving the chance to rest for starting five. Basketbol Brno (3-7) did not change their ninth position in the standings. Svitavy dropped to the tenth place with 1-8 record. Basketbol Brno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Svitavy will play at home against Plzen (#11) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Another interesting game was between BK Pardubice (8-1) which played on the court of NH Ostrava (5-4). First ranked BK Pardubice had an easy win 80-70. International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Marcus Arnold helped with 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Alton Mason (190-77, college: Arizona St.) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds. BK Pardubice of course still keeps top position in the standings. NH Ostrava dropped to the fifth place. BK Pardubice's next round game will be against BK Decin (#4) on the road. NH Ostrava will play against league's second-placed BK Prostejov to get back on winning track.
Important to mention another loss for outsider Plzen, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game versus sixth ranked B&W Opava 51-64 in Plzen. Jakub Blazek notched double-double 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Even double-double 15 points and 13 rebounds by Pavel Frana did not help to save the game for Plzen. B&W Opava (4-5) did not change their sixth position in the standings. Plzen still at the very bottom with 0-9 record. B&W Opava will meet next round on the road higher ranked Novy Jicin (#3) where they do not belong to the favorites. Plzen will play against Svitavy (#10) hoping to get finally their first victory.

In the last two games of round 10 USK Praha was smashed by Novy Jicin on the road 67-93. BC Kolin was destroyed by BK Prostejov at it's own court 64-83.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 22 points and 11 rebounds by Kyle Landry of BK Prostejov.



NH Ostrava - BK Pardubice 70-80

Another interesting game was between BK Pardubice (8-1) which played on the court of NH Ostrava (5-4). First ranked BK Pardubice had an easy defeat 80-70. International forward Petr Bohacik (202-85) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois) helped with 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the losing side American guard Alton Mason (190-77, college: Arizona St.) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and forward Lukas Palyza (204-89) with 16 points. BK Pardubice of course still keeps top position in the standings. NH Ostrava dropped to the fifth place. BK Pardubice's next round game will be against BK Decin (#4) on the road. NH Ostrava will play against league's second-placed BK Prostejov to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
BK JIP Pardubice: P.Bohacik 21+5reb+1ast, J.Cernosek 11+3reb+1ast, M.Arnold 11+6reb, D.Wright 9+5reb+1ast, M.Sykora 9+4reb, M.Marek 6
BK Nova Hut Ostrava: L.Palyza 16+2reb, A.Mason 15+8reb+3ast, A.Ciz 10+1ast, M.Stuchly 9+5reb, D.Burke 7+9reb+1ast, C.Trybanski 6+4reb


Basketbol Brno - Svitavy 88-56

NBL round 10 biggest difference game was a victory of Basketbol Brno over 10th ranked Svitavy 88-56. Worth to mention a great performance of Congolese-French forward Boris Meno (203-83, college: Davidson) who helped to win the game recording double-double 12 points and 16 rebounds. American guard Emmanuel Holloway (188-86, college: Illinois St.) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Center Radim Kramny (212-85) replied with double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Ladislav Horak (205-86) added 7 points and 10 rebounds for Svitavy. Both coaches used bench players giving the chance to rest for starting five. Basketbol Brno (3-7) did not change their ninth position in the standings. Svitavy dropped to the tenth place with 1-8 record. Basketbol Brno will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Svitavy will play at home against Plzen (#11) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Basketbol Brno: E.Holloway 19+3reb+5ast, S.Reinberger 16+1reb+2ast, B.Meno 12+16reb, S.Maio 11+5reb+4ast, S.Castleberry 11+8reb+1ast, P.Sedmak 9+4reb+2ast
Basketbal Svitavy: R.Kramny 13+14reb, T.Macela 10+1reb+2ast, B.Egwuatu 8+2reb, L.Horak 7+10reb+1ast, T.Teply 4+1reb, J.Sedlak 4+1ast


Plzen - B&W Opava 51-64

Important to mention another loss for outsider Plzen, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game versus sixth ranked B&W Opava 51-64 in Plzen. Forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) notched double-double 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Slovakian guard Marek Stec (193-80, college: Jacksonville JC) accounted for 10 points and 7 rebounds. Even double-double 15 points and 13 rebounds by center Pavel Frana (212-77) did not help to save the game for Plzen. B&W Opava (4-5) did not change their sixth position in the standings. Plzen still at the very bottom with 0-9 record. B&W Opava will meet next round on the road higher ranked Novy Jicin (#3) where they do not belong to the favorites. Plzen will play against Svitavy (#10) hoping to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BK Breda & Weinstein Opava: J.Blazek 23+10reb, J.Sirina 12+3reb+1ast, M.Stec 10+7reb, M.Vanak 5, O.Dygryn 5+6reb+3ast, J.Kratochvil 5+5reb
Lokomotiva Plzen: P.Frana 15+13reb, P.Novak 9+6reb+3ast, S.Vrubl 9+2reb+1ast, J.Kovanda 7+5reb+2ast, M.Soukup 4+4reb+1ast, J.Mandik 3+3reb


Novy Jicin - USK Praha 93-67

No shocking result in a game in Novy Jicin where third ranked Novy Jicin (7-2) crushed 8th ranked USK Praha (3-6) 93-67. It was a very good performance for American guard Wesley Channels (190-88, college: Austin Peay St.) who helped to win the game recording 5 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. Slovakian forward Dusan Pandula (196-84) contributed with 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for the winners. Coach Zbynek Choleva used 11-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Bosnian-Slovenian center Milan Bjegovic (211-81, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) replied with 18 points and American-British power forward Randall Hanke (211-84, college: Providence) added 13 points and 7 rebounds for USK Praha. Novy Jicin (7-2) did not change their third position in the standings. USK Praha dropped to the eighth place with 3-6 record. Novy Jicin are looking forward to the next round to face B&W Opava (#6) on the road. USK Praha will play against BC Kolin hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin: D.Pandula 14+4reb+2ast, O.Soska 11+6reb, R.Sarovic 11+2reb, V.Peciukas 10, E.Ubilla 9+1reb+3ast, D.Hajek 9
USK Praha: V.Hruban 18+2reb+1ast, M.Bjegovic 18+4reb+1ast, R.Hanke 13+7reb+2ast, M.Klimes 6+3reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 5+2reb+1ast, L.Moravec 3+2reb+1ast


BC Kolin - BK Prostejov 64-83

Very expected game when 7th ranked BC Kolin (4-5) was smashed by second ranked BK Prostejov (8-1) 83-64. It was a very good performance for Canadian forward Kyle Landry (206-86, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Eugene Lawrence (184-86, college: St.John's) contributed with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Coach Peter Balinth used 11-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Power forward Stanislav Zuzak (206-80, college: Cal-Irvine) replied with 13 points and 9 rebounds and Slovakian guard Roman Marko (195-86) added 10 points and 6 rebounds for BC Kolin. BK Prostejov has an impressive series of fifth victories in a row. They is a new league leader. They share that position with BK Pardubice. BC Kolin dropped to the sixth place with 4-5 record. They have the same record like B&W Opava. BK Prostejov are looking forward to the next round to face NH Ostrava (#5) on the road. BC Kolin will play against USK Praha hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: K.Landry 22+11reb, R.Hyzy 16+7reb+4ast, A.Slezas 12+2reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 10+9reb+8ast, B.Gadri 7+8reb, J.Prasil 6+3reb+2ast
BC Kolin: S.Zuzak 13+9reb+1ast, T.Smith 11+2reb+1ast, D.Machac 10+5reb, R.Marko 10+6reb+3ast, M.Hubalek 7+3reb+3ast, C.Miles 4+3reb+1ast




Prostejov Heats Up Late to Down Novo Mesto 89-77 in EuroChallenge Opener - by Surujh Roopnarine
Playing in their first European competition regular season since 2007, BK Prostejov got off to an auspicious start as they overcame Slovenian league champions Krka Novo Mesto 89-77 last night in round 1 of the 2010-11 EuroChallenge. Prostejov qualified for the competition by defeating another Slovenian side, Helios Domzale and then outscored the visitors 30-18 in the fourth quarter to secure an impressive opening victory. Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) scored 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter to help Prostejov as the team shot a blistering 57% from three-point range (12-21). Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) once again led Prostejov with a team-high 19 points and eight rebounds, but the team had phenomenal play all-around, as point guard Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) (15 points, eight assists) masterfully orchestrated the fourth quarter surge, ending the game with a buzzer-beating three to extend the victory to 12 points. Novo Mesto was down early in the game, but never gave up and actually entered the final quarter tied at 59 a piece, however frustration took over in the fourth as Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) picked up a technical foul for shoving Andrius Slezas of Prostejov and things unraveled down the stretch. American import Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, college: Purdue) was the best man of the match in a losing effort, tallying a game high double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds in 31 minutes off the bench. The group favorites Novo Mesto find themselves in an early hole, while the upstarts from Prostejov earned a convincing win over the same team which destroyed Czech Champions CEZ Nymburk 77-57 a little over two weeks ago during Adriatic League play.
PROSTEJOV: Kyle Landry (19pts+8reb), Eugene Lawrence (15pts+8reb), Andrius Slezas (15pts), Jaroslav Prasil (14pts)
NOVO MESTO: Christopher Booker (21pts+12reb), Dusan Djordjevic (18pts), Goran Ikonic (10pts), Zoran Dragic (7pts)



Cajasol crush Nymburk in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Cajasol 77:93

Nymburk disappointed their fans with a hapless home loss to Cajasol in EuroCup opener. Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan), Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 17 points apiece to lead balanced effort from the Seville team. Nymburk in the meantime were not rescued by a 29-point outburst from Ales Chan (215-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill).
The start of the game did not forecast disaster for the Czech team. Ales Chan shone all around the court as he helped the hosts accumulate a 25:17 lead ten minutes into the action. Kirksay triggered a 10:0 run from Cajasol at the start of the second period as the Spanish team surged ahead. Cajasol soon gained a 33:28 lead but Nymburk answered straight back. They capped the first half with an 8:1 rally to post a 38:36 advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third period. But it was Txemi Urtasun who made the difference. He knocked down four points late in the period to give Cajasol a 58:52 lead. Nymburk were down by just four points midway through the fourth term but Louis Bullock and Satoransky fired from afar and then Ivanov buried another jumper to make it 83:71 for Cajasol with under three minutes to go. Nymburk could not recover as the visitors cruised to the win at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) produced 11 points for Cajasol. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) posted 16 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Ales Chan 29, Chester Simmons 16
Cajasol: Louis Bullock 17, Paul Davis 17, Txemi Urtasun 17



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JACK MICHAEL RETURNS TO LA VEGA! - by Ozell Wells
National Team Captain Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) has agreed to join the roster of La Mattica in the La Vega Tourneo. His first game is to be this evening.
His last action in La Vega was with Dosa in 2009 and La Villa in 2004.
This past summer, Jack Michael led his Cocolos de San Pedro de Macoris team into the Semifinals of the South Division in the LNB. This was after leading the National Team to the Bronze Medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) averaging thru five games 23.0ppg 10.6rebounds while shooting 70.6% from the free throw line.


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 8-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 8-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 7-2 
 4. Rakvere 6-3 
 5. Rapla 4-6 
 6. TTU/Kalev II 4-6 
 7. Valga/CKE 3-6 
 8. Parnu 2-7 
 9. Voru KK 0-9 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rannar RAAP
  Parnu
  (187-G/F-92)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. Raap, Parnu19.9 
 2. Brown, Va.19.1 
 3. Erm, Rapla18.1 
 4. Saage, Rakvere17.7 
 5. Vares, Va.16.4 
 6. Kuuba, Voru KK15.2 
 7. Raadik, Parnu15.0 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere15.0 
 9. Tamsalu, Parnu14.8 
 10. Kurg, TT.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony BROWN
  Valga/CKE
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Brown, Va.11.9 
 2. Kuuba, Voru KK10.0 
 3. Arnold, TT.9.0 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.9 
 5. Pokla, Rakvere8.8 
 6. Ringmets, Rapla8.7 
 7. Osby, TT.8.3 
 8. Erm, Rapla8.2 
 9. Hughes, TT.7.8 
 10. Raadik, Parnu7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Georgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.8 
 2. Sokk, TU/Rock3.4 
 3. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 4. Dorbek, Rakvere3.4 
 5. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 6. Winston, Va.3.2 
 7. Archibald, TT.3.1 
 8. Oja, Va.3.1 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla3.0 
 10. Karner, Parnu3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rait-Riivo LAANE
  Rapla
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Laane, Rapla2.8 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.7 
 3. Dorbek, Rakvere2.4 
 4. Doronin, TU/Rock2.4 
 5. Keedus, TT.2.3 
 6. Veideman, TU/Rock2.3 
 7. Erm, Rapla2.2 
 8. Saage, Rakvere2.1 
 9. Raap, Parnu2.1 
 10. Karner, Parnu2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.0 
 2. Osby, TT.1.6 
 3. Brown, Va.1.2 
 4. Arnold, TT.1.1 
 5. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 7. Montgomery, Rapla0.8 
 8. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 9. McGee, Rakvere0.7 
 10. Raadik, Parnu0.6 


Standings - 1.Liiga
1.Liiga Standings
Group A
 1. Kohila SK 7-0 
 2. TU/Rock II 4-2 
 3. Marcus 3-4 
 4. Paide Viking 2-4 
 5. TTU SK 2-4 
 6. Noortekoondis 1-5 
 7. Torma/Salva 0-0 
Group B
 1. Filmipood.ee 5-0 
 2. JAVICAR SWE-7 4-2 
 3. Parnu 3-4 
 4. KK Rapina 2-4 
 5. Scanweld/EN 2-4 
 6. Kuremaa 1-5 
 7. Rae KK 0-0 
Group C
 1. KK Hito 5-0 
 2. Elion/Corle 4-2 
 3. Kalev II 3-4 
 4. Johvi/Toila 2-4 
 5. Tamsalu 2-4 
 6. Swedbank 1-5 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 29
 1. Zoric, KK.29.0 
 2. Burlacu, Ploiesti27.5 
 3. Trushkin, Triumph22.0 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp21.7 
 5. Abukar, Lugano T.21.0 
 6. Bader, Szolnok20.3 
 7. Baxter, Enisey20.0 
 8. Syrovatko, Triumph19.5 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano T.19.3 
 10. Eldridge, Karsiyaka19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Zvonko BULJAN
  APOEL
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 16
 1. Buljan, AP.16.0 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka14.3 
 3. Travis, Elitzur .14.0 
 4. Baxter, Enisey12.5 
 5. Booker, Krka12.0 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.11.0 
 7. Killingswort., Maccab.10.7 
 8. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot10.0 
 9. Gadri, BK Prostejov9.7 
 10. King, Etha9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jakov VLADOVIC
  Zadar
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 11
 1. Vladovic, Zadar11.0 
 2. Millage, Khimik8.7 
 3. Parker, Spartak SP8.0 
 4. Kelley, Oostende8.0 
 5. Blidaru, Ploiesti7.5 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils7.0 
 7. Mitchell, Oostende7.0 
 8. Mays, Fe.7.0 
 9. Williams, Enisey6.5 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping6.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 2. Dabkus, Etha4.3 
 3. Parker, Spartak SP4.0 
 4. Travis, Elitzur .4.0 
 5. Jomby, Gravelines4.0 
 6. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 7. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 8. Smith, Orleans3.0 
 9. Bailey, Art.Dragons3.0 
 10. Karydas, Keravnos3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 2. Balashov, Dynamo3.0 
 3. King, Etha2.3 
 4. Young, Aalstar2.0 
 5. Toporov, Lokomotiv2.0 
 6. Wilkinson, Lokomotiv2.0 
 7. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 8. Kasun, KK.2.0 
 9. Mejri, Antwerp1.7 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.7 


EuroChallenge Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Spartak SP - Szolnok 88-70
Spartak St Petersburg opened their EuroChallenge campaign with the home win over Szolnoki Olaj. The Russian team needed the last push in the end of the game for the total 88:70 win. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) stepped up with 21 points for the home side and Zupan nailed 17. Domercant finished the game with 13 points and Antic netted 8. Trotter and Bader nailed 18 points each in defeat, while Clark posted 9.

N.Novgorod - Gravelines 64-70
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque spoil Nizhny Novgorod start in EuroChallenge in both openers. The team from France stole a comfortable 70:64 win for the first victory.Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) paced all the winners with 23 points and Bokolo collected 14 points and 10 rebounds. Issa netted 11, while Akpomedah posted 8. Paunic replied with 18 points for the Russian side. Plisnic followed him with 10 and Akindele ended up with 9 points.

Group B
Dt.Bank SKY - Maccabi Haifa 78-83
One of the most interesting and expected games were played in Germany as D. Bank Skyliners hosted Maccabi Haifa in the EuroChallenge opener of Group B. The team from Israel grabbed 83:78 win to take 1-0 record in the group.O'Bannon led the way with 20 points and Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) followed him with 19. Killingsworth nailed 14, whilst Low added 10. Powell answered with 18 points in the losing case. Bahiense de Mello and Wood posted 13 apiece, while McKinney notched 12.

Khimik - Ventspils 71-82
Anderson erupted with 27 points for his Latvian team against Khimik in Yuzhniy. BK Ventspils celebrated 82:71 win in the opener of EuroChallenge campaign on Tuesday night in Ukraine. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while Strelnieks added 12. Bizaca, Millage and Garrison notched 13 points apiece for the home side.

Group C
Lugano Tigers - TU/Rock 73-61
Lugano Basket opened their EuroChallenge Regular Season account with a home win over Tartu University Rock. The Swiss team overcame the guests 73:61 as they won the second period 23-13. Abukar Mohammed stepped up with 26 points for the hosts and Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) followed him with 18. Allingu Vallo responded with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the losign effort. Talts Janar notched 12 and Leppik Silver added 11.

Lukoil Academik - Benfica 92-71
Lukoil Academic overcame Lisboa Benfica at the start of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. The Bulgarian side started with 28-17 and never looked behind in the court. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) erupted with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while James Dominic as well as Bowman Brandon netted 14 points each for the team from Sofia. Evans Heshimu finished the night with 11 points in the losing effort.

Group D
Liege - Elitzur Netanya 70-67
Liege outscored visiting Elitzur Netanya 70:67 on November 16th. The Belgian side controlled the game for the majority of the time, but Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) with his team trailing by a point and just six seconds from the end, missed both attempts for Elitzur Netanya. Raivio Nick led the way with 14 points and Stipanovic Andrija had 13 points and 11 boards. Brown Elton ended up with 22 points for the visiting team.

Norrkoping - Turk Telekom 101-89
Norrkoping became the best-scoring team in the Regular Season Round 1 as they poured in 101 points over their opponent. The Swedish side is back to European arena with the win over Turk Telekom 101:89. They started with 41:21 the first period to shock the German side. George Gervin (189-G-76, college: Houston) (189-G-76, college: Houston) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Lindqvist Mikael delivered 15. Gaffney Anthony answered with 24 points and 11 boards, while Cankaya Yunus scored 23.

Group E
BK Prostejov - Krka 89-77
BK Prostejov from Czech Republic opened their EuroChallenge 2010/2011 campaign with the home win KRKA on Tuesday. The hosts produced a 30-18 in the last quarter for the total 89:77 win. Landry Kyle paced all the winners with 19 points and Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) as well as Slezas Andrius had 15 each. Booker Christopher finished the night with 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat.

KK Zagreb CO - Telekom Baskets 96-100
Telekom Baskets Bonn won the first overtime game in the EuroChallenge Regular Season. The German Powerhouse grabbed 100:96 over KK Zagreb CO as Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) posted 25 points to lead all the winners. Ensminger Chris and Jaacks Jacob each added 19, whilst Campbell Folarin added 11.Zoric Luka ended up with 29 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts.

Group F
Antwerp - Lokomotiv 87-83
Antwerp and Lokomotiv showed one of the most exciting starts of the EuroChallenge campaign as they needed two overtimes for the winner in the game. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the second extra period to propel the hosts to 87:83 victory. He finished the game with 24 points and Mejri Salah followed him with 16 points and 12 caroms. Chalmers Lionel answered with 20 points in the losing effort.

Dynamo - Steaua Turabo 88-60
Russian Dynamo rolled over Steaua Turabo 88:60 at the Regular Season Round 1 in the capital. The hosts started with 22-14 and never looked behind after. Vasili Zavoruev (196-G-87) poured in 23 points to lead the race, while Shabalkin Nikita ended up with 19 points. Stanescu Virgil responded with 20 points for the visiting side.

Group G
APOEL - Etha 86-59
APOEL hosted Etha in the game between two teams from Cyprus in EuroChallenge. The more experienced team celebarted a 86:59 home win as Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) erupted with 24 points and 16 rebounds for the hosts. Davis Jeremiah netted 19 and Lee Arthur posted 14. King Anthony responded with 17 points in defeat.

Karsiyaka - Zadar 88-81
Izmir saw Karsiyaka cruising past Zadar 88:81 in the start of the Regular Season Round 1 in Group G. Batuk Birkan and Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, college: Illinois St.) top-scored for the winners with 19 points each, while Aldemir Furkan had 13 points and 14 boards. Brown Brandon ended up with 20 points in the losing case and Ivanov Ive scored 19.

Group H
Nancy - Oostende 72-69
Nancy overcame Oostende 72:69 in Group H opener as they went in front by nine points midway through the fourth quarter but had to hold on for dear life at the end. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) led the way with 19 points and Darden Tremmell followed him with 17. Lojeski Matt collected 14 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Mitchell Darrel and Thomas, Will had 12 apiece.

Orleans - M.Hainaut 82-76
Bell Troy paced Entente Orleanaise over Dexia Mons-Hainaut at the Regular Season Round 1. He nailed 28 points for the total 82:76 success. Jamar Smith (206-F/C-80, college: Maryland) notched 17 points for the winners and Moerman Adrien brought 13. Lewis Ron responded with 15 points for the visiting side.




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  EUROCUP   


Eurocup Round: 1 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
EWE Baskets - Unics 72-89
Unics rallied past EWE Baskets at the start of the EuroCup regular season tonight. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) came up with 23 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds to lead the Kazan team to the initial win in Group A. Unics dominated this one right from the start. The visitors unloaded 27 points in the opening term to run away. They secured a confident 9-point advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Things looked dull for the hosts in the second period as well. Unics maintained the lead as they were up 47:37 at halftime. Unics stayed aggressive defensively in the third term. They limited EWE Baskets to 16 points in the quarter building a 12-point lead with one quarter remaining. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) and Marko Popovic led Unics in the final term as they left no chance for Oldenburg clinching a comfortable win at the end. Terrell Lyday scored 16 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists for Unics. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) knocked down 14 points each in the win. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) and Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) responded with 17 points each for EWE Baskets. Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) had 10 points in defeat.

Banvit - Le Mans 78-70
Banvit ensured the winning start to their EuroCup campaign. They held off visiting Le Mans in Group A opener. Keith Simmons (196-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the hosts. Banvit overcame an awful start to the game to prove their strength in this one. Le Mans stormed into the encounter as they grabbed a 16:6 lead early on. But Banvit soon responded with a 14:0 run of their own to spur in front. The hosts grabbed the lead and maintained it well throughout the reminder of the first half. The Turkish team enjoyed a 37:30 halftime advantage. Keith Simmons and Mutlu Akpinar (203-C/F-83) helped Banvit to a 10-point lead early in the third stanza. The home side stayed in charge as they posted a 56:49 lead at the final break. Le Mans was not about to surrender that easily. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) and Acker brought the visitors within just four points late in regulation but Ermis connected from beyond the arc and Banvit ran away with the debut victory. Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) added 14 points and 9 rebounds for Banvit. Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) and Mutlu Akpinar contributed 12 points each in the victory. Joao Paulo Batista responded with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Le Mans.Antoine Diot (191-G-89) provided 12 points in the losing effort.

Group B
ASVEL - Goettingen 80-88
Goettingen executed well en route to the road win over ASVEL. The victory gave Goettingen 1-0 record in EuroCup Group B. The German side went on a 9:0 run early in the game to pile a 12:3 advantage. Goettingen eventually fired 28 points in the first quarter to ensure a comfortable 13-point cushion heading into the second stanza. Goettingen stretched the gap to 15 points in the second term 40:25. But ASVEL stopped the rot. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) organized an 11:0 run to narrow the gap to just four points 36:40 at halftime. Goettingen quickly regained the safe distance from the hosts in the third term. They increased the tempo and cleared off to a 68:57 advantage at the final intermission. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) did not give up as he dragged ASVEL as close as five points in the fourth stanza. However the German side did not panic and rolled to the victory at the end. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) unleashed 20 points to lead the visitors. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) added 15 points for Goettingen. Matt Walsh answered with game-high 30 points for ASVEL. Davon Jefferson had 16 points in the loss.

Besiktas - Hemofarm 91-94
Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown) debuted for Besiktas in EuroCup but could not prevent his new team from falling to Hemofarm. The Serbian team rallied from a 17-point deficit in the final quarter to stun the ambitous hosts. Milan Macvan (205-F-89) came up with 17 points and 15 rebounds to ensure the dreamy start for the Serbians. Besiktas entered the game strongly. They outplayed the visitors everywhere in the court to enjoy a 24:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Allen Iverson, Erden and Ozer helped the hosts to a 39:25 lead midway through the second frame. Besiktas ensured a 44:35 lead at the interval. Krstovic and Milan Macvan led Hemofarm early in the third stanza as the visitors denied the deficit. Hemofarm drew things level at 60 before Besiktas managed to eke out a narrow 69:63 lead at the final intermission. Besiktas opened the fourth term on a 10:0 run to take a comfortable 79:63 advantage. Soon the hosts accumulated what seemed an unassailable lead 82:65. Hemofarm however responded quickly as they went on a desperate 16:3 run to cut the deficit. Allen Iverson completed a four-point play to keep Besiktas on top but it was not enough to tame the visitors. Hemofarm drained impossible five treys in the final two minutes of regulation to seal a terrific win for Hemofarm. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 16 points for Hemofarm. Mustafa Abdul-Hamid (188-G-88, college: UCLA) added 15 in the win. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) came up with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Besiktas. Serhat Cetin (197-G-86) and Allen Iverson accounted for 15 points each in the loss.

Group C
Siauliai - Buducnost 76-97
Buducnost showed their highest EuroCup ambitions as they opened the campaign with a resounding rout of Siauliai in Lithuania. Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) fired 23 points to lead the visitors to a confident win in Group C. Buducnost opened the game on a 6:0 run to set the tone. They actually never trailed in this one. Buducnost limited the hosts to 16 points in the opening frame and rolled to a 6-point lead at the first break. No relief was brought to Siauliai in the second period. Buducnost enlarged their advantage claiming a 43:34 advantage at halftime. The visitors went deadly on offense in the third quarter. They unloaded 32 points to grab an unassailable 20-point advantage with one quarter to go. Siauliai had no answers in their sleeve. Buducnost never loosen the grasp and cruised to the victory at the end. Marko Scekic (207-F-81) tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds for Buducnost. Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) added 12 points for the winners. Ricky Harris (188-G-87, college: Massachusetts) was responsible for 15 points in defeat. Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) netted 14 points for Siauliai.

Group D
Cedevita - Galil Gilboa 83-92
Six players scored in double figures and Galil Gilboa took care of Cedevita in EuroCup opener for both teams. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) knocked down 18 points to ensure the debut win for Galil Gilboa in Group D. Cedevita led 6:2 early in the encounter but Galil Gilboa responded strongly. The Israeli team went on a 9:0 run to surge in front. Galil Gilboa grabbed a 22:17 advantage after ten minutes. Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85) went deadly from beyond the arc in the second quarter. He drained three triples as Galil Gilboa opened up a double-digit advantage 41:29. They stayed in control building a 49:39 lead at the interval. Mekel ignited a 7:0 run from the visitors as they took a 59:44 advantage early in the third quarter. Cedevita were not done just yet as Edwards piloted an 11:2 rally that narrowed the deficit. Galil Gilboa headed into the final frame up by 6 points 67:61. Rodney Green restored a 10-point advantage for Galil Gilboa midway through the stanza and Cedevita found no way to bounce back from this. Dagan Yavzuri dropped 16 points for the Israeli team. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) and Tyler Wilkerson (203-F, college: Marshall) had 15 points each in the win. Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) finished with 16 points for Cedevita. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) nailed 15 points in the loss.

Aris - Azovmash 88-75
P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) poured in 28 points to lead Aris to the victory in EuroCup opener. The Greek powerhouse denied Azovmash in Thessaloniki for the first win in Group D. Aris opened the game with four points in a row to set the tone. The hosts quickly ran away for a 19:8 lead. Azovmash managed to pull within 7 points at the first break 16:23. Aris triggered a 10:3 run to take a 33:19 lead midway through the second period. The visitors replied with a 9:0 run of their own and after one half of action the scoreboard read 40:32 in favor of Aris. Fred House organized an 8:0 run from Azovmash as they knotted things up at the start of the second half. Tapoutos and P.J. Tucker immediately answered for Aris and soon the Greeks were back in the drivers seat 55:44. Azovmash did not surrender as they trailed by just 5 points with one quarter remaining. P.J. Tucker and Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for Aris in the fourth stanza sealing the deal and sending Azovmash to 0-1 record. Dejan Borovnjak knocked down 17 points. Bryant Dunston (201-F/C-86) added 12 points in the victory. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 22 points for Azovmash. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) accounted for 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

Group E
GasTerra - Galatasaray 65-66
Galatasaray came from behind in the final minutes of regulation to snatch a narrow road win over GasTerra Flames in Groningen. The teams played their opener in EuroCup Group E. Preston Shumpers knocked down five free-throws in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome for the Turkish team. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) was the main man for GasTerra Flames in the opening quarter. He helped the Dutch team accumulate a 20:8 lead. Groningen stayed in charge and secured a 22:11 advantage after ten minutes. Otten and Roye fired from downtown early in the second frame as the margin grew at 17-point mark 30:13. Joshua Shipp stepped up for Galatasaray at this point stopping the rot and narrowing the distance at 9-point mark at halftime 34:43. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) delivered 7 points in a 9:0 run from Galatasaray at the beginning of the second half. However Matt Haryasz and Jason Ellis quickly turned things the hosts way as Groningen grabbed a 52:44 lead at the final intermission. GasTerra Flames entered the final three minutes of the clash leading by 8 points 61:53. Radoslav Rancik narrowed the gap to only two points 61:59. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Topaloglu followed with a bunch of free throws and all of a sudden it was Galatasaray who celebrated the victory. Radoslav Rancik accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead Galatasaray. Preston Shumpert added 15 points in the win. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for GasTerra Flames. Matt Haryasz delivered 12 points in the loss.

Bennet Cantu - Panellinios 72-57
Bennet Cantu outgunned Panellinios at home court to start the EuroCup campaign. Jonathan Tabu scored 17 points to lead the home team. Bennet Cantu spurred in front at the start of the game. They soon piled up a comfortable 15:6 lead but Panellinios replied. Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) and Samo Udrih (195-G-79) dragged the visitors within just two points 13:15 late in the quarter. Cantu however sealed the first quarter outcome at 18:14. Samo Udrih and Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) gave Panellinios their first lead of the game 22:21 midway through the second stanza. Jonathan Tabu crowned the half with a three-pointer as Cantu snatched a narrow 34:33 advantage. Samo Udrih, Ostojic and Derrick Byars came up for Panellinios in the third quarter. They helped the Hellenes earn a 45:39 lead. Michele Mian rescued Cantu as his consecutive triples restored a 52:48 lead for the home team. Jonathan Tabu and Ortner gave the hosts a 57:48 advantage at the start of the final quarter. The Italian team went on a 9:0 run moments later and never looked back en route to the win. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) chipped in 12 points for Cantu. Mike Green added 9 points in the victory. Samo Udrih replied with 15 points for Panellinios. Andre Brown provided 8 points in the losing effort.

Group F
Benetton TV - Roanne 67-61
Benetton Treviso overcame a sluggish start to outscore Roanne in the EuroCup regular season opener for both teams. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) knocked down 14 points to pace Benetton. The Italian side were down by as many as 15 points at halftime but found the way to recover. Roanne went on a 7:0 run early in the encounter to spur in front. Soon the visitors enjoyed a 20:10 advantage. Alex Gordon crowned the first period with a three-pointer as Roanne grabbed a 23:13 lead. Tanghe drained another triple to make it 26:13 for the visitors at the start of the second frame. Benetton however responded with five straight points to narrow the gap. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) and Bogdanovic kept on scoring for Roanne as the French team secured a 37:22 cushion at the main break. Ryan Toolson, Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) and Greg Brunner changed the complexion of the encounter in the second half. Benetton attacked aggressively and cut the deficit to just three points 38:41. Rivers kept Roanne on top as he gave the visitors a 49:44 lead at the final break. But Benetton were getting closer. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired from beyond the arc and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) added his points as Benetton all of a sudden took control at 61:56. Bulleri stretched the hosts lead to 8 points 64:56. And though Roanne narrowed the difference to just four points Benetton stayed calm and raced for the win at the end. Donatas Motiejunas and Alessandro Gentile knocked down 11 points each for Benetton. Devin Smith had 9 points in the win. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and Pape-Philippe Amagou replied with 13 points apiece for Roanne. Rivers produced 8 points in the loss.

Estudiantes - PAOK 88-77
Estudiantes celebrated the first EuroCup victory in the new season. The Madrid outfit shot down visiting PAOK. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) knocked down 16 points to lead the effort. PAOK bravely entered the game scoring four points in a row. However Gabriel and Granger gave the lead to Estudiantes and the Spanish team rolled to a 17:14 advantage at the first break. The lead changed hands several times throughout the second frame. Estudiantes finally came out winners as they recorded a 37:33 halftime advantage. Tyrone Ellis ignited an 8:0 run from Estudiantes midway through the third stanza as the hosts grabbed a 55:45 cushion. PAOK regained composure as they trimmed the distance to only 5 points 52:57 with one quarter to go. Clark and Blanch dragged Estudiantes to a 12-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter. PAOK clipped the deficit at 8 points but a three-pointer from Gabriel calmed things down as Estudiantes cruised to the win at the end. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Estudiantes. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) had 12 points in the winning case. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) tallied impressive 24 points and 17 rebounds for PAOK. Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points in the loss.

Group G
CEZ Nymburk - Cajasol 77-93
Nymburk disappointed their fans with a hapless home loss to Cajasol in EuroCup opener. Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan), Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 17 points apiece to lead balanced effort from the Seville team. Nymburk in the meantime were not rescued by a 29-point outburst from Ales Chan (215-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill). The start of the game did not forecast disaster for the Czech team. Ales Chan shone all around the court as he helped the hosts accumulate a 25:17 lead ten minutes into the action. Kirksay triggered a 10:0 run from Cajasol at the start of the second period as the Spanish team surged ahead. Cajasol soon gained a 33:28 lead but Nymburk answered straight back. They capped the first half with an 8:1 rally to post a 38:36 advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third period. But it was Txemi Urtasun who made the difference. He knocked down four points late in the period to give Cajasol a 58:52 lead. Nymburk were down by just four points midway through the fourth term but Louis Bullock and Satoransky fired from afar and then Ivanov buried another jumper to make it 83:71 for Cajasol with under three minutes to go. Nymburk could not recover as the visitors cruised to the win at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) produced 11 points for Cajasol. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) posted 16 points in the loss.

Hapoel J-M - VEF Riga 91-78
Hapoel Jerusalem handled VEF Riga in EuroCup G opener. Brian Randle (203-F-85) scored 22 points to lead the Israeli team. It was Randle who burst out with a bunch of jumpers early in the encounter as Jerusalem grabbed a 16:3 lead. The hosts stunned the Latvian team taking a 26:12 lead ten minutes into the clash. Naimy boosted the margin to 18 points early in the second frame. VEF Riga struggled to adjust as Jerusalem coasted to a 49:33 halftime advantage. Jason Rich (191-G-86) made it a 20-point game at the start of the second half. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) and Parakhouski injected VEF Riga with some emotions as the visitors cut the distance at 14 points with one quarter to go. The Latvian team got within 11 points in the final stanza but Jerusalem easily warded off those attempts coasting to the win at the end. Jason Rich knocked down 20 points and grabbed 6 boards for Jerusalem. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) contributed 17 points hitting 5/5 from beyond the arc. Kristaps Janicenoks replied with 23 points for VEF Riga. Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) produced 20 points in the loss. Jerusalem outrebounded VEF Riga 36:20 in the win.

Group H
Krasnie Krilya - Pepsi Caserta 78-85
Pepsi Caserta left all the troubles behind and stunned Krasnye Krylia in Samara yesterday. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) notched 25 points to lead the Italian side to the first win in EuroCup Group H. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) was the main factor in Krasnye Krilya game in the first half. The centre refused to miss as he converted all of his nine attempts from the field to keep the hosts in charge. The Samara outfit grabbed a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. Primoz Brezec was unstoppable as he combined for 20 points in the first half allowing Krasnye Krylia to comfortable seat on top 46:37. Brion Rush gave the hosts a 55:42 lead early in the third term but Pepsi Caserta turned the tables in a span of several minutes. The visitors shocked Krasnye Krylia with a 19:2 run to take a 58:57 lead. Pepsi Caserta headed into the fourth quarter up by two points 61:59. Luca Garri opened the final stanza with five points in a row as Pepsi Caserta kept on rolling. The Italian team never allowed Krasnye Krylia closer than three points in the final minutes and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Luca Garri delivered 15 points for Pepsi Caserta. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) added 11 points each in the win. Primoz Brezec answered with 24 points and 7 boards for Krasnye Krylia. Konstantin Nesterov (205-F/C-81, college: Va Commonwealth) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Anwil - ALBA 74-86
Alba Berlin took the leading positions in Group H by rallying to beat Anwil 86:74 in Poland. Some rusn that bridged between the final two quarters broke the game open, while Anwil managed to get within 73-79 but McElroy and Tadija Dragicevic took care of business in crunch time to lead Alba to a well-deserved road win. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) brought 20 points for the winners and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 20 points for the home side.




Mikhailov fired by Krasnie Krilya Samara - by Emiliano
After the loss in Eurocup against Pepsi JuveCaserta, the management of Krasnie Krilya Samara decided to fire coach Mikhail Mikhailov . The Russian team is 2-2 in Russian PBL after four games despite an important market in the summer which took to the team players as Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79), Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) and Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group).
Mikhailov was hired last February and reached with the team from Samara the final in Eurochallenge, game lost against Gottingen.
Vladislav Konovalov , who assistant coach, will take the place of Mikhailov for the next two games.


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Banvit 1-0 
 2. Unics 1-0 
 3. EWE Baskets 0-1 
 4. Le Mans 0-1 
Group B
 1. Goettingen 1-0 
 2. Hemofarm 1-0 
 3. ASVEL 0-1 
 4. Besiktas 0-1 
Group C
 1. Budivelnyk 1-0 
 2. Buducnost 1-0 
 3. Gran Canaria 0-1 
 4. Siauliai 0-1 
Group D
 1. Aris 1-0 
 2. Galil Gilboa 1-0 
 3. Azovmash 0-1 
 4. Cedevita 0-1 
Group E
 1. Bennet Cantu 1-0 
 2. Galatasaray 1-0 
 3. GasTerra F. 0-1 
 4. Panellinios 0-1 
Group F
 1. Benetton TV 1-0 
 2. Estudiantes 1-0 
 3. PAOK 0-1 
 4. Roanne 0-1 
Group G
 1. Cajasol 1-0 
 2. Hapoel J-M 1-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 0-1 
 4. VEF Riga 0-1 
Group H
 1. ALBA 1-0 
 2. Pepsi Caserta 1-0 
 3. Anwil 0-1 
 4. Krasnie Krilya 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  ASVEL
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 30
 1. Walsh, AS.30.0 
 2. Chan, CEZ Nymburk29.0 
 3. Di Bella, Pepsi C.25.0 
 4. Tucker, Aris24.0 
 5. Brezec, Krasnie .24.0 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK24.0 
 7. Simonovic, Buduc.23.0 
 8. Popovic, Unics23.0 
 9. Janicenoks, VEF R.23.0 
 10. Scekic, Buducnost22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  PAOK
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 17
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK17.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm15.0 
 3. Scekic, Buducnost11.0 
 4. Ellis, GasTerra11.0 
 5. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.11.0 
 6. Tucker, Aris10.7 
 7. Allen, ALBA10.0 
 8. Batista, Le Mans10.0 
 9. Ogilvy, Besiktas9.3 
 10. Golubovic, Banvit9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Unics
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Popovic, Unics10.0 
 2. Ermis, Banvit9.0 
 3. Bauscher, GasTerra8.0 
 4. Green, Galil Gilboa8.0 
 5. Bowers, Pepsi C.7.0 
 6. Mekel, Galil Gilboa7.0 
 7. Draper, Cedevita7.0 
 8. James, Lukoil A.6.5 
 9. Meacham, Goett.6.0 
 10. Jenkins, ALBA6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lukasz KOSZAREK
  Pepsi Caserta
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Koszarek, Pepsi C.5.0 
 2. Dewar, Le Mans4.0 
 3. Diabate, Roanne4.0 
 4. Ermis, Banvit4.0 
 5. McElroy, AL.4.0 
 6. House, Azovmash4.0 
 7. Morley, Budivelnyk4.0 
 8. Xanthopoulos, Panell.3.0 
 9. Necas, CEZ Nymburk3.0 
 10. Gechevski, PAOK3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra4.0 
 2. Chan, CEZ Nymburk3.0 
 3. Dunston, Aris2.3 
 4. Vranes, Unics2.0 
 5. Berzins, VEF Riga2.0 
 6. Davis, Cajasol2.0 
 7. Gelabale, AS.2.0 
 8. Rizvic, Unics2.0 
 9. Jefferson, AS.2.0 
 10. Betts, Budivelnyk2.0 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Angel D. VASSALLO
  ASVEL
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Vassallo, AS.21.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm20.8 
 3. Lampe, Unics19.5 
 4. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.8 
 5. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 6. Hines, Brose B.16.8 
 7. Bogdanovic, Cibona16.2 
 8. Langford, Khimky16.1 
 9. Mejia, Cholet15.8 
 10. McCalebb, Montepas.15.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Cholet
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Falker, Cholet8.5 
 2. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.0 
 3. Gist, Partizan7.7 
 4. Tomic, Real Madrid7.6 
 5. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 6. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.2 
 7. Zizic, AS.7.0 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 9. Lampe, Unics6.8 
 10. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  Olympiakos
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Teodosic, Olympiakos5.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.5.5 
 5. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.8 
 6. Huertas, Caja L.4.8 
 7. Gordon, CSKA4.8 
 8. Finley, Armani MI4.8 
 9. Hammonds, AS.4.8 
 10. Eidson, Maccabi .4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Maccabi T-A
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Perkins, Maccabi .3.0 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.3.0 
 3. Eidson, Maccabi .2.8 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.2.5 
 5. Goldsberry, Brose B.2.3 
 6. Hawkins, Armani MI2.3 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.2.2 
 8. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 9. Moss, Montepaschi2.0 
 10. De Colo, Valencia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.5 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi2.1 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.8 
 4. Lishchuk, Valencia1.4 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm1.3 
 6. Monya, Khimky1.3 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.3 
 8. Vranes, Unics1.3 
 9. Perkins, Maccabi .1.3 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.3 


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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22
 1. Heard, Tarmo22.0 
 2. Barrett, KTP20.7 
 3. Wilson, Honka20.5 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.20.4 
 5. Ivey, KTP19.3 
 6. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 7. Allen, Karhu18.2 
 8. Moore, LrNM.18.0 
 9. Wood, Karhu17.4 
 10. Mathis, Namika Lahti17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Wood, Karhu14.5 
 2. Young, Tarmo11.6 
 3. Vinson, Kouvot10.8 
 4. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.7 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.1 
 6. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 7. Belser, Honka9.7 
 8. Wright, Korihait9.3 
 9. Fells, Kataja9.2 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.3 
 3. Moore, LrNM.4.2 
 4. Virtanen, Kataja3.7 
 5. Wood, Karhu3.7 
 6. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.6 
 7. Sarcevic, Korihait3.5 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.3 
 9. Fields, KTP3.1 
 10. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bojan SARCEVIC
  Korihait
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Sarcevic, Korihait2.3 
 2. Fields, KTP2.2 
 3. Fells, Kataja2.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 5. Barrett, KTP1.9 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 7. Belser, Honka1.8 
 8. Newson, Kataja1.7 
 9. Conerly, Tarmo1.7 
 10. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Heard, Tarmo1.2 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.1 
 3. Belser, Honka0.8 
 4. Bailey, LrNM.0.8 
 5. Wood, Karhu0.8 
 6. Young, Tarmo0.8 
 7. Wright, Korihait0.7 
 8. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 9. Makalainen, Honka0.7 
 10. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.7 


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  FRANCE   


Second half surge propels Benetton past Roanne - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso - Roanne 67:61

Benetton Treviso overcame a sluggish start to outscore Roanne in the EuroCup regular season opener for both teams. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) knocked down 14 points to pace Benetton. The Italian side were down by as many as 15 points at halftime but found the way to recover. Roanne went on a 7:0 run early in the encounter to spur in front. Soon the visitors enjoyed a 20:10 advantage. Alex Gordon crowned the first period with a three-pointer as Roanne grabbed a 23:13 lead. Tanghe drained another triple to make it 26:13 for the visitors at the start of the second frame. Benetton however responded with five straight points to narrow the gap. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) and Bogdanovic kept on scoring for Roanne as the French team secured a 37:22 cushion at the main break. Ryan Toolson, Devin Smith and Greg Brunner changed the complexion of the encounter in the second half. Benetton attacked aggressively and cut the deficit to just three points 38:41. Rivers kept Roanne on top as he gave the visitors a 49:44 lead at the final break. But Benetton were getting closer. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired from beyond the arc and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) added his points as Benetton all of a sudden took control at 61:56. Bulleri stretched the hosts lead to 8 points 64:56. And though Roanne narrowed the difference to just four points Benetton stayed calm and raced for the win at the end.
Donatas Motiejunas and Alessandro Gentile knocked down 11 points each for Benetton. Devin Smith had 9 points in the win. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and Pape-Philippe Amagou replied with 13 points apiece for Roanne. Rivers produced 8 points in the loss.

Benetton: Ryan Toolson 14, Donatas Motiejunas 11, Alessandro Gentile 11
Roanne: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 13, Pape-Philippe Amagou 13



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  GERMANY   


Maccabi Haifa Had Enough Tail Wind From The Carmel Mountain Squeezing out A Win In The Opening Eurochallenge Game Against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 83-78 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Maccabi Haifa may not have the name, tradition or player personal of neighbor Maccabi Tel Aviv, but the club has proved this season that they can beat any team on any day and have made a fine transition to the Premier league similar to how Phoenix Hagen is slowly making a name in the BEKO BBL in the early going, BBC Bayreuth American Jaivon Harrs making a solid jump from the German PRO A to the BEKO BBL and showing his potent basketball skill or Formula one German racer Nico Hulkenberg making his mark as a rookie this season as he was the first German racer getting a pole position in his first season. Maccabi Haifa displayed a calm and cool head down the stretch in the fourth quarter that they can beat teams in Israel, France or Germany as they defeated The Deutsche Bank Skyliners 83-78 in the first Eurochallenge game in Frankfurt. 'The Israel league is tough. Maccabi tel Aviv has a lot of tradition and history and are always in the final game. I think that we can give them a good game this season. I would put us in the top half of the league in israel. We hope to keep moving up ladder and getting as good as Maccabi Tel Aviv', warned 22 year old Maccabi Haifa American Derrick Low. Skyliner forward Roger Powell who played in Israel a few years ago and was lauded in the best merits from Maccabi Haifa management didnt have to think much about what a Maccabi Haifa can do in Israel. 'In Israel any team can beat anyone. Maccabi Tel Aviv is a great team while Maccabi Haifa is a decent team.You cant take any team for granted in the Israel league', warned ex NBA player Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois)

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners didnt get off to a good start in Eurochallenge losing at home and it was a game that Frankfurt should of left the floor as the winner, but lost it in the fourth quarter. 'We could of won this game. I always look fiirst at myself and then at the team of how we played and we could of played better as a team. We turned the ball over a lot, they fought very hard and our runs simply werent enough', stressed Skyliner American Roger Powell It seemed like Frankfurt might of been gasping for air in the fourth quarter as the Maccabi Haifa bunch seemed to have that extra wind from the Israel mountains. 'Key in winning this game was that we outrebounded them and limited them to one chance often on offense. We also out ran them and they seemed a bit tired at the end. Our training facility is in the mountains and we are always running. On normal ground our wind is always going to be stronger', commented ex Indiana forward Marco Killingsworth. On the question how he would run against Derrick Allen in the 100 meters, he had a very confident response. I played Derrick in college. I hear he is doing good in Berlin. Well if he can run the 100meters in 10,7 then I can run it under 10 seconds. You have to remember that I have long legs. Derrick is an active guy and I see him running that fast', joked Marco Killingsworth. A loss is a loss and being tired is no excuse and Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert was angry and made an interesting observation who teams could of reacted after the loss in other countries. 'In otehr countries, some of the players would have been in the next plane home after a performance like that', warned Gordon Herbert.

One player who made his debut in Germany was young American Sylven Landesberg who is a 20 year old 198cm forward who finished the evening with 19 points in 28 minutes. People have compared his game to Portland Trailblazer Brandon Roy. He played at Virginia (NCAA) for two years and then turned professional. 'I left Virginia early, because I felt that I could make the next step. The NBA didnt work out as teams said that I need to mature more, but it was a great decision to come to Israel. I still need to improve my jump shot', stressed Sylven Landesberg. His teammate Larry O Bannon thinks that Landesberg is one the right path to the NBA. 'He is a young talent that can shot, drive and is so athletic. His best asset is his jump shot. I give him one or two years and then he should be in the NBA', expressed ex Louisville player Larry O Bannon. Teammate Frank Robinson who also has an eye on the NBA after being cut by the Atlanta Hawks a few years ago knows an NBA player when he sees one. 'Sylven is a very very unique player. How many Americans can you count that are 6'6, athletic, can shoot the ball, can handle the ball and also is taking great pride in learning how to become a great defender? He does not belong here in Europe and eventually he will not be here only to visit his friends in Israel. Seriously Sylven has the tools to be an NBA starter and once he puts it all together and learns how to play the game at a professional level he will do just that. Everyday we have battles in practice and I know we make each other better even though I always win. I am the veteran so I cant allow anything else and I have to get my wins while I still can', warned ex EnBW Ludwigsburg guard Frank Robinson. Skyliner Roger Powell who was one of the last Chicago Bulls cuts a few weeks ago was a little careful about not hyping Landesberg to early. 'Landesberg is decent, but the NBA is not easy and no cakewalk. He will have to keep working, but his advantage is that he is still young', said Roger Powell O Bannon and Landesberg are competitors not only on the court, but also have a friendly bickering about who smiles best. 'The best thing that he does on the coutr is smile, but its hard to beat my smile', joked Larry O Bannon. 'I am a better looking man than Larry', laughed Slyven Landesberg before the game against Frankfurt
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It is never easy getting fans into the Ballsporthalle for a mid week Eurochallenge game as the last years have proved as only 1,140 fans came for the game. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a very unpleasant experience in the morning shoot around as Skyliner forward AJ Moye collapsed on the court and had to be brought to a Frankfurt hospital. No nearer details were supplied as the team had to play without their Mr everything AJ Moye who would do anything for his team and probably swim across the English channel if it would help the team get a win. Moye was missed, but the Deutsche Bank Skyliners tried to block out this misfortune as best they could on the court and started well into the game not allowing the guests a quick start. Larry O Bannon who is as dangerous from the parking lot as Lionel Messi is when he has the ball quickly gave the fans a taste of his smooth stroke hitting a three pointer. However this didnt seem to bother Frankfurt as Dominik Bahiense De Mello fed Kimmo Muurinen for two quick points inside and then nailed a three pointer on the fast break for the 5-3 Frankfurt lead. Quantez Robertson then made a steal and found De Mello on the fast break for two quick points and the 7-4 Frankfurt lead. Maccabi Haifa then went on a 5-0 run to lead 9-7 as O Bannon drooped another three pointer from the top of the key and then Landesberg scored on the fast break getting a fine pass from Marco Killingsworth. Frankfurt continued to fight for open shots and Dashaun Wood used his chance by giving his team the lead back 10-9 with an open three pointer. Maccabi Haifa then did a super job reacting quick on a Frankfurt fast break and stealing the ball back as Sasa Bratic fed Killingsworth for a dunk. Bratic then scored from the wing with a hard lay up as Maccabi Haifa led 15-10. Pascal Roller then made a floater from the wing and Powell a open three pointer as Frankfurt trailed 17-15. After two Killingsworth free throws, American Jimmy Mckinney returned from his injury hitting his first shot of the game from outside as Frankfurt trailed 19-18 after one quarter. 'The first quarter was pretty even. It was like a boxing match. Both teams were feeling each otehr out and Frankfurt was trying to see what I could do', stated Marco Killingsworth. Maccabi Haifa was shooting 41% from the field and 50% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 50% from outside. Maccabi Haifa had the 9-7 rebound edge and both teams had five turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners got off to a good start as Joe Dabbert did a solid job drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line twice and scoring three points. De Mello then added a three pointer as Frankfurt led 24-19. However Maccabi Haifa then inserted 218cm big man Boris Rothbart who helped ignite a 12-0 run as the Israel team led 31-24. Rothbart seemed more like 238cm to the Skyliners as he was making life very difficult for them and picking rebound after rebound from the rim. Rothbart started the attack with a mid distance jumper, O Bannon scored on a pretty penetration from the wing, Frank Robinson nailed a jumper, Rothbart made a put back after getting an offensive rebound and Derrick Low made a three pointer. Frankfurt seemed paralysed as they had no resistance on defense as Maccabi Haifa was scoring from all over the court. Basketball is a game of runs and if Maccabi Haifa can do it so can The Deutsche Bank Skyliners who finished the second quarter with a 13-2 run to lead 37-33 after two quarters. It seems to be a riddle sometimes how one team can suddenly lose momentum and let the opponent go on a run. Roger Powell seemed to quickly weaken Maccabi Haifa as he scored eight of the 13 points. Powell drooped two three pointers and scored a beautiful lay in as he flew by sasa Bratic and making a finger tip role into the basket. Pascal Roller also gave support on the run with an open three pointer and Super Tez made two free throws. 'Powell gave us a lot of spark at teh end of teh quarter. He hit big shots and made nice passes', stressed Quantez Robertson. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 41% from the field and 57% from the three point line while Maccabi Haifa was shooting 35% from the field and 44% from the three point line. Both teams had 17 rebounds, but Frankfurt already had 11 turnovers while Maccabi Haifa had nine turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners held the lead until Maccabi Haifa started a comeback in the last three minutes retaking the lead. Dashaun Wood who had been a bit unlucky in the first half with his road runner sprints into the zone was still feeling a lot of confidence as he scored twice in the lane and Rothbart continued giving Frankfurt immense problems inside scoring with a mid distance jumper as Frankfurt still led 41-35. 'Rothbart really uses his length to his advantage and we had problems inside with switching defenses', stated Skyliner center Marius Nolte. Wood then probably made his most spectacular bucket of the game as he penetrated again and somehow scored high onto the glass over Killingsworth as Frankfurt led 43-37. Killingsworth responded with a hard lay in to the glass over Dabbert as Frankfurt led 43-39. Derrick Low then scored with a nifty floater in the lane as Maccabi Haifa kept fighting and keeping the Frankfurt lead at bay 44-41. Frankfurt then went on a mini 4-0 run as De Mello made a jumper and Wood made a difficult lay up switching the ball from his right to the left and Frankfurt led 48-41. A seven point lead on this day seemed like a one point lead to Maccabi Haifa as the they always found a way to rebound and come back. Maccabi Haifa closed out the third quarter with a 11-2 run to lead 52-50. Landesberg started the offensive attack with two free throws. Rothbart then caught an offensive rebound and made an easy put back. Low then showed his exceptional strength coming from the bench and scoring big points as he drowned a three pointer and then scored on a lay up on the fast break tying the game at 50-50. Larry O Bannon then sunk two free throws for the 52-50 Maccabi Haifa lead. We were missing many shots, letting them get easy baskets and to the free throw line', added Quantez Robertson. Maccabi Haifa was shooting 42% from the field and 41% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 44% from the parking lot. Maccabi Haifa had the rebounding edge 29-22 and both teams suffered 16 turnovers to that point.

Marco Killingsworth got Maccabi Haifa on the board first in the fourth quarter as he made a pretty fade away jumper faking one way and then falling the otehr way which remembered a bit to how Celtic legend Kevin Mchale made a good part of his points in his professional career. Killingsworth then made hook shot over Kimmo Muurinen as Maccabi Haifa led 56-50. It seemed like the momentum had changed again, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners stormed back going on a furious 6-0 run to knot the game at 56-56 as Frankfurt displayed quick ball movement and Jimmy Mckinney hit an open three pointer from the top of the key and captain Pascal Roller followed with pull up jumper on the fast break. However then this furious quick run suddenly stopped as if ex coach Murat Didin had entered the Ballsporthalle and was giving a special free clinic on how to make the perfect Turkish Doner and Frankfurt was watching and not paying attention to the 17-2 Maccabi Haifa run which decided the fate and game for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on this day as the guest suddenly led 73-58. After Killingsworth and O Bannon free throws, it was Killingsworth that scored without problem getting his own offensive rebound and stuffing the ball home as if he had enough time to pick some flowers. Landesberg scored inside and then O Bannon hit two free throws as Maccabi Haifa led 65-56. Frankfurt then showed some slick offense as Robertson sent a bullet pass to Wood under the basket and he handed the ball to Marius Nolte who laid it in. However Maccabi Haifa kept scoring and getting to the free throw line as O Bannon hit a three pointer and Robinson a runner in the lane. 'We have had a type of lull in the fourth quarter in the last games, but tonight we stayed focus and finished strong', stated Derrick Lowe. 'We ran out of gas at the end, but that is how basketball is sometimes. usually the fourth quarter is our quarter, but not tonight', commented Marius Nolte.

Mckinney then found some daylight with a three pointer, but then instead of building on that score, Frankfurt suffered a turnover as Robinson came between a guard to guard pass and finished with a left handed dunk. Time was running out, but Frankfurt kept fight and never gave up. After Powell made two free throws, Frankfurt set up a full court press and forced a steal by Muurinen and Mckinney finished with another three pointer as Frankfurt trailed only 76-68. Powell then cut the Maccabi Haifa to 77-70 as Powell made a forceful dunk. However Frankfurt was unable to get consecutive stops as Maccabi Haifa were too strong and kept scoring as Landesberg scored inside. Roller reacted with a three pointer as Frankfurt trailed only 79-73. Ben Chimol then made a nice cross over move and scored as Maccabi Haifa led 81-73 with one minute to play. A few more free throws were made and De Mellop hit a buzzer beater three pointer at the end, but it was too little to late s Frankfurt lost 83-78. 'Turnovers always seem to be a problem for us and we have to lower that a bit in the next games. We were more aggressive at the end and every guy was totally tuned in which gave us teh win down the stretch', said Derrick Low. 'We didnt really execute our offense as good as we usually can. We didnt rebound well and had 19 turnovers which wont win you any games', stressed Quantez Robertson.

Maccabi Haifa was led by Larry O Bannon with 20 points and five rebounds. Sylven Landesberg chipped in with 19 points and four rebounds. Marco Killingsworth produced 14 points and eight rebounds and Derrick Low added 10 points and five assists. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Roger Powell with 18 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Dominik Bahiense De Mello produced 13 points as did Dashaun Wood who also dished out six assists. Jimmy Mckinney added 12 points, and wasnt happy with his performance despite having the hot hand. 'We won six games in a row and then I come back and we lose. I kind of point a finger at myself. I was not satisfied with my performance. I have to play better defense and get my quickness back', warned Jimmy Mckinney. Pascal Roller chipped in with 11 points, three rebounds and four assists. Despite the loss in Eurochallenge, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners cant lose focus on the BEKO BBL. 'We play in Israel again, but right now we have to forget this game and focus on Tuebingen', stressed Quantez Robertson. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Walter Tigers Tuebingen on Saturday November 20th at 18:30.



Elvir Ovcina (Giessen 46ers) The War Was A Bad Experience, But We All Tried To Learn The Best We Could From This Experience - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) is a 34 year old 211cm power forward/center that was born in Sarajevo
He played for Syracuse from 1995-1999 reaching the NCAA final in 1996. After playing in Slovenia for two seasons, he came to Germany and played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2001-2004. In the 2003-2004 season, he played 27 games: 14.9ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.7apg, 2.8bpg. In 2004-2005, he played for Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (Greece-A1): Euroleague: 8 games: 4.3ppg, 5.6rpg; Greek League: 9 games: 5.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 2FGP: 52.0%, in Dec.'04 moved to RheinEnergie Koln (Germany-1.Bundesliga): ULEB Cup: 5 games: 11,2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3Pts: 33.3%; German Bundesliga: 21 games: 10.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6bpg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 20.0%. In 2005-2006, he played for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague): EuroCup Challenge: 2 games: 10.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 0ast, FG: 63.6%, 3PT: 50%; Ukrainian League: 8 games: 7.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 66.7%, in Dec.'05 joined Telindus BC Oostende (Belgium-D1): 21 games: 10.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.8rpg), 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 55.0%. He then played in Belgium from 2006-2008 for Telindus BC Oostende winning the cup in 2008. In 2008-2009, he played for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (D1): Adriatic League: 5 games: 9.8ppg, 9.2rpg, 3.6apg. Last season, he played for Polzela (Slovenia-Liga UPC): 5 games: 12.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 66.7%, FT: 85.7%, in Jan.'10 moved to LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 14 games: 14.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.4%. Some achievements in his career have been and Herzegovina National Team -97-05, European Championships -97, 99, 01, 03, German Bundesliga Cup Semifinals -02, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -03, German Bundesliga Cup Winner -05, European Championships in Belgrade -05: 3 games: 5.0ppg, 5.0rpg, 0.7apg, 1.3spg, Belgian League Regular Season Champion -06, Belgian League Champion -06, 07and Bosnia and Herzegovina Cup Winner -09. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

The Giessen 46ers are the huge surprise of the season so far. Why is the team so strong this season?



We are a young talented team. I think we have had an advantage with the schedule in the early going. We didnt play any team that was higher than 13th place. We havent had a win against atop team like Oldenburg or Bamberg yet. I think that the team did a good chance preparing for the season. Last season, the team started 0-6 and after six games this season had 4 wins already. Management did a good job bringing in new players. Only me and Jannik Freese remained. We might not have good results in preseason, but we always knew that if we continued to work hard, we would have success.

Zachery Peacock, Ryan Brooks and Anthony Smith average 44 of the team 74 points together. Are you surprised how strong they are since they only have one year of professional experience coming into this season.



Peacock and Brooks played at good colleges and always had good competition. It will take some time for guys like Perl and Schwartz to develop, but I am sure they will adjust. Of course, I am a little surprised how well the three have played and I hope that we can continue to play well.

Dou you think that the thin Giessen bench will be able to step up if key starters are injured or have off nights?


I think they will step up. We had problems with injuries early with chase Griffin, but guys like Kepky, Schwartz and Madrich have stepped up. We are so young as a team and it will take time to learn what it takes to be a good team. I hope this young team will continue to grow.

What do you like the most about Giessen?


I like the management and the people. They are all very nice. I also like how the organization is trying to build a winner. The fans are also amazing. I can remember when I played with Cologne and Oldenburg, it was always most difficult to win in Giessen.

What was your childhood like?



I grew up in Bosnia. I started to play basketball at age 11. Basketball was the number #1 sport in the former Yugoslavia. I practiced twice a day with age 13-14. My childhood was not spent on the streets, but in the gym. The war was a bad experience, but we all tried to learn the best we could from this experience.


Who were your basketball idols?



My favorite player was Toni Kukoc.

You played at Syracuse from 1995-1999. What was your nicest memory from this time?


The best memory was reaching the NCAA final in 1996. We played at Kentucky and coach Rick Pitino and lost the final. 8 of the 12 Kentucky players went on to play in the NBA. It was great playing for such a great school that had such a rich tradition.

You played together with ex NBA player John Wallace. He was a senior and you were a freshman. What do you remember about John Wallace.


I believe that he was the best college player at that time. He played in the NBA and in Greece. He was a great player and good guy. He always worked hard and set a good example for all.

You played for The EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2001-2004. How has the league changed in the last 6 years?


I think that the league has improved with the organization and new arenas. There are more fans coming to games and there are new different teams. 6 years ago there was no Ulm or Duesseldorf. But that is a part of basketball. Things do change. I think that the players were stronger five or six years ago.

What do you remember from your time with Rhein Energy Cologne where you won the BEKO BBL cup?


It was a great experience and the first time I was able to win a title and raise a trophy over my head.

Were you surprised that Marcin Gortat reached the NBA a few years later?


No not at all. I remember that all he talked about was the NBA. He always knew the scores and stats. It was his dream to reach the NBA and he did, but with a lot of hard work.

You won the Belgium cup with Titus Ivory in 2008. Did Ivory have the widest grin you ever saw?



hahahaha. Titus had a great character and was a good team player.

Who wins a one on one in practice, you or Zachery Peacock?



We dont really go against each other. I play against Jannik Freese. I am sure that he will say that he will win.

What were the most free throws that you made in a row?


I dont know. Sometimes I might only hit two free throws and then maybe 20-30 in a row.

What was your most crazy shot in a game or practice?



A half court shot. I never won a game like that.

What would you like to do after your basketball career?



I would like to stay with basketball. Perhaps work in management or be a coach. But first, I want to keep playing as long as I can.


What are your hobbies?



Spending as much time with my family.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


A cartoon with my kids.

Thanks Elvir for the chat.





The Rapid Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With Niels Giffey (UCONN) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Niels Giffey (200-G/F-91) is a 19 year old 200cm shooting guard/small forward that was born in Berlin. He started his basketball career in 2005-2006 with the Marzahn Basket Baeren (2.Regionalliga). He got his first experience in German PRO B in 2007-2008 with Lichterfelde Berlin playing 17 games: 2.4ppg, 1.2rpg. From 2008 to 2010, he played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga). Last season, he played 14 games averaging 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg He has been a member of the German U-16, U-18 and U-20 teams. He took part at the European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgos (Greece) in 2008 playing 6 games: 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.7%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 70.0%. He played in the 2010 NBBL All-Star Game and was German Regionalliga (North Group) Champion in 2010. At the moment he is in the United States playing NCAA basketball for the well known basketball school UCONN (University of Connecticut). Giffey took some time recently to talk about his new life in the United States.



You have been now some time in the States. How is college life and what do you miss the most from Germany?

I adjusted to college life pretty quick. I already feel like UConn is my second home. I really enjoy to be here and have the possibility to play under a Hall of Fame Coach Jim Calhoun with a great team. The biggest difference compared to home is the mentality. Everybody is louder on the court and expects more energy of you.

How excited are you about playing your first NCAA game?

I am very excited for the season to start. I really can't wait for my first big east game.

What is your impression of coach Jim Calhoun? What words of encouragement did he give you in your first meeting?

He is one of the most competitive persons I have ever seen. I feel like he is the kind of coach that expects from you nothing but your best performance everyday.

Is everything a bit easier with the adjustment having German Enosch Wolf on the team?

Due to the fact that he is still not here there is no difference for me until now but it's going to be fun to have another German on the Team.

UCONN is a like a top 25 NCAA school. How tough is the competition and what is your goal as a freshman?

We are a very young team with 6 freshman. So all of us Freshman are in the same position what makes it easier on the one side but on the other side everybody is competing for minutes.

How high are the expectations on campus to win a NCAA title? How would you compare the interest of basketball on campus to interest in Germany?

Most people know about our freshman situation so everybody expects us to be a team with up and downs. One just can't compare it to Germany. It is unbelievable.
Our Arena is located at the center of the campus and everybody is trying to get tickets for the season. People told me that as soon as the season will start literally everybody on campus will know who we are.


The team lost some key players like Jerome Dyson and Stanley Robinson. What kind of team can we await in 2010-2011?

A team that is playing more Team basketball than last year. We will run the floor every time we can and try to play hard defense. Of course Kemba is going to be our Go to Guy.


What American food have you become addicted to?

I end up eating pancakes every morning. I really got addicted to that. I definitely miss German candy.


Storrs is about halfway between New York and Boston. Would you rather watch the Boston Celtics or the New York Knicks?

I support the Celtics rather than the Knicks. Ray Allen is coming around from time to time in off season so we should be pro Celtics


Thanks Niels for the chat.



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Bennet Cantu overwhelm Panellinios in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Panellinios 72:57

Bennet Cantu outgunned Panellinios at home court to start the EuroCup campaign. Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) scored 17 points to lead the home team. Bennet Cantu spurred in front at the start of the game. They soon piled up a comfortable 15:6 lead but Panellinios replied. Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) and Samo Udrih (195-G-79) dragged the visitors within just two points 13:15 late in the quarter. Cantu however sealed the first quarter outcome at 18:14. Samo Udrih and Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) gave Panellinios their first lead of the game 22:21 midway through the second stanza. Jonathan Tabu crowned the half with a three-pointer as Cantu snatched a narrow 34:33 advantage. Samo Udrih, Ostojic and Derrick Byars came up for Panellinios in the third quarter. They helped the Hellenes earn a 45:39 lead. Michele Mian rescued Cantu as his consecutive triples restored a 52:48 lead for the home team. Jonathan Tabu and Ortner gave the hosts a 57:48 advantage at the start of the final quarter. The Italian team went on a 9:0 run moments later and never looked back en route to the win.
Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) chipped in 12 points for Cantu. Mike Green added 9 points in the victory. Samo Udrih replied with 15 points for Panellinios. Andre Brown provided 8 points in the losing effort.

Bennet Cantu: Jonathan Tabu 17, Nicolas Mazzarino 12, Mike Green 9
Panellinios: Samo Udrih 15, Andre Brown 8



Aris tame Ukrainian champions in Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Azovmash 88:75

P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) poured in 28 points to lead Aris to the victory in EuroCup opener. The Greek powerhouse denied Azovmash in Thessaloniki for the first win in Group D.
Aris opened the game with four points in a row to set the tone. The hosts quickly ran away for a 19:8 lead. Azovmash managed to pull within 7 points at the first break 16:23. Aris triggered a 10:3 run to take a 33:19 lead midway through the second period. The visitors replied with a 9:0 run of their own and after one half of action the scoreboard read 40:32 in favor of Aris. Fred House organized an 8:0 run from Azovmash as they knotted things up at the start of the second half. Tapoutos and P.J. Tucker immediately answered for Aris and soon the Greeks were back in the drivers seat 55:44. Azovmash did not surrender as they trailed by just 5 points with one quarter remaining. P.J. Tucker and Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for Aris in the fourth stanza sealing the deal and sending Azovmash to 0-1 record.
Dejan Borovnjak knocked down 17 points. Bryant Dunston (201-F/C-86) added 12 points in the victory. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 22 points for Azovmash. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) accounted for 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

Aris: P.J. Tucker 28, Dejan Borovnjak 17, Bryant Dunston 12
Azovmash: Ramel Curry 22, Demetrius Alexander 16+12 boards



Estudiantes fire past PAOK in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - PAOK 88:77

Estudiantes celebrated the first EuroCup victory in the new season. The Madrid outfit shot down visiting PAOK. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) knocked down 16 points to lead the effort.
PAOK bravely entered the game scoring four points in a row. However Gabriel and Granger gave the lead to Estudiantes and the Spanish team rolled to a 17:14 advantage at the first break. The lead changed hands several times throughout the second frame. Estudiantes finally came out winners as they recorded a 37:33 halftime advantage. Tyrone Ellis ignited an 8:0 run from Estudiantes midway through the third stanza as the hosts grabbed a 55:45 cushion. PAOK regained composure as they trimmed the distance to only 5 points 52:57 with one quarter to go. Clark and Blanch dragged Estudiantes to a 12-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter. PAOK clipped the deficit at 8 points but a three-pointer from Gabriel calmed things down as Estudiantes cruised to the win at the end.
Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Estudiantes. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) had 12 points in the winning case. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) tallied impressive 24 points and 17 rebounds for PAOK. Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: Pancho Jasen 16, Nik Caner-Medley 13, Josh Asselin 12
PAOK: Lazaros Papadopoulos 24+17 boards, Todor Gechevski 15



Greek A1 round 4 best performance: Milton Palacio - by Eurobasket News
Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-G-78) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (24 pointssix assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Marousi (#8, 2-2) with 21-point margin 79-58. Kavala maintains the 4th position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Kavala will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Palacio had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kavala's top player in his first season with the team. Former Colorado State University star has very solid stats this year. Palacio is in league's top in points (2nd best: 17.0ppg), assists (5th best: 4.5apg) and averages impressive 55.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of Ilysiakos Athens. Baxter had a very good evening with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Ilysiakos lost that game 82-87 to the higher-ranked Aris (#3, 3-1). Ilysiakos are still at the very bottom. 4 lost games is too many considering they did not win any game. Baxter is a newcomer at Ilysiakos, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.0ppg (#3). He also registered 4.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward P.J. Tucker (198-F-85) of Aris Thessaloniki (#3). Tucker showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Aris, leading his team to a 87-82 win against Ilysiakos (#14, 0-4). Aris needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Tucker has a great season in Greece. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kavala - 16 points and 15 rebounds
5. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) of Olympiakos - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) of Aris - 14 points and 11 rebounds
7. David Huertas (196-G-87) of Marousi - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Giorgos Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) of Panionios - 17 points and 8 rebounds
9. LaQuan Prowell (203-F-84) of Ilysiakos - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nick Lewis (207-F/C-83) of Iraklis - 17 points and 7 rebounds


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Galatasaray eke out win in Groningen - by Eurobasket News
GasTerra Flames - Galatasaray 65:66

Galatasaray came from behind in the final minutes of regulation to snatch a narrow road win over GasTerra Flames in Groningen. The teams played their opener in EuroCup Group E. Preston Shumpers knocked down five free-throws in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome for the Turkish team.
Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) was the main man for GasTerra Flames in the opening quarter. He helped the Dutch team accumulate a 20:8 lead. Groningen stayed in charge and secured a 22:11 advantage after ten minutes. Otten and Roye fired from downtown early in the second frame as the margin grew at 17-point mark 30:13. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) stepped up for Galatasaray at this point stopping the rot and narrowing the distance at 9-point mark at halftime 34:43. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) delivered 7 points in a 9:0 run from Galatasaray at the beginning of the second half. However Matt Haryasz and Jason Ellis quickly turned things the hosts way as Groningen grabbed a 52:44 lead at the final intermission. GasTerra Flames entered the final three minutes of the clash leading by 8 points 61:53. Radoslav Rancik narrowed the gap to only two points 61:59. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Topaloglu followed with a bunch of free throws and all of a sudden it was Galatasaray who celebrated the victory.
Radoslav Rancik accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead Galatasaray. Preston Shumpert added 15 points in the win. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for GasTerra Flames. Matt Haryasz delivered 12 points in the loss.

GasTerra Flames: Steve Ross 15, Matt Haryasz 12
Galatasaray: Radoslav Rancik 16, Preston Shumpert 15, Joshua Shipp 10



Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 11-0 
 2. Eiffel Towers 8-2 
 3. ZZ Leiden 7-3 
 4. Magixx 7-4 
 5. ABC 5-6 
 6. BS Weert 5-6 
 7. Landstede 4-7 
 8. DeFriesland 4-7 
 9. Giants 3-8 
 10. Rotterdam 0-11 


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Clark's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Ivory Clark (198-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Szolnoki Olajbanyasz and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Salgotarjani (#14, 0-7), the league's worst team 105-92. It allowed Szolnok to consolidate first place in the Hungarian league. Szolnok have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game Clark had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Szolnok's top player in his first season with the team. Clark has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 3.8bpg,3.6spg and 63.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lucas Hargrove (198-F-88, agency: 540 Sports) of Kaposvari KK. He is American forward in his first season at Kaposvari. In the last game Hargrove recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 16 rebounds. Bad luck as Kaposvari lost that game 70-78 to the higher-ranked Kecskemeti (#3, 6-1). This loss caused Kaposvari to drop to 11th position in the standings. 5 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Kaposvari managed to get this year. Hargrove is a newcomer at Kaposvari and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Rashad Bell (201-F-82) of MJUS-Fortress Kormend (#6). Bell scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Kormend, leading his team to a 80-71 win against the lower-ranked Szedeak (#13, 1-7). Kormend needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Bell has a great season in Hungary. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.4ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 9.4rpg (5th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 70.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aleksandar Scepanovic (198-G-82) of Salgotarjani - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Robert Jarvis (180-G-87) of Salgotarjani - 33 points and 4 assists
6. Josh Wilson (188-G-87) of Kaposvari - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) of Szolnok - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Jonathan Jones (211-C-79) of Albacomp - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jibril Hodges (188-G-84) of Atomeromu - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Yves Mekongo (201-F-87) of FS Debrecen - 17 points and 8 rebounds


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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Lazar TRIFUNOVIC
  Keflavik
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 27
 1. Trifunovic, Keflavik27.0 
 2. Inge, Haukar26.9 
 3. Dabney, Hamar24.5 
 4. Smith, Njardvik23.3 
 5. Biedler, IR23.0 
 6. Burton, Snaefell22.6 
 7. Robinson, Haukar21.9 
 8. Sovic, IR21.7 
 9. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 10. Schoen, KFI21.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Robinson, Haukar15.6 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR12.3 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.0 
 4. Biedler, IR11.0 
 5. Stywall, Fjolnir10.6 
 6. Trifunovic, Keflavik10.3 
 7. Amoroso, Snaefell9.6 
 8. Smith, Njardvik9.5 
 9. Jonsson, Snaefell9.0 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir9.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.0 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.7 
 4. Cunningham, Tinda.7.5 
 5. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 6. Haraldsson, Haukar6.9 
 7. Fain, Tindastoll6.5 
 8. Schoen, KFI6.2 
 9. Rivers, Tindastoll5.0 
 10. Sigurgeirsso., Snaef.4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Hayward FAIN
  Tindastoll
  (196-F-)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Fain, Tindastoll4.5 
 2. Schoen, KFI4.3 
 3. Dabney, Hamar3.8 
 4. Cunningham, Tinda.3.0 
 5. Inge, Haukar2.9 
 6. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Maxwell, Keflavik2.3 
 8. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.3 
 9. Haraldsson, Haukar2.3 
 10. Alafsson, Grindavik2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ragnar NATHANAELSSON
  Hamar
  (218-C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.0 
 2. Savarsson, Grind.1.6 
 3. Smith, Njardvik1.5 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.5 
 5. Suljic, KFI1.5 
 6. Maxwell, Keflavik1.3 
 7. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.1.3 
 8. Biedler, IR1.3 
 9. Pettinella, Grindavik1.1 
 10. Tomasson, Fjolnir1.0 


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Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Al Hilla 1-0 
 2. Al Karkh 1-0 
 3. Al Kahraba 0-0 
 4. Al Najaf 0-0 
 5. Al Tazamon 0-0 
 6. Duhok 0-0 
 7. Zakho 0-0 
 8. Al Houdoud 0-1 
 9. Al Jaysh 0-1 
 10. Al Shurtah 0-1 


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Galil Gilboa showcase dominance against Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Galil Gilboa 83:92

Six players scored in double figures and Galil Gilboa took care of Cedevita in EuroCup opener for both teams. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) knocked down 18 points to ensure the debut win for Galil Gilboa in Group D. Cedevita led 6:2 early in the encounter but Galil Gilboa responded strongly. The Israeli team went on a 9:0 run to surge in front. Galil Gilboa grabbed a 22:17 advantage after ten minutes. Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85) went deadly from beyond the arc in the second quarter. He drained three triples as Galil Gilboa opened up a double-digit advantage 41:29. They stayed in control building a 49:39 lead at the interval. Mekel ignited a 7:0 run from the visitors as they took a 59:44 advantage early in the third quarter. Cedevita were not done just yet as Edwards piloted an 11:2 rally that narrowed the deficit. Galil Gilboa headed into the final frame up by 6 points 67:61. Rodney Green restored a 10-point advantage for Galil Gilboa midway through the stanza and Cedevita found no way to bounce back from this.
Dagan Yavzuri dropped 16 points for the Israeli team. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) and Tyler Wilkerson (203-F, college: Marshall) had 15 points each in the win. Hrvoje Kovacevic finished with 16 points for Cedevita. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) nailed 15 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) 16, Vedran Vukusic 15
Galil Gilboa: Jack McClinton 18, Dagan Yavzuri 16, Warren Carter 15, Tyler Wilkerson 15



Jeff Foote: "I'd Rather Play" Blatt: "He's Not a Go To Guy" - by David Pick
After months of anticipation it was determined today (Wednesday), that the young American center, Jeff Foote (213-C-88, college: Cornell), would be released from Maccabi Tel-Aviv and will continue his European career in the second division team from Spain, Melilla Baloncesto.

Foote is expected to leave Israel tomorrow morning and gain some playing experience until the end of the season, when he is expected to return to the yellow and blue squad from Tel Aviv.

Foote gave 'Eurobasket.com' an exclusive interview, right before he leaves the country.

'I have heard a lot of rumors and I was pretty sure this would eventually happen. Bottom line is I'd rather play than sit on the bench all year', said the center.

'I feel like the coach doesn't really know me much as a player, and that eventually I'm capable of changing his opinion. I know he likes experienced guys, and being fresh out of college eventually backfired on me, that's basically what I lack, but I'm sure that if I get some time I can prove myself', added Foote.

'I still think I need to adjust to a professional European game and with time I will. I signed with maccabi for 3 years and in that time the coach will be here as well, so I have no choice but to see what I can do, it's either change his opinion (like I did with my college coaches) or sit all three years, and I want no part of sitting on the bench for 3 years. It's all up to me too turn heads for next season, and I know exactly what I have to do.

I have talked to coach David Blatt about my situation, and he agreed with me mostly, if anything, this sitting out has only motivated me more and lit a fire under me'.

In looking towards the future Foote added by saying: 'I know I'm going to make it here in Israel, I'm way too determined not to. Wherever I go will be good for experience, but come summer time is when you refine skills, put on more weight and become a better player'.

Foote and Maccabi's coach, David Blatt told 'Eurobasket.com' on the centers leave: 'That was our goal from the start when we signed him. We are very pleased that we are sending him for strengthening season in a great place. Here he would not get the minutes he wants and he won't play, so this is good for him. The reason we could not find a team for him in the country is not only a financial issue, but also because he does not fit into the roll of a 'Go to Guy', which is something the Israeli teams do not like. '




Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Hapoel T-A 6-0 
 2. Elitzur Yavne 5-2 
 3. Hapoel Tivon 5-2 
 4. Hapoel Afula 4-3 
 5. Maccabi HBK 4-3 
 6. Lev Hasharon 4-3 
 7. Beer Yaakov 3-3 
 8. Kohav Yair 3-4 
 9. Megido/Yokneam 3-4 
 10. Hod Hasharon 2-4 
 11. Ironi Nahariya 2-4 
 12. Hapoel Bsheva 2-5 
 13. Elitzur Ramla 2-5 
 14. Ironi Ramat Gan 2-5 


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.33.5 
 2. Asbury, Hapoel T-A28.3 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov25.7 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.25.2 
 5. Stevens, Hapoel T.23.0 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 7. Young, Hod Hasharon22.4 
 8. Brown, Maccabi HBK22.3 
 9. Tramiel, Kohav Yair21.2 
 10. Young, Elitzur Ramla20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 17
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.17.0 
 2. Brandy, Hod H.12.8 
 3. Ibrahim, Ironi N.11.0 
 4. Clemente, Megido.10.5 
 5. Tramiel, Kohav Yair10.0 
 6. Rosefelt, Ironi R.9.7 
 7. Pitshon, Lev H.9.1 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.1 
 9. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 10. Spicer, Elitzur Ramla8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Avi ELIYAHU
  Hapoel Afula
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula7.7 
 2. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.7 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.1 
 4. Timor, Hapoel Tivon5.8 
 5. Farhi, Beer Yaakov5.8 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.5.6 
 7. Fisher, Hapoel B.5.6 
 8. Matalon, Maccabi .5.5 
 9. Harush, Kohav Yair5.5 
 10. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.4.2 
 2. Johnson, Ironi N.3.5 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula3.5 
 4. Harush, Kohav Yair3.2 
 5. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.8 
 6. Young, Hod Hasharon2.8 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.7 
 8. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 9. Farhi, Beer Yaakov2.0 
 10. Housman, Hapoel T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel AIDAN
  Hapoel Bsheva
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Aidan, Hapoel B.2.7 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.3 
 3. Brandy, Hod H.2.3 
 4. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 5. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.8 
 7. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.5 
 8. Johnson, Ironi N.1.5 
 9. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 
 10. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.3 


Brian Randle leads Jerusalem past VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
Jerusalem - VEF Riga 91:78

Hapoel Jerusalem handled VEF Riga in EuroCup G opener. Brian Randle (203-F-85) scored 22 points to lead the Israeli team. It was Randle who burst out with a bunch of jumpers early in the encounter as Jerusalem grabbed a 16:3 lead. The hosts stunned the Latvian team taking a 26:12 lead ten minutes into the clash. Naimy boosted the margin to 18 points early in the second frame. VEF Riga struggled to adjust as Jerusalem coasted to a 49:33 halftime advantage. Jason Rich (191-G-86) made it a 20-point game at the start of the second half. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) and Parakhouski injected VEF Riga with some emotions as the visitors cut the distance at 14 points with one quarter to go. The Latvian team got within 11 points in the final stanza but Jerusalem easily warded off those attempts coasting to the win at the end.
Jason Rich knocked down 20 points and grabbed 6 boards for Jerusalem. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) contributed 17 points hitting 5/5 from beyond the arc. Kristaps Janicenoks replied with 23 points for VEF Riga. Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) produced 20 points in the loss. Jerusalem outrebounded VEF Riga 36:20 in the win.

Jerusalem: Brian Randle 22, Jason Rich 20, Willie Solomon 17
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 23, Derek Willjam 20



Sam Hoskin options out of Bnei Hasharon contract - by Netanel Dahan
Sam Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) excercised his option out of his short term contract with second place Israeli Club Bnei Hasharon. The Club wanted the player to stay and promised him to play major minutes if he could commit to staying but the player is looking for a bigger contract for the remainder of the season. 'Sam appreciates the Club for giving him the opportunity but he and his family are looking for a little more stability. This is a player whose natural position is 4 but he can play 5 and even some 3. He is really going to help a european team with his power skills and versatilty.' said his agent Craig McKenzie.

Eldad Akunis the chairman of the club added:'Unfortunately, Sam decided to return to the U.S. for personal reasons and leave the team. Sam is a guy with an outstanding character and work ethics . I wish him only good success wherever he turn'

He avraged in Bnei Hasharon:2 ppg,and 1.8 rpg in 9.6 mpg.



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Aleksandar Ugrinoski signs a short term deal with Rimini - by Emiliano
Aleksandar Ugrinoski (192-G-88, agency: Interperformances) signed a one month deal with Immobiliare Spiga Rimini to replace temorarily Roderick. The Croatian player signed in September a monthly deal with Italian champs, Montepaschi Siena.
Last season, Ugrinoski has started the season with Rilski Sport Samokov, in Bulgaria with whom he averaged 5.2ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT-2 (90.0%) in Bulgarian league and 4.0ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg in Balkan league. Then, in January, moved to Vardar Osiguruvanje Skopje and at the end of the year recorded averages of 6.7ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 23.5%, FT: 81.8% in 16 games, reaching the final of the league.


Fabio Di Bella goes for 25 in Pepsi Caserta road win - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krylia - Pepsi Caserta 78:85

Pepsi Caserta left all the troubles behind and stunned Krasnye Krylia in Samara yesterday. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) notched 25 points to lead the Italian side to the first win in EuroCup Group H.
Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) was the main factor in Krasnye Krilya game in the first half. The centre refused to miss as he converted all of his nine attempts from the field to keep the hosts in charge. The Samara outfit grabbed a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. Primoz Brezec was unstoppable as he combined for 20 points in the first half allowing Krasnye Krylia to comfortable seat on top 46:37. Brion Rush gave the hosts a 55:42 lead early in the third term but Pepsi Caserta turned the tables in a span of several minutes. The visitors shocked Krasnye Krylia with a 19:2 run to take a 58:57 lead. Pepsi Caserta headed into the fourth quarter up by two points 61:59. Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) opened the final stanza with five points in a row as Pepsi Caserta kept on rolling. The Italian team never allowed Krasnye Krylia closer than three points in the final minutes and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Luca Garri delivered 15 points for Pepsi Caserta. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) added 11 points each in the win. Primoz Brezec answered with 24 points and 7 boards for Krasnye Krylia. Konstantin Nesterov (205-F/C-81, college: Va Commonwealth) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Krasnye Krylia: Fabio Di Bella 25, Luca Garri 15, Timothy Bowers 11, Eric Williams 11
Pepsi Caserta: Primoz Brezec 24, Konstantin Nesterov 13



Bennet Cantu overwhelm Panellinios in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu - Panellinios 72:57

Bennet Cantu outgunned Panellinios at home court to start the EuroCup campaign. Jonathan Tabu (190-G-85) scored 17 points to lead the home team. Bennet Cantu spurred in front at the start of the game. They soon piled up a comfortable 15:6 lead but Panellinios replied. Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) and Samo Udrih (195-G-79) dragged the visitors within just two points 13:15 late in the quarter. Cantu however sealed the first quarter outcome at 18:14. Samo Udrih and Andre Brown (205-F/C-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) gave Panellinios their first lead of the game 22:21 midway through the second stanza. Jonathan Tabu crowned the half with a three-pointer as Cantu snatched a narrow 34:33 advantage. Samo Udrih, Ostojic and Derrick Byars came up for Panellinios in the third quarter. They helped the Hellenes earn a 45:39 lead. Michele Mian rescued Cantu as his consecutive triples restored a 52:48 lead for the home team. Jonathan Tabu and Ortner gave the hosts a 57:48 advantage at the start of the final quarter. The Italian team went on a 9:0 run moments later and never looked back en route to the win.
Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) chipped in 12 points for Cantu. Mike Green added 9 points in the victory. Samo Udrih replied with 15 points for Panellinios. Andre Brown provided 8 points in the losing effort.

Bennet Cantu: Jonathan Tabu 17, Nicolas Mazzarino 12, Mike Green 9
Panellinios: Samo Udrih 15, Andre Brown 8



Second half surge propels Benetton past Roanne - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso - Roanne 67:61

Benetton Treviso overcame a sluggish start to outscore Roanne in the EuroCup regular season opener for both teams. Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) knocked down 14 points to pace Benetton. The Italian side were down by as many as 15 points at halftime but found the way to recover. Roanne went on a 7:0 run early in the encounter to spur in front. Soon the visitors enjoyed a 20:10 advantage. Alex Gordon crowned the first period with a three-pointer as Roanne grabbed a 23:13 lead. Tanghe drained another triple to make it 26:13 for the visitors at the start of the second frame. Benetton however responded with five straight points to narrow the gap. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) and Bogdanovic kept on scoring for Roanne as the French team secured a 37:22 cushion at the main break. Ryan Toolson, Devin Smith and Greg Brunner changed the complexion of the encounter in the second half. Benetton attacked aggressively and cut the deficit to just three points 38:41. Rivers kept Roanne on top as he gave the visitors a 49:44 lead at the final break. But Benetton were getting closer. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) fired from beyond the arc and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) added his points as Benetton all of a sudden took control at 61:56. Bulleri stretched the hosts lead to 8 points 64:56. And though Roanne narrowed the difference to just four points Benetton stayed calm and raced for the win at the end.
Donatas Motiejunas and Alessandro Gentile knocked down 11 points each for Benetton. Devin Smith had 9 points in the win. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) and Pape-Philippe Amagou replied with 13 points apiece for Roanne. Rivers produced 8 points in the loss.

Benetton: Ryan Toolson 14, Donatas Motiejunas 11, Alessandro Gentile 11
Roanne: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 13, Pape-Philippe Amagou 13



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Brian Randle leads Jerusalem past VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
Jerusalem - VEF Riga 91:78

Hapoel Jerusalem handled VEF Riga in EuroCup G opener. Brian Randle (203-F-85) scored 22 points to lead the Israeli team. It was Randle who burst out with a bunch of jumpers early in the encounter as Jerusalem grabbed a 16:3 lead. The hosts stunned the Latvian team taking a 26:12 lead ten minutes into the clash. Naimy boosted the margin to 18 points early in the second frame. VEF Riga struggled to adjust as Jerusalem coasted to a 49:33 halftime advantage. Jason Rich (191-G-86) made it a 20-point game at the start of the second half. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) and Parakhouski injected VEF Riga with some emotions as the visitors cut the distance at 14 points with one quarter to go. The Latvian team got within 11 points in the final stanza but Jerusalem easily warded off those attempts coasting to the win at the end.
Jason Rich knocked down 20 points and grabbed 6 boards for Jerusalem. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) contributed 17 points hitting 5/5 from beyond the arc. Kristaps Janicenoks replied with 23 points for VEF Riga. Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) produced 20 points in the loss. Jerusalem outrebounded VEF Riga 36:20 in the win.

Jerusalem: Brian Randle 22, Jason Rich 20, Willie Solomon 17
VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 23, Derek Willjam 20



LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Ventspils 6-1 
 2. VEF Riga jrs 5-1 
 3. Zemgale 4-4 
 4. Liepaja 3-2 
 5. Barons 3-3 
 6. Valmiera 2-4 
 7. Turiba 2-4 
 8. LU 0-6 
Will join on later stage:
 1. VEF Riga


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja21.0 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale18.0 
 3. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs18.0 
 4. Veselovs, Valmiera16.8 
 5. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.4 
 7. Mitchell, Liepaja15.4 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.15.3 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 10. Lowe, Barons15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Valmiera
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.3 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale8.2 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.8.0 
 5. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 6. Veselovs, Valmiera7.0 
 7. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs6.7 
 8. Ziedins, Valmiera6.5 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.4 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF Riga
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bertans, VEF R.6.0 
 2. Gailitis, VEF R.5.4 
 3. Piternieks, LU5.0 
 4. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.8 
 5. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale4.3 
 7. Lowe, Barons4.0 
 8. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 9. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Corey LOWE
  Barons
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lowe, Barons3.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.2.2 
 5. Mitchell, Liepaja2.2 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Bedritis, Valmiera2.0 
 8. Mednis, Turiba2.0 
 9. Antrops, Turiba1.8 
 10. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.4.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.1 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.3 
 5. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 6. Mednis, Turiba1.0 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.1.0 
 8. Piternieks, LU1.0 
 9. Skirmants, Barons0.8 
 10. Jurevicus, Liepaja0.8 


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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 6-0 
 2. Sagesse 4-1 
 3. Al Riyadi 4-1 
 4. Moutahed 3-2 
 5. Chabab 2-3 
 6. Anibal 2-4 
 7. Hoops 1-4 
 8. Antranik 1-4 
 9. Byblos 1-5 


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. El Khatib, Champville26.7 
 2. Byrd, Hoops24.0 
 3. Thompson, Sagesse23.0 
 4. Shannon, Anibal22.8 
 5. Cage, Hoops22.0 
 6. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.21.6 
 7. Battles, Antranik20.6 
 8. Warner, Byblos19.3 
 9. Raymond, Anibal19.0 
 10. Clemons, Chabab18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 19
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi19.0 
 2. Dawson, Chabab14.0 
 3. Battles, Antranik12.4 
 4. Byrd, Hoops11.6 
 5. Okosa, Moutahed11.3 
 6. Thompson, Sagesse10.8 
 7. Allen, Champville10.7 
 8. Warner, Byblos10.5 
 9. Watkins, Sagesse9.3 
 10. Fobbs, Sagesse9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Akl, Anibal7.2 
 2. Clemons, Chabab5.6 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.4 
 4. Roustom, Moutahed4.6 
 5. Fahed, Sagesse4.2 
 6. Khoury, Sagesse4.2 
 7. Youngblood, Champ.3.8 
 8. Cage, Hoops3.3 
 9. Barada, Byblos3.2 
 10. Aamar, Byblos3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Clemons, Chabab3.8 
 2. Byrd, Hoops3.2 
 3. Roustom, Moutahed2.4 
 4. Youngblood, Champ.2.3 
 5. Khoury, Sagesse2.2 
 6. Martinez, Champville2.2 
 7. Lakiss, Chabab2.0 
 8. Zachery, Antranik2.0 
 9. Akl, Anibal1.8 
 10. Cantrell, Byblos1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ramel ALLEN
  Champville
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Allen, Champville3.7 
 2. Fobbs, Sagesse3.0 
 3. Watkins, Sagesse2.3 
 4. Shannon, Anibal1.7 
 5. Byrd, Hoops1.4 
 6. Woods, Al Riyadi1.3 
 7. Warner, Byblos1.3 
 8. Okosa, Moutahed1.3 
 9. Bou Abboud, Champ.1.2 
 10. Thompson, Sagesse1.2 


Mouttahed inks back Tony Williams and the new comer Auston Johnson. - by Malek Bachir
Al Moutahed Tripoli's veterant Coach Paul Coughter took his final decision in releasing Reggie Okosa (206-F/C-80, college: La Salle) and Trayvon Lathan (201-G-84, college: Chowan Univ.) , and replacing them with Tony Williams (202-F-78, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville) and Austin Johnson (191-G-87, college: Oklahoma).
Tony already played for the north club few years ago, and had some try outs with riyadi back in harriri's friendly cup , where he showed an average level .


Since Tony is not yet in shape, the team's management decided to sign a third American PF/Center until Wiliams condition gets better.
in his Turn, Austin is a new comer to the region after having a 4 years experience in the NCAA and a 5th in Switzerland-LNA.

Good luck for both players .




Div.A Round 6: #1 Al Riyadi is defeated by Sagesse - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 6 in Div.A was first loss of undefeated (so far) Al Riyadi. They lost at their home court to third ranked Sagesse 68-71. American power forward Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) (207-80, college: Providence) scored double-double 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and former international guard Sabah Khoury (196-82, agent: Paul Atallah) helped with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international swingman Jean Abed El Nour (197-83, agent: Paul Atallah) with 32 points. That victory allowed Sagesse (4-1) to climb to second place. They share it with defeated Al Riyadi. Al Riyadi will play next round against strong Moutahed trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sagesse will try to continue on it's current victory against seventh ranked Hoops.
Very significant was Champville's (#1) 33-point road victory against Antranik 96-63. Former international forward Fadi El Khatib (199-79, agent: Paul Atallah) notched 27 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and Jasmon Youngblood accounted for 20 points and 7 assists. Coach Ghassan Sarkis used 10-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds by American power forward Malcolm Battles (205-79, college: N.Mexico) did not help to save the game for Antranik. Champville (6-0) stays at first position. Antranik (1-4) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their fourth loss. Champville will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Antranik will play against Byblos (#9) to get more than just one victory.

In the last two games of round 6 Byblos lost to Chabab on the opponent's court 88-90. Hoops unfortunately lost to Anibal in a home game 54-71.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 32 points and 18 rebounds by Terrence Shannon of Anibal Zahle.


Al Riyadi - Sagesse 68-71
ThThe most shocking disappointment of round 6 in Div.A was first loss of undefeated (so far) Al Riyadi. They lost at their home court to third ranked Sagesse 68-71. American power forward Garnett Thompson (207-80, college: Providence) scored double-double 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and former international guard Sabah Khoury (196-82, agent: Paul Atallah) helped with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was international swingman Jean Abed El Nour (197-83, agent: Paul Atallah) with 32 points. That victory allowed Sagesse (4-1) to climb to second place. They share it with defeated Al Riyadi. Al Riyadi will play next round against strong Moutahed trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Sagesse will try to continue on it's current victory against seventh ranked Hoops.
Top scorers:
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut: G.Thompson 22+10reb+3ast, S.Khoury 20+6reb+4ast, R.Fahed 13+5reb+5ast, G.Rida 7+5reb, J.Watkins 5+7reb+1ast, H.Tawbeh 2+5reb+1ast
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut: J.Abed El Nour 32+4reb+2ast, L.Woods 15+19reb, A.Reid 15+5reb+2ast, J.Vogel 3+7reb+1ast, A.Mahmoud 2+6reb+4ast, O.El Turk 1+2reb+1ast


Chabab - Byblos 90-88
Very expected game when 9th ranked Byblos (1-5) was edged by fifth ranked Chabab (2-3) 90-88. American power forward Marc Dawson (206-83, college: Long Beach St.) scored double-double 20 points and 26 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and his countryman guard Enique Clemons (180-80, college: Missouri, agent: Jamie Knox) helped with 30 points and 5 assists (made all of his eight free throws !!!). The best for the losing side was Samer Moucharef with double-double 26 points and 14 rebounds and American forward Calvin Warner (201-80, college: Jacksonville) with double-double 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories. Despite the victory Chabab (2-3) stays at fifth position. Byblos (1-5) on the other side took ninth place as they recorded their fifth loss. Chabab are looking forward to the next round to face Anibal (#6). Byblos will play against Antranik hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Chabab - Zahle: E.Clemons 30+3reb+5ast, M.Dawson 20+26reb+1ast, R.Dagher 15+5reb+1ast, H.Lakiss 10+6reb+2ast, M.Akkad 9+2reb, C.El Bach 3+1reb+1ast
Byblos: C.Warner 26+11reb+3ast, S.Moucharef 26+14reb+3ast, J.Cantrell 19+3reb+1ast, T.Aamar 10+2reb+3ast, A.Barada 5+1reb+4ast, M.Abboud 2+2reb


Antranik - Champville 63-96
Very significant was Champville's (#1) 33-point road victory against Antranik 96-63. Former international forward Fadi El Khatib (199-79, agent: Paul Atallah) notched 27 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) accounted for 20 points and 7 assists. Coach Ghassan Sarkis used 10-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Even double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds by American power forward Malcolm Battles (205-79, college: N.Mexico) did not help to save the game for Antranik. Champville (6-0) stays at first position. Antranik (1-4) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their fourth loss. Champville will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Antranik will play against Byblos (#9) to get more than just one victory.
Top scorers:
Champville: F.El Khatib 27+6reb+2ast, J.Youngblood 20+7ast, C.Sarkis 13+4reb+3ast, M.Martinez 8+4reb+3ast, R.Allen 8+7reb+1ast, M.Mneimneh 7+3reb+2ast
Antranik Beirut: N.Zachery 15+2reb+3ast, M.Battles 13+14reb+1ast, N.Souaid 8+3reb+2ast, A.Kanaan 6+9reb+1ast, R.Farraj 5+8reb, M.Ziadeh 2+6reb


Hoops - Anibal 54-71
There was a surprise result when eighth ranked Anibal (2-4) defeated 6th ranked Hoops (1-4) 71-54. American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agent: Jose F. Paris) scored double-double 32 points and 18 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Rodrigue Akl (190-88, agent: Paul Atallah) helped with 6 points and 9 assists. The best for the losing side was American swingman William Byrd (201-85, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) with 30 points and 8 rebounds and former international center Mohamad Hamdar (202-88) with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Coach Facundo Petracci tried in this game 10 players saving starting five for next games. That victory allowed Anibal (2-4) to climb to sixth place. Hoops (1-4) on the other side went down to seventh position. Anibal are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Chabab (#5) where they do not belong to the favorites. Hoops will play against league's second-placed Sagesse hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Anibal Zahle: T.Shannon 32+18reb, J.El-Murr 12+4reb+2ast, R.Samaha 9+6reb, B.Raymond 6+10reb+1ast, R.Akl 6+3reb+9ast, A.Andraoss 4+3reb+2ast
Hoops Club: W.Byrd 30+8reb+1ast, M.Hamdar 12+8reb+2ast, R.Bou Dagher 7+3reb+1ast, A.Eid 3+5reb+1ast, H.Kansou 2+4reb+2ast, B.Soaid 0+1ast


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


LKL Round 8: Rudupis defeats Juventus in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
LKL had just the middle of Regular Season in LKL. The most interesting game of round 8 in LKL was a very close only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Juventus to third ranked Rudupis 62-64. It ended the series of three consecutive victories of Juventus. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Giedrius Jankauskas (206-81) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Arunas Vasiliauskas (201-85) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Rudupis has an impressive series of four victories in a row. Despite the victory Rudupis (5-1) stay at third position having just three points less than leader Zalgiris. Juventus (4-3) on the other side took fourth place as they recorded their third loss. Rudupis are looking forward to the next round to face Nevezis (#10) in Kedainiai which should be an easy walk for them. Juventus will play at home against Sakalai (#11) hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Very significant was Neptunas (#10) 84-74 road victory against Sakalai. The winners were lead by guard Martynas Mazeika (190-85, agent: Ingo Wolf) who had that evening 18 points and Mantas Ruikis who supported him with 16 points. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his six free throws) by guard Augustas Peciukevicius (191-91) did not help to save the game for Sakalai. Both coaches used bench players giving the chance to rest for starting five. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. That victory allowed Neptunas (3-4) to climb to seventh place. They share it with Naglis-Adakris and Aiscai Kaunas. Sakalai (1-5) on the other side took eleventh position. Neptunas' next round game will be against Perlas (#12) at Vilnius where they are favorite. Sakalai will play at home against Juventus to get more than just one victory in their record.
Quite upsetting was Nevezis' (#10) road defeat in a game versus twelfth ranked Perlas who edged guests 81-79. The best player for the winner was Aidas Viskontas who had 21 points. Coach Roberts Stelmahers used 10-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Rolandas Alijevas produced 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Perlas celebrated their first victory after 5 consecutive losses. That victory allowed Perlas (1-5) to climb to eleventh place. They share it with Sakalai. Nevezis (2-4) on the other side took tenth position as they recorded their fourth loss. Perlas will meet next round on the road higher ranked Neptunas (#8) where they do not belong to the favorites. Nevezis will play against Rudupis having rather no chance for a victory.
And what about another game where Techasas beat 6th ranked Aiscai Kaunas 87-79 at their own court. Marius Valukonis orchestrated the victory with 31 points. That victory allowed Techasas (3-3) to climb to sixth place. They share it with Neptunas, Naglis-Adakris and Aiscai Kaunas. Aiscai Kaunas (3-4) on the other side went down to seventh position. Techasas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Siauliai (#5) at home where they do not belong to the favorites.



Sakalai - Neptunas 74-84

Very significant was Neptunas' (#10) 84-74 road victory against Sakalai. The winners were lead by guard Martynas Mazeika (190-85, agent: Ingo Wolf) who had that evening 18 points and swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) who supported him with 16 points. Even 19 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his six free throws) by guard Augustas Peciukevicius (191-91) did not help to save the game for Sakalai. Both coaches used bench players giving the chance to rest for starting five. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. That victory allowed Neptunas (3-4) to climb to seventh place. They share it with Naglis-Adakris and Aiscai Kaunas. Sakalai (1-5) on the other side took eleventh position. Neptunas' next round game will be against Perlas (#12) at Vilnius where they are favorite. Sakalai will play at home against Juventus to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Neptunas Klaipeda: M.Mazeika 18+3reb+3ast, M.Stasys 18+2reb+1ast, M.Ruikis 16+3reb+3ast, V.Vasylius 10+7reb+1ast, S.Galdikas 9+6reb, T.Vilkius 8+1reb
Sakalai Vilnius: P.Augustas 19+5reb+6ast, M.Kadzevicius 10+2reb, R.Matulis 9+8reb+1ast, V.Sirvydis 9+3reb+7ast, E.Jezukevicius 8, Z.Stankus 7+1reb+1ast


Techasas - Aiscai Kaunas 87-79

And what about another game where Techasas beat 6th ranked Aiscai Kaunas 87-79 at their own court. Forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) orchestrated the victory with 31 points. Guard Tomas Rinkevicius (178-78) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Estonian forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90) replied with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Paulius Morkeliunas (201-85, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 19 points and 5 rebounds for Aiscai Kaunas. That victory allowed Techasas (3-3) to climb to sixth place. They share it with Neptunas, Naglis-Adakris and Aiscai Kaunas. Aiscai Kaunas (3-4) on the other side went down to seventh position. Techasas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Siauliai (#5) at home where they do not belong to the favorites.
Top scorers:
Panevezys Techasas: M.Valukonis 31+2reb+1ast, T.Rinkevicius 18+5reb+6ast, E.Ezerskis 16+2reb+6ast, S.Kulevicius 8+9reb+3ast, D.Silinskis 7+7reb+2ast, T.Cerneckis 6+1reb+1ast
Aisciai Kaunas: S.Vene 20+6reb+2ast, P.Morkeliunas 19+5reb+2ast, V.Jasikevicius 14+4reb+4ast, T.Smith 11+1reb+3ast, R.Uzas 7+5reb+2ast, S.Vasiliauskas 6+2reb+1ast


Rudupis - Juventus 64-62

The most interesting game of round 8 in LKL was a very close only two-point home defeat of one of their biggest challengers Juventus to third ranked Rudupis 62-64. It ended the series of three consecutive victories of Juventus. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) who helped to win the game recording 22 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and power forward Giedrius Jankauskas (206-81) who added 16 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Arunas Vasiliauskas (201-85) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and guard Marius Pociukonis (189-82) with 17 points. Rudupis has an impressive series of four victories in a row. Despite the victory Rudupis (5-1) stay at third position having just three points less than leader Zalgiris. Juventus (4-3) on the other side took fourth place as they recorded their third loss. Rudupis are looking forward to the next round to face Nevezis (#10) in Kedainiai which should be an easy walk for them. Juventus will play at home against Sakalai (#11) hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Rudupis Prienu: A.Juskevicius 22+5reb+4ast, G.Jankauskas 16+7reb, E.Zelionis 7+11reb+3ast, V.Lipkevicius 6+7reb+3ast, G.Orelikas 6+4reb+3ast, P.Parachomikas 4+2reb
Juventus-LKSK Utenos: M.Pociukonis 17+4reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 15+6reb+1ast, G.Matulis 11+2reb+1ast, A.Kieza 9+9reb+2ast, A.Adomaitis 6+2reb, M.Prekevicius 4+3reb


Perlas - Nevezis 81-79

Quite upsetting was Nevezis' (#10) road defeat in a game versus twelfth ranked Perlas who edged guests 81-79. The best player for the winner was guard Aidas Viskontas (185-86) who had 21 points (made all of his six free throws). Power forward Giedrius Staniulis (205-91) helped with double-double 15 points and 10 rebounds. Coach Roberts Stelmahers used 10-player rotation saving starting five for next games. Swiss guard Rolandas Alijevas (192-85) produced 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Slovenian center Blaz Cresnar (214-86) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Perlas celebrated their first victory after 5 consecutive losses. That victory allowed Perlas (1-5) to climb to eleventh place. They share it with Sakalai. Nevezis (2-4) on the other side took tenth position as they recorded their fourth loss. Perlas will meet next round on the road higher ranked Neptunas (#8) where they do not belong to the favorites. Nevezis will play against Rudupis having rather no chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Perlas Vilnius: A.Viskontas 21+2reb+3ast, G.Staniulis 15+10reb, P.Dambrauskas 11+2ast, D.Redikas 11+3reb+5ast, S.Kulvietis 9+2reb, T.Slezas 8+6reb+4ast
Nevezis Kedainiai: R.Alijevas 22+6reb+4ast, L.Brazdauskis 16+6reb+1ast, B.Cresnar 14+6reb+3ast, E.Dimsa 10+6reb+1ast, M.Simonavicius 7+2reb+3ast, P.Belevicius 6+2reb+2ast




Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Siauliai
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Janavicius, Siauliai21.0 
 2. Kieza, Juventus20.9 
 3. Volkus, Techasas19.5 
 4. Bajramovic, Lietuv.18.3 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis17.7 
 6. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris17.4 
 7. Gvezdauskas, Siauliai16.3 
 8. Valukonis, Techasas16.2 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.3 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakalai14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kieza, Juventus14.0 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai11.3 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas9.3 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis8.5 
 5. Valeika, Alytus Alita8.5 
 6. Valukonis, Techasas8.5 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas7.8 
 8. Janisius, Sakalai7.8 
 9. Valanciunas, Lietuv.7.8 
 10. Klimavicius, Zalgiris7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Khalid EL-AMIN
  Lietuvos Rytas
  (178-G-79)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. El-Amin, Lietuvos.6.5 
 2. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.7 
 3. Collins, Zalgiris5.7 
 4. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.2 
 5. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris5.0 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis4.8 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.7 
 8. Ezerskis, Techasas4.7 
 9. Maceina, Juventus4.7 
 10. Janavicius, Siauliai4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Marius VALUKONIS
  Techasas
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Valukonis, Techasas3.0 
 2. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.7 
 3. Viskontas, Perlas2.7 
 4. Newley, Lietuvos.2.5 
 5. Janavicius, Siauliai2.5 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas2.3 
 7. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 8. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 9. Alijevas, Nevezis2.0 
 10. Stanionis, Siauliai1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Techasas
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Silinskis, Techasas3.7 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.2 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis2.0 
 5. Jucikas, Siauliai1.5 
 6. Galdikas, Neptunas1.3 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 8. Petrukonis, Perlas1.0 
 9. Newley, Lietuvos.1.0 
 10. Gumenyuk, Siauliai1.0 


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MBA Championship Rescheduled for 26th November 2010 - by Mohamed Rishan
MBA Championship Rescheduled for 26th November 2010
with 4 teams in Mens Division-1 : Dhivehi Sifainge Club, Hurricane BC, T-Rex Basketball Club & Victory Sports Club.

with 5 teams in Mens Division-2 : BG. Sports Club, D Basketball Club, LQ Sports Club, Red Line Club & UN Friends.

and 3 teams in Women Division : D. Basketball Club, Dhivehi Sifainge Club, Hurricane BC.

Hurricane BC and Dhivehi Sifainge Club will pe playing in the OPENING MATCH on Friday, 26th November 2010 at 20:30.



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Antonio Meeking inks with Potros ITSON - by Emiliano
Antonio Meeking (203-F-81, college: Louisiana Tech) is the new signing of Potros ITSON. The American player last season was in Turkey TB2L with Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya averaging 14.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 68.7% in 28 games. At the end of the year, Meeking was selected to the Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L 1st Team and Eurobasket.com Turkish TB2L All-Imports Team.
Meeking is a very experienced player. He is aggressive inside operator, who has his office in the paint. Defends well and intimidates. Will knock down the open jump shot. Finished collegiate career as the eleventh all-time leading scorer in Louisiana Tech history with 1,541 career points, the tenth all-time leading rebounder with 813 career rebounds, and the fifth all-time leading shot blocker with 61.


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 18-4 
 2. Toros 18-4 
 3. Pioneros 17-5 
 4. Angeles 15-6 
 5. Fuerza Regia 15-7 
 6. Halc.Rojos 15-7 
 7. Lobos Grises 14-8 
 8. Huracanes 13-9 
 9. Soles 11-11 
 10. Ola Verde 10-12 
 11. Potros 10-12 
 12. Lechugueros 9-13 
 13. Panteras 9-13 
 14. Algodoneros 8-13 
 15. Titanes 6-15 
 16. Abejas 6-16 
 17. Jaguares 1-20 
 18. Volcanes 0-21 


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Standings
D1 Standings
 1. UASM 3-0 
 2. ASEM 2-0 
 3. Fire Ball 2-1 
 4. Ribnita 2-1 
 5. Soroca 2-1 
 6. Donduseni 1-1 
 7. Gamma 1-1 
 8. Patriot 0-3 
 9. UTM 0-3 


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Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 5-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 4-1 
 3. Lovcen 3-2 
 4. ABS Primorje 3-2 
 5. Jedinstvo 2-3 
 6. Ljubovic 2-3 
 7. Danilovgrad 2-3 
 8. Mogren 2-3 
 9. Gorstak 1-4 
 10. Teodo Tivat 1-4 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Buducnost


MNE1B - 5 round : Rudar win in derby game - by Dragan Scepanovic
Rudar-Bonus 97:75 (24:15, 30:15, 28:18, 15:27)
Pljevlja.SC. 'Ada'. Spectators: 350 Referees: Boris Raicevic (Bijelo Polje), Emir Kajevic (Bijelo Polje) and Branko Scekic (Berane).
RUDAR: Cacic, Jankovic, Gospic 12, Starovlah 9, Kartal 5, Borijan Dzogaz (204-C-80) 20, Danilovic 4, Borko Brkovic (204-F-81) 24, Markovic 22, Lacmanovic 1
BONUS: Spasojevic, Kasalica 24, Dragovic, Mijatovic 4, Djurovic 2, Perovic 11, Miljanic, Asanin 6, Pavic 17, Papovic 6, Djokovic 5
From the very start of the match, Rudar showed team from Niksic that there is nothing that requires the 'Adi'. Simply basketball players of Rudarhad have day, they hit 10 triples in 22 tries and kicked two points are mind-boggling 83 percent. Borko Borko Brkovic scored five triples, and Dejan Markovic and Boban Gospic two.Borjan Borijan Dzogaz have 100% effect of two points (9-9).

Ibar - University Med 78:81 (21:22, 17:13, 18:21, 22:25)
Rozaje. Hall: SRC Rozaje. Spectators: 350 Judges: Ivan Markovic, Mihailo Krivokapic (Cetinje) and Nenad Vojinovic (Bijelo Polje).
IBAR: Micovic 2, Doe 20, Kalic 14, Culjkovic, Mijovic 3, Nurkovic 14, Ibrahimovic, Grubovic 21, Sabovic, Zejnelovic.
UNIV. OF THE MEDITER. : Djordje Obradovic (187-G-82) 15, Milutinovic 15, Scepanovic 17, Sundic, Vujacic 13, Knezevic 3, Miranovic, Danilo Vojvodic (202-F/C-83) 16, Adzic 2, Vukcevic, Orlandic, Femic.

Center - Podgorica 81:78 (14:9, 24:23, 17:27, 26:19)
B.Polje SC 'Nikoljac. Spectators: 400 Judges: Popovic (Podgorica), Kostic (Ulcinj) and Cirovic (Bar).
Centar : R. Radovic 9, Konatar, N. Radovic 2, Mulabegovic, Fisik 18, Vukovic 15, Korac 9, Vojinovic 2, Sekularac 2, Joksimovic, Knezevic 2
Podgorica : Nisic 6, Femic 8, Drobnjak 1, Petricic 3, Vusovic, Djurovic, Zizic 1, Pajovic 21, Perovic 28, Ljubenkovic 10, Mumin, Milickovic.

Buducnost 2 - Novljanin 67:75 (10:13, 21:23, 17:20 19:19)
Podgorica.SC Igalo. Spectators: 50 Referees: Zoran Radulovic (Podgorica), Vladan Turcinovic (Cetinje) and Mladen Nikolic (Podgorica).
Novljanin: Dusan Sucevic (204-F-61) 4, Lucic 4, Dzeletovic 2, Deronja 19, Rajevic, S. Micunovic 4, Bjelica ,Zambelic 5, P. Micunovic, Subasic 2, Zoran Sucevic (205-C-83) 27
Buducnsot 2: Popovic, Martinovic 4, Sredanovic 7, Mugosa 29, Vukovic, Gavranic 13, Mandic, Nikolic 16, Soc 6.

Zeta - Sutjeska 59:102 (19:20, 12:29, 13:19, 15:34)
Golubovci. Hall: PS Radojica Perovic. Spectators: 50 Judges: Sanjevic (Podgorica), Gusmirovic and Zoran Lazarevic (Bijelo Polje).
Zeta: Gluscevic, Dragovic, Lalic 9, Nikolic 4, Pizurica 14, Osmanagic 9, Savkovic 15, Ivanovic, Maras, Pelevic, Vujovic 4, Stanovic 4
Sutjeska : Ljeskovica, Djokovic, 24, Pavlovic 4, Baletic 6, Nikola Lalic (188-G-89) 16, Ademovic 23, Mrvaljevic, Samardzic 2, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77) 14, B. Lalic 2, Miranovic 5, Kovac 6

Kotor - Cetinje 92:75 (25:21, 32:19, 26:22, 11:13)
Kotor.Hall: PS Njegos. 'Spectators: 50 Judges: Pantovic (Niksic), Korac (Podgorica) and Fulurija (Herceg Novi).
Kotor : Batut, P. Crepulja 1, Gojkovic, Laketa 16, Milicevic 7, A. Crepulja 6, Roganovic 5, Svjetkovic 3, Bajkovic, Jeknic 34, Vasic 15, Radosevic 5
Cetinje: Cicmil, Kusovac 17, Bata 2, Pesic, Jablan 2, Vrbica 16, Pekovic 1, Banovic 5, Perovic 11, Borilovic 6, M. Latkovic 8, S. Latkovic 8


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Tuesday's games (7) review - by Eurobasket News
Memphis G. - Portland TB 99-100
Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) finished with a career-high 30 points, as the Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-99, at FedExForum. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) contributed 23 points and Andre Miller chipped in with 19 points, nine assists and five steals for the Trail Blazers, who snapped a brief two-game slide. Marcus Camby (6'11''-F/C-74, college: Massachusetts) had a game-high 17 rebounds to go with six points in the victory. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) had a team-high 20 points for Memphis, which has dropped four straight and seven of its last nine overall. Zach Randolph went for a double- double with 19 points and 14 boards in defeat. *Courtesy of www.wkyc.com

Houston R. - Chicago B. 92-95
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) had seen enough. Benched because of foul trouble in the third quarter, Rose watched the Chicago Bulls lose their lead to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. He was back on the floor to start the fourth, and from there, the Rockets didn't stand a chance. Rose scored 17 of his 33 points in the final quarter and the Bulls opened their seven-game road trip with a 95-92 victory. 'Whatever it takes for my team to win,' Rose said, 'I'm going to try to go out there and do it.' The star point guard also had seven assists, and Luol Deng (6'7''-F-85, college: Duke) added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who won their fourth straight overall and earned their first victory in three road games this season. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

Denver N. - New York K. 120-118
Carmelo Anthony scored 26 points and his teammates overcame his emotional blowup in the closing minutes to lead the Denver Nuggets past the New York Knicks, 120-118 Tuesday night. Denver led by 16 early but the Knicks made a game of it by trimming a 12-point deficit to start the fourth quarter to 109-107 with 3:07 left on Raymond Felton's free throw after Anthony was whistled for a technical after tossing his headband when he was tied up by Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) while going for a slam dunk. Anthony was then whistled for a loose-ball foul on the jump, and Chandler sank both foul shots to cap an 11-0 run and tie it at 109. Chauncey Billups and Ty Lawson hit back-to-back jumpers and the Nuggets settled down. After Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82, agency: Rogue Sports) 's 3-pointer pulled the Knicks to 117-115, Anthony sank one of two free throws with 12 seconds left to put Denver ahead 118-115. Raymond Felton dribbled out of bounds, and Anthony again sank one of two foul shots with 9.7 seconds remaining. Felton's 3-pointer with a second left made it a one-point game and Billups was fouled. He swished his first shot and missed his second high off the rim, the buzzer sounding as the Knicks corralled the rebound. Al Harrington chipped in 22 points against his former team and rookie Gary Forbes scored 19 as Denver bounced back from a fourth-quarter meltdown in Phoenix one night earlier. Stoudemire led New York with 24 points. Rookie guard Landry Fields had a big game for New York, which lost its sixth straight. Averaging 9.8 points and 5.7 rebounds coming in, he went off for 21 points and 17 boards. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Indiana P. - Atlanta H. 92-102
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) scored 25 points to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 102-92 on Tuesday night. Smith also had eight rebounds and seven blocks. Michael Bibby (6'2''-G-78, college: Arizona) scored 16 points and Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) added 15 for the Hawks, who won their second straight after a four-game losing streak. Danny Granger scored 22 points for the Pacers. Roy Hibbert had 18 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy added 14 points for the Pacers. The Pacers were short-handed, as point guard Darren Collison and reserve forward Tyler Hansbrough sat out with sprained left ankles. One week after Indiana had a near-perfect 54-point third quarter against Denver, the Pacers shot 6 for 16 in the same period to fall behind by double digits. *Courtesy of www.wishtv.com

Washington W. - Toronto R. 109-94
With the new face of the franchise ailing, the Washington Wizards had little choice but to turn to an old friend, and Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) delivered. Arenas had 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists to help the Wizards beat the Toronto Raptors 109-94 on Tuesday night. With rookie sensation John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) out with a sprained left foot, Arenas started for the first time since his suspension for bringing guns into the Verizon Center locker-room. With a small and quiet crowd of 11,513 looking on, Arenas scored 10 points in the third quarter, when Washington outscored Toronto 36-21 to take a 90-68 lead. After the game, he played the humble Gil, happy to be here, eager to help out the No. 1 draft choice. 'It's been almost four years since I've really played the game. Just going out there playing means a lot to me whether it's starting or coming off the bench,' Arenas said. Toronto, which lost for the ninth time in 11 games, was led by Sonny Weems' 16 points. Linas Kleiza added 15 points and five rebounds, while Reggie Evans grabbed nine boards. *Courtesy of www.680news.com

Milwaukee B. - LA Lakers 107-118
Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) said his goal is to win the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. To be a serious candidate, he'll need to keep repeating performances like this one.Brown scored 16 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) scored 31 points, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 118-107 on Tuesday night to snap a two-game losing streak. Los Angeles had started 8-0 before the consecutive losses, but Brown and Bryant sparked the Lakers on both ends of the floor against what had been the stingiest defense in the NBA. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

Cleveland C. - Philadelph.76 101-93
Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) scored 18 points, Jamario Moon (6'8''-F-80, college: Meridian CC) added 13 and the Cleveland Cavaliers finally shook their third-quarter blues with a 101-93 win Tuesday night over the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their fourth in a row and played without swingman Andre Iguodala. Gibson had eight assists and Joey Graham added 13 points off the bench as the Cavs (5-5) ended a two-game slide and got back to .500. Cleveland outscored Philadelphia 26-16 in the third quarter. It was only the second time in 10 games this season that the Cavs have outscored their opponent in the third. Thaddeus Young scored 17 and rookie Evan Turner 16 to pace the Sixers. Iguodala sat out with a troublesome Achilles' tendon. *Courtesy of www.philly.com




Iverson scores 15 points in Besiktas debut - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA all-star Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown) has scored 15 points in his debut for Besiktas Cola Turka but failed to carry his team to victory against Hemofarm Stada.

Hemofarm Stada defeated Besiktas 94-91 in a European Cup game on Tuesday in Istanbul. Turkish fans shouted 'Allen Iverson, the son of Besiktas Cola Turka' during the match.

The 11-time NBA all-star had agreed to a two-year, $4-million US contract with Besiktas after no NBA team offered him a contract for the season.

Iverson is 17th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,368 points over a 14-year career with Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit and Memphis. He won the league's Most Valuable Player award in 2001.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca


Postponed Magic at Knicks game rescheduled for March 28 - by Eurobasket News
The NBA has announced a make-up date for the Orlando Magic's postponed game, originally scheduled for November 2nd, against the New York Knicks. From a league press release:

'The Orlando Magic at New York Knicks game that was postponed November 2, has been rescheduled for Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Madison Square Garden, the National Basketball Association announced today.'

The Magic have yet to determine which local television network will carry the make-up game.

This new arrangement may be ideal for the Magic; they will have the preceding Saturday and Sunday off, and will have a travel day on Tuesday before playing again on Wednesday.

The league postponed the November 2nd meeting due to debris from an overnight cleanup effort falling into the arena bowl.

Courtesy of www.orlandopinstripedpost.com


Phoenix Suns release Matt Janning, assign Gani Lawal to Iowa Energy - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Suns announced Tuesday afternoon that they have released rookie guard Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern), while assigning rookie forward Gani Lawal (6'9''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) to the D-Leagues Iowa Energy.

With Robin Lopez out several weeks with a sprained MCL and PCL, the Suns wanted to make room for free agent 7-foot, 250-pound center Earl Barron, who they are expected to sign once he passes his physical.

Releasing the 6-foot-4, 198-pound Janning was the obvious choice, as he would become even more insignificant, sliding one more spot down the bench.

The Suns coaching staff coveted Janning since he averaged 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds for them in the Vegas Summer League, but he remained inactive for every game this season and proved to be the odd man out with Steve Nash and Goran Dragic already established.

Courtesy of http://valleyofthesuns.com


Theo Ratliff out at least 4-6 weeks after knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Lakers centre Theo Ratliff (6'10''-F/C-73, college: Wyoming) will be sidelined for at least four to six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

The Lakers say Ratliff had successful surgery Tuesday to remove part of his torn meniscus.

The veteran shot-blocker's absence will further strain the two-time defending champions' frontcourt depth.

Los Angeles still is without starting centre Andrew Bynum, who hasn't returned from off-season knee surgery. The Lakers hope he'll return to practice next week.

Ratliff played sparingly in eight games behind starting big men Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom during his first season with the Lakers.

Los Angeles has lost two straight games after an 8-0 start. The Lakers play at Milwaukee on Tuesday night.

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


Phoenix Suns to sign center Earl Barron - by Eurobasket News
The Suns are expected to sign veteran center Earl Barron (7'0''-C-81, college: Memphis) after learning that starting center Robin Lopez will miss several weeks because of a left knee sprain.

Barron, 29, is a 7-foot, 250-pound veteran who played 82 games (2005-08) with Miami, and seven games last season with New York.

He did not play in the NBA during the 2008-09 season.

Barron owns career averages of 5.5 points per game and 3.7 rebounds.

Barron could join the team for Wednesday's game at Miami, pending that he passes a physical. He would sign a non-guaranteed contract.

Barron averaged 11.7 points and 11.0 rebounds over seven games late last season for New York, which employs a similar system with ex-Suns coach Mike D'Antoni.

Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said Lopez's knee damage was 'a little bit more serious than we first thought it would be.'

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Spurs waive Alonzo Gee - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived guard Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, college: Alabama). Gee appeared in five games this season, totaling 2 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks in 17 minutes.

Gee was signed by the Spurs as a free agent on March 29, 2010 and was later assigned to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League on April 8, 2010.

The roster now stands at 12.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.4 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.26.5 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers25.7 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat24.7 
 6. Anthony, Denver N.24.6 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..23.5 
 8. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 9. Gay, Memphis G.23.4 
 10. Nowitzki, Dallas M.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Love, Minnesota T.14.3 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.12.8 
 3. Gasol, LA Lakers12.1 
 4. Evans, Toronto R.11.5 
 5. Randolph, Memph.11.3 
 6. Lee, Golde S.11.3 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.11.3 
 8. Howard, Orlando M.10.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.9 
 10. Odom, LA Lakers10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 15.1
 1. Rondo, Boston C.15.1 
 2. Williams, Utah Jazz10.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.1 
 4. Kidd, Dallas M.10.0 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.8 
 6. Nash, Phoenix Suns9.6 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.9.2 
 8. James, Miami Heat8.9 
 9. Miller, Portland.7.8 
 10. Parker, San A.7.7 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Wall, Washington W.3.3 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.8 
 3. Rondo, Boston C.2.7 
 4. Conley, Memphis G.2.6 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.2.5 
 6. Curry, Golde S.2.3 
 7. Brewer, Minnesot.2.3 
 8. Parker, San A.2.2 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 10. Kidd, Dallas M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh SMITH
  Atlanta H.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Smith, Atlanta H.3.3 
 2. McGee, Washingt.3.0 
 3. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.8 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.8 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.6 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 7. Chandler, New Y.2.5 
 8. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.5 
 9. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.3 
 10. Duncan, San A.2.0 


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


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NetScouts Basketball Mid-Major Preview - by Carl Berman
The Best of the Rest

Comments from NetScouts Basketball Director of Scouting Chris Denker:

Everybody knows Gonzaga and after last season's great run to the National Championship game, Butler is the favorite mid-major of all. This year could be another exciting year for the 'non-BCS' conference schools that can really play basketball at a high level.

Speaking of Butler, I love Shelvin Mack. He is the leader of that group and absolutely willed them to victories on several occasions by hitting big shots or making tough defensive plays.

Murray State is an outstanding team who played two great NCAA tournament games, knocking off Vanderbilt, and returns 8 of their top 10 players from that team. They are one of the best defensive teams in the nation and very well coached. BYU is also well coached and has Fredette who can flat out shoot and score. Memphis has continued its string of success and should again do well with Witherspoon leading the way.

The Mountain West has BYU, UNLV and their guard Willis, San Diego State with their super soph forward Leonard, and a solid New Mexico team that had a great season ended by Washington in the NCAA tourney and picked up Drew Gordon from UCLA.

Want speed? Randy Culpepper (6'0''-G-89) of UTEP has it and more.

Want smart basketball? Check out Siena's Ryan Rossiter who is a smart, savvy, skilled big man that can shoot the ball.

A guy youve never heard of? How about Adrian Oliver at San Jose State, he can fill it up with the best of them.

Will another Cinderella emerge from this pack of 'mid-majors?'

Keep an eye on...
- Randy Culpepper (6'0''-G-89) (UTEP) G Senior
Height- 6'0' Weight- 165 lbs
17.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists

47% FG, 36% 3G, 73% FT
Culpepper is one of the best scorers in the country, a great mix of speed and offensive skills. Extremely fast, great athlete. Somewhat small, but strong. Has a powerful vertical leap. Natural ability to score points, either around the hoop, where he finishes very well, or launching from the outside where he is also effective. Explosive penetration to the basket.
Creates & slashes one on one in space. An almost exclusive, scoring instinct. Intense defense, with a physical nature. An exceptional athlete and pure scorer. Some sort of professional future is secure, NBA or Europe. His PG abilities, set-up skills, unselfishness, and height are his limitations.

- Kenneth Faried (Morehead State) PF/C Senior
Height- 6'8' Weight- 228 pounds
16.9 points, 13 rebounds, 1.9 blocks

56% FG, 25% 3P, 59% FT
Shows strength with his numbers, crazy double-double machine. Faried produces mostly from the low post offensively. Uses jump hooks with back to basket and finishes at the rim with dunks or lay-ups off pick/roll or when set up by teammates. Very efficient and aggressive. A great rebounder and blocker, at least within the level of his conference.
We say this because his physique is somewhat limited in some areas and raises doubts about his performance at higher levels. An almost pure inside player, somewhat thin but with very long arms and good agility. Fast, moves well laterally and runs the court, accompanying the counterattack fastbreak. Energetic and talented. Needs to improve mid-range shot, as he should be moved to the position of four to play at high level in professional basketball.


-Adrian Oliver (San Jose State) G Senior

Height- 64 Weight- 210 pounds

22.5 Points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists

44% FG, 41% 3FG, 89% FT

Started his career as a highly recruited combo guard at Washington then transferred to San Jose St. where he has found a home. He can really score and also shoots the 3 ball very well. Good FT shooter who knows how to draw fouls. Hes very efficient shooting over 40% from 3 and over 88% from the line. Hes a throwback type of scorer in that he gets to the foul-line, posts up smaller guards, drives bigger wing defenders, and uses screens very well to create space. Good, not great, athlete but very smart, crafty, and out thinks his opponents. Needs to be more consistent defensively and with the attention he gets from opposing defenses he needs to up his assist numbers by kicking out to shooters or finding bigs for drop off dunks. He has a chance to be a solid pro some day, most likely in Europe but with another great season hell definitely get looks from NBA scouts.

The scouting of NetScouts Basketball - Mid Other Majors

- Jimmer Fredette (BYU) G Senior

Height- 6'2' Weight- 195 pounds
22.1 points, 4.7 assists, 3.1 rebounds.

45% FG, 44% 3P, 89% FT
When asked to name some the best scorers in the country, the name of Jimmer Fredette is one of the first that comes to mind. A combo-guard with an exceptional ability to produce points. Plays very low, strong enough and fast. Doesnt have great quickness but a good first step and lacks big hops however hell take a hit and finish through contact. Has a little Ginobli flop in his arsenal as well. A sensational shooter, with good mechanics, quick release, and has very long range. Good ball handling, penetrating to the basket with reliability and speed but his shot is his best weapon and sets up dribble drive chances.
Looking professional, he is going to be stuck between positions, a tweener. Can be a good fit for many teams in Europe. His NBA options are limited due and his PG game management and decision-making as he dominates the ball a bit and turns it over too often. His talent is his huge scoring but has a year to add new facets to his game to polish it.

- Damian Lillard (Weber State) G Junior
Height- 6'2 Weight- 190 pounds
19.9 points 4 rebounds 3,6 assists

43% FG, 39% 3P, 85% FT
What is commonly known as a 'big time scorer.' A pure scorer with a good future ahead of him in Europe. Skinny but athletic, long arms, quick and good body control. Room to improve with his muscle structure. A good shooter with NBA range and a good shot mechanic release. Has the ability to create his own shot off the dribble. Very aggressive and incisive, somewhat hasty (decision making and shot selection becomes a big problem at times).
He is not a true PG distributor but connects with teammates after beating his man and breaks down the opposing defense. Tends to be too individualistic. Very creative dribbling, with a good arsenal of moves. Can get lazy on defense but he uses his length and timing to steal the ball and passes the most of difficult defenders. Lots of potential, if he work on his maturity he can be a very interesting development.

- Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State) F Sophomore
Height- 6'7 Weight- 225 pounds
12.7 points, 9.9 rebounds

45% FG, 20% 3P, 72% FT
Great freshman season, a tremendous breakthrough for San Diego State. Very physical player, with great athletic ability. Very strong finishing around the basket, long arms, has a great vertical jump, and a very quick 2nd jump. Needs to work hard to improve his weaknesses, shooting ability and range, ball-handling, face-up skill set. He moves well without the ball, cutting to the basket and attacking the rim. Very tough in transition, finishing at the rim & can drive it versus big guys with quick first step.
He lacks experience, especially with his footwork and back to the basket post-up gamebut is athletic enough to score anyway (right now). Will win against better skilled opponents with more strength than skill. He will need to incorporate a middle-distance shot and consistency in performance. Young and talented with potential but needs a lot of skill work to become a SF at the NBA level as he has no range and doesnt create for others. Hed be a role playing defender/rebounder if he came out now but the upside is there. We must follow closely.

- Shelvin Mack (Butler) G Junior
Height- 6'3' Weight- 215 pounds
14.1 points 3.7 rebounds 3 assists

45% FG, 39% 3P, 73% FT
A huge part of Butler's successful season last year. A smart player with offensive talents. Mature and competitive; the team began to lean on him on many occasions. Fluid scorer with a solid outside shot. Shows confidence in his range with good mechanics. Is not a pure director, but he plays on a system that is always looking for the extra pass. Is the best shooting option in the system. Able to penetrate to the basket, takes a hit well, using his body to protect himself.
Strong, but not too fast nor explosive. Needs to shape his body now or may have problems in future. Not a great 1on1 defender but really works at it. Butler uses his strength of intensity to support their complex system. Has the potential to gain a foothold in Europe, but needs to improve his athletic performance and gain some direction and ball handling. In Europe he could be a very interesting player to watch.

- Derek Needham (Fairfield) G Sophomore
Height- 5'11' Weight- 180 pounds
16.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists

38% FG, 30% 3P, 72% FT
After a very good freshman season, Needham attracted the attention of many fans and scouts, mostly international. Height is the main problem, as it has been shown to be since his debut. Physically solid, but nothing spectacular. Great scoring ability. Has the potential to make a bit of everything, but he needs polishing on his foundation to achieve a higher level (NBA) in the future. Produces from middle and long distance, but his shooting mechanics are too irregular. Very good off the dribble but doesnt finish at a high rate and is a low % shooter.
Creative passes near the hoop and has the ability to find the open man. Despite the flaws typical freshman make (consistent effort, decision-making...), he also showed glimpses of leadership, savvy, and a fair understanding of the game. Still loses too many balls and lacks consistency, but has great potential and I imagine him improving with time and experience.

- Ryan Rossiter (Siena) PF Senior
Height- 6'9 Weight- 236 pounds
13.8 points, 11.1 rebounds

57% FG, 16% 3P, 76% FT
Rossiter is one of the smartest players at his level. Always in the exact place at the right time. He moves well without the ball and creates many offensive options both for himself and for his teammates. Good hands, is active in the low post, getting to the basket quickly via smarts and footwork. Great performer in the pick-and-roll. Good passer that helps the ball distribution from both sides of the court, keeping the ball high while looking for a teammate.
Not a great athlete, but has surprising speed and coordination. Very long. An excellent rebounder with good positioning and timing. Questions of his fundamentals, not physical, although his long arms help. Great anticipation in the passing lanes, but more defensive problems against the one-on-one low post iso. Lacks the consistent 3pt. shot, but sometimes goes off to the point of being a dependable weapon. A player with a future more likely to be in Europe than the NBA. Intelligent, diligent, and who knows the game and displays good work on a consistent basis.

- Tre'Von Willis (UNLV) G Senior
Height- 6'4' Weight- 196 pounds
17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists

47% FG, 29% 3P, 47% FT
The UNLV leader faces a very important season. His team needs him more than ever, even after last year when he had faced so many problems. One of these problems had been the arresting of Willis in the postseason for a domestic incident. Must keep his personal life situation apart. Willis scores more than most, with points usually generated from his athletic ability. Physically versatile, meshing well with his potential and speed. Explosive one-on-one, attacking the hoop and getting it to the open man.
His contribution is very versatile, providing rebounds, assists (without being much less a director) and individual defense from his guard position. The outside shot is his main weakness, mainly because it is very irregular. Willis plays intense, hard and has a competitive nature. He must use everything that happened this summer as motivation to get himself in the right direction. If he straightens his personal life and develops a consistent shot, he will have good opportunities ahead.

- Wesley Witherspoon (Memphis) F Junior
Height- 6'9 Weight- 210 pounds
12.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists

46% FG, 43% 3P, 76% FT
Versatile with potential- a rare combination. Witherspoon is one of the great attractions of the mid-majors within a talented team like Memphis. His physical qualities are remarkable. Tall, long, agile, quick and coordinated. In the absence of some explosiveness and more muscle, a nearly perfect balance. He played in four positions from the system in which Calipari tried him to as much as a four, a task that we saw him play this season for a few minutes.
Has tools to help in almost every section of the game (shooting, penetration, passing, defense, and rebounds). Almost everything seems to be improving over a matter of time and work, (although it looks as if he will not reach a level of extraordinary consistency in any specific facet), but he can be a player to provide solid all-around production.

And also ...
Charles Jenkins (Hofstra), Ray McCallum (Detroit), Keith Benson (Oakland), Adrian Hodzic (Lipscom), Anatoly Bose (Nicholls State), Denzel Bowles (James Madison), Kevin Thompson (Morgan State), Justin Rutty (Quinnipiac) , Johnathon Jones (Oakland) and Donald Sims (Appalachian State).

This article was written by Chris Denker, Managing Partner and Alejandro Gonzalez, Correspondent and International Scout and edited by Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball. Info on NetScouts Basketball and their International Recruiting Service can be found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


North Texas 92, Texas Tech 83 - by Milord Nikolic
Josh White's late basket forced overtime, during which he added 11 of his game-high 32 points to power North Texas over Texas Tech, 92-83, at The Super Pit in Denton. Neither team led by more than six points (twice by the Red Raiders) in the second half. This coming after a back-and-forth first half that featured 15 lead changes, the last on a White jumper that gave the Mean Green a 40-39 halftime edge. North Texas, which unveiled its Sun Belt title banner before the game, rolled past Henderson State, 92-66, in its opener Friday




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Antonio Paulo is no longer the Barreirense head coach - by Bruno Baltazar
Antonio Paulo Ferreira is no longer the Barreirense head coach.
He is been for years in team of his heart giving everything he had to Barreirense and in this period of time he did it again thinking this is the best decision for the team .
He has been for years with Barreirense ,coached the youth levels and has been since 06/07 their head coach,he has helped the team to have league MVP,coached one of the best portuguese players Joao Gomes and alot others portuguese international players and helped players develop into human beings with class.
Barreirense is now looking already for a coach to replace him.


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Coamo to return to BSN - by Luis Ramirez
According to local sport media sources the Coamo Maratonistas will return to the BSN in 2011. The team owner for the Maratonistas has indicated that he has undertaken talks with the Coamo mayor and there is intent by the municipal government to fix the Coamo court in time for the BSN season. As a backup plan, the Maratonistas are holding talks with the municipality of Juana Diaz just in case the Coamo Court is not ready on time. Juana Diaz apparently is interested in having the Maratonistas compete in their town. If the Maratonistas come back they will have the rights to players like Alex Galindo, Ruben Villegas, Andres Ortiz and Joel Nieves among others. In addition they will have the 2nd spot on the new player draft lottery. Team Owner of the Maratonistas has indicated that they are actively looking for a head coach for the team and currently have held talks with Pedro Cintron who coached the Ponce Lions this season. Other coaches who have been offered the job include Jorge Melendez and Pepo Martinez.

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Fabio Di Bella goes for 25 in Pepsi Caserta road win - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krylia - Pepsi Caserta 78:85

Pepsi Caserta left all the troubles behind and stunned Krasnye Krylia in Samara yesterday. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) notched 25 points to lead the Italian side to the first win in EuroCup Group H.
Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) was the main factor in Krasnye Krilya game in the first half. The centre refused to miss as he converted all of his nine attempts from the field to keep the hosts in charge. The Samara outfit grabbed a 24:20 lead after ten minutes. Primoz Brezec was unstoppable as he combined for 20 points in the first half allowing Krasnye Krylia to comfortable seat on top 46:37. Brion Rush gave the hosts a 55:42 lead early in the third term but Pepsi Caserta turned the tables in a span of several minutes. The visitors shocked Krasnye Krylia with a 19:2 run to take a 58:57 lead. Pepsi Caserta headed into the fourth quarter up by two points 61:59. Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) opened the final stanza with five points in a row as Pepsi Caserta kept on rolling. The Italian team never allowed Krasnye Krylia closer than three points in the final minutes and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Luca Garri delivered 15 points for Pepsi Caserta. Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) and Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) added 11 points each in the win. Primoz Brezec answered with 24 points and 7 boards for Krasnye Krylia. Konstantin Nesterov (205-F/C-81, college: Va Commonwealth) accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Krasnye Krylia: Fabio Di Bella 25, Luca Garri 15, Timothy Bowers 11, Eric Williams 11
Pepsi Caserta: Primoz Brezec 24, Konstantin Nesterov 13



Mikhailov fired by Krasnie Krilya Samara - by Emiliano
After the loss in Eurocup against Pepsi JuveCaserta, the management of Krasnie Krilya Samara decided to fire coach Mikhail Mikhailov . The Russian team is 2-2 in Russian PBL after four games despite an important market in the summer which took to the team players as Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79), Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) and Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group).
Mikhailov was hired last February and reached with the team from Samara the final in Eurochallenge, game lost against Gottingen.
Vladislav Konovalov , who assistant coach, will take the place of Mikhailov for the next two games.


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Crvena Zvezda lands Sava Lesic - by Zoran Popovic
Former Partizan player Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) becomes new member of Crvena Zvezda. Crvena Zvezda signs long term contract with Lesic and he will have chance to play from january 2011, because he already played few games for Partizan in NLB league. During the career Lesic played for Vizura iz season 2007-2008, Superfund 2008-2009 and Partizan 2009-2010. Sava Lesic was member of Serbian U20 National team and in season 2009-2010 he won Radivoj Korac Cup, Serbian Championship and Adriatic league.

First win for Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
Serbian teams registered two wins and two defeats in the latest round of Adriatic league. Crvena Zvezda finally grabbed their first victory of the season, while Radnicki Kragujevac was also successful. Hemofarm and Partizan failed against Zagreb and CEZ Nymburk respectively.
After six consecutive defeats, Crvena Zvezda finally grabbed the first victory of the season. They managed to beat Cibona 83-72. Jahmar Young (196-G, college: N.Mexico St.) (5 rebs) and Ricardo Marsh (201-F-81, college: ODU) stepped up for the Serbian outfit with 23 points each. Bojan Bogdanovic replied with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Cibona, who dropped to 3-4.
Radnicki (3-4) crushed Krka 86-82 mostly owing to nice performance of Miljan Rakic (195-G-86, agency: BeoExcell), who scored 17 points and handed out 6 assists. Steven Markovic (190-G-85) helped with 13 points and 5 assists. In Krka (4-3), Simon Petrov delivered 15 pts.
Zagreb celebrated 76-73 victory against Hemfoarm for 4-3 record in the regional championship. At the same time, Hemofarm dropped to 5-2. Damir Mulaomerovic nailed 23 points for the hosts. Milan Macvan (205-F-89) had 18 pts and 5 rebs in defeat.
CEZ Nymburk registered great home win against Partizan 73-69 joining Union Olimpija and Hemofarm on top of the standings. Chester Simmons had 22 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts, Afik Nissim also shined adding 21 pts. In Partizan (3-4), Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) delivered 14 pts.


Vule Avdalovic leads Cholet to four straight wins - by Eurobasket News
Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) demonstrated great performance in the last four games of the reigning French champion Cholet Basket. The former National Team point guard paced his team to four straight wins. In the latest game of ProA, Avdalovic helped Cholet to crush Le Mans on the road 69-74. He was a key player of his team with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Thanks to this win, Cholet remains on top of the ProA standings with 5-1 record. In Round Five, Cholet outplayed ASVEL 80-63 and Avdalovic nailed 16 points.
In the latest Euroleague game against Cibona on the road, Vule Avdalovic shined once again. He paced his team to 71-84 win scoring 15 points. The same number he had against Lietuvos Rytas two weeks ago, what was the first Euroleague win for Cholet this season (2-2).


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Budivelnyk mark EuroCup debut with road win in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 - Budivelnyk 58:62

Budivelnyk recorded their first EuroCup victory. They stunned Gran Canaria 2014 away from home in Group C. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) stepped up with 20 points to lead the Ukrainian vice-champions.
Budivelnyk stressed defense in the opening quarter. They played cautiously limiting Gran Canaria 2014 to only 11 points. The visitors in the meantime accumulated a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Gran Canaria 2014 responded in the second term as they held their opponents to 10 points and cut the distance at 8-point mark 22:30. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) and Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) finally helped the home team get things rolling offensively in the third term. Gran Canaria notched 19 points and narrowed the gap to only 2 points heading into the fourth frame. But Budivelnyk persisted as they kept it cool in the final seconds and pulled away an important win at the end.
Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) scored 11 points for Budivelnyk. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) contributed 10 points and 7 boards in the win. Sitapha Savane replied with 13 points for Gran Canaria 2014. Taurean Green banked 11 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria 2014: Sitapha Savane 13, Taurean Green 11
Budivelnyk: William Keys 20, Zach Morley 11, Lamayne Wilson 10



Palencia and Kyle Austin part ways - by Eurobasket News
Kyle Austin (203-F-88, college: Cal-Riverside) is no longer a member of Faymasa Palencia. The LEB Gold outfit and the American forward parted ways yesterday. Austin appeared 8 times for Palencia this season averaging 6.6 points and 3.9 rebounds. He joined them few months ago for his first professional season. Austin graduated at the University of California, Riverside averaging 17.6 points and 7.4 rebounds as a senior.

Adepal Alcazar inks veteran Ivan Corrales - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Corrales (182-G-74) is a new player of Adepal Alcazar. The veteran guard joined the team few days ago from Autocid Ford Burgos. Corrales already played his first game with Alcazar, who was better than Caceres 69-67. Ivan Corrales spent many years with Valladolid in the past and he also played for Tau Ceramica, Air Avelino, Lobos Cantabria and Caja San Fernando.

Cajasol crush Nymburk in Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Cajasol 77:93

Nymburk disappointed their fans with a hapless home loss to Cajasol in EuroCup opener. Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan), Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 17 points apiece to lead balanced effort from the Seville team. Nymburk in the meantime were not rescued by a 29-point outburst from Ales Chan (215-C-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Seton Hill).
The start of the game did not forecast disaster for the Czech team. Ales Chan shone all around the court as he helped the hosts accumulate a 25:17 lead ten minutes into the action. Kirksay triggered a 10:0 run from Cajasol at the start of the second period as the Spanish team surged ahead. Cajasol soon gained a 33:28 lead but Nymburk answered straight back. They capped the first half with an 8:1 rally to post a 38:36 advantage. The teams stayed close throughout the third period. But it was Txemi Urtasun who made the difference. He knocked down four points late in the period to give Cajasol a 58:52 lead. Nymburk were down by just four points midway through the fourth term but Louis Bullock and Satoransky fired from afar and then Ivanov buried another jumper to make it 83:71 for Cajasol with under three minutes to go. Nymburk could not recover as the visitors cruised to the win at the end. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) produced 11 points for Cajasol. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) posted 16 points in the loss.

Nymburk: Ales Chan 29, Chester Simmons 16
Cajasol: Louis Bullock 17, Paul Davis 17, Txemi Urtasun 17



Estudiantes fire past PAOK in Madrid - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - PAOK 88:77

Estudiantes celebrated the first EuroCup victory in the new season. The Madrid outfit shot down visiting PAOK. Pancho Jasen (199-G-78) knocked down 16 points to lead the effort.
PAOK bravely entered the game scoring four points in a row. However Gabriel and Granger gave the lead to Estudiantes and the Spanish team rolled to a 17:14 advantage at the first break. The lead changed hands several times throughout the second frame. Estudiantes finally came out winners as they recorded a 37:33 halftime advantage. Tyrone Ellis ignited an 8:0 run from Estudiantes midway through the third stanza as the hosts grabbed a 55:45 cushion. PAOK regained composure as they trimmed the distance to only 5 points 52:57 with one quarter to go. Clark and Blanch dragged Estudiantes to a 12-point lead in the middle of the fourth quarter. PAOK clipped the deficit at 8 points but a three-pointer from Gabriel calmed things down as Estudiantes cruised to the win at the end.
Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) produced 13 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Estudiantes. Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan) had 12 points in the winning case. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) tallied impressive 24 points and 17 rebounds for PAOK. Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: Pancho Jasen 16, Nik Caner-Medley 13, Josh Asselin 12
PAOK: Lazaros Papadopoulos 24+17 boards, Todor Gechevski 15



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Amaizing Sodertalje,Experienced Norrkoping and LF basket! - by Johan Anderson
Amaizing Sodertalje Kings,Experienced Norrkoping Dolphins and LF Basket !
After nine rounds of BasketLigan one can immediately notice quality of certain teams and weakness of others. However, we are only through the nine games of
the championship and there will be more ups and downs in all teams.
Sodertalje Kings is definitely the most pleasant surprise of the championship with several very young players and with not that strong roster, they play great
defence while their attack is also quite effective.Rookie Coach Vedran Bosnic can be very satisfied with his work and how he leads the team.
What can be noticed at the moment is individual strength of Norrkoping Dolphins. There are many experienced players who are well acquainted with one another in this team.
What gives them even more quality and respect in Sweden is their participation in BBL and Euro Chaling.
LF Basket will run for gold this year too. It is a great group of players filling all the positions. National PG Rudy Mbemba (181-G-87) (181-G-87) leads this team in almost
every statistical category.
Sundsvall Dragons headed by Liam Rush (202-F/G-82) and Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple), who led them to win the championship two years ago, is one of the greatest potential gold winners this year.
Solna Vikings's playing is unstable, but as they play more they will certainly become a team which will be difficult to beat. Myrthil Leslie is getting better
and better and that gives strength to Solna Vikings.
Uppsala Basket is a team that has already changed his first PG Hoard Frier for Benjamin Smith (178-G-87, college: Jacksonville). The Coaches believe that this will bring better results for Upssala in the continuation of the championship since it has a good Team.
08 Stockholm have three victories so far and they hope that if they continue to play at this pace that they will be able to fight for a play off.
Boras Basket will have to start playing better because they now have a very solid roster and a new acquisition in Christopher Mc Knight, which should enable them
to be gain more wins.
A similar situation with KFUM Jamtland Basket, who now have Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union) as well.
Eco Orebro is a team with one victory and a lot of quality games. If they improve their playing in the attack they may hope for a better placement.
It will be very interesting to follow what the continuation of the championship will bring.



Basketligan Round 9: Uppsala defeats 08 in the closest game of the round - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 9 was a very close only two-point road defeat of 7th ranked 08 to fifth ranked Uppsala 77-79. Guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) stepped up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Icelandic swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) helped with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Ugandan guard Kassim Nagwere (187-90) with 26 points. Coach Arild Beck tried in this game 10 players saving starting five for next games. That victory allowed Uppsala (5-4) to climb to fourth place. They share it with Sundsvall. 08 (3-6) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their sixth loss. Uppsala are looking forward to the next round to face Solna (#6) in Solna. 08 will play on the road against league's leader Sodertalje hoping to prove their supporters that this time they can win.
Very significant was LF Basket's (#3) 93-82 road victory against second-best Norrkoping. Former international guard Martin Pahlmblad (193-86) nailed 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and John Rosendahl accounted for 25 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) came up with double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds for Norrkoping in defeat. That victory allowed LF Basket (7-2) to climb to second place. They share it with defeated Norrkoping. LF Basket's next round game will be against Jamtland (#9) at Jamtland which should be an easy walk for them. Norrkoping will play on the road against Boras (#7) to get back on winning track.
Quite upsetting was Sundsvall's home defeat in a game versus Sodertalje who outplayed hosts 89-83. The biggest contributor to a victory was Johnell Smith with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Hlynur Baeringsson who recorded double-double 16 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. That victory allowed Sodertalje (8-1) to keep a leadership position. Sundsvall (5-4) on the other side took fourth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Sodertalje will meet next round on the road 08 (#8) which should be an easy walk for them. Sundsvall will play against Eco Orebro (#) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Sundsvall (#4) crushed in an easy home game 6th ranked Solna with 21-point difference (biggest in this round) 95-74. It was a good game for Johan Jeansson (197-G-85) who lead his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!). Both coaches used bench players allowing starting five to get some rest. Despite the victory Sundsvall (5-4) stays at fourth position. Solna (4-5) on the other side took sixth place as they recorded their fifth loss. Sundsvall's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Eco Orebro (#10) in Orebro which should be theoretically another easy game. Solna will play at home against Uppsala (#).
Let's mention also Jamtland's home win over 8th ranked Boras 84-74. Darius Hargrove stepped up with double-double 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Coach Pat Ryan let to play 10 players. That victory allowed Jamtland (2-7) to climb to ninth place. Boras (3-6) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their sixth loss. Jamtland will face next round league's second-placed LF Basket at Lulea and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

In the last game of round 9 Eco Orebro lost to Solna on the opponent's court 78-85.


Solna - Eco Orebro 85-78
Very expected game when 10th ranked Eco Orebro (1-8) was defeated by sixth ranked Solna (4-5) 85-78. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and former international forward Lesli Myrthil (200-77, college: Wagner) helped with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American guard Leonard Mosley (196-79, college: Oklahoma Baptist) with 20 points and forward Jesper Andersson (202-86) with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the victory Solna (4-5) stays at sixth position. Eco Orebro (1-8) on the other side took tenth place as they recorded their eighth loss. Solna are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Uppsala (#5) in Uppsala and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Eco Orebro will play at home against Sundsvall (#4) hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Solna Vikings: L.Gunnarsson 24+2reb+1ast, L.Myrthil 16+7reb+1ast, J.Nystrom 14+4reb+4ast, W.Walker 12+7reb, L.Kosmalski 9+8reb, O.Ilunga 6+5ast
Eco Orebro: L.Mosley 20+3reb+2ast, J.Andersson 15+9reb, A.Pleick 11+4reb+5ast, P.Hampton 9+5reb+1ast, S.Smith 9+1reb+3ast, P.Cipriano 8+8reb+1ast


Norrkoping - LF Basket 82-93
Very significant was LF Basket's (#3) 93-82 road victory against second-best Norrkoping. Former international guard Martin Pahlmblad (193-86) nailed 26 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and former international power forward John Rosendahl (203-77, college: Wyoming) accounted for 25 points and 5 rebounds. International power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) came up with double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds and American guard George Gervin (189-76, college: Houston) added 10 points and 5 assists for Norrkoping in defeat. That victory allowed LF Basket (7-2) to climb to second place. They share it with defeated Norrkoping. LF Basket's next round game will be against Jamtland (#9) at Jamtland which should be an easy walk for them. Norrkoping will play on the road against Boras (#7) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
LF Basket: M.Pahlmblad 26+5reb, J.Rosendahl 25+5reb+1ast, T.Levett 15+12reb+2ast, R.Mbemba 10+8reb+11ast, G.Nystrom 8, J.Akesson 5+6reb
Norrkoping Dolphins: J.Kjellbom 16+10reb+3ast, P.Sakinis 10+1reb, G.Gervin 10+4reb+5ast, O.Ayuba 10+4reb+1ast, A.Saks 10+8reb, A.Mitchell 8+3reb+2ast


Uppsala - 08 79-77
The most interesting game of round 9 was a very close only two-point road defeat of 7th ranked 08 to fifth ranked Uppsala 77-79. Guard Rickard Eriksson (190-82, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) stepped up with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Icelandic swingman Helgi Magnusson (198-82, college: Catawba) helped with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Ugandan guard Kassim Nagwere (187-90) with 26 points. Coach Arild Beck tried in this game 10 players saving starting five for next games. That victory allowed Uppsala (5-4) to climb to fourth place. They share it with Sundsvall. 08 (3-6) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their sixth loss. Uppsala are looking forward to the next round to face Solna (#6) in Solna. 08 will play on the road against league's leader Sodertalje hoping to prove their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Uppsala Basket: R.Eriksson 19+6reb+4ast, H.Magnusson 16+7reb, B.Smith 14+3reb+5ast, M.Kohlmaier 14+7reb+1ast, T.Whitworth 7+3reb+1ast, J.Jonsson 6+3reb+3ast
08 Stockholm: K.Nagwere 26+2reb+2ast, J.Blom 16+5reb+3ast, J.Westerlund 11+4reb+3ast, N.Hedstrom 8+2reb, F.Odada 6+3reb, W.Beck 6+3reb+4ast


Sundsvall - Solna 95-74
Sundsvall (#4) crushed in an easy home game 6th ranked Solna with 21-point difference (biggest in this round) 95-74. It was a good game for former international guard Johan Jeansson (197-85) who lead his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!). American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agent: Ruud Harrewijn) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. American forward William Walker (201-87, college: Bethel (IN), agent: Chris Warren) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Logan Kosmalski (203-81, college: Davidson) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for Solna. Both coaches used bench players allowing starting five to get some rest.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall Dragons: J.Jeansson 35+3reb, A.Wesby 15+4reb+7ast, L.Rush 13+4reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 11+2reb+3ast, A.Nilsson 6+2reb, H.Baeringsson 5+13reb+4ast
Solna Vikings: W.Walker 14+5reb+2ast, J.Nystrom 13+2reb, L.Kosmalski 13+5reb, L.Gunnarsson 9+2reb+1ast, O.Ilunga 8+4reb+2ast, L.Myrthil 5+3reb+3ast


Jamtland - Boras 84-74
Let's mention also Jamtland's home win over 8th ranked Boras 84-74. American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agent: Goran Gramatikov) stepped up with double-double 21 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agent: Side Court) helped with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) with 26 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Kellen McCoy (168-87, college: Weber St.) with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Coach Pat Ryan let to play 10 players. That victory allowed Jamtland (2-7) to climb to ninth place. Boras (3-6) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their sixth loss. Jamtland will face next round league's second-placed LF Basket at Lulea and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
KFUM Jamtland Basket: D.Hargrove 21+11reb+5ast, D.Klaric 18+10reb+5ast, B.Salaam 17+3reb, S.Mjos 15+3ast, J.Roenstrom 9+2reb+1ast, S.Hellgren 4+3reb+7ast
Boras Basket: C.McKnight 26+7reb+3ast, K.McCoy 20+6reb+5ast, H.Carlsson 11+1reb, R.Ryan 7+2reb+2ast, S.Andreasen 4+8reb+2ast, A.Andersson 3+3ast


Sundsvall - Sodertalje 83-89
Quite upsetting was Sundsvall's home defeat in a game versus Sodertalje who outplayed hosts 89-83. The biggest contributor to a victory was Johnell Smith with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Hlynur Baeringsson who recorded double-double 16 points, 15 rebounds and 7 assists. That victory allowed Sodertalje (8-1) to keep a leadership position. Sundsvall (5-4) on the other side took fourth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Sodertalje will meet next round on the road 08 (#8) which should be an easy walk for them. Sundsvall will play against Eco Orebro (#) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Sodertalje Kings: J.Smith 24+5reb+5ast, D.Pita 17+1reb+2ast, W.Galick 17+7reb, A.Wikner-Nordberg 13+6reb, M.Griskenas 6, T.Skripkauskas 5+4reb+1ast
Sundsvall Dragons: L.Rush 26+8reb+2ast, A.Wesby 19+4reb+2ast, H.Baeringsson 16+15reb+7ast, J.Jeansson 12+2reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 6+2reb+4ast, J.Pierre 4+2reb+2ast




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. Sodertalje 8-1 
 2. LF Basket 7-2 
 3. Norrkoping 7-2 
 4. Sundsvall 5-4 
 5. Uppsala 5-4 
 6. Solna 4-5 
 7. Boras 3-6 
 8. 08 3-6 
 9. Jamtland 2-7 
 10. Eco Orebro 1-8 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Smith, Sodertalje22.2 
 2. Rush, Sundsvall21.1 
 3. McCoy, Boras19.9 
 4. Gunnarsson, Solna19.0 
 5. Levett, LF Basket18.9 
 6. Klaric, Jamtland18.8 
 7. Ryan, Boras18.7 
 8. Jeansson, Sundsvall17.1 
 9. Palm, Boras17.1 
 10. Blom, 0817.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.13.8 
 2. Kosmalski, Solna9.6 
 3. Walker, Solna9.0 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.4 
 5. Galick, Sodertalje8.1 
 6. Palm, Boras8.0 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.9 
 8. Klaric, Jamtland7.6 
 9. Jonzen, Uppsala7.5 
 10. Hargrove, Jamtland7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.4 
 2. Beck, 085.6 
 3. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.3 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje4.8 
 5. Smith, Sodertalje4.8 
 6. Ilunga, Solna4.7 
 7. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.4 
 9. Pierre, Sundsvall3.9 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Sodertalje5.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.4 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall2.6 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland2.5 
 5. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.3 
 6. McCoy, Boras2.0 
 7. Callier, Jamtland2.0 
 8. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping1.8 
 10. Ryan, Boras1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Palm, Boras1.9 
 2. Salaam, Jamtland1.9 
 3. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.8 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.3 
 7. Galick, Sodertalje1.1 
 8. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.0 
 9. Saks, Norrkoping1.0 
 10. Levett, LF Basket1.0 


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 7-0 
 2. Haga Haninge 6-1 
 3. Taby 6-1 
 4. Lulea Steel 4-2 
 5. Akropol 4-3 
 6. Blackeberg 3-4 
 7. Orongo 3-4 
 8. Talje 2-4 
 9. Hallsta 2-5 
 10. Uppsala KFUM 2-5 
 11. BG Lulea 1-6 
 12. Lidingo 1-6 
South
 1. Nassjo 6-0 
 2. Helsingborg 6-2 
 3. Hoganas 5-2 
 4. Srbija 4-2 
 5. Sanda 4-3 
 6. Fryshuset 3-1 
 7. Norrkoping BK 3-3 
 8. Malbas 3-4 
 9. Kvarnby 2-5 
 10. Brahe Basket 1-5 
 11. Eos 1-6 
 12. Solna Branten 1-6 


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Taiwan 1-1 in Asian Games men's basketball - by Chris Wang
Taiwan had an easy 93-66 win over India after losing to Japan 63-57 in the opener to split its first two games of the 2010 Asian Games men's basketball competition in Guangzhou, China.

On Wednesday, Lin Chih-chieh had 23 points and Tien added 20 in the rout. Yang Ching-min scored 13 pooints and point guard Lee Hsueh-lin dished out 10 assists to go with five points.

India was led by Jagdeep Singh's 22 points.

Taiwan was not so fortunate the previous night, when it committed 15 turnovers against Japan, which took advantage of Taiwan's carelessness for 14 fastbreak points. Japan also dominated the paint, scoring 44 points in the restricted area against Taiwan's 24.

Taiwan managed to pull within 24-23 at the half after a dismal first quarter, during which it only scored seven points. However, the team could not match up against the more prepared Japanese inside, especially after losing starting center Tseng Wen-ting, who didn't go to Guangzhou with the team due to injury.

Ryota Sakurai scored nine of his 12 points in the crucial fourth quarter to lift Japan for the victory. Joji Takeuchi paced the team with 15 points and 13 rebounds while his twin brother Kosuke Takeuchi also had a double-double of 13 points and 10 boards.

Yuta Tabuse had 10 points for the winner.

Taiwan has to finish in the top four of the six-team Group F to advance to the knockout quarterfinal round. After the loss to Japan, it needs to beat at least one team among Qatar, Iran and the Philippines to ensure the knockout round berth.

Asian Games standings as of Nov. 17

Group E
South Korea 2-0
China 2-0
Jordan 1-1
Mongolia 101
North Korea 0-2
Uzbekistan 0-2

Group F
Japan 2-0
Qatar 1-1
Taiwan 1-1
Iran 1-1
Philippines 1-1
India 0-2



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Usak Universitesi brought Jon Smith - by Sarp Kunter
After the unlucky injury - stress fracture- of the successful bigmen Miguel Morton (208-F-83, college: Columbus St.), Usak Universitesi agreed with Jonathan Smith (206-F-82, college: Bowie St.) to fill their center spot. he is an experienced bigmen, who has solid performances in South Korea, Portugal and lastly in Mexican side Fuerza Regia . He has a strong start and give the signs that he will lift the team's promotion hopes with a solid 25 points and 8 rebounds , against one of the best bigmen duo's in TB2L , namely Marko Kolaric and Ufuk Gurgen

Fenerbahce Ulker faces Cholet Basket - by Umut Akin
In the opening day of Turkish Airlines Euroleague week 5, the last undefeated team of the tournament, Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul faces French Champions Cholet Basket. Fenerbahce squad misses point guard Engin Atsur (194-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.) and big man Gasper Vidmar (209-C/F-87, agency: Interperformances), both of them with long term injuries. It is expected that absence of starting center Gasper Vidmar will give Oguz Savas (208-C-87) and Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) extra playing time. Also, Euroleague all time leading rebounder Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) will undertake a harder role in tonight's game. Decision about Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) and Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) of Cholet Basket will be done before the match.

Before the meeting, Fenerbahce tops group C with a record of 4/4 and Cholet Basket is 4th with 2 wins and 2 loses. It should be noted that Cholet Basket is on a 2 game winning streak and has the home court advantage.


Galatasaray eke out win in Groningen - by Eurobasket News
GasTerra Flames - Galatasaray 65:66

Galatasaray came from behind in the final minutes of regulation to snatch a narrow road win over GasTerra Flames in Groningen. The teams played their opener in EuroCup Group E. Preston Shumpers knocked down five free-throws in the dying seconds to seal the winning outcome for the Turkish team.
Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) was the main man for GasTerra Flames in the opening quarter. He helped the Dutch team accumulate a 20:8 lead. Groningen stayed in charge and secured a 22:11 advantage after ten minutes. Otten and Roye fired from downtown early in the second frame as the margin grew at 17-point mark 30:13. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) stepped up for Galatasaray at this point stopping the rot and narrowing the distance at 9-point mark at halftime 34:43. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) delivered 7 points in a 9:0 run from Galatasaray at the beginning of the second half. However Matt Haryasz and Jason Ellis quickly turned things the hosts way as Groningen grabbed a 52:44 lead at the final intermission. GasTerra Flames entered the final three minutes of the clash leading by 8 points 61:53. Radoslav Rancik narrowed the gap to only two points 61:59. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) and Topaloglu followed with a bunch of free throws and all of a sudden it was Galatasaray who celebrated the victory.
Radoslav Rancik accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds to lead Galatasaray. Preston Shumpert added 15 points in the win. Steve Ross (201-G/F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Santa Clara) replied with 15 points and 7 rebounds for GasTerra Flames. Matt Haryasz delivered 12 points in the loss.

GasTerra Flames: Steve Ross 15, Matt Haryasz 12
Galatasaray: Radoslav Rancik 16, Preston Shumpert 15, Joshua Shipp 10



TB2L Round 5: Vestel is defeated by Orman Genc - by Eurobasket News
The most important game of Round 5 in TB2L was first loss of undefeated (so far) Vestel. They lost on the road to Orman Genc 67-72, who became the only perfect team in Group A. Power forward Serdar Unsur (205-C/F-82) stepped up with double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Timucin Yener (180-84) helped with 18 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) responded with double-double 22 points and 15 rebounds. Murat Polat tried in this game 10 players saving starting five for next games. Orman Genc has an impressive series of five victories in a row. They stay at first position. Vestel (4-1) on the other side took second place as they recorded their first loss. Vestel will play next round against Pertevniyal trying to get back on winning track. Orman Genc will try to continue on it's current victory against sixth ranked Istanbul B.B. in Istanbul.
Very significant was Usak's (#4) just 2-point home victory against second-ranked Genc Banvit 68-66 ending at the same time the series of four consecutive victories of Genc Banvit. American forward Larry Smith (193-83, college: Post) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and Cem Coskun accounted for 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Erolcan Cinko (188-90) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds for Genc Banvit in defeat. Both coaches used bench players allowing starting five to get some rest. That victory allowed Usak (4-1) to climb to second place. They share it with 5 other teams including Genc Banvit. Usak's next round game will be against Genc Telekom (#7) at Ankara which should be theoretically an easy game. Genc Banvit will play at home against Final Genclik (#5) to get back on winning track.
Quite upsetting was Genc Telekom's road defeat in a game versus Adanaspor who outsmarted guests 62-61. The best player for the winner was Baris Yalman who had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Yunus Akcay produced 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Despite the victory Adanaspor (2-3) stays at seventh position. Adanaspor will meet next round on the road FMV Isikspor (#11). Genc Telekom will play against Usak (#3) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Gaziantep crushed in an easy home game Beykoz with 26-point difference (biggest in this round) 82-56. Jamal Boykin orchestrated the victory with double-double 22 points and 10 rebounds. That victory allowed Gaziantep (4-1) to climb to second place in a very successful first year in TB2L. They share that position with 5 other teams. Beykoz (1-4) on the other side took tenth place. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Akhisar Bld (#18) in Akhisar which should be another easy walk for them. Beykoz will play at home against Optimum TED (#13).
Let's mention also Pertevniyal's home win over bottom-ranked Izmir B.B. 67-59. Ali Isik stepped up with double-double 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Pertevniyal celebrated their first victory after 4 consecutive losses, while for Izmir B.B. it was their loss in a row. Despite the victory Pertevniyal (1-4) stays at tenth position. Another loss means that Izmir B.B. is still at the bottom of the standings. Pertevniyal will face next round league's second-placed Vestel at Manisa and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Izmir B.B. will play at home against Darussafaka (#9) hoping to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5: Istanbul B.B. lost to Final Genclik on the opponent's court 58-70. Darussafaka managed to outperform FMV Isikspor in a home game 87-75. Hacettepe Univ. managed to beat Gelisim on the road 81-74. Kepez Bld defeated Akhisar Bld at it's own court 70-61. ITU was beaten by TED Istanbul in Ankara 90-96. Istanbulspor lost to Basaksehir at home 71-73. Selcuk Univ. lost to undefeated Optimum TED on the opponent's court 69-77.


Group A
Pertevniyal - Izmir B.B. 67-59
Let's mention also Pertevniyal's home win over bottom-ranked Izmir B.B. 67-59. Ali Isik stepped up with double-double 16 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Pertevniyal celebrated their first victory after 4 consecutive losses, while for Izmir B.B. it was their loss in a row. Despite the victory Pertevniyal (1-4) stays at tenth position. Another loss means that Izmir B.B. is still at the bottom of the standings. Pertevniyal will face next round league's second-placed Vestel at Manisa and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Izmir B.B. will play at home against Darussafaka (#9) hoping to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Pertevniyal Istanbul: S.Yikilmaz 16+6reb+4ast, A.Isik 16+15reb+1ast, R.Tekin 11+3reb+1ast, C.Osman 9+1reb, Y.Can 7+2reb+1ast, B.Can 6+5reb+2ast
Izmir Buyuksehir Belediyesi: V.Volkan Basaran 16+10reb+1ast, K.Dinler 10+3reb+1ast, F.Deniz 9+6reb+3ast, O.Yildirim 8+6reb, O.Celik 6+4reb+2ast, A.Dogus Saribay 6+3reb


Orman Genc - Vestel 72-67
The most important game of Round 5 in TB2L was first loss of undefeated (so far) Vestel. They lost on the road to Orman Genc 67-72, who became the only perfect team in Group A. Power forward Serdar Unsur (205-82) stepped up with double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Timucin Yener (180-84) helped with 18 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Arthur Johnson (206-81, college: Missouri) responded with double-double 22 points and 15 rebounds. Murat Polat tried in this game 10 players saving starting five for next games. Orman Genc has an impressive series of five victories in a row. They stay at first position. Vestel (4-1) on the other side took second place as they recorded their first loss. Vestel will play next round against Pertevniyal trying to get back on winning track. Orman Genc will try to continue on it's current victory against sixth ranked Istanbul B.B. in Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Ormanspor Genc Ankara: T.Yener 18+5reb+2ast, S.Unsur 14+11reb+1ast, R.Wright 12+10reb, M.Sinan 10+3reb+3ast, B.Demirci 7+2reb+2ast, O.Nart 5+1reb+1ast
Vestelspor Manisa: A.Johnson 22+15reb+2ast, H.Erol 11+5reb+1ast, H.Cantopcu 9+2reb+2ast, H.Gungor 9+5reb+1ast, M.Gorur 6+1ast, B.Gacemer 5+5reb+2ast


Adanaspor - Genc Telekom 62-61
Quite upsetting was Genc Telekom's road defeat in a game versus Adanaspor who outsmarted guests 62-61. The best player for the winner was Baris Yalman () who had 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. American power forward Jamil Terell (200-80, college: W.Texas A&M) helped with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Yunus Akcay (-89) produced 13 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Gokhan Karabiyik (205-88) added 15 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Despite the victory Adanaspor (2-3) stays at seventh position. Adanaspor will meet next round on the road FMV Isikspor (#11). Genc Telekom will play against Usak (#3) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Adanaspor: B.Yalman 17+7reb+4ast, V.Tokcan 12+6reb+2ast, J.Terell 8+10reb+4ast, A.Kislitsin 7+3reb, U.Koksal 7+1reb+1ast, E.Koc 6+2reb+2ast
Genc Telekom: G.Karabiyik 15+6reb+1ast, Y.Akcay 13+6reb+3ast, M.Goktas 9+6reb+3ast, I.Gokalp 9+3reb+1ast, M.Erensoy 4+4reb, C.Coskun 4+2reb


Usak - Genc Banvit 68-66
Very significant was Usak's (#4) just 2-point home victory against second-ranked Genc Banvit 68-66 ending at the same time the series of four consecutive victories of Genc Banvit. American forward Larry Smith (193-83, college: Post) nailed 25 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and center Cem Coskun (209-87) accounted for 8 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Erolcan Cinko (188-90) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds and center Ufuk Gurgen (205-77) added 13 points and 6 rebounds for Genc Banvit in defeat. Both coaches used bench players allowing starting five to get some rest. That victory allowed Usak (4-1) to climb to second place. They share it with 5 other teams including Genc Banvit. Usak's next round game will be against Genc Telekom (#7) at Ankara which should be theoretically an easy game. Genc Banvit will play at home against Final Genclik (#5) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Usak Universitesi: L.Smith 25+8reb, U.Yanar 11+1reb+3ast, G.Sunter 9+4reb+1ast, C.Coskun 8+5reb+4ast, E.Sinanoglu 5+3reb+3ast, I.Esmeray 4+1reb+1ast
Genc Banvitliler: E.Cinko 16+5reb+3ast, U.Gurgen 13+6reb+3ast, A.Canititiz 11+4reb, B.Yonder 7+4reb+3ast, M.Kolaric 6+6reb, M.Turkyilmaz 5+2reb


Final Genclik - Istanbul B.B. 70-58
Very expected game in Bursa where 6th ranked Istanbul B.B. (3-2) was defeated by fifth ranked Final Genclik (3-2) 70-58. Costa Rican center Hernold Gardener (205-82, college: Lon Morris JC) stepped up with double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and forward Muratcan Esen (195-90) helped with 16 points. Guard Erden Eryuz (188-80) responded with double-double 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American center Dane Johnson (208-86, college: Hofstra) with 11 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the victory Final Genclik (3-2) stays at fifth position. Final Genclik are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Genc Banvit (#4) in Balikesir and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Istanbul B.B. will play at home against league's new leader Orman Genc hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Final Genclik: M.Esen 16+3reb+1ast, G.Senol 14+3reb+3ast, B.Yilmaz 12+6reb+2ast, H.Gardener 10+10reb, H.Guler 6+5reb, E.Karalar 4+3reb
Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi: E.Eryuz 14+10reb+4ast, S.Sahin 12+6reb+2ast, D.Johnson 11+9reb, I.Daloglu 6+1reb+2ast, A.Ozer 5+1reb, R.Dogrusoz 3+2reb+1ast


Darussafaka - FMV Isikspor 87-75
Very predictable result in Istanbul where ninth ranked Darussafaka (2-3) defeated bottom-ranked FMV Isikspor (0-5) in Istanbul 87-75. American guard Brandon Gordon (201-85, college: Alabama St., agent: Murat Asik) stepped up with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and guard Yunus Sonsirma (192-92) helped with 21 points. Sudanese forward Ater Majok (208-87, college: Connecticut) responded with double-double 13 points and 13 rebounds and guard Muhammed Baygul (191-92) with 15 points and 6 rebounds. That victory allowed Darussafaka (2-3) to climb to seventh place. They share it with 5 other teams. Fifth consecutive loss means that FMV Isikspor is still at the bottom of the standings. Darussafaka are looking forward to the next round to face Izmir B.B. (#12) in Izmir which should be theoretically an easy game. FMV Isikspor will play at home against Adanaspor hoping to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul: B.Gordon 24+9reb+4ast, Y.Sonsirma 21+1reb+2ast, A.Turgut 15+7reb+1ast, E.Elhan 12+8reb+1ast, B.Selen 10+11reb+2ast, U.Yilmaz 5+5reb
FMV Isikspor Istanbul: S.Ugur 20+1reb+2ast, M.Baygul 15+6reb+3ast, A.Majok 13+13reb, K.Tutuncu 9+2ast, E.Yoldas 9+8reb+3ast, G.Tokatli 6+1reb+1ast


Group B
Gelisim - Hacettepe Univ. 74-81
Not a big story in a game in Izmir where Gelisim (3-2) was defeated by Hacettepe Univ. (4-1) 81-74. American power forward Jermaine Dearman (202-80, college: S.Illinois) stepped up with 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and guard Caner Erdeniz (188-87) helped with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Can Terzioglu (196-86) responded with 18 points and guard Sercan Topcu (185-85) with 17 points (made all of his six free throws). Hacettepe Univ. has an impressive series of third victories in a row. That victory allowed Hacettepe Univ. (4-1) to climb to second place. They share it with 5 other teams. Gelisim (3-2) on the other side took fifth place as they recorded their second loss. Hacettepe Univ. are looking forward to the next round to face Kepez Bld (#16) in Antalya which should be an easy walk for them. Gelisim will play at home against ITU (#23) hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Hacettepe University: J.Dearman 22+7reb, C.Erdeniz 15+5reb+4ast, M.Yavsaner 11+2reb, G.Orcun Tunca 11+1reb, D.Yannier 7+1reb+1ast, K.Sems Tunceri 5+2reb+3ast
Gelisim Koleji: C.Terzioglu 18+2reb+2ast, S.Topcu 17+2reb+2ast, O.Kaya 11+4reb+1ast, C.Mumcuogullari 11+4reb, J.Miller 10+8reb+1ast, T.Orge 5+2reb+4ast


Kepez Bld - Akhisar Bld 70-61
Everything went according to plan in Antalya where Kepez Bld (4-1) beat Akhisar Bld (2-3) 70-61. American guard Marcus Hall (185-85, college: Colorado) stepped up with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners and swingman Ogun Sevinc (198-88, agent: Murat Yenal) helped with 18 points. American forward Cyrus McGowan (206, college: Miami (FL)) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and guard Berkay Sahillioglu (183-88) with 13 points and 6 assists. Kepez Bld has an impressive series of third victories in a row comparing to three losses in the same number of last games by Akhisar Bld. That victory allowed Kepez Bld (4-1) to climb to second place. They hope to stay in the league just for one year after relegation. Kepez Bld share that position with 5 other teams. Akhisar Bld (2-3) on the other side took seventh place. Kepez Bld are looking forward to the next round to face Hacettepe Univ. (#15) in Ankara which should be an easy walk for them. Akhisar Bld will play at home against Gaziantep (#14) hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Kepez Bld Antalya: O.Sevinc 18+4reb+2ast, M.Hall 17+6reb+6ast, A.Ozdemir 9+5reb+2ast, C.Amasyali 8+2reb+1ast, U.Durmus 7+8reb, S.Eris 5+1reb+4ast
Akhisar Belediye: C.McGowan 13+8reb+1ast, B.Sahillioglu 13+1reb+6ast, L.Demirci 11+2reb, E.Gul 11+4reb+1ast, G.Esmer 5+3reb, E.Yenice 4+2reb+1ast


Gaziantep - Beykoz 82-56
Gaziantep crushed in an easy home game Beykoz with 26-point difference (biggest in this round) 82-56. Jamal Boykin orchestrated the victory with double-double 22 points and 10 rebounds. That victory allowed Gaziantep (4-1) to climb to second place in a very successful first year in TB2L. They share that position with 5 other teams. Beykoz (1-4) on the other side took tenth place. Gaziantep's next round opponent will be Akhisar Bld (#18) in Akhisar which should be another easy walk for them. Beykoz will play at home against Optimum TED (#13).
Top scorers:
Gaziantepspor: M.Dogan 22+3reb+2ast, J.Boykin 22+10reb+1ast, M.Akdogan 11+3reb+1ast, C.Delicay 7+2reb+7ast, A.Cetinkaya 6+2reb+1ast, V.Ertetik 6+5reb+4ast
TTNET Beykozspor: E.Bayrak 14+4reb, O.Sarisoy 9+5reb, A.Sogancioglu 8+3reb+2ast, N.Kaba 7+2reb+1ast, D.Keskin 7+1reb, E.Inan 3+4reb+3ast


TED Istanbul - ITU 96-90
ITU (1-4) was defeated by TED Istanbul (1-4) on the road 96-90. Guard Admir Kan (185-83) stepped up with double-double 23 points and 10 assists for the winners and naturalized Bulgarian forward Musa Gunes (200-85) helped with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Former international forward Tolga Tekinalp (202-74, agent: Murat Yenal) responded with 26 points and 7 rebounds and guard Omer Kahyaoglu (190-79) with 14 points. Ertug Tuzcukaya let to play 11 players allowing starting five to get some rest. TED Istanbul celebrated their first victory after 4 consecutive losses. That victory allowed TED Istanbul (1-4) to climb to tenth place. They share it with 4 other teams including ITU. TED Istanbul's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena Basaksehir.
Top scorers:
Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul: A.Kan 23+2reb+10ast, S.Caglan 20+5reb, M.Gunes 19+8reb+1ast, M.Baras 14+2reb+2ast, K.Clarkson 10+3reb+1ast, G.Naldoven 5+2reb+2ast
ITU Istanbul: T.Tekinalp 26+7reb+2ast, O.Kahyaoglu 14+2reb+3ast, O.Aksoy 12+2reb+1ast, H.Ozkan 11+4reb+2ast, S.Piskin 11+3reb+2ast, D.Mims 8+5reb+1ast


Istanbulspor - Basaksehir 71-73
No shocking result in a game when Basaksehir (2-3) edged Istanbulspor (1-4) 73-71. Power forward Tyrus Boswell (202-78, college: Ky Wesleyan) stepped up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and guard Baris Erdogan (175-84) helped with 14 points. American center Steven Toyloy (203-87, college: Cincinnati) responded with double-double 11 points and 18 rebounds and guard Onur Sonsirma (190-85) with 19 points. Both coaches used bench players allowing starting five to get some rest. That victory allowed Basaksehir (2-3) to climb to seventh place their first year in TB2L. They share that position with 5 other teams. Istanbulspor (1-4) on the other side took tenth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Basaksehir's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Istanbul to the arena TED Istanbul.
Top scorers:
Basaksehir: T.Boswell 16+6reb, B.Erdogan 14+2reb+3ast, A.Yilmaz 13+3reb+1ast, O.Ozkundilli 10+1reb, T.Aktulgali 7+4reb+3ast, M.Yildizhan 6+7reb+3ast
Istanbulspor: O.Sonsirma 19+2reb+2ast, I.Demircioglu 15+3reb+1ast, S.Toyloy 11+18reb+1ast, N.Yildirim 9+5reb, O.Er 6+3reb, S.Hot 4+4reb+2ast


Optimum TED - Selcuk Univ. 77-69
Very expected game in Ankara where Selcuk Univ. (2-3) was defeated by Optimum TED (5-0) 77-69. Forward Recai Ozturk (198-82) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and forward Emre Ozpulat (200-82) helped with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Hakan Yavuz used 10-player rotation allowing starting five to get some rest. Forward Cihat Sahin (203-83) responded with 10 points and 8 rebounds and guard Murat Yolcu (184-78) with 11 points. Optimum TED has an impressive series of fifth victories in a row comparing to three losses in the same number of last games by Selcuk Univ.. That victory allowed Optimum TED (5-0) to keep a leadership position. They share it with Orman Genc. Selcuk Univ. (2-3) on the other side took seventh place. Optimum TED are looking forward to the next round to face Beykoz (#21) in Istanbul which should be an easy walk for them. Selcuk Univ. will play at home against Istanbulspor (#22) hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Optimum TED Kolejliler Ankara: R.Ozturk 21+2reb+2ast, M.Nezih 15+3reb, B.Omer 11+1reb+3ast, E.Ozpulat 8+8reb+2ast, S.Kavut 6+3reb+1ast, O.Onver 6+1reb+3ast
Mutlu Aku Selcuk Universitesi Konya: M.Yolcu 11+3reb, C.Sahin 10+8reb+2ast, F.Aydemir 9+3reb+1ast, O.Akis 9+1reb, J.Peters 7+2reb+1ast, C.Senturk 5+5reb


Gordon's 24 points and 9 rebounds give him TB2L Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old guard Brandon Gordon (201-G-85, agency: EM-PA) put on an amazing game in the last round for Darussafaka C.Tires Istanbul and receives a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 24 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for Darussafaka in his team's victory, helping them to beat FMV Isikspor (#11, 0-5), the league's worst team 87-75. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Darussafaka maintains the 9th position in Turkish TB2L. Darussafaka is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. Gordon turned to be Darussafaka's top player in his first season with the team. Brandon Gordon averages this season 15.6ppg and 6.8rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) of league's second-best Vestelspor Manisa. He is American forward in his first season at Vestel. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Vestel lost that game 67-72 to league's leader Orman Genc (#1, 5-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Vestel still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 1st loss this season, while they won 4 other games. Johnson is a newcomer at Vestel and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.2ppg (#2). He also registered 14.6 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Jamal Boykin (203-F-87) of Gaziantepspor (#14). Boykin scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Gaziantep, leading his team to a 82-56 easy win against the lower-ranked Beykoz (#21, 1-4). Gaziantep is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Boykin has a great season in Turkey. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.2ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Hall (185-G-85) of Kepez Bld - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Soykan Yikilmaz (185-G-92) of Pertevniyal - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Steven Toyloy (203-C-87) of Istanbulspor - 11 points and 18 rebounds
7. Tolga Tekinalp (202-F-74) of ITU - 26 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Larry Smith (193-F-83) of Usak - 25 points and 8 rebounds
9. Ater Majok (208-F-87) of FMV Isikspor - 13 points and 13 rebounds
10. Admir Kan (185-G-83) of TED Istanbul - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists


Standings - TB2L
TB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Orman Genc 5-0 
 2. Vestel 4-1 
 3. Usak 4-1 
 4. Genc Banvit 4-1 
 5. Final Genclik 3-2 
 6. Istanbul B.B. 3-2 
 7. Genc Telekom 2-3 
 8. Adanaspor 2-3 
 9. Darussafaka 2-3 
 10. Pertevniyal 1-4 
 11. FMV Isikspor 0-5 
 12. Izmir B.B. 0-5 
Group B
 1. Optimum TED 5-0 
 2. Gaziantep 4-1 
 3. Hacettepe Univ. 4-1 
 4. Kepez Bld 4-1 
 5. Gelisim 3-2 
 6. Akhisar Bld 3-2 
 7. Basaksehir 2-3 
 8. Beykoz 2-3 
 9. Selcuk Univ. 2-3 
 10. Istanbulspor 1-4 
 11. ITU 0-5 
 12. TED Istanbul 0-5 


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Rakeem Christmas inks with Syracuse - by David Edole
SYRACUSE, N.Y- Syracuse head mens basketball coach Jim Boeheim has announced that Michael Carter-Williams, Rakeem Christmas, and Trevor Cooney have signed National Letters of Intent (NLI) to play for the Orange next season.
Christmas is a 6-9 center from Academy of the New Church. He is the top-rated center in the Class of 2011 according to ESPNU and Rivals.com. He is ranked 10th overall by ESPNU and 12th by Rivals.com. Christmas helped his club to the Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association (PAISAA) State semifinals last year. He averaged 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game according to MaxPreps.com. He is coached by Kevin Givens. He attended the LeBron James Skills Academy in July and competed at the fifth annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 in August.
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Webcasts Available For Paradise Jam - by David Edole
Men's basketball fans will be able to watch online webcasts of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nov. 19-22. Basketball Travelers Inc. and Fox Sports Net (FSN) announced on Tuesday their continued broadcast partnership for the 11th Annual Paradise Jam.

Fox Sports Net, with Brenda VanLengen announcing, will broadcast all 12 women's basketball games live online during the tournament. Live streaming will be available for a one-time fee of $3.99. The webcasts can be accessed here.

The eight NCAA division I mens basketball teams participating in the 11th annual event include Xavier, Alabama, Seton Hall, Clemson, Old Dominion, Iowa, Long Beach State and Saint Peters.

The 2010 Paradise Jam will tip off November 19 with Saint Peters playing Old Dominion at 2:00 pm, followed by Long Beach State vs Clemson at 4:30 pm, Alabama vs. Seton Hall at 7:00 PM and Iowa battling Xavier at 9:30 PM. All game times are Atlantic Standard Time (one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time). Two games will be played daily on November 20 (losing teams from Nov. 19th) and two more on November 21st (winning teams from Nov. 19th). The games on November 20th will be at 4:30 PM and 7:00 PM, followed at 9:30 PM by a local game pitting the University of the Virgin Islands against a university team from Puerto Rico. The winners bracket games on November 21st will be played at 7:00 PM and 9:30 PM. The final day of competition on November 22 will be structured similar to the first day, with game times set for 2:00 pm (7th & 8th place), 4:30 pm (4th & 6th place), and 7:00 pm (3rd & 5th place) with the championship game at 9:30 pm. All games will be played at the state-of-the-art University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas.


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Aris tame Ukrainian champions in Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
Aris - Azovmash 88:75

P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) poured in 28 points to lead Aris to the victory in EuroCup opener. The Greek powerhouse denied Azovmash in Thessaloniki for the first win in Group D.
Aris opened the game with four points in a row to set the tone. The hosts quickly ran away for a 19:8 lead. Azovmash managed to pull within 7 points at the first break 16:23. Aris triggered a 10:3 run to take a 33:19 lead midway through the second period. The visitors replied with a 9:0 run of their own and after one half of action the scoreboard read 40:32 in favor of Aris. Fred House organized an 8:0 run from Azovmash as they knotted things up at the start of the second half. Tapoutos and P.J. Tucker immediately answered for Aris and soon the Greeks were back in the drivers seat 55:44. Azovmash did not surrender as they trailed by just 5 points with one quarter remaining. P.J. Tucker and Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up for Aris in the fourth stanza sealing the deal and sending Azovmash to 0-1 record.
Dejan Borovnjak knocked down 17 points. Bryant Dunston (201-F/C-86) added 12 points in the victory. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) replied with 22 points for Azovmash. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) accounted for 16 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.

Aris: P.J. Tucker 28, Dejan Borovnjak 17, Bryant Dunston 12
Azovmash: Ramel Curry 22, Demetrius Alexander 16+12 boards



Budivelnyk mark EuroCup debut with road win in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 - Budivelnyk 58:62

Budivelnyk recorded their first EuroCup victory. They stunned Gran Canaria 2014 away from home in Group C. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) stepped up with 20 points to lead the Ukrainian vice-champions.
Budivelnyk stressed defense in the opening quarter. They played cautiously limiting Gran Canaria 2014 to only 11 points. The visitors in the meantime accumulated a 9-point lead after ten minutes. Gran Canaria 2014 responded in the second term as they held their opponents to 10 points and cut the distance at 8-point mark 22:30. Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) and Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) finally helped the home team get things rolling offensively in the third term. Gran Canaria notched 19 points and narrowed the gap to only 2 points heading into the fourth frame. But Budivelnyk persisted as they kept it cool in the final seconds and pulled away an important win at the end.
Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) scored 11 points for Budivelnyk. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) contributed 10 points and 7 boards in the win. Sitapha Savane replied with 13 points for Gran Canaria 2014. Taurean Green banked 11 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria 2014: Sitapha Savane 13, Taurean Green 11
Budivelnyk: William Keys 20, Zach Morley 11, Lamayne Wilson 10



Ukrainian clubs in European competitions - by Alexei Revenko
Eurochallange cup
Khimik-OPZ Yuzny - BK Ventspils 71:82 (18:19, 19:15, 17:28, 17:20)
In winners Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) scored 27 points and 8 rebounds, Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) 15 points and 10 rebounds, Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) 12 points + 7 reb. + 7 asissts.
In Ukrainian team Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) scored 13 points and 9 asissts, Travis Garrison (203-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Maryland) and Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) scored 13 pts.

Euro cup
Aris Thessaloniki - Azovmash Mariupol 88:75 (23:16, 17:16, 18:21, 30:22)
In winners most productive players was P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) with 28 points and 6 rebs, Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points, Bryant Dunston (201-F/C-86) 12 points.
In Azovmash Mariupol Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) 22 points and added 4 steals and 4 asissts, Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) 16 points + 12 rebounds and 5 asissts, Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) 13 points and 5 rebounds.


C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 - Budivelnyk Kyiv 58:62 (11:20 11:10 19:13 17:19)

In Ukrainian team Billy Keys 20 points, Morley 11




Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 12-2 
 2. Budivelnyk 10-3 
 3. Hoverla 9-4 
 4. Azovmash 8-5 
 5. Kryvbasbasket 8-5 
 6. Mykolaiv 8-6 
 7. BC Odessa 8-6 
 8. Ferro-ZNTU 6-8 
 9. Dnipro 5-7 
 10. Halychyna 4-9 
 11. DniproAzot 4-10 
 12. BC Kyiv 3-10 
 13. Khimik 2-12 


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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Bigua 15-4 
 2. Aguada 14-7 
 3. Trouville 14-9 
 4. Defensor 13-7 
 5. Malvin 13-7 
 6. Hebraica 13-8 
 7. Olimpia 10-10 
 8. Sayago 10-11 
 9. Anastasia 9-10 
 10. Welcome 9-13 
 11. Bohemios 8-11 
 12. Montevideo 8-12 
 13. Cordon 7-13 
 14. Un.Atletica 6-15 
 15. Cader 5-17 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Erron MAXEY
  Un.Atletica
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 31
 1. Maxey, Un.Atletica31.0 
 2. Villegas, Olimpia31.0 
 3. Cornley, Cader25.3 
 4. McGowan, Sayago25.0 
 5. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica24.5 
 7. Taboada, Bigua22.3 
 8. Martinez, Malvin22.3 
 9. Woodward, Defensor20.3 
 10. Elliott, Hebraica20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Gamble, Cader11.7 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Jackson, Anastasia11.2 
 4. Maxey, Un.Atletica11.0 
 5. Dilligard, Olimpia10.3 
 6. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.2 
 7. McGowan, Sayago10.0 
 8. Puckett, Aguada9.8 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios9.2 
 10. Wilborn, Bigua9.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Tornaria, Trouville5.8 
 2. Elliott, Hebraica5.7 
 3. Cambon, Bigua5.4 
 4. Vidal, Bigua5.1 
 5. Latham, Anastasia4.9 
 6. Gonzalez, Defensor4.9 
 7. Taboada, Bigua4.7 
 8. Martinez, Malvin4.7 
 9. Rivero, Montevideo4.7 
 10. Muro, Aguada4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Elliott, Hebraica2.8 
 2. Latham, Anastasia2.7 
 3. Rovira, Bigua2.5 
 4. Galeano, Olimpia2.4 
 5. Rivero, Montevideo2.4 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville2.4 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.2 
 8. Dilligard, Olimpia2.1 
 9. Woodward, Defensor2.1 
 10. Thomas, Cader1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.8 
 2. Newsome, Malvin2.7 
 3. Wilborn, Bigua2.6 
 4. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.4 
 5. Ferguson, Defensor2.2 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios2.1 
 7. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 8. Billings, Bigua1.8 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.6 
 10. Gamble, Cader1.6 


Bigua, the LUB leader, beat Olimpia - by Hector Lopez
Bigua maintained its leadership beating Olimpia 89-87 with a three point shot by Gonzalo Meira (192-F-88), with six seconds to play. For Bigua Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) netted 26 points, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 19 with 13 rebounds and two blocks, and Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) 3 and 4 rebounds. For Olimpia Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) scored 32 points 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) netted 21 with 8 rebounds. The game Cordon 77 Malvin 73 was interrupted with 6.40 minutes to play in the last quarter as a result of problems among fans and the police. Other results for the 23rd LUB round were:
Defensor Sporting 83 - Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) 19 points 4 rebounds 5 assists, Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) 15 points 8 rebounds 2 blocks
Bohemios 71 - De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) 23 points 9 rebounds, Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) 8 points 6 rebounds 2 blocks
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Trouville 85 - Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 19 points 15 rebounds 2 blocks, Rashad Chase (201-F-87, college: Georgia St.) 17 points 6 rebounds
Anastasia 66 - Marcus Sikes (203-F-84, agency: STKG, college: Cincinnati) 16 points8 rebounds 1 block, Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Georgia) 17 points 10 rebounds 1 block, Brian Latham (184-G-83, agency: Union Sports, college: Houston) 9 points 4 rebounds
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Hebraica Macabi 93 - Carl Elliott (193-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) 29 points 6 rebounds, Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) 26 points 3 rebounds, Isadore Thornton (202-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 20 points 7 rebounds and Grady Reynolds 7 points 6 rebounds 1 block.
Cader 77 - Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) 18 points 5 rebounds, Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) 22 points 9 rebounds, Terrance Gamble (208-C-83, agency: HBA Sports, college: Tarleton St.) 18 points 13 rebounds 3 blocks.




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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Sint Kateline 6-1 
 2. BBC Boom 6-1 
 3. Ieper 6-2 
 4. Waregem 5-1 
 5. Dexia 4-3 
 6. R.Spirou M. 3-4 
 7. Houthalen 2-4 
 8. Willebroek 2-5 
 9. Deerlijk 2-6 
 10. Jeugd Gentson 2-6 
 11. Point Chaud 1-6 


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Standings - CNBF
LBF Standings
 1. Acucar 2-0 
 2. Americana 2-0 
 3. Santo Andre 1-1 
 4. Joinville 1-1 
 5. M.Petrobras 1-1 
 6. Ourinhos 1-1 
 7. Basquete Clube 0-2 
 8. Sao Caetano 0-2 


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CIS Standings
CIS Standings
AUS
 1. Acadia 0-0 
 2. Cape Breton 0-0 
 3. Dalhousie 0-0 
 4. Memorial 0-0 
 5. New Brunsw. 0-0 
 6. St.Francis X. 0-0 
 7. St.Mary's 0-0 
 8. UPEI 0-0 
Canada West
 1. Alberta 0-0 
 2. Brandon 0-0 
 3. Calgary 0-0 
 4. Lethbridge 0-0 
 5. Manitoba 0-0 
 6. Regina 0-0 
 7. Saskatchewan 0-0 
 8. Thompson R. 0-0 
 9. Trinity West. 0-0 
 10. UBC 0-0 
 11. UFV 0-0 
 12. Victoria 0-0 
 13. Winnipeg 0-0 
QSSF
 1. Bishop's 0-0 
 2. Concordia 0-0 
 3. Laval 0-0 
 4. McGill 0-0 
 5. UQAM 0-0 
UOA East
 1. Carleton 0-0 
 2. Laurentian 0-0 
 3. Ottawa 0-0 
 4. Queen's 0-0 
 5. RMC 0-0 
 6. Ryerson 0-0 
 7. Toronto Univ. 0-0 
 8. York 0-0 
UOA West
 1. Brock 0-0 
 2. Guelph 0-0 
 3. Lakehead 0-0 
 4. Laurier 0-0 
 5. McMaster 0-0 
 6. Waterloo 0-0 
 7. Western 0-0 
 8. Windsor 0-0 


ABORIGINAL TEEN AIMS FOR SHOT AT WNBA - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca Cheyene Roger would like to be Canadas first aboriginal basketball player in the WNBA. Only 15 yrs. old,but at 6-2 already a force on the court, Roger is quite serious about making her dream a reality. ' It would be absolutely awesome, and also play for Canada at the international level,' said Roger,who got hooked on the sport after her mother Lana didnt like her hanging out with friends and signed her up for the basketball program.

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Rivas Ecopolis snap losing skid in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Gospic - Rivas Ecopolis 75:92

Rivas Ecopolis finally posted their first Euroleague victory this season. They needed to travel to Croatia to snap three-game losing skid. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) had an amazing performance of 30 points and 13 rebounds to pace Rivas Ecopolis past their opponents. Gospic in the meantime suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament.
The start of the game went in favor of the hosts. Gospic jumped to a 7:2 lead and tried to stay in charge throughout the opening quarter. Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) capped the term with a jumper as Gospic enjoyed a narrow 17:16 lead. Rivas Ecopolis broke free in the second quarter. They went on a 13:2 run to grab a 32:24 advantage. DeWanna Bonner and Herrera ensured a 43:30 lead for the visitors at halftime. The game started to slip away from the home side as Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) gave Rivas Ecopolis a 52:36 lead early in the third period. The Spaniards stayed in front and posted a 69:52 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) and Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) cut the distance to 10 points midway through the final stanza but it was not enough for Gospic to restore the intrigue. Rivas Ecopolis stayed in charge and eased to the victory at the end.
Amaya Valdemoro had 17 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Courtney Paris netted 12 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the win. Sandra Mandir and Michelle Maslowski had 19 points each for Gospic. Maurita Reid netted 16 points in defeat.

Gospic: Sandra Mandir 19, Michelle Maslowski 19
Rivas Ecopolis: DeWanna Bonner 30+13 boards, Amaya Valdemoro 17, Courtney Paris 12



Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Biska Pula 4-0 
 2. Studenec O. 4-1 
 3. Croatia 2006 2-2 
 4. Pozega 2-3 
 5. Agram 1-2 
 6. Split 1-2 
 7. Zadar 0-4 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Gospic
 2. Jolly
 3. Lupa Promot.
 4. Medvescak


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Standings - women
A1 Standings
 1. AEK Larnaca 4-0 
 2. Keravnos 3-0 
 3. Achilleas 2-1 
 4. Olympos 2-2 
 5. Akademia 2-2 
 6. APOP 2-2 
 7. AEL Limassol 1-2 
 8. Anagennises 0-3 
 9. InterColl. Etha 0-4 


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USK Praha defeat VICI Aistes in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
VICI Kaunas - USK Praha 72:83

USK Praha celebrated the second Euroleague win in the season. They shot down VICI Aistes in Kaunas to climb at the second spot in Group C. VICI in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat after a miraculous victory over the defending champions Spartak MR. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) knocked down 21 points to make it happen for the visitors.
Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) knocked down 7 points in a 14:4 USK Praha rally that opened the proceedings. The visitors dominated in the first quarter and rolled to a 29:20 lead. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) stepped up for USK Praha in the second quarter to keep the Czech champions at safe distance. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) dragged VICI as close as 7 points late in the period. But the visitors responded with a 6:2 run to take a 50:39 lead at the interval. Eva Viteckova and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) tipped off the third quarter with five points in a row to boost the margin. USK Praha easily kept their opponents at bay posting a comfortable 66:51 lead at the final intermission. Viteckova stretched the lead to 16 points midway through the fourth quarter and USK Praha cruised to the victory at the end.
Delisha Milton-Jones accounted for 18 points in the victory. Lindsay Whalen and Katerina Elhotova contributed 16 points apiece for USK Praha. Ausra Bimbaite had 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the loss. Giedre Paugaite netted 15 points for the home team.

VICI Kaunas: Ausra Bimbaite 20, Giedre Paugaite 15
USK Praha: Eva Viteckova 21, Delisha Milton-Jones 18, Lindsay Whalen 16, Katerina Elhotova 16



Bourges snatch road win over Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Bourges 62:67

Bourges claimed the third Euroleague victory in the season. The French powerhouse stunned Frisco Sika in Brno to climb on top of Group D at 3-1 record. The hosts in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record in the ladder. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) notched 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort.
Frisco Sika pulled in front early in the encounter and maintained the advantage throughout the stanza. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) capped the quarter with five points in a row as Frisco Sika earned a 23:16 lead. Edlebrink and Hejdova ensured an 8-point lead for Frisco Sika at the start of the second frame. The Czech team stayed in front as they wrapped up the first half ahead by 6 points 42:36. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) hit two three-pointers to ignite an 8:0 run from Bourges midway through the third quarter as they narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark. Cheryl Ford came up with key points for Frisco Sika as they remained in charge 54:51. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Lardy netted four points in a row for Bourges at the beginning of the final term as the visitors finally pulled in front. The teams traded baskets as Bourges led by only two points with just over two minutes remaining. Endene Miyem accounted for next four points and sealed the winning outcome for Bourges.
Endene Miyem and Catherine Joens chipped in 15 points apiece for Bourges. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) delivered 13 points in the win. Cheryl Ford responded with 24 points and 16 rebounds for Frisco Sika. Frida Eldebrink produced 13 points in defeat.

Frisco Sika: Cheryl Ford 24+16 boards, Frida Eldebrink 13
Bourges: Endene Miyem 15, Catherine Joens 15, Styliani Kaltsidou 13



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  ESTONIA - Women  


Standings - Women
Meistriliiga Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 3-0 
 2. Tartu Ulikooli 3-2 
 3. TLU/Volta 2-1 
 4. NikeWomen 1-3 
 5. Audentes 0-3 


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Pauline AKONGA NSIMBO
  Arras
  (187-F/C-82)
  Avg: 25
 1. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.25.0 
 2. Likhtarovich, Goriz.23.5 
 3. Sanni, Villeneuve22.5 
 4. Carson, SEAT L.21.8 
 5. Nemeth, Szeged21.5 
 6. Jackson, Hatis Y.21.0 
 7. Krawiec, Energa T.20.5 
 8. Petrakova, Cheva.20.0 
 9. Henry, Mann Filter19.5 
 10. Thomas, Villeneuve19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasmine STONE
  Partizan
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stone, Partizan16.0 
 2. Willingham, Elitzu.13.5 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.13.5 
 4. Ohlde, Umana Reyer13.5 
 5. Thomas, Villeneuve13.0 
 6. Davis, Hatis Y.11.0 
 7. Podesvova, MBK R.11.0 
 8. Henry, Mann Filter10.5 
 9. Dennett, Sint K.10.5 
 10. Maksimovic, Energa T.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Tamara BAJIC
  Zeljeznicar
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Bajic, Zeljeznicar7.3 
 2. Cherepanova, Cheva.7.3 
 3. Tanqueray, Villeneuve6.3 
 4. Kalentzou, Athinaikos6.0 
 5. Comtesse, Saarl.6.0 
 6. Gajda, Energa Torun5.5 
 7. Brandao, Olivais5.3 
 8. Fogaca, Alges5.0 
 9. Laczi, Szeged5.0 
 10. Aubert, Nantes4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Anastasia BOCHAROVA
  Dynamo K.
  (180-F-77)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bocharova, Dynamo K.4.0 
 2. Gomis, Arras4.0 
 3. Mitchell, Arras4.0 
 4. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.0 
 5. Kartaltepe Y., Besik.3.5 
 6. Khodzhayan, Spart.3.5 
 7. Malashenko, Arras3.5 
 8. Barnert, Saarlouis3.3 
 9. Doron, Elitzur Ramla3.0 
 10. Dureika, Gorizont3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Luca IVANKOVIC
  Jolly
  (200-C-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ivankovic, Jolly6.0 
 2. Myasoedova, Dynam.4.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.3.0 
 4. Gladden, Energa T.2.0 
 5. Riley, Athinaikos2.0 
 6. Misura, Jolly2.0 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.2.0 
 8. Meesseman, Ieper1.8 
 9. Davenport, Cheva.1.7 
 10. Butulija, Partizan1.5 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Chevakata 3-0 
 2. Zeljeznicar 1-2 
 3. Lemminkain. 0-2 
Group B
 1. Gorizont 2-0 
 2. Spartak N. 1-1 
 3. Craiova 0-2 
Group C
 1. Partizan 2-0 
 2. Besiktas 1-1 
 3. Aris Thessal. 0-2 
Group D
 1. Athinaikos 1-0 
 2. Medvescak 0-1 
Group E
 1. Dynamo K. 1-0 
 2. Jolly 0-1 
Group F
 1. Elitzur Ramla 2-0 
 2. Dynamo-GUVD 1-1 
 3. Hatis Yerevan 0-2 
Group G
 1. Dynamo M. 2-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 1-1 
 3. AEK Larnaca 0-2 
Group H
 1. Nantes 3-1 
 2. SEAT Lami 3-1 
 3. Saarlouis 2-2 
 4. AD Vagos 0-4 
Group I
 1. Villeneuve 4-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 2-2 
 3. Ieper 2-2 
 4. Olivais 0-4 
Group J
 1. Energa Torun 2-0 
 2. Mann Filter 1-1 
 3. Alges 0-2 
Group K
 1. Umana Reyer 2-0 
 2. Arras 1-1 
 3. Dexia Namur 0-2 
Group L
 1. Gran Canaria 2-0 
 2. Sint Kateline 1-1 
 3. Szeged 0-2 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce27.3 
 2. Reid, Gospic21.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce19.8 
 4. Bonner, Rivas E.18.8 
 5. Bimbaite, VICI K.18.3 
 6. Prince, Spartak .18.0 
 7. Houston, Dobri Anjeli17.8 
 8. Brunson, Ros C.17.5 
 9. Milton-Jones, USK P.17.3 
 10. McCoughtry, MKB E.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika12.5 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.11.8 
 3. Tamane, MKB Eurol.11.3 
 4. Bonner, Rivas E.10.5 
 5. Lyttle, Perfumer.10.5 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.10.3 
 7. Brunson, Ros C.10.0 
 8. Leuchanka, Gorzow9.8 
 9. Hollingswort., TTT R.9.8 
 10. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Birsel VARDARLI
  Fenerbahce
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Vardarli, Fener.5.3 
 2. Dumerc, UMMC5.0 
 3. Babkina, Lotos G.5.0 
 4. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli5.0 
 5. Taurasi, Fenerbahce5.0 
 6. Sharp, Mondeville4.8 
 7. Dominguez, Perfumer.4.8 
 8. Prince, Spartak .4.8 
 9. Whalen, USK Praha4.5 
 10. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Reid, Gospic4.3 
 2. Brunson, Ros C.3.0 
 3. Prince, Spartak .3.0 
 4. Phillips, Wisla C.2.8 
 5. Leedham, Gorzow2.8 
 6. Mahoney, Taranto2.8 
 7. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.8 
 8. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.8 
 9. McCarville, Famili.2.5 
 10. Taylor, Fenerbahce2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.4.5 
 2. Stepanova, UMMC3.0 
 3. Kulichova, USK P.2.3 
 4. Ndongue, Bourges1.8 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.5 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.1.3 
 7. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia1.3 
 8. Bonner, Rivas E.1.3 
 9. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.3 
 10. Osipova, Spartak .1.3 


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


Euroleague Round: 4 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Mondeville - Taranto 64-59
Mondeville set their highest ambitions for their Euroleague campaign with a tough home success over previously undefeated Taranto. Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) stepped up with 19 points and 16 rebounds for the French team as they improved at 3-1 record in Group A. They caught up with the Italian side in the standings. The teams traded baskets at the start of the game before Godin and Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) gave Taranto a 19:13 advantage. Yacine Sene (183-F-82) capped the period with a three-pointer as Mondeville cut the deficit. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) and Valeriya Berezhynska opened the second frame with 5 points in a row as the hosts pulled ahead. Mondeville maintained the lead throughout the period as they accumulated a 34:30 halftime advantage. Lenae Williams and Valeriya Berezhynska hit back-to-back three-pointers midway through the third frame as Mondeville cleared off to an 8-point distance. Kathy Wambe and Montagnino kept the visitors in the game as they narrowed the margin to only 5 points with one quarter remaining. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) drained a triple to drag Taranto even closer at the start of the fourth quarter. But Mondeville answered with a 6:0 run to stay in comfort zone. Godin, Kathy Wambe and Megan Mahoney did not allow Taranto to surrender pulling them within just two 59:61. But Valeriya Berezhynska made three free throws in the last 24 seconds of regulation to win the game for Mondeville. Yacine Sene produced 17 points for the winning side. Lenae Williams netted 8 points for the home team. Megan Mahoney replied with 17 points and 9 caroms for Taranto. Kathy Wambe delivered 13 points in the loss.

Dobri Anjeli - Pecs 2010 75-57
Dobri Anjeli recorded their third Euroleague victory this season. They held off Pecs 2010 in Kosice to stay on top of Group A. Charde Houston (185-F-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace the winners. The teams stayed very close throughout the opening frame. Musovic capped the period with a free throw as Dobri Anjeli eked out a 23:22 lead. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) put Pecs 2010 in front early in the second quarter. But the hosts quickly regained control and rallied to a 40:36 lead at halftime. Charde Houston and Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) gave the Kosice team a 46:41 lead midway through the third period. The Hungarians drew things level once again before Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) crowned the term with two freebies and Dobri Anjeli ensured a 51:49 advantage at the final break. The hosts opened the final stanza on an 11:2 run to clear off to an 11-point distance. Candice Dupree and Charde Houston soon opened a 20-point cushion for the home side and Dobri Anjeli cruised to the win at the end. Candice Dupree notched 18 points and 6 boards for Dobri Anjeli. Zuzana Zirkova provided 9 points in the win. Allie Quigley posted 14 points in the loss. Zsofia Fegyverneky netted 13 points as Pecs 2010 slipped at 1-3 record.

Wisla Can-Pak - TTT Riga 89-48
Wisla Can-Pack earned the second victory in Euroleague Group A. They stormed past winless TTT Riga in Krakow. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) was pivotal with 25 points. Wisla went on an 8:0 run midway through the first quarter to clear off. They increased the tempo and eventually posted a 23:7 advantage at the first break. Phillips scored five points to organize a 6:0 run from Wisla at the beginning of the second period. Wisla dominated every facet of the clash as they rallied to a 48:24 halftime lead. Wisla triggered a 12:0 run to tip off the third period to shock TTT Riga. The visitors simply never recovered in the reminder of the contest as Wisla marched to the second win at the tournament. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) netted 14 points for Wisla. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) and Katarzyna Krezel (184-G/F-85) added 12 points each for the winners. Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) replied with 10 points for TTT Riga. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83) provided 9 points in the loss. Wisla will look for their third success when they host Dobri Anjeli in Krakow in the next round.

Group B
Fenerbahce - Lotos Gdynia 107-84
Fenerbahce kept their Euroleague record perfect. They shot down Lotos Gdynia in Istanbul tonight to keep up with Group B leaders UMMC. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 25 points and dished out 6 assists to lead the Turkish team. Fenerbahce set the tone early as they opened the game with five answered points. But Lotos gradually recovered and grabbed a 21:20 lead late in the period. The hosts needed a 7:2 run to finish the term up by 4 points 27:23. Taurasi drained a pair of triples igniting an 8:0 run that put Fenerbahce on top 35:25. Diana Taurasi exploded with impressive 18 points in the second frame as Fenerbahce all of a sudden left Lotos far behind 60:39. Fenerbahce easily kept the Polish team at bay throughout the third quarter. The hosts enjoyed a comfortable 86:64 lead before the final quarter. Lotos never got closer than 20 points in the fourth period and suffered the third loss in the competition. Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) accounted for 24 points in the win. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) produced 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Fenerbahce. Monica Wright (180-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Virginia) delivered 24 points and 6 assists for Lotos. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) dropped 15 points in the loss.

UMMC - MKB Eurol. 80-61
More than 4500 local fans saw another win for the favorite UMMC that improved to 4-0 record. The Russian Champion grabbed 4-0 record on top of Group B of EuroLeague campaign after 80:61 over MKB Euroleasing. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) gave the first points for the hosts and then Pondexter scored for 10:4. Tamane reduced to 15:11, whilst UMMC finished the first quarter with 7-0 run for 26:17 advantage. Crystal Langhorne also was the first player to score in the second quarter for 28:17. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) made a jump shot for 33:21 and Crystal Langhorne gave her side 44:30. Tamane sent the squads to the lockers for 44:32 as she made a jump shot for the Hungarian team. The third quarter became the most defensive in the game and the hosts managed to add 5 more points to their lead. Pondexter made two free throws at the end of the period for 59:42 lead after 30 minutes. With another 21-19 in the last quarter UMMC finished their home success. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) scored for 80:61 as the teams dissappered in the lockers. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) paced all the winners with 18 points, while Crystal Langhorne netted 17. Sandrine Gruda collected 16 points and 11 rebounds and Maria Stepanova also scored 16.

Gospic - Rivas Ecopolis 75-92
Rivas Ecopolis finally posted their first Euroleague victory this season. They needed to travel to Croatia to snap three-game losing skid. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87, college: Auburn) had an amazing performance of 30 points and 13 rebounds to pace Rivas Ecopolis past their opponents. Gospic in the meantime suffered the fourth straight defeat at the tournament. The start of the game went in favor of the hosts. Gospic jumped to a 7:2 lead and tried to stay in charge throughout the opening quarter. Michelle Maslowski (188-F/C-79, college: Drexel) capped the term with a jumper as Gospic enjoyed a narrow 17:16 lead. Rivas Ecopolis broke free in the second quarter. They went on a 13:2 run to grab a 32:24 advantage. DeWanna Bonner and Herrera ensured a 43:30 lead for the visitors at halftime. The game started to slip away from the home side as Courtney Paris (193-C-87, college: Oklahoma) and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) gave Rivas Ecopolis a 52:36 lead early in the third period. The Spaniards stayed in front and posted a 69:52 cushion heading into the fourth quarter. Maurita Reid (173-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) and Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) cut the distance to 10 points midway through the final stanza but it was not enough for Gospic to restore the intrigue. Rivas Ecopolis stayed in charge and eased to the victory at the end. Amaya Valdemoro had 17 points for Rivas Ecopolis. Courtney Paris netted 12 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in the win. Sandra Mandir and Michelle Maslowski had 19 points each for Gospic. Maurita Reid netted 16 points in defeat.

Group C
Perfumerias - Galatasaray 86-59
Halcon Avenida remained undefeated after four rounds of Euroleague action. They thrashed Galatasaray in front of more than 3000 spectators in Group C in Salamanca tonight. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) fired 18 points to pace the home side. Galatasaray slipped at 2-2 record after the loss. Halcon Avenida sent a strong message to their opponents as they stormed to a 14:2 lead early in the game. Snell crowned the first quarter with a three-pointer as Halcon Avenida gained a 23:13 advantage. Alba Torrens triggered a 13:0 run from the hosts as they accumulated a 40:17 lead late in the first half. Sancho Lyttle (193-C-83, college: Houston) gave the hosts a 43:24 halftime advantage. Melisa Can (188-F-84, college: Rutgers) and Augustus tried to bring Galatasaray back in this one. They narrowed the gap at 17 points but it was not enough. Halcon Avenida easily restored a 20-point buffer before the final stanza. Galatasaray never got too close in the fourth quarter as Halcon Avenida coasted to the victory. Sancho Lyttle tallied 14 points and 17 rebounds for Halcon Avenida. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) and Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) accounted for 12 points each. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) replied with 15 points and 9 rebounds for Galatasaray. Melisa Can had 13 points in defeat.

VICI Kaunas - USK Praha 72-83
USK Praha celebrated the second Euroleague win in the season. They shot down VICI Aistes in Kaunas to climb at the second spot in Group C. VICI in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat after a miraculous victory over the defending champions Spartak MR. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) knocked down 21 points to make it happen for the visitors. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) knocked down 7 points in a 14:4 USK Praha rally that opened the proceedings. The visitors dominated in the first quarter and rolled to a 29:20 lead. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) stepped up for USK Praha in the second quarter to keep the Czech champions at safe distance. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) and Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) dragged VICI as close as 7 points late in the period. But the visitors responded with a 6:2 run to take a 50:39 lead at the interval. Eva Viteckova and Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) tipped off the third quarter with five points in a row to boost the margin. USK Praha easily kept their opponents at bay posting a comfortable 66:51 lead at the final intermission. Viteckova stretched the lead to 16 points midway through the fourth quarter and USK Praha cruised to the victory at the end. Delisha Milton-Jones accounted for 18 points in the victory. Lindsay Whalen and Katerina Elhotova contributed 16 points apiece for USK Praha. Ausra Bimbaite had 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists in the loss. Giedre Paugaite netted 15 points for the home team.

Spartak V MR - Tarbes 87-55
Spartak Moscow Region bounced back after two losses at the start of their 2010-11 EuroLeague Women with a home victory over Tarbes GB in Russia. The Russian Powerhouse improved to 2-2 record after 87:55 win over Tarbes. Ilona Korstine (182-G-80) brought the first two points for the winners and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) scored for 10:4. Petrovic nailed three for 17:6, while Jekabsone-Zogota delivered two three-pointers at the end of the quarter for 27:10. Tarbes GB however started the second period with 9-0 run as Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) reduced to 27:19. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) later scored for 38:23 and Lepron sent the teams to the lockers for 42:25. Lauren Jackson opened the third frame for 45:25 and Epiphanny Prince added 4 in a row for 55:27. Irina Sokolovskaya (186-F-83) scored for 68:23 and Jannault closed the frame at 68:37. Erin Thorn was the first to score in the last stanza but it was clear her team would not recover. Jekabsone-Zogota scored for 70:39 and Irina Sokolovskaya nailed three for 79:45. Grishaeva was the last to post in the game for the final success. Lauren Jackson top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Epiphanny Prince followed her with 16. Ilona Korstine netted 10 and Irina Sokolovskaya scored 8. Erin Thorn ended up with 14 points in the losing effort as the French side dropped to 1-3. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) scored 12 and Matic added 8.

Group D
Ros Casares - Gorzow 60-53
Ros Casares held off Gorzow in a low-scoring defensively-minded battle in Valencia today. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) and Kathryn Douglas (185-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 16 points each to lead the hosts to the fourth straight Euroleague victory this season. Ros Casares remained on top of Group D, while Gorzow fell at 1-3 record. Zurowska and Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) secured a brave start for Gorzow on the road. The Polish team earned a 12:6 advantage and eventually outscored Ros Casares 16:12 in the first frame. However Rebekkah Brunson and Kathryn Douglas teamed up for 8 points early in the second quarter and Ros Casares jumped in charge 20:16. The teams exchanged the baskets before Frohlich and Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) made it 35:27 for Ros Casares at halftime. Rebekkah Brunson and Laia Palau stretched the margin to 11 points but Gorzow stuck around. The visitors trailed by only 7 points heading into the fourth stanza 41:48. Ros Casares went on an 11:2 surge at the beginning of the fourth quarter to take a 59:43 lead. Gorzow had too little time to answer and Ros Casares ran away with the win at the end.

Frisco Sika - Bourges 62-67
Bourges claimed the third Euroleague victory in the season. The French powerhouse stunned Frisco Sika in Brno to climb on top of Group D at 3-1 record. The hosts in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record in the ladder. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) notched 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort. Frisco Sika pulled in front early in the encounter and maintained the advantage throughout the stanza. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) capped the quarter with five points in a row as Frisco Sika earned a 23:16 lead. Edlebrink and Hejdova ensured an 8-point lead for Frisco Sika at the start of the second frame. The Czech team stayed in front as they wrapped up the first half ahead by 6 points 42:36. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) hit two three-pointers to ignite an 8:0 run from Bourges midway through the third quarter as they narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark. Cheryl Ford came up with key points for Frisco Sika as they remained in charge 54:51. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Lardy netted four points in a row for Bourges at the beginning of the final term as the visitors finally pulled in front. The teams traded baskets as Bourges led by only two points with just over two minutes remaining. Endene Miyem accounted for next four points and sealed the winning outcome for Bourges. Endene Miyem and Catherine Joens chipped in 15 points apiece for Bourges. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) delivered 13 points in the win. Cheryl Ford responded with 24 points and 16 rebounds for Frisco Sika. Frida Eldebrink produced 13 points in defeat.




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Bourges snatch road win over Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Bourges 62:67

Bourges claimed the third Euroleague victory in the season. The French powerhouse stunned Frisco Sika in Brno to climb on top of Group D at 3-1 record. The hosts in the meantime slipped at 1-3 record in the ladder. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) notched 24 points and 16 rebounds to lead the effort.
Frisco Sika pulled in front early in the encounter and maintained the advantage throughout the stanza. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) capped the quarter with five points in a row as Frisco Sika earned a 23:16 lead. Edlebrink and Hejdova ensured an 8-point lead for Frisco Sika at the start of the second frame. The Czech team stayed in front as they wrapped up the first half ahead by 6 points 42:36. Catherine Joens (180-G-82) hit two three-pointers to ignite an 8:0 run from Bourges midway through the third quarter as they narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark. Cheryl Ford came up with key points for Frisco Sika as they remained in charge 54:51. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Lardy netted four points in a row for Bourges at the beginning of the final term as the visitors finally pulled in front. The teams traded baskets as Bourges led by only two points with just over two minutes remaining. Endene Miyem accounted for next four points and sealed the winning outcome for Bourges.
Endene Miyem and Catherine Joens chipped in 15 points apiece for Bourges. Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) delivered 13 points in the win. Cheryl Ford responded with 24 points and 16 rebounds for Frisco Sika. Frida Eldebrink produced 13 points in defeat.

Frisco Sika: Cheryl Ford 24+16 boards, Frida Eldebrink 13
Bourges: Endene Miyem 15, Catherine Joens 15,