EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/2/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona25.4 
 2. Lee, Radnicki22.6 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.4 
 4. Draper, Cedevita19.0 
 5. Pinkney, U.Olimpija18.5 
 6. Car, Zadar18.4 
 7. Chase, Igokea17.2 
 8. Edwards, Cedevita17.2 
 9. Nedovic, Crvena Z.16.8 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Zoric, KK.9.4 
 2. Necas, CEZ Nymburk7.8 
 3. Radosevic, Cibona7.0 
 4. Bilan, Zadar6.6 
 5. Macvan, Hemofarm6.6 
 6. Pinkney, U.Olimpija6.5 
 7. Booker, Krka6.4 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.4 
 9. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita6.6 
 2. Nissim, CEZ N.5.3 
 3. Nedovic, Crvena Z.4.8 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.0 
 5. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.0 
 6. Bazdaric, Cedevita4.0 
 7. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.0 
 8. Renfroe, KK.3.6 
 9. Markovic, Radnicki3.4 
 10. Krstovic, Hemofarm3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.8 
 2. Gregory, U.Olimpija2.5 
 3. Ilievski, U.Olimpija2.4 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona2.4 
 5. Nedovic, Crvena Z.2.3 
 6. Renfroe, KK.2.2 
 7. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija2.2 
 8. Jagodnik, U.Olimpija2.2 
 9. Cakarevic, Radnicki2.0 
 10. Mihailovic, Buducnost2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko SCEKIC
  Buducnost
  (207-F-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Scekic, Buducnost1.0 
 2. Vesely, Partizan1.0 
 3. Plaisted, Cedevita1.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona1.0 
 5. Pinkney, U.Olimpija1.0 
 6. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 7. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 8. Zoric, KK.1.0 
 9. Milosevic, Crvena Z.0.8 
 10. Kasun, KK.0.8 


Round 5 review - by Eurobasket News
U.Olimpija - Partizan 75-73
Union Olimpija grabbed 75-73 thriller win against Partizan thanks to great played last quarter. Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points, Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada) had 17 points and 6 boards, while Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) added 16 pts. In the loosing squad, Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 18 points. Union Olimpija 4-1, Partizan 2-3.

KK Zagreb CO - Cibona 77-87
Cibona was better than Zagreb in Croatian derby improving to 3-2 record in the regional championship. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) came up with 23 points for the Croatian champs. Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) helped with 17 points and 9 boards. In Zagreb (3-2), Mario Kasun (213-C-80) had double-double of 16 pts and 14 rebs.

Siroki TT - Buducnost 69-61
2-3 for Siroki TT and 3-2 for Buducnost after this meeting. Ivan Grgat (210-C/F-74, agency: Court Side) paced the Bosnian champion to victory with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Vedran Morovic (184-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Olney Central CC) also scored 15 pts in the game. On the other side, Buducnsot got 16 points and 5 boards from Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket).

CEZ Nymburk - Krka 57-77
Krka blasted CEZ Nymburk on the road mostly thanks to Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Purdue), who scored 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) was the second scorer in victory with 14 pts. For the hosts, Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) had 14 pts and 5 rebs. Both teams have 3-2 record now.

Crvena Zvezda - Zadar 76-89
Zadar cruised past Crvena Zvezda on the road registering second victory of the season. Marko Car (188-G/F-85) was a key player for the guests as he collected 28 points and 5 rebounds. The hosts got 19 points from Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91, agency: Beo Basket). Zadar 2-3, Crvena Zvezda 0-5.

Radnicki - Igokea 71-78
Second consecutive win for Igokea, who got 27 points and 5 assists from Brian Chase (178-G-81, college: Virginia Tech). Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) secured a nice help with 14 points and 5 rebounds. For the hosts (1-4), Michael Lee (207-F-86) collected 20 points and 5 boards.

Cedevita - Hemofarm 89-97
Hemfoarm scored 97 points in this game, what was more than enough for road victory against Cedevita and 4-1 record in the league. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) led the visiting squad with 21 points, while Milan Macvan (205-F-89) added 16 points and 6 boards. Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) nailed 36 points for the hosts.


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  ALGERIA   


Day 6 - by Carlos Pereira
The 6th Day superdivision championship basketball played Friday and Saturday saw the formations NB Staouli of CSM Constantine and TBB Blida confirmed their excellent form by winning away from their bases to stay after the two untouchables, WA Boufarik and GS Petroliers, winners also outside. The feat of the day is to put assets in the NB Staouli who went to win CRBDB on his land in Dar-El-Beida (90 - 86).

RESULTS
NA Hussein-Dey AB Skikda 75-61
OM Bel-Abbs -TBB Blida 56-69
AU Annaba - ASPTT Alger 73-67
USM Alger -WA Boufarik 46-84
USMM Hadjout - CSM Constantine 45-87
IRBB Arrridj - GS Ptroliers 52-97
CRBDB - NB Staouli 86-90
O. Batna - CRB Tmouchent 90-62



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  ARGENTINA   


Quimsa win Liga Sudamericana Group B - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Flamengo 82:77

Quimsa celebrated the third straight Liga Sudamericana victory. The Argentineans shot down Flamengo in Santiago del Estero to clinch the top position in Group B. Flamengo finished second as both teams advanced into the final round of the tournament. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) knocked down 23 points to lead the effort.
Quimsa got to an almost perfect start. Diego Lo Grippo nailed 10 points in the first frame as Quimsa earned a 29:15 lead. The hosts did not allow Flamengo to get too close in the second period. Quimsa ensured a comfortable 49:37 lead at the interval. But Flamengo went on a 9:0 run early in the third frame to cut the distance. The Brazilian team narrowed the deficit at just five-point mark 61:66 at the final intermission. Quimsa however stayed calm in the fourth stanza and rallied to a confident win at the end. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Quimsa. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) added 12 points for the winners. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) responded with 29 points and 6 boards for Flamengo. Baby Araujo (211-C-80, college: BYU) delivered 16 points in the loss.

Quimsa: Diego Lo Grippo 23, Roman Gonzalez 17+11 boards, Cleotis Brown 12
Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 29, Baby Araujo 16



Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
 1. Obras 4-0 
 2. La Union 4-1 
 3. Penarol 4-1 
 4. Regatas C. 4-1 
 5. Lanus 3-1 
 6. Atenas 3-2 
 7. Libertad S. 3-2 
 8. Argentino 2-3 
 9. Estudiantes 2-3 
 10. Monte Hermoso 2-3 
 11. Olimpico LB 2-3 
 12. Sionista 2-3 
 13. Club 9 1-4 
 14. Gimnasia CR 1-4 
 15. Quimsa 1-4 
 16. Boca Jrs 0-3 


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


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Jeffers' a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Kyle Jeffers (206-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Singapore Slingers and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Thailand S. (3-2) 87-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Despite this victory Singapore Slingers dropped to the 2nd position in ASEAN League league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. Singapore Slingers will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. Jeffers turned to be Singapore Slingers' top player in his first season with the team. Oregon State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jeffers is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.3ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.5rpg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 56.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Marcus Morrison (198-G/F-84) of Satria Muda Britama Jakarta. He is American swingman in his first season at Satria Muda. In the last game Morrison recorded impressive double-double of 35 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Satria Muda lost that game 69-75 to league's leader Philip.Patriots (#1, 5-0). Satria Muda are still at the very bottom. 4 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Satria Muda managed to get this year. Morrison is a newcomer at Satria Muda and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.4ppg (#2). He also registered 6.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Alexander Hartman (201-F-85) of Westsports KL Dragons (#4). Hartman scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of KL Dragons, leading his team to a 87-48 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Barracudas (#5, 1-4). The chances of KL Dragons ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hartman could help KL Dragons to bring them higher in the standings. Hartman has a great season in ASE. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.3ppg (3rd best) and assists with 2.3apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donald Little (211-C-78) of Philip.Patriots - 11 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Leonidez Avenido (186-G) of Singapore Slingers - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Christopher Garnett (211-C-80) of Barracudas - 18 points and 8 rebounds
7. Nakiea Miller (205-C-79) of KL Dragons - 16 points and 12 rebounds
8. Egay Billones (175-G-75) of Philip.Patriots - 20 points and 4 rebounds
9. Jason Dixon (205-C-73) of Thailand S. - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) of Satria Muda - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists


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  AUSTRALIA   


Australian NBL round 3 best performance: Gary Ervin - by Eurobasket News
American guard Gary Ervin (186-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Wollongong Hawks, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 27-year old player got a double-double of 26 points and 13 assists, while his team beat 36ers (#6, 1-2) 96-82. Despite this victory Hawks dropped to the 2nd position in Australian NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Hawks will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Ervin had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hawks' top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Arkansas star has very solid stats this year. Ervin is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.8ppg. Ervin is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.8apg) and averages impressive 2.0bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old former international center Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports) of Townsville Crocodiles. Schenscher had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Crocodiles to edge Sydney K. (1-2) 80-79. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Schenscher is a newcomer at Crocodiles, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) of league's top team New Zealand Breakers. Bruton scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was a key player of Breakers, leading his team to a 84-79 win against Tigers (#9, 0-3). Breakers started extremely well this year. They recorded 3 victories without losing a single game. Bruton turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Bruton has a great season in Australia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.3ppg (6th best). CJ Bruton has also Australian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Oscar Forman (205-F-82) of Hawks - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Larry Davidson (207-C-83) of Hawks - 15 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gary Ervin (186-G-83) of Hawks - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. James Harvey (196-G/F-79) of Blaze - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Craig Winder (188-G-84) of 36ers - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Oscar Forman (205-F-82) of Hawks - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Anthony Petrie (203-F/C-83) of Blaze - 14 points and 10 rebounds


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ervin, Hawks23.8 
 2. Loughton, Taipans19.0 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.5 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.18.0 
 5. Worthington, Blaze18.0 
 6. Bruton, Breakers17.3 
 7. Ubaka, Taipans17.0 
 8. Gruber, Hawks16.0 
 9. McCullough, Sydney K.16.0 
 10. Harvey, Blaze15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.7 
 2. Holmes, 36ers10.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers9.7 
 4. Nevill, Tigers8.7 
 5. Davidson, Hawks8.5 
 6. Petrie, Blaze8.3 
 7. Freeman, Croco.8.3 
 8. Schenscher, Croco.7.8 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.7.3 
 10. Knight, Wildcats7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  36ers
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. DeVries, 36ers6.7 
 2. Ervin, Hawks5.8 
 3. Carter, 36ers5.0 
 4. Cooper, Sydney K.5.0 
 5. Gibson, Blaze4.0 
 6. Braswell, Breakers3.7 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats3.5 
 8. Martin, Wildcats3.5 
 9. Saville, Hawks3.5 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Saville, Hawks2.3 
 2. Gibson, Blaze2.3 
 3. Burston, Tigers2.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.2.0 
 5. Martin, Wildcats1.5 
 6. Campbell, Tigers1.3 
 7. Worthington, Blaze1.3 
 8. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 9. Grizzard, Sydney K.1.0 
 10. Walker, Tigers1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  Breakers
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Anthony, Breakers2.0 
 2. Ervin, Hawks2.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers1.7 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.3 
 5. Devendorf, Tigers1.3 
 6. Corletto, Tigers1.0 
 7. Walker, Tigers1.0 
 8. Weigh, Wildcats1.0 
 9. Goulding, Blaze1.0 
 10. Gruber, Hawks1.0 


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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Worthersee - UBSC Graz 77-84
UBSC Graz grabbed 77-84 road win against Worthersee for 4-2 record in Austrian top division. Louis Graham (205-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) was a key player in victory with 31 points and 11 rebounds. Thomas Kennedy (201-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with 17 points and 14 boards in loss.

Gmunden - St.Polten 73-65
4-2 for Gmunden and 2-4 for St Polten after this game. Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) top-scored for the winners with 30 points. Matthias Mayer (204-C/F-81) also was great adding double-double of 15 points and 15 rebs. In defeat, David Jandl had 21 points and 5 rebs.

Gussing - Klosterneub. 65-68
Klosterneuburg celebrated third victory of the season mostly owing to Christoph Nagler (194-G-84), who scored 24 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Curtis Bobb followed with 16 pts. In the loosing squad, Marcus Heard (201-F-84, college: De Paul) collected 16 points and 8 boards.

BC Vienna - Wels 75-86
Wels was better than Vienna on the road improving to 4-2 record in the league. Tilo Klette (206-C/F-77) stepped up for the guests with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Bruce Fields (197-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Gardner-Webb) added 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) collected 19 points and 7 assists.

Furstenfeld - Arkadia 91-87
The Furstenfeld Panthers celebrated 91-87 win against Arkadia for almost perfect 5-1 record in the league. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) was the leading player in victory with valuation 28 (25 pts, 5 rebs, 13 as). Shawn Ray (194-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: N.C.Central) was their top-scorer with 32 pts. In defeat, Kevin Houston (194-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Bonaventure) shined with 32 pts and 7 rebs.

Kapfenber - Oberwart 69-75
Box-score will be available soon.


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna28.6 
 2. Vay, Arkadia24.7 
 3. Klette, Wels21.8 
 4. Nagler, Klostern.21.3 
 5. Rhinehart, Worth.19.3 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.19.2 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden19.0 
 8. Houston, Arkadia18.5 
 9. Jandl, St.Polten18.2 
 10. Miletic, UBSC G.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Oberwart
  (202-F/C-77)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Johnson, Oberwart10.8 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart10.4 
 3. Slack, Gmunden10.0 
 4. Klette, Wels10.0 
 5. Carr, Furstenfeld8.6 
 6. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.8.3 
 7. Mayer, Gmunden8.0 
 8. Vay, Arkadia7.7 
 9. Hampton, Furstenf.7.6 
 10. Heard, Gussing7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.8 
 2. Danek, Arkadia7.3 
 3. Carr, BC Vienna7.0 
 4. Stazic, BC Vienna5.8 
 5. Parker, Oberwart5.2 
 6. Woschank, Kapfe.4.4 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.3 
 8. Lanegger, Kapfe.3.8 
 9. Lee, Wels3.5 
 10. Miletic, UBSC G.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Gmunden
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Slack, Gmunden3.3 
 2. Parker, Oberwart3.0 
 3. Fields, Wels3.0 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.2.8 
 5. Woschank, Kapfe.2.8 
 6. Schreiner, St.Po.2.8 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna2.4 
 8. Hutter, Gmunden2.3 
 9. Payton, Arkadia2.3 
 10. Danek, Arkadia2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis GRAHAM
  UBSC Graz
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Graham, UBSC G.2.2 
 2. Mayer, Gmunden1.8 
 3. Slack, Gmunden1.7 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.6 
 5. Klette, Wels1.3 
 6. Hampton, Furstenf.1.2 
 7. Vay, Arkadia1.0 
 8. Koch, Gussing1.0 
 9. Heard, Gussing1.0 
 10. Carr, Furstenfeld0.8 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Baltic League B1 round 6 best performance: Saulius Kuzminskas - by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BK Ventspils, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Perlas (#11, 1-5) 75-61. Despite this victory Ventspils dropped to the 3rd position in Baltic League B1. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Ventspils will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Kuzminskas turned to be Ventspils' top player in his first season with the team. Saulius Kuzminskas averages this season 12.7ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) of BC Siauliai. Sarakauskas had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Siauliai to another comfortable win 93-79 over Valmiera (#12, 0-6) being unquestionably team leader. Siauliai's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sarakauskas is well-known at Siauliai and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Saulius Dumbliauskas (203-C-81, agency: Court Side) of Alytus Alita (#14). Dumbliauskas scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Dumbliauskas' great performance Alytus Alita lost 83-100 to the league's current leader Neptunas (#13, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Alytus Alita needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Dumbliauskas has a great season in Baltic League. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 10.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) of Valmiera - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) of Perlas - 20 points and 11 rebounds
6. Virginijus Sirvydis (196-G/F-73) of Sakalai - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of VEF Riga - 20 points and 9 assists
8. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) of Ventspils - 23 points and 3 rebounds
9. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) of Rudupis - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87) of Siauliai - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Saulius DUMBLIAUSKAS
  Alytus Alita
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.22.5 
 2. Osby, TT.21.0 
 3. Volkus, Techasas20.5 
 4. Saage, Rakvere20.3 
 5. Jurevicus, Liepaja18.3 
 6. Kaufmanis, Valmiera18.0 
 7. Orelikas, Rudupis17.7 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.6 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis17.0 
 10. Sirvydis, Sakalai16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas CUKINAS
  Aiscai Kaunas
  (210-C-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Cukinas, Aiscai K.11.3 
 2. Matulis, Sakalai10.3 
 3. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.10.0 
 4. Osby, TT.10.0 
 5. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.9 
 6. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.7 
 7. Kieza, Juventus9.3 
 8. Cipruss, Valmiera9.2 
 9. Wilson, Zemgale9.0 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ernestas EZERSKIS
  Techasas
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ezerskis, Techasas8.5 
 2. Dainys, Rudupis7.7 
 3. Kriisa, TT.7.0 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale5.5 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis5.2 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas5.0 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 9. Dorbek, Rakvere4.3 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ignas RAZUTIS
  Naglis-Adakris
  (185-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Razutis, Naglis-A.3.0 
 2. Wilson, Zemgale3.0 
 3. Saage, Rakvere2.7 
 4. Sirvydis, Sakalai2.7 
 5. Leppik, TU/Rock2.7 
 6. Birgelis, Alytus A.2.5 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas2.5 
 8. Cerneckis, Techasas2.5 
 9. Bergmanis, Zemgale2.5 
 10. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Povilas CUKINAS
  Aiscai Kaunas
  (210-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cukinas, Aiscai K.2.3 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 4. Galdikas, Neptunas1.5 
 5. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.4 
 7. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.4 
 8. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.3 
 9. Kitsing, Kalev/Cr.1.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga1.0 


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  BELARUS   


Minsk-2006 occupy perfect 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Minsk-2006 occupy perfect 4-0 record in the league after another two victories over the weekend. The team did not have any difficulties cruising past BGUIR-RCOR 105:58 and 118:45. In the second game the favorites opened the account with 29-14 in the first frame and added 27-12 in the second. Moreover they produced 28-16 in the third period and exploded with 34-3 in the last stanza. Dmitri Shilovich (199-F-89) poured in 23 points and Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma St.) scored 17. Tywain McKee (188-G-86, college: Coppin St.) followed them with 16, while Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-F-78) and Rostislav Vergun (199-G-82, college: Birmingham Souther) netted 14 each. Sugonyako posted 14 points in the losing effort.
Borisfen meanwhile won two games over Vitalyur 75:51 and 71:56. Trailing 16-23 in the second game Borisfen needed 21-9 in the last frame to seal the victory.
Sozh overcame Grodno-93 81:65 in the first game, while the second game was one of the most interesting in the round. Grodno grabbed 89:82 win in overtime due to 15-8 in the last five minutes. Evgeni Ivanov (202-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Kachan, Navoynik and Lemik posted 11 apiece. Konyushenko responded with 21 points for the hosts and Skripkaru added 20.
OZAA and Lokomotiv also exchanged the wins as OZAA won the opener 87:70 and then Lokomotiv grabbed 76:70 in the second game.




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Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Verviers-Pep.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Waters, Verviers.21.0 
 2. Freeman, Verviers.19.0 
 3. Wilson, Antwerp18.0 
 4. Lowhorn, Leuven17.3 
 5. Copeland, Aalstar17.2 
 6. Lojeski, Oostende16.8 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.4 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.15.3 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven15.0 
 10. Bullock, Gent14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Randle, Gent9.5 
 2. Emerson, Gent8.5 
 3. Greene, Charleroi8.5 
 4. Freeman, Verviers.8.0 
 5. Jackson, Verviers.7.3 
 6. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.7 
 7. Mejri, Antwerp6.6 
 8. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 9. Thomas, Oostende6.3 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Verviers-Pep.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Waters, Verviers.5.3 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut5.0 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar3.8 
 4. Mitchell, Oostende3.8 
 5. Burrell, Aalstar3.4 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.4 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven3.3 
 8. Riddick, Charleroi3.0 
 9. Green, Oostende3.0 
 10. Agudio, Verviers.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.4 
 2. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 3. Dagunduro, Leuven2.8 
 4. Hill, Charleroi2.5 
 5. Rose, Gent2.5 
 6. Wilson, Antwerp2.3 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 8. McCauley, M.Hai.2.0 
 9. Gay, Verviers-Pep.2.0 
 10. Lojeski, Oostende1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.5 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Freeman, Verviers.1.7 
 4. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 5. Ebong, Oostende1.0 
 6. Randle, Gent1.0 
 7. Faison, Oostende0.7 
 8. Young, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Louves, Gent0.5 


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  BRAZIL   


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


Quimsa win Liga Sudamericana Group B - by Eurobasket News
Quimsa - Flamengo 82:77

Quimsa celebrated the third straight Liga Sudamericana victory. The Argentineans shot down Flamengo in Santiago del Estero to clinch the top position in Group B. Flamengo finished second as both teams advanced into the final round of the tournament. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) knocked down 23 points to lead the effort.
Quimsa got to an almost perfect start. Diego Lo Grippo nailed 10 points in the first frame as Quimsa earned a 29:15 lead. The hosts did not allow Flamengo to get too close in the second period. Quimsa ensured a comfortable 49:37 lead at the interval. But Flamengo went on a 9:0 run early in the third frame to cut the distance. The Brazilian team narrowed the deficit at just five-point mark 61:66 at the final intermission. Quimsa however stayed calm in the fourth stanza and rallied to a confident win at the end. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Quimsa. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) added 12 points for the winners. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) responded with 29 points and 6 boards for Flamengo. Baby Araujo (211-C-80, college: BYU) delivered 16 points in the loss.

Quimsa: Diego Lo Grippo 23, Roman Gonzalez 17+11 boards, Cleotis Brown 12
Flamengo: Marcelinho Machado 29, Baby Araujo 16



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  BULGARIA   


Spartak Pleven head coach steps down - by Maria Mitzova
After leading BC Spartak Pleven for the last four seasons, head coach Darin Velikov decided to step down. The reason, stated by both the management and Velikov, were personal matters. The team will be coached by Velikovs assistant Tihomir Milev. In the official statements of clubs president Cvetan Antov and Darin Velikov is said that the coach has not been fired or resigned, but its going to be more like a long vacation, though its not clear if he is ever coming back to lead Spartak.
There is no drama at all. I am just feeling tired, said Velikov for Gong.bg. There was a lot going on in the team, the club, and I just needed a break. I spoke with the president and we are good. Nothing extraordinary happened. The same way I decided to step down, I could return.
BC Spartak Pleven had lots of financial difficulties for the last months and the club has been struggling for the past year, now relying mostly on home-grown players including the big star of the team Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) who came back to the squad in the beginning of the season.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 31.7
 1. Harper, Levski31.7 
 2. Lauderdale, Cherno.25.7 
 3. Govedarov, Yambol23.0 
 4. Bozov, Balkan22.0 
 5. Dimitrov, Spart.21.3 
 6. Naydenov, Chernomo.20.7 
 7. Lilov, Rilski S.18.7 
 8. James, Lukoil A.18.3 
 9. Zhelev, Cherno M.17.3 
 10. Gonner, Balkan16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.14.7 
 2. Varbanov, Yambol12.3 
 3. Iliev, Cherno More10.7 
 4. Bowman, Lukoil A.10.0 
 5. Morton, Balkan8.7 
 6. Davidov, Balkan8.3 
 7. Dimitrov, Spart.8.3 
 8. Cvetkovic, Yambol8.0 
 9. Kolev, Cherno More8.0 
 10. Georgiev, Levski8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Martin MARINOV
  Rilski Sportist
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Marinov, Rilski S.5.7 
 2. Marinov, Chernomo.4.7 
 3. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.7 
 4. Durchev, Yambol4.7 
 5. Govedarov, Yambol4.7 
 6. Zahariev, Chernomo.4.7 
 7. Lilov, Rilski S.4.3 
 8. Heath, Lukoil A.4.0 
 9. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.3.7 
 10. James, Lukoil A.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Vasil KIOSSEV
  Cherno More
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Kiossev, Cherno M.2.7 
 2. Todorov, Spartak P.2.7 
 3. Bozov, Balkan2.7 
 4. James, Lukoil A.2.3 
 5. Gonner, Balkan2.0 
 6. Bowman, Lukoil A.2.0 
 7. Stankov, Spartak P.2.0 
 8. Gruev, Rilski S.2.0 
 9. Diakovski, Spart.2.0 
 10. Petkov, Yambol1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.3.3 
 2. Varbanov, Yambol1.3 
 3. Petkov, Yambol1.3 
 4. Iliev, Cherno More1.0 
 5. Cvetkovic, Yambol1.0 
 6. Vaklinov, Rilski S.1.0 
 7. Vasilev, Chernomo.1.0 
 8. Traykov, Spartak P.1.0 
 9. Davidov, Balkan0.7 
 10. Kolev, Cherno More0.7 


Ilija Ctevkovic out for a month - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Yambol, as they are continuing to battle injuries. According to the reports from Bulgarian media, Ilija Cvetkovic (207-C/F-88, agency: Prossin Sports Management) is set to miss a month. Serbian center got injured during the practise and will not be able to help his team in the next three games, at least. This means that Cvetkovic will join Julian Radionov (188-G-79) who is also facing spell on the sidelines due to getting hurt. Cvetkovic arrived to Yambol at the start of the season, after going through the trial period. So far Cvetkovic has averaged 8.5 points and 8.0 rebounds so his absence will definitely be noticed. Yambol is currently in fourth place with the score of 2 wins and 1 loss in Bulgarian NBL.
Ilija Cvetkovic is a product of Borac Cacak junior system. He made his professional debut during 2005-2006 season. Following year he moved to Partizan where he played for its second team in B league. Last season, Cvetkovic moved to Masinac Kraljevo. In 17 games, he posted averages of 3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. At the start of this season he has spent some time on trial with Yambol. He managed to impress enough to be offered a contract.


NBL Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Balkan - Rilski Sportist 73-61
Balkan managed to overcome visiting Rilski Sportist 73-61 after a closely contested matchup. Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) led the winning side with 16 points. Dwayne Morton (200-F-71, college: Louisville) added double-double of 11 points and 14 boards, while Kiril Raykov came off the bench to chip in 15 points. On the other side, Rilski was led by Ivan Lilov who was the only player in double figures with 26 points.

Yambol - Spartak P. 72-68
Yambol hosted Spartak Pleven and managed to come up with 72-68 win. Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) and Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85, agency: Interperformances) led the winning side with 27 and 19 points respectively. Martin Durchev also had a good game with 15 points. For Spartak, Hrisimir Dimitrov poured in 23 points while Iliya Stankov added 15.

Lukoil A. - Chernomorets 95-88
Lukoil Akademik continued with winning streak after they were better than visiting Chernomorets 95-88. Host were led to win by Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) who poured in 25 points. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Brandon Heath also had a good match as they added 17 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Chernomorets got 21 points off the bench by Simeon Naydenov, as well as 18 points from Hristo Zahariev.

Cherno More - Levski 71-85
Levski traveled to Cherno More and managed to steal one from them after securing 71-85 win. Visiting side was led by Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) with 26 points. Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services) came off the bench to add 17 points, while Stefan Gerogiev added 12. For Cherno More, Tuhomir Zhelev had 26 points while Nikolay Kolev added 16 points.


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  CHILE   


Weekly Basketball Report for November 1, by Rod Alley'Gator Hunrichse - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
Weekly Basketball Report for November 1, by Rod 'Alley'Gator' Hunrichse

Liga Superior: Regular Season Ends. Playoffs. Probable matches. DIMAYOR. Inacap in Liga Sudamericana

> Liga Superior

Liga [Superior] Nacional 'Movistar' Tournament ends Regular Season this Monday November 1.

This top eight teams will play series of best-of-three play-offs: best vs worst and second to less-worst and so on:

First vs Eight
Second vs Seventh
Third vs Sixth
Fourth vs Fifth

All four Series are scheduled best-of-three starting Friday November 5, finishing Saturday, November 13, IF NECCESARY.

> National over-the-air/ pay TV Sports.

Hola Deportes has been showing delayed weekday sports games at midnight on telecanal, including basketball games from LNB. No previous announcement but on the Radio Show.

Currently, the QUALIFIED are:

GROUP A
# PTS PG WG LP FG AG ASPG ARPC W/LA PD TEAM
1 9 5 4 1 401 355 80.2 71.0 1.130 46 Deportivo Espanol de Talca
2 9 5 4 1 414 362 82.8 72.4 1.144 52 CD Universidad de Concepcion

GROUP B
# PTS PG WG LP FG AG ASPG ARPC W/LA PD TEAM
1 10 6 4 2 460 381 76.7 63.5 1.207 79 CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago
2 10 6 4 2 437 413 72.8 68.8 1.058 24 CD Sagrados Corazones

GROUP C
# PTS PG WG LP FG AG ASPG ARPC W/LA PD TEAM
1 8 4 4 0 380 286 95.0 71.5 1.329 94 CD Boston College Santiago
2 6 4 2 2 348 316 87.0 79.0 1.101 32 CD Liceo Mixto de los Andes

Fighting for Best Third [ALL playing Monday at 18:00 GMT-3]:
GROUP A
# PTS PG WG LP FG AG ASPG ARPC W/LA PD TEAM
3 6 5 1 4 323 366 64.6 73.2 0.883 -43 DEPORTIVO ALEMAN
4 6 5 1 4 345 400 69.0 80.0 0.863 -55 OSORNO BASQUETBOL
GROUP B
# PTS PG WG LP FG AG ASPG ARPC W/LA PD TEAM
3 7 5 2 3 311 332 62.2 66.4 0.937 -21 PROVIDENCIA [BEST CHANCE]
4 6 5 1 4 350 432 70.0 86.4 0.810 -82 Deportivo Puente Alto Santiago

> Probable matches:


CD Boston College Santiago made a PERFECT regular season, will play the second BEST third, to be determined.
Second
CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago, to play Seventh (First Best third) Providencia?
Third and Fourth WILL come between CD Universidad de Concepcion and Deportivo Espanol de Talca.

CD Liceo Mixto de los Andes should be Fifth and CD Sagrados Corazones Sixth.
Eight is selected Monday.

> DIMAYOR

Group South of DIMAYOR started this weekend, four teams play for 2 places to fight against the North Group:
Universidad Autonoma Temuco, Club Deportivo Valdivia, Club Deportes Lautaro and CD Universidad de Los Lagos (Osorno).

The North Group starts November 20, also qualyfying the top 2.
CAP Rancagua, Deportivo Puente Alto Santiago, Universidad de Chile and Sokol Antofagasta.

TOP 4 FINAL is to be played December 17 on an undetermined site.

> Inacap in Liga Sudamericana

Inacap played Group B in Santiago del Estero the South American League for Clubs.

Was eliminated after winning only one game: vs Malvin 88-81.
Sebastian Figueroa (175-G-88) [he played a week ago for CD Universidad de Concepcion] and foreigner Sammy Villegas were the leaders.

Inacap is still playing in Liga Nacional 'B'.

20101101, Rod Hunrichse.



Inacap upset Malvin in Santiago del Estero - by Eurobasket News
Inacap - Malvin 88:81

Inacap finished their Liga Sudamericana campaign on a high note. They shot down Malvin to earn the third position in Group B. Malvin wrapped up the competition winless. Sammy Villegas scored 29 points to lead Inacap to the victory.
Malvin and Inacap stayed close in the opening quarter. The Uruguayans secured a 20:19 lead at the first break. Sebastian Figueroa (175-G-88) however ignited a 10:0 run late in the half that gave Inacap a 38:36 lead. Christopher Lee and Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) stepped up for Malvin in the third term. The Uruguayan powerhouse surged back in front. They established a 59:54 lead with ten minutes to go. Inacap struck back in the final stanza. The Chilean side poured in impressive 34 points and rallied to the victory at the end.
Sebastian Figueroa accounted for 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Inacap. Claudio Naranjo (191-F-87) and Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, college: S.Carolina St.) added 12 points each in the victory. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) answered with 23 points for Malvin. Carl Edwards netted 18 points in the losing effort.

Inacap: Sammy Villegas 29, Sebastian Figueroa 13, Claudio Naranjo 12, Thurman Zimmerman 12
Malvin: Fernando Martinez 23, Carl Edwards 18



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  CHINA   


Jilin NorthEast Tigers agreed to terms with Shawn Pruitt - by Alex Yam
In recent CBA transactions, The Jilin Northeast Tigers have reached a verbal agreement with former University of Illnois standout Shawn Pruitt (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois).
Pruitt is no stranger to the CBA as he was part of the SBS Fujian team in the 08-09 season. Pruitt mos recently completed a season in the Puerto Rican league -BSN and was named Defensive player of the year and in most peoples eyes, was also the league MVP, he compiled avg's of 18.8ppg and 13.8rpg, while shooting over 50% from the field.

Shawn will be a force for Jilin, who failed to make the playoffs last season, and will help the team in rebounding and interior scoring/defense. This CBA season should be one of the best in recent memory. Good luck Shawn!



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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Luka ZITKO
  Trogir
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Zitko, Trogir18.3 
 2. Krapic, Zabok17.8 
 3. Helbich, Svjetlost17.3 
 4. Vujcic, KK Split17.0 
 5. Ragsdale, Kvarner .16.7 
 6. Blajic, Trogir16.0 
 7. Lucic, Dubrovnik15.5 
 8. Kamaldin, Darda15.3 
 9. Radic, Alkar Sinj15.3 
 10. Skific, Borik15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ante KRAPIC
  Zabok
  (202-F-85)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Krapic, Zabok9.3 
 2. Radic, Alkar Sinj8.3 
 3. Bagaric, Dubrava7.5 
 4. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.0 
 5. Saric, Dubrava7.0 
 6. Perincic, Zabok6.5 
 7. Vujcic, KK Split6.0 
 8. Ostric, Dubrovnik5.5 
 9. Krolo, Darda5.5 
 10. Basljan, Dubrava5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Josip BLAJIC
  Trogir
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Blajic, Trogir6.0 
 2. Jugo, Kvarner 20104.7 
 3. Tomeljak, Zabok4.3 
 4. Sarac, Svjetlost4.0 
 5. Katic, KK Split4.0 
 6. Cosic, Svjetlost4.0 
 7. Peric, Dubrovnik3.5 
 8. Ragsdale, Kvarner .3.3 
 9. Delas, Alkar Sinj3.0 
 10. Subotic, KK Split3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jure SKIFIC
  Borik
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Skific, Borik3.3 
 2. Jugo, Kvarner 20103.0 
 3. Anzulovic, Alkar Sinj2.7 
 4. Ragsdale, Kvarner .2.3 
 5. Swift, Darda2.0 
 6. Blesic, Dubrovnik2.0 
 7. Helbich, Svjetlost2.0 
 8. Blajic, Trogir1.8 
 9. Maric, Borik1.8 
 10. Kamaldin, Darda1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dario SARIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (205-F/C-94)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Saric, Dubrava2.5 
 2. Karac, Dubrovnik2.0 
 3. Vitali, Trogir1.7 
 4. Najev, KK Split1.5 
 5. Ragsdale, Kvarner .1.3 
 6. Sarlija, Borik1.3 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlost1.0 
 8. Ridl, Darda1.0 
 9. Kraljevic, Zabok1.0 
 10. Sobin, KK Split1.0 


Himik Yuzny lets Luka Drezga go - by Eurobasket News
Khimik Yuzny has decided to let Luka Drezga (196-G-87) go. The Croatian guard signed with the Ukrainian outfit this summer and was expected to be a good reinforcement for the club. However, Drezga failed to make the impact in the first several games for the club. This has prompted the club's management to decide to give more room to domestic players. As result, Drezgas services were deemed surplus so Khimik has decided to let Drezga look for the new club. It remains to be seen what is the next step for Drezga, and where he will continue his career.
Luka Drezga is a product of Sibenik junior system. He made his professional debut in 2004 and has spent 4 seasons with Sibenik. In his last season with the team, Drezga has posted averages of 19.4 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. Good games did not go unnoticed and he was snapped by Zagreb at the start of 2008-2009 season. However, Drezga failed to settle in as expected and has made only 2 Croatian league appearances, averaging 4.5 points per game. Last season, Drezga moved to Trogir where he has felt revival. He played in 30 games and has posted averages of 16.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Drezga has so far represented Croatia at U18 and U20 level. He has also been a member of Croatia B National Team.


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A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. King, Etha25.0 
 2. Davis, AP.23.0 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia20.0 
 4. Frasor, Achilleas19.0 
 5. Ioannou, ENAD16.5 
 6. Sims, Apollon16.5 
 7. Johnson, Etha16.0 
 8. Hanavan, AP.16.0 
 9. Biggs, Achilleas14.0 
 10. Juknevicius, Omonia13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar RADOJEVIC
  Omonia
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 17
 1. Radojevic, Omonia17.0 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas12.0 
 3. King, Etha11.0 
 4. Hoger, AEL10.0 
 5. Ioannou, ENAD9.5 
 6. Biggs, Achilleas8.0 
 7. Tutt, Etha8.0 
 8. Hanavan, AP.7.0 
 9. Dabkus, Etha7.0 
 10. Brown, Apollon7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Georgios PALALAS
  AEL
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Palalas, AEL6.0 
 2. Tutt, Etha6.0 
 3. Radojevic, Omonia5.0 
 4. Kovac, AP.4.5 
 5. Dunovic, Omonia4.0 
 6. Pantouris, Achilleas4.0 
 7. Carr, Apollon4.0 
 8. Price, ENAD3.5 
 9. Jenkins, AEK3.5 
 10. Sljivancanin, Kerav.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas DABKUS
  Etha
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dabkus, Etha4.0 
 2. Price, ENAD3.5 
 3. Kounounis, AEL3.0 
 4. Sljivancanin, Kerav.3.0 
 5. Bobbitt, AEK2.5 
 6. Pantouris, Achilleas2.0 
 7. Dunovic, Omonia2.0 
 8. Kovac, AP.2.0 
 9. Kent, ENAD2.0 
 10. Hanavan, AP.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar RADOJEVIC
  Omonia
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Radojevic, Omonia3.0 
 2. Dials, Apollon2.0 
 3. Fells, Keravnos1.5 
 4. Tutt, Etha1.0 
 5. Redding, Etha1.0 
 6. Palalas, AEL1.0 
 7. Jenkins, AEK1.0 
 8. Camacho, Apollon1.0 
 9. Johnson, Keravnos1.0 
 10. Clark, AEL1.0 


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


Games! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Achilleas 69 - APOEL 73
Giannis Christopoulos led Apoel to a second victory. With only 8 players on the bench, Apoel made it to a second crucial victory against Achilleas. Apoel had a great passion and fought very well. Davis had 29 points with Neophtytou adding another 13.
From Achilleas, even though it was not enough, Frazor had 19 with Biggs securing a nice help adding 14 points.

Enad 45 - Keravnos 72
Keravnos was led to its second victory against Enad. Stefanovic had 14 and Sjlivancanin had 13. From Enad Price had 13 and Radunovic added 12.

Apollon 76 - AEK 67
First victory for Apollon against Aek that still remains without victory. Lewis (The Dragon) Sims had 20 points. From Aek Collins had 18.

Omonoia 72 - AEL 66
Omonoia opened the new season with a nice win against AEL. From Omonoia, Radojevic had a great game. He had 17 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks and 9 points, with Dunovic adding 20 points.
From Ael, Carter had 13 points. Hoger grabbed 10 rebounds and added 9 points.



Kevin Tiggs moves to Cytavision Apoel Nicosia - by Emiliano
Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) will continue his career in Cyprus with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia. The American guard/forward started the season in Ukraine with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye playing 2 games of Eurochallenge averaging 14.5ppg, 2.5apg, 1.5rpg, 1.5spg, fg-58.3%, 3pt.-33.3%, ft-75.0%. Five the games played by Tiggs in Ukraine Superleague in which he recorded averages of 8.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg, ft-100%.
With the team from Cyprus, Tiggs will have the opportunity to play in Eurochallenge after having failed the qualification with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye. Last season with the jersey of Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye Tiggs averaged 15.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 63.9%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 77.8% in 34 games and was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team.


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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 5-1 
 2. Lemvig 5-1 
 3. Solrod 4-2 
 4. Stevnsgade 4-2 
 5. Virum 4-2 
 6. Glostrup 3-2 
 7. Haderslev 3-3 
 8. ALBA 2-4 
 9. Skt. Klemens 2-4 
 10. Aarhus BF 2-5 
 11. Hobas 1-4 
 12. Herlev 0-6 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK21.3 
 3. Roberts, Naestved20.1 
 4. Soltau, SISU20.0 
 5. Morris, Aabyhoj19.6 
 6. Johansen, Naestved18.9 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.9 
 8. Bak, Horsholm18.8 
 9. Colas, Vaerlose18.5 
 10. Claitt, Horsens IC18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 15
 1. Roberts, Naestved15.0 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC10.5 
 3. Colas, Vaerlose10.5 
 4. Falkner, Aalborg9.8 
 5. Morris, Aabyhoj9.8 
 6. Johansen, Naestved8.4 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.0 
 8. Ba, Vaerlose7.9 
 9. Williams, Svendborg7.9 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey CLAITT
  Horsens IC
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Claitt, Horsens IC6.1 
 2. Smedley, Naestved5.8 
 3. Martin, Aabyhoj5.7 
 4. Burgess, Bakken5.0 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg4.3 
 6. Dennis, SISU3.4 
 7. Jensen, Vaerlose3.4 
 8. Colman, Svendborg3.4 
 9. Alili, Vaerlose3.3 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony MARTIN
  Aabyhoj
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Martin, Aabyhoj3.0 
 2. Darboe, Svendborg2.6 
 3. Jukic, Aabyhoj2.5 
 4. Nielsen, Horsholm2.4 
 5. Williams, Svendborg2.3 
 6. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 7. Smedley, Naestved2.3 
 8. Rutherford, SISU2.1 
 9. Colman, Svendborg2.1 
 10. Morris, Aabyhoj2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.6 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm2.3 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsholm1.3 
 4. Brown, SISU1.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose1.0 
 6. McGinn, Aalborg1.0 
 7. Smedley, Naestved0.8 
 8. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 10. Gilling, Horsholm0.7 


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Chris Owens is back in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) returned to Ukraine. The forward signed a deal with the Superleague defending champions Azovmash. Chris Owens played in BC Donetsk in 2008/09 season. He was named the Superleague Player of the Year in 2009. Last season he also started with BC Donetsk. But in February Chris Owens moved to Greece after settling a contract with Panellinios Athens. Owens tallied 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in A1 League. This season the 31-year-old forward began in France with Gravelines Dunkerque. Chris Owens averaged 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per appearance in ProA.


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Michel Ipouck claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Naturalized Cameroonian Michel Ipouck (199-F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 32 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Denek (#11, 4-5) 88-83. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Despite this victory Le Puy dropped to the 15th position in Cameroonian NM1. Le Puy is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. In the team's last game Ipouck had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Le Puy's top player in his first season with the team. Ipouck has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.4ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.1rpg) and averages solid 1.1bpg,2.1spg and 50.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Larry Blair (183-G-84, agency: JEMsports) of Denek Bat Urcuit Bayonne. Blair impressed basketball fans with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Denek lost that game 83-88 to the lower-ranked Le Puy (#15, 3-6). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Denek keeps 11th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-5 record. Blair is well-known by Denek fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#1). He also registered 5.1 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Arnaud Thinon (178-G-87) of Sorgues BC (#9). Thinon scored 20 points and passed five assists. Despite Thinon's great performance Sorgues lost 69-70 to the lower-ranked Orchy (#12, 4-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Sorgues needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Thinon has a very solid season. In 9 games in France he scored 14.4ppg. He also has 3.7apg and FGP: 52.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jernej Mihalic (203-G/F-85) of Denain - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Mouhamadou M'Bodji (193-F/G-81) of Souffel - 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Tahirou Sani (204-F-85) of Get Vosges - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. A'Nsi Lema (197-G/F-84) of Get Vosges - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dejan Sencanski (198-F-84) of St Quentin - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) of St Quentin - 14 points and 11 rebounds
10. Julien Blanchot (194-F-85) of Brest - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists


French ProB round 5 best performance: William Daniels - by Eurobasket News
American forward William Daniels (203-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for JSF Nanterre, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Quimper (#17, 1-4) 96-86. Despite this victory Nanterre dropped to the 4th position in French ProB. They are still close to the very top. Nanterre would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Daniels had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Nanterre's top player in his first season with the team. Former Rhode Island University star has very solid stats this year. Daniels is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.0ppg. Daniels is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 64.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Andre Harris (201-F/C-85) of Lille Metropole Basket Clubs. Harris had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Lille cruised to a 75-65 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Boulogne (#10, 2-3). Lille's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Harris is a newcomer at Lille, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Justin Ingram (185-G-85) of Olympique Antibes (#6). Ingram scored 25 points. Despite Ingram's great performance Antibes lost 85-92 to slightly higher-ranked St Vallier (#5, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Antibes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. Ingram has a great season in France. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.8apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Moses Sonko (196-F-83) of Maurienne - 22 points and 6 rebounds
5. Marius Runkaukas (189-G-86) of Quimper - 29 points and 3 rebounds
6. Sherman Gay (201-F-82) of Fos Ouest - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Elson Mendy (200-F-85) of Dijon - 20 points and 13 rebounds
8. Dillion Sneed (203-C-84) of Maurienne - 17 points and 14 rebounds
9. Daniel Coleman (206-F-85) of Bourg - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Aaron Cel (203-F-87) of Nantes - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists


French ProA round 4 best performance: Davon Jefferson - by Eurobasket News
American forward Davon Jefferson (203-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Nancy (#5, 3-1) 80-73. Despite this victory ASVEL dropped to the 11th position in French ProA. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. Jefferson turned to be ASVEL's top player in his first season with the team. Former University of Southern California star has very solid stats this year. Jefferson is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.5ppg) and averages impressive 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old American Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78) of Strasbourg IG. Greer had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Strasbourg lost that game 72-77 to the lower-ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#14, 1-3). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Strasbourg keeps 10th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Greer is a newcomer at Strasbourg, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#3). He also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Alex Acker (196-G-83) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket (#8). Acker scored 24 points and passed five assists. Despite Acker's great performance Le Mans lost 65-71 to the higher-ranked Chalon (#1, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Le Mans needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Acker has a very solid season. In 4 games in France he scored 13.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bernard King (196-G-81) of Le Havre - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 11 assists
5. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87) of Roanne - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Demetric Bennett (193-G-85) of Pau-Lacq-Orthez - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kenny Younger (203-F-77) of Poitierarleys - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Joseph Jones (206-F/C-86) of Le Havre - 15 points and 10 rebounds
9. Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79) of Hyeres-Toulon - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81) of Nancy - 16 points and 7 rebounds


Nancy tabs Willie Deane - by Emiliano
Sluc Nancy Basket Pro in order to replace Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.) who got injured for the season, signed Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue). The experienced point guard started last season in Polish PLK with PGE Turow Zgorzelec averaging in the domestic league, in 11 games, 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 68.4%; while in EuroCup, in 3 games, he recorded averages of 15.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.7apg.
In January he moved back to Lukoil, in Bulgaria, averaging, in 23 games, 15.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.6apg, Steals-3 (2.1spg), FGP: 61.8%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 74.2% winning for the third consecutive year the league.
Deane was also selected to the Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Imports Team.


Anthony Dobbins close to Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News
According to French media, Hyeres-Toulon is close to sign a contract with Anthony Dobbins (194-G-81, college: Richmond). If they agree a deal, the 29-year-old guard will replace Jonte Flowers (196-G-85, college: Winona St.) who recovers from injury. Dobbins is currently a member of Spanish Murcia, where he signed a short-term deal. He appeared 3 times this season in LEB Gold averaging 3.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Dobbins helped Orleans to win the French Cup last season. He also played 33 games in ProA registering 5.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 1.7 apg. In Euroleague, Dobbins added 4 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.9 spg in 14 games.

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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 33
 1. Morban, Lirija33.0 
 2. Taci, Lirija26.0 
 3. Matic, Kumanovo.21.8 
 4. Boswell, ABA S.19.7 
 5. Petkovski, Pelister18.3 
 6. Simic, Rabotnicki17.8 
 7. Petrovski, MZT S.17.6 
 8. Stefanov, Rabot.17.0 
 9. Jovanovic, Ultimate.17.0 
 10. Pavlovski, Lirija17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Lirija
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Pavlovski, Lirija11.0 
 2. Filipovic, Ovce Pole10.3 
 3. Jovanovic, Ultimate.9.8 
 4. Nikolovski, MZT S.9.2 
 5. Morban, Lirija9.0 
 6. Taci, Lirija8.0 
 7. Zaharievski, Pelister7.5 
 8. Neal, ABA Strumica7.3 
 9. Chappell, ABA S.7.0 
 10. Petric, Kumanovo.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.6.0 
 2. Petrovski, MZT S.5.4 
 3. Kostovski, Torus5.2 
 4. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki5.0 
 6. Sokolov, Feni I.4.2 
 7. Taci, Lirija4.2 
 8. Grncarov, MZT S.4.0 
 9. Lazic, Ultimate B.3.8 
 10. Stefanov, Rabot.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Anakievski, Pelister2.5 
 2. Chappell, ABA S.2.0 
 3. Berat, Lirija2.0 
 4. Morban, Lirija2.0 
 5. Sokolov, Feni I.1.6 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.6 
 7. Troli, Lirija1.6 
 8. Tasovski, Feni I.1.5 
 9. Stojanov, Ovce Pole1.5 
 10. Petrovski, MZT S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Richard JETER
  Lirija
  (198-G/F-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jeter, Lirija2.0 
 2. Mladenovic, Ultimate.2.0 
 3. Kurciev, Ultimate B.1.5 
 4. Taci, Lirija1.0 
 5. Cheves, Lirija1.0 
 6. Bilbija, Ovce Pole1.0 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate B.1.0 
 8. Anakievski, Pelister1.0 
 9. Mihajlovski, Ultima.1.0 
 10. Petkovski, Pelister0.8 


Superleague Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Lirija - Rabotnicki 86-100
Not even four new signings could prevent Lirija from recording their 5th straight defeat, this time at the hands of Rabotnicki 86-100. Visiting side was led to win by Aleksandar Dimitrovski (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) who scored 20 points. Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) and Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) (8 rebs, 8 as) followed closely with 19 and 18 points respectively. For Lirija, Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.) scored game high 33 points, while Kiril Pavlovski debuted with 17 points.

Ovce Pole - Torus 60-88
Torus recorded an easy away win after beating Ovce Pole 60-88. Bojan Krstevski (205-F-89, agency: Interperformances) led winners with 18 points in this one. He got support from Nikola Karakolev (197-G-87) and Marjan Janevski who chipped in 13 points apiece. For Ovce Pole, Boban Bilbija (208-F/C-83) (10 rebs) had 21 points while Vladimir Filipovic scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Feni Indistrija - Ultimate B. 102-70
Feni Industri hosted Ultimejt Basket and rolled over them 102-70. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) led the rout with 18 points, while Dusan Knezevic (207-C-80, agency: BeoExcell) and Slobodan Mihajloski added 14 points each. On the other side, Ultimejt Basket got 22 points effort from Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-C-80) (12 rebs).

ABA Strumica - Pelister 78-71
ABA Strumica and Pelister played a close game in which hosts managed to prevail on their way to 78-71 win. Zoran Stojanov (202-F/C-85) and Marcus Neal (196-G-86, agency: HBA Sports, college: Delaware St.) led the winning side with 14 points apiece and David Buchberger (6 rebs) added 13 points. For Pelister, not even 24 points and 11 rebounds by Gjorgi Anakievski (185-G-85) could prevent visitors from loss in this one.

Kumanovo 2009 - MZT Skopje 77-85
MZT Skopje went to Kumanovo and managed to secure 77-85 win over their hosts. Jane Petrovski (181-G-87) (7 as) and Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) stood out for MZT Skopje with 20 and 19 points. On the other side, hosts were led by Darko Matic (C-84, agency: 011 Sports) who had game high 26 points.


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John Bynum (TBB Trier) Postgame Thoughts To 65-48 Win Against The Telekom Baskets Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 65-48 win at home against The Telekom Baskets Bonn


TBB Trier won their third game in a row at home. TBB Trier seems to be finding a niche at home?


Well anytime you play at home of course it is an advantage, but it is real important to win games at home at any level. I think it is great to play in front of such great fans and an a great atmosphere at the Trier Arena.


You beat Bonn 65-48. Not to take anything away from the great TBB Trier performance, but what is wrong with Bonn? They seem to be underachieving at the moment.


I think they have some key injuries right now and it is affecting there depth at times. Any time you are missing 3 players that are in the main rotation other guys have to step up but at the end of the day Bonn is still a good team and will be ready when all the players get healthy.


You held Bonn to 22 points at halftime which is fantastic. What was the biggest strength on defense in the first half?


Well I think we played solid defense and were actually able to finish out plays by getting the defensive rebound. We still gave up a lot of open looks and it was fortunate that they werent able to shoot the ball as well as they could have.


TBB Trier kept Bonn low each quarter. How difficult was it staying focused on defense for 40 minutes and was this the best performance of the season so far?


I think the key was rebounding, our focus was to be solid at the defensive end and finish out plays. We struggled in the past two games on the defensive boards so it was a key point that we had to rebound on the defensive end and yes I believe that it was one of our best performances of the season.


In the last years, TBB Trier has had problems controling the boards, but this season something changed. the club won the rebounding battle again. Is it just pure effort or why is getting rebounds such a strength this season?


I think for the most part it is a team effort. It is something that we have to continue to work at and just not be happy with our performance so far. It has to be a collective effort and at times we look really good but at times its frustrating knowing we played solid defense and then we give up a 2nd or even 3rd chance at times.


I am sure coach and yourself was happy with your performance of 8 points, two rebounds and one steal in 13 minutes. You always said that your time will come and I guess it has arrived.
Im not sure if my time has come because in order for that to happen I have to be consistent. I dont think one game defines that and scoring doesnt always measure the things that I am doing to help out the team. I think it is important to stay focused and continue to do what coach needs to me to do for the team to be successful



What is the biggest positive taken from the game and how will the club build to the next difficult game in Hagen?


I think winning is always something positive but that game is over and we have to focus on Hagen now. We will approach it the same way as any other game and get ready for the things that we need to do. It is going to be a challenge on the road but we will be prepared.


Oskar Fassler had a breakout game with 12 points. You recently had nice words for Phillip Zwiener. What is the biggest asset that Fassler brings to the table.


Oskar is a very versatile player and brings so much at both ends of the court. He gives us a scoring option off the bench and can handle the ball at the point position as well. I think you will see more from Oskar as well as the season goes along. He is a great player with loads of potential.



If you could be 8 again, what costume would you want for Halloween in 2010?



If i was 8 years old again I would keep it simple like back in the day cut some eye holes in a white blanket and be a ghost.

Thanks John for the chat.




Jason Boucher returns to Germany, joins Pro B team Gotha - by Moritz Korff
Jason Boucher (180-G-80, college: Grand Valley St.) is back in Germany. The 30-year-old Menominee, Michigan native joined 2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit Gotha Rockets. He played for Weiden and Landsberg earlier in his career and has been a prolific scorer in the Regionalliga for both teams. In the 2009-2010 season Boucher had 26 appearances for Landsberg in the Regionalliga South-East averaging 28.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.7 steals and 3.1 assists per contest.

USC Freiburg adds big man Xavier Hansbro, waives Onjekachi - by Moritz Korff
USC Freiburg (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has added size and athletisism by bringing in Xavier Hansbro (208-F-87, college: Georgia St.). The 23-year-old out of Trezevant, TN attended the University of Mississippi and the Georgia State University through out his NCAA career. He scored 7.9 points and pulled down 4.2 rebounds a game as a senior at GSU during the 2009-10 campaign. After six games played this season Freiburg sits in 12th place in the Pro A standings, having captured two wins thus far.
Meanwhile, the club parted company with Ibekwe Onjekachi (203-F-84, college: Long Beach St.) who didn't live up to the coach's expectations.


German ProA round 6 best performance: Ryan De Michael - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for VfL Kirchheim Knights, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds, while his team beat Crailsheim (#7, 3-3) 89-74. Kirchheim maintains the 3rd position in German ProA. They are still close to the very top. Kirchheim would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 5-1 record. In the team's last game De Michael had a remarkable 90.9% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kirchheim and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Ryan De Michael averages this season 15.8ppg and 6.7rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Sanijay Watts (193-F-87, agency: Limelight Hoops) of SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf. Watts had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead SOBA Dragons to another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Cuxhaven (2-4) 94-66. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. SOBA Dragons keeps 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Watts is a newcomer at SOBA Dragons, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85) of Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn (#16). Johnson showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Johnson's great performance Webmoebel lost 80-89 to the higher-ranked Hannover (#6, 4-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Webmoebel can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-5 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has individually a great season in Germany. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.7ppg (4th best) and assists with 5.5apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Reggie Fuller (198-F-86) of Crailsheim - 27 points and 13 rebounds
5. Timothy Burnette (188-G-82) of Osnabrueck - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Kameron Gray (186-G-82) of Crailsheim - 18 points and 7 assists
7. Charles Little (198-F-87) of Hannover - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Morgan Lewis (193-F-87) of ETB Wohnbau - 25 points and 10 rebounds
9. Kyle Moore (191-G-87) of SOBA Dragons - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jeremy Black (203-F-85) of Karlsruhe - 20 points and 10 rebounds


The Rapid 10 Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With Roger Powell (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) is a 198cm forward from Joliet, Illinois. He received a short term contract to play for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners until mid January 2011. He played at Illinois (NCAA) from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he played 39 games: 12.0ppg, 5.7rpg, FGPConf-8 (54.9%), 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 72.9%: Finished career ranked fifth in Illinois history in career field goal percentage (.572) and ranked 26th all-time in scoring (1,178 points). In 2005-2006, he played for the Rockford Lightning (CBA, starting five): 48 games: 21.1ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.5apg, FG: 57%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 73.5%. In 2006-2007, he started with the Utah Jazz (NBA), Regular Season: 3 games: 0.7ppg; left in Jan.'07, then joined Arkansas RimRockers (D-League): 28 games: 22.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77%. In 2007-2008, he played for Wear Teramo (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 33 games: 13.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0spg, 2FGP:55.8%, 3PT:31.3%, FT:73.1%. In 2008-2009, he played for the Chicago Bulls (NBA): only pre-season, in Nov.'08 moved to Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem (Israel-Premier League): EuroChallenge: 5 games: 8.6ppg, 4.6rpg; Israeli League: 25 games: 8.6ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 67.3%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 62.5%. Last season, he played for C.B. Murcia (Spain-ACB), Spanish League: 15 games: 8.3ppg, 3.4rpg, FGP: 44.6%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 71.9%; in Feb.'10 moved to JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France-ProA, starting five): 2 games: 14.0ppg, 4.0rpg, injured the same month. Recently he was cut by the Chicago Bulls and joined The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He spoke to eurobasket about basketball.

Recently it was Halloween. What was your childhood memory from Halloween?


Well what I remember most is the candy. I love candy. I loved eating candy as a kid. Now I try not to eat as much anymore.

You won your first game in the BEKO BBL against The Artland Dragons 82-56. In warmups, you had this focused gaze looking around. Was that the smallest arena that you ever set foot in? Was it a culture shock for you?


No no not at all. It was not a culture shock for me. I have played in other countries like Italy where I played in smaller arenas. It felt good playing in that arena. It was a very energetic crowd and it felt like they really liked basketball.

You have a short term contract until mid January 2010. What exactly is your role with the team?


I want to come in and bring energy and be able to score from the position four as well as defend and just help the team win. I think that scoring points will come. The most important thing is that I play decent and the team wins.

What is your impression of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners after 72 hours?


We have a real good chance of being good. I am really excited to play here. We have a great coach who really knows game. He is a players coach and just gives us freedom.

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed?


I dont know, but playing in Germany, I think my versatility will really be a strength. I can play the perimeter and can play the position two/three if I have to. I think that I will be a mismatch for bigger slower forwards.

You played at Illinois with NBA player Deron Williams, Luther Head and Dee Brown. How did these guys make you better as a player?



I think that we all learned from each other and pushed each other in practice every day. I think the reason that we were so good was that there were five very strong players on the court. It was a great experience reaching the NCAA final and the competiveness that I got there helped me at the professional ranks.

Religion and god has played a major role in your life. How did this all get started and develop?


Well when I was at Illinois, I was preparing for a ministry license, but now I am focusing on basketball. At the moment, I am not an ordained minister, but I eventually will be. At the moment I want to be a godly man in the sports world. In my junior year at Illinois, I had an experience which brought me closer to God. I thought I was put on this earth for a bigger purpose. In my senior year, I decided that serving Jesus for the rest of my life was my purpose, but then I realized that basketball is a natural gift that I have and I decided to play professional basketball and just be a person of character and be a role model as a player.

Your nickname is Rev=reverend and I have named you Jordman as I see you with a similarity to Michael Jordan and Dennis Rodman in appearance. What do you have from both players in your game?



Jordan was the best player that ever played. I try to model my game after him and Rodman was a hard worker and great rebounder who was a bit undersized and very athletic. I hope that I have a little from both guys in my game.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Prince of Persia and Clash of the titans,

Thanks Roger for the chat. Good luck with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.



Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Paul GAUSE
  Freiburg
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Gause, Freiburg21.8 
 2. Burnette, Osnab.21.8 
 3. Shepherd, Osnab.21.0 
 4. Johnson, Webmoebel20.7 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau19.8 
 6. Fuller, Crailsheim19.3 
 7. Brooks, Kirchheim19.2 
 8. Black, Karlsruhe17.8 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe17.5 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Cuxhaven
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.11.5 
 2. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau10.5 
 3. Watts, SOBA D.9.3 
 4. Black, Karlsruhe8.7 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.3 
 6. Shaw, Chemnitz8.0 
 7. Mendez, Heidelberg8.0 
 8. Hill, Jena7.8 
 9. Schoo, Heidelberg7.8 
 10. Wyrick, B.Muenchen7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim6.8 
 2. Barth, Heidelberg5.8 
 3. Burnette, Osnab.5.6 
 4. Johnson, Webmoebel5.5 
 5. Lowery, Braves5.0 
 6. Johnson, Hannover5.0 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim4.7 
 8. Zazai, Chemnitz4.7 
 9. Larsen, SOBA D.4.3 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.2 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz2.5 
 3. Burnette, Osnab.2.4 
 4. Scott, Kirchheim2.3 
 5. Alexander, ETB W.2.2 
 6. Gause, Freiburg2.2 
 7. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.2 
 8. Little, Hannover2.0 
 9. Heindel, Freiburg2.0 
 10. Turnbull, Hannover2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Deilvez YEARBY
  Cuxhaven
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Yearby, Cuxhaven2.0 
 2. Wohlfarth-B., SOBA D.1.8 
 3. Fuller, Crailsheim1.8 
 4. Oehle, Braves1.2 
 5. De Michael, Kirchheim1.2 
 6. Henry, Hannover1.0 
 7. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.0 
 8. Schoo, Heidelberg1.0 
 9. Lowery, Braves1.0 
 10. Hampton, Webmoebel0.8 


Roger Jordman Powell Sends Toby The Dragon Whimpering back Into The Dungeon With A Monster Dunk As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Demolish The Artland Dragons 82-56 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Skyliner captain Pascal Roller is usually as reliable with his shot as Larry Bird was in crunch time, Tom Brady early in his career with unforgettable fourth quarter comebacks or Red Sox slugger David Ortiz coming through with big clutch hits in the late innings, but in the first five games of the season Roller was averaging a dismal 10% from the field and 11% from outside was about as unlucky as the couple Cairns-Lawrence who experienced the 9/11 Terrorist attacks, 2005 London bombing innocent and 2008 bombing in Mumbai, but Roller finally found his shooting touch back last weekend shooting 4/6 against Braunschweig, but had misfortune again shooting only 1/6, but it didnt harm The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as they recieved enough production from Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana), Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) or Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) as they took apart the Artland Dragons 82-56. Roller might be one of the few shooters on earth that can have a bad shooting day, but always be remembered for the incredible worth of his talent of making big time shots. Pascal is just a clutch shooter. You can wake him up at 2.00 am and he will make the winning shot. He will always have his ups and downs, but when it counts he always makes the shot. I can remember with the German national team he would not have played 38 minutes and coach Dirk Bauerman just put him in for free throws, warned ex North Carolona Tar Heel Ademola Okulaja (202-F-75, college: N.Carolina) Roller found his shot at an early age. He has been shooting like this since he was 15 or 16 years old. He is just a pure technical shooter, that doesnt think, but just shoots. He could always rely on his shot even if it didnt fall tonight, added ex BEKO BBL player Marvin Willoughby (202-F-78, agency: Court Side). We had Buckman in the first half, Moye in the second half and the leadership of Roller the whole game, said Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn).

One of the least worries of the Artland Dragons was Skyliner Pascal Roller, but moreover themselves in this crushing 82-56 loss. It was the way we lost that hurt. We have a lot of respect for Frankfurt. They always do well. They simply outworked us tonight on both ends of the floor. In the second half, they started to feel better and made their shots while we didnt. It was like quick sand for us, as the game progressed, we kept digging a deeper hole in the grave, stressed Artland dragon Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). With the win, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners move to position four in the BEKO BBL standings with a record of 4-2 and the Artland Dragons stay at position five with a record of 4-3. Frankfurt has made a name for themselves as the comeback team and stayed true to their roots. We had no rhythm in the first quarter, but we stayed in the game and came back before halftime which was the first step in us getting the win and the second step in getting the win ocured in the third quarter as we rebounded well, had a high intensity on defense and forcing Artland to bad shots, stressed Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak .

Last week, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners surprised everyone by signing ex NBA player Roger Powell (198-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Illinois) Powell who played three NBA games for the Utah Jazz in 2006 and played together with Deron Williams (191-G-84, college: Illinois), Luther Head and Dee Brown (185-G-84, college: Illinois) at Illinois had been a late cut form the Chicago Bulls and quickly hoped on a plane to Frankfurt. The name Powell was on the lips of many in the arena and in the thoughts of the Artland Dragons. Powell is a good guy that works hard. I saw him at Illinois. He was more of a position four in school. He has learned to shoot and can play the position three now, but I suspect he will play four with Frankfurt, stressed Artland Dragons assistant coach Tyron McCoy . Jordan finished with four points and three rebounds in 13 minutes and had a smile on his face after the game, so his BEKO BBL debut cant have been that bad. I feel good. The German league is different from the NBA, but its good basketball. Frankfurt is a very good team and our chances to win games will always be good, stressed Roger Powell Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) got first hand of what a Powell flight to the hoop looks like as Powell made the play of the game with his dunk. It is always tough to come off a plane and get thrown into the game, but he is very solid, warned Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). Powell made a thunderous dunk in the third quarter as he flew over Marius Nolte Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). I was a bit lethargic in the first half with my jet lag, so in the second half, I wanted to make a point with that dunk. I would rate it a 8. I like being aggressive and getting to the basket and I simply like to dunk, stressed Roger Powell Skyliner big man Bradley Buckman has to worry more about his own situation concerning his short term contract and if he will be renewed, but he had nothing but praise for the minister in the making. Powell will adjust well and get his points. He is a great guy and big bonus for this club. It looked like he would not make it to the rim on the dunk, but then BOOM, his tomahawk revved our engine and got us going, commented University of Texas alumnist Bradley Buckman. We couldnt await to much from Powell, but he had a good start. He had a spectacular dunk and helped the team win. We will have to get him worked more into the systems in the next days, warned Kamil Novak .

Frankfurt was without Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) and Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) while The Artland Dragons were missing Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami (OH)) and Florian Hartenstein (206-C-77, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Oregon) In the last five games, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had only won one game in five attempts in the Artland arena with a win in OT in 2008. Three of the four games had been blowouts and usually had been started with lightening starts by the Artland Dragons. Frankfurt knew that they could not afford a slow start, but they were unable to match the early intensity of Artland as they rushed out to a 7-0 lead in the first few minutes. The Artland Dragon got quick transition buckets early and got inside as well as Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius), Bryan Bailey and Ibekwe scored. After a Ajene Moye fade away jumper, it was the always dangerous Adam Hess that sunk a three pointer for the 10-2 lead. Frankfurt began to fight back early as Bradley Buckman who is fighting to stay in Frankfurt scored twice inside over Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). I did what I had to do tonight. I wanted to play more, but overextended my lower ab, said Bradley Buckman. After Fenn scored over Buckman, it was Moye scoring inside after getting a nice lob pass from Buckman. Frankfurt trailed only 12-8. However, Frankfurt lost a bit of concentration letting Artland go on a 6-0 run their second of the game. Frankfurt was unable to slow down the Dragons transition game as they got easy baskets inside from Ibekwe twice and once from Bailey. After one quarter, The Artland Dragons were leading 18-12. Frankfurt was looking for their rhythm and Artland did a good job on transition. After the 6-0 Artland run, Frankfurt did a fine job with their zone defense bring Artland a bit out of their rhythm, stated ex German national player Marvin Willoughby (202-F-78, agency: Court Side). After one quarter, The Artland Dragons were shooting 50% from the field and 20% from outside while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 33% from the field and 0% from outside. Frankfurt had the slight 9-7 rebounding edge, but already six turnovers, while the Dragons had only three turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Artland Dragons continued to lead, but could never really breakaway as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners kept chipping away at the Dragons lead and always staying in striking range. Fenn scored with a hook shot over Joe Dabbert and hit a three pointer which was met by a DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) bomb form the corner as Frankfurt trailed 23-17. Frankfurt then sustained a 6-0 run as Boumtje Boumtje scored inside twice and Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) hit a pull up jumper on a fast break as The Artland Dragons were leading 29-19. Buckman then grabbed an offensive board and put back and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) who lead the club in rebounds with 10 scored inside as Frankfurt trailed only 30-23. Frankfurt was hanging in the game and getting support from many players and might not have needed a one man spark plug, but got in anyway from six year man Dominik Bahiense de Mello. After a Alexander Seggelke lay in and Buckman free throw, Frankfurt trailed 32-24. De Mello then commenced his rampage dropping a three pointer and scoring inside getting past Hess as Frankfurt trailed 32-29. Bailey defended me very tough, but I used my chance today to perform, stated De Mello. De Mello the got some support from fellow German Marius Nolte that made an unexpected, but well deserved quick move around Fenn as Frankfurt trailed 34-31. Artland got to the line with Fenn and Bailey, but the De Mello magic was not over yet as he scored on a drive from the wing and made a free throw. Robertson ended the second quarter with a free throw as the Artland Dragons were leading only 36-35. Frankfurt had more rhythm, were making better decisions, less small mistakes and had a confident De Mello while Artland was missing too many shots and were not playing transition basketball, stated Marvin Willoughby (202-F-78, agency: Court Side). We lost concentration in the last five minutes and focus on defense, commented Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). The Artland Dragons were shooting 46% from the field and 22% from the three point line as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 42% from the field and 22% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the overwhelming 23-12 rebound edge and didnt give up an offensive rebound. Frankfurt had nine turnovers and Artland only four.

The Artland Dragons couldnt rebound from the poor ending of the second quarter and were unable to take the Stefan Koch advice in halftime and translate it to success on the court as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners stormed out on a 8-0 run to lead 43-36. Frankfurt started the quarter with a beautiful play as De mello found Moye open underneath with a bounce pass that was wrapped into the basket with a reverse lay up. The ice man Kimmo Muurinen then hit a three pointer from the top of the key and then muscled home a tip in. Ex Boston College star Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) would keep the Dragons in the game with a floater and lay up, but Frankfurt stayed consistent on offense as Joe Dabbert scored twice inside. Frankfurt led 45-40, but kept getting stronger and let go on offense going on a 10-0 run to lead 55-40 which ultimately broke the necks of The Artland Dragons. In this crucial run, Frankfurt got confident which grew and grew from the Dabbert dunk which was followed by a Moye three pointer on the fast break, a Wood floater and then the DUNK by Roger Powell as Frankfurt was up by 15 points. Powell came from the free throw line found some daylight and just took flight like a goose does jetting off to Florida for the winter. The dunk was a big play by Powell. This put the final stamp on Artland which led us to winning the game, stressed DaShaun Wood. Rice scored inside again showing that penetrating is his game and De Mello ended the third quarter with another three pointer from the parking lot as Frankfurt led 59-44 after three quarters. Frankfurt got control of the game in the third quarter. Their defense was strong letting up only eight points and they just wanted to win more while Artland seemed to not really know what they wanted, stated Marvin Willoughby (202-F-78, agency: Court Side). We came out flat in the third quarter and Frankfurt took advantage of it, expressed Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 47% from the field and 36% from the parking lot while The Artland Dragons were shooting 42% from the field and 15% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the huge rebound edge 33-18 and both teams had ten turnovers. Frankfurt had forced Artland to six turnovers in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to play strong on offense and defense winning the quarter 23-12. Frankfurt started the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run to take a 65-44 lead as Moye scored with a mid distance jumper and floater and Powell with a lay in. The Frankfurt offense was working like a fine tuned Swiss clock work while the Artland arena was getting quieter and quieter as if a funeral was about to take place. Not even tobi the dragon could help the team a she was pacing up and down the court like he had seen his last flame. Muurinen and Roller nailed jumpers as Frankfurt led 70-46. The Artland Dragons had little ideas on offense and just kept firing away from outside as here and there a three pointer was made as Seggelke cut the Frankfurt lead to 70-49. Moye remained hot in the fourth quarter as he made a mid distance jumper and three pointer and Roller a jumper as Frankfurt led 79-53. Artland did get better on the boards in the fourth quarter and were able to improve their rebounding stats a bit from very bad to just plain bad. You could see that Frankfurt was very disciplined. I played for Herbert at Wurzburg and he was the best coach that I ever played for. It is so obvious that players listen to him, stressed ex Wurzburg player Marvin Willoughby (202-F-78, agency: Court Side). Nolte and Hess closed out the game with free throws as Frankfurt left the Artland arena with a well deserved victory. Frankfurt did a good job getting to the offensive glass. We couldnt stop them on defense. They shot the ball very well in the second half. They took us out of things on offense and we couldnt adjust, stressed Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). This was a great team effort. We talked and came together picked our heads up and just thought from play to play. De Mello did more than his job. He is a great player and read the offense. He was a big factor why we won tonight, said Bradley Buckman.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Ajene Moye with 18 points and six rebounds, Dominik Bahiense de Mello added 12 points and Bradley Buckman chipped in with 11 points and six rebounds in 11 minutes. The Artland Dragons were led by Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) with 13 points and seven rebound s and Tyrese Rice (185-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) added 10 points and six assists.
The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot 48% form the field and 37% from outside while The Artland Dragons shot 36% from the field and a miserable 15% from outside. Frankfurt once again showed why they belong to the top rebounding clubs in the BEKO BBL winning the duel 43-31 and the points in the paint 40-30. Frankfurt did a great job not letting Ebekwe and Boumtje Boumtje to dominate limiting the duo to 11 points and three rebounds combined in 35 minutes. Frankfurt was packing the lane and werent opening it up. We werent hitting our three pointers which really made it difficult for our big men to do anything, stressed Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius). The rebounding was a Frankfurt strong point as was the team play but also the fact that not having Wood and Roller score much be an issue as they combined for 12 points. Me and Pascal take what the defense gives us. In the third and fourth quarter, Artland was playing a triangle which left Moye open and denied me the ball. So we let Moye shoot. Also Pascal and I are not one dimensional point guards. Some games, we lead and pass and other games we shoot more. Tonight our role was to talk on offense and defense and keep team organized, said DaShaun Wood. BG Goettingen host The Deutsche Bank Skyliners on November 3rd.



Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Postgame Thoughts To 100-83 Win Against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. He spoke to eurobasket following the 95-73 win against BG Goettingen. He spoke to eurobasket after the 100-83 win against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen.


Ratiopharm Ulm won their second game in a row and scored a combined 195 points in those two games. Why is the offense suddenly going click?


I think we are just making shots and taking advantage of the opportunities the defense is giving us. Nothing special.

How has coach Michael Taylor help develop the offensive arsenal of Ratiopharm Ulm?


I think the arsenal was already there. We are just making plays and making shots now so everything starts to look bette
r

How was the derby atmosphere in Tuebingen. Let me guess it was greater in Michigan?

The atmosphere was great. Let me say the ULM FAN ATTACK IS THE BEST IN GERMANY. They were great. In Michigan we play in front of 15,000 fans so of course its better but the atmosphere was amazing.

Ratiopharm had the comfortable 54-42 lead at halftime, but was still giving up much points on defense. What was giivng the team most problems on defense?


It was a fast pace game and Tuebingen is a good team. They made some shots and we did also. I dont think there were too many bad defensive plays we made. Better offensive beats good defense.

Bane Rathkovica had 9 assists and is averaging 13ppg and 8apg. Is he the best classic point guard at the moiment in the BEKO BBL? What was it like playing against him for first time?

Yes he is. The offense they run consist of a lot of ball screens and he reads them great. It was amazing to see some of the reads he made on the court. He is truly a very good point guard. Much respect for him.

Ratiopharm Ulm did many good things, but was possibly the hot three point shooting the biggest weapon?


Yes we shot the ball very good from the three point line but I think the key was are rebounding. We didnt give them many second chance opportunities and that was great.

John Bryant had 14 points and 10 rebounds. He seems to be your unsung hero so far. Are you kind of glad that he is on your side and not the opponent? What do you like most about his game?


John Bryant is a BEAST. The things he does on the court and the feel he has is not teachable. He doesnt take bad shots and he is a load to move. What I like most about his game is he is very efficient. If You look at the box score you will always see he has a pretty good field goal percentage and rebounds well.


If you could be 8 years old in 2010, what costume would you want for Halloween?



I would just be me. I have never been in to costume too much to be honest. But if i had to choose one i would be BATMAN..LOL



Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Postgame Thoughts To 95-82 Win Against EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke eurobasket after the 95-82 win against EnBW Ludwigsburg.

You played your first game back in the Ischland arena. How special was the atmosphere?


The atmosphere was great. The people of Hagen have been waiting for this for years.

What did you miss the most from the arena? I am sure you are happy about leaving the hockey rink?lol


Just having my own locker. Last year we dressed in a women's locker room and had to go up like 30 stairs!!!

Phoenix Hagen has scored 198 points in the last 80 minutes. is the offense ready and strong enough to keep putting up numbers like this?


Yes we can keep this up for the season. But we are also playing good D!!!

Why couldnt EnBW Ludwigsburg come to terms with the Phoenix Hagen offense?


I think we were just too happy to finally play a home game!!!

With every new win how much more confident is the team getting?


It's great for us mentally but at the same time we know that we still have to keep improving game by game.

When you came to Hagen three years ago, did you ever think that you would be leading the team in scoring every so often?


I just do what the team needs out of me to be successful for that day. If its getting points, rebounds, or playing defense. It doesn't matter.

Mark Dorris has my early vote for MVP. He had a double double with 10 points and 10 assists. Has he always been a talented passer or has it developed in the last months?


Mark is great passer because he is so unselfish. Its so tough to contain him one on one so he makes defense have to rotate and he finds his teammates.

What is your most memorable childhood Halloween memory?

I can't remember any that happened with me but I do remember the one Halloween episode of Martin when they put props in his apartment to scare him with the Old Man Akerman.

Thanks Quentin for the chat.



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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Periklis DORKOFIKIS
  AEK
  (206-F-80)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Dorkofikis, AEK23.5 
 2. Tucker, Aris19.0 
 3. Karydas, Ilysiakos19.0 
 4. Chatzis, Ilysiakos18.0 
 5. Strnad, Kavala18.0 
 6. McAlarney, Ikaros17.5 
 7. Baxter, Ilysiakos17.0 
 8. Gray, PAOK16.0 
 9. Lambropoulos, Iraklis16.0 
 10. Gagaloudis, Marousi15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kurt LOOBY
  Peristeri GS
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Looby, Peristeri GS11.0 
 2. Simmons, Kavala11.0 
 3. Kalathis, VAP K.10.0 
 4. Papadopoulos, PAOK9.0 
 5. Kaimakoglou, Panath.9.0 
 6. Tapoutos, Aris9.0 
 7. Papanikolaou, Olympi.9.0 
 8. Tucker, Aris7.5 
 9. Thompson, Ikaros7.5 
 10. Kommatos, Marousi7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos7.5 
 2. Papamakarios, Panell.7.0 
 3. Jordan, VAP K.7.0 
 4. Palacio, Kavala4.5 
 5. Tepic, Panathinaikos4.5 
 6. Everett, Iraklis4.5 
 7. Diamantidis, Panath.4.0 
 8. Kommatos, Marousi4.0 
 9. Castle, AEK4.0 
 10. Thompson, Ilysi.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Linos-Spyridon CHRYSIKOPOULOS
  Aris
  (205-F-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Chrysikopoul., Aris4.0 
 2. Teodosic, Olympiakos3.0 
 3. Giannakidis, PAOK3.0 
 4. Byars, Panellinios3.0 
 5. Gray, PAOK3.0 
 6. Pelekanos, Olympiakos3.0 
 7. Chatzis, Ilysiakos3.0 
 8. Marshall, PAOK3.0 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.0 
 10. King, Peristeri GS3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Simmons, Kavala4.0 
 2. Pappas, VAP K.1.5 
 3. Scott, Peristeri GS1.5 
 4. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.5 
 5. Thompson, Ikaros1.5 
 6. Nesterovic, Olymp.1.0 
 7. Simtsak, Kavala1.0 
 8. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.0 
 9. Keselj, Olympiakos1.0 
 10. Gechevski, PAOK1.0 


Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. AGOR 1-0 
 2. Amyntas Dafnis 1-0 
 3. Arkadikos 1-0 
 4. Ermis Lagkada 1-0 
 5. Ikaroi Serron 1-0 
 6. KAOD 1-0 
 7. Lavrio 1-0 
 8. Periko/Arhelaos 1-0 
 9. AEK/Argous 0-1 
 10. Apollon Patras 0-1 
 11. Koroivos 0-1 
 12. Near East 0-1 
 13. Olimpiada 0-1 
 14. Pagrati 0-1 
 15. Panelefsiniakos 0-1 
 16. Panerythraikos 0-1 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathinaikos 2-0 
 2. Olympiakos 2-0 
 3. Marousi 2-0 
 4. Kavala 1-1 
 5. VAP Kolossos 1-1 
 6. AEK 1-1 
 7. Aris 1-1 
 8. Ikaros 1-1 
 9. Iraklis 1-1 
 10. PAOK 1-1 
 11. Peristeri GS 1-1 
 12. Ilysiakos 0-2 
 13. Panellinios 0-2 
 14. Panionios 0-2 


Iraklis was punished for two games - by Giorgos Diploidis
Iraklis Thessaloniki was punished for two games without fans for the facts that took place in the first game of the championship against Panellinios (the game was stop for some time). So it is very probable the team of Thessaloniki to not have its fans in the games against Ilysiakos and Kolossos Rodou.

On other news Kostas Pilafidis (agency: Interperformances ) was resign as a coach of the club but the board tries to persuade him to stay at the team.



A1: 2nd Week Results and scorers - by Chris Mammides
During the second week of the A1 league we witness what we expected from the very beginning a league of two gears in the top gear is Panathinaikos and Oympiakos and in the second gear is the rest of the teams. So at this second day we had two victories with 30 and 20 points difference for Olympiakos and Panathinaikos while the newly established team of Maroussi with an amazing Yannis Gagaloudis (191-G-78) beat the team of Kolossos Rodou and is now leading the league with Olympiakos and Panathinaikos! In all the other results we had normal results as PAOK beat Iraklis with 19 points; a deficit which doesnt really represents the real difference between the two teams. Other than that we had the easy win at the end of Peristeri over Kavala with the experienced Papanikolaou being the MVP of the game and the road win of Aris over Panellinios which is simply showing that is not ready yet and will definitely face some real issues if it continues to this momentum.

The results and the scorers were as follows:
PAOK - IRAKLIS 78-59
Quarters: 24-15, 43-36, 57-47, 78-59.
PAOK: Marshal 12, Dedas 11, Gray 12, Papadopoulos 10, and Giannakidis 10
Iraklis: Everett 11, Petrovic 14

Olympiakos - AEK 82-50
Quarters: 29-10, 50-21, 69-33, 82-50.
Olympiakos: Nesterovic 10, Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83) 15, Nielsen 14, Papanikolaou 10
AEK: Castle 11, Dorkofikis 12.

Ilysiakos - Panathinaikos 62-81
Quarters: 14-25, 31-47, 42-66, 62-81.
Ilysiakos : Athanasios Karydas (182-G-79) 19, Kiritsis 10.
Panathinaikos: Fotsis 11, Nickolas 10, Kalathis 12, Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) 15 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists.

Peristeri - Kavala/Panorama 65-54
Quarters: 12-18, 27-32, 46-43, 65-54
Peristeri : Papanikolaou 25, King 14
Kavala/Panorama: Hauf 13 and Jorovic 10

Marousi - Kolosos Rodou 76-75
Quarters: 17-14, 33-31, 51-46, 76-75.
Marousi: Bojic 13, Yannis Gagaloudis 21, Widen 14
Kolosos Rodou: Kalathis 14, Jordan 10, Asimakopoulos 12, Papas 10 Harisis 11.

Panellinios - Aris 62-72
Quarters: 14-20, 38-39, 46-52 and 62-72
Panellinios: Bailey 15, Byars 12.
Aris: Tucker 15, Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77) 15



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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Stokes, BS Weert19.3 
 2. Laing, Magixx18.5 
 3. Kimbrough, Giants17.5 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden17.0 
 5. Marshall, Lands.16.8 
 6. Kusnyer, Rotterdam16.4 
 7. Brown, DeFriesland15.4 
 8. Borha, Landstede15.4 
 9. Voorn, ABC15.3 
 10. Turner, Eiff.Tow.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick HILLIMAN
  Rotterdam
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Hilliman, Rotterdam10.1 
 2. de Randamie, ABC9.4 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra.9.4 
 4. Griffin, Giants9.0 
 5. Sanchez, DeFriesl.8.5 
 6. Sihota, Rotterdam8.5 
 7. Koenis, Giants8.4 
 8. Oudendag, Magixx8.3 
 9. McDermott, Magixx8.2 
 10. Hamm, BS Weert8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiff.Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Turner, Eiff.Tow.6.5 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra.5.0 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.9 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants4.4 
 5. Bostain, GasTerra.4.3 
 6. Boxley, ZZ Leiden4.1 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden4.0 
 8. McDowell, BS Weert3.7 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland3.6 
 10. Marshall, Lands.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiff.Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Turner, Eiff.Tow.3.0 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants3.0 
 3. Taylor, Magixx2.8 
 4. Dourisseau, GasTerra.2.6 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.5 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra.2.3 
 7. McDermott, Magixx2.2 
 8. Ellis, GasTerra F.2.1 
 9. Kherrazi, ABC2.1 
 10. Otten, GasTerra F.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiff.Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Aarts, Eiff.Towers2.5 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.7 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.3 
 4. McDermott, Magixx1.2 
 5. Blue, Giants1.0 
 6. Oudendag, Magixx1.0 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert1.0 
 8. Bekkering, ZZ Le.0.9 
 9. Hulzebos, Landstede0.9 
 10. Haryasz, GasTerra.0.8 


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Round 5 - top performances - by Tamas Deri
Robert Jarvis (180-G-87, college: ORU) - 31 points (8/14 2pts, 4/8 3pts, 3/4 FTs), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 received fouls, 33 RNK, 38 minutes
Charles Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) - 36 points (14/16 2pts, 1/4 3pts, 5/9 FTs), 10 received fouls, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 3 assists, 47 RNK, 35 minutes
Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) - 30 points (13/17 2pts, 4/4 FTs), 12 rebounds, 5 received fouls, 1 steal, 41 RNK, 30 minutes
Kurt Cunningham (206-C-87, college: Boise St.) - 26 points (8/11 2pts, 1/2 3pts, 7/8 FTs), 12 rebounds, 5 received fouls, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 33 RNK, 37 minutes
Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) - 23 points (6/7 2pts, 0/3 3pts, 11/13 FTs), 10 received fouls, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 37 RNK, 34 minutes
Adam Toth (208-F/C-89, agency: FCM) - 20 points (8/8 2pts, 4/7 FTs), 12 rebounds, 7 received fouls, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 35 RNK, 36 minutes
Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85, college: TCU) - 23 points (7/12 2pts, 1/1 3pts, 6/6 FTs), 7 rebounds, 9 received fouls, 3 assists, 3 steals, 36 RNK, 40 minutes
Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) - 22 points (9/12 2pts, 4/6 FTs), 12 assists, 7 received fouls, 4 steals, 2 rebounds, 36 RNK, 37 minutes



A Division, Round 5: ZTE alone on top with perfect score - by Eurobasket News
ZTE KK - Marso-Vagep 91-75
ZTE became the only undefeated team in the league with perfect 5-0 record. David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) was the leading scorer in ZTE with 22 points (5 rebs), while Adam Toth (208-F/C-89, agency: FCM) helped with double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds. In Marso-Vagep, Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) delivered 21 pts.

FS Debrecen - Falco-Szova 81-90
Second win of the season for Falco-Szova, whose leading player was Laszlo Kalman (186-G-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) with 22 points and 12 assists. He reached valuation 36 and was the MVP of this meeting. Yves Mekongo (201-F-87, college: La Salle) collected 24 pts, 11 rebs and 5 assists in loss.

PVSK Pannon - Kaposvari 82-76
PVSK Pannon outplayed Kaposvari improving to 2-3 record in the league. Benson Egemonye (208-C-83, college: Niagara) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Visitors got 26 points and 12 boards from Kurt Cunningham (206-C-87, college: Boise St.). They dropped to 1-4.

Salgotarjani - Soproni 86-105
Soproni cruised past Salgotarjani on the road to celebrate third victory of the season. Charles Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) exploded with 36 points and 5 rebounds for the guests (valuation 47!). Darian Townes (208-F/C-84) also was great adding 30 pts and 12 boards (valuation 41!). For the hosts, Robert Jarvis (180-G-87, college: ORU) collected 31 pts and 6 rebs.

Szedeak - Kecskemeti 84-94
4-1 for Kecskemeti and 1-4 for Szedeak after this game. Jerome LaGrange (192-G-78, college: Livingstone) was the leading player in victory with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The hosts got 19 points from Janou Rubin (193-G-82, college: UCLA).

Atomeromu - Albacomp 64-67
Albacomp grabbed valuable 64-67 road win against Atomeromu joining them with 3-2 record. Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) top-scored for the guests with 13 points and he pulled down 8 rebounds beside that. Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80, college: Villanova) shined in loss with 22 pts and 14 rebs.


Kormend - Szolnok 70-80
Box-score will be available soon.


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Salgotarjani
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani23.4 
 2. Bell, Kormend23.0 
 3. Wilson, Kaposvari21.6 
 4. Brooks, Soproni20.6 
 5. Sales, Atomeromu20.6 
 6. Pavlik, Atomeromu20.0 
 7. Marshall, Marso-Va.19.8 
 8. Cunningham, Kapos.19.4 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
 10. Stojakovic, Marso-Va.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Townes, Soproni11.4 
 2. Egemonye, PVSK P.11.0 
 3. Bell, Kormend10.8 
 4. Cunningham, Kapos.10.0 
 5. Sales, Atomeromu10.0 
 6. Clark, Szolnok9.8 
 7. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.0 
 8. Hollis, Albacomp8.5 
 9. Jones, Albacomp8.2 
 10. Johnson, Atomeromu8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Williams, ZTE K.10.2 
 2. Kelley, Soproni6.4 
 3. Wittmann, Kecsk.5.8 
 4. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 5. Savic, Marso-Vagep5.8 
 6. LaGrange, Kecsk.5.4 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok5.3 
 8. Singletary, FS Debre.5.2 
 9. Scepanovic, Salgot.5.0 
 10. Kalman, Falco-Sz.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clark, Szolnok4.0 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.0 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 4. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.8 
 5. Sitku, Marso-Vagep2.6 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.4 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.4 
 8. Boros, FS Debrecen2.3 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok2.3 
 10. Egemonye, PVSK P.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Clark, Szolnok3.0 
 2. Bader, Szolnok3.0 
 3. Townes, Soproni2.4 
 4. Keller, Albacomp1.6 
 5. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.5 
 6. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.2 
 7. McKenzie, Szedeak1.2 
 8. Orsulic, Kecskemeti1.2 
 9. Trotter, Szolnok1.0 
 10. Trepak, Szolnok1.0 


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Jon Stefansson top scorer - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
CB Granada finally won a game in ACB League when team beat Asefa Estudiantes 78-75
Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) was Granada leading scorer with 15 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist in 22 minute played

Logi Gunnarson scored 11 points took 1 rebounds 5 assist in Solna loss against Sodetalje Kings 79-63 in All Swedish league

Sundsvall Dragons won 08 Stockholm 79-69. Team playing without Hlynur Baeringson leagues leading rebounder.
Jakob Sigurdarson scored 20 points 4 rebounds 1 assist and 2 steals.


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Semaj INGE
  Haukar
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Inge, Haukar27.8 
 2. Smith, Njardvik25.5 
 3. Dabney, Hamar24.8 
 4. Amaroso, Snaefell24.4 
 5. Biedler, IR22.8 
 6. Schoen, KFI22.2 
 7. Burton, Snaefell21.8 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.21.6 
 9. Sovic, IR21.6 
 10. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.0 
 2. Biedler, IR11.0 
 3. Pettinella, Grindavik11.0 
 4. Ermolinskij, KR11.0 
 5. Stywall, Fjolnir10.8 
 6. Amaroso, Snaefell9.8 
 7. Jonsson, Snaefell9.4 
 8. Viggosson, Tindastoll8.8 
 9. Palsson, Hamar8.6 
 10. Inge, Haukar8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir9.4 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.0 
 3. Haraldsson, Haukar7.8 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Schoen, KFI6.6 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan5.8 
 7. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.5.6 
 8. Rivers, Tindastoll5.0 
 9. Arnarson, Hamar5.0 
 10. Sigurgeirsso., Snaef.4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Craig SCHOEN
  KFI
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Schoen, KFI5.2 
 2. Dabney, Hamar4.2 
 3. Maxwell, Keflavik4.0 
 4. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 5. Sigurgeirsso., Snaef.2.8 
 6. Ermolinskij, KR2.6 
 7. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 8. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.2.4 
 9. Zdravevski, Stjar.2.4 
 10. Viggosson, Tindastoll2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ragnar NATHANAELSSON
  Hamar
  (218-C-91)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.2 
 2. Trifunovic, Keflavik2.0 
 3. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.1.6 
 4. Savarsson, Grind.1.6 
 5. Suljic, KFI1.5 
 6. Pettinella, Grindavik1.4 
 7. Biedler, IR1.4 
 8. Jonasson, IR1.0 
 9. Magnusson, KR1.0 
 10. Maxwell, Keflavik1.0 


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  INDIA   


Indian Basketball Teams set for Asian games - by Anil Kumar

After 28 long years, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) will be sending the national teams to the Asian Games. The squads, announced here at Chennai on Monday, will have a tough time tackling world-class cagers from China and South Korea but the American coaches, who have been working with the probables for more than a month, are convinced that the players have made significant progress. The last time India fielded basketball teams in the Asian Games was in New Delhi in 1982. Since then they could not qualify and the federation views this as a good chance to make a fresh start.
The mens team will start its campaign at the Guangzhou Games against Afghanistan in the preliminary round on November 13. At the moment, we are looking at the Afghanistan match, said head coach, Bill Harris. The former NBA star, who took up the assignment at the instance of Troy Justice (Director of Basketball Operations NBA India), is not expectig a miracle from the men at Guangzhou. But Harris, who has worked in the capacity of head coach across the United States in many institutions for the last three decades, expects India to return from the Asiad with a wealth of experience.
The mens field is very big (17 teams) and we are in Group D with Afghanistan (in the preliminary stage). The last time we played them they beat us (in SAF Games in Bangladesh), so once we cross that match, we will get to know where we will be in the next round, said Bill, who has gone on record saying his main task is to bring discipline to the Indian team as he is known for being a teacher of defensive intensity. Comparatively, the Indian women have a much clearer picture ahead of them. There are only seven teams in the fray but, sadly, the eves find themselves grouped with Asian giants China and Korea.
Geethu Anna Jose, the spearhead of the Indian team, knows it is a huge task to qualify for the semifinals ahead of either China or Korea but keeps her fingers crossed. I hope we can beat one of them. In fact, if we were in the other group (Japan, Maldives and Chinese Taipei), we could have easily got into the semifinals, added Geethu. The additional team in Indias group is Thailand. Womens coach Tamika Raymond has been with the probables from Ooctober 1. She feels the team has come a long way since they assembled for the two camps in Indore and Chennai.

THE SQUADS

Men: Vishesh Briguvanshi (captain), Jairam Jat, Jagdeep Singh, Prakash Mishra, Sunil Rathee, Yadivinder Singh, Kiran Pal Singh, Trideeep Rai, Hareesh Koroth, Dinesh, Eudrick Pereira, Dishant Shah. Head coach: Bill Harris, Coach: Baskar, Asst coach: Rajinder Singh. Women: Prashanti Singh (captain), Geethu Anna Jose, P Anitha, Bharti Netam, Pratima Singh, Akanksha Singh, Pushpa, Harjeet Kaur, Raja Priyadarshini, Sneha Rajguru, Smriti Radhakrishnan, Rajpreet Sindhu. Head coach: Tamika Raymond, Coach: Sat Prakash Yadav, Asst coach: Prasanna Jayasankar.

Courtesy - Harihara Nandan - Times of India


Tamil Nadu set to take on Punjab Boys in IMG Reliance Junior National Final - by Anil Kumar
In front of a raucous crowd on Saturday evening, the semi-finals of the 61st IMG-Reliance National Basketball Championship for Boys and Girls was held at the Fr. Agnel School at Vashi (Navi Mumbai). After four exciting match-ups, Tamil Nadu and Punjab boys proceeded to the final game, whereas Maharashtra girls qualified to face Kerala in their final.

Punjab and Madhya Pradesh Boys played out the game of the tournament in their semi-final clash. After trailing for most of the game, the Punjab team made a spirited comeback and won the game on a clutch lay-up by star playet Amjyot Singh, who scored with just 19 seconds left on the clock. Punjab held on to win 68-67 and enter the tournament's finale.

Meanwhile, the efficient Tamil Nadu squad continued their stellar play, putting on an offensive clinic against Karnataka. TN scored 109 points, beating their opponents by 22, behind high-scoring performances by G. Sivabalan (26), M. Kasirajan (22), GB Carmel Joseph (19), and A. Aravind (17). Karnatakas Abhishek YP played the best individual game of the tournament with 45 points, and teammate Mayer Bhat added 32, but it wasnt enough to challenge TN.

Hosts Maharashtra girls played their semi against a hugely favoured Chhattisgarh squad which propelled them to play their best basketball of the tournament. Maharashtra played good defense on Chhattisgarh, who are the defending champions, to emerge 76-48 victors. Maharashtra were led by Amruta (23) and Shireen Vijay (19).

In the other girls' semi-final, Kerala Girls played went on a strong run in the third quarter and outplayed the girls' team from neighbouring state Tamil Nadu, winning the game 64-43. Kerala were led by 16 points from Jeena PS.

The 3/4th place fixtures were held on Sunday morning. In the boys game, MP beat Karnataka 79-56 to finish third. Tamil Nadu girls finished third after a high-scoring 69-62 victory over Chhattisgarh.

Semi-Final Scores

Girls :

Kerala 64 (Jeena PS 16) bt TN Girls 43.
Maharashtra 76 (Amruta 23, Shireen Vijay 19, Saminha 15) bt. Chhattisgarh 48 (Ranjeeta 21).
Boys :

Punjab 68 (Bikramjot 22, Kamaldeep 13) bt. MP (Ankit Singh 18, Syedanam 16, Surat Pratap 16).
Tamil Nadu 109 (G. Sivabalan 26, M. Kasirajan 22, GB Carmel Joseph 19, A. Aravind 17, S. Senthil 14) bt. Karnataka 87 (Abhishek YP 45, Mayer Bhat 32).
Third/Fourth Place match-ups :

Girls: Tamil Nadu 69 (K. Shruthi 15, L. Suganya 14) bt. Chhattisgarh 62 (Shubhangi 19, Sangeeta 17, Sandhya 13).
Boys: MP 79 (Siddharth 23, Suraj 19, Ankit 16) bt. Karnataka (Abhishek YP 26, Kaif Azad Zia 15).

Courtesy - BFI



Punjab Boys & Kerala Girls lift title - by Anil Kumar
In what was a fitting end to an exciting championship, the Punjab Boys team stepped up their game when it counted most to edge out Tamil Nadu 75-70 and win the boys title at the 61st IMG-Reliance National Basketball Championship for Junior Boys and Girls at the Fr. Agnel School in Vashi (Navi Mumbai). In the girls final, Kerala played efficient defense to smother hosts Maharashtra and win the final game, 71-60.

The boys game was a see-saw, back and forth affair, as the two strongest teams in the tournament, Punjab and Tamil Nadu, faced each other. It was a match-up between Punjabs height and Tamil Nadus speed. Tamil Nadu had a hard time dealing with Punjabs control of the boards, but led by some brilliant play by GB Carmel Joseph, they kept close until the end. Tamil Nadu looked to have sealed the game in the last few minutes before Punjabs captain Amjyot Singh (10) and Bikramjot Singh (22) made clutch baskets to give their team the victory.

It feels really good to win this trophy, especially since this was such a difficult tournament, said Amjyot Singh, Punjabs captain. The game was going down to the wire, but our coach reassured us and made sure we played with a cool mind. Im very happy we were able to win: this is a good, balanced team, that boasted good shooters, good passers, and of course, great height.

Kerala girls silenced the home support after they built an early double digit lead over the Maharashtra squad. Playing disciplined man-to-man defense, Kerala made it extremely difficult for Maharashtra to score and were soon sitting on a 24 point advantage early in the 3rd quarter. Maharashtra slowly began to catch up, even cutting the lead to single digits in the last few minutes. But Kerala managed to hold on, and as time expired, they emerged 71-60 winners.

Kerala were once again led by the confident young star Jeena PS (26). I am happy to win this trophy and make Kerala proud, said Jeena, We were able to play good defense, and on offense, my team-mates did a good job in getting the ball to me in the post. There was a bit of pressure from the home support as Maharashtra made a comeback in the fourth quarter, but we were able to hang on.


Final Scores
Girls: Kerala 71 (Jeena PS 26, Neenu Mol PS 15) bt. Maharashtra 60 (Amruta Vashwant 15).
Boys: Punjab 75 (Bikramjot Singh 22, Kamaldeep Singh 18) bt. Tamil Nadu 70 (GB Carmel Joseph 27, KS Prasanna 17, G Sivabalan 13)

Courtesy -BFI







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  ISRAEL   


Hapoel Holon returns Brian Tolbert - by Netanel Dahan
Hapoel Holon agreed terms with the vetran guard Brian Tolbert (188-G-74, college: E.Michigan),Tolbert played already 6 seasons in Israel and was a part of Hapoel Holon in 2008-09 season he was a game hero of the Israeli
Cup Final that season as he scored an amazing last basket at the buzzer lifting his team to important trophy,the head coach of Hapoel Holon that season was Danny Franco the currect head coach of the team this season.
Last season he played for Ashkelon and avraged: 10.1ppg, 2.6rpg,and 2.4 apg.


Maccabi Tel Aviv trash's Hapoel Jerusalem 75:55 - by David Pick
overcoming their first home court advantage obstacle beating Zalgiris Kaunas Kaunas in the Euroleague last week, Maccabi Tel-Aviv hosted its Israeli Avowed opponent, and went head to head against Hapoel Jerusalem, in the Israeli basketball super classic. The home team demolished the visitors 75:55 as they held them to just 20 second half points, and only 9 in the closing quarter.

Yellow Israelis, Guy Pnini (4/6 from beyond the arc), and Tal Burstein led the way with 15 and 12 points respectively.Willie Solomon met his former club and opened strong with 10 first quarter points, but his statement wasnt as firm, as he finished with only 16.

'One of the things we said after the last few games is that we need to be more consistent, especially on defense, and maintain our intensity. We outscored them in all four quarters so I guess that means something', Maccabi head coach David Blatt said please after his teams W.

They said Zalgiris Kaunas isn't such a good team, I wonder what they will say now. That Jerusalem is also mediocre team? Well I think they're an excellent team with a great coaching staff.'

'I guess we could have done things better on the offensive end, but Im happy we made stops on defense and held them to only 20 points in the second half. Overall I'm satisfied with the way the team is playing and I feel like we are really coming together. Player wise, Pnini and Burstein were just great'.
'I feel the need to agree with Hapoel's coach, Oded Katash, when he said it was a very hard game to officiate. There were mistakes on both end of the court, but at the end of the day thats the way these games are', said Blatt.

Maccabi forward, Richard Hendrix added: 'I'm glad the team is coming together. We worked hard and we deserved the win. I dont want to talk about the official but let's just say were human and we can't all be perfect. Coming up ahead we have a very big game in the Euroleague against Partizan Beograd, but I'm sure that we will be ready. I feel good with the guys and good with the team'.

Game MVP, Guy Guy Pnini, said after yet another great performance against his former team: We kept them to only 55 points which is amazing. Its all thanks to our fans that come out and supports us all the time. They gave us the home court atmosphere and I hope that with their help we can keep playing the way we do. Personally, I felt good at the end, all I had to do was make open easy shots and the guys did a great job helping me. From now on were only focused on Partizan Beograd.

Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem's head coach Oded Katash addressed his teams loss: Our feeling about the game should have been better than the feeling we felt post game. We should have been more focused and executed better. We need to give a lot of credit to Maccabi for their defense effort in the second half. We should learn a lot from this game if we wish to improve.
Were a team that can do much better than just 55 points, so again, the credit goes to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv.'

Hapoel center, Sam Clancy
said after the defisit: 'whenever you score 55 points, dont expect to win, especially if it's against Maccabi and even more so, on the road. There's just no way it's going to happen. I think we're still trying to understand how to play with one another, but with time we will be a good team'.
Team captain, Uri Kokia: 'we had some good moments and some bad minutes in the game, but what can we do, thats basketball. We have'nt won a league game in Tel Aviv in 20 years, so what's 21?'

Box Scores

Maccabi: Guy Pnini 15 points (4/6 from outside the arc); Tal Burstein 12 points; Chuck Eidson 11 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists; Doron Perkins 11 points; Jeremy Pargo 8 points, 8 assists; Richard Hendrix 7 points; Lior Eliyahu 6 points; David Blu 5 points.

Hapoel: Willie Solomon 16 points; Jason Rich 12 points; Brian Randle 8 points; Yogev Ohayon 6 points.




Premier League Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi T-A - Hapoel J-M 75-55
Maccabi T-A rolled over Hapoel J-M 75:55 at the Regular Season Round 3.Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) paced all the winners with 15 points and Burstein Tal finished the night with 12 points. Solomon Willie ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Rishon 76-79
Maccabi Ashdod was beaten by Maccabi Rishon 76:79 as the latter got 19 points from Darrell Tucker (206-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: USF). Clemente Denis and Orland Yehu netted 13 points each, while Hanochi Nizan and Morgan Raymar scored 9 points each. Bradley Ramel responded with 27 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.

Elitzur Netanya - Maccabi Haifa 72-77
Maccabi Haifa grabbed 77:72 over Elitzur Netanya on the last day of October. Frank Robinson (193-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) stepped up with 17 points, whilst Killingsworth Marco collected 16 points and 10 rebounds. Banks Adrian and Travis Romeo combined for 40 points in the losing effort.

Bnei Hasharon - Hapoel Holon 80-79
Bnei Hasharon rolled over Hapoel Holon 80:79 in a real thriller of Round 3. Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU) and James Shawn paced all the winners with 19 points each, while Shason Sharon added 16. Arnold Jamie netted 17 points for Holon and Roth Moran had 16.

Galil Gilboa - Ironi Ashkelon 83-73
Galil Gilboa overcame Ironi Ashkelon 83:73 at the last game of the Regular Season Round 3. Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85) led the way with 19 points and Green Rodney collected 17 points. Turner Rahshon finished the night with 18 points for Ironi.




Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Bnei Hasharon 3-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 3-0 
 3. Galil Gilboa 2-1 
 4. Maccabi Haifa 2-1 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 2-1 
 6. Elitzur Netanya 1-2 
 7. Hapoel J-M 1-2 
 8. Maccabi Ashdod 1-2 
 9. Hapoel Holon 0-3 
 10. Ironi Ashkelon 0-3 


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Italian Lega2 round 5 best performance: Ryan Wittman - by Eurobasket News
American forward Ryan Wittman (198-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for MarcoPoloShop.it Forli, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, five rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Scafati Basket (2-3) 96-87. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Forli maintains the 11th position in Italian Lega2. Forli is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. In the team's last game Wittman had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Forli's top player in his first season with the team. Ryan Wittman averages this season 13.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 31-year old American Joseph Crispin (186-G-79, agency: Interperformances) of league's leader Sigma Barcellona. Crispin had a very good evening with 40 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Barcellona was edged by Immobiliare SR (4-1) 95-91. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Immobiliare SR managed to tie with Barcellona at the very top position in the standings. It was just his team's 1st loss this season, while they won 4 other games. Crispin is a newcomer at Barcellona, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 26.8ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.5rpg and 3.5apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Priority Sports) of Aget Imola (#10). Ebi scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ebi's great performance Aget IM lost 78-79 to slightly higher-ranked Trenkwalder (#9, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Aget IM ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 3 games, recording just two victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ebi could help Aget IM to bring them higher in the standings. Ebi has a great season in Italy. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.4rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Carmatic PT - 24 points and 9 rebounds
5. Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75) of Immobiliare SR - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) of Prima Veroli - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ricky Hickman (190-G-85) of Fastweb CM - 28 points and 3 rebounds
8. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Forli - 26 points and 5 rebounds
9. Trent Whiting (185-G-76) of Aget IM - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
10. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86) of Tezenis Verona - 26 points


Cusin's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Scavolini Spar Pesaro and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Pepsi Caserta (#16, 0-3), the league's worst team 91-89. Despite this victory Scavolini PS dropped to the 8th position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Scavolini PS will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. Cusin turned to be Scavolini PS's top player in his first season with the team. Cusin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.0rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 88.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Taquan Dean (193-G-83) of Air Avellino. He is American guard in his first season at Air AV. In the last game Dean recorded impressive 19 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Air AV lost that game 66-73 to CS Bologna (2-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Dean is a newcomer at Air AV and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) of Pepsi JuveCaserta (#16). Di Bella scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Di Bella's great performance Pepsi Caserta lost 89-91 to Scavolini PS (#8, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Pepsi Caserta can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Di Bella he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Di Bella has a very solid season. In 3 games in Italy he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85) of Armani MI - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) of CS Bologna - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85) of Bennet Cantu - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Edgar Sosa (188-G-88) of Angelico BI - 22 points and 3 assists
8. Marko Milic (202-F-77) of Vanoli CR - 20 points and 5 rebounds
9. Andre Collins (183-G-82) of Scavolini PS - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Goran Suton (209-C-85) of Angelico BI - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Reati, Treviglio20.8 
 2. Rugolo, Molfetta19.7 
 3. Vico, Matera19.3 
 4. Carrizo, Ferentino18.8 
 5. Masper, Moncalieri18.0 
 6. Pilotti, Ruvo17.0 
 7. Becerra, Rieti16.7 
 8. Marino, Treviglio16.4 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.2 
 10. Picazio, Omegna16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Molfetta
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Corral, Molfetta11.2 
 2. Rosignoli, Bisceglie10.2 
 3. De Min, Treviglio9.2 
 4. Morena, Ostuni9.0 
 5. Zerini, Ruvo8.5 
 6. Facenda, Senigallia8.5 
 7. Tassinari, Moncalieri8.4 
 8. Bagnoli, Potenza8.2 
 9. Gigena, Massafra8.0 
 10. Capitanelli, Pales.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ferrarese, Trento5.5 
 2. Tomasiello, Comsum.4.5 
 3. Busca, Trieste4.0 
 4. Di Capua, Osimo3.8 
 5. Santolamazza, Ana.3.8 
 6. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.8 
 7. Bastoni, Riva d.3.8 
 8. Marino, Treviglio3.6 
 9. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.5 
 10. Bushati, Brescia3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Franko BUSHATI
  Brescia
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bushati, Brescia4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia4.5 
 3. Sperduto, Pales.4.0 
 4. Guarino, Trapani4.0 
 5. Rabaglietti, Feren.3.5 
 6. Picazio, Omegna3.2 
 7. Borgna, ASD Pavia3.2 
 8. Cardillo, Ferentino3.2 
 9. Gullo, Patti3.0 
 10. Vico, Matera3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Zerini, Ruvo2.2 
 2. Corral, Molfetta1.8 
 3. Ancellotti, Patti1.8 
 4. Pozzi, Molfetta1.7 
 5. Bozzetto, Comsum.i.1.2 
 6. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 7. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 8. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 9. Basei, Ostuni0.8 
 10. Vitale, Treviglio0.8 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Rimantas KAUKENAS
  Montepaschi
  (193-G-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Kaukenas, Montepas.21.0 
 2. Ford, Sutor Mont.17.3 
 3. Thomas, Cimberio.17.3 
 4. Almond, Scavolin.17.0 
 5. Milic, Vanoli CR16.7 
 6. White, Ford S.16.3 
 7. Hunter, Ford S.16.0 
 8. Zoroski, Banca T.16.0 
 9. Diawara, Enel B.15.7 
 10. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Goran SUTON
  Angelico BI
  (209-C-85)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Suton, Angelico BI11.7 
 2. Ford, Sutor Mont.11.0 
 3. Troutman, Air AV10.0 
 4. Lang, Enel Brindisi9.3 
 5. Garri, Pepsi C.9.3 
 6. Cusin, Scavolini PS8.0 
 7. Fletcher, Banca T.7.7 
 8. Hall, Banca Tercas7.3 
 9. Ivanov, Sutor M.7.3 
 10. Drozdov, Vanoli CR7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Andre COLLINS
  Scavolini PS
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Collins, Scavolin.8.3 
 2. Childress, Ford S.7.0 
 3. Green, Air AV5.3 
 4. Diener, Ford S.4.5 
 5. Green, Bennet Cantu3.7 
 6. Zoroski, Banca T.3.3 
 7. Sosa, Angelico BI3.3 
 8. Rannikko, Cimberio.3.3 
 9. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.0 
 10. Bowers, Pepsi C.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darius WASHINGTON
  Lottomatica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Washington, Lottomat.5.0 
 2. Jones, Sutor Mont.4.0 
 3. Di Bella, Pepsi C.4.0 
 4. Rowland, Vanoli CR4.0 
 5. Stonerook, Montepas.4.0 
 6. Dasic, Lottomatica3.7 
 7. Kangur, Cimberio.3.3 
 8. Poeta, CS Bologna3.3 
 9. Dean, Air AV3.3 
 10. Collins, Scavolin.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Othello HUNTER
  Ford Sassari
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Hunter, Ford S.1.7 
 2. Smith, Benetton TV1.7 
 3. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.7 
 4. Ford, Sutor Mont.1.7 
 5. Amoroso, CS Bo.1.3 
 6. Cusin, Scavolini PS1.3 
 7. Smith, Lottomatica1.3 
 8. Polonara, Banca T.1.3 
 9. Salyers, Angelico.1.0 
 10. Cittadini, Ford S.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Crispin, Barcellona26.8 
 2. Clark, Umana Reyer24.0 
 3. Whiting, Aget IM23.8 
 4. Smith, Trenkwalder22.5 
 5. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.8 
 6. Gordon, Forli20.6 
 7. Boyette, N.Ferrara20.2 
 8. Pecile, Jesi17.8 
 9. Roderick, Immobi.17.8 
 10. Boykin, Assigeco16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben BOYKIN
  Assigeco
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Boykin, Assigeco11.0 
 2. Chiacig, Scafati .10.0 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.9.8 
 4. Waleskowski, Tezeni.9.2 
 5. Lollis, Immobili.9.0 
 6. Johnson, San Severo8.8 
 7. Dordei, Snaidero UD8.5 
 8. Ebi, Aget IM8.4 
 9. Varnado, Carmatic.8.4 
 10. Maggioli, Jesi7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Donte MATHIS
  Snaidero UD
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Mathis, Snaidero.4.3 
 2. Levin, Scafati .4.0 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.4.0 
 4. Williams, Snaidero.3.8 
 5. Crispin, Barcellona3.5 
 6. Licartovsky, Forli3.4 
 7. Fultz, Trenkwalder3.4 
 8. Scarone, Immobili.3.0 
 9. Marigney, Assigeco3.0 
 10. Clark, Umana Reyer2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Roderick, Immobi.4.0 
 2. Lollis, Immobili.3.6 
 3. Trepagnier, Tezeni.3.2 
 4. Ebi, Aget IM3.0 
 5. Licartovsky, Forli2.8 
 6. Gurini, Immobili.2.8 
 7. Mathis, Snaidero.2.8 
 8. Varnado, Carmatic.2.6 
 9. Farabello, N.Fer.2.6 
 10. Pecile, Jesi2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Carmatic PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Varnado, Carmatic.5.2 
 2. Maggioli, Jesi1.2 
 3. Ebi, Aget IM1.2 
 4. Boykin, Assigeco1.2 
 5. Foiera, Forli1.0 
 6. Chiacig, Scafati .1.0 
 7. Frosini, Trenkwalder1.0 
 8. Kotti, N.Ferrara1.0 
 9. Achara, Barcellona0.8 
 10. Lee, Snaidero UD0.8 


Randolph Childress lands in San Severo - by Emiliano
Mazzeo San Severo, after Fabio Zanelli (196-G-76), announced the signing of Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest). The experienced playmaker started the season with Dinamo Sassari, replacing temporarily Travis Diener after his injury.
Childress made already his debut with the Italian Legadue team in the loss Snaidero Udine for 84-68. The player scored 7 points in 27 minutes on the court and dished two assists.
Last season Childress was as well in Italy with Cimberio Varese, averaging 9.1ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.3apg (fourth best in the league), 1.4spg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.6% in 30 games played in Serie A.


San Severo, which did not win any game yet, parted ways with Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) late last week.



A Dilettanti, Round 6 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

Another victory for Perugia that, after 6 matches, is always first in standing with a record of 6-0. In the game at Osimo the Liomatic controls the match already at the end of the first half (32-53) and nevertheless increases the advantage and closes the match with the result of 92-61. For the Edilcost 13 points of Enrico Gaeta (201-F/G-75) with 6 rebounds but 4/12 at shoot and 7 turnovers, 10 points for Giuliano Delli Carri (198-F-89, agency: Interperformances) with 4 steals and 8 points for Damiano Verri (206-C-85) and Fabio Bastoni (188-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances). For the visitors the MVP is Simone Bonamente (202-C-79) with 15 points, 7/10 at shoot, 10 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assist. For the others 13 points for Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) with 5 assist, 11 points of Mattia Caroldi (185-G-82), 9 points for Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) and Davide Poltroneri (195-G/F-85) while from the bench 15 points in 20 minutes for Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) and 7 points with 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assist of Giacomo Chiatti (178-G-86). Piacenza wins on the court of Treviglio and follows with just one win away Perugia. Two free throws of Trapella in the last minute send the match at the overtime where Treviglio will close with only 5 points scored. In the 71-76 final for the Co.Mark 22 points and 6 assist of Tommaso Marino (190-G-86, agency: Interperformances) with 4/14 at shoot and 10/15 in the free throws thanks the 10 fouls suffered. 7 points and 9 rebounds with 4 steals for Marco Planezio (196-F-91), 16 points and 11 rebounds of Thomas De Min (203-F-86) with a bad 1/8 by 3 points and 13 points and 7 rebounds for Gabriele Zanella (204-F/C-81). For the winners decisive the 17 points of Federico Bolzonella (185-G-84) with 5/14 at shoot but with 7 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 assist and 8 fouls suffered (3 decisive free throws in the overtime), 18 points of Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) with a good 9/12 by 2 and 6 rebounds, 10 points of Tommaso Plateo (187-G-78) and great job for Mirko Trapella (206-F-88) from the bench that closes with a double-double of 13 points and 19 rebounds (7 offensive) with 8 fouls suffered and 11/14 in the free throws. Brescia exceeds Trieste for 61-45 thanks a great second half, with only 13 points suffered in 20 minutes.The Albanian Franko Bushati (188-G-85) led the team with 13 points, 10 fouls suffered and 8 steals (but also 8 turnovers!), good match also for Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77, agency: Interperformances) with 8 points and 7 rebounds, Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-F-81) with 19 points and 5 steals and for Nicholas Crow (199-F-89) with 11 points and 5 rebounds. For the Acegas 15 points of Alfredo Moruzzi (193-G-80) (only player in double digit) with 4 steals and 9 points + 5 rebounds with 2 blocks for Daniele Magro (207-F-87). In the other matches:

Paffoni Omegna - Goldengas Senigallia 93-76 (P.Picazio 24 pts & 5 ass & 7 stl, E.Rossi 13 reb)
Consum.it Siena - Bitumcalor Trento 76-81 (L.Conte 18 pts & 6 reb, G.Tomasiello 6 ass & 4 stl)
Pall. Pavia - Zerouno Moncalieri 84-88
SBS Castelletto - PentaG. Ozzano 76-58 (D.Sandri 23 pts, F.Prelazzi 8 reb, G.Palombita 5 ass)
LaFortezza Recanati - Cartiere Riva 90-83 (N.Mei 21 pts, O.Chiaramello 9 reb & 2 blk, N.Hassan 4 stl)

Group B

In the big match of the day Ruvo wins at Ferentino thanks an excellent second and fourth quarter... 91-82 the final that allows at the Adriatica to remain on top with 5 wins and 1 defeat. For the FMC Manuel Carrizo (198-G/F-80, agency: Players Group) scores 24 points with a perfect 10/10 in the free throws, 15 points for Marco Cardillo (196-F-85) with 6 rebounds, 18 points and 4 steals of Stefano Rabaglietti (190-G-83), 9 points for the bench for Filippo Alessandri (190-G-89, agency: Interperformances) in 24 minutes. For the visitors the top scorer is Andrea Pilotti (196-F/G-80, agency: Players Group) with 18 points, 8/13 at shoot (6/6 by 2), 5 rebounds and 4 steals starting by bench. For the others 15 points of Andrea Malamov (196-G-83) and Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) (with 4 assist), 12 points of Stefano Simeoli (200-F-86) and 10 points for Francesco Modica (203-F-82) with 5 rebounds. 6 points and 6 rebounds in only 17 minutes for Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances). Trapani wins against Latina for 73-71 and conquest the fifth victory in six matches. Luca Bisconti (206-F/C-82) is the MVP with a very good match close with a double-double (20 points + 14 rebounds) and 9/15 at shoot helped by Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) that signs 15 points and by Francesco Guarino (182-G-79) that closes with 14 points adding 4 steals and 3 assist. Also there are 10 points for Luca Tardito (202-F-89, agency: Players Group) and 9 points for Gianni Cantagalli (192-G-88, agency: Players Group). For the Benacquista second defeat of this season, not enough the performance of Mattia Soloperto (209-C-80) with 19 points, 8/13 at shoot, 8 rebounds and 5 steals. 13 points and 8 rebounds with 21 of ranking for Paolo Rotondo (204-F/C-89, agency: Players Group) in only 20 minutes, 15 points for Fabio Ruini (186-G-80) (with 5 steals and 3 assist) and for Francesco Amoroso (202-F-78) that catches 6 rebounds. After 5 matches arrives the first victory for Rieti, at Agrigento for 77-76, thanks especially at the new players arrived in the last week: Gennaro Tessitore (193-G-82) closes with 12 points and 4/5 by 3, 11 points for Gints Antrops (202-F-82, agency: Interperformances) with 5/8 at shoot. Fernando Becerra (190-F-81) is the top scorer of the Ircop with 21 points and 7/8 in the free throws, 11 points for Filiberto Dri (190-G-89) and 14 points (6/7 by 2) with 6 rebounds of Davide Zambon (203-F-78, college: American). For the hosts fifth defeat (achieved just by Sebastiani), fourth consecutive... Andrea Barsanti (189-G-86, agency: Interperformances) try to lead the team with 16 points but with 5/12 at shoot, 12 points for Alberto Barbieri (205-C-76) and Nunzio Sabbatino (189-G-92), 13 points for Carmine Cavallaro (192-G-86). The other results:

Bawer Matera - Chimici Anagni 63-79 (R.Romano 24 pts, M.Soave 9 reb, R.Santolamazza 6 ass, C.Vico 5 stl)
Ascom Patti - Itop Palestrina 75-76 (G.Rossi 24 pts, M.Spippoli 9 reb, T.Gullo 9 stl & 4 ass)
AD S.Antimo - Assi Ostuni 85-92 (A.Ruggiero 22 pts, D.Morena 10 reb, J.Valentini 5 ass)
Ford Molfetta - Basket Massafra 97-62 (G.Rugolo 23 pts, D.Corral 10 reb, R.Maggio 6 ass, J.Pozzi 5 stl)
Publisys Potenza - Ambrosia Bisceglie 76-79 (D.Naso 17 pts, S.Bagnoli 12 reb, D.Stijepovic 3 stl)


Interview with Ricky Marciano Hickman - by Antonello Varallo
1) Ricky, this is your first season in italian Legadue: what are your impressions about the league?
Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro): Well so far i have noticed the league is very competitive and that the league is very level top to bottom and that on any given night anybody can be beat

2)Hungary, Romania, Finland, German Regionalliga: you have a great experience of european basket, but why have you joined a big league only after 3 seasons overseas?
RMH: Yea this is my 4th yr and i have seen some of the worse experinces with european and some the best.. I dont know why its taken so long to get to a high level of basketball sometimes for some people you have to start from the bottom and climb to the top... I have had to work for everything i have ever gotten in basketball so it just makes the reward that much better.

3) What has been the best moment of your basketball playing life so far?
RMH:Best moment of my basketball career was when my college team UNCG upset a team n our conference Davidson during the conference tournment all the people were saying how they were a lock to win the tournment and make to NCAA and we beat them it was shown on espn and everything was a big moment for me and my teammates at the time

4) Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86), who graduated from your college, played 2 amazing Legadue seasons with Veroli, and now he's playing Euroleague, while another former player of Greensboro, Courtney Eldridge (176-G-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: NC-Greensboro), didn't play well with Latina. What are your expectations?
RMH: me and kyle talk everyday and he told me about his experinces in leagadue and what he thought about the league and everything had a lot of positives to say and im glad im here. Courtney is a good friend as well i speak with sometimes hes actually playing euroleague as well with Prokom in Poland so hes doing alright from himself too and he was also positive about the league and said its a good place to build a great career. My expectations and just to try to get better everyday and help this team reach our goals.

5)Your coach, Marco Crespi, is one of the more experienced italian trainers: any difference between his working ideas and Mike Dement's, your coach at Greensboro?
RMH:Yea coach crespi is very detailed with everything we do and everything is basketball related.. Dement had his own coaching too

6)What about italian fans?
RMH:Thats one the things that has impressed me so far the fans in italy are great i have seen that they really enjoy the game and support there team.. thats one thing i know me and im sure other players feed off of too

7) Who is Ricky Hickman off the court?
RMH:Off the court I am very easy going guy.. I am a home body so a lot of the times im at home watching movies, right now since nba season started I try to catch some those games, i talk on the phone a lot with family.. Its kind of boring it sounds but its just me

8)What about your nickname 'Marciano'?
RMH:My middle name is Marciano and no i dont have any italian roots a lot of people ask me that. But honestly my dad was a big boxing fan and boxed a little bit growing up and his favorite boxer was Rocky Marciano so thats were my middle name came from.


Big victory for Casale Monferrato against Umana Venezia - by Michele Berra
Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato, with an almost perfect game, taked a huge 93-82 victory Against Umana Reyer Venezia. Hard to find something negative in the 40 minutes of this exciting evening. Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) broked every defensive change with 5 shot from behind the arc, and score a lot of important points came at right moments, as noted in the conference by coach Andrea Mazzon . The USA duo, Ricky Hickman (190-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: NC-Greensboro) and Donell Taylor (198-G-82, college: UAB), made 53 points , 15 fouls, 5 recoveries, 3 assists and 56 of evaluation, the two guys decide the match with a convincing and sustained performance.
But it would be too easy to conclude, however, the analysis here, although three above scored 73 out of 93 total points. Oluoma Nnamaka (200-F/C-78, college: Marquette) and Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) have produced a stifling defense on Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall), Tommaso Fantoni (203-F-85, agency: Players Group) and David Chiotti (206-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: N.Mexico), gave a convincing performance against Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa) and Christian Di Giuliomaria (208-C/F-79).

FASTWEB CASALE - REYER VENEZIA 93-82
(18-27; 40-40; 62-64)
FASTWEB CASALE: Malaventura 20, Gentile, Ricky Hickman 28, Oluoma Nnamaka 4, Pierich 2, Donell Taylor 25, Masciadri dnp, David Chiotti 5, Tommaso Fantoni 8, Giancarlo Ferrero 1.
REYER VENEZIA: Porfido dnp, Kiki Clark (173-G-84, college: St.Peter's) 23, Allegretti 2, Causin 5, Tamar Slay 17, Digiuliomaria 4, Meini 3, Trevisan dnp, Young 20, Maestrello, Ceron dnp, Bryan 8.


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Okada has made little impact for Lakestars - by John Scribe
Joining his hometown Shiga Lakestars after four strong seasons with the Takamatsu Five Arrows, shooting guard Yu Okada (184-G-83) appeared ready to elevate his game to the next level this season.


Okada's nearly non-existent impact through four games, however, might be the biggest surprise of this young bj-league season.

The three-time All-Star had scoring performances of five points, two, nine and three in the season's first four games. What's more, he's 3-for-18 from 3-point range and has played less than 14 minutes in three of Shiga's first four games. He was on the court for 21:17 in the season opener. Okada's playing time has not been limited due to foul trouble (three in four games).

Okada was the league's 10th-leading scorer last season at 19.0 points per game. He became the first Japanese to finish a season in the top 10 in scoring. In addition, he was second in steals (2.26 per game) and among the league's most durable players (1,897 minutes in 51 games).

Under first-year coach Takatoshi Ishibashi, Okada could have a much smaller role than he had for the Five Arrows. It might be too early to draw a firm conclusion about the team's plans for Okada, but there could be signs, though, that problems are simmering below the surface.

'Talking to someone who knows Yu Okada very well, and talks to him on the phone regularly, it sounds like the situation in Shiga isn't very good,' a league insider told The Japan Times on Wednesday.

'All the other Japanese players were there last season, and it sounds like guys have been more interested in protecting their position and playing time, rather than figuring out how to use Yu Okada's talents.'

On a positive note, the Lakestars (2-2) do feature four double-digit scorers: Lamar Rice (21.0 ppg), Mikey Marshall (20.0), Masashi Joho (19.5) and Gary Hamilton (13.5).

To avid observers of the league, it's somewhat stunning that Okada and Joho haven't been paired in tandem, capitalizing on both of their unique talents they are among the league's top 10 Japanese players for extended minutes.

'It's kind of a strange situation in Shiga,' the source said. 'Joho and Okada never play together. . . . Why two guys that no one can guard one-on-one can't play at the same time is a mystery to me. Plus, the simplified, faster offense they're using actually seems like a good fit for Joho, Mikey and Yu Okada to play together.'

Besides his noted shooting skills, Okada's defense and passing improved under the tutelage of ex-coach John Neumann last season in Takamatsu. This season, he's had one steal and one assist indeed, surprisingly low totals.

-Article by Ed Odeven
Japan Times
www.Japantimes.co.jp


Best players of Japanese JBL round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Jerald Honeycutt (205-F-74) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panasonic Trians and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 36-year old forward had a double-double of 33 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team beat Hokkaido (#8, 4-10) 87-75. Despite this victory Panasonic dropped to the 3rd position in Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panasonic will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. In the team's last game Honeycutt had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Panasonic, through which he has constantly improved. Tulane University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Honeycutt is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 7.7rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American power forward Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) of Hitachi Sunrockers. Smith impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Hitachi Sunrockers was edged by slightly lower-ranked Mitsubishi (#6, 5-9) 62-61. This loss caused Hitachi Sunrockers to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi Sunrockers and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-G-70) of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido (#8). Orimo showcased his all-around game by recording 17 points, seven rebounds and nine assists in the last round. Despite Orimo's great performance Hokkaido lost 75-87 to the higher-ranked Panasonic (#3, 8-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Hokkaido can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 4-10 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Orimo he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Orimo has individually a great season in Japan. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) of Panasonic - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) of Tochigi Brex - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Shohei Kikuchi (190-F/G-85) of Toshiba - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Christian Maraker (206-F-82) of Hokkaido - 19 points and 10 rebounds
8. Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi S. - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Yoshifumi Kuwahara (200-F/C-80) of Toshiba - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Kei Igarashi (180-G-80) of Mitsubishi - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists


Washington's 25 points and 9 rebounds give him BJ League Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Lynn Washington (200-F-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Osaka Evessa and receives a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 5.
He had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Osaka Evessa in his team's victory, helping them to beat Shimane (#12, 3-2) 92-83. Despite this victory Osaka Evessa dropped to the 8th position in Japanese BJ League. They are still close to the very top. Osaka Evessa would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Washington has many years of experience at Osaka Evessa, through which he has constantly improved. Lynn Washington averages this season 19.0ppg and 8.0rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing. He is American swingman in his 3rd season at Fukuoka Rizing. In the last game Parker recorded impressive 38 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Fukuoka Rizing was edged by the lower-ranked Okinawa GK (#15, 2-4) 99-95. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Fukuoka Rizing dropped in the standings to 9th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Parker is one of the most experienced players at Fukuoka Rizing and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 28.8ppg (#1). He also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Wendell White (198-G-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz (#10). White showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, ten rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite White's great performance Kyoto Hannaryz lost 99-102 to Shiga Lakestars (3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Kyoto Hannaryz needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 2 lost games. White has a very solid season. In 5 games in Japan he scored 17.6ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Sendai 89ers - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sek Henry (193-G-87) of Akita - 25 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Zachary Andrews (203-F/C-85) of Niigata Albirex - 17 points and 18 rebounds
7. Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 23 points and 9 rebounds
8. Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83) of Okinawa GK - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Carlos Dixon (202-G/F-81) of Okinawa GK - 28 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83) of Miyazaki - 25 points and 7 rebounds


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


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  LATVIA   


Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. ASK/Buki 4-1 
 2. DSN Riga 2-0 
 3. BS Daugava 2-1 
 4. BS Ogre 2-1 
 5. Jurmala 2-1 
 6. Saldus 2-1 
 7. Ventspils Aug. 2-1 
 8. Zemgale/Jun. 2-2 
 9. Barons/Ridzene 1-2 
 10. VEF Kadeti 0-2 
 11. Livani 0-3 
 12. Liepaja-2 0-4 


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  LEBANON   


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Benjamin RAYMOND
  Anibal
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 33
 1. Raymond, Anibal33.0 
 2. Zachery, Antranik31.0 
 3. El Khatib, Champville28.0 
 4. Reid, Al Riyadi28.0 
 5. Byrd, Hoops27.0 
 6. Shannon, Anibal26.0 
 7. Warner, Byblos20.0 
 8. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.19.0 
 9. Lakiss, Haouch O.19.0 
 10. Battles, Antranik17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 William BYRD
  Hoops
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Byrd, Hoops12.0 
 2. Warner, Byblos11.0 
 3. Roustom, Moutahed11.0 
 4. Tabet, Anibal10.0 
 5. Vogel, Al Riyadi9.0 
 6. Kanaan, Antranik9.0 
 7. Battles, Antranik8.0 
 8. Mneimneh, Champville8.0 
 9. Martinez, Champville8.0 
 10. Reid, Al Riyadi8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Akl, Anibal9.0 
 2. Warner, Byblos6.0 
 3. Roustom, Moutahed6.0 
 4. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.0 
 5. Byrd, Hoops5.0 
 6. Reid, Al Riyadi4.0 
 7. El Khatib, Champville4.0 
 8. Youngblood, Champ.4.0 
 9. Fakhreddine, Al Ri.4.0 
 10. Balaa, Moutahed4.0 
Steals Per Game
 William BYRD
  Hoops
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Byrd, Hoops5.0 
 2. Saoud, Al Riyadi5.0 
 3. Youngblood, Champ.4.0 
 4. Zachery, Antranik4.0 
 5. Clemons, Haouch O.3.0 
 6. Akl, Anibal3.0 
 7. Feghali, Antranik3.0 
 8. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi3.0 
 9. Fakhreddine, Al Ri.2.0 
 10. El Khatib, Champville2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ramel ALLEN
  Champville
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Allen, Champville3.0 
 2. Shannon, Anibal3.0 
 3. Kanaan, Antranik3.0 
 4. Byrd, Hoops2.0 
 5. Martinez, Champville2.0 
 6. Moucharef, Byblos2.0 
 7. Tabet, Anibal2.0 
 8. Sabra, Champville1.0 
 9. Hamdar, Hoops1.0 
 10. Mocharef, Champville1.0 


The lebanese league, a terrific start! - by Malek Bachir
Saturday the 30th of october, remember this day, that's when Antranik Beirut Hosted Hoops Club in the opening of this year's League.
Both teams are well prepared, having great lebanese talents, and four of the best imports who ever played in the league.
Starting from the first minute, both Squads exchanged points in a very good Defensive performance, to end the first Quarter 20-25 for the Guests.
Nothing changed in the second Quarter , there was no place for mistakes, to end the half 42-45.
In the begining for the 3rd Quarter, Hoops Club started dominating every set offence, to end it up leading by 11 points 55-66, Due to a very high Overall performance from the coming back Star Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo) who signed for Hoops Club in the last 10 days.
The fourth Quarter started to remind us of another start, Nicholas Zachery (191-G-79, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: UALR), he took his team on his back to tie the game in the last 4 seconds with a buzzer beater 3 point shot.
Its 81-81 and the first Over-time this year promised a very high determination from both teams. both teams are tied 90-90 with few seconds remaining, until Robert Bou Dagher (203-C/F-84) scored a very forced three point shot and gave his team its first away win .

Both Teams showed a very high level, and delivered a message to all teams.
But another type of messages were delivered on saturday , titled ' Calvin Cage is back '.
Calvin scored 32 points (6/12 3's + 6/6 FT) gave 6 assists and grabbed 4 rebounds, Way to start the season Calvin .
Congratulations Hoops Club.




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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emilio TABOADA
  Bigua
  (191-F-82)
  Avg: 28
 1. Taboada, Bigua28.0 
 2. Villegas, Inacap24.7 
 3. Machado, Flamengo24.3 
 4. Morgan, Mavort21.3 
 5. Moodie, Boca Jrs21.0 
 6. Bailey, Mavort20.7 
 7. Newsome, Malvin19.7 
 8. Wilborn, Bigua19.0 
 9. Morris, Mavort19.0 
 10. Martinez, Malvin19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles BAILEY
  Mavort
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Bailey, Mavort11.7 
 2. Lee, Malvin10.3 
 3. Probst, Vivo/Franca10.3 
 4. Martina, Boca Jrs9.7 
 5. Gonzalez, Quimsa8.3 
 6. Newsome, Malvin7.7 
 7. Morris, Inacap7.7 
 8. Morgan, Mavort7.3 
 9. Drudi, Vivo/Franca7.3 
 10. Machado, Flamengo7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Santiago VIDAL
  Bigua
  (175-G-89)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Vidal, Bigua5.3 
 2. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.0 
 3. Penna, Vivo/Franca5.0 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.0 
 5. Titarelli, Boca Jrs4.7 
 6. Treise, Quimsa4.7 
 7. Lima, Flamengo4.7 
 8. Martinez, Malvin4.3 
 9. Garcia, Vivo/Franca4.0 
 10. Morgan, Mavort3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Guilherme TEICHMANN
  Flamengo
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Teichmann, Flame.2.7 
 2. Garcia, Mavort2.3 
 3. Garcia, Vivo/Franca2.3 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin2.3 
 5. Morgan, Mavort2.0 
 6. Villegas, Inacap2.0 
 7. Mazzaro, Quimsa2.0 
 8. Dornelles, Vivo/Fra.1.7 
 9. Moodie, Boca Jrs1.7 
 10. Treise, Quimsa1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Elgrace WILBORN
  Bigua
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wilborn, Bigua3.0 
 2. Billings, Bigua2.0 
 3. Bailey, Mavort2.0 
 4. Lee, Malvin1.3 
 5. Garcia, Mavort1.3 
 6. Calfani, Bigua1.0 
 7. Spillers, Vivo/Fra.1.0 
 8. Tintorelli, Quimsa1.0 
 9. Morris, Inacap0.7 
 10. Newsome, Malvin0.7 


Liga-Sudamericana Round: 6. Quimsa win Group B - by Eurobasket News
Group B
Malvin - Inacap 81-88
Inacap finished their Liga Sudamericana campaign on a high note. They shot down Malvin to earn the third position in Group B. Malvin wrapped up the competition winless. Sammy Villegas scored 29 points to lead Inacap to the victory. Malvin and Inacap stayed close in the opening quarter. The Uruguayans secured a 20:19 lead at the first break. Sebastian Figueroa (175-G-88) however ignited a 10:0 run late in the half that gave Inacap a 38:36 lead. Christopher Lee (206-C, college: S.Carolina St.) and Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) stepped up for Malvin in the third term. The Uruguayan powerhouse surged back in front. They established a 59:54 lead with ten minutes to go. Inacap struck back in the final stanza. The Chilean side poured in impressive 34 points and rallied to the victory at the end. Sebastian Figueroa accounted for 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Inacap. Claudio Naranjo (191-F-87) and Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, college: S.Carolina St.) added 12 points each in the victory. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) answered with 23 points for Malvin. Carl Edwards netted 18 points in the losing effort.

Flamengo - Quimsa 77-82
Quimsa celebrated the third straight Liga Sudamericana victory. The Argentineans shot down Flamengo in Santiago del Estero to clinch the top position in Group B. Flamengo finished second as both teams advanced into the final round of the tournament. Diego Lo Grippo (198-F-78) knocked down 23 points to lead the effort. Quimsa got to an almost perfect start. Diego Lo Grippo nailed 10 points in the first frame as Quimsa earned a 29:15 lead. The hosts did not allow Flamengo to get too close in the second period. Quimsa ensured a comfortable 49:37 lead at the interval. But Flamengo went on a 9:0 run early in the third frame to cut the distance. The Brazilian team narrowed the deficit at just five-point mark 61:66 at the final intermission. Quimsa however stayed calm in the fourth stanza and rallied to a confident win at the end. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Quimsa. Cleotis Brown (198-G/F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Illinois) added 12 points for the winners. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) responded with 29 points and 6 boards for Flamengo. Baby Araujo (211-C-80, college: BYU) delivered 16 points in the loss.




Standings
Liga Sudamericana Standings
Group A
 1. Vivo/Franca 2-0 
 2. Boca Jrs 2-1 
 3. Bigua 1-2 
 4. Mavort 0-2 
Group B
 1. Quimsa 3-0 
 2. Flamengo 2-1 
 3. Inacap 1-2 
 4. Malvin 0-3 
Group C
 1. Cucuta Norte 0-0 
 2. Espartanos 0-0 
 3. Libertad S. 0-0 
 4. Unitri/Universo 0-0 


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Sarunas VINGELIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 23
 1. Vingelis, LKKA-.23.0 
 2. Sragauskis, LKKA-.20.0 
 3. Jurkus, Silute19.7 
 4. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.1 
 5. Mineikis, Radviliskis17.3 
 6. Sebeziovas, Triobe.17.1 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.7 
 8. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.16.6 
 9. Kaupaitis, Silute16.0 
 10. Leonard, Pieno Z.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 11
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.11.0 
 2. Keras, Delikatesas11.0 
 3. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.0 
 4. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.9 
 5. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.9.7 
 6. Galdikas, Puntukas8.7 
 7. Nedzinskas, Silute8.6 
 8. Pikalavicius, Erelita7.4 
 9. Vaitelis, Mazeikiai7.3 
 10. Klimas, Nafta U.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  Erelita
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Sapiega, Erelita5.6 
 2. Harrison, Mazeikiai5.4 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.3 
 4. Leonard, Pieno Z.5.3 
 5. Kutra, Delikatesas4.7 
 6. Rinkunas, Puntukas4.6 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.3 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.3 
 9. Padgureckas, Meres.3.8 
 10. Zymantas, Nafta U.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Vygantas METELICA
  Erelita
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Metelica, Erelita4.5 
 2. Vileita, Pieno Z.4.0 
 3. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.5 
 4. Radavicius, Meres.3.0 
 5. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.9 
 6. Sapiega, Erelita2.8 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas2.7 
 8. Padgureckas, Meres.2.5 
 9. Slivka, Meresta2.4 
 10. Pauliukenas, Akade.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.3.0 
 2. Galdikas, Puntukas2.7 
 3. Urbonas, LK.2.2 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.6 
 5. Mankevicius, Erelita1.5 
 6. Varnelis, Pieno Z.1.4 
 7. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.3 
 8. Gurklys, AB.1.3 
 9. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.1 
 10. Zyle, Zalgiris.1.0 


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Kennedy, Residence25.7 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre24.2 
 3. Muller, T7123.2 
 4. Kalmes, Contern23.2 
 5. Schumacher, T7121.8 
 6. Scott, Etzella20.8 
 7. Rajniak, Basket E.20.2 
 8. Delgado, Etzella19.3 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.19.3 
 10. McDaniel, Black S.18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. McDaniel, Black S.14.7 
 2. Scott, Etzella13.5 
 3. Wurtz, Musel Pikes13.3 
 4. Stephens, T7113.0 
 5. Gary, Contern12.8 
 6. Kennedy, Residence12.5 
 7. Crawford, Soleuvre12.2 
 8. Wojnowski, Musel P.11.3 
 9. Abercrombie, Spa.11.2 
 10. Muller, T7110.2 
Assists Per Game
 Tom SCHUMACHER
  T71
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Schumacher, T715.4 
 2. Reimold, Basket E.3.8 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.3 
 4. Koster, Residence3.3 
 5. Arbaut, Sparta3.2 
 6. Schartz, Amicale3.2 
 7. Smith, Sparta3.2 
 8. Donnersbach, Basket E.3.0 
 9. Delgado, Etzella2.7 
 10. Schwartz, Musel P.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel KALMES
  Contern
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Kalmes, Contern2.8 
 2. Jones, Amicale2.2 
 3. Delgado, Etzella2.0 
 4. Jeitz, Amicale1.8 
 5. Gary, Contern1.8 
 6. Smith, Sparta1.7 
 7. Kennedy, Residence1.5 
 8. Koster, Residence1.5 
 9. Schartz, Amicale1.4 
 10. Birdsong, Amicale1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gary, Contern1.8 
 2. McDaniel, Black S.1.8 
 3. Birdsong, Amicale1.2 
 4. Abercrombie, Spa.1.0 
 5. Ney, Amicale0.8 
 6. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.8 
 7. Stephens, T710.8 
 8. Hoffmann, Etzella0.7 
 9. Weisen, Soleuvre0.7 
 10. Controguerra, Soleu.0.5 


Best players of Luxembourg Diekirch League round 6 - by Eurobasket News
American Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Etzella Ettelbruck and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 25-year old power forward had a double-double of 23 points and twelve rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's worst team Black Star (#10, 0-6) with 27-point margin 80-53. It allowed Etzella to jump to the first place in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. Etzella have a solid 5-1 record. It's Scott's second year at Etzella and it's hard to imagine this team without him. College of Charleston graduate has very impressive stats this year. Scott is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 13.5rpg) and averages solid 59.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American power forward Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C-85) of second-ranked BBC Sparta Bertrange. Abercrombie impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Sparta to edge the lower-ranked Basket Esch (#5, 4-2) by 2 points 90-88. This victory allowed Sparta to move up to second position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 5 matches. Abercrombie is a newcomer at Sparta and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84, agency: Interperformances) of Residence Walferdange (#8). Kennedy showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Kennedy's great performance Residence lost 65-76 to the higher-ranked Amicale (#4, 4-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Residence can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Kennedy he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Kennedy has individually a great season in Luxembourg. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.7ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 12.5rpg (6th best). He also has FGP: 50.5% and 3PT: 44.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Domonique Crawford (193-G-84) of Soleuvre - 25 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Brandon Gary (202-F-83) of Contern - 19 points and 15 rebounds
6. Martin Rajniak (204-F-78) of Basket Esch - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Louis Birdsong (198-F-88) of Amicale - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tomasz Wojnowski (205-C-81) of Musel Pikes - 20 points and 11 rebounds
9. Daniel Kalmes (182-G-85) of Contern - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. John Reimold (198-F-81) of Basket Esch - 25 points and 3 assists


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


Standings - 1B
1B Standings
Group A
 1. Rudar 2-0 
 2. Bonus 2-0 
 3. Centar BP 1-0 
 4. KK Podgorica 1-0 
 5. Buducnost II 0-2 
 6. LIM 0-2 
 7. Novljanin 0-2 
Group B
 1. S.Centar 3-0 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 1-0 
 3. Un.Mediteran 1-1 
 4. Kotor 1-1 
 5. Sutjeska 1-1 
 6. Zeta 1-2 
 7. KK Cetinje 0-3 


MNE1A - 3 Round : first victory for Ljubovic and Lovcen - by Dragan Scepanovic
Ljubovic Podgorica - Mogren Budva 90:83 (23:15, 24:21, 14:22, 29:25)
Podgorica.SC 'Rex'. Spectators: 350 Judges: Rutesic, Kaludjerovic and Janjusevic (Niksic).
LJUBOVIC: Bojan Ratkovic (181-G-92) 10, Djurovic, Markovic 3, Aleksandar Bogojevic (189-G-86) 25, Rajko Tapuskovic (193-G/F-86) 6, Radovic, Pejovic 16, Milosevic, Djurisic, Stevovic 15, Milic 7, Ilija Popovic (200-F-86) 8
MOGREN: Fatic, Koljevic 10, Radulovic 34, Rajko Krivokapic (199-F-85) 4, Tadic 7, Uros Ivanovic (188-G-93), Drazen Nikic (197-G/F-82) 4, Sekulovic 10, Zeljko Maricic (186-G-90), Torbica 4, Mazalica , Igor Kunjic (202-F-87) 10
His first victory in Montenegro's elite players Ljubovic realized - in the third round beat at home Mogren. From the very beginning basketball players of Ljubovic gained the lead, which are held throughout the meeting. They managed to Budva on several occasions seriously threatened, but not to make a turnaround and triumphs. Most responsible for the debut of the host were Bogojevic, Pejovic, Stevovic, while in Budva rebounded Dejan Radulovic, who is in 29 minutes scored 34 points.

Lovcen Cetinje - Teodo Tivat 79:67 (17:14, 24:13, 22:18, 16:22)
Cetinje .SC 'Lovcen. Spectators: about 400 Judges: Vojinovic (Niksic), Kovacevic (Podgorica), Kicovic (Bar).
LOVCEN: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 4, Boricic 7, Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) 2, Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 12, Vucurovic 8, Martinic 12, Lopicic 6, Mijovic 15, Koprivica, Todorovic 13
TEODO: Lucic, Bulatovic 1, Stanisic, Lazovic, Osmajic 6, Bozovic, Marko Calic (197-F-86) 6, 7 Boskovic, Subotic 9, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 25, Aco Mandic (204-F/C-84) 13, Radonjic.

Danilovgrad - Mornar Bar 76:90 (23:28, 14:22, 20:19, 19:21)
Danilovgrad. City SC. Spectators: around 250 Judges: Surgery, Sundic (Podgorica), Pantovic (Niksic).
DANILOVGRAD: Jovovic 7, Perovic, Grabovica 3, Skendzic, Marko Milatovic (191-G-88) 21, Vujisic, Jovanovic 17, Sekulic 4, Mrdak, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 20, Igor Lutersek (203-C-89) 4
Mornar : Pesic, 8, Damjanovic, Radovic 14, Lekovic 4, Mujovic 8, Jelenic 18, Popovic 17, Gagic 2, Vujosevic 6, Ivanovic 9, Lance 4



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  NBA   


Sunday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
LA Clippers - Dallas M. 83-99
Easy one for the Mavs, who outplayed the LA Clippers 83-99. Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) stepped up for the guests with 17 points. Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) added 16 points and 7 boards, while Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) helped his team with 15 pts and 5 assists. For the hosts, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 16 points and 9 rebs.

Oklah.City T. - Utah Jazz 99-120
Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) had 30 points and 16 rebounds, Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) directed the show before finishing with 16 points and 15 assists as Utah broke into the win column after an 0-2 start. For the OC Thunder, Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) delivered 28 points.

LA Lakers - Golde State W. 107-83
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) had 26 points and 12 rebounds, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) added 20 points and the Lakers easily kept up their unbeaten start to the season with a 107-83 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Lakers. In the loosing squad, Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) stopped to 20 pts.

New Jersey N. - Miami Heat 78-101
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 20 points, Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) were close behind, and the Heat ended the New Jersey Nets' unbeaten start with a 101-78 victory Sunday. Bosh finished with 18 points and Wade added 17, both getting most of them in Miami's dominant first half before sitting out the fourth quarter. James played a little of the final period and added seven rebounds and seven assists. In defeat, Brook Lopez collected 20 points and 5 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.chron.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Derrick ROSE
  Chicago B.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 33.5
 1. Rose, Chicago B.33.5 
 2. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.3 
 3. Scola, Houston R.27.3 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.27.0 
 5. Granger, Indiana P.27.0 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers25.3 
 7. Roy, Portland TB25.0 
 8. Martin, Houston R.25.0 
 9. Lopez, New J.24.7 
 10. Bryant, LA Lakers24.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim NOAH
  Chicago B.
  (211-F/C-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Noah, Chicago B.18.0 
 2. Evans, Toronto R.15.0 
 3. Scola, Houston R.14.0 
 4. Odom, LA Lakers13.7 
 5. Love, Minnesota T.13.0 
 6. Williams, Denver N.12.3 
 7. Millsap, Utah Jazz12.3 
 8. Garnett, Boston C.11.7 
 9. Gasol, Memphis G.11.5 
 10. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 16.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.16.7 
 2. Kidd, Dallas M.11.7 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.3 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.0 
 5. Jennings, Milwauke.9.0 
 6. Wall, Washington W.9.0 
 7. Miller, Portland.8.7 
 8. Curry, Golde S.8.5 
 9. Conley, Memphis G.8.3 
 10. Harris, New J.8.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Conley, Memphis G.3.7 
 2. Artest, LA Lakers3.0 
 3. Gay, Memphis G.2.7 
 4. Brand, Philadelph.762.7 
 5. Ariza, N.Orleans H.2.7 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..2.7 
 7. Lin, Golde S.2.5 
 8. Jack, Toronto R.2.5 
 9. Durant, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 10. Billups, Denver N.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh SMITH
  Atlanta H.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Smith, Atlanta H.4.3 
 2. McGee, Washingt.4.0 
 3. Milicic, Minnesota T.3.3 
 4. Johnson, Chicago B.3.0 
 5. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.3.0 
 6. Chandler, New Y.3.0 
 7. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.7 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.2.7 
 9. Turiaf, New Y.2.7 
 10. Noah, Chicago B.2.5 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 2-1 
 2. New Jersey N. 2-1 
 3. Toronto R. 1-1 
 4. New York K. 1-2 
 5. Philadelph.76 0-3 
Central Div.
 1. Indiana P. 2-1 
 2. Chicago B. 1-1 
 3. Cleveland C. 1-2 
 4. Milwaukee B. 1-2 
 5. Detroit P. 0-3 
Southeast Div.
 1. Atlanta H. 3-0 
 2. Miami Heat 3-1 
 3. Orlando M. 1-1 
 4. Washington W. 0-2 
 5. Charlotte B. 0-3 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Portland TB 3-0 
 2. Denver N. 2-1 
 3. Oklah.City T. 2-1 
 4. Minnesota T. 1-2 
 5. Utah Jazz 1-2 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 3-0 
 2. Golde State W. 2-1 
 3. Sacramento K. 2-1 
 4. Phoenix Suns 1-2 
 5. LA Clippers 0-3 
Southwest Div.
 1. N.Orleans H. 3-0 
 2. Dallas M. 2-1 
 3. Memphis G. 2-1 
 4. San Antonio S. 1-1 
 5. Houston R. 0-3 


Trail Blazers and Greg Oden will let contract-extension deadline pass - by Eurobasket News
The Trail Blazers and the representatives of Greg Oden (7'0''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) have come to an agreement: The oft-injured center hasn't played enough to warrant a contract extension.

As a result, the two sides will let Monday's deadline pass for first-round picks in 2007 to sign contract extensions, meaning Oden will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2011. Once he becomes a free agent on July 1, the Blazers will have the opportunity to match any offer made to Oden.

Oden, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, will be the first top pick since Kwame Brown in 2001 not to sign an extension after his third season.

A representative for Oden who wished not to be identified said it was 'an easy conclusion' to come to for both sides. Oden has played in 82 of a possible 248 regular season games since the Blazers took him over Kevin Durant. He has been injured in each of his three seasons with knee and foot ailments, including this season.

Oden is recovering from a broken left patella suffered last Dec. 5 and no timetable has been set for his return. Last week, he took part in his first full contact practice since the latest injury and he is traveling with the team, which plays the New York Knicks tonight.

Blazers general manager Rich Cho said he had spoken with Oden's agent, Bill Duffy, but the two sides never talked extension. Cho said that is not an indication of the Blazers' interest in re-signing Oden, but rather the team taking a wait-and-see approach.

'We value Greg as a player both on and off the court,' Cho said. 'Greg has been injured and has been working hard through the rehab process, but at this time it didn't seem to make a lot of sense for either side to enter negotiations on an in-depth basis.'

Oden has been effective, when he has played. He has career averages of 9.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, and appeared to be coming on last season before his knee snapped while jumping to block the shot of Houston's Aaron Brooks. The game before the injury, Oden had 20 rebounds against Miami; five games before that, he had 24 points and 12 rebounds against Chicago.

'I think he can help this team when healthy, but we have yet to see that,' coach Nate McMillan said. 'I think everybody is waiting on that.'

With an ice pack on his left knee after Friday's practice at Columbia University, Oden said he wasn't concerned with his contract status.

'I'm not worried about it. I'm worried about getting healthy,' Oden said. 'My main thing is I can't do anything until I'm healthy ... so I'm not worried about that other stuff.'

Oden said he is encouraged by his progress, saying that his knee 'didn't feel worse' the day after he took part in the full contact practice.

'That's a good sign,' Oden said.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Phil Jackson fastest to 1,100 wins in NBA - by Eurobasket News
It took the Los Angeles Lakers only two games to collect their second win of the season, a 114-106 breezy victory against the Phoenix Suns, but for coach Phil Jackson , the win was a long time in coming.

Jackson became the fifth coach in league history to win 1,100 games, and he did it faster than the other four coaches, needing only 1,560 games to reach the mark (a .705 winning percentage).

'It's kind of overwhelming how many it is,' Jackson said. 'It took 20 years to do it, almost. It's been a long time.'

The achievement is just another feather in Jackson's illustrious cap, with a record 11 championships as a coach, the highest postseason winning percentage in NBA history, and the most wins as a coach for two franchises -- the Lakers and the Chicago Bulls.

This year could be Jackson's final chance to add to that rsum, as he is on a one-year deal with the team and has labeled this season his 'last stand.'

'I've thought more about his [accomplishments] than mine, actually,' Kobe Bryant said. 'It's something else, what he's been able to accomplish. I can't think of another coach who's accomplished as much as he has in any sport. It's like John Wooden. It's just been incredible.'

Jackson didn't know he was on the verge of the win total until after the game, when he was presented with the game ball in the locker room by a Lakers staffer. Jackson said he plans to donate the ball to a charity group to auction off at some point.

'That's what's makes it fun playing with him and playing for him and being around for it,' Lamar Odom said. 'This is part of history, so just to be a part of it is special.'

Jackson passed Pat Riley (1,639 games) for the feat. Jerry Sloan, Don Nelson and Lenny Wilkens are the only other coaches to win at least 1,100 games in the NBA.

Courtesy of ESPN


No extension for Wilson Chandler - by Eurobasket News
Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) will not get a contract extension by tonight's deadline for 2007 first-round picks, Knicks team president Donnie Walsh said yesterday.

As a result, Chandler will become a restricted free agent in July.

'We will wait until the year is over,' Walsh told The Post. 'It has nothing to do with Wilson. We want him. It has to do with the fact that there will be a new collective bargaining agreement and we are not sure what impact it would have.'

Chandler has become an early candidate for sixth man of the year honors and could emerge as a potential pawn in a Carmelo Anthony deal. He has been the Knicks' best player since his demotion to the bench to start the season, averaging 21 points and 10 rebounds in three games. Chandler was the starting shooting guard in preseason but played passively.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


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  NORWAY   


BLNO Round: 8 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Baerum - Asker 81-86
Asker grabbed valuable 86:81 win over Baerum on October 31st. Ronny Karlsen (202-F-78, college: Independence CC) erupted with 36 points for the winners and Mahnin Mustafa ended up with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Oatis Donald replied with 20 points in the losing effort and Skara Nils-Paul scored 14.

Froya - Tromso 74-84
Tromso overcame Froya 84:74 at the start of the Regular Season Round 8. Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Morgan St.), Gerald January (201-F-88, college: Montevallo) and Mihaylov Galin combined for 66 points, while Christensen Dag added 12. Kombat Miilah posted 20 points in defeat.

Ulriken - Tromso 79-85
Ulriken lost to Tromso 79:85 at the Regular Season Round 8. Gerald January top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Ronald Timus followed him with 23. Eskeland Audun responded with 29 points in the losing case and Fivelstad Magne as well as Mullenax Taylor had 16 each.




Standings - BLNO
BLNO Standings
 1. Tromso 8-0 
 2. Asker 5-1 
 3. Ulriken 4-3 
 4. Kristiansand 3-4 
 5. Baerum 3-5 
 6. Ammerud 2-4 
 7. Gimle 2-4 
 8. Froya 1-7 


BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 30.9
 1. Russell, Kristiansand30.9 
 2. Karlsen, Asker27.0 
 3. Timus, Tromso26.1 
 4. Kombat, Froya24.3 
 5. Bullock, Gimle23.2 
 6. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 7. January, Tromso22.3 
 8. Diomande, Ammerud22.0 
 9. Eskeland, Ulriken20.3 
 10. Oatis, Baerum19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Bullock, Gimle12.2 
 2. Oatis, Baerum11.1 
 3. Karlsen, Asker10.2 
 4. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.7 
 5. Kombat, Froya8.6 
 6. Mullenax, Ulriken8.4 
 7. Christensen, Tro.8.3 
 8. Djerman, Gimle7.8 
 9. January, Tromso7.5 
 10. Russell, Kristiansand7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  Froya
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Gabrans, Froya6.0 
 2. Mahnin, Asker4.8 
 3. Timus, Tromso4.6 
 4. Eskeland, Ulriken4.4 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 6. Mihaylov, Tromso4.0 
 7. Elgmork, Baerum3.9 
 8. Bullock, Gimle3.6 
 9. Hinsch, Asker3.5 
 10. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.8 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.4 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.4 
 4. Mullenax, Ulriken2.0 
 5. Timus, Tromso1.9 
 6. Christensen, Tro.1.9 
 7. Mahnin, Asker1.8 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand1.7 
 9. January, Tromso1.6 
 10. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.5 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.4 
 3. January, Tromso1.3 
 4. Christensen, Tro.1.1 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Sorensen, Ammerud1.0 
 7. Ndiaye, Gimle1.0 
 8. Nyborg, Asker0.8 
 9. Mullenax, Ulriken0.7 
 10. Muren, Asker0.7 


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  POLAND   


Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Energa Czarni 4-0 
 2. Zastal 4-0 
 3. Anwil 3-1 
 4. PBG Basket 3-1 
 5. Asseco Prokom 2-1 
 6. Trefl Sopot 2-2 
 7. PGE Turow 1-2 
 8. AZS Koszalin 1-3 
 9. Polonia Azbud 1-3 
 10. Siarka 1-3 
 11. SKK Kotwica 1-3 
 12. Polpharma 0-4 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 7-0 
 2. ISS Sportino 6-1 
 3. Rosasport 6-1 
 4. Sokol Lancut 6-1 
 5. Asec.Prokom-2 5-2 
 6. MMKS DG 4-3 
 7. Znicz Basket 4-3 
 8. AZS Szczecin 3-4 
 9. GKS Tychy 3-4 
 10. LKS Lodz 3-4 
 11. SKK Siedlce 3-4 
 12. Gornik 2-5 
 13. Start Lublin 2-5 
 14. Polonia 2011 1-6 
 15. Spojnia 1-6 
 16. Astoria 0-7 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica22.8 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.22.5 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud19.0 
 4. Videnov, Asseco P.19.0 
 5. Ewing, Asseco P.19.0 
 6. Pluta, Anwil17.8 
 7. Frazier, AZS K.17.5 
 8. Goffney, Siarka17.3 
 9. Miller, PBG Basket17.0 
 10. Kinloch, AZS K.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris BURGESS
  Zastal Z.Gora
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Burgess, Zastal Z.11.3 
 2. Harris, SKK K.10.8 
 3. Taylor, Siarka10.0 
 4. Wysocki, PGE Turow9.5 
 5. Jagla, Asseco P.9.0 
 6. Stefanski, Trefl S.8.5 
 7. Truscott, Siarka8.5 
 8. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.3 
 9. Okafor, PBG Basket8.0 
 10. Hicks, Anwil6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Asseco Prokom
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brown, Asseco P.6.0 
 2. Thomas, PGE Turow6.0 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.5.5 
 4. Milicic, AZS K.5.3 
 5. Vaughn, Polpharma4.8 
 6. Nowakowski, Poloni.4.8 
 7. Skibniewski, Polph.4.5 
 8. Ewing, Asseco P.4.0 
 9. Thompson, Anwil4.0 
 10. Beal, Trefl Sopot4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel EWING
  Asseco Prokom
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ewing, Asseco P.5.0 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.3.0 
 3. Hodge, Zastal Z.2.8 
 4. Thomas, Anwil2.5 
 5. Chanas, Polpharma2.3 
 6. Blassingame, Energa C.2.3 
 7. Hinson, Polonia Azbud2.0 
 8. Wichniarz, Poloni.2.0 
 9. Wysocki, PGE Turow2.0 
 10. Kinloch, AZS K.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LAPETA
  Asseco Prokom
  (217-C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Lapeta, Asseco P.2.7 
 2. Burgess, Zastal Z.1.5 
 3. Hicks, Anwil1.5 
 4. Easley, Polonia Azbud1.5 
 5. Harris, SKK K.1.3 
 6. Miszczuk, Siarka1.0 
 7. Kinnard, Trefl S.1.0 
 8. Przybyszewsk., Asseco P.1.0 
 9. Juniak, Siarka1.0 
 10. Jagla, Asseco P.1.0 


Burgess' a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
31-year old center Chris Burgess (209-C-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Intermache Zastal Zielona Gora and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds, while his team edged out Trefl Sopot (#6, 2-2) 72-71. Zastal Z.Gora was forced-out from the top positions in Polish league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Zastal Z.Gora already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Burgess had a remarkable 54.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Zastal Z.Gora's top player in his first season with the team. University of Utah graduate has very impressive stats this year. Burgess leads league in rebounds with 11.3rpg. Burgess is in league's top in and averages solid 1.5bpg and 57.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Darrell Harris (208-C-84) of SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg. He is American center in his 2nd season at SKK Kotwica. In the last game Harris recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as SKK Kotwica lost that game 74-84 to the higher-ranked Anwil (#3, 3-1). SKK Kotwica is still in a red zone at 11th spot in the standings. 3 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory SKK Kotwica managed to get this year. Harris is well-known at SKK Kotwica and he already established his position as the team's leader.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) of Trefl Sopot (#6). Gustas showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Gustas' great performance Trefl Sopot lost 71-72 to the league's current leader Zastal Z.Gora (#2, 4-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Trefl Sopot needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Gustas has a very solid season. In 4 games in Poland he scored 15.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82) of AZS Koszalin - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Darnell Hinson (186-G-80) of Polonia Azbud - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Eddie Miller (191-G-85) of PBG Basket - 19 points and 3 rebounds
7. Jerel Blassingame (177-G-81) of Energa Czarni - 23 points and 3 assists
8. Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84) of Energa Czarni - 21 points and 4 rebounds
9. Marcin Stefanski (200-F-83) of Trefl Sopot - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74) of Anwil - 25 points and 2 rebounds


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  PORTUGAL   


Benfica clinch SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - Porto 66:63

Benfica celebrated the first title of the new season as they claimed Portuguese Supertaca. The LPB defending champions held off their archrivals Porto for the trophy. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) knocked down a late three-pointer to decide on the winner in this exciting battle.
The teams stayed close right from the start. Porto and Benfica exchanged baskets throughout intense first quarter. The teams were tied at 16 ten minutes into the clash. Benfica put their noses in front in the second term. They eked out a narrow 36:34 lead at the interval. But Porto struck right back in the third frame. The Dragons denied the deficit and pulled ahead for a 53:52 lead at the final intermission. Benfica led by just one point late in regulation when Sergio Ramos hit from beyond the arc to give them a 64:60 advantage. Benfica held on to the advantage and though Gregory Stempin had a chance to level things and force overtime his attempt rimmed out and Benfica enjoyed the win at the end.
Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) scored 22 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Benfica. Miguel Minhava (197-G-83) added 13 points, while Heshimu Evans (198-F-75, college: Kentucky) finished with 11 points and 9 caroms in the victory. Julian Terrell (206-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) answered with 18 points for Porto. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens (NC)) accounted for 13 points for the Dragons.

Benfica: Ben Reed 22, Miguel Minhava 13, Heshimu Evans 11
Porto: Julian Terrell 18, Carlos Andrade 13



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  ROMANIA   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Dawson, Polite.22.3 
 2. Mitchell, Gaz Metan19.4 
 3. Dykes, U.Mobite.19.3 
 4. Seals, Otopeni19.0 
 5. Darby, Rovinari18.7 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.18.4 
 7. Wohlleb, Craiova18.4 
 8. Scott, Otopeni17.4 
 9. Mladenovic, Mures17.3 
 10. Tomic, CSM Bucur.16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Titus NICOARA
  Gaz Metan
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Nicoara, Gaz Metan12.1 
 2. Burlacu, Ploiesti10.8 
 3. Simms, Craiova10.6 
 4. Coleman, Miercure.10.3 
 5. Forte, Mures9.9 
 6. Waterstradt, CSM B.9.6 
 7. Paltinisanu, Timis.9.1 
 8. Tomic, CSM Bucur.8.9 
 9. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.7 
 10. Mladenovic, Mures8.3 
Assists Per Game
 JuJuan COOLEY
  Mures
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Cooley, Mures7.3 
 2. Dzambic, CSM B.7.2 
 3. Blidaru, Ploiesti6.9 
 4. Stojakovic, Craiova5.9 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan4.7 
 6. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.0 
 7. Petrisor, Timisoara4.0 
 8. McCullough, Polite.4.0 
 9. Nikolic, Rovinari3.6 
 10. Mandache, Steaua T.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Jason WESTROL
  Ploiesti
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Westrol, Ploiesti3.3 
 2. Gennie, Pitesti3.3 
 3. Dawson, Polite.3.2 
 4. Paliciuc, Brasov3.0 
 5. Nicoara, Gaz Metan2.7 
 6. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN2.7 
 7. Stojakovic, Craiova2.6 
 8. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.6 
 9. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.6 
 10. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.2 
 2. Capusan, Rovinari1.7 
 3. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.6 
 4. Mladenovic, Mures1.6 
 5. Simms, Craiova1.6 
 6. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 7. Anghel, Polite.1.4 
 8. Dumitru, Mures1.3 
 9. Carutasu, Steaua T.1.2 
 10. Vajda, Miercure.1.2 


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  SERBIA   


Zivkovic's 25 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Srdjan Zivkovic (199-G-86, agency: 011 Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked OKK Beograd and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had the game-high 25 points adding two assists for Beograd in his team's victory, helping them to beat Novi Sad (#13, 1-3) 88-75. Despite this victory Beograd dropped to the 2nd position in Serbian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Beograd will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Zivkovic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Beograd's top player in his first season with the team. Srdjan Zivkovic averages this season 12.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Filip Dedijer (205-F/C-88) of KK Borac Cacak. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Borac. In the last game Dedijer recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Borac lost that game 71-92 to Metalac (2-2). Borac managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 2-2 record is not bad at all. Dedijer is one of the most experienced players at Borac and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#8). He also registered 8.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Nikola Koprivica (198-G-88) of Superfund BP Beograd (#14). Koprivica scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Koprivica's great performance Superfund lost 74-79 to the higher-ranked Sloga (#3, 3-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Superfund can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Koprivica he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Koprivica has individually a great season in Serbia. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.3ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marko Masalusic) of Crnokosa - 26 points and 5 rebounds
5. Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80) of Sloga - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Nikola Vasojevic (192-F-86) of Borac - 23 points and 4 assists
7. Stefan Fekete (188-G-86) of Sloboda Uzice - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Slobodan Pejovic (192-G-86) of Napredak - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) of Superfund - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) of Beograd - 19 points and 10 rebounds


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Ivan DUKANAC
  Mladost Cacak
  (199-F-80)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Dukanac, Mladost .24.5 
 2. Djurdjevic, Sindje.21.0 
 3. Kuntic, Spartak20.0 
 4. Svilar, Smederevo20.0 
 5. Koprivica, Radnicki.19.5 
 6. Jovanovic, KG 0619.0 
 7. Kovac, Zeleznicar19.0 
 8. Gujanicic, Mlados.18.5 
 9. Samailovic, Student18.5 
 10. Stanisavljev., Jagod.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavle KOPRIVICA
  Radnicki OB
  (207-C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Koprivica, Radnicki.13.0 
 2. Gujanicic, Mlados.12.0 
 3. Rnic, Smederevo10.0 
 4. Despotovic, KG 069.5 
 5. Trailovic, Sindje.7.5 
 6. Dukanac, Mladost .7.5 
 7. Gugleta, Zeleznicar7.0 
 8. Suzic, Radnicki BG7.0 
 9. Karahodzic, Spartak7.0 
 10. Blagojevic, KG 066.5 
Assists Per Game
 Strahinja STOJACIC
  KG 06
  (197-G-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Stojacic, KG 067.0 
 2. Tanasijevic, Stude.6.0 
 3. Svilar, Smederevo5.5 
 4. Mijovic, Radnicki.5.0 
 5. Sparovic, Smede.5.0 
 6. Dinic, Spartak5.0 
 7. Kuntic, Spartak4.5 
 8. Simic, Radnicki OB4.5 
 9. Boltic, Radnicki BG4.0 
 10. Pavlovic, Student4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Davorin KUNTIC
  Spartak
  (--)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kuntic, Spartak4.0 
 2. Gacic, Radnicki BG3.0 
 3. Jevtic, Radnicki OB3.0 
 4. Karic, Radnicki BG2.5 
 5. Radic, Spartak2.5 
 6. Jojic, Zeleznicar2.0 
 7. Lalic, Radnicki BG2.0 
 8. Stojanovic, Spartak2.0 
 9. Jovanovic, KG 062.0 
 10. Mijovic, Radnicki.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar4.5 
 2. Kovac, Zeleznicar2.0 
 3. Mirkovic, KG 062.0 
 4. Savic, Student1.5 
 5. Trailovic, Sindje.1.0 
 6. Stojacic, KG 061.0 
 7. Blagojevic, KG 061.0 
 8. Tubak, Radnicki.1.0 
 9. Vasilic, Radnic.1.0 
 10. Gambiroza, Jagod.1.0 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Elephants 6-2 
 2. Samsung Th. 6-2 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 6-2 
 4. Dongbu Promy 4-3 
 5. KCC Egis 4-4 
 6. SK Knights 4-4 
 7. LG Sakers 3-5 
 8. Daegu Orions 2-5 
 9. Mobis Phoebus 2-5 
 10. Anyang KGC 1-6 


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  SPAIN   


Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria21.6 
 2. Navarro, Regal B.19.2 
 3. Teletovic, Caja L.17.2 
 4. Kurz, Granada17.2 
 5. Baron, Lagun A.17.0 
 6. McDonald, DKV J.16.4 
 7. Martinez, Valencia15.6 
 8. Mickeal, Regal Barca15.4 
 9. Bullock, Cajasol15.0 
 10. Suarez, Real M.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robert KURZ
  Granada
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Kurz, Granada9.6 
 2. Batista, Fuenlabr.9.4 
 3. Trias, DKV Joventut7.8 
 4. Lishchuk, Valencia7.2 
 5. Hosley, DKV J.7.0 
 6. Javtokas, Valencia7.0 
 7. Caner-Medley, Estudi.7.0 
 8. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 9. Jasen, Estudiantes7.0 
 10. Hettsheimeir, CAI Z.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Huertas, Caja L.6.8 
 2. Cook, Valencia6.2 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca5.4 
 4. Quinteros, CAI Z.5.0 
 5. Ingles, Granada4.8 
 6. Salgado, Lagun A.4.2 
 7. Dumas, Valladolid4.0 
 8. Llompart, Meridiano3.8 
 9. McIntyre, Unicaja3.8 
 10. Valters, Fuenlabr.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo AYON
  Fuenlabrada
  (209-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ayon, Fuenlabrada2.5 
 2. Claver, Valencia2.4 
 3. Freire, Unicaja2.3 
 4. San Miguel, Manre.2.2 
 5. Ingles, Granada2.2 
 6. Kirksay, Cajasol2.0 
 7. Robinson, DKV J.2.0 
 8. Batista, Fuenlabr.2.0 
 9. Victor, Menorca2.0 
 10. Pietrus, Caja L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Fran VAZQUEZ
  Regal Barca
  (209-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vazquez, Regal B.2.2 
 2. Ayon, Fuenlabrada1.8 
 3. Barnes, Valladolid1.6 
 4. Morris, Regal B.1.4 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral1.4 
 6. Tomic, Real Madrid1.3 
 7. Aguilar, CAI Z.1.2 
 8. Fischer, Real Madrid1.2 
 9. Trias, DKV Joventut1.0 
 10. Slokar, Manresa1.0 


LEB Silver Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Regal FC II - Mallorca 56-66
Mallorca closed Round Five with nice 56-66 road win against Regal Barca II for perfect 5-0 record in the league. Joan Carles Bivia (185-G-85) shined for the guests with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Ivan Garcia (207-F/C-86) had 11 pts and 6 rebs for the hosts.

Andorra - Avila 83-53
Andorra destroyed Avila for impressive 5-0 record in the league. Alex Ros (192-G-83) was their leading player in this game scoring 21 points for 22 minutes on the court. Visitors got 16 points and 5 boards from Xavier Lopez (191-G-83, college: Point Loma).

Prat Juventud - Santurtzi 73-84
Santurtzi finally grabbed the first win in LEB Silver. They did it mostly owing to Ryan Read (190-G-84, agency: Duran International, college: Concordia Irvine), who scored 27 points. The hosts got 15 points and 13 boards from Nacho Llobet (202-C-91).

Illescas - Coruna 77-67
Both teams entered to this game with poor 0-4. Illescas managed to grab the first win mostly thanks to Adrian Casas (195-F-89), who scored 16 points, and Alexey Chubrevich (212-C-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) who added 13 points and 17 boards. In Coruna, Marcus Wilson (192-G-77, college: Evansville) posted 21 points.

Guadalajara - Oviedo Feve 79-71
Guadalajara celebrated first win this season. Their leading scorers were Raul Lazaro (195-F-87) and Roberto Nunez (192-G-78) with 15 points each. Visitors got 24 points and 8 boards from Kevin Ratzsch (201-F-86, college: Northern St.).

Clavijo - ADT Tarragona 86-78
Clavijo is another team with perfect record after five rounds. Sidnei De Santana (215-C-83) stepped up for the hosts with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Derek Stribling (198-F-82, college: Tennessee Tech) answered with 16 points in defeat.

Plasencia - Lan Mobel ISB 81-66
Plasencia was better than Lan Mobel registering third victory of the season. Jonathan Barcelo (192-G-79) shined for the hosts with 26 points. Reginald Bratton (193-G/F-86, college: Lenoir-Rhyne) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds in defeat.


ACB, Round 5: No undefeated teams any more - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral - Fuenlabrada 90-81
The reigning champion had Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) in a game mood with 23 points. Pau Ribas (193-G-87) had 15 and David Logan helped Caja Laboral with 12 pts. On the other side, Fuenla got double-double of 22 points and 11 boards from Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83). Caja Laboral 4-1, Fuenla 3-2.

Granada - Estudiantes 77-74
Both teams had 0-4 before this meeting. Granada managed to grab the first victory of the season mostly owing to Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame), who scored 21 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) helped with 15 points. In Estu (0-5), German Gabriel (207-C-80) posted 17 points.

Regal Barca - Menorca 84-44
Regal Barca destroyed Menorca celebrating fourth victory of the season. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) scored 16 and 14 points respectively for the hosts. Jakim Donaldson (204-C/F-83, agency: BrezoPro, college: Edinboro) had 15 points and 5 boards for Menorca, who dropped to 2-3.

CAI Zaragoza - Cajasol 82-78
CAI Zaragoza grabbed 82-78 home win against Cajasol for 3-2 record in ACB. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) shined for the hosts with 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Rafael Hettsheimeir (206-C-86) added 13 pts and 7 boards. In Cajasol (2-3), Louis Bullock (185-G-76, college: Michigan) posted 14 pts.

Gran Canaria - Manresa 69-49
Granca blasted Manresa celebrating third victory of the season. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) once again top-scored for Gran Canaria with 19 points. Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami (OH)) helped with 13 points and 6 boards. On the other side, Manresa (0-5) had just one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) with 10 pts.

DKV Joventut - Valencia 86-83
DKV Joventut was better than Valencia joining group of the teams with almost perfect 4-1 record. At the same time, visitors dropped to 1-4. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) shined for the hosts with 23 points. Will McDonald (206-C-79, college: S.Florida) and Russell Robinson (185-G-86) delivered 15 points each. For the guests, Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs) and Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) netted 16 pts apiece.

Lagun Aro GBC - Valladolid 75-64
4-1 for Lagun Aro GBC and 3-2 for Valladolid after this meeting. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) came up with 15 points for the hosts, whole David Doblas (206-C-81) added 12 pts and 9 rebounds. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) responded with 17 points in loss.

Meridiano - Real Madrid 78-67
Meridiano Alicante crushed Real Madrid handing them the first loss of the season. At the same time, it is the first win for Alicante. Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) came up with 16 points and 5 rebounds in victory, while Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) followed him with one point less. For the Whites, Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) collected 16 points and 9 rebs.

Bizkaia Bilbao - Unicaja 89-71
Bizkaia Bilbao was too strong for Unicaja improving to 3-2 record in the league. Marko Banic (205-F-84) stepped up for the hosts with 21 points. Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, agency: Rogue Sports, college: Duquesne) (6 rebs) and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) added 14 and 12 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) collected 15 points and 5 boards.


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Xavier LOPEZ
  Avila
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Lopez, Avila18.3 
 2. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.18.0 
 3. Witt, Clavijo17.8 
 4. Ramsdell, Avila16.8 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca16.4 
 6. Swanston, Clavijo16.2 
 7. Mesa, Clavijo16.0 
 8. Perez, Promobys15.5 
 9. Bustamante, Plase.15.2 
 10. Ramsey, Promobys15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara13.8 
 2. Chubrevich, Illescas9.4 
 3. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.2 
 4. Larry, Regal F.9.0 
 5. Llobet, Prat J.9.0 
 6. Thompson, Coruna8.2 
 7. Mesa, Clavijo8.2 
 8. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.6 
 9. Howard, Andorra7.6 
 10. Ramsdell, Avila7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Rufian, Promobys5.8 
 3. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.6 
 4. Justo, Avila4.5 
 5. Uriz, Santurtzi4.5 
 6. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.8 
 7. Zamora, Andorra3.6 
 8. Pampin, Mallorca3.6 
 9. Bavosi, Promobys3.5 
 10. Alonso, Mallorca3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Joan CREUS
  Regal FC II
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Creus, Regal F.2.5 
 2. Martinez, Plasencia2.4 
 3. Barcelo, Plasencia2.2 
 4. Alonso, Mallorca2.2 
 5. Zamora, Andorra2.0 
 6. Matali, Andorra2.0 
 7. Ramsey, Promobys1.8 
 8. Rodrigo, Guadalaj.1.8 
 9. Casado, Santurtzi1.8 
 10. Guirao, ADT T.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Papa MBAYE
  Regal FC II
  (--90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mbaye, Regal F.2.0 
 2. Biyombo, Illescas1.4 
 3. Marti, Prat J.1.4 
 4. Lawal, Guadalajara1.3 
 5. Howard, Plasencia1.2 
 6. Todorovic, Prat J.1.2 
 7. Maglisceau, Promo.1.0 
 8. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.0 
 9. Johnson, Andorra1.0 
 10. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.1.0 


Guillen's 25 points and 9 rebounds give him LEB Gold Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old power forward Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76) put on an amazing game in the last round for La Laguna Socas Canarias and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds for La Laguna in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Girona (#14, 2-4) 93-89. Despite this victory La Laguna dropped to the 7th position in Spanish LEB Gold. La Laguna is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-3 record. It's Guillen's second year at La Laguna and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Guillen has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.7ppg. Guillen is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.5rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Ehambe Moses Randall (198-G/F-86) of Aquas De Sousas Club Ourense Baloncesto. He is Congolese swingman in his first season at Ourense. In the last game Moses Randall recorded impressive 25 points and 4 rebounds. Bad luck as Ourense lost that game 83-95 to the higher-ranked Lleida (#8, 3-3). This loss caused Ourense to drop to 17th position in the standings. 5 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Ourense managed to get this year. Moses Randall is a newcomer at Ourense and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to another La Laguna Socas Canarias' star - guard Albert Sabat (187-G-85). Sabat scored 27 points and passed four assists. He was another key player of La Laguna, helping his team with a 93-89 win against the lower-ranked Girona (#14, 2-4). La Laguna needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Sabat has a great season in Spain. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.7apg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Huesca - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Jeffrey Xavier (185-G-85) of Caceres - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Micah Downs (203-G-86) of Burgos - 22 points and 2 rebounds
7. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81) of Lleida - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Inaki Narros (194-G-81) of Navarra - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Wilbert Brown (200-F-84) of Breogan - 15 points and 9 rebounds
10. Eloy Almazan (198-F-84) of Alcazar - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists


Spanish EBA round 7 best performance : Alvaro Teja - by Mariano Galindo
Young player Alvaro Teja was the best man last weekend in the EBA League. The 21 year-old player helped to SAB Torrelavega's victory over Universidad de Valladolid (89-74). Teja had a very good day with 30 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. He signed 35 index rating. Last week, Ignacio Fort (200-F-83) made the best performance in EBA League up to know: 54 index rating with 24 points, 25 boards and 4 asissts.

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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Glover, Boncourt25.8 
 2. Bomayoko, Zurich W.24.7 
 3. Yates, Starwings24.0 
 4. Abukar, Lugano T.22.6 
 5. Martin, BBC Nyon22.2 
 6. Smith, Fribourg21.2 
 7. Brown, Starwings21.0 
 8. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.20.8 
 9. Holland, Zurich W.20.0 
 10. Lee, Geneve Lions20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon14.4 
 2. Holland, Zurich W.11.0 
 3. Thompson, Starw.10.4 
 4. Dos Santos, Bonco.9.6 
 5. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.2 
 6. Gugino, Boncourt8.6 
 7. Dacevic, SAV V.8.3 
 8. Smith, Fribourg8.2 
 9. Mihajlovic, SAV V.8.0 
 10. Yates, Starwings8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo9.4 
 2. Lee, Geneve Lions6.0 
 3. Louissaint, Month.6.0 
 4. Glover, Boncourt5.6 
 5. Hollins, Starwings5.0 
 6. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.8 
 7. Draughan, Lugano T.4.6 
 8. Brown, Starwings4.6 
 9. Kazadi, Fribourg4.4 
 10. Petkovic, Fribourg4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Glover, Boncourt5.8 
 2. Angley, Lugano T.4.0 
 3. Louissaint, Month.3.6 
 4. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.0 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt2.8 
 6. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.8 
 7. Sharper, Monthey2.6 
 8. Dos Santos, Bonco.2.6 
 9. Sloan, Geneve Lions2.4 
 10. Draughan, Lugano T.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.0 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.6 
 3. Thompson, Starw.1.4 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt1.4 
 5. Sanders, Lugano T.1.3 
 6. Vogt, Fribourg1.2 
 7. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.2 
 8. Paredes, BBC Nyon1.2 
 9. Lukic, Zurich W.1.2 
 10. Mafuta, Monthey1.2 


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  TURKEY   


Oyak Renault in touch with Marsh - by Sinan Can
OYAK Renault beaten the bad luck chain as Bursa team won against Medical Park Trabzonspor last saturday, now the main issue around the club is to sign a new player in replacement for Charles Garcia. Due to some reports around the club, Oyak Renault made a bid for Ricardo Marsh (201-F-81, college: ODU) , a familiar face for Turkish basketball. Ricardo Marsh previously played for Turk Telekom and Antalya BSB has been contacted with Oyak Renault now and a deal can happen any time. Ricardo Marsh's last stop en Europe was Cedevita Zagreb last season as experienced player averaged 13.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals at Croatian League and 5.2 points, 1.3 rebounds at Adriatic League.

TB2L Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tolga TEKINALP
  ITU
  (202-F-74)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Tekinalp, ITU24.7 
 2. Wright, Orman Genc23.3 
 3. Johnson, Vestel20.3 
 4. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal18.7 
 5. Ozdogan, Optimum .18.7 
 6. Gardener, Final G.18.3 
 7. Akcay, Beykoz17.7 
 8. Amasyali, Kepez Bld16.7 
 9. Goktas, Genc T.16.3 
 10. Dearman, Hacettep.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 15
 1. Johnson, Vestel15.0 
 2. Terell, Adanaspor14.0 
 3. Gardener, Final G.12.3 
 4. Mims, ITU11.0 
 5. Morton, Usak10.3 
 6. Boykin, Gaziantep10.3 
 7. Tekinalp, ITU10.3 
 8. Okkali, Istanbulspor9.0 
 9. Wright, Orman Genc8.7 
 10. Isik, Pertevniyal8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Serhan KAVUT
  Optimum TED
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Kavut, Optimum TED6.3 
 2. Yener, Orman Genc6.0 
 3. Kan, TED Istanbul5.7 
 4. Ogut, Genc Telekom5.5 
 5. Bayrak, Usak5.0 
 6. Delicay, Gaziantep5.0 
 7. Eryuz, Istanbul.4.7 
 8. Bayraktar, Kepez B.4.7 
 9. Sasmaz, Akhisar .4.7 
 10. Yikilmaz, Pertevniyal4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Hasan KARABULUT
  Orman Genc
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Karabulut, Orman G.3.3 
 2. Terzioglu, Gelisim3.0 
 3. Rizvanoglu, Istanb.3.0 
 4. Yonder, Genc Banvit3.0 
 5. Ademoglu, Kepez B.2.7 
 6. Ogut, Genc Telekom2.5 
 7. Eken, Akhisar Bld2.3 
 8. Akcay, Beykoz2.3 
 9. Kolaric, Genc Banvit2.3 
 10. Erdeniz, Hacettep.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Arthur JOHNSON
  Vestel
  (206-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Johnson, Vestel3.0 
 2. Morton, Usak2.7 
 3. Sanli, Darussafaka2.0 
 4. Toyloy, Istanbul.2.0 
 5. Peters, Selcuk U.1.7 
 6. McGowan, Akhisar .1.7 
 7. Gorur, Vestel1.5 
 8. Majok, FMV I.1.5 
 9. Yalcin, Optimum .1.3 
 10. Tulek, TED Istanbul1.3 


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Antwain BARBOUR
  Erdemir
  (196-G/F-82)
  Avg: 25.3
 1. Barbour, Erdemir25.3 
 2. Randle, Aliaga22.7 
 3. Gibson, Oyak R.21.3 
 4. Karadeniz, Trabzons.20.5 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne19.0 
 6. Francis, Bornova17.7 
 7. Lavrinovic, Fener.Ul.17.7 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas17.3 
 9. Smith, Bornova17.3 
 10. Coleman, Aliaga16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.11.5 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.3 
 3. Francis, Bornova9.3 
 4. Samardjiski, Olin E.8.7 
 5. Smith, Bornova8.7 
 6. Yucel, Mersin8.7 
 7. Aldemir, Karsiyaka8.7 
 8. Waller, Oyak Renault8.0 
 9. Ozer, Besiktas7.7 
 10. Jamison, Trabzons.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar RASIC
  Trabzonspor
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rasic, Trabzonspor6.0 
 2. Smith, Bornova5.0 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas4.7 
 4. Gibson, Oyak R.4.7 
 5. Rowe, Tofas4.7 
 6. Holston, Karsiyaka4.3 
 7. Downey, Antalya4.0 
 8. Akin, Olin Edirne4.0 
 9. Cankaya, T.Telekom4.0 
 10. Tunceri, Efes Pilsen4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tarence KINSEY
  Fener.Ulker
  (200-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kinsey, Fener.Ulker3.5 
 2. Waller, Oyak Renault3.3 
 3. Coleman, Aliaga2.7 
 4. Sonkol, Bornova2.3 
 5. Buker, Galatasaray2.3 
 6. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.3 
 7. Chatman, Besiktas2.3 
 8. Guler, Antalya2.3 
 9. Seibutis, Olin Edirne2.0 
 10. Rasic, Trabzonspor2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.3.3 
 2. Stiemsma, T.Tel.1.7 
 3. Ruzic, Tofas1.3 
 4. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.3 
 5. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen1.0 
 6. Roberts, Efes P.1.0 
 7. Karadeniz, Trabzons.1.0 
 8. Oz, Karsiyaka1.0 
 9. Davis, Banvit1.0 
 10. Francis, Bornova1.0 


TBL, Round 3: Fenerbahce Ulker and Antalya stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Banvit - Olin Edirne 70-62
Banvit outplayed the TBL newcomer Olin Edrine for 2-1 record in TBL. Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) came up with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts, while Charles Davis (202-F-84, college: Alabama) added 14 pts and 6 boards. Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) had 13 points and 5 boards for Olin Edrine, who faced with the first loss this season (2-1).

Efes Pilsen - Karsiyaka 97-72
2-1 for Efes Pilsen and 1-2 for Karsiyaka after this game. Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for the hosts with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Cenk Akyol (196-G-87, agency: FCM) and Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) added 14 points each. For the guests, Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) collected 17 points and 8 rebs.

Aliaga - Besiktas 95-80
Aliaga outplayed Besiktas 95-80 improving to 2-1 record in the league. Aubrey Coleman (193-G-87, college: Houston) exploded for the hosts with 29 points and 6 rebounds. Jerome Randle (178-G-87, college: California) also was great adding 23 pts and 6 assists. In defeat, Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) had 16 pts and 5 assists.

Mersin - Erdemir 71-79
First victory of the season for Erdemir and at the same time third consecutive loss for Mersin. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) nailed 35 points for the guests and he grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) collected 17 points and 9 boards in loss.

Bornova - Fener.Ulker 68-97
Fenerbahce Ulker cruised past Bornova to keep the perfect score after three games in TBL. Omer Onan (194-G-78) drained 27 points for the guests and Darjus Lavrinovic added 17 points, plus 8 boards. Bornova (2-1) got 18 pts from Umit Sonkol (206-F-82).

T.Telekom - Antalya 72-83
Great start of the season for Antalya, who currently shares the first place in TBL with Fenerbahce Ulker (3-0). Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, college: California) was the leading scorer in this victory with 25 points. Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) added 19 points and 8 rebounds. In Turk Telekom (0-3), Can Ugur Ogut (178-G-92) delivered 15 pts.

Galatasaray - Tofas 91-66
Galatasaray destroyed Tofas celebrating second victory of the season. Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) was the leading player in Galata with 22 points for 19 minutes on the court. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) helped with 14 pts and 6 rebs. In Tofas (1-2), Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) collected 14 points and 7 rebs.

Oyak Renault - Trabzonspor 79-65
Oyak Renault was better than Trabzonspor so both teams have 1-2 record now. Jonathan Gibson (183-G-88, college: N.Mexico St.) was amazing for the hosts collecting 35 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Alvin Snow (188-G-81, college: E.Washington) responded with 22 points and 6 boards in defeat.


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Syracuse-bound Rakeem Christmas is comfortable on the move - by David Edole
St. Croix native switched from baseball to the hardwood when he moved to the continent

Whats it like being Rakeem Christmas (206-C/F), Pennsylvanias top basketball player? On this day, anyway, it involves a lot of time spent in the car.

Christmas and his aunt Amira Hamid pick me up at Philadelphias Union Station on a bright, surprisingly hot September day. Hamid, Christmas guardian since he came to the United States from St. Croix five years ago, is the one doing the driving since Christmas, 18, keeps putting off getting his permit.

I toss my bag in the trunk and slide into the backseat of the black Nissan Maxima. Christmas is riding shotgun, his 6-foot-9 frame splayed across the seat. He shakes my hand, and pleasantries are exchanged. Then Christmas asks the all-important question.

You ever had a cheesesteak?

Not a real one, I say.

Its settled then. But thatll have to wait. The first stop is Faheems Hands of Precision, a popular South Philly barbershop and a regular haunt for Christmas. This isnt any regular line-up hes getting, though: Today Christmas will lose the frohawk hes been rocking for most of the summer.

Faheem, the stylist of choice for a number of Philly celebrities, including the legendary Roots crew (now of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon fame), is finishing up with another customer. Christmas, or Roc as most people call him, is greeted warmly, but theres no special treatment for the nations No. 2 center and No. 19 overall recruit in the ESPNU 100. The Academy of the New Church (Bryn Athyn, Pa.) senior and Syracuse recruit may be a future NBA lottery pick, as some predict, but here hes just another customer albeit a really tall one.

As Christmas waits quietly, sending the occasional text, patrons of the barbershop discuss the relative merits of the music thats playing. Somehow, rapper DMX, of all people, comes to dominate the conversation.

But the last time DMX was buzz worthy, Christmas was a little kid back in St. Croix. He was born in Jersey but moved to the Virgin Islands when he was 2. His mother, Jenny Hamid, passed away when he was 5, and his grandmother did the heavy lifting when it came to raising him.

I always had my grandma there to take care of me, he says. Amira, 27, was only in high school when her sister was sick, and she and her nephew have always been close. She left St. Croix to go to college at Drexel, and it was sort of understood that Roc would eventually go to live with her.

They spend a ton of time together much of it in the car shuttling Roc from school to basketball activities so its a good thing they get along so well. Because of the circumstances, they have a unique relationship.

Hes my nephew, hes my brother, hes my best friend, she says. Hes like everything kind of wrapped into one.

***

Faheem finishes up and shows Roc the results. Its a much more streamlined look, with a carefully sculpted beard strap and matching clipper lines on the side and back. Its a good look, but on the car ride to our next stop, Roc examines the haircut and concludes that it makes his face look too narrow.

The next stop is a school in Chester where Roc trains with Eric Pooh Evans, brother of Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year. Pooh mostly focuses on guard skills with Roc, trying to make him as dangerous on the perimeter and in the lane as he is down low.

Christmas has a surprisingly smooth stroke for someone his size, especially someone whos only been playing for four years. While his ball-handling isnt bad, its hard to imagine Christmas taking players off the dribble at the next level, though Evans believes hell be able to get to that point.

Im a cool, laid-back guy.

Roc was a baseball player back in St. Croix, but when he came to the United States, people took one look at him and knew he belonged on a basketball court. Understandably, he wasnt very good at first I didnt know what I was doing, he says but soon his outstanding length and athleticism compensated for any deficiencies, especially on the defensive end. He doesnt even need to block a shot to change the game, says Rob Brown, his AAU coach. Anybody that goes into the lane, [they] gotta think twice. Hes an eraser.

He attended North Catholic as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to ANC last year. It wasnt long before the top colleges in the country were vying for his services. The recruiting process was handled entirely by Amira, who runs her own PR company (Amira Shiraz Inc.) and was well-suited to the task. Coaches and journalists had to go through her and risked being blackballed if they tried to contact Roc directly.

I deal with that so that he can be a kid, she says. Hes never going to get that time back, like, ever.

***

After his workout with Evans, were back in the car, heading to Old City/ Society Hill for the promised cheesesteaks. As we walk around town, people stop and stare at Roc (his height exaggerated, no doubt, by the presence of his much shorter companions). Jims is the most famous of the cheesesteak spots on South Street, but Roc prefers Ishkabibbles.

We eat in Amiras office a couple blocks away, and Christmas talks about his family, his 90-pound pit bull (also named Roc) and all things basketball. He speaks in low, short sentences, but Amira insists that Rocs a cutup once you get to know him.

People say I look mad all the time, but Im not, Christmas says. Im a cool, laid-back guy. Nothing gets to me.

Sometimes his mellow demeanor can carry over to the court, a habit his high school coach is hoping to rid him of.

Ive seen a kid elbow him one time and I thought he was going to kill that kid, says ANC coach Kevin Givens. Thats the kind of guy were trying to get him to be. He just turned into a monster. We leave the office and head back to Union Station, exchanging a rushed farewell. Amira drives off, and like that, Roc Christmas is headed to his next destination.




Rakeem Christmas FUN FACTS
School: Academy of the New Church
Class: 2011
Position: Forward/Center
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 233
College: Syracuse
Nick name: Roc
2009-2010 school year performance:
13.0 points
7.5 rebounds
3.0 blocks
13-9 team record

Favorites:
TV Shows: 'Family Guy' & 'Man vs. Wild'
Movie: 'Step Brothers'
Actor: Will Ferrell
Athlete: LeBron James
Musical Artist: Meek Mill
Subject: Ecology


Lucas ONeill Senior Editor, ESPN RISE Magazine


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  UBA   


GIE Morrow Disciples sign William Belton - by Griselle Martis

The GIE Morrow Disciples started their season last week and open this week by announcing that ultra quick and athletic William Belton (6'1''-G-84, college: Wofford) will be their Point Guard.

Belton was a standout at Morehouse where he was named SIAC All-Conference (2X) and SIAC Newcomer of the year.

Last Season Belton signed with Al Rayyan (Qatar) where he averaged 17.0ppg, 7.4apg and 2.0spg. Belton also led his team to a Qatar League Championship in 2010.

'We are excited to have a kid like Will on our club', said Disciples coach Michael Davis. 'He is everything a club could want in a PG. We all know that Will wont be here long, but as long as he's in the USA he will be a Disciples.'

Belton suited up for the Disciples Saturday night in the place of Demetrice Williams (6'3''-G-80, college: S.Alabama) (injured). He led the Disciples to a 96-78 victory over the Metro Atlanta Stars finishing the game with 15 points and a game high 10 assist.

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URBL Stats Leaders
UBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Barnes, GIE M. 27.5
2. Stroud, GIE M. 24.0
3. Sloan, Generals 22.0
4. Moore, Generals 15.0
5. Belton, GIE M. 15.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Stroud, GIE M. 10.0
2. Dailey, GIE M. 10.0
3. Moore, Generals 8.0
4. Williams, GIE M. 8.0
5. White, Generals 7.0
Assists Per Game
1. Belton, GIE M. 10.0
2. Williams, GIE M. 9.0
3. De La Cruz, Generals 6.0
4. Cox, Generals 6.0
5. Barnes, GIE M 5.0
Steals Per Game
1. Williams, GIE M. 4.0
2. Sloan, Generals 3.0
3. Dailey, GIE M. 2.5
4. Cox, Generals 2.0
5. Banres, GIE M. 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Williams, GIE M. 5.5
2. Moore, Generals 5.0
3. Dailey, GIE M. 2.5
4. Kelly, Generals 2.0
5. Banres, GIE M. 1.0


Standings
UBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Cleveland V. 0-0 
 2. Colonial F. 0-0 
 3. Columbus C. 0-0 
 4. NE Air Soul 0-0 
 5. Southeast H. 0-0 
Southern
 1. S.Generals 1-0 
 2. GIE Morrow D. 1-1 
 3. Atlanta A. 0-0 
 4. Georgia L. 0-0 
 5. St.Mountain H. 0-0 
Western
 1. Austin K. 0-0 
 2. C.Texas C. 0-0 
 3. DFW Warriors 0-0 
 4. Norman E. 0-0 
 5. Tennessee D. 0-0 
D-League
 1. Irie M. 0-0 
 2. Proline 0-0 
 3. Team Japan 0-0 
Travel Teams
 1. Columbus Crush 0-0 
 2. Dallas Star 0-0 
 3. KC Lakers 0-0 
 4. Nashville B. 0-0 
 5. North Texas 0-0 
 6. Oklahoma S. 0-0 
 7. Metro Atlanta 0-1 


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


Standings - Higher League
Higher Standings
Group A
 1. Aviastar Zap. 6-2 
 2. Avantazh-Pol. 5-3 
 3. Dynamo Dnepr. 4-2 
 4. Kremen-KNU 3-3 
 5. KTU Kr.Rih 3-5 
 6. Koksokh-St. 1-3 
 7. Sevastopol 0-4 
Group B
 1. Cherkasy 7-1 
 2. U-VolinBasket 5-1 
 3. Sportlitsey 5-3 
 4. Pulsar 3-3 
 5. Vinnitsky Zu. 3-3 
 6. Striba Cher. 1-7 
 7. Ternopil 0-6 


Kevin Tiggs moves to Cytavision Apoel Nicosia - by Emiliano
Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) will continue his career in Cyprus with Cytavision Apoel Nicosia. The American guard/forward started the season in Ukraine with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye playing 2 games of Eurochallenge averaging 14.5ppg, 2.5apg, 1.5rpg, 1.5spg, fg-58.3%, 3pt.-33.3%, ft-75.0%. Five the games played by Tiggs in Ukraine Superleague in which he recorded averages of 8.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.8apg, ft-100%.
With the team from Cyprus, Tiggs will have the opportunity to play in Eurochallenge after having failed the qualification with Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye. Last season with the jersey of Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye Tiggs averaged 15.0ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.4apg, Steals-5 (1.8spg), FGP: 63.9%, 3PT: 39.8%, FT: 77.8% in 34 games and was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague 2nd Team.


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Burtt, Dnipro24.6 
 2. Burns, Fe.21.6 
 3. Washington, BC Od.18.0 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk17.7 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot16.3 
 6. Morrison, Halyc.16.3 
 7. Thomas, Azovmash16.1 
 8. Curry, Azovmash15.9 
 9. Wiggins, Halychyna15.5 
 10. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christian BURNS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Burns, Fe.10.1 
 2. Morrison, Halyc.9.2 
 3. Wiggins, Halychyna9.2 
 4. Adeleke, Dnipro8.4 
 5. Austin, Dnipro8.1 
 6. Thomas, Azovmash7.8 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa7.3 
 8. Edwards, BC Do.7.1 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.9 
 10. Garrison, Khimik6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Millage, Khimik6.1 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.6 
 3. Curry, Azovmash4.6 
 4. Karim, DniproAzot4.2 
 5. Brewer, BC Odessa4.1 
 6. Mazutis, Mykolaiv4.0 
 7. Funn, Halychyna4.0 
 8. Flores, BC Donetsk4.0 
 9. Burtt, Dnipro4.0 
 10. Broadus, Halychyna3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Millage, Khimik3.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.2.1 
 3. House, Azovmash2.0 
 4. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.9 
 5. Funn, Halychyna1.9 
 6. Greene, Mykolaiv1.8 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot1.8 
 8. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.6 
 9. Dukes, DniproAzot1.4 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.8 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.6 
 3. Turner, BC Odessa1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 6. Roberts, Fe.1.4 
 7. Morrison, Halyc.1.3 
 8. Gilyevych, Mykolaiv1.1 
 9. Garrison, Khimik1.1 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv1.0 


Chris Owens is back in Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) returned to Ukraine. The forward signed a deal with the Superleague defending champions Azovmash. Chris Owens played in BC Donetsk in 2008/09 season. He was named the Superleague Player of the Year in 2009. Last season he also started with BC Donetsk. But in February Chris Owens moved to Greece after settling a contract with Panellinios Athens. Owens tallied 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in A1 League. This season the 31-year-old forward began in France with Gravelines Dunkerque. Chris Owens averaged 8.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per appearance in ProA.


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Smith Relieved As Thunder Dodge A Bullet - by Paul Nilsen

It's never easy when you are approaching the third month of the season and you still haven't recorded a league victory. It's even tougher when you are playing another winless team and you are down by double digits on your home floor and facing the unthinkable prospect of allowing one of your best chances of getting off the mark to slip through your fingers.



Throw in the fact that you have only just been handed back the coaching reins with little time to work thoroughly with your players and at one point on Saturday night, Worthing Thunder Coach Gary Smith found himself in one almighty jam.



To his understandable relief, his team finally came up trumps and managed to dodge a serious bullet by seeing off Essex Pirates 95-92 to get that precious first league success.



'It was such a tough one.' admitted Smith.



'Essex played so well and they were just so aggressive defensively which I think surprised us a little. For them to have had so much energy and intensity having played up in Liverpool the night before was a huge credit to them.'



'They were up for most of the game and at times up by ten or eleven points and we were just digging ourselves deeper and deeper into the hole by making mistakes and not playing the kind of defence I know we can.'



'It was disappointing we went away from our game plan.'



'I don't think it was actually until the players realised the implications of losing to Essex on our home court that it truly sunk in just how much our backs were to the wall at that point.'



'Suddenly we started playing better defence and began to get ourselves out of the hole we had created for ourselves.'



'We came up with stops and made better decisions offensively since I think it became clear we were in serious danger of losing the game.'



'When the game went into overtime and particularly down the stretch, I think they began to run on empty which wasn't surprising taking into account the effort they put into it. They were so well organised and probably though they had done enough to win.'



'In the end though, I thought our guys coming off the bench did a great job and we just found enough to get ourselves home. It was a tough one and we made it hard for ourselves and for our supporters watching but we got the win I guess.'



'Now we can enjoy a couple of weeks off. I know people might talk about momentum being broken after getting our first success but we really need some time to work on things.'



'I will hopefully be able to secure a friendly against non-BBL opposition and that will give us an opportunity to test whether we are capable of playing defence to a consistent level.'



Worthing weren't the only team to grab that precious first league success with UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders also giving themselves a huge lift after securing a 91-81 win over Marshall MK Lions as Anthony Rowe and Evaldas Zabas combined for 50 points.



Elsewhere in the BBL Championship there was further disappointment for fans of Worcester Wolves whose promising start to the season now seems like a distant memory after they slumped to a third successive home loss. They were beaten 80-63 and found Tafari Toney and Andrew Sullivan far too much of a handful.



Last but by no means least, Guildford Heat took a huge stride towards punching their ticket for the BBL Trophy Final after handing Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders an 85-65 loss during the semi-final first leg in what was arguably the performance of the weekend.



Stats Leaders - BBL

Points Per Game
 Marcus STOUT
  Sheffield Sharks
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Stout, Sheffiel.23.0 
 2. Schneck, Cheshire.22.5 
 3. Moore, Newcastle22.4 
 4. Dagostino, Sheffi.20.8 
 5. Patton, Sheffi.20.6 
 6. Rowe, Plymouth19.8 
 7. Smith, Newcastle19.7 
 8. Sullivan, Liverpoo.19.2 
 9. Zabas, Plymouth19.0 
 10. Copeland, Glasgow .18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mike TUCK
  Sheffield Sharks
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Tuck, Sheffiel.10.6 
 2. Nottley, Worthing10.3 
 3. Durant, Worthing9.5 
 4. Polk, Plymouth9.5 
 5. Rowe, Plymouth9.3 
 6. Simpson, Leices.9.3 
 7. Williams, Sheffi.8.8 
 8. Schneck, Cheshire.8.5 
 9. Dobbins, Worcester8.3 
 10. Mbye, Worthing8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ryan PATTON
  Sheffield Sharks
  (181-G-78)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Patton, Sheffi.7.2 
 2. Clark, MK Lions7.0 
 3. Zabas, Plymouth6.7 
 4. Middleton, Worce.5.6 
 5. Moore, Newcastle4.8 
 6. Harrison, Glasgow .4.3 
 7. Dagostino, Sheffi.4.0 
 8. Gardner, MK Lions4.0 
 9. Colbert, Plymouth3.8 
 10. Bell, Cheshire Jets3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremy BELL
  Cheshire Jets
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bell, Cheshire Jets4.5 
 2. Middleton, Worce.3.0 
 3. Williams, Worthing2.8 
 4. Clark, MK Lions2.5 
 5. Harrison, Glasgow .2.5 
 6. Anderson, Essex P.2.0 
 7. Williams, MK Lions2.0 
 8. Zabas, Plymouth2.0 
 9. Bridge, Newcastle2.0 
 10. Mbye, Worthing2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Otis POLK
  Plymouth
  (206-C-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Polk, Plymouth2.3 
 2. Williams, Sheffi.1.6 
 3. Nelson, MK Lions1.5 
 4. Simpson, Leices.1.3 
 5. Martin, Guildfor.1.0 
 6. Dobbins, Worcester1.0 
 7. Schneck, Cheshire.0.8 
 8. Copeland, Glasgow .0.8 
 9. Toney, Liverpoo.0.7 
 10. Sullivan, Liverpoo.0.7 


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  URUGUAY   


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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 31.2
 1. Villegas, Olimpia31.2 
 2. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 3. McGowan, Sayago24.8 
 4. Cornley, Cader24.7 
 5. Aguiar, Hebraica24.3 
 6. Taboada, Bigua22.4 
 7. Martinez, Malvin22.2 
 8. Miller, Montevideo20.6 
 9. Woodward, Defensor20.2 
 10. Elliott, Hebraica19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Gamble, Cader11.9 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Jackson, Anastasia11.2 
 4. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.2 
 5. Reynolds, Hebraica10.1 
 6. Miller, Montevideo10.0 
 7. Dilligard, Olimpia9.8 
 8. Wilborn, Bigua9.4 
 9. Puckett, Aguada9.1 
 10. Newsome, Malvin9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Elliott, Hebraica6.2 
 2. Tornaria, Trouville5.8 
 3. Vidal, Bigua5.7 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.5 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.2 
 6. Rivero, Montevideo5.1 
 7. Latham, Anastasia5.0 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.9 
 9. Martinez, Malvin4.5 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Sammy MONROE
  Potros
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Monroe, Malvin3.2 
 2. Elliott, Hebraica3.0 
 3. Latham, Anastasia2.7 
 4. Galeano, Olimpia2.4 
 5. Tornaria, Trouville2.4 
 6. Rovira, Bigua2.4 
 7. Woodward, Defensor2.4 
 8. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 9. Shelman, Sayago2.2 
 10. Newsome, Malvin2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  KL Dragons
  (205-C-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Miller, Montevideo5.0 
 2. Dilligard, Olimpia4.2 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.9 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.6 
 5. Ferguson, Defensor2.5 
 6. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.4 
 7. Douglas, Bohemios2.2 
 8. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.8 
 10. Billings, Bigua1.8 


Inacap upset Malvin in Santiago del Estero - by Eurobasket News
Inacap - Malvin 88:81

Inacap finished their Liga Sudamericana campaign on a high note. They shot down Malvin to earn the third position in Group B. Malvin wrapped up the competition winless. Sammy Villegas scored 29 points to lead Inacap to the victory.
Malvin and Inacap stayed close in the opening quarter. The Uruguayans secured a 20:19 lead at the first break. Sebastian Figueroa (175-G-88) however ignited a 10:0 run late in the half that gave Inacap a 38:36 lead. Christopher Lee and Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) stepped up for Malvin in the third term. The Uruguayan powerhouse surged back in front. They established a 59:54 lead with ten minutes to go. Inacap struck back in the final stanza. The Chilean side poured in impressive 34 points and rallied to the victory at the end.
Sebastian Figueroa accounted for 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for Inacap. Claudio Naranjo (191-F-87) and Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, college: S.Carolina St.) added 12 points each in the victory. Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) answered with 23 points for Malvin. Carl Edwards netted 18 points in the losing effort.

Inacap: Sammy Villegas 29, Sebastian Figueroa 13, Claudio Naranjo 12, Thurman Zimmerman 12
Malvin: Fernando Martinez 23, Carl Edwards 18



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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2010 Finals - Game 4 (Oct. 30th): Espartanos hit back and go ahead - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Espartanos de Margarita hit back in the LNB 2010 Finals against Estudiantes de Guarico, as they were able to take revenge on a home defeat with a victory, 85-79, at Villa Olimpica Dome of San Juan de los Morros. Espartanos is coached by Nestor Salazar and Estudiantes is coached by Jesus Cordobes .

ESPARTANOS DE MARGARITA 85 - ESTUDIANTES DE GUARICO 79
(Espartanos leads series 2-1)
Villa Olimpica Dome - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: 21-23-14-21= 79
ESP: 24-21-15-25= 85

Scorers
ESP: Stats were not provided
EST: Stats were not provided


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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


Lampe's 32-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old center Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Unics Kazan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds for Unics in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Lietuvos Rytas (#6, 0-2), the league's worst team 87-85. Unics was forced-out from the top positions in VTB United League league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Unics won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Lampe turned to be Unics' top player in his first season with the team. Lampe has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (7th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 57.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka Espoo Playboys. He is American center in his first season at Honka. In the last game Williamson recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Honka lost that game 60-90 to Minsk-2006 (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Williamson is a newcomer at Honka and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.5ppg (#2). He also registered 11.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Unics Kazan's star - guard Marko Popovic (185-G-82). Popovic scored 20 points and passed eight assists. He was another key player of Unics, helping his team with a 87-85 win against Lietuvos Rytas (#6, 0-2). Unics has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Popovic also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. Popovic has a great season in VTB United League. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.5ppg (best scorer) and assists with 8.5apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Charles Thomas (203-F-86) of Azovmash - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Melvin Sanders (196-G/F-81) of Minsk-2006 - 14 points and 9 rebounds
6. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83) of Khimky - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Corey Belser (200-F-82) of Honka - 15 points and 4 rebounds
8. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82) of Zalgiris - 8 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88) of CSKA - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) of Lietuvos Rytas - 22 points and 3 rebounds


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  ZIMBABWE   


Kings, Giants fight glory in basketball league - by Thomas Fink
Sports Reporter

BCD comes alive tonight as the Bulawayo Basketball League enters its fourth week with two of its biggest teams Kings and Giants fighting for glory. Both clubs have not lost since the start of the season and have a good crop of highly competitive players. Giants who have always been a force in the league and are highly regarded by some of the best teams in the country were off to a blistering pace when the season started.

Their aim? To collect as many points as they could so that they stay at the top of the log in their campaign to wrest the league title from Lords. Giants, Lords and Kings are separated by goal difference as they are all on six points. Giants have 314 points against 73, Lords scored 201 with 104 against them and Kings managing 166 from 115. Before Giants take on Kings, Oilers will face Lords in another match. BBA public relations officer Charles Ndlovu said the teams are promising an exciting game.

The Kings-Giants game is a major draw card. The two teams produce the best in terms of basketball and the game will be nothing short of exciting, he said. Ndlovu said both teams had the players who have made an impact on Bulawayo basketball. Both teams have the players. They have some of the best players in the league and people are assured that they will produce the best, he said. Giants have players such as Namibia based Mpumelelo Hlabangana, Derrick Chiradza, Michael Zvoushe and Muchengeti Hamandishe.

Kings have the likes of Kevin Maengei, Garikai Gumbo and Garth Hussey who have been playing well since the beginning of the season. Ndlovu said the teams would want to collect as many points as possible to secure their position at the top of the log. The teams that lead on the log standings want to collect as many points as they can so that they secure their position. Giants have been winning most of their games by more than 100 points, he said. Oilers and Lords will battle it out in another match with the former seeking their second win in four weeks.

Oilers who are led by Ernie Noble lost two of their games and would want to upset Lords in their title defence. Lords, coached by rugby player Theo Weale will have no mercy on Oilers as they are out to collect points that will take them to the title at the end of the season. Ndlovu said although Lords have been underdogs in the past they have improved their game. Lords have been the underdogs for the past couple of years but at the moment they are title contenders. Oilers have former players who will add experience to the youthful side and they will compete to win, he said.

In another match ALCC play ZB Titans with both teams seeking their first win of the season.

Fixtures
Women: ZB Hawks v Giants, Highlanders v Lakers (Juniors)
Men: Oilers v Lords, ALCC v ZB titans, Kings v Giants




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


Kure's 38-point game gives her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Ljubica Kure (178-G-81) put on an amazing game in the last round for AJM Maribor and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
She had the game-high 38 points adding four rebounds and three assists for AJM Maribor in her team's victory, helping them to beat Lupa Promot. (#8, 0-6), the league's worst team 89-81. AJM Maribor maintains the 3rd position in Adriatic League _T. AJM Maribor is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-3 record. In the team's last game Kure had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at AJM Maribor, through which he has constantly improved. Kure has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.8ppg).

Second best performed player last round was Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) of ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd. She is a guard in her 2nd season at Partizan. In the last game Butulija recorded impressive 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course she lead Partizan to another comfortable win 57-38 over the higher-ranked Jedinstvo BP (#2, 3-3) being unquestionably team leader. Partizan's 10th position in the standings has not changed. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Butulija is well-known at Partizan and she already established her position as the team's leader. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#6). She also registered 5.8 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Maurita Reid (173-G-85) of Gospic Industrogradnja (#9). Reid scored 20 points. She was a key player of Gospic, leading her team to a 103-65 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Celik (#7, 1-4). Gospic is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 5-1 record is not that bad... Reid has a great season in Adriatic League. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.6ppg (9th best) and assists with 5.8apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) of Gospic - 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Neda Djuric (173-G-80) of Vojvodina - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Stanecia Graham (185-F-86) of Celik - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Marusa Furman (184-F-86) of AJM Maribor - 16 points and 13 rebounds
8. Sherill Baker (174-G-82) of Lupa Promot. - 18 points and 3 rebounds
9. Marina Mazic (190-C-80) of Lupa Promot. - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Nika Baric (169-G-92) of Merkur Celje - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jelena IVEZIC
  Gospic
  (184-G-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. Ivezic, Gospic22.0 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor21.8 
 3. Bedalov, Medvescak19.2 
 4. Baric, Merkur C.19.0 
 5. Pilav, Celik17.5