EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/14/2010

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  ABA   


Mavericks stampede over Stallions - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (7-0) defeated the #5 ranked Oklahoma City Stallions (3-1) in dominating fashion on Saturday night in front of a loud crowd at their Nutty Jerrys Entertainment Center (NJEC) 133-72. The Mavericks trailed once in the game 3-2 and when Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) put the Mavericks ahead on a 3 point field goal SETX never looked back as they rolled to their 7th victory on the season thus far.
Oklahoma came into the game with an undefeated record and was coming off a big victory over St. Louis that had vaulted them up the National Power Rankings. But the Mavericks depth and experience hurt the Stallions! The Mavericks defensive pressure bothered them all night.
DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) led five players in double figures for the Mavericks with 21 points. Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI), and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) followed up with 16 points. Kenny Dawkins (5'9''-G-87, college: Lamar) chipped in 13 points and 7 assist respectively. Mario Kinsey (6'2''-G-82, college: Sam Houston St.) scored 18 to lead the Stallions in scoring. Andre Valentine (6'5''-F-80) followed up with 13 points.
The Mavericks will play their first back to back games this season as they travel to Lafayette, LA on Sunday to play Louisiana United. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
For more SETX Mavericks Pro Basketball information and ticket sales call 877-643-7508 or go to www.nuttyjerrys.com


Admirals split against the West Virginia Blazers - by Gianni Pascucci
The Lake Michigan Admirals rebounded after losing to the West Virginia Blazers the night before (129-131) beating the Blazers 115-103 on Sunday night at Coloma High School in front of a small crowd but the fans got their monies worth. Admirals are now 2-2 for the season.
The Admirals led 31-22 after the first quarter and it looked like Tyrone Anderson (6'4''-G-84, college: Concord), from the Blazers, was catching on fire again scoring 35 points leading all scores, but Odgra Bobo (6'6''-F-85, college: Oakland CC), from the Admirals, put the fire out for the Blazers. Bobo had a season high 31 points to lead his team to victory.
The next game is against division rivals, Detroit Hoops, on Saturday, December 18th at Lake Michigan Catholic at 7:00pm. In attendance will be USA Olympic Softball players Monica Abbott and Natasha Watley. For more information go to www.lakemichiganadmirals.com


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  ACPBL   


Fisher Player of The Week ACPBL Making noise! - by Justin Moore
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) completed its second week in its inaugural season in grand fashion this past weekend on Saturday December 11 and Sunday December 12. For the second week in a row all of our games went off without a single hitch with large crowds and exciting basketball in each ACPBL city, stated ACPBL commissioner James Schutz. Some other so called professional leagues put together the league schedule as they go or have no real schedule to speak of. The ACPBL has had a complete season long league wide schedule out since the end of September and the professionalism from the league office is filtering down to the teams and making this first season a memorable one.
Europe Teams and scouts and teams wake up this guy can play!
The ACPBL league office has officially named Tru Hope (Norfolk) Trailblazers guard Marcus Fisher the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League player of the week. Marcus had the best individual performance of any player in ACPBL history as he set the ACPBL record for points in a single game scoring 47 points and he also hauled in a very impressive 15 rebounds. This performance was crucial for his team in helping secure a 118-105 win over the Beltway Bombers on the road.

Below is a recap of opening weekend with each teams top performer, you can visit www.acpbl.com and click on stats for the full box scores of each game.



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Steven Markovic claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Australian-Serbian Steven Markovic (190-G-85) had an amazing evening in the last round for Radnicki Kragujevac and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 25-year old guard had the game-high 34 points adding four assists for Radnicki in his team's victory, helping them to beat Siroki TT (6-5) 92-80. Radnicki improved to 6-5 record. In the team's last game Markovic had a remarkable eight three-pointers out of 11 attempts. He turned to be Radnicki's top player in his first season with the team. Markovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (2nd best: 4.9apg) and averages solid 50.9% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old swingman Marko Car (188-G/F-85) of Zadar. Car impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists. It was enough for Zadar to edge Partizan (5-6) by 3 points 91-88. Zadar jumped to 3-8 score. Car is well-known by Zadar fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.3ppg (#5). He also recorded 3.1 assists per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Brian Chase (178-G-81) of Igokea. Chase got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for seven rebounds and four assists. He was a key player of Igokea, leading his team to a 99-82 easy win against Hemofarm. Chase has a very solid season so far. In 11 games in Adriatic League he scored 16.6ppg. He also has 3.4apg and and 3PT: 45.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jahmar Young (196-G) of Crvena Zvezda - 25 points and 2 rebounds
5. Kevinn Pinkney (207-F-83) of Union Olimpija - 21 points and 7 rebounds
6. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) of Buducnost - 19 points and 7 rebounds
7. Michael Lee (207-F-86) of Radnicki - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Ive Ivanov (201-C-85) of Zadar - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Christopher Booker (208-F/C-81) of Krka - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Zoran Dragic (196-G-89) of Krka - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Day-4 Games Preview - by Olusegun Ikuesan
With Monday being observed as rest for all the eleven teams taking part in the 25th edition of the Africa biggest club competition for Men, the race for a quarter-final ticket continue Tuesday with five games on the bill as Group-B second placed teams, Nigeria Royal Hoopers exempted from the days action in the pool of five teams in their group.

AL Ahly Vs Manga BB
AL Ahly basketball club of Libya who are yet to record any win so far will try its luck against Manga basketball club of Gabon in a Group-A at 10H00.

The game is important to both sides as another lose on the part of the Benghazi-based AL Ahly would see them bidding the quarter-final goodbye while a lose for Manga would further open up the group as a four-horse race for the picking of a quarter-final ticket would have been thrown open.

Inter-Club Vs Kano Pillars
Inter-Club basketball club of Congo must be at their best to curtail rampaging Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria as both sides file out at 12H00 in another Group-A pairing.

With a 2-1 record the Congolese side would have put in everything in their arsenal to rattle Kano Pillars who are the only side that is yet to taste the bitter pile of defeat.

Pillars who are already through to the quarter-finals will also not want to underrate their opponent and they would strive to remain top of Group-A so as to be paired against the fourth placed team from Group-B.

Primeiro Agosto Vs AS Sale
Defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola would try everything within its reach to avoid another lose as they battle Group-B leader AS Sale basketball club of Morocco at 14H00.

The defending champion who opened its title defense on Saturday with 96-70 points win over Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria last Saturday was humbled by Cameroon Condor basketball club on Sunday and the game against AS Sale of Morocco provides an opportunity to put themselves back in contention for the title once again while AS Sale who dropped its third game to Royal Hoopers of Nigeria it is an opportunity to remain in contention for a quarter-final placement as they play their last group game against the champion on Tuesday.


AS Modele Vs Maxaquene
Home boys, ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin will have to rely on their vociferous supporters as they confront Group-A second placed side Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique at 16H00 so as to avoid missing out of the quarter-final party.

Modele with a 1-2 record and currently occupying the fifth position in Group-A would rely their back-court players to do the damage against Maxaquene who play compact basketball losing only to group leader Kano Pillars of Nigeria.

Condor Vs Mazembe
Basking in the euphoria of defeating reigning Africa champion, Condor basketball club of Cameroon will end the day;s proceeding against Mazembe basketball club of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Group-B game could go either way both team are equal match-up as they would want to guide against a slip. The game comes up at 18H00 at the gymnasium of Stade LAmite in Cotonou.



Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Kano Pillars keep clean slate book Q/final ticket - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria and FIBA Africa Zone-3 champion, Kano Pillars basketball club is the only team in the ongoing 25th edition of the final round of the Africa Champions Cup for Men winning all its three Group-A thus becoming the first club among the eleven campaigning for honour to land a quarter-final ticket.

The Coach Sani Ahmed tutored side began their campaign with an 86-60 points win over AL Ahly basketball club of Libya last Friday in group-A continued with a superb 74-51 points voctory over Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique with another 71-45 points win over Manga basketball club of Gabon on Sunday.

The Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League champion will on Tuesday take on Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzaville before rounding off its group game against host ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin on Wednesday.

Pillars head coach, Sani Ahmed praised his players for their discipline and team work and says no team will be underrated in the competition.

Coach Ahmed also thumb-up the huge support the team have received so far from the Kano State government saying only a truly supported side can do well in any championship.

I want to give our victory run so far to the players high sense of discipline and commitement to the task at hand, they have been very dedicated to the course of the club and if they continue like this I think we will go far in this years championship.

Kano State government have also being very supportive to our course and without the huge support weve received so far from the governemnt I dont we would have been able to achieve what we have achieved in a space of three years.

Our eyes is certainly set on the title and we are promising lovers of the game back home in Nigeria that we will not let them down, concluded the Pillars Chief tactician.

....... Royal Hoopers kept hope alive, pick first win

The second Nigerian team in the championship Royal Hoopers basketball club kept their quarter-final qualification alive on Sunday when they defeated AS Sale basketball club of Morocco in a highly tense game.

Hoopers who is making its debut in the Africa biggest club competition for Men had early lost its first two games to BC Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo by 57-69 points before going down to defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola on Saturday by 70-96 points.

The destiny of the Hoopers making the cut now rested on their last Group-B game against giant killing Condor basketball club of Cameroon on Wednesday.

The game against the Cameroonian according to team head coach, Ogoh Odaudu is a must win for his side as nothing would stand in their way of making the last-8 in their first outing of the Champions Cup.

Coach Odaudu himself a veteran of Africa club competition with Ebun Comets basketball club beleived the players are not ready to be bundled out of the competition at the group stage.

Everybody is commitement to the goal of making the quarter-final and at this points the players have reiterated their stand not to drop our last group game against Condor of Cameroon.

Though we are mindful of the fact that Condor defeated defending champion Primeiro Agosto by 74-66 points on Sunday but the win over AS Sale of Morocco who defeated Condor in both sides opening group game last Friday have re-engineer our hope that any team is beatable in the championship.

Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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  ANGOLA   


Benin 2010 ACCM: Indomitable Condor ends Primeiro invicibility - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Determination and the zeal to win gave under-dog Condor basketball club of Cameroon victory (74-66) over defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola.

Congor began its victory match over the defending champion with a 19-13 points win the first quarter but lost the second quarter to the Luanda, Angola-based Agosto by 18-26 points to by 37-39 points at the break.

The third quarter proved vital to the Condor side who became INDOMITABLE from then on winning the third and fourth quarters by 20-13 and 17-14 points to end the almost three invicibility of Primeiro de Agosto.

Condor guard/ forward Christain Bayang led the floor with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, Serge Mangamba added 18 points and Ange Pendien contributing 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists to give their side victory. The win now brings Condor record to 1-1 after losing its Group-B opening game to AS Sale basketball club of Morocco by 77-79 points.

Primeiro centre Felizardo Ambrosio led his team with 17 points 7 rebounds and 2 steals, Joaquim Gomes had a double double of 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals while Miguel Lutonda added 12 points.



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  ARGENTINA   


Regatas Corrientes win Liga Americas Group A - by Eurobasket News
Penarol - Regatas Corrientes 72:81

Regatas Corrientes victoriously finished their Liga Americas Group A campaign. They knocked down Penarol in Mar del Plata to record their third straight win at the tournament. Regatas thus clinched the top spot in the pool. Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) came up with 17 points to lead the effort. Both teams advanced into the next round of the competition.
Regatas opened the encounter on a 10:2 run as Eduardo Villares shone for the visitors. But Penarol responded with seven straight points midway through the opening quarter to stop the bleeding. Regatas eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Regatas maintained the lead throughout the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 4 points 33:29. Regatas started to get away in the third stanza. The Corrientes outfit arrived at the final intermission ahead by 8 points 54:46. They did not loosen the grasp in the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Scott Rodgers (191-G, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) notched 16 points for the visitors. Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) had 13 points and 8 rebounds for Regatas. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) replied with 16 points for Penarol. Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) delivered 13 points in the loss.

Penarol: Kyle Lamonte 16, Leonardo Gutierrez 13
Regatas Corrientes: Ramzee Stanton 17, Scott Rodgers 16, Nicolas Romano 13



Solid Weekend!!! - by Joshua Pittman
I am extremely proud of our team. We had a tough go at it last weekend suffering 2 defeats. We didnt play our best basketball which is impossible if your trying to get a win on the road. We came back real strong at home this weekend and came up with 2 solid wins to close out 2010. Now we shift our focus to the Super 8 tourney. The top four teams from the North and South during the first phase play a single elimination tourney staring this thursday. We are in a very good place right now with our confidence at an all time high. Hopefully we can continue or streak and shock the Argentine basketball world this weekend. I want to send a special shout out to one of our young players Alexis Elsener! He had a wonderful game tonight with 21pts, 6rebs, 3ass, and 3 steals. Im signing off for now. Be back soon. Untill next time peace and love to all!!!!!

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NBL Round 9: Hawks beats 36ers by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Sixth-ranked 36ers (3-6) were very close to win a game against first ranked Hawks (9-2) in Gwynneville on Friday. Hawks managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Despite only 2 points difference Hawks tried to control the game. But 36ers won second quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hawks made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 6 assists. International forward Oscar Forman (205-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. International forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for 36ers. Hawks of course still keep top position in the standings. 36ers stay at the sixth place. Hawks is looking forward to face league's second-placed Breakers in Auckland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. 36ers will play at home against Sydney Kings (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Another interesting game for Breakers (8-2) which hosted Taipans (6-3) in Auckland. Second ranked Breakers made an easy win 93-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Taipans. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 assists for the winners and Gary Wilkinson chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Breakers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) with 13 points and 6 assists. Breakers has a solid series of three victories in a row. They did not change their second position in the standings. Taipans dropped to the fourth place. Breakers will play against Tigers (#8) in Melbourne in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Taipans will play at home against Crocodiles (#5) in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between 9th ranked Kings (1-8) and first ranked Hawks (9-2) in Sydney on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Gwynneville beat Sydney Kings 95-80. Timothy Coenraad nailed 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side. Patrick Sanders came up with 27 points and 5 rebounds for Sydney Kings in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hawks of course still keep top position in the standings. Sydney Kings lost seventh consecutive game. They stays at the last place with a total of eight lost games. Hawks will meet league's second-placed Breakers in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sydney Kings will play against Wildcats (#3) in Perth.

In the last two games of round 9 Tigers was beaten by Wildcats on the road 87-76. Crocodiles won against Blaze on it's own court 91-86.


Wildcats - Tigers 87-76
No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Wildcats (7-4) beat 8th ranked Tigers (2-8) in Perth 87-76 on Sunday. The game rather controlled by Wildcats. Tigers managed to win third quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wildcats forced 20 Tigers turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international forward Shawn Redhage (203-81, college: Arizona St., agent: Chris Warren) nailed 22 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side and international guard Damian Martin (188-84, college: Loyola Marymount) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. International center Luke Nevill (218-86, college: Utah) came up with 17 points and 9 rebounds and power forward Cameron Tragardh (209-83, college: ORU) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Tigers in the defeat. Four Tigers players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Defending champion jumped to the third spot. Tigers keep the eighth position. Wildcats will meet at home bottom-ranked Sydney Kings (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Tigers will play against the league's second-placed Breakers in Auckland and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Tigers: E.Devendorf 19+3reb+3ast, C.Tragardh 18+7reb+1ast, L.Nevill 17+9reb+1ast, C.Williams 10+7reb+6ast, D.Corletto 8+1reb+1ast, W.Helliwell 4+3reb
Wildcats: S.Redhage 22+8reb+1ast, D.Martin 18+7reb+3ast, M.Knight 10+5reb+4ast, S.Weigh 9+6reb, C.Tovey 8+6reb+5ast, K.Lisch 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 94573


Breakers - Taipans 93-79
Another interesting game for Breakers (8-2) which hosted Taipans (6-3) in Auckland. Second ranked Breakers made an easy win 93-79. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Taipans. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Breakers's preassure prevailed and they won that period 27-19 extending their advantage to 14 points. They were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Taipans' players. Guard Kirk Penney (196-80, college: Wisconsin) stepped up and scored 25 points and 6 assists for the winners and American forward Gary Wilkinson (206-82, college: Utah St.) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Four Breakers players scored in double figures. Breakers' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was American guard Ayinde Ubaka (193-85, college: California) with 13 points and 6 assists and international power forward Alexander Loughton (205-83, college: ODU) scored 17 points. Breakers has a solid series of three victories in a row. They did not change their second position in the standings. Taipans dropped to the fourth place. Breakers will play against Tigers (#8) in Melbourne in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Taipans will play at home against Crocodiles (#5) in Wulguru and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Taipans: A.Loughton 17+2reb+1ast, A.Ubaka 13+4reb+6ast, R.Dorsey 10+4reb, I.Crosswhite 9+4reb+3ast, P.Jones 9+5reb+1ast, D.Rychart 8+5reb+1ast
Breakers: K.Penney 25+2reb+6ast, G.Wilkinson 20+6reb+1ast, T.Abercrombie 11+3reb+3ast, A.Pledger 11+8reb, M.Vukona 8+3reb+3ast, C.Bruton 6+2ast
gschID: 94569


Hawks - 36ers 81-79
Sixth-ranked 36ers (3-6) were very close to win a game against first ranked Hawks (9-2) in Gwynneville on Friday. Hawks managed to secure only two-point victory 81-79. However their fans expected much easier game. Despite only 2 points difference Hawks tried to control the game. But 36ers won second quarter 20-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hawks made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 6 assists. International forward Oscar Forman (205-82) contributed with 17 points for the winners. International forward Adam Ballinger (205-79, college: Michigan St.) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for 36ers. Hawks of course still keep top position in the standings. 36ers stay at the sixth place. Hawks is looking forward to face league's second-placed Breakers in Auckland in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. 36ers will play at home against Sydney Kings (#9) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
36ers: A.Ballinger 19+6reb, R.Carter 16+1reb+4ast, D.Ng 15+2reb, E.Shannon 12+1reb+5ast, J.Dowdell 5+6reb+1ast, D.Johnson 5+4reb+1ast
Hawks: G.Ervin 31+3reb+6ast, O.Forman 17+4reb, T.Coenraad 15+2reb+1ast, T.Behrendorff 5, G.Saville 5+5reb+4ast, L.Davidson 4+10reb+5ast
gschID: 94570


Crocodiles - Blaze 91-86
Rather expected game when 7th ranked Blaze (3-7) lost to fifth ranked Crocodiles (6-5) in Wulguru 86-91 on Saturday. The Crocs won this game thanks to nice 26-18 in the last quarter. The former international center Luke Schenscher (216-82, college: Georgia Tech, agent: Brad Ames) nailed 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and guard Michael Cedar (195-86) accounted for 12 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. International guard Chris Goulding (190-88) came up with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and American guard Darryl Hudson (196-85, college: Howard) added 15 points and 5 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) respectively for Blaze in the defeat. Five Crocodiles and four Blaze players scored in double figures. Crocodiles did not change their fifth position in the standings. Blaze keeps the seventh place. Crocodiles will meet higher ranked Taipans (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Blaze will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Blaze: C.Goulding 25+6reb+6ast, M.Worthington 19+4reb, D.Hudson 15+4reb+5ast, I.Clark 10+6reb+2ast, S.Hoare 9+7reb, T.Garlepp 5+4reb+1ast
Crocodiles: L.Schenscher 21+7reb+2ast, P.Crawford 20+6reb+1ast, G.Freeman 17+9reb+1ast, W.Blalock 15+6reb+2ast, M.Cedar 12+9reb+6ast, B.Allen 2+1reb
gschID: 94571


Sydney K. - Hawks 80-95
The game between 9th ranked Kings (1-8) and first ranked Hawks (9-2) in Sydney on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Gwynneville beat Sydney Kings 95-80. The game rather controlled by Hawks. Sydney Kings managed to win fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 20-of-24 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Hawks shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. Swingman Timothy Coenraad (201-85, college: Nova SE) nailed 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and American guard Gary Ervin (186-83, college: Arkansas) accounted for 19 points and 5 assists. American forward Patrick Sanders (198-85, college: Cal-Irvine) came up with 27 points and 5 rebounds and international center Julian Khazzouh (211-86) added 12 points and 9 rebounds respectively for Sydney Kings in the defeat. Five Hawks and four Sydney Kings players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hawks of course still keep top position in the standings. Sydney Kings lost seventh consecutive game. They stays at the last place with a total of eight lost games. Hawks will meet league's second-placed Breakers in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sydney Kings will play against Wildcats (#3) in Perth.
Top scorers:
Sydney K.: P.Sanders 27+5reb+2ast, J.Khazzouh 12+9reb+1ast, T.Glider 11+4reb+1ast, B.Madgen 11+3reb, B.Knight 9+5reb+4ast, D.Ryan 5
Hawks: T.Coenraad 24+6reb, G.Ervin 19+3reb+5ast, M.Campbell 18+2ast, G.Saville 11+4reb+7ast, L.Davidson 11+6reb+3ast, T.Demos 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 94572




Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 23.1
 1. Ervin, Hawks23.1 
 2. Sanders, Sydney K.20.0 
 3. Redhage, Wildcats18.7 
 4. Penney, Breakers17.8 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.17.3 
 6. Worthington, Blaze17.2 
 7. Williams, Tigers16.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans16.0 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.6 
 10. Clark, Blaze15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.9.8 
 2. Petrie, Blaze8.3 
 3. Holmes, 36ers8.1 
 4. Davidson, Hawks7.5 
 5. Forman, Hawks7.4 
 6. Vukona, Breakers7.3 
 7. Nevill, Tigers7.1 
 8. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 9. Greer, Tigers6.8 
 10. Schenscher, Croco.6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Saville, Hawks5.3 
 2. Williams, Tigers5.2 
 3. Ervin, Hawks5.0 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.9 
 5. Carter, 36ers4.7 
 6. Cooper, Sydney K.4.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.3 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. Holmes, 36ers3.6 
 10. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Saville, Hawks1.9 
 2. Penney, Breakers1.8 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.6 
 4. Martin, Wildcats1.5 
 5. Carter, 36ers1.3 
 6. Gibson, Blaze1.3 
 7. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 8. Dorsey, Taipans1.2 
 9. Crawford, Croco.1.2 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 1.2
 1. Ervin, Hawks1.2 
 2. Hudson, Blaze1.2 
 3. Devendorf, Tigers1.1 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats0.9 
 6. Corletto, Tigers0.8 
 7. Weigh, Wildcats0.8 
 8. Penney, Breakers0.8 
 9. Knight, Wildcats0.8 
 10. Vukona, Breakers0.7 


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja19.0 
 2. Bergmanis, Zemgale18.6 
 3. Osby, TT.18.2 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping17.3 
 5. Vasylius, Neptunas17.2 
 6. Saage, Rakvere17.0 
 7. Ilin, Barsy Atyrau16.5 
 8. Kleiza, Alytus Alita16.3 
 9. Orelikas, Rudupis16.1 
 10. Juskevicius, Rudupis15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bambale OSBY
  TTU/Kalev
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Osby, TT.11.0 
 2. Kieza, Juventus9.6 
 3. Eziukwu, TU/Rock8.7 
 4. Dumbliauskas, Alytus A.8.7 
 5. Sarakauskas, Siauliai8.5 
 6. Cipruss, Valmiera8.3 
 7. Matulis, Sakalai7.9 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere7.8 
 9. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris7.7 
 10. Veselovs, Valmiera7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Evaldas DAINYS
  Rudupis
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dainys, Rudupis7.7 
 2. Kriisa, TT.5.9 
 3. Ezerskis, Techasas5.3 
 4. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.1 
 5. Alijevas, Nevezis5.1 
 6. Jasikevicius, Aiscai K.5.0 
 7. Gaidamaviciu., Norrko.4.9 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.9 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Aiscai K.4.5 
 10. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Silver LEPPIK
  TU/Rock
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Leppik, TU/Rock2.4 
 2. Dainys, Rudupis2.3 
 3. Gabrans, Valmiera2.3 
 4. Mitchell, Norrkoping2.2 
 5. Saage, Rakvere2.1 
 6. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo2.1 
 7. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.2.1 
 8. Dorbek, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Vasylius, Neptunas2.0 
 10. Chunda, Barsy A.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.2 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale1.9 
 3. Dunigan, Kalev/Cr.1.7 
 4. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 5. Cresnar, Nevezis1.6 
 6. Cukinas, Aiscai K.1.3 
 7. Butkevicius, Rudupis1.2 
 8. Silinskis, Techasas1.2 
 9. Toome, Kalev/Cramo1.2 
 10. Beard, Liepaja1.1 


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


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Standings - Premier League
Premier League Standings
 1. Minsk-2006 14-0 
 2. OZAA Osipov. 11-5 
 3. Sozh Gomel 11-5 
 4. Grodno-93 11-5 
 5. Lokomotiv 7-9 
 6. Borifsen 5-9 
 7. BGUIR-RCOR 3-13 
 8. Vitalyur 0-16 


Premier League Round 16: Easy game for Grodno-93 which smashes BGUIR-RCOR by 30 points - by Eurobasket News
There were only three games played in round 16.

7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR (3-13) was outscored at home by Grodno-93 (11-5) with the biggest margin this round 83-53 on Saturday night. The victory allowed Grodno-93 (11-5) to climb to the second place. They share it with OZAA Osipov. and Sozh Gomel. BGUIR-RCOR lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently in seventh position with a 3-13 record. Grodno-93 is looking forward to face Sozh Gomel (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BGUIR-RCOR's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Minsk-2006.
Bottom-ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (0-16) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to second ranked OZAA Osipovichi (11-5) 75-101. OZAA Osipovichi have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at second position having just three points less than leader Minsk-2006. Sixteenth consecutive loss means that Vitalyur-RGUOR is still at the bottom of the standings. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Lokomotiv (#5) in Vitebsk in the next round. Vitalyur-RGUOR will play at home against Borifsen in Mogilev and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 16 Lokomotiv was destroyed by Sozh Gomel on the opponent's court 103-83.


OZAA Osipov. - Vitalyur 101-75

Bottom-ranked Vitalyur-RGUOR (0-16) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 16th consecutive match to second ranked OZAA Osipovichi (11-5) 75-101. OZAA Osipovichi have an impressive five-game winning streak. Despite the victory they stay at second position having just three points less than leader Minsk-2006. Sixteenth consecutive loss means that Vitalyur-RGUOR is still at the bottom of the standings. OZAA Osipovichi will play against Lokomotiv (#5) in Vitebsk in the next round. Vitalyur-RGUOR will play at home against Borifsen in Mogilev and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Sozh Gomel - Lokomotiv 103-83

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Lokomotiv (7-9) was crushed on the road by third ranked Sozh Gomel (11-5) 103-83. The victory allowed Sozh Gomel (11-5) to climb to the second place. They share it with Grodno-93 and OZAA Osipov. Lokomotiv is currently in fifth position with a 7-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. Sozh Gomel will play against Grodno-93 (#4) on the road in the next round. Lokomotiv will play against the league's second-placed OZAA Osipovichi and hopes to get back on the winning track.
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BGUIR-RCOR - Grodno-93 53-83

7th ranked BGUIR-RCOR (3-13) was outscored at home by fourth ranked Grodno-93 (11-5) with the biggest margin this round 83-53 on Saturday night. The victory allowed Grodno-93 (11-5) to climb to the second place. They share it with OZAA Osipov. and Sozh Gomel. BGUIR-RCOR lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently in seventh position with a 3-13 record. Grodno-93 is looking forward to face Sozh Gomel (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. BGUIR-RCOR's supporters also look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Minsk Minsk-2006.
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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 18.6
 1. Copeland, Aalstar18.6 
 2. Waters, Verviers.17.3 
 3. Taylor, M.Hainaut16.9 
 4. Lojeski, Oostende16.5 
 5. Miller, Leuven16.4 
 6. Mallet, Charleroi14.7 
 7. Dagunduro, Leuven14.7 
 8. Gomis, Charleroi14.7 
 9. Wilson, Antwerp14.6 
 10. Freeman, Verviers.14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monwell RANDLE
  Gent
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Randle, Gent9.1 
 2. Freeman, Verviers.7.7 
 3. Hilliard, Aalstar7.5 
 4. Young, Aalstar7.2 
 5. Tofi, Leuven6.8 
 6. Gay, Verviers-Pep.6.8 
 7. Stipanovic, Liege6.7 
 8. Jackson, Verviers.6.7 
 9. Hill, Charleroi6.2 
 10. Thomas, Oostende6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Darrel MITCHELL
  Oostende
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Mitchell, Oostende4.8 
 2. Hatten, M.Hainaut4.3 
 3. Waters, Verviers.4.0 
 4. Miller, Leuven3.7 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi3.7 
 6. Hill, Charleroi3.3 
 7. Hopkins, Antwerp3.3 
 8. Wright, Charleroi3.0 
 9. Dagunduro, Leuven2.9 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  M.Hainaut
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Hatten, M.Hainaut3.2 
 2. Mitchell, Oostende2.5 
 3. Jenkins, Liege2.4 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp2.2 
 5. Wilson, Antwerp2.2 
 6. McCauley, M.Hai.2.1 
 7. Cage, M.Hainaut2.0 
 8. Greene, Charleroi2.0 
 9. Mallet, Charleroi2.0 
 10. Dagunduro, Leuven2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  Antwerp
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Mejri, Antwerp2.1 
 2. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 3. Johnson, Aalstar1.4 
 4. Randle, Gent0.9 
 5. Santiago, Charleroi0.8 
 6. Young, Aalstar0.8 
 7. Tofi, Leuven0.7 
 8. Freeman, Verviers.0.6 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende0.4 
 10. Copeland, Aalstar0.4 


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  BENIN   


Benin 2010 ACCM: ASO Modele lost steam to Inter-club 58-65 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin of progressing in the 2010 Africa Champions Cup for Men look slimmer on Sunday match Day-3 as they lost their second game to Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzaville by 58-65 points.

First quarter of game ended by 18 points apiece as both sides play a good match-up but Inter-Club open a one points lead in the second quarter (16-17) and continued into the third and last quarters (14-16 and 10-14) to pick a second win for a 2-1 record while ASO Modele now has a 1-2 record.

Inter-Club guard Damely Boungou led his team with 16 points and 3 rebounds, Japhie Nguia had 11 points and 3 steals with Romaric Kondzy grabbing 10 rebounds for their side win. Modele Arnold Yacoubou leading his team with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 block-shots, Alban Zoungarami adding 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks while Ernest contributing 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and one block-shot.



Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Day-4 Games Preview - by Olusegun Ikuesan
With Monday being observed as rest for all the eleven teams taking part in the 25th edition of the Africa biggest club competition for Men, the race for a quarter-final ticket continue Tuesday with five games on the bill as Group-B second placed teams, Nigeria Royal Hoopers exempted from the days action in the pool of five teams in their group.

AL Ahly Vs Manga BB
AL Ahly basketball club of Libya who are yet to record any win so far will try its luck against Manga basketball club of Gabon in a Group-A at 10H00.

The game is important to both sides as another lose on the part of the Benghazi-based AL Ahly would see them bidding the quarter-final goodbye while a lose for Manga would further open up the group as a four-horse race for the picking of a quarter-final ticket would have been thrown open.

Inter-Club Vs Kano Pillars
Inter-Club basketball club of Congo must be at their best to curtail rampaging Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria as both sides file out at 12H00 in another Group-A pairing.

With a 2-1 record the Congolese side would have put in everything in their arsenal to rattle Kano Pillars who are the only side that is yet to taste the bitter pile of defeat.

Pillars who are already through to the quarter-finals will also not want to underrate their opponent and they would strive to remain top of Group-A so as to be paired against the fourth placed team from Group-B.

Primeiro Agosto Vs AS Sale
Defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola would try everything within its reach to avoid another lose as they battle Group-B leader AS Sale basketball club of Morocco at 14H00.

The defending champion who opened its title defense on Saturday with 96-70 points win over Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria last Saturday was humbled by Cameroon Condor basketball club on Sunday and the game against AS Sale of Morocco provides an opportunity to put themselves back in contention for the title once again while AS Sale who dropped its third game to Royal Hoopers of Nigeria it is an opportunity to remain in contention for a quarter-final placement as they play their last group game against the champion on Tuesday.


AS Modele Vs Maxaquene
Home boys, ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin will have to rely on their vociferous supporters as they confront Group-A second placed side Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique at 16H00 so as to avoid missing out of the quarter-final party.

Modele with a 1-2 record and currently occupying the fifth position in Group-A would rely their back-court players to do the damage against Maxaquene who play compact basketball losing only to group leader Kano Pillars of Nigeria.

Condor Vs Mazembe
Basking in the euphoria of defeating reigning Africa champion, Condor basketball club of Cameroon will end the day;s proceeding against Mazembe basketball club of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Group-B game could go either way both team are equal match-up as they would want to guide against a slip. The game comes up at 18H00 at the gymnasium of Stade LAmite in Cotonou.



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Standings - BNL
NBB Standings
 1. Pinheiros/Sky 5-1 
 2. Araldite/Univille 5-2 
 3. Flamengo 4-1 
 4. Unitri/Universo 4-1 
 5. Paulistano 4-2 
 6. BRB/Brasilia 4-2 
 7. Pitagoras/Minas 4-2 
 8. Vivo/Franca 3-0 
 9. Itabom/Bauru 2-3 
 10. S.Jose/Vinac 2-3 
 11. Vila Velha CETAF 2-5 
 12. Winner/Limeira 1-3 
 13. Araraquara 1-5 
 14. Vitoria 1-6 
 15. Assis Basket 0-6 


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  BRUNEI   


Brunei 8th in China-Asean Basketball Invitational - by Ozell Wells
THE national basketball team finished eighth at the recently concluded 3rd China-Asean Basketball Invitational tournament at Pingguo County, Guangxi, China from Nov 30 - Dec 6.

A fatigued Brunei side were humbled 77-55 by Vietnam in the battle for seventh place on Monday.

The team was hoping to improve on their fifth place finish two years ago whereby the Sultanate managed to capture three wins.

But unlike two years ago when the team had four Filipinos, only Don Mordeno and Marjomar Aying were in the line-up after Elvin Requintin and Geve Leones begged off due to personal reasons.

This year, the team only managed one win - against Vietnam 87-83 in the group stages on Saturday.

Despite the setback, national basketball coach Kevin Reece remains positive on the outlook of Brunei basketball.

'Overall it was a great experience especially for the younger ones on the squad. They played well as most of them have never played in conditions whereby their opponents were so tall,' said Reece, during an interview with The Brunei Times, yesterday.

'We even got complemented by other coaches that the team plays good defence and that they wouldn't give up playing their hearts out under all circumstances,' he added.

Ben Sim averaged 20.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game in the five matches.

Reece was impressed with Sim's performance.

'He can play in almost all positions, pass the ball and defend well. Most importantly, he's one of the most unselfish players that I've ever coached,' said Reece. 'Being the captain, he also motivates the other team members as well and showed leadership. I take my hat off to him for averaging a double-double against players who were taller and having to fight off double teams in every game,' concluded the American.

Others members of the team are youngsters Lim Liang Wei, Cavan Kong, Soon Kian Leong, Foo Gwen Tong, Md Zainul Ashyraf Hj Hussin and the experienced duo of Po Yung Hui and Jong Guo Zhang.

The Philippines defended their title after thrashing hosts Guangxi 96-67 in the final. Thailand settled for the bronze after defeating Hong Kong 78-53.

Malaysia finished fifth after beating Macau 78-53 while Singapore was last.
The Brunei Times



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  BULGARIA   


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. Yanev, Cherno More15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Priest LAUDERDALE
  Chernomorets
  (221-C-73)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Lauderdale, Cherno.12.9 
 2. Varbanov, Tundja12.0 
 3. Yanev, Cherno More9.3 
 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. Tsenov, Spartak1.7 
 8. Finzgar, Tundja1.7 
 9. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.7 
 10. Naydenov, Chernomo.1.6 
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. Iliev, Cherno More0.8 
 8. Cvetkovic, Tundja0.8 
 9. Yanev, Cherno More0.7 
 10. Kolev, Cherno More0.6 


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  CAMEROON   


Benin 2010 ACCM: Indomitable Condor ends Primeiro invicibility - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Determination and the zeal to win gave under-dog Condor basketball club of Cameroon victory (74-66) over defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Men Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola.

Congor began its victory match over the defending champion with a 19-13 points win the first quarter but lost the second quarter to the Luanda, Angola-based Agosto by 18-26 points to by 37-39 points at the break.

The third quarter proved vital to the Condor side who became INDOMITABLE from then on winning the third and fourth quarters by 20-13 and 17-14 points to end the almost three invicibility of Primeiro de Agosto.

Condor guard/ forward Christain Bayang led the floor with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals, Serge Mangamba added 18 points and Ange Pendien contributing 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists to give their side victory. The win now brings Condor record to 1-1 after losing its Group-B opening game to AS Sale basketball club of Morocco by 77-79 points.

Primeiro centre Felizardo Ambrosio led his team with 17 points 7 rebounds and 2 steals, Joaquim Gomes had a double double of 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 steals while Miguel Lutonda added 12 points.



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  CHINA   


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Bayi 1-0 
 2. DongGuan 1-0 
 3. Guandong 1-0 
 4. Qingdao DS 1-0 
 5. Shandong 1-0 
 6. TianJin R. 1-0 
 7. Xinjiang 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. Jiangsu 0-1 
 14. Jilin 0-1 
 15. Liaoning 0-1 
 16. Shanghai 0-1 
 17. Zhejiang C. 0-1 


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Randolph MORRIS
  Beijing
  (211-F/C-86)
  Avg: 35
 1. Morris, Beijing35.0 
 2. Crittenton, Zhejia.30.0 
 3. Lamizana, TianJ.30.0 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan29.0 
 5. Green, Shanghai27.0 
 6. Liu, Shanghai27.0 
 7. Akognon, DongGuan26.0 
 8. Xu, TianJin R.25.0 
 9. Douby, Xinjiang24.0 
 10. Wang, Guandong23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee BENSON
  TianJin R.
  (208-F/C-73)
  Avg: 20
 1. Benson, TianJin R.20.0 
 2. Ramos, Zhejiang.17.0 
 3. Lamizana, TianJ.17.0 
 4. Vroman, DongGuan16.0 
 5. Jones, Fujian15.0 
 6. Moiso, Jiangsu14.0 
 7. Zhang, DongGuan14.0 
 8. Morris, Beijing14.0 
 9. Zhong, Jilin12.0 
 10. Hanlin, Guandong12.0 
Assists Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Xinjiang
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Douby, Xinjiang10.0 
 2. Lamizana, TianJ.8.0 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan8.0 
 4. Akognon, DongGuan7.0 
 5. Wang, Liaoning7.0 
 6. Crittenton, Zhejia.6.0 
 7. Allen, Shandong6.0 
 8. Ramos, Zhejiang.6.0 
 9. Hu, Jiangsu5.0 
 10. Mengke, Xinjiang5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Zhejiang G.L.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Crittenton, Zhejia.7.0 
 2. Zhong, Jilin5.0 
 3. Xu, Xinjiang4.0 
 4. Singleton, Xinjiang4.0 
 5. Douby, Xinjiang4.0 
 6. Green, Shanghai4.0 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan4.0 
 8. Xu, Bayi4.0 
 9. Yi, Jiangsu3.0 
 10. Du, Guandong3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.7.0 
 2. Jones, Fujian3.0 
 3. Zhang, Shanghai3.0 
 4. Benson, TianJin R.3.0 
 5. Liu, Jiangsu3.0 
 6. Wang, Bayi3.0 
 7. Abbaas, Beijing2.0 
 8. Moiso, Jiangsu2.0 
 9. Crittenton, Zhejia.1.0 
 10. Li, Bayi1.0 


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  CONGO-BRAZAVILLE   


Benin 2010 ACCM: ASO Modele lost steam to Inter-club 58-65 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin of progressing in the 2010 Africa Champions Cup for Men look slimmer on Sunday match Day-3 as they lost their second game to Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzaville by 58-65 points.

First quarter of game ended by 18 points apiece as both sides play a good match-up but Inter-Club open a one points lead in the second quarter (16-17) and continued into the third and last quarters (14-16 and 10-14) to pick a second win for a 2-1 record while ASO Modele now has a 1-2 record.

Inter-Club guard Damely Boungou led his team with 16 points and 3 rebounds, Japhie Nguia had 11 points and 3 steals with Romaric Kondzy grabbing 10 rebounds for their side win. Modele Arnold Yacoubou leading his team with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 block-shots, Alban Zoungarami adding 13 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks while Ernest contributing 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals and one block-shot.



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  CROATIA   


Important win for Zadar on home court againts Partizan - by Ivan Ilakovac
KK Zadar-BC Partizan MT:S Beograd 91-88
One great game was played last night in Visnjik, KK Zadar in front of cca. 5,000 spectators. Game started in great manner for the home team, as they took the lead early in first quarter, and had a minimum double digit game in 4th minute . They continued to play well in whole first quarter which ended 34-22, and almost half of KK Zadar's points were scored by grear center Ive Ivanov (201-C-85), 13 already. In second period KK Zadar continued to play fantastic on both ends , so they gained the biggest lead of the game,19 points, in 13th minute , with Marko Car (188-G/F-85) (188-G/F-85) laying up the ball for 43-24.Continuing with that kind of play, they managed to hold that lead to the halftime, which ended with result 55-36 in favour of home team.Most important part in the excellent first half performance had Marko Car scoring 16 and Ive Ivanov scoring 15 points.
Second halftime started with points from Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) , and that was first step to big BC Partizan MT:S Beograd's comeback, which took place in 4th quarter. Belgradian team fought in 3rd also, but couldn't ressist Car's three point shootout show, in which he scored 5 from 6 from long range.But, however they came closer, and 3rd period ended with 69-55 on the board.They completed their comeback in fourth,though, had a very big chance of winning this., thanks mostly to James Gist (203-F-86) who scored 14 in the last,with some attractive dunks,But, luckily for the hosts, that wasn't enough, and youngsters without most experienced Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) (who was out in the begginig of the fourth , due to 5 personal fouls), managed to win very important game, finished with Brandon Brown's 2 free throws made, and Duan Kecman's missed three pointer. Final result was 91-88, and now KK Zadar has 3-8 and splits the last place with Crvena Zvezda, while BC Partizan MT:S Beograd won 5 and lost 6 which makes it 11th taem of the competition. Car (27 points, , 4 assits, 5/6 for 3) and Ivanov (23 poits , 5 rebounds, 4 assits) wer best for the hosts, while Gist (21 points, 7 rebounds) was force which bring BC Partizan MT:S Beograd back in game.



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  CYPRUS   


Division A Round 9: Apollon beats APOEL by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Division A is at the halfway.

Round 9 closest game was a home victory of Apollon (#3) over second-best APOEL (#2). Apollon managed to escape with 2-point win
71-69 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Apollon was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Apollon forced 20 APOEL turnovers. Strangely visitors outrebounded Apollon 38-26 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican swingman Joel Camacho (196-81, college: Sacramento St., agent: Jose F. Paris) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. American-Spanish power forward Lewis Sims (203-73, college: New Orleans, agent: Jamie Knox) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American-Belgian forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for APOEL. Apollon (7-1) have an impressive series of five victories staying on top together with Keravnos. Last year champion dropped to the third place with 6-2 record.
Another interesting game for Keravnos (7-1) which played in Nicosia against Etha (4-4). Second ranked Keravnos won
80-72. Serbian center Slavko Stefanovic (206-81, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Sasa Djordjevic chipped in 24 points. Keravnos' coach Memos Ioannou allowed to play the deep bench players. The best for the losing side was American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami (FL), agent: Anthony Hilliard) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Keravnos stays on top together with Apollon. Etha lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the fourth place. They have the same record like Achilleas.
The game between fifth ranked Achilleas (4-4) and 6th ranked Omonia (2-6) in Kaimakli on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Achilleas beat guests from Nicosia
85-76. Georgios Diamantopoulos nailed 16 points and 9 assists for the winning side. Achilleas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest. Aleksandar Radojevic came up with 16 points for Omonia in the defeat. Achilleas jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with Etha. Omonia dropped to the last place with a total of six lost games. They have the same record like 3 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked ENAD managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against sixth-ranked AEL in Nicosia
71-67. The best player for the winners was Balsa Radunovic who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. ENAD (2-6) jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with three other teams including defeated AEL.

ENAD - AEL 71-67
Bottom-ranked ENAD managed to get a second victory, breaking the series of four consecutive loses. This time they won against sixth-ranked AEL in Nicosia 71-67. ENAD was tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was Montenegrin forward Balsa Radunovic (206-80) who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds. Bosnian guard Bruce Price (191-83, college: Tennessee St.) chipped in 12 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian guard Nikola Popovic (198-88) who recorded 25 points and 5 rebounds and Serbian forward Dragoslav Papic (205-87, agent: Goran Gramatikov) added 11 points and 5 rebounds respectively. ENAD (2-6) jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with three other teams including defeated AEL.
Top scorers:
ENAD: B.Radunovic 22+9reb+2ast, A.Smiljanic 15+2reb, B.Price 12+5reb+2ast, D.Collins 8+10reb+1ast, T.Kent 7+3reb+2ast, P.Serdaris 3+1ast
AEL: N.Popovic 25+5reb+3ast, A.Wyatt 13+3reb, D.Papic 11+5reb+1ast, D.Delic 5+2reb+2ast, B.Ewing 4+1ast, M.Kounounis 4+4reb+6ast
gschID: 111890


Achilleas - Omonia 85-76
The game between fifth ranked Achilleas (4-4) and 6th ranked Omonia (2-6) in Kaimakli on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Achilleas beat guests from Nicosia 85-76. Omonia was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Achilleas forced 20 Omonia turnovers. Greek forward Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-80) nailed 16 points and 9 assists for the winning side and Montenegrin center Savo Djikanovic (211-75, agent: Misko Raznatovic) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Achilleas' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest. Bosnian-Serbian center Aleksandar Radojevic (220-76, college: Barton County CC) came up with 16 points and American forward Dennis Horner (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., agent: Jamie Knox) added 11 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Omonia in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Achilleas jumped to the fourth spot. They share the position with Etha. Omonia dropped to the last place with a total of six lost games. They have the same record like 3 other teams.
Top scorers:
Achilleas: G.Pantouris 19+3reb+2ast, G.Diamantopoulos 16+3reb+9ast, T.Biggs 16+2reb+1ast, S.Djikanovic 14+8reb+3ast, B.Frasor 12+3reb, A.Johnson 4
Omonia: A.Radojevic 16+4reb+2ast, L.Juknevicius 12+3reb+2ast, A.McLain 12+6reb, D.Horner 11+7reb+1ast, D.Bostick 10+5reb+3ast, D.Dunovic 7+3reb+3ast
gschID: 111891


Etha - Keravnos 72-80
Another interesting game for Keravnos (7-1) which played in Nicosia against Etha (4-4). Second ranked Keravnos won 80-72. Keravnos tried to control the entire game, but Etha won third quarter 18-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian center Slavko Stefanovic (206-81, agent: Aleksandar Avlijas) stepped up and scored 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and Serbian guard Sasa Djordjevic (190-85) chipped in 24 points. Four Keravnos players scored in double figures. Keravnos' coach Memos Ioannou allowed to play the deep bench players. The best for the losing side was American power forward Anthony King (206-85, college: Miami (FL), agent: Anthony Hilliard) with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the other American import guard Ken Tutt (185-84, college: ORU, agent: Jamie Knox) scored 15 points. Keravnos stays on top together with Apollon. Etha lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the fourth place. They have the same record like Achilleas.
Top scorers:
Keravnos: S.Djordjevic 24+1ast, S.Stefanovic 21+7reb+2ast, K.Johnson 12+5reb+1ast, M.Pekovic 10+7reb+3ast, J.Garcia 6, A.Pilavas 4+3reb
Etha: A.King 18+10reb+2ast, K.Tutt 15+2reb+1ast, T.Massamba 10+3reb, R.Redding 9+2reb, D.Cup 6+3reb, C.Panayiotou 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 111888


Apollon - APOEL 71-69
Round 9 closest game was a home victory of Apollon (#3) over second-best APOEL (#2). Apollon managed to escape with 2-point win 71-69 on Friday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Apollon was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Apollon forced 20 APOEL turnovers. Strangely visitors outrebounded Apollon 38-26 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a good game for American-Puerto Rican swingman Joel Camacho (196-81, college: Sacramento St., agent: Jose F. Paris) who led his team to a victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. American-Spanish power forward Lewis Sims (203-73, college: New Orleans, agent: Jamie Knox) contributed with 17 points for the winners. American-Belgian forward Ian Hanavan (202-80, college: Evansville, agent: Luciano Capicchioni) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds for APOEL. Apollon (7-1) have an impressive series of five victories staying on top together with Keravnos. Last year champion dropped to the third place with 6-2 record.
Top scorers:
Apollon: J.Camacho 18+5reb+1ast, L.Sims 17+4reb+2ast, T.Dials 15+5reb, N.Stallings 10+4reb+2ast, P.Englicky 4+5reb, D.Stiggers 3+1reb+4ast
APOEL: I.Hanavan 20+10reb+3ast, K.Tiggs 18+6reb+1ast, J.Davis 16+4reb+3ast, M.Kovac 8+3reb+2ast, I.Miceta 2+2reb+1ast, D.Kalaitzidis 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 111889




Apollon tied for 1st with big home win against APOEL - by Nima Siar
Limassol, CY - In a close fought game, Apollon was able to fend off the reigning 2010 Cyprus Cup champions APOEL 71-69. APOEL took control early in the 1st quarter while building an 8 point lead led by Miah Davis who finished the game with 16 pts, 6/13 fg, 4 reb, 3 ast and Ian Hanavan 20 pts, 10 reb, 3 ast, 4 stl. Despite playing some shut down defense throughout the game the Nicosia side could not find a way to put away Apollon whom was held to shooting 37% from the field.

With the score tied 36-36 at half, Apollon was able outscore APOEL 19-12 in the 3rd led by a strong inside performance by Terence Dials who tied his season best 15 points on 5/10 shooting. The 4th quarter saw APOEL playing smothering zone defense which forced Apollon into shooting some low percentage shots. Apollon was able to build a 9 point lead with 2:20 remaining in the 4th due to some careless shooting fouls by APOEL. The Limassol side made 26 free throws in the game against only 13 by APOEL. With under a minute and half remaining, APOEL went on 9-2 run to pull the game within 2 points. As time expired Miah Davis missed a driving layup which would have tied the game but the shot bounced off the rim and there was no foul called even though it was apparent contact was made.

Game Notes:

Apollon:
Lewis Sims 17 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast, 2 stl
Joel Jones 18 pts, 5 reb, 2 stl
21/57 FG, 26-38 FT, 15 turnovers

APOEL:
Kevin Tiggs 18 pts, 6/11 fg, 6 reb
13/15 FT, 8/20 3 pt, 22 turnovers
Outrebounded Apollon 41-30

With Apollon and Keravnos winning, both teams are tied for 1st place. Keravnos leads the season series 1-0 with the final game to be played Limassol.



CYPRUS LEAGUE SCORES AN AVERAGE OF 70.9 PTS/ROUND - MVP - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
1ST HALF OF THE LEAGUE

The 1st half of the league is over and all teams have gone through 9 rounds 8 games. Eurobasket.com has run different analyses that can be useful for all teams.

1st Half of the season, Most valuable player = Jeremiah Davis of Apoel (In this 1st half of the season Davis has been the brain of his team. In difficult times where Apoel had only 6 or 7 players on the bench, Davis stepped up and led Apoel to important victories (of course with the help of other players). He has been a team's most valuable player. In addition, statistically wise he is the league's 2nd best scorer, among the top 10 players in assists, and among the top 10 in steals).

1) All Cyprus League scoring (all teams together) averages at 70.9 pts/round
2) League's best scoring teams (average)= Keravnos 75.3 pts/game and Apollon 75 pts/game (keravnos's overtime against Omonoia is not included in the calculation for consistency purposes)
3) Best scoring team on the road= Ehta 77.5 pts/game

TEAM POINT AVERAGE

Home court - On the road -Total
APOEL= 73.0 - 68.8 - 70.9
APOLLON= 76.8- 73.3- 75.0
ETHA= 66.5- 77.5- 72.0
KERAVNOS= 76.8- 73.8- 75.3
ACHILLEAS= 77.5- 66.0- 71.8
OMONOIA= 75.8- 72.3- 74.0
ENAD= 63.3- 65.5- 64.4
AEK= 68.3- 70.0- 69.1
AEL= 62.8- 68.5- 65.6

4) League's worse scoring team (average)= Enad 64.4 pts/game
5) League's best defensive team = Apollon accepting 68.3 pts/game
6) League's best turnover team= Keravnos, averages 11.9 turnovers /game (besides its ability to score high, Keravnos wins mainly because it keeps its turnovers low. As a matter of fact in a few games it had as few as 4 or 7, way lower than other teams).

Average turnovers by team
Team - Average - Total Turn. - Games

APOEL= 16.0 -128 - 8
APOLLON= 16.4 -131 - 8
ETHA= 16.3 -130 - 8
KERAVNOS= 11.9 - 95 - 8
ACHILLEAS= 14.5 - 116 - 8
OMONOIA= 18.4 - 147 - 8
ENAD= 20.0 - 160 - 8
AEK= 15.1 - 121 - 8
AEL= 15.3 - 122 - 8

7) League's top scorer =Dunovic - Omonoia
8) League's top rebounder= King - Etha
9) League's top assist man= Stiggers Apollon
10) League's top stealer=Kent - Enad
11) League's top blocker=Johnson-Keravnos
12) League's most turnovers=Price - Enad

Points 7-12 do not include the last round. They will be updated in the next few days.

Scoring >70
Apoel (averages 70.9)
Apollon (averages 75)
Keravnos (averages 75.3)
Achilleas (averages 71.8)
Etha (averages 72)
Omonoia (averages 74)

Conclusion about 1st half of the season

1) It looks like 4 teams will battle for the championship (Apoel, Apollon, Etha and Keravnos)
2) 5 teams (Apoel, Apollon, Keravnos, Etha, Achilleas) have a positive indicator (score more pts than they accept)
3) 6 out of 9 teams have been scoring above the cutoff point (70)
4) Keravnos has had the lowest turnover average so far
5) Keravnos and Apollon have been the two best scoring teams so far
6) Apollon has been the best defensive team so far

It needs to be taken into consideration that all above statistics and a team's ability to look more stable are greatly influenced by each team's schedule. Some teams for example, have had an easier schedule on the road than others. This obviously skews the results to their favor. A more valid profile of each team will be shaped at the end of the regular season.




IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!! - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Eurobasket.com will announced later today or tomorrow morning statistics that are definitely helpful for all teams of the league. Among others we will present results on:

1) All Cyprus League scoring
2) League's best scoring teams
3) Best scoring team on the road
4) League's worse scoring team
5) League's best defensive team
6) League's best turnover team
7) League's top scorer
8) League's top rebounder
9) League's top assist man
10) League's top stealer
11) League's top blocker
12) League's most turnovers

In addition we will give the award for the MVP of the 1st half of the season.

Stay tuned.




Stefanovic's 21 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket
29-year old center Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Keravnos Strovolou and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 21 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Keravnos in his team's victory, helping them to beat Etha (#4, 4-4) 80-72. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Keravnos to take over top position in the Cypriot league. Keravnos have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game Stefanovic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Keravnos' top player in his first season with the team. Slavko Stefanovic averages this season 9.4ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) of Cytavision Apoel Nicosia. He is American-Belgian forward in his first season at APOEL. In the last game Hanavan recorded impressive double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as APOEL was edged by slightly higher-ranked Apollon (#2, 7-1) 71-69. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. APOEL still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 6-2 record is not bad at all. Hanavan is a newcomer at APOEL and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.3ppg (#7). He also registered 5.9 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Anthony King (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances) of InterCollege Etha Engomis (#4). King scored 18 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite King's great performance Etha lost 72-80 to #1 ranked Keravnos. But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Etha needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 4 victories and 4 lost games. King has a great season in Cyprus. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.9rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rodney Buford (196-G-77) of AEL - 25 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80) of ENAD - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Grigoris Pantouris (190-G/F-82) of Achilleas - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Aleksandar Radojevic (220-C-76) of Omonia - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
8. David Collins (213-C-85) of ENAD - 8 points and 10 rebounds
9. Georgios Diamantopoulos (195-F-80) of Achilleas - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. Sasa Djordjevic (190-G-85) of Keravnos - 24 points

The Player of the week is choosen 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 - 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. AEK 2-6 
 7. AEL 2-6 
 8. ENAD 2-6 
 9. Omonia 2-6 


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. Buford, AEL17.0 
 5. Djikanovic, Achilleas16.0 
 6. Sims, Apollon15.8 
 7. Hanavan, AP.15.3 
 8. Radunovic, ENAD15.3 
 9. Diamantopoul., Achill.15.0 
 10. Camacho, Apollon14.6 
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. Bobbitt, AEK6.7 
 7. Buljan, AP.6.7 
 8. McLain, Omonia6.3 
 9. Camacho, Apollon6.1 
 10. Collins, ENAD6.0 
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. Lee, AP.4.0 
 5. Razis, ENAD4.0 
 6. Kounounis, AEL3.9 
 7. Cummings, Keravnos3.3 
 8. Price, ENAD3.1 
 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. Berdiel, AEK2.5 
 3. Palalas, AEL2.5 
 4. Pantouris, Achilleas2.0 
 5. Price, ENAD2.0 
 6. Johnson, Etha1.9 
 7. Hanavan, AP.1.9 
 8. Kent, ENAD1.9 
 9. Stiggers, Apollon1.8 
 10. Tzakopoulos, Achil.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Avis WYATT
  AEL
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wyatt, AEL2.0 
 2. Johnson, Keravnos1.7 
 3. King, Etha1.4 
 4. Radojevic, Omonia1.4 
 5. Collins, ENAD1.4 
 6. Fells, Keravnos1.0 
 7. Dials, Apollon1.0 
 8. Johnson, Keravnos1.0 
 9. Collins, AEK0.9 
 10. Englicky, Apollon0.8 


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Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 12-3 
 2. Chomutov 12-3 
 3. Opava B 9-6 
 4. Trutnov 9-6 
 5. Usti n/Labem 9-6 
 6. Sokol Prazsky 8-6 
 7. Sokol H.Kralove 8-7 
 8. Proton Zlin 8-7 
 9. Vysehrad 8-7 
 10. Litomerice 7-9 
 11. Benesov 5-10 
 12. Prostejov B 4-11 
 13. Sparta Praha 4-11 
 14. Liberec 1-12 


Myles McKay signs with CEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Adriatic League - by Eurobasket
Myles McKay (6'3''-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) the former ESL Las Vegas 2009 Co-MVP singed today with CEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Adriatic League and EuroCup participants.
Earlier this season Myles averaged 15ppg for Mazzeo San Severo in the Italian Legadue in 8 contests. The team is winless in the Italian league and there has been a constant turnover of players and coaches which was not a quality situation for Myles.
In the 2009-10 season Myles dominated the Czech Republic League by averaging 23ppg and was voted Eurobasket.com Guard of the Year in the Czech Republic League.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk are the Czech League Champions for the past several years and they were very interested in the services of Myles McKay (6'3''-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) during the summer.
Nymburk and their coaching staff are very familiar with Myles ability as a basketball player and offer an exciting opportunity to play at the highest level in Europe.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk is a very high quality club that is ran very professional ansd adding Myles will help them reach their winning objectives.
The Adriatic League offers the best competition in Europe featuring several EuroLeague , EuroCup and teams from the FIBA Euro Challenge Cup.
In addition playing in the EuroCup also provides serious expose and experience in top flight European basketball.
Myles McKay (6'3''-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) will join Jayson Granger (6'1''-G-89) of Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in Spain as former ESL players to play in one of the highest European Cup competitions this season.
Currently there are over 350 former ESL players playing professional in 40 different leagues around the world.
Some of the leagues include the NBDL, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Australia, Finland, Portugal, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, England, Slovakia, Holland, PBL, UBA, ABA, Cyprus and many other leagues around the world.
One of these days we will be announcing that one of the former ESL players will make a NBA team.
For additional information on some the high quality free agents from the ESL that are currently available please email marketing@eurobasket.com


1Liga Round 15: Sokol Prazsky beats Sokol Hradec Kralove by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

1Liga round 15 closest game was a home victory of Sokol Prazsky (#7) over 6th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove. Sokol Prazsky managed to escape with 1-point win 86-85 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. Sokol Prazsky (8-6) jumped to the sixth spot. Sokol Hradec Kralove dropped to the seventh position with 8-7 record. They have the same record like Vysehrad and Proton Zlin. Sokol Prazsky is looking forward to face higher ranked Kara Trutnov (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against Sparta Praha and is hoping to win this game.
Third-ranked B&W Opava B (9-6) lost to Sparta in Praha 91-94. Sparta Praha (4-11) jumped to the twelfth spot. They share the position with Prostejov B. B&W Opava B keeps the third place. They have the same record like Usti n/Labem and Trutnov. Sparta Praha will play against higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava B will play against the league's second-placed Levharti Chomutov (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
An interesting game was also road defeat of 4th ranked Kara Trutnov in a game in J.Hradec versus BK Lions Hradec (#1) 75-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kara Trutnov. BK Lions Hradec (12-3) of course still keeps top position in the standings. Kara Trutnov dropped to the third place with 9-6 record. They have the same record like Usti n/Labem and Opava B. BK Lions Hradec will meet BC Benesov (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kara Trutnov will play against Sokol Prazsky (#6) in Praha and hope to secure a win.
The game between 14th ranked BK Kondori (1-12) and second ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-3) in Liberec ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Chomutov outscored BK Kondori Liberec 90-67. Levharti Chomutov is a new league leader. They share the position with J.Hradec. BK Kondori Liberec keeps the last place with a total of 12 lost games. Levharti Chomutov's next round opponent will be B&W Opava B (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#9).
And finally the game worth to mention about is Proton Zlin's very close two-point victory over BK Prostejov B 71-69. Proton Zlin has a solid series of four victories in a row. They jumped to the seventh spot. They share the position with Vysehrad and Sokol H.Kralove. BK Prostejov B lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 4-11 record. Proton Zlin will face Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov B will play against BK Usti nad Labem.

In the last two games of round 15 Benesov was beaten by Litomerice on the road 69-63. Vysehrad won against Usti n/Labem on it's own court 82-79.


Litomerice - Benesov 69-63

The game between closely ranked teams ended with tenth ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice's (7-9) home victory over 11th ranked BC Benesov (5-10) 69-63 on Sunday. Slavoj BK Litomerice did not change their tenth position in the standings. BC Benesov lost third consecutive game. They keep the eleventh place. Slavoj BK Litomerice will face higher ranked Proton Zlin (#8) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. BC Benesov will play against the league's leader BK Lions Hradec where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 91857


Sparta Praha - Opava B 94-91

Third-ranked B&W Opava B (9-6) lost to Sparta in Praha 91-94. Sparta Praha (4-11) jumped to the twelfth spot. They share the position with Prostejov B. B&W Opava B keeps the third place. They have the same record like Usti n/Labem and Trutnov. Sparta Praha will play against higher ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. B&W Opava B will play against the league's second-placed Levharti Chomutov (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
gschID: 91854


Sokol Prazsky - Sokol H.Kralove 86-85

1Liga round 15 closest game was a home victory of Sokol Prazsky (#7) over 6th ranked Sokol Hradec Kralove. Sokol Prazsky managed to escape with 1-point win 86-85 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. Sokol Prazsky (8-6) jumped to the sixth spot. Sokol Hradec Kralove dropped to the seventh position with 8-7 record. They have the same record like Vysehrad and Proton Zlin. Sokol Prazsky is looking forward to face higher ranked Kara Trutnov (#4) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against Sparta Praha and is hoping to win this game.
gschID: 91855


J.Hradec - Trutnov 90-75

An interesting game was also road defeat of 4th ranked Kara Trutnov in a game in J.Hradec versus BK Lions Hradec (#1) 75-90. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Kara Trutnov. BK Lions Hradec (12-3) of course still keeps top position in the standings. Kara Trutnov dropped to the third place with 9-6 record. They have the same record like Usti n/Labem and Opava B. BK Lions Hradec will meet BC Benesov (#11) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Kara Trutnov will play against Sokol Prazsky (#6) in Praha and hope to secure a win.
gschID: 91856


Prostejov B - Proton Zlin 69-71

And finally the game worth to mention about is Proton Zlin's very close two-point victory over BK Prostejov B 71-69. Proton Zlin has a solid series of four victories in a row. They jumped to the seventh spot. They share the position with Vysehrad and Sokol H.Kralove. BK Prostejov B lost third consecutive game. They keep the twelfth place with 4-11 record. Proton Zlin will face Slavoj BK Litomerice (#10) on the road in the next round. BK Prostejov B will play against BK Usti nad Labem.
gschID: 91851


Vysehrad - Usti n/Labem 82-79

There was an upset when higher ranked BK Usti nad Labem (9-6) was edged on the road by ninth ranked Sokol Vysehrad (8-7) 82-79 on Sunday. Sokol Vysehrad jumped to the seventh spot. They share the position with Proton Zlin and Sokol H.Kralove. BK Usti nad Labem dropped to the third place. Sokol Vysehrad will face bottom-ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. BK Usti nad Labem will play against BK Prostejov B (#12).
gschID: 91852


Liberec - Chomutov 67-90

The game between 14th ranked BK Kondori (1-12) and second ranked Levharti Chomutov (12-3) in Liberec ended with biggest points difference. Guests from Chomutov outscored BK Kondori Liberec 90-67. Levharti Chomutov is a new league leader. They share the position with J.Hradec. BK Kondori Liberec keeps the last place with a total of 12 lost games. Levharti Chomutov's next round opponent will be B&W Opava B (#3) at home, which may be the game of the day. BK Kondori Liberec will play against Sokol Vysehrad (#9).
gschID: 91853




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  DENMARK   


Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Falcon 11-1 
 2. Virum 9-3 
 3. Stevnsgade 9-3 
 4. Lemvig 9-3 
 5. Solrod 7-4 
 6. Haderslev 7-5 
 7. Glostrup 5-5 
 8. Aarhus BF 4-8 
 9. ALBA 3-9 
 10. Skt. Klemens 3-9 
 11. Hobas 1-9 
 12. Herlev 1-11 


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  D-LEAGUE   


Standings
D-League Standings
Central Division
 1. Iowa E. 8-2 
 2. Erie Bay H. 6-3 
 3. Ft.Wayne MA 5-3 
 4. Sioux Falls S. 2-7 
 5. Dakota W. 1-9 
Southwest Division
 1. Texas L. 6-2 
 2. Austin T. 6-5 
 3. Rio Grande 5-4 
 4. New Mexico 5-4 
 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.22.1 
 4. Edwards, New M.20.0 
 5. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.19.9 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.19.8 
 7. Ewing, Reno B.19.3 
 8. Johnson, Dakota W.19.2 
 9. Major, Dakota W.19.1 
 10. Kruger, Utah F.18.9 
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. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.9.5 
 6. Williams, Texas L.9.5 
 7. Johnson, Dakota W.9.4 
 8. Williams, Tulsa 66ers9.0 
 9. Gallon, Maine RC9.0 
 10. Sims, Iowa E.8.9 
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.8.8 
 4. Stinson, Iowa E.8.6 
 5. Daniels, Texas L.8.1 
 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. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 3. Ewing, Reno B.2.2 
 4. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 5. Hamilton, Utah F.2.1 
 6. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.2.1 
 7. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 9. Blakely, Bakersfi.2.1 
 10. Jones, Texas L.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. Patterson, Rio G.1.6 


76ers Recall Brackins from Armor - by Eurobasket News
Springfield loses its top player back to the NBA.

The Philadelphia 76ers recall Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) from the Armor. He averaged 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in five games with the Armor.

The Sixers acquired Brackins and Darius Songaila from the Hornets in exchange for Willie Green and Jason Smith on September 23.


Sunday: Legends and Thunderbirds celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Ft.Wayne MA - Texas L. 109-118
The Texas Legends (6-2) beat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (5-3) 118-109 in a hard fought game in Fort Wayne, IN. The two teams split the weekend series. The Mad Ants came out of the gateS running and went by as many as 13 points in the first quarter giving them a 28-18 lead over the Texans going into the second. The Legends took control of the second period outscoring the Mad Ants 34-14. Matt Rogers (6'11''-C-87, college: SW Baptist) and Reece Hampton (6'5''-G-80, college: Adams St.) led the come-back for Texas scoring 10 points apiece giving them a 52-42 lead at the half. The Mad Ants went on a 14-2 run at the beginning of the second half to steal back the lead thanks to the aggressive play of forwards Darnell Lazare (6'8''-F-85, agency: Impact Basketball, college: LSU) and Marvin Phillips. The home team would hold the lead for only one possession as the Legends fought their way back to a 15 point lead and would hold the lead for the remainder of the game. The Legends had four players record double-doubles on the night. Hampton finished with 24 points and 13 rebounds as Rogers finished with 22 and 10. Antonio Daniels finished 17 points and 12 assists. Darnell Lazare had another strong game for the Ants with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Marvin Phillips Jr. added 19 points and 15 rebounds as Walker Russell Jr. added 22. *Courtesy of www.indianasnewscenter.com

Iowa E. - New Mexico 106-111
Guard Josh Bostic (6'5''-F-87, college: Findlay (OH)) scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the New Mexico Thunderbirds defeated the Iowa Energy 111-106 Sunday in Des Moines. Bostic, a 6'5' guard, who entered the game averaging 7.3 points and 2.3 rebounds, had a career day to help improve the Thunderbirds to 5-4 on the year. Iowa raced out to a 60-51 halftime lead as guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.) scored 13 points. The Energy extended the lead to 70-59 on a pair of Othyus Jeffers free throws with 6:50 left in the 3rd quarter. New Mexico responded with a 14-0 run, fueled by a combined 12 points from Bostic and guard Dar Tucker, to take a 73-70 lead. The two teams exchanged the lead multiple times throughout the rest of the game. Energy guard Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83, college: Iowa St.) made a leaning shot to tie the score at 104-104 with 1:15 remaining in the game. After the teams traded misses, New Mexico had the ball with 36 seconds left in the game. Forward Anthony Richardson's jump shot was off, but Bostic corralled the rebound and was fouled by Energy center Courtney Sims. Bostic made both free throws to put the Thunderbirds up 106-104. After a pair of misses from Jeffers, a jump ball was called between Stinson and Bostic. On the jump, the referees determined that Stinson knocked the ball out of bounds, giving New Mexico possession of the ball. As the Thunderbirds threw the ball in, Iowa's Michael Haynes was called for an intentional foul before the ball was inbounded. That call, coupled with a technical on Energy coach Nick Nurse, gave Alan Anderson four free throws. Anderson knocked down all four, putting the game away for the visitors. Stinson led Iowa with 20 points and 11 assists while Jeffers added a team-high 22 points. Anderson finished with 25 points while Tucker had 14 points and 10 rebounds for New Mexico. *Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com




Thunder recall Byron Mullens from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Mullens appeared in one game (one start) for the 66ers and recorded 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes.

Mullens will join the Thunder for tonights 6:00 PM game against the Cavaliers at the Oklahoma City Arena.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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  EGYPT   


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


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Myles McKay signs with CEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Adriatic League - by Darryl Reshaw
Myles McKay (6'3''-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) the former ESL Las Vegas 2009 Co-MVP singed today with CEZ Basketball Nymburk of the Adriatic League and EuroCup participants.
Earlier this season Myles averaged 15ppg for Mazzeo San Severo in the Italian Legadue in 8 contests. The team is winless in the Italian league and there has been a constant turnover of players and coaches which was not a quality situation for Myles.
In the 2009-10 season Myles dominated the Czech Republic League by averaging 23ppg and was voted Eurobasket.com Guard of the Year in the Czech Republic League.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk are the Czech League Champions for the past several years and they were very interested in the services of Myles McKay (6'3''-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) during the summer.
Nymburk and their coaching staff are very familiar with Myles ability as a basketball player and offer an exciting opportunity to play at the highest level in Europe.
CEZ Basketball Nymburk is a very high quality club that is ran very professional ansd adding Myles will help them reach their winning objectives.
The Adriatic League offers the best competition in Europe featuring several EuroLeague , EuroCup and teams from the FIBA Euro Challenge Cup.
In addition playing in the EuroCup also provides serious expose and experience in top flight European basketball.
Myles McKay (6'3''-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.) will join Jayson Granger (6'1''-G-89) of Asefa Estudiantes Madrid in Spain as former ESL players to play in one of the highest European Cup competitions this season.
Currently there are over 350 former ESL players playing professional in 40 different leagues around the world.
Some of the leagues include the NBDL, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico, Australia, Finland, Portugal, Japan, Iceland, Ireland, England, Slovakia, Holland, PBL, UBA, ABA, Cyprus and many other leagues around the world.
One of these days we will be announcing that one of the former ESL players will make a NBA team.
For additional information on some the high quality free agents from the ESL that are currently available please email marketing@eurobasket.com


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  FINLAND   


Finnish Korisliiga round 19 best performance: Jared Newson - by Eurobasket News
American swingman Jared Newson (195-G/F-84, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Kataja, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19.
The 26-year old player had a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed KTP (#1, 16-3) with 19-point margin 89-70. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Kataja maintains the 3rd position in Finnish Korisliiga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kataja will need more victories to improve their 13-6 record. In the team's last game Newson had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Kataja's top player in his first season with the team. Jared Newson averages this season 16.7ppg and 8.5rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American John Williamson (198-C-86) of Honka Espoo Playboys. Williamson had a very good evening with a double-double of 28 points and 10 rebounds. It was enough for Honka to edge slightly lower-ranked Karhu (#8, 9-10) 92-89. Honka's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 11-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Williamson is a newcomer at Honka, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.8ppg (#6). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Karhu Kauhajoki (#8). Wood got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for eighteen rebounds . Despite Wood's great performance Karhu lost 89-92 to slightly higher-ranked Honka (#6, 11-8). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Karhu ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wood could help Karhu to bring them higher in the standings. Wood has a great season in Finland. After 19 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (7th best), rebounds with 14.6rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 3.8apg (5th best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 65.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jamar Wilson (185-G-84) of Honka - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Frank Richards (188-G-82) of ToPo - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Roope Suonio (176-G-82) of Namika Lahti - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Timo Heinonen (198-F-81) of ToPo - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Anthony Vereen (201-F-86) of Namika Lahti - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Todd Hendley (206-F-84) of Namika Lahti - 16 points and 10 rebounds
10. Grayson Moyer (196-G-86) of Kouvot - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists

The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, 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)


Finnish 1st Division round 10 best performance: Baboucarr Bojang - by Eurobasket News
Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Nokia, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 24 rebounds, while his team outclassed Ura Basket (#7, 5-5) with 37-point margin 91-54. BC Nokia maintains the 4th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Nokia will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. Bojang turned to be BC Nokia's top player in his first season with the team. Former Illinois State University star has very solid stats this year. Bojang is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 16.1rpg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 59.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Derick Nelson (196-F-86, agency: ACMT) of Lapuan Korikobrat. Nelson had a very good evening with a double-double of 36 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Lapua to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Kerava ET (#9, 3-7) 97-76. This victory allowed Lapua to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Nelson is a newcomer at Lapua, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.7ppg (#1). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Cameroonian forward Arsene Towa (191-F-81) of Kerava ET (#9). Towa scored 24 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Towa's great performance Kerava ET lost 76-97 to the higher-ranked Lapua (#5, 6-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kerava ET not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Towa could try to bring Kerava ET's a little bit higher in the standings. Towa has individually a great season in Finland. After 10 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (9th best) and rebounds with 13.6rpg (6th best). He also has 2.1spg and FGP: 54.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. J'son Stamper (200-F/C-85) of LoKoKo - 22 points and 14 rebounds
5. Jamal Douglas (201-F-85) of Huima - 19 points and 15 rebounds
6. Benny Valentine (170-G-87) of Lapua - 25 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Sami Ikavalko (187-G-89) of FoKoPo - 27 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Mikael Sandberg (209-C-91) of TomPo II - 17 points and 11 rebounds
9. Maurice Horton (183-G-84) of LoKoKo - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Treylon Manning (178-G) of Huima - 25 points, 6 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)


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. Ahila, Jyvaskyla4.2 
 6. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.2 
 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. Hall, SayRi2.3 
 5. Bojang, BC Nokia2.3 
 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. Setala, BC Nokia0.8 
 3. Kopio, Honka0.8 
 4. Graham, TomPo II0.8 
 5. Alanen, Namika II0.8 
 6. Rainamaa, TomPo II0.8 
 7. Mantymaa, Huima0.7 
 8. Nelson, Lapua0.7 
 9. Pahn, Kerava ET0.7 
 10. Viitamaki, SayRi0.7 


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Blair, Denek25.5 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.6 
 3. Blot, Blois18.2 
 4. Kennedy, Orchy17.0 
 5. Petrovic, St Et.16.0 
 6. Ford, Bordeaux16.0 
 7. Lalugba, Denain15.9 
 8. Lesieu, St Quentin15.9 
 9. James, Challans15.5 
 10. Disy, Roche15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Christopher GRIMM
  Blois
  (207-F/C-84)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Grimm, Blois9.2 
 2. Simmons, St Et.9.1 
 3. Lesieu, St Quentin8.3 
 4. Roberts, Brest8.2 
 5. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 6. Boutry, Challans8.1 
 7. Alingue, Souffel8.1 
 8. Pasut, Sorgues7.8 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy7.7 
 10. Griffin, Angers B.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.0 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy5.9 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.9 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.7 
 5. Driss, Bordeaux4.5 
 6. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 7. Sauret, Denain4.0 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.0 
 9. Thomas, St Etienne3.9 
 10. Darrigand, Bordeaux3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Blair, Denek3.1 
 2. Neri, Roche2.3 
 3. Sauret, Denain2.2 
 4. Driss, Bordeaux2.1 
 5. Pistre, Le Puy1.9 
 6. Ipouck, Le Puy1.9 
 7. Barbry, Orchy1.7 
 8. Cilly, Orchy1.6 
 9. Roberts, Brest1.6 
 10. Calvez, Denek1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FORD
  Bordeaux
  (207-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ford, Bordeaux2.0 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.8 
 3. Rinna, St Chamond1.7 
 4. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 7. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 8. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 9. Boutry, Challans1.0 
 10. Kolb, Blois1.0 


French ProA round 10 best performance: Joseph Jones - by Eurobasket News
American power forward Joseph Jones (206-F/C-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for STB Le Havre, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (22 points, seven rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Orleans (#11, 4-6) 79-77. Le Havre maintains the 6th position in French ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Le Havre will need more victories to improve their 6-4 record. It's Jones' second year at Le Havre and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Texas A&M University star has very solid stats this year. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.8rpg) and averages impressive 62.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 25-year old American Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports) of Gravelines. Woodside had a very good evening with 23 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Gravelines lost that game 70-80 to slightly higher-ranked Chalon (7-3). This loss caused Gravelines to drop to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-3 record is not bad and everything may still change. Woodside is well-known at Gravelines and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.4ppg (#7). He also recorded 5.5 assists per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group) of Paris-Levallois (#13). Sommerville scored 25 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Sommerville's great performance Paris-Levallois lost 75-78 to Limoges (4-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Paris-Levallois ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Sommerville could help Paris-Levallois to bring them higher in the standings. Sommerville has a very solid season. In 10 games in France he scored 12.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zack Wright (188-G-85) of Limoges - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84) of Cholet - 18 points and 11 rebounds
6. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) of ASVEL - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Blake Schilb (201-G-83) of Chalon - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Luc-Arthur Vebobe (203-F-80) of Cholet - 13 points and 12 rebounds
9. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) of Roanne - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78) of Roanne - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists

The Player of the week is choosen 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 - N1
NM1 Standings
 1. Denain 13-2 
 2. Bordeaux 12-3 
 3. St Quentin 11-4 
 4. Angers BC 49 10-5 
 5. Sorgues 9-6 
 6. Blois 9-6 
 7. Challans 8-7 
 8. Brest 8-7 
 9. Denek 7-8 
 10. St Etienne 7-8 
 11. Le Puy 6-9 
 12. Souffel 6-9 
 13. Orchy 6-9 
 14. Get Vosges 6-9 
 15. St Chamond 6-9 
 16. Lievin 5-10 
 17. Roche 4-11 
 18. CFBB 2-13 


Philippe Da Silva claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced naturalized Portuguese Philippe Da Silva (192-G-79) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Evreux and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 31-year old guard got a double-double of 23 points and fourteen assists, while his team beat St Vallier (#15, 4-8) 97-89. It allowed Evreux to jump to the first place in the Portuguese ProB. Evreux have a solid 10-2 record. In the team's last game Da Silva had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. It's his second year at Evreux and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Da Silva has impressive league stats. He is league's best passer with 8.4apg. Da Silva is in league's top in and averages solid 2.5spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Sierra Leonean forward Moses Sonko (196-F-83) of Maurienne. Sonko impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Maurienne cruised to a 81-69 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Le Portel (#13, 5-7). This victory allowed Maurienne to move up to 8th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Sonko is well-known by Maurienne fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 17.4ppg (#3). He also registered 7.8 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Charles-Henri Bronchard (200-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) of St Vallier (#15). Bronchard scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Bronchard's great performance St Vallier lost 89-97 to the higher-ranked Evreux (#1, 10-2). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of St Vallier not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 8 games, recording just four victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bronchard could try to bring St Vallier's a little bit higher in the standings. Bronchard has a very solid season. In 12 games in France he scored 12.5ppg. He also has 6.3rpg and FGP: 57.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sacha Massot (204-F/C-83) of Antibes - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86) of Quimper - 26 points and 7 rebounds
6. Justin Ingram (185-G-85) of Antibes - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Olivier Bardet (202-F-80) of Nantes - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ronnie Taylor (188-G-81) of Rouen - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
9. Calvin Watson (196-G-85) of Evreux - 20 points and 8 rebounds
10. David Monds (205-F-83) of Bourg - 13 points and 14 rebounds

The Player of the week is choosen 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)


A Globalized NBA - by Willie Deane

Has the attempt to globalize the NBA and maximize profits the reason that the NBA has been loosing money the last couple of years? As the influx of Europeans began to enter the NBA, I initially looked at it as a great way for the NBA to make more money from Europe with international exposure. This would give the NBA an opportunity to increase jersey sales internationally, increase game attendance of Europeans from abroad as well as permanent European residents living in the US, and also a great way to expand its media coverage/player awareness around the world.

The last couple of years have not been going well for the NBA. With ticket sales having to drop yearly because of poor attendance and new competition with soccer/futbol on the rise in the United States (with great players imported from Europe like David Bekham and Thierry Henry to major US cities), has caused the NBA to want to lower salaries along with other financial obstacles/set backs. There are even serious rumors of a potential lockout being planned for the next season. Franchises that were suffering from poor attendance and lack of profit often tried too revived themselves by moving their teams to other cities. Unless a newly moved struggling franchise is able to turn their season around by continually winning, the move is usually only a temporary profit. After the new show becomes old, if they arent winning, fair weather fans eventually loose interest. A perfect example of a franchise that moved and changed ownership with intentions to revive the franchise and generate new temporary profits are the Hornets. They moved from Charlotte to New Orleans under different ownership, too now most recently having to be purchased and owned by the NBA itself. This will be interesting how this plays out because the NBA owning one of its own teams is not only a clear conflict of interest but just shows you how poorly some franchises are doing especially when it comes to having to be bailed out but the league itself.

One of the problems I see with the ticket sales with the NBA is with their target market. The majority of the league is composed of African Americans who come from broken households or poverty stricken areas while the majority of the people who are able to afford tickets and are attending these NBA games are upper middle class/ wealthy white families or celebrities. The poor kids who enter and comprise the NBA and the kids who come from these same broken households or areas arent able to afford the tickets to come to these games on a regular basis. At first glance you may not see anything wrong with the players and the purchasers of the tickets, but when you have instances where you have athletes not conducting themselves on and off the court in a respectable manor, any good household will find it easy not to continue to support these events.
Another problem I see that I feel will eventually threaten NBA ticket sales more and more is the rise of futbol or what we call in America, soccer. You have great European soccer players coming to the states residing in major cities like New York and California that Americans never had access to before. Soccer is the most famous sport in the world and has been forever, so now that it is starting to become an accessible attraction in the states, I think that leagues like the NBA will begin to feel its effects more and more as time passes. Soccer comes second to none in Europe, so now that soccer is on the rise in the states, the NBAs attempt to put Europeans in their league to attract the permanent European US citizens has been negated by legendary Europeans coming to play for US soccer teams.

Im a firm believer in Karma, and the way that you teat people negative or positive will eventually come back around on you. The fact that the NBA doesnt put money into to the D-league is wrong. Sure this is the most heavily recruited league with the biggest opportunity for a call up but the salaries that they pay the players are less then someone can make working at McDonalds full time, not to mention that if a European team wants to buy your contract out, there is a $20,000 buyout fee which is more then most players in the leagues salary. Why wouldnt you want to put more money into the D-league and the development of players? Fans like to support people with whom they can identify with. When you have fans that have supported a player all through his collegent career, why wouldnt you want to capitalize off of that by keeping those players home instead of just letting them go abroad? The more players you keep home, the more competitive it would make the NBA. There are many players that can play in the NBA who play in Europe or other leagues like Asia, but the reality is that there are only so many jobs available in the NBA. Paying higher salaries for D-League players would help the NBA create more jobs and also keep players home.

Why not combine all the pro leagues under the NBA to make one good league? Sounds like a great idea right? Well not from the NBAs perspective, another good paying competitive league would just make more competition for not only the NBA but also its D-League. What happen to the CBA? Was it ruined on purpose to eliminate the competition that the NBA and its D-League would have? The CBA did pay higher salaries then the D-League and a former NBA player who was still coaching in the NBA at the time who eventually would let the league fold also owned the CBA. Was this done intentionally? This I cant answer but I do know that the NBAs financial challenges arent going to get any easier as time passes. What about putting an NBA team in Europe? Ok well in what city? How about London for example since the flight time would be equivalent to flying to LA? Not a good idea! England is swamped with great soccer/futbol teams so the competition would be too great. The pound is a strong currency in Europe so if they wanted and had any interest in basketball, they could purchase the most expensive players with no problem, but in England just like many other European countries they eat sleep and breath futbol.



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


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. Blazevski, Rabotnicki1.5 
 7. Berat, Lirija1.5 
 8. Mirakovski, Rabot.1.5 
 9. Dimcevski, Torus S.1.4 
 10. Petrovski, MZT S.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Muhamed THACI
  Trepca
  (200-G/F-81)
  Avg: 1
 1. Taci, Lirija1.0 
 2. Jeter, Lirija1.0 
 3. Anakievski, Pelist.0.8 
 4. Jelesijevic, Ovce P.0.8 
 5. Petkovski, Pelist.0.7 
 6. Mihajlovski, Ultima.0.7 
 7. Lazic, Ultimate.0.7 
 8. Kurciev, Ultima.0.7 
 9. Jovanovic, Ultima.0.7 
 10. Janeski, Ultima.0.6 


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  GABON   


Benin 2010 ACCM: Manga lost to Kano Pillars 45-71 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After giving up the first quarter to Manga basketball club of Gabon by 13-15 points Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria fall back on experience and team work to upstage the Gabonese side by 71-45 points to record its third straight win in Group-A of the 25th Africa Champions Cup for Men.

Kano Pillars coached by Coach Sani Ahmed won the last three quarters by 14-05, 21-17 and 23-08 becoming the first team to book a Quarter/finals ticket.

Pillars and Nigeria international guard, Ibrahim Yusuf led the floor with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, forward Dele Ademola added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks while Mohammed Bukar scored 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.



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  GAMBIA   


Baboucarr Bojang receives Eurobasket.com Player of the Week in Finland - by Eurobasket News
Gambian forward Baboucarr Bojang (204-F-80, college: Illinois St.) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Nokia, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1st Division Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 30-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 24 rebounds, while his team outclassed Ura Basket (#7, 5-5) with 37-point margin 91-54. BC Nokia maintains the 4th position in Finnish 1st Division. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. BC Nokia will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. Baboucarr Bojang turned to be BC Nokia's top player in his first season with the team. Former Illinois State University star has very solid stats this year. Baboucarr Bojang is in league's top in points (7th best: 19.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 16.1rpg) and averages impressive 2.3spg and 59.8% FGP.


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  GEORGIA   


Geogian Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Lasha PARGHALAVA
  Sokhumi
  (191-G-87)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Parghalava, Sokhu.21.9 
 2. Panchulidze, TSU T.20.6 
 3. Chikviladze, GTU T.19.0 
 4. Tugushi, Army18.9 
 5. Keshelava, Batumi18.0 
 6. Tsekvava, Energy R.17.4 
 7. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi17.1 
 8. Berishvili, Kutaisi16.7 
 9. Toudjani, Energy R.16.4 
 10. Tenieshvili, Batumi16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Richard DAMUS
  Sokhumi
  (198-F-83)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Damus, Sokhumi11.6 
 2. Keshelava, Batumi11.6 
 3. Imnadze, MIA T.10.9 
 4. Ugrekhelidze, Army10.0 
 5. Tugushi, Army9.9 
 6. Damus, Sokhumi9.8 
 7. Matiashvili, TSU T.9.6 
 8. Bekauri, Samedicino9.1 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.8.1 
 10. Toudjani, Energy R.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi GAPRINDASHVILI
  TSU Tbilisi
  (190-G-88)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.6.5 
 2. Tugushi, Army6.0 
 3. Tetelashvili, GSAU T.5.7 
 4. Tavartkiladz., Samedi.5.3 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.5.0 
 6. Tsivtsivadze, Energy R.4.7 
 7. Didia, Kutaisi4.6 
 8. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi4.3 
 9. Berishvili, MIA T.4.3 
 10. Bakradze, Army4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Giorgi GULISABEDASHVILI
  Samedicino
  (194-G-88)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Gulisabedash., Samedi.3.7 
 2. Antadze, GTU T.3.1 
 3. Tsekvava, Energy R.2.9 
 4. Berishvili, Kutaisi2.6 
 5. Parghalava, Sokhu.2.6 
 6. Panchulidze, TSU T.2.6 
 7. Beruashvili, GTU T.2.4 
 8. Gaprindashvi., TSU T.2.3 
 9. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.3 
 10. Tugushi, Army2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Davit IMNADZE
  MIA Tbilisi
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Imnadze, MIA T.2.0 
 2. Bekauri, Samedicino1.9 
 3. Damus, Sokhumi1.8 
 4. Lamu, Energy R.1.6 
 5. Beruashvili, GTU T.1.4 
 6. Damus, Sokhumi1.4 
 7. Boisa, Army1.4 
 8. Matiashvili, TSU T.1.1 
 9. Antadze, GTU T.1.0 
 10. Atuashvili, Army1.0 


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  GERMANY   


De Michael's 30-point game gives him ProA Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
33-year old power forward Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) put on an amazing game in the last round for VfL Kirchheim Knights and receives a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had the game-high 30 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Kirchheim in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Freiburg (#15, 3-9) in overtime 99-98. Despite this victory Kirchheim dropped to the 5th position in German ProA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kirchheim will need more victories to improve their 7-5 record. In the team's last game De Michael had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Kirchheim and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Tennessee at Martin graduate has very impressive stats this year. De Michael is in league's top in rebounds (8th best: 7.4rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg and 67.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Paul Gause (180-G-86) of USC Freiburg. He is American guard in his first season at Freiburg. In the last game Gause recorded impressive 35 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists. Bad luck as Freiburg was edged in overtime by the higher-ranked Kirchheim (#5, 7-5) 99-98. Freiburg is still in a red zone at 15th spot in the standings. 9 lost games is too many comparing to just three victories Freiburg managed to get this year. Gause is a newcomer at Freiburg and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#3). He also recorded 3.6 assists per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Reggie Fuller (198-F-86) of Crailsheim Merlins (#12). Fuller scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Fuller's great performance Crailsheim lost 89-94 to Webmoebel (5-7). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Crailsheim ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Fuller could help Crailsheim to bring them higher in the standings. Fuller has a great season in Germany. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 7.6rpg (7th best). He also has 1.3bpg and FGP: 65.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ty Shaw (202-F/C-79) of Chemnitz - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Kejuan Johnson (193-G-85) of Webmoebel - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82) of Kirchheim - 14 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jonathan Wallace (187-G-86) of B.Muenchen - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Lee Jeka (187-G-83) of Wuerzburg - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86) of Chemnitz - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Calvin Henry (198-F-86) of Hannover - 15 points, 10 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)


ProB Round 12: TSV Troester defeats BV Villingen-Schwenningen in the closest game 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 interesting game of round 12 in the ProB was a very close only three-point a home defeat of 8th ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (4-8) to seventh ranked TSV Troester (5-6) 80-83 in the game for the seventh place. TSV Troester trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BV Villingen-Schwenningen outrebounded TSV Troester 42-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Maurice Stuckey (187-90, agent: Patrick King) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and center Philipp Neumann (210-92) who added 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St., agent: 22ft) with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Despite the victory TSV Troester stay at seventh position in group South. BV Villingen-Schwenningen is currently in eighth place with a 4-8 record as they suffered their eighth loss. TSV Troester is looking forward to face higher ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Third-ranked Leitershofen (8-4) was defeated by eleventh ranked Oettinger Rockets (4-8) in Gotha 91-79. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) who scored that evening 26 points and 4 assists and Parnell Smith who supported him with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds by center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) did not help to save the game for Leitershofen. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory allowed Oettinger Rockets Gotha (4-8) who are in their first season in the ProB to climb to the eighth place in group South. They share it with Schwenningen. Leitershofen who is 8-4 went down to fourth position as they suffered their fourth loss. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Giessen Pointers (#10) on the road in the next round. Leitershofen will play against BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Quite upsetting was Licher Baeren's road defeat in a game versus Ehingen/Urspringschule 69-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Licher Baeren. The best player for the winners was Timothy Lang who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Willis Gardner who recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Ehingen/Urspringschule (11-1) have an impressive eleven-game winning streak. They stay at first position in group South. Licher Baeren is currently in second place with a 9-3 record as they suffered their third loss. Ehingen/Urspringschule will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Licher Baeren will play against BV Villingen-Schwenningen and hope to secure a win.
Third ranked Hertener Loewen (9-3) crushed at home 6th ranked BSV Wulfen (6-6) by 33 points 96-63, which is the biggest margin this round. It was a good game for Vincent Kittmann who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players seeing no chance for a win. The victory allowed Hertener Loewen (9-3) to take over a leadership position in group North. They share it with three other teams. BSV Wulfen is currently in fifth place with a 6-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. Hertener Loewen's next round opponent will be Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen and are hoping to win another game. BSV Wulfen will play at home against SSV Lok Bernau (#12).
ProB top team - SG Schwelmer Baskets (9-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked ALBA Berlin II (6-6) 83-70. Worth to mention a quality performance of Jason Holmes who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. ALBA Berlin II's coach Alan Ibrahimagic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. SG Schwelmer Baskets has a solid three-game winning streak. They stay at first position in group North. ALBA Berlin II is currently in fifth place with a 6-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face SC Rasta Vechta (#4) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin II will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 12:
In Group North Wolfenbuettel won against Rist-Wedel on the opponent's court 70-64. Vechta managed to outperform SU Medien in a home game 95-88. Stahnsdorf managed to beat Bernau on the road 88-84. Leipzig defeated Bayer Giants on it's own court 95-79.
In Group South Konstanz was smashed by BG Illertal in Weissenhorn 85-63. Dt.Bank SKY II lost to NBC at home 60-70. Giessen unfortunately lost to Langen on the opponent's court 65-66.


Group North
Rist-Wedel - Wolfenbuettel 64-70

There was an upset when higher ranked SC Rist Wedel (5-7) was defeated at home by eleventh ranked Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-8) 70-64 on Saturday. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 20-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Henje Knopke (193-85) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 assists and guard Martin Kemp (182-85) who added 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was Canadian forward Mitch Leger (198-87) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Mac-Davis Duah (186-76) scored 8 points and 6 rebounds. SC Rist Wedel's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Herzoege Wolfenbuettel (4-8) to climb to the ninth place in group North. They share it with SU Medien and Bayer Giants. SC Rist Wedel is currently in seventh position with a 5-7 record as they suffered their seventh loss. Herzoege Wolfenbuettel will face higher ranked ALBA Berlin II (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Wolfenbuettel: H.Knopke 22+1reb+5ast, M.Kemp 15+6reb+4ast, J.Sexton 9+8reb, B.Seebode 9+1ast, M.Boone 6+7reb, B.Giles 4+3reb+2ast
Rist-Wedel: M.Leger 16+10reb+2ast, M.Pompey 9+3reb+2ast, F.Moysich 8+2reb, M.Duah 8+6reb, K.Gausa 8+1ast, S.Kiese 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 93964


Herten - Wulfen 96-63

Third ranked Hertener Loewen (9-3) crushed at home 6th ranked BSV Wulfen (6-6) by 33 points 96-63, which is the biggest margin this round. It looked good early as BSV Wulfen took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Hertener Loewen had a 34-12 second quarter charge getting the lead and BSV Wulfen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 63-96. Hertener Loewen shot 24 for 33 from the free-throw line, while BSV Wulfen only scored seven points from the stripe. 26 person fouls commited by BSV Wulfen helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for forward Vincent Kittmann (199-88) who led his team to a victory with 23 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Marcus Monk (198-86, college: Arkansas) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four Hertener Loewen players scored in double figures. American forward Joseph Henley (196, college: Sacred Heart) replied with 30 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Steve Briggs (178, college: Okla.Wesleyan) added 12 points in the effort for BSV Wulfen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players seeing no chance for a win. The victory allowed Hertener Loewen (9-3) to take over a leadership position in group North. They share it with three other teams. BSV Wulfen is currently in fifth place with a 6-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. Hertener Loewen's next round opponent will be Bayer Giants (#10) in Leverkusen and are hoping to win another game. BSV Wulfen will play at home against SSV Lok Bernau (#12).
Top scorers:
Herten: V.Kittmann 23+7reb, M.Monk 17+5reb+3ast, N.Schulwitz 14+4reb+5ast, B.Schultz 12+7reb+1ast, M.Berger 9+1reb+5ast, C.Hackenesch 7+7reb
Wulfen: J.Henley 30+7reb+1ast, S.Briggs 12+3reb+2ast, T.Reuter 7+6reb+2ast, J.Sprunken 6+2reb+2ast, N.Janoschek 4+4reb+1ast, P.Lensing 2+3reb
gschID: 93965


Vechta - SU Medien 95-88

Rather predictable result when fourth ranked SC Rasta Vechta (9-3) defeated at home 8th ranked Spot Up Medien Baskets (4-8) 95-88 on Saturday. SC Rasta Vechta trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 32-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. SC Rasta Vechta made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. Spot Up Medien Baskets was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of center Andreas Kronhardt (204-89) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Matthew Reid (185-84, college: Cameron) who added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was center Daniel Theis (205-92) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and American guard Daniel Campbell (193, college: Biola (CA)) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Five Spot Up Medien Baskets players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players saving starting five for next games. SC Rasta Vechta has a solid four-game winning streak. The victory allowed SC Rasta Vechta (9-3) to take over a leadership position in group North. They share it with three other teams. Spot Up Medien Baskets who is 4-8 went down to ninth place as they suffered their eighth loss. SC Rasta Vechta will face league's leader SG Schwelmer Baskets on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Spot Up Medien Baskets will play against USC Leipzig (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vechta: A.Kronhardt 23+8reb, M.Reid 20+5reb+5ast, M.Boadu 17+2reb+5ast, M.King-Stockton 9+6reb, D.Krause 8+2reb, C.Thompson 8+8reb+2ast
SU Medien: D.Schroeder 20+2reb+2ast, D.Campbell 17+7reb+2ast, J.El Domiaty 15+3reb+1ast, T.White 14+1reb+3ast, D.Theis 13+14reb, K.Lubanzadio 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 93966


Bernau - Stahnsdorf 84-88

Not a big story in a game when 12th ranked SSV Lok Bernau (2-10) was defeated at home by second ranked RSV Eintracht (9-3) 88-84 on Saturday. SSV Lok Bernau trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 25-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 84-88 at the end of the game. SSV Lok Bernau was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Mychal Green (193-83, college: Ohio) who helped to win the game recording 32 points and power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Calvin Brock (196-86, college: Illinois) with 22 points and his fellow American import power forward Dreshawn Vance (203-85, college: Cal Poly - SLO, agent: Kim Rasmussen) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds. Five SSV Lok Bernau players scored in double figures. The victory allowed RSV Eintracht (9-3) to take over a leadership position in group North. They share it with three other teams. SSV Lok Bernau lost fifth consecutive game. The team is currently in twelfth place with a 2-10 record. RSV Eintracht will face SC Rist Wedel (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. SSV Lok Bernau will play against BSV Wulfen (#6).
Top scorers:
Stahnsdorf: M.Green 32+1reb+1ast, A.Moosmann 15+2reb+1ast, Y.Evans 13+8reb+1ast, T.Modersitzki 8+4reb+5ast, N.Schumann 7+2reb+1ast, K.Williams 6+6reb+1ast
Bernau: C.Brock 22+4reb+2ast, D.Vance 15+6reb+1ast, F.Schekauski 12+2reb+2ast, S.Schmohl 12+6reb+1ast, K.Mau 10+3reb+1ast, S.Trzcionka 9+2reb+3ast
gschID: 93963


ALBA Berlin II - Schwelm 70-83

ProB top team - SG Schwelmer Baskets (9-3) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fifth ranked ALBA Berlin II (6-6) 83-70. SG Schwelmer Baskets trailed by 1 points at the halftime before their 50-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SG Schwelmer Baskets made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. ALBA Berlin II was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Jason Holmes (191-86, college: Le Moyne) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import guard David Bunts (189-79, college: Pacific) who added 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was power forward Andreas Seiferth (206-89, college: ALBA Berlin II) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds and power forward Yannick Evans (202-86) scored 15 points and 4 assists. ALBA Berlin II's coach Alan Ibrahimagic rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. SG Schwelmer Baskets has a solid three-game winning streak. They stay at first position in group North. ALBA Berlin II is currently in fifth place with a 6-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. SG Schwelmer Baskets will face SC Rasta Vechta (#4) on the road in the next round. ALBA Berlin II will play against Herzoege Wolfenbuettel.
Top scorers:
Schwelm: J.Holmes 28+5reb+5ast, D.Bunts 20+5reb+5ast, M.Dohmen 13+4reb, J.Ducker 8+9reb, K.Speier 8+6reb+2ast, M.Kramer 3+1reb
ALBA Berlin II: A.Seiferth 16+14reb+2ast, STAIGER 15+3reb+4ast, J.Saibou 8+2reb+2ast, F.Lotze 7+3reb, F.Lennartz 7+4reb, J.Ney 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 93961


Leipzig - Bayer Giants 95-79

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked USC Leipzig and 9th ranked Bayer Giants had identical 4-7 record. This time USC Leipzig used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Leverkusen 95-79 on Saturday night. The game rather controlled by USC Leipzig. Bayer Giants managed to win third quarter 22-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. USC Leipzig looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Monyea Pratt (196-85, college: Stillman) who helped to win the game recording a triple-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 13 assists and guard Lamar Morinia (183-81, college: Montana St.-Northern) who added 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. USC Leipzig's coach Dimitris Polychroniadis allowed to play the deep bench players seeing no chance for a win. The best for the losing side was center Justin Eller (203-87, college: Sacramento St.) with 35 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds and center Nick Michael (208-85, college: Elmhurst) scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. Five USC Leipzig and four Bayer Giants players scored in double figures. The victory allowed USC Leipzig (5-7) who are in their first season in the ProB to climb to the seventh place in group North. They share it with Rist-Wedel. Bayer Giants lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently in ninth position with a 4-8 record. USC Leipzig will face Spot Up Medien Baskets (#9) in Braunschweig in the next round. Bayer Giants will play at home against Hertener Loewen.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: K.Kranz 24+2reb+1ast, L.Morinia 19+8reb+6ast, M.Scholz 16+3reb+2ast, A.Spalke 12+3reb+2ast, M.Pratt 10+12reb+13ast, R.Schirmer 8+1reb
Bayer Giants: J.Eller 35+9reb, M.Brauer 12+4reb+3ast, N.Michael 12+9reb+1ast, F.Engel 10+4reb+5ast, F.Sadek 6+3reb+4ast, S.Monse 4+5reb
gschID: 93962


Group South
BG Illertal - Konstanz 85-63

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Baskets Konstanz (1-11) was outplayed on the road by sixth ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (6-6) 85-63 on Saturday. The game rather controlled by BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. Baskets Konstanz managed to win . But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn forced 20 Baskets Konstanz turnovers. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Worth to mention a great performance of guard DeUndrae Spraggins (191-83, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 assists and forward Edward Williams (200-80, college: NC-Wilmington) who added 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four BG Illertal/Weissenhorn players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Michael Lay (175-83, college: Concordia (OR)) with 24 points and power forward Robinson Louisme (201-84, college: Tulane) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the change for the coaches to test many bench players seeing no chance for a win. Despite the victory BG Illertal/Weissenhorn stay at sixth position in group South. Baskets Konstanz lost seventh consecutive game. The team is currently in twelfth place with a 1-11 record. BG Illertal/Weissenhorn will face TSV Troester (#7) in Breitenguessbach in the next round. Baskets Konstanz will play at home against Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (#11) in Frankfurt and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
BG Illertal: D.Spraggins 22+3reb+6ast, E.Williams 18+5reb+4ast, M.Simic 12+5reb+1ast, D.McDuffie 11+7reb+2ast, F.Mobius 9+9reb+1ast, H.Peter 8+4reb+1ast
Konstanz: M.Lay 24+1reb+3ast, R.Louisme 10+9reb+1ast, C.McKnight 8+3reb, L.Menck 6+8reb+1ast, P.Leidig 5+2reb, M.Heberlein 5
gschID: 93970


Ehingen - Licher Baeren 76-69

Quite upsetting was Licher Baeren's road defeat in a game versus Ehingen/Urspringschule 69-76. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Licher Baeren. Ehingen/Urspringschule trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they rallied back winning two of next three quarters and getting 7-point victory. Ehingen/Urspringschule outrebounded Licher Baeren 38-27 including a 17-1 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Australian center Timothy Lang (206-85, college: Stetson) who scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Akeem Vargas (191-90, college: Iowa Lakes CC) chipped in 15 points. Four Ehingen/Urspringschule players scored in double figures. Ehingen/Urspringschule's coach Ralph Junge used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Willis Gardner (185-86, college: Colorado St., agent: Robert Stanley) who recorded 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) and naturalized Austrian forward Armin Willemsen (200-85, agent: Stefan Heinrich) added 13 points respectively. Ehingen/Urspringschule (11-1) have an impressive eleven-game winning streak. They stay at first position in group South. Licher Baeren is currently in second place with a 9-3 record as they suffered their third loss. Ehingen/Urspringschule will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Licher Baeren will play against BV Villingen-Schwenningen and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ehingen: A.Vargas 15+4reb, M.Blessing 14+2ast, T.Lang 12+8reb, K.Bright 10+6reb+2ast, K.Kuhn 8+8reb+1ast, A.Templeton 8+4reb+1ast
Licher Baeren: W.Gardner 22+7reb+6ast, A.Willemsen 13+3reb+1ast, P.Wente 11+3reb, V.Klassen 7+2reb+2ast, R.Scholz 6+2reb, T.Fairley 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 93971


Dt.Bank SKY II - NBC 60-70

No shocking result in a game in Frankfurt where third ranked NBC (9-3) won against 11th ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners II (3-9) 70-60 on Sunday. The game rather controlled by NBC. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II managed to win second quarter 10-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Juan Reile (186-87) who helped to win the game recording 13 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Will Chavis (181-81, college: Texas Tech, agent: Kim Rasmussen) who added 14 points and 5 assists during the contest. NBC's coach Derrick Taylor allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was forward Fabian Franke (198-88) with 24 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Christopher Rojik (200-74, college: Holy Cross) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. NBC has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed NBC (9-3) to climb to the second place in group South. They share it with Licher Baeren. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently in eleventh position with a 3-9 record. NBC will face TV 1862 Langen (#4) on the road in the next round. Deutsche Bank Skyliners II will play against Baskets Konstanz (#12) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NBC: W.Chavis 14+1reb+5ast, J.Reile 13+6reb+1ast, F.Brutting 9+1reb, D.Yates 9+1reb, M.Ides 8+4reb+1ast, D.Schneider 7+5reb
Dt.Bank SKY II: F.Franke 24+5reb+1ast, C.Rojik 12+7reb+1ast, B.Nicolay 7+2reb+1ast, J.Otshumbe 6+6reb, A.Klisura 6+2reb+2ast, F.Theilig 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 93972


Gotha - Leitershofen 91-79

Third-ranked Leitershofen (8-4) was defeated by eleventh ranked Oettinger Rockets (4-8) in Gotha 91-79. It looked good early as Leitershofen took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Oettinger Rockets Gotha had a 21-10 second quarter charge getting the lead and Leitershofen was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 79-91. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by guard Jason Boucher (180-80, college: Grand Valley St.) who scored that evening 26 points and 4 assists and forward Parnell Smith (198-84, college: Buffalo) who supported him with 21 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds by center Devin Uskoski (198-85, college: Rocky Mountain) did not help to save the game for Leitershofen. Guard Michael Mathey (188-87, college: W.Liberty St.) added 15 points and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory allowed Oettinger Rockets Gotha (4-8) who are in their first season in the ProB to climb to the eighth place in group South. They share it with Schwenningen. Leitershofen who is 8-4 went down to fourth position as they suffered their fourth loss. Oettinger Rockets Gotha will play against Giessen Pointers (#10) on the road in the next round. Leitershofen will play against BV Villingen-Schwenningen (#8) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gotha: J.Boucher 26+4reb+4ast, P.Smith 21+9reb+3ast, A.Kuppe 14+3reb+1ast, M.Virijevic 9+2reb, D.Kreis 9+7reb+5ast, R.Scruggs 4+1reb+3ast
Leitershofen: D.Uskoski 25+14reb+2ast, J.Genck 17+2reb+1ast, M.Mathey 15+3reb+4ast, D.Veney 8+8reb+1ast, S.Montag 6+1reb+1ast, C.Kemmer 3+1ast
gschID: 93967


Langen - Giessen 66-65

Very expected game when 9th ranked Giessen Pointers (3-8) was edged on the road by fifth ranked TV 1862 Langen (8-4) 66-65 on Saturday. However just one-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. TV 1862 Langen trailed by 11 points after three quarters before their 19-7 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Giessen Pointers to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Nathan Drury (188-85, college: Carroll) who helped to win the game recording 29 points and Australian center Auryn MacMillan (203-88, college: Gardner-Webb) who added 22 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Jamaican-American forward Kimmani Barrett (198-87, college: La Salle) with 19 points and 9 rebounds and American guard Marcus Johnson (191-87, college: Dayton) scored 20 points. TV 1862 Langen has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed TV 1862 Langen (8-4) to climb to the fourth place in group South. They share it with Leitershofen. Giessen Pointers who is 3-8 went down to tenth position as they suffered their eighth loss. TV 1862 Langen will face league's second-placed NBC in Nurnberg in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Giessen Pointers will play at home against Oettinger Rockets Gotha (#9) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Langen: N.Drury 29+2reb+2ast, A.MacMillan 22+5reb+1ast, M.Voeller 6+4reb+2ast, M.Lachmann 4+3reb+1ast, N.Butz 2+2reb, J.Domdey 2+1reb+1ast
Giessen: M.Johnson 20+4reb+1ast, K.Barrett 19+9reb+1ast, F.Rotaru 13+9reb+1ast, D.Czepczynski 9+1reb+1ast, V.Zabel 4+2reb+1ast, P.Unger 0+2reb+2ast
gschID: 93968


Schwenningen - TSV Troester 80-83

The most interesting game of round 12 in the ProB was a very close only three-point a home defeat of 8th ranked BV Villingen-Schwenningen (4-8) to seventh ranked TSV Troester (5-6) 80-83 in the game for the seventh place. TSV Troester trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 26-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely BV Villingen-Schwenningen outrebounded TSV Troester 42-28 including 32 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Maurice Stuckey (187-90, agent: Patrick King) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and center Philipp Neumann (210-92) who added 9 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was American guard Blake Young (188-85, college: Kansas St., agent: 22ft) with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized Polish forward Jan Fikiel (208-83, college: Pennsylvania) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Despite the victory TSV Troester stay at seventh position in group South. BV Villingen-Schwenningen is currently in eighth place with a 4-8 record as they suffered their eighth loss. TSV Troester is looking forward to face higher ranked BG Illertal/Weissenhorn (#6) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. BV Villingen-Schwenningen will play against Leitershofen in Diedorf and is hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
TSV Troester: M.Stuckey 19+2reb+2ast, J.Dippold 15+3reb+1ast, S.Dinkel 14+2reb+5ast, E.Land 10+1reb, P.Neumann 9+12reb+1ast, I.Pavic 8+2reb
Schwenningen: M.Hallgrimson 24+2reb+1ast, B.Young 24+10reb+6ast, J.Fikiel 14+15reb+1ast, J.Robert 10+9reb, M.Schlafke 8+1ast, B.Goehrke 0+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93969




Dwayne Anderson claims German 1.Bundesliga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Goettingen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 24-year old forward had the game-high 36 points adding seven rebounds for Goettingen in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Bremerhaven (#4, 8-5) 85-82. Goettingen maintains the 11th position in German 1.Bundesliga. Goettingen is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-7 record. In the team's last game Anderson had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's his second year at Goettingen and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Villanova University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Anderson is in league's top in points (8th best: 14.4ppg) and averages solid 51.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American forward Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Oliver impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead Walter Tigers to another comfortable win 96-78 over slightly lower-ranked LTi 46ers (#14, 5-9) being unquestionably team leader. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Walter Tigers managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Oliver is a newcomer at Walter Tigers and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was another Walter Tigers Tuebingen's star - American Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports). Watts scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was another key player of Walter Tigers, helping his team with a 96-78 easy win against slightly lower-ranked LTi 46ers (#14, 5-9). The chances of Walter Tigers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 7 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Watts could help Walter Tigers to bring them higher in the standings. Watts has a very solid season. In 11 games in Germany he scored 14.1ppg. He also has 6.6rpg and FGP: 60.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Branislav Ratkovica (193-G-85) of Walter Tigers - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists
5. Tony Skinn (185-G-83) of NY Phantoms - 24 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Torrell Martin (196-G/F-85) of Bremerhaven - 23 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80) of EnBW L'burg - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Rickey Paulding (196-G-82) of EWE Baskets - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Toby Bailey (198-G/F-75) of EnBW L'burg - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83) of Dt.Bank SKY - 19 points, 6 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)


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. Despite playing only 9 minutes and putting up the big goose egg in the points department, Skyliner captain Pascal Roller was able to joke about the Wood-Dorris quickness battle. 'I believe the quickest was Marius Nolte 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 collided with Skyliner Dominic Bahiense De Mello and went down holding is 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 Andreas 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 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 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 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 Eddie Seward. 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 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 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. 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 Zonusas 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 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.




Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Kejuan JOHNSON
  Webmoebel
  (193-G-85)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Johnson, Webmoebel21.3 
 2. Gause, Freiburg19.8 
 3. Shepherd, Osnab.19.8 
 4. Burnette, Osnab.19.3 
 5. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau19.0 
 6. Roessler, Karlsruhe19.0 
 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. Watts, Dragons9.2 
 3. Lewis, ETB Wohnbau9.2 
 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. Wyrick, B.Muenchen7.1 
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. Jeka, Wuerzburg4.5 
 7. Wallace, B.Mue.4.5 
 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. Turnbull, Hannover1.8 
 10. Zazai, Chemnitz1.8 
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. Schoo, Heidelberg1.4 
 4. De Michael, Kirchheim1.4 
 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 


Luka Bogdanovic signed with EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Emiliano
Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) is a new addition for EWE Baskets Oldenburg. The Serbian player started the season with a short term deal signed with Chorale Roanne with whom he averaged 11.1ppg and more than 7rpg in Pro A.
Last year, Bogdanovic has played in Spain for DKV Joventut Badalona recording averages of 10.0ppg, 3.1rpg in Eurocup and 9.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 83.8% in the domestic league.
Bogdnaovic has also experiences with European top team Partizan Beograd.
Oldenburg also released Nemanja Protic (182-G-86), who was waived after the arrival in point guard position of Eddie Gill.


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. Watts, Walter T.14.1 
 10. Pryor, Phoenix .14.1 
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. Watts, Walter T.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. Hamilton, NY Phant.4.2 
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. Pryor, Phoenix .1.4 
 8. Bailey, Art.Dragons1.4 
 9. Goldsberry, Brose B.1.4 
 10. Campbell, Teleko.1.4 
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. Brempong, Duesseld.1.0 
 8. Goree, NY Phantoms1.0 
 9. Scott, Goettingen1.0 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.0 


Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Postgame Thoughts To 96-78 Win Against The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Montana.He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket after the 96-78 win against The Giessen 46ers.






congrats on the 96-78 win against Giessen. How important was it playing at home again after losing twice on the road?

---It was a very important game for the players, club and fans. We were on a losing skid so it was good to be back home and to get a much needed win.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had the 55-47 lead at halftime. It seemed like a very high scoring affair. Was defense taking a back seat in the first half?

---We had some turnovers that led to their fast-break points that got them going. We did have some defensive mistakes but it was a combination of good offense as well.

Giessen cut the Tuebingen down to three points with 1.16 min to play in the fourth, but you finished strong leading 73-66 after 30 minutes. What was key in the last minutes for keeping the lead?

---Keeping our composure and getting defensive stops/ rebounds.

In the fourth quarter, Giessen ran out of gas as Tuebingen led by as much as 20 points. What was significant in the last 10 minutes that gave Tuebingen the win with 18 points?

---I think that we got some easy baskets that got our crowd involved, then our energy increased on defense and we pulled away. I thought that we did a good job of attacking for 40 mins.


When Chris Oliver and Dane Watts team up for 46 points, you most lieky will win most games. What makes this scoring punch so special?

---I hope that we can win games if any two people on our team team up for that hahaha. Chris 'Allover' is a tough matchup for most wings in the league, with him and me on the court at the same time either one of us can go inside or out. It also puts pressure on the defense with us crashing the boards + Conrad Williams or Kashirov.



Was this the best game that you ever saw from Bane Rathkovica? He seemed in the zone with 16 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals?

---Barney had a great game tonight, did a little bit of everything. What was most impressive about that was that he did not practice much this week because he was sick, was nice to have him play with such a good rhythm after not playing a few days.


Your friend Anthony Tolliver is out for two months. Is he the kind of player that will be able to come back stronger once he is healthy again?

---No doubt. He has worked tremendously hard to be an impact player in the NBA. I know that he will do everything to get back healthy and to be able to contribute at an effective level again. God has blessed him a lot and he will be healed and refocused when he gets back.



Allen Iverson is back in Germany on thursday for a make up game against BG Goettingen, this time in Goettingen. Can BG Goettingen win again?

---It happened once it can happen again. They are playing really well in the EuroCup.



What is your favorite Christmas event in Germany?

---My wife likes to go to the Christmas markets, we have been around Stuttgart's the last two years and Im sure we will go check it out again this Christmas.


Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Postgame Thoughts To 91-84 Win At MBC - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket after the 91-84 win at MBC.

Congrats on the 91-84 win in MBC. Braunschweig is on a two game winning streak. How difficult was it playing in the wolf den?


That is always a tough place to play, so I am glad that we got out of there with a victory.

The New Yorker Phantoms had the slim 44-39 lead at halftime. What was going well and bad in the team game after 20 minutes?


We were shooting the ball well but we didn't play great defense.

In the second half, MBC threatened, but like in the win against Alba Berlin you toughed out until the end. Where has this toughness come from?


Positivity. Just staying together on the court and playing for each other.

The team was shooting very well. Do you think that the win against Alba Berlin gave the team perhaps a bit more than just self confidence?


I think a little. But everyone has been working hard on getting extra shots up during the week so i think that has something to do with it also.

Tony Skinn started slow, but has been on fire since weeks. He isnt so tall, but must have thick skinn to overcome some of the physical play underneath?


Tony has been doing great. He has emerged as the floor leader we need him to be the past couple games. I knew once he got adjusted to the situation here in Braunschweig he would be fine. He still can not guard me in practice though !

What was key in the fourth quarter for getting the win?

Making key baskets down the stretch.

Allen Iverson will be back in Germany doing his thing on Thursday in Goettingen. Do you think BG Goettingen can pull off another win?



Well it took a little help from the staff working the shot clock last time but I think they have a good chance. I am sure it will be a great game.

What is your favorite Christmas thing to do in Braunschweig?


Sleep


Thanks Kev for the chat.


Dane Watts (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Postgame Thoughts To 96-78 Win Against The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 24 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Montana.He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Lasts eason, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. He returns to Tuebingen for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals 2008. Watts sat down with eurobasket after the 96-78 win against The Giessen 46ers.

Congrats on the 96-78 win against Giessen. How important was it playing at home again after losing twice on the road?

It was a very important game for the players, club and fans. We were on a losing skid so it was good to be back home and to get a much needed win.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen had the 55-47 lead at halftime. It seemed like a very high scoring affair. Was defense taking a back seat in the first half?

We had some turnovers that led to their fast-break points that got them going. We did have some defensive mistakes but it was a combination of good offense as well.

Giessen cut the Tuebingen down to three points with 1.16 min to play in the third, but you finished strong leading 73-66 after 30 minutes. What was key in the last minutes for keeping the lead?

Keeping our composure and getting defensive stops/ rebounds.

In the fourth quarter, Giessen ran out of gas as Tuebingen led by as much as 20 points. What was significant in the last 10 minutes that gave Tuebingen the win with 18 points?

I think that we got some easy baskets that got our crowd involved, then our energy increased on defense and we pulled away. I thought that we did a good job of attacking for 40 mins.

When Chris Oliver and Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) team up for 46 points, you most likely will win most games. What makes this scoring punch so special?

I hope that we can win games if any two people on our team team up for that hahaha. Chris 'Allover' is a tough matchup for most wings in the league, with him and me on the court at the same time either one of us can go inside or out. It also puts pressure on the defense with us crashing the boards + Conrad Williams or Kashirov.

Was this the best game that you ever saw from Bane Rathkovica? He seemed in the zone with 16 points, 13 assists, five rebounds and three steals?

Barney had a great game tonight, did a little bit of everything. What was most impressive about that was that he did not practice much this week because he was sick, was nice to have him play with such a good rhythm after not playing a few days.

Your friend Anthony Tolliver is out for two months. Is he the kind of player that will be able to come back stronger once he is healthy again?

No doubt. He has worked tremendously hard to be an impact player in the NBA. I know that he will do everything to get back healthy and to be able to contribute at an effective level again. God has blessed him a lot and he will be healed and refocused when he gets back.

Allen Iverson is back in Germany on Thursday for a make up game against BG Goettingen, this time in Goettingen. Can BG Goettingen win again?

It happened once it can happen again. They are playing really well in the EuroCup.

What is your favorite Christmas event in Germany?

My wife likes to go to the Christmas markets, we have been around Stuttgart's the last two years and Im sure we will go check it out again this Christmas.

Thanks Dane for the chat



Jermaine Bucknor (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Postgame Thoughts To 90-85 Win Against Phoenix Hagen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Jermaine Bucknor (199-F-83, college: Richmond) is a 26 year old 199cm forward from Edmonton, Canada playing currently for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He was born in Canada, but his family comes from Jamaica. He played at Richmond (NCAA) from 2001 to 2006. He has played in France the last four years. In 2006-2007, he played for CSP Elite (France-ProB), French League: 12 games: 11.2ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 40.4%, FT: 79.3%; left in Dec.'06, in Jan.'07 tested by Polpak Swiecie (Poland-DBL): 16 games: 7.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT: 57.6%. In 2007-2008, he played for In Nov.'07 signed at ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale (France-ProB): French League: 24 games: 12.3ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 29.5%, FT: 76.1%; 24 games: 12.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 75.0%; in May '08 agreed terms with Edmonton Chill (Canada-IBL). In 2008-2009, he played for In Nov.'08 signed at Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 10 games: 11.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 43.6%, FT: 81.8%, in Feb.'09 moved to Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (France-ProB): 12 games: 14.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 63.0%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 93.2%. Last season, he played for Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB): 31 games: 13.4ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 45.8%, FT: 82.4%. This past summer he played at the World Championships in Turkey 2010 playing 5 games: 4.2ppg, 1.6rpg. He spoke to eurobasket after the 90-85 win in Hagen

Congrats on the 90-85 win in Hagen. This game seemed a lot more difficult than the team wanted. Were you suprised that the game was so close at the end?

I wasn't surprised the game was so close. This is professional basketball and when you play on the road in front of a loud crowd like Hagen has it's never going to be easy for any team.

Phoenix Hagen went on a big run at the end of the second quarter with to lead 45-44. What was giving Frankfurt the biggest problems in this run?

I don't think there was a big problem, they just went on a run. They are a team that plays great transition basketball and when they go on a run in front of their home crowd it's difficult to stop them.

In the third quarter it went back and forth. How exciting was this game from a players perspective?


It's always exciting to play in close games in that kind of environment. It's nice to win games by 20 points but it's also what we live for, to be in close games like this one.

With Phoenix Hagen leading 80-79, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners went on a 7-0 run to win. What was key at the end for getting the win?



I think our toughness and persistence helped bring us through this.

You led Frankfurt with 19 points. How happy are you with your game? You said you can still improve on defense?

I was happy with my game but happier about the win. There is still a lot I can improve on offense and also defense.

What was your impression of Jacob Burtshi? He did alot damage on the court with 11p, 9r and 7a?

Burtshi is a really good player. He is aggressive and unselfish. He has great vision for his position.

What is your favorite Christmas event in Germany?

This will be my first Christmas in Germany so I am looking forward to seeing what it will be like. So far so good.

Will BG Goettingen beat Allen Iverson again this week in Goettingen in Eurocup game in their make up game?

It will be a great challenge for Iverson and for Goettingen also. I think it will a great game to watch.

Thanks Jermaine for the chat.



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Jimmy Baxter in his first season in Greece - by Jimmy Baxter
This is the first time i have ever been i Geece. I have fell in love with the Greek salad. It is hard leaving your family to come to another country but when the country has so many beautiful people and sites it make the stay a lilltle better. I have signed to play with Ilysiakos Athens here in the Greek league. Our team is very young and under sized, but we try and fight every game. It is taking us longer then i would like to gel and as a result we are 0-7. We will keep working hard and day by day it will all come together.

I will check in with you guys in a few days...bye

Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80, college: S.Florida) is an American pro player actually in Greece with Ilysiakos Athens


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. McAlarney, Ikaros13.9 
 8. Everett, Iraklis13.9 
 9. Tapoutos, Aris13.9 
 10. Tucker, Aris13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Kavala
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Simmons, Kavala11.3 
 2. Thompson, Ikaros9.3 
 3. Looby, Peristeri GS8.8 
 4. Kalathis, VAP K.8.6 
 5. Papadopoulos, PAOK8.4 
 6. Tucker, Aris7.0 
 7. Kommatos, Marousi6.9 
 8. Bourousis, Olympiakos6.6 
 9. Byars, Panellinios6.2 
 10. Lambropoulos, Iraklis6.1 
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. Papamakarios, Panell.3.8 
 7. Grundy, AEK3.8 
 8. Tsamis, VAP K.3.8 
 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. Baxter, Ilysiakos1.9 
 8. Grundy, AEK1.9 
 9. King, Peristeri GS1.9 
 10. Carroll, Ikaros1.8 
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. Vougioukas, Panath.0.9 
 7. Looby, Peristeri GS0.9 
 8. Dunston, Aris0.9 
 9. Dozier, PAOK0.8 
 10. Harissis, VAP K.0.8 


Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos KAKLAMANOS
  Panelefsiniakos
  (189-G-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Kaklamanos, Panele.19.0 
 2. Michalos, Pagrati18.3 
 3. Magounis, AGOR17.7 
 4. Giannakopoul., Lavrio17.7 
 5. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada16.7 
 6. Totsios, Ikaroi S.16.7 
 7. Vasilopoulos, Pagrati16.5 
 8. Vardavas, Amynta.16.3 
 9. Koupidis, Near East16.3 
 10. Koutroulias, Olimp.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fragiskos AMATO
  Near East
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 9.2
 1. Amato, Near East9.2 
 2. Kartelo, AE.9.2 
 3. Karavanas, Panery.9.0 
 4. Macheras, Pagrati8.7 
 5. Sigounas, Panele.8.5 
 6. Kosanovic, Koroivos7.8 
 7. Papargiropou., Amynta.7.2 
 8. Anagnostopou., Ermis L.7.0 
 9. Latovic, AGOR7.0 
 10. Vardavas, Amynta.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Leonidas ZOUPAS
  Amyntas Dafnis
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Zoupas, Amyntas .5.2 
 2. Kiriakopoulo., AGOR5.0 
 3. Kaberidis, Ikaroi S.4.8 
 4. Nikou, Panelefs.4.5 
 5. Sourlis, KAOD4.3 
 6. Katsares, KAOD4.3 
 7. Rallis, Ermis Lagkada3.8 
 8. Koukas, Ikaroi S.3.5 
 9. Argyropoylos, Apollo.3.5 
 10. Koumoulos, AGOR3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Leonidas ZOUPAS
  Amyntas Dafnis
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Zoupas, Amyntas .2.3 
 2. Makris, Olimpiada2.0 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lavrio1.8 
 4. Papargiropou., Amynta.1.7 
 5. Michalos, Pagrati1.7 
 6. Sourlis, KAOD1.7 
 7. Papadakis, Arkad.1.7 
 8. Pettas, Koroivos1.7 
 9. Prodromou, Arkad.1.7 
 10. Mprozos, Arkadikos1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KARTELO
  AEK/Argous
  (208-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kartelo, AE.2.3 
 2. Pantelic, Apollo.1.7 
 3. Psathas, Apollon .1.5 
 4. Jovanovic, KAOD1.3 
 5. Karavanas, Panery.1.0 
 6. Mprozos, Arkadikos1.0 
 7. Kasabalis, AE.0.8 
 8. Ifantis, Koroivos0.8 
 9. Tsouk, Periko/A.0.8 
 10. Amato, Near East0.8 


A2: Week 6 - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
During the sixth week of the number two league of the country we had some astonishing results, i.e. The road success of Panelefsiniakos over Olympiada Patras with 40 points difference!! and some not so astonishing results in the derbies where three games ended in the final basket. Here are the resutls and the top scorers of the week:

Near East - Panerythraikos 72-68
The Erythraia team lost a game which was basically controlling for more than 30 minutes. Near East of Coach Hatzigiannakos was much better at the end where the ball was very heavy for everybody and with Alexandros Gribaviotis (207-C-79) and Tsoutsos leading their team, finally succeeded a crucial victory.
Quarters: 21-15, 40-41, 52-57, 72-68.
Near East: Tsoutsos 15, Moshovitis 11, Stanojevic 12, Alexandros Gribaviotis 16
Panerythraikos: Straganiotis 13, Mantzioris 12, Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) 14, Laksa 10

Koroivos - Arkadikos 73-56
Another victory for the team of Amaliada, after thrashing the team of Coach Smyrniotis, Arkadikos who was able to play some decent basketball only the first quarter. Arkadikos is the biggest negative surprise of the league as in theory was among the top favorite teams for promotion but in practice is proving the opposite, unless many things happens in the Arkadia team, there will be possibility to play with the thread of a possible relegation at the end of the seazon
Quarters: 13-16, 33-28, 51-40, 73-56.
Koroivos: Petas 17, Pekovic 16, Yfantis 10, Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) 17.
Arkadikos: Giannoulakos 12, Nikos Kokkalis (198-G/F-85) 15,

Ikaroi Serron - Rethymno 79-78
A great game took place in Serres where the home team of Ikaroi forced the islanders in their second negative result after playing very mature and targeted basketball. Five players had double digits from the home team while there is a great double-double from Latovic and a nearly another one from Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) who lost it for one rebound.
Quarters: 25-23, 40-42, 59-57, 79-78.
Ikaroi: Totsios 13, Koukas 11, Kamperidis 12, Simeonidis 10, Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) 20
Rethmymno: Kiriakopoulos 14, Tasos Harismidis 17 and 9 rebounds, Magkounis 14, Latovic 12 and 12 rebounds

Pagrati - KAOD 69-70
A great derby took place in Pagrati with the team of Head Coach Takianos finally Stealing the victory from the home team of Pagrati leaving Coach Liogas with the very good performance of his team for 37 minutes. This road win from KAOD shows once more that the Dramas team is really very serious this season in regards to the possibility of upgrading into a team which can play in the A1 league
Quarters: 23-19, 38-36, 56-48, 69-70.
Pagrati: Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) 24, Michalos 23, Maheras 10
KAOD: Vukadinov 15, Kitsoulis 10, Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) 20, Tsamatos 11

Amyntas Dafnis - Apollon Patras 61-63
It is a fact that the Patras team succeeded their first road win since the beginning of the league six weeks ago. A heroic win, for Coach Vetoulas s team as he missed from this game, 3 key players due to injuries. The team was a continuous monologue for the visitors who nearly losing a game of their own as the deficit was cut to the minimum for the home team at the very end..
Quarters: 14-21, 20-35, 35-47, 61-63.
Amyntas Dafnis: Papargiropoulos 20, Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) 21
Apollon Patras: Argiropoulos 11, Petropoulos 13, Giannis Lianos (194-G-88) 13

Pierikos Arhelaos Ermis Lagkada 73-61
Only the first quarter the visiting site of Lagkadas was able to take the initiatives as the Katerini players with team work and good scoring from many players were able to defend their home court and upgrade their current record to 4-2 and ten points.
Quarters: 19-20, 40-34, 60-46, 73-66.
Pierikos: Behlivanis 17, Papachristos 13, Jeremanovs 12, Cuk 14.
Ermis Lagkada: Alex Stevovic (191-G-90) 13, Papakonstantinou 15

Lavrio - AEK Argous 68-62
Coach Serelis troops were more than anxious to get the victory and this was the main reason why they nearly lose it, even though is a much stronger team the two foreigners of the Argos team were very dangerous and on a very good shape but they were all alone in the possibility to grab the road win from a very strong team such as Lavrio. Coach Serellis finally saw the investment of their team, Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) playing his top game since he arrived in Lavrio and he was definitely the MVP of the week.
Quarters: 11-19, 24-31, 46-46, 68-62.
Lavrio: Giannis Kakiouzis 19, Giannakopoulos 11, Perakis 13
AEK Argos: Kartello 14, Darrel Lewis (192-G-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) 16

Olympiada Patras - Panelefsiniakos 52-90
Bogonikolos team is among the most unpredictable yet negative teams of the league this season. Last night the Elefsina team thrashed the Patras team with as many as 40 points difference, it is definitely one
Quarters: 16-26, 28-45, 35-61, 52-90.
Olympiada: Giannis Lappas (200-F-76) 11
Panelefsiniakos: Nikou 11, Manavopoulos 14, Tirlas 12, Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81) 18, Sigkounas 10.




PROUD - by Jimmy Baxter
Whats going on Eurobasket?

I am checking in with you guys just to say hi and talk a little about the difference between playing basketball in Europe vs America.

We play olympiakos on Thrusday and being 0-7 i would mind getting a win. Many people think it will take a merical to beat them, well i tell you what we are not scared! I am proud of my team. I just finished our morning shooting drills and i am happy that this team is up working so hard so early in the morning! YEAH BOI....I AM FEELING LUCKY.

Til next time...


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Results, Dutch Basketball League - by Sanders Jackson
This weekend in the Dutch basketball competition, the defending champion Gas Terra Flames overcame a sloppy 1st half to win on the road in Zwolle. Meanwhile on Saturday evening ZZ Leiden kept their regular season winning streak alive, cooling off previously hot De Friesland Aris in the process, BS Weert took care of business in Rotterdam. On Sunday, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch kept themselves in the picture at the top by manhandling Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen, while ABC Amsterdam got things back on track with a home win over struggling WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom.

In the Sportcentrum on Saturday evening, in the 1st half GasTerra Flames Groningen had their hands full vs. injury-plagued Landstede Basketbal Zwolle, but in the 3rd quarter ex-Landstede and Flames PG Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84, college: Furman) helped lead the way for the Flames, helping the defending Dutch champs cruise to an 80-60 win. The Flames found themselves in a tight ball game the 1st half, but in the 3rd quarter the Flames had a 23-12 advantage that helped the Flames gain the confidence and tempo advantage it needed to take the points back home. Bostain filled out the stat sheet with 16 pts., 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals. Lawrence led all scorers with 18 pts. The Flames improve to 15-1, while Landstede suffered its 3rd straight defeat and 7 in last 8, falling to 5-11.

In Leiden, ZZ Leiden bounced back from their surprising Dutch Cup loss to ABC Amsterdam to take their frustrations out on previously hot De Friesland, winning in an 87-61 blowout. The defense of ZZ Leiden forced their opponents into 37% FG, while getting strong play from Monta McGhee (22 pts, 9 rebounds) and Ross Bekkering (20 pts.). In the 2nd quarter five three-pointers helped catapult ZZ Leiden to a 48-36 halftime lead and gave them the momentum needed to continue the onslaught in the 2nd half. Mark Sanchez led Aris with 17 pts. and Todd Brown added 15. With the win, ZZ Leiden improves to 13-3.

In the Topsportcentrum, the Rotterdammers got off to a good start, leading 23-19 at the end of the 1st quarter, but the Limburgers took over afterwards, dominating the last three quarters en route to an 87-62 blowout. Top league scorer Glenn Stokes (170-G-76, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: American) led the way with 20 pts. Stefan Mladenovic led the Rotterdammers with 16 pts. BS Weert are now with an even 8-8 record.

Sunday in the Maaspoort, Eiffel Towers Den Bosch bested archrival Magixx KidsRights Nijmegen by the score of 70-62. It was a game of runs, including a 28-3 Eiffel run at one point, with Matrixx responding with a 38-19 difference in the 4th quarter, but still not able to get any closer than 8 pts., including missing out on open three-point looks in crunch time that could have made a difference in the end. But Eiffel still found a way to get the win and keep themselves within striking distance at the top of the league standings. Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) led Eiffel with 17 pts. Markel Humphrey led the guests with 17 pts. Eiffel improves to 11-5.

ABC Amsterdam got back on the winning track with an 86-79 home win over WCAA Giants Bergen op Zoom. ABC had a 47-25 advantage at halftime, but the Giants came out strong in the 2nd half, closing to within 74-72 in crunch time. But thanks to an offensive rebound and score by leader Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Houston), it was the final nail in the coffin, giving ABC the final word. De Randamie led ABC with 22 pts. and 9 rebounds. A strong 29-point game by Tyler Tiedeman was spoiled. ABC Amsterdam improves to 7-9



Bostain's 16 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old swingman Robby Bostain (194-G/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team GasTerra Flames Groningen and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 16.
He had the game-high 16 points adding seven rebounds and six assists for GasTerra in his team's victory, helping them to crush Landstede (#8, 5-11) with 20-point margin 80-60. It allowed GasTerra to consolidate first place in the Dutch league. GasTerra has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 15-1. It's Bostain's second year at GasTerra and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Furman University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bostain is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.4apg) and averages solid 2.2spg.

Second best performed player last round was Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of ABC Amsterdam. He is Surinamese forward in his 4th season at ABC. In the last game de Randamie recorded impressive 22 points and 9 rebounds. Of course ABC cruised to a 86-79 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Giants (#9, 4-12). ABC's 7th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. de Randamie is one of the most experienced players at ABC and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Rotterdam Challengers (#10). Sihota scored 12 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Sihota's great performance Rotterdam lost 62-87 to the higher-ranked BS Weert (#5, 8-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Rotterdam can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-16 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Sihota he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Sihota has individually a great season in Holland. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.1rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Monta McGhee (198-F-79) of ZZ Leiden - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Tyler Tiedeman (201-F-85) of Giants - 29 points and 3 rebounds
6. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) of ZZ Leiden - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87) of Magixx - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Calvin Chitwood (203-F-86) of DeFriesland - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87) of BS Weert - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84) of GasTerra - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists

The Player of the week is choosen 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)


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. Brown, DeFriesland15.9 
 6. Laing, Magixx15.8 
 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. Haryasz, GasTerra9.8 
 3. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 4. Griffin, Giants9.3 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.2 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert8.9 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.4 
 8. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 9. Sanchez, DeFriesl.7.8 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  GasTerra
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.5.0 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.4 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 5. Marshall, Lands.3.9 
 6. Kimbrough, Giants3.8 
 7. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 8. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
 9. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.1 
 10. Ormskerk, Rotte.3.0 
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. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 6. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.2 
 8. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.1 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland2.1 
 10. Kherrazi, ABC2.0 
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, Giants1.4 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.1 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra0.9 
 7. Smith, Eiffel Towers0.9 
 8. Minter, BS Weert0.8 
 9. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 10. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 15-1 
 2. ZZ Leiden 13-3 
 3. Eiffel Towers 11-5 
 4. Magixx 9-7 
 5. BS Weert 8-8 
 6. DeFriesland 8-9 
 7. ABC 7-9 
 8. Landstede 5-11 
 9. Giants 4-12 
 10. Rotterdam 1-16 


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Standings - A Division
A Division Standings
 1. Szolnok 11-1 
 2. Albacomp 9-2 
 3. Atomeromu 9-2 
 4. Kormend 8-3 
 5. Kecskemeti 8-3 
 6. ZTE KK 7-4 
 7. Falco-Szova 5-6 
 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 


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, Atomeromu18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sales, Atomeromu11.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni10.7 
 3. Egemonye, PVSK P.10.3 
 4. Jones, Albacomp9.8 
 5. Bell, Kormend9.7 
 6. Gosa, Falco-Szova9.4 
 7. Werner, Kaposvari9.3 
 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.5.7 
 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. Sales, Atomeromu1.4 
 5. McKenzie, Szedeak1.3 
 6. Orsulic, Kecskemeti1.1 
 7. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 8. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 9. Morgen, Atomeromu0.9 
 10. Bell, Kormend0.9 


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Euro news - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Icelandic pro players in Spain and Sweden have been doing well mostly lately even some of them have been on loosing side.
In ACB Spain Granada lost to Manresa 64-80. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) 4 points 2 reb and 4 assist
In next game Granada upset DKV Joventut 74-67. Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) Granada leading scorer with 18 points 4 reb and assist

Solna Vikings in Sweden played 2 games lately. Lost tp LF Basket 71-79. Logi Gunnarsson leading scorer with 26 points & 9 reb
Tonight Solna won Sodertalje 78-67. Logi Gunnarsson 13 + 3 reb + 5 assist.

Uppsala Basket beat Boras 100-96 Helgi Magnusson 12 pts. 4 reb and 1 assist

08 Stockholm 74 Sundsvall Dragons 94. Sundsvall on a good run now.
Hlynur Baeringsson 23 + 8 reb 4 assist. Jakob Sigurdarson 14 points 3 reb & 5 assist.



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Standings - EBS Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
North Conference
 1. Killester 9-0 
 2. DCU Saints 5-5 
 3. UCD Marian 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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Standings - BSL
Premier League Standings
 1. Maccabi T-A 8-1 
 2. Hapoel J-M 6-3 
 3. Maccabi Ashdod 5-4 
 4. Galil Gilboa 5-4 
 5. Bnei Hasharon 5-4 
 6. Hapoel Holon 4-5 
 7. Maccabi Rishon 3-5 
 8. Elitzur Netanya 3-6 
 9. Ironi Ashkelon 3-6 
 10. Maccabi Haifa 2-6 


MACCABI ASHDOD SURPRISINGLY SIGN MARCUS FIZER - by David Pick
Following the singing of Maceo Baston with Bnei Hasharon, another X Maccabi Tel-Aviv star signed today in Israel. Forward/Center Marcus Fizer (2.03, 78, college: Iowa St.), who played for Tel Aviv in 2007 and was chosen with the fourth pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, signed this morning (Monday) with the northern Israeli team, Maccabi Ashdod. Fizer is expected to arrive tomorrow afternoon and will be surely the biggest star to ever play basketball in Maccabi Ashdod history.

'We are more than pleased and excited to announce the signing of Marcus Fizer', said Ashdod management.

'We cannot hide the excitement in light of this signing of a great basketball player and special person. We believe and hope that Fizer will contribute on and off the court. Marcus is probably one of the greatest foreigners who ever came to Israel and certainly is the biggest name that ever came to play for Ashdod.'




Premier League Round 9: Hapoel Holon defeats Maccabi Rishon in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
Premier League is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 9 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with and favorites losing the games.

The closest game of round 9 in the Premier League was only two-point a home defeat of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (3-5) to seventh ranked Hapoel Holon (4-5) 85-87 in the game for the sixth place. Hapoel Holon was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. They made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami (FL)) stepped up and scored 27 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners and international guard Moran Roth (184-82) chipped in 25 points and 8 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was American guard Dwayne Mitchell (194-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Hapoel Holon has a solid series of three victories in a row. The victory allowed Hapoel Holon (4-5) to climb to the sixth place. Maccabi Rishon lost third consecutive game. The team is currently 3-5 and went down to seventh position. Hapoel Holon is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#10) on the road in the next round. Maccabi Rishon will play against Elitzur Netanya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Galil Gilboa (5-4) was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod (5-4) in a tough game in Galil 83-89. American power forward Josh Duncan (204-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Josh Carter accounted for 28 points. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for Galil Gilboa in the defeat. The victory allowed Maccabi Ashdod (5-4) who are in their first very successful season in the Premier League to climb to the third place. They share it with defeated Galil Gilboa and Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galil Gilboa will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Bnei Hasharon 91-80. The best player for the winners was Rahshon Turner who scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Ironi Ashkelon's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy 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 Ronald Steele who recorded 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The victory allowed Ironi Ashkelon (3-6) to climb to the eighth place. They share it with Elitzur Netanya. Bnei Hasharon is currently in third position with a 5-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Ironi Ashkelon will meet at home higher ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel J-M where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Maccabi Haifa (2-6) in Tel-Aviv 101-92. It was a good game for Sofoklis Schortsanitis who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Maccabi T-A stay at first position. Maccabi Haifa lost fifth consecutive game. They are currently on the bottom place with a 2-6 record. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Galil Gilboa (#4) on the road. Maccabi Haifa will play against Hapoel Holon (#6).
Third ranked Hapoel J-M (6-3) crushed at home 7th ranked Elitzur Netanya (3-6) by 16 points 91-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Jason Rich stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Hapoel J-M's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory allowed Hapoel J-M (6-3) to climb to the second place. Elitzur Netanya who is 3-6 went down to eighth position as they suffered their sixth loss. Hapoel J-M will face Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play at home against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Ironi Ashkelon - Bnei Hasharon 91-80

Bottom-ranked Ironi Ashkelon managed to get a third victory, breaking the series of two consecutive loses on Sunday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Bnei Hasharon 91-80. Ironi Ashkelon trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 27-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They made 28-of-32 free shots (87.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Rahshon Turner (201-75, college: Fairleigh Dickinson, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. The former international guard Dror Hagag (178-78, agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Four Ironi Ashkelon players scored in double figures. Ironi Ashkelon's coach Ariel Beit-Halamy 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 American guard Ronald Steele (188-86, college: Alabama, agency: SportsTalent) who recorded 18 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Lee Nailon (204-75, college: TCU) added 15 points and 4 assists respectively. The victory allowed Ironi Ashkelon (3-6) to climb to the eighth place. They share it with Elitzur Netanya. Bnei Hasharon is currently in third position with a 5-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Ironi Ashkelon will meet at home higher ranked Maccabi Ashdod (#3) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Bnei Hasharon will play against the league's second-placed Hapoel J-M where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Ironi Ashkelon: R.Turner 34+9reb+1ast, D.Hagag 19+3reb+4ast, D.Farmer 14+6reb+2ast, J.Jaques 12+6reb, G.Pruitt 5+2reb+5ast, L.Lifshitz 5+1ast
Bnei Hasharon: R.Steele 18+1reb+4ast, L.Nailon 15+1reb+4ast, D.Grunfeld 10+4reb+2ast, B.Rice 9+6reb+4ast, M.Baston 9+5reb+2ast, S.James 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 105459


Galil Gilboa - Maccabi Ashdod 83-89

Galil Gilboa (5-4) was defeated by Maccabi Ashdod (5-4) in a tough game in Galil 83-89. American power forward Josh Duncan (204-86) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side and Josh Carter accounted for 28 points. Maccabi Ashdod's coach Ofer Berkovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. International guard Gal Mekel (195-88, college: Wichita St.) came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for Galil Gilboa in the defeat. The victory allowed Maccabi Ashdod (5-4) who are in their first very successful season in the Premier League to climb to the third place. They share it with defeated Galil Gilboa and Bnei Hasharon. Maccabi Ashdod will play against Ironi Ashkelon (#9) at home in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Galil Gilboa will play against the league's leader Maccabi T-A (#1) in Tel-Aviv and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Maccabi Ashdod: J.Carter 28+2reb, R.Bradley 21+4reb+4ast, J.Duncan 19+12reb+2ast, J.Martin 9+7reb+1ast, M.Tapiro 7+1reb+8ast, W.Wallace 5+2reb
Galil Gilboa: D.Yavzuri 18+6reb+2ast, G.Mekel 16+6reb+9ast, T.Wilkerson 14+4reb, W.Carter 10+7reb+2ast, J.McClinton 8+5reb, R.Green 8
gschID: 105460


Hapoel J-M - Elitzur Netanya 91-75

Third ranked Hapoel J-M (6-3) crushed at home 7th ranked Elitzur Netanya (3-6) by 16 points 91-75, which is the biggest margin this round on Saturday night. Hapoel J-M was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Elitzur Netanya was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Jason Rich (191-86) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 assists for the winners and his fellow American import guard Willie Solomon (187-78, college: Clemson) chipped in 19 points. Hapoel J-M's coach Oded Katash used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was American forward Romeo Travis (201-84, college: Akron) with 16 points and 6 rebounds and guard Shmuel Brener (188-81, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) scored 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory allowed Hapoel J-M (6-3) to climb to the second place. Elitzur Netanya who is 3-6 went down to eighth position as they suffered their sixth loss. Hapoel J-M will face Bnei Hasharon (#5) in Hod Hasharon in the next round. Elitzur Netanya will play at home against Maccabi Rishon in Rishon Le-Zion and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel J-M: W.Solomon 19+2reb+3ast, J.Rich 19+2reb+5ast, L.Hakmon 14+9reb, Y.Naimy 11+5ast, D.Dowell 11+2reb, S.Clancy 8+9reb+1ast
Elitzur Netanya: R.Travis 16+6reb+2ast, T.Washam 13+4reb, S.Brener 10+5reb+6ast, T.Younger 10+3reb, E.Brown 7+5reb, A.Banks 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 105461


Maccabi T-A - Maccabi Haifa 101-92

Premier League top team - Maccabi T-A (8-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat tenth ranked Maccabi Haifa (2-6) in Tel-Aviv 101-92. Maccabi T-A was already 20 points ahead at halftime and as many as 26 after three quarters before a 27-10 last quarter charge of Maccabi Haifa cut the lead to 101-92 at the end of the game. Maccabi T-A were unselfish on offense dishing 31 assists. It was a good game for Greek center Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-85) who led his team to a victory with 20 points and 9 rebounds. International forward Lior Eliyahu (207-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) contributed with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. Naturalized American guard Sylven Landesberg (198-90, college: Virginia) answered with 26 points and 6 assists and American forward Marco Killingsworth (203-82, college: Indiana) added 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field) in the effort for Maccabi Haifa. Five Maccabi T-A and four Maccabi Haifa players scored in double figures. Maccabi T-A stay at first position. Maccabi Haifa lost fifth consecutive game. They are currently on the bottom place with a 2-6 record. Maccabi T-A's next round opponent will be Galil Gilboa (#4) on the road. Maccabi Haifa will play against Hapoel Holon (#6).
Top scorers:
Maccabi T-A: D.Blu 23+1reb+1ast, S.Schortsanitis 20+9reb, G.Pnini 19+1reb+1ast, D.Perkins 15+3reb+6ast, L.Eliyahu 12+7reb+7ast, Y.Green 5+3reb
Maccabi Haifa: S.Landesberg 26+3reb+6ast, M.Killingsworth 23+8reb+2ast, L.O'Bannon 13+5reb+2ast, F.Robinson 11+5reb, E.Kadir 8+2reb+5ast, S.Bratic 6+3reb
gschID: 105462


Maccabi Rishon - Hapoel Holon 85-87

The closest game of round 9 in the Premier League was only two-point a home defeat of 6th ranked Maccabi Rishon (3-5) to seventh ranked Hapoel Holon (4-5) 85-87 in the game for the sixth place. Hapoel Holon was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. They made 29-of-32 free shots (90.6 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Maccabi Rishon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American guard Robert Hite (188-84, college: Miami (FL)) stepped up and scored 27 points and 9 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners and international guard Moran Roth (184-82) chipped in 25 points and 8 assists (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was American guard Dwayne Mitchell (194-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Hapoel Holon has a solid series of three victories in a row. The victory allowed Hapoel Holon (4-5) to climb to the sixth place. Maccabi Rishon lost third consecutive game. The team is currently 3-5 and went down to seventh position. Hapoel Holon is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Maccabi Haifa (#10) on the road in the next round. Maccabi Rishon will play against Elitzur Netanya and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Holon: R.Hite 27+9reb+2ast, M.Roth 25+3reb+8ast, K.Powell 13+4reb, R.Melzer 11+11reb, A.Ben David 6+5reb+2ast, I.Stolero 3
Maccabi Rishon: D.Mitchell 21+12reb+6ast, D.Tucker 15+3reb+1ast, A.McGhee 15+10reb+2ast, I.Swann 14+1reb+4ast, Y.Orland 12+2reb+1ast, N.Hanochi 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 105458




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  ITALY   


Italian A dilettanti round 13 best performance: Antonio Ruggiero - by Eurobasket News
Guard Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked Ostuni, receiving a Eurobasket.com A dilettanti Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 29-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, eight rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush Agrigento (#16, 2-11) with 23-point margin 85-62. Ostuni is placed at 2nd position in Italian A dilettanti. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Ostuni will need more victories to improve their 9-4 record. In the team's last game Ruggiero had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Ostuni and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Antonio Ruggiero averages this season 14.2ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young Francesco Quaglia (207-F/C-88) of Massafra. Quaglia had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Massafra cruised to a 85-76 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Potenza (#14, 5-8). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in group B. But Massafra managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 6-7 record. Quaglia is a newcomer at Massafra, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was Albanian guard Franko Bushati (188-G-85) of league's top team Brescia Leonessa. Bushati scored 24 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Brescia, leading his team to a 99-88 win against the lower-ranked Osimo (#16, 2-11). Brescia confirms their top position in group A. Their record at this point is 10 victories and 3 lost games. Bushati has a great season in Italy. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.3apg (6th best). He also has 3.7spg and FGP: 58.6%. Franko Bushati has also Italian passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78) of Piacenza - 17 points and 10 rebounds
5. Marcello Filattiera (182-G-82) of Riva del Garda - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Giovanni Rugolo (196-G/F-81) of Molfetta - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Simone Bagnoli (206-F/C-81) of Potenza - 22 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jacopo Valentini (193-G-86) of S.Antimo - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Tommaso Marino (190-G-86) of Treviglio - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Maurizio Cucinelli (196-F-79) of Massafra - 21 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)


Italian Lega2 round 11 best performance: Trent Whiting - by Eurobasket News
American guard Trent Whiting (185-G-76) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Aget Imola, receiving a Eurobasket.com Lega2 Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 34-year old player was the main contributor (43 points, two rebounds and seven assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass Snaidero UD (#2, 9-2) with 27-point margin 111-84. Despite this victory Aget Imola dropped to the 10th position in Italian Lega2. Aget Imola is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-6 record. In the team's last game Whiting had a remarkable ten three-pointers out of 12 attempts. It's his second year at Aget Imola and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Brigham Young University star has very solid stats this year. Whiting is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.2ppg), assists (7th best: 3.5apg) and averages impressive 2.1spg and 58.2% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Ronald Davis (190-G-82) of Sunrise Scafati Basket. Davis had a very good evening with 28 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Sunrise Scafati lost that game 75-84 to slightly higher-ranked Immobiliare SR (#6, 7-4). This loss caused Sunrise Scafati to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Davis is a newcomer at Sunrise Scafati, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was another Aget Imola's star - Nigerian forward Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Priority Sports). Ebi scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was another key player of Aget Imola, helping his team with a 111-84 easy win against the higher-ranked Snaidero UD (#2, 9-2). The chances of Aget Imola ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 6 games, recording just five victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Ebi could help Aget Imola to bring them higher in the standings. Ebi has a great season in Italy. After 11 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 8.3rpg (7th best). He also has 2.5spg, 1.3bpg and FGP: 56.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jarvis Varnado (206-F-88) of Tuscany PT - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Alessandro Piazza (175-G-87) of Forli - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85) of Prima Veroli - 30 points and 3 assists
7. Terrence Roderick (195-G/F-88) of Immobiliare SR - 13 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83) of Forli - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84) of Prima Veroli - 20 points and 11 rebounds
10. Aaron Johnson (203-F-83) of San Severo - 15 points, 11 rebounds and 3 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)


A Dilettanti, Round 13 - by Armando Caporaso
Group A

In the round 13 Brescia and Trento confirm the first place on standing with two wins respectively against Osimo and Pavia. The Centrale del Latte exceeds the Edilcost at Osimo for 99-88 and get the tithe victory of the season. Franko Bushati (188-G-85) is the top scorer and the MVP with 24 points, 9/12 at shoot and 4 assist. For the others 21 points in only 21 minutes of Lorenzo Gergati (188-G-84) with 4/7 by 3 starting by bench, 15 points for Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-F-81) with 5 rebounds and 3 steals, 14 points of Nicholas Crow (199-F-89) and 10 points + 4 assist of Mauro Quaroni (193-G-79). For the hosts (eleventh season defeat, always at the last place together Recanati with only 2 wins) 24 points of Enrico Gaeta (201-F/G-75) with 9/14 at shoot, 16 points for Vincenzo Di Capua (186-G/F-87) with 5 assist, 15 points and 7 rebounds for Giovanni Rinaldi (198-G/F-84, agency: Interperformances), 12 points of Giuliano Delli Carri (198-F-89, agency: Interperformances) and Damiano Verri (206-C-85) that adds also 11 rebounds and 4 assist. Trento wins against Pavia for 83-69 thanks the double-double of Andrea Benevelli (202-F-85) that closes with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Good performances of Luca Conte (193-G-80, agency: Interperformances) with 15 points, 9 fouls suffered and 3 steals (but 6 turnovers), Nicola Natali (198-G-88) with 13 points and 6 rebounds and of Luca Gandini (205-F-85, agency: Interperformances) that scores only 6 points but catches 7 rebounds and adds 4 steals and 3 assist. From the bench good job of Marco Spanghero (185-G-91) with 14 points in 21 minutes and of Simone Fiorito (200-F/G-91) with 11 points in 11 minutes. For the visitors, never in the game, seventh defeat in this season. Stefano Borgna (193-G-79) is the top scorer with 17 points, 15 points of Ibrahim Cisse (188-G/F-84),, 10 points with 4 steals for Paul Biligha (200-C-90), 9 points with 7 rebounds and 5 steals of Davide Cristelli (204-F-77) and 7 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assist for Dario Scodavolpe (193-G/F-83). Important victory of Piacenza against Moncalieri (68-67 the final) that allows the Copra Morpho Bakery to reach the second place with Perugia (a game played in less) and Treviglio. Fantastic game of Roberto Cazzaniga (205-F/C-78) that closes with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds adding 7 fouls suffered. 19 points of Federico Loschi (195-G-90) with 4 steals, 18 points for Riccardo Perego (203-F/C-81) with a perfect 8/8 by 2 and 10 points for Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84) but with 3/15 at shoot. For the Zerouno failed engagement at the second place with Giadini that missing one of the two free throws to tie in the last second after the points of Cazzaniga and Loschi. Cristiano Masper (208-F-73) is the top scorer with 15 points and 7/13 at shoot, 12 points with 4/8 by 3 of Filippo Giusto (185-G-89), always 12 for Federico Tassinari (194-G-77), 10 points and 4 assist of Daniele Parente (190-G-78) and 9 points with 8 rebounds of Maurizio Giadini (199-G-77, agency: Interperformances). In the other matches:

PentaG. Ozzano - Liomatic Perugia 60-92 (B.Musso 23 pts, L.Fontecchio 9 reb, G.Sanguinetti 4 ass, M.Pazzi 4 stl)
Cartiere Riva - Paffoni Omegna 83-95 (M.Filattiera 25 pts & 5 ass, G.Pastori 13 reb, E.Rossi 11 reb & 5 stl)
Goldengas Senigallia - Mark Treviglio 75-92 (T.Marino 28 pts & 4 ass, T.De Min 19 pts & 12 reb, T.Milani 3 stl)
SBS Castelletto - Fortezza Recanati 85-70 (A.Pierini 23 pts, M.Raminelli 9 reb, A.DeNicolao 5 ass, N.Mei 5 stl)
Aps Trieste - Consum.it Siena 67-57 (A.Moruzzi 18 pts, M.Benfatto 8 reb, D.Casadei 9 stl, M.Contento 3 ass)

Group B

Another victory for Ruvo, always first with 2 wins of advantage on the seconds. This time is Matera to fall against the leaders for 73-62 in a game always led by the hosts. Simone Bonfiglio (181-G-88) is the top scorer of the Adriatica with 22 points and 4/9 by 3, miss for one point the double-double Andrea Zerini (201-F-88, agency: Interperformances) that closes with 9 points and 14 rebounds adding also 4 blocks, 13 points and 5 steals for Andrea Pilotti (196-F/G-80) with 3 assist and 8 points with 9 rebounds for Francesco Ihedioha (196-F-86, agency: Interperformances) in 16 minutes. For the Bawer 13 points and 8 rebounds with 9 fouls suffered for Cristiano Grappasonni (204-F/C-72), 11 points for Andrea LaGioia (195-G/F-86) and for Massimiliano DeFant (203-F-89) (with 5 rebounds), only 9 points for the star of the team Sebastian Vico (190-G-86) with 4 steals but also 7 turnovers and 2/10 at shoot, 5 steals and 3 assist but only 5 points of the other argentinian Federico Gilardi (190-G-79). With the easy victory against Agrigento for 85-62 Ostuni reaches the second place alone with a record of 9-4 while for the Moncada eleventh defeat and last place confirmed. Antonio Ruggiero (190-G-81) led the team with a fantastic performance: 28 points (11/18 at shoot), 8 rebounds, 5 steals and 5 assist (35 or ranking)! Very good match also for Domenico Morena (210-F/C-70) with 26 points and 10/14 at shoot, 12 points of Mario Gigena (198-F-77) and 10 points with 6 rebounds for Francesco Basei (207-C-83). Zero points for the playmaker Valerio Circosta (188-G-87) but 5 assist and 3 steals. For the visitors only 2 players in double digit: 16 points of Paolo Mossi (193-G-76) and 13 points with 8 rebounds for the Australian John Pennisi (209-C-78). Good match of the ex Avellino Maurizio Ferrara (185-G-86) that signs 8 points adding 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assist. The other results:

Ascom Patti - Shinelco Trapani 81-76 (W.Santarossa 18 pts, A.Fabi 8 reb & 6 stl, A.Ancellotti 3 blk & 4 stl)
Cisa Massafra - Publisys Potenza 85-76 (S.Bagnoli 22 pts & 10 reb, F.Quaglia 21 pts & 11 reb, M.Giuri 6 ass, M.Cucinelli 21 pts)
Romana Anagni - FMC Ferentino 60-64 (G.Bruni 18 pts & 3 stl, M.Cardillo 14 reb & 3 stl, M.Soave 3 blk)
AD S.Antimo - Benacquista Latina 79-70 (J.Valentini 22 pts & 9 reb, D.Calabria 5 ass, F.Emejuru 4 stl)
Ford Molfetta - Itop Palestrina 88-81 (D.Ricciardi 22 pts, A.Capitanelli 12 reb, G. Rugolo 8 ass, J.Pozzi 5 stl & 11 reb, D.Corral 11 reb)
Ircop Rieti - Ambrosia Bisceglie 72-67 (F.Dri-G.Antrops 18 pts, D.Zambon 11 reb, D.Virgilio 6 ass & 4 stl, M.Micevic 10 reb)


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Davide REATI
  Treviglio
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 20.1
 1. Reati, Treviglio20.1 
 2. Rugolo, Molfetta17.8 
 3. Vico, Matera17.8 
 4. Marino, Treviglio17.7 
 5. Evangelisti, Trapani17.5 
 6. Tassinari, Moncalieri16.5 
 7. Ricciardi, Palestrina16.3 
 8. Casadei, Comsum.i.16.2 
 9. Becerra, Rieti16.1 
 10. Carrizo, Ferentino15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Diego CORRAL
  Molfetta
  (205-C-86)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Corral, Molfetta10.6 
 2. Bagnoli, Potenza10.0 
 3. Zambon, Rieti9.8 
 4. Rosignoli, Bisceglie9.5 
 5. Basei, Ostuni9.2 
 6. De Min, Treviglio8.9 
 7. Zerini, Ruvo8.8 
 8. Capitanelli, Pales.8.6 
 9. Gaeta, Osimo8.4 
 10. Gigena, Massafra8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Simone FERRARESE
  Trento
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Ferrarese, Trento4.8 
 2. Marino, Treviglio4.2 
 3. Virgilio, Rieti4.1 
 4. Tomasiello, Comsum.3.7 
 5. Marcante, ASD P.3.3 
 6. Bushati, Brescia3.3 
 7. Busca, Trieste3.2 
 8. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.2 
 9. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 10. Parente, Moncalieri3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Franko BUSHATI
  Brescia
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Bushati, Brescia3.7 
 2. Guarino, Trapani3.5 
 3. Bonamente, Perugia3.5 
 4. Marcante, ASD P.3.4 
 5. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 6. Vico, Matera3.1 
 7. Moruzzi, Trieste3.0 
 8. Gullo, Patti2.9 
 9. Giadini, Moncalieri2.8 
 10. Malamov, Ruvo2.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrea ZERINI
  Ruvo
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Zerini, Ruvo2.2 
 2. Corral, Molfetta1.5 
 3. Ancellotti, Patti1.5 
 4. Biligha, ASD Pavia1.4 
 5. Basei, Ostuni1.2 
 6. Pozzi, Molfetta1.0 
 7. Antrops, Rieti1.0 
 8. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 9. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 


Homan's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old center Jared Homan (206-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for CS Bologna and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Dinamo Sassari (#11, 4-5) 75-66. Despite this victory CS Bologna dropped to the 7th position in Italian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. CS Bologna will need more victories to improve their 5-4 record. Homan turned to be CS Bologna's top player in his first season with the team. Iowa State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Homan is in league's top in rebounds (9th best: 7.9rpg).

Second best performed player last round was Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma. He is international swingman in his 3rd season at Lottomatica. In the last game Datome recorded impressive 23 points and 9 rebounds. Of course he lead Lottomatica to another comfortable win outscoring slightly lower-ranked Banca Tercas (#16, 1-8) 74-53. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. Lottomatica dropped in the standings to 14th position. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Datome is one of the most experienced players at Lottomatica and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to center Diego Fajardo (208-C-76) of Cimberio Varese (#3). Fajardo showcased his all-around game by recording 24 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Fajardo's great performance Cimberio VA lost 80-92 to the lower-ranked Pepsi Caserta (#13, 3-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Cimberio VA needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 3 lost games. Fajardo has a very solid season. In 9 games in Italy he scored 10.0ppg. He also has 4.8rpg and FGP: 54.2%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82) of Fabi Shoes - 27 points and 10 rebounds
5. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81) of Pepsi Caserta - 24 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Mike Green (185-G-85) of Bennet Cantu - 22 points and 4 rebounds
7. Kennedy Winston (198-F-84) of CS Bologna - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Daniel Hackett (196-G-87) of Scavolini PS - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Ivan Zoroski (195-G-79) of Banca Tercas - 23 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Mason Rocca (204-F-77) of Armani MI - 12 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)


Standings - B1
A Standings
Group A
 1. Brescia 10-3 
 2. Trento 10-3 
 3. Perugia 9-3 
 4. Piacenza 9-4 
 5. Treviglio 9-4 
 6. Moncalieri 8-5 
 7. Trieste 7-5 
 8. Omegna 7-6 
 9. ASD Pavia 6-7 
 10. Comsum.it SI 6-7 
 11. Senigallia 6-7 
 12. Castelletto 5-8 
 13. Ozzano 4-9 
 14. Recanati 3-10 
 15. Riva del Garda 2-11 
 16. Osimo 2-11 
Group B
 1. Ruvo 11-2 
 2. Ostuni 9-4 
 3. Ferentino 8-5 
 4. Trapani 8-5 
 5. Anagni 7-6 
 6. Bisceglie 7-6 
 7. Latina Basket 7-6 
 8. S.Antimo 7-6 
 9. Matera 7-6 
 10. Rieti 6-6 
 11. Molfetta 6-7 
 12. Massafra 6-7 
 13. Patti 5-8 
 14. Potenza 5-8 
 15. Palestrina 2-10 
 16. Agrigento 2-11 


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. Mathis, Snaidero.3.7 
 6. Crispin, Barcellona3.7 
 7. Levin, Sunrise .3.5 
 8. Whiting, Aget Imola3.5 
 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. Piazza, Forli2.5 
 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. Frosini, Trenkwalder0.8 
 6. Cutolo, San Severo0.8 
 7. Bryan, Umana Reyer0.8 
 8. Boykin, Assigeco0.8 
 9. Chiacig, Sunris.0.7 
 10. Kotti, N.Ferrara0.7 


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  JAPAN   


Best players of Japanese JBL round 20 - by Eurobasket News
Experienced former international center Fumihiko Aono (210-C-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for Panasonic Trians and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 32-year old center had the game-high 15 points adding nine rebounds and five assists for Panasonic in his team's victory, helping them to beat Hitachi S. (#7, 8-12) 79-72. Panasonic maintains the 3rd position in Japanese JBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Panasonic will need more victories to improve their 12-8 record. Aono has many years of experience at Panasonic, through which he has constantly improved. Fumihiko Aono averages this season 10.7ppg and 5.7rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old American forward Ontario Lett (198-F-79) of Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins. Lett impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Mitsubishi cruised to a 89-80 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Hokkaido (#8, 5-15). This victory allowed Mitsubishi to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 8-12 record. Lett is a newcomer at Mitsubishi and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.2ppg (#8). He also registered 5.9 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was former international center Joji Takeuchi (206-C-85) of Hitachi Sunrockers (#7). Takeuchi scored 16 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Takeuchi's great performance Hitachi Sunrockers lost 72-79 to the higher-ranked Panasonic (#3, 12-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Hitachi Sunrockers ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 12 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Takeuchi could help Hitachi Sunrockers to bring them higher in the standings. Takeuchi has a great season in Japan. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.6ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 13.2rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ryan Forehan-Kelly (197-F/G-80) of Aishin - 23 points and 5 rebounds
5. Tyler Smith (203-F/C-80) of Hitachi Sunrockers - 22 points and 10 rebounds
6. J.R. Sakuragi (206-C-76) of Aishin - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Jun Uzawa (197-C/F-81) of Mitsubishi - 12 points and 10 rebounds
8. Jai Lewis (201-F-83) of Hokkaido - 18 points and 8 rebounds
9. Jerald Honeycutt (205-F-74) of Panasonic - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80) of Toyota - 13 points and 10 rebounds

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)


Best players of Japanese BJ League round 17 - by Eurobasket News
American Jeff Newton (205-C-81) had an amazing evening in the last round for Ryukyu Golden Kings Okinawa and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com BJ League Player of the Week award for round 17.
The 29-year old center had a double-double of 22 points and twenty rebounds, while his team edged out Shiga Lakestars (#1, 12-5) 103-100. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Okinawa GK maintains the 3rd position in Japanese BJ League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Okinawa GK will need more victories to improve their 11-6 record. Newton has many years of experience at Okinawa GK, through which he has constantly improved. Indiana University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Newton is in league's top in rebounds (6th best: 10.4rpg) and averages solid 1.4bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Byron Eaton (180-G-86) of Tokyo Apache. Eaton impressed basketball fans with 34 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course Tokyo Apache cruised to a 80-73 relatively comfortable win over slightly higher-ranked Niigata Albirex (#3, 7-8). This victory allowed Tokyo Apache to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 5-4 record is not bad and everything may still change. Eaton is a newcomer at Tokyo Apache and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was American Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Fukuoka Rizing (#4). Parker scored 25 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Parker's great performance Fukuoka Rizing lost 80-97 to the lower-ranked Oita H.Devils (#7, 6-9). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Fukuoka Rizing needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 10 victories and 7 lost games. Parker has a great season in Japan. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 29.8ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 11.6rpg (4th best). He also has 2.2spg, 1.2bpg and FGP: 67.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Bell (206-F-82) of Sendai 89ers - 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jeffrey Parmer (203-F-85) of Hamamatsu-Higashi Mikawa Phoenix - 22 points and 14 rebounds
6. Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 21 points and 16 rebounds
7. Michael Fey (213-F/C-83) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 16 points, 15 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Brian Harper (208-F/G-85) of Toyama Grouses - 20 points and 12 rebounds
9. Wendell White (198-G-84) of Kyoto Hannaryz - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Mac Hopson (188-G-87) of Sendai 89ers - 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 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 - BJ League
BJ Standings
Eastern
 1. Hamamatsu P. 17-1 
 2. Sendai 89ers 10-8 
 3. Niigata Albirex 7-9 
 4. Tokyo Apache 6-4 
 5. Akita 6-12 
 6. Toyama Grouses 5-11 
 7. Saitama Bron. 4-14 
Western
 1. Shiga Lakestars 13-5 
 2. Osaka Evessa 13-5 
 3. Okinawa GK 11-7 
 4. Fukuoka Rizing 11-7 
 5. Kyoto Hannaryz 8-10 
 6. Shimane 8-10 
 7. Oita H.Devils 6-10 
 8. Miyazaki 6-12 
 9. Takamatsu FA 5-11 


BJ League Round 18: Niigata Albirex loses to Tokyo Apache - by Eurobasket News
The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with and favorites losing the games.

The most important one in the last round took place in Niigata between third-ranked Niigata Albirex (7-9) and fifth ranked Tokyo Apache (6-4) on Sunday night in Niigata 74-84. Niigata Albirex was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Tokyo Apache outrebounded Niigata Albirex 43-24 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Niigata Albirex helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Niigata Albirex. Tokyo Apache have an impressive five-game winning streak. They jumped to the fourth spot. Niigata Albirex keeps the third position. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play on the road against Shimane Magic and is hoping to win this game.
Another interesting game for Shiga Lakestars (13-5) which played on the court of Okinawa GK (11-7). First ranked Shiga Lakestars had an easy defeat 98-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. American players dominated the game. Forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Gary Hamilton chipped in 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars of course still keep top position in the standings. Okinawa GK stays at the third place. They have the same record like Fukuoka Rizing. Shiga Lakestars will play against Akita Happinets (#5) on the road in the next round. Okinawa GK will play against Takamatsu FA and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also road defeat of 4th ranked Akita Happinets in a game in Mikawa versus Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) 67-79. Jeffrey Parmer notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Sek Henry did not help to save the game for Akita Happinets. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix (17-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 6-12 record. They have the same record like Miyazaki. Hamamatsu Phoenix will meet Fukuoka Rizing (#4) on the road in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Shiga Lakestars and hope to secure a win.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kyoto Hannaryz (8-10) and Shining Suns (6-12), which took place in Miyazaki. Higher ranked Kyoto Hannaryz lost to ninth ranked Shining Suns in a road game 107-118. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was Brandon Cole who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds. Miyazaki Shining Suns jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Akita. Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth place. Miyazaki Shining Suns' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Osaka Evessa at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between second ranked Evessa (13-5) and 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (5-11) in Osaka on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Osaka Evessa outscored guests from Toyama 90-69. It was a good game for Lynn Washington who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Osaka Evessa have an impressive six-game winning streak. They are a new league leader. They share the position with Shiga Lakestars. Toyama Grouses lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place. Osaka Evessa will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toyama Grouses will play against Kyoto Hannaryz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: Shimane beat Takamatsu FA on the road 84-67. Oita H.Devils lost to Fukuoka Rizing on it's own court 74-79. Saitama Bron. was outscored by Sendai 89ers in a road game 74-94.
The most impressive performance of 18th round was 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists by Elijah Palmer of Miyazaki.


Okinawa GK - Shiga Lakestars 88-98

Another interesting game for Shiga Lakestars (13-5) which played on the court of Okinawa GK (11-7). First ranked Shiga Lakestars had an easy defeat 98-88. It ended at the same time the five-game winning streak of Okinawa GK. American players dominated the game. Forward Lamar Rice (203-82, college: Georgetown, KY) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Gary Hamilton chipped in 18 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Shiga Lakestars' coach Haruyuki Ishibashi allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was center Jeff Newton (205-81, college: Indiana) with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars of course still keep top position in the standings. Okinawa GK stays at the third place. They have the same record like Fukuoka Rizing. Shiga Lakestars will play against Akita Happinets (#5) on the road in the next round. Okinawa GK will play against Takamatsu FA and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Shiga Lakestars: L.Rice 29+6reb+2ast, G.Hamilton 18+13reb+4ast, R.Schafer 13+7reb, T.Fujiwara 11+1ast, M.Marshall 10+5reb+3ast, Y.Okada 10+2reb+1ast
Okinawa GK: J.Newton 18+9reb+1ast, D.Palmer 16+7reb+2ast, C.Dixon 15+6reb+2ast, N.Kosuge 11+2ast, A.McHenry 10+4reb+1ast, A.Kuso 7+7reb
gschID: 105861


Niigata Albirex - Tokyo Apache 74-84

The most important one in the last round took place in Niigata between third-ranked Niigata Albirex (7-9) and fifth ranked Tokyo Apache (6-4) on Sunday night in Niigata 74-84. Niigata Albirex was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Tokyo Apache outrebounded Niigata Albirex 43-24 including a 31-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. 25 personal fouls committed by Niigata Albirex helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American power forward Robert Swift (213-85, college: High School) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The other American import guard Byron Eaton (180-86, college: Oklahoma St.) contributed with 18 points and 4 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Trinidad and Tobago power forward Julius Ashby (205-82, college: Colorado) replied with 24 points and 7 rebounds for Niigata Albirex. Tokyo Apache have an impressive five-game winning streak. They jumped to the fourth spot. Niigata Albirex keeps the third position. Tokyo Apache will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Niigata Albirex will play on the road against Shimane Magic and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Tokyo Apache: R.Swift 19+12reb+1ast, B.Eaton 18+2reb+4ast, J.Nakama 12+6reb+2ast, M.Chappell 12+11reb, C.Aoki 12+3reb+2ast, T.Kensuke 6+2reb
Niigata Albirex: J.Ashby 24+7reb, I.Konare 12+3reb+2ast, Y.Ikeda 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Andrews 9+7reb+1ast, W.Veasley 9+2reb+4ast, T.Saito 5+1reb+4ast
gschID: 105855


Hamamatsu P. - Akita 79-67

An interesting game was also road defeat of 4th ranked Akita Happinets in a game in Mikawa versus Hamamatsu Phoenix (#1) 67-79. Akita Happinets was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Hamamatsu Phoenix made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. American forward Jeffrey Parmer (203-85, college: Florida Atlantic) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and British power forward Dzaflo Larkai (203-81, college: Bellarmine) who supported him with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Four Hamamatsu Phoenix players scored in double figures. Even 13 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by American guard Sek Henry (193-87, college: Nebraska, agency: Impact Basketball) did not help to save the game for Akita Happinets. Nigerian forward Ayodokun Akingbade (207-84, college: George Washington) added 16 points and 5 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Hamamatsu Phoenix (17-1) have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Akita Happinets lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fifth place with 6-12 record. They have the same record like Miyazaki. Hamamatsu Phoenix will meet Fukuoka Rizing (#4) on the road in the next round. Akita Happinets will play against the league's leader Shiga Lakestars and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Hamamatsu P.: J.Parmer 16+9reb+3ast, D.Larkai 15+10reb+1ast, J.Dixon 13+5reb+6ast, K.Ohta 13+2reb+1ast, R.Nixon 9+4reb, W.Arnold 6+3reb+2ast
Akita: A.Akingbade 16+5reb, S.Henry 13+7reb+4ast, M.Sawaguchi 10+4reb+2ast, P.Butorac 8+8reb+1ast, K.Shoji 7+5reb+1ast, A.Burks 5+1reb
gschID: 105856


Osaka Evessa - Toyama Grouses 90-69

The game between second ranked Evessa (13-5) and 6th ranked Toyama Grouses (5-11) in Osaka on Sunday ended with biggest points difference. Osaka Evessa outscored guests from Toyama 90-69. The game rather controlled by Osaka Evessa. Toyama Grouses managed to win fourth quarter 23-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Osaka Evessa made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American forward Lynn Washington (200-78, college: Indiana) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Lawrence Blackledge (203-86, college: Marquette) contributed with 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Blackledge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Osaka Evessa players scored in double figures. American swingman Brian Harper (208-85, college: Paine) replied with 19 points and 8 rebounds and guard Takeshi Mito (184-85) added 11 points in the effort for Toyama Grouses. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Osaka Evessa have an impressive six-game winning streak. They are a new league leader. They share the position with Shiga Lakestars. Toyama Grouses lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixth place. Osaka Evessa will face Miyazaki Shining Suns (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toyama Grouses will play against Kyoto Hannaryz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Osaka Evessa: L.Washington 19+7reb+3ast, W.Marshall 16+6reb+2ast, W.Knight 16+5reb+4ast, L.Blackledge 16+9reb+2ast, H.Takada 7+4reb+2ast, S.Konno 7+2reb+2ast
Toyama Grouses: B.Harper 19+8reb+1ast, T.Mito 11+4reb+1ast, M.Kyle 10+2reb, J.Smith 10+5reb, H.Johnson 9+5reb+1ast, J.Davis 7+5reb+1ast
gschID: 105857


Takamatsu FA - Shimane 67-84

No shocking result in a game when sixth ranked Shimane Magic (8-10) beat on the road 8th ranked Takamatsu FA (5-11) 84-67 on Sunday. Shimane Magic trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 44-24 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Shimane Magic dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Takamatsu FA's 34. Shimane Magic forced 20 Takamatsu FA turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Shimane Magic made 8 blocks. It was a good game for American center Jeral Davis (216-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds. The other American import forward Reggie Golson (201-81, college: SE Missouri St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Davis is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Shimane Magic players scored in double figures. American forward Jefferey Price (203-85, college: Miss.Valley St.) replied with 21 points and 7 rebounds and guard Satoshi Takeda (185-80) added 9 points and 5 assists in the effort for Takamatsu FA. Shimane Magic jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Kyoto Hannaryz. Takamatsu FA dropped to the sixth place. Shimane Magic will face higher ranked Niigata Albirex (#3) at home in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Takamatsu FA will play against Okinawa GK.
Top scorers:
Shimane: J.Davis 17+10reb+1ast, T.Yokoo 14+1reb, F.Fisher 13+3reb, R.Golson 12+8reb+3ast, T.Ishizaki 10+6reb+5ast, S.Nakanishi 7+1reb
Takamatsu FA: J.Price 21+7reb+2ast, H.Kikuchi 10+1reb+1ast, S.Takeda 9+4reb+5ast, M.Kita 8+2reb, T.Farley 8+3reb+1ast, S.Takada 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 105858


Oita H.Devils - Fukuoka Rizing 74-79

Rather expected game when 7th ranked Oita Heat Devils (6-10) lost at home to fourth ranked Fukuoka Rizing (11-7) 79-74 on Sunday. Oita Heat Devils was ahead by -3 points at halftime and as many as 3 after three quarters before a 26-18 charge of Fukuoka Rizing, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Oita Heat Devils turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assistsOita Heat Devils was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for American swingman Michael Parker (200-81, college: Evergreen St.) who led his team to a victory with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Akitomo Takeno (173-85) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American guard Matt Lottich (193-82, college: Stanford) replied with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and his fellow American import forward Damian Johnson (201-87, college: Minnesota, agency: Edge Sports) added 15 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Oita Heat Devils. Four Fukuoka Rizing and five Oita Heat Devils players scored in double figures. Fukuoka Rizing jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Okinawa GK. Oita Heat Devils keep the seventh place. Fukuoka Rizing will face league's leader Hamamatsu Phoenix in Mikawa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Oita Heat Devils will play at home against Saitama Broncos (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fukuoka Rizing: M.Parker 27+8reb+4ast, A.Takeno 18+5reb+4ast, J.Nakanishi 16+5reb+3ast, N.Murry 10+1reb+8ast, T.Cordeiro 7+7reb+1ast, M.Kano 1+2reb+1ast
Oita H.Devils: D.Johnson 15+8reb+1ast, M.Lottich 14+6reb+5ast, H.Sato 13+6reb+4ast, T.Finger 13+9reb, K.Sato 11+3reb+4ast, W.Smith 7+2reb
gschID: 105859


Miyazaki - Kyoto Hannaryz 118-107

Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Kyoto Hannaryz (8-10) and Shining Suns (6-12), which took place in Miyazaki. Higher ranked Kyoto Hannaryz lost to ninth ranked Shining Suns in a road game 107-118. The game rather controlled by Miyazaki Shining Suns. Kyoto Hannaryz managed to win fourth quarter 27-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Miyazaki Shining Suns especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentageThey were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists24 personal fouls commited by Kyoto Hannaryz helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Brandon Cole (203-84, college: Xavier, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who had a double-double by scoring 29 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Elijah Palmer (201-81, college: Duquesne, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 27 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Michael Fey (213-83, college: UCLA) who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points, 16 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Wendell White (198-84, college: UNLV) added 18 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists respectively. Four Miyazaki Shining Suns and five Kyoto Hannaryz players scored in double figures. Miyazaki Shining Suns jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Akita. Kyoto Hannaryz keeps the fifth place. Miyazaki Shining Suns' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Osaka Evessa at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Kyoto Hannaryz will play against Toyama Grouses and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Miyazaki: B.Cole 29+15reb, E.Palmer 27+10reb+5ast, T.Shimizu 27+1reb+7ast, J.Manuel 12+4reb+3ast, O.Shinnosuke 9+2reb+2ast, Y.Kojima 8+5reb+6ast
Kyoto Hannaryz: K.Trim 24+5reb, N.Nakamura 24+2reb+3ast, M.Fey 24+16reb+4ast, W.White 18+10reb+9ast, K.Setoyama 10+5reb+4ast, T.Murakami 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 105860


Sendai 89ers - Saitama Bron. 94-74

Very predictable result when second ranked Sendai 89ers (10-8) rolled over 7th ranked Saitama Broncos (4-14) in a home game 94-74 on Sunday. The game without a history. Sendai 89ers lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assistsGreat defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Sendai 89ers made 9 blocksSaitama Broncos was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a good game for forward Michael Bell (206-82, college: Florida Atlantic) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Mac Hopson (188-87, college: Idaho) contributed with 24 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Five Sendai 89ers players scored in double figures. Guard Kenny Satterfield (188-81, college: Cincinnati) replied with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and center George Leach (210-81, college: Indiana) added 12 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Saitama Broncos. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Sendai 89ers has a solid three-game winning streak. They did not change their second position in the standings. Saitama Broncos lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the seventh place. Sendai 89ers will have a break next round. Saitama Broncos will play at home against Oita Heat Devils (#7) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sendai 89ers: M.Hopson 24+7reb+4ast, M.Bell 19+13reb+4ast, K.Takahashi 12+1reb+4ast, L.Hechon 12+2reb+2ast, C.Holm 12+6reb+2ast, T.Shimura 8+3ast
Saitama Bron.: K.Satterfield 18+6reb+6ast, G.Leach 12+12reb+2ast, G.Klaiber 11+9reb, D.Terashita 8+3reb+4ast, K.Hatano 8+3reb+2ast, H.Shishito 6+2ast
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  KOSOVO   


Saptahovic joins Peja - by Onur Deqani
A few days ago it was thought that Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) will join KB Bashkimi, but it's not going to happen. The 29-year old playmayker has now joined KB Peja.
He has started training with the club and today they registered the player to their side according an announcement by FBK and he will be available for the next game against Bambi. Peja finally signed the play-maker they were willing to sign for weeks.
Saptahovic earlier had played for KB Peja during the 2008-2009 period.


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  LIBYA   


Benin 2010 ACCM: Maxaquene record second win, beat AL Ahly 70-60 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After losing by as much of 23 points to Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria in Day-2 of the 25th Africa Champions Cup for Men, Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique stepped up its bid for a quarter-final ticket with a 70-60 points victory over AL Ahly basketball club of Libya in Day-3 of the championship.

Maxaquene were able to shake off the stiff challenge poised by AL Ahly players in the last quarter as both teams were playing neck-to-neck in the first three quarters (16-15, 16-16 and 18-16) as the Mozambican side could only manage a three points lead going into the last quarter breaking off in the fourth quarter to win the game by ten points margin of 70-60 points.

Maxaquene American import Cameron Echols led the floor in scoring with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and one block-shot, Samora Mucavel poured in 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assist while Fernando Mandate adding 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

AL Ahly Cameroon import, Romuald Joseph who had a good game since the competition started led his team with a double double effort of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists with teammate Khalid Khalid Hamad contributing 12 points and 4 rebounds.




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


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Regatas Corrientes claim top position in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Espartanos - Toros 80-71
Toros finally celebrated the victory at Liga Americas tournament. They knocked down Espartanos to finish Group A action at 1-2 record. It was worth the third position in the ladder. Five Toros players scored in double digits in this one. Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) tallied 18 points and 13 boards to pace the winners. Espartanos suffered the third straight loss. Toros dominated from the start of the encounter. The Mexican team accumulated a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the encounter. They stayed on top in the second frame. Toros enjoyed a 24:19 lead into the locker rooms. Espartanos stiffened their defense in the third term but inconsistent offensive effort did not allow the Venezuelan champions to threaten the margin. Toros headed into the final period up by 10 points. Espartanos finally outscored Toros in the fourth period but it was too late to hope for any positive outcome. Quentin Joseph (200-F-84, college: McNeese St.) delivered 17 points for Toros. Andrew Gomez (177-G-85, college: E.Los Angeles JC) added 16 points in the victory. Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) answered with 23 points for Espartanos. David Cubillan (183-G-87, college: Marquette) and Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) finished with 14 points apiece in defeat.

Penarol - Regatas C. 72-81
Regatas Corrientes victoriously finished their Liga Americas Group A campaign. They knocked down Penarol in Mar del Plata to record their third straight win at the tournament. Regatas thus clinched the top spot in the pool. Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester) came up with 17 points to lead the effort. Both teams advanced into the next round of the competition. Regatas opened the encounter on a 10:2 run as Eduardo Villares shone for the visitors. But Penarol responded with seven straight points midway through the opening quarter to stop the bleeding. Regatas eked out an 18:17 lead after ten minutes. Regatas maintained the lead throughout the second period. They arrived at halftime up by 4 points 33:29. Regatas started to get away in the third stanza. The Corrientes outfit arrived at the final intermission ahead by 8 points 54:46. They did not loosen the grasp in the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Scott Rodgers (191-G, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) notched 16 points for the visitors. Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) had 13 points and 8 rebounds for Regatas. Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) replied with 16 points for Penarol. Leonardo Gutierrez delivered 13 points in the loss.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Leonardo GUTIERREZ
  Penarol
  (200-F-78)
  Avg: 19
 1. Gutierrez, Penarol19.0 
 2. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 3. Henning, Toros18.3 
 4. Stanton, Regatas C.17.7 
 5. Joseph, Toros16.0 
 6. Lamonte, Penarol15.7 
 7. Pagan, Toros12.5 
 8. Cubillan, Espartanos12.0 
 9. Centeno, Espartanos12.0 
 10. Rougeau, Toros11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Henning, Toros9.3 
 2. Romero, Espartanos8.3 
 3. Joseph, Toros8.3 
 4. Romano, Regatas C.7.7 
 5. Rougeau, Toros7.7 
 6. Kammerichs, Regat.7.3 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol6.3 
 8. Stanton, Regatas C.6.0 
 9. Field, Regatas C.6.0 
 10. Reinick, Penarol5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Wilfredo PAGAN
  Toros
  (184-G-76)
  Avg: 5
 1. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 2. Martinez, Regat.4.0 
 3. Lamonte, Penarol3.7 
 4. Cedeno, Espartanos2.7 
 5. Rodriguez, Penarol2.3 
 6. Campazzo, Penarol2.0 
 7. Legaria, Regatas C.2.0 
 8. Henning, Toros2.0 
 9. Rougeau, Toros1.7 
 10. Villares, Regatas C.1.3 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol3.0 
 2. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 3. Rougeau, Toros1.7 
 4. Stanton, Regatas C.1.7 
 5. Lamonte, Penarol1.7 
 6. Giorgetti, Penarol1.5 
 7. Gutierrez, Penarol1.3 
 8. Cubillan, Espartanos1.3 
 9. Centeno, Espartanos1.3 
 10. Gomez, Toros1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henning, Toros3.0 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
 3. Diez, Penarol1.0 
 4. Gutierrez, Penarol0.7 
 5. Reinick, Penarol0.7 
 6. Rougeau, Toros0.7 
 7. Vasquez, Toros0.3 
 8. Rodgers, Regatas C.0.3 
 9. Field, Regatas C.0.3 
 10. Lauria, Penarol0.3 


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  LITHUANIA   


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.24.4 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.9 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.20.4 
 4. Jurkus, Silute18.9 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.6 
 6. Vileita, Pieno Z.17.8 
 7. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.8 
 8. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 9. Mineikis, Radviliskis16.3 
 10. Kaupaitis, Silute14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vaidas CEPUKAITIS
  Juventus
  (207-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.2 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.9 
 4. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 5. Keras, Delikatesas8.2 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute7.8 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita7.6 
 8. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.4 
 9. Jucikas, Delikatesas7.2 
 10. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.5 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.5 
 3. Sapiega, Erelita4.9 
 4. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.8 
 5. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.4 
 6. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.3 
 7. Virsilas, Silute4.3 
 8. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.1 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas3.8 
 10. Malasauskas, LKKA-.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.3 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.9 
 3. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.7 
 4. Kutra, Delikatesas2.5 
 5. Radavicius, Meres.2.4 
 6. Petraitis, Delikate.2.4 
 7. Padgureckas, Meres.2.3 
 8. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 9. Pupinis, Erelita2.3 
 10. Slivka, Meresta2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Puntukas
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galdikas, Puntukas3.0 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.8 
 3. Urbonas, LK.1.8 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.7 
 5. Pupinis, Erelita1.6 
 6. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.5 
 7. Mankevicius, Erelita1.5 
 8. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 9. Zyle, Zalgiris.1.2 
 10. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.1 


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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. Smith, Sparta18.6 
 10. Gary, Contern18.6 
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. Smith, Sparta1.8 
 5. Kennedy, Residence1.8 
 6. Birdsong, Amicale1.6 
 7. Gary, Contern1.6 
 8. Delgado, Etzella1.5 
 9. Abdiu, Residence1.5 
 10. Jeitz, 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. Weisen, Soleuvre0.9 
 7. Wurtz, Musel Pikes0.9 
 8. Kennedy, Residence0.9 
 9. Stephens, T710.8 
 10. Wojnowski, Musel P.0.6 


Best players of Luxembourg Diekirch League round 12 - by Eurobasket News
American Brandon Gary (202-F-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for Contern and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 27-year old forward had a double-double of 28 points and twenty two rebounds, while his team beat Etzella (#2, 9-4) 76-65. Thanks to this victory Contern moved-up to the 7th position in the Luxembourg Diekirch League. Contern is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 5-8 record. Gary has many years of experience at Contern, through which he has constantly improved. Hutchinson CC graduate has very impressive stats this year. Gary is in league's top in points (9th best: 18.6ppg), rebounds (4th best: 12.6rpg) and averages solid 2.0bpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American guard Denell Stephens (192-G-86, agency: ZAG Advocates) of league's best team T71. Stephens impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. It was enough for T71 to edge the lower-ranked Sparta (#4, 8-5) by 6 points 89-83. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. T71 consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 11 matches. Stephens is well-known by T71 fans and he already established his position as the team's most reliable player.

The third best performed player last round was American Louis Birdsong (198-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Amicale Steinsel (#5). Birdsong scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Amicale, leading his team to a 57-49 win against the lower-ranked Soleuvre (#8, 4-9). Amicale needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Birdsong has a very solid season. In 10 games in Luxembourg he scored 16.7ppg. He also has 8.8rpg, 1.8bpg and FGP: 59.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larrie Smith (197-F-75) of Sparta - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Daniel Kalmes (182-G-85) of Contern - 22 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Thierry Abdiu (192-F-87) of Residence - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Christian Weisen (196-F-86) of Soleuvre - 11 points and 13 rebounds
8. Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84) of Residence - 21 points and 10 rebounds
9. Tom Schumacher (190-G-87) of T71 - 27 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)


Olumide Olafioye joined Soleuvre - by Eurobasket News
Olumide Olafioye (193-G) joined Soleuvre and already played for his new team. Over the weekend however there was no surprise in Steinsel where 8th ranked Soleuvre was defeated by fifth ranked Amicale 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. Olumide Olafioye scored 10 points and added 7 rebounds.
Olumide Olafioye started first for Xavier (LA) (NAIA) and achieved GCAC Regular Season Champion -07, GCAC Tournament Semifinals -07, NAIA D1 Sweet 16 -07.



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  MEXICO   


Toros defeat Espartanos to clinch third place in Liga Americas Group A - by Eurobasket News
Toros - Espartanos 80:71

Toros finally celebrated the victory at Liga Americas tournament. They knocked down Espartanos to finish Group A action at 1-2 record. It was worth the third position in the ladder. Five Toros players scored in double digits in this one. Adrian Henning (203-F-82, college: Austin Peay St.) tallied 18 points and 13 boards to pace the winners. Espartanos suffered the third straight loss.
Toros dominated from the start of the encounter. The Mexican team accumulated a 23:19 lead ten minutes into the encounter. They stayed on top in the second frame. Toros enjoyed a 24:19 lead into the locker rooms. Espartanos stiffened their defense in the third term but inconsistent offensive effort did not allow the Venezuelan champions to threaten the margin. Toros headed into the final period up by 10 points. Espartanos finally outscored Toros in the fourth period but it was too late to hope for any positive outcome. Quentin Joseph (200-F-84, college: McNeese St.) delivered 17 points for Toros. Andrew Gomez (177-G-85, college: E.Los Angeles JC) added 16 points in the victory. Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) answered with 23 points for Espartanos. David Cubillan (183-G-87, college: Marquette) and Jose Juan Bravo (200-C-80) finished with 14 points apiece in defeat.

Toros: Adrian Henning 18+13 boards, Quentin Joseph 17, Andrew Gomez 16
Espartanos: Francisco Centeno 23, David Cubillan 14, Jose Juan Bravo 14



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  MONTENEGRO   


Nikola Pekovic scores NBA career-high 15 points - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin superstar Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) saw extended minutes on Wednesday with Darko Milicic sidelined and had NBA career-highs of 15 points and three blocks. Pekovic made 6 of 10 attempts from the field and 3 of 4 from the line. His team lost to OC Thunder 103-111.

Game report
Kevin Durant scored 30 points, including 20 in the second half, and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Oklahoma City Thunder came from 19 points down to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 111-103 on Wednesday night.

Russell Westbrook added 25 points and eight assists as the Thunder recovered from their worst shooting performance of the season with one of their best. Thabo Sefolosha had 13 points for Oklahoma City, which is 11-1 this season in games decided by seven points or fewer.

Kevin Love posted his eighth straight double-double with 22 points and 21 rebounds for Minnesota, giving him five of the NBA's 10 20-20 efforts this season. Michael Beasley scored 26 points, but went 1 for 5 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, as the Timberwolves lost for the ninth time in 10 games.

*Courtesy of www.sfgate.com


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  MOROCCO   


Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Royal Hoopers in first win, beat AS Sale 77-74 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria Sunday picked its first win in the 25th edition of the 2010 Africa Champions Cup for Men with a 77-74 points victory over AS Sale basketball club of Morocco.

The high tempo game had seen both side levelling scores in the first quarter at 16 points apiece with the Hoopers going up in the second quarter winning by 22-10 points to take a 38-26 points lead into the break.

The Nigerian side also dominated proceeding in the third quarter with a 21-19 points win but gave up the last quarter by 18-29 points to ends its losing streak and thus step effort at gaining a quarter-final slot with a last group game against giant killer Condor basketball club of Cameroon on Wednesday.

Royal Hoopers guard Azuoma Dike led his team with 18 points and 2 rebounds with Abubakar Yusuf scoring 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. AS Sale Zakaria EL-Mashahi led the floor with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals while Abderrahim Najah contributed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.



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  MOZAMBIQUE   


Benin 2010 ACCM: Maxaquene record second win, beat AL Ahly 70-60 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After losing by as much of 23 points to Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria in Day-2 of the 25th Africa Champions Cup for Men, Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique stepped up its bid for a quarter-final ticket with a 70-60 points victory over AL Ahly basketball club of Libya in Day-3 of the championship.

Maxaquene were able to shake off the stiff challenge poised by AL Ahly players in the last quarter as both teams were playing neck-to-neck in the first three quarters (16-15, 16-16 and 18-16) as the Mozambican side could only manage a three points lead going into the last quarter breaking off in the fourth quarter to win the game by ten points margin of 70-60 points.

Maxaquene American import Cameron Echols led the floor in scoring with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists and one block-shot, Samora Mucavel poured in 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assist while Fernando Mandate adding 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

AL Ahly Cameroon import, Romuald Joseph who had a good game since the competition started led his team with a double double effort of 15 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists with teammate Khalid Khalid Hamad contributing 12 points and 4 rebounds.




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  NAIA   


XU star Watts selected for Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame - by Emiliano
NEW ORLEANS Donald 'Slick' Watts, a standout player during the 1970s renaissance of Xavier (LA) men's basketball and one of three from XU to play in the NBA, has been selected to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.
The announcement of the eight-member 2011 class came Saturday on Cox Sports Television's CST Tonight. The class will be enshrined Saturday, June 25 in Natchitoches to culminate the June 23-25 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration. A 30-member Louisiana Sports Writers Association committee selected the inductees.
Watts will be the first Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductee whose XU accomplishments factored significantly in the selection. Watts' XU coach, Bob Hopkins, was inducted in 1978 primarily because of his playing career at Grambling and in the NBA.
Watts, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound guard from Rolling Fork, Miss., played three seasons for the Gold Rush (1970-73) and set XU career records of 1,460 points of 331 assists. Nearly 40 years later, Watts still ranks in the top 10 of both categories.
He teamed with another future NBA player, Bruce Seals, to lead the Gold Rush to records of 22-5 in 1971-72 and 21-6 in 1972-73 and NAIA District 30 championships both seasons. Those were Xavier's first back-to-back 20-win seasons since the 1930s. Both teams won first-round games at the NAIA Division I National Championship, and the 1972-73 team reached the quarterfinals after upsetting unbeaten and top-seeded Sam Houston State 67-60 in the second round.
The Seattle SuperSonics signed Watts as an undrafted free agent in 1973. He played six NBA seasons, and with the Sonics in 1975-76 he was the first to lead the NBA in steals and assists in the same season. He was first-team All-Defense that same season and the second winner of the NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for exemplary community service. Many credit Watts for popularizing the wearing of the headband by basketball players. His 2.20 steals per game rank eighth in NBA history.
Watts played for the New Orleans Jazz in 1977-78 and the Houston Rockets, his final NBA team, in 1978-79.
In 2004 ESPN ranked Watts 13th among the 'coolest athletes of all time.'
Watts received honorable mention on the All-Louisiana Team of the Century in 1999 and was inducted into the Louisiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991. In 2007 he was named to the Sonics' 16-member 40th-anniversary team.
Watts still lives in the Seattle area and teaches physical education at an elementary school.
'This is a well-deserved honor for Slick Watts and a wonderful honor for Xavier University,' said Dennis Cousin, XU's director of athletics. 'Slick was a special athlete who made his mark at Xavier and in the NBA. And his work with the youth of Seattle deserves special recognition. We at Xavier are proud of Slick and congratulate him for his selection to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.'
Also in the 2011 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame class are former LSU and major league baseball player Todd Walker, former New Orleans Saints players Morten Andersen, Vaughn Johnson and Buford Jordan, former Louisiana-Lafayette softball pitcher Kyla Hall, West Monroe High School football coach Don Shows and deceased LSU athletics director Thomas P. 'Skipper' Heard.
The eight new inductees will raise the total of Hall of Fame members to 285 men and women honored since the first induction class baseball's Mel Ott, world champion boxer Tony Canzoneri and LSU football great Gaynell Tinsley were enshrined in 1959 after their election a year earlier.
Construction of a 27,500-square-foot Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame museum, operated by the Louisiana State Museum system in a partnership with the Louisiana Sports Writers Association, is hoped to be completed in the National Historic Landmark District of Natchitoches in time for the 2012 Induction Celebration.



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  NBA   


Thunder recall Byron Mullens from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Oklahoma City Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced today that the team has recalled center B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) from the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League.

Mullens appeared in one game (one start) for the 66ers and recorded 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 33 minutes.

Mullens will join the Thunder for tonights 6:00 PM game against the Cavaliers at the Oklahoma City Arena.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


76ers Recall Brackins from Armor - by Eurobasket News
Springfield loses its top player back to the NBA.

The Philadelphia 76ers recall Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87, college: Iowa St.) from the Armor. He averaged 17.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in five games with the Armor.

The Sixers acquired Brackins and Darius Songaila from the Hornets in exchange for Willie Green and Jason Smith on September 23.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.3 
 2. Bryant, LA Lakers26.7 
 3. Stoudemire, New Y.26.2 
 4. Rose, Chicago B.25.1 
 5. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.0 
 6. Gordon, LA Clippers24.5 
 7. Ellis, Golde S.24.3 
 8. James, Miami Heat24.2 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 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. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.12.0 
 5. Noah, Chicago B.12.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.9 
 7. Randolph, Memph.11.9 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.4 
 9. Camby, Portland TB11.0 
 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. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.0 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.8 
 5. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 6. Kidd, Dallas M.8.8 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.8 
 8. Felton, New Y.8.7 
 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. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 4. Wall, Washington W.2.3 
 5. Curry, Golde S.2.2 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 8. Miller, Portland.2.0 
 9. Felton, New Y.2.0 
 10. Brewer, Minnesot.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. Gasol, LA Lakers2.3 
 7. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 8. Dalembert, Sacram.1.9 
 9. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 19-4 
 2. New York K. 16-9 
 3. Toronto R. 9-15 
 4. Philadelph.76 8-15 
 5. New Jersey N. 6-18 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 14-8 
 2. Indiana P. 11-11 
 3. Milwaukee B. 9-13 
 4. Cleveland C. 7-17 
 5. Detroit P. 7-18 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 17-8 
 2. Orlando M. 16-8 
 3. Atlanta H. 16-9 
 4. Charlotte B. 8-15 
 5. Washington W. 6-16 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 17-8 
 2. Oklah.City T. 17-8 
 3. Denver N. 14-9 
 4. Portland TB 12-12 
 5. Minnesota T. 6-18 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 17-7 
 2. Phoenix Suns 11-12 
 3. Golde State W. 8-15 
 4. Sacramento K. 5-16 
 5. LA Clippers 5-20 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 20-3 
 2. Dallas M. 19-4 
 3. N.Orleans H. 14-9 
 4. Memphis G. 10-14 
 5. Houston R. 9-14 


Sunday's games (6) review - by Eurobasket News
Oklah.City T. - Cleveland C. 106-77
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 25 points, Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) and James Harden (6'5''-G-89, college: Arizona St.) added 19 apiece and the Oklahoma City Thunder powered past Cleveland 106-77 Sunday night to hand the Cavaliers their eighth straight loss. And there's more bad news for Cleveland: LeBron James and the Miami Heat are waiting to pile on next. The Cavaliers fought back from a 22-point, first-half deficit to briefly get within nine. Oklahoma City closed the third quarter on a 19-1 run and stretched its lead to 30 several times in the fourth quarter. Anthony Parker led Cleveland with 12 points, Daniel Gibson scored 11 and Anderson Varejao had a season-high 16 rebounds, matching a career-high nine on the offensive end. The Cavaliers have four losses of at least 20 points during their current slide, starting with the 118-90 thumping in James' homecoming on Dec. 2. Minnesota delivered a 35-point blowout two nights later for Cleveland's most lopsided loss of the season. There was also a 20-point loss to Philadelphia in that stretch. *Courtesy of www.startribune.com

LA Clippers - Orlando M. 85-94
The Orlando Magic came out running the floor and defending with seemingly boundless energy. The Los Angeles Clippers never knew what hit them. Dwight Howard (6'10''-C/F-85) scored 22 points and the Magic won 94-85 Sunday night, snapping skids of four games overall and three straight on the road. Jameer Nelson (6'0''-G-82, college: St.Joseph's) added 17 points, Vince Carter 13, and Brandon Bass had 13 points and a career high-tying 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season. The Magic built a 26-point lead early in the second quarter, and the Clippers never fully dug themselves out. Blake Griffin had 27 points and 16 rebounds for his 18th double-double, and Eric Gordon scored 28 points for the Clippers, who lost for the eighth time in a row to Orlando. Their NBA-worst record dropped to 5-20, and they have yet to beat an Eastern Conference team in five tries. Griffin earned kudos from Howard after their first matchup, just like he did earlier in the week after playing against Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78). *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York K. - Denver N. 129-125
The roar at the beginning was for Carmelo Anthony. The booming chants at the end were for Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82). Maybe the New York Knicks already have the only superstar they need. 'Sky's the limit,' Stoudemire said. 'It's just a matter of us continuing to improve.' Stoudemire scored 24 of his 30 points in the second half, Wilson Chandler (6'8''-F-87, college: De Paul) made the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, and the Knicks beat the Denver Nuggets 129-125 on Sunday for their first eight-game winning streak in 16 years. Perhaps catching a break not to have been called for a second technical foul and ejected in the second quarter, Stoudemire set a franchise record with his eighth straight 30-point game. The more important streak for the Knicks is the winning one. Winning for the 13th time in 14 games, the Knicks have won eight straight for the first time since Dec. 27, 1994-Jan. 13, 1995. At 16-9, they are off to their best start after 25 games since they were 18-7 in 1996-97. Next up: showdowns with Boston on Wednesday and Miami on Friday as the Knicks try to show they can compete with the NBA's elite. The Knicks seemed to be going nowhere when a 120-118 loss in Denver on Nov. 16 dropped them to 3-8. But they have lost just once since thanks mostly to Stoudemire, awarded with 'MVP! MVP!' chants against in the final minute. 'When we played them in Denver the first time, they look like a totally different team right now,' Anthony said. 'They've got a lot of rhythm going out there, seemed like everybody's on the same page, everybody's doing their part out there and they're rolling right now.' With most of the crowd at Madison Square Garden standing and chanting for the final minutes, Raymond Felton made four free throws in the final 15.6 seconds. Chandler scored 27 points, and Felton had 19 points and a season-high 17 assists. Rookie Landry Fields scored 18 points and Danilo Gallinari had 16 for the Knicks. Anthony had 31 points and 13 rebounds in his return to the lineup after missing two games with an inflamed right knee. Nene added 26 points but the Nuggets finished 1-3 on their road trip, with the only victory coming in George Karl's 1,000th coaching win Friday at Toronto. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Philadelph.76 - N.Orleans H. 88-70
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) and Louis Williams (6'3''-G-86) led a first-half run that catapulted the Philadelphia 76ers to an 88-70 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday. Williams finished with 17 points, Elton Brand had 15, and Iguodala had 16 points and 10 assists for his fourth double-double of the season. The Sixers won for the fifth time in seven games. Chris Paul scored 25 points for New Orleans and David West had nine. The Sixers went on a 17-2 run that began with 1:21 left in the first quarter and lasted until 5:07 left in the second, with Iguodala and Williams each scoring seven points during the span. The Hornets, losers of 8 of 11, shot just 14 percent from the floor in the first half, and didn't make a field goal in a span that lasted 8:14. *Courtesy of www.wdsu.com

New Jersey N. - LA Lakers 92-99
When the New Jersey Nets refused to let Kobe Bryant beat them with his shooting, the perennial Los Angeles Lakers All-Star did them in with a couple of little passes. After that, all Bryant wanted to do was complain about how the Lakers are playing. Bryant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and set up Pau Gasol and Lamar Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) for easy baskets in a late eight-point run that led the Lakers to a 99-92 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday. While the Lakers (17-7) did that late against the struggling Nets, they have been in a funk, winning only six of their last 11 games. Lamar Odom had five of his 22 points in the late spurt and Gasol had the other three in capping a 15-point, 11-rebound effort that led the Lakers to their sixth straight win over New Jersey. Brook Lopez had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Nets, who have lost seven straight and 9 of 11. Devin Harris added 16 points and 10 assists and Kris Humphries had 11 points and 11 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

San Antonio S. - Portland TB 95-78
Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) left the bench and headed toward the scorer's table midway through the fourth quarter. Surely, the San Antonio Spurs were in trouble and calling on their All-Star bedrock to once again save them. Not really. Duncan had eight points and 13 rebounds in his 1,000th career regular-season game, but the Spurs hardly needed him while cruising to a fifth straight win with a 95-78 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. George Hill (6'2''-G-86, college: IUPUI) scored 22 in the fourth straight blowout for the Spurs, who improved the NBA's best record to 20-3. They were well in control when Duncan re-entered the game with six minutes left to log his fist fourth-quarter appearance in four games. So what was the deal, anyway? 'I think (coach Gregg Popovich's) philosophy this year is to try not to play me in the fourth quarter at all, whether we're winning or losing,' Duncan said. 'I think he thinks our team is better without me out there. I've been trying to disprove him at some point.' Wesley Matthews scored 17 points for the Trail Blazers, whose winning streak was halted at four games. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 16 and Marcus Camby added 11 points and 13 rebounds. The Trail Blazers lost for the first time since ending a demoralizing six-game skid that included a players-only meeting, coach Nate McMillan saying his team wasn't 'responding to him' and Aldridge and others publicly supporting their head coach. Portland, while disappointed, took this loss much easier. 'I thought we, as a unit, were staggered,' McMillan said. 'We didn't have the movement and they were physical and trying to disrupt the timing.' Brandon Roy had just nine points on 4-of-16 shooting, and Portland had just three scorers in double figures. The Blazers matched their season low for points while shooting just 38 percent. Portland's Nicolas Batum scored just five points on 2 of 9 shooting after going 0 for 7 in a win Friday night at Phoenix. Roy, who was held to nine points for the second time in three games, said he tweaked his knee early in the game and that it was 'a little sore going' the rest of the way. Roy missed three games last month with an injury to his left knee. *Courtesy of www.statesman.com




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Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Royal Hoopers in first win, beat AS Sale 77-74 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club of Nigeria Sunday picked its first win in the 25th edition of the 2010 Africa Champions Cup for Men with a 77-74 points victory over AS Sale basketball club of Morocco.

The high tempo game had seen both side levelling scores in the first quarter at 16 points apiece with the Hoopers going up in the second quarter winning by 22-10 points to take a 38-26 points lead into the break.

The Nigerian side also dominated proceeding in the third quarter with a 21-19 points win but gave up the last quarter by 18-29 points to ends its losing streak and thus step effort at gaining a quarter-final slot with a last group game against giant killer Condor basketball club of Cameroon on Wednesday.

Royal Hoopers guard Azuoma Dike led his team with 18 points and 2 rebounds with Abubakar Yusuf scoring 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. AS Sale Zakaria EL-Mashahi led the floor with 23 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals while Abderrahim Najah contributed 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.



Benin 2010 25th ACCM: Kano Pillars keep clean slate book Q/final ticket - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria and FIBA Africa Zone-3 champion, Kano Pillars basketball club is the only team in the ongoing 25th edition of the final round of the Africa Champions Cup for Men winning all its three Group-A thus becoming the first club among the eleven campaigning for honour to land a quarter-final ticket.

The Coach Sani Ahmed tutored side began their campaign with an 86-60 points win over AL Ahly basketball club of Libya last Friday in group-A continued with a superb 74-51 points voctory over Maxaquene basketball club of Mozambique with another 71-45 points win over Manga basketball club of Gabon on Sunday.

The Nigeria DStv Premier Basketball League champion will on Tuesday take on Inter-Club basketball club of Congo Brazzaville before rounding off its group game against host ASO Modele basketball club of Republic of Benin on Wednesday.

Pillars head coach, Sani Ahmed praised his players for their discipline and team work and says no team will be underrated in the competition.

Coach Ahmed also thumb-up the huge support the team have received so far from the Kano State government saying only a truly supported side can do well in any championship.

I want to give our victory run so far to the players high sense of discipline and commitement to the task at hand, they have been very dedicated to the course of the club and if they continue like this I think we will go far in this years championship.

Kano State government have also being very supportive to our course and without the huge support weve received so far from the governemnt I dont we would have been able to achieve what we have achieved in a space of three years.

Our eyes is certainly set on the title and we are promising lovers of the game back home in Nigeria that we will not let them down, concluded the Pillars Chief tactician.

....... Royal Hoopers kept hope alive, pick first win

The second Nigerian team in the championship Royal Hoopers basketball club kept their quarter-final qualification alive on Sunday when they defeated AS Sale basketball club of Morocco in a highly tense game.

Hoopers who is making its debut in the Africa biggest club competition for Men had early lost its first two games to BC Mazembe basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo by 57-69 points before going down to defending champion, Primeiro de Agosto basketball club of Angola on Saturday by 70-96 points.

The destiny of the Hoopers making the cut now rested on their last Group-B game against giant killing Condor basketball club of Cameroon on Wednesday.

The game against the Cameroonian according to team head coach, Ogoh Odaudu is a must win for his side as nothing would stand in their way of making the last-8 in their first outing of the Champions Cup.

Coach Odaudu himself a veteran of Africa club competition with Ebun Comets basketball club beleived the players are not ready to be bundled out of the competition at the group stage.

Everybody is commitement to the goal of making the quarter-final and at this points the players have reiterated their stand not to drop our last group game against Condor of Cameroon.

Though we are mindful of the fact that Condor defeated defending champion Primeiro Agosto by 74-66 points on Sunday but the win over AS Sale of Morocco who defeated Condor in both sides opening group game last Friday have re-engineer our hope that any team is beatable in the championship.

Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


Benin 2010 ACCM: Manga lost to Kano Pillars 45-71 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After giving up the first quarter to Manga basketball club of Gabon by 13-15 points Kano Pillars basketball club of Nigeria fall back on experience and team work to upstage the Gabonese side by 71-45 points to record its third straight win in Group-A of the 25th Africa Champions Cup for Men.

Kano Pillars coached by Coach Sani Ahmed won the last three quarters by 14-05, 21-17 and 23-08 becoming the first team to book a Quarter/finals ticket.

Pillars and Nigeria international guard, Ibrahim Yusuf led the floor with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists, forward Dele Ademola added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 blocks while Mohammed Bukar scored 10 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists.



IpNX Rookies tournament dunks-off December 20 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
All is now for the 2010 ipNX Rookies Basketball Tournament schedule to hold betweem December 20 and 24 this year at the Basketball Court of the Nigeria Police College, Ikeja and the Sports Hall of the Mobolaji Johnson Sports Centre, Rowe Park, Yaba, Lagos.

The 2010 edition according to the tournamnet Coordinator, Coach Mark Balogun, this years edition will be bigger in terms of sponsorship and organisation.

Coach Balogun opined that the tournament will features U18 teams from across Lagos State and some invited teams from other states of the federation in the boys and girls categories.

Balogun also added that other categories of teams will feature in the five days tournament such as the U16 boys and U14 boys.

The ipNX Rookies tourney thanked the sponsor ipNX Nigeria Limited for supporting basketball development in Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general.

The 2010 ipNX Rookies Basketball Tournament will dunk-off on Monday December 20 at the Police College, Ikeja, Lagos with the grand finale fixed for the sports hall of Rowe Park Sports Centre.

The tournament still retain its flagship cadre, which is the U18 boys and girls with other categories of teams being accommodated.

I am confident that this years edition will be bigger in terms of sponsorship and organisation as we are currently discussing with our sponsor ipNX Nigeria Limited on a long term sponsorship of the tournament which is the best organised youth competition in Nigeria today.



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BLNO Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Antonio RUSSELL
  Kristiansand
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 27.8
 1. Russell, Kristiansand27.8 
 2. Timus, Tromso26.1 
 3. Bullock, Gimle23.4 
 4. Kombat, Froya23.1 
 5. Ross, Kristiansand23.0 
 6. Diomande, Ammerud22.7 
 7. Karlsen, Asker22.3 
 8. January, Tromso21.4 
 9. Oatis, Baerum19.1 
 10. Eskeland, Ulriken19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Bullock, Gimle13.1 
 2. Mullenax, Ulriken12.1 
 3. Oatis, Baerum11.3 
 4. Karlsen, Asker10.0 
 5. Kombat, Froya9.3 
 6. Fivelstad, Ulriken8.5 
 7. Christensen, Tro.8.1 
 8. Djerman, Gimle7.9 
 9. January, Tromso7.5 
 10. Elsafadi, Froya7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Peter BULLOCK
  Gimle
  (198-F/C-82)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Bullock, Gimle4.9 
 2. Gabrans, Froya4.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken4.5 
 4. Mahnin, Asker4.1 
 5. Issalhi, Tromso4.1 
 6. Elgmork, Baerum4.0 
 7. Mihaylov, Tromso3.7 
 8. Russell, Kristiansand3.7 
 9. Timus, Tromso3.7 
 10. Ouakkaha, Ulriken3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Samuel DIOMANDE
  Ammerud
  (191-G-88)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Diomande, Ammerud2.9 
 2. Bullock, Gimle2.5 
 3. Eskeland, Ulriken2.5 
 4. Mahnin, Asker2.0 
 5. Russell, Kristiansand2.0 
 6. Ouakkaha, Ulriken1.9 
 7. Mullenax, Ulriken1.8 
 8. Hinsch, Asker1.7 
 9. Elgmork, Baerum1.6 
 10. Christensen, Tro.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Oatis, Baerum3.3 
 2. Beqiri, Kristiansand1.8 
 3. January, Tromso1.2 
 4. Mullenax, Ulriken1.1 
 5. Bullock, Gimle1.0 
 6. Nevjen, Baerum0.9 
 7. Christensen, Tro.0.9 
 8. Karlsen, Asker0.7 
 9. Ndiaye, Gimle0.6 
 10. Hagen, Ammerud0.6 


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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 11-3 
 2. San Miguel 11-3 
 3. Ginebra 10-4 
 4. Derby Ace L. 7-7 
 5. Meralco B. 6-7 
 6. Alaska 6-7 
 7. Air21 6-8 
 8. Rain or Shine 5-8 
 9. Powerade T. 3-10 
 10. Barako 3-11 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Gary DAVID
  Powerade T.
  (187-G/F-78)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. David, Powerade T.22.5 
 2. Devance, Alaska19.8 
 3. Cardona, Meral.18.9 
 4. Al-Hussaini, Air2117.5 
 5. Simon, Derby A.17.4 
 6. Alapag, Talk N Text17.3 
 7. Buenafe, Air2117.2 
 8. Santos, San Miguel16.6 
 9. Isip, Barako16.3 
 10. Hontiveros, San M.15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Harvey CAREY
  Talk N Text
  (191-F-79)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Carey, Talk N Text12.8 
 2. Hatfield, Ginebra11.7 
 3. Maierhofer, Derby A.10.8 
 4. Washington, San M.9.9 
 5. Peek, Talk N Text9.8 
 6. Thoss, Alaska9.5 
 7. Santos, San Miguel9.1 
 8. Devance, Alaska8.9 
 9. Thiele, Barako8.8 
 10. Al-Hussaini, Air218.8 
Assists Per Game
 Chris ROSS
  Meralco B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Ross, Meralco B.5.8 
 2. Alapag, Talk N Text5.8 
 3. Cabagnot, San M.5.3 
 4. Yap, Derby Ace L.5.0 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska4.4 
 6. Mercado, Rain o.4.2 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.2 
 8. Hubalde, Barako4.0 
 9. Villanueva, Derby A.3.8 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Solomon MERCADO
  Rain or Shine
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Mercado, Rain o.2.2 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.2.0 
 3. Ross, Meralco B.1.8 
 4. Reyes, Talk N Text1.5 
 5. Baguio, Alaska1.4 
 6. Arboleda, Air211.4 
 7. Pacana, Meralco B.1.3 
 8. Dela Cruz, Alaska1.2 
 9. Buenafe, Air211.1 
 10. Helterbrand, Gineb.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Siverino BACLAO
  Air21
  (198-F/C-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Baclao, Air212.7 
 2. Andaya, Barako1.6 
 3. Washington, San M.1.6 
 4. Maierhofer, Derby A.1.6 
 5. Devance, Alaska1.2 
 6. Santos, San Miguel1.2 
 7. Eman, Alaska1.2 
 8. Peek, Talk N Text1.1 
 9. Reyes, Powerade T.1.1 
 10. Quinahan, Air211.0 


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Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.19.2 
 2. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.16.9 
 3. Jankowski, Polonia .16.8 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 5. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.3 
 6. Michalak, Polonia .16.2 
 7. Ustarbowski, Gor.16.1 
 8. Klima, Sokol Lancut15.8 
 9. Sterenga, Gornik15.8 
 10. Pamula, Tempcold.15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Maciej KLIMA
  Sokol Lancut
  (205-C-82)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Klima, Sokol Lancut9.1 
 2. Zurawski, ISS S.9.1 
 3. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 4. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.8.4 
 5. Sterenga, Gornik8.2 
 6. Pytys, AZS Szczecin8.1 
 7. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 8. Lichodzijews., ISS S.7.8 
 9. Misiewicz, Znicz B.7.7 
 10. Kulikowski, Spojnia7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.4 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia6.2 
 3. Jakobczyk, Gornik5.2 
 4. Zytko, ISS Sportino5.0 
 5. Wilczek, Tempcold.4.8 
 6. Sikora, Start Lublin4.6 
 7. Basinski, MMKS D.4.6 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
 9. Kardas, Rosasport4.2 
 10. Pacocha, AZS S.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Przemyslaw SZYMANSKI
  Znicz Basket
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Szymanski, Znicz B.3.7 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut3.5 
 3. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.3 
 4. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.2 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .2.8 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.5 
 7. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.3 
 8. Koszuta, Spojnia2.2 
 9. Jakobczyk, Gornik2.2 
 10. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.5 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.9 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.7 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 5. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.4 
 6. Sudowski, AZS S.1.3 
 7. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.3 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.1 
 9. Barycz, GKS Tychy1.0 
 10. Laydych, Astoria1.0 


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. Spojnia 6-7 
 9. Znicz Basket 6-7 
 10. AZS Szczecin 5-8 
 11. SKK Siedlce 5-8 
 12. Start Lublin 4-9 
 13. GKS Tychy 3-8 
 14. Gornik 3-9 
 15. Polonia 2011 3-10 
 16. Astoria 2-11 


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. Norgips 10-2 
 2. MMKS SIDEn 10-2 
 3. AZS Kutno 10-2 
 4. SMS PZKosz 9-3 
 5. Zuraw 8-4 
 6. Korsarz 6-5 
 7. Tur 6-6 
 8. OSSM PZKosz 5-6 
 9. Zyrardowianka 5-7 
 10. AZS Olsztyn 4-8 
 11. KK Swiecie 3-9 
 12. Basket Pila 3-9 
 13. Trefl II 2-10 
 14. MON-POL 2-10 
Group B
 1. Open Florentyna 11-2 
 2. Sudety 11-2 
 3. Stal Ostrow 10-3 
 4. MKS Osemka 9-4 
 5. Obiekty 9-4 
 6. Nysa Klodzko 8-5 
 7. GTK Gliwice 7-6 
 8. Alba 6-7 
 9. AZS PP Poznan 6-7 
 10. Ksiezak 6-7 
 11. Pogon Prudnik 5-8 
 12. AZS PO Opole 4-9 
 13. Slask Wroclaw 3-10 
 14. Pogon RS 3-10 
 15. A-Bild Bytom 3-10 
 16. AZS Pol.Cz-wa 3-10 
Group C
 1. MOSiR Krosno 13-0 
 2. Znicz Jaroslaw 11-2 
 3. AZS AWF K-ce 9-4 
 4. Polonia 8-5 
 5. Unia Tarnow 8-5 
 6. AZS PR Radom 7-6 
 7. HK Zory 7-6 
 8. MKS Limanowa 7-6 
 9. Staco 6-7 
 10. UMKS 6-7 
 11. Wisla Krakow 5-8 
 12. Novum Lublin 5-8 
 13. AZS Rzeszow 4-9 
 14. Mickiewicz 4-9 
 15. MCKiS 3-10 
 16. Cracovia 1-12 


1Liga Round 13: Asecco Prokom 2 loses to LKS Sphinx in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 13 in the 1Liga was a road defeat of 5th ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (8-5) to eighth ranked LKS Sphinx (7-6) 69-75. LKS Sphinx trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 27-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-81) stepped up and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and center Krzysztof Sulima (202-90) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. LKS Sphinx's coach Piotr Zych used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Krzysztof Krajniewski (199-89) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds. LKS Sphinx has a solid series of three victories in a row. The victory allowed LKS Sphinx (7-6) to climb to the seventh place. Asecco Prokom 2 is currently in fifth position with a 8-5 record as they suffered their fifth loss. LKS Sphinx is looking forward to face higher ranked Sokol Lancut (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Asecco Prokom 2 will play against AZS Szczecin and is hoping to win this game.
Sixth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (8-5) crushed at home 15th ranked Astoria (2-11) by 22 points 94-72, which is the biggest margin this round. Swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) nailed 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and Adam Lisewski accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Guard Radoslaw Plebanek (190-85) came up with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Astoria in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players. The victory allowed MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (8-5) to climb to the fifth place. They share it with Asec.Prokom-2. Astoria lost third consecutive game. The team is currently on the bottom position with a 2-11 record. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Astoria will play against GKS Tychy (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
1Liga top team - AZS Politechnika Warszawska (11-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Gornik (3-9) in Walbrzych 108-99. Piotr Pamula fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Krzysztof Jakobczyk produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 assists for lost side. AZS Politechnika Warszawska stay at first position. Gornik is currently in fourteenth place with a 3-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will meet MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gornik will play against Rosasport (#4) in Radom and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
And what about another game where AZS Szczecin (#10) beat 9th ranked SKK Siedlce 79-76 on their own court. Worth to mention a great performance of Lukasz Pacocha who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the victory AZS Szczecin (5-8) stay at tenth position. AZS Szczecin's next round opponent will be higher ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (#5) in Gdynia and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 13: Rosasport won against GKS Tychy on the opponent's court 64-56. ISS Sportino managed to outperform Start Lublin in a home game 82-68. Znicz Basket recorded a loss to Spojnia on the road 63-57. Bottom-ranked Polonia 2011 was defeated by Sokol Lancut on it's own court 54-68.


GKS Tychy - Rosasport 56-64

Very expected game when 13th ranked GKS Tychy (3-8) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Rosasport (10-3) 64-56. Despite only 8 points difference Rosasport tried to control the game. But GKS Tychy won second quarter 14-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Artur Donigiewicz (185-84) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Jakub Zalewski (183-86) contributed with 15 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Rosasport's coach Piotr Ignatowicz allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Mariusz Bacik (207-72) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Tomasz Bzdyra (196-83) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for GKS Tychy. The victory allowed Rosasport (10-3) who are in their first very successful season in the 1Liga to climb to the third place. They share it with Sokol Lancut. GKS Tychy lost fourth consecutive game. They are currently in thirteenth position with a 3-8 record. Rosasport's next round opponent will be Gornik (#14) in Walbrzych which should be an easy win for them. GKS Tychy will play at home against Astoria in Bydgoszcz.
Top scorers:
GKS Tychy: K.Artur 11+3reb+2ast, M.Bacik 11+5reb+1ast, T.Bzdyra 10+5reb+1ast, M.Markowicz 8+8reb, D.Witos 8+1reb+4ast, D.Goldammer 4+8reb
Rosasport: J.Zalewski 15+5reb+2ast, A.Donigiewicz 14+9reb+1ast, P.Wiekiera 11+4reb+1ast, M.Przybylski 8+8reb+1ast, M.Maj 6+1reb+1ast, M.Nikiel 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 99140


Gornik - Tempcold AZS 99-108

1Liga top team - AZS Politechnika Warszawska (11-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Gornik (3-9) in Walbrzych 108-99. AZS Politechnika Warszawska trailed by 6 points after three quarters before their 27-21 charge, which allowed them to force overtime and win the game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska outrebounded Gornik 45-31 including a 18-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) fired 19 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Forward Jaroslaw Mokros (201-90) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Krzysztof Jakobczyk (183-86) produced a double-double by scoring 29 points and 10 assists and forward Marcin Sterenga (201-78) added 18 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five AZS Politechnika Warszawska and four Gornik players scored in double figures. AZS Politechnika Warszawska stay at first position. Gornik is currently in fourteenth place with a 3-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will meet MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gornik will play against Rosasport (#4) in Radom and hope to secure a win and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Gornik: K.Jakobczyk 29+4reb+10ast, M.Wrobel 19+5reb+1ast, M.Sterenga 18+8reb+3ast, M.Nitsche 14+5reb+1ast, B.Jozefowicz 8+5reb+3ast, M.Ustarbowski 6+2reb+1ast
Tempcold AZS: L.Karwowski 21+4reb, P.Pamula 19+8reb+2ast, M.Nowakowski 17+6reb+2ast, M.Ponitka 16+2reb+3ast, J.Mokros 14+12reb+2ast, P.Pelka 8+5reb
gschID: 99141


LKS Lodz - Asec.Prokom-2 75-69

The most shocking disappointment of round 13 in the 1Liga was a road defeat of 5th ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (8-5) to eighth ranked LKS Sphinx (7-6) 69-75. LKS Sphinx trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 27-14 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Bartlomiej Szczepaniak (187-81) stepped up and scored 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and center Krzysztof Sulima (202-90) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four LKS Sphinx players scored in double figures. LKS Sphinx's coach Piotr Zych used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side forward Krzysztof Krajniewski (199-89) responded with 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Marcin Malczyk (193-82) scored 16 points and 5 assists (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). LKS Sphinx has a solid series of three victories in a row. The victory allowed LKS Sphinx (7-6) to climb to the seventh place. Asecco Prokom 2 is currently in fifth position with a 8-5 record as they suffered their fifth loss. LKS Sphinx is looking forward to face higher ranked Sokol Lancut (#3) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Asecco Prokom 2 will play against AZS Szczecin and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Asec.Prokom-2: K.Krajniewski 20+6reb+1ast, M.Malczyk 16+2reb+5ast, T.Wojdyla 13+2reb+2ast, P.Smigielski 8+2reb+3ast, T.Andrzejewski 6+3reb, D.Grujic 6+2reb
LKS Lodz: B.Szczepaniak 19+7reb+5ast, M.Salamonik 14+1reb+1ast, K.Morawiec 12+2reb+1ast, K.Sulima 10+7reb, J.Dluski 8+8reb, P.Trepka 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 99136


AZS Szczecin - SKK Siedlce 79-76

And what about another game where AZS Szczecin (#10) beat 9th ranked SKK Siedlce 79-76 on their own court. SKK Siedlce was ahead by 1 points at the halftime before a 24-19 third quarter run of AZS Szczecin. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Lukasz Pacocha (182-82, agency: Promotex) who helped to win the game recording 27 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Michal Dudek (182-88) contributed with 14 points and 5 assists for the winners. Guard Rafal Wojcicki (193-82) answered with 20 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Karol Debski (198-84) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for SKK Siedlce. Despite the victory AZS Szczecin (5-8) stay at tenth position. AZS Szczecin's next round opponent will be higher ranked Asecco Prokom 2 (#5) in Gdynia and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: K.Debski 20+6reb, R.Wojcicki 20+7reb+3ast, P.Mis 14+10reb, K.Sulima 8+3reb+2ast, J.Czyz 7+9reb, P.Strychalski 4+1reb+1ast
AZS Szczecin: L.Pacocha 27+6reb+2ast, M.Dudek 14+2reb+5ast, M.Zarzeczny 8+4reb+1ast, P.Podgalski 7+5reb+1ast, M.Majcherek 7+1reb, M.Sudowski 7+6reb+1ast
gschID: 99137


ISS Sportino - Start Lublin 82-68

Very predictable result in Inowroclaw where second ranked ISS Sportino (11-2) defeated 12th ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (4-9) 82-68. The game rather controlled by ISS Sportino. Olimp MKS Start Lublin managed to win third quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a very good performance for center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jacek Sulowski (192-79) contributed with 20 points for the winners. ISS Sportino's coach Aleksander Krutikov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Sergiusz Prazmo (205-87) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-80, agency: Promotex) added 8 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Olimp MKS Start Lublin. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. ISS Sportino has a solid series of three victories in a row. They share the top spot with Tempcold AZS. Olimp MKS Start Lublin is currently in twelfth place with a 4-9 record as they suffered their ninth loss. ISS Sportino's next round opponent will be SKK Siedlce (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza.
Top scorers:
Start Lublin: S.Prazmo 13+7reb, S.Szymanski 13+3reb+2ast, T.Prostak 10+1reb+5ast, M.Aleksandrowicz 10+5reb+2ast, P.Luszczewski 8+6reb+4ast, A.Mysliwiec 7+5reb
ISS Sportino: J.Sulowski 20+1reb, A.Lichodzijewski 14+10reb+1ast, W.Zurawski 13+5reb+2ast, L.Zytko 12+2reb+6ast, P.Mowlik 8+2reb+2ast, M.Strzelecki 4+6reb
gschID: 99138


MMKS DG - Astoria 94-72

Sixth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (8-5) crushed at home 15th ranked Astoria (2-11) by 22 points 94-72, which is the biggest margin this round. The game without a history. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza outrebounded Astoria 40-26 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. They were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Astoria's players. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Astoria was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Swingman Marek Piechowicz (203-88) nailed 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) accounted for 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Guard Radoslaw Plebanek (190-85) came up with 10 points and 7 rebounds and guard Artur Gliszczynski (178-81) added 15 points respectively for Astoria 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. The victory allowed MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (8-5) to climb to the fifth place. They share it with Asec.Prokom-2. Astoria lost third consecutive game. The team is currently on the bottom position with a 2-11 record. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will play against Olimp MKS Start Lublin (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Astoria will play against GKS Tychy (#13) and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Astoria: S.Grzesinski 16+1reb+1ast, A.Gliszczynski 15+1reb+2ast, R.Plebanek 10+7reb+2ast, L.Paul 9+5reb, D.Szyttenholm 7+3reb+1ast, M.Bierwagen 7+3reb+1ast
MMKS DG: M.Piechowicz 24+5reb, A.Lisewski 18+5reb+5ast, R.Lemanski 15+1reb, P.Zielinski 12+8reb+1ast, L.Szczypka 9+2reb+3ast, P.Zmarlak 7+6reb+5ast
gschID: 99139


Spojnia - Znicz Basket 63-57

There was a minor upset in Stargard where 8th ranked MKS Znicz Basket (6-7) was defeated by eleventh ranked Spojnia (6-7) 63-57. Spojnia was already 16 points ahead at halftime and as many as 17 after three quarters before a 15-4 last quarter charge of MKS Znicz Basket cut the lead to 63-57 at the end of the game. Spojnia brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. It was a very good performance for guard Marcin Stoklosa (188-77) who helped to win the game recording 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Center Rafal Kulikowski (204-85) contributed with 9 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Przemyslaw Szymanski (198-84) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) added 14 points in the effort for MKS Znicz Basket. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Spojnia has a solid series of three victories in a row. The victory allowed Spojnia (6-7) to climb to the eighth place. They share it with Znicz Basket. Spojnia's next round opponent will be Polonia 2011 (#15) in Warszawa and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: A.Misiewicz 14+4reb, P.Szymanski 13+7reb, M.Makander 9+2reb+3ast, W.Fras 7+1ast, M.Szumelda-Krzycki 6+1reb+5ast, G.Malewski 4+5reb
Spojnia: M.Stoklosa 13+5reb+5ast, R.Kulikowski 9+6reb+3ast, A.Soczewski 7+2reb, L.Bodych 7+5reb, J.Koszuta 7+8reb+2ast, W.Grudzinski 7+3reb+2ast
gschID: 99134


Polonia 2011 - Sokol Lancut 54-68

Everything went according to plan in Warszawa where third ranked Sokol Lancut (10-3) beat 16th ranked Polonia 2011 (3-10) 68-54. Sokol Lancut trailed by 6 points at halftime and as many as 1 after three quarters before their 22-7 run, which allowed them to win the game. Sokol Lancut dominated on the defensive end, holding Polonia 2011 to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Sokol Lancut forced 22 Polonia 2011 turnovers. It was a very good performance for forward Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-88) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds. Center Maciej Klima (205-82) contributed with 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Michal Jankowski (192-87) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds and guard Michal Michalak (194-93) added 16 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Polonia 2011. Polonia 2011's coach Arkadius Miloszewski rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite the victory Sokol Lancut stay at third position having just one point less than leader Tempcold AZS. Polonia 2011 lost third consecutive game. They are currently in fifteenth place with a 3-10 record. Sokol Lancut's next round opponent will be LKS Sphinx (#7) in Lodz. Polonia 2011 will play at home against Spojnia (#8) in Stargard and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Polonia 2011: M.Jankowski 19+6reb+3ast, M.Michalak 16+6reb+3ast, R.Holnicki-Szulc 4+2reb+2ast, K.Lancucki 4+2reb, K.Pietras 4+8reb+3ast, D.Solanikow 3+1ast
Sokol Lancut: W.Pisarczyk 23+9reb+1ast, M.Klima 17+7reb+2ast, P.Ucinek 9+4reb, I.Chromicz 5+4reb+1ast, J.Szurlej 5+2reb, M.Wilczek 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 99135




Reese number one in Poland for round 10 - by Eurobasket News
American forward George Reese (201-F-77, agency: Alti Sport) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for AZS Koszalin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 33-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 13 rebounds, while his team beat Siarka (#12, 1-9) 97-85. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. AZS Koszalin maintains the 11th position in Polish PLK. AZS Koszalin is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. Reese has many years of experience at AZS Koszalin, through which he has constantly improved. George Reese averages this season 12.6ppg and 5.8rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Darrell Harris (208-C-84) of SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Harris had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as SKK Kotwica was edged by the higher-ranked Zastal (#3, 6-4) 74-73. SKK Kotwica 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 3-6 record. Harris is well-known at SKK Kotwica and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was another AZS Koszalin's star - Serbian swingman Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80, agency: BeoExcell). Bogavac scored 24 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of AZS Koszalin, helping his team with a 97-85 win against slightly lower-ranked Siarka (#12, 1-9). The chances of AZS Koszalin not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 6 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bogavac could try to bring AZS Koszalin's a little bit higher in the standings. Bogavac has individually a great season in Poland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.8ppg (4th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Bryan Davis (206-F-86) of Energa Czarni - 16 points and 9 rebounds
5. Torey Thomas (180-G-85) of PGE Turow - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
6. Patrick Okafor (203-F-79) of PBG Basket - 20 points and 10 rebounds
7. Eric Hicks (198-F-83) of Anwil - 20 points and 7 rebounds
8. Harding NaNa (203-F-81) of Polonia Azbud - 13 points and 12 rebounds
9. Ted Scott (188-G-85) of SKK Kotwica - 27 points and 10 rebounds
10. Walter Hodge (183-G-86) of Zastal - 25 points 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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Mendonca's 28 points and 9 rebounds give him Proliga Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
26-year old forward Fidel Mendonca (191-F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for Sport Alges e Dafundo and receives a Eurobasket.com Proliga Player of the Week award for round 6.
He had the game-high 28 points adding nine rebounds for Alges in his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Seixal (#12, 0-6) with 47-point margin 125-78. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Alges maintains the 11th position in Portuguese Proliga. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 5 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Mendonca had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Alges' top player in his first season with the team. Fidel Mendonca averages this season 14.8ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83) of Povoa. He is American forward in his first season at Povoa. In the last game Oha recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Povoa lost that game 63-71 to slightly higher-ranked Electrico FC (#7, 3-3). This loss caused Povoa to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Oha is a newcomer at Povoa and quickly became the team's new leader. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.0ppg (#4). He also registered 14.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Odair Conceicao (197-F-84) of Guifoes Sport Clube (#6). Conceicao scored 14 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Conceicao's great performance Guifoes lost 55-58 to the higher-ranked Sangalhos (#2, 5-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Guifoes needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 3 victories and 3 lost games. Conceicao has a great season in Portugal. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.5rpg (2nd best). Odair Conceicao has also Portuguese passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Galitos FC - 12 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Jason Underwood (206-F/C-84) of Fisica - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tiago Magalhaes (192-F-76) of Seixal - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Miguel Salvador (187-G-81) of Fisica - 26 points and 6 assists
8. Michael Pilgrim (203-F-84) of Galitos FC - 16 points and 10 rebounds
9. Jorge Seabra (174-G-81) of Sangalhos - 4 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists
10. Luis Fonte (191-F-79) of Sangalhos - 19 points and 5 rebounds

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)


Jackson number one in Portugal for round 8 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Almaad Jackson (210-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sampaense Basket, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 25-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, seven rebounds and four assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Penafiel (#10, 2-6) 83-76. Despite this victory Sampaense dropped to the 6th position in Portuguese LPB. Sampaense is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-4 record. Jackson turned to be Sampaense's top player in his first season with the team. Former Texas A&M University - Commerce star has very solid stats this year. Jackson is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.4ppg and leads league in rebounds with 10.0rpg. Jackson is in league's top in and averages impressive 1.5bpg and 54.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Evan Harris (206-F/C-86) of Illiabum Clube. Harris had a very good evening with 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Illiabum lost that game 60-79 to slightly higher-ranked Vitoria SC (#7, 4-4). This loss caused Illiabum to drop to 9th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Harris is a newcomer at Illiabum, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Jermaine Johnson (201-F-85) of Barreirense/Cidade do Barreiro (#12). Johnson scored 26 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Johnson's great performance Barreirense lost 88-90 to the higher-ranked CAB (#5, 5-4). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Barreirense can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-7 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Johnson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Johnson has a very solid season. In 8 games in Portugal he scored 14.6ppg. He also has 7.5rpg and FGP: 54.7%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Matthew Shaw (201-F-86) of Academica - 19 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Kyle Austin (203-F-88) of Vitoria SC - 24 points and 10 rebounds
6. Nuno Cortez (205-C-82) of Ovarense - 21 points and 9 rebounds
7. Jose Silva (194-F-89) of Barreirense - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jeremy Goode (175-G-87) of Penafiel - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Frederick Gentry (201-F-77) of CAB - 19 points and 7 rebounds
10. Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) of Benfica - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 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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Krstanovic number one in Romania for round 14 - by Eurobasket News
Serbian center Zoran Krstanovic (205-C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for U.Mobitel.CN, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 25 points and 14 rebounds, while his team outclassed Politehnica Iasi (#16, 1-13) with 54-point margin 104-50. Despite this victory U.Mobitel.CN dropped to the 4th position in Romanian Div.B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. U.Mobitel.CN will need more victories to improve their 10-4 record. Krstanovic has many years of experience at U.Mobitel.CN, through which he has constantly improved. Zoran Krstanovic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.1ppg), rebounds (5th best: 8.9rpg) and averages impressive 57.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Cortney Scott (196-F-82) of Otopeni. Scott had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. It was enough for Otopeni to edge the lower-ranked Craiova (#13, 5-9) 80-76. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in . Otopeni keeps 10th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 7-7 record is not bad and everything may still change. Scott is a newcomer at Otopeni, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.2ppg (#7). He also registered 8.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was Serbian guard Stefan Nikolic (192-G-87) of Rovinari (#9). Nikolic scored 20 points and passed six assists. He was a key player of Rovinari, leading his team to a 96-64 easy win against the lower-ranked Brasov (#14, 1-13). Rovinari needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Nikolic has a very solid season. In 14 games in Romania he scored 11.1ppg. He also has 5.4rpg, 3.7apg and FGP: 53.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Levi Levine (198-F-82) of Miercurea - 25 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Kyndall Dykes (191-F-87) of U.Mobitel.CN - 24 points and 2 assists
6. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84) of Mures - 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80) of Gaz Metan - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77) of Ploiesti - 16 points and 14 rebounds
9. Chad Eichelberger (206-F-82) of Pitesti - 13 points and 10 rebounds
10. Branko Cuic (196-G-78) of U.Mobitel.CN - 11 points, 11 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)


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Kyndall DYKES
  U.Mobitel.CN
  (191-F-87)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Dykes, U.Mobite.20.4 
 2. Dawson, Polite.19.9 
 3. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.19.1 
 4. Darby, Rovinari18.7 
 5. Vujacic, Pitesti18.6 
 6. Wohlleb, Craiova18.4 
 7. Scott, Otopeni18.2 
 8. Seals, CSU Sibiu17.7 
 9. Bubanja, Brasov17.1 
 10. Levine, Miercurea17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Titus NICOARA
  Gaz Metan
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Nicoara, Gaz Metan11.6 
 2. Simms, Craiova11.6 
 3. Burlacu, Ploiesti9.5 
 4. Forte, Mures9.4 
 5. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.8.9 
 6. Coleman, Miercurea8.8 
 7. Paltinisanu, Timis.8.4 
 8. Mladenovic, Mures8.2 
 9. Scott, Otopeni8.0 
 10. Tomic, CSM B.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Rade DZAMBIC
  CSM Bucuresti
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Dzambic, CSM B.7.5 
 2. Cooley, Mures7.4 
 3. Blidaru, Ploiesti5.8 
 4. Stojakovic, Craiova5.2 
 5. Howell, Gaz Metan5.2 
 6. Maric, Oradea4.6 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN4.4 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni4.1 
 9. Tucker, Miercurea3.9 
 10. Gennie, Pitesti3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Radu PALICIUC
  Brasov
  (198-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paliciuc, Brasov2.8 
 2. Dawson, Polite.2.7 
 3. Gennie, Pitesti2.6 
 4. Stojakovic, Craiova2.5 
 5. Blidaru, Ploiesti2.5 
 6. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.5 
 7. Cuic, U.Mobitel.CN2.4 
 8. Dykes, U.Mobite.2.4 
 9. Cooley, Mures2.2 
 10. Howell, Gaz Metan2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael HARRISON
  CSU Sibiu
  (206-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Harrison, CSU Sibiu2.5 
 2. Eichelberger, Pitesti1.9 
 3. Mladenovic, Mures1.7 
 4. Capusan, Rovinari1.6 
 5. Masiulis, CSU S.1.5 
 6. Simms, Craiova1.4 
 7. Lazar, Oradea1.3 
 8. Vajda, Miercurea1.2 
 9. Dumitru, Mures1.1 
 10. Anghel, Polite.1.1 


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Ryan Blog 1st blog from Saudi Arabia - by Ryan Holmes
What's Up World? My name is Ryan Holmes (197-F/G-82, college: Philander Smith). I'm 29yrs old originally from Chicago Heights, IL. I played my college ball at one of the greatest HBCU's in the world Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Ar, and I'm here to share my basketball experiences both on and off the court with you and the rest of the world. I'm currently playing in my 6th season as a professional basketball player and the first thing I must say is that I'm very thankful to God, because without him none of this would be possible! I've played just about all 6 yrs in the middle east (Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, Bahrain, Syria, and Saudi Arabia). I'm currently playing in Saudi Arabi with club Al Fateh. The people here are pretty nice, but this is by FAR thee most boringness (if that is a word) place I've ever played in! lol I will speak on that in future blogs! As far as the team it self.....the team is very young, but very talented! They missed the playoffs last season by one game so the goal of this season is simple! Make the playoffs then make some noise once we get there! We've started off on the right foot so far. We've played 3 games and we were expected to be 1-2 but instead were 2-1! We beat Uhod which is the team that won the championship last season! That was a big win for us and it seemed to boost their confidence! Our next game is even tougher because we play Ittihad and I was told they went undefearted in the regular season last year......but hey I'm up for the challenge! Well, I appreciate you taking time out to read my thoughts and if you have any more time on your hands be sure to check out my website! www.RyanWHolmes.com To my Family, Friends, and the Ques.....thank you for your never ending support!

My thoughts,
Ryan Holmes is an American pro player who is actually playing in Saudi Arabia with Al Fateh



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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Dragan BJELICA
  Viva Basket
  (198-G-81)
  Avg: 26.4
 1. Bjelica, Viva Basket26.4 
 2. Svilar, Smederevo20.0 
 3. Samailovic, Student19.9 
 4. Dukanac, Mladost .19.8 
 5. Trailovic, Sindje.19.3 
 6. Radic, Spartak