EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/1/2010

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  ABA   


ABA Power Rankings - Week #3 - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced its Power Rankings for week #3 and the SETX Mavericks and Kentucky Bisons continue to hold the #1 & #2 spots. 'The season officially begins this week, but we've had about 50 games in November and have used those games along with last year's performances to rank the teams,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'It really is difficult to determine the true strengths of the teams until all have played and we anticipate some major adjustments and new faces in the Top 24 next week.

1. SETX Mavericks
2. Kentucky Bisons
3. Jersey Express
4. Colorado Kings
5. San Diego SURF
6. Sacramento Heatwave
7. Bay Area Matrix
8. St. Louis Pioneers
9. San Francisco RUMBLE
10. North Texas Fresh
11. Chicago Steam
12. Oklahoma Stallions
13. 7-City Knights
14. Modesto Hawks
15. Mobile Bay Hurricanes
16. North Dallas Vandals
17. Seattle Mountaineers
18. Los Angeles SLAM
19. Lake Michigan Admirals
20. East Bay Pitbulls
22. West Virginia Blazers
22. Texas Fuel
23. East Kentucky Energy
24. Louisiana United

For more information, visit www.abalive.com


San Diego Sol added to this year's teams - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that the San Diego Sol has been added to the teams that will play this season. 'We're very excited about adding the Sol organization to the ABA,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'San Diego Sol, Inc. is the largest basketball program in San Diego and they are 100% ready to go. This certainly adds much to our SoCal Division and the competition between the highly ranked San Diego SURF and the Sol should be great for the city.'
Tony Allen-Cooksey is the co-owner and CEO of San Diego Sol, Inc., and is co-owner ofo Sol City, Inc, a facility management company. He is also co-owner and president of the San Diego Sol women's professional basketball team and of the San Diego Sol men's professional basketball team.
Amy Cleveland is co-owner and president of San Diego Sol, Inc and was a member of the original San Diego Sol women's basketball team. Receiving a double major in Government and Legal Studies, Ms.Cleveland earned her BA from Claremont McKenna College of Claremont, California where she set 21 individual records, including all-time leading scorer, and All-American honors. She is prmarily responsible for the Sol's reputation as host of some of the most well run basketball youth tournaments in California, drawing teams from the US, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Also affiliated with the ABA San Diego Sol is Anthony Lacey, former owner of the San Diego Wildcats which had three successful seasons in the ABA. Anthony has been involved in the automobile, housing and investment industry for many years and deeply involved in the San Diego community. With the decline in both the housing and auto industry, he was forced to step down as owner, but is extremely excited about being a part of an organization with unlimited potential for growth.
Former ABA coach and general manager Zack Jones will coach the San Diego Sol which will play its games at the SportCenter at Alliant International University.
'Our concept,' said Allen-Cooksey,' is to provide a positive program where a player can start with Sol at any level and improve his or her skills - from elementary school, through high school and eventually on to college - getting quality instructions from knowledgeable and qualitied coaches.' According to Ms. Cleveland, 'We are now able to do the same for post-collegiate players who want opportunities to play at a professional level here in the US and overseas. We're proud to be a part of the ABA.'
For more information, email sandiegosol@gmail.com, phone 858 997 5635 or visit www.sandiegosol.com


The Georgia Gwizzlies opened Vet camp - by Emiliano
Atlanta,Georgia. The Georgia Gwizzlies opened Vet camp this past Friday November 26th at South Cobb Recreation center for the upcoming 2010-11 ABA season.Gwizzlies staff think that former University of Tennessee standout 6'2 Ramar Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Tennessee) will be the league next MVP.Smith was projected to be the 34th player selected in the 2008 NBA draft. Joining Smith in the backcourt will be 6'4 Raymond Davis (6'4''-G),Winthrop and 6'5 De'Andre Cannon (6'6''-F-89, college: Gordon),,Gordon College with a 48 inch vertical leap. S.E. Oklahoma 6'7 Brooke Adams (6'1''-C),6'8 Sylvania Watkins (6'9''-F, college: Crichton),6'8 Demetrious McCray,6'11 Desmond Blue (6'11''-C-88),6'8 Marcus Johnson,6'5 Tim Parker and 6'5 Mario Jordan round out the rotation.

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  ACPBL   


GreenHawks name Falando Johnson Head Coach - by Gianni Pascucci
The Washington Greenhawks of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League announced today the signing of head coach Falando Johnson. The team also announced the return of assistant coach Cam Avery.
'We are excited to hire a head coach with the knowledge and passion for the game that Falando has,' said General Manager Adam Dantus . 'He has been around basketball for a long time and has experienced success at every step throughout his career.' Johnson, a Washington, D.C. native, has been around the game of basketball his entire life. Johnson played basketball at Mackin Catholic and DeMatha Catholic High School before going on to play at the University of Houston. After college, he played professionally in Luxemburg and guided his team to the league championship. He later played professionally in Cyprus.
Since retiring from playing the game, Johnson has coached all levels of basketball most recently in AAU with the Kalorama Knights. 'I am very elated to have this chance to coach the GreenHawks,' said Johnson. I know I will be a great motivator and teacher. I love this game and I love coaching.'
The GreenHawks open their one-week training camp tonight as they prepare for their first game on Sunday, December 5th at Norfolk. Their Training Camp roster is available at http://www.acpbl.com/latest-news/49-greenhawks-announce-training-camp-roster.html


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  ANGOLA   


Angolan League Day 1 - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Clube Recreativo e Desportivo do Libolo started winning, in the national championship, defeating Sporting Clube de Luanda by 89-55.

The team of Kwanza Sul reached the interval already leading by 52-29. Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) was the game's top scorer with 19 points, followed by Ivo Luang, from Sporting with 18.

In another match, Santos Fuetbol Clube did not find many difficulties to win the rookie Clube Desportivo Vila Estoril 111-65.
In this match, Bartolomeu dos Santos Pacheco was the top scorer with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Source: Africa Basquetebol



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  ASIAN GAMES   


Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Games Awards 2010 - by Emiliano
All-Asian Games 1st Team
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ZhiZhi Wang
Wang
Seung-Jun Lee
Lee
Hsueh-Lin Lee
Lee
Targuy Ngombo
Ngombo
Kosuke Takeuchi
Takeuchi
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MVP: Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) of China
Best Guard: Lee Seung-Jun (186-G-88) of
Best Forward: Targuy Ngombo (196-F-89) of Qatar
Best Center: Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) of China
Best Defensive Player: Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86) of Iran
Best Coach: Donewald Bob Jr. of China

1st Team
G: Lee Seung-Jun (186-88) of
G: Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-84) of Taiwan
F: Targuy Ngombo (196-89) of Qatar
C/F: Kosuke Takeuchi (205-85) of Japan
C: Wang ZhiZhi (214-79) of China

2nd Team
G: Hamed Afagh (190-83) of Iran
F/G: Lin Chih-Chieh (192-82) of Taiwan
F: Yasseen Musa (204-80) of Qatar
F: Jin Pak Myong (191-82) of
C: Asghar Kardoust (210-86) of Iran

Honorable Mention:
Oshin Sahakian (201-F-86) of Iran
Park Chan-Hee (191-G-87) of South Korea
Asi Taulava (206-C-73) of Philippines
Ali Zaghab (204-F/C-88) of ASU Jordan
Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) of Uzbekistan
Japdeep Singh (199-C-86) of India



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australian NBL round 7 best performance: Gary Ervin - by Eurobasket News
American guard Gary Ervin (186-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Wollongong Hawks, receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 27-year old player was the main contributor (31 points, three rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Sydney K. (#8, 1-5) with 17-point margin 89-72. It allowed Hawks to consolidate first place in the Australian NBL. Hawks have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game Ervin had a remarkable 64.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hawks' top player in his first season with the team. Former The University of Arkansas star has very solid stats this year. Ervin is league's best scorer averaging so far 22.9ppg. Ervin is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages impressive 1.4bpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Michael Cedar (195-G-86) of Townsville Crocodiles. Cedar had a very good evening with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead Crocodiles to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Tigers (#9, 1-7) 94-66. This victory allowed Crocodiles to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Cedar is well-known at Crocodiles and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was international center Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) of Sydney Kings (#8). Khazzouh scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Khazzouh's great performance Sydney Kings lost 72-89 to the higher-ranked Hawks (#1, 7-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Sydney Kings can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Khazzouh he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Khazzouh has individually a great season in Australia. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.5ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 9.7rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Luke Schenscher (216-C-82) of Crocodiles - 23 points and 7 rebounds
5. Kirk Penney (196-G-80) of Breakers - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mark Worthington (202-F-83) of Blaze - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85) of Taipans - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85) of Wildcats - 11 points and 13 rebounds
9. Oscar Forman (205-F-82) of Hawks - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) of Blaze - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists

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


NBL Early Season Outstanding Performers - by Duncan Matheson
After 7 rounds of the NBL season, we take a look at the players having outstanding seasons so far and those currently on track for All-NBL team selection.

All-NBL First Team

Guards

Gary Ervin (186-G-83, college: Arkansas) Currently averaging 22.9 points and 5.3 assists, Ervin has been near impossible to keep out of the lane with his quickness and is complimenting that by hitting 42% from the three, giving coaches nightmares thinking about how to stop this guy who would be the current MVP favourite.

Ayinde Ubaka (193-G-85, college: California) Averaging 17.6 points and 3.7 assist shooting a sky-high 46% from the three, Ubaka has been the driving force behind the Taipans great start to the season as they sit at 5-2.

Forwards

Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU) Contributing 14.6 points and 6.3 rebounds, Loughton was considered a massive off-season signing and has lived up to that hype, proving he can score from inside and out with consistency.

Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) At the end of last season some believed 30-year old Redhage may be starting to slow down, but his 19.2 points and 5.8 rebounds shows he is explosive as ever and playing the four spot has been virtually un-guardable off the dribble.

Centre

Julian Khazzouh (211-C-86) (211-C-86) (211-C-86) Khazzouh has played almost a lone hand for the 1-5 Kings, being a handful in the middle for opposition averaging 17.5 points and 9.7 rebounds at 60% FG, showing real improvement after his stint in Europe.

All-NBL Second Team

Guards

CJ Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC) Now playing less minutes, Brutons epic career is starting to wind down but averaging 12.9 points he is still all class. His 25-point haul against the Tigers showed he can still light it up on any night and always has a knack for hitting the big shot.

Damian Martin (188-G-84, college: Loyola Marymount)- After representing Australia at the World Championships Martin has taken his game to a new level, playing with high intensity and although he does so many intangibles that dont show up on the stat sheet, his 10.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals at 50% FG are impressive stats.

Forwards

Oscar Forman (205-F-82) Formans move from New Zealand to the Hawks has seen him play by far the best basketball of his career, thriving in coach Gordie McLeod's system knocking down the open shot averaging 16.0 points and 8.0 rebounds at 41% 3-point FG.

Glen Saville (197-G/F-76) Saville has always had the ability to run the break and run the team from the three spot, and his stats this season of 9.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 steals leading the Hawks to 7-1 show that he is still the complete do-it-all player despite turning 35 next month.

Centre

Adam Ballinger (205-F-79, college: Michigan St.) Ballinger perhaps could have had more touches at times this season, but has still been highly effective averaging 14.7 points and 5.3 rebounds at 55% FG and along with Forman is probably the best catch-and-shoot player in the league.

All-NBL Third Team

Guards

Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) After just three games for the Tigers last seasons MVP Homicide has had a major impact, averaging 15.7 rebounds, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists despite struggling a little so far from the field at 36% FG.




Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) Lisch has been a consistent threat for the Wildcats averaging 13.2 ppg and is a proven winner, doing his best work in the fourth quarter hitting numerous big shots down the stretch to get his team over the line


Forwards

Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) After an impressive World Championships for New Zealand, Abercrombie has had a break-out season averaging 12.8 points and 6.5 rebounds shooting an impressive 43% 3-point FG while exciting crowds with his energy and high-flying dunks.

Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) One of the true superstars of the NBL, Worthington is yet to capture his best form this season shooting just 37% FG, but with averages of 18.4 points and 5.7 rebounds he has still had a productive season thus far.

Centre

Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) Schenscher has proved throughout his NBL career the gap between his best and worst is sometimes a little too big, but with a couple of monster games and averages of 13.9 points and 6.4 rebounds he has been a solid anchor in the middle for the Crocs.

Honourable Mention:

Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) has played just three games and is yet to find his best but will surely feature in one of these teams at seasons end, while Adam Gibson (188-G-86) has worked tirelessly for the struggling Blaze averaging 12.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals. Michael Cedar (195-G-86) is fresh off a 31-point haul and has a season average of 14.2 points at 42% 3-point FG, while Ian Crosswhite (212-C-82, college: Oregon) with 11.7 points and 6.9 rebounds and Larry Davidson (207-C-83, college: Boise St.) with 9.4 points and 7.8 rebounds at 50% 3-point FG have been very solid contributors at the five spot.




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 28.6
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna28.6 
 2. Vay, Arkadia21.6 
 3. Houston, Arkadia20.5 
 4. Nagler, Klostern.20.4 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.4 
 6. Mayes, Gmunden19.1 
 7. Ray, Furstenfeld18.1 
 8. Kennedy, Worth.17.7 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.16.7 
 10. Heard, Gussing16.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna9.7 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart9.4 
 3. Slack, Gmunden9.0 
 4. Johnson, Oberwart8.5 
 5. Mayer, Gmunden8.4 
 6. Hampton, Furstenf.8.0 
 7. Klette, Wels7.9 
 8. Opoku, St.Polten7.8 
 9. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.8 
 10. Heard, Gussing7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.1 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.7 
 3. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 4. Parker, Oberwart5.1 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden4.4 
 6. Stazic, BC Vienna4.2 
 7. Schreiner, St.Po.4.1 
 8. Woschank, Kapfe.3.8 
 9. Lanegger, Kapfe.3.7 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.3.0 
 2. Slack, Gmunden2.8 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.2.7 
 4. Parker, Oberwart2.3 
 5. Woschank, Kapfe.2.3 
 6. Fields, Wels2.2 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden1.9 
 8. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 9. Poiger, St.Polten1.9 
 10. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna2.7 
 2. Graham, UBSC G.2.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia1.4 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.3 
 5. Slack, Gmunden1.2 
 6. Hampton, Furstenf.1.2 
 7. Heard, Gussing1.0 
 8. Mayer, Gmunden0.9 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 10. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
East
 1. Mattersb.R. 7-0 
 2. Harreither 6-1 
 3. BC Vienna jrs 5-2 
 4. Mistelbach 4-3 
 5. Modling 4-4 
 6. Danube City 2-4 
 7. Fighters 2-5 
 8. UBBC Enns 2-6 
 9. ATSE Graz 0-7 
West
 1. Dornbirn 7-1 
 2. Klagenfurt 6-3 
 3. Schwaz 4-3 
 4. Salzburg 4-4 
 5. Feldkirch 3-6 
 6. SVO/BRG 0-7 


A Bundesliga Round 11: Oberwart defeats Wels in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
First stage of A Bundesliga is at the halfway and there are still 11 rounds left. The most interesting game of round 11 was a very close only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Wels to fifth ranked Oberwart 77-79. It was a great evening for naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. American forward Bruce Fields (197-80, college: Gardner-Webb, agent: Kim Rasmussen) responded with 24 points. Wels (5-6) added fourth loss to their record. That victory allowed Oberwart (7-4) to climb to third place. They share it with UBSC Graz and Kapfenberg. Wels (5-6) on the other side went down to eighth position. Two teams will meet again next weekend and Oberwart will be the host.
Very significant was Klosterneub.'s (#7) 37-point home victory against 3rd placed UBSC Graz 87-50 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of UBSC Graz. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agent: Kim Rasmussen) who led the winners with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Ramiz Suljanovic who stepped in adding 19 points. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds for UBSC Graz in defeat. That victory allowed Klosterneub. (6-5) to climb to sixth place. They share it with Arkadia. UBSC Graz (7-4) on the other side took third position as they recorded their fourth loss. Teams will meet again next weekend, but in Graz.
Quite upsetting was Kapfenberg's (#3) road defeat in a game versus eleventh ranked Gussing 73-68. The best player for the winner was Aleksandar Djuric who had double-double 26 points and 11 rebounds. Samuel Knabl produced 14 points and 7 rebounds for the guests. That victory allowed Gussing (3-8) to climb to tenth place. They share it with BC Vienna. Kapfenberg (7-4) on the other side took third position as they recorded their fourth loss. Teams will play again next weekend and Kapfenberg will be the host.
And what about another game where BC Vienna (#11) beat second-ranked Furstenfeld by 15 points 77-62 at their own court. Stjepan Stazic orchestrated the victory with 22 points and 6 assists. That victory allowed BC Vienna (3-8) to climb to tenth place. They share it with Gussing. Furstenfeld (8-3) on the other side took second position as they recorded their third loss. Furstenfeld will have a chance for revenge next weekend at their home court.
League top team - Gmunden (9-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Worthersee 88-63. It was a great evening for Deteri Mayes who led his team to a victory with 23 points. Gmunden's coach Matthias Fischer felt such comfortable that he used all the bench and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Current champion Gmunden stay at first position. Worthersee (1-10) on the other side took the bottom place as they recorded their tenth loss. Worthersee will host Gmunden in the next round.

In the last game of round 11 Arkadia won against St.Polten on the opponent's court 69-58.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 11 rebounds by Thomas Kennedy of kelag Worthersee Piraten.


Klosterneub. - UBSC Graz 87-50
Very significant was Klosterneub.'s (#7) 37-point home victory against 3rd placed UBSC Graz 87-50 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of UBSC Graz. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agent: Kim Rasmussen) who led the winners with 9 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists and Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (206-79) who stepped in adding 19 points. Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and Slovenian guard Dragan Miletic (195-82) added 13 points and 5 rebounds for UBSC Graz in defeat. That victory allowed Klosterneub. (6-5) to climb to sixth place. They share it with Arkadia. UBSC Graz (7-4) on the other side took third position as they recorded their fourth loss. Teams will meet again next weekend, but in Graz.
Top scorers:
UBSC Raiffeisen Graz: M.Stegnjaic 19+5reb+1ast, D.Miletic 13+5reb+1ast, S.Grum 7+3reb+4ast, L.Graham 5+3reb+1ast, C.Knor 3+4reb, R.Lanegger 2+5reb
Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg: C.Nagler 19+1ast, R.Suljanovic 19+4reb, A.Maresch 13+1reb+3ast, J.Chappell 10+4reb, C.Bobb 9+9reb+6ast, M.Rachar 9+6reb
gschID: 93762


Gmunden - Worthersee 88-63
League top team - Gmunden (9-2) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed twelfth ranked Worthersee 88-63. It was a great evening for former international guard Deteri Mayes (189-74, college: Murray St., agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with 23 points. International power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) helped adding 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Gmunden's coach Matthias Fischer felt such comfortable that he used all the bench and giving the chance to rest for starting five. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) responded with double-double 26 points and 11 rebounds and guard Samuel Bachlechner (180-88) with 12 points. Gmunden (9-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. Current champion Gmunden stay at first position. Worthersee (1-10) on the other side took the bottom place as they recorded their tenth loss. Worthersee will host Gmunden in the next round.
Top scorers:
kelag Worthersee Piraten: T.Kennedy 26+11reb+1ast, S.Bachlechner 12+2reb+3ast, E.Rhinehart 10+5reb+1ast, A.Kuttnig 6+3reb+2ast, M.Breithuber 5+1reb, B.Weber 4+2reb
Allianz Swans Gmunden: D.Mayes 23, F.Schoeninger 13+1reb+3ast, M.Mayer 10+7reb+5ast, D.Oppland 10+6reb+5ast, I.Boylan 7+3reb+7ast, E.Murati 7+3reb
gschID: 93763


Gussing - Kapfenberg 73-68
Quite upsetting was Kapfenberg's (#3) road defeat in a game versus eleventh ranked Gussing 73-68. The best player for the winner was naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) who had double-double 26 points and 11 rebounds. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) helped with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Heard played also previously at Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Former international power forward Samuel Knabl (206-82) produced 14 points and 7 rebounds and international center Heinz Kugerl (211-86) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. That victory allowed Gussing (3-8) to climb to tenth place. They share it with BC Vienna. Kapfenberg (7-4) on the other side took third position as they recorded their fourth loss. Teams will play again next weekend and Kapfenberg will be the host.
Top scorers:
ECE Bulls Kapfenberg: S.Knabl 14+7reb+1ast, D.Horace 13+3reb, H.Kugerl 12+6reb, L.Gordon 8+4reb, M.Lanegger 6+4reb, A.Woschank 6+3reb+2ast
UBC okoStadt Gussing Knights: A.Djuric 26+11reb+3ast, T.Klepeisz 13+5reb+2ast, M.Klepeisz 12+1ast, M.Heard 12+6reb+3ast, S.Koch 5+4reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 93758


Wels - Oberwart 77-79
First stage of A Bundesliga is at the halfway and there are still 11 rounds left. The most interesting game of round 11 was a very close only two-point home defeat of 6th ranked Wels to fifth ranked Oberwart 77-79. It was a great evening for naturalized American power forward Jason Johnson (202-77, college: Tennessee St.) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Kelvin Parker (183-82, college: NW Missouri St.) helped adding 18 points and 4 assists. American forward Bruce Fields (197-80, college: Gardner-Webb, agent: Kim Rasmussen) responded with 24 points and his countryman guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agent: Michael B. Siegel) with 15 points and 6 assists. Wels (5-6) added fourth loss to their record. That victory allowed Oberwart (7-4) to climb to third place. They share it with UBSC Graz and Kapfenberg. Wels (5-6) on the other side went down to eighth position. Two teams will meet again next weekend and Oberwart will be the host.
Top scorers:
WBC Raiffeisen Wels: B.Fields 24+3reb+2ast, R.Brokenborough 15+4reb+6ast, J.Francois 12+5reb+2ast, T.Csebits 9+1reb, D.Lamesic 9+7reb+2ast, T.Klette 8+4reb+2ast
Oberwart Gunners: J.Johnson 20+8reb+2ast, K.Parker 18+3reb+4ast, H.Artner 16+3reb+3ast, B.Volcic 10+11reb, L.Linzer 8+1reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 4+9reb+1ast
gschID: 93759


BC Vienna - Furstenfeld 77-62
And what about another game where BC Vienna (#11) beat second-ranked Furstenfeld by 15 points 77-62 at their own court. Former international guard Stjepan Stazic (199-78, agent: Mira Poljo) orchestrated the victory with 22 points and 6 assists. Canadian center Russell Hicks (213-85, college: Florida Intern.) contributed with double-double 12 points and 16 rebounds for the winners. American forward Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central, agent: Side Court) answered with 19 points and 5 rebounds and his countryman guard De'Angelo Alexander (198-84, college: Charlotte) added 20 points (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for Furstenfeld. That victory allowed BC Vienna (3-8) to climb to tenth place. They share it with Gussing. Furstenfeld (8-3) on the other side took second position as they recorded their third loss. Furstenfeld will have a chance for revenge next weekend at their home court.
Top scorers:
BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers: D.Alexander 20+4reb, S.Ray 19+5reb+1ast, A.Shavies 11+3reb+8ast, R.Hampton 6+10reb, D.Carr 6+5reb, S.Leitgeb 0
BC Vienna: S.Stazic 22+4reb+6ast, S.Rhynes 14+5reb, R.Hicks 12+16reb+3ast, M.Carr 12+2reb+8ast, M.Graf 9+8reb+3ast, S.Pekovic 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93760


St.Polten - Arkadia 58-69
Rather expected game when 9th ranked St.Polten (4-7) was defeated at home by seventh ranked Arkadia (6-5) 69-58. It was a great evening for American swingman Kevin Houston (194-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: St.Bonaventure) who led his team to a victory with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Serbian forward Dorde Drenovac (197-92, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) helped adding 9 points and 8 rebounds. International forward Richard Poiger (201-87) responded with 16 points and former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) with 8 points and 8 rebounds. Arkadia (6-5) has a solid series of three victories in a row. That victory allowed Arkadia (6-5) to climb to sixth place. They share it with Klosterneub. St.Polten (4-7) on the other side took ninth position as they recorded their seventh loss. Teams will meet again next weekend and Arkadia will be the host.
Top scorers:
UBC St. Polten: R.Poiger 16+3reb, D.Jandl 15+1reb+1ast, M.Speiser 8+8reb+2ast, H.Opoku 8+5reb, T.Schreiner 5+3reb+6ast, A.Worenz 5+2reb
Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions: K.Houston 27+9reb, F.Vay 14+3reb+1ast, D.Drenovac 9+8reb+2ast, B.Danek 9+2reb+5ast, K.Payton 6+3reb+5ast, M.Bralovic 4+7reb
gschID: 93761




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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 9-2 
 2. Pitzemburg 9-2 
 3. Excelsior 8-3 
 4. Sint-Jan Ant. 7-3 
 5. De Westhoek 6-4 
 6. Waregem 6-5 
 7. Essor Charleroi 6-5 
 8. Oostkamp 6-5 
 9. Gembo 4-7 
 10. Zolder 4-7 
 11. Fleurus 3-8 
 12. Liege II 2-7 
 13. Carnieres 2-8 
 14. M.Hainaut II 2-8 


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  BOSNIA   


Standings - D2 Leagues
D2 Standings
A1 League
 1. Bosnjak 0-0 
 2. Brcko 0-0 
 3. Gradina 0-0 
 4. Igman 0-0 
 5. Limometal 0-0 
 6. Orlovik 0-0 
 7. Play Off 0-0 
 8. Student 0-0 
 9. Trica 0-0 
 10. Triland 0-0 
 11. Vogosca 0-0 
D1 Srpska Liga
 1. Feniks 6-1 
 2. Rudar 6-1 
 3. Wolf Security 6-1 
 4. Bratunac 4-3 
 5. Derventa 4-3 
 6. Radnik B. 4-3 
 7. Prijedor 3-4 
 8. Servitium 3-4 
 9. Drina 2-5 
 10. Plus Gradanski 2-5 
 11. Sutjeska 2-5 
 12. Glasinac 0-7 
Herceg-Bosna
 1. Posusje 4-0 
 2. Livno 4-1 
 3. Siroki II 4-1 
 4. Busovaca 3-1 
 5. Lokomotiva 2-1 
 6. Kiseljak 2-2 
 7. Rama 2-3 
 8. Vitez 2-3 
 9. Grude 1-4 
 10. Tomislav 0-4 
 11. Zrinjski II 0-4 


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


Josko Pulja takes over Brotnjo as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bosnian media, Brotnjo has appointed new Head Coach. Reportedly the club has reached an agreement with Josko Pulja who will take over as coach. Pulja has been offered the contract until the end of the season and he is coming as replacement for the recently departed Nadeljko Zelenika. So far, Pulja worked as coach at Zadar youth system. He has vast experience as Head Coach as he has led numerous teams in his long standing career.
Josko Pulja started his coaching career back in 1982 when he took over Puntamika Zadar as Head Coach. He led the club for next 8 seasons. In 1994 he was appointed as Head coach of Zadar. At the start of 2000-2001 season, Pulja was appointed as Head Coach of Istra. In April of 2002 he had a short stint with Zadar before returning to Istra at the start of 2002-2003 season. Pulja also worked at Sibenka Sibenik in 2004 as he helped the team reach League and Cup Semifinals. In 2005, he moved to Kosovo where he worked at Peja. With Peja he reached Cup Finals but fell short. Pulja also worked with youth National Teams as he was in charge of U18 and U20 Croatia National Teams.


Lans Harris to swap Igokea for Irlaklis - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bosnian media, Igokea is set to part way with one of its American players. Reportedly Lans Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.) has played his last match for Igokea against Cibona this weekend. Harris has been offered a deal by Greek outfit Iraklis and Igokea has agreed to let him make the switch. American guard signed for Igokea at the start of this season. He played in 9 games for the club and has averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. In his last match for Igokea he played his best game as he scored 20 points.
Lans Haris played collegiate basketball at Dividsion I Kansas State University. In his last season with the University in 2007, he appeared in 35 games and has averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. In 2007, Harris started his European career at Slovenian outfit Pivovarna Lasko. For Lasko, Harris averaged 15.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 37 league games. Following season, Harris moved to Greece where he signed with VAP Kolossos. In his debut season, he appeared in 28 games and has averaged 13.0 points and 3.9 rebounds. Last season, Harris slightly improved his averages. In 28 games he has averaged 14.2 points and 3.8 rebounds.


More changes in Igokea - by Miljan Veskovic
After announced release of Lance Harris (188-G) the management of Igokea decided to wave Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). The point guard didn't convince with his performances, so far he averaged 2.8 points and 1.3 assists in 10.4 minutes. On the other hand Igokea made first market move and Harvey Donnell (203-C-80, college: Florida) is expected to sign today. Harvey previously played in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, and Phoenix Suns. He was selected by the New York Knicks with the 22nd overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft.
Harvey has also played for Banvitspor in Turkey, Carolina Giants in Puerto Rico (2009) and Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in China-CBA (2010).


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  BOTSWANA   


Troopers, Police win basketball titles - by Thomas Fink
NELSON DIRENG
Correspondent

Men's basketball powerhouse, Troopers beat Police 70-52 on Sunday to win the National Championship at the University of Botswana. But in the women's final, Police defeated BVF V 47-45 to lift the title.In the men's competition, Troopers walloped an unsettled Police 63-42 in the first leg of the final on Friday.

However, Police came back strongly on Saturday to beat Troopers 50-47, forcing the final into a decider. It was Police's first-ever win over Troopers. On Sunday, Police were a shadow of the team that beat Troopers the previous day. Police were seemingly still caught in the excitement of winning their first game against Troopers, when the two met in the decider.

Troopers were off the blocks fast, as they raced to a 10-point lead in the first quarter. Police gained momentum in the second quarter but failed to maintain the tempo in the third and last quarter. Police's women side was dominant against BDF V, winning both the first and second legs on Friday and Saturday.

The Police' experience carried them through as BDF V fielded mostly youngsters, fresh from senior secondary schools. Botswana Basketball Association (BBA) league committee chairperson, Kabo Khama believes that the BDF V side will mature with time. 'BDF V players will be up to standard because they were able to hold up against Police losing with close margins,' he said.

Meanwhile, Khama said compared to last year, the National Championships were well organised. He said there were more spectators, perhaps because the games were held at night. 'Last year, we could not attract large crowds because we played during the day when it was hot. But this year, a lot of people showed up (for the night games,' he said.

He stated that playing at night is suitable for players as the temperatures are lower. 'We even want to change the structure of the league next year by having more night games,' he added. He said they are going to introduce the short clocks used in international games to enhance the level of competition next year. He said short clocks will prevent players from holding on to the ball for long without shooting.

'This will ensure that games are much quicker and more goals are scored,' he explained. This year, the National Championships got a P15, 000 sponsorship from Broadhurst Inn, triple the figure of P5, 000 which Beemark had availed in the previous edition. Khama said they have started soliciting sponsorship ahead of next year's events.

'We are also going to organise several fundraising events to help the sport grow,' he said.


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  BRAZIL   


Barbosa key for improving Raptors - by Mel Devonne
Leandro Barbosa, who has battled injuries, and inconsistant play to become a key
bench player for the surging Toronto Raptors this season.
The Raptors have won 4 of their last 6 games, and are vastly improved this season.
Barbosa has added quickness and reliable bench play for the Raptors.
Barbosa, who is from Sao Paulo is very active in the off season promoting the game of basketball
in Brasil since becoming an NBA player.
Barbosa is averaging 10 points off the bench and should be a candidate NBA six man of the year.


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  BULGARIA   


Kambala's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old center Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Lukoil Academik Sofia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Rilski Sportist (#6, 2-5) with 16-point margin 91-75. It allowed Lukoil Academik to consolidate first place in the Bulgarian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. It's already very far into the season and Lukoil Academik keeps perfect 7 -0 record. Kambala turned to be Lukoil Academik's top player in his first season with the team. Kaspars Kambala averages this season 13.6ppg and 6.1rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Priest Lauderdale (221-C-73) of Chernomorets Burgas. He is naturalized American center in his first season at Chernomorets. In the last game Lauderdale recorded impressive double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Chernomorets to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Tundja (#7, 2-5) 85-65. Chernomorets' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Lauderdale is a newcomer at Chernomorets and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.3ppg (#2). He also registered 14.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to another Chernomorets Burgas' star - swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90). Zahariev showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was another key player of Chernomorets, helping his team with a 85-65 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Tundja (#7, 2-5). The chances of Chernomorets ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Zahariev could help Chernomorets to bring them higher in the standings. Zahariev has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.9apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86) of Balkan - 24 points and 5 rebounds
5. Jason Crowe (193-G-76) of Levski - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Georgi Davidov (205-F/C-76) of Balkan - 16 points and 7 rebounds
7. Brandon Bowman (204-F-84) of Lukoil Academik - 19 points and 6 rebounds
8. Todor Todorov (198-F-82) of Spartak - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Dimitar Karadzhovski (189-G-84) of Rilski Sportist - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of Levski - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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


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


Sportmedia.tv to show four games in the next two days - by Christomir Rackov
Sportmedia.tv will broadcast once again this week all the games from EUROHOLD Balkan league tournament. The internet television will show LIVE today the game between Feni Industries and Balkan that starts at 18.00 hrs CET.
Tomorrow (wednesday) will be broadcasted the other games. First at 17.00 CET the spectators will be able to see the game between Levski and Zrinskij Mostar. Then the last two games will be Mornar - BC Mures and OKK Belgrade - KK Ulcinj.


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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional Semifinals: Liceo and Espanol took the lead - by Daniel Valencia
CD Liceo Mixto de los Andes and Deportivo Espanol de Talca de Talca won game 1 of their semifinals series. In a closed game, Liceo recovered from a 11 point deficit with 4 minutes to play and defeated to Boston College 95-94, led by Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, college: S.Carolina St.) and Patrick Saez (191-G/F-71), those who combined for 42 points. Espanol de Talca defeated to Universidad Catolica 74-65, leb by the point guard Francisco Bravo (174-G-87), who scored 20 points.

Game 1

Liceo Mixto 95 - Boston College 94
Lic
: Thurman Zimmerman 22 pts. Patrick Saez 20 pts.
Bos: Darren Townes 25 pts. Wilfred Benjamin 23 pts.

Liceo leads the series 1-0

Espanol de Talca 74 - Universidad Catolica 65
Esp
: Francisco Bravo 20 pts. Franco Morales 16 pts.
Uc: John A. Thomas 19 pts. Tomas Alvares 14 pts.


Espanol leads the series 1-0



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  CHINA   


Marbury, Francis, Harris, Abbas Sign CBA Contracts - by Arthur Volbert
Foshan, formerly Shaanxi, has signed Marbury Stephon (187-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) for the upcoming season after he was released by Shanxi Fenjiu. Foshan also features import Olumide Oyedeji and young native star 7-footer Zheng Zhun.

Steve Francis has agreed to play for the Beijing Capital Steel Ducks, who also signed Jordan's Zaid Abbas as their third import, allowed because of their 15th place finish last year.

Shanghai has signed former Houston Rockets player Mike Harris, who previously starred for Dongguan.



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  CROATIA   


Sobin's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
21-year old swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team KK Split and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Trogir (#9, 3-5) 90-76. It allowed KK Split to consolidate first place in the Croatian league. KK Split have a solid 7-1 record. It's Sobin's second year at KK Split and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Sobin has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (5th best: 16.9ppg), rebounds (4th best: 6.6rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 68.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Dario Saric (205-F/C-94) of KK Dubrava Zagreb. He is a forward in his first season at Dubrava. In the last game Saric recorded impressive double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Dubrava to edge the higher-ranked Zabok (#4, 4-4) by 4 points 74-70. This victory allowed Dubrava to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Saric is a newcomer at Dubrava and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.5ppg (#3). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Ante Delas (201-G/F-88) of Alkar Sinj (#3). Delas scored 21 points and passed five assists. He was a key player of Alkar Sinj, leading his team to a 86-83 win against the lower-ranked Dubrovnik (#6, 4-4). Alkar Sinj needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Delas has a great season in Croatia. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.7apg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ante Krapic (202-F-85) of Zabok - 14 points and 13 rebounds
5. Ivan Krolo (217-C-83) of Darda - 16 points and 14 rebounds
6. Ante Bilobrk (203-F-82) of Alkar Sinj - 22 points and 6 rebounds
7. Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) of KK Split - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Danijel Katavic (201-G/F-83) of Darda - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Mislav Peric (191-G-88) of Dubrovnik - 24 points and 2 assists
10. Domagoj Basic (190-G-86) of Dubrava - 20 points and 2 rebounds

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


Cedevita sneak past Aris in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Aris 81:76 (OT)

Cedevita had a narrow escape against Aris tonight. The Croatian team needed overtime to tame previously undefeated Aris. The victory allowed Cedevita to climb on top of Group D. They share the position with Aris. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) fired 24 points to lead the Croats tonight.
The lead changed hands in the opening frame. Aris jumped to an 8:2 lead but Cedevita quickly erased the deficit and pulled ahead. Cedevita eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Aris once again gained the lead as they were up by five midway through the second term 22:17. Cedevita got closer as Damjan Rudez exploded with 19 points in the first half but it was not enough as Aris snatched a 36:35 halftime lead. Damjan Rudez and Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) secured a quick start for Cedevita as the hosts got back in front. They soon accumulated a 58:51 advantage, their biggest of the game. Aris went on a 7:2 run to open the final frame. It all came down to the final minutes. Cedevita led by four points 68:64 Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) converted a layup, while Corsley Edwards (206-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) hit just one free throw to set up the final play for Aris. Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77) drained a late treble and sent game into overtime. Sloukas put the visitors in front 73:70 in the extra period but Cedevita found the strength to turn things their way. Corsley and Troha teamed up for 6 points as Cedevita spurred ahead. The hosts took an 81:74 lead just moments later and eventually sealed the winning outcome.
Dontaye Draper produced 22 points for Cedevita. Corsley Edwards had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Kosta Charalampidis and Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points each for Aris. Nikos Hatzivrettas accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Damjan Rudez 24, Dontaye Draper 22, Corsley Edwards 15
Aris: Kosta Charalampidis 15, Dejan Borovnjak 15, Nikos Hatzivrettas 14



Bagaric set for Marousi switch - by Eurobasket News
Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80) is set to move to Greece. Experienced Croatian center has started the season with Dubrava with whom he had agreement that he can leave in case of good offer from abroad. This offer has come as Greek outfit Marousi has decided to bring Bagaric for rest of the season. Bagaric is set to make his debut in the next round of Greek championship pending the successful passing of medical.
Dalibor Bagaric started his career with Karlovac and has also played for Benston Zagreb before signing with Cibona in 1998. In his first season with Cibona he won the National Title while averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. Following season, Bagaric was sent on loan to Benston Zagreb and there he averaged double-double of 18.3 points and 10.4 rebounds. Chicago Bulls drafted Bagaric in 2000 and he has signed 3-year contract. In 3 years with Chicago, Bagaric was a role player but never managed to establish himself as contributor on more regular basis. In 2003, he moved back to Europe where he signed for Olympiacos. In 22 League games he averaged 5.1 points and 5.0 rebounds. Bagaric also played for teams which include Climamio Bologna, Akasvayu Girona and Upim Bologna. Start of the 2008-2009 season he spent with Atlanta Hawks but after failing to secure contract he returned to GMAC Real Estate Bologna. Last season he agreed a deal with BC Cibona Zagreb where he appeared in 19 league games and has averaged 5.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. He has helped Cibona win the National title.


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  CYPRUS   


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Dejan DUNOVIC
  Omonia
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Dunovic, Omonia18.8 
 2. Davis, AP.18.0 
 3. Djikanovic, Achilleas16.3 
 4. Radunovic, ENAD15.7 
 5. Sims, Apollon15.3 
 6. Johnson, Etha15.0 
 7. Diamantopoul., Achill.14.7 
 8. Hanavan, AP.14.5 
 9. Camacho, Apollon14.2 
 10. Berdiel, AEK14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. King, Etha11.5 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas11.0 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD9.8 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia7.0 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos7.0 
 6. Bobbitt, AEK6.7 
 7. Buljan, AP.6.5 
 8. Dunovic, Omonia6.3 
 9. Bostick, Omonia6.0 
 10. Biggs, Achilleas6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Stiggers, Apollon6.2 
 2. Berdiel, AEK6.0 
 3. Lee, AP.4.0 
 4. Price, ENAD3.8 
 5. Kounounis, AEL3.3 
 6. Dunovic, Omonia3.3 
 7. Frasor, Achilleas3.1 
 8. Palalas, AEL3.0 
 9. Carr, Apollon2.8 
 10. Cummings, Keravnos2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Miguel Ali BERDIEL
  AEK
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Berdiel, AEK3.0 
 2. Bobbitt, AEK2.7 
 3. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 4. Kent, ENAD2.2 
 5. Johnson, Etha2.2 
 6. Price, ENAD2.2 
 7. Pantouris, Achilleas2.1 
 8. Stiggers, Apollon2.0 
 9. Dunovic, Omonia2.0 
 10. Tzakopoulos, Achil.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.5 
 2. Johnson, Keravnos2.0 
 3. Radojevic, Omonia1.8 
 4. Collins, ENAD1.5 
 5. Fells, Keravnos1.3 
 6. Dials, Apollon1.2 
 7. Johnson, Keravnos1.0 
 8. Collins, AEK1.0 
 9. Englicky, Apollon1.0 
 10. Stiggers, Apollon0.8 


ROUND 7- ANALYTICAL STATISTICS and AWARD! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Eurobasket.com gives you the statistics of the most important categories of round 7.

A) Categories

1) Top scorer =Ewing - Ael = 31 points
2) Top rebounder= Dikanovic- Achilleas=19 rebounds
3) Top assist man= Pantouris-Achilleas+Stiggers- Apollon+ Aponte-Aek = 6 assists
4) Top stealer=Aponte-Aek = 5 steals
5) Top blocker=Collins-Enad = 4 blocks
6) Most turnovers=Radunovic-Enad+Dikanovic-Achilleas = 6 turnovers

B) Highlights and award - round 7

1)Important victory for Aek and 1st loss for Apoel.
2)mportant victory for Ael that shows signs of making a come-back.
3)Apollon is 5-1 and shows signs of a championship team. Three teams are now 5-1 (Apoel, Apollon and Keravnos).

The weekly award goes to Tyrone Kent of Enad (13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 1 block and 25 points)

C) Situationals

Shooting

Best shooting team in round 7= FT=Etha (83%)
Best shooting team in round 7= 2-pointers=Ael (63%)
Best shooting team in round 7= 3-pointers=Achilleas (35%)

Scoring >70 in round 7

Aek (scored 76)
Apollon (scored 80)
Omonoia (scored 72)
Achilleas (scored 74)
Ael (scored 70)




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Chester Simmons paces Nymburk past Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Jerusalem 73:67

Nymburk recorded the second EuroCup win. They overcame Jerusalem in Czech Republic tonight. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) scored 18 points to lead the hosts. Both teams are now tied at 2-1 record in Group G.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. Jerusalem jumped in front early in the encounter but their former player Chester Simmons helped the Czech champions to take a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. Jerusalem retained the lead early in the second frame but not for long. Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-F-77) had 5 points in a 7:0 rally as Nymburk posted a 19:15 advantage. The hosts took a 6-point advantage before Jerusalem went on a 10:0 run and ensured a 34:31 halftime lead. Ohayon extended the lead to 8 points early in the third frame 45:37. Chester Simmons went on a solo as he drained three trebles and added a jumper to drag Nymburk in front 55:53 with one quarter to go. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Chester Simmons capped a 13:0 run from the home side as Nymburk grabbed a 63:53 lead early in the final stanza. Jerusalem tightened their defense and kept the home side scoreless for almost four minutes to get as close as four points. But it was not enough as Lenzly sealed the winning outcome for the Czech team.
Afik Nissim and Ladislav Sokolovsky accounted for 13 points each for Nymburk. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 12 points and collected 11 rebounds in the victory. Jason Rich (191-G-86) answered with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 boards. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) had 11 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 18, Afik Nissim 13, Ladislav Sokolovsky 13
Jerusalem: Jason Rich 22, Willie Solomon 11



CEZ Nymburk Stages Second Half Comeback for 73-67 Victory Over Hapoel Jerusalem - by Surujh Roopnarine
CEZ NYMBURK vs. HAPOEL JERUSALEM: 73-67
Chester Simmons (198-G-82, college: Washington) scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the third quarter as CEZ Nymburk (2-1) downed visiting Hapoel Jerusalem (2-1) 73-67 tonight at the CEZ Arena. Simmons, who played for Hapoel last season before joining Nymburk helped the home squad stay close to the visitors before a 13-0 run spanning the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarters put the hosts up for good. Jerusalem, which entered Eurocup play undefeated, would rally late, but never got within closer than four the rest of the way. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87), playing in only his third game with Nymburk, recorded a double-double with 12 points and game high 11 rebounds. Jerusaalem, which features five American imports and is led by former Euroleague standout Willie Solomon, was led by third-year guard Jason Rich (191-G-86) who scored a game-high 22 points to go along with six assists. The same two teams will meet again next week in the Israeli capital.
NYMBURK: Chester Simmons (18pts), Vladimir Stimac (12pts+11reb), Ladislav Sokolovsky (13pts+5reb), Afik Nissim (13pts+5reb)
JERUSALEM: Jason Rich (22pts+6ast), Willie Solomon (11pts), Sam Clancy (10pts+5reb), Yogev Ohayon (9pts+6ast)



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  DENMARK   


Morris' a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Edward Morris (203-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Aabyhoj IF and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat SISU (7-6) 97-89. Aabyhoj maintains the 4th position in Danish league. Aabyhoj 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 7-6 record. Morris turned to be Aabyhoj's top player in his first season with the team. Pittsburg State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Morris is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.8ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 10.1rpg) and averages solid 2.6bpg and 66.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87) of Team FOG Naestved. He is American forward in his first season at Naestved. In the last game Roberts recorded impressive 24 points and 8 rebounds. Of course Naestved cruised to a 72-65 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Horsholm (#6, 5-4). Naestved's 3rd position in the standings has not changed. His team's 8-5 record is not bad at all. Roberts is a newcomer at Naestved and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.4ppg (#5). He also registered 12.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Mickey Dennis (190-G/F-78) of SISU Copenhagen (#5). Dennis showcased his all-around game by recording 20 points, five rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. He was a key player of SISU, leading his team to a 96-76 easy win against Aalborg (#10, 0-12). SISU needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Dennis has a great season in Denmark. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 4.9apg (4th best). He also has 2.6spg and FGP: 51.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Donald Rutherford (198-F) of SISU - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80) of Svendborg - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Thomas Soltau (210-F-82) of SISU - 28 points and 4 rebounds
7. Thomas Soltau (210-F-82) of SISU - 33 points and 13 rebounds
8. Anthony Martin (186-G-80) of Aabyhoj - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Donald Rutherford (198-F) of SISU - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Raptors recall Ed Davis from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors recalled first-round draft pick Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina) from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on Monday.

The six-foot-10, 225-pound forward is expected to rejoin the Raptors for practice Tuesday and be on the active roster for Wednesdays game versus Washington.

Davis played in two games with the BayHawks, averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 17.5 minutes.

Chosen 13th overall by the Raptors this past summer, he was only cleared to resume playing last week after tearing the meniscus in his right knee before training camp started.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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  EBA   


Wizards next game can be heard on the radio - by Gianni Pascucci
The New York Wizards are yet again set to launch an event, which will make EBA History. After the Wizards appeared at Madison Square Garden as part of a Doubleheader with the NY Liberty last season, many people wondered what would be on the horizon for the Wizards this year. The answer is that a Live InterNet Radio Broadcast will take place on Saturday 12/4/2010 when the New York Wizards face off against the Two-Time Defending EBA Champion Delaware Destroyers.
Fans of the Wizards, Destroyers, or basketball in general can log onto the Wizards Web Site at newyorkwizards.com and click onto the link to the left of the main page. This will automatically allow listeners to connect to a radio link featuring WGBBs and Long Islands own Frankie 'The Sports Guy' Maniscalco Radio Voice of the New York Wizards.
'We are so fortunate to have Frank as part of our team' stated Wizards Head Coach Greg Cerillo Sr 'Frank is the ultimate professional and brings a quality to our organization and broadcast overall which is unmatched in minor league circles. Fans will get a real treat at listening to Frank do the game, and they will truly get the feel of being at the contest while listening from their own homes'.
Cerillo continued: 'For us this is very, very exciting. In addition to having players from all over the globe, whose families can now listen on the radio/computer, we feel sort of like the NFL teams playing Monday Night Football. We know the rest of the league will be listening and excited for what this means for our teams overall. Then to have the broadcast taking place against one of the flagship teams in our league, the Destroyers, makes this even better'.
The Destroyers defeated the New York Wizards in the opening round of the EBA Final four last season, and both teams enter this years contest undefeated. For more information about tickets Wizards tickets or events you can log onto www.newyorkwizards.com or call 631-730-6347


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  ESTONIA   


Estonian EMKL round 12 best performance: Kristo Saage - by Eurobasket News
Guard Kristo Saage (184-G-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Rakvere Tarvas, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (30 points, six rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's worst team Voru KK (#9, 0-12) with 37-point margin 105-68. Rakvere maintains the 4th position in Estonian EMKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Rakvere will need more victories to improve their 8-4 record. In the team's last game Saage had a remarkable 55.6% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He has many years of experience at Rakvere, through which he has constantly improved. Kristo Saage has solid league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 19.4ppg. Saage is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.3spg and 40.8% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old former international center Vallo Allingu (206-C-78) of league's leader Tartu Ulikool/Rock. Allingu had a very good evening with 22 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead TU/Rock to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Parnu (#8, 2-10) 115-68. This victory allowed TU/Rock to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team belongs to top of the standings with 11-1 record and is considered one of the main candidates for the league title. Allingu is one of the most experienced players at TU/Rock and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Tartu Ulikool/Rock's star - former international forward Asko Paade (206-F-84). Paade scored 29 points and grabbed five rebounds. He was another key player of TU/Rock, helping his team with a 115-68 easy win against the lower-ranked Parnu (#8, 2-10). Many experts and fans count TU/Rock as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 11 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Paade has a very solid season. In 10 games in Estonia he scored 12.2ppg. He also has FGP: 52.0% and 3PT: 48.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Timo Eichfuss (200-F-88) of TU/Rock - 17 points and 8 rebounds
5. Silver Kuuba (198-F-74) of Voru KK - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Bambale Osby (203-F-86) of TTU/Kalev - 14 points and 10 rebounds
7. Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of TU/Rock - 16 points and 6 rebounds
8. Renato Lindmets (198-F-84) of Rakvere - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Sten-Timmu Sokk (181-G-89) of TU/Rock - 11 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Valga/CKE - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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  EUROCHALLENGE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Catalin BURLACU
  Ploiesti
  (210-C-77)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Burlacu, Ploiesti27.5 
 2. Banks, Elitzur .24.7 
 3. Trushkin, Triumph22.0 
 4. Abukar, Lugano T.21.0 
 5. Trotter, Szolnok19.4 
 6. Paunic, N.Novgorod18.8 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils18.3 
 8. Shabalkin, Dynamo18.3 
 9. Hopkins, Antwerp18.2 
 10. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher BOOKER
  Krka
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13
 1. Booker, Krka13.0 
 2. Aldemir, Karsiyaka13.0 
 3. Baxter, Enisey12.5 
 4. Zoric, KK.10.0 
 5. Dylewicz, Trefl Sopot10.0 
 6. Landry, BK Prost.9.5 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.4 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov9.3 
 9. King, Etha9.2 
 10. Simpsons, Turk T.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Millage, Khimik7.5 
 2. Blidaru, Ploiesti7.5 
 3. Mays, Fe.7.0 
 4. Williams, Enisey6.5 
 5. Mitchell, Norrkoping5.7 
 6. Aleksic, N.Novgorod5.6 
 7. Sergeev, Enisey5.5 
 8. Khvostov, Dynamo5.3 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar5.3 
 10. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.4 
 2. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 3. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 4. Dabkus, Etha3.2 
 5. Campbell, Teleko.3.0 
 6. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
 7. Karydas, Keravnos3.0 
 8. Johnson, Aalstar3.0 
 9. Renfroe, KK.3.0 
 10. Petrovic, Oostende2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.2 
 2. King, Etha2.2 
 3. Kasun, KK.2.0 
 4. Young, Aalstar2.0 
 5. Akpomedah, Grave.2.0 
 6. Issa, Gravelines2.0 
 7. Kjellbom, Norrkoping2.0 
 8. Gadri, BK Prostejov1.8 
 9. Bader, Szolnok1.8 
 10. Clark, Szolnok1.6 


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  EUROCUP   


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


Eurocup Round: 3 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Unics - Le Mans 63-67
Le Mans celebrated the second EuroCup victory this season. They knocked down Unics in Kazan to catch up with the Russian powerhouse on top of Group A. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with 14 points each to lead the French outfit. Unics stormed into this one. They never looked like loosing the game as they dominated at every end of the floor. The hosts established a comfortable 16-point lead at the first intermission. But Le Mans were not about to surrender that easily. They slowed the home team down in the second period. Le Mans were able to cut the distance to 10 points at halftime. Le Mans silenced the crowd in Kazan with a massive run in the third term. Le Mans outscored the hosts 21:8 to surge ahead. The visitors completely outperfromed Unics in the second half. The hosts came up with just 17 points in the final period what proved insufficient in this one. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) scored 13 points for the winners. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) unloaded 21 points for Unics. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) added 12 points in the losing effort.

EWE Baskets - Banvit 96-73
EWE Baskets finally earned the initial win at the EuroCup season. They thumped Banvit in Oldenburg to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. The German team thus caught up with Banvit in the ladder. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) led the effort with 26 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for EWE Baskets. Banvit looked solid in the opening minutes. The Turkish team secured a 20:12 start to the game. Mindaugas Lukauskis however turned things around as he helped the hosts cut the deficit 22:24 at the end of quarter one. The teams exchanged baskets throughout close second frame. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) knocked down a pair of lay-ups late in the half as EWE Baskets took a 47:46 lead. Oldenburg used an 11:2 run in the third frame to clear off. They arrived at the final intermission up by 10 points 70:60. EWE Baskets tipped off the fourth frame on an 8:2 run to boost the lead. The hosts actually never looked back afterwards coasting to an impressive win at the end. Aron Baynes provided 17 points and 8 rebounds for EWE Baskets. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) had 16 points in the win. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) and Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) responded with 13 points each for Banvit.

Group B
Goettingen - Hemofarm 68-57
Goettingen kept their EuroCup record spotless. They held off Hemofarm at home court to climb at 3-0 record in Group B. Hemofarm suffered just the first defeat at the tournament. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) delivered 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the German team to the victory. Goettingen opened the game with a 7:0 run. Hemofarm got back to life midway through the starting quarter as they narrowed the gap to just two points 11:13. Goettingen however pulled away once again as they posted a 20:13 lead at the first break. Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Court Side) stretched the lead to 12 points early in the second period. But Hemofarm did not surrender. They went on a 9:0 run to cut the distance at just 4 points at halftime 32:28. Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: Invictus Sports Group) was active early in the third period as he dragged Hemofarm closer. Eventually the visitors grabbed a 43:42 lead. Goettingen got back into the drivers seat as they headed into the final quarter up by two points 51:49. Hemofarm got back within one but that was where Dwayne Anderson stepped up for the hosts. He triggered a 13:0 run that killed the intrigue in this one. Goettingen ran away and celebrated the third straight win. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) notched 16 points for the winners. Robert Kulawick added 12 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for Goettingen. Milan Macvan replied with 16 points for Hemofarm. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) netted 14 points in the loss.

ASVEL - Besiktas 88-85
Asvel posted the first EuroCup victory tonight. They snatched a difficult home win over Besiktas. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) stepped up with 23 points, 7 assists and 4 boards to lead the hosts. Asvel trailed by 8 points entering the final period but went on a stunning rally early in the stanza to erase the deficit and pull ahead for good. Besiktas in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament. The teams stayed very close in the opening ten minutes. They traded baskets before Cetin gave Besiktas a 27:26 lead with a three-pointer. Asvel pulled ahead midway through the second frame but not for long. Besiktas answered with an 8:0 run to ensure a 42:36 advantage. The visitors secured a 46:40 lead at halftime. The Turkish team continued to mount the pressure as they reached a 10-point advantage in the third term. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, college: Mississippi St.) soon gave Besiktas an 11-point cushion. Besiktas entered the final period leading by 8 points 64:56. But Asvel were not done just yet. The hosts burst out with a 16:2 rally early in the fourth frame as Matt Walsh scored 12 points. Asvel all of a sudden were in control 72:66. Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) and Michal Ignerski replied for Besiktas to narrow the distance back to one point however Matt Walsh and Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) stayed calm when it mattered the most and Asvel snatched an important win at the end. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) provided 13 points and 10 rebounds for Asvel. Clifford Hammonds and Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each in the victory. Michal Ignerski replied with 22 points for Besiktas. Fedor Likholitov delivered 19 points in the loss.

Group C
Budivelnyk - Buducnost 70-56
Budivelnyk extended their winning series in EuroCup. They held off Buducnost in Dnipropetrovsk to climb at 3-0 record in Group C. Buducnost suffered the second loss in three games. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) accounted for 25 points for the winners. The Montenegrin team jumped in charge early in the first quarter. They accumulated a 9:4 lead several minutes into the game. Budivelnyk quickly responded and soon put their noses in front. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) capped the first term with a three-pointer to give Budivelnyk a 21:16 advantage. Lamayne Wilson was the mastermind of a 13:2 run that put Budivelnyk in charge in the second frame. The hosts built a 40:27 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team enjoyed a 14-point lead in the third quarter but Buducnost did not give up. They cut the distance at 10 points with one quarter remaining. The visitors got as close 6 points in the final frame. But Budivelnyk did not panic. The hosts restored a double-digit lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Lamayne Wilson provided 16 points for Budivelnyk. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) and Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) accounted for 11 points apiece in the win. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) replied with 14 points for Buducnost. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria - Siauliai 92-72
Gran Canaria made it two wins in three EuroCup games. They fired past Siauliai at home court tonight. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Siauliai fell at 0-3 record in Group C. Gran Canaria did not waste too much time as they pulled ahead early in the encounter. The home team exploded with 26 points in the first ten minutes to ensure a 10-point lead. Gran Canaria did not slow down in the second term. They fired 26 points more to build a comfortable 17-point halftime cushion. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. The home side dominated at every end of the court piling up a 79:55 lead at the final intermission. Finally Gran Canaria allowed the visitors to breathe freely in the final term but it hardly helped Siauliai. The hosts cruised to an impressive win at the end. Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) netted 16 points in the win. David Weaver (211-C-87, college: Wake Forest) replied with 15 points for Siauliai. Mindaugas Zukauskas (202-F-75, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Group D
Galil Gilboa - Azovmash 86-95
Azovmash are looking hopefully at their EuroCup ambitions after they snatched a tough road win over Israeli champions Galil Gilboa. The victory allowed the Ukrainian champs to climb at 1-2 record in Group D. They also catch up with Galil Gilboa in the standings. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) was impressive with 31 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the visitors. Azovmash opened the game with six consecutive points to set the tone. Azovmash unleashed 26 points in the first quarter to take an 8-point lead. Azovmash did not loosen the grasp in the second period. The visitors maintained the lead as they posted a 9-point advantage at halftime 49:40. Galil Gilboa did not find proper ways to threaten the margin in the third stanza. Azovmash stayed in control as they accumulated a 12-point advantage with one quarter remaining in this one. Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85) ignited a desperate rescue rally from the hosts in the final period. They cut the deficit back to single digits but Azovmash were not about to give this one away. They stayed calm and escaped with a vital win at the end. Fred House (195-F-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Utah) provided 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Azovmash. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points for the winners. Dagan Yavzuri answered with 18 points for Galil Gilboa. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) chipped in 16 points in defeat.

Cedevita - Aris 81-76
Cedevita had a narrow escape against Aris tonight. The Croatian team needed overtime to tame previously undefeated Aris. The victory allowed Cedevita to climb on top of Group D. They share the position with Aris. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) fired 24 points to lead the Croats tonight. The lead changed hands in the opening frame. Aris jumped to an 8:2 lead but Cedevita quickly erased the deficit and pulled ahead. Cedevita eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Aris once again gained the lead as they were up by five midway through the second term 22:17. Cedevita got closer as Damjan Rudez exploded with 19 points in the first half but it was not enough as Aris snatched a 36:35 halftime lead. Damjan Rudez and Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) secured a quick start for Cedevita as the hosts got back in front. They soon accumulated a 58:51 advantage, their biggest of the game. Aris went on a 7:2 run to open the final frame. It all came down to the final minutes. Cedevita led by four points 68:64 Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) converted a layup, while Corsley Edwards (206-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) hit just one free throw to set up the final play for Aris. Nikos Hatzivrettas drained a late treble and sent game into overtime. Sloukas put the visitors in front 73:70 in the extra period but Cedevita found the strength to turn things their way. Corsley and Troha teamed up for 6 points as Cedevita spurred ahead. The hosts took an 81:74 lead just moments later and eventually sealed the winning outcome. Dontaye Draper produced 22 points for Cedevita. Corsley Edwards had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Kosta Charalampidis and Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points each for Aris. Nikos Hatzivrettas accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Group E
Galatasaray - Panellinios 79-53
Galatasaray made sure they have no reasons to worry in EuroCup this season as they posted the third consecutive win at the tournament. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) scored 19 points to lead the Turkish team past Panellinios in Istanbul. Galatasaray stayed on top of Group E. Panellinios slipped at 1-2 record. All went Panellinios way in the opening minutes. The Hellenes grabbed an 11:5 lead before Galatasaray came back to life. Joshua Shipp knocked down 6 points in a 10:0 run that put the hosts up by four 15:11. Panellinios leveled things up at 15 before Tutku Acik (194-G-80) made it 16:15 for Galatasaray at the first break. Galatasaray started to get away in the second frame. Tutku Acik helped the home side to open a 28:21 lead. Moments later Galatasaray ensured a 33:21 advantage and rallied to a 13-point halftime buffer. Galatasaray went on a 10:4 run at the start of the third period to boost the margin. The Turkish team eased to a 50:33 lead after thirty minutes. Joshua Shipp and Kurtoglu gave the hosts a 20-point lead early in the fourth period and Panellinios had little to answer with in the remaining minutes. Tutku Acik produced 15 points for Galatasaray. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) provided 12 points in the winning case. Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points for Panellinios. Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-G-80) had 10 points in defeat.

GasTerra - Bennet Cantu 80-74
GasTerra Flames celebrated the initial EuroCup win. They outgunned Bennet Cantu in Groningen tonight. Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) provided 22 points for the home side. Both teams are now tied at 1-2 record in Group E. GasTerra Flames secured a brave start. They quickly established a 15:10 lead. Cantu however used a 6:0 run of their own to take the first lead of the game 16:15. Groningen responded with a 9:2 rally to grab a 24:18 advantage. The hosts arrived at the first break up by eight points 28:20. Cantu stormed into the second period. They went on a 17:4 run to pull in charge 37:32. The Italian team maintained the lead and recorded a narrow 42:40 halftime buffer. Marconato and Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) secured a 5-point lead for Cantu at the start of the second half. But Groningen replied with a 9:0 run to post a 50:46 lead. GasTerra Flames triggered a 7:0 spurt shortly after as they recorded a 57:48 advantage. The Dutch team headed into the final frame ahead by 9 points 62:53. The hosts tipped off the fourth term with a 6:0 run and though Cantu trimmed the deficit at 6-point mark late in regulation GasTerra Flames did not panic and rolled to the win at the end. John Turek (205-F/C-83, college: Nebraska) had 14 points in the victory. Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) notched 12 points apiece for Groningen. Maarten Leunen replied with 18 points for Bennet Cantu. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

Group F
PAOK - Roanne 92-74
PAOK celebrated the first EuroCup win in the season. They toppled visiting Roanne in Greece tonight. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) delivered 23 points to lead the effort. Roanne slipped at 0-3 record in Group F after the defeat. The hosts went on a scoring rodeo in the starting period. They fired 32 points in the opening ten minutes to establish an 18-point advantage. Roanne however stiffened their defense in the second period. They outscored the hosts to narrow the distance at 12 points at halftime 38:50. PAOK increased the tempo in the third term. They accounted for 26 points in the frame and enjoyed a 76:62 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The visitors managed just 12 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) accounted for 21 points for PAOK. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) replied with 22 points and 10 boards for Roanne. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) had 14 points in the losing case.

Estudiantes - Benetton TV 71-80
Benetton Treviso posted the third consecutive EuroCup victory. They upset Estudiantes in Madrid to remain on top of Group F. Estudiantes in the meantime suffered the first loss and slipped at 1-2 record. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) led the charge with 22 points and 6 rebounds. The teams traded baskets early in the encounter but soon Benetton went on a rally. They scored eight unanswered points to ensure a 19:14 lead. The Italian side stayed in charge to pile up a 26:18 lead at the first intermission. The visitors quickly opened a double-digits lead early in the second period. German Gabriel (207-C-80) and Sanchez allowed Esudiantes stayed in visibility as they knocked down a pair of jumpers. The hosts cut the distance to only 3 points at halftime 39:42. Estudiantes opened the second half on a 5:1 run to surge ahead. However Benetton answered straight back as they restored an 8-point buffer at the final intermission 60:52. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Peric boosted Benetton lead to 13 points early in the final period. Nik Caner-Medley did not allow intrigue to die away as he dragged Estudiantes within four 65:69. Devin Smith and Alessandro Gentile came up with 7 quick points and Benetton cleared off for good in this one. Alessandro Gentile accounted for 10 points in the win. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) delivered 9 points each for Benetton. German Gabriel replied with 14 points for Estudiantes. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) had 12 points in the loss.

Group G
Cajasol - VEF Riga 95-83
Five players scored in double figures as Cajasol defeated VEF Riga in the third round of EuroCup regular season. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) came off the bench to top-score with 17 points for Cajasol. The winners climbed at 2-1 record in three-team tie on top of Group G. VEF Riga remained winless. After VEF Riga opened the game with three points in a row Cajasol scored next 11 points to take the lead. VEF Riga got within one but Cajasol responded with a 14:0 rally and eventually finished the opening quarter on top 30:15. Tariq Kirksay helped Cajasol to an 11:0 run that gave the hosts a 41:21 advantage. Kirksay kept on leading Cajasol as they recorded a 54:37 halftime advantage. VEF Riga tried to revive the intrigue early in the third term. The Latvian team ignited an 8:0 spurt to narrow the deficit at just 9 points but Cajasol easily replied. Louis Bullock started a 10:0 outburst from the home team as Cajasol kept their opponents at bay. The Spaniards led by 16 points before the final stanza and were not seriously threatened in the final period en route to the victory. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) finished with 13 points each for Cajasol. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) delivered 20 points for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) notched 18 points in the loss.

CEZ Nymburk - Hapoel J-M 73-67
Nymburk recorded the second EuroCup win. They overcame Jerusalem in Czech Republic tonight. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) scored 18 points to lead the hosts. Both teams are now tied at 2-1 record in Group G. The teams stayed close in the opening frame. Jerusalem jumped in front early in the encounter but their former player Chester Simmons helped the Czech champions to take a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. Jerusalem retained the lead early in the second frame but not for long. Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-F-77) had 5 points in a 7:0 rally as Nymburk posted a 19:15 advantage. The hosts took a 6-point advantage before Jerusalem went on a 10:0 run and ensured a 34:31 halftime lead. Ohayon extended the lead to 8 points early in the third frame 45:37. Chester Simmons went on a solo as he drained three trebles and added a jumper to drag Nymburk in front 55:53 with one quarter to go. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Chester Simmons capped a 13:0 run from the home side as Nymburk grabbed a 63:53 lead early in the final stanza. Jerusalem tightened their defense and kept the home side scoreless for almost four minutes to get as close as four points. But it was not enough as Lenzly sealed the winning outcome for the Czech team. Afik Nissim and Ladislav Sokolovsky accounted for 13 points each for Nymburk. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 12 points and collected 11 rebounds in the victory. Jason Rich (191-G-86) answered with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 boards. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) had 11 points in defeat.

Group H
Krasnie Krilya - Anwil 103-80
Krasnye Krylia opened EuroCup win count in style as they routed Anwil in Samara. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) and Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) stepped up with 21 points each to lead the hosts. Krasnye Krylia improved at 1-2 record and left Anwil at the bottom of Group H ladder at 0-3. Krasnye Krylia and Anwil entered the game on a full speed. The teams eagerly traded baskets paying much more attention to offense. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) drained 7 points in the first several minutes on the court and Krasnye Krylia grabbed a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Krasnye Krylia kept on increasing the tempo in this one. They cleared off to a 10-point halftime advantage 52:42. The Russian team maintained the lead throughout the third period. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Qyntel Woods kept the hosts fate in control as Krasnye Krylia entered the final frame up by 10 points 73:63. But Anwil reminded of their ambitions at the start of the fourth period when they narrowed the deficit at just three-point mark 70:73. However Krasnye Krylia replied in style. The Samara outfit entertained the home crowd with a 26:3 run in the final minutes to celebrated an impressive win at the end. Primoz Brezec accounted for 20 points and 11 rebounds for Krasnye Krylia. Qyntel Woods had 19 points in the win. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, college: Cincinnati) replied with 16 points for Anwil. Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 14 points in defeat.

Pepsi Caserta - ALBA 73-79
ALBA maintained their perfect EuroCup record. The Berlin outfit outscored Pepsi Caserta on the road today to improve at 3-0 record in Group H. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the visitors. Pepsi Caserta fell at 2-1 record after the defeat. ALBA surged ahead midway through the opening frame 15:11. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Allen allowed the visitors to take a 27:21 advantage at the first break. Tadija Dragicevic helped ALBA to open a double digit advantage in the second period 35:24. Colussi however responded quickly for Pepsi Caserta as they returned into the game. The hosts cut the distance to just three points at halftime 37:40. Tadija Dragicevic kept on scoring early in the third period as ALBA took a 51:44 lead. The home team went on a 6:0 run to narrow the margin once again. But ALBA escaped with a 63:58 lead at the final intermission. The visitors ignited a 7:0 rally that put them on top 70:60 early in the final frame. Pepsi Caserta never got closer than 6 points in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Julius Jenkins provided 15 points for ALBA. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points in the win. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) answered with 14 points for Pepsi Caserta. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) delivered 12 points in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 P.J. TUCKER
  Aris
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Tucker, Aris21.4 
 2. Fisher, AP.21.0 
 3. Popovic, Unics19.0 
 4. Curry, Azovmash18.8 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK18.7 
 6. Brezec, Krasnie .18.7 
 7. Walsh, AS.18.3 
 8. Janicenoks, VEF R.17.3 
 9. Willjam, VEF Riga17.3 
 10. Ogilvy, Besiktas17.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  PAOK
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK13.7 
 2. Tucker, Aris10.6 
 3. Anderson, Goett.10.0 
 4. Macvan, Hemofarm9.0 
 5. Ogilvy, Besiktas9.0 
 6. Peterson, Lukoil A.9.0 
 7. Lampe, Unics8.7 
 8. Berzins, VEF Riga8.7 
 9. Zhukanenko, Dynamo8.5 
 10. Stimac, CEZ N.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .8.3 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa8.0 
 3. Popovic, Unics7.0 
 4. Draper, Cedevita6.8 
 5. James, Lukoil A.6.5 
 6. Campbell, EWE B.5.7 
 7. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.5 
 8. Ermis, Banvit5.3 
 9. Meacham, Goett.5.3 
 10. Granger, Estudian.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle BAILEY
  Goettingen
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bailey, Goettingen4.0 
 2. House, Azovmash3.2 
 3. Koszarek, Pepsi C.3.0 
 4. Muya, Liege3.0 
 5. Kirksay, Cajasol2.7 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.7 
 7. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.7 
 8. Valters, VEF Riga2.7 
 9. Jefferson, AS.2.7 
 10. Jones, Pepsi C.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga2.7 
 2. Dunston, Aris2.2 
 3. Vranes, Unics2.0 
 4. Stimac, CEZ N.2.0 
 5. Chan, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 6. Carter, Galil Gilboa1.7 
 7. Haryasz, GasTerra1.7 
 8. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.5 
 9. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.5 
 10. Muurinen, Dt.1.5 


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November MVP: Chuck Eidson, Maccabi Electra - by Eurobasket News
Considering how unpredictable the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season has been so far, perhaps it's no surprise that only one team survived the first full month of the season undefeated. That team, Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, enjoyed a list of strong contributors, but none more influential than forward Chuck Eidson (201-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina), who is Euroleague Basketball's choice as Sportingbet MVP for November. Eidson, 30, is playing his third Euroleague season, the second in a row with Maccabi, and although his numbers have always been good, his impact has never been greater. Throughout the team's four victories in November, he was the axle around which Maccabi turned so smoothly. In road wins at Partizan and Khimki, at home against Prokom and Caja Laboral, Eidson was all over the place - making steals, running breaks, scoring points and directing the Maccabi offense. He was key to Maccabi taking big early leads in most of those games, and finished November with the Euroleagues best performance index, while also leading the competition in steals. He also ranks third in assists and sixth in three-point shooting accuracy. His ability to put all his talents to work for what his team needed went a long way to help Maccabi finish the month 4-0, making Chuck Eidson a deserving Sportingbet MVP for November!

The Sportingbet MVP of the Month honor is now in its seventh season. Although statistics and performance ratings are taken into consideration for the award, they alone do not determine who is honored. The winner is named by Euroleague Basketball based on his and his team's performance. The award for November was decided based upon the four Turkish Airlines Euroleague Regular Season games played during that month by all 24 teams. Sportingbet, a Euroleague Basketball partner, is the sponsor of the MVP of the Month award. Just as the best Euroleague player each month combines performance and leadership for success, so does Sportingbet's sponsorship communicate its conviction to be the best betting brand in European basketball.

Maccabi started November on a mission to avenge its loss in last season's Playoffs with a visit to play Partizan mt:s Belgrade, the team that prevailed last spring. it was a sign of how important Eidson is to Maccabi that he stayed on the floor 31 minutes despite not making a shot other than at the free throw line. Eidson set the tone early with 3 assists, a steal, 2 free throws and an offensive rebound as Maccabi raced to a 2-15 start that put Partizan on its heels the rest of the game. On the road again the next week at Khimki, Eidson's shot started falling as his 7 first-quarter points propelled Maccabi to a 10-19 lead. Khimki eventually took back the lead, but Eidson's triple with 2:49 to play tied the score, 72-72, and his steal with 16 seconds left gave Maccabi the final possession to win the game. Eidson finished with 16 points in that game, tied with Sofoklis Schortsanitis for the team's high. At home next week against Asseco Prokom, Eidson was the catalyst for another early lead as his 9 points helped put Maccabi up 29-19 after one quarter. He was back with 6 points, including back-to-back dunks, plus 2 assists and 2 steals in a 19-0 run that blew the game open on either side of halftime. Eidson finished the game with 20 points and 5 steals in just 24 minutes, his shortest playing time of the season. The fourth and final game of November was much like the first, a matter of revenge, as Maccabi hosted the only team that had beaten it so far in Euroleague play, Spanish champions Caja Laboral. Eidson's early steals again set the tone as Maccabi led for all but the game's first basket. After that, any time that Caja Laboral got close, Eidson was a big part of Maccabi's answer: he had 5 points and 4 assists as Maccabi went from 51-50 to 66-57 leads bridging the last two quarters, after which the fourth victory of the month was assured. Eidson finished with 12 points and 7 assists and Maccabi finished the month 4-0, with the Euroleagues longest winning streak of the season.

By the end of November, Eidson had scored the second-most points (51) for Maccabi while leading the team in assists (16), steals (12) and three-pointers made (7). Most of all Eidson established himself as something very rare, an attacker at both ends of the court, on offense and defense, with or without the ball, as well as someone who could inspire his team to take big early leads. The Maccabi fans certainly enjoyed such a promising month, just as they will get to enjoy Eidson receiving his Sportingbet November MVP award at an upcoming home game!

Courtesy of Euroleague


Bobby Brown waived by Asecco Prokom - by Emiliano
The experience of Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) with the jersey of Asseco Prokom Gdynia is over. The American point guard arrived last summer in the Polish team was fired today after the bad start of the team in Euroleague.
Bobby Brown spent last season in NBA with New Orleans Hornets with whom he recorded averages of 6.6ppg, 2.1apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 25.8% in 22 games, then he moved to Los Angeles Clippers with whom he played 20 games scoring 3.5ppg, pulling down 1.0rpg and dishing 2.1apg.
In Europe he has also played with ALBA Berlin in the season 2007-08 winning German Bundesliga and being selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team.



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Tyrwone Still claims Finnish 1st Division weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American Tyrwone Still (198-F-77, agency: GOTathletes) had an amazing evening in the last round for Lapuan Korikobrat and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 33-year old forward had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds for Lapua in his team's victory, helping them to crush TomPo II (#9, 3-5) with 20-point margin 90-70. Despite this victory Lapua dropped to the 6th position in Finnish 1st Division. Lapua is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game Still had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be Lapua's top player in his first season with the team. Tyrwone Still averages this season 18.4ppg and 8.9rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 34-year old American forward Damion Dantzler (203-F-76) of Kori-Konkarit Loimaa. Dantzler impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 21 rebounds. Bad luck as LoKoKo lost that game 84-95 to the higher-ranked FoKoPo (#1, 7-1). LoKoKo managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Dantzler is a newcomer at LoKoKo and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American De Marcus Hall (201-F-85) of Riento Synatsalo (#11). Hall scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Hall's great performance SayRi lost 61-71 to slightly higher-ranked Kerava ET (#10, 3-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. SayRi can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 2-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hall he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hall has individually a great season in Finland. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.1ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 12.0rpg (7th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Carlton Brown (198-F-79) of Namika II - 18 points and 15 rebounds
5. Treylon Manning (178-G) of Huima - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of BC Nokia - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Jeremy McCulloch (212-C-82) of FoKoPo - 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Rudolf Tejha Mua (201-G/F-80) of Kerava ET - 19 points and 11 rebounds
9. Jamal Douglas (201-F-85) of Huima - 16 points and 18 rebounds
10. Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) of BC Nokia - 12 points and 14 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Nelson, Lapua22.8 
 2. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 3. Stamper, LoKoKo21.6 
 4. Manning, Huima21.6 
 5. Robinson, Jyvaskyla21.4 
 6. Hall, SayRi21.1 
 7. Ramey, Ura Basket19.3 
 8. Towa, Kerava ET18.6 
 9. Still, Lapua18.4 
 10. Bojang, BC Nokia18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamal DOUGLAS
  Huima
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Douglas, Huima15.0 
 2. Brown, Namika II15.0 
 3. Dantzler, LoKoKo14.7 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia14.4 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET14.1 
 6. Nelson, Lapua12.8 
 7. Hall, SayRi12.0 
 8. Wilson, Huima10.7 
 9. Banks, SayRi10.6 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Horton, LoKoKo6.2 
 2. Manning, Huima5.0 
 3. Riihela, BC Nokia4.5 
 4. Ramey, Ura Basket4.3 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo3.9 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla3.4 
 7. Silvonen, Honka2.9 
 8. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET2.6 
 10. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Benny VALENTINE
  Lapua
  (170-G-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo2.8 
 3. Hall, SayRi2.6 
 4. Ramey, Ura Basket2.6 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET2.4 
 6. Bojang, BC Nokia2.4 
 7. Kajander, Huima2.2 
 8. Brown, Namika II2.0 
 9. Ahila, Jyvaskyla2.0 
 10. Sirola, Honka1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 1
 1. Brown, Namika II1.0 
 2. Alanen, Namika II1.0 
 3. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 4. Viitamaki, SayRi1.0 
 5. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 6. Douglas, Huima0.8 
 7. Mantymaa, Huima0.8 
 8. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.8 
 9. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 10. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 


Finnish Korisliiga round 16 best performance: Damon Williams - by Eurobasket News
American forward Damon Williams (201-F-73) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Pyrinto Tampere, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 37-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 10 rebounds, while his team beat Salon Vilpas (#10, 4-12) 80-71. Pyrinto maintains the 2nd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Pyrinto will need more victories to improve their 12-4 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 76.9% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Pyrinto and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Colorado State-Pueblo star has very solid stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (8th best: 18.1ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.4rpg) and assists (4th best: 3.9apg).

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Karhu Kauhajoki. Wood had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Karhu lost that game 79-93 to the higher-ranked Kataja (#3, 11-5). Karhu managed to keep the same 7th spot in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Wood is well-known at Karhu and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jerald Fields (201-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group) of league's top team KTP Basket Kotka. Fields showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, ten rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of KTP, leading his team to a 84-77 win against the lower-ranked ToPo (#8, 7-9). Many experts and fans count KTP as a contender for championship title. Another victory and another confirmation that they may be right. Just look at their record: 15 victories and only one lost games. They are currently at the very top of the standings. Fields has a great season in Finland. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.3apg (9th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 56.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. HL Coleman (202-F-74) of LrNMKY - 22 points and 19 rebounds
5. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of LrNMKY - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Kataja - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jerrah Young (201-F-85) of Tarmo - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) of Tarmo - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot - 15 points and 7 rebounds
10. Theron Wilson (195-F-87) of Salon Vilpas - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists

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


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JA Vichy brings in Cornelius McFadgon - by Eurobasket News
After Demetris Nichols (205-F-84, college: Syracuse), JA Vichy added another player for rest of the season. The French outfit signed guard Cornelius McFadgon (196-G-82, college: Tennessee), who arrives from the NBA D-League team Austin Toros where he spent this pre-season. McFadgon played in Argentina in 2009/10 as a member of Quilmes Mar del Plata. He appeared 29 times for the club in LigaA averaging 10.8 points and 1.6 rebounds.

Asvel come from behind to silence Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Asvel - Besiktas 88:83

Asvel posted the first EuroCup victory tonight. They snatched a difficult home win over Besiktas. Matt Walsch stepped up with 23 points, 7 assists and 4 boards to lead the hosts. Asvel trailed by 8 points entering the final period but went on a stunning rally early in the stanza to erase the deficit and pull ahead for good. Besiktas in the meantime suffered the third loss in a row at the tournament.
The teams stayed very close in the opening ten minutes. They traded baskets before Cetin gave Besiktas a 27:26 lead with a three-pointer. Asvel pulled ahead midway through the second frame but not for long. Besiktas answered with an 8:0 run to ensure a 42:36 advantage. The visitors secured a 46:40 lead at halftime. The Turkish team continued to mount the pressure as they reached a 10-point advantage in the third term. Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, college: Mississippi St.) soon gave Besiktas an 11-point cushion. Besiktas entered the final period leading by 8 points 64:56. But Asvel were not done just yet. The hosts burst out with a 16:2 rally early in the fourth frame as Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) scored 12 points. Asvel all of a sudden were in control 72:66. Fedor Likholitov (210-C-80, college: Va Commonwealth) and Michal Ignerski replied for Besiktas to narrow the distance back to one point however Matt Walsh and Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) stayed calm when it mattered the most and Asvel snatched an important win at the end.
Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) provided 13 points and 10 rebounds for Asvel. Clifford Hammonds and Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 10 points each in the victory. Michal Ignerski replied with 22 points for Besiktas. Fedor Likholitov delivered 19 points in the loss.

Asvel: Matt Walsh 23, Davon Jefferson 13+10 boards, Clifford Hammonds 10, Andrija Zizic 10
Besiktas: Michal Ignerski 22, Fedor Likholitov 19



Le Mans surprise Unics in Kazan - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Le Mans 63:67

Le Mans celebrated the second EuroCup victory this season. They knocked down Unics in Kazan to catch up with the Russian powerhouse on top of Group A. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with 14 points each to lead the French outfit. Unics stormed into this one. They never looked like loosing the game as they dominated at every end of the floor. The hosts established a comfortable 16-point lead at the first intermission. But Le Mans were not about to surrender that easily. They slowed the home team down in the second period. Le Mans were able to cut the distance to 10 points at halftime. Le Mans silenced the crowd in Kazan with a massive run in the third term. Le Mans outscored the hosts 21:8 to surge ahead. The visitors completely outperfromed Unics in the second half. The hosts came up with just 17 points in the final period what proved insufficient in this one. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) scored 13 points for the winners. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) unloaded 21 points for Unics. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) added 12 points in the losing effort.

Unics: Marko Popovic 21, Kelly McCarty 12
Le Mans: Antoine Diot 14, Joao Paulo Batista 14, Benjamin Dewar 13


PAOK ease past Roanne at home court - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - Roanne 92:74

PAOK celebrated the first EuroCup win in the season. They toppled visiting Roanne in Greece tonight. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) delivered 23 points to lead the effort. Roanne slipped at 0-3 record in Group F after the defeat.
The hosts went on a scoring rodeo in the starting period. They fired 32 points in the opening ten minutes to establish an 18-point advantage. Roanne however stiffened their defense in the second period. They outscored the hosts to narrow the distance at 12 points at halftime 38:50. PAOK increased the tempo in the third term. They accounted for 26 points in the frame and enjoyed a 76:62 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The visitors managed just 12 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) accounted for 21 points for PAOK. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) replied with 22 points and 10 boards for Roanne. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) had 14 points in the losing case.

PAOK: Rawle Marshall 23, Robert Dozier 21, Lazaros Papadopoulos 15
Roanne: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 22+10 boards, K.C. Rivers 14


Szolnoki Olaj edged BCM Gravelines Dunkerque at home - by Eurobasket News
Szolnoki Olaj-BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 70:69

Szolnoki Olaj improved to 2-1 record in Group A of EuroChallenge as they outscored BCM Gravelines Dunkerque. The team from Hungary took 70:69 victory for the second place in the standings.
Issa gave the guests the first points and Budimir became the first player to post for the hosts. Both squads played tough until the end of the period and Fraser closed it at 16:15. Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) put the French side in front at 17:16 and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with his team for 27:21. The Hungarian team could not keep the advantage at the halftime and Ivory Clark (198-F-85) needed to close the period at 35:35. In the third frame BCM Gravelines Dunkerque managed to score 26 points and it seemed they would win the game when Cyril Akpomedah nailed three for 61:53. The game however was not over for the hosts. Szolnoki Olaj started the last period with 10-0 run and Marton Bader scored for 63:61. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) netted another for 68:65 and Cyril Akpomedah together with Greer gave the guest 69:68 lead with 25 seconds to go. Marton Bader meanwhile went on a free throw line to score two for the final victory.
Ivory Clark top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) added 12. Akos Horvath and Marton Bader followed them with 11 points each as the latter also added 12 rebounds.

Szolnoki Olaj: Ivory Clark 17+11 rebs, Obie Trotter 12, Akos Horvath 11, Marton Bader 11+12 rebs
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Cyril Akpomedah 16, Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) 14, Greer 12, Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) 12




Boutry's a double-double lands him NM1 Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
32-year old power forward Mathieu Boutry (201-F/C-78) put on an amazing game in the last round for Vendee Challans Basket and receives a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 13.
He had a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds, while his team beat Denek (7-6) 85-78. Despite this victory Challans dropped to the 5th position in French NM1. Challans 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 7-6 record. Boutry has many years of experience at Challans, through which he has constantly improved. Boutry has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 8.2rpg) and averages solid 53.4% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Guillaume Sene (197-G/F-86) of ASM Basket Le Puy-en-Velay. He is a swingman in his first season at Le Puy. In the last game Sene recorded impressive 23 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Le Puy to another comfortable win 101-86 over St Chamond (5-8) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Le Puy managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Sene is a newcomer at Le Puy and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to another Vendee Challans Basket's star - forward Juwann James (198-F-87). James scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Challans, helping his team with a 85-78 win against Denek (7-6). Challans needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. James has a great season in France. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.5ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sami Driss (196-G-82) of Bordeaux - 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Julien Lesieu (199-F-83) of St Quentin - 19 points and 12 rebounds
6. Jacques Alingue (201-F-88) of Souffel - 18 points and 12 rebounds
7. Djordje Petrovic (202-F-84) of St Etienne - 27 points and 9 rebounds
8. Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) of Sorgues - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Julien Cortey (175-G-80) of Le Puy - 10 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Matic's 36-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old center Darko Matic (C-84, agency: 011 Sports) put on an amazing game in the last round for KK Kumanovo 2009 and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had the game-high 36 points adding five rebounds and three assists for Kumanovo 2009 in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ovce Pole (3-7) 89-81. Kumanovo 2009 maintains the 8th position in FYR Macedonian league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 7 games and recorded just three victories. In the team's last game Matic had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Kumanovo 2009's top player in his first season with the team. Matic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.8ppg) and averages solid 58.1% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Gjorgje Jovanovic (209-C-80) of Ultimate Basket Prilep. He is Serbian center in his first season at Ultimate Basket. In the last game Jovanovic recorded impressive double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Ultimate Basket lost that game 67-88 to slightly higher-ranked Rabotnicki (#3, 8-2). Ultimate Basket managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Jovanovic is a newcomer at Ultimate Basket and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.1ppg (#4). He also registered 10.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to center Toni Simic (210-C-76) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje (#3). Simic scored 25 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Rabotnicki, leading his team to a 88-67 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Ultimate Basket (#5, 4-6). Rabotnicki is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 8-2 record is not that bad... Simic has a very solid season. In 10 games in FYR Macedonia he scored 14.7ppg. He also has 5.9rpg, FGP: 54.5% and 3PT: 45.1%. Toni Simic has also FYR Macedonian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marjan Janevski (203-F-88) of Torus Skopje - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Nemanja Jelesijevic (209-C/F-79) of Ovce Pole - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Nenad Zivcevic (204-F-87) of MZT Skopje - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Pero Blazevski (200-C-72) of Rabotnicki - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Edi Sinadinovic (190-G-88) of Ovce Pole - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89) of Torus Skopje - 11 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Bogdan Vukadinovic (190-G-91) of Pelister Bitola - 20 points and 4 rebounds

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


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Georgian Superleague round 5 best performance: Kote Tugushi - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Kote Tugushi (192-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Army Sport Klub Tbilisi, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds, while his team outclassed GSAU Tbilisi (#8, 2-3) with 44-point margin 112-68. Despite this victory Army dropped to the 3rd position in Georgian Superleague. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Army will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. In the team's last game Tugushi had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Army's top player in his first season with the team. Kote Tugushi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.8ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.8rpg), assists (3rd best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 57.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Richard Damus (198-F-83) of Sokhumi Tbilisi. Damus had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 19 rebounds. Of course he lead Sokhumi to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (#10, 1-4) 91-70. This victory allowed Sokhumi to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 3-2 record is not bad at all. Damus is a newcomer at Sokhumi, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) of league's second-best TSU Tbilisi. Matiashvili scored 24 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Matiashvili's great performance TSU Tbilisi lost 74-90 to the lower-ranked Energy Rustavi (#6, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. TSU Tbilisi had another 'accident'. It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 1st lost game is hopefully really an accident. Matiashvili's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Matiashvili has a great season in Georgia. After only 5 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.4ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 9.8rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Samuel Lamu (204-C-81) of Energy Rustavi - 23 points and 10 rebounds
5. David Ugrekhelidze (207-C-83) of Army - 18 points and 12 rebounds
6. Zviad Antadze (198-F-88) of GTU Tbilisi - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Beka Tsivtsivadze (190-G-89) of Energy Rustavi - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Lasha Keshelava (200-F-81) of Batumi - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Vasili Beruashvili (198-F-90) of GTU Tbilisi - 18 points and 8 rebounds
10. Buba Berishvili (183-G-83) of Kutaisi - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists

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


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Anderson's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
24-year old forward Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for BG Goettingen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Art.Dragons (#6, 6-5) with 16-point margin 77-61. Despite this victory Goettingen dropped to the 15th position in German league. Goettingen is rather weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-7 record. It's Anderson's second year at Goettingen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Dwayne Anderson averages this season 12.3ppg and 6.2rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Jared Reiner (211-C-82, agency: Priority Sports) of BBC Bayreuth. He is American center in his first season at Bayreuth. In the last game Reiner recorded impressive double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayreuth was edged by the higher-ranked EnBW L'burg (#14, 4-7) 98-94. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Bayreuth keeps 17th position. 8 lost games is too many comparing to just three victories Bayreuth managed to get this year. Reiner is a newcomer at Bayreuth and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt (#3). Wood got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for four assists. Despite Wood's great performance Dt.Bank SKY lost 77-81 to #2 ranked ALBA. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Dt.Bank SKY needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 3 lost games. Wood has a great season in Germany. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.0ppg (best scorer) and assists with 4.4apg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85) of Bremerhaven - 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Coleman Collins (206-F-86) of ratiopharm - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
6. John Bryant (208-C-87) of ratiopharm - 18 points and 11 rebounds
7. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84) of NY Phantoms - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Dru Joyce (183-G-85) of TBB Trier - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Craig Callahan (203-F-81) of Bremerhaven - 21 points and 6 rebounds
10. Chris Oliver (198-F-85) of Walter Tigers - 18 points and 17 rebounds

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


A Conversation with Kamil Novak (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Kamil Novak has been sport director of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners since 2005. He also was coach for one game in 2006 after Ivan Sunara was fired. In the 90s, he played in the BBL for Rhondorf. He also played in his native Czech Republic for NH Ostrava with his best statistical season being 1997-1998 where he averaged 18,7ppg and 8,2rpg. He also played in Austria and Luxemberg before ending his basketball career with MTV Kronberg from 2002-2005. He took some time to talk with eurobasket after the 81-77 loss to Alba Berlin

How have The Deutsche Bank Skyliners digested the 81-77 loss to Alba Berlin?



You have to see the loss in two ways. One it is never easy to win in Berlin. The players knew that they could of won. It was a bitter loss and we let the game get out of our hands. Second we presented ourselves very well. Jermaine Bucknor helped us a lot hitting big shots and playing good defense.

Why Wasnt the Deutsche Bank Skyliners able to withstand the aggressive pressure of Alba Berlin in the second half?


We made many mistakes and Alba Berlin got easy lay ups. Alba Berlin got much help from the bench from Hollis Price and Bryce Taylor.

What did the Deutsche Bank Skyliners do well in Berlin?


We rebounded very well. We rotated very well on defense and Alba Berlin didnt really know what to do against us for a long period in the game.

Dashaun Wood scored a total of 66 points in the last two games. Do you think that his heavy scoring can hurt the team when he is on the bench and the other guys are put into cold water?


With Moye and Powell out, it was obvious that Wood would have to do more scoring. The team chemistry is good right now and even when Wood scores more, the team works well together.


Does Derrick Allen look better in yellow or Skyliner blue?


I dont think that he looks that good in yellow. lol. He gave a lot of energy from the bench and showed that he is a professional and did his job as always.


Can Derrick Allen get even better at the age of 30 with Alba Berlin?


He showed in his three years with Frankfurt that he can develop. He became a more complete player in Frankfurt.

What things do The Deutsche Bank Skyliners need to work on?



We need to work on offense, getting to the free throw line and taking shots when we get them.

Were you surprised that Bucknor was such a scoring factor in his first game back?


We knew that he was a shooting threat from outside and that was one of the reasons why we got him. He was a little ill before the game and we were a bit surprised how well he played.

What is your impression of Joe Dabbert?



Our bigs have had problems in the last games because the opponent were quicker and more athletic. We have to get better under the basket.

How is the team dealing with the pressure of not having Moye and Powell out?


Injuries are a part of the game and the players know that you cant do anything about it. Our thoughts are with AJ and Roger. Both guys are very much integrated into the team.


Will we see more minutes from Carl Lindbom?



Players have to always show that they can help the team. Carl played 12 minutes against BK Ventspils and helped the team. If he continues to practice well, then he can always get more minutes. At the moment, Carl is in Finland to get something cleared up about his military duty. He will be back in a few days.

How is the health status of AJ Moye?


He is getting better and has started rehabilitation this week.

Will AJ Moye play basketball again this season?



I dont know. I am not a doctor and the most important thing now is just that he gets healthy again.

ex Skyliner coach Murat Didin said that if The Gloria Giants Duesseldorf win five games in a row then a revolution will start there. Do you think that this will happen?


I have problems with the word revolution. Murat is the man with the sayings. I knew that the start wouldnt be easy for them, but I also knew that you should never underestimate them. It is no surprise for me that they have won two games in a row. I give a lot of respect to all BEKO BBL teams. You cant underestimate any team in the BEKO BBL this season. The league is to balanced.

Thanks Kamil for the chat.




Khimik surprised Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Yuzhniy - by Eurobasket News
Khimik-Deutsche Bank Skyliners 61:60

Khimik surprised Deutsche Bank Skyliners in Yuzhniy as they grabbed the valuable victory at the very end. Curtis Millage nailed a three-pointer with 4 seconds to go as BC Khimik stormed back to stun the guests 61:60.
The Ukrainian team started with 5-0 run but they could not keep the score for good. Robertson tied the game at 8:8, while Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) gave his side 10:8 lead after the first 10 minutes. Later on the German team started to increase the advantage an Roller scored for 16:10. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) brought 24:17, whilst Muurinen closed the half at 26:17. Bucknor delivered two for 35:24 as the guests dominated the start of the third period. Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) nailed three in responded later for 41:31 and Travis Garrison (203-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Maryland) continued the run at 41:37 to close the third period. Muurinen and McKinneys cored for 46:39 to open the last stanza. DaShaun Wood added two for 50:41 with 7 minutes to go and in that tempo it looked the guests would get the victory. Khimik however trailed six points with 18 seconds but managed to win the game. Alexander Kolchenko reduced for 57:54 from the perimeter and then Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Millage scored for 59:58. Curtis Millage nailed a three-pointer with 4 seconds to go as BC Khimik stormed back to stun the guests 61:60.
Alexander Kolchenko paced all the winners with 16 points for 1-2 record. Travis Garrison nailed 12 and Edin Bavcic brought 11. DaShaun Wood responded with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Marius Nolte added 8.

Khimik: Alexander Kolchenko 16, Travis Garrison 12, Edin Bavcic 11
Deutsche Bank Skyliners: DaShaun Wood 16, Marius Nolte 8



ALBA beat Pepsi Caserta in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - ALBA 73:79

ALBA maintained their perfect EuroCup record. The Berlin outfit outscored Pepsi Caserta on the road today to improve at 3-0 record in Group H. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the visitors. Pepsi Caserta fell at 2-1 record after the defeat.
ALBA surged ahead midway through the opening frame 15:11. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Allen allowed the visitors to take a 27:21 advantage at the first break. Tadija Dragicevic helped ALBA to open a double digit advantage in the second period 35:24. Colussi however responded quickly for Pepsi Caserta as they returned into the game. The hosts cut the distance to just three points at halftime 37:40. Tadija Dragicevic kept on scoring early in the third period as ALBA took a 51:44 lead. The home team went on a 6:0 run to narrow the margin once again. But ALBA escaped with a 63:58 lead at the final intermission. The visitors ignited a 7:0 rally that put them on top 70:60 early in the final frame. Pepsi Caserta never got closer than 6 points in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end.
Julius Jenkins provided 15 points for ALBA. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points in the win. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) answered with 14 points for Pepsi Caserta. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) delivered 12 points in the loss.

Pepsi Caserta: Eric Williams 14, Ebi Ere 12
ALBA: Tadija Dragicevic 16, Julius Jenkins 15, Immanuel McElroy 12



John Bynum (TBB Trier) Postgame Thoughts To 85-79 win against Ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 85-79 win against Ratiopharm Ulm.



TBB Trier snapped their three game losing streak. How big was this win against a pesky Ulm team?


Any win is good but we needed this one cause it was a home game and we needed to break our 3 game slide.

TBB Trier had the strong 47-37 lead at halftime. What was making the team so strong in the first 20 minutes?


Well we didnt play up to our potential but offensively we played well but defensively we still gave up too many points and made key mistakes.


In the second half, Ratiopharm Ulm fought back but TBB Trier kept their composure. What was key down the stretch for getting win?


I think Dru played excellent and our two old guys Dragin Dojic and George Evans made some key plays on our both ends for us. We seemed to have an answer in the 4th quarter but in the 3rd quarter we went through a stretch where we couldnt find our scoring touch and made some key mistakes defensively.


Both teams did a good job with 8 turnovers. How difficult is it to keep the turnover rate below 10 in the BEKO BBL?



Well we did a good job not turning the ball over last night any time any team has under 10 turnovers you will have an opportunity to win. Ulm did a great job as well and it was a good game for both teams not turning over the ball.


Dru Joyce had 22 points, six rebounds and eight assists. those were Lebron James numbers. Are these stats that Dru can put up more consistently?

I think Dru can do this on a consistent basis. He controlled the tempo and made good decisions with the ball and helped out on the boards last night as well. He played really good and helped us get the win by doing his thing and making plays in the 4th quarter.

John Bryant is a beast and had another double double. Could he become the most dominating center in the BEKO BBL in the next months?


He is a big force down low and is tough to box out and skilled around the basket. He has size and had a good game last night and has had a good season so far.


What is your impression of Kemba Walker? Is he the new John Wall in the NCAA this season?


I really havent seen that much college basketball this season but I hear he is the real deal.



Will Dashaun Wood hit 40 points before he meets TBB Trier on December 18th?


I hope he does it before he meets us, but he is killing the last couple of games and is in a comfort zone at the offensive end. He is fun to watch and has done whatever he wanted the last couple of games.



Thanks John for the chat



Goettingen stay undefeated in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Hemofarm 68:57

Goettingen kept their EuroCup record spotless. They held off Hemofarm at home court to climb at 3-0 record in Group B. Hemofarm suffered just the first defeat at the tournament. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) delivered 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the German team to the victory.
Goettingen opened the game with a 7:0 run. Hemofarm got back to life midway through the starting quarter as they narrowed the gap to just two points 11:13. Goettingen however pulled away once again as they posted a 20:13 lead at the first break. Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Court Side) stretched the lead to 12 points early in the second period. But Hemofarm did not surrender. They went on a 9:0 run to cut the distance at just 4 points at halftime 32:28. Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: Invictus Sports Group) was active early in the third period as he dragged Hemofarm closer. Eventually the visitors grabbed a 43:42 lead. Goettingen got back into the drivers seat as they headed into the final quarter up by two points 51:49. Hemofarm got back within one but that was where Dwayne Anderson stepped up for the hosts. He triggered a 13:0 run that killed the intrigue in this one. Goettingen ran away and celebrated the third straight win.
Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) notched 16 points for the winners. Robert Kulawick added 12 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for Goettingen. Milan Macvan replied with 16 points for Hemofarm. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) netted 14 points in the loss.

Goettingen: Dwayne Anderson 17+13 boards, Mike Scott 16, Robert Kulawick 12
Hemofarm: Milan Macvan 16, Marko Sutalo 14



Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. B.Muenchen 9-1 
 2. Wuerzburg 8-2 
 3. Braves 7-3 
 4. Osnabrueck 7-3 
 5. Kirchheim 6-4 
 6. Chemnitz 6-4 
 7. Hannover 6-5 
 8. Heidelberg 5-5 
 9. Karlsruhe 4-6 
 10. Crailsheim 4-6 
 11. Jena 4-6 
 12. Dragons 4-7 
 13. Freiburg 3-7 
 14. ETB Wohnbau 3-7 
 15. Webmoebel 3-7 
 16. Cuxhaven 2-8 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Timothy BURNETTE
  Osnabrueck
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Burnette, Osnab.21.1 
 2. Johnson, Webmoebel19.9 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim19.5 
 4. Shepherd, Osnab.19.3 
 5. Watts, Dragons19.2 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau19.2 
 7. Gause, Freiburg19.1 
 8. Brooks, Kirchheim18.9 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe18.5 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Cuxhaven
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau9.3 
 3. Black, Karlsruhe9.1 
 4. Watts, Dragons9.1 
 5. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.9 
 6. Shaw, Chemnitz8.1 
 7. Fuller, Crailsheim7.1 
 8. Hill, Jena7.1 
 9. Wyrick, B.Muenchen7.1 
 10. Elliott, Wuerzburg6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kai BARTH
  Heidelberg
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Barth, Heidelberg6.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim6.0 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.5 
 4. Johnson, Webmoebel5.2 
 5. Zazai, Chemnitz5.0 
 6. Wallace, B.Mue.4.6 
 7. Lowery, Braves4.5 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.4.4 
 9. Cunningham, Jena4.3 
 10. Larsen, Dragons4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel2.9 
 2. Johnson, Chemnitz2.8 
 3. Gause, Freiburg2.4 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.3 
 5. Burnette, Osnab.2.1 
 6. Scott, Kirchheim2.1 
 7. Shaw, Chemnitz2.0 
 8. Mendez, Heidelberg1.9 
 9. Turnbull, Hannover1.9 
 10. Gray, Crailsheim1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.8 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.7 
 3. Schoo, Heidelberg1.6 
 4. De Michael, Kirchheim1.6 
 5. Fuller, Crailsheim1.3 
 6. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 7. Hampton, Webmoebel1.1 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.1 
 9. Hansbro, Freiburg1.0 
 10. Oehle, Braves0.8 


Second half surge allows EWE Baskets deny Banvit - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets - Banvit 96:73

EWE Baskets finally earned the initial win at the EuroCup season. They thumped Banvit in Oldenburg to improve at 1-2 record in Group A. The German team thus caught up with Banvit in the ladder. Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) led the effort with 26 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for EWE Baskets.
Banvit looked solid in the opening minutes. The Turkish team secured a 20:12 start to the game. Mindaugas Lukauskis however turned things around as he helped the hosts cut the deficit 22:24 at the end of quarter one. The teams exchanged baskets throughout close second frame. Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) knocked down a pair of lay-ups late in the half as EWE Baskets took a 47:46 lead. Oldenburg used an 11:2 run in the third frame to clear off. They arrived at the final intermission up by 10 points 70:60. EWE Baskets tipped off the fourth frame on an 8:2 run to boost the lead. The hosts actually never looked back afterwards coasting to an impressive win at the end.
Aron Baynes provided 17 points and 8 rebounds for EWE Baskets. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Missouri) had 16 points in the win. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) and Lance Williams (206-C-80, college: De Paul) responded with 13 points each for Banvit.

EWE Baskets: Mindaugas Lukauskis 26, Aron Baynes 17, Rickey Paulding 16
Banvit: Antonio Graves 13, Lance Williams 13



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Cedevita sneak past Aris in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita - Aris 81:76 (OT)

Cedevita had a narrow escape against Aris tonight. The Croatian team needed overtime to tame previously undefeated Aris. The victory allowed Cedevita to climb on top of Group D. They share the position with Aris. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) fired 24 points to lead the Croats tonight.
The lead changed hands in the opening frame. Aris jumped to an 8:2 lead but Cedevita quickly erased the deficit and pulled ahead. Cedevita eked out a 15:14 lead after ten minutes. Aris once again gained the lead as they were up by five midway through the second term 22:17. Cedevita got closer as Damjan Rudez exploded with 19 points in the first half but it was not enough as Aris snatched a 36:35 halftime lead. Damjan Rudez and Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) secured a quick start for Cedevita as the hosts got back in front. They soon accumulated a 58:51 advantage, their biggest of the game. Aris went on a 7:2 run to open the final frame. It all came down to the final minutes. Cedevita led by four points 68:64 Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) converted a layup, while Corsley Edwards (206-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) hit just one free throw to set up the final play for Aris. Nikos Hatzivrettas (195-G-77) drained a late treble and sent game into overtime. Sloukas put the visitors in front 73:70 in the extra period but Cedevita found the strength to turn things their way. Corsley and Troha teamed up for 6 points as Cedevita spurred ahead. The hosts took an 81:74 lead just moments later and eventually sealed the winning outcome.
Dontaye Draper produced 22 points for Cedevita. Corsley Edwards had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Kosta Charalampidis and Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points each for Aris. Nikos Hatzivrettas accounted for 14 points in the loss.

Cedevita: Damjan Rudez 24, Dontaye Draper 22, Corsley Edwards 15
Aris: Kosta Charalampidis 15, Dejan Borovnjak 15, Nikos Hatzivrettas 14



A1 Round 6: Peristeri GS loses to AEK - by Eurobasket News
Round 6 most exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: AEK (#10) and Peristeri GS (#3). Despite it looked like an easy game for AEK, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host Peristeri GS challenged much higher ranked AEK giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by five points 82-87. It was a good game for American guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St., agent: Jamie Knox) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 assists. Former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Slovenian guard Jure Mocnik (185-85, agent: Side Court) replied with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for Peristeri GS. AEK (3-3) jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with six other teams including defeated Peristeri GS. AEK are looking forward to the next round to face VAP Kolossos (#4) in Rodou. Peristeri GS's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panionios.
Another very easy game for undefeated Panathinaikos (6-0) which hosted in Athens Marousi (2-4). Second ranked Panathinaikos crushed visitors with a record 37 points 102-65. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and Kostas Kaimakoglou helped with 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The best for the losing side was former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) with 18 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Panathinaikos (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row comparing to four consecutive losses by Marousi. Defending champion stays on top together with Olympiakos. Marousi dropped to the eleventh position. They have the same record like Iraklis. Panathinaikos' next round game will be against Iraklis (#11) at Thessaloniki hoping to win another game. Marousi will play at home against Panellinios to get back on winning track.
League top team - Olympiakos (6-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Panellinios in Athens 92-65. Loukas Mavrokefalides notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 12 points by Maurice Bailey did not help to save the game for Panellinios. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the change for the coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. It was sixth consecutive victory for Olympiakos, while Panellinios lost their third game in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Panellinios keeps the thirteenth position with 1-5 record. Olympiakos will meet next round PAOK (#5). Panellinios will play against Marousi (#12).
We should definitely mention a derby match between two teams from Athens: Panionios (#10) and Ilysiakos (#14). Panionios had to work very hard to get 74-72 victory. The biggest contributor to a victory was Nikos Barlos with double-double 28 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Panionios (3-3) jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with six other teams. Ilysiakos still at the very bottom with 0-6 record. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: Aris was beaten by VAP Kolossos on the road 89-70. Kavala won against Iraklis at it's own court 79-65. Ikaros unfortunately lost to PAOK in Thessaloniki 59-70.


Peristeri GS - AEK 82-87
Round 6 most exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Athens: AEK (#10) and Peristeri GS (#3). Despite it looked like an easy game for AEK, those rules do not exist in derby games. It's more the case of honor for local supporters and such games have that special and unique approach you cannot find in other games. Host Peristeri GS challenged much higher ranked AEK giving them a very tough game, but finally losing it by five points 82-87. It was a good game for American guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St., agent: Jamie Knox) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 assists. Former international power forward Dimos Dikoudis (207-77) contributed with 24 points for the winners. Slovenian guard Jure Mocnik (185-85, agent: Side Court) replied with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and German-American forward Julian Sensley (206-82, college: Hawaii, agent: Brian Elfus) added 18 points for Peristeri GS. AEK (3-3) jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with six other teams including defeated Peristeri GS. AEK are looking forward to the next round to face VAP Kolossos (#4) in Rodou. Peristeri GS's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panionios.
Top scorers:
DASH Peristeri GS Athens: J.Sensley 18+4reb+2ast, M.King 16+3reb+3ast, J.Mocnik 10+6reb+8ast, E.Scott 9+3reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 9+4reb+1ast, D.Papanikolaou 8+4reb
AEK Athens: D.Dikoudis 24+3reb+1ast, A.Grundy 19+4reb+6ast, P.Dorkofikis 14+10reb+2ast, P.Sparks 11, T.Castle 7+3reb+3ast, A.Kallinikidis 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 103753


VAP Kolossos - Aris 89-70
Very important home win for VAP Kolossos (3-3) who crushed higher ranked Aris (3-3) 89-70. It was a good game for guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81) who led his team to a victory with 24 points. Naturalized American swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's, agent: Arik Krayn) contributed with 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Former international forward Christos Tapoutos (208-82) replied with 16 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Dejan Borovnjak (208-86, agent: Misko Raznatovic) added 11 points and 7 rebounds for Aris. Both coaches used bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. VAP Kolossos jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with six other teams including defeated Aris. VAP Kolossos are looking forward to the next round to face AEK (#8) in Athens. Aris will play at home against Kavala (#3) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Aris Thessaloniki: C.Tapoutos 16+5reb, K.Charalampidis 13+4reb+1ast, D.Borovnjak 11+7reb+1ast, K.Sloukas 8+4reb+5ast, N.Hatzivrettas 6+1reb+4ast, L.Chrysikopoulos 6+2reb
VAP Kolossos Rodou: A.Tsamis 24+4reb+1ast, C.Harissis 17+4reb, P.Kalathis 14+8reb+2ast, N.Pappas 14+2reb+5ast, A.Asimakopoulos 12+2reb+1ast, J.Golemac 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103754


Kavala - Iraklis 79-65
Very expected game when 11th ranked Iraklis (2-4) lost on the road to fourth ranked Kavala (4-2) 79-65. It was a good game for American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St.) who led his team to a victory with double-double 13 points and 18 rebounds. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Terrell Everett (193-84, college: Oklahoma, agent: Yossi Gayer) replied with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Lithuanian guard Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-82, college: his countryman) added 16 points and 5 assists for Iraklis. They added third loss to their record. Kavala jumped to the third spot. Iraklis keeps the eleventh position. They have the same record like Marousi. Kavala are looking forward to the next round to face Aris (#10) in Thessaloniki hoping to win another game. Iraklis will play at home against league's second-placed Panathinaikos hoping to prove their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Iraklis Thessaloniki: A.Eitutavicius 16+2reb+5ast, T.Everett 15+6reb+5ast, F.Lambropoulos 13+3reb+1ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 10+4reb, G.Demertzis 6+2ast, V.Angelakopoulos 3+7reb+1ast
Enosi Kalathosfairisis Kavalas: M.Palacio 23+2reb+4ast, C.Simmons 13+18reb+1ast, B.Jorovic 12+5reb, S.Huff 11+7reb+1ast, S.Karapostolou 10+3reb, V.Simtsak 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 103755


Panathinaikos - Marousi 102-65
Another very easy game for undefeated Panathinaikos (6-0) which hosted in Athens Marousi (2-4). Second ranked Panathinaikos crushed visitors with a record 37 points 102-65. International power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and international power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) helped with 16 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). The best for the losing side was former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) with 18 points and Serbian center Aleksandar Bojic (207-82, college: Hawaii-Pacific, agent: Ivan Asanin) with 14 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Panathinaikos (6-0) have an impressive series of six victories in a row comparing to four consecutive losses by Marousi. Defending champion stayed on top together with Olympiakos. Marousi dropped to the eleventh position. They have the same record like Iraklis. Panathinaikos' next round game will be against Iraklis (#11) at Thessaloniki hoping to win another game. Marousi will play at home against Panellinios to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Marousi BC: N.Kommatos 18+4reb, A.Bojic 14+3reb+1ast, F.Kojadinovic 11+2reb+2ast, D.Huertas 7+1reb+2ast, T.Weeden 5+2reb+2ast, L.Seferidis 4+5reb+1ast
Panathinaikos Athens: I.Vougioukas 20+5reb+3ast, K.Kaimakoglou 16+6reb+2ast, S.Perperoglou 14+2reb+1ast, D.Diamantidis 11+1ast, D.Nicholas 9+1reb+2ast, M.Batiste 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 103756


PAOK - Ikaros 70-59
Expected home win for the seventh ranked PAOK (3-3) against newcomer Ikaros (3-3) 70-59. It was a good game for American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) who led his team to a victory with 18 points. FYR Macedonian center Todor Gechevski (209-77, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) replied with double-double 15 points and 10 rebounds and his countryman guard Kyle McAlarney (183-87, college: Notre Dame, agent: Arik Krayn) added 16 points (perfect from the field making all six shots) for Ikaros. Both coaches used bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. PAOK jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with six other teams including defeated Ikaros. PAOK are looking forward to the next round to face league's leader Olympiakos in Athens and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Ikaros will play at home against Ilysiakos hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ikaros Kallitheas: K.McAlarney 16+1reb+3ast, D.Thompson 15+10reb+1ast, B.Krasic 8+2reb, S.Tountziarakis 5+3reb, A.Falekas 5+2ast, L.Agadakos 3+3reb
PAOK Thessaloniki: R.Marshall 18+4reb+1ast, T.Gechevski 11+7reb+1ast, J.Gray 8+2reb+7ast, G.Dedas 8+1reb+2ast, R.Dozier 6+9reb+1ast, L.Papadopoulos 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 103757


Panellinios - Olympiakos 65-92
League top team - Olympiakos (6-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Panellinios in Athens 92-65. International center Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-84) notched 18 points and 6 rebounds to lead the effort and international guard Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agent: Misko Raznatovic) accounted for 12 points and 9 assists. Even 12 points by American-Jamaican guard Maurice Bailey (183-81, college: Sacred Heart) did not help to save the game for Panellinios. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the change for the coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. It was sixth consecutive victory for Olympiakos, while Panellinios lost their third game in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Panellinios keeps the thirteenth position with 1-5 record. Olympiakos will meet next round PAOK (#5). Panellinios will play against Marousi (#12).
Top scorers:
Panellinios Athens: M.Bailey 12+3reb+2ast, S.Udrih 10+2reb+1ast, G.Kalaitzis 9+1reb+1ast, D.Ostojic 9+3reb+1ast, E.Papamakarios 8+4reb+2ast, V.Sklavos 5+1reb
Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus: L.Mavrokefalides 18+6reb, K.Papanikolaou 15+6reb, V.Spanoulis 12+2reb+9ast, R.Nesterovic 10+7reb, I.Bourousis 10+9reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 9+5reb+3ast
gschID: 103758


Ilysiakos - Panionios 72-74
We should definitely mention a derby match between two teams from Athens: Panionios (#10) and Ilysiakos (#14). Panionios had to work very hard to get 74-72 victory. The biggest contributor to a victory was former international forward Nikos Barlos (202-79) with double-double 28 points and 13 rebounds. Serbian guard Milos Vujanic (192-80) helped with 11 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward LaQuan Prowell (203-84, college: Auburn, agent: Yossi Gayer) who recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds and his countryman guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) added 11 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. It was third consecutive victory for Panionios, while Ilysiakos lost their sixth game in a row. Panionios (3-3) jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with six other teams. Ilysiakos still at the very bottom with 0-6 record. Panionios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Ilysiakos Athens: A.Kiritsis 16+1reb, L.Prowell 13+8reb, J.Baxter 11+9reb+1ast, N.Chatzis 9+2reb+1ast, M.Todic 7+4reb+1ast, T.Thompson 5+3reb+12ast
Panionios ON Telecoms Athens: N.Barlos 28+13reb+1ast, M.Vujanic 11+1reb+3ast, M.Paragios 9+4reb+2ast, 8+1reb+4ast, C.Elonu 6+3reb, M.Batis 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 103752




Galatasaray knock down Panellinios to stay perfect in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Panellinios 79:53

Galatasaray made sure they have no reasons to worry in EuroCup this season as they posted the third consecutive win at the tournament. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) scored 19 points to lead the Turkish team past Panellinios in Istanbul. Galatasaray stayed on top of Group E. Panellinios slipped at 1-2 record.
All went Panellinios way in the opening minutes. The Hellenes grabbed an 11:5 lead before Galatasaray came back to life. Joshua Shipp knocked down 6 points in a 10:0 run that put the hosts up by four 15:11. Panellinios leveled things up at 15 before Tutku Acik (194-G-80) made it 16:15 for Galatasaray at the first break. Galatasaray started to get away in the second frame. Tutku Acik helped the home side to open a 28:21 lead. Moments later Galatasaray ensured a 33:21 advantage and rallied to a 13-point halftime buffer. Galatasaray went on a 10:4 run at the start of the third period to boost the margin. The Turkish team eased to a 50:33 lead after thirty minutes. Joshua Shipp and Kurtoglu gave the hosts a 20-point lead early in the fourth period and Panellinios had little to answer with in the remaining minutes.
Tutku Acik produced 15 points for Galatasaray. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) provided 12 points in the winning case. Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) replied with 15 points for Panellinios. Emmanouil Papamakarios (190-G-80) had 10 points in defeat.

Galatasaray: Joshua Shipp 19, Tutku Acik 15, Preston Shumpert 12
Panellinios: Djuro Ostojic 15, Emmanouil Papamakarios 10



Lans Harris to swap Igokea for Irlaklis - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bosnian media, Igokea is set to part way with one of its American players. Reportedly Lans Harris (195-G-84, college: Kansas St.) has played his last match for Igokea against Cibona this weekend. Harris has been offered a deal by Greek outfit Iraklis and Igokea has agreed to let him make the switch. American guard signed for Igokea at the start of this season. He played in 9 games for the club and has averaged 9.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. In his last match for Igokea he played his best game as he scored 20 points.
Lans Haris played collegiate basketball at Dividsion I Kansas State University. In his last season with the University in 2007, he appeared in 35 games and has averaged 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. In 2007, Harris started his European career at Slovenian outfit Pivovarna Lasko. For Lasko, Harris averaged 15.7 points and 1.4 rebounds in 37 league games. Following season, Harris moved to Greece where he signed with VAP Kolossos. In his debut season, he appeared in 28 games and has averaged 13.0 points and 3.9 rebounds. Last season, Harris slightly improved his averages. In 28 games he has averaged 14.2 points and 3.8 rebounds.


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 17.8
 1. Palacio, Kavala17.8 
 2. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.3 
 3. Tapoutos, Aris15.6 
 4. Marshall, PAOK15.2 
 5. Byars, Panellinios15.2 
 6. Dikoudis, AEK14.8 
 7. McAlarney, Ikaros14.7 
 8. Everett, Iraklis14.5 
 9. Tucker, Aris14.3 
 10. Dorkofikis, AEK13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Simmons, Kavala11.8 
 2. Looby, Peristeri GS9.5 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.2 
 4. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.6 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.7.8 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.5 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi7.2 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.8 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris6.8 
 10. Elonu, Panionios6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos7.2 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.4 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.3 
 4. Everett, Iraklis4.8 
 5. Palacio, Kavala4.3 
 6. Grundy, AEK4.2 
 7. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.2 
 8. Papamakarios, Panell.4.0 
 9. Batis, Panionios3.5 
 10. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Terrell EVERETT
  Iraklis
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Everett, Iraklis2.5 
 2. Pelekanos, Olympiakos2.3 
 3. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.2.3 
 4. Marshall, PAOK2.3 
 5. King, Peristeri GS2.2 
 6. Grundy, AEK2.2 
 7. Karydas, Ilysiakos2.0 
 8. Tucker, Aris1.8 
 9. Xanthopoulos, Panell.1.8 
 10. Weeden, Marousi1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Simmons, Kavala2.2 
 2. Elonu, Panionios1.2 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros1.0 
 4. Looby, Peristeri GS0.8 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK0.8 
 6. Vougioukas, Panath.0.8 
 7. Bourousis, Olympiakos0.8 
 8. Gechevski, PAOK0.8 
 9. Dunston, Aris0.7 
 10. Simtsak, Kavala0.7 


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


PAOK ease past Roanne at home court - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - Roanne 92:74

PAOK celebrated the first EuroCup win in the season. They toppled visiting Roanne in Greece tonight. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) delivered 23 points to lead the effort. Roanne slipped at 0-3 record in Group F after the defeat.
The hosts went on a scoring rodeo in the starting period. They fired 32 points in the opening ten minutes to establish an 18-point advantage. Roanne however stiffened their defense in the second period. They outscored the hosts to narrow the distance at 12 points at halftime 38:50. PAOK increased the tempo in the third term. They accounted for 26 points in the frame and enjoyed a 76:62 advantage with ten minutes remaining. The visitors managed just 12 points in the final stanza and had to surrender at the end. Robert Dozier (206-F-85, college: Memphis) accounted for 21 points for PAOK. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) added 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) replied with 22 points and 10 boards for Roanne. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) had 14 points in the losing case.

PAOK: Rawle Marshall 23, Robert Dozier 21, Lazaros Papadopoulos 15
Roanne: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 22+10 boards, K.C. Rivers 14


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Nea Kifisia 7-0 
 2. OFI 7-1 
 3. Doxa Lefkadas 7-1 
 4. Anagennisi 6-2 
 5. MENT 5-3 
 6. Ermis Perama 5-3 
 7. Aiolos Trik. 4-4 
 8. Egaleo 4-4 
 9. Diagoras 3-4 
 10. Stratoni 3-4 
 11. Aias Evosmou 3-4 
 12. M.Alexandros 2-5 
 13. Doukas 2-6 
 14. Filippos Veroias 0-7 
 15. Apollon KL 0-8 


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Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 7-2 
 2. Dehoppers 6-2 
 3. Cangeroes 6-3 
 4. Groene 6-3 
 5. Red Giants 6-3 
 6. Goba 6-3 
 7. Leiden 2 4-4 
 8. Hoofddorp 4-5 
 9. Akrides 4-5 
 10. Almonte 4-5 
 11. Amsterdam 2 3-6 
 12. Punch 3-6 
 13. Black Eagles 2-7 
 14. Wildcats 1-8 


GasTerra Flames better Bennet Cantu in Groningen - by Eurobasket News
GasTerra Flames - Bennet Cantu 80:74

GasTerra Flames celebrated the initial EuroCup win. They outgunned Bennet Cantu in Groningen tonight. Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) provided 22 points for the home side. Both teams are now tied at 1-2 record in Group E.
GasTerra Flames secured a brave start. They quickly established a 15:10 lead. Cantu however used a 6:0 run of their own to take the first lead of the game 16:15. Groningen responded with a 9:2 rally to grab a 24:18 advantage. The hosts arrived at the first break up by eight points 28:20. Cantu stormed into the second period. They went on a 17:4 run to pull in charge 37:32. The Italian team maintained the lead and recorded a narrow 42:40 halftime buffer. Marconato and Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) secured a 5-point lead for Cantu at the start of the second half. But Groningen replied with a 9:0 run to post a 50:46 lead. GasTerra Flames triggered a 7:0 spurt shortly after as they recorded a 57:48 advantage. The Dutch team headed into the final frame ahead by 9 points 62:53. The hosts tipped off the fourth term with a 6:0 run and though Cantu trimmed the deficit at 6-point mark late in regulation GasTerra Flames did not panic and rolled to the win at the end.
John Turek (205-F/C-83, college: Nebraska) had 14 points in the victory. Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) notched 12 points apiece for Groningen. Maarten Leunen replied with 18 points for Bennet Cantu. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

GasTerra Flames: Robby Bostain 22, John Turek 14, Jason Ellis 12, Jason Dourisseau 12
Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 18, Nicolas Mazzarino 13



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Szolnoki Olaj edged BCM Gravelines Dunkerque at home - by Eurobasket News
Szolnoki Olaj-BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 70:69

Szolnoki Olaj improved to 2-1 record in Group A of EuroChallenge as they outscored BCM Gravelines Dunkerque. The team from Hungary took 70:69 victory for the second place in the standings.
Issa gave the guests the first points and Budimir became the first player to post for the hosts. Both squads played tough until the end of the period and Fraser closed it at 16:15. Cyril Akpomedah (203-F-79) put the French side in front at 17:16 and Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) responded with his team for 27:21. The Hungarian team could not keep the advantage at the halftime and Ivory Clark (198-F-85) needed to close the period at 35:35. In the third frame BCM Gravelines Dunkerque managed to score 26 points and it seemed they would win the game when Cyril Akpomedah nailed three for 61:53. The game however was not over for the hosts. Szolnoki Olaj started the last period with 10-0 run and Marton Bader scored for 63:61. Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) netted another for 68:65 and Cyril Akpomedah together with Greer gave the guest 69:68 lead with 25 seconds to go. Marton Bader meanwhile went on a free throw line to score two for the final victory.
Ivory Clark top-scored for the winners with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) added 12. Akos Horvath and Marton Bader followed them with 11 points each as the latter also added 12 rebounds.

Szolnoki Olaj: Ivory Clark 17+11 rebs, Obie Trotter 12, Akos Horvath 11, Marton Bader 11+12 rebs
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Cyril Akpomedah 16, Rudy Jomby (197-G/F-88) 14, Greer 12, Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) 12




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Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Lazar TRIFUNOVIC
  Keflavik
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Trifunovic, Keflavik26.4 
 2. Inge, Haukar24.3 
 3. Biedler, IR23.9 
 4. Dabney, Hamar23.8 
 5. Burton, Snaefell22.4 
 6. Smith, Njardvik21.7 
 7. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 8. Robinson, Haukar21.0 
 9. Amoroso, Snaefell21.0 
 10. Sovic, IR20.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14.8
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.8 
 2. Biedler, IR12.8 
 3. Ermolinskij, KR12.4 
 4. Trifunovic, Keflavik11.6 
 5. Pettinella, Grindavik11.0 
 6. Amoroso, Snaefell10.7 
 7. Smith, Njardvik10.2 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.3 
 9. Fain, Tindastoll9.3 
 10. Aorsteinsson, Kefla.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.9 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.3 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar6.9 
 6. Cunningham, Tinda.6.5 
 7. Schoen, KFI6.3 
 8. Shouse, Stjarnan5.6 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.1 
 10. Rivers, Tindastoll5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Craig SCHOEN
  KFI
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Schoen, KFI3.8 
 2. Dabney, Hamar3.2 
 3. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.8 
 5. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.6 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan2.6 
 7. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 8. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.4 
 9. Kelly, Grindavik2.3 
 10. Cunningham, Tinda.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Smith, Njardvik3.0 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.3 
 3. Biedler, IR2.1 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll2.0 
 5. Savarsson, Grind.1.7 
 6. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.6 
 7. Pettinella, Grindavik1.6 
 8. Maxwell, Keflavik1.4 
 9. Helgason, Stjarnan1.2 
 10. Hafsteinsson, Kefla.1.1 


Standings - Iceland Express League
Express L. Standings
 1. Snaefell 8-1 
 2. Grindavik 7-2 
 3. Keflavik 6-3 
 4. KR 6-3 
 5. Hamar 5-4 
 6. Stjarnan 5-4 
 7. Fjolnir 4-5 
 8. Njardvik 3-6 
 9. Haukar 3-6 
 10. Tindastoll 3-6 
 11. IR 2-7 
 12. KFI 2-7 


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SECR record win in Inter Railway Basketball Championships - by Anil Kumar
South-East Central Railway edged out a fighting RDSO 75-74 in a thrilling encounter in the men's league match of the all-India inter-railway basketball tournament at RRC grounds here at Hyderabad on Monday.

The teams were locked 64-all at the end of full-time. In the five-minute extra-time, SECR emerged the winner by a slender margin of one point.

For the winner, Sravan (16) and Jagdish (17) played well while for the loser Santosh (22) and Upendra (17) were the main scorers.

The scores: League: Men: SECR 75 (Sravan 16, Jagdish 17) bt RDSO 74 (Santosh 22, Upendra 17). NWR bt Metro 53-27; DMW bt ICF 83-72; WR bt NFR 83-70; DWL bt NR 33-29; RPF bt SECR 83-64.

Women: Southern Rly bt ECR 49-12; SECR bt Eastern Rly 51-31 .




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  IRAN   


Chris Porter going to China, Qom signs Ansu Sesay - by Aydin Dianat
After signing the veteran point guard Waitari Marsh (188-G-80, college: Tulane), Qom wanted to sign Chris Porter as their position 4 in the upcoming Iranian superleague. Since Porter decided to sign in China/CBA , Qom immediately signed Ansumana Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi), a former NBA player.
Ansu played for Seattle Supersonics in the NBA in 03-04 and 04-05 season and then signed with the Golden State Warriors for the 05-06 season.
He continued his career in Italy with Sedima Roseto Armani Jeans and Napoli where he won the Italian cup in 2006 with Napoli and a runner up in 2008.
Then he moved to Germany Alba Berlin where he was selected as an All Star and won the regular season BundesligaA and the German cup in 2009.
For the 2009-2010 season Ansu joined Le Havre in France ProA .
Soon he will arrive in Iran and start his practice with Rah Tarabi Qom.



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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Michael BONAPARTE
  Neptune
  (196-F-82)
  Avg: 32.3
 1. Bonaparte, Neptune32.3 
 2. Longmire, Belfast .30.5 
 3. Turner, Killester25.3 
 4. Van, UCC Demons24.1 
 5. De La Cruz, Ulster E.23.7 
 6. Foley, Ulster Elks23.0 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.21.8 
 8. Ambler, Moycullen20.1 
 9. Mitchell, UL Ea.19.9 
 10. Louisme, Neptune19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mason AMBLER
  Moycullen
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Ambler, Moycullen14.4 
 2. De La Cruz, Ulster E.14.1 
 3. Mitchell, UL Ea.13.9 
 4. Louisme, Neptune13.7 
 5. Crowder, UCD M.12.6 
 6. Van, UCC Demons12.6 
 7. Turner, Killester11.3 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune10.0 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.9.4 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.1 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.9 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.5 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks5.1 
 5. Westbrooks, Killester3.6 
 6. Noonan, Neptune3.5 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen3.5 
 8. Clarke, Killester3.4 
 9. McVeigh, Belfast .3.4 
 10. Glover, DCU Saints3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.1 
 2. Nihill, Moycullen2.7 
 3. Westbrooks, Killester2.6 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.6 
 5. Dowd, Moycullen2.3 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 7. Noonan, Neptune2.3 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.2.1 
 9. Turner, Killester2.0 
 10. O''Brien, Killester2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Neil BAYNES
  UCD Marian
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Baynes, UCD Marian2.9 
 2. Van, UCC Demons2.6 
 3. Turner, Killester2.5 
 4. Bonaparte, Neptune2.5 
 5. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 6. Louisme, Neptune2.0 
 7. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.6 
 8. Duggan, UCC Demons1.5 
 9. Crowder, UCD M.1.3 
 10. Ambler, Moycullen1.3 


Dolphins sign Conor Grace - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins announced signing of Conor Grace (210-F-82, college: Davidson) for rest of the season. The Irish forward arrives to Sweden from Malaysia, where he started this season. He was a member of Westsports KL Dragons. Last season, Grace spent in Holland with Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden. Actually, he joined them in January averaging 5.4 points and 5.1 rebounds for 20 games. Grace already made his debut in Swedish top division collecting 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 81-91 road win against Solna Vikings.

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Chester Simmons paces Nymburk past Jerusalem - by Eurobasket News
Nymburk - Jerusalem 73:67

Nymburk recorded the second EuroCup win. They overcame Jerusalem in Czech Republic tonight. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) scored 18 points to lead the hosts. Both teams are now tied at 2-1 record in Group G.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. Jerusalem jumped in front early in the encounter but their former player Chester Simmons helped the Czech champions to take a 12:11 lead after ten minutes. Jerusalem retained the lead early in the second frame but not for long. Ladislav Sokolovsky (200-F-77) had 5 points in a 7:0 rally as Nymburk posted a 19:15 advantage. The hosts took a 6-point advantage before Jerusalem went on a 10:0 run and ensured a 34:31 halftime lead. Ohayon extended the lead to 8 points early in the third frame 45:37. Chester Simmons went on a solo as he drained three trebles and added a jumper to drag Nymburk in front 55:53 with one quarter to go. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Chester Simmons capped a 13:0 run from the home side as Nymburk grabbed a 63:53 lead early in the final stanza. Jerusalem tightened their defense and kept the home side scoreless for almost four minutes to get as close as four points. But it was not enough as Lenzly sealed the winning outcome for the Czech team.
Afik Nissim and Ladislav Sokolovsky accounted for 13 points each for Nymburk. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 12 points and collected 11 rebounds in the victory. Jason Rich (191-G-86) answered with 22 points, 6 assists and 4 boards. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) had 11 points in defeat.

Nymburk: Chester Simmons 18, Afik Nissim 13, Ladislav Sokolovsky 13
Jerusalem: Jason Rich 22, Willie Solomon 11



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


Azovmash back on track after win in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Galil Gilboa - Azovmash 86:95

Azovmash are looking hopefull at their EuroCup ambitions after they snatched a tough road win over Israeli champions Galil Gilboa. The victory allowed the Ukrainian champs to climb at 1-2 record in Group D. They also catch up with Galil Gilboa in the standings. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, college: Alabama) was impressive with 31 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the visitors.
Azovmash opened the game with six consecutive points to set the tone. Azovmash unleashed 26 points in the first quarter to take an 8-point lead. Azovmash did not loosen the grasp in the second period. The visitors maintained the lead as they posted a 9-point advantage at halftime 49:40. Galil Gilboa did not find proper ways to threaten the margin in the third stanza. Azovmash stayed in control as they accumulated a 12-point advantage with one quarter remaining in this one. Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85) ignited a desperate rescue rally from the hosts in the final period. They cut the deficit back to single digits but Azovmash were not about to give this one away. They stayed calm and escaped with a vital win at the end.
Fred House (195-F-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Utah) provided 20 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Azovmash. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 17 points for the winners. Dagan Yavzuri answered with 18 points for Galil Gilboa. Warren Carter (206-F-85, college: Illinois) chipped in 16 points in defeat.

Galil Gilboa: Dagan Yavzuri 18, Warren Carter 16
Azovmash: Demetrius Alexander 31, Fred House 20, Maksym Pustozvonov 17


Premier League Round 7: Bnei Hasharon hands first loss to undefeated Maccabi T-A - by Eurobasket News
Premier League round 7 most important game was a victory of Bnei Hasharon over 1st ranked Maccabi T-A 91-88 ending at the same time the series of six consecutive victories of Maccabi T-A. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agent: Yossi Gayer) who helped to win the game recording double-double 22 points and 14 rebounds. His countryman forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga, agent: Mark Bartelstein) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Maccabi T-A. Bnei Hasharon (5-2) did not change their second position in the standings. Maccabi T-A managed to keep top position with 6-1 record. Bnei Hasharon are looking forward to the next round to face Galil Gilboa (#4) on the road. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Ashdod hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Maccabi Ashdod (4-3) which hosted on the court of Maccabi Haifa (2-5). Sixth ranked Maccabi Ashdod eked out just a narrow 3-points home win over Maccabi Haifa 75-72. It was a great evening for American power forward Wayne Wallace (206-80, college: Virginia Union, agent: Arik Krayn) who led his team to a victory with double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Carter helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side international forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agent: Avi Zilberman) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Maccabi Ashdod (4-3) has a solid series of three victories in a row comparing to four consecutive losses by Maccabi Haifa. They jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with Galil Gilboa. Maccabi Haifa keeps the seventh position. They have the same record like Hapoel Holon, Elitzur Netanya and Ironi Ashkelon. Maccabi Ashdod's next round game will be against league's leader Maccabi T-A at Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#6) to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also road defeat of 4th placed Maccabi Rishon in a game versus third ranked Hapoel J-M 66-75. It was an exceptional evening for Brian Randle who led the winners with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Raymar Morgan came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds for Maccabi Rishon in defeat. Hapoel J-M (5-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the second spot. They share that position with Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi Rishon dropped to the sixth position with 3-4 record. Hapoel J-M will meet next round Hapoel Holon (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Maccabi Haifa hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Galil Gilboa (#5) crushed in an easy home game 9th ranked Elitzur Netanya with 17-point difference (biggest in this round) Gal Mekel fired 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Defending champion (4-3) jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with Maccabi Ashdod. Elitzur Netanya dropped to the seventh position with 2-5 record. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Netanya will play at home against Ironi Ashkelon (#9).
Bottom-ranked Hapoel Holon managed to get a second victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Ironi Ashkelon 84-80. It was a very good performance for Jamie Arnold who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. Hapoel Holon (2-5) jumped to the seventh spot. They share that position with Elitzur Netanya, defeated Ironi Ashkelon and Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Holon will face next round higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#3) at Jerusalem and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.



Galil Gilboa - Elitzur Netanya 83-66

Galil Gilboa (#5) crushed in an easy home game 9th ranked Elitzur Netanya with 17-point difference (biggest in this round)International guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) fired 12 points and 8 assists for the winners. International power forward Ido Kozikaro (203-78, agent: Arik Krayn) helped with 9 points and 8 rebounds. Galil Gilboa's coach Lior Lubin allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. American forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and his countryman forward Tony Younger (200-80, college: Spring Hill, agent: Zeev Gross) added 16 points for lost side. Elitzur Netanya (2-5) added third loss to their record. Defending champion (4-3) jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with Maccabi Ashdod. Elitzur Netanya dropped to the seventh position with 2-5 record. Galil Gilboa's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Bnei Hasharon in Hod Hasharon and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Elitzur Netanya will play at home against Ironi Ashkelon (#9).
Top scorers:
Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa: W.Carter 16+3reb, J.McClinton 12+2ast, T.Wilkerson 12+5reb+1ast, G.Mekel 12+2reb+8ast, I.Kozikaro 9+8reb+2ast, L.Lyons 8+7reb
Elitzur Netanya: T.Younger 16+3reb+1ast, A.Banks 12+1reb, R.Travis 12+9reb+2ast, C.Watson 8+2reb+2ast, E.Asante Asare 6+1reb+1ast, E.Brown 6+10reb+1ast
gschID: 105449


Hapoel Holon - Ironi Ashkelon 84-80

Bottom-ranked Hapoel Holon managed to get a second victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked Ironi Ashkelon 84-80. It was a very good performance for former international forward Jamie Arnold (203-75, college: Wichita St., agent: Avi Zilberman) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami (FL)) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agent: Michael Hart) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and his countryman guard Desmon Farmer (195-81, college: USC) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for Ironi Ashkelon. Hapoel Holon (2-5) jumped to the seventh spot. They share that position with Elitzur Netanya, defeated Ironi Ashkelon and Maccabi Haifa. Hapoel Holon will face next round higher ranked Hapoel J-M (#3) at Jerusalem and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: R.Hite 17+4reb+2ast, K.Powell 17+2reb+3ast, J.Arnold 14+7reb+3ast, M.Roth 11+1reb+4ast, R.Melzer 11+5reb+2ast, N.Cohen 8+4reb+1ast
Ironi Ashkelon: R.Turner 21+6reb+4ast, D.Farmer 18+5reb+3ast, G.Pruitt 10+5reb+1ast, D.Hagag 9+3reb+3ast, T.Terrell 8+3reb+2ast, G.Porat 6+1ast
gschID: 105450


Hapoel J-M - Maccabi Rishon 75-66

An interesting game was also road defeat of 4th placed Maccabi Rishon in a game versus third ranked Hapoel J-M 66-75. It was an exceptional evening for American forward Brian Randle (203-85) who led the winners with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and his countryman guard Jason Rich (191-86) who stepped in adding 19 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Raymar Morgan (203-88, college: Michigan St.) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Denis Clemente (185-86, college: Kansas St., agent: Chet Ervin) added 13 points for Maccabi Rishon in defeat. Hapoel J-M (5-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They jumped to the second spot. They share that position with Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi Rishon dropped to the sixth position with 3-4 record. Hapoel J-M will meet next round Hapoel Holon (#8) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Maccabi Rishon will play against Maccabi Haifa hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem: J.Rich 19+7reb+2ast, B.Randle 17+9reb+5ast, S.Clancy 12+11reb+3ast, Y.Naimy 9+1reb+3ast, M.Mizrahi 8+1reb+1ast, Y.Ohayon 5+4reb+6ast
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion: R.Morgan 16+6reb+3ast, D.Clemente 13+2reb+3ast, N.Hanochi 11+2reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 7+7reb+3ast, D.Tucker 5+3reb, E.Shulman 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 105451


Maccabi T-A - Bnei Hasharon 88-91

Premier League round 7 most important game was a victory of Bnei Hasharon over 1st ranked Maccabi T-A 91-88 ending at the same time the series of six consecutive victories of Maccabi T-A. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Shawn James (208-83, college: Northeastern, agent: Yossi Gayer) who helped to win the game recording double-double 22 points and 14 rebounds. His countryman forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Jeremy Pargo (188-86, college: Gonzaga, agent: Mark Bartelstein) answered with 21 points and 8 rebounds and international forward Lior Eliyahu (207-85, agent: Yossi Gayer) added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Maccabi T-A. Bnei Hasharon (5-2) did not change their second position in the standings. Maccabi T-A managed to keep top position with 6-1 record. Bnei Hasharon are looking forward to the next round to face Galil Gilboa (#4) on the road. Maccabi T-A will play against Maccabi Ashdod hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon: S.James 22+14reb+2ast, L.Nailon 19+3reb+5ast, D.Grunfeld 19+6reb+1ast, R.Steele 16+3reb+6ast, F.Rivera 8+1reb, E.Katz 7+1reb+7ast
Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv: J.Pargo 21+8reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 20+5reb+4ast, C.Eidson 11+6reb+4ast, S.Schortsanitis 9+2reb+1ast, G.Pnini 7+1ast, D.Perkins 7+3reb+7ast
gschID: 105452


Maccabi Ashdod - Maccabi Haifa 75-72

Another exciting game for Maccabi Ashdod (4-3) which hosted on the court of Maccabi Haifa (2-5). Sixth ranked Maccabi Ashdod eked out just a narrow 3-points home win over Maccabi Haifa 75-72. It was a great evening for American power forward Wayne Wallace (206-80, college: Virginia Union, agent: Arik Krayn) who led his team to a victory with double-double 15 points and 12 rebounds. His countryman swingman Josh Carter (201-88, college: Texas A&M) helped adding 18 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side international forward Elishay Kadir (202-87, agent: Avi Zilberman) responded with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and American guard Frank Robinson (193-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton, agent: Brad Ames) with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Maccabi Ashdod (4-3) has a solid series of three victories in a row comparing to four consecutive losses by Maccabi Haifa. They jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with Galil Gilboa. Maccabi Haifa keeps the seventh position. They have the same record like Hapoel Holon, Elitzur Netanya and Ironi Ashkelon. Maccabi Ashdod's next round game will be against league's leader Maccabi T-A at Tel-Aviv and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Maccabi Haifa will play at home against Maccabi Rishon (#6) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 18+7reb+1ast, W.Wallace 15+12reb, J.Martin 14+2reb+2ast, R.Bradley 11+5reb+4ast, J.Duncan 9+9reb, O.Eytan 5+1reb+1ast
Maccabi Haifa: F.Robinson 17+5reb+2ast, S.Landesberg 17+3reb, L.O'Bannon 12+4reb+4ast, E.Kadir 11+9reb+5ast, M.Killingsworth 10+11reb+1ast, D.Low 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 105448




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stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Reati, Treviglio19.7 
 2. Vico, Matera18.5 
 3. Marino, Treviglio17.7 
 4. Rugolo, Molfetta17.5 
 5. Pilotti, Ruvo16.7 
 6. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.7 
 7. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.4 
 8. Evangelisti, Trapani16.2 
 9. Becerra, Rieti16.1 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Molfetta
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Corral, Molfetta11.2 
 2. Rosignoli, Bisceglie10.3 
 3. Bagnoli, Potenza10.2 
 4. Basei, Ostuni8.7 
 5. Gaeta, Osimo8.6 
 6. Rossi, Omegna8.6 
 7. Zambon, Rieti8.5 
 8. De Min, Treviglio8.4 
 9. Zerini, Ruvo8.3 
 10. Gigena, Massafra8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Ferrarese, Trento5.2 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.0 
 3. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.8 
 4. Bushati, Brescia3.5 
 5. Basanisi, Massafra3.4 
 6. Guarino, Trapani3.2 
 7. Parente, Moncalieri3.2 
 8. Bastoni, Riva d.3.2 
 9. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.2 
 10. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Franko BUSHATI
  Brescia
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Bushati, Brescia4.1 
 2. Bonamente, Perugia4.0 
 3. Vico, Matera3.5 
 4. Guarino, Trapani3.5 
 5. Gullo, Patti3.5 
 6. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 7. Marcante, ASD P.3.1 
 8. Borgna, ASD Pavia3.0 
 9. Moruzzi, Trieste3.0 
 10. Picazio, Omegna3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Zerini, Ruvo1.9 
 2. Corral, Molfetta1.6 
 3. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.6 
 4. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 5. Capitanelli, Pales.1.1 
 6. Pozzi, Molfetta1.0 
 7. Antrops, Rieti1.0 
 8. Candido, Ferentino0.9 
 9. Bozzetto, Comsum.i.0.9 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 


ALBA beat Pepsi Caserta in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - ALBA 73:79

ALBA maintained their perfect EuroCup record. The Berlin outfit outscored Pepsi Caserta on the road today to improve at 3-0 record in Group H. Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the visitors. Pepsi Caserta fell at 2-1 record after the defeat.
ALBA surged ahead midway through the opening frame 15:11. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Allen allowed the visitors to take a 27:21 advantage at the first break. Tadija Dragicevic helped ALBA to open a double digit advantage in the second period 35:24. Colussi however responded quickly for Pepsi Caserta as they returned into the game. The hosts cut the distance to just three points at halftime 37:40. Tadija Dragicevic kept on scoring early in the third period as ALBA took a 51:44 lead. The home team went on a 6:0 run to narrow the margin once again. But ALBA escaped with a 63:58 lead at the final intermission. The visitors ignited a 7:0 rally that put them on top 70:60 early in the final frame. Pepsi Caserta never got closer than 6 points in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end.
Julius Jenkins provided 15 points for ALBA. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points in the win. Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) answered with 14 points for Pepsi Caserta. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) delivered 12 points in the loss.

Pepsi Caserta: Eric Williams 14, Ebi Ere 12
ALBA: Tadija Dragicevic 16, Julius Jenkins 15, Immanuel McElroy 12



Benetton stay perfect in EuroCup Group F - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Benetton 71:80

Benetton Treviso posted the third consecutive EuroCup victory. They upset Estudiantes in Madrid to remain on top of Group F. Estudiantes in the meantime suffered the first loss and slipped at 1-2 record. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) led the charge with 22 points and 6 rebounds.
The teams traded baskets early in the encounter but soon Benetton went on a rally. They scored eight unanswered points to ensure a 19:14 lead. The Italian side stayed in charge to pile up a 26:18 lead at the first intermission. The visitors quickly opened a double-digits lead early in the second period. German Gabriel (207-C-80) and Sanchez allowed Esudiantes stayed in visibility as they knocked down a pair of jumpers. The hosts cut the distance to only 3 points at halftime 39:42. Estudiantes opened the second half on a 5:1 run to surge ahead. However Benetton answered straight back as they restored an 8-point buffer at the final intermission 60:52. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Peric boosted Benetton lead to 13 points early in the final period. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) did not allow intrigue to die away as he dragged Estudiantes within four 65:69. Devin Smith and Alessandro Gentile came up with 7 quick points and Benetton cleared off for good in this one.
Alessandro Gentile accounted for 10 points in the win. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) delivered 9 points each for Benetton. German Gabriel replied with 14 points for Estudiantes. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) had 12 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: German Gabriel 14, Tyrone Ellis 12
Benetton: Devin Smith 22, Alessandro Gentile 10, Donatas Motiejunas 9, Greg Brunner 9


Joe Crawford won't play for Teramo which is targeting Danny Green - by Emiliano
Joe Crawford (196-G/F-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kentucky) won't play for Banca Tercas Teramo. The American player who signed with the Italian team last week did not pass the medical tests and his back to US.
Crawford was signed by Banca Tercas Teramo to replace Mike Hall, waived few days ago.
Now the Italian club is close to landing Danny Green (198-F/G-87, college: N.Carolina). The American started the season with San Antonio Spurs but was released after few weeks. With the franchise from Texas he has played 1 game scoring six points.
Last season Green, selected with the 46th overall at the 2009 NBA Draft, has played 19 games for Cleveland Cavaliers averaging 2.1ppg.


GasTerra Flames better Bennet Cantu in Groningen - by Eurobasket News
GasTerra Flames - Bennet Cantu 80:74

GasTerra Flames celebrated the initial EuroCup win. They outgunned Bennet Cantu in Groningen tonight. Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) provided 22 points for the home side. Both teams are now tied at 1-2 record in Group E.
GasTerra Flames secured a brave start. They quickly established a 15:10 lead. Cantu however used a 6:0 run of their own to take the first lead of the game 16:15. Groningen responded with a 9:2 rally to grab a 24:18 advantage. The hosts arrived at the first break up by eight points 28:20. Cantu stormed into the second period. They went on a 17:4 run to pull in charge 37:32. The Italian team maintained the lead and recorded a narrow 42:40 halftime buffer. Marconato and Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) secured a 5-point lead for Cantu at the start of the second half. But Groningen replied with a 9:0 run to post a 50:46 lead. GasTerra Flames triggered a 7:0 spurt shortly after as they recorded a 57:48 advantage. The Dutch team headed into the final frame ahead by 9 points 62:53. The hosts tipped off the fourth term with a 6:0 run and though Cantu trimmed the deficit at 6-point mark late in regulation GasTerra Flames did not panic and rolled to the win at the end.
John Turek (205-F/C-83, college: Nebraska) had 14 points in the victory. Jason Ellis (201-F-82, college: Boise St.) and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) notched 12 points apiece for Groningen. Maarten Leunen replied with 18 points for Bennet Cantu. Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75, agency: Players Group) delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

GasTerra Flames: Robby Bostain 22, John Turek 14, Jason Ellis 12, Jason Dourisseau 12
Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 18, Nicolas Mazzarino 13



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Best players of Japanese BJ League round 14 - by Eurobasket News
American Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Fukuoka Rizing and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 29-year old swingman had a double-double of 36 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team outclassed Miyazaki (#7, 5-9) with 37-point margin 107-70. Fukuoka Rizing maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Fukuoka Rizing will need more victories to improve their 9-5 record. In the team's last game Parker had a remarkable 68.4% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Fukuoka Rizing, through which he has constantly improved. Evergreen State College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Parker is league's best scorer averaging so far 30.0ppg. Parker is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 11.6rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg,2.4spg and 68.2% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Wendell White (198-G-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz. White impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Kyoto Hannaryz to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Takamatsu FA (#9, 4-8) 94-72. This victory allowed Kyoto Hannaryz to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-8 record. White is a newcomer at Kyoto Hannaryz 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 17.9ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 9.8rpg and 3.1apg.

The third best performed player last round was another Kyoto Hannaryz's star - American Reginald Warren (204-F-81). Warren scored 25 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Kyoto Hannaryz, helping his team with a 94-72 easy win against the lower-ranked Takamatsu FA (#9, 4-8). The chances of Kyoto Hannaryz ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 8 games, recording just six victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Warren could help Kyoto Hannaryz to bring them higher in the standings. Warren has a great season in Japan. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix - 22 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Taj Finger (203-F-86) of Oita H.Devils - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Elijah Palmer (201-F-81) of Miyazaki - 21 points and 20 rebounds
7. Matt Lottich (193-G-82) of Oita H.Devils - 33 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Kenny Satterfield (188-G-81) of Saitama Bron. - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Fukuoka Rizing - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Sek Henry (193-G-87) of Akita - 29 points and 4 assists

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


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Cajasol too good for VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol - VEF Riga 95:83

Five players scored in double figures as Cajasol defeated VEF Riga in the third round of EuroCup regular season. Kirksay came off the bench to top-score with 17 points for Cajasol. The winners climbed at 2-1 record in three-team tie on top of Group G. VEF Riga remained winless.
After VEF Riga opened the game with three points in a row Cajasol scored next 11 points to take the lead. VEF Riga got within one but Cajasol responded with a 14:0 rally and eventually finished the opening quarter on top 30:15. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) helped Cajasol to an 11:0 run that gave the hosts a 41:21 advantage. Kirksay kept on leading Cajasol as they recorded a 54:37 halftime advantage. VEF Riga tried to revive the intrigue early in the third term. The Latvian team ignited an 8:0 spurt to narrow the deficit at just 9 points but Cajasol easily replied. Louis Bullock started a 10:0 outburst from the home team as Cajasol kept their opponents at bay. The Spaniards led by 16 points before the final stanza and were not seriously threatened in the final period en route to the victory.
Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) finished with 13 points each for Cajasol. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) delivered 20 points for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) notched 18 points in the loss.

Cajasol: Tariq Kirksay 17, Paul Davis 13, Kaloyan Ivanov 13
VEF Riga: Derek Willjam 20, Sandis Valters 18



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Div.A Round 9: Sagesse loses to Antranik - by Eurobasket News
Regular Season of Div.A is just at the middle and there are still 9 rounds left. Round 9 most important game was a road victory of 6th-ranked Antranik (3-5) over second-ranked Sagesse (6-2), who beat hosts 84-80 ending at the same time the series of three consecutive victories of Sagesse. It was a good game for American power forward Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory with double-double 24 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Nadim Souaid (192-86) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American power forward Garnett Thompson (207-80, college: Providence) answered with double-double 21 points and 28 rebounds for Sagesse. Antranik did not change their sixth position in the standings. Sagesse keeps the second position. They have the same record like Al Riyadi. Antranik are looking forward to the next round to face Hoops (#7). Sagesse will have a break next round.
Another interesting game for undefeated Champville (8-0) which hosted Al Riyadi (6-2). First ranked Champville crushed visitors
70-50 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Al Riyadi. Former international forward Fadi El Khatib (199-79, agent: Paul Atallah) stepped up with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Jasmon Youngblood helped with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Champville's coach Ghassan Sarkis allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. The best for the losing side was former international center Joseph Vogel (211-73, college: Colorado St., agent: Paul Atallah) with double-double 14 points and 17 rebounds. Champville (8-0) has a solid series of four victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Al Riyadi dropped to the second position. They have the same record like Sagesse. Champville's next round game will be against bottom-ranked Byblos (#9) hoping to win another game. Al Riyadi will play against Chabab (#8) to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also a 46-point surprising road defeat of 6th ranked Chabab.
William Byrd nailed double-double 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side. Marc Dawson came up with double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds for Chabab in defeat. Chabab's coach Aleksandar Vrzhina gave up on the game allowing to play 11 players saving starting five for next games. Chabab (2-6) added third loss to their record. Hoops (2-6) jumped to the seventh spot. They share that position with defeated Chabab. Hoops will meet next round at home higher ranked Antranik (#6) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chabab will play against Al Riyadi hoping for a come back to a winning shape.

In the last game of round 9 Moutahed beat Byblos on the road 98-81.


Hoops - Chabab 98-52
An interesting game was also a 46-point surprising road defeat of 6th ranked Chabab. American swingman William Byrd (201-85, college: Arkansas-Pine Bluff) nailed double-double 15 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for the winning side and former international center Mohamad Hamdar (202-88) accounted for 14 points and 13 rebounds. American power forward Marc Dawson (206-83, college: Long Beach St.) came up with double-double 14 points and 10 rebounds and guard Hassan Lakiss (-87) added 16 points for Chabab in defeat. Chabab's coach Aleksandar Vrzhina gave up on the game allowing to play 11 players saving starting five for next games. Chabab (2-6) added third loss to their record. Hoops (2-6) jumped to the seventh spot. They share that position with defeated Chabab. Hoops will meet next round at home higher ranked Antranik (#6) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Chabab will play against Al Riyadi hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Chabab - Zahle: H.Lakiss 16+1reb, M.Dawson 14+10reb+2ast, E.Clemons 7+5reb+2ast, M.Akkad 5+3reb+2ast, A.Hussein El Kharbatli 2+1reb, D.Kfoury 2
Hoops Club: R.Abou Jawdeh 16+1reb+1ast, C.Cage 16+3reb+3ast, W.Byrd 15+11reb+9ast, M.Hamdar 14+13reb, A.Eid 14+4ast, B.Soaid 9+4reb+5ast
gschID: 115265


Byblos - Moutahed 81-98
No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Moutahed (4-4) beat 8th ranked Byblos (1-7) 98-81. It was a good game for American forward Lavell Payne (203-85, college: Cent.Florida, agent: Hirant Manakian) who led his team to a victory with double-double 30 points and 15 rebounds. International forward Bassel Bawji (204-89, college: Tulsa) contributed with double-double 19 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Former international forward Calvin Warner (201-80, college: Jacksonville) answered with double-double 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists and Samer Moucharef added 30 points and 7 rebounds for Byblos. They added third loss to their record. Moutahed jumped to the fourth spot. They share that position with Anibal. Byblos dropped to the last position. Moutahed are looking forward to the next round to face Anibal (#5). Byblos will play against league's new leader Champville (#1) hoping to prove their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Byblos: S.Moucharef 30+7reb+1ast, C.Warner 21+17reb+4ast, B.Mason 18+6reb+9ast, T.Aamar 5+2reb, A.Barada 4+1reb+1ast, R.Fares 3+1ast
Al Moutahed Tripoli: L.Payne 30+15reb+1ast, B.Bawji 19+11reb+3ast, M.Akary 14+3reb+2ast, E.Roustom 11+7reb+4ast, A.Johnson 6+1reb+8ast, A.Kheir 0+1reb
gschID: 115266


Champville - Al Riyadi 70-50
Another interesting game for undefeated Champville (8-0) which hosted Al Riyadi (6-2). First ranked Champville crushed visitors 70-50 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Al Riyadi. Former international forward Fadi El Khatib (199-79, agent: Paul Atallah) stepped up with 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and American guard Jasmon Youngblood (195-84, college: Kent St.) helped with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Champville's coach Ghassan Sarkis allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. The best for the losing side was former international center Joseph Vogel (211-73, college: Colorado St., agent: Paul Atallah) with double-double 14 points and 17 rebounds and American center Loren Woods (218-78, college: Arizona) with 8 points and 12 rebounds. Champville (8-0) has a solid series of four victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Al Riyadi dropped to the second position. They have the same record like Sagesse. Champville's next round game will be against bottom-ranked Byblos (#9) hoping to win another game. Al Riyadi will play against Chabab (#8) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut: J.Vogel 14+17reb, J.Abed El Nour 10+6reb+1ast, L.Woods 8+12reb, A.Mahmoud 7+4ast, A.Fakhreddine 6+3reb, A.Saoud 5+2reb
Champville: F.El Khatib 24+6reb+2ast, J.Youngblood 18+7reb+3ast, C.Sarkis 11+2reb, M.Mneimneh 5+6reb+2ast, N.Hawi 2+6reb+2ast, M.Martinez 2+4reb+4ast
gschID: 115267


Sagesse - Antranik 80-84
Round 9 most important game was a road victory of 6th-ranked Antranik (3-5) over second-ranked Sagesse (6-2), who beat hosts 84-80 ending at the same time the series of three consecutive victories of Sagesse. It was a good game for American power forward Malcolm Battles (205-79, college: N.Mexico) who led his team to a victory with double-double 24 points and 13 rebounds. Forward Nadim Souaid (192-86) contributed with 18 points for the winners. American power forward Garnett Thompson (207-80, college: Providence) answered with double-double 21 points and 28 rebounds and his countryman center Darryl Watkins (211-84, college: Syracuse, agent: Mark Bartelstein) added 17 points and 13 rebounds for Sagesse. Antranik did not change their sixth position in the standings. Sagesse keeps the second position. They have the same record like Al Riyadi. Antranik are looking forward to the next round to face Hoops (#7). Sagesse will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Sagesse - Al Hekmeh Beirut: G.Thompson 21+28reb+3ast, J.Ghattas 17+1reb+4ast, D.Watkins 17+13reb+3ast, S.Khoury 12+5reb+4ast, E.Estephane 6+2reb+1ast, R.Fahed 4+4reb+4ast
Antranik Beirut: M.Battles 24+13reb, N.Souaid 18+4reb, R.Farraj 7+6reb+3ast, M.Ziadeh 6+8reb+1ast, Y.Avakian 3+1reb+1ast, A.Kanaan 0+9reb
gschID: 115264




Payne's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Lavell Payne (203-F-85, agency: ACMT) put on an amazing game in the last round for Al Moutahed Tripoli and receives a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 30 points and 15 rebounds, while his team crushed Byblos (#9, 1-7) with 17-point margin 98-81. Despite this victory Moutahed dropped to the 4th position in Lebanese league. Moutahed is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. In the team's last game Payne had a remarkable 61.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Moutahed's top player in his first season with the team. University of Central Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Payne is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 11.3rpg) and averages solid 1.7bpg.

Second best performed player last round was William Byrd (201-G/F-85) of Hoops Club. He is American swingman in his first season at Hoops. In the last game Byrd recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Of course he lead Hoops to another comfortable win outscoring Chabab (2-6) 98-52. This victory allowed Hoops to leave bottom place moving a little bit up to 7th position in the standings. 6 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Hoops managed to get this year. Byrd is a newcomer at Hoops and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 22.0ppg (#5). He also registered 11.4 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Samer Moucharef of Byblos (#9). Moucharef got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds . Despite Moucharef's great performance Byblos lost 81-98 to the higher-ranked Moutahed (#4, 4-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Byblos can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-7 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Moucharef he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Moucharef has a very solid season. In 8 games in Lebanon he scored 14.9ppg. He also has 7.6rpg and FGP: 56.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Calvin Warner (201-F-80) of Byblos - 21 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80) of Sagesse - 21 points, 28 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Sagesse - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Malcolm Battles (205-F/C-79) of Antranik - 24 points and 13 rebounds
8. Bassel Bawji (204-F-89) of Moutahed - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Joseph Vogel (211-C-73) of Al Riyadi - 14 points and 17 rebounds
10. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79) of Champville - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Dib replaces Vrzhina as head coach in Chabab... - by Rabih Khoury
After the unexpected results and especially against Hoops last saturday (loosing 46pts), Chabab - Zahle management decided to fire head coach Aleksandar Vrzhina (agency: 011 Sports ) and assigned the head coach position for the time being for the Lebanese young coach Charbel Dib . Chabab - Zahle lost 3 games with a 30+ margin with Verzhina. Dib, a member of the club since its foundation, was the head coach of the Club from D4 to D3, then assistant coach in D2 last year and began assistant in DA this year before being the new coach on Monday. Dib will have his first game tomorrow against Riyadi.

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


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Latinbasket.com All-Liga Sudamericana Awards 2010 - by Emiliano
Liga Sudamericana 1st Team
#s#
Guilherme Giovannoni
Giovannoni
Alexandre Garcia
Garcia
Cedric Moodie
Moodie
Marcelinho Machado
Machado
Hector Romero
Romero
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MVP: Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80)
Best Guard: Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80)
Best Forward: Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80)
Best Center: Hector Romero (202-F/C-80)
Best Coach: Jose Carlos Vidal

1st Team
G: Alexandre Garcia (191-80)
G: Cedric Moodie (187-78)
F/G: Marcelinho Machado (199-75)
F: Guilherme Giovannoni (202-80)
F/C: Hector Romero (202-80)

2nd Team
G: Nezinho dos Santos (186-81)
G/F: Arthur Luiz Belchior (200-82)
F/C: Ricardo Probst (200-76)
F: Diego Lo Grippo (198-78)
C: Roman Gonzalez (211-78)

Honorable Mention
Jefferson da Silva (207-F/C-83)
Sebastian Vega (200-F-88)
Julio Mazzaro (190-G-79)
William Drudi (206-C/F-81)



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


Gran Canaria cruise past Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 - Siauliai 92:72

Gran Canaria made it two wins in three EuroCup games. They fired past Siauliai at home court tonight. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Siauliai fell at 0-3 record in Group C.
Gran Canaria did not waste too much time as they pulled ahead early in the encounter. The home team exploded with 26 points in the first ten minutes to ensure a 10-point lead. Gran Canaria did not slow down in the second term. They fired 26 points more to build a comfortable 17-point halftime cushion. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. The home side dominated at every end of the court piling up a 79:55 lead at the final intermission. Finally Gran Canaria allowed the visitors to breathe freely in the final term but it hardly helped Siauliai. The hosts cruised to an impressive win at the end.
Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) netted 16 points in the win. David Weaver (211-C-87, college: Wake Forest) replied with 15 points for Siauliai. Mindaugas Zukauskas (202-F-75, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria 2014: Judson Wallace 23, Xavier Rey 17, Jaycee Carroll 16
Siauliai: David Weaver 15, Mindaugas Zukauskas 13



Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 16 - by Eurobasket News
Simonas Slivka (194-G-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Meresta Pakruojis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 16.
The 24-year old guard had the game-high 18 points adding four rebounds and seven assists for Meresta in his team's victory, helping them to beat LKKA-Atletas (#5, 10-5) 99-93. Despite this victory Meresta dropped to the 3rd position in Lithuanian NKL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Meresta will need more victories to improve their 11-4 record. Slivka has many years of experience at Meresta, through which he has constantly improved. Simonas Slivka averages this season 11.7ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-G/F-88) of Perlas-MRU Vilnius. Jacevicius impressed basketball fans with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course Perlas-MRU cruised to a 69-58 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Akademija (#13, 4-11). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Perlas-MRU keeps 9th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-8 record. Jacevicius is a newcomer at Perlas-MRU and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was another Meresta Pakruojis' star - Vytautas Padgureckas (186-G-85). Padgureckas scored 28 points. He was another key player of Meresta, helping his team with a 99-93 win against slightly lower-ranked LKKA-Atletas (#5, 10-5). Meresta needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 11 victories and 4 lost games. Padgureckas has a very solid season. In 15 games in Lithuania he scored 9.0ppg. He also has 3.1apg, 2.5spg and FGP: 55.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sarunas Vingelis (192-G-89) of LKKA-Atletas - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas - 31 points and 5 rebounds
6. Evaldas Tviraga (209-C-87) of LKKA-Atletas - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Paulis Klemas (186-G-91) of Delikatesas - 16 points and 5 rebounds
8. Mindaugas Kupsas (211-C-91) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of Akademija - 14 points and 10 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 20.7
 1. Kieza, Juventus20.7 
 2. Alijevas, Nevezis19.6 
 3. Janavicius, Siauliai19.0 
 4. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris19.0 
 5. Volkus, Techasas18.5 
 6. Bajramovic, Lietuv.18.3 
 7. Viskontas, Perlas16.9 
 8. Juskevicius, Rudupis16.3 
 9. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.1 
 10. Sarakauskas, Siauliai15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Kieza, Juventus13.6 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai11.2 
 3. Silinskis, Techasas8.4 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis7.9 
 5. Valanciunas, Lietuv.7.8 
 6. Zelionis, Rudupis7.5 
 7. Valukonis, Techasas6.9 
 8. Janisius, Sakalai6.7 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgiris6.6 
 10. Vasylius, Neptunas6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Adas JUSKEVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (194-G/F-89)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.8 
 2. Collins, Zalgiris5.6 
 3. Janavicius, Siauliai5.3 
 4. El-Amin, Lietuvos.5.0 
 5. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.0 
 6. Kalnietis, Zalgiris5.0 
 7. Alijevas, Nevezis4.9 
 8. Dainys, Rudupis4.8 
 9. Ezerskis, Techasas4.6 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Tomas RINKEVICIUS
  Techasas
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.4 
 2. Vasylius, Neptunas2.4 
 3. Valukonis, Techasas2.4 
 4. Viskontas, Perlas2.4 
 5. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 6. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.1 
 7. Janavicius, Siauliai2.0 
 8. Alijevas, Nevezis2.0 
 9. Newley, Lietuvos.2.0 
 10. Vene, Aiscai Kaunas1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Techasas
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Silinskis, Techasas2.4 
 2. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.2.2 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.9 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.3 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.2 
 7. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.1 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas1.1 
 9. Bajramovic, Lietuv.1.0 
 10. Kieza, Juventus1.0 


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Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Kennedy, Residence26.5 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. Muller, T7122.4 
 4. Schumacher, T7122.1 
 5. Kalmes, Contern20.9 
 6. McDaniel, Black S.20.1 
 7. Delgado, Etzella19.9 
 8. Scott, Etzella19.8 
 9. Reimold, Basket E.19.7 
 10. Rajniak, Basket E.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. McDaniel, Black S.13.9 
 2. Wurtz, Musel Pikes13.3 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 4. Wojnowski, Musel P.12.1 
 5. Scott, Etzella12.1 
 6. Kennedy, Residence11.8 
 7. Gary, Contern11.7 
 8. Abercrombie, Spa.11.5 
 9. Stephens, T7110.8 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Tom SCHUMACHER
  T71
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Schumacher, T714.8 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.5 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.6 
 4. Arbaut, Sparta3.4 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.3 
 6. Delgado, Etzella3.1 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.2.7 
 8. Koster, Residence2.6 
 9. Jeitz, Amicale2.5 
 10. Donnersbach, Basket E.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Christian SCHARTZ
  Amicale
  (180-G-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Schartz, Amicale2.1 
 2. Kalmes, Contern2.1 
 3. Kennedy, Residence2.0 
 4. Jones, Amicale2.0 
 5. Jeitz, Amicale1.8 
 6. Gary, Contern1.8 
 7. Birdsong, Amicale1.6 
 8. Smith, Sparta1.6 
 9. Delgado, Etzella1.6 
 10. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Gary, Contern1.8 
 2. Birdsong, Amicale1.5 
 3. McDaniel, Black S.1.4 
 4. Hoffmann, Etzella1.1 
 5. Abercrombie, Spa.1.1 
 6. Kennedy, Residence1.0 
 7. Weisen, Soleuvre0.8 
 8. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.7 
 9. Stephens, T710.6 
 10. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.6 


Luxembourg Diekirch League round 10 best performance: Cory Abercrombie - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked BBC Sparta Bertrange, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 18 rebounds, while his team edged out Etzella (#4, 7-3) 66-64. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Sparta maintains the 2nd position in Luxembourg Diekirch League. They are still close to the very top. Sparta would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 8-2 record. Abercrombie turned to be Sparta's top player in his first season with the team. Former Independence CC star has very solid stats this year. Abercrombie is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 11.5rpg) and averages impressive 1.1bpg and 56.6% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American John Reimold (198-F-81) of Basket Esch. Reimold had a very good evening with 29 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Of course he lead Basket Esch to another comfortable win 89-73 over slightly lower-ranked Musel Pikes (#6, 4-6) being unquestionably team leader. Basket Esch's 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Reimold is well-known at Basket Esch and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.7ppg (#9). His other stats are also decent: 6.9rpg and 3.3apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83) of Musel Pikes (#6). Wurtz scored 23 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Wurtz's great performance Musel Pikes lost 73-89 to slightly higher-ranked Basket Esch (#5, 7-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Musel Pikes ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wurtz could help Musel Pikes to bring them higher in the standings. Wurtz has a great season in Luxembourg. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.3rpg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84) of Residence - 22 points and 12 rebounds
5. Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85) of Etzella - 20 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Eric Jeitz (191-G-86) of Amicale - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84) of Black Star - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Martin Rajniak (204-F-78) of Basket Esch - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Domonique Crawford (193-G-84) of Soleuvre - 21 points and 13 rebounds
10. Brandon Gary (202-F-83) of Contern - 18 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists

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


Sparta and T71 on top as Amicale gets huge road win at Etzella!! - by John Thomas
DBBL Round 9

November 22, 2010

Etzella - Amicale 49-64
Amicale played its best match of the season in Ettelbruck on Sunday, November 21st. After a great Etzella start 11-3, Amicale took control early and led most of the way going up by as many as 15 points several times throughout on route to a 49-64 road win over the DBBL leader. Louis Birdsong (198-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: George Mason) scored 20 points as Amicale delivered Etzella their worst loss in recent club history. Amicale lost 48-70 a few weeks ago at home to AB Contern and have turned things around considerably. They are now is on a little run winning a few in a row and looking better each week. Raul Birenbaum added 15 points, Michael Zianveni 11 and Christian Schartz 10. Etzella had Nelson Delgado and Tim Giver with 13 each. Dustin Scott (203-F/C-85, college: Charleston) was held to a season low 7 as he spent much of the time on the bench due to foul trouble.
Top Scorers:
Etzella: N. DelGado 13, Giver 13, Scott 7
Amicale: Birdsong 18 points, Birenbaum 15, Zianveni 11 and Schartz 10

T 71 - Black Star 97-75
Black Star finished the first round of qualification in the DBBL without a win. Their average margin of loss is -20.1 points per game. As it looks, things can't get much better as they continue to struggle in a league where they do not belong. T71, led by 2 of the DBBL's top scorers had no trouble to notch another victory at home. Tom Schumacher led the charge with a season high 32 points. Frank Muller added 18 points and 8 rebounds. Also in double figures for T71 were Andre Abreu 11, Christophe Laures 11 and Franck Siebenbour 10. Import Denell Stephens (192-G-86, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Slippery Rock) took the night almost completely off playing less than 4 minutes. Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84, agency: JEMsports, college: Ark.-Monticello) did his thing for Black Star, scoring 25 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. Mike Schumacher had his best game ever busting 19 points showing he can play at this level. Yannick Arbaut added 11.
Top Scorers:
T71: Schumacher 32+6ast+1st, Muller 18+8reb+1st, Abreu 11+7 reb, Laures 11+3reb
Black Star: McDaniel 25+19+2st+2bs, Schumacher 19+3reb,Arbaut 11+ 2ast, Tom Rausch 9+6ast

Sparta- Contern 83-58
Dan Kalmes, 5th in scoring in Luxembourg's DBBL, had another great night with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists to help his squad at home against Sparta. It was not enough, as only one other of his teammates reached double figures. That was Brandon Gary (202-F-83, college: Hutchinson CC) with 16. Five Sparta players had a balanced night with Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C-85, college: Independence CC) and Patrick Arbaut taking honors with 14 each. Larrie Smith (197-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) added 13, Julien Hublart and Rene Wolzfeld dropped 10 each. With the win, Sparta remains near the top and is looking really strong as a contender for the league title.
Top Scorers:
Sparta: Abercrombie 14+6reb+3ast, Arbaut 14+4st+4reb, Smith 13+4reb+1bs, Hublart 10+3reb+2ast, Wolzfeld 10+2reb+2ast
Contern: Kalmes 25+7reb+2ast, 16+4reb, Ted Schleimer 7+2reb+3ast

Musel Pikes - Residence 84-68
Musel Pikes upended the visitors from Walferdange by 16 points. Pikes played only 6 but they were efficient and effective as they improved their record to 4-5 and are in 6th place just ahead of Contern as the two teams fight for a spot in the top 6 for the DBBL playoffs. Twin towers Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83, college: Indiana St.) and Tomasz Wojnowski (205-C-81) were too much for Marcus Kennedy and Marco Leschek to handle. Wurtz led the Pikes with 25 points on 11/22 shooting inside the arc and tore down 20 rebounds. Wojnowski was solid with 21 points and 20 rebounds. Laurent Schwartz threw down 18 of his own and Jean Kox added 12 point and 5 assists. Marcus Kennedy did his usual thing notching 28 points,took 12 rebounds and blocked 2 shots. Thierry abdiu and Pitt Koster scored 15 and 14 points respectively. With the loss, Residence looks like a team that may not deserve to make the playoffs this season.
Top Scorers:
Musel Pikes: Wurtz 25+20reb+3ast, Wojnowski 21+21reb+1st+1bs, Schwartz 18+3reb+3ast
Residence: Kennedy 28+12reb+2st+2bs, Abdiu 15+3reb+2st, Koster 14+5reb+2ast+1st, Leschek 9+8reb

Soleuvre - Basket Esch 71-83
In a battle of the south, Basket Esch came out on top as they took a lead early and never relenquished going up by as many as 29 in front of nearly 400 spectators. Domonique Crawford (193-G-84, college: Youngstown St.) and Christian Weisen topped Soleuvre with 18 each. John Reimold (198-F-81, college: Bowling Green) scored only 8, but help from many as 4 others scored in double figures for the road win. With the win, Basket Esch remains in the race for the title and Soleuvre is near the bottom just ahead of DBBL doormat Black Star of Mersch.
Top Scorers:
Soleuvre: Weisen 18, Crawford 18, Controguerra 12, Hemmen 11 and Weyland 10
Basket Esch: Svitek 17,Diederich 15, C. Donnersbach 14, Kesseler 10 and Reimold 8




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  MALAYSIA   


KL Dragons Apologized Formally for Patriots - by Abdallah Omari
Westports KL Dragons would like to issue a public apology to Warren Ybanez (170-G-79), for the Philippine Patriots and to all parties concerned regarding the unfortunate incident that happened during the Westports KL Dragons home game against the Philippine Patriots at MABA Stadium on 28 November 2010. Westports KL Dragons takes full responsibility for this incident and fully accepts the fine of USD5,000.00 imposed by the AirAsia Asean Basketball League.

What happened was unforeseen and embarrassing for the league, the team and all true Dragons fans. We strongly condemn such actions and in no way is it a representation of our fans and Malaysian hospitality. Westports KL Dragons will take necessary measures to avoid any repeat of such incidents, to ensure the safety of the teams, players, officials and fans. The individual fully responsible for the incident has since been identified and action will be taken against this individual. Rest assured, that this individual will not be allowed back to another Westports KL Dragons game. This individual is indeed an imbecile (as mentioned on ESPN) and in no way represents the Westports KL Dragons, our fans, the game of basketball, the people of Malaysia or Malaysian sports.


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  MEXICO   


Best players of Mexican LNBP round 26 - by Eurobasket News
American-Barbados Malcom Connor (198-G/F-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Volcanes de Toluca and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 26.
The 30-year old swingman had a double-double of 36 points and eleven rebounds, while his team outclassed Algodoneros (#14, 8-17) with 38-point margin 123-85. The game was not the highest importance and did not have significant influence on the top of the standings. Volcanes maintains the 18th position in Mexican LNBP. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Volcanes have already lost 25 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Connor had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range and got five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. He turned to be Volcanes' top player in his first season with the team. Malcom Connor averages this season 16.6ppg and 7.2rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Volcanes de Toluca's star - 30-year old American guard Larry Morinia (180-G-80, agency: ProSportsCareers). Morinia impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 28 points and 16 assists. Of course together with Connor he helped Volcanes with another comfortable win outscoring the higher-ranked Algodoneros (#14, 8-17) 123-85. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Volcanes is still at the dead bottom 18th position. 25 lost games is too many comparing to just one victory Volcanes managed to get this year. Morinia is a newcomer at Volcanes and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. Montana State University alumni Morinia played previously also Eurobasket Summer League, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

The third best performed player last round was Panamanian Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-76) of Panteras de Aguascalientes (#13). Garcia showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, sixteen rebounds (!!!) and seven assists in the last round. Despite Garcia's great performance Panteras lost 81-97 to the higher-ranked Ola Verde (#9, 14-12). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Panteras not to end season on such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 15 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Garcia could try to bring Panteras' a little bit higher in the standings. Garcia has individually a great season in Mexico. After 21 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 9.9ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 13.0rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Aaron Eneas (202-F-78) of Ola Verde - 27 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Ola Verde - 30 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Angeles - 21 points and 10 rebounds
7. Salomon Angounou (202-F-83) of Titanes - 20 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Fuerza Regia - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Darryl Johnson (202-F) of Algodoneros - 24 points and 10 rebounds
10. Anthony Pedroza (191-G-79) of Soles - 31 points and 4 rebounds

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


LNBP Round 26: Toros is upset by Fuerza Regia - by Eurobasket News
The biggest surprise of round 26 in LNBP took place in Nuevo Laredo between Top Four teams. It ended with guest Fuerza Regia's (19-7) road victory over second-ranked Toros (19-7) 84-77. The best player for the winner was American forward Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) who had double-double 20 points and 14 rebounds. His countryman guard Demetric Shaw (191-78, college: Kent St.) helped with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-84, college: McNeese St.) produced double-double 21 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Fuerza Regia (19-7) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Toros. Thanks to that win Fuerza Regia moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Toros. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to the next round to face bottom-ranked Volcanes (#18) in Toluca which should be an easy walk for them. Toros will play at home against league's leader Pioneros (#1) hoping to win this game.
The game with biggest point difference took place in Cancun where first ranked Pioneros (20-6) outscored much lower ranked Titanes by 45 points
102-57. Rammel Allen (210-C-79, college: Bridgeport) orchestrated the victory with double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds. Horacio Llamas contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pioneros' coach Alberto Espasandin felt such comfortable that he used 10 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Cameroonian forward Salomon Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St., agent: Larry Williams) replied with double-double 20 points and 12 rebounds for Titanes. It was third consecutive victory for Pioneros. They maintains first position, which they share with Halc.Xalapa. Newly promoted Titanes keeps the fifteenth place with eighteen games lost. They share it with Abejas. Pioneros' next round game will be against Toros (#4) at Nuevo Laredo. Titanes will play at home against Lechugueros (#11) to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was played in Toluca where host Volcanes (#18) outplayed higher ranked Algodoneros with 38-point difference
123-85. Malcom Connor scored double-double 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to led the charge for the winners. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. Darryl Johnson responded with double-double 24 points and 10 rebounds. Volcanes (1-25) celebrated their first victory after twenty five consecutive losses, while for Algodoneros it was their loss in a row. Newly promoted Volcanes maintains eighteenth position with 1-25 record. Algodoneros at the other side, also first year in the league, keeps the fourteenth place with seventeen games lost. Volcanes will meet next round higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#3) and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Algodoneros will play against Halc.Xalapa (#) having rather no chance for a victory.
We should not miss the game which took place in Ciudad Obregon where third ranked Halc.Xalapa (20-6) edged by two points 12th ranked Potros (11-15)
92-90. Louis Roe notched double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Thanks to that win Halc.Xalapa become a new league leader, which they share with Pioneros. Potros keeps the twelfth place with fifteen games lost. Halc.Xalapa's next round opponent will be Algodoneros (#14) in la Comarca which should be an easy walk for them. Potros will play on the road against Panteras.
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where tenth ranked Soles (14-12) won against higher ranked Halc.Rojos (17-9) in a home game by 5 points
76-71. It was significant upset for the visitors. The best player for the winner was Anthony Pedroza who had 31 points. Thanks to that win Soles moved-up to ninth place. Halc.Rojos dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Soles will face next round Jaguares (#17) at Nayarit hoping to win another game.

Rest of the games of round 26 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Algodoneros was defeated by Lechugueros in Leon 104-62. Abejas was beaten by Lobos Grises at home 89-98. Angeles won against Volcanes on the opponent's court 94-72. Ola Verde managed to outperform Panteras in a home game 97-81. Jaguares recorded a loss to Huracanes on the road 84-66. Abejas lost at home against Lobos Grises
89-98.


Lechugueros - Algodoneros 104-62
There was no surprise in Leon where 14th ranked Algodoneros (8-17) was crushed by eleventh ranked Lechugueros (13-13) 104-62. The best player for the winner was Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) who had 21 points and 8 assists. American forward Marcus Jackson (202-82, college: Marquette, agent: Side Court) helped with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Lechugueros' coach felt such comfortable that he used 11 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. American power forward John Ruffus (207-81, college: Fayetteville St.) produced double-double 22 points and 13 rebounds (made all of his twelve free throws !!!) and guard Jose Luis Aguilar (188-78) added 12 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. Lechugueros (13-13) has a solid series of four victories in a row comparing to six consecutive losses by Algodoneros. They maintains eleventh position. Newly promoted Algodoneros keeps the fourteenth place with seventeen games lost. Lechugueros are looking forward to the next round to face Titanes (#15) in Mexico City. Algodoneros will play at home against league's second-placed Halc.Xalapa having rather no chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros de Leon: R.Johns 21+4reb+8ast, M.Jackson 14+7reb+2ast, R.Perez 13+7reb, R.Moss 10+5reb+2ast, E.Zuniga 10+4reb+5ast, M.Perez 9+1reb+1ast
Algodoneros de la Comarca: J.Ruffus 22+13reb, A.Sutton 15+3reb+2ast, J.Luis Aguilar 12+11reb+7ast, O.Jimenez Guzman 6+5reb, M.Martinez 5+2reb, T.Latiker 2+3ast
gschID: 102509


Abejas - Lobos Grises 89-98
No shocking result in a game in Guanajuato where eighth ranked Lobos Grises (15-11) defeated 16th ranked Abejas (7-18) 98-89. Lobos Grises maintains eighth position. Abejas dropped to the fifteenth place with eighteen games lost. They share it with Titanes. Lobos Grises are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Halc.Rojos (#7) in Veracruz and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Abejas will play at home against Angeles (#5) hoping to prove their fans that it was just an accident.
gschID: 102510


Toros - Fuerza Regia 77-84
The biggest surprise of round 26 in LNBP took place in Nuevo Laredo between Top Four teams. It ended with guest Fuerza Regia's (19-7) road victory over second-ranked Toros (19-7) 84-77. The best player for the winner was American forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who had double-double 20 points and 14 rebounds. His countryman guard Demetric Shaw (191-78, college: Kent St.) helped with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Quentin Joseph (200-84, college: McNeese St.) produced double-double 21 points and 10 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agent: Jose F. Paris) added 19 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the hosts. Fuerza Regia (19-7) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row comparing to three consecutive losses by Toros. Thanks to that win Fuerza Regia moved-up to third place which they share with defeated Toros. Fuerza Regia are looking forward to the next round to face bottom-ranked Volcanes (#18) in Toluca which should be an easy walk for them. Toros will play at home against league's leader Pioneros (#1) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia Monterrey: J.Smith 20+14reb+3ast, M.Mitchell 15+4reb+2ast, D.Shaw 13+6reb+2ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 11+2reb+1ast, J.Habel 10+1reb, G.Giron 6+1reb+1ast
Toros Nuevo Laredo: Q.Joseph 21+10reb+1ast, W.Pagan 19+5reb+7ast, A.Rougeau 13+5reb+1ast, A.Henning 10+2reb+1ast, M.Helms 8+1reb+3ast, E.Vasquez 4+3reb
gschID: 102511


Volcanes - Algodoneros 123-85
An interesting game was played in Toluca where host Volcanes (#18) outplayed higher ranked Algodoneros with 38-point difference 123-85. American-Barbados swingman Malcom Connor (198-80, college: W.New Mexico) scored double-double 36 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agent: Richard Avery) helped with 28 points and 16 assists. Morinia attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball. Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players saving starting five for next games. American forward Darryl Johnson (202, college: Shaw) responded with double-double 24 points and 10 rebounds and his countryman guard Antwan Sutton (183-83, college: Solano CC) with 28 points and 4 assists. Volcanes (1-25) celebrated their first victory after twenty five consecutive losses, while for Algodoneros it was their loss in a row. Newly promoted Volcanes maintains eighteenth position with 1-25 record. Algodoneros at the other side, also first year in the league, keeps the fourteenth place with seventeen games lost. Volcanes will meet next round higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#3) and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Algodoneros will play against Halc.Xalapa (#) having rather no chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Volcanes de Toluca: M.Connor 36+11reb+2ast, L.Morinia 28+2reb+16ast, S.Torres 18+4reb+2ast, G.Lira 16+4reb+2ast, C.Roland 12+5reb, D.Sanchez 9+1reb
Algodoneros de la Comarca: A.Sutton 28+2reb+4ast, D.Johnson 24+10reb+1ast, M.Martinez 14+4reb, I.Jimenez 12+5reb, U.Santos 4+2reb+1ast, H.Rodriguez 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 117789


Soles - Halc.Rojos 76-71
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where tenth ranked Soles (14-12) won against higher ranked Halc.Rojos (17-9) in a home game by 5 points 76-71. It was significant upset for the visitors. The best player for the winner was international guard Anthony Pedroza (191-79, college: Oregon, agent: Keith Kreiter) who had 31 points. American forward Terrance Thomas (198-80, college: Baylor, agent: Danny Servick) helped with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. American forward Lawrence Hill (203-87, college: Stanford) produced 19 points and 8 rebounds and Panamanian power forward Jaime Lloreda (201-80, college: LSU) added 12 points and 5 rebounds for the guests. Thanks to that win Soles moved-up to ninth place. Halc.Rojos dropped to the sixth place with nine games lost. Soles will face next round Jaguares (#17) at Nayarit hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Soles de Mexicali: A.Pedroza 31+4reb+1ast, T.Thomas 13+6reb+4ast, R.Marentes 10+1reb+2ast, D.Davis 8+12reb+2ast, H.Hernandez 5+3reb, R.Garces 5+5reb+1ast
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz: L.Hill 19+8reb+3ast, C.Lee 15+3reb+1ast, J.Lloreda 12+5reb+3ast, C.Rivera 8+3reb+3ast, A.Solares 8, J.Aubry 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 102505


Potros - Halc.Xalapa 90-92
We should not miss the game which took place in Ciudad Obregon where third ranked Halc.Xalapa (20-6) edged by two points 12th ranked Potros (11-15) 92-90. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) notched double-double 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Italian-Uruguayan guard Leandro Garcia Morales (186-80, college: Texas A&M, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) accounted for 18 points and 4 assists. Even 24 points by American forward Sammy Monroe (198-85, college: Newberry) did not help to save the game for Potros. Thanks to that win Halc.Xalapa become a new league leader, which they share with Pioneros. Potros keeps the twelfth place with fifteen games lost. Halc.Xalapa's next round opponent will be Algodoneros (#14) in la Comarca which should be an easy walk for them. Potros will play on the road against Panteras.
Top scorers:
Halcones UV Xalapa: L.Roe 20+11reb+3ast, L.Garcia Morales 18+2reb+4ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 17+5reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 15+4reb+5ast, A.Parada 11+10reb+2ast, R.Traylor 10+6reb+1ast
Potros ITSON: R.Perez 24+1reb, S.Monroe 24+4reb+2ast, A.Guzman 18+5reb+4ast, G.James 7+7reb+1ast, A.Meeking 6+9reb+2ast, F.Harris 4+1reb
gschID: 102506


Volcanes - Angeles 72-94
Very expected game in Toluca where 18th ranked Volcanes (1-25) was rolled over by sixth ranked Angeles (17-8) 94-72. The best player for the winner was Venezuelan center Luis Bethelmy (200-86) who had double-double 21 points and 10 rebounds. American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami (FL)) helped with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Angeles' coach Nelson Solorzano felt such comfortable that he used 10 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agent: Richard Avery) produced 21 points and Abel Velarde added 22 points for the hosts. Volcanes lost their twentieth fourth game in a row. Thanks to that win Angeles moved-up to fifth place. Newly promoted Volcanes keeps the bottom place with twenty five games lost. Angeles are looking forward to the next round to face Abejas (#16) in Guanajuato which should be another easy walk for them. Volcanes will play at home against Fuerza Regia hoping to prove their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Angeles de Puebla: L.Bethelmy 21+10reb+1ast, J.Walker 16+5reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 12+1reb, R.McKoy 9+11reb+1ast, D.Guevara 9+1reb+1ast, R.Butler 8+8reb
Volcanes de Toluca: A.Velarde 22+2reb+3ast, L.Morinia 21+4reb+2ast, S.Torres 12+3reb, M.Connor 10+7reb+1ast, G.Lira 7+10reb+2ast, J.Angel Lopez Esquivel 0
gschID: 102507


Pioneros - Titanes 102-57
The game with biggest point difference took place in Cancun where first ranked Pioneros (20-6) outscored much lower ranked Titanes by 45 points 102-57. Rammel Allen orchestrated the victory with double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds. Former international center Horacio Llamas (212-73) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Pioneros' coach Alberto Espasandin felt such comfortable that he used 10 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Cameroonian forward Salomon Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St., agent: Larry Williams) replied with double-double 20 points and 12 rebounds and naturalized American swingman Erick Martin (196-76) added 12 points for Titanes. It was third consecutive victory for Pioneros. They maintains first position, which they share with Halc.Xalapa. Newly promoted Titanes keeps the fifteenth place with eighteen games lost. They share it with Abejas. Pioneros' next round game will be against Toros (#4) at Nuevo Laredo. Titanes will play at home against Lechugueros (#11) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun: R.Allen 18+10reb+1ast, H.Llamas 17+8reb, S.Soriano 15+7reb+3ast, G.Grays 13+1reb, J.Villanueva 10+5reb, J.Sanchez 9+3reb+1ast
Titanes Capital D.F.: S.Angounou 20+12reb+3ast, E.Martin 12+4reb+1ast, C.Silva 10+5reb, R.Sandoval 7+3reb+1ast, A.Flores 4+2reb, I.Silva 3+1reb
gschID: 102508


Ola Verde - Panteras 97-81
Rather predictable result in Poza Rica where ninth ranked Ola Verde (14-12) beat 13th ranked Panteras (9-15) 97-81. The best player for the winner was Bahamas forward Aaron Eneas (202-78, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) who had double-double 27 points and 11 rebounds. American swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) helped with 30 points. Ola Verde's coach allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) produced double-double 16 points, 16 rebounds and 7 assists and Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83) added 29 points for the guests. It was fourth consecutive victory for Ola Verde. Newly promoted Ola Verde maintains ninth position. Panteras keeps the thirteenth place with fifteen games lost. Ola Verde are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked Huracanes (#6) in Tampico and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Panteras will play at home against Potros (#12) hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Ola Verde de Poza Rica Ver.: O.McCullough 30+3reb+3ast, A.Eneas 27+11reb+3ast, J.Vargas 15+3reb+7ast, M.Baker 14+7reb+10ast, F.Ibarra 9+13reb, A.Gonzalez 2
Panteras de Aguascalientes: R.Melendez 29+1reb+3ast, C.Brooks 18+3reb, A.Garcia 16+16reb+7ast, L.Miguel Rangel 9+3reb+2ast, J.Alvarez 5+6reb, F.Sanchez 2+2reb
gschID: 102503


Huracanes - Jaguares 84-66
Not a big story in a game in Tampico where 17th ranked Jaguares (1-22) was defeated by seventh ranked Huracanes (17-9) 84-66. The best player for the winner was American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) who had double-double 19 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. His countryman center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) helped with double-double 15 points and 10 rebounds. Huracanes' coach used all the bench and giving the chance to rest for starting five. American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) produced double-double 18 points and 13 rebounds and Bahamas guard Ray Rose (183-83, college: Olivet Nazarene) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists for the guests. It was fourth consecutive victory for Huracanes, while Jaguares lost their twelfth game in a row. Thanks to that win Huracanes moved-up to sixth place. Newly promoted Jaguares keeps the seventeenth place with twenty two games lost. Huracanes are looking forward to the next round to face Ola Verde (#9) in Poza Rica. Jaguares will play at home against Soles (#10) hoping to prove their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Huracanes de Tampico: R.Hornsby 19+10reb+4ast, T.Bobbitt 17+5reb+4ast, A.Fuqua 15+10reb+2ast, O.Quintero 12+3reb+6ast, A.Hunter 10+1reb, E.Albor 5+1reb+4ast
Jaguares de la Bahia Riviera Nayarit: F.Hooks 18+13reb, Q.Demariet 13+3reb+2ast, E.Halgunseth 12+5reb+1ast, R.Rose 10+5reb+7ast, A.Armstrong 9+4reb, S.Escobar 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 102504




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Budivelnyk see off visiting Buducnost - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk - Buducnost 70:56

Budivelnyk extended their winning series in EuroCup. They held off Buducnost in Dnipropetrovsk to climb at 3-0 record in Group C. Buducnost suffered the second loss in three games. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) accounted for 25 points for the winners.
The Montenegrin team jumped in charge early in the first quarter. They accumulated a 9:4 lead several minutes into the game. Budivelnyk quickly responded and soon put their noses in front. Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) capped the first term with a three-pointer to give Budivelnyk a 21:16 advantage. Lamayne Wilson was the mastermind of a 13:2 run that put Budivelnyk in charge in the second frame. The hosts built a 40:27 halftime advantage. The Kyiv team enjoyed a 14-point lead in the third quarter but Buducnost did not give up. They cut the distance at 10 points with one quarter remaining. The visitors got as close 6 points in the final frame. But Budivelnyk did not panic. The hosts restored a double-digit lead and never looked back en route to the victory.
Lamayne Wilson provided 16 points for Budivelnyk. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) and Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) accounted for 11 points apiece in the win. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) replied with 14 points for Buducnost. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk: Zach Morley 25, Lamayne Wilson 16, Michailis Anisimovas 11, Andrew Betts 11
Buducnost: Vladimir Dragicevic 14, Bojan Dubljevic 11



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Gold Rush, 8-0 for first time since '80s, win at St. Thomas - by Emiliano
HOUSTON -- Devin Andrew (6'4''-G) scored 19 points Monday, and Kevin Miller (6'4''-G)r's free throw and steal in the final 10 seconds helped NAIA No. 20 Xavier (LA) preserve a 63-60 men's basketball victory over St.Thomas (FL).
The Gold Rush, winning on the road for the second time in three days, are 8-0 for the first time since the 1983-84 season. St.Thomas (FL) is 3-6.
Andrew missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw with 8.5 seconds remaining and Xavier leading 62-60, but Miller grabbed the rebound and was fouled while shooting. Miller made the front end of double-bonus free throws, then stole the ball from Anthony Medina before he could beat the buzzer with an attempt 3-pointer.
Cordell Hadnot had nine points and a career-high-tying 12 rebounds for Xavier, which trailed 29-24 at halftime. The Gold Rush committed 11 more turnovers than the Celts but outshot them 56.8 to 40 percent from the floor and outrebounded them 30-21. Xavier shot 68.4 percent from the floor (13-of-19) in the second half.
Xavier has won 12 consecutive regular-season games, its longest streak since winning 13 in a row in 1986-87.
Xavier's next game will start at 6 p.m. Friday against Talladega at The Barn.



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Sacramento Kings waive Antoine Wright - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings released forward-guard Antoine Wright (6'7''-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M) on Monday.

Wright, 26, played in seven games this season for Sacramento, scoring two points and three rebounds.

The fifth-year player made headlines Nov. 5 when he was arrested in Rocklin on suspicion of driving under the influence. The Kings signed Wright in July.

Courtesy of www.news10.net


Raptors recall Ed Davis from D-League - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors recalled first-round draft pick Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89, college: N.Carolina) from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on Monday.

The six-foot-10, 225-pound forward is expected to rejoin the Raptors for practice Tuesday and be on the active roster for Wednesdays game versus Washington.

Davis played in two games with the BayHawks, averaging 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 17.5 minutes.

Chosen 13th overall by the Raptors this past summer, he was only cleared to resume playing last week after tearing the meniscus in his right knee before training camp started.

Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


Monday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat - Washington W. 105-94
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Erik Spoelstra had a pregame meeting Monday afternoon to talk about Miami's offensive woes. Early returns suggest it was a productive chat. James scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) added 26 and the Heat beat Washington 105-94 on Monday night, keeping the Wizards winless away from home this season. James had 20 of his points in the first half, Wade added 15 in the third quarter, and though it didn't get into a blowout until the fourth quarter -- it's the fifth time already this season where the Wizards have lost by double digits -- it was comfortable for Miami throughout. The Heat topped 100 points for the first time in their past seven games, and led by as many as 22 on the way to just their second win in their past six games. And for Spoelstra, it was a milestone, his 100th regular-season victory, coming in career game No. 182. Andray Blatche scored 26 for Washington, which is 0-8 on the road. Gilbert Arenas added 23 for the Wizards, who lost to the Heat for the eighth time in the teams' past nine meetings. Nick Young scored 13 and JaVale McGee finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds for Washington. *Courtesy of www.justnews.com

Oklah.City T. - N.Orleans H. 95-89
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) doesn't mind taking a back seat when Russell Westbrook (6'3''-G-88, college: UCLA) is taking over a game in crunch time. Westbrook scored 12 of his 25 points during a decisive 14-0 run late in the fourth quarter and also had 11 assists, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied to beat the New Orleans Hornets 95-89 on Monday night. Westbrook scored six in a row to tie the game, then kept going with a driving layup and a 3-pointer that put the Thunder up 88-81 with 1:38 to play. After the 3-pointer, he mocked slamming guns down into holsters at his side. Westbrook has been the go-to guy down the stretch for Oklahoma City recently with Durant and Jeff Green struggling to knock down shots consistently. Over the past three games, Durant and Green are a combined 37-for-109 (34 percent) from the field. Durant finished with 26 points, but 12 came from the free-throw line -- including four in the final minute that helped clinch it. His biggest contribution in the decisive stretch was slowing down David West, who led New Orleans with 20 points but missed six straight shots as Oklahoma City pulled ahead. Chris Paul added 17 points, 14 assists and five steals as the Hornets lost for the fourth time in five games after an 11-1 start. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Dallas M. - Houston R. 101-91
Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) provided the third-quarter spark the Dallas Mavericks needed to turn a reasonably close game into a runaway. Butler scored 13 of his 19 points during a decisive third-quarter run, Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and the Mavericks stretched their winning streak to six games with a 101-91 victory over the Houston Rockets on Monday night. Dallas used a 17-6 third-quarter spurt capped by 11 straight from Butler to expand a seven-point halftime edge to 77-59. Butler hit 6 of 7 shots in the third, all on jumpers, including a 3-pointer. Jason Kidd, who finished with 11 assists, set up four of Butler's buckets in the third. Shawn Marion added 14 points and 10 rebounds, and J.J Barea scored 11 for Dallas. Kevin Martin's 17 points and Luis Scola's 15 paced the Rockets, who've lost six of eight. The Mavs carried an 83-71 lead into the final quarter, and were up by as many as 22 down the stretch. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net

Utah Jazz - Milwaukee B. 109-88
Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (6'10''-F-85) was sporting a bloody cut on his chin. But in the end, he caused the most damage Monday night. Jefferson, looking more and more comfortable with his new team, led Utah with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four blocked shots in a 109-88 victory over injury-depleted Milwaukee. Jefferson, brought in primarily to replace departed Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke), made it look easy. He made 11 of 14 shots and grabbed eight defensive rebounds. Andrei Kirilenko also had four blocks as the Jazz posted a season-high 10 blocks. The Jazz held a 54-18 advantage in the paint and 48-26 edge in rebounds. Milwaukee, which has now lost nine straight games in Utah, tried to keep it close with an aggressive defense and plenty of 3-point shots. The Bucks made 10 of 23 3-pointers, and led briefly in the second quarter. An 11-0 Utah run to start the fourth quarter ended any hopes the short-handed Bucks had. Brandon Jennings led all scorers with 27 points, including four 3-pointers, while Chris Douglas-Roberts scored a season-high 19 points and Ersan Ilyasova a season-high 18. Williams said the challenge for Utah, which has now won six straight and 14 and its last 17 after opening with consecutive lopsided losses, was as much mental as physical. *Courtesy of www.comcast.net




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.3 
 2. Rose, Chicago B.26.6 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers26.5 
 4. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.7 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.24.9 
 6. Gordon, LA Clippers24.3 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.23.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..23.8 
 9. James, Miami Heat23.7 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Love, Minnesota T.14.9 
 2. Noah, Chicago B.13.2 
 3. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.11.9 
 5. Gasol, LA Lakers11.9 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.6 
 7. Randolph, Memph.11.3 
 8. Bogut, Milwauke.10.9 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.10.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Rondo, Boston C.14.2 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.3 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz9.8 
 4. Nash, Phoenix Suns9.6 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.9.6 
 6. Wall, Washington W.9.1 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 8. Rose, Chicago B.8.2 
 9. Felton, New Y.7.9 
 10. James, Miami Heat7.7 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.9 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.8 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.6 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.5 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.2.4 
 6. Curry, Golde S.2.3 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..2.2 
 8. Brewer, Minnesot.2.0 
 9. Felton, New Y.1.9 
 10. Miller, Portland.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Darko MILICIC
  Minnesota T.
  (212-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.9 
 2. McGee, Washingt.2.7 
 3. Bogut, Milwauke.2.7 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. Smith, Atlanta H.2.4 
 6. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.2 
 7. Dalembert, Sacram.2.1 
 8. Hibbert, Indiana P.2.1 
 9. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.1 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 12-4 
 2. New York K. 9-9 
 3. New Jersey N. 6-11 
 4. Toronto R. 6-11 
 5. Philadelph.76 4-13 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 9-6 
 2. Indiana P. 8-7 
 3. Cleveland C. 7-9 
 4. Detroit P. 6-11 
 5. Milwaukee B. 6-11 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 12-4 
 2. Atlanta H. 11-7 
 3. Miami Heat 10-8 
 4. Charlotte B. 6-11 
 5. Washington W. 5-11 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 14-5 
 2. Oklah.City T. 12-6 
 3. Denver N. 10-6 
 4. Portland TB 8-8 
 5. Minnesota T. 4-13 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 13-4 
 2. Golde State W. 8-9 
 3. Phoenix Suns 8-9 
 4. Sacramento K. 4-11 
 5. LA Clippers 3-15 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 14-2 
 2. Dallas M. 13-4 
 3. N.Orleans H. 12-5 
 4. Memphis G. 7-10 
 5. Houston R. 5-12 


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TCU 81, Southern Cal 69 - by Milord Nikolic
USC extended a strange pattern with its second consecutive loss. The Trojans opened the season by winning their first two games, lost the next two, then won two more games before their latest losses. Ronnie Moss had 20 points, Gacesa and Hank Thorns scored 12 points each and Garlon Green had 10 for TCU. TCU led 47-33 at halftime. Gacesa opened the second half with a layup for the Horned Frogs (5-2) and his 3-pointer capped their 7-0 run and TCU never looked back.



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Super Final Series Individual Awards - by Santiago Maciel
The Super Final Series that just ended last saturday and disputed between Sol de America Asuncion and Libertad had new individual award winners.
It is good to remind that Libertad (2009) TOP 4 PROFESSIONAL and National League Champion earned th rights to play 2010 Super Final Series by winning TOP 5 PROFESSIONAL CUP of 2010. On the other side Sol de America Asuncion earned rights to play this Final through winning this 2010 3rd National League.
These are the Individual Awards emerging from the Super Final Series:
Blocks: Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield) (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: CSU Bakersfield)
Steals: Taby Torres
Asists: Taby Torres
Rebs: Jose Fabio (198-F-77)
Free Throws: Ronald Selleaze
3 Pointers Ronald Selleaze
Scoreleader: Ronald Selleaze (30 pts.)
Native MVP l: Jose Fabio (198-F-77)
Foreigner MVP:Ronald Selleaze
Over All Super Final MVP: Ronald Selleaze


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Alapag's a double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
33-year old guard Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77) put on an amazing game in the last round for Talk N Text Tropang Texters and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
He got a double-double of 33 points and 10 assists, while his team edged out Barako (#10, 2-9) 106-102. Talk N Text maintains the 3rd position in Filipino league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Talk N Text will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Alapag had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He has many years of experience at Talk N Text, through which he has constantly improved. Cal State - San Bernardino graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alapag. Alapag is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.7ppg) and averages solid 43.1% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Reed Juntilla (186-G-84) of Barako Coffee Masters. He is a guard in his 2nd season at Barako. In the last game Juntilla recorded impressive 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Barako was edged by the higher-ranked Talk N Text (#3, 7-3) 106-102. Barako are still at the very bottom. 9 lost games is too many comparing to just two victory Barako managed to get this year. Juntilla is well-known at Barako and he already established his position as the team's leader.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Peter June Simon (186-G-82) of Derby Ace Llamados (#4). Simon scored 26 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Simon's great performance Derby Ace Llamados lost 86-89 to #2 ranked Ginebra. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Derby Ace Llamados needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Simon has a great season in Philippines. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.8ppg (3rd best). He also has FGP: 60.7% and 3PT: 44.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joe Devance (201-C-82) of Alaska - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Rabeh Al-Hussaini (199-F/C-88) of Air21 - 31 points and 13 rebounds
6. Gabby Espinas (193-F-82) of Meralco B. - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Jay Washington (206-C-81) of San Miguel - 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Mark Borboran (196-F/C-84) of Alaska - 19 points and 5 rebounds
9. Gary David (187-G/F-78) of Powerade T. - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Mark Caguioa (188-G-79) of Ginebra - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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


PBA Round 10: Ginebra beats Derby Ace L. by 3 after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Round 10 closest game was a victory of Ginebra (#2) over 4th ranked Derby Ace L.. Ginebra managed to escape with only 3-point win 89-86 ending at the same time the series of three consecutive victories of Derby Ace L. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Mark Caguioa (188-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Eric Menk (199-74, college: L.Superior) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ginebra's coach Joseph Uichico allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Peter June Simon (186-82) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds for Derby Ace L. Ginebra (8-3) did not change their second position in the standings. Derby Ace L. keeps the fourth position with 6-6 record. Ginebra are looking forward to the next round to face Powerade T. (#9) hoping to win another game. Derby Ace L. will have a break next round.
Another exciting game for Rain or Shine (5-5) which hosted on the court of 6th ranked Alaska (5-7). Seventh ranked Rain or Shine upset guest team edging them after exciting game by one point 80-79. Swingman Gabe Norwood (196-85, college: George Mason) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and Ryan Arana helped with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Rain or Shine's coach Carlos Garcia used all the bench in such tough game. At the losing side center Joe Devance (201-82, college: UTEP) responded with double-double 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Rain or Shine jumped to the fifth spot. They share that position with Meralco B. Alaska dropped to the seventh position. Rain or Shine's next round game will be against higher ranked Talk N Text (#3) and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Alaska will play against San Miguel (#) to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also home defeat of 8th ranked Air21 against San Miguel 89-96. Jay Washington notched double-double 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort. Even double-double 31 points and 13 rebounds by Rabeh Al-Hussaini did not help to save the game for Air21. Both coaches used bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. San Miguel (10-2) has a solid series of four victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Air21 keeps the eighth position with 4-7 record. San Miguel will meet next round Alaska (#7) where they are favorite. Air21 will play against Barako hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
We should not miss a road very close victory of sixth ranked Meralco B. (5-5) over 9th ranked Powerade T. (3-8) 88-85. Mark Cardona fired 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Meralco B. jumped to the fifth spot. They share that position with Rain or Shine. Powerade T. keeps the ninth position. Meralco B.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked San Miguel. Powerade T. will play against league's second-placed Ginebra (#2).

In the last two games of round 10 Derby Ace L. beat Alaska on the road 84-79. Talk N Text won against Barako at it's own court 106-102.
The most impressive performance of 10th round was 33 points (!!!) and 10 assists by Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) of Talk N Text Tropang Texters.


Alaska - Derby Ace L. 79-84
No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Derby Ace L. (6-6) beat 6th ranked Alaska (5-7) 84-79. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman James Yap (191-82) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 assists. Guard Peter June Simon (186-82) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Guard LA Tenorio (178-84) replied with 15 points and 6 assists and center Joe Devance (201-82, college: UTEP) added 11 points and 10 rebounds for Alaska. Derby Ace L. (6-6) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They did not change their fourth position in the standings. Alaska dropped to the seventh position. Derby Ace L. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Alaska will play against league's new leader San Miguel (#1) hoping to prove their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Alaska Aces: L.Tenorio 15+4reb+6ast, A.Dela Cruz 13+5reb+2ast, J.Devance 11+10reb+3ast, S.Eman 10+5reb+1ast, J.Thoss 9+4reb+1ast, C.Baguio 7+6reb+4ast
Derby Ace Llamados: J.Yap 19+2reb+5ast, P.June Simon 19+1reb+3ast, N.Canaleta 17+6reb, R.Yap 9+2reb+6ast, D.Carlos Allado 6+5reb+2ast, R.Adducul 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 113887


Talk N Text - Barako 106-102
Very expected game when 10th ranked Barako (2-9) lost to third ranked Talk N Text (7-3) 102-106. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Jimmy Alapag (178-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) who helped to win the game recording double-double 33 points (!!!) and 10 assists. Forward Harvey Carey (191-79, college: Sonoma St.) contributed with double-double 11 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Guard Reed Juntilla (186-84) replied with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Mark Isip (193-80) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Barako. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. They added sixth loss to their record. Talk N Text did not change their third position in the standings. Barako keeps the last position. Talk N Text are looking forward to the next round to face Rain or Shine (#6). Barako will play against Air21 (#8) hoping to prove their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Barako Coffee Masters: R.Juntilla 28+7reb+5ast, M.Isip 17+10reb, P.Hubalde 13+3reb+10ast, R.Alonzo 11+4reb+1ast, R.Yee 10+4reb, B.Viray 9+2reb+1ast
Talk N Text Tropang Texters: J.Alapag 33+1reb+10ast, R.Reyes 17+1ast, H.Carey 11+15reb+2ast, J.Dillinger 11+6reb, L.Fonacier 10+3reb+3ast, A.Peek 9+14reb+1ast
gschID: 113888


Air21 - San Miguel 89-96
An interesting game was also home defeat of 8th ranked Air21 against San Miguel 89-96. Center Jay Washington (206-81, college: Eckerd) notched double-double 18 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and forward Arwind Santos (193-81) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Even double-double 31 points and 13 rebounds by power forward Rabeh Al-Hussaini (199-88) did not help to save the game for Air21. Both coaches used bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. San Miguel (10-2) has a solid series of four victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Air21 keeps the eighth position with 4-7 record. San Miguel will meet next round Alaska (#7) where they are favorite. Air21 will play against Barako hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
Air21 Express: R.Al-Hussaini 31+13reb, L.Najorda 16+5reb+2ast, R.Buenafe 12+4reb+3ast, J.Quinahan 10+8reb, C.Sharma 6+1reb, W.Arboleda 5+4reb+4ast
San Miguel Beermen: J.Washington 18+12reb+6ast, A.Santos 17+8reb, D.Seigle 15+4reb, J.Yeo 12+1reb, D.Pena 8+9reb, D.Hontiveros 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 113889


Rain or Shine - Alaska 80-79
Another exciting game for Rain or Shine (5-5) which hosted on the court of 6th ranked Alaska (5-7). Seventh ranked Rain or Shine upset guest team edging them after exciting game by one point 80-79. Swingman Gabe Norwood (196-85, college: George Mason) scored 17 points and 5 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and guard Ryan Arana (186-83) helped with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Rain or Shine's coach Carlos Garcia used all the bench in such tough game. At the losing side center Joe Devance (201-82, college: UTEP) responded with double-double 17 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and center Joachim Thoss (203-81) with double-double 16 points and 11 rebounds. Rain or Shine jumped to the fifth spot. They share that position with Meralco B. Alaska dropped to the seventh position. Rain or Shine's next round game will be against higher ranked Talk N Text (#3) and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Alaska will play against San Miguel (#) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Alaska Aces: M.Borboran 19+5reb, J.Devance 17+10reb+7ast, J.Thoss 16+11reb+2ast, C.Baguio 10+6reb+5ast, A.Dela Cruz 8+6reb+2ast, B.Custodio 6+5reb+3ast
Rain or Shine: G.Norwood 17+5reb+2ast, R.Jazul 16+2reb+1ast, R.Arana 13+6reb+2ast, T.Tang 9+5reb+3ast, L.Rodriguez 5+3reb+1ast, J.Reyes 5+6reb+2ast
gschID: 113890


Derby Ace L. - Ginebra 86-89
Round 10 closest game was a victory of Ginebra (#2) over 4th ranked Derby Ace L.. Ginebra managed to escape with only 3-point win 89-86 ending at the same time the series of three consecutive victories of Derby Ace L. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Mark Caguioa (188-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 8 rebounds. Forward Eric Menk (199-74, college: L.Superior) contributed with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Ginebra's coach Joseph Uichico allowed to play his deep bench players in such tough game. Guard Peter June Simon (186-82) replied with 26 points and 5 rebounds and guard Roger Yap (186-77) added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 12 assists for Derby Ace L. Ginebra (8-3) did not change their second position in the standings. Derby Ace L. keeps the fourth position with 6-6 record. Ginebra are looking forward to the next round to face Powerade T. (#9) hoping to win another game. Derby Ace L. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Derby Ace Llamados: P.June Simon 26+5reb+2ast, J.Yap 14+2reb, J.Gaco 13+1reb, D.Carlos Allado 10+10reb+3ast, R.Yap 10+6reb+12ast, R.Maierhofer 4+6reb
Barangay Ginebra Kings: E.Menk 20+7reb+1ast, M.Caguioa 18+8reb+2ast, W.Miller 12+3reb+6ast, R.Tubid 12+5reb+1ast, R.Hatfield 11+12reb+1ast, M.Cortez 9+2reb
gschID: 113891


Powerade T. - Meralco B. 85-88
We should not miss a road very close victory of sixth ranked Meralco B. (5-5) over 9th ranked Powerade T. (3-8) 88-85. Swingman Mark Cardona (180-81) fired 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Forward Gabby Espinas (193-82) helped with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Gary David (187-78) produced 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Mark Macapagal (188-79) added 18 points for lost side. Powerade T. (3-8) added third loss to their record. Meralco B. jumped to the fifth spot. They share that position with Rain or Shine. Powerade T. keeps the ninth position. Meralco B.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked San Miguel. Powerade T. will play against league's second-placed Ginebra (#2).
Top scorers:
Powerade Tigers: G.David 18+5reb+5ast, M.Macapagal 18+2reb+2ast, E.Laure 10+3reb, D.Espino 9+6reb+4ast, R.Ritualo 9+4reb+4ast, W.Antonio 8+7reb
Meralco Bolts: M.Cardona 24+5reb+6ast, G.Espinas 21+6reb+2ast, H.Thiele 10+5reb, M.Aquino 9+4reb+1ast, N.Omolon 8+6reb+1ast, C.Ross 6+12reb+10ast
gschID: 113886




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  POLAND   


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica24.3 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.23.8 
 3. Hinson, Polonia Azbud17.0 
 4. Bennerman, Energa C.16.9 
 5. Burgess, Zastal16.4 
 6. Jovanovic, Anwil16.3 
 7. Miller, PBG Basket15.5 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.15.0 
 9. Hodge, Zastal14.8 
 10. Pluta, Anwil14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darrell HARRIS
  SKK Kotwica
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Harris, SKK K.11.3 
 2. Burgess, Zastal10.3 
 3. Truscott, Siarka10.0 
 4. NaNa, Polonia Azbud8.3 
 5. Wysocki, PGE Turow8.0 
 6. Ceranic, Trefl S.7.1 
 7. Miller, Anwil6.9 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma6.7 
 9. Stefanski, Trefl S.6.5 
 10. Bialek, Energa Czarni6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Igor MILICIC
  AZS Koszalin
  (194-G-76)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Milicic, AZS K.5.2 
 2. Blassingame, Energa C.5.1 
 3. Thomas, PGE Turow5.1 
 4. Skibniewski, Polph.4.5 
 5. Hodge, Zastal4.4 
 6. Brown, Asseco P.4.3 
 7. Nowakowski, Poloni.3.9 
 8. Thompson, Anwil3.8 
 9. Fisher, SKK K.3.6 
 10. Vaughn, Polpharma3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel EWING
  Asseco Prokom
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ewing, Asseco P.3.0 
 2. Harrington, Trefl S.2.0 
 3. Blassingame, Energa C.1.9 
 4. Bialek, Energa Czarni1.8 
 5. Brown, Asseco P.1.8 
 6. Hodge, Zastal1.8 
 7. Thomas, Anwil1.7 
 8. Thomas, PGE Turow1.7 
 9. Kinloch, AZS K.1.6 
 10. Wichniarz, Poloni.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Tony EASLEY
  Polonia Azbud
  (206-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Easley, Polonia Azbud2.3 
 2. Lapeta, Asseco P.2.0 
 3. Harris, SKK K.1.6 
 4. Giddens, Asseco P.1.5 
 5. Burgess, Zastal1.4 
 6. Davis, Energa C.1.0 
 7. Ljubotina, Trefl S.1.0 
 8. Miller, Anwil1.0 
 9. Frazier, AZS K.0.9 
 10. Goffney, Siarka0.9 


PLK Round 8: Zastal is defeated by PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 8 in PLK was home defeat of second-ranked Zastal to eighth ranked PGE Turow 69-73. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agent: Patrick King) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Zarko Comagic (201-85, college: N.Arizona, agent: Ivan Asanin) responded with double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. That victory allowed PGE Turow (4-3) to climb to fourth place. Zastal (5-3) on the other side took second position as they recorded their third loss. PGE Turow are looking forward to the next round to face bottom-ranked Siarka (#12) in Tarnobrzeg hoping to win another game. Zastal will play at home against AZS Koszalin (#11) hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Energa Czarni's (#1) 82-73 road victory against Trefl Sopot. The winners were led by American guard Cameron Bennerman (193-84, college: N.Carolina St., agent: Jamie Knox) who had that evening 21 points and Mantas Cesnauskis who supported him with 15 points. Even double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds by Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agent: Misko Raznatovic) did not help to save the game for Trefl Sopot. Energa Czarni (8-0) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They stay at first position. Trefl Sopot (4-4) on the other side went down to fifth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Energa Czarni's next round game will be against Asseco Prokom (#8) at Gdynia hoping to win another game. Trefl Sopot will play at home against Anwil to get back on winning track.
Fourth-ranked Anwil had no problems on the court of PBG Basket (#5) in Poznan. Anwil (5-3) beat PBG Basket (4-4) by 16 points 89-73. The best player for the winner was Darryl Thompson who had 15 points and 4 assists. Vladimir Tica produced double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. PBG Basket (4-4) added third loss to their record. That victory allowed Anwil (5-3) to climb to second place. They share it with Zastal. PBG Basket (4-4) on the other side took fifth position. Anwil will meet next round Trefl Sopot (#5) on the road. PBG Basket will play against Polonia Azbud hoping for a come back to a winning shape.

In the last two games of round 8 Polonia Azbud won against Siarka on the opponent's court 75-60. Polpharma managed to outperform AZS Koszalin in a home game 84-71.


Siarka - Polonia Azbud 60-75

Very expected game in Tarnobrzeg where 12th ranked Siarka (1-7) was defeated by eighth ranked Polonia Azbud (4-4) 75-60. Worth to mention a great performance of American-Puerto Rican guard Darnell Hinson (186-80, college: Northeastern St.) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 5 rebounds and guard Michal Kwiatkowski (190-92) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Louis Truscott (201-78, college: Houston, agent: Michael Hart) responded with 8 points and 16 rebounds and his countryman forward Kevin Goffney (196-86, college: Chattanooga, agent: Michael Hart) with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Siarka (1-7) added seventh loss to their record. That victory allowed Polonia Azbud (4-4) to climb to fifth place. They share it with PBG Basket and Trefl Sopot. Siarka (1-7) on the other side took the bottom position. Polonia Azbud are looking forward to the next round to face PBG Basket (#7) in Poznan. Siarka will play at home against PGE Turow (#4) hoping to prove their fans that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
ASK KS Siarka Tarnobrzeg: B.Krupa 15+1reb+2ast, K.Goffney 13+5reb+1ast, S.Pringle 8, L.Truscott 8+16reb+1ast, M.Miszczuk 5+3reb, D.Wall 4+4reb
Polonia Azbud Warszawa: D.Hinson 18+5reb+3ast, H.NaNa 15+5reb+1ast, M.Kwiatkowski 13+6reb+2ast, D.Palmer 10+10reb, T.Easley 8+3reb+1ast, A.Czujkowski 6+1reb
gschID: 98160


PBG Basket - Anwil 73-89

Fourth-ranked Anwil had no problems on the court of PBG Basket (#5) in Poznan. Anwil (5-3) beat PBG Basket (4-4) by 16 points 89-73. The best player for the winner was American guard Darryl Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian St., agent: Michael Hart) who had 15 points and 4 assists. Serbian power forward Nikola Jovanovic (203-81, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) helped with 14 points. Serbian power forward Vladimir Tica (208-81, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) produced double-double 13 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Eddie Miller (191-85, college: Fresno St., agent: Yossi Gayer) added 21 points for the hosts. Both coaches tested many bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. PBG Basket (4-4) added third loss to their record. That victory allowed Anwil (5-3) to climb to second place. They share it with Zastal. PBG Basket (4-4) on the other side took fifth position. Anwil will meet next round Trefl Sopot (#5) on the road. PBG Basket will play against Polonia Azbud hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
PBG Basket Poznan: E.Miller 21+1reb, V.Tica 13+14reb+3ast, P.Stelmach 11+4reb+1ast, P.Okafor 6+2reb+1ast, J.Fears 5+2reb, P.Dabrowski 5+4reb
Anwil Wloclawek: E.Hicks 15+3reb, D.Thompson 15+3reb+4ast, N.Jovanovic 14+2reb+3ast, P.Miller 9+8reb, L.Majewski 9+1reb+2ast, A.Pluta 9+1reb
gschID: 98161


Trefl Sopot - Energa Czarni 73-82

Very significant was Energa Czarni's (#1) 82-73 road victory against Trefl Sopot. The winners were led by American guard Cameron Bennerman (193-84, college: N.Carolina St., agent: Jamie Knox) who had that evening 21 points and Lithuanian guard Mantas Cesnauskis (189-81, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) who supported him with 15 points. Even double-double 14 points and 12 rebounds by Serbian center Dragan Ceranic (212-76, agent: Misko Raznatovic) did not help to save the game for Trefl Sopot. Energa Czarni (8-0) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They stay at first position. Trefl Sopot (4-4) on the other side went down to fifth place as they recorded their fourth loss. Energa Czarni's next round game will be against Asseco Prokom (#8) at Gdynia hoping to win another game. Trefl Sopot will play at home against Anwil to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Trefl Sopot: F.Dylewicz 14+3reb+1ast, D.Ceranic 14+12reb, G.Gustas 13+2reb+4ast, L.Harrington 13+3reb+3ast, L.Kinnard 5+4reb+1ast, A.Waczynski 5
Energa Czarni Slupsk: C.Bennerman 21+2reb, M.Cesnauskis 15+4reb+2ast, K.Roszyk 12+2reb, J.Blassingame 11+2reb+6ast, P.Leonczyk 10+7reb+2ast, Z.Bialek 7+9reb+1ast
gschID: 98162


Polpharma - AZS Koszalin 84-71

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Polpharma's (3-5) home victory over 11th ranked AZS Koszalin (1-6) 84-71. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Michael Hicks (193-83, college: Cent.Missouri, agent: Ingo Wolf) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and his countryman guard Deonta Vaughn (185-86, college: Cincinnati) who added 18 points. Polpharma's coach Zoran Sretenovic allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. American forward Damien Kinloch (203-80, college: Tennessee Tech, agent: Michael Hart) responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-80, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) with 14 points. AZS Koszalin (1-6) added third loss to their record. Despite the victory Polpharma stay at tenth position. AZS Koszalin (1-6) on the other side took eleventh place. Polpharma are looking forward to the next round to face higher ranked SKK Kotwica (#9) in Kolobrzeg and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. AZS Koszalin will play at home against league's second-placed Zastal having rather no chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
AZS Koszalin: D.Kinloch 18+9reb+2ast, S.Bogavac 14+3reb+2ast, M.Sroka 9+8reb+1ast, G.Arabas 7+4reb+1ast, G.Reese 7+2reb+1ast, T.Snieg 7+2reb+2ast
SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd.: M.Hicks 19+1reb+2ast, D.Vaughn 18+1reb+2ast, R.Skibniewski 11+3reb+4ast, K.Chanas 10+7reb, T.Cielebak 7+5reb+1ast, U.Mirkovic 6+1reb
gschID: 98158


Zastal - PGE Turow 69-73

The most shocking disappointment of round 8 in PLK was home defeat of second-ranked Zastal to eighth ranked PGE Turow 69-73. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Torey Thomas (180-85, college: Holy Cross, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) who helped to win the game recording 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and naturalized German forward Konrad Wysocki (201-82, college: Princeton, agent: Patrick King) who added 13 points and 6 rebounds. Serbian forward Zarko Comagic (201-85, college: N.Arizona, agent: Ivan Asanin) responded with double-double 15 points and 11 rebounds and American center Chris Burgess (209-79, college: Utah) with 7 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. That victory allowed PGE Turow (4-3) to climb to fourth place. Zastal (5-3) on the other side took second position as they recorded their third loss. PGE Turow are looking forward to the next round to face bottom-ranked Siarka (#12) in Tarnobrzeg hoping to win another game. Zastal will play at home against AZS Koszalin (#11) hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Intermache Zastal Zielona Gora: Z.Comagic 15+11reb+1ast, W.Hodge 12+2reb+5ast, M.Flieger 11+1ast, G.Kukielka 8+4reb+1ast, C.Burgess 7+10reb+4ast, M.Raczynski 7+1ast
PGE Turow Zgorzelec: D.Jackson 18+1reb, M.Brkic 17+2reb, K.Wysocki 13+6reb+2ast, T.Thomas 11+7reb+4ast, I.Koljevic 4+2reb+3ast, M.Gabinski 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 98159




Krasnye Krylia showcase confidence as they trounce Anwil - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krylia - Anwil 103:80

Krasnye Krylia opened EuroCup win count in style as they routed Anwil in Samara. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) and Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) stepped up with 21 points each to lead the hosts. Krasnye Krylia improved at 1-2 record and left Anwil at the bottom of Group H ladder at 0-3.
Krasnye Krylia and Anwil entered the game on a full speed. The teams eagerly traded baskets paying much more attention to offense. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) drained 7 points in the first several minutes on the court and Krasnye Krylia grabbed a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Krasnye Krylia kept on increasing the tempo in this one. They cleared off to a 10-point halftime advantage 52:42. The Russian team maintained the lead throughout the third period. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Qyntel Woods kept the hosts fate in control as Krasnye Krylia entered the final frame up by 10 points 73:63. But Anwil reminded of their ambitions at the start of the fourth period when they narrowed the deficit at just three-point mark 70:73. However Krasnye Krylia replied in style. The Samara outfit entertained the home crowd with a 26:3 run in the final minutes to celebrated an impressive win at the end.
Primoz Brezec accounted for 20 points and 11 rebounds for Krasnye Krylia. Qyntel Woods had 19 points in the win. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, college: Cincinnati) replied with 16 points for Anwil. Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 14 points in defeat.

Krasnye Krylia: Brion Rush 21, Gerald Green 21, Primoz Brezec 20+11 boards
Anwil: Eric Hicks 16, Nikola Jovanovic 14



Bobby Brown waived by Asecco Prokom - by Emiliano
The experience of Bobby Brown (188-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) with the jersey of Asseco Prokom Gdynia is over. The American point guard arrived last summer in the Polish team was fired today after the bad start of the team in Euroleague.
Bobby Brown spent last season in NBA with New Orleans Hornets with whom he recorded averages of 6.6ppg, 2.1apg, FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 25.8% in 22 games, then he moved to Los Angeles Clippers with whom he played 20 games scoring 3.5ppg, pulling down 1.0rpg and dishing 2.1apg.
In Europe he has also played with ALBA Berlin in the season 2007-08 winning German Bundesliga and being selected to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team.



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Nuno Barroso new head coach of Lusitania - by Bruno Baltazar
Nuno Barroso is the new head coach of Lusitania leaving Terceira Basket .
A coach with a great working ethic ,hard working ,young and with great personality and a players favorite...
He will join this new project after Terceira Basket started with 1 win and 3 loses ,a record that does not show the good work his former players and himself are doing this season.
Now Lusitania in the first league did not had the best start of the league they desired ,2 wins and 5 loses ,they need to do better and they do this change!


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Le Mans surprise Unics in Kazan - by Eurobasket News
Unics - Le Mans 63:67

Le Mans celebrated the second EuroCup victory this season. They knocked down Unics in Kazan to catch up with the Russian powerhouse on top of Group A. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) and Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up with 14 points each to lead the French outfit. Unics stormed into this one. They never looked like loosing the game as they dominated at every end of the floor. The hosts established a comfortable 16-point lead at the first intermission. But Le Mans were not about to surrender that easily. They slowed the home team down in the second period. Le Mans were able to cut the distance to 10 points at halftime. Le Mans silenced the crowd in Kazan with a massive run in the third term. Le Mans outscored the hosts 21:8 to surge ahead. The visitors completely outperfromed Unics in the second half. The hosts came up with just 17 points in the final period what proved insufficient in this one. Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) scored 13 points for the winners. Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) unloaded 21 points for Unics. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) added 12 points in the losing effort.

Unics: Marko Popovic 21, Kelly McCarty 12
Le Mans: Antoine Diot 14, Joao Paulo Batista 14, Benjamin Dewar 13


Krasnye Krylia showcase confidence as they trounce Anwil - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krylia - Anwil 103:80

Krasnye Krylia opened EuroCup win count in style as they routed Anwil in Samara. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) and Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) stepped up with 21 points each to lead the hosts. Krasnye Krylia improved at 1-2 record and left Anwil at the bottom of Group H ladder at 0-3.
Krasnye Krylia and Anwil entered the game on a full speed. The teams eagerly traded baskets paying much more attention to offense. Qyntel Woods (203-F/G-81, college: N.Mississippi JC) drained 7 points in the first several minutes on the court and Krasnye Krylia grabbed a 25:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Krasnye Krylia kept on increasing the tempo in this one. They cleared off to a 10-point halftime advantage 52:42. The Russian team maintained the lead throughout the third period. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) and Qyntel Woods kept the hosts fate in control as Krasnye Krylia entered the final frame up by 10 points 73:63. But Anwil reminded of their ambitions at the start of the fourth period when they narrowed the deficit at just three-point mark 70:73. However Krasnye Krylia replied in style. The Samara outfit entertained the home crowd with a 26:3 run in the final minutes to celebrated an impressive win at the end.
Primoz Brezec accounted for 20 points and 11 rebounds for Krasnye Krylia. Qyntel Woods had 19 points in the win. Eric Hicks (198-F-83, college: Cincinnati) replied with 16 points for Anwil. Nikola Jovanovic (203-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell) delivered 14 points in defeat.

Krasnye Krylia: Brion Rush 21, Gerald Green 21, Primoz Brezec 20+11 boards
Anwil: Eric Hicks 16, Nikola Jovanovic 14



Spartak grabbed 3-0 record at the EuroChallenge Group A - by Eurobasket News
Nizhniy Novgorod-Spartak Sp 65:72

Spartak grabbed 3-0 record at the EuroChallenge Group A with a 72-65 road win. The leader of the group overcame another Russian team Nizhniy Novgorod to prove their ambitions.
Spartak opened the game with 4 consecutive baskets and then however Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87) gave the hosts 10:8. Both teams exchanged some more baskets until the end of the first period as Golovin tied the game at 19:19 at the end of it. The second frame was another battle in the court and both teams netted another 19 points each. It was Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) to send the teams to the lockers for 38:38 at the halftime. The second half however as dominated by the guests. At first Spartak won the third quarter 16:11 to take 54:49 lead at the end of 30 minutes. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) drove a lay-up at the end of the quarter to give the guests 5-point advantage. Kolesnikov and Ponkrashov brought 59:51, while Yakovenko scored for 61:59. Meanwhile Henry Domercant and Thompson delivered the final win for the favorites.
Miha Zupan led the way with 16 points to remain perfect. Henry Domercant netted 14 and Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) scored 12. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 22 points and 7 rebounds as the hosts fell at 0-3 record. Valentin Yurchyk posted 14 and Vukasin Aleksic (182-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) notched 11.

Nizhniy Novgorod: Ivan Paunic 22+7 rebs, Valentin Yurchyk 14, Vukasin Aleksic 11
Spartak Sp: Miha Zupan 16, Henry Domercant 14, Pero Antic 12





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Standings
National League Standings
 1. Edinburgh K. 9-0 
 2. C.Eriksson F. 8-2 
 3. St.Mirren 7-2 
 4. Glasgow Univ. 7-3 
 5. Stirling Knights 5-5 
 6. Troon Tornadoes 5-5 
 7. Glasgow R. II 3-7 
 8. E.Lothian B. 2-8 
 9. Glasgow Storm 1-7 
 10. Dunfermline 1-8 


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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket26.4 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo21.6 
 3. Dukanac, Mladost .20.2 
 4. Samailovic, Student19.9 
 5. Trailovic, Sindje.19.4 
 6. Stanisavljev., Jagod.18.7 
 7. Vranic, Smederevo18.4 
 8. Radic, Spartak18.1 
 9. Ivosev, Vojvodina18.1 
 10. Blagojevic, KG 0617.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar VULETIC
  Viva Basket
  (203-F/C-)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Vuletic, Viva Basket9.9 
 2. Ivosev, Vojvodina8.6 
 3. Despotovic, KG 068.2 
 4. Blagojevic, KG 067.9 
 5. Knezevic, Vojvodina7.9 
 6. Koprivica, Radnicki.7.8 
 7. Gugleta, Zeleznicar7.6 
 8. Gujanicic, Mlados.7.3 
 9. Petrovic, Viva B.7.1 
 10. Glisovic, Student7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Nenad KASABASIC
  Zeleznicar
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Kasabasic, Zeleznicar6.5 
 2. Bjelica, Viva Basket6.0 
 3. Karic, Radnicki BG5.4 
 4. Boltic, Radnicki BG4.9 
 5. Dinic, Spartak4.7 
 6. Svilar, Smederevo4.5 
 7. Mijovic, Radnicki.4.5 
 8. Tanasijevic, Stude.4.2 
 9. Stanisavljev., Jagod.3.9 
 10. Gajovic, Mladost .3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Davorin KUNTIC
  Spartak
  (--)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kuntic, Spartak2.6 
 2. Tomasevic, Vojvo.2.4 
 3. Karic, Radnicki BG2.3 
 4. Jovanovic, KG 062.2 
 5. Radic, Spartak2.2 
 6. Zivanovic, Smede.2.2 
 7. Gacic, Radnicki BG2.1 
 8. Boltic, Radnicki BG2.1 
 9. Ivosev, Vojvodina2.1 
 10. Vranic, Smederevo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Slobodan GUGLETA
  Zeleznicar
  (--83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gugleta, Zeleznicar2.4 
 2. Mirkovic, KG 061.3 
 3. Karahodzic, Spartak1.3 
 4. Knezevic, Vojvodina1.1 
 5. Kovac, Zeleznicar1.0 
 6. Blagojevic, KG 061.0 
 7. Vasilic, Radnic.0.9 
 8. Cvijic, Viva Basket0.9 
 9. Miskovic, KG 060.8 
 10. Zaric, Radnicki.0.8 


Goettingen stay undefeated in EuroCup - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Hemofarm 68:57

Goettingen kept their EuroCup record spotless. They held off Hemofarm at home court to climb at 3-0 record in Group B. Hemofarm suffered just the first defeat at the tournament. Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) delivered 17 points and 13 rebounds to lead the German team to the victory.
Goettingen opened the game with a 7:0 run. Hemofarm got back to life midway through the starting quarter as they narrowed the gap to just two points 11:13. Goettingen however pulled away once again as they posted a 20:13 lead at the first break. Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Court Side) stretched the lead to 12 points early in the second period. But Hemofarm did not surrender. They went on a 9:0 run to cut the distance at just 4 points at halftime 32:28. Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: Invictus Sports Group) was active early in the third period as he dragged Hemofarm closer. Eventually the visitors grabbed a 43:42 lead. Goettingen got back into the drivers seat as they headed into the final quarter up by two points 51:49. Hemofarm got back within one but that was where Dwayne Anderson stepped up for the hosts. He triggered a 13:0 run that killed the intrigue in this one. Goettingen ran away and celebrated the third straight win.
Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) notched 16 points for the winners. Robert Kulawick added 12 points, 5 assists and 4 boards for Goettingen. Milan Macvan replied with 16 points for Hemofarm. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83) netted 14 points in the loss.

Goettingen: Dwayne Anderson 17+13 boards, Mike Scott 16, Robert Kulawick 12
Hemofarm: Milan Macvan 16, Marko Sutalo 14



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


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Standings - D2
D2 Standings
East
 1. Radenska 7-0 
 2. Bistrica 7-1 
 3. Dravograd 6-2 
 4. Terme Olimia 6-2 
 5. Jezica 5-2 
 6. Fenomeni 3-5 
 7. Lastovka 3-5 
 8. Mavrica 3-5 
 9. Posavlje Krsko 3-5 
 10. Vrani 3-5 
 11. Nazarje 1-7 
 12. Union Olim. II 0-8 
West
 1. Jance 6-2 
 2. Plama Pur 6-2 
 3. Strazisce 6-2 
 4. Tolmin 6-2 
 5. Ajdovscina 5-3 
 6. Crnomelj 4-4 
 7. Jesenice 4-4 
 8. Kos Koper 4-4 
 9. Krka II 3-5 
 10. Pingvini S. 3-5 
 11. Ilirija 1-7 
 12. Globus 0-8 


1B Stats Leaders
1B Standings
 1. Rogaska 9-1 
 2. Splosna plovba 8-2 
 3. Sencur CP 8-2 
 4. Litija 8-2 
 5. Kraski Zidar 7-3 
 6. Grosuplje 5-5 
 7. Radovljica 4-6 
 8. KD Postojna 4-6 
 9. Medvode 4-6 
 10. Hrastnik 4-6 
 11. Nova Gorica 3-6 
 12. Konjice 2-7 
 13. Primorac Branik 2-8 
 14. Triglav Kranj 1-9 


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McDade's a double-double lands him LEB Silver Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
30-year old forward Ryan McDade (201-F-80) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team CB Promobys Hoteles Tijola and receives a Eurobasket.com LEB Silver Player of the Week award for round 10.
He had a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Plasencia (#7, 5-5) 83-76. It allowed Promobys to take over top position in the Spanish LEB Silver. Promobys have a solid 8-1 record. McDade turned to be Promobys' top player in his first season with the team. Ryan McDade averages this season 11.5ppg and 6.9rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Marco Todorovic (199-F-92) of CB Prat Juventud. He is a forward in his first season at Prat Juventud. In the last game Todorovic recorded impressive 22 points and 7 rebounds. Bad luck as Prat Juventud lost that game 80-86 to the higher-ranked Andorra (#3, 7-2). This loss caused Prat Juventud to drop to 10th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-6 record. Todorovic is a newcomer at Prat Juventud and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to center Tomas Hampl (215-C-88) of Adreilu Santurtzi (#9). Hampl scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Santurtzi, leading his team to a 95-90 win against the higher-ranked Mallorca (#4, 7-2). The chances of Santurtzi ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Hampl could help Santurtzi to bring them higher in the standings. Hampl has a very solid season. In 10 games in Spain he scored 11.4ppg. He also has 6.0rpg and FGP: 66.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anaterve Cruz (196-F-86) of Coruna - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ismael Torres (202-C-79) of Mallorca - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Victor Hidalgo (204-C-86) of Coruna - 18 points and 5 rebounds
7. Mikel Uriz (180-G-89) of Santurtzi - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Lino Lopez (189-G-76) of Coruna - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Javier Roman (207-F/C-80) of Oviedo Feve - 16 points and 10 rebounds
10. Justin Howard (208-C-81) of Andorra - 14 points and 7 rebounds

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


Lucio Angulo claims Spanish LEB Gold weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international forward Lucio Angulo (199-F-73) had an amazing evening in the last round for Caceres 2016 C.B. and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com LEB Gold Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 37-year old forward had a double-double of 20 points and ten rebounds, while his team beat Ourense (#17, 2-9) 81-75. Despite this victory Caceres dropped to the 3rd position in Spanish LEB Gold. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Caceres will need more victories to improve their 8-3 record. Angulo has many years of experience at Caceres, through which he has constantly improved. Lucio Angulo averages this season 8.1ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Kahiem Seawright (203-F-86, agency: Impact Basketball) of Baloncesto Leon. Seawright impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Leon was edged by slightly lower-ranked Burgos (#5, 7-4) 63-61. This loss caused Leon to drop to 4th position in the standings. His team's 8-3 record is not bad at all. Seawright is a newcomer at Leon and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Francisco Robles (195-G-81) of Fundacion Adepal Alcazar (#11). Robles scored 27 points. He was a key player of Alcazar, leading his team to a 86-81 win against slightly lower-ranked La Laguna (#12, 4-7). The chances of Alcazar ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Robles could help Alcazar to bring them higher in the standings. Robles has a very solid season. In 11 games in Spain he scored 10.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dwayne Curtis (203-C-85) of Lleida - 18 points and 12 rebounds
5. Alexander Franklin (196-F-88) of CB Tarragona - 25 points and 4 rebounds
6. Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83) of Breogan - 12 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Oriol Junyent (207-C-76) of Obradoiro - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Javier Salson (199-F-82) of Huesca - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Albert Sabat (187-G-85) of La Laguna - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. David Navarro (192-G/F-83) of Girona - 19 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Cajasol too good for VEF Riga - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol - VEF Riga 95:83

Five players scored in double figures as Cajasol defeated VEF Riga in the third round of EuroCup regular season. Kirksay came off the bench to top-score with 17 points for Cajasol. The winners climbed at 2-1 record in three-team tie on top of Group G. VEF Riga remained winless.
After VEF Riga opened the game with three points in a row Cajasol scored next 11 points to take the lead. VEF Riga got within one but Cajasol responded with a 14:0 rally and eventually finished the opening quarter on top 30:15. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) helped Cajasol to an 11:0 run that gave the hosts a 41:21 advantage. Kirksay kept on leading Cajasol as they recorded a 54:37 halftime advantage. VEF Riga tried to revive the intrigue early in the third term. The Latvian team ignited an 8:0 spurt to narrow the deficit at just 9 points but Cajasol easily replied. Louis Bullock started a 10:0 outburst from the home team as Cajasol kept their opponents at bay. The Spaniards led by 16 points before the final stanza and were not seriously threatened in the final period en route to the victory.
Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86) finished with 13 points each for Cajasol. Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Derek Willjam (185-G-85, college: SMU) delivered 20 points for VEF Riga. Sandis Valters (193-G/F-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) notched 18 points in the loss.

Cajasol: Tariq Kirksay 17, Paul Davis 13, Kaloyan Ivanov 13
VEF Riga: Derek Willjam 20, Sandis Valters 18



Gran Canaria cruise past Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 - Siauliai 92:72

Gran Canaria made it two wins in three EuroCup games. They fired past Siauliai at home court tonight. Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) came up with 23 points and 9 rebounds to lead the hosts. Siauliai fell at 0-3 record in Group C.
Gran Canaria did not waste too much time as they pulled ahead early in the encounter. The home team exploded with 26 points in the first ten minutes to ensure a 10-point lead. Gran Canaria did not slow down in the second term. They fired 26 points more to build a comfortable 17-point halftime cushion. The complexion of the game did not change in the second half. The home side dominated at every end of the court piling up a 79:55 lead at the final intermission. Finally Gran Canaria allowed the visitors to breathe freely in the final term but it hardly helped Siauliai. The hosts cruised to an impressive win at the end.
Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) netted 16 points in the win. David Weaver (211-C-87, college: Wake Forest) replied with 15 points for Siauliai. Mindaugas Zukauskas (202-F-75, agency: World Sport Agency) chipped in 13 points in the loss.

Gran Canaria 2014: Judson Wallace 23, Xavier Rey 17, Jaycee Carroll 16
Siauliai: David Weaver 15, Mindaugas Zukauskas 13



Benetton stay perfect in EuroCup Group F - by Eurobasket News
Estudiantes - Benetton 71:80

Benetton Treviso posted the third consecutive EuroCup victory. They upset Estudiantes in Madrid to remain on top of Group F. Estudiantes in the meantime suffered the first loss and slipped at 1-2 record. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) led the charge with 22 points and 6 rebounds.
The teams traded baskets early in the encounter but soon Benetton went on a rally. They scored eight unanswered points to ensure a 19:14 lead. The Italian side stayed in charge to pile up a 26:18 lead at the first intermission. The visitors quickly opened a double-digits lead early in the second period. German Gabriel (207-C-80) and Sanchez allowed Esudiantes stayed in visibility as they knocked down a pair of jumpers. The hosts cut the distance to only 3 points at halftime 39:42. Estudiantes opened the second half on a 5:1 run to surge ahead. However Benetton answered straight back as they restored an 8-point buffer at the final intermission 60:52. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Peric boosted Benetton lead to 13 points early in the final period. Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) did not allow intrigue to die away as he dragged Estudiantes within four 65:69. Devin Smith and Alessandro Gentile came up with 7 quick points and Benetton cleared off for good in this one.
Alessandro Gentile accounted for 10 points in the win. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) and Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) delivered 9 points each for Benetton. German Gabriel replied with 14 points for Estudiantes. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) had 12 points in the loss.

Estudiantes: German Gabriel 14, Tyrone Ellis 12
Benetton: Devin Smith 22, Alessandro Gentile 10, Donatas Motiejunas 9, Greg Brunner 9


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Dolphins sign Conor Grace - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping Dolphins announced signing of Conor Grace (210-F-82, college: Davidson) for rest of the season. The Irish forward arrives to Sweden from Malaysia, where he started this season. He was a member of Westsports KL Dragons. Last season, Grace spent in Holland with Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden. Actually, he joined them in January averaging 5.4 points and 5.1 rebounds for 20 games. Grace already made his debut in Swedish top division collecting 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 81-91 road win against Solna Vikings.

Basketligan Round 12: Undefeated LF Basket loses their first game against Boras - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 12 in Basketligan was road defeat of higher ranked LF Basket to seventh ranked Boras 71-75. It ended the series of four consecutive victories of LF Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording double-double 28 points and 15 rebounds and his countryman guard Kellen McCoy (168-87, college: Weber St.) who added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. That victory allowed Boras (5-6) to climb to sixth place. This loss did not change LF Basket's (9-3) top position in the standings as they recorded their third loss. They share it with Sodertalje. Boras are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed Sodertalje on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LF Basket will play against Eco Orebro hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Sundsvall's (#5) just 1-point road victory against one of their biggest challengers Uppsala 88-87 ending at the same time the series of three consecutive victories of Uppsala. The winners were led by American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agent: Ruud Harrewijn) who had that evening double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds and Liam Rush who supported him with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Even double-double 20 points and 10 rebounds by Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) did not help to save the game for Uppsala. Sundsvall (7-4) has a solid series of three victories in a row. That victory allowed Sundsvall (7-4) to climb to fourth place. Uppsala (7-5) on the other side went down to fifth position as they recorded their fifth loss. Sundsvall's next round game will be against Jamtland (#9) on the road where they are favorite. Uppsala will play against Norrkoping (#3) to get back on winning track.
Quite upsetting was Sodertalje's (#2) 21-point road defeat in a game versus tenth ranked Jamtland who crushed guests 83-62. The biggest contributor to a victory was Darius Hargrove with double-double 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Tauras Skripkauskas who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds. Sodertalje's coach Vedran Bosnic gave up on the game allowing to play 10 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. That victory allowed Jamtland (3-9) to climb to ninth place. This loss did not change Sodertalje's (9-3) top position in the standings as they recorded their third loss. They share it with LF Basket. Jamtland will meet next round higher ranked Sundsvall (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sodertalje will play against Boras hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Third-ranked Norrkoping had no problems on the court of Solna (#7). Norrkoping (8-4) beat Solna (5-7) by 10 points 91-81. It was a good game for Joakim Kjellbom who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Despite the victory current champion Norrkoping stay at third position having just two points less than leader LF Basket. Solna (5-7) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their seventh loss. Norrkoping's next round opponent will be Uppsala (#5) on the road. Solna will play against 08.
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro managed to get a second victory. This time they won against eighth-ranked 08 70-56. Worth to mention a great performance of Jesper Andersson who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. Despite the victory Eco Orebro (2-9) stay at tenth position. 08 (3-8) on the other side took eighth place. Eco Orebro will face next round league's leader LF Basket at Lulea and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.


Uppsala - Sundsvall 87-88
Very significant was Sundsvall's (#5) just 1-point road victory against one of their biggest challengers Uppsala 88-87 ending at the same time the series of three consecutive victories of Uppsala. The winners were led by American guard Alex Wesby (196-80, college: Temple, agent: Ruud Harrewijn) who had that evening double-double 18 points and 10 rebounds and Irish-Australian swingman Liam Rush (202-82) who supported him with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Even double-double 20 points and 10 rebounds by Austrian center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) did not help to save the game for Uppsala. Sundsvall (7-4) has a solid series of three victories in a row. That victory allowed Sundsvall (7-4) to climb to fourth place. Uppsala (7-5) on the other side went down to fifth position as they recorded their fifth loss. Sundsvall's next round game will be against Jamtland (#9) on the road where they are favorite. Uppsala will play against Norrkoping (#3) to get back on winning track.
Top scorers:
Sundsvall Dragons: L.Rush 21+7reb+2ast, J.Sigurdarson 19+3reb+2ast, A.Wesby 18+10reb+3ast, H.Baeringsson 12+11reb+5ast, J.Jeansson 11+2reb, J.Pierre 4+1reb+2ast
Uppsala Basket: B.Smith 21+1reb+4ast, M.Kohlmaier 20+10reb, R.Eriksson 12+2reb+4ast, F.Jonzen 12+3reb, T.Whitworth 11+4reb+2ast, A.Nordstrom 5+1reb
gschID: 94168


Boras - LF Basket 75-71
The most shocking disappointment of round 12 in Basketligan was road defeat of higher ranked LF Basket to seventh ranked Boras 71-75. It ended the series of four consecutive victories of LF Basket. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Christopher McKnight (201-87, college: Akron) who helped to win the game recording double-double 28 points and 15 rebounds and his countryman guard Kellen McCoy (168-87, college: Weber St.) who added 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was former international guard Rudy Mbemba (181-87) with 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Tyrone Levett (195-80, college: Alabama St.) with double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. That victory allowed Boras (5-6) to climb to sixth place. This loss did not change LF Basket's (9-3) top position in the standings as they recorded their third loss. They share it with Sodertalje. Boras are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed Sodertalje on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. LF Basket will play against Eco Orebro hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Boras Basket: C.McKnight 28+15reb, K.McCoy 16+5reb+6ast, C.Ryan 14+7reb+4ast, M.Palm 11+7reb, H.Carlsson 5, S.Andreasen 1+5reb
LF Basket: J.Akesson 13+6reb, R.Mbemba 12+8reb+4ast, T.Levett 12+10reb+1ast, M.Pahlmblad 11+3reb+1ast, E.Salon 8, J.Rosendahl 8+10reb+2ast
gschID: 94169


Solna - Norrkoping 81-91
Third-ranked Norrkoping had no problems on the court of Solna (#7). Norrkoping (8-4) beat Solna (5-7) by 10 points 91-81. It was a good game for international power forward Joakim Kjellbom (213-79, college: N.Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 9 rebounds. American guard Andrew Mitchell (181-79, college: Kent St.) contributed with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Icelandic guard Logi Gunnarsson (190-81) replied with 21 points and 5 rebounds and former international guard Olivier Ilunga (185-84, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for Solna. Despite the victory current champion Norrkoping stay at third position having just two points less than leader LF Basket. Solna (5-7) on the other side took seventh place as they recorded their seventh loss. Norrkoping's next round opponent will be Uppsala (#5) on the road. Solna will play against 08.
Top scorers:
Norrkoping Dolphins: J.Kjellbom 23+9reb, A.Mitchell 16+5reb+6ast, P.Sakinis 14+1reb, A.Saks 13+9reb, C.Grace 9+6reb+5ast, M.Lindqvist 7+1ast
Solna Vikings: L.Gunnarsson 21+5reb+1ast, J.Nystrom 18+1reb+2ast, O.Ilunga 16+9reb+2ast, L.Myrthil 12+1reb, L.Kosmalski 5+10reb+5ast, W.Walker 5+7reb+3ast
gschID: 94170


Eco Orebro - 08 70-56
Bottom-ranked Eco Orebro managed to get a second victory. This time they won against eighth-ranked 08 70-56. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jesper Andersson (202-86) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Pierre Hampton (198-91) who added 15 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Willy Beck (186-87, college: Santa Barbara CC) with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and former international center Joakim Blom (211-76, agent: Side Court) with 8 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. 08 (3-8) added fourth loss to their record. Despite the victory Eco Orebro (2-9) stay at tenth position. 08 (3-8) on the other side took eighth place. Eco Orebro will face next round league's leader LF Basket at Lulea and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Eco Orebro: J.Andersson 19+7reb, P.Hampton 15+5reb+2ast, L.Mosley 10+6reb+2ast, A.Pleick 6+6reb+2ast, O.Lindell 6+1reb+1ast, S.Smith 4+3reb+4ast
08 Stockholm: K.Nagwere 12+1reb, F.Odada 10+7reb+2ast, W.Beck 10+8reb+5ast, J.Westerlund 8+8reb+3ast, J.Blom 8+12reb+2ast, M.Asante 6
gschID: 94166


Jamtland - Sodertalje 83-62
Quite upsetting was Sodertalje's (#2) 21-point road defeat in a game versus tenth ranked Jamtland who crushed guests 83-62. The biggest contributor to a victory was American guard Darius Hargrove (193-82, college: Virginia Union, agent: Goran Gramatikov) with double-double 19 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists. Croatian forward Drazen Klaric (205-80, agent: Side Court) helped with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian guard Tauras Skripkauskas (196-86, college: Charleston) who recorded 16 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized Bosnian guard Adnan Chuk (193-81, agent: Side Court) added 12 points and 5 assists. Sodertalje's coach Vedran Bosnic gave up on the game allowing to play 10 players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. That victory allowed Jamtland (3-9) to climb to ninth place. This loss did not change Sodertalje's (9-3) top position in the standings as they recorded their third loss. They share it with LF Basket. Jamtland will meet next round higher ranked Sundsvall (#4) on the road and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sodertalje will play against Boras hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
Top scorers:
KFUM Jamtland Basket: D.Klaric 21+6reb+5ast, D.Hargrove 19+12reb+5ast, J.Roenstrom 14+1reb+1ast, B.Salaam 13+5reb+1ast, S.Mjos 12+1reb+3ast, S.Hellgren 4+5reb+7ast
Sodertalje Kings: T.Skripkauskas 16+6reb+1ast, A.Chuk 12+3reb+5ast, M.Joseph 9+2reb, D.Pita 8+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 6+5reb+1ast, M.Griskenas 5+4reb
gschID: 94167




Standings - Basketligan
Basketligan Standings
 1. LF Basket 9-3 
 2. Sodertalje 9-3 
 3. Norrkoping 8-4 
 4. Sundsvall 7-4 
 5. Uppsala 7-5 
 6. Boras 5-6 
 7. Solna 5-7 
 8. 08 3-8 
 9. Jamtland 3-9 
 10. Eco Orebro 2-9 


Stats Leaders - Basketligan
Points Per Game
 Liam RUSH
  Sundsvall
  (202-F/G-82)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Rush, Sundsvall21.7 
 2. McKnight, Boras20.8 
 3. Smith, Sodertalje20.6 
 4. McCoy, Boras20.3 
 5. Gunnarsson, Solna19.5 
 6. Smith, Uppsala18.5 
 7. Klaric, Jamtland18.0 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.6 
 9. Hargrove, Jamtland17.2 
 10. Palm, Boras17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hlynur BAERINGSSON
  Sundsvall
  (200-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Baeringsson, Sunds.13.3 
 2. Kosmalski, Solna9.2 
 3. McKnight, Boras8.8 
 4. Palm, Boras8.6 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping8.2 
 6. Klaric, Jamtland8.1 
 7. Kohlmaier, Uppsala8.0 
 8. Hargrove, Jamtland7.8 
 9. Walker, Solna7.7 
 10. Levett, LF Basket7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rudy MBEMBA
  LF Basket
  (181-G-87)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Mbemba, LF Basket6.8 
 2. Pleick, Eco Orebro5.4 
 3. Beck, 085.3 
 4. Chuk, Sodertalje5.0 
 5. Frier, Uppsala4.5 
 6. Ilunga, Solna4.5 
 7. Smith, Sodertalje4.4 
 8. Gervin, Norrkoping4.4 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkoping4.2 
 10. McCoy, Boras4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Johnell SMITH
  Sodertalje
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Smith, Sodertalje4.5 
 2. Mbemba, LF Basket3.6 
 3. Smith, Uppsala2.5 
 4. Rush, Sundsvall2.5 
 5. McKnight, Boras2.3 
 6. Pleick, Eco Orebro2.1 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland2.1 
 8. Callier, Jamtland2.0 
 9. Frier, Uppsala1.9 
 10. McCoy, Boras1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Bilal SALAAM
  Jamtland
  (201-F-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Salaam, Jamtland2.2 
 2. Palm, Boras1.8 
 3. Rosendahl, LF Ba.1.8 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.7 
 5. Ayuba, Norrkoping1.5 
 6. Cipriano, Eco O.1.2 
 7. Saks, Norrkoping1.1 
 8. Galick, Sodertalje1.1 
 9. Levett, LF Basket1.0 
 10. Kohlmaier, Uppsala1.0 


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Eagles 9-0 
 2. Haga Haninge 8-1 
 3. Taby 8-1 
 4. Akropol 6-3 
 5. Lulea Steel 6-3 
 6. Blackeberg 3-5 
 7. Orongo 3-5 
 8. Talje 2-6 
 9. Lidingo 2-7 
 10. Hallsta 2-7 
 11. Uppsala KFUM 2-7 
 12. BG Lulea 1-7 
South
 1. Nassjo 7-1 
 2. Hoganas 7-2 
 3. Helsingborg 7-3 
 4. Srbija 6-2 
 5. Sanda 5-4 
 6. Fryshuset 4-2 
 7. Malbas 4-4 
 8. Norrkoping BK 4-4 
 9. Solna Branten 2-6 
 10. Kvarnby 2-7 
 11. Brahe Basket 1-7 
 12. Eos 1-8 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Glover, Boncourt24.5 
 2. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.22.7 
 3. Popovich, SAV V.20.6 
 4. Brown, Starwings20.6 
 5. Polyblank, Geneve L.20.1 
 6. Abukar, Lugano T.20.1 
 7. Smith, Fribourg19.6 
 8. Bomayoko, Zurich W.18.7 
 9. Yates, Starwings18.6 
 10. Martin, BBC Nyon18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 14.1
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon14.1 
 2. Yates, Starwings10.0 
 3. Thompson, Starw.9.7 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt9.5 
 5. Ofoegbu, SAM M.9.1 
 6. Smith, Fribourg8.8 
 7. Dos Santos, Bonco.8.2 
 8. Dacevic, SAV V.7.9 
 9. Sloan, Geneve Lions7.9 
 10. Finn, Lugano Tigers7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Rickey GIBSON
  SAV Vacallo
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Gibson, SAV Vacallo7.8 
 2. Glover, Boncourt6.3 
 3. Draughan, Lugano T.5.2 
 4. Brown, Starwings4.7 
 5. Esterkamp, Fribo.4.5 
 6. Ross, Geneve Lions4.4 
 7. Louissaint, Month.4.3 
 8. Hollins, Starwings4.3 
 9. Buscaglia, Fribourg4.2 
 10. Petkovic, Fribourg4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shorown GLOVER
  Boncourt
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Glover, Boncourt4.7 
 2. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.5 
 3. Angley, Lugano T.3.0 
 4. Gugino, Boncourt3.0 
 5. Farokhmanesh, SAM M.2.8 
 6. Draughan, Lugano T.2.7 
 7. Sharper, Monthey2.2 
 8. Louissaint, Month.2.2 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano T.2.1 
 10. Hawkins, SAM M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cruz DANIELS
  BBC Nyon
  (211-C-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Daniels, BBC Nyon3.1 
 2. Toure, Geneve Lions2.3 
 3. Lukic, Zurich W.1.6 
 4. Sloan, Geneve Lions1.5 
 5. Gugino, Boncourt1.3 
 6. Moris, Monthey1.3 
 7. Vogt, Fribourg1.1 
 8. Thompson, Starw.1.0 
 9. Sanders, Lugano T.1.0 
 10. Aw, Monthey1.0 


LNA Round 11: Geneve Lions loses to SAV Vacallo - by Eurobasket News
LNA round 11 most important game was a road victory of 4-ranked SAV Vacallo (7-4) over third-ranked Geneve Lions (6-5), who beat visitors 93-86. Croatian-Slovenian center Martin Mihajlovic (208-81) orchestrated the victory with 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Rickey Gibson (191-84, college: Stillman) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Ronnie Ross (187-79, college: Utah St.) answered with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Geneve Lions. They added fourth loss to their record. SAV Vacallo jumped to the third spot. Geneve Lions dropped to the fourth position. SAV Vacallo are looking forward to the next round to face league's leader Lugano Tigers on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Geneve Lions will play against Starwings hoping to win this game.
Another very easy game for Fribourg (9-2) which hosted Starwings (5-6). Second ranked Fribourg crushed visitors with a record 26 points 88-62 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Starwings. It was a great evening for American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Steve Smith helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. Canadian-Irish swingman Tony McCrory (199-77, college: Simon Fraser) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Fribourg (9-2) has a solid series of three victories in a row. They did not change their second position in the standings. Starwings keeps the fifth position. They have the same record like Monthey and Boncourt. Fribourg's next round game will be against SAM Massagno (#8) on the road which should be theoretically another easy game. Starwings will play against Geneve Lions to get back on winning track.
An interesting game was also road defeat of 9th ranked BBC Nyon in a game versus Zurich Wildcats (#10) 67-74. It was an exceptional evening for Josko Srzic who led the winners with 14 points and 4 assists. Zurich Wildcats' coach Riet Lareida allowed to play his deep bench players and giving the chance to rest for starting five. Cruz Daniels came up with double-double 11 points and 23 rebounds for BBC Nyon in defeat. Zurich Wildcats (1-10) celebrated their first victory after ten consecutive losses, while for BBC Nyon it was their seventh loss in a row. They did not change their tenth position in the standings. BBC Nyon keeps the ninth position with 2-9 record. Zurich Wildcats will meet next round higher ranked Monthey (#7) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Nyon will play against Boncourt hoping for a come back to a winning shape.
League top team - Lugano Tigers (11-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Boncourt 88-82. The best player for the winner was Michael Efevberha who had 17 points and 7 assists. Defending champion of course still keep top position in the standings. Boncourt dropped to the fifth position with 5-6 record. Lugano Tigers' next round opponent will be SAV Vacallo (#3) in Chiasso. Boncourt will play at home against BBC Nyon.

In the last game of round 11 Monthey was beaten by SAM Massagno on the road 82-65.
The most impressive performance of 11th round was 37 points (!!!) and 10 assists by Showron Glover of BC Boncourt Red Team.


SAM Massagno - Monthey 82-65

I am not sure if we can call it surprise result between close teams when eighth ranked SAM Massagno (4-7) beat at home 7th ranked Monthey (5-6) 82-65. American forward Branden Johnson (206-86, college: Montana St.) orchestrated the victory with 23 points and 8 rebounds. His countryman guard Ali Farokhmanesh (183-88, college: N.Iowa, agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) contributed with 22 points for the winners. American power forward Joey Lynch-Flohr (203-88, college: Radford) answered with 24 points and Belgian power forward Stephane Moris (207-86, agent: Martin Galajda) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for Monthey. SAM Massagno did not change their eighth position in the standings. Monthey dropped to the fifth position. They have the same record like Starwings and Boncourt. SAM Massagno are looking forward to the next round to face league's second-placed Fribourg at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Monthey will play against Zurich Wildcats hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
BBC Monthey: J.Lynch-Flohr 24+4reb+1ast, J.Sharper 12+4reb+3ast, S.Moris 12+6reb+1ast, A.Lovedale 9+3reb, S.Louissaint 5+3reb+2ast, G.Louissaint 2+1reb
SAM Basket Massagno: B.Johnson 23+8reb, A.Farokhmanesh 22+4reb+2ast, J.Ofoegbu 16+11reb, A.Hawkins 14+6reb+2ast, M.Magnani 5+5reb+4ast, F.Fridel 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 103673


Fribourg - Starwings 88-62

Another very easy game for Fribourg (9-2) which hostedStarwings (5-6). Second ranked Fribourg crushed visitors with a record 26 points 88-62 ending at the same time the series of two consecutive victories of Starwings. It was a great evening for American forward Dave Esterkamp (200-78, college: Bowling Green) who led his team to a victory with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. His countrym