EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/5/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A update - by Facundo Iatzky
The third week of competition is over. It lasted too much due to the Friday round was moved to Tuesday and wednesday bacuse of the death of former presiden Nestor Kirchner. In the north zone, thing started to get very even, because ther are not more unbeaten teams and the teams that had not win any game started to do it. Libertad continue in a good level despite their abscents and they reached La union and Regatas in the first position. Olimpico is the team of the moment with three straight victories.
In the south zone, the new was the loss of Penarol at home against Lanus. It is the first time tat penarol lost in Mar del Plata after more than a year. Anyway they remain in the first position. Obras follow them. Lanus won both games of the week on the road. Then Weber Estudiantes and Argentino start to settle down in the season, with important victories. On the other hand, boca jrs is the only team that have not won yet.
Game of the week: Penarol 90 -Obras 88 (OT). It was the game between the two candidates of the south zone. Obras was very close to let Penarol with two straight victories at home, but in the end the talent of players like Leonardo Gutierrez, Martin Leiva and Marcos Mata were the difference. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) of Obras is the best player of the league by now with 18 points and 11.6 rebs.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Standings
O Standings
 1. Philip.Patriots 5-0 
 2. Singapore S. 3-2 
 3. Thailand S. 3-2 
 4. KL Dragons 3-3 
 5. Barracudas 1-4 
 6. Satria Muda 1-5 


Jordanian Superstar Rasheim Wright is now an official Patriot - by Sheryl Reyes
The Philippine Patriots have signed Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) a veteran of World Championships to replace import Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) as they aim for a back-to-back championship in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League Season2 (ABL).Rasheim Wright, a naturalized Jordanian citizen, is known to be a scoring machine and would definetley be a tough import to guard in the on going ABL season 2.He has unpredictable moves that gives his opponent a hard time to catch him.He won't be seen in action yet vs the Brunei Barracudas on Saturday Nov 6, 2010 since he will only be arriving on Tuesday. He will then make his debut game vs the Singapore Slingers.on the 14th of November. Rasheim Wright was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, the 6'4 superstar is expected to provide championship experience, having played to a number of international basketball tournaments.He is also one of those skilled big name athlete that some of the PBA teams would like to tap this comming second import confference since he is legit 6'4 and that is the requirment height of the PBA next confference, although it's to early some teams have expressed interest of hiring Wright to reinforce their team in february,but for now Rasheim Wright is focused into playing the role that is needed of him by the Philippine Patriots . It will definetley be an exciting duo between Donald Little (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) and Rasheim Wright they will for sure be a tandem that will be hard to beat plus with the incredible performance at all times of the local line up that has been very consistent stepping up at all games. It's early to say that the patriots will bring home the bacon again as the title champion holder but a fact is they are for sure a strong team to ignore. And with the new import comming to town it will be very exciting and interesting to watch them play against the other strong contenders.

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


FIBA Referee Nazir Al Saudi no more - by Maarouf Mawloud
FIBA Referee Nazir Al Saudi no more

http://www.fibaasia.net/NewsDetails.aspx?id=464

BEIRUT, Lebanon: FIBA Referee Nazir Al Saudi (License No: 16558) of Lebanon passed away in the early hours on Wednesday after a six-month fight against leukemia.

The 33-year-old is survived by wife Ghina Al-Masri, daughter Yasma (3) and son Ahmad (9 months).

Having earned his license in 2005, Al Saudi had been nominated to many top competitions in FIBA Asia and WABA.

Most recently, Al Saudi was officiated at the 25th FIBA Asia Championship at Tianjin and the 23rd FIBA Asia Championship for Women at Chennai last year.

At Chennai, Al Saudi was one of the referees in the gold medal game between China and Korea.

He had also officiated at the 20th FIBA Asia U18 Championship at Tehran (Iran) in 2008.

Born in Tripoli, Al Saudi was the founder coach of Al Moutahed womens team which now plays in the Lebanese Womens League first division.

I am deeply dismayed on learning this news, said FIBA Asia president Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al-Thani.

My heartfelt condolences to Nazirs family, he added.

I dont have words to express my sorrow, said FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

He was too young to be nipped off life, Dato Yeoh said. May his soul rest in peace, he added.

FIBA Asia Deputy Secretary General and WABA Secretary General Hagop Khajirian said: For sure, we have lost one of the most promising and upcoming referees in FIBA Asia.

He was also a very nice person to have around, he added.

I pray that his soul rests in peace. I also pray that the family finds strength at this time of despair, he added.

He (Nazir) was a person of pleasant character, said FIBA Asia Technical Director Col Lee Kak Kuan,

As a referee he had good presentation. His officiating was consistent and had good potential qualities.

Ill miss a good referee and a friend, he added.

RIP Nazir Al Saudi!

FIBA Asia



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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Fabricio VAY
  Arkadia
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 25
 1. Vay, Arkadia25.0 
 2. Stazic, BC Vienna25.0 
 3. Nagler, Klostern.21.3 
 4. Klette, Wels20.1 
 5. Houston, Arkadia19.4 
 6. Shavies, Furstenf.19.3 
 7. Mayes, Gmunden18.1 
 8. Rhinehart, Worth.17.8 
 9. Ray, Furstenfeld17.2 
 10. Kennedy, Worth.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Gmunden
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Slack, Gmunden10.0 
 2. Klette, Wels10.0 
 3. Volcic, Oberwart9.6 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart9.0 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden8.5 
 6. Hampton, Furstenf.8.3 
 7. Carr, Furstenfeld8.3 
 8. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.9 
 9. Heard, Gussing7.7 
 10. Vay, Arkadia7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.9.3 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.3 
 3. Danek, Arkadia6.9 
 4. Parker, Oberwart5.6 
 5. Stazic, BC Vienna4.7 
 6. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.4 
 7. Woschank, Kapfe.4.1 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.1 
 9. Schreiner, St.Po.3.8 
 10. Miletic, UBSC G.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SLACK
  Gmunden
  (202-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Slack, Gmunden3.3 
 2. Woschank, Kapfe.3.1 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.2.8 
 4. Shavies, Furstenf.2.7 
 5. Fields, Wels2.7 
 6. Parker, Oberwart2.6 
 7. Hutter, Gmunden2.3 
 8. Danek, Arkadia2.1 
 9. Payton, Arkadia2.0 
 10. Lee, Wels1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis GRAHAM
  UBSC Graz
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Graham, UBSC G.2.3 
 2. Slack, Gmunden1.7 
 3. Mayer, Gmunden1.5 
 4. Vay, Arkadia1.4 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.3 
 6. Hampton, Furstenf.1.2 
 7. Klette, Wels1.1 
 8. Heard, Gussing1.0 
 9. Koch, Gussing0.9 
 10. Boylan, Gmunden0.7 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Saulius DUMBLIAUSKAS
  Alytus Alita
  (203-C-81)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.22.5 
 2. Osby, TT.21.0 
 3. Volkus, Techasas20.5 
 4. Saage, Rakvere19.8 
 5. Jurevicus, Liepaja18.3 
 6. Kaufmanis, Valmiera18.0 
 7. Orelikas, Rudupis17.7 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.6 
 9. Juskevicius, Rudupis17.0 
 10. Gervin, Norrkoping15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Povilas CUKINAS
  Aiscai Kaunas
  (210-C-83)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Cukinas, Aiscai K.11.3 
 2. Osby, TT.10.0 
 3. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.10.0 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.9 
 5. Sarakauskas, Siauliai9.7 
 6. Kieza, Juventus9.3 
 7. Cipruss, Valmiera9.2 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere9.0 
 9. Wilson, Zemgale9.0 
 10. Matulis, Sakalai8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ernestas EZERSKIS
  Techasas
  (192-G-87)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ezerskis, Techasas8.5 
 2. Dainys, Rudupis7.7 
 3. Kriisa, TT.7.0 
 4. Bergmanis, Zemgale5.5 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis5.2 
 6. Viskontas, Perlas5.0 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere4.5 
 9. Rinkevicius, Techasas4.5 
 10. Bertans, VEF Riga4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Scott WILSON
  Zemgale
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wilson, Zemgale3.0 
 2. Razutis, Naglis-A.3.0 
 3. Saage, Rakvere3.0 
 4. Leppik, TU/Rock2.7 
 5. Ezerskis, Techasas2.5 
 6. Bergmanis, Zemgale2.5 
 7. Cerneckis, Techasas2.5 
 8. Birgelis, Alytus A.2.5 
 9. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.3 
 10. Dorbek, Rakvere2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Povilas CUKINAS
  Aiscai Kaunas
  (210-C-83)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Cukinas, Aiscai K.2.3 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.1 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 4. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.5 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas1.5 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere1.5 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.4 
 8. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.4 
 9. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.3 
 10. Rozitis, Zemgale1.0 


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


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division I
D1 Standings
 1. Aalstar 4-1 
 2. M.Hainaut 4-1 
 3. Antwerp 3-2 
 4. Oostende 3-3 
 5. Charleroi 2-0 
 6. Verviers-Pep. 2-2 
 7. Gent 1-3 
 8. Liege 1-4 
 9. Leuven 0-4 


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Dominic WATERS
  Verviers-Pep.
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 20
 1. Waters, Verviers.20.0 
 2. Wilson, Antwerp18.0 
 3. Lowhorn, Leuven17.3 
 4. Copeland, Aalstar17.2 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende16.8 
 6. Freeman, Verviers.16.0 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut15.4 
 8. Dagunduro, Leuven15.0 
 9. Bullock, Gent14.8 
 10. Mallet, Charleroi14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Randle, Gent9.5 
 2. Emerson, Gent8.5 
 3. Greene, Charleroi8.5 
 4. Gay, Verviers-Pep.7.5 
 5. Freeman, Verviers.7.5 
 6. Jackson, Verviers.6.8 
 7. Mejri, Antwerp6.6 
 8. Young, Aalstar6.4 
 9. Thomas, Oostende6.3 
 10. Hilliard, Aalstar6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut5.0 
 2. Waters, Verviers.4.3 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar3.8 
 4. Mitchell, Oostende3.8 
 5. Burrell, Aalstar3.4 
 6. Hopkins, Antwerp3.4 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven3.3 
 8. Riddick, Charleroi3.0 
 9. Green, Oostende3.0 
 10. Agudio, Verviers.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.4 
 2. Dagunduro, Leuven2.8 
 3. Jenkins, Liege2.8 
 4. Gay, Verviers-Pep.2.8 
 5. Rose, Gent2.5 
 6. Hill, Charleroi2.5 
 7. Wilson, Antwerp2.3 
 8. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 9. McCauley, M.Hai.2.0 
 10. Freeman, Leuven1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andre RIDDICK
  Charleroi
  (205-C-73)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Riddick, Charleroi2.5 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.2 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Freeman, Verviers.1.3 
 5. Randle, Gent1.0 
 6. Ebong, Oostende1.0 
 7. Faison, Oostende0.7 
 8. Young, Aalstar0.6 
 9. Copeland, Aalstar0.6 
 10. Louves, Gent0.5 


Brose Baskets too much for Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Charleroi 79-69

Brose Baskets registered second straight victory in Euroleague. After impressive win against the Greek Olympiakos in Round Two, the German champion was too strong for Charleroi jumping to 2-1 in Group B. At the same time, the Belgians dropped to 0-3. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) scored 16 points for the hosts, while Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points and 6 boards. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 13 pts and 5 rebs, and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) added 12 points and 8 rebs (MVP, valuation 21). In Charleroi, Andre Riddick (205-C-73, college: Kentucky) had 13 points (5 rebs) and Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) stopped to 12 pts (6 rebs).
Visitors shined at the beginning as they grabbed quick 6-14 lead. Joseph Gomis scored 6 pts in this run. However, Brose Baskets players woke up after that and closed the gap to 13-16 until the end of Q1. Andre Riddick shined at the beginning of the next period and together with Demond Mallet paceed Charleroi to plus 9. Bamberg immediately replied with 8-0 run and later thanks to Predrag Suput reached 36-33 lead. Charleroi answered in the finish and teams went to the break with 38-38 tie. Third period was totally leveled with each team scoring 20 pts for 58-58. The hosts grabbed plus 5 at the beginning of the last quarter and they managed to keep it for the next three minutes. They shined in the finish of this game and Reyshawn Terry closed it with a free throw for nice 79-69 win and 2-1 record in Group B.
In the next round, Brose Baskets goes to Madrid. Charleroi will meet Olympiakos on the road.

Brose Baskets: Kyle Hines 16, Reyshawn Terry 15+6 boards, Predrag Suput 13+5 boards, Casey Jacobsen 12+8 boards
Charleroi: Andre Riddick 13+5 boards, Joseph Gomis 12+6 boards


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Capljina 3-0 
 2. Kakanj 2-0 
 3. Mladost MG 2-0 
 4. Borac Nektar 2-1 
 5. Bosna S. 2-1 
 6. Sloboda Dita 2-1 
 7. Hercegovac 1-1 
 8. Brotnjo Citluk 1-2 
 9. Celik 1-2 
 10. SL IAT Leotar 1-2 
 11. Zrinjski MC 1-2 
 12. Slavija 0-3 
 13. Varda 0-3 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


A1 Herceg-Bosna: Round 2 - by Joko Zuber
Posusje and Zrinjski II with a Perfect Start in the new Season, winning both of their first 2 games. Now it's clear that Posusje is the main candidate for promotion this year, along with Grude, which startet the season very well defeating Livno at home.

Zrinjski II - Vitez 85:77 (71:71)
(20:15, 23:28, 11:15, 17:13) OT (14:6)

Lokomotiva - Busovaca 72:95
(12:14, 23:26, 22:24, 15:31)

Rama - Kiseljak 81:72
(17:17, 25:19, 13:14, 26:22)

Posusje - Siroki II 70:62
(14:10, 17:18, 26:17, 13:17)

Grude - Livno 66:49
(16:7, 18:13, 13:16, 29:13)


Grude: Ivan Evic (2), Luka Vranjes (4), Zvonimir Evic, Nikola Andrijanic (1), Zdenko Vrdoljak (6),Marko Vranjes, Goran Jelic (21), Tomislav Pejic (3), Slavko Barac (5), Stipe Brzica, Josip Sakota (16), Mario Skegro (8).

Livno: Mirko Pavic, Mate Saric, Hajro Dizdar (15), Kresimir Pavic, Nikola Barac, Stipe Perisa, Marko Mandic, Ivan Vrdoljak (3), Ivo Semren (7), Damir Dronjic (18), Ante Dzepina (6).




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  BRAZIL   


Vitria Basquete apresent their new team for the NBB - by Paulo Freire
The basketball teams of the Metodista/So Bernardo e do Vitria Basquete/CECRE joined in order to compete in the NBB, but the disclosure of the schedule of Paulista State Championship, showed that the partnership could not continue because of the incompatibility of dates occurring overlapping commitments in both competitions.
The partnership between the teams from Sao Paulo and Vitoria start in July. Represents of the two teams reached a consensus and amicably terminated the partnership.
Therefore, the leadership of Vitoria Basketball has already presented the new signings.


Eddy Carvalho (194-G/F-87)

Rafu Da Silva (197-G/F-83, college: New Haven)

Guilherme Alves (191-G/F-83)

Amiel Vega Morejon (202-F-76, college: Merritt JC)

Wanderson de Jesus (201-F/C-83)

Ricardo Gaspar (202-F-84)

Joao Gabriel Fidelis (189-G-87)

Matheus de Freitas (195-G/F-90)

Sanlley de Freitas (191-G/F-91)

Lucas Avelino (190-G-90)

Joel Munoz (179-G-80)

The team will be coach by Enio Vecchi



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  BULGARIA   


Simon Finzgar and Davor Sattler sign with Lambol - by Emiliano
Simon Finzgar (196-F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Davor Sattler (185-G-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will continue their career in Bulgaria. The two Slovenian players signed a contract with Tundja Yambol, team from NBL.
Finzgar spent last season of his career with TCG Mercator Skofja Loka averaging 12.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 76.6% in 25 games played in the year 2009-2010. At the end of the season he was also selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention.

Davor Sattler spent last season in Austria with kelag Worthersee Piraten, averaging 12.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 74.0% in 31 games in Bundesliga. The guard born in 1986 started his career with Jance STZ Ljubljana with whom he has played from 2004 to 2007.


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  CANADA   


University of Windsor Tips Off Drive for 2011 CIS CHAMPIONCHIP - by John Gary
courtesy basketball.ca Canadian INTERUNIVERSITY SPORT and the University of Windsor are excited to tip off the 2010-11 womens basketbalkl season as well as announce exciting details for the 2011 championchip. The 2010-11 campaign will feature a new look play-off formatt with an expanded national championchip format.Following the conclusion of the conference play-offs,three regionals,each featuring four teams from across the country will be held March 11 and 12th with the winners joining the four conference champions and host Windsor Lancers at the traditional CIS final 8 from March 18-20 at the ST. Denis Centre.

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  COLOMBIA   


Southamerican League Group C, starts today in Cucuta - by Victor Garcia
Southamerican League is about to start in Cucuta Colombia tonight, the current Colombian Champion Cucuta Norte will face a powerfull trio of teams : Argentinas Liberta de Sunchales, Brazils Uniceub BRB Brasilia and Venezuelas Espartanos de Margarita.

Not an easy group with two continents power houses like Libertad and Uniceub and the new Champion of Venezuelas LNB Espartanos.

Libertad is leaded by National Team point guard Juan Pablo Cantero, but the roster is a deep one with veteran players like Ruben ColoradoWolkowysky, Andrs GringoPelussi, and two really good imports, Puerto Rican Alex Galindo (coming from score 35 points in Libertads last win), and American forward Robert Battle, the team has in the coaching position one of the most awarded coaches of American the well known Puerto Rican Flor Melendez, Libertad is just beginning the Argentinean season as is currently 3-2 in the sixth place of the standings.

Uniceub brings a deluxe roster, with Brazilian National Team members Guilherme Giovannoni, Nezinho Dos Santos and Alex Garca, and despite being just entering the season, Uniceub has a great offensive line and good size to fight the boards, Lula Ferreira is the coach.

Espartanos just won the Venezuelas LNB, defeating in the fifth game Estudiantes, the Islander team has Hector Pepito Romero as its leader, but Jesus and Francisco Centeno , David Cubillan and Carlos Cedeno are also key members of the team that has American Kevin Freeman as its import, Espartanos is drived by Nesto Salazar.

Cucuta Norte build a solid roster, that now adds Forward / Center Enielsen Guevara, and guard Gianlucca Bacci to the team, the team has this year a more deep roster, with the size of Heberth Bayona and American center Chris Jackson, the leadership of Edgar Moreno , the versatility of Juan Herrera and Eduardo Torres, and the skills of Eleuterio Renteria, Cucuta is in good shape after defeat Bucaros in the semifinals of the Colombian Federation Cup, coach Tony Ruiz is confident about his team in the Southamerican League.



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  CROATIA   


Montepaschi keeps the perfect score in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Cibona 80-57

Montepaschi had an easy job against Cibona to keep the perfect score after three games in Group C. On the other side, the Croatian champion still looks for the first win (0-3). Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) was the leading scorer in Montepaschi with 16 points. Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) had 14, while David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.), Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) (6 rebs) added 12 points each. In Cibona, Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) shined with 17 points and 7 boards. Mario Delas (208-F/C-90) stopped to 13 pts and 6 rebs.
Montepaschi demonstrated its power from the very beginning. The Italian champion started with 9-0 run and later finished the first ten minutes with 21-13. Cibona managed to recover in the second quarter and they started to play better. It resulted with 29-24 at the halfway of Q2, but Montepaschi immediately replied and jumped to 38-28. Goran Vrbanc answered fast with his own three and Leon Radosevic followed suite for another close 38-33. Few moments later, the first half ended with 40-35 for Montepaschi. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game as Montepaschi outplayed their rival with 17-9. It was 57-44 with one period to go. Cibona was not able to respond and they faced with 80-57 at the end.
In the next round, Montepaschi will meet Fenerbahce Ulker on the road. Cibona waits Cholet.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 16, Bo Lester McCalebb 14, David Moss 12, Milovan Rakovic 12, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12+6 boards
Cibona: Drago Pasalic 17+7 boards, Mario Delas 13+6 boards


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A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. King, Etha25.0 
 2. Davis, AP.23.0 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia20.0 
 4. Sims, Apollon16.5 
 5. Ioannou, ENAD16.5 
 6. Hanavan, AP.16.0 
 7. Johnson, Etha16.0 
 8. Frasor, Achilleas14.5 
 9. Biggs, Achilleas13.5 
 10. Juknevicius, Omonia13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar RADOJEVIC
  Omonia
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 17
 1. Radojevic, Omonia17.0 
 2. King, Etha11.0 
 3. Ioannou, ENAD9.5 
 4. Djikanovic, Achilleas8.5 
 5. Tutt, Etha8.0 
 6. Biggs, Achilleas7.5 
 7. Hoger, AEL7.0 
 8. Dabkus, Etha7.0 
 9. Brown, Apollon7.0 
 10. Hanavan, AP.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ken TUTT
  Etha
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tutt, Etha6.0 
 2. Radojevic, Omonia5.0 
 3. Kovac, AP.4.5 
 4. Palalas, AEL4.5 
 5. Dunovic, Omonia4.0 
 6. Carr, Apollon4.0 
 7. Price, ENAD3.5 
 8. Jenkins, AEK3.5 
 9. Frasor, Achilleas3.0 
 10. Sljivancanin, Kerav.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas DABKUS
  Etha
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dabkus, Etha4.0 
 2. Price, ENAD3.5 
 3. Sljivancanin, Kerav.3.0 
 4. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 5. Bobbitt, AEK2.5 
 6. Pantouris, Achilleas2.5 
 7. Johnson, Etha2.0 
 8. Fells, Keravnos2.0 
 9. McLain, Omonia2.0 
 10. Frasor, Achilleas2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar RADOJEVIC
  Omonia
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 3
 1. Radojevic, Omonia3.0 
 2. Dials, Apollon2.0 
 3. Fells, Keravnos1.5 
 4. Palalas, AEL1.0 
 5. Jenkins, AEK1.0 
 6. Tutt, Etha1.0 
 7. Camacho, Apollon1.0 
 8. King, Etha1.0 
 9. Clark, AEL1.0 
 10. Redding, Etha1.0 


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


Apoel and Keravnos the only unbeaten!!! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Apoel 72 - Omonoia 65
Ian Hanavan led Apoel with 16 pts, Lee added 13 pts and Apoel rolled to its third straight win, 72-65 over Omonoia on Wednesday night. For Omonoia, Dounovic collected 20 pts and Randojevic 15.

Keravnos 78 - Achilleas 74
Keravnos rolled past Achilleas 78-74 on Wednesday night and has also advanced to its third straight win.
For the winners, Fels had 17 pts and Garcia scored 12. In the loosing squad, Tsinkanovic had 18 pts.

Etha 70 - Apollon 80
Jones scored 20 pts, Stiggers had 14 pts and Apollon routed the promising Etha 70-80 and is now 2-1. In the loosing squad Redding had 20 and Dabkus 19.

Aek 56 - Enad 61
Enad bounced back from a tough loss with a big win. Randounovic scored 17 pts to help Enad end its road trip with a 56-61 victory over Aek on Wednesday night. This is the 1st victory for Enad.
For Enad, Kent and price had 13 pts each. For Aek that is now 0-3, Panteli had 16 pts.




Statistics will follow later today.



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


NBL Round 8: #1 BK Pardubice is defeated by Novy Jicin - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 8 was first loss of undefeated (so far) BK Pardubice. They were badly beaten at home by third ranked Novy Jicin who outscored them by 24 points 52-76. Worth to mention a great performance of Corey Muirhead who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 4 assists and Dusan Pandula who added 14 points. The best for the losing side was Tomas Toth with 14 points and 4 assists. That victory allowed Novy Jicin (6-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with BK Pardubice and BK Prostejov. BK Pardubice will play next round against strong BC Kolin trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Novy Jicin will try to continue on it's current victory against second ranked BK Prostejov.
Very significant was USK Praha's (#9) 19-point road victory against Plzen 85-66. The winners were lead by Lukas Kotas who had that evening 24 points and 7 rebounds and Martin Klimes who supported him with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Even 19 points by Pavel Novak did not help to save the game for Plzen. That victory allowed USK Praha (2-5) to claimb to eighth place. Another loss means that Plzen is still at the bottom of the standings as they recorded their seventh loss. USK Praha's next round game will be against higher ranked B&W Opava (#7) where they do not belong to the favorites. Plzen will play against Basketbol Brno (#10) hoping to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 8: Basketbol Brno lost to BK Decin on the opponent's court 43-58. B&W Opava unfortunately lost to BK Prostejov in a home game 74-83. Svitavy recorded a loss to NH Ostrava on the road 64-77.


BK Decin - Basketbol Brno 58-43

Everything went according to plan when 10th ranked Basketbol Brno (1-7) was defeated by fourth ranked BK Decin (6-2) 58-43. Worth to mention a great performance of Pavel Houska who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 15 rebounds and Wiliam Hatcher who added 15 points. The best for the losing side was Peter Sedmak with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the victory BK Decin (6-2) stays at fourth position. Basketbol Brno (1-7) on the other side went down to tenth place as they recorded their seventh loss. BK Decin are looking forward to the next round to face Svitavy (#9) where they are favorite. Basketbol Brno will play against Plzen hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
BK Decin: P.Houska 18+15reb+1ast, W.Hatcher 15+4reb+3ast, L.Sanders 14+2reb+3ast, A.Alic 6+2reb+1ast, D.Dousa 2+1reb, R.Landa 2+4reb+1ast,
Basketbol Brno: P.Sedmak 16+5reb+2ast, E.Holloway 6+2reb+1ast, B.Meno 6+11reb+2ast, S.Castleberry 4+3reb, S.Maio 4+3ast, D.Gajdosik 3+5reb+5ast,


B&W Opava - BK Prostejov 74-83

Everything went according to plan when 7th ranked B&W Opava (3-4) lost to second ranked BK Prostejov (6-1) 83-74. Worth to mention a great performance of Benas Veikalas who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and Andrius Slezas who added 17 points. The best for the losing side was Jakub Sirina with 12 points and 6 assists. That victory allowed BK Prostejov (6-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with BK Pardubice and Novy Jicin. B&W Opava (3-4) on the other side went down to seventh place as they recorded their fourth loss. BK Prostejov are looking forward to the next round to face Novy Jicin (#3). B&W Opava will play against USK Praha (#8) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
BK Prostejov: B.Veikalas 20+5reb+2ast, A.Slezas 17+2reb+3ast, K.Landry 11+6reb, B.Gadri 8+8reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 8+6ast, R.Hyzy 7+4reb+4ast,
BK Breda & Weinstein Opava: M.Carnecky 14+1reb+3ast, J.Blazek 14+3reb, J.Sirina 12+1reb+6ast, J.Kratochvil 9+5reb+2ast, B.Brlit 8+4reb+2ast, M.Miklosik 6+2reb+1ast,


Novy Jicin - BK Pardubice 76-52

The most shocking disappointment of round 8 was first loss of undefeated (so far) BK Pardubice. They were badly beaten at home by third ranked Novy Jicin who outscored them by 24 points 52-76. Worth to mention a great performance of Corey Muirhead who helped to win the game recording 12 points and 4 assists and Dusan Pandula who added 14 points. The best for the losing side was Tomas Toth with 14 points and 4 assists. That victory allowed Novy Jicin (6-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with BK Pardubice and BK Prostejov. BK Pardubice will play next round against strong BC Kolin trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Novy Jicin will try to continue on it's current victory against second ranked BK Prostejov.
Top scorers:
Mlekarna Miltra Novy Jicin: O.Soska 14+3reb, D.Pandula 14+3reb+3ast, C.Muirhead 12+4reb+4ast, V.Peciukas 9+3reb, R.Sarovic 8+6reb+2ast, L.Jurecka 6+1reb+1ast,
BK JIP Pardubice: T.Toth 14+3reb+4ast, J.Cernosek 10+3reb+1ast, D.Wright 9+1reb+5ast, Z.Pospisil 7+8reb+1ast, M.Sykora 5, M.Arnold 3+14reb+2ast,


NH Ostrava - Svitavy 77-64

Everything went according to plan when 8th ranked Svitavy (1-6) was defeated by sixth ranked NH Ostrava (5-3) 77-64. Worth to mention a great performance of Dwight Burke who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 13 rebounds and Joshua Gibson-Bascombe who added 14 points. The best for the losing side was Radim Kramny with 16 points and 6 rebounds. That victory allowed NH Ostrava (5-3) to climb to fifth place. Svitavy (1-6) on the other side went down to ninth place as they recorded their sixth loss. NH Ostrava will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Svitavy will play against BK Decin (#4) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
BK Nova Hut Ostrava: D.Burke 18+13reb+1ast, J.Gibson-Bascombe 14+3reb+3ast, J.Stehlik 10+3reb, A.Ciz 7+1reb+2ast, C.Trybanski 6+8reb, A.Mason 6+2reb+3ast,
Basketbal Svitavy: R.Kramny 16+6reb, L.Horak 12+5reb, T.Teply 8+4reb, J.Spacek 8+6reb, B.Egwuatu 5+4reb+1ast, L.Sindelar 4+3reb,


Plzen - USK Praha 66-85

Very significant was USK Praha's (#9) 19-point road victory against Plzen 85-66. The winners were lead by Lukas Kotas who had that evening 24 points and 7 rebounds and Martin Klimes who supported him with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Even 19 points by Pavel Novak did not help to save the game for Plzen. That victory allowed USK Praha (2-5) to climb to eighth place. Another loss means that Plzen is still at the bottom of the standings as they recorded their seventh loss. USK Praha's next round game will be against higher ranked B&W Opava (#7) where they do not belong to the favorites. Plzen will play against Basketbol Brno (#10) hoping to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: L.Kotas 24+7reb+2ast, V.Hruban 11+1reb, M.Klimes 10+11reb+2ast, B.M. 10+2reb+3ast, M.Kriz 10+3reb, M.Vocetka 6+2reb+1ast,
Lokomotiva Plzen: P.Novak 19+3reb+2ast, V.Honomichl 16+3reb+3ast, J.Kovanda 10+5reb, J.Mandik 6+2reb, P.Frana 6+10reb+1ast, M.Soukup 5+5reb+5ast,




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Terry SMITH
  BC Kolin
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Smith, BC Kolin19.0 
 2. Veikalas, BK Prost.16.4 
 3. Hatcher, BK Decin16.0 
 4. Muirhead, Novy Jicin15.9 
 5. Landry, BK Prost.15.7 
 6. Hanke, USK Praha15.2 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy15.1 
 8. Novak, Plzen15.0 
 9. Teply, Svitavy15.0 
 10. Kotas, USK Praha15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.1 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.6 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 4. Landry, BK Prost.8.6 
 5. Klimes, USK Praha8.0 
 6. Burke, NH Ostrava8.0 
 7. Kramny, Svitavy7.9 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov7.3 
 9. Blazek, B&W Opava7.1 
 10. Pospisil, BK Pardu.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Eugene LAWRENCE
  BK Prostejov
  (184-G-86)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Lawrence, BK Prost.5.1 
 2. Carnecky, B&W O.4.5 
 3. Sanders, BK Decin4.1 
 4. Channels, Novy Jicin3.9 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin3.9 
 6. Jones, BC Kolin3.7 
 7. Macela, Svitavy3.7 
 8. Kotas, USK Praha3.6 
 9. Toth, BK Pardubice3.4 
 10. Sirina, B&W Opava3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Derek WRIGHT
  BK Pardubice
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Wright, BK Pardu.3.3 
 2. Kotas, USK Praha2.3 
 3. Hampton, BK Pardu.2.2 
 4. Gibson-B., NH Os.2.0 
 5. Hatcher, BK Decin1.9 
 6. Sirina, B&W Opava1.9 
 7. Ubilla, Novy Jicin1.8 
 8. Lawrence, BK Prost.1.7 
 9. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
 10. Novak, Plzen1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  NH Ostrava
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Trybanski, NH Os.1.8 
 2. Houska, BK Decin1.5 
 3. Pelikan, Novy Jicin1.3 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy1.1 
 5. Egwuatu, Svitavy1.0 
 6. Brlit, B&W Opava0.9 
 7. Hanke, USK Praha0.8 
 8. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 9. Landry, BK Prost.0.7 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.7 


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  ESTONIA   


Matthew Hall, two news in one - by Matthew Hall
Lithuania Trip
October 2010

We traveled for six hours on a bus, from BC Rakvere Tarvas, Estonia, through Latvia, until we made our final stop in Lithuania. Each time I looked out of the bus window, I saw great sceneries; tall trees scattered together for miles, different animals, mostly horse and cows moving around enormous farmlands. The small towns in Lithuania remind me of Estonia, just a nice peaceful countryside with a lot of friendly people. Its awesome to take a look around during the pre-game routine, and embrace this opportunity to the greatest game in a different part of the world. I never envisioned myself listening to the Lithuanian national anthem just prior to tip-off; it is definitely a nice surprise.

Once we got to the gym, to face Juventus, we walked out to the court and saw about a hundred of our own fans that made the long journey as well, couldnt thank them enough for the support. The court was nice, I was a little worried when I saw the glass shield attached to our bench, it gave a nice impression about how rowdy their fans get. The team was physically strong, they defended us, ran their offense, and helped each other very well, unfortunately, and they beat us because their team unity was far greater. Our team is still developing, a lot of us are playing together for the first time, and the season is young, the proper adjustments will be made, and the improvements will happen. Our second contest was also a defeat, so we are now 0-2 in the Baltic League, and 2-1 in the Estonian League. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) had the best effort on our team, scoring eighteen in our game yesterday, and twenty-four points in our game earlier today. He is not afraid to shoot the ball, and its impossible to get discouraged with some of his shot selections, because he is a true competitor, I know he wants to win as bad as anyone on the floor, and I admire that toughness. Our team defense needs improvement and were making strides in the right direction, its important for us to stay vocal at all times on the defensive end, because the European style of play is all about motion offence, cutting and screening constantly. The euro-game is a major adjustment from the Premiere Basketball League, which is the minor league team I played for last year in Vermont Frost Heaves The PBL very much mirrors the style of the NBA, one on one offense, exposing the mismatches. In the NBA, and in the PBL, the help side defense is limited, because of the illegal defense installment, but in Europe, no such rule exists, thus, if you beat your man there will be help waiting, forcing the team to move the ball around. The game feels very similar to college basketball, there is little room for selfish play, and each player on the floor must utilize all available resources on the court, and not rely on individual skills alone.

Entry 2
November 3
After a string of losses, we have finally made some strides in the right direction, and are now currently on a two game win streak. I have not been able to compete in the past two weeks because I sprained my left ankle, and though its been difficult to sit out its great to see our team have some success. Yesterday we beat Valga; Kristo Saage, Brett McGee (198-G/F-84, college: Mt.Mercy), and Joseph Pokla all played very well for us. Tonight will be our fourth game in the Baltic League, where we are 1-2, and on Friday we play a home game against Kalev/Cramo, one of the top teams in the Estonian League. I am hoping to be back and fully healthy by next week. Id like to give a shout out to my father back home it is his Birthday this Friday, November 5th. Happy Birthday Pop!

Matthew Hall (191-G-86, college: Stonehill) is an American Pro Player, who plays currently in BC Rakvere Tarvas, in Estonian EMKL


Big Game Tomorrow - by Matthew Hall
Another victory for us last night marks our third straight, our team focus and overall togetherness has been the key to our success. Tomorrow we will face BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn, and it should be an exciting contest, we are ready for the challenge. I finally got back on the court today, and after two long weeks on the sideline it felt great to be back. Martin Dorbek (192-G-91), our point guard, noticed how happy I was to be back, and he told me right away, 'You are glowing with energy.' I think he was trying to say calm down in the nicest way possible, but I felt like I was out for an eternity, and he was right I couldn't really find my composure.

After tomorrow's game we will not play again until Wednesday of next week. Sometime next week Brett McGee (198-G/F-84, college: Mt.Mercy), Renato Lindmets (198-F-84, college: Westfield St.), and myself will be moving to Vinni, a town five minutes from Rakvere, and we are looking forward to the new place. We enjoyed living in our current apartment, but Vinni should be more accommodating, because they have a basketball court, swimming pool, and weight room. Hopefully the food there will be as good as what we've had in Rakvere. The food in general in Estonia is much different then back home, and I like it very much. Every morning at team meal we eat puder with eggs. Puder is like porridge, it has a grainy texture with a natural flavor of piim or milk and cream, and we mix that with jelly, the jelly adds a lot to the taste. For sides we always have ham, various cheeses, all to eat with bread, which along with the milk they give us is a solid recipe for strength. For lunch we always start with soup, my favorite is called bor, it has sour kraut and meats, the best part is the sour cream mix, and it is very good. Salad in Estonia is a little different then the U.S; at least from what I've seen from the few places I've eaten here. They dont mix all the vegetables with lettuce and slice everything up; on the contrary, they typically cut large pieces of different vegetables and place them on the main course plate, with no lettuce involved. Renato and myself grew up together back home in Springfield Massachusetts, and his grandfather always made us salad this way. Everything he made was designed to make you 'very strong' as Renato always said. The less preservatives in the foods here is the basic reason for it being that much healthier, and on a larger scale it might be the reason, according to Coach Sober, why Estonian women and Russian women are some of the best looking in the world. I can't disagree with him either.



Erm's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old swingman Heigo Erm (190-G/F-80) 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 7.
He had a double-double of 23 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed TTU/Kalev II (#4, 4-4) with 29-point margin 94-65. Despite this victory Rapla dropped to the 6th position in Estonian league. Rapla is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-5 record. In the team's last game Erm had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Rapla's top player in his first season with the team. Erm has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 2.6spg,61.4% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Joosep Pokla (195-F-86) of BC Rakvere Tarvas. He is a forward in his first season at Rakvere. In the last game Pokla recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Of course Rakvere cruised to a 81-72 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Valga/CKE (#8, 2-5). Rakvere's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 3-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Pokla is a newcomer at Rakvere and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga/CKE Inkasso (#8). Vares scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Vares' great performance Valga/CKE lost 72-81 to the higher-ranked Rakvere (#5, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Valga/CKE can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vares he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Vares has individually a great season in Estonia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.3ppg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kristo Saage (184-G-85) of Rakvere - 25 points and 5 rebounds
5. Indrek Kajupank (197-F-88) of Rapla - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Andrew Arnold (208-C-86) of TTU/Kalev II - 8 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) of TU/Rock - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) of TU/Rock - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) of TU/Rock - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK - 16 points and 8 rebounds


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Interview with Goran Jagodnik, MVP for October - by Eurobasket News
Two weeks after he wore the home jersey of a Slovenian club team in a Turkish Airlines Euroleague game for the first time in 11 years, veteran forward Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) was named the Sportingbet MVP for October thanks to his role in leading Union Olimpija to a 2-0 start in Group D. Jagodnik was averaging 20 points after two games, but most important was his late-game heroics as Olimpija first defeated Efes Pilsen in double-overtime at home and then came back to stop Armani Jeans Milano on the road. Jagodnik's homecoming coincided with the first game that Olimpija played at the new Stozice Arena in Ljubljana, where 9,000 fans saw their team's unforgettable win against Efes - just the third double-OT game all decade in the Euroleague. Now, for a first-place showdown against Group D adversary Panathinaikos on Thursday night, Olimpija is expecting a record crowd of 13,000, the most ever to watch a club basketball game in Slovenia. 'They will be our sixth player, I am sure,' Jagodnik told Euroleague.net. 'We must play like we did in the first two games, without overestimating Panathinaikos. We will try to surprise them, too.'

First of all, Goran, congratulations on a great start and on winning the Sportingbet October MVP award. Did you imagine the Euroleague season starting this way?

'Thank you. Not really, because we didn't know which players would be available before Game 1 due to our registration problems. We managed to fix the problem right in time to play against Efes - but that was our first game together. Nobody expected us to win the first two games but this is what we did! We didn't play really well but managed to fight and give our best on court. Both were really close games but we managed to get both wins.' A lot of people are surprised to see Olimpija 2-0. What has been the key to getting two quality wins so far? 'We played like a team and with a lot of heart. We really gave our best out there on the court. We don't know each other so well because we didn't play that much time together. We play with big motivation and faith and really wanted to win both games - and so we did.'

On Thursday, the most fans ever to watch a club basketball game in Slovenia will be with you to face Panathinaikos. What are your thoughts on that game and that opponent?

'I think that Panathinaikos and CSKA are the best teams in our group. It doesn't matter that CSKA has a 0-2 start; you just need to see their roster to find out they are a great team. We play at home against Panathinaikos and around 13,000 people are expected to attend the game. They will be our sixth player, I am sure. We must play like we did in the first two games, without overestimating Panathinaikos. We will try to surprise them, too.'

Goran, what was it like to be down on the floor rallying in double-OT to win the home opener against Efes in front of all those great fans in Ljubljana?

'It was a great feeling, of course. Efes came here to win the game no matter what. We didn't know which exact team we would have in this game because of our registration problems. But we played our first game with a complete roster and did so in front of 9,000 people. Everything went well, we managed to win the game and it gives us a lot of motivation for the upcoming games, starting with the next one against Armani Jeans Milano.'

You're birth date says you're 36, but you were bouncing around out there like a 25-year-old in that game. Are you really 36?

'I am 36, yes, but I practice every day, don't smoke and don't go out much. I take good care about my body and I guess that is the key. I don't do anything special: maybe it's my Slovenian genes! I could be a genetic issue, yes.'

You've been in a lot of countries for a lot of big games: How did that victory rank on your personal scale of great moments?

'It was special. I played a lot of big games, but being 36, it is great to see that I can play well at the highest European level. It was special because it was at home. I played outside of Slovenia for the last 11 years, so I think a lot of people here kind of forgot the way I play. I am glad that I can still prove I can play at the biggest level - and that I have the chance to prove it here in Ljubljana.'

It must have been special for your family and friends to see you play, too, after 11 years abroad.

'Oh yes, my parents came to see the game, and a lot of friends, too. They didn't have the chance to see me before because I played outside Slovenia. They only had the chance to see me when I played for the national team, but that was only two or three games every year. Now, they'll come to every game to support me and Olimpija. They will help us to win as many games as we can.'

What does it mean for you to represent Union Olimpija in the Euroleague and to play for Jure Zdovc, a Slovenian basketball hero?

'This is the first time that I play for Olimpija. I never had the chance to do it in the past. Olimpija is growing into a much better situation and the team is doing better and better. This is a great chance for all of us to prove that Olimpija is still a big team in European basketball. Our coach, like you said, is a legend not only in Slovenia, but in the former Yugoslavia and in Europe. It is nice when you have a legend coaching the team. Everybody looks at your team in a different way, takes you more seriously. This is a big plus for us, no question about it.'

Olimpija has the reputation of a giant-killer, beating the biggest teams when they visit in Ljubljana. Is that phenomenon talked about among the players or something you absorb in the locker room, on the court?

'First of all, it is very nice to play in Ljubljana. It is a great city and it is home to me. I want to prove they made a mistake by not signing me before! (Just a little joke.) Fans here know basketball and that makes it more difficult for the opponents. When we play good basketball, a lot of people come. The club is expecting 12,000 fans for our next home game against Panathinaikos. Olimpija also beat CSKA and Olympiacos in the last two years, but didn't make it to the Top 16. We hope that this win against Efes is a first step to reach the Top 16 after so many years.'

How did the team overcome so many distractions before the opening game, when it wasn't clear how many of the players would be registered on time?

'I told everyone before the game that no matter who played, everyone should put everything they had on the court and play with heart if we wanted to beat Efes. Like I said before, this was our first game together and I am sure we will get better and better. We won this game because everybody wanted to play and give their best. It was the key to that win. It was difficult, because two days before the game, we didn't know who would play or not. We won in the end and are now in a good situation.'

As the oldest guy on this team, did you come in and assume a leadership role right away?

'We have a lot of good player in this team. Some players can step up in difficult moments one day and different ones can do it in the next game. Personally, I am used to taking critical shots. It is not the first time that I scored very important points late in a key game. Team is all that matters in the end. We have very good players but still need a little time to play more as a team. No matter who steps us late in the game, it is the team that wins games, not individuals.'

After all your travels - Turkey, Russia, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic and Serbia - how can you explain Slovenian fans to someone who doesn't know how much basketball means in your country?

'Basketball is very important for Slovenian fans. You can see it in every national team game. No matter where we play, there are always a lot of fans - Eurobasket, World Championships, everywhere. Slovenia also needs a good basketball club and Olimpija is the team for that. If Olimpija does a good job, other teams will try to follow that and be competitive. Despite our small population, Slovenian basketball is quite important in Europe.'

Would you say you come back to Slovenia at just the right time?

'Yes, we can say it like this. That, or Olimpija called me at the right time! But yes, honestly, I think I came back to Slovenia at the right time.'

What does it feel like playing in the Euroleague?

'I played the Euroleague with Prokom five years ago and it is nice to be back. It is a big competition, all teams and players are good. It is great to be back - and be a member of a team that is winning!'

Courtesy of Euroleague


Press conference of Bucchi and Perasovic - by Filippo Passerini
At the end of the match in Istanbul, these impressions of coach Pier Luigi Bucchi . 'We played a race marked by several ups and downs.

The Efes was very accurate three-point shooting, but we have had the strength to bring us even less than two. At that point, our physical strength is a bit 'and dropped them there have systematically punished. I'm happy for the reaction that we had at the time of maximum difficulty, then sin which led to the decline of all'Efes take back the lead by more than 10 points. Now we are waiting for the trip to Valencia, where we try to make a great game to regain the feeling with the victory in the Euroleague.

Satisfied with the proof is coach Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ): 'We knew it would not be easy to meet a team like Armani. My team has always maintained a large concentration, even and especially when Milan has remounted. Obviously, the high percentage shot helped us, but overall I cant be unhappy for this important success. '




Olimpia Milano, Oleksiy Pecherov out six weeks - by Filippo Passerini
Big problem for Armani Jeans Milano before the important match for the Euroleague regular season in Istanbul against Efes Pilsen.One of the best man of the team of Piero Bucchi, Oleksiy Pecherov (212-C-85), injuried himself in the second matches of the italian league against Benetton Treviso and after had missed the match against Lubiana he will miss also the match with Efes.The Ucranian forward, who has played 3 season in NBA with washington and minnesota, is the most important plyer for the attack of his team,in fact he scored 23 points in the match in Moscow against CSKA won by Olimpia.For the forward the doctors diagnosed a calf muscle injury.



Round 3: Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Khimky - Caja Laboral 64-60
Khimky crushed Caja Laboral handing them the first Euroleague loss this season. It means that both teams have 2-1 record now in Group A, same as Zalgiris Kaunas. Khimky grabbed this one mostly owing to Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas), who scored 19 points. He reached valuation 25 and was the MVP of this meeting. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) (7 rebs) and Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) helped the hosts with 14 and 13 points respectively. For the Spanish champion, Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) delivered 18 points. Stanko Barac (217-C-86), who got a 3-year contract extension yesterday, had 12 points and 12 boards. Caja Laboral had a great start as they made quick 1-11 lead. However, Keith Langford and his teammates immediately woke up and closed the gap to 11-17 for rest of the first quarter. They were better than Caja Laboral in Q2 and few times were coming to minus two. A fastbreak layup by Keith Langford finally tied the game late, but Laboral still were able to reach the break with a 29-31 advantage as Brad Oleson scored the final basket to close the first half. Khimky grabbed their first lead in this game at the beginning of the second half, but visitors took it back very soon. Thanks to excellent 10-0 in the finish of Q3, Khimky went to last period with 53-47. They reached 60-51 with less than four minutes left and Caja Laboral was in trouble. They were not able to respond and faced with the first Euroleague loss of the season. In the next round, Khimky will play another home game, but their rival will be Maccabi Electra. Caja Laboral will meet Zalgiris in Vitoria.

Zalgiris - Asseco Prokom 74-68 OT
Zalgiris needed an overtime to beat Asseco Prokom improving to 2-1 record in Group A. On the other side, the Polish powerhouse dropped to 0-3 and remains the only winless team in this pool. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) top-scored in Zalgiris with 18 points and he pulled down 6 rebounds beside that. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) and Mirza Begic (216-C-85) helped with 16 and 11 points respectively. In Prokom, Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) delivered 14 points and Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) added two less than him. Everything started good for the hosts, who made quick 6-1 and few minutes later reached their first double-digit lead. After 10 minutes of play, the Lithuanians were already 27-14 up. Visitors faced with big trouble at the halfway of Q2, when Zalgiris jumped to 35-18. However, for rest of the time in the first half Prokom somehow managed to cut the margin to 41-30. Visitors exploded after the breather and they quickly came within five points. Jan Jagla and his teammates didn't stop and they managed to make a 46-47 turn before the last ten minutes. Thanks to 11-0 run during the last period, Zalgiris grabbed the lead again and they entered to last four minutes with 57-51. Prokom then responded with 1-10 run for 58-61. After a timeout, Tomas Delininkaitis came off a curl and swished a triple from the top of the key to tie the game with 27.3 seconds left. Daniel Ewing missed a jumper and Kalnietis's wild prayer at the buzzer bounced out, sending the game to an extra five minutes. Zalgiris started it with 6-3 and later moved up to 72-66 lead, after a slam by Mirza Begic. There was 53 seconds left and no chance for Prokom to grab the first win. In the next round, Zalgiris goes to Vitoria to meet Caja Laboral. Prokom will host Partizan Belgrade.

Group B
Brose Baskets - Charleroi 79-69
Brose Baskets registered second straight victory in Euroleague. After impressive win against the Greek Olympiakos in Round Two, the German champion was too strong for Charleroi jumping to 2-1 in Group B. At the same time, the Belgians dropped to 0-3. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) scored 16 points for the hosts, while Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points and 6 boards. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 13 pts and 5 rebs, and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) added 12 points and 8 rebs (MVP, valuation 21). In Charleroi, Andre Riddick (205-C-73, college: Kentucky) had 13 points (5 rebs) and Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) stopped to 12 pts (6 rebs). Visitors shined at the beginning as they grabbed quick 6-14 lead. Joseph Gomis scored 6 pts in this run. However, Brose Baskets players woke up after that and closed the gap to 13-16 until the end of Q1. Andre Riddick shined at the beginning of the next period and together with Demond Mallet paceed Charleroi to plus 9. Bamberg immediately replied with 8-0 run and later thanks to Predrag Predrag Suput reached 36-33 lead. Charleroi answered in the finish and teams went to the break with 38-38 tie. Third period was totally leveled with each team scoring 20 pts for 58-58. The hosts grabbed plus 5 at the beginning of the last quarter and they managed to keep it for the next three minutes. They shined in the finish of this game and Reyshawn Terry closed it with a free throw for nice 79-69 win and 2-1 record in Group B. In the next round, Brose Baskets goes to Madrid. Charleroi will meet Olympiakos on the road.

Olympiakos - Unicaja 93-66
Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Olympiakos demonstrated wonderful performance to beat their rivals with huge 93-66. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Kostas Papanikolaou (202-F/G-90) stepped up for the Reds with 17 points each, while they also pulled down 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 16 points and 7 assists. On the other side, Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 14 points and 9 boards, while Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) also scored 14. Olympiakos destroyed Unicaja already in the first quarter. The team of Dusan Ivkovic started with 12-2 and later reached 16-5 lead. For rest of the time in Q1, the Reds managed to take 27-11 advantage and it was a clear sign that Unicaja will not have a chance in this meeting. Olympiakos jumped to plus 20 early in the second quarter and after 20 minutes of play they were 47-25 up. Unicaja managed to improve after the breather and they somehow closed the gap to 52-43. That was a small treat as Ioannis Bourousis rescued Olympiacos with a jump hook and it was just the beginning of excellent 16-0 run made by the home team, 68-45 Q3. Last quarter was just the formality and Olympiakos had no troubles to register more than comfortable victory. In the next round, Olympiakos will meet Charleroi also at home. Unicaja waits Lottomatica Roma.

Group C
Montepaschi - Cibona 80-57
Montepaschi had an easy job against Cibona to keep the perfect score after three games in Group C. On the other side, the Croatian champion still looks for the first win (0-3). Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) was the leading scorer in Montepaschi with 16 points. Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) had 14, while David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.), Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) (6 rebs) added 12 points each. In Cibona, Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) shined with 17 points and 7 boards. Mario Delas (208-F/C-90) stopped to 13 pts and 6 rebs. Montepaschi demonstrated its power from the very beginning. The Italian champion started with 9-0 run and later finished the first ten minutes with 21-13. Cibona managed to recover in the second quarter and they started to play better. It resulted with 29-24 at the halfway of Q2, but Montepaschi immediately replied and jumped to 38-28. Goran Vrbanc answered fast with his own three and Leon Radosevic followed suite for another close 38-33. Few moments later, the first half ended with 40-35 for Montepaschi. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game as Montepaschi outplayed their rival with 17-9. It was 57-44 with one period to go. Cibona was not able to respond and they faced with 80-57 at the end. In the next round, Montepaschi will meet Fenerbahce Ulker on the road. Cibona waits Cholet.

Group D
Efes Pilsen - Armani MI 82-74
Efes Pilsen celebrated 82-74 home win against Armani Jeans Milano mostly owing to Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78), who scored 17 points. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) and Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) secured a good help adding 15 and 13 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 19 points. David Hawkins (193-G-82, college: Temple) collected 18 points, 6 boards and 6 assists. Efes Pilsen has 2-1 record now in Group D, while AJ Milano dropped to 1-2. Efes Pilsen did a great job in the first ten minutes. Igor Rakocevic and his teammates started with 9-4 and later they closed the first quarter with 11-0 run for 22-10 lead. At the halfway of the second frame, Efes Pilsen was already 35-22 up. AJ Milano finally improved and they closed the gap to 43-33 until the end of the first half. Finley and Hawkins came out of the break on fire, combining for 4 baskets that were only interrupted by a three-pointer from Thornton as Milano quickly pulled back into the game at 46-43, forcing an Efes timeout. The hosts took control on Milano again and they jumped to 69-55 until the end of Q3. Visitors had no chance in the last ten minutes and Efes Pilsen celebrated valuable win. In the next round, Efes Pilsen will meet Panathinaikos in Athens. AJ Milano goes to Valencia.

Valencia - CSKA 82-57
Both teams failed in the first two rounds. The Spanish team managed to register first Euroleague win of the season as they outplayed CSKA Moscow 82-57. Visitors have big troubles with injuries this season and they dropped to 0-3 in Group D. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds in Valencia. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) scored 14, Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) had 11 and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 10 points. In the loosing squad, Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) collected 16 points and 5 rebs. Andrey Vorontsevich had 11 pts and 9 boards. Valencia took control on CSKA Moscow from the very beginning. Dusko Savanovic opened the game with a low post basket, after what Robertas Javtokas and Martinez paced the hosts to 6-0 lead. They reached 15-5 and later closed the first quarter with 30-18. Visitors were not able to reply and to avoid 42-29 deficit at the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as there was only one team playing on the court and it was Valencia. The home squad jumped to 53-29 at the halfway of Q3 and question about the winner was already resolved. Third quarter ended with 65-39 and Valencia reached plus 29 in the finish of this game. In the next round, Valencia will host AJ Milano. CSKA Moscow waits Union Olimpija.


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


Victor Claver, the new star? - by Filippo Passerini
Twenty second pick in the 2009 nba draft by Portland Trail Blazers Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) is indoubtedly one of the best european talent not in NBA, with Tibor Pleiss, Ian Vasely, Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas.The spanish forward was born in 1988 in Valencia and started play in the Pamesa cadet club when he had been sixteen.In the 2006-2007 season has been introduced in the first team of Valencia in the spanish league,ACB.The season of his consecration has been the 2008-2009 season,where he has played 18 games in ACB in the starting five with the average of 7.6 points and 4.5 rebound as a small forward.The netx season he scored 8.6 points in Eurocup and 8.2 points in ACB, where he began the best young player.In the 2010 summer he has played for the Spanish team in the world championship in Turkey with the averange of 2,4 points.
Now he is scoring 10,7 points and 4,7 rebound in Eurolague and 9 points in ACB.
The best qualities of this guys are the ability to play SF and PF with a strong body (207 for 107 kilos), great shoting from 3-point line who loves also finish with aggressivity around the basket and the experience maturated in many years in Europe.He can also be a very great defender on all the rules because he is a ductile player, feature for which he had been drafted by Portland, who want to make him the new Fernandez.Now he is very similar to Jonas Jerebko, but he has more shoot.



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. Rakocevic, Efes P.20.0 
 4. Lampe, Unics19.5 
 5. Langford, Khimky16.9 
 6. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 7. Hines, Brose B.16.7 
 8. Jagodnik, U.Olimpija16.3 
 9. Allen, ALBA15.8 
 10. Bogdanovic, Cibona15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randal FALKER
  Cholet
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Falker, Cholet10.0 
 2. Tomic, Real Madrid9.0 
 3. Barac, Caja Laboral8.7 
 4. Bajramovic, Lietuv.7.7 
 5. Teletovic, Caja L.7.3 
 6. Giddens, Asseco P.7.3 
 7. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 8. San Emeterio, Caja L.7.0 
 9. Zizic, AS.7.0 
 10. Lampe, Unics6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.6.3 
 2. Teodosic, Olympiakos6.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.7 
 4. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 5. Finley, Armani MI5.3 
 6. Stipcevic, Cibona5.3 
 7. Huertas, Caja L.5.3 
 8. Eidson, Maccabi .5.3 
 9. Hammonds, AS.4.8 
 10. Cook, Valencia4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Doron PERKINS
  Maccabi T-A
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Perkins, Maccabi .3.7 
 2. Eidson, Maccabi .3.0 
 3. McCalebb, Montepas.2.7 
 4. Ilievski, U.Olimpija2.3 
 5. Tunceri, Efes Pilsen2.3 
 6. Stonerook, Montepas.2.3 
 7. Diamantidis, Panath.2.3 
 8. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 9. Freire, Unicaja2.0 
 10. Moss, Montepaschi2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.7 
 2. Barac, Caja Laboral2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 4. Falker, Cholet1.7 
 5. Lishchuk, Valencia1.7 
 6. Eze, Khimky1.4 
 7. Batiste, Panathin.1.3 
 8. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 9. Fischer, Real Madrid1.3 
 10. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.3 


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  FINLAND   


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Tracy ROBINSON
  Jyvaskyla
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 25
 1. Robinson, Jyvaskyla25.0 
 2. Nelson, Lapua23.4 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo22.8 
 4. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 5. Manning, Huima21.4 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia20.3 
 7. Hall, SayRi19.8 
 8. Still, Lapua18.8 
 9. Banks, SayRi18.5 
 10. Towa, Kerava ET18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damion DANTZLER
  LoKoKo
  (203-F-76)
  Avg: 15
 1. Dantzler, LoKoKo15.0 
 2. Towa, Kerava ET15.0 
 3. Bojang, BC Nokia15.0 
 4. Hall, SayRi13.3 
 5. Wilson, Huima12.3 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.2 
 7. Tejha Mua, Kerava E.10.8 
 8. Still, Lapua10.4 
 9. Graham, TomPo II10.0 
 10. Banks, SayRi10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Horton, LoKoKo7.0 
 2. Ramey, Ura Basket4.2 
 3. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.2 
 4. Manning, Huima4.2 
 5. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.6 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET3.0 
 7. Pehkonen, TomPo II2.8 
 8. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.8 
 9. Valentine, Lapua2.6 
 10. Vertio, Honka2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Valentine, Lapua3.0 
 2. Hall, SayRi2.8 
 3. Towa, Kerava ET2.6 
 4. Horton, LoKoKo2.5 
 5. Kajander, Huima2.5 
 6. Ramey, Ura Basket2.4 
 7. Bojang, BC Nokia2.3 
 8. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.2 
 9. Korhonen, Kerava ET2.2 
 10. Sirola, Honka2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Malinen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 3. Koskinen, BC Nokia0.8 
 4. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 5. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 6. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 
 7. Valentine, Lapua0.8 
 8. Chepurnoy, TomPo I.0.8 
 9. Mantymaa, Huima0.8 
 10. Siven, Lapua0.8 


Finnish Korisliiga round 11 best performance: Sefton Barrett - by Eurobasket News
Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-F-83, agency: Limelight Hoops) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked KTP Basket Kotka, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Honka (#5, 6-5) with 21-point margin 112-91. It allowed KTP to consolidate first place in the Finnish Korisliiga. KTP has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game Barrett had a remarkable 83.3% from 2-point range. He turned to be KTP's top player in his first season with the team. Former Central Michigan University star has very solid stats this year. Barrett is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.8ppg) and averages impressive 52.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of Porvoon Tarmo. Heard had a very good evening with 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Tarmo lost that game 82-109 to the higher-ranked Karhu (#2, 7-4). Tarmo are still at the very bottom. 11 lost games is too many considering they did not win any game. Heard is a newcomer at Tarmo, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.5ppg (#1). He also registered 6.8 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side) of Namika Lahti (#8). Mathis scored 19 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Mathis' great performance Namika Lahti lost 62-98 to the higher-ranked Pyrinto (#4, 7-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Namika Lahti needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Mathis has a great season in Finland. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.9rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jerrah Young (201-F-85) of Tarmo - 26 points and 9 rebounds
5. Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) of Kataja - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Corey Belser (200-F-82) of Honka - 17 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85) of Karhu - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jerald Fields (201-F-82) of KTP - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
9. Lawrence Wright (195-F-84) of Korihait - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka - 24 points and 7 rebounds


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Superleague Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Superleague just started. GTU Tbilisi were crushed in Tbilisi by TSU with 23-point margin 99-76. Worth to mention a great performance of Richard Matiashvili who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Mikheil Panchulidze contributed with 21 points for the winners. Akaki Lomouri answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for GTU Tbilisi. GTU Tbilisi will play next round against strong Energy Rustavi trying to get back on winning track. TSU Tbilisi will try to continue on it's current victory against fourth ranked Sokhumi. It will be extra interesting game as Sokhumi is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Another exciting game was between Dinamo Tbilisi (1-0) which hosted on the court of Batumi (0-1). Dinamo Tbilisi eked out just a narrow 1-point home win over Batumi 64-63 avoiding big upset. Irakli Alkhanaidze stepped up with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Lasha Edzgveradze helped with 14 points. Lasha Keshelava responded with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA Tbilisi.
An interesting game was also a derby match of two local teams Sokhumi (#3) and GSAU Tbilisi (#9). GSAU Tbilisi was defeated at home 75-85. Lasha Parghalava nailed 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Giorgi Tetelashvili come up with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for GSAU Tbilisi in defeat. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU Tbilisi.
We should definitely mention a derby match of two local teams MIA Tbilisi (#2) and Samedicino (#11). Samedicino was defeated at home 71-84. Giorgi Markoishvili fired 19 points and 4 assists. MIA Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.

In the last game of round 1 Energy Rustavi beat Kutaisi on the road 77-72.
The most impressive performance of 1st round was 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by Levan Tsekvava of Energy Invest Rustavi


GTU Tbilisi - TSU Tbilisi 76-99

GTU Tbilisi were crushed in Tbilisi by TSU with 23-point margin 99-76. Worth to mention a great performance of Richard Matiashvili who helped to win the game recording 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Mikheil Panchulidze contributed with 21 points for the winners. Akaki Lomouri answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for GTU Tbilisi. GTU Tbilisi will play next round against strong Energy Rustavi trying to get back on winning track. TSU Tbilisi will try to continue on it's current victory against fourth ranked Sokhumi. It will be extra interesting game as Sokhumi is their local rival from Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
TSU Tbilisi: M.Panchulidze 21+4reb+1ast, R.Matiashvili 19+13reb+4ast, I.Londaridze 17+7reb, D.Khizanishvili 10+4reb, G.Kvelashvili 10+9reb, S.Kokhreidze 8+9reb+5ast,
Georgian Tachnical University: A.Lomouri 19+8reb+1ast, Z.Antadze 13+9reb+4ast, B.Chikviladze 12+4reb+3ast, V.Beruashvili 8+6reb+4ast, I.Kobidze 7+8reb, G.Jangveladze 6+4reb,


Sokhumi - GSAU Tbilisi 85-75

An interesting game was also a derby match of two local teams Sokhumi (#3) and GSAU Tbilisi (#9). GSAU Tbilisi was defeated at home 75-85. Lasha Parghalava nailed 23 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. Giorgi Tetelashvili come up with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for GSAU Tbilisi in defeat. Sokhumi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena TSU Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Sokhumi Tbilisi: L.Parghalava 23+6reb+7ast, I.Sordia 19+5reb+4ast, 10+16reb+2ast, I.Shanidze 9+8reb+1ast, G.Kvetenadze 8+6reb, R.Damus 6+15reb+3ast,
GSAU Tbilisi: R.Chachanidze 15+3reb, G.Khaniashvili 15+3reb+3ast, K.Mumladze 13+4reb, G.Tetelashvili 10+6reb+5ast, G.Nanitashvili 6+1reb+3ast, G.Javakhshvili 6+5reb+1ast,


Kutaisi - Energy Rustavi 72-77

There was no surprise when Energy Rustavi (1-0) beat Kutaisi (0-1) 77-72. Worth to mention a great performance of Levan Tsekvava who helped to win the game recording 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Talba Toudjani contributed with 18 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Giorgi Barbakadze answered with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Kutaisi. Energy Rustavi are looking forward to the next round to face GTU Tbilisi (#9) which should be an easy walk for them. Kutaisi will play against ASK Tbilisi hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Energy Invest Rustavi: L.Tsekvava 23+7reb+5ast, T.Toudjani 18+11reb+1ast, B.Tsivtsivadze 16+6reb+6ast, S.Lamu 13+5reb+2ast, Z.Machavariani 7+2reb+3ast, L.Meburishvili 0,
Kutaisi Kutaisi: G.Barbakadze 24+7reb, B.Kvimsadze 17+4reb+4ast, B.Berishvili 11+1reb+3ast, M.Bolkvadze 10+14reb+2ast, R.Didia 6+7reb+5ast, V.Koguashvili 4+5reb,


Dinamo Tbilisi - Batumi 64-63

Another exciting game was between Dinamo Tbilisi (1-0) which hosted on the court of Batumi (0-1). Dinamo Tbilisi eked out just a narrow 1-point home win over Batumi 64-63 avoiding big upset. Irakli Alkhanaidze stepped up with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners and Lasha Edzgveradze helped with 14 points. Lasha Keshelava responded with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Dinamo Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena MIA Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Tbilisi: I.Alkhanaidze 16+9reb+4ast, L.Edzgveradze 14+3reb+2ast, N.Guldedava 12+4reb+1ast, G.Pataraia 5+4reb, T.Tavamaishvili 5+5reb+1ast, G.Kuchava 4+5reb+1ast,
Basco Batumi: L.Keshelava 18+12reb+2ast, N.Tenieshvili 16+10reb, I.Mikeladze 12+4reb+1ast, I.Maisuradze 8+2reb+2ast, L.Eliadze 5+1reb+2ast, A.Chkhatarashvili 2+1ast,


Samedicino - MIA Tbilisi 71-84

We should definitely mention a derby match of two local teams MIA Tbilisi (#2) and Samedicino (#11). Samedicino was defeated at home 71-84. Giorgi Markoishvili fired 19 points and 4 assists. MIA Tbilisi's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Tbilisi to the arena Dinamo Tbilisi.
Top scorers:
Ministry of Internal Affairs Tbilisi: G.Markoishvili 19+4reb+4ast, B.Lezhava 15+5reb+3ast, I.Berishvili 11+4ast, K.Tomaradze 11+2reb+1ast, D.Imnadze 10+12reb+1ast, D.Berishvili 7+4reb+3ast,
Samedicino-Academia: M.Chochua 21+3reb+2ast, T.Niniashvili 15+12reb, I.Lezhava 14+4reb+5ast, G.Gulisabedashvili 10+5reb, B.Bekauri 9+10reb, I.Keidia 2+4reb,




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


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Giorgi BARBAKADZE
  Kutaisi
  (203-F-91)
  Avg: 24
 1. Barbakadze, Kutaisi24.0 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.23.0 
 3. Tsekvava, Energy R.23.0 
 4. Panchulidze, TSU T.21.0 
 5. Chochua, Samed.21.0 
 6. Markoishvili, MIA T.19.0 
 7. Sordia, Sokhumi19.0 
 8. Lomouri, GTU T.19.0 
 9. Matiashvili, TSU T.19.0 
 10. Keshelava, Batumi18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Damus, Sokhumi15.0 
 2. Bolkvadze, Kutaisi14.0 
 3. Matiashvili, TSU T.13.0 
 4. Imnadze, MIA T.12.0 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi12.0 
 6. Niniashvili, Samed.12.0 
 7. Toudjani, Energy R.11.0 
 8. Bekauri, Samedicino10.0 
 9. Tenieshvili, Batumi10.0 
 10. Kokhreidze, TSU T.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.13.0 
 2. Parghalava, Sokhu.7.0 
 3. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.6.0 
 4. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.6.0 
 5. Kokhreidze, TSU T.5.0 
 6. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.5.0 
 7. Lezhava, Samed.5.0 
 8. Tsekvava, Energy R.5.0 
 9. Didia, Kutaisi5.0 
 10. Sigua, GSAU T.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.7.0 
 2. Kokhreidze, TSU T.6.0 
 3. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.0 
 4. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.0 
 5. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.4.0 
 6. Gulisabedash., Samedi.4.0 
 7. Tenieshvili, Batumi4.0 
 8. Eliadze, Batumi3.0 
 9. Niniashvili, Samed.3.0 
 10. Khaniashvili, GSAU T.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Irakli KOBIDZE
  GTU Tbilisi
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kobidze, GTU T.4.0 
 2. Imnadze, MIA T.3.0 
 3. Londaridze, TSU T.2.0 
 4. Chochua, Samed.2.0 
 5. Beruashvili, GTU T.2.0 
 6. Jangveladze, GTU T.1.0 
 7. Bekauri, Samedicino1.0 
 8. Lezhava, Samed.1.0 
 9. Edzgveradze, Dinamo T.1.0 
 10. Barbakadze, Kutaisi1.0 


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Brose Baskets too much for Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Charleroi 79-69

Brose Baskets registered second straight victory in Euroleague. After impressive win against the Greek Olympiakos in Round Two, the German champion was too strong for Charleroi jumping to 2-1 in Group B. At the same time, the Belgians dropped to 0-3. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) scored 16 points for the hosts, while Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points and 6 boards. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 13 pts and 5 rebs, and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) added 12 points and 8 rebs (MVP, valuation 21). In Charleroi, Andre Riddick (205-C-73, college: Kentucky) had 13 points (5 rebs) and Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) stopped to 12 pts (6 rebs).
Visitors shined at the beginning as they grabbed quick 6-14 lead. Joseph Gomis scored 6 pts in this run. However, Brose Baskets players woke up after that and closed the gap to 13-16 until the end of Q1. Andre Riddick shined at the beginning of the next period and together with Demond Mallet paceed Charleroi to plus 9. Bamberg immediately replied with 8-0 run and later thanks to Predrag Suput reached 36-33 lead. Charleroi answered in the finish and teams went to the break with 38-38 tie. Third period was totally leveled with each team scoring 20 pts for 58-58. The hosts grabbed plus 5 at the beginning of the last quarter and they managed to keep it for the next three minutes. They shined in the finish of this game and Reyshawn Terry closed it with a free throw for nice 79-69 win and 2-1 record in Group B.
In the next round, Brose Baskets goes to Madrid. Charleroi will meet Olympiakos on the road.

Brose Baskets: Kyle Hines 16, Reyshawn Terry 15+6 boards, Predrag Suput 13+5 boards, Casey Jacobsen 12+8 boards
Charleroi: Andre Riddick 13+5 boards, Joseph Gomis 12+6 boards


Standings - 1. Bundesliga
1.Bundesliga Standings
 1. Brose Baskets 7-0 
 2. Dt.Bank SKY 5-2 
 3. LTi 46ers 5-2 
 4. EWE Baskets 5-3 
 5. ALBA 4-0 
 6. Art.Dragons 4-3 
 7. Bremerhaven 4-3 
 8. Phoenix Hagen 4-3 
 9. TBB Trier 4-3 
 10. NY Phantoms 3-4 
 11. Telekom Baskets 3-4 
 12. Goettingen 3-5 
 13. Walter Tigers 2-3 
 14. EnBW L'burg 2-4 
 15. MBC 2-4 
 16. ratiopharm 2-4 
 17. Bayreuth 1-7 
 18. Duesseldorf 0-6 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Zachery PEACOCK
  LTi 46ers
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 17.1
 1. Peacock, LTi 46ers17.1 
 2. Callahan, Bremerha.16.0 
 3. Tillman, MBC16.0 
 4. Dragicevic, ALBA15.8 
 5. Brooks, LTi 46ers15.7 
 6. Bryant, ratiopharm15.5 
 7. Harris, EnBW L.15.2 
 8. Zwiener, TBB Trier15.1 
 9. Dorris, Phoenix .15.0 
 10. Burtschi, Phoenix .14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm10.2 
 2. Dragicevic, ALBA8.5 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 4. Reiner, Bayreuth8.1 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.6 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.7.6 
 7. Martin, Bremerha.7.0 
 8. Stevic, EWE B.6.9 
 9. Goree, NY Phantoms6.9 
 10. Peacock, LTi 46ers6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.8.0 
 2. Dorris, Phoenix .5.6 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.5.0 
 4. Joyce, TBB Trier4.6 
 5. Jordan, MBC4.3 
 6. Copeland, Bremerha.4.2 
 7. Haynes, Duesseldorf4.0 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.0 
 9. Jacobsen, Brose B.4.0 
 10. Gamqrelidze, LTi 3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.1 
 2. Dorris, Phoenix .2.1 
 3. Trice, ratiopharm2.0 
 4. Pryor, Phoenix .1.9 
 5. Oliver, Walter Tigers1.8 
 6. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.1.7 
 7. Wise, Telekom .1.7 
 8. Tatum, Duesseldorf1.6 
 9. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.6 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tibor PLEISS
  Brose Baskets
  (214-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Pleiss, Brose B.2.1 
 2. Ohlbrecht, Teleko.2.0 
 3. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.1.7 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.7 
 5. Scott, Goettingen1.3 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers1.3 
 7. Dragicevic, ALBA1.3 
 8. Femerling, ALBA1.3 
 9. Seward, Phoenix .1.2 
 10. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 


Role playing - by John Bynum
well hey everyone it has been a while and i have been slacking on the blog post as usual.. but i promise this will change. Well the season is now in full swing down here in Trier and we are off to a decent start. Last night we got a great win on the road against a good Hagen team and it felt good getting a win especially after letting two games get away from us a couple of weeks ago. What made last night a great win is that we stayed together as a team and we had players step up in key moments of the game. We are a very young team here in Trier (well most of the players with the exception of a couple) and we are learning as we go along. We still have a ways to go but I like the fact that we have showed heart from our first game in the preseason all the way up until our last game last night. Defense is a key strength of this team and if we continue to defend well I think we have a good chance to do some great things this season. As far as my individual season goes so far, it has been an up and down season for me. At the beginning of the summer before I took this job and had conversations with our coach, he explained what my role would be for the upcoming season. A lot of players including myself when i was younger thought that the only things coaches look for is your stats and having good numbers (SCORING ESPECIALLY) but what i tend to forgot even when i was young is that a team has role players and too often a lot of guys want to be that dude. It really isnt about that, it is about getting in where you fit in. You look at past successful teams from the NBA and no matter what you can name someone who is the defender, the main rebounder, the scorer and so on. The same goes with teams in Europe and it isnt always about scoring. Last season the ball was in my hands a lot and I had a lot of freedom at the offensive end. This season I took on a different role of being a back up and bringing energy from the defensive end. It is what coach described my role and I accepted it and trying to fufill it to make Trier successful as a team. I cant lie to you at times it is fustrating but this is the level i want to be at and I am willing to do whatever it takes to stay in the first leauge. A lot of players have trouble accepting there roles at this level because they think they have to get numbers and are always worried about the season after. What you have to realize is accept what you are giving and do it to the best of your ability. Look at it this way, there are a lot of guys at home wishing they had jobs and guess what... we got one so do it to the best of your ability and be grateful that you arent at home wishing you had a job. well i guess this is it for now, but i just wanted to touch base with everyone as usual and i will talk to you guys early next week after our game this weekend. I also want to wish my mom back in Visalia an early birthday.... god bless everyone!!!!! ONE John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.)

The Rapid 10 Miles Questions Basketball Exchange With John Bowler (EnBW Ludwigsburg) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: E.Michigan) is a 26 year old 206cm center from Chicago playing his fifth season in Germany and first with EnBW Ludwigsburg He played at Eastern Michigan from 2002-2006. His best season was his senior year where he played 28 games averaging 20.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.5apg, FG: 54.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.3%. He came toThe Telekom Baskets Bonn in 2006. His best season was 2007-2008 where he played 39 games averaging 12.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 70.5%. He has reached two BBL finals and one BBL Cup final. Last season, he played games: 7.7ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 79.4%. John spoke to Eurobasketball about basketball and life

After 4 years in Bonn, now you are in Ludwigsburg. How tough was it leaving Bonn and what wont you ever forget about the 4 years?

It was very tough for me to leave Bonn. It is part of the business. I had four great years there and I am extremely thankful for opportunity that Bonn gave me. The one thing I will remember the most is the people in Bonn. They really accepted me as one of their own as we celebrated all the good times and as they helped me through some difficult times.

How do you like Ludwigsburg so far? How is it different to Bonn in terms of the organization and surrounding?

I really like Ludwigsburg a lot. It is a great city with some amazing surroundings. It is a very professional organization with a great arena. Also I know that they have some really good fans who like seeing wins.

As you get older do you change anything in your off season workout program? How did a normal workout day look like for you this past summer?

My summers are really focused on staying healthy and getting in preseason shape. My workouts consist of lifting 3 times a week, playing twice a week, and conditioning 6 days a week. I like to do 60 minutes of cardio on the bike or crosstrainer. Things for me tend to change every summer depending on what I need to do at that moment. For example, two summers ago I really tried to rehab my knee, whereas this summer I didn't have any injuries to rehab so I could focus on other areas.

How was training camp in Ludwigsburg? What were you focusing on the most in this time?

Training camp was good. We only brought back a couple players from last year's team. So right now we are really trying to focus on getting to know each other on the court. Learning how to play together and finding out our strengths and weaknesses.

In Bonn you were a role player and didnt get 25-30 minutes because of the deep roster. What will be your role in Ludwigsburg?

I will have a much bigger role this year. My last year in Bonn I was just a role player after playing more minutes in the first three years. Now Ludwigsburg has given me a bigger role.

Last season, Ludwigsburg disappointed not making the playoffs. Management did a good job bringing in new talent and experienced players like yourself, Toby Bailey and Jerry Green. How strong is the club and the playoffs have to be the goal right?

I think it is obvious that the club wants to have a better showing in the league. We are a strong team and we are going to have high goals. Obviously you play the game to win and win championships, and that is our primary goal, but for right now our goals are to make the top 4 and the playoffs. Because you can't get championships without making the playoffs.

What kind of style can we await from EnBW Ludwigsburg this season?

I think everyone will just have to wait and see. I can say that we will be a tough team.

Describe your new player Dontas Zavackas? What does he bring to the table?

Donatas is a very skilled player who can shoot the ball really well. He is very versatile and a outstanding player. It is going to be tough without him for the first few months.

How well will the Miami Heat do with Lebron James this season?

I am sure Miami will pretty good this year.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The Wolfman. It was just ok.




Donald Copeland (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) My Strength Is My Leadership And Being Vocal - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Donald Copeland is a 26 year old 177cm guard from Jersey Cit that is playing his first season with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. He played at Seton Hall (NCAA) from 2002-2006. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 16.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.5apg, 1.4spg, FG: 40.1%, 3PT: 39.2%, FT: 84.4%. In 2006-2007, he played for Paris Basket Racing (France-ProA): 32 games: 7.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 36.1%, 3PT: 30.1%, FT: 61.7%. In 2007-2008, he played for Polphamra-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (Poland-DBE, starting five): 24 games: Score-2 (19.5ppg), 3.1rpg, Assists-3 (4.6apg), 1.3spg, 2FGP: 51.7%, PT: 35.4%, FT: 85.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE, starting five): Eurocup: 3 games: 13.0ppg, 2.7apg; Polish League: 13 games: 12.3ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 88.9%. In 2009-2010, he played for Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1), left in Jan.'10: Adriatic League: 10 games: 7.8ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 66.7%. This past summer, he played for Atleticos de San German (Puerto Rico-BSN): 21 games: 14.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT-2 (87.6%). He spoke to eurobasket about the current Bremerhaven season and basketball.

How difficult is it stepping into the foot steps of Lou Campbell as point guard?


Its not difficult, because I know Lou well and we have been friends for a while. We are both from New Jersey and workout together in the summer. For me it is like full filling any other kind of role I would. I followed his season last year and I am just very happy to get this opportunity with Bremerhaven.

How many stories have you heard about Lou Campbell since you have been in Bremerhaven?


I have only heard great stories. The good things that I have heard has not been a surprise to me. They is a leader and veteran point guard. I am very happy that he had such a good season.

Bremerhaven gave up 107 points at home against Phoenix Hagen and 81 points in Frankfurt. What have been the biggest problems in the defense?



I think that has more to do with our offense. I think not having me or Jermaine Thomas running the offense, it puts a lot of pressure on our defense. Our offense isnt as smooth and out of synch. We are having too many turnovers and our bad flow carries over to our defense.

Bremerhaven coach Doug Spradley tested point guards Jamar Butler and Dominic Waters, but wasnt totally pleased and picked you. What did he tell you as you had job?


He told me to be myself. He told me that he had been looking for an experienced player that has leadership and is vocal which I am. He has given me a lot of confidence and it is always good when a coach shows that in a player.

What is the most important thing that you have learned from coach Doug Spradley?


He has given me the freedom to make the plays. It wasnt easy for me coming in so late, because I have been learning the plays on the fly. I am getting to know the German league better. I am happy that I get the freedom to make the plays.

You are scoring playmaker. What is another strength in your game that doesnt always get caught?


I think it is my leadership and being vocal. I have been a point guard all my life and I know how to keep guys in the flow of the game.

What do you still need to improve in your game?


I think I need to improve the mental aspect, but really in all aspects of my game. I am always watching film of college, European and NBA leagues trying to get better.

You were born in Jersey city which is a jump from New York city. What was your childhood like and were you in New York often?


I had a nice childhood and my parents disciplined me well. It was important to excel in school and sports. My dad coached me from the age of eight to high school. I owe my basketball career to my dad. The competition there was high and I learned to get tougher and not be soft.

Who were your NBA idols?


Michael Jordan of course. I also liked Allen Iverson and Steve Nash. I also liked John Stockton who was a smaller player, but was tougher than most players.

To what NBA player would you compare your playing style to?


Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz, because he is always aggressive on offense, can score in many different ways and get his teammates involved.

You played four years at Seton Hall. What w ere your nicest memories from there?


Reaching the NCAA tournament twice which was a big accomplishment, because not every players reaches the tournament.

In your senior year, you averaged 16,1ppg, 3,0rpg and 4,5apg. Was your height of 177cm a blockade of reaching the NBA?


There are many good small guards on the market. I had a few NBA workouts. I played injured my senior year and by time draft came I was injured and later during some more NBA tryouts I was hurt. I had a lot of misfortune, but I am very happy that I have had a career in Europe and I never got down because I didnt reach the NBA.

In 2007, you played in the Philippines for the Coca Cola Tigers. what kind of experience was that for you?


It was interesting. I was caught off guard at first since it is a third world country. There are only rich and poor people there and no middle class. Living there, I really started to appreciate what I had in my life before going there.

What do you like most about Germany?


The people are nice and I want to learn more about the country soon. So far I have had little time with practices and games to explore.

You played with the NBA 10 day contract king Andre Barrett at Seton Hall. Who won the one on one matches in practice most?


We would go back and fourth. I talk to him a lot and we work out together in the summers. We may be even, but I think I am a bit ahead in the games.

Who would win a one on one you or Jermaine Thomas?


We havent played yet. He is taller than me and that would be a tough game, but I like Jermaine a lot.

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


52

What was your most crazy shot in a game?


There was one second to play and I was at the other free throw line got an outlet pass and caught it and then threw it and it hit the back board and rolled around the rim and went in to end a quarter.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


Get him to the greek with P Diddy.

Thanks Don for the chat. Good luck this season.





Can The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Stop the PSB (Powerful Scoring Boys) Of Peacock, Smith And Brooks And The Giessen 46ers In The Hessen Derby November 6th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In baseball there is the big rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees, in Spanish sports FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, in German soccer HSV and St Pauli and in German basketball Frankfurt (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) and Giessen and whenever these two teams come together there is always a lot of excitement and the desire to kick the other team out of their gym with a win which is as great as the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf Giants winning their first game in the BEKO BBL this season, Cleveland Cavalier fans seeing Lebron James losing with the Miami Heat in his first visit back to his old team or actor Martin Sheen seeing his son Charle Sheen have a normal actors life out of scandals like fellow respected actor Morgan Freeman. Comparing some BEKO BBL rivalries to NCAA rivalries in terms of intensity and craziness is about as insane as comparing generic ice cream to Haagen Dazs, Michael Jordan the Chicago White Sox to Michael Jordan the Chicago Bull or the real Law & Order New York to the Law & Order UK, but despite some very intense BEKO BBL rivalries, one cant really compare them to the NCAA rivalry games in the 20,000 arenas. 'I remember the rivalry between my school Pepperdine and Gonzaga. I remember playing Derek Raivio and the games were always in a packed gym. The fans were jumping around, having costumes on and having painted faces. It was so loud that you could hardly hear yourself think. I dont know if the Frankfurt Giessen rivalry will be as intense as the Pepperdine-Gonzaga, but I am looking forward to the battle on Saturday', stressed Giessen 46er guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine). The key to winning another Hessen derby game for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners will depend on how well they can stop the PSB (Powerful Scoring Boys) of Peacock, Smith and Brooks who are averaging 44 of the team 77 points per game. They have been a huge surprise in the first seven games dominating the game as if they had been playing together for many years like Garnett, Pierce and Allen of the Boston Celtics and were in their best playing age of 28 or 29, but instead, Peacock, Brooks and Smith have only been together about 2.5 months and share one year of professional experience and have an average age of only 23 years of age. The sudden rise by the PSB has been more than surprising. 'They are all good players, but I would have thought that it would take a little time to get adjusted to the league. They are excellent one on one players', warned Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). The dominating play hasnt only surprised the league, but also their own teammates. 'It has been somewhat of a surprise, but all three played at good colleges and had good competition which I think has really helped. I hope that thy continue to play well', warned 1996 NCAA finalist Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). Getting the PSB was not luck, but a lot of scouting was involved. ' I talked to our GM the other day and told him that he did his homework getting them. Management did a fine job recruiting. All three are young and are very athletic and just get the job done. Most important is that all three like each other on and off the court and hang out together', stressed ex Phoenix Hagen guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine). After the big Skyliner win in Goettingen, Skyliner American Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) got big eyes as if he had found out he can take on Kobe Bryant (198-G-78) in a one on one game Live on national television when the PSB boys were mentioned. 'I love Giessen and what they are doing. Those guys know Giessen has been struggling in the past, but they dont care, they are playing to win this season. Peacock competes, Smith competes and Brooks, that guy dont stop competiting. I have only seen about 15-20 guys in my life that compete as hard as Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, college: Temple). You cant stop Brooks', warned Ajene Moye.

.A very big special quality about the Hessen derby is that the two cities are only 65 kilometers apart, which gives fans the opportunity to be at both games. This is a charmed quality of service in the BBL that the distances are not as far, but in the NBA for example in a Lon Angeles-Boston series, it is very rare for fans to travel around the NBA, unless your actor Jack Nicholson, who can travel with a private jet, champagne and some models clinging from his arms. The Frankfurt-Giessen series is so close in comparison to NBA standards as if a kid had to only walk down the street to get some candy in the drug store. The two cities are are in size as different as are the skyscraper Messe turm in Frankfurt and a two story University building in Giessen. The town of Giessen is known as a University location and almost half of the population are stundets. Giessen is one of the few cities in Germany that has a Budhist temple and one of Electronic music most known German DJs Chris Liebing. Giessen is diminutive, but have a huge heart for Basketball.'Giessen loves Basketball! It is tradition there', added Murat Didin (agency: Interperformances )

The Giessen 46ers havent reached the BEKO BBL playoffs since the 2004-2005 season where they took Bamberg to the semi finals despite getting a 40 point effort from Chuck Eidson. Since that playoff run, the club has had a dismal 49-117 record and there poor performances the last years could of brought the famous American tradition of putting shopping bags over their heads, but somehow this tradition hasnt carried over so fans have just looked ahead to the next season and been filled with thoughts and thoughts of what it actually could feel like watching Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) make a thunderous dunk in the Osthalle in the warm month of May. Last season, the Giessen 46ers were about as far away as playoff land as Lebron James is from Cleveland. The club finished in 14th place with a dismal 10-24 record and were always in fear of getting deregulated down. There most memorable stint was winning four of five games and beating Artland and Oldenburg back to back. Near the end of the season, they beat Bamberg at home. The team also lost five games with four or less points and it didnt help their cause either top BEKO BBL scorer David Teague played the first half hurt and didnt return in the second half of the season. They were also weakened by getting a wild card late and they had to build a new team quick and it took months to find a rhythm. It is no secret that teams that have small budgets always need some basketball god to help with less talent performing at a top level. 'This years team is different. The problem last season was that Giessen only had one main scorer with David Teague who they depended on. They have more scorers this season. Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) keeps the team together with his experience', commented Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

Despite losing nine players including key guys like David Teague, Kevin Johnson, Maurice Jeffers, Lorenzo Williams and Osvaldo Jeanty and only keeping two players with Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) and Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86), the Giessen 46ers have jumped out to a 5-62record and been one of the biggest surprises in the BEKO BBL this season together with Phoenix Hagen. The team might not have beat the most glamorous sounding and strong BEKO BBL teams besides the Telekom Baskets Bonn, but they played The EWE Baskets Oldenburg tough and losing a nail bitter to the Brose Baskets Bamberg 81-80, a game where they made a furious comeback and just coming up short. 'We started playing defense after 30 minutes against Bamberg', stressed Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). Giessen may not have the most talent, but they have achieved one important ingredient early that many teams have problems finding which is that early team chemistry. 'We have a complete squad and many people players compliment each other. We have very athletic wing players and big guys with great hands and that take up a lot of space. We know how to work with each other and we know each time that we step on the court, we are capable of surprising any team in the BEKO BBL. It is still early, but come January 1st, we will know who the top teams atr in the league and we wnat to be one of them', warned Giessen 46er guard Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine). 'Anything is possible with Giessen. I feel they could be bale to keep up their good play if the team stays together', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). The Giessen 46ers have a very young team and age and experience seems not to play a negative role at all. 'We are a young talented team. I think we have had an advantage with the schedule in the early going. We didnt play any team that was higher than 13th place. We havent had a win against atop team like Oldenburg or Bamberg yet. I think that the team did a good chance preparing for the season. Last season, the team started 0-6 and after six games this season had 4 wins already. Management did a good job bringing in new players. Only me and Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) remained. We might not have good results in preseason, but we always knew that if we continued to work hard, we would have success', stressed Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). 'I am not surprised by the good Giessen start. They have some talent on their team that is coming together early', commented Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

The question remains to be seen how the Giessen 46ers will play if one of the PSB gets injured or is in a slump. The team has important players like Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse), Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine) and Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86, agency: Interperformances), but will the bench be deep and strong enough to survive during the basketball dog days of winter? 'I think they will step up. We had problems with injuries early with Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine), but guys like Kepky, Schwartz and Madrich have stepped up. We are so young as a team and it will take time to learn what it takes to be a good team. I hope this young team will continue to grow', stressed Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse). 'What the bench can do remains to be seen, but they go nine deep so they should be ok', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.).

The team is led by American Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech) who is a 23 year old 203cm power forward from Miami, Florida. He is a strong frontcourt player who already is a tremendous rebounder and can shoot the basketball. He is a BEKO BBL rookie who played at Georgia Tech (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his rookie season, he played 35 games averaging 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 79.1%. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Miami Heat). He has taken the BEKO BBL by storm in the early going leading the league in scoring averaging 17,0ppg, 6,8rpg and 1,2spg. He has scored in double figures in five of the first six games including one double double. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, college: Temple) is a 22 year old 193cm guard from Narbeth, Pennsylvania. He also is a BEKO BBL rookie who played at Temple (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 14.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 81.0%. At Temple, he played together with ex BEKO BBL player Dustin Salisbery and current Bonn player Kark Tyndale. He was very successful at Temple being 10 Regular Season Runner-Up -08, 09, Atlantic 10 Tournament Finalist -08, Atlantic 10 Tournament Winner -09, 10, Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team -09, Atlantic 10 Regular Season Co-Champion -10, and All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team -10. This past summer, he played NBA Summer League in Orlando (Philadelphia 76ers). This season, he is averaging 15,3ppg, 4,2rpg, 2,0apg and 1,3spg.

Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) is a 24 year old 196cm shooting guard from Plano, Texas. He is a scorer with great quickness and leaping ability, NBA body and athleticism. He is a phenomenal athlete with great range from the shooting guard position. He has the strength and athleticism to take advantage of smaller guards. Also, because of his strength, he can play the 3 spot at times. His quickness and ball handling skills give him the ability to take almost any defender to the rim. His 3 point range is phenomenal. has great ball handling skills and when he is leading the team up the court on a fast break, he has the quick explosion needed to take the ball all the way, or he can stop on a dime and nail the mid-range He is also a good free throw shooter and knows how to get to the free throw line. An excellent run and jump style player. Along with his offensive skills, he is also a great defender who is very long and very good vertically on the floor as well in defensive position. Anthony plays good on the ball defense and has shown that he can force his opponent into committing turnovers. Anthony is a complete player who knows how to win and creates major match-up problems for the opposition. His Strength and athleticism make him a very effective rebounder from the perimeter as he demonstrated in College and in the Orlando Summer League. He showed these qualities at Liberty (NCAA) where he played from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played games: 17.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3Pts: 37.1%, FT: 65.8%. Last season, he played for CB Cornella (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 59.0%. This season, he is averaging 12,3ppg, 4,2rpg and 1,2apg. The Giessen 46ers brought in 27 year old 188cm combo guard Chase Griffin from Sammamish, Washington. He played at Pepperdine together with ex Cologne American Robert hollywood Turner from 2002-2007. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging.15.7ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 80.7%. He played at Phoenix Hagen from 2007-2010 and last season played 33 games: 13.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 83.5%. This is only his fourth professional season and second in the BEKO BBL, but he shown early on that he could grow into the top class of point guards in the BEKO BBL. He is known as a playmaker, but has kept his reputation of being a scorer. Griffin is a very dominant and strong point guard in the open court with strong ball handling, a quick eye for his teammates and also has a very quick shot. He reminds me a bit of Jason Williams with the way he presents himself on the court, commented Ruben Spoden (202-F-89) of Ehingen (PRO B). This season, he is averaging 11,5ppg, 1,0rpg and 1,5apg.

The team also brought back 34 year old 211cm power forward/center Elvir Ovcina (211-F/C-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Syracuse) who came late to the Giessen 46ers last season. He is a movable center, who passes and scores well. He played at Syracuse (NCAA) from 1995-1999 and played a year together with ex NBA player John Wallace reaching the NCAA final in 1996 losing to Kentucky. He played for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2001-2004 and won the BEKO BBL cup with Rhein Energy Cologne in 2005. He had his most success as a player with one team with Ostende winning the league title in 2006 and 2007 and cup in 2008. Last season for Giessen, he played 14 games averaging 14.1ppg, 8.1rpg, 2.8apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.7%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 69.4%. Currently he is averaging 11,0ppg, 7,5rpg, 3,2apg, 1,3spg and 1,2bpg. The club also brought in 24 year old 183cm point guard classical floor general Giorgi Gamqrelidze (183-G-86, agency: Interperformances) from the country of Georgia. Even though he can put up huge assist numbers, he is also known as an unsavoury defender. He can run without making a sound. When he puts his mind to it, hes capable of being unstoppable on offense and a stopper on defense. He catches his man like a tick and can squash an offender. He has good court vision and knows how to run a team. He played at MBC last season averaging 6.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.8apg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 72.8% in 33 games, but has already showed his mark in Fiba Eurocup and Eurochallenge games. He played at Energy Invest Rustavi the last two seasons and showed in the Georgian League that he can be a scoring point guard averaging 17.5ppg, and leading the league in assists with 7.6apg, and Steals with 3.0spg. He already has had a lot of success early in his career playing Championships U20 Division B in Lisbon (Portugal) -06 (Champion): 8 games: 8.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 6.0apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 59.4%, 3FGP: 30.8%, FT: 80%, Georgian League All-Star Game -08, 09, Georgian League Regular Season Champion -08, 09, Georgian League Champion -08, 09 and was Georgian league MVP in 2007. Currently, he is averaging 6,5ppg, 2,8rpg, 4,2apg and 1,0spg.

The team also kept 24 year old 211cm power forward/center German Jannik Freese (211-F/C-86) who is playing his third season for the Giessen 46ers. He played at SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga) from 2005-2008, but only played 6 games in three years for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig never getting a fair chance. In Giessen, he has been able to develop his game and get playing time. Last season, he played 30 games: 4.3ppg, 3.0rpg. Currently he is averaging 4,2ppg and 1,8rpg. The team also added 23 year old 183cm guard Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87, college: Utah) from Vancouver, British Columbia. He is playing his second season in Germany and first in the BEKO BBL. He played at (NCAA) from 2007-2009 after transferring from College of E. Utah (JUCO). In his senior year, he played 34 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3Pts: 34.6%, FT: 84.5%. Last season, he played for ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany-ProA) and played 26 games and led the league in scoring Score-1 (21.5ppg), 4.7rpg, 4.2apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT-2 (89.8%). Currently he is averaging 2,6ppg. The team also signed 27 year old 211cm German center Dirk Madrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side). He is an extremely athletic and talented big man. He can run and jump with the best of them and creates problems for opponents with that aspect alone. Added to those physical skills are technically well developed post moves, the ability to face up and penetrate, as well as the ability to shoot as far as three point range. Defensively he is strong and quick enough to defend both the center and the power forward position. He is a good rebounder and shot blocker as well. He has a lot of experience having played for German National coach Dirk Bauermann early in his career in Bamberg in 2004-2005 playing ULEB Cup: 5 games: 2,8ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 77.8%; German Bundesliga: 17 games: 1.8ppg and winning the BEKO BBL title. He played four seasons in Braunschweig, two years with the Artland Dragons and a year in France for Starssburg. Last season, he played for Olimpiada Patron (Greece-A2, starting five): 5 games: 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 75.0%, FT: 87.5%, then moved to Konstantin Elephants Grevenbroich (Regionalliga, starting five): 4 games: 12.5ppg. He has played 31 ULEB cup games and 11 Eurocup games in his career. In Giessen, he comes form the bench and is averaging 2,2ppg and 2,0rpg. The club also brought in 23 year old 199cm forward Tim Schwartz (199-F-87) He played for Saar-Pfalz Braves (ProA) from 2005-2010 playing 124 second Bundesliga games. Last season, he played games: 8.8ppg, 4.7rpg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 43.3%, FT: 75.0%. Currently, he is averaging 1,3ppg. Mathias Perl (188-G-89) is a 21 year old 188cm quick point guard that is a relentless defender. He has been playing for Giessen teams since 2004 when he started for the MTV Giessen cadet team. He then played for VfB Giessen (Regionalliga) before playing for LTi Lich (ProA) from 2007-2009. Last season, he played for LTi Giessen 46ers (1.Bundesliga): 7 games: 0.7ppg; also played at Licher Basket Baeren (ProB): 28 games: 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.9apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 39.5%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 73.5%. Currently he is averaging 0,7ppg and 1,7rpg.

In the last years, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have dominated the Hessen derby posting a 8-2 record. Frankfurt has demonstrated a special confidence and calmness that makes the Osthalle in Giessen look more like their own personal lounge area than a hostile Giessen playground with naughty kids throwing sticks and stones. Who could forget the onslaught before Christmas 2005 as Frankfurt routed Giessen 96 to 63 with seven three pointers from Desmond Ferguson. I had a good rhythm going on in that game and my teammates made a good job getting me the ball. I wasnt able to find my rhythm much while I played in Frankfurt for various reasons, but that game was probably my highlight playing there, added ex Skyliner Desmond Ferguson. Three years ago under the guidance of Charles Barton, Frankfurt won a nail bitter 73 to 67 as Frankfurt showed nerves of steal in the dwindling minutes of the fourth quarter. Two years ago, Frankfurt won a tight game, even though it seemed like they were never in any real danger of losing as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) led the team with 19 points and an energized Alex King (200-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) flew into the arena with a specially made superman cape and steered the team off the bench scoring in double figures. Who could forget the buzzer beater by Karlsruhe German Rouven Roessler (200-F-80) in 2007? Well that game winning shot that beat Frankfurt was 34 months ago, and Roessler still has the shot dancing in his dreams. I remember that buzzer beater as if it was yesterday. I got the video clip to the game three weeks ago, said ex Giessen 46er Rouven Roessler (200-F-80). In the 2008-2009 season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won in Giessen 75-57 getting 19 points form Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) In Frankfurt, they pounded Giessen 93-72 as Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Last season, Frankfurt won at home 80-69 getting 22 points from Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi). The last game against Giessen was a nail bitter win by Frankfurt in Giessen which was won 69-68 as Pascal Roller (180-G-76) won the game with 13 seconds to play with two free throws.

Tow of the top teams in the BEKO BBL are meeting and the Giessen 46ers have been up and down in the last weeks with a 2-2 record, but continue to be a very dangerous team and are just going out and playing hard basketball. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are hot and are still unbeaten at home and already have the respect of their next opponent. 'I saw Frankfurt on TV. They are a tough team and have a very athletic guard with Wood and a trur floor general with Roller. It is still early and dont really know what to expect, but we will be concentrated at getting the win. But we arent looking so much at the game of Frankfurt, but we are concentrating more on our game and still fine tuning it', warned Chase Griffin (188-G-83, college: Pepperdine). The key to victory for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners seems to lie in the paint and controlling the PSB trio of Peacock, Smith and Brooks. Frankfurt has the clear 40-32 team rebound edge, but thats a huge understatement. 'Giessen has a lot of size in the paint. They might have one of the biggest teams in the league. On defense, Frankfurt has to limit the shots of the big three (PSB) and make them make plays for others. On offense, Frankfurt has to attack their guards and get them in foul trouble and make them use their bench. Frankfurt has very mobile big men and should attack the Giessen bigs off the dribble', warned Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Giessen 46ers on November 6th at 18:30.



Webmoebel Baskets Add Draelon Burns - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Webmoebel baskets announced Thursday that Draelon Burns (194-G-85, college: De Paul) will join the team. Burns is a 25 year old 194cm shooting guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The German PRO A league can be very happy to be getting such a high calibur player who was a star at Depaul university where he played from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 17.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 81.0%. Coach Artur Gacaev is certain that Burns is the right man for the job. 'I think that he has the needed experience to be able to help in tough situations. He will help Kejuan Johnson with scoring and get the ball in critical situations', stressed Artur Gacaev. Last season, Burns played for Keflavik (Iceland-Express League, starting five): 20 games: 19.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 59.4%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 80.9%. 'We are happy that we were able to get a new player in such a short time. It is never easy to intrigrate a new player, but we hope it will happen leading up to the game against Rhondorf', stated sports director Dirk Happe. In 2008-2009 as a rookie, Burns played for Eroni Kiryat Ata (Israel-Premier League, starting five): 21 games: 15.7ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 41.3%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 74.4%.

Source: Webmoebel Baskets




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  GREECE   


Markovic replaced by Bartzokas at Panionios - by George Fragkos
Just after two games for the A1 league, the board of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens decided to change the coach. Nenad Markovic (agency: FCM ) is no longer the head coach of the team from Athens, as he was considered to be the main responsible for the bad performances and the losses. His replacement is former coach of Marousi BC Giorgos Bartzokas who resigned last summer because of the financial situation of the club. Giorgos Bartzokas has already been announced and started working to have his team ready for the very difficult coming game against Olympiakos.

Last year he did a magnificent job at Marousi BC which accomplished to qualify for the Euroleague of this season. But the financial crisis of the club and some 'investors' that never kept their promises to pay, led the Greek coach to the decision to resign from his position.



A2: Second Week - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
Olympiada Patras - AGOR 84-82
A great derby took place in Patras where the home team beat at the end the game after a great come-back in the fourth quarter.
Quarters: 27-25, 40-49, 56-68, 84-82
Olympiada: Apost Koutroulias (206-C-76) 27, Lapas 17 Tsotsos 14, Makris 11
AGOR: Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-G-83) 23, Grundberg 17

Lavrio - KAOD 77-70
Sereliss Lavrio is unbeaten after two weeks and is showing that it will be tough nut for every opponent, the players of Lavrio did a great last quarter.
Quarters: 17-21, 39-34, 53-55, 77-70
Lavrio: Bakas 11, Giannakopoulos 15, Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) 18.
KAOD: Vukadinov 15, Kitsoulis 13, Jovanovic 21 and 12 rebounds

Ikaroi Serron - Amyntas Dafnis 81-74
Another derby took place in Serres with the home team beating Amyntas at the very end.
Quarters: 18-25, 39-40, 62-61, 81-74
Ikaroi Serron: Topouzis 12, Totsios 13, Savvas Kaberidis (187-G-78) 14, Kakaroudis 13, Pavlisevic 12
Amyntas: Vidalis 11, Babis Samothrakis (189-G-83) 19, Papargiropoulos 13.

Near East - Apollon Patras 80-50
A total clash for the visiting site of Coach Vetoulas in the fourth quarter when Apollon scored just 10 points in 12 minutes!! And lost the game with 30 points difference when the third quarter ended with just nine points for the home team, while the fourth quarter ended with 27-8!!
Quarters: 15-20, 34-32, 53-42, 80-50
Near East: Pappas 18, Themis Koupidis (199-G-84) 24, Amato 10 and 11 Rebounds
Apollon Patras: Argiropoulos 11, Ioannis Lianos (201-G/F-85) 15 and 10 rebounds, Pandelic 10.

Ermis Lagkada - Pagrati 81-75
The home team of Lagkadas won the game against the tough team of Pagrati.
Quarters: 24-24, 43-40, 62-59, 81-75
Ermis: Panagiotopoulos 18, Darko Rallis (180-G-78) 19, Papakonstantinou 13, Anagnostopoulos 17, Nisiotis 11
Pagrati: Lolas 14, Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) 19, Michalos 13, Maheras 14

Panelefsiniakos - Arkadikos 77-63
The Elefsina team face no problem against the very promising team of Arkadikos which is showing that without Steven Leven is a totally different team.
Quarters: 19-14, 46-24, 63-47, 77-63
Panelefsiniakos : Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) 32, Tirlas 10
Arkadikos: Dimitris Katiakos (205-F-87) 22, Kandic 14, Kokkalis 10.

Koroivos Amaliadas Pierikos Arhelaos 73-70
The Amaliada team succeeded its very first home win in the A2 after nearly a decade!! The visiting site from Katerini was not a real thread at any given point for the home team and the difference of three points is plasmatic 100%.
Quarters: 21-16, 45-33, 55-45, 73-70.
Koroivos: Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) 22, Dimitriadis 13.
Pierikos: Kostas Pehlivanis (192-F-79) 16, Geremanovs 11, Igbavboa 17, Rodostoglou 13

AEK Argous - Panerythraikos 71-71 Regular time and in OT 80-75
The greatest game of all took place in Argos when the home team needed the extra five minutes to win the game against the Erythrea team.
Quarters: 23-17, 37-32, 56-48, 71-71, 80-75.
AEK Argous: Papantoniou 18, Kartelo 17, Andronikos Gizogiannis (200-F/C-83) 20.
Panerythraikos: Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) 22, Straganiotis 11, Kalaniotis 11, Karavanas 15



Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Damir LATOVIC
  AGOR
  (204-C-80)
  Avg: 27
 1. Latovic, AGOR27.0 
 2. Karavanas, Panery.26.0 
 3. Kaklamanos, Panele.24.0 
 4. Magounis, AGOR24.0 
 5. Lewis, AE.24.0 
 6. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada23.0 
 7. Veskoukis, Olimpiada23.0 
 8. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.20.0 
 9. Koronidis, Apollo.19.0 
 10. Rodostoglou, Periko.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Near East
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 14
 1. Amato, Near East14.0 
 2. Karavanas, Panery.13.0 
 3. Vardianos, Pagrati10.0 
 4. Mprozos, Arkadikos10.0 
 5. Latovic, AGOR10.0 
 6. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.10.0 
 7. Pantelic, Apollo.9.0 
 8. Kokkalis, Arkadikos8.0 
 9. Margaritis, KAOD7.0 
 10. Koutroulias, Olimp.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 10
 1. Katsares, KAOD10.0 
 2. Papadakis, Arkad.7.0 
 3. Kallianotis, Panery.7.0 
 4. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada7.0 
 5. Pantelic, Apollo.6.0 
 6. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.6.0 
 7. Zoupas, Amyntas .6.0 
 8. Mprozos, Arkadikos5.0 
 9. Pettas, Koroivos5.0 
 10. Sizopoulos, Panery.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Miron PAPADAKIS
  Arkadikos
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Papadakis, Arkad.4.0 
 2. Xiouras, Koroivos3.0 
 3. Dimakos, Pagrati3.0 
 4. Pantelic, Apollo.3.0 
 5. Kartelo, AE.3.0 
 6. Giannakopoul., Lavrio3.0 
 7. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.2.0 
 8. Psaropoulos, Near E.2.0 
 9. Skouzis, Pagrati2.0 
 10. Katsares, KAOD2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kartelo, AE.5.0 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
 3. Jovanovic, KAOD2.0 
 4. Kakaroudis, Ikaroi S.2.0 
 5. Latovic, AGOR1.0 
 6. Amato, Near East1.0 
 7. Kitsoulis, KAOD1.0 
 8. Dimitriadis, Koroivos1.0 
 9. Benas, KAOD1.0 
 10. Kokkalis, Arkadikos1.0 


Olympiakos blasts Unicaja for the second Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Unicaja 93-66

Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Olympiakos demonstrated wonderful performance to beat their rivals with huge 93-66. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Kostas Papanikolaou (202-F/G-90) stepped up for the Reds with 17 points each, while they also pulled down 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 16 points and 7 assists. On the other side, Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 14 points and 9 boards, while Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) also scored 14.
Olympiakos destroyed Unicaja already in the first quarter. The team of Dusan Ivkovic started with 12-2 and later reached 16-5 lead. For rest of the time in Q1, the Reds managed to take 27-11 advantage and it was a clear sign that Unicaja will not have a chance in this meeting. Olympiakos jumped to plus 20 early in the second quarter and after 20 minutes of play they were 47-25 up. Unicaja managed to improve after the breather and they somehow closed the gap to 52-43. That was a small treat as Ioannis Bourousis rescued Olympiacos with a jump hook and it was just the beginning of excellent 16-0 run made by the home team, 68-45 Q3. Last quarter was just the formality and Olympiakos had no troubles to register more than comfortable victory.
In the next round, Olympiakos will meet Charleroi also at home. Unicaja waits Lottomatica Roma.

Olympiakos: Ioannis Bourousis 17+7 boards, Kostas Papanikolaou 17+6 boards, Vassilis Spanoulis 16+7 as
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 14+9 boards, Terrell McIntyre 14


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Salgotarjani
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani23.4 
 2. Wilson, Kaposvari21.6 
 3. Bell, Kormend20.8 
 4. Sales, Atomeromu20.6 
 5. Brooks, Soproni20.6 
 6. Pavlik, Atomeromu20.0 
 7. Marshall, Marso-Va.19.8 
 8. Cunningham, Kapos.19.4 
 9. Stojakovic, Marso-Va.19.3 
 10. Mekongo, FS Debre.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darian TOWNES
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Townes, Soproni11.4 
 2. Egemonye, PVSK P.11.0 
 3. Bader, Szolnok10.0 
 4. Cunningham, Kapos.10.0 
 5. Sales, Atomeromu10.0 
 6. Bell, Kormend9.8 
 7. Clark, Szolnok9.3 
 8. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.0 
 9. Hollis, Albacomp8.5 
 10. Jones, Albacomp8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Williams, ZTE K.10.2 
 2. Kelley, Soproni6.4 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.0 
 4. Savic, Marso-Vagep5.8 
 5. Wittmann, Kecsk.5.8 
 6. Simon, Albacomp5.8 
 7. LaGrange, Kecsk.5.4 
 8. Singletary, FS Debre.5.2 
 9. Kalman, Falco-Sz.4.8 
 10. Horvath, Szolnok4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Clark, Szolnok4.2 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.0 
 3. Hanga, Albacomp3.0 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok3.0 
 5. Marshall, Marso-Va.2.8 
 6. Sitku, Marso-Vagep2.6 
 7. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.4 
 8. Williams, ZTE K.2.4 
 9. Crocker, Albacomp2.3 
 10. Boros, FS Debrecen2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Clark, Szolnok3.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni2.4 
 3. Keller, Albacomp1.6 
 4. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.5 
 5. Bader, Szolnok1.5 
 6. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.2 
 8. Orsulic, Kecskemeti1.2 
 9. Lekli, Marso-Vagep1.0 
 10. Toth, ZTE K.1.0 


Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. ZTE KK 5-0 
 2. Szolnok 5-1 
 3. Kecskemeti 4-1 
 4. Kormend 4-1 
 5. Albacomp 3-2 
 6. Atomeromu 3-2 
 7. Soproni 3-2 
 8. Falco-Szova 2-3 
 9. Marso-Vagep 2-3 
 10. PVSK Pannon 2-3 
 11. FS Debrecen 1-4 
 12. Kaposvari 1-4 
 13. Szedeak 1-5 
 14. Salgotarjani 0-5 


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  INDIA   


Indian National Team 2010 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi
Bhriguvanshi
Jayram Jat
Jat
Jagdeep Singh
Singh
Trideep Rai
Rai
Hareesh Koroth
Koroth
#e#5
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 192-G-91 Young Cagers India
Jayram Jat 189-G/F-81 Young Cagers India
Jagdeep Singh 199-C-86 Young Cagers India
Prakash Mishra 180-G/F-82 W.Railway India
Sunil Kumar Rathee 195-F-91
Jagdeep Singh 199-C-86 Young Cagers India
Kiran Pal 185-F-90
Trideep Rai 190-F-83 Young Cagers India
Hareesh Koroth 185-G-84 Young Cagers India
Dinesh Indian Bank India
Eudrick Pereira
Dishant Vipul Shah 203-C-92

Bill Harris Head Coach Wheaton (IL) USA
Baskar Assistant
Rajinder Singh Assistant


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Pelita Jaya finish Surabaya with 5-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Pelita Jaya finish Surabaya with 5-0 record as the team won all the games and became the only undefeated team. In their last game Pelita Jaya Esia Jakarta overcame Garuda Flexi Bandung 68:57 with 14-8 in the last quarter. Kelly Purwanto Ari Nugroho stepped up with 17 points and Dimas Aryo Dewanto (F) added 13. Indra Budianto (181-G-83) responded with 11 points in the losing effort.
Merio Ferdiansyah from STB meanwhile is the top-scorer averaging 15.4 points per game. Dian Heryadi (192-C/F-80) from MHT is the best Rebounder with 11.6, while Dimaz Muharri from CLS has 4.7 assists per game.




Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Pelita Jaya 5-0 
 2. CLS 5-1 
 3. ASPAC 4-1 
 4. Stadium Jak. 3-1 
 5. Muba Hangtuah 3-2 
 6. Satria Muda 3-2 
 7. Garuda 2-3 
 8. Citra Satria 1-4 
 9. Bima Sakti 1-5 
 10. Angsapura 0-5 


Stats Leaders
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Merio Ferdiansyah STD 15.4
2 Faisal Julius Achmad SMB 15.0
3 Tri Wilopo MHT 14.2
4 Amin Prihantono SMB 14.2
5 Agustinus Indrajaya CLS 14.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Dian Heryadi MHT 11.6
2 Rony Gunawan SMB 7.6
3 Sandy Febiansyakh CLS 7.5
4 Evin Istianto Hadi CSJ 7.0
5 Daniel Iskandar STD 6.8
Assists Per Game
1 Dimaz Muharri CLS 4.7
2 Faisal Julius Achmad SMB 4.4
3 Robert Santo Yunarto MHT 4.0
4 Evin Istianto Hadi CSJ 4.0
5 Dirk Mathew Mario Gerungan ASP 3.4
Steals Per Game
1 Dimaz Muharri CLS 3.5
2 Dirk Mathew Mario Gerungan ASP 3.2
3 Fanny Budianto STD 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Muhammad Isman Thoyib ASP 2.5
2 I G Ngurah Teguh 3 Putra Negara CSJ 2.0
Ruslan STD 1.8


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  IRAN   


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Azad 0-0 
 2. Gorgan 0-0 
 3. M.H.Ahvaz 0-0 
 4. Mahram 0-0 
 5. Petrochimi 0-0 
 6. Pouya 0-0 
 7. Shahrekord 0-0 
 8. T.E.Kashan 0-0 
 9. Tarbiat Qom 0-0 
 10. Zob Ahan 0-0 


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Michael BONAPARTE
  Neptune
  (196-F-82)
  Avg: 39
 1. Bonaparte, Neptune39.0 
 2. Longmire, Belfast .35.0 
 3. Foley, Ulster Elks31.3 
 4. Turner, Killester25.4 
 5. De La Cruz, Ulster E.24.3 
 6. Van, UCC Demons23.4 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.20.0 
 8. Louisme, Neptune19.7 
 9. Mitchell, UL Ea.18.3 
 10. Nihill, Moycullen18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 15
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.15.0 
 2. De La Cruz, Ulster E.14.0 
 3. Louisme, Neptune13.7 
 4. Ambler, Moycullen13.6 
 5. Crowder, UCD M.12.8 
 6. Van, UCC Demons12.2 
 7. Turner, Killester12.0 
 8. Quill, DCU Saints8.7 
 9. Glover, UCD Marian8.5 
 10. Bonaparte, Neptune8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Emmett DONNELLY
  DCU Saints
  (186-G-78)
  Avg: 7
 1. Donnelly, DCU S.7.0 
 2. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.0 
 3. Drumm, Ulster Elks6.3 
 4. Meany, UCD Marian6.0 
 5. Clarke, Killester4.2 
 6. McVeigh, Belfast .4.0 
 7. Campbell, UL Ea.3.8 
 8. Westbrooks, Killester3.8 
 9. Noonan, Neptune3.8 
 10. Mitchell, UL Ea.3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Barry DRUMM
  Ulster Elks
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Drumm, Ulster Elks3.3 
 2. Westbrooks, Killester3.0 
 3. Nihill, Moycullen2.6 
 4. McGinn, Neptune2.6 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagles2.5 
 6. Behan, Killester2.4 
 7. Turner, Killester2.2 
 8. Kurcenkovas, Moycu.2.2 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.2.0 
 10. Provizors, DCU S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Neil BAYNES
  UCD Marian
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Baynes, UCD Marian2.5 
 2. Turner, Killester2.4 
 3. Van, UCC Demons2.4 
 4. Duggan, UCC Demons2.3 
 5. Plichta, UCC D.2.0 
 6. Louisme, Neptune2.0 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.2.0 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune2.0 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.5 
 10. Ambler, Moycullen1.4 


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  ISRAEL   


National League Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Megido/Yokneam - Hapoel T-A 74-90
Hapoel Usishkin grabbed 5-0 record on top after 90:74 win over Megido/Yokneam. Brian Asbury (200-F-85, college: Miami (FL)) erupted with 31 points and 10 points and Eliyah Elad followed him with 18 points. Clemente Ramon responded with 23 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Miller Nate had 18 points and 10 boards.

Beer Yaakov - Hapoel Tivon 90-103
Beer Yaakov was beaten by Hapoel Tivon 90:103 at the Regular Season Round 5. Izik Kobi, Tramaine Stevens (200-G/F-87, college: Morehead St.) and Housman Drew combined for 65 points to lead all the winners. Hall Jermaine finished the night with 23 points for Maccabi and Karni Gilad collected 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Lev Hasharon - Hapoel Bsheva 70-65
Lev Hasharon rolled over Hapoel Bsheva 70:65 at the Regular Season Round 5. Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) and Hover Offir stepped up with 15 points each, while Ronen Tal added 13. Fisher Albert posted 15 points in the losing effort.

Elitzur Yavne - Elitzur Ramla 104-76
Elizur Yavne improved to 3-2 record beating Elitzur Ramla 104:76. Chad Timberlake (194-G-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) poured in 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Hardin DeVon netted 14. Young Keena ended up with 19 points in defeat and Woods Ricky netted 15.

Kohav Yair - Hapoel Afula 89-63
Hapoel Kfar-Saba/Kohav Yair celebrated the first victroy in the league defeating Hapoel Afula 89:63. Eric Traimel (201-F-88, college: N.Texas) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 15 rebounds, whilst Zelkovits Aviram nailed 20. Eliyahu Avi and Zamir Omer delivered 12 points apiece in defeat.

Ironi Ramat Gan - Maccabi HBK 78-80
Ironi Ramat Gan lost to Maccabi HBK 78:80 as the latter got 24 points from Steffon Bradford (200-F-78, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Nebraska). Matalon Noam followed him with 20 and Brown Robert brought 16 points. Brown Sessil ended up with 23 points in the losing effort.




Maccabi Gets Payback as They Beat Partizan - by David Pick
It wasn't easy, but it sure was important. New/old coach, David Blatt, and Maccabi Tel-Aviv will smile all the way back to Israel, after defeating the same team that eliminated them last year in the top 8 playoffs round of the Euroleague, BC Partizan Beograd 67:54.

Star Point Guard, Jeremy Pargo, had a great performance, was named MVP, and led all scorers with 17 points. Lior Eliyahu played great on both ends of the floor, and Guy Pnini, who hit some big shots added 13 and 11 points respectively for the winning club.

As they return to the holy land tomorrow with a 2-1 European advantage, the yellow and blue squad will meet Maccabi Rishon Lezion on Monday, in order to clinch their 4th straight Israeli competition victory.

Head Coach David Blatt said after the game: 'We had to play a very specific type of game in order to win in Serbia. It was very important for us to start the game aggressive and I'm glad we did so. We played very good defense in all four quarters. We had some trouble on offense but we managed to overcome it and control the game. It is a great experience and feeling playing out here in front of so many people that love and understand the game of basketball.'

Maccabi Forward David Blu who made two huge threes in the second half added: 'I am very happy we got the W. It is very important for us to know how to win on the road, and this is also a small payback victory for last season. I think our defense was the key for us in the game, and that is what kept the win for us.'

Jeremy Pargo talked about his performance when he said: 'This wasnt a welcoming game for me to the Euroleague; I've already played two games in this level. it doe'snt matter to if i play good or not as long as we win as a team and the button line is I'm very happy with are win and the outcome of this game'.

Doron Perkins talked about the importance of the win for his team: 'This wasnt about getting revenge. We are a new team so this win was very important for us. We needed it mostly to stay on top of our group. We played excellent defense, and got a great win. Can't really ask for much more but to take it from here and continue winning.'




Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 28.4
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A28.4 
 2. Hall, Beer Yaakov26.6 
 3. Webb, Hapoel Tivon26.0 
 4. Miller, Megido/Y.25.8 
 5. Young, Hod Hasharon23.3 
 6. Brown, Maccabi HBK22.0 
 7. Timberlake, Elitzu.21.6 
 8. Young, Elitzur Ramla20.6 
 9. Dobie, Lev Hasharon20.2 
 10. Clemente, Megido.20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Brandy, Hod H.13.3 
 2. Clemente, Megido.11.8 
 3. Ibrahim, Ironi N.11.0 
 4. Tramiel, Kohav Yair10.3 
 5. Pitshon, Lev H.9.8 
 6. Aidan, Hapoel B.9.0 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 8. Paris, Hapoel B.8.8 
 9. McFarlin, Lev H.8.8 
 10. Spicer, Elitzur Ramla8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.6 
 2. Timor, Hapoel Tivon7.3 
 3. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula7.2 
 4. Shaibi, Hod H.5.8 
 5. Farhi, Beer Yaakov5.6 
 6. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.6 
 7. Berkowitz, Elitzu.5.4 
 8. Housman, Hapoel T.5.0 
 9. Skverer, Maccabi .5.0 
 10. Harush, Kohav Yair5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.5.0 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula3.6 
 3. Naor, Hapoel T-A3.2 
 4. Young, Hod Hasharon3.0 
 5. Harush, Kohav Yair2.8 
 6. Hofman, Elitzur .2.6 
 7. Brown, Ironi R.2.5 
 8. Shtarkman, Megido.2.0 
 9. Ohana, Ironi N.2.0 
 10. Ronen, Lev Hasharon2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Stanley BRANDY
  Hod Hasharon
  (200-F-67)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Brandy, Hod H.2.3 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.3 
 3. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.2 
 4. Rosefelt, Ironi R.1.8 
 5. Aidan, Hapoel B.1.8 
 6. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.6 
 7. Gendal, Hod H.1.3 
 8. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 
 9. Liutrin, Beer Y.1.2 
 10. Naor, Hapoel T-A1.0 


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Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Crispin, Barcellona26.8 
 2. Clark, Umana Reyer24.0 
 3. Whiting, Aget IM23.8 
 4. Smith, Trenkwalder22.5 
 5. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.8 
 6. Gordon, Forli20.6 
 7. Boyette, N.Ferrara20.2 
 8. Pecile, Jesi17.8 
 9. Roderick, Immobi.17.8 
 10. Elder, Jesi16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben BOYKIN
  Assigeco
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Boykin, Assigeco11.0 
 2. Chiacig, Scafati .10.0 
 3. Filloy, Immobili.9.8 
 4. Waleskowski, Tezeni.9.2 
 5. Lollis, Immobili.9.0 
 6. Johnson, San Severo8.8 
 7. Dordei, Snaidero UD8.5 
 8. Varnado, Tuscany PT8.4 
 9. Ebi, Aget IM8.4 
 10. Nnamaka, Fastw.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Donte MATHIS
  Snaidero UD
  (190-G-77)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Mathis, Snaidero.4.3 
 2. Farabello, N.Fer.4.0 
 3. Levin, Scafati .4.0 
 4. Williams, Snaidero.3.8 
 5. Crispin, Barcellona3.5 
 6. Licartovsky, Forli3.4 
 7. Fultz, Trenkwalder3.4 
 8. Scarone, Immobili.3.0 
 9. Marigney, Assigeco3.0 
 10. Clark, Umana Reyer2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Roderick, Immobi.4.0 
 2. Lollis, Immobili.3.6 
 3. Trepagnier, Tezeni.3.2 
 4. Ebi, Aget IM3.0 
 5. Licartovsky, Forli2.8 
 6. Gurini, Immobili.2.8 
 7. Mathis, Snaidero.2.8 
 8. Farabello, N.Fer.2.6 
 9. Varnado, Tuscany PT2.6 
 10. Pecile, Jesi2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT5.2 
 2. Ebi, Aget IM1.2 
 3. Boykin, Assigeco1.2 
 4. Maggioli, Jesi1.2 
 5. Foiera, Forli1.0 
 6. Chiacig, Scafati .1.0 
 7. Frosini, Trenkwalder1.0 
 8. Kotti, N.Ferrara1.0 
 9. Da Ros, Barcellona0.8 
 10. Lee, Snaidero UD0.8 


Efes Pilsen outplays AJ Milano for 2-1 in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Armani MI 82-74

Efes Pilsen celebrated 82-74 home win against Armani Jeans Milano mostly owing to Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78), who scored 17 points. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) and Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) secured a good help adding 15 and 13 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 19 points. David Hawkins (193-G-82, college: Temple) collected 18 points, 6 boards and 6 assists. Efes Pilsen has 2-1 record now in Group D, while AJ Milano dropped to 1-2.
Efes Pilsen did a great job in the first ten minutes. Igor Rakocevic and his teammates started with 9-4 and later they closed the first quarter with 11-0 run for 22-10 lead. At the halfway of the second frame, Efes Pilsen was already 35-22 up. AJ Milano finally improved and they closed the gap to 43-33 until the end of the first half. Finley and Hawkins came out of the break on fire, combining for 4 baskets that were only interrupted by a three-pointer from Thornton as Milano quickly pulled back into the game at 46-43, forcing an Efes timeout. The hosts took control on Milano again and they jumped to 69-55 until the end of Q3. Visitors had no chance in the last ten minutes and Efes Pilsen celebrated valuable win.
In the next round, Efes Pilsen will meet Panathinaikos in Athens. AJ Milano goes to Valencia.

Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 17, Kerem Tunceri 15, Kerem Gonlum 13
AJ Milano: Ibrahim Jaaber 19, David Hawkins 18+6 boards+6 as


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Reati, Treviglio20.8 
 2. Rugolo, Molfetta19.7 
 3. Vico, Matera19.3 
 4. Carrizo, Ferentino18.8 
 5. Masper, Moncalieri17.2 
 6. Pilotti, Ruvo17.0 
 7. Becerra, Rieti16.7 
 8. Marino, Treviglio16.4 
 9. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.2 
 10. Picazio, Omegna16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Molfetta
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Corral, Molfetta11.2 
 2. Rosignoli, Bisceglie10.2 
 3. De Min, Treviglio9.2 
 4. Morena, Ostuni9.0 
 5. Zerini, Ruvo8.5 
 6. Facenda, Senigallia8.5 
 7. Tassinari, Moncalieri8.2 
 8. Bagnoli, Potenza8.2 
 9. Capitanelli, Pales.8.0 
 10. Gigena, Massafra8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Ferrarese, Trento5.5 
 2. Tomasiello, Comsum.4.5 
 3. Busca, Trieste4.0 
 4. Bastoni, Riva d.3.8 
 5. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.8 
 6. Di Capua, Osimo3.8 
 7. Santolamazza, Ana.3.8 
 8. Marino, Treviglio3.6 
 9. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.5 
 10. Conti, Moncalieri3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Franko BUSHATI
  Brescia
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Bushati, Brescia4.7 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia4.5 
 3. Sperduto, Pales.4.0 
 4. Guarino, Trapani4.0 
 5. Rabaglietti, Feren.3.5 
 6. Borgna, ASD Pavia3.3 
 7. Cardillo, Ferentino3.2 
 8. Picazio, Omegna3.2 
 9. Bolzonella, Piacenza3.0 
 10. Gullo, Patti3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Zerini, Ruvo2.2 
 2. Corral, Molfetta1.8 
 3. Ancellotti, Patti1.8 
 4. Pozzi, Molfetta1.7 
 5. Bozzetto, Comsum.i.1.2 
 6. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 7. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 8. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.0 
 9. Soave, Anagni0.8 
 10. Vitale, Treviglio0.8 


Standings - Lega 2
Lega2 Standings
 1. Snaidero UD 5-0 
 2. Immobiliare SR 4-1 
 3. Umana Reyer 4-1 
 4. Assigeco 3-2 
 5. Barcellona 3-2 
 6. Fastweb CM 3-2 
 7. Jesi 3-2 
 8. Trenkwalder 3-2 
 9. Tuscany PT 3-2 
 10. Aget IM 2-3 
 11. Forli 2-3 
 12. Scafati Basket 2-3 
 13. N.Ferrara 1-4 
 14. Prima Veroli 1-4 
 15. Tezenis Verona 1-4 
 16. San Severo 0-5 


Montepaschi keeps the perfect score in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Cibona 80-57

Montepaschi had an easy job against Cibona to keep the perfect score after three games in Group C. On the other side, the Croatian champion still looks for the first win (0-3). Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) was the leading scorer in Montepaschi with 16 points. Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans) had 14, while David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.), Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) and Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) (6 rebs) added 12 points each. In Cibona, Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) shined with 17 points and 7 boards. Mario Delas (208-F/C-90) stopped to 13 pts and 6 rebs.
Montepaschi demonstrated its power from the very beginning. The Italian champion started with 9-0 run and later finished the first ten minutes with 21-13. Cibona managed to recover in the second quarter and they started to play better. It resulted with 29-24 at the halfway of Q2, but Montepaschi immediately replied and jumped to 38-28. Goran Vrbanc answered fast with his own three and Leon Radosevic followed suite for another close 38-33. Few moments later, the first half ended with 40-35 for Montepaschi. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game as Montepaschi outplayed their rival with 17-9. It was 57-44 with one period to go. Cibona was not able to respond and they faced with 80-57 at the end.
In the next round, Montepaschi will meet Fenerbahce Ulker on the road. Cibona waits Cholet.

Montepaschi: Rimantas Kaukenas 16, Bo Lester McCalebb 14, David Moss 12, Milovan Rakovic 12, Ksistof Lavrinovic 12+6 boards
Cibona: Drago Pasalic 17+7 boards, Mario Delas 13+6 boards


Press conference of Bucchi and Perasovic - by Emiliano
At the end of the match in Istanbul, these impressions of coach Pier Luigi Bucchi . 'We played a race marked by several ups and downs.

The Efes was very accurate three-point shooting, but we have had the strength to bring us even less than two. At that point, our physical strength is a bit 'and dropped them there have systematically punished. I'm happy for the reaction that we had at the time of maximum difficulty, then sin which led to the decline of all'Efes take back the lead by more than 10 points. Now we are waiting for the trip to Valencia, where we try to make a great game to regain the feeling with the victory in the Euroleague.

Satisfied with the proof is coach Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ): 'We knew it would not be easy to meet a team like Armani. My team has always maintained a large concentration, even and especially when Milan has remounted. Obviously, the high percentage shot helped us, but overall I cant be unhappy for this important success. '




Olimpia Milano, Oleksiy Pecherov out six weeks - by Emiliano
Big problem for Armani Jeans Milano before the important match for the Euroleague regular season in Istanbul against Efes Pilsen.One of the best man of the team of Piero Bucchi, Oleksiy Pecherov (212-C-85), injuried himself in the second matches of the italian league against Benetton Treviso and after had missed the match against Lubiana he will miss also the match with Efes.The Ucranian forward, who has played 3 season in NBA with washington and minnesota, is the most important plyer for the attack of his team,in fact he scored 23 points in the match in Moscow against CSKA won by Olimpia.For the forward the doctors diagnosed a calf muscle injury.



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FIBA Africa Zone-3 Qualifiers: Royal Hoopers, Kano Pillars, ABC dominates - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The trio of Royal Hoopers basketball club and Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria and Abidjan Basket Club of Cote dIvoire have continue to dominate their opponent at the 2010 FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men Zone-3 elimination holding at the SKD Sports Complex gymnasium, Monrovia, Liberia posting good results.

Royal Hoopers Nigeria DStv League runner-up who is making its debut at the biggest Africa club competition handed down a 73-61 defeat of Liberia former league champion, NPA Pythons basketball club in Day-2 of the qualifiers completing its superiority over Liberian teams having defeated Liberia reigning champion UHURU Kings on Monday by 66-55 points.

The Coach Ogoh Odaudu tutored Hoopers opened a wide margin in the first quarter with a 22-06 points win but allowed the Pythons to bite back in the second quarter losing the quarter by 16-19 points for half-time score-line of 38-25 points in favour of the Hoopers.

The Hoopers also lost the third quarter by 15-20 but rose to the challenges to earn victory in the last quarter by 20-16 points for a cumulative score-line of 73-61 points.

In the other two games of Day-2 Kano Pillars defeated Swallows of Togo by 64-50 points while ABC had the better of UHURU Kings by 59-49 points.

Action continue today as the competition enter Day-3 with Royal Hoopers taking to the floor againsy ABC at 15H00; Swallows and NPA Pythons searches for their first win at 17H00 while Kano Pillars go up against UHURU Kings at 19H00.


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BJ League Round 6: Niigata Albirex defeats Saitama Bron. in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
BJ League Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings. The most interesting game of round 6 was a very close only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Saitama Bron. to third ranked Niigata Albirex 67-68. Zachary Andrews scored 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Willie Veasley helped with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Kenny Satterfield with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Despite the victory Niigata Albirex (3-1) stays at third position having just 2 victories less than leader Hamamatsu P.. Saitama Bron. (1-5) on the other side went down to seventh place as they recorded their fifth loss. Niigata Albirex are looking forward to the next round to face league's new leader Hamamatsu P. where they do not belong to the favorites. Saitama Bron. will play against Tokyo Apache (#6) hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Very significant was Oita H.Devils's (#16) just 2-point home victory against 13th ranked Takamatsu FA 62-60. Matt Lottich notched 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Matt Lottich accounted for 21 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points and 8 rebounds by Satoshi Takeda (185-G-80) did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. That victory allowed Oita H.Devils (3-3) to claimb to eleventh place. They share it with Kyoto Hannaryz and Shimane. Takamatsu FA (2-4) on the other side went down to fourth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Oita H.Devils's next round game will be against higher ranked Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#) being definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Takamatsu FA (#13) was upset in by sixteenth ranked Oita H.Devils 74-87. The biggest contributor to a victory was Matt Lottich with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Satoshi Takeda who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds. That victory allowed Oita H.Devils (3-3) to claimb to eleventh place. They share it with Kyoto Hannaryz and Shimane. Takamatsu FA (2-4) on the other side went down to fourth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Oita H.Devils will meet next round higher ranked Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#) being definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Osaka Evessa (#8) crushed in an easy home game 12th ranked Shimane with 19-point difference (biggest in this round) 85-66. It was a good game for William Knight who lead his team to a victory with 21 points and 12 rebounds. That victory allowed Osaka Evessa (5-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Hamamatsu P.. Shimane (3-3) on the other side went down to eleventh place as they recorded their third loss. Osaka Evessa's next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannaryz (#11) which should be an easy walk for them. Shimane will play against Miyazaki.
Let's mention also Hamamatsu P.'s road win over 6th ranked Tokyo Apache 95-89. Jeffrey Parmer scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Hamamatsu P. (5-1) stays at first position. Tokyo Apache (1-3) on the other side went down to sixth place as they recorded their third loss. Hamamatsu P. will face next round Niigata Albirex (#3). Tokyo Apache will play against Saitama Bron..

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 6: Miyazaki lost to Akita on the opponent's court 84-91. Toyama Grouses unfortunately lost to Sendai 89ers in a home game 75-82. Shiga Lakestars managed to beat Kyoto Hannaryz on the road 98-89.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 17 rebounds by Jeral Davis of Shimane Susanoo Magic


Oita H.Devils - Takamatsu FA 87-74

Takamatsu FA (#13) was upset in by sixteenth ranked Oita H.Devils 74-87. The biggest contributor to a victory was Matt Lottich with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Satoshi Takeda who recorded 23 points and 8 rebounds. That victory allowed Oita H.Devils (3-3) to claimb to eleventh place. They share it with Kyoto Hannaryz and Shimane. Takamatsu FA (2-4) on the other side went down to fourth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Oita H.Devils will meet next round higher ranked Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#) being definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Oita Heat Devils: K.Mitomo 16+2reb+1ast, M.Lottich 16+11reb+6ast, D.Johnson 14+9reb+5ast, H.Sato 13+7reb+1ast, T.Finger 10+7reb+2ast, Y.Suzuki 8,
Takamatsu Five Arrows: S.Takeda 23+8reb, R.Sparks 14+13reb+3ast, T.Farley 12+7reb, M.Kita 8+4reb+1ast, S.Takada 8+1reb+1ast, J.Price 6+4reb+1ast,


Oita H.Devils - Takamatsu FA 62-60

Very significant was Oita H.Devils's (#16) just 2-point home victory against 13th ranked Takamatsu FA 62-60. Matt Lottich notched 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Matt Lottich accounted for 21 points and 6 rebounds. Even 23 points and 8 rebounds by Satoshi Takeda did not help to save the game for Takamatsu FA. That victory allowed Oita H.Devils (3-3) to claimb to eleventh place. They share it with Kyoto Hannaryz and Shimane. Takamatsu FA (2-4) on the other side went down to fourth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Oita H.Devils's next round game will be against higher ranked Okinawa GK. Takamatsu FA will play against Fukuoka Rizing (#) being definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Oita Heat Devils: M.Lottich 21+6reb+3ast, D.Johnson 13+8reb+3ast, K.Mitomo 11+5reb+3ast, R.Howell 7+6reb, T.Finger 6+11reb+1ast, H.Sato 4+2reb+1ast,
Takamatsu Five Arrows: J.Price 16+8reb+1ast, H.Kikuchi 12+5reb+1ast, T.Farley 10+14reb+1ast, R.Sparks 10+12reb+2ast, S.Takeda 5+2reb, M.Kita 5+2reb+1ast,


Akita - Miyazaki 91-84

Everything went according to plan when 14th ranked Miyazaki (2-4) was defeated by fourth ranked Akita (2-4) 91-84. Paul Butorac scored 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Sek Henry helped with 28 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Brandon Cole with 12 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Despite the victory Akita (2-4) stays at fourth position. Akita are looking forward to the next round to face Toyama Grouses (#5). Miyazaki will play against Shimane hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Akita Northern Happinets: S.Henry 28+5reb+3ast, P.Butorac 20+14reb+5ast, M.Sawaguchi 14+2reb+1ast, R.Mizumachi 13+9reb+2ast, A.Coleman 6+10reb+2ast, Y.Nobihura 4+4reb+2ast,
Miyazaki Shining Suns: J.Manuel 20+3reb+6ast, T.Ito 17+4reb+3ast, E.Palmer 15+11reb+1ast, B.Cole 12+14reb+4ast, H.Fujita 11+1reb, T.Shimizu 5+2reb+2ast,


Niigata Albirex - Saitama Bron. 68-67

The most interesting game of round 6 was a very close only one-point home defeat of 7th ranked Saitama Bron. to third ranked Niigata Albirex 67-68. Zachary Andrews scored 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Willie Veasley helped with 16 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Kenny Satterfield with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 12 assists. Despite the victory Niigata Albirex (3-1) stays at third position having just 2 victories less than leader Hamamatsu P.. Saitama Bron. (1-5) on the other side went down to seventh place as they recorded their fifth loss. Niigata Albirex are looking forward to the next round to face league's new leader Hamamatsu P. where they do not belong to the favorites. Saitama Bron. will play against Tokyo Apache (#6) hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: W.Veasley 16+7reb, Z.Andrews 14+15reb, J.Ashby 13+6reb, I.Konare 9+3reb+1ast, Y.Ikeda 8+3reb+5ast, N.Takushi 3+2reb+2ast,
Saitama Broncos: B.Nash 17+4reb+2ast, B.Brown 14+6reb, K.Satterfield 13+5reb+12ast, D.Terashita 11+2reb, K.Hatano 6+4reb, Y.Kitamuki 4,


Toyama Grouses - Sendai 89ers 75-82

Everything went according to plan when 5th ranked Toyama Grouses (2-4) lost to second ranked Sendai 89ers (4-2) 82-75. Mac Hopson scored 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Michael Bell helped with 14 points and 10 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Brian Harper with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Despite the victory Sendai 89ers (4-2) stays at second position having just two points less than leader Hamamatsu P.. Toyama Grouses (2-4) on the other side went down to fourth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Sendai 89ers are looking forward to the next round to face Shiga Lakestars (#10) which should be an easy walk for them. Toyama Grouses will play against Akita (#4) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 22+8reb+5ast, M.Bell 14+10reb+1ast, C.Holm 12+7reb+1ast, T.Woodyard 10+4reb, K.Takahashi 7+4ast, L.Hechon 6+2reb,
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 22+11reb+2ast, J.Davis 15+8reb+2ast, M.Kyle 9+5reb, H.Johnson 9+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 8+1reb, T.Mito 4+3reb+4ast,


Tokyo Apache - Hamamatsu P. 89-95

Let's mention also Hamamatsu P.'s road win over 6th ranked Tokyo Apache 95-89. Jeffrey Parmer scored 19 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners. Hamamatsu P. (5-1) stays at first position. Tokyo Apache (1-3) on the other side went down to sixth place as they recorded their third loss. Hamamatsu P. will face next round Niigata Albirex (#3). Tokyo Apache will play against Saitama Bron..
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix: J.Parmer 19+5reb+4ast, D.Larkai 15+6reb, J.Dixon 11+3reb+5ast, M.Ohguchi 11+2reb+1ast, S.Okada 11+1reb, W.Arnold 9+4reb+1ast,
Tokyo Apache: K.Dartez 23+9reb+1ast, B.Eaton 14+2reb+4ast, C.Aoki 13+2reb+2ast, J.Tyler 8+4reb+1ast, R.Swift 8+6reb+1ast, J.Nakama 8+4reb+1ast,


Kyoto Hannaryz - Shiga Lakestars 89-98

Everything went according to plan when 11th ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (3-3) was defeated by tenth ranked Shiga Lakestars (4-2) 98-89. Mikey Marshall scored 23 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Masashi Joho helped with 23 points. The best for the losing side was Reginald Warren with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. That victory allowed Shiga Lakestars (4-2) to claimb to second place. They share it with Sendai 89ers and Fukuoka Rizing. Kyoto Hannaryz (3-3) on the other side went down to eleventh place as they recorded their third loss. Shiga Lakestars are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed Sendai 89ers where they do not belong to the favorites. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against Osaka Evessa (#8) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 23+7reb+5ast, M.Joho 23+4reb+2ast, L.Rice 16+4reb+1ast, S.Ogawa 14+3reb+4ast, G.Hamilton 9+11reb+9ast, Y.Okada 7+3reb,
Kyoto Hannaryz: K.Setoyama 16+2reb+5ast, N.Nakamura 12+2reb+1ast, W.White 12+5reb+6ast, M.Abdul-Rauf 11+2reb+1ast, K.Trim 10+5reb+2ast, M.Fey 10+4reb,


Osaka Evessa - Shimane 85-66

Osaka Evessa (#8) crushed in an easy home game 12th ranked Shimane with 19-point difference (biggest in this round) 85-66. It was a good game for William Knight who lead his team to a victory with 21 points and 12 rebounds. That victory allowed Osaka Evessa (5-1) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Hamamatsu P.. Shimane (3-3) on the other side went down to eleventh place as they recorded their third loss. Osaka Evessa's next round opponent will be Kyoto Hannaryz (#11) which should be an easy walk for them. Shimane will play against Miyazaki.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 26+6reb+1ast, W.Knight 21+12reb+3ast, W.Marshall 12+7reb, L.Blackledge 9+5reb+1ast, H.Katsumata 7+7reb+1ast, S.Konno 5+3reb+2ast,
Shimane Susanoo Magic: J.Davis 24+17reb, W.Caudle 18+6reb+2ast, T.Yokoo 9+6reb+2ast, T.Evans 7+7reb+2ast, S.Nakanishi 4+4reb+3ast, K.Yamabuchi 2+1reb+1ast,




2010 JBL All-Star Game Starters Announced - by John Scribe
The Japan Basketball League (JBL) announced the starters for the JBL All-Star Game to be held at Gunma, this week.

Usual suspects outline this year's festivities as Tochigi stars Yuta Tabuse (173-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii) and scoring maestro Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) led in the voting for their respective positions and will surely be the focus of this event as the All-Star Game will be held in Gunma, which is considered one of the homes for the Tochigi Brex and its second division farm team, the TGI D-Rise.

The starters for the annual classic are selected by the fans as they vote at game arenas, the internet or through their mobile phones. The reserves for the game will chosen by the league's coaches and media members. Reserves and team coaches are scheduled to be announced on the 11th of November.

Aisin Power Forward and two-time League Most Valuable Player Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) led all vote getters as he will start as PF for the West Stars.

The Game will be held on December 23 at the ALSOK Gunma Arena in Maebashi City, Gunma.

Pre-reservations for the game starts on November 6 and tickets can be purchased at local Ticket Pia's across Japan.



'JBL ALL-STAR 2010-2011 in GUNMA' Fan Voting Results:




EAST TEAM

PG Yuta Tabuse, Tochigi Brex, 24,320 votes

SG Takuya Kawamura, Tochigi Brex, 16,432 votes
SF Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83), Rera Kamuy Hokkaido, 26,053
PF Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85), Hitachi Sunrockers, 26,760
C Shunsuke Ito (204-C/F-79), Tochigi Brex, 25,011


Imports: Scott Merritt (208-C-82, college: Marquette), Tochigi Brex; Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80, college: Penn St.), Hitachi Sunrockers



WEST TEAM
PG Kei Igarashi (180-G-80), Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins, 26,328
SG Shingo Kajiyama (190-G/F-76), Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins, 19,047
SF Kenta Hirose (193-G-85), Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins, 18,379
PF Kosuke Takeuchi, Aisin Seahorses, 28,572
C J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76, college: UCLA), Aisin Seahorses, 25,169

Imports: Charles O'Bannon (198-F-75, college: UCLA),, Toshiba Bravethunders; Ron Hale (203-F-77, college: Florida St.), Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins


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Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Peja 3-0 
 2. Bambi 2-0 
 3. Sigal Prishtina 2-1 
 4. Trepca 2-1 
 5. K.EuroSporti 1-1 
 6. Bashkimi 1-2 
 7. Kosova 0-3 
 8. Mitrovica 0-3 


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


Latvian LBL round 5 best performance: Roberts Mednis - by Eurobasket News
Center Roberts Mednis (204-C-89) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BA Turiba, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat LU (#7, 0-4), the league's worst team 91-76. Turiba maintains the 5th position in Latvian LBL. Turiba 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. It's Mednis' second year at Turiba and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Roberts Mednis has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.3rpg) and averages impressive 2.3spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old former international swingman Mareks Jurevicus (198-G/F-85) of Liepajas Lauvas. Jurevicus had a very good evening with a double-double of 18 points and 12 assists. Bad luck as Liepaja lost that game 68-79 to league's leader VEF Riga jrs (#1, 5-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Liepaja still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Jurevicus is a newcomer at Liepaja, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.3ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 5.5rpg and 5.8apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Pavels Veselovs (207-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) of BK Valmiera (#8). Veselovs scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Veselovs' great performance Valmiera lost 55-69 to the higher-ranked Ventspils (#2, 4-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Valmiera can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 4 games. Too bad for Veselovs he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Veselovs has individually a great season in Latvia. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 7.0rpg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zanis Peiners (203-G-90) of LU - 30 points and 3 rebounds
5. Scott Wilson (198-F-83) of Zemgale - 19 points and 13 rebounds
6. Eduards Kikuts (196-G/F-88) of Turiba - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Corey Lowe (188-G-88) of Barons - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) of Ventspils - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) of VEF Riga jrs - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jurijs Aleksejevs (204-C-85) of Liepaja - 11 points and 6 rebounds


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja23.3 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja23.3 
 3. Wilson, Zemgale19.4 
 4. Veselovs, Valmiera18.0 
 5. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs17.6 
 6. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs17.6 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.3 
 8. Mitchell, Liepaja15.5 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.5 
 10. Bertans, VEF R.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Valmiera
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.0 
 2. Stimac, Ventspils8.4 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.3 
 4. Berzins, VEF R.8.0 
 5. Berzins, VEF R.8.0 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.8 
 7. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.3 
 8. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.3 
 9. Veselovs, Valmiera7.0 
 10. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dairis BERTANS
  VEF Riga
  (192-G/F-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Bertans, VEF R.6.0 
 2. Bertans, VEF R.6.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja5.8 
 4. Jurevicus, Liepaja5.8 
 5. Piternieks, LU5.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.8 
 7. Gailitis, VEF R.4.5 
 8. Gailitis, VEF R.4.5 
 9. Mason, Ventspils4.3 
 10. Sirsnins, Barons4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ashton MITCHELL
  Liepaja
  (180-G-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mitchell, Liepaja2.5 
 2. Mitchell, Liepaja2.5 
 3. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.5 
 4. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.5 
 5. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.3 
 7. Mednis, Turiba2.3 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons2.2 
 10. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.4.0 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.4.0 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale2.4 
 4. Cipruss, Valmiera1.5 
 5. Selakovs, VEF R.1.2 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.1.2 
 7. Mednis, Turiba1.0 
 8. Piternieks, LU1.0 
 9. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 10. Jurevicus, Liepaja0.8 


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  LEBANON   


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


FIBA Referee Nazir Al Saudi no more - by Maarouf Mawloud
FIBA Referee Nazir Al Saudi no more

http://www.fibaasia.net/NewsDetails.aspx?id=464

BEIRUT, Lebanon: FIBA Referee Nazir Al Saudi (License No: 16558) of Lebanon passed away in the early hours on Wednesday after a six-month fight against leukemia.

The 33-year-old is survived by wife Ghina Al-Masri, daughter Yasma (3) and son Ahmad (9 months).

Having earned his license in 2005, Al Saudi had been nominated to many top competitions in FIBA Asia and WABA.

Most recently, Al Saudi was officiated at the 25th FIBA Asia Championship at Tianjin and the 23rd FIBA Asia Championship for Women at Chennai last year.

At Chennai, Al Saudi was one of the referees in the gold medal game between China and Korea.

He had also officiated at the 20th FIBA Asia U18 Championship at Tehran (Iran) in 2008.

Born in Tripoli, Al Saudi was the founder coach of Al Moutahed womens team which now plays in the Lebanese Womens League first division.

I am deeply dismayed on learning this news, said FIBA Asia president Sheikh Saud bin Ali Al-Thani.

My heartfelt condolences to Nazirs family, he added.

I dont have words to express my sorrow, said FIBA Asia Secretary General Dato Yeoh Choo Hock.

He was too young to be nipped off life, Dato Yeoh said. May his soul rest in peace, he added.

FIBA Asia Deputy Secretary General and WABA Secretary General Hagop Khajirian said: For sure, we have lost one of the most promising and upcoming referees in FIBA Asia.

He was also a very nice person to have around, he added.

I pray that his soul rests in peace. I also pray that the family finds strength at this time of despair, he added.

He (Nazir) was a person of pleasant character, said FIBA Asia Technical Director Col Lee Kak Kuan,

As a referee he had good presentation. His officiating was consistent and had good potential qualities.

Ill miss a good referee and a friend, he added.

RIP Nazir Al Saudi!

FIBA Asia



Sagesse and Champville grabs the win in round 2!!! - by Rabih Khoury
In the 2nd round of Bank Med League, Sagesse welcomed Moutahed in Ghazir in a very exciting game. The game had a very equal tempo in the first half both teams tried to impose their game, the score at the half was 36-36.

In the 2nd half Sagesse hammered Moutaheds basket with 9 3pointers which gave a comfortable lead by outscoring the guest team 35-25 , Moutahed players answered back in the 4th quarter but couldnt finalize their efforts , Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence) had a great night with 33 points followed by Sabah Khouri with 20 points ( 5 from 10 3 pointers) .

Q1: 13-17 Q2:23-19 Q3: 35-25 Q4:11-16

Best Scorers:

Sagesse : Garnett Thompson (33)

Moutahed:Elie Rustom (17)

In the other exciting game, Anibal welcomed Champville in Zahle , Champville who started the season with a win against Byblos had a target to continue its wining streak on the other side Anibal who have big ambitions this year was aiming to score its first win of the season after the big game against Moutahed in Tripoli in the first round.

The game was close one throughout all its minutes, with a small advantage for Champville through Fadi Khatib who led all scorers in the game with 25 points ( 15 from 15 Free throws). Anibal was answering through their duo B.J. Raymond ( 17) and Shannon Terrence (18). But the big experience of Khatib helped his team in the ed to come back from Zahle with a precious win at the score of 61-71.

Q1: 18-16 Q2:15-21 Q3: 11-16 Q4:17-18

Best Scorers:

Anibal: Shannon Terrence (18).

Champville: Fadi Khatib (25)

source www.flbb.com



Okosa in Mouttahed, Cantrell in Byblos...and Fobbs in Sagesse - by Rabih Khoury
Al Moutahed Tripoli management decided to sign again their former center Reggie Okosa (206-F/C-80, college: La Salle). Reggie Okosa will be replacing Omari Peterkin. Okosa played in China last year and averaged 19ppg and 11reb before coming to Lebanon to join Mouttahed for couple of games and then going to Puerto Rico. Okosa arrived to Lebanon and will play in the team's next game.
Also John Cantrell (188-G, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Chicago St.) arrived and will join Byblos for try outs for 1 week.
On the other hand, Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut management signed Eddy Fobbs (211-C-80, college: Sam Houston St.) to be the second foreigner next to Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence). Fobbs had his first game with the team tonight where Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut won 82-77 on Al Moutahed Tripoli.


Riyadi lands Delonte Holland. - by Rabih Khoury
After signing their center Loren Woods, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut management signed with Delonte Holland (201-F-82, college: De Paul) for a 15 days try out!!! Holland will arrive to Lebanon in the next few hours to join his new team. He played lately 4 games in Italy Lega2 with Mazzeo San Severo where he averaged 14pts. Delonte played in UAE last year with Al Ahli.
He also had a very big European career especially in Italy where he was the 3rd scorer of Serie A with Cimberio Varese (in 2007-2008 and averaged in 15 games: Score-3 (25.0ppg), 4.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP:53.3%, 3PT:31.3%, FT:71.3%.He also played in the NBDL...



A big loss to Lebanese Basketball - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese Basketball family is very sad today by losing a very good person and one of the best FIBA referees in the region; Nazir Saoudi passed way at the age of 33.

Nazir who became a FIBA Referee in 2005 turned to be one of the best referees in the region and officiated many important Championships in West Asia and Asia ,in September 2010 in India he had the honor to officiate the Final of the FIBA Asia Championship.

THE LEBANESE BASKETBALL FAMILY WILL MISS HIM

R.I.P. NAZIR


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Benjamin RAYMOND
  Anibal
  (198-G/F-87)
  Avg: 33
 1. Raymond, Anibal33.0 
 2. Zachery, Antranik31.0 
 3. El Khatib, Champville28.0 
 4. Byrd, Hoops27.0 
 5. Shannon, Anibal26.0 
 6. Reid, Al Riyadi23.5 
 7. Abed El Nour, Al Ri.23.0 
 8. Warner, Byblos21.0 
 9. Lakiss, Chabab19.0 
 10. Battles, Antranik17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 William BYRD
  Hoops
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Byrd, Hoops12.0 
 2. Roustom, Moutahed11.0 
 3. Tabet, Anibal10.0 
 4. Vogel, Al Riyadi9.5 
 5. Warner, Byblos9.5 
 6. Kanaan, Antranik9.0 
 7. Battles, Antranik8.0 
 8. Martinez, Champville8.0 
 9. Mneimneh, Champville8.0 
 10. Raymond, Anibal7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rodrigue AKL
  Anibal
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 9
 1. Akl, Anibal9.0 
 2. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi7.5 
 3. Roustom, Moutahed6.0 
 4. Byrd, Hoops5.0 
 5. Balaa, Moutahed4.0 
 6. Youngblood, Champ.4.0 
 7. El Khatib, Champville4.0 
 8. Warner, Byblos4.0 
 9. El Turk, Al Riyadi4.0 
 10. Raymond, Anibal3.0 
Steals Per Game
 William BYRD
  Hoops
  (201-G/F-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Byrd, Hoops5.0 
 2. Youngblood, Champ.4.0 
 3. Zachery, Antranik4.0 
 4. Saoud, Al Riyadi3.5 
 5. Akl, Anibal3.0 
 6. Feghali, Antranik3.0 
 7. Clemons, Chabab3.0 
 8. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 9. Abou Jawdeh, Hoops2.0 
 10. Akkad, Chabab2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Terrence SHANNON
  Anibal
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shannon, Anibal3.0 
 2. Kanaan, Antranik3.0 
 3. Allen, Champville3.0 
 4. Tabet, Anibal2.0 
 5. Byrd, Hoops2.0 
 6. Martinez, Champville2.0 
 7. Moucharef, Byblos1.5 
 8. Bou Abboud, Champ.1.0 
 9. Sabra, Champville1.0 
 10. Mocharef, Champville1.0 


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Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Espartanos 0-0 
 2. Penarol 0-0 
 3. Regatas C. 0-0 
 4. Toros 0-0 
Group B
 1. BRB/Brasilia 0-0 
 2. Caneros 0-0 
 3. Halc.Xalapa 0-0 
Group C
 1. Flamengo 0-0 
 2. Mavort 0-0 
Group D
 1. Capitanes 0-0 
 2. Cocodrilos 0-0 
 3. Halc.Rojos 0-0 
 4. Sionista 0-0 


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Zalgiris beats Asseco Prokom in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Asseco Prokom 74-68 OT

Zalgiris needed an overtime to beat Asseco Prokom improving to 2-1 record in Group A. On the other side, the Polish powerhouse dropped to 0-3 and remains the only winless team in this pool. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) top-scored in Zalgiris with 18 points and he pulled down 6 rebounds beside that. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) and Mirza Begic (216-C-85) helped with 16 and 11 points respectively. In Prokom, Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) delivered 14 points and Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) added two less than him.
Everything started good for the hosts, who made quick 6-1 and few minutes later reached their first double-digit lead. After 10 minutes of play, the Lithuanians were already 27-14 up. Visitors faced with big trouble at the halfway of Q2, when Zalgiris jumped to 35-18. However, for rest of the time in the first half Prokom somehow managed to cut the margin to 41-30. Visitors exploded after the breather and they quickly came within five points. Jan Jagla and his teammates didnt stop and they managed to make a 46-47 turn before the last ten minutes. Thanks to 11-0 run during the last period, Zalgiris grabbed the lead again and they entered to last four minutes with 57-51. Prokom then responded with 1-10 run for 58-61. After a timeout, Tomas Delininkaitis came off a curl and swished a triple from the top of the key to tie the game with 27.3 seconds left. Daniel Ewing missed a jumper and Kalnietiss wild prayer at the buzzer bounced out, sending the game to an extra five minutes. Zalgiris started it with 6-3 and later moved up to 72-66 lead, after a slam by Mirza Begic. There was 53 seconds left and no chance for Prokom to grab the first win.
In the next round, Zalgiris goes to Vitoria to meet Caja Laboral. Prokom will host Partizan Belgrade.

Zalgiris: Martynas Pocius 18+6 boards, Tomas Delininkaitis 16, Mirza Begic 11
Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 14, Ratko Varda 12


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


Best players of Mexican LNBP round 18 - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rican Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panteras de Aguascalientes and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 18.
The 27-year old guard had the game-high 36 points adding four rebounds and five assists for Panteras in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fuerza Regia (#7, 11-7) 105-92. Despite this victory Panteras dropped to the 12th position in Mexican LNBP. Panteras is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 7-11 record. In the team's last game Melendez had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Panteras' top player in his first season with the team. Melendez has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 26.4ppg. Melendez is in league's top in and averages solid 50.3% FGP and 40.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American guard Larry Morinia (180-G-80, agency: ProSportsCareers) of Volcanes de Toluca. Morinia impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Volcanes was edged by the higher-ranked Huracanes (#6, 12-6) 85-81. Volcanes are still at the very bottom. 18 lost games is too many considering they did not win any game. Morinia is a newcomer at Volcanes and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. Clemson alumni Morinia played previously also Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was American Mike Smith (201-G/F-76) of Lechugueros de Leon (#14). Smith got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and four assists. Despite Smith's great performance Lechugueros lost 71-73 to slightly lower-ranked Abejas (#15, 6-12). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Lechugueros not to end season on such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 12 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Smith could try to bring Lechugueros' a little bit higher in the standings. Smith has individually a great season in Mexico. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.5ppg (7th best), rebounds with 9.4rpg (4th best) and assists with 3.8apg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73) of Algodoneros - 22 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Soles - 24 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jermaine Walker (198-F-77) of Angeles - 20 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) of Angeles - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Angeles - 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Anthony Rougeau (198-G-86) of Toros - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Demetric Shaw (191-G-78) of Fuerza Regia - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists


LNBP: Round 18 review - by Eurobasket News
Halc.Xalapa - Angeles 63-70

Luis Bethelmy scored 14 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Louis Roe with 15 points and 15 rebounds. Angeles maintain second position with (14-4) record, together with two other teams. Halc.Xalapa still keeps top position with three games lost. In the next round, Halc.Xalapa will play against Angeles once again hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Angeles de Puebla: G.Vargas 20+7reb+4ast, J.Walker 20+11reb+2ast, L.Bethelmy 14+16reb+5ast, D.Guevara 7+3reb+1ast, J.Gonzalez 5, C.Morris 2+1reb,
Halcones UV Xalapa: L.Garcia Morales 16+2reb+2ast, L.Roe 15+15reb+1ast, J.Griffin 13+4reb, M.Osimani 9+8reb+9ast, A.Parada 8+10reb+1ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 2+2reb+3ast,


Abejas - Lechugueros 110-71
Box-score will be available soon.

Lechugueros - Abejas 71-73
Steve Monreal who lead his team to a victory with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Christian Soto contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Mike Smith replied with 32 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for Lechugueros. Abejas improved to 6-13 score. Lechugueros dropped to fourteenth place with twelve games lost.
Top scorers:
Abejas de Guanajuato: S.Green 16+1reb+6ast, C.Soto 15+8reb+2ast, S.Monreal 13+8reb+5ast, D.Patten 12+2reb+3ast, G.Travis 10+9reb, J.Mitchell 5+2reb+2ast,
Lechugueros de Leon: M.Smith 32+11reb+4ast, R.Moss 13+18reb+1ast, M.Perez 9, E.Zuniga 6+5reb+13ast, J.Jenkins 6+2reb+3ast, A.Sanchez 5+4reb,


Panteras - Fuerza Regia 105-92

Ricardo Melendez notched 36 points and 5 assists to lead the winners. Thanks to that win Panteras moved-up to twelfth place. Fuerza Regia dropped to seventh place with seven games lost. Panteras's next round opponent will be higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#7) where they do not belong to the favorites.
Top scorers:
Panteras de Aguascalientes: R.Melendez 36+4reb+5ast, S.Bowie 20+3reb+7ast, A.Garcia 16+17reb+1ast, L.Miguel Rangel 14+2reb+6ast, J.Casillas 8+2reb, J.Alvarez 7+4reb+5ast,
Fuerza Regia Monterrey: M.Mitchell 24+2reb+6ast, D.Shaw 23+7reb+2ast, J.Smith 17+10reb+3ast, J.Habel 17+8reb+1ast, T.Cox 8+4reb+4ast, M.Strobbe 3+2reb+1ast,


Jaguares - Toros 76-106

The biggest contributor to a victory was Anthony Rougeau with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and Mike Helms helped with 26 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Erick Nuncio who recorded 14 points and 5 rebounds. Toros maintain second position having, together with two more teams (14-4 record). Jaguares dropped stays very low in the standings with 1-17.
Top scorers:
Toros Nuevo Laredo: M.Helms 26+1reb+2ast, A.Rougeau 22+11reb+9ast, E.Vasquez 19+6reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 13+10reb+1ast, W.Pagan 8+4reb+1ast, M.Helton 7+4reb,
Jaguares de la Bahia Riviera Nayarit: E.Nuncio 14+5reb+2ast, R.Rose 14+2reb+1ast, E.Halgunseth 12+5reb+1ast, J.Garcia 11+1reb+1ast, S.Escobar 8+3reb, F.Hooks 8+8reb,


Halc.Rojos - Titanes 65-53

The biggest contributor to a victory was Carlos Rivera with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Jeffrion Aubry helped with 12 points and 12 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Salomon Angounou who recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds. Halc.Rojos maintain fifth position. Titanes dropped to sixteenth place with twelve games lost.
Top scorers:
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz: C.Rivera 15+8reb+6ast, J.Aubry 12+12reb, J.Lloreda 11+4reb+3ast, M.Ayala 6+1reb, A.Solares 6+2reb+3ast, C.Lee 5+3reb+2ast,
Titanes Capital D.F.: S.Angounou 15+12reb+1ast, V.Avila 14+12reb+1ast, E.Martin 12+2reb, J.Lopez 8+5reb+3ast, L.Pulido 2+3reb+6ast, C.SILVA 2+2reb,


Pioneros - Ola Verde 95-82

The biggest contributor to a victory was Gregory Grays with 17 points and 7 assists and Kevin Young helped with 12 points and 8 rebounds. The best for losing team was Elys Guzman who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds. Pioneros jumped to 14-4, while Ola Verde dropped to tenth place with nine games lost.
Top scorers:
Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun: G.Grays 17+1reb+7ast, J.Sanchez 14, N.Brumfield 14+5reb+1ast, K.Young 12+8reb+1ast, H.Llamas 11+8reb+1ast, L.Keeler 9+2reb+1ast,
Ola Verde de Poza Rica Ver.: E.Guzman 25+5reb+3ast, N.Brown 15+4reb+1ast, A.Eneas 14+7reb+2ast, M.Daniels jr. 14+3reb, M.Baker 12+6reb+4ast, A.Gamer 2+1reb,


Algodoneros - Potros 102-107

The biggest contributor to a victory was Jamaal Thomas with 23 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Rafael Perez helped with 23 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Ruben Garces who recorded 22 points and 18 rebounds. Despite that victory Potros went down to twelfth position due to points difference. Algodoneros dropped to eleventh place with ten games lost.
Top scorers:
Potros ITSON: J.Thomas 23+8reb+4ast, R.Perez 23+1reb+2ast, A.Guzman 15+1reb+5ast, F.Harris 14+3reb+3ast, S.Monroe 14+3reb, R.Benitez 7+2reb,
Algodoneros de la Comarca: L.Cook 27+9reb, P.Stoll 23+4reb+6ast, R.Garces 22+18reb+2ast, J.Vargas 17+4reb+3ast, B.Walker 11+4reb+2ast, V.Mendez 2+2reb,


Lobos Grises - Soles 68-76

The biggest contributor to a victory was Hector Hernandez with 24 points and 12 rebounds and Terrance Thomas helped with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Germaine Jackson who recorded 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists. Soles maintain eighth position. Lobos Grises dropped to ninth place with eight games lost.
Top scorers:
Soles de Mexicali: H.Hernandez 24+12reb+1ast, T.Thomas 18+13reb+4ast, D.Salisbery 17+4reb+3ast, A.Pedroza 8+1reb+1ast, V.Esquer 5+2reb, J.Luis Bucio 4+1reb+2ast,
Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango: J.GUMS 19+3reb+2ast, G.Jackson 14+6reb+9ast, H.Salcedo 9+8reb, B.Heredia 9+1reb+2ast, J.Harris 7+3reb+1ast, M.Thomas 6+7reb+4ast,


Volcanes - Huracanes 81-85

The biggest contributor to a victory was Robert Hornsby with 24 points and 9 rebounds and Omar Quintero helped with 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Larry Morinia who recorded 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Thanks to that win Huracanes moved-up to fifth place. Volcanes still closes the standings with poor 0-18.
Top scorers:
Huracanes de Tampico: R.Hornsby 24+9reb, O.Quintero 15+5reb+3ast, A.Hunter 12+4reb, E.Albor 9+1reb, L.Manuel Gonzalez 7+1reb+3ast, A.Fuqua 7+10reb,
Volcanes de Toluca: L.Morinia 29+6reb+4ast, C.Roland 17+11reb, R.Catala 13+3reb+3ast, A.Velarde 10+10reb+4ast, N.Jones 8+1ast, G.Lira 4+3reb,


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Wednesday's games (12) review - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - Dallas M. 101-102
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) scored a season-high 35 points and Butler hit a pivotal 3-pointer late in the game, helping the Mavericks hold off a Nuggets squad missing center Nene 102-101 on Wednesday night. Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) scored 20 pts in this game. On the other side, Denver got 20 points and 15 rebs from Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse).

Utah Jazz - Toronto R. 125-108
Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) came within two rebounds of a triple-double as the Jazz rolled to a 125-108 victory Wednesday night over the Toronto Raptors. Williams had 22 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists. Al Jefferson shined with 27 points and 6 boards. For the Raptors, Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) collected 26 points and 9 boards.

Phoenix Suns - San Antonio S. 110-112
Richard Jefferson (6'6''-F/G-80, college: Arizona) hit four fourth-quarter 3-pointers, including the go-ahead basket with 1:38 remaining, and the San Antonio Spurs edged the Phoenix Suns 112-110 Wednesday night. Jefferson finished with 28 points, Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) had 25 and Manu Ginobili added 18 for the Spurs, who won in Phoenix for the first time since Jan. 29, 2009. Jason Richardson scored 21 points, Hakim Warrick added 19 off the bench and Steve Nash also had 19 for the Suns, who have lost consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25-26. Phoenix is 1-3 for the first time since 2006-07. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Boston C. - Milwaukee B. 105-102 OT
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) scored 12 of his 28 points in overtime to reach 20,000 points in his career, added a key steal with 27 seconds left, and helped the Boston Celtics beat the Bucks 105-102 on Wednesday night. Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) had 23 points for the Celtics (4-1), Rajon Rondo had 17 points and 15 assists, and Kevin Garnett scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds. Andrew Bogut led the Bucks (1-4) with 21 points and 13 boards. Ersan Ilyasova and Carlos Delfino each scored 15 points and Brandon Jennings had 13. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Houston R. - N.Orleans H. 99-107
Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) scored 25 points, Marco Belinelli (6'5''-G-86) added 18 and the Hornets beat the winless Rockets 107-99 on Wednesday night. Kevin Martin and Aaron Brooks delivered 18 points each in defeat.

New Jersey N. - Charlotte B. 83-85
Down by 10 points and facing the prospect of opening the season with four straight losses, the Charlotte Bobcats picked up their defense, got a few friendly bounces off the rim late and came up with a way to win. D.J. Augustin (5'11''-G-87, college: Texas) hit two go-ahead free throws with 30.9 seconds to play and the Bobcats closed the game with a 16-4 run to post an 85-83 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. Boris Diaw (6'8''-F/C-82) was the leading scorer in victory with 24 points. The hosts got 19 points and 8 assists from Devin Harris.

Orlando M. - Minnesota T. 128-86
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 18 points, 16 rebounds and eight blocked shots to help the Orlando Magic set a team record for most points in the first half and hand the Minnesota Timberwolves their worst loss in franchise history, 128-86 on Wednesday night. Vince Carter (6'5''-G-77, college: N.Carolina) had 20 points and Ryan Anderson scored 19 pts. Kevin Love had 22 points and Corey Brewer scored 12 for the Timberwolves. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Philadelph.76 - Indiana P. 101-75
Elton Brand (6'8''-F-79, college: Duke) had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) scored 16 points. Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams all had 11 points for the Sixers. Evan Turner scored 12. In the loosing squad, Darren Collison delivered 11 points.

Atlanta H. - Detroit P. 94-85
Alfred Horford (6'10''-F/C-86, college: Florida) had six straight points in an 18-4 run to finish the game and the undefeated Hawks beat the winless Detroit Pistons 94-85 on Wednesday night. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 22 points and 11 rebounds as the Hawks (5-0) remained the only unbeaten team in the Eastern Conference. Ben Gordon had 22 points but it wasn't enough for Detroit. The Pistons are 0-5 for the first time since the 1980-81 season. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Golde State W. - Memphis G. 115-109
Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) sat out nearly 5 1/2 minutes stretching from the end of the third quarter into the fourth, then came back to score 17 of his 39 points down the stretch and lift Golden State to a 115-109 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85) helped the winners with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Rugy Gay shined in defeat with 35 pts and 7 rebs.

LA Clippers - Oklah.City T. 107-92
Eric Gordon (6'4''-G-88, college: Indiana) scored 27 points, Bledsoe added 17 points and eight assists in his second career start, and the Clippers held Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) to a horrific shooting night in their first victory of the season, 107-92 over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. Griffin had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Clippers, who rebounded from their 0-4 start with an impressive win over the Thunder and Durant, last season's NBA scoring champion. Durant scored 16 points but missed 10 3-point attempts while going 6 for 24. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Sacramento K. - LA Lakers 100-112
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Los Angeles Lakers win their fifth straight game to open the season, 112-100 over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night. Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added 22 points and 11 rebounds, and Lamar Odom scored 18 for the Lakers, who have won seven straight against their Northern California rivals. Tyreke Evans had 21 points in defeat. *Courtesy of www.chron.com


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Monta ELLIS
  Golde State W.
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 30
 1. Ellis, Golde S.30.0 
 2. Rose, Chicago B.27.7 
 3. Nowitzki, Dallas M.26.5 
 4. Gay, Memphis G.26.4 
 5. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.0 
 6. Bryant, LA Lakers25.0 
 7. Bargnani, Toron.24.0 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers23.8 
 9. Wall, Washington W.23.7 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joakim NOAH
  Chicago B.
  (211-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Noah, Chicago B.15.3 
 2. Scola, Houston R.14.5 
 3. Evans, Toronto R.13.8 
 4. Lee, Golde S.11.5 
 5. Odom, LA Lakers11.4 
 6. Howard, Orlando M.11.0 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers11.0 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.11.0 
 9. Duncan, San A.10.8 
 10. Love, Minnesota T.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Rondo, Boston C.16.4 
 2. Kidd, Dallas M.11.8 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.3 
 4. Wall, Washington W.10.3 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.9.2 
 6. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.0 
 7. Rose, Chicago B.8.7 
 8. Curry, Golde S.8.5 
 9. Harris, New J.8.3 
 10. Jennings, Milwauke.7.6 
Steals Per Game
 John WALL
  Washington W.
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Wall, Washington W.4.0 
 2. Conley, Memphis G.3.4 
 3. Ariza, N.Orleans H.2.8 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.6 
 5. Brand, Philadelph.762.6 
 6. Westbrook, Oklah..2.5 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.2.5 
 8. Lin, Golde S.2.5 
 9. Holiday, Philadel.2.2 
 10. Roy, Portland TB2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-C/F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Howard, Orlando M.4.0 
 2. Smith, Atlanta H.4.0 
 3. McGee, Washingt.3.0 
 4. Chandler, New Y.3.0 
 5. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.8 
 6. Turiaf, New Y.2.7 
 7. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.6 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.5 
 9. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.3 
 10. Lopez, New J.2.3 


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


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FIBA Africa Zone-3 Qualifiers: Royal Hoopers, Kano Pillars, ABC dominates - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The trio of Royal Hoopers basketball club and Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria and Abidjan Basket Club of Cote dIvoire have continue to dominate their opponent at the 2010 FIBA Africa Champions Club for Men Zone-3 elimination holding at the SKD Sports Complex gymnasium, Monrovia, Liberia posting good results.

Royal Hoopers Nigeria DStv League runner-up who is making its debut at the biggest Africa club competition handed down a 73-61 defeat of Liberia former league champion, NPA Pythons basketball club in Day-2 of the qualifiers completing its superiority over Liberian teams having defeated Liberia reigning champion UHURU Kings on Monday by 66-55 points.

The Coach Ogoh Odaudu tutored Hoopers opened a wide margin in the first quarter with a 22-06 points win but allowed the Pythons to bite back in the second quarter losing the quarter by 16-19 points for half-time score-line of 38-25 points in favour of the Hoopers.

The Hoopers also lost the third quarter by 15-20 but rose to the challenges to earn victory in the last quarter by 20-16 points for a cumulative score-line of 73-61 points.

In the other two games of Day-2 Kano Pillars defeated Swallows of Togo by 64-50 points while ABC had the better of UHURU Kings by 59-49 points.

Action continue today as the competition enter Day-3 with Royal Hoopers taking to the floor againsy ABC at 15H00; Swallows and NPA Pythons searches for their first win at 17H00 while Kano Pillars go up against UHURU Kings at 19H00.


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Jay-R Reyes gets MVP of the Week award for Filipino PBA - by Eurobasket News
Jay-R Reyes (202-C-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for Rain or Shine and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 26-year old center had a double-double of 20 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Barako (#8, 2-4) 98-86. Despite this victory Rain or Shine dropped to the 6th position in Filipino PBA. Rain or Shine is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. Reyes has many years of experience at Rain or Shine, through which he has constantly improved. Jay-R Reyes averages this season 11.2ppg and 8.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old forward Mark Isip (193-F-80) of Barako Coffee Masters. Isip impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Barako lost that game 86-98 to slightly higher-ranked Rain or Shine (#6, 3-4). This loss caused Barako to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Isip is a newcomer at Barako and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.8ppg (#7). He also registered 7.2 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Gary David (187-G/F-78) of Powerade Tigers (#5). David got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He was a key player of Powerade Tigers, leading his team to a 81-66 easy win against the lower-ranked Meralco B. (#9, 2-4). Powerade Tigers needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 3 lost games. David has a great season in Philippines. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Yap (191-F/G-82) of Derby Ace Llamados - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Joe Devance (201-C-82) of Alaska - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Reed Juntilla (186-G-84) of Barako - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Pong Escobal (181-G-85) of Meralco B. - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jason Castro (173-G-86) of Talk N Text - 17 points and 6 rebounds
9. Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77) of Talk N Text - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84) of Talk N Text - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists


PBA Round: 6 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Barako - Rain or Shine 86-98
Rain or Shine outplayed Barako mostly owing to Solomon Mercado (183-G-84, college: Biola (CA)) and Jay-R Reyes (202-C-84), who scored 21 and 20 points respectively. Reyes had double-double as he pulled down 13 rebounds in this meeting. On the other side, Mark Isip (193-F-80) delivered 29 pts (6 rebs).

Alaska - Talk N Text 83-93
Talk N Text was too strong for Alaska keeping the almost perfect score after six rounds (5-1). Jason Castro (173-G-86) was the leading player in this victory with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) shined in loss with 23 points and 10 boards.

Derby Ace L. - San Miguel 83-85
San Miguel stays on top of PBA together with Talk N Text, who also has 5-1 record. Dondon Hontiveros (188-G-77) came up with 14 points in this victory. James Yap (191-F/G-82) had 21 points and 7 boards in loss.

Powerade T. - Meralco B. 81-66
3-3 for the Tigers and 2-4 for the Meralco Bolts after this game. Gary David (187-G/F-78) shined for the winners with 21 points. Pong Escobal (181-G-85) netted 17 points in defeat.


Jordanian Superstar Rasheim Wright is now an official Patriot - by Sheryl Reyes
The Philippine Patriots have signed Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) a veteran of World Championships to replace import Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) as they aim for a back-to-back championship in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League Season2 (ABL).Rasheim Wright, a naturalized Jordanian citizen, is known to be a scoring machine and would definetley be a tough import to guard in the on going ABL season 2.He has unpredictable moves that gives his opponent a hard time to catch him.He won't be seen in action yet vs the Brunei Barracudas on Saturday Nov 6, 2010 since he will only be arriving on Tuesday. He will then make his debut game vs the Singapore Slingers.on the 14th of November. Rasheim Wright was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, the 6'4 superstar is expected to provide championship experience, having played to a number of international basketball tournaments.He is also one of those skilled big name athlete that some of the PBA teams would like to tap this comming second import confference since he is legit 6'4 and that is the requirment height of the PBA next confference, although it's to early some teams have expressed interest of hiring Wright to reinforce their team in february,but for now Rasheim Wright is focused into playing the role that is needed of him by the Philippine Patriots . It will definetley be an exciting duo between Donald Little (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati) and Rasheim Wright they will for sure be a tandem that will be hard to beat plus with the incredible performance at all times of the local line up that has been very consistent stepping up at all games. It's early to say that the patriots will bring home the bacon again as the title champion holder but a fact is they are for sure a strong team to ignore. And with the new import comming to town it will be very exciting and interesting to watch them play against the other strong contenders.

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. San Miguel 6-1 
 2. Talk N Text 5-1 
 3. Ginebra 4-2 
 4. Air21 3-3 
 5. Alaska 3-3 
 6. Rain or Shine 3-4 
 7. Powerade T. 3-4 
 8. Barako 2-4 
 9. Meralco B. 2-5 
 10. Derby Ace L. 1-5 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. David, Powerade T.24.6 
 2. Devance, Alaska21.8 
 3. Buenafe, Air2119.0 
 4. Santos, San Miguel18.1 
 5. Cardona, Meral.16.8 
 6. Isip, Barako16.8 
 7. Hontiveros, San M.16.6 
 8. Alapag, Talk N Text15.7 
 9. Miller, Ginebra15.3 
 10. Mercado, Rain o.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rudy HATFIELD
  Ginebra
  (191-F-77)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Hatfield, Ginebra12.5 
 2. Thoss, Alaska11.7 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.11.5 
 4. Peek, Talk N Text11.3 
 5. Carey, Talk N Text11.2 
 6. Anthony, Powerade.10.0 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.3 
 8. Williams, Talk N.9.3 
 9. Washington, San M.9.0 
 10. Thiele, Barako8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text5.5 
 2. Cabagnot, San M.5.4 
 3. Ross, Meralco B.4.9 
 4. Baguio, Alaska4.5 
 5. Miller, Ginebra4.0 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.4.0 
 7. Urbiztondo, Air214.0 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.4.0 
 9. Arboleda, Air213.7 
 10. Tenorio, Alaska3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gabe NORWOOD
  Rain or Shine
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Norwood, Rain o.2.7 
 2. Ross, Meralco B.1.9 
 3. Mercado, Rain o.1.9 
 4. Arboleda, Air211.7 
 5. Reyes, Talk N Text1.5 
 6. Baguio, Alaska1.5 
 7. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.3 
 8. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.3 
 9. Macapagal, Powerade.1.3 
 10. Juntilla, Barako1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Baclao, Air212.8 
 2. Maierhofer, Derby A.2.2 
 3. Washington, San M.1.8 
 4. Andaya, Barako1.8 
 5. Ildefonso, San Miguel1.5 
 6. Devance, Alaska1.3 
 7. Al-Hussaini, Air211.2 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.1.1 
 9. Thoss, Alaska1.0 
 10. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.0 


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Zalgiris beats Asseco Prokom in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris - Asseco Prokom 74-68 OT

Zalgiris needed an overtime to beat Asseco Prokom improving to 2-1 record in Group A. On the other side, the Polish powerhouse dropped to 0-3 and remains the only winless team in this pool. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) top-scored in Zalgiris with 18 points and he pulled down 6 rebounds beside that. Tomas Delininkaitis (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) (192-G-82, agency: Interperformances) and Mirza Begic (216-C-85) helped with 16 and 11 points respectively. In Prokom, Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) delivered 14 points and Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) added two less than him.
Everything started good for the hosts, who made quick 6-1 and few minutes later reached their first double-digit lead. After 10 minutes of play, the Lithuanians were already 27-14 up. Visitors faced with big trouble at the halfway of Q2, when Zalgiris jumped to 35-18. However, for rest of the time in the first half Prokom somehow managed to cut the margin to 41-30. Visitors exploded after the breather and they quickly came within five points. Jan Jagla and his teammates didnt stop and they managed to make a 46-47 turn before the last ten minutes. Thanks to 11-0 run during the last period, Zalgiris grabbed the lead again and they entered to last four minutes with 57-51. Prokom then responded with 1-10 run for 58-61. After a timeout, Tomas Delininkaitis came off a curl and swished a triple from the top of the key to tie the game with 27.3 seconds left. Daniel Ewing missed a jumper and Kalnietiss wild prayer at the buzzer bounced out, sending the game to an extra five minutes. Zalgiris started it with 6-3 and later moved up to 72-66 lead, after a slam by Mirza Begic. There was 53 seconds left and no chance for Prokom to grab the first win.
In the next round, Zalgiris goes to Vitoria to meet Caja Laboral. Prokom will host Partizan Belgrade.

Zalgiris: Martynas Pocius 18+6 boards, Tomas Delininkaitis 16, Mirza Begic 11
Asseco Prokom: Daniel Ewing 14, Ratko Varda 12


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Valencia smashes CSKA for the first joy - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - CSKA 82-57

Both teams failed in the first two rounds. The Spanish team managed to register first Euroleague win of the season as they outplayed CSKA Moscow 82-57. Visitors have big troubles with injuries this season and they dropped to 0-3 in Group D. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds in Valencia. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) scored 14, Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) had 11 and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 10 points. In the loosing squad, Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) collected 16 points and 5 rebs. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) had 11 pts and 9 boards.
Valencia took control on CSKA Moscow from the very beginning. Dusko Savanovic opened the game with a low post basket, after what Robertas Javtokas and Martinez paced the hosts to 6-0 lead. They reached 15-5 and later closed the first quarter with 30-18. Visitors were not able to reply and to avoid 42-29 deficit at the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as there was only one team playing on the court and it was Valencia. The home squad jumped to 53-29 at the halfway of Q3 and question about the winner was already resolved. Third quarter ended with 65-39 and Valencia reached plus 29 in the finish of this game.
In the next round, Valencia will host AJ Milano. CSKA Moscow waits Union Olimpija.

Valencia: Robertas Javtokas 15+7 boards, Omar-Sharif Cook 14, Victor Claver 11, Dusko Savanovic 10
CSKA: Trajan Langdon 16+5 boards, Andrey Vorontsevich 11+9 boards


Khimky hands the first loss to Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Caja Laboral 64-60

Khimky crushed Caja Laboral handing them the first Euroleague loss this season. It means that both teams have 2-1 record now in Group A, same as Zalgiris Kaunas. Khimky grabbed this one mostly owing to Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas), who scored 19 points. He reached valuation 25 and was the MVP of this meeting. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) (7 rebs) and Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) helped the hosts with 14 and 13 points respectively. For the Spanish champion, Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) delivered 18 points. Stanko Barac (217-C-86), who got a 3-year contract extension yesterday, had 12 points and 12 boards.
Caja Laboral had a great start as they made quick 1-11 lead. However, Keith Langford and his teammates immediately woke up and closed the gap to 11-17 for rest of the first quarter. They were better than Caja Laboral in Q2 and few times were coming to minus two. A fastbreak layup by Keith Langford finally tied the game late, but Laboral still were able to reach the break with a 29-31 advantage as Brad Oleson scored the final basket to close the first half. Khimky grabbed their first lead in this game at the beginning of the second half, but visitors took it back very soon. Thanks to excellent 10-0 in the finish of Q3, Khimky went to last period with 53-47. They reached 60-51 with less than four minutes left and Caja Laboral was in trouble. They were not able to respond and faced with the first Euroleague loss of the season.
In the next round, Khimky will play another home game, but their rival will be Maccabi Electra. Caja Laboral will meet Zalgiris in Vitoria.

Khimky: Keith Langford 19, Benjamin Eze 14+7 boards, Zoran Planinic 13
Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 18, Stanko Barac 12+12 boards


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A League: Round 5 review - by Eurobasket News
After 5 rounds played we can already see who rules in the A League and who belongs to weaker ones. The most interesting game of round 5 was a very close only two-point home win of Mega Vizura against Superfund 87-85. Stefan Matovic (203-G-91) stepped up with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners (MVP) and Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell) helped with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 6 assists to this win. Marko Spica (205-F/C-86, college: Cent.Michigan) responded with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Superfund added fifth loss to their record. That victory allowed Mega Vizura (3-2) to claimb to fourth place. They share it with Napredak and Tamis. Another loss means that Superfund is still at the bottom of the standings. Mega Vizura is looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Metalac. Superfund will play against Crnokosa hoping to get finally their first victory.
Borac was upset in Cacak by Napredak 63-70. Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) nailed 22 points for the winning side and Slobodan Pejovic (192-G-86) accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Nikola Vasojevic (192-F-86) come up with 19 points for Borac in defeat. That victory allowed Napredak (3-2) to claimb to fourth place. They share it with Mega Vizura and Tamis. Borac (2-3) on the other side went down to eighth place as they recorded their third loss. Napredak's next round game will be against higher ranked Sloga. Borac will play against Vojvodina (#12) to get back on winning track.
Quite impressive was FMP's 40-point home win in a game versus Vojvodina 89-49. The best player for the winners was Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) who had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Nenad Tomasevic (192-G-84) produced 9 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. FMP (5-0) stays at first position. Vojvodina (2-3) on the other side went down to eighth place as they recorded their third loss. FMP will meet next round higher ranked Proleter Naft.. Vojvodina will play against Borac (#8) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 5: Tamis won against Crnokosa on the opponent's court 82-76. Novi Sad outscored Sloboda Uzice in a home game 88-65. Beograd managed to beat Proleter Naftagas on the road 93-81. Game Sloga - Metalac is postponed.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 20 points and 11 rebounds by Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) (217-C-84) of OKK Beograd.


Crnokosa - Tamis 76-82

Dejan Djokic (200-F-80) stepped up with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Branko Jereminov (187-G-87) helped with 20 points. Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83) responded with 21 points. Crnokosa added fourth loss to their record. That victory allowed Tamis (3-2) to claimb to fourth place. They share it with Napredak and Mega Vizura. Crnokosa (1-4) on the other side went down to thirteenth place. Tamis are looking forward to the next round to face Novi Sad. Crnokosa will play against Superfund hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Tamis Petrohemija Pancevo: B.Jereminov 20+1reb+2ast, D.Djokic 18+6reb, M.Sekulic 12+2reb, D.Perak 10+4reb, D.Buric 8+5reb, B.Stanojevic 5+3reb,
KK Crnokosa Kosjeric: M.Janjusevic 21+4reb, S.Mukanovic 11+2reb, M.Masalusic 10+2reb, G.Ignjatovic 9+6reb+1ast, N.Karalic 9+10reb+3ast, A.Radulovic 8+1reb+2ast,


Novi Sad - Sloboda Uzice 88-65

Nemanja Kovacevic (193-G-85) stepped up with 16 points and 4 assists for the winners and Dusko Bunic helped with 16 points. Nikola Micevic responded with 16 points. This victory allowed Novi Sad (2-3) to claimb to eighth place. They share it with 4 other teams including Sloboda Uzice. Novi Sad are looking forward to the next round to face Tamis and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
KK Novi Sad Panonska Banka: D.Bunic 16+3reb, N.Kovacevic 16+2reb+4ast, P.Jokic 14+3reb, O.Kuzeta 11+3reb+4ast, S.Agoc 9+1reb, B.Vujosevic 8+2reb+5ast,
KK Sloboda Uzice: N.Micevic 16+4reb+1ast, S.Fekete 15+1reb+1ast, B.Andjic 9+2reb, M.Markovic 7+2reb, B.Ljubojevic 7+2reb+1ast, P.Maric 5,


Proleter Naftagas - Beograd 81-93

Srdjan Zivkovic stepped up with 28 points for the winners and Nenad Misanovic helped with 20 points and 11 rebounds. Zoran Majkic responded with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Proleter Naftagas added third loss to their record. Despite the victory Beograd (4-1) stays at second position having just two points less than leader FMP. Proleter Naftagas (2-3) on the other side went down to eighth place. Beograd are looking forward to the next round to face Sloboda U.
Top scorers:
OKK Beograd: S.Zivkovic 28+3reb+1ast, N.Misanovic 20+11reb+1ast, S.Dundjerski 17+4reb+5ast, D.Mitrovic 9+4reb+7ast, S.Knezevic 6+3reb+2ast, D.Simic 6+1reb,
Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin: Z.Majkic 17+5reb, P.Lambic 14+5reb, V.Zarkovic 12+2reb+8ast, B.Obrenovic 12+6reb+1ast, S.Atanackovic 11+1reb+3ast, M.Vulin 9+4reb+2ast,


FMP - Vojvodina 89-49

The best player for the winners was Andreja Milutinovic who had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Nenad Tomasevic produced 9 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. FMP (5-0) stays at first position. Vojvodina (2-3) on the other side went down to eighth place as they recorded their third loss. FMP will meet next round higher ranked Proleter Naft.. Vojvodina will play against Borac (#8) hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
FMP Zeleznik Beograd: A.Milutinovic 19+6reb+4ast, B.Lazic 18+7reb+2ast, M.Milovanovic 16+8reb, F.Covic 9+1reb+4ast, N.Markovic 6+4reb, M.Ilic 6+1reb+1ast,
Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad: A.Jevdjic 10+2reb, N.Tomasevic 9+9reb+1ast, M.Marjanovic 7+5reb, D.Kovacevic 5+1reb+1ast, B.Radak 5+2reb+2ast, S.Hajdukovic 4+1reb+1ast,


Borac - Napredak 63-70

Nenad Sulovic nailed 22 points for the winning side and Slobodan Pejovic accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds. Nikola Vasojevic come up with 19 points for Borac in defeat. That victory allowed Napredak (3-2) to claimb to fourth place. They share it with Mega Vizura and Tamis. Borac (2-3) on the other side went down to eighth place as they recorded their third loss. Napredak's next round game will be against higher ranked Sloga. Borac will play against Vojvodina (#12) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
KK Napredak Rubin Krusevac: N.Sulovic 22+3reb+3ast, M.Puzic 14+1reb, S.Pejovic 10+6reb+1ast, S.Mihajlovic 6+2reb+3ast, P.Beader 5+2reb, S.Cupkovic 5+4reb+1ast,
KK Borac Cacak: N.Vasojevic 19+3reb+1ast, F.Dedijer 14+7reb+1ast, D.Tresac 10+3reb+2ast, P.Rakovic 8+2reb+2ast, M.Zocevic 6+2reb+1ast, B.Grubisic 6+8reb+1ast,


Mega Vizura - Superfund 87-85

Stefan Matovic (MVP) stepped up with 15 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Rastko Dramicanin helped with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) added 16 points and 6 assists to this win. Marko Spica responded with 25 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Superfund added fifth loss to their record. This victory allowed Mega Vizura (3-2) to claimb to fourth place. They share it with Napredak and Tamis. Another loss means that Superfund is still at the bottom of the standings. Mega Vizura are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Metalac. Superfund will play against Crnokosa hoping to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mega Vizura: R.Dramicanin 20+9reb, B.Milisavljevic 16+1reb+6ast, N.Nikolic 15+2reb+2ast, S.Matovic 15+12reb+3ast, G.Cakic 13+8reb+3ast, M.Riboskic 5+2reb+1ast,
Superfund BP Beograd: M.Spica 25+10reb+4ast, N.Koprivica 15+6reb+1ast, M.Kovacevic 13+7reb+1ast, N.Rondovic 9+6reb, N.Djoric 8+1reb+3ast, K.Kocergin 8+2reb+1ast,

Game Sloga - Metalac is postponed


Crvena Zvezda close to sign Ricardo Marsh - by Eurobasket News
According to Serbian media, Ricardo Marsh (201-F-81, college: ODU) verbally agreed a deal with Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. Reportedly, the American forward is expected to sign a contact in the coming days.
Ricardo Marsh finished last season in Croatia as a member of Cedevita Zagreb. He appeared 14 times for them in domestic championship averaging 13.5 points and 4.7 rebounds. His numbers dropped to 5.2 ppg and 1.3 rpg in six Adriatic league games. Marsh also has experience from Donetsk, Antalya, Alitzur Ashkelon and Turk Telekom Ankara.
Ricardo Marsh spent some time with the Atlanta Hawks during the NBA pre-season, but failed to secure a deal.


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 5-0 
 2. Beograd 4-1 
 3. Sloga 3-1 
 4. Mega Vizura 3-2 
 5. Napredak 3-2 
 6. Tamis 3-2 
 7. Metalac 2-2 
 8. Borac 2-3 
 9. Novi Sad 2-3 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 2-3 
 11. Sloboda Uzice 2-3 
 12. Vojvodina 2-3 
 13. Crnokosa 1-4 
 14. Superfund 0-5 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Dragan KRUSCIC
  Metalac
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Kruscic, Metalac20.5 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.20.2 
 3. Micevic, Sloboda .20.2 
 4. Koprivica, Super.19.8 
 5. Bunic, Novi Sad19.6 
 6. Dramicanin, Mega V.18.8 
 7. Subotic, Beograd18.3 
 8. Vasojevic, Borac18.2 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak17.4 
 10. Bogavac, Sloga17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nenad TOMASEVIC
  Vojvodina
  (192-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Tomasevic, Vojvo.9.0 
 2. Bjegovic, Superfund9.0 
 3. Misanovic, Beograd8.7 
 4. Dedijer, Borac8.4 
 5. Buric, Tamis8.2 
 6. Matovic, Mega V.7.6 
 7. Cvetkovic, Mega V.7.0 
 8. Markovic, FMP7.0 
 9. Spica, Superfund7.0 
 10. Marjanovic, Vojvo.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Vuk RADIVOJEVIC
  FMP
  (197-G-83)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Radivojevic, FMP8.7 
 2. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.6 
 3. Vlahovic, Sloga5.8 
 4. Milisavljevi., Mega V.5.6 
 5. Ljubicic, Metalac4.8 
 6. Covic, FMP4.8 
 7. Mitrovic, Beograd4.6 
 8. Djoric, Superfund4.6 
 9. Radulovic, Crnokosa4.4 
 10. Dundjerski, Beograd4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Milos MARJANOVIC
  Vojvodina
  (207-C-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.5 
 2. Bunic, Novi Sad2.4 
 3. Bozovic, Sloga2.3 
 4. Vulin, Prolet.2.0 
 5. Pejovic, Napredak2.0 
 6. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.0 
 7. Djoric, Superfund2.0 
 8. Vujosevic, Novi Sad2.0 
 9. Tresac, Borac2.0 
 10. Janjusevic, Crnok.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maksim KOVACEVIC
  Superfund
  (199-G/F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kovacevic, Super.2.0 
 2. Bjegovic, Superfund1.7 
 3. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.5 
 4. Bozovic, Sloga1.3 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 6. Milovanovic, FMP1.2 
 7. Matovic, Mega V.1.0 
 8. Arsic, Sloboda Uzice1.0 
 9. Misanovic, Beograd1.0 
 10. Vujovic, Mega V.1.0 


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Tarvis Williams gets MVP of the Week award for Slovakian Extraliga - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Tarvis Williams (205-F/C-78, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) had an amazing evening in the last round for BC Prievidza and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 32-year old power forward had a double-double of 30 points and ten rebounds, while his team crushed B.Bystrica (#10, 3-7) with 18-point margin 94-76. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Prievidza maintains the 11th position in Slovakian Extraliga. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Prievidza have already lost 8 games and recorded just two victories. Williams turned to be Prievidza's top player in his first season with the team. Tarvis Williams averages this season 17.4ppg and 6.3rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) of MBK Rieker Komarno. Burrows impressed basketball fans with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck as Komarno lost that game 64-84 to the higher-ranked Pezinok (#1, 7-3). This loss caused Komarno to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Burrows is a newcomer at Komarno and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.8ppg (#4). He also registered 7.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another BC Prievidza's star - American Roy Booker (191-G/F-84). Booker showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, five rebounds and fifteen assists (!!!) in the last round. He was another key player of Prievidza, helping his team with a 94-76 easy win against slightly higher-ranked B.Bystrica (#10, 3-7). Prievidza can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 2-8 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Booker he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Booker has individually a great season in Slovakia. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.8ppg (2nd best) and assists with 7.0apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Andrej Lukjanec (203-F/C-69) of Pezinok - 23 points and 4 rebounds
5. Ladislav Lutovsky (201-F-75) of Levice - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Justin Carter (193-F-87) of Vahostav-Zilina - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ronald Moore (183-G-88) of Nitra - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. David Grbesic (194-G-79) of Svit - 23 points and 6 rebounds
9. Branislav Tomek (205-C-83) of Nitra - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Pavel Bosak (192-G-82) of Nitra - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists


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Last unbeaten team falls as Litija top Rogaska (B1 League) - by Zeljko Zule
Litija defeated Rogaska, 93-86, in overtime, and in the process handed the visiting team their first loss of the season. The result leaves B-1 League without an undefeated team just six weeks into the season. Litija never trailed in overtime as Goropevsek opened the extra session by hitting a 3-pointer. Luka Marolt (201-F-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Dragan Pusic scored 18 points before he fouled out, Anel Blazevic and Matic Goropevsek posted 16 points apiece and Luka Hren added 15. In regular game, Rogaska's Boban Tomic hit the first free throw to tie the score at 73 with 7 seconds to go, missed the second. Litija grabbed the rebound, but Goropevsek lost the ball. Boban Tomic had 29 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists, Zeljko Jotic posted 21 points, Miroslav Petroivc 12 and Igor Spesic collected 12 points and 11 rebounds
B1 League - Round 6:
Litija-Rogaska 93-86 OT (Marolt 22+10 rbs, Pusic 18 - Tomic 29, Jotic 21, Spesic 12+11 rbs)
Portoroz-Primorac Branik 73-66 (Podboj 15+10 rbs, Kavgis 12 - Bratina 17, Tratnik 15, I.Gavric 12 rbs)
Postojna-Nova Gorica 67-87 (Glavas 18, Kunc 16+10 rebs - Petrovic 26, Marcetic 22)
Radovljica-Konjice 72-61 (Ivanovic 17+12 rbs, Klepo 17 - Sivka 15+12 rbs, Teras 14)
Kraski zidar-Triglav 68-60 (M.Husic 22, Zalar 14 - Hocevar 16, Grum 13)
Sencur-Grosuplje 69-68 (Horvat 16, Kosec 13+10 rbs, Korosec 11as, Dolinar 10 rbs - Misic 18, Trampus 12)
Medvode-Hrastnik 74-55 (Ciglic 22, Roser 11 - Tusek 14+12 rbs)




Interview with Goran Jagodnik, MVP for October - by Eurobasket News
Two weeks after he wore the home jersey of a Slovenian club team in a Turkish Airlines Euroleague game for the first time in 11 years, veteran forward Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) was named the Sportingbet MVP for October thanks to his role in leading Union Olimpija to a 2-0 start in Group D. Jagodnik was averaging 20 points after two games, but most important was his late-game heroics as Olimpija first defeated Efes Pilsen in double-overtime at home and then came back to stop Armani Jeans Milano on the road. Jagodnik's homecoming coincided with the first game that Olimpija played at the new Stozice Arena in Ljubljana, where 9,000 fans saw their team's unforgettable win against Efes - just the third double-OT game all decade in the Euroleague. Now, for a first-place showdown against Group D adversary Panathinaikos on Thursday night, Olimpija is expecting a record crowd of 13,000, the most ever to watch a club basketball game in Slovenia. 'They will be our sixth player, I am sure,' Jagodnik told Euroleague.net. 'We must play like we did in the first two games, without overestimating Panathinaikos. We will try to surprise them, too.'

First of all, Goran, congratulations on a great start and on winning the Sportingbet October MVP award. Did you imagine the Euroleague season starting this way?

'Thank you. Not really, because we didn't know which players would be available before Game 1 due to our registration problems. We managed to fix the problem right in time to play against Efes - but that was our first game together. Nobody expected us to win the first two games but this is what we did! We didn't play really well but managed to fight and give our best on court. Both were really close games but we managed to get both wins.' A lot of people are surprised to see Olimpija 2-0. What has been the key to getting two quality wins so far? 'We played like a team and with a lot of heart. We really gave our best out there on the court. We don't know each other so well because we didn't play that much time together. We play with big motivation and faith and really wanted to win both games - and so we did.'

On Thursday, the most fans ever to watch a club basketball game in Slovenia will be with you to face Panathinaikos. What are your thoughts on that game and that opponent?

'I think that Panathinaikos and CSKA are the best teams in our group. It doesn't matter that CSKA has a 0-2 start; you just need to see their roster to find out they are a great team. We play at home against Panathinaikos and around 13,000 people are expected to attend the game. They will be our sixth player, I am sure. We must play like we did in the first two games, without overestimating Panathinaikos. We will try to surprise them, too.'

Goran, what was it like to be down on the floor rallying in double-OT to win the home opener against Efes in front of all those great fans in Ljubljana?

'It was a great feeling, of course. Efes came here to win the game no matter what. We didn't know which exact team we would have in this game because of our registration problems. But we played our first game with a complete roster and did so in front of 9,000 people. Everything went well, we managed to win the game and it gives us a lot of motivation for the upcoming games, starting with the next one against Armani Jeans Milano.'

You're birth date says you're 36, but you were bouncing around out there like a 25-year-old in that game. Are you really 36?

'I am 36, yes, but I practice every day, don't smoke and don't go out much. I take good care about my body and I guess that is the key. I don't do anything special: maybe it's my Slovenian genes! I could be a genetic issue, yes.'

You've been in a lot of countries for a lot of big games: How did that victory rank on your personal scale of great moments?

'It was special. I played a lot of big games, but being 36, it is great to see that I can play well at the highest European level. It was special because it was at home. I played outside of Slovenia for the last 11 years, so I think a lot of people here kind of forgot the way I play. I am glad that I can still prove I can play at the biggest level - and that I have the chance to prove it here in Ljubljana.'

It must have been special for your family and friends to see you play, too, after 11 years abroad.

'Oh yes, my parents came to see the game, and a lot of friends, too. They didn't have the chance to see me before because I played outside Slovenia. They only had the chance to see me when I played for the national team, but that was only two or three games every year. Now, they'll come to every game to support me and Olimpija. They will help us to win as many games as we can.'

What does it mean for you to represent Union Olimpija in the Euroleague and to play for Jure Zdovc, a Slovenian basketball hero?

'This is the first time that I play for Olimpija. I never had the chance to do it in the past. Olimpija is growing into a much better situation and the team is doing better and better. This is a great chance for all of us to prove that Olimpija is still a big team in European basketball. Our coach, like you said, is a legend not only in Slovenia, but in the former Yugoslavia and in Europe. It is nice when you have a legend coaching the team. Everybody looks at your team in a different way, takes you more seriously. This is a big plus for us, no question about it.'

Olimpija has the reputation of a giant-killer, beating the biggest teams when they visit in Ljubljana. Is that phenomenon talked about among the players or something you absorb in the locker room, on the court?

'First of all, it is very nice to play in Ljubljana. It is a great city and it is home to me. I want to prove they made a mistake by not signing me before! (Just a little joke.) Fans here know basketball and that makes it more difficult for the opponents. When we play good basketball, a lot of people come. The club is expecting 12,000 fans for our next home game against Panathinaikos. Olimpija also beat CSKA and Olympiacos in the last two years, but didn't make it to the Top 16. We hope that this win against Efes is a first step to reach the Top 16 after so many years.'

How did the team overcome so many distractions before the opening game, when it wasn't clear how many of the players would be registered on time?

'I told everyone before the game that no matter who played, everyone should put everything they had on the court and play with heart if we wanted to beat Efes. Like I said before, this was our first game together and I am sure we will get better and better. We won this game because everybody wanted to play and give their best. It was the key to that win. It was difficult, because two days before the game, we didn't know who would play or not. We won in the end and are now in a good situation.'

As the oldest guy on this team, did you come in and assume a leadership role right away?

'We have a lot of good player in this team. Some players can step up in difficult moments one day and different ones can do it in the next game. Personally, I am used to taking critical shots. It is not the first time that I scored very important points late in a key game. Team is all that matters in the end. We have very good players but still need a little time to play more as a team. No matter who steps us late in the game, it is the team that wins games, not individuals.'

After all your travels - Turkey, Russia, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic and Serbia - how can you explain Slovenian fans to someone who doesn't know how much basketball means in your country?

'Basketball is very important for Slovenian fans. You can see it in every national team game. No matter where we play, there are always a lot of fans - Eurobasket, World Championships, everywhere. Slovenia also needs a good basketball club and Olimpija is the team for that. If Olimpija does a good job, other teams will try to follow that and be competitive. Despite our small population, Slovenian basketball is quite important in Europe.'

Would you say you come back to Slovenia at just the right time?

'Yes, we can say it like this. That, or Olimpija called me at the right time! But yes, honestly, I think I came back to Slovenia at the right time.'

What does it feel like playing in the Euroleague?

'I played the Euroleague with Prokom five years ago and it is nice to be back. It is a big competition, all teams and players are good. It is great to be back - and be a member of a team that is winning!'

Courtesy of Euroleague


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Mirnes HUSIC
  Kraski Zidar
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 32
 1. Husic, Kraski Zidar32.0 
 2. Primc, Radovljica31.0 
 3. Ivanovic, Radovljica15.0 
 4. Klepo, Radovljica15.0 
 5. Zalar, Kraski Zidar14.0 
 6. Buda, Kraski Zidar10.0 
 7. Pantelic, Kraski Z.9.0 
 8. Lazarevski, Kraski Z.9.0 
 9. Pirija, Radovljica8.0 
 10. Tomic, Radovlji.7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nejc BUDA
  Kraski Zidar
  (210-C-91)
  Avg: 9
 1. Buda, Kraski Zidar9.0 
 2. Husic, Kraski Zidar8.0 
 3. Ivanovic, Radovljica8.0 
 4. Klepo, Radovljica6.0 
 5. Pirija, Radovljica4.0 
 6. Zalar, Kraski Zidar4.0 
 7. Lazarevski, Kraski Z.2.0 
 8. Pantelic, Kraski Z.2.0 
 9. Dekleva, Kraski Zidar1.0 
 10. Omanovic, Radovlji.1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Matej PIRIJA
  Radovljica
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 6
 1. Pirija, Radovljica6.0 
 2. Primc, Radovljica4.0 
 3. Buda, Kraski Zidar4.0 
 4. Husic, Kraski Zidar3.0 
 5. Ucman, Radovljica3.0 
 6. Pantelic, Kraski Z.3.0 
 7. Tomic, Radovljica3.0 
 8. Klepo, Radovljica3.0 
 9. Zalar, Kraski Zidar2.0 
 10. Dekleva, Kraski Zid.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jurij UCMAN
  Radovljica
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ucman, Radovljica3.0 
 2. Pantelic, Kraski Z.2.0 
 3. Pirija, Radovljica2.0 
 4. Klepo, Radovljica2.0 
 5. Tomic, Radovljica1.0 
 6. Dekleva, Kraski Zidar1.0 
 7. Zalar, Kraski Zidar1.0 
 8. Primc, Radovljica1.0 
 9. Ivanovic, Radovljica1.0 
 10. Lazarevski, Kraski.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan KLEPO
  Radovljica
  (211-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Klepo, Radovljica2.0 
 2. Buda, Kraski Zidar1.0 
 3. Zalar, Kraski Zidar1.0 
 4. Husic, Kraski Zidar1.0 
 5. Grgic, Kraski Zidar0.0 
 6. Lazarevski, Kraski Z.0.0 
 7. Tomic, Radovljica0.0 
 8. Pantelic, Kraski Z.0.0 
 9. Ivanovic, Radovljica0.0 
 10. Omanovic, Radovlji.0.0 


Simon Finzgar and Davor Sattler sign with Lambol - by Emiliano
Simon Finzgar (196-F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Davor Sattler (185-G-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will continue their career in Bulgaria. The two Slovenian players signed a contract with Tundja Yambol, team from NBL.
Finzgar spent last season of his career with TCG Mercator Skofja Loka averaging 12.9ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 76.6% in 25 games played in the year 2009-2010. At the end of the season he was also selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Honorable Mention.

Davor Sattler spent last season in Austria with kelag Worthersee Piraten, averaging 12.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 74.0% in 31 games in Bundesliga. The guard born in 1986 started his career with Jance STZ Ljubljana with whom he has played from 2004 to 2007.


Maribor adds Bursic, Finzgar and Sattler moves to Bulgaria - by Zeljko Zule
Newly promoted Maribor Messer after miserable start to Telemach League improved its roster by inking Marino Bursic (202-F-82). He missed last season, while he started the 2008-09 season with TCG Mercator Skofja Loka and later moved to Epic Misel Postojna, where he averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 6 Slovenian league games, but he missed last season. Bursic previously played for Greek teams MENT Vassilakis and ICBS, Elektra, Geoplin Slovan, Birokrat Ljubljana, Helios and Olimpija II.
Simon Finzgar (196-F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) ex LTHcast Mercator and Davor Sattler (185-G-86, agency: Global Sports Plaza) ex Worthersee Piraten both joined Bulgarian team Yambol.



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  SOUTH AFRICA   


SASOL SA squad draws first blood against the French - by Eurobasket News
In a tightly contested battle, the Sasol South Africa squad brought it home in the opening game of the French Internal Tour on Friday night.

The French suffered a 72-66 defeat at the Mandeville Indoor Stadium in Johannesburg, a victory that delighted national coach Patrick Fick and left his opposite number shaking his head in disbelief.
I brought a young team to South Africa to train, but we still expected to win, explained Frank Belen, adding that the team he brought includes just one player from the team that finished second at the World Championships in July.

I was told that the South African team was also very young, so I thought it would be an even match but the way that they played they will be dangerous for the future.

I still think we can win, because we lost 30 balls; you cant win when you lose that many balls, so I will talk to the players about that and we have to get it right.

The national side led 21-15 after the first quarter but the French managed to close the gap and they finished the second quarter tied at 33-all.

Captain Marcus Retief opened the tab for the South Africans with a field goal and Sipho Gumbi got three in a row to swing the momentum back in South Africas favour. They closed out the third quarter on 17 points to 10 and led 50-43.

The national side continued to dominate in the last quarter, keeping the gap between six to 10 points.

In the last four minutes of the game, Marius Papenfus sunk two free throws and Odinga Mdingi scored his only two points in his debut performance that virtually broke the French attack.

The odds were stacked against us before the game, but we believed we could win, said Fick. I think it was very important for our team to win, because of the psychological advantage it will give us.

The French will come at us hard in game two. Even as their second team, they are very experienced and shouldnt be taken lightly. We managed to full court press them for most of the match but we are still shooting below 50%, so we cant get over-confident though. We just have to be ready tomorrow.

If we allow them to get too hot it becomes a lot harder to stop them. So we will have to get our lead early in the first quarter to keep them from getting too hot.

Saturdays game also signals a milestone for Papenfus, who will celebrate his 100th cap for South Africa. It was a great honour for me to play one game for my country, so you can just imagine how proud I am to play my 100th game, he said.

Papenfus captained the national side at the 2006 World Championship, the 2007 All Africa Games and IWBF Paralympic Qualifiers, as well as the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. He stepped down after the 2009 World Championship Qualifier at the end of last year.

The Sasol SA team faces France in the second game of the three-game test at 14h00 on Saturday. The final game will be played at 14h00 on Sunday.

TOP SCORERS

20 Jaco Velloen

17 Thandile Zonke

14 Marius Papenfus

9 Sipho Gumbi

4 Luvuyo Mbanda

Article by Michael Vlismas
Courtesy of:http://mybasketball.co.za


Pretoria Boys High School vs. Jeppe Boys High School - by Eurobasket News
Gauteng Add commentsIN only their second game of the season, Pretoria Boys High School routed visitors Jeppe Boys High School 89-49 at the weekend, sending a clear message that they will be the team to beat in the Johannesburg Schools Basketball League this term.
Boys High captain and point guard Pearson Pretorius led the game in scoring with 17 points and he was followed by teammates Kutlwano Mafuluko (15 points), Emmanuel Shyne (14 points) and Simphiwe Skosana (12 points) all recording double figures in their emphatic 40-point victory over the Johannesburg school.

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It was the boys in the green and red of Boys High who made the strong start in the opening quarter, taking an 9-1 lead in the first five minutes of the game, with centre Shyne opening his account with a easy lay up a over visitors brittle defence. Shyne would later be substituted after committing two early fouls.

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Pretorius joined the scoring frenzy carving an opening through the Jeppe defence for his first two points and also showed his agility by scoring a two-point jumper. Guard Siphumle Qanya completed a three-point play after scoring his opening two, but was fouled in the process and scored the single shot from the free throw line.

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Boys High would score a further 23 points with Pretorius scoring nine more, including a three pointer, while forward Ludewig Gerdes, who proved to be a handful at the post position also scored nine points as the home side finished the quarter with a 32-12 lead.

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With the game clearly over as a contest, Boys High picked up where they had left off in the second quarter, scoring 28 points, while Jeppe could only manage 14. Boys Highs Mafaluko started the deluge at the free throw line and he made no mistake in slotting in his two free shots for his four points in the quarter. Pretorius helped himself to six points and also showed all round play making skills when he sublimely passed the ball to Shyne, who rose above the opposition defence for the single hand slam dunk which elicited wild cheers from the Boys High supporters. Shyne made himself a proper nuisance with his height, scoring four more points.

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Boys Highs guard Skosana completed the scoring with nine points, for the home side to lead the game 60-26.

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Jeppe managed a good spell in the third quarter, out scoring Boys High by 14 points to nine with the visitors forward Boni Syiothula notching eight.
Syiothula would end the game with 14 points, but the home side maintained their lead (69-40).

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Boys High, who had a thin bench, used it sparingly and could not add points to the scoreboard in the third quarter after they lost their captain to injury.

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In the final quarter Boys High re-asserted their dominance with Mafaluko and Skosana scoring three pointers each. They finished the quarter with five points each and the home side comfortably finished the final session with 20 points, while Jeppe could only score nine.

Article by Manyelisa Lehohla
Courtesy of: http://mybasketball.co.za


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Stevenson's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old forward Greg Stevenson (198-F-78, agency: SportsTalent) put on an amazing game in the last round for Changwon LG Sakers and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 32 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Daegu Orions (#8, 2-6) 91-87. LG Sakers maintains the 7th position in South Korean league. LG Sakers 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 4-5 record. Stevenson turned to be LG Sakers' top player in his first season with the team. University of Richmond graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stevenson is in league's top in points (3rd best: 20.3ppg), rebounds (9th best: 8.3rpg) and averages solid 53.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Glen McGowan (206-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports) of Daegu Orions. He is American forward in his first season at Daegu Orions. In the last game McGowan recorded impressive 30 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Daegu Orions was edged by slightly higher-ranked LG Sakers (#7, 4-5) 91-87. Daegu Orions is still second from the bottom in the standings. 6 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Daegu Orions managed to get this year. McGowan is a newcomer at Daegu Orions and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#6). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Laurence Ekperigin (201-F) of Mobis Phoebus (#9). Ekperigin scored 15 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Ekperigin's great performance Mobis Phoebus lost 61-66 to the higher-ranked Dongbu Promy (#4, 5-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Mobis Phoebus can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Ekperigin he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Ekperigin has individually a great season in South Korea. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.1rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terrence Leather (204-C-81) of SK Knights - 24 points and 14 rebounds
5. Aaron Haynes (201-F-81) of Seoul Samsung Thunders - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Hyun-Joong Kim (178-G-81) of LG Sakers - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. David Simon (207-C-82) of Anyang KGC - 18 points and 6 rebounds
8. Sang-Oh Park (196-F-81) of Sonic Boom KT - 15 points and 9 rebounds
9. Hee-Jung Joo (181-G-77) of SK Knights - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Ho-Young Yoon (198-F-84) of Dongbu Promy - 16 points and 9 rebounds


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


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  SPAIN   


Victor Claver, the new star? - by Emiliano
Twenty second pick in the 2009 nba draft by Portland Trail Blazers Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) is indoubtedly one of the best european talent not in NBA, with Tibor Pleiss, Ian Vasely, Donatas Motiejunas and Jonas Valanciunas.The spanish forward was born in 1988 in Valencia and started play in the Pamesa cadet club when he had been sixteen.In the 2006-2007 season has been introduced in the first team of Valencia in the spanish league,ACB.The season of his consecration has been the 2008-2009 season,where he has played 18 games in ACB in the starting five with the average of 7.6 points and 4.5 rebound as a small forward.The netx season he scored 8.6 points in Eurocup and 8.2 points in ACB, where he began the best young player.In the 2010 summer he has played for the Spanish team in the world championship in Turkey with the averange of 2,4 points.
Now he is scoring 10,7 points and 4,7 rebound in Eurolague and 9 points in ACB.
The best qualities of this guys are the ability to play SF and PF with a strong body (207 for 107 kilos), great shoting from 3-point line who loves also finish with aggressivity around the basket and the experience maturated in many years in Europe.He can also be a very great defender on all the rules because he is a ductile player, feature for which he had been drafted by Portland, who want to make him the new Fernandez.Now he is very similar to Jonas Jerebko, but he has more shoot.



Olympiakos blasts Unicaja for the second Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos - Unicaja 93-66

Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Olympiakos demonstrated wonderful performance to beat their rivals with huge 93-66. Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Kostas Papanikolaou (202-F/G-90) stepped up for the Reds with 17 points each, while they also pulled down 7 and 6 rebounds respectively. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) secured a great help adding 16 points and 7 assists. On the other side, Joel Freeland (208-F-87) had 14 points and 9 boards, while Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) also scored 14.
Olympiakos destroyed Unicaja already in the first quarter. The team of Dusan Ivkovic started with 12-2 and later reached 16-5 lead. For rest of the time in Q1, the Reds managed to take 27-11 advantage and it was a clear sign that Unicaja will not have a chance in this meeting. Olympiakos jumped to plus 20 early in the second quarter and after 20 minutes of play they were 47-25 up. Unicaja managed to improve after the breather and they somehow closed the gap to 52-43. That was a small treat as Ioannis Bourousis rescued Olympiacos with a jump hook and it was just the beginning of excellent 16-0 run made by the home team, 68-45 Q3. Last quarter was just the formality and Olympiakos had no troubles to register more than comfortable victory.
In the next round, Olympiakos will meet Charleroi also at home. Unicaja waits Lottomatica Roma.

Olympiakos: Ioannis Bourousis 17+7 boards, Kostas Papanikolaou 17+6 boards, Vassilis Spanoulis 16+7 as
Unicaja: Joel Freeland 14+9 boards, Terrell McIntyre 14


Valencia smashes CSKA for the first joy - by Eurobasket News
Valencia - CSKA 82-57

Both teams failed in the first two rounds. The Spanish team managed to register first Euroleague win of the season as they outplayed CSKA Moscow 82-57. Visitors have big troubles with injuries this season and they dropped to 0-3 in Group D. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) came up with 15 points and 7 rebounds in Valencia. Omar-Sharif Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's) scored 14, Victor Claver (207-F/C-88) had 11 and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 10 points. In the loosing squad, Trajan Langdon (192-G-76, college: Duke) collected 16 points and 5 rebs. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) had 11 pts and 9 boards.
Valencia took control on CSKA Moscow from the very beginning. Dusko Savanovic opened the game with a low post basket, after what Robertas Javtokas and Martinez paced the hosts to 6-0 lead. They reached 15-5 and later closed the first quarter with 30-18. Visitors were not able to reply and to avoid 42-29 deficit at the halftime. Nothing has changed after the breather as there was only one team playing on the court and it was Valencia. The home squad jumped to 53-29 at the halfway of Q3 and question about the winner was already resolved. Third quarter ended with 65-39 and Valencia reached plus 29 in the finish of this game.
In the next round, Valencia will host AJ Milano. CSKA Moscow waits Union Olimpija.

Valencia: Robertas Javtokas 15+7 boards, Omar-Sharif Cook 14, Victor Claver 11, Dusko Savanovic 10
CSKA: Trajan Langdon 16+5 boards, Andrey Vorontsevich 11+9 boards


Khimky hands the first loss to Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News
Khimky - Caja Laboral 64-60

Khimky crushed Caja Laboral handing them the first Euroleague loss this season. It means that both teams have 2-1 record now in Group A, same as Zalgiris Kaunas. Khimky grabbed this one mostly owing to Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas), who scored 19 points. He reached valuation 25 and was the MVP of this meeting. Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) (7 rebs) and Zoran Planinic (199-G-82) helped the hosts with 14 and 13 points respectively. For the Spanish champion, Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) delivered 18 points. Stanko Barac (217-C-86), who got a 3-year contract extension yesterday, had 12 points and 12 boards.
Caja Laboral had a great start as they made quick 1-11 lead. However, Keith Langford and his teammates immediately woke up and closed the gap to 11-17 for rest of the first quarter. They were better than Caja Laboral in Q2 and few times were coming to minus two. A fastbreak layup by Keith Langford finally tied the game late, but Laboral still were able to reach the break with a 29-31 advantage as Brad Oleson scored the final basket to close the first half. Khimky grabbed their first lead in this game at the beginning of the second half, but visitors took it back very soon. Thanks to excellent 10-0 in the finish of Q3, Khimky went to last period with 53-47. They reached 60-51 with less than four minutes left and Caja Laboral was in trouble. They were not able to respond and faced with the first Euroleague loss of the season.
In the next round, Khimky will play another home game, but their rival will be Maccabi Electra. Caja Laboral will meet Zalgiris in Vitoria.

Khimky: Keith Langford 19, Benjamin Eze 14+7 boards, Zoran Planinic 13
Caja Laboral: Fernando San Emeterio 18, Stanko Barac 12+12 boards


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  SWEDEN   


Ryan number one in Sweden for round 6 - by Eurobasket News
Swedish guard Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Boras Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 20-year old player was the main contributor (21 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's worst team Eco Orebro (#10, 0-6) with 29-point margin 116-87. Boras maintains the 8th position in Swedish Basketligan. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just two victories. In the team's last game Ryan had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Boras' top player in his first season with the team. Christopher Ryan has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (7th best: 18.7ppg).

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Johnell Smith (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of league's second-best Sodertalje Kings. Smith had a very good evening with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Sodertalje lost that game 70-77 to slightly higher-ranked Norrkoping (6-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Sodertalje still maintains its place in the top 2 of the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 1st loss this season, while they won 6 other games. Smith is a newcomer at Sodertalje, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#4). His other stats are also decent: 6.1rpg and 5.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Boras Basket's star - American center Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy). Palm scored 27 points. He was another key player of Boras, helping his team with a 116-87 easy win against Eco Orebro (#10, 0-6). Boras can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Palm he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Palm has individually a great season in Sweden. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.9ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.4rpg (3rd best). He also has 2.0bpg and FGP: 59.7%. Michael Palm has also Swedish passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Willie Galick (203-F-87) of Sodertalje - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Joakim Blom (211-C-76) of 08 - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Drazen Klaric (205-F-80) of Jamtland - 24 points and 8 rebounds
7. John Rosendahl (203-F/C-77) of LF Basket - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Rickard Eriksson (190-G-82) of Uppsala - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Kellen McCoy (168-G-87) of Boras - 25 points and 2 rebounds
10. Liam Rush (202-F/G-82) of Sundsvall - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists


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  SWITZERLAND   


Three teams on top of LNB standings - by Eurobasket News
Three teams are sharing the top position after eight rounds of LNB action. Momo Basket, Bernex and Neuchatel are all enjoying 6-1 records.
Round 8 saw Bernex claim a 92:67 road win over Martigny. Bernex fired 59 points in the first half to take a 30-point lead. They maintained the advantage easily throughout the second half cruising to the win. Mikael Maruotto (199-F/G-91) knocked down 22 points and issued 7 assists to lead the charge. Jeremy Jaunin (170-G-91) and Aurelien Alexander (191-G-81) had 19 points each for Bernex. Serge Tindom (187-F-81) nailed 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to pace Martigny as they slipped at 3-4 record.
Momo Basket Vacallo U23 handled DDV-Lugano 76:69 at home court. DDV-Lugano surged ahead to earn a 17:15 lead ten minutes into the game. Momo Basket leveled things up at 36 at halftime. The hosts finally pulled ahead in the third term. They established a 5-point lead into the final quarter and rallied to the victory at the end. Vasco Ponti (192-G-89) netted 20 points to lead the home side. Alan Barattolo (193-G/F-83) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds Pape Amadou (205-F-93) responded with 24 points for DDV-Lugano.
Villars celebrated the third win in the season as they toppled Vernier 69:63. Herb Johnson (209-F/C-62, college: Tulsa) accounted for 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists to lead Villars. Nicolas Gomes (200-F/C-80) notched 13 points and 7 rebounds in the winning case. Landry N'Dumba (196-F/C-90) chipped in 16 points for Vernier.



BBC Monthey sign Andrew Lovedale - by Luca Maffioli
BBC Monthey announced the agreement with Andrew Lovedale (203-F-85, college: Davidson) who signed a contract until Christmas with the team. The Nigerian forward, who graduated at Davidson College in 2009, played last season in France: 15 games in STB Le Havre (3.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 0.5apg) and 18 in Quimper UJAP averaging 13.5 points, 8.1 robounds and 1.4 assists. He will replaced the injured forward Jules Aw (200-F-86) who will be back in 4 week.

Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 26.8
 1. Glover, Boncourt26.8 
 2. Bomayoko, Zurich W.23.5 
 3. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.22.8 
 4. Abukar, Lugano T.22.0 
 5. Brown, Starwings21.3 
 6. Smith, Fribourg21.2 
 7. Martin, BBC Nyon20.5 
 8. Polyblank, Geneve L.18.7 
 9. Yates, Starwings18.5 
 10. Thomas, Geneve L.17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon14.5 
 2. Thompson, Starw.9.8 
 3. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.7 
 4. Yates, Starwings9.5 
 5. Smith, Fribourg9.3 
 6. Dos Santos, Bonco.9.0 
 7. Gugino, Boncourt8.8 
 8. Dacevic, SAV V.8.3 
 9. Mihajlovic, SAV V.8.2 
 10. Vogt, Fribourg7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo9.2 
 2. Louissaint, Month.5.5 
 3. Glover, Boncourt5.3 
 4. Draughan, Lugano T.5.3 
 5. Brown, Starwings5.0 
 6. Hollins, Starwings5.0 
 7. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.7 
 8. Ross, Geneve Lions4.7 
 9. Lee, Geneve Lions4.5 
 10. Angley, Lugano T.4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Showron GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Glover, Boncourt5.0 
 2. Angley, Lugano T.4.3 
 3. Louissaint, Month.3.5 
 4. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.0 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt2.8 
 6. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.8 
 7. Sharper, Monthey2.8 
 8. Draughan, Lugano T.2.7 
 9. Dos Santos, Bonco.2.5 
 10. Sloan, Geneve Lions2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.0 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.7 
 3. Vogt, Fribourg1.7 
 4. Sanders, Lugano T.1.5 
 5. Lukic, Zurich W.1.3 
 6. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.3 
 7. Gugino, Boncourt1.3 
 8. Mafuta, Monthey1.2 
 9. Thompson, Starw.1.2 
 10. Aw, Monthey1.0 


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Bernex 6-1 
 2. Momo' Basket 6-1 
 3. Neuchatel 6-1 
 4. Vevey 5-3 
 5. Swiss Central 4-3 
 6. Martigny 3-4 
 7. Pully 3-4 
 8. Vernier 3-4 
 9. Villars 3-4 
 10. Bern 2-5 
 11. Chene 2-5 
 12. DDV Lugano 2-5 
 13. Acad.Fribourg 1-6 


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  SYRIA   


The First Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Al-Jaish, Al-Karamah, Al-Wathbah and AL- Jalaa won the first Quarterfinals of Syrian Cup. Al-Jaish needed overtime to beat Al-Wahda in the most interesting game of the 1/4 Finals. Al-Karamah rolled over Al-Ittihad 73:68, while Al-Wathbah easily beat Al-Nawaeir 80:48. AL- Jalaa overcame Al-Horiyah 84:69 in the fourth game. The second games are scheduled for November 5th.

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  TURKEY   


Scales duel in Turkey - by Sinan Can
Alex Scales (192-G-78, college: Oregon) who played for Oyak Renault last season is the new target for two Turkish clubs. Mersin BSB who started the season with a terrible 0-3 run interested in experienced guard, also Pinar Karsiyaka of Izmir is in the picture with an offer. Due to Turkish transfer rules, there's a buy out of 30.000 USD which should be paid to Alex Scales's previous club Oyak Renault. Scales averaged 17.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 12 games at Bursa team. Interesting point is Pinar Karsiyaka will host Mersin BSB this saturday on league clash as it looks like there'll be a winner on court and another one on transfer desk.

Efes Pilsen outplays AJ Milano for 2-1 in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen - Armani MI 82-74

Efes Pilsen celebrated 82-74 home win against Armani Jeans Milano mostly owing to Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78), who scored 17 points. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) and Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) secured a good help adding 15 and 13 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Pennsylvania) delivered 19 points. David Hawkins (193-G-82, college: Temple) collected 18 points, 6 boards and 6 assists. Efes Pilsen has 2-1 record now in Group D, while AJ Milano dropped to 1-2.
Efes Pilsen did a great job in the first ten minutes. Igor Rakocevic and his teammates started with 9-4 and later they closed the first quarter with 11-0 run for 22-10 lead. At the halfway of the second frame, Efes Pilsen was already 35-22 up. AJ Milano finally improved and they closed the gap to 43-33 until the end of the first half. Finley and Hawkins came out of the break on fire, combining for 4 baskets that were only interrupted by a three-pointer from Thornton as Milano quickly pulled back into the game at 46-43, forcing an Efes timeout. The hosts took control on Milano again and they jumped to 69-55 until the end of Q3. Visitors had no chance in the last ten minutes and Efes Pilsen celebrated valuable win.
In the next round, Efes Pilsen will meet Panathinaikos in Athens. AJ Milano goes to Valencia.

Efes Pilsen: Igor Rakocevic 17, Kerem Tunceri 15, Kerem Gonlum 13
AJ Milano: Ibrahim Jaaber 19, David Hawkins 18+6 boards+6 as


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  UBL   


Standings
UBL Standings
 1. Arkansas W. 0-0 
 2. Desoto L. 0-0 
 3. Irving 0-0 
 4. Longview 0-0 
 5. Mississippi T. 0-0 
 6. Monroe 0-0 
 7. Oklahoma I. 0-0 
 8. Springfield T. 0-0 
 9. Texas W. 0-0 
 10. Tulsa T. 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


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


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.8 
 2. Burns, Fe.21.6 
 3. Washington, BC Od.18.0 
 4. Flores, BC Donetsk17.7 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.5 
 6. Karim, DniproAzot16.3 
 7. Morrison, Halyc.16.0 
 8. Thomas, Azovmash15.5 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.4 
 10. Williams, Halychyna15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christian BURNS
  Ferro-ZNTU
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Burns, Fe.10.1 
 2. Wiggins, Halychyna8.8 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.8.7 
 4. Adeleke, Dnipro8.4 
 5. Thomas, Azovmash7.9 
 6. Austin, Dnipro7.7 
 7. DeGroat, BC Odessa7.3 
 8. Edwards, BC Do.7.1 
 9. Chappell, Hoverla6.9 
 10. Garrison, Khimik6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Millage, Khimik5.9 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.6 
 3. Curry, Azovmash4.5 
 4. Karim, DniproAzot4.2 
 5. Funn, Halychyna4.2 
 6. Brewer, BC Odessa4.1 
 7. Mazutis, Mykolaiv4.0 
 8. Flores, BC Donetsk4.0 
 9. Burtt, Dnipro3.9 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Millage, Khimik2.9 
 2. Burns, Fe.2.1 
 3. House, Azovmash2.0 
 4. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.9 
 5. Karim, DniproAzot1.8 
 6. Kolchenko, Khimik1.8 
 7. Funn, Halychyna1.8 
 8. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 9. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
 10. Dukes, DniproAzot1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.9 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.1.6 
 3. Turner, BC Odessa1.6 
 4. Agafonov, Budiv.1.5 
 5. Roberts, Fe.1.4 
 6. Zaitsev, Kryvbasb.1.4 
 7. Gilyevych, Mykolaiv1.2 
 8. Morrison, Halyc.1.2 
 9. Hunter, Fe.1.0 
 10. House, Azovmash1.0 


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  URUGUAY   


Bohemios and Bigua won for the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Diego Pereyra (184-G-85) scored two points with just six seconds to play and Bohemios beat Cordon 81-80 during a game, postponed two weeks ago, for the LUB 18th round. For Bohemios De Andre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) scored 27 points and grabbed 9 rebounds, Ronald Douglas (201-C-87, college: S.Alabama) netted 10 points and took 5 rebounds and Pereyra netted 8 points with 7 assists.
For Cordon Austen Powers (203-F-87, college: Seattle) netted 30 points grabbed 6 rebounds and 2 blocks and Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) scored 15 points and took 4 rebounds. Bigua, the LUB leader, beat Anastasia 80-65 during a game for the 17th round postponed two weeks ago. For Bigua Juan Cambon (180-G-88) 23 points, Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky) 20 points 13 rebounds 2 blocks, Nick Billings (214-C-82, college: Binghamton) 4 points 3 rebounds. For Anastasia Brian Latham (184-G-83, agency: Union Sports, college: Houston) 20 points 4 rebounds and Albert Jackson (211-F/C-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Georgia) 16 points 15 rebounds 2 blocks.


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


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Erron MAXEY
  Un.Atletica
  (198-F-78)
  Avg: 30.8
 1. Maxey, Un.Atletica30.8 
 2. Villegas, Olimpia30.8 
 3. Cornley, Cader25.2 
 4. Craft, Cordon24.9 
 5. McGowan, Sayago24.5 
 6. Aguiar, Hebraica24.1 
 7. Martinez, Malvin22.2 
 8. Taboada, Bigua21.6 
 9. Woodward, Defensor20.7 
 10. Elliott, Hebraica19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Terrance GAMBLE
  Cader
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Gamble, Cader11.4 
 2. Shelman, Sayago11.2 
 3. Jackson, Anastasia11.2 
 4. Maxey, Un.Atletica10.6 
 5. Rogers, Un.Atletica10.2 
 6. Dilligard, Olimpia10.0 
 7. Reynolds, Hebraica10.0 
 8. Miller, Montevideo10.0 
 9. Coleman, Bohemios9.2 
 10. McGowan, Sayago9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Mauro TORNARIA
  Trouville
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Tornaria, Trouville5.8 
 2. Elliott, Hebraica5.8 
 3. Vidal, Bigua5.7 
 4. Cambon, Bigua5.2 
 5. Gonzalez, Defensor5.2 
 6. Rivero, Montevideo5.1 
 7. Latham, Anastasia5.0 
 8. Muro, Aguada4.9 
 9. Martinez, Malvin4.5 
 10. Osimani, Montevideo4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Sammy MONROE
  Potros
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Monroe, Malvin3.2 
 2. Elliott, Hebraica2.9 
 3. Latham, Anastasia2.7 
 4. Rovira, Bigua2.5 
 5. Tornaria, Trouville2.5 
 6. Woodward, Defensor2.3 
 7. Galeano, Olimpia2.3 
 8. Rivero, Montevideo2.3 
 9. Shelman, Sayago2.2 
 10. Newsome, Malvin2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Nakiea MILLER
  KL Dragons
  (205-C-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Miller, Montevideo5.0 
 2. Dilligard, Olimpia4.3 
 3. Newsome, Malvin2.9 
 4. Wilborn, Bigua2.5 
 5. Ferguson, Defensor2.4 
 6. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.4 
 7. Douglas, Bohemios2.1 
 8. Shelman, Sayago2.0 
 9. Billings, Bigua1.8 
 10. Jackson, Anastasia1.7 


Maxey scored 32 points for Union - by Hector Lopez
Erron Maxey (198-F-78, college: Providence) scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebouns when Union Atletica beat Malvin 89-78. Also for Union Atletica, Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) netted 10 with 14 rebounds and 3 blocks and Adrian Bertolini (191-G-78) added 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Enrique Elhordoy (203-C-79) scored 12 points. For Malvin, Fernando Martinez (170-G-79) netted 27, with 6 assists, Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) scored 20 points and Mark Bortz (208-F/C-82, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Buffalo), playing for the first time with Malvin scored 2 points with 5 rebounds. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) scored 14 points for Malvin, and added 9 rebounds.


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  VENEZUELA   


Espartanos added Donta Smith and Luis Julio for Liga Suramericana - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Espartanos de Margarita added American SF Donta Smith (201-G-83) and Venezuelan PF-C Luis Julio (202-F-80) to the active roster for the beginning of Liga Suramericana de Clubes, an international tournament in which they'll face Norte de Santander (Colombia), Libertad de Sunchales (Argentina) and Uniceub BRB Brasilia (Brazil) in Cucuta, Colombia, from November 4th till the 6th, as part of the first round's Group C.

Espartanos just finished playing the 2010 edition of Liga Nacional (LNB) and won the championship for the first time, after defeating Estudiantes de Guarico in a maximum of five games (3-2).

Smith last played for Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rico's BSN after a very successful performance in Venezuela's LPB with Marinos de Anzoategui, while Julio had been active in Colombia as a member of Cangrejeros de Cartagena.

Espartanos will also play in the 2010-2011 edition of the FIBA Americas League next December. Venezuela will also be represented by Cocodrilos de Caracas, the current LPB champions.




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Standings - Women
Premier League Standings
 1. BrGU 2-0 
 2. Gorizont 2-0 
 3. Minsk-2006 2-0 
 4. Olimpia 2-0 
 5. Mogilev 0-0 
 6. Berezina 0-2 
 7. RGUOR 0-2 
 8. Sozh Gomel 0-2 
 9. Victoria 0-2 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Frisco Sika narrowly defeat Nadezhda in Brno - by Eurobasket News
Frisco Sika - Nadezhda 62:61

Frisco Sika posted the first win at the Euroleague action. They held off Nadezhda in Brno to climb at 1-1 record in Group D. Cheryl Ford (191-F/C-81, college: Louisiana Tech) stepped up with 15 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Czech powerhouse. Nadezhda slipped at 0-2 record after the loss.
Nadezhda who played without Becky Hammon started the game well enough. They stayed close and eventually pulled ahead for a 19:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Frisco Sika made necessary defensive adjustments in the second term. They limited Nadezhda to only 10 points and earned a 32:29 lead at halftime. Nadezhda bounced back in the third stanza. They held the hosts to 12 points and retained the lead. The Orenburg side entered the final stanza up by 4 points. The teams stayed close till the final seconds. Cheryl Ford proved the difference as her jumper won the game for Frisco Sika.
Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) tallied 13 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Frisco Sika. Edlebrink accounted for 12 points in the win. Liudmila Sapova (185-F-84) notched 20 points for Nadezhda. Tina Charles (193-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) poured in 13 points and collected 8 rebounds in the loss.

Frisco Sika: Cheryl Ford 15, Jelena Skerovic 13+12 boards, Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) 12
Nadezhda: Liudmila Sapova 20, Tina Charles 13



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  ESTONIA - Women  


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


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aneika HENRY
  Mann Filter
  (191-C-86)
  Avg: 27
 1. Henry, Mann Filter27.0 
 2. Akonga Nsimb., Arr.26.0 
 3. Sanni, Villeneuve26.0 
 4. Thomas, Villeneuve23.5 
 5. Likhtarovich, Goriz.23.5 
 6. Bozikov, AEK L.23.0 
 7. Demirovic, Zeljezni.23.0 
 8. Carson, SEAT L.22.5 
 9. Nemeth, Szeged21.5 
 10. Jackson, Hatis Y.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jasmine STONE
  Partizan
  (191-F-88)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stone, Partizan16.0 
 2. Thomas, Villeneuve15.5 
 3. Kuzina, Dynamo M.14.0 
 4. Ohlde, Umana Reyer13.5 
 5. Willingham, Elitzu.12.0 
 6. Kane, Craiova12.0 
 7. Horasan, Besiktas11.0 
 8. Davis, Hatis Y.11.0 
 9. Maksimovic, Energa T.10.5 
 10. Dennett, Sint K.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maria CHEREPANOVA
  Chevakata
  (186-C-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Cherepanova, Cheva.10.0 
 2. Bajic, Zeljeznicar7.5 
 3. Comtesse, Saarl.6.0 
 4. Sanchez, Gran C.6.0 
 5. Gajda, Energa Torun5.5 
 6. Leemans, Sint K.5.0 
 7. Wright, Elitzur Ramla5.0 
 8. Tetemondova, MBK R.5.0 
 9. Tanqueray, Villeneuve5.0 
 10. Tetemondova, MBK R.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olesia MALASHENKO
  Arras
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Malashenko, Arras6.0 
 2. Carpreaux, Villeneuve5.0 
 3. Mitchell, Arras5.0 
 4. Gomis, Arras5.0 
 5. Henry, Mann Filter4.0 
 6. LeNoir, Aris T.4.0 
 7. Doron, Elitzur Ramla4.0 
 8. Cherepanova, Cheva.4.0 
 9. Bolsunovskay., Dynam.4.0 
 10. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.4.0 
 2. Dennett, Sint K.3.0 
 3. Skrba, Aris T.3.0 
 4. Kuzina, Dynamo M.3.0 
 5. Gogiya, Dy.2.0 
 6. Gladden, Energa T.2.0 
 7. Cherepanova, Cheva.2.0 
 8. Mills, Alges2.0 
 9. Rombouts, Sint K.2.0 
 10. Hasper, Gorizont1.5 


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


Round Two: Wednesday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Group H
Saarlouis - SEAT Lami 77-79
SEAT Lami grabbed thriller win in Germany to keep the perfect score after two rounds in Group H. Saarlouis slipped to 1-1. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) came up with 26 points and 11 rebounds in victory. The hosts got 20 points and 5 rebs from Shanara Hollinquest (183-F-88, college: Chattanooga.

Nantes - AD Vagos 83-41
Nantes destroyed AD Vagos registering the first win in Group H. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Visitors did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring and they dropped to 0-2.

Group I
Villeneuve - Olivais 85-60
2-0 for Villeneuve and 0-2 for Olivais in Group I. Olayinka Sanni (188-C-86, college: W.Virginia) shined for the hosts with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Ana Fonseca (168-G-78) delivered 18 points in defeat.

Ieper - MBK Ruzomb. 62-69
MBK Ruzomberok handed 62-69 home loss to Ieper so both teams have 1-1 record in Group I. Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) (9 rebs) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) (7 rebs) were the leading players in victory with 21 and 20 points respectively. The hosts got 16 points and 6 boards from Emma Meesseman (188-C-93).


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Diana TAURASI
  Fenerbahce
  (182-F/G-82)
  Avg: 29
 1. Taurasi, Fenerbahce29.0 
 2. Reid, Gospic24.0 
 3. Yilmaz, Fenerbahce24.0 
 4. Yacoubou-D., Famili.22.0 
 5. Taylor, Fenerbahce21.0 
 6. Bimbaite, VICI K.21.0 
 7. Zellous, TTT Riga21.0 
 8. Prince, Spartak .20.5 
 9. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli20.0 
 10. Torrens, Perfumer.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jelena SKEROVIC
  Frisco Sika
  (172-G-80)
  Avg: 13
 1. Skerovic, Frisco Sika13.0 
 2. Hollingswort., TTT R.12.5 
 3. Jackson, Spartak .12.0 
 4. Tamane, MKB Eurol.12.0 
 5. Petrovic, Spartak .11.0 
 6. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli11.0 
 7. Bonner, Rivas E.10.5 
 8. Milton-Jones, USK P.10.5 
 9. Fowles, Galatasa.10.5 
 10. Charles, Nadezhda.10.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ivana JALCOVA
  Dobri Anjeli
  (182-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jalcova, Dobri Anjeli7.0 
 2. Hammon, Nadezhda.6.0 
 3. Babkina, Lotos G.6.0 
 4. Zirkova, Dobri Anjeli6.0 
 5. Alben, Galatasaray5.5 
 6. Dominguez, Perfumer.5.5 
 7. Cohen, Familia Schio5.5 
 8. Dumerc, UMMC5.5 
 9. Honti, MKB Eurol.5.5 
 10. Lardy, Bourges5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frida ELDEBRINK
  Frisco Sika
  (174-G-88)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Eldebrink, Frisco S.3.5 
 2. Honti, MKB Eurol.3.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce3.0 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.0 
 5. McCoughtry, MKB E.3.0 
 6. Brunson, Ros C.3.0 
 7. Jalcova, Dobri Anjeli3.0 
 8. Griffin, Pecs 20102.5 
 9. Leedham, Gorzow2.5 
 10. Burse, Wisla C.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Maria STEPANOVA
  UMMC
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Stepanova, UMMC4.0 
 2. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.0 
 3. Petrovic, Spartak .2.0 
 4. Ndongue, Bourges2.0 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.5 
 6. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.5 
 7. Fowles, Galatasa.1.5 
 8. DeSouza, Perfumer.1.5 
 9. Lyttle, Perfumer.1.5 
 10. Jackson, Spartak .1.0 


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