EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 12/18/2010

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  ABA   


Mavericks win 20th straight regular season game - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA #1 Ranked Southeast Texas Mavericks (9-0) won their 20th straight ABA Regular Season game on Thursday night at their NJEC Arena in Winnie, TX as they decisively defeated the Houston Red Storm 155-79.
The Red Storms started well first led by guards Christian Sonier (6'0''-G, college: Prairie View A&M) and Demetrius Blair (6'1''-G-80, college: Texas Tyler), but it was all downhill from there. The Mavericks regained the lead at 4-3 and never looked back. The Mavs cruised to 36-24 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Red Storm tried valiantly to stay in the game, but a 35-19 second quarter put the Mavericks clearly in control of the game as SETX led 71-43 at half-time. The Mavericks came out blazing in the third quarter and scored 51 points in the period to blow the game completely open. In the final period the Mavs played with consistency and controlled the final quarter with efficiency to go on to win their 9th game of the season.
The Mavericks placed eight players in double figures: DeSean White (6'8''-F-86, college: Northwood Fl.) collected another double/double with 26 points and 17 rebounds. Odell Bradley (6'4''-F/G-81, college: IUPUI) also had a double/double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Sanders (6'7''-F/C-75, college: Louisville) scored 23 points on 11 for 11 shooting from the floor. Sharp shooting Currye Todd (6'4''-G-85, college: Lamar) scored 18 points. Josh Pace (6'6''-G-83, college: Syracuse) and Lamar Sanders (6'6''-F-84, college: Lamar) added 17 points each. Jermaine Blackburn (6'7''-G/F-83, college: Boise St.) and DeRon Rutledge (6'6''-F-75, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) both chipped in 15 points each respectively.
This is the second time in three seasons that the Mavericks have won 20 straight regular season games. Last season the Mavericks set the ABA record for consecutive regular season game victories at 30 only trailing the Los Angeles Lakers 33 game regular season win streak from the 1971-72 season. The Mavericks will look to continue their streak as they travel to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to take on the Gulf Coast Flash next Tuesday night at Harrison Central High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 PM.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Michael LEE
  Radnicki
  (207-F-86)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Lee, Radnicki21.8 
 2. Bogdanovic, Cibona19.5 
 3. Macvan, Hemofarm19.5 
 4. Draper, Cedevita18.8 
 5. Car, Zadar18.3 
 6. Marsh, Crvena Z.17.8 
 7. Zoric, KK.17.4 
 8. Dragicevic, Buduc.16.7 
 9. Young, Crvena Z.16.7 
 10. Chase, Igokea16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luka ZORIC
  KK Zagreb CO
  (211-C/F-84)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Zoric, KK.8.5 
 2. Macvan, Hemofarm7.1 
 3. Booker, Krka6.8 
 4. Necas, CEZ Nymburk6.5 
 5. Dragicevic, Buduc.6.5 
 6. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.4 
 7. Kasun, KK.6.4 
 8. Nikolic, Crvena Z.5.9 
 9. Lee, Radnicki5.9 
 10. Milosevic, Crvena Z.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Draper, Cedevita5.8 
 2. Markovic, Radnicki4.9 
 3. Lafayette, Partizan4.2 
 4. Pavkovic, Hemofarm4.1 
 5. Morovic, Siroki TT4.1 
 6. Stipcevic, Cibona4.1 
 7. Drca, Crvena Zvezda4.0 
 8. Nissim, CEZ N.3.9 
 9. Renfroe, KK.3.5 
 10. Krstovic, Hemofarm3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  Cedevita
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Draper, Cedevita2.6 
 2. Lee, Radnicki2.4 
 3. Ilievski, Union O.2.2 
 4. Ozbolt, Union O.2.2 
 5. Lafayette, Partizan2.2 
 6. Radosevic, Cibona2.2 
 7. Stemberger, Siroki T.2.1 
 8. Necas, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.9 
 10. Troha, Cedevita1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Uros NIKOLIC
  Crvena Zvezda
  (207-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Nikolic, Crvena Z.1.1 
 2. Vesely, Partizan1.0 
 3. Dragicevic, Buduc.1.0 
 4. Zoric, KK.1.0 
 5. Shermadini, Union O.0.9 
 6. Chan, CEZ Nymburk0.9 
 7. Booker, Krka0.8 
 8. Brnas, Cibona0.8 
 9. Radosevic, Cibona0.8 
 10. Kasun, KK.0.7 


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   


ACC Standings
African Champions Cup Standings
Group A
 1. Kano Pillars 5-0 
 2. Maxaquene 4-1 
 3. InterClub 2-3 
 4. Manga BB 2-3 
 5. Aso Modele 1-4 
 6. Ahli Benghazi 1-4 
Group B
 1. 1 De Agosto 3-1 
 2. ASS Sale 2-2 
 3. Condor 2-2 
 4. Mazembe 2-2 
 5. Royal Hoopers 1-3 


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  ARGENTINA   


Super 8 day 1 - by Facundo Iatzky
Libertad 65- Lanus 60
In a game with low score and not very well played, Libertad beat Lanus and advanced to semifinals on Saturday. Matias Ibarra (183-G-81) made his debut in libertad and it was very succesfull. He finished with 20 points. Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) added 12 points and 10 rebounds and Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) was very important in the last quarter. Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis) was the top scorer of Lanus, that had a great effort of Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76) and Nicolas Laprovittola (191-G-90) too.

Libertad (65):
Matias Ibarra (183-G-81) 20, Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) 11, Alex Galindo 9, Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Drexel) 12, Ruben Wolkowyski 7 (St) Juan Fernandez Chavez 4, Dan Langhi 2, Eiliano Correa 0, Marcos Saglietti 0, Sebastian Porta 0 . coach: Flor Melendez.

Lanus (60): Lucas
Victoriano 0, Fernando Malara 2, Maurice Jeffers (194-G/F-79, college: St.Louis) 14, Gabriel Fernandez 12, Jamaal Levy 8 (St) Nicolas Laprovittola (191-G-90) 11, Diego Prego 4, Terrell Taylor 8 , Jose Muruaga 1. coach: Silvio Santander.


Atenas 82- Obras 73
Atenas is in a great moment and it was showed in a great victory against a good team as Obras. They will face Libertad in semifinals. Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) and 'bestia' Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) were the best players. Joshua Pittman (197-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: NC-Asheville) was the best in a losing effort. Julio Lamas could not complete a happy day after have been designed new head coach of Argentinean National team.

Obras (73): Luis Cequeira 11, Leonel Schattmann 9, Joshua Pittman 18, William Mc Farlan 10 , Juan Gutierrez (St) Julian Aprea 0, Cristian Cortes 5, Alexis Elsener 4, Luciano Gonzalez 0, Alejandro Alloatti 4 (x). coach: Julio Lamas

Atenas (82): Bruno Labaque 9, Bruno Barovero 2, Matias Lescano (196-G/F-79) 24, Gregory Lewis 21 James Williams 7 (St) Pablo Orlietti 4, Miguel Gerlero 6, Felipe Pais 2 , Mariano Garcia 7. coach: Sebastian Gonzalez.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 23.8
 1. Ervin, Hawks23.8 
 2. Redhage, Wildcats18.7 
 3. Penney, Breakers18.5 
 4. Sanders, Sydney K.18.3 
 5. Khazzouh, Sydney K.16.6 
 6. Worthington, Blaze16.5 
 7. Williams, Tigers16.2 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans16.0 
 9. Ballinger, 36ers15.4 
 10. Clark, Blaze15.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julian KHAZZOUH
  Sydney K.
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 9.7
 1. Khazzouh, Sydney K.9.7 
 2. Davidson, Hawks7.9 
 3. Holmes, 36ers7.7 
 4. Vukona, Breakers7.2 
 5. Knight, Wildcats7.1 
 6. Nevill, Tigers7.1 
 7. Forman, Hawks7.1 
 8. Greer, Tigers6.8 
 9. Williams, Tigers6.6 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Corey WILLIAMS
  Tigers
  (191-G-77)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Williams, Tigers5.2 
 2. Ervin, Hawks5.2 
 3. Saville, Hawks4.9 
 4. Gibson, Blaze4.8 
 5. Carter, 36ers4.8 
 6. Cooper, Sydney K.4.3 
 7. Braswell, Breakers4.1 
 8. Ubaka, Taipans3.9 
 9. DeVries, 36ers3.4 
 10. Holmes, 36ers3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Glen SAVILLE
  Hawks
  (197-G/F-76)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Saville, Hawks1.8 
 2. Penney, Breakers1.8 
 3. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.6 
 4. Martin, Wildcats1.5 
 5. Gibson, Blaze1.3 
 6. Crawford, Croco.1.3 
 7. Dorsey, Taipans1.2 
 8. Tovey, Wildcats1.2 
 9. Carter, 36ers1.2 
 10. Crosswhite, Taipa.1.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Gary ERVIN
  Hawks
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Ervin, Hawks1.1 
 2. Devendorf, Tigers1.1 
 3. Hudson, Blaze1.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Sydney K.1.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats0.9 
 6. Weigh, Wildcats0.8 
 7. Knight, Wildcats0.8 
 8. Corletto, Tigers0.8 
 9. Penney, Breakers0.7 
 10. Clark, Blaze0.7 


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


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Neptunas brings in Antonio Grant, releases Valdas Sirutis - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas announced signing of Antonio Grant (198-F-76, college: S.Carolina) for rest of the season. At the same time, the Lithuanian outfit parted ways with Valdas Sirutis (201-F-87, college: Boston U.).
Antonio Grant spent second half of 2009/10 season in France as a member of JSA Bordeaux Basket. He appeared 13 times in ProB averaging 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He is not a new face in Lithuania as he played for Siauliai three years ago. In the past, he also was a member of Neptunas Klaipeda, Nevezis Kedainiai and Silute.


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  BRAZIL   


Halcones Xalapa win Liga Americas Group B - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - BRB/Brasilia 98:87

Halcones Xalapa became the winners of Liga Americas Group B. They knocked down BRB/Brasilia in the final game of the preliminary round to clinch the top position. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) came up with 28 points and 5 assists to lead Xalapa to the third win in a row. BRB/Brasilia fell at 2-1 record in the second place in the standings.
BRB/Brasilia started the game strong. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 12 points in the first period as BRB/Brasilia grabbed a 29:20 lead at the first break. However the hosts answered with a 10:0 run early in the second frame to surge in front. BRB/Brasilia retained the advantage late in the half but Jovan Harris capped it with a three-pointer to level things up at 44. Halcones Xalapa pulled in front in the third frame. They posted a 73:68 lead with one quarter remaining. The home side triggered a 9:2 run late in the regulation as they escaped with the victory at the end. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) provided 24 points and 9 rebounds for Halcones Xalapa. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) finished with 23 points in the win. Alexandre Garcia answered with 25 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for BRB/Brasilia. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Halcones Xalapa: Jovan Harris 28, Louis Roe 24, Leandro Garcia Morales 23
BRB/Brasilia: Alexandre Garcia 25, Guilherme Giovannoni 15+10 boards



Flamengo wins the Rio de Janeiro State Championship - by Paulo Freire
It was difficult, again. It was a great night of Marcelinho Machado again. And Flamengo is the Rio's State basketball champion, again. For the sixth consecutive time, and been the 36 th time in Flamengo history.

After winning the first game by 79 to 75, the Rubro-Negro defeat again Tijuca, this time they put it 90 to 77, so Flamengo won his sixth title undefeated. Team captain and leading scorer for the red-black,
Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances), noted 42 points in the final game.

Tijuca now will take a break and them work to play on the Brazil Cup. A new tournament that will look forward to qualify new teams for the NBB next season (2011-2012).

Now the team is back on focus on the NBB, and Flamengo have one more reason to celebrate. The club can now officially present and play the american David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue). The documentation of the swingman was settled and he will be in court this Sunday (12/19), against Paulistano, on the last game of NBB in 2010. The 27 years old and 1m96 tall are already training with the team since late November.




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  CHINA   


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


Stats Leaders - CBA
Points Per Game
 Randolph MORRIS
  Beijing
  (211-F/C-86)
  Avg: 37.3
 1. Morris, Beijing37.3 
 2. Gaines, Qingdao DS35.0 
 3. James, Zhejiang C.32.7 
 4. Lamizana, TianJ.31.5 
 5. Akognon, DongGuan29.3 
 6. Crittenton, Zhejia.28.7 
 7. Wang, Bayi27.0 
 8. Young, Jilin26.7 
 9. Singleton, Xinjiang24.5 
 10. Douby, Xinjiang24.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 19
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.19.0 
 2. Jones, Fujian17.0 
 3. Watkins, Jilin16.3 
 4. Oyedeji, Foshan15.3 
 5. Oyedeji, Foshan15.3 
 6. Gaines, Qingdao DS14.7 
 7. Ramos, Zhejiang.14.7 
 8. Benson, TianJin R.14.5 
 9. Richard, Liaoning13.7 
 10. Moiso, Jiangsu13.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.10.5 
 2. Hu, Jiangsu7.3 
 3. Vroman, DongGuan7.3 
 4. Crittenton, Zhejia.6.3 
 5. Jones, Guandong6.0 
 6. Douby, Xinjiang6.0 
 7. Lamizana, TianJ.6.0 
 8. Green, Shanghai5.7 
 9. Green, Shanghai5.7 
 10. Allen, Shandong5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Osama DAGHLAS
  Shanxi Zh.
  (199-G-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Daghlas, Shanxi Zh.5.0 
 2. Singleton, Xinjiang4.5 
 3. Crittenton, Zhejia.4.3 
 4. Wang, Bayi4.0 
 5. Douby, Xinjiang4.0 
 6. Zhang, TianJin R.4.0 
 7. Hu, Jiangsu3.7 
 8. Akognon, DongGuan3.3 
 9. Green, Shanghai3.3 
 10. Zhong, Jilin3.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Herve LAMIZANA
  TianJin R.
  (207-F/C-81)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Lamizana, TianJ.5.5 
 2. Jones, Fujian5.0 
 3. Wang, Bayi3.3 
 4. Benson, TianJin R.3.0 
 5. Abbaas, Beijing3.0 
 6. Zhang, Shanghai2.3 
 7. Zhang, Shanghai2.3 
 8. Watkins, Jilin2.3 
 9. Vroman, DongGuan2.3 
 10. Moiso, Jiangsu2.3 


Yao Ming has stress fracture in left ankle - by Eurobasket News
An MRI performed today on Rockets center Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) revealed a stress fracture of the Medial Malleolus in his left ankle. The fracture, which is related to his previous injury of the Tarsal Navicular bone, presented itself during the course of his current rehabilitation program. There is no timetable for his return at this time.

The team will have no additional comment at this time. Information regarding his treatment program will be made available at a later date.

Yao has played just five games this season, and is averaging 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game.

The Rockets have a 10-15 record, which currently places them 11th out of 15 Western conference teams.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Xinjiang, Guangdong and Dongguan Undefeated after CBA Round 3 - by Arthur Volbert
Josh Okognon scored 27 points and Jackson Vroman had 22 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 blocks as Dongguan defeated Shanxi Zhongyu 101-90. Zhang Kai had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Qiu Biao scored 13. Meng Duo had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Osama Dahglas had 25 points, 12 assists and 4 steals for Shanxi Zhongyu. Leon Rogers had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Zhang Xuewen had 15 and Shang Ping had 12. Duan Jiangpeng scored 9 and Zhao Anan had 8.

Beijing defeated Shandong 108-97. Morris Randolph (211-F/C-86, college: Kentucky) had 37 points and 14 rebounds. Chen Lei and Xie Libin each scored 24. Wang Xiaohui scored 13. Lee Hsueh-Lin had 5 points, 9 rebounds and 6 steals. Zaid Abbas had 3 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks. Recently arrived Steve Francis played 4 minutes and was scoreless. Sun Jie had 25 points for Shandong. Rodney White had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Sui Ran had 17 points and 4 rebounds. Myron Allen had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. Tao Hanlin scored 10 and Wu Ke had 9 points and 6 rebounds.

Xinjiang defeated Qingdao 105-93. Singleton James (203-F-81, college: Murray St.) hit 15 of 16 shots and scored 36 points, also grabbing 16 rebounds. Quincy Douby had 24 points and 6 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Charles Gaines had 29 points and 16 rebounds for Qingdao. Dee Brown had 23 points and 4 assists. Liu Xiangtao and Chen Kai each scored 13.

Dong Hanlin had 24 points and 10 rebounds as Guangdong defeated Liaoning 95-90. Fred Jones had 18 points and 8 assists. Zhu Fangyu scored 17. Liu Xiaoyu had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Du Feng had 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. David Harrison did not play. Donta Smith had 29 points for Liaoning. He Tianju scored 13. Bian Qiang and #21 each scored 10. Chris Richard had 9 points and 11 rebounds.

Jiangsu defeated the Zhejiang Lions 105-89. Hu Xuefeng had 23 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists and 6 steals. Jerome Moiso had 18 points and 17 rebounds. Ricky Davis and Liu Yahui each scored 13. Yi Li and Meng Da each had 12. Tang Zhengdong had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Javaris Crittenton had 21 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the Lions. Peter John Ramos had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Zhang Wei scored 15 and Lin Chieh-Cheh had 12. Wang Bo had 8 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists.

Fujian edged Jilin in overtime 112-110. Gong Songlin had 29 points and 7 rebounds. Zhao Tailong scored 25. Dwayne Jones had 19 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists. Li Hang had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Lu Xiaoming had 15 points and 7 assists. Chris Porter did not play. David Young had 43 points and 9 rebounds for Jilin. Zhong Cheng scored 20. Jameel Watkins had 18 points and 16 rebounds. Yu Shulong had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Shanghai defeated Foshan 105-95 in a battle for the bottom. Yao Ming's Shanghai team won its first game while Stephon Marbury's Foshan club remains winless. Michael Harris led Shanghai with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Liu Wei scored 28. Devin Green had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Zhang Zhaoxu had 8 points and 5 rebounds. Marbury had 30 points and 6 rebounds for Foshan. Olumide Oyedeji had 21 points and 7 rebounds. Zheng Zhun and Zhao Yonggang each had 12. Yang Wenbo and Yang Bolun each had 8.

Bayi defeated Zhejiang 90-78. Wang Zhizhi had 19 points and 9 rebounds. Wang Lei had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Mo Ke had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Delehei and Zhang Bo each scored 11. Mike James had 31 points and 9 rebounds for Zhejiang. Cao Fei scored 19. Josh Boone had 15 points and 7 rebounds. Ding Jinhui had 4 points and 13 rebounds while Zhang Dayu had 1 point and 9 rebounds. Together they hit 1 of 13 shots.




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  CROATIA   


Alkar returns guard Josip Blajic - by Eurobasket News
Alkar announced signing of Josip Blajic (192-G-87) for rest of the season. It means that the 23-year-old guard is back to his former team after season and a half with Trogir. He appeared 8 times for Trogir this season averaging 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Blajic started basketball career with Alkar seven years ago.

Kvarner signs Hrvoje Puljko - by Eurobasket News
Kvarner came up with important signing for rest of the season. The Croatian outfit inked a deal with guard Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83). The 27-year-old Puljko spent last season with Siroki TT Kabeli helping them to defend the title in Bosnia. He had 11.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3 apg in Bosnian league. Puljko also appeared 26 times in Adriatic league posting averages of 9.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2 assists. Puljko won the Bosnian title in 2009 with the same team.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic NBL round 14 best performance: Terry Smith - by Eurobasket News
American guard Terry Smith (185-G-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for BC Kolin, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 24-year old player was the main contributor (26 points, nine rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Plzen (#10, 1-11) 88-74. BC Kolin maintains the 7th position in Czech Republic NBL. BC Kolin is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-7 record. In the team's last game Smith had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. It's his second year at BC Kolin and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Former Mercyhurst College star has very solid stats this year. Smith is league's best scorer averaging so far 18.2ppg. Smith is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.1spg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old American Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-C-83) of league's leader BK Prostejov. Cadri-Nicholson had a very good evening with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead BK Prostejov to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Svitavy (#11, 1-11) 85-53. This victory allowed BK Prostejov to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just two games this season, while they won 11 matches. Cadri-Nicholson is a newcomer at BK Prostejov, but is already the team's top player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Dwight Burke (203-F-86) of NH Ostrava (#5). Burke scored 15 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Burke's great performance NH Ostrava lost 61-91 to slightly higher-ranked Novy Jicin (#3, 10-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing NH Ostrava needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 5 lost games. Burke has a great season in Czech Republic. After 13 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 15.0ppg (6th best) and rebounds with 9.3rpg (3rd best). Burke attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83) of Novy Jicin - 20 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) of B&W Opava - 24 points and 6 rebounds
6. Pavel Houska (201-F-84) of BK Decin - 18 points and 6 rebounds
7. Vojtech Hruban (200-F-89) of USK Praha - 15 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) of USK Praha - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Wiliam Hatcher (188-G-84) of BK Decin - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Ondrej Soska (208-C-78) of Novy Jicin - 16 points and 5 rebounds

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


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 15-0 
 2. Svendborg 13-1 
 3. Naestved 11-5 
 4. Horsens IC 8-8 
 5. Horsholm 7-6 
 6. Aabyhoj 7-9 
 7. SISU 7-9 
 8. Vaerlose 4-11 
 9. Amager BK 3-13 
 10. Aalborg 1-14 


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen
Points Per Game
 Thomas SOLTAU
  SISU
  (210-F-82)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Soltau, SISU22.8 
 2. Colas, Vaerlose21.9 
 3. Brasas, Amager BK21.8 
 4. Johnson, Bakken21.6 
 5. Morris, Aabyhoj21.0 
 6. Roberts, Naestved20.3 
 7. Claitt, Horsens IC18.5 
 8. Iversen, Svendborg18.4 
 9. McGinn, Aalborg16.7 
 10. Dennis, SISU16.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee ROBERTS
  Naestved
  (201-F/C-87)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Roberts, Naestved12.5 
 2. St.John, Horsens IC10.6 
 3. Johansen, Naestved10.0 
 4. Morris, Aabyhoj9.9 
 5. Falkner, Aalborg9.6 
 6. Colas, Vaerlose9.5 
 7. Soltau, SISU8.8 
 8. Williams, Svendborg7.4 
 9. Johnson, Bakken7.1 
 10. Iversen, Svendborg6.8 
Assists Per Game
 D.J. SMEDLEY
  Naestved
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Smedley, Naestved6.1 
 2. Claitt, Horsens IC6.0 
 3. Dennis, SISU5.0 
 4. Martin, Aabyhoj4.5 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg4.3 
 6. Burgess, Bakken4.3 
 7. McFarlane, Vaerl.3.7 
 8. Balaton, Horsholm3.6 
 9. Kristiansen, Aalborg3.5 
 10. Bak, Horsholm3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Mickey DENNIS
  SISU
  (190-G/F-78)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Dennis, SISU2.4 
 2. Nielsen, Horsholm2.4 
 3. Roberts, Naestved2.3 
 4. Smedley, Naestved2.2 
 5. Kristiansen, Aalborg2.2 
 6. Burgess, Bakken2.1 
 7. Falsvig, Aalborg1.8 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.8 
 9. Colman, Svendborg1.8 
 10. Jukic, Aabyhoj1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Edward MORRIS
  Aabyhoj
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Morris, Aabyhoj2.4 
 2. Blackmon, Horsholm1.6 
 3. Christoffers., Bak.1.1 
 4. Roberts, Naestved1.0 
 5. Colas, Vaerlose0.9 
 6. St.John, Horsens IC0.9 
 7. Brown, SISU0.8 
 8. Johansen, Naestved0.8 
 9. Johnson, Bakken0.8 
 10. Marinkovic, Horsholm0.7 


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Trey JOHNSON
  Bakersfield J.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Johnson, Bakersfi.27.5 
 2. Greene, Utah F.22.7 
 3. Anderson, New M.21.1 
 4. Edwards, New M.20.2 
 5. Ewing, Reno B.19.9 
 6. Jeffers, Iowa E.19.8 
 7. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.19.8 
 8. Johnson, Dakota W.19.2 
 9. Major, Dakota W.19.1 
 10. Kruger, Utah F.18.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marvin PHILLIPS
  Ft.Wayne MA
  (198-G/F-83)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.10.6 
 2. Patterson, Rio G.10.3 
 3. Williams, Tulsa 66ers10.0 
 4. Alexander, Texas L.9.8 
 5. Johnson, Dakota W.9.4 
 6. Wheeler, Idaho S.9.1 
 7. Williams, Texas L.9.0 
 8. Harris, Maine RC9.0 
 9. Sims, Iowa E.8.9 
 10. Pittman, Sioux F.8.8 
Assists Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Reno Bighorns
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Miles, Reno Bighorns10.2 
 2. Stinson, Iowa E.8.6 
 3. Russell, Ft.Wayne.8.3 
 4. Daniels, Texas L.7.9 
 5. Johnson, Austin T.6.5 
 6. Jackson, Erie B.5.8 
 7. Smith, Maine RC5.8 
 8. Kruger, Utah F.5.6 
 9. Wise, Bakersfield J.5.5 
 10. Jackson, Idaho S.5.2 
Steals Per Game
 Zabian DOWDELL
  Tulsa 66ers
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Dowdell, Tulsa 66ers3.1 
 2. Jeffers, Iowa E.2.2 
 3. Wilmont, Ft.Wayne.2.2 
 4. Linhart, Erie B.2.1 
 5. Miles, Reno Bighorns2.1 
 6. Hamilton, Utah F.2.1 
 7. Jackson, Erie B.2.1 
 8. Ewing, Reno B.2.0 
 9. Kramer, Ft.Wayne.2.0 
 10. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Reno Bighorns
  (213-F-89)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Whiteside, Reno B.3.5 
 2. Johnson, Dakota W.3.3 
 3. Alabi, Erie Bay H.3.0 
 4. Williams, Texas L.2.9 
 5. Naymick, Bakersfi.2.2 
 6. Sykes, Sioux F.2.1 
 7. Goodridge, Spring.1.8 
 8. Brackins, Spring.1.8 
 9. Wallace, Bakersfi.1.8 
 10. Phillips, Ft.Wayne.1.7 


Mad Ants fall in OT to Tulsa - by Eurobasket News
Tulsa 66ers - Ft.Wayne MA 100-93 OT
The Tulsa 66ers (6-4) prevailed in a defensive battle Thursday evening against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (5-4) and Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) broke the 66ers individual rebounding record in a 100-93 final score in overtime inside the Tulsa Convention Center. The 66ers forced 30 Mad Ant turnovers and connected on 28-30 free-throws to seal their third straight win. 'It was a grind-it-out game,' 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. 'Both teams were just trying to find a way to win. Neither team had its best stuff, but we grinded it out and I'm really proud of our guys.' Notching double-doubles for Tulsa was Williams with 12 points and 21 rebounds, including 10 offensive, and Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: ORU) with 10 points and 10 boards. Williams' rebound total set a 66ers record, breaking his previous mark of 19 last season. Also scoring in double figures for the 66ers were Larry Owens (19), Elijah Millsap (14), Robert Vaden (13), Ryan Reid (12) and Tweety Carter (10). Fort Wayne was led by Marvin Phillips (6'6''-G/F-83, college: Claflin) with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Also in double figures for the Mad Ants was Roderick Wilmont with 19, Chris Hunter with 17 and Darnell Lazare with 16. *Courtesy of www.wane.com

Maine RC - Idaho S. 105-99
Beloved former Boston Celtics star Antoine Walker (6'9''-F-75, college: Kentucky) brought his comeback story to Maine on Thursday night. But the Maine Red Claws held off the visiting Idaho Stampede 105-99 shutting down the former NBA star in the game's final minute at the Portland Expo. Walker flashed his old game at times and scored 25 points, but he bounced a last minute 3-point attempt off the rim that would have tied the game at 100. He later turned the ball over with 22.5 seconds left with the score at 103-99. The win was a step in the right direction for Maine, which snapped a two-game losing streak and upped their record to 4-6. Ball movement hadn't been sharper and six players scored in double digits. DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88, college: Michigan) put up a team-high 24, Tiny Gallon scored 16 while battling with Walker under the basket. Maine held more than a 10-point lead for the majority of the game until a 13-0 run by Idaho to start the fourth quarter drew the Stampede even at 84 apiece. The Red Claws pushed through. *Courtesy of www.kjonline.com



Mad Ants to regain services of Oliver Lafayette - by Eurobasket News
The Mad Ants are bringing back guard Oliver Lafayette (6'2''-G-84, college: Houston), the leader of their late season rally last season.

Lafayette, whose late season play earned him a callup to the Boston Celtics, hopes to play in the games in Tulsa Thursday and Friday nights if he can gain clearance from FIBA from his contract with the Serbian team Partizan Belgrade that recently released him.

Lafayette averaged over 17 points and six assists last season in Fort Wayne.

Courtesy of www.indianasnewscenter.com


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Defensor edge Caneros in Xalapa - by Eurobasket News
Defensor - Caneros 83:80

Defensor earned the first win at Liga Americas Group B. They denied Caneros on the final day of the action in Xalapa. The Uruguayan team wrapped up their campaign in the third spot in the standings at 1-2 record. Caneros suffered three straight losses. Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) led Defensor with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Defensor opened the game on a high note. They surged ahead and with the help of Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) Defensor earned a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Caneros remained close throughout the second period. They trailed by just one point 41:42 at halftime. Clerence Matthews ignited a 9:2 run from Defensor early in the third quarter. The Uruguayan side were up by 11 points when Caneros responded with eleven straight points and drew things level at 61. Caneros pulled in front 71:69 and soon stretched the margin to 6 points 77:71. However Defensor went on an 11:0 rally to regain control and never surrendered it. Brian Woodward provided 16 points for Defensor. Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) added 12 points in the victory. Maurice Carter (183-G-83, college: Robert Morris) replied with 27 points for Caneros. Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-84) netted 15 points in the loss.

Defensor: Clerence Matthews 23+15 boards, Brian Woodward 16, Diego Castrillon 12
Caneros: Maurice Carter 27, Juan Pablo Montas 15



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The First/Second combined SuperLeagues: Sporting loses the game and top position in their group - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Second Stage in Superleague. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with change at the leadership position and derby games.

We have also a new leader in the Superleague. The most important game of round 2 took place in Cairo between two undefeated teams of Group A where Shorta-Police beat Sporting (1-1) 84-79. It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The victory allowed Shorta-Police (2-0) to take over a leadership position in Group A. Sporting who is 1-1 went down to second place as they suffered their first loss. Sporting will play next round against strong Al-Intaj trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Shorta-Police will try to continue on it's current victory against fourth ranked Shams. It will be extra interesting game as Shams is their local rival from Cairo.
Undefeated Zamalek (2-1) recorded it's first loss in Alexandria. Visitors were edged by first ranked Al Ittihad (3-0) 89-86. It was a key game for the top position in group 1-4 places. Al Ittihad has a solid three-game winning streak. They stay at first position in group 1-4 places. Zamalek is currently in second position with a 2-1 record as they suffered their first loss. Al Ittihad will play against Ahly (#3) in Cairo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zamalek will play on the road against Somouha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very interesting was a derby match between two local teams from Cairo: Gezira (#2) and Geish Army (#4). Geish Army was smashed at home by 29 points 44-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The victory allowed Gezira (2-0) to maintain a leadership position in Group B. They share it with Gasco. Second consecutive loss means that Geish Army is still at the bottom of the standings as they suffered their second loss. Gezira's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cairo Gasco.
And what about another game where Ahly (#3) beat Somouha 82-72 on their own court. Ahly (1-2) celebrated their first victory after two consecutive losses. Despite the win they stay at third position in group 1-4 places having just two points less than leader Gasco. It was Somouha's loss in a row. Third consecutive loss means that Somouha is still at the bottom of the standings. Ahly's next round opponent will be league's leader Al Ittihad in Alexandria and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Somouha will play at home against the league's second-placed Zamalek in Cairo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Al-Intaj's home win over one of their biggest challengers Shams 80-69 was very exciting. were very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The victory allowed Al-Intaj (1-1) to climb to the second place in Group A. They share it with Sporting. Second consecutive loss means that Shams is still at the bottom of the standings as they suffered their second loss. Al-Intaj will face Sporting (#3) in Alexandria in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Shams' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Cairo to the arena Shorta-Police.


Group 1-4 places
Ahly - Somouha 82-72

And what about another game where Ahly (#3) beat Somouha 82-72 on their own court. was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. Ahly (1-2) celebrated their first victory after two consecutive losses. Despite the win they stay at third position in group 1-4 places having just two points less than leader Gasco. It was Somouha's loss in a row. Third consecutive loss means that Somouha is still at the bottom of the standings. Ahly's next round opponent will be league's leader Al Ittihad in Alexandria and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Somouha will play at home against the league's second-placed Zamalek in Cairo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 119002


Al Ittihad - Zamalek 89-86

Undefeated Zamalek (2-1) recorded it's first loss in Alexandria. Visitors were edged by first ranked Al Ittihad (3-0) 89-86. It was a key game for the top position in group 1-4 places. Al Ittihad has a solid three-game winning streak. They stay at first position in group 1-4 places. Zamalek is currently in second position with a 2-1 record as they suffered their first loss. Al Ittihad will play against Ahly (#3) in Cairo in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Zamalek will play on the road against Somouha and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 119003


Group A
Shorta-Police - Sporting 84-79

We have also a new leader in the Superleague. The most important game of round 2 took place in Cairo between two undefeated teams of Group A where Shorta-Police beat Sporting (1-1) 84-79 It was a key game for the top position in Group A. The victory allowed Shorta-Police (2-0) to take over a leadership position in Group A. Sporting who is 1-1 went down to second place as they suffered their first loss. Sporting will play next round against strong Al-Intaj trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Shorta-Police will try to continue on it's current victory against fourth ranked Shams. It will be extra interesting game as Shams is their local rival from Cairo.
gschID: 119004


Al-Intaj - Shams 80-69

Al-Intaj's home win over one of their biggest challengers Shams 80-69 was very exciting. were very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The victory allowed Al-Intaj (1-1) to climb to the second place in Group A. They share it with Sporting. Second consecutive loss means that Shams is still at the bottom of the standings as they suffered their second loss. Al-Intaj will face Sporting (#3) in Alexandria in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Shams' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Cairo to the arena Shorta-Police.
gschID: 119005


Group B
Geish Army - Gezira 44-73

A very interesting was a derby match between two local teams from Cairo: Gezira (#2) and Geish Army (#4). Geish Army was smashed at home by 29 points 44-73 and even the fact of playing on their own court did not help. was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The victory allowed Gezira (2-0) to maintain a leadership position in Group B. They share it with Gasco. Second consecutive loss means that Geish Army is still at the bottom of the standings as they suffered their second loss. Gezira's supporters look forward to another derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cairo Gasco.
gschID: 119007

Al Dhan - Gasco 46-74

Rather expected game when 3rd ranked Al Dhan (0-2) was crushed at home by first ranked Gasco (2-0) 74-46 on Friday. Gasco stay at first position in Group B. Second consecutive loss means that Al Dhan is still at the bottom of the standings as they suffered their second loss. Gasco's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Cairo to the arena Gezira.
gschID: 119006




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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. Shabalkin, Dynamo17.8 
 7. Anderson, Ventspils17.8 
 8. Zoric, KK.17.6 
 9. Paunic, N.Novgorod17.3 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut17.3 
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. Massey, Lokomotiv9.6 
 5. Smith, Karsiyaka9.3 
 6. Booker, Krka9.0 
 7. Bader, Szolnok9.0 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping9.0 
 9. Clark, Szolnok9.0 
 10. Zoric, KK.8.8 
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, Khimik6.0 
 5. Linehan, Nancy5.9 
 6. Brener, Elitzur .5.8 
 7. Trotter, Szolnok5.4 
 8. Ponkrashov, Spart.5.2 
 9. Wood, Dt.5.0 
 10. Mitchell, Norrkoping5.0 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 4
 1. Linehan, Nancy4.0 
 2. McKee, Minsk-20063.5 
 3. Mims, Nancy3.5 
 4. Millage, Khimik3.1 
 5. Dabkus, Etha2.6 
 6. Eldridge, Karsiyaka2.5 
 7. Vladovic, Zadar2.4 
 8. Renfroe, KK.2.2 
 9. Petrovic, Oostende2.2 
 10. Lewis, M.Hainaut2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anthony KING
  Etha
  (206-F/C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. King, Etha2.3 
 2. Mejri, Antwerp2.0 
 3. Young, Aalstar2.0 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.8 
 5. Clark, Szolnok1.7 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.7 
 7. Bader, Szolnok1.6 
 8. Kjellbom, Norrkoping1.6 
 9. Issa, Gravelines1.6 
 10. Jenkins, Benfica1.5 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Bojan BOGDANOVIC
  Cibona
  (202-G/F-89)
  Avg: 16.9
 1. Bogdanovic, Cibona16.9 
 2. Teletovic, Caja L.16.8 
 3. Jenkins, ALBA16.8 
 4. Langford, Khimky16.6 
 5. Rakocevic, Efes P.15.9 
 6. Allen, ALBA15.8 
 7. Spanoulis, Olympiakos15.1 
 8. McCalebb, Montepas.15.0 
 9. Mejia, Cholet14.9 
 10. Ukic, Fener.Ulker14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Paulius JANKUNAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-84)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Jankunas, Zalgiris7.4 
 2. Bourousis, Olympiakos7.2 
 3. Barac, Caja Laboral7.0 
 4. Freeland, Unicaja6.9 
 5. Gist, Partizan6.9 
 6. Turkcan, Fener.Ul.6.6 
 7. Pleiss, Brose B.6.6 
 8. Fischer, Real Madrid6.6 
 9. Falker, Cholet6.3 
 10. Falker, Cholet6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcelinho HUERTAS
  Caja Laboral
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Huertas, Caja L.5.9 
 2. Diamantidis, Panath.5.7 
 3. Spanoulis, Olympiakos5.0 
 4. Jasikevicius, Lietuv.4.8 
 5. Blakney, Unicaja4.8 
 6. Teodosic, Olympiakos4.7 
 7. Eidson, Maccabi .4.4 
 8. Pellin, Le Mans4.2 
 9. Cook, Valencia4.2 
 10. Rodriguez, Unicaja4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chuck EIDSON
  Maccabi T-A
  (201-F/G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Eidson, Maccabi .3.0 
 2. McCalebb, Montepas.2.7 
 3. Perkins, Maccabi .2.3 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.2 
 5. Ilievski, Union O.2.1 
 6. Rubio, Regal Barca2.0 
 7. Goldsberry, Brose B.2.0 
 8. Diamantidis, Panath.1.9 
 9. Hawkins, Armani MI1.8 
 10. Stonerook, Montepas.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  Zalgiris
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Begic, Zalgiris2.3 
 2. Fischer, Real Madrid2.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi1.8 
 4. Barac, Caja Laboral1.4 
 5. Eze, Khimky1.4 
 6. Pleiss, Brose B.1.4 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 8. Falker, Cholet1.3 
 9. Bourousis, Olympiakos1.2 
 10. Lishchuk, Valencia1.2 


McCalebb's 22 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
25-year old guard Bo Lester McCalebb (183-G-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for Montepaschi Siena and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 9.
He had the game-high 22 points adding three rebounds and seven assists for Montepaschi in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Fener.Ulker (6-3) with 29-point margin 94-65. It allowed Montepaschi to secure the first place in Group C. Montepaschi has almost perfect 8-1 record. McCalebb turned to be Montepaschi's top player in his first season with the team. University of New Orleans graduate has very impressive stats this year. McCalebb is in league's top in points (8th best: 15.0ppg) and averages solid 2.7spg and 60.0% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Fran Vazquez (209-C-83) of Regal FC Barcelona. He is a center in his 5th season with the team. In the last game Vazquez recorded impressive 27 points and 9 rebounds. Bad luck as Regal Barca was edged by Lietuvos Rytas (3-6) on the road 88-87. Regal Barca shares the second place with Fenerbahce Ulker (Group C). They have 6-3 record. Vazquez is one of the most experienced players at Regal Barca and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to center D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of Real Madrid. Fischer scored 15 points and grabbed fourteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Fischer's great performance Real Madrid lost 75-82 to the lower-ranked Brose Baskets (3-6). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Real Madrid needs is to lose another game like this one. Their record is 5 victories and 4 lost games, same as Unicaja and Lottomatica Roma (Group B). Fischer has a great season in Euroleague. After only 9 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 6.6rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) of Lottomatica - 23 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Fernando San Emeterio (198-G/F-84) of Caja Laboral - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81) of Union Olimpija - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) of Caja Laboral - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85) of Panathinaikos - 18 points and 2 rebounds
9. Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80) of Unicaja - 18 points and 9 rebounds
10. Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80) of Panathinaikos - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 9 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)


Postgame in Biella: Olimpia Milano-PE Valencia - by Filippo Passerini
Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) : 'We have played a great game, in attack and also in defense.We knew that Milano has got a great potential in transition and we had been vey great to restrict them. I am very happy because the team had demonstrated the right character to face important game like this.
Pier Luigi Bucchi : 'We have paid the stress. We tried to win on the flloor but we were emptied and without the right energies to face the game. Now we have to search to transforme this angry in positive energy on the floor. I am very sorry, because we took care of the Eurolague and we gave all also in difficult situations. (OLIMPIA MILANO 1936 OFFICIAL WEBSITE)



Travis Hansen back to Russia, signs with Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) returned to Russia after one season with Real Madrid. The experienced guard/small forward signed a deal with Khimky for rest of the season. Hansen played for Dynamo Moscow from 2006 to 2009. Last season with Madrid he had 4.8 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 17 Euroleague games. In ACB, Hansen added 7.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.8 apg.
Khimky will have one more Euroleague game this season as they failed to qualify for Top 16.


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KORISLIIGA: Vilpas signed Ronald Thompson - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Vilpas Vikings (Salo) has replaced American F Theron Wilson (195-F-87, college: Bradley), who left the team last week. American C-PF Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81, college: Morehouse) will continue his basketball career tonight, when Vilpas (4-16) will host vs Korihait (Uusikaupunki). Thompson is foreigner player # 7 this season for Vilpas. He has a lot of experience from all over the world. Thompson has played in Uruguay, New Zealand, Luxembourg, Germany and in Spain.

Jonathan Heard claims Finnish Korisliiga weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) had an amazing evening in the last round for Tarmo and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20.
The 24-year old swingman had a double-double of 32 points and twelve rebounds, while his team edged out ToPo (#7, 10-10) 87-86. Tarmo maintains the 12th position in Finnish Korisliiga. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Tarmo have already lost 17 games and recorded just three victories. Heard turned to be Tarmo's top player in his first season with the team. Heard has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.9ppg. Heard is in league's top in and averages solid 53.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old American forward Nicchaeus Doaks (202-F-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm) of Salon Vilpas Vikings. Doaks impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 30 points and 24 rebounds. Bad luck as Salon Vilpas lost that game 81-106 to the higher-ranked KTP (#1, 17-3). This loss caused Salon Vilpas to drop to 11th position in the standings. 16 lost games are too many comparing to just four victories Salon Vilpas managed to get this year. Doaks is a newcomer at Salon Vilpas 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 Jeremiah Wood (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) of Karhu Kauhajoki (#8). Wood showcased his all-around game by recording 21 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Wood's great performance Karhu lost 83-90 to slightly lower-ranked LrNMKY (#10, 5-15). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Karhu ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 11 games, recording just nine victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Wood could help Karhu to bring them higher in the standings. Wood has a great season in Finland. After 20 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.5ppg (8th best), rebounds with 14.6rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 3.9apg (5th best). He also has 2.3spg and FGP: 65.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sefton Barrett (196-F-83) of KTP - 29 points and 9 rebounds
5. Malik Moore (192-G-77) of LrNMKY - 26 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Damon Williams (201-F-73) of Pyrinto - 27 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) of Korihait - 17 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
8. B.A. Walker (188-G-84) of Kouvot - 29 points and 3 rebounds
9. Ville Kaunisto (204-F-82) of Kouvot - 15 points and 14 rebounds
10. Jared Newson (195-G/F-84) of Kataja - 23 points and 6 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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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. Boutry, Challans8.4 
 4. Lesieu, St Quentin8.3 
 5. Roberts, Brest8.2 
 6. Hoard, Lievin8.1 
 7. Alingue, Souffel8.1 
 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. Barbry, Orchy4.0 
 8. Rambur, St Quentin4.0 
 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. Ipouck, Le Puy1.9 
 6. Pistre, Le Puy1.9 
 7. Barbry, Orchy1.7 
 8. Dessart, Lievin1.6 
 9. Beugnot, St Ch.1.6 
 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. Ipouck, Le Puy1.1 
 7. Kennedy, Orchy1.1 
 8. Gourde, Get Vosges1.0 
 9. Kolb, Blois1.0 
 10. Boutry, Challans1.0 


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Rick HUGHES
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (204-C/F-73)
  Avg: 18
 1. Hughes, Hyeres-T.18.0 
 2. Walsh, AS.18.0 
 3. Darden, Nancy17.0 
 4. Mejia, Cholet16.9 
 5. King, Le Havre16.5 
 6. Woodside, Gravelines16.4 
 7. Massie, Limoges16.4 
 8. Bennett, Pau-La.16.1 
 9. Haynes, Chalon15.8 
 10. Jefferson, AS.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rob LEWIN
  Vichy
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Lewin, Vichy9.8 
 2. Massie, Limoges9.1 
 3. Jefferson, AS.8.6 
 4. Krupalija, Hyeres.8.6 
 5. Jones, Le Havre8.4 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy8.4 
 7. Issa, Gravelines8.3 
 8. Koffi, Le Mans8.1 
 9. Walsh, AS.7.8 
 10. Vebobe, Cholet7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Reid, Vichy6.6 
 2. Wright, Limoges6.2 
 3. King, Le Havre6.1 
 4. Linehan, Nancy5.8 
 5. Sciarra, Pau-La.5.7 
 6. Diabate, Roanne5.6 
 7. Woodside, Gravelines5.5 
 8. Pellin, Le Mans4.7 
 9. Schilb, Chalon4.6 
 10. Bokolo, Gravelines4.5 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Nancy
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Linehan, Nancy3.7 
 2. Walsh, AS.2.5 
 3. Dobbins, Hyeres-T.2.2 
 4. Diot, Le Mans2.1 
 5. Diabate, Roanne2.0 
 6. Bennett, Pau-La.2.0 
 7. Causeur, Cholet2.0 
 8. Darden, Nancy1.9 
 9. Woodside, Gravelines1.9 
 10. Sangare, Le Havre1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  Vichy
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elegar, Vichy2.0 
 2. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 3. Jefferson, AS.1.4 
 4. Koffi, Le Mans1.4 
 5. Badiane, Poitiera.1.4 
 6. Pasco, Strasbourg1.2 
 7. Fofana, AS.1.2 
 8. Issa, Gravelines1.1 
 9. Wilkinson, Le Havre1.0 
 10. Lewin, Vichy1.0 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest17.6 
 2. Sonko, Maurienne17.5 
 3. Carter, Nanterre17.1 
 4. Harris, Lille17.1 
 5. Ingram, Antibes16.6 
 6. Davis, Le Portel16.4 
 7. Daniels, Nanterre16.3 
 8. Siggers, Rouen15.8 
 9. Reed, Evreux15.7 
 10. Cummard, Fos Ouest15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Korvotney BARBER
  Nantes
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Barber, Nantes10.7 
 2. Mathis, Maurienne10.0 
 3. Daniels, Chalons-.9.3 
 4. Bing, Dijon9.2 
 5. Monds, Bourg9.1 
 6. Monroe, Boulogne8.6 
 7. Giles, Rouen8.5 
 8. Sneed, Maurienne7.9 
 9. Sonko, Maurienne7.7 
 10. Rouse, Charleville7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.8 
 2. Downey, Nantes6.3 
 3. Taylor, Rouen5.5 
 4. Denave, St Vallier5.5 
 5. Craven, Dijon5.2 
 6. Williams, Le Portel5.0 
 7. Patiejunas, Boulo.4.9 
 8. Darnauzan, Mauri.4.6 
 9. Ingram, Antibes4.6 
 10. Morlende, Charleville4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kyle SHILOH
  St Vallier
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Shiloh, St Vallier3.1 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.8 
 3. Doyne, Charleville2.6 
 4. Hachad, Fos Ouest2.5 
 5. Craven, Dijon2.5 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.2.5 
 7. Sonko, Maurienne2.4 
 8. Da Silva, Evreux2.4 
 9. Haquet, Fos Ouest2.3 
 10. Darnauzan, Mauri.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Sherman GAY
  Fos Ouest
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Gay, Fos Ouest2.4 
 2. Jefferson, Quimper1.7 
 3. Barber, Nantes1.4 
 4. N''Diaye, Clermont1.1 
 5. Monds, Bourg1.1 
 6. Adjiwanou, Boula.1.0 
 7. Diakite, Chalons-.0.9 
 8. Davis, Evreux0.8 
 9. James, Bourg0.8 
 10. Siggers, Rouen0.7 


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Ronald Ross (MBC Wolves) Pregame Thoughts To Artland Dragons Game December 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Ronald Ross (188-G-83, agency: World Sport Agency, college: Texas Tech) is a 27 year old 188 cm guard playing his first season for The MBC Wolves. He is originally from Hobbs New Mexico and played at Texas Tech from 2001-2005. In his senior year, he averaged 17.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2.6spg, FGP: 51.9%, 3Pts: 43% and reached the NCA Sweet 16. He started his professional career with Univer Castelletto Ticino (Italy-Lega2) and then moved on to the CBA in 2006-2007 for Butte Daredevils playing 48 games averaging 15.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.4spg), FGP: 49%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 74.2% and in 2007 for the Albany Patroons (USBL, starting five) playing 21 games: Score-3 (17.4ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (4.0apg), Steals-1 (2.5spg), FGP: 47.6%, 3FGP: 41.4%, FT: 84.2%. In 2007-2008, he played for ENBW Ludwigsburg playing 34 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.3apg, Steals-2 (1.7spg), 2FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 77.9% reaching the cup final in 2008. Last season, he started in Israel before moving on to the Artland Dragons playing 12 games and averaging 15.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 59.0%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he averaged games: 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 27.1%, FT: 75.7% for the Artland Dragons. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against his old team Artland Dragons December 18th.

You are back in the BEKO BBL. You are playing for MBC. I guess you havent had luck finding big German cities to play in?lol


Yeah, not too much luck with big cities for me in Germany, but it's okay because I'm country and small is cool for me.


How do you like Weissenfels? How is it different to Quackenbruck?


I like Weissenfels. It's a simple town and I don't have to drive too far to get to practice so I can't complain. As far as the difference between here and Quakenbruck is there is no Da Seba here in Weissenfels.lol That was my go to spot in QB to eat and I'm still trying to discover my spot here, but it's all good.



You scored 19 points last weekend in a loss to Braunschweig. You must be feeling comfortable fast? What exactly is your role for Bjoern Harmsen? More a point guard or shooting guard?


I felt pretty comfortable last weekend and it helped because the coach gives me the freedom and support to do what he knows I'm capable of doing. Having the fans behind us helped too. As fas as my role, I'll be looking to be more aggressive here as far as scoring, but also pass and make the play thats needed depending on the situation. Our offense in versatile and were capable of bringing the ball up from the 1,2, or 3 positions and executing our offense.


MBC is on a four game losing streak. What is the team working on the most to get better at?


Were just focusing on eliminating small mistakes and putting an entire 40 minutes together.


How excited are you playing against your ex team Artland Dragons? Which player are you looking forward to playing the most?


It will be good to see some old friends from last year. There are some really nice people in Quakenbruck, but I can't say I'm excited to play against anybody there. It just is what it is.



The Artland Dragons have a solid point guard with Tyrese Rice. How will you stop him best?


He's a solid guard, but they have a lot good players and it would be foolish to get locked in on one player.


How will MBC stop all the Artland Dragon big men and force under the hoop? I guess you Jordan and Bernard will have to help out under the hoop?


We're definitely going to put out a team effort. It's going to be a necessity if we want to have any kind of success on Saturday.


What else will be key in winning the game?


Defense, Defense, and Defense! Most in importantly, decision making and execution on both ends of the court.


The New York Knicks are 16-9. What has been your impression of them and what will they achieve this season?


Not a Knicks fan. Go Lakers. lol But I still wish Lebron would have went there. I would have loved to see him and Amarie together.


What was your favorite gift that you got in the stocking over the fire place at Christmas?


I can't really remember because I haven't been home in so long for Christmas. But honestly, I'm always just grateful and blessed to spend time with my family. I have a mother that is more than amazing and she is truly the gift that keeps giving. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

Thanks Ron for the chat.



John Bynum (TBB Trier) Pregame Thoughts To Deutsche Bank Skyliners Game December 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) is a 32 year old 191 cm guard from Visalia California that is playing his first season with TBB Trier. He is a good fighter, fast and good in offensive playing. He is great athlete who can shoot the ball with consistency from 3 and finish with authority on the break. He is a tremendous defender on the ball. He played college basketball at College of the Sequoias Junior College:from 1996-1998 and then transferred to Metropolitan St. (NCAA2): and played there from 1998-2000. He started his professional basketball career in 2001 in the Uk for the Solent Stars (United Kingdom-NBLConf): 31 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assist. In 2002-2003, came his first tour of duty in Germany for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga): 24.7ppg, 9.2rpg, 6.7apg, 3.5spg. In 2003-2004, he played for the Ulriken Eagles (Norway-BNLO): Regular Season: 14 games: 20,1ppg, 8,1rpg, 2,5apg, 2,9spg, 0,4bpg.In 2004-2005, he was back in Germany playing for BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: Score-5 (26.0ppg), 7.7rpg, Ast-4 (5.4apg), 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.5%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 63.6%. In 2005-2006, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-A1): only pre-season, then joined COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five): 8 games: 15.6ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 51%, left in Jan.'06 and later that month signed at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 21 games: 7.8ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 56.5%. In 2006-2007, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 31 games: 5.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 43.1%, 3FGP: 25.0%, FT: 55.9%. In 2007-2008, he played for USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA, starting five): 14 games: 14.4ppg, 4.4rpg, Assists-5 (4.6apg), 2.3spg, 2FGP: 54%, 3FGP: 27.3%, FT: 58.5%, left in Jan.'08 due to shoulder injury, in Feb.'08 moved to Digibu Baskets Paderborn (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 13 games: 6.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.4apg, 2FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played in the PRO A for Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA, starting five): 27 games: 16.9ppg, 7.1rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 62.8%. He spoke with eurobasket before the game against The Deutsche bank skyliners December 18th.

TBB Trier has a 7-7 record at the moment and had a 10-25 record last season. From a TBB Trier fan point one has to be happy how the season has gone sofar. How are you feeling about the start so far?


Well it has been an up and down season so far because we feel that we could be 10-4. I feel we gave away the Oldenburg game and the Bremerhaven game but at the same time I think we have suprised a lot of people but we cant be satisfied because the season isnt even half way done yet. We still have a long ways to go.

TBB Trier lets up 68 points per game? What is the secret behind the TBB Trier defense?

I just think we play hard and dont give up a lot of easy baskets, we stress defense and our defense creates a lot of our offense. We feel that if teams cant score a lot of points then we will be in every game.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners play Eurochallenge and TBB Trier has extra time to prepare for Frankfurt. Does TBB trier have an advantage?

I wouldnt call it an advantage, because sometimes playing more games gets you more in a rhythm rather than just playing once a week. But it can also hurt you by playing too many games, but either way Frankfurt will be ready to play and so will we.

The next game is against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. What has been your impression of the team this season?


They have had a great season so far, and one of the elite teams in the BBL. They have a lot of weapons and are a deep team. We just have to play hard and try to slow them down in transistion and make it a half court game and run when we can.

A nice duel will Be Dashaun Wood-Dru Joyce. Both are very quick, but could you help me explain how Joyce has a different kind of quickness than Wood?lol

Well like you said, they are both quick and i wouldnt say that Dru has a different quickness because both players going north and south are fairly quick. I really dont think that there is much different between the two as far as quickness goes.

What is your memory of playing Frankfurt when you played for Bremerhaven and Paderborn?

This will actually be my first time playing in Frankfurt. I missed the games each time due to injury or something. But I am really looking forward to playing in there arena for the first time.

What else will be important to winning the game besides controlling Wood and the boards?

I think those are the key components to winning the game. I think we have to take care of the ball and try and not to go through too many scoring droughts during the game.

What is your impression of the New York Knicks? They are 16-9. What can they achieve this season?

They are off to a great start so far and to be honest I am suprised but at the same time they wont do much in the playoffs. There are 4 other teams that are better than them in the East.

What was your nicest childhood gift that you found in the stocking on Christmas day?

The nicest childhood gift I recieved in my stocking had to be a gameboy back in the day.... man technology has came a long way... lol

Thanks John for the chat.


Chris Oliver (Walter Tigers Tuebingen) Pregame Thoughts To BG Goettingen Game December 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford) is a 25 year old 198cm forward playing his first season with The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. He is a athletic forward that has great hands, the versatility to play inside and outside, with three-point range on his jump shot, and has tremendous poise and maturity. He played at Radford from 2003-2007 and in his senior year, he played 30 games averaging 18.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.9spg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 48.7%, 3Pts: 25.8%, FT: 74.8%. He came to Germany in 2007-2008 and played for the Kaiserslautern Braves of the PRO A playing 30 games: Score-2 (20.5ppg), Reb-5 (9.0rpg), 1.2apg, 1.3spg, 1.7bpg, FGP: 56%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 79.6%. In 2008-2009 in Goettingen, he averaged 10.6ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 75.5% in 34 games. Last season in Goettingen, he played EuroChallenge: 13 games: 11.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 77.1%; German League: 35 games: 14.1ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 80.9%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against his old team BG Goettingen on December 18th.

How excited are you to be playing against your ex team BG Goettingen this weekend? What are you looking forward the most to returning back to the Lok Halle?

Im excited to play against my former team. Just being back in the Lokhalle with the fans will be nice.

What will be the first thing that you will do when you enetr the Lok halle on your return back?

The first thing I will do is get ready for practice lol.

You are playing with The Walter Tigers Tuebingen now, but you had two fantastic years playing with BG Goettingen winning the 2010 Eurochallenge. How much of your heart still beats for this team?

Gottingen will always be a special place for me. I was there for 2 years and its the first team that I played in the BBL with. The fans were very special and supportive of me the whole time I was there.

The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have been a little up and down this season. What has been the biggest problems that the team has and has to work on?

We just have to make sure that we stay focused and aggressive and together the whole game and every game and we will be successful.

It seems like BG Goettingen doesnt play that crazy 40 minutes of hell as much as last season and they havent been as successful this season. How has their style changed and how will Tuebingen win?

I havent seen a lot of game film on Gottingen to be honest so I dont know a lot about their new style but for to be successful we just have to take care of the ball and play together and match their intensity and speed

What can we expect from the duel Chris Oliver (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Radford)-Mike Scott? How do you stop this very athletic player?


I dont know Mike Scott or his game. I just know that he is very athletic. But you can expect 2 competitors to compete for 40 mins

Your friend Whit Holcom-Faye is in Austria. How quickly will he be back in the BEKO BBL after tearing up the league there?

If Whit wants to he will be back in the BBL very soon. He is a great player and could help a number of teams in this league.

The New York Knicks are 16-9. What has been your impression of them and what will they achieve this season?

The Knicks are playing very well and when you add a beast Like Amare there is no reason for them not to be a competitive team in the East. They will make the playoffs this season.

What was your favorite gift that you got in the stocking ove rthe fire place at Christmas?

Its been so long since ive got a gift in a stocking that I cant remember my favorite gift lol

Thanks Chris for the chat


The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Want to Dampen The Spec Of Alba Berlin Spirit With TBB Trier December 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
When the Deutsche Bank Skyliners face off against TBB Trier on Saturday some players may be feeling deja vu seeing coach Henrik Roedl and players Dragan Dojcin, Oskar Fassler and Philip Zwiener on the floor again who all used to be on the luscious Alba Berlin pay role. Seeing all these faces in the green of TBB Trier and not Alba Berlin might be as weird as if ex Skyliners Travon Bryant, mate Milisa or Alex King were suddenly on the Skyliner bench again, if soccer god with the cigar Diego Maradona would reappear behind a SSC Neapel curtain and play a game again or if Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown would appear back in the news again as totally changed and sober people again. It is common to see white snow falling from the German sky, have Tom Brady finding the old magic with wide receiver Wes Welker, Bayern Munich losing at a regular basis or MBC guard Michael Jordan finding a new victim for his cam on road trips, but it is not every day that many players head to another team in the BEKO BBL, but concerning the spirited and solid play of TBB Trier this season, bringing in talent from Berlin hasnt hurt. I think having these Alba Berlin guys on the team is an advantage, because they are familiar with each other. We are a young team, but if you have players that are familiar with each other, then it always helps out on and off the court, warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.).

All these characters had success in Berlin, but no one more as a player than coach Henrik Roedl who won 10 BEKO BBL titles, was 1993 NCAA champion with North Carolina and only a short time later 1993 European champion with Germany. As a coach, it has been a steady road for him. He didnt have it easy being pushed into the Alba Berlin job in January 2005. He finished the season losing in the semi final to the Opel Skyliners. The next season, he won the BEKO BBL cup in 2006. The next season, he was dismissed as coach. He had coached Alba Berlin 2 the last few years and was also the German U-20 coach. Coming to a team like TBB Trier who had been as far from the playoffs in the last years as Paris Hilton winning an Oscar, he has done a pretty good job in the first few months. Roedl is a good coach, because he has the ability to get most out of his players. He teaches the game and everybody gets better individually. He has many strength, but you are seeing the biggest on the defensive end, added California native John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). He has every player on the same page and gets the most out of each player, added Quentin Pryor (193-G/F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Morehead St.) Roedl has had an illustrious basketball career and a lot of his success seems to be rubbing off on the players in the early going. I think that what he has achieved as a player has influenced us somewhat on the court. He has been there and has done what no one of us ever has and he knows what it takes to get there. The team listens to what he says and hope to understand what we can do to get into a position to have success, warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). I think that because Roedl has been so successful as a player and coach, his players will listen to what he says and follow what he says, stated Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor Winning the NCAA title may have happened 17 years ago, but his past success seems to be something that people know about. I know that the American players are aware of his NCAA title as well as the German players. He lets you know that he is a Tar Heel from time to time. However if I had gone to North Carolina, I would probably have let people know more. He doesnt put it out there and is very humble about his success, added John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). I think that many people may not even know he won the NCAA title with North Carolina. Ingo told us last season, so I knew what he did, commented Quentin Pryor

Despite bringing back nine players from the 2008-2009 season and getting help on the wing during the season with Miladen Pekovic, TBB Trier was a big disappointment last season as they finished with a record of 10-24 and finished in 15th place.. The club had some misfortune at the start. TBB Trier had a lot of bad luck with the swine flu which broke their rhythm. They are trying to get back on track, but they are a bad road team, stated Jerome Bridgewater. After a 3-3 start, TBB Trier then won four of five games and it seemed like they were on a healthy route, but then the team seemed to fall into a long winter sleep winning only one game game from December fifth until April 2010. In this span, they had a record of 1-17 TBB Trier has good players and space the floor really well, but it is not logical for a team to be inconsistent after playing together for a while. However, the competition in the BEKO BBL is really high at the moment and it is tough for many teams at the moment, stressed North Carolina native Ricky Hickman last season. Even though TBB Trier has defeated top clubs like The Artland Dragons and BG Goettingen, something seemed to be missing with the club. TBB Trier had great scorers inside with Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado) and George Evans and good shooting on the wing with Derek Raivio (190-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), Jamal Shuler and Miladin Pekovic. The team had chemistry, but I think that they lack the killer instinct. They were up by 15 points against us, but they couldnt put us away. They seemed to be going through a tough stretch, warned Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor last season. The team had a lot of misfortune losing six of those 17 games by four or less points. After this long and seemingly unending winless drought, the team pulled together a bit finishing the season at 2-3. TBB Trier was not a great rebounding team last season, said Phoenix Hagen American Quentin Pryor

With Alba Berlin legend Henrik Roedl on board and four ex Alba Berlin players, TBB Trier are quietly focusing on a playoff place. The club is starving for success again in the BEKO BBL. The team has won only two basketball titles which were BEKO BBL cups in 1998 and the last being in 2001. The last time the team reached the playoffs was 2004 where they finished the season in seventh place. Since then the team has been more in the middle field of the standings or at the end finishing 11th, 9th, 17th, 11th and in 15th the last five years. The team had large financial problems last season and this summer cleaned ship a bit by reforming the old TBB GmbH into a new TBB AG. The club parted ways with Americans Brian Brown, Christopher Copeland, Jamal Shuler and Derek Raivio (190-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Canadian James Gillingham and Maksym Shtein and Mladin Pekovic. The team kept a slim healthy core of players with George Evans, big German talent Mail Zirbes and Samy Picard. Besides bringing in the four ex Alba Berlin players, the club also brought in Americans Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron), Barry Stewart (191-G-88, college: Mississippi St.) and John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). When you look back and see TBB Trier winning only 10 games last season, then their start of 7-7 can be seen as a huge accomplishment this season. The club started strong winning two of the first three games against Tuebingen and MBC, but also had a losing streak of three games, but also a winning streak of three games beating the Telekom Baskets Bonn and current hot team EnBW Ludwigsburg. The club has been up and down, but the team has quickly established an identity on defense. Our strength is our defense. We play hard and we have been in every game this season, because we play solid defense, warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Their strength is their defense, warned Quentin Pryor TBB Trier have given up an average of only 68 points this season and show that they pride their game on their defense. They held Bonn and Duesseldorf to under 50 points this season. The question this season is if TBB Trier can reach the playoffs? I think that we are a playoff team. So far we have shown this season that we can play with any team even on the road. We feel that we let two games get away up north earlier this season, but at the same time, every player feels that we will make the playoffs, stressed John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). I also think that they are a playoff team. They are playing like one, warned Quentin Pryor John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) couldnt list a weakness but Quentin Pryor could. They have a lot of young and inexperienced players, stressed Quentin Pryor
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The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have a record of 5-5 against TBB Trier with 2-2 at home and 2-2 on the road. Frankfurt lost the last two games in Trier 74-64 in 2008 on the last day of the season where teams were jockeying for playoff places and Frankfurt ended up getting The Bayer Giants Leverkusen in the quarterfinals. Last season, TBB Trier played a very energetic and spirited game winning 78-70 despite a monster game by American Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) who registered 29 points and 10 boards. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game of the season in Trier 71-67 as Jimmy Mckinney and Qarraan Calhoun were missing due to injury. It was your typical season opening game as both teams were nervous and missing way too many shots. The game was tied at halftime 26 all. Frankfurt had fire power in the third quarter, but went down in the fourth quarter scoring only nine points as Frankfurt had no nerves in crunch time to win. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) had 19 points and eight rebounds and despite TBB Trier was without top scorer Christopher Copeland, the team got needed production form Jamal Shuler, Brian Brown and George Evans to conserve the win. Last season, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners lost the first game ion Trier71-67 as Ex Skyliner Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) contributed 19 points and eight rebounds and Frankfurt won at home 71-69 winning the game with Pascal Roller free throws. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) led Frankfurt with 17 points.

TBB Trier is led by 25 year old 198cm forward Philip Zwiener who started his basketball career as a 17 year old in 2002 for TSV Lesum-Bremen (2Bundealiga). In 2004-2005, in his last season for TSV Lesum, he played 29 games averaging 14.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 57%, 3FGP: 28.1%, FT: 77.3%. He then got rewarded by getting signed by German power house Alba Berlin. Zwiener didnt take off like an Albatros as he played on the Spree for five years playing only 114 BEKO BBL games, 15 ULEB Cup games, 4 Eurocup games and 2 Euroleague games. He never was able to develop into a important player because the club had so many talented players and always had the pressure to have to win. He was able to win 2 BEKO BBL cups and 1 BEKO BBL championship with Alba Berlin. Despite not playing so much in Berlin, German national coach Dirk Bauermann always had an eye on him and invited him to play at the 2008 Olympics in Bejing. With his superb play this season where he is averaging 14,6ppg, 5,9rpg and 1,1apg, he should get the nod from Bauerman to join again in the summer of 2011. I am not surprised by the development of Phil. He just didnt get much time in Berlin. He got valuable experience and now is getting his chance to shine in Trier. His time in Berlin was very valuable as he was playing for one of the most respected teams in Europe and was able to play behind some great players and learn from them and play Euroleague. He will only get better, warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). Phil never had a real chance in Berlin, because there were so many talented players there. He is a good player and is proving it now with TBB Trier. If he keeps working then he will improve. I am sure his goal is to return back to the German national team, warned Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). Zwiener is currently one of the best in the league. He is running the team and has done a good job. He just needed the chance to play which he didnt get in Berlin and now he is getting that chnace, commented Quentin Pryor

TBB Trier signed Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) who is a 25 year old 183cm point guard. He is the typical floor general who supplies leadership, court vision and points when needed. He returns back to the BEKO BBL after playing for Ratiopharm Ulm from 2007-2009. Each season, he was the second best assist man in the BEKO BBL. His best season in Ulm was 2008-2009 as he led the club into the playoffs playing 34 games averaging 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg, Assists-2 (4.5apg), FGP: 42.8%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 73.0%. He is best known for playing along side NBA superstar LeBron James (203-F-84) at St Marys and winning three high school titles. He played at Akron from 2003-2007 as in his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 10.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.3apg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 39.6%, FT: 65.6%. Last season, he played in Poland forEnerga Czarni Slupsk (Poland-PLK, starting five), Polish League: 6 games: 4.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg; in Nov.'09 moved to Anwil Wloclawek (Poland-PLK): 27 games: 7.5ppg, 1.6rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 41.0%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 75.9%. I played for two very good coaches. One was from Latvia and the other was from Belarius. It was a new situation for me since I had always played for American coaches. They both had different styles. I had some ups and downs in Poland, but I learned to always keep fighting when I was going through a rough time. You always have to be ready when called upon, stressed Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). This season, Joyce is averaging 11,3ppg, 3,1rpg and 4,5apg. I believe that Joyce belongs to the top point guards this season. His quickness allows him to make a lot of plays and he is in the lane just about any time he wants to. He plays the pick and roll well and defends well. We need for him to play well to be in every game, warned John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). 39year old 202 cm center George Evans, who is a desert storm veteran and didnt turn professional until he was 30 years old. He played at george Mason from 1998-2001. He then went to Belgium and did something very untypical for European basketball standards playing with one team for a long stretch. He played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut from 2001-2008. In this time, he played 228 Belgium league games and played 65 international games. In his 7 years in Belgium, he scored in double figurers each. He has been in Trier since 2008. In his first season, he averaged 13.5ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP-2 (67.6%), FT: 56.9%. Last season, he averaged 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP-3 (64.8%), FT: 55.9%. What catches the eye right away is that he belongs to the top shooters from the field in the BEKO BBL.The general as Evans is called is an important piece to the success of the club since he contributes in all phases of the game, including low-post scoring, rebounding, shot blocking and filling the lanes on the fast break.

The team signed 22 year old 191cm guard Barry Stewart (191-G-88, college: Mississippi St.) who is from Shelbyville, Tennessee. He is a BEKO BBL rookie who played at Mississippi St. (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he played 36 games averaging 11.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.7apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 37.4%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 71.4%. His best season was 2008-2009 where he played 36 games: 12.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 36.7%, 3Pts: 36.5%, FT: 77.6%. He reached the NIT Final 4 in 2007. This season, he is averaging 7,4ppg and 3,1rpg and is still seeking his touch with his shot as he is hooting 30% from the field and 25% from the parking lot. The team also signed basketball veteran who is a 34 year old 205cm power forward from Serbia. He is playing his first season with TBB Trier and his fourth season in the BEKO BBL. He is a Left handed power forward that is very quick. He has a very good shoot from the distance and can play under the basket. He played in Slovenia and Serbia before going to Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague, starting five): EuroCup Challenge: 10 games: 10.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1apg, FG: 50%, 3PT: 40%, FT: 82.1%; Ukrainian League: 30 games: 9.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 76.7%. In 2006-2007, he played for Panionios Forthnet Athens (Greece-A1, starting five): FIBA EuroCup: 15 games: 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 37.8%, FT: 64.3%; Greek League: 26 games: 8.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 59.0%, 3FGP: 46.0%, FT: 56.0%. He played for Alba Berlin from 2007-2010. His best season was last year where he played EuroCup: 14 games: 4.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.5apg; German League: 36 games: 5.9ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.1%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 67.6%. He won the Slovenian cup in 2004, BEKO BBL title in 2008, BEKO BBL cup in 2009 and reached the Eurocup final in 2010 with Alba Berlin. This season with TBB Trier, he is averaging 6,9ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,3apg. He is shooting well at 46% from the field and 41% from the three point line.

The club also signed 22 year old 198cm guard Oskar Fassler who also comes from the Alba Berlin fraction. He played for TUS Lichterfelde Berlin (Regionalliga) from 2004-2006. He joined Alba Berlin in 2006 and played there until 2009. He also was a young player that didnt get a real chance as he was sitting on the bench. He only played 22 BEKO BBL games. Last season, he started with Alba Berlin and then moved to Science City Jena (ProA, starting five): 12 games: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 54.9%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 77.8%, also played at Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (1.Bundesliga): 4 games: 4.3ppg, 2.0rpg. This season, he is averaging 6,1ppg, 2,4rpg and 1,4apg in 19 minutes a contest. He was a part of the German U-18 and U-20 teams and played at the European Championships U20 Division B in Targu Mures (Romania) -08: (Champion): 7 games: 3.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg. 20 year old 205cm center German Maik Zirbes who was born in Traben-Trarbach is a huge talent and has been able to increase his playing time this season. He started his basketball career in the TBB Trier youth programs and in 2008-2009 he played 12 games averaging 1.3ppg and in the summer of 2009 played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) playing 6 games averaging 5.5ppg, 5.7rpg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 64.7%. He is a big body with soft hands and will help them under the boards. He is very talented, warned ex TBB Trier forward Christopher Copeland. This season Zirbes is averaging 5.9ppg and 4,4rpg in 13 minutes per game. He has scored in double figurers in two games against Ludwigsburg and Bamberg.

The team also picked up 32 year old 191cm guard John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.) who comes from Visalia, California. 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 tremendous defender on the ball and is looking (class act off the floor). He ha splayed in countries like England (All Star slam dunk winner 2002), Norway and Cyprus, but his heart has belonged to Germany the most as he is starting his seventh season in Germany. He has played for clubs like BSG Grevenbroich (Germany-Regionalliga), COOCOON Baskets Weiden (Germany-2.Bundesliga), USC Heidelberg (Germany-ProA) and Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProA). He also has had BEKO BBL experience playing for Bremerhaven and Paderborn where he played a total of 65 games before coming to TBB Trier. Last season, he played 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%. In Trier, Bynum is the back up to Joyce and is averaging 4,9ppg, 2,2rpg and 1,3apg.The team also signed Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87) who is a 23 year old 205cm power forward from Germany. Clay played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) last season playing 13 games: 16.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3spg, 1.2apg, 1.1bpg. Roedl promised that he would give the German playing time and he hasnt disappointed as Clay is averaging 2,8ppg and 1,9rpg in 7,7 minutes per game. He would be sulking on the bench for most other teams and playing for the teams cooperation partner. The club also returns 21 year old 195 cm forward Samy Picard from Luxemberg. He played for the Musel Pikes the last four years. Last season in Trier, he was more a practice player as he got into only 8 games averaging 1,0ppg in four minutes per game. The team also brings back Kosta Karamatskos who is a 24 year old 197cm guard. He is playing his fourth season with TBB Trier. In his four years, he has only played 50 games. He started his career for BSG Ludwigsburg (Regionalliga). He then also gained experience playing for EnBW Ludwigsburg, USC Freiburg and the Kirchheim Knights.

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are riding a two game winning streak in the BEKO BBL while TBB Trier is trying to rebound from their 69-56 loss at home against 2010 BEKO BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg. TBB Trier may have a few more days to prepare for Frankfurt, but The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are coming off a big win against BK Ventspils in the Eurochallenge and will take even extra self confidence into the BEKO BBL games. Despite a 7-7 record, TBB Trier is not a team that Frankfurt will take lightly. TBB Trier is a very good defensive team and we will need to match their intensity for 40 minutes. It will be a tough game where defense will play a big role. I played Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron) in college and we will have to watch him. He is a great competitor that doesnt take any plays off. He will make me work hard. We will have to be mentally and physically prepared for TBB Trier, warned Dashaun Wood. TBB Trier have a 3-4 road record and have to go into the game with one thing on their mind. We have to go to Frankfurt with a winning attitude. Frankfurt is a good team that is playing very well at the moment. We will have to be on top of our game and give 100%. We will have to be focused or it will be a long night for us, stressed LeBron James friend Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron). It is not only Dashaun Wood that TBB Trier will have to worry about. Beating Frankfurt will have to be a team effort. It will not really be about stopping one guy, but having our team defense working. Of course it will be very important to stop Wood from getting to the basket in the early offense. We cant let Wood run wild on us. If we can control him, it will give us a better chance to win, but there are so many other players that we have to worry about. Defense is at the top of our list and then rebounding. On offense we will have to take care of the ball, stated John Bynum (191-G-78, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Metro St.). For TBB Trier to win, they have to bring it every night. They can win if they control Wood and the boards. You have to give Wood a little cushion so he doesnt just blow by you. Frankfurt has a good team so you have to control more than just him, warned Quentin Pryor The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host TBB Trier December 18th at 18:30.



The 2011 BEKO BBL Allstar Starters Are Set For Trier January 22nd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The German basketball fans have done their job choosing the starting five teams for the North and South teams in the BEKO BBL Allstar game on January 22nd in Trier. The starting team in the north consists of two Alba Berlin players with Julius Jenkins and Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi), two players from the EWE Baskets Oldenburg with Rickey Paulding and Lou Campbell and one Eisbaer Bremerhaven with German national player Philip Schwethelm who will be playing in his first BEKO BBL Allstar game. The South team will feature ex Alba Berlin player and TBB Trier forward Philip Zwiener who will be making his debut and will have a home game playing in Trier. The team also will have three players from the Brose Baskets Bamberg with German national player Tibot Pleiss, ex NBA player Casey Jacobson and American Kyle Hines. The last starter is German wunderkind and Ratiopharm Ulm forward Robin Benzing.The teams will be coached ba Chris Fleming and Stefan Koch.

Team North: Team South:
1. Julius Jenkins (Berlin, SG, 33,2 %), 1. Philip Zwiener (Trier, SF, 33,9 %),
2. Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) (Berlin, PF, 30,4 %), 2. Tibor Plei (Bamberg, C, 31,7 %),
3. Rickey Paulding (Oldenburg, SF, 29,2 %), 3. Casey Jacobsen (Bamberg, SG, 31,4 %),
4. Lou Campbell (Oldenburg, PG, 20,5 %), 4. Robin Benzing (Ulm, SF, 29,1 %),
5. Philipp Schwethelm (Bremerhaven, SF, 18,0 %), 5. Kyle Hines (Bamberg, PF, 22,1 %),
6. Marcus Goree (Braunschweig, PF, 16,5 %), 6. Per Gnther (Ulm, PG, 17,1 %),
7. Patrick Femerling (Berlin, C, 16,2 %), 7. Predrag Suput (Bamberg, PF, 15,6 %),
8. Darren Fenn (Artland, C, 16,1 %), 8. DaShaun Wood (Frankfurt, PG, 13,8 %),
9. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (Artland, C, 15,7 %), 9. Chris Ensminger (Bonn, C, 12,7 %),
10. Immanuel McElroy (Berlin, SG, 12,4 %). 10. John Goldsberry (Bamberg, PG, 12,6 %.)

Source BEKO BBL



Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig) Pregame Thoughts To Phoenix Hagen Game December 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 26 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York. This season, he is playing for The New York Phantoms Braunschweig. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookie season 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. In tue summer of 2009, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. Last season, he played his first season in Braunschweig playing 39 games: 10.1ppg, 3.8rpg, Assists-3 (5.4apg), Steals-2 (1.9spg), FGP: 63.7%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 77.6%. He spoke to eurobasket before the game against Phoenix Hagen December 18th.


The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig are riding a two game winning streak. What has the team improved the most in the last two weeks?

Starting to get an offensive rhythm.

What has been the focus in practice this week?


Handling Hagen's pressure.

The next game is against Phoenix Hagen. What is your memory of the team and games last season against them?


I remember them being a tough team to play especially at thier place. They play with a lot of energy and have tough players to guard.

What is your impression of Phoenix Hagen this season?


They share the ball real well and have scorers all over the court. They look like a good team.


Everybody talks about the quickness of Dashaun Wood and Mark Dorris, but where does the speed of Tony Skinn stack up?


I think Tony is just as fast as those other guys.

What will be key to winning this game?

Handling there pressure and getting stops on defense.

What is your impression of the New York Knicks? They are 16-9. what can they achieve this season?

They look good. It has been a long time since we had a basketball team to root for in NY, so I hope they can make it to the playoffs at least.


What was your nicest childhood gift that you found in the stocking on Christmas day?


Money.

Thanks for the chat Kev


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A1 Round 8: Olympiakos blasts Ilysiakos to close the round - by Eurobasket News
Olympiakos blasted Ilysiakos at home 91-60 (8-0) keeping the perfect score after eight rounds in A1. The game without a history. Olympiakos lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game, while Ilysiakos only scored ten points from the stripe. Olympiakos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Ilysiakos' players. 26 personal fouls commited by Ilysiakos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international center Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-84) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Center Radoslav Nesterovic (212-76) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) produced 21 points for the hosts. 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 Olympiakos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a leadership position, which they share with Panathinaikos. Ilysiakos at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Peristeri GS.
Another exciting game where fourth ranked Kavala (5-3) edged by three points 10th ranked AEK (3-5) 89-86. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Branko Jorovic contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. American guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) replied with 25 points for AEK. Kavala moved-up to third place, which they share with Peristeri GS and VAP Kolossos. AEK at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. They share it with Panionios. Kavala will play against Panionios (#11) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Panathinaikos (8-0) outscored 7th ranked Aris (4-4) 93-62 on Saturday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Kostas Kaimakoglou who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 8 rebounds. Kosta Charalampidis responded with 15 points and 4 assists. 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. Undefeated Panathinaikos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a leadership position, which they share with Olympiakos. Loser Aris dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena AEK.

Rest of the games of round 8 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Marousi defeated Iraklis in a road game 68-59. Peristeri GS beat Ikaros at home 75-62. Panellinios were destroyed by PAOK on the opponent's court 76-55. VAP Kolossos outscored Panionios in a home game 73-49.
The best stats of 8th round was 19 points and 8 assists by Evangelos Mantzaris of Peristeri GS.


Panathinaikos - Aris 93-62
The game with biggest result difference took place in Athens. Local Panathinaikos (8-0) outscored 7th ranked Aris (4-4) 93-62 on Saturday night. The game rather controlled by Panathinaikos. Aris managed to win fourth quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 26-of-31 free shots (83.9 percent) during the game. Panathinaikos had a 29-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of international power forward Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-83) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Milenko Tepic (198-87, agency: Beo Basket) who added 11 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists during the contest. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Guard Kosta Charalampidis (189-76) responded with 15 points and 4 assists and American guard Pierre Pierce (193-83, college: Iowa, agency: Lanshire Group) scored 7 points and 5 rebounds. 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. Panathinaikos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. Defending champion keeps a leadership position, which they share with Olympiakos. Loser Aris dropped to the sixth place with four games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Panathinaikos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena AEK.
Top scorers:
Panathinaikos: I.Vougioukas 16+3reb+1ast, R.Sato 11, K.Kaimakoglou 11+8reb+3ast, M.Tepic 11+5reb+6ast, D.Diamantidis 10+4reb+6ast, N.Calathes 8+1reb+2ast
Aris: K.Charalampidis 15+4reb+4ast, D.Borovnjak 12+1reb, P.Tucker 8+3reb+4ast, P.Pierce 7+5reb+3ast, C.Tapoutos 6+4reb, L.Chrysikopoulos 5+3reb
gschID: 103768


Iraklis - Marousi 59-68
There was no surprise in Thessaloniki where 12th ranked Iraklis (2-6) was defeated by ninth ranked Marousi (4-4) 68-59 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 68-59. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international forward Nestor Kommatos (203-77) who helped to win the game recording 12 points and Croatian center Dalibor Bagaric (217-80) who added 8 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Marousi's coach Vangelis Alexandris used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Giannis Demertzis (194-83) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Fotis Lambropoulos (206-83) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Marousi moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Iraklis lost fifth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the twelfth position with six games lost. Marousi will meet at home PAOK (#7) in the next round. Iraklis' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Thessaloniki to the arena Aris.
Top scorers:
Marousi: N.Kommatos 12+4reb+3ast, A.Bojic 10+1reb, Y.Gagaloudis 9+3reb+4ast, D.Huertas 9+3reb+1ast, D.Bagaric 8+9reb+1ast, F.Kojadinovic 8+6reb+2ast
Iraklis: F.Lambropoulos 12+8reb, N.Koprivica 12+3reb, G.Demertzis 10+12reb+5ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 7+7reb+1ast, N.Papanikolopoulos 5+3reb+1ast, M.Bouldin 4+3reb+2ast
gschID: 103769


Peristeri GS - Ikaros 75-62
Everything could happen in Athens at the game between two tied teams. Both fourth ranked Peristeri GS and 5th ranked Ikaros had identical 4-3 record. This time Peristeri GS used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Kalitheas 75-62 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 75-62. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Evangelos Mantzaris (190-90) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 8 assists and German-American forward Julian Sensley (206-82, college: Hawaii, agency: Impact Basketball) who added 20 points during the contest. Peristeri GS's coach Argiris Pedoulakis used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Deon Thompson (203-88, college: N.Carolina) responded with 14 points and 6 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Lans Harris (195-83, college: Kansas St.) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Peristeri GS (5-3) moved-up to third place, which they share with VAP Kolossos and Kavala. Newly promoted Ikaros dropped to the sixth position with four games lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Peristeri GS's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena Olympiakos.
Top scorers:
Peristeri GS: J.Sensley 20+3reb+1ast, E.Mantzaris 19+3reb+8ast, D.Papanikolaou 11+8reb+1ast, E.Scott 8+2reb, M.King 6+4reb+3ast, A.Petroulas 5+1reb
Ikaros: L.Harris 14+6reb+2ast, D.Thompson 14+6reb+3ast, V.Karaboulas 12+2reb+2ast, A.Falekas 9+1reb+1ast, B.Krasic 5+3reb+1ast, M.Polytarhou 5+2reb
gschID: 103770


Ilysiakos - Olympiakos 60-91
Olympiakos blasted Ilysiakos at home 91-60 (8-0) keeping the perfect score after eight rounds in A1. The game without a history. Olympiakos lead from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 27-of-34 free shots (79.4 percent) during the game, while Ilysiakos only scored ten points from the stripe. Olympiakos looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Ilysiakos' players. 26 personal fouls commited by Ilysiakos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was international center Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-84) who scored 14 points and 9 rebounds. Center Radoslav Nesterovic (212-76) chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Jimmy Baxter (198-80, college: S.Florida) produced 21 points for the hosts. 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 Olympiakos have an impressive eight-game winning streak. They keep a leadership position, which they share with Panathinaikos. Ilysiakos at the other side still closes the standings with eight games lost. Olympiakos' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Peristeri GS.
Top scorers:
Olympiakos: L.Mavrokefalides 14+9reb+1ast, V.Spanoulis 14+1reb+5ast, 13+1reb+1ast, I.Bourousis 13+6reb+2ast, R.Nesterovic 11+10reb+2ast, M.Keselj 11+2reb
Ilysiakos: J.Baxter 21+3reb, A.Kiritsis 13+5reb+1ast, M.Todic 11+6reb+2ast, N.Chatzis 5+3reb+1ast, 4+1reb+4ast, L.Kaselakis 4+3reb
gschID: 103771


PAOK - Panellinios 76-55
Very expected game in Thessaloniki where 13th ranked Panellinios (1-7) was rolled over by eighth ranked PAOK (4-4) 76-55 on Saturday. The game rather controlled by PAOK. Panellinios managed to win third quarter 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. PAOK outrebounded Panellinios 33-20 including a 28-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists and American-Guyanese guard Rawle Marshall (201-82, college: Oakland) who added 15 points during the contest. Five PAOK players scored in double figures. American swingman Joseph Krabbenhoft (201-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: N.E.T.) responded with 15 points and 7 rebounds and Montenegrin center Djuro Ostojic (211-76, agency: Beo Basket) scored 12 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. PAOK moved-up to sixth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Panellinios lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with seven games lost. PAOK will meet Marousi (#9) on the road in the next round. Panellinios' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Ilysiakos.
Top scorers:
PAOK: R.Marshall 15+4reb+1ast, R.Dozier 15+2reb+1ast, D.McGrath 12+2reb+3ast, L.Papadopoulos 10+12reb+5ast, T.Gechevski 10+5reb+2ast, G.Apostolidis 6+2reb+1ast
Panellinios: J.Krabbenhoft 15+7reb+3ast, D.Ostojic 12+2reb, E.Tsakaleris 9+2reb, E.Papamakarios 7+1reb+2ast, M.Bailey 6+3ast, S.Udrih 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 103772


VAP Kolossos - Panionios 73-49
Very predictable result in Rodou where fifth ranked VAP Kolossos (5-3) outscored 11th ranked Panionios (3-5) 73-49 on Sunday. The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 43-18 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. VAP Kolossos dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Panionios' 26. VAP Kolossos forced 20 Panionios turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including 27 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of swingman Pat Kalathis (208-85, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Arik Krayn Services) who helped to win the game recording 14 points and 8 rebounds and guard Angelos Tsamis (192-81) who added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four VAP Kolossos players scored in double figures. The former international forward Nikos Barlos (202-79) responded with 8 points and 6 rebounds and guard Marios Batis (188-80) scored 6 points and 5 rebounds. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. VAP Kolossos has a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Peristeri GS and Kavala. Loser Panionios dropped to the tenth position with five games lost. They share it with AEK. VAP Kolossos will meet Ikaros (#8) in the next round where they are favorite. Panionios will play against Kavala and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
VAP Kolossos: P.Kalathis 14+8reb+1ast, N.Pappas 12+2reb+1ast, A.Tsamis 12+6reb+4ast, J.Golemac 10+3reb+2ast, A.Asimakopoulos 8+2reb, C.Harissis 7+4reb
Panionios: M.Vujanic 10+1reb, N.Barlos 8+6reb, S.Ioannou 7, M.Batis 6+5reb+1ast, G.Tsiaras 5+2reb, K.McLeod 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 103766


Kavala - AEK 89-86
Another exciting game where fourth ranked Kavala (5-3) edged by three points 10th ranked AEK (3-5) 89-86. AEK was ahead by 7 points at the halftime before a 51-41 second half run of Kavala. They made 27-of-32 charity shots (84.4 percent) during the game. AEK was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Belizean guard Milton Palacio (190-78, college: Colorado St.) orchestrated the victory by scoring 23 points. Serbian forward Branko Jorovic (205-81, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) for the winners. Four Kavala players scored in double figures. American guard Anthony Grundy (189-79, college: N.Carolina St., agency: Strategic Sports) replied with 25 points and naturalized Cypriot forward Prodromos Nikolaidis (201-78) added 15 points in the effort for AEK. Kavala moved-up to third place, which they share with Peristeri GS and VAP Kolossos. AEK at the other side keeps the tenth position with five games lost. They share it with Panionios. Kavala will play against Panionios (#11) in Athens in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Panathinaikos.
Top scorers:
Kavala: M.Palacio 23+4reb+2ast, B.Jorovic 17+7reb+4ast, S.Karapostolou 15+5reb+3ast, C.Simmons 13+11reb, L.McIntosh 9+3reb, S.Huff 3+4reb
AEK: A.Grundy 25+3reb+3ast, P.Nikolaidis 15+3reb, N.Papanikolaou 9+6reb+1ast, D.Dikoudis 9+3reb, L.Mack 8+4reb+1ast, A.Kallinikidis 7+7reb
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B' Division: Round 8 - Results and Scorers - by Chris Mammides
The Derby in Perama between the two strongest teams found the home team to be succeding a crucial victory after a thrilling game. The final score of 85-84 is the result of this game whihc had a trully nice atmosphere and the court was packed of people who enjoy a game from an upper division as both Perama and Nea Kifisia have players in their rosters who could easily play in the A2 if not in the A1 division. Players like Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83, agency: FCM), Savas Nikitakis (184-G-76), Sioutis, Emmanoulidis are not of B' Division quality. The game with more analysis was as follows:
Perama - Kifisia 85-84
Quarters:29-21,48-47, 71-67, 85-84.
Perama (Head Coaches: Kalabakos - Katopodis): Tsarouchas 5, Vasilis Emmanouilidis (185-G-77) 14, Kipritzoglou 4, Nikos Liakopoulos 34, Miha Karastamatis (200-F-84) 13, Trafalis 4 and Leonida Skoutaris (200-F-76, college: Cleveland St.) 11
N. Kifisia (Head Coach: Papatheodorou): Savas Nikitakis 21, Diamantopoulos 6, Phillip Hopson (195-G/F-74, college: Barton County CC) 19, Tsiakas 10, Limperopoulos 2, Menoudakos 4, Sioutis 4, Papadopoulos 10, Defoudis 8


The other games were as follows:

OFI- Diagoras 77-72
Quarters
: 25-18, 38-33, 53-55, 77-72.
OFI: Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) 23, Balafas 15, Souflias 14.
Diagoras: Kostas Agapiadis (185-G-92) 13, Ekine 11, Otountzidis 13.

Anagennisi - Filippos 78-59
Quarters:
17-13, 36-25, 48-47, 78-59.
Anagennisi: Savvas Manousos (208-F/C-85) 17, Karipidis 14, Kothras 12.
Filippos: Dovas 12, Vassilis Tsakiris (200-F-76) 15

Doxa Lefkadas - Stratoni 80-74
Quarters:
20-12, 35-32, 61-46, 80-74.
Doxa: Antonis Godopoulos (185-G-81) 17, Skoufis 12, Douvitsas 11, Papadopoulos 14.
Stratoni: Kokolios 13, Dimitris Dislis (180-G-77) 16, Daskalopoulos 12

Apollon - M.Alexandros 90-70
Quarters:
16-16, 41-35, 63-54, 90-70.
Apollon: Kouparanis 12, Valavanidis 21, Giosmas 17, Giorgos Hatzatourov (195-F-88) 23.
M. Alexandros: Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88) 21, Chrysochou 17, Kelesidis 10, Karouzos 13.

Egaleo - MENT 66-78
Quarters:
17-27, 37-36, 52-50, 66-78.
Egaleo: Papadakis 12, Giannis Mitropoulos (194-G-83) 14, Gkeros 10.
MENT: Triantafillidis 12, Dalpas 17, Filiousis 15, Iokeimidis 12, Siolios 13.

Aiolos - AIAS 81-77
Quarters:
11-8, 38-36, 54-55, 72-72 regular time and in overtime 81-77.
Aiolos: Giorgos Lepeniotis (187-G-79) 23, Perrotis 14, Fountas 15 and Giannaletsos 10.
AIAS: Skarlatos 12, Asimakis 18, Kostas Georgoulas (195-F-80) 25




Evangelos Mantzaris claims Greek A1 weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
Talented Evangelos Mantzaris (190-G-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for Peristeri GS and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 20-year old guard had the game-high 19 points adding three rebounds and eight assists for Peristeri GS in his team's victory, helping them to beat Ikaros (#8, 4-4) 75-62. Peristeri GS maintains the 4th position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Peristeri GS will need more victories to improve their 5-3 record. In the team's last game Mantzaris had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Peristeri GS, through which he has constantly improved. Evangelos Mantzaris averages this season 8.9ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American power forward Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86) of Kavala. Simmons impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Kavala to edge the lower-ranked AEK (#10, 3-5) by 3 points 89-86. This victory allowed Kavala to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 5-3 record is not bad at all. Simmons is a newcomer at Kavala and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was another Peristeri GS's star - German Julian Sensley (206-F-82, agency: Impact Basketball). Sensley scored 20 points. He was another key player of Peristeri GS, helping his team with a 75-62 easy win against the lower-ranked Ikaros (#8, 4-4). Peristeri GS needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Sensley has a very solid season. In 6 games in Greece he scored 10.7ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) of PAOK - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85) of Panathinaikos - 16 points and 3 rebounds
6. Anthony Grundy (189-G-79) of AEK - 25 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jimmy Baxter (198-G-80) of Ilysiakos - 21 points and 3 rebounds
8. Giannis Demertzis (194-F-83) of Iraklis - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Radoslav Nesterovic (212-C-76) of Olympiakos - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kosta Charalampidis (189-G-76) of Aris - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

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


Nikos Liakopoulos the MVP of the round 8 - by Chris Mammides
Nikos Nikos Liakopoulos (191-G-83, agency: FCM) was the MVP of the 8th round of the Second Division league. The scoring machine of Ermis Peramatos added another 34 points in his resume and he is by far the top scorer of the division for another one seazon. Last year he was the top scorer of the A2 even though his team was finally delegated from A2 to the B' Division. Ermis Peramatos is among the strongest teams in the division and amogn the favorite teams to win the the one of the spots for the A2 league. Perama won in the derby of the week the team of Nea Kiffisia with Nikos Liakopoulos puting his signiture in the game.

The second MVP of the 8th round was the young Giorgos Hatzatourov (195-F-88) of Apollon Kalamarias, the talented forward was the main reason for his team's first victory this seazon with a record 1-7, the Kalamaria team is among the negative surprises of the second Division. Giorgos scored 23 points with the amazing 5 out of seven three pointers while he grabbed 6 rebounds and stle the ball three times, in the victory over Megas Alexandros team. Apollon thrashed M. Alexandros with 20 points difference mainly due to the cresent of Hatzatourov.


The third MVP of the week was the experienced Giorgos Lepeniotis (187-G-79) of Aiolos Trikallon who helped his team to add another one victorious result over the strong team of AIAS Evosmou in the overtime. Giorgos Lepeniotis scored 23 points and lead his team in this crucial win. Aiolos is currently with a record of 5-3 in the middle of the board while AIAS Evosmou is following with a record of 4-4.

The fourth MVP of the week was another veteran, the player of OFI, Alexis Bardas (189-F-81) who finished the game with 23 points and 5 out of 8 three pointers. OFI beat Diagoras Rodou in the islanders derby. OFI is currently in the second spot of the board with a record of 6-2 while Diagoras is among the weak teams of the league and has a record of 4-4




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  HOLLAND   


Standings - Eredivisie
DBL Standings
 1. GasTerra 15-1 
 2. ZZ Leiden 13-3 
 3. Eiffel Towers 13-5 
 4. Magixx 10-7 
 5. BS Weert 8-9 
 6. DeFriesland 8-9 
 7. ABC 7-10 
 8. Giants 5-12 
 9. Landstede 5-12 
 10. Rotterdam 1-17 


Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Glenn STOKES
  BS Weert
  (170-G-76)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Stokes, BS Weert20.3 
 2. Kimbrough, Giants17.0 
 3. Boxley, ZZ Leiden16.4 
 4. Borha, Landstede16.0 
 5. Brown, DeFriesland15.9 
 6. Laing, Magixx15.8 
 7. McGhee, ZZ Leiden14.5 
 8. Tiedeman, Giants14.3 
 9. Voorn, ABC14.3 
 10. Marshall, Lands.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Robbie SIHOTA
  Rotterdam
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 10.1
 1. Sihota, Rotterdam10.1 
 2. Haryasz, GasTerra9.8 
 3. McDermott, Magixx9.3 
 4. Griffin, Giants9.3 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam9.2 
 6. Hamm, BS Weert8.7 
 7. de Randamie, ABC8.4 
 8. Koenis, Giants8.3 
 9. Sanchez, DeFriesl.7.8 
 10. Ellis, GasTerra7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Matt BAUSCHER
  GasTerra
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Bauscher, GasTerra5.1 
 2. Turner, Eiffel T.4.8 
 3. Bostain, GasTerra4.4 
 4. Stokes, BS Weert4.1 
 5. Kimbrough, Giants4.0 
 6. Marshall, Lands.3.8 
 7. Williams, DeFriesland3.7 
 8. Slagter, ZZ Leiden3.1 
 9. Mladenovic, Rotte.3.1 
 10. Boxley, ZZ Leiden3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank TURNER
  Eiffel Towers
  (178-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Turner, Eiffel T.2.8 
 2. McDermott, Magixx2.5 
 3. Dourisseau, GasTe.2.3 
 4. Kimbrough, Giants2.3 
 5. Jackson, ZZ Leiden2.3 
 6. Taylor, Magixx2.2 
 7. Bostain, GasTerra2.2 
 8. Hilliman, Rotterdam2.1 
 9. Williams, DeFriesland2.1 
 10. Kherrazi, ABC2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcel AARTS
  Eiffel Towers
  (213-C-83)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Aarts, Eiffel T.1.8 
 2. Hairston, BS Weert1.8 
 3. Blue, Giants1.3 
 4. Bekkering, ZZ Le.1.1 
 5. Hilliman, Rotterdam1.0 
 6. Haryasz, GasTerra0.9 
 7. Hamm, BS Weert0.8 
 8. Strong, Landstede0.8 
 9. McDermott, Magixx0.8 
 10. Minter, BS Weert0.8 


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  HONG KONG   


SCFA demolishes Hong Kong, 88-58 - by Ryan Asis Maniago
HONG KONG - Overmatched in practically all aspects of the game, a very young and raw Hong Kong National Team suffered an 88-58 blowout to the visiting Southern California Fukienese Association (SCFA) basketball team in last night's hostilities at the 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium here.

SCFA, a US-based team composed mostly of athletic and burly African-Americans, was the more aggressive team from the get-go, taking advantage of their advantage in heft and hustle to pound the ball inside and leave Hong Kong's zone defense in shambles. Looking intimidated, Hong Kong's young players also appeared tentative on the offensive end, muffing open shots and held to only 4 points after almost 8 minutes had gone by in the first quarter.

Tarron Williams (200-F-76, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.), a burly 6'7 forward with a permanent smirk painted on his face, threw his weight around and practically bulldozed his way into Hong Kong's double- and at times triple-team defense. Whenever Hong Kong's interior defense managed to stand its ground, SCFA turned to its shooters, including youtube sensation David Kalb (he of the Lebron James H-O-R-S-E fame) and temperamental guard Christian Yeung (186-G-87). Yeung drilled in consecutive threes to close the first half with SCFA safely on top, 45-24.

In the third quarter, Hong Kong made defensive adjustments and appeared more aggressive on offense behind the heroics of 20-year old, 6'5 forward Chow Kin Wan (193-C-90), cutting down the deficit to as low as 9 points, 57-46, towards the end the third quarter.


Booed by the local crowd and distracted by a handful of Filipino supporters who provided some comic relief, Williams and Kalb muffed consecutive free throws whenever a boisterous Filipino man with a beer belly and a booming voice playfully jeered, 'Hey Williams, I love you!' to the delight of the audience.

But it was all downhill from there. SCFA quickly raced to a 15-0 run to start the fourth quarter, and it was smooth sailing from then on, although it continued to pound Hong Kong with putbacks after putbacks and non-stop hustle.

Chow Kin Wan was the lone bright spot for Hong Kong with 18 points. No other Hong Kong player managed to score in double figures, including veteran marksman Poon Chi Ho, who was held to 3 points on atrocious shooting.

The loss relegated Hong Kong to second place in its group and will move up the semi-final round against a dangerous Xin Cheng Holdings basketball team, which earlier held back a rallying Philippine side, 80-72. The Philippines, represented here by collegiate standouts from Ateneo de Manila and Adamson University, will face off with SCFA in the other semi-final duel.

SCFA - Yeung 21, Curtis 17, Moton 12, Williams 10, Kalb 10, Mark 9, Goodrich 5, Erickson 2, Hemens 2, Kim 0, Chang 0, Lai 0

HKG - Chow K.W. 18, Liang 8, Chan 5, Lee 5, Wong C.W. 4, Tsoi 4, Fong 4, Poon 3, Lau 2, Heung 2, Cheung W.H. 2, Wong Y.T. 1


- Ryan Asis Maniago



Xin Cheng China shoots down Ateneo-Adamson 'Blue Birds' back to earth, 80-72 - by Ryan Asis Maniago
HONG KONG - After notching two straight victories, Ateneo de Manila and Adamson University, representing the Philippines at the 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup, got its first rude test in international-style ball as it absorbed a stinging 80-72 defeat at the hands of China's Xin Cheng Holdings basketball team last night at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium here.

Acknowledging perhaps the Filipinos' superior individual talent for creating plays when being guarded man-to-man, the Chinese employed an impenetrable zone defense throughout the game, using their length and agility to cover the lanes, control the boards and deny the Filipinos any easy baskets or passes.

Xin Cheng also proved lethal offensively, burying the Filipinos with three-point shots from all corners and taking a commanding 40-24 lead at the half -- employing a style of play reminiscent of a circa 1990s South Korean team.

Unable to get easy points in the paint, the Filipinos turned to its outside shooters in the third quarter, who unfortunately fired blanks even as the Chinese continued to display near-perfect marksmanship from the three-point area, with the lead ballooning to as high as 20 points towards the end of the third quarter.

The Filipinos would not go down without a fight, however. Blue Eagle Kirk Long, who was shut down in the first half, found his range in the fourth quarter where he fired 14 points to stage a last-ditch effort to salvage the game. Adamson's Alex Nuyles also drained two straight threes in the closing minutes to inch them closer, but the Filipinos could not close out the rally as the Chinese managed to trade baskets with them in a virtual three-point shooting contest.

Kirk Long topscored with 26 points in the losing effort, with Ateneans Nico Salva and Oping Sumalinog adding 10 apiece. Adamson's Lester Alvarez, who waxed hot in their last game, was cold from outside and had difficulty creating plays amidst Xin Cheng's choking zone.

With the loss, the 'Blue Birds' ended up in second place in its group and will face an imposing Southern California Fukienese Association (SCFA) in the semi-finals on Saturday. SCFA, composed mostly of athletic and burly African-Americans, demolished Hong Kong's National Team later that night, 88-58, to top its group. Hong Kong will face Xin Cheng in the other semi-final pairing.

XCH 80 - Zhang J.B. 20, Yu X. 14, Weng D.L. 14, Zhang C. 7, Wang J.Y. 7, Huang Q.B. 4, Lin C.Y. 2

PHL 72 - Long 26, Salva 10, Sumalinog 10, Alvarez 8, Nuyles 6, Dela Cruz 5, Erram 5, Colina 2, Austria 0, Camson 0, Golla 0, Tiongson 0


- Ryan Asis Maniago




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  ICELAND   


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Lazar TRIFUNOVIC
  Keflavik
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Trifunovic, Keflavik25.0 
 2. Inge, Haukar24.5 
 3. Biedler, IR23.5 
 4. Dabney, Hamar22.2 
 5. Amoroso, Snaefell22.0 
 6. Smith, Grindavik21.6 
 7. Robinson, Haukar21.4 
 8. Burton, Snaefell20.9 
 9. Smith, Njardvik20.6 
 10. Shouse, Stjarnan20.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gerald ROBINSON
  Haukar
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Robinson, Haukar14.5 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR12.3 
 3. Biedler, IR12.1 
 4. Pettinella, Grindavik11.3 
 5. Trifunovic, Keflavik11.1 
 6. Amoroso, Snaefell10.7 
 7. Fain, Tindastoll10.5 
 8. Stywall, Fjolnir9.8 
 9. Smith, Njardvik9.8 
 10. Suljic, KFI9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Aegir STEINARSSON
  Fjolnir
  (182-G-91)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Steinarsson, Fjolnir8.7 
 2. Ermolinskij, KR8.4 
 3. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.7.4 
 4. Smith, Grindavik7.0 
 5. Haraldsson, Haukar6.9 
 6. Cunningham, Tinda.6.0 
 7. Schoen, KFI5.8 
 8. Burton, Snaefell5.6 
 9. Inge, Haukar5.4 
 10. Arnarson, Hamar5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Craig SCHOEN
  KFI
  (178-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Schoen, KFI3.4 
 2. Inge, Haukar3.2 
 3. Dabney, Hamar3.1 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll3.0 
 5. Rivers, Tindastoll2.6 
 6. Biedler, IR2.5 
 7. Shouse, Stjarnan2.4 
 8. Kitanovic, Tindastoll2.4 
 9. Cunningham, Tinda.2.2 
 10. Vilhjalmsson, Kefla.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher SMITH
  Njardvik
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Smith, Njardvik2.9 
 2. Nathanaelsso., Ham.2.5 
 3. Biedler, IR2.0 
 4. Fain, Tindastoll1.8 
 5. Savarsson, Grind.1.7 
 6. Pettinella, Grindavik1.6 
 7. Hafsteinsson, Fjolnir1.5 
 8. Helgason, Stjarnan1.1 
 9. Jonasson, Njardvik1.0 
 10. Maxwell, Keflavik1.0 


Express L. Round 11: Keflavik loses to Grindavik in the game between Top 4 teams - by Eurobasket News
Express L. is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 11 rounds left. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with and favorites losing the games.

The most interesting game of round 11 in the Express L. was a road defeat of 3rd placed Keflavik (7-4) to second ranked Grindavik (9-2) 75-79 in the game for the second place. It ended the four-game winning streak of Keflavik. Keflavik trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-79 at the end of the game. Grindavik outrebounded Keflavik 47-34 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. The former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) helped adding 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Serbian forward Lazar Trifunovic (203-87, college: Radford) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Grindavik has a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite the win they stay at second position having just one point less than leader Snaefell. Keflavik is currently in third place with a 7-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Grindavik are looking forward to face Njardvik (#10) in Njardvik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Keflavik will play on the road against IR (#11) in Reykjavik and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Very significant was Snaefell's (#1) 94-80 home victory against 4th placed KR. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) who led the winners and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Sean Burton accounted for 21 points and 8 assists. The former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists for KR in the defeat. KR's coach Hrafn Kristjansson rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Snaefell (10-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Current champion stay at first position. KR is currently in third place with a 7-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Snaefell will play against Fjolnir (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KR will play against Stjarnan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very significant for KFI was their close home defeat in a game versus Haukar who edged hosts 77-75. The best player for the winners was Semaj Inge who scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Edin Suljic produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the hosts. The victory allowed Haukar (5-6) who are in their first season in the Express L. to climb to the sixth place. They share it with Hamar. KFI lost their eighth straight game in a row. The team is currently on the bottom position with a 2-9 record. Haukar will meet Hamar (#7) at home in the next round. KFI will play against Tindastoll (#8) in Sauoarkrokur and hope to secure a win.
An interesting game took place in Reykjavik where higher ranked Fjolnir (4-7) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked IR (4-7) 107-99. Kristinn Jonasson orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite the victory IR (3-8) stay at eleventh position. Fjolnir lost their third straight game in a row. They are currently 4-7 and went down to eighth place. IR's next round opponent will be higher ranked Keflavik (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Sixth ranked Stjarnan (6-5) crushed at home 5th ranked Hamar (5-6) by 21 points 83-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Justin Shouse who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. The victory allowed Stjarnan (6-5) to climb to the fifth place. Hamar lost their third straight game in a row. They are currently 5-6 and went down to sixth position. Stjarnan will face higher ranked KR (#4) in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hamar will play on the road against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 11 Njardvik lost to Tindastoll on the opponent's court 65-78.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 24 points and 14 rebounds by Ben Stywall of Fjolnir.


KFI - Haukar 75-77

Very significant for KFI was their close home defeat in a game versus Haukar who edged hosts 77-75. KFI was trailing by 5 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 18-12 charge of Haukar, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American guard Semaj Inge (193-87, college: Temple) who scored 34 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Dutch-American forward Gerald Robinson (204-84, college: Tennessee-Martin, agency: Court Side) chipped in a double-double by scoring 17 points and 20 rebounds. Bosnian forward Edin Suljic (202-87, college: E.Illinois) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds and American guard Craig Schoen (178-83, college: Georgetown, KY) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for the hosts. Four KFI players scored in double figures. The victory allowed Haukar (5-6) who are in their first season in the Express L. to climb to the sixth place. They share it with Hamar. KFI lost their eighth straight game in a row. The team is currently on the bottom position with a 2-9 record. Haukar will meet at home Hamar (#7) at home in the next round. KFI will play against Tindastoll (#8) in Sauoarkrokur and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Haukar: S.Inge 34+8reb+3ast, G.Robinson 17+20reb, E.Barja 8+7reb+1ast, S.Sveinsson 4+3reb+2ast, H.Askarsson 4+3reb+1ast, O.Siguraarson 4
KFI: N.Knezevic 18+3reb, E.Suljic 15+11reb+1ast, C.Schoen 13+8reb+4ast, D.Milosevic 12+5reb, A.Gylfason 7+3reb+1ast, C.Josey 5+7reb+2ast
gschID: 107846


Grindavik - Keflavik 79-75

The most interesting game of round 11 in the Express L. was a road defeat of 3rd placed Keflavik (7-4) to second ranked Grindavik (9-2) 75-79 in the game for the second place. It ended the four-game winning streak of Keflavik. Keflavik trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 24-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 75-79 at the end of the game. Grindavik outrebounded Keflavik 47-34 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for American-Italian power forward Ryan Pettinella (206-84, college: Cincinnati) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 16 rebounds. The former international swingman Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-78) helped adding 14 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Grindavik players scored in double figures. Serbian forward Lazar Trifunovic (203-87, college: Radford) responded with 16 points and 9 rebounds and international guard Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-88) scored 18 points and 4 assists. Grindavik has a solid series of three victories in a row. Despite the win they stay at second position having just one point less than leader Snaefell. Keflavik is currently in third place with a 7-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Grindavik are looking forward to face Njardvik (#10) in Njardvik in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Keflavik will play on the road against IR (#11) in Reykjavik and is hoping to prove to their supporters that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: A.Vilbergsson 15, A.Alafsson 14+7reb+3ast, R.Pettinella 14+16reb+3ast, P.Axel Vilbergsson 14+6reb+4ast, A.Alafsson 10+3reb+4ast, J.Kelly 8+3reb+1ast
Keflavik: A.Vilhjalmsson 18+1reb+4ast, L.Trifunovic 16+9reb+1ast, L.Johannsson 11+4reb+3ast, V.Maxwell 9+4reb+1ast, G.Einarsson 8+2reb+1ast, G.Aorsteinsson 8+8reb+4ast
gschID: 107842


IR - Fjolnir 107-99

An interesting game took place in Reykjavik where higher ranked Fjolnir (4-7) was upset on the court of eleventh ranked IR (4-7) 107-99. The game without a history. IR led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists. 24 personal fouls commited by Fjolnir helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international power forward Kristinn Jonasson (205-84) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Kelly Biedler (196-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American forward Ben Stywall (196-87, college: NC-Greensboro, agency: Strategic Sports) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 14 rebounds and international guard Aegir Steinarsson (182-91) added 20 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists in the effort for Fjolnir. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Despite the victory IR (3-8) stay at eleventh position. Fjolnir lost their third straight game in a row. They are currently 4-7 and went down to eighth place. IR's next round opponent will be higher ranked Keflavik (#3) at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
IR: K.Jonasson 22+9reb+1ast, K.Biedler 20+6reb+3ast, E.Onundarson 16+2reb+4ast, S.Claesson 14+1reb+2ast, H.Friariksson 12+6reb+6ast, N.Sovic 11+7reb+2ast
Fjolnir: B.Stywall 24+14reb+3ast, A.Steinarsson 20+6reb+11ast, J.Sverrisson 18+4reb+2ast, T.Tomasson 17+3reb+1ast, I.Hafsteinsson 10+7reb+1ast, A.Guamundsson 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 107843


Snaefell - KR 94-80

Very significant was Snaefell's (#1) 94-80 home victory against 4th placed KR. KR was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Snaefell were unselfish on offense dishing 29 assists. It was an exceptional evening for the former international guard Palmi Sigurgeirsson (190-78) who led the winners and scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Sean Burton (175-86, college: Ithaca) accounted for 21 points and 8 assists for the winning side. The former international swingman Pavel Ermolinskij (202-87) came up with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists and the former international forward Hreggviaur Magnusson (198-82) added 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists respectively for KR in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KR's coach Hrafn Kristjansson rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Snaefell (10-1) have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Current champion stay at first position. KR is currently in third place with a 7-4 record as they suffered their fourth loss. Snaefell will play against Fjolnir (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. KR will play against Stjarnan (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Snaefell: P.Sigurgeirsson 28+5reb+5ast, S.Burton 21+1reb+8ast, R.Amoroso 15+11reb+3ast, E.Johannsson 13+4reb+6ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 7+6reb+5ast, S.Daviasson 5+4reb+1ast
KR: H.Magnusson 15+5reb+5ast, B.Bjoernsson 14+2reb+1ast, M.Walker 14+4reb+2ast, P.Ermolinskij 12+11reb+9ast, J.Kristjansson 7+7reb+1ast, F.Ingason 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 107844


Stjarnan - Hamar 83-62

Sixth ranked Stjarnan (6-5) crushed at home 5th ranked Hamar (5-6) by 21 points 83-62, which is the biggest margin this round on Thursday night. The game rather controlled by Stjarnan. Hamar managed to win fourth quarter 22-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Stjarnan forced 19 Hamar turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Stjarnan made 7 blocks. Worth to mention a quality performance of American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) who helped to win the game recording 21 points and 6 rebounds. Swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) helped adding 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Ellert Arnarson (180-87) responded with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Darri Hilmarsson (191-87) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who 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. The victory allowed Stjarnan (6-5) to climb to the fifth place. Hamar lost their third straight game in a row. They are currently 5-6 and went down to sixth position. Stjarnan will face higher ranked KR (#4) in Reykjavik in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hamar will play on the road against Haukar in Hafnarfjordur and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Stjarnan: J.Shouse 21+6reb, M.Valdimarsson 19+6reb+2ast, D.Guamundsson 12+1reb+4ast, J.Zdravevski 10+7reb+4ast, G.Larusson 8+5reb+3ast, K.Kjartansson 6+1reb
Hamar: E.Arnarson 18+5reb+5ast, D.Hilmarsson 12+8reb+1ast, A.Dabney 11+2reb+2ast, K.Karason 10, S.Palsson 5+9reb+2ast, R.Nathanaelsson 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 107845


Tindastoll - Njardvik 78-65

There was a minor upset in Sauoarkrokur where 8th ranked Njardvik (4-7) was defeated by tenth ranked Tindastoll (4-7) 78-65 on Thursday. The game without a history. Tindastoll led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Njardvik was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American forward Hayward Fain (196, college: St.Augustine, agency: Strategic Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds. Serbian center Dragoljub Kitanovic (203-85) helped adding 11 points and 5 rebounds. American forward Christopher Smith (198-82, college: St.Edward's) responded with 17 points and international guard Johann Alafsson (195-86) scored 13 points. Njardvik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson tested ten players in this game, but that didn't help. The victory allowed Tindastoll (4-7) to climb to the eighth place. They share it with defeated Njardvik and Fjolnir. Tindastoll will face bottom-ranked KFI (#12) in Reykjavik in the next round.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: H.Fain 26+15reb+2ast, F.Hreinsson 12+1ast, D.Kitanovic 11+5reb+2ast, H.Viggosson 9+6reb+1ast, S.Cunningham 6+4reb+7ast, H.Margeirsson 5+1reb+2ast
Njardvik: C.Smith 17+2reb+2ast, J.Alafsson 13+4reb+3ast, G.Jonsson 13+2reb+3ast, M.Gunnarsson 8+1reb+2ast, F.Stefansson 7+5reb+1ast, E.Jonasson 4+3reb
gschID: 107841




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  IRAN   


Carlos Powell to play in Iran - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Powell (199-F-83, college: S.Carolina) will play this season in Iran. The American forward confirmed via Twitter that his visa is granted and he will move to Iran for the season which starts on December 23. Unfortunately, Powell didn't announce which team secured his service.
Carlos Powell started last season with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. For 33 games in NBA D-Legaue he had 22.1 ppg, 5 rpg, 5 apg and 1.6 spg. In March he moved to China signing a deal with Liaoning Panpan Hunters. There he played 7 games in CBA averaging 20.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists.


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  IRAQ   


D1 Round 9: #1 Al Tazamon is defeated by Duhok - by Eurobasket News
The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Al Tazamon (7-2) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Duhok (7-0) 77-62. It also means that the series of six victories in a row of Al Tazamon ended. Undefeated Duhok have an impressive series of five victories in a row. The victory allowed Duhok (7-0) to take over a leadership position. Al Tazamon who is 7-2 went down to second place as they suffered their second loss.
Very significant was Duhok's (#3) 86-78 road victory against 4th placed Al Shurtah. was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Duhok. The victory allowed Duhok (7-0) to take over a leadership position. Al Shurtah who is 4-3 went down to sixth place as they suffered their third loss.
Sixth ranked Al Karkh (5-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Al Jaysh (1-8) by 28 points 72-44, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The victory allowed Al Karkh (5-3) to climb to the fourth place. They share it with Al Hilla. Al Jaysh is currently on the bottom position with a 1-8 record as they suffered their eighth loss.

In the last two games of round 9 Al Hilla lost to Al Kahraba on the opponent's court 60-72. Al Karkh unfortunately lost to Al Hilla in a home game 71-77.


Al Karkh - Al Jaysh 72-44

Sixth ranked Al Karkh (5-3) crushed at home 10th ranked Al Jaysh (1-8) by 28 points 72-44, which is the biggest margin this round on Tuesday night. The victory allowed Al Karkh (5-3) to climb to the fourth place. They share it with Al Hilla. Al Jaysh is currently on the bottom position with a 1-8 record as they suffered their eighth loss.

Al Kahraba - Al Hilla 72-60

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Al Hilla (5-3) was defeated by second ranked Al Kahraba (7-2) 72-60 on Tuesday. The victory was the seventh consecutive win for Al Kahraba. Despite the win they stay at second position having just 0 point less than leader Duhok. Al Hilla is currently in fourth place with a 5-3 record as they suffered their third loss.

Al Shurtah - Duhok 78-86

Very significant was Duhok's (#3) 86-78 road victory against 4th placed Al Shurtah. was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Duhok. The victory allowed Duhok (7-0) to take over a leadership position. Al Shurtah who is 4-3 went down to sixth place as they suffered their third loss.
gschID: 119163


Al Tazamon - Duhok 62-77

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Al Tazamon (7-2) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by third ranked Duhok (7-0) 77-62. It also means that the series of six victories in a row of Al Tazamon ended. Duhok have an impressive series of five victories in a row. The victory allowed Duhok (7-0) to take over a leadership position. Al Tazamon who is 7-2 went down to second place as they suffered their second loss.
gschID: 119159


Al Karkh - Al Hilla 71-77

The game between closely ranked teams ended with fifth ranked Al Hilla's (5-3) road victory over 6th ranked Al Karkh (5-3) 77-71 on Sunday. The victory allowed Al Hilla (5-3) to climb to the fourth place. They share it with defeated Al Karkh.
gschID: 119160




Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Duhok 7-0 
 2. Al Tazamon 7-2 
 3. Al Kahraba 7-2 
 4. Al Hilla 5-3 
 5. Al Karkh 5-3 
 6. Al Shurtah 4-3 
 7. Al Houdoud 1-5 
 8. Zakho 1-5 
 9. Al Najaf 1-6 
 10. Al Jaysh 1-8 


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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 .29.7 
 3. Turner, Killester24.8 
 4. Van, UCC Demons24.1 
 5. De La Cruz, Ulster E.22.6 
 6. Mitchell, UL Ea.22.2 
 7. Foley, Ulster Elks21.7 
 8. Crowder, UCD M.21.2 
 9. Ambler, Moycullen21.1 
 10. Louisme, Neptune19.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cameron MITCHELL
  UL Eagles
  (201-F/C-88)
  Avg: 14.9
 1. Mitchell, UL Ea.14.9 
 2. Ambler, Moycullen14.7 
 3. Louisme, Neptune13.7 
 4. De La Cruz, Ulster E.13.0 
 5. Van, UCC Demons12.6 
 6. Crowder, UCD M.11.4 
 7. Turner, Killester11.1 
 8. Bonaparte, Neptune10.2 
 9. Provizors, DCU S.9.4 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Scott KINEVANE
  UL Eagles
  (175-G-87)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Kinevane, UL Eagles6.7 
 2. Donnelly, DCU S.5.9 
 3. Meany, UCD Marian5.2 
 4. Drumm, Ulster Elks4.6 
 5. Noonan, Neptune3.8 
 6. Nihill, Moycullen3.5 
 7. Westbrooks, Killester3.5 
 8. McVeigh, Belfast .3.4 
 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. Crowder, UCD M.2.5 
 5. Drumm, Ulster Elks2.4 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 7. Noonan, Neptune2.3 
 8. Dowd, Moycullen2.1 
 9. Turner, Killester2.1 
 10. Longmire, Belfast .2.0 
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 .1.7 
 8. De La Cruz, Ulster E.1.4 
 9. Duggan, UCC Demons1.3 
 10. Ambler, Moycullen1.2 


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  ISRAEL   


Macvan formally joins Maccabi - by Ofer Shamur
Israeli Media reports today that Milan Macvan (205-F-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) (205-F-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), who played so far in KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac, signed in Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv for the next 4.5 years, and will join the team at the beginning of the next week.
Maccabi and Hamofram discussed all this week about the the contract, while Maccabi check more options like Milko Bjelica (207-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) from Lietuvos Rytas.
The 21-years-old power forward will strengthen Maccabi, and will help the team inside the paint.
This year he averages 17 points, and takes 8 rebounds per game with Hemofarm in Eurocup.



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  ITALY   


A Dilettanti Market News - by Armando Caporaso
The playmaker Simone Lenardon (189-G-85) leaves Trieste after more of two years and the B Dilettanti championship won in the 2008/2009 and signs whit Massafra. Grown at Siena, in the young team of the Montepaschi, played also at Arezzo first to pass at Trieste. The last year closed with 9.1 points in 28 minutes while in this first part of season contributed whit 7.4 points and 2.1 assist. Carmine Cavallaro (192-G-86) and Agrigento break the contract after only 8 matches with 5.5 points in 19.4 minutes. The ex player of Vigevano and Ferentino in the last years closed with Scafati in LegaA2. Matera grabs on loan from Reggio Emilia the young forward Massimiliano DeFant (203-F-89). Born at Trento, in the Liomatic Perugia closed the last season with 4 points and 2.1 rebounds. Pavia (that announced the new main sponsor ''Paul Mitchel'') takes Davide Cristelli (204-F-77), expert player and good defender ex Riva del Garda and own Pavia in the 2002-2003, but after 4 games (8 points and 6.5 rebounds) the forward leaves the A Dil. to pass whit Castellanza in the lower division. Molfetta agrees whit San Severo for the loan of the young Daniele Mastrangelo (187-G-91) until the end of the season. For the guard 12.4 points and 3 steals at Udine (C Dil.) in the 2009/2010 and 1 game in this season in LegaA2 whit 2 points and 2 steals. Patti brings Davide Naso (202-C/F-84) from Bisceglie, ex Gaeta, Catanzaro, Catania & Osimo in this first part of season 8.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in the Ambrosia. Emiliano Benini (204-F-77) leaves Sant'Antimo after 10 matches (7.6 points and 4.2 rebounds) to move at Recanati and help the team to reaches the salvation after the recent experiences of Palestrina and Fidenza. Marco Portannese (194-G/F-89) back at Siena after the short parentheses at Scafati (2.0 points in 10.0 minutes in LegaA2 whit an high of 7 points against Udine). For the player, grown in the young team of Livorno and of the Montepaschi, this is a welcome return after the fantastic last season when led the team whit 16.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. Potenza picks from Rieti the Argentinian Santiago Paparella (189-G-80). Ex player of the Penarol Mar del Plata in Argentina and of Pesaro, Pozzuoli, Montecatini and Massafra in Italy back at Potenza (16.9 points in the 2006/07) after only 5 matches at Rieti whit 12.8 points and 4 rebounds. Ostuni signs Sergio Plumari (198-F-86) from Veroli (1.4 points in 3.4 minutes), grown at Milano in the Armani Jeans (23 matches and 6 points in LegaA1, 5 against Teramo) played also at Caserta in the 2007-2008.

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Standings - LBAL
LBL D2 Standings
 1. Jurmala 8-1 
 2. BS Ogre 7-2 
 3. Ventspils Aug. 7-3 
 4. Saldus 6-2 
 5. ASK/Buki 6-4 
 6. Zemgale/Jun. 5-5 
 7. DSN Riga 4-2 
 8. BS Daugava 4-5 
 9. Barons/Ridzene 3-9 
 10. Liepaja-2 2-5 
 11. Livani 1-6 
 12. VEF Kadeti 0-9 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja22.1 
 2. Veselovs, Valmiera18.0 
 3. Laksa, VEF Riga jrs16.8 
 4. Bertans, VEF R.16.7 
 5. Bergmanis, Zemgale16.6 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale16.4 
 7. Lowe, Barons16.0 
 8. Cipruss, Valmiera15.6 
 9. Stimac, Ventspils15.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF R.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kaspars CIPRUSS
  Avila
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10.4
 1. Cipruss, Valmiera10.4 
 2. Berzins, VEF R.8.5 
 3. Mednis, Turiba8.1 
 4. Aleksejevs, Liepaja7.7 
 5. Stimac, Ventspils7.7 
 6. Wilson, Zemgale7.6 
 7. Selakovs, VEF R.7.5 
 8. Veselovs, Valmiera7.3 
 9. Grafs, VEF Riga jrs7.3 
 10. Nelyubov, VEF R.6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja4.9 
 2. Strelnieks, Ventspils4.7 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.4.5 
 4. Mason, Ventspils4.0 
 5. Gailitis, VEF R.3.9 
 6. Sirsnins, Barons3.8 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale3.8 
 8. Piternieks, LU3.5 
 9. Feldmanis, Barons3.2 
 10. Lowe, Barons2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Mareks JUREVICUS
  Tezenis Verona
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Jurevicus, Liepaja2.6 
 2. Lowe, Barons2.4 
 3. Bertans, VEF R.2.3 
 4. Gailitis, VEF R.2.1 
 5. Slisans, LU2.1 
 6. Mitchell, Liepaja2.1 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventspils2.0 
 8. Motivans, Turiba1.8 
 9. Cavars, Barons1.8 
 10. Jahovics, VEF R.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Berzins, VEF R.4.0 
 2. Rozitis, Zemgale2.3 
 3. Cipruss, Valmiera1.6 
 4. Brunins, Zemgale1.2 
 5. Beard, Liepaja1.1 
 6. Bertans, Barons1.0 
 7. Skirmants, Barons0.9 
 8. Mednis, Turiba0.7 
 9. Aleksejevs, Liepaja0.7 
 10. Jurevicus, Liepaja0.6 


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  LEBANON   


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


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Guilherme GIOVANNONI
  BRB/Brasilia
  (202-F-80)
  Avg: 23.7
 1. Giovannoni, BRB/B.23.7 
 2. Matthews, Defensor21.0 
 3. Carter, Caneros20.7 
 4. Gutierrez, Penarol19.0 
 5. Romero, Espartanos18.7 
 6. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.18.7 
 7. Henning, Toros18.3 
 8. Roe, Halc.Xalapa18.3 
 9. Stanton, Regatas C.17.7 
 10. Harris, Halc.Xalapa16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Clerence MATTHEWS
  Defensor
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Matthews, Defensor10.7 
 2. Henning, Toros9.3 
 3. Giovannoni, BRB/B.8.7 
 4. Roe, Halc.Xalapa8.7 
 5. Joseph, Toros8.3 
 6. Romero, Espartanos8.3 
 7. Romano, Regatas C.7.7 
 8. Rougeau, Toros7.7 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.7.3 
 10. Santana, Caneros6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nezinho DOS SANTOS
  BRB/Brasilia
  (186-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. dos Santos, BRB/B.7.0 
 2. Garcia, BR.6.7 
 3. Gonzalez, Defensor6.0 
 4. Mendez-V., Halc.Xal.5.0 
 5. Pagan, Toros5.0 
 6. Martinez, Regat.4.0 
 7. Lamonte, Penarol3.7 
 8. Harris, Halc.Xalapa3.7 
 9. Garcia Moral., Halc.X.3.7 
 10. Alvarez, Defensor2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (180-G-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Campazzo, Penarol3.0 
 2. Pagan, Toros3.0 
 3. Montas, Caneros2.7 
 4. Woodward, Defensor2.7 
 5. Garcia, BR.2.3 
 6. Matthews, Defensor1.7 
 7. Rougeau, Toros1.7 
 8. Stanton, Regatas C.1.7 
 9. Lamonte, Penarol1.7 
 10. Alvarez, Defensor1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Adrian HENNING
  Toros
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henning, Toros3.0 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.2.0 
 3. Traylor, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 4. Mata, Halc.Xalapa1.7 
 5. Roe, Halc.Xalapa1.3 
 6. Hernandez, Halc.Xal.1.0 
 7. Diez, Penarol1.0 
 8. Reinick, Penarol0.7 
 9. Montas, Caneros0.7 
 10. Gutierrez, Penarol0.7 


Halcones Xalapa clinch Liga Americas Group B title - by Eurobasket News
Group B
Halc.Xalapa - BRB/Brasilia 98-87
Halcones Xalapa became the winners of Liga Americas Group B. They knocked down BRB/Brasilia in the final game of the preliminary round to clinch the top position. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) came up with 28 points and 5 assists to lead Xalapa to the third win in a row. BRB/Brasilia fell at 2-1 record in the second place in the standings. BRB/Brasilia started the game strong. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 12 points in the first period as BRB/Brasilia grabbed a 29:20 lead at the first break. However the hosts answered with a 10:0 run early in the second frame to surge in front. BRB/Brasilia retained the advantage late in the half but Jovan Harris capped it with a three-pointer to level things up at 44. Halcones Xalapa pulled in front in the third frame. They posted a 73:68 lead with one quarter remaining. The home side triggered a 9:2 run late in the regulation as they escaped with the victory at the end. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) provided 24 points and 9 rebounds for Halcones Xalapa. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) finished with 23 points in the win. Alexandre Garcia answered with 25 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for BRB/Brasilia. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Caneros - Defensor 80-83
Defensor earned the first win at Liga Americas Group B. They denied Caneros on the final day of the action in Xalapa. The Uruguayan team wrapped up their campaign in the third spot in the standings at 1-2 record. Caneros suffered three straight losses. Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) led Defensor with 23 points and 15 rebounds. Defensor opened the game on a high note. They surged ahead and with the help of Brian Woodward Defensor earned a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Caneros remained close throughout the second period. They trailed by just one point 41:42 at halftime. Clerence Matthews ignited a 9:2 run from Defensor early in the third quarter. The Uruguayan side were up by 11 points when Caneros responded with eleven straight points and drew things level at 61. Caneros pulled in front 71:69 and soon stretched the margin to 6 points 77:71. However Defensor went on an 11:0 rally to regain control and never surrendered it. Brian Woodward provided 16 points for Defensor. Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) added 12 points in the victory. Maurice Carter (183-G-83, college: Robert Morris) replied with 27 points for Caneros. Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-84) netted 15 points in the loss.




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Neptunas brings in Antonio Grant, releases Valdas Sirutis - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas announced signing of Antonio Grant (198-F-76, college: S.Carolina) for rest of the season. At the same time, the Lithuanian outfit parted ways with Valdas Sirutis (201-F-87, college: Boston U.).
Antonio Grant spent second half of 2009/10 season in France as a member of JSA Bordeaux Basket. He appeared 13 times in ProB averaging 10.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He is not a new face in Lithuania as he played for Siauliai three years ago. In the past, he also was a member of Neptunas Klaipeda, Nevezis Kedainiai and Silute.


NKL Round 21: Mazeikiai beats Perlas-MRU by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
Eighth-ranked Perlas-MRU (8-12) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Mazeikiai (13-7) on Friday. Mazeikiai managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 33-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Mazeikiai made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Mazeikiai outrebounded Perlas-MRU 38-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Vilius Gabsys (199-79, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-86) contributed with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-88) answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for Perlas-MRU. Mazeikiai has a solid series of four victories in a row. They jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Radviliskis. Perlas-MRU lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place. Mazeikiai is looking forward to face Radviliskis (#5) on the road in the next round. Perlas-MRU will play against the league's second-placed Meresta (#2) in Pakruojis and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Very important is a road loss of third-ranked Radviliskis (13-7) against ninth ranked Triobet Malsta (8-11) on Friday night. Visiting Radviliskis were edged by ninth ranked Triobet Malsta (8-11) in a tough game in Jonava 70-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Radviliskis. Forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Tadas Sebeziovas chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) with 22 points and 4 assists. Triobet Malsta jumped to the eighth spot. Radviliskis dropped to the fifth position. They have the same record like Mazeikiai. Triobet Malsta will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#12) in Siauliai in the next round. Radviliskis will play at home against Mazeikiai (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (19-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Delikatesas (5-15) in Pasvalys 117-81. Darrick Leonard nailed 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Robertas Stankevicius came up with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for Delikatesas in the defeat. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Delikatesas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place. They have the same record like Erelita. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet Nafta Universitetas (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Delikatesas will have a break next round.
Fourteenth-ranked Erelita-KTU (5-15) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (11-8) in Kaunas. The visitors from Klaipeda managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Julius Kazakauskas who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Nafta Universitetas. They did not change their seventh position in the standings. Erelita-KTU dropped to the last place with a total of 15 lost games. Nafta Universitetas' next round opponent will be league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Erelita-KTU will play on the road against Akademija (#13) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 21: Akademija were beaten by Meresta on the road 93-84. LKKA-Atletas won against Silute on it's own court 79-70. ABRO-Univ. unfortunately lost to Puntukas in Anyksciai 69-80.


Triobet Malsta - Radviliskis 72-70

Very important is a road loss of third-ranked Radviliskis (13-7) against ninth ranked Triobet Malsta (8-11) on Friday night. Visiting Radviliskis were edged by ninth ranked Triobet Malsta (8-11) in a tough game in Jonava 70-72. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Radviliskis. Forward Tomas Milinskas (202-90) stepped up and scored 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winners and Tadas Sebeziovas chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. The best for the losing side was guard Zilvinas Kuklierius (180-85) with 22 points and 4 assists. Triobet Malsta jumped to the eighth spot. Radviliskis dropped to the fifth position. They have the same record like Mazeikiai. Triobet Malsta will play against ABRO-Universitetas (#12) in Siauliai in the next round. Radviliskis will play at home against Mazeikiai (#6) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Triobet Malsta: T.Sebeziovas 17+5reb+2ast, T.Milinskas 16+9reb+1ast, A.Vasiliauskas 11+5reb+4ast, R.Juknevicius 10+3reb+1ast, Z.Danielius 8+1reb+2ast, H.Vorotnikovas 5+2reb+1ast
Radviliskis: Z.Kuklierius 22+3reb+4ast, L.Valantinas 16+3reb, M.Pukinskas 12+4reb+1ast, A.Oladimeji 9+7reb+1ast, A.Mineikis 8+6reb+2ast, M.Binza 3+2reb
gschID: 110095


Mazeikiai - Perlas-MRU 86-83

Eighth-ranked Perlas-MRU (8-12) was very close to win a game against sixth ranked Mazeikiai (13-7) on Friday. Mazeikiai managed to secure only three-point victory 86-83. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts trailed by 8 points at the halftime before their 33-19 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Mazeikiai made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Mazeikiai outrebounded Perlas-MRU 38-24 including 26 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for forward Vilius Gabsys (199-79, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Forward Dainius Vaitelis (201-86) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Four Mazeikiai players scored in double figures. Swingman Laurynas Jacevicius (193-88) answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and forward Karolis Brusokas (200-91) added 18 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Perlas-MRU. Mazeikiai has a solid series of four victories in a row. They jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with Radviliskis. Perlas-MRU lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the ninth place. Mazeikiai is looking forward to face Radviliskis (#5) on the road in the next round. Perlas-MRU will play against the league's second-placed Meresta (#2) in Pakruojis and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Mazeikiai: V.Gabsys 32+10reb+2ast, D.Vaitelis 14+11reb, M.Sidlauskas 13+1reb+2ast, B.Harrison 11+1reb+9ast, A.Vaskys 7+5reb, V.Kazlauskas 6+5reb+2ast
Perlas-MRU: L.Jacevicius 24+8reb+6ast, K.Brusokas 18+8reb+1ast, G.Ramonas 18+2reb+1ast, P.Semaska 9+1reb+3ast, D.Nazarovas 8+2reb+4ast, M.Kazonas 2+2reb+3ast
gschID: 110096


Meresta - Akademija 93-84

No shocking result in a game when second ranked Meresta (15-5) beat 13th ranked Akademija (5-14) in Pakruojis 93-84. Akademija was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 26-13 third quarter run of Meresta. They also forced 20 Akademija turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Akademija helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was guard Liudas Radavicius (188-88) who scored 32 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Tomas Balciunas (186-79) chipped in 17 points. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Karolis Alekna (183-91) who recorded 20 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and center Egidijus Mockevicius (204-92) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Akademija's coach rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Meresta did not change their second position in the standings. Akademija keeps the thirteenth place. Meresta's next round opponent will be Perlas-MRU (#9) in Vilnius and are hoping to win another game. Akademija will play at home against Erelita-KTU (#15) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Meresta: L.Radavicius 32+6reb+1ast, T.Balciunas 17+4reb+3ast, S.Raziulis 14+4reb+2ast, S.Slivka 8+5reb+1ast, A.Povilaitis 7+4reb+1ast, V.Padgureckas 6+6reb+5ast
Akademija: K.Alekna 20+5reb+4ast, E.Mockevicius 14+8reb, S.Lekys 11+2reb+2ast, P.Lescinskas 10+1ast, M.Paliukenas 8+1reb+2ast, O.Olisevicius 8+5reb+1ast
gschID: 110097


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Delikatesas 117-81

NKL top team - Pieno Zvaigzdes (19-1) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed fifteenth ranked Delikatesas (5-15) in Pasvalys 117-81. The game without a history. Pieno Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 76 of its points in the paint compared to Delikatesas' 44. Pieno Zvaigzdes outrebounded Delikatesas 49-30 including a 33-21 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. American guard Darrick Leonard (188-84, college: Aurora) nailed 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and forward Vitalijus Stanevicius (199-83) accounted for 20 points and 6 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Rimantas Endrijaitis felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Forward Robertas Stankevicius (196-77, agency: Court Side) came up with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and swingman Zilvinas Petraitis (194-88) added 17 points and 8 assists respectively for Delikatesas in the defeat. Pieno Zvaigzdes have an impressive series of eleven victories in a row. They of course still keep top position in the standings. Delikatesas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the fourteenth place. They have the same record like Erelita. Pieno Zvaigzdes will meet Nafta Universitetas (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Delikatesas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: V.Stanevicius 20+6reb, D.Leonard 18+6reb+4ast, M.Mundadi 16+1reb+1ast, M.Virbalas 13+8reb+1ast, D.Griskenas 13+5reb+2ast, G.Vileita 12+3reb+4ast
Delikatesas: R.Stankevicius 20+8reb+4ast, Z.Petraitis 17+4reb+8ast, M.Keras 17+5reb, J.Jucikas 9+4reb+1ast, P.Klemas 8+1reb+4ast, J.Blazys 8+7reb
gschID: 110098


Erelita - Nafta Universitetas 73-75

Fourteenth-ranked Erelita-KTU (5-15) used its home court advantage to challenge seventh ranked Nafta Universitetas (11-8) in Kaunas. The visitors from Klaipeda managed to secure only two-point victory 75-73. However their fans expected much easier game. The best player for the winners was Julius Kazakauskas who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. The victory was the fifth consecutive win for Nafta Universitetas. They did not change their seventh position in the standings. Erelita-KTU dropped to the last place with a total of 15 lost games. Nafta Universitetas' next round opponent will be league's leader Pieno Zvaigzdes in Pasvalys and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Erelita-KTU will play on the road against Akademija (#13) in Vilnius and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Nafta Universitetas: T.Klimas 21+9reb+1ast, J.Kazakauskas 21+9reb+4ast, V.Chodosovskis 10+3reb+3ast, D.Anuzis 10+1reb, A.Zymantas 4+6reb+8ast, T.Mazelis 4+1reb+1ast
Erelita: V.Pliauga 16+2reb, M.Sapiega 14+5reb+3ast, M.Lisajevicius 12+1reb+1ast, M.Mackevicius 11+1reb, K.Pupinis 9+6reb+3ast, R.Cepanonis 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 110092


LKKA-Atletas - Silute 79-70

Very expected game when 10th ranked Silute (7-13) lost to fifth ranked LKKA-Atletas (13-6) in Kaunas 70-79. The hosts were ahead by 1 point but lost the second quarter ending it with a 4-point deficit before their 23-10 run, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Sarunas Vingelis (192-89) chipped in a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 assists. LKKA-Atletas' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was swingman Vytautas Nedzinskas (196-87) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds and guard Evaldas Jurkus (190-84) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively. Four Silute players scored in double figures. LKKA-Atletas jumped to the third spot. They share the position with Zalgiris-Sabonio. Silute keeps the tenth place. LKKA-Atletas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Kaunas to the arena Zalgiris-Sabonio.
Top scorers:
LKKA-Atletas: V.Sragauskis 27+10reb, S.Vingelis 15+4reb+10ast, T.Urbonas 15+8reb, T.Tamosiunas 8+6reb+1ast, D.Gricius 6+3reb+1ast, D.Domarkas 2
Silute: E.Jurkus 18+5reb, E.Ramanauskas 17+5reb, V.Nedzinskas 13+10reb+3ast, E.Kaupaitis 11+8reb, M.Mockus 7+6reb+2ast, A.Virsilas 4+1reb+5ast
gschID: 110093


Puntukas - ABRO-Univ. 80-69

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when twelfth ranked Puntukas (6-13) won against 11th ranked ABRO-Universitetas (6-14) in Anyksciai 80-69. The game was mostly controlled by Puntukas. ABRO-Universitetas managed to win fourth quarter 24-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Puntukas were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was forward Darius Tarvydas (200-91) who scored 24 points and 5 assists. Power forward Mindaugas Norkus (200-85) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Puntukas players scored in double figures. Puntukas' coach Gintautas Regina allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Aridas Kurauskas (184-92) who recorded 17 points and Belarusian swingman Vitali Liutych (198-92) added 16 points respectively. Puntukas jumped to the eleventh spot. ABRO-Universitetas lost their fourth straight game in a row. They dropped to the twelfth position. Puntukas' next round opponent will be higher ranked Silute (#10) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. ABRO-Universitetas will play against Triobet Malsta in Jonava.
Top scorers:
Puntukas: D.Tarvydas 24+3reb+5ast, M.Norkus 16+7reb, T.Rinkunas 16+1reb+3ast, L.Hall 10+7reb+5ast, D.Ciuta 5+4reb+1ast, A.Urbonas 4+2reb+1ast
ABRO-Univ.: A.Kurauskas 17+3reb+1ast, V.Liutych 16+3reb+1ast, A.Gurklys 11+8reb, E.Vaupsas 8+7reb+2ast, P.Rasamavicius 8+8reb+4ast, P.Knyza 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 110094




Standings - NKL
NKL Standings
 1. Pieno Zvaigzdes 19-1 
 2. Meresta 15-5 
 3. Zalgiris-Sabonio 13-6 
 4. LKKA-Atletas 13-6 
 5. Radviliskis 13-7 
 6. Mazeikiai 13-7 
 7. Nafta Universitetas 11-8 
 8. Triobet Malsta 8-11 
 9. Perlas-MRU 8-12 
 10. Silute 7-13 
 11. Puntukas 6-13 
 12. ABRO-Univ. 6-14 
 13. Akademija 5-14 
 14. Delikatesas 5-15 
 15. Erelita 5-15 


Stats Leaders - NKL
Points Per Game
 Vidmantas SRAGAUSKIS
  LKKA-Atletas
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Sragauskis, LKKA-.24.5 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.20.5 
 3. Petraitis, Delikate.20.3 
 4. Jurkus, Silute18.9 
 5. Tarvydas, Puntukas18.9 
 6. Vileita, Pieno Z.17.5 
 7. Sebeziovas, Triobe.16.8 
 8. Cizauskas, Zalgir.16.8 
 9. Mineikis, Radviliskis15.8 
 10. Gabsys, Mazeikiai15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vaidas CEPUKAITIS
  Juventus
  (207-C-89)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.10.5 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.10.1 
 3. Oladimeji, Radvilis.9.8 
 4. Galdikas, Puntukas9.3 
 5. Keras, Delikatesas8.1 
 6. Nedzinskas, Silute7.9 
 7. Pupinis, Erelita7.5 
 8. Kazakauskas, Nafta U.7.3 
 9. Mineikis, Radviliskis7.3 
 10. Jucikas, Delikatesas6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai6.6 
 2. Vingelis, LKKA-.5.8 
 3. Leonard, Pieno Z.4.8 
 4. Sapiega, Erelita4.8 
 5. Kuklierius, Radvilis.4.4 
 6. Cizauskas, Zalgir.4.3 
 7. Zymantas, Nafta U.4.3 
 8. Virsilas, Silute4.3 
 9. Kutra, Delikatesas3.8 
 10. Vileita, Pieno Z.3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Mazeikiai
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Harrison, Mazeikiai3.2 
 2. Zymantas, Nafta U.2.9 
 3. Metelica, Erelita2.8 
 4. Vileita, Pieno Z.2.7 
 5. Kutra, Delikatesas2.5 
 6. Radavicius, Meres.2.5 
 7. Petraitis, Delikate.2.4 
 8. Padgureckas, Meres.2.4 
 9. Sapiega, Erelita2.3 
 10. Leonard, Pieno Z.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Ovidijus GALDIKAS
  Puntukas
  (217-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Galdikas, Puntukas3.0 
 2. Mockevicius, Akade.2.9 
 3. Urbonas, LK.1.8 
 4. Kupsas, Zalgir.1.7 
 5. Pupinis, Erelita1.6 
 6. Jucikas, Delikatesas1.5 
 7. Mankevicius, Erelita1.5 
 8. Cepukaitis, Zalgir.1.4 
 9. Zyle, Zalgiris.1.2 
 10. Oladimeji, Radvilis.1.1 


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Halcones Xalapa win Liga Americas Group B - by Eurobasket News
Halcones Xalapa - BRB/Brasilia 98:87

Halcones Xalapa became the winners of Liga Americas Group B. They knocked down BRB/Brasilia in the final game of the preliminary round to clinch the top position. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) came up with 28 points and 5 assists to lead Xalapa to the third win in a row. BRB/Brasilia fell at 2-1 record in the second place in the standings.
BRB/Brasilia started the game strong. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) unloaded 12 points in the first period as BRB/Brasilia grabbed a 29:20 lead at the first break. However the hosts answered with a 10:0 run early in the second frame to surge in front. BRB/Brasilia retained the advantage late in the half but Jovan Harris capped it with a three-pointer to level things up at 44. Halcones Xalapa pulled in front in the third frame. They posted a 73:68 lead with one quarter remaining. The home side triggered a 9:2 run late in the regulation as they escaped with the victory at the end. Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts) provided 24 points and 9 rebounds for Halcones Xalapa. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) finished with 23 points in the win. Alexandre Garcia answered with 25 points, 8 assists and 5 boards for BRB/Brasilia. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Halcones Xalapa: Jovan Harris 28, Louis Roe 24, Leandro Garcia Morales 23
BRB/Brasilia: Alexandre Garcia 25, Guilherme Giovannoni 15+10 boards



Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Pioneros 24-7 
 2. Halc.Xalapa 22-8 
 3. Fuerza Regia 22-9 
 4. Toros 21-8 
 5. Angeles 19-11 
 6. Halc.Rojos 19-11 
 7. Huracanes 19-12 
 8. Lobos Grises 18-12 
 9. Lechugueros 17-13 
 10. Soles 17-14 
 11. Ola Verde 15-13 
 12. Potros 15-16 
 13. Panteras 13-16 
 14. Abejas 9-20 
 15. Algodoneros 8-17 
 16. Titanes 7-22 
 17. Volcanes 2-29 
 18. Jaguares 1-30 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.27.5 
 2. Stoudemire, New Y.26.7 
 3. Bryant, LA Lakers26.7 
 4. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.0 
 5. Ellis, Golde S.24.4 
 6. Gordon, LA Clippers24.1 
 7. Anthony, Denver N.24.0 
 8. James, Miami Heat23.9 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.23.9 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat23.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LOVE
  Minnesota T.
  (208-C-88)
  Avg: 15.6
 1. Love, Minnesota T.15.6 
 2. Howard, Orlando M.12.1 
 3. Randolph, Memph.12.1 
 4. Griffin, LA Clipp.12.1 
 5. Evans, Toronto R.12.1 
 6. Bogut, Milwauke.12.0 
 7. Noah, Chicago B.11.7 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers11.2 
 9. Camby, Portland TB10.9 
 10. Lee, Golde S.10.1 
Assists Per Game
 Rajon RONDO
  Boston C.
  (186-G-86)
  Avg: 13.8
 1. Rondo, Boston C.13.8 
 2. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.6 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.9.9 
 4. Williams, Utah Jazz9.8 
 5. Felton, New Y.8.9 
 6. Wall, Washington W.8.9 
 7. Kidd, Dallas M.8.8 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..8.6 
 9. Rose, Chicago B.8.4 
 10. Miller, Portland.7.4 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  N.Orleans H.
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.9 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.3 
 3. Wall, Washington W.2.3 
 4. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 5. Conley, Memphis G.2.2 
 6. Curry, Golde S.2.2 
 7. Lowry, Houston R.2.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..2.0 
 9. Felton, New Y.2.0 
 10. Miller, Portland.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrew BOGUT
  Milwaukee B.
  (212-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Bogut, Milwauke.3.1 
 2. Milicic, Minnesota T.2.7 
 3. Ibaka, Oklah.Ci.2.4 
 4. McGee, Washingt.2.3 
 5. Howard, Orlando M.2.3 
 6. Gasol, LA Lakers2.2 
 7. Duncan, San A.2.1 
 8. Smith, Atlanta H.2.1 
 9. Stoudemire, New Y.2.0 
 10. Hibbert, Indiana P.1.9 


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 21-4 
 2. New York K. 16-10 
 3. Philadelph.76 10-15 
 4. Toronto R. 9-17 
 5. New Jersey N. 7-19 
Central Div.
 1. Chicago B. 16-8 
 2. Indiana P. 11-13 
 3. Milwaukee B. 10-14 
 4. Detroit P. 8-18 
 5. Cleveland C. 7-18 
Southeast Div.
 1. Miami Heat 19-8 
 2. Orlando M. 16-9 
 3. Atlanta H. 16-11 
 4. Charlotte B. 9-16 
 5. Washington W. 6-18 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 18-8 
 2. Oklah.City T. 18-8 
 3. Denver N. 15-10 
 4. Portland TB 12-14 
 5. Minnesota T. 6-20 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 19-7 
 2. Phoenix Suns 12-12 
 3. Golde State W. 9-16 
 4. Sacramento K. 5-18 
 5. LA Clippers 5-21 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 22-3 
 2. Dallas M. 20-5 
 3. N.Orleans H. 15-10 
 4. Memphis G. 12-14 
 5. Houston R. 10-15 


Thursday: Celtics, Spurs and Nets celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Denver N. - San Antonio S. 112-113
Manu Ginobili (6'6''-G-77, agency: Interperformances) sparked the Spurs to a big fourth-quarter lead and he drew the foul that negated Carmelo Anthony's (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) winning basket in San Antonio's 113-112 escape from the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night. The Spurs led 111-108 with 8 seconds left when Anthony got behind the defense for a dunk. Antonio McDyess' inbounds pass was deflected by J.R. Smith (6'6''-G-85) off Ginobili's head and into the arms of Anthony, whose basket gave the Nuggets a 112-111 lead with 7.1 seconds left. Ginobili's running bank shot at 4.2 seconds put the Spurs back on top 113-112. After a timeout, Anthony got the inbounds pass from Ty Lawson and drove the lane. He ran over Ginobili as he made a buzzer-beater as the crowd went crazy. But the officials called off the basket for an offensive foul. After a review, the officials put .4 seconds back on the clock, and the Spurs inbounded the ball for the win. It was the second game-winner in as many days for Ginobili, who hit a fallaway jumper as time expired Wednesday, lifting San Antonio over Milwaukee 92-90. San Antonio improved to an NBA-best 22-4 while dropping the Nuggets to just their second loss in 13 home games. Tim Duncan (6'10''-F-76, college: Wake Forest) had 28 points and Tony Parker (6'0''-G-80) added 24 for the Spurs but it was Ginobili's spurt that sparked San Antonio. Averaging 20.2 points, Ginobili had just three points when he sliced in for a backdoor basket, hit a step-back basket - like the one he used to beat Milwaukee - and then hit a deep 3-pointer to give the Spurs a 94-88 lead early in the fourth quarter. Three minutes later, the lead was 102-93 and the Nuggets were calling another timeout to figure out how to stop the Spurs, who had trailed for the first 32 minutes but suddenly seemed unstoppable. The Nuggets found a way to claw back and make the final minute an exciting, if disheartening one. Anthony led Denver with 31 points and Arron Afflalo scored 20. Until the final minute, the highlight of the game was Smith's dunk over Gary Neal with .6 seconds left in the first quarter. His subsequent free throw gave the Nuggets a 37-28 lead that marked the most points the Spurs had surrendered in any quarter this season. Smith took off 11 feet from the basket and slammed it through the hoop with both hands as he ran into Neal, sending him to the court. The rim-rattler drew nods of appreciation from the Nuggets bench and was posted on YouTube within minutes. McDyess' dunk gave San Antonio its first lead of the game, 77-76, with 3:23 left in the third quarter. *Courtesy of www.ktvn.com

New Jersey N. - Washington W. 97-89
Devin Harris (6'3''-G-83, college: Wisconsin) had 29 points and nine assists and Brook Lopez (7'0''-F/C-88, college: Stanford) added 18 points to lead the New Jersey Nets past the Washington Wizards 97-89 on Thursday night to snap an eight-game losing streak. The loss was the 13th straight on the road this season for the Wizards (6-18), who played without top overall draft pick John Wall and forward Andray Blatche, both of whom sat out the game with knee problems. The Nets (7-19), who led by 23 points in the second quarter, got 12 points and 17 rebounds from Kris Humphries, the fourth straight game he collected 10 or more boards. Reserve Nick Young led the Wizards with 22 points, while Gilbert Arenas had 19 and Al Thornton added 18. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Boston C. - Atlanta H. 102-90
Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) had 17 points and 13 rebounds-one of three Boston players with a double-double—to lead the Celtics to their 12th straight win, 102-90 over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night. Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) had 15 points and 10 assists and Glen Davis (6'9''-F-86, college: LSU) had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ray Allen scored 18 points and Nate Robinson had 14 for the Celtics (21-4). Marvin Williams had a season-best 26 points and Jeff Teague scored 18 for the Hawks. Boston point guard Rajon Rondo missed the game after spraining his left ankle in Wednesday's win at New York. He's expected to be sidelined at least a week. Center Shaquille O'Neal was also out, missing his fourth straight game with a sore right calf. *Courtesy of www.myfoxatlanta.com


Yao Ming has stress fracture in left ankle - by Eurobasket News
An MRI performed today on Rockets center Ming Yao (7'5''-C-80) revealed a stress fracture of the Medial Malleolus in his left ankle. The fracture, which is related to his previous injury of the Tarsal Navicular bone, presented itself during the course of his current rehabilitation program. There is no timetable for his return at this time.

The team will have no additional comment at this time. Information regarding his treatment program will be made available at a later date.

Yao has played just five games this season, and is averaging 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game.

The Rockets have a 10-15 record, which currently places them 11th out of 15 Western conference teams.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Celtics point guard Rondo out 'couple of weeks' with ankle sprain - by Eurobasket News
One thing is certain about Boston Celtics' point guard Rajon Rondo's (6'1''-G-86, college: Kentucky) injury: he'll be sidelined with a sprained left ankle.

How long? Well, it's probably going to be at least a week. Maybe longer.

Rondo was helped off the court after he hurt his ankle early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 118-116 win over the New York Knicks. He returned and finished the game, then said afterward he expected to play against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

But general manager Danny Ainge said on WEEI-AM on Thursday that Rondo's ankle was swollen after the game and will need 'a couple of weeks, anyway.' Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss clarified that no official timetable had been set.

When Celtics coach Doc Rivers was asked before the game against the Hawks how long the guard would be out, he said: 'I really don't have an update. One, two weeks.'

Rondo, clearly the team's offensive spark, is averaging 11.2 points and a career-best 13.8 assists per game. He has missed four games with hamstring and foot problems. The Celtics went 3-1 during that stretch.

Rivers said Nate Robinson will take his place in the starting lineup.

'All the injuries are more of the problem - not just one player,' Rivers said.

Boston is already minus backup guard Delonte West, who is sidelined for a while after having surgery on his broken right wrist on November 30.

'We can't lose another one,' Rivers said. 'Right now Nate's going to need to play a ton of minutes.'

Rivers hoped Shaquille O'Neal could return Sunday. The coach said he would miss the game against Atlanta - his fourth straight - with a sore right calf.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Hurtt Scores Career-High 36 In 81-79 OT Win Over Weber State - by Allen Waters
TULSA, Okla. - Justin Hurtt scored a career-high 36 points and The University of Tulsa men's basketball team battled to an 81-79 overtime victory over Big Sky Conference preseason favorites Weber State University Thursday night inside Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Tulsa (5-5) played its second-straight overtime game four nights removed from a double OT loss to Princeton. The win for TU halted a three-game losing skid, while Weber State (5-4) had its three-game win streak snapped.

Hurtt, a senior guard for the Golden Hurricane, shot 10-for-26 from the field, while also knocking down three three-point shots and hitting 13 of his 15 free-throw attempts. He missed two of his first three free throws, but he finished the game a perfect 12-for-12 from the line, including making all 10 of his attempts in overtime.

Junior forward Steven Idlet scored 14 points, and sophomore guard Scottie Haralson added 10. Junior forward D.J. Magley registered the best game of his career, as he scored a career-high eight points and tied his career high with nine rebounds. He also recorded the first three blocks of his career and tied his career high with two steals in 34 minutes of action.

Sophomore Bryson Pope scored a season-high nine points on 4-of-5 shooting, while adding five rebounds and dishing out a career-high five assists in 27 minutes off the bench. The reserve guard/forward was forced to play point guard for the majority of his time on the floor, and he responded with one of the best all-around games of his career, while only turning the ball over twice.

Senior guard Shane Heirman started his first-career game and responded with a 14-minute, one turnover effort.

'This was a great win for us. The MVP of the game in my mind is Bryson Pope,' Tulsa head coach Doug Wojcik said. 'A lot of different guys deserve a lot of credit, but Bryson Pope played a great game. Justin Hurtt has been a warrior. He's played a lot of minutes in his career. I'm just really proud of our guys.'

Tulsa found itself in a 12-2 hole before the team realized the game had started. Back-to-back threes from Pope and Haralson awoke both the crowd and the team, and all of a sudden TU found itself right back in the ballgame.

The reinvigorated Golden Hurricane continued to climb back throughout the midway point of the first half, and a layup from Idlet with 7:15 to play brought the home team to within two at 20-18.

Damian Lillard swished two free throws and Lindsey Hughey drained a trey to push the score out to 25-19, but Hurtt, Haralson and Pope powered a 9-2 run to give the Golden Hurricane its first lead of the ballgame at 28-27 with 1:19 to play in the opening half.

Weber State took a 31-28 lead into the break following a free throw from Trevor Morris and a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Hughey.

Tulsa knotted the game up at 38-38 three minutes into the second half, but the pesky Wildcats never allowed TU to take a lead.

Weber State pushed its lead out to 58-51 following the under-8 media timeout, and Wojcik debuted a new look to the Tulsa defense - a 2-3 zone.

The zone seemed to baffle the Wildcats as they went scoreless for seven-straight possessions, all the while Tulsa snuck past the road team with a 10-0 run to take a 61-58 lead with four minutes to play.

WSU tied the game on the strength of a B.J. Porter three, and the two teams exchanged buckets to reach a 63-63 stalemate at the end of regulation.

Tulsa never trailed in overtime, as Hurtt gave the home side a four-point advantage from the charity stripe. Porter again nailed a trey to tie the game at 70-70 with two minutes to play, but Magley, Idlet and Hurtt combined to propel the Golden Hurricane on a 7-0 run for a 77-70 advantage with just 15 seconds to play.

Hughey banked home three-straight three-pointers for Weber State, including another buzzer beater, but Hurtt was unflappable from the line and kept TU just ahead of the visiting squad for the 81-79 victory.

Hughey led the Wildcats with 20 points, and Morris added 15. Byron Fulton came off the bench to score 11.

This was the second time in the Doug Wojcik era that Tulsa has played back-to-back OT games, and it was also the first time since the 2007-08 campaign. Before that, the last time TU played two-consecutive overtime games was the 1995-96 season.

Wojcik is now 7-5 in overtime contests at TU and 1-1 this year.

Tulsa will now travel to Wichita, Kan., on Dec. 21 for a 7 p.m. meeting with Wichita State University.

Justin Hurtt (6'4''-G-88)


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Xin Cheng China shoots down Ateneo-Adamson 'Blue Birds' back to earth, 80-72 - by Ryan Asis Maniago
HONG KONG - After notching two straight victories, Ateneo de Manila and Adamson University, representing the Philippines at the 18th 3-D Gold Super Kung Sheung Cup, got its first rude test in international-style ball as it absorbed a stinging 80-72 defeat at the hands of China's Xin Cheng Holdings basketball team last night at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium here.

Acknowledging perhaps the Filipinos' superior individual talent for creating plays when being guarded man-to-man, the Chinese employed an impenetrable zone defense throughout the game, using their length and agility to cover the lanes, control the boards and deny the Filipinos any easy baskets or passes.

Xin Cheng also proved lethal offensively, burying the Filipinos with three-point shots from all corners and taking a commanding 40-24 lead at the half -- employing a style of play reminiscent of a circa 1990s South Korean team.

Unable to get easy points in the paint, the Filipinos turned to its outside shooters in the third quarter, who unfortunately fired blanks even as the Chinese continued to display near-perfect marksmanship from the three-point area, with the lead ballooning to as high as 20 points towards the end of the third quarter.

The Filipinos would not go down without a fight, however. Blue Eagle Kirk Long, who was shut down in the first half, found his range in the fourth quarter where he fired 14 points to stage a last-ditch effort to salvage the game. Adamson's Alex Nuyles also drained two straight threes in the closing minutes to inch them closer, but the Filipinos could not close out the rally as the Chinese managed to trade baskets with them in a virtual three-point shooting contest.

Kirk Long topscored with 26 points in the losing effort, with Ateneans Nico Salva and Oping Sumalinog adding 10 apiece. Adamson's Lester Alvarez, who waxed hot in their last game, was cold from outside and had difficulty creating plays amidst Xin Cheng's choking zone.

With the loss, the 'Blue Birds' ended up in second place in its group and will face an imposing Southern California Fukienese Association (SCFA) in the semi-finals on Saturday. SCFA, composed mostly of athletic and burly African-Americans, demolished Hong Kong's National Team later that night, 88-58, to top its group. Hong Kong will face Xin Cheng in the other semi-final pairing.

XCH 80 - Zhang J.B. 20, Yu X. 14, Weng D.L. 14, Zhang C. 7, Wang J.Y. 7, Huang Q.B. 4, Lin C.Y. 2

PHL 72 - Long 26, Salva 10, Sumalinog 10, Alvarez 8, Nuyles 6, Dela Cruz 5, Erram 5, Colina 2, Austria 0, Camson 0, Golla 0, Tiongson 0


- Ryan Asis Maniago



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1Liga Round 14: Leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska loses to MKS Znicz Basket - by Eurobasket News
There were many interesting games last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader and favorites losing the games.

Top ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (11-2) recorded its second loss in Pruszkow on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by ninth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (7-7) 91-88. They made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. MKS Znicz Basket forced 22 AZS Politechnika Warszawska turnovers. Strangely AZS Politechnika Warszawska outrebounded MKS Znicz Basket 47-32 including a 39-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls commited by AZS Politechnika Warszawska helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (191-91, agency: Promotex) chipped in 16 points. Guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Spojnia. AZS Politechnika Warszawska at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. MKS Znicz Basket is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Polonia 2011 (#16) in Warszawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play at home against Rosasport (#3) in Radom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second-ranked ISS Sportino (11-3) against eleventh ranked SKK (6-8) on Wednesday night. Visiting ISS Sportino was defeated by eleventh ranked SKK (6-8) in Siedlce 81-65. Swingman Kamil Sulima (192-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Mateusz Bal contributed with 19 points for the winners. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds for ISS Sportino. SKK Siedlce moved-up to tenth place. ISS Sportino at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Rosasport. SKK Siedlce will play against higher ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ISS Sportino will play against Asecco Prokom 2 in Gdynia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Very important is a home loss of third-ranked Sokol Lancut (10-4) against seventh ranked LKS Sphinx (8-6) on Wednesday night. Host Sokol was defeated by seventh ranked LKS Sphinx (8-6) in a tough game in Lancut 70-76. Dariusz Kalinowski scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Jaromir Szurlej responded with 21 points. LKS Sphinx has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 8-6 record. Loser Sokol Lancut dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. LKS Sphinx will meet at home Spojnia (#8) in the next round. Sokol Lancut will play against AZS Szczecin (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Bottom-ranked Astoria managed to get a third victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Astoria won against thirteenth-ranked GKS Tychy in Bydgoszcz 76-66. Dorian Szyttenholm notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort. Astoria (3-11) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Polonia 2011. GKS Tychy lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Astoria's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gornik (#14) in Walbrzych and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Stargard. Local Spojnia (7-7) outscored 15th ranked Polonia 2011 (3-11) 90-59 on Wednesday night. The best player for the winners was Rafal Kulikowski who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Spojnia has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 7-7 record, which they share with Znicz Basket. Polonia 2011 lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with eleven games lost. Spojnia will face higher ranked LKS Sphinx (#7) in Lodz in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Polonia 2011 will play at home against MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in Pruszkow and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.

In the last two games of round 14 MMKS DG defeated Start Lublin in Dabrowa Gornicza 69-62. Rosasport beat Gornik at home 66-60.


Spojnia - Polonia 2011 90-59

The game with biggest result difference took place in Stargard. Local Spojnia (7-7) outscored 15th ranked Polonia 2011 (3-11) 90-59 on Wednesday night. The game without a history. Spojnia led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Spojnia dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Polonia 2011's 22. Spojnia forced 23 Polonia 2011 turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. The best player for the winners was center Rafal Kulikowski (204-85) who scored 16 points and 8 rebounds. The former international center Wiktor Grudzinski (208-78) chipped in 11 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Spojnia players scored in double figures. Guard Michal Michalak (194-93) produced 15 points and 5 assists and forward Krzysztof Lancucki (196-92) added 11 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. Spojnia has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain eighth position with 7-7 record, which they share with Znicz Basket. Polonia 2011 lost fourth consecutive game. They dropped to the bottom place with eleven games lost. Spojnia will face higher ranked LKS Sphinx (#7) in Lodz in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Polonia 2011 will play at home against MKS Znicz Basket (#9) in Pruszkow and be promoted back to the PLK just one year after relegation.
Top scorers:
Spojnia: J.Koszuta 17+2reb+3ast, R.Kulikowski 16+8reb, M.Stoklosa 11+1reb+5ast, W.Grudzinski 11+8reb+4ast, L.Ulchurski 10+4reb, A.Parzych 7+4reb+6ast
Polonia 2011: M.Michalak 15+4reb+5ast, K.Pietras 11+5reb, K.Lancucki 11+7reb, W.Glabas 6+6reb, R.Holnicki-Szulc 5+4ast, M.Kucharek 5+1reb+1ast
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Start Lublin - MMKS DG 62-69

There was no surprise when 12th ranked Olimp MKS Start Lublin (4-10) was defeated at home by sixth ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (9-5) 69-62 on Wednesday. Olimp MKS Start Lublin trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 62-69 at the end of the game. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza dominated on the defensive end, holding Olimp MKS Start Lublin to just 6 points in second quarter. The best player for the winners was guard Radoslaw Basinski (188-78) who scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Power forward Adam Lisewski (206-80) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza players scored in double figures. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza's coach Wojciech Wieczorek used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Sebastian Szymanski (185-91, agency: Promotex) produced 16 points and 5 rebounds and guard Michal Aleksandrowicz (188-89) added 12 points respectively for the hosts. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza moved-up to fifth place. Loser Olimp MKS Start Lublin keeps the twelfth position with ten games lost. MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza will face SKK Siedlce (#10) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Olimp MKS Start Lublin will play against GKS Tychy and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
MMKS DG: M.Piechowicz 17+6reb, A.Lisewski 14+7reb+2ast, R.Basinski 13+5reb+7ast, P.Zmarlak 10+5reb+2ast, L.Szczypka 5+2reb+4ast, P.Zielinski 5+3reb
Start Lublin: S.Szymanski 16+5reb+3ast, T.Prostak 12+2reb+2ast, M.Aleksandrowicz 12+4reb+1ast, P.Kowalski 6+4reb, A.Mysliwiec 6+3reb+1ast, P.Luszczewski 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 99145


SKK Siedlce - ISS Sportino 81-65

Very important is a road loss of second-ranked ISS Sportino (11-3) against eleventh ranked SKK (6-8) on Wednesday night. Visiting ISS Sportino was defeated by eleventh ranked SKK (6-8) in Siedlce 81-65. It looked good early as ISS Sportino took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SKK Siedlce had a 25-12 second quarter charge getting the lead and ISS Sportino was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 65-81. SKK Siedlce outrebounded ISS Sportino 37-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. They shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. SKK Siedlce were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by ISS Sportino's players. Swingman Kamil Sulima (192-80) orchestrated the victory by scoring 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Mateusz Bal (181-89) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Center Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-84) replied with 9 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Wojciech Zurawski (199-76) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for ISS Sportino. SKK Siedlce moved-up to tenth place. ISS Sportino at the other side keeps the second position with three games lost. They share it with Rosasport. SKK Siedlce will play against higher ranked MMKS Dabrowa Gornicza (#5) on the road in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. ISS Sportino will play against Asecco Prokom 2 in Gdynia and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
SKK Siedlce: K.Sulima 22+8reb+5ast, M.Bal 19+2reb+2ast, R.Wojcicki 13+1reb+6ast, K.Debski 9+6reb+3ast, J.Czyz 6+7reb, M.Nedzi 6+11reb+1ast
ISS Sportino: W.Zurawski 13+6reb, L.Zytko 13+5reb+1ast, J.Sulowski 12+2reb+1ast, W.Rosnowski 9+4reb+2ast, A.Lichodzijewski 9+7reb+3ast, P.Mowlik 4
gschID: 99146


Sokol Lancut - LKS Lodz 70-76

Very important is a home loss of third-ranked Sokol Lancut (10-4) against seventh ranked LKS Sphinx (8-6) on Wednesday night. Host Sokol was defeated by seventh ranked LKS Sphinx (8-6) in a tough game in Lancut 70-76. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 42-31 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Guard Dariusz Kalinowski (185-87) scored 19 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Marcin Salamonik (202-83) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four LKS Sphinx players scored in double figures. Guard Jaromir Szurlej (180-86) responded with 21 points and center Maciej Klima (205-82) scored 14 points. LKS Sphinx has a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain seventh position with 8-6 record. Loser Sokol Lancut dropped to the fourth place with four games lost. LKS Sphinx will meet at home Spojnia (#8) in the next round. Sokol Lancut will play against AZS Szczecin (#11) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
LKS Lodz: D.Kalinowski 19+5reb+2ast, K.Sulima 14+3reb, M.Salamonik 14+9reb+3ast, K.Morawiec 10+4reb, J.Dluski 6+5reb+2ast, P.Trepka 6+5reb+3ast
Sokol Lancut: J.Szurlej 21+2reb+3ast, P.Ucinek 14+3reb+1ast, M.Klima 14+3reb+1ast, M.Wilczek 9+5reb, R.Glapinski 6+3reb+2ast, J.Balawender 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 99148


Znicz Basket - Tempcold AZS 91-88

Top ranked AZS Politechnika Warszawska (11-2) recorded its second loss in Pruszkow on Wednesday night. Visitors were edged by ninth ranked MKS Znicz Basket (7-7) 91-88. They made 25-of-33 free shots (75.8 percent) during the game. MKS Znicz Basket forced 22 AZS Politechnika Warszawska turnovers. Strangely AZS Politechnika Warszawska outrebounded MKS Znicz Basket 47-32 including a 39-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. 27 personal fouls commited by AZS Politechnika Warszawska helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was forward Andrzej Misiewicz (201-84, college: Daytona Beach CC) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. Guard Marek Szumelda-Krzycki (191-91, agency: Promotex) chipped in 16 points. Guard Piotr Pamula (195-90) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Lukasz Wilczek (189-86) added 9 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for the guests. Five MKS Znicz Basket and four AZS Politechnika Warszawska players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. MKS Znicz Basket moved-up to eighth place, which they share with Spojnia. AZS Politechnika Warszawska at the other side still keeps top position with two games lost. MKS Znicz Basket is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Polonia 2011 (#16) in Warszawa in the next round and are hoping to win another game. AZS Politechnika Warszawska will play at home against Rosasport (#3) in Radom and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Znicz Basket: M.Szumelda-Krzycki 16+2reb+2ast, J.Weatherspoon 16+2reb+2ast, A.Misiewicz 14+14reb+4ast, A.Sulinski 13+5reb+2ast, P.Szymanski 12+5reb+1ast, M.Makander 9+2reb+1ast
Tempcold AZS: P.Pamula 20+6reb+4ast, L.Karwowski 15+3reb+2ast, M.Nowakowski 11+8reb, M.Ponitka 11+3reb+2ast, L.Wilczek 9+13reb+7ast, M.Popiolek 9+1reb
gschID: 99142


Rosasport - Gornik 66-60

No shocking result in a game in Radom where fourth ranked Rosasport (11-3) defeated 14th ranked Gornik (3-10) 66-60 on Wednesday. However just six-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Gornik was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Rosasport outrebounded Gornik 46-24 including a 34-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Michal Przybylski (194-84) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 11 rebounds. The former international forward Pawel Wiekiera (206-78) chipped in 10 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Krzysztof Jakobczyk (183-86) produced 18 points and 4 assists and forward Marcin Sterenga (201-78) added 13 points respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Rosasport has a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with ISS Sportino. Gornik lost third consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with ten games lost. Rosasport will face league's leader AZS Politechnika Warszawska in Warszawa in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Gornik will play at home against Astoria (#15) in Bydgoszcz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Rosasport: J.Zalewski 12+2reb, M.Przybylski 11+11reb+1ast, P.Wiekiera 10+8reb+3ast, M.Nikiel 9+3reb, K.Kapturski 8+2reb, T.Wrobel 6+2reb+1ast
Gornik: K.Jakobczyk 18+2reb+4ast, M.Sterenga 13+2reb+2ast, M.Ustarbowski 7+7reb, B.Jozefowicz 6+5reb+2ast, M.Wrobel 5+4reb+3ast, L.Muszynski 4
gschID: 99143


Astoria - GKS Tychy 76-66

Bottom-ranked Astoria managed to get a third victory, breaking the three-game losing streak. This time newly promoted Astoria won against thirteenth-ranked GKS Tychy in Bydgoszcz 76-66. GKS Tychy was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Forward Dorian Szyttenholm (194-83) notched a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Sebastian Grzesinski (188-86) who supported him with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Four Astoria players scored in double figures. Even 16 points and 9 rebounds by the former international swingman Mariusz Bacik (207-72) did not help to save the game for GKS Tychy. The former international guard Dawid Witos (190-83, agency: Promotex) added 19 points for the guests. Astoria (3-11) moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with Polonia 2011. GKS Tychy lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the thirteenth position with nine games lost. Astoria's next round opponent will be higher ranked Gornik (#14) in Walbrzych and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Astoria: D.Szyttenholm 18+10reb+3ast, S.Laydych 17+4reb, S.Grzesinski 13+7reb+3ast, A.Gliszczynski 13+3reb+6ast, R.Plebanek 7+6reb, P.Robak 5+2ast
GKS Tychy: D.Witos 19+4reb+3ast, M.Bacik 16+9reb+2ast, T.Bzdyra 14+4reb, A.Kijanowski 6+2reb+3ast, P.Halas 5+2reb+1ast, M.Markowicz 4+7reb+2ast
gschID: 99144




Stats Leaders - 1Liga
Points Per Game
 Lukasz PACOCHA
  AZS Szczecin
  (182-G-82)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Pacocha, AZS S.19.2 
 2. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.16.9 
 3. Jakobczyk, Gornik16.4 
 4. Mis, SKK Siedlce16.4 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .16.1 
 6. Jankowski, Polonia .15.9 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut15.6 
 8. Sterenga, Gornik15.5 
 9. Pamula, Tempcold.15.5 
 10. Ustarbowski, Gor.15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Wojciech ZURAWSKI
  ISS Sportino
  (199-F/C-76)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Zurawski, ISS S.8.9 
 2. Mis, SKK Siedlce8.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut8.6 
 4. Andrzejewski, Asec.P.8.4 
 5. Misiewicz, Znicz B.8.2 
 6. Pytys, AZS Szczecin8.1 
 7. Mielczarek, GKS T.8.1 
 8. Lichodzijews., ISS S.7.7 
 9. Kulikowski, Spojnia7.7 
 10. Wojdyla, Asec.Pro.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Rafal WOJCICKI
  SKK Siedlce
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wojcicki, SKK S.6.4 
 2. Stoklosa, Spojnia6.1 
 3. Jakobczyk, Gornik5.1 
 4. Wilczek, Tempcold.4.9 
 5. Basinski, MMKS D.4.8 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino4.7 
 7. Sikora, Start Lublin4.6 
 8. Mordzak, Asec.Pro.4.2 
 9. Kardas, Rosasport4.1 
 10. Pacocha, AZS S.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Przemyslaw SZYMANSKI
  Znicz Basket
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Szymanski, Znicz B.3.5 
 2. Klima, Sokol Lancut3.4 
 3. Ustarbowski, Gor.3.2 
 4. Wojcicki, SKK S.3.2 
 5. Michalak, Polonia .2.8 
 6. Zytko, ISS Sportino2.6 
 7. Wilczek, Tempcold.2.2 
 8. Malczyk, Asec.Pro.2.2 
 9. Sikora, Start Lublin2.1 
 10. Rosnowski, ISS S.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Adam LISEWSKI
  MMKS DG
  (206-F/C-80)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Lisewski, MMKS D.2.6 
 2. Szymanski, Znicz B.1.8 
 3. Klima, Sokol Lancut1.6 
 4. Lichodzijews., ISS S.1.4 
 5. Mis, SKK Siedlce1.4 
 6. Kulikowski, Spojnia1.4 
 7. Sudowski, AZS S.1.3 
 8. Salamonik, LKS L.1.0 
 9. Barycz, GKS Tychy1.0 
 10. Laydych, Astoria0.9 


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  RUSSIA   


Travis Hansen back to Russia, signs with Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU) returned to Russia after one season with Real Madrid. The experienced guard/small forward signed a deal with Khimky for rest of the season. Hansen played for Dynamo Moscow from 2006 to 2009. Last season with Madrid he had 4.8 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 17 Euroleague games. In ACB, Hansen added 7.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.8 apg.
Khimky will have one more Euroleague game this season as they failed to qualify for Top 16.


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  SERBIA   


Standings - A Liga
A Standings
 1. FMP 12-0 
 2. Beograd 9-3 
 3. Mega Vizura 7-5 
 4. Napredak 7-5 
 5. Sloboda Uzice 7-5 
 6. Novi Sad 7-6 
 7. Metalac 6-5 
 8. Tamis 6-6 
 9. Borac 6-7 
 10. Vojvodina 5-7 
 11. Sloga 4-7 
 12. Proleter Naftagas 4-8 
 13. Crnokosa 3-9 
 14. Superfund 1-11 
Play in international cups:
 1. Crvena Zvezda
 2. Hemofarm
 3. Partizan
 4. Radnicki


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Nikola KOPRIVICA
  Iraklis
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Koprivica, Super.22.4 
 2. Janjusevic, Crnok.19.4 
 3. Milisavljevi., Mega V.18.8 
 4. Bunic, Novi Sad18.1 
 5. Micevic, Sloboda .17.8 
 6. Vasojevic, Borac17.2 
 7. Tresac, Borac16.6 
 8. Vlahovic, Sloga16.5 
 9. Sulovic, Napredak16.5 
 10. Majkic, Prolet.16.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stevan JELOVAC
  Mega Vizura
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Jelovac, Mega V.8.4 
 2. Markovic, FMP8.0 
 3. Misanovic, Beograd6.9 
 4. Ljubicic, Metalac6.8 
 5. Spica, Superfund6.6 
 6. Dedijer, Borac6.5 
 7. Sulovic, Napredak6.3 
 8. Borovcanin, Sloga6.2 
 9. Ignjatovic, Crnok.6.1 
 10. Buric, Tamis6.1 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.6.5 
 2. Vlahovic, Sloga5.8 
 3. Radivojevic, FMP5.7 
 4. Milisavljevi., Mega V.5.1 
 5. Covic, FMP4.9 
 6. Ljubicic, Metalac4.5 
 7. Djoric, Superfund4.3 
 8. Radulovic, Crnokosa4.2 
 9. Mitrovic, Beograd4.0 
 10. Atanackovic, Prolet.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vuksan GAGOVIC
  Proleter Naftagas
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gagovic, Prolet.2.6 
 2. Bocka, Crnokosa2.3 
 3. Ljubicic, Metalac2.0 
 4. Kuzeta, Novi Sad2.0 
 5. Majkic, Prolet.1.9 
 6. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.9 
 7. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.8 
 8. Bunic, Novi Sad1.8 
 9. Djoric, Superfund1.8 
 10. Vulin, Prolet.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad MISANOVIC
  T.E.Kashan
  (217-C-84)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Misanovic, Beograd1.9 
 2. Marjanovic, Vojvo.1.4 
 3. Majkic, Prolet.1.3 
 4. Ilic, FMP1.1 
 5. Bircevic, Metalac1.0 
 6. Buric, Tamis0.8 
 7. Kovacevic, Super.0.8 
 8. Dramicanin, Mega V.0.8 
 9. Bozovic, Sloga0.8 
 10. Ljubojevic, Slobod.0.7 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Adam MCCOY
  Svit
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 26.2
 1. McCoy, Svit26.2 
 2. Burrows, Komarno23.3 
 3. Booker, Prievidza23.1 
 4. Sapp, Pezinok20.2 
 5. Delic, Handlova20.0 
 6. Tomek, Nitra19.8 
 7. Carter, Vahostav.19.6 
 8. Moore, Nitra19.2 
 9. Johnson, Nova Ves18.8 
 10. Brewington, Inter B.18.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Branislav TOMEK
  Nitra
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Tomek, Nitra12.5 
 2. Jackson, Komarno11.1 
 3. Velcic, B.Bystrica9.1 
 4. Delic, Handlova8.6 
 5. Johnson, Nova Ves8.6 
 6. Erwin, Nitra8.3 
 7. Micuda, Pezinok8.2 
 8. Gavran, Inter B.8.1 
 9. Burrows, Komarno7.6 
 10. Dorazil, Svit7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 7.9
 1. Moore, Nitra7.9 
 2. Jones, Komarno5.9 
 3. Jefferson, Nova Ves5.7 
 4. Booker, Prievidza5.5 
 5. Gavlak, Handlova5.1 
 6. Kostomaj, Levice4.9 
 7. Sapp, Pezinok4.4 
 8. Micka, Svit4.4 
 9. Wheeler, Inter B.4.1 
 10. Milosevic, Pezinok4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald MOORE
  Nitra
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Moore, Nitra2.8 
 2. Jones, Komarno2.4 
 3. Carter, Vahostav.2.3 
 4. Sapp, Pezinok2.0 
 5. Kucsa, Inter B.2.0 
 6. Zavodny, Vahost.1.8 
 7. Jefferson, Nova Ves1.8 
 8. Zilik, Inter B.1.7 
 9. Jackson, Komarno1.7 
 10. Brewington, Inter B.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Karlsruhe
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Prievidza3.3 
 2. Micuda, Pezinok1.9 
 3. Jackson, Komarno1.4 
 4. Batka, Nova Ves1.3 
 5. Golian, Handlova0.9 
 6. Tomek, Nitra0.9 
 7. La Rosa, Inter B.0.9 
 8. Johnson, Nova Ves0.8 
 9. Wolfinger, Levice0.8 
 10. Burrows, Komarno0.8 


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  SLOVENIA   


Djokic stepps down as coach of winless Parklji - by Zeljko Zule
Djordje Djokic stepped down as coach of Parklj after losing its first eight games during the seventh worst start in Telemach League history. Djokic is already replaced by 33-year old Igor Keselj, who stepped down as coach of B-1 League team Hrastnik last month. Parklji will be his first A1 Telemach League post.
Djokic becoms the first coach in Telemach League to lost his job this season. .


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KBL Round 18 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
KBL round 18 most important game was a victory of KCC Egis over 8th ranked Daegu Orions 89-67 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-67. KCC Egis shot 61.0 percent from the field. KCC Egis had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for international center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international guard Byung-Hyun Kang (193-85) contributed with 19 points for the winners. KCC Egis' coach Jae Hur felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Min-Yu Park (183) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for Daegu Orions. KCC Egis (8-13) did not change their seventh position in the standings. Daegu Orions keep the eighth place with 7-14 record. KCC Egis are looking forward to face higher ranked SK Knights (#5) in Seoul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Daegu Orions will play at home against the league's second-placed ET Land Elephants where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Another exciting game for ET Land Elephants (15-5) which hosted in Inchon Samsung Thunders (13-7). Second ranked ET Land Elephants won 89-83. American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Herbert Hill chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. ET Land Elephants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Of course ET Land Elephants maintains a top position. They share it with Dongbu Promy. Samsung Thunders dropped to the fourth place. ET Land Elephants will play against Daegu Orions (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Samsung Thunders will play against Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (15-5) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked LG Sakers (9-11) in Changwon 77-70. Rod Benson notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) by Greg Stevenson did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. LG Sakers' coach Eul-Jun Kang rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dongbu Promy have an impressive five-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. LG Sakers stay at the sixth place. Dongbu Promy will meet at home Anyang KGC (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LG Sakers will play against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan and hope to secure a win.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 18: KCC Egis beat Anyang KGC on the road 92-80. Sonic Boom KT won against Mobis Phoebus on it's own court 80-63. Daegu Orions unfortunately lost to SK Knights in Seoul 72-84.


Anyang KGC - KCC Egis 80-92

No shocking result in a game when seventh ranked KCC Egis (8-13) beat on the road 9th ranked Anyang KGC (6-14) 92-80 on Thursday. The game rather controlled by KCC Egis. Anyang KGC managed to win second quarter 20-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. International center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots) to lead the effort and forward Seung-Kyun Choo (190-74) who supported him with 16 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds by American center David Simon (207-82, college: IPFW) did not help to save the game for Anyang KGC. International guard Chan-Hee Park (191-87) added 19 points and 7 assists. Five KCC Egis and four Anyang KGC players scored in double figures. Anyang KGC's coach rotated twelve players in this game, but that didn't help. KCC Egis did not change their seventh position in the standings. Anyang KGC keeps the ninth place. KCC Egis will meet higher ranked SK Knights (#5) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Anyang KGC will play against the league's leader Dongbu Promy (#1) where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: S.Ha 26+12reb, S.Choo 16+3reb+5ast, T.Chon 13+2reb+4ast, B.Kang 13+3reb+2ast, C.Daniels 10+7reb, J.Merrill 8+4reb+2ast
Anyang KGC: C.Park 19+3reb+7ast, D.Simon 18+11reb+1ast, S.Kim 15+2reb+1ast, J.Lee 14+2reb+4ast, M.Kim 6+1ast, H.Eun 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 114136


Sonic Boom KT - Mobis Phoebus 80-63

Very expected game when 10th ranked Mobis Phoebus (3-16) lost to fourth ranked Sonic Boom KT (13-6) in Busan 63-80 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 42-23 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. American power forward Charles Rhodes (203-85, college: Mississippi St.) notched a double-double by scoring 32 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Sang-Oh Park (196-81) who supported him with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Sonic Boom KT's coach Chang-Jin Jeon used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 25 points and 8 rebounds by American forward Laurence Ekperigin (201, college: Le Moyne) did not help to save the game for Mobis Phoebus. Swingman Kyoung-Suk No (189-83) added 11 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Of course Sonic Boom KT jumped to the third spot. Mobis Phoebus lost fifth consecutive game. Last year champion keep the last position with a total of 16 lost games. Sonic Boom KT will meet Samsung Thunders (#4) in the next round. Mobis Phoebus will play against LG Sakers (#6) in Changwon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Sonic Boom KT: C.Rhodes 32+11reb, S.Park 15+6reb+2ast, S.Cho 12+3reb+2ast, D.Cho 9+2reb+2ast, M.Pyo 4+3reb+5ast, J.Johnson 4+7reb+2ast
Mobis Phoebus: L.Ekperigin 25+8reb, K.No 11+3reb+5ast, K.Gransberry 8+8reb, C.Song 6+3reb+1ast, D.Yang 6+4reb+8ast, J.Park 5+1reb+3ast
gschID: 114131


Daegu Orions - KCC Egis 67-89

KBL round 18 most important game was a victory of KCC Egis over 8th ranked Daegu Orions 89-67 on Tuesday night. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 8-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-67. KCC Egis shot 61.0 percent from the field. KCC Egis had a 28-15 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for international center Seung-Jin Ha (222-85) who led his team to a victory with 17 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The former international guard Byung-Hyun Kang (193-85) contributed with 19 points for the winners. KCC Egis' coach Jae Hur felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Min-Yu Park (183) replied with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists and Dominican center Otis George (205-82, college: Louisville, agency: Beo Basket) added 15 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for Daegu Orions. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. KCC Egis (8-13) did not change their seventh position in the standings. Daegu Orions keep the eighth place with 7-14 record. KCC Egis are looking forward to face higher ranked SK Knights (#5) in Seoul in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Daegu Orions will play at home against the league's second-placed ET Land Elephants where they are definitely not considered as a favorite in this game either.
Top scorers:
KCC Egis: B.Kang 19+3reb+3ast, S.Ha 17+8reb, T.Chon 15+2reb+7ast, J.Merrill 12+3reb+2ast, S.Choo 9+2reb+4ast, C.Daniels 8+6reb+1ast
Daegu Orions: M.Park 16+6reb+7ast, O.George 15+9reb, D.Jun Lee 12+4reb+5ast, K.Kim 10+1ast, J.Park 5+2reb+2ast, I.Heo 5+5reb+2ast
gschID: 114132


LG Sakers - Dongbu Promy 70-77

KBL top team - Dongbu Promy (15-5) added another victory to their record on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked LG Sakers (9-11) in Changwon 77-70. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But LG Sakers won third quarter 22-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Dongbu Promy made 23-of-30 free shots (76.7 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American power forward Rod Benson (208-84, college: California) notched 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Jin-Won Hwang (189-78) who supported him with 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Four Dongbu Promy players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 9 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) by naturalized American forward Greg Stevenson (198-78, college: Richmond, agency: SportsTalent) did not help to save the game for LG Sakers. American center Chris Alexander (216-80, college: Iowa St., agency: Priority Sports) added 8 points and 7 rebounds. LG Sakers' coach Eul-Jun Kang rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Dongbu Promy have an impressive five-game winning streak. They of course still keep top position in the standings. LG Sakers stay at the sixth place. Dongbu Promy will meet at home Anyang KGC (#9) at home in the next round and are hoping to win another game. LG Sakers will play against Mobis Phoebus in Ulsan and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Dongbu Promy: R.Benson 21+7reb, J.Kim 16+5reb+1ast, J.Hwang 13+6reb+8ast, H.Yoon 10+5reb+1ast, J.Park 9+5reb+8ast, V.Thomas 6+2reb+2ast
LG Sakers: G.Stevenson 23+9reb+2ast, T.Cummings 11+3reb+2ast, S.Ki 10+1reb, C.Alexander 8+7reb+2ast, H.Jeon 8+3reb+5ast, S.Cho 6
gschID: 114133


Elephants - Samsung Th. 89-83

Another exciting game for ET Land Elephants (15-5) which hosted in Inchon Samsung Thunders (13-7). Second ranked ET Land Elephants won 89-83. American forward Jarod Stevenson (200-75, college: Richmond, agency: Alti Sport) had a double-double by scoring 25 points, 7 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the charge for the winners and Herbert Hill chipped in 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) during the contest. ET Land Elephants' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was naturalized American power forward Eric Sandrin (206-78, college: Seattle Pacific) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Of course ET Land Elephants maintains a top position. They share it with Dongbu Promy. Samsung Thunders dropped to the fourth place. ET Land Elephants will play against Daegu Orions (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Samsung Thunders will play against Sonic Boom KT (#3) in Busan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Elephants: J.Stevenson 25+7reb+14ast, H.Hill 21+5reb, J.Seo 16+2reb+1ast, A.McCaskill 11+5reb, K.Shin 10+6ast, H.Lee 3+2reb+2ast
Samsung Th.: A.Haynes 19+4reb+3ast, E.Sandrin 16+12reb+1ast, H.Kang 14+4ast, J.Lee 11+6reb+6ast, N.Dixon 8+3reb, K.Lee 8+2reb+1ast
gschID: 114134


SK Knights - Daegu Orions 84-72

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked SK Knights (11-9) won against 8th ranked Daegu Orions (7-14) in Seoul 84-72 on Thursday. The game rather controlled by SK Knights. Daegu Orions managed to win fourth quarter 20-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. SK Knights shot the lights out from three sinking 13 long-distance shots on high 52.0 percentage. American center Terrence Leather (204-81, college: S.Florida) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and swingman Ki Hoon Byun (187-89) who supported him with 19 points. Even a double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds by Dominican center Otis George (205-82, college: Louisville, agency: Beo Basket) did not help to save the game for Daegu Orions. Guard Jae-Hyun Park (187-91) added 19 points and 4 assists. Four Daegu Orions players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. SK Knights did not change their fifth position in the standings. Daegu Orions keep the eighth place. SK Knights will meet KCC Egis (#7) in the next round. Daegu Orions will play against the league's second-placed ET Land Elephants in Inchon and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
SK Knights: T.Leather 26+13reb+5ast, H.Kim 19+2reb+1ast, K.Hoon Byun 19+3reb+1ast, J.Son 8+2reb, I.Baek 5+4reb, S.Shin 3+1reb+1ast
Daegu Orions: J.Park 19+3reb+4ast, D.Jun Lee 13+4reb+2ast, I.Heo 11+5reb+1ast, O.George 10+17reb+2ast, M.Park 9+2reb+5ast, K.Kim 5+2ast
gschID: 114135




Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu Promy 15-5 
 2. Elephants 15-5 
 3. Sonic Boom KT 13-6 
 4. Samsung Th. 13-7 
 5. SK Knights 11-9 
 6. LG Sakers 9-11 
 7. KCC Egis 8-13 
 8. Daegu Orions 7-14 
 9. Anyang KGC 6-14 
 10. Mobis Phoebus 3-16 


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  TURKEY   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Ali KARADENIZ
  Trabzonspor
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Karadeniz, Trabzons.21.9 
 2. Barbour, Erdemir20.8 
 3. Scales, Mersin20.3 
 4. Gibson, Oyak R.19.7 
 5. Seibutis, Olin Edirne19.3 
 6. Smith, Bornova19.3 
 7. Randle, Aliaga18.8 
 8. Mays, Oyak Renault18.4 
 9. Chatman, Besiktas17.4 
 10. Christopher, Antal.17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 James MAYS
  Oyak Renault
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. Mays, Oyak Renault11.0 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.7 
 3. Karadeniz, Trabzons.9.3 
 4. Smith, Bornova9.2 
 5. Samardjiski, Olin E.9.1 
 6. Aldemir, Karsiyaka9.1 
 7. Wesson, Turk T.9.0 
 8. Yucel, Mersin8.8 
 9. Francis, Bornova8.3 
 10. Ruzic, Tofas8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Aleksandar RASIC
  Trabzonspor
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Rasic, Trabzonspor6.1 
 2. Holston, Karsiyaka5.8 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.6 
 4. Rowe, Tofas4.7 
 5. Senturk, Bornova4.7 
 6. Ermis, Banvit4.4 
 7. Iverson, Besiktas4.3 
 8. Acik, Galatasaray4.3 
 9. Akin, Olin Edirne4.2 
 10. Randle, Aliaga4.1 
Steals Per Game
 James MAYS
  Oyak Renault
  (206-F-86)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Mays, Oyak Renault3.2 
 2. Coleman, Aliaga3.1 
 3. Waller, Oyak Renault2.9 
 4. Holston, Karsiyaka2.7 
 5. Scales, Mersin2.3 
 6. Rowe, Tofas2.3 
 7. Seibutis, Olin Edirne2.3 
 8. Chatman, Besiktas2.3 
 9. Gibson, Oyak R.2.2 
 10. Kinsey, Fener.Ulker2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Predrag SAMARDJISKI
  Olin Edirne
  (214-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Samardjiski, Olin E.2.4 
 2. Stiemsma, Turk T.2.1 
 3. Francis, Bornova1.6 
 4. Simpsons, Turk T.1.5 
 5. Likholitov, Besiktas1.4 
 6. Johnson, Erdemir1.3 
 7. Ogilvy, Besiktas1.3 
 8. Aldemir, Karsiyaka1.2 
 9. Ruzic, Tofas1.2 
 10. Koc, Tofas1.0 


Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Fener.Ulker 9-0 
 2. Galatasaray 7-2 
 3. Banvit 7-2 
 4. Besiktas 6-3 
 5. Efes Pilsen 6-3 
 6. Antalya 6-3 
 7. Karsiyaka 5-4 
 8. Olin Edirne 5-4 
 9. Bornova 5-4 
 10. Turk Telekom 4-6 
 11. Aliaga 3-6 
 12. Trabzonspor 3-7 
 13. Oyak Renault 2-7 
 14. Tofas 2-7 
 15. Erdemir 2-7 
 16. Mersin 1-8 


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Talented Academy New Church shoots to be the best in U.S. - by David Edole
The road to the top for the Academy New Church boys basketball team started with a bang back on Nov. 27.

In the championship game of the State Farm Tournament of Champions in Chicago, Ill., the Lions defeated Nevadas Findlay Prep a team that ESPN Rise Magazine had listed as the number-one team in the country 56-50.

After beating the top team in the country, who is to say that ANC cannot be considered to be the best high school boys basketball team in the nation?

Neither ANC coach Kevin Givens, nor his players believe that there isnt a chance that is a possibility come the end of the season, but they know there is a whole lot of work to do to get there.

I do believe that were one of the best in the country, said Givens, who is in his 16th year as head coach of the Lions, but were in a tough competitive (Friends School) League and right now, our goal is to just not lose another game. Im not a big fan of these rankings because sometimes when kids start to look at them, it gives them the persona that theyre elite and dont have to work as hard to get better, but Im biased and I already think that all of our kids are number one in the country. They realize what they have to do to be the best.

ANC has the talent to get there. In fact, with enough experience, this Lions team could almost be considered a young college team, considering the amount of Division One-level skilled players on the roster.

Just start with the seniors and go from there. You have Rakeem Christmas (206-C/F), a 6-foot-9 forward/center who Rivals.com has as the number one center in the nation. He will be attending powerhouse Syracuse University. Move to Malcolm Gilbert, who is even bigger. Gilbert, who will be playing his college ball at the University of Pittsburgh another Big East powerhouse next fall, is a 6-foot-11 center who also could have played his college ball at almost any school of his choice.

Jon Riles is an excellent senior guard who stands at 6-foot-1. And it only gets better from there. Junior forward/guard Savon Lloyd-Goodman, standing at 6-foot-6, just made his commitment to Villanova, yet another top Big East school that was just one game from the National Championship two seasons ago.

Junior Marcus Gilbert (6-foot-5) has offers to several schools and guard Daniel Pittman (6-foot-3) is another up-and-coming player who makes a world of difference on ANC, especially when defenders have to keep their eyes on the likes of Christmas, Gilbert and Goodman.

And if that wasnt enough, the Lions have junior guard Dinjiyl Walker, a newcomer to the team who only makes them better, which should be scary to other schools in the Friends School League.

Having so many Division One players definitely gives us a broad picture of what its going to be like in college, Malcolm Gilbert said. Of course, its going to be a different level all together with the competition and physicality-wise, but this team is definitely getting our mindsets ready for that level. You dont see that very often. Usually, high school is a huge step below the college level, but this team just has something special.

Special the Lions are, absolutely, but unbeatable they are not.

In the season-opening tournament, ANC was defeated by Illinois Brehm Prep by three points (64-61). But since that loss one that may have forced the Lions to realize what they need to do to win for the remainder of the year ANC has ripped off three consecutive wins to begin the 2010-11 season with a 4-1 record.

Wednesday night, the Lions took on Friends Central a team that beat them three times last season. A tough matchup, yes, but this ANC team is much different from a year ago and Givens realizes that this game could be a huge turning point in the season.

This is one of the best leagues in the state, I believe, he said. Friends Central beat us each time last year and this is our chance to get one back. Its a tough game anytime we play them, but this a chance to show how far weve come.

How far the Lions have come will be nationally known within no time.

ANC has two games on ESPN this year something you dont see every day from a high school basketball team. They have a Martin Luther King Day tournament, they travel to Florida and Boston for tournaments and several places in between.

Im more or less OK with it because Im an adult, Givens said, but I couldnt imagine being a 15 or 16-year-old kid and having the opportunity to play on National television. Thats unbelievable for those guys.

Goodman, who said he chose Villanova not only because of its long-standing tradition and coach, Jay Wright, but because it gives his family a chance to watch him play from a local standpoint for any home game, is enjoying the spotlight, but realizes there is more to this season than just showing off every game.

Being the best is a work in progress, Goodman said. Spectators and our team have come together this year and we can definitely beat a good team if we stay focused and play hard, but we have to do that every game. The potential is definitely there. Coming off a big win like the one over Findlay Prep shows that we can compete with any team in the country. That was just about executing and playing hard.

We have three or four players going to the next level and its definitely special. I wake up and thank God every day because its a great situation that Im in and the players around me make me better. It has its advantages and disadvantages, but its all great and takes pressure off of you on defense and offense because we can all get loose so much easier. Its definitely great.

Christmas, Malcolm Gilbert and Goodman see each other every day in practice. They challenge each other, make each other better and help each other, as well as the rest of the team win. But in no time, Givens realizes that they will be rivals and thats something that he believes makes this team even better, due to a high level of competition between his players.

We hear it all day long, Givens said of the competition at practice. Three kids are going to the Big East and at some point, they will have to play each other. We always hear one say, Pitt is better and were going to beat you and another says, Syracuse is going to kill Pitt and Nova when we get there. Our practices are sometimes as competitive as the games we play. We challenge the kids to go against each other.

Givens, himself, has helped each player with the recruitment process. Goodman claimed that Givens is like an uncle to him and has done everything he can to get the kids in school while keeping the pressures off of them that come with being so highly regarded.

Most high school teams dont have any players that will be playing college basketball. When some do, its usually no more than one player. ANC is in a position that you just dont see every day.

All of the Lions games bring a standing room-only crowd to the local gymnasiums. Its an event every night and you may even see Jay Wright or Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) at a game, watching their future players.

Its almost like a college team, Givens said. We just had a sold-out crowd last Saturday night. We will for our next game and the game after that. Its exciting that we have guys at each position and even some of the younger guards are really helping. Its exciting for me to watch. In my lifetime, I dont think it will ever happen again, but Im just going to enjoy this now as much as I can.

With so many different rankings out there (USA Today had ANC ranked as the number 19 team in the country just last week), its hard to determine who the best team is and who is just up there with the rest.

One thing is for sure. The Lions are ready to prove that they belong in the group that other teams strive to be like.

I dont think were there yet, Malcolm Gilbert said. We still have some things to prove and were definitely not going to get over-cocky or over-confident about it, but it definitely boosts our morale. It should help us to accomplish the goals were going to accomplish this year.

Those goals include winning a Friends School League championship while going undefeated for the rest of the year. Going undefeated might be a stretch, but with the group of players on the court at any time for ANC, its not impossible.

The pressure is there, however, as the next group of games for ANC come in Florida at a basketball tournament this weekend. Most people go to Florida for vacation. These guys are going to take care of business.


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  UBA   


UBA Release Power Rankings for week 6. - by Griselle Martis
The Universal Basketball Association released its Power Rankings for week 6 and the Southern Generals take hold of the top spot. The Generals are 5-1 with impressive wins over the GIE Morrow Disciples and Georgia Lions. Alot of their success has come from the stand out play of Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) and Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, college: Atlanta Christian). Sloan is currently 2nd in the UBA in scoring (25.0ppg), while De La Cruz is tied for the leader in assist (8.2)

The DFW Warriors have moved into the second spot with dominate play from the twin towers (Tedric Hill (6'10''-F/C-84, college: Gulf Coast CC) and Alfred Anderson (6'10''-C-84, college: Oklahoma City)). 'The Warriors have the best front court in the UBA right now', stated UBA Commissioner Darryl Reshaw . 'I can't wait to see them and the Disciples match up in March.

GIE Morrow Disciples are now in the third spot with a record of 5-3. The Disciples have been hit by the injury bug all month with a 1-2 record in December so far. With Derrick Stroud (6'8''-F/C-75, college: Indiana St.) out with a broken foot, Demetrice Williams (6'3''-G-80, college: S.Alabama) (Hamstring), Jarvis Releford (6'7''-F-84, college: Ft.Valley St.) (Personal Reasons) and Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Low Country Sports, college: Atlanta Christian) and Trevon Bryant (6'10''-F-84, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) (flu). 'We are fine', said Disciples head coach Michael Davis . We get everyone back this weekend. Look forward to a winning streak. Jermaine Barnes is currently leading the league in scoring (25.8ppg), Dailey in rebounding (12.4rpg) and Demario Williams with 7.0bpg. 'The Disciples are a great ball club', stated Darryl Reshaw . Good teams know how to pace themselves; I think there still the favored to win it all.

1. Southern Generals
2. DFW Warriors
3. GIE Morrow Disciples
4. Tennessee Dragons
5. Georgia Lions
6. Central Texas Cyclones
7. Norman Express
8. Atlanta Assault
9. Austin Knights
10. Southeast Hoopstars
11. Cleveland Vipers
12. Stone Mountain VOF Hawks
13. Northeast Air Soul
14. Columbus Claws
15. Colonial Falcons



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  UKRAINE   


Stats Leaders - Men
Points Per Game
 Steve BURTT
  Dnipro
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 23.4
 1. Burtt, Dnipro23.4 
 2. Burns, Fe.19.0 
 3. Flores, BC Donetsk17.0 
 4. Washington, BC Od.17.0 
 5. Curry, Azovmash16.8 
 6. Williams, Halychyna16.2 
 7. Morrison, Halyc.16.2 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot15.7 
 9. DeGroat, BC Odessa15.6 
 10. Efejuku, Fe.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alan WIGGINS
  Halychyna
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Wiggins, Halychyna9.3 
 2. Burns, Fe.9.1 
 3. Morrison, Halyc.8.9 
 4. Adeleke, Dnipro8.4 
 5. Pettway, Dnipro7.6 
 6. Saltovets, BC Kyiv7.1 
 7. Garrison, Khimik6.9 
 8. DeGroat, BC Odessa6.9 
 9. Owens, Azovmash6.9 
 10. Thomas, Azovmash6.8 
Assists Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Millage, Khimik5.6 
 2. Vasiljevic, BC Do.5.2 
 3. Zimmerman, Hoverla4.8 
 4. Funn, Halychyna4.7 
 5. Burtt, Dnipro4.3 
 6. Brewer, BC Odessa4.2 
 7. Curry, Azovmash3.9 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot3.5 
 9. Broadus, Halychyna3.5 
 10. Flores, BC Donetsk3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Curtis MILLAGE
  Khimik
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Millage, Khimik2.6 
 2. Burns, Fe.1.8 
 3. Love, Mykolaiv1.7 
 4. Greene, Mykolaiv1.7 
 5. House, Azovmash1.7 
 6. Kolchenko, Khimik1.6 
 7. Riabchuk, BC Kyiv1.5 
 8. Karim, DniproAzot1.5 
 9. Funn, Halychyna1.4 
 10. Chappell, Hoverla1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James HUGHES
  Mykolaiv
  (211-C-83)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Hughes, Mykolaiv2.6 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.2.1 
 3. Pettway, Dnipro1.8 
 4. Hunter, Fe.1.6 
 5. Morrison, Halyc.1.5 
 6. Agafonov, Budiv.1.4 
 7. Roberts, Fe.1.4 
 8. Onufriyev, Mykolaiv1.4 
 9. Turner, BC Odessa1.3 
 10. Gilyevych, Mykolaiv1.2 


Standings - Superleague
Superleague Standings
 1. Budivelnyk 15-3 
 2. BC Donetsk 15-4 
 3. Kryvbasbasket 13-7 
 4. Hoverla 12-9 
 5. Azovmash 11-8 
 6. Mykolaiv 11-10 
 7. Ferro-ZNTU 11-10 
 8. BC Odessa 11-10 
 9. Dnipro 10-9 
 10. Halychyna 7-15 
 11. DniproAzot 6-14 
 12. BC Kyiv 5-16 
 13. Khimik 3-15 


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  URUGUAY   


Defensor edge Caneros in Xalapa - by Eurobasket News
Defensor - Caneros 83:80

Defensor earned the first win at Liga Americas Group B. They denied Caneros on the final day of the action in Xalapa. The Uruguayan team wrapped up their campaign in the third spot in the standings at 1-2 record. Caneros suffered three straight losses. Clerence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) led Defensor with 23 points and 15 rebounds.
Defensor opened the game on a high note. They surged ahead and with the help of Brian Woodward (191-G-81, college: Rhode Island) Defensor earned a 22:18 lead after ten minutes. Caneros remained close throughout the second period. They trailed by just one point 41:42 at halftime. Clerence Matthews ignited a 9:2 run from Defensor early in the third quarter. The Uruguayan side were up by 11 points when Caneros responded with eleven straight points and drew things level at 61. Caneros pulled in front 71:69 and soon stretched the margin to 6 points 77:71. However Defensor went on an 11:0 rally to regain control and never surrendered it. Brian Woodward provided 16 points for Defensor. Diego Castrillon (199-F-75) added 12 points in the victory. Maurice Carter (183-G-83, college: Robert Morris) replied with 27 points for Caneros. Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-84) netted 15 points in the loss.

Defensor: Clerence Matthews 23+15 boards, Brian Woodward 16, Diego Castrillon 12
Caneros: Maurice Carter 27, Juan Pablo Montas 15





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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP - Women  


Standings
African Champions Cup Standings
Group A
 1. Inter-Clube 4-0 
 2. CSFB 2-2 
 3. CSA 2-2 
 4. Arc-en-ciel 1-3 
 5. BBCM 1-3 
Group B
 1. Desportivo M. 4-0 
 2. ABC 3-1 
 3. First Bank 2-2 
 4. INJS 1-3 
 5. SLBC 0-4 


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Dynamo Moscow overcomes Hatis Yerevan in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Hatis Yerevan - Dynamo Moscow 57-62

Dynamo Moscow recorded important 5-point win against their hosts Hatis Yerevan in Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. From the opening tip off it was evenly matched game in which teams traded baskets and lead. After one quarter it was visiting side who was up by 2 points as the score stood at 17-19. Than in the second period, hosts simply stopped playing. They could not execute on the offence and have managed to score only 3 points during the second quarter. Dynamo players took full advantage of this and extended their lead by 14 points. At the halftime, they were comfortably up 20-36. Hosts managed to regroup at the halftime and started playing significantly better in the second half. They started to slowly melt away the deficit. But Dynamo players slowed the tempo o f the match and were running the clock as much as possible. With 10 minutes left to play, the score was 36-48. Than in the final period, Hatis Yerevan players made one last push, but all they could do was to cut the deficit to 5 points. Dynamo players managed to hang onto that lead and have deservedly celebrated 57-62 win after the final buzzer.
Visiting side was led to victory by Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) who scored 12 points. She got support from Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) and Ekaterina Sytnyak (185-F-82, agency: LBM Management) who added 9 points each. On the other side, Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) led the way with double double of 18 points and 12 boards. Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) also had decent outing as she scored 13 points.

Hatis Yerevan: Ganna Zarytska 18, Anna Pokoiova 13
Dynamo Moscow: Natalia Marchanka 12, Anastasia Pimenova 9, Ekaterina Sytnyak 9


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Canberra C. 13-1 
 2. Bulleen B. 9-2 
 3. Bendigo S. 9-5 
 4. Dandenong R. 7-5 
 5. Logan T. 7-5 
 6. Sydney UF 6-7 
 7. Waves 5-8 
 8. Townsville F. 4-9 
 9. Adelaide 2-8 
 10. AIS 1-13 


Stats Leaders - WNBL
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth CAMBAGE
  Bulleen B.
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Cambage, Bulle.22.4 
 2. Denson, Sydney UF21.0 
 3. Jarry, Bulleen B.16.2 
 4. Madgen, Bendigo S.15.9 
 5. Macleod, Dandenon.15.5 
 6. Graham, Logan T.15.4 
 7. Bishop, Dandenon.14.9 
 8. Wilson, Canberra.14.8 
 9. Marsh, Waves14.5 
 10. Cosier, Canberra C.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marianna TOLO
  Canberra C.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Tolo, Canberra C.8.7 
 2. Francis, Logan T.8.5 
 3. Cambage, Bulle.8.3 
 4. Denson, Sydney UF7.7 
 5. Gahan, Dandenong R.7.3 
 6. Cosier, Canberra C.7.2 
 7. Richards, Bendi.7.1 
 8. Allison, Townsvil.7.1 
 9. Penaluna, Bulleen B.7.0 
 10. Tippett, AIS6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kristen VEAL
  Logan T.
  (176-G-81)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Veal, Logan T.6.2 
 2. Bevilaqua, Waves5.6 
 3. Macleod, Dandenon.5.5 
 4. Harrower, Bendi.5.2 
 5. O''Hea, Bulleen B.4.8 
 6. Flanagan, Townsvil.4.1 
 7. Walker, Adelaide3.8 
 8. Marino, Adelaide3.1 
 9. Romeo, Canberra C.3.1 
 10. Newley, Adelaide3.0 
Steals Per Game
 DeMya WALKER
  Adelaide
  (191-F/C-77)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Walker, Adelaide2.5 
 2. Veal, Logan T.2.5 
 3. Bevilaqua, Waves2.0 
 4. Cole, AIS1.9 
 5. Batkovic-B., Canber.1.8 
 6. Hill, Townsville F.1.8 
 7. Cosier, Canberra C.1.5 
 8. Langford, Adelaide1.3 
 9. Madgen, Bendigo S.1.3 
 10. Perera, Dandenon.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Tess MADGEN
  Bendigo S.
  (180-G/F-90)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Madgen, Bendigo S.1.4 
 2. Evans, Townsville F.1.1 
 3. Stafford, Sydney UF1.0 
 4. Richards, Bendi.0.9 
 5. Norwood, Waves0.9 
 6. Porter, Sydney UF0.8 
 7. Camino, Logan T.0.8 
 8. Allison, Townsvil.0.8 
 9. O''Hea, Bulleen B.0.8 
 10. Lewis, Townsville F.0.8 


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. BBC Boom 10-1 
 2. Sint Kateline 8-1 
 3. Waregem 7-3 
 4. Dexia 7-3 
 5. Ieper 6-3 
 6. Houthalen 5-5 
 7. R.Spirou M. 4-6 
 8. Willebroek 3-7 
 9. Deerlijk 2-8 
 10. Jeugd Gentson 2-8 
 11. Point Chaud 1-10 


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  CHINA - Women  


Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Guangdong 4-0 
 2. Shenyang 3-1 
 3. Beijing 3-1 
 4. Bayi 3-1 
 5. Liaoning 2-2 
 6. Heilongjiang 2-2 
 7. Jiangsu 2-2 
 8. Yunnan 2-2 
 9. Zhejiang 2-2 
 10. Henan 1-3 
 11. Fujian 0-4 
 12. Shanghai 0-4 


WCBA Round 4: Change at the top of the standings - by Eurobasket News
There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of WCBA and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with change at the leadership position and favorites losing the games.

Round 4 caused a major change at the very top of the standings. First defeat of league's leader Liaoyang Golden Lions against eighth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix 73-76 was the most important game of the last round. It also ended Liaoyang Golden Lions' three-game winning streak. Jiangsu Phoenix (2-2) jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Liaoyang Golden Lions dropped to the second place with 3-1 record. They have the same record like Bayi and Beijing. Liaoyang Golden Lions will play next round against Shanghai Octopus trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Jiangsu Phoenix will try to continue on it's current victory against sixth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin.
Another interesting game was between undefeated Guangdong Dolph (4-0) and Liaoning Hengye (2-2). Second ranked Guangdong Dolph crushed visitors 80-60. Guangdong Dolph keeps top position. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liaoning Hengye. Guangdong Dolph has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep top position. Liaoning Hengye dropped to the fifth place. They have the same record like 4 other teams. Liaoning Hengye will play next round against Qujing Yunnan trying to get back on the winning streak. Guangdong Dolph will try to continue on it's current victory against ninth ranked Zhejiang Far East at Hangzhou.
An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 7th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng in a game in Harbin versus Bayi Kylin (#4) 77-84. Bayi Kylin (3-1) jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Shenyang and Beijing. Heilongjiang Chenneng dropped to the fifth place with 2-2 record. They have the same record like 4 other teams. Bayi Kylin will meet Fujian Nanan (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against Jiangsu Phoenix (#7) in Yixing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to ninth ranked Zhejiang Far East (2-2) 62-93. Zhejiang Far East jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Fujian Nanan still at the very bottom with 0-4 record. Zhejiang Far East's next round opponent will be league's leader Guangdong Dolph in Dongguan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian Nanan will play on the road against Bayi Kylin (#4) in Yinzhou and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Shanghai Octopus is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Beijing Great Wall (3-1) 73-82 on Tuesday evening. Beijing Great Wall has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Shenyang and Bayi. Shanghai Octopus still at the very bottom with 0-4 record. Beijing Great Wall will face Henan Elephants (#10) in Jiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanghai Octopus will play at home against the league's second-placed Liaoyang Golden Lions in Dandong and looks forward to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 4 Henan were beaten by Yunnan on the road 68-55.


Yunnan - Henan 68-55

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Qujing Yunnan and higher ranked Henan Elephants had identical 1-2 record. This time Qujing Yunnan used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Jiyuan 68-55 on Tuesday night. Qujing Yunnan (2-2) jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Henan Elephants dropped to the tenth place with 1-3 record. Qujing Yunnan will face Liaoning Hengye (#5) in Anshan in the next round. Henan Elephants will play at home against Beijing Great Wall (#3).
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Zhejiang - Fujian 93-62

Bottom-ranked Fujian Nanan is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to ninth ranked Zhejiang Far East (2-2) 62-93. Zhejiang Far East jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Fujian Nanan still at the very bottom with 0-4 record. Zhejiang Far East's next round opponent will be league's leader Guangdong Dolph in Dongguan and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Fujian Nanan will play on the road against Bayi Kylin (#4) in Yinzhou and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Heilongjiang - Bayi 77-84

An interesting game was also tough home defeat of 7th ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng in a game in Harbin versus Bayi Kylin (#4) 77-84. Bayi Kylin (3-1) jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Shenyang and Beijing. Heilongjiang Chenneng dropped to the fifth place with 2-2 record. They have the same record like 4 other teams. Bayi Kylin will meet Fujian Nanan (#11) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Heilongjiang Chenneng will play against Jiangsu Phoenix (#7) in Yixing and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Beijing - Shanghai 82-73

Bottom-ranked Shanghai Octopus is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fifth ranked Beijing Great Wall (3-1) 73-82 on Tuesday evening. Beijing Great Wall has a solid three-game winning streak. They jumped to the second spot. They share the position with Shenyang and Bayi. Shanghai Octopus still at the very bottom with 0-4 record. Beijing Great Wall will face Henan Elephants (#10) in Jiyuan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Shanghai Octopus will play at home against the league's second-placed Liaoyang Golden Lions in Dandong and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
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Guangdong - Liaoning 80-60

Another interesting game for undefeated Guangdong Dolph (4-0) which hosted in Dongguan against Liaoning Hengye (2-2). Second ranked Guangdong Dolph crushed visitors 80-60. Guangdong Dolph keeps top position. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Liaoning Hengye. Guangdong Dolph has a solid four-game winning streak. They keep top position. Liaoning Hengye dropped to the fifth place. They have the same record like 4 other teams. Liaoning Hengye will play next round against Qujing Yunnan trying to get back on the winning streak. Guangdong Dolph will try to continue on it's current victory against ninth ranked Zhejiang Far East at Hangzhou.
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Jiangsu - Shenyang 76-73

Round 4 caused a major change at the very top of the standings. First defeat of league's leader Liaoyang Golden Lions against eighth ranked Jiangsu Phoenix 73-76 was the most important game of the last round. It also ended Liaoyang Golden Lions' three-game winning streak. Jiangsu Phoenix (2-2) jumped to the fifth spot. They share the position with four other teams. Liaoyang Golden Lions dropped to the second place with 3-1 record. They have the same record like Bayi and Beijing. Liaoyang Golden Lions will play next round against Shanghai Octopus trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Jiangsu Phoenix will try to continue on it's current victory against sixth ranked Heilongjiang Chenneng in Harbin.
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  CROATIA - Women  


Chevakata rolls over Lupa Promotion in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Lupa Promotion - Chevakata 56-83

Chevakata travelled to Zagreb where they faced Lupa Promotion in the Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. It was the easy match for Chevakata players who are taking back home 27-point lead. Game started off as a closely contested matchup. Teams traded baskets and lead and it was hosts who held 19-18 after one quarter of play. But from that point on only one team played as Chevakata launched a run to open the second quarter. Visitors managed to build 10 point lead during the period and at the halftime they were up 36-45. Not much changed in the second half, as Chevakata players tightened their defence. Their lead continued to increase in the third period as hosts could not cope with the pressure. With one quarter left to play, visitors held comfortable 47-62. In the final 10 minutes, Chevakata players were determined to run over their opponent. They limited Lupa Promotion players to only 9 points and in the end they have celebrated deserved 56-83 win.
Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) and Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) led the winning side with 21 and 20 points respectively, with the latter also grabbing 11 rebounds. Daria Ezhova (175-G-89) also had a decent game as she chipped in 13 points. For hosts, Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) was the leading scorer with 14 points. She was followed by Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) and Britany Miller (193-C-87, college: Florida St.) who finished the game with 11 points apiece.

Lupa Promotion: Irena Cuncic 14, Jovana Vukoje 11, Britany Miller 11
Chevakata: Anna Petrakova 21, Maria Cherepanova 20+11 boards, Daria Ezhova 13


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Eurocup Round: 1 (1/16 Finals) - by Eurobasket News
MBK Ruzomb. - Umana Reyer 78-91
Umana Reyer managed to overcome their hosts Ruzomberok in Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. Italians are going back home for the return match with a 13-point lead which may be more than enough if they repeat their performance from this match. They started better from the opening tip-off, building the lead straight from the gate. Everything resulted with 19-23 after ten minutes of play. In the second period, it was more or less the same picture, as Ruzomebrok tried to catch up but they could not match opponent's intensity. The lead continued to rise and at the halftime break, Umana Reyer players held their biggest plus which stood at 37-46. After the break, both teams came out strong. They executed well on the offensive end, but visitors were controlling flow of the game. Teams traded basket for basket for the most part, but the margin remained the same. With one quarter left to play, Umana Reyer held comfortable 58-69. In the final 10 minutes it was more of the same. Again Ruzomberok players tried to cut into the deficit but could not. Italian team routinely closed the game out and have celebrated 78-91 win in the end. Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) and Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) led the winning side with 23 and 15 points respectively. Mascha Maiorano and Daliborka Jokic also had good game for visitors as they added 14 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Simona Podesvova recorded double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds in loss. Aliksandra Tarasava followed with 15 points while Veronika Cernakova chipped in 11 points.

Sint Kateline - SEAT Lami 59-66
SEAT Lami returns from Belgium with plus seven in 'their pocket'. Essence Carson (183-G-86, college: Rutgers) was the leading player in SEAT Lami with double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds. Melissa Dennett (188-F-83, college: Colorado St.) collected 16 points and 9 boards in loss.

Saarlouis - Arras 62-92
Arras made a big step forward to EuroCup 1/8 Finals after defeating their hosts Saarlouis in a one sided affair. From the opening tip-off it was a fairly close game in which teams traded baskets and lead. After initial 10 minutes of play the score stood at 22-23. In the second quarter, Arras players turned on the heat as they tightened their defence. Saarlouis could not handle this pressure and Arras started to build their lead. By the halftime, visiting side was up 35-46. Hosts picked up the intensity in the second half as they opened the third period with better play. Still that didn't help and it was Arras who maintained the lead. At the end of the third period they still held 55-64. But than in the last 10 minutes, it seemed that hosts have ran out of steam. They struggled offensively and have only managed to score 7 points in the crucial period. Arras players took full advantage of this and after pouring 28 points in the period they celebrated more than deserved 62-92 win. Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) recorded double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Arras in this match. She got help from Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) and Adja Konteh who came off the bench to add 13 points apiece. For hosts, Tyresa Smith led the way with 19 points. Shanara Hollinquest also had a game worth mentioning as she contributed with 16 points.

Dynamo-GUVD - Aris 103-59
Dynamo-GUVD made a huge step forward to EuroCup 1/8 Finals after defeating Airs in Game One of the 1/16 Finals. It was a one sided match in which hosts strolled to impressive 44-point win. Hosts came out stronger from the start and have pressured Aris players. This led to easy opportunities for Dynamo and by the end of the first quarter they were up 28-15. Not much changed in the second quarter, as Dynamo players continued to increase their lead. Aris players tried to stay close but they could not cope with the pressure. By the halftime the score stood at 49-30 as Dynamo was looking comfortable. After the break, Dynamo players displayed some great execution on the offensive end. They poured in 32 points in the third period and had this game practically in the bag with one quarter left to play as the score stood at 81-42. In the final 10 minutes, hosts played with just enough intensity to maintain their lead. Aris looked like they are just waiting for the end of the match and in the end Dynamo celebrated more than comfortable 103-59 win. Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) and Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) led the winners with 30 and 20 points respectively. They got help from Anastasyia Shilova who added 16 points as well as Natalya Myasoedova who finished the game with 14 points. For Aris, Stephany Skrba led the way with 19 points. Only other player to reach double digits was Camille Lenoir who added 11 points.

Spartak N. - Elitzur Ramla 64-77
Eliztur Ramla squared off against Spartak Noginsk in the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. They have managed to secure important away win in Game 1 after defeating hosts. Elzitur Ramla players have 13-point lead after tonight's game, as they were better than Spartak 64-77. It was a closely contested match at the start. Both teams stayed close with neither managing to take over the game. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 16-19. Visitors managed to build their first significant lead in the second period. They went on a run midway through the quarter and have maintained the lead until the halftime. At the break, Elzitur Ramla players were up 30-40. Visiting side continued to stretch their advantage in the third period. They mounted another 5-0 run which gave them their greatest lead of the game. With one quarter left the play the score was 47-62. In the final period, hosts finally got it together and started playing little better. They managed to cut into the deficit but they could not complete the comeback. Visitors controlled the flow of the game and have routinely closed it out for 13-point margin win. Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) led the winning side with 27 points in this game. She got support from Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) and Tanasha Wright who added 20 and 12 points respectively. For Spartak, Nelli Nervozova was the best scorer with 22 points. Only other player to reach double digits for hosts was Yulia Khodzhayan who finished the game with 12 points.

Minsk-2006 - Partizan 64-77
Partizan returns from Minsk with a valuable 64-77 win after Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. Serbian team played well, especially in the 2nd and 3rd quarter and that is the main reason they were able to steal one from their hosts. Both teams opened the game well. They executed on the offensive end, but neither team was able to make a break. After a closely contested period, Minsk was up by 2 points as the score stood at 21-19. From that point on, Partizan players kicked it up a notch. They were hitting shots from almost every position as Minsk defence was not able to handle them. Lead kept increasing and at the halftime Partizan held 40-45. Than after the break, tempo of the game went down. Teams started to struggle offensively and were having troubles with execution. Still, Partizan players were able to extend their plus by 5 points as they won the period 7-12. This gave them 47-57 with one quarter left to play. In the last period, teams improved their game but it was visitors who were still in control. They routinely closed the quarter out and have further increased their lead, in the end securing 64-77 win. For Partizan, Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) and Sheena Moore (170-G-84, college: UNLV) led the way with 18 and 17 points respectively. For Minsk 2006, Chrissy Givens led the way with 13 points.

Zeljeznicar - Dynamo K. 51-73
Dynamo cruised past Zeljeznicar making a big step forward to EuroCup 1/8 Finals. Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) paced the visitors with 18 points and Michelle Snow (196-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) had 13. Emina Demirovic shined in defeat with double-double of 21 points and 13 rebounds. She reached valuation 32.

Szeged - Nantes 59-84
Nantes destroyed Szeged and we can say that the second game between these two teams will be just the formality. Emilija Podrug (190-C-79) was the leading scorer in Nantes with 21 points. Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80) collected 22 points for the hosts.

Besiktas - Mann Filter 63-71
Mann Filter handed 63-71 home loss to Besiktas in the first game of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds by Kelly Santos (192-C-79) didn't help the home squad. Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) was the leading scorer in victory with 13 points.

Young Cats - Energa Torun 62-70
Nice game for Energa Torun, who earned 8-point lead before the second meeting when they will be the hosts. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) and Monika Krawiec shined for the guests with 15 and 14 points respectively. Lien Lentacker (184-F/C-90) delivered 17 points in defeat.

Dexia Namur - Gorizont 45-68
Gorizont did a great job in Belgium celebrating 45-68 victory. Viktoriya Hasper (193-C-88) was a key player for the winners collecting 17 points and 11 rebounds. The home squad got 12 points and 9 boards from Katryna Gaither (191-C-75, agency: LBM Management).

Jolly - Villeneuve 64-52
Jolly outplayed Villeneuve taking 12-point lead before the second meeting in France. Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points and 7 rebounds. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) responded with 15 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Lemminkainen - Gran Canaria 58-68
Gran Canaria traveled to Klaipeda and have secured important away win in Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. It was a closely contested match where visiting side managed to secure 10-point win which they take back to Spain for return match. It started off closely as neither team was able to assert their game. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 17-15 hosts lead. In the second period, Gran Canaria players managed to go on a mini run which gave them plus 6. By the halftime break they held onto their lead and were up 29-33. Tempo of the game was still slow in the second half, as both teams concentrated on defence more than on offence. Visiting side was able to further extend their lead by 3 pts. They entered the final period with the scoreboard showing 44-51. In the final quarter, Lemminkainen tried to make one last push to come back in this match. Still, Gran Canaria players managed to prevail and have routinely closed the game out. In the process they extended their lead by 3 points and have celebrated 58-68 win. Patricia Arguello (178-F-87) was unstoppable for winning side on the way to 21 points for the night. Martina Staalvant (175-G-89) added 14 while Kathrin Ress contributed with 12 points. For Lemminkainen, Rita Millieskene was the only player in double digits with 13 points. She received little support as no other play reached double digits in loss.

Lupa Promot. - Chevakata 56-83
Chevakata travelled to Zagreb where they faced Lupa Promotion in the Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. It was the easy match for Chevakata players who are taking back home 27-point lead. Game started off as a closely contested matchup. Teams traded baskets and lead and it was hosts who held 19-18 after one quarter of play. But from that point on only one team played as Chevakata launched a run to open the second quarter. Visitors managed to build 10 point lead during the period and at the halftime they were up 36-45. Not much changed in the second half, as Chevakata players tightened their defence. Their lead continued to increase in the third period as hosts could not cope with the pressure. With one quarter left to play, visitors held comfortable 47-62. In the final 10 minutes, Chevakata players were determined to run over their opponent. They limited Lupa Promotion players to only 9 points and in the end they have celebrated deserved 56-83 win. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) and Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) led the winning side with 21 and 20 points respectively, with the latter also grabbing 11 rebounds. Daria Ezhova (175-G-89) also had a decent game as she chipped in 13 points. For hosts, Irena Cuncic was the leading scorer with 14 points. She was followed by Jovana Vukoje and Britany Miller who finished the game with 11 points apiece.

Craiova - Athinaikos 49-86
Athinaikos visited Craiova in their EuroCup 1/16 Finals matchup and managed to secure more than comfortable 49-86 win. This means that Greek outfit should not have any troubles in returning match to book a place in the 1/8 Finals, especially if they play like they did in this game. The beginning of the match did not promise such conclusion as Craiova players came out strong. It was a close match in the first period with neither team managing to take over. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 17-16. But that was all Craiova players were able to do, as Athinaikos tightened the defence in second period. They allowed only 7 points while they scored 27 themselves. As result, the score at the halftime was 24-43. Not much changed after the halftime break, as Athinaikos continued to pound on their opponents. Lead kept increasing in the third period as Craiova was unable to handle the pressure. With one quarter left to play, the game was all but over as the score stood at 38-67. In the final 10 minutes, visiting side slowed down somewhat but they were still in total control. Craiova players seemed like they are just waiting for the final buzzer so in the end Athinaikos won the game 49-86. Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84) led the rout with 14 while Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) added 13 points. Olga Hatzinikolaou and Dimitra Kalentzou also had a decent outing as they chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Craiova was led by Lydia Whitehead who finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Only other player to reach double digits was Janina Simionca who followed with 11 points.

Hatis Yerevan - Dynamo M. 57-62
Dynamo Moscow recorded important 5-point win against their hosts Hatis Yerevan in Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. From the opening tip off it was evenly matched game in which teams traded baskets and lead. After one quarter it was visiting side who was up by 2 points as the score stood at 17-19. Than in the second period, hosts simply stopped playing. They could not execute on the offence and have managed to score only 3 points during the second quarter. Dynamo players took full advantage of this and extended their lead by 14 points. At the halftime, they were comfortably up 20-36. Hosts managed to regroup at the halftime and started playing significantly better in the second half. They started to slowly melt away the deficit. But Dynamo players slowed the tempo o f the match and were running the clock as much as possible. With 10 minutes left to play, the score was 36-48. Than in the final period, Hatis Yerevan players made one last push, but all they could do was to cut the deficit to 5 points. Dynamo players managed to hang onto that lead and have deservedly celebrated 57-62 win after the final buzzer. Visiting side was led to victory by Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) who scored 12 points. She got support from Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) and Ekaterina Sytnak who added 9 points each. On the other side, Ganna Zarytska led the way with double double of 18 points and 12 boards. Anna Pokoiova also had decent outing as she scored 13 points.




Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Dabovic, Dy.22.2 
 2. Mosch, Dy.22.0 
 3. Petrakova, Cheva.20.8 
 4. Sanni, Villeneuve20.4 
 5. Willingham, Elitzu.19.4 
 6. Carson, SEAT L.18.6 
 7. Doron, Elitzur Ramla18.6 
 8. Likhtarovich, Goriz.18.2 
 9. Podesvova, MBK R.18.0 
 10. Nevzorova, Spart.17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Simona PODESVOVA
  MBK Ruzomb.
  (186-F-83)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Podesvova, MBK R.11.9 
 2. Stone, Partizan11.0 
 3. Thomas, Villeneuve11.0 
 4. Willingham, Elitzu.10.6 
 5. Sanni, Villeneuve10.4 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.10.2 
 7. Zarytska, Hatis Y.10.2 
 8. Myasoedova, Dynam.10.0 
 9. Whitehead, Craiova9.6 
 10. Gaither, Dexia N.9.2 
Assists Per Game
 Michelle BRANDAO
  Olivais
  (171-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Brandao, Olivais6.0 
 2. Aubert, Nantes5.9 
 3. Cherepanova, Cheva.5.8 
 4. Dabovic, Dy.5.6 
 5. Bajic, Zeljeznicar5.4 
 6. Comtesse, Saarl.5.3 
 7. Kalentzou, Athinaikos5.3 
 8. Moore, Chevakata5.0 
 9. Laczi, Szeged5.0 
 10. Tanqueray, Villeneuve4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Olga HATZINIKOLAOU
  Athinaikos
  (181-G-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Hatzinikolao., Athina.4.3 
 2. Chaney, Hatis Y.3.6 
 3. Gomis, Arras3.2 
 4. Carpreaux, Villeneuve3.2 
 5. Tanqueray, Villeneuve3.1 
 6. Mitchell, Arras3.0 
 7. Gaither, Dexia N.3.0 
 8. Wright, Elitzur Ramla3.0 
 9. Kalentzou, Athinaikos3.0 
 10. Cherepanova, Cheva.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalya MYASOEDOVA
  Dynamo-GUVD
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Myasoedova, Dynam.3.3 
 2. Ivankovic, Jolly2.7 
 3. Meesseman, Young C.2.2 
 4. Kuzina, Dynamo M.2.2 
 5. Riley, Athinaikos2.0 
 6. Dennett, Sint K.1.8 
 7. Cherepanova, Cheva.1.6 
 8. Davenport, Cheva.1.6 
 9. Hasper, Gorizont1.4 
 10. Mills, Alges1.3 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Arras destroys Saarlouis in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Saarlouis - Arras 62-92

Arras made a big step forward to EuroCup 1/8 Finals after defeating their hosts Saarlouis in a one sided affair. From the opening tip-off it was a fairly close game in which teams traded baskets and lead. After initial 10 minutes of play the score stood at 22-23. In the second quarter, Arras players turned on the heat as they tightened their defence. Saarlouis could not handle this pressure and Arras started to build their lead. By the halftime, visiting side was up 35-46. Hosts picked up the intensity in the second half as they opened the third period with better play. Still that didnt help and it was Arras who maintained the lead. At the end of the third period they still held 55-64. But than in the last 10 minutes, it seemed that hosts have ran out of steam. They struggled offensively and have only managed to score 7 points in the crucial period. Arras players took full advantage of this and after pouring 28 points in the period they celebrated more than deserved 62-92 win.
Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) recorded double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Arras in this match. She got help from Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) and Adja Konteh (178-F-92) who came off the bench to add 13 points apiece. For hosts, Tyresa Smith (178-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Delaware) led the way with 19 points. Shanara Hollinquest (183-F-88, college: Chattanooga) also had a game worth mentioning as she contributed with 16 points.

Saarlouis: Tyresa Smith 19, Shanara Hollinquest 16
Arras: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 18+12 boards, Olesia Malashenko 13, Adja Konteh 13


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  GERMANY - Women  


Arras destroys Saarlouis in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Saarlouis - Arras 62-92

Arras made a big step forward to EuroCup 1/8 Finals after defeating their hosts Saarlouis in a one sided affair. From the opening tip-off it was a fairly close game in which teams traded baskets and lead. After initial 10 minutes of play the score stood at 22-23. In the second quarter, Arras players turned on the heat as they tightened their defence. Saarlouis could not handle this pressure and Arras started to build their lead. By the halftime, visiting side was up 35-46. Hosts picked up the intensity in the second half as they opened the third period with better play. Still that didnt help and it was Arras who maintained the lead. At the end of the third period they still held 55-64. But than in the last 10 minutes, it seemed that hosts have ran out of steam. They struggled offensively and have only managed to score 7 points in the crucial period. Arras players took full advantage of this and after pouring 28 points in the period they celebrated more than deserved 62-92 win.
Pauline Akonga Nsimbo (187-F/C-82, agency: LBM Management) recorded double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead Arras in this match. She got help from Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) and Adja Konteh (178-F-92) who came off the bench to add 13 points apiece. For hosts, Tyresa Smith (178-F-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Delaware) led the way with 19 points. Shanara Hollinquest (183-F-88, college: Chattanooga) also had a game worth mentioning as she contributed with 16 points.

Saarlouis: Tyresa Smith 19, Shanara Hollinquest 16
Arras: Pauline Akonga Nsimbo 18+12 boards, Olesia Malashenko 13, Adja Konteh 13


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  GREECE - Women  


Dynamo-GUVD wins big at home - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo-GUVD - Aris 103-59

Dynamo-GUVD made a huge step forward to EuroCup 1/8 Finals after defeating Airs in Game One of the 1/16 Finals. It was a one sided match in which hosts strolled to impressive 44-point win. Hosts came out stronger from the start and have pressured Aris players. This led to easy opportunities for Dynamo and by the end of the first quarter they were up 28-15. Not much changed in the second quarter, as Dynamo players continued to increase their lead. Aris players tried to stay close but they could not cope with the pressure. By the halftime the score stood at 49-30 as Dynamo was looking comfortable. After the break, Dynamo players displayed some great execution on the offensive end. They poured in 32 points in the third period and had this game practically in the bag with one quarter left to play as the score stood at 81-42. In the final 10 minutes, hosts played with just enough intensity to maintain their lead. Aris looked like they are just waiting for the end of the match and in the end Dynamo celebrated more than comfortable 103-59 win.
Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) and Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) led the winners with 30 and 20 points respectively. They got help from Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) who added 16 points as well as Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) who finished the game with 14 points. For Aris, Stefany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) led the way with 19 points. Only other player to reach double digits was Camille LeNoir (168-G-86, college: USC) who added 11 points.

Dynamo-GUVD: Sheana Mosch 30, Ana Dabovic 20, Anastasiya Shilova 16, Natalya Myasoedova 14
Aris: Stefany Skrba 19, Camille LeNoir 11


Easy road win for Athinaikos in Game One against Craiova - by Eurobasket News
Craiova - Athinaikos 49-86

Athinaikos visited Craiova in their EuroCup 1/16 Finals matchup and managed to secure more than comfortable 49-86 win. This means that Greek outfit should not have any troubles in returning match to book a place in the 1/8 Finals, especially if they play like they did in this game. The beginning of the match did not promise such conclusion as Craiova players came out strong. It was a close match in the first period with neither team managing to take over. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 17-16. But that was all Craiova players were able to do, as Athinaikos tightened the defence in second period. They allowed only 7 points while they scored 27 themselves. As result, the score at the halftime was 24-43. Not much changed after the halftime break, as Athinaikos continued to pound on their opponents. Lead kept increasing in the third period as Craiova was unable to handle the pressure. With one quarter left to play, the game was all but over as the score stood at 38-67. In the final 10 minutes, visiting side slowed down somewhat but they were still in total control. Craiova players seemed like they are just waiting for the final buzzer so in the end Athinaikos won the game 49-86.
Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84) led the rout with 14 while Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) added 13 points. Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) also had a decent outing as they chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Craiova was led by Lydia Whitehead (193-C-86, college: Utah St.) who finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Only other player to reach double digits was Janina Simionca (175-F-84) who followed with 11 points.

Craiova: Lydia Whitehead 14+10 boards, Janina Simionca 11
Athinaikos: Katerina Sotiriou 14, Katerina Zohnova 13, Olga Hatzinikolaou 12, Dimitra Kalentzou 11


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Euro Cup - by Balazs Radics
SZEVIEP-SZEGED - NANTES REZE BASKET (francia) 59-84 (16-19, 16-25, 15-13, 12-27)
Szeged, 200 att. Ref: Paulik (czeh), Spendl (slovenia)
SZEGED: Bernadett Nemeth (173-G-80). 22/6, Lakltoh, Rasheed 10, Farkasinszki 4, Roglics 10. Sub: FEJES 8, Lengyel 5/3, Kovats. Head Coach: Bencze Tamas
NANTES: Aubert 5/3, Plust, Niedola 10, Mame 3, PODRUG 21. Sub: Andrejeva 8/6, COUSSEINS 14/6, SMITH 12, BASQUE 11/3. Head Coach: Laurent Buffard
Score: 3. min.: 6-2. 6. m.: 12-11. 8. m.: 12-15. 12. m.: 16-25. 17. m.: 25-37. 22. m.: 34-44. 26. m.: 40-46. 32. m.: 47-62. 36. m.: 51-69
Fouled out: Roglics (34. min.), Mame (37. min.)



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stats leader
Points Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Harris, Fjolnir26.5 
 2. Snodgrass, Haukar25.6 
 3. Butler, Hamar25.3 
 4. Adamshick, Keflavik24.9 
 5. Fields, Njardvik23.3 
 6. Sturludottir, KR21.9 
 7. Boyd, Grindavik18.5 
 8. McCloskey, Fjolnir18.0 
 9. Liepkalne, Njardvik17.7 
 10. Siguraardott., KR17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Butler, Hamar15.5 
 2. Adamshick, Keflavik15.0 
 3. Buzoka, Fjolnir13.1 
 4. Liepkalne, Njardvik10.8 
 5. Muciniece, Snaefell10.3 
 6. Guamundsdott., Kefla.10.1 
 7. Harris, Fjolnir9.8 
 8. Boyd, Grindavik9.8 
 9. Hallgrimsdot., Grinda.9.8 
 10. Reke, Grindavik9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Harris, Fjolnir9.0 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar5.9 
 3. Reke, Grindavik5.0 
 4. Siguraardott., KR4.3 
 5. Guamundsdott., Kefla.4.2 
 6. Snodgrass, Haukar4.2 
 7. Clark, Grindavik4.0 
 8. Sturludottir, KR4.0 
 9. Valgarasdott., Kefla.3.6 
 10. Fields, Njardvik3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Natasha HARRIS
  Fjolnir
  (177-G-86)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Harris, Fjolnir7.3 
 2. Dimovska, Hamar4.1 
 3. Sturludottir, KR4.1 
 4. Butler, Hamar3.6 
 5. Boyd, Grindavik3.5 
 6. Adamshick, Keflavik3.3 
 7. Logan, Snaefell3.0 
 8. Valgarasdott., Kefla.2.9 
 9. Liepkalne, Njardvik2.6 
 10. Fields, Njardvik2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaleesa BUTLER
  Hamar
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Butler, Hamar2.8 
 2. Buzoka, Fjolnir2.5 
 3. Muciniece, Snaefell2.1 
 4. Logan, Snaefell1.7 
 5. Adamshick, Keflavik1.4 
 6. Johannsdotti., Kefla.1.1 
 7. Valgarasdott., Kefla.1.0 
 8. Ragnarsdotti., KR1.0 
 9. Sturludottir, KR0.9 
 10. Liepkalne, Njardvik0.8 


Standings - Women
Express L. Standings
 1. Hamar 11-0 
 2. Keflavik 10-1 
 3. KR 7-4 
 4. Haukar 6-5 
 5. Njardvik 4-7 
 6. Snaefell 3-8 
 7. Fjolnir 2-9 
 8. Grindavik 1-10 


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Elitzur Ramla secures important away win against Spartak Noginsk - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Noginsk - Elitzur Ramla 64-77

Eliztur Ramla squared off against Spartak Noginsk in the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. They have managed to secure important away win in Game 1 after defeating hosts. Elzitur Ramla players have 13-point lead after tonights game, as they were better than Spartak 64-77. It was a closely contested match at the start. Both teams stayed close with neither managing to take over the game. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 16-19. Visitors managed to build their first significant lead in the second period. They went on a run midway through the quarter and have maintained the lead until the halftime. At the break, Elzitur Ramla players were up 30-40. Visiting side continued to stretch their advantage in the third period. They mounted another 5-0 run which gave them their greatest lead of the game. With one quarter left the play the score was 47-62. In the final period, hosts finally got it together and started playing little better. They managed to cut into the deficit but they could not complete the comeback. Visitors controlled the flow of the game and have routinely closed it out for 13-point margin win.
Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) led the winning side with 27 points in this game. She got support from Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) and Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) who added 20 and 12 points respectively. For Spartak, Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) was the best scorer with 22 points. Only other player to reach double digits for hosts was Yulia Khodzhayan (175-G-84) who finished the game with 12 points.

Spartak Noginsk: Nelli Nevzorova 22, Yulia Khodzhayan 12
Elitzur Ramla: Shay Doron 27, Le'Coe Willingham 20, Tanisha Wright 12


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  ITALY - Women  


Umana Reyer steals one from Ruzomberok - by Eurobasket News
Ruzomberok - Umana Reyer 78-91

Umana Reyer managed to overcome their hosts Ruzomberok in Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. Italians are going back home for the return match with a 13-point lead which may be more than enough if they repeat their performance from this match. They started better from the opening tip-off, building the lead straight from the gate. Everything resulted with 19-23 after ten minutes of play. In the second period, it was more or less the same picture, as Ruzomebrok tried to catch up but they could not match opponents intensity. The lead continued to rise and at the halftime break, Umana Reyer players held their biggest plus which stood at 37-46. After the break, both teams came out strong. They executed well on the offensive end, but visitors were controlling flow of the game. Teams traded basket for basket for the most part, but the margin remained the same. With one quarter left to play, Umana Reyer held comfortable 58-69. In the final 10 minutes it was more of the same. Again Ruzomberok players tried to cut into the deficit but could not. Italian team routinely closed the game out and have celebrated 78-91 win in the end.
Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) and Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) led the winning side with 23 and 15 points respectively. Masha Maiorano (190-F-82) and Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) also had good game for visitors as they added 14 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) recorded double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds in loss. Alexandra Tarasava (170-G-88) followed with 15 points while Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) chipped in 11 points.

Ruzomberok: Simona Podesvova 23+12 boards, Alexandra Tarasava 15, Veronika Cernakova 11
Umana Reyer: Nicole Ohlde 23, Giorgia Sottana 15, Masha Maiorano 14, Daliborka Jokic 12


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. LU 9-2 
 2. TTT Riga 8-0 
 3. RTU-Merks 8-3 
 4. TTT Juniores 5-5 
 5. TTT Kadetes 4-5 
 6. Daugavpils 3-7 
 7. Liepajas 2-8 
 8. Cesis 1-10 


LSBL Round 9: TTT Riga and Latvijas Universitate keep leadership positions - by Eurobasket News
The game had a very big importance for second ranked Latvijas Universitate as it allowed them to take a leadership position in the league after previous leader did not play in round 9. Latvijas Universitate smashed 6th ranked Daugavpils Universitate in Riga 71-44. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Daugavpils Universitate. The game without a history. Latvijas Universitate led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daugavpils Universitate to just 6 points in first quarter. Latvijas Universitate forced 20 Daugavpils Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 49-31 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Dace Zarina (190-85) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Latvijas Universitate's coach Rudolfs Rozitis felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Karina Egle (187-87) who recorded 16 points. Latvijas Universitate has a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Daugavpils Universitate will play next round against strong TTT Riga trying to get back on the winning streak. Latvijas Universitate will try to continue on it's current victory against fifth ranked TTT Kadetes in Riga.
Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and RTU-Merks (#3). TTT Riga (8-0) crushed visiting RTU-Merks (8-3) by 51 points 94-43. It was a good game for international forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) who led her team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Daina Staugaitiene contributed with 20 points for the winners. The former international center Anita Teilane (196-85) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds for RTU-Merks. Undefeated TTT Riga have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Despite that victory TTT Riga went down to second position due to points difference. RTU-Merks at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. TTT Riga will play against Daugavpils Universitate (#6) on the road in the next round. RTU-Merks will play against TTT Kadetes in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
An interesting game was also a derby match between two local teams from Riga: Latvijas Universitate (#2) and TTT Juniores (#4). TTT Juniores were crushed at home by 18 points 61-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. Ieva Krastina stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. The best for the losing side was Liga Surkusa with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Latvijas Universitate. They keep a leadership league leader. TTT Juniores lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the fourth place with five games lost. Latvijas Universitate will meet at home TTT Kadetes (#5) in the next round. TTT Juniores will play against Daugavpils Universitate and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 9 Bottom-ranked Cesis were crushed by RTU-Merks in Riga 68-46.


TTT Riga - RTU-Merks 94-43

Another exciting game was a derby match between two teams from Riga: TTT Riga (#1) and RTU-Merks (#3). TTT Riga (8-0) crushed visiting RTU-Merks (8-3) by 51 points 94-43. The game without a history. TTT Riga led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding RTU-Merks to just 7 points in second quarter. TTT Riga dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to RTU-Merks' 28. TTT Riga forced 20 RTU-Merks turnovers and outrebounded them 43-29 including a 16-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a good game for international forward Dita Krumberga (183-84, college: Mt.St.Marys) who led her team to a victory with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Lithuanian guard Daina Staugaitiene (182-80, college: Liberty) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four TTT Riga players scored in double figures. The former international center Anita Teilane (196-85) answered with 13 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Eva Pavlovska (176-89) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for RTU-Merks. TTT Riga have an impressive series of eight victories in a row. Despite that victory TTT Riga went down to second position due to points difference. RTU-Merks at the other side keep the third place with three games lost. TTT Riga will play against Daugavpils Universitate (#6) on the road in the next round. RTU-Merks will play against TTT Kadetes in Riga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
RTU-Merks: A.Teilane 13+7reb+3ast, E.Pavlovska 10+7reb+1ast, D.Poksane 6+6reb+1ast, D.Ozolina 5+3reb, K.Cirsa 5+2reb, S.Langenfelde 2+2reb
TTT Riga: D.Staugaitiene 20+4reb+2ast, K.Butler 18+3reb+4ast, D.Krumberga 16+8reb+2ast, K.Nimane 10+11reb+1ast, A.Eibele 9+5reb+1ast, I.Veinberga 9+4reb
gschID: 108968


LU - Daugavpils 71-44

The game had a very big importance for second ranked Latvijas Universitate as it allowed them to take a leadership position in the league after previous leader did not play in round 9. Latvijas Universitate smashed 6th ranked Daugavpils Universitate in Riga 71-44. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Daugavpils Universitate. The game without a history. Latvijas Universitate led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Daugavpils Universitate to just 6 points in first quarter. Latvijas Universitate forced 20 Daugavpils Universitate turnovers and outrebounded them 49-31 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists. Power forward Dace Zarina (190-85) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Latvijas Universitate's coach Rudolfs Rozitis felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Karina Egle (187-87) who recorded 16 points. Latvijas Universitate has a solid series of four victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. Daugavpils Universitate at the other side keeps the sixth place with seven games lost. Daugavpils Universitate will play next round against strong TTT Riga trying to get back on the winning streak. Latvijas Universitate will try to continue on it's current victory against fifth ranked TTT Kadetes in Riga.
Top scorers:
Daugavpils: K.Egle 16+2reb, S.Baltace 9+5reb+1ast, O.Kazakevica 6+7reb+2ast, O.Lakomko 6+3reb+3ast, K.Egle 4+7reb+1ast, O.Jevsejeva 3+7reb+4ast
LU: I.Krastina 28+13reb+4ast, D.Zarina 12+10reb+1ast, A.Vorma 9+8reb, L.Pagrode 8+1reb+2ast, A.Strupovica 4+4reb+1ast, M.Knekse 2+1reb+2ast
gschID: 108969


RTU-Merks - Cesis 68-46

There was no surprise in Riga where 8th ranked Cesis (1-10) were crushed by third ranked RTU-Merks (8-3) 68-46 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by RTU-Merks. Cesis managed to win fourth quarter 22-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Cesis to just 6 points in first quarter. RTU-Merks held Cesis to an opponent 24.6 percent shooting from the field compared to RTU-Merks' 39.7 percent accuracy. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when RTU-Merks made 8 blocks. The former international center Anita Teilane (196-85) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Kristina Cirsa (177-87) chipped in 15 points. Coach Aivars Vinbergs's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. The best for the losing side was forward Zane Jakobsone (180-85, college: Houston) with 17 points and power forward Lina Lisnere (192-86, college: Syracuse) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds. RTU-Merks maintains third place with 8-3 record having just one point less than leader LU. Cesis lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the bottom position with ten games lost. RTU-Merks will meet TTT Kadetes (#5) in the next round. Cesis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cesis: Z.Jakobsone 17+2reb+3ast, Z.Zeltina 11+4reb+1ast, L.Lisnere 10+11reb+1ast, S.Bebre 5, S.Jakobsone 2+5reb, L.Bebre 1+1reb
RTU-Merks: A.Teilane 19+10reb+3ast, K.Cirsa 15+3reb+1ast, E.Pavlovska 11+5reb+2ast, D.Ozolina 8+3reb+1ast, S.Langenfelde 6+4reb+2ast, D.Rozenberga 5+4reb+1ast
gschID: 108970


TTT Juniores - LU 61-79

An interesting game was also a derby match between two local teams from Riga: Latvijas Universitate (#2) and TTT Juniores (#4). TTT Juniores were crushed at home by 18 points 61-79 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually win the game 79-61. Latvijas Universitate forced 20 TTT Juniores turnovers. Swingman Ieva Krastina (176-90, agency: LBM Management) stepped up and scored 21 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Dace Zarina (190-85) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds. Four Latvijas Universitate players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was center Liga Surkusa (192-91) with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds and center Guna Lagzdina (182-93) scored 11 points and 8 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Latvijas Universitate. They keep a leadership league leader. TTT Juniores lost their third straight game in a row. They keep the fourth place with five games lost. Latvijas Universitate will meet at home TTT Kadetes (#5) in the next round. TTT Juniores will play against Daugavpils Universitate and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
TTT Juniores: L.Surkusa 19+13reb+2ast, G.Lagzdina 11+8reb, A.Geka 10+2reb, S.Dukate 7+3reb+1ast, L.Sarja 4+2ast, L.Neimane 4+2reb+5ast
LU: D.Zarina 22+5reb+1ast, I.Krastina 21+8reb+3ast, A.Vorma 14+3ast, L.Purina 10+4reb+1ast, Z.Lapsina 6+5reb+3ast, L.Pagrode 4
gschID: 108971




Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Krastina, LU20.3 
 2. Hollingswort., TTT R.18.1 
 3. Jakobsone, Cesis17.7 
 4. Surkusa, TTT J.16.1 
 5. Krumberga, TTT R.14.8 
 6. Butler, TTT Riga14.6 
 7. Teilane, RTU-Merks14.5 
 8. Nimane, TTT Riga13.6 
 9. Eibele, TTT Riga12.7 
 10. Zeltina, Cesis12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Liga SURKUSA
  TTT Riga
  (192-C-91)
  Avg: 11.9
 1. Surkusa, TTT J.11.9 
 2. Teilane, RTU-Merks10.9 
 3. Hollingswort., TTT R.10.6 
 4. Dillone, Cesis9.3 
 5. Lagzdina, TTT J.8.8 
 6. Zdanovska, Liepajas8.7 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga8.7 
 8. Lisnere, Cesis8.5 
 9. Jevsejeva, Dauga.8.2 
 10. Veidere, TTT K.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Anda EIBELE
  TTT Riga
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 6.6
 1. Eibele, TTT Riga6.6 
 2. Krastina, LU4.0 
 3. Karklina, TTT Riga3.7 
 4. Kazakevica, Dauga.3.5 
 5. Jevsejeva, Dauga.3.4 
 6. Krumberga, TTT R.3.3 
 7. Neimane, TTT J.3.3 
 8. Butler, TTT Riga3.1 
 9. Line, Liepajas2.8 
 10. Sarja, TTT Juniores2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  LU
  (176-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Krastina, LU4.0 
 2. Karklina, TTT Riga3.2 
 3. Butler, TTT Riga2.7 
 4. Krumberga, TTT R.2.4 
 5. Jevsejeva, Dauga.2.4 
 6. Zeltina, Cesis2.4 
 7. Bridina, TTT K.2.4 
 8. Kazakevica, Dauga.2.3 
 9. Briede, Cesis2.2 
 10. Purina, LU2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  RTU-Merks
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Teilane, RTU-Merks3.5 
 2. Veidere, TTT K.2.9 
 3. Surkusa, TTT J.1.9 
 4. Hollingswort., TTT R.1.8 
 5. Nimane, TTT Riga1.3 
 6. Egle, Daugavpils1.2 
 7. Butler, TTT Riga1.0 
 8. Teilane, TTT J.1.0 
 9. Egle, Daugavpils0.8 
 10. Bundule, Cesis0.7 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Ligita KINKEVICIENE
  Laisve
  (173-G-76)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Kinkeviciene, Laisve19.8 
 2. Okockyte, LK.15.8 
 3. Raugaite, Lemminka.14.3 
 4. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.14.1 
 5. Kirstukaite, Utena13.7 
 6. Solopova, VICI K.13.6 
 7. Daujadiene, Utena13.4 
 8. Milieskiene, Lemmin.13.3 
 9. Budryte, Laisve13.1 
 10. Bimbaite, VICI K.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kornelija BALCIUNAITE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-F-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Balciunaite, LKKA-.10.0 
 2. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.9.9 
 3. Taraseviciut., Laisve8.8 
 4. Palaimaite, Utena8.8 
 5. Galdikaite, MRU8.5 
 6. Budryte, Laisve8.3 
 7. Kirstukaite, Utena8.2 
 8. Grigalauskyt., Lemmin.8.1 
 9. Aleksaite, MRU7.9 
 10. Pikciute, VICI K.7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Milda SAULIUTE
  VICI Kaunas
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Sauliute, VICI K.5.4 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve5.2 
 3. Zygelyte, Lemminka.5.1 
 4. Daujadiene, Utena3.8 
 5. Solopova, VICI K.3.7 
 6. Bimbaite, VICI K.3.6 
 7. Pilypaitis, VICI K.3.2 
 8. Zintikaite, MRU2.8 
 9. Pacauskiene, MRU2.8 
 10. Okockyte, LK.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Kornelija BALCIUNAITE
  LKKA-Aistes
  (176-F-81)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Balciunaite, LKKA-.4.4 
 2. Kinkeviciene, Laisve4.1 
 3. Daujadiene, Utena3.1 
 4. Bimbaite, VICI K.2.6 
 5. Solopova, VICI K.2.6 
 6. Baliutaviciu., Ruta S.2.3 
 7. Milieskiene, Lemmin.2.1 
 8. Sauliute, VICI K.2.1 
 9. Pilypaitis, VICI K.2.1 
 10. Raugaite, Lemminka.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  VICI Kaunas
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Alminaite, VICI K.1.7 
 2. Juceviciute, Utena1.5 
 3. Palaimaite, Utena1.4 
 4. Aleksaite, MRU1.2 
 5. Paugaite, VICI K.1.1 
 6. Kvederaviciu., Laisve1.1 
 7. Kirstukaite, Utena1.0 
 8. Rakutyte, Laisve0.8 
 9. Pikciute, VICI K.0.7 
 10. Dominauskait., Ruta S.0.7 


LMKL Round 12: VICI Kaunas beat Lemminkainen in the most crucial game of the week - by Eurobasket News
There were only three games played in round 12.

The most important game of round 12 took place in Klaipeda, where undefeated guest VICI Kaunas (#1) defeated lower ranked Lemminkainen (#2) by 17 points 78-61 on Friday evening. VICI Kaunas forced 23 Lemminkainen turnovers. It was a great shooting night for VICI Kaunas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American center Amanda Kemezys (192-87, college: Saint Louis) who scored 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). International swingman Marina Solopova (180-90) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. VICI Kaunas' coach Mantas Sernius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Monika Grigalauskyte (187-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds. Undefeated VICI Kaunas (11-0) have an impressive eleven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of straight 11 victories. Lemminkainen at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 12 Utena was defeated by Ruta Siauliai in a road game 72-68. Ruta Siauliai beat MRU at home 74-68.
The best stats of 12th round was 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists by Orinta Kavaliauskaite of Ruta Siauliai.


Ruta Siauliai - Utena 72-68

There was a minor upset when 6th ranked Utena (1-10) was defeated on the road by sixth ranked Ruta Siauliai (2-10) 72-68 on Wednesday. Utena was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Ruta Siauliai forced 20 Utena turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Orinta Kavaliauskaite (177-82, college: W.Illinois) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Sandra Baliutaviciute (182-81) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Asta Daujadiene (176-73) who recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and center Giedre Kirstukaite (190-86) added 16 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Ruta Siauliai and five Utena players scored in double figures. Ruta Siauliai maintains sixth position with 2-10 record. Utena lost tenth consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the bottom place with ten games lost. Ruta Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Utena will play on the road against Laisve (#4) in Kaunas and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Ruta Siauliai: O.Kavaliauskaite 19+12reb+6ast, S.Baliutaviciute 17+8reb+2ast, E.Briedyte 12+1reb+1ast, B.Dominauskaite 11+2reb+4ast, A.Tamutyte 7+6reb, S.Kuodiene 4+3reb+2ast
Utena: G.Kirstukaite 16+10reb, I.Stankeviciute 14+4reb, A.Daujadiene 13+8reb+5ast, E.Juceviciute 12+4reb+1ast, A.Ziegyte 10+2reb+5ast, R.Lenciauskaite 3+2reb+2ast
gschID: 109410


Lemminkainen - VICI Kaunas 61-78

The most important game of round 12 took place in Klaipeda, where undefeated guest VICI Kaunas (#1) defeated lower ranked Lemminkainen (#2) by 17 points 78-61 on Friday evening. VICI Kaunas forced 23 Lemminkainen turnovers. It was a great shooting night for VICI Kaunas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. The best player for the winners was American center Amanda Kemezys (192-87, college: Saint Louis) who scored 14 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). International swingman Marina Solopova (180-90) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. VICI Kaunas' coach Mantas Sernius used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Monika Grigalauskyte (187-92) who recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and 13 rebounds and forward Laura Povilonyte (185-86, college: Gardner-Webb) added 18 points respectively. VICI Kaunas (11-0) have an impressive eleven-game winning streak. Defending champion maintains first position with a perfect record of straight 11 victories. Lemminkainen at the other side keeps the second place with four games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
VICI Kaunas: A.Kemezys 14+4reb+2ast, M.Solopova 12+2reb+4ast, C.Pilypaitis 10+4reb+2ast, R.Valentiene 9+1reb+1ast, L.Pikciute 8+4reb, G.Paugaite 8+7reb+1ast
Lemminkainen: L.Povilonyte 18+3reb, M.Grigalauskyte 10+13reb+1ast, R.Milieskiene 9+7reb+1ast, O.Williams 8+9reb+2ast, I.Visgaudaite 8+3reb+2ast, G.Gutkauskaite 5+2ast
gschID: 109411


Ruta Siauliai - MRU 74-68

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when sixth ranked Ruta Siauliai (2-10) defeated at home 5th ranked MRU (5-5) 74-68 on Friday. MRU was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Ruta Siauliai dominated on the defensive end, holding MRU to just 7 points in second quarter. They also forced 19 MRU turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Orinta Kavaliauskaite (177-82, college: W.Illinois) who scored 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Forward Sandra Baliutaviciute (182-81) chipped in a double-double by scoring 19 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Sarune Povilionyte (182-88) who recorded 16 points and forward Sigita Galdikaite (188-90) added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively. MRU's coach Algirdas Budenas rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Ruta Siauliai maintains sixth position with 2-10 record. Loser MRU keeps the fifth place with five games lost. Ruta Siauliai will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. MRU will play on the road against LKKA-Aistes (#3) in Kaunas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ruta Siauliai: O.Kavaliauskaite 28+6reb+6ast, S.Baliutaviciute 19+13reb+1ast, B.Dominauskaite 9+2reb+2ast, E.Briedyte 8+4reb+1ast, A.Tamutyte 7+8reb, S.Kuodiene 3+5reb+1ast
MRU: S.Povilionyte 16+1reb+2ast, S.Galdikaite 12+6reb, S.Martinkute 10+3reb+2ast, D.Zintikaite 9+2reb+3ast, L.Aglinskaite 9+3reb+2ast, G.Sniokaite 5
gschID: 109412




Standings - LMKL
LMKL Standings
 1. VICI Kaunas 11-0 
 2. Lemminkainen 7-4 
 3. LKKA-Aistes 6-4 
 4. Laisve 6-5 
 5. MRU 5-5 
 6. Ruta Siauliai 2-10 
 7. Utena 1-10 


Gran Canaria hands 58-68 home loss to Lemminkainen - by Eurobasket News
Lemminkainen - Gran Canaria 58-68

Gran Canaria traveled to Klaipeda and have secured important away win in Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. It was a closely contested match where visiting side managed to secure 10-point win which they take back to Spain for return match. It started off closely as neither team was able to assert their game. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 17-15 hosts lead. In the second period, Gran Canaria players managed to go on a mini run which gave them plus 6. By the halftime break they held onto their lead and were up 29-33. Tempo of the game was still slow in the second half, as both teams concentrated on defence more than on offence. Visiting side was able to further extend their lead by 3 pts. They entered the final period with the scoreboard showing 44-51. In the final quarter, Lemminkainen tried to make one last push to come back in this match. Still, Gran Canaria players managed to prevail and have routinely closed the game out. In the process they extended their lead by 3 points and have celebrated 58-68 win.
Patricia Arguello (178-F-87) was unstoppable for winning side on the way to 21 points for the night. Martina Staalvant (175-G-89) added 14 while Kathrin Ress (196-C-85, college: Boston Coll.) contributed with 12 points. For Lemminkainen, Rita Milieskiene (175-G-78) was the only player in double digits with 13 points. She received little support as no other play reached double digits in loss.

Lemminkainen: Rita Milieskiene 13
Gran Canaria: Patricia Arguello 21, Martina Staalvant 14, Kathrin Ress 12


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Easy road win for Athinaikos in Game One against Craiova - by Eurobasket News
Craiova - Athinaikos 49-86

Athinaikos visited Craiova in their EuroCup 1/16 Finals matchup and managed to secure more than comfortable 49-86 win. This means that Greek outfit should not have any troubles in returning match to book a place in the 1/8 Finals, especially if they play like they did in this game. The beginning of the match did not promise such conclusion as Craiova players came out strong. It was a close match in the first period with neither team managing to take over. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 17-16. But that was all Craiova players were able to do, as Athinaikos tightened the defence in second period. They allowed only 7 points while they scored 27 themselves. As result, the score at the halftime was 24-43. Not much changed after the halftime break, as Athinaikos continued to pound on their opponents. Lead kept increasing in the third period as Craiova was unable to handle the pressure. With one quarter left to play, the game was all but over as the score stood at 38-67. In the final 10 minutes, visiting side slowed down somewhat but they were still in total control. Craiova players seemed like they are just waiting for the final buzzer so in the end Athinaikos won the game 49-86.
Katerina Sotiriou (187-F-84) led the rout with 14 while Katerina Zohnova (179-G-84, agency: Data Plus Group) added 13 points. Olga Hatzinikolaou (181-G-81) and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) also had a decent outing as they chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Craiova was led by Lydia Whitehead (193-C-86, college: Utah St.) who finished the game with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Only other player to reach double digits was Janina Simionca (175-F-84) who followed with 11 points.

Craiova: Lydia Whitehead 14+10 boards, Janina Simionca 11
Athinaikos: Katerina Sotiriou 14, Katerina Zohnova 13, Olga Hatzinikolaou 12, Dimitra Kalentzou 11


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Florina DIACONA
  Rapid
  (176-G-82)
  Avg: 26.7
 1. Diacona, Rapid26.7 
 2. Saponjic, Alexandria20.5 
 3. Walker, Iasi18.4 
 4. Stoenescu, Timis.18.0 
 5. Klein, Satu Mare16.9 
 6. Rus, Alexandria16.5 
 7. Burlakova, Rapid16.3 
 8. Bigica, Olimpia15.4 
 9. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe15.2 
 10. Sipos, Craiova14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fatou KANE
  Craiova
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 13.2
 1. Kane, Craiova13.2 
 2. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.11.1 
 3. Saponjic, Alexandria10.7 
 4. Rus, Alexandria10.6 
 5. Stanga, Sp.Stude.9.5 
 6. Perta, Rapid9.4 
 7. Ivan, Brasov9.0 
 8. Tkachenko, Iasi8.8 
 9. Ducker, Satu Mare8.7 
 10. Vescan, Sf.Gheorghe8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Parau, Sf.Gheorghe4.6 
 2. Diacona, Rapid4.5 
 3. Ciocan, ICIM A.4.5 
 4. Tarta, Craiova4.4 
 5. Cutas, Iasi3.8 
 6. Bucica, Alexandria3.7 
 7. Sipos, Craiova3.4 
 8. Budean, Timisoara3.0 
 9. Pavel, Rapid3.0 
 10. Boriga, ICIM A.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Alina CHIVU
  Alexandria
  (177-F-90)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Chivu, Alexandria4.3 
 2. Sipos, Craiova4.3 
 3. Diacona, Rapid3.7 
 4. Boriga, ICIM A.3.2 
 5. Budean, Timisoara3.2 
 6. Ardeleanu, Sf.Gheor.3.2 
 7. Stoenescu, Timis.2.8 
 8. Walker, Iasi2.7 
 9. Tarta, Craiova2.6 
 10. Vass, Sf.Gheorghe2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Natalia TERGLAV-TRATSIAK
  Sf.Gheorghe
  (195-C-80)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Terglav-T., Sf.Gheor.1.9 
 2. Kane, Craiova1.6 
 3. Toma, ICIM A.1.5 
 4. Craciun, Olimpia1.4 
 5. Chelariu, Olimpia1.3 
 6. Ionescu, Olimpia1.0 
 7. Stanga, Sp.Stude.0.8 
 8. Chivu, Alexandria0.8 
 9. Ivan, Brasov0.8 
 10. Avram, Brasov0.8 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Chevakata rolls over Lupa Promotion in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Lupa Promotion - Chevakata 56-83

Chevakata travelled to Zagreb where they faced Lupa Promotion in the Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. It was the easy match for Chevakata players who are taking back home 27-point lead. Game started off as a closely contested matchup. Teams traded baskets and lead and it was hosts who held 19-18 after one quarter of play. But from that point on only one team played as Chevakata launched a run to open the second quarter. Visitors managed to build 10 point lead during the period and at the halftime they were up 36-45. Not much changed in the second half, as Chevakata players tightened their defence. Their lead continued to increase in the third period as hosts could not cope with the pressure. With one quarter left to play, visitors held comfortable 47-62. In the final 10 minutes, Chevakata players were determined to run over their opponent. They limited Lupa Promotion players to only 9 points and in the end they have celebrated deserved 56-83 win.
Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) and Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) led the winning side with 21 and 20 points respectively, with the latter also grabbing 11 rebounds. Daria Ezhova (175-G-89) also had a decent game as she chipped in 13 points. For hosts, Irena Cuncic (175-G-86) was the leading scorer with 14 points. She was followed by Jovana Vukoje (174-G-86) and Britany Miller (193-C-87, college: Florida St.) who finished the game with 11 points apiece.

Lupa Promotion: Irena Cuncic 14, Jovana Vukoje 11, Britany Miller 11
Chevakata: Anna Petrakova 21, Maria Cherepanova 20+11 boards, Daria Ezhova 13


Dynamo-GUVD wins big at home - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo-GUVD - Aris 103-59

Dynamo-GUVD made a huge step forward to EuroCup 1/8 Finals after defeating Airs in Game One of the 1/16 Finals. It was a one sided match in which hosts strolled to impressive 44-point win. Hosts came out stronger from the start and have pressured Aris players. This led to easy opportunities for Dynamo and by the end of the first quarter they were up 28-15. Not much changed in the second quarter, as Dynamo players continued to increase their lead. Aris players tried to stay close but they could not cope with the pressure. By the halftime the score stood at 49-30 as Dynamo was looking comfortable. After the break, Dynamo players displayed some great execution on the offensive end. They poured in 32 points in the third period and had this game practically in the bag with one quarter left to play as the score stood at 81-42. In the final 10 minutes, hosts played with just enough intensity to maintain their lead. Aris looked like they are just waiting for the end of the match and in the end Dynamo celebrated more than comfortable 103-59 win.
Sheana Mosch (177-G/F-81, college: Duke) and Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) led the winners with 30 and 20 points respectively. They got help from Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) who added 16 points as well as Natalya Myasoedova (192-C-87) who finished the game with 14 points. For Aris, Stefany Skrba (188-F-87, college: Michigan) led the way with 19 points. Only other player to reach double digits was Camille LeNoir (168-G-86, college: USC) who added 11 points.

Dynamo-GUVD: Sheana Mosch 30, Ana Dabovic 20, Anastasiya Shilova 16, Natalya Myasoedova 14
Aris: Stefany Skrba 19, Camille LeNoir 11


Dynamo Moscow overcomes Hatis Yerevan in Game One - by Eurobasket News
Hatis Yerevan - Dynamo Moscow 57-62

Dynamo Moscow recorded important 5-point win against their hosts Hatis Yerevan in Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. From the opening tip off it was evenly matched game in which teams traded baskets and lead. After one quarter it was visiting side who was up by 2 points as the score stood at 17-19. Than in the second period, hosts simply stopped playing. They could not execute on the offence and have managed to score only 3 points during the second quarter. Dynamo players took full advantage of this and extended their lead by 14 points. At the halftime, they were comfortably up 20-36. Hosts managed to regroup at the halftime and started playing significantly better in the second half. They started to slowly melt away the deficit. But Dynamo players slowed the tempo o f the match and were running the clock as much as possible. With 10 minutes left to play, the score was 36-48. Than in the final period, Hatis Yerevan players made one last push, but all they could do was to cut the deficit to 5 points. Dynamo players managed to hang onto that lead and have deservedly celebrated 57-62 win after the final buzzer.
Visiting side was led to victory by Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) who scored 12 points. She got support from Anastasia Pimenova (180-F-81) and Ekaterina Sytnyak (185-F-82, agency: LBM Management) who added 9 points each. On the other side, Ganna Zarytska (182-F-86, agency: Data Plus Group) led the way with double double of 18 points and 12 boards. Anna Pokoiova (188-F-87, agency: Promotex) also had decent outing as she scored 13 points.

Hatis Yerevan: Ganna Zarytska 18, Anna Pokoiova 13
Dynamo Moscow: Natalia Marchanka 12, Anastasia Pimenova 9, Ekaterina Sytnyak 9


Elitzur Ramla secures important away win against Spartak Noginsk - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Noginsk - Elitzur Ramla 64-77

Eliztur Ramla squared off against Spartak Noginsk in the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. They have managed to secure important away win in Game 1 after defeating hosts. Elzitur Ramla players have 13-point lead after tonights game, as they were better than Spartak 64-77. It was a closely contested match at the start. Both teams stayed close with neither managing to take over the game. After 10 minutes of play the score stood at 16-19. Visitors managed to build their first significant lead in the second period. They went on a run midway through the quarter and have maintained the lead until the halftime. At the break, Elzitur Ramla players were up 30-40. Visiting side continued to stretch their advantage in the third period. They mounted another 5-0 run which gave them their greatest lead of the game. With one quarter left the play the score was 47-62. In the final period, hosts finally got it together and started playing little better. They managed to cut into the deficit but they could not complete the comeback. Visitors controlled the flow of the game and have routinely closed it out for 13-point margin win.
Shay Doron (175-F-85, college: Maryland) led the winning side with 27 points in this game. She got support from Le'Coe Willingham (183-C-81, college: Auburn) and Tanisha Wright (180-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) who added 20 and 12 points respectively. For Spartak, Nelli Nevzorova (190-F-70) was the best scorer with 22 points. Only other player to reach double digits for hosts was Yulia Khodzhayan (175-G-84) who finished the game with 12 points.

Spartak Noginsk: Nelli Nevzorova 22, Yulia Khodzhayan 12
Elitzur Ramla: Shay Doron 27, Le'Coe Willingham 20, Tanisha Wright 12


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Umana Reyer steals one from Ruzomberok - by Eurobasket News
Ruzomberok - Umana Reyer 78-91

Umana Reyer managed to overcome their hosts Ruzomberok in Game 1 of the EuroCup 1/16 Finals. Italians are going back home for the return match with a 13-point lead which may be more than enough if they repeat their performance from this match. They started better from the opening tip-off, building the lead straight from the gate. Everything resulted with 19-23 after ten minutes of play. In the second period, it was more or less the same picture, as Ruzomebrok tried to catch up but they could not match opponents intensity. The lead continued to rise and at the halftime break, Umana Reyer players held their biggest plus which stood at 37-46. After the break, both teams came out strong. They executed well on the offensive end, but visitors were controlling flow of the game. Teams traded basket for basket for the most part, but the margin remained the same. With one quarter left to play, Umana Reyer held comfortable 58-69. In the final 10 minutes it was more of the same. Again Ruzomberok players tried to cut into the deficit but could not. Italian team routinely closed the game out and have celebrated 78-91 win in the end.
Nicole Ohlde (193-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) and Giorgia Sottana (177-G-88) led the winning side with 23 and 15 points respectively. Masha Maiorano (190-F-82) and Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) also had good game for visitors as they added 14 and 12 points respectively. On the other side, Simona Podesvova (186-F-83) recorded double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds in loss. Alexandra Tarasava (170-G-88) followed with 15 points while Veronika Cernakova (174-G-90) chipped in 11 points.

Ruzomberok: Simona Podesvova 23+12 boards, Alexandra Tarasava 15, Veronika Cernakova 11
Umana Reyer: Nicole Ohlde 23, Giorgia Sottana 15, Masha Maiorano 14, Daliborka Jokic 12


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Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Teja OBLAK
  Hit K.Gora
  (172-G-90)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Oblak, Hit K.Gora21.2 
 2. Kure, AJM Maribor18.0 
 3. Mikic, Grosuplje17.8 
 4. Baltic, AJM M.17.5 
 5. Baric, Merkur C.17.4 
 6. Oblak, Odeja KED16.7 
 7. Komplet, Hit K.16.3