EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 11/6/2010

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  ABA   


GOLD DEFEATS RED 115-101 IN SETX MAVERICKS GOLD/RED GAME - by Emiliano
The Southeast Texas Mavericks played their annual Gold/Red Game last night at the LL Melton Center in Beaumont, TX. All proceeds from the game went to help with the development and operations of the Center.

Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) paced the winning Gold with 24 points. Former Lamar University standouts Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) added a 21 point/ 16 rebound effort and Kenny Dawkins (5'9''-G-87, college: Lamar) dished out 14 assist while scoring 12 points on the night. The Red team was led in scoring by Gus Chases 23 points. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) added 19 points for the Red.

Both teams played extremely hard! We have some difficult decisions to make on our roster. These are good problems to have, but they dont lessen the difficulty of cutting good players stated Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker.

The Defending ABA National Champions open up play next Thursday night as they host the Texas Hurricanes at their new home the NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic League Standings
 1. Hemofarm 4-1 
 2. U.Olimpija 4-1 
 3. Buducnost 3-2 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 3-2 
 5. Cibona 3-2 
 6. KK Zagreb CO 3-2 
 7. Krka 3-2 
 8. Cedevita 3-3 
 9. Siroki TT 3-3 
 10. Igokea 2-3 
 11. Partizan 2-3 
 12. Zadar 2-3 
 13. Radnicki K. 1-4 
 14. Crvena Zvez. 0-5 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 25.4
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona25.4 
 2. Lee, Radnicki22.6 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.4 
 4. Draper, Cedevita19.2 
 5. Pinkney, U.Olimpija18.5 
 6. Car, Zadar18.4 
 7. Edwards, Cedevita17.3 
 8. Chase, Igokea17.2 
 9. Nedovic, Crvena Z.16.8 
 10. Simmons, CEZ N.16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Zoric, KK.9.4 
 2. Necas, CEZ Nymburk7.8 
 3. Plaisted, Cedevita7.0 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona7.0 
 5. Bilan, Zadar6.6 
 6. Macvan, Hemofarm6.6 
 7. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 8. Booker, Krka6.4 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.4 
 10. Vladovic, Zadar6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Draper, Cedevita6.3 
 2. Nissim, CEZ N.5.3 
 3. Nedovic, Crvena Z.4.8 
 4. Morovic, Siroki TT4.5 
 5. Bazdaric, Cedevita4.0 
 6. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.0 
 7. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.0 
 8. Renfroe, KK.3.6 
 9. Markovic, Radnicki3.4 
 10. Krivec, Krka3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.5 
 2. Gregory, U.Olimpija2.5 
 3. Radosevic, Cibona2.4 
 4. Ilievski, U.Olimpija2.4 
 5. Nedovic, Crvena Z.2.3 
 6. Jagodnik, U.Olimpija2.2 
 7. Troha, Cedevita2.2 
 8. Renfroe, KK.2.2 
 9. Ozbolt, U.Olimpija2.2 
 10. Cakarevic, Radnicki2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko SCEKIC
  Buducnost
  (207-F-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Scekic, Buducnost1.0 
 2. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 3. Zoric, KK.1.0 
 4. Pinkney, U.Olimpija1.0 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 6. Radosevic, Cibona1.0 
 7. Vesely, Partizan1.0 
 8. Milosevic, Crvena Z.0.8 
 9. Booker, Krka0.8 
 10. Kasun, KK.0.8 


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  ARGENTINA   


Espartanos open Liga Sudamericana campaign with win over Libertad - by Eurobasket News
Espartanos - Libertad Sunchales 68:56

Liga Sudamericana action in Group C tipped off yesterday in Cucuta. Espartanos took care of Libertad Sunchales in the opener. David Cubillan (183-G-87, college: Marquette) notched 15 points to lead the Venezuelan team.
Espartanos marked their highest ambitions in the first quarter. They fired 25 points to clear off to a 10-point lead at the first break. But Libertad Sunchales gradually improved their performance and struck right back in the second quarter. Led by Robert Battle (204-C-81, college: Drexel) the Argentineans cut the deficit as the teams went into the dressing rooms all tied at 34. The third term turned into a balanced battle with neither team able to dominate. Espartanos and Libertad were knotted up at 48 heading into the final quarter. However Espartanos proved the difference in the final period. They went on a 17:1 run to clear off for good.
Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) and Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) contributed 12 points each for Espartanos. Kevin Freeman netted 10 points in the win. Robert Battle answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Libertad. Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) accounted for 12 points in the loss.

Espartanos: David Cubillan 15, Jose Juan Bravo 12, Hector Romero 12
Libertad Sunchales: Robert Battle 15, Ruben Wolkowyski 12



Blazers center Fabricio Oberto retires - by Eurobasket News
Portland Trail Blazers center Fabricio Oberto (6'10''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) has announced today that he has retired from the game of basketball due to recurrent palpitations related to a prior cardiac condition.

Oberto experienced lightheadedness and dizziness during the first half of Portlands game at Milwaukee on Nov. 2.

I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball, said Oberto. It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one.

In his sixth season in the NBA, Oberto appeared in each of Portlands first five games, averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.0 minutes.

We want to thank Fabricio for his professionalism and hard work during his short time here, said Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho. Its unfortunate to lose him, but we respect his decision to do whats best for his health and his family.

A native of Las Varillas, Argentina, Oberto played four seasons for the San Antonio Spurs (2005-09), winning an NBA Championship as the starting center in 2007, before spending last season with the Washington Wizards.

Oberto, 35, ends his career with NBA averages of 3.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 14.5 minutes in 336 games (128 starts).

A veteran of international play, Oberto was a member of the Argentine National Team that won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, took home the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won the silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championships.

The Trail Blazers roster currently stands at 14 players.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ervin, Hawks23.8 
 2. Redhage, Wildcats19.4 
 3. Loughton, Taipans19.0 
 4. Worthington, Blaze18.0 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.18.0 
 6. Bruton, Breakers17.3 
 7. Ubaka, Taipans17.0 
 8. Gruber, Hawks16.0 
 9. McCullough, Sydney K.16.0 
 10. Harvey, Blaze15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.10.7 
 2. Holmes, 36ers10.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers9.7 
 4. Nevill, Tigers8.7 
 5. Davidson, Hawks8.5 
 6. Petrie, Blaze8.3 
 7. Freeman, Croco.7.6 
 8. Knight, Wildcats7.3 
 9. Abercrombie, Break.7.3 
 10. Gruber, Hawks7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Troy DEVRIES
  36ers
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. DeVries, 36ers6.7 
 2. Ervin, Hawks5.8 
 3. Cooper, Sydney K.5.0 
 4. Carter, 36ers5.0 
 5. Gibson, Blaze4.0 
 6. Braswell, Breakers3.7 
 7. Saville, Hawks3.5 
 8. Holmes, 36ers3.3 
 9. Tragardh, Tigers3.3 
 10. Robbins, Wildcats3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Saville, Hawks2.3 
 2. Gibson, Blaze2.3 
 3. Burston, Tigers2.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.2.0 
 5. Martin, Wildcats1.8 
 6. Campbell, Tigers1.3 
 7. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 8. Worthington, Blaze1.3 
 9. Freeman, Croco.1.2 
 10. Gruber, Hawks1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Benny ANTHONY
  Breakers
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Anthony, Breakers2.0 
 2. Ervin, Hawks2.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers1.7 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.3 
 5. Devendorf, Tigers1.3 
 6. Walker, Tigers1.0 
 7. Goulding, Blaze1.0 
 8. Corletto, Tigers1.0 
 9. Redhage, Wildcats1.0 
 10. Gruber, Hawks1.0 


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Breakers 3-0 
 2. Hawks 3-1 
 3. Wildcats 3-2 
 4. Blaze 2-1 
 5. Crocodiles 2-3 
 6. 36ers 1-2 
 7. Sydney K. 1-2 
 8. Taipans 1-2 
 9. Tigers 0-3 


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  BELGIUM   


Brandon Gay claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Brandon Gay (203-F-82, agency: Edge Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for VOO Verviers-Pepinster and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 28-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds, while his team edged out Liege (#8, 1-4) 82-78. VOO Verviers-Pepinster maintains the 6th position in Belgian D1. VOO Verviers-Pepinster is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 2-2 record. In the team's last game Gay had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be VOO Verviers-Pepinster's top player in his first season with the team. University of San Diego graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gay is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 7.5rpg) and averages solid 2.8spg and 61.1% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another VOO Verviers-Pepinster's star - 26-year old American Rashaun Freeman (203-C/F-84). Freeman impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost that game 81-89 to slightly higher-ranked Oostende (#4, 3-3). VOO Verviers-Pepinster managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 2-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Freeman is a newcomer at VOO Verviers-Pepinster 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 16.0ppg (#6). He also registered 7.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was another VOO Verviers-Pepinster's star - American Dominic Waters (185-G-86). Waters scored 26 points and passed four assists. Despite Waters' great performance VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost 81-89 to slightly higher-ranked Oostende (#4, 3-3). But his team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing VOO Verviers-Pepinster needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Waters has a great season in Belgium. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.3apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Demond Mallet (185-G-78) of Charleroi - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. Tyren Johnson (202-F-88) of Aalstar - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Dominic Waters (185-G-86) of Verviers-Pep. - 17 points
7. Stefon Jackson (196-G-85) of Verviers-Pep. - 15 points and 9 rebounds
8. Christopher Copeland (203-F-84) of Aalstar - 22 points and 9 rebounds
9. Dior Lowhorn (198-F-87) of Leuven - 16 points and 5 rebounds
10. Taylor Griffin (201-F-86) of Liege - 15 points and 7 rebounds


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  BRAZIL   


Uniceub/BRB topple Cucuca in Colombia - by Eurobasket News
Cucuta - Uniceub/BRB 69:74

The Brazilian champions Uniceub/BRB claimed the first win in Liga Sudamericana. They held off Cucuca-Norte in Group C opener for both teams. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 24 points to lead the visitors.
The Colombian team went on a 10:2 run to open the game. Cucuta stayed in front and though Uniceub/BRB got closer the hosts still led 18:16 ten minutes into the encounter. Cucuta managed to maintain the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by one point 36:35. The third term turned into an intense battle with the teams staying close. Uniceub/BRB tied the score at 51 heading into the fourth quarter. The Brazilian powerhouse used a 9:2 rally to pull ahead in the final period and eventually escaped with a tough win at the end. Guilherme Giovannoni knocked down 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Uniceub/BRB. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points in the victory. Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 16 points and 13 boards for Cucuta-Norte. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) and Juan Herrera (197-F-81) provided 12 points apiece in the loss.

Cucuta: Christopher Jackson 16+13 boards, Enielsen Guevara 12, Juan Herrera 12
Uniceub/BRB: Nezinho dos Santos 24, Guilherme Giovannoni 19, Alexandre Garcia 13



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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Basketball fireworks! - Tortola reigns over VG All stars - by David Edole
The Jeffery Caines Arena in Virgin Gorda could hardly contain the bevy of superstars that showed up for the Delta Petroleum Best of the Best All Star Championship Game last Saturday night. Hundreds of fans occupied the outskirts of the court, taking up almost every available sitting and standing room to cheer every play.

The evening culminated with Tortola All Stars against the Virgin Gorda All Stars. National team captain, Kennedy Bass (196-F-81, college: Anderson), lifted Tortola past Virgin Gorda, 86-65. Bass finished with 14 points and copped the coveted trophy for the most valuable player and $500 in cash.Despite having home support, Virgin Gorda seemed to have chocked in the second half. Gary Hillhouse top scored with 16 points for Virgin Gorda, who fitted in Randy George from overseas assignment. Tortola returned with $2500 while VG copped $1500.

Before the all star game, Duran Jones took home $300 for winning the free throw competition. Jason Edwin lit up the court from behind the three-point arc and also took home $300. Sean Woods, Kelvin Samuels and Avery Percival produced captivating aerial displays in the slam dunk competition, but in the end, it was Woods who got the nod from the judges and the prize money of $300.

Minister for Education, Sports and Culture, Honourable Andrew Fahie, was on hand to present trophies and cheques to the various winners. He said that the Territory continues to make great strides in improving the quality of basketball.

The quality of basketball in the Territory also continues to improve as a result of the many basketball leagues and tournaments that are held year round. Through the combined efforts of the Government of the Virgin Islands and many dedicated persons and to the teaching and enhancement of the sports of basketball in the Territory, we continue to realize a remarkable improvement in the quality of play of basketball in the Territory, Minister Fahie stated.

The tournament comes at a time when league sponsor, Delta, is celebrating 25 years of service in the Virgin Islands.

I thank the private sector organizations, namely Delta Petroleum, for their continued sponsorship of the Virgin Gorda League. Congratulations to Mr. Trevor West Stevens and each member of the Virgin Gorda Basketball League for years of consistency and determination to improve basketball but more so to improve the lives of our young people, the Minister noted.

Deltas Chairman, Spiros Milonas, sent congratulatory messages to both teams.

We are proud to affiliate ourselves and to hold strong relationships with the community and to share in the joy of families coming together in celebrating moments like these, Milonas stated.

Premier Ralph T. ONeal also congratulated Delta on behalf of the Government.

Regional General Manager of Delta Petroleum, Bevis Sylvester, said Delta is committed to serving the community.

In this our Silver Anniversary, we are beginning the preparation for the celebration of our 50th anniversary and we have a short window of another 25 years to do so. The Delta Petroleum brand is the longest serving petroleum brand in the British Virgin Islands, therefore, we are not the new kid on the block, Sylvester stated.

Businessman and election candidate, Mark Vanterpool also thanked Delta for supporting basketball in the community.

Written by Gordon French
Thursday, 04 November 2010 15:40



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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional playoffs begin this weekend - by Daniel Valencia
This sunday begin the playoffs for Liga Nacional de Basquetbol, with the top seeds playing the first game of the series on the road.

Top seed, CD Boston College Santiago, will play in San Pedro de la Paz against CD Aleman, second seed CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago will face CD Puente Alto C.D. Santiago, third seed Espanol de Talca will play in Vina del Mar against CD Sagrados Corazones and fourth seed CD Universidad de Concepcion will travel to Los Andes to play against CD Liceo Mixto de los Andes.

Game 1

(8) CD Aleman v/s (1) CD Boston College Santiago

Sunday 6 pm.

(7) Puente Alto C.D. Santiago v/s CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago

Sunday 7 pm.

(6) CD Sagrados Corazones v/s (3) Deportivo Espanol de Talca

Sunday 7 pm.

(5) CD Liceo Mixto de los Andes v/s (4) CD Universidad de Concepcion

Sunday 7 pm.

The best of three series will qualify four teams to the semifinals. Game 3 of each series will be played if necessary.


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  CHINA   


Tseng Wen-ting could sign with Shanghai next year - by Chris Wang
Tseng Wen-Ting (202-C/F-84) could sign with China's Shanghai Sharks and become the latest of a long line of Taiwanese players who sign with Chinese team to go for higher salary and tougher competitions, local media reported.

Shanghai, which was owned by Chinese NBA All-Star Yao Ming, offered Yulon Luxgen center Tseng a three-year, NT$20 million contract, it was reported.

According to the 204cm-Tseng, his contract with Yulon Luxgen was signed through mid January, 2011. However, the 2010-11 CBA season is scheduled to open on Dec. 10.

The Taiwan NT starting center said he is leaning toward finishing out the current contract before moving to China in the middle of the 2010-11 SBL season. If that can't be done, Tseng said, he does not rule out playing for Yulon for the entire season on a new short-term contract and join Shanghai before the 2011-12 CBA season.

However, there's no guarantee that Tseng will become a free agent after his contract expires given the lack of institutionalized regulation in Taiwan. He will not become a free agent until Yulon agrees to issue a letter of clearance.

Taiwanese basketball has lost three star players to the Chinese league this year, including former Yulon forward Chen Hsin-an, Taiwan Beer forward Lin Chih-chieh and former Yulon point guard Lee Hseuh-lin.

Chen, who is playing for Dongguan, and Lin, currently with Zhejiang, have both entered their second year in China while Lee signed with Beijing this past summer.


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  COLOMBIA   


Uniceub/BRB topple Cucuca in Colombia - by Eurobasket News
Cucuta - Uniceub/BRB 69:74

The Brazilian champions Uniceub/BRB claimed the first win in Liga Sudamericana. They held off Cucuca-Norte in Group C opener for both teams. Nezinho dos Santos (186-G-81, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 24 points to lead the visitors.
The Colombian team went on a 10:2 run to open the game. Cucuta stayed in front and though Uniceub/BRB got closer the hosts still led 18:16 ten minutes into the encounter. Cucuta managed to maintain the lead throughout the second frame. They arrived at halftime up by one point 36:35. The third term turned into an intense battle with the teams staying close. Uniceub/BRB tied the score at 51 heading into the fourth quarter. The Brazilian powerhouse used a 9:2 rally to pull ahead in the final period and eventually escaped with a tough win at the end. Guilherme Giovannoni knocked down 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Uniceub/BRB. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) added 13 points in the victory. Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) answered with 16 points and 13 boards for Cucuta-Norte. Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) and Juan Herrera (197-F-81) provided 12 points apiece in the loss.

Cucuta: Christopher Jackson 16+13 boards, Enielsen Guevara 12, Juan Herrera 12
Uniceub/BRB: Nezinho dos Santos 24, Guilherme Giovannoni 19, Alexandre Garcia 13



ESPARTANOS AND UNICEUB HIST FIRST IN THE SOUTHAMERICAN LEAGUE GROUP C - by Victor Garcia
Espartanos began the game playing with intensity to take an early ten points lead in the first quarter thanks to the control on the boards ruling the rebounding and running in the fastbreak, but the game had a 30 minutes suspension because the floor was receiving rain drops from some holes on the coliseum cover, entering the second quarter Libertad defense improves in the paint and also its ball control to win the quarter and put the game tied to 34 points in the half, the third quarter did not bring any change, both teams played carefully because the floor was not dry enough and the score keeps tied to 46, Libertads key player point guard Juan Pablo Cantero left the game in the fourth quarter feeling pain in one his feet, without him Sunchales lost the control of the game and Espartanos made its game again to get the victory.
Espartanos had a good collective performance with 4 players scoring in double figures, but David Cubillan leade the team in scoring with 15 pts, 5 rebounds ans 3 assits, while Hector Romero added 12 points and 6 rebounds, Libertad had in Robert Battle its best, Battle score 15 pts and add 8 rebounds, Ruben Colorado Wolkowisky put 12 points.
ESPARTANOS 68 D. Cubillan 15 pts, H. Romero 12
LIBERTAD 56 R. Battle 15 pts, R. Wolkowisky 12.

Cucuta Norte died from the free throws line, missing 13 of 29 shots, to fall against Uniceub by 5 points in the opener, Uniceub puts on the floor all its experience, and came back from a slow start to take control of the game from the second quarter, Nezinhos quickness was the biggest problem for Cucutas defense finishing with 24 pts, Tony Ruiz did not found a way to stop the Uniceub point guard, but Cucuta also had a dark night in the shooting making just 1 of 11 3 pointers, Michael Gale Cucutas new import juts made 1 of 5 three pointers, the Colombian team shot a 38% overall, the Uniceub big trio rule the game, Guilherme added 19 points and Alex 13, in Cucuta Chris Jackson had a big game with 16 points and 13 rebounds, Juan Herrera and Enielsen Guevara added 12 points each.
Cucuta lost Hebert Bayona with an injury in his hand.
CUCUTA NORTE 74 C. Jackon 16 pts + 13 rbs, E. Guevara 12 pts.
UNICEUB 74 Nezinho 24 pts, Guilherme 19 pts.



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  CYPRUS   


ROUND 3- ANALYTICAL STATISTICS and AWARD! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Eurobasket.com gives you statistics of the most important categories of round 3.

A) Categories

1) Top scorer= Jones - Apollon = 22 points
2) Top rebounder= King- Etha=15 rebounds
3) Top assist man =Stiggers - Apollon = 7 assists
4) Top stealer= Panteli - Aek = 4 steals
5) Top blocker =Fels - Keravnos = 3 blocks
6) Most turnovers= Price-Ael + Radojevic-Omonoia = 6 turnovers

B) Highlight and award round 3

What distinguishes this round is the fact that only two teams remain unbeaten:
APOEL=scores an average of 72.6% so far
KERAVNOS=scores an average of 75% so far

The weekly award goes to Dante Stiggers of Apollon (5 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 turnover, 3 steals, 1 block and 14 points) and Fells of Keravnos (5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, 3 blocks and 17 points)

C) Situationals

Shooting

Best shooting team in round 3= FT=Achilleas (75%)
Best shooting team in round 3= 2-pointers=Apollon (63%)
Best shooting team in round 3= 3-pointers=Keravnos (44%)

Scoring >70 in round 3
Apollon (scored 80)
Keravnos (scored 78)
Achilleas (scored 74)
Apoel (scored 72)
Etha (70)

Besides the above, more statistics about the league will follow when we have a more representative sample of games.






A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. King, Etha25.0 
 2. Davis, AP.18.0 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia18.0 
 4. Ioannou, ENAD16.5 
 5. Sims, Apollon16.5 
 6. Johnson, Etha16.0 
 7. Hanavan, AP.16.0 
 8. Biggs, Achilleas15.7 
 9. Djikanovic, Achilleas13.3 
 10. Carter, AEL13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar RADOJEVIC
  Omonia
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Radojevic, Omonia13.5 
 2. King, Etha11.0 
 3. Ioannou, ENAD9.5 
 4. Biggs, Achilleas9.0 
 5. Djikanovic, Achilleas9.0 
 6. Tutt, Etha8.0 
 7. Dabkus, Etha7.0 
 8. Hoger, AEL7.0 
 9. Brown, Apollon7.0 
 10. Bobbitt, AEK6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ken TUTT
  Etha
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tutt, Etha6.0 
 2. Palalas, AEL4.5 
 3. Radojevic, Omonia4.5 
 4. Carr, Apollon4.0 
 5. Dunovic, Omonia4.0 
 6. Frasor, Achilleas3.7 
 7. Jenkins, AEK3.5 
 8. Price, ENAD3.5 
 9. Lee, AP.3.0 
 10. Kovac, AP.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas DABKUS
  Etha
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dabkus, Etha4.0 
 2. Price, ENAD3.5 
 3. Bobbitt, AEK2.5 
 4. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 5. Dunovic, Omonia2.5 
 6. Johnson, Etha2.0 
 7. Kounounis, AEL2.0 
 8. Kent, ENAD2.0 
 9. Sljivancanin, Kerav.2.0 
 10. Kovac, AP.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar RADOJEVIC
  Omonia
  (220-C-76)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Radojevic, Omonia2.5 
 2. Dials, Apollon2.0 
 3. Fells, Keravnos2.0 
 4. Jenkins, AEK1.0 
 5. Camacho, Apollon1.0 
 6. Englicky, Apollon1.0 
 7. Johnson, Keravnos1.0 
 8. Horner, Omonia1.0 
 9. Palalas, AEL1.0 
 10. Stylianou, Achilleas1.0 


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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. Teply, Svitavy15.0 
 9. Novak, Plzen15.0 
 10. Kotas, USK Praha15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Basketbol Brno
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Meno, Basketbo.10.1 
 2. Landry, BK Prost.8.6 
 3. Houska, BK Decin8.6 
 4. Arnold, BK Pardu.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. Macela, Svitavy3.7 
 7. Jones, BC Kolin3.7 
 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. Novak, Plzen1.7 
 10. Smith, BC Kolin1.7 
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. Meno, Basketbo.0.8 
 8. Hanke, USK Praha0.8 
 9. Dousa, BK Decin0.7 
 10. Gadri, BK Prostejov0.7 


Czech Republic NBL round 8 best performance: Pavel Houska - by Eurobasket News
International forward Pavel Houska (201-F-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BK Decin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds, while his team beat Basketbol Brno (#10, 1-7) 58-43. BK Decin maintains the 4th position in Czech Republic NBL. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. BK Decin will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. Houska has many years of experience at BK Decin, through which he has constantly improved. Pavel Houska has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.6rpg) and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 52.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old international forward Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) of USK Praha. Kotas had a very good evening with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead USK Praha to another comfortable win 85-66 over Plzen (#11, 0-7) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed USK Praha to move up to 8th position in the standings. 5 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory USK Praha managed to get this year. Kotas is one of the most experienced players at USK Praha and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Pavel Novak (199-F-83) of Lokomotiva Plzen (#11). Novak scored 19 points. Despite Novak's great performance Plzen lost 66-85 to the higher-ranked USK Praha (#8, 2-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Plzen can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 7 games. Too bad for Novak he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Novak has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwight Burke (203-F-86) of NH Ostrava - 18 points and 13 rebounds
5. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83) of Novy Jicin - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Benas Veikalas (192-G-83) of BK Prostejov - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) of Basketbol Brno - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tomas Toth (195-G-84) of BK Pardubice - 14 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Marcus Arnold (207-F/C-84) of BK Pardubice - 3 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Vaclav Honomichl (190-G-92) of Plzen - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists


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


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Torre JOHNSON
  Bakken
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 21.6
 1. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 2. Brasas, Amager BK21.3 
 3. Soltau, SISU21.0 
 4. Roberts, Naestved20.1 
 5. Morris, Aabyhoj19.3 
 6. Johansen, Naestved18.9 
 7. Iversen, Svendborg18.8 
 8. Bak, Horsholm18.8 
 9. Claitt, Horsens IC18.1 
 10. Williams, Svendborg17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 15
 1. Roberts, Naestved15.0 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC10.2 
 3. Falkner, Aalborg9.8 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj9.8 
 5. Johansen, Naestved8.4 
 6. Soltau, SISU8.1 
 7. Williams, Svendborg8.0 
 8. Ba, Vaerlose7.9 
 9. Blackmon, Horsholm7.5 
 10. Hakanowitz, Horsh.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey CLAITT
  Horsens IC
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. Claitt, Horsens IC6.0 
 2. Smedley, Naestved5.8 
 3. Martin, Aabyhoj5.3 
 4. Burgess, Bakken5.0 
 5. Dennis, SISU4.5 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.4 
 7. Jensen, Vaerlose3.4 
 8. Alili, Vaerlose3.3 
 9. Colman, Svendborg3.1 
 10. Dalboge, Aabyhoj3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony MARTIN
  Aabyhoj
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Martin, Aabyhoj2.5 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.4 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg2.4 
 4. Smedley, Naestved2.3 
 5. Dennis, SISU2.3 
 6. Colman, Svendborg2.3 
 7. Jukic, Aabyhoj2.2 
 8. Roberts, Naestved2.0 
 9. Alili, Vaerlose2.0 
 10. Williams, Svendborg2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.7 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm2.3 
 3. Marinkovic, Horsholm1.3 
 4. Brown, SISU1.3 
 5. McGinn, Aalborg1.0 
 6. Dennis, SISU0.8 
 7. Smedley, Naestved0.8 
 8. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 9. Johansen, Naestved0.7 
 10. Gilling, Horsholm0.7 


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Some inter-league games for the Breakers - by Gianni Pascucci
The Santa Barbara Breakers announced the scheduling of 3 games for November 2010. On Saturday, November 13 and 14, the Breakers will play the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League (National Basketball Developmental League). The Breakers will play the back to back games at the Jam home court. President and Head Coach Curt Pickering (agency: Prossin Sports Management ) is elated with these two games. 'We continue to increase our relationships with the NBA and NBDL and these games provide the opportunity to build a great connection with the Jam owners and Head Coach Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ). We will use these games to give our players continued exposure and who knows, maybe we will see a Breaker player in Jam uniform later this season.'
Three Breaker players have played for the now defunct Los Angeles D-Fenders, who ceased operations this past summer. Rashid Byrd (7'1''-C-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Cecil Brown (5'10''-G-88) and Jelani McCoy (6'10''-C-77, college: UCLA) have played for the D-Fenders and 9 other Breaker players have suited up for NBDL teams the past 4 seasons.
In addition to the D-League games, the Breakers will play the The San Diego Surf of the ABA (American Basketball Association) in San Diego on Saturday, November 20. This will be the first of 4 games that the Breakers will play in the ABA during the 2010-11 campaign.
For additional Breaker news, login to: www.breakersbasketball.com or call 805 969-7542.




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Corey Jefferson the former ESL Las Vegas player is playing well in his second season in Slovakia - by Darryl Reshaw
Corey Jefferson (6'0''-G-85, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) the former ESL player who attended our Las Vegas event in 2009 is having a quality career in Slovakia.
In his second year with BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves, Corey Jefferson has developed into one of the top floor generals in Slovakia.
While helping his team to a winning record , Jefferson is averaging 11.0 points, 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 49% from the field and 89% from the free throw line.
He recently posted 21 points (10-10 FT) in a 88-82 win over SKP Banska Bystrica and a season-best 14 assists in a 97-78 win over Basketbal Pezinok.
Last year for SNV Jefferson earned Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian League Honorable Mention honors after averaging 12.2 ppg and 5.7 apg while helping SNV reach the Slovakian league semifinals.



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Van Den Spiegel agreed to terms with Olimpia Milano - by Emiliano
Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) returns to Italy. The Belgian center agreed to terms with Armani Jeans Milano for the next two months in which he will replace Oleksiy Pecherov, our for six weeks and Marijonas Petravicius, who is still dealing with some injuries.
Tomas Van den Spiegel has a long career in Italy with Fortitudo Bologna and Virtus Roma. With CSKA Moscow, the experienced big man has won twice Euroleague in 2006 and 2008.
Last season Tomas Van Den Spiegel was in Spain with Real Madrid. In the summer, he averaged with Belgium NT 4.8ppg, 3.2rpg in 6 games valid for Eurobasket 2011.


Round 3 MVP: Dimitris Diamantidis, Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos chalked up one of the best games of his career on Thursday to claim the Sportingbet Week 3 MVP honors. Unfortunately for the star point guard, his effort came in a losing cause as Union Olimpija topped the Greens 85-84 in overtime at a sold-out Stozice Arena. The incredible atmosphere of 13,000 roaring fans seemed to bring out some Diamantidiss best basketball, until the very end, when his made just the first 2 of 3 free throws, the last of which stood to send the game to a second overtime. Diamantidis tallied 20 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 9 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 31 best in the Euroleague this season. It was also the second-best index and the tied for the third-best scoring effort in Diamantidiss 127-game Euroleague career. Ironically, this represented the second time Diamantidis earned weekly MVP honors and both times came in losing efforts on the road. His previous MVP of the week was at Montepaschi in the Top 16 of the 2007-08 season. BC Khimki Moscow Region swingman Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) and Cholet Basket big man Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) were tied for the second best performance indexes of Week 3 with 25 ratings. Langford continued his torrid start to the season with 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting and added 4 rebounds, 4 assists and a steal in just over 30 minutes of action on Wednesday in a 64-60 victory over Caja Laboral. Falker, a Euroleague rookie, was a force in the paint as Cholet topped Lietuvis Rytas 73-69 for its first win of the season. Falker accounted for 11 points and 14 rebounds 6 of them on the offensive end plus 2 assists and 2 steals. The Olympiacos duo of Kostas Papanikolaou (202-F/G-90) and Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) round out this weeks top five, each with 24 ratings. Papanikolaou produced 17 points on near-perfect shooting plus 6 rebounds and Bourousis had 17 points, 7 boards and 2 steals in the Reds 93-66 victory over Unicaja.

Individual performances: Milos Teodosic (195-G-87), 9 assists

In addition to being the Sportingbet Week 3 MVP, Diamantidis also moved to the top of the season-long index charts with an averaged of 22.3 per game. He was also one of the weeks top scorers, sharing that honor with Cholets Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) with 20 points apiece. Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) of Efes Pilsen, who is the only two-time Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy winner in Euroleague history, is the leading scorer for the season so far with an average of 20 points per game. Falkers 14 rebounds not only represented the most of any player in Week 3, but also lifted him to fist place for the season with 10 rebounds per game. Reigning Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic dished more assists than any player this week with 9. He is now tied with Diamantidis for the league lead with 6.3 assists per game. Three players Bo McCalebb of Montepaschi Siena, Jamon Lucas of Olympiacos and Raul Lopez of Khimki nabbed 4 steals in Week 3 and two of them appear in the season-long top 10. Lopez is sixth 2.3 steals per game and McCalebb third with 2.7. Maccabi Electras Doron Perkins (188-G-83, college: Santa Clara) leads the league with 3.7 steals per game. No one had more blocks this week than Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) of Panathinaikos, who set a career-high with 4 blocked shots and moved into a tie for seventh place this season with 1.3 per game. The league leader, Mirza Begic of Zalgiris, has double that of Batiste with 2.7 per game. Only two players, Falker and Caja Laboral center Stanko Barac, who had 12 points and 12 rebounds in a loss at Khimki, recorded double doubles in Week 3 games.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Angel D. VASSALLO
  ASVEL
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21
 1. Vassallo, AS.21.0 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm20.8 
 3. 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. Jefferson, AS.7.3 
 7. Giddens, Asseco P.7.3 
 8. Zizic, AS.7.0 
 9. San Emeterio, Caja L.7.0 
 10. Lampe, Unics6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  Olympiakos
  (195-G-87)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Teodosic, Olympiakos6.3 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.6.3 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.7 
 4. Popovic, Unics5.5 
 5. Stipcevic, Cibona5.3 
 6. Huertas, Caja L.5.3 
 7. Eidson, Maccabi .5.3 
 8. Finley, Armani MI5.3 
 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. Stonerook, Montepas.2.3 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.2.3 
 6. Ilievski, U.Olimpija2.3 
 7. Tunceri, Efes Pilsen2.3 
 8. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 9. Radosevic, Cibona2.0 
 10. Freire, Unicaja2.0 
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. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 8. Vranes, Unics1.3 
 9. Batiste, Panathin.1.3 
 10. Bozovic, Hemofarm1.3 


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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Heard, Tarmo22.5 
 2. Barrett, KTP20.8 
 3. Bailey, LrNM.20.4 
 4. Wilson, Honka19.9 
 5. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 6. Ivey, KTP18.4 
 7. Moore, LrNM.17.8 
 8. Allen, Karhu17.4 
 9. Wood, Karhu17.1 
 10. Williamson, Honka17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Wood, Karhu13.5 
 2. Young, Tarmo12.3 
 3. Vinson, Kouvot10.5 
 4. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.1 
 5. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 6. Belser, Honka9.7 
 7. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.7 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto9.4 
 9. Wright, Korihait9.2 
 10. Fells, Kataja9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dijuan HARRIS
  Salon Vilpas
  (175-G-86)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto4.4 
 3. Moore, LrNM.4.1 
 4. Wood, Karhu3.8 
 5. Ivey, KTP3.4 
 6. Virtanen, Kataja3.3 
 7. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.3 
 8. Sarcevic, Korihait3.2 
 9. Fields, KTP3.2 
 10. Vuori, Namika Lahti3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darren FELLS
  Kataja
  (201-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Fells, Kataja2.1 
 2. Sarcevic, Korihait2.1 
 3. Fields, KTP2.0 
 4. Wood, Karhu2.0 
 5. Barrett, KTP1.9 
 6. Belser, Honka1.9 
 7. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 8. Harris, Salon Vilpas1.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja1.6 
 10. Wilson, Salon Vilpas1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Heard, Tarmo1.4 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.1 
 3. Belser, Honka0.9 
 4. Wood, Karhu0.8 
 5. Young, Tarmo0.8 
 6. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.7 
 7. Northern, ToPo0.7 
 8. Bailey, LrNM.0.6 
 9. Newson, Kataja0.6 
 10. Moore, LrNM.0.6 


KORISLIIGA: Tyrone Nelson in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Top League (Korisliiga) Team YMCA Lahti has replaced American F Brian Wethers (195-F/G-80, college: California) with a bigger American F/C Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85, college: N.Mexico St.). Wethers (12,8 ppg - 2,8 rpg) was not a bad player, but in Nelson YMCA Lahti gets more strength under the boards. Nelson has played earlier in Turkey (Akhisar Belediye), where he was named All-Turkish in the second highest level (TB2L) and The Import Player of the Year -10. Nelson averaged 21,5 ppg - 10,8 rpg. In College Nelson was named All-SWAC 2nd Team -04 and All-WAC 1st Team -06.

FINNISH CUP: Kataja and Korihait winning - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish Cup, quarter-finals: Kataja (Joensuu) defeated KTP (Kotka) 87-74 (46-29) and Korihait (Uusikaupunki) crushed Korikonkarit (Loimaa) 103-68 (61-39) on Friday
night and the winners made it to the Final 4. Today two Finnish Cup games: Honka (Espoo) vs YMCA Lahti and Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) vs Kerava ET. Kataja leading once
already by 34 pts controled the contest vs KTP all the time. Sami Lehtoranta (205-C/F-79) led the hosts with 19 pts. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Tennessee-Martin) added 18 and Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, agency: Court Side) 14 pts. Fells grabbed also 11 rebounds and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) gave nine assists. Only Jeb Ivey (190-G-80, college: Portland St.) (21 pts) and Clifton Jones (201-F-78, college: Oregon St.) (14) were on their own level out of KTP roster. In Uusikaupunki Korihait had no difficulties against Division 1. Team LoKoKo. Mikko Jalonen (186-G-82) netted 22 pts for the hosts, Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 20pts/10rbs and Lawrence Wright (195-F-84, college: Bradley) 19pts/10rbs. J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85, agency: JEMsports, college: Minnesota) led LoKoKo with a double-double 15/13.
In Division 1. BC Jyvaskyla beat Korikobrat (Lapua) in the thriller 80-78 (48-40) (Tracy Robinson 21/13, Tuukka Ahila 17, Jarno Nissinen 14 - Benny Valentine 25, Derick Nelson 24/16, Kim Siven 9).


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Causeur and Avdalovic lead Cholet to first Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Cholet - Lietuvos Rytas 73-69

Both teams failed in the first two rounds and this game was very important for them. The reigning French champion had reason for a joy as they celebrated 73-69 victory at their home court. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) was the leading scorer in Cholet with 20 points and he pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) also shined as he scored 15 points, including 8/8 from the line. Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) collected 11 pts and 14 boards. On the other side, Lietuvos Rytas got 19 points from Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) and 16 pts from Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs).
Teams exchanged in lead at the beginning, but they finished first quarter with 16-16 tie. Fabien Causeur closed it with a lay-up. Visitors shined at the beginning of the second frame taking 16-26 lead. The hosts didnt panic and they immediately intensified defense, what allowed them easy baskets in transition. That resulted with impressive 20-1 run, what later helped Cholet to close the first half with 37-33 lead. At the halfway of third quarter, Mejia drained a triple moving Cholet up to their first double-digit lead in this game, 45-35. However, Rytas replied with 4-14 run and teams started from zero again. Cholet made 4-0 in the finish of Q3 entering to the last ten minutes with 53-49. Lietuvos Rytas didnt give up and they made 62-63 turn with two minutes left, but Fabien Causeur and Vule Avdalovic made free throws and a triple respectively for 67-63. The hosts were focused from the line in the finish of this meeting, what allowed them to register the first Euroleague win of the season.
In the next round, Cholet will meet Cibona in Zagreb. Lietuvos Rytas goes to Barcelona.

Cholet: Fabien Causeur 20+5, Vule Avdalovic 15, Randal Falker 11+14 boards
Lietuvos Rytas: Martynas Gecevicius 19, Kenan Bajramovic 16+5 boards


Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Paris-Levallois 4-1 
 2. Chalon 3-1 
 3. Cholet 3-1 
 4. Gravelines 3-1 
 5. Le Havre 3-1 
 6. Nancy 3-1 
 7. Hyeres-Toulon 2-2 
 8. Roanne 2-2 
 9. Strasbourg 2-2 
 10. Le Mans 2-3 
 11. ASVEL 1-3 
 12. Limoges 1-3 
 13. Orleans 1-3 
 14. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 1-3 
 15. Poitierarleys 1-3 
 16. Vichy 1-3 


Standings - ProB
ProB Standings
 1. Evreux 6-0 
 2. Dijon 5-0 
 3. Lille 5-1 
 4. Nanterre 5-1 
 5. St Vallier 4-1 
 6. Boulazac 3-2 
 7. Rouen 3-2 
 8. Antibes 3-3 
 9. Fos Ouest 3-3 
 10. Boulogne 2-3 
 11. Bourg 2-3 
 12. Chalons-Reims 2-3 
 13. Le Portel 2-4 
 14. Charleville 1-4 
 15. Quimper 1-4 
 16. Clermont 1-5 
 17. Nantes 1-5 
 18. Maurienne 0-5 


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.3 
 2. Rivers, Roanne17.8 
 3. Greer, Strasbourg17.5 
 4. Hamilton, Paris-.17.0 
 5. Mejia, Cholet16.5 
 6. Jefferson, AS.15.5 
 7. Linehan, Nancy15.5 
 8. Younger, Poitiera.15.0 
 9. Bell, Orleans15.0 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Akinlolu AKINGBALA
  Nancy
  (208-F-83)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Akingbala, Nancy12.3 
 2. Vebobe, Cholet10.3 
 3. Darden, Nancy9.8 
 4. Massie, Limoges9.3 
 5. Jones, Le Havre9.0 
 6. Moerman, Orleans8.3 
 7. Issa, Gravelines8.3 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans8.2 
 9. Elegar, Vichy7.8 
 10. Jefferson, AS.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WALSH
  ASVEL
  (197-F/G-82)
  Avg: 7
 1. Walsh, AS.7.0 
 2. King, Le Havre6.8 
 3. Reid, Vichy6.3 
 4. Diabate, Roanne6.3 
 5. Sciarra, Pau-La.6.0 
 6. Wright, Limoges5.8 
 7. Jeanneau, Stras.5.3 
 8. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 9. Albicy, Paris-Le.5.2 
 10. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. Bokolo, Gravelines2.8 
 3. Vassallo, AS.2.5 
 4. Pasco, Strasbourg2.5 
 5. Diabate, Roanne2.3 
 6. Greer, Strasbourg2.3 
 7. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 8. Bennett, Pau-La.2.0 
 9. Evtimov, Chalon2.0 
 10. Washam, Hyeres-T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Vichy
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elegar, Vichy2.0 
 2. Koffi, Le Mans1.6 
 3. Gelabale, AS.1.5 
 4. Bell, Orleans1.3 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.1.3 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.0 
 8. Joseph, Pau-Lacq.1.0 
 9. Fofana, AS.1.0 
 10. Walsh, AS.1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 William DANIELS
  Nanterre
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Daniels, Nanterre19.0 
 2. Sneed, Maurienne18.2 
 3. Milbourne, Boulogne17.6 
 4. Runkaukas, Quimper17.4 
 5. Gay, Fos Ouest17.2 
 6. Cummard, Fos Ouest16.8 
 7. Bassett, Clermont16.7 
 8. Watson, Evreux16.5 
 9. Cisse, Clermont16.3 
 10. Bouldin, Clermont16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Barber, Nantes10.0 
 2. Giles, Rouen10.0 
 3. Badiane, Boulazac10.0 
 4. Rouse, Charleville9.8 
 5. Monroe, Boulogne8.8 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.8.6 
 7. Bing, Dijon8.6 
 8. Campbell, Le Portel8.5 
 9. Sonko, Maurienne8.2 
 10. Sneed, Maurienne8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.5 
 2. Downey, Nantes7.0 
 3. McIntosh, Boulazac6.0 
 4. Williams, Le Portel5.7 
 5. Ingram, Antibes5.5 
 6. Shiloh, St Vallier5.0 
 7. Mullins, Chalons-.4.8 
 8. Denave, St Vallier4.2 
 9. Hachad, Fos Ouest4.0 
 10. Taylor, Rouen4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Da Silva, Evreux3.3 
 2. Shiloh, St Vallier3.0 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.2.8 
 4. Sonko, Maurienne2.8 
 5. Darnauzan, Mauri.2.8 
 6. Siggers, Rouen2.8 
 7. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 8. Craven, Dijon2.6 
 9. Patiejunas, Boulo.2.6 
 10. Harris, Lille2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 2. Monds, Bourg1.3 
 3. Barber, Nantes1.3 
 4. Badiane, Boulazac1.2 
 5. N''Diaye, Clermont1.2 
 6. Diakite, Chalons-.1.0 
 7. Cel, Nantes1.0 
 8. James, Bourg1.0 
 9. Adjiwanou, Boula.0.8 
 10. Sneed, Maurienne0.8 


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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. Chochua, Samed.21.0 
 5. Panchulidze, TSU T.21.0 
 6. Matiashvili, TSU T.19.0 
 7. Sordia, Sokhumi19.0 
 8. Markoishvili, MIA T.19.0 
 9. Lomouri, GTU T.19.0 
 10. Keshelava, Batumi18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carl DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Damus, Sokhumi16.0 
 2. Damus, Sokhumi15.0 
 3. Bolkvadze, Kutaisi14.0 
 4. Matiashvili, TSU T.13.0 
 5. Niniashvili, Samed.12.0 
 6. Imnadze, MIA T.12.0 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi12.0 
 8. Toudjani, Energy R.11.0 
 9. Tenieshvili, Batumi10.0 
 10. Bekauri, Samedicino10.0 
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. Lezhava, Samed.5.0 
 6. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.5.0 
 7. Sigua, GSAU T.5.0 
 8. Tsekvava, Energy R.5.0 
 9. Didia, Kutaisi5.0 
 10. Kokhreidze, TSU 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. Niniashvili, Samed.3.0 
 9. Khaniashvili, GSAU T.3.0 
 10. Eliadze, Batumi3.0 
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. Beruashvili, GTU T.2.0 
 4. Damus, Sokhumi2.0 
 5. Chochua, Samed.2.0 
 6. Londaridze, TSU T.2.0 
 7. Maisuradze, Batumi1.0 
 8. Lezhava, Samed.1.0 
 9. Edzgveradze, Dinamo T.1.0 
 10. Tenieshvili, Batumi1.0 


Parghalava's 23 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
23-year old guard Lasha Parghalava (191-G-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sokhumi Tbilisi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had the game-high 23 points adding six rebounds and seven assists for Sokhumi in his team's victory, helping them to beat GSAU Tbilisi (#8, 0-1), 85-75. Parghalava turned to be Sokhumi's top player in his first season with the team. Montana St. - Billings graduate has very impressive stats this year. Parghalava is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 7.0apg) and averages solid 5.0spg.

Second best performed player last round was Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) of TSU Tbilisi. He is a center in his first season at TSU Tbilisi. In the last game Matiashvili recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead TSU Tbilisi to a comfortable win outscoring GTU Tbilisi (0-1) 99-76. Matiashvili is a newcomer at TSU Tbilisi and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.0ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 13.0rpg and 4.0apg.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Levan Tsekvava (190-G-89) of league's second-best Energy Invest Rustavi. Tsekvava showcased his all-around game by recording 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Energy Rustavi, leading his team to a 77-72 win against Kutaisi (#10, 0-1). The season just started for Tsekvava as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tornike Niniashvili (205-C-82) of Samedicino - 15 points and 12 rebounds
5. Mikheil Panchulidze (192-F-83) of TSU Tbilisi - 21 points and 4 rebounds
6. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Zviad Antadze (198-F-88) of GTU Tbilisi - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mikheil Chochua (193-G-87) of Samedicino - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-G-89) of Energy Rustavi - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Buba Kvimsadze (195-G-82) of Kutaisi - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists


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  GERMANY   


Danny Gibson first blog ever done - by Danny Gibson
Hello, everyone!!! This is my first blog that I have ever done!! I would like to give a special thanks to Eurobasket for giving me the chance to share my Basketball experience with the world. It never gets old hearing people telling me that I am lucky to be doing something I love for a living or playing a game. But at the same time, I know how hard Ive worked to get to where I am! This is the start of my 5th year playing professional basketball, and as I am writing this, I still cannot believe it has been 5 years already! I can remember like it was yesterday, my first time coming to Europe to play. I remember all the thoughts I had going through my head like, Whats it going to be like when I get there? What are the people like? What is the city like? What are my teammates, coaches and fans going to be like? I have to say that I have been impressed with most places I have been. I have been fortunate to play 4 years in Germany and 1 year in Holland.

Ok, lets get into the beginning of this season. Right now, we are 1-7 and after playing with my teammates since August this not the start that I had in envisioned for this team. We have to come together and dig ourselves out of this because its not going to get any easier!! Right now, it seems that we are losing games in the second half. So we are going to work hard to stay focused for the full 40 minutes. I truly believe in this team and I also believe that we will turn this around and be a team to be reckon with!!!

The last few weeks were great, aside for us dropping two games, because some of my family got to come over and spend some time with me. Its always great, as a pro basketball player in Europe, when anyone from your family comes. In my case, it was my Mom and my Girlfriend, two very special people to me! I knew it was going to be a very crazy trip for my mom because it was the very first time that she had ever flown before. Yeah I know what everyone is thinking, This is your moms first time flying and your put her on a flight to Europe!?! Yeah, I have heard it all, but hey she had to come to see her baby boy!! I have to admit I was a little nervous about her being on a flight, but she had my girlfriend, Cherysh, with her to calm her. Surprisingly, everything went well with no problems. It also marked the first time my Mom had seen me play as a professional so that was really something special for us. Like I said, its always nice to have someone from your family here and its nice to come home from practice and be able to share whats going on. I know I really appreciate it. And it does not hurt if they can cook, too, ha-ha!

Like I said, this was my first blog and I have really enjoyed it. Hopefully you will too and continue to follow me during the ups and downs of this year. Thanks again - see ya next time.

Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana), is American pro players, who plays currently in BBC Bayreuth in German 1.Bundesliga




Travis Walton (Ratiopharm Ulm) Pregame Thoughts To Alba Berlin Game November 6th And Rondo Is The Best PG In NBA Now! - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Travis Walton (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.) is a 23 year old 187cm point guard from Lima, Ohio. He is playing his first season with Ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Michigan State from 2005-2009 where he served as team captain for three consecutive years, being the 3rd in history of Michigan State school to do that. Led the Big 10 in assist to turnover ratio 2.4 to 1 and broke Magic Johnson's career assist record at Michigan State. Walton possesses great toughness, strength and leadership skills and is an exceptional defender. Last season he played shortly for Lugano Tigers (Switzerland-LNA, starting five), left in Dec.'09: 13 games: 8.9ppg, 1.2rpg, Assists-5 (4.9apg), 1.5spg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7% before returning back to Michigan State to help the coaching staff. Some achievements that he has received were Big Ten Tournament Semifinals -06, 08, 09, Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07, 09, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, Big Ten Regular Season Champion -09, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year -09. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin November 6th.


Ratiopharm Ulm meets 8 time BEKO BBL champion Alba Berlin on the weekend. How excited are you and what impression to this team has stayed in your mind this week from things that you have heard about the team?


I am very excited to play against this team. Some of the players I grew up watching as I was on my basketball journey in high school. I remember Hollis Price in college. He was an outstanding player. I Remember McElroy when he was at Cincinnati. During that time they had the OH going crazy because we thought they were going to win the national championship.

Ratiopharm Ulm is on a two game winning streak and has scored 195 points in the last two games. This is the perfect test to see where the team stands now. What type of game can we await?

I think it will be a good game. I think it will be up tempo but we have to make sure we take advantage of are opportunities and not turn the ball over to much.

How do you like playing in the Kuhberg Halle? I guess it reminds you more of high school then Michigan State in terms of the size?lol


I love playing in Kuhberg. The fans are great. Yea it reminds me of my high school gym back home because we seated about the same amount.


Alba Berlin has many weapons and has a deep bench, but so does Ratiopharm Ulm. What is always the best stragedy when playing a team that seems so overwelming strong? Some opponents probably had this feeling playing Michigan State.


Yea thats how I looked at it to. I said I bet there were teams that we played against sometimes that was like wow were playing Michigan State and that sometimes was a big factor to us winning the game, because they didnt just come out and play. I think the major factor is that you have to just go out and play basketball. Dont worry about the names and the opponent but stick to the team game plan and play basketball. I have been playing against great players my whole life. I love playing great players, Thats how you get better.

Alba Berlin has 2 very strong guards with Julius Jenkins and Hollis Price. You are a BEKO BBL rookie so it must feel the same way when you were a freshman at Michigan State playing against the top schools and players. Do you feel much pressure to have to perform?

No I dont feel pressure to perform. We are pros not rookies in college. I have played against great players and I am excited to be able to have the opportunity to play against these great players.

Ratiopharm Ulm has the home court advantage and the underdog role. How much of a advantage could this be and what will be important to making a upset?

I think we just have to go stick to the game plan Coach Taylor has for us. It will be a great atmosphere so it should be exciting.


Will John Wall be the best point guard in the NBA one day?


No RONDO WILL BE.


Is Rajon Rondo already the best point guard in the NBA, this season? When will he be in his own league?


I think he is the best right now. For what you should rate a point guard on I think he is the best. He has a championship and he is a winner. Right now he is averaging 16 assists a game. Thats unbelievable. Last night he had 17 pts. 15 assist and 8 rebounds.Crazy stats.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Game tape of Berlin. And shout to my CUZ KOBE C..LOL


John Bynum (TBB Trier) Pregame Thoughts To EnBW Ludwigsburg Game November 6th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against EnBW Ludwigsburg November 6th.

How was the atmosphere in Hagen in the Ischland arena? It was only their second game there since moving back in.


The atmosphere in Hagen at the new arena was great. When they went on a couple of runs in the game you could feel the energy throughout the crowd. It will be a tough place to play for opponents throughout the season.


Phoenix Hagen is one of the surprise teams this season. What was your impression of the club? It is early but can they keep up this level?


Hagen is a tough team, because they are pressuring the ball and attacking offensively at all times. I think their guards are the key. They all can put pressure on the rim and they get out in transistion. I think they will have a good run at a successful season as long as they stay healthy.


TBB Trier scored 26 points in the fourth quarter. What was key in getting this win on the road?


I think we stayed together and made good decisions down the stretch. We were able to control the tempo and make it more of a half court game. We had different players step up throughout the game and stayed together when they did have key runs in the 4th quarter as well.



What did coach Henrik Rodel tell the team after the victory?


He just said it was a good win and now its time to get ready for Ludwigsburg..... lol



What was your impression of Mark Dorris? Could he establish him this season as a top player in the BEKO BBL?


Mark is a great player and he is showing why he is one of the top guards in this league. He is constantly putting pressure on the rim and can finish around the rim better than most people in this league. Hagen's style of play definitely suits him and he will continue to have a great year.



You always say its not about the stats and scoring, but deep down you have to be happy with your offensive input last night? What do you take out of a game like this after a performance like that?


Sure I am happy with my individual performance but at the same time we got the win which is the most important thing. I still made a lot of mistakes in the game and like I said it is about being consistent and it just so happens the last two games I have been able to make shots but still my job is to play defense and I think I could have did a better job last night at that.



The next game is against EnBW Ludwigsburg. What will be key in winning this game?


The key to winning in Ludwigsburg will be just like any other game. We have to play defense, rebound, and finish out plays. As long as we play good defense we will be in the game.



How much of a challenge is it for you defending Jerry Green? How do you stop him best?

Well Jerry is a good player and I havent saw him play since he left Ludwigsburg. But I do know that he will be ready to play and it will be a team effort. We just have to try and control him and keep him in front of us.



What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last DVD movie I saw Life with Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.



Thanks John for the chat.




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AEK announced Dikoudis - by Giorgos Diploidis
Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) will continue to AEK Athens This fact was confirmed today (05/11) officially by the team of Athens. The ex national forward returns to the club of Minas Gekos after 2003 (he played for AEK from 1998 to 2003). All these years he passed from Valencia three times, CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos, Panionios and Aris.

This announcement confirms that the player found a solution to terminate his contract with Aris Thessaloniki and to receive the money that the club owes to him. Dikoudis is expected to play on Saturday (06/11) against Panellinios.


Kaklamanos' 32-point game gives him A2 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
29-year old guard Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81, agency: FCM) put on an amazing game in the last round for Panelefsiniakos AOK and receives a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 2.
He had the game-high 32 points adding three assists for Panelefsiniakos in his team's victory, helping them to beat Arkadikos 77-63. Both teams have 1-1 record now. In the team's last game Kaklamanos had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Panelefsiniakos' top player in his first season with the team. Kaklamanos has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.0ppg. Kaklamanos is in league's top in and averages solid 72.7% FGP and 57.9% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) of Panerythraikos AS. He is Cypriot guard in his first season at Panerythraikos. In the last game Sizopoulos recorded impressive 22 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists. Bad luck as Panerythraikos lost that game 75-80 to AEK/Argous (1-1). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Sizopoulos is a newcomer at Panerythraikos and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.5ppg (#6). He also recorded 5.5 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76, agency: BeoExcell) of AS Koroivos Amaliadas. Kosanovic scored 22 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Koroivos, leading his team to a 73-70 win against Periko/Arhelaos (1-1). Koroivos curently has 1-1 record. Kosanovic has a great season in Greece. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.0ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 8.0rpg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) of KAOD - 21 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Giannis Kiriakopoulos (185-G-83) of AGOR - 25 points and 9 assists
6. Urule Igbavboa (206-C-87) of Periko/Arhelaos - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-C-80) of Ermis Lagkada - 17 points and 7 rebounds
8. Dimitris Katiakos (205-F-87) of Arkadikos - 22 points and 3 rebounds
9. Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) of Lavrio - 18 points and 6 rebounds
10. Darko Rallis (180-G-78) of Ermis Lagkada - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists


Union Olimpija grabs OT win against Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Panathinaikos 85-84 OT

Union Olimpija is the only unbeaten team after three rounds in Group D. This time, Olimpija grabbed 85-84 OT win against the Greek giant Panathinaikos Athens, who faced with the first loss this season (2-1). Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada) shined for the hosts with 16 points. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) followed him with 13 points and 5 rebs, while Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) added 11 points and 6 assists. In PAO, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 16 pts (6 rebs).
It was very exciting game and Olimpija entered to last minute of the regular time with 70-67 lead. Dimitris Diamantidis scored two free throws then for PAO and Olimpija traveled on the next possession. Diamantidis was sent to the line again, but he missed the first free throws. There was 9 seconds on the clock and Vlado Ilievski grabbed the ball. It was a broken play and Ilievski somehow created for himself to score a buzzer-beating jumper for 72-72 at the end of regular time. The hosts made 76-72 at the beginning of the extra period, but visitors cut the margin to 2 points. In the finish, Kevinn Pinkney scored two free throws and PAO had 9 seconds for the last possession. Diamantidis made one FT on the other side and Vrkic was sent to the line immediately. He also was half-successful and PAO had the last chance. Diamantidis had the chance to send the match into overtime once more for Panathinaikos after Vrkic missed one of his foul shots, but could not convert the last of his three foul shots with no time for more. Quarters: 16-22, 23-6, 9-20, 24-24, 13-12.
In the next round, Union Olimpija will meet CSKA in Moscow. Panathinaikos will host Efes Pilsen.

Union Olimpija: Kevinn Pinkney 16, Kenny Gregory 13+5 boards, Vlado Ilievski 11+6 as
Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 20+7 boards+5 as, Mike Batiste 16+6 boards


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos KAKLAMANOS
  Panelefsiniakos
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 28
 1. Kaklamanos, Panele.28.0 
 2. Koutroulias, Olimp.21.5 
 3. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada21.0 
 4. Karavanas, Panery.20.5 
 5. Koupidis, Near East19.5 
 6. Sizopoulos, Panery.19.5 
 7. Kosanovic, Koroivos19.0 
 8. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR19.0 
 9. Gizogiannis, AEK/A.18.5 
 10. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Near East
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Amato, Near East12.5 
 2. Karavanas, Panery.10.0 
 3. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.8.5 
 4. Kosanovic, Koroivos8.0 
 5. Kartelo, AE.7.5 
 6. Papargiropou., Amynta.7.0 
 7. Vardianos, Pagrati7.0 
 8. Jovanovic, KAOD7.0 
 9. Macheras, Pagrati7.0 
 10. Latovic, AGOR7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nikos KATSARES
  KAOD
  (190-G-83)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Katsares, KAOD7.5 
 2. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada6.5 
 3. Zoupas, Amyntas .6.5 
 4. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR6.5 
 5. Papadakis, Arkad.5.5 
 6. Koukas, Ikaroi S.5.5 
 7. Sizopoulos, Panery.5.5 
 8. Straganiotis, Panery.4.0 
 9. Kallianotis, Panery.4.0 
 10. Jovanovic, KAOD4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vassilis XIOURAS
  Koroivos
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Xiouras, Koroivos3.0 
 2. Sinnis, Lavrio2.5 
 3. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.2.0 
 4. Kontoudis, Panery.2.0 
 5. Straganiotis, Panery.2.0 
 6. Stanojevic, Near E.2.0 
 7. Pettas, Koroivos2.0 
 8. Zoupas, Amyntas .2.0 
 9. Katsares, KAOD2.0 
 10. Pantelic, Apollo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Kartelo, AE.3.5 
 2. Jovanovic, KAOD2.0 
 3. Kasabalis, AE.1.5 
 4. Pantelic, Apollo.1.5 
 5. Trihopoulos, Panele.1.0 
 6. Tzemis, Amyntas .1.0 
 7. Kakaroudis, Ikaroi S.1.0 
 8. Tsouk, Periko/A.1.0 
 9. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.1.0 
 10. Amato, Near East1.0 


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


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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. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 7. Aidan, Hapoel B.9.0 
 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. Harush, Kohav Yair5.0 
 9. Housman, Hapoel T.5.0 
 10. Skverer, Maccabi .5.0 
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. Rockett, Ironi N.2.0 
 9. Utter, Hapoel T-A2.0 
 10. Shtarkman, Megido.2.0 
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. Aidan, Hapoel B.1.8 
 5. Rosefelt, Ironi R.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. Dews, Ironi N.1.0 


Maccabi Electra hands 54-67 home loss to Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Maccabi Electra 54-67

Maccabi Electra grabbed 54-67 road win against Partizan joining group of the teams with 2-1 record. At the same time, Partizan dropped to 1-2. Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) stepped up for the Israeli powerhouse with 17 points, while Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 13 pts. Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) helped with 11 points for 13 minutes on the court. For the hosts, Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) delivered 11 pts and he was their only player with double-digits in scoring.
Maccabi Electra had a great start. They made impressive 2-18 run in the first six minutes, sending a clear signal to the home fans they wont have reason for a joy after this game. Partizan somehow recovered from the shocking beginning, but still it was Maccabi who was holding comfortable 10-23 after ten minutes. At the middle of the second frame Maccabi was up by 15, but then the hosts finally woke up and they managed to cut the margin to 22-31 until the halftime. Maccabi jumped to 26-40 at the beginning of third quarter and Partizan was in trouble again. They were not able to resist after that facing with 37-51 deficit with 10 minutes to go. Maccabi reached plus 17 in the last frame and celebrated an easy win, despite Partizan came to minus 8 in the finish.
In the next round, Maccabi will meet Khimky in Moscow. Partizan goes to Poland for a game against Asseco Prokom.

Partizan: Oliver Lafayette 11
Maccabi Electra: Jeremy Pargo 17, Lior Eliyahu 13, Guy Pnini 11


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Real Madrid celebrates easy win in Rome - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - Real Madrid 56-74

Real Madrid blasted Lottomatica in Rome celebrating second victory of the season. Both teams have 2-1 record now, same as Olympiakos and Brose Baskets. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) (7 rebs) and Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 12 points each for the Whites. Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs, 7 as) and Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) (5 rebs) helped with 9 points apiece. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) responded in Lottomatica with 13 pts, while Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) added 12 points and 8 boards.
Lottomatica started with 6-4 and later reached 11-7 lead. They had plus four in the finish of Q1, after what Clay Tucker made a jumper fixing the score to 15-13 after ten minutes. Real Madrid took control on Lottomatica in the second quarter as they opened it with 2-15 run. For rest of the time in the first half, the Whites jumped to impressive 21-39 and they never looked back after that. Real Madrid shined in Q3 as well, finishing it with 12-21 for huge 33-60 with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality and the Whites slowed down, so Lottomatica won that period 23-14 and avoided a real fiasco.
In the next round, Real Madrid will meet Brose Baskets. Lottomatica goes to Malaga.

Lottomatica: Nihad Dedovic 13, Ali Traore 12+8 boards
Real Madrid: Ante Tomic 12+7 boards, Clay Tucker 12, Sergio Rodriguez 9+7 boards+7 as, Carlos Suarez 9+5 boards


Venezia beats Jesi 76-72 - by Michele Berra
With a big fourth quarter of Guido Meini (188-G-79) and Tamar Slay (204-F-80, college: Marshall), Umana Reyer Venezia get a huge victory Against Fileni Jesi. The host team taked the lead on the first quarter and finished the first half with 5 points of advantage. The foul troubles of Kiki Clark keept him on the bench in the third quarter. The effort to Fileni Jesi beginning to be felt, due to the limited rotation of the team of Stefano Cioppi. Then the five shot behind the three point arch by Guido Meinii and Tamar Slay created the decisive partial who lead the home team to the 76-72 victory. The games ended with on a big block by Brian on Bj Elder.


Van Den Spiegel agreed to terms with Olimpia Milano - by Emiliano
Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) returns to Italy. The Belgian center agreed to terms with Armani Jeans Milano for the next two months in which he will replace Oleksiy Pecherov, our for six weeks and Marijonas Petravicius, who is still dealing with some injuries.
Tomas Van den Spiegel has a long career in Italy with Fortitudo Bologna and Virtus Roma. With CSKA Moscow, the experienced big man has won twice Euroleague in 2006 and 2008.
Last season Tomas Van Den Spiegel was in Spain with Real Madrid. In the summer, he averaged with Belgium NT 4.8ppg, 3.2rpg in 6 games valid for Eurobasket 2011.


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Champions Club Zone-3: Royal Hoopers end ABC invicibility - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria DStv league runner-up Royal Hoopers basketball club Thursday end the invicibility of Abidjan Basket Club, ABC with a 60-44 points victory in highly defensive game.

The Game-7 pairing between both sides came at a time both teams were enjoying excellent run in the FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3 Qualifiers with odd favouring the Ivories since they are not new on the African stage but the Nigerian debutant put pressure on the Abidjan-based ABC opening a ten points lead in the first quarter of 16-06 points.

Effort by ABC to fight back in the second quarter was rebuffed by the Hoopers who are determined to make it to the final round of the continent biggest club championship slated for Cotonou, Benin Republic between December 10-19, 2010, though Royal Hoopers lost the second quarter 12-13 points but they were able to maintain a nine points lead of 28-19 at half-time.

The Hoopers players who were pleased with their performance against ABC sustain the pressure winning the third quarter by 21-14 point and drew level with their opponent by 11-11 in the fourth quarter for a final score-line of 60-44 points to move to the second position behind Kano Pillars.




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Superleague director resigns - by Luan Morina
Kosovas Superleague Board is extinguicted. This is due to inability of finding sponsor for the Superleague after three rounds already played this season. Superleague director, Nuredin Ibishi offered his resignation to Federation Board, which accepted it. According to Article 4 of the agreement between Federation and Superleague Board, the responsibilities of finding new sponsor from now on belong to the Basketball Federation of Kosova. The decision was signed by 5 clubs of Superleague, excluding Trepa, Bambi, and Mitrovica. For last years not only the Superleague but also lower categories all have had sponsors.


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


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, Valmiera19.3 
 5. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs17.6 
 6. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs17.6 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.3 
 8. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 9. Mitchell, Liepaja15.5 
 10. Mitchell, Liepaja15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Valmiera
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 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. Veselovs, Valmiera7.3 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.3 
 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. Bergmanis, Zemgale4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Liepaja
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.5 
 2. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.5 
 3. Mitchell, Liepaja2.5 
 4. Mitchell, Liepaja2.5 
 5. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 6. Mednis, Turiba2.3 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.3 
 8. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons2.2 
 10. Bedritis, Valmiera2.0 
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, Valmiera1.6 
 5. Selakovs, VEF R.1.2 
 6. Selakovs, VEF R.1.2 
 7. Piternieks, LU1.0 
 8. Mednis, Turiba1.0 
 9. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 10. Mejeris, Liepaja0.8 


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 3-1 
 6. Saldus 2-1 
 7. Ventspils Aug. 2-2 
 8. Barons/Ridzene 2-3 
 9. Zemgale/Jun. 2-3 
 10. Livani 0-3 
 11. Liepaja-2 0-4 
 12. VEF Kadeti 0-4 


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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. Warner, Byblos9.5 
 5. Vogel, Al Riyadi9.5 
 6. Kanaan, Antranik9.0 
 7. Battles, Antranik8.0 
 8. Martinez, Champville8.0 
 9. Mneimneh, Champville8.0 
 10. Fahes, Moutahed7.0 
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. Warner, Byblos4.0 
 7. El Khatib, Champville4.0 
 8. Youngblood, Champ.4.0 
 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. Zachery, Antranik4.0 
 3. Youngblood, Champ.4.0 
 4. Saoud, Al Riyadi3.5 
 5. Clemons, Chabab3.0 
 6. Akl, Anibal3.0 
 7. Feghali, Antranik3.0 
 8. Mahmoud, Al Riyadi2.5 
 9. Balaa, Moutahed2.0 
 10. Abou Jawdeh, Hoops2.0 
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. Mocharef, Champville1.0 
 10. Sabra, Champville1.0 


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FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3: Royal Hoopers battles Kano Pillars - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club will on Saturday take to the floor against fellow Nigerian side Kano Pillars basketball club in a repeat pairing of the grand finale of the Nigeria DStv Premier League two months ago in Port Harcourt in the Day-4 match-up of the FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3 Qualifiers at the gymnasium of Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, Monrovia, Liberia.

Hoopers who is making its debut in Africa club competition after finishing second behind in the Pillars in the Nigeria domestic league has continue to give a good account of themselves winning all three games played so far.

The Hoopers coached by the trio of Coaches Ogoh Odaudu, Johnson Orupabo and Johnson Lami went past host and Liberia league winner UHURU Kings basketball club by 66-55 points on the opening fixtures of the West Africa qualifiers on Monday.

The Port Harcourt-based side continued the command performance on Wednesday with a 73-61 points drubbing of another Liberian side NPA Pythons basketball club before humbling Abidjan Basket Club (ABC) of Cote dIvoire by 60-44 points Thursday making Saturday pairing against Kano Pillars a must watch for basketball fans in Monrovia since both sides are the only two that are yet to drop a game.

Other pairing of Day-4, NPA Pythons of Liberia will try to redeem its image when they file out against ABC of Cote dIvoire at 17H00 local time, Swallows of Togo will confront UHURU Kings of Liberia at 19H00, the Royal Hoopers versus Kano Pillars pairing hold at 15H00.



Champions Club Zone-3: Swallows in first win - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Game-8 provide a more dramatic results as Swallows basketball club of Togo narrowly edged past NPA Pythons basketball club of Liberia by 60-58 points.

Putting behind them a one point deficit in the first quarter 14-15 points, Swallows rose back to take the second quarter 18-13 to go into the break by 32-28 points advantage.

Both sides ended the third quarter by 16-16 with Swallows losing the fourth quarter by 12-16 points to register its first win in the competition. The win is enough to move them to the fourth place on the standing.



Champions Club Zone-3: Kano Pillars beat Uhuru Kings - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3 Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria continued its dominance of other teams in the 2010 qualifying round with a 67-42 points victory over Liberia league champion, UHURU Kings basketball club on Day-3 of the series.

The Nigerian league champion won the first three quarters by 25-06; 17-14 and 16-11 but lost the fourth quarter by 09-11.

Action will resume Saturday after the mandatory one day rest day which will be observed by the teams today (Friday).


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emilio TABOADA
  Bigua
  (191-F-82)
  Avg: 28
 1. Taboada, Bigua28.0 
 2. Villegas, Inacap24.7 
 3. Machado, Flamengo24.3 
 4. Morgan, Mavort21.3 
 5. Moodie, Boca Jrs21.0 
 6. Bailey, Mavort20.7 
 7. Newsome, Malvin19.7 
 8. Wilborn, Bigua19.0 
 9. Morris, Mavort19.0 
 10. Martinez, Malvin19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles BAILEY
  Mavort
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Bailey, Mavort11.7 
 2. Lee, Malvin10.3 
 3. Probst, Vivo/Franca10.3 
 4. Martina, Boca Jrs9.7 
 5. Smith, Espartanos9.0 
 6. Gonzalez, Quimsa8.3 
 7. Battle, Libertad S.8.0 
 8. Newsome, Malvin7.7 
 9. Morris, Inacap7.7 
 10. Morgan, Mavort7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Sebastian GINOBILI
  Libertad S.
  (190-G-72)
  Avg: 6
 1. Ginobili, Libertad S.6.0 
 2. Vidal, Bigua5.3 
 3. Mazzaro, Quimsa5.0 
 4. Penna, Vivo/Franca5.0 
 5. Cambon, Bigua5.0 
 6. Lima, Flamengo4.7 
 7. Treise, Quimsa4.7 
 8. Titarelli, Boca Jrs4.7 
 9. Martinez, Malvin4.3 
 10. Garcia, Vivo/Franca4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sebastian GINOBILI
  Libertad S.
  (190-G-72)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ginobili, Libertad S.4.0 
 2. Bravo, Espartanos3.0 
 3. Teichmann, Flame.2.7 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin2.3 
 5. Garcia, Mavort2.3 
 6. Garcia, Vivo/Franca2.3 
 7. Mazzaro, Quimsa2.0 
 8. Cubillan, Espartanos2.0 
 9. Smith, Espartanos2.0 
 10. Morgan, Mavort2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Elgrace WILBORN
  Bigua
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wilborn, Bigua3.0 
 2. Billings, Bigua2.0 
 3. Bailey, Mavort2.0 
 4. Smith, Espartanos2.0 
 5. Lee, Malvin1.3 
 6. Garcia, Mavort1.3 
 7. Spillers, Vivo/Fra.1.0 
 8. Calfani, Bigua1.0 
 9. Wolkowyski, Libertad.1.0 
 10. Battle, Libertad S.1.0 


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


Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 8-0 
 2. Meresta 7-2 
 3. Zalgiris-Sabonio 6-2 
 4. Radviliskis 6-3 
 5. LKKA-Atletas 5-3 
 6. Nafta Universitetas 4-4 
 7. Silute 4-4 
 8. Mazeikiai 4-5 
 9. Perlas-MRU 4-5 
 10. Triobet Malsta 4-5 
 11. Puntukas 3-5 
 12. Erelita 3-6 
 13. ABRO-Univ. 2-6 
 14. Akademija 2-6 
 15. Delikatesas 1-7 


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Kieza, Juventus22.6 
 2. Janavicius, Siauliai21.0 
 3. Bajramovic, Lietuv.19.7 
 4. Volkus, Techasas19.5 
 5. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris17.4 
 6. Gvezdauskas, Siauliai17.3 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis16.8 
 8. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.16.6 
 9. Sirvydis, Sakalai15.5 
 10. Bendzius, Perlas15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Kieza, Juventus13.8 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai11.7 
 3. Valukonis, Techasas9.3 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis9.0 
 5. Valeika, Alytus Alita8.5 
 6. Vasylius, Neptunas8.0 
 7. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.0 
 8. Janisius, Sakalai8.0 
 9. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.5 
 10. Staniulis, Perlas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 DeJuan COLLINS
  Zalgiris
  (188-G-76)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Collins, Zalgiris5.7 
 2. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.4 
 3. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris5.0 
 4. Viskontas, Perlas4.8 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis4.8 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis4.8 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai4.5 
 8. Gvezdauskas, Siauliai4.3 
 9. Ezerskis, Techasas4.3 
 10. Maceina, Juventus4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Aidas VISKONTAS
  Perlas
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Viskontas, Perlas3.3 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas3.0 
 3. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.8 
 4. Valukonis, Techasas2.8 
 5. Janavicius, Siauliai2.5 
 6. Newley, Lietuvos.2.5 
 7. Lipkevicius, Rudupis2.2 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis2.2 
 9. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 10. Stanionis, Siauliai2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  Lietuvos Rytas
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.5 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.5 
 3. Cresnar, Nevezis2.4 
 4. Jucikas, Siauliai1.5 
 5. Galdikas, Neptunas1.5 
 6. Gumenyuk, Siauliai1.3 
 7. Ezerskis, Techasas1.3 
 8. Kieza, Juventus1.2 
 9. Staniulis, Perlas1.0 
 10. Valeika, Alytus Alita1.0 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Evaldas JURKUS
  Silute
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Jurkus, Silute20.9 
 2. Sragauskis, LKKA-.20.4 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.19.3 
 4. Sebeziovas, Triobe.18.9 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.6 
 6. Cizauskas, Zalgir.17.3 
 7. Mineikis, Radviliskis17.1 
 8. Kaupaitis, Silute16.1 
 9. Petraitis, Delikate.15.9 
 10. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.11.6 
 2. Keras, Delikatesas10.9 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.10.2 
 4. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.1 
 5. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute8.1 
 7. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.8.0 
 8. Pikalavicius, Erelita7.4 
 9. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.4 
 10. Klimas, Nafta U.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Matas SAPIEGA
  Erelita
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 6
 1. Sapiega, Erelita6.0 
 2. Harrison, Mazeikiai5.8 
 3. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.5 
 4. Leonard, Pieno Z.5.3 
 5. Rinkunas, Puntukas4.5 
 6. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.4 
 7. Kutra, Delikatesas4.4 
 8. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.2 
 9. Vileita, Pieno Z.3.8 
 10. Virsilas, Silute3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Gintautas VILEITA
  Pieno Zvaigzdes
  (194-G-75)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Vileita, Pieno Z.3.6 
 2. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.4 
 3. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.9 
 4. Radavicius, Meres.2.9 
 5. Sapiega, Erelita2.9 
 6. Kutra, Delikatesas2.6 
 7. Padgureckas, Meres.2.6 
 8. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.5 
 9. Slivka, Meresta2.4 
 10. Petraitis, Delikate.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Egidijus MOCKEVICIUS
  Akademija
  (204-C-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Mockevicius, Akade.3.1 
 2. Galdikas, Puntukas2.8 
 3. Urbonas, LK.1.8 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.6 
 5. Mankevicius, Erelita1.5 
 6. Gurklys, AB.1.3 
 7. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.3 
 8. Varnelis, Pieno Z.1.3 
 9. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.2 
 10. Ramasauskas, ABRO-.1.0 


Causeur and Avdalovic lead Cholet to first Euroleague win - by Eurobasket News
Cholet - Lietuvos Rytas 73-69

Both teams failed in the first two rounds and this game was very important for them. The reigning French champion had reason for a joy as they celebrated 73-69 victory at their home court. Fabien Causeur (193-G-87) was the leading scorer in Cholet with 20 points and he pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) also shined as he scored 15 points, including 8/8 from the line. Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) collected 11 pts and 14 boards. On the other side, Lietuvos Rytas got 19 points from Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) and 16 pts from Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) (5 rebs).
Teams exchanged in lead at the beginning, but they finished first quarter with 16-16 tie. Fabien Causeur closed it with a lay-up. Visitors shined at the beginning of the second frame taking 16-26 lead. The hosts didnt panic and they immediately intensified defense, what allowed them easy baskets in transition. That resulted with impressive 20-1 run, what later helped Cholet to close the first half with 37-33 lead. At the halfway of third quarter, Mejia drained a triple moving Cholet up to their first double-digit lead in this game, 45-35. However, Rytas replied with 4-14 run and teams started from zero again. Cholet made 4-0 in the finish of Q3 entering to the last ten minutes with 53-49. Lietuvos Rytas didnt give up and they made 62-63 turn with two minutes left, but Fabien Causeur and Vule Avdalovic made free throws and a triple respectively for 67-63. The hosts were focused from the line in the finish of this meeting, what allowed them to register the first Euroleague win of the season.
In the next round, Cholet will meet Cibona in Zagreb. Lietuvos Rytas goes to Barcelona.

Cholet: Fabien Causeur 20+5, Vule Avdalovic 15, Randal Falker 11+14 boards
Lietuvos Rytas: Martynas Gecevicius 19, Kenan Bajramovic 16+5 boards


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  NAIA   


Xavier men lose 84-69 exhibition at Western Kentucky - by Eurobasket
Juan Pattillo (6'6''-F-88) scored 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds Thursday to lead W.Kentucky to an 84-69 men's basketball exhibition victory over Xavier (LA) University of Louisiana.
Pattillo, a senior forward and a transfer from Oklahoma, scored 18 points to lead the Hilltoppers to a 34-25 halftime advantage.
Devin Andrew (6'4''-G) led Xavier (LA) with 10 points and seven rebounds, and Denzell Erves and Jeremy Lee scored nine points apiece.
The Gold Rush never led but rallied from a 14-2 deficit to tie the score at 17 on Anthony Simmons' 3-point play at 8:59. Xavier (LA), a 90-37 loser at W.Kentucky a year ago, outscored the Hilltoppers 39-31, including 11 consecutive points, in the final 13 minutes.
Steffphon Pettigrew added 16 points and Brandon Peters had eight assists for W.Kentucky, an NCAA Division I member and a 21-game winner last season. Xavier (LA) is an NAIA member.
Both teams shot 45 percent from the floor. Xavier (LA) made 19-of-22 free throws had a 39-33 rebound advantage, but the Gold Rush committed 26 turnovers, 19 more than the Hilltoppers.
Xavier (LA), 1-0 in the regular season, will play Carver College at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Barn. W.Kentucky will begin its regular season at St. Joseph's (Pa.) on Nov. 12.



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  NBA   


Wizards expect Arenas back at practice Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards expect Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) to return to practice Wednesday after missing the first three games of the season with a strained tendon in his right ankle.

Arenas sat out Tuesday night's home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers but looked in good form as he took shots on the court before tipoff.

Coach Flip Saunders said he thinks Arenas will practice Wednesday ahead of the team's next game on Friday against the New York Knicks.

No. 1 overall pick John Wall was in the starting lineup for the Wizards despite spraining his right ankle in Saturday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Courtesy of www.aolnews.com


Elliot Williams needs knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams (6'5''-G-89, college: Memphis) will undergo surgery to repair a dislocated right patella, the Trail Blazers announced today. The injury occurred Wednesday, Nov. 3, during court conditioning drills at the teams Practice Facility. Williams will be re-evaluated after surgery but will likely miss the rest of the regular season. Portland selected Williams with the 22nd overall pick in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft. He has not appeared in a game for the Trail Blazers this season.

Courtesy of www.philaphans.com


Tensions rising as Pistons remain winless; Kuester calls out team, Prince fires back - by Eurobasket News
Celtics star Paul Pierce got the ball in the corner and started to shoot.

Then he waited. And waited some more.

He had time to eat a sandwich before getting off the triple. The Eastern Conference champions came into the Palace and toyed with the Pistons all night Tuesday, winning, 109-86.

Pistons coach John Kuester , standing on the bench, just stared down DaJuan Summers, who blew the assignment, as he ran down court. The Pistons fell to 0-4 for the first time since 1999.

So it wasn't surprising when a frustrated Kuester said afterward that the locker room has a leadership void and needs someone to step forward and add a voice to his.
After saying no one is going to have sympathy for the injury-depleted Pistons, he said: 'We have to collectively someway or somehow find another voice besides my own that is going to lead us.'

Tayshaun Prince (6'9''-F-80, college: Kentucky) agreed with him -- but said Kuester has to share the blame on the horrible start.

'... He's right, but at the same time it goes both ways,' Prince said. 'We can sit here and continue to get on each other and be vocal, but like I said, the right thing has got to come from him as well as us.

'It goes both ways. He says we got to be more vocal, he has to do some things better, too. Obviously, we're 0-4 so it ain't just the team.'

Kind of early for finger-pointing, but its pretty obvious the frustration level is high.

It started down this path when the Pistons blew a 21-point lead Saturday night at Chicago. Ben Gordon put on a spectacular shooting display in the first half as the Pistons took a 63-44 lead into halftime. But the Bulls adjusted, putting taller players like Luol Deng on Gordon and also trapping when he caught the ball. He didnt score again and missed all five of his shots in the second half.

And either the coaching staff didnt make the proper adjustments or the players werent listening.

Whatever it is, I just didnt have enough opportunities, Gordon said. Im not sure why.

And at the defensive end the Pistons watched Derrick Rose run wild as he scored 39 points. He knocked down jumpers and attacked the rim on pick-and-rolls. The Pistons didnt seem to adjust at all to Rose killing them.

I just feel we didnt make the right adjustments as a team, Gordon said. Derrick was really hot and it seemed like he could do whatever he wanted.

We just need to try to take something away from him when he has it going like that.

Courtesy of www.freep.com


LeBron James wants to be in London 2012 - by Emiliano
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) said that 'he would love to be part' of of Team USA's 2012 Olympic team. 'I would love to be a part of that team,' James said. 'I think it's an unbelievable thing to represent your country. If Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] needs me to be a part of that team, I'm available. Hopefully, I'm healthy enough to be a part of that team. But I'm always up for the Olympics and representing my country.
'Coach K has my number, I have his number. If he needs me, I'm there.'
LeBron James last summer moved fom Cleveland Cavaliers where he had spent his entire NBA career to Miami Heat where he joined the two stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.
In the first five games of the season James is averaging 20.4ppg, 4.6rpg and 7.2apg.



Thursday: Wins for NY Knicks and OC Thunder - by Eurobasket News
Chicago B. - New York K. 112-120
Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86, college: Florida St.) scored a career-high 30 points, and the New York Knicks made 16 of 24 3-point attempts in a 120-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. It was an astounding display from the outside for the Knicks after they hit just 29.1 percent over the first three games. Leading the charge was Douglas, who made 5 of 9 but he had plenty of help. Danilo Gallinari (6'9''-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) hit four 3s without a miss and finished with 24 points -- all but three in the first half as the Knicks took a 21-point lead in going up 70-52 at halftime. Raymond Felton was 4 of 6 from long range and finished with 20 points and 10 assists, while Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82, agency: Rogue Sports) added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks who got a reprieve after a dramatic first week. Besides close losses to Boston and Portland after taking the opener from Toronto, they had to postpone Tuesday's home game against Orlando because of an asbestos scare at Madison Square Garden. They overcame another big effort from Chicago's Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis), who scored 24 points and had 14 assists, but he sat out the final 9:31. That didn't sit well with fans who chanted 'We want Rose!' in the closing minutes as the Bulls made one final push. Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) finished with 18 points and Luol Deng scored 17 after pouring in a career-high 40 in a win over Portland on Monday. The Bulls were trailing by 17 points before making a run late in the third, cutting it to 10 on a 3-pointer by Deng with 28 seconds left, They were within 95-87 after a 3 by Korver early in the fourth. The Knicks responded by scoring 10 straight points with Ronny Turiaf's three-point play on a dunk with 9:31 left capping that spurt. That's when Rose headed to the sideline, and the Bulls again chipped away at the lead but couldn't pull this one out. *Courtesy of www.suntimes.com

Portland TB - Oklah.City T. 106-107 OT
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) and Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) both had 28 points and 11 rebounds and the Oklahoma City Thunder rebounded from a loss the night before to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 107-106 in overtime on Thursday night. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-C-85, college: Texas) led the shorthanded Trail Blazers with 22 points, while Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) had 19. Roy missed two key jumpers at the end of regulation and the Blazers could never catch up after the Thunder pulled ahead in overtime. James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) gave the Thunder a 103-100 lead in the extra period with a layup and a free throw. Andre Miller missed a layup for Portland but Roy hit two free throws with 40.7 seconds left. Durant missed a jumper from the top of the key and the Blazers couldn't get the rebound. Nicolas Batum was forced to foul Durant, who hit two free throws with 13.7 seconds to go. Wesley Matthews' attempted layup rested on the edge of the rim before falling away, thwarting Portland's chance at a three-point play. After his free throw, Westbrook hit two foul shots for the Thunder. Armon Johnson hit a 3-pointer with .1 seconds left for Portland. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Blazers center Fabricio Oberto retires - by Eurobasket News
Portland Trail Blazers center Fabricio Oberto (6'10''-C-75, agency: Interperformances) has announced today that he has retired from the game of basketball due to recurrent palpitations related to a prior cardiac condition.

Oberto experienced lightheadedness and dizziness during the first half of Portlands game at Milwaukee on Nov. 2.

I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball, said Oberto. It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one.

In his sixth season in the NBA, Oberto appeared in each of Portlands first five games, averaging 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.0 minutes.

We want to thank Fabricio for his professionalism and hard work during his short time here, said Trail Blazers General Manager Rich Cho. Its unfortunate to lose him, but we respect his decision to do whats best for his health and his family.

A native of Las Varillas, Argentina, Oberto played four seasons for the San Antonio Spurs (2005-09), winning an NBA Championship as the starting center in 2007, before spending last season with the Washington Wizards.

Oberto, 35, ends his career with NBA averages of 3.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 14.5 minutes in 336 games (128 starts).

A veteran of international play, Oberto was a member of the Argentine National Team that won the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, took home the bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won the silver medal at the 2002 FIBA World Championships.

The Trail Blazers roster currently stands at 14 players.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Friday's games (12) review - by Eurobasket News
LA Lakers - Toronto R. 108-103
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) scored 30 points, Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) added 23 points and six assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers narrowly remained unbeaten with a 108-103 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Steve Blake scored 14 points for the Lakers, who improved to 6-0. On the other side, Toronto got 17 pts from Leandrinho Barbosa.

N.Orleans H. - Miami Heat 96-93
Emeka Okafor (6'9''-F/C-82, college: Connecticut) evoked memories of his dominant college days at Connecticut with a season-high 26 points and 13 rebounds, Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest) had 13 points, 19 assists and five steals, and New Orleans held on for a 96-93 victory over Miami on Friday night. Dwayne Wade had 28 points and 10 rebounds in loss.

Minnesota T. - Atlanta H. 103-113
Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) came back from a one-game absence due to a toe injury to score a season-high 22 points in his super-reserve role for the undefeated Atlanta Hawks in a 113-103 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) had 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five more blocked shots, and the Hawks improved to 6-0 despite a low-impact performance by star Joe Johnson for the second straight game. Mike Bibby had 15 points and Al Horford added 14 points and 12 rebounds. Corey Brewer scored a season-high 18 points for the Timberwolves, rookie Wes Johnson hit four 3-pointers for 18 points and Michael Beasley scored 16 points in his return from a one-game absence due to a hip injury. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Phoenix Suns - Memphis G. 123-118 OT2
Jason Richardson (6'6''-G-81, college: Michigan St.) scored five of his 38 points in an amazing final 1.1 seconds of regulation and, thanks to a made free throw that Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) intended to miss, the Phoenix Suns went on to a head-shaking 123-118 double-overtime victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday night. Steve Nash scored 13 of his 25 points in the overtimes to send Memphis to its third loss in a row but the second-best free throw shooter in NBA history missed one of two to give. Memphis seemed safely ahead when O.J. Mayo's two free throws made it 98-94 with 3.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter. But Richardson banked in a 3-pointer to make it 98-97 with 1.1 to go, then Steve Nash fouled Gay on an inbounds pass. The referees put 0.4 seconds on the clock. Gay missed the first free throw and clearly intended to miss the other so time would run out. But it went in and, after a timeout, the ball moved to Phoenix's frontcourt and Grant Hill lofted a perfect lob to Richardson at the rim. The shot went in to tie it at 99. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Denver N. - LA Clippers 111-104
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) scored a season-high 30 points and reserve Al Harrington (6'9''-F-80) added 18 to lead the Denver Nuggets past the Los Angeles Clippers 111-104 on Friday night. Arron Afflalo added 16 points and Shelden Williams and Chauncey Billups had 12 each for the Nuggets, who have beaten the Clippers in 12 of their last 14 meetings, including eight straight at the Pepsi Center. Blake Griffin had 26 points and 10 rebounds and Eric Gordon scored 21 points for the Clippers, who have lost five of six to start the season. Both teams are coping with injuries to key players. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Philadelph.76 - Cleveland C. 116-123
Daniel Gibson (6'3''-G-86, college: Texas) led the way, scoring 10 straight points in the decisive fourth-quarter run and the Cavaliers recovered after blowing the big lead and beat the Philadelphia 76ers 123-116 on Friday night. Maurice Williams (6'1''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Alabama) scored 22 points, Gibson had 20, and Anderson Varejao had 23 points and 12 rebounds. J.J. Hickson had 16 for the Cavaliers, who won for the first time since beating Boston on opening night. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Detroit P. - Charlotte B. 97-90
The Pistons avoided their first 0-6 start since 1980, while the Bobcats fell to 1-4. Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) stepped up for his team with 20 points. Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) added 16 points for Detroit after missing a pair of games with a sore foot. Stephen Jackson led Charlotte with 28 points, but no one else scored more than 13.

New York K. - Washington W. 112-91
Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86, college: Florida St.) had 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds, Raymond Felton (6'5''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) added 13 points and 10 assists, and the Knicks spoiled Arenas' return to NBA action with a 112-91 victory Friday night. In defeat, Andray Blatche collected 22 points and 6 boards.

Boston C. - Chicago B. 110-105 OT
Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) shined for the winners with 25 points. Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) secured a great help as he added 16 points and 10 boards. Joakim Noah had 26 points and 12 rebounds for Chicago. Deng scored 20 and Rose had 18 points and nine assists for Chicago, which lost its second straight game and fell to 0-2 on the road.

Indiana P. - Milwaukee B. 90-94
The Bucks held the Pacers to 30 points in the second half of a 94-90 win on Friday night. The Pacers made just 10 of 34 shots in the last two quarters after draining 11 of 18 in the second. John Salmons (6'7''-F-79, college: Miami (FL)) shined with 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, while Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) added 18 points for the Bucks (2-4). Danny Granger and Darren Collison both scored 19 points for the Pacers (2-3), who have lost two straight. The Pacers had plenty of opportunities, but shot 5 for 19 in the fourth quarter.

Orlando M. - New Jersey N. 105-90
Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic extended their recent dominance over the New Jersey Nets with a 105-90 victory Friday night. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) scored 20 points, Vince Carter had 19 points and the Magic went on a 17-4 run to go ahead by 20 points early in the fourth cruise to victory. In NJ Nets, Travis Outlaw had 17 points and 6 boards. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

Golde State W. - Utah Jazz 85-78
Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, college: Davidson) paced Golden State Warriors to an 85-78 victory over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Friday night to stay unbeaten at home. Curry had 20 points. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) finished this meeting with 23. David Lee had 14 points and 15 rebounds for his fifth double-double in as many games. In defeat, Deron Williams delivered 23 pts.


Trail Blazers, rookie Williams out for season - by Emiliano
Portland Trail Blazers rookie Elliot Williams (6'5''-G-89, college: Memphis) will likely miss the season after he dislocated his right patella. For Portland is the third same injury in the last years after the one suffered by Greg Oden and Joel Przybilla.
Williams suffered the injury on Wednesday during on-court conditioning drills. Last season with Memphis, the guard selected with the 22nd overall pick, averaged 17.9ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 36.6%, FT: 75.8% in 34 games and was selected to the All-C-USA 1st Team, NABC Division I All-Dictrict 11 1st Team and was named All-C-USA Newcomer of the Year.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Monta ELLIS
  Golde State W.
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Ellis, Golde S.28.6 
 2. Nowitzki, Dallas M.26.5 
 3. Durant, Oklah.Ci.26.4 
 4. Gay, Memphis G.26.3 
 5. Rose, Chicago B.25.0 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers24.8 
 7. Bryant, LA Lakers24.7 
 8. Anthony, Denver N.24.2 
 9. Wade, Miami Heat23.3 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luis SCOLA
  Houston R.
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Scola, Houston R.14.5 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.14.2 
 3. Evans, Toronto R.13.8 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.12.3 
 5. Lee, Golde S.12.2 
 6. Love, Minnesota T.11.0 
 7. Bogut, Milwauke.11.0 
 8. Odom, LA Lakers11.0 
 9. Duncan, San A.10.8 
 10. Millsap, Utah Jazz10.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Rondo, Boston C.15.5 
 2. Kidd, Dallas M.11.8 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.11.0 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.9.8 
 5. Wall, Washington W.9.5 
 6. Williams, Utah Jazz9.4 
 7. Conley, Memphis G.8.8 
 8. Miller, Portland.8.0 
 9. Curry, Golde S.7.7 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mike CONLEY
  Memphis G.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Conley, Memphis G.3.7 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.3.0 
 3. Wall, Washington W.3.0 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.8 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.2.5 
 6. Brand, Philadelph.762.5 
 7. Ariza, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 8. Douglas, New Y.2.4 
 9. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.4 
 10. Brewer, Minnesot.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Josh SMITH
  Atlanta H.
  (205-F-85)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Smith, Atlanta H.4.2 
 2. Hibbert, Indiana P.3.4 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.3.3 
 4. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.7 
 5. McGee, Washingt.2.5 
 6. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.2 
 7. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.2 
 8. Chandler, New Y.2.2 
 9. Bogut, Milwauke.2.2 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 5-1 
 2. New York K. 3-2 
 3. New Jersey N. 2-3 
 4. Toronto R. 1-4 
 5. Philadelph.76 1-5 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 2-3 
 2. Cleveland C. 2-3 
 3. Indiana P. 2-3 
 4. Milwaukee B. 2-4 
 5. Detroit P. 1-5 
Southeast Div.
 1. Atlanta H. 6-0 
 2. Miami Heat 4-2 
 3. Orlando M. 3-1 
 4. Washington W. 1-3 
 5. Charlotte B. 1-4 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Portland TB 4-2 
 2. Denver N. 3-2 
 3. Oklah.City T. 3-2 
 4. Utah Jazz 2-3 
 5. Minnesota T. 1-5 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 6-0 
 2. Golde State W. 4-1 
 3. Sacramento K. 3-2 
 4. Phoenix Suns 2-3 
 5. LA Clippers 1-5 
Southwest Div.
 1. N.Orleans H. 5-0 
 2. Dallas M. 3-1 
 3. San Antonio S. 3-1 
 4. Memphis G. 2-4 
 5. Houston R. 0-4 


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Pittsburgh wins against Indiana, Pa. 73-56 in an exhibition game Thursday night - by Milord Nikolic
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon played 10 players, including senior forward Gilbert Brown (6'6''-G/F-87), who missed an earlier exhibition with a hamstring injury. Brown had five points and one rebound in 19 minutes. Pittsburgh held a 39-32 rebounding edge. Darryl Webb (6'6''-F) scored 19 points and Ashton Smith (6'2''-G) had 18 for IUP, last season's NCAA Division II runner-up. Regular NCAA upcoming season starts on upcoming Monday.



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Champions Club Zone-3: Kano Pillars beat Uhuru Kings - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Defending champion of the FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3 Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria continued its dominance of other teams in the 2010 qualifying round with a 67-42 points victory over Liberia league champion, UHURU Kings basketball club on Day-3 of the series.

The Nigerian league champion won the first three quarters by 25-06; 17-14 and 16-11 but lost the fourth quarter by 09-11.

Action will resume Saturday after the mandatory one day rest day which will be observed by the teams today (Friday).


FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3: Royal Hoopers battles Kano Pillars - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club will on Saturday take to the floor against fellow Nigerian side Kano Pillars basketball club in a repeat pairing of the grand finale of the Nigeria DStv Premier League two months ago in Port Harcourt in the Day-4 match-up of the FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3 Qualifiers at the gymnasium of Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, Monrovia, Liberia.

Hoopers who is making its debut in Africa club competition after finishing second behind in the Pillars in the Nigeria domestic league has continue to give a good account of themselves winning all three games played so far.

The Hoopers coached by the trio of Coaches Ogoh Odaudu, Johnson Orupabo and Johnson Lami went past host and Liberia league winner UHURU Kings basketball club by 66-55 points on the opening fixtures of the West Africa qualifiers on Monday.

The Port Harcourt-based side continued the command performance on Wednesday with a 73-61 points drubbing of another Liberian side NPA Pythons basketball club before humbling Abidjan Basket Club (ABC) of Cote dIvoire by 60-44 points Thursday making Saturday pairing against Kano Pillars a must watch for basketball fans in Monrovia since both sides are the only two that are yet to drop a game.

Other pairing of Day-4, NPA Pythons of Liberia will try to redeem its image when they file out against ABC of Cote dIvoire at 17H00 local time, Swallows of Togo will confront UHURU Kings of Liberia at 19H00, the Royal Hoopers versus Kano Pillars pairing hold at 15H00.



Champions Club Zone-3: Royal Hoopers end ABC invicibility - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria DStv league runner-up Royal Hoopers basketball club Thursday end the invicibility of Abidjan Basket Club, ABC with a 60-44 points victory in highly defensive game.

The Game-7 pairing between both sides came at a time both teams were enjoying excellent run in the FIBA Africa Champions Club Zone-3 Qualifiers with odd favouring the Ivories since they are not new on the African stage but the Nigerian debutant put pressure on the Abidjan-based ABC opening a ten points lead in the first quarter of 16-06 points.

Effort by ABC to fight back in the second quarter was rebuffed by the Hoopers who are determined to make it to the final round of the continent biggest club championship slated for Cotonou, Benin Republic between December 10-19, 2010, though Royal Hoopers lost the second quarter 12-13 points but they were able to maintain a nine points lead of 28-19 at half-time.

The Hoopers players who were pleased with their performance against ABC sustain the pressure winning the third quarter by 21-14 point and drew level with their opponent by 11-11 in the fourth quarter for a final score-line of 60-44 points to move to the second position behind Kano Pillars.




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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. Isip, Barako16.8 
 6. Cardona, Meral.16.8 
 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. Williams, Talk N.9.3 
 8. Santos, San Miguel9.3 
 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. Urbiztondo, Air214.0 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.4.0 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.0 
 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. Fonacier, Talk N.1.2 
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. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.0 
 10. Menk, Ginebra1.0 


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  PORTUGAL   


New season in Proliga starts Nov.6 - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
The new Proliga season will start Nov.6 with the first game being the match between Electrico FC and Terceira Basket. These are two of the teams that are expected to be fighting for a play-off spot.
The top teams in the league will be Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras (coming from LPB), AngraBasket, Galitos and Barcelos. Fisica Desportiva de Torres Vedras has a strong and experimented team, just like AngraBasket and Galitos. Those three teams have 5 of the 9 North-Americans playing in the League, being the Terceira Basket the other team with two in their roster. Mostly because of the economical crisis, teams preferred to choose national players, with Barcelos presenting the stronger Portuguese roster.
The regular Proliga season will be played until April 9, with all the twelve teams playing Home-and-Away. The top eight teams will compete in a play-off for championship, with the two finalists gaining a place in the next years LPB. The two teams at the bottom of the Proliga will be relegated to the CNB1 Championship.



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Bayamon strengthen their roster - by Eurobasket News
Bayamon are working actively in the market. The BSN vice-champions made some moves to bolster their roster.
Bayamon signed deals with Luis Rivas (200-F-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: W.Illinois) and Jonathan Han Alicea (185-G-87, college: Fairfield). They are expected to replace Markus Mitchell (201-F-86, college: Mt.St.Mary's) and Josue Soto (183-G-88, college: Florida Intern.) on the squad. Luis Rivas started the previous season in Mexico. The 30-year-old forward played in Pilares del Distrito Federal, then he moved to Libertadores de Queretaro. Luis Rivas finished the season playing for Gallitos de Isabela. The forward averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.
Jonathan Han Alicea appeared in 27 games for Gallitos de Isabela in the previous season. The guard tallied 0.9 points and 1.6 assists per appearance.
Bayamon also extended the contracts of Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) and coach Julio Toro . Christian Dalmau is the key figure for Bayamon. Last season the 33-year-old guard averaged 21.5 points, 5.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.6 steals per BSN game. Christian Dalmau also plays for the Puerto Rican National Team.
Julio Toro took over the team in 2010 and led Bayamon to the regular season crown. Bayamon eventually lost to Capitanes in the championship series.



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  ROMANIA   


Kyndall Dykes gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian Div.A - by Eurobasket News
American Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87, agency: Strategic Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 23-year old forward had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for U.Mobitel.CN in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Mures (6-2) 87-85. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Thanks to this victory U.Mobitel.CN moved-up to the 4th position in the Romanian Div.A. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. U.Mobitel.CN will need more victories to improve their 6-2 record. In the team's last game Dykes had a remarkable 57.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be U.Mobitel.CN's top player in his first season with the team. University of New Orleans graduate has very impressive stats this year. Dykes is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.3ppg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 63.0% FGP. Worth to mention Dykes played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (201-G-79) of BC Arges Pitesti. Vujacic impressed basketball fans with 30 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Pitesti to another comfortable win outscoring Brasov (#16, 0-8) 92-70. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Pitesti dropped in the standings to 11th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Vujacic is well-known by Pitesti fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was Montenegrin Zeljko Bubanja (210-C-73) of CSU Cuadripol SCM Brasov (#16). Bubanja scored 26 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Bubanja's great performance Brasov lost 70-92 to the higher-ranked Pitesti (#11, 4-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Brasov can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 8 games. Too bad for Bubanja he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Bubanja has a very solid season. In 2 games in Romania he scored 18.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donte Gennie (185-G-83) of Pitesti - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 8 assists
5. Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) of U.Mobitel.CN - 29 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kenneth Simms (203-C) of Craiova - 16 points, 17 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Michael Schachtner (206-F-86) of Oradea - 31 points and 6 rebounds
8. JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82) of Mures - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84) of CSU Sibiu - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Joshua Jackson (188-G-85) of Steaua Turabo - 17 points and 6 rebounds


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 LeRoy DAWSON
  Politehnica Iasi
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Dawson, Polite.21.3 
 2. Bubanja, Brasov21.0 
 3. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.3 
 4. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.19.8 
 5. Darby, Rovinari19.4 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.9 
 7. Schachtner, Oradea18.6 
 8. Wohlleb, Craiova18.1 
 9. Vujacic, Pitesti17.6 
 10. Scott, Otopeni17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Titus NICOARA
  Gaz Metan
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Nicoara, Gaz Metan12.1 
 2. Simms, Craiova11.4 
 3. Burlacu, Ploiesti10.6 
 4. Coleman, Miercure.10.4 
 5. Bubanja, Brasov10.0 
 6. Forte, Mures9.5 
 7. Tomic, CSM Bucur.9.0 
 8. Waterstradt, CSM B.8.9 
 9. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.9 
 10. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Rade DZAMBIC
  CSM Bucur.
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Dzambic, CSM B.7.6 
 2. Cooley, Mures7.4 
 3. Blidaru, Ploiesti6.1 
 4. Stojakovic, Craiova5.8 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan4.5 
 6. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.3 
 7. Petrisor, Timisoara4.0 
 8. Seals, CSU Sibiu3.7 
 9. Gennie, Pitesti3.6 
 10. Maric, Oradea3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Donte GENNIE
  Pitesti
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Gennie, Pitesti3.3 
 2. Westrol, Ploiesti3.3 
 3. Dawson, Polite.2.9 
 4. Paliciuc, Brasov2.8 
 5. Stojakovic, Craiova2.8 
 6. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.7 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN2.6 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.5 
 9. Nicoara, Gaz Metan2.5 
 10. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.3 
 2. Masiulis, CSU S.1.9 
 3. Simms, Craiova1.5 
 4. Mladenovic, Mures1.5 
 5. Capusan, Rovinari1.5 
 6. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.4 
 7. Lazar, Oradea1.2 
 8. Vajda, Miercure.1.2 
 9. Anghel, Polite.1.2 
 10. Stefanovic, Pitesti1.1 


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  SERBIA   


Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket26.2 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo22.2 
 3. Samailovic, Student21.6 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost .21.4 
 5. Blagojevic, KG 0620.5 
 6. Koprivica, Radnicki.19.4 
 7. Stanisavljev., Jagod.19.2 
 8. Gladanac, Jagodina18.5 
 9. Markovic, Sindjeli.18.3 
 10. Gujanicic, Mlados.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (203-F/C-)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Vuletic, Viva Basket10.8 
 2. Gujanicic, Mlados.10.3 
 3. Koprivica, Radnicki.10.2 
 4. Knezevic, Vojvodina9.6 
 5. Karahodzic, Spartak7.0 
 6. Despotovic, KG 066.8 
 7. Glisovic, Student6.8 
 8. Zivanovic, Smede.6.8 
 9. Ivosev, Vojvodina6.8 
 10. Andrejevic, KK Nis6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket7.0 
 2. Mijovic, Radnicki.5.8 
 3. Boltic, Radnicki BG5.0 
 4. Karic, Radnicki BG4.6 
 5. Svilar, Smederevo4.4 
 6. Kurcubic, Viva B.4.4 
 7. Kuntic, Spartak4.0 
 8. Simic, Radnicki OB4.0 
 9. Dinic, Spartak3.8 
 10. Gajovic, Mladost .3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ognjen NISAVIC
  Jagodina
  (--)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Nisavic, Jagodina3.5 
 2. Zivanovic, Smede.3.0 
 3. Tomasevic, Vojvo.2.8 
 4. Kuntic, Spartak2.8 
 5. Svilar, Smederevo2.4 
 6. Radic, Spartak2.4 
 7. Mijovic, Radnicki.2.3 
 8. Petrovic, Viva B.2.3 
 9. Karic, Radnicki BG2.2 
 10. Stojacic, KG 062.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Mirkovic, KG 061.3 
 3. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.2 
 4. Cvijic, Viva Basket1.0 
 5. Kovac, Zeleznicar1.0 
 6. Ivosev, Vojvodina1.0 
 7. Karahodzic, Spartak1.0 
 8. Trailovic, Sindje.0.8 
 9. Miskovic, KG 060.8 
 10. Blagojevic, KG 060.8 


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. Borac 3-3 
 8. Metalac 2-2 
 9. Novi Sad 2-3 
 10. Proleter Naftagas 2-3 
 11. Sloboda Uzice 2-3 
 12. Vojvodina 2-4 
 13. Crnokosa 1-4 
 14. Superfund 0-5 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Standings - B Liga
B League Standings
 1. Radnicki BG 5-0 
 2. Radnicki OB 4-1 
 3. Smederevo 4-1 
 4. Spartak 4-1 
 5. Mladost Cacak 3-2 
 6. Radnicki Basket 3-2 
 7. Viva Basket 3-2 
 8. Sindjelic Nis 2-3 
 9. Student 2-3 
 10. Vojvodina 2-3 
 11. Zeleznicar 2-3 
 12. Jagodina 2-4 
 13. KK Nis 0-5 
 14. KG 06 0-6 


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. Sulovic, Napredak17.4 
 9. Bogavac, Sloga17.3 
 10. Vasojevic, Borac17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milan BJEGOVIC
  USK Praha
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 9
 1. Bjegovic, Superfund9.0 
 2. Misanovic, Beograd8.7 
 3. Dedijer, Borac8.3 
 4. Tomasevic, Vojvo.8.3 
 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.6.6 
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. Covic, FMP4.8 
 6. Ljubicic, Metalac4.8 
 7. Mitrovic, Beograd4.6 
 8. Djoric, Superfund4.6 
 9. Radulovic, Crnokosa4.4 
 10. Dundjerski, Beograd4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dusko BUNIC
  Novi Sad
  (207-C-89)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bunic, Novi Sad2.4 
 2. Marjanovic, Vojvo.2.4 
 3. Bozovic, Sloga2.3 
 4. Tresac, Borac2.3 
 5. Djoric, Superfund2.0 
 6. Pejovic, Napredak2.0 
 7. Radenkovic, Tamis2.0 
 8. Vujosevic, Novi Sad2.0 
 9. Vulin, Prolet.2.0 
 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. Bircevic, Metalac1.3 
 4. Bozovic, Sloga1.3 
 5. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.2 
 6. Milovanovic, FMP1.2 
 7. Buric, Tamis1.0 
 8. Ilic, FMP1.0 
 9. Matovic, Mega V.1.0 
 10. Markovic, Sloboda .1.0 


Misanovic number one in Serbia for round 5 - by Eurobasket News
Center Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked OKK Beograd, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Proleter Naftagas (#10, 2-3) 93-81. Beograd maintains the 2nd position in Serbian A League. They are still close to the very top. Beograd would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Misanovic turned to be Beograd's top player in his first season with the team. Nenad Misanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.7rpg) and averages impressive 77.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Marko Spica (205-F/C-86) of Superfund BP Beograd. Spica had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Superfund was edged by the higher-ranked Mega Vizura (#4, 3-2) 87-85. Superfund is still in a red zone at 14th spot in the standings. 5 lost games is too many considering they did not win any game. Spica is a newcomer at Superfund, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) of league's top team FMP Zeleznik Beograd. Milutinovic showcased his all-around game by recording 19 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of FMP, leading his team to a 89-49 easy win against the lower-ranked Vojvodina (#12, 2-3). FMP started extremely well this year. They recorded 5 victories without losing a single game. Milutinovic turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Milutinovic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Serbia he scored 16.4ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88) of Beograd - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76) of Mega Vizura - 16 points and 6 assists
6. Rastko Dramicanin (207-C-86) of Mega Vizura - 20 points and 9 rebounds
7. Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83) of Crnokosa - 21 points and 4 rebounds
8. Stefan Matovic (203-G-91) of Mega Vizura - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Srdjan Zivkovic (199-G-86) of Beograd - 28 points and 3 rebounds
10. Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) of FMP - 5 points, 4 rebounds and 13 assists


Maccabi Electra hands 54-67 home loss to Partizan - by Eurobasket News
Partizan - Maccabi Electra 54-67

Maccabi Electra grabbed 54-67 road win against Partizan joining group of the teams with 2-1 record. At the same time, Partizan dropped to 1-2. Jeremy Pargo (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) stepped up for the Israeli powerhouse with 17 points, while Lior Eliyahu (207-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) added 13 pts. Guy Pnini (201-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) helped with 11 points for 13 minutes on the court. For the hosts, Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) delivered 11 pts and he was their only player with double-digits in scoring.
Maccabi Electra had a great start. They made impressive 2-18 run in the first six minutes, sending a clear signal to the home fans they wont have reason for a joy after this game. Partizan somehow recovered from the shocking beginning, but still it was Maccabi who was holding comfortable 10-23 after ten minutes. At the middle of the second frame Maccabi was up by 15, but then the hosts finally woke up and they managed to cut the margin to 22-31 until the halftime. Maccabi jumped to 26-40 at the beginning of third quarter and Partizan was in trouble again. They were not able to resist after that facing with 37-51 deficit with 10 minutes to go. Maccabi reached plus 17 in the last frame and celebrated an easy win, despite Partizan came to minus 8 in the finish.
In the next round, Maccabi will meet Khimky in Moscow. Partizan goes to Poland for a game against Asseco Prokom.

Partizan: Oliver Lafayette 11
Maccabi Electra: Jeremy Pargo 17, Lior Eliyahu 13, Guy Pnini 11


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Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26
 1. McCoy, Svit26.0 
 2. Booker, Prievidza24.8 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.23.5 
 4. Burrows, Komarno22.8 
 5. Sapp, Pezinok20.6 
 6. Moore, Nitra19.7 
 7. Delic, Handlova19.7 
 8. Johnson, Nova Ves18.6 
 9. Tomek, Nitra18.4 
 10. Lukjanec, Pezinok18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Tomek, Nitra11.2 
 2. Erwin, Nitra10.0 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.9.8 
 4. Jackson, Komarno8.6 
 5. Gavran, Inter B.8.6 
 6. Velcic, B.Bystrica8.6 
 7. Wolfinger, Levice8.3 
 8. Johnson, Nova Ves8.2 
 9. Micuda, Pezinok7.9 
 10. Cvitanovic, B.Bys.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Moore, Nitra7.4 
 2. Booker, Prievidza7.0 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.6 
 4. Jones, Komarno5.4 
 5. Kostomaj, Levice5.1 
 6. Milosevic, Pezinok4.7 
 7. Micka, Svit4.4 
 8. Wheeler, Inter B.4.3 
 9. Zavodny, Vahost.3.8 
 10. Sapp, Pezinok3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Moore, Nitra3.3 
 2. Carter, Vahostav.3.0 
 3. Jones, Komarno2.8 
 4. McCoy, Svit2.4 
 5. Gavlak, Handlova2.2 
 6. Kucsa, Inter B.2.1 
 7. Seman, Levice2.0 
 8. Jackson, Komarno2.0 
 9. Zilik, Inter B.1.9 
 10. Kostomaj, Levice1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Prievidza
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Prievidza3.3 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok2.0 
 3. Batka, Nova Ves1.6 
 4. Golian, Handlova1.3 
 5. Jackson, Komarno1.1 
 6. Gavran, Inter B.1.1 
 7. Hallett, Prievidza1.0 
 8. Burrows, Komarno1.0 
 9. Wolfinger, Levice0.9 
 10. Lukjanec, Pezinok0.8 


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Union Olimpija grabs OT win against Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija - Panathinaikos 85-84 OT

Union Olimpija is the only unbeaten team after three rounds in Group D. This time, Olimpija grabbed 85-84 OT win against the Greek giant Panathinaikos Athens, who faced with the first loss this season (2-1). Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83, college: Nevada) shined for the hosts with 16 points. Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) followed him with 13 points and 5 rebs, while Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) added 11 points and 6 assists. In PAO, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) collected 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) nailed 16 pts (6 rebs).
It was very exciting game and Olimpija entered to last minute of the regular time with 70-67 lead. Dimitris Diamantidis scored two free throws then for PAO and Olimpija traveled on the next possession. Diamantidis was sent to the line again, but he missed the first free throws. There was 9 seconds on the clock and Vlado Ilievski grabbed the ball. It was a broken play and Ilievski somehow created for himself to score a buzzer-beating jumper for 72-72 at the end of regular time. The hosts made 76-72 at the beginning of the extra period, but visitors cut the margin to 2 points. In the finish, Kevinn Pinkney scored two free throws and PAO had 9 seconds for the last possession. Diamantidis made one FT on the other side and Vrkic was sent to the line immediately. He also was half-successful and PAO had the last chance. Diamantidis had the chance to send the match into overtime once more for Panathinaikos after Vrkic missed one of his foul shots, but could not convert the last of his three foul shots with no time for more. Quarters: 16-22, 23-6, 9-20, 24-24, 13-12.
In the next round, Union Olimpija will meet CSKA in Moscow. Panathinaikos will host Efes Pilsen.

Union Olimpija: Kevinn Pinkney 16, Kenny Gregory 13+5 boards, Vlado Ilievski 11+6 as
Panathinaikos: Dimitris Diamantidis 20+7 boards+5 as, Mike Batiste 16+6 boards


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Elephants defeats KCC Egis in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Elephants - KCC Egis 84-82
The most interesting game of round 9 was a very close only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked KCC Egis to first ranked Elephants 82-84. Jarod Stevenson stepped up with 24 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Herbert Hill helped with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Daniels Chris (211-C-84) responded with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Elephants (7-2) stays at first position. KCC Egis (4-5) on the other side went down to sixth place as they recorded their fifth loss. Elephants are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Sonic Boom KT. KCC Egis will play against Samsung Th. (#) hoping to prove their supporters that this time they can win. Top scorers: Inchon ET Land Elephants: J.Stevenson 24+9reb+3ast, H.Hill 20+5reb, J.Seo 13+7reb+1ast, K.Shin 12+4reb+6ast, A.McCaskill 8+1reb, H.Lim 3, KCC Egis: C.Daniels 24+13reb+2ast, B.Kang 15+2reb+2ast, B.Yoo 11+1ast, T.Chon 10+2reb+6ast, S.Choo 9, E.Kang 5+2reb,

Anyang KGC - Dongbu Promy 78-64
Anyang rolled over Dingbu Promy 78:64 at the 9th round. J.Lee stepped up with 29 points for the winners and Simon David (207-C-82, college: IPFW) collected 22 points and 11 rebounds. Benson responded with 22 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Yoon had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Top scorers: Anyang KGC: J.Lee 29+2reb+3ast, D.Simon David 22+11reb, S.Park 11+2reb+1ast, S.Park 8+3reb+1ast, A.Simpson 6+2reb, J.Shin 2, Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 22+13reb, H.Yoon 13+7reb+2ast, K.Jin 11+2reb+1ast, J.Park 7+1reb+2ast, J.Wook Ahn 5+6reb+2ast, V.Thomas 2+1reb,

SK Knights - LG Sakers 96-80
Everything went according to plan when 7th ranked LG Sakers (4-6) was defeated by fifth ranked SK Knights (6-4) 96-80. Kim Hyo-Bum (195-G-83) stepped up with 36 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and Terrence Leather helped with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Chris Alexander responded with 18 points and 10 rebounds. That victory allowed SK Knights (6-4) to claimb to fourth place. LG Sakers (4-6) on the other side went down to seventh place as they recorded their sixth loss. SK Knights are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Samsung Th.. LG Sakers will play against Sonic Boom KT (#) hoping to prove their supporters that it was just an accident. Top scorers: Seoul SK Knights: H.Kim 36+5reb+1ast, T.Leather 22+5reb+1ast, M.Kim 10+7reb, H.Joo 8+7reb+6ast, K.Hoon Byun 8+1reb, J.Son 5+3reb+1ast, Changwon LG Sakers: D.Kang 20+2reb+1ast, C.Alexander 18+10reb+2ast, G.Stevenson 18+8reb+3ast, H.Kim 8+2reb+6ast, H.Lee 7, T.Cummings 4+7reb,

Daegu Orions - Mobis Phoebus 106-76
Daegu Orions smashed Mobis 106:76 as McGowan Glen (206-F-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Pepperdine) paced all the winners with 25 points and 7 rebounds. J.Park followed him with 14 points and H.Park as well as M.Suk added 12 points each. Ekperigin responded with 26 points in the losing effort and 9 rebounds. Top scorers: Daegu Orions: G.McGowan Glen 25+7reb+2ast, J.Park 14+2reb+4ast, H.Park 12+2reb+1ast, M.Suk 12+2reb+1ast, M.Park 10+7ast, Y.Oh 8+4ast, Mobis Phoebus: L.Ekperigin 26+9reb+3ast, S.Lee 8+4reb, C.Song 8+3ast, J.Kim 8+1ast, K.No 7+3reb+4ast, S.Ha 6,




Anthony Simpson is a newcomer at Anyang KGC - by Eurobasket
Anyang KGC strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Anthony Simpson (203-F, college: Kent St.). Simpson played most recently at Jelson Homes DMU Leicester City Riders (United Kingdom). While playing 3 games for Leicester Riders this season he averaged 12.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg and 1.0bpg.

In his last season in NCAA with Kent State, Simpson recorded averages of 9.2ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 67.7% in 34 games played and was MAC East Division Regular Season Champion.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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


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Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Obradoiro 6-0 
 2. Caceres 6-1 
 3. Leon 6-1 
 4. La Palma 5-1 
 5. Burgos 5-2 
 6. CB Murcia 5-2 
 7. Lleida 4-3 
 8. Melilla 4-3 
 9. La Laguna 3-3 
 10. Navarra 3-4 
 11. Breogan 2-4 
 12. Clinicas Rincon 2-4 
 13. Girona 2-4 
 14. Alcazar 2-5 
 15. Huesca 2-5 
 16. CB Tarragona 1-6 
 17. Ourense 1-6 
 18. Palencia 1-6 


Standings - LEB Silver
LEB Silver Standings
 1. Andorra 6-0 
 2. Clavijo 5-0 
 3. Mallorca 5-0 
 4. Plasencia 4-2 
 5. Promobys 3-1 
 6. ADT Tarragona 3-2 
 7. Oviedo Feve 3-2 
 8. Regal FC II 2-2 
 9. Guadalajara 2-3 
 10. Prat Juventud 2-3 
 11. Illescas 2-4 
 12. Lan Mobel ISB 1-5 
 13. Santurtzi 1-5 
 14. Avila 0-4 
 15. Coruna 0-6 


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 Ricardo GUILLEN
  La Laguna
  (205-F/C-76)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Guillen, La Laguna20.7 
 2. Detrick, Melilla19.1 
 3. Navarro, Girona18.3 
 4. Palacios, La Palma17.0 
 5. Quezada, Leon16.1 
 6. Mokongo, Ourense15.6 
 7. Lima, Clinicas Rincon15.4 
 8. Rocchia, Leon15.0 
 9. Rodriguez, La Pa.14.8 
 10. Frost, Palencia14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Oriol JUNYENT
  Obradoiro
  (207-C-76)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Junyent, Obradoiro10.3 
 2. Lima, Clinicas Rincon9.8 
 3. Sinanovic, Clinic.9.8 
 4. Kale, Ourense8.9 
 5. Guillen, La Laguna8.5 
 6. Faverani, CB Mu.8.3 
 7. Clark, Palencia8.3 
 8. Humphrey, Caceres8.0 
 9. Curtis, Lleida8.0 
 10. Wachsmann, Alcazar7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Juan AGUILAR
  CB Tarragona
  (187-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Aguilar, CB Tarra.5.3 
 2. Rodriguez, Obrad.4.0 
 3. Sabat, La Laguna3.7 
 4. Jimenez, Melilla3.7 
 5. Lopez, Burgos3.7 
 6. Cherry, Caceres3.6 
 7. Navarro, Girona3.5 
 8. Vallmajo, Breogan3.3 
 9. Zamora, Clinicas.3.3 
 10. Garrido, Palencia3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Andres RODRIGUEZ
  Obradoiro
  (182-G-81)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Rodriguez, Obrad.2.7 
 2. Rost, Girona2.3 
 3. Johnson, Huesca2.2 
 4. Jasen, CB Murcia2.1 
 5. Rivero, CB Murcia2.0 
 6. Bernabe, Leon1.9 
 7. Aguilar, CB Tarra.1.9 
 8. Lima, Clinicas Rincon1.8 
 9. Toledo, Burgos1.7 
 10. Palacios, La Palma1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan HUMPHREY
  Caceres
  (203-F-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Humphrey, Caceres2.0 
 2. Sinanovic, Clinic.1.7 
 3. Diouf, CB Tarragona1.6 
 4. Fontet, Leon1.6 
 5. Montanana, Melilla1.2 
 6. Joseph, Navarra1.0 
 7. Krabbenhoft, Lleida1.0 
 8. Fornas, CB Tarra.1.0 
 9. Dobbins, CB Murcia1.0 
 10. Faverani, CB Mu.1.0 


Real Madrid celebrates easy win in Rome - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica - Real Madrid 56-74

Real Madrid blasted Lottomatica in Rome celebrating second victory of the season. Both teams have 2-1 record now, same as Olympiakos and Brose Baskets. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) (7 rebs) and Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) scored 12 points each for the Whites. Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs, 7 as) and Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) (5 rebs) helped with 9 points apiece. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) responded in Lottomatica with 13 pts, while Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) added 12 points and 8 boards.
Lottomatica started with 6-4 and later reached 11-7 lead. They had plus four in the finish of Q1, after what Clay Tucker made a jumper fixing the score to 15-13 after ten minutes. Real Madrid took control on Lottomatica in the second quarter as they opened it with 2-15 run. For rest of the time in the first half, the Whites jumped to impressive 21-39 and they never looked back after that. Real Madrid shined in Q3 as well, finishing it with 12-21 for huge 33-60 with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality and the Whites slowed down, so Lottomatica won that period 23-14 and avoided a real fiasco.
In the next round, Real Madrid will meet Brose Baskets. Lottomatica goes to Malaga.

Lottomatica: Nihad Dedovic 13, Ali Traore 12+8 boards
Real Madrid: Ante Tomic 12+7 boards, Clay Tucker 12, Sergio Rodriguez 9+7 boards+7 as, Carlos Suarez 9+5 boards


Fenerbahce Ulker comes up with victory in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Fenerbahce Ulker 61-69

Fenerbahce Ulker crushed Regal Barca 61-69 at the Palau Blaugrana. The Turkish champion jumped to 3-0 after this impressive win, sharing the first place in Group C with Montepaschi Siena (3-0). At the same time, the reigning Euroleague champ slipped to 2-1. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests, while Marko Tomas (201-G-85) added 12 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) delivered 17 points. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) this time stopped to 12 pts.
Fenerbahce Ulker started the game with 7-8 and later reached 9-12 lead. Visitors kept plus three until the last minute of Q1, when Pete Mickeal fed the alley-oop to Vazquez who fixed the score to 13-14 after ten minutes. Fener reached plus 9 at the beginning of the next quarter, but Barca replied with 6-0 run made by Sada and Juan Carlos Navarro. Mostly owing to Marko Tomas and Darjus Lavrinovic, Fenerbahce Ulker went to the halftime break with 28-32 lead. Barca made 40-39 turn in third period and managed to keep minimum lead with 10:00 remaining, 45-44. Fener shined in the finish of this meeting making 4-10 run for 59-64 lead, after what Mickeal missed a layup. Later, Jaka Lakovic missed the three and when Turkcan hit one free throw for 61-65 it was clear that Fenerbahce would remain undefeated while handing the defending champ the first loss of the season.
In the next round, Fenerbahce Ulker will meet Monepaschi Siena in Istanbul. Regal Barca waits Lietuvos Rytas.

Regal Barca: Pete Mickeal 17, Juan Carlos Navarro 12
Fenerbahce Ulker: Roko-Leni Ukic 13+6 boards, Marko Tomas 12+6 boards


Stats Leaders-LEB Silver
Points Per Game
 Xavier LOPEZ
  Avila
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Lopez, Avila18.3 
 2. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.18.0 
 3. Witt, Clavijo17.8 
 4. Ramsdell, Avila16.8 
 5. Bivia, Mallorca16.4 
 6. Bustamante, Plase.16.2 
 7. Swanston, Clavijo16.2 
 8. Mesa, Clavijo16.0 
 9. Perez, Promobys15.5 
 10. Ramsey, Promobys15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olaseni LAWAL
  Guadalajara
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Lawal, Guadalajara13.0 
 2. Chubrevich, Illescas9.2 
 3. O''Leary, Oviedo F.9.2 
 4. Larry, Regal F.9.0 
 5. Llobet, Prat J.9.0 
 6. Mesa, Clavijo8.2 
 7. Howard, Andorra8.0 
 8. Thompson, Coruna7.7 
 9. Ramsdell, Avila7.5 
 10. Mortellaro, Lan M.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Matt WITT
  Clavijo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Witt, Clavijo6.0 
 2. Rufian, Promobys5.8 
 3. Uriz, Santurtzi4.6 
 4. Justo, Avila4.5 
 5. Ibargutxi, Lan M.4.3 
 6. Suarez, Oviedo Feve3.8 
 7. Pampin, Mallorca3.6 
 8. Bavosi, Promobys3.5 
 9. Alonso, Mallorca3.4 
 10. Lopez, Avila3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Joan CREUS
  Regal FC II
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Creus, Regal F.2.5 
 2. Martinez, Plasencia2.5 
 3. Alonso, Mallorca2.2 
 4. Barcelo, Plasencia2.2 
 5. Uriz, Santurtzi2.0 
 6. Matali, Andorra2.0 
 7. Larry, Regal F.1.8 
 8. Ramsey, Promobys1.8 
 9. Rufian, Promobys1.8 
 10. Jimenez, Regal F.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Papa MBAYE
  Regal FC II
  (--90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mbaye, Regal F.2.0 
 2. Biyombo, Illescas1.5 
 3. Lawal, Guadalajara1.4 
 4. Marti, Prat J.1.4 
 5. Howard, Plasencia1.2 
 6. Johnson, Andorra1.2 
 7. Todorovic, Prat J.1.2 
 8. Maglisceau, Promo.1.0 
 9. Ratzsch, Oviedo F.1.0 
 10. Cage, ADT Tarragona1.0 


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  SWEDEN   


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Logi GUNNARSSON
  Solna
  (190-G-81)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Gunnarsson, Solna21.8 
 2. Rush, Sundsvall21.3 
 3. Klaric, Jamtland20.5 
 4. Smith, Sodertalje20.4 
 5. Levett, LF Basket20.0 
 6. McCoy, Boras18.9 
 7. Ryan, Boras18.7 
 8. Palm, Boras17.9 
 9. Blom, 0817.7 
 10. Sigurdarson, Sunds.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 15.7
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.15.7 
 2. Kosmalski, Solna11.0 
 3. Palm, Boras8.4 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.4 
 5. Galick, Sodertalje8.0 
 6. Kohlmaier, Uppsala7.8 
 7. Jonzen, Uppsala7.5 
 8. Klaric, Jamtland7.3 
 9. Rush, Sundsvall7.2 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket7.0 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.8 
 3. Beck, 085.7 
 4. Frier, Uppsala5.2 
 5. Smith, Sodertalje5.0 
 6. Chuk, Sodertalje5.0 
 7. Ilunga, Solna4.7 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.3 
 9. Pierre, Sundsvall4.3 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Sodertalje5.0 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.4 
 3. Rush, Sundsvall3.2 
 4. Hellgren, Jamtland2.6 
 5. Callier, Jamtland2.0 
 6. Merzoug, Solna1.8 
 7. Pleick, Eco Orebro1.8 
 8. Eriksson, Uppsala1.8 
 9. Ryan, Boras1.8 
 10. Frier, Uppsala1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Oladapo AYUBA
  Norrkoping
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ayuba, Norrkoping2.0 
 2. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 3. Palm, Boras2.0 
 4. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.7 
 5. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 6. Saks, Norrkoping1.2 
 7. Levett, LF Basket1.1 
 8. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.0 
 9. Gervin, Norrkoping1.0 
 10. Salaam, Jamtland0.8 


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  TAIWAN   


TB going to CBA? - by Chris Wang
Laetst news. More to follow...

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Taiwanese basketball team denies it is joining Chinese league

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) A Taiwanese basketball team dismissed reports Thursday that it has applied to join the Chinese professional league in 2011.

Taiwan Beer, one of seven teams in Taiwan's professional Super Basketball League (SBL) , also said that whether it will go to China will be decided only after a full discussion.

The team will 'only do so after applying to the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA) and the Sports Affairs Council and receiving a green light from them,' it added in a news release.

The Chinese-language United Evening News reported that day that Taiwan Beer had submitted an application to join the 17-team Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) after finishing the 2010 season in Taiwan.

The Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) , which is in charge of Taiwan's China policy, said it checked with the CTBA and learned that the report was false, MAC Vice Chairman Liu Te-shun said.

But an MAC official said that Taiwan Beer players did previously get approval to play in the CBA.

As the government is the majority shareholder of the team's parent company, Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor Corp., the situation could be even more complex, the official said.

In 2002, Sina Lions became the first Taiwanese basketball team to join the CBA. It chose Suzhou in Jiangsu Province as its home city and played in the league for two years before returning to Taiwan in 2003.

A number of Taiwanese players, most notably Taiwan national team stars Chen Hsin-an and Lin Chih-chieh, have signed with CBA teams in recent years, lured by higher salaries than they can earn in Taiwan.




Tseng Wen-ting could sign with Shanghai next year - by Chris Wang
Tseng Wen-Ting (202-C/F-84) could sign with China's Shanghai Sharks and become the latest of a long line of Taiwanese players who sign with Chinese team to go for higher salary and tougher competitions, local media reported.

Shanghai, which was owned by Chinese NBA All-Star Yao Ming, offered Yulon Luxgen center Tseng a three-year, NT$20 million contract, it was reported.

According to the 204cm-Tseng, his contract with Yulon Luxgen was signed through mid January, 2011. However, the 2010-11 CBA season is scheduled to open on Dec. 10.

The Taiwan NT starting center said he is leaning toward finishing out the current contract before moving to China in the middle of the 2010-11 SBL season. If that can't be done, Tseng said, he does not rule out playing for Yulon for the entire season on a new short-term contract and join Shanghai before the 2011-12 CBA season.

However, there's no guarantee that Tseng will become a free agent after his contract expires given the lack of institutionalized regulation in Taiwan. He will not become a free agent until Yulon agrees to issue a letter of clearance.

Taiwanese basketball has lost three star players to the Chinese league this year, including former Yulon forward Chen Hsin-an, Taiwan Beer forward Lin Chih-chieh and former Yulon point guard Lee Hseuh-lin.

Chen, who is playing for Dongguan, and Lin, currently with Zhejiang, have both entered their second year in China while Lee signed with Beijing this past summer.


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  TOGO   


Champions Club Zone-3: Swallows in first win - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Game-8 provide a more dramatic results as Swallows basketball club of Togo narrowly edged past NPA Pythons basketball club of Liberia by 60-58 points.

Putting behind them a one point deficit in the first quarter 14-15 points, Swallows rose back to take the second quarter 18-13 to go into the break by 32-28 points advantage.

Both sides ended the third quarter by 16-16 with Swallows losing the fourth quarter by 12-16 points to register its first win in the competition. The win is enough to move them to the fourth place on the standing.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Shak Attack even score in Big-Four - by Albert-Lee Young
Detour Shak Attack scored a 64-51 win over Straker Nets in Game 1 of the Big-Four semi-final in the North Zone Basketball League on Tuesday night at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain.

After losing to their opponents in the knockout title, Shak Attack took early control of the contest and gained the advantage 18-8 by the end of the first quarter.

Led by 6-9 centre Shawn Lawrence with a game high 21 points and diminutive point guard Orland Mapp with 14, Shak Attack went on to secure their second win over Nets in four meetings thus far this season.

For Straker Nets, point-guard Sadiki Guerra had 13 points while Christopher Lares posted up 11 points with 5 block shots.

Game Two is on Saturday at the same venue.



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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahce Ulker comes up with victory in Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Fenerbahce Ulker 61-69

Fenerbahce Ulker crushed Regal Barca 61-69 at the Palau Blaugrana. The Turkish champion jumped to 3-0 after this impressive win, sharing the first place in Group C with Montepaschi Siena (3-0). At the same time, the reigning Euroleague champ slipped to 2-1. Roko-Leni Ukic (195-G-84) came up with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the guests, while Marko Tomas (201-G-85) added 12 points and 6 rebs. In defeat, Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) delivered 17 points. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) this time stopped to 12 pts.
Fenerbahce Ulker started the game with 7-8 and later reached 9-12 lead. Visitors kept plus three until the last minute of Q1, when Pete Mickeal fed the alley-oop to Vazquez who fixed the score to 13-14 after ten minutes. Fener reached plus 9 at the beginning of the next quarter, but Barca replied with 6-0 run made by Sada and Juan Carlos Navarro. Mostly owing to Marko Tomas and Darjus Lavrinovic, Fenerbahce Ulker went to the halftime break with 28-32 lead. Barca made 40-39 turn in third period and managed to keep minimum lead with 10:00 remaining, 45-44. Fener shined in the finish of this meeting making 4-10 run for 59-64 lead, after what Mickeal missed a layup. Later, Jaka Lakovic missed the three and when Turkcan hit one free throw for 61-65 it was clear that Fenerbahce would remain undefeated while handing the defending champ the first loss of the season.
In the next round, Fenerbahce Ulker will meet Monepaschi Siena in Istanbul. Regal Barca waits Lietuvos Rytas.

Regal Barca: Pete Mickeal 17, Juan Carlos Navarro 12
Fenerbahce Ulker: Roko-Leni Ukic 13+6 boards, Marko Tomas 12+6 boards


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


UVI mens team on D.C. road trip - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS --University of Virgin Islands mens basketball coach Sean Georges has never been to Washington, D.C., so he really doesnt have much travel advice for his young squad, like what kind of coat to wear or which Metro rail station is closest to the White House.

But what he can offer is basketball knowledge and the Buccaneers will need all they can get before this weekends four-day trip to the nations capital.

For the first time in 14 years, UVI will travel to the U.S. mainland to test their talent and along the way the Bucs will go up against two NCAA Division-III squads and a junior college team.

There will be plenty of sights to take in; day trips to the Capitol Building, Department Of Interior and White House are on the agenda. But basketball will be the main focus.

I believe we have one of the deeper teams in years, said Georges, a UVI graduate and former player, who has been coaching the Bucs for the last nine seasons. Were coming off a good season where we were strong at home. But this year, we added some firepower and we hope that will improve our scoring.

Gone is last seasons leading scorer Robert Duck, but Georges was happy to welcome back eight players and five new faces. Among the freshman class is 6-foot-9 center Collin Pfingst out of California and Australian import Joshua Ogunmokun, who stands at 6-foot-6.

Oh yeah, we added some height too, Georges said.

A St. Thomas senior backcourt of Nahshon Jeffers (Ivanna Eudora Kean High) and Alvaro deLugo (Charlotte Amalie High) has been playing together for the last three years and will bring leadership to a squad that only has three seniors.

Jeffers scored the most points last year among the teams returning players and deLugo is known for his perimeter defense. The third senior on the squad, Lesean Moses, is from Tortola and also plays guard.

It says a lot for them to stick through the program like they have, said Georges, whose team went 8-8 during the 2009-2010 regular season. They know what it takes and they want to leave on a high note.

The No. 1 goal for UVI is to advance to the playoffs, something it has not done the last two seasons. The Bucs compete in Puerto Ricos LAI (Inter-university Athletic League) university league. DeLugo and Jeffers were freshman the last time UVI finished among the top 5 in its division and moved on to the postseason.

The LAI has 21 member schools and each of them except for UVI are located across Puerto Rico, which means playing well on the road is essential to a successful season. The Bucs dropped all six regular-season road games last year.

This program is growing, said Georges, whose squad will play an exhibition game Nov. 20 during the annual U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam basketball tournament. Weve been focusing on internal structure for the last few years, but now its time to take the next step. Now its time to do the outward part, which means expanding travel, competition and getting these guys more opportunities.

Georges wasnt sure how many of his players have ever visited D.C. before, so they have plenty of expectations. One player could serve as a tour guide; sophomore forward Jeremiah Duffy was born in D.C. but attended Choate Rosemary Hall, a college preparatory school in Wallingford, Conn.

I know everyone is excited about the trip and the different things well see and experience, said Georges, whose team leaves today and will return to St. Thomas on Monday. But playing basketball against teams we dont know will be huge as far as our progression into the season.

UVI usually competes in two preseason tournaments every year the King of the Court tourney against local teams at UVI and an additional tournament on St. Maarten but both were canceled this year so the D.C. trip will answer a lot of lingering questions.

These will be the teams first real games together, Georges said. We dont even have a solid rotation in place yet.

Some players looking to shine will be CAHS products Khalid Gerard and Shamal Caines. Both are newcomers to the program and should bring plenty of scoring to the team.

Gerard, a 6-foot-4 junior guard, was a standout player at TCI College Of Technology in New York the last two years and has Division I aspirations while Georges said Caines could potentially lead the team in scoring.

We want to play an up-tempo style on offense so those two can get going, Georges said.

Forward Wilson Ferrence is one of five sophomores on the team and was the first man off the bench last season. Georges described Ferrence as the teams main slasher and will contend for a starting spot this year.

The first game Friday will be at Montgomery College, a junior college in Rockville, Md. The Knights will already have had two games under their belt when they meet UVI and they tip off a four-team tourney Saturday at home so they will be looking for a win.

On Saturday, UVI will visit Towson, Md., which is right outside of Baltimore, to take on Goucher College. The Gophers went 7-17 last season with a 5-9 mark in the Landmark Conference. Gouchers Div. III regular season starts Nov. 16, so its meeting with the Bucs will be an exhibition game.

Gophers coach Leonard Trevino helped start the mens basketball program at the school in 1990 and he attracts talent from the Maryland and D.C. area.

A trip south of D.C. awaits Sunday when UVI will meet the University of Mary Washington, which graduated five seniors from last year, including its top two scorers. The Eagles went 9-15 last season and finished with a 6-10 record in Division-IIIs Capital Athletic Conference.

Coach Ron Wood has been at the helm for 13 years in Fredericksburg, Va., and UMWs regular season starts Nov. 19.

University of the Virgin Islands Mens Basketball Team Roster

Name Year Pos. Height Hometown High School



Nahshon Jeffers Sr. G 6-1 St. Thomas, VI Ivanna Eudora Kean

Alvaro deLugo Sr. G 6-0 St. Thomas, VI Charlotte Amalie

Wilson Ferrence Soph. F 6-4 St. Croix, VI Educational Complex

Max Cymerint Soph. G 6-2 Laguna Hills, CA Laguna Hills

Ramon Castillo Soph. G 5-11 St. Croix, VI Educational Complex

Jeremiah Duffy Soph. F 6-3 Washington D.C. Choate Rosemary Hall

Lesean Moses Sr. G 6-3 Tortola, BVI Elmore Stoutt

Jerrick Amaro Jr. F 6-1 St. Thomas, VI Antilles School

Robenson Gassant Soph. F 6-1 St. Maarten Sundial

Shamal Caines Fr. G 5-11 St. Thomas, VI Charlotte Amalie

Collin Pfingst Fr. C 6-9 Laguna Hills, CA Laguna Hills

Khalid Gerard Jr. G 6-4 St. Thomas, VI Charlotte Amalie

Joshua Ogunmokun Fr. F 6-6 Queensland, Australia John Paul College

Shakeem Edwards Fr. G 6-0 St. Croix, VI GED

Charles Pemberton (92) Jr. Fr. F 6-6 St. Thomas, VI Charlotte Amalie

Head Coach: Sean Georges
Assistant Coaches: Nyby Douglas and Melvin Bryan
Athletic Trainer: Dr. Jerry Smith

By AARON GRAY, Daily News Staff
Published: November 4, 2010




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  UBL   


LIGHTNING POWERING UP!!! - by Torrence Moody
With the UBL COMBINE THIS WEEKEND IN ARKANSAS. The Lighting are taking a detailed look at a variety of players. Earl Rabb (6'3''-G, college: Midwestern St.) and Derale Wilson (6'7''-G/F-77, college: Oklahoma City) have been added to the UBL DESOTO LIGHTNING PRESEASON ROSTER. WITH ALL THE TALENT THE LIGHTING HAS IN PLACE CUTTING DOWN TO 15 will be a task for the ORGANIZATION by Feb 2011. TRYOUTS and WORKOUTS WILL BE AT

DESOTO RECREATION CENTER

211 E. Pleasant Run Road

DeSoto, TX 75115.

NOV 6th 2010

10am Cost is $5 per player

UBL COME GET SOME!!!!!!



More info contact

COACH MITCHELL 214-404-1202

Mertoplex_lightningbasketball@yahoo.com



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  UKRAINE   


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. Flores, BC Donetsk4.0 
 8. Mazutis, Mykolaiv4.0 
 9. Burtt, Dnipro3.9 
 10. Swanson, Hoverla3.9 
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 Kyiv2.0 
 5. Kolchenko, Khimik1.8 
 6. Funn, Halychyna1.8 
 7. Karim, DniproAzot1.8 
 8. Mazutis, Mykolaiv1.5 
 9. Dukes, DniproAzot1.4 
 10. Greene, Mykolaiv1.4 
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. Garrison, Khimik1.0 
 10. Shvets, BC Odessa1.0 


Aaron Pettway join Dnipro - by Alexei Revenko
Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) came back to Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk. He must replaced injured team's center Kenny Adeleke. Last season he played in BK Ventspils (6.1 points and 5.8 rebounds) and Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk. Where He scored 10.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in regular season. This season he start in Cedevita Zagreb. In regular league he scored 4.7 points and 2.7 rebounds per 3 games 50% field goals made. In Eurocup he played 2 games scored 6 points and 6.5 rebounds

Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. BC Donetsk 9-1 
 2. Budivelnyk 9-2 
 3. Hoverla 7-4 
 4. BC Odessa 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 3-8 
 13. Khimik 2-8 


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Harris Rides Into Leicester As Simpson Exits - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders have moved swiftly to replace Anthony Simpson with the signing of Joseph Harris (196-F).


The 23-year-old American joins the club after an outstanding career at Costal Carolina University.


Riders head coach Rob Paternostro inquired about the forward in the summer, but it was thought that Harris would go to France.


That deal never materialised so Paternostro was quick to pounce when he found out Harris was still available.


Paternostro said: 'I looked at him in the summer and I was told it would be hard for me to get him. But things haven't worked out for him and he's been waiting. When you look at his statistics the rebounding jumps off the page.


'He's the all-time leading rebounder in the Big South Conference and he is a great offensive rebounder, too, which I think we need.'


Paternostro added: 'Like Phil Missere, he's another guy who will bring energy and be able to lift the team.


'When I'm recruiting I'm not necessarily looking for a specific position, I'm looking for the best available player and, when I found out he was still available, it wasn't a hard decision to make because I really believe he will translate well to this league.'


As well as being the conference's best-ever rebounder, Harris also holds Coastal Carolina's all-time records for rebounds, blocks, field-goal percentage and games played.


He also ranks in the all-time top 10 for the college in another six statistical categories, including scoring and interceptions.


Harris averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game in the last two seasons on his way to becoming the only player in Big South history to record more than 1,300 points and 1,100 points during a college career.


Harris will be thrown in at the deep end and make his debut as Riders attempt the greatest second-leg comeback in BBL Trophy history against Guildford Heat in the semi-final tomorrow (7.30).


Paternostro said: 'It's not easy and it's not ideal, but I believe he is a smart player and will be able to adjust.


'The way he plays, even if he is not familiar with the system, he will still be effective because he is the sort of guy who puts his hard hat on and goes out and gets the job done.'



No Extra Pressure On Tigers Ahead Of Weekend Action - by Paul Nilsen
Mersey Tigers play-caller Tony Garbelotto has dismissed any notion his players will have to deal with added pressure now they are sat proudly at the summit of the BBL Championship. The Molten Coach of The Month for October has also praised his team for their work ethic heading into the weekend.

Garbelotto stated 'As I have always said, I came here to compete for honours and nothing that has happened over two and half years has changed that view.'

'When you work as hard as we do, both as a set of players and my coaching staff on a daily basis, then you expect to be successful.'

'As I have always said, there might be a team in this league that works as hard as we do, but no team works harder.'

The Tigers will take a break from league action on Sunday when they travel to Kelvin Hall to face Glasgow Rocks in the BBL Cup quarter-finals looking for a repeat of their previous trip north of the border last month when they claimed an emphatic BBL Championship victory.

It could prove to b a much more difficult trip this time round with the Rocks having found some much needed momentum and form in recent games thanks mainly to some quality leadership on and off the court by player-coach Sterling Davis.

One team looking to knock Mersey Tigers off their perch while they have their minds focused on Cup action are Cheshire Jets who are still undefeated in the league with four straight wins and they face a real test of their title credentials when they host One Health Sharks Sheffield. The visitors will arrive at Northgate having lost their first BBL Championship a week ago in an epic overtime tussle with Newcastle Eagles.

Cheshire meanwhile have had two weeks rest and it will be intriguing to see if the break will have them energised and refreshed or whether the break has interrupted their momentum and they could return a little rusty. Whatever the case, it really does promise to be a terrific match up for the fans of both clubs.

The club with the most to gain or lose this weekend in the BBL Championship is Worcester Wolves. After three successive home floor losses, Paul James and his team will be determined to get back to winning ways on their own patch and have the opportunity to do so tomorrow night when they host Essex Pirates.

Tim Lewis and his Pirates players suffered an agonising overtime defeat in their previous game against fellow strugglers Worthing Thunder and are looking to avoid a sixth loss in six games.

Wolves were blown out last weekend against the Tigers but were unlucky not to come out with victories against One Health Sharks Sheffield and Glasgow Rocks who both stole their respective wins in the dying seconds.

If Wolves manage to get a first win in four home games, they will then have a chance to transform their current 2 and 3 losing record into a winning record when they make the trip down to Devon on Sunday to face UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders.

The Raiders only claimed their first league success of the season in their last game and will be hoping to secure successive wins themselves. Gavin Love and his team have endured an up and down start to the season but with Otis Polk, Anthony Rowe and Evaldas Zabas all now finding some good form, they could pose real challenge for the Wolves.

They have also made another significant change after cutting Brian McKenzie to make room for experienced BBL scorer Chez Marks as the club continue to look for the right chemistry and line-up that can bring success to the Pavilions.



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Espartanos open Liga Sudamericana campaign with win over Libertad - by Eurobasket News
Espartanos - Libertad Sunchales 68:56

Liga Sudamericana action in Group C tipped off yesterday in Cucuta. Espartanos took care of Libertad Sunchales in the opener. David Cubillan (183-G-87, college: Marquette) notched 15 points to lead the Venezuelan team.
Espartanos marked their highest ambitions in the first quarter. They fired 25 points to clear off to a 10-point lead at the first break. But Libertad Sunchales gradually improved their performance and struck right back in the second quarter. Led by Robert Battle (204-C-81, college: Drexel) the Argentineans cut the deficit as the teams went into the dressing rooms all tied at 34. The third term turned into a balanced battle with neither team able to dominate. Espartanos and Libertad were knotted up at 48 heading into the final quarter. However Espartanos proved the difference in the final period. They went on a 17:1 run to clear off for good.
Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) and Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) contributed 12 points each for Espartanos. Kevin Freeman netted 10 points in the win. Robert Battle answered with 15 points and 8 rebounds for Libertad. Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73) accounted for 12 points in the loss.

Espartanos: David Cubillan 15, Jose Juan Bravo 12, Hector Romero 12
Libertad Sunchales: Robert Battle 15, Ruben Wolkowyski 12



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Some inter-league games for the Breakers - by Gianni Pascucci
The Santa Barbara Breakers announced the scheduling of 3 games for November 2010. On Saturday, November 13 and 14, the Breakers will play the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League (National Basketball Developmental League). The Breakers will play the back to back games at the Jam home court. President and Head Coach Curt Pickering (agency: Prossin Sports Management ) is elated with these two games. 'We continue to increase our relationships with the NBA and NBDL and these games provide the opportunity to build a great connection with the Jam owners and Head Coach Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ). We will use these games to give our players continued exposure and who knows, maybe we will see a Breaker player in Jam uniform later this season.'
Three Breaker players have played for the now defunct Los Angeles D-Fenders, who ceased operations this past summer. Rashid Byrd (7'1''-C-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC), Cecil Brown (5'10''-G-88) and Jelani McCoy (6'10''-C-77, college: UCLA) have played for the D-Fenders and 9 other Breaker players have suited up for NBDL teams the past 4 seasons.
In addition to the D-League games, the Breakers will play the The San Diego Surf of the ABA (American Basketball Association) in San Diego on Saturday, November 20. This will be the first of 4 games that the Breakers will play in the ABA during the 2010-11 campaign.
For additional Breaker news, login to: www.breakersbasketball.com or call 805 969-7542.






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Inter-Clube clinch SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News
Inter-Clube - 1 De Agosto 69:42

Inter-Clube won the 16th edition of Angolan SuperCup. They defeated 1 De Agosto for the trophy. The teams clashed at Cidadela Pavilion in Luanda yesterday. Sonia Guadalupe (188-F/G-85) scored 17 points to lead Inter-Clube. Danielle Green (173-G-86, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed 13 points in the victory. Nassecela Mauricio (181-F-80) responded with 11 points for 1 De Agosto. Madalena Felix netted 10 points in the losing effort.

Inter-Clube: Sonia Guadalupe 17, Danielle Green 13, Luisa Tomas (192-C-83) 8
1 De Agosto: Nassecela Mauricio 11, Madalena Felix 10



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


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Rachel JARRY
  Bulleen B.
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Jarry, Bulleen B.19.7 
 2. Graham, Logan T.19.5 
 3. Denson, Sydney UF19.4 
 4. Newley, Adelaide17.5 
 5. Cambage, Bulle.17.3 
 6. Madgen, Bendigo S.16.6 
 7. Wilson, Canberra.15.5 
 8. Randall, Logan T.15.3 
 9. Lewis, Townsville F.15.0 
 10. Bevilaqua, Waves14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Cambage, Bulle.9.3 
 2. Francis, Logan T.9.0 
 3. Tolo, Canberra C.8.4 
 4. Allison, Townsvil.8.2 
 5. Jarry, Bulleen B.8.0 
 6. Robinson, Dandenon.7.2 
 7. Penaluna, Bulleen B.7.0 
 8. Veal, Logan T.7.0 
 9. Bishop, Dandenon.7.0 
 10. Newley, Adelaide6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Tully BEVILAQUA
  Waves
  (164-G-72)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Bevilaqua, Waves7.5 
 2. Veal, Logan T.7.0 
 3. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.6 
 4. Macleod, Dandenon.4.3 
 5. Glaubitz, Bulleen B.4.0 
 6. Harrower, Bendi.3.6 
 7. Marino, Adelaide3.5 
 8. Ebzery, Sydney UF3.4 
 9. Butler, Sydney UF3.0 
 10. Porter, Sydney UF3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Veal, Logan T.4.0 
 2. Bevilaqua, Waves2.0 
 3. Cole, AIS1.8 
 4. Gahan, Dandenong R.1.8 
 5. Cosier, Canberra C.1.5 
 6. Lacey, Canberra C.1.5 
 7. Harrower, Bendi.1.4 
 8. Payne, AIS1.4 
 9. Afeaki, Sydney UF1.4 
 10. Lavey, AIS1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Renae CAMINO
  Logan T.
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Camino, Logan T.1.5 
 2. Cunningham, Adelaide1.2 
 3. Evans, Townsville F.1.2 
 4. Allison, Townsvil.1.2 
 5. Madgen, Bendigo S.1.0 
 6. Langford, Adelaide1.0 
 7. Marino, Adelaide1.0 
 8. Stafford, Sydney UF1.0 
 9. Jarry, Bulleen B.1.0 
 10. Lewis, Townsville F.0.8 


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Lukoil Neftochimic signed center from Serbia - by Christomir Rackov
Lukoil Neftochimic strenghtened its roster with new addition. The women champions of Bulgaria signed Serbian center Vladinka Erak (190-C-84).
Erak joins the team from Bosnian side Celik Zenica where she started the current season. Before that she spent two and a half seasons in Spartak Subotica and before that in Stara Pazova.
Erak already made her debut for Lukoil in today's game against Slavia. The champions won 83-49 and the Serbian was the top scorer with 21 points.


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Latest victories for Eclex and Tartu Ulikool - by Eurobasket News
Last night Audentese Spordigumnaasium lost to Eclex 53:85 as the latter grabbed 3-0 record on top. The guests started with 26-16 after the opening quarter and then added 21-11 in the second frame. Moreover they won the third and the last quarters. With 19-15 they increased the lead after three quarters and with 19-11 Eclex finished the game. Kaia Kosk (178-G-89, college: E.Kentucky) stepped up with 18 points for the winners and Maaja Bratka followed her with 16. Kerli Haas (180-G-90) poured in 12, whilst Solveig Keskula scored 9. Maia Bratka (185-F-92) responded with 16 points in defeat and Greeta Uprus netted 11.
Tartu Ulikool rolled over Tallinna Ulikool 84:81 on November 3rd. It was the real battle in the court and the teams needed an overtime for the winner. The hosts opened the game with 20-13 and then added 24-17 in the second period. Tallinna Ulikool replied with 23-11 in the third period and then after 20-18 sent the teams to overtime. Tartu Ulikool however clinched the victory due to 11-8 in the extra time. Heila Rosenfeldt (173-G-83) and Triin Teppo erupted with 24 points each to lead the race. Liisi Sokman (168-G-88) netted 14 and Annika Ruutli posted 12. Aleksandra Skorohhodova (182-F-87) responded with 19 points in the losing case.



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


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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. Demirovic, Zeljezni.23.0 
 7. Bozikov, AEK L.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. Davis, Hatis Y.11.0 
 8. Horasan, Besiktas11.0 
 9. Maksimovic, Energa T.10.5 
 10. Demirovic, Zeljezni.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maria CHEREPANOVA
  Chevakata
  (186-C-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Cherepanova, Cheva.10.0 
 2. Bajic, Zeljeznicar7.5 
 3. Sanchez, Gran C.6.0 
 4. Comtesse, Saarl.6.0 
 5. Gajda, Energa Torun5.5 
 6. Fogaca, Alges5.0 
 7. Arguello, Gran C.5.0 
 8. Wright, Elitzur Ramla5.0 
 9. Tetemondova, MBK R.5.0 
 10. Tanqueray, Villeneuve5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olesia MALASHENKO
  Arras
  (188-F-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Malashenko, Arras6.0 
 2. Mitchell, Arras5.0 
 3. Gomis, Arras5.0 
 4. Carpreaux, Villeneuve5.0 
 5. Henry, Mann Filter4.0 
 6. Meylemans, Ieper4.0 
 7. Cherepanova, Cheva.4.0 
 8. LeNoir, Aris T.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. Kuzina, Dynamo M.3.0 
 3. Skrba, Aris T.3.0 
 4. Dennett, Sint K.3.0 
 5. Cherepanova, Cheva.2.0 
 6. Rombouts, Sint K.2.0 
 7. Gogiya, Dy.2.0 
 8. Gladden, Energa T.2.0 
 9. Mills, Alges2.0 
 10. Hasper, Gorizont1.5 


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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. Zellous, TTT Riga21.0 
 6. Bimbaite, VICI K.21.0 
 7. Taylor, Fenerbahce21.0 
 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. Dupree, Dobri Anjeli11.0 
 6. Petrovic, Spartak .11.0 
 7. Milton-Jones, USK P.10.5 
 8. Fowles, Galatasa.10.5 
 9. Charles, Nadezhda.10.5 
 10. Bonner, Rivas E.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. Dumerc, UMMC5.5 
 7. Cohen, Familia Schio5.5 
 8. Dominguez, Perfumer.5.5 
 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. Jalcova, Dobri Anjeli3.0 
 3. Taylor, Fenerbahce3.0 
 4. Brunson, Ros C.3.0 
 5. McCoughtry, MKB E.3.0 
 6. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.0 
 7. Honti, MKB Eurol.3.0 
 8. Burse, Wisla C.2.5 
 9. Sauliute, VICI K.2.5 
 10. Wambe, Taranto2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Maria STEPANOVA
  UMMC
  (203-C-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Stepanova, UMMC4.0 
 2. Veremeenko, Nadezhda.3.0 
 3. Ndongue, Bourges2.0 
 4. Petrovic, Spartak .2.0 
 5. Burse, Wisla C.1.5 
 6. Tamane, MKB Eurol.1.5 
 7. Fowles, Galatasa.1.5 
 8. Lyttle, Perfumer.1.5 
 9. DeSouza, Perfumer.1.5 
 10. Gruda, UMMC1.0 


Diana Taurasi claims Euroleague Round 2 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fenerbahce Istanbul and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2 (Qualifying Round).
The 28-year old swingman had the game-high 34 points adding five rebounds and seven assists for Fenerbahce in her team's victory, helping them to crush Gospic (#12, 0-2) with 17-point margin 109-92. In the team's last game Taurasi had a remarkable 62.5% from 2-point range. She turned to be Fenerbahce's top player in her first season with the team. University of Connecticut graduate has very impressive stats this year. Taurasi is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.0ppg. Taurasi is in league's top in and averages solid 56.7% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old French center Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) of Famila Wuber Schio. Yacoubou-Dehoui impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Familia Schio to edge Gorzow (0-2) by 4 points 74-70. Her team has extremely good start of the Qualifying Round. They won both games so far. However the Qualifying Round is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Yacoubou-Dehoui is a newcomer at Familia Schio and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Maurita Reid (173-G-85) of Gospic Industrogradnja (#12). Reid scored 28 points. Despite Reid's great performance Gospic lost 92-109 to Fenerbahce (#7, 2-0). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. Gospic can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. Reid has individually a great season in EUR. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.0ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Cappie Pondexter (175-G-83) of UMMC - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. DeWanna Bonner (193-G-87) of Rivas Ecopolis - 17 points and 9 rebounds
6. Candice Dupree (188-F/C-84) of Dobri Anjeli - 21 points and 10 rebounds
7. Charde Houston (185-F-86) of Dobri Anjeli - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rebekkah Brunson (191-F/C-81) of Ros Casares - 19 points and 14 rebounds
9. Brooke Smith (191-F/C-84) of Taranto - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Lindsay Whalen (173-G-82) of USK Praha - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists


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A1: Round Two review - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos - Apollon Ptol. 71-68
Jennifer Derevjanik was the leading player in this victory with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Maria Chalivelaki helped with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Aglaia Karadima with 22 points and 5 rebounds. That victory allowed Panathinaikos (2-0) to take over a leadership position. Of course, they share it with Esperides and Athinaikos who also have the perfect score. Apollon Ptol. on the other side went down as they recorded their first loss. Apollon Ptol. will play next round against Aris Thessal. trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Panathinaikos will try to continue on it's current victory against twelfth ranked Amarillida.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos Athens: J.Derevjanik 17+10reb+5ast, M.Chalivelaki 14+7reb+5ast, T.Panteli 10+9reb, G.Marginean 10+3reb, M.Zikiridou 8+5reb+2ast, S.Dafkou 6+4reb,
Apollon Ptolemaidos: A.Karadima 22+5reb+2ast, K.McLaren 14+9reb+1ast, T.Ruzic 11+9reb+3ast, A.Magaliou 11+3reb+3ast, M.Papavassiliou 7+3reb+2ast, E.Kiratzi 3+2reb+2ast,


Aris Thessal. - FEA Neas 67-70
Quite impressive was Aris Thessal.'s home defeat in a game versus FEA Neas 67-70. The best player for the winners was Tania Halivera who had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Stefany Skrba who recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds. This victory allowed FEA Neas (1-1) to claimb to fourth place. They share it with 5 other teams. Another loss means that Aris Thessal. is still at the bottom of the standings. FEA Neas will meet next round Panionios where they are favorite. Aris Thessal. will play against Apollon Ptol..
Top scorers:
FEA Neas Halkidonas: V.Volonaki 17+2reb, E.Stamati 12+2reb, T.Halivera 12+5reb+5ast, E.Vassiliou 10+8reb+3ast, N.Parker 7+10reb+1ast, N.Nikolaidou 6+10reb+2ast,
Aris Thessalonikis: S.Skrba 19+12reb+1ast, C.Handy 19+10reb+2ast, A.Spiridopoulou 13+7reb+3ast, C.LeNoir 8+3reb+3ast, N.Hatzakou 6+1ast, M.Bousnaki 2+3reb,


Panionios - Esperides 55-58
Very significant was Esperides's 58-55 road victory against Panionios. Lidia Milkova (192-C-70) notched 25 points to lead the effort and Andrea Gardner-Combs accounted for 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Even 13 points and 12 rebounds by Tina Sten did not help to save the game for Panionios. That victory allowed Esperides (2-0) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Panathinaikos and Athinaikos. Panionios (1-1) on the other side went down to fourth place as they recorded their first loss. Panionios will play next round against FEA Neas trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Esperides will try to continue on it's current victory against sixth ranked Olympiakos V..
Top scorers:
Ravenna Esperides / Glyfada: L.Milkova 25+4reb+1ast, A.Gardner-Combs 12+11reb+4ast, M.Axiopoulou 10+5reb+1ast, E.Jolovska 4+2reb, D.Mastrogiannidou 3+1reb, A.Chatzigiakoumi 2+1reb,
Panionios Athens: K.Koch 14+4reb+3ast, T.Sten 13+12reb+1ast, M.Tierny 10+12reb, N.Gotzi 7+2reb+2ast, V.Tremkatzi 7+1reb+1ast, S.Prassa 3+2reb,


Olympiakos V. - PAOK 67-58
Kirsten Thompson scored 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Aristea Maglara helped with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. The best for the losing side was Porchia Green with 17 points and 9 rebounds. This is the first victory by Olympiakos V. this season and they climbed to fourth place. They share it with 5 other teams. Another loss means that PAOK is still at the bottom of the standings. Olympiakos V. are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed Esperides where they do not belong to the favorites. PAOK will play against Athinaikos hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos Volou 1937: K.Thompson 18+10reb+2ast, A.Tantourovska 16+2reb, A.Maglara 12+8reb+5ast, M.Kiritsaka 12+6reb, A.Koutsounouri 7+7reb+1ast, C.Liberidou 2+2reb+3ast,
AS PAOK Thessalonikis: P.Green 17+9reb+2ast, N.Stavridou 17+6reb+2ast, A.Jefferson 11+10reb, E.Kazantzidou 5+4reb+1ast, F.Skiadopoulou 4+10reb, D.Giannopoulou 3+4reb+3ast,


Athinaikos - DAS Ano Liosa 86-53
And what about another game where Athinaikos beat DAS Ano Liosa by 33 points 86-53 at their own court. LaToya Davis (186-F/C-84, college: Texas Tech) orchestrated the victory with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. That victory allowed Athinaikos (2-0) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Panathinaikos and Esperides. DAS Ano Liosa (1-1) on the other side went down to fourth place as they recorded their first loss. Athinaikos's next round opponent will be PAOK which should be an easy walk for them. DAS Ano Liosa will play against Proteas V..
Top scorers:
Sony Athinaikos: R.Riley 16+6reb+1ast, M.Kress 16+4reb+1ast, K.Sotiriou 16+2reb+1ast, L.Davis 15+8reb+4ast, D.Kalentzou 7+1reb+3ast, L.Lymoura 6+2reb+8ast,
DAS Ano Liosa: T.Kostopoulou 13+4reb+1ast, A.Bracey 8+6reb, N.Ploubi 8+7ast, O.Smirnaiou 7+11reb+3ast, D.Delva 6+5reb, A.Anogianaki 6+3reb,


Amarillida - Proteas V. 39-64
Both teams faced with defeats in Round One. Emily Fox scored 15 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Aggeliki Tserou helped with 6 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Iro Valantasi with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Proteas V. moved up to fourth place and thy share it with 5 other teams. Another loss means that Amarillida is still at the bottom of the standings. Proteas V. are looking forward to the next round to face DAS Ano Liosa. Amarillida will play against Panathinaikos hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
Top scorers:
AEO Proteas Voulas: E.Fox 15+9reb+9ast, D.Barberidou 12+4reb, M.Astradini 9+2reb+1ast, A.Gribavioti 8+2ast, T.Kasapoglou 6+2ast, A.Tserou 6+12reb+1ast,
GS Amarillida: M.Kaperoni 11+3reb+1ast, I.Valantasi 11+10reb+1ast, K.Stabourlou 7+5reb+4ast, I.Tsagaraki 4+4reb+1ast, Y.Touliatou 2+1reb, P.Zakinthinou 2+1reb,


Jennifer Derevjanik claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jennifer Derevjanik (175-G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panathinaikos Athens and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 28-year old guard had a double-double of 17 points and ten rebounds, while her team edged out Apollon Ptol. (1-1) 71-68. Derevjanik turned to be Panathinaikos' top player in her first season with the team. George Mason University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Derevjanik is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 5.5apg) and averages solid 2.5spg and 52.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old British guard Chantelle Handy (191-G-87) of Aris Thessalonikis. Handy impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Aris Thessalonikis was edged by FEA Neas (1-1) 70-67. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Handy is a newcomer at Aris Thessalonikis and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Emily Fox (175-G-87) of AEO Proteas Voulas. Fox showcased her all-around game by recording 15 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the last round. She was a key player of AEO Proteas Voulas, leading her team to a 64-39 easy win against Amarillida (0-2). Fox has a great season in Greece so far. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lidia Milkova (192-C-70) of Esperides - 25 points and 4 rebounds
5. Tina Sten (185-G/F-85) of Panionios - 13 points and 12 rebounds
6. Aglaia Karadima (183-G-82) of Apollon Ptol. - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Kirsten Thompson (198-C-87) of Olympiakos V. - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Porchia Green (175-G-87) of PAOK - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Anna Spiridopoulou (182-F-88) of Aris Thessal. - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Aristea Maglara (168-G-83) of Olympiakos V. - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kary KOCH
  Panionios
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Koch, Panionios21.5 
 2. Stavridou, PAOK20.5 
 3. Karadima, Apollon .20.0 
 4. Milkova, Esperides18.5 
 5. Green, PAOK17.0 
 6. Tierny, Panionios16.0 
 7. McLaren, Apollon .16.0 
 8. Gardner-C., Esper.16.0 
 9. Sotiriou, Athinaikos16.0 
 10. Marginean, Panath.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Meg TIERNY
  Panionios
  (190-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Tierny, Panionios14.5 
 2. Valantasi, Amarillida12.0 
 3. Delva, DAS A.12.0 
 4. Green, PAOK11.0 
 5. McLaren, Apollon .11.0 
 6. Thompson, Olympiak.10.5 
 7. Skrba, Aris T.10.0 
 8. Koutsounouri, Olympi.9.5 
 9. Handy, Aris T.9.5 
 10. Gardner-C., Esper.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Natali PLOUBI
  DAS Ano Liosa
  (169-G-81)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Ploubi, DAS A.6.5 
 2. Derevjanik, Panath.5.5 
 3. Fox, Proteas V.5.5 
 4. Daly, FEA Neas5.0 
 5. Lymoura, Athin.4.5 
 6. Kalentzou, Athinaikos4.5 
 7. Magaliou, Apollon .4.5 
 8. Stavridou, PAOK4.0 
 9. Koch, Panionios3.5 
 10. Chalivelaki, Panath.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Asimina KOUTSOUNOURI
  Olympiakos V.
  (190-C-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Koutsounouri, Olympi.4.0 
 2. Kalogirou, Esperides4.0 
 3. Green, PAOK3.0 
 4. Magaliou, Apollon .3.0 
 5. Bracey, DAS A.3.0 
 6. Sotiriou, Athinaikos3.0 
 7. Derevjanik, Panath.2.5 
 8. LeNoir, Aris T.2.5 
 9. Spiridopoulo., Aris T.2.5 
 10. Kalentzou, Athinaikos2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Katerina SOTIRIOU
  Athinaikos
  (187-F-84)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Sotiriou, Athinaikos1.5 
 2. Nikolaidou, FEA N.1.5 
 3. Zotova, Aris T.1.5 
 4. Mitropoulou, FEA N.1.0 
 5. Koutsounouri, Olympi.1.0 
 6. Kazantzidou, PAOK1.0 
 7. Boni, Esperides1.0 
 8. Tierny, Panionios1.0 
 9. Stavridou, PAOK0.5 
 10. Spiridopoulo., Aris T.0.5 


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


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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  TTT Riga
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Hollingswort., TTT R.24.0 
 2. Jakobsone, Cesis21.0 
 3. Zellous, TTT Riga19.0 
 4. Krastina, LU18.3 
 5. Surkusa, TTT Jun.15.3 
 6. Dillone, Cesis14.7 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga13.5 
 8. Krumberga, TTT R.13.0 
 9. Karklina, TTT Riga13.0 
 10. Ozolina, RTU-Merks12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Quanitra HOLLINGSWORTH
  TTT Riga
  (196-C-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Hollingswort., TTT R.13.0 
 2. Surkusa, TTT Jun.13.0 
 3. Dillone, Cesis12.3 
 4. Jevsejeva, Dauga.11.0 
 5. Zarina, LU10.5 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga9.5 
 7. Lagzdina, TTT Jun.9.3 
 8. Zdanovska, Liepaj.8.5 
 9. Purina, LU8.3 
 10. Teilane, RTU-Merks8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga7.5 
 2. Krastina, LU5.0 
 3. Karklina, TTT Riga5.0 
 4. Zellous, TTT Riga5.0 
 5. Line, Liepajas.4.5 
 6. Kazakevica, Dauga.4.0 
 7. Sarja, TTT Jun.3.3 
 8. Jevsejeva, Dauga.3.0 
 9. Malkevica, RTU-M.2.3 
 10. Neimane, TTT Jun.2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Olesja JEVSEJEVA
  Daugavpils
  (174-F-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Jevsejeva, Dauga.3.5 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.5 
 3. Purina, LU3.3 
 4. Jakobsone, Cesis3.0 
 5. Kazakevica, Dauga.3.0 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.3.0 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga3.0 
 8. Neimane, TTT Jun.2.7 
 9. Krastina, LU2.7 
 10. Maca, Cesis2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Ruta VEIDERE
  TTT Kadetes
  (188-C-94)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Veidere, TTT K.2.3 
 2. Surkusa, TTT Jun.2.0 
 3. Teilane, RTU-Merks1.7 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.5 
 5. Jakobsone, Cesis1.0 
 6. Zellous, TTT Riga1.0 
 7. Berzina, Cesis1.0 
 8. Teilane, TTT Jun.1.0 
 9. Jevsejeva, Dauga.1.0 
 10. Kuzmane, TTT Jun.1.0 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Santa OKOCKYTE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-G-92)
  Avg: 17.5
 1. Okockyte, LK.17.5 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve17.0 
 3. Daujadiene, Utena16.8 
 4. Solopova, VICI K.16.0 
 5. Povilonyte, Lemmin.15.5 
 6. Bimbaite, VICI K.15.0 
 7. Aglinskaite, MRU14.7 
 8. Raugaite, Lemminka.14.3 
 9. Pilypaitis, VICI K.13.3 
 10. Paugaite, VICI K.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Egle TARASEVICIUTE
  Laisve
  (182-F-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Taraseviciut., Laisve10.8 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.10.8 
 3. Balciunaite, LKKA-.10.8 
 4. Galdikaite, MRU10.0 
 5. Budryte, Laisve9.3 
 6. Palaimaite, Utena9.2 
 7. Aleksaite, MRU8.3 
 8. Povilonyte, Lemmin.8.0 
 9. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.7.3 
 10. Pilypaitis, VICI K.6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.5 
 2. Zintikaite, MRU4.7 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.4.3 
 4. Kinkeviciene, Laisve4.3 
 5. Okockyte, LK.4.0 
 6. Daujadiene, Utena3.8 
 7. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.7 
 8. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.3 
 9. Solopova, VICI K.3.0 
 10. Kvederaviciu., Laisve2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Kornelija BALCIUNAITE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-F-81)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Balciunaite, LKKA-.4.8 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.3.8 
 3. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.7 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena3.4 
 5. Galdikaite, MRU2.7 
 6. Kinkeviciene, Laisve2.5 
 7. Martinkute, MRU2.3 
 8. Solopova, VICI K.2.3 
 9. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.3 
 10. Sarapaite, Laisve2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 2
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.2.0 
 2. Aleksaite, MRU1.7 
 3. Palaimaite, Utena1.6 
 4. Pilypaitis, VICI K.1.0 
 5. Paugaite, VICI K.1.0 
 6. Steikunaite, Laisve1.0 
 7. Rakutyte, Laisve0.8 
 8. Juceviciute, Utena0.8 
 9. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.0.8 
 10. Pikciute, VICI K.0.7 


Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. MRU 3-0 
 2. VICI Kaunas 3-0 
 3. LKKA-Aistes 3-1 
 4. Laisve 2-2 
 5. Lemminkain. 2-2 
 6. Utena 1-4 
 7. Ruta Siauliai 0-5 


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Applause becomes sixth WSBL team - by Chris Wang
Applause Red Devils women's basketball team became the sixth team in the Women's Super Basketball League (WSBL) after it registered with the Chinese Taipei Basketball Association (CTBA), the team announced the news in a press conference last week.

The Red Devils have recruited a number of players from current WSBL teams, including former Chunghwa Telecom trio of national team starting point guard Wen Chi, power forward Liu Chia-hsiu and guard Chiang Yi-lien.

Ho Shan-shan of Taiyuan Textile and Chen Li-yun of Taipower also signed with the expansion team, which was co-established by Applause Digital Entertainment Ltd. and National Taipei University of Education.

Tsai Po-lung will be the team's head coach. Tsai said that the Red Devils will announce the second wave of new signees after the Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Five teams currently in the league are: Cathay Life, Taiyuan Textile, Taipower, Chunghwa Telecom and Fo Guang.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


V.I. high school teams eyeing hoops tourneys in Puerto Rico, mainland - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS Its hard to believe the high school basketball season is only two weeks away but local basketball coaches have been thinking about possible tournaments for months.

Charlotte Amalie High School girls basketball coach Myron Corbett announced this week the CAHS boys and girls basketball teams will be competing at the 9th annual Puerto Rican Hoops Championship, which will be held in Guaynabo from Dec. 20 through 23.

We have been trying to get into this tournament for years, so we are just elated to get the opportunity, said Corbett, whose girls team went undefeated in league play and won their third straight St. Thomas-St. John IAA varsity title last winter. There is going to be excellent competition and it will be a good test for the girls.

Initially, Corbett began his campaign to get the Lady Chickenhawks to Puerto Rico, but he said he fought hard and also got the CAHS boys team involved as well. Pedrito Estrill is the CAHS boys coach and that squad is also coming off a St. Thomas-St. John IAA varsity title.

Having both teams at the tournament is great news, Corbett said. There will be coaches from high schools and colleges there and it will give our athletes great exposure.

More than 40 teams from the Caribbean and the United States have regularly competed at the tournament. An official schedule and list of teams competing has not been released yet for this years three-day bracket event.

IAA president Mark Daniel said the V.I. Board of Education is still tallying up the final financial numbers, but it will be able to assist public school teams in paying for trips to tournaments.

Right now, it looks like we will be able to sponsor one out-of-territory trip and for one inside the territory for each team this coming season, Daniel said. Of course, some teams also raise funds for themselves so they are not limited to just two tournaments every season.

Players from the Central High girls basketball team plan to couple up with Educational Complex players for a preseason AAU tournament in New York around Nov. 11, Central coach Donald Bough said.

These type of tournaments are very important, Bough said. Our team is looking to revamp our scoring and to go against tough competition before the season really helps.

For the last two years, the Lady Caribs have traveled to Atlanta for a Christmas tournament and Bough said the team will be going back again.

That tournament in particular has been great for the girls, Bough said. College coaches dont come to the territory too often and when they do, its usually for the all-star game at the end of the season, so this is a big chance for our girls.

Corbett shared Boughs opinion on the college recruitment possibilites at mainland tournaments.

When college coaches ask me which teams we played during the season, I always tell them about the teams we played at these types of tournaments, Corbett said. Even though these games dont count that much for our record, the experience for our players is priceless.

The Lady Chickenhawks graduated four seniors last season and all four are now competing at the college ranks.

Shayla Kelly and Amara Williams are both playing at Kankakee Community College in Illinois; Aesha Peters (192-C-92) is playing at UNC-Wilmington on a scholarship while Keshma James is playing softball at Shaw University in North Carolina.

Last year, the CAHS girls team traveled to Miami, Fla., for a preseason tournament and were met with stiff opposition. Bough said his squad has had similar results.

Put it this way, were not going undefeated at these tournaments, Bough said, chuckling. But our kids compete and they get a good perspective of whats out there. These are the types of players also fighting for scholarships.

Keeping it local is also an option. Ivanna Eudora Kean girls basketball coach Akil Lewis said there are no preseason tournaments planned yet, but he hopes to bring the Lady Devil Rays to St. Croix more than once during the regular season.

We defintely want to play in as many tournaments as possible, Lewis said. In the past, weve played at the Good Hope School tournament and we want to continue that tradition. Theres only a certain number of schools in the territory so with these local tournaments, we hope to play everyone a couple times.

By AARON GRAY, Daily News Staff
Published: November 3, 2010



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Berezhynska start her EuroLeague campaign - by Eurobasket News
Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) us the only Ukrainian player this year that started her EuroLeague campaign. Her Mondeville is 1-1 in Group A after two rounds played.
At first US0 Mondeville upset Wisla Can Pack in the opener of Group A of the EuroLeague Women 2010/2011. Thanks to an impressive perimeter shooting display the French outfit won the game 76:65. Wisla that started last season with 8-0 record, lost the first game of the Qualifying Round. Wisla Can-Pack scored the first four points in the game and then Berezhynska tied it at 8:8. Phillips made some baskets for 20:13 to close the first period. The Polish side was in front for the whole second frame as well and Basko scored for 25:20 midway through the quarter. Sene made two free throws at the very end for 39:30 at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the hosts recovered in the game and even took the lead. Berezhynska nailed three for 52:47, while Phillips was the last to score in the third quarter for 52:50. Pagnier netted three for 61:52 and Lenae Williams scored from the perimeter for 70:59. Jelavic made two free throws at the very end to close the game. Lenae Williams paced all the winners with 20 points. Brumermane netted 12 and Thizy added 10. Valeriya Berezhynska debuted with 5 points and 3 rebounds. Australian International Phillips ended up with 18 points in the losing case. Burse notched 11 and Kobryn scored 10.
On Wednesday Good Angels Kosice edged USO Mondeville in Round 2 to tie both records at 1-1. The team from Slovakia celebrated their initial victory 76:57 in front of local fans in Kosice. The hosts started with 5-0 lead and then enjoyed 10-2 in the start. Kristen Sharp later reduced to 15:13, while Charde Houston closed the period at 17:13. USO Mondeville erupted with 13-0 run in the beginning of the second period to take 26:17. Zuzana Zirkova later tied the game at 28:28 and Lucia Kupcikova finished 10-0 run of the local team for 38:28. In the third frame the French outfit keep the winning advantage and had 10-12 points deficit. Lucia Kupcikova drove a lay-up for 53:42 at the end of the third period. In the last stanza the hosts reached even plus 22 as Candice Dupree made it 64:42. Moreover Hrickova made it 68:44, while Candice Dupree scored for 76:55. Thizy was the last to score in the game for the final result. Candice Dupree paced all the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Charde Houston netted 19. Zuzana Zirkova delivered 11, whilst Anna Jurcenkova and Lucia Kupcikova notched 8 apiece. Kristen Sharp responded with 12 points in defeat and Pagnier scored 11. Valeriya Berezhynska collected 8 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.