EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/25/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


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


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


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  ASIAN GAMES   


Round: 6 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Japan - North Korea 92-75
Japan made it into the semifinal stage at Asian Games in China. They dealt with DPR Korea in the quarterfinal tonight. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) and Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) led well-balanced effort from Thomas Wisman team. Japan went on a 12:6 run late in the opening frame to take a 24:16 lead. They stretched the margin to double digits quickly in the second quarter. Japan arrived at halftime leading by as many as 20 points 50:30. Things got even worse for DPR Korea in the second half. Japan maintained the pressure and ensured a comfortable 21-point cushion before the fourth quarter. DPR Korea got within 20-point range in the fourth period but never seriously threaten the deficit. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) finished with 11 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) chipped in 10 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winning side. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 22 points and 6 boards for DPR Korea. Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) and Kwang Kye (180-G-84) delivered 12 points each in the loss. Japan will now take on South Korea in the semifinal tomorrow.

Iran - Jordan 67-43
Iran eased into Asian Games semifinal. They outmuscled Jordan at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament tonight. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) tallied 17 points and 5 rebounds to orchestrate victory for Veselin Matic side. Iran and Jordan traded baskets early in the encounter. Iran however went on a 12:5 run late in the period and grabbed a 20:11 advantage. Hamed Afagh and Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) opened a double-digit advantage for the Iranian side in the second quarter. Jordan accounted for only 6 points in the period allowing Iran to clear off to a 15-point distance 32:17. Iran got a firm grip on the lead. They stayed well in control throughout the third quarter. Iran ensured a 48:33 advantage before the fourth period. Jordan failed to get any closer in the final stanza as Iran breezed to the victory at the end. Mahdi Kamrani produced 16 points for the winners. Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Iran. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds for Jordan. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) netted 7 points in the loss.

China - Qatar 71-66
Qatar put up a decent fight against China but eventually came up short at the quarterfinal stage of Asian Games. Veteran Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to propel China into the semifinal. It was do-or-die battle for both sides. Both teams played in the Final of 2006 Asian Games with China celebrating victory. Qatar did not manage to avenge the loss this time. Matthew Skillman team got to a nice start as they were up by two 12:10 midway through the opening quarter. But China erased the deficit and registered a 20:16 advantage at the first break. The hosts pulled away late in the first half. They established a 36:25 halftime buffer. The margin grew at 12-point mark in the third period but Qatar did not give it up. They narrowed the distance at 8 points with ten minutes to go. Qatar got even closer late in regulation but China stayed focused and eked out a tough win at the end. Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) had 14 points for China. Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) added 12 points in the win. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Qatar. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 21 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

South Korea - Philippines 74-66
South Korea became the first Asian Games semifinalists. They held off Philippines in the first quarterfinal tonight. Oh SeKeun (201-C-87) stepped up with 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. South Korea pulled in front early in the encounter. They maintained the advantage and finished the opening quarter up by two points 21:19. More to come in the second period as South Korea mounted the pressure. They dominated the boards and looked more focused defensively. The Korean team stretched the margin to 8 points at halftime 44:36. Philippines could not get any closer in the third frame. South Korea wisely kept their opponents at distance posting a 61:51 lead with one quarter to go. The complexion of the game did not change in the fourth frame. South Korea remained calm and determined as they drove to a confident win at the end. Kim Sung-Chul (195-F-76) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) contributed 12 points for South Korea. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 23 points for Philippines. JV Casio (177-G-86) had 12 points in defeat.




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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL Round 7 Preview - by Duncan Matheson
New Zealand Breakers v Gold Coast Blaze

With the Breakers coming off two straight losses and the Blaze coming off three straight, the stakes are high in New Zealand on Thursday night. Expect this to be an up-tempo, high scoring affair and the Blaze will have some confidence of causing an upset after surprising the Breakers in New Zealand last season. Shooting just 28.6% this season in his two games, Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) has looked out of sorts and he will be determined to find his rhythm against the Blaze. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) had a stellar performance in the Blazes home loss with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists, but after poor performances Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.), James Harvey (196-G/F-79, agency: Interperformances) and import Ira Clark (203-C/F-75, college: Texas) will all be looking to bounce back with big games. Against the smaller line-up of the Blaze Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) may find himself spending some time at the four, and with this outstanding rebounding and athleticism may prove to be very effective in that role. The Blaze will need to find a way to get more easy points in the paint if they are any chance of breaking their losing streak.

Townsville Crocodiles v Melbourne Tigers

The main story without question in this game is last seasons MVP and Tigers new recruit Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) playing against his former team. The Tigers looked a different team last weekend with 'Homicide' running the show, but despite having a positive influence on the team his 18 turnovers in two games must still be a concern. He did however also have 12 assists in those two games and created plenty of easy opportunities for Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) and Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU), while Tommy Greer (201-F-83, college: Nova SE) proved how valuable he is with his high level effort and intensity, averaging 11.0 rebounds for the weekend and hitting a significant three point shot in the final minutes with the scores level. The Crocodiles now sit at 4-3 and will be looking to stay over .500, but their equal opportunity offence that can see any player top score on any given night seems to be both their strength and their weakness. This is a Crocs team that is dying for someone to put a stamp on this team and lead from the front, and against their former point guard and a fired up Tigers squad it will be needed if they are going to get the win.

Wollongong Hawks v Sydney Kings

Its only early days and the always composed and humble Gordie McLeod will be trying to keep a lid on things, but even he would admit things couldnt possible have gone any better for the Hawks to this point. After going 3-11 on the road last season the Hawks have already matched that win total with an away record of 3-1 and 6-1 overall to be top of the ladder. Despite a well below par game by star import Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas), the Hawks defence was outstanding limiting the high scoring Breakers to just 57 points last week. Oscar Forman (205-F-82) continued his fantastic season with 21 points and 11 rebounds last week, while the ageless Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) continues to do it all for the Hawks racking up 7 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. The Kings come in at 1-4 and face a massive task of beating the ladder-leading Hawks at their home venue in which they have lost just once from their last 20 starts. The Kings will fight hard and will be led by skilled big man Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86), currently averaging 17.0 points and 10.0 rebounds, but after releasing import Rod Grizzard (203-G-80, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Alabama) and not yet signing a replacement this just looks to be too much of a challenge for the undermanned Kings.

Perth Wildcats v Skytrans Cairns Taipans

After a favourable early season home schedule, this game will be a measuring stick for the 4-2 Taipans to see how they compare against the NBL's elite. The Taipans scored a comprehensive win in Cairns earlier in the season and the Wildcats will be hungry to reverse that result. Taipans point guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) has been one of the standout players of the competition and defensive guards Damian Martin (188-G-84, college: Loyola Marymount) and Brad Robbins (186-G-85) will face the challenge of slowing him down. Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) got back on track for the Wildcats last week with 20 points, and in just his second year in the NBL has already made a reputation as a player capable of taking and making big shots in the clutch. With even match-ups between high quality players such as Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU) against Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.), it may be role players such as Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87), Dusty Rychart (201-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Minnesota) or Daniel Dillon (191-G-86, college: Arizona) who make the difference for the respective teams. Ultimately, it may be a passionate Wildcats crowd that makes the biggest difference and gets their team over the line.



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Houston's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
34-year old swingman Kevin Houston (194-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 31 points adding seven rebounds for Arkadia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Klosterneub. (5-5) 96-88. Despite this victory Arkadia dropped to the 7th position in Austrian league. Arkadia 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 5-5 record. In the team's last game Houston had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. It's his second year at Arkadia and it's hard to imagine this team without him. St.Bonaventure University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Houston is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.9ppg) and averages solid 48.7% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side) of top-ranked Allianz Swans Gmunden. He is naturalized American guard in his -88th season at Gmunden. In the last game Mayes recorded impressive 29 points and 2 rebounds. Of course Gmunden cruised to a 83-75 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Kapfenberg (#3, 7-3). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Gmunden consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 8 matches. Mayes is one of the most experienced players at Gmunden and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#6).

Third place about best performers goes to guard Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) of BC Vienna (#10). Stazic got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Stazic's great performance BC Vienna lost 82-86 to slightly lower-ranked Worthersee (#12, 1-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. BC Vienna can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Stazic he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Stazic has individually a great season in Austria. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.3ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.0apg (8th best). Stjepan Stazic has also Austrian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Fabricio Vay (206-F-86) of Arkadia - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Erik Rhinehart (206-F-82) of Worthersee - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Daniel Horace (200-F-83) of Kapfenberg - 26 points and 5 rebounds
7. Anthony Slack (202-F/C-84) of Gmunden - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. De'Angelo Alexander (198-G-84) of Furstenfeld - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Anthony Shavies (191-G-83) of Furstenfeld - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Milan Stegnjaic (204-F/C-82) of UBSC Graz - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Standings
Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Beograd 2-0 
 2. Zrinjski MC 2-0 
 3. Levski 2-1 
 4. Ulcijn 1-2 
 5. Svjetlost 0-4 
Group B
 1. Mornar Bar 2-1 
 2. Feni Indistrija 2-1 
 3. Rilski Sportist 2-2 
 4. Balkan 1-1 
 5. Mures 0-2 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. VEF Riga 7-1 
 2. TU/Rock 7-3 
 3. Nevezis 6-1 
 4. Ventspils 6-2 
 5. Rudupis 5-3 
 6. Siauliai 5-4 
 7. Norrkoping 4-3 
 8. Kalev/Cramo 3-4 
 9. Liepaja 2-6 
 10. TTU/Kalev 2-7 
 11. Perlas 1-6 
 12. Valmiera 0-8 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Neptunas 3-1 
 2. Alytus Alita 3-2 
 3. Zemgale 2-2 
 4. Naglis-Adakris 2-2 
 5. Barsy Atyrau 1-4 
Group B
 1. Juventus 4-1 
 2. Rakvere 2-2 
 3. Aiscai Kaunas 2-3 
 4. Sakalai 2-3 
 5. Techasas 2-3 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Saage, Rakvere19.8 
 2. Osby, TT.19.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja18.9 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas18.2 
 6. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau17.2 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas17.0 
 8. Kaufmanis, Valmiera16.8 
 9. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.16.6 
 10. Zelionis, Rudupis16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Osby, TT.10.9 
 2. Kieza, Juventus10.0 
 3. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.9.6 
 4. Cukinas, Aiscai K.9.0 
 5. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.8 
 6. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 7. Mikalauskas, Naglis.8.7 
 8. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 9. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 10. Wilson, Zemgale8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dainys, Rudupis7.7 
 2. Ezerskis, Techasas7.2 
 3. Kriisa, TT.6.4 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.5 
 5. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.5 
 6. Mitchell, Norrkoping5.0 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.9 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 9. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.6 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Saage, Rakvere3.0 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.4 
 3. Dorbek, Rakvere2.3 
 4. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
 5. Sirvydis, Sakalai2.2 
 6. Chunda, Barsy A.2.2 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 8. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.0 
 9. Wilson, Zemgale2.0 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.6 
 6. Galdikas, Neptunas1.3 
 7. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.1 
 9. Kieza, Juventus1.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga1.0 


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  BELGIUM   


Steaua-Turabo celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group F - by Eurobasket News
Steaua Turabo - Antwerp 80:75

Steaua-Turabo celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group F with an 80:75 win over the Antwerp Giants. The Romanian team needed the last push as all four teams are tied at 1-1.
It was a slow start but later the teams managed to score 19 points each in the opening frame. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) made it 24:19 and Mandache brought 28:23. The guests however responded with 7-0 to grab 30:28 lead. Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) later closed the half at 34.34 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. The third quarter was a real thriller in the court and only due to 18-17 in it the Belgian team took 52:51 advantage after 30 minutes. Roel Moors scored for 54:53 and Black nailed three for 60:57. Black and Hopkins made it 70:65 but the guests could not keep the lead. It was all Steaua thereafter as Hristo Nikolov nailed a three-pointer and, after Bryan Hopkins had missed a three for Antwerp, Robert Turner sealed it from the free-throw line with six seconds left.
Bogdan Popescu stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Robert Turner (206-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine) netted 16. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) responded with 19 points in the losing case.
In another game of the group Lokomotiv Kuban overcame Enterprise BC Dynamo to tie both records at 1-1 in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. Kuban team grabbed 90:89 win in the last second for the initial victory at home. Wilkinson led the way with 19 points and Chalmers netted 14. Massey and Tucker added 13 apiece, while Toporov scored 11. Shabalkin responded with 24 points in defeat as Dynamo suffered their first loss this year. Zhukanenko nailed 23 and Zavoruev scored 14.

Steaua Turabo: Bogdan Popescu 19, Robert Turner 16, Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 12, Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) 12
Antwerp: Bryan Hopkins 19, Salah Mejri (214-C-86) 12, Roel Moors 11


Nancy survive Belgian EuroChallenge visit - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Mons-Hainaut - Nancy 76:78

Nancy overcame Dexia Mons-Hainaut on the road yesterday. The victory allowed the French team improve at 2-0 record on top of EuroChallenge Group H. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) stepped up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the visitors. Dexia in the meantime suffered the second consecutive loss at the tournament.
Akinlolu Akingbala and Stephen Brun (202-F-80) secured a 5:0 start to the game for Nancy. Akinlolu Akingbala, Stephen Brun and Deane paced the French team as they arrived at the first break up by 8 points 23:15. Grant stretched the gap to 9 points for Nancy in the second period but Dexia quickly responded. Dexia went on a 7:0 run to narrow the gap. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) and Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) helped the hosts tied the score at 37 after twenty minutes of action. Peter van Paassen and Ron Lewis put Dexia in front early in the second half. However Akinlolu Akingbala and John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) organized a 12:0 run from the visitors late in the quarter as Nancy retained a 57:46 lead. The French team were up by 8 points heading into the fourth period. It was a 10-point game midway through the final stanza but Dexia found the way to cut the distance to minimum. Foster drained a triple to put the home team as close as one point 76:77 with 48 seconds to go. Ron Lewis then missed a three-pointer, while Deane his one free throw to keep Nancy in charge. Ronell Taylor had a chance to save the game for Dexia but his three-pointer rimmed out.
Stephen Brun scored 17 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Nancy. John Linehan added 13 points, 6 assists and 4 boards in the victory. Ronell Taylor replied with 19 points for Dexia. Ron Lewis provided 18 points in the loss.

Dexia: Ronell Taylor 19, Ron Lewis 18
Nancy: Akinlolu Akingbala 19+11 boards, Stephen Brun 17, John Linehan 13



Oostende sneak past Orleans in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Oostende - Orleans 69:68

Oostende registered their first EuroChallenge victory in Group H. They held off Orleans in thriller yesterday. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and grabbed 5 boards to lead the effort. He was also responsible for a late free throw that sealed the win for Oostende.
It was a tough game from start to finish. Orleans jumped in front early in the game 12:7. Oostende denied the deficit but not for too long. The visitors capped the period with a 9:2 run to take a 21:15 lead at the first intermission. Moerman, Lebrun and Ndoye all connected from downtown to keep Orleans on top early in the second frame. The French side soon extended their lead to as many as 15 points 38:23. But Oostende stopped the bleeding and trimmed the distance to 9 points at halftime 31:40. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) tipped off the second half with four points in a row. Later the Belgian side stunned the visitors with a 16:0 run that gave them a 54:44 lead. Curti and Bell answered right back draining three triples in a row. However Will Thomas closed the period with a jumper and Oostende enjoyed a 56:53 lead. Oostende went on a 10:2 run to open the fourth quarter. And once again Orleans found the way to come back into this one. Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) and Curti cut the distance to only 2 points with 46 seconds remaining in regulation. Then Smith dunked for a 68:68 tie. But Will Thomas split free throws and then Smith missed a jumper and Oostende escaped with a narrow victory at the end.
Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) accounted for 14 points in the win. Matt Lojeski added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Belgian team. Amara Sy (202-F-81) and Zach Moss answered with 12 points each for Orleans. Smith had 10 points in the losing case.

Oostende: Will Thomas 19, Darrel Mitchell 14, Matt Lojeski 10
Orleans: Amara Sy 12, Zach Moss 12



Ethias League News - by Peter Buyse
This weekend's game Antwerp vs Charleroi was interrupted with a little more than a minute to play due to a fight that broke out among players from both teams.
The league's verdict has come down hard on 2 of the players involved, Brent Wright of Charleroi and Antwerp's Bryan Hopkins who both received suspensions.
Brent is out for 8 games and Hopkins for 6, starting on Dec 4. Both players as well as Antwerp's Darnell Wilson also received 5000 euro fines.
Antwerp has appealed the suspension.

Bad luck for new Optima Gent addition Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87) who got injured during practise. More examination revealed a torn tendon which does not require surgury but intense physical therapy. He could miss 6 weeks but that would only mean the last 3 games of this year.


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  BOSNIA   


A1 Herceg-Bosna: Round 5 - by Joko Zuber
Round 5, A1 Herceg-Bosna

Kiseljak - Livno 74:63
Busovaca - Grude 105:114
Vitez - Posusje 67:64
Tomislav - Rama 65:61
Zrinjski II - Lokomotiva (delayed)


Standings

1 Vitez 5 4 1 436:308 9 (+128)
2 Posuje 5 4 1 365:303 9 (+62)
3 Grude 4 4 0 336:278 8 (+58)
4 Kiseljak 5 2 3 361:369 7 (-8)
5 Tomislav 4 3 1 185:203 7 (-18)
6 Rama 5 2 3 351:406 7 (-55)
7 iroki II 4 2 2 284:254 6 (+30)
8 Busovaca 5 1 4 417:435 6 (-18)
9 Zrinjski II (-1) 3 2 1 162:149 4 (+13)
10 Livno 4 0 4 230:284 4 (-54)
11 Lokomotiva 4 0 4 251:389 4 (-138)




Dnipro Azot parts ways with Bosnian center - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian outfit Dnipro Azot has decided to let its center Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80, agency: Lanshire Group) go. Bosnian big guy arrived to Dnipro at the start of this season and has so far averaged 7.5 points and 4.1 rebounds. Now it remains to be seen whether Dnipro will bring in replacement. At the same time, next several weeks should show what the next destination for Jazvin will be.
Ermin Jazvin started his career in 1997 as member of D2 outfit Lokomotiva Mostar. Following season he was signed by Bosna Sarajevo where he played for 6 seasons. During that time he has developed his game and has become valuable member of starting five. He has helped Bosna to win 1999 National Title. During his last season with Bosna in 2003, Jazvin averaged 11.2 points and 23 games. At the start of 2004-2005, Jazvin moved to Germany where he signed with EnBW Ludwigsburg. In his debut year he appeared in 32 games and has posted averages of 9.2 points and 5.4 rebounds. Following year he improved his averages to 10.3 points and 6.2 boards in 33 matches. In 2006, Jazvin was on the move again this time to Greek outfit Marousi where in 16 league game he averaged 9.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He earned a 2-year extension with the club and has appeared in 21 league games next season, averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. At the start of 2008-2009 season, Jazvin moved to Spartak Vladivostok where he averaged 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 22 games. Last season, Jazvin played for CB Granada with whom he has signed in January of 2010.


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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil Academic improved to 2-0 record in EuroChallenge Group C - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Lukoil Academik 72:80

Lukoil Academic improved to 2-0 record in EuroChallenge Group C after a road 80:72 win over TU/Rock. The Bulgarian team won the second half for the perfect record in the group.
Although Leppik opened the game from the perimeter, the quarter was not sweat for the hosts in the beginning of the game. Bowman brought 22:19 in the end of it as the Bulgarian team took the lead. In the second frame however the teams exchanged the lead several times and were tied after 20 minutes. Eichfuss made a jump shot for 35:35 at the halftime. Stoykov needed two free throws to open the third frame and Heath closed a 10-0 run for the guests that enjoyed a 45:35 advantage.Talts reduced it to 54:52, while Stojanovski closed the period from the perimeter for 59:54 deficit. Kambala scored for 66:60 midway through the last quarter and Stojanovski made it 68:64. When James slammed home a dunk with 1:31 remaining, the gap had grown to 77:66, and Tartu's hopes were over. Tsintsadze made a three-pointer in the very end for the final score on the board.
Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) stepped up with 17 points and Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) delivered 16. Janar Talts (205-C-83) responded with 26 points in the losing effort.

TU/Rock: Janar Talts 26 points, Silver Leppik (185-G-83) 14
Lukoil Academik: Travis Peterson 17 points, Dominic James 16, Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) 15


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  CHINA   


China Edges Qatar 71-66 Behind Seeming Lack of Intense Effort - by Arthur Volbert
China edged Qatar 71-66 in a game that was surprisingly close.

China led 20-16 after one quarter, 36-25 at the half and 55-47 after three quarters. Qatar actually outscored China 41-35 in the second half.'

China seemed to let up in the second half and use substitutes, but let the game become uncomfortably close. Qatar outrebounded China 53-29 with Qatari star Yaseen Musa grabbing 17. China only grabbed 3 offensive rebounds to 20 for Qatar, indicating lack of Chinese effort.

China will play Iran tomorrow and will lose if it plays like it did today.

Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) had 18 points and 9 rebounds but only played 23 minutes. Zhu Fangyu had 14 points, Wang Shipeng had 12 and Zhu Fangyu had 11.

Musa scored 21 for Qatar while Tarquy Ngpmbo had 24 points and 9 rebounds. China played like this was a practice game but it was not and, with a little bad luck, China could easily have lost this contest.

In other quarterfinals Korea edged the Philippines 74-66, Japan defeated North Korea 92-75 and Iran defeated Jordan 67-43.

Link to box score:
http://www.gz2010.cn/info/ENG_ENG/BK/BKR173A_BKM40040090400004ENG.html


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  CROATIA   


KK Zagreb release Trey Gilder - by Emiliano
The adventure of Trey Gilder (206-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) with the jersey of KK Zagreb Croatia Osiguranje lasted just one game. The forward was released by the Croatian team after the game against Hemofarm in Adriatic League in which Gilder did not score any single point in three minutes on the court.
Gilder, a product of Northwestern, spent last season in NBDL with Maine Red Claws, with whom he averaged 14.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 38.9%, FT: 75.6% in 35 games and then moved to Albuquerque Thunderbirds with whom he recorded averages of 14.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 77.5% in 10 games.
Last season he also took part at the D-League All-Star Game.



Novo Mesto saw a 78:60 win over KK Zagreb CO - by Eurobasket News
Krka - KK Zagreb CO 78:60

Novo Mesto saw a 78:60 win over KK Zagreb CO as Krka opened their EuroChallenge home campaign. Slovenian team looked much better in the court and rightfully tied the record at 1-1.
Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) opened the game for the hosts that were supported by more than 1000 spectators. Dragic drove a lay-up for 10:6 and Ikonic scored for 16:9. Bubalo reduced to 18:16 early in the second period, but Jure Balazic (204-F-80) increased the lead to 27:19. Dusan Djordjevic made the last free throws in the half for 36:31 halftime advantage. It took a while in the start of the second half for both teams to score, while Pavic made iot 38:31. Ikonic increased to 52:39, while Pavic made it 59:44. Krivec was the last to score in the third quarter for 58:46 advantage as Krka won the period 22-15. Muric drove a lay-up for 60:46 in the start of the last frame when it became clear about the winner. Muric nailed also three for 70:58 and Balazic added two for 75:58. Dusan Djordjevic changed the numbers on the board for the last time as they showed 78:60 final win for the hosts.
Jure Balazic top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 11 boards, while Dusan Djordjevic and Edo Muric (202-F-91) posted 12 each. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Krka: Jure Balazic 16 points and 11 boards, Dusan Djordjevic 12, Edo Muric 12
KK Zagreb CO: Damir Mulaomerovic 16 points, Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont) 15



Vrijednosnice OS Darda releases Kemaldin Gamma - by Eurobasket News
Vrijednosnice OS Darda announced that Kemaldin Gamma (206-F/C-80) is no longer member of the team. The Libyan/Croatian big guy appeared six times for the club and was their best player: 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds. However, that didnt help Darda who has just one win in seven games. The team changed the Head Coach recently hiring Dejan Srzic instead of Damir Voloder. After two games new coach Srzic still looks for his first win.

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  CYPRUS   


Pinar Karsiyaka record second straight EuroChallenge victory - by Eurobasket News
ETHA - Pinar Karsiyaka 75:82

Pinar Karsiyaka posted the second EuroChallenge win in a row. They defeated ETHA Encomi in Nicosia to stay undefeated in Group G. The hosts slipped at 0-2 record. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) stepped up with 23 points and 5 assists to lead the visitors.
ETHA opened the game confidently as they recorded a 14:4 lead. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami (FL)) stretched the gap to 16 points late in the starting frame. Anthony King made it 27:10 before Aldemir capped the period with a free throw. ETHA led early in the second term but Pinar Karsiyaka gradually woke up. The visitors went on a 9:0 run when Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 7 points and narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark. Redding crowned the first half with four points as ETHA remained in charge 44:36. Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) and David Holston tipped off the second half with five consecutive points as Pinar Karsiyaka got closer. But ETHA did not give the lead away. The hosts kept the visitors behind and entered the fourth period up by 5 points 59:54. Redding and Tutt drained two triples at the start of the final period as ETHA opened an 8-point advantage. Tutt then added another long bomb and the margin increased to 9 points. Tutt was unstoppable at the moment as he contributed five points more for ETHA to enjoy a 72:59 lead. However Batuk and David Holston teamed up for incredible four three-pointers in a row to drag Pinar Karsiyaka in front. Jovo Stanojevic and David Holston then capped a 20:0 run from the visitors as they silenced the crowd in Nicosia. Tutt just sweetened the pill late in regulation. Jovo Stanojevic provided 22 points for Pinar Karsiyaka. Omar Sneed added 11 points in the victory. Anthony King replied with 17 points and 11 rebounds for ETHA. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) delivered 16 points in the loss.

ETHA: Anthony King 17+11 boards, Valdas Dabkus 16
Pinar Karsiyaka: David Holston 23, Jovo Stanojevic 22, Omar Sneed 11



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BK Prostejov recorded another win in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets-BK Prostejov 75:81

BK Prostejov recorded another win in EuroChallenge to close Group E in Bonn on Wednesday. The team from Czech Republic overcame ambitious Telekom Baskets 81:75 for the perfect record.
Campbell opened the game for the home side and Hunt nailed three for 14:13. The guests however enjoyed the lead several times as well but Campbell tied the quarter at 24:24. Moreover after 18-15 in the second period Telekom took 42:39 halftime advantage as Campbell drove a lay-up. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) opened the third period with a lay-up for 44:39 and Hyzy tied it all at 48:48. Thulig again brought the German side the bigger advantage at 58:52, but Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) tied it again at 58:58 after 30 minutes. Bertengeh Gadri (208-C-83, college: Denver) and Kyle Landry gave the guests 66:58, while Kyle Landry added another for 74:66. No matter how hard Telekom Baskets to recover they could not catch up with the opponents. Lawrence made two free throws at the very end of the final success.
Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) stepped up with 21 points for 2-0 record, while Kyle Landry added 16. Lawrence and Bertengeh Gadri followed them with 10 points each. Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) finished the game with 20 points in the losing effort. Campbell notched 19, while Chris Ensminger posted 11.

Telekom Baskets: Nic Wise 20, Campbell 19, Chris Ensminger 11
BK Prostejov: Benas Veikalas 21, Kyle Landry 16, Lawrence 10, Bertengeh Gadri 10



Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 9-2 
 2. Chomutov 9-2 
 3. Opava B 8-3 
 4. Sokol Prazsky 7-4 
 5. Trutnov 7-4 
 6. Sokol H.Kralove 6-5 
 7. Usti n/Labem 6-5 
 8. Vysehrad 6-5 
 9. Litomerice 5-7 
 10. Proton Zlin 4-7 
 11. Benesov 4-7 
 12. Prostejov B 3-8 
 13. Sparta Praha 3-8 
 14. Liberec 0-10 


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Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 3-0 
 2. Ft.Wayne MA 2-0 
 3. Erie Bay H. 1-1 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 0-2 
 5. Dakota W. 0-3 
Southwest Division
 1. New Mexico 1-0 
 2. Rio Grande 1-0 
 3. Austin T. 1-1 
 4. Tulsa 66ers 1-1 
 5. Maine RC 1-1 
 6. Texas L. 0-1 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 2-0 
 2. Bakersfield J. 1-1 
 3. Springfield A. 1-1 
 4. Idaho S. 0-1 
 5. Utah F. 0-2 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alan ANDERSON
  New Mexico
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 34
 1. Anderson, New M.34.0 
 2. Roby, Rio Grande31.0 
 3. Major, Dakota W.24.7 
 4. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.24.5 
 5. Edwards, New M.24.0 
 6. Sims, Iowa E.24.0 
 7. Johnson, Bakersfi.24.0 
 8. Kruger, Utah F.21.5 
 9. Ewing, Reno B.21.5 
 10. Dentmon, Texas L.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony RICHARDSON
  New Mexico
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Richardson, New M.15.0 
 2. Cousin, Austin T.12.0 
 3. Harris, Maine RC12.0 
 4. Wallace, Bakersfi.11.0 
 5. Fazekas, Reno B.11.0 
 6. Hamilton, Utah F.11.0 
 7. Sims, Iowa E.10.7 
 8. Gladness, Rio G.10.0 
 9. Johnson, Erie B.10.0 
 10. Edwards, New M.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis STINSON
  Iowa E.
  (187-G-83)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Stinson, Iowa E.9.7 
 2. Coleman, New M.9.0 
 3. Miles, Reno Bighorns9.0 
 4. Russell, Ft.Wayne.8.0 
 5. Daniels, Texas L.7.0 
 6. Stoudamire, Idaho S.7.0 
 7. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers6.5 
 8. Kruger, Utah F.6.0 
 9. Lewis, Texas L.6.0 
 10. Cooper, Dakota W.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Othyus JEFFERS
  Iowa E.
  (196-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jeffers, Iowa E.3.0 
 2. Daniels, Texas L.3.0 
 3. Tiller, Idaho S.3.0 
 4. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers3.0 
 5. Lofton, Iowa E.3.0 
 6. Major, Dakota W.2.7 
 7. Landry, Reno B.2.5 
 8. Curry, Springfield A.2.5 
 9. Fazekas, Reno B.2.0 
 10. Clinch, Austin T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean WILLIAMS
  Texas L.
  (208-F-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Williams, Texas L.5.0 
 2. Alabi, Erie Bay H.4.5 
 3. Sykes, Sioux F.3.5 
 4. Rolle, Maine RC3.5 
 5. Gladness, Rio G.3.0 
 6. Cousin, Austin T.3.0 
 7. Eyenga, Erie Bay H.2.5 
 8. Joiner, Austin T.2.5 
 9. Gallon, Maine RC2.0 
 10. Mbodji, Utah F.2.0 


Antonio Anderson returns to Vipers, Jordan Eglseder waived - by Eurobasket News
The defending NBA Development League champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced Monday that they have acquired guard Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis), who played for the team last year and was in training camp with the Houston Rockets this year.

To make room on the roster, the Vipers waived center Jordan Eglseder (7'0''-C-88, college: N.Iowa).

Anderson played in two games for the Rockets, averaging 4.0 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 8.5 minutes per game.

The Vipers' first round pick in the 2009 NBA Development League Draft. Anderson recorded the assist on Craig Winder's Championship-winning buzzer-beater on April 27 at State Farm Arena. He averaged 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game in the postseason after averaging 16.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game during the regular season. Anderson earned a GATORADE Call-Up the Oklahoma City Thunder during the season, signing two 10-day contracts. He also played for the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2010 AirTran Airways Pro Summer League in Orlando and the Denver Nuggets during the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.


Courtesy of
www.oursportscentral.com


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The Destroyers look to 3peat with talented line-up. - by Justin Moore
The Delaware Destroyers now known as just The Destroyers look to 3peat as EBA champions this season. Coach Dallas Comegys has put togother a talented and experienced squad and one thing i know from our battles as an Alexandria Avengers they will play physical and are well coached. This season they will be led by Kareem Townes (6'3''-G-73, college: La Salle), Kyle Myrick (6'0''-G, college: Lincoln (PA)), All EBA player Fahreed Cheatham (6'5''-F-79, college: Lincoln (PA)), former EBA leading scorer Anthony Frazier (6'8''-F-82, college: Cheyney) and finals MVP and former league MVP Sherman Brittingham (6'5''-F-83, college: California (PA)). Coach Dallas has alot more fire-power to a loaded bunch for info email The Destroyers at iamfocused41@hotmail.com. The Destroyers will play there home games at Gustine Recreation center in Philadephia 4868 ridge ave Philadephia,Pa 19129 Here is The Destroyers line-upfor 2010-11

Akil Moody (6'5''-F-80, college: Bridgeport)
Andre Woodlin (6'3''-G)
Anthony Frazier (6'8-F-82,college: Cheyney)
Brandon Weldon (6'0''-G-84, college: Mt.St.Mary)
Cornell Merricks (6'1''-G-82, agency: 22ft, college: Alvernia (PA))
Fahreed Cheatham (6'5-F-79,college:Lincoln (PA)

Jesse Fells (6'0''-G-84, college: Fayetteville St.)
Kareem Townes (6'3-G-73,college :Lasalle)
Kyle Myrick (6'0-g-college:Lincoln (pa)
Melvin Eason (6'6''-G-80) college: Cheyney)
Mike Lewis (6'5''-F/G-74, college: Riverside JC)
Sami Wylie (5'11''-G-84, college: Lincoln (PA))
Sherman Brittingham (6'5-F-83,college California (PA)
Terrell Taylor (6'3''-G-81, college: Bridgeport)




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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 11-2 
 2. TU/Rock 9-1 
 3. TTU/Kalev 8-2 
 4. Rakvere 7-4 
 5. Rapla 5-7 
 6. TTU/Kalev II 4-7 
 7. Valga/CKE 3-7 
 8. Parnu 2-9 
 9. Voru KK 0-10 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rannar RAAP
  Parnu
  (187-G/F-92)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Raap, Parnu19.5 
 2. Saage, Rakvere18.5 
 3. Brown, Va.18.3 
 4. Erm, Rapla17.1 
 5. Vares, Va.16.8 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere15.2 
 7. Raadik, Parnu15.0 
 8. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.15.0 
 9. Kuuba, Voru KK14.5 
 10. Arnold, TT.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony BROWN
  Valga/CKE
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Brown, Va.12.0 
 2. Arnold, TT.9.5 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.9.5 
 4. Kuuba, Voru KK9.4 
 5. Pokla, Rakvere9.2 
 6. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.9 
 7. Ringmets, Rapla8.6 
 8. Osby, TT.8.0 
 9. Erm, Rapla7.9 
 10. Hughes, TT.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Georgi TSINTSADZE
  TU/Rock
  (192-G-86)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.8 
 2. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 3. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.3 
 4. Pokla, Rakvere3.2 
 5. Dorbek, Rakvere3.2 
 6. Sokk, TU/Rock3.2 
 7. Winston, Va.3.1 
 8. Oja, Va.3.0 
 9. Ringmets, Rapla3.0 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.7 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.6 
 3. Keedus, TT.2.5 
 4. Veideman, TU/Rock2.3 
 5. Pokla, Rakvere2.2 
 6. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 7. Erm, Rapla2.1 
 8. Saage, Rakvere2.1 
 9. Doronin, TU/Rock2.1 
 10. Evart, TU/Rock2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock1.9 
 2. Osby, TT.1.6 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.3 
 4. Brown, Va.1.1 
 5. Arnold, TT.1.0 
 6. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.8 
 7. Talts, TU/Rock0.8 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla0.7 
 9. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.7 
 10. Montgomery, Rapla0.7 


Lukoil Academic improved to 2-0 record in EuroChallenge Group C - by Eurobasket News
TU/Rock - Lukoil Academik 72:80

Lukoil Academic improved to 2-0 record in EuroChallenge Group C after a road 80:72 win over TU/Rock. The Bulgarian team won the second half for the perfect record in the group.
Although Leppik opened the game from the perimeter, the quarter was not sweat for the hosts in the beginning of the game. Bowman brought 22:19 in the end of it as the Bulgarian team took the lead. In the second frame however the teams exchanged the lead several times and were tied after 20 minutes. Eichfuss made a jump shot for 35:35 at the halftime. Stoykov needed two free throws to open the third frame and Heath closed a 10-0 run for the guests that enjoyed a 45:35 advantage.Talts reduced it to 54:52, while Stojanovski closed the period from the perimeter for 59:54 deficit. Kambala scored for 66:60 midway through the last quarter and Stojanovski made it 68:64. When James slammed home a dunk with 1:31 remaining, the gap had grown to 77:66, and Tartu's hopes were over. Tsintsadze made a three-pointer in the very end for the final score on the board.
Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford) stepped up with 17 points and Dominic James (180-G-86, college: Marquette) delivered 16. Janar Talts (205-C-83) responded with 26 points in the losing effort.

TU/Rock: Janar Talts 26 points, Silver Leppik (185-G-83) 14
Lukoil Academik: Travis Peterson 17 points, Dominic James 16, Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) 15


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Catalin BURLACU
  Ploiesti
  (210-C-77)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Burlacu, Ploiesti27.5 
 2. Abukar, Lugano T.22.8 
 3. Banks, Elitzur .22.0 
 4. Trushkin, Triumph22.0 
 5. Shabalkin, Dynamo22.0 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok21.3 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp21.0 
 8. Brown, Zadar20.0 
 9. Baxter, Enisey20.0 
 10. Syrovatko, Triumph19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka14.5 
 2. Booker, Krka13.0 
 3. Baxter, Enisey12.5 
 4. Buljan, AP.11.0 
 5. Killingswort., Maccab.10.7 
 6. Wesson, Turk T.10.5 
 7. Brown, Elitzur .10.5 
 8. Zoric, KK.10.0 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot10.0 
 10. King, Etha9.8 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Millage, Khimik8.7 
 2. Blidaru, Ploiesti7.5 
 3. Mays, Fe.7.0 
 4. Williams, Enisey6.5 
 5. Vladovic, Zadar6.5 
 6. Parker, Spartak SP6.0 
 7. Fortson, Steaua T.6.0 
 8. Sergeev, Enisey5.5 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils5.5 
 10. Mitchell, Oostende5.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 5
 1. Linehan, Nancy5.0 
 2. Travis, Elitzur .4.0 
 3. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 4. Marcinkovic, Zadar3.5 
 5. Dabkus, Etha3.5 
 6. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 7. Johnson, Aalstar3.0 
 8. Petrovic, Oostende3.0 
 9. Thompson, Spart.3.0 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. King, Etha2.8 
 2. Issa, Gravelines2.5 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 4. Young, Aalstar2.0 
 5. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 6. Kasun, KK.2.0 
 7. Bader, Szolnok1.8 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.8 
 9. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.8 
 10. Balashov, Dynamo1.5 


Standings
EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Spartak SP 2-0 
 2. Szolnok 1-1 
 3. Gravelines 1-1 
 4. N.Novgorod 0-2 
Group B
 1. Macc.Haifa 1-0 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 1-1 
 3. Ventspils 1-1 
 4. Khimik 0-1 
Group C
 1. Lukoil A. 2-0 
 2. Benfica 1-1 
 3. Lugano Tigers 1-1 
 4. TU/Rock 0-2 
Group D
 1. Liege 2-0 
 2. Netanya 1-1 
 3. Norrkoping 1-1 
 4. T.Telekom 0-2 
Group E
 1. BK Prostejov 2-0 
 2. Telekom B. 1-1 
 3. Krka 1-1 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 0-2 
Group F
 1. Dynamo M. 1-1 
 2. Antwerp 1-1 
 3. Lokomotiv K. 1-1 
 4. Steaua Turabo 1-1 
Group G
 1. Karsiyaka 2-0 
 2. Zadar 1-1 
 3. APOEL 1-1 
 4. Etha 0-2 
Group H
 1. Nancy 2-0 
 2. Oostende 1-1 
 3. Orleans 1-1 
 4. M.Hainaut 0-2 


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  EUROCUP   


Besiktas protests for the Tuesday game against Goettingen - by Emiliano
Euroleague Basketball officials are in the process of receiving the documentation necessary to initiate the official protest filed by Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul following its Group B game in the Eurocup on Tuesday. Besiktas JK Cola lost the game 85-83 to host BG Goettingen in Braunschweig, Germany. Besiktas will have 48 hours starting from the end of the game to complete the formal protest, at which point it will be forwarded to the competition's independent disciplinary judge for consideration.

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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 P.J. TUCKER
  Aris
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 24
 1. Tucker, Aris24.0 
 2. Janicenoks, VEF R.23.0 
 3. Curry, Azovmash21.3 
 4. Fisher, AP.21.0 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK20.5 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk20.0 
 7. Ogilvy, Besiktas19.3 
 8. Di Bella, Pepsi C.19.0 
 9. McClinton, Galil G.19.0 
 10. Keys, Budivelnyk19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  PAOK
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 17
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK17.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm11.0 
 3. Tucker, Aris10.5 
 4. Wilson, Budivelnyk9.5 
 5. Owens, Azovmash9.5 
 6. Lampe, Unics9.0 
 7. Golubovic, Banvit9.0 
 8. Peterson, Lukoil A.9.0 
 9. Berzins, VEF Riga8.5 
 10. Anderson, Goett.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Unics
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Popovic, Unics8.5 
 2. Bremer, Krasnie .7.5 
 3. Draper, Cedevita7.5 
 4. Mekel, Galil Gilboa6.5 
 5. Granger, Estudian.6.5 
 6. Ermis, Banvit6.5 
 7. James, Lukoil A.6.5 
 8. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.5 
 9. Macvan, Hemofarm5.5 
 10. Meacham, Goett.5.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle BAILEY
  Goettingen
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bailey, Goettingen4.0 
 2. Koszarek, Pepsi C.3.5 
 3. Bucknor, Dt.3.0 
 4. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.0 
 5. Muya, Liege3.0 
 6. Necas, CEZ Nymburk3.0 
 7. Jones, Pepsi C.3.0 
 8. House, Azovmash3.0 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.5 
 10. Kirksay, Cajasol2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Dunston, Aris2.5 
 3. Vranes, Unics2.5 
 4. Haryasz, GasTerra2.5 
 5. Chan, CEZ Nymburk2.5 
 6. Rizvic, Unics2.0 
 7. Dragicevic, Buduc.2.0 
 8. Moss, Orleans1.5 
 9. Betts, Budivelnyk1.5 
 10. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.5 


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  EUROLEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Angel D. VASSALLO
  ASVEL
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Vassallo, AS.21.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm20.8 
 3. Lampe, Unics19.5 
 4. Rakocevic, Efes P.18.4 
 5. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 6. Bogdanovic, Cibona16.2 
 7. Allen, ALBA15.8 
 8. Pinkney, Union O.15.8 
 9. Langford, Khimky15.7 
 10. Mejia, Cholet15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Cholet
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Falker, Cholet8.4 
 2. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.2 
 3. Tomic, Real Madrid7.6 
 4. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 5. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.2 
 6. Zizic, AS.7.0 
 7. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 8. Lampe, Unics6.8 
 9. Crosariol, Lottomat.6.6 
 10. Borisov, Hemofarm6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  Olympiakos
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Teodosic, Olympiakos5.8 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.6 
 3. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 4. Huertas, Caja L.4.8 
 5. Hammonds, AS.4.8 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.4.6 
 7. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.6 
 8. Stipcevic, Cibona4.4 
 9. Logan, Caja Laboral4.3 
 10. Eidson, Maccabi .4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.2 
 2. Perkins, Maccabi .2.6 
 3. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 4. Diamantidis, Panath.2.4 
 5. Goldsberry, Brose B.2.3 
 6. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 7. Ilievski, Union O.2.2 
 8. Stonerook, Montepas.2.0 
 9. Moss, Montepaschi1.8 
 10. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.6 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi2.1 
 3. Falker, Cholet1.6 
 4. Hines, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.4 
 6. Lavrinovic, Fener.Ul.1.3 
 7. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.3 
 8. Macvan, Hemofarm1.3 
 9. Fischer, Real Madrid1.2 
 10. Schortsaniti., Maccab.1.2 


Aleks Maric undergoes successful surgery - by Eurobasket News
Aleks Maric (211-C-84) underwent successful surgery yesterday and will be sidelined for one month. Panathinaikos doctor Thanasis Konidas removed a cyst on Maric's right elbow. The stitches will be removed in 15 days after which Maric can slowly return to training.
Aleks Maric joined PAO last summer from Partizan Belgrade. He appeared four times for the Greens in Euroleague averaging 5 points and 5.3 rebounds.


Pete Mickeal out for two weeks - by Eurobasket News
Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) will be sidelined for the next two weeks to rest his knee, the Euroleague champion Regal Barca announced Tuesday. Mickael was feeling pain in the recent games and the club decided to give him a two-week rest. That was expected move by Barca.
Pete Mickeal appeared four times in Euroleague this season averaging 14 points and 4.5 rebounds.


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  FINLAND   


Korisliiga Round 15: Karhu loses to Pyrinto in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 15 in Korisliiga was home defeat of 4th placed Karhu to third ranked Pyrinto 71-81. It was a great evening for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led his team to a victory with double-double 20 points and 12 rebounds. His countryman forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado) helped adding 21 points. The best for the losing side was American swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agent: Side Court) with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Pyrinto (11-4) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Karhu. That victory allowed current champions Pyrinto (11-4) to climb to second place. Karhu (8-7) on the other side went down to sixth position. Pyrinto are looking forward to the next round to face Salon Vilpas (#10) on the road hoping to win another game. Karhu will play against Kataja (#3) hoping to prove their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very significant was Pyrinto's (#3) 70-64 home victory against second-best Kataja ending at the same time the series of five consecutive victories of Kataja. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Antwine Williams who stepped in adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) came up with 16 points and 6 assists for Kataja in defeat. It was eighth consecutive victory for Pyrinto. That victory allowed current champions Pyrinto (11-4) to climb to second place. Kataja (10-5) on the other side went down to third position as they recorded their fifth loss. Pyrinto's next round game will be against higher ranked Salon Vilpas on the road. Kataja will play against Karhu to get back on winning track.
Quite upsetting was Salon Vilpas' 28-point road defeat in a game versus ToPo who smashed guests with a record result 91-63. The biggest contributor to a victory was Timo Heinonen with double-double 19 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was David Godbold who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds. Salon Vilpas' coach Kimmo Vyyrylainen gave up on the game allowing to play 11 players saving starting five for next games. That victory allowed ToPo (7-8) to climb to eighth place. Salon Vilpas (4-11) on the other side took tenth position as they recorded their eleventh loss. ToPo will meet next round league's new leader KTP and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salon Vilpas will play against league's second-placed Pyrinto (#2) being definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
And what about another game where KTP (#1) beat Namika Lahti 92-78 on the road. It was a good game for Jerald Fields who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. KTP (14-1) stay at first position. Namika Lahti (6-9) on the other side went down to ninth place. KTP's next round opponent will be ToPo (#8) in Helsinki hoping to win another game. Namika Lahti will play at home against Honka.
Let's mention also Honka's road win over 12th ranked Tarmo 92-91. It was a great evening for John Williamson who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Tarmo's coach Jouni Gronroos tried 10 players in such tough game. That victory allowed Honka (9-7) to climb to fourth place. They share it with Kouvot. Tarmo (1-14) on the other side took twelfth position as they recorded their fourteenth loss. Honka will face next round Namika Lahti (#9) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Tarmo will play against LrNMKY.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 15: LrNMKY was destroyed by Korihait on the opponent's court 99-73. Honka unfortunately lost to Kouvot in a home game 85-95. Kouvot managed to beat Karhu on the road 68-81. LrNMKY defeated Honka at it's own court 83-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Jonathan Heard of Porvoon Tarmo.


Namika Lahti - KTP 78-92

And what about another game where KTP (#1) beat Namika Lahti 92-78 on the road. It was a good game for American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agent: Chris Kupcunas) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Clifton Jones (201-78, college: Oregon St.) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat.) answered with double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Roope Suonio (176-82) added 19 points and 4 assists for Namika Lahti. It was tenth consecutive victory for KTP, while Namika Lahti lost their fifth game in a row. KTP (14-1) stay at first position. Namika Lahti (6-9) on the other side went down to ninth place. KTP's next round opponent will be ToPo (#8) in Helsinki hoping to win another game. Namika Lahti will play at home against Honka.
Top scorers:
KTP Basket Kotka: J.Ivey 20+1reb+4ast, J.Fields 17+7reb+3ast, C.Jones 15+9reb+2ast, S.Barrett 14+4reb+1ast, J.Lehtoranta 13+5reb+2ast, M.Holme 8+1reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: R.Suonio 19+2reb+4ast, R.Ayers 17+8reb, T.Hendley 16+10reb+1ast, V.Vesala 7+6reb+2ast, A.Alanen 6+1ast, C.Latimer 5+1reb
gschID: 106475


Tarmo - Honka 91-92

Let's mention also Honka's road win over 12th ranked Tarmo 92-91. It was a great evening for American center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 9 rebounds. His countryman guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) helped adding 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American forward Jerrah Young (201-85, college: Toledo) with double-double 22 points and 13 rebounds and his countryman swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Tarmo's coach Jouni Gronroos tried 10 players in such tough game. That victory allowed Honka (9-7) to climb to fourth place. They share it with Kouvot. Tarmo (1-14) on the other side took twelfth position as they recorded their fourteenth loss. Honka will face next round Namika Lahti (#9) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Tarmo will play against LrNMKY.
Top scorers:
Honka Espoo Playboys: J.Williamson 24+9reb, C.Belser 22+4reb, J.Wilson 21+5reb+5ast, S.Vanttaja 13+4reb, V.Makalainen 6+2reb+2ast, T.Iisalo 6+3reb+2ast
Porvoon Tarmo: J.Heard 25+6reb+5ast, J.Young 22+13reb+2ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 18+2ast, A.Conerly 12+1reb+2ast, J.Kyllonen 10+3reb+1ast, J.Petteri Mantyla 4+1reb
gschID: 106476


Korihait - LrNMKY 99-73

Very expected game in Uusikaupunki where 11th ranked LrNMKY (4-11) was crushed by seventh ranked Korihait (8-7) 99-73. It was a great evening for American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara) who led his team to a victory with double-double 19 points and 15 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws). His countryman forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) helped adding 25 points and 7 rebounds. Korihait's coach Tom Westerholm felt such comfortable that he used 11 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. The best for the losing side was American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat.) with 20 points and 9 rebounds and his countryman forward HL Coleman (202-74, college: Wyoming) with 18 points and 8 rebounds. That victory allowed Korihait (8-7) to climb to sixth place. They share it with Karhu. LrNMKY (4-11) on the other side took tenth position as they recorded their eleventh loss. Korihait are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Kouvot (#5) in Kouvola and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LrNMKY will play at home against Tarmo (#12) hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki: L.Wright 25+7reb+1ast, J.Reaves 19+15reb+1ast, P.Heinonen 12+10reb+3ast, N.Moore 12+4reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 10+3reb+8ast, H.Saaristo 9+1reb+1ast
Lappeenranta NMKY: M.Moore 20+9reb+3ast, H.Coleman 18+8reb, H.Valimaa 16+1reb, V.Vanjoki 7+1reb+1ast, A.Koskinen 5+2reb, V.Pekkola 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 106477


Honka - Kouvot 85-95

I am not sure if we can call it surprise result between close teams in Espoo where sixth ranked Kouvot (9-7) defeated 5th ranked Honka (9-7) 95-85. It was a great evening for American forward Durell Vinson (201-85, college: Wagner) who led his team to a victory with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Antto Nikkarinen (185-91) helped adding 22 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was former international forward Ville Makalainen (194-85, agent: Jim Buckley) with 17 points and American center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Honka's coach Pekka Salminen tried 11 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Kouvot (9-7) has a solid series of three victories in a row. That victory allowed Kouvot (9-7) to climb to fourth place. They share it with defeateddefeated Honka. Kouvot are looking forward to the next round to face Korihait (#6) in Uusikaupunki. Honka will play on the road against Namika Lahti hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kouvot Kouvola: B.Walker 24+5reb+1ast, D.Vinson 22+9reb, A.Nikkarinen 22+4reb+4ast, V.Kaunisto 14+8reb+1ast, G.Moyer 6+1ast, I.Seppala 4+1reb+2ast
Honka Espoo Playboys: V.Makalainen 17+3reb+2ast, J.Matinen 15+1reb, J.Williamson 13+6reb+2ast, J.Wilson 13+1reb+2ast, T.Iisalo 10+7reb+2ast, V.Kopio 7+1ast
gschID: 116991


Karhu - Pyrinto 71-81

The most interesting game of round 15 in Korisliiga was home defeat of 4th placed Karhu to third ranked Pyrinto 71-81. It was a great evening for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led his team to a victory with double-double 20 points and 12 rebounds. His countryman forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado) helped adding 21 points. The best for the losing side was American swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agent: Side Court) with 21 points and 9 rebounds and international forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) with double-double 14 points and 13 rebounds. Pyrinto (11-4) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Karhu. That victory allowed current champions Pyrinto (11-4) to climb to second place. Karhu (8-7) on the other side went down to sixth position. Pyrinto are looking forward to the next round to face Salon Vilpas (#10) on the road hoping to win another game. Karhu will play against Kataja (#3) hoping to prove their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto Tampere: A.Williams 21+3reb+1ast, D.Williams 20+12reb+3ast, A.Nikkila 13+11reb+1ast, K.Lowe 8+1ast, J.Niemi 7+3reb, A.Lehto 5+1reb+1ast
Karhu Kauhajoki: J.Allen 21+9reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 14+13reb+3ast, E.Skamo 13+3reb+3ast, A.Huuskonen 12+1reb, J.Wood 8+9reb+2ast, S.Niskanen 2
gschID: 116992


ToPo - Salon Vilpas 91-63

Quite upsetting was Salon Vilpas' 28-point road defeat in a game versus ToPo who smashed guests with a record result 91-63. The biggest contributor to a victory was forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) with double-double 19 points and 11 rebounds. International guard Mikko Koivisto (194-87, college: NC-Greensboro) helped with 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard David Godbold (196-85, college: Oklahoma, agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and his countryman forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-87, college: Chattanooga, agent: Michael Hart) added 13 points and 7 rebounds. Salon Vilpas' coach Kimmo Vyyrylainen gave up on the game allowing to play 11 players saving starting five for next games. That victory allowed ToPo (7-8) to climb to eighth place. Salon Vilpas (4-11) on the other side took tenth position as they recorded their eleventh loss. ToPo will meet next round league's new leader KTP and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Salon Vilpas will play against league's second-placed Pyrinto (#2) being definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Torpan Pojat Helsinki: M.Koivisto 24+4reb, T.Heinonen 19+11reb, E.Lehtinen 15+6reb+2ast, E.Kajander 9+2reb+1ast, F.Richards 8+1reb+3ast, A.Niskanen 7+5reb
Salon Vilpas Vikings: D.Godbold 16+7reb+2ast, N.Doaks 13+7reb, R.Ahonen 11+5ast, T.Wilson 8+3reb, S.Kaaresvirta 8+1reb, M.Nuutinen 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 106472


Pyrinto - Kataja 70-64

Very significant was Pyrinto's (#3) 70-64 home victory against second-best Kataja ending at the same time the series of five consecutive victories of Kataja. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led the winners with 18 points and 9 rebounds and his countryman forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado) who stepped in adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Pyrinto's coach Pieti Poikola allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. International guard Petri Virtanen (183-80) came up with 16 points and 6 assists and American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agent: Side Court) added 14 points and 5 rebounds for Kataja in defeat. It was eighth consecutive victory for Pyrinto. That victory allowed current champions Pyrinto (11-4) to climb to second place. Kataja (10-5) on the other side went down to third position as they recorded their fifth loss. Pyrinto's next round game will be against higher ranked Salon Vilpas on the road. Kataja will play against Karhu to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Pyrinto Tampere: D.Williams 18+9reb, A.Williams 16+7reb+1ast, K.Lowe 11+5reb+2ast, O.Ahvenniemi 9+6reb+1ast, A.Lehto 9+2reb+2ast, J.Niemi 5+3reb+1ast
Joensuun Kataja: P.Virtanen 16+6ast, J.Newson 14+5reb+2ast, S.Lehtoranta 10+3reb+1ast, A.Kanervo 8+1reb+1ast, J.Nenonen 7+6reb, D.Fells 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 106473


Karhu - Kouvot 68-81

There was a small upset in Kauhajoki where 4th placed Karhu (8-7) was defeated by sixth ranked Kouvot (9-7) 81-68. It was a great evening for former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) who led his team to a victory with double-double 19 points and 11 rebounds. American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: Va Commonwealth, agent: Danny Servick) helped adding 22 points. The best for the losing side was American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agent: Side Court) with double-double 18 points and 11 rebounds and international forward Vesa Makalainen (200-86) with 18 points and 7 rebounds. It was third consecutive victory for Kouvot, while Karhu lost their third game in a row. That victory allowed Kouvot (9-7) to climb to fourth place. They share it with Honka. Karhu (8-7) on the other side went down to sixth position. Kouvot are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Korihait in Uusikaupunki. Karhu will play on the road against Kataja (#) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Kouvot Kouvola: B.Walker 22+2reb, V.Kaunisto 19+11reb+2ast, G.Moyer 13+5reb+2ast, E.Johansson 12+1reb, D.Vinson 6+7reb+1ast, I.Seppala 5
Karhu Kauhajoki: V.Makalainen 18+7reb+1ast, J.Wood 18+11reb+2ast, A.Huuskonen 13+5reb+1ast, J.Allen 12+4reb+1ast, E.Skamo 5+1ast, H.Hirvikoski 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 106474


Round 13
LrNMKY - Honka 83-78

There was a surprise result in Lappeenranta where eleventh ranked LrNMKY (4-11) beat higher ranked Honka (9-7) 83-78. It was a great evening for American guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat.) who led his team to a victory with 29 points and 7 rebounds. His countryman forward Brant Bailey (202-77, college: Wisc.-Stevens Point) helped adding 17 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was former international guard Tuomas Iisalo (195-82, agent: Side Court) with 24 points and American center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) with 17 points and 6 rebounds. That victory allowed LrNMKY (4-11) to climb to tenth place. They share it with Salon Vilpas. Honka (9-7) on the other side took fourth position as they recorded their seventh loss. LrNMKY are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Tarmo in Porvoon. Honka will play at home against Namika Lahti (#) being definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Lappeenranta NMKY: M.Moore 29+7reb+1ast, P.Riihela 18+7reb, B.Bailey 17+6reb+3ast, V.Vanjoki 10+3reb+1ast, H.Coleman 5+5reb, V.Pekkola 4+4reb+3ast
Honka Espoo Playboys: T.Iisalo 24+3reb+3ast, J.Williamson 17+6reb+2ast, J.Matinen 14+3reb, C.Belser 13+4reb+2ast, V.Makalainen 7+6reb+2ast, A.Vanjoki 3+1reb
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Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 14-1 
 2. Pyrinto 11-4 
 3. Kataja 10-5 
 4. Honka 9-7 
 5. Kouvot 9-7 
 6. Korihait 8-7 
 7. Karhu 8-7 
 8. ToPo 7-8 
 9. Namika Lahti 6-9 
 10. Salon Vilpas 4-11 
 11. LrNMKY 4-11 
 12. Tarmo 1-14 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.8 
 2. Wilson, Honka19.9 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 4. Ivey, KTP19.1 
 5. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 6. Barrett, KTP19.0 
 7. Moore, LrNM.18.9 
 8. Allen, Karhu17.9 
 9. Walker, Kouvot17.5 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Wood, Karhu13.9 
 2. Young, Tarmo11.5 
 3. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.5 
 4. Vinson, Kouvot10.3 
 5. Doaks, Salon Vilpas10.2 
 6. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto9.4 
 8. Belser, Honka8.8 
 9. Fells, Kataja8.7 
 10. Wright, Korihait8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Petri VIRTANEN
  Kataja
  (183-G-80)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Virtanen, Kataja4.4 
 2. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 3. Moore, LrNM.3.9 
 4. Sarcevic, Korihait3.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto3.9 
 6. Wood, Karhu3.5 
 7. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.5 
 8. Ivey, KTP3.3 
 9. Fields, KTP3.0 
 10. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Bojan SARCEVIC
  Korihait
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Sarcevic, Korihait2.3 
 2. Fields, KTP2.3 
 3. Wood, Karhu2.1 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 5. Heard, Tarmo1.9 
 6. Newson, Kataja1.8 
 7. Fells, Kataja1.8 
 8. Conerly, Tarmo1.7 
 9. Barrett, KTP1.7 
 10. Belser, Honka1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Heard, Tarmo1.2 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.1 
 3. Graham, ToPo1.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu0.9 
 5. Belser, Honka0.8 
 6. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.8 
 7. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 8. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 9. Young, Tarmo0.7 
 10. Wright, Korihait0.6 


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Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Evreux 8-1 
 2. Nanterre 8-1 
 3. Dijon 7-3 
 4. Boulazac 6-3 
 5. Lille 6-3 
 6. Rouen 6-3 
 7. Fos Ouest 5-4 
 8. Le Portel 4-5 
 9. Boulogne 4-5 
 10. Bourg 4-5 
 11. Chalons-Reims 4-5 
 12. St Vallier 4-5 
 13. Nantes 3-6 
 14. Antibes 3-6 
 15. Maurienne 3-6 
 16. Charleville 3-6 
 17. Clermont 2-7 
 18. Quimper 2-8 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest17.7 
 2. Bouldin, Clermont17.4 
 3. Harris, Lille17.3 
 4. Daniels, Nanterre16.9 
 5. Runkaukas, Quimper16.8 
 6. Reed, Evreux16.6 
 7. Carter, Nanterre16.4 
 8. Sneed, Maurienne16.3 
 9. Davis, Le Portel16.3 
 10. Sonko, Maurienne16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Barber, Nantes10.8 
 2. Giles, Rouen9.6 
 3. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 4. Monroe, Boulogne8.7 
 5. Daniels, Chalons-.8.3 
 6. Campbell, Le Portel8.1 
 7. Badiane, Boulazac8.1 
 8. Rouse, Charleville8.1 
 9. Monds, Bourg8.0 
 10. Sneed, Maurienne7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.6 
 2. Downey, Nantes5.8 
 3. Williams, Le Portel5.3 
 4. Denave, St Vallier5.1 
 5. Ingram, Antibes5.1 
 6. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.9 
 7. Taylor, Rouen4.9 
 8. Craven, Dijon4.8 
 9. Dunn, Maurienne4.7 
 10. Patiejunas, Boulo.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Errick CRAVEN
  Dijon
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Craven, Dijon2.8 
 2. Da Silva, Evreux2.7 
 3. Riley, Nanterre2.6 
 4. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.4 
 5. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 6. Shiloh, St Vallier2.4 
 7. Daniels, Chalons-.2.4 
 8. Harris, Lille2.3 
 9. Doyne, Charleville2.2 
 10. Davis, Evreux2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marvin JEFFERSON
  Quimper
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Jefferson, Quimper1.7 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 3. Barber, Nantes1.4 
 4. Monds, Bourg1.3 
 5. Diakite, Chalons-.1.2 
 6. N''Diaye, Clermont1.0 
 7. Davis, Evreux0.9 
 8. McKenzie, Boulazac0.9 
 9. James, Bourg0.8 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont0.8 


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Blair, Denek24.5 
 2. Blot, Blois19.8 
 3. Pridotkas, Brest17.8 
 4. Kennedy, Orchy16.8 
 5. Lalugba, Denain16.7 
 6. Laroche, St Ch.16.4 
 7. James, Challans16.1 
 8. Ford, Bordeaux15.8 
 9. Disy, Roche15.7 
 10. Petrovic, St Et.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher GRIMM
  Blois
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Grimm, Blois9.2 
 2. Simmons, St Et.8.9 
 3. Hoard, Lievin8.4 
 4. Alingue, Souffel8.2 
 5. Roberts, Brest8.1 
 6. Lesieu, St Quentin8.0 
 7. Griffin, Angers B.7.9 
 8. Boutry, Challans7.7 
 9. Ipouck, Le Puy7.5 
 10. Allen, Lievin7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tony RAMPHORT
  Angers BC 49
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ramphort, Angers B.5.5 
 2. Brochard, Blois5.5 
 3. Cortey, Le Puy5.0 
 4. Driss, Bordeaux4.6 
 5. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 6. Thomas, St Etienne4.1 
 7. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.0 
 9. Rambur, St Quentin3.9 
 10. Tillon, St Chamond3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Blair, Denek2.9 
 2. Sauret, Denain2.5 
 3. Neri, Roche2.4 
 4. Ipouck, Le Puy2.1 
 5. Driss, Bordeaux1.9 
 6. M''Bodji, Souffel1.8 
 7. Roberts, Brest1.8 
 8. Thinon, Sorgues1.7 
 9. Barbry, Orchy1.7 
 10. Calvez, Denek1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 John FORD
  Bordeaux
  (207-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ford, Bordeaux2.0 
 2. Rinna, St Chamond1.8 
 3. Traore, Angers B.1.8 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 5. Gourde, Get Vosges1.2 
 6. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 7. Roberts, Brest1.2 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 9. Pourchot, CFBB1.0 
 10. Diallo, Roche1.0 


BCM Gravelines Dunkerque lost to Spartak SP in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque-Spartak SP 58:98

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque lost to Spartak SP in Day 2 of the Regular Season Round 2 as the latter grabbed 2-0 record on top of EuroChallenge. The Russian team easily won all the quarters in the game for the second straight win.
Spartak opened the game with six consecutive points and Petar Popovic (211-C-79) brought 13:8. The latter also closed the period with a jump shot for 24:15 advantage. In the second quarter the guests scored their best and shocked the French side with 29-17. Ponkrashov sent the teams to the lockers for 53:32 halftime advantage. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) nailed three to open the third frame and Dyachok brought 58:36. Even having such a massive lead, Spartak did not think of slowing down and won the quarter as well. Parker made a jump shot to see 74:42 lead after thirty minutes with his team. In the end of the game Spartak produced a 24-16 for the final success. Kotishevskiy nailed three for 98:58 victory that lifted Spartak to 2-0 record.
Petar Popovic erupted with 27 points for the winners and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Henry Domercant scored 12. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) netted 9 and Dounia Issa (198-F-81) scored 8.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Yannick Bokolo 12, Michael Fraser 9, Dounia Issa 8
Spartak SP: Petar Popovic 27 points, Dijon Thompson 15 points and 12 rebounds, Henry Domercant 12


Nancy survive Belgian EuroChallenge visit - by Eurobasket News
Dexia Mons-Hainaut - Nancy 76:78

Nancy overcame Dexia Mons-Hainaut on the road yesterday. The victory allowed the French team improve at 2-0 record on top of EuroChallenge Group H. Akinlolu Akingbala (208-F-83, college: Clemson) stepped up with 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead the visitors. Dexia in the meantime suffered the second consecutive loss at the tournament.
Akinlolu Akingbala and Stephen Brun (202-F-80) secured a 5:0 start to the game for Nancy. Akinlolu Akingbala, Stephen Brun and Deane paced the French team as they arrived at the first break up by 8 points 23:15. Grant stretched the gap to 9 points for Nancy in the second period but Dexia quickly responded. Dexia went on a 7:0 run to narrow the gap. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) and Ron Lewis (193-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Ohio St.) helped the hosts tied the score at 37 after twenty minutes of action. Peter van Paassen and Ron Lewis put Dexia in front early in the second half. However Akinlolu Akingbala and John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) organized a 12:0 run from the visitors late in the quarter as Nancy retained a 57:46 lead. The French team were up by 8 points heading into the fourth period. It was a 10-point game midway through the final stanza but Dexia found the way to cut the distance to minimum. Foster drained a triple to put the home team as close as one point 76:77 with 48 seconds to go. Ron Lewis then missed a three-pointer, while Deane his one free throw to keep Nancy in charge. Ronell Taylor had a chance to save the game for Dexia but his three-pointer rimmed out.
Stephen Brun scored 17 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for Nancy. John Linehan added 13 points, 6 assists and 4 boards in the victory. Ronell Taylor replied with 19 points for Dexia. Ron Lewis provided 18 points in the loss.

Dexia: Ronell Taylor 19, Ron Lewis 18
Nancy: Akinlolu Akingbala 19+11 boards, Stephen Brun 17, John Linehan 13



One of the hardest jobs in sports! - by Willie Deane
Every game we attend, we are never the home team. Even when it seems as though we get cheers at games because of the calls we are paid to make, opposing coaches, benches and fans are still unsatisfied. Its like no matter what we call, someone will always be unhappy or question our judgment. The only time we touch the ball is when we toss it up for the jump ball, hand the ball to a player to pass it in bounds or pass to a player when he is on the free throw line. We arent the ones making or missing shots, turning the ball over, or any of that. Do the players not make mistakes during the game? Thats what it feels like sometimes from the responses we get from the calls that we make. We are the ones that are booed, cursed at, hated with a passion and have to enter and exit with some type of security so we arent attacked over a call we may or may not have made a mistake on.

We are all human, and we all make mistakes so why are our mistakes looked at under the microscope and viewed as such cardinal sins? Does a mistake warrant the verbal abuse of being called zebras, game killers, hearing vulgar chants from fans and those internationally famous variations of those four letter words? As referees, do we make mistakes? Sure we make mistakes but often our mistakes are taken the wrong way and viewed as us being in favor of one team over the other. We dont care who wins! For some of us this is our job and how we provide for ourselves and our family away from the court. For some of us we do this just for our love of sports, and for some of us we do this because we werent blessed with the ability to play at the level at which we referee so this is our way of continuing our career and being a part of a sport that we love at a high level. We admire what you players are able to accomplish out there on the court because if we could we would be out there in your shoes.

Players often ask us, How could you not see that foul? Well there are many reasons out side the fact that we are just human but let me give you some examples. Sometimes we dont call some things because we either just miss them, miss them being caught up in the moment of the game, felt the contact wasnt enough to cause you to miss the shot you took, felt the contact was incidental, felt that there was nothing gained or lost in the play, or just dont want to show up one of our partners who may have had a better view of the play.

When players get their bonuses for victories, they dont share it with us and we arent walking around to the locker rooms with our hands out after the game looking for any tips for what we call during the game. We call what we see to the best of our ability. We try to blend in with the flow of the game. Our view of a perfect game is one where we will not have to blow our whistle at all, but that just isnt reality.

Like us or not a referee is a part of the game and always will be. We are the equalizers set to eliminate bias from the sport. Just imagine what a game would be like if you take us away and allowed the players to call their own fouls or let the two coaches be in charge of blowing their whistles? I wonder how players would react to the games under those circumstances? Im laughing my stripes off just thinking about how a game without referees would play out. We all are an important part of the game. Some parts more valuable then others but according to the rules of the game at a organized competitive level, one part doesnt exist without the other and its the sum of those parts that make the game whole and complete so let us do our job and you just compete!

Sincerely Yours,
The Referees



Oostende sneak past Orleans in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Oostende - Orleans 69:68

Oostende registered their first EuroChallenge victory in Group H. They held off Orleans in thriller yesterday. Will Thomas (200-F-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and grabbed 5 boards to lead the effort. He was also responsible for a late free throw that sealed the win for Oostende.
It was a tough game from start to finish. Orleans jumped in front early in the game 12:7. Oostende denied the deficit but not for too long. The visitors capped the period with a 9:2 run to take a 21:15 lead at the first intermission. Moerman, Lebrun and Ndoye all connected from downtown to keep Orleans on top early in the second frame. The French side soon extended their lead to as many as 15 points 38:23. But Oostende stopped the bleeding and trimmed the distance to 9 points at halftime 31:40. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) tipped off the second half with four points in a row. Later the Belgian side stunned the visitors with a 16:0 run that gave them a 54:44 lead. Curti and Bell answered right back draining three triples in a row. However Will Thomas closed the period with a jumper and Oostende enjoyed a 56:53 lead. Oostende went on a 10:2 run to open the fourth quarter. And once again Orleans found the way to come back into this one. Zach Moss (201-F-81, college: Mountain St.) and Curti cut the distance to only 2 points with 46 seconds remaining in regulation. Then Smith dunked for a 68:68 tie. But Will Thomas split free throws and then Smith missed a jumper and Oostende escaped with a narrow victory at the end.
Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) accounted for 14 points in the win. Matt Lojeski added 10 points and 7 rebounds for the Belgian team. Amara Sy (202-F-81) and Zach Moss answered with 12 points each for Orleans. Smith had 10 points in the losing case.

Oostende: Will Thomas 19, Darrel Mitchell 14, Matt Lojeski 10
Orleans: Amara Sy 12, Zach Moss 12



Luka Bogdanovic is free agent - by Emiliano
Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85) finished his contract with Chorale de Roanne Basket and became free agent. The player, former Crvena Zvezda Beograd , Partizan, Le Mans and Joventut, has played two Eurocup games with the French team averaging 7 points and 6.5 rebound while in Pro A he recorded averages of 11.1 points and 7.1 rebounds in 7 games.
Luka Bogdanovic already has offers from other teams, and will decide about the new club very soon.


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Incomplete Round 9 - by Eurobasket News
Four games of Round 9 were played last week-end. The last one between Pelister and Ulitmejt Basket is scheduled for today.

Feni Industri - Rabotnicki 74-64
In a derby match of Round 9, Feni industri hosted Rabotnicki and managed to extend their winning streak after 74-64 win. Jarrid Frye (194-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) led the winning side with 17 points in this match. He got support from Slobodan Mihajlovski and Darko Sokolov who added 14 and 10 points respectively. For Rabotnicki, Aleksandar Dimitrovski had 14 points, while Nenad Diliberovski and Dimitar Mirakovski followed with 11 points each.

ABA Strumica - Ovce Pole 80-77
ABA Strumica also managed to secure home win as they were better than visiting Ovce Pole 80-77. For hosts, Endru Stimson (185-G, college: Northwestern (IA)) and Mario Hasanov (198-F-86) led the way with 20 and 16 points. John Chapell followed with 14 while Petre Cvetkov chipped in 11 points. For Ovce Pole, Vladimir Filipovic had game high 30 points while Boban Bilbija added 15 points.

Kumanovo 2009 - Lirija 88-97
Lirija continued with run of better form as they celebrated their second straight victory after beating Kumanovo 88-97. Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.) and Richard Jeter (198-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Atlanta Metro JC) came off the bench to lead the way with 27 and 24 points respectively. Jerry Cheves also had a good game as he finished the match with 20 points. On the other side, Kumanovo was led by Darko Matic who had 26 points in loss.

MZT Skopje - Torus 84-85
Torus traveled to MZT Skopje and after a hard fight they came away with a narrow 84-85 win. Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) poured in 24 points while Nikola Karakolev added 20 points off the bench. Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) was also good for winning side as he scored 17 points. For hosts, not even 27 points and 10 rebounds effort by Kiril Nikolovski could save them from loss in this one.

Superleague Standings
1. Feni Indistrija 9-0
2. MZT Skopje 7-2
3. Rabotnicki 7-2
4. Torus Skopje 6-3
5. Ultimate Basket 4-4
6. ABA Strumica 3-6
7. Ovce Pole 3-6
8. Lirija 2-7
9. Kumanovo 2009 2-7
10. Pelister Bitola 1-7


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ALBA fire past Krasnye Krylia in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Krasnye Krylia 88:64

ALBA recorded the second straight victory at EuroCup. They held off Krasnye Krylia in Berlin. ALBA remained on top of Group H. The Russian team in the meantime fell at 0-2 record.
ALBA Berlin surged ahead right from the start. They poured in 23 points in the opening quarter and grabbed a 7-point lead. The second quarter proved the difference. ALBA limited the visitors to just 13 points in the period and posted a 17-point advantage at halftime. Krasnye Krylia continued to struggle offensively in the third term. They managed just 12 points trailing by as many as 24 points at the final intermission. ALBA Berlin slowed down in the final quarter but it never prevented them from coasting to the win at the end.
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) came up with 19 points for ALBA. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) contributed 15 points, 6 assists and 4 boards, while Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) answered with 18 points for Krasnye Krylia. Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) netted 13 points in the loss.

ALBA: Derrick Allen 19, Marko Marinovic 15, Tadija Dragicevic 13
Krasnye Krylia: Brion Rush 18, Jermareo Davidson 13



Jamie Jones Has Short Trip Down A45 From Duesseldorf And Joins Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jacob Burtsch and Matt Terwilliger have had a huge load to fill under the boards and done a fine job and can't do everything,so with the injury to center Edward Seward, Phoenix Hagen reacted by bringing in Jamie Jones (201-F/C-87, college: Portland St.). Jones is a 23 year old American 201cm power forward/center from El Segundo, California. Jobes is a BEKO BBL rookie that played at Portland (NCAA) from 2005-2007 and then played at Portland State until 2010. Jones set the all time PSU record for blocked shots in his senior season with 75. Also, he led the Big Sky conference in rebounds, blocked shots and double doubles. He has very quick feet and knows how to get to the basket and finish. He is a very good one on one player, who really competes hard and plays both sides of the ball at an extremely high level. He started the season with the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf, but played very little averaging 1,3ppg and 1,7rpg in 7 minutes per game. Jones will get a 4 week tryout. 'If he is able to show good performances then we willkeep him. We watched his games from college and at Duesseldorf. He didn't play much of a role in Duesseldorf, but it was a different system then in college. He shows a lot of effort on the court and that fits to us', stressed Phoenix Hagen coach Ingo Freyer . In his senior year at Portland State, he played 32 games: 13.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.0apg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 73.9%. Some awards that he got in college were HS All-CIF selection -04, 05, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Semifinals -07, 10, Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Champion -08, Big Sky Conf. Tournament Winner -08, 09, Big Sky Conf. Regular Season Runner-Up -09, and All-Big Sky Conf. 1st Team -10. He is expected to play against his old team Duesseldorf this weekend.

Source: Phoenix Hagen




Deutsche Bank Skyliners grabbed the valuable victory in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Deutsche Bank Skyliners 62:64

Deutsche Bank Skyliners grabbed the valuable victory in Latvia on Wednesday night of EuroChalenge. The German Powerhouse needed massive second period to win 64:62.
BK Ventspils started with 11:0 run but could not keep the score for good. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) nailed three in response to close the period at 14:7. Gulbis scored three for the hosts as they enjoyed 20:11 lead, but Dabbert later gave the guests 24:22 advantage. Moreover after 31:17 in the second quarter the board showed 38:31 at the halftime. Deutsche Bank Skyliners did not slow down and added another 20-15 in the third frame. Strelnieks nailed three for 58:46 after three quarters. In the last period the German side never looked behind but allowed BK Ventspils to come closer. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) reduced to 62:64 with a minute to go, but he missed a dunk a few seconds after.
Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) erupted with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Jimmy McKinney netted 12. Saulius Kuzminskas ended up with 11 points in defeat, whilst Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) and Strelnieks scored 10 apiece.
The game between Maccabi Haifa and Knimik was postponed for December 16th.

BK Ventspils: Saulius Kuzminskas 11, Lauris Blaus 10, Strelnieks 10
Deutsche Bank Skyliners: Quantez Robertson 13+10 rebs, DaShaun Wood 12, Jimmy McKinney 12



A Conversation With Aaron Smith (Agent Of AJ Moye) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Aaron Smith is highly regarded and recognized in professional athletics. He has extensive experience dealing with professional athletes and their careers. In addition, Aaron has a great understanding of the expectations of a NBA athlete from both the personal and business perspective. His duties involve compiling all recruiting materials, researching player contracts, creating and maintaining client profiles and marketing materials, correspondence with coaches and team personnel, client services, marketing and media opportunities for clients, business development and creating and analyzing information for distribution to key NBA personnel , international clubs and strategic partners. Aaron is also responsible for many of our clients off the court business ventures and personal affairs. Aarons career began in professional sports when he interned with Pacers Sports and Entertainment. A native of Indianapolis, Aaron attended Indiana University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Marketing and Management. Upon graduating from Indiana University, Aaron was the Business/Personal Manager for a 2002 NBA Lottery Pick. In this capacity, Aaron assisted with Draft preparations and workouts, the transition to a new NBA city, appearances, marketing, basketball camps and all other personal affairs. Aaron first joined the Exclusive Sports Group while completing his Masters degree in Athletic Administration and Sports Management. He is the agent for Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) of the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and spoke to eurobasket about the condition of the Skyliner.

Bio of Aaron Smith courtesy of
Exclusive Sports Group


How did you hear about the stroke of your client Ajene Moye?


It was a scary moment for me. I checked the box score of his game Tuesday against Maccabi Haifa and didnt see him on the stat sheet and was surprised. I then got a call from someone who told me what had happened. I was shocked and had a sickening feeling. Aj is a good friend of mine.

How strong is your relationship to Ajene Moye?


I know AJ since he walked on to the campus of Indiana. We were roomates in college and he stayed with my family a lot. Anytime you hear something like this happens to a close friend, it is very difficult. The first 3-4 days after his stroke were very difficult since no one really knew what was happening.

Have you ever suffered an experience like this before with another athlete?


Yes once before with a client Carl Landry. Two years ago, he was involved in a bad incident where he left his house to get some food and was the victim of some violence as he got shot by an attempted robber. Landry had a full recovery and could play two weeks later. This experience with AJ brought back memories. I remember talking to AJ on Monday and he was so excited to play against Marco Killingsworth. AJ then got sick and I got that call in the night. It is just a real bad feeling when you are 10 hours away and cant do anything. You feel so helpless.

Have you spoken to AJ?



I spoke once with AJ and also through his mom and family. AJ is in very good spirits and is doing a lot better. His development has been outstanding and that is a credit to how strong he really is. It is still early, but there are positive signs. He has no paralysis or speech problems. AJ is a strong person, resilient, kind heart and good personality. The level support that he has gotten in Germany and the States has been huge. His stroke was national news here. I have received so many calls about AJ.

AJ is a very strong person, but still this much be so difficult for him because he loves the game of basketball so much.


This has been very difficult for AJ. The fans know the level of intensity that he brings to the floor. When you are an athlete, you can control certain things on the court, but now he cant control what has happened to him. Now that he is unable to play in games, it really bothers him. He wants to be there for his teammates and just play basketball. Sometimes life is bigger than basketball and now the number one concern is that AJ will get healthy again.

Do you believe in your heart that Ajene Moye will play basketball again?



That is a tough question and a bit to early to know. It is too early to know if AJ can compete at the same level again. But if there is one thing that I have learned over the years with AJ is that you should never rule anything out with AJ. I have seen AJ do things where I was just wow. AJ is a special person and if he ets his heart and mind to something then he will do it.

I spoke with the stepdad and mom of AJ at the Ludwigsburg game. They seemed in good spirits, but how tough has all of this been for them?


It is a difficult situation for the family of AJ. The family is exactly how you saw them. They are very concerned, but very calm. When they heard about the news, they were on the first plane to Germany. They are very tough people and that is where AJ gets that quality from.

AJ was a legend at Indiana (NCAA). Did he already have that will to win in college?


AJ had very tough competition in those days from talented players liked Jared Jeffries, Kurt Hastings and Bracie Wright who went on to play in the NBA. AJ always wanted to be the best. He worked harder than anyone else. If the team had two practices in a day then he would return at night and workout some more. Who could forget his block on Carlos Boozer in his home town Atlanta bringing Indiana to the NCAA Final 4. He also always is trying to mentor the young kids and try to install his qualities in them what made him successful on the court.

What is the strongest quality of AJ?



He is a good person and has a strong heart. He is like an artist. He is always thinking of ways to make himself better or express himself with his inner self. His best quality he shows through words and his play on the court. He is a very talented writer and drawer.

What has been your nicest basketball moment with AJ on the court?



I would have to say that his best basketball moment was the block on Boozer. But what was always amazing was seeing what he did at the end of the season when we played pick up games. He would try more risky things which he wouldnt have tried on the court. His play would have left you in awe seeing just how athletic he was. I think AJ is the kind of person that you can never forget, because he always sticks out in peoples minds. He is also the man for the great lines. I remember before a game against Duke where he had one of those lines

What is your best AJ moment off the basketball court?


There are so many. I think the best moments are just seeing how he interacts with people. I think the times when he was around my family at Thanksgiving are the special moments that will always stick with me.

What would you like to tell the German basketball fans?



I want to thank each one for their support for AJ. His family has been very impressed by the support in Germany. They really appreciate everything that has been done for AJ. We hope that the support will continue and that he will have a speedy recovery.

Thanks Aaron for the chat.





BK Prostejov recorded another win in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Telekom Baskets-BK Prostejov 75:81

BK Prostejov recorded another win in EuroChallenge to close Group E in Bonn on Wednesday. The team from Czech Republic overcame ambitious Telekom Baskets 81:75 for the perfect record.
Campbell opened the game for the home side and Hunt nailed three for 14:13. The guests however enjoyed the lead several times as well but Campbell tied the quarter at 24:24. Moreover after 18-15 in the second period Telekom took 42:39 halftime advantage as Campbell drove a lay-up. Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) opened the third period with a lay-up for 44:39 and Hyzy tied it all at 48:48. Thulig again brought the German side the bigger advantage at 58:52, but Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) tied it again at 58:58 after 30 minutes. Bertengeh Gadri (208-C-83, college: Denver) and Kyle Landry gave the guests 66:58, while Kyle Landry added another for 74:66. No matter how hard Telekom Baskets to recover they could not catch up with the opponents. Lawrence made two free throws at the very end of the final success.
Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) stepped up with 21 points for 2-0 record, while Kyle Landry added 16. Lawrence and Bertengeh Gadri followed them with 10 points each. Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) finished the game with 20 points in the losing effort. Campbell notched 19, while Chris Ensminger posted 11.

Telekom Baskets: Nic Wise 20, Campbell 19, Chris Ensminger 11
BK Prostejov: Benas Veikalas 21, Kyle Landry 16, Lawrence 10, Bertengeh Gadri 10



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  GREECE   


Flevarakis took the place of Fragias - by Giorgos Diploidis
Kostas Flevarakis will be the new coach of Ilysiakos Athens. Vasilis Fragias was fired a few days ago because his team didn't reach a win in the first five games in the Greek league and it is the last one.

So Kostas Flevarakis will have to change a lot of things to make his new club to stay in the first division. But he has many experiences in these situations. He lived that in the team of Makedonikos the season 2006-07 even in bigger clubs like PAOK and AEK. In the team of Thessaloniki passed four seasons while in the club o Athens the last two. He has been also in Akropol BBK and Keravnos Strovolou.



Aleks Maric undergoes successful surgery - by Eurobasket News
Aleks Maric (211-C-84) underwent successful surgery yesterday and will be sidelined for one month. Panathinaikos doctor Thanasis Konidas removed a cyst on Maric's right elbow. The stitches will be removed in 15 days after which Maric can slowly return to training.
Aleks Maric joined PAO last summer from Partizan Belgrade. He appeared four times for the Greens in Euroleague averaging 5 points and 5.3 rebounds.


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  HUNGARY   


Szolnoki Olaj held off a late fightback from Nizhniy Novgorod to record their first win - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Nizhniy Novgorod 86:82

Szolnoki Olaj held off a late fightback from Nizhniy Novgorod to record their first win in EuroChallenge Group A. The team from Hungary produced a 86:82 on November 23rd.
The teams exchanged the lead several times in the beginning of the game as the Russian team grabbed late lead. Aleksic nailed three at the end of 10 minutes for 26:20 advantage, while Yurchyk scored for 30:22. Nizhniy Novgorod managed to keep the score for another few minutes as then the hosts tied the game at 41:41. Budimir made two free throws at the end of the half to send the teams to the lockers. Szolnoki Olaj continued to dominate the court right from the start of the third frame and Vesztergom scored for 56:47. Grebenar delivered two for 62:49, whilst Fodor gave his side +15 at 67:52. Antonov closed the period at 67:55 giving the Russian team a chance to catch up with the opponents in the last quarter. They were too close to do that as Paunic cut it to 59:56, but Trotter made it 85:78. Kulagin scored the last two points in the game for the final result.
Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) paced all the winners with 35 points and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) as well as Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored 12 each. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) brought 14 points in defeat.

Szolnok: Obie Trotter 35 points, Marton Bader 12, Marton Fodor 12
Nizhniy Novgorod: Ivan Paunic 17 points, Valentin Yurchyk 14 points, Andrei Ivanov (197-G/F-84) 10, Semen Antonov (203-F-89) 10


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  ICELAND   


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Lazar TRIFUNOVIC
  Keflavik
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 27
 1. Trifunovic, Keflavik27.0 
 2. Inge, Haukar25.9 
 3. Dabney, Hamar24.4 
 4. Biedler, IR23.9 
 5. Burton, Snaefell23.5 
 6. Amoroso, Snaefell21.8 
 7. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 8. Smith, Njardvik21.6 
 9. Robinson, Haukar21.4 
 10. Sovic, IR21.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 15
 1. Robinson, Haukar15.0 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR12.6 
 3. Biedler, IR12.3 
 4. Trifunovic, Keflavik11.5 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik11.0 
 6. Amoroso, Snaefell10.4 
 7. Stywall, Fjolnir10.1 
 8. Smith, Njardvik9.6 
 9. Jonsson, Snaefell9.1 
 10. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir9.4 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.5 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.6 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar6.9 
 6. Cunningham, Tinda.6.7 
 7. Schoen, KFI6.0 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan5.1 
 9. Rivers, Tindastoll5.0 
 10. Fain, Tindastoll4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Craig SCHOEN
  KFI
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Schoen, KFI3.9 
 2. Dabney, Hamar3.4 
 3. Inge, Haukar3.1 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll3.0 
 5. Cunningham, Tinda.2.7 
 6. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 7. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.6 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan2.5 
 9. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 10. Biedler, IR2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Smith, Njardvik2.4 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.3 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Maxwell, Keflavik1.8 
 5. Fain, Tindastoll1.7 
 6. Savarsson, Grind.1.6 
 7. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.5 
 8. Suljic, KFI1.5 
 9. Helgason, Stjarnan1.4 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.1.3 


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  IRAN   


Iran prevail against Jordan at Asian Games quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Jordan 67:43

Iran eased into Asian Games semifinal. They outmuscled Jordan at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament tonight. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) tallied 17 points and 5 rebounds to orchestrate victory for Veselin Matic side.
Iran and Jordan traded baskets early in the encounter. Iran however went on a 12:5 run late in the period and grabbed a 20:11 advantage. Hamed Afagh and Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) opened a double-digit advantage for the Iranian side in the second quarter. Jordan accounted for only 6 points in the period allowing Iran to clear off to a 15-point distance 32:17. Iran got a firm grip on the lead. They stayed well in control throughout the third quarter. Iran ensured a 48:33 advantage before the fourth period. Jordan failed to get any closer in the final stanza as Iran breezed to the victory at the end. Mahdi Kamrani produced 16 points for the winners. Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Iran. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds for Jordan. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) netted 7 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Afagh 17, Mahdi Kamrani 16, Asghar Kardoust 15+15 boards
Jordan: Abdullah Abuqoura 11, Ali Zaghab 7



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  ISRAEL   


Banks help Elitzur Netanya to edge Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Netanya - Norrkoping 71:64

Elitzur Netanya edged Norrkoping 71:64 at the Regular Season Round 2 in Israel. The hosts won the first half and managed to keep the score for good.
The Swedish side remember the big win over the last round as they nailed three digits. They went on a lead against the team from Israel as Lindqvist scored for 5:1. Norrkoping also was in front for the majority of the first period, but Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) closed the period at 19:16. Moreover Gur scored for 26:19 in the start of the second frame and then Tony Younger (200-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Spring Hill) brought 31:22. The hosts looked much better int he second quarter and grabbed 35:24 halftime advantage. Adrian Banks stepped up with a shot for 35:25 early in the third period and he also scored for 47:38. The Swedish team however reduced to 47:42 as Gervin made a jump shot with 3 minutes to play in the third. Saks closed the period at 51:44 as Norrkoping won the frame 20-16. In the last quarter both squads nailed 20 points each that brought 71:64 win for the team from Israel. Watson and Adrian Banks were the last contributors for the hosts to celebrate the victory with their team.
Adrian Banks stepped up with 27 points for the winners and Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) ended up with 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Swedish side.

Elitzur Netanya: Adrian Banks 27 points, Elton Brown 12 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Watson (200-F-75, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Niagara) 10, Tony Younger 10
Norrkoping: Joakim Kjellbom 11 points and 14 rebounds, Joseph McNaull (208-C-72, college: Long Beach St.) 10


Bnei Hasharon inks Maceo Baston - by Netanel Dahan
Bnei Hasharon announced signing of the veteran player Maceo Baston (206-F-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan), to a one-year deal. The 35-year old forward arrives to Bnei Hasharon from Obradoiro (Spain LEB).
Baston started last season with Detroit Pistons, but parted ways with them before any official game (only pre-season).After that he signed with Budivelnyk Kyiv he appeared there just once in domestic league last season.
From 2006 to 2009, Maceo Baston played in NBA for the Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors. In 2006/07 he had 2.9 ppg and 1.6 in 47 games for the Pacers. He joined the Raptors for 2007/08 averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds for them. Next year he returned to Indiana collecting 2.6 ppg and 2 rpg for 26 games.
In Isarel,Maceo Baston played for Maccabi Tel Aviv from 2003 to 2006. He helped them to win two Euroleague titles in 2004 and 2005. They also won three championships titles in Israel,Baston is considered as one of the most favorite players who ever played for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
He also played in other Spainish team (Joventut Badalona) from 2001 to 2003. He was their best player in both seasons averaging about 16 points and 6.5 rebounds.
Baston averaged this season in Spain:4 ppg,and 1.5 rpg in 13 mpg while playing only 2 games.

Dan Shamir the head coach of Bnei Hasharon said about his signing:'We are very happy about the return of Baston,he will make our team stronger and deeper,personally I worked with him 3 years in Maccabi and he is a great person and a very good player and I'm happy to work with him again'.
Maceo will replace Sam Hoskin in Bnei Hasharon.


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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 28.9
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A28.9 
 2. Johnson, Ironi N.27.7 
 3. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.6 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.24.5 
 5. Young, Hod Hasharon23.0 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 7. Dobie, Lev Hasharon21.8 
 8. Brown, Maccabi HBK21.3 
 9. Stevens, Hapoel T.20.8 
 10. Tramiel, Kohav Yair20.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.16.3 
 2. Brandy, Hod H.12.0 
 3. Ibrahim, Ironi N.11.0 
 4. Rosefelt, Ironi R.10.4 
 5. Clemente, Megido.10.1 
 6. Tramiel, Kohav Yair9.0 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 8. Spicer, Elitzur Ramla8.7 
 9. Pitshon, Lev H.8.6 
 10. Paris, Hapoel B.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A8.4 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.9 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.3 
 4. Timor, Hapoel Tivon6.0 
 5. Farhi, Beer Yaakov5.6 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.5.6 
 7. Harush, Kohav Yair5.5 
 8. Fisher, Hapoel B.5.3 
 9. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 10. Skverer, Maccabi .4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.4.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula3.3 
 3. Harush, Kohav Yair3.1 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.0 
 5. Johnson, Ironi N.2.7 
 6. Young, Hod Hasharon2.7 
 7. Farhi, Beer Yaakov2.4 
 8. Hofman, Elitzur .2.4 
 9. Shtarkman, Megido.2.3 
 10. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel AIDAN
  Hapoel Bsheva
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Aidan, Hapoel B.2.8 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.4 
 3. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.2.0 
 5. Johnson, Ironi N.2.0 
 6. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 8. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.4 
 9. Brown, Maccabi HBK1.3 
 10. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 


Israeli College Basketball Is Now In Session - by David Pick
The Israeli national college basketball league is officially in session. The formal name of the league is known as the ICSB (Israel College Student Basketball).
16 different Israeli colleges are divided into two groups, north and south. The well respected league contains many former Division 1 and Israeli national team players like Motti Daniel (199-F-63, college: George Washington), who is majoring in law at the Academic College in Ramat Gan, but is mostly played by athletes from Divisions 2 and 3, only because student athletes from the first Israeli league are not permitted to play.

'We are glad the league is receiving national hype, but our goal is to get global recognition', said former professional coach Ilan Kowalsky , who now is the head of the sports department at one of Israel's most prestigious colleges, the Inter Disciplinary Center, in Herzeliya.

'We are lucky to have some of the top former Israeli basketball players participate in the games. Here at the IDC, we enjoy the fact that we have many students who are professional athletes such as Bnei Hasharon team captain, Erez Katz, 191-G-80, and Galil Gilboa star point guard, Gal Mekel, 195-G-88, but unfortunately, the league doesn't permit D1 players to participate because we try to promote the young rising athletes who can reach the next level, such as division 2 team Ironi Ramat Gan point guard, Or Brener, 193-G-88, who is learning for a BA in business, and is expected to lead the team', added the coach.

The games are played within two rounds and the top 4 teams of each group advance to the playoffs, when the finals are played in a home and away routine, which means that each team will host one game and play the other on the road.
The winning college earns the right to represent Israel in a European college tournament, as well as receiving a respected financial prize from the Israeli student union, also known as the A.S.A.

The first runner up represents the country in a different international tournament called 'The Friendship Games', which are played in June.
The ICSB receives media publicity from the different national news papers and from the on line basketball websites.



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  ITALY   


Alessandro Ramagli is the new head coach of Banca Tercas Teramo - by Emiliano
Alessandro Ramagli (agency: Players Group ) has been hired by Banca Tercas Teramo as new head coach after the dismissal of Andrea Capobianco .
Alessandro Ramgli coached in the last two seasons Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia with whom he reached last year the playoff semifinals in Italian Legadue.
He was also at the helm of Italian U18 National Team during the European Championships in Amaliada Pyrgos and Metz.


In Teramo he will try to avoid relegation in Legadue. The team started Serie A with six losses in as many games.



Enel Brindisi and Edin Bavcic parted ways - by Emiliano
Enel Brindisi and Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) reached an agreement to part ways. The power forward arrived in Italy last summer after his season with Union Olimpija Ljubljana in which he averaged 5.2ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 70.0% in Euroleague; 5.7ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 62.2%, 3PT: 40.3%, FT: 68.8% in 27 games in Adriatic League and 11.4ppg, 6.3rpg, FGP: 59.6%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 56.8% in 19 games in Slovenian League.
With Brindisi, Bavcic scored 4 points and grabbed 4.5 rebounds in 4 games played.
In the summer, he played with Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Qualifications to European Championships averaging 10.1ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 69.2% in 7 games.


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  JAPAN   


Japan cruise past DPR Korea into Asian Games semis - by Eurobasket News
Japan - DPR Korea 92:75

Japan made it into the semifinal stage at Asian Games in China. They dealt with DPR Korea in the quarterfinal tonight. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) and Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) led well-balanced effort from Thomas Wisman team. Japan went on a 12:6 run late in the opening frame to take a 24:16 lead. They stretched the margin to double digits quickly in the second quarter. Japan arrived at halftime leading by as many as 20 points 50:30. Things got even worse for DPR Korea in the second half. Japan maintained the pressure and ensured a comfortable 21-point cushion before the fourth quarter. DPR Korea got within 20-point range in the fourth period but never seriously threaten the deficit. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) finished with 11 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) chipped in 10 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winning side. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 22 points and 6 boards for DPR Korea. Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) and Kwang Kye (180-G-84) delivered 12 points each in the loss. Japan will now take on South Korea in the semifinal tomorrow.

Japan: Takumi Ishizaki 16, Hiroyuki Kinoshita 16, Tomoo Amino 11
DPR Korea: Byol Sin Kum 22, Jin Pak Myong 12, Kwang Kye 12



BJ League Round 12: Sendai 89ers loses to Niigata Albirex - by Eurobasket News
Round 12 most important game was a victory of Niigata Albirex over second-best Sendai 89ers 80-69. It was a good game for Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Senegalese forward Issa Konare (202-80, college: High Point, agent: Chris Warren) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds for Sendai 89ers. Coach Honoo Hamaguchi tried in this game 10 players giving the chance to rest for starting five. Niigata Albirex (5-5) jumped to the third spot. Sendai 89ers dropped to the second place with 7-5 record. Niigata Albirex are looking forward to the next round to face Okinawa GK (#4) on the road. Sendai 89ers will play against league's new leader Hamamatsu P. hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game was between Saitama Bron. (3-9) which played on the court of higher ranked Toyama Grouses (5-7). Seventh ranked Saitama Bron. crushed hosts 86-60 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Toyama Grouses. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording double-double 14 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists and Bruce Brown who added 17 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St.) with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Coach Kohei Etoh let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Saitama Bron. did not change their seventh position in the standings. Toyama Grouses dropped to the fourth place. They have the same record like Shimane and Oita H.Devils. Saitama Bron.'s next round game will be against higher ranked Akita (#6) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
An interesting game was also a 31-point road defeat of 4th ranked Okinawa GK in a game versus Osaka Evessa (#3) 53-84 ending at the same time the series of three consecutive victories of Okinawa GK. The winners were led by Lynn Washington who had that evening double-double 30 points and 15 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell allowed to play his deep bench players allowing starting five to get some rest. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by David Palmer did not help to save the game for Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa (8-4) jumped to the second spot. They share that position with Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK dropped to the fourth place with 6-6 record. Osaka Evessa will meet next round Oita H.Devils (#6) on the road. Okinawa GK will play against Niigata Albirex hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
We should not miss road victory of first ranked Shiga Lakestars (9-3) who outleveled 5th ranked Oita H.Devils (5-7) by 26 points 99-73. The biggest contributor to a victory was Gary Hamilton with double-double 20 points, 27 rebounds and 8 assists. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi used 10-player rotationShiga Lakestars of course still keep top position in the standings. Oita H.Devils dropped to the fourth place. Shiga Lakestars' next round opponent will be Shimane (#5) at home. Oita H.Devils will play against Osaka Evessa.
And finally the game worth to mention about is leader Shiga Lakestars' win against Oita H.Devils 101-93. It was a good game for Mikey Marshall who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars (9-3) of course still keep top position in the standings. Oita H.Devils dropped to the fourth place with 5-7 record. Shiga Lakestars will face next round higher ranked Shimane at home. Oita H.Devils will play against Osaka Evessa (#).

In the last two games of round 12 Miyazaki smashed Takamatsu FA on the road 81-101. Akita lost to Tokyo Apache at it's own court 87-99.


Takamatsu FA - Miyazaki 81-101

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Miyazaki (4-8) crushed on the road 7th ranked Takamatsu FA (4-6) 101-81. It was a good game for American forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with double-double 33 points (!!!) and 13 rebounds. His countryman swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) contributed with double-double 27 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Guard Satoshi Takeda (185-80) replied with 21 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) added 15 points and 9 rebounds for Takamatsu FA. Miyazaki jumped to the sixth spot. They share that position with Kyoto Hannaryz and Akita. Takamatsu FA dropped to the seventh place with 4-6 record. Miyazaki are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed Fukuoka Rizing on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Takamatsu FA will play against Kyoto Hannaryz (#8) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki Shining Suns: E.Palmer 33+13reb+3ast, J.Manuel 27+10reb+3ast, T.Shimizu 15+2reb+3ast, B.Cole 14+18reb+4ast, H.Fujita 4+3reb, O.Shinnosuke 3
Takamatsu Five Arrows: S.Takeda 21+6reb+1ast, S.Takada 19+3reb, R.Sparks 15+9reb+3ast, T.Farley 9+5reb+1ast, M.Kita 8+2reb+3ast, H.Kikuchi 5+2reb
gschID: 105815


Oita H.Devils - Shiga Lakestars 73-99

We should not miss road victory of first ranked Shiga Lakestars (9-3) who outleveled 5th ranked Oita H.Devils (5-7) by 26 points 99-73. The biggest contributor to a victory was American power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) with double-double 20 points, 27 rebounds and 8 assists. His countryman forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) helped with 24 points and 8 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi used 10-player rotationAt the other side the best for losing team was American forward Taj Finger (203-86) who recorded double-double 24 points and 12 rebounds and his countryman forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agent: Keith Kreiter) added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Shiga Lakestars (9-3) (9-3) has a solid series of four victories in a row. Shiga Lakestars of course still keep top position in the standings. Oita H.Devils dropped to the fourth place. Shiga Lakestars' next round opponent will be Shimane (#5) at home. Oita H.Devils will play against Osaka Evessa.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: L.Rice 24+8reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 20+27reb+8ast, M.Marshall 16+8reb+4ast, Y.Okada 10+1ast, R.Schafer 9+5reb+1ast, T.Fujiwara 7+5ast
Oita Heat Devils: T.Finger 24+12reb+2ast, K.Sato 14+1ast, M.Lottich 13+6reb+1ast, D.Johnson 10+10reb+7ast, H.Sato 6+3reb, Y.Suzuki 2
gschID: 105816


Oita H.Devils - Shiga Lakestars 93-101

And finally the game worth to mention about is leader Shiga Lakestars' win against Oita H.Devils 101-93. It was a good game for American guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agent: Chris Warren) who led his team to a victory with 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds. His countryman power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) contributed with double-double 12 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American forward Taj Finger (203-86) replied with double-double 25 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists and his countryman forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agent: Keith Kreiter) added 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists for Oita H.Devils. Shiga Lakestars (9-3) (9-3) has a solid series of four victories in a row. Shiga Lakestars (9-3) of course still keep top position in the standings. Oita H.Devils dropped to the fourth place with 5-7 record. Shiga Lakestars will face next round higher ranked Shimane at home. Oita H.Devils will play against Osaka Evessa (#).
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 34+5reb+3ast, M.Joho 14+1reb+3ast, Y.Okada 12+2reb+1ast, G.Hamilton 12+16reb+7ast, L.Rice 11+11reb+2ast, S.Ogawa 9+1reb+3ast
Oita Heat Devils: M.Lottich 30+3reb+3ast, T.Finger 25+14reb+5ast, D.Johnson 23+10reb+4ast, K.Sato 6+3reb+1ast, K.Mitomo 4+3ast, H.Sato 3+5reb+3ast
gschID: 105817


Akita - Tokyo Apache 87-99

I am not sure if we can call it an upset between close teams when 5th ranked Akita (4-8) lost at home to sixth ranked Tokyo Apache (4-4) 99-87. It was a good game for American guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) who led his team to a victory with 28 points and 6 assists. His countryman power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) contributed with 18 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all nine shots !!!) for the winners. Tokyo Apache's coach Bob Hill allowed to play his deep bench players giving the chance to rest for starting five. American forward Paul Butorac (208-83, college: E.Washington) replied with double-double 26 points and 10 rebounds and his countryman forward Antonio Burks (198-82, college: Stephen F. Austin) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for Akita. Tokyo Apache (4-4) (4-4) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the fifth spot. Akita dropped to the sixth place with 4-8 record. They have the same record like Kyoto Hannaryz and Miyazaki. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Akita will play on the road against Saitama Bron. (#7) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: B.Eaton 28+3reb+6ast, R.Swift 18+9reb, J.Nakama 13+4reb+2ast, K.Dartez 13+3reb+5ast, J.Tyler 11+3reb, M.Chappell 10+2reb
Akita Northern Happinets: P.Butorac 26+10reb+3ast, A.Burks 18+5reb, A.Coleman 14+7reb+1ast, K.Shoji 13+2reb, M.Sawaguchi 8+1reb+2ast, A.Akingbade 8+6reb
gschID: 105811


Sendai 89ers - Niigata Albirex 69-80

Round 12 most important game was a victory of Niigata Albirex over second-best Sendai 89ers 80-69. It was a good game for Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) who led his team to a victory with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Senegalese forward Issa Konare (202-80, college: High Point, agent: Chris Warren) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) replied with 23 points and 8 rebounds and his countryman power forward Chris Holm (212-84, college: Vermont) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Sendai 89ers. Coach Honoo Hamaguchi tried in this game 10 players giving the chance to rest for starting five. Niigata Albirex (5-5) jumped to the third spot. Sendai 89ers dropped to the second place with 7-5 record. Niigata Albirex are looking forward to the next round to face Okinawa GK (#4) on the road. Sendai 89ers will play against league's new leader Hamamatsu P. hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 19+8reb+7ast, I.Konare 17+8reb+1ast, N.Takushi 14+2reb+3ast, Y.Ikeda 10+3reb+3ast, W.Veasley 9+9reb+2ast, Z.Andrews 6+8reb+1ast
Sendai 89ers: M.Bell 23+8reb+1ast, M.Hopson 12+1reb+1ast, C.Holm 10+10reb, T.Woodyard 7+8reb+1ast, L.Hechon 7+1reb+2ast, T.Shimura 5+1reb+6ast
gschID: 105812


Toyama Grouses - Saitama Bron. 60-86

Another interesting game was between Saitama Bron. (3-9) which played on the court of higher ranked Toyama Grouses (5-7). Seventh ranked Saitama Bron. crushed hosts 86-60 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Toyama Grouses. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording double-double 14 points, 7 rebounds and 12 assists and his countryman center Bruce Brown (213-83, college: Hampton) who added 17 points and 11 rebounds. The best for the losing side was American forward John Davis (198-84, college: Tarleton St.) with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and his countryman swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) with 13 points and 9 rebounds. Coach Kohei Etoh let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Saitama Bron. did not change their seventh position in the standings. Toyama Grouses dropped to the fourth place. They have the same record like Shimane and Oita H.Devils. Saitama Bron.'s next round game will be against higher ranked Akita (#6) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Toyama Grouses will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Saitama Broncos: G.Klaiber 23+3reb, B.Brown 17+11reb, K.Satterfield 14+7reb+12ast, D.Terashita 13+4reb, Y.Kitamuki 8+2reb, B.Nash 7+3reb
Toyama Grouses: J.Davis 23+8reb+4ast, B.Harper 13+9reb+3ast, J.Smith 9+6reb, M.Kato 5+4reb+2ast, M.Kyle 5+3reb+1ast, T.Mito 3+3reb+4ast
gschID: 105813


Osaka Evessa - Okinawa GK 84-53

An interesting game was also a 31-point road defeat of 4th ranked Okinawa GK in a game versus Osaka Evessa (#3) 53-84 ending at the same time the series of three consecutive victories of Okinawa GK. The winners were led by American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who had that evening double-double 30 points and 15 rebounds and his countryman swingman William Knight (196-79, college: UCLA) who supported him with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Osaka Evessa's coach Ryan Blackwell allowed to play his deep bench players allowing starting five to get some rest. Even 14 points and 5 rebounds by American forward David Palmer (201-82, college: S.Utah) did not help to save the game for Okinawa GK. Osaka Evessa (8-4) jumped to the second spot. They share that position with Fukuoka Rizing. Okinawa GK dropped to the fourth place with 6-6 record. Osaka Evessa will meet next round Oita H.Devils (#6) on the road. Okinawa GK will play against Niigata Albirex hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 30+15reb+1ast, W.Knight 15+8reb+3ast, L.Blackledge 11+8reb+1ast, H.Takada 6+1reb+2ast, M.Obuchi 6+2reb+4ast, H.Katsumata 6
Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa: D.Palmer 14+5reb, C.Dixon 8+3reb+3ast, A.McHenry 7+5reb+1ast, J.Newton 6+9reb+3ast, S.Kinjo 5+1reb, T.Yonamine 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 105814




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


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  JORDAN   


Iran prevail against Jordan at Asian Games quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Jordan 67:43

Iran eased into Asian Games semifinal. They outmuscled Jordan at the quarterfinal stage of the tournament tonight. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) tallied 17 points and 5 rebounds to orchestrate victory for Veselin Matic side.
Iran and Jordan traded baskets early in the encounter. Iran however went on a 12:5 run late in the period and grabbed a 20:11 advantage. Hamed Afagh and Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) opened a double-digit advantage for the Iranian side in the second quarter. Jordan accounted for only 6 points in the period allowing Iran to clear off to a 15-point distance 32:17. Iran got a firm grip on the lead. They stayed well in control throughout the third quarter. Iran ensured a 48:33 advantage before the fourth period. Jordan failed to get any closer in the final stanza as Iran breezed to the victory at the end. Mahdi Kamrani produced 16 points for the winners. Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 15 points and 15 rebounds for Iran. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds for Jordan. Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) netted 7 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Afagh 17, Mahdi Kamrani 16, Asghar Kardoust 15+15 boards
Jordan: Abdullah Abuqoura 11, Ali Zaghab 7



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  LATVIA   


Deutsche Bank Skyliners grabbed the valuable victory in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
BK Ventspils-Deutsche Bank Skyliners 62:64

Deutsche Bank Skyliners grabbed the valuable victory in Latvia on Wednesday night of EuroChalenge. The German Powerhouse needed massive second period to win 64:62.
BK Ventspils started with 11:0 run but could not keep the score for good. Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) nailed three in response to close the period at 14:7. Gulbis scored three for the hosts as they enjoyed 20:11 lead, but Dabbert later gave the guests 24:22 advantage. Moreover after 31:17 in the second quarter the board showed 38:31 at the halftime. Deutsche Bank Skyliners did not slow down and added another 20-15 in the third frame. Strelnieks nailed three for 58:46 after three quarters. In the last period the German side never looked behind but allowed BK Ventspils to come closer. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) reduced to 62:64 with a minute to go, but he missed a dunk a few seconds after.
Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) erupted with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winners, while DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Jimmy McKinney netted 12. Saulius Kuzminskas ended up with 11 points in defeat, whilst Lauris Blaus (204-C-90, agency: FCM) and Strelnieks scored 10 apiece.
The game between Maccabi Haifa and Knimik was postponed for December 16th.

BK Ventspils: Saulius Kuzminskas 11, Lauris Blaus 10, Strelnieks 10
Deutsche Bank Skyliners: Quantez Robertson 13+10 rebs, DaShaun Wood 12, Jimmy McKinney 12



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja20.4 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.17.0 
 3. Veselovs, Valmiera16.8 
 4. Lowe, Barons16.7 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale16.7 
 6. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.5 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale15.9 
 8. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 9. Berzins, VEF R.15.0 
 10. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Valmiera
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Mednis, Turiba8.6 
 3. Berzins, VEF R.8.5 
 4. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 5. Wilson, Zemgale7.7 
 6. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 7. Veselovs, Valmiera7.0 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja6.7 
 9. Ziedins, Valmiera6.5 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja5.0 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.4 
 4. Lowe, Barons4.3 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.4.1 
 6. Piternieks, LU4.0 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale4.0 
 8. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 9. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 10. Feldmanis, Barons3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Corey LOWE
  Barons
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lowe, Barons3.0 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.2.4 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja2.3 
 5. Mednis, Turiba2.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 7. Slisans, LU2.0 
 8. Cavars, Barons2.0 
 9. Bedritis, Valmiera2.0 
 10. Gailitis, VEF R.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.4.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.2 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Beard, Liepaja1.2 
 5. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 6. Mednis, Turiba0.9 
 7. Skirmants, Barons0.9 
 8. Selakovs, VEF R.0.8 
 9. Piternieks, LU0.8 
 10. Jurevicus, Liepaja0.7 


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


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


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  LEBANON   


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


Antranik inks Rashad West. - by Rabih Khoury
Antranik Beirut club released Nick Zachery after the team's last win on friday against Byblos. The team agreed to terms with newcomer Guard Rashad West (185-G-84, college: Hampton). Coach Aaron Mitchell decided to have a pure PG in the team and not just a scorer. West, out of Hampton college in the NCAA, played last year in Spain where he averaged with Gestiberica Ciudad de Vigo (Spain-LEB Gold) in 4 games: 8.5ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, then he moved to Brazil and played for Assis Basket where he renewed for this season before being headed to Lebanon. Rashad will have his first game on thursday against Anibal Zahle.

Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. El Khatib, Champville26.7 
 2. Byrd, Hoops24.0 
 3. Shannon, Anibal23.3 
 4. Cage, Hoops22.0 
 5. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.21.5 
 6. Battles, Antranik21.3 
 7. Zachery, Antranik20.7 
 8. Thompson, Sagesse20.1 
 9. Warner, Byblos19.7 
 10. Dawson, Chabab18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  Al Riyadi
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 20
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi20.0 
 2. Battles, Antranik12.5 
 3. Dawson, Chabab12.2 
 4. Byrd, Hoops12.0 
 5. Okosa, Moutahed11.3 
 6. Warner, Byblos10.9 
 7. Thompson, Sagesse10.7 
 8. Allen, Champville10.7 
 9. Shannon, Anibal9.9 
 10. Kanaan, Antranik9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Akl, Anibal7.6 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi5.8 
 3. Clemons, Chabab5.1 
 4. Roustom, Moutahed4.2 
 5. Fahed, Sagesse4.1 
 6. Youngblood, Champ.3.8 
 7. Barada, Byblos3.7 
 8. Khoury, Sagesse3.6 
 9. Warner, Byblos3.4 
 10. Zachery, Antranik3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clemons, Chabab4.0 
 2. Roustom, Moutahed3.0 
 3. Byrd, Hoops2.8 
 4. Youngblood, Champ.2.3 
 5. Khoury, Sagesse2.3 
 6. Martinez, Champville2.2 
 7. Lakiss, Chabab1.9 
 8. Zachery, Antranik1.8 
 9. Cantrell, Byblos1.8 
 10. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ramel ALLEN
  Champville
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Allen, Champville3.7 
 2. Fobbs, Sagesse3.0 
 3. Watkins, Sagesse2.3 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi2.3 
 5. Thompson, Sagesse1.6 
 6. Shannon, Anibal1.4 
 7. Kanaan, Antranik1.3 
 8. Byrd, Hoops1.3 
 9. Okosa, Moutahed1.3 
 10. Hamdar, Hoops1.2 


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Thunder Extends Collison's Contract - by Emiliano
The Oklahoma City Thunder has signed forward Nick Collison (6'9''-F-80, college: Kansas) to a multi-year contract extension, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti . Per team policy, the terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Nick Collison has shown an unwavering commitment to our organization through his willingness to accept various roles and his dedication to his teammates throughout his seven-year career with our franchise, said Presti. He brings a smart, physical, and hard working approach to our defense and is one of our most active players in the community. We are thrilled that Nick will remain a core member of our team and continue his career with the franchise that drafted him.

Collison is currently averaging 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in six games since returning from a bruised right knee that caused him to miss the first eight games of the season. The 6-10 Kansas University product holds career averages of 7.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 460 career NBA games, all with the Thunder organization. Collison entered the 2010-11 season among the franchises all-time career leaders in rebounds (8th, 3,013 career rebounds), blocks (10th, 309 career blocks), field goal percentage (3rd, .529) and games played (9th, 454 career games).

I am thrilled to continue my career with the Thunder organization, said Collison. I have spent many years with the franchise and I am excited to continue building with this group of players. I am looking forward to what the future holds for this team and community.

Collison, originally drafted 12th overall in the 2003 NBA draft by the Oklahoma City franchise, was an Associated Press First Team All-America selection and Big 12 Player of the Year as a senior at Kansas. He was also named to the 2003 NCAA All-Final Four Team after leading Kansas to the Championship Game. The Iowa Falls native left KU as the second leading scorer (2,097 points) and third leading rebounder (1,143 rebounds) in school history.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.0 
 2. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.8 
 3. Rose, Chicago B.25.6 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 5. Anthony, Denver N.25.4 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 7. Gordon, LA Clippers23.6 
 8. James, Miami Heat23.5 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.4 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 14
 1. Love, Minnesota T.14.0 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.13.3 
 3. Gasol, LA Lakers11.9 
 4. Evans, Toronto R.11.8 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.11.6 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.5 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.4 
 8. Lee, Golde S.11.3 
 9. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.0 
 10. Bogut, Milwauke.10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Rondo, Boston C.14.3 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.2 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.7 
 4. Kidd, Dallas M.9.3 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.3 
 6. Nash, Phoenix Suns8.9 
 7. James, Miami Heat8.6 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.4 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..8.2 
 10. Parker, San A.7.8 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wall, Washington W.3.0 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.9 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.5 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 6. Curry, Golde S.2.2 
 7. Brewer, Minnesot.2.2 
 8. Miller, Portland.2.1 
 9. Parker, San A.2.0 
 10. Westbrook, Oklah..1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Javale MCGEE
  Washington W.
  (211-F-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. McGee, Washingt.2.9 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.8 
 3. Bogut, Milwauke.2.7 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.6 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.6 
 6. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.4 
 7. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.2 
 8. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 9. Chandler, New Y.2.1 
 10. Duncan, San A.2.0 


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


Miami Heat: Erick Dampier is signed, Haslem out for the season? - by Eurobasket
With Udonis Haslem (6'8''-C-80, college: Florida) possibly out for the rest of the season (He ruptured the Lisfranc ligament in his foot, which connects arch bones to the ones leading to his toes. His recovery could take more than four months) the Miami Heat signed Erick Dampier (6'11''-C-74, college: Mississippi St.) to a veteran-minimum contract on Tuesday.
The Heat waived the non-guaranteed contract of Jerry Stackhouse in order to make room on the roster for Erick Dampier.
The Heat is off to a disappointing 8-6 start. A lack of size in Miami's frontcourt has so far proven to be one of the team's most glaring weaknesses.
Erick Dampier practiced with the Heat on Tuesday morning. He worked out for Miami in September, but the team decided not to sign him to a contract.


Courtesy of Realgm.com



Nets' Terrence Williams out 2 games for breaking team rules - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets sixth man Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87, college: Louisville) will miss the next two games after repeatedly breaking team rules.

Nets coach Avery Johnson said the second-year guard will be inactive for Tuesday night's home game against the Atlanta Hawks and won't travel to Boston for Wednesday night's game.

Johnson wouldn't discuss specifics. The coach said Williams has been fined a couple of times, and the message hasn't sunk in.

'It has been something that we have dealt with for the past two to three weeks or so, and I don't know if he completely understands what we are trying to do,' said Johnson, adding that Williams being inactive was a substitute for a fine.

Williams, who missed five of the last seven games with an abdominal injury, was told by the team to stay home Tuesday. He wasn't available for comment.

Johnson said Williams' situation would be evaluated day by day, and added that he wants to focus on the players in uniform who are working hard and buying into his system.

'It's a joy to coach them; they really get after it in practice,' the Nets' new coach said.

Johnson hinted that Williams wasn't being consistent with his approach to the game.

'One of the things with the NBA is not about being an NBA player, it's about being a professional,' Johnson said, adding he would have more to say about Williams in a day or two.

Williams was averaging 6.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists in eight games this season.

Courtesy of www.app.com


Spurs waive Danny Green - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have waived guard/forward Danny Green (6'6''-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina). Green was signed by the Spurs on November 17 and appeared in two games, averaging 3.0 points in 4.5 minutes. The Spurs roster now stands at 12.

Tuesday's games (6) review - by Eurobasket News
Dallas M. - Detroit P. 88-84
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) led the Mavericks with a season- high 42 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, as Dallas edged Detroit, 88-84, at American Airlines Arena. Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) notched 16 points and Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) contributed 11 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks, who have won two straight after dropping consecutive games to New Orleans and Chicago. Tayshaun Prince and Rodney Stuckey each finished with 19 points while Jason Maxiell and Ben Gordon each scored 10 for the Pistons, who have lost three of four. Richard Hamilton ended the game with only five points on 1-of-7 from the field in defeat. *Courtesy of http://detroit.sbnation.com

LA Lakers - Chicago B. 98-91
One didn't need to see Joakim Noah's halftime exchange with Denzel Washington and Rahm and Ari Emanuel to know the starpower that Staples Center typically houses. There's always plenty of it on the court, too, and despite Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) taking another step in writing his legend, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) and the Lakers prevailed 98-91 on Tuesday night. Rose finished with 30 points, eight assists and countless oohs and aahs solicited from the star-studded crowd. Facing constant double-teams down the stretch, Bryant settled for 20 points and five assists, with Shannon Brown and Lamar Odom leading the Lakers with 21 points apiece. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

Indiana P. - Cleveland C. 100-89
Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) scored 24 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 100-89 on Tuesday night. Granger got off to a slow start but scored 10 points in the second quarter as Indiana expanded an eight-point lead into a 62-37 margin at halftime. Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada) had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists for Cleveland (5-8), which lost its third consecutive game. Darren Collison scored 13 of his 18 points in the first half for Indiana (7-6), which won for the third time in four games. Granger scored the Pacers' first five points of the second half and Indiana extended the lead to 34 with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter. Granger was coming off a rough shooting night in Miami, when he went 6 for 21 from the field in Indiana's 93-77 victory Monday. *Courtesy of www.kansascity.com

New Jersey N. - Atlanta H. 107-101 OT
During the New Jersey Nets' recent four-game road trip, Avery Johnson didn't hesitate to call out Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) and Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) when things went wrong. When you're the best players on a so-so team, you need to step up. Lopez and Harris did that in the Nets' first game back in New Jersey. Lopez scored a season-high 32 points, Harris added 23 of his 27 in the second half and took a big charge in overtime as the Nets snapped a three-game losing streak with a 107-101 win over the slumping Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night. Lopez, who was 12 of 19 from the field, led the team in the first half with 21 points. Harris stepped up in the final 29 minutes after being limited to four points in the opening half. *Courtesy of www.gainesvilletimes.com

Washington W. - Philadelph.76 116-114 OT
Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) hit an open 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left in overtime, and the Washington Wizards capitalized on Jrue Holiday's unwise foul in the final seconds of regulation to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-114 on Tuesday night. Young finished with 19 points, but his winning shot wouldn't have been possible if Holiday hadn't fouled John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) some 40 feet from the basket with 3.5 seconds left in regulation and the 76ers leading by three. Wall threw up the ball and got a shooting foul out of it, then made all three free throws to tie the game at 106 and send it to the extra period. It was the second time in November that the Wizards beat the 76ers after taking the game to overtime by scoring three incredible points just before the buzzer. Cartier Martin's desperation 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left sent the game to the extra period in the Wizards' 116-115 win on Nov. 2. Wall, who returned after missing four games with a sprained left foot, scored all of his 25 points after halftime following an 0-for-5 performance from the field in the first half. Wall entered the game midway through the first quarter, his first NBA appearance as a reserve. JaVale McGee added 24 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for the Wizards. Andray Blatche had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Gilbert Arenas finished with 17 points and seven assists. Andre Iguodala, who had missed three straight games and five of seven with tendinitis in his right Achilles' tendon, had 23 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 50 minutes for the 76ers. Marreese Speights scored 12 of his 16 points after halftime, and Thaddeus Young scored 11 of his 15 points after halftime. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - Charlotte B. 110-107
The emotions came first, then the pain and finally some combination of physical and mental fatigue. Raymond Felton (6'5''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) pushed through it all, pushed through traffic and put himself exactly where he wanted to be. The Charlotte Bobcats had knocked a 16-point Knicks lead down to 1 by the final seconds Tuesday night. Felton had an achy back, a shaky statistical line and one last chance to beat the team that cast him aside last summer. With 2.1 seconds left, Felton stepped to the line and calmly sank two free throws, sealing a 110-107 victory at Madison Square Garden, the Knicks' fourth in a row. The more emotional meeting will come Wednesday, when the Knicks (7-8) travel to Charlotte, where Felton played his first five seasons — not far from where he played his college career (at Chapel Hill), or from his hometown (Latta, S.C.). But this one mattered. Felton finished with 16 points and 9 assists, but he had been shaky down the stretch, with two missed shots and a costly turnover, his fourth of the night. But when he went to the line, 'I was calm,' he said. The Knicks have their longest winning streak since December 2009 and are establishing themselves as a strong fourth-quarter team. In each game of the winning streak, they have taken a big lead and had to hold off a late rally. They did it Tuesday with clutch baskets by Landry Fields (14 points) and Danilo Gallinari (15 points) and a critical 4-foot jumper by Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82, agency: Rogue Sports), who fought through foul trouble (5) and turnovers (7) to finish with 17 points and 7 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.nytimes.com




Phil Jackson sees Heat under pressure, ponders possibility of changing coaches - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson isn't surprised that the revamped Miami Heat are struggling initially, but he thinks if they don't get it together soon coach Erik Spoelstra's days could be numbered.

After adding LeBron James and Chris Bosh to go along with Dwyane Wade, Miami has limped to an 8-6 record. Wade has been banged up, Mike Miller hasn't played a game and now Udonis Haslem could miss significant time.

'That record, I think, says a lot about coming together with some real talented guys, and not having a base,' Jackson said on 'The Waddle & Silvy Show' on ESPN 1000 in Chicago. 'And then some things happened to them, Wade getting hurt.

'They're still kind of searching out how they're going to find a role and work their roles together,' Jackson continued.

Jackson acknowledged public sentiment is working against the Heat at the moment instead of rooting for them to turn it around.

'I think a lot of people are looking at that kind of hoping things go wrong instead of hoping things go right because of the way they were formed,' Jackson said. 'There's a lot about public feelings. There's a lot about this that hoIds sway over how things go for people and I think they just have to have some good will in them and get it going.'

With expectations so high going into the season after team president Pat Riley assembled his dream team, the pressure is on Spoelstra to deliver. When the Heat struggled to an 11-10 start to the 2005-06 season, Riley shocked the league by replacing Stan Van Gundy on the Miami bench. He hadn't coached since the 2002-03 campaign but led the Heat to the NBA championship.

'The scenario that sits kind of behind the scene, is that eventually these guys that were recruited -- Bosh and James -- by Pat Riley and Micky Arison, the owner, are going to come in and say, 'We feel you [Riley] can do a better job coaching the team. We came here on the hopes that this would work,' and whatever, I don't know,' Jackson said. 'That's kind of my take on it, is that eventually if things don't straighten out here soon, it could be the Van Gundy thing all over again.'

Jackson expanded on his thoughts during comments to reporters before the Lakers played the Chicago Bulls in Los Angeles Tuesday night.

'I think eventually, if things don't turn around, I think eventually the weight's going to fall there where [without] the success they were hoping for, there will be a real drive for the players to have some kind of change,' Jackson said. 'It's easier to change coaches than to would be to change teams, after they made all those player adjustments.

'There's a chance for that, I would say. It would take a lot more losses like the ones we've seen.'

The two-time defending champion Lakers are cruising along again at 12-2. The Boston Celtics, whom they faced in the 2010 Finals, are still the beast of the East, according to Jackson.

'The Celtics have a defense you have to plan for. Their defense is overwhelmingly a factor in the ballgame,' Jackson said. 'They're going to smother. They're going to really contest. They're going to body guys. There's going to be double-teaming underneath the free throw line. There are a lot of things that go on there that you have to start planning for.

'Right now, Miami hasn't kind of shown -- the defense has improved recently -- they haven't really shown this is something you really have to plan for. You have to plan how to defend these great individuals that they have. And that's going to be part of the planning. Boston still gives you a multiple effect as a basketball team.'

Jackson preached patience before turning in a final evaluation on the collection of talent down in South Beach.

'They haven't had really an opportunity to get that all together. They still need another couple weeks probably to get it all together to try to figure out the roles and how they're going to do it,' Jackson said. 'There's always an element of settling in kind of, with new players, or when there's a shift of personnel and the pecking order of how that role development falls in line takes a while. Until that happens, there's a little bit of competition or maybe bantering or stuff that media can focus on or pick apart and then the team starts to look at themselves in the mirror and stuff like that.'

The 65-year-old coach stood by the statement he made in Denver several weeks ago declaring the Heat, not the Lakers, have a shot at winning 70 games sometime in the near future.

'Maybe not this season, but with the personnel they have and the youth they have, they have enough talent to do that,' Jackson said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Vince Carter injury: 'I just felt some sharp pain go through my knee' - by Eurobasket News
The Orlando Magic find themselves in a familiar position.

They're waiting to see how long, if at all, they'll be without injured Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina).

Carter hurt his left knee after he made a great spin move and layup to cut the San Antonio Spurs lead over the Orlando Magic to 86-85 with 5:42 remaining. Carter landed awkwardly and did not return to the game. Team officials said Carter has a left-knee sprain and will be reevaluated Tuesday in Orlando.

'When I made the spin move and went up for the layup, as I landed, I just felt some sharp pain go through my knee, under the kneecap more so than anything', he told the Orlando Sentinel after the game. 'I just wasn't sure. I just wanted to go to the back and try to run it off and I couldnt. I couldnt get any push off on it.'

'So, I don't know what it is. I've looked at it. Its a little swollen right now, so its really hard to tell. Ill get it evaluated tomorrow.'

Carter said he wasnt sure if hell get an MRI.

He said hell speak with his doctor first.

Early foul trouble Monday limited his minutes before the injury.

He finished with eight points on 2-of-6 shooting.

He played a total of 16 minutes, 55 seconds.

'I think in games like this, too, quite honestly, were going to need him for more than 14 minutes to be able to play', coach Stan Van Gundy said.

Courtesy of http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com


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Kemba has Proven himself Again Big Game Tonight Kemba walker vs Brandon knight - by Allen Waters
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun joked last week that he still didn't know all his players' names, much less how good they're going to be.

After knocking out a heavyweight in a championship-caliber bout, he - and everyone else, for that matter - should know these young Huskies are for real.

Trading blows in the first half and big shots in the second, Connecticut solidified its return to elite-program status by knocking off No. 2 Michigan State 70-67 in a physical Maui Invitational semifinal on Tuesday.

'We just showed the world we can play,' said UConn's Kemba Walker, who scored 30 points and hit a key jumper with less than a minute left.

Boy, did they.

Coming off a disappointing 2009-10 season, Connecticut (4-0) was looking for a prestige-building win.

The Huskies got it, fighting the mighty Spartans every inch every minute, refusing to be pushed around by a team projected to be a national title contender.

Walker had another big scoring night and hit the biggest shot, a fallaway jumper with 52 seconds left. Alex Oriakhi dominated inside for 15 points and 17 rebounds. UConn was good defensively, too, holding one of the nation's best teams to 40 percent shooting.

The Huskies made it interesting by missing five free throws in the final 1:11, but survived Draymond Green's midcourt heave at the buzzer to head into the championship game against No. 8 Kentucky or No. 13 Washington.

'This is an absolute tremendous team win,' Calhoun said.

Michigan State (3-1) had three chances to tie in the final 20 seconds, but Green missed two free throws, Kalin Lucas threw a pass to no one on a miscommunication with Durrell Summers and Green was just short on his desperation shot.

The Spartans had more chances than that throughout the game, but struggled to get good looks against UConn's long-and-athletic defense and had some key turnovers late, including two after players fell on slippery spots near midcourt.

'I'm very disappointed with the way we finished,' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. 'We had some things that just didn't work out way.'

Green was at his do-it-all best most of the game, finishing with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. He kept Michigan State in it with his offensive rebounding in the second half, but was kicking himself for missing those two free throws with 20 seconds left.

'Basically it falls on my shoulders,' Green said.

Michigan State opened the tournament by escaping Chaminade's upset list, using a big second-half run to pull out a take-a-deep-breath 82-74 win over a Division II team that had one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history 19 years ago.

Connecticut had a quality win in its Maui opener, getting 29 second-half points from Walker to pull out a four-point win over up-and-coming Wichita State by four.

Even with the Huskies in rebuilding mode, this was a big early season matchup, physical, powerhouse teams from power conferences meeting in paradise.

The atmosphere, quiet in the day's first two games, was juiced for the first semifinal, fans from each team separated by a set of stairs chanting and screaming with every twist, making the high school-sized Lahaina Civic Center feel like an NCAA tournament game.

They got to see the kind of gritty, back-bending defensive game you'd expect from teams in the Big East and Big Ten, too; super athletic players knocking each other to the floor and piling on like offensive lineman for loose balls.

Walker took one of the hardest shots, flying into the photographers behind the basket on a driving layup in the first half. He's used to that kind of contact in the Big East, though, and returned minutes later to knock down a step-back 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer, ending up with 14 points by halftime.

The opening 20 minutes of the game was all about the counterpunch; nine ties and four lead changes, neither team able to make a run.

It ended, fittingly, tied at 34-all after UConn's Shabazz Napier dropped in a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, setting up the final, tension-building flurry that the Huskies pulled out.

'I thought it was an NCAA tournament game or a Big East tournament game - it was that caliber of a game,' Calhoun said.

Keep it up and they'll get to experience it again.


Kemba Walker (6'1''-G-90) Brandon Knight (6'3''-G)


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Kemba has Proven himself Again Big Game Tonight Kemba walker vs Brandon knight - by Allen Waters
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun joked last week that he still didn't know all his players' names, much less how good they're going to be.

After knocking out a heavyweight in a championship-caliber bout, he - and everyone else, for that matter - should know these young Huskies are for real.

Trading blows in the first half and big shots in the second, Connecticut solidified its return to elite-program status by knocking off No. 2 Michigan State 70-67 in a physical Maui Invitational semifinal on Tuesday.

'We just showed the world we can play,' said UConn's Kemba Walker, who scored 30 points and hit a key jumper with less than a minute left.

Boy, did they.

Coming off a disappointing 2009-10 season, Connecticut (4-0) was looking for a prestige-building win.

The Huskies got it, fighting the mighty Spartans every inch every minute, refusing to be pushed around by a team projected to be a national title contender.

Walker had another big scoring night and hit the biggest shot, a fallaway jumper with 52 seconds left. Alex Oriakhi dominated inside for 15 points and 17 rebounds. UConn was good defensively, too, holding one of the nation's best teams to 40 percent shooting.

The Huskies made it interesting by missing five free throws in the final 1:11, but survived Draymond Green's midcourt heave at the buzzer to head into the championship game against No. 8 Kentucky or No. 13 Washington.

'This is an absolute tremendous team win,' Calhoun said.

Michigan State (3-1) had three chances to tie in the final 20 seconds, but Green missed two free throws, Kalin Lucas threw a pass to no one on a miscommunication with Durrell Summers and Green was just short on his desperation shot.

The Spartans had more chances than that throughout the game, but struggled to get good looks against UConn's long-and-athletic defense and had some key turnovers late, including two after players fell on slippery spots near midcourt.

'I'm very disappointed with the way we finished,' Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. 'We had some things that just didn't work out way.'

Green was at his do-it-all best most of the game, finishing with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. He kept Michigan State in it with his offensive rebounding in the second half, but was kicking himself for missing those two free throws with 20 seconds left.

'Basically it falls on my shoulders,' Green said.

Michigan State opened the tournament by escaping Chaminade's upset list, using a big second-half run to pull out a take-a-deep-breath 82-74 win over a Division II team that had one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history 19 years ago.

Connecticut had a quality win in its Maui opener, getting 29 second-half points from Walker to pull out a four-point win over up-and-coming Wichita State by four.

Even with the Huskies in rebuilding mode, this was a big early season matchup, physical, powerhouse teams from power conferences meeting in paradise.

The atmosphere, quiet in the day's first two games, was juiced for the first semifinal, fans from each team separated by a set of stairs chanting and screaming with every twist, making the high school-sized Lahaina Civic Center feel like an NCAA tournament game.

They got to see the kind of gritty, back-bending defensive game you'd expect from teams in the Big East and Big Ten, too; super athletic players knocking each other to the floor and piling on like offensive lineman for loose balls.

Walker took one of the hardest shots, flying into the photographers behind the basket on a driving layup in the first half. He's used to that kind of contact in the Big East, though, and returned minutes later to knock down a step-back 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer, ending up with 14 points by halftime.

The opening 20 minutes of the game was all about the counterpunch; nine ties and four lead changes, neither team able to make a run.

It ended, fittingly, tied at 34-all after UConn's Shabazz Napier dropped in a long 3-pointer at the buzzer, setting up the final, tension-building flurry that the Huskies pulled out.

'I thought it was an NCAA tournament game or a Big East tournament game - it was that caliber of a game,' Calhoun said.

Keep it up and they'll get to experience it again.


Kemba Walker (6'1''-G-90) Brandon Knight (6'3''-G)


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Japan cruise past DPR Korea into Asian Games semis - by Eurobasket News
Japan - DPR Korea 92:75

Japan made it into the semifinal stage at Asian Games in China. They dealt with DPR Korea in the quarterfinal tonight. Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) and Hiroyuki Kinoshita (178-G-80) led well-balanced effort from Thomas Wisman team. Japan went on a 12:6 run late in the opening frame to take a 24:16 lead. They stretched the margin to double digits quickly in the second quarter. Japan arrived at halftime leading by as many as 20 points 50:30. Things got even worse for DPR Korea in the second half. Japan maintained the pressure and ensured a comfortable 21-point cushion before the fourth quarter. DPR Korea got within 20-point range in the fourth period but never seriously threaten the deficit. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) finished with 11 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) chipped in 10 points and collected 9 rebounds for the winning side. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 22 points and 6 boards for DPR Korea. Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) and Kwang Kye (180-G-84) delivered 12 points each in the loss. Japan will now take on South Korea in the semifinal tomorrow.

Japan: Takumi Ishizaki 16, Hiroyuki Kinoshita 16, Tomoo Amino 11
DPR Korea: Byol Sin Kum 22, Jin Pak Myong 12, Kwang Kye 12



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Ron Selleaze and Jose Fabio destroyed Libertad's painted zone - by Santiago Maciel
The first game of the SUPER FINAL SERIES between Sol de America Asuncion and Libertad started last monday 22nd with a Sol's victory over TOP 5 champ Libertad.
An outstanding 1st quarter set the pace of the game right from the beggining. Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield) (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield)'s 3 three pointers in first quarter put Sol ahead quickly in the score, neither Diego Bareiro nor Roberto Laratro had answers for his perimeter scoring early in the game. A difference of 14 points was held by Sol at the beggining of this quarter. Jose Fabio (198-F-77) very intelligently kept moving without the ball all this time to generate space for his teammates so they could penetrate or shoot. He waited until mid 2nd quarter and 3rd to generate points for the blue team.
His right and left hooks were simply unstoppable for Libertad's inside players. Neither Blanckson nor Elias Sosa could do much to stop both most important inside Sol's players.
Libertad tried to get back into game, but their effort had always an answer. Dany Perez and Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82) started fasting the game's pace but simply wasn't enough.
Sol controlled its board, and always put someone for balance when Libertad ran the floor.
The quote note was the absence of Aldo Acosta's due to influenza. Eulalio Ramoa (175-G-74), the most veteran player and Sol's team captain was very important in defense and to give oxigen to perimeter players. Ferrari for Sol had one of his best season games.
The SUPER FINAL SERIES is now 1-0 for Sol. It is good to remember that both are playing best of 5 game series. Libertad is the TOP 5 METRO CHAMP and Sol de America is 3rd National League Champion.
Stats:

LIBERTAD: Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84)9, Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82) 14, Diego Bareiro 13, Gustavo Paniagua 1, Roberto Laratro 4, Ryan Blakckson 17, Edgar Riveros, Elias Sosa, Daniel Ocampos 2, Alexis Benitez 3 y Cristian Rodas.Coach: Luis Orono

SOL :: Gustavo Torres 13, Sergio Aceval (180-G-78) 2, Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield) 34, Josè Fabio 21, Renzo Ferrari 11 Eulalio Ramoa (175-G-74) 2, Edison Ortiz 6, Adolfo Lopez 2 y Jorge Sequera.Coach: Juan Pablo Feliu.

Final: Libertad 83- Sol de America Asuncion 91.
By quarters: (25-29, 21-25, 16-18 ,21-19)


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South Korea fire past Philippines to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Philippines 74:66

South Korea became the first Asian Games semifinalists. They held off Philippines in the first quarterfinal tonight. Oh SeKeun (201-C-87) stepped up with 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort.
South Korea pulled in front early in the encounter. They maintained the advantage and finished the opening quarter up by two points 21:19. More to come in the second period as South Korea mounted the pressure. They dominated the boards and looked more focused defensively. The Korean team stretched the margin to 8 points at halftime 44:36. Philippines could not get any closer in the third frame. South Korea wisely kept their opponents at distance posting a 61:51 lead with one quarter to go. The complexion of the game did not change in the fourth frame. South Korea remained calm and determined as they drove to a confident win at the end. Kim Sung-Chul (195-F-76) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) contributed 12 points for South Korea. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 23 points for Philippines. JV Casio (177-G-86) had 12 points in defeat.

South Korea: Oh SeKeun 19, Kim Sung-Chul 13, Lee Seung-Jun 12
Philippines: Asi Taulava 23, JV Casio 12



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Reed and Jenkins lead Benfica past Lugano Tigers - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - Lugano Tigers 89:84

Benfica recorded the first victory in the group as they held off Lugano Tigers in Lisbon. In the last game of Tuesday Portugal team registered 89:84 win to tie both records at 1-1.
Efevberha made an early jump shot for the guests and Abukar scored for 8:5. The team from Switzerland looked better in the first 10 minutes of the game and as a result they took 22.18 lead. Moreover a 4-0 run in the second quarter gave them a 26:18 lead as Schneiderman made a jump shot. Efevberha scored for 34:29 and Abukar delivered for 47:33. Benfica on the other side replied with 5-o run as Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) closed the half at 47:38. The third quarter completely belonged to the hosts that erupted with 27-17 in it. Again Ben Reed scored for 60:54, while Schneiderman nailed three at the end of the period. Ben Reed nailed another shot from the far distance to give his side 68:64 in the start of the last frame. Lugano responded with 10 consecutive points and Abukar scored for 74:68. Henry nailed three for the return lead at 76:75 and Evans scored for 82:76. Ben Reed went on a free throw line at the very end to close the game with two free throws.
Ben Reed and Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) scored 22 points each to lead the hosts. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) added 17 points for the winning side. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) stepped up with impressive 28 points and 10 rebounds for Lugano Tigers in defeat.

Benfica: Ben Reed 22, Gregory Jenkins 22, Sergio Ramos 17
Lugano Tigers: Mohammed Abukar 28 points and 10 rebounds, Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 16, Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) 16




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Qatar go down fighting in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News
Qatar - China 66:71

Qatar put up a decent fight against China but eventually came up short at the quarterfinal stage of Asian Games. Veteran Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to propel China into the semifinal. It was do-or-die battle for both sides. Both teams played in the Final of 2006 Asian Games with China celebrating victory. Qatar did not manage to avenge the loss this time. Matthew Skillman team got to a nice start as they were up by two 12:10 midway through the opening quarter. But China erased the deficit and registered a 20:16 advantage at the first break. The hosts pulled away late in the first half. They established a 36:25 halftime buffer. The margin grew at 12-point mark in the third period but Qatar did not give it up. They narrowed the distance at 8 points with ten minutes to go. Qatar got even closer late in regulation but China stayed focused and eked out a tough win at the end.
Zhu FangYu (201-F-83) had 14 points for China. Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) added 12 points in the win. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) answered with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Qatar. Yasseen Musa (204-F-80) delivered 21 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

Qatar: Targuy Ngombo 24, Yasseen Musa 21+17 boards
China: Wang ZhiZhi 18, Zhu FangYu 14, Wang ShiPeng 12



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Steaua-Turabo celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group F - by Eurobasket News
Steaua Turabo - Antwerp 80:75

Steaua-Turabo celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge Group F with an 80:75 win over the Antwerp Giants. The Romanian team needed the last push as all four teams are tied at 1-1.
It was a slow start but later the teams managed to score 19 points each in the opening frame. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, college: Alaska-Fairb.) made it 24:19 and Mandache brought 28:23. The guests however responded with 7-0 to grab 30:28 lead. Roel Moors (190-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) later closed the half at 34.34 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. The third quarter was a real thriller in the court and only due to 18-17 in it the Belgian team took 52:51 advantage after 30 minutes. Roel Moors scored for 54:53 and Black nailed three for 60:57. Black and Hopkins made it 70:65 but the guests could not keep the lead. It was all Steaua thereafter as Hristo Nikolov nailed a three-pointer and, after Bryan Hopkins had missed a three for Antwerp, Robert Turner sealed it from the free-throw line with six seconds left.
Bogdan Popescu stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Robert Turner (206-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine) netted 16. Bryan Hopkins (183-G-83, college: SMU) responded with 19 points in the losing case.
In another game of the group Lokomotiv Kuban overcame Enterprise BC Dynamo to tie both records at 1-1 in Round 2 of EuroChallenge. Kuban team grabbed 90:89 win in the last second for the initial victory at home. Wilkinson led the way with 19 points and Chalmers netted 14. Massey and Tucker added 13 apiece, while Toporov scored 11. Shabalkin responded with 24 points in defeat as Dynamo suffered their first loss this year. Zhukanenko nailed 23 and Zavoruev scored 14.

Steaua Turabo: Bogdan Popescu 19, Robert Turner 16, Hristo Nikolov (200-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 12, Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) 12
Antwerp: Bryan Hopkins 19, Salah Mejri (214-C-86) 12, Roel Moors 11


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ALBA fire past Krasnye Krylia in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Krasnye Krylia 88:64

ALBA recorded the second straight victory at EuroCup. They held off Krasnye Krylia in Berlin. ALBA remained on top of Group H. The Russian team in the meantime fell at 0-2 record.
ALBA Berlin surged ahead right from the start. They poured in 23 points in the opening quarter and grabbed a 7-point lead. The second quarter proved the difference. ALBA limited the visitors to just 13 points in the period and posted a 17-point advantage at halftime. Krasnye Krylia continued to struggle offensively in the third term. They managed just 12 points trailing by as many as 24 points at the final intermission. ALBA Berlin slowed down in the final quarter but it never prevented them from coasting to the win at the end.
Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) came up with 19 points for ALBA. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) contributed 15 points, 6 assists and 4 boards, while Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) answered with 18 points for Krasnye Krylia. Jermareo Davidson (208-F-84, college: Alabama) netted 13 points in the loss.

ALBA: Derrick Allen 19, Marko Marinovic 15, Tadija Dragicevic 13
Krasnye Krylia: Brion Rush 18, Jermareo Davidson 13



BCM Gravelines Dunkerque lost to Spartak SP in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque-Spartak SP 58:98

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque lost to Spartak SP in Day 2 of the Regular Season Round 2 as the latter grabbed 2-0 record on top of EuroChallenge. The Russian team easily won all the quarters in the game for the second straight win.
Spartak opened the game with six consecutive points and Petar Popovic (211-C-79) brought 13:8. The latter also closed the period with a jump shot for 24:15 advantage. In the second quarter the guests scored their best and shocked the French side with 29-17. Ponkrashov sent the teams to the lockers for 53:32 halftime advantage. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) nailed three to open the third frame and Dyachok brought 58:36. Even having such a massive lead, Spartak did not think of slowing down and won the quarter as well. Parker made a jump shot to see 74:42 lead after thirty minutes with his team. In the end of the game Spartak produced a 24-16 for the final success. Kotishevskiy nailed three for 98:58 victory that lifted Spartak to 2-0 record.
Petar Popovic erupted with 27 points for the winners and Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) collected 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Henry Domercant scored 12. Yannick Bokolo (191-G-85) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma Baptist) netted 9 and Dounia Issa (198-F-81) scored 8.

BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Yannick Bokolo 12, Michael Fraser 9, Dounia Issa 8
Spartak SP: Petar Popovic 27 points, Dijon Thompson 15 points and 12 rebounds, Henry Domercant 12


Szolnoki Olaj held off a late fightback from Nizhniy Novgorod to record their first win - by Eurobasket News
Szolnok - Nizhniy Novgorod 86:82

Szolnoki Olaj held off a late fightback from Nizhniy Novgorod to record their first win in EuroChallenge Group A. The team from Hungary produced a 86:82 on November 23rd.
The teams exchanged the lead several times in the beginning of the game as the Russian team grabbed late lead. Aleksic nailed three at the end of 10 minutes for 26:20 advantage, while Yurchyk scored for 30:22. Nizhniy Novgorod managed to keep the score for another few minutes as then the hosts tied the game at 41:41. Budimir made two free throws at the end of the half to send the teams to the lockers. Szolnoki Olaj continued to dominate the court right from the start of the third frame and Vesztergom scored for 56:47. Grebenar delivered two for 62:49, whilst Fodor gave his side +15 at 67:52. Antonov closed the period at 67:55 giving the Russian team a chance to catch up with the opponents in the last quarter. They were too close to do that as Paunic cut it to 59:56, but Trotter made it 85:78. Kulagin scored the last two points in the game for the final result.
Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) paced all the winners with 35 points and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) as well as Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) scored 12 each. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points and Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) brought 14 points in defeat.

Szolnok: Obie Trotter 35 points, Marton Bader 12, Marton Fodor 12
Nizhniy Novgorod: Ivan Paunic 17 points, Valentin Yurchyk 14 points, Andrei Ivanov (197-G/F-84) 10, Semen Antonov (203-F-89) 10


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


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Novo Mesto saw a 78:60 win over KK Zagreb CO - by Eurobasket News
Krka - KK Zagreb CO 78:60

Novo Mesto saw a 78:60 win over KK Zagreb CO as Krka opened their EuroChallenge home campaign. Slovenian team looked much better in the court and rightfully tied the record at 1-1.
Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) opened the game for the hosts that were supported by more than 1000 spectators. Dragic drove a lay-up for 10:6 and Ikonic scored for 16:9. Bubalo reduced to 18:16 early in the second period, but Jure Balazic (204-F-80) increased the lead to 27:19. Dusan Djordjevic made the last free throws in the half for 36:31 halftime advantage. It took a while in the start of the second half for both teams to score, while Pavic made iot 38:31. Ikonic increased to 52:39, while Pavic made it 59:44. Krivec was the last to score in the third quarter for 58:46 advantage as Krka won the period 22-15. Muric drove a lay-up for 60:46 in the start of the last frame when it became clear about the winner. Muric nailed also three for 70:58 and Balazic added two for 75:58. Dusan Djordjevic changed the numbers on the board for the last time as they showed 78:60 final win for the hosts.
Jure Balazic top-scored for the hosts with 16 points and 11 boards, while Dusan Djordjevic and Edo Muric (202-F-91) posted 12 each. Damir Mulaomerovic (195-G-74, agency: FCM) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort.

Krka: Jure Balazic 16 points and 11 boards, Dusan Djordjevic 12, Edo Muric 12
KK Zagreb CO: Damir Mulaomerovic 16 points, Alex Renfroe (190-G-86, college: Belmont) 15



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South Korea fire past Philippines to reach semifinal - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Philippines 74:66

South Korea became the first Asian Games semifinalists. They held off Philippines in the first quarterfinal tonight. Oh SeKeun (201-C-87) stepped up with 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort.
South Korea pulled in front early in the encounter. They maintained the advantage and finished the opening quarter up by two points 21:19. More to come in the second period as South Korea mounted the pressure. They dominated the boards and looked more focused defensively. The Korean team stretched the margin to 8 points at halftime 44:36. Philippines could not get any closer in the third frame. South Korea wisely kept their opponents at distance posting a 61:51 lead with one quarter to go. The complexion of the game did not change in the fourth frame. South Korea remained calm and determined as they drove to a confident win at the end. Kim Sung-Chul (195-F-76) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) contributed 12 points for South Korea. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 23 points for Philippines. JV Casio (177-G-86) had 12 points in defeat.

South Korea: Oh SeKeun 19, Kim Sung-Chul 13, Lee Seung-Jun 12
Philippines: Asi Taulava 23, JV Casio 12



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Pete Mickeal out for two weeks - by Eurobasket News
Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) will be sidelined for the next two weeks to rest his knee, the Euroleague champion Regal Barca announced Tuesday. Mickael was feeling pain in the recent games and the club decided to give him a two-week rest. That was expected move by Barca.
Pete Mickeal appeared four times in Euroleague this season averaging 14 points and 4.5 rebounds.


Meridiano Alicante officially presents Txus Vidorreta - by Eurobasket News
Meridiano Alicante officially presented their new coach Txus Vidorreta yesterday. The Spanish outfit hopes that Vidorreta will be able to help them improve on the recent results in ACB. Alicante is the last ranked team in the league with poor 1-7 record. Their only win came against Real Madrid in Round Five. Txus Vidorreta replaced Oscar Quintana (agency: Interperformances).

Zack Atkinson joins Huesca - by Eurobasket News
Zack Atkinson (206-C) is a new member of LOBE Huesca, the team announced yesterday. Atkinson arrives to Spain for his first professional job. He spent last two years at the Cal-Irvine University averaging 5.6 points and 3.6 rebounds for them as a senior. Atkinson will secure bigger inside presence for the Spanish team, who currently has 4-6 record in LEB Gold.

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Banks help Elitzur Netanya to edge Norrkoping - by Eurobasket News
Elitzur Netanya - Norrkoping 71:64

Elitzur Netanya edged Norrkoping 71:64 at the Regular Season Round 2 in Israel. The hosts won the first half and managed to keep the score for good.
The Swedish side remember the big win over the last round as they nailed three digits. They went on a lead against the team from Israel as Lindqvist scored for 5:1. Norrkoping also was in front for the majority of the first period, but Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) closed the period at 19:16. Moreover Gur scored for 26:19 in the start of the second frame and then Tony Younger (200-F-80, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Spring Hill) brought 31:22. The hosts looked much better int he second quarter and grabbed 35:24 halftime advantage. Adrian Banks stepped up with a shot for 35:25 early in the third period and he also scored for 47:38. The Swedish team however reduced to 47:42 as Gervin made a jump shot with 3 minutes to play in the third. Saks closed the period at 51:44 as Norrkoping won the frame 20-16. In the last quarter both squads nailed 20 points each that brought 71:64 win for the team from Israel. Watson and Adrian Banks were the last contributors for the hosts to celebrate the victory with their team.
Adrian Banks stepped up with 27 points for the winners and Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. Joakim Kjellbom (213-C/F-79, college: N.Arizona) ended up with 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Swedish side.

Elitzur Netanya: Adrian Banks 27 points, Elton Brown 12 points and 12 rebounds, Chris Watson (200-F-75, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Niagara) 10, Tony Younger 10
Norrkoping: Joakim Kjellbom 11 points and 14 rebounds, Joseph McNaull (208-C-72, college: Long Beach St.) 10


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Reed and Jenkins lead Benfica past Lugano Tigers - by Eurobasket News
Benfica - Lugano Tigers 89:84

Benfica recorded the first victory in the group as they held off Lugano Tigers in Lisbon. In the last game of Tuesday Portugal team registered 89:84 win to tie both records at 1-1.
Efevberha made an early jump shot for the guests and Abukar scored for 8:5. The team from Switzerland looked better in the first 10 minutes of the game and as a result they took 22.18 lead. Moreover a 4-0 run in the second quarter gave them a 26:18 lead as Schneiderman made a jump shot. Efevberha scored for 34:29 and Abukar delivered for 47:33. Benfica on the other side replied with 5-o run as Ben Reed (191-G/F-83, college: W.Michigan) closed the half at 47:38. The third quarter completely belonged to the hosts that erupted with 27-17 in it. Again Ben Reed scored for 60:54, while Schneiderman nailed three at the end of the period. Ben Reed nailed another shot from the far distance to give his side 68:64 in the start of the last frame. Lugano responded with 10 consecutive points and Abukar scored for 74:68. Henry nailed three for the return lead at 76:75 and Evans scored for 82:76. Ben Reed went on a free throw line at the very end to close the game with two free throws.
Ben Reed and Gregory Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) scored 22 points each to lead the hosts. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) added 17 points for the winning side. Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) stepped up with impressive 28 points and 10 rebounds for Lugano Tigers in defeat.

Benfica: Ben Reed 22, Gregory Jenkins 22, Sergio Ramos 17
Lugano Tigers: Mohammed Abukar 28 points and 10 rebounds, Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 16, Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton) 16




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Pinar Karsiyaka record second straight EuroChallenge victory - by Eurobasket News
ETHA - Pinar Karsiyaka 75:82

Pinar Karsiyaka posted the second EuroChallenge win in a row. They defeated ETHA Encomi in Nicosia to stay undefeated in Group G. The hosts slipped at 0-2 record. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) stepped up with 23 points and 5 assists to lead the visitors.
ETHA opened the game confidently as they recorded a 14:4 lead. Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami (FL)) stretched the gap to 16 points late in the starting frame. Anthony King made it 27:10 before Aldemir capped the period with a free throw. ETHA led early in the second term but Pinar Karsiyaka gradually woke up. The visitors went on a 9:0 run when Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 7 points and narrowed the deficit at 4-point mark. Redding crowned the first half with four points as ETHA remained in charge 44:36. Omar Sneed (198-F-76, college: Memphis) and David Holston tipped off the second half with five consecutive points as Pinar Karsiyaka got closer. But ETHA did not give the lead away. The hosts kept the visitors behind and entered the fourth period up by 5 points 59:54. Redding and Tutt drained two triples at the start of the final period as ETHA opened an 8-point advantage. Tutt then added another long bomb and the margin increased to 9 points. Tutt was unstoppable at the moment as he contributed five points more for ETHA to enjoy a 72:59 lead. However Batuk and David Holston teamed up for incredible four three-pointers in a row to drag Pinar Karsiyaka in front. Jovo Stanojevic and David Holston then capped a 20:0 run from the visitors as they silenced the crowd in Nicosia. Tutt just sweetened the pill late in regulation. Jovo Stanojevic provided 22 points for Pinar Karsiyaka. Omar Sneed added 11 points in the victory. Anthony King replied with 17 points and 11 rebounds for ETHA. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) delivered 16 points in the loss.

ETHA: Anthony King 17+11 boards, Valdas Dabkus 16
Pinar Karsiyaka: David Holston 23, Jovo Stanojevic 22, Omar Sneed 11



Besiktas protests for the Tuesday game against Goettingen - by Emiliano
Euroleague Basketball officials are in the process of receiving the documentation necessary to initiate the official protest filed by Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul following its Group B game in the Eurocup on Tuesday. Besiktas JK Cola lost the game 85-83 to host BG Goettingen in Braunschweig, Germany. Besiktas will have 48 hours starting from the end of the game to complete the formal protest, at which point it will be forwarded to the competition's independent disciplinary judge for consideration.

Here is the link to the final seconds of the game
Courtesy of Eurocupbasketball.com




Belgacom Liege upset Turk Telekom in Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom - Liege 85:94

Belgacom Liege upset Turk Telekom in Round 2 of EuroChallenge as they surprised them 94:85 in Ankara. A 30-23 in the last stanza was enough for the guests to steal the win.
Liege did not mind playing in the capital of Turkey and went on an early lead. Taylor Griffin (201-F-86, college: Oklahoma) scored for 14:7, while Len Matela (206-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Bowling Green) made it 17:12. Muya nailed a three-pointer for 24:19 at the end of the first period. Although the hosts trailed for the majority of the second frame they managed to be back at the halftime. Sani Becirovic (195-G-81) first tied the game at 42:42 and then Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) closed the half at 46:46. In the third quarter the Belgij squad was in front in the majority of time, but could keep only 64:62 advantage entering the last stanza. Heiko Schaffartzik brought the hosts 67:64 and Jenkins tied the game again at 69:69. The hosts had been ahead 71:69 with 7:47 to go after Heiko Schaffartzik's jump-shot, but it was all Liege after that as the visitors took control. Taylor Griffin scored for 88:77, whilst Collette added for 92:81. Cankaya was the last to score in the game for the final result.
Len Matela erupted with 25 points for the winners and Taylor Griffin notched 22. Sani Becirovic ended up with 16 points in the losing case, whilst Heiko Schaffartzik and Diamon Simpsons (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) had 14 each.

Turk Telekom: Sani Becirovic 16 points, Heiko Schaffartzik 14, Diamon Simpsons 14
Liege: Len Matela 25 points, Taylor Griffin 22


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The Road to College: Paying By Playing - by David Edole
By Chris Teare November 22, 2010

Ive devoted this column the last two weeks, as well as last weeks edition of Making The College Choice (Radio One, AM 1000, every Wednesday between 4 and 5 pm) to the process of applying for need-based financial aid. Seeking funding for college based upon family composition, income, assets and expenses is of course one way to pay the freight. It is not, however, the only way. Another is to play sports to pay your way. Thats exactly what the student-athletes playing in Paradise Jam at UVI are doing.

Im especially familiar with the desire to play college sports because 35 years ago that was my own top criterion of selection. Born in Manhattans Greenwich Village but really raised in suburban New Jersey, I wanted to play college football. When I was younger, being a good Catholic boy at the time as well, I wanted to quarterback Notre Dame. By the time I led my own high school team to a humiliating 49-0 loss on homecoming junior year, it was clear I would not be playing on TV in South Bend.

My dream would not die, however, so the following spring my father took me to visit colleges in New England, where Id come to believe all the best institutions were located. Yales legendary Carmen Cozza met with us but talked the whole time about his players in the NFL, Calvin Hill and Dick Jauron, and it was very clear, for good reason, that he had no interest in me. We went on to see Wesleyan, Trinity, Williams and thenabove allAmherst, where I knew I wanted to go even before I got out of the car.

The coach there not only spent a long time with my father and me; he personally took us on a campus tour, which included a stop in the art gallery, where he showed us his favorite paintings and spoke with pride about one of his sons who was, and still is, an accomplished artist; and in the recital hall, where he spoke about all the wonderful concerts he had heard through the years. For me, the idea that a football coach cared about such things, the arts and music, was a revelation. I knew I wanted to play for him.

So, after interviewing with the mountain of a man serving as the dean of admissions, and managing not to drool or wet my pants out of pure fear (seriously, the late, great Ed Wall was about 6 feet 6 inches tall and close to 300 pounds), I applied pre-committed Early Decision (remember that column a few weeks back?) and was accepted. It wasnt even Christmas of my senior year, and I knew where I was going to collegeand I was sure that the football coach was going to be very excited to have me on his team.

Yeah, right.

When I arrived late the following summer to start college and freshmen football, I learned that not only were there four other quarterbacks in my class, but that they had all been invited a week early to try out for the varsity. I was not sent, and thus did not receive, that memo. What apparently had happened is that my high school coach, when asked about my athletic ability, said that he had wanted to time me one day when Id run a nine-yard bootleg in for a touchdown, but that he couldnt find his calendar. Thats coach-speak for This kid may be smart but he is also S.L.O..W. Kiss of death.

I tell this story because high school athletes, and especially parents, often have a totally unrealistic sense of what it takes to play college sports, especially at the Division I level, where athletic grants-in-aid can cover virtually all costs of attendance. The first thing it takes is out-of-the-ordinary athletic ability. Then it takes exposure; college coaches only trust their own eyes or the word of a long-time trusted colleague or scout. Finally, it takes iron-willed discipline and commitment to excellence. Many players have talent and can get coaches attention; the great ones work harder than everybody else.

Those student-athletes who are interested in playing college sports thus need to start early, get to off-island summer camps where they can develop their skills and be seen by college coaches, and they needfor Division I or II recruiting purposesto check the NCAA Eligibility Center at www.ncaa.org. There students and parents will find the course work, grade point average, and ACT or SAT scores necessary for student-athletes to be recruited. The standards are crystal clear, set up on an inverse correlation between GPA and ACT/SAT (i.e. the higher a students grades, the lower his or her scores can be, and vice versa.) Checking those standards, and meeting them, is a must.

Once youre on the radar and being recruited, a crucial issue is young people trusting their gut hunches when it comes to the quality of the person they might play for. The reality is that a student-athlete will spend vastly more time with a coach over the course of four years than with any professor. The year-round conditioning programs that even small college Division III coaches now require mean that a student better really like and respect his or her coach; otherwise, its going to be four very long years.

Which brings me back to my choice to play for the dearly departed James Ostendarp. The Darp, as he was known to all, had returned punts for the New York Giants in the 1950s, then gone into coaching. He made me feel wanted at Amherst; then made me prove myself. It took me two weeks to win the starting job on the freshmen team; it took me three years to be the starting varsity quarterback. By the time my career was over, theyd given me the biggest pieces of hardware they had, including one cup that reads, Won by the member of the senior class who has brought the greatest honor in athletics to Amherst College. Was I the best athlete on the team? No. Was I even the best player at my position when I arrived? Not close. So what worked? I made sure I was in better shape, studied my plays harder, and then got lucky.

It is possible to play sports in college, includingif youre truly gifted and ferociously dedicatedto pay for your education. Just dont expect it to be easy.

Chris Teare is College Counselor at Antilles School on St. Thomas. His weekly radio show, 'Making the College Choice,' airs on AM 1000 on Wednesdays at 4 pm.




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  UBA   


Richard Jeter Named UBA International Player of the Month - by UBA media
Richard Jeter (6'6''-G/F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Atlanta Metro JC) today was named the UBA's International Player of the Month for the first time this season.

Jeter averaged 21.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game (for KK Lirija) in 4 November games.

According to the FYR Macedonian Basket release, Jeter is 4th in the league in scoring with an average of (18.8) points per game and second in blocks. He scored is season high of 31 points in a 106-82 win over ABA Strumica. On Nov. 20 at KK Kumanovo 2009, Jeter scored 24 points in a 97-88 victory improving his team to a 2-1 month of November.

Richard Jeter was drafted by the Tennessee Dragons (UBA) in the 1st round of the UBA draft. Tennessee looks forward to the return of Jeter to help them in there championship run this summer.

Other nominees for UBA International Player of the Month were Chad Eichelberger (6'9''-F-82, college: St.Andrews) (Romania), Jamil Terell (6'7''-F/C-80, college: W.Texas A&M) (Turkey) and Rashad Chase (6'7''-F-87, college: Georgia St.) (Uruguay).



USbasket.com All-UBA Thanksgiving Classic Team awards 2010 - by Griselle Martis
All-UBA Thanksgiving Classic Team 2010
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Jermaine Barnes
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Demario Williams
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Michael Sloan
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Jermaine Dailey
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Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) of GIE Morrow Disciples
Demario Williams (7'1''-C-85, college: Miles) of GIE Morrow Disciples
Chris Cromartie (6'3''-G-87, college: Gordon) of Atlanta Assault
Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) of Southern Generals
Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) of GIE Morrow Disciples

Jeno Gaston (6'5''-G-80) of Atlanta Assault
UBA Thanksgiving Classic Champions -GIE Morrow Disciples
UBA Thanksgiving Classic Co-MVP -Demario Williams, Jermaine Barnes
USBasket.com Coach of the Classic -Michael Davis

GIE Morrow Disciples win UBA Thanksgiving Classic: Williams and Barnes Named Tournament MVP

The GIE Morrow Disciples triumphed, 99-76 over the Georgia Lions in the UBA Thanksgiving Classic final game.


Demario Williams finished the game with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks and was named Classic Co- MVP. The high scorer for Disciples was Jermaine Barnes with 18 points but all came in the 1st quarter. Barnes was ejected from the game after just 10 minues of action. 'Well it's just one of those things with refs that are not use to this level of play,' said Barnes. 'Thank God my team pulled it out, I will never let this happen again.'


Barnes and Williams both had great weekends to earn the award. Barnes averaged 26.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 4.5apg over the weekend while Williams posted 13.0ppg, 10.0rpg and 9.0bpg. 'I'm honored to receive this award,' said Williams. ' To have a great player like Jermaine Barnes makes my job easy. When he left the game he asked me to set up so I had to.'
In early action the Atlanta Assault defeated the Southern Generals 97-95. Chris Cromartie led the game with a season high 35 points. Michael Sloan posted 26 points and five rebounds in the loss.







GIE Morrow Disciples sign Trevon Bryant - by Griselle Martis
Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) is the latest addition to the GIE Morrow Disciples. Bryant has a load of international playing experience including Uruguay, Bulgaria, Chile and Japan. His best season was under Coach Joe Bryant (Kobes father) with the Tokyo Apache where he led the team in blocks.

Before turning pro Bryant was a standout to Cal.St.-Dominguez H. were he was named CCAA Defensive Player of the Year and the schools all-time leader in blocks. Bryant is a very experienced player. He is a great defender, who can finish over the top with both hands. Bryant can knock down a 15ft jump shot and can manage to put it on the floor for a big man. Im just ready to come in and help the team, said Bryant. When asked about the future of the team, Coach Michael Davis stated, By adding a guy like Trevon, it makes everyones job easier, said Coach Davis. With his experience and scoring ability he can help big Demario Williams (7'1''-C-85, college: Miles) improve his game.

Bryant will suit up Dec. 20th vs. the Southern Generals.




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  UKRAINE   


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Burtt, Dnipro22.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.20.2 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk17.8 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.0 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot15.9 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.9 
 8. Morrison, Halyc.15.6 
 9. Wiggins, Halychyna15.5 
 10. Bakic, Kryvbasb.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Scott MORRISON
  Halychyna
  (212-C-86)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Morrison, Halyc.9.1 
 2. Burns, Fe.9.0 
 3. Wiggins, Halychyna8.6 
 4. Adeleke, Dnipro8.4 
 5. Thomas, Azovmash7.4 
 6. Austin, Dnipro7.4 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa7.0 
 8. Chappell, Hoverla7.0 
 9. Garrison, Khimik6.8 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.2 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.5 
 4. Curry, Azovmash4.4 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.1 
 6. Broadus, Halychyna4.0 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa3.9 
 8. Flores, BC Donetsk3.8 
 9. Zimmerman, Hoverla3.8 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Millage, Khimik2.7 
 2. Burns, Fe.1.9 
 3. House, Azovmash1.9 
 4. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.7 
 5. Greene, Mykolaiv1.7 
 6. Pupovic, Kryvbasb.1.6 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot1.6 
 8. Dukes, DniproAzot1.6 
 9. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 10. Funn, Halychyna1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.8 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.8 
 3. Agafonov, Budiv.1.7 
 4. Morrison, Halyc.1.6 
 5. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 6. Roberts, Fe.1.4 
 7. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 8. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 9. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.2 
 10. Shvets, BC Odessa1.2 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Tigers Torment Eagles To Reach BBL Cup Final - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers stormed into the BBL Cup Final after picking up where they left off last season by humiliating arch rivals Newcastle Eagles in another two legged semi-final rout, evoking memories of the BBL play-offs at the end of the last campaign.

Having lost by seven points at Sport Central last Friday night in the first leg, the all round class of Great Britain stars Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) and Andrew Sullivan shone through this time as the duo combined for a monstrous and stunning 69 points to secure a 114-85 success.

The hapless Eagles who were again without influential player-coach Fab Flournoy had no answer to the relentless and at times unstoppable Tigers offence as they picked the visitors apart in the second half.

In truth it was an ill-disciplined performance by the Eagles who had three players fouled out, no doubt frustrated by a catastrophic third quarter when Tigers blew the game open and brutally exposed their shortcomings.

The Tigers will now have to wait patiently to find out who they will face in the 2011 Final with last years finalists One Health Sharks Sheffield and Cheshire Jets both battling it out to secure back to back appearances at the event.

BBL Cup (Semi-Final 2nd Leg)
Mersey Tigers 114 (36,48, 78) (Reinking 39, Sullivan 30, Thomson 16)
Newcastle Eagles 85 (24,46,62) (Smith 25, Richard 16, Defoe 13)

Mersey Tigers went into the game with a seven point deficit to make up and buoyed by the fact that the Eagles were again without Fab Flournoy due to injury although in the early exchanges it was the visitors who edged ahead 9-5.

Within a couple of minutes the home side had found some offensive rhythm and an 8-2 run put them in front before successful free-throws by Charles Smith tied things up at 13-13 approaching the midway point of the opening period.

It was still level at 19-19 when Kadiri Richard threw down a dunk for the visitors and then with 44 seconds left, a triple by Andre Lockhart looked to have given the Eagles the upper hand at 24-22.

However as Flournoys men were soon to find out, Nathan Reinking had other ideas and he scored four points to ensure the Tigers were 26-24 in front after the first quarter.

There was little between the teams during the second period and with 90 seconds left until the interval, a score by Richard levelled matters at 44-44.

Once again the Tigers had the last say in the period as Andrew Sullivan finished the scoring for the half with a dunk to put his new team 48-46 ahead as the team left the court.

Whatever was said in the Eagles locker room didnt work as the visitors imploded in embarrassing fashion during the third period. They crumbled right from the restart and within three minutes were down by 9 points at 57-48 after a Reinking triple.

Two free-throws by Sullivan put Tigers 66-51 in front as the nightmare quarter continued to unfold for the Eagles and their misery was complete when a triple by David Aliu helped the home team to a 78-62 lead heading into the final ten minutes of action.

While the lead on the night was a commanding 16 points, Eagles fans will have been reminding themselves that it was only a ten point margin they needed to make up to get to yet another showpiece final,

However those dreams were soon in tatters as the hosts stretched their advantage to a commanding 20 point margin at 87-67 with the misfiring Eagles backcourt unable to match the production of Reinking.

Foul trouble them made things impossible for the Eagles who began to lose their cool with Trey Moore receiving a technical as he fouled out against his former club hot on the heels of forwards Darius Defoe and Kadiri Richard.

None of that mattered to Coach Garbelotto and his players who were only too happy to celebrate another hugely convincing success against the Eagles as they moved to within 40 minutes of another piece of silverware.



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  URUGUAY   


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Bigua 16-4 
 2. Malvin 15-7 
 3. Aguada 15-8 
 4. Trouville 15-10 
 5. Defensor 14-8 
 6. Hebraica 14-9 
 7. Olimpia 11-11 
 8. Welcome 11-13 
 9. Sayago 10-12 
 10. Anastasia 9-12 
 11. Montevideo 9-13 
 12. Bohemios 8-13 
 13. Cordon 8-14 
 14. Un.Atletica 7-16 
 15. Cader 6-18 


Six teams already qualify for the second stage - by Hector Lopez
Malvin crushed Trouville 88-59, with 22 points by Carl Edwards, but both teams already advanced to play the Uruguayan League second syage. Other teams qualified are Bigua, Aguada, Hebraica and Defensor Sporting, with four places still to be filled. The results and stats for main scorers and import playersof the three games played for the 25th round were:
Malvin 88 - Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) 22 points 12 rebounds 3 assists, Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo) 14 points 6 rebounds 4 blocks, Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 7 points 8 rebounds 3 blocks
Trouville 59 - Juliano Rivera (202-C-72) 14 points 6 rebounds, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 3 points 6 rebounds 3 blocks
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UnioN Atletica 76 - Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 20 points 11 rebounds 2 blocks, Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) 19 points 11 rebounds
Olimpia 74 - Johwen Villegas (193-G-85, college: Florida Intern.) 26 points 13 rebounds 3 assists, Greg Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 13 points 8 rebounds 1 block 3 assists
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Cader 77 - Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.) 24 points 3 rebounds, Jamelle Cornley (196-F-87, college: Penn St.) 24 points 7 rebounds, Terrance Gamble (208-C-83, agency: HBA Sports, college: Tarleton St.) 9 pointts 11 rebounds
Bohemios 73 - De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) 27 points 16 rebounds, Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) 2 points 6 rebounds 2 blocks.


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  VENEZUELA   


FIBA Americas League will begin with a highly competitive Group A: - by Jonathan Leon
The 2010/2011 FIBA Americas League will open on December 9 with a highly competitive Group A with two of the leaders in Argentina, Espartanos; the Venezuelan National League champion and the leader of the Mexican LNBP.

Pearol Mar del Plata is the best team in Argentina, with a 10-1 record after dominating Gimnasia y Esgrima (CR) 88-68. Leo Gutirrez led them with 23 points and was followed by Pablo Sebastin Rodrguez with 15, Marcos Mata 11 and Kyle Lamonte 10.

Penarol is the two time FIBA Americas League champion and comes as the winner of the last edition. In this tournament they will be challenged right from the start by Regatas, Espartanos de Margarita and Toros de Nuevo Laredo.

Regatas Corrientes leads the North Zone of the Argentinean National League with an 8-4 mark. The leader of the team is Federico Kammerichs and they have a good combination of local talent and imports.

Espartanos de Isla Margarita won the Venezuelan National League title after beating Estudiantes de Guarico in five games. They also participated in the South American League for Clubs where they finished second in Group C and qualified for the Final Six. In their first appearance in the FIBA Americas League, the Venezuelans reached the Final Four and finished second in America.
Toros de Nuevo Laredo lead the Mexican league with a 19-5 record and have a good combination of good Mexican players and veteran imports led by Wilfredo Pagn and Michael Helm.




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Women News

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  ASIAN GAMES - Women  


Round: 4 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
China - Taiwan 84-58
China earned the spot in the Asian Games Final. They overcame Taiwan today to set up an exciting battle against South Korea for the tournaments Gold. Zhang Wei (184-G/F-86) fired 25 points to lead China to the semifinal victory. Taiwan and China stayed close throughout the opening frame. The lead changed for several times before China ensured a 16:14 advantage after ten minutes. The hosts tipped off the second frame on a 10:2 run to clear off. Taiwan finished the period with only 5 points as China grabbed a comfortable 38:19 advantage. The third term turned disastrous for Taiwan. China dominated all over the court boosting their lead to as many as 30 points at the final intermission. Taiwan never recovered from the blow and had to surrender at the end. Gao Song (190-F-92) and Chen Xiaoli (193-F-82) produced 15 points each for China. Bian Lan (185-F-86) added 10 points in the win. Peng Szu-chin (163-G-91) replied with 13 points for Taiwan. Wen Chi (170-G-84) notched 8 points in the loss.

Japan - South Korea 78-93
South Korea defeated Japan in a highly-anticipated semifinal battle at Asian Games. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) scored 24 points to lead the Korean side into the championship game. They will take on the winner of China vs. Taiwan clash. The teams stayed very close in the first 15 minutes of the encounter. South Korea led by just two points at the first break 24:22. They maintained a narrow lead midway through the second period. But then South Korea went on a 9:4 rally to secure a 41:34 halftime advantage. South Korea quickly stretched the gap to 10 points in the third frame. They were up by 10 points heading into the final period 71:61. Japan made a desperate attempt to erase the deficit. They narrowed the gap to 5 points but South Korea bounced back immediately. They capped the game on a 14:4 rally to seal the victory. Ha Eun-Joo (200-C-83) delivered 19 points and 6 boards for South Korea. Lee Kyung-Eun (176-G-87) finished with 13 points in the victory. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) answered with game-high 26 points for Japan. Yuka Mamiya (183-C/F-90) netted 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in defeat.

Place 5-6
Thailand - Maldives 93-47
Thailand finished their Asian Games campaign on a high note. They rolled past Maldives to occupy the fifth overall position. Maldives finished winless at the sixth spot. Juthamas Jantakan (174-G-85) paced Thailand with 20 points in this one. Thailand opened the game with 11:0 run to set the tone. Maldives however managed to unload 11 points in the first quarter to trail by 12 points. The Thai side cleared off in the second quarter. They fired 25 points and established a confident 48:23 halftime advantage. Thailand stayed in charge in the third frame. They arrived at the final pause up by 32 points 67:35. Xuanmin Zhao team tipped off the fourth frame on a 14:1 run and never looked back again. Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for Thailand. Atchara Kaichaiyapoom (178-C-92) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals in the win. Aminath Shiura (176-C-87) replied with 15 points and 6 boards for Maldives. Fadhuwa Zahir (161-F-86) had 12 points and 7 caroms in the loss.




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  BELGIUM - Women  


Good defense wins games - by Juliane Hoehne
On Saturday, Nov 20th, Declercq Stortbeton Waregem faced R.Spirou Monceau Charleroi in a close game. Both teams had injury problems, and were therefore minimized. The team of Head Coach Daniel Goethals (agency: LBM Management ) had the faster start and took over a slight lead, which they were able to keep until the end of the first quarter. Both teams offered a strong defense, which produced a lot of turnovers and for R.Spirou Monceau Charleroi also a lot of blocked shots. The strong defense was shown by the low score at half-time: 17-14 for the hosts.
The third quarter ended tied, which still gave R.Spirou Monceau Charleroi a 3point-defizit. In the last quarter, R.Spirou Monceau Charleroi was able to tie the game with four minutes left, as Valerie Kara (173-F-88) completed a three-point-play by scoring a layup and knocking down the free throw. However, even though the defense was kept strong for the rest of the game, Jana Raman (182-F-91) dominated the last few minutes on the court and helped her team come up with the win. The final score of the game was 46-40 for Declercq Stortbeton Waregem. The two teams will face each other again in a few weeks, and hopefully then with all their players.
Top player for Declercq Stortbeton Waregem was Jana Raman with 12points and 13rebounds, while for R.Spirou Monceau Charleroi Juliane Hoehne (189-F/C-83, college: IPFW) (12points, 8rebounds), and Krystel Ballau (168-G-84, agency: LBM Management) (10points, 7steals) in double-digits scored.



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  BRAZIL - Women  


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


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  CHINA - Women  


China edge Taiwan to enter title clash - by Eurobasket News
China - Taiwan 84:58

China earned the spot in the Asian Games Final. They overcame Taiwan today to set up an exciting battle against South Korea for the tournaments Gold. Zhang Wei (184-G/F-86) fired 25 points to lead China to the semifinal victory.
Taiwan and China stayed close throughout the opening frame. The lead changed for several times before China ensured a 16:14 advantage after ten minutes. The hosts tipped off the second frame on a 10:2 run to clear off. Taiwan finished the period with only 5 points as China grabbed a comfortable 38:19 advantage. The third term turned disastrous for Taiwan. China dominated all over the court boosting their lead to as many as 30 points at the final intermission. Taiwan never recovered from the blow and had to surrender at the end.
Gao Song (190-F-92) and Chen Xiaoli (193-F-82) produced 15 points each for China. Bian Lan (185-F-86) added 10 points in the win. Peng Szu-chin (163-G-91) replied with 13 points for Taiwan. Wen Chi (170-G-84) notched 8 points in the loss.

China: Zhang Wei 25, Gao Song 15, Chen Xiaoli 15
Taiwan: Peng Szu-chin 13, Wen Chi 8



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  CROATIA - Women  


Zadar win first game of season (A1-Round 6) - by Zeljko Zule
Antonia Erslan (177-G-88) scored 23 points and Ivana Blazevic (182-G-93) added 19 to help Zadar win their first game of the season with a 84-72 result over Agram in Round 6. Saric Alatovic led the home team with 25 points. Pula trailed at halftime, 25-32, but exploded during the final quarter. League-leading team went on a 12-0 run to take a crucial lead 61-50. Studenac Omis routed Split by 27 points.
Agram-Zadar 72-84 (Drljanovic 4, Kovac 3, Vukadin 11, Nikpalj 10, Grubisic 2, Saric-Alatovic 25, Bozicek 13, Cilic 4 - Sesar 5, Jacan 9, Perica 9, Sikiric 5, Tokic 3, A.Erslan 23, Blazevic 19, Mestrovic 11)
Croatia 2006-Pula 62-68 ( - Dukic 8, Premasunac 13,Cvjetkovic 7, Valentic 20, Ramljak 20).
Split-Studenac Omirs 67-94 ( - Buzov 24, Vrvilo 22)



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


Strong fourth quarter allow MKB Euroleasing edge Gospic - by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - Gospic 82:68

MKB Euroleasing toppled Gospic in Sopron tonight. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Hungarian team to the third win in Group B. Gospic in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss.
MKB Euroleasing led right from the start. They earned a 21:14 lead with almost eight minutes into the clash. The margin grew at 9 points before Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Jurcevic capped the period with four free throws and dragged Gospic within 5 points 20:25. MKB Euroleasing went on a 7:0 run to open the second frame. But the visitors were ready for the challenge. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) drained two triples and Jurcevic added another one as Gospic cut the deficit at just one point. Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) uttered the final word in the half and MKB Euroleasing ensured a 43:40 halftime lead. Jelena Ivezic, Vrsaljko and Sandra Mandir gave Gospic their first lead of the game early in the third term. Gospic maintained it throughout the third quarter before Furesz knotted things up at 58. The teams were still tied with under five minutes to go when MKB Euroleasing triggered a 15:2 run and rallied to the victory at the end.
Amber Holt notched 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for MKB Euroleasing. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois), Kata Honti (175-G-87) and Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) added 10 points each in the victory. Sandra Mandir replied with 19 points for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic accounted for 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the loss.

MKB Euroleasing: Angel McCoughtry 20+10 boards, Amber Holt 17, Zane Tamane 10, Tijana Krivacevic 10, Kata Honti 10
Gospic: Sandra Mandir 19, Jelena Ivezic 15



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Eva Viteckova shines in USK Praha win over Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
USK Praha - Galatasaray 84:56

USK Praha left no chance for visiting Galatasaray claiming the third Euroleague victory this season. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) scored 25 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the charge. The hosts jumped to the third place in Group C earning 3-2 record. Galatasaray in the meantime fell at 2-3 record losing all the road games.
Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) scored the first points in this one but USK Praha quickly pulled ahead. The hosts went on a 10:0 run to post a 24:14 lead late in the first period. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) gave USK Praha a 26:14 lead at the first break. The home team opened the second term with seven consecutive points to deepen the damage. Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) tried to stop the bleeding for Galatasaray but USK Praha looked too good. They eased to a 42:28 halftime advantage. A 15:2 outburst from USK Praha put them in front by 27 points early in the third quarter. Sylvia Fowles dragged Galatasaray within 21 points at three-quarter time but it just sweetened the pill. USK Praha never allowed Galatasaray closer than 15 points in the final quarter and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Delisha Milton-Jones accounted for 20 points and 11 rebounds for USK Praha. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) added 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the victory. Sylvia Fowles replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Galatasaray. Seimone Augustus had 11 points in defeat.

USK Praha: Eva Viteckova 25, Delisha Milton-Jones 20+11 boards, Lindsay Whalen 16
Galatasaray: Sylvia Fowles 23, Seimone Augustus 11



Rebekkah Brunson unstoppable as Ros Casares edge Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - Frisco Sika 82:74

Ros Casares remained undefeated in Euroleague Group D. The Spanish powerhouse registered the fifth straight win as they rolled past Frisco Sika in Valencia. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) was pivotal as she tallied 27 points and 12 boards in the victory.
It was never an easy walk for Ros Casares. The teams stayed close in the starting period and only a late rally helped the hosts to a 20:16 lead. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) opened the second stanza with a trey and Frisco Sika continued their chase. Actually Halvarsson soon gave the Czech team a 23:22 lead. But Ros Casares quickly regained control and drove to a 40:36 halftime advantage. Rebekkah Brunson and Douglas drained triples as Ros Casares opened a 9-point lead midway through the third term. The hosts capped the period with seven straight points to earn a 64:52 lead. Eldebrink and Skerovic answered for Frisco Sika at the start of the fourth term as the deficit was cut at 7 points. Romana Hejdova and Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) dragged the visitors as close as 6 points with under four minutes to go. But Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) and Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) quickly replied for Ros Casares and the Spanish team cruised from now on.
Marta Fernandez had 13 points in the victory. Laia Palau contributed 12 points for Ros Casares. Cheryl Ford delivered 17 points and 20 rebounds for Frisco Sika. Romana Hejdova netted 15 points in defeat.

Ros Casares: Rebekkah Brunson 27+12 boards, Marta Fernandez 13, Laia Palau 12
Frisco Sika: Cheryl Ford 17+20 boards, Romana Hejdova 15



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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tatsiana LIKHTAROVICH
  Gorizont
  (180-F/G-88)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Likhtarovich, Goriz.22.7 
 2. Sanni, Villeneuve22.5 
 3. Dabovic, Dy.22.0 
 4. Carson, SEAT L.21.8 
 5. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.21.0 
 6. Krawiec, Energa T.20.5 
 7. Petrakova, Cheva.20.0 
 8. Wright, Elitzur Ramla19.5 
 9. Thomas, Villeneuve19.5 
 10. Henry, Mann Filter19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasmine STONE
  Partizan
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 14
 1. Stone, Partizan14.0 
 2. Willingham, Elitzu.13.5 
 3. Thomas, Villeneuve13.0 
 4. Podesvova, MBK R.11.8 
 5. Davis, Hatis Y.11.0 
 6. Henry, Mann Filter10.5 
 7. Dennett, Sint K.10.3 
 8. Sanni, Villeneuve10.3 
 9. Hasper, Gorizont9.3 
 10. Kuzina, Dynamo M.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tamara BAJIC
  Zeljeznicar
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Bajic, Zeljeznicar7.3 
 2. Cherepanova, Cheva.7.3 
 3. Tanqueray, Villeneuve6.3 
 4. Comtesse, Saarl.6.0 
 5. Brandao, Olivais5.3 
 6. Gajda, Energa Torun5.3 
 7. Laczi, Szeged5.0 
 8. Mitchell, Arras5.0 
 9. Chapdelaine, Hatis Y.5.0 
 10. Aubert, Nantes4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ingrid TANQUERAY
  Villeneuve
  (164-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.0 
 2. Kartaltepe Y., Besik.3.5 
 3. Gomis, Arras3.3 
 4. Mitchell, Arras3.3 
 5. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.3 
 6. Barnert, Saarlouis3.3 
 7. Khodzhayan, Spart.3.0 
 8. Krawiec, Energa T.3.0 
 9. Cherepanova, Cheva.3.0 
 10. Doron, Elitzur Ramla3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Luca IVANKOVIC
  Jolly
  (200-C-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ivankovic, Jolly6.0 
 2. Myasoedova, Dynam.4.0 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.7 
 4. Dennett, Sint K.2.3 
 5. Misura, Jolly2.0 
 6. Riley, Athinaikos2.0 
 7. Meesseman, Ieper1.8 
 8. Davenport, Cheva.1.7 
 9. Gogiya, Dy.1.7 
 10. Skrba, Aris1.7 


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


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce26.4 
 2. Brunson, Ros C.19.4 
 3. Bonner, Rivas E.18.8 
 4. Reid, Gospic18.6 
 5. Taylor, Fenerbahce18.4 
 6. Dubljevic, Tarbes18.0 
 7. Milton-Jones, USK P.17.8 
 8. McCoughtry, MKB E.17.6 
 9. Zellous, TTT Riga17.4 
 10. Viteckova, USK P.17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cheryl FORD
  Frisco Sika
  (191-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14
 1. Ford, Frisco Sika14.0 
 2. Charles, Nadezhda.12.0 
 3. Lyttle, Perfumer.11.4 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.10.8 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.10.5 
 6. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.4 
 7. Brunson, Ros C.10.4 
 8. Fowles, Galatasa.10.0 
 9. Godin, Taranto9.0 
 10. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Epiphanny PRINCE
  Spartak V MR
  (175-G-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Prince, Spartak .5.2 
 2. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli5.0 
 3. Babkina, Lotos G.5.0 
 4. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.6 
 5. Vardarli, Fener.4.6 
 6. Hammon, Nadezhda.4.5 
 7. Richards, Gorzow4.4 
 8. Honti, MKB Eurol.4.4 
 9. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.4 
 10. Jelavic, Wisla C.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Maurita REID
  Gospic
  (173-G-85)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Reid, Gospic3.8 
 2. Brunson, Ros C.3.0 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.0 
 4. Mahoney, Taranto2.8 
 5. Phillips, Wisla C.2.6 
 6. Prince, Spartak .2.6 
 7. McCarville, Famili.2.5 
 8. Leedham, Gorzow2.4 
 9. Kupcikova, Dobri A.2.4 
 10. Lyttle, Perfumer.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VEREMEENKO
  Nadezhda O.
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.8 
 2. Stepanova, UMMC2.3 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges1.8 
 4. Kulichova, USK P.1.8 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.6 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.1.4 
 7. Bonner, Rivas E.1.3 
 8. Jackson, Spartak .1.3 
 9. Bjelica, Lotos Gdynia1.3 
 10. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 


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


Euroleague Round: 5 (Qualifying Round). Wednesday games - by Eurobasket News
Group A
TTT Riga - Mondeville 55-50
TTT Riga celebrated their first Euroleague win this season. They held off USO Mondeville in the Latvian capital tonight. The victory propelled the hosts to 1-4 record in Group A. Mondeville fell at 3-2 record after the defeat. Former TTT Riga player Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) put Mondeville on top 12:2 early in the game. The visitors stayed in charge as they finished the starting quarter 19:12. TTT Riga woke up early in the second term as they went on an 8:2 run. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) finally tied the score at 29 with three minutes left in the half. Dita Krumberga even put the hosts in front but Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) and Sene retained the lead for the French outfit 33:30 at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times throughout low-scoring third term. Aija Brumermane had the last word in the period as the teams entered the final quarter knotted at 42. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: Va Commonwealth) and Shavonte Zellous tipped off the final period with five points in a row as TTT Riga spurred in front. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) and Valeriya Berezhynska did not allow the hosts to clear off but it was Quanitra Hollingsworth who capped the regulation with a three-point play sealing the deal. Shavonte Zellous provided 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for TTT Riga. Quanitra Hollingsworth added 10 points and 13 boards in the victory. Aija Brumermane and Lenae Williams replied with 14 points each for USO Mondeville. Valeriya Berezhynska had 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

Wisla Can-Pak - Dobri Anjeli 66-61
Wisla recorded the third Euroleague win as they knocked down Dobri Anjeli in Krakow. The teams are now tied at 3-2 record on top of Group A. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) delivered 18 points to lead the hosts. Dobri Anjeli however looked better early in the encounter. Houston and Lawless gave the visitors a 20:12 advantage late in the opening frame. Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) and Erin Phillips stepped up for the hosts cutting the deficit at just three points ten minutes into the game. Wisla used a 7:0 run midway through the second term to pull in front 32:29. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) and Houston however capped the half with five points in a row and the visitors regained the lead at 36:34. Another 7:0 rally put the hosts in charge early in the third term. Dobri Anjeli once again rebounded and the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 47. Dupree and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) knocked down four points in a row to open the final term but Wisla showed character. The Polish team ignited a 9:0 run to establish a 56:51 advantage with under six minutes remaining. Janell Burse and Leciejewska ensured a 63:55 lead for Wisla with under three minutes to go. Dupree replied for the Slovakian champions but Erin Phillips converted a three-point play and Wisla rolled to the win at the end. Janell Burse had 14 points and 9 boards for Wisla. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) added 12 points and 7 caroms in the win. Lucia Kupcikova answered with 14 points for Dobri Anjeli. Ivana Jalcova finished with 13 points in the loss.

Group B
UMMC - Fenerbahce 67-73
Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) and Fenerbahce remained undefeated in Euroleague season. They traveled to Yekaterinburg tonight for the game of the week in Group B. Taurasi knocked down 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 3 assists to help Fenerbahce defeat UMMC and improve at 5-0 record. UMMC meanwhile fell at 4-1 record. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80), Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) and Diana Taurasi secured an 11:2 start of the Turkish team. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) organized a 10:0 run from the home team late in the period as UMMC drew things level. But Diana Taurasi capped the frame with two trebles and Fenerbahce accumulated a 24:16 lead. Matovic scored 7 points in the second period to keep Fenerbahce on top. UMMC eventually knotted things up at 35 but Diana Taurasi repeated the trick crowning the half with a three-pointer and giving Fenerbahce a 38:35 advantage. Nevriye Yilmaz and Penelope Taylor kept UMMC at bay in the third frame. The visitors were up by five points late in the quarter when Crystal Langhorne knocked down a jumper and UMMC entered the fourth term down by just three points 55:58. Stepanova leveled things up at 63 with less than five minutes to go but UMMC could not capitalize. Birsel Vardarli replied with back-to-back triples and Fenerbahce ran away for good. Nevriye Yilmaz accounted for 14 points in the win. Penelope Taylor added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Fenerbahce. Crystal Langhorne answered with 17 points for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter netted 12 points in the loss.

MKB Eurol. - Gospic 82-68
MKB Euroleasing toppled Gospic in Sopron tonight. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Hungarian team to the third win in Group B. Gospic in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss. MKB Euroleasing led right from the start. They earned a 21:14 lead with almost eight minutes into the clash. The margin grew at 9 points before Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Jurcevic capped the period with four free throws and dragged Gospic within 5 points 20:25. MKB Euroleasing went on a 7:0 run to open the second frame. But the visitors were ready for the challenge. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) drained two triples and Jurcevic added another one as Gospic cut the deficit at just one point. Amber Holt uttered the final word in the half and MKB Euroleasing ensured a 43:40 halftime lead. Jelena Ivezic, Vrsaljko and Sandra Mandir gave Gospic their first lead of the game early in the third term. Gospic maintained it throughout the third quarter before Furesz knotted things up at 58. The teams were still tied with under five minutes to go when MKB Euroleasing triggered a 15:2 run and rallied to the victory at the end. Amber Holt notched 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for MKB Euroleasing. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois), Kata Honti (175-G-87) and Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) added 10 points each in the victory. Sandra Mandir replied with 19 points for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic accounted for 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the loss.

Group C
Tarbes - VICI Kaunas 63-59
Tarbes boosted their Euroleague ambitions with a home win over VICI Kaunas. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) knocked down 22 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 3 assists to pace the French side. Tarbes are now 2-3 record, while VICI Kaunas fell at 1-4 record in Group C. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter. Tarbes however went on a 9:0 run late in the first quarter to clear off. They posted an 18:12 lead at the first break. Jelena Dubljevic opened the second frame with four straight points to boost Tarbes lead. VICI cut the deficit but Lo capped the first half with five points to pile up a 34:25 lead for the home team. Sauliute helped VICI to narrow the distance at just three points early in the second half. Jelena Dubljevic immediately replied with 7 points of her own to post a 47:34 advantage for Tarbes. VICI refused to surrender as they trimmed the deficit at 5 points but Lepron and Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) teamed up for four free throws as Tarbes entered the final quarter up by 9 points 53:44. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) began the final period with back-to-back trebles as VICI Kaunas were back in the contest. Pikciute and Valentiene pulled VICI as close as two points 55:57 with less than four minutes remaining. But Lepron and Erin Thorn went deadly in the dying minutes to win the game for Tarbes. Erin Thorn came up with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Tarbes. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Marina Solopova answered with 15 points for VICI. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) had 12 points in defeat.

USK Praha - Galatasaray 84-56
USK Praha left no chance for visiting Galatasaray claiming the third Euroleague victory this season. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) scored 25 points, pulled down 9 rebounds and issued 4 assists to lead the charge. The hosts jumped to the third place in Group C earning 3-2 record. Galatasaray in the meantime fell at 2-3 record losing all the road games. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85, college: LSU) scored the first points in this one but USK Praha quickly pulled ahead. The hosts went on a 10:0 run to post a 24:14 lead late in the first period. Delisha Milton-Jones (186-F-74, college: Florida) gave USK Praha a 26:14 lead at the first break. The home team opened the second term with seven consecutive points to deepen the damage. Seimone Augustus (185-G-84, college: LSU) tried to stop the bleeding for Galatasaray but USK Praha looked too good. They eased to a 42:28 halftime advantage. A 15:2 outburst from USK Praha put them in front by 27 points early in the third quarter. Sylvia Fowles dragged Galatasaray within 21 points at three-quarter time but it just sweetened the pill. USK Praha never allowed Galatasaray closer than 15 points in the final quarter and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Delisha Milton-Jones accounted for 20 points and 11 rebounds for USK Praha. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82, college: Minnesota) added 16 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in the victory. Sylvia Fowles replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Galatasaray. Seimone Augustus had 11 points in defeat.

Spartak V MR - Perfumerias 72-60
The Euroleague defending champions Spartak MR showed what they are capable of beating previously undefeated Halcon Avenida at home court. The victory allowed Pokey Chatman team to climb at 3-2 record in Group C. The Spanish team slipped at 4-1 record still on top of the ladder. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the hosts. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) opened the scoring but soon Spartak gained the lead and surged ahead. Jekabsone and Petrovic gave the home team an 18:12 advantage late in the opening stanza. Irina Osipova capped the period with a free throw as Spartak MR enjoyed a 19:14 advantage. Halcon Avenida used a 6:0 run midway through the second period to cut the distance at 3 points 25:28. However Quinn secured a 31:27 halftime lead for the Russian team. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense third period. Spartak MR maintained their leading position as they arrived at the final break up by 5 points 49:44. Milovanovic, Ilona Korstine (182-G-80) and Quinn stretched the lead to 9 points midway through the fourth quarter. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) tried to stop the rot for the visitors with four consecutive points but Irina Osipova and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) answered with quick five points of their own and Spartak rolled to the win in the dying minutes. Ilona Korstine nailed 13 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Spartak MR. Epiphanny Prince added 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in the win. Erika DeSouza top-scored with 19 points for Halcon Avenida. Belinda Snell chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Group D
Ros Casares - Frisco Sika 82-74
Ros Casares remained undefeated in Euroleague Group D. The Spanish powerhouse registered the fifth straight win as they rolled past Frisco Sika in Valencia. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) was pivotal as she tallied 27 points and 12 boards in the victory. It was never an easy walk for Ros Casares. The teams stayed close in the starting period and only a late rally helped the hosts to a 20:16 lead. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) opened the second stanza with a trey and Frisco Sika continued their chase. Actually Halvarsson soon gave the Czech team a 23:22 lead. But Ros Casares quickly regained control and drove to a 40:36 halftime advantage. Rebekkah Brunson and Douglas drained triples as Ros Casares opened a 9-point lead midway through the third term. The hosts capped the period with seven straight points to earn a 64:52 lead. Eldebrink and Skerovic answered for Frisco Sika at the start of the fourth term as the deficit was cut at 7 points. Romana Hejdova and Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) dragged the visitors as close as 6 points with under four minutes to go. But Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) and Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) quickly replied for Ros Casares and the Spanish team cruised from now on. Marta Fernandez had 13 points in the victory. Laia Palau contributed 12 points for Ros Casares. Cheryl Ford delivered 17 points and 20 rebounds for Frisco Sika. Romana Hejdova netted 15 points in defeat.

Gorzow - Nadezhda O. 76-73
Gorzow came from behind late in the game to knock down Nadezhda in Gorzow Wielkopolski. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) came up with 20 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts to the second victory in Euroleague Group D. Nadezhda slipped at 1-4 record after the loss. Nadezhda jumped to an early lead and looked confident throughout the starting frame. Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79), Veremeenko, Sapova and Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) provided a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 7-point mark in the second period. Gorzow however managed to narrow the deficit at just 3 points at halftime 36:39. Nadezhda stepped on the gas once again in the third term. The Russian side erupted for 26 points and posted a 10-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter. But Gorzow changed things around in the last period. They went on an 8:1 run midway through the stanza to level things up. Gorzow did not slow down as they pulled in front to take a 6-point advantage 70:64. Olga Ovcharenko answered with five points in a row to drag Nadezhda back into this one. Olga Ovcharenko soon tied things up at 73. Leedham responded with a killer three-pointer that gave Gorzow the decisive lead with 13 seconds remaining. Berseneva missed her attempt from beyond the arc and the hosts celebrated victory. Kalana Greene (178-G-87, college: Connecticut) delivered 14 points for Gorzow. Samantha Richards (167-G-83) added 13 points in the victory. Tina Charles and Olga Ovcharenko replied with 18 points each for Nadezhda.




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  FRANCE - Women  


Tarbes earn important win over VICI Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - VICI Kaunas 63:59

Tarbes boosted their Euroleague ambitions with a home win over VICI Kaunas. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) knocked down 22 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 3 assists to pace the French side. Tarbes are now 2-3 record, while VICI Kaunas fell at 1-4 record in Group C.
The teams traded baskets early in the encounter. Tarbes however went on a 9:0 run late in the first quarter to clear off. They posted an 18:12 lead at the first break. Jelena Dubljevic opened the second frame with four straight points to boost Tarbes lead. VICI cut the deficit but Lo capped the first half with five points to pile up a 34:25 lead for the home team. Sauliute helped VICI to narrow the distance at just three points early in the second half. Jelena Dubljevic immediately replied with 7 points of her own to post a 47:34 advantage for Tarbes. VICI refused to surrender as they trimmed the deficit at 5 points but Lepron and Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) teamed up for four free throws as Tarbes entered the final quarter up by 9 points 53:44. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) began the final period with back-to-back trebles as VICI Kaunas were back in the contest. Pikciute and Valentiene pulled VICI as close as two points 55:57 with less than four minutes remaining. But Lepron and Erin Thorn went deadly in the dying minutes to win the game for Tarbes.
Erin Thorn came up with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Tarbes. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Marina Solopova answered with 15 points for VICI. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) had 12 points in defeat.

Tarbes: Jelena Dubljevic 22, Erin Thorn 15, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 8
VICI Kaunas: Marina Solopova 15, Giedre Paugaite 12



TTT Riga inject life in their Euroleague campaign - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - USO Mondeville 55:50

TTT Riga celebrated their first Euroleague win this season. They held off USO Mondeville in the Latvian capital tonight. The victory propelled the hosts to 1-4 record in Group A. Mondeville fell at 3-2 record after the defeat.
Former TTT Riga player Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) put Mondeville on top 12:2 early in the game. The visitors stayed in charge as they finished the starting quarter 19:12. TTT Riga woke up early in the second term as they went on an 8:2 run. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) finally tied the score at 29 with three minutes left in the half. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) even put the hosts in front but Berezhynska and Sene retained the lead for the French outfit 33:30 at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times throughout low-scoring third term. Aija Brumermane had the last word in the period as the teams entered the final quarter knotted at 42. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: Va Commonwealth) and Shavonte Zellous tipped off the final period with five points in a row as TTT Riga spurred in front. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) and Berezhynska did not allow the hosts to clear off but it was Quanitra Hollingsworth who capped the regulation with a three-point play sealing the deal.
Shavonte Zellous provided 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for TTT Riga. Quanitra Hollingsworth added 10 points and 13 boards in the victory. Aija Brumermane and Lenae Williams replied with 14 points each for USO Mondeville. Berezhynska had 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

TTT Riga: Shavonte Zellous 21, Quanitra Hollingsworth 10+13 boards, Anda Eibele (170-G-84) 8
USO Mondeville: Aija Brumermane 14, Lenae Williams 14



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  GREECE - Women  


Standings -A2 Women - by Emiliano
A2 Standings
Group North
 1. Anagenisi 0-0 
 2. AO Serron 0-0 
 3. Apollon Kar. 0-0 
 4. Arios Pt. 0-0 
 5. Aspis 0-0 
 6. Lassanis 0-0 
 7. MENT 0-0 
 8. Olympia L. 0-0 
 9. Olympiada L. 0-0 
 10. Panathlitikos 0-0 
 11. Pylaia 0-0 
 12. Titanes Dramas 0-0 
Group South
 1. Aris Holargos 0-0 
 2. Asteras 0-0 
 3. E.A. Paralias 0-0 
 4. Kronos AD 0-0 
 5. Ktisifon P. 0-0 
 6. Nea Kifisia 0-0 
 7. Niki Lenkabas 0-0 
 8. Pagrati 0-0 
 9. Rethymnou 0-0 
 10. Sporting 0-0 
 11. Terpsithea 0-0 
 12. Voureios AOL 0-0 


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Athinaikos 4-0 
 2. Esperides 3-1 
 3. Panionios 3-1 
 4. Panathinaikos 3-1 
 5. DAS Ano Liosa 3-1 
 6. FEA Neas 2-2 
 7. Aris 2-2 
 8. PAOK 1-3 
 9. Olympiakos 1-3 
 10. Proteas 1-3 
 11. Apollon 1-3 
 12. Amarillida 0-4 


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kaili MCLAREN
  Apollon
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. McLaren, Apollon17.8 
 2. Kostopoulou, DAS A.17.7 
 3. Karadima, Apollon16.5 
 4. Koch, Panionios16.3 
 5. Stavridou, PAOK16.3 
 6. Milkova, Esperides15.3 
 7. Derevjanik, Panath.15.0 
 8. Gardner-C., Esper.14.7 
 9. Davis, Athinaikos14.3 
 10. Marginean, Panath.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Meg TIERNY
  Panionios
  (190-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Tierny, Panionios14.3 
 2. Valantasi, Amarillida12.0 
 3. Delva, DAS A.12.0 
 4. McLaren, Apollon11.3 
 5. Rousou, Panionios9.5 
 6. Thompson, Olymp.9.3 
 7. Skrba, Aris9.0 
 8. Green, PAOK9.0 
 9. Gardner-C., Esper.9.0 
 10. Koutsounouri, Olympi.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.6.7 
 2. Fox, Proteas6.0 
 3. Kalogirou, Esperides5.0 
 4. Kalentzou, Athinaikos4.5 
 5. Derevjanik, Panath.4.0 
 6. Lymoura, Athin.4.0 
 7. Magaliou, Apollon4.0 
 8. Spathari, Amarillida3.5 
 9. Daly, FEA Neas3.0 
 10. Koch, Panionios3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jennifer DEREVJANIK
  Panathinaikos
  (175-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Derevjanik, Panath.4.0 
 2. Bracey, DAS A.3.7 
 3. Koutsounouri, Olympi.3.5 
 4. Fox, Proteas3.3 
 5. Kalogirou, Esperides3.3 
 6. Kalentzou, Athinaikos2.5 
 7. Green, PAOK2.3 
 8. Sotiriou, Athinaikos2.3 
 9. Hatzinikolao., Athina.2.3 
 10. Axiopoulou, Esperides2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Asimina KOUTSOUNOURI
  Olympiakos
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Koutsounouri, Olympi.1.8 
 2. Sotiriou, Athinaikos1.3 
 3. Mitropoulou, FEA N.1.0 
 4. Zotova, Aris1.0 
 5. Nikolaidou, FEA N.1.0 
 6. Tierny, Panionios1.0 
 7. McLaren, Apollon0.8 
 8. Skrba, Aris0.7 
 9. Boni, Esperides0.7 
 10. Derevjanik, Panath.0.7 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Standings - Women
Eredivisie Standings
 1. ProBuild Lions 8-0 
 2. Binnenland 6-2 
 3. Wereldtickets.nl 6-2 
 4. CTO 5-3 
 5. HLB Account. 5-3 
 6. Eurosped 3-5 
 7. Grasshoppers 3-5 
 8. Amazone 3-5 
 9. Batouwe 1-7 
 10. Celeritas-Donar 0-8 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Strong fourth quarter allow MKB Euroleasing edge Gospic - by Eurobasket News
MKB Euroleasing - Gospic 82:68

MKB Euroleasing toppled Gospic in Sopron tonight. Angel McCoughtry (185-F-86, college: Louisville) tallied 20 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Hungarian team to the third win in Group B. Gospic in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss.
MKB Euroleasing led right from the start. They earned a 21:14 lead with almost eight minutes into the clash. The margin grew at 9 points before Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Jurcevic capped the period with four free throws and dragged Gospic within 5 points 20:25. MKB Euroleasing went on a 7:0 run to open the second frame. But the visitors were ready for the challenge. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) drained two triples and Jurcevic added another one as Gospic cut the deficit at just one point. Amber Holt (183-G/F-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) uttered the final word in the half and MKB Euroleasing ensured a 43:40 halftime lead. Jelena Ivezic, Vrsaljko and Sandra Mandir gave Gospic their first lead of the game early in the third term. Gospic maintained it throughout the third quarter before Furesz knotted things up at 58. The teams were still tied with under five minutes to go when MKB Euroleasing triggered a 15:2 run and rallied to the victory at the end.
Amber Holt notched 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for MKB Euroleasing. Zane Tamane (200-C-83, college: W.Illinois), Kata Honti (175-G-87) and Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) added 10 points each in the victory. Sandra Mandir replied with 19 points for Gospic. Jelena Ivezic accounted for 15 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the loss.

MKB Euroleasing: Angel McCoughtry 20+10 boards, Amber Holt 17, Zane Tamane 10, Tijana Krivacevic 10, Kata Honti 10
Gospic: Sandra Mandir 19, Jelena Ivezic 15



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  JAPAN - Women  


South Korea hold off Japan to reach Asian Games Final - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Japan 93:78

South Korea defeated Japan in a highly-anticipated semifinal battle at Asian Games. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) scored 24 points to lead the Korean side into the championship game. They will take on the winner of China vs. Taiwan clash.
The teams stayed very close in the first 15 minutes of the encounter. South Korea led by just two points at the first break 24:22. They maintained a narrow lead midway through the second period. But then South Korea went on a 9:4 rally to secure a 41:34 halftime advantage. South Korea quickly stretched the gap to 10 points in the third frame. They were up by 10 points heading into the final period 71:61. Japan made a desperate attempt to erase the deficit. They narrowed the gap to 5 points but South Korea bounced back immediately. They capped the game on a 14:4 rally to seal the victory.
Ha Eun-Joo (200-C-83) delivered 19 points and 6 boards for South Korea. Lee Kyung-Eun (176-G-87) finished with 13 points in the victory. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) answered with game-high 26 points for Japan. Yuka Mamiya (183-C/F-90) netted 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in defeat.

South Korea: Beon Yeon-Ha 24, Ha Eun-Joo 19, Lee Kyung-Eun 13
Japan: Yuko Oga 26, Yuka Mamiya 18



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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. RTU-Merks 6-1 
 2. TTT Riga 5-0 
 3. LU 5-2 
 4. TTT Juniores 4-2 
 5. Liepajas metal. 2-4 
 6. TTT Kadetes 1-4 
 7. Daugavpils 1-5 
 8. Cesis 0-6 


TTT Riga inject life in their Euroleague campaign - by Eurobasket News
TTT Riga - USO Mondeville 55:50

TTT Riga celebrated their first Euroleague win this season. They held off USO Mondeville in the Latvian capital tonight. The victory propelled the hosts to 1-4 record in Group A. Mondeville fell at 3-2 record after the defeat.
Former TTT Riga player Aija Brumermane (191-C-86) put Mondeville on top 12:2 early in the game. The visitors stayed in charge as they finished the starting quarter 19:12. TTT Riga woke up early in the second term as they went on an 8:2 run. Shavonte Zellous (178-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) finally tied the score at 29 with three minutes left in the half. Dita Krumberga (183-F-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) even put the hosts in front but Berezhynska and Sene retained the lead for the French outfit 33:30 at halftime. The lead changed hands for several times throughout low-scoring third term. Aija Brumermane had the last word in the period as the teams entered the final quarter knotted at 42. Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-C-88, college: Va Commonwealth) and Shavonte Zellous tipped off the final period with five points in a row as TTT Riga spurred in front. Lenae Williams (186-F-79, college: DePaul) and Berezhynska did not allow the hosts to clear off but it was Quanitra Hollingsworth who capped the regulation with a three-point play sealing the deal.
Shavonte Zellous provided 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for TTT Riga. Quanitra Hollingsworth added 10 points and 13 boards in the victory. Aija Brumermane and Lenae Williams replied with 14 points each for USO Mondeville. Berezhynska had 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists in defeat.

TTT Riga: Shavonte Zellous 21, Quanitra Hollingsworth 10+13 boards, Anda Eibele (170-G-84) 8
USO Mondeville: Aija Brumermane 14, Lenae Williams 14



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  TTT Riga
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Hollingswort., TTT R.21.2 
 2. Jakobsone, Cesis19.3 
 3. Krastina, LU18.4 
 4. Surkusa, TTT J.15.5 
 5. Zellous, TTT Riga14.5 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.14.4 
 7. Eibele, TTT Riga14.0 
 8. Karklina, TTT Riga14.0 
 9. Butler, TTT Riga14.0 
 10. Egle, Daugavpils13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.12.8 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks11.8 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.11.6 
 4. Audere, Cesis11.0 
 5. Lagzdina, TTT J.10.2 
 6. Jevsejeva, Dauga.9.7 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 8. Dillone, Cesis9.3 
 9. Zarina, LU8.3 
 10. Pavlovska, RTU-M.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga7.2 
 2. Zellous, TTT Riga5.5 
 3. Krastina, LU4.3 
 4. Audere, Cesis4.0 
 5. Kazakevica, Dauga.4.0 
 6. Line, Liepajas metal.3.7 
 7. Karklina, TTT Riga3.5 
 8. Neimane, TTT J.3.4 
 9. Jevsejeva, Dauga.2.8 
 10. Krumberga, TTT R.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kimberly BUTLER
  TTT Riga
  (186-F-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Butler, TTT Riga3.3 
 2. Krastina, LU2.9 
 3. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.8 
 4. Briede, Cesis2.7 
 5. Karklina, TTT Riga2.5 
 6. Audere, Cesis2.5 
 7. Jevsejeva, Dauga.2.5 
 8. Neimane, TTT J.2.4 
 9. Purina, LU2.4 
 10. Maca, Cesis2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  RTU-Merks
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.0 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.2.0 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.8 
 4. Surkusa, TTT J.1.8 
 5. Berzina, Cesis1.0 
 6. Zellous, TTT Riga1.0 
 7. Jevsejeva, Dauga.0.8 
 8. Egle, Daugavpils0.7 
 9. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.0.6 
 10. Cirsa, RTU-Merks0.6 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Tarbes earn important win over VICI Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Tarbes - VICI Kaunas 63:59

Tarbes boosted their Euroleague ambitions with a home win over VICI Kaunas. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) knocked down 22 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 3 assists to pace the French side. Tarbes are now 2-3 record, while VICI Kaunas fell at 1-4 record in Group C.
The teams traded baskets early in the encounter. Tarbes however went on a 9:0 run late in the first quarter to clear off. They posted an 18:12 lead at the first break. Jelena Dubljevic opened the second frame with four straight points to boost Tarbes lead. VICI cut the deficit but Lo capped the first half with five points to pile up a 34:25 lead for the home team. Sauliute helped VICI to narrow the distance at just three points early in the second half. Jelena Dubljevic immediately replied with 7 points of her own to post a 47:34 advantage for Tarbes. VICI refused to surrender as they trimmed the deficit at 5 points but Lepron and Erin Thorn (178-G-81, college: BYU) teamed up for four free throws as Tarbes entered the final quarter up by 9 points 53:44. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) began the final period with back-to-back trebles as VICI Kaunas were back in the contest. Pikciute and Valentiene pulled VICI as close as two points 55:57 with less than four minutes remaining. But Lepron and Erin Thorn went deadly in the dying minutes to win the game for Tarbes.
Erin Thorn came up with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Tarbes. Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga (195-C-89) finished with 8 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Marina Solopova answered with 15 points for VICI. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) had 12 points in defeat.

Tarbes: Jelena Dubljevic 22, Erin Thorn 15, Ana-Maria Cata-Chitiga 8
VICI Kaunas: Marina Solopova 15, Giedre Paugaite 12



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  MALDIVES - Women  


Thailand edge Maldives to earn fifth spot in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News
Thailand - Maldives 93:47

Thailand finished their Asian Games campaign on a high note. They rolled past Maldives to occupy the fifth overall position. Maldives finished winless at the sixth spot. Juthamas Jantakan (174-G-85) paced Thailand with 20 points in this one.
Thailand opened the game with 11:0 run to set the tone. Maldives however managed to unload 11 points in the first quarter to trail by 12 points. The Thai side cleared off in the second quarter. They fired 25 points and established a confident 48:23 halftime advantage. Thailand stayed in charge in the third frame. They arrived at the final pause up by 32 points 67:35. Xuanmin Zhao team tipped off the fourth frame on a 14:1 run and never looked back again.
Naruemol Banmoo (185-C-87) accounted for 16 points and 9 rebounds for Thailand. Atchara Kaichaiyapoom (178-C-92) added 14 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals in the win. Aminath Shiura (176-C-87) replied with 15 points and 6 boards for Maldives. Fadhuwa Zahir (161-F-86) had 12 points and 7 caroms in the loss.

Thailand: Juthamas Jantakan 20, Naruemol Banmoo 16, Atchara Kaichaiyapoom 14
Maldives: Aminath Shiura 15, Fadhuwa Zahir 12



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  POLAND - Women  


Gorzow late rally silence Nadezhda - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - Nadezhda 76:73

Gorzow came from behind late in the game to knock down Nadezhda in Gorzow Wielkopolski. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) came up with 20 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts to the second victory in Euroleague Group D. Nadezhda slipped at 1-4 record after the loss.
Nadezhda jumped to an early lead and looked confident throughout the starting frame. Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79), Veremeenko, Sapova and Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) provided a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 7-point mark in the second period. Gorzow however managed to narrow the deficit at just 3 points at halftime 36:39. Nadezhda stepped on the gas once again in the third term. The Russian side erupted for 26 points and posted a 10-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter. But Gorzow changed things around in the last period. They went on an 8:1 run midway through the stanza to level things up. Gorzow did not slow down as they pulled in front to take a 6-point advantage 70:64. Olga Ovcharenko answered with five points in a row to drag Nadezhda back into this one. Olga Ovcharenko soon tied things up at 73. Leedham responded with a killer three-pointer that gave Gorzow the decisive lead with 13 seconds remaining. Berseneva missed her attempt from beyond the arc and the hosts celebrated victory.
Kalana Greene (178-G-87, college: Connecticut) delivered 14 points for Gorzow. Samantha Richards (167-G-83) added 13 points in the victory. Tina Charles and Olga Ovcharenko replied with 18 points each for Nadezhda.

Gorzow: Yelena Leuchanka 20, Kalana Greene 14, Samantha Richards 13
Nadezhda: Tina Charles 18+13 boards, Olga Ovcharenko 18



Wisla edge Dobri Anjeli in Krakow - by Eurobasket News
Wisla - Dobri Anjeli 66:61

Wisla recorded the third Euroleague win as they knocked down Dobri Anjeli in Krakow. The teams are now tied at 3-2 record on top of Group A. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) delivered 18 points to lead the hosts.
Dobri Anjeli however looked better early in the encounter. Houston and Lawless gave the visitors a 20:12 advantage late in the opening frame. Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) and Erin Phillips stepped up for the hosts cutting the deficit at just three points ten minutes into the game. Wisla used a 7:0 run midway through the second term to pull in front 32:29. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) and Houston however capped the half with five points in a row and the visitors regained the lead at 36:34. Another 7:0 rally put the hosts in charge early in the third term. Dobri Anjeli once again rebounded and the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 47. Dupree and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) knocked down four points in a row to open the final term but Wisla showed character. The Polish team ignited a 9:0 run to establish a 56:51 advantage with under six minutes remaining. Janell Burse and Leciejewska ensured a 63:55 lead for Wisla with under three minutes to go. Dupree replied for the Slovakian champions but Erin Phillips converted a three-point play and Wisla rolled to the win at the end.
Janell Burse had 14 points and 9 boards for Wisla. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) added 12 points and 7 caroms in the win. Lucia Kupcikova answered with 14 points for Dobri Anjeli. Ivana Jalcova finished with 13 points in the loss.

Wisla: Erin Phillips 18, Janell Burse 14, Ewelina Kobryn 12
Dobri Anjeli: Lucia Kupcikova 14, Ivana Jalcova 13



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Utahya Drye gets MVP of the Week award for Portuguese Liga Feminina - by Eurobasket News
Talented American Utahya Drye (185-F-88) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader CAB Madeira and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 24 points and thirteen rebounds, while her team beat CDTN (#5, 4-4) 77-62. It allowed CAB Madeira to consolidate first place in the Portuguese Liga Feminina. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and CAB Madeira still have not lost a single game, getting all 7 victories. Drye turned to be CAB Madeira's top player in her first season with the team. Virginia Tech graduate has very impressive stats this year. Drye is in league's top in points (8th best: 17.1ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.4rpg) and averages solid 3.1spg and 57.8% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young American forward Collen Planeta (188-F-88) of Barcelos-MendanhaSousa. Planeta impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 36 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Barcelos lost that game 60-95 to the higher-ranked AD Vagos (#4, 5-2). Barcelos is still second from the bottom in the standings. 5 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Barcelos managed to get this year. Planeta is a newcomer at Barcelos and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.3ppg (#1). She also registered 11.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Brandie Hoskins (175-G-85) of second-ranked Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore. Hoskins got into 30-points club by scoring 33 points in the last round. She went also for eight rebounds . She was a key player of Boa Viagem, leading her team to a 78-67 win against the lower-ranked Alges (#10, 2-5). Boa Viagem is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 6-1 record is not that bad... Hoskins has a great season in Portugal. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.4ppg (4th best), rebounds with 8.7rpg (8th best) and assists with 2.9apg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chineze Nwagbo (183-G-82) of AD Vagos - 23 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Chevon Keith (178-G-86) of Boa Viagem - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Lilian Lopes (184-F-79) of AD Vagos - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Kendel Ross (185-G/F-88) of GDESSA - 24 points and 11 rebounds
8. Necolia Simmons (183-F/C-87) of CDTN - 18 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Angelica Robinson (196-F-87) of Alges - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Carla Ribeiro (168-G-86) of Uniao Micaelense - 20 points and 4 rebounds


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Diana Taurasi paces Fenerbahce past UMMC - by Eurobasket News
UMMC - Fenerbahce 67:73

Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) and Fenerbahce remained undefeated in Euroleague season. They traveled to Yekaterinburg tonight for the game of the week in Group B. Taurasi knocked down 23 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 3 assists to help Fenerbahce defeat UMMC and improve at 5-0 record. UMMC meanwhile fell at 4-1 record.
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80), Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) and Diana Taurasi secured an 11:2 start of the Turkish team. Crystal Langhorne (188-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83, college: Rutgers) organized a 10:0 run from the home team late in the period as UMMC drew things level. But Diana Taurasi capped the frame with two trebles and Fenerbahce accumulated a 24:16 lead. Matovic scored 7 points in the second period to keep Fenerbahce on top. UMMC eventually knotted things up at 35 but Diana Taurasi repeated the trick crowning the half with a three-pointer and giving Fenerbahce a 38:35 advantage. Nevriye Yilmaz and Penelope Taylor kept UMMC at bay in the third frame. The visitors were up by five points late in the quarter when Crystal Langhorne knocked down a jumper and UMMC entered the fourth term down by just three points 55:58. Stepanova leveled things up at 63 with less than five minutes to go but UMMC could not capitalize. Birsel Vardarli (175-G-80) replied with back-to-back triples and Fenerbahce ran away for good.
Nevriye Yilmaz accounted for 14 points in the win. Penelope Taylor added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Fenerbahce. Crystal Langhorne answered with 17 points for UMMC. Cappie Pondexter netted 12 points in the loss.

UMMC: Crystal Langhorne 17, Cappie Pondexter 12
Fenerbahce: Diana Taurasi 23, Nevriye Yilmaz 14, Penelope Taylor 13



Spartak MR slow down Halcon Avenida in Vidnoe - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - Halcon Avenida 72:60

The Euroleague defending champions Spartak MR showed what they are capable of beating previously undefeated Halcon Avenida at home court. The victory allowed Pokey Chatman team to climb at 3-2 record in Group C. The Spanish team slipped at 4-1 record still on top of the ladder. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Belinda Snell (181-F-81) opened the scoring but soon Spartak gained the lead and surged ahead. Jekabsone and Petrovic gave the home team an 18:12 advantage late in the opening stanza. Irina Osipova capped the period with a free throw as Spartak MR enjoyed a 19:14 advantage. Halcon Avenida used a 6:0 run midway through the second period to cut the distance at 3 points 25:28. However Quinn secured a 31:27 halftime lead for the Russian team. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense third period. Spartak MR maintained their leading position as they arrived at the final break up by 5 points 49:44. Milovanovic, Ilona Korstine (182-G-80) and Quinn stretched the lead to 9 points midway through the fourth quarter. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) tried to stop the rot for the visitors with four consecutive points but Irina Osipova and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) answered with quick five points of their own and Spartak rolled to the win in the dying minutes.
Ilona Korstine nailed 13 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Spartak MR. Epiphanny Prince added 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in the win. Erika DeSouza top-scored with 19 points for Halcon Avenida. Belinda Snell chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Spartak MR: Irina Osipova 15, Ilona Korstine 13, Epiphanny Prince 12
Halcon Avenida: Erika DeSouza 19, Belinda Snell 14



Gorzow late rally silence Nadezhda - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow - Nadezhda 76:73

Gorzow came from behind late in the game to knock down Nadezhda in Gorzow Wielkopolski. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) came up with 20 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts to the second victory in Euroleague Group D. Nadezhda slipped at 1-4 record after the loss.
Nadezhda jumped to an early lead and looked confident throughout the starting frame. Olga Ovcharenko (184-F-79), Veremeenko, Sapova and Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) provided a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 7-point mark in the second period. Gorzow however managed to narrow the deficit at just 3 points at halftime 36:39. Nadezhda stepped on the gas once again in the third term. The Russian side erupted for 26 points and posted a 10-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter. But Gorzow changed things around in the last period. They went on an 8:1 run midway through the stanza to level things up. Gorzow did not slow down as they pulled in front to take a 6-point advantage 70:64. Olga Ovcharenko answered with five points in a row to drag Nadezhda back into this one. Olga Ovcharenko soon tied things up at 73. Leedham responded with a killer three-pointer that gave Gorzow the decisive lead with 13 seconds remaining. Berseneva missed her attempt from beyond the arc and the hosts celebrated victory.
Kalana Greene (178-G-87, college: Connecticut) delivered 14 points for Gorzow. Samantha Richards (167-G-83) added 13 points in the victory. Tina Charles and Olga Ovcharenko replied with 18 points each for Nadezhda.

Gorzow: Yelena Leuchanka 20, Kalana Greene 14, Samantha Richards 13
Nadezhda: Tina Charles 18+13 boards, Olga Ovcharenko 18



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  SERBIA - Women  


A1 League: Round 7 review - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda - Hemofarm 70-76
Hemofarm continued its dominance in Serbian league after beating Crvena Zvezda 70-76. Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) shinned for winning side with 23 points. She got support from Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) and Sasa Cado (172-G-89) who chipped in 14 and 11 points respectively. For Crvena Zvezda, Jovana Popovic (173-G-90) had a good game as she scored 20 points. Ivana Grubor (185-F/C-84) added 13, while Juliana Kancevic and Ana Niksic chipped in 10 points apiece.

Student - Celarevo 83-74 OT
Student played hosts to Celarevo and had to work hard in order to win the game 83-74. It was a closely contested game and the regular part of the game was done with score tied at 65 apiece. In the overtime, Studnet players were finally able to make a run after winning the period 18-9.

Kovin - Spartak 70-77
Spatak traveled to Kovin where they managed to steal one from their hosts. After a close first quarter, visiting side took over in the second period and by halftime they were able to build 34-40 lead. In the second half, Spartak maintained their lead while Kovin tried to push for a comeback. In the end visiting side prevailed and held to secure 70-77 win.

Radnicki KG - Proleter 55-54
Radnicki KG hosted Proleter and had to work very hard in order to secure win. In a closely contested matchup it was hosts who came out stronger. By the end of the first half, they were able to build 34-28 lead. Proleter players had a better second half so the closing minutes of the match were very suspense. In the end it was Radnicki players who had calmer nerves to come away with 55-54 win.

A Standings
1. Hemofarm 6-0
2. Spartak 5-2
3. Student 4-2
4. Celarevo 3-2
5. Crvena Zvezda 3-2
6. Kovin 3-3
7. Radnicki KG 1-4
8. Proleter 1-5
9. Loznica 0-6




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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Wisla edge Dobri Anjeli in Krakow - by Eurobasket News
Wisla - Dobri Anjeli 66:61

Wisla recorded the third Euroleague win as they knocked down Dobri Anjeli in Krakow. The teams are now tied at 3-2 record on top of Group A. Erin Phillips (173-G-85) delivered 18 points to lead the hosts.
Dobri Anjeli however looked better early in the encounter. Houston and Lawless gave the visitors a 20:12 advantage late in the opening frame. Janell Burse (197-C-79, college: Tulane) and Erin Phillips stepped up for the hosts cutting the deficit at just three points ten minutes into the game. Wisla used a 7:0 run midway through the second term to pull in front 32:29. Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) and Houston however capped the half with five points in a row and the visitors regained the lead at 36:34. Another 7:0 rally put the hosts in charge early in the third term. Dobri Anjeli once again rebounded and the teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 47. Dupree and Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) knocked down four points in a row to open the final term but Wisla showed character. The Polish team ignited a 9:0 run to establish a 56:51 advantage with under six minutes remaining. Janell Burse and Leciejewska ensured a 63:55 lead for Wisla with under three minutes to go. Dupree replied for the Slovakian champions but Erin Phillips converted a three-point play and Wisla rolled to the win at the end.
Janell Burse had 14 points and 9 boards for Wisla. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) added 12 points and 7 caroms in the win. Lucia Kupcikova answered with 14 points for Dobri Anjeli. Ivana Jalcova finished with 13 points in the loss.

Wisla: Erin Phillips 18, Janell Burse 14, Ewelina Kobryn 12
Dobri Anjeli: Lucia Kupcikova 14, Ivana Jalcova 13



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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora21.3 
 2. Baltic, AJM M.19.0 
 3. Mikic, Grosuplje17.7 
 4. Kure, AJM Maribor17.2 
 5. Baric, Merkur C.16.5 
 6. Oblak, Odeja KED15.8 
 7. Skof, Ilrija15.0 
 8. Turcinovic, Merkur C.14.9 
 9. Komplet, Hit K.14.4 
 10. Baloh, Kozmetik.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana LJUBENOVIC
  Triglav
  (182-F/C-88)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Ljubenovic, Triglav9.8 
 2. Turcinovic, Merkur C.9.7 
 3. Skof, Ilrija9.0 
 4. Macura, Jezica9.0 
 5. Muhovic, Kozmetik.8.6 
 6. Baltic, AJM M.8.0 
 7. Zdolsek, Triglav7.9 
 8. Komplet, Hit K.7.0 
 9. Klancnik, GVT K.7.0 
 10. Furman, AJM M.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Nika BARIC
  Merkur Celje
  (169-G-92)
  Avg: 6
 1. Baric, Merkur C.6.0 
 2. Jurse, Kozmetik.4.8 
 3. Oberc, Ilrija3.8 
 4. Klein, Merkur Celje3.3 
 5. Oblak, Hit K.Gora3.2 
 6. Kolman, Grosuplje3.0 
 7. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.0 
 8. Baltic, AJM M.2.6 
 9. Panic, Hit K.Gora2.5 
 10. Dover, AJM Maribor2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Klavdija OBLAK
  Odeja KED
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Oblak, Odeja KED4.2 
 2. Abramovic, Merkur C.3.5 
 3. Oblak, Hit K.Gora3.2 
 4. Dover, AJM Maribor3.2 
 5. Rupnik, Jezica3.1 
 6. Zupancic, Grosuplje2.8 
 7. Klancnik, GVT K.2.6 
 8. Gabrovsek, Jezica2.6 
 9. Zalar, Ilrija2.6 
 10. Oberc, Ilrija2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Katja KLANCNIK
  GVT Konjice
  (175-F-90)
  Avg: 0.8
 1. Klancnik, GVT K.0.8 
 2. Pavli, Jezica0.8 
 3. Srot, GVT Konjice0.7 
 4. Stevovska, Jezica0.7 
 5. Zdovc, GVT Konjice0.7 
 6. Macura, Jezica0.6 
 7. Trebec, Hit K.Gora0.6 
 8. Valic, Triglav0.5 
 9. Klavzar, Merkur C.0.5 
 10. Skof, Ilrija0.5 


Maribor end Triglav's five-game winning streak - by Zeljko Zule
Kristina Baltic just missed a triple-double with 10 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists, Marusa Furman (184-F-86) had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Martina Dover scored 23 points and Katarina Ilijev 14 and AJMMaribor halted Triglav's five-game winning streak with a 70-65 road victory in Round 9. Maribor has used only six players and trailing 51-57 with 6:24 remaining, went on a 15-4 run to take a lead 66-61 just 21 seconds to go. Triglav was whistled for 22 fouls to Maribor's 14 and shot just 7 free throws to Maribors 28. Ziva Zdolsek scored 17 points, Bojana Duric 12 and Ana Ljubenovic collected 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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South Korea hold off Japan to reach Asian Games Final - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Japan 93:78

South Korea defeated Japan in a highly-anticipated semifinal battle at Asian Games. Beon Yeon-Ha (180-F-80) scored 24 points to lead the Korean side into the championship game. They will take on the winner of China vs. Taiwan clash.
The teams stayed very close in the first 15 minutes of the encounter. South Korea led by just two points at the first break 24:22. They maintained a narrow lead midway through the second period. But then South Korea went on a 9:4 rally to secure a 41:34 halftime advantage. South Korea quickly stretched the gap to 10 points in the third frame. They were up by 10 points heading into the final period 71:61. Japan made a desperate attempt to erase the deficit. They narrowed the gap to 5 points but South Korea bounced back immediately. They capped the game on a 14:4 rally to seal the victory.
Ha Eun-Joo (200-C-83) delivered 19 points and 6 boards for South Korea. Lee Kyung-Eun (176-G-87) finished with 13 points in the victory. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) answered with game-high 26 points for Japan. Yuka Mamiya (183-C/F-90) netted 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in defeat.

South Korea: Beon Yeon-Ha 24, Ha Eun-Joo 19, Lee Kyung-Eun 13
Japan: Yuko Oga 26, Yuka Mamiya 18



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spartak MR slow down Halcon Avenida in Vidnoe - by Eurobasket News
Spartak MR - Halcon Avenida 72:60

The Euroleague defending champions Spartak MR showed what they are capable of beating previously undefeated Halcon Avenida at home court. The victory allowed Pokey Chatman team to climb at 3-2 record in Group C. The Spanish team slipped at 4-1 record still on top of the ladder. Irina Osipova (196-F-81) scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the hosts.
Belinda Snell (181-F-81) opened the scoring but soon Spartak gained the lead and surged ahead. Jekabsone and Petrovic gave the home team an 18:12 advantage late in the opening stanza. Irina Osipova capped the period with a free throw as Spartak MR enjoyed a 19:14 advantage. Halcon Avenida used a 6:0 run midway through the second period to cut the distance at 3 points 25:28. However Quinn secured a 31:27 halftime lead for the Russian team. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense third period. Spartak MR maintained their leading position as they arrived at the final break up by 5 points 49:44. Milovanovic, Ilona Korstine (182-G-80) and Quinn stretched the lead to 9 points midway through the fourth quarter. Erika DeSouza (197-C-82) tried to stop the rot for the visitors with four consecutive points but Irina Osipova and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) answered with quick five points of their own and Spartak rolled to the win in the dying minutes.
Ilona Korstine nailed 13 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Spartak MR. Epiphanny Prince added 12 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in the win. Erika DeSouza top-scored with 19 points for Halcon Avenida. Belinda Snell chipped in 14 points in the loss.

Spartak MR: Irina Osipova 15, Ilona Korstine 13, Epiphanny Prince 12
Halcon Avenida: Erika DeSouza 19, Belinda Snell 14



Rebekkah Brunson unstoppable as Ros Casares edge Frisco Sika - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares - Frisco Sika 82:74

Ros Casares remained undefeated in Euroleague Group D. The Spanish powerhouse registered the fifth straight win as they rolled past Frisco Sika in Valencia. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) was pivotal as she tallied 27 points and 12 boards in the victory.
It was never an easy walk for Ros Casares. The teams stayed close in the starting period and only a late rally helped the hosts to a 20:16 lead. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) opened the second stanza with a trey and Frisco Sika continued their chase. Actually Halvarsson soon gave the Czech team a 23:22 lead. But Ros Casares quickly regained control and drove to a 40:36 halftime advantage. Rebekkah Brunson and Douglas drained triples as Ros Casares opened a 9-point lead midway through the third term. The hosts capped the period with seven straight points to earn a 64:52 lead. Eldebrink and Skerovic answered for Frisco Sika at the start of the fourth term as the deficit was cut at 7 points. Romana Hejdova and Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) dragged the visitors as close as 6 points with under four minutes to go. But Laia Palau (178-G/F-79) and Marta Fernandez (178-F-81) quickly replied for Ros Casares and the Spanish team cruised from now on.
Marta Fernandez had 13 points in the victory.