EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/15/2010

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  ABA   


Mavericks roll over Pelicans - by Gianni Pascucci
The #1 Ranked SETX Mavericks (8-0) continued their dominance that theyve displayed thus far this season in Lafayette, LA on Sunday night as they rolled over the LA United Pelicans (1-3) in an ABA Gulf Coast Division game, that ended 134-63.
The Mavericks and Pelicans traded baskets early on in the first quarter as the Mavs showed some effects from playing the night before and were playing their first back to back game of the season. But when former ABA MVP DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) scored on his patented Jump Hook at the nine minute mark that started a 16-0 Mavericks run that would give the Mavs separation and total control of the game. SETX went on to a 36-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. The SETX Mavericks as they've done all season continued to pour it on in the second period and took a commanding 72-30 lead into the locker-room at half-time. The Pelicans fought hard in the third period and played their best basketball of the game. The Mavericks won the third quarter 29-20. In the final period of play the Mavericks bench took over led by Desmond Cambridge (6'0''-G-79, college: Alabama A&M), Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar), and Myles Thrash (6'0''-G-77, college: Stillman). The Mavs held Louisiana United to just 13 points while scoring 33 points and finish the game on a strong note, which gave the Mavs their 8th victory of the season and their 19th consecutive regular season win dating back to last season when the Mavericks finished the ABA Regular Season with 11 straight victories.
Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) and Rutledge led a balanced scoring attack for the Mavs with each scoring 22 points. Bradley also led the Mavericks with 12 rebounds. Reigning ABA MVP Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) scored 16 points. Cambridge followed up with 15 points. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) and Thrash each chipped in 10 points apiece respectively.
The Mavericks will be back in action this Thursday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX as they will host the Houston Red Storm. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 PM.


SETX Mavericks hold #1 spot in ABA Power Rankings - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association released its Power Rankings for week #5 and the SETX Mavericks held onto the top spot with two convincing wins bringing their record to 8-0. Close behind is the surprising 7 City Knights playing in the Tidewater Virignia area with a 7-0 record. 'Lots of movement in the rankings this week,' stated ABA CEO Joe Newman . 'And quite a few of the new teams are playing excellent basketball. This will be a very competitive season with the Top 24 teams qualifying for the playoffs.'

1. SETX Mavericks
2. 7 City Knights
3. Colorado Kings
4. North Dallas Vandals
5. Bay Area Matrix
6. Seattle Mountaineers
7. Sacramento Heatwave
8. East Bay Pitbulls
9. San Diego Surf
10. Los Angeles SLAM
11. Jacksonville Giants
12. Las Vegas Aces
13. Heartland Prowl
14. Oklahoma Stallions
15. Jersey Express
16. Mobile Bay Hurricanes
17. Gulf Coast Flash
18. Lake Michigan Admirals
19. San Diego Sol
20. Chciago Steam
21. East Kentucky Energy
22. Savannah Storm
23. Texas Fuel
24. Indiana Diesel

'Very close behind are the California Seakings, Modesto Hawks, West Texas Whirlwind, San Francisco Rumble, Fayetteville Flight and several others,' added Newman. 'The battle for a playoff spot is going to be very intense for the entire season.' For more information, visit www.abalive.com


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  ACPBL   


Standings
ACPBL Standings
 1. New York L. 3-0 
 2. Buffalo S. 2-0 
 3. Norfolk TB 2-0 
 4. Beltway B. 1-1 
 5. Washington 0-1 
 6. Garden St. R. 0-2 
 7. Hudson Valley 0-2 
 8. Wildkatz 0-2 


ACPBL Week #2 Recap: Trailblazerss' Marcus Fisher named Player of the Week - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) completed its second week in its inaugural season 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 R. 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'.
The ACPBL league office has officially named Tru Hope (Norfolk) Trailblazers guard Marcus Fisher (6'4''-G/F-83) 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.

HUDSON VALLEY KINGZ (0-2) 80 - NEW YORK LIONS (3-0) 81
Top performers: New York: Anthony Cox (6'9''-C-83, college: Farmingdale St.)- 13 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 4 blocks. Hudson Valley: Prince Jackson (6'6''-F-84, college: Dominican (NY)) - 16 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block.

GARDEN STATE REBELS (0-2) 100 - BUFFALO STAMPEDE (2-0) 103
Top performers: Buffalo: Charles Walker (6'4''-G/F, college: D'Youville) - 23 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals. Garden State: Justin Carter (6'3''-G, college: Rutgers-Newark) - 25 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists.

WESTCHESTER WILDKATZ (0-2) 72 - NEW YORK LIONS (3-0) 103
Top performers: New York: David Acree (6'0''-G, college: St.Joseph's (NY)) - 28 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal. Westchester: Jamal Webb (6'5''-F-85, college: SUNY Maritime) - 17 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 blocks.

TRU HOPE (NORFOLK) TRAILBLAZERS (2-0) 118 - BELTWAY BOMBERS (1-1) 105
Top Performers: Tru Hope (Norfolk): Marcus Fisher - 47 points, 15 rebounds, 1 block. Beltway: Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, college: Rhode Island) - 23 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


CEZ Basketball Nymburk adds Myles McKay - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basketball Nymburk bolstered its backcourt with the signing of former Czech League scoring champ Myles McKay (191-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.). The deal is through mid-January with a team option to extend the contract through the end of the season. McKay played for USK Prague last season, with whom he recorded 23.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists over 44 regular season games. He began this season with Italian second division side San Severo, but was released after the team got off to a poor start despite McKay posting 15.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in seven games. McKay previously played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and later for two season at Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he was a two-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team selection and averaged 20.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in his senior season. The signing helps replenish the roster after forward Adam Koch was released.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - Liga B
Liga B Standings
Central
 1. Rocamora 4-3 
 2. Rosario Cent. 4-3 
 3. Sport Club 4-3 
 4. Velez Sarsfield 4-3 
 5. Ramos Mejia 3-4 
 6. Los Indios 2-5 
Northeast
 1. Alma Juniors 6-1 
 2. Brown SV 4-3 
 3. Atl.Echague 3-4 
 4. Estudian.Con. 3-4 
 5. La Union 3-4 
 6. Sportivo SS 2-5 
Northwest
 1. San Isidro 6-1 
 2. Union Electrica 6-1 
 3. Anzorena 3-4 
 4. Facundo 3-4 
 5. Centro Vecinal 2-5 
 6. Del Bono 1-6 
South
 1. Independ.T. 5-2 
 2. Hispano Am. 4-2 
 3. Alianza Viedma 4-3 
 4. Huracan 4-3 
 5. Estudian.O 2-5 
 6. Centro Espanol 1-5 


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
Zona Norte
 1. Atenas 13-5 
 2. Regatas C. 11-5 
 3. La Union 10-8 
 4. Libertad S. 10-8 
 5. Olimpico LB 8-10 
 6. Quimsa 8-10 
 7. Sionista 5-12 
 8. Club 9 4-14 
Zona Sur
 1. Penarol 15-1 
 2. Obras 14-4 
 3. Lanus 10-7 
 4. Estudiantes 9-9 
 5. Monte Hermoso 8-10 
 6. Argentino 7-11 
 7. Gimnasia CR 7-11 
 8. Boca Jrs 2-16 


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


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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


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


Round 11: KL Dragons hands third loss to Thailand S. - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Thailand Thailand S. (8-3) on the court of third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons on Sunday night. Thailand S. was rolled over by KL Dragons 79-57. It also means that the series of four victories in a row of Thailand S. ended. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American center Nakiea Miller (205-79, college: Iona) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 22 rebounds. Filipino guard Rudy Lingganay (173) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds for Thailand S.The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KL Dragons (7-5) did not change their third position in the standings. Thailand S. managed to keep top place. KL Dragons will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Thailand S. will play against Barracudas and is hoping to win this game.
Another exciting game for Filipino Philip.Patriots (7-4) which hosted Malaysian KL Dragons (7-5). Third ranked Philip.Patriots saved the game by a tiny margin of two points 73-71. It was a great evening for American-Jordanian guard Rasheim Wright (194-81, college: District of Col.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. Steve Thomas helped adding 10 points and 15 rebounds. Philip.Patriots' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American center Nakiea Miller (205-79, college: Iona) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Philip.Patriots jumped to the second spot. KL Dragons keep the third position. Philip.Patriots will play against Singapore S. (#4) in the next round. KL Dragons will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked Indonesian Satria Muda managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Singapore S. 83-73. It was an exceptional evening for Marcus Morrison who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Kyle Jeffers came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds for Singapore S. in the defeat. Satria Muda (4-8) jumped to the fifth spot. Singapore S. keeps the fourth position with 5-6 record. Satria Muda will have a break next round and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Singapore S. will play against the league's second-placed Philip.Patriots (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


KL Dragons - Thailand S. 79-57

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Thailand Thailand S. (8-3) on the court of third ranked Malaysian KL Dragons on Sunday night. Thailand S. was rolled over by KL Dragons 79-57. It also means that the series of four victories in a row of Thailand S. ended. The game without a history. KL Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. American center Nakiea Miller (205-79, college: Iona) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 22 rebounds. Filipino guard Rudy Lingganay (173) contributed with 13 points for the winners. American center Jason Dixon (205-73, college: Liberty) answered with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds and Cameroonian swingman Chris Kuete (195-83) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Thailand S. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. KL Dragons (7-5) did not change their third position in the standings. Thailand S. managed to keep top place. KL Dragons will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Thailand S. will play against Barracudas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Thailand S.: J.Dixon 15+15reb+1ast, C.Kuete 12+6reb+2ast, A.Lertmalaiporn 11+5reb, P.Piroon 5+3reb+1ast, A.Larong 5+2reb+2ast, M.Jantuma 4+2reb+3ast
KL Dragons: N.Miller 24+22reb+1ast, R.Lingganay 13+3reb+3ast, P.Cabahug 11+2reb, B.Guganeswaran 9+3reb+3ast, H.Yeow Loong 8, A.Raymundo 7+9reb
gschID: 108609


Singapore S. - Satria Muda 73-83

Bottom-ranked Indonesian Satria Muda managed to get the second consecutive victory on Tuesday night. This time they won against fourth-ranked Singapore S. 83-73. Satria Muda trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 48-33 charge in the second half allowed them to win the game. It was an exceptional evening for American swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Mario Wuysang (177-79) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. American center Kyle Jeffers (206-85, college: Oregon St.) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 13 rebounds and Filipino guard Leonidez Avenido (186) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Singapore S. in the defeat. Five Satria Muda and four Singapore S. players scored in double figures. Satria Muda (4-8) jumped to the fifth spot. Singapore S. keeps the fourth position with 5-6 record. Satria Muda will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Singapore S. will play against the league's second-placed Philip.Patriots (#2) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Singapore S.: L.Avenido 18+5reb+2ast, K.Jeffers 13+13reb+2ast, A.Vergara 13+5reb+4ast, M.Skinner 13+9reb+1ast, W.Jie Desmond Oh 5+2reb+1ast, S.Khoo 5
Satria Muda: M.Morrison 24+10reb+5ast, M.Wuysang 18+7reb+4ast, M.Legaspi 16+8reb+2ast, A.Broxsie 14+8reb, F.Adriano 11+4reb+1ast, R.Pratama 0
gschID: 108610


Philip.Patriots - KL Dragons 73-71

Another exciting game for Filipino Philip.Patriots (7-4) which hosted Malaysian KL Dragons (7-5). Third ranked Philip.Patriots saved the game by a tiny margin of two points 73-71. KL Dragons was ahead by 9 points after three quarters before a 24-13 charge of Philip.Patriots allowed them to win the game. Philip.Patriots outrebounded KL Dragons 42-29 including 17 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American-Jordanian guard Rasheim Wright (194-81, college: District of Col.) who led his team to a victory scoring 21 points. American forward Steve Thomas (203-81, college: Middle Tenn.St.) helped adding 10 points and 15 rebounds. Philip.Patriots' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American center Nakiea Miller (205-79, college: Iona) responded with 19 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian-American forward Alexander Hartman (201-85, college: Concordia (OR)) scored 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Four KL Dragons players scored in double figures. Philip.Patriots jumped to the second spot. KL Dragons keep the third position. Philip.Patriots will play against Singapore S. (#4) in the next round. KL Dragons will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
KL Dragons: N.Miller 19+9reb, A.Hartman 13+7reb+6ast, R.Lingganay 12+3reb+1ast, P.Cabahug 11+4reb+1ast, B.Guganeswaran 8+1reb+1ast, A.Raymundo 6+4reb+1ast
Philip.Patriots: R.Wright 21+2reb+3ast, E.Billones 14+2reb+2ast, S.Thomas 10+15reb, W.Ibanez 9+4reb+1ast, J.Cabatu 8+8reb+4ast, B.Fernandez 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 108608




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  AUSTRALIA   


Ervin's 31-point game gives him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Gary Ervin (186-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Wollongong Hawks and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 31 points adding three rebounds and six assists for Hawks in his team's victory, helping them to edge out 36ers (#6, 3-6) 81-79. It allowed Hawks to consolidate first place in the Australian league. Hawks have a solid 9-2 record. In the team's last game Ervin had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Hawks' top player in his first season with the team. The University of Arkansas graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ervin is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.1ppg. Ervin is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.0apg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 45.2% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Luke Schenscher (216-C-82, agency: Priority Sports) of Townsville Crocodiles. He is former international center in his first season at Crocodiles. In the last game Schenscher recorded impressive 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Crocodiles to edge slightly lower-ranked Blaze (#7, 3-7) by 5 points 91-86. Crocodiles' 5th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Schenscher is a newcomer at Crocodiles and quickly became the team's new leader.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Chris Goulding (190-G-88) of Gold Coast Blaze (#7). Goulding showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, six rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Goulding's great performance Blaze lost 86-91 to slightly higher-ranked Crocodiles (#5, 6-5). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Blaze 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, Goulding could try to bring Blaze's a little bit higher in the standings. Goulding has a very solid season. In 10 games in Australia he scored 11.9ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85) of Crocodiles - 17 points and 9 rebounds
5. Timothy Coenraad (201-G/F-85) of Hawks - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Kirk Penney (196-G-80) of Breakers - 25 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Gary Ervin (186-G-83) of Hawks - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82) of Breakers - 20 points and 6 rebounds
9. Damian Martin (188-G-84) of Wildcats - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Patrick Sanders (198-F-85) of Sydney K. - 27 points, 5 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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  AUSTRIA   


Standings - 2.Bundesliga
2.Bundesliga Standings
East
 1. Mattersb.R. 9-0 
 2. Harreither 7-2 
 3. BC Vienna jrs 5-3 
 4. Mistelbach 5-3 
 5. Modling 5-4 
 6. Fighters 4-5 
 7. Danube City 2-6 
 8. UBBC Enns 2-7 
 9. ATSE Graz 0-9 
West
 1. Dornbirn 9-1 
 2. Salzburg 6-4 
 3. Schwaz 6-4 
 4. Klagenfurt 6-5 
 5. Feldkirch 4-7 
 6. SVO/BRG 0-10 


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stjepan STAZIC
  BC Vienna
  (199-G-78)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Stazic, BC Vienna26.7 
 2. Vay, Arkadia20.8 
 3. Houston, Arkadia20.2 
 4. Kennedy, Worth.19.9 
 5. Shavies, Furstenf.19.5 
 6. Nagler, Klostern.19.2 
 7. Brokenboroug., Wel.18.3 
 8. Miletic, UBSC G.17.8 
 9. Ray, Furstenfeld17.7 
 10. Mayes, Gmunden17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Russell HICKS
  BC Vienna
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 11
 1. Hicks, BC Vienna11.0 
 2. Volcic, Oberwart9.1 
 3. Johnson, Oberwart8.6 
 4. Mayer, Gmunden8.5 
 5. Heard, Gussing8.1 
 6. Stegnjaic, UBSC G.7.6 
 7. Slack, Gmunden7.5 
 8. Opoku, St.Polten7.3 
 9. Klette, Wels7.3 
 10. Hampton, Furstenf.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.8.5 
 2. Carr, BC Vienna7.5 
 3. Danek, Arkadia7.0 
 4. Schreiner, St.Po.5.0 
 5. Parker, Oberwart4.9 
 6. Lanegger, Kapfe.4.4 
 7. Stazic, BC Vienna4.2 
 8. Boylan, Gmunden4.2 
 9. Woschank, Kapfe.4.0 
 10. Grum, UBSC G.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Anthony SHAVIES
  Furstenfeld
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Shavies, Furstenf.2.7 
 2. Parker, Oberwart2.5 
 3. Schreiner, St.Po.2.4 
 4. Woschank, Kapfe.2.2 
 5. Boylan, Gmunden2.1 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.9 
 7. Fields, Wels1.9 
 8. Payton, Arkadia1.9 
 9. Stazic, BC Vienna1.9 
 10. Ray, Furstenfeld1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Louis GRAHAM
  UBSC Graz
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Graham, UBSC G.2.2 
 2. Hicks, BC Vienna2.0 
 3. Vay, Arkadia1.3 
 4. Hampton, Furstenf.1.2 
 5. Pekovic, BC Vienna1.2 
 6. Slack, Gmunden1.0 
 7. Heard, Gussing0.9 
 8. Horace, Kapfenberg0.8 
 9. N''Diaye, BC.0.8 
 10. Miljkovic, BC Vi.0.8 


This is Erik Rhinehart from kelag Worthersee Piraten - by Erik Rhinehart
Hi to all the readers of my new blog here on Eurobasket.com. This blog is to give you an inside look about my life here in Klagenfurt, Austria as a professional basketball player. If you are looking for political correctness then look elsewhere because I will only give the truth about my personal experiences with basketball and the lifestyle here in Klagenfurt. I will also share my personal opinions on a myriad of topics. Dont be ashamed to go look up the definition of myriad. Its okay. With that being said, Id like to thank my Savior Jesus Christ for loving me and giving me the skills to play a game that I love and to see parts of the world through that gift that I would not otherwise see. I would also like to thank my family for their love, support and encouragement everyday of my life. I am looking forward to seeing you all again soon. I am also very blessed to have an amazing girlfriend and incredible friends who keep me focused and are supportive. I would also like to thank the American soldiers who are putting their lives in danger everyday so many of us can do the things we love to do. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.

This is my fourth year of playing professional basketball after graduation from Olivet Nazarene. I have been between Germany and Austria during those years. I have also played the past few years with the Kankakee County Soldiers of the IBL during the spring.

The win column for us this season has been like the unionson strike. We are currently at the bottom of the standings with one win. We just finished up a tough week with an away game on Wednesday and then a home game against the second place team on Saturday. We had a good start on Wednesday but couldnt maintain our lead or our game plan for the whole game and ended up losing on the road. Then on Saturday we didnt start to really play our style until after halftime. Since Im assuming most of you are aware of how basketball works, we couldnt recover from that against a top team and lost again. I will say though that this team will always fight and work hard. We just have to become more focused on using that the right way for 40 minutes. Now we are preparing for our last game before Christmas. We will again be at home which will be great because it always seems like we travel 3 hours or more for any road game we play.

I also hope to share more with you about some of the cultural differences between America and Austria in the upcoming entries. I say that to say thisthere are plenty. Thats it for now from Austria, I have to get something to eat before heading to the gym for evening practice. God Bless.

Erik Rhinehart (206-F-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) is an American pro player who is actually wearing the jersey of kelag Worthersee Piraten, in Austrian Bundesliga.


A Bundesliga Round 14: Xion Dukes loses to Raiffeisen Wels in the biggest upset of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most shocking disappointment of round 14 in the A Bundesliga was a road defeat of higher ranked Xion Dukes (8-6) to eighth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (6-8) 71-75. It ended the three-game winning streak of Xion Dukes. Raiffeisen Wels took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Xion Dukes won third quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 31 points to led the charge for the winners and forward Bruce Fields (197-80, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin, agency: Heinrich Sports) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the victory Raiffeisen Wels stay at eighth position. Xion Dukes who is 8-6 went down to fifth place as they suffered their sixth loss. Raiffeisen Wels is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#12) in Klagenfurt in the next round. Xion Dukes will play on the road against St.Polten (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
A Bundesliga top team - Gmunden Swans (12-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Arkadia Lions (8-6) in Traiskirchen 75-69. International power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) notched 11 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and Dan Oppland who supported him with 16 points. Even 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists by Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Arkadia Lions. Gmunden Swans have an impressive six-game winning streak. Current champion stay at first position. Arkadia Lions is currently in fifth place with a 8-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. Gmunden Swans will play against UBSC Graz (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will play against Gussing Knights and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game took place in Graz where higher ranked UBSC (8-6) was upset on it's own court by eleventh ranked BC Vienna (8-6) 81-74 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Russell Hicks who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Dragan Miletic produced 24 points and 4 assists for the hosts. The victory allowed BC Vienna (4-10) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with St.Polten and Gussing. UBSC Graz who is 8-6 went down to fifth position as they suffered their sixth loss. BC Vienna will meet higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UBSC Graz will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans and will have a slim chance for a victory.
12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-13) was outscored at home by third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (10-4) with the biggest margin this round 95-66. Moritz Lanegger orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. Worthersee Piraten's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kapfenberg Bulls has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed Kapfenberg Bulls (10-4) to climb to the second place. They share it with Furstenfeld. Worthersee Piraten lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently on the bottom position with a 1-13 record. Kapfenberg Bulls' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Furstenfeld Panthers at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Worthersee Piraten will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#8).

In the last two games of round 14 St.Polten lost to Oberwart on the opponent's court 65-70. Furstenfeld outscored Gussing in a home game 87-59.


Arkadia - Gmunden 69-75
A Bundesliga top team - Gmunden Swans (12-2) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Arkadia Lions (8-6) in Traiskirchen 75-69. Gmunden Swans was already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-17 Arkadia Lions' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 75-69 at the end of the game. International power forward Matthias Mayer (204-81) notched 11 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) who supported him with 16 points. Even 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists by Argentinian-Italian forward Fabricio Vay (206-86, agency: Interperformances) did not help to save the game for Arkadia Lions. International guard Benedikt Danek (174-86) added 9 points and 7 assists for the hosts. Gmunden Swans have an impressive six-game winning streak. Current champion stay at first position. Arkadia Lions is currently in fifth place with a 8-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. Gmunden Swans will play against UBSC Graz (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Arkadia Lions will play against Gussing Knights and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Gmunden: D.Oppland 16+3reb, D.Mayes 13+2reb+1ast, E.Murati 11+1reb+2ast, M.Mayer 11+8reb+2ast, F.Schoeninger 9+3reb+2ast, A.Slack 7+7reb
Arkadia: F.Vay 18+8reb+8ast, D.Drenovac 13+2reb+1ast, K.Payton 12+1reb+1ast, M.Bralovic 9+2reb+2ast, B.Danek 9+2reb+7ast, K.Houston 4+3reb
gschID: 93779


UBSC Graz - BC Vienna 74-81
An interesting game took place in Graz where higher ranked UBSC (8-6) was upset on it's own court by eleventh ranked BC Vienna (8-6) 81-74 on Sunday. BC Vienna took control from the first minutes by winning the first quarter 22-17. But UBSC Graz won second quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Vienna dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to UBSC Graz's 30. BC Vienna outrebounded UBSC Graz 39-23 including 25 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was Canadian center Russell Hicks (213-85, college: Florida Intern.) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 12 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Sveto Pekovic (202-82) chipped in 17 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Slovenian guard Dragan Miletic (195-82) produced 24 points and 4 assists and Croatian power forward Milan Stegnjaic (204-82) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts. Four UBSC Graz players scored in double figures. The victory allowed BC Vienna (4-10) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with St.Polten and Gussing. UBSC Graz who is 8-6 went down to fifth position as they suffered their sixth loss. BC Vienna will meet higher ranked Oberwart Gunners (#4) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. UBSC Graz will play against the league's leader Gmunden Swans and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: R.Hicks 28+12reb+2ast, S.Pekovic 17+9reb+2ast, S.Stazic 16+4reb+5ast, S.Rhynes 10+2reb+1ast, M.Carr 6+4reb+6ast, M.Graf 4+8reb+2ast
UBSC Graz: D.Miletic 24+3reb+4ast, M.Stegnjaic 16+7reb+2ast, L.Graham 16+5reb+2ast, C.Knor 12+2reb, S.Grum 4+1reb+4ast, R.Lanegger 2+5reb+1ast
gschID: 93780


Oberwart - St.Polten 70-65
Rather expected game when 9th ranked St.Polten (4-10) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Oberwart Gunners (9-5) 70-65. Oberwart Gunners started the game with a very strong first quarter 22-13. But St.Polten won third frame 20-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Oberwart Gunners won last period 19-15. 24 personal fouls commited by St.Polten helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Joe Dean Shawn (199-87, college: Nevada) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. The former international center Bernd Volcic (205-76, college: New Orleans, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Oberwart Gunners players scored in double figures. International forward Richard Poiger (201-87) replied with 19 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Hermann Opoku (208-86, college: George Washington) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for St.Polten. The victory allowed Oberwart Gunners (9-5) to climb to the fourth place. St.Polten lost fifth consecutive game. The team is currently in ninth position with a 4-10 record. Oberwart Gunners' next round opponent will be BC Vienna (#10) in Wien where they are favorite. St.Polten will play at home against Xion Dukes in Klosterneuburg.
Top scorers:
Oberwart: J.Dean Shawn 16+10reb+2ast, H.Artner 15+3reb, K.Parker 15+2reb+2ast, B.Volcic 12+8reb+1ast, H.Ochsenhofer 8+2reb+3ast, J.Johnson 4+8reb+2ast
St.Polten: R.Poiger 19+6reb+1ast, H.Opoku 13+6reb, M.Speiser 11+3reb, A.Worenz 9+2reb, T.Schreiner 9+4reb+6ast, D.Jandl 2+4reb+1ast
gschID: 93781


Worthersee - Kapfenberg 66-95
12th ranked Worthersee Piraten (1-13) was outscored at home by third ranked Kapfenberg Bulls (10-4) with the biggest margin this round 95-66. It looked good early as Worthersee Piraten took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kapfenberg Bulls had a 31-7 second quarter charge getting the lead and Worthersee Piraten was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 66-95. Kapfenberg Bulls dominated on the defensive end, holding Worthersee Piraten to just 7 points in second quarter. Kapfenberg Bulls dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Worthersee Piraten's 12. Kapfenberg Bulls outrebounded Worthersee Piraten 38-20 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls commited by Worthersee Piraten helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Moritz Lanegger (188-90, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. American swingman LeVonn Jordan (198-85, college: Elon) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Kapfenberg Bulls players scored in double figures. American forward Thomas Kennedy (201-87, college: Detroit Mercy) replied with 39 points (!!!) and his fellow American import forward Erik Rhinehart (206-82, college: Olivet Nazarene) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Worthersee Piraten. Worthersee Piraten's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Kapfenberg Bulls has a solid three-game winning streak. The victory allowed Kapfenberg Bulls (10-4) to climb to the second place. They share it with Furstenfeld. Worthersee Piraten lost fourth consecutive game. The team is currently on the bottom position with a 1-13 record. Kapfenberg Bulls' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Furstenfeld Panthers at home and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Worthersee Piraten will play against Raiffeisen Wels (#8).
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: M.Lanegger 22+5reb+9ast, L.Gordon 18+3reb+1ast, L.Jordan 16+7reb, D.Horace 13+10reb, D.Nelson 10+2reb+1ast, S.Knabl 8+3reb+2ast
Worthersee: T.Kennedy 39+2reb+1ast, E.Rhinehart 11+9reb, B.Weber 6+3reb, A.Kuttnig 5+2ast, S.Bachlechner 5+2reb+1ast, E.Allesch 0
gschID: 93776


Wels - Klosterneub. 75-71
The most shocking disappointment of round 14 in the A Bundesliga was a road defeat of higher ranked Xion Dukes (8-6) to eighth ranked Raiffeisen Wels (6-8) 71-75. It ended the three-game winning streak of Xion Dukes. Raiffeisen Wels took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Xion Dukes won third quarter 16-11. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Rasheed Brokenborough (191-76, college: Temple, agency: Impact Basketball) scored 31 points to led the charge for the winners and forward Bruce Fields (197-80, college: Gardner-Webb, agency: Rasmussen Services) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Power forward Jason Chappell (206-83, college: Wisconsin, agency: Heinrich Sports) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and swingman Curtis Bobb (198-78, college: Utah St., agency: Rasmussen Services) scored 11 points and 7 rebounds. Despite the victory Raiffeisen Wels stay at eighth position. Xion Dukes who is 8-6 went down to fifth place as they suffered their sixth loss. Raiffeisen Wels is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Worthersee Piraten (#12) in Klagenfurt in the next round. Xion Dukes will play on the road against St.Polten (#9) and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Wels: R.Brokenborough 31+3reb+2ast, B.Fields 17+7reb+3ast, W.Holcomb-Faye 11+4reb+3ast, J.Francois 8+6reb+1ast, T.Csebits 5+5reb+5ast, T.Klette 3+5reb
Klosterneub.: J.Chappell 21+6reb+1ast, C.Bobb 11+7reb+1ast, R.Suljanovic 8+5reb, L.Sallomon 8+4reb+3ast, A.Maresch 7+5reb+1ast, H.Obermann 6+1reb
gschID: 93777


Furstenfeld - Gussing 87-59
Very predictable result when third ranked Furstenfeld Panthers (10-4) smashed at home 10th ranked Gussing Knights (4-10) 87-59. The game rather controlled by Furstenfeld Panthers. Gussing Knights managed to win third quarter 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Furstenfeld Panthers dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Gussing Knights' 34. Furstenfeld Panthers outrebounded Gussing Knights 39-24 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Anthony Shavies (191-83, college: Missouri St., agency: Court Side) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points, 7 rebounds and 13 assists. The other American import forward Dennis Carr (201-81, college: Embry Riddle) contributed with 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Five Furstenfeld Panthers players scored in double figures. American forward Marcus Heard (201-84, college: De Paul) replied with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and naturalized Serbian power forward Aleksandar Djuric (210-82) added 15 points in the effort for Gussing Knights. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory allowed Furstenfeld Panthers (10-4) to climb to the second place. They share it with Kapfenberg. Gussing Knights is currently in ninth position with a 4-10 record as they suffered their tenth loss. Furstenfeld Panthers' next round opponent will be Kapfenberg Bulls (#3) on the road, which may be the game of the day. Gussing Knights will play against Arkadia Lions (#6) in Traiskirchen.
Top scorers:
Furstenfeld: D.Carr 17+8reb+1ast, D.Alexander 17+3reb+1ast, A.Shavies 15+7reb+13ast, B.Matthews 14+4reb, R.Hampton 12+4reb, S.Ray 10+11reb+1ast
Gussing: M.Heard 18+11reb+3ast, A.Djuric 15+4reb, S.Koch 13+1reb+2ast, T.Klepeisz 6+2reb+2ast, A.Nunner 3+3reb+1ast, M.Klepeisz 2
gschID: 93778




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Dwayne Broyles claims Belgian D1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for TEC Spirou Charleroi and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 28-year old swingman had the game-high 21 points adding five rebounds and five assists for Charleroi in his team's victory, helping them to beat Leuven (#6, 4-6) 85-73. Charleroi is placed at 3rd position in Belgian D1. They are still close to the very top. Charleroi would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Broyles had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He has many years of experience at Charleroi, through which he has constantly improved. Dwayne Broyles averages this season 8.5ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) of Oostende. Mitchell impressed basketball fans with 19 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists. It was enough for Oostende to edge the higher-ranked Aalstar (#1, 8-2) by 6 points 87-81. This victory allowed Oostende to move up to 5th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-6 record. Mitchell is a newcomer at Oostende 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 Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports) of top-ranked Generali Okapi Aalstar. Copeland scored 25 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Copeland's great performance Aalstar lost 81-87 to the lower-ranked Oostende (#5, 5-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Aalstar had another "accident". It may be a crucial game and cause dropping from the group of top ranked teams. The record is still good, but 2nd lost game is hopefully really an accident. Copeland's teammates are also very good. That's why having such high stats is even more impressive. Copeland has a great season in Belgium. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.6ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Rashaun Freeman (203-C/F-84) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Justin Cage (198-F-85) of M.Hainaut - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Michael Jenkins (191-G-86) of Liege - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Dior Lowhorn (198-F-87) of Leuven - 18 points and 9 rebounds
8. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) of Charleroi - 14 points and 5 rebounds
9. John Tofi (203-F/C-84) of Leuven - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85) of Oostende - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 3 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 - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Kangar.-Boom 10-2 
 2. Pitzemburg 9-3 
 3. Sint-Jan Ant. 8-3 
 4. Excelsior 8-4 
 5. De Westhoek 7-4 
 6. Waregem 7-5 
 7. Essor Charleroi 6-6 
 8. Oostkamp 6-6 
 9. Gembo 5-7 
 10. Fleurus 4-8 
 11. Zolder 4-9 
 12. Carnieres 3-8 
 13. M.Hainaut II 3-9 
 14. Liege II 2-8 


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Standings - BIH League
D1 Standings
 1. Mladost 8-2 
 2. Capljina 8-2 
 3. Bosna 8-2 
 4. Borac Nektar 7-3 
 5. Sloboda Dita 5-5 
 6. Kakanj 5-5 
 7. Hercegovac 5-5 
 8. SL IAT Leotar 5-6 
 9. Zrinjski HT 4-6 
 10. Celik 4-7 
 11. Varda HE 3-7 
 12. Slavija 2-7 
 13. Brotnjo 2-8 
Play in international cups:
 1. Igokea
 2. Siroki TT


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Vitoria sign back up center - by Paulo Freire
Another giant is close to join the Vitoria Basketball. The center Alex Passilongo who is 2m13 cm tall, will be presented on Wednesday (December 15) at 16 hours in the Jones dos Santos Neves gym. The athlete, recently arrived from Campo Mouro basketball team (PR), he hopes to help stop the opposing big mans on the Vitoria basket .

'I work a lot in rebounds. I'm not a very good scorer, but I'm a fighter on the paint I just like to get the balls from the top ', said the player.

For coach Enio, Alex has skills that will be very important to Vitoria Basketball in the NBB.

'Alex is a player with a good mobility, he is disciplined and intelligent. I believe he will give his contribution within the function that he will play, ' said head coach Vecchi.


After the sign of Ricardo de Bem (210-F/C-84, agency: Garra Sports Marketing, college: Oklahoma City), Alex wants to be the back up center of coach Enio Vecchi to stop the attack from opponents. At 25 years old, Serrana Passilongo (211-C-85) believes he will contribute to the defense of the team.

Before coming to the State, Alex was in Tunisia, but said he could not adapt to the country.He also played for COC Ribeirao Preto, Assis Basket, Sao Carlos, Vera Cruz, Cravinhos and Campo Mourao.

'I started playing basketball with 17 years old In the COC Ribeirao Preto where I played with Ricardo de Bem. We will have no difficulty in fit in and play together, 'said the Alex.



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Division A Round 8: Dunav 2007 beats NSA in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most important game of round 8 in Division A took place in Ruse undefeated host Dunav 2007 (#1) smashed lower ranked NSA (#4) by 42 points 110-68 on Sunday evening. It also means the end of NSA's two-game winning streak. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dunav 2007 dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to NSA's 38. Dunav 2007 forced 20 NSA turnovers and outrebounded them 44-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by NSA's players. The best player for the winners was guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Tsvetelin Mladenov (190-90) produced 20 points and 7 assists for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Dunav 2007 (7-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of straight 7 victories. NSA at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Balkan 2. Dunav 2007 is looking forward to face league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. NSA will play against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Another exciting game took place in Samokov where ninth ranked Vidabasket (3-5) edged by one point 6th ranked Rilski 2 (3-4) 56-55. Guard Theodor Kirov (191-91) saved the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Julian Kolev contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Stanislav Vaklinov (206-89, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for Rilski 2. Vidabasket maintains ninth position with 3-5 record. Newly promoted Rilski 2 keeps the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Chavdar and Cherno More U18. Vidabasket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rilski 2 will play on the road against Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora and hopes to get back on the winning track.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Academik PL crushed Sportist Svoge in Plovdiv 96-68. Balkan 2 smashed Chavdar at home 120-92. Beroe won against Cherno More U18 on the opponent's court 103-94.
The best stats of 8th round was 45 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds by Nikolai Balev of Chavdar.


Rilski 2 - Vidabasket 55-56
Another exciting game took place in Samokov where ninth ranked Vidabasket (3-5) edged by one point 6th ranked Rilski 2 (3-4) 56-55. Rilski 2 was ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 18-11 charge of Vidabasket, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Rilski 2 turnovers. Guard Theodor Kirov (191-91) saved the victory by scoring 21 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Julian Kolev (194-80) contributed with 13 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Forward Stanislav Vaklinov (206-89, agency: Interperformances) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds and center Ivan Tsenov (203-92) added 11 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Rilski 2. Vidabasket maintains ninth position with 3-5 record. Newly promoted Rilski 2 keeps the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Chavdar and Cherno More U18. Vidabasket will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Rilski 2 will play on the road against Beroe (#3) in Stara Zagora and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rilski 2: S.Vaklinov 14+13reb+1ast, L.Kirov 12+3reb+1ast, I.Tsenov 11+5reb, A.Gerin 6+3reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 5+8reb+3ast, K.Georgiev 5+6reb
Vidabasket: T.Kirov 21+7reb+1ast, J.Kolev 13+5reb+1ast, T.Kolev 6+2reb, A.Mihailov 6+6reb, A.Tahirovich 6+3reb, G.Stankov 4+5reb
gschID: 113080


Sportist Svoge - Academik PL 68-96
There was no surprise when 10th ranked Sportist Svoge (1-7) was crushed at home by second ranked Academik Plovdiv (6-1) 96-68. The game rather controlled by Academik Plovdiv players, who were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Sportist Svoge was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Dimitar Horozov (198-82) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Forward Martin Horozov (200-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Zlatko Zapryanov (199-87) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds and the former international guard Dimitar Stanislavov (190-84) added 15 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Sportist Svoge. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Academik Plovdiv has a solid four-game winning streak. Newly promoted Academik Plovdiv maintains second position with 6-1 record having just one point less than leader Dunav 2007. Sportist Svoge lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the tenth place with seven games lost. Academik Plovdiv will play against league's leader Dunav 2007 in Ruse in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sportist Svoge will play at home against Academic Blagoevgrad (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sportist Svoge: Z.Zapryanov 21+8reb+2ast, D.Stanislavov 15+6reb+1ast, M.Vassilev 9+4reb, K.Marinov 8+7reb+3ast, K.Grigorov 8+2reb+5ast, G.Kunov 5+1reb
Academik PL: D.Horozov 36+7reb+2ast, M.Horozov 24+12reb+2ast, I.Stavrev 16+5reb+6ast, M.Penev 9+9reb+1ast, J.Novachev 5+1reb, A.Nikolov 2+2reb+13ast
gschID: 113076


Dunav 2007 - NSA 110-68
The most important game of round 8 in Division A took place in Ruse undefeated host Dunav 2007 (#1) smashed lower ranked NSA (#4) by 42 points 110-68 on Sunday evening. It also means the end of NSA's two-game winning streak. The game without a history. Dunav 2007 lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Dunav 2007 dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to NSA's 38. Dunav 2007 forced 20 NSA turnovers and outrebounded them 44-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by NSA's players. The best player for the winners was guard Ventsislav Petkov (188-91) who scored 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Hristo Gospodinov (202-92) chipped in 24 points and 7 rebounds. Four Dunav 2007 players scored in double figures. Guard Tsvetelin Mladenov (190-90) produced 20 points and 7 assists and guard Daniel Klechkov (195-90) added 15 points respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Dunav 2007 (7-0) have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with a perfect record of straight 7 victories. NSA at the other side keeps the fourth place with three games lost. They share the position with Balkan 2. Dunav 2007 is looking forward to face league's second-placed Academik Plovdiv on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. NSA will play against Balkan 2 in Botevgrad and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
NSA: T.Mladenov 20+2reb+7ast, D.Klechkov 15+4reb, L.Zhechev 10+5reb+2ast, R.Yorgov 7+4reb, D.Tarpanov 7+2reb, M.Tanev 6+2reb
Dunav 2007: H.Gospodinov 24+7reb+1ast, K.Kostov 19+1reb+1ast, V.Petkov 18+8reb+8ast, V.Nikolov 18+9reb+3ast, L.Paskov 9+2reb+6ast, C.Borisov 8+7reb+9ast
gschID: 113077


Balkan 2 - Chavdar 120-92
Everything could happen in Botevgrad at the game between two tied teams. Both fifth ranked Balkan 2 and 7th ranked Chavdar had identical 3-3 record. This time Balkan 2 used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Troyan 120-92. The game rather controlled by Balkan 2. Chavdar managed to win fourth quarter 26-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Balkan 2 forced 20 Chavdar turnovers. They were unselfish on offense dishing 30 assists. Forward Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-90) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 25 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Dian Hristov (186-94) contributed with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Five Balkan 2 players scored in double figures. The former international power forward Nikolai Balev (209-77) replied with a double-double by scoring 45 points (!!!) and 24 rebounds and guard Peter Hristov (194-90) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Chavdar. Since the result was very predictable, it gave a chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Balkan 2 (4-3) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with NSA. Chavdar at the other side dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with Rilski 2 and Cherno More U18. Balkan 2 will play against NSA (#5) in Sofia in the next round. Chavdar will play at home against Cherno More U18 in Varna and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Chavdar: N.Balev 45+24reb+1ast, K.Koev 12+5reb+3ast, P.Hristov 10+8reb+3ast, P.Ignatovski 8+2reb+4ast, G.Gachevski 8+4reb+1ast, P.Lalev 5+2reb
Balkan 2: I.Vuchkov 25+10reb+2ast, P.Donchev 19+3reb+3ast, S.Marinov 16+9reb+3ast, R.Dundalov 15+7reb+2ast, D.Hristov 14+6reb+8ast, 14+1reb+6ast
gschID: 113078


Cherno More U18 - Beroe 94-103
Very expected game in Varna where 8th ranked Cherno More U18 (3-4) was defeated by third ranked Beroe (6-2) 103-94. Beroe was already 17 points ahead at halftime and as many as 23 after three quarters before a 28-14 last quarter charge of Cherno More U18 cut the lead to 103-94 at the end of the game. Beroe shot 69.4 percent from the field. Beroe had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Beroe especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. They were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Cherno More U18 was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Boiko Milenkov (194-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Martin Radnev (190-89) contributed with 24 points and 5 assists for the winners. Five Beroe players scored in double figures. Forward Nikolay Stoyanov (195-94) replied with 35 points (!!!), 8 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Anton Dikov (191-94) added 26 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for Cherno More U18. Cherno More U18's coach Galin Stoyanov rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. Beroe maintains third position with 6-2 record having just 0 points less than leader Dunav 2007. Newly promoted Cherno More U18 dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with Chavdar and Rilski 2. Beroe will play against Rilski 2 (#8) in Samokov in the next round where they are favorite. Cherno More U18 will play at home against Chavdar in Troyan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Cherno More U18: N.Stoyanov 35+8reb+5ast, A.Dikov 26+5reb+5ast, D.Petrov 9+6reb+3ast, D.Vutev 8+1reb, A.Natskin 6+2reb+1ast, N.Ivanov 3+4reb
Beroe: M.Radnev 24+3reb+5ast, B.Milenkov 24+5reb+5ast, M.Kapitanov 13+2reb+8ast, P.Zagorov 13+11reb+1ast, Y.Redjev 11+8reb+3ast, B.Marinov 11+8reb
gschID: 113079




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


Dimitar Horozov claims Bulgarian Division A weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Dimitar Horozov (198-F-82) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Academik Plovdiv and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Division A Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 28-year old forward had the game-high 36 points adding seven rebounds and two assists for Academik PL in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Sportist Svoge (#10, 1-7) with 28-point margin 96-68. Academik PL maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian Division A. They are still close to the very top. Academik PL would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 6-1 record. In the team's last game Horozov had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Academik PL's top player in his first season with the team. Horozov has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.8ppg) and rebounds (2nd best: 6.3rpg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 33-year old former international Nikolai Balev (209-C/F-77) of Chavdar Troyan. Balev impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 45 points and 24 rebounds. Bad luck as Chavdar lost that game 92-120 to the higher-ranked Balkan 2 (#4, 4-3). Chavdar is still in a red zone at 7th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-4 record. Balev is a newcomer at Chavdar 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 33.4ppg (#1). His other stats are also decent: 17.1rpg and 3.4apg.

The third best performed player last round was Ivaylo Vuchkov (200-F-90) of Balkan 2 (#4). Vuchkov scored 25 points and grabbed ten rebounds. He was a key player of Balkan 2, leading his team to a 120-92 easy win against the lower-ranked Chavdar (#7, 3-4). Balkan 2 needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 4 victories and 3 lost games. Vuchkov has a great season in Bulgaria. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.7rpg (4th best). He also has 3.2spg and FGP: 51.6%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nikolay Stoyanov (195-F-94) of Cherno More U18 - 35 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Martin Horozov (200-F-86) of Academik PL - 24 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Theodor Kirov (191-G-91) of Vidabasket - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Stanislav Vaklinov (206-F-89) of Rilski 2 - 14 points and 13 rebounds
8. Ventsislav Petkov (188-G-91) of Dunav 2007 - 18 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists
9. Vladimir Nikolov (205-F/C-88) of Dunav 2007 - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Hristo Gospodinov (202-F-92) of Dunav 2007 - 24 points and 7 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)


Alexander Yanev claims Bulgarian NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented international forward Alexander Yanev (203-F-90, agency: Interperformances) had an amazing evening in the last round for Euroins Cherno More and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 20-year old forward had a double-double of 19 points and sixteen rebounds, while his team beat Spartak (#8, 1-8) in overtime 112-105. Cherno More is placed at 4th position in Bulgarian NBL. Cherno More is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-5 record. In the team's last game Yanev had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Cherno More, through which he has constantly improved. Yanev has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.3rpg) and averages solid 50.7% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 25-year old American center Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) of league's best team Lukoil Academik Sofia. Peterson impressed basketball fans with 25 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. It was enough for Lukoil Academik to edge slightly lower-ranked Levski (#2, 7-2) by 5 points 103-98. It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Lukoil Academik consolidated its place in the very top position of the standings. He plays for the best team in the league and Lukoil Academik managed to win all 9 games keeping perfect record. Peterson is a newcomer at Lukoil Academik and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Slovenian Simon Finzgar (196-F-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza) of Tundja Yambol (#7). Finzgar scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tundja, leading his team to a 88-70 easy win against Rilski Sportist (3-6). The chances of Tundja 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, Finzgar could try to bring Tundja's a little bit higher in the standings. Finzgar has a very solid season. In 6 games in Bulgaria he scored 12.3ppg. He also has 6.3rpg, FGP: 59.4% and 3PT: 64.3%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) of Rilski Sportist - 30 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dwayne Morton (200-F-71) of Balkan - 14 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Donald Cole (204-C-81) of Levski - 21 points and 7 rebounds
7. Jordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Balkan - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78) of Lukoil Academik - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-79) of Levski - 23 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Todor Todorov (198-F-82) of Spartak - 13 points, 14 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)


Josh Gonner is no longer a Balkan player - by Maria Mitzova
Josh Gonner (188-G-82, college: S.Carolina) will no longer play for Balkan Botevgrad. The American guard left the club and went back to the US. He stated personal reasons for leaving Balkan, as he needed to take care of a family illness.
Gonner came to Bulgaria at the beginning of this season, after spending three years in Finland. In the National Basketball League Gonner played 8 games, averaging 31 minutes, 13.3 pts, 3.4 rebs and 3.6 assists. He also participated in 4 Balkan League games with almost the same digits.
That way Balkan team is left with one American player veteran Dwayne Morton. Petar Klechkov has enough strength on the guard positions, having some young players together with experienced Yordan Bozov, so its uncertain if a new player will be considered.


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Chinese CBA round 1 best performance: Jackson Vroman - by Eurobasket News
American-Lebanese Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for DongGuan, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Jiangsu, the league's bottom-ranked team 115-104. DongGuan is placed at 2nd position in Chinese CBA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and DongGuan won just one (their first) game. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Vroman turned to be DongGuan's top player in his first season with the team. Former Iowa State University star has very solid stats this year. Vroman is in league's top in points (5th best: 29.0ppg), rebounds (6th best: 16.0rpg), assists (2nd best: 8.0apg) and averages impressive 4.0spg and 64.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Ivorian Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81) of TianJin R.. Lamizana had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 17 rebounds. Of course he lead TianJin R. to another comfortable win outscoring Shanghai (0-1) 128-104. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Lamizana is a newcomer at TianJin R., but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 30.0ppg (#3). His other stats are also decent: 17.0rpg and 8.0apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Randolph Morris (211-F/C-86) of Beijing (#10). Morris got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for fourteen rebounds . Despite Morris' great performance Beijing lost 72-103 to Xinjiang (#6, 1-0). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Beijing can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 1 games. Too bad for Morris he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Morris as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jameel Watkins (211-C/F-77) of Jilin - 21 points and 19 rebounds
5. Charles Gaines (201-F-81) of Qingdao DS - 33 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Dwayne Jones (211-C-83) of Fujian - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) of Foshan - 17 points and 21 rebounds
8. Chris Richard (206-F/C-84) of Liaoning - 17 points and 16 rebounds
9. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) of Zhejiang G.L. - 20 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Javaris Crittenton (196-G-87) of Zhejiang G.L. - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 6 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)


Tianjin which shocked Shanghai the biggest surprise in CBA - by Alex Yam
The CBA season is officially underway now, and after round 1 , the biggest surprise was certainly the TianJin Rongcheng Basketball Club who shocked the powerhouse Shanghai Dongfang Sharks 128-104. Tianjin many have not noticed is led by the twin towers of Lamizana Herve (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers), and arguably the most accomplished import in China for the past 5 seasons, Benson Lee (208-F/C-73, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Brown Mackie).

One big change this season, is the change from a traditional Chinese coach to former D League Champion and UNC assistant Coach Robert MacKinnon, who brings his tough and hard style and most importantly, his success to China. The impact is already being felt through the club, as the perception and sentiment of the team has completely changed through out the league.

Coach MacKinnon, looks to be an early candidate for Coach of the Year, and if the three headed monster of Lamizana,Benson and MacKinnon can lead this team to the playoffs, it may go down as one of the great accomplishments in recent CBA memory.



Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Randolph MORRIS
  Beijing
  (211-F/C-86)
  Avg: 35
 1. Morris, Beijing35.0 
 2. Gaines, Qingdao DS33.0 
 3. Crittenton, Zhejia.30.0 
 4. Lamizana, TianJ.30.0 
 5. Vroman, DongGuan29.0 
 6. James, Zhejiang C.29.0 
 7. Green, Shanghai27.0 
 8. Liu, Shanghai27.0 
 9. Akognon, DongGuan26.0 
 10. Xu, TianJin R.25.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Olumide OYEDEJI
  Foshan
  (208-C/F-81)
  Avg: 21
 1. Oyedeji, Foshan21.0 
 2. Benson, TianJin R.20.0 
 3. Watkins, Jilin19.0 
 4. Lamizana, TianJ.17.0 
 5. Ramos, Zhejiang.17.0 
 6. Vroman, DongGuan16.0 
 7. Richard, Liaoning16.0 
 8. Jones, Fujian15.0 
 9. Moiso, Jiangsu14.0 
 10. Zhang, DongGuan14.0 
Assists Per Game
 Quincy DOUBY
  Xinjiang
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Douby, Xinjiang10.0 
 2. Vroman, DongGuan8.0 
 3. Lamizana, TianJ.8.0 
 4. Akognon, DongGuan7.0 
 5. Yang, Liaoning7.0 
 6. Marbury, Foshan6.0 
 7. Allen, Shandong6.0 
 8. Crittenton, Zhejia.6.0 
 9. Ramos, Zhejiang.6.0 
 10. Hu, Jiangsu5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Javaris CRITTENTON
  Zhejiang G.L.
  (196-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Crittenton, Zhejia.7.0 
 2. Zhong, Jilin5.0 
 3. Singleton, Xinjiang4.0 
 4. Xu, Bayi4.0 
 5. Green, Shanghai4.0 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS4.0 
 7. Vroman, DongGuan4.0 
 8. Xu, Xinjiang4.0 
 9. Douby, Xinjiang4.0 
 10. Gong, Fujian3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.7.0 
 2. Richard, Liaoning5.0 
 3. Wang, Bayi3.0 
 4. Jones, Fujian3.0 
 5. Chen, Qingdao DS3.0 
 6. Zhang, Shanghai3.0 
 7. Benson, TianJin R.3.0 
 8. Liu, Jiangsu3.0 
 9. Watkins, Jilin2.0 
 10. Abbaas, Beijing2.0 


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Cedevita eliminate Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News
Galil Gilboa - Cedevita 73:84

Cedevita stepped closer to the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Galil Gilboa in Israel tonight to climb at 3-2 record in Group D. Cedevita will host Azovmash in the decisive encounter in the next round. Galil Gilboa in the meantime fell at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the fight for the next round birth. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) scored 17 points to pace Cedevita.
Galil Gilboa got to the better start. They grabbed a 16:9 lead midway through the opening frame. The hosts stayed in charge as they ensured a 23:18 advantage after ten minutes. But Cedevita capitalized on several mistakes from the home team to deny the deficit. Moreover the Croats surged ahead and rolled to a 43:37 halftime advantage. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) opened a double-digit lead for the visitors early in the third quarter. Galil Gilboa cut the deficit but still trailed by four points with one quarter left 54:58. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) connected twice from beyond the arc to keep Cedevita on top midway through the final term. Draper soon delivered his own three-pointer and the Croatian team never looked back en route to the victory.
Damjan Rudez produced 16 points for Cedevita. Corsley Edwards contributed 15 points for the visitors. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) answered with 15 points for Galil Gilboa. Tyler Wilkerson (203-F, college: Marshall) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Galil Gilboa: Jack McClinton 15, Tyler Wilkerson 12
Cedevita: Marino Bazdaric 17, Damjan Rudez 16, Corsley Edwards 15



Stanko Barac out for a month - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Caja Laboral and its center Stanko Barac (217-C-86). Croatian International who has so far enjoyed a great season, is set to miss a month due to an injury. Barac suffered knee injury in a Euroleague duel against Khimky and was forced to leave the game. He did not return to the and the further examinations showed that he will have to stay away from the court for a while. This puts the reigning Spanish champion in a difficult position inside the paint. It remains to be seen whether a short term replacement will be brought in.
Stanko Barac started his career at Siroki Brijeg junior team with whom he has won Bosnian Junior Championship in 2003. For season 2004-2005 he was promoted to Siroki Brijeg first team for which he played 12 games 1.5 points per game in Adriatic league. Barac continued his improvement and Siroki next two seasons firmly establishing himself as one of great prospects in Europe on his way to winning the Bosnian Cup in 2006. In 2007, he played 26 games in Adriatic League averaging 13.0 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Same year he was drafted by Miami Heat as 39th pick in 2nd round but was traded to Indiana Pacers on the draft night. He returned to Europe and signed 5-year contract with Tau Vitoria. In his first season in Spain he was loaned to Pamesa Valencia for which he played 30 games with averages of 5.4 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 48% from the field. Near the end of season he returned to Tau and helped them win Spanish Cup as well as the League. Last season, Barac has also helped Tau win the National Cup while in 23 ACB league games he has posted averages of 2.8 points and 3.1 rebound per game. Barac is also a member of Croatian National Team for whom he played at Olympic Games in Beijing averaging 4.7 points and 4.2 rebounds in 6 games.
This season Stanko Barac exploded with 12.3 ppg and 7.6 rebounds in Spain. In Euroleague, he has even better numbers: 13.6 ppg and 7 rpg.


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BK Prostejov Rolls Past Telekom Baskets Bonn 86-63 and Earn a Spot in Last 16 - by Surujh Roopnarine
Erasing any doubts about their place as the leaders of Group E, BK Prostejov put on a show as they blew past visiting Telekom Baskets Bonn 86-63 tonight in the Czech Republic. Bonn started off well as they opened the game on a 7-0 run before a Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's) layup broke the scoreless streak for the hosts at the 7:45 mark. A Benas Veikalas (192-G-83, college: Metro St.) three with 15 seconds to go would help the hosts close the quarter up 22-16. Veikalas led Prostejov with 11 first-half points while young German big man Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) paced Bonn with 12. The second half was a different story. Once Prostejov stretched their lead to double-digits at the four minute mark of the third quarter (49-39), they would not look back as they cruised for an easy 86-63 victory. Benas Veikalas led the way, scoring a game-high 19 points, while Ohlbrecht finished with a solid double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. For Prostejov, this is only the second time in club history that they have progressed pas the group stage of a European competition. In 2006-07 they advanced to the quarterfinals of the EuroChallenge before falling to Kervanos of Cyprus in the quarterfinals.
Bonn now need KK Zagreb (0-4) to do them a favor on Tuesday and beat Krka (3-1) or else their faint hopes of progressing to the Last 16 will vanish.
BK PROSTEJOV: Benas Veikalas (19pts), Yemi Nicholson (15pts+6reb), Eugene Lawrence (11pts+6reb+7ast), Kyle Landry (4pts+12reb)
BONN: Tim Ohlbrecht (16pts+12reb), Folarin Campbell (13pts), Chris Ensminger (8pts+5reb), Jacob Jaaks (9pts)



Nymburk surprise Cajasol in Sevilla - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol - Nymburk 68:89

Nymburk made a huge leap towards EuroCup Last 16 qualification after they stunned Cajasol in Sevilla. Nymburk tied Jerusalem at 3-2 record on top of Group G. Nymburk will have to defeat VEF Riga at home court next week to qualify. Cajasol will need to deliver road win against Jerusalem to have a chance of qualification. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) knocked down 20 points to secure the win for the Czech champions.
Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Chester Simmons helped Nymburk to a quick start. But Cajasol went on a 7:0 run midway through the period to take a 15:14 advantage. Nymburk however capped the stanza on a 9:2 rally to ensure a 23:17 lead. Cajasol would not go away as they stayed close throughout the second term. Nymburk burst out with another massive rally late in the period though. Stimac and Chester Simmons triggered a 14:1 run that put the visitors up by 16 points at halftime 49:33. Stimac and Afik Nissim provided a 19-point cushion for Nymburk in the third quarter. The scoreboard read 68:48 for the Czech team with one quarter to go. Cajasol did not find the way to change the complexion of the encounter and had to yield at the end. Afik Nissim knocked down 19 points for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) added 13 points and 7 caroms in the win. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) and Juan Triguero (208-C-83) accounted for 10 points apiece in the loss.

Cajasol: Paul Davis 13, Joan Sastre Morro 10, Juan Triguero 10
Nymburk: Chester Simmons 20, Afik Nissim 19, Pavel Pumprla 13



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Rockets recall Patrick Patterson from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled forward Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) from Houstons single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Patterson (6-9, 235, Kentucky) averaged a team-leading 18.3 points (.555, 61-110 FG), 10.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.56 steals and 1.56 blocks in nine games (nine starts) with the Vipers. Patterson currently ranks tied for first in the D-League in double-doubles with five and stands second in the league in rebounds per game. He is actually one of just three players in the D-League averaging a double-double on the season.

Assigned to Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 9, Patterson was on the inactive list for Houstons first six games. He averaged 4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 15.2 minutes in six games for the Rockets during the preseason. Patterson also averaged 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in five games (four starts) with Houston during the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Selected by the Rockets in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft as an early entry candidate, Patterson finished his three-year career at Kentucky with averages of 16.1 points (.585, 617-1054 FG; .329, 24-73 3FG), 8.2 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 97 career games (97 starts). He was one of five Wildcats picked in the opening round of the 2010 NBA Draft, which was the first time five players from one school were chosen in the first round of the draft. A 2007 McDonalds All-American as a high school senior, Patterson became the 10th fastest player to reach the 1,000-point club at UK (58 games). He was a two-time All-SEC First-Team pick as a junior and sophomore, as well as a Second-Team selection as a freshman.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Timberwolves recall guard Flynn - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled point guard Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89, college: Syracuse) from his second rehab stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and hope to have him available for the game at Golden State on Tuesday night.

Flynn has yet to play an NBA game in his second season with the Timberwolves. He had hip surgery in July and played in two games in the D-League as he tries to work back into game shape.

Flynn had eight points and 12 assists on Friday night. The plan was for him to play a back-to-back on Saturday, but that game was canceled because of bad weather.

The Wolves also hope to get swingman Martell Webster back on Tuesday night. Webster has not played all season because of back surgery.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Puerto Rico Pro Mini Camp! - by Justin Moore
I was informed by Calvin brown Owner of the EBA Metro Allstars and SoESE Management will be hosting a Pro mini camp with SoESE reps and Puerto Rican league reps for more info Contact SoESE Management : Arthur Crawford 1050 N. Highway 360 Suite G-2076 Grand Prairie, TX 75050 For more information contact Arthur Crawford at 817-874-0186, Charles Campbell at 214-735-4205, or Calvin Brown Jr. at 301-980-1050

Puerto Rico PRO Mini Camp
Saturday, January 8, 2011 and Sunday, January 9, 2011
6:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m.
Central High School
200 Cabin Branch Road, Capitol Heights, MD
Cost: $75.00 At Door: $110.00
Cashiers Check or Money Order ONLY
Registration Deadline: December 31, 2010


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Standings - KML
EMKL Standings
 1. TU/Rock 14-1 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 12-2 
 3. TTU/Kalev 11-3 
 4. Rakvere 8-5 
 5. Rapla 6-9 
 6. Valga/CKE 5-10 
 7. TTU/Kalev II 5-11 
 8. Parnu 4-11 
 9. Voru KK 1-14 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 19.1
 1. Saage, Rakvere19.1 
 2. Raap, Parnu18.1 
 3. Thornton, Voru KK17.9 
 4. Pokla, Rakvere16.9 
 5. Brown, Va.16.9 
 6. Erm, Rapla16.7 
 7. Vares, Va.15.9 
 8. Kuuba, Voru KK15.7 
 9. Arnold, TT.15.2 
 10. Tagamets, Va.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony BROWN
  Valga/CKE
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Brown, Va.12.3 
 2. Thornton, Voru KK11.7 
 3. Arnold, TT.10.4 
 4. Eziukwu, TU/Rock9.3 
 5. Osby, TT.9.1 
 6. Pokla, Rakvere8.8 
 7. Kuuba, Voru KK8.6 
 8. Ringmets, Rapla8.5 
 9. Hughes, TT.7.8 
 10. Erm, Rapla6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Valmo KRIISA
  TTU/Kalev
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Kriisa, TT.3.8 
 2. Tsintsadze, TU/Rock3.5 
 3. Sokk, TU/Rock3.5 
 4. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 5. Tamm, Kalev/Cramo3.4 
 6. Karner, Parnu3.3 
 7. Dorbek, Rakvere3.3 
 8. Oja, Va.3.3 
 9. Winston, Va.3.1 
 10. Pokla, Rakvere2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Rakvere
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Saage, Rakvere2.4 
 2. Laane, Rapla2.3 
 3. Leppik, TU/Rock2.3 
 4. Dorbek, Rakvere2.2 
 5. Veideman, TU/Rock2.2 
 6. Keedus, TT.2.1 
 7. Doronin, TU/Rock2.1 
 8. Pokla, Rakvere2.0 
 9. Erm, Rapla1.9 
 10. Pilk, TT.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Callistus EZIUKWU
  TU/Rock
  (208-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Eziukwu, TU/Rock2.4 
 2. Osby, TT.1.3 
 3. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 4. Arnold, TT.0.9 
 5. Brown, Va.0.9 
 6. Talts, TU/Rock0.9 
 7. Saarmets, TTU/K.0.8 
 8. Toome, Kalev/Cramo0.7 
 9. Montgomery, Rapla0.6 
 10. Ringmets, Rapla0.6 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Adrian BANKS
  Elitzur Netanya
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 23.6
 1. Banks, Elitzur .23.6 
 2. Abukar, Lugano T.20.9 
 3. Trotter, Szolnok19.6 
 4. Hopkins, Antwerp19.4 
 5. Kjellbom, Norrkoping18.0 
 6. Anderson, Ventspils17.8 
 7. Shabalkin, Dynamo17.8 
 8. Paunic, N.Novgorod17.3 
 9. Lewis, M.Hainaut17.2 
 10. Bader, Szolnok17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Furkan ALDEMIR
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Aldemir, Karsiyaka11.7 
 2. Eziukwu, TU/Rock10.6 
 3. Landry, BK Prost.10.3 
 4. Booker, Krka9.8 
 5. Massey, Lokomotiv9.6 
 6. Zoric, KK.9.3 
 7. Smith, Karsiyaka9.3 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.0 
 9. Clark, Szolnok9.0 
 10. Bader, Szolnok9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Adrian BLIDARU
  Ploiesti
  (182-G-85)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Blidaru, Ploiesti7.5 
 2. Mays, Fe.7.0 
 3. Williams, Enisey6.5 
 4. Millage, Khimik6.2 
 5. Brener, Elitzur .5.8 
 6. Trotter, Szolnok5.4 
 7. Linehan, Nancy5.3 
 8. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.2 
 9. Mitchell, Norrkoping5.0 
 10. Wood, Dt.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4.2
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.2 
 2. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 3. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 4. Johnson, Aalstar3.0 
 5. Zagorc, Helios3.0 
 6. Karydas, Keravnos3.0 
 7. Dabkus, Etha2.6 
 8. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.5 
 9. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 10. Millage, Khimik2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. King, Etha2.3 
 2. Young, Aalstar2.0 
 3. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 5. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.7 
 6. Clark, Szolnok1.7 
 7. Bader, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 9. Issa, Gravelines1.6 
 10. Smith, Karsiyaka1.5 


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


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EWE Baskets Oldenburg brings in Luka Bogdanovic - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced signing of Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the season. The 25-year-old forward arrives to the German squad from Roanne, where he averaged 11.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists for 7 games in ProA. Bogdanovic finished his short term deal with the French outfit and moved to EWE Baskets. From 2008 to 2010, Luka Bogdanovic was a member of DKV Joventut. In the past, he played also for Le Mans and Partizan.

Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  Krasnie Krilya
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Brezec, Krasnie .20.4 
 2. Tucker, Aris20.0 
 3. Janicenoks, VEF R.19.4 
 4. Dragicevic, Buduc.19.0 
 5. Solomon, Hapoel J.18.9 
 6. Popovic, Unics18.5 
 7. Simmons, CEZ N.17.8 
 8. Lyday, Unics17.8 
 9. Walsh, AS.17.0 
 10. Macvan, Hemofarm17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lazaros PAPADOPOULOS
  PAOK
  (210-C-80)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Papadopoulos, PAOK12.6 
 2. Lampe, Unics9.2 
 3. Tucker, Aris9.1 
 4. Anderson, Goett.8.2 
 5. Walsh, AS.8.2 
 6. Brezec, Krasnie .8.2 
 7. Berzins, VEF Riga8.0 
 8. Macvan, Hemofarm8.0 
 9. Nsonwu-Amadi, Roa.7.8 
 10. Owens, Azovmash7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Ernest BREMER
  Krasnie Krilya
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 8.3
 1. Bremer, Krasnie .8.3 
 2. Mekel, Galil Gilboa7.0 
 3. Popovic, Unics7.0 
 4. James, Lukoil A.6.5 
 5. Draper, Cedevita6.5 
 6. Walsh, AS.6.4 
 7. Meacham, Goett.5.4 
 8. Markovic, Benetton.5.3 
 9. Thomas, Anwil5.0 
 10. Lukauskis, EWE B.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle BAILEY
  Goettingen
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bailey, Goettingen4.0 
 2. Muya, Liege3.0 
 3. Draper, Cedevita2.8 
 4. House, Azovmash2.6 
 5. Jasen, Estudiantes2.5 
 6. Popovic, Unics2.5 
 7. Green, Krasnie Krilya2.5 
 8. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.4 
 9. Markovic, Benetton.2.4 
 10. Curry, Azovmash2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Bryant DUNSTON
  Aris
  (201-F/C-86)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Dunston, Aris2.1 
 2. Randle, Hapoel J-M2.1 
 3. Berzins, VEF Riga2.0 
 4. Thompson, Spart.1.5 
 5. Moss, Orleans1.5 
 6. Sy, Orleans1.5 
 7. Muurinen, Dt.1.5 
 8. Bowman, Lukoil A.1.5 
 9. Vranes, Unics1.4 
 10. Ortner, Bennet C.1.3 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Unics 4-1 
 2. Le Mans 3-2 
 3. Banvit 2-3 
 4. EWE Baskets 1-4 
Group B
 1. Goettingen 3-1 
 2. Hemofarm 3-2 
 3. ASVEL 2-3 
 4. Besiktas 1-3 
Group C
 1. Gran Canaria 4-1 
 2. Buducnost 3-2 
 3. Budivelnyk 3-2 
 4. Siauliai 0-5 
Group D
 1. Aris 4-1 
 2. Cedevita 3-2 
 3. Azovmash 2-3 
 4. Galil Gilboa 1-4 
Group E
 1. Galatasaray 4-1 
 2. Panellinios 3-2 
 3. Bennet Cantu 2-3 
 4. GasTerra F. 1-4 
Group F
 1. Benetton TV 5-0 
 2. PAOK 3-2 
 3. Estudiantes 2-3 
 4. Roanne 0-5 
Group G
 1. Hapoel J-M 3-2 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 3-2 
 3. Cajasol 2-3 
 4. VEF Riga 2-3 
Group H
 1. ALBA 5-0 
 2. Pepsi Caserta 3-2 
 3. Krasnie Krilya 2-3 
 4. Anwil 0-5 


CEZ Basketball Nymburk adds Myles McKay - by Eurobasket News
CEZ Basketball Nymburk bolstered its backcourt with the signing of former Czech League scoring champ Myles McKay (191-G-86, college: WiscKing.-Whitew.). The deal is through mid-January with a team option to extend the contract through the end of the season. McKay played for USK Prague last season, with whom he recorded 23.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists over 44 regular season games. He began this season with Italian second division side San Severo, but was released after the team got off to a poor start despite McKay posting 15.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in seven games. McKay previously played college basketball at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee and later for two season at Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he was a two-time All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team selection and averaged 20.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in his senior season. The signing helps replenish the roster after forward Adam Koch was released.

Courtesy of www.eurocupbasketball.com


Eurocup Round: 5 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Le Mans - Banvit 67-59
Le Mans earned the third EuroCup victory in the season. They toppled Banvit in France to reach 3-2 record in Group A. Le Mans will face EWE Baskets in Germany, while Banvit will host Unics in the final round of EuroCup regular season. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) led Le Mans with 19 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in this one. Banvit did not allow Le Mans to clear off early in the encounter. Moreover the Turkish team enjoyed a narrow 17:16 lead after ten minutes. Banvit developed their success in the second quarter. The visitors held Le Mans to 16 points in the frame and ensured a 38:32 halftime lead. But Le Mans started to take over after the main break. The hosts held the visitors to 9 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to a single point 46:47 with one quarter remaining. Le Mans stepped on the gas in the final frame. Led by Antoine Diot the French side outgunned Banvit 21:12 and celebrated a comfortable victory at the end. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) notched 12 points and 7 boards for Le Mans. Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-F-86) produced 9 points in the victory. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 17 points for Banvit. Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) chipped in 13 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort.

Unics - EWE Baskets 88-64
Unics posted the fourth EuroCup victory. The Russian powerhouse defeated EWE Basket at home court ensuring the Last 16 birth. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 25 points to lead the hosts. EWE Baskets fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of the ladder. Unics started the game confidently. The hosts dominated in the opening frame. Unics ensured a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. The home team maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They limited EWE Baskets to just 17 points to pile up a 47:36 advantage at the interval. Things got even worse for Oldenburg in the third term. Unics stiffened the defensive schemes and held the German side to just 13 points in the period. The Kazan outfit arrived at the final break up by 17 points. EWE Baskets could not recover in the final quarter. Unics cruised to the victory at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Unics. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) contributed 12 points in the victory. Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) answered with 11 points for EWE Baskets. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Group B
Goettingen - ASVEL 76-78
Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) converted a buzzer-beating layup to propel Asvel to a dramatic road win over Goettingen. Asvel improved to 2-3 record in Group B. The loss also denied Goettingen the early qualification into EuroCup Last 16. Everything will be up for grabs in this group before the final round of the regular season. Goettingen and Asvel stayed close in the starting frame. The teams traded baskets to enter the second quarter tied at 22. Goettingen stiffened defense in the second quarter. They limited Asvel to just 14 points and established a 39:36 lead at halftime. The German continued to get away in the third quarter. The hosts stayed aggressive defensively as Asvel managed 13 points. Goettingen posted a 9-point lead with ten minutes to go. But the French team turned things upside down in the fourth quarter. They unleashed 29 points to deny the deficit. It all came down to the final seconds when Matt Matt Walsh proved the difference hitting a decisive bucket. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) chipped in 22 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Matt Walsh added 17 points in the victory. Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Court Side) had 13 points for Goettingen. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) and Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) netted 12 points apiece in the loss.

Hemofarm - Besiktas 101-100
Hemofarm survived drama to eke out a narrow one-point overtime victory against Besiktas. The Serbian team awaits the result of another EuroCup Group B game between Goettingen and Asvel to know their fate. If Goettingen wins Hemofarm will qualify into Last 16 stage of the tournament. Besiktas will be eliminated then. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) was pivotal for Besiktas early in the encounter. He scored 6 points in a 10:2 run that gave the Turkish team a 17:12 advantage. They maintained the lead to take a 25:20 buffer at the first break. Hemofarm responded with an 8:3 run at the start of the second quarter to pull in front. The lead changed hands for several times then before Mire Chatman sealed the first half outcome at 47:45 for the visitors. Besiktas opened the second half with five points in a row to enlarge the lead. Hemofarm recovered midway through the stanza as they grabbed a 66:61 lead. But Besiktas came back right into this one and Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) secured a 71:70 advantage at the third intermission. The teams stayed very close in the fourth quarter. Hemofarm led by three points 88:85 but Mire Chatman hit two free throws to drag the visitors closer. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) replied with just one freebie and later Mire Chatman hit a jumper to send the game into overtime. Mire Chatman and Cevik gave Besiktas a 5-point lead early in the extra period. But Hemofarm bounced back as Sutalo, Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Boris Savovic restored a 97:96 advantage for the hosts. The teams traded free throws in the dying seconds and when Cevik missed a jumper at the buzzer it was the celebration time for the Serbians. Boris Savovic knocked down 23 points to pace Hemofarm. Milan Macvan added 22 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Mire Chatman replied with game-high 43 points for Besiktas. Michal Ignerski provided 19 points and 9 caroms in the loss.

Group C
Buducnost - Siauliai 83-66
Buducnost improved their chances of reaching EuroCup Last 16 with a home win over Siauliai. The Montenegrin team is now tied at 3-2 record with Budivelnyk in the second place in Group C. Siauliai on the other hand slipped at 0-5 record. Siauliai accounted for opening four points in the game but their run was roughly abrupt by the hosts. Buducnost went on a 20:2 run to take a 20:6 lead late in the first quarter. Buducnost entered the second quarter up by 12 points 20:8. The hosts maintained the lead easily throughout the second quarter. Buducnost ensured a 45:30 lead at the interval. Buducnost stretched the gap to 16 points but David Weaver (211-C-87, college: Wake Forest) capped the period with six points in a row to drag Siauliai within 11 points with ten minutes to go 51:62. Cepulis converted a four-point play to cut the deficit early in the fourth term. But the hosts reacted immediately as they accounted for next six points and never looked back en route to the win. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) knocked down 24 points to lead the effort. Marko Scekic (207-F-81) netted 14 points in the victory. David Weaver replied with 16 points for Siauliai. Darius Gvezdauskas (191-G-88) netted 15 points in the loss.

Budivelnyk - Gran Canaria 66-72
Gran Canaria 2014 defeated Budivelnyk on the road in the fifth round of EuroCup regular season. The Spaniards avenged the home loss to Budivelnyk four rounds ago. Gran Canaria are now on top of Group C. Budivelnyk share the second position with Buducnost. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) notched 17 points to pace the visitors in this one. Neither side was able to dominate in the opening quarter. Budivelnyk escaped with a 17:16 lead after ten minutes. Jaycee Carroll was the main factor for Gran Canaria in the first half. He unleashed 15 points helping Gran Canaria to put their noses in front. Carroll drained two triples late in the second stanza to secure a 40:35 lead for Gran Canaria at halftime. Budivelnyk opened the second half with five points in a row as the game was tied once again. Spencer and Xavier Rey (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) retained the lead for Gran Canaria. The visitors opened the final quarter on a 7:0 run to take a 66:52 advantage. Budivelnyk did not overcome the deficit in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Xavier Rey provided 12 points for the winners. Taurean Green (185-G-85, college: Florida) added 10 points for Gran Canaria. Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds for Budivelnyk. William Keys (188-G-77, college: N.Mexico St.) finished with 13 points in the loss.

Group D
Galil Gilboa - Cedevita 73-84
Cedevita stepped closer to the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Galil Gilboa in Israel tonight to climb at 3-2 record in Group D. Cedevita will host Azovmash in the decisive encounter in the next round. Galil Gilboa in the meantime fell at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the fight for the next round birth. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) scored 17 points to pace Cedevita. Galil Gilboa got to the better start. They grabbed a 16:9 lead midway through the opening frame. The hosts stayed in charge as they ensured a 23:18 advantage after ten minutes. But Cedevita capitalized on several mistakes from the home team to deny the deficit. Moreover the Croats surged ahead and rolled to a 43:37 halftime advantage. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) opened a double-digit lead for the visitors early in the third quarter. Galil Gilboa cut the deficit but still trailed by four points with one quarter left 54:58. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) connected twice from beyond the arc to keep Cedevita on top midway through the final term. Draper soon delivered his own three-pointer and the Croatian team never looked back en route to the victory. Damjan Rudez produced 16 points for Cedevita. Corsley Edwards contributed 15 points for the visitors. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) answered with 15 points for Galil Gilboa. Tyler Wilkerson (203-F, college: Marshall) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Azovmash - Aris 77-82
Aris rallied to the fourth EuroCup victory in the season. The victory allowed the Thessaloniki team to advance into Last 16 stage of the tournament. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) delivered 18 points to pace the effort. Azovmash slipped at 2-3 record in Group D. Azovmash led early in the encounter but Aris quickly gained control. The Hellenes rallied to a 24:22 lead after ten minutes. Aris started to get away in the second quarter. The visitors did not allow Azovmash to get any closer in the second quarter. Aris piled up a 43:39 lead at halftime. The visitors opened a double-digit advantage in the third frame as Azovmash looked hapless defensively at the moment. The Hellenes built a comfortable cushion with ten minutes to go 65:54. The Ukrainian champions went on a desperate rescue run in the final period. The hosts got as close as four points with a minute to go. But Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) delivered key free throws in the dying seconds to seal the win for Aris. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Aris. Kosta Charalampidis added 13 points in the winning effort. Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Arkansas) replied with 15 points for Azovmash. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket), Fred House (195-F-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Utah) and Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) had 11 points each in the losing case.

Group E
Galatasaray - GasTerra 86-58
Galatasaray reached EuroCup Last 16 stage. They thumped GasTerra Flames in Istanbul to clinch next round birth. Galatasaray improved at 4-1 record with the victory. GasTerra Flames slipped at 1-4 record in Group E. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) accounted for scored 18 points to lead the effort for the hosts. Galatasaray opened the game with an 11:2 run to clear off. Groningen got as close 4 points midway through the stanza but the hosts answered with six points in a row and established a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. Galatasaray kept GasTerra Flames at distance throughout the second period. The hosts secured a 10-point buffer at the interval 39:29. Galatasaray used a 10:0 run late in the third term to enlarge the gap to as many as 24 points. The hosts had little problems staying in charge in the final quarter and they raced to a comprehensive win at the end. Radoslav Rancik finished with 15 points for the Turkish team. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) added 13 points for the winners. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) answered with 13 points for GasTerra Flames. Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) netted 9 points apiece in the loss.

Panellinios - Bennet Cantu 59-54
Panellinios celebrated an important win over Bennet Cantu in EuroCup regular season tonight. The victory put the Greek team in the second position in Group E. Panellinios will next face GasTerra Flames on the road, while Bennet Cantu will play against Galatasaray at home court in the battle for the only Last 16 stage ticket left in this group. The teams started slowly. They stayed close with the lead changing hands. Panellinios earned a 14:12 advantage after ten minutes. The seesaw action continued in the second frame. Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) proved the difference late in the half as his points gave Panellinios a 30:25 halftime advantage. Vangelis Sklavos extended the margin to 11 points midway through the third term. Bennet Cantu did not surrender and nipped the distance to 7 points 37:44 after three quarters. The hosts once again stretched the lead to double figures but Bennet Cant once again found the way to respond. The visitors used a 10:2 rally to narrow the deficit at just three points. Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) and Djuro Ostojic came up with timely points as Panellinios got away with a hard-fought win at the end. Maurice Bailey accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead Panellinios. Djuro Ostojic added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) answered with 15 points for Bennet Cantu. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) had 11 points in defeat.

Group F
PAOK - Estudiantes 77-72
PAOK made one more step towards EuroCup Last 16 qualification. They outscored Estudiantes at home court to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. PAOK will now have to win against Benetton in Treviso next week to secure the next round birth. PAOK used an 11:0 run in the opening quarter to take a 14:10 lead. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) delivered regularly for the hosts as they established a 23:19 lead at the first intermission. PAOK opened the second term with five points in a row to enlarge the lead. The hosts remained in charge in the second quarter as they arrived at halftime up by 11 points 40:29. Estudiantes were not about to give up. They entered the second half recharged and took over. Estudiantes went on a 12:2 run late in the period and cut the deficit to a single points 56:57 with one quarter remaining. Donnie McGrath and Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) quickly regained an 8-point lead for PAOK in the final term. German Gabriel (207-C-80) answered with back-to-back three-pointers as the visitors cut the distance once again. The Spaniards got as close as two points late in regulation but PAOK went deadly from the stripe to win the battle. Rawle Marshall notched 18 points to pace the home side. Lazaros Papadopoulos contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points for Estudiantes. German Gabriel finished with 13 points in the loss.

Roanne - Benetton TV 79-84
Benetton Treviso remained undefeated in the EuroCup regular season. They overcame Roanne in France to register the fifth straight win in Group F. The victory also allowed Benetton to clinch the top position in the standings. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points for Benetton. Roanne in the meantime suffered the fifth loss in a row. The teams started the game evenly. They traded baskets before Roanne managed to pull a 22:20 lead at the first break. Benetton surged ahead in the second quarter. The visitors unloaded 24 points to eke out a 44:43 halftime advantage. Roanne did not allow Benetton to run away as they slowed their opponents down in the third term. Roanne succeeded defensively limiting the Treviso team to only 15 points and posting a 61:59 lead at the final intermission. But Benetton were not about to lose the first game at the tournament. Balanced effort helped Jasmin Repesa team to erase the deficit. They put their noses in front and rolled to yet another win at the end. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) accounted for 15 points. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) added 12 points each for Benetton. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) replied with 15 points for Roanne. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) had 14 points and 7 assists in the losing effort.

Group G
Cajasol - CEZ Nymburk 68-89
Nymburk made a huge leap towards EuroCup Last 16 qualification after they stunned Cajasol in Sevilla. Nymburk tied Jerusalem at 3-2 record on top of Group G. Nymburk will have to defeat VEF Riga at home court next week to qualify. Cajasol will need to deliver road win against Jerusalem to have a chance of qualification. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) knocked down 20 points to secure the win for the Czech champions. Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Chester Simmons helped Nymburk to a quick start. But Cajasol went on a 7:0 run midway through the period to take a 15:14 advantage. Nymburk however capped the stanza on a 9:2 rally to ensure a 23:17 lead. Cajasol would not go away as they stayed close throughout the second term. Nymburk burst out with another massive rally late in the period though. Stimac and Chester Simmons triggered a 14:1 run that put the visitors up by 16 points at halftime 49:33. Stimac and Afik Nissim provided a 19-point cushion for Nymburk in the third quarter. The scoreboard read 68:48 for the Czech team with one quarter to go. Cajasol did not find the way to change the complexion of the encounter and had to yield at the end. Afik Nissim knocked down 19 points for Nymburk. Pavel Pumprla (196-G-86) added 13 points and 7 caroms in the win. Paul Davis (211-C-84, college: Michigan St.) answered with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Cajasol. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) and Juan Triguero (208-C-83) accounted for 10 points apiece in the loss.

VEF Riga - Hapoel J-M 74-71
VEF Riga recorded the second win in the EuroCup Group G. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) scored 20 point to keep VEF Riga hopeful in their EuroCup quest. Jerusalem had a chance to seal the next round birth but could not stop the ambitious hosts. The teams stayed very close in the opening period. After ten minutes of trading baskets VEF Riga and Jerusalem were tied at 23. Hapoel took over in the second period. They capitalized on the number of misses from the hosts to surge ahead. VEF Riga struggled offensively in the second period as they accounted for only 10 points. The Israeli team posted a 40:33 lead at the interval. But Rimas Kurtinaitis managed to convey his message to the team during the main break. VEF Riga turned the tables in the third quarter. The hosts erupted for 27 points to pull in front. VEF Riga led by as many as 6 points with one quarter remaining 60:54. Jerusalem cut the distance late in regulation to restore the intrigue. But Dairis Bertans and Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) saved the day for the hosts as VEF Riga would enter the final day of the regular season hopeful. Kristaps Janicenoks provided 13 points and 7 rebounds for VEF Riga. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) added 12 points in the victory. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Jerusalem. Jason Rich (191-G-86) and Brian Randle (203-F-85) had 14 points each in the loss.

Group H
Pepsi Caserta - Krasnie Krilya 94-67
Pepsi Caserta reached EuroCup Last 16 stage. They cruised past Krasnye Krylia at home court to fulfill the task. Pepsi Caserta improved at 3-2 record and eliminated Krasnye Krylia from EuroCup title quest. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) exploded with 32 points to lead the effort. Pepsi Caserta made it look easy in this one. Ambitious Krasnye Krylia did not resemble of themselves as they started to lag behind right from the start. Pepsi Caserta grabbed a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. The Italian side erupted for 28 points in the second quarter to clear off. They established a comfortable 50:29 advantage at the interval. Krasnye Krylia never improved after the long break. Pepsi Caserta wisely kept their opponents at bay in the third quarter. The hosts entered the fourth quarter leading by 23 points 71:58. Krasnye Krylia failed to wake up in the final period allowing the home side to coast for the victory. Martin Colussi (193-G-81) accounted for 20 points in the win. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) added 15 points for Pepsi Caserta. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Krasnye Krylia. Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 15 points in defeat.

ALBA - Anwil 92-73
Alba clinched the top spot in EuroCup Group H. They bruised visiting Anwil to impove at 5-0 record on top of the standings. Anwil in the meantime fell at 0-5 record. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) scored 15 points to lead the effort from the German side. Alba dominated from start to finish. The hosts erupted for 25 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure a 9-point advantage. Alba stayed on fire in the second quarter. The hosts drained 30 points to boost the margin to as many as 22 points. Anwil stopped the rot in the third quarter. They adjusted their defense to limit Alba to 15 points. Anwil however still trailed by 21 points heading into the fourth frame. Anwil outscored the hosts in the fourth term but it just sweetened the pill for the Polish team. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 13 points each for Alba. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) netted 10 points for the winners. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) replied with 13 points for Anwil. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 10 points each in defeat.




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Standings
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Maccabi T-A 7-1 
 2. Zalgiris 5-3 
 3. Partizan 4-4 
 4. Caja Laboral 3-5 
 5. Khimky 3-5 
 6. Asseco Prokom 2-6 
Group B
 1. Olympiakos 6-3 
 2. Real Madrid 5-3 
 3. Unicaja 5-3 
 4. Lottomatica 4-4 
 5. Charleroi 3-6 
 6. Brose Baskets 2-6 
Group C
 1. Montepaschi 7-1 
 2. Fener.Ulker 6-2 
 3. Regal Barca 6-2 
 4. Cholet 3-5 
 5. Lietuvos Rytas 2-6 
 6. Cibona 0-8 
Group D
 1. Panathinaikos 6-2 
 2. Union Olimpija 5-3 
 3. Armani MI 4-4 
 4. Efes Pilsen 4-4 
 5. Valencia 3-5 
 6. CSKA 2-6 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 17
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona17.0 
 2. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 3. Langford, Khimky16.4 
 4. Allen, ALBA15.8 
 5. Rakocevic, Efes P.15.6 
 6. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.1 
 7. Teletovic, Caja L.14.9 
 8. Ukic, Fener.Ulker14.8 
 9. Mejia, Cholet14.8 
 10. Varda, Asseco P.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius JANKUNAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.9 
 2. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.2 
 3. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.6.9 
 5. Freeland, Unicaja6.9 
 6. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.6.8 
 7. Gist, Partizan6.8 
 8. Tomic, Real Madrid6.8 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.7 
 10. Gonlum, Efes Pilsen6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dimitris DIAMANTIDIS
  Panathinaikos
  (196-G-80)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Diamantidis, Panath.5.3 
 2. Huertas, Caja L.5.0 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.0 
 4. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.7 
 5. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.5 
 6. Eidson, Maccabi .4.5 
 7. Stipcevic, Cibona4.4 
 8. Cook, Valencia4.3 
 9. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 10. McElroy, AL.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.4 
 2. Perkins, Maccabi .2.5 
 3. McCalebb, Montepas.2.5 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Diamantidis, Panath.2.1 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca2.0 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.2.0 
 8. Hawkins, Armani MI1.9 
 9. Ilievski, Union O.1.8 
 10. Jenkins, ALBA1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.4 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid1.9 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 4. Pleiss, Brose B.1.6 
 5. Barac, Caja Laboral1.5 
 6. Falker, Cholet1.4 
 7. Eze, Khimky1.4 
 8. Lishchuk, Valencia1.3 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.2 
 10. Hines, Brose B.1.1 


Zalgiris and Petrovic part ways, Grigas to replace him - by Jonas Baranauskas
Two games left to the end of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season Zalgiris releases head coach Aco Petrovic and brings back Rimantas Grigas who was recently employed as a sports director for Zalgiris Basketball Club. Grigas coached Zalgiris from 2007 to 2009 before joining Budivelnik Kiev in Ukraine. The change is somewhat unexpected as compared to a few previous years Zalgiris is having a great Euroleague season with 5 wins and 3 losses and second place in group A, although last week they lost in the VTB United League to Mriupol Azovmash.

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NM1 Round 15: Saint-Quentin hands second defeat to Denain Voltaire - by Eurobasket News
The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked Denain Voltaire (13-2) recorded it's second loss on the court of third ranked Saint-Quentin on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Saint-Quentin 88-79. It also means that the series of three victories in a row of Denain ended. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 29-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian, agency: JEMsports) who scored 30 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-81, college: Bucknell, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Saint-Quentin has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Denain. Denain Voltaire at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Saint-Quentin is looking forward to face league's second-placed Bordeaux on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Denain Voltaire will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and is hoping to win this game.
Bottom-ranked CFBB managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against seventeenth-ranked Roche 74-66. It was a good game for swingman Hugo Invernizzi (196-93) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Anthony Racine contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) answered with 18 points for Roche. CFBB maintains eighteenth place with 2-13 record. Roche lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with eleven games lost. CFBB will play against higher ranked Vendee Challans (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Roche will play against Saint Chamond (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game where fifteenth ranked Saint Chamond (6-9) edged by two points 13th ranked Lievin Basket (5-10) 77-75 on Friday night. It was a great evening for Jean-Stephane Rinna who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Antwon Hoard with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Saint Chamond moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Lievin Basket dropped to the sixteenth position with ten games lost. Saint Chamond will meet Roche (#17) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lievin Basket will play against Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. and hope to secure a win.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Orchies, where higher ranked Denek (7-8) lost to sixteenth ranked Orchesien BC (6-9) 75-81. It was an exceptional evening for Gabriel Kennedy who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Orchesien BC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Denek lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Blois (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Angers. Local Angers BC 49 (10-5) was outscored by sixth ranked Blois (9-6) 66-85 on Friday night. The best player for the winners was Johan Blot who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Blois has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sorgues. Loser Angers BC 49 keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Blois will face Orchesien BC (#13) in Orchies in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angers BC 49 will play at home against Etendard de Brest (#8).

Other games of round 15 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Souffel was defeated by Sorgues in a road game 70-62. Challans beat Brest at home 95-85. Get Vosges lost to Le Puy on the opponent's court 70-77. Bordeaux managed to outperform St Etienne in a home game 67-61.


Sorgues - Souffel 70-62
There was no surprise when 12th ranked Souffelweyersheim (6-9) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Sorgues (9-6) 70-62 on Saturday. Sorgues trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 20-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-80, college: Weber St.) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds. Samir Mekad chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Jovan Stefanov (205-83, college: Ill.-Chicago) who recorded 11 points and forward Jacques Alingue (201-88) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Sorgues has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Blois. Souffelweyersheim at the other side, also first year in the league, dropped to the eleventh position with nine games lost. Sorgues will face Get Vosges (#14) in Golbey in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Souffelweyersheim will play at home against Lievin Basket.
Top scorers:
Sorgues: A.Thinon 16+1reb+1ast, S.Ocokoljic 16+11reb+2ast, S.Mekad 11+6reb+2ast, F.Pehoua-Tara-Ngoyi 10+1reb+1ast, Y.Bassine 6+7reb, X.Pasut 5+6reb+2ast
Souffel: A.N'Kembe 11+1reb+1ast, R.Appel 11+1reb+1ast, J.Stefanov 11+4reb+1ast, J.Alingue 9+6reb, M.M'Bodji 7+4reb+2ast, D.Weber 5
gschID: 100754


Roche - CFBB 66-74
Bottom-ranked CFBB managed to get the second consecutive victory. This time they won against seventeenth-ranked Roche 74-66. CFBB took control from the first minutes by winning the first quarter 20-13. But Roche won second quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. CFBB had a 30-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for swingman Hugo Invernizzi (196-93) who led his team to a victory with 22 points. Guard Anthony Racine (188-94) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Four CFBB players scored in double figures. Guard Francisco Bateko (185-84, college: Robert Morris) answered with 18 points and forward Stephane Neri (188-85) added 13 points in the effort for Roche. CFBB maintains eighteenth place with 2-13 record. Roche lost fourth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the seventeenth position with eleven games lost. CFBB will play against higher ranked Vendee Challans (#7) on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Roche will play against Saint Chamond (#15) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
CFBB: H.Invernizzi 22+3reb+2ast, A.Racine 20+5reb, J.Livio 11+2reb, B.Dallo 11+8reb+1ast, V.Pourchot 6+9reb, A.Chassang 2+4reb+1ast
Roche: F.Bateko 18+2reb+1ast, W.Morris 13+5reb, S.Neri 13+4reb+2ast, H.Disy 9+7reb+2ast, D.Anthony Lewis 6+1reb, L.Monpounga 5+4reb
gschID: 100755


St Quentin - Denain 88-79
Top ranked Denain Voltaire (13-2) recorded it's second loss on the court of third ranked Saint-Quentin on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Saint-Quentin 88-79. It also means that the series of three victories in a row of Denain ended. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 29-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was Serbian forward Dejan Sencanski (198-84, college: Abil.Christian, agency: JEMsports) who scored 30 points (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field). Forward Julien Lesieu (199-83) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Liberian power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-81, college: Bucknell, agency: Court Side) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Saint-Quentin has a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain third place with 11-4 record having just two points less than leader Denain. Denain Voltaire at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. Saint-Quentin is looking forward to face league's second-placed Bordeaux on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Denain Voltaire will play against Le Puy ASMB in Le Puy en Velay and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
St Quentin: D.Sencanski 30+4reb+1ast, M.Diallo 22+1reb+4ast, J.Lesieu 18+6reb+3ast, K.Howell 6+4reb+1ast, A.Rambur 6+5reb+4ast, J.Bach 3+1reb+2ast
Denain: B.Lalugba 26+10reb+2ast, F.Minet 13+2ast, J.Mihalic 12+5reb+1ast, R.Brocheray 11+6reb, J.Sauret 7+3reb+5ast, A.Belkessa 4+1reb
gschID: 100756


Challans - Brest 95-85
We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eighth ranked Vendee Challans (8-7) defeated at home 7th ranked Etendard de Brest (8-7) 95-85 on Saturday. The game rather controlled by Vendee Challans. Etendard de Brest managed to win fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vendee Challans looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Italian guard Eric Schmieder (190-79, college: Drexel, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who scored 27 points and 4 assists (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Regis Boissie (180-78) chipped in 20 points and 6 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Four Vendee Challans players scored in double figures. Vendee Challans' coach Emmanuel Body 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 center Rafael Lopez (204-86) who recorded 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Julien Doreau (200-83) added 19 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Vendee Challans moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Brest. Vendee Challans will face bottom-ranked CFBB (#18) in Paris in the next round which should be an easy win for them.
Top scorers:
Challans: E.Schmieder 27+4ast, R.Boissie 20+3reb+6ast, B.Boutry 15+3reb+7ast, M.Boutry 10+9reb+1ast, J.Geay 9+3reb+4ast, O.Daniel 6+4reb
Brest: J.Doreau 19+5reb+1ast, R.Lopez 19+7reb+3ast, V.Pridotkas 16+3reb+2ast, G.Staelens 12+3ast, R.Roberts 8+8reb, J.Zahoui 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 100757


Angers BC 49 - Blois 66-85
The game with biggest result difference took place in Angers. Local Angers BC 49 (10-5) was outscored by sixth ranked Blois (9-6) 66-85 on Friday night. Blois trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 50-25 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Blois dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Angers BC 49's 34. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Angers BC 49's players. The best player for the winners was forward Johan Blot (198-75) who scored 24 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Pierre Brochard (185-80) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 14 assists. Four Blois players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Sebastien Cherasse (184-84) who recorded 18 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and American power forward Damien Griffin (203-80, college: Mountain St., agency: Hart Sports Mngm) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Blois has a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Sorgues. Loser Angers BC 49 keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Blois will face Orchesien BC (#13) in Orchies in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Angers BC 49 will play at home against Etendard de Brest (#8).
Top scorers:
Blois: J.Blot 24+9reb+1ast, B.Recoura 15+3reb+1ast, O.Kolb 14+6reb+3ast, P.Brochard 10+3reb+14ast, E.Ukeagu 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Alao 8+5reb+2ast
Angers BC 49: S.Cherasse 18+5reb, D.Griffin 16+6reb, T.Ramphort 14+5reb+2ast, J.Traore 5+3reb+2ast, O.Sulpice 4+5reb+2ast, T.Lonzieme 4+1reb
gschID: 100751


Orchy - Denek 81-75
We should mention about the upset which took place in Orchies, where higher ranked Denek (7-8) lost to sixteenth ranked Orchesien BC (6-9) 75-81. It looked good early as Denek took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Orchesien BC had a 21-14 second quarter charge getting the lead and Denek was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-81. Orchesien BC had a 26-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Denek's players. It was an exceptional evening for American power forward Gabriel Kennedy (205-81, college: UAB, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 8 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman David Cilly (196-81) accounted for 8 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side. Four Orchesien BC players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Blair (183-84, college: Liberty, agency: JEMsports) came up with 35 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and guard Fabien Calvez (187-84, college: Evansville) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for Denek in the defeat. Orchesien BC moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Denek lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with eight games lost. Orchesien BC's next round opponent will be higher ranked Blois (#6) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Orchy: G.Kennedy 22+8reb+2ast, M.Niakate 16+3reb+3ast, M.Ceskovic 14+2reb+9ast, O.Soeria 12+2ast, D.Cilly 8+16reb+1ast, J.Verbeke 4+3reb+4ast
Denek: L.Blair 35+5reb+2ast, C.Mansare 10+2reb+1ast, F.Calvez 9+2reb+4ast, B.Elisabeth-Mesnager 8+2reb, S.Baykam 6+1reb, C.Clemmons 4+6reb
gschID: 100752


Le Puy - Get Vosges 77-70
There was a minor upset in Le Puy en Velay where 11th ranked Get Vosges (6-9) was defeated by fourteenth ranked Le Puy ASMB (6-9) 77-70 on Saturday. Le Puy ASMB celebrated thanks to 21-12 run in the last quarter. The hosts also forced 20 Get Vosges turnovers. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Le Puy ASMB made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Damien Pistre (190-83) who scored 15 points and 6 assists. Center Cyril Guillarme (206-84) chipped in 17 points. Four Le Puy ASMB players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American center Zach Gourde (205-80, college: Gonzaga) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and naturalized Mali forward Tahirou Sani (204-85) added 17 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Get Vosges' coach Laurent Mathis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Le Puy ASMB moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Get Vosges. Get Vosges lost fifth consecutive game. Le Puy ASMB will face league's leader Denain Voltaire on the road in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Le Puy: C.Guillarme 17+4reb, D.Pistre 15+2reb+6ast, M.Ipouck 12+5reb, G.Sene 11+3reb+3ast, J.Cortey 10+2reb+8ast, S.Cabarkapa 6+12reb+1ast
Get Vosges: Z.Gourde 24+9reb+1ast, T.Sani 17+8reb+3ast, M.Gotagni 11+1reb, T.Housieaux 7+2reb, A.Lema 5+7reb+7ast, M.Nelaton 4+1reb
gschID: 100753


Bordeaux - St Etienne 67-61
Very predictable result when second ranked Bordeaux (12-3) beat at home 10th ranked Saint-Etienne (7-8) 67-61 on Friday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The best player for the winners was American center John Ford (207-78, college: Colorado St.) who scored 23 points and 8 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Forward Romain Dardaine (200-88) chipped in 21 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Serbian forward Djordje Petrovic (202-84) who recorded 14 points and 7 rebounds and guard Benjamin Thomas (181-82) added 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists respectively. Bordeaux maintains second place with 12-3 record having just one point less than leader Denain. Loser Saint-Etienne dropped to the ninth position with eight games lost. Bordeaux will face Saint-Quentin (#3) at home in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Saint-Etienne will play against Denek (#9) in Bidart and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Bordeaux: J.Ford 23+8reb+1ast, R.Dardaine 21+6reb+2ast, M.Doubal 10+2reb+3ast, M.Diaw 4+7reb+2ast, A.Fellah 3+2reb+1ast, G.Darrigand 2+5reb+6ast
St Etienne: D.Petrovic 14+7reb, B.Thomas 12+5reb+4ast, J.Tailleman 9+3reb+1ast, L.Simmons 9+8reb, R.El Amrani 8+7reb+4ast, X.Gaillou 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 100749


Lievin - St Chamond 75-77
An interesting game where fifteenth ranked Saint Chamond (6-9) edged by two points 13th ranked Lievin Basket (5-10) 77-75 on Friday night. Saint Chamond trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They made 25-of-27 free shots (92.6 percent) during the game, while Lievin Basket only scored four points from the stripe. It was a great evening for forward Jean-Stephane Rinna (205-83) who led his team to a victory scoring 15 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized DR Congolese guard Jean-Paul LanduBongo (187-85) helped adding 22 points (went 13 for 13 at the free throw line !!!). Four Saint Chamond players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was naturalized American forward Antwon Hoard (199-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT) with 17 points and 6 rebounds and guard Vincent Lehut (186-87) scored 15 points. Saint Chamond moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with 4 other teams. Loser Lievin Basket dropped to the sixteenth position with ten games lost. Saint Chamond will meet Roche (#17) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Lievin Basket will play against Souffelweyersheim in Souffel. and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
St Chamond: J.LanduBongo 22+2reb+2ast, J.Rinna 15+9reb+3ast, A.Laroche 14+7reb, R.Tillon 10+6reb+4ast, R.Aubry 8+6reb, M.Bole 5+1reb+3ast
Lievin: A.Hoard 17+6reb+3ast, V.Lehut 15+4reb+3ast, A.Pierre-Joseph 13+3reb+2ast, S.Cretaux 9+1reb, J.Dessart 8+2reb+7ast, D.Russell 7+10reb
gschID: 100750




Stats Leaders - N1
Points Per Game
 Larry BLAIR
  Denek
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Blair, Denek25.5 
 2. Pridotkas, Brest18.4 
 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. Disy, Roche15.5 
 10. Laroche, St Ch.15.2 
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. Boutry, Challans8.2 
 6. Alingue, Souffel8.1 
 7. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 8. Pasut, Sorgues7.8 
 9. Kennedy, Orchy7.7 
 10. Brocheray, Denain7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan RATHIEUVILLE
  Brest
  (177-G-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Rathieuville, Brest6.2 
 2. Cortey, Le Puy5.9 
 3. Brochard, Blois5.9 
 4. Ramphort, Angers B.4.7 
 5. Driss, Bordeaux4.5 
 6. Sauret, Denain4.0 
 7. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 8. Barbry, Orchy4.0 
 9. Darrigand, Bordeaux3.9 
 10. Thomas, St Etienne3.9 
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. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
 9. Calvez, Denek1.6 
 10. Cilly, Orchy1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 John FORD
  Bordeaux
  (207-C-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ford, Bordeaux2.0 
 2. Traore, Angers B.1.8 
 3. Alingue, Souffel1.7 
 4. Rinna, St Chamond1.7 
 5. Lalugba, Denain1.2 
 6. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 7. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 8. Boutry, Challans1.0 
 9. Kolb, Blois1.0 
 10. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 


Benetton clinch top spot in EuroCup Group F - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Benetton 79:84

Benetton Treviso remained undefeated in the EuroCup regular season. They overcame Roanne in France to register the fifth straight win in Group F. The victory also allowed Benetton to clinch the top position in the standings. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points for Benetton. Roanne in the meantime suffered the fifth loss in a row. The teams started the game evenly. They traded baskets before Roanne managed to pull a 22:20 lead at the first break. Benetton surged ahead in the second quarter. The visitors unloaded 24 points to eke out a 44:43 halftime advantage. Roanne did not allow Benetton to run away as they slowed their opponents down in the third term. Roanne succeeded defensively limiting the Treviso team to only 15 points and posting a 61:59 lead at the final intermission. But Benetton were not about to lose the first game at the tournament. Balanced effort helped Jasmin Repesa team to erase the deficit. They put their noses in front and rolled to yet another win at the end. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) accounted for 15 points. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) added 12 points each for Benetton. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) replied with 15 points for Roanne. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) had 14 points and 7 assists in the losing effort.

Roanne: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 15, Pape-Philippe Amagou 14
Benetton: Donatas Motiejunas 17, Devin Smith 15, Alessandro Gentile 12, Ryan Toolson 12



John Ford claims French NM1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Experienced American John Ford (207-C-78) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best JSA Bordeaux Basket and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 32-year old center had the game-high 23 points adding eight rebounds for Bordeaux in his team's victory, helping them to beat St Etienne (#10, 7-8) 67-61. Bordeaux maintains the 2nd position in French NM1. They are still close to the very top. Bordeaux would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 12-3 record. Ford turned to be Bordeaux's top player in his first season with the team. Colorado State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Ford is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.0ppg) and averages solid 2.0bpg and 55.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 29-year old American power forward Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81, agency: Court Side) of league's best team Denain ASC Voltaire. Lalugba impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Denain lost that game 79-88 to slightly lower-ranked St Quentin (#3, 11-4). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Denain still maintains its place as the top team in the standings, even despite this loss. It was just his team's 2nd loss this season, while they won 13 other games. Lalugba is a newcomer at Denain 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 15.9ppg (#7). He also registered 6.3 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Eric Schmieder (190-G-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy) of Vendee Challans Basket (#7). Schmieder scored 27 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Challans, leading his team to a 95-85 win against Brest (8-7). Challans needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 8 victories and 7 lost games. Schmieder has a very solid season. In 12 games in France he scored 9.1ppg. He also has 3.3apg and FGP: 50.8%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejan Sencanski (198-F-84) of St Quentin - 30 points and 4 rebounds
5. Larry Blair (183-G-84) of Denek - 35 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Johan Blot (198-F-75) of Blois - 24 points and 9 rebounds
7. Gabriel Kennedy (205-F/C-81) of Orchy - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Zach Gourde (205-C-80) of Get Vosges - 24 points and 9 rebounds
9. Jean-Paul LanduBongo (187-G-85) of St Chamond - 22 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Slobodan Ocokoljic (204-F-80) of Sorgues - 16 points, 11 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)


Mouhamed Sene arrives to Gravelines - by Eurobasket News
Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) finally arrived to Gravelines. The Senegalese big guy had visa problems, which prevented him to join his new teammates earlier. He signed a deal three weeks ago and will stay with Gravelines for rest of the season. Mouhamed Sene spent 2009/10 with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket averaging 12.4 points. He finished the season as ProA top rebounder with 11.4 rpg. Sene also was the league's top shot blocker with 2.4 bpg and was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team -10.

Le Mans defeat visiting Banvit - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans - Banvit 67:59

Le Mans earned the third EuroCup victory in the season. They toppled Banvit in France to reach 3-2 record in Group A. Le Mans will face EWE Baskets in Germany, while Banvit will host Unics in the final round of EuroCup regular season. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) led Le Mans with 19 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in this one.
Banvit did not allow Le Mans to clear off early in the encounter. Moreover the Turkish team enjoyed a narrow 17:16 lead after ten minutes. Banvit developed their success in the second quarter. The visitors held Le Mans to 16 points in the frame and ensured a 38:32 halftime lead. But Le Mans started to take over after the main break. The hosts held the visitors to 9 points in the third quarter to cut the deficit to a single point 46:47 with one quarter remaining. Le Mans stepped on the gas in the final frame. Led by Antoine Diot the French side outgunned Banvit 21:12 and celebrated a comfortable victory at the end. Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) notched 12 points and 7 boards for Le Mans. Charles Lombahe-Kahudi (197-F-86) produced 9 points in the victory. Antonio Graves (191-G-85, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 17 points for Banvit. Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86) chipped in 13 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort.

Le Mans: Antoine Diot 19, Alain Koffi 12, Charles Lombahe-Kahudi 9
Banvit: Antonio Graves 17, Vladimir Golubovic 13



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 Beckham 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.



Matt Walsh leads Asvel past Goettingen - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Asvel 76:78

Matt Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) converted a buzzer-beating layup to propel Asvel to a dramatic road win over Goettingen. Asvel improved to 2-3 record in Group B. The loss also denied Goettingen the early qualification into EuroCup Last 16. Everything will be up for grabs in this group before the final round of the regular season.
Goettingen and Asvel stayed close in the starting frame. The teams traded baskets to enter the second quarter tied at 22. Goettingen stiffened defense in the second quarter. They limited Asvel to just 14 points and established a 39:36 lead at halftime. The German continued to get away in the third quarter. The hosts stayed aggressive defensively as Asvel managed 13 points. Goettingen posted a 9-point lead with ten minutes to go. But the French team turned things upside down in the fourth quarter. They unleashed 29 points to deny the deficit. It all came down to the final seconds when Matt Matt Walsh proved the difference hitting a decisive bucket. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) chipped in 22 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Matt Walsh added 17 points in the victory. Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Court Side) had 13 points for Goettingen. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) and Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) netted 12 points apiece in the loss.

Goettingen: Robert Kulawick 13, Trenton Meacham 12, Dwayne Anderson 12
Asvel: Davon Jefferson 22+10 boards, Matt Walsh 17, Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) 13



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Dimitar Mirakovski leads Rabotnicki to victory - by Interperformances
The 5'11' point guard Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81, agency: Interperformances) put on an extraordinary performance for KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje, leading the team to a remarkable victory against Torus Skopje, one spot below in the Macedonian Superleague standings. Dimitar dropped 25 points, making 5 of 7 attempts from behind the arc. In 34 minutes the 29 years old guard also collected 4 rebounds and 6 assists for a final valuation index of 31! He paced all the winners, handing 82-55 loss to Torus Skopje.
Dimitar is a member of the FYR Macedonian National Team. He started the last season with Rabotnicki, then, in December, he moved to Cherno More where, thanks to his performance, hes been named Eurobasket.com Bulgarian League All-Bosmans Team -10.


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Monyea Pratt's triple-double lands him ProB Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
American forward Monyea Pratt (196-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for USC Leipzig, receiving a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 25-year old player recorded a triple-double of 10 points and added 12 rebounds and 13 assists, while his team crushed Bayer Giants (#10, 4-8) with 16-point margin 95-79. Leipzig is placed at 7th position in German ProB. Leipzig 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 5-7 record. Pratt turned to be Leipzig's top player in his first season with the team. Former Stillman College star has very solid stats this year. Pratt. Pratt is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 9.8rpg) and averages impressive 3.5spg and 57.4% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old American Justin Eller (203-C-87) of Bayer Giants Leverkusen. Eller had a very good evening with 35 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Bayer Giants lost that game 79-95 to the higher-ranked Leipzig (#7, 5-7). This loss caused Bayer Giants to drop to 10th position in North. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Eller is a newcomer at Bayer Giants, but is already the team's top player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.8ppg (#8). He also registered 7.6 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Devin Uskoski (198-C-85) of Leitershofen (#5). Uskoski scored 25 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Uskoski's great performance Leitershofen lost 79-91 to the lower-ranked Gotha (#9, 4-8). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Leitershofen needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams in South. Their record is 8 victories and 4 lost games. Uskoski has a great season in Germany. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 11.4rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Willis Gardner (185-G-86) of Licher Baeren - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Joseph Henley (196-F) of Wulfen - 30 points and 7 rebounds
6. Jason Holmes (191-G-86) of Schwelm - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Parnell Smith (198-F-84) of Gotha - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Lamar Morinia (183-G-81) of Leipzig - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Mitch Leger (198-F-87) of Rist-Wedel - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Blake Young (188-G-85) of Schwenningen - 24 points, 10 rebounds and 6 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)


Quentin Pryor (Phoenix Hagen) Postgame Thoughts To 90-85 Loss To The Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) is a 27 year old 193cm shooting guard/small forward from Eupora, Mississippi and is playing his second season with Phoenix Hagen. He started his college basketball career at Jackson State, before finishing at Morehead State from 2005-2007. In his senior year, he played 30 games averaging11.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3Pts: 36.8%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with FC Schalke 04 playing 29 games and averaging 15.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 55.8%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 for Phoenix Hagen, he played 30 games averaging 14.7ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.5%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 75.2. He spoke to eurobasket after the loss in Goettingen. Last season, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to eurobasket following the 90-85 loss against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners.

A tough 90-85 loss at home against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. Any loss sucks, but how much more do these hurt that you could of won?


It hurts bad because we had them against the ropes but couldn't finish them.

Phoenix Hagne had the slim 45-44 lead at half time. Phoenix Hagen went on a big run in the second quarter. Why did it take Phoenix Hagen so long to find their rhythm?


We were making too many mistakes in the against the zone press. Once we settled in again we were fine.

The third quarter was so tight. Why couldnt either team pull away?


Both teams just buckled down and was not going to give in. Frankfurt is a good team on the road and we are in need a win now so it was just a fight.


In the third quarter, you had to leave the game. You had contact with de Mello. How scary is it being on the ground and not knowing what might happen next?


It was a freak accident with a wet spot. Its always scary when it is a knee.

The fourth quarter was anybodys game but Frankfurt went on a 7-0 run to lead 86-80 and take game. What was key in this phase that got Frankfurt ove rthe hump?


We kept leaving the shooters open on our rotation and they made the big shots.


How much has Jacob Burtschi developed? He had 11p, 9r and 7a. You are the teams energizer, but I think that Burtschi isnt far behind you. The guy plays with so much energy.

I don't think he had to develop much because he has been like that since day one. He plays so hard and with so much energy.

Allen Iverson comes back to Germany this week to play BG Goettingen. Will BG Goettingen win again?


That will be tough because I'm sure both teams will want this game more because of the replay.


What is your favorite Christmas event in Germany?


The Christmas markets are nice.

Thanks Quentin for the chat.



Alba cruise past Anwil in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
Alba - Anwil 92:73

Alba clinched the top spot in EuroCup Group H. They bruised visiting Anwil to impove at 5-0 record on top of the standings. Anwil in the meantime fell at 0-5 record. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) scored 15 points to lead the effort from the German side.
Alba dominated from start to finish. The hosts erupted for 25 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure a 9-point advantage. Alba stayed on fire in the second quarter. The hosts drained 30 points to boost the margin to as many as 22 points. Anwil stopped the rot in the third quarter. They adjusted their defense to limit Alba to 15 points. Anwil however still trailed by 21 points heading into the fourth frame. Anwil outscored the hosts in the fourth term but it just sweetened the pill for the Polish team. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 13 points each for Alba. Derrick Allen netted 10 points for the winners. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) replied with 13 points for Anwil. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 10 points each in defeat.

Alba: Yassin Idbihi 15, Julius Jenkins 13, Tadija Dragicevic 13
Anwil: Andrzej Pluta 13, Paul Miller 10, Dardan Berisha 10



Unics edge EWE Baskets to seal EuroCup Last 16 birth - by Eurobasket News
Unics - EWE Baskets 88:64

Unics posted the fourth EuroCup victory. The Russian powerhouse defeated EWE Basket at home court ensuring the Last 16 birth. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 25 points to lead the hosts. EWE Baskets fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Unics started the game confidently. The hosts dominated in the opening frame. Unics ensured a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. The home team maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They limited EWE Baskets to just 17 points to pile up a 47:36 advantage at the interval. Things got even worse for Oldenburg in the third term. Unics stiffened the defensive schemes and held the German side to just 13 points in the period. The Kazan outfit arrived at the final break up by 17 points. EWE Baskets could not recover in the final quarter. Unics cruised to the victory at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Unics. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) contributed 12 points in the victory. Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) answered with 11 points for EWE Baskets. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 25, Maciej Lampe 16+14 boards, Kelly McCarty 12
EWE Baskets: Christopher McNaughton 11, Oliver Stevic 10



Danny Gibson (BBC Bayreuth) Postgame Thoughts To 85-84 Loss Against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: S.Indiana) is a 26 year old 180cm point guard from Madison, Indiana wo is playing his first season for BBC Bayreuth. He played at Olney Central JC (NJCAA) from 2002-2004. From 2004-2006, he played at Southern Indiana (NCAA2).In his senior year, he played games: 8.6ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.9apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 54.9%, 3Pts: 40.6%, FT: 76.8%. In 2006-2007, he played for tue NVV Lions Moenchengladbach averaging 22,1ppg, 4,0rpg, 5,1apg and 1,7spg. In 2007-2008, he played the Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 28 games: 15.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 38.1%, FT: 76.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for Giants Noerdlingen (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 12.2ppg, 1.9rpg, 3.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.3%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 66.0%. Last season, he led tue Dutch league in scoring and played for Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 43 games: Score-1 (18.3ppg), 2.8rpg, Assists-5 (4.3apg), 1.4spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3%. He spoke to eurobasket following the 85-84 loss against The Ewe Baskets Oldenburg.

A very tough 85-84 loss at home against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg that was lost on a Rickey Paulding buzzer beater. How many buzzer beater games have you had in your basketball career approximately and did you leave the floor more as the winner as looser?

I have been in tons of Buzzer beaters in my time and most of the time came out on the winning side.

BBC Bayreuth had the 40-29 lead at halftime. What was key for the 11 point lead at halftime?


Holding Oldenburg to 29 points at halftime I would have to say our Defense was the key to that lead.

In the third quarter Oldenburg had a 33-10 scoring explosion. What did Oldenburg doing differently/better that gave them so many points?

I think it was more of us then them, we did not come out with same emotion that we had in the first half.

In the fourth quarter, BBC Bayreuth kept fighting back and you gave BBC Bayreuth the 71-69 lead back at 3.05 minute mark. BBC Bayreuth kept lead until near the end. BBC Bayreuth led 84-82 and with 9 seconds Paulding won game. Can you go through that last play and explain what happened.


Well it was just a great penetration and kick and Paulding made a great shot with a hand in his face.


BBC Bayreuth continue to lose close games. What can the team do not to lose connfidence?


Just to keep our heads and keep playing hard and believe in each other that we are going to pull them games out.


Everybody will remember the game of Paulding and not of Minduagas Lukauskis who was very versatile scoring 13p, 6r, 6a and 3s. Why is this guy so hard to stop?


Well he moves extremely well with out the ball and never seems to slow down them guys are always tough to guard!


Allen Iverson is back in Germany next week playing against BG Goettingen in Goettingen. Can BG Goettingen win again?


Yes I think Goettingen can win but it is going to be very hard!!


What is your favorite Christmas event in Germany?


I just really enjoy the Christmas Markets they have in town its really cool to go walk around.

Thanks Danny for the chat.



Matt Walsh leads Asvel past Goettingen - by Eurobasket News
Goettingen - Asvel 76:78

Matt Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) converted a buzzer-beating layup to propel Asvel to a dramatic road win over Goettingen. Asvel improved to 2-3 record in Group B. The loss also denied Goettingen the early qualification into EuroCup Last 16. Everything will be up for grabs in this group before the final round of the regular season.
Goettingen and Asvel stayed close in the starting frame. The teams traded baskets to enter the second quarter tied at 22. Goettingen stiffened defense in the second quarter. They limited Asvel to just 14 points and established a 39:36 lead at halftime. The German continued to get away in the third quarter. The hosts stayed aggressive defensively as Asvel managed 13 points. Goettingen posted a 9-point lead with ten minutes to go. But the French team turned things upside down in the fourth quarter. They unleashed 29 points to deny the deficit. It all came down to the final seconds when Matt Matt Walsh proved the difference hitting a decisive bucket. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) chipped in 22 points and collected 10 rebounds to lead the visitors. Matt Walsh added 17 points in the victory. Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Court Side) had 13 points for Goettingen. Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois) and Dwayne Anderson (198-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Villanova) netted 12 points apiece in the loss.

Goettingen: Robert Kulawick 13, Trenton Meacham 12, Dwayne Anderson 12
Asvel: Davon Jefferson 22+10 boards, Matt Walsh 17, Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) 13



Wood paced Bank Skyliners over BK Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
D. Bank Skyliners-BK Ventspils 72:71

D. Bank Skyliners outscored BK Ventspils in Group B of the EuroChallenge to keep the chances alive for Top 16. The German Powerhouse grabbed 72:71 and improved to 2-3 record, while the Baltic side is with 3-2 record.
Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) opened the game with a jump shot and Berzins added two for 6:2 lead. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) however closed the first period for 18:15 lead for the German side. In the second frame the squads exchanged the leads several times as the hosts again were luckier in the end of the quarter. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) nailed three for 35:31, whilst Saulius Kuzminskas closed the half at 35:33. Berzins immediately gave the guests 36:35 and then Bahiense de Mello scored for 45:41. Bucknor increased the lead for 50:41 and Pascal Roller nailed three for 53:46. BK Ventspils meanwhile closed the period at 11-2 run as Saulius Kuzminskas brought them 57:55 advantage after 30 minutes. It seemed the guests were closer to the win when Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) brought 68:61, but the hosts did not give up. Muurinen tied it all at 70:70 with 2 minutes to go, but Maris Gulbis gave the guests 71:70. DaShaun Wood delivered the win for the home side as he was perfect from the free throw line to give Bank Skyliners72:71 valuable victory.
DaShaun Wood stepped up with 27 points for the second victory in the tournament. Pascal Roller nailed 13 and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) notched 8. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) replied with 15 points for the Baltic team as they suffered their second loss. Saulius Kuzminskas collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Maris Gulbis added 12.

D. Bank Skyliners: DaShaun Wood 27, Pascal Roller 13, Quantez Robertson 8
BK Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 15, Saulius Kuzminskas 13+11 rebs, Maris Gulbis 12



The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Didnt Need A Four Leaf Clover Or A Leprechaun But Had Dashaun Wood At The End Getting By BK Ventspils 72-71 In Eurochallenge Play - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sometimes when a team has nothing to lose, they are uncaged and able to perform with pressure as if it was the easiest thing in the world to master like it is eating a hot fudge sundae. Despite having to win their last two Eurochallenge games, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners played as if pressure was as distant as Antarctica is and were as motivated to win against BK Ventspils as Santa Claus is to carry out beautiful presents to all kids in the world, Tom Brady is winning and bringing that fourth Super Bowl trophy back to New England this season, The San Antonio Spurs wanting to win another NBA championship with the big three of Tim Duncan, Mano Ginobili and Tony Parker and Gekas of Eintracht Frankfurt is to not leaving the field after 90 minutes without scoring. It was another very hard fought game, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners took the toughness from the Phoenix Hagen win and transformed into the BK Ventspils game escaping with a 72-71 win and winning the two game series against the Latvian team. Despite having pressure, Frankfurt dealt with it without getting negatively effected by it. We had a lot of pressure and couldnt afford to have little mistakes. We knew that we only had a slim chance to advance so we had to win. We are 2-0 against BK Ventspils which will help us advance if we are tied at 3-3 after next week, stressed Skyliner guard DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) Frankfurt played like as if they had their backs to the wall. They executed and my hat goes off to them. Their win reminds me a bit of when I played at UCONN and we were down by 8 points with 2.51 minutes to play against Duke in the NCAA Final 4 and we came back to win, commented 2004 NCAA champion Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut). In a long basketball season, every team needs the basketball god and luck. Frankfurt had been a bit neglected with luck in the losses in Haifa and Yunzy, but had fortune on their side against BK Ventspils. Frankfurt had a little luck winning this game. BK Ventspils made a huge mistake at the end where Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Alti Sport) was on the rim and Frankfurt got to in bound the ball at the other end with 3,4 seconds to play. However Wood showed that he had nerves and made his free throws. That was simply quality, stated ex EnBW Ludwigsburg coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ). Frankfurt is on a one game winning streak in close victories and would love to keep that streak going even if it isnt realistic. This was an important win. Winning close games like this will help us later in the season. Of course it would be nice to win all close games that we are in, but it just doesnt work like that in basketball, warned Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak. That was a very bitter loss. We had the game in our hands and then we lose like that. I am very angry and upset now, warned Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut). The key to the win was that we never gave up. They are a smart team, but we never quit, stressed DaShaun Wood

One player that the Deutsche Bank Skyliners had to keep an eye on was 27 year old 195cm small forward Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) from Lakeland, Florida. The 2004 NCAA champion with UCONN is playing his first season with BK Ventspils after having played in countries like Greece and Italy and in the D league. In 2008-2009, he had a great season in Italy for Amatori Snaidero Udine (Italy-SerieA) playing 25 games: Score-2 (18.2ppg), 2.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 76.3%. That he is playing in a lower league like Latvia is very surprising, but the American sees it as a good situation. Latvia is cool. There is not much nightlife here, so I can focus on my game and get better with my skills. I dont take any days off except on the days that we travel for Eurochallenge. I am always working hard. It is cold here, but I think that it was colder at UCONN, joked Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut). The American has had great games in the Eurochallenge scoring in double figurers in every game including 27 points against Khimky Yunzy and 26 points against Maccabbi Haifa and is averaging 17,8ppg, 3,0rpg and 1,6apg in Eurochallenge play, but was limited to two points against Frankfurt in the loss in Ventspils, but found his touch again scoring 15 points in the 72-71 loss to Frankfurt. Anderson wasnt impressed by just one Skyliner. I am impressed by that whole team. I know Wood from Italy. He is a great player, warned Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut). Skyliner guard Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) had to guard Anderson and didnt have a cake walk defending him. Anderson was tough to guard. He rebounds very well, shoots well and attacked the rim nicely. I am happy that I was able to control him a little, added Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Anderson likes playing in Europe, but still has nice memories from the big stage he had in the NCAA and still has a big ambition to play in the NBA. My fondest memory was hoisting the NCAA trophy in the air after we beat Georgia Tech. I loved playing with guys like Ben Gordon (188-G-83, college: Connecticut), Charlie Villaneuva and Emeka Okafor (206-F/C-82, college: Connecticut). All guys were great in their own way. I want to get to the Euroleague and the NBA. I feel as if I am one of the best in Europe. I feel that if you dont want to strive to get to the best level, then you shouldnt be playing the game, warned Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut).

BK Ventspils were without Chester Mason (192-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: Miami (OH)) who had been released leaving Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) as the lone American on the squad. The Ballsporthalle was poorly filled which was expected at a rare midweek game, but the game did produce some well known spectators with ex BG Karlsruhe coach Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ) and ex TV Langen player Sebastian Barth (192-G-85). BK Ventspils got off to a quick 6-2 lead. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) scored over Marius Nolte, Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) nailed a fade away jumper over Robertson and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) scored with a left handed hook shot. Frankfurt knew that they could take the Latvian team lightly. We knew that it would be a close game from the start. We knew that they play aggressive and have good three point shooters, stressed Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). That this game would live with mini runs was no surprise either as Frankfurt took the first one going on a 9-0 run to lead 11-6. Frankfurt got production from Jermaine Bucknor with a jumper, A De Mello lay up going on a coast to coast sprint and lay up, Robertson making a jumper from the wing and Wood making a runner in the lane. The teams started to trade runs as much as kids trade Many Ramierz and David Ortiz baseball cards as BK Ventspils countered back with a 7-2 run to dead lock the game at 13-13. BK Ventspils got to buckets from Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) and a basket from Anderson. Frankfurt continued to hit at a very high percentage as Dashaun Wood nailed a jumper off the screen and Skyliner captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) made a jumper in the lane. After one quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners led 18-15. Both teams were equal in the first quarter. There were a few small runs and there was more shooting from outside than inside, said Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ). Both teams were subbing many players in and out and there were some crazy shots being taken, added NBC German Sebastian Barth (192-G-85). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 66,7% from outside while BK Ventspils was shooting 46,7% from the field and 20% from outside. Frankfurt had the slim 12-9 rebounding edge and had three turnovers while BK Ventspils had four turnovers.

The second quarter was began by a quick 7-0 run by BK Ventspils as they retook the lead back 22-18. BK Ventspils continued to prefer to launch bombs from outside or score on transition. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Alti Sport) scored on a pretty fade away jumper and on a three pointer while Arturs Strelnieks made a steal and went coast to coast for the basket. Frankfurt was able to recover from this fast onslaught by going on their own 5-0 run as Pascal Roller (180-G-76) had the hot hand again after having 0 points in Hagen last weekend. Roller scored on a jumper and then on another jumper getting free from a defender with an extra nice dribble behind his back. BK Ventspils stayed on the heels of Frankfurt tying the game at 24-24 with two Bankevics free throws, but were always able to rely on hot shooting. Roller and Wood responded with back to back three pointers as Frankfurt was able to slowly distance themselves again from BK Ventspils 30-24. However Frankurt was unable to hold the more comfortable lead as BK Ventspils came storming backa s Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) made two free throws and Anderson hit a contested three pointer over Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) as Frankfurt led only 30-29. The last few minutes remained a close affair as Robertson scored on a lay in after getting fed beautifully from Roller and Wood dropped a three pointer leading 35-31. BK Ventspils had some luck on the last possession as Kuzminskas got a lucky bounce and put a loose ball home. Frankfurt led 35-33 at halftime. Anderson, Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) and Kuzminskas were carrying BK Ventspils. Roller and Wood were the difference for Frankfurt. Both teams were playing solid defense, but most of the teams mistakes resulted from the offense than from the defense influencing it, commented Silvano Poropat (agency: FCM ). Roller and Wood were shooting very well. BK Ventspils was playing very nice inside/ out basketball, stressed ex BBC Bayreuth German Sebastian Barth (192-G-85). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 43%from the field and 60% from the three point line while BK Ventspils was shooting 41% from the field and 27% from the three point line. Frankfurt had the 20-16 rebound lead, but nine turnovers while BK Ventspils had seven turnovers.

The third quarter had BK Ventspils get the lead back on their first possession then lose it again and get it back on their last possession of the third quarter. Arturs Berzins (204-C-88, agency: FCM) got BK Ventspils on the board first with a contested three pointer as Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) was in his face and BK Ventspils led 36-35. Frankfurt got the lead back with Nolte scoring on a lay up after getting a nice pass from Wood inside. Wood then got a easy lay up as Nolte made room in the zone for Wood to get through without being disturbed as Frankfurt led 42-38. Anderson struck back with a three pointer as BK Ventspils trailed 42-41. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners then found some day light going on a 8-0 run to lead 50-41. De Mello made a tough three pointer and Wood, Nolte and Bucknor helped with free throws. BK Ventspils kept fighting back going on a 5-0 run as Anderson nailed a three pointer as he made a little hesitation move on Bucknor and then fired away. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) made a fade away jumper over Wood as BK Ventspils only trailed 50-46. Robertson then made a three pointer as Frankfurt led 53-46. BK Ventspils got some free throws from Bankevics and Anderson who was fouled behind the three point line. Skyliner center Joe Dabbert (210-C-81, college: Creighton) gave Frankfurt the 55-52 lead with two free throws. BK Ventspils had an extra touch of energy left in their tank as they closed out the third quarter with a 5-0 run to lead 57-55 after three quarters. Kuzminskas made the last five points scoring inside after Anderson made a beautiful fake shot firing a bullet pass inside to him and then getting a nice feed from Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89). BK Ventspils was shooting 46% from the field and 35% from the parking lot and The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 40% from the field and 53% from the parking lot. Frankfurt had the narrow 28-25 rebound edge, but 11 turnovers while BK Ventspils had nine turnovers.

BK Ventspils jumped on the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in the first few minutes of the fourth quarter going on a 11-4 run to lead 68-61. Bankevics gave BK Ventspils the 59-57 lead as he scored over Dabbert. The fourth quarter had some spectacular plays and one of them was as Dashaun Wood made a slick cross over move past Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) and penetrated giving a no look pass to Dabbert who finished with a two handed dunk as the score was knotted at 59-59. BK Ventspils then led 68-61 as Kuzminskas scored on a running left handed hook shot and Gulbis nailed a three pointer. Frankfurt was down by seven points with 3.30 to play and had to start a comeback. They did going on a 11-3 run to win 72-71. Frankfurt stayed calm looking for good shots and quickly cut the BK Ventspils lead to 68-66 as Dashaun Wood scored on a pull up jumper and then made a three pointer. Gulbis made a lay up as BK Ventspils led 70-66. With time running down, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners would end the game with three spectacular offensive plays. The first play consisted of a steal by Muurinen who made a quick outlet pass to De Mello who went one on one, but took a little tempo out of his game waiting for Super tez to creep up on the right and made a perfect lob ally-op pass that Tez put home for the dunk as Frankfurt trailed only 70-68. We got the steal and Dom went down on the fast break, threw it up and I put it in. This was a good warm up for the Allstar slam dunk contest. I will be at the slam dunk contest at the 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar Game, warned Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). After an Anderson miss, Frankfurt came back as Wood timed a perfect ally-op pass to Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) who tapped it in as the game was deadlocked at 70-70. Gulbis then made one free throw as BK Ventspils had their last lead of the game 71-70. With less than a minute to play, Frankfurt was unable to take the lead as Wood missed a shot and BK Venstpils came back, but Kuzminskas also missed as 3,5 seconds was on the clock. Frankfurt had one last try and it was obvious who the ball would go to. Wood had been unlucky missing his last three shots in crunch time, but he made his mistakes good by drawing the foul as 0,6 seconds was on the clock. We were looking to go to Dashaun or Pascal, because they are good free throw shooters. If they would have been covered the plan was to get the ball to me or Jimmy who would have attacked the rim, stressed Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). That was not a foul on Wood. We cant have a mistake like that happen. We just cant let it come to the last play, stressed Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut). Wood then made both free throws as Frankfurt led 72-71. BK Ventspils had 0,6 seconds to get one last shot off, but Anderson missed. I might have been able to get open a bit more. I didnt catch the ball the way I wanted to, but the release felt good, added Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut). The difference on the last two plays was that Anderson had contact with me and I contested his shot in the corner. I had my hand up and if he makes the shot then he deserved to win, expressed DaShaun Wood

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Dashaun Wood with 27 points, two rebounds, four assists and two turnovers. Captain Pascal Roller (180-G-76) added 13 points and two assists. BK Ventspils was led by Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) with 15 points. Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) had 13 points, 11 rebounds and three assists. Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) added 12 points and six rebounds. Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) chipped in with 11 points a piece. The Deutsche Bank Sklyiners shot incredibly well with 53% from outside and 44% from the field. They also won the rebounding duel. Even though The Deutsche Bank Skyliners won, American dashaun Wood expects even better play in the next weeks. It is always to win games like this. You have to remember that we are not at full strength. We have new plays to add and are still getting on the same page. Bucknor is back and Nolte is in the starting lineup so adjustments still being made. We are still finding our identity on and off the court, warned DaShaun Wood The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host TBB Trier on December 18th at 18: 30.




John Bynum (TBB Trier) Postgame Thoughts To 69-56 Loss To The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket after the 69-56 loss to the Brose Baskets Bamberg.


A tough 69-56 loss to the Brose Baskets Bamberg. How able was TBB Trier able to follow the game plan tonight?


Well defensively we had some break downs at times but we turned the ball over too much on offense and dug ourselves in a big hole in the 1st and against a team that is this good, you cant do that.

TBB Trier kept Bamberg to under 70 points, but scored only 56 points. Did they play any differently on defense to what you saw from video?


We prepared the whole week and they did a good job to take us out of our comfort zone which cause turnovers but we did a better job as the game went along but we used a lot of energy to get back in the game and it was too late at the end.

The Brose Baskets Bamberg led 40-29 at halftime. What was key that Bamberg had the lead after 20 minutes?


They got off to a good start early and we got down, and any time you get down by double digits in the 1st quarter, it takes a lot of energy to gt back into the game. They did a good job and we werent ready to start to the game.


In the third quarter, TBB trier was held to only 9 points. Why couldnt TBB Trier play more consistent offense?


I just think we couldnt find a consistent rythm and you have to give credit to Bamberg. They did a good job making us work hard for every basket that we got.

Tibor Pleiss scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Now seeing him, do you think that he could play NBA? It would be a shame to see him coming off the bench in garbadge time.


I think he has got a lot of potential and his height is a great advantage and he is young. Time will tell and he is in control of if he makes it or not, he already has been drafted so at the end of the day its up to him.

The way Bamberg is playing now, could they have an undefeated regular season?

At any sport it is tough to go undefeated throughout a season, I will applaud them if they do, but they will have every team trying to take them down, they definently are the team to beat right now and have a bullseye on their back.


Allen Iverson returns to Germany next week to play in Goettingen in a make up Eurocup game. Do you think that Iverson will lose again?


Well time will tell, Iverson is still getting back into his rhythm. He didnt play for over a year and people were expecting him to just come over and dominate, Europe is different than the NBA but it will be a good game regardless hopefully Gottingen comes out on top.


Did you ever not get a gift as a kid that you wished for?



Naw I was spoiled for the most part I didnt ask for too much I only wanted what my mom and dad could get me and I was never asking for too much and I was a good kid.


What movie would you like to see in the movie theaters now?


To be honest I couldnt even tell you what is in the theatres rightnow.ill get back to you on that. I would like to end the interview and say Happy Birthday to my big sis.


Thanks John for the chat.



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Serious injury for Maric - by Giorgos Diploidis
Aleks Maric (211-C-84) was injured again. The player of Panathinaikos Athens who was hurt one month ago lost took much trainings but he was back to the normal program ready to get in again to the games of Greek champions.

However he was unlucky because he had e new injury in his ankle and he will stay at least two months away from courts. After hearing that news and regarding the fact that Mike Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) also lost for injury the game against Aris the Greek team may look for another center to replace the Australian player while he will be out. . In the past (last season) Panathinaikos Athens has sign for the same reason Jurica Golemac who now plays for Kolossos.


A2 Round 6: AGOR loses #1 position - by Eurobasket News
It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in A2, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Round 6 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise was when host Ikaroi Serron (4-2) surprisingly edged top-ranked AGOR by 1 point 79-78 on Saturday evening. It also means the end of AGOR's three-game winning streak. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Ikaroi Serron trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 19-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Giorgos Koukas (180-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated AGOR. AGOR will play next round against Pagrati trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Ikaroi Serron will try to continue on it's current victory against eighth ranked Arkadikos in Arkadia.
Another exciting game took place in Athens where third ranked KAOD (5-1) edged by one point 6th ranked Pagrati (3-3) 70-69. It also means that the series of three victories in a row of Pagrati ended. It was a good game for Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Vassili Kitsoulis contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds for Pagrati. Pagrati's coach Demetris Liogas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KAOD has a solid four-game winning streak. They stay on top alone. Pagrati at the other side dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos. KAOD will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#11) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Second-ranked Ermis Lagkada (4-2) was defeated by eighth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (4-2) in a tough game in Perikos 66-73. Kostas Bechlivanis scored 17 points to led the charge for the winners. The best for the losing side was Alexandros Panagiotopoulos with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Ermis Lagkada. Periko/Arhelaos will meet Apollon Patras (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ermis Lagkada will play against Olimpiada (#12) in Patras and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Koroivos managed to get a second victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Koroivos won against ninth-ranked Arkadikos 73-56. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Koroivos is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. Nikos Pettas notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort. Arkadikos' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Koroivos (2-4) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Arkadikos at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Koroivos' next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea.
And finally the game worth to mention about took place in Athens where fifteenth ranked Apollon Patras (2-4) edged by two points higher ranked Amyntas Dafnis (2-4) 63-61 on Saturday night on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Giannis Lianos who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Costas Sorotos gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Apollon Patras moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Amyntas Dafnis. Apollon Patras will face higher ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#4) in Perikos in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

Rest of the games of round 6 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
AEK/Argous was defeated by Lavrio in a road game 68-62. Olimpiada was smashed by Panelefsiniakos at home 52-90. Panerythraikos lost to Near East on the opponent's court 68-72.
The best stats of 6th round was 19 points and 9 rebounds by Giannis Kakiouzis of Lavrio.


Lavrio - AEK/Argous 68-62
There was no surprise when 14th ranked AEK/Argous (1-5) was defeated on the road by fifth ranked Lavrio (4-2) 68-62 on Saturday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. AEK/Argous was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lavrio forced 20 AEK/Argous turnovers. Strangely AEK/Argous outrebounded Lavrio 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) who scored 19 points and 9 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Center Michalis Perakis (207-84) chipped in 13 points. Lavrio's coach Christos Serellis used a eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was American-Icelandic guard Darrel Lewis (192-76, college: Lincoln (MO)) who recorded 16 points and 8 rebounds and Croatian center Ivan Kartelo (208-79, college: Purdue) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Lavrio moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. AEK/Argous lost fourth consecutive game. AEK/Argous at the other side, also first year in the league, dropped to the bottom position with five games lost. Lavrio will face Panelefsiniakos (#7) in Eleusina in the next round where they are favorite. AEK/Argous will play at home against Near East (#10) in Kesariani.
Top scorers:
Lavrio: G.Kakiouzis 19+9reb+1ast, M.Perakis 13+3reb+1ast, S.Giannakopoulos 11+2reb+2ast, N.Psileas 8+5reb+2ast, P.Karvounis 8+3ast, K.Sinnis 4+2reb+1ast
AEK/Argous: D.Lewis 16+8reb+1ast, I.Kartelo 14+8reb+3ast, A.Gizogiannis 9+12reb+1ast, D.Papantoniou 9+4reb+3ast, G.Kopsaftis 8+2reb+2ast, A.Raptis 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 98757


Olimpiada - Panelefsiniakos 52-90
No shocking result in a game in Patras where fourth ranked Panelefsiniakos (4-2) smashed 12th ranked Olimpiada (2-4) 90-52 on Saturday. The game without a history. Panelefsiniakos lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Olimpiada to just 7 points in third quarter. Panelefsiniakos dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpiada's 24. Panelefsiniakos outrebounded Olimpiada 39-22 including a 26-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was forward Alexandros Sigounas (200-88, agency: FCM) who had a double-double by scoring 10 points and 15 rebounds. Forward Sokratis Manavopoulos (205-81) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Panelefsiniakos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Giannis Lappas (200-76) who recorded 11 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and center Apost Koutroulias (206-76) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Olimpiada's coach Takis Kalatzis gave up on the game allowing to play twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Panelefsiniakos moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Olimpiada dropped to the tenth position with four games lost. Panelefsiniakos will face Lavrio (#6) on the road in the next round. Olimpiada will play against Ermis Lagkada (#3) in Lagadas.
Top scorers:
Panelefsiniakos: N.Kaklamanos 18+3reb, S.Manavopoulos 14+8reb+2ast, G.Tirlas 12+3reb+4ast, T.Nikou 11+2reb+9ast, G.Trihopoulos 11+6reb, A.Sigounas 10+15reb+1ast
Olimpiada: G.Lappas 11+3reb, K.Tsotsos 7+1reb, A.Koutroulias 7+6reb+1ast, K.Aktipis 7+3reb, M.Sakota 6, P.Dimakos 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 98758


Ikaroi Serron - AGOR 79-78
Round 6 means a new league leader. The biggest surprise was when host Ikaroi Serron (4-2) surprisingly edged top-ranked AGOR by 1 point 79-78 on Saturday evening. It also means the end of AGOR's three-game winning streak. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Ikaroi Serron trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 19-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Kostas Kakaroudis (204-83) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Giorgos Koukas (180-85, agency: FCM) chipped in 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Tasos Charismidis (203-81, agency: FCM) who recorded 17 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian center Damir Latovic (204-80) added 12 points and 12 rebounds respectively. Five Ikaroi Serron and four AGOR players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Ikaroi Serron moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated AGOR. AGOR will play next round against Pagrati trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Ikaroi Serron will try to continue on it's current victory against eighth ranked Arkadikos in Arkadia.
Top scorers:
Ikaroi Serron: K.Kakaroudis 20+7reb+3ast, K.Totsios 13+5reb+1ast, G.Koukas 12+6reb+4ast, S.Kaberidis 11+2reb+4ast, F.Simeonidis 10+5reb+1ast, T.Topouzis 5+3reb+1ast
AGOR: T.Charismidis 17+9reb+1ast, G.Kiriakopoulos 14+2ast, S.Magounis 14+7reb, D.Latovic 12+12reb, A.Tsochlas 8, G.Koumoulos 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 98753


Pagrati - KAOD 69-70
Another exciting game took place in Athens where third ranked KAOD (5-1) edged by one point 6th ranked Pagrati (3-3) 70-69. It also means that the series of three victories in a row of Pagrati ended. Pagrati was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 22-14 charge of KAOD, which allowed them to win the game. It was a good game for Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-87) who saved his team from a defeat with 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Forward Vassili Kitsoulis (204-83) contributed with 10 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four KAOD players scored in double figures. Guard Nikos Michalos (192-77) replied with 23 points and 9 rebounds and guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) added 24 points in the effort for Pagrati. Pagrati's coach Demetris Liogas rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. KAOD has a solid four-game winning streak. They stay on top alone. Pagrati at the other side dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. They share the position with Arkadikos. KAOD will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#11) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pagrati will play at home against the league's second-placed AGOR in Rethymno and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KAOD: L.Jovanovic 20+8reb, I.Vukantinov 15+2reb+1ast, A.Tsamatos 11+5reb, V.Kitsoulis 10+7reb+3ast, N.Katsares 7+1reb+2ast, C.Houmas 4+2reb+2ast
Pagrati: F.Vasilopoulos 24+3reb+1ast, N.Michalos 23+9reb+1ast, K.Macheras 10+11reb, D.Lolas 8+4reb, T.Vardianos 3+1reb+1ast, S.Tzougarakis 1
gschID: 98754


Amyntas Dafnis - Apollon Patras 61-63
And finally the game worth to mention about took place in Athens where fifteenth ranked Apollon Patras (2-4) edged by two points higher ranked Amyntas Dafnis (2-4) 63-61 on Saturday night. Amyntas Dafnis trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 26-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 61-63 at the end of the game. Apollon Patras dominated on the defensive end, holding Amyntas Dafnis to just 6 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Giannis Lianos (194-88) who had a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Nikos Argyropoylos (188-78) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) who recorded 21 points and 8 rebounds and forward Pigas Papargiropoulos (202-86) added 20 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Amyntas Dafnis' coach Costas Sorotos gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Apollon Patras moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Amyntas Dafnis. Apollon Patras will face higher ranked Periko/Arhelaos (#4) in Perikos in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Apollon Patras: G.Petropoulos 13+6reb, G.Lianos 13+12reb+3ast, N.Argyropoylos 11+2reb+6ast, G.Psathas 9+3reb+1ast, T.Zafiris 8+1reb, D.Pantelic 6+3reb
Amyntas Dafnis: K.Vardavas 21+8reb, P.Papargiropoulos 20+5reb+1ast, B.Samothrakis 5+1reb+1ast, C.Vidalis 5+3reb, C.Barbas 3+5reb+1ast, P.Koukounias 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 98755


Periko/Arhelaos - Ermis Lagkada 73-66
Second-ranked Ermis Lagkada (4-2) was defeated by eighth ranked Periko/Arhelaos (4-2) in a tough game in Perikos 66-73. Periko/Arhelaos trailed by 1 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 73-66. Guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74, agency: FCM) scored 17 points to led the charge for the winners and naturalized Serbian center Nemania Tsouk (208-74) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. Four Periko/Arhelaos players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was forward Alexandros Panagiotopoulos (202-80, agency: FCM) with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and guard Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-84) scored 15 points. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Periko/Arhelaos moved-up to second place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Ermis Lagkada. Periko/Arhelaos will meet Apollon Patras (#14) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Ermis Lagkada will play against Olimpiada (#12) in Patras and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Periko/Arhelaos: K.Bechlivanis 17+4reb+2ast, N.Tsouk 14+6reb+3ast, G.Papachristos 13+5reb+1ast, E.Jeromanovs 12+5reb+2ast, U.Igbavboa 7+5reb+2ast, G.Rodostoglou 4+3reb
Ermis Lagkada: N.Papakonstantinou 15+4reb+2ast, A.Panagiotopoulos 13+11reb+1ast, S.Lefkaditis 8+2reb, D.Rallis 7, H.Plioukas 7+5reb, G.Anagnostopoulos 6+9reb+1ast
gschID: 98756


Near East - Panerythraikos 72-68
There was a minor upset in Kesariani where 10th ranked Panerythraikos (2-4) was defeated by thirteenth ranked Near East (2-4) 72-68 on Saturday. Near East trailed by 5 points after three quarters before their 20-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. They made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. Panerythraikos was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was center Alexandros Gribaviotis (207-79) who scored 16 points and 7 rebounds. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-78) chipped in 11 points and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Thanasis Straganiotis (180-83) who recorded 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and Cypriot guard Andreas Sizopoulos (189-83) added 14 points and 4 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Panerythraikos' coach Dimitris Houhoulis gave the chance to play for ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Near East moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Panerythraikos. Near East will face bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (#16) on the road in the next round where they are favorite.
Top scorers:
Near East: A.Gribaviotis 16+7reb, N.Tsoutsos 15+3reb+1ast, M.Stanojevic 12+1ast, F.Moschovitis 11+3reb+5ast, T.Koupidis 9+8reb+2ast, E.Tomaras 5+3reb+1ast
Panerythraikos: A.Sizopoulos 14+1reb+4ast, T.Straganiotis 13+5reb+4ast, N.Matzioris 12+4reb+1ast, M.Laksa 10+5reb+2ast, G.Stamatis 7+1reb, N.Pritsos 5+5reb
gschID: 98751


Koroivos - Arkadikos 73-56
Bottom-ranked Koroivos managed to get a second victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Koroivos won against ninth-ranked Arkadikos 73-56. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 17-point difference suggests that Koroivos is in a good shape to leave the bottom place. It looked good early as Arkadikos took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Koroivos had a 20-12 second quarter charge getting the lead and Arkadikos was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-73. Koroivos outrebounded Arkadikos 40-28 including a 32-19 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Nikos Pettas (195-81) notched 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian forward Predrag Kosanovic (203-76, agency: BeoExcell) who supported him with 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Koroivos players scored in double figures. Even 12 points and 8 rebounds by center Vasilis Giannoulakos (217-84) did not help to save the game for Arkadikos. Swingman Nikos Kokkalis (198-85) added 15 points. Arkadikos' coach let to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Koroivos (2-4) moved-up to tenth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Arkadikos at the other side dropped to the eighth position with three games lost. Koroivos' next round opponent will be Panerythraikos (#13) in New Eritrea.
Top scorers:
Koroivos: P.Kosanovic 17+8reb, N.Pettas 17+9reb, M.Pekovic 16+4reb+1ast, T.Ifantis 10+7reb+2ast, T.Dimitriadis 6+5reb+2ast, D.Apostolopoulos 5+4reb+7ast
Arkadikos: N.Kokkalis 15+1reb, V.Giannoulakos 12+8reb, T.Tsiotras 8+1reb+1ast, G.Prodromou 6+2reb, G.Mprozos 6+5reb+4ast, M.Papadakis 5+2reb
gschID: 98752




Panellinios signs deal with Steven Smith - by Eurobasket News
Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle) is a new member of Panellinios Athens. The Greek outfit signed a deal with Smith for rest of the season.
Steven Smith arrives to Panellinos from EWE Baskets Oldenburg, where he started this season. For 12 games in Germany he averaged 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. He also appeared twice in EuroCup adding 2.5 ppg and 2 rpg. Smith is not a new face in Greece as he played for VAL Kolossos last season. He exploded there with 18.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg.


Panellinios hold off Bennet Cantu at Lamia Arena - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Bennet Cantu 59:54

Panellinios celebrated an important win over Bennet Cantu in EuroCup regular season tonight. The victory put the Greek team in the second position in Group E. Panellinios will next face GasTerra Flames on the road, while Bennet Cantu will play against Galatasaray at home court in the battle for the only Last 16 stage ticket left in this group.
The teams started slowly. They stayed close with the lead changing hands. Panellinios earned a 14:12 advantage after ten minutes. The seesaw action continued in the second frame. Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) proved the difference late in the half as his points gave Panellinios a 30:25 halftime advantage. Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) extended the margin to 11 points midway through the third term. Bennet Cantu did not surrender and nipped the distance to 7 points 37:44 after three quarters. The hosts once again stretched the lead to double figures but Bennet Cant once again found the way to respond. The visitors used a 10:2 rally to narrow the deficit at just three points. Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) and Djuro Ostojic came up with timely points as Panellinios got away with a hard-fought win at the end.
Maurice Bailey accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead Panellinios. Djuro Ostojic added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) answered with 15 points for Bennet Cantu. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) had 11 points in defeat.

Panellinios: Maurice Bailey 14, Djuro Ostojic 12, Vangelis Sklavos 11
Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 15, Benjamin Ortner 11



Aris upset Azovmash in Mariupol - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Aris 77:82

Aris rallied to the fourth EuroCup victory in the season. The victory allowed the Thessaloniki team to advance into Last 16 stage of the tournament. P.J. Tucker (198-F-85, college: Texas) delivered 18 points to pace the effort. Azovmash slipped at 2-3 record in Group D.
Azovmash led early in the encounter but Aris quickly gained control. The Hellenes rallied to a 24:22 lead after ten minutes. Aris started to get away in the second quarter. The visitors did not allow Azovmash to get any closer in the second quarter. Aris piled up a 43:39 lead at halftime. The visitors opened a double-digit advantage in the third frame as Azovmash looked hapless defensively at the moment. The Hellenes built a comfortable cushion with ten minutes to go 65:54. The Ukrainian champions went on a desperate rescue run in the final period. The hosts got as close as four points with a minute to go. But Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) delivered key free throws in the dying seconds to seal the win for Aris. Christos Tapoutos (208-F-82) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Aris. Kosta Charalampidis added 13 points in the winning effort. Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Arkansas) replied with 15 points for Azovmash. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket), Fred House (195-F-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Utah) and Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) had 11 points each in the losing case.

Azovmash: Charles Thomas 15, Maksym Pustozvonov 11, Fred House 11, Chris Owens 11
Aris: P.J. Tucker 18, Christos Tapoutos 14, Kosta Charalampidis 13



Ilysiakos replaces Thompson with Webb - by Emiliano
Ilysiakos Athens made a change in the roster that started the Greek season with o win in 7 games. The club parted ways with TJ Thompson (177-G-82, college: George Washington) and added to the roster Eric Webb (188-G-84, college: Furman).
Thompson arrived in the team in the summer and was averaging so far 6.7ppg and 5rpg in 7 games played.
Webb, who was in Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas in the summer, after his college career with Furman (9.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3Pts: 41.5%, FT: 71.7% in 31 games played last season), spent his first pro year in Bulgaria with Cerno More recording averages of 22.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 87.5% in 6 games in Balkan League and 15.6ppg, 3.9rpg, Assists-4 (4.1apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 45.2%, FT-1 (93.3%) in 14 games in Bulgarian league.
He was also awared with an Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention.



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


Greeks nominated for FIBA Europe awards - by George Fragkos
Three players from the Greek A1 are nominees for the FIBA Europe Awards. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos has been chosen by FIBA Europe to fight for the most prestigious award in European Basketball, the one for the Best European of 2010. The Greek play maker was one of the key players for the national success of his club and he was also one of the most valuable players of Greece at the World Championship of Turkey. However, Dimitris Diamantidis is very unlikely to be the winner, having to compete with the likes of NBA Champion, Pau Gasol and runner-up of the World Basketball Championship player Ersan Ilyasova.

The other two representatives of Greek basketball are Kostas Papanikolaou (202-F/G-90) of Olympiakos and Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) of Kolossos Rodou, the two youngsters who are nominees for the award of the Best European Young Player of 2010. Nikos Pappas is one of the starting five and moreover one of the most important players in his club, while Kostas Papanikolaou
is able to find only a little playing time at Olympiakos, because of the hard competition. For both of them there is almost no possibility to win, since Ricky Rubio, the play maker of Euroleague holders, Barcelona, is the firm favorite for the award.


PAOK outmuscle Estudiantes in Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - Estudiantes 77:72

PAOK made one more step towards EuroCup Last 16 qualification. They outscored Estudiantes at home court to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. PAOK will now have to win against Benetton in Treviso next week to secure the next round birth.
PAOK used an 11:0 run in the opening quarter to take a 14:10 lead. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) delivered regularly for the hosts as they established a 23:19 lead at the first intermission. PAOK opened the second term with five points in a row to enlarge the lead. The hosts remained in charge in the second quarter as they arrived at halftime up by 11 points 40:29. Estudiantes were not about to give up. They entered the second half recharged and took over. Estudiantes went on a 12:2 run late in the period and cut the deficit to a single points 56:57 with one quarter remaining. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Providence) and Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) quickly regained an 8-point lead for PAOK in the final term. German Gabriel (207-C-80) answered with back-to-back three-pointers as the visitors cut the distance once again. The Spaniards got as close as two points late in regulation but PAOK went deadly from the stripe to win the battle.
Rawle Marshall notched 18 points to pace the home side. Lazaros Papadopoulos contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points for Estudiantes. German Gabriel finished with 13 points in the loss.

PAOK: Rawle Marshall 18, Lazaros Papadopoulos 13+11 boards, Donnie McGrath 12
Estudiantes: Daniel Clark 16, German Gabriel 13



Greek A2 round 6 best performance: Ljubo Jovanovic - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin center Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked KAOD, receiving a Eurobasket.com A2 Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 23-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out Pagrati (#9, 3-3) 70-69. It allowed KAOD to take over top position in the Greek A2. KAOD have a solid 5-1 record. Jovanovic turned to be KAOD's top player in his first season with the team. Ljubo Jovanovic averages this season 14.0ppg and 7.0rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Lavrio. Kakiouzis had a very good evening with 19 points and 9 rebounds. It was enough for Lavrio to edge the lower-ranked AEK/Argous (#16, 1-5) 68-62. Despite this victory Lavrio slide down in the standings to 6th position. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 4-2 record is not bad and everything may still change. Kakiouzis is a newcomer at Lavrio, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Pagrati (#9). Michalos scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Michalos' great performance Pagrati lost 69-70 to the higher-ranked KAOD (#1, 5-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Pagrati 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. Michalos has a great season in Greece. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.3ppg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81) of Amyntas Dafnis - 21 points and 8 rebounds
5. Tasos Charismidis (203-F-81) of AGOR - 17 points and 9 rebounds
6. Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) of Koroivos - 17 points and 9 rebounds
7. Predrag Kosanovic (203-F-76) of Koroivos - 17 points and 8 rebounds
8. Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) of Ikaroi Serron - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) of Ermis Lagkada - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) of Pagrati - 24 points and 3 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)


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


Despite the injuries, we are still on target - by Glenn Stokes
Hello again everyone and welcome to my second blog. In this blog, I will update you all on this season and tell you a little about how I prepare for a game. Again, my name is Glenn Stokes AKA- G Money and this is my eighth season playing ball overseas.
This season I am playing in the Dutch Basketball League. I arrived to Holland on August 13th along with four other guys, Lawrence Hamm, Dontae Minter, Junior Hairston, and Tre Mcdowell. It took us no time getting to know each other and building a strong bond on and off the court, which is one of the most important things when coming to a new team. It is very important that egos dont collide and envy doesnt conflict within Americans. Different countries have different rules and limitations on the amount of Foreign players each team can have, most allow two or maybe even three but in the netherlands we have five which is tough because we all know that it is already hard enough to have two guys with different personalities come together let alone 5. For us, it was not a problem from day 1 we got along very well off the court and after just one week we had to put it together on the court for our 1st preseason game which went well. After that we had to travel to France for a big tournament with Mons from Belgium, Le Havre from France and Rouen from France.
The weekend of the tournament in France was a BIG weekend in many ways, it was my birthday weekend, the weekend to see where we stood talent wise playing against very good teams, and the weekend I will see a very good friend of mine Marcus Hatten (my backcourt mate at Tallahassee Community College), because although in the states we live less than 40 minutes away from eachother I havent seen him in over 4 or 5 years. It was a great tournament and even a great test for me and my team. In game 1, we played against Le Havre (ProA France) and fought hard all the way thru but came up short at the end. In game 2, we matched up against Mons (Top team in Belgium) and I went against my homeboy Hatten, again we came up just alil short. After the tourney in France we felt good about our showing and ended up having a decent preseason despite being hit with a few key injuries to back-up point guard Mitchel Kouwijzer ( ankle), Sjors Besseling (ankle), Kenneth Van Kempen (recovering from knee surgery) and myself (hip and groin).
Again dealing with injuries, we started off the season on a bad note losing bad to Zwolle and me personally having the worst game of my professional career. Not to take anything from Zwolle or their pg Harry Marshall who played a great game on both ends of the court , but I played hurt and couldnt move at all with my bad groin and hip injury that I been dealing with for the past 2month and didnt provide anything for my team. I finished the game with 2pts and my team took an L. After that game it was best for me to rest and get my body right so I took it easy during the next weeks of practice and just saved whatever I had for the games.
With all of the injuries we are now 8-8 and sitting at 5th place in the league and I am currently leading the league in scoring. Our goal before the season was to finish in the top four and make a great run in the playoffs and midway thru the season we have a chance to be there before the Christmas break with a win vs Eiffel and Amsterdam. So during the break I will contiune to rest and rehab my groin and come back like the real Glenn Stokes because although statistically Im doing ok I havent played my best ball especially on the defensive end of the court.
Thanks again for reading my blog, I hope you enjoyed it and will continue to follow me, until next time Ciao



Galatasaray advance into EuroCup Last 16 - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - GasTerra Flames 86:58

Galatasaray reached EuroCup Last 16 stage. They thumped GasTerra Flames in Istanbul to clinch next round birth. Galatasaray improved at 4-1 record with the victory. GasTerra Flames slipped at 1-4 record in Group E. Preston Shumpert (198-G-79, college: Syracuse) accounted for scored 18 points to lead the effort for the hosts.
Galatasaray opened the game with an 11:2 run to clear off. Groningen got as close 4 points midway through the stanza but the hosts answered with six points in a row and established a 23:13 lead after ten minutes. Galatasaray kept GasTerra Flames at distance throughout the second period. The hosts secured a 10-point buffer at the interval 39:29. Galatasaray used a 10:0 run late in the third term to enlarge the gap to as many as 24 points. The hosts had little problems staying in charge in the final quarter and they raced to a comprehensive win at the end. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) finished with 15 points for the Turkish team. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) added 13 points for the winners. Matt Haryasz (210-C-84, college: Stanford) answered with 13 points for GasTerra Flames. Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) netted 9 points apiece in the loss.

Galatasaray: Preston Shumpert 18, Radoslav Rancik 15, Joshua Shipp 13
GasTerra Flames: Matt Haryasz 13, Henry Bekkering 9, Jason Dourisseau 9



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Nizhny Novgorod celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod -Szolnoki Olaj 76:62

Nizhny Novgorod celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge this season tonight. The Russian team rolled over Szolnoki Olaj 76:62 for 1-4 record on the bottom of Group A. Szolnoki Olaj dropped to 3-2 record but still has the chance to advance to the top 16 of the tournament.
Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) nailed three in the start of the game and Horvath made it 16:11. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) later closed the period at 18:19 giving a chance for the hosts in the game. Nizhny Novgorod trailed midway through the second quarter but a Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) three-ball triggered an 11-0 run that put them in front to stay. Ivanov scored for 37:28 and Obie Trotter sent the teams to the lockers at 37:30. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) meanwhile started the third frame with a jump shot and Fodor added two for 44:39. The Russian team stayed tough and won the quarter 15-11 to take 52:41 after 30 minutes in the court. Vanja Plisnic opened the last stanza from the perimeter and Ivanov added for 57:44. Marton Bader and Clark reduced to 69:59 with 1 minute in the game and Obie Trotter became the last player to score for the guests. Antonov scored the last 4 points for the winning team as Nizhny Novgorod celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge.
Vanja Plisnic paced all the winners with 19 points and Ivan Paunic scored 12. Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) netted 11, whilst Dmitry Golovin (192-G-88) added 7. Obie Trotter ended up with 21 points in defeat, whilst Marton Bader collected 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Nizhny Novgorod: Vanja Plisnic 19, Ivan Paunic 12, Artem Yakovenko 11, Dmitry Golovin 7
Szolnoki Olaj: Obie Trotter 21, Marton Bader 17+11 rebs



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. Soproni 4-7 
 11. Szedeak 4-8 
 12. Marso-Vagep 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. Townes, Soproni19.1 
 9. Brooks, Soproni18.9 
 10. Sales, Atomeromu18.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brooks SALES
  Atomeromu
  (208-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Sales, Atomeromu11.5 
 2. Townes, Soproni10.9 
 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. Clark, Szolnok7.9 
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, Soproni6.0 
 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. Keller, Albacomp1.0 
 8. Aliakseyeu, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 9. Langford, FS Debre.0.9 
 10. Bell, Kormend0.9 


A Division Round 11: Kormend loses to Albacomp in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 11 in the A Division was a road defeat of 4th placed Kormend (8-3) to third ranked Albacomp (9-2) 89-102. It ended the four-game winning streak of Kormend. Albacomp was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Albacomp outrebounded Kormend 32-21 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) helped adding 27 points. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Albacomp have an impressive series of five victories in a row. The victory allowed Albacomp (9-2) to climb to the second place. They share it with Atomeromu. Kormend is currently in fourth position with a 8-3 record as they suffered their third loss. Albacomp is looking forward to face FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kormend will play against ZTE KK (#6) in Zalaegerszeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A Division top team - Szolnok (11-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked ZTE KK (7-4) in Zalaegerszeg 65-53. It was a quality performance for the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). Zoltan Trepak accounted for 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). American guard Kevin Thomas (193-82, college: Georgia St., agency: Interperformances) came up with 10 points and 5 rebounds for ZTE KK in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Szolnok. They stay at first position. Defending champion ZTE KK is currently in sixth place with a 7-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Szolnok will play against Atomeromu (#3) in Paks in the next round, which may be the game of the day. ZTE KK will play on the road against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Kaposvari (4-7) 77-108 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Josh Wilson who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Tamas Sebok produced 23 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory allowed Kaposvari (4-7) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with Soproni. Salgotarjani lost their seventh straight game in a row. Eleventh consecutive loss means that Salgotarjani is still at the bottom of the standings. Kaposvari will meet Marso-Vagep (#12) in the next round. Salgotarjani will play against Kecskemeti and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Szedeak lost to Soproni on the opponent's court 83-88. Marso-Vagep unfortunately lost to Falco-Szova in a home game 69-81. Atomeromu managed to beat Falco-Szova on the road 86-76. Kecskemeti crushed FS Debrecen on it's own court 93-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points and 13 rebounds by Darian Townes of Soproni.


Kaposvari - Salgotarjani 108-77
Bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (0-11) is still winless. This time they lost on the road their 11th consecutive match to eleventh ranked Kaposvari (4-7) 77-108 on Saturday evening. The game rather controlled by Kaposvari. Salgotarjani managed to win second quarter 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Kaposvari dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Salgotarjani's 42 and made 20-of-22 free shots (90.9 percent) during the game. Kaposvari outrebounded Salgotarjani 40-24 including 32 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American guard Josh Wilson (188-87, college: N.Arizona, agency: Beggs and Lane) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. International swingman Gabor Soos (200-85) chipped in 24 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Four Kaposvari players scored in double figures. Guard Tamas Sebok (191-77) produced 23 points and forward Tamas Hartvich (200-74) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory allowed Kaposvari (4-7) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with Soproni. Salgotarjani lost their seventh straight game in a row. Eleventh consecutive loss means that Salgotarjani is still at the bottom of the standings. Kaposvari will meet Marso-Vagep (#12) in the next round. Salgotarjani will play against Kecskemeti and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: G.Soos 24+4reb+2ast, K.Cunningham 19+9reb+1ast, J.Wilson 18+7reb+7ast, M.Medve 15+3reb+5ast, D.Werner 8+6reb, T.Markus 6
Salgotarjani: T.Sebok 23+2reb, A.Ughy 14+3reb+1ast, T.Hartvich 13+7reb, T.Kocsis 8+4reb+2ast, D.Koma 7+4reb, A.Bajramovic 5+1reb
gschID: 109557


Soproni - Szedeak 88-83
There was a minor upset when 10th ranked Szedeak (4-8) was defeated on the road by twelfth ranked Soproni (4-7) 88-83 on Monday. Szedeak was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Soproni made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Szedeak turnovers. The best player for the winners was American power forward Darian Townes (208-84) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import guard Thomas Kelley (188-77, college: Michigan St., agency: Avi Zilberman) chipped in 19 points and 7 assists. Soproni's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Janou Rubin (193-82, college: UCLA) produced 26 points and 6 rebounds and Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) added 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The victory allowed Soproni (4-7) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with Kaposvari. Szedeak who is 4-8 went down to eleventh position as they suffered their eighth loss. Soproni will meet higher ranked PVSK Pannon (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Szedeak will play against Falco-Szova in Szombathely and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Soproni: D.Townes 26+13reb+1ast, T.Kelley 19+3reb+7ast, A.Molnar 18+4reb, Z.Szabo 10+4reb+4ast, R.Jarvis 9+1reb, T.Halmai 5+3reb+2ast
Szedeak: J.Rubin 26+6reb+3ast, N.Dukic 17+6reb+4ast, G.Drahos 14+1reb+1ast, B.McKenzie 11+8reb, A.Tanacs 6+3reb+1ast, Z.Kiss 5+1reb
gschID: 109559


Marso-Vagep - Falco-Szova 69-81
Rather predictable result in Nyiregyhaza where seventh ranked Falco-Szova (5-6) defeated 10th ranked Marso-Vagep (3-7) 81-69 on Wednesday. The game rather controlled by Falco-Szova. Marso-Vagep managed to win second quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Falco-Szova won last quarter 25-14. The best player for the winners was American swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) who scored 23 points and 6 assists. His fellow American import forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Slovenian guard Brane Savic (181-79, agency: Interperformances) produced 16 points and 8 assists and American swingman Curtis Marshall (196-83, college: Texas Tech, agency: R.H.Consultancy) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Four Marso-Vagep players scored in double figures. Despite the victory Falco-Szova stay at seventh position. Marso-Vagep lost their fourth straight game in a row. The team is currently 3-7 and went down to twelfth place. Falco-Szova will meet at home Szedeak (#11) in the next round. Marso-Vagep will play against Kaposvari and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Falco-Szova: J.Doyne 23+2reb+6ast, C.Gosa 14+9reb+2ast, L.Kalman 11+6reb+2ast, T.Pankar 9+2reb+4ast, P.Hajmasy 9, M.Aliakseyeu 8+8reb+2ast
Marso-Vagep: C.Marshall 18+4reb+1ast, B.Savic 16+1reb+8ast, M.Mohacsi 11+3reb+1ast, J.Lekli 10+9reb, K.Nagy 8+1reb, B.Stojakovic 6+8reb+1ast
gschID: 116576


ZTE KK - Szolnok 53-65
A Division top team - Szolnok (11-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked ZTE KK (7-4) in Zalaegerszeg 65-53. The game without a history. Szolnok lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a quality performance for the former international center Marton Bader (212-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 6 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!). The former international center Zoltan Trepak (210-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) accounted for 18 points (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winning side. American guard Kevin Thomas (193-82, college: Georgia St., agency: Interperformances) came up with 10 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import guard Lorenzo Williams (191-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) added 11 points and 4 assists respectively for ZTE KK in the defeat. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Szolnok. They stay at first position. Defending champion ZTE KK is currently in sixth place with a 7-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Szolnok will play against Atomeromu (#3) in Paks in the next round, which may be the game of the day. ZTE KK will play on the road against Kormend and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Szolnok: M.Bader 21+6reb, Z.Trepak 18+4reb, A.Horvath 10+3reb, O.Trotter 5+6reb+4ast, I.Clark 4+3reb+3ast, V.Budimir 3+2reb
ZTE KK: K.Wilson 11+3reb, L.Williams 11+3reb+4ast, K.Thomas 10+5reb+3ast, T.Kaman 8+4reb+1ast, B.Bodor 6+2reb, D.Gaspar 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 109553


Albacomp - Kormend 102-89
The most interesting game of round 11 in the A Division was a road defeat of 4th placed Kormend (8-3) to third ranked Albacomp (9-2) 89-102. It ended the four-game winning streak of Kormend. Albacomp was tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Albacomp outrebounded Kormend 32-21 including 20 on the defensive glass. It was a great evening for American swingman Tony Crocker (201-87, college: Oklahoma, agency: Impact Basketball) who led his team to a victory scoring 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. International guard Adam Hanga (201-89, agency: FCM) helped adding 27 points. American forward Rashad Bell (201-82, college: Boston U.) responded with 26 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and the other American import guard Marcus Moore (198-80, college: Washington St.) scored 12 points and 8 assists. Four Kormend players scored in double figures. Kormend's coach Balazs Sabali rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Albacomp have an impressive series of five victories in a row. The victory allowed Albacomp (9-2) to climb to the second place. They share it with Atomeromu. Kormend is currently in fourth position with a 8-3 record as they suffered their third loss. Albacomp is looking forward to face FS Debrecen (#13) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Kormend will play against ZTE KK (#6) in Zalaegerszeg and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Albacomp: T.Crocker 28+5reb+5ast, A.Hanga 27+3reb+3ast, B.Simon 19+5reb+4ast, D.Hollis 8+4reb, A.Keller 8+8reb+1ast, J.Jones 7+7reb+2ast
Kormend: R.Bell 26+9reb+3ast, G.David 15+3reb, C.Ferencz 13+1reb, M.Moore 12+2reb+8ast, E.Dies 8+3reb, A.Rujak 8+1ast
gschID: 109554


Falco-Szova - Atomeromu 76-86
Not a big story in a game in Szombathely where 7th ranked Falco-Szova (5-6) was defeated by third ranked Atomeromu (9-2) 86-76 on Sunday. Americans were the main players on the court. The best player for the winners was power forward Brooks Sales (208-80, college: Villanova) who scored 21 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Jibril Hodges (188-84, college: Long Beach St.) chipped in 20 points. Four Atomeromu players scored in double figures. Forward Charles Gosa (202-77, college: N.Mexico St.) produced a double-double by scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds (on 13-of-16 shooting from the field) and swingman Jara Doyne (193-84, college: Mississippi) added 18 points respectively for the hosts. Falco-Szova's coach Nikola Lazic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Atomeromu. The victory allowed Atomeromu (9-2) to climb to the second place. They share it with Albacomp. Falco-Szova is currently in seventh position with a 5-6 record as they suffered their sixth loss. Atomeromu will meet league's leader Szolnok in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Falco-Szova will play against Szedeak (#11) in Szeged and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Atomeromu: B.Sales 21+6reb+3ast, J.Hodges 20+4reb+3ast, J.Pavlik 19+1reb, I.Johnson 15+4reb+2ast, A.Kovacs 7+4reb+1ast, Z.Meszaros 2+4reb+4ast
Falco-Szova: C.Gosa 31+10reb+2ast, J.Doyne 18+3reb+2ast, M.Aliakseyeu 12+9reb+1ast, C.Borszeki 6+1reb, P.Hajmasy 5, L.Kalman 2+1reb+7ast
gschID: 109555


Kecskemeti - FS Debrecen 93-69
Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Kecskemeti (8-3) outscored at home 13th ranked FS Debrecen (1-10) 93-69 on Wednesday. The game without a history. Kecskemeti lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Kecskemeti outrebounded FS Debrecen 37-21 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Croatian swingman Hrvoje Orsulic (203-83) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. American guard Jerome LaGrange (192-78, college: Livingstone) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. Five Kecskemeti players scored in double figures. Kecskemeti's coach Stojan Ivkovic felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Chris Singletary (194-88, college: Kent St.) produced 25 points and 4 assists and the other American import power forward Kevin Langford (204-85, college: TCU) added 15 points respectively for the guests. The victory allowed Kecskemeti (8-3) to climb to the fourth place. They share it with Kormend. FS Debrecen lost their seventh straight game in a row. The team is currently in thirteenth position with a 1-10 record. Kecskemeti will meet bottom-ranked Salgotarjani (#14) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. FS Debrecen will play against the league's second-placed Albacomp in Szekesfehervar.
Top scorers:
Kecskemeti: J.LaGrange 17+2reb+5ast, I.Siriscevic 16+5reb+1ast, M.Csorvasi 15+3reb+1ast, H.Orsulic 14+11reb+1ast, K.Wittmann 11+6reb+5ast, G.Denes 9+5reb+2ast
FS Debrecen: C.Singletary 25+3reb+4ast, K.Langford 15+4reb+2ast, Y.Mekongo 10+6reb, I.Kovacs 9+1reb, M.Mondzinger 5+2ast, V.Vas 3+6reb
gschID: 109556




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  ICELAND   


All Star Weekend - Iceland - by Inge Semaj
Hello basketball world. Semaj Inge here again with my insight about Iceland's All Star event. For me this is m second season being selected to play in the all star game. Something I can say that I an proud of. But this year, it was strange that more American players didn't get selected. I understand that it is not fair to the native players to select all American players but it also not fair to the to select mostly native players. If it were up to me, who ever is playing the best should be selected to participate in the game no matter where they are from. But overall it was a lot of fun and I think everyone enjoyed themselves for the most part.

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  INDONESIA   


Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Satria Muda 12-2 
 2. Pelita Jaya 11-1 
 3. CLS 11-3 
 4. ASPAC 10-2 
 5. Garuda 6-7 
 6. Muba Hangtuah 6-7 
 7. Stadium Jak. 6-8 
 8. Bima Sakti 2-10 
 9. Citra Satria 1-12 
 10. Angsapura 0-13 


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  IRELAND   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Michael BONAPARTE
  Neptune
  (196-F-82)
  Avg: 31.4
 1. Bonaparte, Neptune31.4 
 2. Longmire, Belfast .29.2 
 3. Turner, Killester24.8 
 4. Van, UCC Demons24.1 
 5. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.6 
 6. Foley, Ulster Elks21.7 
 7. Ambler, Moycullen21.1 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.20.3 
 9. Mitchell, UL Ea.19.9 
 10. Louisme, Neptune19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mason AMBLER
  Moycullen
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 14.7
 1. Ambler, Moycullen14.7 
 2. Mitchell, UL Ea.13.9 
 3. Louisme, Neptune13.7 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.13.0 
 5. Van, UCC Demons12.6 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.12.0 
 7. Turner, Killester11.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune10.2 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.9.4 
 10. Trimmer, DCU S.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 7.1
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles7.1 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.9 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.1 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.6 
 5. Noonan, Neptune3.8 
 6. McVeigh, Belfast .3.5 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen3.5 
 8. Westbrooks, Killester3.5 
 9. Clarke, Killester3.4 
 10. Turner, Killester3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Michael MCGINN
  Neptune
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. McGinn, Neptune3.4 
 2. Nihill, Moycullen2.7 
 3. Westbrooks, Killester2.6 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.4 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 6. Noonan, Neptune2.3 
 7. Crowder, UCD M.2.1 
 8. Turner, Killester2.1 
 9. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
 10. Hall, UL Eagles2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Neil BAYNES
  UCD Marian
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Baynes, UCD Marian2.7 
 2. Van, UCC Demons2.6 
 3. Turner, Killester2.4 
 4. Bonaparte, Neptune2.2 
 5. Louisme, Neptune2.0 
 6. Trimmer, DCU S.2.0 
 7. Longmire, Belfast .1.8 
 8. Duggan, UCC Demons1.5 
 9. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.4 
 10. Ambler, Moycullen1.2 


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


Stats Leaders - National League
Points Per Game
 Brian ASBURY
  Hapoel T-A
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 28
 1. Asbury, Hapoel T-A28.0 
 2. Miller, Megido/Y.25.6 
 3. Gomez, Beer Yaakov25.4 
 4. Johnson, Ironi N.25.2 
 5. Hall, Beer Yaakov24.4 
 6. Young, Hod Hasharon22.9 
 7. Webb, Hapoel Tivon22.7 
 8. Dobie, Lev Hasharon22.1 
 9. Clemente, Megido.21.8 
 10. Tramiel, Kohav Yair21.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason JOHNSON
  Ironi Nahariya
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Johnson, Ironi N.14.3 
 2. Rosefelt, Ironi R.11.6 
 3. Ibrahim, Ironi N.11.0 
 4. Brandy, Hod H.10.9 
 5. Clemente, Megido.10.2 
 6. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne9.5 
 7. Tramiel, Kohav Yair9.1 
 8. McFarlin, Lev H.9.1 
 9. Webb, Hapoel Tivon9.0 
 10. Ibrahim, Kohav Y.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Yaron LAHAT
  Hapoel T-A
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Lahat, Hapoel T-A7.7 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula5.9 
 3. Harush, Kohav Yair5.8 
 4. Timor, Hapoel Tivon5.7 
 5. Dobie, Lev Hasharon5.6 
 6. Farhi, Beer Yaakov5.5 
 7. Housman, Hapoel T.5.2 
 8. Berkowitz, Elitzu.5.0 
 9. Skverer, Maccabi .4.7 
 10. Fisher, Hapoel Beeri4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nate MILLER
  Megido/Yokneam
  (193-F-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Miller, Megido/Y.3.3 
 2. Eliyahu, Hapoel Afula2.9 
 3. Shaashoua, Hapoel T.2.7 
 4. Naor, Hapoel T-A2.6 
 5. Harush, Kohav Yair2.5 
 6. Stevens, Hapoel T.2.5 
 7. Shtarkman, Megido.2.3 
 8. Young, Hod Hasharon2.3 
 9. Hofman, Elitzur .2.2 
 10. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Daniel AIDAN
  Hapoel Beeri
  (204-F-89)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Aidan, Hapoel Beeri2.3 
 2. Webb, Hapoel Tivon2.2 
 3. Rosefelt, Ironi R.2.1 
 4. Hugee, Hapoel Afula1.9 
 5. Johnson, Ironi N.1.7 
 6. Utter, Hapoel T-A1.7 
 7. Brandy, Hod H.1.6 
 8. Hardin, Elitzur Yavne1.4 
 9. Lewis, Ironi R.1.3 
 10. Asbury, Hapoel T-A1.2 


Israeli Premier League round 9 best performance: Rahshon Turner - by Eurobasket News
American forward Rahshon Turner (201-F-75, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Ironi Ashkelon, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
The 35-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, nine rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Bnei Hasharon (#5, 5-4) 91-80. Ironi Ashkelon is placed at 9th position in Israeli Premier League. Ironi Ashkelon is currently ranked second from the bottom. They need more victories to improve their 3-6 record. Turner turned to be Ironi Ashkelon's top player in his first season with the team. Former Fairleigh Dickinson University star has very solid stats this year. Turner is in league's top in points (6th best: 16.9ppg), rebounds (9th best: 7.6rpg) and averages impressive 53.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American Dwayne Mitchell (194-G-82, agency: Interperformances) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. Mitchell had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Maccabi Rishon was edged by slightly higher-ranked Hapoel Holon (#6, 4-5) 87-85. This loss caused Maccabi Rishon to drop to 7th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-5 record. Mitchell is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Josh Duncan (204-F/C-86) of Maccabi Ashdod (#3). Duncan scored 19 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Maccabi Ashdod, leading his team to a 89-83 win against #4 ranked Galil Gilboa in a game of the week. Maccabi Ashdod needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 4 lost games. Duncan has a very solid season. In 7 games in Israel he scored 11.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marco Killingsworth (203-F-82) of Maccabi Haifa - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90) of Maccabi Haifa - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Robert Hite (188-G-84) of Hapoel Holon - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Moran Roth (184-G-82) of Hapoel Holon - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Gal Mekel (195-G-88) of Galil Gilboa - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85) of Maccabi T-A - 20 points and 9 rebounds
10. Ramel Bradley (188-G-85) of Maccabi Ashdod - 21 points, 4 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)


National League Round 29: Top-ranked Hapoel T-A wins another game - by Eurobasket News
National League top team - Hapoel T-A (11-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (3-8) in Tel-Aviv 102-78. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 102-78. Hapoel T-A dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Ramla's 30 and made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Hapoel T-A outrebounded Elitzur Ramla 33-17 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Brian Asbury (200-85, college: Miami (FL)) orchestrated the victory by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Keena Young (198-85, college: BYU) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds for Elitzur Ramla. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Undefeated Hapoel T-A have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Elitzur Ramla dropped to the twelfth place. They have the same record like Hapoel Beeri. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Hapoel Afula was beaten by Maccabi HBK on the road 76-58. Ironi Ramat Gan lost to Elitzur Yavne on it's own court 85-92. Bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya unfortunately lost to Megido/Yokneam in a road game 89-103. Beer Yaakov managed to beat Lev Hasharon at home 111-95. Hod Hasharon was defeated by Hapoel Tivon on the opponent's court 107-101. Kohav Yair smashed Hapoel Beeri in a home game 92-68.
The most impressive performance of 29th round was 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds by Ramon Clemente of Megido/Yokneam.


Maccabi HBK - Hapoel Afula 76-58

No shocking result in a game when third ranked Maccabi HBK (7-4) beat 11th ranked Hapoel Afula (4-7) in Habikaa 76-58 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 76-58. American players dominated the game. Guard Paul Delaney (188-86, college: UAB, agency: Lanshire Group) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Steffon Bradford (200-78, college: Nebraska, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Four Maccabi HBK players scored in double figures. Forward Darnell Hugee (201-85, college: Prairie View A&M) answered with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and forward Bryant Markson (198-83, college: Utah, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 14 points in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Hapoel Afula's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Maccabi HBK did not change their third position in the standings. Hapoel Afula lost fifth consecutive game. They dropped to the tenth place. They have the same record like Ironi Ramat Gan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Maccabi HBK: N.Matalon 20+1reb, S.Bradford 15+8reb, P.Delaney 13+8reb+6ast, E.Skverer 10+2reb+2ast, I.Grinboim 8+5reb+3ast, M.Moscovitz 5+1reb
Hapoel Afula: D.Hugee 16+10reb+1ast, B.Markson 14+4reb, O.Shmidt 12+3reb+1ast, O.Zamir 8+2reb, Y.Dvir 4, T.Michael Dunne 2+2reb+2ast
gschID: 105584


Hapoel T-A - Elitzur Ramla 102-78

National League top team - Hapoel T-A (11-0) had no problems winning another game on Tuesday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked Elitzur Ramla (3-8) in Tel-Aviv 102-78. The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 102-78. Hapoel T-A dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Elitzur Ramla's 30 and made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Hapoel T-A outrebounded Elitzur Ramla 33-17 including 24 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Brian Asbury (200-85, college: Miami (FL)) orchestrated the victory by scoring 39 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Jamaican-American power forward Adrian Uter (201-84, college: Hofstra, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) contributed with 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American forward Keena Young (198-85, college: BYU) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds and guard Dror Davidi (190-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 19 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) in the effort for Elitzur Ramla. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Hapoel T-A have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Elitzur Ramla dropped to the twelfth place. They have the same record like Hapoel Beeri. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hapoel T-A: B.Asbury 39+6reb+2ast, A.Uter 21+8reb+1ast, G.Eytan 15+5reb+3ast, Y.Lahat 9+3reb+6ast, E.Eliyah 7+4reb+5ast, Y.Shvartzman 6+2reb+2ast
Elitzur Ramla: D.Davidi 19+3reb+3ast, K.Young 18+6reb+2ast, I.Berkowitz 15+3reb+3ast, Y.Levi 11+1reb+1ast, L.Levi 6+1reb+2ast, T.Parselani 5
gschID: 105583


Ironi Ramat Gan - Elitzur Yavne 85-92

Very expected game when 10th ranked Ironi Ramat Gan (4-7) lost at home to second ranked Elitzur Yavne (8-3) 92-85 on Tuesday. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 29-20. But Ironi Ramat Gan won second quarter 25-23. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Elitzur Yavne outrebounded Ironi Ramat Gan 42-25 including 28 on the defensive glass. 25 personal fouls committed by Ironi Ramat Gan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American center DeVon Hardin (211-86) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 16 rebounds (on 11-of-13 shooting from the field). Swingman Elad Hofman (192-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) contributed with 18 points and 8 assists for the winners. Four Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Naturalized American power forward Isaac Rosefelt (205-85, college: St.Thomas, agency: Avi Zilberman) answered with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Yariv Yatzkan (199-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 22 points in the effort for Ironi Ramat Gan. Elitzur Yavne did not change their second position in the standings. Ironi Ramat Gan keeps the tenth place. They have the same record like Hapoel Afula. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: D.Hardin 26+16reb, E.Hofman 18+4reb+8ast, C.Timberlake 17+6reb+2ast, O.Brandwein 12+2reb, Z.Volfer 7+4reb+2ast, H.Barbi 5+3reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: I.Rosefelt 27+11reb, Y.Yatzkan 22+2reb+1ast, A.Bassett 8+2ast, O.Brener 8+2reb+6ast, E.Kohansky 7+2reb+1ast, C.Zigdon 5+2reb+5ast
gschID: 105579


Megido/Yokneam - Ironi Nahariya 103-89

Very predictable result when fourth ranked Megido/Yokneam (7-4) won at home against bottom-ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-8) 103-89 on Tuesday. The game rather controlled by Megido/Yokneam. Ironi Nahariya managed to win third quarter 31-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Megido/Yokneam made 29-of-30 free shots (96.7 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Ironi Nahariya turnovers. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 33 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!). American forward Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green) contributed with 21 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) for the winners. Four Megido/Yokneam players scored in double figures. Megido/Yokneam's coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Jason Johnson (203-86, college: S.Carolina St.) answered with a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 16 rebounds and the other American import guard James Dews (193, college: Miami (FL)) added 20 points in the effort for Ironi Nahariya. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Megido/Yokneam. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Hapoel Tivon and Maccabi HBK. Ironi Nahariya lost their fourth straight game in a row. They keep the last place with a total of eight lost games. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Megido/Yokneam: R.Clemente 33+14reb+3ast, N.Miller 21+7reb+2ast, J.Shtarkman 12+2reb+2ast, N.Tishman 11+5reb, M.Badalov 6+1reb+1ast, R.Barzilay 5+2reb+2ast
Ironi Nahariya: J.Johnson 35+16reb+2ast, J.Dews 20+4reb+1ast, A.Pereg 9+6reb+3ast, E.Knafo 9+5reb+1ast, A.Ohana 8+2reb+3ast, M.Snir 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 105580


Beer Yaakov - Lev Hasharon 111-95

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Beer Yaakov and 7th ranked Lev Hasharon had identical 5-5 record. This time Beer Yaakov used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Lev Hasharon 111-95 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 111-95. Beer Yaakov forced 20 Lev Hasharon turnovers. Strangely Lev Hasharon outrebounded Beer Yaakov 36-22 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 17 long-distance shots on high 58.6 percentage. Beer Yaakov looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Yoad Bet-Yosef (182-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 assists for the winners. American guard Antwan Henry Dobie (183-78, college: LIU Brooklyn) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Offir Hover (198-90) added 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for Lev Hasharon. Five Beer Yaakov and four Lev Hasharon players scored in double figures. Beer Yaakov (6-5) did not change their sixth position in the standings. Lev Hasharon lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the seventh place with 5-6 record. They have the same record like Kohav Yair. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Beer Yaakov: J.Gomes 27+2reb+1ast, J.Hall 25+7reb+4ast, Y.Bet-Yosef 18+1reb+11ast, G.Karni 16+5reb+1ast, I.Levi 11+2reb+6ast, O.Farhi 11+4reb
Lev Hasharon: A.Henry Dobie 28+7reb+3ast, O.Hover 21+5reb+1ast, R.Pitshon 15+4reb, Y.Moshe 11+4reb+1ast, T.Ronen 9+1reb+2ast, I.McFarlin 8+15reb+3ast
gschID: 105581


Hapoel Tivon - Hod Hasharon 107-101

Everything went according to plan when fifth ranked Hapoel Tivon (7-4) defeated 8th ranked Hod Hasharon (4-6) in Kiryat Tivon 107-101 on Tuesday. Hod Hasharon was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 17-point lead after three quarters before a 41-24 charge of Hapoel Tivon, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 20 Hod Hasharon turnovers. Strangely Hod Hasharon outrebounded Hapoel Tivon 52-40 including 39 on the defensive glass. American swingman Tramaine Stevens (200-87, college: Morehead St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 9 rebounds. Guard Bar Timor (192-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) contributed with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Jitim Young (188-81, college: Northwestern, agency: Edge Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists and naturalized American guard Oren Menskey (180-85, college: St.Gregory) added 22 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Hod Hasharon. Five Hapoel Tivon and four Hod Hasharon players scored in double figures. Hod Hasharon's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hapoel Tivon jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Megido/Yokneam and Maccabi HBK. Hod Hasharon dropped to the ninth place. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Hapoel Tivon: T.Stevens 36+9reb+1ast, O.Shaashoua 23+2reb+4ast, B.Timor 20+8reb+7ast, K.Izik 11+9reb+1ast, Z.Evans 10+7reb+3ast, L.Arieli 3+1reb
Hod Hasharon: J.Young 22+14reb+6ast, O.Menskey 22+6reb+3ast, N.Levi 14+3reb+1ast, G.Gendel 14+9reb, K.Sharvit 13+2ast, S.Brandy 7+9reb+2ast
gschID: 105582


Kohav Yair - Hapoel Beeri 92-68

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Hapoel Beeri (3-8) was outleveled on the road by ninth ranked Kohav Yair (5-6) 92-68 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 10 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and winning the game by 24 points. Kohav Yair dominated on the defensive end, holding Hapoel Beeri to just 5 points in second quarter. Kohav Yair outrebounded Hapoel Beeri 44-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. American forward Eric Traimel (201-88, college: N.Texas) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Aviram Zelkovits (191-89) contributed with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Kohav Yair's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Yotam Shiran (198-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds and forward Daniel Aidan (204-89) added 19 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Hapoel Beeri. Five Kohav Yair and four Hapoel Beeri players scored in double figures. Kohav Yair jumped to the seventh spot. They share the position with Lev Hasharon. Hapoel Beeri keeps the twelfth place. They have the same record like Elitzur Ramla. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Kohav Yair: E.Traimel 23+10reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 15+9reb+3ast, O.Rub 15+1reb+4ast, S.Harush 12+3reb+6ast, S.Ibrahim 10+6reb+2ast, S.Molnar 7+3reb+1ast
Hapoel Beeri: Y.Shiran 24+8reb+3ast, D.Aidan 19+10reb, T.Havkin 13+6reb+3ast, A.Fisher 12+2reb+4ast, G.Dotan 0+1ast, G.Davis 0+5reb+3ast
gschID: 105578




Maccabi Haifa edged Khimik away from home to get 3-1 record in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Khimik-Maccabi Haifa 77:81

Maccabi Haifa edged Khimik away from home to get 3-1 record in EuroChallenge Group B. The Israeli team won 81:77 and will meet the Ukrainian team again on Thursday in the postponed game from Round 2.
Ukrainian side surprisingly started with 5-0 run as Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90, college: Virginia) later closed an 8-0 run for the guests. O'Bannon made it 14:12 and Sylven Landesberg nailed three to close the period at 26:19. The latter also opened the second frame for 28:19 but Millage tied it all at 32:32. Alexander Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) gave Ukrainian side 36:34, while the board showed 43:38 halftime advantage for Haifa team. More than 1000 fans in Yuzhniy saw the comeback of the local team in the third frame as Khimik needed 22-18 to trail only 60:61 after 30 minutes. Moreover Howard nailed three to open the last stanza and gave the hosst 63:61 lead. Another three-pointer from the player showed 66:62 but Killingsworth closed an 8-0 run for the guests that took 70:62 midway through the quarter. No matter how hard the Ukrainian team tried to recover they could not catch up with the opponent.
Killingsworth erupted with 25 points and 13 rebounds for the winners and Sylven Landesberg added 17. O'Bannon netted 13, while Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: BeoExcell) scored 11. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) ended up with 18 points as the Ukrainian team covers the bottom with 1-3 record. Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14 and Alexander Kolchenko added 12.

Khimik: Toni Bizaca 18, Edin Bavcic 14, Alexander Kolchenko 12
Maccabi Haifa: Killingsworth 25+13 rebs, Sylven Landesberg 17, O'Bannon 13, Sasa Bratic 11



Cedevita eliminate Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News
Galil Gilboa - Cedevita 73:84

Cedevita stepped closer to the EuroCup Last 16 stage. They knocked down Galil Gilboa in Israel tonight to climb at 3-2 record in Group D. Cedevita will host Azovmash in the decisive encounter in the next round. Galil Gilboa in the meantime fell at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the fight for the next round birth. Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) scored 17 points to pace Cedevita.
Galil Gilboa got to the better start. They grabbed a 16:9 lead midway through the opening frame. The hosts stayed in charge as they ensured a 23:18 advantage after ten minutes. But Cedevita capitalized on several mistakes from the home team to deny the deficit. Moreover the Croats surged ahead and rolled to a 43:37 halftime advantage. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) opened a double-digit lead for the visitors early in the third quarter. Galil Gilboa cut the deficit but still trailed by four points with one quarter left 54:58. Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) connected twice from beyond the arc to keep Cedevita on top midway through the final term. Draper soon delivered his own three-pointer and the Croatian team never looked back en route to the victory.
Damjan Rudez produced 16 points for Cedevita. Corsley Edwards contributed 15 points for the visitors. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) answered with 15 points for Galil Gilboa. Tyler Wilkerson (203-F, college: Marshall) finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Galil Gilboa: Jack McClinton 15, Tyler Wilkerson 12
Cedevita: Marino Bazdaric 17, Damjan Rudez 16, Corsley Edwards 15



VEF Riga deny Jerusalem in Latvian capital - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Jerusalem 74:71

VEF Riga recorded the second win in the EuroCup Group G. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) scored 20 point to keep VEF Riga hopeful in their EuroCup quest. Jerusalem had a chance to seal the next round birth but could not stop the ambitious hosts.
The teams stayed very close in the opening period. After ten minutes of trading baskets VEF Riga and Jerusalem were tied at 23. Hapoel took over in the second period. They capitalized on the number of misses from the hosts to surge ahead. VEF Riga struggled offensively in the second period as they accounted for only 10 points. The Israeli team posted a 40:33 lead at the interval. But Rimas Kurtinaitis managed to convey his message to the team during the main break. VEF Riga turned the tables in the third quarter. The hosts erupted for 27 points to pull in front. VEF Riga led by as many as 6 points with one quarter remaining 60:54. Jerusalem cut the distance late in regulation to restore the intrigue. But Dairis Bertans and Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) saved the day for the hosts as VEF Riga would enter the final day of the regular season hopeful.
Kristaps Janicenoks provided 13 points and 7 rebounds for VEF Riga. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) added 12 points in the victory. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Jerusalem. Jason Rich (191-G-86) and Brian Randle (203-F-85) had 14 points each in the loss.

VEF Riga: Dairis Bertans 20, Kristaps Janicenoks 13, Kaspars Berzins 12
Jerusalem: Willie Solomon 24, Jason Rich 14, Brian Randle 14



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Legadue: Farabello is out for a month; Ferrara is looking for a new point guard - by Antonello Varallo
After the injury of Daniel Farabello (194-G-73), who is out for a month, (the argentinian guard is averaging 5.5 ppg and 4 apg during this season), Naturhouse Ferrara has decided to complete the roster with a point guard instead than a shooting forward. LaMarr Greer (196-G-76, college: Florida St.) (former Napoli and Messina player), one of the targets, will not leave Braunschweig, so Ferrara management is thinking at another experienced player, Ryan Hoover (188-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Notre Dame), who left Scavolini Pesaro.

Benetton clinch top spot in EuroCup Group F - by Eurobasket News
Roanne - Benetton 79:84

Benetton Treviso remained undefeated in the EuroCup regular season. They overcame Roanne in France to register the fifth straight win in Group F. The victory also allowed Benetton to clinch the top position in the standings. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points for Benetton. Roanne in the meantime suffered the fifth loss in a row. The teams started the game evenly. They traded baskets before Roanne managed to pull a 22:20 lead at the first break. Benetton surged ahead in the second quarter. The visitors unloaded 24 points to eke out a 44:43 halftime advantage. Roanne did not allow Benetton to run away as they slowed their opponents down in the third term. Roanne succeeded defensively limiting the Treviso team to only 15 points and posting a 61:59 lead at the final intermission. But Benetton were not about to lose the first game at the tournament. Balanced effort helped Jasmin Repesa team to erase the deficit. They put their noses in front and rolled to yet another win at the end. Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia) accounted for 15 points. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) and Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) added 12 points each for Benetton. Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket, college: Wyoming) replied with 15 points for Roanne. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) had 14 points and 7 assists in the losing effort.

Roanne: Uche Nsonwu-Amadi 15, Pape-Philippe Amagou 14
Benetton: Donatas Motiejunas 17, Devin Smith 15, Alessandro Gentile 12, Ryan Toolson 12



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. Gigena, Massafra15.3 
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. Santolamazza, Ana.3.2 
 8. Busca, Trieste3.2 
 9. Parente, Moncalieri3.2 
 10. Gnaccarini, Senig.3.2 
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. Capitanelli, Pales.1.0 
 9. Candido, Ferentino1.0 
 10. Spippoli, Palestrina0.9 


Panellinios hold off Bennet Cantu at Lamia Arena - by Eurobasket News
Panellinios - Bennet Cantu 59:54

Panellinios celebrated an important win over Bennet Cantu in EuroCup regular season tonight. The victory put the Greek team in the second position in Group E. Panellinios will next face GasTerra Flames on the road, while Bennet Cantu will play against Galatasaray at home court in the battle for the only Last 16 stage ticket left in this group.
The teams started slowly. They stayed close with the lead changing hands. Panellinios earned a 14:12 advantage after ten minutes. The seesaw action continued in the second frame. Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) proved the difference late in the half as his points gave Panellinios a 30:25 halftime advantage. Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77) extended the margin to 11 points midway through the third term. Bennet Cantu did not surrender and nipped the distance to 7 points 37:44 after three quarters. The hosts once again stretched the lead to double figures but Bennet Cant once again found the way to respond. The visitors used a 10:2 rally to narrow the deficit at just three points. Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, college: Sacred Heart) and Djuro Ostojic came up with timely points as Panellinios got away with a hard-fought win at the end.
Maurice Bailey accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead Panellinios. Djuro Ostojic added 12 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) answered with 15 points for Bennet Cantu. Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83, college: Metro St.) had 11 points in defeat.

Panellinios: Maurice Bailey 14, Djuro Ostojic 12, Vangelis Sklavos 11
Bennet Cantu: Maarten Leunen 15, Benjamin Ortner 11



Pepsi Caserta advance with thrashing win over Krasnye Krylia - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - Krasnye Krylia 94:67

Pepsi Caserta reached EuroCup Last 16 stage. They cruised past Krasnye Krylia at home court to fulfill the task. Pepsi Caserta improved at 3-2 record and eliminated Krasnye Krylia from EuroCup title quest. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) exploded with 32 points to lead the effort.
Pepsi Caserta made it look easy in this one. Ambitious Krasnye Krylia did not resemble of themselves as they started to lag behind right from the start. Pepsi Caserta grabbed a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. The Italian side erupted for 28 points in the second quarter to clear off. They established a comfortable 50:29 advantage at the interval. Krasnye Krylia never improved after the long break. Pepsi Caserta wisely kept their opponents at bay in the third quarter. The hosts entered the fourth quarter leading by 23 points 71:58. Krasnye Krylia failed to wake up in the final period allowing the home side to coast for the victory. Martin Colussi (193-G-81) accounted for 20 points in the win. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) added 15 points for Pepsi Caserta. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Krasnye Krylia. Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 15 points in defeat.

Pepsi Caserta: Ebi Ere 32, Martin Colussi 20, Fabio Di Bella 15
Krasnye Krylia: Primoz Brezec 21, Gerald Green 15



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Link Tochgi Brex replace head coach - by J.D. Greene
Reigning JBL champions Link Tochigi Brex have announced on the JBL website that they have released American coach Jason Rabeadueax after a dismal start to the season and replaced him with fellow American, Bruce Palmer .

Palmer, who is 55 and currently resides in Australia, was originally named Tochigi's head coach for the 2010-11 season, as was announed on the Brex site over the summer. However, it was explained that his contract with Tochigi was cancelled due to a contract he was still tied into in Australia.

Under Coach Rabeadueax, the Brex have just come off a two game losing streak with first place Aisin Seahorses over the weekend. Both games were decided late in the fourth quarter in front sold out crowds.

The Brex, who are currently tied for fifth place with a record of 8-12, will have quite the challenge ahead of them this weekend at home, as they play current second place strongmen Toyota who are 13-5.


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VEF Riga deny Jerusalem in Latvian capital - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga - Jerusalem 74:71

VEF Riga recorded the second win in the EuroCup Group G. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) scored 20 point to keep VEF Riga hopeful in their EuroCup quest. Jerusalem had a chance to seal the next round birth but could not stop the ambitious hosts.
The teams stayed very close in the opening period. After ten minutes of trading baskets VEF Riga and Jerusalem were tied at 23. Hapoel took over in the second period. They capitalized on the number of misses from the hosts to surge ahead. VEF Riga struggled offensively in the second period as they accounted for only 10 points. The Israeli team posted a 40:33 lead at the interval. But Rimas Kurtinaitis managed to convey his message to the team during the main break. VEF Riga turned the tables in the third quarter. The hosts erupted for 27 points to pull in front. VEF Riga led by as many as 6 points with one quarter remaining 60:54. Jerusalem cut the distance late in regulation to restore the intrigue. But Dairis Bertans and Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) saved the day for the hosts as VEF Riga would enter the final day of the regular season hopeful.
Kristaps Janicenoks provided 13 points and 7 rebounds for VEF Riga. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) added 12 points in the victory. Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Jerusalem. Jason Rich (191-G-86) and Brian Randle (203-F-85) had 14 points each in the loss.

VEF Riga: Dairis Bertans 20, Kristaps Janicenoks 13, Kaspars Berzins 12
Jerusalem: Willie Solomon 24, Jason Rich 14, Brian Randle 14



Wood paced Bank Skyliners over BK Ventspils - by Eurobasket News
D. Bank Skyliners-BK Ventspils 72:71

D. Bank Skyliners outscored BK Ventspils in Group B of the EuroChallenge to keep the chances alive for Top 16. The German Powerhouse grabbed 72:71 and improved to 2-3 record, while the Baltic side is with 3-2 record.
Saulius Kuzminskas (210-C/F-82, college: California) opened the game with a jump shot and Berzins added two for 6:2 lead. Pascal Roller (180-G-76) however closed the first period for 18:15 lead for the German side. In the second frame the squads exchanged the leads several times as the hosts again were luckier in the end of the quarter. DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) nailed three for 35:31, whilst Saulius Kuzminskas closed the half at 35:33. Berzins immediately gave the guests 36:35 and then Bahiense de Mello scored for 45:41. Bucknor increased the lead for 50:41 and Pascal Roller nailed three for 53:46. BK Ventspils meanwhile closed the period at 11-2 run as Saulius Kuzminskas brought them 57:55 advantage after 30 minutes. It seemed the guests were closer to the win when Maris Gulbis (202-F-85) brought 68:61, but the hosts did not give up. Muurinen tied it all at 70:70 with 2 minutes to go, but Maris Gulbis gave the guests 71:70. DaShaun Wood delivered the win for the home side as he was perfect from the free throw line to give Bank Skyliners72:71 valuable victory.
DaShaun Wood stepped up with 27 points for the second victory in the tournament. Pascal Roller nailed 13 and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) notched 8. Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83, college: Connecticut) replied with 15 points for the Baltic team as they suffered their second loss. Saulius Kuzminskas collected 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Maris Gulbis added 12.

D. Bank Skyliners: DaShaun Wood 27, Pascal Roller 13, Quantez Robertson 8
BK Ventspils: Rashad Anderson 15, Saulius Kuzminskas 13+11 rebs, Maris Gulbis 12



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Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Champville 11-1 
 2. Al Riyadi 9-2 
 3. Moutahed 8-4 
 4. Sagesse 6-4 
 5. Anibal 5-6 
 6. Hoops 4-7 
 7. Antranik 4-7 
 8. Chabab 2-9 
 9. Byblos 1-10 


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


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Buducnost reach second place in EuroCup Group C - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Siauliai 83:66

Buducnost improved their chances of reaching EuroCup Last 16 with a home win over Siauliai. The Montenegrin team is now tied at 3-2 record with Budivelnyk in the second place in Group C. Siauliai on the other hand slipped at 0-5 record.
Siauliai accounted for opening four points in the game but their run was roughly abrupt by the hosts. Buducnost went on a 20:2 run to take a 20:6 lead late in the first quarter. Buducnost entered the second quarter up by 12 points 20:8. The hosts maintained the lead easily throughout the second quarter. Buducnost ensured a 45:30 lead at the interval. Buducnost stretched the gap to 16 points but David Weaver (211-C-87, college: Wake Forest) capped the period with six points in a row to drag Siauliai within 11 points with ten minutes to go 51:62. Cepulis converted a four-point play to cut the deficit early in the fourth term. But the hosts reacted immediately as they accounted for next six points and never looked back en route to the win. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) knocked down 24 points to lead the effort. Marko Scekic (207-F-81) netted 14 points in the victory. David Weaver replied with 16 points for Siauliai. Darius Gvezdauskas (191-G-88) netted 15 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Vladimir Dragicevic 24, Marko Scekic 14, Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) 11
Siauliai: David Weaver 16, Darius Gvezdauskas 15



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


Stats Leaders - LKL
Points Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Kieza, Juventus19.3 
 2. Ruikis, Neptunas18.8 
 3. Alijevas, Nevezis18.0 
 4. Janavicius, Siauliai17.5 
 5. Volkus, Techasas17.3 
 6. Dimsa, Nevezis16.9 
 7. Juskevicius, Rudupis16.7 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas16.4 
 9. Dilys, Naglis-Adakris16.1 
 10. Bajramovic, Lietuv.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Juventus
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 12.4
 1. Kieza, Juventus12.4 
 2. Sarakauskas, Siauliai10.3 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.8.1 
 4. Dimsa, Nevezis8.0 
 5. Zelionis, Rudupis7.2 
 6. Silinskis, Techasas7.1 
 7. Vasylius, Neptunas6.9 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.9 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas6.6 
 10. Matulis, Sakalai6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Rolandas ALIJEVAS
  Nevezis
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Alijevas, Nevezis5.9 
 2. Juskevicius, Rudupis5.6 
 3. Rinkevicius, Techasas5.5 
 4. Collins, Zalgiris5.4 
 5. Janavicius, Siauliai5.3 
 6. Dainys, Rudupis4.8 
 7. El-Amin, Lietuvos.4.8 
 8. Viskontas, Perlas4.6 
 9. Kalnietis, Zalgiris4.4 
 10. Lowe, Naglis-Adakris4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Valdas VASYLIUS
  Neptunas
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Vasylius, Neptunas2.4 
 2. Rinkevicius, Techasas2.3 
 3. Viskontas, Perlas2.2 
 4. Alijevas, Nevezis2.1 
 5. Juskevicius, Rudupis2.1 
 6. Razutis, Naglis-A.2.1 
 7. Ruikis, Neptunas2.0 
 8. Leonavicius, Techa.2.0 
 9. Valukonis, Techasas2.0 
 10. El-Amin, Lietuvos.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.7 
 2. Silinskis, Techasas2.6 
 3. Valanciunas, Lietuv.1.9 
 4. Cresnar, Nevezis1.8 
 5. Cepukaitis, Juven.1.5 
 6. Volkus, Techasas1.3 
 7. Klimavicius, Zalgiris1.1 
 8. Galdikas, Neptunas1.1 
 9. Jankauskas, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Kieza, Juventus0.9 


LKL Round 12: Alytus Alita still unable to win any game - by Eurobasket News
Bottom-ranked Alytus Alita (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-91 loss to second ranked Rudupis (8-2) in Alytus on Tuesday evening. Alytus Alita was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 26-11 charge of Rudupis, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-89) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Rudupis has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record. Alytus Alita at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Rudupis are looking forward to face Siauliai (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alytus Alita will have a break next round.
We should mention about the upset which took place in Klaipeda, where higher ranked Juventus (6-5) lost to eleventh ranked Neptunas (4-6) in a road game 72-85. It was a good game for swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!) (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Martynas Mazeika contributed with 20 points for the winners. Neptunas' coach Rytas Vaisvila allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Juventus. Neptunas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Aiscai Kaunas. Juventus at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
An interesting game took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Aiscai Kaunas (4-6) lost to twelfth ranked Sakalai (2-7) in a road game 68-74 on Tuesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Virginijus Sirvydis who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 assists. The best for the losing side was Vytenis Jasikevicius with 18 points. Sakalai maintains twelfth position with 2-7 record. Loser Aiscai Kaunas keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Neptunas. Sakalai will meet higher ranked Naglis-Adakris (#10) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aiscai Kaunas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas Zalgiris.

In the last game of round 12 Techasas were defeated by Nevezis in Kedainiai 65-61.


Alytus Alita - Rudupis 78-91

Bottom-ranked Alytus Alita (0-10) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 78-91 loss to second ranked Rudupis (8-2) in Alytus on Tuesday evening. Alytus Alita was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 26-11 charge of Rudupis, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Vytenis Lipkevicius (198-89) who scored 21 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. Swingman Adas Juskevicius (194-89) chipped in 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Vitalijus Luksa (206-86) who recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Rytis Adomavicius (199-83, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Rudupis has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 8-2 record. Alytus Alita at the other side still closes the standings with ten games lost. Rudupis are looking forward to face Siauliai (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alytus Alita will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: A.Juskevicius 21+7reb+5ast, V.Lipkevicius 21+7reb+7ast, P.Butkevicius 17+8reb, J.Sinica 13+4reb+2ast, G.Jankauskas 12, P.Ivanauskas 7+3reb+3ast
Alytus Alita: V.Luksa 20+8reb+2ast, S.Dumbliauskas 15+4reb+1ast, R.Adomavicius 12+8reb, S.Kazevicius 10+2reb+5ast, A.Birgelis 9+2reb+5ast, P.Kleiza 8+3reb+3ast
gschID: 108379


Neptunas - Juventus 85-72

We should mention about the upset which took place in Klaipeda, where higher ranked Juventus (6-5) lost to eleventh ranked Neptunas (4-6) in a road game 72-85. The game rather controlled by Neptunas. Juventus managed to win fourth quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-21 charity shots (100.0 percent) during the game. Neptunas forced 22 Juventus turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Mantas Ruikis (198-85) who led his team to a victory with 35 points (!!!) (went 11 for 11 at the free throw line !!!). Guard Martynas Mazeika (190-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Neptunas' coach Rytas Vaisvila allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international forward Marius Prekevicius (196-84, college: S.Florida, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Juventus. Five Juventus players scored in double figures. Neptunas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Aiscai Kaunas. Juventus at the other side keep the fifth position with five games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Neptunas: M.Ruikis 35+3reb+3ast, M.Mazeika 20+3reb+2ast, V.Vasylius 10+8reb+1ast, R.Bitinas 8+1reb+3ast, T.Vilkius 5+6reb, L.Bonner 5+5reb
Juventus: M.Prekevicius 18+5reb+3ast, V.Cepukaitis 14+4reb+1ast, G.Maceina 13+8reb+2ast, A.Kieza 13+8reb+4ast, J.Elvikis 12+1reb, Z.Urbonas 2+2reb
gschID: 108380


Sakalai - Aiscai Kaunas 74-68

An interesting game took place in Vilnius, where higher ranked Aiscai Kaunas (4-6) lost to twelfth ranked Sakalai (2-7) in a road game 68-74 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Virginijus Sirvydis (196-73) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 6 assists and center Marius Janisius (203-77) who added 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Vytenis Jasikevicius (187-85) with 18 points and the former international center Povilas Cukinas (210-83) scored 12 points and 7 rebounds. Sakalai maintains twelfth position with 2-7 record. Loser Aiscai Kaunas keep the seventh place with six games lost. They share the position with Neptunas. Sakalai will meet higher ranked Naglis-Adakris (#10) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Aiscai Kaunas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Kaunas Zalgiris.
Top scorers:
Sakalai: V.Sirvydis 23+2reb+6ast, M.Janisius 16+8reb, R.Matulis 13+10reb, M.Kadzevicius 6+5reb+3ast, Z.Stankus 5+1reb+1ast, A.Butkevicius 4+3ast
Aiscai Kaunas: V.Jasikevicius 18+1reb+1ast, G.Kurtinaitis 13+1reb+2ast, P.Cukinas 12+7reb+1ast, S.Vasiliauskas 10+1reb+2ast, A.Drungilas 8+6reb, R.Uzas 4+9reb+3ast
gschID: 108381


Nevezis - Techasas 65-61

There was a minor upset in Kedainiai where 4th ranked Techasas (6-4) were defeated by sixth ranked Nevezis (5-4) 65-61 on Tuesday. Techasas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Nevezis outrebounded Techasas 47-33 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of center Egidijus Dimsa (205-85) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Slovenian center Blaz Cresnar (214-86) who added 10 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Cresnar is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Nevezis players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was guard Tomas Rinkevicius (178-78) with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Marius Valukonis (198-88) who scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Nevezis has a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain sixth position with 5-4 record. Loser Techasas keep the fourth place with four games lost. Nevezis will meet Siauliai (#9) on the road in the next round. Techasas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: E.Dimsa 17+12reb, P.Belevicius 13+6reb+2ast, E.Kalve 12+5reb, B.Cresnar 10+12reb, R.Alijevas 8+5reb+8ast, M.Simonavicius 3+6reb+1ast
Techasas: T.Rinkevicius 13+6reb+5ast, T.Cerneckis 13+3reb+1ast, G.Leonavicius 10+5reb, M.Valukonis 9+8reb, E.Ezerskis 7+5reb+1ast, V.Volkus 5+6reb
gschID: 108382




Bendzius goes for 53, hitting 15 three-pointers - by Simas Baranauskas
A spectacular performance by Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) in the Lithuanian Student Basketball Team (LSKL) made the headlines in Lithuania. The 20-year-old forward put on a show firing in 15 three-pointers in a single game for a total of 53 points.

Bendzius was thought to be moving to Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius in the summer, but with an overfilled roster it was decided that talented youngster would have a better chance to develop his game in Perlas Vilnius, where hes currently averaging 11.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the LKL.

MRU a university specialized in law rode a 53-point game by Bendzius to beat the University of Agriculture - LZUU 121-85.

Bendzius nailed 15 three-pointers tying the record set by Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) in Argentina just recently. The player also scored three shots from closer in and added two free-throws, which put his final tally at 53 points.


Courtesy of The Lithuanian Perspective.



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LNBP Round 30: Fuerza Regia defeats Halcones UV Xalapa in double-overtime - by Eurobasket News
The games at this stage are more interesting as they can be crucial for the final standings in Regular Season. Despite we already know who is stronger and who is weaker, there may be still last minute susprises and upsets. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with extra overtimes and favorites losing the games.

Fourth ranked Fuerza Regia won a double-overtime thriller defeating second-best Halcones UV Xalapa by twelve points 102-114 on Saturday night. The game took place in Xalapa. But there were guests from Monterrey who were better at the end. Fuerza Regia trailed by 2 pointss at the halftime before their 21-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime celebrating important win. Fuerza Regia dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones UV Xalapa's 48. 24 personal fouls commited by Halcones UV Xalapa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Mike Mitchell (181-G-83, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!) and 8 assists. The other American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for Halcones UV Xalapa. Fuerza Regia (21-9) did not change their fourth position in the standings. Halcones UV Xalapa keeps the second place with 22-8 record. Fuerza Regia is looking forward to face Soles (#9) in Mexicali in the next round where they are favorite. Halcones UV Xalapa will play at home against Ola Verde (#11) in Poza Rica and is hoping to win this game.
LNBP top team - Pioneros (23-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked Jaguares (1-28) in Cancun 116-76. American guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to led the charge for the winners and Nathan Brumfield chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. The best for the losing side was American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds. Pioneros has a solid three-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Jaguares lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the last place with a total of 28 lost games. Pioneros will play against Volcanes (#17) in Toluca in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jaguares will play at home against Lechugueros in Leon to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 6th ranked Angeles (#6) in a very close 1-point game in Mexicali versus tenth ranked Soles 70-71. Ruben Garces notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 30 points by Jermaine Walker did not help to save the game for Angeles. Soles (17-13) jumped to the ninth spot. Angeles lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 18-11 record. Soles will meet higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Angeles will play against Lobos Grises in Durango and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Seventeenth-ranked Volcanes (2-28) used it's home court advantage to challenge thirteenth ranked Panteras (12-16) in Toluca. The visitors from Aguascalientes managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Jacinto Alvarez who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Panteras did not change their thirteenth position in the standings. Volcanes keep the seventeenth place. Panteras' next round opponent will be Abejas (#14) in Guanajuato. Volcanes will play at home against the league's leader Pioneros where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Huracanes (18-12) and Abejas (9-19), which took place in Guanajuato. Higher ranked Huracanes lost to fifteenth ranked Abejas in a road game 87-92 on Saturday. It was a good game for Paul Sir who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 5 rebounds. Huracanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Abejas jumped to the fourteenth spot. Huracanes lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position. Abejas will face higher ranked Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.

In the last game of round 30 Titanes were smashed by Potros on the road 115-58.


Abejas - Huracanes 92-87
Worth to mention about the upset in a game between Huracanes (18-12) and Abejas (9-19), which took place in Guanajuato. Higher ranked Huracanes lost to fifteenth ranked Abejas in a road game 87-92 on Saturday. Abejas trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 42-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Abejas shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 55.6 percentage. It was a good game for Canadian guard Paul Sir (195-82, college: N.Arizona) who led his team to a victory with 31 points and 5 rebounds. American forward David Patten (203-84, college: Weber St., agency: Court Side) contributed with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA) replied with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds and his fellow American import power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) added 18 points in the effort for Huracanes. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Huracanes' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Abejas jumped to the fourteenth spot. Huracanes lost third consecutive game. They keep the seventh position. Abejas will face higher ranked Panteras (#13) in Aguascalientes in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Abejas: P.Sir 31+5reb+1ast, D.Patten 21+7reb+4ast, D.Ojo 15+7reb+5ast, C.Soto 10+6reb, C.Castillo 8+5reb, E.Ochoa 5
Huracanes: R.Hornsby 18+4reb, T.Bobbitt 16+5reb, A.Fuqua 13+11reb+2ast, O.Quintero 10+4reb, J.Farrera 8+3reb, L.Manuel Gonzalez 7+2reb+2ast
gschID: 102544


Halc.Xalapa - Fuerza Regia 102-114 OT2
Fourth ranked Fuerza Regia won a double-overtime thriller defeating second-best Halcones UV Xalapa by twelve points 102-114 on Saturday night. The game took place in Xalapa. But there were guests from Monterrey who were better at the end. Fuerza Regia trailed by 2 pointss at the halftime before their 21-18 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in double-overtime celebrating important win. Fuerza Regia dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Halcones UV Xalapa's 48. 24 personal fouls commited by Halcones UV Xalapa helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) who led his team to a victory with 38 points (!!!) and 8 assists. The other American import forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) contributed with 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 15 rebounds for Halcones UV Xalapa. Fuerza Regia (21-9) did not change their fourth position in the standings. Halcones UV Xalapa keeps the second place with 22-8 record. Fuerza Regia is looking forward to face Soles (#9) in Mexicali in the next round where they are favorite. Halcones UV Xalapa will play at home against Ola Verde (#11) in Poza Rica and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: M.Mitchell 38+3reb+8ast, J.Smith 23+10reb, J.Habel 12+6reb+1ast, S.Bowie 11+3reb+4ast, A.Izaguirre 9+11reb+4ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 9+1reb
Halc.Xalapa: L.Roe 22+15reb+2ast, J.Harris 19+4reb+5ast, L.Garcia Morales 19+5reb+5ast, R.Mata 10, O.Mendez-Valdez 9+3reb+7ast, J.Pellot-Rosa 8+5reb
gschID: 102546


Volcanes - Panteras 70-72
Seventeenth-ranked Volcanes (2-28) used it's home court advantage to challenge thirteenth ranked Panteras (12-16) in Toluca. The visitors from Aguascalientes managed to secure only two-point victory 72-70. However their fans expected much easier game. Panteras was tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jacinto Alvarez (195-66) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Hoyos chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) who recorded 22 points and 8 assists and his fellow American import power forward Calvin Roland (208-83, college: Va Commonwealth) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Panteras did not change their thirteenth position in the standings. Volcanes keep the seventeenth place. Panteras' next round opponent will be Abejas (#14) in Guanajuato. Volcanes will play at home against the league's leader Pioneros where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Panteras: F.Hoyos 17+6reb, R.Melendez 17+3reb, J.Alvarez 11+10reb+3ast, L.Miguel Rangel 11+3reb+1ast, J.Casillas 6+7reb+1ast, M.Dorado 5+2reb+1ast
Volcanes: L.Morinia 22+4reb+8ast, G.Lira 14+8reb, C.Roland 12+11reb+3ast, M.Connor 9+5reb, S.Torres 7+3reb+2ast, A.Velarde 6+4reb+2ast
gschID: 102541


Pioneros - Jaguares 116-76
LNBP top team - Pioneros (23-7) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed eighteenth ranked Jaguares (1-28) in Cancun 116-76. The game without a history. Pioneros lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pioneros outrebounded Jaguares 56-27 including a 39-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American guard Jeremiah Dominguez (168-85, college: Portland St.) scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists to led the charge for the winners and the other American import forward Nathan Brumfield (196-86, college: Oklahoma Baptist) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists during the contest. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American forward Fred Hooks (198-82, college: Humboldt St.) with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds and Bahamas guard Ray Rose (183-83, college: Olivet Nazarene) scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. Pioneros has a solid three-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Jaguares lost fifteenth consecutive game. They stay at the last place with a total of 28 lost games. Pioneros will play against Volcanes (#17) in Toluca in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Jaguares will play at home against Lechugueros in Leon to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: J.Dominguez 23+5reb+7ast, N.Brumfield 20+8reb+5ast, J.Villanueva 18+7reb+1ast, K.Young 17+6reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 12+2reb+2ast, R.Allen 12+16reb+1ast
Jaguares: R.Rose 29+5reb+2ast, F.Hooks 23+12reb+2ast, J.Carlos Amador 8+6reb+1ast, Q.Demariet 8+1reb, E.Halgunseth 3+2ast, J.Garcia 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 102542


Soles - Angeles 71-70
An interesting game was also surprising road defeat of 6th ranked Angeles (#6) in a very close 1-point game in Mexicali versus tenth ranked Soles 70-71. Soles trailed by 13 pointss at the halftime before their 22-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Angeles to just 6 points in third quarter. Soles outrebounded Angeles 39-25 including 16 on the offensive glass. Panamanian-Spanish power forward Ruben Garces (206-73, college: Providence, agency: Priority Sports) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort and American-Spanish forward Devin Davis (202-74, college: Miami (OH)) who supported him with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Even 30 points by American-Venezuelan forward Jermaine Walker (198-77, college: Miami (FL)) did not help to save the game for Angeles. Venezuelan forward Axiers Sucre (198-78) added 14 points and 6 rebounds. Soles (17-13) jumped to the ninth spot. Angeles lost third consecutive game. They keep the sixth position with 18-11 record. Soles will meet higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Angeles will play against Lobos Grises in Durango and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Soles: R.Garces 16+12reb, M.OSIMANI 13+3reb+5ast, D.Davis 11+11reb+2ast, V.Esquer 8+1reb+4ast, H.Hernandez 8+6reb, A.Pedroza 8+2reb+1ast
Angeles: J.Walker 30+3reb+1ast, A.Sucre 14+6reb+3ast, G.Vargas 9+3reb+3ast, D.Guevara 9+2reb+2ast, J.Gonzalez 3+2reb, R.Butler 2+5reb+4ast
gschID: 102539


Potros - Titanes 115-58
No shocking result in a game when twelfth ranked Potros (14-16) crushed 16th ranked Titanes (7-22) in Ciudad Obregon 115-58 on Saturday. The game without a history. Potros lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Titanes to just 7 points in first quarter. Potros dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Titanes' 34. Potros forced 20 Titanes turnovers and outrebounded them 36-23 including a 30-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 57.1 percentage. Potros looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Titanes' players. It was a good game for British V.Islands center Kleon Penn (211-86, college: McNeese St., agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Franco Harris (183-83, college: Boise St.) contributed with 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Penn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Five Potros players scored in double figures. Potros' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Cameroonian forward Salomon Angounou (202-83, college: Arizona St., agency: Union Sports) replied with 23 points and 6 rebounds and Ramon Gonzalez added 12 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Titanes. Potros has a solid three-game winning streak. They did not change their twelfth position in the standings. Titanes lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the sixteenth place. Potros will face higher ranked Toros (#3) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Titanes will play at home against Algodoneros (#15) in la Comarca and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Potros: S.Monroe 16+3reb+1ast, R.Benitez 14+5reb, S.Monreal 13+2reb, M.Valenzuela 13+2reb+2ast, K.Penn 12+9reb+3ast, G.James 11+3reb+3ast
Titanes: S.Angounou 23+6reb+2ast, R.Gonzalez 12+8reb, E.Martin 7+1ast, G.Edson 6+1reb+1ast, R.Sandoval 3+2reb+3ast, J.Garcia 3+2reb+3ast
gschID: 102540




Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Pioneros 23-7 
 2. Halc.Xalapa 22-8 
 3. Toros 21-7 
 4. Fuerza Regia 21-9 
 5. Halc.Rojos 19-10 
 6. Angeles 18-11 
 7. Huracanes 18-12 
 8. Lobos Grises 17-11 
 9. Soles 17-13 
 10. Lechugueros 16-13 
 11. Ola Verde 15-13 
 12. Potros 14-16 
 13. Panteras 12-16 
 14. Abejas 9-19 
 15. Algodoneros 8-17 
 16. Titanes 7-22 
 17. Volcanes 2-28 
 18. Jaguares 1-28 


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Buducnost reach second place in EuroCup Group C - by Eurobasket News
Buducnost - Siauliai 83:66

Buducnost improved their chances of reaching EuroCup Last 16 with a home win over Siauliai. The Montenegrin team is now tied at 3-2 record with Budivelnyk in the second place in Group C. Siauliai on the other hand slipped at 0-5 record.
Siauliai accounted for opening four points in the game but their run was roughly abrupt by the hosts. Buducnost went on a 20:2 run to take a 20:6 lead late in the first quarter. Buducnost entered the second quarter up by 12 points 20:8. The hosts maintained the lead easily throughout the second quarter. Buducnost ensured a 45:30 lead at the interval. Buducnost stretched the gap to 16 points but David Weaver (211-C-87, college: Wake Forest) capped the period with six points in a row to drag Siauliai within 11 points with ten minutes to go 51:62. Cepulis converted a four-point play to cut the deficit early in the fourth term. But the hosts reacted immediately as they accounted for next six points and never looked back en route to the win. Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) knocked down 24 points to lead the effort. Marko Scekic (207-F-81) netted 14 points in the victory. David Weaver replied with 16 points for Siauliai. Darius Gvezdauskas (191-G-88) netted 15 points in the loss.

Buducnost: Vladimir Dragicevic 24, Marko Scekic 14, Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) 11
Siauliai: David Weaver 16, Darius Gvezdauskas 15



Standings - 1B
1B regular season Standings
Group A
 1. Centar BP 6-1 
 2. Rudar 5-2 
 3. KK Podgorica 4-1 
 4. Bonus 4-2 
 5. Buducnost II 3-4 
 6. Novljanin 1-6 
 7. LIM 0-7 
Group B
 1. Sutjeska 6-1 
 2. Un.Mediteran 5-1 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 5-2 
 4. S.Centar 5-2 
 5. Kotor 2-5 
 6. Zeta 1-6 
 7. KK Cetinje 0-7 


MNE1B - 8 Round : new win for S.Center,Sutjeska and Rudar - by Dragan Scepanovic
Center - Novljanin 92:65 (26:16, 20:6, 20:23, 26:20)
B.Polje.SC Nikoljac. Spectators: 250 Judges: Muhadinovic (Cetinje), Scekic (Berane) and Boskovic (Podgorica).
CENTER: R. Radovic 26, Konatar 9, N. Radovic 6, Mulabegovic 2, Fisika 17, Vukovic 18, Korak 2, Vojinovic 2, Femic 3, 4 Sekularac, Joksimovic, Knezevic 4
NOVLJANIN . Papovic 15, D. Sucevic 9, Dzeletovic 9, Deronja 9, Rajevic, Bjelica 2, Micunovic 1, 2 Subasic, Z. Sucevic 18

Rudar - Lim 99:79 (28:18, 22:22, 25:17, 24:22)
Pljevlja. SC Ada. Spectators: 100 Judges: Kajevic, Raicevic and Vojinovic (Bijelo Polje).
RUDAR: Cacic, Jankovic 2, Kartal 19, 14 Gospic, Starovlah, Dragas, Borijan Dzogaz (204-C-80) 28, Danilovic, Brkovic 16, Markovic 18, Beljkas 2, Mijatovic.
LIM: Kovacevic 30, Markovic 2, Tomovic 14, Vujosevic 7, Jovanovic 7, Scekic 2, Damjanovic 8, Asanovic 9, Veljic.

Cetinje - Sutjeska 41:79 (13:24, 12:18, 8:18, 8:19)
Cetinje : SC Lovcen. Spectators: 150 Judges: Filipovic (Niksic), Nikolic, Caroline Radinovic (Podgorica).
CETINJE A. Jablan, Kusovac, Radovic, Mirkovic 6, M. Jablan, Vrbica 13, Perovic M., Banovic, S. Perovic 2, Borilovic 7, M. Latkovic 7, S. Latkovic 6
SUTJESKA: Ljeskovic 16, Djokovic 3, Kuveljic 12, Baletic 6, N. Lalic 10, Kovac, Mrvaljevic 5, 6 Samardzic, Miljan Vukotic (203-F/C-77) 16, B. Lalic, Miranovic 2, Jovanovic 3

Kotor - Student Center 67:87 (14:24, 18:21, 20:17,16:27)
Kotor .PS Njego. Spectators: 100 Judges :Cirovic (Bar), Suzana Vujicic (Herceg Novi) and Laban (Podgorica).
KOTOR: Roganovic 3, Batut, Dzudovic 13, Pavicevic 4, 7 Milicevic, A. Crepulja 6, Macic 2, Cvjetkovic Duletic, Jeknic 21, Vasic 12, P. Crepulja.
STUDENT CENTER: Bulatovic 6, Lazovic 1, Djuranovic, Markovic 2, Gojsina 7, Bulatovic 4, Ranko Stevovic (188-G-77) 21, Pavicevic 6, Nicaj 28, Fatic 8, Pjesivac 6, Boskovic.

Bonus - Buducnost 2 78:80 (19:18, 13:18, 17:11, 18:20,11:13)
Niksic .Hall Sports Centre. Spectators: around 200 Judges: George Kicovic (Bar), Dejan anjevic (Podgorica) and Vladan Turcinovic (Cetinje).
BONUS: Djokovic, Kasalica 18, Cvorovic, Dragovic 1, Mijatovic 11, Djurkovic, Zarko Dragicevic (188-G-81) 22, Zarubica 6, Jovanovic, Pavic 20, Perovic, Spasojevic.
BUDUCNOST 2: Popovic, Martinovic 7, Sredanovic 8, Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) 24, Vukovic, Mugosa 17, Gavranic 6, Mandic, Nikolic 18, Soc.




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Unbeaten Gold Rush are ninth in NAIA Division I Top 25 - by Emiliano
Unbeaten Xavier (LA) moved from 10th to ninth in the NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 on Monday.
It's the highest rank for the XU men since Feb. 13, 2008, when they were eighth. It's the first time since the 2003-04 season that the Gold Rush made the top 10 in consecutive polls.
Xavier (10-0) won 85-66 at Loyola in their only game of the past week. It's the first time since 1983-84 and just the second time since World War II that the XU men won their first 10 games.
Coupled with XU's No. 15 rank in the women's poll, it's the first time since Feb. 3, 2004, that both XU basketball teams are ranked in the top 15. Xavier is one of three NAIA Division I schools the others are Westminster (Utah) and Azusa Pacific with both basketball teams in the top 15 this week.
Xavier's men will play twice before Christmas: 4 p.m. Saturday at William Carey, which received votes in the poll, and 7 p.m. next Monday at NCAA Division I Southern University. The next Gold Rush home game will start at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6 against Concordia of Alabama.



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Monday's games (5) review - by Eurobasket News
Memphis G. - Portland TB 86-73
Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) had 25 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to their third straight win, 86-73 over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. The victory snapped an eight-game winning streak for Portland in Memphis. The Grizzlies hadn't won a home game in the series in almost five years. Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) added 16 points, reserve O.J. Mayo had 14 and Mike Conley 11 for the Grizzlies. Wesley Matthews led the Trail Blazers with 18 points, while Andre Miller had 14 points and nine assists. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 13 points for Portland, which lost its second straight after a four-game winning streak. Brandon Roy, who entered the game as the Trail Blazers' leading scorer, was ineffective on a bum left knee he tweaked in Sunday's loss at San Antonio. Roy was 3 of 16 from the field and scored 7 points. The Trail Blazers were limited to only nine points in the fourth quarter as Memphis rebuilt the advantage to double digits. It was the lowest-scoring quarter of the season for Portland, which put up a season low point total for the second straight game. Portland had only 78 points in Sunday's loss to San Antonio. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Dallas M. - Milwaukee B. 99-103
Brandon Jennings (6'0''-G-89) and the Milwaukee Bucks were determined to beat the NBA's hottest team and earn a signature road win. Jennings had 23 points and 10 assists, and the Bucks rallied from a 20-point second-quarter deficit for a 103-99 victory over the Mavericks on Monday night to stop Dallas' 12-game winning streak. Andrew Bogut (7'0''-F/C-84, college: Utah) contributed 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Keyon Dooling added 16 points for the Bucks, who won their fourth in five games. Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points and Shawn Marion had 14 for the Mavericks, who hadn't lost since Nov. 19 to Chicago. Dallas had won eight straight at home over the Bucks. *Courtesy of www.cbssports.com

Utah Jazz - Golde State W. 108-95
On the 10th anniversary of John Stockton's 14,000th career assist, Deron Williams (6'3''-G-84, college: Illinois) continued Utah's fine tradition at guard. 'I have to say this is as good as I have ever seen him play,' Jazz coach Jerry Sloan said of Williams, who topped 30 points for the third straight game as Utah routed Golden State 108-95 on Monday night. 'He's been sensational, really. He just took the game over and put it in his hands.' Williams had 30 points and 10 assists for his 13th double-double of the season, with 11 points coming in the fourth quarter when Utah pulled away. He has scored 96 points over the last three games. While Williams did what he does, the short-handed Jazz got some other key contributions. Reserve C.J. Miles (6'6''-G-87) had 20 points and six rebounds while seldom-used rookie Jeremy Evans scored nine points in nine minutes, including several sensational dunks that brought the crowd to its feet. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Miami Heat - N.Orleans H. 96-84
By recent Miami Heat standards, Monday night's win counts as close. The Heat trailed early and waited until the end of the third quarter to make their move, winning by double figures for the ninth game in a row by beating New Orleans 96-84. Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) scored 32 points, topping 30 for the third consecutive game, and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) added 23 points and 11 rebounds. The Heat blew the game open with an 18-2 spurt that put them up 94-77. LeBron James had 20 points and seven assists for Miami, back home after a four-game road sweep. Wade had an especially efficient night: 8 for 13 from the field and 14 of 17 from the free-throw line. While the Heat roll, New Orleans continues to struggle. With a loss for the second day in a row, the Hornets fell to 3-9 since an 11-1 start. They haven't scored 100 points since Nov. 19, a stretch of 13 games. David West had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Hornets, who went 1 for 13 from 3-point range. The teams split the season series. New Orleans beat Miami 96-93 on Nov. 5. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Chicago B. - Indiana P. 92-73
Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) had 22 points and 18 rebounds to lead Chicago to a 92-73 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night, the Bulls' sixth straight win. Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) added 17 points and 12 assists for Chicago and he ignited a 10-0 run after returning from a rest midway through the fourth quarter that broke open a close game. It's Chicago's first six-game winning streak since Nov. 25-Dec. 8, 2006. Brandon Rush and T.J. Ford both had 13 points for Indiana. The 73 points was a season-low for Indiana and it was the third straight game Chicago held its opponent to a season-worst total. The Bulls held the los Angeles Lakers to 84 points on Friday and the Minnesota Timberwolves to 82 points on Saturday. *Courtesy of www.kivitv.com




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. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.2 
 5. Rose, Chicago B.24.7 
 6. Gordon, LA Clippers24.5 
 7. James, Miami Heat24.0 
 8. Ellis, Golde S.24.0 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah..23.6 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat23.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.12.3 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.3 
 4. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.12.0 
 6. Griffin, LA Clipp.11.9 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.4 
 9. Camby, Portland TB11.1 
 10. Lee, Golde S.10.1 
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.9.8 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.8 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.8.9 
 6. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..8.8 
 8. Felton, New Y.8.7 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.3 
 10. Miller, Portland.7.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.3.0 
 2. Ellis, Golde S.2.4 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.3 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 5. Curry, Golde S.2.2 
 6. Conley, Memphis G.2.1 
 7. Westbrook, Oklah..2.1 
 8. Felton, New Y.2.0 
 9. Brewer, Minnesot.1.9 
 10. Miller, Portland.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.2.9 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.9 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.5 
 4. Howard, Orlando M.2.4 
 5. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 6. Smith, Atlanta H.2.3 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers2.3 
 8. Dalembert, Sacram.1.9 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.1.9 
 10. Okafor, N.Orlean.1.8 


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. 15-8 
 2. Indiana P. 11-12 
 3. Milwaukee B. 10-13 
 4. Cleveland C. 7-17 
 5. Detroit P. 7-18 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 18-8 
 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 18-8 
 2. Oklah.City T. 17-8 
 3. Denver N. 14-9 
 4. Portland TB 12-13 
 5. Minnesota T. 6-18 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 17-7 
 2. Phoenix Suns 11-12 
 3. Golde State W. 8-16 
 4. Sacramento K. 5-16 
 5. LA Clippers 5-20 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 20-3 
 2. Dallas M. 19-5 
 3. N.Orleans H. 14-10 
 4. Memphis G. 11-14 
 5. Houston R. 9-14 


Andrew Bynum could make season debut for Lakers on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Lakers felt uplifted after meeting with President Obama and children at a Washington, D.C., boys and girls club Monday in honor of their 2009-10 NBA championship, their second in a row.

But the impending return of center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) might give them their biggest boost after a stretch of .500 ball the past 10 games and career-high minutes of 39.3 per game for forward Pau Gasol.

Bynum, who has yet to play because of offseason surgery on his right knee, could be in action Tuesday at the Washington Wizards.

'He ran hard,' coach Phil Jackson said Monday.

'After (practice) was over we talked to Andrew. I said, 'I understand you're not where you want to be as a player, but you can help us out if you come out and play.' He said, 'I'm willing to do that.' '

Jackson will decide after Tuesday's morning shoot-around for the Lakers, who began the season 8-0 but are 9-7 since. They're 1-3 against teams currently with winning records, although still atop the Pacific Division.

But the Lakers have played as if lacking motivation. Five of their losses are to teams without winning records.

'We went seven games in an NBA Finals,' Kobe Bryant said of the last title, against the Boston Celtics in June. 'That's looking at the lion in the face.

'So now a game on Thursday night in December doesn't seem like much of nothing.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Rockets recall Patrick Patterson from D-League - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled forward Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89, college: Kentucky) from Houstons single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Patterson (6-9, 235, Kentucky) averaged a team-leading 18.3 points (.555, 61-110 FG), 10.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.56 steals and 1.56 blocks in nine games (nine starts) with the Vipers. Patterson currently ranks tied for first in the D-League in double-doubles with five and stands second in the league in rebounds per game. He is actually one of just three players in the D-League averaging a double-double on the season.

Assigned to Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 9, Patterson was on the inactive list for Houstons first six games. He averaged 4.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 15.2 minutes in six games for the Rockets during the preseason. Patterson also averaged 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in five games (four starts) with Houston during the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Selected by the Rockets in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft as an early entry candidate, Patterson finished his three-year career at Kentucky with averages of 16.1 points (.585, 617-1054 FG; .329, 24-73 3FG), 8.2 rebounds and 1.57 blocks in 97 career games (97 starts). He was one of five Wildcats picked in the opening round of the 2010 NBA Draft, which was the first time five players from one school were chosen in the first round of the draft. A 2007 McDonalds All-American as a high school senior, Patterson became the 10th fastest player to reach the 1,000-point club at UK (58 games). He was a two-time All-SEC First-Team pick as a junior and sophomore, as well as a Second-Team selection as a freshman.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Timberwolves recall guard Flynn - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves have recalled point guard Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89, college: Syracuse) from his second rehab stint with the Sioux Falls Skyforce and hope to have him available for the game at Golden State on Tuesday night.

Flynn has yet to play an NBA game in his second season with the Timberwolves. He had hip surgery in July and played in two games in the D-League as he tries to work back into game shape.

Flynn had eight points and 12 assists on Friday night. The plan was for him to play a back-to-back on Saturday, but that game was canceled because of bad weather.

The Wolves also hope to get swingman Martell Webster back on Tuesday night. Webster has not played all season because of back surgery.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


New Jersey Nets' Damion James has foot surgery, to miss 2 months - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets rookie forward Damion James (6'7''-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas) is expected to be sidelined up to two months after having surgery to repair a broken right foot.

Nets general manager Billy King says James had surgery on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Surgeons repaired a broken fifth metatarsal by inserting a screw in James' foot.

James will be on crutches for two weeks and out 6-to-8 weeks. The former Texas Longhorn averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 points in 17 games.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Klima number one in Polish 1Liga for round 13 - by Eurobasket News
Center Maciej Klima (205-C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Sokol Lancut, receiving a Eurobasket.com 1Liga Player of the Week award for round 13.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (17 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Polonia 2011 (#15, 3-10) 68-54. Sokol Lancut maintains the 3rd position in Polish 1Liga. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Sokol Lancut will need more victories to improve their 10-3 record. Klima turned to be Sokol Lancut's top player in his first season with the team. Maciej Klima has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.8ppg) and averages impressive 1.7bpg,3.5spg and 57.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 30-year old Adam Lisewski (206-F/C-80) of MMKS DG. Lisewski had a very good evening with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course he lead MMKS DG to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Astoria (#16, 2-11) 94-72. MMKS DG's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-5 record is not bad and everything may still change. Lisewski is well-known at MMKS DG and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Krzysztof Jakobczyk (183-G-86) of JKKS Gornik Walbrzych (#14). Jakobczyk scored 29 points and passed ten assists (!!!). Despite Jakobczyk's great performance Gornik lost 99-108 to the higher-ranked Tempcold AZS (#1, 11-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Gornik can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Jakobczyk he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Jakobczyk has individually a great season in Poland. After 12 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (5th best) and assists with 5.2apg (3rd best). He also has 2.2spg and and 3PT: 42.1%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) of Tempcold AZS - 14 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Lukasz Pacocha (182-G-82) of AZS Szczecin - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Wojciech Pisarczyk (201-F-88) of Sokol Lancut - 23 points and 9 rebounds
7. Piotr Mis (204-F/C-77) of SKK Siedlce - 14 points and 10 rebounds
8. Leszek Karwowski (209-F-75) of Tempcold AZS - 21 points and 4 rebounds
9. Marcin Malczyk (193-G-82) of Asec.Prokom-2 - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Rafal Wojcicki (193-G-82) of SKK Siedlce - 20 points, 7 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)


Alba cruise past Anwil in Berlin - by Eurobasket News
Alba - Anwil 92:73

Alba clinched the top spot in EuroCup Group H. They bruised visiting Anwil to impove at 5-0 record on top of the standings. Anwil in the meantime fell at 0-5 record. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) scored 15 points to lead the effort from the German side.
Alba dominated from start to finish. The hosts erupted for 25 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure a 9-point advantage. Alba stayed on fire in the second quarter. The hosts drained 30 points to boost the margin to as many as 22 points. Anwil stopped the rot in the third quarter. They adjusted their defense to limit Alba to 15 points. Anwil however still trailed by 21 points heading into the fourth frame. Anwil outscored the hosts in the fourth term but it just sweetened the pill for the Polish team. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) and Tadija Dragicevic (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) accounted for 13 points each for Alba. Derrick Allen netted 10 points for the winners. Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) replied with 13 points for Anwil. Paul Miller (208-C/F-82, college: Wichita St.) and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) finished with 10 points each in defeat.

Alba: Yassin Idbihi 15, Julius Jenkins 13, Tadija Dragicevic 13
Anwil: Andrzej Pluta 13, Paul Miller 10, Dardan Berisha 10



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  PUERTO RICO   


BSN reconsiders penalties for both Bayamon and Ponce Teams - by Luis Ramirez
The BSN has indicated that they have reconsidered the rulings made at the end of last season when both Bayamon and Ponce teams had unruly fans which brought on heavy handed penalties for both teams. The Ponce Lions were to play the first 5 home games of the season as visitors as would the Bayamon Cowboys. There was also a hefty fine for both teams, initially the fine was $20,000 but has now been reduced to just $9,000.00. Both teams will only have to play only one game of the original five but the date will have to be approved by the League director Fernando Olivero. Both teams will nonetheless have to submit a security plan for the upcoming season and both teams will be under probation, if any further problems occur in these arenas stiffer penalties will be assessed. Both teams will have to present security plans for the upcoming season and will have to hire private security guards to assist during the games.

In other unrelated BSN news, local reports indicate that Rick Pitino may be the next National Team Head Coach.



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  RUSSIA   


Pepsi Caserta advance with thrashing win over Krasnye Krylia - by Eurobasket News
Pepsi Caserta - Krasnye Krylia 94:67

Pepsi Caserta reached EuroCup Last 16 stage. They cruised past Krasnye Krylia at home court to fulfill the task. Pepsi Caserta improved at 3-2 record and eliminated Krasnye Krylia from EuroCup title quest. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) exploded with 32 points to lead the effort.
Pepsi Caserta made it look easy in this one. Ambitious Krasnye Krylia did not resemble of themselves as they started to lag behind right from the start. Pepsi Caserta grabbed a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. The Italian side erupted for 28 points in the second quarter to clear off. They established a comfortable 50:29 advantage at the interval. Krasnye Krylia never improved after the long break. Pepsi Caserta wisely kept their opponents at bay in the third quarter. The hosts entered the fourth quarter leading by 23 points 71:58. Krasnye Krylia failed to wake up in the final period allowing the home side to coast for the victory. Martin Colussi (193-G-81) accounted for 20 points in the win. Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78) added 15 points for Pepsi Caserta. Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) replied with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Krasnye Krylia. Gerald Green (203-G/F-86, agency: Lanshire Group) chipped in 15 points in defeat.

Pepsi Caserta: Ebi Ere 32, Martin Colussi 20, Fabio Di Bella 15
Krasnye Krylia: Primoz Brezec 21, Gerald Green 15



Spartak St Petersburg grabbed their ticket to the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Spartak-BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 85:77

Spartak St Petersburg grabbed their ticket to the Last 16 of the EuroChallenge. The Russian team overcame BCM Gravelines Dunkerque 85:77 for 4-1 record in Group A. The French side meanwhile will battle at home with Hungarians Szolnoki for the second qualifying spot from the pool for the next phase of the competition.
The Russian team opened the game with 5-0 record and Ponkrashov made it 8:2. Frejus Zerbo (206-C-89) however tied it all at 10:10, while he also gave his side the first lead at 11:10. BCM Gravelines Dunkerque won the first period 19:18 and then Jeff Greer (196-G/F-79, college: Rutgers) started the second frame with 23:18. Spartak however pushed the tempo in the end of the quarter and took 42:36 at the halftime. Another 25-22 in the third frame allowed the home side to enjoy 67:58 after 30 minutes. Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) increased to 71:60, while Ponkrashov kept the difference at 73:62. Ponkrashov later scored for 80:67 and it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) nailed three at the very end and Jeff Greer closed the game for the guests.
Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Miha Zupan added 15. Pero Antic followed them with 12 points for the top of the group. Jeff Greer ended up with 16 points in the losing effort as the French side dropped to 2-3. Ben Woodside (180-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) followed him with 15 points and Frejus Zerbo added 12.

Spartak: Henry Domercant 21, Miha Zupan 15, Pero Antic 12
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque: Jeff Greer, 16, Ben Woodside 15, Frejus Zerbo 12




Nizhny Novgorod celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod -Szolnoki Olaj 76:62

Nizhny Novgorod celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge this season tonight. The Russian team rolled over Szolnoki Olaj 76:62 for 1-4 record on the bottom of Group A. Szolnoki Olaj dropped to 3-2 record but still has the chance to advance to the top 16 of the tournament.
Obie Trotter (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Alabama A&M) nailed three in the start of the game and Horvath made it 16:11. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) later closed the period at 18:19 giving a chance for the hosts in the game. Nizhny Novgorod trailed midway through the second quarter but a Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80, agency: Beo Basket) three-ball triggered an 11-0 run that put them in front to stay. Ivanov scored for 37:28 and Obie Trotter sent the teams to the lockers at 37:30. Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) meanwhile started the third frame with a jump shot and Fodor added two for 44:39. The Russian team stayed tough and won the quarter 15-11 to take 52:41 after 30 minutes in the court. Vanja Plisnic opened the last stanza from the perimeter and Ivanov added for 57:44. Marton Bader and Clark reduced to 69:59 with 1 minute in the game and Obie Trotter became the last player to score for the guests. Antonov scored the last 4 points for the winning team as Nizhny Novgorod celebrated the initial victory in EuroChallenge.
Vanja Plisnic paced all the winners with 19 points and Ivan Paunic scored 12. Artem Yakovenko (206-F-88) netted 11, whilst Dmitry Golovin (192-G-88) added 7. Obie Trotter ended up with 21 points in defeat, whilst Marton Bader collected 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Nizhny Novgorod: Vanja Plisnic 19, Ivan Paunic 12, Artem Yakovenko 11, Dmitry Golovin 7
Szolnoki Olaj: Obie Trotter 21, Marton Bader 17+11 rebs



Unics edge EWE Baskets to seal EuroCup Last 16 birth - by Eurobasket News
Unics - EWE Baskets 88:64

Unics posted the fourth EuroCup victory. The Russian powerhouse defeated EWE Basket at home court ensuring the Last 16 birth. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) came up with 25 points to lead the hosts. EWE Baskets fell at 1-4 record at the bottom of the ladder.
Unics started the game confidently. The hosts dominated in the opening frame. Unics ensured a 24:19 lead after ten minutes. The home team maintained the advantage throughout the second period. They limited EWE Baskets to just 17 points to pile up a 47:36 advantage at the interval. Things got even worse for Oldenburg in the third term. Unics stiffened the defensive schemes and held the German side to just 13 points in the period. The Kazan outfit arrived at the final break up by 17 points. EWE Baskets could not recover in the final quarter. Unics cruised to the victory at the end. Maciej Lampe (210-C-85) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for Unics. Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) contributed 12 points in the victory. Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) answered with 11 points for EWE Baskets. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Unics: Terrell Lyday 25, Maciej Lampe 16+14 boards, Kelly McCarty 12
EWE Baskets: Christopher McNaughton 11, Oliver Stevic 10



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


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  SENEGAL   


Mouhamed Sene arrives to Gravelines - by Eurobasket News
Mouhamed Sene (213-C-86) finally arrived to Gravelines. The Senegalese big guy had visa problems, which prevented him to join his new teammates earlier. He signed a deal three weeks ago and will stay with Gravelines for rest of the season. Mouhamed Sene spent 2009/10 with Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket averaging 12.4 points. He finished the season as ProA top rebounder with 11.4 rpg. Sene also was the league's top shot blocker with 2.4 bpg and was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA 1st Team -10.

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Khimik Yuzny adds PG Nemanja Protic - by Eurobasket News
Khimik Yuzny announced signing of Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) for rest of the season. The Serbian point guard parted ways with EWE Baskets Oldenburg few days ago and immediately moved to Ukraine. He appeared 12 times in German league registering 6 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 1.9 apg. Protic also played two games in EuroCup adding 6.5 ppg.

Nemanja Protic moves to Ukraine - by Zoran Popovic
Just few days after he leaves EWE Baskets Oldenrubg Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) fined new team. Protic sings contract with Ukrainian team Khimik Yuzny until the end of season. On 12 games for EWE Baskets Oldenburg this season in German championship Protic average scored 6 points, 1.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, on 2 games in Eurocup average scored 6.5 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists. Last season Protic played for FMP and on 13 games in EuroChallenge Cup average scored 12.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, on 25 games in Adriatic league average scored 11.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Protic started career in Borac Cacak, played for FMP young team and FMP last four seasons. Nemanja Protic was member of Serbian University National team 2009.

Aleksandar Vlahovic gets MVP of the Week award for Serbian A League - by Eurobasket News
Talented Aleksandar Vlahovic (190-G-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Sloga and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 20-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding two rebounds and seven assists for Sloga in his team's victory, helping them to beat Mega Vizura (#3, 7-5) 85-77. Sloga is placed at 11th position in Serbian A League. Sloga is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 4-7 record. In the team's last game Vlahovic had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 7 attempts. He turned to be Sloga's top player in his first season with the team. Vlahovic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.5ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.8apg) and averages solid 54.9% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old forward Vuksan Gagovic (202-F-84) of Proleter Naftagas Zrenjanin. Gagovic impressed basketball fans with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Bad luck as Proleter Naftagas was edged by the higher-ranked Sloboda Uzice (#5, 7-5) 93-90. This loss caused Proleter Naftagas to drop to 12th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Gagovic is a newcomer at Proleter Naftagas and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become team's real leader.

The third best performed player last round was Bojan Ljubojevic (205-F-78, agency: BeoExcell) of Sloboda Uzice (#5). Ljubojevic showcased his all-around game by recording 15 points, twelve rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Sloboda Uzice, leading his team to a 93-90 win against the lower-ranked Proleter Naftagas (#12, 4-8). Sloboda Uzice needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 5 lost games. Ljubojevic has a very solid season. In 12 games in Serbia he scored 10.1ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragan Mitrovic (198-F-85) of Beograd - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Djordje Susa) of Superfund - 16 points and 8 rebounds
6. Zoran Majkic (207-C-78) of Proleter Naftagas - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88) of Beograd - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) of FMP - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Branko Andjic (201-F-82) of Sloboda Uzice - 17 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Stefan Fekete (188-G-86) of Sloboda Uzice - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 8 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)


B League Round 11: Radnicki Basket defeats Smederevo Vizura in the closest game of the week - by Eurobasket News
The most interesting game of round 11 in the B League was a very close only one-point a road defeat of 4th placed Smederevo Vizura (6-5) to third ranked Radnicki Basket (8-3) 73-74. Radnicki Basket trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 24-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Radnicki Basket forced 20 Smederevo Vizura turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Dejan Djokic (187-G-89) (187-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. Center Aleksandar Nastic (207-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 21 rebounds. Radnicki Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite the win they stay at third position having just two points less than leader Radnicki BG. Smederevo Vizura lost third consecutive game. The team is currently 6-5 and went down to fifth place. Radnicki Basket is looking forward to face KK Jagodina (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Smederevo Vizura will play against Zeleznicar (#4) in Indija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
B League top team - BKK Radnicki (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-11) in Beograd 107-48. It was a quality performance for power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Marko Boltic accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) came up with 13 points for Radnicki KG 06 in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for BKK Radnicki. They stay at first position. Radnicki KG 06 lost their seventh straight game in a row. Eleventh consecutive loss means that Radnicki KG 06 is still at the bottom of the standings. BKK Radnicki will play against Radnicki OB (#6) in Obrenovac in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Radnicki KG 06 will play at home against Vojvodina (#9) in Novi Sad and hopes to get finally their first victory.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 11: Radnicki OB lost to Zeleznicar on the opponent's court 76-81. Vojvodina managed to outperform Viva Basket in a home game 87-79. Student managed to beat Mladost Cacak on the road 95-81. Spartak crushed Sindjelic Nis on it's own court 98-73. Jagodina was beaten by KK Nis in a road game 78-70.


Zeleznicar - Radnicki OB 81-76
Everything could happen in Indija at the game between two tied teams. Both seventh ranked Zeleznicar and 5th ranked Radnicki OB had identical 6-4 record. This time Zeleznicar used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Obrenovac 81-76. Radnicki OB was ahead by 5 points at the halftime before a 42-32 second half run of Zeleznicar. They made 26-of-34 charity shots (76.5 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Radnicki OB turnovers. Radnicki OB was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Nenad Kasabasic (190-84) who led the winners and scored 28 points. Bosnian guard Vladimir Jojic (185-75) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Four Zeleznicar players scored in double figures. Forward Dragan Boricic (201-77) came up with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and Montenegrin center Aleksandar Raickovic (205-77) added 12 points respectively for Radnicki OB in the defeat. Radnicki OB's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory was the third consecutive win for Zeleznicar. The victory allowed Zeleznicar (7-4) to climb to the fourth place. Radnicki OB is currently in fifth position with a 6-5 record as they suffered their fifth loss. Zeleznicar will play against Smederevo Vizura (#5) on the road in the next round. Radnicki OB will play against the league's leader BKK Radnicki in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Zeleznicar: N.Kasabasic 28+1reb+2ast, V.Jojic 14+2reb+3ast, D.Ivanis 13+4reb, M.Ognjenovic 10+5reb+1ast, N.Kovac 6+7reb, M.Djuric 5+2reb+2ast
Radnicki OB: A.Raickovic 12+4reb+3ast, D.Boricic 11+12reb+2ast, M.Tasic 10+5reb, U.Baltic 9+1reb+1ast, M.Jevtic 8+3reb, M.Mijovic 8+2reb+3ast
gschID: 104526


Radnicki BG - KG 06 107-48
B League top team - BKK Radnicki (10-1) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Radnicki KG 06 (0-11) in Beograd 107-48. The game without a history. BKK Radnicki lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Radnicki KG 06 to just 7 points in fourth quarter. BKK Radnicki dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Radnicki KG 06's 38 and had 32 for 50 from the free-throw line, while Radnicki KG 06 only scored ten points from the stripe. BKK Radnicki forced 20 Radnicki KG 06 turnovers and outrebounded them 41-20 including a 25-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. BKK Radnicki were unselfish on offense dishing 33 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Radnicki KG 06's players. Radnicki KG 06 was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a quality performance for power forward Dragan Petronic (206-82) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). Guard Marko Boltic (193-87) accounted for 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists for the winning side. Swingman Milic Blagojevic (200-91) came up with 13 points and Ivan Nedeljkovic added 12 points respectively for Radnicki KG 06 in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for BKK Radnicki. They stay at first position. Radnicki KG 06 lost their seventh straight game in a row. Eleventh consecutive loss means that Radnicki KG 06 is still at the bottom of the standings. BKK Radnicki will play against Radnicki OB (#6) in Obrenovac in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Radnicki KG 06 will play at home against Vojvodina (#9) in Novi Sad and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Radnicki BG: D.Petronic 28+5reb+3ast, M.Starovic 13+6reb+1ast, M.Boltic 11+6reb+8ast, S.Lalic 11+1reb+2ast, M.Ilic 9+12reb, N.Rakonjac 9+2ast
KG 06: M.Blagojevic 13+3reb+1ast, I.Nedeljkovic 12+3reb+1ast, N.Miskovic 6+2reb, M.Gajic 4+2reb, S.Stojacic 4+2reb+3ast, S.Gavrilovic 4+3reb
gschID: 104527


Vojvodina - Viva Basket 87-79
We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams in Novi Sad where eleventh ranked Vojvodina (4-7) defeated 10th ranked Viva Basket (4-7) 87-79. It looked good early as Viva Basket took an 10-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Vojvodina took control and eventually getting 8-point vistory that evening. They also forced 20 Viva Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 43-32 including 29 on the defensive glass. Vojvodina brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Viva Basket was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 18 rebounds. Power forward Aleksandar Drakulic (198-85) accounted for 23 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Four Vojvodina players scored in double figures. Guard Dragan Bjelica (198-81) came up with 38 points (!!!) and 6 assists and center Aleksandar Petrovic (206-72) added 7 points and 10 rebounds respectively for Viva Basket in the defeat. Viva Basket's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Vojvodina (4-7) to climb to the ninth place. They share it with three other teams including defeated Viva Basket. Viva Basket lost their fifth straight game in a row. Vojvodina will play against bottom-ranked Radnicki KG 06 (#14) in Kragujevac in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Viva Basket will play at home against Mladost Cacak (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Vojvodina: A.Drakulic 23+8reb, N.Knezevic 22+18reb+1ast, T.Ivosev 14+8reb+1ast, M.Glisic 12+3reb+5ast, I.Pap 7+1reb, S.Pastornjicki 4+2reb+3ast
Viva Basket: D.Bjelica 38+2reb+6ast, D.Jevtic 13+3reb, M.Drekalovic 8+1reb, A.Petrovic 7+10reb+1ast, A.Vuletic 5+5reb+1ast, N.Cvijic 5+4reb
gschID: 104528


Mladost Cacak - Student 81-95
The game between closely ranked teams ended with 9th ranked Mladost Cacak's (4-7) home loss to eighth ranked Student UK (6-5) 81-95. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when Student UK's preassure prevailed and they won that period 25-17 extending their advantage to 14 points. Mladost Cacak was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for center Nikola Glisovic (209-73) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Swingman Filip Lalovic (190-86) accounted for 17 points and 6 assists for the winning side. Forward Marko Gujanicic (200-92) came up with 16 points and 8 rebounds and forward Ivan Dukanac (199-80) added 18 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Mladost Cacak in the defeat. Five Student UK and four Mladost Cacak players scored in double figures. Mladost Cacak's coach rotated eleven players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory allowed Student UK (6-5) who are in their first very successful season in the B League to climb to the fifth place. They share it with three other teams. Mladost Cacak lost their fifth straight game in a row. They are currently in ninth position with a 4-7 record. Student UK will play against Sindjelic Nis (#8) on the road in the next round. Mladost Cacak will play against Viva Basket in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Student: N.Glisovic 27+6reb+2ast, L.Igrutinovic 19+2reb+2ast, F.Lalovic 17+3reb+6ast, S.Arnaut 12+8reb+4ast, N.Vucic 10+2reb+2ast, S.Vucenov 5+1reb
Mladost Cacak: I.Dukanac 18+7reb, M.Gujanicic 16+8reb+3ast, S.Avramovic 14+1reb+4ast, V.Gajovic 12+1reb+5ast, M.Papic 9+2reb+1ast, G.Vucicevic 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 104529


Spartak - Sindjelic Nis 98-73
Everything went according to plan in Subotica where second ranked Spartak (9-2) outscored 6th ranked Sindjelic Nis (6-5) 98-73. The game rather controlled by Spartak. Sindjelic Nis managed to win fourth quarter 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for guard Miroslav Radic (195-84) who led the winners and scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Miodrag Dinic (197-80) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Five Spartak players scored in double figures. Power forward Mladen Vitkovic (200-90) came up with 12 points and guard Milos Trailovic (198-81) added 12 points respectively for Sindjelic Nis in the defeat. Since the result was very predictable, it gave a chance for the coaches to test many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Spartak. Despite the win they stay at second position having just one point less than leader Radnicki BG. Sindjelic Nis is currently in fifth place with a 6-5 record as they suffered their fifth loss. Spartak will play against KK Nis (#10) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sindjelic Nis will play against Student UK (#7) in Kragujevac and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Spartak: M.Radic 24+5reb+4ast, D.Mladenovic 15+3ast, R.Vukolic 15+2reb+1ast, M.Dinic 13+7reb+2ast, S.Stojanovic 12+3reb+1ast, V.Pekovic 8+1ast
Sindjelic Nis: M.Trailovic 12+3reb, M.Vitkovic 12+3reb, M.Cvetkovic 11+2reb, V.Virijevic 8+4reb, S.Ivetic 8+1reb+1ast, D.Markovic 7+5reb
gschID: 104523


KK Nis - Jagodina 78-70
Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked KK Nis and 13th ranked KK Jagodina had identical 3-7 record. This time KK Nis used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Jagodina 78-70. KK Nis was already 15 points ahead at halftime and as many as 23 after three quarters before a 28-13 last quarter charge of KK Jagodina cut the lead to 78-70 at the end of the game. KK Nis dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to KK Jagodina's 30. KK Nis had a 31-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for guard Milan Tesanovic (192-89) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 4 assists. Vladimir Djordjevic (-84) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Four KK Nis players scored in double figures. KK Nis' coach used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Nikola Radmanovac (192-77) came up with 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Bojan Gladanac (-88) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for KK Jagodina in the defeat. The victory allowed KK Nis (4-7) who are in their first season in the B League to climb to the ninth place. They share it with three other teams. KK Jagodina lost their fourth straight game in a row. They are currently in thirteenth position with a 3-8 record. KK Nis will play against league's second-placed Spartak in Subotica in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. KK Jagodina will play at home against Radnicki Basket (#3) in Beograd and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
KK Nis: M.Tesanovic 27+3reb+4ast, V.Djordjevic 13+9reb+2ast, M.Markovic 13+4reb+2ast, I.Kostic 12+7reb+1ast, D.Trickovic 7+3reb+2ast, I.Pendic 4+2reb+1ast
Jagodina: N.Radmanovac 22+6reb+2ast, B.Gladanac 18+5reb+2ast, V.Stanisavljevic 13+6reb+5ast, D.Stojkanovic 7+3reb, M.Gambiroza 6+4reb, S.Radojkovic 2+2reb+1ast
gschID: 104524


Radnicki Basket - Smederevo 74-73
The most interesting game of round 11 in the B League was a very close only one-point a road defeat of 4th placed Smederevo Vizura (6-5) to third ranked Radnicki Basket (8-3) 73-74. Radnicki Basket trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 24-17 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Radnicki Basket forced 20 Smederevo Vizura turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Dejan Djokic (187-89) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 4 assists. Montenegrin power forward Bojan Subotic (206-90) helped adding 15 points and 8 rebounds. Center Aleksandar Nastic (207-90) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 21 rebounds and power forward Uros Zivanovic (204-85) scored 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Radnicki Basket have an impressive series of five victories in a row. Despite the win they stay at third position having just two points less than leader Radnicki BG. Smederevo Vizura lost third consecutive game. The team is currently 6-5 and went down to fifth place. Radnicki Basket is looking forward to face KK Jagodina (#13) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Smederevo Vizura will play against Zeleznicar (#4) in Indija and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radnicki Basket: D.Djokic 19+2reb+4ast, B.Subotic 15+8reb+1ast, A.Zaric 14+3reb+1ast, M.Vasilic 9+7reb+1ast, S.Stamenkovic 7+4reb+1ast, F.Djuran 5+5reb+2ast
Smederevo: A.Nastic 27+21reb, A.Perovic 17+4reb+4ast, U.Zivanovic 13+9reb+6ast, V.Vranic 6, V.Svilar 5+1reb+4ast, P.Sparovic 3+4reb+4ast
gschID: 104525




Dragan Sakota officially takes over Trabzon - by Eurobasket News
Dragan Sakota (agency: Interperformances ) officially became a new Head Coach of Trabzon. The TBL newcomer parted ways with Alaaddin Yakan and immediately agreed terms with the Serbian specialist. Trabzon currently has 2-7 record and they will have to improve drastically in order to survive in TBL this season. Dragan Sakota (agency: Interperformances ) worked with Upim Bologna, Crvena Zvezda, AEK, Olympiakos, Iraklis, PAOK and Peristeri in the past.

Petronic number one in Serbian B League for round 11 - by Eurobasket News
Power forward Dragan Petronic (206-F/C-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Radnicki BG, receiving a Eurobasket.com B League Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 28-year old player was the main contributor (28 points, five rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team KG 06 (#14, 0-11) with 59-point margin 107-48. It allowed Radnicki BG to consolidate first place in the Serbian B League. Radnicki BG has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. Petronic turned to be Radnicki BG's top player in his first season with the team. Dragan Petronic averages this season 13.7ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was 23-year old Nemanja Knezevic (203-F-87) of Vojvodina. Knezevic had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 18 rebounds. Of course Vojvodina cruised to a 87-79 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Viva Basket (4-7). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Vojvodina managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-7 record. Knezevic is a newcomer at Vojvodina, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was center Aleksandar Nastic (207-C-90) of Vizura Smederevo (#5). Nastic scored 27 points and grabbed twenty one rebounds (!!!). Despite Nastic's great performance Smederevo lost 73-74 to slightly higher-ranked Radnicki Basket (#3, 8-3). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Smederevo needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Nastic has a very solid season. In 11 games in Serbia he scored 8.6ppg. He also has 4.9rpg and FGP: 53.5%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dragan Bjelica (198-G-81) of Viva Basket - 38 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Nikola Glisovic (209-C-73) of Student - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Miroslav Radic (195-G-84) of Spartak - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Milan Tesanovic (192-G-89) of KK Nis - 27 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Uros Zivanovic (204-F/C-85) of Smederevo - 13 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Nenad Kasabasic (190-G-84) of Zeleznicar - 28 points and 2 assists
10. Marko Boltic (193-G-87) of Radnicki BG - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 8 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)


EWE Baskets Oldenburg brings in Luka Bogdanovic - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets Oldenburg announced signing of Luka Bogdanovic (210-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) for rest of the season. The 25-year-old forward arrives to the German squad from Roanne, where he averaged 11.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists for 7 games in ProA. Bogdanovic finished his short term deal with the French outfit and moved to EWE Baskets. From 2008 to 2010, Luka Bogdanovic was a member of DKV Joventut. In the past, he played also for Le Mans and Partizan.

Hemofarm overcome Besiktas in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Hemofarm - Besiktas 101:100 (OT)

Hemofarm survived drama to eke out a narrow one-point overtime victory against Besiktas. The Serbian team awaits the result of another EuroCup Group B game between Goettingen and Asvel to know their fate. If Goettingen wins Hemofarm will qualify into Last 16 stage of the tournament. Besiktas will be eliminated then.
Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) was pivotal for Besiktas early in the encounter. He scored 6 points in a 10:2 run that gave the Turkish team a 17:12 advantage. They maintained the lead to take a 25:20 buffer at the first break. Hemofarm responded with an 8:3 run at the start of the second quarter to pull in front. The lead changed hands for several times then before Mire Chatman sealed the first half outcome at 47:45 for the visitors. Besiktas opened the second half with five points in a row to enlarge the lead. Hemofarm recovered midway through the stanza as they grabbed a 66:61 lead. But Besiktas came back right into this one and Michal Ignerski (207-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) secured a 71:70 advantage at the third intermission. The teams stayed very close in the fourth quarter. Hemofarm led by three points 88:85 but Mire Chatman hit two free throws to drag the visitors closer. Boris Savovic (206-F-87) replied with just one freebie and later Mire Chatman hit a jumper to send the game into overtime. Mire Chatman and Cevik gave Besiktas a 5-point lead early in the extra period. But Hemofarm bounced back as Sutalo, Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Boris Savovic restored a 97:96 advantage for the hosts. The teams traded free throws in the dying seconds and when Cevik missed a jumper at the buzzer it was the celebration time for the Serbians. Boris Savovic knocked down 23 points to pace Hemofarm. Milan Macvan added 22 points and 9 rebounds in the win. Mire Chatman replied with game-high 43 points for Besiktas. Michal Ignerski provided 19 points and 9 caroms in the loss.

Hemofarm: Boris Savovic 23, Milan Macvan 22, Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) 16
Besiktas: Mire Chatman 43, Michal Ignerski 19



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Husic's double-double lands him 1B Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old forward Mirnes Husic (203-F-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Kraski Zidar Sezana and receives a Eurobasket.com 1B Player of the Week award for round 12.
He had a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds, while his team crushed KD Postojna (#10, 4-8) with 22-point margin 79-57. Kraski Zidar maintains the 5th position in Slovenian 1B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Kraski Zidar will need more victories to improve their 9-3 record. Husic has many years of experience at Kraski Zidar, through which he has constantly improved. Husic has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 20.6ppg) and averages solid 1.1bpg and 74.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Ziga Koritnik (197-F-89) of Hrastnik. He is a forward in his 3rd season at Hrastnik. In the last game Koritnik recorded impressive 27 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course Hrastnik cruised to a 71-59 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Konjice (#13, 2-9). This victory allowed Hrastnik to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 6-6 record is not bad and everything may still change. Koritnik is one of the most experienced players at Hrastnik and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Jure Misic (188-G-87) of LOGO Grosuplje (#7). Misic scored 27 points. Despite Misic's great performance Grosuplje lost 78-93 to the higher-ranked Rogaska (#1, 11-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Grosuplje needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 6 lost games. Misic has a very solid season. In 5 games in Slovenia he scored 13.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gregor Jakhel (206-F/C-88) of KD Postojna - 14 points and 14 rebounds
5. Igor Spesic (204-F/C-83) of Rogaska - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Tomaz Jereb (192-G-91) of Konjice - 14 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Dragan Pusic (193-G-84) of Litija - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Uros Ivanovic (204-F/C-74) of Radovljica - 23 points and 7 rebounds
9. Boban Tomic (190-G-88) of Rogaska - 19 points and 5 assists
10. Matej Bratina (189-G-89) of Primorac Branik - 21 points and 3 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)


1B Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
1B round 12 most important game was a victory of Sencur CP over second-best Splosna plovba 73-64 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Splosna plovba. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Splosna plovba trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-19 run in the last period cut the deficit to 64-73 at the end of the game. It was a good night for forward Aljaz Urbanc (198-84) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jaka Hladnik (192-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Guard Tomaz Podboj (185-86) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds for Splosna plovba. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sencur CP (10-2) jumped to the second spot. Splosna plovba dropped to the third position with 9-3 record. They have the same record like Kraski Zidar and Litija. Sencur CP is looking forward to face Litija (#4) on the road in the next round. Splosna plovba will play against KD Postojna and is hoping to win this game.
1B top team - Rogaska (11-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Grosuplje (6-6) in Rogaska Slatina 93-78. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and Boban Tomic who added 19 points and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Rogaska's coach Matej Baksic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Jure Misic (188-87) with 27 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Rogaska have an impressive five-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Grosuplje stays at the sixth place. They have the same record like Hrastnik. Rogaska will play against Hrastnik (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Grosuplje will play against Primorac Branik in Maribor and hopes to get back on the winning track.
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 4th ranked Litija (#4) in a very close 2-point game versus tenth ranked Medvode 71-73 in Litija. It was quite big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Litija. The winners were led by Jernej Roser who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. Medvode's coach Ales Miklic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 21 points and 6 assists by Dragan Pusic did not help to save the game for Litija. Medvode (5-7) jumped to the eighth spot. They share the position with Radovljica. Litija dropped to the third place with 9-3 record. They have the same record like Kraski Zidar and Splosna plovba. Medvode will meet Radovljica (#9) on the road in the next round. Litija will play against the league's second-placed Sencur CP (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
The game between fifth ranked Kraski Zidar (9-3) and 9th ranked KD Postojna (4-8) in Sezana ended with biggest points difference. Kraski Zidar outscored guests from Postojna 79-57. The best player for the winners was Mirnes Husic who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Kraski Zidar's coach Miroslav Juric felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Kraski Zidar has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Litija and Splosna plovba. KD Postojna dropped to the tenth place. Kraski Zidar's next round opponent will be Nova Gorica (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. KD Postojna will play against Splosna plovba in Portoroz.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 12: Nova Gorica was smashed by Primorac Branik on the road 87-68. Konjice lost to Hrastnik on it's own court 59-71. Bottom-ranked Triglav Kranj unfortunately lost to Radovljica in a road game 64-78.


Primorac Branik - Nova Gorica 87-68
There was a small surprise when thirteenth ranked Primorac Branik (3-9) crushed 11th ranked Nova Gorica (3-8) in Maribor 87-68. The game rather controlled by Primorac Branik. Nova Gorica managed to win fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Primorac Branik dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Nova Gorica's 20. Primorac Branik outrebounded Nova Gorica 33-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Ilija Gavric (200-88) who scored 20 points. Guard Matej Bratina (189-89) chipped in 21 points. Four Primorac Branik players scored in double figures. Primorac Branik's coach Matjaz Cujes used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Dalibor Petrovic (198-75) who recorded 22 points and 6 rebounds and guard Tine Horvat (184-91) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Primorac Branik jumped to the twelfth spot. Nova Gorica keeps the eleventh position. Primorac Branik's next round opponent will be higher ranked Grosuplje (#7) in Grosuplje and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Primorac Branik: M.Bratina 21+3reb+1ast, I.Gavric 20+4reb+2ast, Z.Pihlar 14+4reb+2ast, D.Barovic 11+8reb, J.Tratnik 9+6reb+6ast, M.Gavric 6+1reb+3ast
Nova Gorica: D.Petrovic 22+6reb+2ast, B.Abram 14+1ast, T.Horvat 12+1reb+4ast, T.Sluga 9+1reb+3ast, R.Rituper 8+6reb, M.Kozuh 3+2ast
gschID: 89662


Konjice - Hrastnik 59-71
Very expected game when 12th ranked Konjice (2-9) lost at home to seventh ranked Hrastnik (6-6) 71-59. The game rather controlled by Hrastnik. Konjice managed to win fourth quarter 19-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. 27 personal fouls commited by Konjice helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Ziga Koritnik (197-89) who scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Power forward Drago Brcina (203-87) chipped in 21 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Dean Sipura (194-87) who recorded 17 points and 5 rebounds and guard Tomaz Jereb (192-91) added 14 points and 5 assists respectively. Konjice's coach Slobodan Benic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Hrastnik jumped to the sixth spot. They share the position with Grosuplje. Konjice dropped to the thirteenth place. Hrastnik's next round opponent will be league's leader Rogaska in Rogaska Slatina and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Konjice will play at home against Triglav Kranj (#14) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hrastnik: Z.Koritnik 27+6reb+2ast, D.Brcina 21+4reb+3ast, A.Kristo 10+1reb+2ast, T.Tusek 6+6reb+4ast, M.Vajdic 4+5reb, M.Babic 2
Konjice: D.Sipura 17+5reb+2ast, T.Jereb 14+4reb+5ast, A.Gacnik 12+4reb, T.Rap 8+1ast, B.Meglic 5+1reb, T.Cuk 2+1ast
gschID: 89660


Rogaska - Grosuplje 93-78
1B top team - Rogaska (11-1) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat sixth ranked Grosuplje (6-6) in Rogaska Slatina 93-78. It looked good early as Grosuplje took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Rogaska had a 22-14 second quarter charge getting the lead and Grosuplje was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-93. Rogaska made 23-of-24 charity shots (95.8 percent) during the game. Rogaska outrebounded Grosuplje 42-19 including a 27-9 advantage in defensive rebounds. Grosuplje was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a quality performance of power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds and guard Boban Tomic (190-88) who added 19 points and 5 assists (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) during the contest. Five Rogaska players scored in double figures. Rogaska's coach Matej Baksic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was guard Jure Misic (188-87) with 27 points (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!) and power forward Blaz Lobe (202-84) scored 12 points. Rogaska have an impressive five-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Grosuplje stays at the sixth place. They have the same record like Hrastnik. Rogaska will play against Hrastnik (#6) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Grosuplje will play against Primorac Branik in Maribor and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Rogaska: B.Tomic 19+1reb+5ast, I.Spesic 17+12reb, S.Smajlovic 14+5reb, D.Ambroz 13+6reb+3ast, Z.Jotic 12+1reb, B.Pungartnik 6+2reb+2ast
Grosuplje: J.Misic 27+2reb+1ast, Z.Jerman 12+1reb+2ast, B.Lobe 12+4reb, J.Virk 9+2reb+1ast, M.Trampus 8+5reb, E.Alispahic 6+4reb+1ast
gschID: 89661


Splosna plovba - Sencur CP 64-73
1B round 12 most important game was a victory of Sencur CP over second-best Splosna plovba 73-64 on Saturday night. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Splosna plovba. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Splosna plovba trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 22-19 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 64-73 at the end of the game. It was a good game for forward Aljaz Urbanc (198-84) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Jaka Hladnik (192-82) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Sencur CP players scored in double figures. Guard Tomaz Podboj (185-86) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Rok Perko (179-87) added 12 points and 5 assists in the effort for Splosna plovba. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Sencur CP (10-2) jumped to the second spot. Splosna plovba dropped to the third position with 9-3 record. They have the same record like Kraski Zidar and Litija. Sencur CP is looking forward to face Litija (#4) on the road in the next round. Splosna plovba will play against KD Postojna and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Sencur CP: A.Urbanc 19+5reb+2ast, J.Hladnik 15+2reb+1ast, U.Troppan 11+3reb, G.Jankovic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Korosec 5+1reb, D.Buncic 4+2ast
Splosna plovba: T.Podboj 15+5reb+2ast, R.Perko 12+4reb+5ast, D.Moro 10+1reb, S.Milovic 9+5reb+6ast, P.Djurkovic 8+2reb+1ast, A.Kavgic 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 89657


Litija - Medvode 71-73
An interesting game was also surprising home defeat of 4th ranked Litija (#4) in a very close 2-point game versus tenth ranked Medvode 71-73 in Litija. It was quite big embarassment. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Litija. Medvode trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 73-71. The winners were led by forward Jernej Roser (197-86) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and forward Andraz Podobnik (198-88) who supported him with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Medvode players scored in double figures. Medvode's coach Ales Miklic used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Even 21 points and 6 assists by Kosovan guard Dragan Pusic (193-84) did not help to save the game for Litija. Guard Anel Blazevic (182-86) added 18 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Medvode (5-7) jumped to the eighth spot. They share the position with Radovljica. Litija dropped to the third place with 9-3 record. They have the same record like Kraski Zidar and Splosna plovba. Medvode will meet Radovljica (#9) on the road in the next round. Litija will play against the league's second-placed Sencur CP (#2) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
Medvode: M.Cilgic 15+5reb+2ast, A.Podobnik 14+6reb+2ast, J.Roser 12+10reb, R.Babic 11+3reb+2ast, Z.Jenko 9+4reb, A.Macek 6+2reb+3ast
Litija: D.Pusic 21+4reb+6ast, A.Blazevic 18+8reb+4ast, L.Marolt 14+3reb, C.Lipovsek 9+4reb, M.Goropevsek 7+5reb+2ast, L.Hren 2+6reb+1ast
gschID: 89658


Radovljica - Triglav Kranj 78-64
Very predictable result when eighth ranked Radovljica (5-7) won at home against bottom-ranked Triglav Kranj (1-11) 78-64. Triglav Kranj was ahead by 2 points at the halftime before a 36-20 second half run of Radovljica. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Uros Ivanovic (204-74) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Aleksander Tomic chipped in 16 points. Radovljica's coach Mitja Steblaj allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was center Luka Hocevar (204-82, college: Va Intermont) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and guard Ziga Markus (195-92) added 12 points respectively. Four Triglav Kranj players scored in double figures. Radovljica did not change their eighth position in the standings. Triglav Kranj lost eighth consecutive game. They keep the last place with a total of 11 lost games. Radovljica's next round opponent will be Medvode (#8) on the road. Triglav Kranj will play against Konjice (#13) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Radovljica: U.Ivanovic 23+7reb, A.Tomic 16+3reb+2ast, M.Klepo 10+4reb+2ast, J.Ucman 9+1reb+6ast, G.Budkovic 8+3reb, A.Primc 8+2reb+1ast
Triglav Kranj: S.Ovcina 12+1reb+2ast, Z.Markus 12+2reb+2ast, R.Jakobcic 11+5reb, L.Hocevar 10+10reb, U.Ninic 8+3reb+1ast, M.Svarc 6+1reb
gschID: 89659


Kraski Zidar - KD Postojna 79-57
The game between fifth ranked Kraski Zidar (9-3) and 9th ranked KD Postojna (4-8) in Sezana ended with biggest points difference. Kraski Zidar outscored guests from Postojna 79-57. It looked good early as KD Postojna took an 9-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Kraski Zidar took control and eventually made 22-point vistory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding KD Postojna to just 4 points in fourth quarter. Kraski Zidar dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to KD Postojna's 30. Kraski Zidar forced 20 KD Postojna turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Mirnes Husic (203-85) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). Center Nejc Buda (210-91) chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kraski Zidar players scored in double figures. Kraski Zidar's coach Miroslav Juric felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Gregor Jakhel (206-88) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds and the former international center Ales Kunc (208-73, college: Missouri St.) added 12 points respectively. Kraski Zidar has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Litija and Splosna plovba. KD Postojna dropped to the tenth place. Kraski Zidar's next round opponent will be Nova Gorica (#11) on the road and are hoping to win another game. KD Postojna will play against Splosna plovba in Portoroz.
Top scorers:
Kraski Zidar: N.Buda 21+5reb+2ast, M.Husic 17+14reb+4ast, M.Likar 17+1reb+1ast, J.Grgic 10+3reb+2ast, Z.Lazarevski 8+3reb+5ast, T.Zalar 4+4reb+4ast
KD Postojna: G.Jakhel 14+14reb+1ast, A.Kunc 12+3reb+2ast, M.Zupanc 11+6reb, N.Glavas 8+2ast, D.Dramicanin 5+1reb, M.Stambolja 4+1reb
gschID: 89656




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PAOK outmuscle Estudiantes in Thessaloniki - by Eurobasket News
PAOK - Estudiantes 77:72

PAOK made one more step towards EuroCup Last 16 qualification. They outscored Estudiantes at home court to improve at 3-2 record in Group F. PAOK will now have to win against Benetton in Treviso next week to secure the next round birth.
PAOK used an 11:0 run in the opening quarter to take a 14:10 lead. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) delivered regularly for the hosts as they established a 23:19 lead at the first intermission. PAOK opened the second term with five points in a row to enlarge the lead. The hosts remained in charge in the second quarter as they arrived at halftime up by 11 points 40:29. Estudiantes were not about to give up. They entered the second half recharged and took over. Estudiantes went on a 12:2 run late in the period and cut the deficit to a single points 56:57 with one quarter remaining. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Providence) and Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) quickly regained an 8-point lead for PAOK in the final term. German Gabriel (207-C-80) answered with back-to-back three-pointers as the visitors cut the distance once again. The Spaniards got as close as two points late in regulation but PAOK went deadly from the stripe to win the battle.
Rawle Marshall notched 18 points to pace the home side. Lazaros Papadopoulos contributed 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) replied with 16 points for Estudiantes. German Gabriel finished with 13 points in the loss.

PAOK: Rawle Marshall 18, Lazaros Papadopoulos 13+11 boards, Donnie McGrath 12
Estudiantes: Daniel Clark 16, German Gabriel 13



Nymburk surprise Cajasol in Sevilla - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol - Nymburk 68:89

Nymburk made a huge leap towards EuroCup Last 16 qualification after they stunned Cajasol in Sevilla. Nymburk tied Jerusalem at 3-2 record on top of Group G. Nymburk will have to defeat VEF Riga at home court next week to qualify. Cajasol will need to deliver road win against Jerusalem to have a chance of qualification. Chester Simmons (198-G-82, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Washington) knocked down 20 points to secure the win for the Czech champions.
Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) and Chester Simmons helped Nymburk to a quick start. But Cajasol went on a 7:0 run midway through the period to take a 15:14 advantage. Nymburk however capped the stanza on a 9:2 rally to ensure a 23:17 lead. Cajasol would not go away as they stayed close throughout the second term. Nymburk burst out with another massive rally late in the period though. Stimac and Chester Simmons triggered a 14:1 run that put the visitors up by 16 points at halftime 49:33. Stimac and Afik Nissim provided a 19-point cushion for Nymburk in the third quarter. The score