EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/13/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.8 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm19.5 
 3. Bogdanovic, Cibona19.5 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.4 
 5. Car, Zadar18.3 
 6. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.8 
 7. Zoric, KK.17.4 
 8. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.7 
 9. Young, Crvena Z.16.7 
 10. Chase, Igokea16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Zoric, KK.8.5 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm7.1 
 3. Booker, Krka6.8 
 4. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.5 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.6.5 
 6. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.4 
 7. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 8. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 9. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 10. Lee, Radnicki5.8 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.4 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 4. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.1 
 5. Morovic, Siroki TT4.1 
 6. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 7. Drca, Crvena Zvezda4.0 
 8. Nissim, CEZ N.3.9 
 9. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 10. Krstovic, Hemofarm3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.5 
 3. Ozbolt, Union O.2.2 
 4. Radosevic, Cibona2.2 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 6. Ilievski, Union O.2.2 
 7. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 8. Necas, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 9. Troha, Cedevita1.9 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Crvena Zvezda
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.1 
 2. Vesely, Partizan1.0 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Zoric, KK.1.0 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.9 
 7. Brnas, Cibona0.8 
 8. Booker, Krka0.8 
 9. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 10. Kasun, KK.0.7 


Round 11: Bottom-ranked Crvena Zvezda beats Cedevita - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader.

Zadar - Partizan 91-88
Serbian Partizan (5-6) recorded it's sixth loss on the court of Croatian Zadar. Partizan was edged by the home squad 91-88. Zadar was already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 33-22 Partizan's run in the last period cut the lead to 91-88 at the end of the game. Partizan was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Marko Car (188-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Center Ive Ivanov (201-85) contributed with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward James Gist (203-86) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import guard Curtis Jerrells (185-87, college: Baylor) added 14 points in the effort for Partizan. Four Partizan players scored in double figures. Partizan's coach Vlada Jovanovic tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Zadar improved to 3-8 record. Defending champion Partizan dropped to 5-6. Zadar will play against Hemofarm in Vrsac in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Partizan will play at home against Krka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Partizan: J.Gist 21+7reb+1ast, C.Jerrells 14+2reb+1ast, N.Jawai 12+3reb, D.Kecman 11+3reb+1ast, R.Katic 9+1reb+1ast, D.Milosavljevic 9+4reb+2ast
Zadar: M.Car 27+2reb+4ast, I.Ivanov 23+5reb+4ast, B.Brown 10+4reb, M.Bilan 8+2reb+2ast, I.Batur 8+1reb+1ast, J.Vladovic 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 92514


Krka - Cibona 87-64
An interesting game was played in Novo Mesto where host Slovenian Krka (#1) smashed Croatian Cibona with 23-point difference 87-64 on Saturday evening. Krka trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and later registered 23-point victory. Krka dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Cibona's 34. Krka outrebounded Cibona 30-13 including a 21-8 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American power forward Christopher Booker (208-81, college: Purdue, agent: Chris Kupcunas) who led his team to a victory scoring 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Guard Zoran Dragic (196-89) helped adding 13 points and 6 rebounds. Krka's coach Aleksandar Dzikic felt very confident that he used 11 players. Guard Rok Stipcevic (188-86) responded with 17 points and 6 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and power forward Tomislav Zubcic (214-90, agent: Misko Raznatovic) scored 18 points. Slovenian champion improved to 7-4 record. Krka will meet Partizan in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cibona will play against Buducnost in Podgorica and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cibona: L.Radosevic 18+2reb+1ast, T.Zubcic 18+4reb+1ast, R.Stipcevic 17+6ast, K.Vragovic 8+1reb, G.Vrbanc 2+1reb, J.Lalic 1
Krka: C.Booker 17+9reb+2ast, S.Pavic 16+3reb+1ast, Z.Dragic 13+6reb+2ast, D.Djordjevic 9+3ast, S.Petrov 8+2reb+2ast, E.Muric 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 92515


Crvena Zvezda - Cedevita 82-77
The biggest surprise of 11th round was Crvena Zvezda's (3-8) victory at home over one of the league's best teams Cedevita (6-5) 82-77 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and managed to earn 5-point victory. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Jahmar Young (196, college: N.Mexico St.) who scored 25 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). His fellow American import forward Ricardo Marsh (201-81, college: ODU) chipped in 22 points. Forward Damjan Rudez (206-86) produced 15 points and 7 rebounds and American power forward Corsley Edwards (205-79, college: Cent.Conn.St., agent: Michael B. Siegel) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Four Cedevita players scored in double figures. Crvena Zvezda improved to 3.8, while Cedevita dropped to 6-5. Cedevita will play next round against Radnicki trying to get back on the winning streak. Crvena Zvezda will try to continue on it's current victory against Union Olimpija in Ljubljana.
Top scorers:
Cedevita: C.Edwards 17+4reb, D.Rudez 15+7reb+2ast, T.Plaisted 11+6reb, D.Draper 10+4reb+5ast, R.Troha 7+4reb+2ast, V.Vukusic 7+1reb+1ast
Crvena Zvezda: J.Young 25+2reb+1ast, R.Marsh 22+4reb, U.Nikolic 14+6reb, A.Myles 8+5reb+1ast, S.Milosevic 6+13reb+2ast, N.Nedovic 4+6ast
gschID: 92511


Radnicki - Siroki TT 92-80
We should not miss the game where Serbian Radnicki (6-5) won against Bosnian Siroki TT Kabeli (6-5) 92-80. It also means the end of Siroki TT Kabeli's three-game winning streak. The game rather controlled by Radnicki. Siroki TT Kabeli managed to win second quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Radnicki made 22-of-29 charity shots (75.9 percent) during the game. Radnicki had a 14-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. 26 personal fouls commited by Siroki TT Kabeli helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for Australian-Serbian guard Steven Markovic (190-85) who led the winners and scored 34 points (!!!) and 4 assists. American forward Michael Lee (207-86) accounted for 27 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Croatian power forward Sime Spralja (206-83) came up with 23 points and 5 rebounds and Croatian guard Vedran Morovic (184-83, college: Olney Central CC, agent: Misko Raznatovic) added 18 points and 6 assists respectively for Siroki TT Kabeli in the defeat. Siroki TT Kabeli's coach let to play ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Radnicki has a solid series of three victories in a row and they improved to 6-5 record. Radnicki's next round opponent will be Cedevita in Zagreb and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Siroki TT Kabeli will play at home against Igokea and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siroki TT: S.Spralja 23+5reb, V.Morovic 18+2reb+6ast, F.Pilepic 16+2reb+2ast, I.Ramljak 8+3reb, D.Planinic 6+5reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 5+3reb+2ast
Radnicki: S.Markovic 34+1reb+4ast, M.Lee 27+6reb+2ast, D.Mijatovic 11+5reb+1ast, M.Spica 7+7reb, P.Miletic 6+4reb, M.Cakarevic 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 92512


Igokea - Hemofarm 99-82
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where Bosnian Igokea (5-6) defeated Serbian Hemofarm (6-5) in a home game by 17 points 99-82 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 99-82. Igokea shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 60.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Brian Chase (178-81, college: Virginia Tech) who scored 30 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import center Donnell Harvey (203-80, college: Florida) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Igokea's coach Slobodan Klipa used a eleven-player rotation seeing no chance for a win. Forward Milan Macvan (205-89, agent: Zoran Savic) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Boris Savovic (206-87) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Igokea improved to 5-6 record, while Hemofarm lost third consecutive game. Igokea will face Siroki TT Kabeli in Siroki Brijeg in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hemofarm will play at home against Zadar.
Top scorers:
Hemofarm: M.Sutalo 17+2ast, M.Macvan 16+7reb+2ast, B.Savovic 15+4reb+2ast, D.Andusic 13+2reb+2ast, M.Abdul-Hamid 9+4reb+2ast, J.Jordan 8+1reb
Igokea: B.Chase 30+7reb+4ast, M.Dozet 13+2reb+1ast, C.Vitkovac 11+5reb+3ast, D.Harvey 10+10reb+3ast, Z.Rakocevic 9+4reb+2ast, N.Joksimovic 8+6ast
gschID: 92513


KK Zagreb CO - Buducnost 75-85
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both Montenegrin Buducnost and Croatian KK Zagreb CO had identical 6-4 record. But KK Zagreb CO was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Podgorica 75-85 on Saturday night. The game rather controlled by Buducnost. KK Zagreb CO managed to win third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Buducnost shot 65.1 percent from the field and made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. KK Zagreb CO was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was power forward Vladimir Dragicevic (206-86) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Serbian forward Marko Simonovic (202-86, agent: Misko Raznatovic) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Four Buducnost players scored in double figures. Bosnian forward Miralem Halilovic (206-91) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and Bosnian Ante Masic (200-85) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Montenegrin champion improved to 7-4 record and they will face Cibona in Zagreb in the next round. It will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Zagreb CO will play at home against CEZ Nymburk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
KK Zagreb CO: M.Halilovic 17+5reb, A.Masic 13+5reb+2ast, L.Zoric 12+3reb+1ast, A.Renfroe 8+1reb+4ast, D.Mulaomerovic 8+1reb, D.Rancic 7+1reb+1ast
Buducnost: V.Dragicevic 19+7reb+1ast, M.Simonovic 17+5reb+2ast, M.Scekic 13+4reb+2ast, N.Otasevic 11+3ast, M.Popovic 9+2reb, N.Gordic 8+2ast
gschID: 92509


CEZ Nymburk - Union Olimpija 72-85
The game between closely ranked teams ended with Slovenian Union Olimpija's (7-4) road victory over Czech CEZ Nymburk (5-6) 85-72 on Saturday. Union Olimpija trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 85-72. CEZ Nymburk was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Kevinn Pinkney (207-83, college: Nevada) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import swingman Kenny Gregory (197-78, college: Kansas) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Five Union Olimpija players scored in double figures. Guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) produced 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Radek Necas (204-80) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Union Olimpija improved to 7-4 record, while CEZ Nymburk lost fourth consecutive game. Union Olimpija will face Crvena Zvezda in Beograd in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. CEZ Nymburk will play at home against KK Zagreb CO.
Top scorers:
CEZ Nymburk: P.Pumprla 12+5reb+4ast, M.Lenzly 10+5reb, A.Chan 10+4reb+1ast, M.Kremen 9+2reb+2ast, R.Necas 8+6reb+2ast, V.Stimac 6+1reb
Union Olimpija: K.Pinkney 21+7reb+1ast, K.Gregory 18+5reb+3ast, G.Jagodnik 11+3reb, D.Markota 11+6reb+2ast, S.Ozbolt 10+2reb+4ast, V.Ilievski 10+2reb+4ast
gschID: 92510




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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Atenas 12-5 
 2. Regatas C. 11-4 
 3. La Union 10-7 
 4. Libertad S. 10-7 
 5. Olimpico LB 8-9 
 6. Quimsa 7-10 
 7. Sionista 5-11 
 8. Club 9 4-13 
Zona Sur
 1. Penarol 14-1 
 2. Obras 13-4 
 3. Lanus 9-7 
 4. Estudiantes 9-8 
 5. Monte Hermoso 7-10 
 6. Argentino 6-11 
 7. Gimnasia CR 6-11 
 8. Boca Jrs 2-15 


Standings - TNA
TNA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Obera TC 6-2 
 2. Alvear 5-3 
 3. A.Espanola 5-3 
 4. San Mart.C. 5-3 
 5. A.Italiana 4-4 
 6. Union Progr. 4-4 
 7. Adelante 1-6 
 8. Tucuman BB 1-6 
Zona Sur
 1. Union S. 7-1 
 2. Quilmes MP 5-2 
 3. Firmat SF 4-3 
 4. Bragado 4-3 
 5. Ciclista 4-3 
 6. Banda Norte 3-4 
 7. San Mart.MJ 1-6 
 8. Gimnasia VP 1-7 


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


GABE FREEMAN IS BACK FOR THE PATRIOTS - by Sheryl Reyes
Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, agency: Union Sports, college: Costa Mesa JC) is coming back to help the Philippine Patriots title-retention bid in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Season 2. It was a roller coaster being able to get the star import since he was currently playing with the Townsville Crocodiles in australia.The Townsville Crocodiles made a the deal that Gabe Freeman must play his last game last December 11, 2010 before they would let him go, after the game everything went smooth and he was confirmed released after last friday game, ending at a good note, 17 point 9 rebounds and 1 assist . He is now ready to move forward to his next journey . The patriots

Freeman, the former San Miguel import in the Philippine Basketball Association, is arriving this tuesday in time for the Patriots game against the Singapore Slingers on December 18 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The 6-foot-5 Freeman helped the Patriots win the inaugural championship by sweeping Indonesias Satria Muda BritAma in their best-of-five title series.

He will replace Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.), who scored 21 points in the Patriots 73-71 win over the Kuala Lumpur Dragons and ended up as Best Player of the game, He helped the Patriots win games , Gabe Freeman has always been the top choice of the patriots but the timing was not right and now it is, Patriots was very lucky to be able to get Rasheim Wright since he just came from the World Championships and was taking his time to rest since he will be playing for the upcomming PBA import confference. He ended with good numbers and left with a win and now is preparing for his next assignment. He is also being eyed by a team in Australia and another ABL team so we will see where his heart takes him. Sure a very talented athlete that every team would want to have.

Just like Wright ,Gabe Freeman is hot in the market too,in his last stint with the Beermen, Freeman had per game averages of 23 points. 15.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists.


Standings
O Standings
 1. Thailand S. 8-3 
 2. Philip.Patriots 7-4 
 3. KL Dragons 7-5 
 4. Singapore S. 5-5 
 5. Barracudas 3-8 
 6. Satria Muda 3-8 


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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - A Bundesliga
A Bundesliga Standings
 1. Gmunden 11-2 
 2. Furstenfeld 10-4 
 3. Kapfenberg 10-4 
 4. Oberwart 9-5 
 5. Arkadia 8-5 
 6. Klosterneub. 8-6 
 7. UBSC Graz 8-6 
 8. Wels 6-8 
 9. St.Polten 4-10 
 10. BC Vienna 4-10 
 11. Gussing 4-10 
 12. Worthersee 1-13 


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.7 
 2. Houston, Arkadia21.5 
 3. Vay, Arkadia21.0 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.9 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.5 
 6. Nagler, Klostern.19.2 
 7. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.3 
 8. Mayes, Gmunden18.0 
 9. Miletic, UBSC G.17.8 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna11.0 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart9.1 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.6 
 4. Mayer, Gmunden8.5 
 5. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 6. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.6 
 7. Slack, Gmunden7.6 
 8. Klette, Wels7.3 
 9. Opoku, St.Polten7.3 
 10. Oppland, Gmunden7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.5 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.5 
 3. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 4. Schreiner, St.Po.5.0 
 5. Parker, Oberwart4.9 
 6. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.4 
 7. Boylan, Gmunden4.3 
 8. Stazic, BC Vienna4.2 
 9. Woschank, Kapfe.4.0 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.7 
 2. Parker, Oberwart2.5 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 4. Woschank, Kapfe.2.2 
 5. Slack, Gmunden2.1 
 6. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 8. Fields, Wels1.9 
 9. Danek, Arkadia1.9 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis GRAHAM
  UBSC Graz
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Graham, UBSC G.2.2 
 2. Hicks, BC Vienna2.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia1.4 
 4. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 5. Hampton, Furstenf.1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 7. Heard, Gussing0.9 
 8. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 
 9. Mayer, Gmunden0.8 
 10. Horace, Kapfenberg0.8 


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  BELGIUM   


D1 Round 12: Base Oostende hands second defeat to Okapi Aalstar - by Eurobasket News
Top ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-2) recorded it's second loss on the court of sixth ranked Base Oostende on Saturday night. Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Base Oostende 87-81. It also means that the three-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar ended. Base Oostende was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Base Oostende forced 20 Okapi Aalstar turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Darrel Mitchell (180-84, college: LSU, agent: Misko Raznatovic) who scored 19 points and 8 assists. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) chipped in 16 points. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agent: John Spencer) who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds. Base Oostende (5-6) moved-up to fifth place. Okapi Aalstar at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Base Oostende is looking forward to face league's second-placed Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against Optima Gent and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was between second ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut and 3rd ranked Antwerp Giants where Dexia Mons-Hainaut (7-2) defeated Antwerp Giants (6-5) on the road with 15-point difference 75-60. It was a good game for American forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agent: Brad Ames) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Ron Lewis contributed with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agent: Side Court) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Antwerp Giants. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains second position with 7-2 record having just victory less than leader Aalstar. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Base Oostende (#5) at home in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get back on the winning track.
On Saturday night, bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster 68-63. Worth to mention a great performance of Michael Jenkins who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Rashaun Freeman with 19 points. Belgacom Liege (3-7) moved-up to seventh place. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Gent. Belgacom Liege will meet higher ranked Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Antwerp Giants and hope to secure a win.

In the last game of round 12 Leuven was defeated by Charleroi in a road game 85-73.


Verviers-Pep. - Liege 63-68
On Saturday night, bottom-ranked Belgacom Liege managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against seventh-ranked VOO Verviers-Pepinster 68-63. Belgacom Liege trailed by 11 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 4-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 68-63. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 7 rebounds and Croatian center Andrija Stipanovic (208-86) who added 17 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American power forward Rashaun Freeman (203-84, college: Massachusetts) with 19 points and his fellow American import guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St.) scored 10 points. Belgacom Liege (3-7) moved-up to seventh place. VOO Verviers-Pepinster lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Gent. Belgacom Liege will meet higher ranked Leuven Bears (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. VOO Verviers-Pepinster will play against Antwerp Giants and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Liege: A.Stipanovic 17+6reb+2ast, M.Jenkins 15+7reb+3ast, T.Griffin 9+3reb, P.Gillet 9+3reb+2ast, X.Collette 6+3reb+2ast, C.Bozeman 4+2reb+2ast
Verviers-Pep.: R.Freeman 19+3reb+2ast, A.Agudio 10+1reb+1ast, D.Jorssen 10+2reb, D.Waters 10+3reb+2ast, S.Jackson 5+7reb+2ast, R.Carter 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98609


Charleroi - Leuven 85-73
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 5th ranked Leuven Bears' (4-6) road loss to fourth ranked Spirou Charleroi (6-1) 73-85 on Saturday. The game rather controlled by Spirou Charleroi. Leuven Bears managed to win second quarter 17-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Spirou Charleroi forced 20 Leuven Bears turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Dwayne Broyles (196-82, college: JMU) who helped to win the game recording 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and international forward Christophe Beghin (207-80, agent: Side Court) who added 14 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Dior Lowhorn (198-87, college: USF) with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Samoan-American power forward John Tofi (203-84, college: UTEP) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Leuven Bears players scored in double figures. Leuven Bears' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Spirou Charleroi has a solid three-game winning streak. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Loser Leuven Bears dropped to the sixth position with six games lost. Spirou Charleroi will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Leuven Bears will play against Belgacom Liege (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Charleroi: D.Broyles 21+5reb+5ast, C.Beghin 14+5reb+1ast, B.Greene 13+2reb+3ast, J.Gomis 9+1reb+1ast, D.Mallet 9+3reb+5ast, C.Hill 7+8reb+5ast
Leuven: D.Lowhorn 18+9reb+1ast, B.Freeman 17+4reb, J.Tofi 13+7reb+2ast, A.Dagunduro 10+7reb+3ast, J.J.J. Miller 9+3reb+4ast, T.Creppy 4+2reb
gschID: 98606


Antwerp - M.Hainaut 60-75
Another exciting game was between second ranked Dexia Mons-Hainaut and 3rd ranked Antwerp Giants where Dexia Mons-Hainaut (7-2) defeated Antwerp Giants (6-5) on the road with 15-point difference 75-60. Antwerp Giants was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 39-19 second half run of Dexia Mons-Hainaut. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Antwerp Giants to just 7 points in third quarter. It was a good game for American forward Justin Cage (198-85, college: Xavier, agent: Brad Ames) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Ron Lewis (193-84, college: Ohio St., agent: Arik Krayn) contributed with 7 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Four Dexia Mons-Hainaut players scored in double figures. American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agent: Side Court) replied with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Tunisian center Salah Mejri (214-86) added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Antwerp Giants. Dexia Mons-Hainaut maintains second position with 7-2 record having just victory less than leader Aalstar. Antwerp Giants at the other side dropped to the fourth place with five games lost. Dexia Mons-Hainaut will play against Base Oostende (#5) at home in the next round. Antwerp Giants will play against VOO Verviers-Pepinster and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
M.Hainaut: J.Cage 19+6reb+2ast, S.Foster 13+2reb, R.Taylor 11+4reb+1ast, M.Hatten 10+5reb+4ast, B.McCauley 9+4reb+1ast, R.Lewis 7+8reb+4ast
Antwerp: S.Mejri 12+9reb+1ast, D.Wilson 12+9reb+2ast, R.Moors 10+2reb+3ast, J.Mwema 8+5reb+1ast, T.Strickland 7+5reb+2ast, D.Donkor 6
gschID: 98607


Oostende - Aalstar 87-81
Top ranked Okapi Aalstar (8-2) recorded it's second loss on the court of sixth ranked Base Oostende on Saturday night. Okapi Aalstar was defeated by Base Oostende 87-81. It also means that the three-game winning streak of Okapi Aalstar ended. Base Oostende was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Base Oostende forced 20 Okapi Aalstar turnovers. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was guard Darrel Mitchell (180-84, college: LSU, agent: Misko Raznatovic) who scored 19 points and 8 assists. Guard Matt Lojeski (198-85, college: Hawaii) chipped in 16 points. Four Base Oostende players scored in double figures. Base Oostende's coach Jean-Marc Jaumin used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Christopher Copeland (203-84, college: Colorado, agent: John Spencer) who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds and forward Tyren Johnson (202-88, college: La-Lafayette, agent: Brian Elfus) added 18 points respectively. Base Oostende (5-6) moved-up to fifth place. Okapi Aalstar at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Base Oostende is looking forward to face league's second-placed Dexia Mons-Hainaut in Quaregnon in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Okapi Aalstar will play at home against Optima Gent and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Oostende: D.Mitchell 19+3reb+8ast, C.Green 17+2reb+1ast, M.Lojeski 16+3reb+3ast, W.Thomas 10+4reb+2ast, B.Ebong 8+6reb+1ast, V.Petrovic 6+1reb+1ast
Aalstar: C.Copeland 25+5reb+2ast, T.Johnson 18+2reb+1ast, S.Burrell 14+3reb, C.Young 8+8reb+1ast, A.Ruoff 7+5reb+2ast, A.Hilliard 5+8reb+3ast
gschID: 98608




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  BOSNIA   


Zlatko Jovanovic moves to Iran - by Eurobasket News
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of the Iranian team Tozin Electric Kashan. The Bosnian international arrives to the club from Borac Nektar Banja Luka, where he started this season. In 2009/10, Jovanovic played for Bosna ASA BHT averaging 9.5 points and 2.7 assists for them in 15 Adriatic league games. He had almost the same numbers in Bosnian league. As a member of Sloboda Dita, Zlatko Jovanovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -09. A year before that he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Newcomer of the Year. In 2009, Jovanovic played for the Bosnian National Team.

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  BRAZIL   


Rio de Janeiro's Stage League 1st Round Finishes - by Miguel Gonzalez
Flamengo, Macae Sports, Tijuca TC and LB Cabo Frio eliminated Riachuelo TC and Iguacu BC.



1st Stage:
17/09/10
Tijuca TC 61 - 65 Maca Sports
24/09/10
Iguau BC 52 - 142 Flamengo
27/09/10
Flamengo 114 - 56 Riachuelo TC
29/09/10
Flamengo 99 - 80 Maca Sports
LB Cabo Frio 42 - 58 Tijuca TC
30/09/10
Riachuelo 57 - 54 Iguau BC
04/10/10
Tijuca TC 117 - 52 Iguau BC
Maca Sports 66 - 58 LB Cabo Frio
06/10/10
LB Cabo Frio 50 - 80 Flamengo
07/10/10
Riachuelo TC 51-73 Tijuca TC
08/10/10
Maca Sports 89-67 Riachuelo TC
09/10/10
LB Cabo Frio 73-61 Iguau BC
13/10/10
Tijuca TC 101-109 Flamengo
14/10/10
Riachuelo TC 59-64 LB Cabo Frio
15/10/10
Iguau BC 54-97 Maca Sports
18/10/10
Maca Sports 79-74 Tijuca TC
20/10/10
Iguau BC 65-60 LB Cabo Frio
21/10/10
Flamengo 104-61 Riachuelo TC
22/10/10
Tijuca TC 100-70 Riachuelo TC
27/10/10
LB Cabo Frio 59-66 Maca Sports
03/11/10
Iguau BC 55-76 Riachuelo TC
05/11/10
Flamengo 87-65 Maca Sports
09/11/10
Flamengo 96-52 LB Cabo Frio
11/11/10
Flamengo 123-54 Iguau BC
12/11/10
Riachuelo TC 72-91 Maca Sports
14/11/10
Flamengo 105-68 Tijuca TC
17/11/10
LB Cabo Frio beats Riachuelo TC
18/11/10
Iguau BC 45-102 Tijuca TC
22/11/10
Maca Sports 105-69 Iguau BC
Tijuca TC 106-66 LB Cabo Frio

Standings:
1) Flamengo - 20 - 2nd Stage.
2) Maca Sports - 18 - 2nd Stage.
3) Tijuca TC - 16 - 2nd Stage.
4) LB Cabo Frio - 13 - 2nd Stage.
5) Riachuelo TC - 12
6) Iguau BC - 11




Flamengo and Tijuca TC Will Playoff for Rio de Janeiro's Championship - by Miguel Gonzalez
Flamengo and Tijuca TC beat their rivals for 2 games to 0 and advanced to the Rio de Janeiro State League's Final.

The final round will be played in a best of three games.

Flamengo seeks its sixth straight title.

2nd Stage:
Game 1:


28/11/10
Maca Sports 70-84 Tijuca TC
07/12/10
Flamengo 76-65 LB Cabo Frio

Game 2:


08/12/10
Flamengo * 91-85 LB Cabo Frio
Tijuca TC * 66-63 Maca Sports




Boca Jrs. (Argentina) in the Americas League - by Miguel Gonzalez
Boca Jrs. (Argentina) qualified to the 2010/11 Americas League after finishing third in the 2010/11 South American League.

Boca Jrs. will play in Group C along with Flamengo (Brazil) and Mavort (Ecuador).

The fourth team of this group will be the Chilean champion, yet to be determined.

Group C will be played in Ibarra, in Ecuador.

Top two teams of each of the 4 groups will qualify to the second stage.


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  BULGARIA   


NBL Round 9: Euroins Cherno More beats Spartak in overtime, Lukoil Academic outplays Levski 103-98 - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

Spartak (#8) forced the game against Euroins Cherno More (#6) into overtime, but lost by seven points 105-112 on Saturday night. Spartak was down by 6 points at halftime and they made a turn in Q3 for 2-point lead after three quarters. Euroins Cherno More made 25-23 in the last period to force extra five minutes, which they later finished with plus 7. Cherno More made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They also had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Tihomir Zhelev (192-90) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Vasil Kiossev (195-90) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Alexander Diakovski (185-82) who recorded 31 points. Euroins Cherno More (4-5) moved-up to fourth place. Spartak lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the bottom position with eight games lost. Euroins Cherno More is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski in Sofia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak will play at home against Tundja (#7) in Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski (#2). Lukoil Academik (9-0) won against visiting Levski (7-2) 103-98. It also means the end of Levski's six-game winning streak. It was a good game for American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agent: Keith Kreiter) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Kaspars Kambala contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agent: Jamie Knox) answered with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Levski. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Undefeated Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-0 record. Levski at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Chernomorets (#5) in Burgas in the next round. Levski will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Yambol. Local Tundja (3-6) beat 4th placed Rilski Sportist (3-6) 88-70 on Saturday night. Simon Finzgar stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Ivan Lilov with 30 points and 7 rebounds. Tundja moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chernomorets and Rilski Sportist. Tundja will meet bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Chernomorets was defeated by Balkan in Botevgrad 90-75.


Balkan - Chernomorets 90-75
There was no surprise in Botevgrad where 5th ranked Chernomorets (3-6) was defeated by third ranked Balkan (6-3) 90-75 on Saturday. The game rather controlled by Balkan. Chernomorets managed to win second quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Balkan dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Chernomorets' 50. stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and the former international guard Jordan Bozov (191-79) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Balkan players scored in double figures. Balkan's coach Petar Klechkov used a eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Priest Lauderdale (221-73, college: Central State) with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) scored 16 points. The victory was the third consecutive win for Balkan. They maintain third place with 6-3 record having just three points less than leader Lukoil Academik. Loser Chernomorets keep the fifth position with six games lost. They share it with Tundja and Rilski Sportist. Balkan will meet Rilski Sportist (#6) in the next round. Chernomorets will play against the league's leader Lukoil Academik in Sofia and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Balkan: J.Bozov 21+6reb+6ast, S.Marinov 16+2reb+1ast, 14+14reb+5ast, I.Vuchkov 11+6reb+2ast, K.Doychinov 10+1reb, G.Davidov 8+2reb+5ast
Chernomorets: H.Zahariev 16+3reb+3ast, P.Lauderdale 14+10reb+1ast, A.Penev 10+1reb+2ast, A.Saraliyski 10+2reb, S.Naydenov 9+4reb+1ast, T.Ivanov 9+6reb+2ast
gschID: 98281


Tundja - Rilski Sportist 88-70
The game with biggest result difference took place in Yambol. Local Tundja (3-6) beat 4th placed Rilski Sportist (3-6) 88-70 on Saturday night. Tundja was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Tundja dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Rilski Sportist's 32. Tundja outrebounded Rilski Sportist 47-22 including a 17-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Slovenian forward Simon Finzgar (196-80, agent: Gasper Bizjak) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and guard Martin Durchev (200-87) chipped in 23 points. Four Tundja players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was international swingman Ivan Lilov (196-88, agent: Ivan Asanin) with 30 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Alexander Gruev (187-83) scored 10 points. Tundja moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Chernomorets and Rilski Sportist. Tundja will meet bottom-ranked Spartak (#8) in the next round. Rilski Sportist will play against Balkan in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tundja: M.Durchev 23+3reb+3ast, S.Finzgar 20+12reb+1ast, N.Varbanov 10+11reb, S.Petkov 10+4reb, D.Sattler 9+2reb+3ast, P.Marinov 8+6reb
Rilski Sportist: I.Lilov 30+7reb+2ast, A.Gruev 10+2reb+3ast, S.Vaklinov 9+2reb, B.Boev 8+2reb+1ast, D.Karadzhovski 7+2reb+1ast, D.Marojevic 3+2reb
gschID: 98282


Cherno More - Spartak 112-105 OT
Spartak (#8) forced the game against Euroins Cherno More (#6) into overtime, but lost by seven points 105-112 on Saturday night. Spartak was down by 6 points at halftime and they made a turn in Q3 for 2-point lead after three quarters. Euroins Cherno More made 25-23 in the last period to force extra five minutes, which they later finished with plus 7. Cherno More made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. They also had a 35-23 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Tihomir Zhelev (192-90) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Vasil Kiossev (195-90) chipped in 24 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Alexander Diakovski (185-82) who recorded 31 points. Euroins Cherno More (4-5) moved-up to fourth place. Spartak lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the bottom position with eight games lost. Euroins Cherno More is looking forward to face league's second-placed Levski in Sofia in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Spartak will play at home against Tundja (#7) in Yambol and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More: V.Kiossev 24+5reb, N.Kolev 20+7reb+1ast, T.Zhelev 19+16reb+5ast, P.Alexiev 16+2reb+9ast, 15+4reb+3ast, I.Kasabov 8+1reb+3ast
Spartak: A.Diakovski 31+2reb+2ast, S.Tsenov 15+3reb+3ast, T.Ostrev 14+7reb+2ast, V.Georgiev 14+4reb+1ast, T.Todorov 13+14reb+2ast, N.Traykov 10+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98280


Lukoil Academik - Levski 103-98
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Sofia: Lukoil Academik (#1) and Levski (#2). Lukoil Academik (9-0) won against visiting Levski (7-2) 103-98. It also means the end of Levski's six-game winning streak. Lukoil Academik was tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. They made 21-of-25 charity shots (84.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agent: Keith Kreiter) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 9 rebounds. Latvian center Kaspars Kambala (206-78, college: UNLV, agent: Obrad Fimic) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Aaron Harper (199-81, college: Mississippi, agent: Jamie Knox) answered with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists and FYR Macedonian power forward Gjorgji Cekovski (202-79, agent: Arik Krayn) added 23 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Levski. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Levski's coach Konstantin Papazov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Lukoil Academik have an impressive series of nine victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with 9-0 record. Levski at the other side keeps the second position with two games lost. Lukoil Academik will play against Chernomorets (#5) in Burgas in the next round. Levski will play at home against Euroins Cherno More in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Lukoil Academik: T.Peterson 25+9reb+2ast, K.Kambala 17+8reb+2ast, D.James 15+1reb+4ast, B.Bowman 13+5reb+1ast, T.Stoykov 13+2reb+1ast, B.Heath 10+2ast
Levski: G.Cekovski 23+6reb+2ast, D.Cole 21+7reb, A.Harper 16+9reb+7ast, P.Ivanov 15+2reb+1ast, J.Crowe 12+1reb+6ast, S.Georgiev 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 98279




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron HARPER
  Levski
  (199-G/F-81)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Harper, Levski25.8 
 2. Lilov, Rilski S.24.7 
 3. Lauderdale, Cherno.22.4 
 4. Bozov, Balkan19.4 
 5. Govedarov, Tundja18.7 
 6. Stankov, Spartak17.6 
 7. Naydenov, Chernomo.16.9 
 8. James, Lukoil A.16.1 
 9. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.15.6 
 10. Dimitrov, Spartak15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.12.9 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja12.0 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More8.5 
 4. Georgiev, Levski7.7 
 5. Bowman, Lukoil A.7.6 
 6. Iliev, Cherno More7.4 
 7. Kolev, Cherno More7.4 
 8. Todorov, Spartak7.3 
 9. Cekovski, Levski6.9 
 10. Peterson, Lukoil A.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Hristo ZAHARIEV
  Chernomorets
  (197-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Zahariev, Chernomo.5.4 
 2. Crowe, Levski5.2 
 3. Alexiev, Cherno M.4.9 
 4. Govedarov, Tundja4.7 
 5. Bozov, Balkan4.4 
 6. Diakovski, Spartak4.1 
 7. Gruev, Rilski S.4.0 
 8. James, Lukoil A.3.9 
 9. Gonner, Balkan3.6 
 10. Karadzhovski, Rilski S.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Hrisimir DIMITROV
  Spartak
  (197-G/F-74)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Dimitrov, Spartak2.3 
 2. Heath, Lukoil A.2.2 
 3. Bozov, Balkan2.1 
 4. James, Lukoil A.2.0 
 5. Kiossev, Cherno M.1.9 
 6. Crowe, Levski1.8 
 7. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.7 
 8. Tsenov, Spartak1.7 
 9. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 10. Davidov, Balkan1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.2.6 
 2. Vaklinov, Rilski S.1.2 
 3. Doychinov, Balkan1.1 
 4. Petkov, Tundja1.1 
 5. Varbanov, Tundja0.9 
 6. Traykov, Spartak0.8 
 7. Cvetkovic, Tundja0.8 
 8. Iliev, Cherno More0.8 
 9. Kolev, Cherno More0.6 
 10. Yanev, Cherno More0.5 


Standings A1
NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Academik 9-0 
 2. Levski 7-2 
 3. Balkan 6-3 
 4. Cherno More 4-5 
 5. Chernomorets 3-6 
 6. Rilski Sportist 3-6 
 7. Tundja 3-6 
 8. Spartak 1-8 


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  CHILE   


Boston College Maipu beat Espanol Talca real close in the Chilean Finals - by Rodrigo Hunrichse
Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81) and Patricio Arroyo (197-F/G-73), experienced and probably the sixth man of Boston College Santiago Maipu were the top scorers in the winer. Young Franco Morales (179-G-92) scored 24 in the looser in the first of best-of-five Playoff Series of Liga Nacional Movistar.

In scoring on
Boston College Santiago dissapointed foreigners Darren Townes (201-F-86, college: Hofstra) (6) and Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) (4). Foreigners Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) and Brandon Crawford (198-F-89, college: Jacksonville St.) in Deportivo Espanol Talca were second scorers with 16 points.

Six points ahead of Boston College Santiago Maipu in second quarter, eight in the third were not enough because Boston College Santiago Maipu came back to gain a 3 points lead before ending 59-57 ahead at the start of fourth quarter.

A scoreless starter Samuel Bravo (194-F-82) was fouled out on 3:39, loosing a good defensive player.

At 2:24 with a 70-74 scoreboard, Boston College Santiago Maipu were ahead of Deportivo Espanol Talca, and with 38' a 75-80 was hard to turn back.

Champion gets to play Liga de las Americas in Ibarra, Ecuador, facing no others than Boca Juniors Argentina and Flamengo Brasil.

Sunday, December 12, at 19:00 (GMT -3:00), Game 2 is played in Maipu, then the series moves toTalca. Both games to be broadcasted delayed weekdays at midnight on national air or pay-tv telecanal (2 VHF on Santiago).

Rodrigo Hunrichse., 20101212.



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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Bayi 1-0 
 2. DongGuan 1-0 
 3. Jilin 1-0 
 4. Qingdao DS 1-0 
 5. TianJin R. 1-0 
 6. Xinjiang 1-0 
 7. Zhejiang C. 1-0 
 8. Zhejiang G.L. 1-0 
 9. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 
 10. Beijing 0-1 
 11. Foshan 0-1 
 12. Fujian 0-1 
 13. Guandong 0-1 
 14. Jiangsu 0-1 
 15. Liaoning 0-1 
 16. Shandong 0-1 
 17. Shanghai 0-1 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Yan SUI
  Guandong
  (197-G-89)
  Avg: 29
 1. Sui, Guandong29.0 
 2. Vroman, DongGuan29.0 
 3. Liu, TianJin R.27.0 
 4. Lamizana, TianJ.27.0 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan26.0 
 6. Douby, Xinjiang24.0 
 7. Ju, Zhejiang C.23.0 
 8. Gong, Fujian22.0 
 9. Hu, Jiangsu22.0 
 10. Wang, Liaoning21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Zhejiang G.L.
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Ramos, Zhejiang.17.0 
 2. Vroman, DongGuan16.0 
 3. Zhang, DongGuan14.0 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu14.0 
 5. Guo, Shandong12.0 
 6. Yi, Jiangsu12.0 
 7. Mengke, Xinjiang9.0 
 8. Chen, Guandong9.0 
 9. Sui, Guandong9.0 
 10. Lu, Jilin8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Xinjiang
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Douby, Xinjiang10.0 
 2. Vroman, DongGuan8.0 
 3. Wang, Liaoning7.0 
 4. Akognon, DongGuan7.0 
 5. Ramos, Zhejiang.6.0 
 6. Hu, Jiangsu5.0 
 7. Mengke, Xinjiang5.0 
 8. Lu, Fujian4.0 
 9. Wang, Bayi4.0 
 10. Davis, Jiangsu4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lei GUO
  Shandong
  (201-F/C-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Guo, Shandong5.0 
 2. Singleton, Xinjiang4.0 
 3. Xu, Xinjiang4.0 
 4. Douby, Xinjiang4.0 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan4.0 
 6. Lamizana, TianJ.4.0 
 7. Xu, Bayi4.0 
 8. Davis, Jiangsu3.0 
 9. Hu, Jiangsu3.0 
 10. Chen, Beijing3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Yahui LIU
  Jiangsu
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Liu, Jiangsu3.0 
 2. Wang, Bayi3.0 
 3. Chen, Guandong2.0 
 4. Moiso, Jiangsu2.0 
 5. Yang, Fujian1.0 
 6. Zheng, Foshan1.0 
 7. Xu, Bayi1.0 
 8. Gong, Fujian1.0 
 9. Hu, Bayi1.0 
 10. Xue, Zhejiang G.L.1.0 


CBA Fully Opens Season With Six Games - by Arthur Volbert
The 2010-2011 CBA season opened in full today with six games being played.

Xinjiang blew out Beijing 103-72, outscoring Beijing 30-15 in the fourth quarter. Quincy Douby led Xinjiang with 24 points and 10 assists. Zhang Qingpeng scored 15 and James Singleton each had 13. Mengke Bateer had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Randolph Morris led Beijing with 35 points and 14 rebounds. Chen Lei scored 11 and Zaid Abbas had 9 points and 6 rebounds.

Tianjin shocked Shanghai 128-104, outscoring Shanghai 73-45 in the second half. Lamizana Herve (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) had 30 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 7 blocks for Tianjin. Xu Guijun scored 25 and Zhang Nan had 19. Lee Benson had 18 points and 20 rebounds. #8, a point guard listed as born in 1990, scored 18. Liu Wei had 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists for disappointing Shanghai. Devin Green had 27 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals. Michael Harris had 11 points, 5 rebounds and fouled out in 22 minutes. Wang Ligang scored 10. 7-3 National Team center Zhang Zhaoxu had 4 points and 4 rebounds in 22 minutes, but did have 3 blocks.

Qingdao upset Liaoning 101-93. Charles Gaines had 33 points and 12 rebounds. Li Gen, late of Shanghai, had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Maybe Shanghai should have kept him. Dee Brown had 19 points and 5 assists. Chen Kai had 11 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Point guard Li Guang returned from a year off for injury and played 19 minutes but was scoreless. He Tianju had 20 points and 6 rebounds for Liaoning. Bian Qiang scored 19. Chris Richard, Liaoning's only import, had 17 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks. Yang Ming had 15 points and 7 assists. Li Xiaoxu had 9 points and 8 rebounds. Guo Ailun, the only CBA player listed as born in 1993 or thereafter, debuted with 10 points and 18 minutes.

Jackson Vroman had 29 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists as Dongguan defeated Jiangsu 115-104. Josh Okognon had 26 points and 7 assists. Zhang Kai had 18 points and 14 rebounds. Qiu Baio had 16 points, 5 reobunds and 3 assists. Meng Duo scored 11 and young Gu Quan scored 9. 7-3 Sun Zhe played 9 mintues and 7-2 Li Muhao played 11 seconds. Both were scoreless. Hu Xuefeng had 22 points and 5 assists for Jiangsu. Yi Li had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Ricky Davis had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Jerome Moiso had 17 points and 14 rebouds. Liu Yahui scored 12. Tang Zhengdong did not play.

Shandong edged Jilin 96-88. Rodney White had 20 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists. Sun Jie had 17 points and 8 rebounds. Li Jingyu scored 13 and Wu Ke had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Myron Allen had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Young Tao Hanlin had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Jameel Watkins had 21 points and 19 rebounds for Jilin. David Young had 18 points and 3 assists. Lu Wei scored 19 and Yu Shulong scored 12. Zhong Cheng had 9 points, 12 rebounds and 5 steals.

Bayi defeated Foshan 92-83. Mo Ke, returning from last year's major injury, scored 19. Han Shuo had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Wang Zhizhi had 13 points and 7 rebounds. Delehei also scored 13. Zhang Bo scored 12. Olumide Oyedeji had 17 points and 21 rebounds for Foshan. Stephon Marbury debuted for Foshan with 11 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Zhao Yonggang had 12 points and 5 rebounds. Zheng Zhun had 11 points and 6 rebounds. Zhao Nan also scored 11 and Yang Wenbo had 9.




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


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milutin ALEKSIC
  AEK
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 19
 1. Aleksic, AEK19.0 
 2. Davis, AP.17.5 
 3. Dunovic, Omonia17.4 
 4. Djikanovic, Achilleas16.0 
 5. Sims, Apollon15.8 
 6. Hanavan, AP.15.3 
 7. Diamantopoul., Achill.15.0 
 8. Camacho, Apollon14.6 
 9. King, Etha14.5 
 10. Berdiel, AEK14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. King, Etha10.9 
 2. Djikanovic, Achilleas10.6 
 3. Radunovic, ENAD9.0 
 4. Aleksic, AEK7.0 
 5. Johnson, Keravnos6.7 
 6. Buljan, AP.6.7 
 7. Bobbitt, AEK6.7 
 8. McLain, Omonia6.3 
 9. Camacho, Apollon6.1 
 10. Radojevic, Omonia5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  Apollon
  (187-G-82)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Stiggers, Apollon5.5 
 2. Berdiel, AEK5.0 
 3. Diamantopoul., Achill.4.0 
 4. Razis, ENAD4.0 
 5. Lee, AP.4.0 
 6. Kounounis, AEL3.6 
 7. Cummings, Keravnos3.3 
 8. Price, ENAD3.3 
 9. Dunovic, Omonia3.1 
 10. Palalas, AEL3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tony BOBBITT
  Huracanes
  (193-G-79)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Bobbitt, AEK2.7 
 2. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 3. Berdiel, AEK2.5 
 4. Kent, ENAD2.1 
 5. Price, ENAD2.0 
 6. Pantouris, Achilleas2.0 
 7. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 8. Johnson, Etha1.9 
 9. Stiggers, Apollon1.8 
 10. Wyatt, AEL1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.2 
 2. Johnson, Keravnos1.7 
 3. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 4. King, Etha1.4 
 5. Collins, ENAD1.3 
 6. Fells, Keravnos1.0 
 7. Johnson, Keravnos1.0 
 8. Dials, Apollon1.0 
 9. Collins, AEK0.9 
 10. Englicky, Apollon0.8 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 8-1 
 2. Erie Bay H. 6-3 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 5-2 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 2-7 
 5. Dakota W. 1-9 
Southwest Division
 1. Austin T. 6-5 
 2. Texas L. 5-2 
 3. Rio Grande 5-4 
 4. New Mexico 4-4 
 5. Tulsa 66ers 4-4 
 6. Maine RC 3-6 
West Division
 1. Reno Bighorns 7-2 
 2. Bakersfield J. 6-4 
 3. Utah F. 5-5 
 4. Springfield A. 3-6 
 5. Idaho S. 2-8 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.25.8 
 2. Greene, Utah F.22.7 
 3. Anderson, New M.21.8 
 4. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.20.4 
 5. Edwards, New M.20.0 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.19.6 
 7. Ewing, Reno B.19.3 
 8. Sims, Iowa E.19.2 
 9. Johnson, Dakota W.19.2 
 10. Major, Dakota W.19.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Patrick PATTERSON
  Rio Grande
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 2. Wheeler, Idaho S.9.9 
 3. Alexander, Texas L.9.8 
 4. Harris, Maine RC9.6 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.4 
 6. Sims, Iowa E.9.0 
 7. Gallon, Maine RC9.0 
 8. Williams, Tulsa 66ers9.0 
 9. Richardson, New M.8.8 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Terrence WILLIAMS
  New Jersey N.
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Williams, Spring.10.7 
 2. Miles, Reno Bighorns9.8 
 3. Russell, Ft.Wayne.9.1 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.8.3 
 5. Daniels, Texas L.7.6 
 6. Johnson, Austin T.6.7 
 7. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.9 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.5.8 
 9. Smith, Maine RC5.7 
 10. Kruger, Utah F.5.6 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers3.0 
 2. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.3 
 3. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.3 
 4. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.3 
 5. Ewing, Reno B.2.2 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 7. Hamilton, Utah F.2.1 
 8. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.1 
 9. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 10. Lofton, Iowa E.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Reno Bighorns
  (213-F-89)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Whiteside, Reno B.3.8 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.3 
 3. Williams, Texas L.3.1 
 4. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.3 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.1 
 7. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.8 
 8. Goodridge, Spring.1.8 
 9. Brackins, Spring.1.8 
 10. Sharpe, Dakota W.1.6 


Saturday's games review - by Eurobasket News
Bakersfield J. - Dakota W. 103-94
Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Jackson St.) scored a game-high 34 points and the Bakersfield Jam rallied for a 103-94 victory over the Dakota Wizards on Saturday night at Jam Events Center. The Jam outscored the Bighorns 34-19 in the fourth quarter, erasing a 75-69 deficit. The Jam beat Dakota 124-95 on Friday night. Luke Zeller (6'11''-F/C-87, college: Notre Dame) added 12 points on four 3-pointers -- the only field goals for Bakersfield from long range. The rest of the Jam players combined to go 0-for-20 from beyond the arc. Stephen Dennis added 17 points for the Jam. Renaldo Major scored 24 points to lead six Wizards in double figures. Dakota led 53-49 at halftime and enjoyed a 53-41 rebounding advantage. The Jam opens a three-game swing in Texas against Austin on Wednesday night. *Courtesy of www.bakersfield.com

Reno Bighorns - Rio Grande 122-126
Despite a dominant fourth-quarter effort for Reno, Rio Grande Valley used a 40-point performance by Jerel McNeal to top the Bighorns 126-122 Saturday night in the Reno Events Center. Reno (7-2) trailed by 16 at intermission and by 17 through three quarters. But the Bighorns would claw back in the final period, carving the deficit down to a single possession, 125-122, with just 12 seconds remaining. Vipers center Patrick Patterson knocked down 1-of-2 free-throw tries in the closing seconds, though, to give Rio Grande Valley (5-4) the win and a weekend series split. The loss snaps an 11-game regular season home winning streak for the Bighorns, dating back to last season. McNeal led all scorers with 40 points, hitting 17-of-18 free-throw attempts on the night. Patterson, on NBA assignment from the Houston Rockets, recorded a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds. One night removed from a triple-double, Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84, college: Georgetown), Jr. paced the Bighorns with 24 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Aaron Miles hit all 11 of his tries from the charity stripe en route to 23 points and 10 assists. Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-F-89, college: Marshall), sent to Reno on an NBA assignment from the Sacramento Kings, finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and eight blocks in 29 minutes of action off the bench. Reno now hits the road for three-straight, beginning with a two-game series against the New Mexico Thunderbirds in Albuquerque. The Bighorns and ‘T-Birds will hook-up Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. PST in the Santa Ana Star Center. The Bighorns return home on Tuesday, Dec. 28 against the Tulsa 66ers. Tip-time is set for 7 p.m. PST. Tickets are on-sale now. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com

Ft.Wayne MA - Texas L. 119-110
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants stretched their win streak to 3 with a 119-110 victory over the Texas Legends tonight at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Legends got out of the gate quickly and dictated play early thanks to Joe Alexander, as he scored a quick 10 first quarter points and helped build a 16-7 lead just four minutes into the game. Mad Ants head coach Joey Meyer called a quick timeout to calm the home team, and the timeout had its intended effect. The Mad Ants stormed back to tie the game with two minutes left in the quarter, but Texas closed strong and took a 34-29 lead into the second quarter. The Legends started the second quarter on absolute fire, and they pushed the lead to fifteen points thanks to the excellent play of Sean Williams. He scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds in a three minute period to give the Legends their largest lead of the game. From that point on, however, the game was all Mad Ants. Walker Russell, Jr., Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: LSU), and Corey Allmond (6'2''-G-88, college: Howard Col. (TX)) scored from all over the court to put the Mad Ants back in the game. The Mad Ants went on a nineteen to four run in the last five minutes, and a Rod Wilmont three and a Darnell Lazare lay-up helped Fort Wayne tie the game, and the Mad Ants and Legends continued to go back and forth before both teams entered half with a 67-67 tie. The Mad Ants continued to grind through their offense in the second half and began to get some important defensive stops as they stretched their lead to six points in the third. In the fourth quarter, Walker Russell, Jr. ran continued to run the offense to perfection as the Mad Ants answered every challenge the Legends put forth. That execution helped the Mad Ants close out the game with a hard earned 119-110 victory. The Legends were led by Sean Williams, who had a fantastic game with 27 points, 17 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Joe Alexander chipped in 18 points, and Antonio had a near triple double with 13 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds for Texas. For the Mad Ants, Darnell Lazare scored 29 points and 10 rebounds in his best game in a Mad Ant jersey, and Walker Russell, Jr. also had a double double with 20 points and 11 assists to just 1 turnover. Corey Allmond was an absolute sniper from the outside with 23 point on 7-11 shooting from three, and Anthony Kent gave the Ants a huge spark off the bench with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocks. The Legends and Mad Ants will tip it off again tomorrow night at 5 pm at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Idaho S. - Utah F. 92-99
The Utah Flash snapped a two-game losing streak with a 99-92 win over the Idaho Stampede on Saturday night. Kevin Kruger (6'1''-G-83, college: UNLV) had 25 points along with seven rebounds to lead the way for the Flash, and Orien Greene (6'4''-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: La-Lafayette) notched a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists. Greene was only three rebounds shy of a triple-double with seven rebounds.. Brandon Costner scored 11 first-quarter points for Utah, and Brian Hamilton scored all 15 of his points coming in the second half. Hamilton also notched nine rebounds and four assists in the win. Portland Trailblazers assignee Luke Babbitt led the way with 23 points and nine rebounds for the Stampede. *Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com

Springfield A. - Austin T. 104-108 OT2
The Austin Toros narrowly escaped with the win Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Springfield Armor 108-104 in double overtime at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Austin took over in the second overtime thanks to Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88, college: Duke), who proved to be the difference maker down the stretch for the Toros. In the second overtime, Thomas drained two free throws to give the Toros the lead, then added an acrobatic tip-in to extend the advantage. 'He's probably our best energy guy,' Toros head coach Brad Jones said. 'He had some hustle plays that really helped us get the win.' Thomas also made the biggest impact in the first overtime. The former Duke star converted on a slam off a nice pass from Carldell ‘Squeaky' Johnson with .1 seconds remaining to tie the game at 100 and send the game into the second and final overtime period. The Toros jumped out to a 25-15 lead after one quarter and looked poised to race past the Armor with ease, but in the second half, the Armor slowly whittled away at the deficit. 'I told them at halftime that I knew they were going to come out and give us a good shot,' Jones said.' The Armor cut the lead to 4 entering the fourth quarter. In the fourth, the Armor took their first lead of the game with less than three minutes remaining in regulation. After the Toros responded to take a three-point lead, the Armor forced the game into overtime on a JamesOn Curry three with nine seconds left in the game. The Toros were led by Kevin Palmer (6'6''-G/F-87, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) who came off the bench to score 24 and Marcus Cousin with 22 points. Thomas finished with 14 points and 1 rebound shy of a double-double. Curry scored 21 for the Armor, while Tre Whitted provided good minutes off the bench with 16 points. Austin improves to 6-5 on the year and will play host to the Bakersfield Jam on Wednesday, December 15th. The Armor, losers of their last 4, fell to 3-6. The Armor return to action at the MassMutual Center on Friday Dec. 17th to take on the Maine Red Claws. *Courtesy of wwlp.com

Erie Bay H. - Maine RC 109-91
They started great, but their finish wasn't good enough. The Maine Red Claws blew a five-point halftime lead in losing a second consecutive game to the Erie BayHawks, 109-91 before a crowd of 2,512 at Tullio Arena. 'We were able to come out and play harder than they did in the first half,' Maine Coach Austin Ainge said. 'In the second half, you've got to give them credit. They turned it back up and were able to push us around and get the baskets they needed.' DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) had 20 points for the Red Claws and Sherron Collins played better than he did in his D-League debut Friday night, but Maine's 29 turnovers led to 36 Erie points. 'We helped them out with some silly turnovers,' Ainge said. The BayHawks opened the second half with 20-5 run to take a 77-67 lead with 5 minutes, 23 seconds left in the third quarter. 'We were pumped to play them again after what they did to us (Friday), and in the second half, we just came out relaxed,' Sims said. After losing by 49 points to the BayHawks (5-3) Friday night, Maine (3-6) shot 60 percent in the first half to build a 62-57 halftime lead. In Friday's 120-71 loss, Maine shot 31.6 percent in the first half and fell behind by 32 points at the break. Then came the second half. Erie took control with its 20-5 run to open the third quarter as Maine committed seven turnovers during that stretch. The Red Claws turned the ball over on five straight possessions. 'We were trying to make the spectacular play instead of the easy play,' said Maine guard Tamar Smith, who had 10 turnovers. Rookie forward Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86, college: LSU) led Erie with 20 points and 12 rebounds as Erie had six players score in double figures. Mitchell had 12 of his 20 points in the second half. 'Tasmin Mitchell was a beast,' Ainge said. 'He just pushed our guys around. We were switching and putting small guys on the post guys and he just refused to be fronted.' Without power forward Tiny Gallon to help defend underneath for a second straight game because of a back injury, Maine gave up 80 points in the paint. *Courtesy of www.pressherald.com




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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 14-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 12-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 11-3 
 4. Rakvere 8-5 
 5. Rapla 6-9 
 6. Valga/CKE 5-9 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 5-11 
 8. Parnu 3-11 
 9. Voru KK 1-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Saage, Rakvere19.1 
 2. Raap, Parnu18.1 
 3. Thornton, Voru KK17.9 
 4. Brown, Va.17.2 
 5. Pokla, Rakvere16.9 
 6. Erm, Rapla16.7 
 7. Vares, Va.16.4 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK15.7 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.2 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony BROWN
  Valga/CKE
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Brown, Va.12.1 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK11.7 
 3. Arnold, TT.10.4 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.3 
 5. Osby, TT.9.1 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere8.8 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.6 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla8.5 
 9. Hughes, TT.7.8 
 10. Erm, Rapla6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.5 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 5. Oja, Va.3.4 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.4 
 7. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere3.3 
 9. Winston, Va.3.1 
 10. Archibald, TT.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Saage, Rakvere2.4 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 4. Veideman, TU/Rock2.2 
 5. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 6. Doronin, TU/Rock2.1 
 7. Keedus, TT.2.1 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Erm, Rapla1.9 
 10. Raap, Parnu1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.4 
 2. Osby, TT.1.3 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.1 
 4. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock0.9 
 7. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.8 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. McGee, Rakvere0.6 
 10. Montgomery, Rapla0.6 


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  FINLAND   


1st Division Round 10: Loimaan Korikonkarit loses to Aanekosken Huima in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most shocking disappointment of round 10 in the 1st Division was a home defeat of 5th ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (5-4) to eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (4-6) 72-79. Guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to led the charge for the winners and Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 19 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agent: John Ebeling) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Despite the victory Aanekosken Huima stay at eighth position. Loimaan Korikonkarit who is 5-4 went down to sixth place as they suffered their fourth loss. Aanekosken Huima is looking forward to face Torpan Pojat (#10) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against Lahden NMKY (#12) in Lahti and is hoping to win this game.
Fourth ranked BC Nokia (7-3) crushed at home 5th ranked Ura Basket (5-5) by 37 points 91-54, which is the biggest margin this round. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 24 rebounds to lead the effort and Timo Riihela who supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. BC Nokia's coach Mikko Tupamaki felt very confident that he used 10 players seeing no chance for a win. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by forward Tommi Huolila (197-93) did not help to save the game for Ura Basket. BC Nokia have an impressive five-game winning streak. The victory allowed BC Nokia (7-3) to climb to the third place. They share it with Honka. Ura Basket who is 5-5 went down to seventh position as they suffered their fifth loss. BC Nokia will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road in the next round. Ura Basket will play against the league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (9-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Saynatsalon Riento (2-7) in Jyvaskyla 86-77. Sami Ikavalko fired 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. De Marcus Hall produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds for lost side. Forssan Koripojat has a solid three-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Saynatsalon Riento lost fifth consecutive game. The team is currently in eleventh place with a 2-7 record. Forssan Koripojat will meet Kerava Energia Team (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Tapiolan Honka and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (8-2) 67-83. Worth to mention a great performance of Tracy Robinson who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 10 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players seeing no chance for a win. BC Jyvaskyla has a solid four-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at second position having just one point less than leader FoKoPo. Tenth consecutive loss means that Lahden NMKY is still at the bottom of the standings. BC Jyvaskyla's next round opponent will be Ura Basket (#7) in Kaarina where they are favorite. Lahden NMKY will play at home against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Tapiolan Honka's road win over 9th ranked Torpan Pojat 77-75 was very exciting and close contest. Samuli Vanttaja scored 13 points and 8 rebounds to led the charge for the winners. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Despite the victory Tapiolan Honka (7-3) stay at third position having just two points less than leader FoKoPo. Torpan Pojat lost fifth consecutive game. They are currently in ninth place with a 3-7 record. Tapiolan Honka will face Saynatsalon Riento (#11) in Jyvaskyla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play at home against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 10 Lapua destroyed Kerava ET on the opponent's court 97-76.


Kerava ET - Lapua 76-97

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Kerava Energia Team (3-7) was crushed at home by sixth ranked Lapuan Korikobrat (6-4) 97-76 on Sunday. The game rather controlled by Lapuan Korikobrat. Kerava Energia Team managed to win fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lapuan Korikobrat made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Kerava Energia Team was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Derick Nelson (196-86, college: Oakland, agent: Hirant Manakian) had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 15 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Benny Valentine (170-87, college: E.Washington) chipped in 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. At the losing side Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-81) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 15 rebounds and Ukrainian forward Dmitri Kraznotzhon (195-82) scored 8 points and 10 rebounds. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Lapuan Korikobrat has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed Lapuan Korikobrat (6-4) to climb to the fifth place. Kerava Energia Team is currently in ninth position with a 3-7 record as they suffered their seventh loss. Lapuan Korikobrat will face higher ranked BC Nokia (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kerava Energia Team will play against the league's leader Forssan Koripojat (#1).
Top scorers:
Kerava ET: A.Towa 24+15reb+3ast, H.Alatyppo 15+2reb, P.Drockila 8+1reb, D.Kraznotzhon 8+10reb+1ast, S.Beatovic 6+2reb, M.Tuunanen 5+3reb+1ast
Lapua: D.Nelson 36+15reb+1ast, B.Valentine 25+6reb+5ast, T.Still 16+9reb+2ast, V.Turja 9+6reb+1ast, K.Siven 5+1reb+3ast, J.Turja 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 106791


SayRi - FoKoPo 77-86

1st Division top team - Forssan Koripojat (9-1) managed to deliver another win on Sunday. This time they beat eleventh ranked Saynatsalon Riento (2-7) in Jyvaskyla 86-77. The game without a history. Forssan Koripojat lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Guard Sami Ikavalko (187-89) fired 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Swingman Olli Kaunomaki (195-86) chipped in 20 points. American forward De Marcus Hall (201-85, college: CSU Bakersfield) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and his fellow American import center Eryk Thomas (200-85, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 19 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Saynatsalon Riento players scored in double figures. Forssan Koripojat has a solid three-game winning streak. They stay at first position. Saynatsalon Riento lost fifth consecutive game. The team is currently in eleventh place with a 2-7 record. Forssan Koripojat will meet Kerava Energia Team (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saynatsalon Riento will play against Tapiolan Honka and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SayRi: E.Thomas 19+8reb+1ast, D.Marcus Hall 17+16reb, E.Nieminen 13+3reb+2ast, E.Pasanen 13+3reb, J.Hiekkavirta 5+1reb, V.Pylkkanen 5+6reb+2ast
FoKoPo: S.Ikavalko 27+5reb+5ast, O.Kaunomaki 20+3reb+2ast, A.Foreman 12+6reb+4ast, T.Viertola 7+2reb+1ast, J.McCulloch 6+11reb+1ast, K.Brace 5+8reb
gschID: 106792


TomPo II - Honka 75-77

Tapiolan Honka's road win over 9th ranked Torpan Pojat 77-75 was very exciting and close contest. Tapiolan Honka trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 25-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Power forward Samuli Vanttaja (210-91) scored 13 points and 8 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and guard Villematti Kopio (182-92) chipped in 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side center Mikael Sandberg (209-91) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and forward Kristijan Rinaldo (195-91) scored 21 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Despite the victory Tapiolan Honka (7-3) stay at third position having just two points less than leader FoKoPo. Torpan Pojat lost fifth consecutive game. They are currently in ninth place with a 3-7 record. Tapiolan Honka will face Saynatsalon Riento (#11) in Jyvaskyla in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Torpan Pojat will play at home against Aanekosken Huima in Aanekoski and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TomPo II: K.Rinaldo 21+3reb+1ast, M.Sandberg 17+11reb, J.Suhonen 9+1reb+1ast, P.Rainamaa 6+4reb, V.Linturi 5+3reb+2ast, J.Heinikoski 4+1reb
Honka: S.Silvonen 15+3reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 13+8reb, N.Hoglund 10+4reb+1ast, V.Kopio 9+8reb+4ast, K.Cato 8+6reb, P.Vertio 8+5reb
gschID: 106793


BC Nokia - Ura Basket 91-54

Fourth ranked BC Nokia (7-3) crushed at home 5th ranked Ura Basket (5-5) by 37 points 91-54, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. BC Nokia lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BC Nokia outrebounded Ura Basket 45-21 including a 31-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-80, college: Illinois St.) notched a double-double by scoring 29 points and 24 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Timo Riihela (193-80) who supported him with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Four BC Nokia players scored in double figures. BC Nokia's coach Mikko Tupamaki felt very confident that he used 10 players seeing no chance for a win. Even 14 points and 7 rebounds by forward Tommi Huolila (197-93) did not help to save the game for Ura Basket. Guard Miska Ahokas (198-90) added 14 points for lost side. BC Nokia have an impressive five-game winning streak. The victory allowed BC Nokia (7-3) to climb to the third place. They share it with Honka. Ura Basket who is 5-5 went down to seventh position as they suffered their fifth loss. BC Nokia will play against Lapuan Korikobrat (#5) on the road in the next round. Ura Basket will play against the league's second-placed BC Jyvaskyla and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Ura Basket: M.Ahokas 14+4reb+2ast, T.Huolila 14+7reb+2ast, J.Mattila 9+3reb, Z.Ramey 8+2reb+7ast, J.Virtanen 4+1reb, J.Alanko 3+3reb
BC Nokia: B.Bojang 29+24reb, H.Jokinen 15+4reb+1ast, T.Riihela 14+7reb+9ast, O.Heinonen 12+6reb+1ast, A.Vaenerberg 7+1reb+1ast, T.Kankaanpaa 5+1ast
gschID: 106794


Jyvaskyla - Namika II 83-67

Bottom-ranked Lahden NMKY (0-10) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their tenth consecutive match to second ranked BC Jyvaskyla (8-2) 67-83. The game rather controlled by BC Jyvaskyla. Lahden NMKY managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Jyvaskyla forced 20 Lahden NMKY turnovers. Strangely Lahden NMKY outrebounded BC Jyvaskyla 37-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Tracy Robinson (201-86, college: Loyola (IL)) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Jarno Nissinen (194-77) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four BC Jyvaskyla players scored in double figures. American forward Carlton Brown (198-79, college: Texas A&M) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 18 rebounds and swingman Jimi Koskinen (194-88) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Lahden NMKY. Both coaches used bench players seeing no chance for a win. BC Jyvaskyla has a solid four-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at second position having just one point less than leader FoKoPo. Tenth consecutive loss means that Lahden NMKY is still at the bottom of the standings. BC Jyvaskyla's next round opponent will be Ura Basket (#7) in Kaarina where they are favorite. Lahden NMKY will play at home against Loimaan Korikonkarit (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Namika II: J.Koskinen 17+8reb+1ast, C.Brown 13+18reb+1ast, V.Heinonen 11+3reb+3ast, V.Makalainen 9+2reb+1ast, A.Alanen 6+1reb+1ast, S.Mert Cakici 5+1ast
Jyvaskyla: J.Nissinen 15+2reb+3ast, J.Parkkinen 13+2reb, T.Ahila 11+1reb+6ast, T.Kuukkanen 10+2reb, T.Robinson 9+10reb+1ast, N.Malinen 7
gschID: 106789


LoKoKo - Huima 72-79

The most shocking disappointment of round 10 in the 1st Division was a home defeat of 5th ranked Loimaan Korikonkarit (5-4) to eighth ranked Aanekosken Huima (4-6) 72-79. Guard Treylon Manning (178, college: Texas Coll.) scored 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to led the charge for the winners and Bahamas forward Jamal Douglas (201-85, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 19 points and 15 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American power forward J'son Stamper (200-85, college: Minnesota, agent: John Ebeling) responded with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Maurice Horton (183-84, college: Mount Olive) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Loimaan Korikonkarit players scored in double figures. Despite the victory Aanekosken Huima stay at eighth position. Loimaan Korikonkarit who is 5-4 went down to sixth place as they suffered their fourth loss. Aanekosken Huima is looking forward to face Torpan Pojat (#10) in Helsinki in the next round. Loimaan Korikonkarit will play at home against Lahden NMKY (#12) in Lahti and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
LoKoKo: J.Stamper 22+14reb+1ast, D.Dantzler 14+11reb+1ast, J.Kivinen 14+2reb+2ast, M.Horton 11+11reb+6ast, S.Latvala 4, J.Kinnunen 4+1ast
Huima: T.Manning 25+6reb+5ast, J.Douglas 19+15reb, N.Wilson 19+10reb, H.Kajander 5+1reb, T.Ovaskainen 3+2reb, M.Penttinen 3
gschID: 106790




Korisliiga Round 19: The league-leaders KTP-Basket are surprised by Joensuun Kataja - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked KTP-Basket (16-3) on the court of third ranked Joensuun Kataja on Saturday night. KTP-Basket was rolled over by Joensuun Kataja 89-70. Joensuun Kataja trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 89-70. Joensuun Kataja made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) helped adding 26 points. At the losing side American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agent: Chris Kupcunas) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Despite the victory Joensuun Kataja (13-6) stay at third position having just three points less than leader KTP. This loss did not change KTP-Basket's (16-3) top position in the standings as they suffered their third loss. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Espoon Honka (#6) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against Salon Vilpas (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Espoon Honka's (#6) just 3-point road victory against 7th ranked Kauhajoen Karhu. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Jamar Wilson accounted for 24 points. Espoon Honka's coach Pekka Salminen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agent: Side Court) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds for Kauhajoen Karhu in the defeat. The victory allowed Espoon Honka (11-8) to climb to the fifth place. They share it with Korihait. Kauhajoen Karhu who is 9-10 went down to eighth position as they suffered their tenth loss. Espoon Honka will play against higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 19: Salon Vilpas lost to Kouvot on the opponent's court 68-81. ToPo managed to outperform Korihait in a home game 89-79. Bottom-ranked Tarmo recorded a loss to Namika Lahti on the road 93-87. Pyrinto defeated LrNMKY on it's own court 82-78.


Kataja - KTP 89-70

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked KTP-Basket (16-3) on the court of third ranked Joensuun Kataja on Saturday night. KTP-Basket was rolled over by Joensuun Kataja 89-70. Joensuun Kataja trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 89-70. Joensuun Kataja made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for American swingman Jared Newson (195-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. The former international power forward Sami Lehtoranta (205-79) helped adding 26 points. At the losing side American forward Jerald Fields (201-82, college: E.Tenn.St., agent: Chris Kupcunas) responded with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Canadian forward Sefton Barrett (196-83, college: Cent.Michigan, agent: Ingo Wolf) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the victory Joensuun Kataja (13-6) stay at third position having just three points less than leader KTP. This loss did not change KTP-Basket's (16-3) top position in the standings as they suffered their third loss. Joensuun Kataja is looking forward to face Espoon Honka (#6) on the road in the next round. KTP-Basket will play against Salon Vilpas (#10) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
KTP: S.Barrett 22+5reb, J.Fields 19+7reb+4ast, M.Holme 10+5reb+1ast, J.Ivey 8+4reb+3ast, C.Jones 6+3reb, V.Lind 3+3reb+1ast
Kataja: S.Lehtoranta 26+3reb, J.Newson 19+12reb+2ast, P.Virtanen 17+4reb+2ast, D.Fells 8+7reb+2ast, J.Nenonen 7+4reb, A.Kanervo 7+2reb+5ast
gschID: 106499


Kouvot - Salon Vilpas 81-68

Very expected game in Kouvola where 10th ranked Salon Vilpas (4-15) was defeated by fifth ranked Kouvot (12-8) 81-68. The game rather controlled by Kouvot. Salon Vilpas managed to win fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Grayson Moyer (196-86, college: Humboldt St., agent: Michael Hart) who led the winners and scored 19 points and 8 rebounds. The former international forward Ville Kaunisto (204-82) accounted for 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Kouvot players scored in double figures. The former international forward Jukka Kataja (197-82) came up with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Nigerian guard Nick Okorie (185-88, college: Texas Tech) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for Salon Vilpas in the defeat. Salon Vilpas' coach Kimmo Vyyrylainen rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Kouvot has a solid series of three victories in a row. The victory allowed Kouvot (12-8) to climb to the fourth place. Salon Vilpas lost fifth consecutive game. The team is currently in tenth position with a 4-15 record. Kouvot will play against Namika Lahti (#9) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Salon Vilpas will play against the league's leader KTP-Basket in Kotka and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Salon Vilpas: R.Ahonen 14+3reb+2ast, N.Okorie 13+3reb+4ast, J.Kataja 12+7reb+2ast, M.Nuutinen 9+9reb, N.Doaks 8+7reb, L.Tiainen 5+1reb
Kouvot: V.Kaunisto 21+8reb+1ast, G.Moyer 19+8reb+3ast, B.Walker 18+7reb+4ast, A.Nikkarinen 17+4reb+3ast, D.Vinson 4+4reb+1ast, E.Johansson 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 106500


ToPo - Korihait 89-79

There was a small surprise in Helsinki where seventh ranked Torpan Pojat (10-9) defeated 5th ranked UU-Korihait (11-8) 89-79. UU-Korihait was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Torpan Pojat outrebounded UU-Korihait 46-33 including 20 on the offensive glass. They brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was an exceptional evening for forward Timo Heinonen (198-81) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Frank Richards (188-82, college: Kansas St.) accounted for 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American forward Lawrence Wright (195-84, college: Bradley) came up with 22 points and the other American import swingman Nigel Moore (195-81, college: Alabama A&M) added 19 points and 6 rebounds respectively for UU-Korihait in the defeat. Four UU-Korihait players scored in double figures. Torpan Pojat has a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite the win they stay at seventh position. UU-Korihait is currently in fifth place with a 11-8 record as they suffered their eighth loss. Torpan Pojat will play against bottom-ranked Porvoon Tarmo (#12) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. UU-Korihait will play against the league's second-placed Tampereen Pyrinto (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Korihait: L.Wright 22+4reb+2ast, N.Moore 19+6reb+1ast, B.Sarcevic 14+5reb+1ast, J.Reaves 11+12reb+2ast, P.Heinonen 9+6reb+1ast, M.Jalonen 2+1ast
ToPo: T.Heinonen 24+10reb+2ast, F.Richards 20+8reb+4ast, L.Blanchard 19+8reb+3ast, E.Kajander 7+3reb+1ast, J.Graham 7+3reb, M.Pounds 4+2reb
gschID: 106501


Namika Lahti - Tarmo 93-87

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked Porvoon Tarmo (2-17) was defeated on the road by ninth ranked Namika Lahti (8-10) 93-87. Namika Lahti was already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-21 Porvoon Tarmo's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 93-87 at the end of the game. Namika Lahti made 28-of-32 charity shots (87.5 percent) during the game, while Porvoon Tarmo only scored eleven points from the stripe. Namika Lahti outrebounded Porvoon Tarmo 42-27 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Porvoon Tarmo was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Roope Suonio (176-82) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists (made all of his fourteen free throws !!!). American forward Anthony Vereen (201-86, college: Texas Arlington) accounted for 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American forward Jerrah Young (201-85, college: Toledo) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import swingman Jonathan Heard (198-86) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Porvoon Tarmo in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Despite the victory Namika Lahti stay at ninth position. Porvoon Tarmo lost third consecutive game. The team is currently on the bottom place with a 2-17 record. Namika Lahti will play against higher ranked Kouvot (#4) in Kouvola in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Porvoon Tarmo will play at home against Torpan Pojat (#7) in Helsinki and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Tarmo: J.Young 20+8reb, J.Heard 17+6reb+4ast, S.Marouf 14+2reb+1ast, A.Conerly 14+2ast, E.Maki-Tulokas 13+3reb+2ast, L.Trice Little 5+5reb+1ast
Namika Lahti: A.Vereen 20+7reb+2ast, C.Latimer 18+7reb, T.Hendley 16+10reb+1ast, R.Ayers 14+5reb+2ast, R.Suonio 14+6reb+9ast, P.Pekkola 9+4reb+1ast
gschID: 106496


Pyrinto - LrNMKY 82-78

Everything went according to plan when second ranked Tampereen Pyrinto (14-5) beat at home 11th ranked LrNMKY (4-15) 82-78. However just four-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Despite only 4 points difference Tampereen Pyrinto tried to control the game. But LrNMKY won fourth quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Tampereen Pyrinto especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for forward Damon Williams (201-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) who led the winners and scored 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Forward Antwine Williams (192-75, college: N.Colorado, agent: Adam Prossin) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Malik Moore (192-77, college: Amer.Internat., agent: Adam Prossin) came up with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard James Lewis (191-86, college: Fresno Pacific) added 24 points respectively for LrNMKY in the defeat. Five Tampereen Pyrinto and four LrNMKY players scored in double figures. Despite the victory current champion Tampereen Pyrinto stay at second position having just two points less than leader KTP. LrNMKY lost fifth consecutive game. The team is currently in tenth place with a 4-15 record. Tampereen Pyrinto will play against UU-Korihait (#5) in Uusikaupunki in the next round. LrNMKY will play at home against Kauhajoen Karhu (#8) in Kauhajoki and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
LrNMKY: J.Lewis 24+3reb, H.Coleman 15+7reb, M.Moore 15+8reb+5ast, P.Riihela 11+6reb+1ast, V.Pekkola 6+6reb, V.Vanjoki 4+2reb
Pyrinto: A.Lehto 19+1reb+1ast, D.Williams 14+9reb+4ast, A.Williams 13+7reb+2ast, K.Lowe 12+6reb+1ast, A.Nikkila 10+2reb+2ast, O.Ahvenniemi 6+5reb
gschID: 106497


Karhu - Honka 89-92

Very significant was Espoon Honka's (#6) just 3-point road victory against 7th ranked Kauhajoen Karhu. Espoon Honka trailed by -2 points at halftime and as many as 4 after three quarters before their 28-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Espoon Honka made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Kauhajoen Karhu was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was an exceptional evening for center John Williamson (198-86, college: Cincinnati) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Guard Jamar Wilson (185-84, college: Albany) accounted for 24 points for the winning side. Espoon Honka's coach Pekka Salminen allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Jeremiah Wood (200-85, agent: Side Court) came up with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 18 rebounds and swingman John Allen (194-82, college: Seton Hall, agent: Side Court) added 19 points and 6 assists respectively for Kauhajoen Karhu in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory allowed Espoon Honka (11-8) to climb to the fifth place. They share it with Korihait. Kauhajoen Karhu who is 9-10 went down to eighth position as they suffered their tenth loss. Espoon Honka will play against higher ranked Joensuun Kataja (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Kauhajoen Karhu will play against LrNMKY (#11) in Lappeenranta and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Karhu: J.Wood 32+18reb+2ast, J.Allen 19+4reb+6ast, A.Huuskonen 12+3reb, V.Makalainen 11+9reb+2ast, C.Middleton 6+2reb, H.Hirvikoski 4
Honka: J.Williamson 28+10reb, J.Wilson 24+4reb+2ast, J.Matinen 19+4reb+1ast, T.Iisalo 10+5reb, V.Makalainen 5+4reb+2ast, S.Vanttaja 3
gschID: 106498




Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. KTP 16-3 
 2. Pyrinto 14-5 
 3. Kataja 13-6 
 4. Kouvot 12-8 
 5. Korihait 11-8 
 6. Honka 11-8 
 7. ToPo 10-9 
 8. Karhu 9-10 
 9. Namika Lahti 8-10 
 10. Salon Vilpas 4-15 
 11. LrNMKY 4-15 
 12. Tarmo 2-17 


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


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Derick NELSON
  Lapua
  (196-F-86)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Nelson, Lapua24.7 
 2. Graham, TomPo II22.5 
 3. Manning, Huima22.1 
 4. Stamper, LoKoKo21.9 
 5. Hall, SayRi20.8 
 6. Thomas, SayRi20.0 
 7. Bojang, BC Nokia19.8 
 8. Robinson, Jyvaskyla19.4 
 9. Towa, Kerava ET18.5 
 10. Still, Lapua18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Carlton BROWN
  Namika II
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Brown, Namika II16.5 
 2. Bojang, BC Nokia16.1 
 3. Douglas, Huima14.2 
 4. Nelson, Lapua14.0 
 5. Dantzler, LoKoKo13.8 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET13.6 
 7. Hall, SayRi12.7 
 8. Banks, SayRi10.6 
 9. Wilson, Huima10.4 
 10. Robinson, Jyvaskyla10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Timo RIIHELA
  BC Nokia
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Riihela, BC Nokia5.8 
 2. Horton, LoKoKo5.6 
 3. Manning, Huima5.4 
 4. Ramey, Ura Basket4.4 
 5. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.2 
 6. Ahila, Jyvaskyla4.2 
 7. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 8. Kivinen, LoKoKo2.6 
 9. Foreman, FoKoPo2.6 
 10. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Maurice HORTON
  LoKoKo
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Horton, LoKoKo3.4 
 2. Valentine, Lapua2.9 
 3. Ramey, Ura Basket2.3 
 4. Bojang, BC Nokia2.3 
 5. Hall, SayRi2.3 
 6. Foreman, FoKoPo2.1 
 7. Towa, Kerava ET2.1 
 8. Still, Lapua2.0 
 9. Rainamaa, TomPo II1.8 
 10. Ahila, Jyvaskyla1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Reijo OJANEN
  Jyvaskyla
  (192-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ojanen, Jyvaskyla1.0 
 2. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 3. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 
 4. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 5. Alanen, Namika II0.8 
 6. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.8 
 7. Mantymaa, Huima0.7 
 8. Pahn, Kerava ET0.7 
 9. Viitamaki, SayRi0.7 
 10. Nelson, Lapua0.7 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Heard, Tarmo21.3 
 2. Bailey, LrNM.19.6 
 3. Wilson, Honka19.2 
 4. Moore, LrNM.19.2 
 5. Harris, Salon Vilpas19.0 
 6. Williamson, Honka18.8 
 7. Wood, Karhu18.3 
 8. Ivey, KTP18.2 
 9. Walker, Kouvot18.2 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.6
 1. Wood, Karhu14.6 
 2. Young, Tarmo10.9 
 3. Kaunisto, Kouvot10.3 
 4. Mathis, Namika Lahti9.9 
 5. Vinson, Kouvot9.9 
 6. Williams, Pyrinto9.5 
 7. Doaks, Salon Vilpas9.3 
 8. Belser, Honka8.8 
 9. Coleman, LrNM.8.7 
 10. Fells, Kataja8.6 
Assists Per Game
 Malik MOORE
  LrNMKY
  (192-G-77)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Moore, LrNM.4.5 
 2. Harris, Salon Vilpas4.4 
 3. Virtanen, Kataja4.1 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto3.9 
 5. Wood, Karhu3.8 
 6. Sarcevic, Korihait3.7 
 7. Ivey, KTP3.5 
 8. Suonio, Namika Lahti3.2 
 9. Kataja, Salon Vilpas3.2 
 10. Fields, KTP3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Jeremiah WOOD
  Karhu
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Wood, Karhu2.4 
 2. Fields, KTP2.2 
 3. Sarcevic, Korihait2.0 
 4. Heard, Tarmo1.9 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.8 
 6. Conerly, Tarmo1.8 
 7. Newson, Kataja1.8 
 8. Fells, Kataja1.7 
 9. Walker, Kouvot1.6 
 10. Richards, ToPo1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonathan HEARD
  Tarmo
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Heard, Tarmo1.0 
 2. Reaves, Korihait1.0 
 3. Graham, ToPo0.8 
 4. Wood, Karhu0.8 
 5. Latimer, Namika Lahti0.7 
 6. Bailey, LrNM.0.7 
 7. Moore, LrNM.0.7 
 8. Young, Tarmo0.6 
 9. Belser, Honka0.6 
 10. Wright, Korihait0.6 


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  FRANCE   


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 18
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.0 
 2. King, Le Havre17.6 
 3. Walsh, AS.17.6 
 4. Darden, Nancy17.0 
 5. Mejia, Cholet16.9 
 6. Massie, Limoges16.4 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines16.4 
 8. Haynes, Chalon15.8 
 9. Bennett, Pau-La.15.7 
 10. Bell, Orleans15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Vichy
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.6
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.6 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.1 
 3. Jones, Le Havre8.8 
 4. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.6 
 5. Akingbala, Nancy8.4 
 6. Issa, Gravelines8.3 
 7. Jefferson, AS.8.2 
 8. Walsh, AS.8.2 
 9. Koffi, Le Mans8.0 
 10. Vebobe, Cholet7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Reid, Vichy6.5 
 2. Wright, Limoges6.2 
 3. King, Le Havre6.2 
 4. Sciarra, Pau-La.6.1 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.8 
 6. Diabate, Roanne5.6 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines5.5 
 8. Pellin, Le Mans4.7 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.6 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Walsh, AS.2.4 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.2 
 4. Bennett, Pau-La.2.1 
 5. Causeur, Cholet2.0 
 6. Diabate, Roanne2.0 
 7. Sangare, Le Havre1.9 
 8. Acker, Le Mans1.9 
 9. Dewar, Le Mans1.9 
 10. Diot, Le Mans1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Vichy
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elegar, Vichy2.0 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.6 
 4. Koffi, Le Mans1.4 
 5. Badiane, Poitiera.1.3 
 6. Fofana, AS.1.3 
 7. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 8. Lewin, Vichy1.2 
 9. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 10. Dunn, Roanne1.0 


ProB Round 12: Nanterre loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
Round 12 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise was Fos Ouest's (8-4) victory at home over league's leader Nanterre (10-2) 73-68 on Friday evening. It also means the end of Nanterre's nine-game winning streak. Fos Ouest trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 26-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds. Fos Ouest has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rouen and Boulazac. Nanterre at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Evreux who have the same record. Nanterre will play next round against strong Boulazac trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fos Ouest will try to continue on it's current victory against eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Rouen. Local Rouen (8-4) outscored 18th ranked Quimper (2-10) 98-65. It was a good game for American guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists. Williams Soliman contributed with 18 points for the winners. American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds for Quimper. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players seeing no chance for a win. Rouen moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Boulazac. Quimper lost third consecutive game. They stay the last ranked team in the league with ten games lost. Rouen will play against Clermont (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimper will play against Antibes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Le Portel, where 8th ranked Le Portel (5-7) lost at home to eleventh ranked Aix-Maurienne (6-6) 69-81 on Friday. Worth to mention a great performance of Moses Sonko who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds. Aix-Maurienne's coach Guillaume Quintard used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Chris Davis with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Aix-Maurienne has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Loser Le Portel dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Aix-Maurienne will meet higher ranked Fos Ouest (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Le Portel will play against Lille (#7) and hope to secure a win.

Rest of the games of round 12 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Bourg was defeated by Boulazac in a road game 82-74. Charleville was beaten by Lille at home 60-71. Clermont lost to Dijon on the opponent's court 60-76. Antibes managed to outperform Nantes in a home game 77-71. Evreux managed to beat St Vallier on the road 97-89. Chalons-Reims defeated Boulogne on it's own court 74-62.


Boulazac - Bourg 82-74
There was no surprise when 14th ranked Bourg (4-8) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Boulazac (8-4) 82-74 on Saturday. Bourg trailed by 15 points after 3 quarters before a 21-14 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-82 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Corey McIntosh (183-85, college: Iowa St., agent: Chris Warren) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and the other American import forward Amadi McKenzie (201-86) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward David Monds (205-83, college: Oklahoma St.) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and the former international swingman Cedric Ferchaud (195-80) scored 18 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Boulazac moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Rouen. Bourg lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with eight games lost. They share it with St Vallier. Boulazac will meet league's second-placed Nanterre on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Bourg will play against Saint Vallier (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Boulazac: C.McIntosh 18+4reb+3ast, A.McKenzie 15+3reb+2ast, Y.Gaillou 15+2reb, T.Dubiez 11+2reb, M.Badiane 7+5reb, F.Adjiwanou 6+6reb+4ast
Bourg: C.Ferchaud 18+2reb+2ast, D.Monds 13+14reb, D.Coleman 13+7reb+1ast, I.Koma 11+1reb, K.Corre 7+1reb+3ast, A.Tsagarakis 5+2reb
gschID: 100430


Charleville - Lille 60-71
No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked Lille (7-5) defeated on the road 16th ranked Charleville-Mezieres (3-9) 71-60 on Saturday. The game rather controlled by Lille. Charleville-Mezieres managed to win third quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lille made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Sean Barnette (195-86, college: Wingate, agent: Chris Warren) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Andre Harris (201-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) who added 17 points during the contest. Lille's coach Fabien Romeyer used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was forward Corey Rouse (203-84, college: E.Carolina, agent: Side Court) with 19 points and 6 rebounds and forward Jonathan McClark (200-77, college: Rider) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. Lille maintains seventh position with 7-5 record. Charleville-Mezieres lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Clermont. Lille will meet Le Portel (#13) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Charleville-Mezieres will play against Boulogne and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lille: A.Harris 17+4reb, S.Barnette 15+6reb+2ast, K.Bradley 14+2reb+3ast, B.Gillet 8+3reb+2ast, O.Gouez 8+2reb, R.Chery 3+1reb
Charleville: C.Rouse 19+6reb, K.Morlende 12+2reb+5ast, T.Peterson 12+7reb, J.McClark 11+7reb+3ast, G.Florimont 2+3reb, Y.Akinocho 2+1reb
gschID: 100431


Fos Ouest - Nanterre 73-68
Round 12 in ProB means a new league leader. The biggest surprise was Fos Ouest's (8-4) victory at home over league's leader Nanterre (10-2) 73-68 on Friday evening. It also means the end of Nanterre's nine-game winning streak. Fos Ouest trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 26-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Lee Cummard (201-85, college: BYU) who scored 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Jamaican-American forward Sherman Gay (201-82, college: Loyola Marymount) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Mykal Riley (198-85, college: Alabama) who recorded 12 points and 9 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Nate Carter (199-83, college: Oklahoma) added 15 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fos Ouest has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Rouen and Boulazac. Nanterre at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. They were joined at the leadership position by Evreux who have the same record. Nanterre will play next round against strong Boulazac trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Fos Ouest will try to continue on it's current victory against eighth ranked Aix-Maurienne in Aix-les-Bains.
Top scorers:
Fos Ouest: L.Cummard 21+6reb+4ast, P.Haquet 15+3reb+3ast, S.Gay 13+7reb+1ast, Z.Bah 10+4reb+4ast, K.Atamna 9+2reb+3ast, M.Hachad 5+7reb+3ast
Nanterre: N.Carter 15+4reb, L.Akono 13+3reb+2ast, M.Riley 12+9reb+2ast, W.Daniels 11+5reb, J.Passave-Ducteil 8+6reb, G.Pons 4+1ast
gschID: 100432


Dijon - Clermont 76-60
Very expected game when 17th ranked Clermont (3-9) was defeated on the road by third ranked Dijon (9-3) 76-60 on Saturday. The game rather controlled by Dijon. Clermont managed to win fourth quarter 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dijon forced 20 Clermont turnovers and outrebounded Clermont 39-28 including a 17-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Jeremy Leloup (202-87) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 4 assists and American power forward Erroyl Bing (198-82, college: E.Carolina) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four Dijon players scored in double figures. Dijon's coach Jean-Louis Borg used a eleven-player rotation seeing no chance for a win. The best for the losing side was naturalized Mali swingman Souarata Cisse (197-86) with 20 points and American swingman Dreke Bouldin (202-80, college: Fresno St.) scored 7 points and 8 rebounds. Dijon has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain third position with 9-3 record having just one point less than leader Evreux. Loser Clermont dropped to the sixteenth place with nine games lost. They share the position with Charleville. Dijon will meet league's leader Evreux on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Clermont will play against Rouen (#6) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dijon: E.Bing 14+7reb+1ast, J.Leloup 14+4reb+4ast, S.Dia 13+4reb+2ast, E.Mendy 10+5reb, D.Melody 9+1reb+1ast, E.Craven 6+8reb+4ast
Clermont: S.Cisse 20+2reb+2ast, O.Bassett 12+1reb+1ast, M.Guichard 12+3reb+1ast, D.Bouldin 7+8reb+2ast, M.Drame 4+4reb, R.Wilson 3+2reb
gschID: 100433


Antibes - Nantes 77-71
There was a surprise result when fifteenth ranked Antibes (5-7) beat at home higher ranked Nantes (5-7) 77-71 on Friday. Nantes trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 18-11 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 71-77 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Belgian power forward Sacha Massot (204-83, agent: Yves Lejeune) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Justin Ingram (185-85, college: Toledo) who added 25 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Olivier Bardet (202-80) with 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and American forward Korvotney Barber (201-87, college: Auburn, agent: Patrick King) scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Antibes moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Nantes. Antibes will meet bottom-ranked Quimper (#18) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Nantes will play against Chalons-Reims (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Antibes: J.Ingram 25+2reb+3ast, S.Massot 20+10reb+4ast, M.Bojovic 11+2reb+2ast, S.Traore 8+5reb+4ast, S.Ho You Fat 8+5reb+5ast, M.Courby 3+5reb+1ast
Nantes: O.Bardet 24+4reb+3ast, K.Barber 17+9reb, A.Cel 10+6reb+1ast, T.Downey 9+3reb+9ast, A.Charles 5+3reb+2ast, J.James 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 100427


Rouen - Quimper 98-65
The game with biggest result difference took place in Rouen. Local Rouen (8-4) outscored 18th ranked Quimper (2-10) 98-65. The game without a history. Rouen lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Rouen shot 62.5 percent from the field. Rouen had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for American guard Ronnie Taylor (188-81, college: NC-Greensboro, agent: Side Court) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 assists. The former international forward Williams Soliman (201-80, agent: Hirant Manakian) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Four Rouen players scored in double figures. American center Marvin Jefferson (206-86, college: Idaho) replied with 26 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian forward Jean-Richard Volcy (203-82, college: N.Michigan) added 9 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Quimper. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players seeing no chance for a win. Rouen moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Fos Ouest and Boulazac. Quimper lost third consecutive game. They stay the last ranked team in the league with ten games lost. Rouen will play against Clermont (#17) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Quimper will play against Antibes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rouen: C.Thioune 19+4reb, W.Soliman 18+4reb+2ast, J.Siggers 16+3reb+3ast, R.Taylor 14+4reb+10ast, M.Diakite 8+3reb, D.Williams 8+7reb+2ast
Quimper: M.Jefferson 26+7reb+1ast, G.Lessort 10+4reb, M.Runkaukas 9, J.Volcy 9+5reb+1ast, W.Molas 4+4reb, B.Matanga 3+4ast
gschID: 100428


St Vallier - Evreux 89-97
Not a big story in a game when 15th ranked Saint Vallier (4-8) was defeated at home by second ranked Evreux (10-2) 97-89 on Saturday. Evreux trailed by 1 points after three quarters before their 31-22 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized Portuguese guard Philippe Da Silva (192-79) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 23 points and 14 assists and American guard Calvin Watson (196-85, college: N.Texas, agent: Side Court) who added 20 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Kyle Shiloh (191-85, college: Nevada) with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and his fellow American import forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Evreux become a new league leader, which they share with Nanterre. Saint Vallier lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place with eight games lost. They share the position with Bourg. Evreux will meet Dijon (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Saint Vallier will play against Bourg (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Evreux: P.Da Silva 23+2reb+14ast, C.Watson 20+8reb+1ast, T.Maizeroi 15+3reb+1ast, D.Davis 14+3reb+1ast, L.Chelle 9+3reb+1ast, D.Reed 8+8reb+1ast
St Vallier: C.Bronchard 19+7reb+2ast, K.Shiloh 19+7reb+4ast, K.Bichard 16+2ast, B.Brown 13+12reb+4ast, M.Tensorer 12+2reb+1ast, D.Denave 5+5reb+9ast
gschID: 100429


Le Portel - Maurienne 69-81
We should mention about the upset which took place in Le Portel, where 8th ranked Le Portel (5-7) lost at home to eleventh ranked Aix-Maurienne (6-6) 69-81 on Friday. The game rather controlled by Aix-Maurienne. They made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. Aix-Maurienne forced 20 Le Portel turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of Sierra Leonean forward Moses Sonko (196-83, college: Co.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points and 14 rebounds and American power forward James Mathis (199-84, college: Niagara, agent: Side Court) who added 10 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Four Aix-Maurienne players scored in double figures. Aix-Maurienne's coach Guillaume Quintard used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was American swingman Chris Davis (196-80, college: N.Texas, agent: Side Court) with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Edouard Choquet (187-88) scored 15 points and 7 assists. Aix-Maurienne has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Chalons-Reims. Loser Le Portel dropped to the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Aix-Maurienne will meet higher ranked Fos Ouest (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Le Portel will play against Lille (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Maurienne: M.Sonko 29+14reb+1ast, S.Darnauzan 14+3reb+3ast, J.Ekanga-Ehawa 12+1reb+2ast, J.Mathis 10+10reb+5ast, E.Joldersma 6+1reb+1ast, C.Dunn 6+3ast
Le Portel: C.Davis 19+8reb+2ast, E.Choquet 15+3reb+7ast, M.Labeyrie 14+6reb+1ast, J.Ludon 9+4reb, T.Williams 6+2reb+3ast, G.Leburgue 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 100425


Chalons-Reims - Boulogne 74-62
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Chalons-Reims and 10th ranked Boulogne had identical 5-6 record. This time Chalons-Reims used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Boulogne 74-62 on Friday night. The game rather controlled by Chalons-Reims. Boulogne managed to win second quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalons-Reims outrebounded Boulogne 45-27 including a 34-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Chris Daniels (200-82, college: Georgia, agent: Ingo Wolf) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists and center Julien Bestron (204-86) who added 18 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Chalons-Reims' coach Nikola Antic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was Lithuanian-Slovenian guard Klemensas Patiejunas (186-77) with 14 points and American forward Darryl Monroe (202-86, college: George Mason, agent: Jim Buckley) scored 9 points and 10 rebounds. Chalons-Reims (6-6) moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Maurienne. Boulogne at the other side, also first year in the league, keeps the tenth position with seven games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Chalons-Reims will meet Nantes (#12) on the road in the next round. Boulogne will play against Charleville-Mezieres and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Chalons-Reims: J.Bestron 18+6reb, C.Daniels 14+15reb+4ast, B.Mullins 13+4reb+4ast, D.Wilson 8+4reb+3ast, G.Radonjic 7+1reb, K.Joss-Rauze 4+2ast
Boulogne: L.Kante 14+3reb+1ast, K.Patiejunas 14+4reb+2ast, T.Stanley 12+1ast, D.Monroe 9+10reb, E.Plateau 4+1reb+1ast, K.Mondesir 3+4reb
gschID: 100426




ProA Round 10: Gravelines-Dunkerque loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

We have also a new leader in the ProA. Round 10 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (7-3). They lost on the road by fifth ranked Chalon/Saor (7-3) 80-70. It ended the three-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The game rather controlled by Chalon and Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to win third quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Gravelines-Dunkerque's players. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agent: Yossi Gayer) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to led the charge for the winners and Nigerian forward Alade Aminu (208-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agent: Brad Ames) responded with 23 points. The victory allowed Chalon/Saor (7-3) to climb to the third place. They share it with defeated Gravelines and Nancy. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play next round against league's leader Roanne trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chalon/Saor will try to continue on it's current victory against eleventh ranked Orleans on the road.
Very significant was Roanne's (#2) 88-76 home victory against 15th ranked Poitiers. It allowed Roanne to take over a leadership position after previous leader Gravelines-Dunkerque lost it's game. American guard Alex Gordon (183-85, college: Vanderbilt) notched 16 points to lead the effort and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi who supported him with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by American swingman Robert Conley (198-77, college: Clayton St.) did not help to save the game for Poitiers. Roanne (8-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They improved to 8-2 sharing the first position with Cholet. Poitiers lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently in fifteenth place with a 2-8 record. Poitiers will play next round against Le Havre trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Roanne will try to continue on it's current victory against fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road.
Fourteenth ranked Le Mans (4-6) crushed at home 12th ranked ASVEL (4-6) by 17 points 74-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Alex Acker fired 16 points for the winners. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson used a ten-player rotation seeing no chance for a win. Mickael Gelabale produced 22 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. The victory allowed Le Mans (4-6) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with five other teams including defeated ASVEL. Le Mans will meet bottom-ranked Vichy (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And what about another game where Le Havre (#6) beat Orleans 79-77 on their own court. Worth to mention a great performance of Joseph Jones who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the victory Le Havre (6-4) stay at sixth position. Orleans is currently in ninth place with a 4-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. Le Havre's next round opponent will be Poitiers (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Orleans will play against Chalon/Saor (#4).
Limoges' road win over 11th ranked Paris-Levallois 78-75 was very exciting and close contest. Zack Wright had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists to led the charge for the winners. The victory allowed ProA returnee Limoges (4-6) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with five other teams including defeated Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois lost fifth consecutive game. Limoges will face higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 10: Bottom-ranked Vichy lost to Pau-Lacq-Orthez on the opponent's court 62-76. Strasbourg unfortunately lost to Nancy in a home game 64-73. Cholet managed to beat Hyeres-Toulon on the road 79-67.


Paris-Levallois - Limoges 75-78
Limoges' road win over 11th ranked Paris-Levallois 78-75 was very exciting and close contest. Paris-Levallois cut a 15-point first quarter deficit to three at the end of the game. Limoges looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American guard Zack Wright (188-85, college: Cent.Missouri) had a double-double by scoring 10 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists to led the charge for the winners and the other American import power forward Christophe Massie (206-77, college: Memphis, agent: Side Court) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Five Limoges players scored in double figures. At the losing side American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-82, college: Bradley, agent: Iman Shokuohizadeh) responded with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds and naturalized American guard Jimmal Ball (178-78, college: Akron) scored 10 points and 8 assists. The victory allowed ProA returnee Limoges (4-6) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with five other teams including defeated Paris-Levallois. Paris-Levallois lost fifth consecutive game. Limoges will face higher ranked Hyeres-Toulon (#8) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Paris-Levallois: M.Sommerville 25+14reb+2ast, L.Hamilton 11+5reb+1ast, J.Ball 10+3reb+8ast, A.Albicy 9+4ast, G.Yango 7+2reb, M.Morandais 5+7reb+2ast
Limoges: C.Massie 18+6reb+1ast, R.Guinn 15+4reb+2ast, R.Desroses 12+3reb+1ast, T.Adams 11+4ast, Z.Wright 10+7reb+11ast, F.Weis 4+7reb+1ast
gschID: 100166


Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Vichy 76-62
Very expected game when 16th ranked Vichy (1-9) was defeated on the road by tenth ranked Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5-5) 76-62 on Saturday. Pau-Lacq-Orthez trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 76-62. Pau-Lacq-Orthez outrebounded Vichy 33-17 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. Croatian guard Slaven Rimac (195-74) scored 18 points to led the charge for the winners and American forward Travon Bryant (206-83, college: Missouri) chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Pau-Lacq-Orthez players scored in double figures. Pau-Lacq-Orthez's coach Didier Dobbels used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side American forward Demetris Nichols (205-84, college: Syracuse) responded with 21 points and his fellow American import forward Rob Lewin (201-80, college: Troy, agent: Iman Shokuohizadeh) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds. The victory allowed ProA returnee Pau-Lacq-Orthez (5-5) to climb to the seventh place. They share it with Hyeres-Toulon. Vichy lost eighth consecutive game. They are currently on the bottom position with a 1-9 record. Pau-Lacq-Orthez will face ASVEL (#14) in Villeurbanne in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Vichy will play at home against Le Mans.
Top scorers:
Vichy: D.Nichols 21+2reb, R.Lewin 13+7reb, J.Shuler 9+1reb+2ast, J.Aka 6+4reb+1ast, T.Larrouquis 5+3ast, C.McFadgon 4+1reb
Pau-Lacq-Orthez: S.Rimac 18+3reb, M.Bauer 12+2reb+1ast, D.Bennett 11+4reb+3ast, A.Mendy 11+5reb, T.Bryant 8+8reb+3ast, M.Maravic 7+1reb+3ast
gschID: 100167


Roanne - Poitierarleys 88-76
Very significant was Roanne's (#2) 88-76 home victory against 15th ranked Poitiers. It allowed Roanne to take over a leadership position after previous leader Gravelines-Dunkerque lost it's game. The game rather controlled by Roanne. Poitiers managed to win third quarter 23-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Roanne were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Poitiers was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Alex Gordon (183-85, college: Vanderbilt) notched 16 points to lead the effort and Nigerian power forward Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-78, college: Wyoming, agent: Misko Raznatovic) who supported him with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Roanne's coach Jean-Denys Choulet allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by American swingman Robert Conley (198-77, college: Clayton St.) did not help to save the game for Poitiers. His fellow American import forward Rasheed Wright (196-80, college: ODU) added 18 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Five Roanne and four Poitiers players scored in double figures. Roanne have an impressive six-game winning streak. They improved to 8-2 sharing the first position with Cholet. Poitiers lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently in fifteenth place with a 2-8 record. Poitiers will play next round against Le Havre trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Roanne will try to continue on it's current victory against fifth ranked Gravelines-Dunkerque on the road.
Top scorers:
Poitierarleys: R.Wright 18+5reb, R.Conley 16+5reb+5ast, P.Guillard 14+5reb, K.Younger 11+2reb+1ast, P.Badiane 8+8reb+4ast, C.Ona-Embo 5+4reb
Roanne: A.Gordon 16+3reb+3ast, P.Amagou 13+3reb+5ast, K.Rivers 11+6reb+4ast, U.Nsonwu-Amadi 10+10reb+2ast, D.Page 10+2reb+3ast, J.Mipoka 8+1reb
gschID: 100168


Strasbourg - Nancy 64-73
Rather predictable result when fourth ranked Nancy (7-3) defeated on the road 8th ranked Strasbourg (4-6) 73-64 on Saturday. Nancy trailed by 12 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and earned 9-point victory. American swingman Tremmell Darden (194-81, college: Niagara) scored 16 points and 6 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and American-Bulgarian guard Willie Deane (186-80, college: Purdue, agent: Craig McKenzie) chipped in 17 points during the contest. At the losing side American-Dominican swingman Ricardo Greer (197-78, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 13 points and 6 rebounds and the former international guard Steeve Essart (180-78) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Strasbourg's coach Frederic Sarre rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Nancy has a solid four-game winning streak. The victory allowed Nancy (7-3) to climb to the third place. They share it with Gravelines and Chalon. Strasbourg who is 4-6 went down to ninth position as they suffered their sixth loss. Nancy will face Paris-Levallois (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Strasbourg will play against the league's second-placed Cholet (#2).
Top scorers:
Strasbourg: R.Greer 13+6reb+3ast, S.Essart 11+6reb+3ast, N.Lewis 8+1reb, J.McCord 7+6reb+1ast, A.MBaye 7+2reb, P.Pasco 6+3reb+1ast
Nancy: W.Deane 17+3reb+2ast, T.Darden 16+6reb+2ast, A.Akingbala 11+8reb+1ast, M.Badiane 8+3reb, S.Brun 8+4reb, J.Linehan 5+6reb+3ast
gschID: 100169


Hyeres-Toulon - Cholet 67-79
Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Hyeres-Toulon (5-5) was defeated at home by second ranked Cholet (8-2) 79-67 on Sunday. Cholet trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 26-9 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agent: Brad Ames) had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds to led the charge for the winners and forward Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-80, college: Hawaii) chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Cholet players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bosnian power forward Damir Krupalija (205-79, college: Illinois) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international power forward Vincent Masingue (205-76) scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. Cholet has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed current champions Cholet (8-2) to take over a leadership position. They share it with Roanne. Hyeres-Toulon is currently in seventh place with a 5-5 record as they suffered their fifth loss. Cholet will face Strasbourg (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hyeres-Toulon will play against Limoges.
Top scorers:
Hyeres-Toulon: D.Krupalija 16+10reb+4ast, V.Masingue 15+9reb+1ast, P.Morlende 11+4reb+2ast, K.Houston 9+1reb+5ast, A.Dobbins 6+4reb, N.Boungou Colo 5+5reb
Cholet: A.Robinson 18+11reb+1ast, S.Mejia 15+3reb+3ast, L.Vebobe 13+12reb, V.Avdalovic 11+2reb+5ast, D.Nelson 9+6reb+5ast, C.Marquis 7+2reb
gschID: 100163


Le Havre - Orleans 79-77
And what about another game where Le Havre (#6) beat Orleans 79-77 on their own court. Orleans was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 35-32 second half run of Le Havre. They made 16-of-17 charity shots (94.1 percent) during the game. Le Havre outrebounded Orleans 36-18 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. They were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Joseph Jones (206-86, college: Texas A&M) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import guard Bernard King (196-81, college: Texas A&M, agent: Craig McKenzie) contributed with 17 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. American guard Troy Bell (186-80, college: Boston Coll.) replied with 18 points and international guard Aldo Curti (180-87) added 10 points and 4 assists in the effort for Orleans. Despite the victory Le Havre (6-4) stay at sixth position. Orleans is currently in ninth place with a 4-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. Le Havre's next round opponent will be Poitiers (#15) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Orleans will play against Chalon/Saor (#4).
Top scorers:
Orleans: T.Bell 18+4reb, Z.Moss 10+2reb, A.Curti 10+1reb+4ast, A.Sy 9+3reb+2ast, M.NDoye 8+2reb+1ast, J.Smith 6+1reb
Le Havre: J.Jones 22+7reb+1ast, B.King 17+5reb+8ast, W.Wilkinson 16+9reb+3ast, J.Cox 6+7reb+7ast, O.Camara 6, N.Pope 6+5reb
gschID: 100164


Le Mans - ASVEL 74-57
Fourteenth ranked Le Mans (4-6) crushed at home 12th ranked ASVEL (4-6) by 17 points 74-57, which is the biggest margin this round on Friday night. Le Mans forced 20 ASVEL turnovers. American guard Alex Acker (196-83, college: Pepperdine) fired 16 points for the winners. Brazilian power forward Joao Paulo Batista (207-81, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Le Mans' coach J.D. Jackson used a ten-player rotation seeing no chance for a win. The former international forward Mickael Gelabale (201-83) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Clifford Hammonds (191-85, college: Clemson) added 16 points respectively for lost side. The victory allowed Le Mans (4-6) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with five other teams including defeated ASVEL. Le Mans will meet bottom-ranked Vichy (#16) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ASVEL will play against Pau-Lacq-Orthez (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ASVEL: M.Gelabale 22+7reb+2ast, C.Hammonds 16+4reb+3ast, K.Tillie 9+9reb+3ast, A.Zizic 6+4reb+3ast, B.Fofana 2+4reb+1ast, L.Westermann 2+3reb+2ast
Le Mans: A.Acker 16+4reb+3ast, J.Paulo Batista 13+5reb+1ast, M.Kakiouzis 9+2reb+1ast, A.Diot 8+2reb+5ast, B.Dewar 7+1ast, M.Pellin 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 100165


Chalon - Gravelines 80-70
We have also a new leader in the ProA. Round 10 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Gravelines-Dunkerque (7-3). They lost on the road by fifth ranked Chalon/Saor (7-3) 80-70. It ended the three-game winning streak of Gravelines-Dunkerque. The game rather controlled by Chalon and Gravelines-Dunkerque managed to win third quarter 18-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Chalon/Saor looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Gravelines-Dunkerque's players. American guard Blake Schilb (201-83, college: Loyola (IL), agent: Yossi Gayer) scored 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to led the charge for the winners and Nigerian forward Alade Aminu (208-87, college: Georgia Tech) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Ben Woodside (180-85, college: N.Dakota St., agent: Brad Ames) responded with 23 points. The victory allowed Chalon/Saor (7-3) to climb to the third place. They share it with defeated Gravelines and Nancy. Gravelines-Dunkerque will play next round against league's leader Roanne trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Chalon/Saor will try to continue on it's current victory against eleventh ranked Orleans on the road.
Top scorers:
Gravelines: B.Woodside 23+3reb+3ast, C.Akpomedah 15+4reb, J.Johnson 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Bokolo 10+3reb+6ast, R.Jomby 6+2reb+1ast, D.Issa 2+7reb
Chalon: B.Schilb 18+5reb+8ast, M.Haynes 16+1reb+5ast, A.Aminu 12+8reb+2ast, S.Tchicamboud 10+5reb+4ast, I.Evtimov 9+2reb+2ast, B.Smith 7+6reb+2ast
gschID: 100162




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  FYR MACEDONIA   


D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. Feni Indistrija 11-1 
 2. MZT Skopje 10-2 
 3. Rabotnicki 10-2 
 4. Torus Skopje 8-4 
 5. Ultimate Basket 4-8 
 6. Lirija 4-8 
 7. ABA Strumica 4-8 
 8. Ovce Pole 3-8 
 9. Kumanovo 2009 3-9 
 10. Pelister Bitola 2-9 


Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Muhamed THACI
  Trepca
  (200-G/F-81)
  Avg: 26
 1. Taci, Lirija26.0 
 2. Matic, Kumanovo.24.5 
 3. Jovanovic, Ultima.19.9 
 4. Morban, Lirija19.3 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.17.6 
 6. Jeter, Lirija17.5 
 7. Trajkovski, Torus S.17.2 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.16.2 
 9. Blazevski, Rabotnicki16.2 
 10. Mirakovski, Rabot.16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gjorgje JOVANOVIC
  Ultimate Basket
  (209-C-80)
  Avg: 11.1
 1. Jovanovic, Ultima.11.1 
 2. Pavlovski, Lirija10.6 
 3. Nikolovski, MZT S.8.3 
 4. Trajkovski, Torus S.8.2 
 5. Taci, Lirija8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Feni I.7.7 
 7. Neal, ABA Strumica7.3 
 8. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.7.2 
 9. Petric, Kumanovo.7.1 
 10. Talevski, Pelist.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitar MIRAKOVSKI
  Rabotnicki
  (180-G-81)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Mirakovski, Rabot.5.9 
 2. Morban, Lirija5.0 
 3. Petrovski, MZT S.4.8 
 4. Kostovski, Torus S.4.6 
 5. Taci, Lirija4.2 
 6. Blazevski, Rabotnicki3.8 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.3.6 
 8. Neal, ABA Strumica3.5 
 9. Radojcic, Kumanovo.3.2 
 10. Sokolov, Feni I.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gjorgi ANAKIEVSKI
  Pelister Bitola
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Anakievski, Pelist.2.6 
 2. Morban, Lirija2.0 
 3. Buchberger, ABA S.2.0 
 4. Miljkovic, Torus S.1.7 
 5. Matic, Kumanovo.1.6 
 6. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.5 
 7. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 8. Berat, Lirija1.5 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 10. Petrovski, MZT S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Richard JETER
  Lirija
  (198-G/F-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Jeter, Lirija1.0 
 2. Taci, Lirija1.0 
 3. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.0.8 
 4. Anakievski, Pelist.0.8 
 5. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.7 
 6. Kurciev, Ultima.0.7 
 7. Petkovski, Pelist.0.7 
 8. Mihajlovski, Ultima.0.7 
 9. Lazic, Ultimate.0.7 
 10. Simic, Rabotnicki0.6 


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  GEORGIA   


Kote Tugushi's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old guard Kote Tugushi (192-G-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Army Sport Klub Tbilisi and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
He recorded a triple-double of 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 12 assists, while his team outclassed Dinamo Tbilisi (#10, 1-8) with 43-point margin 105-62. It allowed Army to take over top position in the Georgian league. Army have a solid 7-1 record. Tugushi turned to be Army's top player in his first season with the team. Tugushi has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.9ppg), rebounds (5th best: 9.9rpg), assists (2nd best: 6.0apg) and averages solid 2.1spg and 54.8% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was David Ugrekhelidze (207-C-83). He is former international center in his first season at Army. In the last game Ugrekhelidze recorded impressive double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds. Of course together with Tugushi he helped Army with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dinamo Tbilisi (#10, 1-8) 105-62. This victory allowed Army to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 7 matches. Ugrekhelidze is a newcomer at Army and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Richard Damus (198-F-83) of Sokhumi Tbilisi (#5). Damus scored 19 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Sokhumi, leading his team to a 79-57 easy win against GTU Tbilisi (#11, 0-8). Sokhumi needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Damus has a great season in Georgia. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 11.6rpg (#1 in league). He also has 1.8bpg and FGP: 63.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Giorgi Gulisabedashvili (194-G-88) of Samedicino - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80) of Energy Rustavi - 19 points and 11 rebounds
6. Zurab Korkotadze (194-F-83) of TSU Tbilisi - 26 points and 7 rebounds
7. Giorgi Barbakadze (203-F-91) of Kutaisi - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Vakhtang Minashvili (200-C-79) of Army - 17 points and 7 rebounds
9. Levan Tsekvava (190-G-89) of Energy Rustavi - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Nodar Tenieshvili (198-F-92) of Batumi - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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John Bynum (TBB Trier) Pregame Thoughts To Brose Baskets Bamberg Game December 12th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
JJohn Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against The Brose Baskets Bamberg.

TBB Trier had a three game winning streak, then a three game losing streak and now a two game winning streak again. Why has the team been so up and down?


I think for the most part we are a young team and we are still finding ourselves. We had to find our identity at the beginning and we are still learning each day. Hopefully we can turn it around and be a little bit more consistent as the season goes along.


Is the team now ready to go on a longer winning streak?


Im sure everybody on the team wants to be on a winning streak rather than lose games... everyone loves winning.

What are your memories of playing Bamberg when you played for Paderborn and Bremerhaven? What was your fondest memory?


Well I dont have too many good memories about playing them, because I think we have only beat them one time and it happend to be in the cup when I played in Bremerhaven so i dont have too many good memories about playing against them.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg are 12-0. How do you go into a game like this? Ok you have nothing to lose, but for some reason this attitude has not hurt Bamberg so far this season?


Well all we can do is worry about what we need to do and records dont matter once the ball goes up in the air for the opening tip. We just have to focus on the gameplan that coach has for us and try and get it done to our best ability.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg have such a clock work system going on offense. Is there anyway to stop this team for 40 minutes?


It will be a difficult task because they are solid at every posistion we just have to expect that they will have a run or two but we have to find the answers quicker than playing against other teams. A mistake against this team can turn into a big disadvantage.

What will be the most interesting match up in this game?


I look at the small forward posistion with zwinner and jacobsen but also the goldsberry and joyce one as well. I'm sure everyone will be ready to go on both sides.

There are many great point guards in the BEKO BBL, but rarely does the name John Goldsberry enter the mouth of many. Where would you rate his play in the BEKO BBL?


John is a great point guard and I dont think his name comes up because he doesnt score a lot, but he does everything that a point guard needs to do. He controls the game, gets his teammates the ball in scoring posistions, and hits shots if he needs to. In my opinion he is what a every team needs at any level, he is one of the best in my opinion.

What is your biggest wish for Christmas?



My biggest wish for Christmas is to see the sun shining and be warm for a day, like in California.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?


The last DVD I saw was the social network

Thanks John for chat.



ProA Round 12: Bayern Muenchen defeats GiroLive-Ballers in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
ProA round 12 most important game was a victory of Bayern Muenchen over 4th ranked GiroLive-Ballers 96-68 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded GiroLive-Ballers 34-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agent: Patrick King) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used 11 players seeing no chance for a win. Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds for GiroLive-Ballers. Bayern Muenchen (11-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. GiroLive-Ballers lost third consecutive game. They stays at the fourth place with 7-5 record. They have the same record like Chemnitz and Kirchheim. Bayern Muenchen is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. GiroLive-Ballers will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#3) in Homburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Fifteenth-ranked USC Freiburg (3-9) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Kirchheim Knights (7-5). Kirchheim Knights managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected much easier game. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds and Marcus Smallwood who added 14 points and 19 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Paul Gause (180-86, college: Seton Hall) with 35 points (!!!) and 9 assists. Kirchheim Knights jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with Osnabrueck and Chemnitz. USC Freiburg lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place. Kirchheim Knights will play against USC Heidelberg (#7) on the road in the next round. USC Freiburg will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: Bottom-ranked Cuxhaven was smashed by Karlsruhe on the road 78-59. Dragons lost to Braves on it's own court 69-75. Heidelberg managed to outperform ETB Wohnbau in Heidelberg 79-68. Crailsheim recorded a loss to Webmoebel at home 89-94. Jena was crushed by Wuerzburg on the opponent's court 89-65. Chemnitz beat Hannover in a home game 82-72.


Kirchheim - Freiburg 99-98 OT

Fifteenth-ranked USC Freiburg (3-9) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Kirchheim Knights (7-5). Kirchheim Knights managed to secure only one-point victory 99-98. However their fans expected much easier game. USC Freiburg was ahead by 1 points after three quarters before a 16-15 charge of Kirchheim Knights, which allowed them to win the game. Kirchheim Knights shot 29 for 42 from the free-throw line, while USC Freiburg only scored seven points from the stripe. Kirchheim Knights forced 20 USC Freiburg turnovers. They were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assistsKirchheim Knights brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocksUSC Freiburg was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of power forward Ryan De Michael (205-77, college: Tennessee-Martin) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 7 rebounds and forward Marcus Smallwood (198-82, college: N.Illinois, agent: Side Court) who added 14 points and 19 rebounds during the contest. Four Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Paul Gause (180-86, college: Seton Hall) with 35 points (!!!) and 9 assists and forward Xavier Hansbro (208-87, college: Georgia St.) scored 18 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Kirchheim Knights jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with Osnabrueck and Chemnitz. USC Freiburg lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fifteenth place. Kirchheim Knights will play against USC Heidelberg (#7) on the road in the next round. USC Freiburg will play against Crailsheim Merlins (#12) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Kirchheim: R.De Michael 30+7reb+2ast, C.Brooks 23+7ast, M.Smallwood 14+19reb+3ast, S.Adeberg 11+5reb+5ast, N.Menck 9+4reb+2ast, R.Tomasevic 8+2reb+7ast
Freiburg: P.Gause 35+4reb+9ast, X.Hansbro 18+3reb+1ast, M.Jost 11+8reb+2ast, J.Nutter 9+4reb+7ast, J.Heindel 9+7reb+3ast, A.Shoutvin 8+3reb
gschID: 93450


Karlsruhe - Cuxhaven 78-59

No shocking result in a game when ninth ranked BG Karlsruhe (6-6) crushed at home bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (2-10) 78-59. The game rather controlled by BG Karlsruhe. Cuxhaven BasCats managed to win fourth quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Karlsruhe made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Rouven Roessler (200-80) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and American guard Dwight Thorne (190-88, college: Colorado, agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) who added 18 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Anthony Canty (183-91) with 13 points and American forward Deilvez Yearby (198-87, college: IPFW) scored 8 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players seeing no chance for a win. BG Karlsruhe jumped to the seventh spot. They share the position with Heidelberg and Hannover. Cuxhaven BasCats lost seventh consecutive game. They keep the last place with a total of 10 lost games. BG Karlsruhe will play against Webmoebel Baskets (#11) in Paderborn in the next round. Cuxhaven BasCats will play at home against the league's leader Bayern Muenchen (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: R.Roessler 24+2reb+2ast, D.Thorne 18+4reb+3ast, J.Black 10+12reb+1ast, A.Rueck 7, T.Williams 6+2reb+1ast, F.Stuckemann 6+5reb+2ast
Cuxhaven: A.Canty 13+4reb+2ast, J.Capel 8+4reb+3ast, D.Yearby 8+8reb+1ast, R.Frohlich 7+2reb+1ast, E.Shaw 7+6reb+2ast, J.Schaffrath 5+7reb
gschID: 93451


Dragons - Braves 69-75

Very expected game when 13th ranked Dragons Rhoendorf (4-8) lost at home to third ranked Saar-Pfalz Braves (8-4) 75-69. It looked good early as Dragons Rhoendorf took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Saar-Pfalz Braves had a 26-17 second quarter charge getting the lead and Dragons Rhoendorf was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-75. American players dominated also this game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Jason Jamerson (188-86, college: Grand Valley St.) who added 15 points during the contest. Saar-Pfalz Braves' coach Nenad Josipovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Sanijay Watts (193-87, college: Cent.Missouri, agent: Ingo Wolf) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and forward Ryan Howard (198-84, college: Sacred Heart) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Saar-Pfalz Braves did not change their third position in the standings. Dragons Rhoendorf lost third consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth place. They have the same record like ETB Wohnbau. Saar-Pfalz Braves will play against GiroLive-Ballers (#4) in Osnabrueck in the next round. Dragons Rhoendorf will play at home against BV Chemnitz 99 (#6) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Braves: R.Lowery 16+6reb+1ast, J.Jamerson 15+2reb+1ast, R.Oehle 9+7reb+1ast, S.Cramer 9+6reb+2ast, M.Weber 7+2reb+3ast, R.Cardenas 5+1ast
Dragons: R.Howard 15+10reb+1ast, S.Watts 15+10reb+3ast, F.Thulig 10+2reb+4ast, D.Watson 9+1ast, F.Montag 8+2reb+1ast, J.Wohlfarth-Bottermann 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 93452


B.Muenchen - Osnabrueck 96-68

ProA round 12 most important game was a victory of Bayern Muenchen over 4th ranked GiroLive-Ballers 96-68 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Bayern Muenchen led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Bayern Muenchen outrebounded GiroLive-Ballers 34-22 including 25 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American guard Jonathan Wallace (187-86, college: Georgetown, agent: Patrick King) who led his team to a victory with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. International guard Steffen Hamann (194-81) contributed with 15 points and 5 assists for the winners. Bayern Muenchen's coach Dirk Bauermann felt very confident that he used 11 players seeing no chance for a win. Canadian forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan) replied with 25 points and 7 rebounds and forward Tom Spoeler (206-88) added 11 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for GiroLive-Ballers. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Bayern Muenchen (11-1) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. GiroLive-Ballers lost third consecutive game. They stays at the fourth place with 7-5 record. They have the same record like Chemnitz and Kirchheim. Bayern Muenchen is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Cuxhaven BasCats (#16) on the road in the next round which should be another easy win for them. GiroLive-Ballers will play against Saar-Pfalz Braves (#3) in Homburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
B.Muenchen: J.Wallace 28+7reb+4ast, S.Hamann 15+2reb+5ast, C.Prewitt 13+1reb, D.Hall 10+4reb+1ast, A.Nadjfeji 8+7reb+2ast, R.Garrett 7+1reb
Osnabrueck: J.Shepherd 25+7reb+1ast, T.Spoeler 11+7reb+1ast, A.Hird 11+2reb, T.Burnette 10+3reb+3ast, P.Friedel 7+3ast, I.Simin 2+1reb
gschID: 93447


ETB Wohnbau - Heidelberg 68-79

Rather predictable result when ninth ranked USC Heidelberg (6-6) won against 13th ranked ETB Wohnbau (4-8) in Essen 79-68. ETB Wohnbau was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 26-12 charge of USC Heidelberg, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Leonard Mendez (196-87, college: Georgia St., agent: Adam Prossin) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and the other American import guard James Wright (187-81, college: Colorado, agent: Brian Elfus) who added 19 points during the contest. Mendez is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. The best for the losing side was American guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) with 15 points and 8 assists and naturalized Croatian guard Marco Buljevic (197-87, agent: Side Court) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Five ETB Wohnbau players scored in double figures. USC Heidelberg jumped to the seventh spot. They share the position with Karlsruhe and Hannover. ETB Wohnbau keeps the thirteenth place. They have the same record like Dragons. USC Heidelberg will play against higher ranked Kirchheim Knights (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ETB Wohnbau will play against Science City Jena (#10) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: L.Mendez 23+4reb, J.Wright 19+2reb+1ast, D.Barthel 11+5reb+1ast, B.Schoo 8+6reb+1ast, K.Barth 7+1reb+5ast, G.Baker 7+4reb
ETB Wohnbau: M.Buljevic 17+6reb+2ast, C.Alexander 15+4reb+8ast, M.Lewis 14+7reb+1ast, D.Fiorentino 12+4reb, K.Chones 10+7reb, S.Schroter 0+2reb
gschID: 93448


Crailsheim - Webmoebel 89-94

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Crailsheim Merlins (5-7) lost at home to fourteenth ranked Webmoebel Baskets (5-7) 94-89. Crailsheim Merlins was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 33-20 third quarter run of Webmoebel Baskets. American players dominated also this game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kejuan Johnson (193-85, college: Long Beach St.) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Draelon Burns (194-85, college: De Paul) who added 22 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was forward Reggie Fuller (198-86, college: Binghamton) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds and forward Frank Young (196-84, college: W.Virginia) scored 20 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Crailsheim Merlins' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Webmoebel Baskets has a solid four-game winning streak. They jumped to the tenth spot. They share the position with Jena and Crailsheim. Webmoebel Baskets will play against higher ranked BG Karlsruhe (#9) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Crailsheim Merlins will play against USC Freiburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Webmoebel: K.Johnson 28+5reb+6ast, D.Burns 22+8reb+1ast, B.Spoeler 14+3reb+1ast, B.Fumey 10+6reb, K.Roemer 7+1reb+1ast, D.Malinowski 5+2reb
Crailsheim: R.Fuller 23+13reb, F.Young 20+2reb, D.Dorr 14+4reb, K.Schwarz 10+1reb+6ast, F.Oladipo 6+4reb+1ast, R.Anderson 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93449


Wuerzburg - Jena 89-65

Everything went according to plan when second ranked s Oliver Baskets (10-2) outplayed 11th ranked Science City Jena (5-7) in Wuerzburg 89-65. Science City Jena was ahead by 1 points at the halftime before a 60-35 second half run of s Oliver Baskets. Science City Jena was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of British-Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-83, agent: Grzegorz Piekoszewski) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists and center Sascha Kesselring (209-85) who added 10 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Coach Marcel Schroeder's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players seeing no chance for a win. The best for the losing side was American forward Jamil Tucker (206-87, college: Virginia) with 24 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Adrian Hill (203-84, college: Rutgers) scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. s Oliver Baskets has a solid three-game winning streak. They did not change their second position in the standings. Science City Jena dropped to the tenth place. They have the same record like Webmoebel and Crailsheim. s Oliver Baskets will play against Hannover Tigers (#8) in Hannover in the next round where they are favorite. Science City Jena will play at home against ETB Wohnbau in Essen and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: L.Jeka 24+5reb+6ast, S.Kesselring 10+8reb, I.Elliott 9+2reb, F.Diestelhorst 8+5reb, J.Levy 8+3reb+1ast, T.Baker 7+6reb+2ast
Jena: J.Tucker 24+7reb, A.Hill 12+6reb, L.Cunningham 10+3reb+2ast, M.Hall 9+3reb, C.Roquette 5+3reb, E.Reyes-Napoles 5+3reb
gschID: 93445


Chemnitz - Hannover 82-72

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked BV Chemnitz 99 and 6th ranked Hannover Tigers had identical 6-5 record. This time BV Chemnitz 99 used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Hannover 82-72. The game rather controlled by BV Chemnitz 99. Hannover Tigers managed to win third quarter 17-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American power forward Ty Shaw (202-79, college: Albertson, agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists (perfect from the field making all six shots) and naturalized Afghani guard Achmadschah Zazai (177-86) who added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Calvin Henry (198-86, college: Mercer) with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and Canadian guard Stuart Turnbull (188-84) scored 21 points. Five BV Chemnitz 99 and four Hannover Tigers players scored in double figures. BV Chemnitz 99 (7-5) jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with Osnabrueck and Kirchheim. Hannover Tigers dropped to the seventh place with 6-6 record. They have the same record like Heidelberg and Karlsruhe. BV Chemnitz 99 will play against Dragons Rhoendorf (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Hannover Tigers will play against the league's second-placed s Oliver Baskets (#2) in Wuerzburg and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: A.Zazai 16+6reb+5ast, T.Shaw 15+11reb+4ast, J.Schmidt 14+3reb+1ast, T.Harbut 12+6reb+2ast, G.Johnson 12+7reb+4ast, P.Stachula 5
Hannover: S.Turnbull 21+1reb, C.Henry 15+10reb+2ast, M.Nunnally 14+4reb+1ast, S.Janzen 11+5reb+1ast, W.Buchmiller 5+1ast, S.Harvey 4+3reb+6ast
gschID: 93446




Bryan Bailey (Artland Dragons) Postgame Thoughts To 78-74 Win Against 8 Time Beko BBL Champion Alba Berlin - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Bryan Bailey (185-G-80, college: Bucknell) is a 30 year old 185cm combo guard that is playing his 9th professional basketball season playing with The Artland Dragons. He is a true team leader both on and off the court. He possesses a diverse game, with an ability to stroke the long-range jumper, penetrate to the rim or distribute the ball. He is solid on the defensive end of the floor as well. His fierce competitive drive rubs off on his teammates. He started his professional basketball career at Bucknell and player there from 1998-2002 and in his senior year played 17games averaging 18.1ppg,5.3rpg,2.4apg. He made All-Patriot League 1st Team in 2001 and 2002. In 2002-2003, he started his professional basketball season in Germany with DJK S. Oliver Wurzburg (Germany-1Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games, 15.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4spg. In 2003-2004, he played in Holland for Landstede Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 35 games: 17.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.1apg, 2.4spg, 0.2bpg. He then played with The Artland Dragons from 2004-2007 reaching the league and cup final in 2007. His best statistical season was 2005-2006 playing 33 games and averaging 11.4ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 25.3%. In 2007-2008, he played with Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (Bosnia-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 10.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 54.1%, 3PT: 20.8%, FT: 84.3%. In 2008-2009, he played in Poland for PGE Turow Zgorzelec (Poland-DBE): Eurocup: 6 games: 7.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg, 1.7spg; Polish League: 32 games: 8.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg, FGP: 51.9%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg playing Euroleague: 4 games: 8.3ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.8apg; German League: 6 games: 9.3ppg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 89.7%. He sat down and spoke with Eurobasket after the 78-74 win in Berlin

Congrats on the 78-74 win in Berlin. How much did this win bring back memories to 2007 playoff series against Alba Berlin that was so exciting?

It brought memories, because we were the underdogs then as we were this last game. No one outside of our locker room expected us to win.

Alba Berlin is on a two game losing streak. How uncommon and weird is that? Will this effect the team in the next games?

It's not often that you see Alba lose 2 games in a row. I really wouldn't call it a losing streak though and I don't think it will affect them in the upcoming games.

Alba Berlin had the 37-35 lead at halftime. Why were the Artland Dragons unable to pull away in the first half?

We had some turnovers that lead to easy fast break points for them.

Alba Berlin led by as much as 12 points in the third quarter. What was giving the Artland Dragons the most problems in the third quarter?

In the start of the third quarter, Alba came out aggressive on the offensive end of the floor and were making tough shots.

The fourth quarter was very exciting with as many as six lead changes. What was key down the stretch in winning the game?

Down the stretch we executed our plays and got defensive stops. We didn't turn the ball over and made our free throws at the end of the game.

Johannes Strasser hit big free throws in the last seconds. Will we see more of this this season with different guys stepping up?

Yes. We have a number of different weapons on offense and different guys can step up when someone has an off day.

How important is Johannes Strasser to the success of the Artland Dragons?

JJ is very important us. He's a smart player who can guard multiple positions and is a three point threat. He always plays hard when he's out on the floor and that helps our team a lot.

The snow seems to be disturbing some Germans. Your from New York and used to it. However how much snow can you take?

I'm not a big fan of the snow even though it snows a lot in New York. Hopefully, we don't get too much snow this winter, because it makes travelling more difficult.

Will Allen Iverson lose in his second try against BG Goettingen next week?

That's a tough question. Goettingen is playing very well at the moment and haven't lost a game in the EuroCup yet. I think Besiktas will not underestimate Goettingen and it will be a close game again.


Thanks Bryan for the chat.


Jermaine Bucknor Steals The Track Meet Duel From Dashaun Wood And Mark Dorris As The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Prevail In The Last Minutes Against Phoenix Hagen 90-85 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
There are always big time events that one can dream about or look forward to like seeing which soccer team will beat Bayern Munich next, seeing if Paris Hilton would have any chance in a cat fight against super model Naomi Campbell in Times Square in New York, Derrick Allen giving the first ever how to master the ballerina moves clinic in the O2 World arena in Berlin or Lebron James and Kobe Bryant going head to head in a one on one duel on a special man made court on top of Burj Al in Dubai where tennis aces Roger Federer and Rafel Nadal also had a battle, but the BEKO BBL was ready for the first ever professional duel between Skyliner Mr road runner DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) and Phoenix Hagen Mr fantastic Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) and despite the hype, the guys didnt have an all out one on one slug fest on the court with the ball as both held back a bit not forgetting their teammates and it was Skyliner Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) who stole the show from the two American guards scoring 19 points and hitting a big three pointer in crunch time sealing the 90-85 victory for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners over Phoenix Hagen. After the game both players seemed subdued when talking about the others players quickness, but one sort of felt that both had enjoyed the challenge. 'Dorris is very quick and he scored a lot tonight. This was our first duel again since we played each other in the NCAA. I didnt really want to get into a one on one with Dorris. I wanted to stay under control and not be out of control like Phoenix Hagen tend to play', warned DaShaun Wood. Dorris was sad the team lost, but had enough words for the Wood duel and was unable to say who was faster now. 'We spoke a bit before the game. He played with a friend of mine Scottie Wilson and we were talking about him. We then competed. Wood is fast and it is hard to say who is faster. We would have to settle it on a track. I tried to do the same like Wood and just stay under control. There will be a part 2 in Frankfurt. But this was a game of basketball and not a track meet. It was also nice playing against Tez', commented Phoenix Hagen guard Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall). 'I think Dorris is quicker. He also may be a bit more athletic, but it was a great duel', stressed Andreas Buechert (208-C-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Winthrop). Despite playing only 9 minutes and putting up the big goose egg in the points department, Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) was able to joke about the Wood-Dorris quickness battle. 'I believe the quickest was Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) who got his 5th foul about 2 seconds after coming back on the court', laughed Pascal Roller (180-G-76).

With the win, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a record of 10-3 and rest in second place behind three time BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg wile Phoenix Hagen fall to position 13 with a record of 5-8 losing six of their last seven games. 2,791 fans came to see the game and were not disappointed as they saw a very exciting game where no team really deserved to lose the game at the end. The game was deadlocked with two minutes to play until the Deutsche Bank Skyliners went on a run and won. 'It always hurts to lose especially a close game like this. Both teams fought hard, but they had a little more luck at the end and unfortunately we lost', said Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall). The game was nothing for weak nerves, but Frankfurt knew what they were going to see on the court from Phoenix Hagen. 'We knew what to expect from Phoenix Hagen, a team that plays quick and shoots with a lot of self confidence. We were up by 13 points and they came back. One can say that we can be lucky that we won', added Skyliner sports director Kamil Novak . Phoenix Hagen got a big blow with three minutes to play in the third quarter as Phoenix Hagen captain Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) collided with Skyliner Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) went down holding his leg in pain. He left the floor to the locker room, but returned to the bench in the fourth quarter. 'It looks like I will be calling agents tomorrow. It looks like this will be a long term injury for Pryor. He is so important for us on defense. This will really hurt us', stressed Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steve Wriedt. 'We have to take it one day at a time with the injury to Pryor. I hope that it is not as bad. We are a team and will have to pick up the slack without him. We just have to bounce back', warned Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall).

The brightest development of the BEKO BBL weekend was German 23 year old 208cm center Andreas Buechert (208-C-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Winthrop) who came in and played a huge role after coming to Phoenix Hagen as only a practice player. Buechert had played at Winthrop in South Carolina averaging 5,7ppg and 6,5rpg in is senior year and came back to Germany with a good feeling and signing with the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, but not getting any minutes and possibily being mistaken more for a big lovable Eisbaer than a serious player. Buechert never got a chance in Bremerhaven, but did most for his chance in the 90-85 loss against Frankfurt scoring 10 points, grabbing 6 rebounds (4 offensive rebounds) and getting four blocks. He played with a playful aggressiveness one might see with a pack of cubs in a zoo, but not often seen on the court. 'It was a super feeling playing so much tonight. I was used to playing 25 minutes in college. I wasnt surprised that I played so well. I recently played well in an exhibition game against Essen. Bremerhaven was a bad experience. I think that if I continue to play well here, that I will be able to stay', warned ex Winthrop German Andy Buechert. 'I dont know what the problem was in Bremerhaven, but he fits perfect into our system. He can rebound, block and dunk. He basicly does the dirty work that Edward Seward did for us', stressed Phoenix Hagen assistant coach Steve Wriedt. 'Andy can do it all. He is really athletic, can block and dunk. He never really had the stage to perform, but now he does', warned Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall).

Phoenix Hagen got off to the better start taking a 4-1 lead as Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) scored on the penetration scooting by De Mello and Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) scoring over Wood with the pull up jumper. The game quickly displayed this up and down tempo with a lot of scoring as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners responded with a 6-0 run as Wood and De Mello hit big three pointers and Frankfurt led 7-4. Then it was time for Phoenix Hagen to go on a 7-0 run as Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) made a catch and pop jumper, Dorris showed his quickness scoring on the penetration and Zygimantas Jonusas made one of his six three pointers as Phoenix Hagen led 8-7. Then it was time for Frankfurt to equal them on the run battle with 7 points. Wood dropped a three pointer, Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) muscled down an offensive rebound getting a tip in and Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored inside. Frankfurt led 14-11, but the lead was quickly erased as Burtschi stepped outside and made a three pointer to tie the score at 14 a piece. Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert then brought in support from the bench bring in American Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) and Canadian Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond). Frankfurt went on a 11-4 run to close out the first quarter as both contributed nine of the 11 points. Mckinney scored on the penetration and made a jumper from the wing and Bucknor hit a three pointer and nailed home a fade away jumper as the first quarter buzzer sounded. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had the comfortable 25-18 lead. 'We let Frankfurt break away at the end and we had two unnecessary turnovers', stressed injured American Edward Seward (206-C-78, college: Norfolk St.). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 54% from two point land and 57% from outside while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 63% from two point land and 33% from outside. Frankfurt had the 10-8 rebound edge and three turnovers while Phoenix Hagen had seven turnovers.

In the second quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to have very sound rhythm on offense as they started with a crisp Bucknor back door pass to De Mello for the 27-18 Frankfurt lead. Frankfurt continued to try to score inside with success as Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) scored. Phoenix Hagen was having problems rotating and they then followed the Frankfurt lead and started going inside more with success. After Wood set up De Mello with a sweet kick out pass which the German sunk home, it was Wood then that scored inside giving Frankfurt their biggest lead of the evening 37-24. The arena was getting quieter and quieter and one could almost hear the Hagen mascot Phoenix cleaning its feathers, but the arena would slowly get more active and active with in the big Phoenix Hagen run of 21-4 where they would finally retake the lead again at 42-41. Three point specialist David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Montana) stroked home two three pointers and Pryor and Burtschi scored inside as Frankfurt was suprisingly showing little physical resistance. Frankfurt only led 39-34 and Phoenix Hagen was threatening. You can only keep a Jonusas quiet for so long as he nailed another three pointer. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) then scored inside as Frankfurt led only 41-37. Phoenix Hagen then showed extreme hustle as Pryor got the ball and fired a quick touchdown pass to Burtschi who was ahead of the pack and scored. Jonusas then made a fade away jumper, free throw and a another three point bomb and Phoenix Hagen had retrieved the lead back again. Bucknor then made a three pointer and Phoenix Hagen went into half time with the slim 45-44 lead. 'We found our consistency in that big run. We also tried to get the ball inside more', said Phoenix Hagen center Edward Seward. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 52% from the field and 38% from the three point line while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 53% from the field and 50% from outside. Frankfurt had the slim 17-15 rebound edge and both teams had eight turnovers a piece.

The third quarter was a real dogfight as there were 8 lead changes and no team led by more than three points in the third quarter. Pryor started the scoring with a jumper over De Mello. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) never fails to amaze on the court as he had the ball and didnt know if to shoot or not and with the shot clock running down unleashed a last second jumper that found nothing but net as the game was tied at 47-47. Frankfurt retook the lead with a Robertson jumper 49-47 and would hold the lead for a while as Muurinen scored and Frankfurt led 53-49. However Phoenix Hagen found some daylight going on a 8-1 run to lead 57-54. Jonusas scored on a jumper, Bell nailed a three pointer and Buechert got a big dunk after being set up nicely from Burtschi. The lead changes then changed 5 more times as Robertson scored on a free throw and Wood on a lay in and Bell made a floater for the 59-58 lead again. Wood and Burtschi traded free throws and De Mello made a free throw to tie the game at 61-61. Frankfurt retook the lead again with Muurinen and Mckinney free throws. After three quarters, Frankfurt had the narrow 64-63 lead. 'We tried to slow down the tempo in the third quarter. It was always a 1-2 point lead. We knew that if we could keep it down to 1-2 points then we would have a good chance of winning', stressed Skyliner guard DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 60% from two point range and 37% from the parking lot while Phoenix Hagen was shooting 58% form two point range and 36% from the parking lot. Phoenix Hagen had the 28-23 rebound edge, but 15 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.

The tightness and back and fourth game would continue in the fourth quarter as there were six lead changes. Phoenix Hagen came out strong gaining the momentum rapidly as Andreas Buechert (208-C-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Winthrop) continue to show his worth and love for getting a contract as he scored inside twice getting an offensive rebound once and Phoenix Hagen led 67-64. However Frankfurt kept fighting and picking at the Phoenix Hagen defense as Bucknor made a free throw and Mckinney nailed a three pointer after getting a pretty Wood kick out pass as Frankfurt led 69-67. Jonusas kept making three pointers as if half the arena was filled with Eisbaeren fans as he nailed another one and showed his fist as Phoenix Hagen led 71-69. The pace was pretty quick and the offensive sets were hardly being played out as Robertson came back next try and nailed a three pointer as Frankfurt led again 72-71. Muurinen and Dorris would exchange hoops, but Frankfurt still led 74-73. After Super Tez made a jumper, it was Jonusas again who nailed a three pointer to tie the game at 76-76. With Pryor out, it was Dorris who kind of tried to get baskets in bunches and made a unorthodox fade away jumper which reminded one a bit on the playing style of Giessen 46er David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) last season as Phoenix Hagen led 78-76. One might of thought that Phoenix Hagen might of learned of past mistakes on that night of leaving Bucknor open, but no warning was taken as the Canadian was left wide open at the top of the key and he sunk a bomb and Frankfurt led 79-78. Phoenix Hagen would lead one more time as Dorris made two free throws for the 80-79 lead. With less than two minutes to go, Frankfurt went on a 7-0 run to lead 86-80 and seal the win on the road. Robertson scored inside, Wood scored on the penetration form the wing and Bucknor hit another open three pointer from the top of the key. In this run, Dorris missed twice and Jonusas once. 'Our defense went down as Pryor went down. We werent as strong on offense anymore. I think we could of closed the door on Frankfurt if we would of had Pryor on the floor. However Frankfurt played harder at the end', warned Andreas Buechert (208-C-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Winthrop). Phoenix Hagen got a bucket from Dorris and three pointer from German talent Malte Schwarz, but it was all to little to late. Frankfurt got free throws from De Mello, Wood and Mckinney to keep Phoenix Hagen at bay. 'Good defense and rebounding got us the win at end', stressed Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak .

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) with 19 points and six rebounds. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) added 16 points and five rebounds. DaShaun Wood contributed 15 points, five rebounds and six assists. Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) chipped in with 13 points and Jimmy McKinney with 1o points. Phoenix Hagen was led by Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) with 22 points and seven rebounds. Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall) contributed 14 points. David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Montana) added 13 points. Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) produced 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Andreas Buechert (208-C-87, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Winthrop) had his break out game with 10 points and six rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners shot very very well with 51& from the field and 46% from outside. The team got a lot of help from the bench and showed that they wont back away from anyone. 'Toughness was our biggest attribute tonight. It came down to the last minute and we hit big shots. We had to play tough for 40 minutes tonight', stressed DaShaun Wood. Phoenix Hagen were on the same page of Frankfurt and didnt shy away either. 'I am really proud of my teammates. This was the first time in a while that we played tough basketball. We came back from 13 points against a tough team', stressed Mark Dorris (188-G-85, college: Marshall). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners now shift gears and have had less luck in the Eurochallenge and have a very steep hill to climb to advance to the next round. They next play against BK Ventspils and need to win and hope that other teams in their group lose. 'As long as there is a chance, you have to play. We have to win and everything else is not in our hands. We can only control what we do. We played well against BK Ventspils on the road. We have a good chance to win. I think that the odds are with us',warned DaShaun Wood. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host BK Ventspils in Eurochallenge play on December 14th.




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


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


Standings - Pro B
ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Schwelm 9-3 
 2. Stahnsdorf 9-3 
 3. Herten 9-3 
 4. Vechta 9-3 
 5. ALBA Berlin II 6-6 
 6. Wulfen 6-6 
 7. Leipzig 5-7 
 8. Rist-Wedel 5-7 
 9. SU Medien 4-8 
 10. Bayer Giants 4-8 
 11. Wolfenbuettel 4-8 
 12. Bernau 2-10 
Group South
 1. Ehingen 11-1 
 2. NBC 9-3 
 3. Licher Baeren 9-3 
 4. Langen 8-4 
 5. Leitershofen 8-4 
 6. BG Illertal 6-6 
 7. TSV Troester 5-6 
 8. Schwenningen 4-8 
 9. Gotha 4-8 
 10. Giessen 3-8 
 11. Dt.Bank SKY II 3-9 
 12. Konstanz 1-11 


Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 DaShaun WOOD
  Dt.Bank SKY
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 16.8
 1. Wood, Dt.16.8 
 2. Martin, Bremerha.16.3 
 3. Callahan, Bremerha.16.0 
 4. Peacock, LTi 46ers15.6 
 5. Harris, EnBW L.15.2 
 6. Zwiener, TBB Trier14.4 
 7. Dorris, Phoenix .14.4 
 8. Anderson, Goett.14.4 
 9. Pryor, Phoenix .14.1 
 10. Oliver, Walter Tigers14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 John BRYANT
  ratiopharm
  (208-C-87)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bryant, ratiopharm9.5 
 2. Reiner, Bayreuth8.4 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.8.3 
 4. Stevic, EWE B.7.6 
 5. Martin, Bremerha.7.4 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.7.3 
 7. Peacock, LTi 46ers7.3 
 8. Ovcina, LTi 46ers7.1 
 9. Evtimov, MBC7.0 
 10. Zavackas, EnBW L.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Walter Tigers
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Ratkovica, Walter T.7.5 
 2. Joyce, TBB Trier4.9 
 3. Wood, Dt.4.6 
 4. Jordan, MBC4.6 
 5. Gamqrelidze, LTi 4.6 
 6. Dorris, Phoenix .4.4 
 7. Copeland, Bremerha.4.4 
 8. Campbell, EWE B.4.4 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.4.3 
 10. Rice, Art.Dragons4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kevin HAMILTON
  NY Phantoms
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hamilton, NY Phant.2.0 
 2. Dorris, Phoenix .1.9 
 3. Martin, Bremerha.1.5 
 4. Lukauskis, EWE B.1.5 
 5. Trice, ratiopharm1.5 
 6. Burtschi, Phoenix .1.5 
 7. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
 8. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 9. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 10. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Art.Dragons
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Ibekwe, Art.Drag.2.4 
 2. Pleiss, Brose B.2.2 
 3. Powell, Dt.1.5 
 4. Bryant, ratiopharm1.3 
 5. Boumtje, Art.Drag.1.1 
 6. Baynes, EWE B.1.1 
 7. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 8. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 9. Brempong, Duesseld.1.0 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.0 


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.3 
 2. Shepherd, Osnab.19.8 
 3. Gause, Freiburg19.8 
 4. Burnette, Osnab.19.3 
 5. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.0 
 6. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau19.0 
 7. Brooks, Kirchheim18.9 
 8. Watts, Dragons18.8 
 9. Gray, Crailsheim18.6 
 10. Wallace, B.Mue.18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus SMALLWOOD
  Kirchheim
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Smallwood, Cuxha.10.9 
 2. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau9.2 
 3. Watts, Dragons9.2 
 4. Yearby, Cuxhaven8.8 
 5. Black, Karlsruhe8.8 
 6. Shaw, Chemnitz7.9 
 7. Fuller, Crailsheim7.6 
 8. De Michael, Kirchheim7.4 
 9. Mendez, Heidelberg7.2 
 10. Henry, Hannover7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Cedric BROOKS
  Kirchheim
  (185-G-80)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Brooks, Kirchheim5.8 
 2. Zazai, Chemnitz5.5 
 3. Gray, Crailsheim5.3 
 4. Barth, Heidelberg5.3 
 5. Johnson, Webmoebel5.0 
 6. Wallace, B.Mue.4.5 
 7. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.5 
 8. Lowery, Braves4.4 
 9. Burnette, Osnab.4.3 
 10. Larsen, Dragons4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel3.2 
 2. Gause, Freiburg2.9 
 3. Johnson, Chemnitz2.5 
 4. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau2.2 
 5. Shaw, Chemnitz2.1 
 6. Scott, Kirchheim2.1 
 7. Gray, Crailsheim2.0 
 8. Burnette, Osnab.1.9 
 9. Zazai, Chemnitz1.8 
 10. Alexander, ETB W.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas WOHLFARTH-BOTTERMANN
  Telekom Baskets
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Wohlfarth-B., Drago.1.8 
 2. Yearby, Cuxhaven1.8 
 3. De Michael, Kirchheim1.4 
 4. Schoo, Heidelberg1.4 
 5. Fuller, Crailsheim1.3 
 6. Hansbro, Freiburg1.3 
 7. Henry, Hannover1.2 
 8. Fleetwood, Osnab.1.1 
 9. Hill, Jena1.1 
 10. Williams, Karlsruhe1.0 


1.Bundesliga Round 13: ALBA Berlin is upset by Artland Dragons - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The game between third-ranked ALBA Berlin (8-3) and fifth ranked Artland Dragons (8-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. was defeated by Artland Dragons in a tough game in Berlin 74-78Artland Dragons trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 26 person fouls commited by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agent: Aaron Mintz) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami (OH), agent: Ingo Wolf) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) produced 16 points and 7 assists for lost side. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Artland Dragons is looking forward to face Mitteldeutscher BC (#16) in Weissenfels in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ALBA Berlin will play at home against LTi 46ers (#14) in Giessen and is hoping to win this game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Tuebingen. Local Walter Tigers (5-7) beat 13th ranked LTi 46ers (5-9) 96-78. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agent: Misko Raznatovic) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. Chris Oliver contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Walter Tigers' coach Igor Perovic allowed to play the deep bench players seeing no chance for a win. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 16 points and 5 assists for LTi 46ers. Walter Tigers moved-up to twelfth place. LTi 46ers lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Walter Tigers will play against higher ranked BG Goettingen (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play against ALBA Berlin having rather not much hope for a victory.
Undefeated leader Brose Baskets delivered the thirteenth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked TBB Trier (7-7) 69-56. Tibor Pleiss stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Maik Zirbes responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds. Undefeated Brose Baskets (13-0) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of straight 13 victories. Loser TBB Trier dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. They share it with EnBW L'burg. Brose Baskets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TBB Trier will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Seventeenth-ranked BBC Bayreuth (3-10) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked EWE Baskets (8-6). The visitors from Oldenburg managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. Rickey Paulding nailed 25 points for the winning side. EWE Baskets maintains sixth place with 8-6 record. BBC Bayreuth lost their third straight game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with ten games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where eleventh ranked BG Goettingen (6-7) edged by three points 4th placed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-5) 85-82 on Friday night. It was a big embarassment for the guest team on Friday evening. It also means the end of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's four-game winning streak. Dwayne Anderson fired 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for BG Goettingen. They maintain eleventh place with 6-7 record. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the fourth position with five games lost. BG Goettingen will face Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play at home against EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 13 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Bottom-ranked Duesseldorf was defeated by Telekom Baskets in Bonn 73-58. EnBW L'burg beat ratiopharm at home 89-75. Dt.Bank SKY won against Phoenix Hagen on the opponent's court 90-85. MBC unfortunately lost to NY Phantoms in a home game 84-91.


ALBA - Art.Dragons 74-78
The game between third-ranked ALBA Berlin (8-3) and fifth ranked Artland Dragons (8-5) was the most important one in the last round on Friday night. was defeated by Artland Dragons in a tough game in Berlin 74-78Artland Dragons trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 26-16 charge, which allowed them to win the game. 26 person fouls commited by ALBA Berlin helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Tyrese Rice (185-87, college: Boston Coll., agent: Aaron Mintz) fired 19 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican forward Nathan Peavy (203-85, college: Miami (OH), agent: Ingo Wolf) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Immanuel McElroy (193-80, college: Cincinnati) produced 16 points and 7 assists for lost side. ALBA Berlin's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Artland Dragons moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Bremerhaven. ALBA Berlin at the other side keeps the third position with three games lost. Artland Dragons is looking forward to face Mitteldeutscher BC (#16) in Weissenfels in the next round which should be an easy win for them. ALBA Berlin will play at home against LTi 46ers (#14) in Giessen and is hoping to win this game.


Top scorers:
ALBA: I.McElroy 16+4reb+7ast, D.Allen 15+4reb+1ast, H.Price 9+1reb+1ast, P.Femerling 8, T.Dragicevic 8+5reb+1ast, J.Jenkins 7+2reb+2ast
Art.Dragons: T.Rice 19+5reb+3ast, N.Peavy 14+5reb+1ast, A.Hess 9+4reb, E.Ibekwe 9+2reb, J.Strasser 8+5reb+1ast, D.Fenn 8+7reb+1ast


gschID: 92989


TBB Trier - Brose Baskets 56-69

Undefeated leader Brose Baskets delivered the thirteenth consecutive victory on Sunday night. This time they beat 7th ranked TBB Trier (7-7) 69-56. The game rather controlled by Brose Baskets. TBB Trier managed to win fourth quarter 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Brose Baskets made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. International power forward Tibor Pleiss (214-89) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and Serbian forward Predrag Suput (200-77, agent: Misko Raznatovic) chipped in 11 points. Five Brose Baskets players scored in double figures. Brose Baskets' coach Chris Fleming used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side international center Maik Zirbes (205-90) responded with 13 points and 5 rebounds and American guard John Bynum (191-78, college: Metro St., agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds. Brose Baskets (13-0) have an impressive series of thirteen victories in a row. Defending champion maintains first place with a perfect record of straight 13 victories. Loser TBB Trier dropped to the ninth position with seven games lost. They share it with EnBW L'burg. Brose Baskets will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. TBB Trier will play against the league's second-placed Deutsche Bank Skyliners (#2) in Frankfurt and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
TBB Trier: M.Zirbes 13+5reb, J.Bynum 10+5reb+3ast, D.Dojcin 10+3reb+1ast, D.Joyce 7+5reb+4ast, O.Fassler 5+2reb+1ast, P.Zwiener 5+5reb+3ast
Brose Baskets: C.Jacobsen 12+1reb+2ast, T.Pleiss 11+12reb+1ast, P.Suput 11+4reb+1ast, A.Gavel 10+3reb+2ast, K.Hines 10+4reb+1ast, B.Roberts 9+1ast
gschID: 92990


Telekom Baskets - Duesseldorf 73-58

There was no surprise in Bonn where 18th ranked Gloria Giants (2-10) was defeated by ninth ranked Telekom Baskets (7-6) 73-58 on Saturday. The game rather controlled by Telekom Baskets. Gloria Giants managed to win third quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gloria Giants was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. International power forward Tim Ohlbrecht (211-88) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. American center Chris Ensminger (209-73, college: Valparaiso, agent: Ingo Wolf) chipped in 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Telekom Baskets players scored in double figures. Lithuanian forward Laimonas Kisielius (203-85, college: William & Mary) produced 14 points and 4 assists and Nigerian-Canadian guard Olumuyiwa Famutimi (197-84, college: Arkansas) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the third consecutive win for Telekom Baskets. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with NY Phantoms. Loser Gloria Giants keep the bottom position with ten games lost. Telekom Baskets will have a break next round. Gloria Giants will play at home against EnBW Ludwigsburg (#10).
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: L.Kisielius 14+3reb+4ast, S.Wright 10+5reb+1ast, O.Famutimi 9+7reb+2ast, D.Haynes 8+6reb+1ast, P.Pope 5+3reb+6ast, R.Brempong 5+3reb
Telekom Baskets: C.Ensminger 15+8reb, F.Campbell 14+5reb+3ast, N.Wise 13+2reb+5ast, T.Ohlbrecht 13+11reb, J.Hunt 8+1reb+4ast, A.King 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 92991


Goettingen - Bremerhaven 85-82

And finally the game worth to mention about is the one where eleventh ranked BG Goettingen (6-7) edged by three points 4th placed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (8-5) 85-82 on Friday night. It was a big embarassment for the guest team on Friday evening. It also means the end of Eisbaeren Bremerhaven's four-game winning streak. Despite only 3 points difference BG Goettingen tried to control the game. But Eisbaeren Bremerhaven won third quarter 19-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Dwayne Anderson (198-86, college: Villanova, agent: Herb Rudoy) fired 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds for the winners. His fellow American import guard Trenton Meacham (188-85, college: Illinois, agent: Chris Warren) chipped in 15 points and 7 assists. American swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop, agent: John Spencer) produced 23 points and 7 rebounds and Canadian power forward Sean Denison (210-85, college: Santa Clara) added 13 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Eisbaeren Bremerhaven players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the third consecutive win for BG Goettingen. They maintain eleventh place with 6-7 record. Loser Eisbaeren Bremerhaven keeps the fourth position with five games lost. BG Goettingen will face Walter Tigers (#12) in Tuebingen in the next round. Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will play at home against EWE Baskets (#6) in Oldenburg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bremerhaven: T.Martin 23+7reb+3ast, S.Denison 13+5reb+2ast, C.Callahan 12+5reb, P.Schwethelm 12+4reb+3ast, A.Drevo 9+1reb+2ast, D.Copeland 7+2reb+1ast
Goettingen: D.Anderson 36+7reb+1ast, T.Meacham 15+4reb+7ast, J.Boone 10+5reb, M.Scott 8+7reb+4ast, R.Kulawick 6+5reb+6ast, A.Waleskowski 6+1reb
gschID: 92992


EnBW L'burg - ratiopharm 89-75

No shocking result in a game when tenth ranked EnBW Ludwigsburg (7-7) defeated at home 14th ranked ratiopharm Ulm (4-8) 89-75 on Saturday. EnBW Ludwigsburg trailed by 14 points at the halftime before their 55-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. EnBW Ludwigsburg made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Lithuanian forward Donatas Zavackas (203-80, college: Pittsburgh) fired 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Toby Bailey (198-75, college: UCLA) chipped in 19 points and 6 rebounds. Five EnBW Ludwigsburg players scored in double figures. International forward Robin Benzing (208-89) produced 18 points and 6 rebounds and American center John Bryant (208-87, college: Santa Clara) added 8 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for EnBW Ludwigsburg. They moved-up to ninth place, which they share with TBB Trier. ratiopharm Ulm lost their third straight game in a row. They dropped to the fifteenth position with eight games lost. EnBW Ludwigsburg will face bottom-ranked Gloria Giants (#18) in Duesseldorf in the next round and are hoping to win another game. ratiopharm Ulm will play at home against BBC Bayreuth and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
ratiopharm: R.Benzing 18+6reb, P.Guenther 18+1ast, R.Trice 9+2reb+1ast, J.Bryant 8+12reb+2ast, C.Collins 6+4reb+1ast, S.Betz 5+2reb+3ast
EnBW L'burg: T.Bailey 19+6reb+3ast, D.Zavackas 18+8reb+3ast, A.Harris 14+2ast, R.Rickert 14+7reb+1ast, J.Bowler 12+5reb+1ast, J.Green 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 92986


Bayreuth - EWE Baskets 84-85

Seventeenth-ranked BBC Bayreuth (3-10) made lots of trouble for sixth ranked EWE Baskets (8-6). The visitors from Oldenburg managed to secure only one-point victory 85-84. However their fans expected much easier game. BBC Bayreuth was ahead by 11 points at the halftime before a 33-10 third quarter run of EWE Baskets. American guard Rickey Paulding (196-82, college: Missouri, agent: Danny Servick) nailed 25 points for the winning side and Bosnian power forward Oliver Stevic (204-84) accounted for 18 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Jaivon Harris (197-82, college: Ohio) came up with 18 points and the other American import forward Pete Campbell (201-84, college: Butler, agent: Chris Warren) added 18 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for BBC Bayreuth in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. EWE Baskets maintains sixth place with 8-6 record. BBC Bayreuth lost their third straight game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with ten games lost. EWE Baskets' next round opponent will be higher ranked Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BBC Bayreuth will play against ratiopharm Ulm (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bayreuth: P.Campbell 18+3reb, J.Harris 18+3reb+1ast, D.Gibson 14+1reb+1ast, M.Ginyard 14+3reb+3ast, J.Reiner 7+9reb+4ast, K.Archibong 6+4reb+1ast
EWE Baskets: R.Paulding 25+2reb+3ast, O.Stevic 18+6reb+1ast, M.Lukauskis 13+6reb+6ast, A.Baynes 11+5reb, L.Campbell 7+2reb+7ast, R.Smeulders 6+3reb
gschID: 92987


Walter Tigers - LTi 46ers 96-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Tuebingen. Local Walter Tigers (5-7) beat 13th ranked LTi 46ers (5-9) 96-78. The game rather controlled by Walter Tigers. LTi 46ers managed to win third quarter 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Walter Tigers were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assistsLTi 46ers was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of Serbian guard Branislav Ratkovica (193-85, agent: Misko Raznatovic) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 16 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. American forward Chris Oliver (198-85, college: Radford, agent: Side Court) contributed with 25 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Walter Tigers' coach Igor Perovic allowed to play the deep bench players seeing no chance for a win. American guard Chase Griffin (188-83, college: Pepperdine) answered with 16 points and 5 assists and Bosnian power forward Elvir Ovcina (211-76, college: Syracuse, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for LTi 46ers. Four Walter Tigers and five LTi 46ers players scored in double figures. Walter Tigers moved-up to twelfth place. LTi 46ers lost seventh consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth position with nine games lost. Walter Tigers will play against higher ranked BG Goettingen (#11) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. LTi 46ers will play against ALBA Berlin having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
LTi 46ers: C.Griffin 16+4reb+5ast, Z.Peacock 15+7reb, E.Ovcina 14+7reb+2ast, G.Gamqrelidze 13+2reb+6ast, R.Brooks 12+1reb+2ast, N.Jacobson 6+1ast
Walter Tigers: C.Oliver 25+6reb+2ast, D.Watts 21+8reb+2ast, B.Ratkovica 16+5reb+13ast, A.Kashirov 13+3reb+1ast, J.Herber 7+3reb+2ast, R.Markovic 6+1reb
gschID: 92988


Phoenix Hagen - Dt.Bank SKY 85-90

Very expected game when 12th ranked Phoenix Hagen (5-8) was defeated at home by second ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners (10-3) 90-85 on Saturday. Deutsche Bank Skyliners trailed by 1 points at the halftime before their 46-40 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jamaican-Canadian forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond) fired 19 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard DaShaun Wood (185-85, college: Wright St.) chipped in 15 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Lithuanian forward Zygimantas Jonusas (200-82) produced 22 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Jacob Burtschi (198-84, college: Air Force) added 11 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Deutsche Bank Skyliners maintains second place with 10-3 record having just three points less than leader Brose Baskets. Phoenix Hagen lost their fourth straight game in a row. They dropped to the thirteenth position with eight games lost. Deutsche Bank Skyliners will face TBB Trier (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Phoenix Hagen will play against New Yorker Phantoms (#7) in Braunschweig.
Top scorers:
Phoenix Hagen: Z.Jonusas 22+7reb+1ast, M.Dorris 14+2reb+4ast, D.Bell 13+3reb+3ast, J.Burtschi 11+9reb+7ast, Buechert 10+6reb, Q.Pryor 7+3reb+2ast
Dt.Bank SKY: J.Bucknor 19+6reb+2ast, K.Muurinen 16+5reb+1ast, D.Wood 15+5reb+6ast, Q.Robertson 13+4reb+2ast, D.Bahiense de Mello 11+2reb, J.McKinney 10+3reb+2ast
gschID: 92984


MBC - NY Phantoms 84-91

Very predictable result in Weissenfels where eighth ranked New Yorker Phantoms (7-6) beat 16th ranked Mitteldeutscher BC (3-9) 91-84 on Saturday. New Yorker Phantoms trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 91-84. New Yorker Phantoms made 31-of-36 free shots (86.1 percent) during the game, while Mitteldeutscher BC only scored six points from the stripe. Mitteldeutscher BC was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. American-Nigerian guard Tony Skinn (185-83, college: George Mason) fired 24 points and 4 assists for the winners. American-Puerto Rican guard Kevin Hamilton (193-84, college: Holy Cross, agent: Ingo Wolf) chipped in 14 points. Serbian guard Radenko Pilcevic (188-86) produced 19 points and 4 assists and American guard Ronald Ross (188-83, college: Texas Tech, agent: Mira Poljo) added 19 points respectively for lost side. Four Mitteldeutscher BC players scored in double figures. New Yorker Phantoms moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Telekom Baskets. Mitteldeutscher BC lost their fourth straight game in a row. They keep the sixteenth position with nine games lost. New Yorker Phantoms will face Phoenix Hagen (#13) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mitteldeutscher BC will play against Artland Dragons in Quakenbrueck.
Top scorers:
MBC: R.Ross 19+2reb+1ast, R.Pilcevic 19+3reb+4ast, W.Bernard 11+4reb+1ast, M.Jordan 10+1reb+4ast, G.Grunheid 9+4reb, S.Leutloff 7+5reb+2ast
NY Phantoms: T.Skinn 24+3reb+4ast, J.Cain 14+3reb, K.Hamilton 14+4reb+1ast, K.Visser 10+3reb, L.Greer 9+5reb+3ast, M.Goree 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 92985




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Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Milton PALACIO
  Kavala
  (190-G-78)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Palacio, Kavala18.8 
 2. Marshall, PAOK17.4 
 3. Baxter, Ilysiakos16.1 
 4. Byars, Panellinios15.2 
 5. Grundy, AEK14.5 
 6. Kalathis, VAP K.14.3 
 7. Tapoutos, Aris13.9 
 8. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
 9. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
 10. Tucker, Aris13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Simmons, Kavala11.3 
 2. Bagaric, Marousi9.5 
 3. Thompson, Ikaros9.3 
 4. Looby, Peristeri GS8.8 
 5. Kalathis, VAP K.8.6 
 6. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.4 
 7. Tucker, Aris7.0 
 8. Kommatos, Marousi6.9 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 10. Byars, Panellinios6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vassilis SPANOULIS
  Olympiakos
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Spanoulis, Olympiakos6.7 
 2. Jordan, VAP K.5.1 
 3. Thompson, Ilysi.5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.5 
 5. Everett, Iraklis4.4 
 6. Tsamis, VAP K.3.8 
 7. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 8. Grundy, AEK3.8 
 9. Kojadinovic, Marousi3.6 
 10. Tepic, Panathinaikos3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Lans HARRIS
  Ikaros
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Harris, Ikaros2.5 
 2. Everett, Iraklis2.4 
 3. Pelekanos, Olympiakos2.3 
 4. Jamon Lukas, Olymp.2.3 
 5. Marshall, PAOK2.0 
 6. Xanthopoulos, Panell.2.0 
 7. King, Peristeri GS1.9 
 8. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 9. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 10. Tucker, Aris1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Dalibor BAGARIC
  Marousi
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bagaric, Marousi2.5 
 2. Simmons, Kavala2.4 
 3. Elonu, Panionios1.8 
 4. Thompson, Ikaros1.4 
 5. Simtsak, Kavala1.0 
 6. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 7. Vougioukas, Panath.0.9 
 8. Looby, Peristeri GS0.9 
 9. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 
 10. Dozier, PAOK0.8 


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


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


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Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 15-1 
 2. ZZ Leiden 13-3 
 3. Eiffel Towers 10-5 
 4. Magixx 9-6 
 5. BS Weert 8-8 
 6. DeFriesland 8-9 
 7. ABC 6-9 
 8. Landstede 5-11 
 9. Giants 4-11 
 10. Rotterdam 1-16 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Stokes, BS Weert21.1 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants17.4 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 4. Borha, Landstede16.3 
 5. Laing, Magixx16.0 
 6. Brown, DeFriesland15.9 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.5 
 8. Marshall, Lands.14.4 
 9. Voorn, ABC14.3 
 10. Hilliman, Rotterdam14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.1 
 2. Griffin, Giants9.9 
 3. Haryasz, GasTerra9.8 
 4. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.2 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert8.9 
 7. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 8. de Randamie, ABC8.3 
 9. Sanchez, DeFriesl.7.8 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.5.3 
 2. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.4 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.9 
 6. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 7. Kimbrough, Giants3.6 
 8. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.1 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leiden3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.8 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Kimbrough, Giants2.4 
 4. Taylor, Magixx2.3 
 5. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 6. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.2 
 8. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.1 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland2.1 
 10. McGhee, ZZ Leiden2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.9 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.6 
 3. Blue, Giants1.5 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.1 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra0.9 
 7. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.9 
 8. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 9. Mullery, Landstede0.8 
 10. Minter, BS Weert0.8 


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  HUNGARY   


A Division Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robert JARVIS
  Soproni
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Jarvis, Salgotarjani25.0 
 2. Bell, Kormend21.2 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.21.0 
 4. Cunningham, Kapos.20.8 
 5. Wilson, Kaposvari20.2 
 6. Singletary, FS Debre.19.3 
 7. El-Amin, PVSK P.19.1 
 8. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
 9. Townes, Soproni18.4 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu17.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 12.1
 1. Sales, Atomeromu12.1 
 2. Townes, Soproni10.7 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.10.3 
 4. Jones, Albacomp9.8 
 5. Bell, Kormend9.7 
 6. Werner, Kaposvari9.3 
 7. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.3 
 8. Cunningham, Kapos.8.9 
 9. Mekongo, FS Debre.8.3 
 10. Szabo, Soproni8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Lorenzo WILLIAMS
  ZTE KK
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Williams, ZTE K.7.5 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep6.4 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok6.3 
 4. Simon, Albacomp6.3 
 5. Kelley, Soproni5.9 
 6. Kalman, Falco-Sz.5.6 
 7. Glavinic, PVSK P.5.2 
 8. Moore, Kormend4.7 
 9. Horvath, Szolnok4.7 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel WERNER
  Kaposvari
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Werner, Kaposvari3.5 
 2. Savic, Marso-Vagep3.3 
 3. Marshall, Marso-Va.3.1 
 4. Trotter, Szolnok3.1 
 5. Clark, Szolnok2.8 
 6. Williams, ZTE K.2.7 
 7. Hanga, Albacomp2.7 
 8. Singletary, FS Debre.2.6 
 9. Crocker, Albacomp2.5 
 10. Wittmann, Kecsk.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivory CLARK
  Szolnok
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Clark, Szolnok3.0 
 2. Townes, Soproni1.7 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.1.4 
 4. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 5. Sales, Atomeromu1.2 
 6. Orsulic, Kecskemeti1.1 
 7. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 8. Morgen, Atomeromu1.0 
 9. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 10. Bell, Kormend0.9 


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


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  INDONESIA   


Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 11-2 
 2. Pelita Jaya 10-0 
 3. CLS 10-3 
 4. ASPAC 8-2 
 5. Muba Hangtuah 6-6 
 6. Stadium Jak. 6-7 
 7. Garuda 5-7 
 8. Bima Sakti 2-9 
 9. Citra Satria 1-11 
 10. Angsapura 0-12 


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  IRAN   


Zlatko Jovanovic moves to Iran - by Eurobasket News
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) is a new member of the Iranian team Tozin Electric Kashan. The Bosnian international arrives to the club from Borac Nektar Banja Luka, where he started this season. In 2009/10, Jovanovic played for Bosna ASA BHT averaging 9.5 points and 2.7 assists for them in 15 Adriatic league games. He had almost the same numbers in Bosnian league. As a member of Sloboda Dita, Zlatko Jovanovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -09. A year before that he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Newcomer of the Year. In 2009, Jovanovic played for the Bosnian National Team.

Nenad Misanovic , New Center of Tozin Electric - by Mohammad Ahmadi
After problems in Visa process for American players in Iran , Tozin Electric terminated ccontrat with their American options and signed Two Serbian players. One of them is Zlatko Juvanovic as a Point Guard and the other one is a Skinny Tall Center, Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84), that is member of OKK Beograd of Serbia.

Nenad Misanovic Outlook :

Height: 217cm / 7'2''
Position: Center
Born: June 11, 1984 in Bilece (Jug)

A very tall, but yet skinny center, who needs to bulk up to be really effective at top level. Can score in various ways and he' s a good shot blocker, but sometimes he's pushed around by heavier opponents...

2008-2009: BC Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro-1A): Eurocup: 6 games: 3.5ppg, left team in Jan.'09, later that month moved to BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac (Bosnia-D1)
2009-2010: Radnicki Kragujevac (A League): Adriatic League: 6 games: 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg, in Jan.'10 moved to PBG Basket Poznan (Poland-PLK): 9 games: 4.7ppg, 3.0rpg
2010-2011: In Oct.'10 signed at OKK Beograd (A League, starting five)




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  IRELAND   


Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 8-0 
 2. UCD Marian 5-4 
 3. DCU Saints 5-5 
 4. Belfast Star 3-6 
 5. Ulster Elks 1-8 
South Conference
 1. UL Eagles 7-2 
 2. Neptune 6-4 
 3. UCC Demons 5-3 
 4. Moycullen 1-9 


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  ISRAEL   


Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 7-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 6-3 
 3. Galil Gilboa 5-3 
 4. Bnei Hasharon 5-4 
 5. Maccabi Ashdod 4-4 
 6. Maccabi Rishon 3-4 
 7. Hapoel Holon 3-5 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 3-6 
 9. Ironi Ashkelon 3-6 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 2-5 


SOFO SCHORTSANITIS and GUY PNINI went for KNEE X-rays at Hospital - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv's coach David Blatt made sure that at any giving moment, no matter how good you play, it will be MY WAY OR THE HIGH WAY.

After a dominating start, as the yellow and blue squad took an early first quarter 39:12 lead, Maccabi was on route for another easy home game victory, however, Maccabi Haifa guards Frank Robinson (11 points) and Sylven Landesberg (26 points), along with center Marco killingsworth (23 points) went on a fourth quarter 27:10 run that got their team back in it, but it was too little too late.

Tel Aviv's back court Jeremy Pargo and Doron Perkins forced 9 turnovers, but it was Pargo who tried to dunk the ball late in the fourth instead of going for an easy layup, which caused the young guard to miss the jam, and coach Blatt to see no more and wanted no part in underestimating the opponent and immediately subbed Pargo, who later returned a bit calmer.

Maccabi's players, forward Guy Pnini and Greece center Sofoklis Schortsanitis suffered from injuries during the game and attended X-rays at the local hospital (results will be known in the morning). The two players are suffering from knee injuries, when Pnini and Sofoklis both jumped to rebound a missed shot attempt and bumped each other Knee to knee. Sofo was taking off court and into the locker room by Maccabi's medical assisting staff.

Tel Aviv coach, David Blatt addressed 'Eurobasket.com' after his team's victory: 'After the first fifteen minutes we stopped playing and Haifa did a good job on coming back into the game, they invested energy and really gave it their all. I think we are a little tired, although I was not happy with the way we finished, I must say that when I watch European teams that are playing in Europe after a big win, they suddenly lose to a small team because it's difficult to make the change in your mindset. If you are not careful you might pay for it, but we came up with energy, and we had an incredible quarter and a half that gave us enough air to breath until the end. It's still not clear about Pnini's and Sofo's Knee injuries, but it can be one of two kinds, painful or serious, I hope it will be the first option.'

Injured forward Guy Pnini spoke with 'Eurobasket.com' after the game: 'I'm glad we opened the game strong and that I got into a good rhythm in terms of shooting. That most important thing to us now is that we are in first place after the first round. We need to remain professionals and keep our foot on the pedal. I'm sure we will continue to work hard so that when we get to the Top 16, it will be easier for us because I know for sure, it won't be easy at all.'

Haifa center,
Marco Killingsworth told 'Eurobakset.com': 'I always believe and have faith in my team but tonight our defense game just didn't work, we weren't focused and then we tried to change things up, but that didn't work either. Sofo is a great player that requires double team in order to stop him, I enjoyed playing against him. '


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  ITALY   


SerieA Round 9: Cimberio Varese loses to Pepsi Caserta - by Eurobasket News
The game between third-ranked Cimberio Varese (6-3) and fourteenth ranked Pepsi (3-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night. in Caserta 80-92. The game rather controlled by Pepsi Caserta. Cimberio Varese managed to win third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jumaine Jones (201-79, college: Georgia) contributed with 5 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76) answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for Cimberio Varese. Pepsi Caserta jumped to the twelfth spot. They share the position with Lottomatica and Air AV. Cimberio Varese keeps the third place. They have the same record like Bennet Cantu and Scavolini PS. Pepsi Caserta is looking forward to face higher ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cimberio Varese will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo and is hoping to win this game.
The game between 16th ranked Banca Tercas (1-8) and thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (3-6) in Teramo ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Roma outscored Banca Tercas 74-53. International swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Darius Washington chipped in 15 points. Lottomatica Roma's coach Matteo Boniciolli felt very confident that he used 10 players seeing no chance for a win. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) with 23 points. Lottomatica Roma jumped to the twelfth spot. They share the position with Pepsi Caserta and Air AV. Banca Tercas keep the last place with a total of eight lost games. Lottomatica Roma will play against higher ranked Angelico Biella (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Banca Tercas will play against Cimberio Varese (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (8-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Enel Brindisi (2-7) 68-51. Ksistof Lavrinovic nailed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used entire bench seeing no chance for a win. Herve Toure came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) for Enel Brindisi in the defeat. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion of course still keeps top position in the standings. Enel Brindisi stays at the fifteenth place. Montepaschi Siena will meet Scavolini Pesaro (#5) on the road in the next round. Enel Brindisi will play against Bennet Cantu (#4) and hope to secure a win.
We should not miss a road very close victory of tenth ranked Angelico Biella (5-4) over 8th ranked Benetton Treviso (4-5) 61-60. The best player for the winners was Jeffrey Viggiano who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Angelico Biella jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Vanoli CR and CS Bologna. Benetton Treviso dropped to the ninth place. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Lottomatica Roma (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Benetton Treviso will play against Dinamo Sassari (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 9: CS Bologna beat Dinamo Sassari on the road 75-66. Vanoli CR lost to Scavolini PS on it's own court 74-87. Air AV unfortunately lost to Armani MI in Milano 78-90. Fabi Shoes recorded a loss to Bennet Cantu at home 83-93.


Enel Brindisi - Montepaschi 51-68

SerieA top team - Montepaschi Siena (8-1) had no problems winning another game on Sunday. This time they beat fifteenth ranked Enel Brindisi (2-7) 68-51. Montepaschi Siena dominated on the defensive end, holding Enel Brindisi to just 3 points in second quarter. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Lithuanian center Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-79) nailed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian center Milovan Rakovic (208-85) accounted for 13 points and 5 rebounds. Montepaschi Siena's coach Simone Pianigiani used entire bench seeing no chance for a win. French-Ivorian forward Herve Toure (202-82, agent: Hirant Manakian) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!) and American guard Bobby Dixon (178-83, college: Troy, agent: Misko Raznatovic) added 4 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Enel Brindisi in the defeat. Montepaschi Siena have an impressive series of six victories in a row. Defending champion of course still keeps top position in the standings. Enel Brindisi stays at the fifteenth place. Montepaschi Siena will meet Scavolini Pesaro (#5) on the road in the next round. Enel Brindisi will play against Bennet Cantu (#4) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Enel Brindisi: H.Toure 20+8reb, G.Maresca 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Diawara 6+1reb, K.Lang 6+5reb, B.Dixon 4+11reb+1ast, L.Infante 3+2reb+2ast
Montepaschi: M.Rakovic 13+5reb+1ast, K.Lavrinovic 13+9reb, R.Kaukenas 10+2reb, P.Aradori 8+1reb, B.Lester McCalebb 7+2reb, S.Stonerook 6+6reb+3ast
gschID: 96096


Dinamo Sassari - CS Bologna 66-75

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked CS Bologna and 9th ranked Dinamo Sassari had identical 4-4 record. But Dinamo Sassari was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Bologna 66-75. Dinamo Sassari was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 23-12 charge of CS Bologna, which allowed them to win the game. CS Bologna outrebounded Dinamo Sassari 45-32 including 17 on the offensive glass. 29 personal fouls commited by Dinamo Sassari helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St.) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. American forward Kennedy Winston (198-84, college: Alabama, agent: Brad Ames) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard James White (198-84, college: Cincinnati, agent: Side Court) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agent: David Lee) added 15 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Dinamo Sassari's coach Romeo Sacchetti rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. CS Bologna (5-4) jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Angelico BI and Vanoli CR. Dinamo Sassari keeps the ninth place with 4-5 record. CS Bologna's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Armani Milano at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Dinamo Sassari will play against Benetton Treviso (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dinamo Sassari: J.White 18+6reb+2ast, O.Hunter 15+8reb, T.Diener 9+4reb+3ast, J.Hubalek 7+8reb, D.Tsaldaris 7+4reb+3ast, B.Sacchetti 6
CS Bologna: K.Winston 23+8reb+3ast, J.Homan 21+16reb, V.Amoroso 10+13reb+3ast, P.Koponen 9+3reb+2ast, D.Gailius 6+2ast, M.Kemp 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 96097


Benetton TV - Angelico BI 60-61

We should not miss a road very close victory of tenth ranked Angelico Biella (5-4) over 8th ranked Benetton Treviso (4-5) 61-60. Benetton Treviso was ahead by 1 points after three quarters before a 12-10 charge of Angelico Biella, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Jeffrey Viggiano (200-84, college: Massachusetts) who scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. American guard A.J. Slaughter (191-88, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American swingman Devin Smith (196-81, college: Virginia) who recorded 18 points and 6 rebounds and Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (213-90, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) added 12 points respectively. Angelico Biella jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Vanoli CR and CS Bologna. Benetton Treviso dropped to the ninth place. Angelico Biella's next round opponent will be Lottomatica Roma (#14) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Benetton Treviso will play against Dinamo Sassari (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Benetton TV: D.Smith 18+6reb+2ast, D.Motiejunas 12+2reb, S.Nicevic 6+6reb+1ast, G.Brunner 5+7reb, H.Peric 5+2reb+2ast, M.Bulleri 5+1reb
Angelico BI: J.Viggiano 15+5reb+2ast, A.Slaughter 12+4reb, M.Salyers 10+2reb+1ast, E.Sosa 8+4ast, M.Soragna 7+4reb, G.Jurak 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 96093


Banca Tercas - Lottomatica 53-74

The game between 16th ranked Banca Tercas (1-8) and thirteenth ranked Lottomatica Roma (3-6) in Teramo ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Roma outscored Banca Tercas 74-53. The game rather controlled by Lottomatica Roma. Banca Tercas managed to win fourth quarter 20-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end holding Banca Tercas to just 7 points in second quarter. Lottomatica Roma dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Banca Tercas' 30. International swingman Luigi Datome (202-87) stepped up and scored 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and FYR Macedonian-American guard Darius Washington (188-85, college: Memphis) chipped in 15 points. Four Lottomatica Roma players scored in double figures. Lottomatica Roma's coach Matteo Boniciolli felt very confident that he used 10 players seeing no chance for a win. The best for the losing side was Serbian guard Ivan Zoroski (195-79) with 23 points and American power forward Josh Davis (203-80, college: Wyoming) scored 6 points and 14 rebounds. Lottomatica Roma jumped to the twelfth spot. They share the position with Pepsi Caserta and Air AV. Banca Tercas keep the last place with a total of eight lost games. Lottomatica Roma will play against higher ranked Angelico Biella (#6) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Banca Tercas will play against Cimberio Varese (#3) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Banca Tercas: I.Zoroski 23+4reb+3ast, R.Rullo 8+1ast, K.Fletcher 7+8reb, J.Davis 6+14reb+3ast, B.Ahearn 5+1ast, A.Polonara 2+1reb
Lottomatica: L.Datome 23+9reb, D.Washington 15+1reb+2ast, N.Dedovic 12+3reb+1ast, V.Dasic 10+5reb, A.Crosariol 7+7reb, A.Traore 4+8reb
gschID: 96094


Vanoli CR - Scavolini PS 74-87

Everything could happen in Cremona at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Scavolini Pesaro and 6th ranked Vanoli-Braga had identical 5-3 record. But Vanoli-Braga was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Pesaro 74-87. Vanoli-Braga was ahead by 1 points at the halftime before a 52-38 second half run of Scavolini Pesaro. They made 25-of-26 charity shots (96.2 percent) during the game. 24 person fouls commited by Vanoli-Braga helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Daniel Hackett (196-87, college: USC) who scored 20 points and 4 assists. Serbian power forward Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-87) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Scavolini Pesaro's coach Luca Dalmonte allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Bulgarian guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) who recorded 17 points and 4 assists and British-Ukrainian guard Artur Drozdov (199-80) added 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Scavolini Pesaro (6-3) jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Bennet Cantu and Cimberio VA. Vanoli-Braga keeps the sixth place with 5-4 record. Scavolini Pesaro's next round opponent will be league's leader Montepaschi Siena on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Vanoli-Braga will play against Air Avellino (#12).
Top scorers:
Vanoli CR: E.Rowland 17+3reb+4ast, M.Milic 13+5reb+2ast, J.Foster 12+4reb+2ast, A.Drozdov 11+7reb+4ast, B.Sekulic 9+8reb, L.D'Ercole 5+2reb+2ast
Scavolini PS: D.Hackett 20+2reb+4ast, M.Cusin 15+3reb, N.Aleksandrov 11+7reb, A.Collins 10+2reb+6ast, M.Almond 9+3reb, G.Diaz 9+2reb+1ast
gschID: 96095


Armani MI - Air AV 90-78

Very predictable result when second ranked Armani Milano (7-2) won at home against 12th ranked Air Avellino (3-6) 90-78. Air Avellino was ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 29-15 charge of Armani Milano, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 21 Air Avellino turnovers. 24 personal fouls commited by Air Avellino helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American-Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, agent: John Spencer) who scored 22 points. American guard David Hawkins (193-82, college: Temple) chipped in 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Omar Thomas (197-82, college: UTEP) who recorded 16 points and Polish center Szymon Szewczyk (209-82) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Armani Milano did not change their second position in the standings. Air Avellino lost their fourth straight game in a row. They keep the twelfth place. Armani Milano's next round opponent will be CS Bologna (#7) on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Air Avellino will play against Vanoli-Braga (#8) in Cremona.
Top scorers:
Air AV: S.Szewczyk 17+6reb, O.Thomas 16+4reb+3ast, C.Troutman 16+6reb, M.Green 8+4reb+5ast, T.Dean 8+4reb+1ast, D.Lauwers 8
Armani MI: I.Jaaber 22+2reb+2ast, D.Hawkins 17+5reb+4ast, M.Rocca 12+4reb+2ast, M.Mordente 11+1reb+4ast, S.Mancinelli 11+7reb+5ast, M.Finley 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 96090


Pepsi Caserta - Cimberio VA 92-80

The game between third-ranked Cimberio Varese (6-3) and fourteenth ranked Pepsi (3-6) was the most important one in the last round on Sunday night in Caserta 80-92. The game rather controlled by Pepsi Caserta. Cimberio Varese managed to win third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) who led his team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. American forward Jumaine Jones (201-79, college: Georgia) contributed with 5 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Center Diego Fajardo (208-76) answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American forward Ronald Slay (203-81, college: Tennessee, agent: David Lee) added 17 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Cimberio Varese. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Pepsi Caserta jumped to the twelfth spot. They share the position with Lottomatica and Air AV. Cimberio Varese keeps the third place. They have the same record like Bennet Cantu and Scavolini PS. Pepsi Caserta is looking forward to face higher ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (#9) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Cimberio Varese will play against Banca Tercas (#16) in Teramo and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: D.Fajardo 24+8reb+4ast, R.Slay 17+7reb, P.Goss 13+2reb+2ast, J.Thomas 11+5reb+3ast, K.Kangur 7+2reb, A.Righetti 5+4reb
Pepsi Caserta: E.Ere 24+7reb+2ast, F.Di Bella 17+2reb+3ast, E.Williams 15+4reb, T.Bowers 12+1reb+3ast, L.Garri 12+4reb, J.Jones 5+15reb+4ast
gschID: 96091


Fabi Shoes - Bennet Cantu 83-93

Not a big story in a game when 7th ranked Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (4-5) lost at home to fourth ranked Bennet Cantu (6-3) 93-83. The game rather controlled by Bennet Cantu. Bennet Cantu shot 63.5 percent from the field and made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Bennet Cantu forced 19 Fabi Shoes Montegranaro turnovers. The best player for the winners was American guard Mike Green (185-85, college: Butler) who scored 22 points (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Naturalized Uruguayan guard Nicolas Mazzarino (181-75) chipped in 24 points. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Sharrod Ford (206-82, college: Clemson, agent: Danny Servick) who recorded a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds and Bulgarian power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86) added 14 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Four Bennet Cantu and five Fabi Shoes Montegranaro players scored in double figures. Bennet Cantu jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Cimberio VA and Scavolini PS. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro dropped to the ninth place. Bennet Cantu's next round opponent will be Enel Brindisi (#15) at home which should be an easy win for them. Fabi Shoes Montegranaro will play against Pepsi Caserta (#13).
Top scorers:
Fabi Shoes: S.Ford 27+10reb+1ast, D.Ivanov 14+6reb, A.Ray 12+3reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 10+3ast, A.Maestranzi 10+2ast, M.Antonutti 5+2reb
Bennet Cantu: N.Mazzarino 24, M.Green 22+4reb+1ast, V.Micov 17+3reb, M.Leunen 11+6reb, D.Marconato 9+4reb+1ast, M.Mian 8+1ast
gschID: 96092




Lega2 Round 11: Snaidero Udine loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News
Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

There was a change at the Lega2 leadership position after last games. Round 11 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Snaidero Udine (9-2). They were badly beaten on the road by eleventh ranked Aget Imola (5-6) 111-84. It ended the nine-game winning streak of Snaidero Udine. The game without a history. Aget Imola led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Aget Imola forced 19 Snaidero Udine turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 59.4 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) who led his team to a victory scoring 43 points (!!!) and 7 assists. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agent: Brad Ames) helped adding 21 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agent: Side Court) responded with 14 points and 8 assists. The victory allowed Aget Imola (5-6) to climb to the eighth place. They share it with Fileni BPA and Prima Veroli. Snaidero Udine who is 9-2 went down to second position as they suffered their second loss. Snaidero Udine will play next round against strong Fastweb CM trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aget Imola will try to continue on it's current victory against eighth ranked Fileni BPA in Jesi.
Very significant was Umana Venezia's (#2) 30-point home victory against 10th ranked Assigeco BPL 93-63. It allowed Umana Venezia to take over a leadership position after previos leader Snaidero Udine lost it's game. It was an exceptional evening for American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. Tamar Slay accounted for 20 points. American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds for Assigeco BPL in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players seeing no chance for a win. Umana Venezia (10-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. The victory allowed Umana Venezia (10-1) to take over a leadership position. Assigeco BPL lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently 4-7 and went down to eleventh place. Assigeco BPL will play next round against Immobiliare SR trying to get back on the winning streak. Umana Venezia will try to continue on it's current victory against thirteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE at Reggio Emilia.
Bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to ninth ranked Prima Veroli (5-6) 65-77 on Sunday evening. The best player for the winners was Jarrius Jackson who scored 30 points. Aaron Johnson produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. The victory allowed Prima Veroli (5-6) to climb to the eighth place. They share it with Aget Imola and Fileni BPA. Mazzeo San Severo lost their eleventh game in a row. Eleventh consecutive loss means that Mazzeo San Severo is still at the bottom of the standings. Prima Veroli will meet Naturhouse Ferrara (#12) on the road in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Tezenis Verona (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
An interesting game took place in Forli where higher ranked Fileni BPA (5-6) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (5-6) 88-79. Alessandro Piazza orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. MarcoPoloShop.it's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory allowed MarcoPoloShop.it (4-7) who are in their first season in the Lega2 to climb to the eleventh place. They share it with three other teams. Fileni BPA lost their third straight game. They are currently in eighth position with a 5-6 record. MarcoPoloShop.it's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Tezenis Verona lost to Barcellona on the opponent's court 78-84. Tuscany PT managed to outperform N.Ferrara in a home game 75-59. Sunrise Scafati recorded a loss to Immobiliare SR on the road 84-75. Fastweb CM defeated Trenkwalder on it's own court 83-67.


Barcellona - Tezenis Verona 84-78

Very expected game when 15th ranked Tezenis Verona (2-9) was defeated on the road by fourth ranked Sigma Barcellona (8-3) 84-78. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. It looked good early as Tezenis Verona took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sigma Barcellona had a 22-13 second quarter charge getting the lead and Tezenis Verona was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-84. Sigma Barcellona made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. American guard Joseph Crispin (186-79, college: Penn St., agent: Luciano Capicchioni) orchestrated the victory by scoring 27 points and 4 assists. Panamanian guard Michael Hicks (193-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) contributed with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Sigma Barcellona's coach Cesare Pancotto allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Argentinian guard Antonio Porta (188-83) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American-German power forward Keith Waleskowski (204-80, college: Dayton) added 17 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Tezenis Verona. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory allowed Sigma Barcellona (8-3) who are in their first very successful season in the Lega2 to climb to the third place. They share it with Fastweb CM. Tezenis Verona is currently in fifteenth position with a 2-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. Sigma Barcellona's next round opponent will be Sunrise Scafati (#7) on the road. Tezenis Verona will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#16) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barcellona: J.Crispin 27+2reb+4ast, A.Ghiacci 11+7reb+3ast, M.Hicks 10+11reb+3ast, M.Cardinali 10+1reb+1ast, M.Mocavero 7+6reb, R.Bucci 7+1reb+1ast
Tezenis Verona: A.Porta 20+6reb+5ast, J.Trepagnier 18+4reb+1ast, K.Waleskowski 17+9reb+1ast, M.Jurevicus 13+1reb+3ast, F.Bellina 5+1reb, O.Gueye 3+1ast
gschID: 95865


Forli - Fileni BPA 88-79

An interesting game took place in Forli where higher ranked Fileni BPA (5-6) was upset on the court of fourteenth ranked MarcoPoloShop.it (5-6) 88-79. It looked good early as Fileni BPA took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then MarcoPoloShop.it took control and eventually getting 9-point vistory that evening. They were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Alessandro Piazza (175-87) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. American forward Lorenzo Gordon (201-83, college: Oklahoma City, agent: Michael Hart) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. MarcoPoloShop.it's coach Giampaolo Di Lorenzo allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international center Michele Maggioli (212-77) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Barry Elder (193-82, college: Georgia Tech) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Fileni BPA. Four MarcoPoloShop.it and five Fileni BPA players scored in double figures. The victory allowed MarcoPoloShop.it (4-7) who are in their first season in the Lega2 to climb to the eleventh place. They share it with three other teams. Fileni BPA lost their third straight game in a row. They are currently in eighth position with a 5-6 record. MarcoPoloShop.it's next round opponent will be higher ranked Tuscany Pistoia (#5) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Forli: A.Piazza 22+5reb+7ast, L.Gordon 21+7reb+5ast, R.Wittman 16+4reb+4ast, F.Foiera 13+3reb+2ast, M.Poletti 6+4reb, A.Forray 5+2ast
Fileni BPA: M.Maggioli 21+7reb+3ast, M.Rossi 19+2reb+2ast, B.Elder 14+7reb+5ast, F.Migliori 14+2reb, T.Mobley 10+10reb+2ast, M.Nocedal 1
gschID: 95866


Tuscany PT - N.Ferrara 75-59

Very predictable result when seventh ranked Tuscany Pistoia (7-4) defeated at home 13th ranked Naturhouse Ferrara (4-7) 75-59. The game without a history. Tuscany Pistoia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tuscany Pistoia dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Naturhouse Ferrara's 24. Tuscany Pistoia outrebounded Naturhouse Ferrara 32-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. American forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi St.) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. His fellow American import guard Joseph Forte (193-81, college: N.Carolina, agent: John Ebeling) contributed with 12 points and 7 assists for the winners. Tuscany Pistoia's coach Paolo Moretti used a ten-player rotation seeing no chance for a win. Naturalized Ghanian guard David Cournooh (190-90) answered with 15 points and naturalized Albanian swingman Klaudio Ndoja (198-85) added 14 points in the effort for Naturhouse Ferrara. Five Tuscany Pistoia and four Naturhouse Ferrara players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Tuscany Pistoia (7-4) to climb to the fifth place. They share it with Immobiliare SR. Naturhouse Ferrara is currently in eleventh position with a 4-7 record as they suffered their seventh loss. Tuscany Pistoia's next round opponent will be MarcoPoloShop.it (#14) in Forli and are hoping to win another game. Naturhouse Ferrara will play at home against Prima Veroli and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tuscany PT: G.Fucka 14+3reb+1ast, J.Varnado 14+14reb+4ast, J.Forte 12+2reb+7ast, A.Filloy 12+4reb, J.Porzingis 11+5reb+2ast, F.Toppo 8+4reb
N.Ferrara: D.Cournooh 15+4reb+2ast, K.Ndoja 14+2reb+1ast, J.Boyette 10+3reb+2ast, T.Kotti 10+6reb, S.Borsato 5+3reb+1ast, D.Farabello 3+1reb+5ast
gschID: 95861


Immobiliare SR - Sunrise Scafati 84-75

Everything could happen in Rimini at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Immobiliare SR and 5th ranked Sunrise Scafati had identical 6-4 record. This time Immobiliare SR used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Scafati 84-75. Immobiliare SR was already 12 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 14-11 Sunrise Scafati's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 84-75 at the end of the game. Immobiliare SR forced 25 Sunrise Scafati turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including 20 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 12 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. The former international guard German Scarone (190-75) orchestrated the victory by scoring 21 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international forward Demian Filloy (198-82, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) contributed with 15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Immobiliare SR players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) and the other American import guard Jimmie Hunter (196-77, college: Life) added 14 points in the effort for Sunrise Scafati. The victory allowed Immobiliare SR (7-4) to climb to the fifth place. They share it with Tuscany PT. Sunrise Scafati who is 6-5 went down to seventh position as they suffered their fifth loss. Immobiliare SR's next round opponent will be Assigeco BPL (#11) in Lodi which should be theoretically an easy game. Sunrise Scafati will play at home against Sigma Barcellona (#4).
Top scorers:
Immobiliare SR: G.Scarone 21+4reb+4ast, D.Filloy 15+9reb+4ast, Q.Lollis 13+5reb+1ast, T.Roderick 13+10reb+3ast, D.Vukcevic 12+3ast, G.Tomassini 6+2reb+1ast
Sunrise Scafati: R.Davis 28+5reb+4ast, J.Hunter 14+2reb+3ast, N.Radulovic 14+4reb+1ast, M.Levin 6+4reb+5ast, M.Casini 5+1reb+1ast, R.Chiacig 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 95862


Aget Imola - Snaidero UD 111-84

There was a change at the Lega2 leadership position after last games. Round 11 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Snaidero Udine (9-2). They were badly beaten on the road by eleventh ranked Aget Imola (5-6) 111-84. It ended the nine-game winning streak of Snaidero Udine. The game without a history. Aget Imola lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Aget Imola forced 19 Snaidero Udine turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 19 long-distance shots on high 59.4 percentage. It was a great evening for American guard Trent Whiting (185-76, college: BYU) who led his team to a victory scoring 43 points (!!!) and 7 assists. Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-84, college: Arizona, agent: Brad Ames) helped adding 21 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Clint Cotis Harrison (194-76, college: N.Carolina St., agent: Side Court) responded with 14 points and 8 assists and Finnish-American forward Gerald Lee (208-87, college: ODU) scored 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Snaidero Udine players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Aget Imola (5-6) to climb to the eighth place. They share it with Fileni BPA and Prima Veroli. Snaidero Udine who is 9-2 went down to second position as they suffered their second loss. Snaidero Udine will play next round against strong Fastweb CM trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Aget Imola will try to continue on it's current victory against eighth ranked Fileni BPA in Jesi.
Top scorers:
Aget Imola: T.Whiting 43+2reb+7ast, N.Ebi 21+10reb, M.Ringstrom 15+8reb+1ast, D.Bruttini 8+4reb, F.Masoni 7+2reb+1ast, Y.Moreno 6+2reb+5ast
Snaidero UD: G.Lee 19+6reb, D.Mathis 16+4reb+4ast, C.Cotis Harrison 14+4reb+8ast, R.Truccolo 11+1reb+3ast, L.Dordei 11+7reb, T.Rinaldi 9+1reb
gschID: 95863


Umana Reyer - Assigeco 93-63

Very significant was Umana Venezia's (#2) 30-point home victory against 10th ranked Assigeco BPL 93-63. It allowed Umana Venezia to take over a leadership position after previos leader Snaidero Udine lost it's game. The game without a history. Umana Venezia lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Umana Venezia outrebounded their opponents 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a great shooting night for Umana Venezia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Assigeco BPL was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for American-Bulgarian guard Kiki Clark (173-84, college: St.Peter's) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists. American forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) accounted for 20 points for the winning side. Four Umana Venezia players scored in double figures. American forward Ruben Boykin (201-85, college: N.Arizona) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Marco Venuto (190-85) added 13 points respectively for Assigeco BPL in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players seeing no chance for a win. Umana Venezia (10-1) have an impressive series of six victories in a row. The victory allowed Umana Venezia (10-1) to take over a leadership position. Assigeco BPL lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently 4-7 and went down to eleventh place. Assigeco BPL will play next round against Immobiliare SR trying to get back on the winning streak. Umana Venezia will try to continue on it's current victory against thirteenth ranked Trenkwalder RE at Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Umana Reyer: T.Slay 20+4reb+2ast, K.Clark 18+5reb+10ast, A.Young 15+6reb+1ast, C.Di Giuliomaria 12+3reb+2ast, M.Maestrello 12+1reb, S.Bryan 9+6reb
Assigeco: M.Venuto 13+3reb+3ast, R.Boykin 12+5reb+3ast, D.Banti 9+3reb, P.Marigney 9+3ast, A.Simoncelli 7+2reb, B.Cerella 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 95864


Prima Veroli - San Severo 77-65

Bottom-ranked Mazzeo San Severo (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to ninth ranked Prima Veroli (5-6) 65-77 on Sunday evening. The game rather controlled by Prima Veroli. Mazzeo San Severo managed to win second quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was American guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) who scored 30 points. Lithuanian center Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-84, college: Texas A&M) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized American forward Aaron Johnson (203-83, college: N.Mexico) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Randolph Childress (190-72, college: Wake Forest) added 19 points respectively for the guests. Four Mazzeo San Severo players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Prima Veroli (5-6) to climb to the eighth place. They share it with Aget Imola and Fileni BPA. Mazzeo San Severo lost their eleventh straight game in a row. Eleventh consecutive loss means that Mazzeo San Severo is still at the bottom of the standings. Prima Veroli will meet Naturhouse Ferrara (#12) on the road in the next round. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Tezenis Verona (#15) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Prima Veroli: J.Jackson 30+1reb+3ast, A.Kavaliauskas 20+11reb+1ast, I.Gatto 11+4reb, G.Rosselli 8+9reb+3ast, A.Binetti 2+1reb+1ast, A.Iannone 2
San Severo: R.Childress 19+2reb+1ast, F.Zanelli 17+2reb, A.Johnson 15+11reb+3ast, R.Stefanov 11+3reb+1ast, P.Chiarello 2+3reb, M.Ferri 1+3reb
gschID: 95859


Fastweb CM - Trenkwalder 83-67

Everything went according to plan in Casale where third ranked Fastweb CM (8-3) beat 12th ranked Trenkwalder RE (4-7) 83-67. Trenkwalder RE was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. The former international forward Simone Pierich (198-81) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points and 5 rebounds. American guard Donell Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Four Fastweb CM players scored in double figures. The former international center Alessandro Frosini (207-72) answered with 18 points and 8 rebounds and Mexican-American swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) added 16 points and 6 assists in the effort for Trenkwalder RE. Both coaches used bench players seeing no chance for a win. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Fastweb CM. Despite the win they stay at third position having just one point less than leader Umana Reyer. Trenkwalder RE lost their third straight game in a row. They are currently in eleventh place with a 4-7 record. Fastweb CM's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Snaidero Udine on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Trenkwalder RE will play against the league's leader Umana Venezia (#1).
Top scorers:
Fastweb CM: S.Pierich 23+5reb, D.Taylor 17+4reb+4ast, M.Malaventura 10+2reb+6ast, O.Nnamaka 10+7reb, R.Hickman 9+2reb+3ast, S.Gentile 5+1ast
Trenkwalder: A.Frosini 18+8reb, R.Beck 16+4reb+6ast, D.Slanina 11+1reb+2ast, J.Kudlacek 7+3reb+1ast, J.Salvi 6+1reb, R.Cervi 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 95860




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


Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi 8-1 
 2. Armani MI 7-2 
 3. Cimberio VA 6-3 
 4. Bennet Cantu 6-3 
 5. Scavolini PS 6-3 
 6. Angelico BI 5-4 
 7. CS Bologna 5-4 
 8. Vanoli CR 5-4 
 9. Fabi Shoes 4-5 
 10. Benetton TV 4-5 
 11. Dinamo Sassari 4-5 
 12. Air AV 3-6 
 13. Pepsi Caserta 3-6 
 14. Lottomatica 3-6 
 15. Enel Brindisi 2-7 
 16. Banca Tercas 1-8 


Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 James WHITE
  Dinamo Sassari
  (198-G-84)
  Avg: 19.9
 1. White, Dinamo Sassari19.9 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes18.8 
 3. Lavrinovic, Montepas.17.4 
 4. Zoroski, Banca T.16.9 
 5. Thomas, Air AV16.1 
 6. Hunter, Dinamo S.16.0 
 7. Kaukenas, Montepas.15.6 
 8. Dean, Air AV15.4 
 9. Milic, Vanoli CR15.4 
 10. Rowland, Vanoli CR15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Fabi Shoes
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Ford, Fabi Shoes10.8 
 2. Jones, Pepsi C.9.4 
 3. Davis, Banca Tercas8.6 
 4. Ivanov, Fabi Shoes8.6 
 5. Hall, Banca Tercas8.2 
 6. Toure, Enel Brindisi8.2 
 7. Suton, Angelico BI8.1 
 8. Lang, Enel Brindisi7.9 
 9. Homan, CS Bologna7.9 
 10. Slay, Cimberio VA7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Andre COLLINS
  Scavolini PS
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Collins, Scavolin.6.3 
 2. Green, Air AV6.2 
 3. Zoroski, Banca T.4.6 
 4. Sosa, Angelico BI4.4 
 5. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.6 
 6. Hackett, Scavolin.3.3 
 7. Diener, Dinamo S.3.3 
 8. Green, Bennet Cantu3.3 
 9. Goss, Cimberio VA3.3 
 10. Thomas, Cimberio.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel HACKETT
  Scavolini PS
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hackett, Scavolin.3.2 
 2. Di Bella, Pepsi C.3.0 
 3. Hunter, Dinamo S.2.8 
 4. Hawkins, Armani MI2.8 
 5. White, Dinamo Sassari2.8 
 6. Milic, Vanoli CR2.8 
 7. Washington, Lottomat.2.7 
 8. Collins, Scavolin.2.7 
 9. Poeta, CS Bologna2.6 
 10. Dean, Air AV2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve TOURE
  Enel Brindisi
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Toure, Enel Brindisi2.2 
 2. Ford, Fabi Shoes2.0 
 3. Smith, Benetton TV1.6 
 4. Polonara, Banca T.1.3 
 5. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.3 
 6. Drozdov, Vanoli CR1.0 
 7. Lang, Enel Brindisi0.9 
 8. Hunter, Dinamo S.0.9 
 9. Homan, CS Bologna0.8 
 10. Ress, Montepaschi0.8 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Joseph CRISPIN
  Barcellona
  (186-G-79)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Crispin, Barcellona25.7 
 2. Whiting, Aget Imola24.2 
 3. Clark, Umana Reyer20.8 
 4. Jackson, Prima Veroli20.4 
 5. Gordon, Forli20.2 
 6. Pecile, Fileni BPA18.9 
 7. Beck, Trenkwalder18.5 
 8. Marigney, Assigeco17.6 
 9. Boyette, N.Ferrara17.2 
 10. Varnado, Tuscany PT16.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT10.4 
 2. Lollis, Immobili.9.6 
 3. Johnson, San Severo9.5 
 4. Waleskowski, Tezeni.8.8 
 5. Boykin, Assigeco8.7 
 6. Filloy, Immobili.8.4 
 7. Ebi, Aget Imola8.3 
 8. Chiacig, Sunris.8.0 
 9. Maggioli, Fileni B.7.8 
 10. Dordei, Snaidero UD7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Antonio PORTA
  Tezenis Verona
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Porta, Tezenis .5.0 
 2. Clark, Umana Reyer4.3 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.4.0 
 4. Williams, Snaidero.3.7 
 5. Crispin, Barcellona3.7 
 6. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 7. Whiting, Aget Imola3.5 
 8. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 9. Fultz, Trenkwalder3.3 
 10. Piazza, Forli3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Terrence RODERICK
  Immobiliare SR
  (195-G/F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Roderick, Immobi.3.6 
 2. Davis, Sunrise .3.1 
 3. Farabello, N.Fer.3.0 
 4. Achara, Barcellona2.9 
 5. Williams, Snaidero.2.8 
 6. Hunter, Sunrise .2.7 
 7. Smith, Trenkwalder2.7 
 8. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.2.6 
 9. Ebi, Aget Imola2.5 
 10. Lollis, Immobili.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jarvis VARNADO
  Tuscany PT
  (206-F-88)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Varnado, Tuscany PT3.6 
 2. Ebi, Aget Imola1.3 
 3. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.2 
 4. Radulovic, Sunris.1.0 
 5. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 6. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.8 
 7. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 8. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 9. Chiacig, Sunris.0.7 
 10. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 


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BJ League Round 17: Okinawa GK hands first defeat to Shiga Lakestars - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Shiga Lakestars (12-5) recorded it's fifth loss on the court of third ranked Okinawa GK on Saturday night. Shiga Lakestars was edged by Okinawa GK 103-100. It also means that the series of two victories in a row of Shiga Lakestars ended. Shiga Lakestars trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 29-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 100-103 at the end of overtime. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agent: Jamie Knox) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agent: Chris Warren) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists for the guests. Okinawa GK (11-6) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place having five points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Shiga Lakestars at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. They share it with Osaka Evessa. Okinawa GK is looking forward to face league's leader Shiga Lakestars at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round.
Fourth-ranked Akita Happinets (6-11) made lots of trouble for first ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (16-1) in Mikawa. Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. But their fans expected easier game. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Wayne Arnold contributed with 17 points for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agent: Brian Elfus) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for Akita Happinets. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Hamamatsu Phoenix. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fourth position with eleven games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Akita Happinets (#4) at home in the next round. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Third-ranked Niigata Albirex (7-8) was defeated by sixth ranked Tokyo Apache (5-4) in a tough game in Niigata 73-80 Byron Eaton stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Tokyo Apache's coach Bob Hill used a eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zachary Andrews responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tokyo Apache. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third position with eight games lost. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play against Tokyo Apache and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
We should not miss the game where seventh ranked Oita Heat Devils (6-9) against 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing (10-7) where Oita Heat Devils won at home by seventeen points 97-80. It also means the end of Fukuoka Rizing's two-game winning streak. The game was also dominated by American players. Taj Finger nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side. Oita Heat Devils' coach L.J. Hepp allowed to play the deep bench players seeing no chance for a win. Oita Heat Devils maintains seventh place with 6-9 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Oita Heat Devils' next round opponent will be higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sendai. Local Sendai 89ers (9-8) beat 7th ranked Saitama Broncos (4-13) 87-69 on Saturday night. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was Michael Bell who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a eleven-player rotation seeing no chance for a win. Sendai 89ers maintains second place with 9-8 record having seven points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Saitama Broncos lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the seventh position with thirteen games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Saitama Broncos (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.

Other games of round 17 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Toyama Grouses was defeated by Osaka Evessa in a road game 75-63. Takamatsu FA beat Shimane at home 82-74. Kyoto Hannaryz won against Miyazaki on the opponent's court 88-70.


Okinawa GK - Shiga Lakestars 103-100

Top ranked Shiga Lakestars (12-5) recorded it's fifth loss on the court of third ranked Okinawa GK on Saturday night. Shiga Lakestars was edged by Okinawa GK 103-100. It also means that the series of two victories in a row of Shiga Lakestars ended. Shiga Lakestars trailed by 14 points after 3 quarters before a 29-15 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 100-103 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) who had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 20 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Carlos Dixon (202-81, college: Virginia Tech, agent: Jamie Knox) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Okinawa GK's coach Dai Oketani used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Mikey Marshall (196-81, college: Texas Tech, agent: Chris Warren) produced 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Gary Hamilton (208-84, college: Miami (FL)) added 10 points and 17 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Okinawa GK (11-6) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place having five points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Shiga Lakestars at the other side still keep top position with five games lost. They share it with Osaka Evessa. Okinawa GK is looking forward to face league's leader Shiga Lakestars at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Shiga Lakestars will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: M.Marshall 24+8reb+5ast, L.Rice 17+6reb+2ast, M.Joho 16+3reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 10+17reb+3ast, Y.Okada 9+3reb+1ast, R.Schafer 9+4reb+2ast
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 22+20reb+4ast, N.Kosuge 17+1reb+3ast, C.Dixon 16+8reb+3ast, S.Kinjo 12+1reb+2ast, A.McHenry 10+1reb+3ast, A.Kuso 9+5reb
gschID: 105853


Sendai 89ers - Saitama Bron. 87-69

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sendai. Local Sendai 89ers (9-8) beat 7th ranked Saitama Broncos (4-13) 87-69 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Sendai 89ers lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who scored 27 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) chipped in 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Sendai 89ers' coach Honoo Hamaguchi used a eleven-player rotation seeing no chance for a win. Center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for the guests. Sendai 89ers maintains second place with 9-8 record having seven points less than leader Shiga Lakestars. Saitama Broncos lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the seventh position with thirteen games lost. Sendai 89ers will face Saitama Broncos (#7) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Saitama Bron.: G.Leach 21+8reb+1ast, K.Hatano 14+5reb+3ast, K.Satterfield 12+8reb+9ast, B.Nash 7+3reb+2ast, D.Terashita 5+2reb+2ast, G.Klaiber 5+11reb
Sendai 89ers: M.Bell 27+7reb+3ast, M.Hopson 23+5reb+7ast, C.Holm 9+7reb+1ast, T.Woodyard 8+7reb+2ast, T.Shimura 7+3reb, L.Hechon 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105846


Niigata Albirex - Tokyo Apache 73-80

Third-ranked Niigata Albirex (7-8) was defeated by sixth ranked Tokyo Apache (5-4) in a tough game in Niigata 73-80Tokyo Apache trailed by 10 points at the halftime before their 33-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) stepped up and scored 34 points (!!!), 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) chipped in 10 points and 13 rebounds. Tokyo Apache's coach Bob Hill used a eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Zachary Andrews (203-85, college: Bradley) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 19 rebounds and Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) scored 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Niigata Albirex players scored in double figures. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Tokyo Apache. They moved-up to fifth place. Loser Niigata Albirex keeps the third position with eight games lost. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play against Tokyo Apache and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Niigata Albirex: Z.Andrews 16+19reb, J.Ashby 14+5reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 14+1reb, I.Konare 12+7reb, T.Saito 6+4ast, H.Kondo 4+3reb+1ast
Tokyo Apache: B.Eaton 34+5reb+5ast, R.Swift 10+13reb, J.Nakama 10+4reb+1ast, T.Kensuke 7+2reb+2ast, K.Dartez 7+12reb+2ast, M.Chappell 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 105847


Hamamatsu P. - Akita 75-73

Fourth-ranked Akita Happinets (6-11) made lots of trouble for first ranked Hamamatsu Phoenix (16-1) in Mikawa. Hamamatsu Phoenix managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. But their fans expected easier game. It looked good early as Akita Happinets took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hamamatsu Phoenix took control getting tie in the second quarter and winning the second half and eventually getting 2-point vistory that evening. Hamamatsu Phoenix made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Wayne Arnold (193-84, college: Tennessee St., agent: Hirant Manakian) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Hamamatsu Phoenix's coach Kazuo Nakamura allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agent: Brian Elfus) answered with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) added 11 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Akita Happinets. Five Akita Happinets players scored in double figures. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Hamamatsu Phoenix. They maintain first place with 16-1 record. Akita Happinets at the other side keep the fourth position with eleven games lost. Hamamatsu Phoenix will play against Akita Happinets (#4) at home in the next round. Akita Happinets will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Akita: S.Henry 21+5reb+5ast, P.Butorac 14+2reb, A.Burks 12+6reb, R.Mizumachi 11+3reb+2ast, A.Akingbade 11+14reb, K.Shoji 3+4reb+3ast
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 22+14reb+1ast, W.Arnold 17+2reb+1ast, J.Dixon 10+3reb+2ast, M.Ohguchi 9+4reb+1ast, S.Okada 7+1reb+1ast, R.Nixon 6+3reb
gschID: 105848


Osaka Evessa - Toyama Grouses 75-63

There was no surprise when 5th ranked Toyama Grouses (5-10) was defeated on the road by second ranked Osaka Evessa (12-5) 75-63 on Saturday. Osaka Evessa was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Osaka Evessa shot 24 for 35 from the free-throw line, while Toyama Grouses only scored four points from the stripe. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. Center Wayne Marshall (211-86, college: Temple, agent: Larry Williams) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds and center Matthew Kyle (211-86, college: Yale) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Osaka Evessa. They become a new league leader, which they share with Shiga Lakestars. Toyama Grouses lost their fourth straight game in a row. They dropped to the sixth place with ten games lost. Osaka Evessa will face Toyama Grouses (#6) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game.
Top scorers:
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 20+12reb+1ast, M.Kyle 12+5reb+1ast, H.Johnson 6+6reb, J.Smith 6+4reb+1ast, J.Davis 6+7reb+2ast, T.Mito 6+2reb+3ast
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 20+10reb, W.Marshall 16+10reb, W.Knight 15+9reb+2ast, L.Blackledge 6+7reb, J.Klotz 5+2reb, S.Konno 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 105849


Takamatsu FA - Shimane 82-74

There was a small surprise when ninth ranked Takamatsu FA (5-10) defeated at home 6th ranked Shimane Magic (7-10) 82-74 on Saturday. Takamatsu FA trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 82-74. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) who scored 18 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Rasheed Sparks (190-77, college: Morgan St.) chipped in 7 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agent: Side Court) produced 27 points and 8 rebounds and center Will Caudle (206-82, college: Xavier) added 11 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Shimane Magic's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Takamatsu FA moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Toyama Grouses. Loser Shimane Magic keeps the sixth position with ten games lost. Takamatsu FA will face Shimane Magic (#6) at home in the next round.
Top scorers:
Shimane: R.Golson 27+8reb, T.Evans 13+9reb, W.Caudle 11+12reb+4ast, T.Yokoo 11+3reb, K.Yamabuchi 4+1reb+1ast, T.Ishizaki 4+3reb+2ast
Takamatsu FA: J.Price 18+7reb, T.Farley 16+5reb, S.Takeda 12+4reb, H.Kikuchi 12+4reb, R.Sparks 7+9reb+6ast, M.Kita 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105850


Oita H.Devils - Fukuoka Rizing 97-80

We should not miss the game where seventh ranked Oita Heat Devils (6-9) against 4th placed Fukuoka Rizing (10-7) where Oita Heat Devils won at home by seventeen points 97-80. It also means the end of Fukuoka Rizing's two-game winning streak. Fukuoka Rizing was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 58-37 second half run of Oita Heat Devils. They made 27-of-29 charity shots (93.1 percent) during the game. The game was also dominated by American players. Forward Taj Finger (203-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 18 rebounds for the winning side and guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) accounted for 24 points and 7 assists (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Oita Heat Devils' coach L.J. Hepp allowed to play the deep bench players seeing no chance for a win. Swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 12 rebounds and guard Nile Murry (193-83, college: TCU) added 19 points respectively for Fukuoka Rizing in the defeat. Five Oita Heat Devils and four Fukuoka Rizing players scored in double figures. Oita Heat Devils maintains seventh place with 6-9 record. Fukuoka Rizing at the other side keeps the fourth position with seven games lost. Oita Heat Devils' next round opponent will be higher ranked Fukuoka Rizing (#4) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 25+12reb+2ast, N.Murry 19+3reb+2ast, T.Cordeiro 13+5reb+1ast, A.Takeno 12+2reb+7ast, J.Nakanishi 6+2reb+1ast, J.Henderson 3+4reb
Oita H.Devils: M.Lottich 24+2reb+7ast, T.Finger 17+18reb+2ast, H.Sato 12+5reb+2ast, D.Johnson 12+5reb+3ast, K.Sato 11+5ast, Y.Suzuki 9
gschID: 105851


Miyazaki - Kyoto Hannaryz 70-88

Rather expected game when 8th ranked Miyazaki Shining Suns (5-12) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Kyoto Hannaryz (8-9) 88-70 on Saturday. Miyazaki Shining Suns was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Kyoto Hannaryz dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Miyazaki Shining Suns' 42. Kyoto Hannaryz outrebounded Miyazaki Shining Suns 46-27 including a 38-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Trinidad and Tobago power forward Kibwe Trim (208-84, college: Sacred Heart) who had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 16 rebounds. American power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Taishiro Shimizu (183-81) produced 19 points and 4 assists and American swingman Jackie Manuel (196-83, college: N.Carolina) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Kyoto Hannaryz maintains fifth place with 8-9 record. Miyazaki Shining Suns lost their fourth straight game in a row. They dropped to the ninth position with twelve games lost. Kyoto Hannaryz will have a break next round. Miyazaki Shining Suns will play on the road against Kyoto Hannaryz (#5).
Top scorers:
Miyazaki: T.Shimizu 19+2reb+4ast, E.Palmer 12+5reb+3ast, J.Manuel 12+7reb+3ast, B.Cole 10+8reb+2ast, Y.Kojima 7+3reb+4ast, O.Shinnosuke 6+1reb+1ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: W.White 22+6reb+4ast, K.Trim 21+16reb, M.Fey 16+15reb+5ast, T.Kawabe 12+4reb, T.Murakami 8+1ast, Y.Inoue 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 105852




JBL Round 20: Toshiba Thunders edges Toyota Alvark by 3 - by Eurobasket News
There are only two more games left in the Regular Season in JBL.

The biggest surprise of round 20 was guest Toshiba Thunders' (#4) very close 3-point road victory over second-ranked Toyota Alvark (13-7) 65-62 on Sunday evening. It also means the end of Toyota Alvark's two-game winning streak. Toyota Alvark was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Toshiba Thunders made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) who scored 16 points. International power forward Yoshifumi Kuwahara (200-80) chipped in 15 points. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth position with 11-9 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Toshiba Thunders is looking forward to face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Toyota Alvark will play at home against Tochigi Brex and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Osaka: Panasonic Trians (#3) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#6). Panasonic Trians (12-8) won against visiting Hitachi Sunrockers (8-12) 79-72. The former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Jerald Honeycutt contributed with 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Panasonic Trians' coach Yoshiaki Shimizu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds for Hitachi Sunrockers. Panasonic Trians maintains third position with 12-8 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Hitachi Sunrockers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with twelve games lost. They share the position with Tochigi Brex and Mitsubishi. Panasonic Trians will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against Hokkaido in Saporro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Saporro. Local Hokkaido (5-15) lost to seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-12) 80-89 on Sunday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Ontario Lett who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds. Takehiko Orimo responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mitsubishi Dolphins moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hitachi S. and Tochigi Brex. Loser Hokkaido keeps the bottom position with fifteen games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will meet higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hokkaido will play against Hitachi Sunrockers (#7) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Leader Aishin Sea Horses delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (8-12) 80-72 in Kariya. The winners were led by J.R. Sakuragi who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Tochigi Brex's coach Jason Rabedeaux rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-5 record. Defending champion Tochigi Brex keeps the fifth place with twelve games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa. Tochigi Brex will play at home against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.



Panasonic - Hitachi S. 79-72

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Osaka: Panasonic Trians (#3) and Hitachi Sunrockers (#6). Panasonic Trians (12-8) won against visiting Hitachi Sunrockers (8-12) 79-72. Despite only 7 points difference Panasonic Trians tried to control the game. But Hitachi Sunrockers won second quarter 24-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Panasonic Trians made 19-of-25 charity shots (76.0 percent) during the game. The former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 15 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Jerald Honeycutt (205-74, college: Tulane) contributed with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Four Panasonic Trians players scored in double figures. Panasonic Trians' coach Yoshiaki Shimizu allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American power forward Tyler Smith (203-80, college: Penn St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 10 rebounds and the former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-85) added 16 points and 14 rebounds in the effort for Hitachi Sunrockers. Panasonic Trians maintains third position with 12-8 record having just three points less than leader Aishin. Hitachi Sunrockers lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with twelve games lost. They share the position with Tochigi Brex and Mitsubishi. Panasonic Trians will play against Mitsubishi Dolphins (#6) in Nagoya in the next round. Hitachi Sunrockers will play at home against Hokkaido in Saporro and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Panasonic: H.Kinoshita 17+1reb+3ast, K.Hirose 16+2reb+1ast, F.Aono 15+9reb+5ast, J.Honeycutt 13+12reb+2ast, M.Nagayama 9+1reb+2ast, T.Hamada 7+1reb
Hitachi S.: T.Smith 22+10reb+1ast, K.Matsui 18+3reb, J.Takeuchi 16+14reb+2ast, F.Nishimura 5+1ast, T.Sato 5+1reb+2ast, H.Ueyama 3+3ast
gschID: 102924


Hokkaido - Mitsubishi 80-89

The game with biggest result difference took place in Saporro. Local Hokkaido (5-15) lost to seventh ranked Mitsubishi Dolphins (8-12) 80-89 on Sunday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of American-Spanish forward Ontario Lett (198-79, college: Pittsburgh) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Jun Uzawa (197-81) who added 12 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Five Mitsubishi Dolphins players scored in double figures. The former international guard Takehiko Orimo (190-70) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Jai Lewis (201-83, college: George Mason, agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Mitsubishi Dolphins moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Hitachi S. and Tochigi Brex. Loser Hokkaido keeps the bottom position with fifteen games lost. Mitsubishi Dolphins will meet higher ranked Panasonic Trians (#3) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Hokkaido will play against Hitachi Sunrockers (#7) in Osaka and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Mitsubishi: O.Lett 27+5reb+2ast, Z.Abe 15+2reb, K.Igarashi 15+2ast, J.Uzawa 12+10reb+1ast, R.Hale 10+6reb+4ast, S.Kajimaya 5+2reb
Hokkaido: T.Orimo 21+5reb+3ast, J.Lewis 18+8reb+1ast, D.Noguchi 12+3reb+2ast, R.Sakurai 8+2ast, D.Yamada 5+4reb+2ast, H.Kashiwakura 5+2reb+6ast
gschID: 102921


Toyota - Toshiba 62-65

The biggest surprise of round 20 was guest Toshiba Thunders' (#4) very close 3-point road victory over second-ranked Toyota Alvark (13-7) 65-62 on Sunday evening. It also means the end of Toyota Alvark's two-game winning streak. Toyota Alvark was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Toshiba Thunders made 16-of-21 free shots (76.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Charles O'Bannon (198-75, college: UCLA) who scored 16 points. International power forward Yoshifumi Kuwahara (200-80) chipped in 15 points. American forward Jeff Gibbs (188-80, college: Otterbein) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and international guard Yusuke Okada (185-84) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Toshiba Thunders maintains fourth position with 11-9 record. Toyota Alvark at the other side keeps the second place with seven games lost. Toshiba Thunders is looking forward to face league's leader Aishin Sea Horses in Kariya in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Toyota Alvark will play at home against Tochigi Brex and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Toshiba: C.O'Bannon 16+4reb+1ast, Y.Kuwahara 15+4reb, S.Kikuchi 10+1reb+1ast, Y.Uda 6+4reb+2ast, Y.Miyanga 6+3reb+3ast, Y.Kagami 5+1ast
Toyota: J.Gibbs 13+10reb+1ast, P.Ricci 10+5reb, T.Watanabe 9+5reb, T.Shonaka 7+2reb+2ast, Y.Okada 7+7reb+1ast, R.Ono 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 102922


Aishin - Tochigi Brex 80-72

Leader Aishin Sea Horses delivered the fifteenth victory. This time they beat 5th ranked Tochigi Brex (8-12) 80-72 in Kariya. Tochigi Brex was ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 48-36 second half run of Aishin Sea Horses. The winners were led by the former international center J.R. Sakuragi (206-76, college: UCLA) who scored that evening 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and American swingman Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-80, college: California) who supported him with 23 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Even 15 points and 7 rebounds by American center Scott Merritt (208-82, college: Marquette) did not help to save the game for Tochigi Brex. Naturalized American forward Ken Tanaka (188-81, college: Whittier) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Tochigi Brex's coach Jason Rabedeaux rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aishin Sea Horses has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-5 record. Defending champion Tochigi Brex keeps the fifth place with twelve games lost. Aishin Sea Horses' next round opponent will be Toshiba Thunders (#4) in Kanagawa. Tochigi Brex will play at home against the league's second-placed Toyota Alvark in Fuchu.
Top scorers:
Aishin: R.Forehan-Kelly 23+5reb+1ast, J.Sakuragi 19+8reb+4ast, S.Asayama 17, R.Frahm 12+4reb+2ast, T.Amino 4+3reb+1ast, S.Kitagawa 2
Tochigi Brex: S.Merritt 15+7reb, R.Holcomb 12+2reb+1ast, K.Takeda 11+2reb+2ast, K.Tanaka 10+8reb, S.Ito 9+8reb+1ast, T.Kawamura 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 102923




Standings - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 16-1 
 2. Sendai 89ers 9-8 
 3. Niigata Albirex 7-8 
 4. Akita 6-11 
 5. Tokyo Apache 5-4 
 6. Toyama Grouses 5-10 
 7. Saitama Bron. 4-13 
Western
 1. Shiga Lakestars 12-5 
 2. Osaka Evessa 12-5 
 3. Okinawa GK 11-6 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 10-7 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 8-9 
 6. Shimane 7-10 
 7. Oita H.Devils 6-9 
 8. Takamatsu FA 5-10 
 9. Miyazaki 5-12 


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague
Points Per Game
 J.R. SAKURAGI
  Aishin
  (206-C-76)
  Avg: 17.3
 1. Sakuragi, Aishin17.3 
 2. Forehan-K., Aishin16.9 
 3. Kawamura, Tochigi .16.9 
 4. Orimo, Hokkaido16.8 
 5. Kinoshita, Panasonic16.8 
 6. Takeuchi, Aishin15.8 
 7. Hale, Mitsubishi15.1 
 8. Lett, Mitsubishi14.2 
 9. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.13.6 
 10. O''Bannon, Toshiba13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Joji TAKEUCHI
  Hitachi S.
  (206-C-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.13.2 
 2. Takeuchi, Aishin11.7 
 3. Gibbs, Toyota8.7 
 4. Sakuragi, Aishin8.3 
 5. Hale, Mitsubishi7.4 
 6. Custis, Panasonic7.1 
 7. Honeycutt, Panas.7.0 
 8. Violette, Toshiba7.0 
 9. Maraker, Hokkaido6.9 
 10. O''Bannon, Toshiba6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kei IGARASHI
  Mitsubishi
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Igarashi, Mitsubishi4.1 
 2. Kashiwakura, Hokka.4.1 
 3. Kinoshita, Panasonic4.1 
 4. Kashiwagi, Aishin3.9 
 5. Sakuragi, Aishin3.7 
 6. Sakurai, Hokkaido3.4 
 7. Yamada, Hokkaido3.3 
 8. Nishimura, Hitachi S.3.3 
 9. Tabuse, Tochigi .3.1 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi .3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shinsuke KASHIWAGI
  Aishin
  (183-G-81)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Kashiwagi, Aishin2.2 
 2. Sakurai, Hokkaido1.6 
 3. Hirose, Panasonic1.5 
 4. Tabuse, Tochigi .1.4 
 5. Forehan-K., Aishin1.4 
 6. Kinoshita, Panasonic1.3 
 7. Lett, Mitsubishi1.2 
 8. Kashiwakura, Hokka.1.2 
 9. Nishimura, Hitachi S.1.1 
 10. Sakuragi, Aishin1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Kosuke TAKEUCHI
  Aishin
  (205-C/F-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Takeuchi, Aishin1.3 
 2. Ricci, Toyota1.3 
 3. Takeuchi, Hitachi S.1.1 
 4. Aono, Panasonic0.9 
 5. Lett, Mitsubishi0.9 
 6. Yamada, Hokkaido0.6 
 7. Gross, Aishin0.6 
 8. Custis, Panasonic0.6 
 9. Takahashi, Toyota0.6 
 10. Brown-M., Mitsubishi0.5 


Japanese JBL round 19 best performance: Kosuke Takeuchi - by Eurobasket News
Former international Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Aishin Sea Horses, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds, while his team edged out Tochigi Brex (#5, 8-11) 73-69. It allowed Aishin to consolidate first place in the Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Aishin has a very solid 14-5 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Takeuchi has many years of experience at Aishin, through which he has constantly improved. Kosuke Takeuchi has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.5ppg) and averages impressive 1.3bpg and 56.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old American Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) of Hitachi Sunrockers. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Hitachi Sunrockers lost that game 69-84 to the higher-ranked Panasonic (#3, 11-8). Hitachi Sunrockers is still second from the bottom in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-11 record. Smith is one of the most experienced players at Hitachi Sunrockers and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Aishin Sea Horses' star - American center J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76). Sakuragi scored 19 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Aishin, helping his team with a 73-69 win against the lower-ranked Tochigi Brex (#5, 8-11). Aishin confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 14 victories and 5 lost games. Sakuragi has a great season in Japan. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.2ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 8.3rpg (4th best) and assists with 3.6apg (5th best). J.R. Sakuragi has also Japanese passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi Sunrockers - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Philip Ricci (202-F-80) of Toyota - 12 points and 11 rebounds
6. Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido - 23 points and 8 rebounds
7. Daiji Yamada (200-C-81) of Hokkaido - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Ryota Sakurai (194-G-83) of Hokkaido - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Hidenori Kashiwakura (174-G-80) of Hokkaido - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Ontario Lett (198-F-79) of Mitsubishi - 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


Standings - JBL
JBL Standings
 1. Aishin 15-5 
 2. Toyota 13-7 
 3. Panasonic 12-8 
 4. Toshiba 11-9 
 5. Tochigi Brex 8-12 
 6. Mitsubishi 8-12 
 7. Hitachi S. 8-12 
 8. Hokkaido 5-15 


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  LATVIA   


LBL D2 Round 9: Jurmala beats Saldus in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with derby games, games ending by tiny margin and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most important game of round 9 took place in Jurmala. Host Jurmala (#1) smashed lower ranked Saldus (#3) by 26 points 87-61 on Thursday evening. It also means the end of Saldus' three-game winning streak. Jurmala (8-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first place. Saldus at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. Jurmala is looking forward to face Livani (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saldus will play against the league's second-placed BS Ogre (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Daugavapils. Local BS Daugava (4-5) was outscored by fourth ranked Ventspils Aug. (6-3) 49-79. Ventspils Aug. maintains fourth place with 6-3 record. BS Daugava lost their third game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Ventspils Aug. will play against Barons/Ridzene (#9) in Riga in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BS Daugava will play at home against DSN Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Livani can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Riga, where they edged Barons/Ridzene (3-8) 78-76 on Wednesday. Livani (1-6) celebrated their first victory after six consecutive losses. They maintain eleventh place. It was Barons/Ridzene's fifth loss in a row. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Livani will meet league's leader Jurmala on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Barons/Ridzene will play against Ventspils Aug. (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season but they fell short in the 76-94 loss to ninth ranked Barons/Ridzene (3-8) in Riga. Barons/Ridzene maintains ninth place with 3-8 record. VEF Kadeti lost their sixth straight game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with eight games lost. Barons/Ridzene's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ventspils Aug. (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VEF Kadeti will play against Liepaja-2 (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-94 loss to eighth ranked Zemgale/Jun. (5-5) in Jelgava on Wednesday evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zemgale/Jun.. They moved-up to sixth place. VEF Kadeti lost their sixth straight game in a row. VEF Kadeti at the other side, also first year in the league, still closes the standings with eight games lost. Zemgale/Jun. will have a break next round. VEF Kadeti will play at home against Liepaja-2 (#10) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 9 ASK/Buki was defeated by BS Ogre in a road game 67-54.


Jurmala - Saldus 87-61

The most important game of round 9 took place in Jurmala. Host Jurmala (#1) smashed lower ranked Saldus (#3) by 26 points 87-61 on Thursday evening. It also means the end of Saldus' three-game winning streak. Jurmala (8-1) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Newly promoted Jurmala maintains first place. Saldus at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. Jurmala is looking forward to face Livani (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Saldus will play against the league's second-placed BS Ogre (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 109468


BS Daugava - Ventspils Aug. 49-79

The game with biggest result difference took place in Daugavapils. Local BS Daugava (4-5) was outscored by fourth ranked Ventspils Aug. (6-3) 49-79. Ventspils Aug. maintains fourth place with 6-3 record. BS Daugava lost their third straight game in a row. Newly promoted team keeps the eighth position with five games lost. Ventspils Aug. will play against Barons/Ridzene (#9) in Riga in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. BS Daugava will play at home against DSN Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 109469


Barons/Ridzene - VEF Kadeti 94-76

Bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 76-94 loss to ninth ranked Barons/Ridzene (3-8) in Riga. Barons/Ridzene maintains ninth place with 3-8 record. VEF Kadeti lost their sixth straight game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with eight games lost. Barons/Ridzene's next round opponent will be higher ranked Ventspils Aug. (#4) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. VEF Kadeti will play against Liepaja-2 (#10) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 109470


Zemgale/Jun. - VEF Kadeti 94-73

Bottom-ranked VEF Kadeti (0-8) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 73-94 loss to eighth ranked Zemgale/Jun. (5-5) in Jelgava on Wednesday evening. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zemgale/Jun.. They moved-up to sixth place. VEF Kadeti lost their sixth straight game in a row. VEF Kadeti at the other side, also first year in the league, still closes the standings with eight games lost. Zemgale/Jun. will have a break next round. VEF Kadeti will play at home against Liepaja-2 (#10) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 109465


BS Ogre - ASK/Buki 67-54

There was no surprise when 5th ranked ASK/Buki (5-4) was defeated on the road by third ranked BS Ogre (7-2) 67-54 on Wednesday. The victory was the third consecutive win for BS Ogre. They moved-up to second place. Loser ASK/Buki keeps the fifth position with four games lost. BS Ogre will face Saldus (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. ASK/Buki will play against DSN Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 109466


Barons/Ridzene - Livani 76-78

Livani can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Riga, where they edged Barons/Ridzene (3-8) 78-76 on Wednesday. Livani (1-6) celebrated their first victory after six consecutive losses. They maintain eleventh place. It was Barons/Ridzene's fifth loss in a row. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Livani will meet league's leader Jurmala on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Barons/Ridzene will play against Ventspils Aug. (#4) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 109467




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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Regatas C. 3-0 
 2. Penarol 2-1 
 3. Espartanos 1-2 
 4. Toros 0-3 
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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  LITHUANIA   


Best players of Lithuanian NKL round 20 - by Eurobasket News
American Darrick Leonard (188-G-84) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes Pasvalys and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 26-year old guard had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and three assists for Pieno Zvaigzdes in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Perlas-MRU (#8, 8-11) with 46-point margin 123-77. It allowed Pieno Zvaigzdes to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian NKL. Pieno Zvaigzdes has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 18-1. Leonard turned to be Pieno Zvaigzdes' top player in his first season with the team. Aurora University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Leonard is in league's top in assists (4th best: 4.8apg) and averages solid 2.2spg,55.0% FGP and 40.3% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92) of KK Akademija Vilnius. Mockevicius impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Akademija to edge slightly lower-ranked Delikatesas (#15, 5-14) by 5 points 81-76. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Akademija managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 13th place. 13 lost games is too many comparing to just five victories Akademija managed to get this year. Mockevicius is well-known by Akademija fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas Kaunas (#5). Sragauskis got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for five assists. He was a key player of LKKA-Atletas, leading his team to a 83-73 win against the lower-ranked Puntukas (#12, 5-13). LKKA-Atletas needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 12 victories and 6 lost games. Sragauskis has a great season in Lithuania. After 16 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.4ppg (best scorer). He also has FGP: 58.8% and 3PT: 43.4%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tomas Urbonas (214-C-92) of LKKA-Atletas - 18 points and 9 rebounds
5. Audrius Mineikis (202-F-77) of Radviliskis - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Bryan Harrison (188-G-84) of Mazeikiai - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
7. Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) of Perlas-MRU - 27 points and 5 rebounds
8. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) of Erelita - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, 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) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Scoring Leaders - DBBL
Points Per Game
 Marcus KENNEDY
  Residence
  (193-F-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Kennedy, Residence26.0 
 2. Crawford, Soleuvre23.8 
 3. Schumacher, T7122.4 
 4. Muller, T7121.8 
 5. McDaniel, Black S.21.7 
 6. Reimold, Basket E.20.2 
 7. Kalmes, Contern19.6 
 8. Delgado, Etzella19.3 
 9. Gary, Contern18.6 
 10. Smith, Sparta18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black Star
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. McDaniel, Black S.14.9 
 2. Wurtz, Musel Pikes13.0 
 3. Crawford, Soleuvre12.6 
 4. Gary, Contern12.6 
 5. Kennedy, Residence11.6 
 6. Stephens, T7111.0 
 7. Wojnowski, Musel P.10.9 
 8. Scott, Etzella10.8 
 9. Abercrombie, Spa.10.3 
 10. Smith, Sparta9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tom SCHUMACHER
  T71
  (190-G-87)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Schumacher, T714.9 
 2. Schartz, Amicale4.4 
 3. Rausch, Black Star3.3 
 4. Delgado, Etzella3.2 
 5. Reimold, Basket E.3.1 
 6. Arbaut, Sparta3.1 
 7. Schwartz, Musel P.2.7 
 8. Koster, Residence2.6 
 9. Birenbaum, Amicale2.4 
 10. Smith, Sparta2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel KALMES
  Contern
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Kalmes, Contern2.1 
 2. Schartz, Amicale1.9 
 3. Jones, Amicale1.8 
 4. Kennedy, Residence1.8 
 5. Smith, Sparta1.8 
 6. Birdsong, Amicale1.6 
 7. Gary, Contern1.6 
 8. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 9. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
 10. Birenbaum, Amicale1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon GARY
  Contern
  (202-F-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gary, Contern2.0 
 2. Birdsong, Amicale1.8 
 3. Hoffmann, Etzella1.6 
 4. McDaniel, Black S.1.5 
 5. Abercrombie, Spa.1.0 
 6. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 7. Kennedy, Residence0.9 
 8. Weisen, Soleuvre0.9 
 9. Stephens, T710.8 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


Standings
Diekirch League Standings
 1. T71 11-2 
 2. Etzella 9-4 
 3. Basket Esch 9-4 
 4. Sparta 8-5 
 5. Amicale 8-5 
 6. Musel Pikes 5-8 
 7. Contern 5-8 
 8. Soleuvre 4-9 
 9. Residence 4-9 
 10. Black Star 2-11 


Diekirch League Round 12: Etzella is upset by Contern - by Eurobasket News
The most important one in the last round took place in Contern between second-ranked Etzella (9-4) and sixth ranked Contern (5-8) on Saturday night. Etzella was defeated by Contern in Contern 76-65. The game rather controlled by Contern. Etzella managed to win second quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 25 person fouls commited by Etzella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Daniel Kalmes (182-85) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) who recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Etzella's coach Douglas Marty rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Contern maintains sixth position with 5-8 record, which they share with Musel Pikes. Etzella at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Basket Esch. Contern is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Black Star (#10) in Mersch in the next round. Etzella will play at home against Residence (#9) in Bereldange and is hoping to win this game.
Third-ranked Basket Esch (9-4) was crushed by ninth ranked Residence (4-9) in Bereldange 86-59. It was a good game for the former international forward Thierry Abdiu (192-87) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Marcus Kennedy contributed with 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds for Basket Esch. Residence moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Soleuvre. Newly promoted Basket Esch dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Etzella. Residence will play against league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Basket Esch will play at home against Amicale in Steinsel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was played in Bertrange where T71 (#1) defeated host Sparta (#4) 89-83 on Saturday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Denell Stephens who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. T71's coach Jan Enjebo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was Larrie Smith with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. T71 (11-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Sparta lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Amicale. T71 will meet Musel Pikes (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Sparta will play against Soleuvre in Belvaux and hope to secure a win.

In the last two games of round 12 Soleuvre was defeated by Amicale in Steinsel 57-49. Bottom-ranked Black Star was smashed by Musel Pikes at home 46-70.


Amicale - Soleuvre 57-49

There was no surprise in Steinsel where 8th ranked Soleuvre (4-9) was defeated by fifth ranked Amicale (8-5) 57-49 on Saturday. Soleuvre trailed by 18 points after 3 quarters before a 23-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 49-57 at the end of the game. Amicale dominated on the defensive end, holding Soleuvre to just 6 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Louis Birdsong (198-88, college: George Mason, agent: Gerrit Kersten-Thiele) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and the former international guard Eric Jeitz (191-86) who added 12 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was guard Ben Hemmen (185-83) with 20 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Christian Weisen (196-86) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Amicale moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sparta. Loser Soleuvre keeps the eighth position with nine games lost. They share it with Residence. Amicale will meet higher ranked Basket Esch (#3) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Soleuvre will play against Sparta (#4) in Bertrange and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Soleuvre: B.Hemmen 20+6reb+2ast, C.Weisen 11+13reb, O.Olumide 10+7reb+1ast, D.Controguerra 6+7reb, S.Muepu 2+4reb, R.Grun 0
Amicale: L.Birdsong 17+10reb+1ast, E.Jeitz 12+4reb+2ast, R.Birenbaum 10+2reb+4ast, C.Jones 9+1reb+2ast, C.Scholtes 6+4reb+2ast, A.Laurent 2+1reb
gschID: 103537


Sparta - T71 83-89

An interesting game was played in Bertrange where T71 (#1) defeated host Sparta (#4) 89-83 on Saturday evening. T71 trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 89-83. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Denell Stephens (192-86, college: Slippery Rock, agent: Yossi Gayer) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds and international guard Tom Schumacher (190-87, college: Cal.Baptist) who added 27 points and 5 assists during the contest. T71's coach Jan Enjebo used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The best for the losing side was the former international forward Larrie Smith (197-75, college: Tennessee Tech) with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Rene Wolzfeld (190-91) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Four Sparta players scored in double figures. T71 (11-2) have an impressive six-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position. Sparta lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourth place with five games lost. They share the position with Amicale. T71 will meet Musel Pikes (#6) in the next round where they are favorite. Sparta will play against Soleuvre in Belvaux and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sparta: L.Smith 24+8reb+5ast, J.Hublart 18+2reb+3ast, R.Wolzfeld 16+9reb+1ast, C.Abercrombie 12+5reb+1ast, P.Arbaut 6+4reb+3ast, D.Gindt 4+3reb
T71: T.Schumacher 27+4reb+5ast, D.Stephens 25+18reb, F.Muller 21+8reb, B.Kieffer 9+3reb, A.Abreu 5+4reb, G.Klein 2
gschID: 103538


Black Star - Musel Pikes 46-70

No shocking result in a game in Mersch where seventh ranked Musel Pikes (5-8) smashed bottom-ranked Black Star (2-11) 70-46 on Sunday. The game rather controlled by Musel Pikes. Black Star managed to win fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end holding Black Star to just 3 points in second quarter and to 13 points in first half. Musel Pikes forced 21 Black Star turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Guy Schmit (185-80) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 9 rebounds and guard Raoul Dentzer (182-87) who added 15 points during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Derrick Harris with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds and forward Tom Becker (195-83) scored 6 points and 7 rebounds. Musel Pikes moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Contern. Newly promoted Black Star keeps the bottom position with eleven games lost. Musel Pikes will meet at home league's leader T71 in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Black Star will play against Contern (#7) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Black Star: H.Derrick 15+14reb+2ast, R.Nunes 6+5reb, T.Becker 6+7reb, T.Rausch 6+2reb+2ast, J.Kirch 5+2reb+1ast, J.Schroeder 3+1reb
Musel Pikes: G.Schmit 17+9reb+3ast, R.Dentzer 15+3reb+3ast, L.Schwartz 11+3reb+1ast, J.Kox 9+1reb+3ast, T.Wurtz 6+9reb+2ast, T.Steffen 5+6reb
gschID: 103539


Contern - Etzella 76-65

The most important one in the last round took place in Contern between second-ranked Etzella (9-4) and sixth ranked (5-8) on Saturday night. was defeated by Contern in Contern 76-65The game rather controlled by Contern. Etzella managed to win second quarter 13-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 22-of-29 free shots (75.9 percent) during the game. 25 person fouls commited by Etzella helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Brandon Gary (202-83, college: Hutchinson CC) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 22 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Daniel Kalmes (182-85) chipped in 22 points and 9 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international swingman Nelson Delgado (186-80) who recorded 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international swingman Jairo Delgado (190-85) added 16 points respectively. Etzella's coach Douglas Marty rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Contern maintains sixth position with 5-8 record, which they share with Musel Pikes. Etzella at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. They share the position with Basket Esch. Contern is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Black Star (#10) in Mersch in the next round. Etzella will play at home against Residence (#9) in Bereldange and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Etzella: J.Delgado 16+4reb+1ast, N.Delgado 11+6reb+4ast, R.Albaladejo 10+9reb, G.Polfer 9+4reb+2ast, T.Giver 9+3reb+3ast, P.Hoffmann 4+3reb
Contern: B.Gary 28+22reb+4ast, D.Kalmes 22+9reb+2ast, L.Majerus 13+2reb+1ast, S.Pezzotta 6+1reb+3ast, A.Milongo 3+3reb, D.Torres 3+2reb
gschID: 103540


Residence - Basket Esch 86-59

Third-ranked Basket Esch (9-4) was crushed by ninth ranked Residence (4-9) in Bereldange 86-59The game rather controlled by Residence. Basket Esch managed to win second quarter 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for the former international forward Thierry Abdiu (192-87) who led his team to a victory with 26 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). American forward Marcus Kennedy (193-84, college: Montevallo, agent: Anthony Hilliard) contributed with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Five Residence players scored in double figures. American forward John Reimold (198-81, college: Bowling Green) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Slovakian power forward Stefan Svitek (203-77) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Basket Esch. Residence moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Soleuvre. Newly promoted Basket Esch dropped to the second position with four games lost. They share it with Etzella. Residence will play against league's second-placed Etzella in Ettelbruck in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Basket Esch will play at home against Amicale in Steinsel and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: J.Reimold 23+6reb, K.Diederich 14+1ast, S.Svitek 12+11reb+1ast, M.Rajniak 7+4reb+1ast, J.Biever 2+1ast, E.Kesseler 1+1reb
Residence: T.Abdiu 26+6reb+2ast, M.Kennedy 21+10reb+1ast, P.Koster 15+3reb+3ast, M.Schmit 11+3reb+6ast, M.Leschek 10+2reb+4ast, F.Mangen 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103541




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KL Dragons won the Thai Slimmers - by Abdallah Omari
KL Dragons won the Thai Slimmers in MABA stadium in the 11th round of the ABL 77-57. The Slimmers were out of coverage and fans were expecting stronger game since the slimmers are at the 1st of the table. 1st quarter was narrow and ended for the dragon 19-16. in the second quarter things did not change too much and the score was 33-26 for the dragons. In the 3rd quarter, the turnovers were a lot for the slimmers and they were unsuccessful in the 3 shots so it ended for the dragons 49-35. With the 4th quarter scenario keeps going and the game ended 77-57. for the slimmers, big credit for Jason Dixon (205-C-73, college: Liberty) and Attaporn Lertmalaiporn while it seems that Chris Kuete (195-G/F-83) is still not in form after coming back from injury and he was playing against his former team. for the Dragons, big credit for the big man, i would say it many times Nakiea Miller (205-C-79, college: Iona) who really raised his team up in this game and other games and finished with 24 points and 22 rebounds. also Patrick Cabahug (186-G), Batumalai Guganeswaran (180-G-83) and Rudy Lingganay (173-G) had a very good game last night.

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MNE1A - 8 Round : new win for Ulcinj,Mornar and Teodo - by Dragan Scepanovic
Mornar Bar - Gorstak Kolasin 112:79 (31:16, 29:16, 30:24, 22:23)
Bar.SC Topolica. Spectators: 200 Judges: Sundic, Radulovic (Podgorica), Markovic (Cetinje).
MORNAR: Pesic 2, Damjanovic 2, Sarajlija 3 (2-1), Radovic 9 (1-1), Mikovic 10 (4-2), Ljujic 11, Jelenic 13, Popovic 4 (4-2), Gagic 17 (3 -1), Vujosevic 18 (6-4), Ivanovic 19 (4-2), Perovic 4
GORSTAK: Dragan Pejic (187-G-76) 10 (7-4), Nikolic 8, Radojicic 7, Misnic , Vlahovic, Stojkovic 2, Djordan 5, Perovic 40, Mijomanovic, Djuknic 7

Ljubovic Podgorica - Lovcen Cetinje 52:71 (16:15, 11:17, 10:20, 15:19)
Podgorica.Hall: 'Rex'. Spectators: 250 Judges: Lepetic (Herceg Novi), Kovacevic (Podgorica) and Lakicevic (Budva).
LJUBOVIC: Ratkovic 6 (4-6), Djurovic, Markovic 2, Bogojevic 16 (6-8), Rajko Tapuskovic (193-G/F-86) 10, Pavicevic 3, Pejovic 8 (4-10), Milosevic, Mijajlovic, Djurisic, Martinovic, Milic 7 (3 - 4). LOVCEN: Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) 6, Boricic 17 (1-1), Marko Milosevic (202-F-84) 13 (0-1), Nikola Pavlicevic (192-G-88) 6, Vucurovic 5, Martinic 9, Lopicic 9 (3-6), Mijovic 4 (0-2), Koprivica 2, Todorovic (0-2).

ABS Primorje H.Novi - Ulcinj 76:83 (19:18, 20:17,18: 24 19:26)
Herceg Novi.SC in Igalo. Spectators: 100 Judges: Rutesic, Kaludjerovic, Janjusevic (Niksic).
ABS: S. Arapovic, Ivan Misinezovic (188-F/G-92), Sutulovic 15 (6-4), Denis Arapovic (186-G/F-92), Milan Stojanovic (191-F/G-83) 6 (10-6), Popovic 18 (4-2), Bulatovic 9 (4-3), Medic, Kovacevic, Ivan Zejak ( 204-F/C-87) 19 (4-3), Markovic 7 (5-1),Marjanovic 2
ULCINJ : Latkovic 3 (4-3), Djurisic 24 (8-7), Tepavcevic 18 (2-2), A. Radulovic 12 (6-6), Sibalic 2 (2-2), Djurkovic 7 (1-1 ) Jeftic 10 (6-2), Klikovac, Djelosevic 5 (2-1), A. W. Radulovic 2 (2-2), Krstovic.

Danilovgrad - Teodo Tivat 80:84 (12:18, 11:20, 25:19, 32:27)
Danilovgrad .Hall in Danilovgrad. Spectators: 200 Judges: Savovic, Popovic (Podgorica), Raicevic (Bijelo Polje).
DANILOVGRAD: Jovovic 6, Perovic, Grabovica 6, Skendzic, Milatovic 9, V. Jovanovic, Jovanovic 17, Sekulic 2, Vukovic, Igor Bijelic (208-F/C-88) 26, Igor Lutersek (203-C-89) 14
TEODO: Bulatovic 4, Boskovic 11, Lazovic 5, Osmajic 4, Bozovic, Marko Calic (197-F-86), Bulajic 21, Subotic 8, Vasilije Seferovic (193-G/F-85) 19, Mitrovic 10, Radonjic 2




Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Ulcijn 8-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 6-1 
 3. Lovcen 6-2 
 4. Jedinstvo 4-4 
 5. Teodo Tivat 4-4 
 6. ABS Primorje 3-4 
 7. Ljubovic 3-5 
 8. Danilovgrad 2-6 
 9. Mogren 2-6 
 10. Gorstak 1-7 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.5 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers26.4 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.1 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.1 
 5. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.0 
 6. Gordon, LA Clippers24.3 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.24.3 
 8. James, Miami Heat24.2 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..24.0 
 10. Martin, Houston R.23.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.12.2 
 3. Howard, Orlando M.12.2 
 4. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.12.0 
 6. Randolph, Memph.11.9 
 7. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.7 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.4 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.9.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.7 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.4 
 3. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.2 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.8 
 5. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.8.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.7 
 8. Felton, New Y.8.3 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.1 
 10. Miller, Portland.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.3.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 5. Curry, Golde S.2.2 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 7. Felton, New Y.2.1 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 9. Miller, Portland.2.0 
 10. Ginobili, San A.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.9 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.5 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers2.2 
 8. Okafor, N.Orlean.2.0 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.9 
 10. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 19-4 
 2. New York K. 15-9 
 3. Toronto R. 9-15 
 4. Philadelph.76 7-15 
 5. New Jersey N. 6-17 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 14-8 
 2. Indiana P. 11-11 
 3. Milwaukee B. 9-13 
 4. Cleveland C. 7-16 
 5. Detroit P. 7-18 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 17-8 
 2. Atlanta H. 16-9 
 3. Orlando M. 15-8 
 4. Charlotte B. 8-15 
 5. Washington W. 6-16 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 17-8 
 2. Oklah.City T. 16-8 
 3. Denver N. 14-8 
 4. Portland TB 12-11 
 5. Minnesota T. 6-18 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 16-7 
 2. Phoenix Suns 11-12 
 3. Golde State W. 8-15 
 4. Sacramento K. 5-16 
 5. LA Clippers 5-19 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 19-3 
 2. Dallas M. 19-4 
 3. N.Orleans H. 14-8 
 4. Memphis G. 10-14 
 5. Houston R. 9-14 


Saturday's games (8) review - by Eurobasket News
Sacramento K. - Miami Heat 83-104
Dwyane Wade's (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) flying, one-handed rebound jam highlighted his 36-point night and led the Miami Heat to their season-best eighth straight win, 104-83 over the Sacramento Kings on Saturday. LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) scored 25 and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 14 points and a season-high 17 rebounds as the Heat broke open a close game in the third quarter to complete a perfect four-game road trip. After losing three of four in late November as the newly formed super team struggled to come together, the Heat have won every game during this winning streak by double digits. The Kings, who have lost 15 of 17 and have the second-worst record in the NBA, offered little resistance to James, Wade, Bosh and Co. Playing on the back end of a back-to-back after winning at Golden State on Friday night, the Heat broke the game open in the third quarter. After Wade helped put Miami in the lead with a 13-point second quarter, James got his offense going with 14 points in the third. *Courtesy of www.katv.com

Chicago B. - Minnesota T. 113-82
Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) had 21 points and seven assists, leading the Chicago Bulls over the Minnesota Timberwolves 113-82 on Saturday night for their season-best fifth straight victory. The Bulls (14-8) are six games over .500 for the first time since finishing the 2006-07 season with a 49-33 record. With a favorable schedule coming up, the Bulls have a chance to establish a comfortable lead in the NBA's Central Division. Rose, known more for his whirling dervish forays to the basket than his outside stroke, set a career high with five 3-pointers. It was the third time this season he has made four or more 3s. He made that many just once during his first two NBA seasons. The long-range jumpers made for an efficient night for Rose, who shot 8 for 10 from the field. *Courtesy of www.wdio.com

Detroit P. - Toronto R. 116-120
Jerryd Bayless (6'3''-G-88, college: Arizona) matched a career high with 31 points and the Toronto Raptors pulled off the biggest comeback in franchise history, beating the Detroit Pistons 120-116 on Saturday night. Toronto overcame a 25-point second-half deficit to end a four-game losing streak. The victory was just the Raptors' third of the season on the road. Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) added 22 points, including a pair of key three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and Leandro Barbosa scored 20. Ben Wallace had a career-high 23 points and 14 rebounds, while Rodney Stuckey also scored 23. Toronto shot 65 per cent from the floor in the first half, but committed 14 turnovers that led to 29 Detroit points. Meanwhile, the Pistons only turned the ball over once on their way to a 72-53 lead. *Courtesy of www.thestar.com

Dallas M. - Utah Jazz 103-97
The Dallas Mavericks squandered a 25-point first-half lead before Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) and Jason Terry (6'2''-G-77, college: Arizona) saved them down the stretch. Nowitzki had 31 points and 15 rebounds, and he combined with Terry for Dallas' final 21 points as the Mavericks extended their winning streak to 12 games with a 103-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. The Mavericks raced to a 29-4 lead midway through the first quarter, then had to rally down the stretch behind Terry's 12 fourth-quarter points and Nowitzki's nine. 'They slowly chipped away and chipped away and finally tied the game there in the fourth, and we had to really dig deep, grind it out and get some stops,' Nowitzki said. '[Terry] got hot at the right moment which really helped, and made shots for us down the stretch. ... We definitely made it harder on ourselves than we should have.' Nowitzki went 10 for 12 from the floor. 'He's on a great run,' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. 'You're not going to shoot 10 for 12 every night, but a guy of his skill level is capable of it.' DeShawn Stevenson added a season-high 17 points, going 5 of 7 from 3-point range, and Caron Butler had 16 points for Dallas. The Mavericks put on a long-range shooting clinic, hitting 14 of 26 from beyond the arc to prevail in a matchup of Western Conference heavyweights. Dallas-area native Deron Williams scored 19 of his 34 points in the first half and paced the Jazz, who had won nine of 11. Paul Millsap added 16 points and Ronnie Price scored 14 for Utah. Dallas made 13 of 18 field goal attempts in the opening quarter, going 7 for 10 from 3-point range, and the Mavericks went on to stretch the NBA's longest current winning streak. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Houston R. - Cleveland C. 110-95
Kevin Martin (6'7''-G/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Carolina) glanced at his stat line on the scoreboard with satisfaction after the first quarter Saturday night. The Houston Rockets shooting guard knew right then that he was headed for a big game. Martin scored 32 of his season-high 40 points in the first half and Luis Scola added 14 points and 14 rebounds in the Rockets' 110-95 win over the skidding Cleveland Cavaliers. Shane Battier (6'8''-F-78, college: Duke) scored 16 for the Rockets, who outrebounded Cleveland 48-34 and went 12 for 26 from 3-point range. Martin finished 12 for 19 from the field, sank three 3-pointers and hit 13 of 14 from the free throw line. 'It was just a nice rhythm,' Martin said. 'I had 'em on a real string tonight. It was fun.' Martin scored a career-high 50 points on April 1, 2009, when he played for Sacramento, in a game against Golden State. He reached 40 points for the seventh time in his career on Saturday, and for the first time since the Rockets acquired him in February 2010. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

LA Clippers - Memphis G. 83-84
The Memphis Grizzlies are starting to learn how to finish games on the road. This time, they closed the deal against the frustrated Los Angeles Clippers, who lost in the final second for the second straight time. Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 18 points and 13 rebounds, Marc Gasol (7'0''-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 17 points, and the Grizzlies held on for a 84-83 victory on Saturday after Baron Davis missed an 18-footer at the buzzer. Los Angeles took a three-point lead into the fourth, and the lead changed hands four times before consecutive dunks by Rudy Gay and Tony Allen gave the Grizzlies an 82-79 lead with 1:53 to play. Allen finished with eight points after playing four scoreless minutes through the first three quarters. Randolph was 9 for 20 from the field against his former team after posting season highs of 34 points and 17 rebounds Wednesday in an overtime win at Phoenix. Gay, the Grizzlies leading scorer, was held to 12 points -- 9.6 below his average -- on 5-for-12 shooting in 44 minutes. Eric Gordon scored 25 points for the Clippers, who were coming off an 87-86 loss to the Lakers on Derek Fisher's driving layup at the buzzer. Los Angeles, off to an NBA-worst 5-19 start, committed a season-high 27 turnovers against a defense that came in having forced a league-leading 16.8 per game by its opponents. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Atlanta H. - Indiana P. 97-83
Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) took care of his sore hamstring and then took care of the Indiana Pacers, scoring 21 points to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 97-83 win Saturday night. Smith was treated for cramping in his right hamstring before the game and showed no sign of being limited against the Pacers. Smith had consecutive three-point plays late in the fourth quarter, each time after the Pacers cut Atlanta's lead to seven points. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) led the Hawks with 25 points. Al Horford finished two assists shy of a triple-double with 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Crawford and Smith combined to make 18 of 21 free throws. Mike Dunleavy had 16 points and Danny Granger and Brandon Rush each added 14 for the Pacers. *Courtesy of www.wishtv.com

Charlotte B. - Boston C. 62-93
Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) scored 16 points apiece and the Boston Celtics overcame a thin front line with smothering defense in cruising to their 10th straight victory, 93-62 over the listless Charlotte Bobcats on Saturday night. Kevin Garnett had 13 points and 11 rebounds and got to sit out the fourth quarter as the Celtics weren't threatened after halftime. Boston played its second straight game without Shaquille O'Neal, who was resting his sore right calf. With Jermaine O'Neal (knee) still sidelined and Kendrick Perkins (knee surgery) out until February, rookie Semih Erden started at center. It didn't matter, not with the Celtics allowing no more than 16 points in any quarter. The Bobcats shot 34 percent and committed 22 turnovers in an ugly effort in what's been a disappointing start to the season. Nazr Mohammed scored 14 points and Stephen Jackson added 13 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, who got miserable performances by Gerald Wallace and D.J. Augustin in their second straight loss. The Bobcats barely avoided their worst offensive performance in team history as the Celtics continued to keep surging Miami at a distance atop the Eastern Conference. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com




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Friars' Brooks Named NetScouts Basketball Big East Player of the Week - by Carl Berman
Ranked Teams: Pittsburgh # 3, Syracuse # 7, Connecticut # 6, Villanova # 12, Georgetown # 10, Notre Dame # 23

Game Recaps (for the week ending December 11th):

Pittsburgh had a difficult first half on both offense and defense, which led to their loss to against #13 Tennessee. Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orangemen had an impressive win against Michigan State and followed that up by destroying Colgate 100-43. Louisville had an important win at home against UNLV 77-69. Notre Dame failed to prove themselves as an elite team losing to Kentucky, but managed to bounce back versus Gonzaga. Cincinnati remains undefeated winning against Utah Valley. Connecticut also remains undefeated with their 8th victory of the season versus non-conference opponent Fairleigh Dickinson. Georgetown was stunned in a loss to Temple for their first loss this season. Providence almost pulled off the buzzer beater against Boston College, but missed the mid-court desperation 3-pointer resulting in a loss of 88-86 but bounced back to top Alabama yesterday in Providence.

Player of the Week:

Providence's Marshon Brooks (6'5''-G/F-89) led the Friars to victory vs the Brown Bears and Alabama Crimson Tide by averaging 31.3 points and 8.6 rebounds. The 65 senior scored 33 points in both wins and 28 points in a competitive defeat to Boston College. Brooks also displayed his defensive ability averaging 2 steals a game, along with 1 block to be named NetScouts Basketball's Big East Player of the Week.

International Player of the Week:

Deniz Kilicli, a 69 sophomore forward from Istanbul, Turkey, assisted West Virginia to a 30-point win over Robert Morris with his finest game of his collegiate career. Kilicli scored a productive 14 points on 6-for-8 shooting to go along with 3 rebounds in just 14 minutes of play to earn the NetScouts Basketball International Player of the Week award.

Game of the Week:

Georgetown underestimated Atlantic 10 Conference opponent Temple this week. Georgetown never once led in this game, going into halftime down 39-32. Georgetown had an 11-point deficit late in the first half but responded in the second half getting within two points a few times. Ramone Moore of Temple helped hand the Hoyas their first loss of the season, scoring a career-high 30 points. After Julian Vaughn pulled Georgetown within 1 point on a hook shot, Temples Juan Fernandez failed to hit a 3-pointer to put Hoyas away. With the score 66-65, Georgetown still had a chance to pull off the comeback victory but Hollis Thompson's shot rimmed out. This was a stunning loss for the #10 ranked team in nation and we can expect to see their ranking take a hit.

Upcoming Schedule:

Cincinnati looks to remain undefeated versus non- conference opponent Georgia Southern on Tuesday. Syracuse will look to continue to rise in their national ranking as they face Iona in a trap game. Louisville and Connecticut are both 8-0 and they each have home games that they are capable of winning this upcoming week. Georgetown will look to bounce back against Appalachian State, to stay competitive in the crowded Big East Conference.

This article was written by Correspondent Geoffrey Warren and Managing Partner Carl Berman of NetScouts Basketball. Information on NetScouts Basketball and their conference recaps and players of the week can found at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


No. 17 Kentucky closes with 25-5 run, whacks IU - by Rick Ross
Coutesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com/

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky coach John Calipari's message to
DeAndre Liggins was simple after watching the junior defensive stopper
struggle at times during the opening weeks of the season.

Calipari told Liggins if he didn't get out on the floor and do all
the little things he did so well last season - grabbing loose balls
and sticking his hands in passing lanes - he might as well fill out
a job application because he wasn't going to see much time on the floor.
Message received.

Energized by a handful of hustle plays that have become his trademark,
Liggins scored a career-high 19 points to lead the 17th-ranked
Wildcats to a physical 81-62 win over Indiana on Saturday.

I just felt diving on floors, defending,
bringing that spark to my team, that's what I do,
Liggins said. 'That's what he stressed to me.'

Liggins kickstarted Kentucky's game-ending 25-5 run with a 3-pointer,
but it was his play at the other end of the floor that got the Wildcats (7-2) going.

He tied up Indiana's Christian Watford on one drive to the basket
and vaulted over traffic in the lane to snare a couple of crucial
rebounds as Kentucky pulled away to win for the 14th time in the last 17 meetings.

He rebounded the ball,' Calipari said. 'You understand the last game
(against Notre Dame) he had one rebound and then had a ball in the corner
where he fell on the floor and couldn't bring it in?
Last year we know he got every one of those balls.

Liggins wasn't doing that in the first half against the Hoosiers
and found himself on the bench when the Wildcats came back out on
the floor holding a tenuous one-point lead. A quick foul to Terrence Jones,
however, forced Calipari to put Liggins in the game a little earlier than the coach wanted.

Calipari's move paid off with Liggins' best performance of the season.
He finished with a career-high nine rebounds, added two
steals and didn't turn it over in 37 minutes.

His intensity helps us out,' said Kentucky guard Brandon Knight,
who added 18 points. 'He kind of leads us in that aspect and
that's what pushes us to be better defensively.

The Wildcats needed that aggressiveness after allowing the Hoosiers
(7-2) to hang around for the first 30 minutes.
Indiana frustrated Kentucky with physical play in a rugged game that featured 47 fouls,
a number of which sent bodies tumbling to the ground.

They were like 'let's just come out and be the more aggressive team
and the tougher team and maybe they'll back down and they'll fold,
said Kentucky center Josh Harrellson, who finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
But (we) did a better job in the second half of just being tougher and playing harder.

Watford led Indiana with 19 points and nine rebounds but the
Hoosiers ran out of gas in the final 10 minutes after a Watford
3-pointer gave them a 57-56 lead.

Indiana missed 10 straight shots over a 9-minute stretch. By the time
Jeremiah Rivers ended the drought on a layup with
38 seconds remaining Indiana was trailing by 17.

They made a few runs late in the second half that
we were not able to sustain or challenge,' Rivers said.

Kentucky shot just 36 percent from the floor by remained perfect
at home during Calipari's tenure by getting to the
free throw line and dominating the lane. The Wildcats outrebounded Indiana 45-33,
outscored the Hoosiers at the free throw line by 19 points and had 12 second-chance points.

If you're going to win you've got to be able to make shots and
for most of the game we did and then at the end we didn't and they did,
said Indiana coach Tom Crean. 'I certainly would have liked to
have seen us get to the foul line a little more at the end
but that's part of the game.'

It hasn't been the easiest two years for Harrellson and Liggins,
holdovers from the Billy Gillispie era who have struggled at times
to fit in with Calipari's roster filled with McDonald's All-Americans.

Yet they have survived and are starting to thrive. Both made the
winning plays' their coach covets against the Hoosiers.
While Liggins picked it up defensively, Harrellson was pulling down rebounds
and getting to the free-throw line for the first time all season.

'Josh can be whatever he wants to be,' Calipari said.
He can paint his own canvas. He can do whatever he wants.
He's in better shape. We play an offense that's perfect for him.

Harrellson's play kept the Wildcats in it in the first half,
but Liggins and Knight made sure Indiana didn't
win at Rupp Arena for the first time since 1989.

Liggins put Kentucky back in front with a 3-pointer two possessions
later then, after two free throws by Knight, converted a difficult
lay-up in traffic while drawing the foul. He hit the extra shot to
put Kentucky up 64-57 and the Wildcats slowly began
pulling away as the Hoosiers unraveled.

Jones hit two free throws, Harrellson put back a miss and by
the time Knight drilled a 3-pointer from the corner the Wildcats
led 71-60 with 2:52 remaining.

Kentucky's win was its third straight in the series.
Each victory has come by at least 17 points.
Calipari joked on Friday that Kentucky should consider canceling the
series considering the way Crean is breathing life back
into the Hoosiers following the NCAA-sanction
riddled tenure of predecessor Kelvin Sampson.

The Hoosiers are certainly on the right track, but can't quite
match Kentucky's talent level, at least not yet. Still,
Crean remained upbeat.

We did things today that certainly we haven't done in our time here,
he said. 'They're things we've got to do more as we continue to get better.


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GABE FREEMAN IS BACK FOR THE PATRIOTS - by Sheryl Reyes
Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, agency: Union Sports, college: Costa Mesa JC) is coming back to help the Philippine Patriots title-retention bid in the AirAsia ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) Season 2. It was a roller coaster being able to get the star import since he was currently playing with the Townsville Crocodiles in australia.The Townsville Crocodiles made a the deal that Gabe Freeman must play his last game last December 11, 2010 before they would let him go, after the game everything went smooth and he was confirmed released after last friday game, ending at a good note, 17 point 9 rebounds and 1 assist . He is now ready to move forward to his next journey . The patriots

Freeman, the former San Miguel import in the Philippine Basketball Association, is arriving this tuesday in time for the Patriots game against the Singapore Slingers on December 18 at the Ynares Sports Arena.

The 6-foot-5 Freeman helped the Patriots win the inaugural championship by sweeping Indonesias Satria Muda BritAma in their best-of-five title series.

He will replace Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.), who scored 21 points in the Patriots 73-71 win over the Kuala Lumpur Dragons and ended up as Best Player of the game, He helped the Patriots win games , Gabe Freeman has always been the top choice of the patriots but the timing was not right and now it is, Patriots was very lucky to be able to get Rasheim Wright since he just came from the World Championships and was taking his time to rest since he will be playing for the upcomming PBA import confference. He ended with good numbers and left with a win and now is preparing for his next assignment. He is also being eyed by a team in Australia and another ABL team so we will see where his heart takes him. Sure a very talented athlete that every team would want to have.

Just like Wright ,Gabe Freeman is hot in the market too,in his last stint with the Beermen, Freeman had per game averages of 23 points. 15.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists.


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Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Energa Czarni 9-1 
 2. PGE Turow 6-3 
 3. Zastal 6-4 
 4. Trefl Sopot 6-4 
 5. Asseco Prokom 5-2 
 6. Anwil 5-5 
 7. Polonia Azbud 5-5 
 8. PBG Basket 4-6 
 9. Polpharma 4-6 
 10. SKK Kotwica 3-6 
 11. AZS Koszalin 3-6 
 12. Siarka 1-9 


Standings - 1 Liga
1Liga Standings
 1. Tempcold AZS 11-1 
 2. ISS Sportino 11-2 
 3. Sokol Lancut 10-3 
 4. Rosasport 10-3 
 5. Asec.Prokom-2 8-5 
 6. MMKS DG 8-5 
 7. LKS Lodz 7-6 
 8. Znicz Basket 6-6 
 9. SKK Siedlce 5-7 
 10. Spojnia 5-7 
 11. AZS Szczecin 4-8 
 12. Start Lublin 4-9 
 13. GKS Tychy 3-8 
 14. Gornik 3-9 
 15. Polonia 2011 3-10 
 16. Astoria 2-11 


DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ted SCOTT
  SKK Kotwica
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Scott, SKK Kotwica25.0 
 2. Brown, Asseco P.23.8 
 3. Bennerman, Energa C.17.3 
 4. Bogavac, AZS K.16.8 
 5. Hinson, Polonia Azbud16.6 
 6. Burgess, Zastal16.2 
 7. Hodge, Zastal15.9 
 8. Frazier, AZS K.15.3 
 9. Goffney, Siarka15.2 
 10. Jovanovic, Anwil15.2 
Rebounds Per Game