EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/27/2010

Copyright 1997-2010 Eurobasket
WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site!
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the report, nor will you attempt to do so.
More info:www.eurobasket.com


Men News

*****************************************************
  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Nemanja Arnautovic leaves Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
Nemanja Arnautovic (193-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. The 20-year-old prospect, who joined the club last summer, decided to leave after he appeared just in three games this season.
Nemanja Arnautovic finished last season in Montenegro helping their powerhouse Buducnost to defend the title. He started 2009/10 with Mega Vizura averaging 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in Serbian league. Arnautovic started the basketball career with Hemofarm and he was a member of Serbian U16 and U20 National Team in the past.


*****************************************************
  ANGOLA   


Season begins in Angola - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Basketball season begun in Angola with Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda beating Recreativo's Libolo in a Supercup match played in Luanda.


The Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda was too strong in the first half, and at half-time they were ahead by 41-16. It was really surprising to see how the militares were so strong and quick. When anybody expected any animation in the second half, Libolo did a spectacular comeback and finished the third quarter with 57-46 in the scoreboard. But then, Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda showed their superiority and kept the advantage to finish the game winning by 77-66.


The best scorers were Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87) (17 points) and Karlton Mims (189-G-80, college: Washburn) (10 points) in the winner team, and Leonel Paulo (198-C-89) (12 points) in the Libolo team.

First league games today

Day 1 of the Angola League with the games Rec. Libolo vs Sporting Clube de Luanda and Vila Estoril vs Santos FC. Other games were postponed. Saturday will have a Day 2 game disputed between Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda and Sporting Clube de Luanda.


Gustavo da Conceicao, Angolan Federation President, declared he is very confident for the new season, and said 'everybody is very happy to see how our organization and investment is making basketball stronger in Angola'.






Source: Angop




1 de Agosto roster - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda roster is composed by the following players:

Armando Costa (192-G-83)
Helder Ortet (201-C-82)
Karlton Mims (189-G-80, college: Washburn)
Miguel Lutonda (185-G-71)
Kikas Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, college: Valparaiso)
Carlos Almeida (193-G/F-76)
Felizardo Ambrosio (201-F-87)
Filipe Abraao (194-F-79)
Adilson Baza (185-C-86)
Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant)
Vlademir Ricardino (193-F/G-77)
Adolfo Quimbamba (198-F-82)
Hermenegildo Santos
Islando Manuel (192-F-91)

The Head Coach is the portuguese Luis Magalhaes .
The Desportivo 1. De Agosto Luanda was the Angolan Champion last season and won the Supercup yesterday.


Libolo roster - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The Recreativo's Libolo roster:

Mayzer Alexandre (186-G-84)
Simao Santos (198-F-79)
Abdel Bouckar (C)
Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82)
Reggie Moore (203-F-81, college: ORU)
Milton Barros (184-G-84)
Edson da Costa NDoniema
Domingos Bonifacio (189-G-84)
Leonel Paulo (198-C-89)
Manuel Mariano (195-G-87)
Abdel Gomes (203-C-89)
Feliciano Camacho (194-F-81)
Edgar Chocolate

The Head Coach is Raul Duarte .
Recreativo's Libolo won the Angolan Cup, last season. They are considered one of the top favourites in Angolan League this season.


*****************************************************
  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 11-1 
 2. Obras 10-2 
 3. Lanus 8-4 
 4. Estudiantes 6-6 
 5. Argentino 4-8 
 6. Gimnasia CR 4-8 
 7. Monte Hermoso 4-8 
 8. Boca Jrs 1-11 


*****************************************************
  ASIAN GAMES   


China clinch Gold at Asian Games - by Eurobasket News
3-4 place
Japan - Iran 66-74
Iran celebrated the victory on the final day of action at Asian Games in Guangzhou. They held off Japan to step onto the pedestal. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) exploded with 27 points to lead the effort. Iran put their noses in front early in the encounter. They ensured a 5-point lead before Japan stepped up to cut the distance. Led by Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) Japan managed to pull within just two points at the first break 24:26. Iran opened the second frame on an 11:5 run to clear off once again. They raced to a 43:36 halftime advantage. Iran did not slow down in the third period. They were more accurate from the field and secured a 59:50 lead at the final intermission. Iran used all of their experience to keep Japan at bay throughout the final stanza. Iran avoided drama of the final minutes and ensured a comfortable win at the end. Asghar Kardoust notched 13 points and 7 rebounds for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) and Hamed Sohrabnejad (206-C/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points each in the victory. Takumi Ishizaki replied with 17 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) netted 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

5-6 place
Philippines - Qatar 71-81
Qatar crowned their Asian Games campaign with victory. They defeated Philippines to finish in the fifth overall position. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) delivered 25 points and 12 rebounds for Qatar in this one. The teams stayed close in the opening frame. They exchanged baskets and the scoreboard read 17:17 at the first break. Qatar pulled ahead early in the second period but not for too long. A roller-coaster action continued as Philippines pulled in front and posted a 39:36 lead at the interval. Philippines maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by as many as 4 points 64:60. But a disastrous start to the fourth term did not allow Philippines to succeed. Qatar went on a 16:3 run early in the final quarter to leave their opponents behind. Qatar did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and raced to the victory at the end. Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) produced 19 points and 10 rebounds for Qatar. Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) netted 17 points in the victory. Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) replied with 20 points for Philippines. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) provided 13 points and 19 rebounds in the losing case.

7-8 place
North Korea - Jordan 74-79
Jordan finished their Asian Games campaign on a high note. They knocked down DPR Korea to occupy the seventh overall position. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) stepped up with 20 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners. DPR Korea raced in front early in the encounter but Jordan quickly denied the effort. They grabbed the lead to post a 23:19 advantage at the first break. Jordan used a 14:2 run in the second quarter to ensure a comfortable 17-point lead at the interval. DPR Korea refused to surrender as they changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. The Korean side increased the tempo and narrowed the gap at only 2 points with one quarter remaining 55:57. Jordan tried to play aggressively in the fourth period as they maintained the lead. Fadel Alnajjar (192-G-85) and Abdullah Abuqoura stepped up for Jordan late in regulation and sealed the winning outcome. Fadel Alnajjar produced 14 points for the winners. Malek Khashan (185-G-85) netted 12 points for Jordan. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 18 points for DPR Korea. Kwang Kye (180-G-84) and Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) had 16 points each in the loss.

FINAL
China - South Korea 77-71
South Korea ended their impressive Asian Games run just a whisker away from the title. Jaehak Yoo team lost to hosting China in the championship clash tonight. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) proved his leading role for the hosts scoring 20 points and pacing China to the triumph. The teams stayed close for some time in the opening frame but the home team stepped on the gas late in the period. China grabbed a 27:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea tipped off the second frame aggressively as they went on a 14:4 run to surge ahead. China responded equally as they regained the advantage late in the half. Bob Donewald team secured a 43:37 advantage at halftime. The home team used a 14:4 rally to take a 57:49 lead midway through the third stanza. China arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points 64:56. They boosted the margin to 14 points early in the final quarter and though South Korea went on a desperate rescue rally late in regulation they could prevent the loss. Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) and Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) accounted for 14 points each for China. Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) replied with 17 points for South Korea. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) chipped in 15 points apiece in the loss.




*****************************************************
  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Hawks 7-1 
 2. Breakers 6-2 
 3. Wildcats 5-3 
 4. Crocodiles 5-3 
 5. Taipans 4-2 
 6. 36ers 2-5 
 7. Blaze 2-5 
 8. Sydney K. 1-5 
 9. Tigers 1-7 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Ervin, Hawks22.9 
 2. Redhage, Wildcats19.9 
 3. Worthington, Blaze18.4 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.5 
 5. Ubaka, Taipans17.5 
 6. Penney, Breakers16.0 
 7. Forman, Hawks16.0 
 8. Loughton, Taipans15.7 
 9. Williams, Tigers15.7 
 10. Petrie, Blaze15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.9.7 
 2. Holmes, 36ers9.0 
 3. Petrie, Blaze8.3 
 4. Forman, Hawks8.0 
 5. Davidson, Hawks7.8 
 6. Vukona, Breakers7.5 
 7. Greer, Tigers7.5 
 8. Nevill, Tigers7.1 
 9. Freeman, Croco.6.9 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Saville, Hawks5.5 
 2. Williams, Tigers5.3 
 3. Ervin, Hawks5.3 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.7 
 5. Carter, 36ers4.5 
 6. DeVries, 36ers4.3 
 7. Cooper, Sydney K.4.3 
 8. Braswell, Breakers3.6 
 9. Holmes, 36ers3.3 
 10. Martin, Wildcats3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Saville, Hawks2.5 
 2. Penney, Breakers2.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.7 
 4. Gibson, Blaze1.6 
 5. Wagner, Sydney K.1.5 
 6. Carter, 36ers1.5 
 7. Crawford, Croco.1.4 
 8. Dorsey, Taipans1.3 
 9. Martin, Wildcats1.3 
 10. Braswell, Breakers1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Ervin, Hawks1.4 
 2. Anthony, Breakers1.0 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.0 
 4. Penney, Breakers1.0 
 5. Williams, Tigers1.0 
 6. Corletto, Tigers1.0 
 7. Redhage, Wildcats0.9 
 8. Wilkinson, Breakers0.9 
 9. Devendorf, Tigers0.9 
 10. Vukona, Breakers0.9 


*****************************************************
  AUSTRIA   


Darren Duncan joins ABC Lions Dornbirn - by Eurobasket
ABC Lions Dornbirn (2.Bundesliga) agreed terms with 22-year old American guard Darren Duncan (180-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management). Duncan played most recently at Merrimack College (NCAA) in the U.S. Last season he was selected to NABC Division II All-Star Game and voted to Daktronics Division II All-America 1st Team. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center




*****************************************************
  BAHRAIN   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Al Manama 5-0 
 2. Al Ahli 5-1 
 3. Muharraq 4-1 
 4. Nuwaidrat 4-1 
 5. Issa Town 3-2 
 6. Sitra 3-3 
 7. Al Ittihad 2-4 
 8. Al Hala 1-5 
 9. Al Najma 0-5 
 10. Bahrain Club 0-5 


*****************************************************
  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Balkan League round 4 best performance: Dimitar Karadzhovski - by Eurobasket News
FYR Macedonian guard Dimitar Karadzhovski (189-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Rilski Sportist Samokov, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, four rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Mornar Bar (#1, 2-1) 84-77. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Despite this victory Rilski Sportist dropped to the 3rd position in Balkan League SB. Rilski Sportist 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 2-2 record. In the team's last game Karadzhovski had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. He turned to be Rilski Sportist's top player in his first season with the team. Dimitar Karadzhovski averages this season 12.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, agency: Agency No 10) of BC Mures Targu-Mures. Cooley had a very good evening with a double-double of 16 points and 14 assists. Of course Mures cruised to a 90-83 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Balkan (1-2). Mures' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 1-2 record. Cooley is one of the most experienced players at Mures and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) of Balkan Botevgrad (#4). Davidov scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Davidov's great performance Balkan lost 83-90 to Mures (1-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Balkan not to end season on such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Davidov could try to bring Balkan's a little bit higher in the standings. Davidov has individually a great season in BIB. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84) of Ulcijn - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Aleksandar1 Radulovic (209-C-84) of Ulcijn - 19 points and 10 rebounds
6. Lazar Simonovic (185-G-82) of Zrinjski MC - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) of Rilski Sportist - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) of Zrinjski MC - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Mures - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Domagoj Norac (186-G-82) of Svjetlost - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists


*****************************************************
  BALTIC LEAGUE   


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 Atyrau17.7 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas17.0 
 8. Kaufmanis, Valmiera16.8 
 9. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.16.6 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudupis16.3 
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. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 8. Wilson, Zemgale8.0 
 9. Matulis, Sakalai8.0 
 10. Mikalauskas, Naglis.8.0 
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. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.9 
 8. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.8 
 9. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.5 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Saage, Rakvere3.0 
 2. Leppik, TU/Rock2.4 
 3. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
 4. Dorbek, Rakvere2.3 
 5. Sirvydis, Sakalai2.2 
 6. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.1 
 7. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 9. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.0 
 10. Wilson, Zemgale2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jekabs ROZITIS
  Zemgale
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 2. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 5. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.6 
 6. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.3 
 7. Galdikas, Neptunas1.3 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.3 
 9. Cain, VEF Riga1.1 
 10. Parakhouski, VEF R.1.0 


Round 9: Alytus Alita defeats Barsy Atyrau in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket
The most interesting game of round 9 in Baltic League was a very close only two-point road defeat of 5th ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau to fourth ranked Lithuanian Alytus Alita 91-93. Forward Paulius Kleiza (195-88) stepped up with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Rytis Adomavicius (199-83, agent: Side Court) helped with 22 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Russian guard Andrey Endropov (185-78) with 17 points and 4 assists. Barsy Atyrau's coach tried 10 players in such tough game. Barsy Atyrau (2-4) added third loss to their record. That victory allowed Alytus Alita (3-2) to climb to second place. Barsy Atyrau (2-4) on the other side took fifth position. Alytus Alita are looking forward to the next round to face Naglis-Adakris (#4) in Palanga. Barsy Atyrau will play on the road against Neptunas hoping to prove their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very significant was Techasas' (#5) 80-77 home victory against 3rd placed Aiscai Kaunas in the game for the third place. Guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) nailed 19 points and 9 assists for the winning side and Vaidotas Volkus accounted for 22 points and 7 rebounds. Estonian forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90) came up with double-double 17 points and 12 rebounds for Aiscai Kaunas in defeat. That victory allowed Techasas (2-3) to climb to third place. They share it with defeated Aiscai Kaunas, Sakalai and Naglis-Adakris. Techasas' next round game will be against league's second-placed Rakvere on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aiscai Kaunas will play against league's new leader Juventus to get back on winning track.
Quite upsetting was Lithuanian Naglis-Adakris' (#4) home defeat in a game versus fifth ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau who edged hosts 88-85. The biggest contributor to a victory was Pavel Ilin with 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Laurynas Mikalauskas who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the victory Barsy Atyrau (2-4) stay at fifth position. Naglis-Adakris (2-3) on the other side took third place as they recorded their third loss. Barsy Atyrau will meet next round at home higher ranked Neptunas. Naglis-Adakris will play against league's second-placed Alytus Alita hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
And what about another game where Juventus (#1) beat Sakalai 82-71 on the road. It was a good game for Gediminas Maceina who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Juventus (4-1) stay at first position. Sakalai (2-3) on the other side took third place. Juventus' next round opponent will be Aiscai Kaunas (#3) on the road.
Fourth-ranked TU/Rock had no problems on the court of TTU/Kalev (#10) in Tallinn. TU/Rock (7-3) outscored TTU/Kalev (2-7) with a record 20 points 94-74. Janar Talts stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. TTU/Kalev's coach tried 12 players saving starting five for next games. That victory allowed current Estonian champions TU/Rock (7-3) to climb to second place. TTU/Kalev (2-7) on the other side went down to eleventh position. TU/Rock will have a break next round. TTU/Kalev will play on the road against Siauliai (#6).

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 9: Barsy Atyrau lost to Zemgale on the opponent's court 79-85. Perlas managed to outperform Rudupis in a home game 62-55. Kalev/Cramo rolled over Norrkoping on the road 65-85.


Group Challenge
Zemgale - Barsy Atyrau 85-79

There was an upset in Jelgava where higher ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau (2-4) was defeated by seventeenth ranked Latvian Zemgale (2-2) 85-79. Swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-86) helped with 14 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (202-84) with 23 points and Ukrainian guard Dmitri Dyatlovsky (195-85, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) with 15 points. Barsy Atyrau's coach tried 11 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Barsy Atyrau (2-4) added third loss to their record. That victory allowed Zemgale (2-2) to climb to second place. They share it with Rakvere. Barsy Atyrau (2-4) on the other side took fifth position. Zemgale will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Barsy Atyrau will play on the road against league's new leader Neptunas (#1) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: M.Evstigneev 23+4reb, D.Dyatlovsky 15+1reb+3ast, D.Klimov 14+3reb+1ast, P.Ilin 14+2reb, P.Joneliunas 6+5reb+1ast, E.Chunda 3+2reb+1ast
BK Zemgale Jelgava: E.Krumins 24+4reb+3ast, I.Bergmanis 14+4reb+2ast, J.Rozitis 14+13reb, K.Kanbergs 12+8reb, A.Brunins 9+4reb, S.Wilson 8+6reb+2ast
gschID: 110470


Alytus Alita - Barsy Atyrau 93-91

The most interesting game of round 9 in Baltic League was a very close only two-point road defeat of 5th ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau to fourth ranked Lithuanian Alytus Alita 91-93. Forward Paulius Kleiza (195-88) stepped up with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Rytis Adomavicius (199-83, agent: Side Court) helped with 22 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Russian guard Andrey Endropov (185-78) with 17 points and 4 assists and forward Pavel Ilin (202-92) with 16 points. Barsy Atyrau's coach tried 10 players in such tough game. Barsy Atyrau (2-4) added third loss to their record. That victory allowed Alytus Alita (3-2) to climb to second place. Barsy Atyrau (2-4) on the other side took fifth position. Alytus Alita are looking forward to the next round to face Naglis-Adakris (#4) in Palanga. Barsy Atyrau will play on the road against Neptunas hoping to prove their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Barsy Atyrau: D.Klimov 18+3reb, A.Endropov 17+3reb+4ast, P.Ilin 16+3reb+3ast, M.Evstigneev 15+4reb, D.Dyatlovsky 10+3reb+3ast, S.Kazantcev 7+3reb
Alytus Alita: P.Kleiza 28+7reb+4ast, R.Adomavicius 22+9reb+3ast, A.Birgelis 12+5ast, S.Kazevicius 12+1reb+4ast, S.Dumbliauskas 9+8reb+1ast, M.Silale 8+3reb+1ast
gschID: 110471


Sakalai - Juventus 71-82

And what about another game where Juventus (#1) beat Sakalai 82-71 on the road. It was a good game for guard Gediminas Maceina (188-84) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 4 assists. Forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Zydrunas Stankus (197-78, college: Campbell) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and center Rolandas Matulis (199-73) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for Sakalai. Both coaches used bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Sakalai (2-3) added third loss to their record. Juventus (4-1) stay at first position. Sakalai (2-3) on the other side took third place. Juventus' next round opponent will be Aiscai Kaunas (#3) on the road.
Top scorers:
Sakalai Vilnius: Z.Stankus 19+6reb+2ast, R.Matulis 13+5reb+2ast, V.Sirvydis 11+2reb+7ast, O.Varanauskas 7+2reb+4ast, M.Janisius 6+5reb+1ast, A.Gydra 6+4reb
Juventus-LKSK Utenos: G.Maceina 16+2reb+4ast, M.Prekevicius 15+5reb+2ast, V.Cepukaitis 14+7reb, A.Adomaitis 10+9reb+1ast, M.Pociukonis 9, A.Kieza 9+9reb+3ast
gschID: 110472


Techasas - Aiscai Kaunas 80-77

Very significant was Techasas' (#5) 80-77 home victory against 3rd placed Aiscai Kaunas in the game for the third place. Guard Ernestas Ezerskis (192-87) nailed 19 points and 9 assists for the winning side and forward Vaidotas Volkus (203-85, college: Redlands CC) accounted for 22 points and 7 rebounds. Estonian forward Siim-Sander Vene (203-90) came up with double-double 17 points and 12 rebounds and center Adomas Drungilas (203-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds for Aiscai Kaunas in defeat. That victory allowed Techasas (2-3) to climb to third place. They share it with defeated Aiscai Kaunas, Sakalai and Naglis-Adakris. Techasas' next round game will be against league's second-placed Rakvere on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Aiscai Kaunas will play against league's new leader Juventus to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Aisciai Kaunas: S.Vene 17+12reb+3ast, S.Vasiliauskas 14+1reb+7ast, A.Drungilas 12+8reb+2ast, T.Smith 8+1reb+2ast, P.Cukinas 8+2reb, T.Barstys 8+1reb+1ast
Panevezys Techasas: V.Volkus 22+7reb, E.Ezerskis 19+2reb+9ast, D.Silinskis 11+2reb+2ast, M.Valukonis 10+4reb, S.Kulevicius 7+5reb+3ast, T.Cerneckis 5+3reb
gschID: 110473


Naglis-Adakris - Barsy Atyrau 85-88

Quite upsetting was Lithuanian Naglis-Adakris' (#4) home defeat in a game versus fifth ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau who edged hosts 88-85. The biggest contributor to a victory was forward Pavel Ilin (202-92) with 20 points. Power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (202-84) helped with 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-85, college: Virginia, agent: Costas Papadakis) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Vilmantas Dilys (208-87, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) added 11 points and 8 rebounds. Despite the victory Barsy Atyrau (2-4) stay at fifth position. Naglis-Adakris (2-3) on the other side took third place as they recorded their third loss. Barsy Atyrau will meet next round at home higher ranked Neptunas. Naglis-Adakris will play against league's second-placed Alytus Alita hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Naglis-Adakris Palangos: L.Mikalauskas 20+6reb, R.Danys 14+6reb, C.Lowe 13+1reb+7ast, V.Petkus 12+5reb+2ast, M.Reminas 12+2reb+1ast, V.Dilys 11+8reb+2ast
Barsy Atyrau: P.Ilin 20+1reb+2ast, M.Evstigneev 17+5reb, D.Klimov 17+3reb+2ast, D.Dyatlovsky 9+4reb+1ast, A.Endropov 8+4reb+4ast, R.Tuleu 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 110474


Group Elite
TTU/Kalev - TU/Rock 74-94

Fourth-ranked TU/Rock had no problems on the court of TTU/Kalev (#10) in Tallinn. TU/Rock (7-3) outscored TTU/Kalev (2-7) with a record 20 points 94-74. Center Janar Talts (205-83) stepped up with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Georgian guard Georgi Tsintsadze (192-86) helped with 16 points and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was American-DR Congolese forward Bambale Osby (203-86, college: Maryland) with double-double 16 points and 14 rebounds and Canadian guard Casey Archibald (195-84, agent: Ruud Harrewijn) with 22 points. TTU/Kalev's coach tried 12 players saving starting five for next games. TTU/Kalev (2-7) added third loss to their record. That victory allowed current Estonian champions TU/Rock (7-3) to climb to second place. TTU/Kalev (2-7) on the other side went down to eleventh position. TU/Rock will have a break next round. TTU/Kalev will play on the road against Siauliai (#6).
Top scorers:
TTU/Kalev Tallinn: C.Archibald 22+4reb+1ast, B.Osby 16+14reb+1ast, E.Keedus 9+1ast, I.Pilk 7+2reb+2ast, M.Kaja 5, V.Kriisa 4+5reb+3ast
Tartu Ulikool/Rock: J.Talts 21+8reb+1ast, G.Tsintsadze 16+2reb+5ast, T.Eichfuss 11+1reb, S.Sokk 11+3reb+4ast, C.Eziukwu 9+9reb+2ast, R.Veideman 9+3reb+2ast
gschID: 106697


Perlas - Rudupis 62-55

There was a surprise result in Vilnius where eleventh ranked Perlas (2-6) defeated higher ranked Rudupis (5-4) 62-55. Guard Aidas Viskontas (185-86) stepped up with 13 points and 5 assists for the winners and forward Eimantas Bendzius (203-90) helped with 15 points. Perlas' coach allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. The best for the losing side was swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) with 16 points and 5 assists and forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-89) with 10 points and 8 rebounds. That victory allowed Perlas (2-6) to climb to ninth place. They share it with Liepaja. Rudupis (5-4) on the other side took fifth position as they recorded their fourth loss. Perlas are looking forward to the next round to face Liepaja (#10) at home. Rudupis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rudupis Prienu: A.Juskevicius 16+4reb+5ast, V.Lipkevicius 10+8reb, E.Zelionis 9+6reb, P.Parachomikas 8+3reb+1ast, P.Butkevicius 5+3reb+1ast, G.Andrijauskas 4+1reb+1ast
Perlas Vilnius: E.Bendzius 15+4reb+1ast, A.Viskontas 13+4reb+5ast, S.Kulvietis 10+2reb, P.Dambrauskas 8+3reb+1ast, G.Staniulis 6+5reb, T.Slezas 4+11reb+2ast
gschID: 106698


Norrkoping - Kalev/Cramo 65-85

I am not sure if we can call it an upset between close teams when 7th ranked Swedish Norrkoping (4-4) was rolled over at home by eighth ranked Estonian Kalev/Cramo (4-4) 85-65. American center Michael Dunigan (208-89, college: Oregon, agent: Michael Naiditch) stepped up with double-double 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and forward Rait Keerles (201-80) helped with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) with double-double 22 points and 11 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-82) with 10 points. Both coaches used bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. That victory allowed Kalev/Cramo (4-4) to climb to seventh place. They share it with defeateddefeated Norrkoping. Kalev/Cramo will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Norrkoping will play on the road against Ventspils (#4) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping Dolphins: J.Kjellbom 22+11reb, T.Gaidamavicius 10+4reb+3ast, G.Gervin 8+2reb+4ast, P.Sakinis 7+4reb+1ast, A.Saks 7+9reb+1ast, F.Sjostrom 4+1reb+1ast
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn: M.Dunigan 17+11reb+2ast, G.Arbet 13+5reb+2ast, R.Keerles 12+6reb+4ast, G.Dorbek 11+7reb+3ast, T.Sokk 9+1ast, R.Tamm 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 106699




*****************************************************
  BELARUS   


Grodno-93 signed new players - by Alina Rakhman
Grodno-93 has acquired new players. The first one is international swingman Dzmitry Paliashchuk (196-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances), ex Arkadia (Austria). The second newcomer is international guard Valery Gandlin (191-G-86), who joined from Elitzur Yavne (Israel). The third one is Ukrainian forward Vyacheslav Bogdanov (200-F-83, agency: Promotex), ex Politeknika-Halychyna (Ukraine). The players have already started their practices with the team. However the first official game they will be able to play for the team is scheduled for December 23. Grodno-93 is excited about the new additions and feels that with the help of them the team can compete in Belarusian championship on a very good level and belives that since now their goals will benefit from this move.

*****************************************************
  BELGIUM   


Charleroi hands 79-74 loss to Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi - Unicaja 79-74

Second straight win for Charleroi, who joined Brose Baskets with 2-4 record in Group B. On the other side, Unicaja slipped to 3-3 score. Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) was a key player for the winners with 21 points. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, agency: Agency No 10, college: Florida) added 12 pts. Unicaja got 14 points and 7 boards from Joel Freeland (208-F-87), who spent just 19 minutes on the court due to foul troubles. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) had 11 pts and 6 rebs.
Five straight points by Demond Mallet opened the game for Charleroi until Saul Blanco replied for Unicaja. Visitors made 3-9 run after that, but still it was Charleroi who was 19-16 up after ten minutes. The hosts jumped to 30-22 at the beginning of Q2 and they later reached plus 9, 37-28. Mosly owing to Saul Blanco, who shined in the finish of the first half, Unicaja cut the margin to 41-35. Third quarter was pretty leveled, after Unicajas 0-5 run at the beginning. Teams exchanged in lead and after 30 minutes it was Unicaja who held 56-57. Charleroi shined at the midway of the last period and mostly thanks to Daniel Santiago they made 12-1 run for 74-67 with something more than two minutes remaining. Everything what Unicaja was able to do until the end was minus four, but than Broyles went to the line and sealed Charlerois victory with two free throws.
In the next round, Charleroi goes to Rome. Unicaja will host Real Madrid.

Charleroi: Demond Mallet 21, Daniel Santiago 15+6 boards, Brent Wright 12
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 14+7 boards, Saul Blanco 11+6 boards


*****************************************************
  BELIZE   


FIBA DIGITAL WORKSHOP TO BE CONDUCTED IN BELIZE!!! - by David Magana
The San Ignacio and Santa Elena Basketball Association (SSBA), affiliate member association of the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) along with the BBF have collaborated to conduct a FIBA Digital workshop in San Ignacio Town, Belize from December 10-12, 2010. Lucas Garcia of FIBA Americas Digital will conduct this workshop that consists of two key components: FIBA Organizer and FIBA Livestats.

FIBA Organizer is a software that will assist the BBF along with its member associations to develop a database of players, coaches, referees and clubs across the country of Belize. It will also help the Associations to better administrate their tournaments with the managing of schedules, result and standings.
The FIBA Livestats program will allow tournament organizers to capture game statistics as they happen and provide this information live on the Internet. All information about players performances and game results will then be easily accessible on the Internet at bbfbelize.org. In January of 2011, the BBF through its member district association will launch the inaugural Belize Telemedia National U 15 and U 17 tournaments. A maximum of 96 teams will participate in these tournaments countrywide. The expertise that statisticians and managers will acquire from the FIBA Digital workshop should aid in the smoother operation of these upcoming tournaments.

The SSBA and the BBF would like to thank BECOL, Cha Creek Resort, Sacred Heart College and FIBA Americas for their contribution towards the preparation of the FIBA Digital workshop.

Press release
BBF




*****************************************************
  BOTSWANA   


Troopers, BDF V stalk Police - by Thomas Fink
NELSON DIRENG
Correspondent

BDF V and Troopers stand between Police and ultimate glory in the national basketball championships after the semi-finals were concluded on Wednesday. The Police are hoping for a clean sweep after its two sides reached the men and women finals to be played this weekend. In the men's final, Police will meet Troopers while in the women competition, they will pit their wits against BDF V.

In the semis on Wednesday night, Troopers dismissed bitter rivals, Spartans 77-65 at the University of Botswana (UB) basketball courts. The game was a tie-breaker after the teams were deadlocked following weekend matches. As expected, the game between the long-time rivals was closely contested and could have gone either way.

In the first quarter, Troopers seemed unsettled as Spartans dominated proceedings. Both sides committed many mistakes and fouls but Spartans emerged tops with Troopers missing several free throws throughout the quarter. Spartans exploited opportunities that came their way to finish the first quarter with a significant lead of 24-16. Spartans, however, celebrated victory a bit too early going into the second round.

The more experienced Troopers knew the game was far from over as they were focused in the second quarter. They regrouped and dominated the quarter, which had fewer goals.They launched an attack that helped them close in on Spartans and take a 38-35 lead.The third quarter was another close affair with Troopers taking it 55-53.

The fourth quarter was an intense test of character as some players started cracking under pressure.The youthful Spartans, eager for a win became disorganised and selfish and Troopers' experience again came into play as they were a more focused side. Although they missed several chances, they were able to capitalise on mistakes by Spartans.

Towards the end of the game, Spartans' players, Moelwa Sikwila and Mothusi Thipe, collided in what later proved to be a serious acccident. Both players were forced to leave the field and a few seconds later, the referee blew the whistle to signal the end of the game.Spartans' captain, Sylvester Noke, said they lost to an experienced side. He said Troopers have remained national champions over the years due to their experience. He said that unlike Troopers, their team is made up of youthful players, who are being nurtured.

'Out of 12 Troopers' players, nine play for the national team while half of our team consists of youthful players who are either at school or fresh from school,' he said. He said that Troopers realised this weakness and exploited it. Noke, however, said they expect to perform better next season. He said the young players now have another year of experience and this will work to their advantage next year.

He said that this season was not their best as they lost easy games and points due to failure to honour some games in the north. 'It is a pity we had a bad season because rightfully, it should have been us meeting Troopers in the finals,' he said. Troopers' coach, Thomas Raglin said he was impressed with his team's performance despite the frequent mistakes and missed chances.

He said that the most important thing is that they followed the game plan. 'The fundamentals of winning in any basketball game are to defend and stay focused on protecting the ball,' he said. He said it is also essential to make a lot of free throws and rebounds. Raglin said Troopers have good offensive players and Spartans were tough opposition although their poor defence cost them the game. 'The other thing I have taught my players is not to worry about calls from referees because this sometimes distracts them,' he said.

Wednesday Line Up
Spartans
Coach - Roy Sikwila
Starters - Robert Mosalakatane (Point Guard), Sylvester Noke (Captain-Shooting Guard), Mothusi Thipe (Small Guard), Peter Ubakar (Centre), Clive Phiri (Forward).
Substitutes - Keone Pheto, Moelwa Sikwila, Kgalemang Fisher, Churchhill Barrows, Sammy Bareka, Ben Mwaagabbwe and Thabang Ncube.

Troopers
Coach - Thomas Raglin
Starters - Mothusi Phokoje (Captain-Forward), Ratanang Tsayang ( Shooting Guard), Michael Banda (Point Guard), Pilane Ncube (Centre), Mmoloki Moilwa (Forward).Substitutes - Mufaro Moyo, Sechaba Sechaba, Percy Letsholo, Basimane Tau, Sebebe Gobela, Billy Modisang and Thebe Selato.


*****************************************************
  BULGARIA   


Standings A2
Division A Standings
 1. Dunav 2007 4-0 
 2. Beroe 4-1 
 3. Academik PL 4-1 
 4. Rilski 2 3-2 
 5. Balkan 2 3-2 
 6. Chavdar 2-2 
 7. Cherno More U18 2-2 
 8. NSA 2-2 
 9. Sportist Svoge 1-4 
 10. Vidabasket 1-5 
 11. Academik BL 0-5 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 7-0 
 2. Levski 5-1 
 3. Balkan 3-3 
 4. Cherno More 3-3 
 5. Chernomorets 2-4 
 6. Tundja 2-4 
 7. Rilski Sportist 2-5 
 8. Spartak 1-5 


*****************************************************
  CANADA   


CIS Round 13: Undefeated Dalhousie loses their first game against St.Mary's - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 13 in CIS was home defeat of much higher ranked Dalhousie to eighth ranked St.Mary's 86-92. It ended the series of three consecutive victories of Dalhousie. St.Mary's (1-4) celebrated their first victory after four consecutive losses. That victory allowed St.Mary's (1-4) to climb to seventh place. Dalhousie (3-1) on the other side took second position as they recorded their first loss. St.Mary's will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dalhousie will play against New Brunsw. hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Cape Breton's (#1) 16-point road victory against St.Francis X. 95-79. Cape Breton (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They stay at first position. St.Francis X. (1-2) on the other side took fourth place as they recorded their second loss.
First-ranked UBC had no problems on the court of Lethbridge (#10). UBC (9-2) outscored Lethbridge (3-8) with a record 36 points 94-58. It was fifth consecutive victory for UBC. They stay at first position. Lethbridge (3-8) on the other side took tenth place as they recorded their eighth loss. UBC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lethbridge will play against league's new leader UBC (#1) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.



Lethbridge - UBC 58-94

First-ranked UBC had no problems on the court of Lethbridge (#10). UBC (9-2) outscored Lethbridge (3-8) with a record 36 points 94-58. It was fifth consecutive victory for UBC. They stay at first position. Lethbridge (3-8) on the other side took tenth place as they recorded their eighth loss. UBC will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Lethbridge will play against league's new leader UBC (#1) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
gschID: 105193


Dalhousie - St.Mary's 86-92

The most shocking disappointment of round 13 in CIS was home defeat of much higher ranked Dalhousie to eighth ranked St.Mary's 86-92. It ended the series of three consecutive victories of Dalhousie. St.Mary's (1-4) celebrated their first victory after four consecutive losses. That victory allowed St.Mary's (1-4) to climb to seventh place. Dalhousie (3-1) on the other side took second position as they recorded their first loss. St.Mary's will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Dalhousie will play against New Brunsw. hoping to win this game.
gschID: 105191


St.Francis X. - Cape Breton 79-95

Very significant was Cape Breton's (#1) 16-point road victory against St.Francis X. 95-79. Cape Breton (7-0) have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They stay at first position. St.Francis X. (1-2) on the other side took fourth place as they recorded their second loss.
gschID: 105192




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


*****************************************************
  CHINA   


China Wins Gold at Asian Games - by Arthur Volbert
China won the gold medal at the Asian Games by defeating South Korea 77-71.

Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) led China with 20 points on 9 of 19 shooting, and 4 rebounds. Sun Yue had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Ding Jinhui, the best of China's upcoming youngsters, had 14 points and 8 rebounds.

Liu Wei and Wang Shipeng each scored 10, but Wang fouled out in 21 minutes. Zhu Fangyu had 5 points and 4 rebounds in 17 minutes but his many injuries have now made him more of a role-player than a star.

Yang Donggeun scored 17 for South Korea and had 4 assists. Kim Joo Sung had 15 points and 4 rebounds. Cho Sungmin also scored 15.

China outrebounded South Korea 28-24 and had 10 offensive rebounds to 4 for Korea. So China overcame its rebounding problems in recent games. Today the rebounding effort was there. This enabled China to win even though Korea outshot China 54 percent to 48 percent. South Korea had 16 turnovers to 9 for China, so good ballhandling also gave China an edge, a significant improvement for China.

China led 27-21 after one quarter and 43-37 at the half. It led 64-56 after three quarters.

In other games, Iran won the bronze medal by defeating Japan 74-66, Qatar took fifth place by beating the Philippines 81-71, and Jordan took seventh place by edging North Korea 79-74.

Link to box score:
http://www.gz2010.cn/info/ENG_ENG/BK/BKR173A_BKM40040060100001ENG.html



Will Conroy leaves Liaoning - by Emiliano
Arguably one of the most gifted scorers not in the NBA, Conroy Will (187-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) who arrived in China earlier this month, has negotiated a release/buyout of his contract with Liaoning Pan Pan Hunters of the Chinese Basketball Association. Conroy participated in several exhibition games, and did very well, running the team and scoring when called upon, had to seek a release, because of personal matters, since the season is quickly approaching, Conroy agreed that the team would likely have to begin searching for his replacement immediately.
Conroy will leave China shortly and will likely be back before this season ends. Best wishes and best of luck Will.


*****************************************************
  CROATIA   


Regal Barca takes it easily in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Regal Barca 75-94

Expected win for the reigning Euroleague champion, who cruised past Cibona on the road 75-94. With this one Barca jumped to 4-2 in Group C, while Cibona stays the only winless team after six Euroleague rounds. Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) scored 18 points for the guests, while Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) and Terence Morris (207-F-79, college: Maryland) added 16 and 15 pts respectively. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) shined in Cibona with 26 points and 6 boards. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) had 14 pts and 6 rebs.
Regal Barca took control on Cibona from the early beginning. They opened the game with 6-15 and later closed the first quarter with 13-24 lead. Cibona improved after that and won the second period 23-20. After the breather, Cibona came to 39-46 but it was all from them last night. Barca drained 25 points for rest of the period and was 57-71 up with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality and Barca had no troubles to take the fourth Euroleague win this season. In the next round, Barca will host Cholet. Cibona will take on Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul.

Cibona: Bojan Bogdanovic 26+6 boards, Leon Radosevic 14+6 boards
Regal Barca: Ricky Rubio 18, Joe Ingles 16, Terence Morris 15


*****************************************************
  DENMARK   


Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 12-1 
 2. Svendborg 10-1 
 3. Naestved 7-5 
 4. Aabyhoj 6-6 
 5. SISU 6-6 
 6. Horsholm 5-3 
 7. Horsens IC 5-7 
 8. Vaerlose 3-8 
 9. Amager BK 3-9 
 10. Aalborg 0-11 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Nerijus BRASAS
  Amager BK
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Brasas, Amager BK22.5 
 2. Soltau, SISU21.9 
 3. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj20.9 
 5. Roberts, Naestved20.1 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose19.2 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.9 
 8. Claitt, Horsens IC18.8 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg16.4 
 10. Bak, Horsholm16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Roberts, Naestved13.1 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC11.1 
 3. Morris, Aabyhoj9.8 
 4. Falkner, Aalborg9.1 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose9.0 
 6. Johansen, Naestved8.9 
 7. Soltau, SISU7.8 
 8. Blackmon, Horsholm7.6 
 9. Williams, Svendborg7.5 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.7 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC5.7 
 3. Martin, Aabyhoj4.7 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.5 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg4.2 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.1 
 7. Kristiansen, Aalborg3.6 
 8. Alili, Vaerlose3.4 
 9. Bak, Horsholm3.4 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Dennis, SISU2.5 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.4 
 3. Smedley, Naestved2.2 
 4. Burgess, Bakken2.2 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 6. Martin, Aabyhoj2.0 
 7. Alili, Vaerlose2.0 
 8. Bak, Horsholm1.9 
 9. Gilling, Horsholm1.9 
 10. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.7 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm2.2 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsholm1.3 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.3 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 6. Brown, SISU1.0 
 7. McGinn, Aalborg0.9 
 8. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 9. St.John, Horsens IC0.8 
 10. Johansen, Naestved0.7 


*****************************************************
  D-LEAGUE   


Latest D-League Transactions: Luke Jackson Returns to Idaho - by Surujh Roopnarine
New Mexico: Acquired James Cripe (7'0''-C-84, college: N.Kentucky) and waived Tyler Hughes (7'0''-F-84, college: Kansas St.). The 7-0 Cripe out of Northern Kentucky appeared in four games with Springfield last season, his third professional season. Hughes, another seven-footer, appeared in one game for the Thunderbirds, scoring four points in 12 minutes against Idaho on November 20th.

Sioux Falls: Acquired Anwar Ferguson (7'0''-C-81, college: Houston) and waived Jamal Abu-Shamala (6'5''-G/F-87, college: Minnesota). In just two-seasons, the 7-0, 200-pound center finished his collegiate career as Houstons fifth all-time leading shot blocker with 160 rejections, trailing only Hakeem Olajuwon, Dwight Davis, Greg Anderson and Bo Outlaw.

Utah: Acquired rookie forward Charles Garcia (6'9''-F-88, college: Seattle) and waived Carlos Medlock (6'0''-G-87, college: E.Michigan). The 22-year old Garcia went undrafted out of Seattle and signed with Oyak Renault Bursa of Turkey. After appearing in two games he left the team at the end of October. The 6-9 Garcia averaged 18.7 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists playing for former UCLA standout Cameron Dollar last season at NCAA D1 Independent Seattle.

Idaho: Acquired veteran small forward Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, college: Oregon). Jackson, the 10th overall selection of the 2004 NBA Draft returns to Idaho where he has played his entire 78-game D-League career. Over three previous seasons he has career averages of 15.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 45.0% from the field and an impressive 43.6% from three. In 2009-10 Jackson took his talents to Italy where he played for Carife Ferrara (15.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.1 steals, 51.5 FGP). The former Oregon Ducks star has spent parts of four NBA seasons with the Cavaliers, Clippers, Raptors and Heat, accumulating career NBA averages of 3.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 73 combined games.



*****************************************************
  EBA   


Standings
EBA Standings
Northern Conference
rthern Div.
 1. New York W. 2-0 
 2. Destroyers 1-0 
 3. Harrisburg H. 0-0 
 4. South Jersey E. 0-0 
 5. Hudson V.H. 0-1 
 6. North Jersey P. 0-2 
Southern Conference
uthern Div.
 1. Old Domin. M. 2-0 
 2. Carolina G. 0-0 
 3. M. All-Stars 0-0 
 4. NoVa H. 0-0 
 5. Washington M. 0-0 
 6. Winchester S. 0-0 
 7. Portsmouth C. 0-2 


Aubin Scott signs to play Overseas - by Gianni Pascucci
Just received from the New York Wizards:
It took the 1st Division Professional Basketball League in Finland only 2 EBA regular season games this year to realize what EBA opponents already know, New York Wizards Point Guard Aubin Scott (6'2''-G-83, college: LIU Brooklyn) is among the elite players in this league. Aubin Scott left on a plane flight on Friday 11/26/2010 to join his new team, Tarmo in the elite 1st Division of Finnish Professional Basketball. 'What a compliment to Aubin's talent overall and truly the quality of play in the EBA' Stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo Sr 'Overseas clubs can seek out talent anywhere, and the fact that they came to the New York representative in the EBA is a blessing' Aubin Scott in 2 games this season for the Wizards has averaged 35 PPG, 10 APG, and 5 Steals Per Game while turning opposing players inside out. 'Aubin is our point guard and captain' continued Coach Cerillo 'His loss will hurt, but we have worked very hard to insure we have depth and talent at every position. Aubin's loss is an opportunity for someone else, and I expect someone to step up and take that opportunity. No issues and no excuses. My job as a coach and owner is to insure I assist my players in getting opportunities at the highest levels of play. I truly believe the EBA is one of the highest levels, yet overseas clubs can sometimes afford to pay more based on sponsorship agreements and such. We could not even think of asking such a fine young man and incredible talent to miss out on such an opportunity.' Just another feather in the cap of the EBA and New York Wizards! GO AUBIN !!!


*****************************************************
  EGYPT   


Superleague Standings
Superleague Standings
Group A
 1. Al Ittihad 7-0 
 2. Zamalek 5-2 
 3. Gasco 4-3 
 4. Shorta-Police 3-5 
 5. Sporting 1-5 
 6. Al Dhan 1-6 
Group B
 1. Ahly 6-1 
 2. Somouha 4-3 
 3. Gezira 3-4 
 4. Geish Army 3-4 
 5. Al-Intaj 3-4 
 6. Shams 2-5 


Superleague Round 7: Al-Intaj beats Gezira by 1 after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Superleague round 7 closest game was a home victory of Al-Intaj (#4) over 3rd placed Gezira. Al-Intaj managed to escape with 1-point win 71-70. Gezira (3-4) added fourth loss to their record. Al-Intaj (3-4) jumped to the third spot. They share that position with defeated Gezira and Geish Army. Al-Intaj are looking forward to the next round to face league's new leader Ahly and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gezira will play against Ahly hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Al Dhan (1-6) which played on the court of 4th placed Shorta-Police (3-5). Sixth ranked Al Dhan upset home team edging them after exciting game by two points 73-71. Al Dhan (1-6) celebrated their first victory after six consecutive losses. They did not change their sixth position in the standings. Shorta-Police dropped to the fourth place. Al Dhan's next round game will be against higher ranked Sporting (#5) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shorta-Police will play against league's new leader Al Ittihad to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also a 19-point home loss of their biggest opponent Gasco in. Al Ittihad (7-0) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Gasco dropped to the second place with 4-3 record. They have the same record like Somouha. Al Ittihad will meet next round Shorta-Police (#4). Gasco will play against league's second-placed Zamalek hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
We should not miss road victory of first ranked Ahly (6-1) who rolled over their biggest opponent Somouha (4-3) by 33 points 94-61. Ahly of course still keep top position in the standings. Somouha dropped to the second place. Ahly's next round opponent will be Al-Intaj (#5). Somouha will play against Shams.

In the last two games of round 7 Zamalek beat Sporting on the road 90-99. Geish Army destroyed Shams at it's own court 80-59.


Group A
Gasco - Al Ittihad 64-83

An interesting game was also a 19-point home loss of their biggest opponent Gasco in. Al Ittihad (7-0) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Gasco dropped to the second place with 4-3 record. They have the same record like Somouha. Al Ittihad will meet next round Shorta-Police (#4). Gasco will play against league's second-placed Zamalek hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
gschID: 116263


Sporting - Zamalek 90-99

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Zamalek (5-2) beat 5th ranked Sporting (1-5) 99-90. Zamalek (5-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Sporting. They jumped to the second spot. Sporting dropped to the fifth place. Zamalek are looking forward to the next round to face Gasco (#3). Sporting will play against Al Dhan hoping to prove their supporters that they can break losing series.
gschID: 116264


Shorta-Police - Al Dhan 71-73

Another exciting game for Al Dhan (1-6) which played on the court of 4th placed Shorta-Police (3-5). Sixth ranked Al Dhan upset home team edging them after exciting game by two points 73-71. Al Dhan (1-6) celebrated their first victory after six consecutive losses. They did not change their sixth position in the standings. Shorta-Police dropped to the fourth place. Al Dhan's next round game will be against higher ranked Sporting (#5) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shorta-Police will play against league's new leader Al Ittihad to get back on winning track.
gschID: 116265


Group B
Geish Army - Shams 80-59

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Shams' (2-5) road loss to fifth ranked Geish Army (3-4) 80-59. Geish Army jumped to the third spot. They share that position with Gezira and Al-Intaj. Shams dropped to the sixth place. Geish Army will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Shams will play against league's second-placed Somouha (#2) hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
gschID: 116267


Al-Intaj - Gezira 71-70

Superleague round 7 closest game was a home victory of Al-Intaj (#4) over 3rd placed Gezira. Al-Intaj managed to escape with 1-point win 71-70. Gezira (3-4) added fourth loss to their record. Al-Intaj (3-4) jumped to the third spot. They share that position with defeated Gezira and Geish Army. Al-Intaj are looking forward to the next round to face league's new leader Ahly and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gezira will play against Ahly hoping to win this game.
gschID: 116268


Somouha - Ahly 61-94

We should not miss road victory of first ranked Ahly (6-1) who rolled over their biggest opponent Somouha (4-3) by 33 points 94-61. Ahly (6-1) has a solid series of three victories in a row. Ahly of course still keep top position in the standings. Somouha dropped to the second place. Ahly's next round opponent will be Al-Intaj (#5). Somouha will play against Shams.
gschID: 116266




*****************************************************
  ESTONIA   


Ringmets' a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old Raido Ringmets (204-C/F-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Piimameister Otto/Rapla and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Rakvere (#4, 7-4) 94-88. Rapla maintains the 5th position in Estonian league. Rapla 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 5-7 record. Ringmets turned to be Rapla's top player in his first season with the team. Ringmets has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.6rpg), assists (9th best: 3.0apg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II Tallinn. He is American center in his first season at TTU/Kalev II. In the last game Arnold recorded impressive double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as TTU/Kalev II lost that game 81-98 to the higher-ranked Kalev/Cramo (#1, 11-2). This loss caused TTU/Kalev II to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Arnold is a newcomer at TTU/Kalev II and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to center Andrais Thornton (203-C-85) of Voru KK (#9). Thornton scored 23 points and grabbed eighteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Thornton's great performance Voru KK lost 67-85 to the higher-ranked TU/Rock (#2, 9-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Voru KK can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 10 games. Too bad for Thornton he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Thornton has a very solid season. In 2 games in Estonia he scored 16.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joosep Pokla (195-F-86) of Rakvere - 22 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Indrek Kajupank (197-F-88) of Rapla - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Rain Veideman (192-G-91) of TU/Rock - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Margus Klementsov (169-G-89) of TTU/Kalev - 14 points and 11 rebounds
8. Illimar Pilk (195-F-88) of TTU/Kalev - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Joosep Toome (202-F-85) of Kalev/Cramo - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists


*****************************************************
  EUROLEAGUE   


Round 6 MVP: Ksistof Lavrinovic, Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News
Quietly off to another standout season as one of basketballs great sixth men, Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) of Montepaschi Siena stood out with his best game of the season so far on Wednesday to lead his team to an important road win and to secure Sportingbet Week 6 MVP honors. Lavrinovic had his highest-scoring game since opening night of last season with 23 points plus 8 rebounds, 2 steals and 10 fouls drawn for a career-high performance index rating of 36. His superlative effort helped Siena beat Cholet Basket 61-70 on the road to remain tied for the best record, 5-1, in Group C. His index rating also tied Sportingbet Week 4 MVP Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) of Unicaja for the best of any player this season. Caja Laboral center Stanko Barac (217-C-86) had the second-best index rating of the week, 34, in his teams 81-70 loss at Maccabi Electra. Barac finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks. Cibona Zagreb scorer Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) nailed 5 triples and racked up 26 points for a 24 index rating despite his team's 75-94 loss against Regal FC Barcelona. Rounding out the list of Week 6 stars are Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) of Fenerbahce Ulker and Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) of Spirou Charleroi, each with an index rating of 23. Ukic tallied 24 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting in a 75-81 win at Lietuvos Rytas and Mallet starred with 21 points by making 4 of 6 from downtown in a 79-74 win over Unicaja.

Individual performances: Bogdanovic, 26 points

Bogdanovic was Week 6s No. 1 scorer with his 26-point effort against Barcelona. He also catapulted to the top of the scoring charts with a 17.8 points per game average, knocking two-time Alphoso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner Igor Rakocevic to second place. Baracs 13 boards marked the best rebounding effort in the Euroleague in Week 6 and launched him to third place with an average of 8 rebounds per game. Zalgiris big man Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) leads all Euroleague players with 8.7 rebounds on average. Two players Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) of Power Electronics Valencia and Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) of Union Olimpija dished 9 assists in Week 6, more than any other players. Cook is tied for fourth in the league with 4.7 assists per game. The Olympiacos duo of Milos Teodosic and Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) lead all Euroleague players with 5.2 assists on average. Barcelonas budding star Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) and Efes Pilsens active swingman Sinan Guler tied for the most steals in Week 6 with 4 apiece. Rubio is averaging 2.2 steals per game, tied for fourth in the Euroleague, but league-leader Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) from Maccabi Electra has been worth a full steal per game more than that. Barac was also the Week 6 leader with 4 blocked shots and the only player with a double-double in Week 6. Barac is third in the Euroleague with 1.7 blocks per game. Zalgiris center Mirza Begic (216-C-85) averages 2.3 blocks to lead the league.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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. Bogdanovic, Cibona17.8 
 5. Rakocevic, Efes P.17.0 
 6. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 7. Allen, ALBA15.8 
 8. Langford, Khimky15.7 
 9. Mejia, Cholet15.5 
 10. McCalebb, Montepas.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius JANKUNAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.7 
 2. Falker, Cholet8.4 
 3. Barac, Caja Laboral8.0 
 4. Gist, Partizan7.8 
 5. Tomic, Real Madrid7.7 
 6. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 7. Zizic, AS.7.0 
 8. Lampe, Unics6.8 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.7 
 10. Borisov, Hemofarm6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Marko POPOVIC
  Unics
  (185-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 2. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.2 
 3. Teodosic, Olympiakos5.2 
 4. Hammonds, AS.4.8 
 5. Huertas, Caja L.4.8 
 6. Cook, Valencia4.7 
 7. Eidson, Maccabi .4.7 
 8. Diamantidis, Panath.4.5 
 9. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.5 
 10. Stipcevic, Cibona4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.2 
 2. Perkins, Maccabi .2.5 
 3. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 4. Rubio, Regal Barca2.2 
 5. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 6. Diamantidis, Panath.2.2 
 7. Stonerook, Montepas.2.0 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.2.0 
 9. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
 10. Logan, Caja Laboral1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi2.0 
 3. Barac, Caja Laboral1.7 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.6 
 5. Hines, Brose B.1.3 
 6. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.3 
 7. Fischer, Real Madrid1.3 
 8. Lishchuk, Valencia1.3 
 9. Pleiss, Brose B.1.3 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm1.3 


CSKA fires coach Vujosevic - by Jonas Baranauskas
Due to a terrible start of the season CSKA and Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) finally part ways, the coach announced his resignation Thursday, Novermber 25th after yet another loss in Euroleague, this time to Armani Jeans Milano. Vujosevic replaced Evgeny Pashutin at the Russian powehouse this summer after many successful years at Partizan Belgrade but failed to meet expectations as CSKAs Euroleague record now stands at 1 win and 5 loses.

Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ):
'When I had the chance, I chose to come to CSKA. At that point I figured that building a new team means more time and patience. Unfortunately, my adaptation, the process of familiarizing myself with the situation coincided with other problems. We started without several players due to injuries. Then there was the uncertainty of Holden, another injury - Siskauskas. Besides the fact that the absence of these players has added problems, we had to return them in condition and adapt to a team game. The adoption of the new system was a problem. Plus the added complexities of the American tour and our first defeat in the Euroleague by Milan was its direct consequence. The schedule of games in the Euroleague was very hard: So far from six games, we had only two at home - Armani Jeans and Olimpija. Sure if exclude at least some of these problems, the beginning of the season for us would have been much better. There are two types of coaches: those who have been fired, and those who are not yet fired... CSKA Moscow is a great club that I want as quickly as possible to return to the path of victory.'

Andrey Vatutin (President of CSKA Moscow):
'Frankly, the decision was extremely difficult. Prior to the game in Milan, we believed that the situation was fixable, and would do everything possible to prove it. When we hired Vujosevic, we though he would be able to strategicly develop our team, based on the fact that as a famous coach, he would be able to mitigate the process of generational change at CSKA by progressing young players and building a new, hungry winning team. There are no doubts about his coaching qualifications Vujoseivc proved his worth with previous clubs and national teams. Unfortunately, Dusko failed to effectively organize the process. Certainly, a series of injuries did not help. At the same time, Vujosevic failed to find common language with the team - literally and figuratively. In the first months of the season, all the transition problems only worsened and it led to a partial loss of faith in themselves and the gradual extinction of motivation for everyone - coaches, players and staff. Our game became less effective and looking at the helpless team was incredibly hard. Change was needed. We are very sorry to lose Vujosevic, who is an intelligent and nice person. We thank him for his work and are convinced that Vujosevic will enjoy a new, successful revival of his coaching career. The 2010-11 season is not over, including in the Euroleague. We will fight to the last game. As long as there is a chance, we will try. Reaching the Top 16 for the club becomes an emergency. And we will do everything to make it.'


*****************************************************
  FINLAND   


Standings - Division I
1st Division Standings
 1. FoKoPo 6-1 
 2. Honka 6-1 
 3. Jyvaskyla 5-2 
 4. BC Nokia 5-3 
 5. LoKoKo 4-2 
 6. Ura Basket 4-3 
 7. TomPo II 3-4 
 8. Lapua 3-4 
 9. SayRi 2-4 
 10. Huima 2-5 
 11. Kerava ET 2-5 
 12. Namika II 0-8 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.9
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.9 
 2. Stamper, LoKoKo24.2 
 3. Robinson, Jyvaskyla23.0 
 4. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 5. Manning, Huima21.4 
 6. Hall, SayRi20.5 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket20.3 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET20.0 
 9. Bojang, BC Nokia18.4 
 10. Molenius, FoKoPo17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 15
 1. Brown, Namika II15.0 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET14.6 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia14.4 
 4. Douglas, Huima14.0 
 5. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.4 
 6. Nelson, Lapua13.3 
 7. Hall, SayRi12.3 
 8. Wilson, Huima10.8 
 9. Banks, SayRi10.6 
 10. Graham, TomPo II10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Horton, LoKoKo6.0 
 2. Manning, Huima4.7 
 3. Riihela, BC Nokia4.5 
 4. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.3 
 5. Ramey, Ura Basket4.0 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.3 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET3.0 
 8. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 9. Vertio, Honka2.7 
 10. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 2. Ramey, Ura Basket2.6 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET2.6 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo2.5 
 5. Kajander, Huima2.5 
 6. Hall, SayRi2.5 
 7. Bojang, BC Nokia2.4 
 8. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.3 
 9. Brown, Namika II2.0 
 10. Sirola, Honka1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 1
 1. Brown, Namika II1.0 
 2. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 3. Alanen, Namika II1.0 
 4. Mantymaa, Huima0.9 
 5. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 
 6. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 7. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 8. Malinen, Jyvaskyla0.7 
 9. Suhonen, TomPo II0.7 
 10. Douglas, Huima0.7 


*****************************************************
  FRANCE   


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. Cabarkapa, Le Puy7.4 
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 Puy5.3 
 4. Driss, Bordeaux4.6 
 5. Thomas, St Etienne4.1 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.1 
 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. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Gourde, Get Vosges1.2 
 7. Roberts, Brest1.2 
 8. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 9. Pasut, Sorgues1.0 
 10. Ipouck, Le Puy1.0 


Tremaine Ford is a newcomer at Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket - by Eurobasket
Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American forward Tremaine Ford (207-F-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge). He will replace Rick Hughes until end of January. Ford played most recently at Elan Bearnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez (ProA), where he signed 3-week contract after try-outs in German Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. While playing 6 games for Pau-Lacq-Orthez this season he averaged 3.8ppg and 4.0rpg. Last year he was the best rebounder and 2nd best in blocks playing in Czech Republic for USK Praha. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League Player of the Year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Union Poitiers Basket 86 sign Robert Conley - by Eurobasket
Union Poitiers Basket 86 signed 33-year old American swingman Robert Conley (198-G/F-77, college: Clayton St.). Conley played most recently at Bizkaia Bilbao Basket (Spain) helping them to make it last year to EuroCup Semifinals. While playing 6 games in EuroCup for Bizkaia Bilbao last season his stats were: 6.8ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.8apg. He also played 11 games in Spanish League averaging 7.5ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. Conley is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, Spain and USA.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Olympique Antibes sign Sambou Traore - by Eurobasket
Olympique Antibes (ProB) signed 31-year old international Malian forward Sambou Traore (200-F-79). Traore played most recently at ALM Evreux Basket (ProB). While playing 7 games for Evreux this season he averaged 10.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. Traore is a very experienced player. Lasy year while playing at African Championships in Libya he averaged 5.6ppg and 3.9rpg in 9 games. He has also French passport.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Guillaume Sene claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Guillaume Sene (197-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 24-year old swingman had the game-high 20 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Le Puy in his team's victory, helping them to beat CFBB (#18, 0-12), the league's worst team 75-65. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Despite this victory Le Puy dropped to the 15th position in French NM1. Le Puy is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-8 record. Sene turned to be Le Puy's top player in his first season with the team. Guillaume Sene averages this season 10.2ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old swingman A'Nsi Lema (197-G/F-84) of Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges. Lema impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds. Bad luck as Get Vosges lost that game 56-72 to the higher-ranked Denain (#1, 11-1). Get Vosges managed to keep the same 11th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lema is one of the most experienced players at Get Vosges and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was American Gabriel Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Orchesien BC (#14). Kennedy scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was a key player of Orchy, leading his team to a 76-62 easy win against the higher-ranked Challans (#7, 6-6). The chances of Orchy ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kennedy could help Orchy to bring them higher in the standings. Kennedy has a great season in France. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (4th best). He also has 1.1bpg and FGP: 52.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lavar Simmons (201-F/C-83) of St Etienne - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81) of Denain - 21 points and 5 rebounds
6. Rafael Lopez (204-C-86) of Brest - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Denek - 26 points and 4 assists
8. Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-F-84) of Brest - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Sebastien Cherasse (184-G-84) of Angers BC 49 - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-F-83) of St Chamond - 13 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


NM1 Round 12: Bordeaux edges Souffel by 1 - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 12 in NM1 was Bordeaux's (#2) very close only 1-point road victory over Souffel (#12) 62-61. The biggest contributor to a victory was American center John Ford (207-C-78, college: Colorado St.) with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) helped with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Bordeaux's coach allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who recorded 10 points and 9 rebounds. Bordeaux (10-2) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintains second position having just one point less than leader Denain. Newly promoted Souffel dropped to the twelfth place with seven games lost. They share it with St Chamond and Orchy. Bordeaux are looking forward to the next round to face Get Vosges (#11) in Golbey hoping to win another game. Souffel will play at home against St Quentin hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Another exciting game was played in Saint Chamond between fourteenth ranked St Chamond and higher ranked St Quentin where St Chamond (5-7) beat guests (8-4) 89-76. It also means that the series of three victories in a row of St Quentin ended. It was a good game for forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) who led his team to a victory with double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds. Romain Tillon contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds for St Quentin. Thanks to that win St Chamond moved-up to twelfth place. St Quentin dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share it with Angers BC 49. St Chamond's next round game will be against Le Puy (#15) at Le Puy en Velay. St Quentin will play at home against Souffel (#13) to get back on winning track.
The game with biggest point difference took place in Bidart where fifth ranked Denek (7-5) beat much lower ranked Roche by 17 points 84-67. Worth to mention a great performance of Larry Blair who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists. The best for the losing side was Harry Disy with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Denek maintains fifth position. Newly promoted Roche dropped to the fifteenth place with eight games lost. They share it with Lievin and Le Puy. Denek will meet next round Challans (#7) on the road. Roche will play against Blois (#9) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Leader Denain delivered eleventh as victory this time they beat 11th ranked Get Vosges 72-56 in Golbey. The winners were led by Jernej Mihalic who had that evening double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds. Denain maintains first position. Get Vosges dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Denain's next round opponent will be St Etienne (#10) in Saint-Etienne hoping to win another game. Get Vosges will play at home against league's second-placed Bordeaux.
And finally the game worth to mention about is seventeenth ranked Le Puy (4-8) road victory over desperated CFBB (0-12) 75-65. Thanks to that win Le Puy moved-up to fifteenth place. CFBB still closes the standings with twelve games lost. Le Puy will face next round higher ranked St Chamond (#12) at Saint Chamond and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CFBB will play at home against Sorgues (#8) hoping to get finally their first victory.

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Challans was defeated by Orchy in Orchies 76-62. St Etienne was beaten by Angers BC 49 at home 80-86. Sorgues lost to Brest on the opponent's court 70-78. Blois unfortunately lost to Lievin in a home game 61-72.
The best stats of 12th round was 14 points and 15 rebounds by A'Nsi Lema of Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges.


St Chamond - St Quentin 89-76
Another exciting game was played in Saint Chamond between fourteenth ranked St Chamond and higher ranked St Quentin where St Chamond (5-7) beat guests (8-4) 89-76. It also means that the series of three victories in a row of St Quentin ended. It was a good game for forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) who led his team to a victory with double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Romain Tillon (180-82, agent: Hirant Manakian) contributed with 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) replied with 17 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Keonta Howell (193-85, college: Toledo) added 16 points for St Quentin. Thanks to that win St Chamond moved-up to twelfth place. St Quentin dropped to the third place with four games lost. They share it with Angers BC 49. St Chamond's next round game will be against Le Puy (#15) at Le Puy en Velay. St Quentin will play at home against Souffel (#13) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball: J.Lesieu 17+9reb, K.Howell 16+3reb, J.Jones 14+4reb, M.Diallo 9+3reb+3ast, A.Rambur 8+1reb+7ast, R.N'Kembe 6+4reb
Saint Chamond Basket: R.Tillon 18+5reb+3ast, A.Laroche 17+3ast, K.Zondervan 15+7reb, J.LanduBongo 14+4reb+4ast, J.Rinna 13+14reb+3ast, R.Jacon 8
gschID: 100729


Souffel - Bordeaux 61-62
The most exciting game of round 12 in NM1 was Bordeaux's (#2) very close only 1-point road victory over Souffel (#12) 62-61. The biggest contributor to a victory was American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) helped with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Bordeaux's coach allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) who recorded 10 points and 9 rebounds and guard Jeremy Tschamber (192-84) added 10 points and 5 rebounds. Bordeaux (10-2) have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintains second position having just one point less than leader Denain. Newly promoted Souffel dropped to the twelfth place with seven games lost. They share it with St Chamond and Orchy. Bordeaux are looking forward to the next round to face Get Vosges (#11) in Golbey hoping to win another game. Souffel will play at home against St Quentin hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
BC Souffelweyersheim: J.Tschamber 10+5reb+3ast, J.Alingue 10+9reb+1ast, R.Appel 9+5reb+3ast, F.Broliron 9+6reb+1ast, M.M'Bodji 8+3reb+3ast, T.Traineau 7+8reb+1ast
JSA Bordeaux Basket: J.Ford 17+8reb, R.Dardaine 15+8reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 11+3reb+2ast, M.Doubal 8+1reb+1ast, S.Driss 5+13reb+2ast, A.Caille 4
gschID: 100730


Denek - Roche 84-67
The game with biggest point difference took place in Bidart where fifth ranked Denek (7-5) beat much lower ranked Roche by 17 points 84-67. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agent: John Ebeling) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists and American-Portuguese power forward Calvin Clemmons (203-81, college: Charlotte) who added 12 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was forward Harry Disy (201-84, college: Louisiana Tech) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and American forward Wayne Morris (198-77, college: Shippensburg) with 7 points and 10 rebounds. Denek maintains fifth position. Newly promoted Roche dropped to the fifteenth place with eight games lost. They share it with Lievin and Le Puy. Denek will meet next round Challans (#7) on the road. Roche will play against Blois (#9) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
AL Roche-la-Moliere: H.Disy 20+6reb+2ast, S.Neri 13+1reb+1ast, F.Bateko 11+3reb+1ast, I.Diallo 8+7reb+3ast, D.Anthony Lewis 8+4reb, W.Morris 7+10reb+2ast
Denek Bat Urcuit Bayonne: L.Blair 26+1reb+4ast, C.Clemmons 12+7reb+1ast, C.Mansare 12+4reb+2ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 10+6reb+1ast, B.Rey 8+10reb, F.Calvez 8+4ast
gschID: 100726


Orchy - Challans 76-62
There was an upset in Orchies where higher ranked Challans (6-6) was defeated by fifteenth ranked Orchy (5-7) 76-62. The biggest contributor to a victory was American power forward Gabriel Kennedy (205-81, college: UAB, agent: Ruud Harrewijn) with 20 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized Mali guard Modibo Niakate (185-81, college: Cleveland St.) helped with 18 points and 5 assists (made all of his seven free throws). At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Juwann James (198-87, college: JMU) who recorded double-double 12 points and 17 rebounds and guard Regis Boissie (180-78) added 11 points. Challans' coach Emmanuel Body tried 10 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Thanks to that win newly promoted Orchy moved-up to twelfth place. Challans dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Orchy are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Angers BC 49 (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Challans will play against Denek hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Vendee Challans Basket: F.Herard 14+1reb+1ast, J.James 12+17reb+1ast, R.Boissie 11+3reb+3ast, B.Boutry 8+7reb+1ast, E.Schmieder 7+4reb+4ast, M.Boutry 4+5reb
Orchesien BC: G.Kennedy 20+8reb+1ast, M.Niakate 18+2reb+5ast, G.Plateau 10, D.Cilly 10+8reb, J.Verbeke 9+5reb+1ast, E.Barbry 5+4reb+5ast
gschID: 100727


CFBB - Le Puy 65-75
And finally the game worth to mention about is seventeenth ranked Le Puy (4-8) road victory over desperated CFBB (0-12) 75-65. CFBB lost their twelfth game in a row. Thanks to that win Le Puy moved-up to fifteenth place. CFBB still closes the standings. Le Puy will face next round higher ranked St Chamond (#12) at Saint Chamond and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. CFBB will play at home against Sorgues (#8) hoping to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 100728


Get Vosges - Denain 56-72
Leader Denain delivered eleventh victory as this time they beat 11th ranked Get Vosges 72-56 in Golbey. The winners were led by Slovenian swingman Jernej Mihalic (203-85, agent: Side Court) who had that evening double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds and American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-81, college: Bucknell, agent: Side Court) who supported him with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Even double-double 14 points and 15 rebounds by swingman A'Nsi Lema (197-84) did not help to save the game for Get Vosges. Denain maintains first position. Get Vosges dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. Denain's next round opponent will be St Etienne (#10) in Saint-Etienne hoping to win another game. Get Vosges will play at home against league's second-placed Bordeaux.
Top scorers:
Golbey Espinal Thaon Vosges: A.Lema 14+15reb+1ast, T.Housieaux 12+7reb+1ast, M.Gotagni 8+4reb, R.Galette 7+3reb+3ast, T.Sani 5+3reb, Z.Gourde 4+2reb+2ast
Denain ASC Voltaire: B.Lalugba 21+5reb+1ast, J.Sauret 15+5reb+3ast, J.Mihalic 14+10reb+3ast, R.Brocheray 10+9reb+4ast, F.Minet 6+6reb+1ast, A.Gacko 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100722


St Etienne - Angers BC 49 80-86
No shocking result in a game in Saint-Etienne where fourth ranked Angers BC 49 (8-4) defeated 9th ranked St Etienne (6-6) 86-80. The biggest contributor to a victory was guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) with 24 points. Guard Tony Ramphort (176-82) helped with 17 points and 8 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas power forward Lavar Simmons (201-83, college: Master's) who recorded double-double 20 points and 10 rebounds and guard Roderick Pegon (199-77) added 17 points and 6 rebounds. It was sixth consecutive victory for Angers BC 49. Thanks to that win Angers BC 49 moved-up to third place. St Etienne dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Angers BC 49 are looking forward to the next round to face Orchy (#14) in Orchies which should be an easy walk for them. St Etienne will play at home against league's new leader Denain (#1) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
CA Saint-Etienne B.C.: L.Simmons 20+10reb, R.Pegon 17+6reb, J.Tailleman 16+4reb+2ast, D.Petrovic 11+3reb+1ast, X.Gaillou 8+7reb+6ast, S.Hermenier 8+3reb
Angers BC 49: S.Cherasse 24+2reb+3ast, T.Ramphort 17+2reb+8ast, D.Griffin 13+5reb+1ast, D.Hayes 9+1reb, V.Mendy 8+4reb+1ast, O.Sulpice 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 100723


Brest - Sorgues 78-70
8th ranked Sorgues (6-6) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Brest (7-5) 78-70. The biggest contributor to a victory was Lithuanian forward Vaidotas Pridotkas (200-84) with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Center Rafael Lopez (204-86) helped with double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Xavier Pasut (200-84) who recorded 14 points and naturalized Moroccan guard Yassine Bassine (198-84) added 15 points. Thanks to that win Brest moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Sorgues dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Brest are looking forward to the next round to face Lievin (#16) on the road which should be an easy walk for them. Sorgues will play against CFBB (#18) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sorgues BC: F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 15+3reb, Y.Bassine 15+2reb+3ast, X.Pasut 14+4reb+2ast, S.Ocokoljic 8+1reb+1ast, V.Ateba 7+5reb+1ast, A.Thinon 6+3ast
Etendard de Brest: V.Pridotkas 20+5reb+7ast, R.Lopez 15+11reb+2ast, R.Roberts 14+6reb+1ast, G.Staelens 13+2reb+2ast, J.Doreau 9+11reb+5ast, J.Rathieuville 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 100724


Blois - Lievin 61-72
There was a surprise result when sixteenth ranked Lievin (4-8) beat on the road higher ranked Blois (6-6) 72-61. Thanks to that win Lievin moved-up to fifteenth place. Blois dropped to the seventh place with six games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Lievin are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Brest (#5) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Blois will play against Roche hoping to win this game.


*****************************************************
  FYR MACEDONIA   


Superleague Round 9: Torus Skopje edges MZT Skopje by 1 - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 9 in Superleague was home defeat of MZT Skopje against lower ranked Torus 84-85. It also means that the series of five victories in a row of MZT Skopje ended. The biggest contributor to a victory was former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (206-88, agent: Goran Gramatikov) with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Ivica Dimcevski (192-89, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) helped with 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) who recorded double-double 27 points and 10 rebounds. Torus Skopje maintains fourth place. MZT Skopje dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. Torus Skopje are looking forward to the next round to face bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola (#10) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. MZT Skopje will play against Lirija (#8) hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was played in Strumica, where seventh ranked ABA Strumica (3-6) edged by three points 6th ranked Ovce Pole (3-6)
80-77. It was a good game for American guard Endru Stimson (185, college: Northwestern (IA)) who led his team to a victory with 20 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). John Chappell contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. ABA Strumica's coach allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) answered with 30 points and 5 assists for Ovce Pole. They added third loss to their record. Thanks to that win newly promoted ABA Strumica moved-up to sixth place which they share with defeated Ovce Pole. ABA Strumica's next round game will be against league's new leader Feni Indistrija at Kavadarci and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ovce Pole will play on the road against Kumanovo 2009 (#9) to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also played in Kavadarci where host Feni Indistrija (#1) defeated 3rd placed Rabotnicki
74-64. It also means that the series of two victories in a row of Rabotnicki ended. Slobodan Mihajloski stepped up with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used 10-player rotation and giving the chance to rest for starting five. The best for the losing side was Dimitar Mirakovski with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Feni Indistrija (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-0 record. Rabotnicki dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share it with MZT Skopje. Feni Indistrija will meet next round ABA Strumica (#6) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Rabotnicki will play against Ultimate Basket (#5) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
We should not miss the game of tenth ranked Pelister Bitola (2-7) against higher ranked Ultimate Basket (4-5) where Pelister Bitola won at home by five points
77-72. It was significant upset for the visitors. Gjorgi Anakievski nailed 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Thanks to that win Pelister Bitola moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Ultimate Basket dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Pelister Bitola's next round opponent will be higher ranked Torus Skopje (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ultimate Basket will play against Rabotnicki.

In the last game of round 9 Lirija defeated Kumanovo 2009 in Kumanovo 88-97.


Feni Indistrija - Rabotnicki 74-64
An interesting game was also played in Kavadarci where host Feni Indistrija (#1) defeated 3rd placed Rabotnicki 74-64. It also means that the series of two victories in a row of Rabotnicki ended. Power forward Slobodan Mihajloski (202-82, agent: Goran Gramatikov) stepped up with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jarrid Frye (194-85, college: Sacred Heart) helped with 17 points. Feni Indistrija's coach Emil Rajkovic used 10-player rotation and giving the chance to rest for starting five. The best for the losing side was international guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-81, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists and former international center Pero Blazevski (200-72) with 10 points and 8 rebounds. Feni Indistrija (9-0) have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-0 record. Rabotnicki dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share it with MZT Skopje. Feni Indistrija will meet next round ABA Strumica (#6) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Rabotnicki will play against Ultimate Basket (#5) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Feni Indistrija Kavadarci: J.Frye 17+3reb, S.Mihajloski 14+6reb+1ast, D.Sokolov 10+5reb+3ast, D.Tasovski 9+5reb+1ast, B.Jovovic 7+6reb, V.Stojanovski 7+6reb+4ast
KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje: A.Dimitrovski 14+4reb, D.Mirakovski 11+5reb+7ast, N.Dilberovski 11+2reb+1ast, P.Blazevski 10+8reb+3ast, T.Simic 10+4reb, Z.Gocevski 8+5reb
gschID: 111742


ABA Strumica - Ovce Pole 80-77
Another exciting game was played in Strumica, where seventh ranked ABA Strumica (3-6) edged by three points 6th ranked Ovce Pole (3-6) 80-77. It was a good game for American guard Endru Stimson (185, college: Northwestern (IA)) who led his team to a victory with 20 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!). John Chappell contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. ABA Strumica's coach allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-85) answered with 30 points and 5 assists for Ovce Pole. They added third loss to their record. Thanks to that win newly promoted ABA Strumica moved-up to sixth place which they share with defeated Ovce Pole. ABA Strumica's next round game will be against league's new leader Feni Indistrija at Kavadarci and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ovce Pole will play on the road against Kumanovo 2009 (#9) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
ABA Strumica: E.Stimson 20+4reb+1ast, M.Hasanov 16+2reb, J.Chappell 14+7reb, P.Cvetkov 12+3reb+5ast, Z.Stojanov 10+3reb+2ast, Z.Delev 4+3reb+5ast
Ovce Pole Sveti Nikole: V.Filipovic 30+4reb+5ast, B.Bilbija 15+5reb+1ast, N.Jelesijevic 10+8reb+3ast, E.Sinadinovic 9+2reb+1ast, T.Stojcevski 8+1ast, D.Savovic 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 111743


Kumanovo 2009 - Lirija 88-97
8th ranked Kumanovo 2009 (2-7) was defeated at home by ninth ranked Lirija (2-7) 97-88. The biggest contributor to a victory was Dominican guard Carlos Morban (187-82, college: Florida Intern., agent: Gasper Bizjak) with 27 points and 5 rebounds. American swingman Richard Jeter (198-80, college: Atlanta Metro JC, agent: Gasper Bizjak) helped with 24 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian center Darko Matic (-84, agent: Ivan Asanin) who recorded 26 points and 4 assists (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and Bosnian guard Ivica Vukotic (183-77) added 14 points and 6 assists. Thanks to that win newly promoted Lirija moved-up to eighth place which they share with defeated Kumanovo 2009. Lirija are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed MZT Skopje at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kumanovo 2009 will play against Ovce Pole (#7) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KK Lirija: C.Morban 27+5reb+2ast, R.Jeter 24+9reb+1ast, J.Cheves 20+6reb+2ast, K.Pavlovski 15+12reb+1ast, M.Despotovic 5+2reb, T.Pavlov 4
KK Kumanovo 2009: D.Matic 26+4reb+4ast, D.Stanimirovic 15+1reb+1ast, I.Vukotic 14+4reb+6ast, D.Mikic 13+7reb+3ast, R.Petric 10+8reb, B.Zlatkovski 7+12reb+1ast
gschID: 111744


MZT Skopje - Torus Skopje 84-85
The biggest surprise of round 9 in Superleague was home defeat of MZT Skopje against lower ranked Torus 84-85. It also means that the series of five victories in a row of MZT Skopje ended. The biggest contributor to a victory was former international power forward Bojan Trajkovski (206-88, agent: Goran Gramatikov) with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Ivica Dimcevski (192-89, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) helped with 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was center Kiril Nikolovski (210-88, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) who recorded double-double 27 points and 10 rebounds. Torus Skopje maintains fourth place. MZT Skopje dropped to the second place with two games lost. They share it with Rabotnicki. Torus Skopje are looking forward to the next round to face bottom-ranked Pelister Bitola (#10) at home which should be theoretically an easy game. MZT Skopje will play against Lirija (#8) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KK Torus Skopje: B.Trajkovski 24+7reb+3ast, N.Karakolev 20+4reb+1ast, I.Dimcevski 17+8reb+2ast, J.Markovski 8+5reb+2ast, M.Janevski 8, B.Krstevski 4+5reb+2ast
KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom: K.Nikolovski 27+10reb+2ast, V.Georgievski 18+4reb+1ast, J.Petrovski 11+3reb+4ast, T.Grncarov 9+4reb+1ast, S.Avramovski 8+3reb, G.Kocov 8+1reb+1ast
gschID: 111745


Pelister Bitola - Ultimate Basket 77-72
We should not miss the game of tenth ranked Pelister Bitola (2-7) against higher ranked Ultimate Basket (4-5) where Pelister Bitola won at home by five points 77-72. It was significant upset for the visitors. Guard Gjorgi Anakievski (185-85) nailed 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and accounted for 17 points and 6 assists. Serbian center Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-80) came up with double-double 18 points and 12 rebounds and Slobodan Mihajlovski added 18 points for Ultimate Basket in defeat. Ultimate Basket lost their third game in a row. Thanks to that win Pelister Bitola moved-up to eighth place. Newly promoted Ultimate Basket dropped to the fifth place with five games lost. Pelister Bitola's next round opponent will be higher ranked Torus Skopje (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Ultimate Basket will play against Rabotnicki.
Top scorers:
Pelister Sport Bitola: G.Anakievski 20+5reb+3ast, B.Vukadinovic 17+4reb+6ast, Z.Petkovski 16+6reb+3ast, M.Talevski 12+7reb, D.Zaharievski 7+4reb, A.Nikolovski 3+3reb+2ast
Ultimate Basket Prilep: G.Jovanovic 18+12reb+1ast, S.Mihajlovski 18+4reb+1ast, S.Bozic 12+1reb+2ast, M.Mladenovic 7+4reb+3ast, F.Konzulov 5+3reb, B.Janeski 5+3reb+1ast
111746




Best players of FYR Macedonian Superleague round 9 - by Eurobasket News
Nikola Karakolev (197-G-87) had an amazing evening in the last round for KK Torus Skopje and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 23-year old guard had the game-high 20 points adding four rebounds for Torus Skopje in his team's victory, helping them to edge out MZT Skopje (#2, 7-2) 85-84. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Torus Skopje maintains the 4th position in FYR Macedonian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Torus Skopje will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. It's Karakolev's second year at Torus Skopje and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Nikola Karakolev averages this season 10.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Serbian guard Vladimir Filipovic (195-G-85) of Ovce Pole Sveti Nikole. Filipovic impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Ovce Pole was edged by slightly higher-ranked ABA Strumica (3-6) 80-77. This loss caused Ovce Pole to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Filipovic is a newcomer at Ovce Pole and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) of second-ranked KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom. Nikolovski scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Nikolovski's great performance MZT Skopje lost 84-85 to #4 ranked Torus Skopje. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing MZT Skopje needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 7 victories and 2 lost games. Nikolovski has a great season in FYR Macedonia. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-C-80) of Ultimate Basket - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Carlos Morban (187-G-82) of Lirija - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89) of Torus Skopje - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jerry Cheves (193-G-84) of Lirija - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gjorgi Anakievski (185-G-85) of Pelister Bitola - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Darko Matic (C-84) of Kumanovo 2009 - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85) of Lirija - 15 points and 12 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Muhamed THACI
  Trepca
  (200-G/F-81)
  Avg: 26
 1. Taci, Lirija26.0 
 2. Morban, Lirija24.8 
 3. Matic, Kumanovo.23.1 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus S.18.4 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.18.4 
 6. Jeter, Lirija18.2 
 7. Jovanovic, Ultima.17.5 
 8. Bilbija, Ovce Pole16.8 
 9. Pavlovski, Lirija16.0 
 10. Stefanov, Rabot.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kiril PAVLOVSKI
  Lirija
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Pavlovski, Lirija11.8 
 2. Jovanovic, Ultima.10.5 
 3. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.3 
 4. Petric, Kumanovo.8.1 
 5. Taci, Lirija8.0 
 6. Trajkovski, Torus S.7.8 
 7. Filipovic, Ovce Pole7.8 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.7.7 
 9. Knezevic, Feni I.7.7 
 10. Chappell, ABA S.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Carlos MORBAN
  Lirija
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Morban, Lirija6.2 
 2. Mirakovski, Rabot.6.0 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.5.2 
 4. Kostovski, Torus S.4.8 
 5. Blazevski, Rabotnicki4.3 
 6. Taci, Lirija4.2 
 7. Neal, ABA Strumica3.5 
 8. Cvetkov, ABA S.3.4 
 9. Grncarov, MZT S.3.4 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.3.0 
 2. Morban, Lirija2.4 
 3. Buchberger, ABA S.2.0 
 4. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.8 
 5. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.8 
 6. Berat, Lirija1.7 
 7. Petkovski, Pelist.1.7 
 8. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.6 
 9. Sokolov, Feni I.1.4 
 10. Trajkovski, Torus S.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Muhamed THACI
  Trepca
  (200-G/F-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Taci, Lirija1.0 
 2. Jeter, Lirija1.0 
 3. Lazic, Ultimate.0.9 
 4. Kurciev, Ultima.0.8 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.0.7 
 6. Mihajlovski, Ultima.0.7 
 7. Hasanov, ABA S.0.6 
 8. Bilbija, Ovce Pole0.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.6 
 10. Chappell, ABA S.0.6 


*****************************************************
  GEORGIA   


Highest League Standing
Superleague Standings
 1. TSU Tbilisi 4-0 
 2. MIA Tbilisi 3-0 
 3. Kutaisi 2-1 
 4. Army 2-1 
 5. Sokhumi 2-2 
 6. Batumi 2-2 
 7. Energy Rustavi 2-2 
 8. GSAU Tbilisi 2-2 
 9. Dinamo Tbilisi 1-3 
 10. Samedicino 1-3 
 11. GTU Tbilisi 0-5 


Teneishvili lead Batumi over GTU - by Geo Basket
In the 5th round of Georgian Superleague, Batumi was hosting GTU at home. Hosts were leading by 19 points after the first period but GTU was able to reduct the difference to minimum in the last period which was not enough at all to confirm the road win against 'Western Georgian' team.
Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81), Levan Eliadze (197-F-92) and Avtandil Eliashvili (200-F-89) made 14 points each while Georgian U18 STAR, Nodar Teneishvili (198-F-92) produced 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for his native team. From the losing side, Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) was productive as always by 27 points while Vasili Beruashvili (198-F-90) made 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 block shots for the student's team.


*****************************************************
  GERMANY   


Smith's triple at the buzzer brings Lottomatica win in Bamberg - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Lottomatica 67-68

Maybe the crucial win for Lottomatica Roma, who celebrated in thriller against Brose Baskets 67-68. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer and was hero of this meeting. He finished the game with 16 points. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) had 17 points and 5 rebounds for the guests, while Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) secured a nice help adding 9 points and 7 rebs. In Brose Baskets, Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) had 15 points. Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) netted two less. With this victory Lottomatica jumped to 3-3 in Group B, while Brose Baskets dropped to 2-4.
As mentioned above, question about the winner was resolved in the last second. Before that, Lottomatica made 9-19 lead in the first quarter and Brose Baskets replied with 21-12 for the next ten minutes. Third period was pretty leveled and Roma was up by two after it, 51-53. Roma went to the last 1:30 with 61-65, after what Casey Jacobsen drained a triple for Bamberg. Vitali missed on the other side and Bamberg had the possession with 10 second left. Brian Roberts grabbed the ball and drained a running three-ball from the top of the key with 1.9 seconds to play for a 67-65 Brose lead. The veteran Smith one-upped Bamberg with a triple at the buzzer from the right corner.
In the next round, Lottomatica will host Charleroi. Brose Baskets goes to Greece to meet Olympiakos.

Brose Baskets: Casey Jacobsen 15, Brian Roberts 13
Lottomatica: Darius Washington 17+5 boards, Charles Smith 16, Vladimir Dasic 9+7 boards


Whit Holcomb-Faye (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Pregame Thoughts To New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig Game November 27th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) is a 26 year old 185cm guard from Winston Salem, North Carolina. He is a hard-nosed competitor; has the natural scoring instinct with the ability to draw the foul and convert the bucket; has the ability to breakdown defenses with his penetration and is A very good free throw shooter; An under rated three-point shooter. He is currently playing with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He played at Radford from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 29 games: 23.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.5%, 3FGP: 33.5%, FT: 80.9%. He played with the Kaiserslautern Braves and played 29 games: 16.4ppg, 2.5rpg, Assists-1 (5.8apg), FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 69.7%. In 2008-2009, he played for BBC Bayreuth (Germany-ProA, starting five): 29 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 76.1%. Last season, he returned to the Saar-Pfalz Braves (Germany-ProA, starting five): 30 games: 16.0ppg, 2.8rpg, Assists-1 (8.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 26.6%, FT: 76.1%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against Braunschweig November 27th.

A tough 79-76 loss in Frankfurt. What hurt the most losing this game?


I think allowing one guy to shoot more free throws than our entire team may have been the biggest thing that stood out from the game.

How has coach Igor Perovic kept the team grounded and focused with words this week?


He has really been stressing the past couple of weeks that we need to play with more energy and play more physical.


What has been the main focus in practice this week?


Once again focusing on stopping penetration. We just want to come out on Saturday and give our fans a better showing.


The next game is against The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. What has been your impression of the team this season.


I have no clue what they have done this season. But I understand that they have really good guards and post men so it will be a tough challenge for us.

The team has a very skilled point guard tandem with Tony Skinn and Kevin Hamilton. This could be the most potent point guard duo in the BEKO BBL that seems to go unnoticed?


Yes they have great guards and we must do a better job controlling them.

What will be key in getting your second home win of the season?


Playing with a lot of emotion and energy. While playing smart at the same time.



What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition from back home?


Favorite Thanksgiving tradition is watching my Dad Walter Faye eat the whole Turkey and Chicken. But I will obviously miss that this year.


How will you be celebrating Thanksgiving and what Tiger can eat the most turkey?

I will just give thanks for everything that I have in my life. But I wont celebrate it like we do in the Tre-4. Tiger Woods, just kidding probably Conrad Williams.

Thanks Whit for the chat.



Marcus Smallwood and Cuxhaven BasCats part company - by Moritz Korff
According to the website of the Cuxhaven BasCats, Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) has asked to opt out of his contract with the 2. Bundesliga Pro A team - the BasCats agreed and decided to let him go. The 2009-2010 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A Forward of the Year had transfered from the Saar-Pfalz Braves to Cuxhaven this past summer. He appeared in nine games for the BasCats during this current campaign, averaging 12.6 points and a league high 10.9 rebounds per contest. The BasCats have now opened up their quest for a new player who reportedly should join the squad not later than for the home game against Crailsheim December 4th.

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


After the 4-2 start, Phoenix Hagen has lost three of the last four games. Why has the team been struggling a bit at the moment?



We are a young team. I guess we are hitting are growing pains right now.


What has been the main focus in practice this week?



We are just trying to get back to defend like we were when the season opened. We were doing a solid job but slowly started to get away from it.

The team brought in big man Jamie Jones. How will he help the team most and what is your impression of him?



At the moment I don't know how he will help. We haven't practiced with him yet.

The next game is against the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf. They won their first game of the season last weekend. How dangerous are they?


They are a very dangerous team because they are a very aggressive team on the offensive end. They are kind of a mirror of us.

Do you think that you might have the duty of stopping Famutimi? How do you stop him best?


I'm sure at some part I will defend him. My goal with everyone I guard is to make every shot as tough as I can.

Allen Iverson lost in Braunschweig against BG Goettingen, but chipped in with 18 points. Will he be the best player in Europe once he gets used to the style?


There is a chance he could be but there is some very talented players over here right now.



What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition from back home?


I love Sweet Potato Pie and Candied Yams!!!


Will you be eating turkey with the Americans on Thanksgiving and who will eat the most from the players?


Yes we will have a Thanksgiving for our team. I'm pretty sure we all will be stuffed.

Thnaks Quentin for the chat.




Brandon Thomas (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Walter Tigers Tuebingen Game November 27th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, college: Massachusetts) is a 26 year old 198cm shooting guard from San Antonio, Texas that was born in Bitburg Germany and is playing his second season with The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He is long and athletic and capable of defending anyone on the floor; ability to accelerate and finish around the basket. Possesses an outstanding basketball IQ. He played at Long island (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and then went to UMASS from 2005-2007. In 2007, he played in Denmark leading the league in scoring for Team FOG Naestved playing 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%. He was the Danish player of the year in 2008 and was the 2008 Allstar game MVP. In 2008-2009, he played in Austria for Kraftwerk Wels playing 45 games averaging 20.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, 2FGP: 66.6%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 68.5%. Last season, he played 40 games: 10.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 74.6%. Brandon took some time to talk to eurobasket before the game against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen November 27th.

The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are on a two game winning streak. What has the team been doing better on the court in the last weeks?



I think we are learning from each other and building our chemistry as well as playing with more intensity.



What was the most important lesson learned in the last win at home against BG Goettingen?




Intensity and focus after the half can be very good for us




What has been the main focus in practice this week?

Defense



The next game is against The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. What has been your impression of the team this season?


I think they have a very talented team and their record may not reflect that right now but they are getting better


Bane Ratkovica has moved up to the best point guards this season. What do you like most about his game?


His ability to play the pick and role and find his teammates in scoring positions.



What will be key in winning in Tuebingen?

Defense



What is your most fond Thnaksgiving memory from back home?



Having a huge plate of the best home cooked food with friends and family then sitting down to watch the Cowboys.



Where will you be spending Thanksgiving?


After the weight room and the gym I hope to spend time with my family and teammates



Which player on your team could probably eat the most turkey?


Ha, Im not even sure



Who will win Dallas Cowboys or New Orleans Saints?


Cowboys!!



Thanks Brandon for the chat.



*****************************************************
  GREECE   


Theos:"No future for basketball in Greece" (Part 1) - by George Fragkos
Iraklis Thessaloniki is a newly promoted club at the A1 league after four years at A2. What some people may forget or even not know, especially outside Greece, is the great history of this team in basketball. Iraklis Thessaloniki was founded in 1925 and they were the first team to win the Greek championship back in 1928. Fifteen years ago, the Thessaloniki club participated in the Euroleague having beaten powerful teams like Maccabi Tel Aviv and CSKA Moscow. This means that even though this is their first year at A1 after a considerable period, it is not justified to say that they are new to the division.
The financial collapse of the club had the consequence of it being relegated to the A2 where, without any funds, a group of people left their seat at the stands and decided to step up, and bring Iraklis Thessaloniki back where it belongs. The highest division in the country!

One of them is the current chairman of the club, Fotis Theos, a simple kiosk owner with not enough money to rule a club, but immense love for it. We decided to meet Mr. Theos and talk with him about the plans of Iraklis Thessaloniki and we ended up talking for almost two hours about the situation of basketball in Greece and its future. Mr. Theos proved to have very interesting thoughts to share with us and without any fear, since he is not the owner or an investor, to tell the ugly truth about several subjects. As everybody can understand we are obliged to cut this interview in two parts, in order to keep everything without omitting or misinterpreting anything.

The A1 league and the competition between the two top clubs and the rest:
'This championship has no reason to take place. Panathinaikos and Olympiakos are the only teams that fight for the championship and this helps them get prepared for their games in Euroleague. Thats our role in basketball. The rest of the teams are something like training opponents for the two giants. Basketball has become a letdown in Greece. We really dont care if we stay at the A1 league or we get relegated. We dont want to participate in this championship but we cannot do anything else. We are Iraklis Thessaloniki, the first champion and a team with great history in this sport. But we cannot obey what the organizer of the league (ESAKE) orders us every time without giving our point of view. We must also be listened when we ask for some basic things. The clubs do not even get the money they should from TV or OPAP, unlike the soccer clubs which are very well-paid. Basketball is not attractive to wealthy people to invest in it. They know that they can earn nothing by it. Clubs with our history or Aris, PAOK and AEK try to prevail. And no one is to be blamed except us. If we do not demand some things all together, including Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, this will not change. In other words, on those conditions, this championship will never improve! It will keep on like that and nobody will try to do anything'.

The possibility of co-operation between the basketball clubs:
'The clubs do not communicate with each other and cannot demand some attention to their problems. We have a lot of differences with the others and it is not possible for us or them to meet and talk seriously so as to reach a solution. For example, Aris tried to prevent us from participating in the league because of an old debt. Of course, all those that they claimed did not stand and we were finally granted permission to play. But how can we talk with a club that tried to harm us. The sad thing for us is that we have no protection like a few teams at the same division. The two giants get help by everyone, beginning from the referees and ending up to the state itself. The chairman of ESAKE is a fan of PAOK and he takes care of every problem they have. Aris had a minister. They got the right to use Alexandrio Arena which is owned by the state exclusively and no one said anything about it. AEK should not participate because they did not even have a court to play and their finances are in a very bad shape. But we did not say anything and we are not going to...'

The condition of A2 league:
'If we want things to get improved we have to begin from the basement. The A2 league is semi-professional, which is unacceptable. Just consider that a team in that category cannot change a foreign player if he gets injured. This is really funny. We faced this problem and tried to convince HEBA that this rule is absurd and in the end we achieved it. The teams have no income, neither from TV, nor from OPAP. How can they stay clear of debts? All the basketball clubs, even at A1, except Panathinaikos and Olympiakos try to survive with the money the state gives them (ERT, OPAP). Since the A2 clubs do not get any from the state and there is no other way to find money they are almost condemned to perish! Every year five basketball clubs dismantle because of debts. Even those that get promotion, realize that they cannot stand up to the expectations of A1 and try to sell their place to another club with more funds. A perfect example is Kavala. They bought Panorama and climbed four divisions in just one year. I do not like what I say but the future most profitable job in basketball will be the dealer that will arrange the sale of a club to another. We also had the opportunity to buy Panorama but we chose not to do that. We could have gained a lot, but the sport would have lost more. So we decided to say no. We are Iraklis Thessaloniki! We do not like to buy divisions! We like to gain a promotion, even if we lose glory or money! We have some loyal fans that give money to this club and they ruled out this possibility. We had to obey their decision and we are proud we did it.'

The ways that A2 league can get improved:
'Things are always simple. This league must also become professional. There is no other way. It is not something easy but it must happen. Only in this way it can earn money from TV rights and other sources like OPAP. The clubs should try to produce new talents. This can only happen if there will be a rule that an A2 team must have 4 players under 20 years old. It will give an extra motive to the youngsters to come back to basketball. Now the young players cannot find a place at a team after the age of 20 and they finish their career before even starting it. The league is full of old players that have previously played in A1 and stay at the league to earn some more money. In that way the teams are not able to sell a player and have a profit. But if they produced young talents and sold them to the bigger clubs then everyone would be happy. The clubs because of the profit that they would receive and the young players because of the opportunity they would have to make a next step in their career. As things stand now, young children are not interested in the sport. This means that not only the leagues, but the whole sport has no future!'




Real Madrid celebrates 82-68 win against Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Olympiakos 82-68

Real Madrid registered 82-68 home win against Olympiakos joining them with 4-2 record. They share the first place in Group B after six rounds. It is important to mention that Olympiacos has tie-break advantage due to its 16-point win in the Euroleague Opening Game in the Pireaus. Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the Whites with 19 points and he handed out 6 assists beside that. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) (6 as) added 16 and 12 points respectively. For the Reds, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) shined with 21 points. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 11.
Real Madrid has wonderful beginning as they made quick 12-6 and later 17-8 lead. Until the end of the first quarter, the Whites jumped to plus 12 but Vassilis Spanoulis fixed the score to 24-14 after ten minutes. Olympiakos players woke up after that and they came to 28-24 at the halfway of the second period. However, Tomic was dominating around the basket and Rodriguez was on fire lifting Unicaja to 42-31. Milos Teodosic closed the first half with a triple cutting the margin to 8 pts. Real Madrid was constantly in charge after the breather. They had 46-36 and later 53-42, before Olympiakos replied with 4-8 run. Sergio Llull split free throws to give Madrid a 58-50 lead at the end of the third quarter. When Real Madrid reached 65-52 at the halfway of the last period it was clear who the winner of the night will be. In the finish, a jumper by Mavrokefalidis and free throws by Vassilis Spanoulis allowed Olympiacos to keep the tie-break advantage.
In the next round, Real Madrid goes to Malaga. Olympiakos will host Brose Baskets, who beat them in the first game.

Real Madrid: Sergio Rodriguez 19+6 as, Sergio Llull 18, Ante Tomic 12+6 as
Olympiakos: Milos Teodosic 21, Vassilis Spanoulis 11


*****************************************************
  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 12-0 
 2. ZZ Leiden 9-3 
 3. Eiffel Towers 8-4 
 4. Magixx 7-5 
 5. ABC 6-6 
 6. BS Weert 6-6 
 7. DeFriesland 5-8 
 8. Giants 4-8 
 9. Landstede 4-9 
 10. Rotterdam 0-12 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Stokes, BS Weert21.8 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants17.3 
 3. Laing, Magixx16.8 
 4. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 5. Borha, Landstede16.2 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.8 
 7. Mills, Eiffel Towers15.0 
 8. Voorn, ABC14.8 
 9. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.4 
 10. Marshall, Lands.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matt HARYASZ
  GasTerra
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Haryasz, GasTerra9.9 
 2. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 3. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.3 
 4. Sihota, Rotterdam9.2 
 5. Griffin, Giants9.0 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert8.7 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.7 
 8. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 9. Sanchez, DeFriesl.7.8 
 10. Mills, Eiffel Towers7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.5 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.3 
 3. Stokes, BS Weert4.8 
 4. Bostain, GasTerra4.2 
 5. Marshall, Lands.4.0 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 7. Williams, DeFriesland3.5 
 8. McGhee, ZZ Leiden3.3 
 9. Jackson, ZZ Leiden3.2 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leiden3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.8 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants2.8 
 3. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.5 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.4 
 6. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 7. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.3 
 8. Kherrazi, ABC2.2 
 9. Haryasz, GasTerra2.0 
 10. Williams, DeFriesland1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.2.2 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.5 
 3. Blue, Giants1.1 
 4. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.1 
 5. Hamm, BS Weert1.1 
 6. McDermott, Magixx0.9 
 7. Minter, BS Weert0.9 
 8. Haryasz, GasTerra0.8 
 9. Oudendag, Magixx0.8 
 10. Strong, Landstede0.8 


*****************************************************
  IRAN   


Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi, girlfriend charged with assault - by Eurobasket News
Police say Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) of the Memphis Grizzlies and his girlfriend have been charged with assault following an altercation between the two.

Memphis police were called Thursday morning to a downtown apartment building and found Haddadi, a backup center from Iran, and his girlfriend with bruises and scratches.

The arrest report says a verbal disagreement turned physical, and both Haddadi and Goolnaz 'Asal' Karbalaeinematmoeeney were taken to the Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that the team is aware of the incident and withheld comment while they gathered facts.

Haddadi has played in only four of the Grizzlies' first 15 games.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Iran bruise Japan, take Bronze at Asian Games - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Japan 74:66

Iran celebrated the victory on the final day of action at Asian Games in Guangzhou. They held off Japan to step onto the pedestal. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) exploded with 27 points to lead the effort.
Iran put their noses in front early in the encounter. They ensured a 5-point lead before Japan stepped up to cut the distance. Led by Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) Japan managed to pull within just two points at the first break 24:26. Iran opened the second frame on an 11:5 run to clear off once again. They raced to a 43:36 halftime advantage. Iran did not slow down in the third period. They were more accurate from the field and secured a 59:50 lead at the final intermission. Iran used all of their experience to keep Japan at bay throughout the final stanza. Iran avoided drama of the final minutes and ensured a comfortable win at the end. Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) notched 13 points and 7 rebounds for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) and Hamed Sohrabnejad (206-C/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points each in the victory. Takumi Ishizaki replied with 17 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) netted 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Iran: Hamed Afagh 27, Asghar Kardoust 13, Mahdi Kamrani 10, Hamed Sohrabnejad 10
Japan: Takumi Ishizaki 17, Kosuke Takeuchi 13



*****************************************************
  IRAQ   


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


*****************************************************
  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Electra too much for Caja Laboral, jumps to 5-1 - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Caja Laboral 81-70

Maccabi Electra stays No.1 in Group A with almost perfect 5-1 record. The Israeli powerhouse was too strong for Caja Laboral handing them the fourth Euroleague loss this season. Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) stepped up for Maccabi with 18 points and 6 rebounds (valuation 22). Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) (5 rebs, 5 as) and Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) (7 as) added 14 and 12 points respectively. In Caja Laboral, Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) collected 21 points and 6 rebs. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) shined with double-double of 18 points and 13 rebs.
Maccabi took control on Caja Laboral from the beginning as they made 17-11 and later ended Q1 with 21-15 lead. Thanks to 0-8 run at the midway of the second period, Caja Laboral tied the score to 27-27 but than Maccabi regained the momentum on a Perkins triple and then an offensive put-back by Yaniv Green. Teletovic scored for the guests and Jeremy Pargo had the final word in the first half setting the score to 38-32. Caja Laboral came closer immediately after the breather. After triple by Teletovic, visitors closed the gap to just one point, but Burstein and Chuck Eidson shined in the finish of Q3 lifting their team to 55-51. Eidson knocked down a triple to start the fourth quarter and Eliyahu made it 59-51 from the line. With three minutes left in the game Green made a triple and Maccabi was 71-60 up. Caja Laboral was no able to mount a comeback and Maccabi celebrated fifth Euroleague win this season.
In the next round, Maccabi goes to Kaunas. Caja Laboral will host Asseco Prokom.

Maccabi Electra: Lior Eliyahu 18+6 boards, Jeremy Pargo 14+5 boards+5 as, Chuck Eidson 12+7 as
Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 21+6 boards, Stanko Barac 18+13 boards


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.27.7 
 2. Asbury, Hapoel T-A27.4 
 3. Miller, Megido/Y.26.3 
 4. Young, Hod Hasharon23.0 
 5. Hall, Beer Yaakov22.8 
 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.9.8 
 6. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 7. Tramiel, Kohav Yair9.0 
 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: 8.5
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A8.5 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula6.9 
 3. Dobie, Lev Hasharon6.3 
 4. Timor, Hapoel Tivon6.0 
 5. Farhi, Beer Yaakov5.9 
 6. Berkowitz, Elitzu.5.5 
 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: 3.6
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.6 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula3.3 
 3. Harush, Kohav Yair3.1 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.9 
 5. Young, Hod Hasharon2.7 
 6. Johnson, Ironi N.2.7 
 7. Hofman, Elitzur .2.4 
 8. Shtarkman, Megido.2.4 
 9. Farhi, Beer Yaakov2.3 
 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-A1.9 
 7. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.5 
 8. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.4 
 9. Brown, Maccabi HBK1.3 
 10. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 


*****************************************************
  ITALY   


Smith's triple at the buzzer brings Lottomatica win in Bamberg - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Lottomatica 67-68

Maybe the crucial win for Lottomatica Roma, who celebrated in thriller against Brose Baskets 67-68. Charles Smith (193-G-75, college: N.Mexico) nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer and was hero of this meeting. He finished the game with 16 points. Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) had 17 points and 5 rebounds for the guests, while Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) secured a nice help adding 9 points and 7 rebs. In Brose Baskets, Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) had 15 points. Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) netted two less. With this victory Lottomatica jumped to 3-3 in Group B, while Brose Baskets dropped to 2-4.
As mentioned above, question about the winner was resolved in the last second. Before that, Lottomatica made 9-19 lead in the first quarter and Brose Baskets replied with 21-12 for the next ten minutes. Third period was pretty leveled and Roma was up by two after it, 51-53. Roma went to the last 1:30 with 61-65, after what Casey Jacobsen drained a triple for Bamberg. Vitali missed on the other side and Bamberg had the possession with 10 second left. Brian Roberts grabbed the ball and drained a running three-ball from the top of the key with 1.9 seconds to play for a 67-65 Brose lead. The veteran Smith one-upped Bamberg with a triple at the buzzer from the right corner.
In the next round, Lottomatica will host Charleroi. Brose Baskets goes to Greece to meet Olympiakos.

Brose Baskets: Casey Jacobsen 15, Brian Roberts 13
Lottomatica: Darius Washington 17+5 boards, Charles Smith 16, Vladimir Dasic 9+7 boards


*****************************************************
  JAPAN   


Iran bruise Japan, take Bronze at Asian Games - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Japan 74:66

Iran celebrated the victory on the final day of action at Asian Games in Guangzhou. They held off Japan to step onto the pedestal. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) exploded with 27 points to lead the effort.
Iran put their noses in front early in the encounter. They ensured a 5-point lead before Japan stepped up to cut the distance. Led by Takumi Ishizaki (188-G-84) Japan managed to pull within just two points at the first break 24:26. Iran opened the second frame on an 11:5 run to clear off once again. They raced to a 43:36 halftime advantage. Iran did not slow down in the third period. They were more accurate from the field and secured a 59:50 lead at the final intermission. Iran used all of their experience to keep Japan at bay throughout the final stanza. Iran avoided drama of the final minutes and ensured a comfortable win at the end. Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) notched 13 points and 7 rebounds for Iran. Mahdi Kamrani (181-G-82) and Hamed Sohrabnejad (206-C/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) had 10 points each in the victory. Takumi Ishizaki replied with 17 points for Japan. Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) netted 13 points and collected 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Iran: Hamed Afagh 27, Asghar Kardoust 13, Mahdi Kamrani 10, Hamed Sohrabnejad 10
Japan: Takumi Ishizaki 17, Kosuke Takeuchi 13



*****************************************************
  JORDAN   


Jordan defeat DPR Korea, earn 7th place at Asian Games - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - DPR Korea 79:74

Jordan finished their Asian Games campaign on a high note. They knocked down DPR Korea to occupy the seventh overall position. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) stepped up with 20 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners.
DPR Korea raced in front early in the encounter but Jordan quickly denied the effort. They grabbed the lead to post a 23:19 advantage at the first break. Jordan used a 14:2 run in the second quarter to ensure a comfortable 17-point lead at the interval. DPR Korea refused to surrender as they changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. The Korean side increased the tempo and narrowed the gap at only 2 points with one quarter remaining 55:57. Jordan tried to play aggressively in the fourth period as they maintained the lead. Fadel Alnajjar (192-G-85) and Abdullah Abuqoura stepped up for Jordan late in regulation and sealed the winning outcome.
Fadel Alnajjar produced 14 points for the winners. Malek Khashan (185-G-85) netted 12 points for Jordan. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 18 points for DPR Korea. Kwang Kye (180-G-84) and Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) had 16 points each in the loss.

Jordan: Abdullah Abuqoura 20+13 boards, Fadel Alnajjar 14, Malek Khashan 12
DPR Korea: Byol Sin Kum 18, Kwang Kye 16, Jin Pak Myong 16



*****************************************************
  KAZAKHSTAN   


Juozas Ramanauskas is a newcomer at Barsy Atyrau - by Eurobasket
Barsy Atyrau strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old Lithuanian center Juozas Ramanauskas (207-C-85). Ramanauskas played most recently at Juventus-LKSK Utenos (Lithuania). While playing 7 games for Juventus this season he averaged 2.6ppg and 2.1rpg. Ramanauskas is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Latvia, Switzerland and Lithuania. In the first game in Baltic League (Barsy edged Naglis-Adakris), he played 14 minutes scoring 5 points and grabbing 8 rebounds.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Barsy Atyrau drop to 2-4 record - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau drop to 2-4 record in Baltic league. The team recently played three more games and manage to win just one.
On November 19th there was an upset in Jelgava where higher ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau was defeated by ranked Latvian Zemgale 85-79. Swingman Edgars Krumins stepped up with 24 points for the winners and power forward Jekabs Rozitis (206-F/C-86) helped with 14 points and 13 rebounds. The best for the losing side was power forward Mikhail Evstigneev (202-F/C-84) with 23 points and Ukrainian guard Dmitri Dyatlovsky (195-G-85, agency: Promotex) with 15 points. Barsy Atyrau's coach tried 11 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five.
gschID: 110470
The most interesting game of round 9 in Baltic League was a very close only two-point road defeat of 5th ranked Kazakhstan Barsy Atyrau to fourth ranked Lithuanian Alytus Alita 91-93. Forward Paulius Kleiza (195-F-88) stepped up with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and swingman Rytis Adomavicius helped with 22 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Russian guard Andrey Endropov with 17 points and 4 assists and forward Pavel Ilin (202-F-92) with 16 points.
Last night Naglis-Adakris was beaten by Barsy Atyrau 85:88. The biggest contributor to a victory was forward Pavel Ilin with 20 points. Power forward Mikhail Evstigneev helped with 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Laurynas Mikalauskas (205-F-85, agency: FCM, college: Virginia) who recorded 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Vilmantas Dilys added 11 points and 8 rebounds.


*****************************************************
  LATVIA   


Cipruss returns to Spain - by Arturs Butans
Former Latvian national team center Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Spain. Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) signed deal with Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila to the end of the season. Cipruss was free agent since this month, when he part sides with this season Latvian Basketball League's underdog - BK Valmiera. So Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82, agency: Interperformances) returns in Spain, where he has played in three clubs, particing Spanish first league. In this season latvian avaraged 15.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game in Latvian Basketball League, and 14.5 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in Baltic Basketball League.

*****************************************************
  LEBANON   


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Fadi EL KHATIB
  Champville
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 28.1
 1. El Khatib, Champville28.1 
 2. Shannon, Anibal24.8 
 3. Cage, Hoops24.3 
 4. Byrd, Hoops23.0 
 5. Battles, Antranik21.3 
 6. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.21.0 
 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: 19
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi19.0 
 2. Battles, Antranik12.5 
 3. Dawson, Chabab12.2 
 4. Byrd, Hoops11.4 
 5. Okosa, Moutahed11.3 
 6. Warner, Byblos10.9 
 7. Allen, Champville10.7 
 8. Thompson, Sagesse10.7 
 9. Kanaan, Antranik9.9 
 10. Shannon, Anibal9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Austin JOHNSON
  Moutahed
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 8
 1. Johnson, Moutahed8.0 
 2. Akl, Anibal7.5 
 3. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi6.0 
 4. Clemons, Chabab5.1 
 5. Fahed, Sagesse4.1 
 6. Roustom, Moutahed4.0 
 7. Cage, Hoops4.0 
 8. Barada, Byblos3.7 
 9. Youngblood, Champ.3.7 
 10. Khoury, Sagesse3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Enique CLEMONS
  Chabab
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Clemons, Chabab4.0 
 2. Roustom, Moutahed3.1 
 3. Byrd, Hoops2.6 
 4. Youngblood, Champ.2.6 
 5. Payne, Moutahed2.5 
 6. Khoury, Sagesse2.3 
 7. Martinez, Champville2.0 
 8. Johnson, Moutahed2.0 
 9. Lakiss, Chabab1.9 
 10. Zachery, Antranik1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Ramel ALLEN
  Champville
  (210-C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Allen, Champville3.7 
 2. Fobbs, Sagesse3.0 
 3. Woods, Al Riyadi2.6 
 4. Watkins, Sagesse2.3 
 5. Payne, Moutahed2.0 
 6. Thompson, Sagesse1.6 
 7. Hamdar, Hoops1.4 
 8. Byrd, Hoops1.4 
 9. Shannon, Anibal1.4 
 10. Kanaan, Antranik1.3 


Round 8: Anibal wins 3rd straight, and Shannon dominates again. - by Rabih Khoury
The final game of round 8 of Lebanese League was held in Centre Demerdjian in Dbayeh where home team Antranik Beirut welcomed Anibal Zahle. The game was very important for both teams, Antranik Beirut needed the win to move the 5th spot while Anibal Zahle will move to the 4th in case of a W. The ambiance was great in Demerdjian Center, with fans fulling the court. The game began with a small dominance of Anibal Zahle especially Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Elgin CC) and the first quarter ended 25-20. In the second quarter, Antranik Beirut were better and Anibal Zahle made many TO that cost them to loose the lead and at halftime Antranik Beirut lead by 4, 43-49.
In the second half of the game, Anibal Zahle got the rhythm back, and showed a very good chemistry between the players. Coach Toni Vujanic 's guys proved again that they are a big defensive team this year and limited Antranik Beirut to 28pts only in 20minutes. Also to note that Anibal Zahle did only 1TO in the last 20 minutes. Third quarter finished 63-56 for the guest team, and the game ended 82-71. Terrence Shannon was again the best player in the team with 35pts and 10rebounds.
After this game Anibal climbed to the 4th spot, while Antranik dropped to the 7th spot.
All stats are below:
Anibal Zahle:
-Terrence Shannon 35Pts, 10Rbs, 4Ass (14/26 FG + 2/6 3's + 5/7 FT) in 40 min
-BJ Raymond 21Pts, 14Rbs, 2Ass (9/22 FG + 3/8 3's) in 37 min
-Jihad Murr 9Pts, 9Rbs, 1Ass (4/18 FG + 0/6 3's + 1/2 FT) in 34 min
-Roy Samaha 6Pts, 5Rbs, 2Ass (3/6 FG + 0/2 FT) in 25 min
-Rodrigue Akl 5Pts, 9Rbs, 7Ass (1/5 FG + 1/4 3's + 2/4 FT) in 35 min

Antranik Beirut:
-Malcolm Battles 19Pts, 7Rbs, 1Ass (6/11 FG + 2/3 3's + 5/5 FT) in 35 min
-Yervant Avakian 14Pts, 2Rbs, 1Ass (5/11 FG + 1/5 3's + 3/3 FT) in 26 min
-Rashad West 14Pts, 3Rbs, 7Ass (5/25 FG + 2/14 3's + 2/4 FT) (Added 2 Steals & 1 TO) in 38 min
-ALi Kanaan 11Pts, 13Rbs, 2Ass (5/10 G + 1/4 3's) in 34 min
-Nadim Souaid 6Pts, 3Rbs, 1Ass (1/4 FG + 0/1 3's) in 26 min


Round 8: Wins for Riyadi , Champville & Sagesse - by Rabih Khoury
In the Round 8 of Bank Med League Sagesse and Riyadi suffered to win their games against Chabab Zahle and Hoops, on the other side Champville had also a battle in Tripoli against Moutahed but managed in the end to keep its record clean.

In Zahle, Chabab welcomed Sagesse, after a disappointing loss against Anibal the home team was focused on regaining the image back, Sagesse who had a big game against Riyadi in the previous round but suffered too much in this game due to the big pressure imposed by Chabab players, the game was a very close one but the big experience of Sagesse in the end prevailed with a big performance for Sabah Khoury 21 points in the game (7 3poniters) and Rony Fahed with 22 points. The game finished at the score of 81-85.

In another game Manara was the scene of a very interesting game that joined Hoops to Riyadi, Hoops was big rival to Riyadi throughout the first 3 quarters and went to the 4th quarter leading by 3 points but the big experience of Riyadi players managed to come back in the game and to score a very important win at the score of 90-79. Calvin CAGE who came back from injury had a big performance in the game and finished with 31 points for Hoops on the other side Joe Vogel is continuing his good performance in the season, he finished with 24 points.

In Tripoli Moutahed welcomed the leader of the Championship Champville ,the game was an exciting one and the two teams were eager to win the game , Champville dominated the game from the first minutes but the home team was always answering back and staying close to Champville due to the good performance of Bassel BAWJI (20 pts in the game) the heroic efforts of Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) ( 37 points , season best ) secured the prestigious win for Champville in the end of the game at the score of 88-82 , Jasmon YOUNGBLOOD had a his best performance in the season with 26 points .

Source www.flbb.com



*****************************************************
  LIBYA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Nasr 2-0 
 2. Ahli Benghazi 1-0 
 3. Ahli Tripoli 1-0 
 4. Ittihad 1-0 
 5. Hilal 1-1 
 6. Madina 1-1 
 7. Jazeera 0-1 
 8. Morog 0-1 
 9. Shabab 0-1 
 10. Yarmook 0-2 


*****************************************************
  LITHUANIA   


Partizan joins Zalgiris with 4-2 record - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Zalgiris 68-62

Partizan outplayed Zalgiris 68-62 joining them with 4-2 record in Group A. They share the second place now having two wins more than third ranked Caja Laboral and Khimky. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) paced the hosts to victory with 19 points. He missed just twice for 23 minutes on the court. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) secured a nice help with 12 points, while James Gist (203-F-86) (8 rebs) and Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) (7 rebs) added 9 points each. In the loosing squad, Mirza Begic (216-C-85) collected 19 points and 5 rebs. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) stopped to 12 pts.
Partizan had a great start as they made 23-12 lead in the first ten minutes. They closed this period with 12-4 run. Nothing has changed in the second frame as the hosts were simply controlling the game and were constantly up by more than ten points. Thanks to triple by Dragan Milosavljevic, Partizan went to the halftime break with 44-29 lead. They reached plus 19 at the midway of Q3 and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. Zalgiris improved after that cutting the margin to 11 points until the end of Q3, 54-43, but they were not able to mount a comeback. When Dragan Milosavljevic drained another triple for 63-58 with 4 minutes left, the home fans already started to celebrate a new victory.
In the next round, Partizan will meet Khimky on the road. Zalgiris hosts Maccabi Electra.

Partizan: Dragan Milosavljevic 19, Oliver Lafayette 12, James Gist 9+8 boards, Nathan Jawai 9+7 boards
Zalgiris: Mirza Begic 19+5 boards, DeJuan Collins 12


*****************************************************
  MALTA   


Standings
Powerade League Standings
 1. Athleta 2-0 
 2. Depiro 1-1 
 3. Bupa 1-1 
 4. Siggiewi 1-1 
 5. Loyola 1-1 
 6. U20 Selection 0-2 


Siggiewi fade to lose match - by Eurobasket News
Athleta A-Z Electronics 75
Siggiewi Derby 63
(22-23, 12-11, 16-17, 25-12)


Despite playing without Marco Matijevic, Siggiewi did well enough to stay in touch with Athleta until four minutes from the final whistle.

Once again, the champions made life difficult for themselves as, quite unexpectedly, their players went for difficult shots or resorted to individual moves.

Athleta, on the other hand, are a disciplined side who turn the ball around in attack until they release a player in a good shooting position.

This represented the main difference between the two teams and unless Siggiewi learn their lesson, they will continue to play second fiddle and lose their title.

After a slow start, Athleta hit Siggiewi with a series of fast breaks to go 15-6 ahead.

Siggiewi coach Peter Farrugia urged his players to play more as a team and track back when not in possession. His instructions left the desired effect as the champions overturned the deficit until the end of the first quarter, 23-22.

Athleta regained the upperhand to open a 30-26 lead by the fifth minute of the second session. But again, Siggiewi hit back to level matters at the halfway mark, 34-34.

Siggiewi remained the better side after the interval, going 43-34 in front, but rushed play allowed Athleta to recover lost ground. Joe Galeas team began the final 10 minutes a point behind, 51-50.

Six consecutive points stretched Siggiewis lead to 57-50 as the last quarter got underway. But, the tiring Siggiewi then pressed the self-destruct button as Athleta dominated the remainder of the session to cruise to victory.

Athleta: M. Naudi 21, J. Zammit, D. Schembri 10, M. Giusti, C. Galea, O. Said 20, C. Calleja, A. Bonnici 3, K. Baldacchino 4, A. Ryan, S. Schembri 17.

Siggiewi: P. Peter Shoults (168-G-85) 21, J. Doughty, E. Eman Xuereb (F), N. Sultana 13, A. Borg 3, A. Micallef 19, K. Borg, J. Jetsen 7.

Referees: G. Barbara, J.P. Sammut, C. Terribile.

Depiro 59
BUPA Luxol 64
(8-20, 17-19, 20-14, 14-11)


Luxols strong opening rattled Depiro but the loss of Petar Apcev, through injury, halted their momentum.

The introduction of Sergio Yuste helped to kickstart Depiros recovery but they fluffed chances in the final minutes, paving the way for Luxol to clinch victory.

Luxol raced into a 14-2 lead by the fifth minute, forcing Depiro coach Ray Muscat to ask for a time-out.

His team improved to share the exchanges, going on to reduce the gap in the opening minutes of the second quarter, 22-16, as Luxol struggled to overcome Apcevs loss.

Robert Azzopardi took over the playmakers role and five three-pointers helped Luxol change ends 39-25 ahead.

Towards the fifth minute of the third session, Depiro launched a fightback and went ahead with six minutes remaining.

The excitement grew but missed baskets and slack marking allowed Antoine Costa to nail a three-pointer and a rebound basket that decided the game in favour of Luxol.

Depiro: R. Vella 18, J.P. Schembri, D. Bugeja 4, F. Agius, A. Aquilina 3, S. Yuste 15, J. Gatt 7, J. Camilleri, E. Lupo, M. Mallia, I. Tanti 12, G. Mercieca.

Luxol: M. Mercieca 10, R. Azzopardi 24, A. Micallef Trigona, P. Apcev, A. Costa 5, N. Vasovic 5, T. Paris 2, E. Caruana Montaldo 4, J.P. Bonnici 14, S. Mizzi.

Referees: B. Vassallo, S. Micallef, A. Carbonaro.

National League: Saturday 15.45 Athleta vs Loyola. Sunday 16.15 Luxol vs Siggiewi.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


Schembri nets monthly prize - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Schembri (193-F-85), of A to Z Electronics Athleta, has been named the Division One player of the month for October.

Schembri, who joined Athleta before the start of this season, completed a treble of player-of-the-month nominations after clinching this award in December 2007 and December 2008.

October was a very fruitful month for Athleta. They reached the MBA Shield final by winning all their games. Schembri contributed to Athletas unbeaten run as he compiled 86 points to top the scoring charts for October.

He also recorded an average of 7.43 rebounds and 1.71 assists per game.

The Athleta ace was presented with the Player of the Month award by Martin Ferry, on behalf of sponsors Miles Express Ltd.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com



*****************************************************
  NBA   


Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi, girlfriend charged with assault - by Eurobasket News
Police say Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) of the Memphis Grizzlies and his girlfriend have been charged with assault following an altercation between the two.

Memphis police were called Thursday morning to a downtown apartment building and found Haddadi, a backup center from Iran, and his girlfriend with bruises and scratches.

The arrest report says a verbal disagreement turned physical, and both Haddadi and Goolnaz 'Asal' Karbalaeinematmoeeney were taken to the Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that the team is aware of the incident and withheld comment while they gathered facts.

Haddadi has played in only four of the Grizzlies' first 15 games.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Celtics' West breaks wrist against Nets - by Eurobasket News
Boston guard Delonte West (6'4''-G-83, college: St.Joseph's) left the Celtics' game against the New Jersey Nets after breaking his right wrist.

West crashed to the ground after a layup with 2:48 left in the second quarter. He stayed there, grimacing in pain, until the medical staff came to help him. A few minutes later, he walked off, holding his right arm in his left, still in obvious pain.

No foul was called on Travis Outlaw, who was guarding him.

West had four points in 12 minutes on Wednesday night. He was averaging 7.5 points in about 19 minutes per game since returning from a 10-game suspension for his guilty plea on gun charges.

The Celtics were already short at guard because of a hamstring injury that has kept Rajon Rondo out the last three games.

Courtesy of www.cbc.ca


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.28.3 
 2. Nowitzki, Dallas M.26.4 
 3. Rose, Chicago B.26.3 
 4. Anthony, Denver N.25.4 
 5. Bryant, LA Lakers25.3 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.0 
 7. Gordon, LA Clippers23.9 
 8. James, Miami Heat23.6 
 9. Martin, Houston R.23.5 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.22.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Love, Minnesota T.14.5 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.13.4 
 3. Evans, Toronto R.12.6 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.12.1 
 5. Gasol, LA Lakers11.9 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 7. Camby, Portland TB11.4 
 8. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.3 
 9. Lee, Golde S.11.3 
 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.10.1 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.8 
 4. Kidd, Dallas M.9.5 
 5. Nash, Phoenix Suns9.5 
 6. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 7. James, Miami Heat8.3 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.3 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.3 
 10. Felton, New Y.8.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.3.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.8 
 3. Conley, Memphis G.2.5 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.4 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 6. Curry, Golde S.2.3 
 7. Brewer, Minnesot.2.1 
 8. Miller, Portland.2.1 
 9. Parker, San A.1.9 
 10. Felton, New Y.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darko MILICIC
  Minnesota T.
  (212-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.9 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.8 
 3. Bogut, Milwauke.2.7 
 4. Smith, Atlanta H.2.6 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.5 
 6. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.4 
 7. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 8. Stoudemire, New Y.2.1 
 9. Chandler, New Y.2.1 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.0 


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


Elton Brand suspended for foul on JaVale McGee - by Eurobasket News
Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) of the Philadelphia 76ers has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against Javale McGee (6'11''-F-88, college: Nevada) of the Washington Wizards, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.

The incident, in which Brand made contact by shoving McGee during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with 3:32 remaining in the 4th period of the 76ers 116-114 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.

Brand will serve his suspension tonight when the 76ers face the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Warriors' Lee cleared to do conditioning - by Eurobasket News
Golden State Warriors forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) has been medically cleared to resume light conditioning a week after undergoing a second procedure on his left elbow to treat an infection.

He has had stitches and a catheter for IVs removed from his right arm, the team said Thursday.

Lee initially had surgery Nov. 12 after he cut the inside of his elbow two days earlier in a nasty collision with the mouth of New York's Wilson Chandler, who left a fragment of a tooth in Lee's arm. After Lee's elbow swelled and bled, he went to an emergency room for antibiotics.

Lee will be re-examined Friday.

He is averaging 14.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 34.6 minutes in eight games for Golden State, which acquired him in July from the Knicks.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Thursday: Wins for Hawks and Clippers - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta H. - Washington W. 116-96
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) isn't concerned that the Atlanta Hawks have yet to beat a team with a winning record. Even against a struggling Southeast Division opponent like Washington, the Hawks must start somewhere. 'We hadn't had a game like this all season,' Smith said. 'We have to make a statement every time we play a division team. We just have to get wins at this point.' Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) scored 21 points, Smith added 20 with 14 rebounds and Atlanta beat the Wizards 116-96 on Thursday to snap a three-game losing streak. Al Horford finished with 15 points and 13 boards for the Hawks, who won their 11th straight over Washington. The fourth-year center credited a team meeting with helping to straighten out some misguided principles. Before the game, coach Larry Drew indicated he was close to making some lineup changes if he didn't see an improved effort on defense. A blowout loss at home Monday to Boston embarrassed the entire team. Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) scored 21 and Nick Young added 20 for the Wizards, who still seek their first victory against an opponent with a winning record and their first road victory, too. Washington rookie John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky), the NBA's No. 1 overall draft pick, finished with 10 points, missing his first seven shots from the field and failing to score until his runner made it 69-50 midway through the third quarter. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

LA Clippers - Sacramento K. 100-82
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) scored 28 points and rookie Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) had 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Los Angeles Clippers, who took full advantage of their new one-two punch to beat the Sacramento Kings 100-82 on Thursday night. Center Chris Kaman was sidelined for the eighth straight game because of a sprained left ankle and point guard Baron Davis (6'2''-G-79, college: UCLA) was sidelined for the 12th time in 13 games because of a swollen left knee. But the Clippers, coming off a 99-95 victory over New Orleans on Monday that snapped a nine-game losing streak, posted consecutive wins for the first time since a three-game stretch last February. Carl Landry scored 18 points for Sacramento, which has lost nine of their last 10 games after a 3-1 start. It was the fifth time this season that the Kings' high-point man had fewer than 20. Tyreke Evans, who averaged 23.7 points in his three games against the Clippers last season, had just eight points and five assists in 37 minutes. Evans, the 2009-10 rookie of the year, missed his first eight shots and played more than 25 scoreless minutes before getting the benefit of a goaltending call against DeAndre Jordan on a layup with 4:02 left in the third quarter and the Kings trailing 75-59. Two games removed from his 44-point, 15-rebound, seven-assist tour de force against the New York Knicks last Saturday at Staples Center, Griffin once again showed the athletic artistry that no doubt will make the Clippers a more attractive team for the television networks to spotlight than in the past - even if they keep losing. Displaying a pent-up fury that needed to be unleashed after missing all of last season with a knee injury, the former Oklahoma star and first overall pick in the 2009 draft pick shot 7 for 11 from the field. He is averaging 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in his first 16 games - including nine double-doubles. The only other players averaging at least 18 points and 11 rebounds are Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard and Kevin Love. The Clippers extended their 54-50 halftime to 69-56 with a 15-6 run capped by Gordon's finger roll with 6:45 left in the third quarter. Reserve forward Craig Smith helped salt it away midway through the fourth with seven points in a 1:33 span, increasing the margin to 97-74. Luther Head had 15 points and a season-high seven assists for the Kings. No Sacramento player had more than five assists in any of the team's previous four games, but Head surpassed that total when he set up a short jumper by rookie DeMarcus Cousins with 3:26 left in the second quarter. Cousins, the fifth overall pick in the draft, had seven points and five rebounds in a foul-plagued 25 minutes. *Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com




*****************************************************
  NORTH KOREA   


Jordan defeat DPR Korea, earn 7th place at Asian Games - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - DPR Korea 79:74

Jordan finished their Asian Games campaign on a high note. They knocked down DPR Korea to occupy the seventh overall position. Abdullah Abuqoura (202-C-84) stepped up with 20 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners.
DPR Korea raced in front early in the encounter but Jordan quickly denied the effort. They grabbed the lead to post a 23:19 advantage at the first break. Jordan used a 14:2 run in the second quarter to ensure a comfortable 17-point lead at the interval. DPR Korea refused to surrender as they changed the complexion of the encounter in the third term. The Korean side increased the tempo and narrowed the gap at only 2 points with one quarter remaining 55:57. Jordan tried to play aggressively in the fourth period as they maintained the lead. Fadel Alnajjar (192-G-85) and Abdullah Abuqoura stepped up for Jordan late in regulation and sealed the winning outcome.
Fadel Alnajjar produced 14 points for the winners. Malek Khashan (185-G-85) netted 12 points for Jordan. Byol Sin Kum (191-F-87) responded with 18 points for DPR Korea. Kwang Kye (180-G-84) and Jin Pak Myong (191-F-82) had 16 points each in the loss.

Jordan: Abdullah Abuqoura 20+13 boards, Fadel Alnajjar 14, Malek Khashan 12
DPR Korea: Byol Sin Kum 18, Kwang Kye 16, Jin Pak Myong 16



*****************************************************
  PHILIPPINES   


Qatar overcome Philippines, finish 5th in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News
Qatar - Philippines 81:71

Qatar crowned their Asian Games campaign with victory. They defeated Philippines to finish in the fifth overall position. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) delivered 25 points and 12 rebounds for Qatar in this one.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. They exchanged baskets and the scoreboard read 17:17 at the first break. Qatar pulled ahead early in the second period but not for too long. A roller-coaster action continued as Philippines pulled in front and posted a 39:36 lead at the interval. Philippines maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by as many as 4 points 64:60. But a disastrous start to the fourth term did not allow Philippines to succeed. Qatar went on a 16:3 run early in the final quarter to leave their opponents behind. Qatar did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and raced to the victory at the end.
Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) produced 19 points and 10 rebounds for Qatar. Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) netted 17 points in the victory. Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) replied with 20 points for Philippines. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) provided 13 points and 19 rebounds in the losing case.

Qatar: Targuy Ngombo 25+12 boards, Baker Ahmad Mohammed 19+10 boards, Khalid Suliman Abdi 17
Philippines: Kelly Williams 20, Asi Taulava 13+19 boards



PBA IMPORT HEIGHT REQUIRMENT 2011 - by Sheryl Reyes
(ARTICLE VIA PBA WEBSITE)

This season, the PBA is back to its usual 3-conference format. We start with the centerpiece
Philippine Cup. The next two conferences will be import-laden, with teams having imports of the same
height in the second conference and in the third conference, a handicapping system will be in place.

The Board of Governors has approved a height limit of 6 feet and 4 inches for imports playing in
the second conference.

In the season-ending conference, teams will be ranked according to their finish in the Philippine
Cup (60% weight) and their standing after the elimination round of the second conference (40%
weight). The top four teams based on the two criteria will be allowed one import each standing no
taller than 6-2. The next four teams can sign up an import no taller than 6-4, and the two
lowest-ranked teams can fly in an import up to 6-6 in height.

This should give the games in the next two conferences a new complexion. There should be more
available good talents at that height since most of the teams in leagues all over the globe sign
taller players, frontliners who could clog the middle and bang bodies with the other big men.

With more available good talents to sign, the more chances of our teams getting top-caliber
players. Remember guys like Billy Ray Bates, Donnie Ray Koonce, Rob Williiams? These guys played
when the limit was pegged at 6-3 and 6-4. What the PBA will get are the players who can score, and
players who are quick, great ballhandlers and very exciting to watch.

There will definitely be more motion on the floor and the players natural talents and abilities
should come to the fore.

By now we should have answered a lot of questions about the imports this season. We dont know
why, but we received numerous queries on import height limits the past week from several quarters
and from all over. Are there that many import agents around?

Oops, before we forget, weve also been asked about the way imports are measured. Some people
feel they saw one or two imports who may be over the 6-6 limit the past season.

Imports are measured lying down straight and flat, with the feet, knees, shoulder blades and head
touching the measuring board. However, the Office of the Commissioner will now allow team
representatives present, who used to be only observers before, to request for a remeasurement if
they feel the import was not measured correctly. Only one remeasurement will be permitted per import
and if remeasured, the second measurement will be the imports official height.

Also, all imports even those who have been measured before will have to be measured before
they can play in any import-laden conference.



*****************************************************
  PORTUGAL   


New coach in Barreirense - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Arturo Alvarez is the new Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro head coach.

In a statement, the manager of the club states that he 'believes this contract could mean a turning point in the team sports policy.'
Arturo Alvarez is 34 and has a degree in Physical Education. His former teams are Pamesa Valencia, Alicante Meridiano, Bruesa GBC, Lobos Cantabria, Vetusta Oviedo and Caja Segovia. At present, he assumesthe command of both men and women national teams of Paraguay.

Next Saturday, Barreirense visits Ilhavo, still under the direction of Jose Francisco.



Ivan Kostourkov in Fisica de Torres - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Ivan Kostourkov will be in the Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras bench for their next game against Electrico FC.

With head coach Jose Abrantes out with health problems (for an undetermined period), the Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras Administration called Ivan Kostourkov to be a part of the staff. He will be Head Coach until Abrantes is back to work.

Ivan Kostourkov played in Slavia Sofia, Levski Sofia (Bulgaria), CF Belenenses, Seixal FC/Slimcei and Santarem Basket B. After that, he has been coaching in CF Belenenses, Santarem Basket B and in the Portugal U18 National team.

After playing against Electrico FC tomorrow, Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras will have two more home games this week. Casino Figueira Ginasio, in a Portuguese Cup tie, on Wednesday, and Seixal FC/Slimcei, next Saturday, in the Proliga Day 5.



*****************************************************
  QATAR   


Qatar overcome Philippines, finish 5th in Guangzhou - by Eurobasket News
Qatar - Philippines 81:71

Qatar crowned their Asian Games campaign with victory. They defeated Philippines to finish in the fifth overall position. Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89, agency: Court Side) delivered 25 points and 12 rebounds for Qatar in this one.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. They exchanged baskets and the scoreboard read 17:17 at the first break. Qatar pulled ahead early in the second period but not for too long. A roller-coaster action continued as Philippines pulled in front and posted a 39:36 lead at the interval. Philippines maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They entered the fourth stanza up by as many as 4 points 64:60. But a disastrous start to the fourth term did not allow Philippines to succeed. Qatar went on a 16:3 run early in the final quarter to leave their opponents behind. Qatar did not surrender the advantage in the reminder of the contest and raced to the victory at the end.
Baker Ahmad Mohammed (199-F-86) produced 19 points and 10 rebounds for Qatar. Khalid Suliman Abdi (198-F/G-87) netted 17 points in the victory. Kelly Williams (198-F-82, college: Oakland) replied with 20 points for Philippines. Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) provided 13 points and 19 rebounds in the losing case.

Qatar: Targuy Ngombo 25+12 boards, Baker Ahmad Mohammed 19+10 boards, Khalid Suliman Abdi 17
Philippines: Kelly Williams 20, Asi Taulava 13+19 boards



*****************************************************
  RUSSIA   


CSKA fires coach Vujosevic - by Emiliano
Due to a terrible start of the season CSKA and Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) finally part ways, the coach announced his resignation Thursday, Novermber 25th after yet another loss in Euroleague, this time to Armani Jeans Milano. Vujosevic replaced Evgeny Pashutin at the Russian powehouse this summer after many successful years at Partizan Belgrade but failed to meet expectations as CSKAs Euroleague record now stands at 1 win and 5 loses.

Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ):
'When I had the chance, I chose to come to CSKA. At that point I figured that building a new team means more time and patience. Unfortunately, my adaptation, the process of familiarizing myself with the situation coincided with other problems. We started without several players due to injuries. Then there was the uncertainty of Holden, another injury - Siskauskas. Besides the fact that the absence of these players has added problems, we had to return them in condition and adapt to a team game. The adoption of the new system was a problem. Plus the added complexities of the American tour and our first defeat in the Euroleague by Milan was its direct consequence. The schedule of games in the Euroleague was very hard: So far from six games, we had only two at home - Armani Jeans and Olimpija. Sure if exclude at least some of these problems, the beginning of the season for us would have been much better. There are two types of coaches: those who have been fired, and those who are not yet fired... CSKA Moscow is a great club that I want as quickly as possible to return to the path of victory.'

Andrey Vatutin (President of CSKA Moscow):
'Frankly, the decision was extremely difficult. Prior to the game in Milan, we believed that the situation was fixable, and would do everything possible to prove it. When we hired Vujosevic, we though he would be able to strategicly develop our team, based on the fact that as a famous coach, he would be able to mitigate the process of generational change at CSKA by progressing young players and building a new, hungry winning team. There are no doubts about his coaching qualifications Vujoseivc proved his worth with previous clubs and national teams. Unfortunately, Dusko failed to effectively organize the process. Certainly, a series of injuries did not help. At the same time, Vujosevic failed to find common language with the team - literally and figuratively. In the first months of the season, all the transition problems only worsened and it led to a partial loss of faith in themselves and the gradual extinction of motivation for everyone - coaches, players and staff. Our game became less effective and looking at the helpless team was incredibly hard. Change was needed. We are very sorry to lose Vujosevic, who is an intelligent and nice person. We thank him for his work and are convinced that Vujosevic will enjoy a new, successful revival of his coaching career. The 2010-11 season is not over, including in the Euroleague. We will fight to the last game. As long as there is a chance, we will try. Reaching the Top 16 for the club becomes an emergency. And we will do everything to make it.'


*****************************************************
  SERBIA   


Nemanja Arnautovic leaves Crvena Zvezda - by Eurobasket News
Nemanja Arnautovic (193-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) is no longer a member of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. The 20-year-old prospect, who joined the club last summer, decided to leave after he appeared just in three games this season.
Nemanja Arnautovic finished last season in Montenegro helping their powerhouse Buducnost to defend the title. He started 2009/10 with Mega Vizura averaging 9.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in Serbian league. Arnautovic started the basketball career with Hemofarm and he was a member of Serbian U16 and U20 National Team in the past.


Partizan joins Zalgiris with 4-2 record - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Zalgiris 68-62

Partizan outplayed Zalgiris 68-62 joining them with 4-2 record in Group A. They share the second place now having two wins more than third ranked Caja Laboral and Khimky. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) paced the hosts to victory with 19 points. He missed just twice for 23 minutes on the court. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) secured a nice help with 12 points, while James Gist (203-F-86) (8 rebs) and Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) (7 rebs) added 9 points each. In the loosing squad, Mirza Begic (216-C-85) collected 19 points and 5 rebs. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) stopped to 12 pts.
Partizan had a great start as they made 23-12 lead in the first ten minutes. They closed this period with 12-4 run. Nothing has changed in the second frame as the hosts were simply controlling the game and were constantly up by more than ten points. Thanks to triple by Dragan Milosavljevic, Partizan went to the halftime break with 44-29 lead. They reached plus 19 at the midway of Q3 and it was already clear who the winner of the night will be. Zalgiris improved after that cutting the margin to 11 points until the end of Q3, 54-43, but they were not able to mount a comeback. When Dragan Milosavljevic drained another triple for 63-58 with 4 minutes left, the home fans already started to celebrate a new victory.
In the next round, Partizan will meet Khimky on the road. Zalgiris hosts Maccabi Electra.

Partizan: Dragan Milosavljevic 19, Oliver Lafayette 12, James Gist 9+8 boards, Nathan Jawai 9+7 boards
Zalgiris: Mirza Begic 19+5 boards, DeJuan Collins 12


*****************************************************
  SLOVAKIA   


McCoy's 44-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old guard Adam McCoy (193-G-86) put on an amazing game in the last round for BK Svit and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17.
He had the game-high 44 points adding four rebounds for Svit in his team's victory, helping them to beat Handlova (#8, 7-9) 111-97. Despite this victory Svit dropped to the 4th position in Slovakian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Svit will need more victories to improve their 9-6 record. In the team's last game McCoy had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range and got seven three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Svit's top player in his first season with the team. University of North Texas graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCoy is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.8ppg. McCoy is in league's top in and averages solid 55.7% FGP and 42.3% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) of league's second-best BK SPU Nitra. He is former international center in his 5th season at Nitra. In the last game Tomek recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 17 rebounds. It was enough for Nitra to edge the lower-ranked Levice (#6, 8-7) by 3 points 118-115. Nitra's second position in the standings has not changed. His team's 11-5 record is not bad at all. Tomek is one of the most experienced players at Nitra and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.2ppg (#8). He also registered 12.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84) of MBK Handlova (#8). Delic scored 27 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Delic's great performance Handlova lost 97-111 to the higher-ranked Svit (#4, 9-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Handlova ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Delic could help Handlova to bring them higher in the standings. Delic has a great season in Slovakia. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.5ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Wolfinger (213-C-85) of Levice - 20 points and 10 rebounds
5. Peter Dorazil (199-F/C-89) of Svit - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Peter Micuda (206-C-72) of Pezinok - 22 points and 10 rebounds
7. Dwight Brewington (196-G-84) of Inter Bratislava - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87) of Levice - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Dejan Stojanovic (206-C-78) of Vahostav-Zilina - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jessie Sapp (191-G-86) of Pezinok - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. McCoy, Svit25.8 
 2. Booker, Prievidza24.0 
 3. Burrows, Komarno24.0 
 4. Sapp, Pezinok21.4 
 5. Carter, Vahostav.20.9 
 6. Delic, Handlova19.5 
 7. Moore, Nitra19.3 
 8. Tomek, Nitra19.2 
 9. Brewington, Inter B.18.8 
 10. Johnson, Nova Ves18.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.3 
 2. Jackson, Komarno10.8 
 3. Erwin, Nitra9.1 
 4. Delic, Handlova8.8 
 5. Velcic, B.Bystrica8.6 
 6. Johnson, Nova Ves8.6 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.8.3 
 8. Wolfinger, Levice8.2 
 9. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 10. Gavran, Inter B.8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Moore, Nitra7.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno6.0 
 3. Booker, Prievidza5.8 
 4. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.7 
 5. Kostomaj, Levice4.9 
 6. Gavlak, Handlova4.9 
 7. Micka, Svit4.8 
 8. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 9. Milosevic, Pezinok4.0 
 10. Zavodny, Vahost.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Moore, Nitra2.9 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.2.7 
 3. Jones, Komarno2.4 
 4. Kucsa, Inter B.2.1 
 5. Jefferson, Nova Ves2.0 
 6. Sapp, Pezinok1.9 
 7. McCoy, Svit1.9 
 8. Zavodny, Vahost.1.7 
 9. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
 10. Mielczarek, Nova V.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Karlsruhe
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Prievidza3.3 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok2.2 
 3. Batka, Nova Ves1.6 
 4. Jackson, Komarno1.5 
 5. Gavran, Inter B.0.9 
 6. La Rosa, Inter B.0.9 
 7. Wolfinger, Levice0.9 
 8. Tomek, Nitra0.9 
 9. Burrows, Komarno0.8 
 10. Golian, Handlova0.8 


*****************************************************
  SLOVENIA   


Efes Pilsen better than Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Union Olimpija 84-78

There is a three-way tie on top of Group D after Efes Pilsen outplayed Union Olimpija 84-78. These two teams, together with Panathinaikos, share the first place with 4-2 record. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) scored 13, while Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) added 11 points and 6 boards. In Union Olimpija, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) (9 as) and Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) stopped to 12 points each.
Efes Pilsen started the game with 7-4 and later grabbed 20-14 lead. Gregory buried a jumper off the dribble but a dunk by Roberts fixed the score at 22-16 after 10 minutes. At the halfway of the second period, Efes jumped to 29-20 but Olimpija replied with 7-15 run for rest of the time in Q2, 36-35 (OT). Visitors continued in the same rhythm after the breather and they moved up to 46-54 late in Q3. Gonlum stepped up with a spin move in the low post and Andrew Wisniewski brought Efes within 52-54 after 30 minutes. The hosts tied the score to 56-56 quickly and thanks to Lawrence Roberts and Andrew Wisniewski, took 64-60 lead later. Sinan Guler lifted them to plus six with a lay-up and Olimpija was in trouble. Ilievski and Nachbar traded three-pointers but free throws by Markota gave Olimpija some hope at 69-65. Roberts and Guler were on fire in the finish securing the win for their team from behind the arc.
In the next round, Efes Pilsen goes to Valencia. Union Olimpija will host Valencia in very important game.

Efes Pilsen: Lawrence Roberts 14+8 boards, Andrew Wisniewski 13, Sinan Guler 11+6 boards
Union Olimpija: Kenny Gregory 16+6 boards, Saso Ozbolt 12+9 as, Vlado Ilievski 12


*****************************************************
  SOUTH KOREA   


South Korea surrender against China in Asian Games Final - by Eurobasket News
China - South Korea 77:71

South Korea ended their impressive Asian Games run just a whisker away from the title. Jaehak Yoo team lost to hosting China in the championship clash tonight. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) proved his leading role for the hosts scoring 20 points and pacing China to the triumph.
The teams stayed close for some time in the opening frame but the home team stepped on the gas late in the period. China grabbed a 27:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. South Korea tipped off the second frame aggressively as they went on a 14:4 run to surge ahead. China responded equally as they regained the advantage late in the half. Bob Donewald team secured a 43:37 advantage at halftime. The home team used a 14:4 rally to take a 57:49 lead midway through the third stanza. China arrived at the final intermission up by 8 points 64:56. They boosted the margin to 14 points early in the final quarter and though South Korea went on a desperate rescue rally late in regulation they could prevent the loss.
Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) and Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) accounted for 14 points each for China. Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81) replied with 17 points for South Korea. Kim Joo-Sung (205-C-79) and Cho Sung-Min (197-F-83) chipped in 15 points apiece in the loss.

China: Wang ZhiZhi 20, Yue Sun 14, Ding Jinhui 14
South Korea: Yang Dong-Geun 17, Kim Joo-Sung 15, Cho Sung-Min 15



*****************************************************
  SPAIN   


Maccabi Electra too much for Caja Laboral, jumps to 5-1 - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra - Caja Laboral 81-70

Maccabi Electra stays No.1 in Group A with almost perfect 5-1 record. The Israeli powerhouse was too strong for Caja Laboral handing them the fourth Euroleague loss this season. Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) stepped up for Maccabi with 18 points and 6 rebounds (valuation 22). Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) (5 rebs, 5 as) and Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) (7 as) added 14 and 12 points respectively. In Caja Laboral, Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) collected 21 points and 6 rebs. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) shined with double-double of 18 points and 13 rebs.
Maccabi took control on Caja Laboral from the beginning as they made 17-11 and later ended Q1 with 21-15 lead. Thanks to 0-8 run at the midway of the second period, Caja Laboral tied the score to 27-27 but than Maccabi regained the momentum on a Perkins triple and then an offensive put-back by Yaniv Green. Teletovic scored for the guests and Jeremy Pargo had the final word in the first half setting the score to 38-32. Caja Laboral came closer immediately after the breather. After triple by Teletovic, visitors closed the gap to just one point, but Burstein and Chuck Eidson shined in the finish of Q3 lifting their team to 55-51. Eidson knocked down a triple to start the fourth quarter and Eliyahu made it 59-51 from the line. With three minutes left in the game Green made a triple and Maccabi was 71-60 up. Caja Laboral was no able to mount a comeback and Maccabi celebrated fifth Euroleague win this season.
In the next round, Maccabi goes to Kaunas. Caja Laboral will host Asseco Prokom.

Maccabi Electra: Lior Eliyahu 18+6 boards, Jeremy Pargo 14+5 boards+5 as, Chuck Eidson 12+7 as
Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 21+6 boards, Stanko Barac 18+13 boards


Valencia grabs valuable win in Athens - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Valencia 69-73

Valencia exploded in the last quarter (12-25) to beat their host Panathinaikos 69-73. That is the second Euroleague win for the Spanish squad this season, while on the other side Greens faced with the second loss. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) scored 14 points for the guests, while Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points each. For the hosts, Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) delivered 19 points and Stratos Perperoglou (203-G/F-84) stopped to 11.
As mentioned above, last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, first ten minutes ended with 22-22 tie. PAO jumped to 32-28 at the midway of Q2, but Valencia immediately replied with 0-6 run. For rest of the time in the first half Panathinaikos managed to take back the lead going to the break with 39-37. Calathes scored in their last possession before the breather. PAO took control on Valencia in Q3 what resulted with 57-48 lead for the home squad. Romain Sato closed this period with a triple. Valencia was in trouble but their players didnt give up. They started the last quarter with 0-7 run and later grabbed 61-62 lead. Soon after that, actually with 40 seconds to go, Valencia jumped to 64-66 thanks to baskets by Nando De Colo and Dusko Savanovic. Diamantidis replied with a triple and Cook scored both free throws on the other side. Batiste did the same and Cook was sent to the line once again. He missed one of his attempts and in the next play Panathinaikos hesitated too much being forced to commit a halfcourt violation that put the ball in Valencia's hands with 1.5 seconds to go.
In the next round, Valencia will host Efes Pilsen. PAO will meet CSKA in Moscow.

Panathinaikos: Romain Sato 19, Stratos Perperoglou 11
Valencia: Nando De Colo 14, Victor Claver 12+6 boards, Dusko Savanovic 12+5 boards


Regal Barca takes it easily in Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Regal Barca 75-94

Expected win for the reigning Euroleague champion, who cruised past Cibona on the road 75-94. With this one Barca jumped to 4-2 in Group C, while Cibona stays the only winless team after six Euroleague rounds. Ricky Rubio (192-G-90) scored 18 points for the guests, while Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) and Terence Morris (207-F-79, college: Maryland) added 16 and 15 pts respectively. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) shined in Cibona with 26 points and 6 boards. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) had 14 pts and 6 rebs.
Regal Barca took control on Cibona from the early beginning. They opened the game with 6-15 and later closed the first quarter with 13-24 lead. Cibona improved after that and won the second period 23-20. After the breather, Cibona came to 39-46 but it was all from them last night. Barca drained 25 points for rest of the period and was 57-71 up with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality and Barca had no troubles to take the fourth Euroleague win this season. In the next round, Barca will host Cholet. Cibona will take on Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul.

Cibona: Bojan Bogdanovic 26+6 boards, Leon Radosevic 14+6 boards
Regal Barca: Ricky Rubio 18, Joe Ingles 16, Terence Morris 15


Real Madrid celebrates 82-68 win against Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid - Olympiakos 82-68

Real Madrid registered 82-68 home win against Olympiakos joining them with 4-2 record. They share the first place in Group B after six rounds. It is important to mention that Olympiacos has tie-break advantage due to its 16-point win in the Euroleague Opening Game in the Pireaus. Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the Whites with 19 points and he handed out 6 assists beside that. Sergio Llull (190-G-87) and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) (6 as) added 16 and 12 points respectively. For the Reds, Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) shined with 21 points. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) had 11.
Real Madrid has wonderful beginning as they made quick 12-6 and later 17-8 lead. Until the end of the first quarter, the Whites jumped to plus 12 but Vassilis Spanoulis fixed the score to 24-14 after ten minutes. Olympiakos players woke up after that and they came to 28-24 at the halfway of the second period. However, Tomic was dominating around the basket and Rodriguez was on fire lifting Unicaja to 42-31. Milos Teodosic closed the first half with a triple cutting the margin to 8 pts. Real Madrid was constantly in charge after the breather. They had 46-36 and later 53-42, before Olympiakos replied with 4-8 run. Sergio Llull split free throws to give Madrid a 58-50 lead at the end of the third quarter. When Real Madrid reached 65-52 at the halfway of the last period it was clear who the winner of the night will be. In the finish, a jumper by Mavrokefalidis and free throws by Vassilis Spanoulis allowed Olympiacos to keep the tie-break advantage.
In the next round, Real Madrid goes to Malaga. Olympiakos will host Brose Baskets, who beat them in the first game.

Real Madrid: Sergio Rodriguez 19+6 as, Sergio Llull 18, Ante Tomic 12+6 as
Olympiakos: Milos Teodosic 21, Vassilis Spanoulis 11


Charleroi hands 79-74 loss to Unicaja - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi - Unicaja 79-74

Second straight win for Charleroi, who joined Brose Baskets with 2-4 record in Group B. On the other side, Unicaja slipped to 3-3 score. Demond Mallet (185-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) was a key player for the winners with 21 points. Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) had 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Brent Wright (203-F/C-78, agency: Agency No 10, college: Florida) added 12 pts. Unicaja got 14 points and 7 boards from Joel Freeland (208-F-87), who spent just 19 minutes on the court due to foul troubles. Saul Blanco (195-G/F-85) had 11 pts and 6 rebs.
Five straight points by Demond Mallet opened the game for Charleroi until Saul Blanco replied for Unicaja. Visitors made 3-9 run after that, but still it was Charleroi who was 19-16 up after ten minutes. The hosts jumped to 30-22 at the beginning of Q2 and they later reached plus 9, 37-28. Mosly owing to Saul Blanco, who shined in the finish of the first half, Unicaja cut the margin to 41-35. Third quarter was pretty leveled, after Unicajas 0-5 run at the beginning. Teams exchanged in lead and after 30 minutes it was Unicaja who held 56-57. Charleroi shined at the midway of the last period and mostly thanks to Daniel Santiago they made 12-1 run for 74-67 with something more than two minutes remaining. Everything what Unicaja was able to do until the end was minus four, but than Broyles went to the line and sealed Charlerois victory with two free throws.
In the next round, Charleroi goes to Rome. Unicaja will host Real Madrid.

Charleroi: Demond Mallet 21, Daniel Santiago 15+6 boards, Brent Wright 12
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 14+7 boards, Saul Blanco 11+6 boards


*****************************************************
  SYRIA   


John Winchester in Talee'a ...... - by Tarek Burhan
John Winchester (193-G/F-83, college: Robert Morris) arrive to Syria to paly with Al Talee'a team .. he is friend of Andrew Washington (191-G-84, college: Delaware) the best player last season season , Andrew who sent this player to Al Talee'a ...

the first problem for the player happen when he arrive !!!!! he stay in the airport more 3days waiting his VISA to be DONE ....
John is athletic guard and he is the best scorer in Proliga last season ... and this is his Awards/Achievements:
CCAC Regular Season Champion -07
CCAC Tournament Champion -07
NAIA D1 Final Four -07
Portuguese Proliga Regular Season Runner-Up -08
Portuguese Proliga Finalist -08
Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga 1st Team -08, 10
Eurobasket.com Portuguese Proliga All-Imports Team -08, 10
Potuguese Proliga Federation Cup Finalist -10
Eurobasket.com All-Portuguese Proliga Guard of the Year -10
Portuguese Proliga Semifinals -10




First Round Results .. and the second Round games : - by Ahmad Madwar
First Round reuslts :
Talee'a 61/79 Hurriya
Ittihad 50/66 Wathba
Wehda 77/48 Yarmouk
Jeish 85/37 Meharda
Jalaa 91/52 Nawaeer
Karameh 64/85 Kasyoun

Some Notes :
Talee'a, Hurriya, Ittihad, Jeish played without any import players cuz them import players didnot arrive yet
Meharda and Yarmouk played without any import players cuz they didnot sign with any one ... they have Financial problems
Jalaa and Wehda played without any import cuz the release of them import players didnot recive yet

in the second Round :
Karamah Beat Hurriya in Aleppo the result was : 73/56
Jeish Beat Nawaeer in Hama the result was : 86/55

Today :
Wathba V/S Jalaa in Homs City
Kasyoun V/S Wehda in Damascus City
Talee'a V/S Ittihad in Hama City
Yarmouk V/S Meharda



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


*****************************************************
  TURKEY   


Efes Pilsen better than Union Olimpija - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Union Olimpija 84-78

There is a three-way tie on top of Group D after Efes Pilsen outplayed Union Olimpija 84-78. These two teams, together with Panathinaikos, share the first place with 4-2 record. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) came up with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the hosts. Andrew Wisniewski (191-G-81, college: Centenary) scored 13, while Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) added 11 points and 6 boards. In Union Olimpija, Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) collected 16 points and 6 rebs. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency) (9 as) and Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) stopped to 12 points each.
Efes Pilsen started the game with 7-4 and later grabbed 20-14 lead. Gregory buried a jumper off the dribble but a dunk by Roberts fixed the score at 22-16 after 10 minutes. At the halfway of the second period, Efes jumped to 29-20 but Olimpija replied with 7-15 run for rest of the time in Q2, 36-35 (OT). Visitors continued in the same rhythm after the breather and they moved up to 46-54 late in Q3. Gonlum stepped up with a spin move in the low post and Andrew Wisniewski brought Efes within 52-54 after 30 minutes. The hosts tied the score to 56-56 quickly and thanks to Lawrence Roberts and Andrew Wisniewski, took 64-60 lead later. Sinan Guler lifted them to plus six with a lay-up and Olimpija was in trouble. Ilievski and Nachbar traded three-pointers but free throws by Markota gave Olimpija some hope at 69-65. Roberts and Guler were on fire in the finish securing the win for their team from behind the arc.
In the next round, Efes Pilsen goes to Valencia. Union Olimpija will host Valencia in very important game.

Efes Pilsen: Lawrence Roberts 14+8 boards, Andrew Wisniewski 13, Sinan Guler 11+6 boards
Union Olimpija: Kenny Gregory 16+6 boards, Saso Ozbolt 12+9 as, Vlado Ilievski 12


*****************************************************
  UKRAINE   


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 Donetsk17.1 
 4. Curry, Azovmash16.7 
 5. Washington, BC Od.16.0 
 6. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.9 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot15.9 
 8. Morrison, Halyc.15.8 
 9. Wiggins, Halychyna15.4 
 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. Adeleke, Dnipro8.4 
 4. Wiggins, Halychyna8.4 
 5. Austin, Dnipro7.4 
 6. Thomas, Azovmash7.4 
 7. Chappell, Hoverla7.1 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa7.0 
 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.5.4 
 3. Burtt, Dnipro4.5 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.3 
 5. Curry, Azovmash4.2 
 6. Zimmerman, Hoverla3.9 
 7. Brewer, BC Odessa3.9 
 8. Flores, BC Donetsk3.9 
 9. Broadus, Halychyna3.8 
 10. Karim, DniproAzot3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Millage, Khimik2.7 
 2. House, Azovmash1.9 
 3. Burns, Fe.1.9 
 4. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.7 
 5. Greene, Mykolaiv1.7 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot1.6 
 7. Love, Mykolaiv1.6 
 8. Pupovic, Kryvbasb.1.6 
 9. Dukes, DniproAzot1.6 
 10. Kolchenko, Khimik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.8 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Agafonov, Budiv.1.7 
 4. Morrison, Halyc.1.6 
 5. Hunter, Fe.1.5 
 6. House, Azovmash1.4 
 7. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 8. Roberts, Fe.1.4 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Shvets, BC Odessa1.2 


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


*****************************************************
  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Weekend Preview : Pirates Plan To Be Party Poopers - by Paul Nilsen
Essex Pirates will assume the role of party poopers this weekend as British Basketball welcomes its newest venue in the form of the MK Lions Arena at Winterhill. The home team will be hoping to christen their new home with a much needed BBL Championship win on Sunday but the Pirates are even more desperate to break their duck.

This match-up be the tenth league game for the basement dwellers who are still searching for a first success this season. Consequently each team now facing Tim Lewis and his young side will know it is inevitably going to happen some time soon and wont want to be their first victim.

For Prestige Homes MK Lions, it is the dawn of a new era and with only one win from four BBL Championship games themselves, Mike New and his players will be hoping for a degree of home comfort moving forward knowing they now have a settled home.

Also in the bottom three of the current standings are Worthing Thunder who have a double header this weekend. They open up tonight with a marathon trek to Sport Central to face the in-form Newcastle Eagles who are undefeated on their home floor but will nevertheless have confidence of pulling of a shock after pushing Cheshire Jets hard last weekend.

The Eagles meanwhile will be keen to begin the healing process after their BBL Cup humiliation in midweek against the Mersey Tigers with Kadiri Richard in particular no doubt ready and keen to go up against his former club.

Thunder then host Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders who didnt have a league win to their name a week ago but could be after a fourth win in a row when they arrive on the South Coast. That is if they manage to overcome the visiting Worcester Wolves at home tomorrow a side whose form has been shocking of late.

Cheshire Jets are joint top of the BBL Championship table with Mersey Tigers and with Tony Garbelotto and his players having a weekend off, the Jets have a chance to move further clear with games against Guildford Heat and UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

It will be a tough ask to win at Surrey Sports Park for the Jets as Creon Raftopoulos and the Heat players have really enjoyed themselves at their new home this season with seven wins from eight games.

Similarly the Jets home game on Sunday against UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders looks to be a really interesting game with the visitors having found a little more rhythm of late after their stuttering start to the season.




*****************************************************
  URUGUAY   


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Johwen VILLEGAS
  Olimpia
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 30.4
 1. Villegas, Olimpia30.4 
 2. Maxey, Un.Atletica29.0 
 3. Cornley, Cader25.4 
 4. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 5. McGowan, Sayago24.9 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica24.6 
 7. Taboada, Bigua22.7 
 8. Martinez, Malvin21.4 
 9. Martinez, Malvin21.4 
 10. Powers, Cordon20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Gamble, Cader12.3 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Jackson, Anastasia10.6 
 4. Maxey, Un.Atletica10.4 
 5. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.3 
 6. McGowan, Sayago10.1 
 7. Dilligard, Olimpia9.8 
 8. Puckett, Aguada9.6 
 9. Wilborn, Bigua9.5 
 10. Powers, Cordon9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tornaria, Trouville6.0 
 2. Elliott, Hebraica5.7 
 3. Vidal, Bigua5.3 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.0 
 5. Martinez, Malvin4.8 
 6. Latham, Anastasia4.8 
 7. Muro, Aguada4.8 
 8. Martinez, Malvin4.8 
 9. Gonzalez, Defensor4.7 
 10. Rivero, Montevideo4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Carl ELLIOTT
  Hebraica
  (193-G-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Elliott, Hebraica2.9 
 2. Latham, Anastasia2.6 
 3. Rovira, Bigua2.5 
 4. Rivero, Montevideo2.4 
 5. Galeano, Olimpia2.2 
 6. Tornaria, Trouville2.2 
 7. Dilligard, Olimpia2.2 
 8. Shelman, Sayago2.2 
 9. Woodward, Defensor2.1 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Greg DILLIGARD
  Olimpia
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Dilligard, Olimpia4.2 
 2. Newsome, Malvin2.8 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.8 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.5 
 5. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.4 
 6. Douglas, Bohemios2.2 
 7. Ferguson, Defensor2.2 
 8. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 9. Kanis, Trouville1.7 
 10. Kanis, Trouville1.7 


*****************************************************
  ZIMBABWE   


All set for Kings basketball tournament - by Thomas Fink
Sports Reporter

THE fifth edition of the Kings basketball tournament is set to start this Friday with 16 men's teams and 11 women's to participate.The tournament will also have a bit of international flair with Troopers of Botswana expected to take part in the tournament.

Kings spokesperson Joe Mujuru said they were expecting eight Bulawayo teams and five from Harare. 'The tournament will be held on Friday up to Sunday and we are expecting 16 men's teams and 11 women's teams.'We also expect the national Under-21 basketball team and a Botswana team to participate at the tournament,' said Mujuru.

Other teams that are expected to take part in the tournament will be from Mutare and Gweru.Last year the tournament was won by Giants in the men's category and Highlanders took the women's championship. Harare basketball giants Jewels are also set to take part. Last year they were defeated in the final by Bulawayo's Giants.

Mujuru said registration closed last night and the draw would be done this evening at BCD courts. 'Registration was open until this evening (yesterday) and we will be conducting the draw tomorrow night (today) at BCD. 'The teams will be pooled and they will play a round robin in those pools. The finals will be held on Sunday,' he said.

Mujuru said the tournament had no sponsor but they have shields and medals to present to the winners and outstanding players. 'We do not have a sponsor but we are going to present shields and medals to the winning teams and outstanding players. There are no monetary prizes,' he said.

Bulawayo will probably be represented by teams in the basketball league which include Stars, Sentinels, Oilers, ALCC, ZB Titans, Lords, Giants and Kings. In the women's category defending champions Highlanders, Giants and Lakers will probably be part of the tournament.

Troopers, who are coming in from Botswana, have former Zimbabwe players who include Michael 'Hooper' Banda and Philani Ncube, both of whom played for Highlanders, and Raymond Mudzudzo formerly of Cavaliers. The Harare teams, who have in the past dominated the sport, will have a tough time against Bulawayo teams this year as the locals seem to be training hard for the tournament.





*****************************************************

Women News

*****************************************************
  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Canberra C. 10-1 
 2. Dandenong R. 7-3 
 3. Bendigo S. 5-4 
 4. Logan T. 5-4 
 5. Bulleen B. 4-2 
 6. Waves 4-5 
 7. Sydney UF 4-6 
 8. Townsville F. 3-5 
 9. Adelaide 1-6 
 10. AIS 1-8 


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Cambage, Bulle.22.2 
 2. Denson, Sydney UF22.1 
 3. Jarry, Bulleen B.19.3 
 4. Graham, Logan T.17.9 
 5. Hill, Townsville F.16.3 
 6. Madgen, Bendigo S.15.7 
 7. Macleod, Dandenon.15.5 
 8. Marsh, Waves15.4 
 9. Bishop, Dandenon.15.3 
 10. Wilson, Canberra.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rachel JARRY
  Bulleen B.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Jarry, Bulleen B.8.8 
 2. Cambage, Bulle.8.7 
 3. Penaluna, Bulleen B.8.5 
 4. Tolo, Canberra C.8.2 
 5. Francis, Logan T.8.1 
 6. Allison, Townsvil.8.0 
 7. Richards, Bendi.7.8 
 8. Denson, Sydney UF7.7 
 9. Tippett, AIS7.6 
 10. Veal, Logan T.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Veal, Logan T.6.9 
 2. Bevilaqua, Waves6.3 
 3. Macleod, Dandenon.5.5 
 4. Harrower, Bendi.4.7 
 5. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.3 
 6. Newley, Adelaide3.6 
 7. Cole, AIS3.0 
 8. Jarry, Bulleen B.3.0 
 9. Foley, Dandenong R.2.9 
 10. Marino, Adelaide2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Veal, Logan T.3.0 
 2. Bevilaqua, Waves2.5 
 3. Cole, AIS2.2 
 4. Hill, Townsville F.1.9 
 5. Afeaki, Sydney UF1.7 
 6. Gahan, Dandenong R.1.6 
 7. Cosier, Canberra C.1.5 
 8. Perera, Dandenon.1.4 
 9. Lacey, Canberra C.1.4 
 10. Langford, Adelaide1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Leanne EVANS
  Townsville F.
  (191-F-86)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Evans, Townsville F.1.1 
 2. Madgen, Bendigo S.1.1 
 3. Stafford, Sydney UF1.1 
 4. Wilson, Bendigo S.0.9 
 5. Allison, Townsvil.0.9 
 6. Norwood, Waves0.9 
 7. Bunton, AIS0.8 
 8. Porter, Sydney UF0.8 
 9. Aubry, Bendigo S.0.8 
 10. Harrower, Bendi.0.7 


*****************************************************
  BELARUS - Women  


Minsk 2006 wins away from home - by Eurobasket News
Petrolina AEK - Minsk 2006 53-81

Minsk 2006 recorded valuable away win over Petrolina AEK. Minsk is now 2nd in Group G with 2-2 score while AEK is left to still look for their first win after recording all three losses. Games started off as fairly evenly contested matchup. Teams changed in lead with neither managing to take over. By the end of the first quarter, the score stood at 17-20. Than in the second period, visiting side tightened their defence. They allowed AEK players to score only 9 points in the quarter. They on the other hand scored 22 and as result they had comfortable 26-42 lead at the halftime. Break did not help AEK players regain their composure as Minsk continued to increase the lead. They again played great defence which resulted in 39-62 with 10 minutes left to play. In the last quarter, Minsk continued to control the flow of the game. They played with just enough intensity to maintain their lead. After the final buzzer the scoreboard showed more than comfortable 53-81 win for visitors.
Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led the rout with 16 points on the night. Valeria Kast (201-C-87) and Viktoryia Harelchyk (171-G-85) came off the bench to chip in 12 points apiece. On the other side, AEK got 18 points from Dlesha Lloyd (183-F-86, college: Clemson). She got help from Martina Bozikov (188-F-84) who contributed with 12 points.

Petrolina AEK: Dlesha Lloyd 18, Martina Bozikov 12
Minsk 2006: Chrissy Givens 16, Valeria Kast 12, Viktoryia Harelchyk 12


*****************************************************
  BELGIUM - Women  


Ruzomberok cruises to easy win against Ieper - by Eurobasket News
Ruzomberok - Ieper 79-43

In a fight for 2nd place in Group I, Ruzomberok rolled over Ieper to secure important home win. Slovakian outfit is now in 2nd place with 3-2 score, while Ieper is left with 2 wins and 3 losses in 3rd place. It was a fairly easy night for hosts who came out strong from the opening tip-off. They went on a series of runs which gave them comfortable 21-8 lead at the end of first quarter. Tempo of the match went down in second period as team started to struggle offensively. Still, hosts controlled the game and did not allowed visiting side to cut the deficit. At the halftime the score stood at 33-20 and Ruzomberok players were feeling confident. They opened the third period with a run again to gain their largest lead of the game. Lotto players managed to recover by the end of the quarter but they still trailed 51-31 with 10 minutes to go. In the final period, Ruzomebrok players continued to pressure their opponent. This led to easy transition points and hosts continued to pound on the visiting side. They won forth period 28-12 which was enough to give them deserved 79-43 win after the final buzzer.
Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) led the winning side with 22 points in this game. She got support Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) who added 17 and 15 points respectively. For visiting side, Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) had double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Unfortunately she received little help as the next best scorer was Lien Lentacker (184-F/C-90) who finished the game with 7 points.

Ruzomberok: Simona Podesvova 22, Katarina Tetemondova 17, Klaudia Lukacovicova 15
Ieper: Emma Meesseman 17 + 14 boards, Lien Lentacker 7


*****************************************************
  BULGARIA - Women  


Standings - Women
NBL Standings
 1. Montana 2003 6-0 
 2. Levski 5-2 
 3. Lukoil 3-3 
 4. Dunav 3-3 
 5. Beroe 07 2-4 
 6. Slavia 0-7 


*****************************************************
  CANADA - Women  


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


*****************************************************
  CYPRUS - Women  


Minsk 2006 wins away from home - by Eurobasket News
Petrolina AEK - Minsk 2006 53-81

Minsk 2006 recorded valuable away win over Petrolina AEK. Minsk is now 2nd in Group G with 2-2 score while AEK is left to still look for their first win after recording all three losses. Games started off as fairly evenly contested matchup. Teams changed in lead with neither managing to take over. By the end of the first quarter, the score stood at 17-20. Than in the second period, visiting side tightened their defence. They allowed AEK players to score only 9 points in the quarter. They on the other hand scored 22 and as result they had comfortable 26-42 lead at the halftime. Break did not help AEK players regain their composure as Minsk continued to increase the lead. They again played great defence which resulted in 39-62 with 10 minutes left to play. In the last quarter, Minsk continued to control the flow of the game. They played with just enough intensity to maintain their lead. After the final buzzer the scoreboard showed more than comfortable 53-81 win for visitors.
Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led the rout with 16 points on the night. Valeria Kast (201-C-87) and Viktoryia Harelchyk (171-G-85) came off the bench to chip in 12 points apiece. On the other side, AEK got 18 points from Dlesha Lloyd (183-F-86, college: Clemson). She got help from Martina Bozikov (188-F-84) who contributed with 12 points.

Petrolina AEK: Dlesha Lloyd 18, Martina Bozikov 12
Minsk 2006: Chrissy Givens 16, Valeria Kast 12, Viktoryia Harelchyk 12


*****************************************************
  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 22
 1. Dabovic, Dy.22.0 
 2. Sanni, Villeneuve21.8 
 3. Likhtarovich, Goriz.21.5 
 4. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.21.0 
 5. Thomas, Villeneuve20.0 
 6. Petrakova, Cheva.20.0 
 7. Carson, SEAT L.19.4 
 8. Williams, Olivais18.8 
 9. Henry, Mann Filter18.7 
 10. Mosch, Dy.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasmine STONE
  Partizan
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Stone, Partizan11.8 
 2. Podesvova, MBK R.11.8 
 3. Thomas, Villeneuve11.2 
 4. Davis, Hatis Y.11.0 
 5. Willingham, Elitzu.10.7 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.10.3 
 7. Sanni, Villeneuve10.2 
 8. Zarytska, Hatis Y.9.8 
 9. Henry, Mann Filter9.7 
 10. Kuzina, Dynamo M.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Maria CHEREPANOVA
  Chevakata
  (186-C-87)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Cherepanova, Cheva.7.3 
 2. Bajic, Zeljeznicar6.5 
 3. Comtesse, Saarl.6.0 
 4. Brandao, Olivais5.8 
 5. Tanqueray, Villeneuve5.6 
 6. Mitchell, Arras5.0 
 7. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 8. Laczi, Szeged5.0 
 9. Ouvina, Mann Filter4.7 
 10. Selwyn, Elitzur Ramla4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ingrid TANQUERAY
  Villeneuve
  (164-G-88)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.8 
 2. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.8 
 3. Doron, Elitzur Ramla3.3 
 4. Gomis, Arras3.3 
 5. Mitchell, Arras3.3 
 6. Khodzhayan, Spart.3.0 
 7. Zlatanova, Mann F.3.0 
 8. Cherepanova, Cheva.3.0 
 9. Krawiec, Energa T.3.0 
 10. Barnert, Saarlouis2.8 
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 


Eurocup Round: 5 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Lemminkainen - Zeljeznicar 79-48
Lemminkainen blasted Zeljeznicar for the first EuroCup win this season (1-2). On the other side, the Bosnian outfit dropped to 1-3 record. Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) was the leading player in victory with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Tamara Bajic (172-G-87) responded with 24 points in defeat.

Group B
Craiova - Gorizont 46-78
Gorizont destroyed their host and will end this stage as No.1 of Group B with perfect 4-0 record. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85, agency: LBM Management) shined for the Minsk team with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Craiova (0-3) got 14 points and 11 rebs from Lydia Whitehead (193-C-86, college: Utah St.).

Group C
Besiktas - Partizan 63-71
Partizan (3-1) secured the first place in Group C with 63-71 road win against Besiktas. Sheena Moore (170-G-84, college: UNLV) shined for the guests with 19 points. The hosts got 21 pts and 6 assists from Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82) falling to 1-2.

Group F
Elitzur Ramla - Hatis Yerevan 79-61
3-0 for Elitzur Ramla and 0-4 for Hatis Yerevan after this meeting. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 5 rebounds, while Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Pittsburgh) was also great adding 16 points, 10 boards and 5 assists. In the loosing squad, Ganna Zarytska delivered 14 points and 13 rebs.

Group G
AEK Larnaca - Minsk-2006 53-81
Minsk 2006 recorded valuable away win over Petrolina AEK. Minsk is now 2nd in Group G with 2-2 score while AEK is left to still look for their first win after recording all three losses. Games started off as fairly evenly contested matchup. Teams changed in lead with neither managing to take over. By the end of the first quarter, the score stood at 17-20. Than in the second period, visiting side tightened their defence. They allowed AEK players to score only 9 points in the quarter. They on the other hand scored 22 and as result they had comfortable 26-42 lead at the halftime. Break did not help AEK players regain their composure as Minsk continued to increase the lead. They again played great defence which resulted in 39-62 with 10 minutes left to play. In the last quarter, Minsk continued to control the flow of the game. They played with just enough intensity to maintain their lead. After the final buzzer the scoreboard showed more than comfortable 53-81 win for visitors. Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led the rout with 16 points on the night. Valeria Kast (201-C-87) and Viktoriya Harelchyk came off the bench to chip in 12 points apiece. On the other side, AEK got 18 points from Dlesha Lloyd. She got help from Martina Bozikov who contributed with 12 points.

Group H
AD Vagos - Nantes 75-95
Nantes had an easy job in their match against Vagos and they went on to record 20 point margin win. With this victory Nantes is atop of Group H with 4-1 score while Vagos remains winless with 5 losses. From the start it was evident that hosts will have tough time. Nantes players took control from the very start and never looked back. They were able to build 15-28 lead in the first period. In the second quarter, Vagos was able to parry Nantes but they could not cut into the deficit. After trading baskets in the second quarter, teams went for halftime break with visiting side holding comfortable 36-50 lead. More of the same continued in third quarter as Vagos players continued with high level of intensity. During the period they were even able to cut the deficit and have entered final 10 minutes of play trailing 56-67. Still that was all they had energy for as in the final quarter Nantes restored their control. They went on another run which gave them 20 point lead, their greatest of the game. They routinely maintained that lead afterwards and went on to celebrate 75-95 win. Jenna Smith (191-C-88, college: Illinois) and Yuliya Andreyeva (188-C-83) led the winning side with 19 and 14 points respectively. Sabine Niedola and Joyce Coussenis-Smith added 13 points apiece in win. On the other side, Lilian Lopez led the way for Vagos with 26 points. Joana Lopez contributed 15 points while Chineze Nwagbo chipped in 14 points.

SEAT Lami - Saarlouis 69-51
4-1 for SEAT Lami and 2-3 for Saarlouis after this meeting. Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) scored 15 points for the winners, while Abi Olajuwon (193-C-88, college: Oklahoma) also was great adding 14 points and 15 boards. In defeat, Anja Stupar delivered 11 pts.

Group I
Olivais - Villeneuve 64-79
In a duel of undefeated and winless team in Group I, Villenueve continued with its run of good form after securing away victory. They remain in 1st place with 5-0 score, while Olivais is at the bottom with 0-5. Visitors came out strong from the gate playing excellent defence. They limited Olivais to only 10 points in the first period. As result they held 10-24 lead after one quarter of play. Hosts picked up their intensity in the second quarter and were able to better parry their opponents. Teams traded basket for basket but it was visiting side who was controlling the game. At the halftime break, the score stood at 31-46. In the third period, Olivais players continued to try and cut the deficit but Villanueve players were able to fend them off. With one quarter left to play, Villanueve players still held lead which stood at 51-63. Not much changed in the final 10 minutes as hosts pushed hard to make a comeback but visitors kept their lead. Again it was trading of the baskets for the most part with Villuneve managing to increase their lead by three points. They routinely closed the game out and have deservedly celebrated 64-79 win in the end. Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) poured in 22 points, while Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) followed with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Villanueve. Laurie Datchy also had a good game for winning side as she contributed with 14 points. For Olivais, Earnesia Williams had a good game as she scored 23 points. Kiva Hernan added 12 while Michelle Brandao finished the game with 11 points.

MBK Ruzomb. - Ieper 79-43
In a fight for 2nd place in Group I, Ruzomberok rolled over Ieper to secure important home win. Slovakian outfit is now in 2nd place with 3-2 score, while Ieper is left with 2 wins and 3 losses in 3rd place. It was a fairly easy night for hosts who came out strong from the opening tip-off. They went on a series of runs which gave them comfortable 21-8 lead at the end of first quarter. Tempo of the match went down in second period as team started to struggle offensively. Still, hosts controlled the game and did not allowed visiting side to cut the deficit. At the halftime the score stood at 33-20 and Ruzomberok players were feeling confident. They opened the third period with a run again to gain their largest lead of the game. Lotto players managed to recover by the end of the quarter but they still trailed 51-31 with 10 minutes to go. In the final period, Ruzomebrok players continued to pressure their opponent. This led to easy transition points and hosts continued to pound on the visiting side. They won forth period 28-12 which was enough to give them deserved 79-43 win after the final buzzer. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) led the winning side with 22 points in this game. She got support Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) and Klaudia Lukachovichova who added 17 and 15 points respectively. For visiting side, Emma Meesseman had double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Unfortunately she received little help as the next best scorer was Lien Lentacker who finished the game with 7 points.

Group J
Mann Filter - Energa Torun 76-58
Second win for Mann Filter and at the same time first loss for Energa Torun this season. Aneika Henry (191-C-86, college: Florida) was the leading player in victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) collected 13 points and 5 boards. In the loosing squad, Lizanne Murphy shined with 23 pts.

Group K
Arras - Umana Reyer 77-69
Arras managed to pull somewhat of surprise after handing Umana Reyer their first defeat in Group K. The Venice remains in first place with 3 wins and 1 loss while Arras is second with 2-1 score. Hosts jumped out strong from the start. They played good defence for which visiting side had no solution. After one quarter of play Arras was up 20-11. In the second period, Umana Reyer players consolidated and started playing better. They managed to cut the deficit and brought back match to one possession game. Still by the halftime Arras players made a push which restored their lead. At the halftime they still held 9 point lead as the score stood at 40-31. Third period was spent in trading of the baskets with both teams using defence mostly as an afterthought. It was a high scoring period in which teams were tied at 23 apiece. This meant that Arras still held their lead which stood at 63-54 with one quarter to play. In the final 10 minutes, tempo of the game went down but Arras still managed to retain control. They were able to fend off any attempt of comeback by Umana and in the end they have celebrated 77-69 win. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) scored 15 points for hosts, while Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) followed with 14. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo and Aija Putnina also had a good game for winners as they contributed with 13 and 12 points respectively. For Umana Reyer, Roberta Meneghel had game high 26 points. She got support from Nicole Ohlede and Liene Jansone who added 15 and 14 points.

Group L
Gran Canaria - Szeged 83-48
Gran Canaria destroyed Szeged 83-48 securing the first place in Group L (3-0). Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) shined for the hosts with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Rita Rasheed (180-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) had 12 pts in defeat (1-3).


Givens number one in Eurocup for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Chrissy Givens (180-F-85, agency: LBM Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked BK Minsk-2006, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Qualifying Round).
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (16 points, eight rebounds and three assists) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass AEK Larnaca (0-3) with 28-point margin 81-53. Givens had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be Minsk-2006's top player in her first season with the team. Chrissy Givens averages this season 16.0ppg and 8.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) of league's second-best MBK Ruzomberok. Podesvova had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 15 rebounds. Of course she lead MBK Ruzomberok to another comfortable win outscoring Ieper (2-3) 79-43. Podesvova is one of the most experienced players at MBK Ruzomberok and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was Nigerian center Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86) of Villeneuve D'Asco ESB Lille Metropole. Sanni scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. She was a key player of Villeneuve, leading her team to a 79-64 easy win against Olivais. Villeneuve started extremely well this Qualifying Round. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Sanni turns to be one of the very best players in EuroCup. She has a great season so far, after only 5 games she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.8ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 10.2rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Laine Selwyn (170-G-81) of Elitzur Ramla - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85) of Villeneuve - 22 points and 4 rebounds
6. Roberta Meneghel (182-F-77) of Umana Reyer - 26 points and 2 rebounds
7. Kathrin Ress (196-C-85) of Gran Canaria - 19 points and 8 rebounds
8. Jenna Smith (191-C-88) of Nantes - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lilian Lopes (184-F-79) of AD Vagos - 26 points and 2 rebounds
10. Shay Doron (175-F-85) of Elitzur Ramla - 20 points and 5 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


*****************************************************
  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


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. Reid, Gospic18.6 
 4. Taylor, Fenerbahce18.4 
 5. Bonner, Rivas E.18.2 
 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. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.4 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.10.4 
 7. Fowles, Galatasa.10.0 
 8. Bonner, Rivas E.9.8 
 9. Godin, Taranto9.2 
 10. Milton-Jones, USK P.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.4.8 
 4. Vardarli, Fener.4.6 
 5. Taurasi, Fenerbahce4.6 
 6. Hammon, Nadezhda.4.5 
 7. Skerovic, Frisco Sika4.4 
 8. Richards, Gorzow4.4 
 9. Jelavic, Wisla C.4.4 
 10. Honti, MKB Eurol.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. Prince, Spartak .2.6 
 5. Phillips, Wisla C.2.6 
 6. Taylor, Fenerbahce2.4 
 7. McCarville, Famili.2.4 
 8. Mahoney, Taranto2.4 
 9. Kupcikova, Dobri A.2.4 
 10. Valentiene, VICI K.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. Kulichova, USK P.1.8 
 4. Burse, Wisla C.1.6 
 5. Ndongue, Bourges1.6 
 6. Fowles, Galatasa.1.4 
 7. Jackson, Spartak .1.3 
 8. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.2 
 9. Irvin, Lotos Gdynia1.2 
 10. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli1.0 


Eva Viteckova claims Euroleague weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best ZVVZ USK Praha and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Qualifying Round).
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 25 points adding nine rebounds and four assists for USK Praha in her team's victory, helping them to outclass Galatasaray (#4, 2-3) with 28-point margin 84-56. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Despite this victory USK Praha dropped to the 2nd position in Euroleague 5C. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this stage. USK Praha will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. In the team's last game Viteckova had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be USK Praha's top player in her first season with the team. Eva Viteckova averages this season 17.2ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American power forward Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management) of league's best team Ros Casares Valencia. Brunson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Of course Ros Casares cruised to a 82-74 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Frisco Sika (#5, 1-4). Of course Ros Casares still keep league's top spot. A very good start of the Qualifying Round for her team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Brunson is a newcomer at Ros Casares 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 19.4ppg (#2). She also registered 10.4 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81) of Frisco Sika Brno (#5). Ford showcased her all-around game by recording 17 points, twenty rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Ford's great performance Frisco Sika lost 74-82 to the league's current leader Ros Casares (#1, 5-0). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Frisco Sika can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ford she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Ford has individually a great season in EUR. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 14.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sylvia Fowles (198-C-85) of Galatasaray - 23 points and 9 rebounds
5. Amber Holt (183-G/F-85) of MKB Euroleasing Sopron - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) of Fenerbahce - 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) of Tarbes - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Janell Burse (197-C-79) of Wisla Can-Pak - 14 points and 9 rebounds
9. Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82) of Fenerbahce - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83) of Gorzow - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists


*****************************************************
  FRANCE - Women  


Villenueve too much for Olivais - by Eurobasket News
Olivais - Villenueve 64-79

In a duel of undefeated and winless team in Group I, Villenueve continued with its run of good form after securing away victory. They remain in 1st place with 5-0 score, while Olivais is at the bottom with 0-5. Visitors came out strong from the gate playing excellent defence. They limited Olivais to only 10 points in the first period. As result they held 10-24 lead after one quarter of play. Hosts picked up their intensity in the second quarter and were able to better parry their opponents. Teams traded basket for basket but it was visiting side who was controlling the game. At the halftime break, the score stood at 31-46. In the third period, Olivais players continued to try and cut the deficit but Villanueve players were able to fend them off. With one quarter left to play, Villanueve players still held lead which stood at 51-63. Not much changed in the final 10 minutes as hosts pushed hard to make a comeback but visitors kept their lead. Again it was trading of the baskets for the most part with Villuneve managing to increase their lead by three points. They routinely closed the game out and have deservedly celebrated 64-79 win in the end.
Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) poured in 22 points, while Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) followed with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Villanueve. Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) also had a good game for winning side as she contributed with 14 points. For Olivais, Earnesia Williams (185-F-87, college: Texas) had a good game as she scored 23 points. Kiva Herman (183-F-87, college: San Diego) added 12 while Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) finished the game with 11 points.

Olivais: Earnesia Williams 23, Kiva Herman 12, Michelle Brandao 11
Villanueve: Carla Thomas 22, Olayinka Sanni 19 + 10, Laurie Datchy 14


Nantes beats Vagos with ease - by Eurobasket News
Vagos - Nantes 75-95

Nantes had an easy job in their match against Vagos and they went on to record 20 point margin win. With this victory Nantes is atop of Group H with 4-1 score while Vagos remains winless with 5 losses. From the start it was evident that hosts will have tough time. Nantes players took control from the very start and never looked back. They were able to build 15-28 lead in the first period. In the second quarter, Vagos was able to parry Nantes but they could not cut into the deficit. After trading baskets in the second quarter, teams went for halftime break with visiting side holding comfortable 36-50 lead. More of the same continued in third quarter as Vagos players continued with high level of intensity. During the period they were even able to cut the deficit and have entered final 10 minutes of play trailing 56-67. Still that was all they had energy for as in the final quarter Nantes restored their control. They went on another run which gave them 20 point lead, their greatest of the game. They routinely maintained that lead afterwards and went on to celebrate 75-95 win.
Jenna Smith (191-C-88, college: Illinois) and Yuliya Andreyeva (188-C-83) led the winning side with 19 and 14 points respectively. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) and Joyce Cousseins-Smith (165-G-88) added 13 points apiece in win. On the other side, Lilian Lopes (184-F-79) led the way for Vagos with 26 points. Joana Lopes (185-F-86) contributed 15 points while Chineze Nwagbo (183-G-82, college: Syracuse) chipped in 14 points.

Vagos: Lilian Lopes 26, Joana Lopes 15, Chineze Nwagbo 14
Nantes: Jenna Smith 19, Yuliya Andreyeva 14, Sabine Niedola 13, Joyce Cousseins-Smith 13


Arras overcomes Umana Reyer 77-69 - by Eurobasket News
Arras - Umana Reyer 77-69

Arras managed to pull somewhat of surprise after handing Umana Reyer their first defeat in Group K. The Venice remains in first place with 3 wins and 1 loss while Arras is second with 2-1 score. Hosts jumped out strong from the start. They played good defence for which visiting side had no solution. After one quarter of play Arras was up 20-11. In the second period, Umana Reyer players consolidated and started playing better. They managed to cut the deficit and brought back match to one possession game. Still by the halftime Arras players made a push which restored their lead. At the halftime they still held 9 point lead as the score stood at 40-31. Third period was spent in trading of the baskets with both teams using defence mostly as an afterthought. It was a high scoring period in which teams were tied at 23 apiece. This meant that Arras still held their lead which stood at 63-54 with one quarter to play. In the final 10 minutes, tempo of the game went down but Arras still managed to retain control. They were able to fend off any attempt of comeback by Umana and in the end they have celebrated 77-69 win.
Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) scored 15 points for hosts, while Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) followed with 14. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) and Aija Putnina (191-F-88) also had a good game for winners as they contributed with 13 and 12 points respectively. For Umana Reyer, Roberta Meneghel (182-F-77) had game high 26 points. She got support from Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) and Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81, college: Siena) who added 15 and 14 points.

Arras: Olesia Malashenko 15, Johanne Gomis 14, Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 13, Aija Putnina 12
Umana Reyer: Roberta Meneghel 26, Nicole Ohlde 15, Liene Jansone 14


*****************************************************
  GREECE - Women  


Greek A1 round 4 best performance: Ashleen Bracey - by Eurobasket News
American forward Ashleen Bracey (183-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked DAS Ano Liosa, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 22-year old player was the main contributor (15 points, eight rebounds) to her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's worst team Amarillida (#12, 0-4) with 34-point margin 80-46. Despite this victory DAS Ano Liosa dropped to the 2nd position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. DAS Ano Liosa will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Bracey turned to be DAS Ano Liosa's top player in her first season with the team. Ashleen Bracey averages this season 10.3ppg and 6.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was another DAS Ano Liosa's star - -year old American Diana Delva (188-F/C). Delva had a very good evening with a double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Of course together with Bracey she helped DAS Ano Liosa with another comfortable win outscoring Amarillida (#12, 0-4) 80-46. This victory allowed DAS Ano Liosa to move up to second position in the standings. Her team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Delva is a newcomer at DAS Ano Liosa, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was British guard Chantelle Handy (191-G-87) of Aris Thessalonikis (#7). Handy scored 21 points. She was a key player of Aris, leading her team to a 72-52 easy win against slightly higher-ranked Panathinaikos (#5, 3-1). Aris needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Handy has a very solid season. In 4 games in Greece she scored 12.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Avgoustina Rousou (186-F-78) of Panionios - 12 points and 13 rebounds
5. Thoma Kostopoulou (178-G-88) of DAS Ano Liosa - 24 points and 4 assists
6. Stefany Skrba (188-F-87) of Aris - 14 points and 12 rebounds
7. Asimina Koutsounouri (190-C) of Olympiakos - 22 points and 9 rebounds
8. Porchia Green (175-G-87) of PAOK - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Meg Tierny (190-F/C-81) of Panionios - 10 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
10. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84) of Athinaikos - 12 points and 5 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, etc.
The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy.
The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3*(REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4*(2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3*(2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3*(3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Thoma KOSTOPOULOU
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Kostopoulou, DAS A.19.3 
 2. McLaren, Apollon17.8 
 3. Karadima, Apollon16.5 
 4. Koch, Panionios16.3 
 5. Marginean, Panath.15.0 
 6. LeNoir, Aris14.0 
 7. Tierny, Panionios14.0 
 8. Stavridou, PAOK14.0 
 9. Sotiriou, Athinaikos13.8 
 10. Davis, Athinaikos13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Meg TIERNY
  Panionios
  (190-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Tierny, Panionios14.3 
 2. Delva, DAS A.12.7 
 3. McLaren, Apollon11.3 
 4. Valantasi, Amarillida10.5 
 5. Skrba, Aris9.8 
 6. Rousou, Panionios9.5 
 7. Green, PAOK9.5 
 8. Thompson, Olymp.9.3 
 9. Gardner-C., Esper.9.3 
 10. Koutsounouri, Olympi.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.6.3 
 2. Fox, Proteas5.3 
 3. Kalentzou, Athinaikos4.5 
 4. Kalogirou, Esperides4.3 
 5. Magaliou, Apollon4.0 
 6. Lymoura, Athin.4.0 
 7. Derevjanik, Panath.3.8 
 8. Chalivelaki, Panath.3.3 
 9. Green, PAOK3.3 
 10. Spathari, Amarillida3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Asimina KOUTSOUNOURI
  Olympiakos
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Koutsounouri, Olympi.3.5 
 2. Bracey, DAS A.3.3 
 3. Axiopoulou, Esperides3.0 
 4. Derevjanik, Panath.3.0 
 5. Kalogirou, Esperides2.8 
 6. Fox, Proteas2.8 
 7. Green, PAOK2.5 
 8. Kalentzou, Athinaikos2.5 
 9. Hatzinikolao., Athina.2.5 
 10. Volonaki, FEA Neas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Asimina KOUTSOUNOURI
  Olympiakos
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Koutsounouri, Olympi.1.8 
 2. Sotiriou, Athinaikos1.5 
 3. Skrba, Aris1.0 
 4. Tierny, Panionios1.0 
 5. Mitropoulou, FEA N.1.0 
 6. Nikolaidou, FEA N.1.0 
 7. Zotova, Aris0.8 
 8. McLaren, Apollon0.8 
 9. Derevjanik, Panath.0.5 
 10. Rousou, Panionios0.5 


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 Ptolem. 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 Lefkadas 0-0 
 8. Pagrati 0-0 
 9. Rethymnou 0-0 
 10. Sporting 0-0 
 11. Terpsithea 0-0 
 12. Voureios AOL 0-0 


*****************************************************
  HUNGARY - Women  


Standings - Women
A Standings
 1. Pecs 2010 11-0 
 2. MKB Eurol. 10-1 
 3. Nanette FTC 9-2 
 4. SEAT Lami 9-2 
 5. Szeged 8-4 
 6. ZTE 6-5 
 7. Szolnok 4-7 
 8. Atomeromu 4-7 
 9. Bajai NKK 4-7 
 10. Vasas-Csata 3-9 
 11. BSE 3-9 
 12. BEAC 1-10 
 13. Cegledi EKK 1-10 


*****************************************************
  ISRAEL - Women  


Israeli D1 round 6 best performance: Camille Little - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Camille Little (188-F/G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 27 points and 13 rebounds, while her team beat Elitzur Holon (#8, 1-5) 78-65. It allowed Electra Ramat to consolidate first place in the Israeli D1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Electra Ramat already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. Little turned to be Electra Ramat's top player in her first season with the team. Former University of North Carolina star has very solid stats this year. Little is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.3rpg) and averages impressive 55.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Tiffany Jackson (191-F-85) of league's second-best Maccabi Ramat Hen. Jackson had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Ramat Hen lost that game 84-97 to the lower-ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#6, 3-3). Ramat Hen managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. It was just her team's 1st loss this season, while they won 5 other games. Jackson is a newcomer at Ramat Hen, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kerri Gardin (186-F-84) of Elitzur Maclaren Holon (#8). Gardin showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. Despite Gardin's great performance Elitzur Holon lost 65-78 to the league's current leader Electra Ramat (#1, 6-0). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Elitzur Holon can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gardin she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Gardin has a very solid season. In 6 games in Israel she scored 14.3ppg. She also has 9.5rpg and 3.2spg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Liad Suez Karni (187-F-81) of Elitzur Netanya - 23 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Renee Montgomery (170-G-86) of Maccabi Ashdod - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84) of Maccabi Ashdod - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Alysha Clark (178-F-87) of H.R. Le-Zion - 17 points and 12 rebounds
8. Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81) of Elitzur Ramla - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton (188-F/C-86) of Elitzur Ramla - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Chante Black (196-C-85) of Electra Ramat - 15 points and 15 rebounds


Changes in Hapoel T-A - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Tel-Aviv remains in the league and had 6 players in the roster in their last game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to Elitzur Netanya 66-80. Sixth consecutive loss means that Hapoel T-A is still at the bottom of the standings. Hapoel T-A will play against Raanana Her. (#7) hoping to get finally their first victory.
Shachar Alterman (171-G-86) remained in the team and scored 5 points. Russian International Victoria Sholokhova (188-F-86) was amazing with 10 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists. Eurobasket wrote that Hapoel Tel-Aviv agreed terms with 24-year old Russian forward Victoria Sholokhova. The latter played most recently at Dynamo Moscow (Russia). While playing 12 games in EuroCup for Dynamo M. last season she recorded 3.3ppg and 2.7rpg. She also played 15 games in Russian League and her stats were 2.2ppg and 3.7rpg. Sholokhova is a very experienced player. She played also pro basketball in Russia, Spain and Ukraine. In Ukraine, the player won the league at the end of the season 2008/09 with the jersey of Yuzhna Palmira - ONAHT Odessa and was selected to the Eurobasket.com Ukrainian UBL All-Imports Team.
Rachel Jones (170-G-87, college: St.Mary's (TX)) is a newcomer from the US, started with 22 points and 3 rebounds. Laura Audere (180-F-84) poured in 14 points and had 8 rebounds.
Donnisha Sanford (180-F-84) arrives from Portugal as she started for Sport Alges Dafundo (Liga Feminina) early in 2008. Danielle Dekel (178-G-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) played already the fourth game and averages 2.0 points per game.




*****************************************************
  ITALY - Women  


Arras overcomes Umana Reyer 77-69 - by Eurobasket News
Arras - Umana Reyer 77-69

Arras managed to pull somewhat of surprise after handing Umana Reyer their first defeat in Group K. The Venice remains in first place with 3 wins and 1 loss while Arras is second with 2-1 score. Hosts jumped out strong from the start. They played good defence for which visiting side had no solution. After one quarter of play Arras was up 20-11. In the second period, Umana Reyer players consolidated and started playing better. They managed to cut the deficit and brought back match to one possession game. Still by the halftime Arras players made a push which restored their lead. At the halftime they still held 9 point lead as the score stood at 40-31. Third period was spent in trading of the baskets with both teams using defence mostly as an afterthought. It was a high scoring period in which teams were tied at 23 apiece. This meant that Arras still held their lead which stood at 63-54 with one quarter to play. In the final 10 minutes, tempo of the game went down but Arras still managed to retain control. They were able to fend off any attempt of comeback by Umana and in the end they have celebrated 77-69 win.
Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) scored 15 points for hosts, while Johanne Gomis (177-G-85) followed with 14. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) and Aija Putnina (191-F-88) also had a good game for winners as they contributed with 13 and 12 points respectively. For Umana Reyer, Roberta Meneghel (182-F-77) had game high 26 points. She got support from Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) and Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81, college: Siena) who added 15 and 14 points.

Arras: Olesia Malashenko 15, Johanne Gomis 14, Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 13, Aija Putnina 12
Umana Reyer: Roberta Meneghel 26, Nicole Ohlde 15, Liene Jansone 14


*****************************************************
  LATVIA - Women  


LSBL Round 6: RTU-Merks takes over a leadership position - by Eurobasket News
LSBL had just the middle of Regular Season in LSBL. Round 6 biggest upset was fifth defeat of Liepajas metal. against third ranked RTU-Merks. They were rolled over in Riga by RTU-Merks with 29-point margin 70-41. It was a good game for former international center Anita Teilane (196-85) who led her team to a victory with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Center Diana Lazdeniece (187-89) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. RTU-Merks' coach Aivars Vinbergs felt such comfortable using 10 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Power forward Sabine Egle (179-91) replied with 10 points and 6 rebounds for Liepajas metal. RTU-Merks (6-1) has a solid series of four victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Liepajas metal. They is a new league leader. Liepajas metal. dropped to the sixth place with 2-5 record. Liepajas metal. will play next round against Daugavpils trying to make it back to the top of the standings. RTU-Merks will try to continue on it's current victory against third ranked LU. It will be extra interesting game as LU is their local rival from Riga.
Another interesting game was also a derby match between two teams TTT Riga (#3) and LU (#2). TTT Riga (5-0) smashed visiting LU (5-2) by 31 points 90-59. American center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-88, college: Va Commonwealth) scored double-double 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Anda Eibele helped with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. The best for the losing side was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agent: Yves Lejeune) with 11 points and 4 assists. TTT Riga (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion jumped to the second spot. LU dropped to the third place. They have the same record like TTT Juniores. TTT Riga's next round game will be against TTT Juniores (#4) at Riga. LU will play at home against league's new leader RTU-Merks to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also a derby match between two teams from Riga: RTU-Merks (#3) and LU (#2). RTU-Merks (6-1) smashed visiting LU (5-2) by 21 points 75-54. Anita Teilane notched double-double 21 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort. Coach Aivars Vinbergs's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by Ieva Krastina did not help to save the game for LU. It was fourth consecutive victory for RTU-Merks. They is a new league leader. LU dropped to the third place. They have the same record like TTT Juniores. RTU-Merks' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena LU.
We should not miss another road victory of eighth ranked Daugavpils (1-5) over bottom-ranked Cesis (0-7) 65-58. The biggest contributor to a victory was Kristina Egle with double-double 27 points and 12 rebounds. Daugavpils (1-5) celebrated their first victory after five consecutive losses, while for Cesis it was their loss in a row. They jumped to the seventh spot. Cesis still at the very bottom. Daugavpils' next round opponent will be higher ranked Liepajas metal. at home. Cesis will play against Liepajas metal. (#6) hoping to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 6 TTT Kadetes beat Liepajas metal. on the road 70-77.



RTU-Merks - Liepajas metal. 70-41

LSBL round 6 biggest upset was fifth defeat of Liepajas metal. against third ranked RTU-Merks. They were rolled over in Riga by RTU-Merks with 29-point margin 70-41. It was a good game for former international center Anita Teilane (196-85) who led her team to a victory with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Center Diana Lazdeniece (187-89) contributed with 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. RTU-Merks' coach Aivars Vinbergs felt such comfortable using 10 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Power forward Sabine Egle (179-91) replied with 10 points and 6 rebounds and guard Maija Line (170-89) added 3 points and 6 rebounds for Liepajas metal. RTU-Merks (6-1) has a solid series of four victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Liepajas metal. They is a new league leader. Liepajas metal. dropped to the sixth place with 2-5 record. Liepajas metal. will play next round against Daugavpils trying to make it back to the top of the standings. RTU-Merks will try to continue on it's current victory against third ranked LU. It will be extra interesting game as LU is their local rival from Riga.
Top scorers:
Liepajas metalurgs: S.Egle 10+6reb+1ast, A.Feldmane 6+2reb+1ast, K.Simanovica 5+2reb+2ast, Z.Alilujeva 4+4reb+1ast, K.Bauze 4+1reb, D.Line 3+2reb+1ast
RTU-Merks Riga: D.Lazdeniece 17+6reb, D.Ozolina 11+4reb+2ast, K.Cirsa 10+5reb+1ast, A.Teilane 9+12reb+2ast, A.Kirsteine 7+1ast, I.Malkevica 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 108952


Cesis - Daugavpils 58-65

We should not miss another road victory of eighth ranked Daugavpils (1-5) over bottom-ranked Cesis (0-7) 65-58. The biggest contributor to a victory was forward Kristina Egle (177-86) with double-double 27 points and 12 rebounds. Forward Olesja Jevsejeva (174-86) helped with double-double 12 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Zane Zeltina (178-87) who recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Zane Jakobsone (180-85, college: Houston) added 20 points and 5 rebounds. Daugavpils (1-5) celebrated their first victory after five consecutive losses, while for Cesis it was their loss in a row. They jumped to the seventh spot. Cesis still at the very bottom. Daugavpils' next round opponent will be higher ranked Liepajas metal. at home. Cesis will play against Liepajas metal. (#6) hoping to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
SK Cesis: Z.Zeltina 20+8reb+4ast, Z.Jakobsone 20+5reb+2ast, S.Bebre 7+3reb+2ast, I.Briede 7+7reb+4ast, I.Bundule 4+11reb+1ast, K.Sproge 0
Daugavpils Universitate: K.Egle 27+12reb+3ast, K.Egle 14+10reb+1ast, O.Jevsejeva 12+11reb+3ast, O.Lakomko 10+5reb+3ast, O.Kazakevica 2+2reb+5ast, M.Sirokova 0
gschID: 108953


TTT Riga - LU 90-59

Another interesting game was also a derby match between two teams TTT Riga (#3) and LU (#2). TTT Riga (5-0) smashed visiting LU (5-2) by 31 points 90-59. American center Quanitra Hollingsworth (196-88, college: Va Commonwealth) scored double-double 32 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and former international guard Anda Eibele (170-84) helped with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. The best for the losing side was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agent: Yves Lejeune) with 11 points and 4 assists and guard Zane Lapsina (174-83) with 5 points and 5 rebounds. TTT Riga (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Defending champion jumped to the second spot. LU dropped to the third place. They have the same record like TTT Juniores. TTT Riga's next round game will be against TTT Juniores (#4) at Riga. LU will play at home against league's new leader RTU-Merks to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Latvijas Universitate: I.Krastina 11+3reb+4ast, A.Vorma 11, J.Sidorenko 10+1reb, A.Strupovica 9+2reb+1ast, D.Zarina 5+4reb, Z.Lapsina 5+5reb+2ast
TTT Riga: Q.Hollingsworth 32+12reb+1ast, K.Butler 17+6reb+1ast, A.Eibele 14+8reb+9ast, D.Krumberga 11+7reb+6ast, D.Staugaitiene 9+9reb+4ast, I.Veinberga 5+9reb+1ast
gschID: 108954


RTU-Merks - LU 75-54

An interesting game was also a derby match between two teams from Riga: RTU-Merks (#3) and LU (#2). RTU-Merks (6-1) smashed visiting LU (5-2) by 21 points 75-54. Former international center Anita Teilane (196-85) notched double-double 21 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and swingman Eva Pavlovska (176-89) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds. Coach Aivars Vinbergs's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Even 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists by swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agent: Yves Lejeune) did not help to save the game for LU. It was fourth consecutive victory for RTU-Merks. They are new league leader. LU dropped to the third place. They have the same record like TTT Juniores. RTU-Merks' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Riga to the arena LU.
Top scorers:
Latvijas Universitate: I.Krastina 18+6reb+5ast, L.Purina 13+8reb+3ast, D.Zarina 7+10reb, A.Vorma 5+2reb, A.Strupovica 4+1reb, L.Pagrode 3
RTU-Merks Riga: A.Teilane 21+18reb+4ast, D.Ozolina 14+3reb+2ast, E.Pavlovska 14+12reb+3ast, K.Cirsa 8+4reb+2ast, A.Kirsteine 6+2reb+1ast, D.Lazdeniece 5
gschID: 108955


Liepajas metal. - TTT Kadetes 70-77

I am not sure if we can call it surprise result between close teams when sixth ranked TTT Kadetes (2-4) beat on the road 5th ranked Liepajas metal. (2-5) 77-70. It was a good game for center Ruta Veidere (188-94) who led her team to a victory with double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Krista Bridina (173-94) contributed with 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Center Liga Zdanovska (186-87) replied with 7 points and 20 rebounds and guard Maija Line (170-89) added 8 points and 8 rebounds for Liepajas metal. They added third loss to their record. TTT Kadetes jumped to the fifth spot. Liepajas metal. dropped to the sixth place. TTT Kadetes are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Daugavpils on the road. Liepajas metal. will play against Daugavpils (#) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Liepajas metalurgs: A.Feldmane 12+5reb, K.Simanovica 9+3reb, S.Egle 9+7reb, M.Line 8+8reb+3ast, A.Pinstere 7+4reb+1ast, L.Zdanovska 7+20reb+1ast
BS Riga/TTT/Kadetes: K.Aizsila 18+4reb, R.Veidere 14+10reb, P.Langina 13+8reb, K.Bridina 12+9reb+1ast, A.Fomina 8+6reb+3ast, A.Aizsila 6+3reb
gschID: 108956




*****************************************************
  MALTA - Women  


Womens Shield - by Eurobasket News
The first phase of the womens Detur Shield got underway last weekend with favourites Luxol, Hibs Medsea and Depiro McDonalds cruising past their opponents.

In Group A, Hibs found little resistance from St Andrews as they moved into a 23-2 lead by the end of the first quarter. After changing ends 36-11 ahead, Hibs went on to register a 66-24 victory.

In the other Group A match, Depiro returned home with a comfortable 86-33 victory over Starlites Sports Experience.

With Kaila Agius at her best, Depiro had the game wrapped up by half-time, 50-15.

In Group B, Luxol also dominated from the jumpball as they surged into a 26-4 lead against Mtarfa.

Luxol were never troubled as they continued to extend their 30-point half-time lead, 40-10, to emerge 71-30 winners.

In another match, Loyola, inspired by Christine Grima, opened a 27-10 lead at the end of the second quarter against Athleta.

Athletas improvement in the last two sessions was not enough to wipe out the deficit as Loyola went on to win 50-35.

Detur Shield: Friday 18.15 Luxol vs Athleta; 19.45 St Andrews vs Starlites. Saturday 14.00 Loyola vs Mtarfa. Sunday 14.30 Hibs Medsea vs Depiro.
Courtesy of: http://www.timesofmalta.com


*****************************************************
  PORTUGAL - Women  


Villenueve too much for Olivais - by Eurobasket News
Olivais - Villenueve 64-79

In a duel of undefeated and winless team in Group I, Villenueve continued with its run of good form after securing away victory. They remain in 1st place with 5-0 score, while Olivais is at the bottom with 0-5. Visitors came out strong from the gate playing excellent defence. They limited Olivais to only 10 points in the first period. As result they held 10-24 lead after one quarter of play. Hosts picked up their intensity in the second quarter and were able to better parry their opponents. Teams traded basket for basket but it was visiting side who was controlling the game. At the halftime break, the score stood at 31-46. In the third period, Olivais players continued to try and cut the deficit but Villanueve players were able to fend them off. With one quarter left to play, Villanueve players still held lead which stood at 51-63. Not much changed in the final 10 minutes as hosts pushed hard to make a comeback but visitors kept their lead. Again it was trading of the baskets for the most part with Villuneve managing to increase their lead by three points. They routinely closed the game out and have deservedly celebrated 64-79 win in the end.
Carla Thomas (191-F/C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Vanderbilt) poured in 22 points, while Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) followed with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Villanueve. Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) also had a good game for winning side as she contributed with 14 points. For Olivais, Earnesia Williams (185-F-87, college: Texas) had a good game as she scored 23 points. Kiva Herman (183-F-87, college: San Diego) added 12 while Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) finished the game with 11 points.

Olivais: Earnesia Williams 23, Kiva Herman 12, Michelle Brandao 11
Villanueve: Carla Thomas 22, Olayinka Sanni 19 + 10, Laurie Datchy 14


Nantes beats Vagos with ease - by Eurobasket News
Vagos - Nantes 75-95

Nantes had an easy job in their match against Vagos and they went on to record 20 point margin win. With this victory Nantes is atop of Group H with 4-1 score while Vagos remains winless with 5 losses. From the start it was evident that hosts will have tough time. Nantes players took control from the very start and never looked back. They were able to build 15-28 lead in the first period. In the second quarter, Vagos was able to parry Nantes but they could not cut into the deficit. After trading baskets in the second quarter, teams went for halftime break with visiting side holding comfortable 36-50 lead. More of the same continued in third quarter as Vagos players continued with high level of intensity. During the period they were even able to cut the deficit and have entered final 10 minutes of play trailing 56-67. Still that was all they had energy for as in the final quarter Nantes restored their control. They went on another run which gave them 20 point lead, their greatest of the game. They routinely maintained that lead afterwards and went on to celebrate 75-95 win.
Jenna Smith (191-C-88, college: Illinois) and Yuliya Andreyeva (188-C-83) led the winning side with 19 and 14 points respectively. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) and Joyce Cousseins-Smith (165-G-88) added 13 points apiece in win. On the other side, Lilian Lopes (184-F-79) led the way for Vagos with 26 points. Joana Lopes (185-F-86) contributed 15 points while Chineze Nwagbo (183-G-82, college: Syracuse) chipped in 14 points.

Vagos: Lilian Lopes 26, Joana Lopes 15, Chineze Nwagbo 14
Nantes: Jenna Smith 19, Yuliya Andreyeva 14, Sabine Niedola 13, Joyce Cousseins-Smith 13


*****************************************************
  ROMANIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
North-West
 1. ICIM Arad 8-0 
 2. Sf.Gheorghe 8-1 
 3. Satu Mare 6-3 
 4. Timisoara 4-5 
 5. Alba Iulia 2-7 
 6. Cluj Napoca 2-8 
 7. Oradea 1-7 
South-East
 1. Alexandria 9-0 
 2. Craiova 6-1 
 3. Olimpia 5-3 
 4. Iasi 3-5 
 5. Brasov 3-6 
 6. Rapid 2-6 
 7. Sp.Studentesc 1-8 


*****************************************************
  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Ruzomberok cruises to easy win against Ieper - by Eurobasket News
Ruzomberok - Ieper 79-43

In a fight for 2nd place in Group I, Ruzomberok rolled over Ieper to secure important home win. Slovakian outfit is now in 2nd place with 3-2 score, while Ieper is left with 2 wins and 3 losses in 3rd place. It was a fairly easy night for hosts who came out strong from the opening tip-off. They went on a series of runs which gave them comfortable 21-8 lead at the end of first quarter. Tempo of the match went down in second period as team started to struggle offensively. Still, hosts controlled the game and did not allowed visiting side to cut the deficit. At the halftime the score stood at 33-20 and Ruzomberok players were feeling confident. They opened the third period with a run again to gain their largest lead of the game. Lotto players managed to recover by the end of the quarter but they still trailed 51-31 with 10 minutes to go. In the final period, Ruzomebrok players continued to pressure their opponent. This led to easy transition points and hosts continued to pound on the visiting side. They won forth period 28-12 which was enough to give them deserved 79-43 win after the final buzzer.
Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) led the winning side with 22 points in this game. She got support Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) who added 17 and 15 points respectively. For visiting side, Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) had double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Unfortunately she received little help as the next best scorer was Lien Lentacker (184-F/C-90) who finished the game with 7 points.

Ruzomberok: Simona Podesvova 22, Katarina Tetemondova 17, Klaudia Lukacovicova 15
Ieper: Emma Meesseman 17 + 14 boards, Lien Lentacker 7